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The Jacksonville free press
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Rita Luffborough Perry
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Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
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With Doug Jones' upset victory in last week's Alabama US Senate race, Democrats are solidifying a new model for rebuilding their tattered competitiveness in the South. Jones benefited from the unique vulnerabilities of his opponent, Republican Roy Moore, who was a deeply polarizing figure even before he was besieged by allegations that he had pursued relationships with teenage girls, some of them underage, while in his 30s. But the coalition that Jones mobilized closely resembled the voter alignments that have powered other recent Democratic victories in governors' races in Virginia, North Carolina and Louisiana. Above all, Jones demonstrated that Democrats could simultaneously inspire passionate turnout from their base supporters, led by African-Americans, and make inroads with centrist white-collar white voters -each of which, for different reasons, is recoiling from Donald Trump's tumultuous presidency. That combination allowed Jones to overcome Moore's lopsided margins among blue-collar, evangelical, older and rural whites -the four building blocks of the Trump coalition. Keeping momentum and agreement among those groups won't be easy, but Democrats see it as a possible pathway to majorities in the 2018 midterm elections. Jones' victory was centered on minorities, Continued on page 2 Volume 31 o. 6 December 21 27, 2017 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents Former Drug Kingpin Rick Ross Road to Redemption Includes Stop at RibaultPage 3 Jags in the Playoffs, but Does it Change the Citys Image? Page 4Recent Royal Engagement Opens Discussion to Britains First Black QueenPage 9 Study Shows ews Outlets Lean Towards egative Portrayals of Black Families Contrary to Government DataPage 2 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Sen. Cory Booker & Family Threatened, Capitol Police SaySenator Cory Booker and his family have received a recent death threat, ABC News reported. Police officers have been added to Bookers security detail at his Newark, New Jersey residence as a result of the threat. The Newark Police Division has been notified by the United States Capitol Police (USCP) regarding a threat on the life of New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and his family members,Ž Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said. The security detail will have no impact on police services,Ž according to Baraka. News of the threat came after Booker called for President Trump to resign and leave The White House on December 9, North Jersey reported. The Democratic lawmaker, who is being eyed as a presidential candidate hopeful in 2020 and campaigned for Doug Jones, is far from alone in wanting Trump out. Four more senators „ three Democrats including New Yorks Kirsten Gillibrand and Bernie Sanders „ have joined Booker and Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon in demanding Trumps resignation. Of course, social media users, Black millennials and civil rights activists have been talking about POTUS possible impeachment for some time now.Kaepernick Joins Sean Puffy Combs in Potential FLPanthers BidColin Kaepernick joins Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, who is an avid Carolina Panthers fan, as athletes interested in joining a possible bid by rap mogul Sean DiddyŽ Combs to buy the team. Curry also replied to Diddy's tweet with "I want in!" This all comes after Richardson, who has owned the Panthers since the NFL expansion in 1993, is being investigated for allegations of sexual misconduct and racist language at work. Hours after an extensive investigation by Sports Illustrated was published, Richardson announced that he was selling the team in a five-paragraph letter on the team's website. He did not specifically address the investigation or allegations against him. SI reported that at least four former employees had settled with the Panthers regarding inappropriate workplace behavior. If Combs were to own the Panthers by himself, he would become the NFL's first majority African-American owner.Mayor Hires CivilRights Attorney Crump to Fight Citys Racist PoliciesMayor Rufus Davis of Camilla, Georgia, has retained national civil rights Attorney Ben Crump to represent him in an ongoing feud with city officials to end segregationist practices.Ž Davis, who was elected mayor in 2015, governs a city with a total racial composite of 69 percent black, according to a 2015 census. Several claims of segregation are pointed out by Davis. Charges include the separation of Blacks, who cannot be buried next to White people in city-operated cemeteries, and the absence of AfricanAmerican officers on the citys police force. Other indictments cover alleged discrimination within City Hall: all employees are White except three, and more than 97 percent of Blacks who apply for jobs are denied them. Davis also says that the majority of White students attend allWhite private schools in the southern Georgia town, and most of the Black students have to attend public schools. The most heinous claim by Davis addresses segregation at the towns cemeteries. A mans dead body was exhumed after it was discovered that he was biracial, Davis said, before his tenure as mayor started. The body was laid to rest on the black side of the cemetery,Ž separated from the White side by a fence,Ž he claimed. The practice has been quietly enforced for decades, he added.Zimmerman Threatens to Beat Jay-Z Over Trayvon Martin DocuseriesJay-Zs forthcoming docuseries on the life and death of Trayvon Martin has sparked notice from the man who killed the unarmed 17-year-old in 2012. George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in Martins death, is now threatening the music mogul and Michael Gasparro, the projects co-executive producer, according to The Blast and the Orlando Sentinel. Zimmerman said the series production team made unannounced visits to his parents and uncles homes to get them on camera. He said the team harassedŽ his family, but didnt go into detail about how. A private investigator with the crew trespassed at his uncles home, Zimmerman told the Sentinel. Zimmerman also told The Blast he would beat Jay-Z,Ž adding that anyone who messes with his parents will be fed to an alligator. The docuseries, titled  Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, Ž leans on two books as source material: Lisa Blooms Suspicion ation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It as well as Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Martins parents. After Big Win, Democrats Have a New Southern Strategy 17th Bi-Annual Debutante Coterie Presented On Saturday, December 16th the Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, culminated their year long celebration, 75-Years of Service,Ž by presenting the 19th Biennial Silver Rose Debutante Coterie. Shown above are this year s debutantes (L-R) Kiera Boykin, ikiah Henderson, Bayon Joyner, Maya Morris, Madisen Smith, Marisa Webster and Alexus Williamson who were p resented to nearly 300 guests at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel. Adding to the festive bi-annual event was the special presen tation of over 50 former Debutantes from 1981 … 2015. The seven college coeds spent the past six months participating in workshops to enhance their social graces, giving back to the community and diverse social events. A. Mervin photo   T T i i s s t t h h e e S S e e a a s s o o n n f f o o r r H H o o l l i i d d a a y y G G i i v v i i n n g g Beauty Consultants Spread Holiday Cheer Mary Kay beauty consultants made their annual trek to the Lakeside Rehabilitation Center last week to deliver approximately 100 gifts and holidays greetings to the residents at the facility. For the past five years, the consultants have come together and presented holiday tidings to the elderly at local nursing homes. In addition to the beauty items, the consultants have donated blankets and caps to the homeless on the streets and various shelters throughout the city for more than 15 years.. Shown delivering gifts are MK consultant Linda and husband Syndney Small.Zimmerman and Jay Z Shown sporting their new bikes are Labor of Love participants Kaymon Gibson, Gabriella Christie and athaniel Woodard. The International Longshoreman Association Local 1408 held their 10th annual Labor of LoveŽ Christmas Toy Giveaway to the delight of nearly 100 children. Hundreds of Longshoremen, families and friends enjoyed food, drinks, music and a jolly Santa onsite as they watched the youth have their pick of a bevy of toys. The children were also privy to free haircuts and hair care products to be ready and groomed for Santas arrival! The local union, which employs hundreds of men and women operating Jacksonvilles port, closes out their year with the re-election of the union president Vincent Cameron and its first elected female officer, Ms. Jan Clark, in the unions history. Local ILAUnion Closes Out Year with Toys, Historic Election


By Christopher G. Cox For most people, the decision to purchase a home is the single biggest financial commitment they will make in a lifetime. The decision to buy a home, especially a first home, involves so many competing factors, that it can cause high levels of stress and anxiety. As stress-inducing as a home purchase can be, there are things that a prospective homeowner can do to minimize potential headaches. Ruth Hudspeth, branch manager for Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, says the number one thing homebuyers need to do is be prepared. Know your finances first A homeowner should be able to enjoy their new home without being overburdened by the financial commitment. Like any other big decision, however, that takes some planning.Ž Hudspeth said. You have to take the time to understand your credit score, your capacity to qualify for a mortgage loan and what your budget will be.Ž Hudspeth, who has degrees in economics and business administration, recommended that individuals moving from a rental property into a home set aside the difference between the mortgage payment and the rent payment and put that money into a separate account. If, for example,Ž she noted, your mortgage payment is going to be $1,000 a month and your rent has been $500, pay yourself the $500 difference for a while and see how well you handle it.Ž A lender might be able to tell you the amount of the mortgage loan you can qualify for, but he cant tell you how much paying that mortgage will affect your lifestyle. Learn as much as you can about the buying process Buying a home is a big decision,Ž said Hudspeth. It doesnt make sense to wait until you are too close to making that decision to educate yourself.Ž Dr. Kimya N. Dennis, a criminologist, who does work in demographic and cultural variance in mental health, agreed that careful preparation is the key to reducing the stress associated with getting into the housing market. I encourage people to take time to communicate with everyone involved in the process of purchasing a home,Ž Dennis said. There needs to be open and honest discussion that weighs all the pros and cons.Ž Take a hard look at your quality of life Dennis added that longand shortterm economic goals, location and commuting time, quality of the construction and access to public transportation should also be discussed. Dennis emphasized the importance of carefully reviewing and understanding all the documents required to purchase a home. As part of that process, she suggested that taking advantage of lowand no-cost programs designed to educate homebuyers, such as those offered by the local affiliates of the National Urban League, as well as other community organizations. Ask plenty of questions If you want to keep your anxiety level low, you cant be afraid to ask questions,Ž said Dennis. As basic as it sounds, sometimes you just have to take a few minutes to pause and breathe.Ž Remember to breathe She explained that a common reaction to anxiety is holding ones breath, especially just before making a big decision. Dennis concluded: You might be surprised to find out how much it helps to just stop and take a few deep breaths when decisions threaten to become overwhelming.Ž According to the Washington Post, a recent Color of Change and Family Story study found that the news media has had a significant hand in negatively skewing the perceptions of black families. The studys researchers reviewed over 800 local and national news pieces published or aired between January 2015 and December 2016, sampling major networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC as well as major print publications such as The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. The study „ conducted by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign communications professor Travis L. Dixon „ found that national news outlets were more likely to show black families as broken and dysfunctional while white families were depicted as possessing social stability. These images are not only distorted, but contradict government data. Dixon found that black families represented 59 percent of poor people portrayed in media, but actually only make up of 27 percent of Americans living in poverty. In contrast, white families only make up 17 percent of the poor representated in media, but make up 66 percent in reality. As far as criminal depictions go, black criminals represented 37 percent of the medias criminals while only 26 percent of those arrested on criminal charges are black in real life. White criminals represented 28 percent the criminals portrayed in the media, but make up 77 percent of real lifes crime suspects. The report argues that constant depictions of black people living in poor, welfare-dependent and broken homes due to absentee fathers has created a negative image of black families in general. This leaves people with the opinion that black people are plagued with self-imposed dysfunction that creates family instability and therefore, all their problems,Ž said Dixon. Further, these depictions can affect black families on a systematic level. Dixon noted that the images can spark political rhetoric and the powerful buying into these narratives are what causes Congress to gut social safety net programs,Ž bosses to implement harsher work and drug testing requirements and general disdain for welfare programs. The study also notes that during the Great Depression, white families suffering from poverty were presented in the media as having run into hard luck,Ž and that there were campaigns to help them through tough times.Ž However, over time, the media and political leaders have worked to pathologize black families in the American imagination to justify slavery, Jim Crow, mass incarceration, widespread economic inequity and urban disinvestment „ as well as to gain and maintain political and social power,Ž argues Nicole Rodgers, founder of Family Story. And this effort has borne terrible fruit, according to Color of Changes executive director, Rashad Robinson, who said, There are dire consequences for black people when these outlandish archetypes rule the day: abusive treatment by police, less attention from doctors, harsher sentences from judges.Ž Overall, the report concluded that in order to make real change in the news industry, stricter sourcing requirements will have to be implemented, journalists must be encouraged to provide social and historical context and the editorial standards process should include people of color. Page 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press December 21 27, 2017 If you have mortgage problems, call 888-995-HOPE for one-on-one expert advice from this free government program.Youre not alone. What will happen to us if we lose the house?Ž Saft is a battery maker like no other. From research to manufacturing and sales, we set the pace. We have some of the brightest minds working on developing and producing our batteries; around 1.5 percent of our employees have PhDs. We are a global company employing people from 49 countries. We are the producer of choice for some of the world's most demanding customers and our batteries, systems and solutions make a difference across a broad range of market sectors. Saft is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Total. 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 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 Five Tips to Stress Free Homeownership Pictured standing (L-R) are members of the MLK Memorial Foundation Inc. at a recent meeting: Walter Miller, Gary Thomas, MLK Inc., President, Tina Washington, Lessie Johnson, Saundra Morene, Darlene eal and April Wilson. Seated (L-R): Gloria Simmons, Richard Wilson, Rochelle and James Jones. Registration ow Open for 2018 MLK ParadeThe Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Memorial Foundation Inc., is currently planning for the 2017 50th MLK Grand Parade and celebration honoring the great American leader. The committee has been meeting regularly in preparation to produce the best parade and celebration the city has ever seen. Presently, the committee has already confirmed 12 marching bands with three more to join from out of state. The celebration will take place Monday, January 15, 2018. If your church, mosque, synagogue, organization, group, sorority, fraternity, school group, performing arts school etc.. has not registered, please do so now. The deadline to register is Saturday, December 30, 2017. For more information, call 904-768-2778.Study Shows News Outlets Lean Towards Negative Portrayals of Black Families, Contrary to Government DataContinued from page 1 millennial voters and college-educated suburban whites, especially women. That's exactly the formula Democrats now depend on in most states. But even with strong AfricanAmerican support, Southern Democrats until recently come up short, largely because they haven't attracted nearly as many college-educated whites as their party does elsewhere. Now, with Democratic constituencies energized and suburban swing voters uneasy about Trump, Southern Democrats are suddenly finding it more possibe to assemble the coalition that the party relies on in other regions. And that could create new opportunities for Democrats across the South, most immediately in suburban House districts in 2018, but potentially also in state contests such as the 2018 governor's race in Georgia and Senate battle in Tennessee. "I am not going to say that any place is going to be noncompetitive next year," says Republican pollster Whit Ayres, who has long specialized in Southern races. "It all depends on the environment and how it shifts over the course of the next year, but it's hard to see it getting a whole lot more favorable for Republicans with Donald Trump as the face of the party." Democrats still face a long road to re-establishing competitiveness across the South. In 2016, Trump beat Hillary Clinton in all 11 states of the old Confederacy except for Virginia, typically by enormous margins. (Only a year before Jones' win, Trump carried Alabama by nearly 28 percentage points and 590,000 votes.) Even after Jones' win, Democrats still hold just four of the region's 22 Senate seats (including Mark Warner and Tim Kaine in Virginia and Bill Nelson in Florida). And Democrats control just three of the 11 Southern governor's mansions. Yet Jones' victory continued a modest Southern Democratic revival that includes those three governor wins: one in 2017 (Ralph Northam in Virginia), one in 2016 (Roy Cooper in North Carolina) and the last in 2015 (John Bel Edwards in Louisiana.) Even as they embraced most traditional Democratic priorities -such as expanding access to Medicaid, defending the Affordable Care Act and ensuring equal treatment for gays -each of those four candidates ran primarily as a consensus-builder in an increasingly polarized age. The movement toward Southern Democrats this year has been greatest among college-educated white women in both Virginia (where Northam carried 58% of them) and Alabama (where Jones took 45%). But each gained substantially among well-educated men too. Democrats still face many obstacles in the South. But Trump's turbulent presidency may be creating more opportunity than almost anyone anticipated for the party to begin overcoming them.Democrats have a new Southern strategy


by M. Latimer 'Tis the season to be jolly and for the Douglas Anderson (DA) alumni to celebrate their 50th anniversary class the Class of 1967 at Alexander Memorial United Methodist Church. This past weekend, DA alums hosted a scholarship fundraiser to commemorate their alma mater's history and to honor their 50-year graduates. DA Alumni Association President and event organizer Samuel Davis noted, "I am a graduate of the DA Class of 1966. For those of us who attended DA in the 1960s, we remember how our teachers and coaches and administrators mentored us, provided us with an outstanding education, and led us through a challenging time in American history the Civil Rights Era." Named for Southside entrepreneur and community leader Douglas Anderson, the school was the only local public school that served as an elementary, junior and senior high school for people of color on the Southside of Jacksonville from 1922-1968. Barbara Joyce Lawson, granddaughter of Douglas Anderson and keynote speaker at the DA scholarship fundraiser, explained, "I am from the Southside of Jacksonville, once called 'the country.' Douglas Anderson School served 24 African American neighborhoods from the 1920s through the 1960s. The communities were close, and ideals of faith, family, integrity and social justice were an integral part of how we lived." At this weekend's event, Lawson, who has also served as a DA Dean of Girls, reminisced with DA graduates about their experiences in the 1960s. "I remember all of the monumental events that occurred during this time period from the clothes we wore, the things we discussed, and the tragedies of the Civil Rights Movement that forever shaped our lives. As DA educators, we tried to give our students the best of everything despite having secondhand books and very limited resources. We wanted them to know they could achieve anything," added Lawson. Maurice Jones, a member of the DA Class of 1964, agreed with Lawson. He stated his professional success as a school principal and university professor were the result of his experiences at Douglas Anderson School. "I attended DA from 1st 12th grades and served as Student Council President. While a student at DA, we had amazing assemblies and met people like famed fighter Joe Louis, civil rights icon Benjamin Mays, and General Daniel "Chappie" James. We also learned great life skills, how to effectively communicate, and were taught that we could do anything," said Jones. While DA graduates remembered the past, they also celebrated the future with the establishment of three scholarships, including two that honored longtime educators Barbara Joyce Lawson and Nathaniel Washington. Rev. Nathaniel Brown, a member of the DA Class of 1967 and Pastor of Alexander Memorial United Methodist Church, added, "While DA was important to us in the 1960s, it is still relevant. It continues to serve the children of Duval County in 2017, providing them with a quality education and amazing opportunities. Led by fellow DA alum Samuel Brown, we intend to preserve that legacy." Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 3 December 21 27, 2017 SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS are actively seeking passionate software developers to join us in creating cutting-edge banking solutions. If youd like to be part of our innovative team, contact us today. TIAA, FSB is an equal opportunity employe r. Minority/Female/Disabled/V eteran. TIAA, FSB supports a drug free workplace. EverBank is a division of TIAA, FSB. 2017 and prior years TIAA, FSB. 17EHR6581.03 by Lynn Jones American author and convicted drug trafficker best known for the drug empire he established in Los Angeles, California, in the early to mid 1980s was in Jacksonville promoting his book Freeway Rick Ross: The Untold Autobiography Rosss tour stop in Jacksonville included speaking to students at area high schools, barber shops and caf roundtables. His first stop locally was Ribault High School where 100 students gathered in the auditorium to hear Ross discuss his life, prison sentence and next steps for the future. Rick stood on stage at the assembly and shared his years as a drug kingpin and the life that led to the demise of his criminal career. Ross also informed students that the school to prisonŽ pipeline really exists, and he dropped out of school after the loss of a tennis scholarship due to his illiteracy. After being sentenced to a life in prison sentence, Ross eventually earned his GED and learned to read at the age of 28. He was finally released on on appeal in 2009. With thousands of employees, Ross has said he operated drug sales not only in Los Angeles but in places across the country including St. Louis, New Orleans, Texas, Kansas City, Oklahoma, Indiana, Cincinnati, North Carolina, South Carolina, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Seattle. The nickname Freeway came from Ross owning properties along the Los Angeles Harbor Freeway and living next to Interstate I-10. Much of Ross's success at evading law enforcement was due to his organizations possession of police scanners and voice scramblers. Following one drug bust, an L.A. sheriff remarked that Ross's men had "better equipment than we have." According to the October 2013 Esquire article, Between 1982 and 1989, federal prosecutors estimated, Ross bought and resold several metric tons of cocaine. In 1980 dollars, his gross earnings were said to be in excess of $900 million … with a profit of nearly $300 million. Converted roughly to present-day dollars: 2.5 billion gross and $850 million in profit. Ross's capture was aided by his main cocaine source, drug lord Oscar Danilo Blandn, who set him up.. Blandn was the governments link between the CIA and Contras during the Iran-Contra affair. Gary Webb interviewed Ross several times before breaking the story in 1996. Ross claims that the reason he was unfairly tried was because of his involvement in the scandal. Blandn received a 24-month sentence for his drug trafficking charges, and following his release, was hired by the Drug Enforcement Administration where he was salaried at $42,000. The INS granted Blandn a green card, despite the criminal convictions, to allow him to work for the DEA. In 2016, the documentary Freeway Crack in The System was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism: Long Form, built around the definitive story of the cocaine epidemic, war on drugs, and resulting Contra Scandal. Im on a mission to tell the world my story, the real story in hopes that I can reach someone thats headed down the wrong path. My drug life affected my family, children and friends. And to inform young people today that the real Rick Ross is not a rapper,Ž said Ross. Myrtle Avenue Sight of Urban Core Awareness Walk Last weekend concerned citizens and activists joined the Kemitic Empire for an inaugural Awareness WalkŽ at the corner of 16th street and Myrtle Avenue. Local residents, city and state officials participated in the walk to bring awareness to African American health disparities in urban core neighborhoods. Fitness expert and trainer Melinda Henry led participants in a series of pre-walk exercises to warm up the crowd for a healthy 2K walk. Health screeners and nutritionists were also on hand to provide vital information to help manage health conditions addressing issues on everything from medicine intake to maintaining a healthy weight. Shown are walkers warming up in the morning sunshine. Shown at the church service were (L-R) c/o '67 alumni Rev. athaniel Brown, DA coach and teacher Coach athaniel Washington, former DA Dean of Girls Barbara Joyce Lawson, alumni Maurice Jones and President of the DA Alumni Assn. Samuel Davis. Douglas Anderson Class of 1967 Preserves Legacy,Celebrates Future Former Drug Kingpin Rick Ross Road to Redemption Includes Stop at Ribault High School Rick Ross is shown with Ribault High teacher (left) Tremayne Edwards and student (right) Jason Tucker. M e r r y C h r i s t m a s from the Staff of the Jacksonville Free Press


A city isnt so unlike a person. They both have the marks to show they have many stories to tell. They see many faces. They tear things down and make new again,Ž Rasmenia Massoud, Broken Abroad. All cities have stories to tell, and Jacksonvilles story is one that is centered on the love for football. From the days of the Jacksonville Bulls and our underdog bid for an NFL franchise, this has been a football-crazed city. Most of us natives loved the Bulls, but with the USFL, you always felt like you were on the JV football team, not the varsity. For years we put together potential ownership groups and local political leaders lobbied the NFL for a team. Enter 1993 and the Jaguars and majority owner Wayne Weaver and the city finally made it to the big stage or like The Jeffersons … the city moved on upŽ to a deluxe apartment in the sky. Fast forward to 2017, and the Jags are finally an NFL playoff team after a 10-year drought. The Jags have been a team on the cusp of becoming a contender for the last two years … at least thats what the expertsŽ kept saying. Unfortunately, the team did not live up to the hype. Last year, the Jags were on everyones next good teamŽ list. Pundits around the country were predicting that 2016 would be a successful season that would land the team in the playoff. Most agreed that an 11-5 or 10-6 record was very much achievable. Well, then reality sat in and the Jags won ummmmƒ four games. Last year was a train wreck … much like the first three years of the Jaguars head coachs Gus Bradley era. Thank God for new beginnings. The new football season rolled around and 2017 has been the break out year for the team. The Jacksonville Jaguars are showing the NFL that this year, there are a couple of new sheriffs in town. Teams like the Jags, Rams and Eagles are changing the leagues power structure. But back to Duval County for a moment. Our professional football franchise has become the way people around the country identify our city. When we are winning, we are a great city, and when we are losing, we join the punch lines in a ton of jokes about sorry teams. Whether that portrayal is fair or not … its reality. Enter former Jag head coach and former two-time Super Bowl winning NY Giants coach, Tom Coughlin, who took on the role of executive vice president nearly three plus months before the season started. Who would have ever thought that Jacksonville would be welcoming a former coach back to town to help save the day and turn the franchise around? The other major offseason move the team made was the promotion of interim head coach Doug Marrone to the permanent position. Team owner Shad Kahn decided to keep Dave Caldwell as general manager … a move that surprised some. But despite Caldwell and Marrones roles, its clearly up to Coughlin to set the standard as the grand poobah of football operations. The word on the streets is that although Marrone is considered a good coach, we all know that Coughlin is managing the show. From the type of offensive and defensive plays, to the way players train and how they dress for practice, Coughlin is in control. No surprise though, he has always been about creating a culture of accountability. Obviously its working. The Jags are currently 10-4 with two very winnable games to go. The team has clinched a playoff spot for the first time and 10 years and folks around the country are finally taking the Jags serious. We need a culture change,Ž Coughlin said when he took the job. And the former coach knows a little something about success. He has won two Super Bowls as head coach of the New York Giants, but as the original coach of the Jags, he took the team to the AFC Championship game in year two. He also took to the team to four consecutive playoff appearances. Since Coughlin left, the franchise has been to the playoffs twice in 14 seasons. Whats even worse, under former coach Gus Bradley, the team won just 19 of 80, which is the worst record in the league. So with Jags in the playoffs the citys self esteem has been lifted once again, and I have received at least one item on my Christmas list. But is the Super Bowl too much to ask Santa for this year? Signing off from the Santa line at the Avenues Mall, Reggie FullwoodLessons from the African-American Vote in AlabamaBy Dr. John Warren The African Americans who have convinced themselves that one vote doesnt matter, should take a very close look at what happened during the recent special election in Alabama. In spite of the endorsement of President Donald Trump and the extremely conservative White voters who supported Roy Moore, Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate won the for the United States Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Jones was the first Democrat elected to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate in 25 years. How he won is very important to African Americans across this nation. Exit polls showed that 98 percent of African American women who voted supported Jones and 93 percent of African American men who voted chose the Democratic candidate. The Jones victory by 1.5 percent clearly shows that, without the Black vote, Jones wouldnt have won the special election. Equally important is the fact that this degree of African American voter participation in an off-season special election, demonstrates what we can do, when we choose to get involved. African Americans cannot allow voter suppressionŽ tactics, like additional photo identification requirements, to deter us from going to the polls. According to Nonprofit VOTE, In all but two states, voting age citizens convicted of a felony are barred from voting for some period of time.Ž In Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Utah, the voting rights of returning citizens are restored automatically once theyre released. In Florida, Iowa, Kentucky and Virginia, ex-offenders are forced to petition the government to have their voting rights restored. African Americans are disproportionately affected by voter suppression tactics and laws that deny ex-felons the right to vote; thats why we should be focused on voter registrationŽ and not candidate endorsements at this stage of the game. We cannot allow apathy and indifference to take the place of the hard won battle for voter participation on the part of African Americans. Just as we rallied and voted for President Barack Obama, we must rally and vote against the policies and political candidates promoted by the Trump Administration. We have to do whatever it takes to defeat those who would continue to support a system of economic inequality dressed up as tax reform that ultimately harms the majority of Americans. Jones victory in the special election in Alabama demonstrates that Black votes matter and that Black voters cast crucial votes in elections, where White voters are decidedly split; thats the real lesson. We make our victories and define our value. Lets not let others do that for us. Every Black vote counts and can make a difference in the Deep South and across the nation. 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City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Reggie Fullwood GUESTEDITORIALDecember 21 27, 2017 Jags in the Playoffs, and Jacksonville on the National Map Again By Marian Wright Edelman The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act recently passed on a nearly straight party line Republican vote in the U.S. Senate is, like the Housepassed bill, a moral abomination. Their enactment would be the death of Americas dream for tens of millions of children. The House and Senate bills favor the wealthiest Americans and most powerful corporations over poor and moderateincome children and families„billionaires over poor babies and powerful corporations over poor children. They are evil. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. warned that America is going to hell if we cant use her vast resources to end poverty and make it possible for all of Gods children to have the basic necessities of life.Ž With both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives now having passed extremely unjust tax bills, How can 278 political leaders, 51 Senators and 227 House members, act against the best interests of so many in their states and across our nation to line the overstuffed pockets of powerful special interests with government money? What religious texts do these Members of Congress and their supporters read? How did they miss the clear warnings of the prophets and gospels and tenets of every great faith to care for the poor, the sick, the lame and the orphan? Where did they learn that acting as Robin Hood in reverse by denying the poor and powerless child the basic survival needs of food and shelter to give to the wealthy and powerful is acceptable? There are 565 billionaires in the United States„the 400 richest of whom have a combined net worth of $2.7 trillion. More than 13.2 million children„1 in 5„live in poverty in America. Their families of four make less than $24,563 a year. More than six million children live in deep poverty, at less than half the poverty level. A majority of both houses of Congress and the Trump Administration seek policies to reward millionaires and billionaires and non-needy corporations and add nearly $1.5 trillion„around $150 billion a year for the next ten years„to our national deficit to do so. And to pay for it, they will deny poor and moderate-income children and families healthcare, food, housing, child care and other survival assistance or help parents get needed jobs at livable wages to support their families. Consider some of the facts about these tax cut bills: Both the Senate and House bills lavishly benefit the wealthiest households and individuals. The Senate bill doubles the estate tax threshold, enabling individuals to inherit tax free up to $11 million and couples up to $22 million. The House bill would eliminate the estate tax entirely. More than 60 percent of the Senate bills individual tax cuts in 2027 go to the richest one percent of households making $1 million or more; 48 percent of current taxpaying households would face tax increases according to the Tax Policy Center. The Senate bill ends individual tax benefits after ten years while making permanent tax cuts for corporations. The House bill continues both individual and corporate tax cuts. The Senates $1,000 Child Tax Credit increase to benefit families with children and make up for elimination of the personal exemption for dependents provides little or no assistance to poor and middleincome working families. Yet, both the Senate and House bills enable higher income families to qualify for the credit for the first time. Neither Senate nor House bills make the credit fully refundable to help working families with the lowest incomes. Both bills would end eligibility of children in lowincome working immigrant families for the credit without Social Security Numbers. Tax paying immigrant families are required currently to have only an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to qualify for the Child Tax Credit. The Senates permanent corporate tax cuts are partially paid for by repealing the Affordable Care Acts individual mandate and tax penalty. This will leave 13 million fewer people insured in ten years, raise health insurance premiums for many more and destabilize the health insurance marketplace. The $1.5 trillion ten-year deficit the House and Senate bills create will cause deep cuts in Medicaid, Foodstamps (SNAP), child care, education, Pell Grants, housing and other critical child services. No funds will be left over for the next decade to end child poverty for the 13.2 million children struggling to grow up healthy and educated. Imagine spending $1.5 trillion or even one-tenth of that each year on childrens needs? Two years ago CDF commissioned the Urban Institute to assess steps to end child poverty right now. We identified modest improvements to nine programs we knew helped reduce child poverty: increasing the value of SNAPs food benefits, providing housing subsidies for poor and near-poor families with children, making the Child Tax Credit fully refundable, increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit for the lowest income families, creating a subsidized jobs program, increasing the minimum wage, expanding the federal child care subsidy program, making the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit fully refundable, and helping more families get child support payments. Implementing all these improvements together would lift 60 percent of all poor children and 72 percent of poor children of color from poverty for a year, at a $77.2 billion federal and state government cost … less than half of one year of the $1.5 trillion deficit increase. A $1.5 trillion investment could lift these children from poverty to adulthood. We must tell Congress to reject this morally indefensible tax boondoggle and instead invest in protecting children and maintaining any semblance of fairness. Not one new dime in tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires as long as more than 13.2 million children are poor, and millions of children are hungry, uneducated, homeless and without health coverage. Stand up and fight. A nation that does not stand up for its children does not stand for anything and will not stand tall in the future.Republican Tax Bill Robs From the Poor to Give to the Rich


December 21 -27, 2017 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 19 25, 2017’12-0 NC A&T BEST IN THE LANDAGGIES CELEBRATE: NC A&T LB Jeremy Taylor basks in 21-14 Celebration Bowl win over Grambling. FINAL BCSP TOP TEN; VIRGINIA UNION NAMES NEW FOOTBALL COACH; MORGAN STATE OUSTS FARRIER NC A&T Sports PhotoBCSP Notes Virginia Union names Dr. Alvin Parker as its new head football coach Virginia Union introduced Alvin Parker PhD, as the 27th head coach in the history of the school's football program at a press conference on Monday at the L. Douglas Wilder Library on the VUU campus. Parker returns to VUU after serving the past two seasons as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Saint Augustine's n Raleigh, N.C. Parker has strong ties to VUU having served as offensive coordinator and running backs coach for was part of a program that played in the 2000, 2001 and 2003 CIAA title games.While Parker was on the staff, the Panthers the 2001 Pioneer Bowl later as an assistant coach under Willard Bailey ," said Virginia Union Joe Taylor. Coordinator at Elizabeth City State University ." During his collegiate playing days at VUU, Dr. Parker earned offensive MVP honors in 1996 and 1998. He holds the school record for single season TDs and the Gold Bowl record for the longest TD, a 79-yard reception. During his years as an offensive coordinator, Dr. Parker helped guide Farrier out at Morgan State ics Edward Scott announced Tuesday that head football coach Fred T. Farrier has been released from his contract, effective immediately. Ernest Jones will serve as the interim head coach for the 2018 season. Jones had also served as the Bears' defensive coordinator. During his term as interim coach, Farrier guided the Bears to a 3-8 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference as a member of former Head Coach Lee Hull's coaching staff and was promoted to the full-time position in December 2016. Parker DIV CONF ALLNORTH DIVISION W L W L W L Virginia Union 0 0 2 0 7 6 Virginia State 0 0 1 1 8 1 Lincoln 0 0 1 2 6 6 Eliz. City State 0 0 0 2 3 4 Bowie State 0 0 0 2 5 8 Chowan 0 0 0 3 4 7 SOUTH DIVISION St. Augustines 0 0 3 0 5 8 Shaw 0 0 2 0 7 4 Winston-Salem State 0 0 2 1 4 8 J. C. Smith 0 0 1 1 8 3 Fayetteville State 0 0 1 1 4 7 Livingstone 0 0 1 1 2 4 CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER DeAngelo Stephens-Bell Sr., G, SHAW 20 points in win over Chowan, 24 in win over ECSU. ROOKIE Zaccheus Hobbs Fr., F, ECSU 17 points vs. Shaw, 6 pts. vs. St. Aug's. CIAACENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONMID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEAC CONF ALL W L W LNorth Carolina A&T 0 0 6 5 Bethune-Cookman 0 0 5 7 Morgan State 0 0 4 6 North Carolina Central 0 0 5 8 Hampton 0 0 4 8 SC State 0 0 4 9 Md. E. Shore 0 0 3 9 Savannah State 0 0 3 10 Delaware State 0 0 2 10 Howard 0 0 2 11 Norfolk State 0 0 1 11 Florida A&M 0 0 1 13 Coppin State 0 0 0 11 BCSP MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER R. J. COLE, Fr., G, HOWARD Tallied team-high 27 points in 62-60 loss to Jacksonville State. Shot SIACSOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETIC CONFERENCE CONF ALLEAST DIVISION W L W L Morehouse 5 0 10 0 Clark Atlanta 5 0 11 1 Fort Valley State 4 1 7 6 Benedict 3 2 10 3 Paine 1 3 2 9 Albany State 0 4 0 12WEST DIVISIONLane 3 2 4 5 Central State 3 3 4 7 Kentucky State 2 4 3 10 Tuskegee 1 3 1 9 Miles 0 2 1 8 Spring Hill 0 3 2 9 LeMoyne-Owen 0 5 3 7 SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Tyrius Walker 6-1, Sr., G, M'HOUSE Had 31 points in win Monday over Kentucky State, his second 30-point game of the season.SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCE DIV ALL W L W L Grambling State 0 0 4 7 Alcorn State 0 0 4 8 Southern 0 0 3 8 Jackson State 0 0 3 8 Prairie View A&M 0 0 2 9 Alabama State 0 0 0 10 Alabama A&M 0 0 0 11 Miss. Valley State 0 0 0 11 Texas Southern 0 0 0 12 Ark. Pine Bluff 0 0 0 12 BCSP SWAC PLAYER OF THE WEEKPLAYER & NEWCOMERDevante Jackson, 6-9, So., F, GRAMBLING STATE Came off the bench to score 16 points and grab 11 rebounds in win over SE Louisiana. 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 L W. Va. State 6 5 Tennessee State 5 5 Lincoln (Mo.) 5 7 UDC 1 8 Cheyney 1 10INDEPENDENT PLAYERS OF THE WEEKPLAYER Christian Mekowulu, 6-9, R-Jr. F, TENNESSEE STATE Had 15 points and 11 rebounds in close 47-46 loss to Texas. Had only 3 points but led Tigers with 9 boards vs. NC A&T. Averaged 9.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in two games. NEWCOMER NAINDEPENDENTS Lamar Raynard scored on a 1-yard sneak with just :38 seconds left to allow Mid Eastern Athletic Conference champion North Carolina A&T to pull out a thrilling Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Grambling State and complete a perfect 12-0 season at the CelRod Broadway and the season. You end up 12-0? I dont know that youll ever see it again, simply because of the money games you have to play every year. Thats why this team is so special." running back Marquell Cartwright and sophomore wide receiver Elijah Bell made the big plays, as they did all day, to get their team in position for the game-winner. But it could have been different. over the middle who was hit and apparently stripped by a Grambling Cameron Richardson recovering and in late and ruled the pass incomplete, much to the dismay of the GramKhris Gardin for 19 yards to move the ball into Grambling territory. who fought through three would-be tacklers for another 19-yard gain. his 10th catch of the day, to the Grambling 3. Cartwright carried to Darriel Mack for the game winner. keeping them just ahead on the scoreboard. plays, and they just made a couple more than we did," said Grambling head coach Broderick Fobbs who brought his team back to the bowl game for the second straight year. Cartwright, who caught just two passes all season, caught three in carries and scored on a 29-yard gallop midway thru the third period scores earned him the games offensive MVP award. nior running back Tarik Cohen now with the NFLs Chicago Bears, on that tradition. "We just wanted to let everybody know that just because Tariks gone, were still a championship team," said Cartwright. "Were a running back school. We wanted to let that be known." those passing yards to his two fellow underclassmen. tight end Jordan Jones ter. Dynamic running back Martez Carter the MVP of last years 10-9 win over N. C. Central in Celebration Bowl II, was battling sore I thought they really got after us up front,Ž said Fobbs. They made us one-dimensional. We couldnt really have a balanced attack and it forced us into 2nd-and-long and 3rd-and-long situations where time.Ž Kiaundre Richardsons Deion Jones and Jeremy Taylor Grambling linebacker DeArius Christmas led Grambling The teams were tied 7-7 at the half after Cartwright's and Carter's TD receptions. Grambling appeared poised to take the lead when it opened the line. But on second down, freshman cornerback Franklin MacŽ McCain four solo tackles.CELEBRATION BOWL RECAPNorth Carolina A&T 21, Grambling State 141. NORTH CAROLINA A&T (12-0) Head coach Rod Broadway and the Aggies won the MEAC (80) and completed a perfect season with 21-14 win over Grambling State in Celebration Bowl III, the claim 2017 BCSP national championship. They took years to win the outright MEAC title. Also had wins over three non-conference opponents, one from the FBS (Charlotte, 35-31). Aggies were led on offense by MEAC Offensive Player of the Year, junior QB Lamar Raynard, junior 1,000-yard rusher Marquell Cartwright and sophomore WR Elijah Bell. 2. GRAMBLING STATE (11-2) Head coach Broderick Fobbs and the Tigers won the SWAC West (8-0) and defeated East Division champ Alcorn State for second time in the season (40-32) in the SWAC Championship game before coming up just short vs. NC A&T in the Celebration Bowl. Only other loss was 43-14 at Tulane in the second game of the season. Won 10 straight after. Senior QB Devante Kincade was named SWAC's top offensive player with LB De'Arius Christmas the league's top defender. 3. VIRGINIA STATE (10-1) Head coach Reggie Barlow and the Trojans won the CIAA North (7-0) and defeated South champion Fayetteville State 42-19 in the CIAA title round of the NCAA Div. II playoffs to West Georgia, 35-9. Senior RB Trenton Cannon was the CIAA offensive player of the year and led all black colleges with over 1,600 rushing yards. Sophomore QB Cordelral Cook ran for 18 TDs and threw for 11. 4. BOWIE STATE (9-2) 2 0 1 7 B C S P F I N A L F O O T B A L L T O P T E N Delta State, 45-35. Led by black college passing leader Amir Hall's 3,519 yards, 41 TDs (with only 4 ints.). RB Robert Chesson ran for 1,350 yards and 21 TDs. 5. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (7-4) ard at 6-2 suffering close conference losses to NC A&T (24-20) and Howard (26-24). Got big conference win at NC Central (13-7) and win over SE Louisiana (28-23). Also had losses at Miami (41-13) and at Florida Atlantic (45-0).6. HOWARD Had close losses in MEAC to NC Central (13-7) and Hampton (20-17). Big win to open the season at UNLV opened eyes. Stayed open as freshman QB Caylin Newton put on impressive showing, winning MEAC rookie of the year.7. ALCORN STATE (7-5) Won SWAC East Division title (5-2) for fourth straight year under second-year head coach Fred McNair. Finished the season with losses at 3-8 Jackson State and in SWAC title game to Grambling (40-32). Lost earlier to Grambling 41-14. Senior RB DeLance Turner led the league in rushing (1,355 yards, 10 TDs). Also had close losses to FIU (17-10) and McNeese State (34-27). 8. SOUTHERN (7-3) Lost to Grambling State 30-21 in season-ending Bayou Classic QB Austin Howard led the SWAC in passing (225 ypg., 18 TDs, 7 ints.). Also lost to Southern Miss and Texas San Antonio.9. NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL (7-4) Finished tied for fourth in MEAC with Hampton at 5-3, losing at Norfolk State (28-21), on Hail Mary at home to Bethune-Cookman 10. TUSKEGEE (9-2) West Division champ defeated E. Div. champ Fort Valley State 13-6 in SIAC title game. Only lost early-season non-conference game vs. Albany State (20-7) and was humbled by Findlay, 61-0. Beat both Jackson State and Alabama State out of the SWAC.BROADWAY: Leads NC A&T Aggies to perferct 12-0 seaLUT WILLIAMS BCSP Editor North Carolina A&T left no doubt as to who was the No. 1 team in 2017 black college Grambling State Celebration Bowl ish with a perfect 12-0 record this season. Mid Eastern Athletic Conference and ranked 7th nationally in 2 Tigers, champs of the Southwestern Athletic Conference and ranked 11th in the Coaches Poll, Head coach Rod Broadway at 8-0 and handling all four non-conference opBL A C K CO LL E G E SP O RT S PA G E Tuskegee team under head coach Rick Comegy that could get by rival and nemesis North Carolina Central straight season-ending losses that not only denied head coach Jerry Mack 10-0 and proceeded to get the proverbial monkey Lamar Raynard player of the year award and -cords ( his chief target, sophomore wideout Elijah Bell ( back Marquell Cartwright ran for over 1,000 Brandon Parker again Top Ten. Head coach Broderick Fobbs and senior Devaante Kincade led Grambling duplicate last year's win in the Celebration Bowl that earned the Tigers the 2016 HBCU national championship. The G-Men handled everyone on er and linebacker DeArius Christmas took home the defensive award. Dynamic senior running back Trenton Cannon Cordelral Cook propelled Virginia State to a perfect 10-0 regular season including winning the North Division champ Fayetteville State But second-year head man Reggie Barlow's tend that success into the Div. II playoffs as they Cannon led all black college rushers with the Bulldogs of Bowie State Damon Wilson Amir Hall the only black college passer to top 3,000 yards this season, and the legs of RB Robert Chesson Bethune-Cookman is one of the few teams spot. Howard season, Mike London and Caylin Newton who were the talk of HBCU football after its openinggame victory at UNLV and remained that way The Bison hold down the No. 6 spot. lcorn State Grambling. losing twice to the G-Men. Southern tim falling to the G-Men for the third straight year in their season-ending Bayou Classic 8th. ed for North Carolina Central coach Jerry Mack who announced after the season that he was departing for the offensive it until a late-season, last-second loss to B-CU on a Hail Mary pass. SIAC champion Tuskegee pion Fort Valley State 61-0 regular season loss likely prevented Willie Slater's troops from reaching the Div. II playoffs for the fourth straight season. NC A&T Sports Photo AGGIE MVPsNC A&T junior running back Marquell Cartwright (l.) ran for 110 yards and one TD and had an 11-yard reception for another score to earn Offensive MVP of the Celebration Bowl. Freshman defensive back Franklin McCain (r.) had four solo tackles and a key second-half interception to win the Defensive MVP award.


Mr. Legette, can you help my boyfriend? Hes being kept away from his daughter! Mr. Legette, can you help my son? His child support case is a mess! Ive received countless calls and emails from women seeking help for the men they love,Ž says Eric Legette, Co-Founder of the Good Fatherhood Forever Program (G.F.F.). Its not fair that many women are unable to move on in personal relationships with men because men do not want to face their challenges head on.Ž The mission of G.F.F is to provide resources and information to noncustodial and divorced fathers involved in custody, child support and visitation cases. The objective is for men to become more knowledgeable about their paternal rights and the inner workings of the court system. As with anything in life, if a person steps into something blindly, the chances of success is not going to be very high,Ž says Legette who is also the President/Founder of Fathers With Voices. Based on Mr. Legettes experiences working with fathers which spans over twenty years; when fathers received consultation and resources they successfully established paternity, settled child support issues awarded visitation rights and custody of their children. Men also saved thousands of dollars in legal fees! We are encouraging women who are supporting men through this problem to become members. Sometimes men are not strong enough emotionally to take that step,Ž says Legette. Women can participate in the program and share the information with the men in their lives dealing with the court system and parental conflicts. We also encourage women to participate in the Wednesday evenings, How to Support a Man Going Through DramaŽ Facebook live session where tips to best support men will be provided. Interested participants can go to and complete the enrollment form to begin the process. When the enrollment process is completed, fathers and family members with questions or who need resources will provide information via e-mail. Good Fatherhood Forever will utilize current technology to assist fathers in need via teleconferences, Facebook live events, google hangout groups, twitter, etc. Members will also have access to the following: Monthly teleconferences on a variety of topics Live guest interviews with qualified professionals Listing of links to resources pertaining to learning about the court process Opportunities to receive free consultation with the program and Employment assistance. Greater Tabernacle Baptist Church December Celebration and ServicesGreater Tabernacle Baptist Church located at 5730 Sawyer Avenue, invites you on Sunday, December 24th to celebrate Christmas Eve during the 11 a.m. youth worship service, and on Sunday, December 31st to 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. The church is under the leadership of Reverend J.C. Green. For more details call the church office at (904) 768-2725. 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 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 21 27, 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 The True Meaning of Being Born Again by Rev. James Washnington I heard a phrase that once had me receive it as extreme. Ive written about it before but I am moved to speak again about being born again.Ž Today I merely look at it from the perspective of simple truth. The phrase, in my opinion, sometimes gets associated with everything but its biblical intent. My personal experience would suggest that I thought at one time that I could not and would not ever fit the characterization of a born again Christian.Ž I just didnt see me in any way subscribing to what that definition meant to me. The consensus today would infer that a born again Christian is an enigma more readily associated with a holier than though religious fanatic, rather than a true believer. Then something happened on the way to the ranch. Yep. You got it. I got saved. Then I began to understand those things about faith that convinced me that I was indeed a new me. As I have on many occasions since, this born again thing is something I openly declare and embrace. Biblically speaking, John 3:5-7 says Jesus answered, I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying you must be born again.Ž Rather than think being born again is some kind of insidious conservative political movement of otherwise religious zealots, this passage lets us know that being born again relates to an awakening in all of us to the real presence of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives every day. To me it makes such logical sense especially if you see yourself as a new creature attempting operate with a new lease on life from a new perspective on that life, yours. Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply from the heart. For you have been born again, not perishable seed, but imperishable (seed), through the living and enduring Word of God.Ž Peter 1:22-23. My bible explains it to me this way. This imperishable seed, the seed of the Word of God planted and accepted by a new believer, gives way to a new spiritual life. This new life, when implanted in a persons soul, is eternal because Gods Word is eternal. By becoming good soil, by being spiritually involved in the process, a new eternal life is born. Therefore, the life you live once youve acknowledged your faith is a new life in the service of the Almighty, hence, born again.Ž Personally my rebirth has been remarkable, especially to me. I dont see myself as the same person I once was. Those who were around me then and now might agree that there is a discernable difference. See me. See my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Talk to me. Hear my Lord and Savior. Understand my faith walk in the name of my Lord and Savior. I am blessed in the knowledge of truth and and hope the same for you. May God bless and keep you always. Watch Night, which takes places on the night of New Years Eve, is a church service and is a time of deep reflection and introspection. It provides Christians the opportunity look back over the year that has passed, make confession and prepare for the year ahead. These services originated through John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church. They were also referred to as Covenant Renewal Services. Watch Night services gave Methodist Christians a godly alternative to the drunken madness that occurred in the secular community on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. According to Rev. J. Edgard Boyd senior minister of First AME Church, at the first watch night service, The people met at halfpast eight. The house was filled from end to end, and we concluded the year wrestling with God in prayer.Ž These services now include singing, prayers and testimonies, along with scriptures read silently and out loud. Those who attend this service have the opportunity to reflect on their relationship with Christ throughout the year, share their testimonies with others and look inwardly in anticipation of the year ahead. While the Watch Night service has its roots in the Methodist church, these services have a particular significance in the AfricanAmerican community and black churches. For African-Americans, it was a celebration of emancipation. Many slaves gathered in churches on New Years on Dec. 31, 1862 to await confirmation of their freedom through the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Lincoln. On that first Watch Night, abolitionists and others waited for word via telegraph, newspaper or word of mouth that freedom had been issued. The significance of Watch Night for people of faith, particularly African-American people of faith cannot be denied. Whats so beautiful about the Watch Night tradition is what it embodies. For a group that was previously in bondage and is largely marginalized, the idea of freedom is powerful. This night provides a space for many to be reminded of their freedom and the significance behind it. It also serves as a reminder that there is still a long for us to go to get where we need to be. But on this night, we are reminded, there is hope.The History of Watch Night Services New Fatherhood Program Encourages Women to Also Enroll Bishop Edward Robinson and First Lady Cynthia Robinson at their wedding 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


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Page 8 Ms. Perrys Free Press December 21 27, 2017 by Dr. Arin Carter After years and years of making bogus New Years resolutions and then never following through we have all simply conditioned ourselves to fail. So really anything at this point is an unrealistic expectation we already know were not going to do it. Rather than reinforcing this old system of perpetual failure, forget the past, and try something new! The focus for this New Year is faith (and a plan, but Ill get to that later). You are going to have to muster the belief (even if everything in your past suggests differently) that you actually are capable of making a change. Youll have to trash your old ideas, all of them, and start from scratch. Heres what youll need to do: 1. Get yourself a new and improved positive attitude for Christmas, and imagine, fantasize, even pretend, that you can do it! My guess is that disappointment has dismembered your faith, and I can certainly relate to that. But things can be different, it happens all the time, things go along the same old way for years and years and then something shifts … this shift is often due to a scare (your doctor tells you that if you dont stop this, or start that, youre headed for serious trouble) or an immediate and overwhelming desire (you want to look good for a wedding or reunion) or, believe it or not, it can happen because you decide (from a place deep down inside) that you can do it. No drama, no promises, no fearful consequences if you dont. The realization that you look, feel, or are living your life in a way that feels sub-par, unacceptable, or not at all what you want, has finally hit you like a ton of bricks and you very quietly decide that enough is enough. 2. Dont wait for insurance, or some sign from above that you truly believe;Ž start now, and if youre not convinced that any major shift has occurred, pretend, plain and simple, fake it, until you own the secure belief that you are capable, and able to stick with it and do what you set out to do. You may even go as far (and this would be great) as taking on a childlike wonder in knowing that anything is possible! 3. Stop trying to mentally muscle this thing, and stop trying to figure it out, thats what you have been doing all these years. First you work it out, then you put restrictions and threats in place, then you try the reward system but alas … our minds actually, I believe, are responsible for the sabotage, and its happening at a level (unconscious) that most of us have little or no understanding of. Belief, faith, and trust come from some special, unidentifiable and powerful place inside you … its there it just is. You cant figure it out, so you cant screw it up either thats the beauty. Even better, its free. So you really have nothing to lose just try on some faith for good measure, for whatever, to humor me. Even the inference of faith is helpful. And, if you must, go ahead and give it a trial period, like 30 days, and if you dont feel better, you can forget the whole thing. 4. Have a ceremony, write down every reason you think youll fail and then burn it! I am not kidding you … this ritualistic act of relinquishing forever your thoughts and ways of old creates a giant opening for the new. Somehow, we (as individuals and a society) have come to a place in our lives where we no longer subscribe to, utilize, believe in, or have time for, ceremony, but this leaves us to live life from a purely mental, and physical place … void of belief in anything more than what we can see and feel. If you think this little act of ritual is out of characterfor you … do it for sure! The fact is, what you are about to do, and to transform into, is out of character for you, so get into the new you, do something that you wouldnt normally do … something that shows you are letting go of the old, and allowing for the new, on every level. 5. Repeat something positive to yourself over and over … like a mantra one that reinforces your willingness, like: a. I am ready to change my mind and my behavior. b. I can do this, and I know it … dont know how, I just do. c. My desire to change is enforced by my new actions. d. Even a little means a lot. This too is exercise. Mental exercises change your mind the way physical exercises change your body. But here we run into the dilemma of: if I havent been able to commit to exercising regularly enough to lose 10 lbs., how can I expect that I will do my mental exercises and change my mind? The answer is … you act as if you believe. Do it anyway, go forward and trust that with this new attitude, these exercises, and your inner decision to change, everything will be fine. Set yourself up for success by only committing to yourself to do what you know you will do. Dont overwhelm yourself with grand expectations, and visions of grandeur, keep it small and simple. Instead of planning to walk 30 minutes every day, commit to 10 minutes every other day and then anything over that is gravy! Commit to giving up sugar once a week instead of every day and go from there. 7. Every week, make a simple, really realistic plan of action, one that is so doable, you cannot fail. Take baby steps with this and get very specific with your plan. Write down each little step and make sure that when you read it over you are not questioning its viability at all. For example: Monday morning I must be at work by 8 a.m. so I will pack my tennies, walk for 10 minutes at my noon lunch break to meet my friend Sarah at the park. If Sarah bails on me, I will go anyway, take a magazine or my ipod and relax. Ill eat my lunch, and then walk back for 10 minutes. (Thats 20 minutes of walking and anything you do over that is gravy). 8. Do your plan with someone else; often, people work better as a team. I feel like the group effort (even just two of us) is more fun, and the collaboration is great, like when I say I dont have time to do something, and Gail says, what about this? We write it down, shake hands and commit to doing it. We get to check in with each other, complain to one another, and then be revived by pep talking ourselves back to a good place. And I know I feel a sense of I am counting on you,Ž from Gail, which makes it all feel a little more important. 9. Visualize yourself doing whatever you have set out to do. See the action of getting to the gym tomorrow in your mind. Or see yourself choosing the foods that you want to eat, refusing those that you are letting go of. Go to bed visualizing in detail your day, then let it go … sweet dreams. Dont stress or obsess over it. You see it, then you do it, then you own the reward of following through. 10. Dont stop and start over; we all screw up. You must stay on the road … pick it up where you left off, and keep moving forward; one unplanned muffin indulgence wont kill you … keep moving forward on your plan Continued from page 7 Other celebs such as Uma Thurman, Ashley Judd, Eminem and Marie Osmond who have gone public about their private bouts with depression can understand his struggles. Shattering the illusion of the glamorous life he states, "Sometimes it's like people think that you don't go through what they go through and that's such a lie. We have fear, worry, anxiety and depression just like everyone else." When a person becomes depressed, doubt, its first cousin usually stops by for visit. All of this became apparent as Kirk and I delved deeper into conversation about the battles that were raging when he produced "The Fight of My Life." Mona Austin : You describe various issues people were facing as the basis for the CD title, "The Fight of Your Life. Where you going through something personally that inspired the title? Kirk Franklin: I was just really struggling. I got depressed fighting with some stuff in my head. The songs didn't come easy, but when it did break it was a lot to be said." MA : How do you prepare the material for an album like this? KF: There's no one thing because it doesn't just come one way. Sometimes I'll just ask the Lord to give me what to say. Or I'll be in my car, you know. Sometimes it's a verse, melody, lyrics. MA : What was the toughest song to write? KF : "Help Me Believe." I wanted to make sure how I felt was being inter p reted exactl y how I felt it. powerful songs and touched so many people's lives-you're Kirk Franklin? KF: [He snickers.] God not answering prayers when I wanted them to be answered. You know, what is He doing in me? This is driving me crazy like God ain't speaking. It can be scary. I can struggle with depression like everyone else. MA : Is this the fight of your life? KF: I believe it's a fight just like everyone else's. I might be affected by what I do for a living, but it's still something everyone goes through. MA : Summarize what you hope this album will mean to your fans. KF: I hope it will connect to them where they are and strengthen their faith. That concludes our interview. We say our good-byes, but Kirk's phone doesn't hang up. He's a few minutes late for his next appointment. "Kirk!" I cry out to make sure he knows his line is wide open. In the mix of background noise I hear the enthusiasm about his arrival, the lilt in his voice and know he's ready for the next engagement. I hang up hoping they don't miss the tear. "The Fight of My Life" is in stores now. William L. Cody, M.D. B. Vereen Chithriki, M.D. St. Vincents Division IV 1820 Barrs Street, Suite 521 C o m p l e t e O b s t e t r i c a l & G y n e c o l o g i c a l C a r e Comprehensive Pregnancy Care Board Certified Laser Surgery Family Planning Vaginal Surgery Osteoporosis Menopausal Disorder Laparoscopy Menstrual Disorder N O R T H F L O R I D A O B S T E T R I C A L & G Y N E C O L O G I C A LA S S O C I A T E S P A A s k D y r i n d a h a i r a n d s k i n t i p s f o r t o d a y s w o m a n o f c o l o r Alright ladies its that time of year again and chances are you have at least one holiday party to attend. Im sure by now you have your dress, and your shoes, so what are you going to do about your hair? Well thats where I come in. I have a few easy and inexpensive suggestions to help you get glam for the new year. Let me start by saying all of the ideas Im giving you are inexpensive and for the most part you should be able to do them at home. In my opinion I dont think you can go wrong with a pony tail. If you really want to switch it up for a special occasion, heres an idea. If you have short to medium hair then why not pull it back in a ponytail or a small bun. Make sure your hair is pulled back tightly. You may need to apply some gel to make sure youre able to get the look you want. Once your hair is pulled back why not add a much longer ponytail. Depending on the type and quality of hair you purchase, you could easily pick up a ponytail for around 20 dollars. Here is the trick if you want something simple you can find ponytails with a tuck comb which will allow you to easily attach it to your hair. For extra security, just in case you plan on swinging and shaking it on the dance floor you, can always use bobby pins to make sure its securely in place. Now if youre going for a more conservative look, than I suggest attaching a bun. Again, these are pretty easy to do. Now depending on the length of your hair there are places that sell tools to help you make a bun. Hair extensions already formed in the shaped like a bun are pretty expensive also. Either way you choose make sure that like before just pull your hair back, so you can easily attach it. Once again keep those bobby pins handy because you will need them to keep your bun in place. Finally my last suggestion of course is a wig. For those of you who dont wear wigs, get that idea out of your mind that wigs are only for older woman and they all look fake; because thats not necessarily the case. There are a ton of wigs on the market, many of which you can blend with your own hair. Well those are my ideas for a quick glam do this holiday season that you can do at home, now if you really want to get fancy, of course you can call me and well come up with something together. Thanks for reading. Happy New Year. Happy Holidays from DS Spa & Salon. If you would like Dyrinda to answeryourquestions about hair, please send yourquestions to DS Spa and Salon is locatedat 9810 Baymeadows Rd Suite #2. She can be reached at 645-9044. Holiday Hair Kirk Franklin in his biggest battle Make Your New Years Resolution Work As you jubilantly celebrate, rememberthe affirmations and responsibilities you owe to yourself. The Jacksonville Free Press would love to share your event with our readers. GUIDELINES 1. All unsolicited photos require a $10 photo charge for each picture. Photos can be paid by check, money order or credit card, 2. Pictures must be brought into our office to be examined for quality or emailed in a digital format of .jpg or .bmp. 3.Everyone in the picture must be named. 4. All photos MUST be received within 5 days of the event. OEXCEPTIOS. 5. Event photos must be acconpanied by a story/event synopsis including the 5Ws of media: who, what, when, where and why. in addition to a phone number for more information.Call 634-1993 for more information! Only those who care for others know what its really like to care for others. Thats why AARP created a community with experts and other caregivers to help us better care for ourselves and for the ones we love.NOW THAT MOM LIVES WITH US, MORE THAN EVER. or call 1-877-333-5885 Urinary Tract Infections Effect the Elderly Differently By Glenn Ellis When bacteria enter the urethra and your immune system doesnt fight them off, they may spread to the bladder and kidneys. The result is a urinary tract infection (UTI). Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are responsible for around 8.1 million doctor visits per year. Most urine infections are caused by germs (bacteria) traveling from the skin up the tubes of the urinary system. In men, this distance is further, and the end of the urine tube is farther away from the germs of the guts. So men tend to get urinary tract infections (UTIs) less commonly than women. Women are four times more likely to get UTIs than men because their urethras are shorter than mens urethras. Your UTI risk increases with age. More than one-third of all infections in people in nursing homes are UTIs. Over 10 percent of women over age 65 report having a UTI within the past year. That number increases to almost 30 percent in women over 85. Men also tend to experience more UTIs as they age. As you get older, UTIs become more common. This is because you are more likely to have conditions which make it easier for germs to get access to your urinary system. In men, enlarged prostate glands prevent proper emptying of the bladder, which encourages UTIs. In women, after menopause the tissue around the lower end of the urinary tube (urethra) gets thinner and drier. This means the germ-repelling function works less well. Having said that, many urine infections happen to people without these problems, just as they do in younger people. Interestingly enough, the elderly with a UTI are often misdiagnosed with senior dementia or Alzheimers disease, because a UTI can mimic symptoms of such conditions. Also, according to Nursing magazine between 30 percent and 40 percent of elderly patients with serious infection dont exhibit the hallmark sign of fever due to the inability of the immune system to mount a response to infection due to the effects of aging. As the bacteria in the urine spread to the bloodstream and cross the blood-brain barrier, confusion and other cognitive difficulties can be the result. Sudden onset of these symptoms should lead one to investigate possible UTI. An elderly person who is experiencing signs of mental difficulties should also be closely monitored for other signs of a UTI. The classic symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) are burning pain and frequent urination. UTIs may not cause these classic symptoms in older adults. Instead, older adults, especially those with dementia, may experience behavioral symptoms such as confusion. Antibiotics cure most UTIs. Without treatment, a UTI can spread to the kidneys and the bloodstream. This may lead to a lifethreatening blood infection. Severe infections may require hospitalization for intravenous antibiotics. These can take weeks to resolve. The best way to treat UTIs in the elderly, or anyone for that matter, is to try to prevent their occurrence. UTIs can be prevented or their recurrence minimized by: Not using douches or other feminine hygiene products; not drinking fluids that tend to irritate the bladder, such as alcohol and caffeine; drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry supplement tablets, but only if you or your family does not have a history of kidney stones and of course drinking lots of water. Keeping the genital area clean; if wearing adult diapers see that they are changed regularly; wear cloth undergarments; and always wiping from front to back (for women). A UTI can cause confusion and other symptoms of dementia in older adults. A bladder infection places stress on the body. That stress can result in confusion and abrupt changes in behavior in older adults with an elderly urinary tract infection. And for people suffering from Parkinsons disease, Alzheimers disease, or other dementia; any kind of stress, physical or emotional, will often make dementia temporarily worse. Urinary tract infections can exacerbate dementia symptoms, but a UTI does not necessarily signal dementia or Alzheimers. UTIs can cause distressing behavior changes for a person with Alzheimers. These changes, referred to as delirium, can develop in as little as one to two days. Symptoms of delirium can range from agitation and restlessness to hallucinations or delusions. Further, UTIs can speed up the progression of dementia, making it Entries for the 2018 Grateful Book Prize are Being AcceptedThe Grateful American Book Prize has begun accepting submissions for 2018. The Prize is awarded annually to authors for outstanding works of historical non-fiction and historically based fiction, which are intended to inspire 11 to 15 year olds. Books published between July 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018 are eligible. The Prize comes with a $13,000 cash award and two "Honorable Mention" authors receive the medallion, and $500 each. Submission forms and further information about the Prize can be found at White House to Decide if egro Will Remain on Federal Forms Despite being racist, inflammatory and insulting, the word NegroŽ remains on federal forms. But NPR reports that the White House may soon decide to keep it on documents or dismiss it. Back in the early 1900s, negroŽ was considered a modern term that could be used to classify people of African descent for the countrys census. But as time progressed, the word has been deemed nothing short of offensive. So why is our United States government struggling with banning the term once and for all? Well in 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that it would drop use of the word from its documents and other surveys. In 2014, the Army made a similar decision regarding use of the term on its official document that outlined its equal opportunity policy. In 2016, then-president Barack Obama replaced the word NegroŽ with African American.Ž It was the law. NegroŽ is still up for fair use on federal forms today. In fact, the term can be used if desired.Ž Currently, there is a proposal that serves as a means of endorsing the terms removal. In it, a recently formed group of federal experts cited concerns of survey participants finding the term outdatedŽ or offensive.Ž The NAACP, The Urban League and other civil rights groups, have also advocated for the terms dismissal on federal forms. There is a very clear consensus that the obsolete term Negro should be eliminated,Ž said Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, in a written statement sent to NPR in response to the White Houses delayed announcement. We urge the administration to proceed immediately, keeping the fairness and accuracy of the census at the forefront of concern.Ž Which federal forms include the word remain unclear, but several state governments, schools and hospitals still allow use of NegroŽ on its forms. Currently, the Trump administration is considering a proposal that will remove the word from federal forms. The administration will also review the use of Far East,Ž which is currently meant to described those of Asian descent. The Marvin Gaye Experience is ComingWhat's Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience takes the stage Sunday, March 11th at 7 p.m. at the Thrasher-Horne Center located at 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL. The concert is a tribute to the legendary artist and includes music selections that span Gayes music-making career. For tickets and more info visit at


Meghan Markles scheduled Spring 2018 wedding to Prince Harry, fifth in line for the British Throne, will make her the first black person to marry into the House of Windsor, which was founded in 1910, but the not the first black Royal. That distinction is held by Queen Charlotte of England, who ruled England and Ireland with her husband King George III. They were members of the House of Hanover, which ruled England and Ireland from 1714 until the death of Queen Victoria in 1901. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on November 27, 2017, 199 years and 10 days after Queen Charlotte died. She died November 17, 1818. Queen Charlotte was born on May 19, 1744. Princess Sophie Charlotte descended directly from the African branch of the Portuguese Royal House, Margarita de Castro y Sousa, according to the African American Registry. Sophie Charlotte and King George III married the day they met, which was September 8, 1761. The wedding took place in the Chapel Royal, in St. Jamess Palace in London. Sophie Charlotte was crowned Englands first black queen when she was only 17. She gave birth to 15 children. Thirteen of the 15 children lived and became adults. Her son Prince Edward, the Fourth Duke of Kent, was Queen Victorias father. Her African bloodline was downplayed. Portraits of the Queen had been reduced to fiction of the Black Magi, until two art historians suggested definite African features of the paintings derived from actual subjects, not just the minds of painters,Ž according to African American Registry. As part of her marriage agreement, Sophie Charlotte stayed out of politics, although she was interested in the Revolutionary War in America which was waged by King George III who was portrayed in the 1994 feature film The Madness of King George.Ž King George went mad and blind. He was placed in the guardianship of his wife. In keeping with Filmdoms tradition of not accurately portraying blacks, Helen Mirren, a white actress, played Queen Charlotte in the film. Queen Charlotte was educated and wellread and is said to have written an estimated 400 letters. Only a few still exist. Unlike the black queen who is always portrayed as evil in Disney cartoons, Queen Charlotte was known for her good works. She established the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, also known as Kew Gardens, near London. And in 1800, she was the first person in England to introduce a Christmas tree. It was decorated with sweetmeats, almonds, toys and raisins in paper packets. Queen Charlotte also established in London the Queen Charlotte Maternity Hospital in London. The city of Charlotte, N.C. is named in her honor. And Queen Charlotte supported and taught music by Johann Christian Bach. Wolfang Amadeus Mozart dedicated Opus 3 to the Queen. She is the great, great-great grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II, Englands current monarch. December 21 27, 2017 Mrs. Perrys Free Press Page 9 Truck TaxiMoving & Delivery Licensed & Insured 904-563-6492 Everyone ranging from Jacksonville Jaguars officials and Mayor Lenny Curry to other City and community leaders were on hand at the Eastsides Henry L. Brown Kooker Park last week to celebrate the parks grand re-opening. The park had received major renovations funded by a $125K grant from the NFL and ESPN. The parks namesake, Henry Brown, spent 30 years running youth athletic programs for area kids at the 5-acre site just off Martin Luther King Jr. Expressway. Brown coached thousands of young athletes at the park from 1973 until his death in 2003, but the facilities declined sharply after Brown passed. Community leaders, including the organization Men In and Out of Schools, began revitalizing the park about seven years ago. With leadership from LISC Jacksonville and Operation New Hope, the facility has experienced a rebirth. Jaguar players held a youth football camp for neighborhood student athletes on the field during and following the ribbon cutting ceremony. The park renovations included: Removal of its existing irrigation service; Installation of a new irrigation system; Laser grading of the playing fields Installation of a new grass playing surface Scoreboard enhancements; A new multi-sport cage; Concession stand improvements There are many working hard to make Jacksonvilles Historic Eastside a great place to live, work and play again,Ž said Janet Owens, president of LISC Jacksonville. We are all very thankful to the Jacksonville Jaguars and ESPN for seeing the potential role this park can play in those crucial community revitalization efforts.Ž Shown above is certified personal trainer Sean Watts doing the sack the quarterbackŽ drill with young Ashley Mitchell. The drill was one of five stations presented at the newly remodeled Eastside parks grand opening which will help emphasize the importance of fitness to Jacksonville youth.FL Revitalizes 30 Year Old Kooker Park with $100K GrantMeghan Markles Engagement Opens the Door to a Discussion of Englands First Black Queen 2018 Grant Applications Now Available from The Community Foundation The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida has posted grant applications for certain categories of competitive 2018 grant opportunities. Grants opportunities are currently available for those serving young children; for individual professional artists to elevate their work; and for organizations serving at-risk and under-served populations at or near the Beaches area. These applications are available at and are limited to these areas at this time: Early Childhood … Emerging Opportunities: Grants are available to nonprofit organizations interested in applying for up to $1,000 to improve the quality of childcare centers. These applications should focus on emerging opportunities such as training or other professional development, curriculum needs, or conference attendance. Work must be completed in 2018. Application deadline is February 15, 2018 for grants that will begin on April 1, 2018. Grant applications for Programmatic Work in the field of Early Childhood (up to $15,000) are also available. Individual Artists„Art Ventures: With the goal of investing in local professional artists who are pursuing the next step in their artistic development, one year grants of up to $3,500 are available. The deadline is March 5, 2018 for grants beginning in June, 2018. Beaches: The Beaches Community Fund seeks to improve the life of Beaches residents. Grant applications are now open for nonprofits serving Mayport to Guana. Past grants have ranged from $5,000 $75,000. The application deadline is January 10, 2018. by Michael Cottman Would you accept an apology from a former Ku Klux Klan member who burned a cross on your lawn 40 years ago? Phillip and Barbara Butler are faced with this real-life question. Rev. William Aitcheson, a former high-ranking KKK member turned Roman Catholic priest, has apologized to the Butlers for terrorizing them by burning a cross on their lawn in College Park, Maryland in 1977. Aitcheson said he was blinded by hate and ignorance,Ž according to his letter addressed to the Butlers and obtained by The Washington Post. My actions were despicable,Ž Aitcheson wrote, adding, When I think back on burning crosses, a threatening letter, and so on, I feel as though I am speaking of somebody else. Its hard to believe that was me.Ž Well, it was him. And it was hateful, misguided and wrong. The Butlers arent quick to accept Aitchesons four decades old apology. They told reporters they are not ready to forgive or forget. The Butlers were newlyweds in 1977 and Phillip Butler had just returned from serving in the Vietnam War. They lived in a house on a quiet street in Maryland until Aitchesons racist act. Its a lot to ask from the Butlers. Normally, Black folks are a forgiving people. But not today … and justifiably. This is going to take some time,Ž Barbara Butler told The Washington Post. For you to come into my life, 40 years, and say Im sorry. I will pray on it. Thats the only thing I can do.Ž Along with the letter, Aitcheson sent two checks worth $23,000 to the Butlers „ money the family was supposed to receive from a court-ordered lawsuit filed after the incident four decades ago. You became my target at the time because I did not believe that people of different races should live together,Ž Aitcheson wrote. I was blinded by hate and ignorance. ƒ I believe now that all people can live together in peace regardless of race.Ž So while Aitcheson may have experienced a spiritual purification of sorts, the Butlers say they are actually owed $68,000 in interest accumulated over 40 years. Its a small price to pay for the KKK trying run the Butlers out of their neighborhood. Former KKK Members Apology Came Too LateQueen Charlotte ruler of England and Ireland The soon to be princess Meghan Markle is shown with her mother Doria Redlan


Simonds 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, 9050 Norfolk Blvd. Come enjoy holiday music, food, dancing and fun. For tickets call Yvonne Brockington at (904) 6136251. Downtown Cigar Lounge Toy DriveThe Downtown Cigar Lounge, located at 11 North Ocean Street, will host their 3rd annual Holiday Toy Drive giveaway on Saturday, December 23rd at 7 p.m. The donation deadline is Thursday, December 21st. For more information call (904) 353-4411.St. Michael Charities Christmas Toy DriveSt. Michael Charities will host a Christmas Toy Drive, Saturday, December 24th at 11:30 a.m. at the office located at 3529 North Myrtle Avenue. To donate a toy or sponsor a child call (904) 240-1357.Cool Runnings Christmas BashIts the official Cool Runnings Christmas BashŽ taking place Monday, December 25th, 10 p.m. at Vibe Sports Bar located at 5800 Philips Hwy. For tickets and more info (904) 300-7887.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 ConcertThe Holiday Block Party concert will be on stage, Friday, December 29th 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 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 on the BeachEnjoy Reggae on the Beach at historic American Beach Saturday, December 30th, 11 a.m. 6 -p.m. at Burney Park located at 95570 Burney Blvd, Fernandina Beach, FL. This event is free and open to the public. For more info contact Eve Jones at (904) 277-7960.Riverside Arts MarketThe Riverside Arts Market (RAM), 715 Riverside Ave., will have their end of the year open market day on Saturday, December 30th at 10 a.m. and will begin operating in the New Year Saturday, January 6th from 10 a.m. 3 p.m. RAM guests enjoy local arts, food and agricultural produce, artists and farmers. For more information visit Long17 BrunchThe So Long17 Brunch will take place Sunday, December 31st, 10 a.m. at The Candy Apple Caf located at 400 N. Hogan St. Come celebrate in delicious style! Enjoy brunch, music, candy and more! For more info visit Jazz Club YE CelebrationThe Breezy Jazz Club New Years Eve Bash hosted by jazz artists Doug Carn and Gwen Redding. Enjoy food, smooth jazz and more, Sunday, December 31st 9:30 p.m. 12:30 a.m. Breezy Jazz Club is located at 119 W. Adams St. To RSVP and more info call the club at (904) 666-7562.Casa Marina ew Years Eve CelebrationThe Casa Marina Hotels 12th Anniversary New Years Eve Celebration is scheduled for Sunday, December 31st, 7:30 p.m. … 2 a.m. Enjoy dinner, champagne toast and Balloon Drop! Casa Marina Hotel is located at 691 1st St N. For tickets and more info call ew 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 RunThe Jacksonville 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., Saturday, January 6th at the Jacksonville Landing. For more info 5K.html.Who is She? Empowerment SummitThe Who is She? Empowerment Summit is scheduled for Saturday, January 6th at 1 p.m. at Elite Celebrations Banquet Hall located at 4747 San Juan Avenue. Come enjoy giveaways, refreshments, vendors, networking and more! For more info call (904) 719-6265.P.R.I.D.E. Book Club MeetingThe People Reading for Inspiration, Discussion and Enjoyment (P.R.I.D.E.) New Years book club meeting will be Saturday, January 8th at 2:30 p.m. Book for discussion is:  Where Good Ideas Come From The atural History for Innovation ,Ž by Steven Johnson. Host is Reva Oliver and location is 3470 Hickory Landing Ct. For more info call (904) 910-7297.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 554-4663.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 ConferenceOn Saturday, January 13th, from 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, 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. For more info visit History Calendar UnveilingThe unveiling of the 2018 Jacksonville Black History Calendar is scheduled for Thursday, January 18th, 4 p.m., at the Main Library located at 303 N. Main St. For more info email: 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 18th 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 21st Show times are 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena, located at 300 A. Philip Randolph St. For tickets visitFool For Love Play Live on StageFool For Love,Ž the play that depicts reality and fantasy, as past and present collide in this explosive and timeless masterwork by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard will take to the stage January 19 February 11th at the Limelight Theatre, located at 11 Old Mission Ave St. Augustine, Florida. For show times and more info visit Annual Taste of San MarcoAttend the 2nd Annual Taste of San Marco, Saturday, January 20th, 5 8 p.m. at the Bolles School located at 7400 San Jose Blvd. For more info call (904) 733-9292.Vaginal Health SummitA Vaginal Health Summit will take place Sunday January 21st 3 6 p.m. at the Salem Center located at 7235 Bonneval Rd. Come learn about taking care of yourself from a holistic approach. For tickets and more info call (904) 861-0440. 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December 21 27, 2017 Page 11 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 Omarosa Turns White House Firing Into Reality TV Moment This year has been groundbreaking for Black women in sports with everything from Sloane Stephens defeating Madison Keys for the U.S. Open title to Nigerias womens bobsled team making history as the first African team to qualify for that category in the Olympics. As the year winds down, the #BlackGirlMagic continues. Maame Biney made history as the first Black woman to make the U.S. Olympic speedskating team, NBC News reported. Biney, who hails from Ghana, qualified for the team after winning two 500-meter finals. The 17-yearold squared off against Katherine Reutter-Adamek, Jessica Kooreman, and Lana Gehring, who are all Olympians. During the 500meter final she started and finished off strong, ultimately outpacing her opponents. When I realized that I made the Olympic team, I started cheering like crazy,Ž said Biney. I cant believe it, aww geez. Its a really good feeling, but it has to set in first because it takes me a while. Im like, holy cow.'Ž This win makes her the first Black woman to be selected as a speed skater for a U.S. Olympic team and the second Black person to have the opportunity. Shani Davis, a decorated Olympian, made the short track team five years ago when he was 19. Even Bineys opponents cant deny her potential. Shes a fighter. She enjoys what she does. Shes energetic and brings good enthusiasm,Ž Kooreman told NBC Sports. Its nice to have new blood out there and young blood thats wanting to learn and excited to just skate every day.Ž Tavis Smiley: PBS Made a Huge MistakeŽby Lynette Holloway Omarosa Manigault Newman was reportedly fired from her White House job last week and security had to escort a sister off the grounds for acting, well, rowdy. Now, cant you just hear DMX roaring in the background while this is going on: Yall gone make me lose my mind up in here, up in here. Yall gone make me act a fool up in here, up in here.Ž Keep in mind, Trump has now fired the former Apprentice star, what, four times? And she still managed to show up on television Thursday morning ready for her closeup. During an appearance on ABCs Good Morning America, she defended herself, and denied that she had been fired. Its interesting that Omarosa, who has been criticized for failing to help the administration build ties in the Black community, is now talking about diversity. On that note, Donald Trump is likely willing to help her rewrite history as it pertains to the administrations diversity problem. She was invited back to the White House after her unceremonious firing possibly after officials realized that Black women voters were responsible for Doug Jones ability to shellack Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race. Did they realize that it looked bad for the administration to discard one of its two Black cabinet members like so much detritus? (U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson is Trumps other Black cabinet member.) Meanwhile, Omarosas future remains up in the air, but in the words of GMA co-host Robin Roberts, Bye, Felicia.Ž But possibly not for long. First Black Woman Qualifies For US Olympic Speedskating TeamBiney, 17, breaks a major barrier for Black women in sports Maame Biney of Ghana Tavis Smiley Pres. Trump with former subordinate Omarosa ewman Debra LeeDebra Lee Steps Down From BETThe longtime president at Black Entertainment Television Debra L. Lee is stepping down from that role on Jan. 1 and will serve as chairman and CEO of the network, Black Enterprise reported. Scott M. Mills, who has worked at the cable channel for two decades, will replace her. As I look to the future, I believe it is the right time to take a step back from day-to-day responsibilities at BET,Ž Lee said, reflecting on her more than 20 years leading BET. Lees accomplishments at BET are numerous. Under her leadership, the network gained traction with scores of African American viewers. The cable channel focused on launching original programming, including Being Mary JaneŽ and The Game.Ž Under her guidance, BET also added several live events and award shows to its roster. Bob Bakish, president and CEO of BETs parent company Viacom, praised Lees contributions toward turning the network into a truly global entertainment powerhouse.Ž After Lee turns over the reigns of daily operations to Mills, she will focus on developing the networks relationships with external stakeholders and communities. Last week, reports circulated that PBS suspended Tavis Smiley from his half-hour interview program due to allegations of sexual misconduct. Tavis was accused of sexual relations with multiple subordinatesŽ and some witnesses interviewed expressed concern that their employment status was linked to the status of a sexual relationship with Smiley.Ž Tavis was also accused of creating a threatening and verbally abusive work environment. In a recent interview with Good Morning America Smiley spoke out about the allegations, denying any wrongdoing, I have never groped, I have never coerced, I have never exposed myself inappropriately.Ž Tavis did admit to having consensual relationships in the work place and slammed PBS for never giving him a chance to prove the relationships were consensual. PBS only agreed to talk to me after weeks of investigation, which they didnt tell me aboutƒ PBS never informed me that a complaint was even alleged.Ž He also said, After finding out about it, my attorneys contacted the PBS investigators and offered to have them come talk to me, whatever they wanted. They did this for weeks and refused to talk to me. They were prepared to close this investigation without talking to me. Only under the threat of a lawsuit did they sit down and talk to me.Ž He revealed when PBS met with him, the network didnt tell him who the accusers were nor the allegations. Allegedly, PBS didnt talk to any of his current staff. Tavis claimed within two hours after the meeting was over, his suspension was posted on Variety. On the accusations that he created an abusive work environment, Tavis said at times the work was intense but, I am not an angry Black man and this notion of a hostile environment just doesnt fit.Ž Tavis said he will fight for reputation and PBS made a huge mistake here. They need to fix this, they need to correct it.Ž


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