Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions strongly hinted that he isnÂt done trying to roll back the civil rights gains made during the Obama administration. In a speech before the conservative Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention, Sessions described an internal Justice Department memo he signed prohibiting his department from issuing ÂimproperÂŽ guidance documents. According to the document, ÂEffective immediately, Department components may not issue guidance documents that purport to create rights or obligations binding on persons or entities outside the Executive Branch (including state, local, and tribal governments). The document also stated the Justice Department will no longer issue guidance that Âeffectively bind private parties without undergoing the rulemaking process.ÂŽ Behind this bureaucratic language is an attack on the civil rights legacy of the Obama-era Justice Department. Throughout the Obama administration, the Department of Justice worked with state and local governments to protect civil rights and liberties by suggesting practical ways, for example, to eliminate gender bias in policing, legally enforce fines and fees, and dismantle the school to prison pipeline. Sessions has indicated that he may Ârepeal and replaceÂŽ these policies, which will roll back important efforts to ensure equal protection for all under the law. Continued on page 2 Volume 31 o. 2 ovember 23 29, 2017 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents Georgians Launch Come Meet a Black Person Day to Dispel StereotypesPage 10 U.S. Treatment of Haitians Has Always Been o Less than DiscriminatoryPage 4Is Cheating the ew orm? Study Suggests Infidelity is More Common than MonogamyPage 7 What We Know About Queen of Soul Aretha FranklinÂs HealthPage 9 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED FCC To Cut Subsidy That Makes Internet Affordable for Low-Income The digital divide is about to get wider after the Federal Communications CommissionÂs 3-2 political party line vote to scale back the federal Lifeline program, which provides a subsidy to help poor people pay for broadband service. Low-income families began benefiting in 1985 from the federal Lifeline program, which provides discounted phone service and later expanded to include internet service. Last year, while President Barack Obama was in office, the FCC added broadband to the subsidy program. Opponents of the subsidy reduction warn that Republican commissioners are laying the ground work for granting the industry more control over access to the internet. Meanwhile, the FCC is expected to reveal a plan this week that would reverse Obama-era rules on net neutrality, which requires internet service providers to treat all online traffic equally, the Wall Street Journal reported. In May, the commissioners voted to rescind ObamaÂs net neutrality rules. Clyburn voted against the plan, warning that the FCC is yielding it oversight powers to the industry. There has been a long battle between lawmakers who side with corporations and those who want an even playing field for the flow of ideas and commerce.Trump To 59,000 Haitians: You Have 18 Months to Pack Your BagsThe Trump administration is telling 59,000 Haitians, currently living legally in the United States, to self-deport. But itÂs giving them until July 22, 2019, to do it. Officials from the Department of Homeland Security announced that the government will stop allowing Haitian nationals to get Temporary Protected Status Â„ an immigration program that allows people from a certain country living in the US to remain and work here while their home countries recover from disaster. The decision ends a period of limbo Haitians have been under since May, when the administration announced it would extend HaitiansÂ TPS for six more months but strongly implied that Haitians should Âget their affairs in orderÂŽ and plan to leave when the six months were up. Now, itÂs granted them an extra 18 months. But itÂs made the possibility that theyÂll have to leave the US Â„ after an average of 13 years in the country as of early 2017 Â„ into a certainty. HaitiÂs been covered by Temporary Protected Status since shortly after the 2010 earthquake that killed as many as 316,000 people and displaced 1.5 million more. Haitian officials argue it still hasnÂt recovered enough to absorb 50,000 people Â„ and forego the billion-plus dollars in remittances that Haitians in the US send home.Apple VP Resigns After Sharing Questionable View of DiversityDenise Young Smith only served as AppleÂs VP of Diversity for four months before attracting controversy when she shared an interesting perspective on diversity. She recently announced sheÂd be resigning from her position because of backlash over comments she made during a September panel. She recently eagerly shared her extremely broad criterion for diversity in a panel she participated on. ÂThere can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blond men in a room and theyÂre going to be diverse, too,ÂŽ Smith continued. ÂBecause theyÂre going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation,ÂŽ she said. As a Black woman and AppleÂs first and only diversity of VP, SmithÂs statements clearly drew backlash and concerns about her strategy for navigating diversity at the Silicon Valley company. Although she later apologized for the statements, she said what she said and retraction or not, it wasnÂt sitting well with folks. Smith will be leaving her position by the end of 2017. She will be replaced by Christie Smith who is a White woman.Longtime Cong. John Conyers Denies Harassment SettlementsLongtime Michigan Rep. John Conyers acknowledged that his office settled a harassment complaint involving a former staffer but said he "vehemently" denies the allegations against him. His office "resolved the allegations" ... "for an amount that equated to a reasonable severance payment," the 88-year-old said in a statement. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that any credible allegations of sexual harassment against Conyers must be investigated by the House Ethics Committee. BuzzFeed reported that Conyers' office paid a woman more than $27,000 under a confidentiality agreement to settle a complaint in 2015 that she was fired from his staff because she rejected his advances. BuzzFeed also published affidavits from former staff members who said they had witnessed Conyers touching female staffers inappropriately Â„ rubbing their legs and backs Â„ or requesting sexual favors. One former staffer said one of her duties was "to keep a list of women that I assumed he was having affairs with and call them at his request and, if necessary, have them flown in using Congressional resources." Conyers is the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee and the longest-serving current member of the House, having arrived in 1965. The Justice Department Continues to Roll Back Civil Rights Protections James Morton, Pat Turrentine, Ann Gerhardt, Shirley Wilborn and Phillip Miner One happy family included Shakira Thomas, Aiyden Tyson, Jaguar Cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Chantina Tyson and Antonio MyersJaguars Cornerback Provides Thanksgiving for Families in eedIn the spirit of the holiday season, Jalen Ramsey, of the Jacksonville Jaguars, provided Thanksgiving dinner for 20 families in need at the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida located in Springfield. Each family received a box filled with ingredients to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Entrees and sides included turkey, stuffing, collard greens, green beans, corn, potatoes, rolls, dessert, and more! Jalen was onsite to meet and greet the families and distribute the items. Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida (BGCNF) has played an integral role in Jacksonville for over 50 years, providing after-school programs to 5,000 young people annually at 25 Club locations in Duval and St. Johns County. Barlow photo Standing (L-R): James Mosley, Michael Kyle and Rosalind Rawls. Seated (L-R): Shirley Mosley, Claudette Elps, Marguerite Warren, Marie Heath, Geneva Barrier and Shirley Brown. There is strength in numbers. And the three-year partnership of the Church of the Crucifixion Catholic Church and the Edward Waters College Schell-Sweet Community Resource Center demonstrates that. Since 2014, the two organizations have shared resources and provided a Thanksgiving feast to more than 150 needy First Coast families. "Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating God's blessings and sharing with others. We truly wanted to support people in need of help," said Church of the Crucifixion's outreach committee member Marguerite Warren. The relationship between the two organizations began three years ago when Warren contacted her friend Marie Heath, who serves as director of the Schell-Sweet Community Resource Center, a social services site that provides cultural, educational, medical, psychological and social assistance to the New Town community. Each year 50 needy families are identified who receives a fullcourse Thanksgiving dinner through the partnership. According to Heath, "Partnering together everyone achieves more. This year, a total of 60 families were served by Church Shown are BAZ Sorority members (L-R) Herlena Washington, Lorraine Lee, Brenda Jones, Victoria Bryant-Riggins and Jackie Bartletto. Zetas Win Big for Pre atal Program The Storks Nest of Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter won their first award for Excellence in Storks Nest programming at the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated 83rd Southeastern Regional Leadership Conference held recently in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The award was based on the committeeÂs accomplishments for the 2016-2017 fiscal years. The Storks Nest partnership was established in 1972 with the March of Dimes. Through theur joint efforts, thousands of women have been encouraged to seek prenatal care within the first trimester of pregnancy, thereby increasing the prevention of birth defects and infant mortality. Local Democratic Caucus Round Table Focuses on Black and Brown Voters Partnership Yields Thanksgiving Feasts for New Town Community Residents The Duval County Chapter of the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida invited diverse community leaders to participate in a focus group on voting. Researcher Ann Gerhardt from California has engaged numerous, similar groups across the country and agreed to work with Jacksonville to galvanize voters of color for the 2020 elections. Attendees participated in round tables that analyzed various fliers and Democratic messages that will be revised to hopefully diminish sporadic voting processes and increase engagement. Given the current political climate, Democrats have vowed to be proactive and prepared to transform the landscape of politics inAmerica recognizing the fight begins at home.KFP photo
Continued from front Racial profiling The ACLU worked for many years with the Obama administration to issue new guidance to curb racial profiling by law enforcement agencies. That guidance, announced in 2014, addressed the use of other characteristics as well, including national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, and sexual orientation. Although it was a step in right direction, it did not fully respond to the crisis of racial profiling in America. Now, even this guidance is in jeopardy. Gender-biased policing With advocacy from the ACLUÂs WomenÂs Rights Project, the Obama administration made significant strides in helping state and local law enforcement agencies address gender bias in their response to sexual assault and domestic violence. A Justice Department guidance issued in 2015 highlighted the need for clear policies, robust training, and responsive accountability systems so that women and men will not end up like Jessica Lenahan. JessicaÂs estranged husband, Simon Gonzales, kidnapped their three daughters from the front yard in Castle Rock, Colorado, in violation of a domestic violence order of protection. Jessica called and met with the police numerous times in the immediate hours after the kidnapping, but they told her to call back later if the children hadnÂt come home. Early the next morning, Simon drove up to the police station and started shooting. The police fired back, killing him and later discovered JessicaÂ three daughters dead in the cab of his truck. The work to advise local police departments on how to improve domestic violence investigations, treatment of survivors, and accountability for officers who commit domestic violence and sexual assault may no longer be supported by SessionsÂ Justice Department. Fines and fees After the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the Justice Department launched a six-month investigation and found a Âpattern or practiceÂŽ of police misconduct in Ferguson that violated the First, Fourth, and 14th Amendments of the Constitution and federal law. The report concluded that Ferguson police engage in racially biased policing, regularly targeting and harassing African-Americans. The report also found that the Ferguson municipal government prioritized city revenue over public safety. Too often citations for minor traffic offenses in Ferguson snowballed into jail time if people missed court dates or didnÂt pay fines. African-American residents paid the heaviest price in this debtorsÂ prisons scheme. For one African-American resident, a $151 parking ticket turned into six days in jail and a $1,091 fine. In 2013, over 9,000 arrest warrants were issued in Ferguson for parking infractions, traffic tickets, or housing code violations. All told, the city collected nearly $2.5 million in revenue from fines and fees. In response to these findings, the department issued a ÂDear ColleagueÂŽ letter in 2016 to state and local courts to ensure that fines and fees were not being enforced illegally. The Justice DepartmentÂs work on the issue of illegal enforcement of fines and fees is now in danger of reversal. School discipline In 2014, the Justice Department and the Department of Educationissued very detailed guidance to help states, school districts and schools develop practices and strategies to improve school environments. Each year, significant numbers of students are suspended and expelled for minor infractions of school rules. Students of color and with disabilities are disproportionately subject to school suspensions. This guidance gave schools resources to create safe and positive school settings. Now this guidance may also be in jeopardy. 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ENTR FREEwww SCREENINGS TH HEAL FREEwatch.com .center www FREE SCREENINGS DINNER FREE SIGHTS& SCENESAnnualFlorida ClassicJustice Department Continues Roll BacksMugabe Resigns As ZimbabweÂs President After 37 YearsZimbabweÂs Robert Mugabe resigned as president this week after 37 years in power, as parliament began impeachment proceedings against him. ÂMy decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire for a smooth, non-violent transfer of power,ÂŽ said Mugabe in his letter which was read out in parliament, sparking cheers and dancing. Mugabe, who had been the worldÂs oldest head of state at 93, said that proper procedures should be followed to install new leadership. MugabeÂs resignation brought an end to the impeachment proceedings brought by the ruling ZANU-PF party after its Central Committee voted to oust the president as party leader and select recently fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa as his replacement, a move that eventually could lead to Mnangagwa becoming head of state. Currently in exile, Mnangagwa served for decades as MugabeÂs enforcer, with a reputation for being astute and ruthless, more feared than popular. Before the resignation, crowds rallied outside Parliament, dancing and singing. Some people placed photos of Mugabe in the street so that cars would run over them. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai of the MDC party said the culture of the ruling party Âmust endÂŽ and everyone must put their heads together and work toward free and fair elections. Mnangagwa added to immense pressure on Mugabe to quit after nearly four decades in power, during which he evolved from a champion of the fight against white minority rule into a figure blamed for a collapsing economy, government dysfunction and human rights violations. Impeachment proceedings began days after huge crowds surged through the capital, Harare, to demand that Mugabe quit. The ruling party had instructed government ministers to boycott a Cabinet meeting that Mugabe called for at the State House, the presidentÂs official residence, and instead, attend a meeting at party headquarters to work on the impeachment. It was not clear how long the impeachment process could take. The ruling party has said Mugabe could be voted out as early as Wednesday but some analysts believe the impeachment process could take weeks and would, if conducted properly, allow Mugabe to make a case in his defense. Mnangagwa called for unity and appeared to embrace the prospect of taking over power. ÂI will not stand in the way of the people and my party,ÂŽ he said The Williams family: Kelly, Casey II, Casey Sr. and Kennedy Donna Kinley and Karla Parrish Elizabeth Moore, Akenzie Tillman and Bernedette Alston Florida A&M hasnÂt ended a football season with a win in seven years and the annual Florida Classic was no different. The Rattlers led by 14 points in the fourth quarter Â… FAMUÂs first doubledigit lead over Bethune-Cookman since 2011 Â… but the Rattlers couldnÂt close out their arch rivals. Bethune-Cookman scored 19 points in the final quarter to drop FAMU 29-24 in front of a crowd of 47,819 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Saturday. The win was Bethune-CookmanÂs seventh in a row over Florida A&M, which ties a record set by FAMU for consecutive Florida Classic victories. FAMUÂs Coach Alex Wood resigned two days later. Barlow photo Mugabe
This past weekend, Table Life Coaching and Fishers of Men presented their inaugural personal and professional development event, Â Running with the Possibilities Summit. ÂŽ The event was designed to ignite the mind, body and spirit to action! Life coaches J. Dianne Tribble, Alvin W. King, LaRonda Howard, and Pam James led lifechanging breakout sessions for the 100 attendees that participated. Following lunch, the participants enjoyed the comedy of K. Webb to energize the group for the second half of the summit. Headlining the event was keynote speaker, Terry T. Harris. Terry provided practical tips to encourage and inspire attendees to do better and create a ÂyesÂŽ attitude when it comes to running with lifeÂs possibilities. Also on program was an enlightening and motivating dance from Sheenah Thrasher who sealed the heart of the summit in a choreographed dance to Danny Gokey's song "Rise." All attendees earned a continuing education certificate at the close of the event. Feedback from the event included statements that echoed personal investment in self, connecting with others, confirmation for goal setting and most importantly being ready to run with the possibilities. African Americans played critical roles in ensuring Allied victory in World War II. And, in many ways, World War II laid the foundationsfor the U.S. civil rights movement. In 1941 fewer than 4,000 African Americans were serving in the military and only twelve African Americans had become officers. By the warÂs end in 1945, more than 1.2 million served as draftees or volunteers in all branches of the Armed Forces. The untold story of soldiers of color are currently being featured in an exhibit at the Museum of Science and History. Local WWII veteran Sollie Mitchell, age 99, was honored to recently view the exhibit and reminisced on his career in the army working for General George Smith Patton Jr. and Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr. the first AfricanAmerican to rise to the rank of general in the U.S. military. he recollected when Black women came to the defense of the nation by enlisting in the WomenÂs Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC). They made up 10 percent of the women recruited. The military roles of African Americans broadened during the war. At the beginning of the war, most black men were assigned to non-combat units and relegated to service duties, such as supply, maintenance, and transportation. By 1945, troop losses forced the military to place more AfricanAmerican troops into positions as infantrymen, pilots, tankers, medics, and officers including the 99th Fighter Squadron, popularly known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Despite these advances, the U.S. Armed Forces were segregated throughout World War II. AfricanAmerican leaders at home launched a ÂDouble VÂŽ campaign that called for victory against the Axis powers and victory against racism in the U.S. They fought against employment discrimination in the defense industry and their efforts helped lead to the racial integration of the Armed Forces in 1948. Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 ovember 23 29, 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. MOSH Exhibit Recognizes African American WWII Enlisted Soldiers, Heroes and Officers Shown is Sollie Mitchell, 99, in front of the exhibitÂs photo of heavyweight champion boxer and WWII Vet Joe Louis. Sollie was friends with Joe Louis parents. AKA Presents History Book to College PrepAn autographed eighth edition of the AKAÂs history book, Priceless PearlsDimensions of Sisterhood and Service in Alpha Kappa Alpha was presented to the principal and staff of James Weldon Johnson college Prep last week. As the nationÂs first sorority for African-American women, the history book not only shares information on the sorority, but on the lives of African-Americans in this country from 1908 until the present. The sorority members attending the presentation represent a combined total of more than 160 years of service to the community. Shown standing: Vernice Pinkston-Whitfield and Sharwonda Peek and Seated: Dr. Norma SolomonWhite and Tamara Feagins. Shown front is ichola Bell. Standing l-r: Celena Smith, Tongie Davis, J. Dianne Tribble and Pam JamesLife Coaches Urge Jaxons to Seize All of Their Possibilities at a Motivational Summit Jax ative Lauded by Tallahassee Urban league as a Living LegendJacksonville native Dr. Freddie Groomes was recently named one of the ÂLegendÂŽ honorees by the Tallahassee Urban League. A graduate of Stanton High School, she advanced her studies at both Florida A& M, Florida State and Harvard Universities. She retired after 40 years of active service as the Executive Assistant to the President at Florida State University. Active in minority and womenÂs concerns, her past leadership roles include former Chair of the Florida Commission on the Status of Women and a delegate to the International WomenÂs Conference in Kenya. She has also served on the local Board of Directors for the Girl Scout Council and Urban League. Despite a storied career and many accolades and awards, she remains active in the community and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Edward Waters College. Dr. Groomes
There is an old Haitian saying that ÂBeyond the mountain is another mountain.ÂŽ And that statement rings volumes when it comes to the obstacles that Haitians have faced since the country was founded in 1803. President Trump just placed another mountain in front of thousands of Haitians. This week, the Trump administration has given 50,000 Haitians with provisional residency 18 months to leave the United States. Yes, in the announcement on Monday, Trump basically refuses to renew the Temporary Protected Status designation that has allowed them to remain in the country since a 2010 earthquake devastated the country. Remember, this is an earthquake that pretty much leveled the island countryÂs capital and killed over 200,000 people. Unfortunately for Haitians, this type of discrimination from the U.S. government is nothing new. Since being founded as a free nation, Haiti has struggled from both internal and external political and social issues. At one point in the 1920s United States was the largest landowner in the small country, which primarily depended on agriculture like sugar cane and bananas as its only real industry. Once the farms literally dried up and political conditions became unstable, the U.S. Âgot outta DodgeÂŽ and initiated immigration policies that were not favorable to Haitians seeking help from the very political and social conditions that forced us out of the country. Our government has always done a fine job of differentiating between racial groups when it comes to immigration and international affairs issues. It was important to go into Iraq for a number of ÂlegitimateÂŽ reasons, which include the humanitarian perspective, the countryÂs connections to terrorist groups or the ever-popular weapons of mass destruction rationale. All of the reasons are about as ÂlegitimateÂŽ as the hair on Burt ReynoldÂs head. If we used the same criteria we used to invade Iraq the U.S. would have to invade a fourth of the countries in the world. ItÂs the same story for immigration and how we treat political refugees. Cubans and Cuban Americans have reaped the benefits of very supportive policies from federal and state governments Â… and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, and furthermore I agree with our past Cuban immigration policies. My problem is not the way we have treated Cubans, Serbians or Bosnians, but the way we have treated Haitian immigrants and political refugees. Inequality is not even a word that begins to explain the harsh treatment that Haitians have received in our country and more particularly our great ÂSunshine State.ÂŽ Haitians seeking asylum in the United States have been turned around and kicked out of this country like a gay couple attempting to get married at a Christian Coalition meeting. Not to make light of the issue, but the blatant disregard for humanity in the case of Haitians versus other ethnic groups that have been welcomed into this country is shameful. As a close Haitian American friend of mine recently explained, ÂHaitians are quickly processed through INS with virtually no chance of being recognized as refugees despite the political conditions existing in Haiti. ÂWhile Cubans were being treated with respect and dignity, Haitians were detained as prisoners and treated as such.ÂŽ Since Castro took over in 1959, an estimated 659,000 have left Cuba 300,000 of them to the United States, with one-third of these staying in Miami. Until 1985, there was no quota for Cubans entering the United States via normal immigration procedures, as there was for other immigrant groups. Cuban undocumented entrants have always had special status. While entrants from other countries, especially Haitians, have been required to demonstrate that they were fleeing political persecution to be granted refugee status. It was officially assumed that anyone arriving in the United States from Cuba was a bona fide refugee and therefore had automatic access to the special benefits that refugees are entitled to. Again, I donÂt have a problem with our treatment of Cubans, but I use them as an example of how some immigrants have been treated fairly, while others have been treated like a wild bear that strays into someoneÂs backyard. As another Haitian American friend explained to me, ÂWe left because of the political violence in Haiti, not because we were starving or simply wanted to leave. So when Haitians first arrived we thought the Americans would treat us with dignity and that they would protect us after what we had suffered based upon the past practices and laws of this country. ÂBut instead of finding freedom, we were thrown in jail and treated as criminals. In fact, we were treated worse than criminals because we couldnÂt even get access to lawyers prior to being rushed through the court system.ÂŽ Before this weekÂs Trump announcement, the United States had made some progress in the treatment of Haitians in recent years. After years of lobbying from the Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) and a coalition of immigration groups, Congress and the White House agreed to include the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act in the 1999 federal budget, which was signed into law by President Clinton prior to leaving office. There is a Haitian proverb that says, ÂIf ye do wrong, make amends.ÂŽ And the United States has treated the people of this proud, but poor country wrong and has never truly made amends. Funny, it sort of sounds like I am talking about African Americans Â… same race, similar problems. Signing off from Little Haiti, Reggie FullwoodYou Better Watch Your Mouth: Dental Care in the Black CommunityBy Julianne Malveaux From the time I was a little girl, to just a day or so ago, someone has always told me to watch my mouth. Why? My mouth runs and sometimes it runs unplugged. IÂve been known to flim flam folks with flattery or eviscerate them with evil, sometimes moving from one to the other with just a shrug of my shoulders. But my Âmouth-watchingÂŽ is not the kind of mouthwatching IÂm writing about in this column. IÂm writing about the healthy mouth-watching that is critical to our health. Nearly a hundred folks gathered at the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) headquarters at 633 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C., to hear two dynamic women talk about dental health. Dr. Diane Earle, the managing dental director at Kool Smiles, in Lancaster, Texas, talked about dental health and its importance. Your mouth, she said, is the gateway to your body, so it is important for you to take care of it by getting regular checkups, taking care of your mouth and, especially, ensuring that children have early dental care as soon as they have even a single tooth. She was joined by healthy living expert Debra Peek Haynes, who is passionate about the way we eat and how it can transform our lives. These two women held an audience for an hour, focusing on the many ways we can improve our lives so that we can better resist these oppressive political times. There was talk of the ways we can eat better, exercise better, and live better, with both Dr. Earle and Mrs. Haynes presenting as great examples of healthy living. Dr. Earle, for example, said she had never had a cavity in her life. Deb Haynes (whose husband, the Rev. Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, has expertly pastored Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas) shared the ways she used healthy eating to turn her health around after a diagnosis of infertility. I was thrilled to bring the women together and to moderate a discussion that had significant meaning for our community. NCNW, under the transformative leadership of Attorney Janice Mathis (who led Rainbow PUSHÂs Atlanta office until she came to Washington), is the only space owned by Black people on Pennsylvania Avenue. It is close enough to the ÂPeopleÂs HouseÂŽ at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that one might walk there, which perhaps means that it is close to the devil. That proximity offers an opportunity for resistance, and while much of our resistance must be political, some of it hinges on our personal commitment to a physical excellence that prepares us to have resilience for the struggle. Even as we met, the devil was busy. The House of Representative passed the new Âtax overhaulÂŽ package that they say will create jobs, but we know will create wealth for billionaires; to benefit the top one percent, the bottom 80 percent will be hit hard, but Congress doesnÂt seem to care. The Senate has a version of the legislation, and the two houses will have to come up with compromise legislation, but both the House and the Senate agree that corporations should pay less tax. At NCNW, we talked about Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) and her Action for Dental Health Act (HR 2422). The bipartisan legislation, cosponsored with Republican Indiana dentist and Congressman Mike Simpson, would make dental care more accessible, but with issues like these having low priority in this ideologically divided Congress, it is not likely to even make it to the floor for a vote. Instead, the new tax law would weaken, not strengthen, healthcare access. Dental care and nutrition issues donÂt get as much visibility as Russia, or sexual harassment, or jiving Jeff Sessions. But they are also important issues. So when we Âwatch our mouthÂŽ by watching what we eat and how we manage our dental care, we are strengthening ourselves for the inevitable struggle against the inequality that is part of the status quo. Page 4 Ms.PerryÂs Free Press SUBSCRIBE TODAY SUBSCRIBE TODAY Yes, IÂd like to subscribe to the Jacksonville Free Press!Enclosed is my check __ money order __for $40.50 to cover my one year subscription.AME _________________________________________ ADDRESS_______________________________________ CITY____________________STATE____ZIP________ DISCLAIMERThe United State provides opportunities for free expression of ideas. The Jacksonville Free Press has its view, but others may differ. 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Edgewood Ave. Jacksonville,FL32208Email: JfreePress@aol.com TELEPHONE (904) 634-1993 Fax (904) 765-8611 Sylvia PerryPUBLISHER Rita PerryPublisher Emeritus CONTRIBUTORS: Lynn Jones, Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood, E.O.Huthchinson, WilliamReed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell, Marsha Oliver, Marretta Latimer, Phyllis Mack, Tonya Austin, Carlottra Guyton, Brenda Burwell, Rhonda Silver, Vickie Brown, Rahman Johnson, Headshots, William Jackson. City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Reggie Fullwood GUESTEDITORIALovember 23 29, 2017 U.S. Treatment of Haitians Has Always Been Discriminatory by George Johnson As crisis in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico continue to manifest in the wake of several hurricanes, our Blackness and understanding of it in America, and globally is now being put to the test. This test, of whether as a diaspora of Black folk who have been spread far and wide, are ready to combat the original sins of the Americas which turned us from one family, to distant relatives several times removed. Our current understanding of Blackness and what it should encompass was stolen from us; turned into an alt-history tale built on our differences rather than our intersections. The African Diaspora is a term coined in the 1990s that explains how Black people were enslaved from Africa and displaced in over 15 different areas across the globe including Brazil, the United States, and Haiti between 1500s and 1900s. This displacement creating intersections of Black people and native people; extending Blackness throughout the world which aided in the failed understanding of our connectedness. Unfortunately, global antiBlackness has lent a hand in this failed understanding of how we view each other with unshared ethnicities and cultures; pitting us against one another as foreigners, erasing our shared origin. The crisis in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands shouldnÂt have been my wake-up call to an existence where I didnÂt fully understand the intersections of my Blackness, yet here we are. As we have watched the destruction of these islands and territories, many of us have failed to recognize the anti-Blackness that is going into the lacking recovery efforts for these citizens. Citizens, who are part of the diaspora and therefore included in the narrative of shared Blackness that many of us should be fighting for. Our plight is hard and often vacuumed into the issues we have been fighting against in America for 400plus years, leaving us little room for concern for people we have always been taught to treat as different from us. Anti-Blackness is a global issue, and in America as much as many of us fight against it, we are also conditioned to play a major role in supporting it. The most recent issues come in the form of a divide between African Americans and the Latinx community. From topics, as large as racial injustice, and as less magnified as Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone, our understanding of how Blackness and Latinx intersect has become more apparent as our oppression is becoming more shared. Even more recent, the arguments of Cardi B being a Black woman vs. being a Latina women have flared dissension amongst us; many failing to understand that both can exist together and separately, giving her a justifiable right to own her Blackness. IÂve played a role in the flat understandings of colorism, reduced nuance around AfroLatinx, and the poor understanding of how one can own their Blackness. At times, African Americans have a way of determining what Blackness is for others, and what checkboxes are necessary for one to be able to claim it. However, much of this thinking was based on how we were conditioned and colonized into a structure of white imperialism, which we in turn used to create our own hierarchal structures within the Black community. These recent events, which have brought the views of anti-Blackness to the forefront of global conversations make it that much more necessary that we, as Black folk begin understanding our shared origins. This burden, however, isnÂt just on the shoulders of African Americans. Global anti-Blackness is a problem and the views on us as descendants of slaves havenÂt always been seen as favorable in the eyes of other Black folks from various nations. African-American oppression runs deep in this country and the views of us as having it better, are often misguided to the true oppression we face. As the race in this country with the most marginalized personÂ„the Black trans woman whose life expectancy is 35Â„we justifiably have a plight that needs be recognized and protected by those who share in Blackness globally. Many nations of Black folks have deemed it us vs. them, and turned a blind eye to our oppression; quick to separate the African American from the African. A disservice to all who share in the origin of our existence. Blackness as we know needs a reset. Globally, we all need to understand that division of our ancestry was not of our own doing, and unlearn the taught behaviors to view the qualification of Blackness based on our differences; these differences including skin color, language, country of origin. As Black folk globally, we need to take back the ownership of the origin that was stolen from many us and be willing to learn, appreciate, and find the commonalities we all share, rather than be divisive in our differences. This understanding being inclusive of the conditioning many of us have faced due to American culture, which was forced through assimilation of whiteness, and not at the denial of our shared Blackness. These differences, which make us view the Latin community as ÂotherÂŽ rather than our brothers and sisters in the fight against antiBlackness we all are facing. Our shared origins have to be more than Âwe all started from a Black woman.ÂŽ ItÂs time we all started to live that notion, and fight against the internalized anti-Blackness that has kept us apart for so long. We all need to take time and unlearn the alt-history we have been forced to accept as our own for far too long. The pain of the Latinx, Afro-Latinx, and AfroCaribbean, must become one recognizable as our own. ItÂs time we stopped fighting over the ownership of Blackness, and learn to take power back in an origin we all share.The Miseducation of the Diaspora, and How itÂs Dividing Communities Cuban undocumented entrants have always had special status. While entrants from other countries, especially Haitians, have been required to demonstrate that they were fleeing political persecution to be granted refugee status.
ovember 23 29, 2017 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 21 27, 2017Â’LUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor One of the last postseason berths is to be decided Saturday when the BCSP No. 2 Grambling State Tigers (9-1, 6-0 SWAC W) and BCSP No. 7 Southern Jaguars (7-3, 5-1 W) do battle in New Orleans at their season-ending Bayou Classic at the Mercedes-Beuz SuperDome (4 p.m., NBC Sports Network) The game might as well be called the championship game of the SWAC West Division because that's perennially what the game between the rival Louisiana schools has decided. The winner gets to Championship Game, Dec. 2 in Houston vs. East Division champ Alcorn State The winner of that game gets to represent the SWAC in Celebration Bowl III vs. MEAC champion North Carolina A&T at Atlanta's new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Dec. 16. BAYOU CLASSIC This year's game is the 44th in the series that became known in 1974 as the Bayou Classic After last year's 52-30 Grambling win, the Tigers hold a 22-21 edge. Prior to 1974, Southern held a 15-10 lead giving the Jaguars a 36-32 lead in the all-time series. The game will match the top two quarterbacks in the SWAC Â… Grambling senior Devante Kincade and Southern senior Austin Howard and two of the league's top running backs in Southern senior Herbert Edwards and Grambling senior Martez Carter Grambling has won eight straight games while Southern is on a six-game win streak. Kincade (223.8 ypg.) and Howard (203.0) AXES START HOW THE WEST IS WON: BCSP No. 2 Grambling and No. 7 Southern do battle in New Orleans for SWAC West title. CIAACENTR A L INTER C OLLEG IA TE ATHLET IC ASSO CIA T I ONINDEPENDENTSFINAL W LLangston 10 1 Tennessee State 6 5 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 NA DEFENSE Chris Collins, LB, TENNESSEE STATE Led Blue Tigers with 12 tackles, 9 solos, 1.5 tackles for 10 yards in losses, 1 sack for -9 yards in loss to Jacksonville State. SPECIAL TEAMS NA 2 0 1 7 B L A C K C O L L E G E F O O T B A L L (Standings and Weekly Honors) SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLET IC CONFEREN C E CONF ALLEAST DIVISION W L W L Alcorn State 5 2 7 4 Alabama State 4 3 4 6 Alabama A&M 3 4 4 7 Jackson State 3 4 3 8 Miss. Valley State 1 6 2 9 WEST DIVISION Grambling State 6 0 9 1 Southern 5 1 7 3 Prairie View A&M 3 3 5 5 Texas Southern 2 4 2 8 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1 6 2 9 SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE & NEWCOMER Neiko Hollins Fr., QB, PRAIRIE VIEW Completed 23 of 35 passes for 343 yards and 4 TDs (48, 11, 28, 49) in win over Incarnate Word. DEFENSE Kenneth Davis Sr., LB, ALABAMA A&M 13 tackles, 5 solos, 1 sack, 1.5 TFL vs. KSU. SPECIALIST Darius Floyd R-Sr., WR/KR, PRAIRIE VIEW 262 all-purpose yards, avgd. 36.3 yards on 3 KO returns, 11 receptions, 153 yards, 2 TD catches (48, 28) vs. IWU. MI D EA STERNATHLET IC CONFEREN C EMEAC CONF ALL FINAL W L W LNorth Carolina A&T 8 0 11 0 Howard 6 2 7 4 Bethune-Cookman 6 2 7 4 North Carolina Central 5 3 7 4 Hampton 5 3 6 5 Norfolk State 4 4 4 7 Savannah State 3 5 3 8 SC State 2 6 3 7 Florida A&M 2 6 3 8 Delaware State 2 6 2 9 Morgan State 1 7 1 10 MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE Larry Brihm Sr., QB, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 26-36-0, 280 yards, 1 TD (35), two rushing TDs (2, 5) vs. FAMU DEFENSE Diquan Richardson Sr., S, BETHUNE-COOKMAN Two picks, one with :36 seconds left to seal win over FAMU. ROOKIE DÂVonn Gibbons, Fr., QB, SAVANNAH STATE 13 of 23, 267 yards, 2 TDs (90, 5) 19 carries, 47 yardsvs. SCSU. SPECIALIST Javaune Francis Jr., P, B-CU Averaged 48.7 yards on 3 punts, including 68-yarder vs. FAMU. OFFENSIVE LINEMAN Chris Adams Sr., C, B-CU 91% gradeFINAL DIV CONF ALLNORTH DIVISION W L W L W L Virginia State 5 0 7 0 10 1 Bowie State 4 1 6 1 9 2 Virginia Union 3 2 5 2 6 4 Chowan 2 3 4 3 4 6 Elizabeth City State 1 4 2 5 4 6 Lincoln 0 5 0 7 0 10SOUTH 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 Shaw 1 4 2 5 3 7 Johnson C. Smith 2 3 2 5 2 8 Livingstone 0 5 0 7 0 10 BCSP CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK QB Amir Hall Jr., QB, BSU Completed 34 of 60 passes for 332 yards and 2 TDs (2, 13) without an interception and ran for 66 yards on 19 carries with 2 TDs (2, 14) in Div. II playoff loss to Delta State. LB Brandon Lynch Sr., LB, VSU Led Trojans with 14 solo tackles, 4 for losses of 22 yards including one sack for -11 yards in Div. II playoff loss to West Georgia. WR Zachary Parker VSU Had 6 receptions for 110 yards in loss to West Georgia. SPECIAL TEAMSMatt Hillquist, PK, VSU Had (Kincade 148.0, Howard 142.4), 1-2 in total offense (Kincade 245.4 ypg., Howard 203.8) and 1-2 in passing touchdowns (Kincade 18, Howard 16). Kincade has thrown just three interceptions G A M E S T H I S W E E K THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Turkey Day Classic Alabama State vs. Cheyney in Montgomery, AL 2p SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25 CLASSIC GAMES Bayou Classic NBC Sports Network Grambling State vs. Southern in New Orleans 4p Rescheduled Labor Day Classic Texas Southern vs. Prairie View A&M in Houston, TX 6pthrows. Edwards is second in rushing yards (900 yards, 100.0 ypg., 5 TDs) while Carter (708 yards, 78.7 ypg., 8 TDs) is third. Grambling has won the last two games between the two. The G-Men went on to win the SWAC championship game over Alcorn State last year after falling to the Braves in 2015. Southern won the previous two games and also split championship game wins with Alcorn State. Hampton University whose womenÂs basketball team pulled off a shocker with a win over ACC-member UNC to open the season, announced a bigger shocker last Mid Eastern Athletic Conference its athletics home for the last 22 years, to join the Big South Conference. The announcement was made at an 11 a.m. joint press conference with the Big South Thursday on campus at the UniversityÂs Student Center Theater. Hampton President Dr. William R. Harvey was not present at the press conference but said in a press release that the move was made primarily for academic and travel considerations. "Institutions in the Big South are located in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, which means that our student athletes will spend less time travelling and more time in classes on campus," his statement read. "This keeps the proper focus on academics, which is our chief reason for being. The smaller geographic footprint will also reduce travel expanses." The Big South, with headquarters in Charlotte, N. C., is an NCAA Div. I Conference with ten primary members, three in Virginia (Liberty, Longwood and Radford), four in North Carolina (Campbell, High Point, Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville) and three in South Carolina (Presbyterian, Winthrop and Charleston Southern). Monmouth, in New Jersey, and Kennesaw State in Georgia, are football only members. The Big South competes in football on the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. Five of the Big SouthÂs programs do not play football (Longwood, Hampton decides to leave the MEAC for Big South WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS JAMES SPADY OUT AT ALABAMA A&M: HUNTSVILLE -Alabama A&M announced Sunday that James Spady will not return as head football coach. The announcement was made by Director of Athletics Bryan Hicks Spady was 4-7 overall this season, 3-4 in SWAC play. He was 15-30 in four seasonsHEAD COACH, AD OUT AT DELSTATE: Delaware State will not extend the contract of its head football coach. Head football coach Kenneth Carter's contact ends Jan. 31, and the university won't extend his contact. The process to recruit a new coach begins in December. Carter led the Hornets to a 3-30 record in his three followed by marks of 0-11 (2016) and 2-9 (2017). The university decided not to continue its relationship with former athletics director Louis ÂSkipÂŽ Perkins who came to DSU in 2015 as the interim athletics director. Mary Hil l, senior associate athletics director for internal operations and senior woman administrator, will now serve as interim director of athletics.ALEX WOOD RESIGNS AT FLORIDA A&M: Tallahassee.com (website for the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper) reported the resignation of Florida A&M head football coach Alex Wood. Wood's resignation was effective Monday, November 20. Outgoing Athletic Director Milton Overton Jr, deal, ends next month. Offensive line coach Edwin Pata will be the team's interim head coach. Wood, who was hired before the 2015 season, went 8-25 in three seasons at the helm of the Rattlers. FAMU RICK COMEGY NOT RENEWED AT MVSU: Mississippi Valley State University will not extend the contract of Rick Comegy as head football coach. In a statement on the website mvsusports.com, the school announced the decision. Despite having a SWAC championship (2007) on his resume and two more trips to the SWAC championship game (2012 and 2013) while coaching at in-state rival Jackson State Comegy was not able to move the Delta Devils into relative success. In his four years at Valley his teams went 6-38 and never won more that two games in a season. Vincent Dancy will serve as MVSU's interim head football coach, and a search committee will begin the process of selecting the next head football coach immediately.MONTE COLEMAN LET GO AT UAPB: PINE BLUFF, AR Â… The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff announced Monday that it will not renew the contract of Monte Coleman when it expires on December 31, 2017. Coleman has served as head football coach for the Golden Lions since 2008. The Golden Lions went 40-70 in 10 years under Southwestern Athletic Conference outright championship in in 2013, 4-7 in 2014, 2-9 in 2015, 1-10 in 2016 and 2-9 this season. Ted White offensive coordinator, will oversee the program while a search committee looks for a new head man. MARK JAMES OUT AT VIRGINIA UNION: Virginia Union announced last week that Head Football Coach Mark James has been James, who played at VUU and also served as an assistant coach at the school, his four years. He had a 7-3 record in included a Div. II playoff berth. He was 5-5 in 2015. James SpadyCarterWoodComegyColeman PerkinsTHURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 SWAC Prairie View A&M 42, Incarnate Word 28 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 MEAC Bethune-Cookman 29, Florida A&M 24 Florida State 77, Delaware State 6 Hampton 20, Howard 17 Norfolk State 45, Morgan State 32 NC A&T 24, NC Central 10 Savannah State 34, S. Carolina State 10 SWAC Alabama A&M 24, Kentucky State 13 Alabama State 16, Miss. Valley State 10 Jackson State 7, Alcorn State 3 Texas Southern 24, Ark.-Pine Bluff 10 INDEPENDENTS Jacksonville State 36, Tennessee State 6 NCAA DIV. II PLAYOFF GAMES Delta State 45, Bowie State 35 West Georgia 35, Virginia State 9 NAIA PLAYOFFS NW Iowa 55, Langston 7 VIRGINIA STATE (10-1), averaging 40 points and 463 yards per game, was Trenton Cannon was held to just 65 yards on 21 carries as UWG bottled up the VSU offense. BOWIE STATE NCAA Div. II playoff game in Bowie, Md. BSU QB Amir Hall yards and two scores while running for 66 yards and two scores. LANGSTON round NAIA playoff contest. The Red Raiders (10-1) led 21-0 at the half and were up 45-0 before the Lions scored their only TD of the game on T Radford, High Point, Winthrop and UNC Asheville). The league added USC Upstate, located in Spartanburg, S. C., as an 11th full-time member on Wednesday. Hampton becomes its 12th member. MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis Thomas contacted was not a surprise. "First, I want to congratulate and wish Hampton the absolute best moving forward," said Thomas. "Dr. Harvey has kept the conference and me apprised of what their intentions were through the years. There were no surprises because Dr. Harvey was very transparent in terms of his goals and aspirations for Hampton in terms of conference alignment." "Institutions make decisions based on what they think will be best for them," said Thomas. Savannah State an MEAC member, announced in September that it would be leaving the MEAC and Div. I status to move back to Div. II. Thomas said the decisions by Savannah State and Hampton are part of constantly evolving world of college athletics. "We are constantly engaged in planning, strategic planning and longrange planning since I became commissioner 16 years ago," said Thomas noting that the league has added Hampton, Norfolk State Savannah State and North Carolina Central over that span. "That will not change. And we've been in contact with several other institutions in terms of joining our conference." Harvey HAMPTON, Va. Â… Less than one week after announcing its plans to leave the MEAC for a new conference (Big South), Hampton University is looking for a new football coach. Connell Maynor resigned from his posiAssistant coach Michael Ketchum will oversee the football program until MaynorÂs successor is named. In four seasons at Hampton, Maynor led the Pirates to a 20--25 record including a 6-5 mark this year, tied for fourth in the MEAC at 5-3.Maynor latest coach to bow outMaynor 7 FOOTBALL COACHES CANNED; HAMPTON LEAVING MEAC; SWAC WEST TO BE DECIDED AT BAYOU CLASSIC ANOTHER ARMS RACE: Grambling senior QB Devante Kincade and Southern senior Austin Howard lead their teams into Saturday's Bayou Classic with the winner advancing to the Dec. 2 SWAC Championship Game. Bayou Classic Logo 1. NORTH CAROLINA A&T (11-0) Defeated NC Central 24-10 to clinch MEAC ourtight title. NEXT: Dec. 16 in AtlantaÂs Celebration Bowl. 2. GRAMBLING STATE (9-1) Idle NEXT: Saturday in New Orleans vs. Southern. T3. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (7-4) Defeated Florida A&M, 29-24 at Florida Classic. NEXT: Season over. ALCORN STATE (7-4) Lost to Jackson State, 7-3. NEXT: Dec. 2 vs. West champion in SWAC Championship game. HOWARD (7-4) Ended season with 20-17 loss to Hampton. NEXT: Season over. NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL (7-4) Lost to NC A&T, 24-10. NEXT: Season over. 7. SOUTHERN (7-3) Idle. NEXT: Saturday vs. Grambling State in Bayou Classic. 8. VIRGINIA STATE game. NEXT: Season over. 9. BOWIE STATE NEXT: Season over. 10. TUSKEGEE (9-2) Season over after winning SIAC championship game. WHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION (FCS) COACHES POLL 7th North Carolina A&T (11-0) Last week T7th 12th Grambling State (9-1) Last week 11thSTATS POLL 7th North Carolina A&T (11-0) Last week 8th 13th Grambling State (9-1) Samethrough games of November 18, 2017
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.First Church of Palm Coast Presents ÂThe MessiahÂŽHandel's classic, ÂThe Messiah,ÂŽ will bring musical magic to a performance to begin the Christmas season. The First Church Ensemble will perform the oratorio at the First Church of Palm Coast, pastored by the Reverend Gillard S. Glover. ÂThe MessiahÂŽ will be conducted by Dr. Samuel Shingles, director of Choral Activities at the Paxon School for Advanced Studies. Dr. Shingles is formerly dean of Arts and Sciences, department chair of Music, and choir director at Edward Waters College. The performance will begin at 4 p.m., on Saturday, December 9th at the First Church of Palm Coast located at 91 North Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, FL. For more info contact Jeroline D. McCarthy at (386) 446-5759. Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press ovember 23 29, 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 Legendary Entertainer Della Reese Passes at 86 In a career spanning more than 60 years, Della Reese brought big emotion to her roles on stage, TV and the silver screen. Before speaking in that robust voice of hers, ReeseÂs expressive face also brought her characters to life. She could go from a wide sunny smile to a razor stare in a snap, giving her characters a forthrightness and realness that endeared her to fans throughout a long career that went through a few incarnations as she survived traumas and illnesses that threatened her life. Perhaps best known for her role in the long-running Â90s TV show ÂTouched by an Angel,ÂŽ Reese died the evening of Nov. 19 in California. She was 86. The Detroit native, who was born Delloreese Patricia Early on July 6, 1931, showed prodigious talent for acting and singing early on. Like many entertainers of her generation, Reese learned much about performing in the church. At 13, she toured nationally with Mahalia Jackson, all while maintaining good grades at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. Reese later dropped out of Wayne State University to care for her ailing parents. While working odd jobs to support herself and her family, Reese continued to nurture her ambitions as a singer, performing in clubs around Detroit. (Around this time, she reconfigured her first name for a stage name, the better to fit on marquees.) Reese signed her first contract in 1953 with Jubilee Records, which released several singles and albums on her before she scored a Top 10 pop hit in 1957 with ÂAnd That Reminds Me,ÂŽ a stringladen ballad based on the Italian instrumental, "Autumn Concerto," by Camillo Bargoni. Two years later, Reese signed with RCA, a much bigger label and recording home to Elvis Presley and Sam Cooke. After scoring her final major pop hit with 1959Âs ÂDonÂt You Know,ÂŽ Reese recorded over the next decade in a variety of styles Â„ from jazz to show tunes, from Tin Pan Alley to gritty blues. The same commanding presence that later brought her fame as an actress was first evident in her career as a singer, which started to cool toward the end of the '60s. The rise of more daring younger acts like Aretha Franklin, whom Reese had known since the Queen of Soul was a child, superseded ReeseÂs more mannered style. She brought the direct emotional resonance of gospel to whatever she sang but with a sometimes barbed sense of control. She interpreted lyrics with a theatrical approach and clear, direct diction that made any song she sang sound as though it were the lead in a Broadway production. Still, there was an accessible charm to her performances, which translated well to her natural ability as an actress. While Oprah Winfrey was on her way to high school, Reese made history in 1969 as the first black woman to host her own national talk show, which lasted a season. Throughout the 1970s, Reese shifted to acting full-time, making appearances in numerous made-for-TV movies. In 1979, while shooting a guest spot on ÂThe Tonight Show,ÂŽ she nearly died from a brain aneurysm that required two surgeries. After recovery, Reese returned to TV and movies, co-starring with Redd Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor in the 1989 cult classic ÂHarlem Nights.ÂŽ Shortly afterward, Reese landed her most popular role as the wise and sometimes flashy Tess on ÂTouched by an Angel,ÂŽ the inspirational CBS drama that premiered in 1994 and ran for nine seasons. By the time the show took off, Reese had been a showbiz vet for 40 years. But becoming famous in the secular realm didnÂt distract Reese from her spiritual pursuits. She became an ordained minister in the 1980s, founding the Understanding Principles of Better Living Church, to which she devoted much of her time after the cancellation of ÂTouched by an AngelÂŽ in 2003. ReeseÂs diabetes, which she made public in 2002, started to take a toll in recent years, and the performer made few public appearances. Her greatest work, however, had already been done. She'd survived abusive marriages, racism, sexism and illnesses. Whether singing or acting, comedy or drama, Reese brought an indomitable presence to the role, a toughness that was likable and real but not impenetrable. She carried herself on stage and in front of the camera with an earthy grace and unshakable confidence anchored in her faith, which showbiz glitz could never take from her. Della Reese According to CNN and a documentary series called Giving Birth in America, every year about 700 to 1,200 women die from pregnancy or childbirth complications in the United States. And, Black women are about three to four times more likely to die of pregnancy or delivery complications than white women. CNN interviewed Dr. Michael Lindsay, chief of service for gynecology and obstetrics at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and he says that its complicated to answer why there has been a rise in deaths and why black women are more affected than women of other races. He comments, ÂThe racial divide in maternal deaths has been persistent for decades, so the rate is not something new. ItÂs something weÂve known for a number of years.ÂŽ Other doctors, however, say that have an idea why. They blame the differences in overall health and chronic illnesses among black and white women as a driving factor for the disparity. For instance, rates of obesity and high blood pressure (which are major risk factors for pregnancy complications) tend to be higher among black women. Others point to differences in socioeconomic status, access to health care, education, insurance coverage, housing, and levels of stress and community health among black and white women To learn more about the organization behind the documentary, visit www.everymothercounts.org. C Says Childbirth is Killing Black Women in the U.S. Spiritually Speaking: Tithing Your Time by Rev. James Washington A lot of us have an unspoken perspective when it comes to tithing. We donÂt always see it the way the pastor explains it. It sounds a little like a Âhere we go again thingÂŽ rather than a ÂhereÂs our chance to give back thing.ÂŽ My point of reference on this one is not the Old TestamentÂs edict of offering to the Almighty one tenth (a tithe) of everything God has blessed us with. We all know Mosaic Law required this as an act of gratitude, allegiance and obedience. I am compelled at this moment to refer to PaulÂs letter to Timothy, ÂCommand them to do good, to be rich in good deeds and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.ÂŽ 1 Timothy 6: 18-19. Tithes and offerings include the kind of life we lead as believers. I clearly understand the money issue, but I also believe itÂs about the behavior, the lifestyle, our attitude reflected in the living principle commanded or demanded of us by Christ. PaulÂs charge to Timothy says it best. It points to the Âtithe and offeringÂŽ that has nothing to do with money: Âpursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith.ÂŽ 1 Timothy 6: 11-12. Can you imagine what life would be like if you tithed your lifeÂs work? That would mean during the course of a day approximately an hour and a half would be spent in the practice of the aforementioned areas. Can you see yourself deliberately practicing godliness, love and righteousness for at least an hour and a half every day? That would be a real example of faith and belief in Christ demonstrated as He intended. Paul says you live your life so that when you die, no one will be able to talk ill of you. Yeah, right! But, if during the course of a day, any day, you rendered to God a spirit of faith reflected in an hour and a half of Godly activity in the name of Christ, then maybe everyone could see, touch and feel what it actually means to be Christ-like. An hour and a half is really not that much time. But if I thought more about this kind of tithe and offering, then maybe I could see more of more of my fellow man as being made in the image of the Almighty. Maybe, just maybe, I could possibly see myself that way too. How about you?
ovember 23 29, 2017 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 The Jacksonville Free Press would love to share your event with our readers. GUIDELINES 1. All unsolicited photos require a $10 photo charge for each picture. Photos can be paid by check, money order or credit card, 2. Pictures must be brought into our office to be examined for quality or emailed in a digital format of .jpg or .bmp. 3.Everyone in the picture must be named. 4. All photos MUST be received within 5 days of the event. OEXCEPTIOS. 5. Event photos must be acconpanied by a story/event synopsis including the 5WÂs of media: who, what, when, where and why. in addition to a phone number for more information.Call 634-1993 for more information! 1. You can come down with the flu from getting a flu shot. One of the most common myths is that people can get the flu from the flu shot. The flu shot is made with killed organisms, so you cannot get the flu from the flu shot. Afew percent of people experience some minor side effects, but it is impossible to get the flu from the flu shot. 2. Only people who live in cold climates get the flu. Cold weather does not cause the flu. The flu is a virus spread when a person who has the flu coughs, sneezes or speaks, sending the virus into the air. Other people inhale the virus and contract the flu. The temperature outside has no bearing on the transmission of the flu virus. 3. There are no medicines that will help once you get the flu. Because the flu is a virus, antibiotics will not help once you catch the flu. Antiviral medications can shorten the flu's duration and reduce its severity. However, these prescription-only medications must be taken within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. 4. Adults with upset stomachs have the stomach flu. "People often mistake stomach viruses for the flu," said Newman. "Children may have nausea, vomiting and diarrhea with the flu, but it is uncommon for those symptoms to appear in adults. Upset stomachs are most likely caused by other viruses, not the flu." 5. Feed a cold, starve a fever. It is always important to drink plenty of fluids and eat sensibly when you are feeling sick, but eating a lot will not cure the flu. 6. The flu vaccine is only for the elderly and young children. It is important for everyone, unless they have an allergy to it, to get the flu shot because anyone can get the flu at any age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seniors and children are more susceptible to the flu, but everyone should get the vaccine to protect themselves, their family and their community from influenza. 7. People who got flu shots last year don't need to get them this year. Flu shots are necessary each year because flu viruses change from year to year. Every year, experts study thousands of flu virus samples to forecast the viruses that are most likely to make the most people sick during the next flu season. In the U.S., the Food and Drug TisÂ the Season: 8 Myths and Facts About the Flu Flu shots are being offered at various locations around the city. Anew study suggests between 40 to 70 percent of partners cheat on their spouses, making infidelity the new norm in a relationship. ÂItÂs very high,ÂŽ according to University of Montreal researcher Genevieve Beaulieu-Pelletier. According to information collected from about 500 people, those with avoidant-attachment styles, who had inadequate parenting as children, were more likely to have affairs because they're afraid of intimacy. Often, they committed adultery to distance themselves from their partner and to convince themselves they had the freedom to do as they wanted, even if they were in a relationship. ÂThese numbers indicate that even if we get married with the best of intentions things donÂt always turn out the way we plan. What interests me about infidelity is why people are willing to conduct themselves in ways that could be very damaging to them and to their relationship.ÂŽ The results don't surprise Dr. Tina B. Tessina, a psychotherapist and author of a number of books, including ÂThe Commuter Marriage.ÂŽ ÂContrary to what we'd like to believe, I think there's always been more infidelity than faithfulness,ÂŽ Tessina said. ÂŽAmerica has a huge prostitution industry, for one thing, that few people ever talk about. Who's keeping it going? Add to that the onenight stands when people are on business trips, affairs at the office, and all the other sexual encounters married people can have. It is not a new phenomenon. It has been going on for all of history.ÂŽ ÂEven when sexual infidelity is punishable by death, it still happens,ÂŽ Tessina said. ÂThe sex drive is powerful, and if you add a little alcohol to reduce inhibitions, it becomes even more irresistible. The illicit nature of an affair adds to the excitement. Staying faithful is not easy, and requires the kind of marital connection that makes your partner more attractive and easier to be intimate with than the attractive stranger. Â Contrary to what most people think, the number of male commitment-phobic cheaters isn't any worse than women, the study shows. "...Infidelity isnÂt more prevalent in men,ÂŽ BeaulieuPelletier said. Regardless of the statistics, Brenda Della Casa, author of the relationship book, ÂCinderella was a Liar,ÂŽ said people need to focus on the bigger picture. ÂSelfishness and cheating may be the norm but it doesn't make it right,ÂŽ she said. ÂLet's think about this for a moment: divorce is common, being single at a later age doesn't earn you a Scarlet Letter and many women are earning a good living-even out earning-their male counterparts... People can stay single and sleep with whomever they'd like and have their fun, but they are choosing instead to be obligated to another person and lie and humiliate them?ÂŽ Why is that? According to Della Casa: "We live in a Âme-focusedÂ society where many people view themselves as their own personal brand and as the center of their own universe,ÂŽ Della Casa said. ÂAselfish and self-serving individual is going to do what they want to do when they want to do it, and it doesn't matter how anyone else feels about it,ÂŽ she said. ÂCheating is an almost inevitable consequence of narcissism, because a narcissist believes they should have what they want, when they want it. They also tend to want to prove the rules do not apply to them so if society or a partner is telling them they cannot have outside relationships, they could very well take an, ÂI'll show youÂapproach.ÂŽ Her answer to the cultural problem is simple. ÂInstead of glorifying the mystery and independence an affair offers, we should be highlighting the stories of the cheaters who were caught and how many of them wish they could go back in time and change it,ÂŽ she said. Is Cheating the Norm? New Study Suggests Infidelity is More Common than Monogamy D r C h e s t e r A i k e n s 305 East Union Streetin Downtown Jacksonville For All Your Dental Needs358-3827Monday Friday 8:30 AM5 PM***Saturday Appointments Available *** Dental Insurance and Medicaid Accepted B. Vereen Chithriki, M.D. William L. 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Think about it, how many times have you seen a woman in a beautiful dark colored suit only to have her look ruined by little white flakes. It's not cute, and there are ways to deal with it. Regardless of how bad your dandruff is there are ways to get it under control. As you can imagine I've seen my fair share of dandruff considering how long I've been in the hair business, but I can't tell you exactly what causes it. Actually the jury is still out on that one. Some books will tell you it's the result of a fungus, while others lean more towards the notion that it's the natural shedding of cells from your scalp. It's also believed there are many factors which can aggravate dandruff and make it worse. For instance poor health, stress, and a bad diet won't help matters any. From an external point of view, it's believed that certain hair products and even the weather could irritate your scalp and increase dandruff. Many of us have grown up with that idea that hair grease alleviates dryness, but unfortunately it's just a myth. There are ways to treat this embarrassing condition. First and foremost moisture is good for your hair and scalp. I would advise finding oil that works with your hair type, tea tree oil has been proven effective. For my clients I take a comb and lightly scratch the scalp to pull up the dandruff, followed by washing with a dandruff shampoo. Afterwards I have a treatment that is highly effective. You can feel it invigorating your scalp. As far as over the counter shampoos are concerned I reccomend one of the many products containing tea tree oil. Speaking of over the counter, there are some products available if you visit your area drug store that may help, but I recommend discussing the issue with your stylist first. Now if you and your stylist aren't having any luck; check your insurance coverage and make plans to see a Dermatologist. There's no reason you should have to suffer with dandruff. DS Spa and Salon is locatedat 9810 Baymeadows Rd Suite #2. Reach her at 645-9044.Email us at JFreePress@aol.com Remember good hair starts from the inside out! The National Museum of African American History in Washington harbors pieces of history that illustrate the story of the Black experience in America, and now the institution is giving African American families the opportunity to preserve memories of their own, The Baltimore Sun reported. The museum launched a free programÂ„dubbed the Community Curation ProgramÂ„which provides Black families with the tools and equipment needed to preserve old photographs and footage by converting them into digital records, the news outlet writes. ÂIn a very radical way, we recognize the importance of these vernacular, homemade images, this folk cinema, as an alternate history to the kinds of history that the mass media tells,ÂŽ museum media archivist Walter Forsberg said. ÂWe wanted to render a public service free of charge because we knew there was a lot of material out there trapped on obsolete formats.ÂŽ The National Museum of African American History has been dedicated to capturing Black culture. The institution is currently working on a hip-hop anthology that will delve into the influence of Black music and culture on the world. Jesse Jackson, long-time civil rights activist and the founder of the Rainbow Push Coalition, has publicly announced that he is battling ParkinsonÂs Disease. He is currently 76 years old, and has been fighting for equal rights since the 1960Âs. HereÂs what he had to say in his official statement to the media: Â On July 17, 1960, I was arrested, along with seven other college students, for advocating for the right to use a public library in my hometown of Greenville, S.C. I remember it like it was yesterday, for that day changed my life forever. From that experience, I lost my fear of being jailed for a righteous cause. I went on to meet Dr. King and dedicate my heart and soul to the fight for justice, equality, and equal access. In the tradition of the Apostle Paul, I have offered myself Â… my mind, body and soul Â… as a living sacrifice.ÂŽ ÂThroughout my career of service, God has kept me in the embrace of his loving arms, and protected me and my family from dangers, seen and unseen. ow in the latter years of my life, at 76 years old, I find it increasingly difficult to perform routine tasks, and getting around is more of a challenge. My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago. For a while, I resisted interrupting my work to visit a doctor. But as my daily physical struggles intensified I could no longer ignore the symptoms, so I acquiesced.ÂŽ ÂAfter a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as ParkinsonÂs disease, a disease that bested my father.ÂŽ ÂRecognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it. For me, a ParkinsonÂs diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the diseaseÂs progression.ÂŽ ÂI am far from alone. God continues to give me new opportunities to serve. This diagnosis is personal but it is more than that. It is an opportunity for me to use my voice to help in finding a cure for a disease that afflicts 7 to 10 million worldwide. Some 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with ParkinsonÂs every year.ÂŽ ÂI will continue to try to instill hope in the hopeless, expand our democracy to the disenfranchised and free innocent prisoners around the world. IÂm also spending some time working on my memoir so I can share with others the lessons I have learned in my life of public service. I steadfastly affirm that I would rather wear out than rust out.ÂŽ ÂI want to thank my family and friends who continue to care for me and support me. I will need your prayers and graceful understanding as I undertake this new challenge. As we continue in the struggle for human rights, remember that God will see us through, even in our midnight moments. ÂŽ ÂKEEP HOPE ALIVE!ÂŽ Jesse Jackson Not Giving Up Despite Having ParkinsonÂs Disease Â„ Says, ÂKeep Hope AliveÂŽ African American Museum Digitizes Vintage Photos for Black Families
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.Christmas Made in the South BazaarThe Christmas Made in the South Bazaar will continue through ovember 26th, at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The show features hundreds of artists and master craftsmen for your holiday table, decorations and more! For tickets and more info visit www.madeinthesouthshows.com.Culture BrunchThe Culture Brunch features business, brunch and holiday vibes, Saturday, ovember 25th, 12 p.m. 4 p.m. at the Manifest Distillery located at 960 E. Forsyth St. Enjoy music, food, fun, vendors, a buffet and more! For tickets visitwww.theculturebrunch2.splashthat.com .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.Ms. Senior Jacksonville LuncheonA Seasoned Affair presents the Ms. Senior Jacksonville International friendship and appreciation celebration Sunday, ovember 26, 1:30 3:30 p.m. at River City Brewing Company located at 835 Museum Circle. Bring friends and have fun! For more info call (904) 434-5200.Advocacy for Individuals with Disabilities TrainingA Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Disabilities training workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, ovember 29th, 9 a.m. 5 p.m. will discuss disability history, sensitivity and the American with Disabilities ACT 101 to gain insight into the continuum care which provides services for prevention, court diversion and treatment. Location is the Jessie Ball DuPont Center located at 40 E. Adams St. For tickets call the center at (904) 240-4560.Democratic WomenÂs Information etworkThe Democratic WomenÂs Information Network annual membership and elections meeting will take place Wednesday, ovember 29th at 5:30 p.m. Location is the IBEW #177 Hall located at 966 N. Liberty St. For more info visit www.duvaldwin.org.SJP General MeetingThe Simonds Johnson Park Community meeting is 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. Joy Dennis in Concert!Joy Dennis and Top Shelf People Live listening party is happening at the Mojo Kitchen located at 1500 Beach Blvd, December 1 2nd at 9:30 p.m. For more info visit www.joydennismusic.com.Black Couples Paint & SipBlack Couples Getaway Couples ÂPaint & Sip,ÂŽ Saturday, December 2nd, 6:30 9 p.m. at The Winey Wench located at 10300 Southside Blvd. Bring a toy for the annual toy drive, enjoy wine samples, food, fun and more! For tickets and more info visit www.paintandsipjacksonville.eventbrite.com.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 ForumJoin 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.African Dinner AdventureAfrican Dinner Adventure will take place Wednesday, D ecember 6th 7 9 p.m. at Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen located at 5111-2 Baymeadows Rd. Come enjoy rich flavors, spices vegan dishes and Ethiopian culture to charm you! For more info call (904) 551-0403.13th 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. Squirrel ut ZippersThe Ritz Theatre and Museum is proud to announce the Squirrel Nut Zippers Annual Christmas Caravan Tour on Friday, December 8th at 7:30 p.m. Featuring the band performing classic holiday songs at the Ritz Theatre and Museum located at 829 North Davis Street. For tickets and more info visit www.ticketmaster.com. A Garfield ChristmasThrasher-Horne Center located at 283 College Drive in Orange Park, Florida, presents ÂA Garfield ChristmasÂŽ holiday spirit show on stage Friday, December 8th at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and December 10th at 3 p.m. Garfield spends Christmas with the Arbuckle family on their farm, and discovers the true meaning of Christmas! For tickets and more info visit www.thcenter.org.Seasons to Remember The Justice Coalition presents ÂSeasons to RememberÂŽ a special night honoring innocent victims of violent crimes is scheduled for Friday, December 8, at 5:30 p.m. Location is Redemption Church located at 2000 Lane Avenue South. For more info call (904) 783-6312.The Harlem Globetrotters are back!Get your tickets to witness the original Harlem Globetrotters exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theater and comedy, Friday, December 8, at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena located at 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd. For tickets and more info www.jaxevents.com.Comedian Joe TorryCome hear laugh out loud comedy with comedian Joe Torry, December 8-9, 10 p.m. at the Comedy Club of Jacksonville located at 11000 Beach Blvd, Unit 8. For tickets and more info visit www.jacksonvillecomedy.com.10,000 Black Men Florida March The Black Educators for Justice and Unity presents the 10,000 Black MenÂs Conference March on Florida, Saturday December 9 11th at 2 p.m. For more info visit www.blackmensnovement.org.Annual Community utcrackerThe 26th Annual Community Nutcracker featuring more than 200 local dancers ranging in ages from 9 to adult performing the classic twoact ballet will take the stage Saturday, December 9th at 7 p.m. at the Florida Theater located at 128 E Forsyth St. For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com.Tuesdays with MorrieThe beloved New York Times best-seller, Tuesdays with Morrie, will come to life on the historic Florida Theatre for one performance, Sunday, December 10 at 3 p.m. This new stage adaption stars M*A*S*HÂs Jamie Farr as Morrie Schwartz. Tickets can be purchased at www.floridatheatre.com.Janet Jackson TourJanet Jackson, ÂState of the World TourÂŽ is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12 at 8 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena located at 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd. For tickets and more info visit www.ticketmaster.com. Page 8 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene AROUND TOWN AROUND TOWN ovember 23 29, 2017 Enclosed is my __ check __ money order for $38.50 (within city limits) __$43.00 (outside of Jacksonville) NAME ___________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS ________________________________________________________________ CITY____________________________________ STATE______ ZIP_________________ If this is a gift subscription it is provided by (so gift notification card can be sent) ______________________________________ Please send check or money order to: Jacksonville Free Press P.O. 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By Stacy M. Brown Thomas McClary, the legendary founder of the super group the Commodores, has a new book that takes readers on a journey through Motown, the Civil Rights Movement and a backstage war for the ages. McClary, who co-founded the group with Lionel Richie, recently released ÂRock and Soul,ÂŽ a stirring autobiography where readers also learn about his activism. ÂI kept getting questions as to when are the original Commodores going to do reunion and, after hearing that for the ÂumpteenthÂ time I realized that people wanted to know,ÂŽ said McClary. ÂSo, I started to think about it and started writing things down.ÂŽ The book details McClaryÂs recruitment of Richie, one of the biggest selling artists in the history of Motown Records. ÂWhen I met Lionel, he was a very shy guy and I had to convince his grandmother and parents to allow him to play in the band,ÂŽ McClary said. ÂI pushed him out to become the lead singer after our initial lead singer was drafted into the Vietnam War. I overheard Lionel singing in the shower one day and I said, Âhey, you can sing.ÂÂŽ When the book begins, McClary is in a courtroom. One of the members secretly trademarked the Commodores name, barring McClaryÂs use, while performing separately. ÂI think readers will be surprised at how perseverance played a role in our success and they will also be surprised to know that, even though we had a very united front, behind the scenes things werenÂt so kosher,ÂŽ he said. ÂIÂm the founder and all of us were equal as it relates to corporate ownership and the name. One of the guys decided he was going to take it on his own to trademark the name and IÂm still handling it.ÂŽ The singer, musician and songwriter is credited along with Richie for writing nearly all of the Commodores music, a bevy of hits thatÂs led to multiple Grammy nomination and induction into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. In addition to his musical prowess, McClary counts as one of the Civil Rights MovementÂs unsung heroes. The first African American to integrate Lake County Public Schools in Eustis, Fla., amidst formidable racial tension, McClary walked with boldness when entering the doors of the all-White school. He also fought to open doors of opportunities for other African Americans and he continues to work to help others overcome racial bigotry and other obstacles. McClary said itÂs as important today as ever before. ÂMan, I never thought IÂd be appreciative of a president like George W. Bush,ÂŽ he said. ÂTo compare him to what we have in office today, I never thought IÂd long for a George Bush.ÂŽ McClary said fans have repeatedly asked about a possible reunion of the original Commodores, a group that turned out iconic and time-tested hits as ÂBrick House,ÂŽ ÂEasy,ÂŽ and ÂJust to be Close to you.ÂŽ ÂItÂs going to happen. IÂve spent 30 years trying to make it happen and Lionel and I recently performed together in New Zealand and at the Superdome, so IÂm optimistic that a reunion with the five living original members will happen,ÂŽ said McClary, whose recollections about the great ÂMotown SoundÂŽ is recorded in the new book that has others taking notice. ÂItÂs captivating and awe inspiring,ÂŽ singer Ray Parker Jr. said. Kool & the Gang Founder Robert Bell wrote a moving review of ÂRock and SoulÂŽ calling it Âan emotion filled memoir of a cherished walk and a celebration of life, through the highs and lows of a natural born star. Thoroughly entertaining and moving.ÂŽ Hall of Fame NBA Star Julius ÂDr. JÂŽ Erving also praised McClaryÂs memoirs. ÂA testament of the resilience of the force that is Thomas McClary,ÂŽ Erving said. ÂThis book gave pure energy to my soul.ÂŽ The 362-page book recounts the Civil Rights Movement, and McClaryÂs early days of leaving home to attend Tuskegee University where he met Richie. It highlights McClaryÂs rise from the concrete of societal imposed standards to musical genius. McClary relentlessly laid the foundation to form a sound and a family of talent that the world had yet to witness. Countless hours with his guitar, and blood, sweat, and tears became synonymous with crafting a sound that intricately fused rhythm and blues, funk and rock, pop and jazz, and moved audiences to undeniable emotion with a language that knew no barriers. ÂObviously I have a lot of respect for Berry Gordy and what he did at Motown and for Black people,ÂŽ McClary said. ÂStevie Wonder has always been incredible, as has Smokey Robinson and Suzanne de Passe. We learned a lot from all of them, the likes of Norman Whitfield and Marvin Gaye all of whom had an open door policy, where we could ask how they did what they did and what we could use to improve our situation.ÂŽ Queen Sugar Star Announces Engagement to ew Orleans ChefQueen SugarÂŽ character Nova Bordelon enjoys whirlwinds with New Orleans lovers and has a liking for the ladies. And according to a series of recent Instagram posts by Rutina Wesley, who plays the freespirit on the OWN series, thereÂs more than one similarity between the actress and the character she portrays. Over the weekend, Wesley announced her engagement to a female chef from New Orleans. She announced the news via Instagram. Many are referring to the announcement as WesleyÂs coming out. While WesleyÂs ÂQueen SugarÂŽ character didnÂt mark her first major role as a character attracted to the same-sex, the actressÂs true sexuality has rarely, if ever, been a point of discussion. In 2013, Wesley divorced from then-husband Jacob Fishel. ovember 23 29, 2017 Page 9 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press Get your Free Press on the go! Seach for us on Facebook at The Jacksonville Free Press or visit us on the web at www.jacksonvilleFreePress.comP P H H O O T T O O S S | | N N E E W W S S | | C C O O M M M M E E N N T T A A R R Y YStop by our offices located at Stop by our offices located at 1122 West Edgewood Avenue 1122 West Edgewood Avenue Jacksonville, Florida 32208 Jacksonville, Florida 32208 Commodores Legend Talks Reunion, ew Book Here is What We Know About ArethaÂs Health Twitter users woke up Tuesday to see Aretha FranklinÂs name trending and immediately suspected the worst, but there was no apparent confirmation of any impending health concerns despite a gossip news website reporting otherwise. Fameolous Daily reported that ÂCelebrities are at the hospital saying goodbyeÂŽ because ÂAretha has been battling cancer for a while now,ÂŽ according to Âa source inside the hospital.ÂŽ The 75-year-old legendary soul singer has been dogged by rumors of cancer since at least 2011, which is likely fueling what seems to be resuscitated rumor and innuendo. HereÂs what we know about FranklinÂs health: Rumors of the divaÂs health problems resurfaced in May, when she announced to an audience that she was battling an Âupper respiratory viral infection.ÂŽ Still, she managed to sing at the event honoring Clive Davis, the New York Post reported at the time. That same month, the National Enquirer published reports of Franklin having lost more than 100 pounds because of a Âcancer relapse,ÂŽ an anonymous source told the news outlet known for gossip. ÂShe was due to have radical chemotherapy treatments, and was told by doctors she needed to lose weight if she wanted to survive.ÂŽ The following month, she canceled a concert in Toronto scheduled for July because of Âdoctors orders,ÂŽ according to the Daily Mail. But she performed Âa collection of songsÂŽ at an AIDS fundraiser earlier this month, according to the Detroit News, which didnÂt report anything about apparent health concerns. While she admitted to in 2011 that she had gone Âthrough a number of procedures,ÂŽ Franklin told Access Hollywood that ÂI donÂt know where Âpancreatic cancerÂ [reports] came from.ÂŽ One year earlier, Franklin had Âhighly successfulÂŽ surgery, though she never addressed the details of the procedure that forced her to cancel a series of scheduled concerts at the time. There was no mention of any health concerns on her official website, which highlighted the latest news about her from the AIDS Foundation Gala performance on November 8. Still, Twitter users seemed to panic at the reports, posting messages and memes in support of the ÂQueen of SoulÂŽ singer and songwriter who has enjoyed a career that has lasted for more than six decades. Commodores Legend Thomas McClary wrote a new book about his time with the iconic band and his activism during the Civil Rights Movement.
At first glance, a networking event titled 'Come Meet a Black Person' might raise eyebrows. But the organizers of the gathering, based in Lawrenceville, Georgia, say that it's all for a good cause: crushing stereotypes and bridging racial divides. 'It's a great opportunity to start relationships,' Cheryle Moses, the founder of black media organization Urban MediaMakers, told CNN. 'And if you have a relationship with somebody, you are inclined to treat them like yourself. 'If you don't have that relationship, then you'll only treat them based upon what you may have seen or read somewhere.' A post on Urban MediaMatters' webpage says it is inviting 'diverse actors, filmmakers, writers, movie lovers,' to the event to help 'nonblack people to put aside any preconceived notions about the black community' at the event. The shindig, held outside of Atlanta, included food, drinks and giveaways. Over chili and beer with light jazz playing in the background, a diverse mix of urban professionals did what they could to try to bridge the racial divide. They talked. They ate cornbread. They drank wine. And they talked. In a setting not unlike speed dating, participants were forced outside their comfort zones, discussing issues like politics, family, crime and hair. But all of that is just social lubrication for what Moses hoped will be the start of new friendships and a breaking down of cultural barriers helping strangers develop personal bonds, despite their cultural differences. That was aided by the 'cultural' scavenger hunt, which was intended to help white attendees learn about the black community. And anyone who's feeling awkward or shy was helped by staff, who wandered around the room and helped to break the ice. 'We can tell when someone is uncomfortable,' Moses said. It's a new solution to an old problem highlighted by statistics released by the Public Religion Research Institute in 2013. According to those figures, 75 per cent of whites in the US have no nonwhite friends, and even for those that have, their friends circles are 91 per cent white. Similarly, 65 per cent of black people don't have any white friends and the average black American's friends are 85 per cent black. 'In the black community we know of white people who don't have a lot of black friends,' Moses said. Niall Mathieson, a white man from England, said his church tipped him to the $15 event. ÂI am already passionate about integration,ÂŽ he said. ÂIt was a no brainer to be here ... itÂs a fantastic concept, IÂm thinking on where it can go from here.ÂŽ With racial tensions and divisiveness so high in the U.S., Moses believes personal conversations could pave the way to a little more understanding. ÂItÂs cool to march and protest if thatÂs your thing,ÂŽ she said. ÂBut I need to get you one-onone.ÂŽ Visa has announced the addition of three athletes who make up the Nigerian WomenÂs Bobsled Team to Team Visa, currently training to become the first ever African representatives, men or women, to qualify for the Olympic Winter Games in the sport of Bobsled. Together, Bobsled pilot Seun Adigun, and brakemen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga, combine their elite track backgrounds to chase their bobsled dreams. Without access to proper training equipment or valuable ice time to perfect their skills, the members of the team started their journey on the snow-less grounds of Houston, Texas, in a wooden sled they nicknamed ÂThe Maeflower.Â Once the team set their sights on the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, they established a crowdfunding website hoping to raise the muchneeded funds to get there. Upon discovering the crowd funding page, Visa was inspired by their story and determination to carve out a place in history and pledged to help solidify the teamÂs trip. ÂWhen we first heard their story we recognized the collective spirit of these athletes as a perfect fit for Team Visa,ÂŽ said Chris Curtin, chief brand and innovation marketing officer at Visa. ÂBy joining Team Visa, we hope to provide this group of determined athletes with a global stage to tell their story and inspire athletes all over the world to follow their dreams and never give up.ÂŽ The athleticism and determination of each member of the Nigerian WomenÂs Bobsled Team is palpable, as they push to rewrite history in their sport: Seun Adigun (Nigeria, Bobsled Driver): Adigun represented Nigeria in the 100m hurdles at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Wanting to get back on the Olympic stage, she began training for bobsled in 2014. Ngozi Onwumere (Nigeria, Bobsled Breakmen): Onwumere, a former competitive sprinter, clinched a Silver and Gold medal at the 2015 African Games in Republic of the Congo in the 200m and 4x100m relay, respectively. Onwumere started training after being recruited by Adigun in 2016. Akuoma Omeoga (Nigeria, Bobsled Breakmen): Omeoga is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where she was a sprinter for the universityÂs track and field team, competing in the 100m and 200m races. The Olympic Winter Games in 2018 will be the first time she is representing Nigeria. ÂAlready the support and encouragement we have felt as part of Team Visa has been a dream come true,ÂŽ said Seun Adigun, driver of the Nigerian WomenÂs Bobsled Team. ÂWe are proud to be part of a team that shares our mission and has connected us with the resources we needed to reach our goal, and hopefully empower others to do the same.ÂŽ The women of the Nigerian WomenÂs Bobsled Team joins Team VisaÂs diverse roster of athletes, which includes: Mikaela Shiffrin (USA), Chloe Kim (USA), Gus Kenworthy (USA), Hilary Knight (USA), Oksana Masters (USA), Mark McMorris (Canada), Lee Sang-Hwa (South Korea), Kamil Stoch (Poland) and others. Page 10 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press ovember 23 29, 2017 Select the coupons you like and save instantly when you enter your phone number at checkout. Sign up for Publix Digital Coupons at publix.com/savingstyle. p u b l i x c c o m / s a v i n g s t y l e First igerian Women Bobsled Team is Heading to the Winter Olympic Games Seun Adigun, gozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga People celebrate of Black Consciousness Day in Sao Paulo, Brazil Brazil Celebrates Black Consciousness Day Brazil celebrated Black Consciousness Day on Monday, a holiday that aimed to highlight the issues faced by the countryÂs Black community. In Brazil, race remains divisive and can determine opportunity. On Monday, Afro-Brazilians took to the streets in cities across the country to parade and participate in cultural events in celebration of black culture. The date for the holiday marks the anniversary of the death of Zumbi dos Palmares, a 17th-century Brazilian warrior who fought to free the slaves. During the years of the slave trade, Brazil imported more slaves than any other country and was the last country to officially end slavery. Yet, it was the first place in the Americas where slaves gained freedom. Earlier this month, the United Nations launched a new ÂBlack LivesÂŽ campaign in Brazil to draw attention to the disproportionate number of Black men killed. 71 out of every 100 men killed in Brazil are Black. Economic inequalities also persist along racial lines in Brazil Around 70 percent of the wealthiest 10 percent in the country are white, while blacks represent 74 percent of the most impoverished 10 percent of the population. Around half of the countryÂs population is black. Georgians Launch ÂCome Meet a Black PersonÂŽto Dispel Stereotypes iall Mathieson (l.) and Tracey McLean attended the "Come Meet a Black Person" event outside of Atlanta.