Retired Duval County teacher Lydia Williams celebrated her 104th birthday this past Saturday with her family and friends. The centenarian has lived and worked in North Jacksonville for over 85 years, inspiring and encouraging students as a teacher at Susie E. Tolbert and Sallye B. Mathis Elementary Schools. Mrs. Williams received her BA in Education and a Master in Management and Supervision from Florida A&M University. Still living at home with her family, she credits her longevity to being a kind gentle soul and keeping her faith in God. ÂIf you keep God first in all your dealings he will always bless and protect you,ÂŽ said Williams. She is a lifelong member of Bethel Baptist International church in downtown Jacksonville. Mrs. Williams celebrated her birthday with her three children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She continued ÂLife is beautifulÂŽ and ÂI plan on staying around for however long the Lord sees fit.ÂŽ For most families, the pursuit of higher education means substantial investments in time, effort, and a combination of cash and loans to gain a college degree. These investments Â… both human and material -are made in confidence that the rewards, although often years away, will one day result in a marketable set of skills that can command a better standard of living over a lifetime. Unfortunately, life does not always bring what was once hoped for. Decades of racial wealth disparities result in the majority of Black students borrowing more loans than their white classmates. Even after 12 years, student loan balances for Black bachelorÂs graduates grew to 114 percent of the principal borrowed. By comparison, white bachelor grads who borrowed loans owed only 47 percent of their principal for the same time frame. This new finding comes from an education analysis by the Center for American Progress (CAP). Using U.S. Department of Education data, CAP examined long-term outcomes of student borrowers by race and ethnicity among students who began college in the 2003-04 school year. After a dozen years, CAP found that the former Black students owed more on their federal student loans, and further that nearly half of Black college student borrowers also defaulted on their loans. As some might suspect, 75 percent of those who dropped out of forprofit colleges wound up in default. Continued on page 3 Volume 31 o. 3 ovember 30 -December 6, 2017 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents UCF Report Shows HBCUs Multi-Billion Dollar Impact on U.S. EconomyPage 7 Republican Tax Bill Robs from the Middle Class and the Poor to Help the RichPage 4Seven Foods You ever Want to EatPage 7 Youngest Smith Vents on How Terrible it is Growing up in HollywoodPage 7 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED MD Man Awarded $15M for 20 Years of Being Wrongly Incarcerated Sabein Burgess spent nearly two decades behind bars for the murder of his girlfriend in 1995 that he insisted he had nothing to do with. Now, a federal jury has given final vindication to the wrongfully convicted man by awarding him $15 million in his lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department and two detectives. The lawsuit alleged that the detectives conspired to fabricate gunshot residue evidence used to convict him. "My lawsuit was never about the money. It was about clearing my name and proving that I was used as a scapegoat to close the case," Burgess said. Burgess was finally freed in 2014, thanks to the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, an advocacy group that started working on Burgess' case in 2011. Prosecutors eventually dropped charges. He said he "came close" to losing his mind at points during his incarceration and spent lengthy periods in solitary confinement. Although he's been focused on strengthening his relationships with family and friends since getting out in 2014, he also wants to help bring about changes in the criminal justice system. "My hope for the next 10 years is to really try to make a difference in somebody else's life. Maybe help somebody in jail who is innocent find what was so hard for me, which was justice and freedom," he said.Princeton ames Building After Poet Laureate Tony MorrrisonPrinceton University showed respect and honor to author Toni Morrison by its recent dedication of Morrison Hall. Morrison Â… who in 1993 became the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature Â… is the Emeritus Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities at the university. The building dedication took place after MorrisonÂs keynote address at the Princeton and Slavery Project Symposium. Previously, Morrison Hall was called West College, and inside, students can find the Office of the Dean of the College. On Nov. 14, a portrait of Morrison created by Paul Wyse was hung in the building. Morrison joined the Princeton University faculty as a literature and creative writing professor in 1989. She transferred to emeritus status in 2006. According to the Princeton, the Sula writer played a major role in expanding the universityÂs commitments to the creative and performing arts and to African American Studies. In 1994, Morrison founded the Princeton Atelier, which brings together undergraduate students in interdisciplinary collaborations with acclaimed artists. MorrisonÂs papers, which were already a part of the university libraryÂs permanent collection since 2014, became available to students, faculty and worldwide scholars in 2016 for research purposes.Jackie Robinson Jersey Sells for $2MAs the first Black player to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball, Jackie Robinson's contributions to the sport and overall culture, period, will always be remembered. That being said, one auction house couldn't believe how much one of Robinson's jerseys fetched recently. According to NBC Dallas Fort Worth, the only known surviving jersey from Robinson's historic 1947 rookie season with the then-Brooklyn Dodgers sold for a whopping $2.05 million at Dallas-based Heritage Auctions on Sunday. "The auction price smashed HeritageÂs own previous world record of $573,600 for a post-war game worn jersey, a 1955 rookie model from RobinsonÂs teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax," Heritage Auctions said in a statement to NBC DFW, attempting to explain the significance of the $2.05 million price. THEBLACKEIGOFAMERICAo White Men ominated for Top Grammy for First Time in 20 YearsFor the first time in almost 20 years, the Grammys have not nominated any white men in the Album of the Year category. The nominees for that category include Childish Gambino, JayZ, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Lorde, meaning all of the nominees are women or people of color. WhatÂs more, all of the artists in the Record of the Year are people of color, with the exception of Justin Bieber, who collaborated with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee on ÂDespacito.ÂŽ But for the performers themselves, this is the first time that there have been no white men nominated. In 1999, Lauryn Hill won Album of the Year for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill over Garbage, Madonna, Shania Twain, and Sheryl Crow. The group Garbage, fronted by Shirley Manson, did have white men in its ranks, however. Despite the caveats, this is a big deal for the Grammys, which have long been criticized for lagging behind the country in the diversity department. Hopefully, the trend of diversifying will continue. Black Student Loan Borrowers Fail to Get a Fair Deal Shown are F.R.I.E..D.S Gail Wyman, Celeste Allman-Douglas, Ramona Roberts, Renea Armstrong, Josephine Jones, Connie Miller, Lauren Bell, Roxann Hilbert( 1ft runner up Ms Senior Divia 2016), Clara Williams, Diane Smith, Hennie Style, Gwendolyn Sulivan and Staci Anderson after their celebration lunch. A group of multi-national supportive women have officially dubbed themselves a true FRIEND Â… an acronym for Faithful, Resourceful, Independent, Eclectic and Divinely (FRIEND). They recently celebrated their connection with their 8th annual friendship appreciation luncheon held at River City Brewing Company. FRIENDS first met each other in 2010 after collectively nursing their mutual friend Staci Anderson back to health following a traumatic car accident. They would take turns on various shifts throughout the week to assist with her full recovery. In gratitude for her support, Staci gathered her friends together for an appreciation luncheon where everyone had such a good time that FRIENDS was born. The inaugural luncheon was held at a local apartment complex where attendees brought a gift to exchange. Each friend spoke on how they meet Staci and the rest is history! FRIEDS Honor the Power of Sisterhood Rep. John Conyers Several Congressional Black Caucus members are in talks to get veteran Rep. John Conyers to resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct, several Democratic sources told CNN this week. Those members are trying to ease his exit without trampling on his legacy during his 50-plus years in the House. Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, is the longest currently serving member of the House of Representatives. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is not leading the effort but is tacitly supporting it, according to Democratic sources. A staffer to a member of the Congressional Black Caucus told CNN that "there is a feeling among some of our members that we need to protect his legacy," noting that Conyers is a founding member of the group and was a leading figure in the civil rights movement. The House Ethics Committee announced last week it had opened an investigation into allegations against Conyers after BuzzFeed reported that he settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 after allegedly sexually harassing a staffer. A separate woman told CNN Tuesday that Conyers made three sexual advances toward her when she worked for him in his district office in Detroit from 1997 to 2005. Conyers has denied wrongdoing in both cases and has repeatedly said he will not resign from Congress. On Sunday, he stepped down as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. Black Caucus Members in Talks with Conyers to Get Him to Resign Seventeen years ago after leaving church one Sunday, mother and son duo Jackie and Cal Davis encountered a shivering homeless man. Cal was so overwhelmed in considering his own blessed life that he gave the man the coat off his back. That chance encounter led the DavisÂ to establish the Love Harvest Charity with a vow to do all that they could to eradicate homelessness in Jacksonville. Since that eye opening day in 2000, the non profit organization has provided volunteers at various shelters, participates in charity walks and prepares baskets of toiletries to distribute to the homeless population. This year, Sterling Joyce joined Jackie Davis to present the first annual Black & White Ball to support the programs initiatives. Held at the Jazzland Club over the Thanksgiving weekend, the affair included a night filled with smooth jazz, gourmet dining and a charity auction and guests donned in signature black and white attire ÂWith support and encouragement of the community Love Harvest Charity will continue to establish ways to support individuals who are without,ÂŽ said Jackie Davis. Mrs. Lydia Williams Celebrates 104th Birthday with Family and Friends Shown is organizer Jackie Davis presenting auction items to winners Joe and LeShawn Spruiell Black & White Ball Charity Raises Funds to Tackle Homelessness in Jax Mrs. Lydia Williams Even after 12 years, student loan balances for Black bachelorÂs graduates grew to 114 percent of the principal borrowed. By comparison, white bachelor grads who borrowed loans owed only 47 percent of their principal for the same time frame.
Dear Rusty: I am going to stop working in October 2018 at age 62. I do not want to start drawing my Social Security then (at age 62 it would be $1,005/month; normal retirement is 66 years, 4 months, $1,454/month). I do not plan on taking another job. I plan to start taking my benefits at my normal retirement date. Will my benefits at normal retirement be reduced for each year I don't work or will they remain at the current amount? Is there a certain percentage they reduce them or a formula they use? Signed: Planning For Retirement Dear Planning: Okay, so let's first tackle the question of your estimated retirement benefits at age 62 and also at age 66 + 4 months which is your "normal" or full retirement age (FRA). These benefit estimates, which you have gotten from your My Social Security account at the Social Security website, assume your current earnings level will continue until you reach your full retirement age. If you instead stop working at age 62, your actual benefit when you finally start collecting could be less than the estimates they gave you. This is because your benefits are based upon the highest earning years in your work history. If some of the years used to compute your estimates are the assumed earnings between now and when you reach FRA and if you instead have no earnings in those years, your actual benefit will be less than the estimate. There is no simple percentage of reduction used when you have no earnings between age 62 and your FRA; rather, the standard 35 year benefit calculation formula is used. That formula takes your highest earning 35 years to arrive at your Average Indexed Monthly Earnings and then computes your benefit amount from that average. Since most people have their highest earnings in the latter years of their working career, continuing to work up to the point of collecting Social Security is often a good strategy because those higher earning years will be included in the benefit computation. (It's possible, but not usual, to have all of your highest earning 35 years earlier in your career, in which case stopping work at age 62 would not affect your FRA benefit). So in your specific case, since you wish to stop working at age 62 and delay Social Security until you have reached your full retirement age of 66 + 4 months, I suggest you first get your earnings statement from your Social Security account and review your earnings history (remember that your prior earnings will be adjusted for inflation before computing your benefit). From your earnings statement, determine if your 35 highest earning years will have already been attained by the time you are 62. If they have, your benefit when you apply at FRA should be close to the estimate; if they have not, and you stop working, your benefit at FRA will be a little less than the estimate. Keep in mind that your actual benefit amount will not be final until you actually apply. Note too that Social Security will start adding COLA to your estimated benefit amount once you reach 62 years of age even though you are not yet collecting, which means you'll get those COLA increases when you finally apply for benefits at FRA. Social Security Matters Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press ovember 30 December 6, 2017 If you have mortgage problems, call 888-995-HOPE for one-on-one expert advice from this free government program.YouÂre not alone. ÂWhat will happen to us if we lose the house?ÂŽ Truck TaxiMoving & Delivery Licensed & Insured 904-563-6492If you have ever struggled to find childrenÂs books with Black representation, look no further! 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I also really enjoy highlighting the work of fellow authors and entrepreneurs.ÂŽ BlackBabyBooks.com primarily lists books for children up to age eight. Authors of books in this category can recommend that their books be included on the platform by using the contact form on the website. And if you have babies in your life, be sure to support this great new service by buying a book, or maybe even a sweet little onesie! ew Website Helps You Discover & Purchase ChildrenÂs Books With Black CharactersAuthor and entrepreneur, Veronica Chapman, is also the founder of BlackBabyBooks.comShabazz Daughters Launch Malcolm X Legacy Clothing Line to Honor Father and His PrinciplesThe $130 Billion Impact Of HBCUsAsk Rusty Estimated vs Actual BenefitsThey often receive inequitable state and federal funding and are often under-resourced and undersupported. Despite their uphill battle, new research details that historically Black colleges and universities have had a positive economic impact on the nation. The United Negro College Fund, or UNCF,recently published an 88page report utlining the considerable return-on-Investment (ROI) of Black colleges throughout the country. The findings of the report were announced during a UNCF briefing on Capitol Hill that included a panel of presidents from various HBCUs. ÂThe intended audience is the entire country, not just HBCUs and HBCU stakeholders,ÂŽ said Dr. Brian Bridges, vice president of research and member engagement at UNCF. Dr. Michael Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF, said that the report provided HBCUs an opportunity to share their economic impact with a broader audience. The report, titled ÂHBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities,ÂŽ comes at a time when the federal government has decreased its support for HBCUs, according to experts. UNCF hopes that its report will counter existing narratives about the declining legitimacy of HBCUs in the national landscape. ÂIÂve been at this business for over half a century, so I had a sense that HBCUs had an economic impact, and that story wasnÂt being told very well,ÂŽ Lomax said. Relying primarily on U.S. Department of Education data, the report states that the nationÂs 101 HBCUs spend about $14.8 billion on faculty, employees, academic programs and students. HBCUs across the country provide over 134,090 jobs within their respective communities, and 57,868 of these jobs are on-campus. ÂEach $1 million initially spent by an HBCU and its students creates 13 jobs,ÂŽ according to the report. ÂI was actually surprised by the numbers: the number of people that are employed at institutions, the payrolls of these institutions, the lifetime earnings of their graduates,ÂŽ Lomax said. ÂI think these are much more robust and significant numbers than weÂve been aware of.ÂŽ According to the report, the lifetime earnings for HBCU graduates totals $130 billion. It adds that for individuals, an HBCU education adds $927,000 to lifetime earnings. The speakers at TuesdayÂs panel included Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, president of Spelman College, who said that Spelman has focused its efforts on technology, science and the arts. ÂI think what this report does is it emboldens us and confirms that, as engines of economic growth and change, thereÂs much we can do not only for our region but for our local communities,ÂŽ Campbell said. Another panelist, Dr. Billy C. Hawkins, president of Talladega College, which is celebrating 150th anniversary, said his institution is here to stay for another 150 years. He explained that the college is currently constructing a museum, which, in addition to other building projects, will help add 260 jobs over the next several years. ÂFor some time now, IÂve been so sick and tired of hearing about the relevancy of our HBCUs, and whether they should exist or not,ÂŽ Hawkins said. ÂWell, TalladegaÂs been around 150 years. Is that relevancy or not?ÂŽ The college presidents provided anecdotal evidence that they say substantiates the data. Bridges said he hopes this report will be a point of departure for institutions to be more active in publishing their own internal reports and making known the impact that they have in their communities. For Lomax, these early conversations surrounding the report are further evidence of a Âvibrant community of institutions.ÂŽ ÂI think rumors of the demise of historically Black colleges are greatly exaggerated. These are robust institutions playing a powerful role locally and in their states and nationally,ÂŽ said Lomax. ÂWeÂve got to do a better job of telling that story and getting the investment that these institutions warrant.ÂŽ Michael Lomax During a time in our country where the political climate has been heated and racial tensions were seemingly at an all-time high, the daughters of the late civil rights leader Malcolm X were using fashion as an avenue for social activism, Black Enterprise reported. Ilyasah Shabazz, Qubilah Shabazz, Attallah Shabazz, Gamilah Lumumba Shabazz and Malaak Shabazz have all teamed up with the tech company Hingeto to create a clothing line that pays homage to their fatherÂs legacy. The line, dubbed Malcolm X Legacy, features items that are inspired by the activistÂs twelve principles which stressed the importance of human rights, education, economic independence, cultural pride, and justice. The collection features hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and will soon include artwork. Leandrew Robinson, the CEO of Hingeto, told Black Enterprise that a clothing line like this is more fitting now than ever with all of the turmoil that has been happening within our country. ÂIt was clear MalcolmÂs principles are as relevant today as ever. We all thought it was imperative to represent his message and todayÂs human rights movement as a brand that people can outfit themselves in daily,ÂŽ said Robinson. He also added that Colin Kaepernick has cosigned the new brand and has taken to Twitter to share info about the line. Malcolm X LegacyÂs site delves into his contributions to the Civil Rights movement. ÂMalcolm X will be remembered for his contribution to society of underscoring the value of a truly free populace by demonstrating the great lengths to which human beings will go to secure their freedom,ÂŽ the site reads.
Continued from front ÂSeeing even African-American students who earned a bachelorÂs degree struggle also reinforces that we cannot pretend the federal student loan program exists in a vacuum,ÂŽ wrote Ben Miller, author of the analysis and senior director for Postsecondary Education at the Center for American Progress. ÂRacial discrimination in hiring has not improved over the past quarter century,ÂŽ Miller continued. ÂPerhaps itÂs too much to expect student loans and postsecondary education to solve these structural problems, but sending AfricanAmerican students into an inequitable adulthood with large debts from college can put them even further behind than they already start.ÂŽ The Âfurther behindÂ reference speaks to the $1,700 in accumulated wealth held by median Black households. Household wealth is typically determined by subtracting all expenses and debts from cash sources and reserves like savings accounts and/or investments. A second important review of the nationÂs student loan crisis adds more reason for concern. The annual Student Loan Ombudsman Report released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found that over the past year, 56 percent of student loan complaints received by CFPB were about federal loans. Among federal loan complaints, 71 percent were about either a lender or servicer. Many borrowers continue to struggle to access the protections guaranteed under federal law. These laws were designed to help borrowers avoid delinquency and default during periods of economic disruption like long-term unemployment. By comparison, private student loans, nearly always higher-priced and with more rigid repayment terms accounted for approximately 37 percent of 2016Âs student loan complaints, with related debt collection complaints comprising the remainder. ÂAs borrowers continue to fall through the cracks of our broken student loan system, the BureauÂs work to date offers a roadmap for consumer-driven reforms,ÂŽ said CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman Seth Frotman. ÂWhen borrowers are empowered to stand up for themselves, they can shape policy and spur government to take action. We have much more work to do to build a student loan market that works better for consumers.ÂŽ If lenders and servicers had done a better job with student loans, CFPB would not have needed to return more than $750 million to mistreated borrowers. One can only wonder how many defaults could have been avoided if servicers had been more accurate and efficient. ÂJust as there were mortgage borrowers who unnecessarily went into foreclosure during the housing crisis, there are now borrowers who are unnecessarily defaulting on student loans when alternatives exist to protect their payment affordability and their credit ratings,ÂŽ noted Whitney Barkley-Denney, a senior policy counsel with the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and a specialist in student loans. ÂThese unnecessary defaults, in many cases, contribute to the 2,300 debt collection complaints involving student loans. ÂSomething is wrong when in a single year, there are more complaints about taxpayer-funded loans than there are about private ones. This finding reveals how the illadvised recent revocation of an information sharing agreement by the Department of Education with the CFPB is really hurting borrowers. As this report suggests, there should be more oversight of Department loans and servicing, not less. This includes oversight from independent agencies like the CFPB and state regulators.ÂŽ Readers may recall an earlier column that shared how under Secretary Betsy DeVos, the agency severed its information-sharing agreements with the CFPB. It would seem to be common sense for two federal offices to work cooperatively and collaboratively to resolve student loan issues. Perhaps the Education Department will reconsider its decision and make a good-faith effort to better serve student borrowers. ItÂs hard to build wealth when debts donÂt go down or away. But it is tragic when those who did everything to build a better life cannot get a fair deal on a taxpayer-funded education program. Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 ovember 30 December 6, 2017 SUBSCRIBE TODAYOnly $40.50 a yearNews designed to inspire, educate and inform!Call 634-1993 to get started today! 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Reynolds, who was in the car with Castile and her four-year-old daughter at the time of the shooting, will receive $675,000 from the city of St. Anthony, Minn., with an additional $125,000 from the city of Roseville and the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust. Reynolds and her daughter, who were not physically injured, claimed emotional distress and false arrest in connection the shooting. A portion of the funds will be placed into a trust for her daughterÂs education, according to a press release issued by St. Anthony St. Anthony Mayor Jerry Faust said, ÂThis settlement resolves all civil litigation stemming from the incidents on July 6, 2016, and opens the door to continued healing within our community.ÂŽ Reynolds issued a statement saying, ÂWhile no amount of money can change what happened, bring Philando back, or erase the pain that my daughter and I continue to suffer, I do hope that closing this chapter will allow us to get our lives back and move forward.ÂŽ News of the settlement agreement comes five months after St. Anthony agreed to pay $2.995 million to CastileÂs mother. The 32-year-old school cafeteria supervisor was pulled over in the suburb of Falcon Heights on July 6, 2016 by Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who asked to see his license and registration. Castile, who told the officer that he was carrying a licensed gun, reached towards his waistband before he was shot four times. Reynolds then livestreamed the scene on Facebook showing Castile as blood soaked his white t-shirt. The shooting sparked protests across the country. Nearly a year after CastileÂs death, Yanez was acquitted on all counts. Earlier this month, the OneJax 100th Interfaith Thanksgiving Gratitude Service, was celebrated with over 800 friends gathered in a spirit of unity and gratitude. One hundred years ago, a local Jewish Rabbi invited the preacher at the Unitarian Church to join in a ÂUnion ServiceÂŽ on Thanksgiving Day, and a Jacksonville tradition was born. Each year, additional faiths joined in to offer thanks and gratitude for all we appreciate as a community. Today, more than a dozen faiths and traditions are represented at the unifying event. The service included sacred readings from Jacksonville faith leaders representing the following religions: Baptist, Methodist, Greek Orthodox, Non-Denominational, Episcopal, Catholic, Conservative Judaism, Reform Judaism, Hindu, Muslim, BahaÂi, Unitarian Universalist, IFA, Sikh and Native American Aztec. As the service came to a close, all joined in singing the words to John LennonÂs ÂImagine.ÂŽ It was a night where all in attendance were truly able to Âimagine all the people living life in peace.ÂŽ 800+ Attend 100th Interfaith Service Free Farmers Market at LetÂs Move EventYouth in the I'm A Star Foundation will give away free fruits and vegetables to all attendees of the 7th Annual LetÂs Move Jacksonville festival this Saturday. December 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Henry J. Klutho Park, located in Springfield at 204 W 3rd St, Jacksonville, FL 32206. 3rd street will be closed to allow for parking. The healthy food and fitness festival will be the whole family, ages 1 to 100. There will be free food, dancing, kickball, Double Dutch, relays, flag football, a cheerleading camp, basketball, bounce houses, face painting, arts, crafts, vendors and more. For more information call 904-504-8816. A still image from police video shows Diamond Reynolds being comforted by her daughter while handcuffed in the back seat of a police patrol vehicle after Philando Castile was fatally shot.
As much as I want to be an objective analyst when it comes to policy issues, it is often hard not to let my passion for the less unfortunate taint my views. After reading the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report/analysis of the Republican tax bill I am dumbfounded at how they can even present this bill to Americans with a straight face. The bill or scam as I have seen it called, is absolutely nonsensical. Not only are they trying to provide lucrative tax relief to the wealthy Â… itÂs essentially at the expense of middle class and poor Americans. ItÂs reverse Robin Hood Â… robbing the people who really need tax relief and rewarding the rich who really donÂt need it. You donÂt have to be a tax expert or CPA to figure that this piece of legislation is not good for us normal folks. Because most of us are not wealthy, the bill would essentially hurt most Americans. Again, unless you are in the two percent of super rich folks who mainly collect income from their assets rather than working for a living, this bill will have a negative impact to your household. The root of the Republican tax overhaul is a major redistribution of income from lowerand middleincome families to corporations and business owners. Many Republican run state legislatures have been trying to do the same thing Â… drastically reduce corporate tax rates, while regular folks are nickel-and-dimed by a series of tax adjustments. If you read the CBO report, there is no one small tax increase that will hurt the middle class and poor, but if you combine the increases almost two-thirds of middle-class taxpayers are effected. But the bill gets worse. How, you might be wondering? Well the CBO also said the bill would add $1.4 trillion to the deficit over the next decade. Wait Â… Conservatives are introducing legislation that adds to the very deficit that they constantly criticized President Obama about? And speaking of Obama or Obamacare, the Senate bill also makes a major change to health insurance that the CBO projects would have a harsh impact on lower-income families. Because the GOP hates Obama care, the tax bill is a way to try and cut the program off at the knees. Under the tax bill, poor Americans would receive less government aid for health care, which would certainly force most of them to drop their coverage all together. The Washington Post analyzed the CBO data and found, ÂBy 2019, Americans earning less than $30,000 a year would be worse off under the Senate bill, CBO found.ÂŽ Further evaluation found, ÂBy 2021, Americans earning $40,000 or less would be net losers, and by 2027, most people earning less than $75,000 a year would be worse off. On the flip side, millionaires and those earning $100,000 to $500,000 would be big beneficiaries, according to the CBOÂs calculations.ÂŽ GOP congressional leaders should be ashamed of themselves. They are acting like the Liar and Chief, Donald Trump, and canÂt expect middle class Americans to buy the snake oil that they are selling. The war against the poor is real, and it started with TrumpÂs budget proposal and now his ludicrous tax plan. Back in March of this year, the Washington Post summarized this perfectly, "If youÂre a poor person in America, President TrumpÂs budget proposal is not for you." HereÂs the unfiltered reality Â… many of the GOP leaders donÂt care about hurting the poor because in their minds poor people are just lazy people and Âwelfare queensÂŽ living off of the government. Those of us with a decent degree of common sense know better. The other reality is the nature of the political beast Â… rich people and corporations give millions of dollars to campaigns for a reason. They have an agenda and tax relief is a centerpiece of their wants. It is one of the oldest principles in business Â… return on investment (ROI). So donÂt be fooled by Trump and GOP leaders. The success of any good magician depends on he or she tricking the audience with Âslight of handÂŽ or an illusion and often times a distraction. Nigerian poet and novelist, Ben Okri, once said, ÂThe magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.ÂŽ Hopefully, enough Americans will see that what Republicans are selling may sound good on the surface, but as my grandmother would say, ÂEverything that glitters, ainÂt gold.ÂŽ Signing off from Trinity Rescue Mission Reggie FullwoodMy Habits Must Change, But My Commitment Will ot Falter by Jesse Jackson As you may have heard, I have hard news to share. After a battery of tests, my physicians have informed me that I am suffering from ParkinsonÂs disease, the very disease that bested my father. For the last three years, I have felt some of the effects. I have found it increasingly difficult to perform routine tasks. Getting around became more of challenge. Now I know why. ParkinsonÂs is an incurable, progressive disorder of the nervous system. It affects movement and often mood. More than 1 million Americans live it, with 60,000 diagnosed each year. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after AlzheimerÂs. Men are more likely to contract it than women; the elderly more at risk than the young. There is no cure for ParkinsonÂs but there are plenty of ways to slow its progress. For me, the diagnosis is not a stop sign, but a warning light that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy to slow the diseaseÂs progression. This diagnosis is personal but it is more than that. I will use my voice to help in finding a cure for a disease that afflicts 7 million to 10 million worldwide. I plan to visit pharmaceutical companies and research centers to learn what is being done and what is needed to move forward. I have fought for universal, affordable health care for years. With Donald TrumpÂs budget calling for unconscionable cuts in medical research and disease prevention, and with the House Republicans voting to eliminate the tax deduction for families with high medical expenses and continuing to try to roll back health care coverage, millions of families will be injured. Health care in this rich nation should be a right, not a privilege. People suffering from cancer, dementia, ParkinsonÂs and other afflictions should be able to focus on their medical challenges without having to worry about going bankrupt. My habits must change, but my commitment will not falter. 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 ofGreenville, S.C. 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. Kingand to dedicate myself to the fight for peace and justice. Now at 76, IÂve come too far to turn back now. IÂd still rather wear out than rust out. I will continue to work on behalf of the Âleast of these.ÂŽ IÂll continue to try to instill hope where there is despair, to expand our democracy, to comfort the stranger, to free innocent prisoners across the world. As a civil rights advocate, I faced clubs and hoses, jail and hate. As a presidential candidate, I faced a deluge of assassination threats. IÂve been blessed with a long lifewhile others were taken from us. Each challenge, each threat, each loss onlymade me redouble my efforts. This diagnosis jarred me, but it wonÂt knock me down. I want to thank my family and friends who have rallied to my side. 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. These times are troubled. We are tested once more, but together, we will Keep Hope Alive. 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City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Reggie Fullwood GUESTEDITORIALovember 30 December 6, 2017 Republican Tax Bill Robs from the Middle Class and Poor to Help the Rich By Royston Maxwell Lyttle As educators, we have an obligation to give our students every opportunity to succeed. Parents rely on us to ensure their children are armed with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive, once they leave our classrooms. Over my more than 15 years in education, I have learned that to fulfill this responsibility, schools must give children the opportunity to learn from men of color. The profound impact Black male educators can have on the trajectory of a childÂs life cannot be overstated and itÂs time that we acknowledge it. Promoting Diversity According to the U.S. Department of Education, less than two percent of our nationÂs teachers are Black males. At a time when nonWhite students outnumber White students in U.S. public schools, the need for a diverse teaching force has never been greater. At Eagle Academy Public Charter School, diversity is something we not only celebrate, but aggressively pursue. We constantly look for ways to expose our students to different experiences, perspectives and methods for coping with challenges. And this starts with diverse educators. It should come as no surprise that men and women bring different perspectives to the classroom, and the same is true for individuals of varying backgrounds and ethnicities. It is crucial that schools cultivate a diverse and stable environment to facilitate this development, especially in early education, where children develop the foundation for the rest of their lives. I have seen firsthand that when children learn and grow in a diverse community, they begin to challenge stereotypes that have, for far too long, prevented children from reaching their full potential. Shattering Stereotypes Today, early childhood education is still widely viewed as a womanÂs profession. With men representing only 2.5 percent of preschool and kindergarten teachers and 21.5 percent of elementary and middle school teachers, the chances of having a male educator (let alone a Black male educator) before reaching high school are slim. The environment children are exposed to in their first years of education has a profound impact on how they view the world. Therefore, there should be a sense of urgency among early educators to combat stereotypes. When children see a diverse teaching staff working together in the same profession, they not only learn the importance of equality, but are also encouraged to ignore gender and racial stereotypes associated with certain careers. As a Black man working in early education, I have seen how these societal constructs negatively affect children and have dedicated my life to breaking them down. Offering a Role Model Role models play a critical role in a childÂs development. Young boys who come from disadvantaged backgrounds may not have a strong father figure at home, and often come to school hoping to fill that void. As a leader of a 98 percent African American student body, I feel it is important for students to find someone they can see themselves in, look up to, and aspire to be. Boys who grow up with only female teachers and role models donÂt have this opportunity. Children tend to mimic influential individuals in their lives. They benefit from strong, Black male teachers who lead by example. This is something I learned from a student while working in Washington, D.C. He was a young boy whose behavioral issues were hindering his ability to learn. Without a father figure in his life, his mother was struggling to get through to him. Upon sitting down with the boy in hopes of identifying the root of these problems, I was surprised to find he had just one request: to spend time together. After our first outing to the movies, his attitude and schoolwork improved dramatically. I didnÂt have to employ any complicated learning tactic or psychological theory to help this childÂ„I just had to be there and listen. Over the remainder of the year, I watched him grow into a successful and happy student. That experience left me determined to be someone my students can always rely on and look up to inside and outside of the classroom. Investing in the future As we look to the future of early childhood education, I urge parents, teachers, lawmakers and communities to invest in ways to bring diversity to the classroom. I also challenge my fellow Black men who are passionate about education to buck the norm, ignore the stigma and put the children first. As a Black male principal, I feel it is my duty to spread this message and be a catalyst for change in order to create a more diversified environment for our children to learn in. I have found there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student succeed against all odds due to the lessons you have taught them. I encourage more Black men to join me in this journey. Royston Maxwell Lyttle is the principal for grades 1-3 of the Eagle Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. He strongly believes that all students should be provided a high-quality education and that all students can reach their full academic potential regardless of their social or economic background. Learn more about Eagle Academy Public Charter School at https://www.eagleacademypcs.org/.Why We Need More Black Males in ChildrenÂs Education
ovember 30 December 6, 2017 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 28 DECEMBER 4, 2017Â’Grambling, Alcorn in three-match for SWAC titleLUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor It was former Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley who coined the term 'three-peat' for a team trying to win its third straight championship after winning back-to-back (repeat) titles. Well, in that case, this Saturday's third straight match up at the SWAC Championship Game in Houston of West Division champion Grambling State and East Division champ Alcorn State can be dubbed a 'three-match.' Grambling and Alcorn State have met in the last two title games with each coming out with a win. Grambling came back from a 17-0 halftime the Braves. Alcorn State dominated the G-Men And each has represented the conference as its champion in the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl vs. the MEAC champion. Alcorn fell to MEAC champ North Carolina A&T Celebration Bowl I at the Super Dome in Atlanta. Last year in the Dome, Grambling narrowly downed MEAC champ North Carolina Central 10-9 in Celebration Bowl II. nal SCG, will face MEAC champion North Carolina A&T on Sat., Dec. 16 at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta in Celebration Bowl III. Grambling State vs. Alcorn State The SWAC Championship Game will be the second game between the rivals this year. Grambling ran away to a 41-14 win vs. the Braves' starting quarterback Lenorris Footman was hurt in the game and back-up QB Noah Johnson threw three interceptions. The Braves fumbled seven times, lost four, While Alcorn State was mistake-prone, back Devante Kincade ception. Running back Martez Carter ran for receivers with over 60 yards in receptions. The FINAL SWAC TEST IN HOUSTONFOR ALL THE MARBLES: Grambling State and Alcorn State meet Saturday for third straight year in SWAC Championship Game. yards. cade's two TD throws and scored touchdowns in the second half off an interception and a fumble recovery in the end zone. Expect a much more competitive game this time around. On the individual side, Alcorn's DeLance G A M E S T H I S W E E K SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 SWAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMEGrambling State vs. Alcorn State in Houston, TX 3:30pTurner dynamic scatback Martez Carter and tied for second in scoring (6.0 points per game). Footman has not played since the Grambling game and is questionable for Saturday's game. Johnson is perhaps more of a dual-threat QB than is Footman. Johnson, a redshirt sophomore, led the Tigers to wins over Alabama A&M (47Mississippi Valley State the following week. In the A&M game, he threw scores. more TDs. In a meaningless regular season-endJackson State Johnson ran for UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS 2017 MEAC FOOTBALL HONORS: The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced its all-conference teams and three of its individual award winners this week leaving its offensive and defensive players of the year awards for later this week as part of the festivities surrounding the 60th National Football the Hilton Midtown in New York City. The event will be Lamar Raynard of North Carolina A&T is likely to be named the top offensive player with South Carolina State senior linebacker Darius Leonard likely taking the defensive award. North Carolina A&T led the way in this year's AllAC's head football coaches and sports information directors. North Carolina A&T StateÂs Brandon Parker made Lineman of the Year for three consecutive seasons. Howard freshman quarterback Caylin Newton was tabbed as the leagueÂs Freshman of the Year while North Carolina A&T Rod Broadway was selected as Coach of the Year. Parker was the key member up front in a unit that ished the season without allowing a sack as N.C. A&T Newton guided the MEACÂs top-rated offensive unit fense per outing. The Jerry Rice Award nominee also led Broadway led the Aggies to their best regular season The Aggies are one of only two undefeated teams in FCS play. The Eddie Robinson Award nominee became the school's second all-time winningest coach this season and coached.OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T State ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Caylin Newton, Howard COACH OF THE YEAR: Rod Broadway, North Carolina A&T State FIRST TEAM OFFENSE QB Lamar Raynard, R-Jr., NC A&T; RB Marquell Cartwright, Jr., NC A&T; RB Anthony Philyaw, Sr., HOW; WR Elijah Bell, So., NC A&T; WR Jequez Ezzard, So., HOW; TE Trey Scott, Gr., NC A&T; C Darriel Mack, Sr., NC A&T; OL Brandon Parker, Sr., NC A&T; Gerald Wright, Sr., HOW; Marcus Pettiford, So., NC A&T; Dwayne Brown, Jr., B-CU FIRST TEAM DEFENSE DL Darryl Johnson, So., NC A&T; Kawuan Cox, So., NCCU; Stefen Banks, Jr., SSU; Chris Lee, Sr., NSU; LB Darius Leonard, R-Sr., SCSU; Reggie Hunter, Sr., NCCU; Jeremy Taylor, Sr., NC A&T; DB Davanta Reynolds, Jr., NCCU; Franklin McCain III, Fr., NC A&T; Diquan Richardson, Sr., B-CU; Timadre Abram, Jr., NC A&T; P Nathaniel Tilque, Sr., NCCU; PK Uriel Hernandez, Jr., B-CU; RS Khris Gardin, Jr., NC A&T SECOND TEAM OFFENSE QBCaylin Newton, Fr., HOW; RB Yahkee Johnson, Sr., HAM; Isaiah Totten, R-Fr., NCCU; WR Jacen Murphy, Sr., NCCU; Ronald Bell, So., HAM; TE Josh McCoy, Jr., NCCU; C Chris Adams, Sr., B-CU; OL Marley Conley, Jr., NCCU; Nick Leverett, So., NCCU; Obinna Nwankwo, So., FAMU; Ryan Gould, Sr., HAM; SECOND TEAM DEFENSE DL Todney Evans, Jr., B-CU; Antonio Brown, Sr., NCCU; Malachia Washington, Jr., MSU; Ty Cravens, Sr., SCSU; LB Dayshawn Taylor, R-Sr., SCSU: Anthony Smith, R-Sr., NSU; Raheim Huskey, Jr., HAM; DB Jason Baxter, Gr., SCSU; Bryan Cook, Fr., HOW; Alden McClellan, Jr., NCCU; Keyjuan Selby, Jr., DSU: P Fidel Romo-Martinez, So., DSU; PK Aedan Johnson, Jr., NCCU; RS Marcus Taylor, Jr., NSU THIRD TEAM OFFENSE QB Larry Brihm Jr., Sr., B-CU; RB Devin Bowers, Jr., FAMU; Jamurez Thompkins, Sr., B-CU; WR Kyle Anthony, So., HOW; Marcus Taylor, Jr., NSU; TE Brandon Jones, Jr., MSU; C Osman Aguilera, Sr., FAMU; OL Phillip Norman, Jr., B-CU; Justin Evans, Sr., SCSU; Kenneth Kirby, So., NSU; Malik Mackey, So., HAM THIRD TEAM DEFENSE DL Nigel Chavis, R-So., NSU; Brandon Carswell, Jr., SSU; Elijah Price, Sr., FAMU; Steven Smith, Sr., HAMP; LB Marcus Albert, Sr., NC A&T; Rico Kennedy, So., MSU; Kyle Archie, Sr., NSU; DB J. T. Wahee, So., NSU; Carl Gaines, Jr., MSU; Brendan Cole, Sr., HAM; Devondre Powell, Sr., SCSU; P Chris Faddoul, Fr., FAMU; PK Tyler Scandretee, Sr., SCSU; RS JaMichael Baldwin, Fr., SSU ParkerNewtonBroadwaySWAC TITLE, BOWL BERTH ON LINE IN HOUSTON; NC A&T LOSES LEGEND; MEAC FOOTBALL AWARDS AT THE CONTROLS: Grambling senior QB Devante Kincade (l.) and Alcorn State redshirt sophomore Noah Johnson (r.) are expected to lead their teams in Saturday's SWAC Championship Game in Houston. The winner of the game will represent the Conference at the Dec. 16 Celebration Bowl in Atlanta. SWAC Championsihp Game Logo vs. GRAMBLING STATE TIGERS (10-1)TEAM RECORD 2017 O verall: 7-4 S W A C R ecord: 5 -2 2017 BC SP R anking: T 3rd All -T ime vs. GSU: 20-47-1 Last T ime vs. GSU: 14-41 L 17 S W A C T itle Games 2-1 Last T itle: 201 5 Last T ime in T itle Game: 1 6 20-27 L Grambling COACH'S RECORD Alma M ater: Alcorn State ('9 2 ) R ecord vs. GSU: 03 R ecord at Alcorn: 12-10, .5 4 5 ( 2 nd year)H ead C oachFRED McNAIR 2017 RESULTS ALCORN STATE 7-4 5 0 ............ M iles .......... 21 W10 ...@ F lorida International .... 17 L27 .... M c N eese State ....3 4 L 48 .........Southern .......3 1 W24 ....@ T exas Southern .. 17 W 24 .....@ Alabama State ... 10 W 3 4 .....Prairie V iew A& M ... 21 W 14 ...@ Grambling State ... 41 L47 .....Alabama A& M ... 22 W 59.. M iss. V alley State .. 0 W 3.....@ Jackson State ..... 7 L S W A C C H A M P I O N S H I P G A M E X I XALCORN STATE BRAVES (7-4)E AS T DI V ISI ON CH A M PI ON SO U THWE S TERN ATH L ETIC CONFERENCETEAM RECORD 2017 O verall: 10-1 S W A C R ecord: 7-0 2017 BC SP R anking: 2 nd All -T ime vs. Alcorn: 47-20-1 Last T ime vs. Alcorn: 41-14 W, 17 S W A C T itle Games: 7-2 Last T itle 201 6 Last T ime in T itle Game 1 6 27-20, W Alcorn StateCOACH'S RECORD Alma M ater: Grambling State ('9 7 ) R ecord vs. Alcorn: 5 -1 R ecord at SU: 36 -10, 782 ( 4 th year)H ead C oachBRODERICK FOBBS 2017 RESULTS GRAMBLING STATE 10-1 2 3........ NW State ........ 10 L 14 ........@ T ulane ...... 4 3 W 36....Jackson State. .. 21 W3 8 .... M iss. V alley State.....6 W 3 1 .....vs. C lark Atlanta .... 20 W 3 4 .....@ Prairie V iew A& M .... 21 W41 ...... Alcorn State ... 14 W5 0 ...... T exas Southern .... 24 W 3 1 .....@ Ark. Pine B luff ... 2 6 W24 ..@ Alabama State .. 7 W 3 0 .........Southern ....... 21 W S A T U R D A Y D E C E M B E R 2 2 0 1 7 H O U S T O N T X N R G S T A D I U M 3 : 3 0 P M WE S T DI V ISI ON CH A M PI ON SO U THWE S TERN ATH L ETIC CONFERENCE 1. NORTH CAROLINA A&T (11-0) Regular season over as MEAC champ. NEXT: Dec. 16 in AtlantaÂs Celebration Bowl vs. SWAC champ. 2. GRAMBLING STATE (10-1) Defeated Southern 30-21 to claim SWAC West Division crown NEXT: SWAC Championship Game vs. East Division champ Alcorn State Saturday in Houston. T3. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (7-4) Season over tied for second in MEAC at 6-2 with Howard. ALCORN STATE (7-4) SWAC East Division champ at 5-2. NEXT: SWAC Championship Game vs. West Division champ Grambling State Saturday in Houston. HOWARD (7-4) Season over tied for second in MEAC with Bethune-Cookman at 6-2. NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL (7-4) Season over tied for fourth in MEAC with Hampton at 5-3. 7. SOUTHERN (7-3) 8. VIRGINIA STATE 9. BOWIE STATE 10. TUSKEGEE (9-2) Season over after winning SIAC championship game. B C S P F O O T B A L L T O P T E N Grambling State Sports PhotoAlcorn State Sports PhotoBCSP Notes North Carolina A&T coaching legend Cal Irvin passes Cal Irvin who led North Carolina A&T to basketball prominence, passed Saturday after a long battle with Alzheimer's. The Newark, N. J. When Irvin took over as head basketball coach CIAA His teams became darlings of the CIAA Tournaand 1960s spending all of the 1960s at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina, home of the Aggies and in Winston-Salem, N. C. at the War Memorial Coliseum. He and fellow Morgan State graduate, Clarence "Big House Gaines," the late legendary head coach at nearby Winston Salem State College dominated play in the CIAA during this heyday with Gaines winComing to the tournament in those days was heightened by the prospect of the two nearby rivals meeting on the court. The rivalry between the two coaches, former football teammates at CIAA member Morgan State and the two schools propelled the tournament into iconic status. In fact, Irvin and Gaines accompanied each other on recruiting trips of teams in the CIAA. Both loved to tell stories of these trips where they would often divide up players they both were recruiting. colleges ( Tuskegee Florida A&M and Lincoln (Mo.) tion of Intecollegiate Athletics (NAIA) tournaments with Tennessee State John McClendon A&M Joe Cotton was named to the all-Tournament team. Eight years later, in 1967, Gaines, with National Player of the Year Earl "The Pearl" Monroe national championship. cess would carry the Aggies over from the CIAA into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference He is a member of the CIAA Hall of Fame, the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and the author of three books on basketball techniques. An avid reader, sportsman, story teller and teacher, Irvin was an affable individual that parlayed those skills into brilliant strategy on the basketball court and an ability to easily relate to his players and friends. He has been and will be greatly nissed. Alcorn State's John Thierry passes at 46 Alcorn State football legend John Thierry passed away from a heart attack over the weekend. Thierry was 46 years old. Born in Houston, Texas, Thierry came to Alcorn in 1991 season, Alcorn head coach Cardell Jones moved him to the defensive side of the ball. whopping 119 tackles to go along with nine sacks. He earned a spot on the NCAA All-America Second-Team and All-SWAC First-Team. Alcorn never lost a game at Jack Spinks-Marino Casem Stadium with Thierry on the roster. round of the NFL Draft along with Roynell Young Steve McNair Cal Irvin Thierry
Kirk Franklin is bringing a unique gospel music festival to his hometown of Irving, Texas, in hopes of giving gospel another platform. The gospel music artist, composer and executive, recently announced that he would be partnering with Live Nation to present the Exodus Music & Arts Festival. He took to social media to announce the event in a video. When captioning his social media video, Franklin insisted that the event wasn't about self promotion. "It's not about me. It's about the music," he wrote. "The culture. The genre. His glory. Franklin called the event a wonderful opportunity to give gospel music an additonal platform. "I'm excited because the genre that I love and that I'm a part of, something that's very important to me now has a wonderful opportunity to see another level of excitement and another platform to be able to give you the best in hopeful music, gospel music, that feel good music," he said. "Memorial day weekend it will be the first ever of its kind in the history of its genre. It's going to have the best and brightest in gospel music. This is huge..not huge for me but huge for us." So far, Tye Tribbett, Marvin Sapp and Tamela Mann have been tapped to appear at the festival but Franklin promised "many more names to be announced soon." The event will take place on May 26, 2018, at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving. Last year, Franklin appeared on fellow gospel recording artist Erica Campbell's radio show along with Bishop Hezekiah Walker and discussed the decline of gospel music. "It's not only a decline of the music but a decline of Jesus in the culture. Kids are not going to church and they're not listening to the music anymore," Franklin said. "So if music dies ... See, my fear is, I don't want gospel music to die like disco and rock 'n' roll. Nowhere in the Bible is God commanding us to do records." Franklin explained why he took the struggles of his gospel music industry peers so personally. "I think one of the low points for me is to see a genre that I love so much struggle so hard. And I know that you've got to be careful because you don't want people to feel like you're whining and complaining," he said. "But it is very real that when something gets hit hard that the thing at the bottom sometimes suffers the worst. Gospel music has really taken a hit as far as the industry." 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.Godhead Prayer Ministry End of Year Celebration Godhead Prayer Ministry is inviting the community to their end of the year celebration of thanks to God, Saturday, December 2nd at 6 p.m. This yearÂs theme is ÂCelebrating JesusÂŽ from Psalm 105.1. Location is the Salem Centre located at 7235 Bonneval Rd. Hostess is Apostle DebÂrah Eunice Gordon-Osagiede. For more info visit www.godheadprayerministry.org.Wayman Ministries 10th Annual Community Christmas FellowshipPastor Mark Griffin and congregation of Wayman Ministries presents their 10th Community Christmas Fellowship event set for Saturday, December 9th at the Wayman Academy of the Arts gymnasium Ministries West Campus located at 1176 Labelle Street. The Community Christmas Fellowship is a free family friendly event that includes a toy giveaway, music, food, prizes and gifts for parents, and more! New, unwrapped toys are being collected for children ages birth to 17 years. To make a donation or for more info call Wanda Patterson at (904) 739-7500. Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press ovember 30 December 6, 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 Spiritually Speaking: Having Total Faith in What You Believe by James Washington I have often thought, heard and to some degree concluded that Jesus, as was Paul, was killed because He dared to stand up and speak truth to power. He and many of His followers, convicted by their beliefs, professed and preached that the ruling religious law of the day, although large and in charge, was indeed corrupt and deserving of renunciation. In my office I have a poster which states, ÂOne man with courage makes a majority.ÂŽ Until recently, I had never associated this powerful statement with the life and death and life of Jesus Christ. But the courage of faith coupled with the commitment to act on that faith sometimes leaves you in the unenviable position of being alone. Have you ever found yourself so committed to a course of action, so positive in your convictions and your resolve, so steadfast in your purpose that nothing could change your mind or your behavior? I suppose we should all be so blessed to at least once in our lives to know that we know that we know. Can you now imagine Jesus, so sure, so confident, so right that even in death, He knew that He knew? I must then ask the question of you and myself. What do you know? What does your faith and courage allow you to be the majority of, when numerically, youÂre in the minority? The point is that at some time during your faith walk, you will find yourself walking absolutely by yourself. Inevitably, one day, it will become necessary for you, as well as me, to take a position of faith that will perhaps alienate us from so called friends and family, just as Jesus was alienated from the hierarchy of the church of His day. Expect to one day be forced to take a stand based solely on faith. Maybe itÂs already happened to you. I know it has happened to me. On that day you consciously decide to choose the Lord instead of the world. You know that you know. People who are recognized in this world as having principles and integrity are supposed to be honored for their stances even when they go against popular opinion. The Bible teaches us that those men and women of God were often victimized, sometimes ridiculed and often times crucified. The Bible also lets us know these are the exact people we should emulate. These people, who are our faith examples, lived lives Âset apart.Â WeÂve all heard the phrase Âstepping out on faith.Â Reality suggests that this is a very scary sometimes lonely place to be. The beauty of this spiritual reality is God cannot show up until you step out. Our struggle with faith then is clearly trying to recognize its power. Without the absolute conviction of the inherent power of faith, we never get a chance to experience the Hand of God at work in our own lives. WeÂre afraid. ItÂs probably the biggest fear that we have with the most devastating of consequences; to believe that you know versus, knowing that you know. I will concede that we are put to the test on a daily basis. Do you believe or donÂt you? If you do, prove it. Put some substance behind the phrase, Âfaith based initiative.Â Put some effort behind your vocal commitments. The truth is we so easily sound like itÂs a forgone conclusion regarding our faith, when in actuality we shy away from the courage it takes to stand alone and stand for God in this world. My belief is that the first step, the first time, is the hardest. But after that, God takes over and takes us places we could never imagine. From me to you, I wish you the imagination of the saints and faith the size of a mustard seed. May God bless and keep you always. The deadline is fast approaching for youth ages 13 to 18 in military families to get in the running for a $10,000 cash prize, a trip to Washington, D.C., and other donated gifts in the Military Child of the Year Awards competition. The annual awards will recognize seven outstanding young people ages 13 to 18. The six recipients will represent a branch of the armed forces Â„ the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard Â„ for their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life. The seventh award is for Innovation and goes to a military child who has designed a bold and creative solution to address a local, regional or global challenge. In addition to the $10,000, the trip to Washington, D.C., and other prizes, the recipient will work with a Booz Allen Hamilton team to develop a plan to scale the recipientÂs project Â„ drawing on technology and strategic thinking as a part of the corporationÂs competitive Summer Games. Anyone may nominate a favorite military child. Parents, siblings, teachers, coaches, clergy, neighbors, grandparents and anyone who knows a childÂs talents may nominate. Simply go to www.militarychildoftheyear.org and click the Nominate tab. Youth interested in the Innovation Award do not need to be nominated, and may apply directly at www.militarychildoftheyear.org.All awards will be presented at the 10th annual recognition gala April 19, 2018, in the nationÂs capital, during which senior leaders of each branch of service will present the awards. Deadline Approaching to Apply for 10K Prize for Military Child of the Year Kirk Franklin Announces New Festival for Gospel Music After Lamenting Its Decline
ovember 30 December 6, 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. Doughnuts It's hard to resist the smell of a Krispy Kreme doughnut, which is why I never step foot in the store. Doughnuts are fried chockfull of sugar and white flour and loads of trans fat. According to Krispy KremeÂs Web site, an average 3.5 oz. sugar doughnut weighs in with about 400 calories and contains few other nutrients besides fat. These sugary treats may satisfy your craving but it won't satisfy your hunger as most of the calories come from fat. "Eating a lot of refined sugar contributes to blood sugar 'swings' or extreme fluctuations," says nutritionist Susan Burke. 2. Cheeseburgerwith fries. The age-old classic may be delicious but think twice before sinking your teeth into that Big Mac. The saturated fat found in cheese burgers has been linked to heart attacks, strokes and some types of cancer. "In fact, fast-food portions are gargantuan, almost double the calories per meal compared to 20 years ago," Susan says. "Twenty years ago the average fast-food cheeseburger had about 300 calories. Today's BK Whopper with cheese has 720. To burn the excess 420 calories, you'd have to run for 40 minutes. For example, in 1985 a medium French fry had 240 calories, 2.4 ounces. Today's 'medium' is 6.9 ounces and 610 calories. "This fast-food meal of cheeseburger and fries has way too many calories and fat grams, not to mention grams of saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol and sodium." Let's break down this meal. First, take the white-flour bun (refined carbohydrates), then add some processed cheese (saturated fat and trans fat, plus lots of additives and preservatives) and then top off with fried red meat (cholesterol and saturated fats). And let's not forget about the condiments such as the always fattening mayonnaise. 3. Fried Chicken and Chicken Nuggets. With the recent class-action lawsuit between The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and KFC, the health risks posed by fried foods are becoming more public. The CSPI is suing the food chain for their use of cooking oil containing unhealthy trans fats. The lawsuit seeks to order KFC to use other types of cooking oils and to inform customers how much trans fats KFC's food contains. Foods cooked in highly heated oils (most notably partially hydrogenated oil) have been known to cause cancer, weight gain and other serious health risks if ingested regularly. One Extra Crispy Chicken Breast from KFC has around 420 calories and eight grams of saturated fat. So unless you want to super size yourself, it's best to make a clean break with fried foods. 4. Packaged Lunches. Sure they are convenient and easy, but boy are they unhealthy! These kid-marketed lunches are loaded with saturated fat and sodium. They usually contain highly processed meats and cheeses, white flour crackers and sugary treats. Lunchables get twothirds of their calories from fat and sugar. And they provide lopsided nutrition since they contain no fruits or vegetables. "They insidiously promote obesity by making kids think that lunch normally comes in a cellophanewrapped box," Susan says. "Parents are promoting their children's obesity by buying these items. They're expensive, too. Pack a sandwich and save dollars and health." 5. Sugary Cereal. Not all cereals are created equally. And while your kids might beg for the latest cookie or marshmallow chocolate surprise cereals, it is a safe bet they are about as healthy as a dessert. Keywords to look out for are puffed, dyed and sweetened. Most kids' cereals are so highly processed they no longer look like the grains they were originally made from. A healthy alternative is oatmeal. Although, if you are buying prepackaged oatmeal make sure to check the label and see how much sugar it contains, you might be surprised. "Alittle sugar isn't a problem but when the first ingredient on the box is sugar, then watch out," she said. "There is no fruit in Froot Loops. But the unsweetened original Cheerios or Rice Krispies are fine, and you can sweeten them naturally with blueberries and strawberries." 6. Processed Meats What falls under the category of processed meats? Hot dogs, sausage, jerky, bacon, certain lunch meats and meats used in canned soup products. Almost all processed meats have sodium nitrite added as a preservative. Arecent study conducted at the University of Hawaii found that sodium nitrite can act as "a precursor to highly carcinogenic nitrosamines -potent cancer-causing chemicals that accelerate the formation and growth of cancer cells throughout the body." So eliminate these meats from your diet before they eliminate you! 7. Canned Soup. Sometimes regarded as a healthy food, soups can be very deceiving. You must stay on your guard because many canned soups have high levels of trans fats, sodium and artificial preservatives such as MSG. Just one serving (which is roughly one cup) can have almost 1,000 milligrams of salt. Also, steer clear of soups that are cream-based, they can be high in calories and fat. It is important to read food labels from back to front. Ignore the health claims, and instead focus on the ingredients and serving size. Watch out for hydrogenated fat (trans fat) and sodium. If you're buying bread to go with you soup, the first ingredient should be whole grain -either whole wheat, rye or other grain. If it just says 'wheat bread,' that doesn't mean whole wheat. If you know you're going out for a dinner or to a cocktail party that night, have a good breakfast and a simple bowl of soup or a salad for lunch Â… as long as you don't overeat in the evening you'll feel like you can treat yourself a little. Don't skip meals; you'll be ravenous by dinner and ready to overeat. Drink a few glasses of water before a cocktail party, you'll be full and less likely to fill up on high calorie cocktail food Â… the trick to is to keep portions small During this busy time of the year we get less sleep than we need and some of us feel a slump in the late, schedule your day so you are out and running errands or shopping at this time Â… just 10 minutes of brisk walking can give you up to two hours of increased energy. If you are lacking sleep department steer clear of high fat foods, which make you feel sluggish. Stay hydrated; even slight dehydration can lower blood volume, which forces the heart to pump harder to keep blood circulating. Water (preferably) will help you fight off fatigue William L. Cody, M.D. B. Vereen Chithriki, M.D. St. VincentÂs Division IV 1820 Barrs Street, Suite 521 Jacksonville, FL32204 (904) 387-9577www.nfobgyn.com C o m p l e t e O b s t e t r i c a l & G y n e c o l o g i c a l C a r e Comprehensive Pregnancy Care Board Certified Laser Surgery Family Planning Vaginal Surgery Osteoporosis Menopausal Disorder Laparoscopy Menstrual Disorder N O R T H F L O R I D A O B S T E T R I C A L & G Y N E C O L O G I C A LA S S O C I A T E S P A 7 Foods You Never Want to Eat A s k D y r i n d a h a i r a n d s k i n t i p s f o r t o d a y s w o m a n o f c o l o r In light of the holidaysÂƒI decided to do something special. YouÂve heard the Carroll the Twelve Days of Christmas, well here are DyrindaÂs must have 12 hair care tips. Enjoy. On the Twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Moisturizer. It is so important to keep hair of African ancestry moisturized. I canÂt stress that enough. It can help prevent breakage and give you a nice healthy sheen to your hair. There are plenty of oils and creams on the market so pick the best one for your hair type. On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me: A healthy scalp. You donÂt have to suffer through embarrassing dandruff. I suggest lightly scratching your scalp to pull up the dandruff. Then apply natural oils such as tea tree and rosemary directly onto your scalp. Let that sit for a few minutes then rinse with your favorite dandruff shampoo. If your problem persists you can contact a professional such as me for a dandruff treatment. On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Anice safe color treatment. You should only allow a professional stylist to apply your hair color. Coloring can cause over processing, and other damage such as split ends. Worst case scenario, you could suffer from hair loss or an allergic reaction to the chemicals in the product. So please be careful. On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Aprofessional stylist. Come see me! Need a reason just re-visit days 10-12. On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Agood weave. Refer back to day nine; a weave or hair extension if not done correctly can do a great deal of damage to your hair. And IÂve already explained in a previous column the mess bonding glue can cause. So if you want to change your look for the holidays go for it, but make sure you have a professional do it for you. On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Atrim. ThatÂs right less can create more. Trimming those split ends can help your hair grow. Most people can get away with trimming about a half inch to an inch every four to six months. If you are using a lot of heat on your hair you may have to trim more often. On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Good hair care appliancesÂƒor shall I say appliances that are at the right setting. Again be careful, excessive heat is not good for your hair, it can also lead to split ends and breakage. On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Agood conditioner. Afew of my favorites are Design Essentials, Affirm, Mazini or Straight Request. On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Arelaxer. Again you need to seek professional help on this one. The last thing you want is for your hair to be over processed. On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Clean healthy hair. You canÂt go wrong shampooing at least once every other week. On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Asilk or satin pillow case. Cotton dries your hair out. Asilk or satin head scarf or pillow case will help preserve your style and not rob your hair of its natural oils. On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Awide tooth comb. ThatÂs right. I stay away from brushesÂƒtheyÂre not good for our hair. The melody of my little ditty may be a bit off but I promise its good advice Happy Holidays from DS Spa & Salon. If you would like Dyrinda to answeryourquestions about hair, please send yourquestions to JFreePress@aol.com. DS Spa and Salon is locatedat 9810 Baymeadows Rd Suite #2. She can be reached at 645-9044. 12 MustDo HairTips Just in Time forChristmas There will always be those fattening foods that are easy to make, easy to get, and easy to crave. You think "OK, I know this is bad but it can't be that bad!" Think again. Here are the top seven foods you should nevereverfeed yourfamily oryourself! Appeal ForYourExcess ClothesThe Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee Inc., a non-profit organization is now in the process of gathering clothes forit's next ÂClothes Give-A-WayÂŽ. .If you are in the process of cleaning out yourclosets forwinter, orhave clothes shoes, jackets etc. you have outgrown and want to get rid of we will make them a part of our next scheduled Clothes Give-A-Way.We will also come pick up your gift of clothes.Contact us at 240-9133 formore information. Quick Holiday Health Tips Quick Holiday Health Tips Make Collecting Family Health History Part of Your Holiday Plans For some, being home for the holidays means lots of extra family time, often with multiple generations coming together to celebrate under one roof. Most likely, your conversations at this time will center around whatÂs new at work or what trip you went on over the summer. This November, weÂre asking you to take advantage of this rare opportunity to take the conversation in a different, proactive direction. Up to 25% of breast and ovarian cancers are familial or hereditary, having an understanding of your family health history landscape can act as a powerful roadmap for you and your healthcare provider. It is important to understand why itÂs important, what information to collect, and what to do with your family health history. Having a first-degree relative (a mother, sister, grandmother) who has had breast or ovarian cancer can double your risk. And, if their cancer was the result of a genetic mutation, that can be passed down across generations by either parent. When this happens, risk of breast cancer can be as high as 87% and as high as 54% for ovarian cancer. There are many actions that women can take to reduce their risk or detect these cancers early (the 5year survival rate for breast and ovarian cancer when detected early can be greater than 92%!) but it takes an initial understanding of that risk to identify what actions may be most meaningful for your health. Between travel delays, cooking time, and holiday shopping plans, the holidays can become jampacked. ThatÂs why Bright Pink wants to help equip you with the tools you need to gather your family health history and assess your risk, and a game plan to fit it all in to what can be a hectic long-weekend. When looking at your family health history, both your parentÂs sides are equally important in determining your personal level of risk. While breast and ovarian cancer history is important, other types of cancer can also be indicators of an inherited genetic riskÂ„so capture everything you can. Ask: Who had cancer? What type of cancer? How old were they at diagnosis? Next, complete a risk assessment. Visit AssessYourRisk.org to complete a digital quiz that asks questions about your family health history, personal health history, and lifestyle to deliver a personalized report on your baseline risk for breast and ovarian cancer. UNCF helps thousands of deserving students. But we have to turn away thousands more. So please give to the United Negro College Fund. Your donation will make a difference. Visit uncf.org or call 1-800-332-8623. Happy Holidays
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.London is Calling Art & Antique ShowLondon is Calling Art & Antique Show presented by the WomenÂs Board to benefit Wolfson ChildrenÂs Hospital is scheduled for December 2-3 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, located at 1000 Water St. For tickets and more info visit www.womensboardwolfsonchildrenshospital.com.A Day of Exploring IslamExplore Islam with Your Muslim Neighbors, Saturday, December 2nd, 6 8 p.m. at the Islamic Center of North East Florida located at 2333 St. Johns Bluff Rd. Enjoy a special evening touring the center, dinner and a special presentation on Islam. For tickets and more info call (904) 646-3462.Hobobs Social ExchangeAttend HobNobÂs and Vagabond Coffee, Food and Social Exchange event Saturday, December 2nd, 10 a.m. 10 p.m. at Unity Plaza located at 220 Riverside Avenue, Suite 1100. Enjoy expertly made drip, French press, cappuccino, latte and new coffee and cocktails. For more info www.hobnobjax.com.Christmas in AvondaleVisit Christmas in Avondale and shop and enjoy a magical experience, Saturday, December 2nd, 4 9 p.m. at the Shoppes of Avondale, 3610 St Johns Ave. Come shop, face painting, photos with Santa, eat and enjoy! For more info call (904) 269-7117.Martial Artists and Acrobats of ChinaMartial Artists and Acrobats of China will take the stage Saturday, December 2nd at 7 p.m. at the Thrasher-Horne Center located at 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL. For tickets and more info visit at www.THcenter.org. ikesha Elise Williams Book SigningJacksonville based author Nikesha Elise Williams announces the release of her novel, ÂFour Women.ÂŽ Williams will host a book signing and discussion on Saturday, December 2nd at 6 p.m. at the studios of WJCT located at 100 Festival Park Avenue. Four Women weaves together the stories of four women who live, work and love in Jacksonville, Florida. For more info call (904) 353-7770.Caribbean Black & White Charity BallCaribbean Connect Us presents the 2nd annual Caribbean ÂBlack & White Charity Ball,ÂŽ Saturday, December 2nd at 7 p.m. at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium located at 3800 St. Johns Bluff Rd. Enjoy a buffet style dinner, dancing and hear from guest speaker former Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll. For tickets visit www.eventbrite.com.From Sand 2 PearlsDaughter 2 Daughter presents ÂFrom Sand 2 PearlsÂŽ teenage girls inaugural gala scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd at 5 p.m. Attend the pearl ceremony, hear motivational speakers and more! Location is 580 W. 8th St. 10th floor. For tickets call (904) 4973181.Handmade Collectives Holiday MarketHandmade Collectives Holiday Market will take place Saturday, December 2nd, 11 a.m. 5 p.m. at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium located at 3800 St. Johns Bluff Rd. Come shop, enjoy food, DJÂs, kids zone, Santa and more! For tickets visit www.904tix.com. Suicide Prevention Community WalkThe North Florida American Foundation for Suicide Prevention presents ÂOut of the Darkness Community Walk,ÂŽ scheduled for Sunday, December 3rd, 10 a.m. 12 p.m. at Treaty Oak Park located at 1123 Prudential Dr. Come walk to prevent suicide! For tickets and more info visit www.afsp.comAutism Speaks WalkThe Autism Speaks Walk raises money and awareness to help change the future for all who are impacted by autism is scheduled for Sunday, December 3rd at 8:30 a.m. at the Avenues Mall located at 10300 Southside Blvd. To register and for more info visit www.act.autismspeaks.org.Fire & Ice Stage PlayThe Fire & Ice Stage Play will be on Sunday, December 3rd at 4 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre and Museum located at 829 N. Davis. St. For tickets and more info visit www.ritzjacksonville.com.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.LGBT Holiday PartyLGBT Resource Center Holiday Party is set for Monday, D ecember 4th, 5 7 p.m., at the LGBT Resource Center on UNF campus, located at 1 UNF Dr. in the Student Union, Building 58 East, Room 1111. Enjoy a holiday potluck! Bring your favorite dish and wear your least favorite sweater to celebrate the holiday season and the end of the semester. For more info call (904) 620-4720.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 a panel with activist, author, and cofounder of Ms. Magazine Dorothy Pittman Hughes, will be held on Thursday, December 7th, 6 9 p.m. at the Corazon Cinema and Caf, 36 Granada Street, Saint Augustine, Florida. Produced by Filmmaker Ava DuVernay, the film explores the history of racial inequality, of the nation's prisons. 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 visit www.ticketmaster.com. 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.A Garfield ChristmasA Garfield Christmas takes the stage Friday, December 8th at 7 p.m. at the Thrasher-Horne Center located at 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL. Garfield will light up your holiday this year with his wit, wisecracks and wisdom! For tickets and more info visit at www.THcenter.org. Marketing Business PartyAttend the Marketing Business Party workshop scheduled for Saturday, December 9th at 10 a.m. at the Wells Fargo Springfield center located at 1601 Main St. N. The workshop brings together marketing agencies, media companies, and small business agencies to help small businesses and nonprofits understand how to achieve marketing success. For tickets visit www.slcareerstudio.ticketleap.com. 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In Roman J. Israel, Esq. Denzel Washington plays an idealistic defense attorney whose beliefs are tested when he joins a new law firm after the death of his partner. The Oscar winner says making the film did not make him more cynical about the justice system and, when asked about the prisonindustrial complex, he offered a surprising take. ÂIt starts at the home,ÂŽ he told reporters at the filmÂs downtown New York premiere. ÂIt starts at home.ÂŽ When prodded to expand on his answer, the 62-year-old acting veteran replied: ÂIt starts with how you raise your children. If a young man doesnÂt have a father figure, heÂll go find a father figure. ÂSo you know I canÂt blame the system,ÂŽ he continued. ÂItÂs unfortunate that we make such easy work for them.ÂŽ The Oscar winner has played a lawyer before (ÂPhiladelphiaÂŽ), but his reasons for taking on this role werenÂt so much because he wanted to return to a courtroom. ÂIt really didnÂt have much to do with that,ÂŽ he said. ÂIt was just that it was such a good script, a good story, the guy happened to be a lawyer. Law wasnÂt the thing that attracted me to the story.ÂŽ Roman Israel Â„ a legal savant Â„ is certainly a departure for the actor. Washington told the Daily News that he based the characterÂs eccentricities on those of a friendÂs son who is on the autism spectrum. ÂHe knew all the laws and everything, so I did a lot of research on AspergerÂs, and the spectrum, and went in that direction,ÂŽ he revealed. Washington says he is not worrying about what his fans will make of this film. ÂI just do what I do,ÂŽ he said. ÂI canÂt be concerned. I donÂt know what theyÂre going to think, so thatÂs not something that comes into my head. . If itÂs something IÂm interested in, then I do it if I can, and weÂll find out what they think about it.ÂŽ The movie is in theaters now. If there's one thing we've learned about Jay-Z this year, it's that he isn't afraid to use his musical performances as opportunities to discuss serious issues. At his recent concert in Brooklyn's Barclays Center the rapper took time to share his thoughts about police brutality and NFL players kneeling before the national anthem Â„ a protest started by Colin Kaepernick over a year ago in response to police brutality and oppression faced by the black community. "Protesting, putting our fists in the air they have shit to do with the flag," Jay said about the protests, according to The Huffington Post. "ItÂs all about injustice. We standing up for injustice." In a video posted on Twitter, Jay is seen discussing police brutality, reminding everyone why they should be impacted by the issue. "Young men Â„ young black men Â„ are dying, and itÂs not even a black and white issue,ÂŽ he said. ÂItÂs a human issue. If a young 16-yearold child leaves the house and never comes back, everybody in here should be affected black, white, short, tall, whomever. Everybody should be affected, because thatÂs a young life that was cut short, that couldn't live his full potential." "That person couldÂve been the next Barack Obama. That person couldÂve been the next Muhammad Ali, etc." he said. "So thatÂs a human issue." Before transitioning to his song "N***** in Paris," Jay-Z offered words of support to all people of color. "WeÂre not second-class citizens to anybody. We some of the most beautiful, flyest, motherfucking smartest [people] on this whole planet," he said. "Tonight we gonna celebrate that black excellence.ÂŽ Donald Trump has repeatedly weighed in on the NFL protests, claiming the kneeling is "disrespectful" and arguing players should be punished. It's not the first time Jay has spoken out about kneeling at one of his shows, and this year he's been particularly open about his political beliefs. The rapper wore a "Colin K" football jersey during his Saturday Night Live performance in October, since then he's penned an op-ed in The New York Times calling for criminal justice reform in response to the arrest of his friend and fellow rapper, Meek Mill. Recently he stopped a show to offer some inspirational words to a 9-year-old girl in the audience. "You can be anything that you want to be in the world," he said. "At this very moment, America is way more sexist than they are racist. But you, young lady, you got the potential to be the next president of the United States. You believe that," he went on. At the rate Jay-Z's moving, we wonder if he'll have some words for Donald Trump in the future. ovember 30 December 6, 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 Jay-Z Stops Concert to Share his Thoughts on Police Brutality Get Ready for the Van Jones ShowVan Jones, the civil rights advocate and former Obama administration advisor, will soon get a regular bimonthly slot on CNNÂs primetime schedule with ÂThe Van Jones Show.ÂŽ The one-hour program will launch in January. Jones will also host a new original documentary series that will examine on instances of Âreconciliation, hope and redemption within the criminal justice system. In ÂThe Van Jones Show,ÂŽ the host will offer his take on Âthe forces that elected Donald Trump, the anti-Trump ÂresistanceÂ movement and the future of both major parties,ÂŽ CNN said. Jones has been an intermittent part of CNNÂs lineup in recent months, hosting a series of town halls under the rubric ÂThe Messy Truth,ÂŽ during which he seeks answers on various policy and culture issues from voters across the nation. ÂThe Van Jones ShowÂŽ will feature a live studio audience. Jones has been eager to get different factions to come together and discuss issues in a substantive way. ÂI just want to mix it up a little bit,ÂŽ the author and activist told Variety earlier this year. Jones has worked as a CNN contributor since the end of 2013, and worked alongside Newt Gingirch, Stephanie Cutter and S.E. Cupp on a reboot of the CNN perennial ÂCrossfire.ÂŽ The show was canceled in the fall of 2014, but Jones has continued to enjoy a CNN presence, most notably, perhaps, during the 2016 presidential election. Jay Z Willow Smith: Growing Up Famous is Terrible Denzel Washington Feeling Good about Roman J. Israel Most people think that growing up rich and famous means a worryfree life. Lately, Willow Smith is getting real about the negative effects it can have on kids, describing her own life of stardom as Âabsolutely terrible. In an interview with Girl Gaze, the ÂWhip My HairÂŽ singer shared that being the daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith has forced her to give up any semblance of privacy while maturing into a young woman, something the average teen doesnÂt have to deal with. ÂIÂm going to be completely and utterly honest, itÂs absolutely terrible. Growing up and trying to figure out your life Âƒ while people feel like they have some sort of entitlement to know whatÂs going on, is absolutely, excruciatingly terrible.ÂŽ She continued, ÂThe only way to get over it, is to go into it. You canÂt change your face. You canÂt change your parents. You canÂt change any of those things.ÂŽ The 17-yearold went on to say social media bullying also affects her and other young celebs more than their followers know. ÂI feel like most kids like me end up going down a spiral of depression, and the world is sitting there looking at them through their phones, laughing and making jokes and making memes at the crippling effect that this lifestyle has on the psyche.ÂŽ Master P shown above helped serve the dinnerMaster P Sponsors Thanksgiving Day for Compton Community Rap star Master P greeted people enjoying a Thanksgiving meal in Compton, California. The rapper donated money to help pay for the holiday feast. He has been helping people in the community for many years. "I grew up in the projects in New Orleans and I said let's not forget about community. Let's not forget about the people," he said. "We've been doing this for over 19 years. It's just a blessing." Master P teamed up with city of Compton Mayor Aja Brown and rapper YG for the fourth annual community dinner. "We have a big old family and if our life were a little different this could be us in the same line too," Master P said. The rap mogul also brought his son and daughter to teach them the importance of giving back to the community. Denzel Washington Willow, Jada and Will Smith
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