The 17 month legal ordeal of former local U.S. Representative Corrine Brown ended this week in a Jacksonville Federal Courthouse. The beloved politician was sentenced to five years in prison for her role in helping raise more than $800,000 for a bogus charity that was used as a slush fund, federal court officials said. Brown, 71, was convicted in May on 18 counts of participating in a conspiracy involving a fraudulent education charity, concealing material facts required on financial disclosure forms and filing false tax returns. Following the completion of her term, she will also serve three years of supervised release and must pay $250 a month in restitution once she's released from prison. She was ordered to pay a total of $515,166.86 in restitution to her victims, including $62,650.99 to the Internal Revenue Service. Brown, a hometown Democrat from Jacksonville, served 24 years in Congress. She lost her re-election bid last year after being indicted to Rep. Al Lawson of Tallahassee, FL. U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan said he considered Brown's years of public service in deciding Continued on page 2 Many people are just getting their first looks at the nearly 500-page sweeping tax bill that Senate Republicans pushed through on a party line vote of 51-49 over the weekend. The proposed legislations has far reaching implications for large corporation and families. ÂThis Congress doesnÂt work for working families. It works for corporate lobbyists & campaign donors in backroom deals & 1:30 AM votes. This corruption is hollowing out AmericaÂs middle class & tearing down our democracy,ÂŽ Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) tweeted after the passed in the Senate. The Senate Republican tax bill is a major victory for big corporations, according to The Washington Post Corporate giants would benefit from a tax rate that decreases from 35 percent to 20 percent starting in 2019Â„placing the U.S. corporate tax rate below many other countries. Another benefit to corporations is that the bill would allow them to bring back revenue stored overseas to the United States at a low tax rate of 14.5 percent. The bill is also a huge win for the wealthiest Americans. Millionaires would see their top tax rate reduced from 39.6 percent to 38.5 percent. Wealthy families would also benefit from changes that would exempt many of them from paying the estate tax when giving property and other inheritance. The bill also lowers taxes for most middle-income American, at least until 2026. It keeps seven tax brackets while cutting the rates at every level and raises income thresholds to qualify for some of the higher bracket. The poorest Americans are not losers in this deal. But at the same time, theyÂre not winners either because the bill has hardly any effect on them, according to Forbes. Volume 31 o. 5 December 7 13, 2017 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents So You Want to be a Star? Kim Fields Pens Memoir on Growing Up in HollywoodPage 7 Supreme Court Ruling on the Discriminating Baker is Bigger than Some May RealizePage 4Sights & Scenes Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Celebrates Founders Day WeekendPage 2 FLYIGWHILEBLACK American Airlines Employees Must Take AntiRacism Training Following AACP AdvisoryPage 10 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Rep. John Conyers Retiring Amid Sexual Misconduct AllegationsRep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) has announced that he is retiring from Congress following pressure from lawmakers to step down over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Conyers, 88, the longest-serving current member of the House, has denied the allegations, which include touching female staffers inappropriately and propositioning them for sex. He repeated that denial on a recent radio show, calling the allegations Ânot accurate.ÂŽ ÂI canÂt explain where they came from,ÂŽ Conyers said. He said his legacy ÂcanÂt be compromised or diminished in any wayÂŽ by the allegations, arguing it will continue through his children. ÂThis too shall pass,ÂŽ he said. Conyers endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to succeed him in Congress. Conyers previously announced that he would temporarily step down as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, pending the results of a House ethics investigation into the allegations.ike Just Came Out With Its First Sports HijabNike just launched a lightweight and breathable hijab for Muslim athletes to wear while competing. The Nike Pro Hijab recently went on sale globally with the tag line Âsports is for everyone.ÂŽ The ad campaign features American Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, Emirati figure skater Zahra Lari and German boxer Zeina Nassar. Nike revealed the hijab last winter when it was rolled out in stores in the Middle East. Now, athletes can purchase the Nike Pro Hijab around the world. The garment is now available in select stores. It is sold online by Nike in black and obsidian, but will be available in more colors come January. While Nike is not the first company to create hijabs for athletes, it is the first large-scale global corporation to prioritize the needs of Muslim athletes. WisconsinÂs Governor Renews Effort To Drug Test Welfare RecipientsWisconsinÂs Republican Gov. Scott Walker has submitted a plan to the state legislature that would require drug testing for food stamp recipientsÂ„supposedly to encourage able-bodied adults to workÂ„even though there are question about whether the program is legal under federal law, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The governor and lawmakers added the rule to their 2015 budget and sued the federal government for the right to enact the program, The Wisconsin State Journal reported. Wisconsin disputed the Obama administrationÂs argument that federal law bans the program. A judge, however, dismissed the case because Wisconsin had not implemented the plan. Under the program, those who fail their drug test must undergo treatment or lose their benefits. ItÂs estimated that the state would screen roughly 68,400 applicants each year and require about 3 percent of them, approximately 2,100 people, to take a drug test. Officials estimate that about 224 of them will fail. The price tag for the program is $867,000 annually. Opponents of the program argue that it has failed in other states where governments spent lots of money but found relatively few drug users. They also point out that the program would face a mountain of litigation even if the Trump administration doesnÂt block implementation. If lawmakers fail to object to the renewed program, it will go into effect in the spring, with the first tests by the fall.Johnson Publishing Company Iconic Building Sells for $10MThe vacant Johnson Publishing Company headquarters, once the home of Ebony and Jet magazines on ChicagoÂs Michigan Avenue, has been sold for $10 million to developer 3L Real Estate. The announcement coincided with the news that the 46-year-old building was designated a Chicago landmark after a 10-month process. The developer plans to spend $20 million to convert the 11-story building into 150 apartments to be rented for $1,200 to $2,700 a month. Following completion, the apartment building will have a fitness center and a laundry room on every floor. It will retain the underground parking garage that Johnson Publishing Company founder John H. Johnson built. The new owner also pledged to keep the historic Ebony/Jet sign at the top of the building, located at 820 S. Michigan Ave. For decades it was the only Black-owned building on Michigan Avenue. Johnson PublishingÂs heir Linda Johnson Rice sold the building to Columbia College in 2010 for $8 million who never used the building for an intended library. The building was completed in 1971 after John H. Johnson established Ebony and Jet as premiere magazines highlighting Black life and culture in America. Johnson borrowed $500 against his mothersÂ furniture to start his media empire. For decades the magazines sat on millions of coffee tables in Black households across the country. Winners and Losers: Who Benefits from the GOP Tax Bill Local Author Debuts First Book onWomenÂs Role in BlackLives Matter This past weekend Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority Incorporated Sigma Chapter welcomed new members Christinanna Wilkerson, Cherlynn Fields and Shaunice Johnson into the organization. Chi Eta Phi, Sorority, Incorporated is an international organization of registered nurses whose motto is ÂService for Humanity.ÂŽ More than 8,000 Registered Nurses and student nurses hold membership in Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. The Sorority was organized on October 16, 1932 with the assistance of 11 other courageous registered nurses. Judge Deals Former Congresswoman a HarshSentence Brown is the latest casualty of the FBIs war on politicians Jacksonville based author Nikesha Elise Williams held a book signing for her debut novel, Four Women last weekend at WJCT studios. Williams was joined by Ron Davis, a local activist and the father of slain Jacksonville teen Jordan Davis, for the novel release. At the event the two discussed the themes of the novel including domestic violence, addiction, and Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground Law. William's novel asks the question: What happens to four strangers when the present meets the past and the whole world is watching? Set in Jacksonville between the two trials of Michael Dunn, the man convicted of murder in Jordan Davis's killing, Four Women focuses on the plight of AfricanAmerican women in the Black Lives Matter movement, how Black women are depicted in media, and the strength of Black women that is tested in daily relationships. Williams is an Emmy Award winning news producer and works at local CBS/Fox affiliate Action News Jax. Four Women is her first novel and is available for purchase at both Chamblin's Uptown locations in Jacksonville. Chi Eta Phi Signs on Three for Service Shown is Ron Davis with author ikesha Williams Shown above is volunteer Mia Jones spinning the ÂHealthy Wheel of FortuneÂŽ with students eager to exercise for prizesIÂm a Star Join Volunteers to Engage Community to LetÂs MoveThe community turned out by the hundreds for the I'm A Star Foundation's 7th Annual LetÂs Move Jacksonville event held last weekend at the Henry Klutho Park in Springfield. The Communities in Schools organization brought the most attendees, claiming the coveted $1000 prize. Participants had the opportunity to learn about community programs, participate in exercise relays and receive fresh local fruits and vegetables in a free farmer's market. The IÂm A Star Foundation plans the event annually to engage their peer group and combat childhood obesity.
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We are currently hiring for numerous positions here at our Jacksonville, Florida location: If you are interested in more information, please email: LaShawn Brown, Senior Human Resource Generalist Lashawn.firstname.lastname@example.org EMPLOYMETOPPORTUITYSoftware Engineer Systems Engineer Validation Engineer Electrical Engineer Mechanical Engineer Senior Program Manager Application Engineer Process Engineer Quality Engineer Project Buyer Rams Engineer FEA Analyst Industrial Controls Technician Electromechanical Technician Quality Technician L IST OF POSITIONS -----Sights & Scenes -----Alpha Phi Alpha Founders Day Weekend Corrine Brown Sentenced Event chair Marque Wilkes, Mychelle Grover, Latasha Frison, Tia Leathers and Melissa Adams Alpha men: Bennie Moore, Sr., Sollie Mitchell and Florida District Director Marlon Ivey Alpha men: Kelvin Lawson, Pres. James Kelly and Jerome Ballard Patricia Sams, Sheila Pressly, Waletta Stanford and Gina Kyle The ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Joining in the wreath laying ceremony were Marques Wilkes, Calvin Burney, Sr, Sr., Sollie Mitchell, Bennie Moore, Sr., Joseph Smith, and Jerome Ballard Continued from page 1 her punishment. But he determined that "probation for a member of Congress convicted of 18 counts involving mail, wire, and tax fraud would not be sufficient," according to a transcript of his comments. Brown was at the center of a scheme, described as "shameless" by Judge Corrigan, that collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for One Door for Education, an unregistered charity -funds that were used instead to pad a lavish lifestyle that far exceeded the lawmaker's means. "She cast aside the very laws that she helped to enact," Corrigan wrote. "The rules, she decided, did not apply to her.ÂŽ Brown maintains her innocence and will appeal, her lawyer, James Smith, told reporters outside the federal courthouse following the sentencing. The former congresswoman declined to comment. "I disagree with the idea that a woman who is 71 should have to go to prison for a nonviolent economic offense," Smith told reporters. Smith said he also would argue on appeal that most of the evidence against Brown was circumstantial and that the judge improperly removed a juror in the case. "She hasn't given up hope. She intends to continue to fight," Smith said. "This court does not have the last word considering the congresswoman's fate." That juror told Corrigan that the Holy Spirit had informed him that Brown was not guilty, Jacksonville's WJXT-TV reported. Prosecutors said Brown participated from 2012 to 2016 in a conspiracy and fraud scheme involving the One Door for Education fund, along with her chief of staff, Elias "Ronnie" Simmons, and the charity's president, Carla Wiley. "Trial evidence also showed that more than $300,000 in One Door funds had been used to pay for events hosted by Brown or held in her honor," federal prosecutors said in a statement. In his 25-page sentencing order, Judge Corrigan said the One Door for Education charity was Âoperated as a criminal enterpriseÂŽ by Brown, her chief of staff, Ronnie Simmons, and the charity's founder, Carla Wiley. ÂThese defendants systematically looted One Door funds which otherwise would have been available to help deserving children,ÂŽ Corrigan said in the sentencing order. ÂJust think of the good that could have been done with that money if it had been used for its proper purpose.ÂŽ Simmons was sentenced to four years in prison and Wiley to 21 months, federal court officials said. None of the three were taken into custody after being sentenced and are scheduled to report in early January. The Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated celebrated their 111th Founders Day with a gala weekend of activities. The festive weekend included a sold out FoundersÂ Day Gala at the Main Library, a Brotherhood Breakfast, a Brotherhood Smoke and Social and worship service at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. The weekend culminated with a Wreath Laying and Dedication for A. St. George Richardson, an Upsilon Lambda chapter Charter Member and a Brotherhood March to the Alpha Plot on the campus of Edward Waters College. Established in 1925, the Upsilon Lambda Chapter is the oldest in the state of Florida. There are 706 chapters throughout the world with over 70,000 members. The local chapter is active in the Jacksonville community by implmenting national programs such as ÂGo to high school, Go to college,ÂŽ a mentoring program at West Jacksonville Church of God In Christ and Project Alpha. Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity is the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American Men. It was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants in this country. Notable Alpha men include W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Edward Brooke, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, William Gray, Paul Robeson, and many others. In remaining true to its form as the Âfirst of firsts,ÂŽ Alpha Phi Alpha has been interracial since 1945.
by E. Scott (WP) When President Trump nominated Jeff Sessions to be the attorney general, Democratic lawmakers argued that the thensenator from Alabama becoming the nationÂs top prosecutor would be a step backward in advancing the relationship between the Justice Department and people of color. ÂI think heÂs a racist, I think heÂs a throwback and I donÂt mind saying it, any day of the week,ÂŽ Rep. Maxine Waters (DCalif.) told The Washington PostÂs Jonathan Capehart in May. Other lawmakers expressed concern about SessionsÂs commitment to diversity during his nomination hearing, where Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) attempted to read excerpts of a letter written more than 30 years ago by Coretta Scott King, the wife of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., to Congress to block SessionsÂs appointment to a federal bench out of concern that it would Âirreparably damage the work of my husband.ÂŽ We can recall how that went: Warren was rebuked by Senate Republicans, and Sessions went on to become attorney general. Now, some Democratic lawmakers appear to be just as concerned Â„ if not more Â„ that Session's Justice Department is more detrimental than beneficial to the progress of blacks in the United States. The department went from being headed by the first black female attorney general, Loretta Lynch, to not having any black Americans in senior positions, something Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric L. Richmond (DLa.) probed during a House hearing with Sessions this week. ÂI do not have a senior staff member at this time that's an AfricanAmerican,ÂŽ Sessions acknowledged when asked about the significant decrease in diversity of judicial nominees. Sessions went on to say: ÂWe should look for quality candidates, and I think diversity is a matter that has significance.ÂŽ The attorney general did acknowledge he recommended only one black candidate for a U.S. attorney position. Trump supporters often respond to concerns about a lack of diversity in key positions by saying that the administration is more focused on accomplishments, not quotas. To critics, the retort comes off as if there aren't people of color who are competent enough for the job. The department announced earlier this year plans to roll back Obama-era efforts to investigate local police departments before they issue public reports about their shortcomings, a move that those supportive of police reform criticized. While Sessions said he values diversity, the lack of black senior officials raises concerns with a group of Americans who have historically had a negative relationship with law enforcement based on race, among other things. The latest hearing with Sessions was another reminder for some black Americans that despite Trump's campaign promises, these voters do stand to lose something under his presidency. Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 December 7 13, 2017 Since 1988, the Florida Lottery has contributed over $32 billion and counting to our public education system and has sent over 750,000 students to college and beyond on Bright Futures Scholarships. Every time you play, you grant FloridaÂs brightest the opportunity to achieve their dreams and ultimately boost the stateÂs economy, all while funding the next generation of students. Your ticket is their ticket Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Jags Fans Finally Smiling About GameFans went wild after the Jaguars defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 30-10 last weekend. The Jaguars now advance to a 8 4 record and continue to share first place in the AFC South with the Tennessee Titans (8-4). The Jaguars have won three consecutive games at EverBank Field for the first time since 2010 and play their second of three straight home game next Sunday, December 9th at 4:25 p.m. against the Seattle Seahawks. Go Jags! Bo Knows itÂs his 70th Birthday !The Moncrief Community center was the scene for friend of the community and author Willie ÂBoÂŽ WalkerÂs 70th birthday party. Fifty of ÂBoÂsÂŽ closest family, friends and coworkers attended the soiree. Bo is a 1965 graduate of Northwestern High School and a retiree of the United States Post Office. During his 70 years of life, BoÂs leadership included active participation in the Boy Scouts, coaching soft ball and maintaining his membership at One Church of Jax. Bo has been married for 14 years to his wife Sandra and is the author of the book, ÂThe ÂBoÂ you DonÂt KnowÂŽ. The book details his life experiences, his Sunday school prayers, guidance and determination that have him walking in righteousness. ÂI have learned how to be satisfied and blessed for the years I have lived,ÂŽ said Bo. Guests enjoyed a feast of BBQ chicken, ribs, appetizers and a birthday cake fit for a king while dancing to the wee hours of the morning. Jessica Wilkerson, Ashley Christopher and Michellita Taylor Miltena Rembert and Johnny Rembert Jr. Florida State University Chooses First Black Head Coach Willie Taggart is returning to the Sunshine State, this time as head football coach at Florida State. Taggart has agreed to become Florida State's next coach, replacing Jimbo Fisher. The 41-year old Bradenton native coached at South Florida for four seasons before going to Oregon. Fisher resigned Friday to accept the opening at Texas A&M Taggart has a 47-50 career record, including 7-5 this season, but is known as a rebuilder. Taggart's contract with Oregon was for $16 million over five years that includes a $3 million buyout if he left before Jan. 31, 2018. He was offered a four year, $20 million extension a week ago when it appeared that the Florida State job would be open. Jeff SessionsÂs Justice Department: From Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch to Zero Black Senior Staff Members Attorney Generals, Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch Taggart
I read somewhere that ÂJudging a person doesnÂt define who they are, but defines who you are.ÂŽ This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a very interesting case that is based on discrimination of sorts Â… a Colorado baker who refused to design a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. On the surface it appears that this issue is simply about a baker that doesnÂt like gay couples so he declined to make a wedding cake, but this rabbit hole is so much deeper than that. The verdict will test the Constitution's guarantee of free speech and religion against state laws prohibiting discrimination. Does an artist have the right not to make a cake or painting for someone because they are gay or a minority or short or tall? Is that freedom of speech? Here is another question. Does the artist or cake maker have religious protections under the constitution not to work for a gay couple because his/her religion doesnÂt believe in gay marriage? These are all legitimate questions and both sides have strong argument. The owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Jack Phillips, is essentially fighting for the rights of "creative artists" to choose what they sell and who buys their products. The same sex couple is fighting for the rights of LGBT customers to choose what they will buy. Is it right for anyone to deny you service or a product simply based on your sexual orientation? Again, thatÂs the slippery slope that everyone should be paying attention to. If the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of the ÂartistÂŽ whatÂs to stop that type of discrimination based on other factors like race and gender? So far, the same sex couple has won at the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the state Court of Appeals. But with the recent addition of Conservative Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, the lower courts decisions may get overturned. And by the way Â… Gorsuch is a native of Colorado. The legal ramifications could certainly be significant, but the social and humanitarian side of this argument is substantial as well. Most religious leaders and conservatives are not in favor of samesex marriage for obvious reasons. But many Americans seem to be coming to the conclusion that folks are gay not by choice, but because thatÂs who they are and how they were born. Same sex marriage is legal in America, so should person or institution have the right to discriminate on a lawful union of two people? For those living in an alternate universe Â… news flash: sexual orientation does not determine the character of a person. Think about Dr. Martin Luther KingÂs ÂI have a dreamÂŽ speech. King said, ÂI have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.ÂŽ This holds true to sexual orientation Â… we should judge people by the Âcontent of their characterÂŽ not who they choose as a partner. Many friends of mine, much like the pundits on television initially said that President ObamaÂs decision to support same sex unions was a bad one. ObamaÂs decision was monumental on so many fronts. He is the first American President to openly support samesex marriage. And he did it during a time period that could have been a major campaign issue during his bid for reelection. I find it interesting that many of my fellow Christians will sentence gays to hell and damnation as if they are God himself. But I often times look at my Christianity in a very simple way Â… how would Jesus deal with this situation or issue or person. And simply stated Â… Jesus is about love not hate. Whether you agree with gay marriage or not, gay Americans should be entitled to the same rights as the rest of us. And I canÂt say it enough Â… same sex marriage is legal. I canÂt stop thinking about the fact that issues like this have echoes of the Civil Rights Movement and the discrimination and bigotry faced by blacks. ÂThe line of progress is never straight. For a period of movement may follow a straight line and then it encounters obstacles and the path bends,ÂŽ said Martin Luther King. In order for America to continue being the greatest nation on earth, we must continue to evolve as a country. Discrimination against a couple because of their sexual orientation is not progress. Signing off from a chilly Washington DC, Reggie FullwoodWhat is the Black ChurchÂs Role in Advancing Black Wealth?by John Tucker (BE) Professor Eddie Glaude Jr. wrote a piece a few years ago, asserting Âthe Black Church, as weÂve known it or imagined it, is dead.ÂŽ Some claim that the black church isnÂt doing enough to assist with the economic, social, and political progress of the black community. The Michigan Chronicle recently took a look at research reporting that well over $420 billion had been donated to the black church as of 2013Â„ a figure which averages out to at least $12 billionÂ…$13 billion per year. Where Did The Money Go? The question then turned into the whereabouts of the money donated and whether it had been spent to help progress the economic, social, and political stances of African Americans? Leadership Network releases reports every year on the current trends in megachurches and other data on churches in general. They find that the largest 7% of churches contain nearly 50% of all churchgoers. Furthermore, they find that nearly 100% of church revenue comes in the form of donations and nearly 60% of said church revenue goes to staffingrelated costs. Based on this data, it could be argued that the monies donated to churches in general, which includes the black church, are being used mainly to compensate the individuals who are directing, performing, and managing the church organization, rather than being spent to feed the poor as Proverbs 22:9 says. Should the Donations Be Re-directed Directly Into Black Communities? Various bloggers and commentators have suggested that the $12 billion to $13 billion per year going to black church donations could have been reinvested to buy hundreds of thousands of dollars in black homes; send over 1 million black students to college, and feed literally every black homeless person for a number of years. This amount of reinvestment would also assist ÂBuying Black ExpertÂŽ Maggie Anderson with her efforts to redirect black dollars into more productive measures in the black community; to assist with creating more black jobs. Should Portions of the Donations Be Re-directed Directly to the Government? In addition, based on the Leadership Network data along with similar data, it has been argued throughout the years that churches should no longer benefit from 501(c)3 tax exemption status, as taxing the church revenues would bring nearly $20 billion or more into the federal government every year. Absence During Political Progressions Others, including sympathizers of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, also believe that the black church is not aiding ÂenoughÂŽ in efforts for political and social progression. On the heels of major media cases of unarmed black men being killed by police, many in the BLM Movement believe that the black churchÂs presence hasnÂt been displayed enough to help combat in the fight against police brutality. This is in comparison to the role of the black church during the civil rights movement, where its voice was heard loud and clear in the fight for progression, along with its temple used for networking and strategy sessions within the African American community. All of these discussions and reports continue a debate revolving around the present-day impact of the black church and if the black church still truly matters in terms of the economic, social, and political advancement of African Americans? 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City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Reggie Fullwood GUESTEDITORIALDecember 7 13, 2017 Supreme Court Ruling on the Discriminating Baker is Bigger than Some May Realize By Chris B. Bennett For years, the African American community has been asking and insisting that our professional athletes do more for our community. We ask them to give money towards initiatives and good causes, we ask them to be role models, and we ask them to stand up, speak up and speak out on issues affecting our community. And yet, as you read this article today, there are pro football players that have taken a stance against oppression, police brutality and the killing of Black people by law enforcement officers all across this country. Yet, these athletes are under attack by the media, by ÂfansÂŽ who claim that they have ruined the game of football, because they will not stand during the national anthemÂƒand yes, the players have even come under attack by the 45th occupant of the White House. The Black Lives Matter movement and the many of the NFL players are standing up (or kneeling) for justice and Âjust us.ÂŽ We are demanding justice for things that happen to just us. We demand justice for the racial profiling that happens to just us. We demand justice for the excessive force that is used against just us. And we are demanding justice, on behalf of millions of voiceless African Americans all across the country, for the lives that have been lost as a result of law enforcement officers shooting us (unarmed, Black Americans) at alarming rates. Numbers donÂt lie, and videos donÂt lie either. Black men are killed by police officers in extrajudicial shootings at much higher rates that far outweigh the rate of that White men are shot and killed by police officers, which indicates to me that these killings repeatedly happen to just us; and think about the number of videos that we have seen that show Black people gunned down, choked out, manhandled and beaten; while at the same time we see videos of Whites blatantly disrespecting police officers and daring them to do something to them, and those suspects are able to walk away unharmed. In protesting these atrocities, Colin Kaepernick chose to take a knee during the national anthem, because he didnÂt want to stand up for the flag of a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. In fact, Kaepernick was quoted as saying, ÂTo me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.ÂŽ For taking such a stance, Kaepernick is no longer employed as an NFL player. We hear all the excuses about why he does not have a job as a quarterback in the NFL. You can believe the excuses if you want, but I would challenge you to answer this question: Do you honestly want to see Colin Kaepernick playing quarterback against your favorite team on Sunday? Your honest answer would probably be ÂNo,ÂŽ because despite any flaws or inconsistencies that he may have in his game, Colin Kaepernick is a game changer. He is a legitimate dual threat quarterback, who can find his way to the end zone anytime he touches the ball. So, why is he unemployed? You can answer that question for yourself. As a result of what many believe was the blackballing of Kaepernick by the NFL, many people across this country, many of them Black women, decided to boycott the NFL this season; and the boycott is and was successful, so much so that the NFL, mainstream media and the 45th occupant led people to believe that the low ratings of NFL games this season were a result of White men not watching the NFL, because Black players were protesting that national anthem. Then, the 45th occupant of the White House, in his puppeteering ways, stepped forward and said that the NFL should fire anyone, who refuses to stand for the national anthem, and accused those who chose to kneel during the national anthem of disrespecting the flag and being unpatriotic. Black folks took offense and I believe that they decided to watch the games in protest to Â45ÂŽ; I bet the ratings increased, too. Now, fast forward to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stating that players on his team, who do not stand for the national anthem will not play, and Â45ÂŽ praises him for doing so. Ironic? I donÂt think so. DonÂt let them fool you, Â45ÂŽ and NFL owners have been joined at the hip in the process from the very beginning. The 45th occupant of the White House carried the water of the NFL owners, helped sway some sort of public opinion against the players and now the owners feel empowered to bring down their oppressive hammers on the players. The 45th occupant of the White House will take credit for bringing Âlaw and orderÂŽ to the plantation, and the NFL owners will walk away with little or no blood on their hands. The real story is that a handful of players have stood up for what they feel is right. Now the question is, what is the African American community going to do to support them? Do you have the courage to turn the channel when your favorite team(s) play on Sunday? Do you have the courage to publicly tell people that you support the players who choose to take a knee for justice and not just us? Do you have the courage to proudly wear the jersey of Colin Kaepernick, Michael Bennett or any other player who chooses to kneel or sit during the national anthem? Do you have the courage to start your own personal social media campaign supporting those players who take a knee to say that Black lives matter just as much as any other lives in this country? Are you willing to show your unwavering support for those who are standing tall by taking a knee during the national anthem? Will you write a letter, email or tweet to the NFL, the 45th occupant of the White House and your congressional delegation expressing your concerns about this issue? Do you have the backbone to stand up and advocate for freedom, justice and equality for those who are no longer here to speak for themselves?Do Black Lives Really Matter to Black People
December 7 13, 2017 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 5 11, 2017Â’Grambling takes SWAC title, Bowl bidby LUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor West Division champ and BCSP No. 2 Grambling State (11-1) put up 28 unanswered second-quarter points to jump on top of East Division champ Alcorn State at the break and held on to defeat the Braves 40-32 in the 19th and last scheduled SWAC Championship Game Saturday in Houston. With the win, GramblingÂs second straight championship game victory over Alcorn State, the Tigers will now represent the SWAC for the second year in a row in the third annual Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl vs. MEAC champion and BCSP No. 1 North Carolina A&T on Dec. 16 at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlandetermine the BCSP national champion. Grambling QB Devante Kincade scored on possession but Alcorn answered with a 2-yard DeLance Turner touchdown run in the ensuing 10-10 tie. But the Tigers opened the second quarter scoring on a 5-yard Martez Carter run to lead while building a 38-10 lead at the break. Following CarterÂs score, Grambling stopped Alcorn on a 3-and-out and reached the GRAMBLING PREVAILS AGAING-MEN ARE BACK: Atop SWAC after 4032 title game win over Alcorn State and in bowl game in Atlanta.end zone on a 15-yard pass from Kincade to tight end Jordan Jones to go up 24-10. The Tigers recovered a Braves fumble two plays after the kickoff at the Alcorn 46 and cashed in four away to lead 31-10. After another Alcorn 3-and-out, GSU cadeÂs 4-yard toss to Quinton Guice to give the Tigers the big 38-10 lead headed at the half. But in effect, that would be the game or at least all the G-Men would need to claim their second straight SWAC championship. After a scoreless third quarter that saw back-up quarterback Geremy Hickbottom come in for Kincade, Grambling only scored on an early fourthquarter safety. After the safety, Alcorn recovered a Hickbottom fumble that started a comeback and saw 32 came on a 6-yard run from Turner with just under two minutes to play. Grambling recovered the ensuing onsides kick but was not able to move the ball. A Grambling punt to the Alcorn 2-yard line gave the Braves one last chance to drive for a tying score. Beginning with less than a minute left, the Braves drove to the Grambling 48 before time ran out. Kincade, named last week as the SWACÂs Offensive Player of the Year, passed for 223 yards on 11 carries and another two scores to win the gameÂs MVP award. GSU linebacker DeÂAndre Hogues was the defensive MVP after registering a team-high tying seven tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. QB Lenorris FootmanÂs (20-34-0) and TurnerÂs 134 rushing yards and two scores led the Braves. Marquis Watford had seven receptions for 131 yards. UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS 2017 SWAC FOOTBALL HONORS: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Â… The Southwestern Athletic Conference released its top football honorees and players from head coach Broderick FobbsÂ SWAC champion Grambling State being tabbed for the most individual honors. The teams were announced SWAC Football Championship at ter ballots were cast by the leagueÂs head coaches and sports information directors. After helping lead the Tigers to a conference-best 10-win season, Grambling State quarterback Devante Kincade was the votersÂ choice for the SWAC Offensive Player of the Year award. Following up on his SWAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year nod, Kincade yards with 19 touchdowns against just three interceprating of 143.8 and led in total offense with 2,649 yards. GSUÂs DeÂArius Christmas was tabbed as the SWAC Defensive Player of the Year after he was ranked SWAC with 14.5 tackles for a loss, to go along with 3.5 sacks (18th in SWAC), and two forced fumbles (tied for fourth in SWAC). Mississippi Valley State junior transfer wide receiver Quinn McElfresh was named the SWAC Newcomer of the Year after leading the conference in receptions per game (5.2), was ranked second in receiving yards per touchdowns. Prairie View A&M kicker Zach Elder was honored with the SWAC Freshman of the Year award after ranking Fobbs was dubbed the SWAC Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to another double-digit win season and a third consecutive trip to the SWAC Championship. SWAC East Division winner Alcorn State had the second largest number of selections with nine.OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Devante Kincade (QB) Â… Grambling State DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: DeÂArius Christmas (LB) Â… Grambling State NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Quinn McElfresh (WR) Â… Mississippi Valley State FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Zach Elder (K) Â… Prairie View A&M COACH OF THE YEAR: Broderick Fobbs Â… Grambling State 2017 ALL-SWAC FOOTBALL TEAM FIRST TEAM OFFENSE QB Devante Kincade GSU; RB DeÂLance Turner ALC; Martez Carter GSU; OL Trent Scott GSU, Timothy Gardner, ALC; William Waddell GSU, Kenyon Brantley, ALC, Sam Baptiste ALABST; WR Norlando Veals ALC, Khadarel Hodge, PV; TE Dillon Beard, SOU DEFENSE DL Aaron Tiller, SOU, LaAllan Clark, GSU, Brandon Varner, GSU, Vernon Moland, ALA&M; LB De'Arius Christmas, GSU, Kenneth Davis, ALA&M, Jalyn Williams, PV; DB Danny Johnson, SOU, De'Aumante Johnson, GSU; Ju'Anthony Parker, PV, Ronnie Scott, ALABST SPECIAL TEAMS K Marc Orozco, GSU; P Jamie Gillan, APB; RS Darius Floyd, PV SECOND TEAM OFFENSE QB Austin Howard, SOU; RB Herb Edwards, SOU, StaÂFon McCray PV; OL Mustaffa Ibrahim ALC, Corbin Finlayson PV, Shawn Pierce, PV, Alvin Solomon, MVSU, Christian Rodriguez, SOU; WR Quinn McElfresh, MVSU, Darrell Clark GSU; TE Jordan Jones GSU DEFENSE DL Michael Brooks, ALC, Tashad Charity, APB, Linwood Banks, GSU, DeVohn Reed, PV; LB Patrick Harbin, MVSU; Trae Ferrell ALC, Shawn Bishop, JSU;; DB Dylan Hamilton, ALA&M, Everett Nicholas, MVSU, Andre Augustine, SOU, Deago Sama Alcorn State SPECIAL TEAMS K Corey McCullough ALC; P Trevor Vincent, ALABST; RS Danny Johnson, SOU KincadeChristmasMcElfreshSETS UP NO. 1 VS. NO. 2 IN CELEBRATION BOWL; WYATT OUT AT EWC; SWAC NAMES TOP PLAYERS SWAC Championsihp Game Logo BCSP Notes Alcorn State's Reginal Johnson breaks leg, likely out for the season BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Â… The Southwestern Athletic Conference returning scoring leader and Preseason Player of the Year, Reginal Johnson of Alcorn State after breaking his leg last Wednesday in a game at Tulane. Johnson, a 6-5, 230-pound forward for the Braves, averaged 16.0 points per game a season ago, tops among returning SWAC players, and 6.3 rebounds. This season through eight games he was averaging 12.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He was challenge three-time SWAC champion Texas Southern this season. He was injured Wednesday after falling awkwardly on his right leg in placed on his right leg. With his family, coaches and teammates standing by, Johnson was taken off on the stretcher and transported to a nearby medical facility. Wyatt steps down at Edward Waters Edward Waters College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Stanley B. Cromartie has announced that Alvin B. Wyatt, Sr. has resigned his position as head football coach at EWC, effective immediately. Wyatt joined Edward Waters in 2012 as defensive coordinator after a storied 13-year career at Bethune-Cookman University as its head coach. He was selected as the 13th head football coach in EWC football history on December 10, 2013. the world of coaching and molding young men," said Cromartie. "We thank him for his hard work and dedication to our football program at EWC and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors." Cromartie will meet with the remaining assistant coaches on Monday thereafter.Black College Football HOF Atlanta, GA Â… The Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) the Year Award. The Award is annually presented to the most outstanding football player from a Historically Black College & University (HBCU) that emwith HBCUs. Former North Carolina A&T and current Chicago Bears Running Back, Tarik Cohen was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Award in 2016. Trenton Cannon of Virginia State quarterback Amir Hall of Bowie State quarterback DeVante Kincade of Grambling State and quarterback Lamar Raynard of North Carolina A&T which is composed of Black College Football Hall of Fame founders James "Shack" Harris and Doug Williams longtime SBN Broadcaster and Director of News and Sports for the Power News Radio Network Ty Miller former USA Today sports writer Roscoe Nance and ESPN College Football Analyst Jay Walker Award will be announced on February 10, 2018 at the Ninth Annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Presented by the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta, Georgia. He will be presented with the Deacon Jones Trophy named in honor of the football legend and inaugural BCFHOF inductee. Celebration Bow l in Atlanta on December 16th, along with the BCFHOF Class of 2018, which will be televised on ABC.TRENTON CANNON Running Back Âƒ Virginia State Âƒ Senior Âƒ 1st Team All-Conference (CIAA) as a running back and kick returner Âƒ CIAA Offensive Player of the Year Âƒ Led CIAA and all black colleges in rushing yards (1,638), rushing avg. (7.7 YPC) and all-purpose yards (2,686) Âƒ Scored 22 total touchtimes during 10-week regular season Âƒ Became Virginia State's all-time leading rusher Âƒ Candidate for The Harlon Hill Award (Division II College Football Player of the Year) Âƒ Two-time All-CIAA 1st Team (2016 and 2017) Âƒ Born July 23, 1994. AMIR HALL Quarterback Âƒ Bowie State Âƒ Junior Âƒ Two-time 1st Team All-Conference (CIAA) Âƒ Led conference in passing yards (3,519), passing touchdowns (41) and total offense (3,929) Âƒ Also had 406 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns Âƒ Owns nearly every quarterback record for Bowie State, including career passing yards (6,974), passing touchdowns (Division II College Football Player of the Year) Âƒ 2016 CIAA Offensive Player of the Year Âƒ Born September 26, 1997. DEVANTE KINCADE Quarterback Âƒ Grambling State Âƒ Senior Âƒ Led SWAC in passing yards Âƒ Threw 19 touchdowns and just three interceptions Âƒ 2016 and 2017 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Offensive Player of the Year Âƒ 2016 and 2017 1st Team All-SWAC Âƒ 2016 Black College Football Player of the Year Finalist Âƒ Led Grambling to the SWAC Championship both years as starting quarterback and the 2016 Black College Football National Championship (Celebration Bowl) Âƒ Born September 16, 1994. LAMAR RAYNARD Quarterback Âƒ North Carolina A&T Âƒ Junior Âƒ 1st Team All-Conference tion percentage (65.3%) and touchdowns (26) Âƒ Broke school record for passing yards in a season Âƒ 1st Team All-Conference (MEAC) Âƒ Also had 168 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns Âƒ Finalist the Walter Payton Award for FCS Offensive Player of the Year Âƒ Led the Aggies to an undefeated season and a second consecutive birth in the Celebration Bowl Âƒ Born February 1, 1996. Johnson Wyatt Fobbs Downs Alcorn State 40-32 for second straight SWAC crown and Celebration Bowl berth BACK TO BACK CHAMPS: Grambling players pose with 2017 SWAC Championship Game Trophy after defeating Alcorn State, 40-32 Saturday in Houston. DIV CONF ALLNORTH DIVISION W L W L W L Virginia State 0 0 0 0 6 0 Lincoln 0 0 0 0 5 2 Eliz. City State 0 0 0 0 3 2 Chowan 0 0 0 0 4 3 Bowie State 0 0 0 0 5 4 Virginia Union 0 0 0 0 3 5 SOUTH DIVISION J. C. Smith 0 0 0 0 7 2 Shaw 0 0 0 0 4 4 Fayetteville State 0 0 0 0 3 4 St. AugustineÂs 0 0 0 0 2 6 Winston-Salem State 0 0 0 0 2 7 Livingstone 0 0 0 0 0 2 CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Omari George Sr., G, BSU Averaged 22.5 points on 64.3% shooting (18-of-28) including 24 pts., 6 reb., 3 blks, 2 stls. vs. Newberry. ROOKIE Deaquan Williams Fr., F, LINCOLN Double-doubles in two wins, 14 pts., 10 rebs., vs. Cheyney, 12 pts., 11 NEWCOMER Savon Goodman Sr., F, SHAW Average 26.5 ppg., in two wins. Had 31 vs. Clayton St. and 22 vs. VUU. COACH Stephen Joyner, JC SMITHImproved to 7-2 with 72-69 win over Anderson.CIAACENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONMID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEAC CONF ALL W L W LNorth Carolina A&T 0 0 5 3 Morgan State 0 0 4 3 Bethune-Cookman 0 0 4 4 Hampton 0 0 4 5 North Carolina Central 0 0 4 6 Md. E. Shore 0 0 3 5 Savannah State 0 0 3 7 Delaware State 0 0 2 7 SC State 0 0 1 7 Howard 0 0 1 8 Florida A&M 0 0 1 8 Norfolk State 0 0 0 8 Coppin State 0 0 0 8 BCSP MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Logan McIntoash Jr., G, UMES Averaged 13.5 points and 6.5 assists as Hawks split two games. Had 14 pts., 7 assists in win over American, 13 points and 6 assists in loss to Duquesne. ROOKIE Reggie Gardner Fr., G, NCCU Had team-high 26 points on 6 of 13 shooting, 11 of 12 FTs and 3 of 8 3s in loss to SE Missouri. DEFENDER NASIACSOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETIC CONFERENCE CONF ALLEAST DIVISION W L W L Morehouse 3 0 8 0 Clark Atlanta 3 0 8 1 Fort Valley State 3 1 5 4 Benedict 2 2 8 2 Paine 0 2 1 6 Albany State 0 4 0 10WEST DIVISIONCentral State 3 1 4 4 Lane 2 2 3 3 Kentucky State 2 2 2 7 Tuskegee 1 2 1 7 Miles 0 2 1 6 Spring Hill 0 1 2 4 LeMoyne-Owen 0 4 2 6 SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Tyrius Walker 6-1, Sr., G, MOREHOUSE In wins over Miles and Paine, put in 35 vs. Miles with 10 rebounds, 6 steals, 2 assists and 2 blocks. NEWCOMER Chris Scott 6-8, Jr., C, CENTRAL STATE Averaged 23 points in wins over Lane and LeMoyne Owen. Had 28 points vs. LOC and 18 vs. Lane. Also averaged 15.5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Shot 56% SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCE DIV ALL W L W L Grambling State 0 0 3 5 Southern 0 0 2 5 Prairie View A&M 0 0 2 5 Jackson State 0 0 2 6 Alcorn State 0 0 2 7 Ark. Pine Bluff 0 0 0 7 Texas Southern 0 0 0 8 Alabama State 0 0 0 8 Alabama A&M 0 0 0 8 Miss. Valley State 0 0 0 8 BCSP SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEKPLAYERIvy Smith Jr., Jr., G, GRAMBLING Had team-high 31 points in win over Tougaloo including 7 of 16 from assists in win over Ga. Tech. NEWCOMER NA M E N S 2 0 1 7 1 8 B L A C K C O L L E G E B A S K E T B A L L (Results, Standings and Weekly Honors) W LLincoln (Mo.) 5 3 Tennessee State 4 3 W. Va. State 4 4 Cheyney 1 6 UDC 1 7INDEPENDENT PLAYERS OF THE WEEKPLAYER Christian Mekowulu, 6-9, R-Jr. F, TENNESSEE STATE H ad 26 points on 10 of 14 shooting with 15 rebounds, 3 blocks and a steal in OT loss to Lipscomb. Darrius Spencer 6-2, Jr., G, LINCOLN (MO) Led NEWCOMER NAINDEPENDENTS Cannon Raynard Kincade Hall
Young Black people are much more ÂconcernedÂŽ about the global HIV and AIDS epidemic in comparison to all other demographic in America, according to a new study. And itÂs for good reason, too, as African-Americans are affected the most by the sexually transmitted virus despite having a disproportionate representation among the overall population. Nearly half of Black Americans from 18 to 30 years old were especially worried about HIV and AIDS when it comes to people they know. That figure of 46 percent was more than three times the number for White people, a survey conducted by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation found. The survey was published Thursday., one day before the annual observation of World AIDS Day. Exacerbating those findings are the fact that Black Americans Âaccount for a higher proportion of new HIV diagnoses, those living with HIV, and those ever diagnosed with AIDS, compared to other races/ethnicities,ÂŽ according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As such, about 34 percent of Black people were rightfully concerned about contracting the disease, compared to just 16 percent of White people. There appeared to be a silver lining when it comes to awareness, though: Young Black folks are also the ones most likely to get an HIV test, a key fact considering the virus is older than they are. ÂAn entire generation has been born and grown up without ever knowing a time when HIV did not exist, and they may be the first to see it end,ÂŽ Tina Hoff, Senior Vice President, Health Communications and Media Partnerships, Kaiser Family Foundation, said in a press release. ÂWhether this future is realized rests with those most affected being educated about Â… and having access to Â… the latest advances in prevention and treatment.ÂŽ In the U.S., Black people accounted for 40 percent of Americans living with HIV in 2013, the year with the most recent statistics available, according to the CDC. Black people in general around the world have also been lopsidedly diagnosed with HIV and AIDS, with Africa being ground zero with a reported whopping 69 percent of the worldÂs 34 million HIV diagnoses. More than 90 percent of HIV positive children around the world are in Africa, as well. While there has yet to be a cure, vaccine trials are ongoing, including one that recently launched in subSaharan Africa, according to the National Institutes of Health. 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.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.Greater Tabernacle Baptist Church December Celebration and ServicesGreater Tabernacle Baptist Church located at 5730 Sawyer Avenue will present the pastors birthday and appreciation celebration services on Sunday, December 17th at 4 p.m.; Monday, December 24th celebrate Christmas Eve during the 11 a.m. youth led worship service; Sunday, December 31st attend New Years Eve Watch Night Service beginning at 9:45 p.m. The community is invited to bring clothes to the clothing ministry located at 1781 Herlena St. Greater Tabernacle Baptist Church is under the leadership of Reverend J.C. Green. For more details call the church office at (904) 768-2725. Summerville Baptist Church Celebrates Senior Members DayThe community is invited to share and attend service at Summerville Baptist Church as the church honors their senior members, Sunday, December 17th at 11 a.m. Summerville Missionary Baptist Church is located at 690 W. 20th St. and under the leadership of Pastor James W. Henry. Guest speaker is Bishop Rudolph McKissick Sr. Pastor Emeritus of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. The evening 5 p.m. service will present the youth and adult Sunday school Christmas program. The public is invited to share with the Summerville congregation as the church remembers the greatest gift mankind has ever received. For more information call (904) 354-8186. Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press December 7 13, 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: 'Rejuvenated in the spirit' spurs a homecoming of faith by James Washington For some reason, the phrase Ârejuvenated in the spiritÂ is resonating with me right now. My reference point is the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. I have been revisiting ChristÂs last experience on earth and was struck by the fact that God as Christ had to be excited, if not relieved to be going home. I mean think about it this way: He humbled himself by putting on human skin to fulfill the new covenant under which we all now live. Now some of yÂall might think IÂm being a little sacrilegious here, but I promise you I am not. After the beatings, stabbing, thorns and nails, after the praying to not have to go through the save the world ordeal and that father forgive them they donÂt get it thing, I am sure Jesus was ready to get up out of here. Job well done! Mission accomplished! LetÂs go be God again. What a rush! Can you imagine the celebration in heaven at the return of this Son? Now if you remember before He left, He spent a little more time hanging out, letting folk see touch and feel His redemption of us. I canÂt help but sense His expectancy of being a member of the Godhead again, as He continued to fulfill His calling. I know many of you can attest to a special feeling at knowing youÂre going home for Thanksgiving, Christmas, family reunions and other infrequent anniversaries and celebrations which bring sheer joy just at the thought of seeing loved ones soon. There are many families waiting at airports today for servicemen and women returning from war zones. There are children about to burst with unbridled enthusiasm because they know in a few minutes, mommy or daddy will be coming down that runway. That anticipation is what I am describing as Ârejuvenated in the spirit.ÂŽ I just believe if we could view the cross as a symbol of our eternal life after death, then maybe we could look upon death a little differently than we currently do. I mean really. If you call yourself a believer, then thatÂs what this is all about. The party for Christ had to be incredible. If the truth be told, that party is still going on and everybody is anticipating when you walk through the door. ThatÂs that Jesus thing again. I find it illuminating that after death, Christ walked among us without the disfigured body on the cross, except for enough to make believers out of the doubting Thomases. ThatÂs proof that when you get to the party, you too will be perfect in your form and perfect in your reception. This may not be a typical column but, based on the cross event, you too are transformed from Âglory unto glory.ÂŽ If you can feel what I feel today, then you understand being rejuvenated. I am because He is. I will because He fulfilled the Word and IÂll see you when you get there. I just know thatÂs a welcome to look forward to. Until then, may God bless and keep you always. Hundreds of women have been revealing stories of rape, sexual abuse and harassment that they suffered inside church or at the hands of Christian men in leadership, using the #churchtoo hashtag to shed light on countless disturbing experiences. While many Christian women, including notable figures such as Beth Moore and Kay Warren, shared their stories of abuse in October under the #MeToo hashtag, Twitter discussion under #churchtoo has given both believers and nonbelievers the chance to add to the revelations. "Growing up in purity culture, I was taught that men were 'visual creatures' that couldn't help feeling aroused at the sight of slightly revealed ankles or knees, and that all men were imagining me naked 24/7," wrote a user by the name Sarah Lacour. "The entire system shamed women for even existing," she added. Rosemary Johnson said: "I CANNOT COUNT the number of times I've heard guys in church PUBLICLY admit to molestation, harassment, assault, etc, only to be praised for their bravery & honesty. No consequences. The church's legacy of protecting abusers is sickening." "I was sexually & physically abused by a bf who was also a member of my church," another user with the handle @alittleotmark revealed. Kimberly Ann Moore argued that the revelations should not come as a surprise to people: "If you want to know how Jesus felt about women & treated women, read the Gospels. Anything & anyone that does not reflect what you see in Jesus in black and white on those pages may wear a Christian label but never confuse that with Christlike," Moore, who is also the founder of Living Proof Ministries, stated. "Jesus is no misogynist. Read & see," she added. #Churchtoo: Women Share Stories of Sexual Abuse Involving the Church Millennials Leading the Concern Against AIDS
December 7 13, 2017 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 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. F l i p p i n g T T h r o u g h t h e F F r e e P P r e s s F F i l e s Wachovia executives Eloise Adamss and Debbie Spencerattend a community together. Martha Barrett strikes a pose with Doug Brown and Felice Franklin at a civic luncheon. Priscilla Wiliamson and Georgia Lewis attend an annual holiday luncheon forBBIC seniors. Phi Delta Kappa Sorority Salutes Black History with the theme: ÂAfro American Celebrating TheirRich Heritage Inherited In The 20th Century.ÂŽ Deborah Thompson, Emma Morgan, Tonyaa Weathersbea and Emma Moran attend the annual Urban League Equal Opportunity Luncheon where Board memberRalph Christian was the Masterof Ceremonies. Over the past twenty years, many people, places and events have graced the Free Press pages. Join us as we glimpse back at some of the events that helped shape our newspaper into the publication that it is today. Negro League players, including the late Buck OÂNeil, gathered forceremonies at James P. Small Ball Park on Myrtle Avenue where many of them once played. Dara, Reese and Kemba with dad, Reese Marshall. The successful attorneyÂs offspring include an ad executive, a future lawyerand a veterinarian. The Bold City Chapterof Links held theirfirst induction in 1996 by adding 2 ÂHeir-O-LinksÂŽ to theirclan, Gwen Mitchell and Sylvia Perry (front seated). Marc Little and Rev. Joe Carswell attend a community meeting together. Hattie Mills and Sarah Potts also attending the holiday luncheon, with Thelma Jones and Alma Daniels all smiles. Over the past 31 years, many people, places and events have graced the Free Press pages. Join us as we glimpse back at some of the events that helped shape our newspaper into the publication that it is today. 31st Anniversary SUBSCRIBE TODAYSubscription rare $40.50 and delivered in your mailbox usua;;y no later than Friday. Without us, you miss so much!Call 634-1993 Today!
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 8th, 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 8th, 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. Historic Springfield Home Tour The 31st annual Springfield Holiday Home tour will take place December 8-9 5 9 p.m. For more info call (904) 633-9308JJS MeetingThe Jacksonville Jazz Society next meeting will be held on Saturday, December 9th, at 12:00 noon. The location is Breezy Jazz Club at 119 West Adams Street. Jacksonville Jazz Society Inc. (JJS) is a volunteer organization of jazz enthusiasts, jazz musicians, jazz scholars, jazz media professionals, jazz club owners and managers. For more info email JSS member Ann Scott at email@example.com.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.10,000 Black Men Florida March The Black Educators for Justice and Unity presents the 10,000 Black MenÂs Conference March on Florida, Saturday December 9 11th at 2 p.m. For more info visit www.blackmensnovement.org.Annual Community utcrackerThe 26th Annual Community Nutcracker featuring more than 200 local dancers ranging in ages from 9 to adult performing the classic twoact ballet will take the stage Saturday, December 9th at 7 p.m. at the Florida Theater located at 128 E Forsyth St. For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com.Tuesdays with MorrieThe beloved New York Times best-seller, Tuesdays with Morrie, will come to life on the historic Florida Theatre for one performance, Sunday, December 10th at 3 p.m. This new stage adaption stars M*A*S*HÂs Jamie Farr as Morrie Schwartz. Tickets can be purchased at www.floridatheatre.com.JBDTC ight of Music & DanceThe public is invited to the Jacksonville Beach Deck the Chairs Create Joy Night of Music & Dance to be held Sunday, December 10th from 4 p.m. Â… 8 p.m. More than 40 decorated lifeguard chairs will be on display in Latham Plaza and the Seawalk Pavilion area. The night will feature five area dance companies, visit by Santa, kidsÂ activities, food trucks, concessions and an appearance by the Jacksonville Icemen! For more info contact Kurtis Loftus at (904) 716-3853.WomenÂs Vision Board PartyThe Goal Diggers presents ÂWomen with Visions: Vision Board PartyÂŽ taking place Sunday, December 10th at 3 p.m. at 7750 Belfort Pkway. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.Second Sunday at StetsonÂsStetson Kennedy Foundation presents ÂSecond Sunday at StetsonÂs,ÂŽ musical series, artistic events and food drive at his home Sunday, December 10th in Fruit Cove, Fl featuring performers from the Florida Music Food Initiative (FMFI). For more info email email@example.com.Alhambra Theatre 50 Year Birthday BashThe Alhambra Theatre will present Â50 Years of MemoriesÂŽ birthday bash, Monday, December 11th, 5:30 p.m. at the Alhambra Theater located at 12000 Beach Blvd. Enjoy the reception in the garden Elvis Presley tribute, dinner by executive Chef DeJuan Roy, commemorative presentation, surprise guests, dancing and the big band sounds of the Chris Thomas Band! For tickets and visit www.alhambrajax.com. Janet Jackson TourJanet Jackson, ÂState of the World TourÂŽ is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12 at 8 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena located at 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd. For tickets and more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.JAXUSA Partnership LuncheonThe 4th Quarter JAXUSA Partnership Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, December 14th at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency located at 225 E. Coastline Drive. Keynote Speaker is Fanatics President of Merchandising, Jack Boyle. For more info contact Alanna Hurlbert at the RSVP hot line: (904) 366-6600 x 7788.JRE Lee FAMU Alumni MeetingLet's get those fangs up and continue to strike by attending the JRE Lee Jacksonville FAMU NAA Chapter next meeting, Thursday, December 14th, at 6 p.m. at the FAMU College of Pharmacy located at 2050 Art Museum Drive, Building 4800, Suite 200. For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org.Comedian Roz McCoyComedian Roz McCoy appearing at the Comedy Club of Jacksonville located at 11000 Beach Blvd., Thursday, December 14th at 8 p.m. For tickets and more info visit www.jacksonvillecomedy.com.AACP Meeting & Open HouseThe Jacksonville Branch NAACP will hold its monthly meeting and open house to showcase the new location at the Beaver Street Enterprise Center located at 1225 Beaver Street, Thursday, D ecember 14th at 7 p.m. For more info call the NAACP at (904) 265-4702.Fun ight at American BeachThe American Beach Property Owners Association, Inc. inaugural Christmas Game/Fun Night will take place Saturday, December 16th, 6 10 p.m. at the American Beach Community Center located at 1600 Julia Street, Fernandina Beach, FL Admission is one wrapped Christmas toy! Enjoy food, card/board games, dancing and more! For more info email: email@example.com.Beauty, Brains and Business Holiday Social There will be a ÂBeauty, Brains and Business,ÂŽ holiday edition of social shopping, featuring live entertainment, food, deserts, popup vendors giveaways and more, Saturday, December 16th 5 8 p.m. Location is Myth Nightclub located at 333 E. Bay St. To become a vendor and for more info call (407) 801-2330.AAMHI Christmas GalaThe African American Mental Health Initiative (AAMHI) will present the 3rd Annual Christmas Gala on Saturday, December 16th 6 10 p.m. at UNF's Adam W. Herbert University Center, at 12000 Alumni Dr. This yearÂs theme is ÂA Night of HopeÂŽ. Special guest speaker is NFL legend Donovin Darius. For tickets and more info call (904) 899-2614.Back in the Bronx DialogueSteve Samtur, Editor and Publisher of ÂBack In The BronxÂŽ magazine and author of three books on The Bronx, will be giving a PowerPoint presentation entitled "The Bronx The Way It Was" which will revisit The Bronx of the 1930s 1960s and features slides, video clips, and Bronx celebrity interviews, Tuesday, December 19th at 2 p.m., at the Main Library, located at 303 Laura Street North. For more info visit www.backinthebronx.com.Toys for Tots Christmas DriveBring your new and unwrapped toys to the annual ÂToys for TotsÂŽ Christmas Drive for children ages 3 to 13 and gift cards for children age 1416. Thursday, December 21st, 6-9 p.m. Location is the Buddha Bar located at 974 San Marco Blvd. To donate and for more info contact Jackie Davis at (912) 467-2828.A Christmas CarolCharles DickensÂ Classic: A Christmas Carol returns to Jacksonville this Christmas and will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 21st, at the Times-Union Center located at 300 Water St. For tickets and more info visit www.fscjartistseries.org.Experience Charlie Brown ChristmasA Charlie Brown Christmas Live! Friday, December 22nd at 7 p.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a forlorn little tree, and uncover the true meaning of Christmas at the Florida Theatre, located at 128 E Forsyth Street. For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com.Simonds Johnson Reunion Meeting Simonds-Johnson Park Community Reunion Committee invites the community to their annual Christmas Dinner Dance scheduled for Friday, December 22nd, 6 11 p.m. at Morris Manor Auditorium located at 9050 Norfolk Blvd. Come out and enjoy seeing childhood friends and teammates. Festive Holiday music, food, dancing and fun is on tap for all! For tickets and more info call Yvonne Brockington at (904) 613-6251. Kwanzaa CelebrationCelebrate Kwanzaa with the African Village at the Ritz Theater located at 829 N. Davis St., Wednesday, December 27th at 11 a.m. The theme is ÂKujichaculiaÂŽ meaning self-determination, to define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves! For more info visit www.ritzjacksonville.com.FLAJax Christmas BallThe Fla Jax ClubÂs annual Christmas Ball is scheduled for Friday, December 29th at 8 p.m. at the Double Tree by Hilton, located at 1201 Riverplace Blvd. The club was founded in 1930 by a group of prominent, African American men whose motto is based on leadership, integrity, and fidelity. For tickets and more info contact James Andrews at (904) 868-9150. 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The narrative of child stars entering the entertainment industry with promising careers but struggling with the Hollywood lifestyle in adulthood is all too common. Kim Fields shares in her new memoir how she avoided the stumbling blocks that her counterparts hit while coming of age in the entertainment industry, Fox News reported. Fields best known for her roles on shows like ÂFacts of LifeÂŽ and ÂLiving SingleÂŽÂ„released ÂBlessed Life,ÂŽ which chronicles her early beginnings in Harlem and her journey in the entertainment industry. In the autobiography, she recounts her lack of confidence when auditioning for roles because she thought her race would be an obstacle. ÂI was a little girl, I was a little Black girl, and I walked into this sea of television-ready White girls. The perfect blonde hair or brown eyes, blue eyes. And I just felt like, IÂm not supposed to be here,ÂŽ she said, according to the news outlet. As she grew older, took on more roles, and established a successful acting career, Fields dealt with body shaming behind the scenes. She says the media ÂwasnÂt very kind,ÂŽ and she and her castmates were often called out for gaining weight. In ÂBlessed Life,ÂŽ she credits her family and others who were close to her with keeping her wellgrounded as she transitioned into womanhood. She also says her family played an integral role in preventing her from indulging in a wild Hollywood lifestyle, which damaged many of the other teenagers in the industry. ÂWhen I was unsure, when the waters just seemed to be so unchartedÂƒ And so for me, I didnÂt want to be a statistic. I didnÂt want to be a has-been. There was a little ego involved,ÂŽ Fields told Fox News. FieldsÂ career in front of the camera has opened doors for her to expand her repertoire and sit in the directorÂs chair. Some of her director credits include ÂLiving SingleÂŽ, ÂKenan and KelÂŽ, and ÂTyler PerryÂs House of Payne.ÂŽ She recently directed and starred in the lifetime movie ÂWrapped Up in Christmas.ÂŽ Although Fields has spent decades in the industry, she has no intentions of slowing down anytime soon. She told the news outlet that sheÂs Âpassionate about the gifts and talents that have been given to herÂŽ and wants to continue to leave her mark on the entertainment industry. December 7 13, 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 Terry Crews Sues for Sexual Harrassment Former Today co-anchor Tamron Hall was as excited as ever to share the news that she would soon have her own talk show. Unfortunately, it appears the new program is tied to Hollywood exec Harvey Weinstein, who was recently outed for decades of sexual harassment allegations in an expose by The New York Times. Hall was reportedly so disturbed by the claims that she called Weinstein soon after learning of the report, and is now speaking with her agents about next steps on the development deal she signed with The Weinstein Co., according to an interview she did with The Huffington Post. The Temple University alum says she was visiting Safe Haven Shelter for Women when she learned the news. ÂItÂs a womanÂs worst nightmare to be in a situation where you believe someone more powerful has control over your life. I immediately thought about the women who have suffered in silence and were paralyzed by fear; fear that IÂve seen with domestic violence survivors; fear that IÂve seen when I interviewed women who were raped on their college campuses,ÂŽ Hall said in her interview. She went on to say that although Weinstein never behaved inappropriately with her, the only thing that matters is what he has admitted to doing and what his women accusers have said. Hall is no longer completely comfortable with her deal, which will lead to delays in the showÂs production. Actor Terry Crews has decided to take legal action against the Hollywood agent he accused of sexually assaulting him last year, filing a lawsuit against Adam Venit for allegedly grabbing his genitals at an industry event. The Brooklyn-ine-ine star first came forward with the troubling accusations in a lengthy Twitter rant, inspired by the many women and men who have also called out their A-list abusers, such as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and others. Crews was initially met with speculation, and he was even encouraged by Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons to forgive Venit and help him be reinstated at the William Morris Endeavor (WME) agency after his suspension. He has since returned to work. The athlete-turned-actor contends heÂs experienced psychological distress following the incident and is concerned VenitÂs standing in Hollywood could impact his acting career, according to court documents obtained by TMZ. Documents also indicate that Crews told Big Daddy actor Adam Sandler about the incident that night. Crews KimFields Memoir on Coming of Age in HollywoodHBO Removes Russell SimmonsÂ ame from All Def Comedy Series TÂyanna Wallace, the daughter of the luminary rapper Notorious B.I.G., has just opened her first brick and mortar clothing store. Notoriouss, which opened lastweekend in Brooklyn, NY, not only draws from BiggieÂs name and branding but from hip-hop as a whole as well as New York City itself, from which Biggie drew a lot of the inspiration for his songs. Last weekend, people packed the newly opened shop to celebrate not only WallaceÂs success but BiggieÂs life as family members reminisced about him. ÂThis is a huge, huge, huge monument, huge milestone for her. WeÂre happy for her, and weÂre just excited to be here,ÂŽ said CJ Wallace, BiggieÂs son and TÂyannaÂs brother. As for how Wallace is distinguishing herself from her father while still paying tribute to him, CJ Wallace pointed to the spelling of the store: ÂTwo SÂs for her individuality. She wanted to do something a little different but still be tied to her father, our father.ÂŽ Notoriouss brand clothing has been available online since 2013, but the store in Brooklyn marks the first brick-and-mortar boutique for Wallace. TÂyanna Wallace, daughter of slain rapper otorious B.I.G. stands in front of her store Daughter of SlainRapper otorious B.I.G. Opens Clothing Boutique Tamron HallÂs New Talk Show in Jeopardy Over Harvey Weinstein ControversyWhile HBO is still moving forward with the ÂAll Def ComedyÂŽ stand-up series, they will be doing so without Russell Simmons. Last week, the network confirmed that it had removed Simmons from the project, following allegations of sexual assault surrounding the star. ÂHBO will be airing All Def Comedy as planned,ÂŽ an HBO spokesperson said. ÂHowever, Russell Simmons will not appear in the new series and we will be removing his name from the show moving forward. The series is a platform for promising and upcoming comedians and we do not want to deprive them of an opportunity to showcase their talents to a national audience. We have no other projects with Russell Simmons.ÂŽ The comedy series is set to premiere this Friday, with six halfhour episodes ordered by HBO earlier this year. The series will be produced by SimmonsÂ All Def Digital. Amid the allegations mounting against him, Simmons recently announced that he would be stepping down from his companies. Simmons was accused by writer Jenny Lumet of forcing her to have sex with him in 1991. While Simmons said that he remembered the incident differently, he acknowledged that her Âfeelings of fear and intimidation are realÂŽ and has apologized to her. Fields
American Airlines is making employees undergo anti-racism training after the NAACP issued a Âtravel advisoryÂŽ for the carrier in October. Starting in 2018, everyone at the company will need to complete annual implicit bias training, the company announced Thursday. ÂWe are proud of the diversity and inclusion initiatives already in place at American, but we know we can do even better. So we viewed the feedback as an opportunity,ÂŽ CEO Doug Parker said in a letter to staff. The training programÂs curriculum is still being developed, and will be conducted both in-person and through an online module, according to a company spokeswoman. Parker said that airline executives met with NAACP leaders last week. In October, the NAACP issued a warning to black fliers, urging them to be careful when flying American Airlines. The organization said it had noticed Âa pattern of disturbing incidents reported by AfricanAmerican passengers, specific to American Airlines,ÂŽ citing four examples of black fliers who were forced to give up their seats or were removed from flights. The NAACP, in a statement released Friday, said the organization supports AmericanÂs plan, but will keep its travel advisory in place for now. ÂWe think weÂre on the right road, but the NAACP will continue to meet with Doug Parker and other senior American Airlines employees to ensure that the company walks the walk as well as it talks the talk,ÂŽ NAACP President Derrick Johnson said. In addition to the implicit bias training, American is bringing in an independent firm to review its hiring practices, and has pledged to overhaul its system for managing discrimination complaints. ÂAmerican Airlines can set a new standard in corporate diversity and inclusion, and we are humbled by the opportunity before us to do so,ÂŽ Parker said. Page 10 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press December 7 13, 2017 Pick up a weekly ad for the rundown on our current specialsÂ„including BOGOs! Available in stores or online at publix.com/savingstyle. p u b l i x c o m / s a a v i n g s t y l e Anna E. Young Seventy-six-year old Anna Elizabeth Young, a former cult leader from Florida, has been finally located and arrested at her home in the Atlanta metro area. Police say that she once ran a religious boarding school in Florida, where she allegedly tortured and even murdered children. Her home reportedly had multiple signs that say ÂJesus is the Reason for the SeasonÂŽ and ÂJesus is the Answer,ÂŽ but Young is actually a convicted felon. She already served prison time after being convicted in 2001 of child abuse when she reportedly burned a 12-year old girl in a bath tub with chemicals. But the recent arrest is for what police are calling a Âcommitted premeditated first degree murder of a childÂŽ that happened many years ago. Her neighbors were in total shock, and had no clue of her dark past. One of them told reporters, ÂI know sheÂs involved with the church as you can see with the Jesus rock and the Jesus sign, and I know they have like church bazaars on weekend.ÂŽ Another said, ÂI got three children so if she did something like that for children they should have gotten her on the spot and it should have been literally a nationwide manhunt for her.ÂŽ Police say there may have been other victims. Alachua County SheriffÂs spokesman Art Forgey said Young operated the House of Prayer for All People near Micanopy, FL from about 1985 to 1995. ÂWe think there are many, many more. We can document other states and other missing children that we believe are tied into this,ÂŽ Forgey said. ÂThey ran a religious institution Â„ exorcising demons and other things like that. We have documentation involving her clear back the Â60s. We did extensive forensic examination on the property this summer. We are still analyzing the evidence that we gathered.ÂŽ Young is accused of causing the death of Emon Harper, who was around 2 or 3 years old at the time. Forgey said the investigation of EmonÂs death began when new information was presented to the sheriffÂs office. Cold case investigator Kevin Allen began exploring the new leads and uncovered more evidence, ultimately resulting in the indictment. Records from the Alachua County Property Appraiser indicate Anna and Robert Young bought the property in 1983. In 1985 they transferred it to the House of Prayer for All People Selah, Inc., a nonprofit. Officials would not say when they began taking in children and how the children came to be in their care. Other family members were involved in the House of Prayer operation, including YoungÂs deceased husband, Jonah Young. Investigators may take a fresh look at other incidents involving Young, but Lloyd wouldnÂt say if her husbandÂs death is among them. ÂI canÂt speak for that but some of the other things we are reviewing Â„ some of the things she was involved in Â„ are reopened. These are things that were reported as an accident but were not,ÂŽ Lloyd said. ÂThe cases were left as unresolved. A lot of the investigators then felt something was wrong, but they didnÂt have enough probable cause so they left it unresolved.ÂŽ Young was arrested without incident and will be returned to Alachua County to face charges. Gainesville ative Charged With Torturing and Killing Children in Florida Home School American Airlines Employees Must Take Anti-Racism Training Since AACP Issued Travel Advisory Doll Creator Wants Girls to Embrace their Natural HairRepresentation is everything. Cognizant of the lack of dolls with melanated skin tones and natural hair, an entrepreneur launched a toy company to encourage young Black girls and other girls of color to have pride in their features. Yelitsa Jean-Charles founded Healthy Roots Dolls in 2015. The lack of diversity that she saw among dolls as a child encouraged her to start the company. The road to creating the line of dolls was far from easy. It forced her as an adult to revisit childhood experiences related to racism, including one in which she cried after receiving a Black Barbie for Christmas because society conditioned her to believe that Black didnÂt equate to beauty. Since launching, she has received several grants for her business. The first doll in the collection comes with a book that delves into natural hair care, and her company also sells #LoveMyRoots shirts for adults and children.