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The Jacksonville free press
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Mrs. Perry's free press
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Rita Luffborough Perry
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Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
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Most people didnt see this coming. Many of us thought a Democrat could not win in the red state of Alabama. However, pedophilia, homophobia and racism did not win in the deep south. Doug Jones won the Alabama Senate race and it was the Black vote, especially Black women, who gave him the victory. After calling the race, the CNN election panel attributed the win in part to Black voter turnout and Jones campaign. The win deals a stark political blow to President Donald Trump and narrows the GOPs majority in the Senate to one seat. The states former U.S. attorney beat Roy Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court whose campaign was upended by allegations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls amid a national reckoning with such sordid conduct. Volume 31 o. 5 December 14 20, 2017 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents A Real Resolution: Do the Math and Improve Your Financial HealthPage 2 Why I Hate Social Media and So Should YouPage 4The Untold Hollywood Story of Acting Legend Stepin FetchitPage 9 America Finally Sees Justice for a Police ShootingPage 10 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Wrongly Convicted Teens Win $31M Settlement from the City of ChicagoFour Englewood, Ill. teenagers coerced into confessing to a rape and murder they did not commit before being exonerated by DNA evidence will divide a $31 million settlement from the city of Chicago. Michael Saunders, Vincent Thames, Harold Richardson and Terrill Swift were between 15 and 18 when they were arrested for the November 1994 murder of Nina Glover. An autopsy concluded that the 30-year-old prostitute had been strangled. Her naked body was discovered behind a liquor store wrapped in a bloody sheet and stuffed in a dumpster. In 2011, a judge overturned the conviction of the Englewood Four,Ž freeing Richardson and Saunders after they spent 17 years behind bars. Swift and Thames, who served more than a dozen years, had already been released. One of the attorneys for the young men said Bowman said the $31 million settlement would not have been possible if former assistant states attorney Terence Johnson hadnt broken ranks from the other law enforcement personnelŽ and provided a statement to the FBI that confirmed what the Englewood Four had long maintained.Supremacists Request to March Again in Virginia and Get Shut DownWhen white nationalists and neo-Nazis wanted to march in Charlottesville again, the Virginia city said no. According to denial letters obtained by The Daily Progress, Charlottesville denied permits for five orga The letters said that such events would present a danger to public safetyŽ and cannot be accommodated within a reasonable allocation of city funds and/or police resources.Ž Jason Kessler, who organized the Unite the RightŽ march in August that led to tragedy, took to Twitter to promise to sue the Communist government of CharlottesvilleŽ sometime early next year.Ž Kessler said in a video posted on Monday that he and his supporters were the victims, blaming counterprotesters for the violence that broke out in August. This despite the fact that it was a white nationalist who drove a car into the crowd. Kessler also urged his followers to march anyway, even without a permit, but insisted that there should not be any violence at the event, to prove a point.Ž In his application for a permit, Kessler said that the city only needed to keep the sides separate to allow the protests to happen, but Jones wrote in his denial letter that the city does not have the ability to determine or sort individuals according to what side they are on.ŽBostons Citizens of Color Have an $8 Average et WorthBlack residents in Boston are buried under hefty debts, only having an $8 median net worth. Many readers though it was a typo when The Boston Globes Spotlight team included that statistic in its new series on racism in the city. The citys non-immigrant African Americans have the second-lowest median net worth, only heading Dominicans who have a dismal $0, according to The Color of Wealth in Boston,Ž a 2015 report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Duke University and the New School. The staggeringly low number suggested something has impeded the growth of Black wealth in Boston, selected as a site of study allowing researchers to disaggregate data among subgroups within broader racial categories.Ž The household median net worth was $247,500 for Whites, $12,000 for Caribbean Blacks and $3,020 for Puerto Ricans. Researchers concluded that the debts among residents have matched or outweighed the worth of their assets, especially concerning for Blacks and Dominicans who felt at the lower end of the scale. The problem of lower net worths has arisen as a result of more financial liabilities.Florida Pizza Hut Busted for Service Ban on Black eighborhoodOne Pizza Hut in Florida is serving up slices in only select neighborhoods. A chain location in Fort Lauderdale is refusing to deliver pies to a historically Black neighborhood after dark, echoing a racist historic pattern of biased bans done in the name of business. Adhering to corporate policy was given as the reason for why the store is avoiding nighttime deliveries in Sistrunk, a predominantly Black area named in honor of Broward Countys first Black doctor, James Sistrunk. The policy prohibits delivery orders made after 7 p.m., a manager told the Miami New Times after one of its reporters found the restaurant guilty of redlining. Pizza Huts move is not surprising, considering that the chain has been in hot water for bias before now. A Tarpon Springs, Florida location halted deliveries in a Black hood two years ago, an action that prompted a city attorney to threaten revoking the chains operational license. Pizza Hut explained that decision as an issue of driver safety.Ž Crime statistics were often cited as part of why pizza companies skip serving some select areas. Interestingly enough, several neighborhoods that people of color call home are mostly proven to be no more dangerous or crime-infested than White areas, according to studies. Power: Crucial Alabama Senate Race Won Because of Black Women Residents living in the Eureka Gardens Apartments and the surrounding neighborhood were among participants in Wayman Temples 10th Annual Community Christmas Fellowship event held Saturday, December 9th on the church grounds. The standing room only event was stocked with toys and gifts for everyone in attendance. Those in attendance included children and adults who received a gift and took part in several raffles vying for Kindle Fire tablets, 32-inch flat screen televisions, bicycles and $50 Visa gift cards. On Sunday, for the fourth consecutive year, Pastor Mark Griffin surprised a single mother and church member with a new vehicle. This years recipient was church member Sister Equana Telfair who received the keys to a Lincoln Navigator. The car, donated by businessman and church member Larry McGlockton, is fully paid for and insured for one month, a full tank of gas and a $100 gift card. Ms. Telfair wept, I thank God for this blessing of transportation. I am more than grateful for Brother Larry McGlockton, pastor Griffin and Wayman Temple members for this blessingŽ. Various businessmen, church members, community neighbors and city leaders donated the toys; in addition volunteers from Posh Princess pageants, CH2M Florida Communications and church staff volunteered to distribute the toys. Car, Cash and Toys Among Wayman Temples Season of Giving Car winner Equanna Telfair and Pastor Mark Griffin Black Finn Restaurant at the St. Johns Town Center was the site for the inaugural Table for 25 Business Bestie BrunchŽ presented by entrepreneur Myesha Jones. The event was a morning of inspiration with visionary and Pretty Pieces boutique founder Nicole Banks. The brunch also featured a purposeŽ roundtable and words of wisdom from keynote speaker Terrie Cooper. Event attendees celebrated the spirit of friendship as Terrie spoke on the importance of establashing relationships in business. Several influential business women in attendance were quoted as describing the brunch as life changing and motivational. Myesha and Nicole are currently planning the next Table for 25 scheduled for January 2018 and will feature a key note speaker. Hostess Nicole Banks remarked, We are on the lookout for women that want to use their entrepreneurship as a platform for empowerment and motivation to her fellow business peers. 2018 plans to be a powerful year for the women in Jacksonville.Ž Fans Ariella Griffin and Toni Binder Fans Brave Cold Temps to See Playoff Bound Jags Play Weekend Brunch Highlights the Spirit of Friendship in Business Shown above is attendee Alishia Clemons and hostess icole Banks In the teams first sellout since the 2016 season vs. Green Bay, the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 30-24, and now sit on top of the AFC South in sole possession of first place. The Jacksonville Jaguars also made national news for the mayhem that occurred at the conclusion of Sundays game, which involved the throwing of several items on the field in the direction of a visiting player. Jaguars released a statement blasting the behavior of a small group of fans who are being investigated for their behavior and will face expulsion from future games. This marks the Jaguars first time being in first place in their division entering week 15 since 2010 when Jacksonville was 8-5. Fans braved temperatures in the 40s to witness the excitement. The Jaguars win over Seattle was their first over the Seahawks since the 2005 season. Next Sunday, the Jaguars return to EverBank Field for their final home game of the 2017 regular season where they host the Houston Texans at 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 17th. CNN EXITPOLLSHOWSBLACKWOMEN AREDELIVERINGATACRUCIALMOMENT


Page 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press December 14 20, 2020 By Bill Westrom and David Welles Each month of every year, most people struggle to make ends meet and find that there is far more month than there is money. It actually seems to be the American way. For years, many Europeans have been successfully managing their personal budgets and capitalizing on the financial tools that are readily available to all of us. Unfortunately, no one teaches these tactics to us in school and we are left to our own devices. For the privilege of holding our money and providing the convenience of accessibility, we are paid nearly nothing in interest. Banks essentially loan our money back to us, or someone else, at a higher rate. The truth is, conventional banking and lending institutions are in the business to make a profit. It is their right to do so. It doesnt, however, have to be at our expense. Every consumer can save thousands of dollars in interest charges, take advantage of unrealized tax deductions and eliminate current debts in a fraction of the time. And this can all be done without changing your lifestyle, without getting a raise and without ballooning payments. "Its not magic ƒ its math". Its one of the best-kept secrets around. Just follow these 10 steps to improve your financial health: 1. Take stock of your financial portfolio Prepare a personal profile spreadsheet. Afree one is available at 2. Look at the big picture 3. Educate yourself about tactics and available tools 4. Purchase the book called Missed Fortune 101Ž by Douglas R. Andrew. 5. Consider goodŽ debt versus badŽ debt Good debt would be like a mortgage that has tax write off ability. Bad debt would be like credit cards. 6. Make your equity work for you. Remember Balance divided by Surplus equals Pay Off in yearsŽ 7. Reallocate resources and restructure repayment of debt to more favorably take advantage of tax deductions. 8.. Look into tax free investment vehicles and shy away from highly taxed investment vehicles like 401k's and IRA's This New Year, make a new financial start. Increase your profit potential ƒ dont continue to add to someone elses bottom line. Being debt free in less than 15 years is within many peoples reach. It may sound too good to be true, but it is more attainable than you may think, "its not magic ƒ its math". Experts in etiquette and networking say that the general rule is to introduce the name of the higher-ranking person first, or the person you most want to honor first. When introducing women, rank prevails over gender. If the man is your boss, introduce him first. if he is a peer, introduce the woman first: "Michael Jones, I'd like you to meet Jane Walker. Jane Walker, this is Michael Jones. Michael is the manager of our department." When introducing a customer to business associates, treat the customer as a superior to honor the relationship. Say the customer's name first: "Gregory Williams, I'd like you to meet Josh Archer. Josh, this is Gregory Williams. Josh, Greg just purchased our new XLComputer system. Josh is responsible for our customer service department." When introducing a superior to a subordinate, use the superior's name first: "Jim Moore, I'd like you to meet Millicent Lee. Millicent, this is Jim Moore. Jim is our new director of marketing." Use the first name only if you are on a first-name basis. When introducing peers to each other, use either name first. When introducing older people to younger people, you can ignore age, but being old-fashioned myself, I use the older person's name first. When introducing persons with no business status, such as introducing your parents to a peer, say your parents' names first to honor them. If you are outranked by a colleague, say the colleague's name first. In this case, rank over honor. Bottom Line: When making introductions, always show enthusiasm. Let people know you are glad to meet them, and make sure you stand up for all introductions, except when seated in a restaurant or when circumstances make standing awkward. P O W E R N N E T W O R K I N G M M I N U T E by George Fraser The Etiquette of Introductions When Networking by Michael G. Shinn, CFP Contributing Writer One of the fastest growing produ cts in the financial services indust ry are Exchange Traded Funds. ( ETFs) Today's typical ETF is an i nvestment company whose object ive is to mimic the return of a part icular market index. Current ETFs a re similar in performance and d iversification to index mutual f unds, but have some very stockl ike characteristics. At this point, you might be wond ering, "why I should be concerned a bout ETFs, when I am quite comf ortable with my traditional mutual f unds?" Well, ETFs are like the p roverbial "new kid" on the block. A ccording to the Investment C ompany Institute, although ETF a ssets of $383 billion in October, p ale in comparison to mutual funds a t over $10 trillion, ETFs are growi ng at a 45% annual rate, while m utual funds are only growing b etween 1-2% per year. A dditionally, new and more innov ative ETFs are being developed t hat should only enhance their f uture popularity. So like it or not, i f you are a forward looking i nvestor, ETFs may be in your f uture. Advantages of ETFs ETFs have some distinct advant ages compared to open-ended m utual funds. ETFs trade on the n ational markets, just like stocks a nd their value is continuously p riced throughout the day. I nvestors can make the same types o f trades that they can with a stock; t hey can place limit orders, stopl oss orders, make short sales and m argin purchases. ETFs are considered more tax e fficient than comparable mutual f unds. When a mutual fund has to meet shareholder redemptions, it must sell shares in underlying stocks. The resulting gains that are not offset by realized losses must be distributed as capital gains to the remaining shareholders. When ETF shareholders sell their shares, the shares are sold to other investors. This may result in a gain or loss to the seller, but does not impact the remaining shareholders. Occasionally as their underlying benchmarks change, ETFs may have to pay out capital gains distributions, but this should happen less frequently that with mutual funds. ETFs tend to have lower costs, including fees and annual expenses, than comparable mutual funds. Many mutual funds have upfront or deferred sales charges in addition to 1% to 3% annual expenses. ETFs typically charge less than 1% annual expenses and their expenses are comparable to index mutual funds. ETFs offer a wide variety of asset classes to choose from. Additionally, by choosing an ETF that tracks a particular market segment, you can reduce the amount of style drift that may occur in actively managed mutual funds. ETFDisadvantages There are several disadvantages to using ETFs. Since ETFs are bought or sold on a stock exchange, there are brokerage commissions involved, that may somewhat offset the lower expenses mentioned earlier. Additionally, ETFs may trade above or below the net asset value of the underlying securities. Learning more about ETFS Barclay's iShares Funds has a twenty minute tutorial at and even though it features iShares products it is very informative and a good place to start. Next, discuss ETFs with your broker or financial advisor. There are several key considerations that should be made before making an investment decision. Are the fund's objectives and investment policies consistent with your objectives? Consider the fund's performance history and compare it with related benchmarks. Look at the continuity and qualifications of the fund's management. Look at the securities in the fund's portfolio. Consider the brokerage commission and annual expenses. Exchange traded funds are a fast growing investment product and may deserve consideration as part of your overall portfolio strategy. To determine if the ETFs are an appropriate investment for you, carefully consider the funds' investment objectives, risk factors and charges and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the funds' prospectuses. Read the prospectus carefully before investing. Michael G. Shinn, CFP, Registered Representative and Advisory Associate of and securities offered through Financial Network Investment Corporation, member SIPC. Visit for more information. AReal Resolution: Do the Math and Improve YourFinancial Health INVITATION FOR BIDSTerminal Pavement Repairs Talleyrand Marine Terminal JAXPORTProject No. T2006-09 JAXPORTContract No. C-1201 December20, 2006 Sealed bids will be received by the Jacksonville Port Authority until 2:00 PM, local time January 25, 2007, at which time they shall be opened in the Public Meeting Room of the Port Central Office Building, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida, for Terminal Pavement Repairs. All bids must be submitted in accordance with specifications and drawings forContract NC-1201, which may be examined in, or obtained from the Contract Administration, Procurement and Engineering Services Department of the Jacksonville Port Authority, located on the second floorof the Port Central Office Building, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32206. (Please telephone 904/367-3018 forinformation.) PRE-BID CONFERENCE AND SITE VISITWILLBE HELD ON JANUARY9, 2007 AT10:00 AM, IN THE PUBLIC MEETING ROOM, FIRSTFLOOR OFTHE PORTCENTRALOFFICE BUILDINGLOCATED ATADDRESS STATED ABOVE. ATTENDANCE BYAREPRESENTATIVE OFEACH PROSPECTIVE BIDDER IS REQUIRED. ABID WILLNOTBE ACCEPTED FROM ANYBIDDER WHO IS NOTREPRESENTED ATSUCH CONFERENCE AND SITE VISIT. Bid and contract bonding are required. The JSEB Participation Goal established forthis project is 15%. Louis Naranjo ManagerProcurement and Inventory Jacksonville Port Authority REQUESTFOR PROPOSAL 07-02The Jacksonville Port Authority ("JAXPORT") will receive proposals on Wednesday, January 17, 2007, until 2:00 PM local time at which time they will be opened in the First FloorConference Room, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, FL. All proposals must be submitted in accordance with specification No. 07-02, which may be obtained after8:30 AM on Friday, December15, 2006 from the: Jacksonville Port Authority Procurement Department 2831 Talleyrand Avenue Jacksonville, FL32206-0005 904-357-3058 "What are Exchange Traded Funds?" SUBSCRIBE SUBSCRIBE T T ODA ODA Y YWithout us You Miss So Much! PURCHASE OFTWO LAW ENFORCEMENTPATROLBOATS FOR THE JACKSONVILLE PORTAUTHORITY POWER NETWORKING MINUTE The Boomer Generation at 65 Faces Financial Choices On Jan. 1, 2011, the first wave of Baby Boomers „ 2.8 million of them in this one year alone „ will begin turning 65. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that almost 8,000 people a day will celebrate that significant birthday, and it's a process that will continue through 2039 when the last of the 78 million Boomers reaches 65. The months leading up to this milestone birthday are fraught with decisions about retirement, health care and lifestyles. But none are as important and long-reaching as choices about Medicare. In the months preceding their 65th birthdays, Boomers will receive their Medicare cards for the first time. Although most Boomers are not eligible for full Social Security benefits until age 66, they are eligible for Medicare at age 65. The questions being asked by this generation are significant: Do I sign up for Medicare? When must I enroll? And, most importantly, where can I find accurate information about my Medicare choices? It's best to seek out accurate and trustworthy information on Medicare when trying to sort out whats best for you. A great place to start is the Medicare Rights Center at or the U.S. Government's Medicare site at You may also want to contact your local SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) volunteer. Operating under the auspices of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, SHINEs statewide network of volunteers can help you sort out some of the more complex issues surrounding Medicare. Contact the Florida Elder Helpline at 1-800-963-5337 (1-800-96 ELDER) for more information. Enrolling in Medicare offers another set of choices. If you are already receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement pensions, you will be automatically enrolled in Medicare Part A & B at age 65. If you are not receiving benefits from these pension programs, however, you must actively enroll in Medicare. You will have a 7-month period to complete your enrollment, which begins three months before your 65th birthday. Don't postpone your decision because if you miss the initial enrollment period, you could face an additional charge, called a delayed enrollment penalty. If you have adequate health coverage (called "creditable coverage") through your workplace, you can delay enrollment in Medicare without incurring a penalty. The same is true if you or your spouse work for an employer with more than 20 employees. Another choice youll have to make involves prescription-drug coverage, under Medicare Part D. What kind of coverage you need can take some thought. One excellent resource is AARP's doughnut holeŽ calculator at This useful tool can help you figure out if, and when, you might fall into the dreaded Medicare Part D coverage gap. Once you successfully navigate through these Medicare decisions, you will definitely want to celebrate your big day. And there's good reason to celebrate. I know. My family and I will save about $9,000 a year on health-care coverage costs now that Im enrolled in Medicare. You've earned this go ahead and party, in that inimitable Boomer-generation style! 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Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 3 December 14 20, 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 Floridas brightest the opportunity to achieve their dreams and ultimately boost the states economy, all while funding the next generation of students. Your ticket is their ticket Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Shown in the photo is IB program pin recipient Asia Barlow and Paxon School for Advance Studies Principal Royce L. Turner.Paxon Pinning Ceremony Honors Multicultural ExcellenceThe Paxon School for Advance Studies International Baccalaureate (IB) Junior Pinning ceremony was held last week in the school auditorium. Hundreds of students witnessed junior student candidates receive their pin for their studies in honoring the differences of others. The program aims to develop young people who strive to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. As a diploma candidate in the program, students participate in a curriculum as structured and required by the schools, complying with all regulations and expectations. Black religious leaders across the country are making plans to renew Dr. Martin Luther Kings Poor Peoples Campaign that he envisioned before he was assassinated nearly 50 years ago in Memphis. The news coincides with President Donald Trumps approval of the controversial tax bill, which economists and faith leaders view as legislation that benefits corporations and the rich despite being promoted for the poor. The Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is a campaign that will involve six weeks of protests at 25 state capitols, leading up to a mass demonstration at the U.S. Capitol on June 21. The event will bring together thousands of disenfranchised Americans and clergy members, for an event that is being described as one the largest waves of civil disobedience in the U.S. Kings closest advisor, Reverend Ralph Abernathy, continued the Poor Peoples campaign after King was gunned down at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis on April 4, 1968. The campaign demanded economic and human rights for poor Americans that included Blacks, Native Americans, Puerto Ricans, Asians and Mexican-Americans. Some 3,000 tents were erected on the National Mall, where demonstrators camped out for six weeks following Kings assassination. Tensions among Americas poor had been rising after President Lyndon B. Johnsons War on Poverty failed to meet the expectations of the disenfranchised population. The concerns then are similar to those echoed by America today. Leaders said the campaign will challenge the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and Americas distorted national morality.Ž For more information on the campaign, visit Kings Poor Peoples Campaign Renewed to Fight Trump Policies Some of Facebooks former friends are starting to express some serious doubts about the social network they helped create. Facebook exploits a vulnerability in human psychologyŽ to addict its users, Sean Parker, the companys first president, said in a public forum last month. Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook vice president who joined the company in 2007, recently told an audience at Stanford that the company is ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.Ž And Roger McNamee, a venture capitalist and early investor in both Facebook and Google, wrote that both companies threaten public health and democracyŽ in an August USA Today op-ed It has been a rough year for the tech industry, especially social media companies. It opened with concerns about fake news and filter bubblesŽ that can shield people from contrary beliefs, segued into pressure on Facebook and Twitter to clamp down on trolling and online harassment, and culminated with congressional hearings into Russian agents alleged use of their platforms to meddle with the 2016 presidential election All of that, of course, came against a steady drumbeat of tweets from President Donald Trump, who used the service to praise his allies and castigate his foes, often in inflammatory fashion. But the unkindest cut of all may have come from three people who helped build Facebook in its early days. In early November, Parker told the news site Axios that Facebook was built to answer the question, How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?Ž He called its stream of comments, likesŽ and reactions a social validation feedback loop that exploits how human brains work.Ž A few days later, McNamee wrote another essay for the Guardian in which he argued that Facebook and Google have used persuasive techniques developed by propagandists and the gambling industry,Ž combining them with modern technology to maximize their profits while pushing appeals to fear and angerŽ and other material that reinforces filter bubbles and addictive behavior. Palihapitiya piled on too, saying at a Stanford Graduate School of Business talk last month that he feels tremendous guiltŽ about helping create tools that have widened social divisions. He recommended that people take a break from social media. Facebook, in an emailed comment, said it is working hard to improve,Ž and noted that its not the same company it was when Palihapitiya, who left six years ago, worked there. Weve done a lot of work and research with outside experts and academics to understand the effects of our service on well-being, and were using it to inform our product development,Ž the companys statement read. We are willing to reduce our profitability to make sure the right investments are made.Ž Not all early investors are critical. LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman acknowledged in an interview concerns around how social media systems are causing what he called lightly addictive behavior.Ž But, he added, thats also been true of television, thats also been true of sugar.Ž Facebooks Early Supporters Are ow Its Biggest Critics Mayor Lenny Curry, with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Host Committee, will present the 31st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at 7 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center. This years theme is Aiming for the Dream,Ž Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his words and his actions, boldly demonstrated the principles of understanding, respect, justice, courage and love … vital principles that are integral to our mission for One City. One Jacksonville.Ž said Mayor Curry. The breakfast will include keynote speaker Vernice FlyGirlŽ Armour, the Marine Corps first African-American female pilot who propelled herself from beat cop to combat pilot in a record-breaking three years. The program will also honor Tomorrows Leaders student award recipients who will be recognized for exemplifying the philosophies of Dr. King through leadership, community volunteerism and civic responsibility. The breakfast will also feature exhibitors and youth portrayals (wax museum) of Jacksonville leaders. The program will begin at 8 a.m. For more information and to purchase tickets (individual tickets, $40; corporate tables, $400) please visit City Preparing for Annual MLK Breakfast Vernice FlyGirlŽ Armour


So with so many political, social and down right negative topics to talk about I figured that I would lighten things up a bit as we head towards the end of the year and close out the holiday season. I want to talk about the entity or institution called Social Media.Ž And for those who have been living under a rock for the past seven or eight years or so, social media is considered the websites and applications that enable users to create and share content allowing users to participate in social networking. These social media platforms are awesome. Technology is so amazing because it continues to transform our world and how to communicate and interact with each other. Now families can be thousands of miles apart and communicate on a daily or hourly basis as if they were in the same household. We live in a digital world, and technology is moving at the speed of light. Some of the inventions that we only dreamed about have become reality in a very short period of time. Social media can be a great tool if used for good … you know like communicating positive community-based information. For example, high school class reunions, information about a free community health care, Obamacare registration dates, etc. you know … good stuff that benefits people. I am even cool with you giving your spouse or baby a shout out for their birthday or promoting your favorite restaurant. However, we all know that social media is mostly used for bad not good. It is almost like Superman saying instead of using these vast super powers I have to help mankind … I am going to rule mankind and become the evil unstoppable no one can beat me Superman. For those DC Comic heads, I guess thats who Bizarro is supposed to be. I hate social media because I dont want to know what you just ate for lunch or dinner. I definitely dont want to know that you just hit 10,000 steps on your Fitbit either. I also dont want to know that you did three sets of 20 squats in the gym last night. And I really dont want an inspirational message from you six times a day. Hit me with one in the morning to start my day, but good grief, who has time to post messages all day on Facebook and Instagram … really people! Social media has given the voiceless a voice. And on the surface that sounds good … and normally it would be, but too many people have turned Frankensteins monster in to the evil beast that he was never intended to be. Now we have entertainers and athletes going on Twitter rants about nonsense. Now we have young people using some of the foulest language imaginable to talk about some of the stupidest topics ever. Who cares if your baby daddy didnt come to your birthday party cause he was with his new baby mama? Who cares that you were so turnt upŽ last night at the club that you dont remember how you got home. And stop complaining about your family and how its you against the world when you just borrowed money from your grandma to pay your rent. Really people? The way people use social media is becoming disgraceful. Stop posting all of your personal business … we dont care. And let me just make it clear … I am not some crazy ultra conservative. I am a free speech guy. I dont think we should limit free speech or social media … I just want people to be more responsible about how they use the medium. Again, I love some of the inspirational and informative posts. I pull good quotes from Instagram all the time. I get good information from Facebook and Twitter all the time, but too often I have to sift through nonsense to find decent content. And I get it … it can be a lot of fun especially as a break from the tough realities of life. Lets face it people … most of us are nosey anyway. So we like getting into other peoples business. OK, I will admit that I love a good meme.Ž Clearly social media can be a self-esteem builder (I think thats a positive point). But good grief, some people post so many pictures of themselves you would think that they were getting paid to do so. Who does that? Selfies all day … every day? Really? I havent researched this, but social media has become an addiction to many of us. I know people who spend at least an hour or two a day on social media. Think about the number of productive things that you could be doing with that time. Again, not that the data is scientific, but I read somewhere that Facebook and Twitter are more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol for some. Yeah, I know that it seems farfetched, but social media addiction is real. There was a recent study that showed that the average Facebook user checks the site at least 14 times a day. The same study also said that we spend 8 hours a month on Facebook … thats like spending a full workday on the site. If you ask some people to stop using social media they would loose their minds. Its pure evil, and we love it! Again, we are all nosy by nature. So it is relevant to us when someone posts a funny picture Kermit the Frog with some silly quote at the bottom. We like seeing the baby pics from our cousin who just had twins, but she and her husband are stationed Japan. Man, I hate social media, but I sure do love it sometimes. Signing off from a Facebook account with a fake name, Keithy FullerPresident's Claim To Be Above the Law is 'An Affront to the Very Principle on Which Our System is Built' by Marc Morial No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it.Ž … Theodore Roosevelt, Third Annual Message, December 7, 1903 A claim this week by President Trumps personal lawyer that "president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officerŽ sparked immediate comparison to Richard Nixons notorious 1977 statement, When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.Ž While the Senate Judiciary Committee did approve a charge of obstruction of justice against Nixon in 1972, Nixons 1977 statement to interviewer David Frost referred to another article, considered but rejected by the committee: the secret bombing of Cambodia. The committee also rejected an article regarding Nixon's personal finances and failure to pay taxes. Nixon famously resigned before the House of Representatives could vote on the three articles of impeachment … in addition to obstruction, the committee approved articles charging him with abuse of power and contempt of Congress. But it was widely accepted the House would vote to impeach. In a memo prepared for Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski, the legal team argued not only that "no man in this country is so high that he is above the law," but the offense of obstruction was of particular concern. Failure to deal evenhandedly with the President would be an affront to the very principle on which our system is built. And this failure would be all the more severe because of the nature of the crime in question, a conspiracy to obstruct justice, the purpose of which was to place certain individuals beyond the rule of law. The result would probably be greater public disrespect for the integrity of the legal process than has already been created by public knowledge of attempts by the nation's highest officials to put themselves beyond the law.Ž Twenty three years later, Congress would vote to impeach President Bill Clinton, on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. The special prosecutor investigating Clinton, Ken Starr, wrote in his report, An effort to obstruct justice by withholding the truth from the legal process „ whether by lying under oath, concealing documents, or improperly influencing a witnesss testimony „ is a federal crime. There is substantial and credible information that President Clinton engaged in such efforts to prevent the truth of his relationship with Monica Lewinsky from being revealed in the Jones case.Ž No President is above the law. Nixon and Clinton were not, and Trump is not. Nor is the President the chief law enforcement officer in the nation; the Attorney General holds that distinction. President Trump, of course, has not been charged with obstruction of justice or any other offense. But his lawyers claim represents a dangerous and un-American view. Thomas Paine, in his revolutionary pamphlet Common Sense, wrote But where, says some, is the King of America? ƒ. In America the law is king." John Adams enshrined the concept in the Massachusetts Constitution with the often-quoted phrase, a government of laws, not of men.Ž It has been a common rhetorical device in modern American politics for rivals to accuse one another of placing themselves above the law, particularly when protesting some executive action or another. But with the notable exceptions of Nixon and Trump, its unheard of for a U.S. President to claim that privilege for himself. Its disputed whether King Louis XIV of France really said Letat, cest moiŽ … I am the stateŽ … on his deathbed in 1715, but its certain that the expression has consistently has been held up as the antithesis of American rule of law. There are nine current members of the Senate who voted to convict President Clinton of obstruction of justice in 1999. They would be hard pressed, now, to agree with Trumps legal team that the offense does not exist. Page 4 Ms.Perrys Free Press SUBSCRIBE TODAY SUBSCRIBE TODAY Yes, Id like to subscribe to the Jacksonville Free Press!Enclosed is my check __ money order __for $40.50 to cover my one year subscription.AME _________________________________________ ADDRESS_______________________________________ CITY____________________STATE____ZIP________ DISCLAIMERThe United State provides opportunities for free expression of ideas. The Jacksonville Free Press has its view, but others may differ. 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Edgewood Ave. Jacksonville,FL32208Email: TELEPHONE (904) 634-1993 Fax (904) 765-8611 Sylvia PerryPUBLISHER Rita PerryPublisher Emeritus CONTRIBUTORS: Lynn Jones, Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood, E.O.Huthchinson, WilliamReed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell, Marsha Oliver, Marretta Latimer, Phyllis Mack, Tonya Austin, Carlottra Guyton, Brenda Burwell, Rhonda Silver, Vickie Brown, Rahman Johnson, Headshots, William Jackson. City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Reggie Fullwood GUESTEDITORIALDecember 14 20, 2017 Why I Hate Social Media and So Should You By Julianne Malveaux Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) was the first member of the Congressional Black Caucus to leave his job after the MeTooŽ hashtag galvanized women to speak up about sexual misconduct, harassment and more. Too bad that impetus did not float up to the top, where an avowed grabber of womens genitals occupies the White House. Its also unfortunate, that members of Congress have paid sexual assault accusers out of a taxpayer-funded slush fund have not been unmasked. We know some of the names. Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) arranged to have his former communications director paid $84,000 (a fraction of the $27,000 Conyers is said to have paid). Farenthold has not resigned, nor have Congressional Republicans called for his resignation, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Farenthold said he will pay the money back. Yeah, right. As a woman, I am cheered by the #MeToo movement, although I am also annoyed by the myopia about women of color and sexual harassment, assault and rape. In 1944, Recy Taylor was viciously raped by seven White men, who never paid a price. Civil rights icon Rosa Parks was an NAACP investigator in this case, as chronicled by Danielle McGuire in her book, At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance…A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power.Ž The first case in which the Supreme Court ruled that sexual harassment was a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act was brought by Michelle Vinson, an African American woman, in the case Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson (1986). The high-profile, White women who are talking about workplace sexual harassment and assault really need to acknowledge the many ways that African American women have been systematically abused, and systematically ignored (and sometimes conspired against) by their White sisters.Ž Perhaps I quibble, but this overwhelming stand against sexual misconduct and beyond (getting nude in front of your staff, forcible kissing, grabbing women by the you know what, etc.) makes me wonder when there will be a similar groundswell against racism and racial harassment in the workplace. Numerous cases of nooses being displayed in workplaces have been reported in the last decade, so many that a law journal published an article titled, Does One Noose in the Workplace Constitute a Hostile Work Environment? If Not, How Many?Ž One isolated incident is not enough, the article opines. What about one unwanted kiss or one abusive grope? Why do nooses get to be seen as jokes,Ž while unwanted kissing is seen as an occurrence of zero tolerance? Im not ever, ever, ever going to excuse sexual perfidy (and more) in the workplace, but I do wonder why we can wink, nod, and grin about racial workplace misbehavior while we stand our ground about gender. I wonder why so many say accept the just kiddingŽ or I didnt knowŽ excuse when people are racially insensitive, but are now willing to hold press conferences and speak out against sexism in the workplace. If you look at the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, the paucity of people of color as senior staffers is amazing, as documented by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Surely, there is no shortage of highly qualified African Americans and Latinos who could work on Capitol Hill. Why arent members of Congress calling each other on their racial myopia? Perhaps racism and racial harassment are a little more complicated than sexism and sexual harassment. Half of the population, after all, is female, and while women make the slow climb up the hierarchy in corporate America, politics, the media, and entertainment, the pace has been steady enough that powerful women are now able to call men out on their misbehavior, with women demanding resignations of (some) misbehaving men. However, too few White women and men have been willing to apply the same zero toleranceŽ to employment matters regarding race. There should never be another noose laid on a Black employees desk or displayed in a workplace. There should never be another intimidating Confederate flag flying in a Black persons face. There should never be another opportunity for an employee (or fellow student, or faculty member) to talk about picking cotton. There should never be another blackface performance, anywhere. And there should never be another person who talks about zero tolerance around workplace sexism to accept any whisper of workplace racism. Julianne Malveaux is an economist, author, and Founder of Economic Education. Her latest book Are We Better Off: Race, Obama and Public PolicyŽ is available via For booking, wholesale inquiries, or more info, visit in the Workplace and the Whitewashing of-the #Metoo Movement


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In one day, a 4-year-old Chicago boy read 100 books, including his favorites about Ninja turtles and dogs. As Caleb Green's reading marathon got started on Saturday, his parents decided to stream it on Facebook Live. He got a couple thousand views from people throughout the country. And every time he finished 10 books, he did a little dance. "I like to read and I want to read some more like my sister," Caleb said. When Caleb first told his parents about his goal, they scoured their bookshelves. When they came up short, some friends dropped by with more books. "I was like, 100, son? That's a lot of books. So at first, I had the gut reaction to talk him down a little bit but he was like, 'No, I want to read 100,'" his father Sylus Green said. Dad said he's inspired. "I learned to just dream bigger and I am going to set unrealistic goals for myself this coming year and I'm going to be inspired by Caleb to not quit on him and just push through it," he said. As for Caleb, he has big plans for the future. "I want to be a basketball player. When I am 22 I want to be an astronaut and when I'm 23 I want to be a Ninja turtle," he said. Greater Tabernacle Baptist Church December Celebration and ServicesGreater Tabernacle Baptist Church located at 5730 Sawyer Avenue will present the Pastors 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 congregation as the church remembers the greatest gift mankind has ever received. For more information call (904) 354-8186. Southside Church of God in Christ Holiday CommemorationsThe Southside Church of God in Christ will host several December activities to include: noonday Prayer Clinic with Prophet Dwight Follins, Tuesday, December 26th; Christmas Day Service at 11 a.m., Monday, December 25th; New Year's Eve worship services 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. and Watch Night service at 10 p.m. on Sunday, December 31st. In addition to the church services, the congregation is continuing celebrating Bishop Edward Robinson and First Lady Cynthia Robinson 50th Wedding Anniversary Friday, December 29th at 6:30 p.m. All services will be held at the church located at 2179 Emerson St. For more info contact the church office at (904) 398-1625.St. Paul AME Church Holds Pageant and Christmas ServicesThe Fine Arts and Christian Education Ministry of St. Paul AME Church will present a Christmas Pageant in word, drama and song entitled, The Perfect Gift,Ž Sunday, December 17, at 9:30 a.m.; Christmas Eve morning worship is slated for Sunday, December 24th at 9:30 a.m.; The annual Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Worship service will be held in the evening at 6 p.m. and The New Years Eve worship night watch service will be held on Sunday, December 31st, at 9:30 p.m.. The public is extended a warm welcome to friends and the public to share in these heartwarming and spirit-filled events. The church is located at 6910 New Kings Road. For more information call (904) 764-2755. Page 6 Ms. Perrys Free Press December 14 20, 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 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 Miracle at MiddayŽ 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 Grace and Peacevisit Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.. Pastor Emeritus S S P P I I R R I I T T U U A A L L L L Y Y S S P P E E A A K K I I N N G G -Ground Your Life in Spiritual Purpose by Pastor James Washington I am told there is one sure way to absolutely get the devils attention and that is to begin to turn ones life to Christ. Youve probably heard many a pastor refer to a persons lifestyle as an open invitation for Satan to gain access to their world. Supposedly, as long as you engage in the things and happenings of this world, Lucifer has no need to spend any energy dealing with the struggle for your soul. You see, lifes trials and temptations alone are enough to sentence any one of us to an afterlife void of the Lord, which, if you didnt know it, is the quintessential definition of hell itself. A life without spiritual purpose, a life without spiritual guidance, a life without faith is a life wandering aimlessly on a tollway headed straight to hell. The devil does not need to work to gain access to this life. It is a conformed life. He can merely wait at the toll booth gate and collect unsuspecting souls on their way by. You remember when you partied so hard that even the next day didnt completely clear up the stupor from the night before? Im just humbly suggesting that maybe some of us could at least make the devil sweat a little bit while he tries to manipulate your lifes circumstances. On the other hand, a life grounded in spiritual purpose, imbued with integrity and anchored in faith instantly becomes a target for satanic bullets. Hopefully, if not consistently, we should be trying to make Satans work harder by appealing to the Lord every day to allow us to do His will instead of our own. Satan is coming for anyone who tries to hear and respond to Gods Word. Again one of my favorites: Some people are like seed along the path where the Word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the Word sown in them.Ž (Mark 4:15.) If we know this, then what are we doing to arm ourselves against the inevitable onslaught of the evil one? And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of the light.Ž (Corinthians 11:14.) The point of all this is to let you know that as a believer, you have a neon sign that shines brightly in all the kingdoms of this world and the next. It identifies you and alerts everyone around you about your souls true mission, which is to honor God. And for the record, Satan cannot stand the thought that your love for God supersedes his ability to wreck your world. Im told that at one time he, too, loved God dearly. He came, however, to love himself more. Now if the devil has his way, he wants us to love ourselves and our things, our addictions, more than we love God. And then, like Lucifer, try to get your light to shine brighter on you. Just know if that ever happens, feel for that toll booth token, because youve just bought your ticket straight to hell. For as I have often told you before and now, [I] say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their God is their stomach and their glory is their shame. But our citizenship is in heaven ƒŽ (Philippians 3:18-20.) May God bless and keep you always. When R&B singer John Legend isnt making music, hes lending his voice and support to issues that matter. Legend who has been very vocal about the flawed criminal justice system has created an accelerator program for inmates who are looking to become social entrepreneurs. The program dubbed Unlocked Futures is specifically designed for those who have been behind bars and others whose lives have been directly affected by the criminal justice system, the news outlet writes. The 16-month accelerator program provides participants with the fundamental tools needed to step into the realm of entrepreneurship. Unlocked Futures is a collaborative effort between the non-profit organization New Profit, Bank of America, and Legends campaign FREEAMERICA. A lot of the business models that were presented during the program are designed to help individuals overcome barriers within the justice system and transition into their regular lives after being released from prison. One of the participants, Topeka K. Sam, founded a Bronx-based nonprofit that will provide formerly incarcerated women with a one-year transitional home so that they can have the support that they need to re-enter society, reports the source. Unlocked Futures provides the budding entrepreneurs with mentorship and $50,000 in funding to get their businesses off the ground. Legend said that it was imperative to ensure that the participants were creating businesses that were tied to making a social impact. We wanted people who had an agenda and a mission that was directed toward that community of formerly incarcerated people and people who are vulnerable who we want to prevent from getting caught up in the system again, or in the first place,Ž said Legend. So all of the entrepreneurs were supporting meet that criteria. Even if they have for-profit businesses, its targeted at people who are in prison and their families, to make sure theyre communicating with each other.Ž According to New Profit, nearly 60 percent of individuals who were released from prison struggle to find jobs and often remain unemployed for up to a year after they are released. Find Out How John Legend Is Helping Ex-Inmates Turn Their Lives Four-Year-Old Reads 100 Books in One Day, Parents Stream on Facebook Bishop Edward Robinson and First Lady Cynthia Robinson at their wedding


December 2017 Ms. Perrys 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 or call 1-800-332-8623. Flipping Through the Free Press Files On the eve of our twenty-fifth anniversary, 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.JACKSONVILLE FREE PRESS Jamese Quiller, a Ribault Graduate was chosen as B-CCs Miss Junior2002. The creators of Blacksonville. com, Michael Jones and Jermyn Shannon share theirinspiration for theirentrepreneurial spirit. Barbara Young, Rebecca Williams, Derya Williams, Taffeta Young (Bride to be) and Carlottra Slayton (Hostess) pose at the wedding showerof the honoree. Jacksonville Resident Herbert Herb Barnhill, played forthe Jacksonville Red Caps in the Negro Leagues, His career spanned 12 years. He is shown above in a file photo sharing some of his memorabilia. Otis Story, CEO of Shands Jacksonville is shown above with Selena WebsterBass, Directorof ShandsFamily Practice Center& Community Medicine at a Health Explosion held to show Community Holistic Approach. (Shown below are some otherparticipants) Atty. Tosha Andrews, is one of the participants in the annual FCCJJob Fairsponsored by Cong. Corrine Brown. Lawrence Walton (rear) attends the Project Male Conference with his kids Jawayne, Jawren and Jwroyce. The Importance of Fatherhood. The series of workshops was sponsored by RiverRegion Human Services. Atty. VictorMurray is all smiles as daughter, Victoria Murray, Miss Delta Teen 2001-2002, presented a special Fathers Day tribute What about the Children at a Evening of Elegance sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Wanda Jackson, Family Support Worker, Healthy Families Jacksonville. Emmanuel Appiadu-UNFRNStudent poses with Bobby Marcus of the Shands Jacksonville Community Education & Wellness Center. Reginald Bythewood talks with Lindsay Fields, Aprile Morrison and Larry Reese as they visit the Community Outreach booth forFlorida Kid Care at the Health Explosion. Connie Butlertests Emmitt Alexanderat the Clay Countys NAACPCome TogetherPromoting Health Initiatives Health Fair. The Meninak Club presents their6th Annual Leadership Grant Awards to Oana Condorateanu-Oroveanu, Courtney J. Patterson, Rohit. Agarwal, Elizabeth Ann Brotman and Christina Isipconde. Theodore Holmes, with jazz great Herbie Mann and Joe Moseley at a CD signing held at the Ritz Theater. Soil & WaterComm. Rahman Johnson with supporters on the steps of City Hall announcing the clearance of charges brought on him by fellow commissioners forillegal use of a cell phone in this 2002 photo. Shown above at the Ritz TheaterWall of Fame dedication honoring JTAs first Black bus drivers are Janice Sampson, Amos Ealy (retired JTA& Honoree) and JTADirectorMichael Blaylock. 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


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:, Brains and Business Holiday Social There will be a Beauty, Brains and Business,Ž 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.Minority Diabetes Awareness WalkBring the entire family out to the Awareness WalkŽ to bring attention to the health disparities of diabetes in the black community, Saturday, December 16th at 9 a.m. at the corners of 16th and Myrtle Avenue. Hosted by Diallo Sekou and fitness trainer Melinda Henry. For more info call (706) 284-9808.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 years theme is A Night of HopeŽ. Special guest speaker is NFL legend Donovin Darius. For tickets and more info call (904) 899-2614.Kupcakes & KickballCI Me In Your Dreams Enterprises and the K.I.N.G. Foundation presents Kupcakes and Kickball,Ž scheduled for Sunday, December 17th, 14 p.m. Enjoy an event design to bring families and friends of children that lost a parent to unforeseen circumstance together. Location is Glynea Park located at 6801 Altama Rd. For more info call (407) 801-2330.Eartha White Pilgrimage WalkThe community is invited to join the Clara White Mission Pilgrimage WalkŽ in honor of Dr. Eartha M.M. White scheduled for Monday, December 18th at 9:30 a.m. Walk will begin at the corner of Forsyth and Broad streets to the corner of Ashley and Broad Streets. To RSVP or for more info call CWM at (904) 354-4162, ext 1114.Fix JEA ow MeetingFix JEA Now, an organization comprised of local community leaders, pastors and nonprofit leaders will host a community meeting on Tuesday, December 19th at 6 p.m. at the Legends Center located at 5130 Soutel Drive to discuss and update community members on the status of Plant Vogtle, a nuclear plant that currently has taxpayers on the hook for upwards to $94 million and the possible privatization of JEA. For more info contact Angie Nixon at (904) 610-7103.Back in the Bronx DialogueSteve Samtur, Editor and Publisher of Back In The BronxŽ 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 for Tots Christmas DriveBring your new and unwrapped toys to the annual Toys for TotsŽ 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 Dickens 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 University Christmas PartyFamily Success B.L.O.C.K.S. at Edward Waters College presents, Baby University Christmas PartyŽ taking place, Thursday, December 21st at 6 p.m. The first 30 families with a children ages 0 3 or 2nd grade will receive a gift card. It will be held at the Edward Waters College Adam Jenkins Gymnasium located at 1859 Kings Rd. For more info call (904) 470-8000.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 Johnson Reunion Meeting The Simonds-Johnson Park Community Reunion Committee invites the community to their annual Christmas Dinner and Dance, Friday, December 22nd, 6 11 p.m. at Morris Manor Auditorium located at 9050 Norfolk Blvd. Come enjoy seeing childhood friends and teammates. holiday music, food, dancing and fun. For tickets call Yvonne Brockington at (904) 613-6251. Downtown Cigar Lounge Toy DriveThe Downtown Cigar Lounge, located at 11 North Ocean Street, will host their 3rd annual Holiday Toy Drive giveaway on Thursday, December 23rd at 7 p.m. The donation deadline is Thursday, December 21st. For more information call (904) 353-4411.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 KujichaguliaŽ meaning self-determination, to define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves! For more info visit Christmas BallThe Fla Jax Clubs 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.Holiday Block Party ConcertHoliday Block Party concert will be on stage, Friday, December 29th at 7 p.m., hosted by A-Train and featuring Keyshia Cole, Carl Thomas, Doug E, Fresh, K-CI & JoJo, 95 South, Ying Yang Twinz, 69 Boyz and 112! Location is the Veterans Memorial Arena located at 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. For tickets and more info call (904) 469-4465.2018 Vision Board PartyThe Jacksonville Best Vision Board party hosted by Angela Mealer will take place, Saturday, December 30th at 11 a.m. Location is the Rhythm Factory located at 9501 Arlington Expressway. A vision board party is a fun and exciting way to create visual presentation of what you desire for your life in 2018 and beyond! For tickets and more info visit Years Eve Masquerade BallAttend Natasha Os New Years Eve Masquerade Ball scheduled for Sunday, December 31st at 9 p.m. at the Rhythm Factory, 9501 Arlington Expressway, #325. For tickets call (904) 887-2366.Kappa 5K RunJacksonville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and the American Diabetes Association new year healthy start 5K Run is scheduled for 8 a.m. and the One Mile Fun Run at 9 a.m. will take place Saturday, January 6th at the Jacksonville Landing. To register and for more info visit 5K.html.First ThursdaysThe next First Thursday meeting will be on January 11th at 4:30 p.m. with the 2nd Annual State of Black Jacksonville panel discussion. It will be held at the Urban League building located at 903 W. Union Street. For more info visit Black Man Walking GalaBlack Men Walking and the Influence Crew presents, The Black Man Walking Gala,Ž a Black Tie awards celebration for influential men in the African American Community, hosted by Gene, Saturday, January 13th, 7 11 p.m. at the Schultz Center located at 4019 Boulevard Center Dr. For more info call 348-5757.Temptations Revue with Bo HendersonBringing the unforgettable songs of Motown back to the Ritz Theatre and Museum will be a Temptations Revue featuring the former lead singer of the Temptations and Grammy Award winner Barrington BoŽ Henderson (1998-2003). The concert will be on Saturday, January 13, 8 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre, located at 829 N. Davis St. For tickets more info call 632-5555.Women at Werk Empowerment ConferenceSaturday, January 13th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. its the inaugural Women at WerkŽ Empowerment Conference, hosted by Action News Jax anchor Letisha Breda. Location is the Aloft Hotel located at 4812 Deer Lake Park W. For tickets, vendor and sponsorship info visit Trafficking DialogueAttend the interfaith prayer for the end to human trafficking at International House of Prayer, located at 1515 Prudential Dr., Wednesday, January 17th from 67 p.m., and Thursday, January 18th is the gathering of the coalition; networking starts at 5:30, program starts 6:30 at FSCJ Souths Wilson Center located at 11901 Beach Blvd. For tickets and more info visit call (904) 399-1199.Jacksonville Science FestivalThe Jacksonville Science Festival is scheduled for Wednesday, January 17th at 3 p.m. at the Museum of Science and History located at 1025 Museum Circle. Participate in a community festival where you can be the expert and the scientist! For more info visit Rewind TourThe Decades Rewind touring concert, dance party and theatrical performance show celebrating the hits of the 60's, 70's and 80's is scheduled for Thursday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Thrasher-Horne Center, St. Johns River State College, 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL. For tickets and more info visit Marvel Universe LiveMarvel Universe Live, Age of HeroesŽ is a legendary superhero battle to defend the universe from evil! The live-action arena spectacular will hit town January 19 21 Show times are 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena, located at 300 A. 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December 14 20, 2017 Page 9 Mrs. Perrys 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 Mary J. Blige, Issa Rae, Denzel Washington and More Snag Golden Globes ominations Four former football stars are under fire after being named in a recent sexual harassment lawsuit. Former Eagles player Donovan McNabb, Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk, former Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor and former Journeyman fullback Heath Evans have all been hit with allegations from the same woman, The accuser, Jami Cantor, was a wardrobe stylist for the NFL Network before she was fired in October 2016. All four athletes worked for the network at some point. While McNabb is no longer employed by the station, Faulk, Taylor and Evans have all been suspended by the network pending further investigation. McNabb allegedly sent Cantor sexually explicit messages and comments while working together. Taylor allegedly sent the stylist video of him masturbating in the shower as well as other sexually inappropriateŽ photos of himself. Evans is also accused of sending Cantor nude photos of himself on two separate occasions. Faulk allegedly took it a step further, inviting her to his hotel room only to pull out his privates unexpectedly. She also claims he pinned her against the wall, demanding oral sex while he pulled his pants down. She also accuses Faulk of groping her breasts and behind, in addition to asking deeply personal and invasive questionsŽ about her sex life, such as her favorite sex position, would she consider dating Black men and if she likes oral sex, etc. Former NFL Network executive Eric Weinberger has also been accused by Cantor. He allegedly sent several nude pictures of himself and sexually explicit textsŽ and told her she was put on earth to pleasure me.Ž He allegedly made several lewd comments as well. Stepin Fetchit, known as the laziest man in the world, grew from a widely famous character on the big screen of the 1930s to a modern day slur akin to Uncle Tom. But thats not what actor Lincoln Perry set out to do when he brilliantly crafted the mumbling, befuddled and shiftless character. Rather, Perry used Stepin Fetchit to break into the oppressively white world of Hollywood, pioneered equal pay and treatment of black entertainers, wrote a column for The Chicago Defender newspaper and fostered a greater conversation about racial fears and prejudice. Few know, or understand, Lincoln Perrys side of the story. Until now. Lincoln Perry the Movie, Inc. has announced plans to create a fulllength feature film on the largerthan-life figure, supported by veteran Hollywood talent and backed by an equity crowdfunding campaign that will give everyday investors a chance to own part of the film. The feature film will tell Perrys complex story of fame through the rise of Stepin Fetchit and 54 Hollywood films, and of abandonment in his personal and professional life. Lincoln Perry was as much a shrewd businessman and civil rights pioneer as he was a talented actor,Ž said Elijah Rock, an accomplished actor, singer, writer and producer who will serve as executive producer of the film. This film sets out to resurrect a man from obscurity … to set the record straight and honor the lasting mark he made while taking a fresh approach to complex societal themes that are sure to resonate with audiences of all races and backgrounds. His story is timeless.Ž Despite becoming Hollywoods first black movie star and millionaire, following World War II, movie studios were pressured to get rid of black characters like Stepin Fetchit that could be considered demeaning and controversial. Perry was driven out of the business and was virtually blacklisted from Hollywood, only appearing in a few films thereafter. After years of being vilified for the character he created, Perry was eventually honored with a Special Image Award by the NAACP in 1976 and two years later he was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. Discussions are underway with several major Hollywood figures to serve as director of the film, and the team is also carefully vetting a list of talent to be considered for the lead actor role. The team plans to cover initial production costs through equity crowdfunding, an increasingly popular method of raising capital from everyday investors who can participate regardless of their income or net worth. The Lincoln Perry film will mark the first time equity crowdfunding will be used to produce a full length feature. It is only fitting that we honor Perrys legacy by flipping the script on how top-notch major motion pictures are traditionally financed, and making it so that virtually anyone can contribute,Ž said Rock. Riding a groundswell of support, we are committed to creating a monumental, Oscar-worthy film built by the masses for the masses.Ž The Untold Story of Stepin Fetchit Coming to the Big ScreenThe 2018 Golden Globes nominations have been revealed and this years list turned up some surprising results. While there are a few black actors who scored nominations in major categories, other parts of the list are still light on diversity. When it comes to the big screen, Denzel Washington is up for Best Actor for his role in Roman J. Israel, Esq. Mudbound was shut out of the Best Picture race but Mary J. Blige earned her first nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film and her song, Mighty Rive rŽ is up for Best Song. Octavia Spencer is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The Shape of Water. Daniel Kaluuya scored a nod for Best Actor in a musical or comedy for Get Out, but Jordan Peele was shut out of the race for Best Director. On the television side, Issa Rae is nominated for Best Actress for Insecure but the show was largely ignored in other categories, like Best Comedy. Anthony Anderson and Sterling K. Brown will vie for Best Actor titles in the comedy and drama categories. black-ish is up for Best Comedy series and This Is Us will compete in the Best Drama race once again. The 75th Golden Globes will air January 7 on NBC. FLPlayers Join the Growing Lists of Sexual Harrassment Perpetrators Heath Evans, top left, Ike Taylor, bottom left, and Marshall Faulk, bottom middle, are accused by former FL etwork employee Jami Cantor of sexual harassment. Lincoln Perry as Stepin Fetchit Mary J. Blige received acclaim for her role in etflixs Mudbound


Page 10 Ms. Perrys Free Press December 14 20, 2017 Helping you is what we love to do.Dont see the fish you want? Wed love to help you get it. Our Reel Variety program gives us quick access to up to 80 varieties of fish you can special order„always fresh, never frozen. And if you want your selection steamed, we can do that, too! See how we serve you at Justice for Walter Scott: America FinallySees a Conviction for a Police Involved Shooting President Trump gets a tour of the newly-opened Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Miss., on Saturday. He was joined by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. Trump Attends Civil Rights Museum Opening As Black Leaders Stay Away as Promised Judy Scott smiles as she holds a photo of Walter Scott, her son, after former police officer Michael Slager was sentenced to 20 years in prison in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina. CHARLESTON, S.C. „ More than two years ago, the fatal shooting of Walter Scott, an unarmed black motorist, by a white South Carolina police officer set off a wave of national protests over racially biased policing and the use of lethal force. Last week, Michael Slager, who was fired as a North Charleston patrolman days after the shooting, was sentenced to 20 years after pleading guilty in Scott's death. Slager's sentencing capped a winding case that followed other notable police-involved deaths in Ferguson, Missouri; Cleveland; and New York, and it highlighted how rare it is for law enforcement officers to be convicted or to plead guilty in such incidents. A bystander captured the shooting of Scott on his cell phone, and the graphic video, which was viewed by the public millions of times, became a key piece of evidence for the prosecution. Even after he was shot three times in the back, Slager handcuffed Scott's arms behind his back. Slager had claimed that Scott took control of his Taser and that he feared for his life in a scuffle after the traffic stop. The video didn't show Scott taking the stun gun. A co-worker of Scott's who was riding with Slager when he was pulled over told jurors that he didn't know why Scott ran. But Scott's family has suggested that it was because he owed back child-support payments and didn't want to be arrested. Slager has remained jailed since pleading guilty to the civil rights violation in May. While awaiting trial, he was housed in a cellblock next to Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to death in January for the 2015 Charleston church shooting. In the months after Scott's death, the community demanded reforms in the North Charleston Police Department and a broader civil rights investigation. The U.S. Justice Department began a review of police policies and recommendations within the department, but it never finished as expected „ disappointing some community members, The Associated Press reported. At a news conference following the sentencing, Scott's brother, Rodney, said the family was pleased that "we got justice." Their attorney, L. Chris Stewart, added that the judge's ruling showed that accountability can happen. "Being a police officer is one of the most powerful jobs in the country, and you should be respected, but it doesn't mean you're above the law," Stewart said, adding that "the death of Walter Scott ... can make the next officer think one second longer before pulling that trigger." President Donald Trump flew to Mississippi over the weekend specifically to attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, but his visit was marred by the absence of top AfricanAmerican leaders who stayed away in protest of his policies and record on race relations. Trump toured the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and delivered brief remarks, paying tribute to African-Americans who fought institutionalized racism, including Medgar Evers, the civil rights activist who was murdered outside his home in Jackson in 1963. We want our country to be a place where every child from every background can grow up free from fear, innocent of hatred and surrounded by love, opportunity and hope,Ž Trump said in prepared remarks. U.S. Representative John Lewis of Georgia, who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, made true on his promise that he would not go to the museum opening because of Trumps presence. President Trumps attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum,Ž Lewis said in a statement with Mississippi Democratic U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson, who also declined to attend. The two men also cited Trumps disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants and National Football League playersŽ and said the president had shown disrespect to those who fought for civil rights in Mississippi. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also took issue with Trumps attendance. However, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Trumps lone Black cabinet member, accompanied him on his tour of the museum. White House spokesman Raj Shah said ahead of the visit that the civil rights movement was about fighting intolerance, hatred and bigotry and that Trump intended to honor the leaders of that struggle. The White House called the decision by Lewis and Thompson not to attend unfortunate.Ž Trump, at the invitation of Mississippi's Republican Gov. Phil Bryant earlier this week, was slated to participate in the public ceremony marking the museum's opening. But that plan was scuttled after some prominent figures said they would not attend because Trump would be there. The president ended up delivering his remarks to a smaller crowd at a private event inside an auditorium just before the larger public ceremony held outside in the brisk December weather. Trump concluded his remarks by saying: Today we pay solemn tribute to our heroes of the past and dedicate ourselves to building a future of freedom, equality justice and peace.Ž