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The Jacksonville free press

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The Jacksonville free press
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Mrs. Perry's free press
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Jacksonville, FL
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Rita Luffborough Perry
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September 14, 1916
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United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
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Available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
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Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
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"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."
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Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.

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Volume 31 o. 7 December 28, 2017 January 10, 2018 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 Best Time to Catch Up on 2017s Most Outstanding Movies of the YearPage 13 2017 Was a Year Full of Controversy and SurprisesPage 42017 Monthly Flashback at the Year That WasPage 11 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED

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by Alex Silets Congress has passed the most significant tax code reform since 1986. The lack of public hearings on the sweeping legislation, which passed in record time, has caused widespread confusion over the tax bill. The House approved the bill by a 227-203 vote with no Democratic representatives voting for the bill and 12 Republicans voting against it. The Senate passed the bill 51-48 along party lines with one Republican senator, John McCain, not voting. (Prior to the vote, Sen. McCain said he would not be present for the vote and would be in Arizona.) Because of minor changes in the bill made by the Senate, the House was required to pass the bill again before sending it to the president. The House passed the bill with a 224-201 vote with no Democratic support and again opposed by 12 Republicans. The law permanently cuts the tax rate for businesses from 35 percent to 21 percent, but the tax cuts for individuals and families expire in 2026. There are still seven tax brackets but the rates have changed. Starting in 2018, the rates will be 10 percent, 12 percent, 22 percent, 24 percent, 32 percent, 35 percent and 37 percent. The current $1,000 tax deduction per child doubles to $2,000. Under the new law, deductions for state, local and property taxes will be capped at $10,000. (They were previously uncapped.) The personal exemption of $4,050 for an individual, his or her spouse and dependents has been eliminated. However, the standard deduction for single filers has increased from $6,350 to $12,000 and for married couples filing jointly, it's nearly doubled from $12,700 to $24,000. That means that the number of filers who itemize their deductions will shrink. Medical expenses for 2018 and 2019 are deductible if they exceed 7.5 percent of an individuals adjusted gross income. In 2020, medical expenses must exceed 10 percent of adjusted gross income to be deductible. There are ways to take advantage of some of the old tax deductions before the end of 2017, including taking the mortgage interest deduction now. The new law also eliminates the tax preparation deduction, meaning you can no longer deduct your accountants bill or tax prep software. Alimony payments are no longer deductible for the person writing the checks beginning in 2019 under new divorce settlements. The estate tax (or death tax) is being phased out. The existing individual exemption doubles from $5.5 million to $11.2 million. For married couples the exemption will be $22.4 million. Under the new law, parents can now use 529 college savings plans for their childrens K-12 education. Previously, 529 plans could be used only to cover costs for college. Individuals who purchase an electric car can still claim a tax credit of up to $7,500. But that applies to only the first 200,000 electric cars sold by each automaker. According to the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation, the new tax code could increase the U.S. deficit by $1.46 trillion over the next decade. Page 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press December 28, 2017 January 10, 2018 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 Lashawn.brown@saftamerica.com 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 Experts Tax Tips on What to Do Before Tax Code Changes2017 Fellows with Darnell Smith, JAX Chamber Board Chair, and program namesake Mike Hightower. Applications Open for Hightower Emerging Leaders Fellowship with ImpactJAX The Hightower Emerging Leaders Fellowship, an ImpactJAX initiative, was developed with the guidance of Fellowship namesake Mike Hightower. Bringing together talented young professionals and prominent and influential Jacksonville leaders, The Hightower Fellowship furthers the JAX Chambers goal of empowering the next generation of leaders in the young professional community. 2017 speakers included Nat Glover (Edward Waters College), Kelly Madden (Wells Fargo), Audrey Moran (Baptist Health), Darnell Smith (Florida Blue), Susie Wiles (Right Coast Strategies) and more. The Fellowship program lasts from February to November, with Fellows meeting at least once each month. All applicants must be members of ImpactJAX and the JAX Chamber. The application deadline is January 22nd. For more information, call Matt Galnor at (904) 366-6614.Work Jobs for People of Color at High Risk of Automation Jobless Rate Could Explode If Automation is ot Properly Implementedby Fred Lowe Cab driving is an industry slated for automation. Black men and women consistently suffer the highest unemployment rates compared to other racial and ethnic groups, and its about to get worse. Joblessness among blacks is expected go even higher because 30 jobs we work in are at high risk of automation, according to a study by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a Washington D. C.-based think tank for black elected officials. Twenty-seven percent of African-American workers are concentrated in 30 occupations at high risk of automation. By comparison, these 30 occupations account for 24 percent of all white workers and 20 percent of all Asian-American workers,Ž according to the report Race and Jobs at High Risk of Automation.Ž African Americans are one-anda-half times more likely to be cashiers, cooks, combined food preparation and serving workers, fast food workers, production workers, laborers, freight/stock material movers, security guards, bus drivers, taxi drivers and chauffeurs. While automation will create new types of jobs, the AfricanAmerican community faces a unique combination of well-documented challenges that make it particularly vulnerable in labor-market transitions,Ž the report said. These challenges include: an average household net worth that is one tenth of whites, making periods without income particularly difficult.Ž The study also noted that automation could increase the African American unemployment rate from 7.5 percent to more than 20 percent. On the other hand, economic disruption, if properly harnessed, can create new opportunities that address long-standing social inequities, the study reported. The U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics reported that Novembers unemployment rate for black men and women was 7.3 percent compared to whites at 3.6 percent, Hispanics at 4.7 percent and Asians at 3.0 percent.Gay Gang Members Turn to Entrepreneurship to Make Difference in CommunityThree former gang members are using their pasts to provide a safe place for the youth who are facing challenges familiar to them. Check It,Ž the United States only documented black gang for members of the LGBTQ Community now has an incorporated business, known as Check It Enterprises.Ž Our main priority is to reach the youth because we remember how we were back then,Ž said 27-year-old Star Bennett, co-founder of Check It EnterprisesŽ and former leader of Check It Gang.Ž Some are still out there doing their thing, and we want to have a program in our office for the youth.Ž The Check It Gang was founded 12 years ago when being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender was not widely accepted. There were over 200 members who were apart of the gang to create a family and protect each other from the assaults they experienced in and out of school. The co-founders of Check It Enterprises want their business to be a catalyst for change amongst youth who are walking the same path they once took. They want to be able to provide a center where the kids can come to look for a job or a place where they can feel comfortable to talk. Five years ago, community activist and youth advocate Ronald Moten decided to work with members of Check It when no one else in the community would work with them. Star came to me for help. She was a leader committed to change and helping others,Ž said Moten. It was then that the transformation from Check It Gang grew into Check It Enterprises. Although Moten does not identify as a member of the LGBTQ community, he faced hardships as a youth while growing up in the inner city of Washington, D.C. It was the same way with me during my transformation. All I needed was direction and opportunity and I could do the rest,Ž said Moten. Despite naysayers he provided the now Check It Enterprises with the same guidance, wisdom and opportunity that was extended to him. Moten and his co-founders use outreach as a way to help the youth, specifically those who are a part of the LGBTQ community. Some days, members go to Gallery Place and Chinatown, an area with a strong Check It presence, to create an open line of communication between themselves and the people they are hoping to mentor and assist. We went to Gallery to talk to them and put them on right path to prevent them from going the wrong way like we did,Ž said Bennett. Chaheed Hines, 20, joined the Baby Check It, a group for younger members of the gang, around the age of 13 because of the negative stigma that came with being gay in D.C., but then he met Erica Briscoe, another co-founder of Check It Enterprises. Erica stuck with me through thick and thin, especially during the times I was doing bad things and doing what I wanted,Ž said Hines. She encouraged me to pursue my goals. I consider Check It Enterprises family.Ž In addition to providing a program for youth, Check It Enterprises is a clothing store that sells clothing with their brand. If anyone is to say anything about Check It, itll be positive,Ž said Bennett. Members of Check ItŽ

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Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA) Incorporated, Gamma Rho Omega Chapter joined family and friends for the unveiling of the Dr. Norma Ruth Solomon White Parkway. The unveiling paid tribute to Dr. Whites trailblazing legacy to the city and beyond. The historic marker, which is traditionally given posthumously, is located near West 8th Street and Interstate 95, directly across from the AKA house. The marker appropriately sits one mile from Darnell Cookman Middle High School where Dr. White was the first female Band Director in the school district. She retired from the school district in 1992 after 37 years of service. Dr White is also the first International president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority from the state of Florida and the first female band member of the acclaimed Florida A&M Marching 100. Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 3 January 4 10, 2018 Dr. orma White Honored With Own ParkwayShown above is Dr. White flanked by her sorority sisters underneath the sign bearing her name. Featuring Keynote SpeakerVernice FlyGirlŽ ArmourAmericas 1st African American Female Combat Pilot, Author, Entrepreneur, and Motivational Speaker 3Ist ANNUALTickets on sale now at JaxMLKbreakfast.com I 3t sNNUAL A UA NUAL Shown are participants sharing their 2018 vision boards Angela Mealerrecently hosted Jacksonvilles second annual Best Vision Board Party. The event was held on Saturday, December 30th at the Rhythm Factory Music in the Regency Square Mall. The event is designed to, engage and inspire residents of Jacksonville to dream bigger, set intentional goals, and be deliberate about being all they can be in the upcoming year and beyond,Ž according to Mealer. Attendees were provided supplies to create their vision board and set their creativity in motion while enjoying appetizers and specialty cocktails. Guest speaker was Angel Sumler, a local entrepreneur and author who shared, Im ready for the new year and ready to put my vision in action. Im here to inform this group, that having your vision in front of you will come to pass.Ž Blue Franswa Photo The National Congress of Black Women Inc. (NCBW), Jacksonville Chapter recently held their Chartering ceremony to reestablish its presence and elect 2018 executive board officers. The organization will be under the leadership of former City Councilwoman, Glorious Johnson. Other oficers include Claresa Baggs, Chair of Community/Public Relations/Membership and Shanna Carter, 1st Vice Chair. The NCBW is a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational, political, economic and cultural development of African American Women and their families. Annual Vision PartyInspires and Engages for the ew Year Shown are 2018 officers Claresa Baggs, Glorious Johnson and Shanna CarterJohnson to Lead Recently Chartered Local Chapter of ational Congress of Black Women

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By Ed Gray This has been a monumental year for the reaffirmation of womens rights in the workplace and the ballot booth. This is long overdue. The battle for the rights of women, and specifically Black women and girls, has gone on for centuries. In America, the spotlight on this fight for womens rights shines brightly on White women, while Black women, who have often fought more vigorously for equality and justice, are largely consigned to the shadows of the movement. TIME magazine placed The Silence BreakersŽ on their cover, noting that the tenacity and courage of the womens voices could be heard over the walls of systemic oppression. Still, in the stories of Dajerria Becton, a teenager who was violently handcuffed and thrown to the ground by an overzealous McKinney, Texas police officer and Sandra Bland, who was arrested and died in police custody in Prairie View, Texas, that oppression seems unsurmountable. Most acts of extrajudicial violence and aggression towards Black women never become national headlines and many Black women suffer in quiet silence as their complaints of sexual harassment are ignored and discounted, regardless of their socioeconomic status. Mainstream America labels Black women as angry Jezebels unfit for normal, social interactions. Black American pop culture hypersexualizes our young girls while condemning them for being too fast. There is a deafening silence in the Black community that is complicit in the degradation of our Black women. When we do speak, instead of a healing, sometimes our words just cause more wounds. One of the most influential hiphop artists of all time, Tupac Shakur spoke directly to Black women in Wonda Why They Call U BytchŽ: You leave your kids with your mama cuz your headin for the club In a skin-tight miniskirt lookin for some love Got them legs wide open while youre sittin at the bar Talkin to some n**ga bout his car I guess he said he had a Lexus, whats next? You headin to his car for some sex Today, some people would criticize Shakur for slut-shaming, while others would applaud him for telling it like it is. White women have been applauded for coming forward to tell their stories of sexual assault and harassment under the #MeToo flag. The movement would be much stronger and more credible, if its leaders forced mainstream media to also carry the stories of Black women on their morning shows and popular websites. Black men must bear some of the blame for mainstream medias ignorance and apathy towards the plight of Black women. We band together, as brothers, ignoring the anguished cries of our sisters. We must stop, look and listen. We must reject R. Kelly for his alleged abuse of Black women and girls with the same unanimity that Black voters in Alabama rejected the alleged sexual predator Roy Moore. We must step in the name of love and in the name of justice with respect for our Black mothers, wives, sisters and daughters. This respect must begin in the Black community; we must clean our own house, first. We must elevate our women from social media hashtags to highly-valued and respected members of the global community. In  Keep Ya Head Up ,Ž Shakur offers a critique on the exploitation of women in the Black community: And since we all came from a woman Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman I wonder why we take from our women Why we rape our women, do we hate our women? I think its time to kill for our women Time to heal our women, be real to our women And if we dont well have a race of babies That will hate the ladies that make the babies And since a man cant make one He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one So will the real men get up I know youre fed up ladies, but keep your head up. Black women and girls are sick and tired of being sick and tired; its time for us to heed Shakurs advice and heal our women and be real to our women. This is Ed Gray, and this is straight talk. Its hard to believe that another year has come and gone already. Most would agree that 2017 was an extraordinary year in so many ways. First of all, its hard not to lead off with Donald Trumps first full year as President, and the Donald did not disappoint. He has been just as brash, middle schoolish, arrogant and ill-informed as he was before the election. His supporters wanted to Take America BackŽ and that what they have done … taken the country back to some very troubling times in our history. These were the times when civil rights and equality for all were simply goals and not reality. I am talking about the events from Charlottesville and other racially motivated protest and terrorism that have become the norm. One could easily argue that 2017 was the year of the woman in many ways. The year started with a major womens march on Washington DC. Thousands of women gathered in the nations capital and large cities around the country to reaffirm their commitment to the issues important to mostŽ women. Issues like equal pay, womens reproductive rights, Blacks Lives Matter and of course their disdain for Donald Trump. And I intentionally said used quotations around mostŽ because there are some females, especially conservative women, that think that females should not be protesting anything. That would most likely be a large percentage of the women that voted for Trump. What I found most powerful about the pseudo Million Woman MarchŽ was that it was certainly centered in Washington DC, but dozens of cities had marches simultaneously. From New York to Los Angles, and Jacksonville, FL to Austin, TX, ladies and men around the country came together for womens rights and to send a message that they had a voice and needed to be heard. And by the way, according to crowd scientist, the womens march in Washington was roughly three times the size of the audience at President Trumps inauguration. Of course, in Trumps mind he had the biggest inauguration crowd of all time (LOL). The year also started with Trump introducing what has been his most controversial policy initiative to date … his travel ban executive order. The courts quickly shot it down for being discriminatory and simply unconstitutional. You have to love what this new President has done to the country. Now racists and bigots actually feel safe to say what is on their minds. Thank you Donald Trump for bringing 1963 back. Whats next, the appointment of David Duke as White House Civil Rights adviser? Speaking of racism and bigots, one of the biggest issues in 2017 was the Confederate monuments and flag issue. Many Americans feel that the Confederate flag and certain monuments dedicated to southern heroesŽ being displayed in public places are offensive. The other side says that its simply heritage, and both sides of this issue are very passionate. The difference is that one side is celebrating a heritage of hate, bigotry and vicious racism and the other side recognizes the great history of American diversity, pride and resilience. One side is stuck glorifying the past and the other side is looking towards a better America in the future. Dozens of monuments came down in 2017 and I have a feeling that this issue isnt going away. Oh yeah, OJ Simpson was released from prison. Yeah, I know … who cares. Gun control remained a key issue in 2017 with more mass killings on American soil. The worst of these shootings was in Las Vegas where a lone gunman killed 58 people and injured another 500. This became the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. It still seems so unbelievable that a lone gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on people attending a country music festival on the Las Vegas strip. Back to the President for a moment. Not only did Trumps campaign manager and other lieutenants get indicted by Special Counsel Mueller, but we also learned more about the role Russia played in helping Trump get elected. We found out that Russia poured millions of dollars into manipulating the American public through social media pages and websites like YouTube. Never before in U.S. history (that we know of) has this been done. I am not saying that this is an act of war, but its an act of disrespect, defiance and down right dirty politics. Stay tuned for more truths to be uncovered as Mueller continues his investigation in 2018. 2017 also saw a very unique situation in sports … the NFL to be specific. It all started in 2016 when Colin Kaepernick formerly with the San Francisco 49ers, started taking a knee during the National Anthem in protest of the inequalities and police brutality that minorities have faced in the country. Kaepernick lost his job and has yet to be picked up for his protest despite being an outstanding quarterback. Fast forward to the 2017 NFL season where almost every team decided to show unityŽ during the National Anthem where some players chose to lock arms while others decided to kneel at the beginning of the season. President Trump basically stoked the flames and in many ways was responsible for the player/team protest. At a rally in Alabama, the proclaimed that NFL team owners should fire players for taking a knee. He actually said that owners should, fire the sons of Bs.Ž Yes, a sitting U.S. President actually used that type of language in public … unbelievable. I guess its the new American normal … blatant ignorance in the White House. Hopefully a winning football team will be the new normal for Jacksonville. The year also saw major celebrity deaths like musicians Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, and Tom Petty. Then there was Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, Bill Paxton, Della Reese, Roger Moore, and Jerry Lewis. My grandmother was really saddened that "People's Court" star, Judge Joseph Wapner, passed in 2017. Happy New Year, and may 2018 bring many blessings and prosperity your way. Go Jaguars! Reggie FullwoodThe South Can Lead the ation to a ew Politics by Jesse Jackson We now know beyond all doubt that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. elections to help Donald J. Trump and certain Republican congressional candidates win. Liberating the South is the key to liberating the nation. The key to liberating the South is the black vote. Recent black turnout in elections in Virginia and Alabama demonstrate this point. There are 4 million unregistered black voters in the 11 former Confederate states. Florida has more than 555,000 unregistered blacks (and some 200,000 Puerto Ricans moving to the mainland around Orlando after the recent devastating hurricane). Georgia has 618,000 unregistered blacks and North Carolina 463,000. Massive voter registration efforts must be the priority in those three states, with other Southern states to follow. If African-Americans and Latinos register and vote in large numbers in the South, there will be a new politics in America. In the most recent Alabama Senate race, voters were offered a stark choice: The Republican nominee, Roy Moore, had praised slavery and vilified immigrants, and had been twice removed from judicial posts for elevating his religious beliefs over the laws and the Constitution. His opponent was Democrat Doug Jones, a lawyer famed for prosecuting the Klansmen who murdered the four little girls in the infamous 1963 Birmingham church bombing. Jones prevailed, but Moore might well have won if he were not been credibly charged with preying on teenage girls when he was in his 30s. Although it was close, the race represents a turning point. African-Americans „ particularly women „ turned out in record large numbers. Jones won the Iron Bowl vote, winning in the hometowns of Auburn and the University of Alabama. He fared best among the young. That vote represents the potential future of politics in Alabama, in the South and in the country.The race-bait politics that have defined the Republican Party since NixonsSouthern strategyŽ in 1968 may well be reaching its end date. Trumprenewed the strategy with his posturing on immigrants, his blusterynativism against Muslims and his divisive stance on the haters inCharlottesville, Va. But in the governors race in Virginia and the Senaterace in Alabama, Republicans trying to recycle Trumpism were defeated „in large part because African-Americans turned out in record numbers.Trumps vilifications clearly mobilize the vote of people of color, of theyoung and increasingly of women. Their vote cannot be inherited; it mustbe earned. If Democrats want to succeed, they have to put political energyand resources into opening up our elections, making it easier for workingpeople to register and vote, and putting new energy on the ground topersuade and organize people of color to vote.They will also have to stand up for an agenda that will speak to the pressingneeds of the African-American community. At the core of that agenda arepolicies needed by working and poor people of every race „ affordablehealth care, decent paying jobs, quality schools, affordable college ortechnical training, clean water and air, retirement security and more. Equalopportunity and equal justice „ particularly an end to mass incarcerationfor nonviolent crimes „ are claims not for special treatment but for basiccitizenship.Democratic Party Chair Tom Perez says that African-American women arethe base of the Democratic Party.Ž Yet neither African-American womennor men have been the center of the partys efforts or the focus of itsresources. What Alabama showed is that there is a new energy outside ofthe party structures „ in organizations such as Black Votes Matter, WokeVote and more „ that can make a difference. Democrats need to walk thetalk, to wake up and catch up.AfricanAmericans are clear about who their foe is; what is yet to be provenis who is for them, who stands on their side. What Alabama and Virginiasuggest is that candidates who make that clear may well be able totransform the South „ and in doing so, transform the country. Page 4 Ms.Perrys Free Press SUBSCRIBE TODAY SUBSCRIBE TODAY Yes, Id like to subscribe to the Jacksonville Free Press!Enclosed is my check __ money order __for $40.50 to cover my one year subscription.AME _________________________________________ ADDRESS_______________________________________ CITY____________________STATE____ZIP________ DISCLAIMERThe United State provides opportunities for free expression of ideas. The Jacksonville Free Press has its view, but others may differ. Therefore, the Free Press ownership reserves the right to publish views and opinions by syndicated and local columnist, professional writers and other writers which are solely their own. Those views do not necessarily reflect the policies and positions of the staff and management of the Jacksonville Free Press. Readers, are encouraged to write letters to the editor commenting on current events as well as what they wouldlike to see included in the paper. All letters must be type written and signed and include a telephone number and address. Please address letters to the Editor, c/o JFP, P.O. Box 43580 Jacksonville, FL 32203. (o CALLS PLEASE)MAILTO: JACKSONVILLE FREE PRESS P.O. BOX 43580, JACKSONVILLE, FL 32203 MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 43580 Jacksonville, FL 32203 PHYSICAL ADDRESS 1122 W. Edgewood Ave. Jacksonville,FL32208Email: JfreePress@aol.com TELEPHONE (904) 634-1993 Fax (904) 765-8611 Sylvia PerryPUBLISHER Rita PerryPublisher Emeritus CONTRIBUTORS: Lynn Jones, Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood, E.O.Huthchinson, WilliamReed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell, Marsha Oliver, Marretta Latimer, Phyllis Mack, Tonya Austin, Carlottra Guyton, Brenda Burwell, Rhonda Silver, Vickie Brown, Rahman Johnson, Headshots, William Jackson. City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Reggie Fullwood GUESTEDITORIALDecember 28, 2017 January 3, 2018 2017 Was a Year Full of Controversy and Surprises In Defense of Black Women and Girls

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K interceptions while in passing yards with both throwing for gave up just 10 sacks while the G-Men surren Aggies the AC with 43 sacks while is won up front. incade had 21 and 3. in passing yards with both throwing for Ultra-successful MAC Y Y JERR RY Mack sity Univer ice R at coordinator fe ns i v e of ff he was resigning to become the new last announced Eagles, ing the championships in his four years lead Athletic Confer Mid Eastern who won three Mack Jerry coach olina Central North Car Ultra-successful CENTRAL: VES NC LEA AV MACK Univer he was resigning to become the new week last championships in his four years lead ence Athletic Confer who won three head olina Central CENTRAL:BCSPSimmons illie Was new head football coach A&M presents W Florida Notes BCSPCenter Lawson Multipurpose uesday T Tu on new coach tlers Simmons was formally Florida A&M the same position at head iew A&M V Prairie the as Simmonsas new head football coach illie Simmons A&M presents W Gymna eaching T Te and Center the 12 at Dec. morning uesday at R presented as the Simmons was formally Florida A&M take to coach football head illie Simmons University the coach. line sive head coach, defensive sociate Prunty served back to Hampton.'" It was very refreshing to hear shall said. "He's "Coach programs.Prunty head associate of Cincinnati's four years served he that, Prior to coach. and defen coordinator head coach, defensive Carolina's season as East last Prunty served back to Hampton.'" him say 'I want to come It was very refreshing to hear ginia. He played for Hampton. ir V from shall said. "He's speaks for itself," Prunty's record "Coach and coach as four years and defen as Carolina's him say 'I want to come ginia. He played for Hampton. Mar speaks for itself," $180,000, will more than double his salary at Mack, whose base salary at NCCU was Herald-Sun. ," Mack told and my family couldn't "I just from 2005-2007. served together Bloomgren and new head coach at fensive Stanford of ff Mack ice. 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A&M following a 3-8 resigned at Florida and was a in Florida, high school football Fla., Simmons allahassee, 1 at a record of 21-1 Simmons, 37, compiled sium on the school's campus. former head men's basketball Sr Edward Joyner coac h ongtime CIAA A where he graduated in 1988. Alabama A&M collegiate his split Prunty graduate. emy a., na V Va Prunty is a Chatham, ends. Prunty spent program, Bearcat the impacting years as co-defensive ends coach and three defensive University the at coach former head men's basketball Joyner passes coach Ed "Buck" where he graduated in 1988. Hampton between career collegiate grave Milita a., native and a 1983 Har seasons under three Prunty spent coordinato years as co-defensive head associate of Cincinnati's St. Paul's Joyner passesand Hampton Acad ry ta ar ommy T To seasons under Before r coordinato and coach 2018 season. Eastman m head coach interi to man promoted NCCU place tie. 5-3 in MEAC play ished 7-4 overall, Bowl Celebration serve outright. He led the Eagles to the 2016 title two MEAC championships (2014 and 2015) and won the NCCU, Mack went 31-15, and won a share at While $180,000, will more than double his salary at NCCU to came 2018 season. Eastman for the m head coach East Granville promoted good for a fourth5-3 in MEAC play Bowl Air For outright. He led the Eagles to the two MEAC championships (2014 and 2015) and won the NCCU, Mack went 31-15, and won a share ice. R $180,000, will more than double his salary at good for a fourthce Re or rc two MEAC championships (2014 and 2015) and won the NCCU, Mack went 31-15, and won a share ice. player a as perience Eugene Marshall Jr "I am up for the challenge," Prunty said. Hampton University's Student Center Hampton coach of the N, O HAMPTas new head football coach Hampton names Robert Prunty -time four a and coach and player Athletics of Director rshall Jr r. "I am up for the challenge," Prunty said. Theater Hampton University's Student Center Pirates at a news conference Hampton introduced as the 21st head was Robert Prunty a. „ V Va as new head football coach Hampton names Robert Prunty under his son tant returned to Saint Paul's courtside for seven more years. reigns the head coach at Saint Paul's in 1993. Joyner took over the head coaching tant 68. and -ofrecruiter conference -time Hampton University at Athletics Friday (Dec. 8) at Pirates at a news conference introduced as the 21st head ,J EdwardJoyner r, under his son became He later James Stinson to tant Joyner joined brief hiatus, a After returned to Saint Paul's courtside for seven more years. After 2000. in Livingstone at reigns the head coach at Saint Paul's in 1993. Joyner took over the head coaching with brother C. Smith Johnson at tant collegiate coaching began Sr Joyner 68. edn W We passed on Livingstone and former head men's basketball Sr Edward Joyner capac that and was serving in Jr for Hampton assistant a volunteer became as an Livingstone fat staf ff the Joyner joined returned to Saint Paul's courtside for seven more years. NC, Joyner Salisbury two seasons in After the head coach at Saint Paul's in 1993. Joyner took over the head coaching He became Sr Stephen Joyner with brother 1987 as an in basketball collegiate ginia at the age of ir V Vi ednesday in Hampton, at coach former head men's basketball when ity capac for Hampton assis as an NC, Joyner the head coach at Saint Paul's in 1993. Joyner took over the head coaching He became assis 1987 as an ginia at the age of St. Paul's ME O NTG O MALABAMA GETS HILLties coach. coach, defensive coordinator and safe served as the Eagles' assistant head with Mack four years ago and has Eley was named the Hornets' in to head coach. Donald Hill-Eley assistant promoted Alabama State Ala. (AP) „ Y R RY ME TE NO A AT ST TA A LABAM A A coach, defensive coordinator and safe served as the Eagles' assistant head with Mack four years ago and has Eastman Eley was named the Hornets' in Donald Hill-Eley has Alabama StateTE NOD:honoree the-year player a as perience CCIAA0 Chowan 0 Lincoln 0 Eliz. City State 0 State irginia VW NORTH DIVISIONDIVAC I THLETANTERCOLLEG IENTRAL M E N S 2 0 1 7 1 8 B L Eastman Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Football ferent two dif ff with -time four a and coach and player 4 4 0 0 0 4 5 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0L W L W LALL CONFON I T A AT I SSOCA TE A AT I NTERCOLLEGM CC I THLET A AT ED I0 State Morgan 0 Bethune-Cookman 0 A&T Carolina North W CONFMEAC C A A M E N S 2 0 1 7 1 8 B L he passed. under his son Bowl Subdivision (FBS) -ofrecruiter conference -time ONFERENCECASTERNESIAC6 4 0 5 4 0 4 5 0L W L ALL CONFC I THLETANTERCOLLEG IOUTHERNS3 Atlanta Clark 3 Morehouse W DIVISION EAST CONF S K E A A E G E B L C K C O L he passed. J Edward Joyner r, under his sonONFERENCEC TE A AT I NTERCOLLEG AC SW WA 1 8 0 0 8 0 L W LALL CONFI THLETAOUTHWESTERNS0 A&M iew V Prairie 0 State Jackson 0 State Grambling W DIV (Results, Standings and W L L A S K E T B capac that and was serving in JrONFERENCECC OUTHWESTERN7 2 0 7 3 0 6 3 0L W L ALL eekly Honors) (Results, Standings and WINDEPENDENTS5 Lincoln (Mo.) 4 e nnessee S tate T Te 6 a. State V WW when ity capacINDEPENDENTS5 5 3 4 4 6L W coach. receivers wide ing the program in 2015 after one year as Eley had served as associate head coach since join The interim tag was removed Hill-Eley State's Morgan He was coach. Norfolk State's ing the program in 2015 after one year as Eley had served as associate head coach since join Thursday The interim tag was removed Magic City Classic in the A&M Alabama rival over victory a cluding Alabama led Eley an 0-5 start. Brian Jenkins ter ctober O early h in coac head terim Eley was named the Hornets' in head State's Norfolk State's Eley had served as associate head coach since join Magic City Classic Alabama to State af ctober Eley was named the Hornets' inROOKIE of 15 from the line. points in 1-1 week, getting 21 in win over Paine and ONE LIVINGST So., G, oger Ray R YER PLA AY YERSOFTHEWEEK PLA AY CIAA0 State Winston-Salem 0 s Augustine St. 0 Livingstone 0 State Fayetteville 0 Shaw 0 J. C. SmithSOUTH DIVISION0 irginia Union V 0 State Bowie 0 Chowan points in 1-1 week, getting 21 in win over Paine and veraged 21.5 A ONE 7 2 0 0 0 7 2 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 6 3 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 2 7 0 0 0 6 5 0 0 0 6 5 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 01 3s) vs. Mercer and 21 (7 of 1 of 19 FGs, 5 of 19 3s) with 7 assists vs. N. Florida Got 30 points (12 AMU F ., G, Jr Marcus Barham, Y ER P L A AY YERS OF THE MEAC P L A AY BCSP0 State Coppin 0 State Norfolk 0 A&M Florida 0 Howard 0 State SC 0 State Delaware 0 State Savannah 0 Shore E. Md. 0 Central Carolina North 0 Hampton Morgan veraged 25.5 A 1 3s) vs. Mercer of 19 FGs, 5 of 19 3s) with 7 assists vs. N. Florida Got 30 points (12 YERS OF THE WEEK10 0 0 9 0 0 1 1 1 0 10 1 0 9 2 0 9 2 0 8 3 0 8 3 0 8 4 0 7 4 0CLAFLIN ., F 6-8, Sr Jaleel Charles Y ER P L A AY Y ER S O F THE WEE K S IA C PL A AY 0 LeMoyne-Owen 0 Miles 0 Hill Spring 1 uskegee T 2 State Kentucky 2 Lane 3 State Central WEST DIVISION0 State Albany 0 Paine 2 Benedict 3 State alley V Va Fort Had 29 CLAFLIN YERS OF THE WEEK6 3 4 6 1 2 5 2 1 8 1 2 8 3 2 4 3 2 4 4 1 10 0 4 8 1 2 2 8 2 4 5 1NA NEWCOMER 16 points in win over Fisk. Also ech T Te La. to loss 91-62 in points, points making 14 of 25 shots, nearly half the JSU ., F 6-7, Jr Maurice Rivers, YER PLA AY YERSO ACPLA AY SW WA BCSP0 A&M Alabama 0 Southern exas T Te 0 State Alabama 0 f A r k Pi n e Bluf ff 0 alley State Miss. V 0 Southern 0 Alcorn State 0 A&M iew V Prairie team-high had Also igers' T points making 14 of 25 shots, nearly half the Had team-high 30 JSU YERS OF THE WEEK9 0 0 9 0 0 8 0 0 8 0 0 8 0 0 8 2 0 8 2 0 7 2 0NA game-high 26 points and 9 rebounds vs. Urbana. 20 points and 6 boards in win over Notre Dame. W F ., Jr 6-5, Johnson-Agwu Pat NEWCOMER vs. Urbana and 21 vs. Notre Dame. ellowJac Y Ye aged 21.0 points in two .V W W. G, 6-1, So. Ernest Jenkins, Y ER P L A AY YERS OF T INDEPENDENT P L A AY 1 UDC 1 Cheyney game-high 26 points and 9 rebounds vs. Urbana. allied T Ta 20 points and 6 boards in win over Notre Dame. Got TE A AT ST TA A V VA W W. vs. Urbana and 21 vs. Notre Dame. ellow Jacket wins. Had 21 ver A TE A AT A.ST TA V VA YERS OF THE WEEK8 8 League. dinator and been an assistant in the Canadian Eley also has worked as Hampton's of in 2002. Athletic was Mid-Eastern for 12 seasons until coach Football dinator and been an assistant in the Canadian f ens iv worked as Hampton's of ff Conference coach of the year Athletic 2013, winning 59 games. Eley for 12 seasons until Morgan Football fensive coor Conference coach of the year 2013, winning 59 games. Eley Guidled Panthers to wins A.UNION V VA Jay Butler COACH .AUG S ST T. ., G, Jr yre Gathright T Ty NEWCOMER bounds vs. UDC. 1.5 points getting 19 points and 12 re average 1 A BOWIEST TA ., F Fr ROOKIE Guidled Panthers to wins Scored team-high 1.5 points getting 19 points and 12 re In two games, TE A AT NA DEFENDER 31 points on 12 of 17 shooting vs. Ga. Southern. SSU ., G, Sr Javaris Jenkins NEWCOMER points in two losses. 31 points on 12 of 17 shooting vs. Ga. Southern. Had team-high week, had 20 points and 22 rebounds. G, ., Sr 6-5, Stevenson Michael NEWCOMER veraging 12.3 points, 9.3 boards on season A win in 23 WSSU, over win in points CLAFLIN ., F 6-8, Sr Jaleel Charles week, had 20 points and 22 rebounds. In 1-1 KSU G, veraging 12.3 points, 9.3 boards on season Aug's. St. vs. win Had 29 CLAFLIN

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My Hair Does ot Look Like That: Internet Has Mixed Feelings About ew atural Hair Emoji by Jacqueine Yates When news dropped that redhead emojis were expected to launch in June 2018, the internet nearly lost it. Now, natural hair emoji are on the horizon and curly friends everywhere cant wait. While many are excited to see more diverse visuals emerge within technology, there are those who believe the look of these new tiny digital images are a little suspect. On Dec. 5, BI Tech shared a photo of 28 new emoji with a caption that read, Heres your first look at all new emoji coming next year.Ž The image attached to the tweet includes emoji with what appears to be natural curly hair and straight gray hair, as well as some with bald heads. Since its posting, the tweet has sparked lots of excitement and conversation with a long list of over 660 comments. Individuals delighted by the emoji with natural hair were inspired to leave messages such as Yasssss for the natural hair emoji!!!! Black twitter would be in love lolŽ Adding emojis with natural hair textures does reflect progress toward making everyone feel like they can personally identify with these characters. But a significant number of people questioned the actual design. One person asked, Is that supposed to be natural hair?Ž Another responded with, My hair does not look like that,Ž and a flutter of others echoed the same feelings. Two years ago, massive Unilever brand Dove launched the first ever Love Your Curls emoji keyboard, which included 27 curly hair designs, seven GIFS, and the capability to adjust the skin and hair color. Many women with natural hair textures were equally enthused about these emoji and hoped that the idea would be replicated on a larger scale. Well, it looks like their vision is finally becoming a reality, and though its sparked a slight bit of controversy, it is a step in the right direction. January 4 10, 2018 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 7 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. aarp.org/caregiving or call 1-877-333-5885 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! The African Diet: Five Essential Eating Tips to Jumpstart a Healthy Lifestyle Beginning a healthy living lifestyle can sometimes be daunting. From the fear of unknown to fear of failure. This is why its important to take things slowly when starting a lifestyle change in order to make the changes stick for the long term. Simple modification to current lifestyles choices as well as finding healthier alternatives for known favorites will lead to longer term success. The African diet is inherently healthy and often contains little to no processed foods. Most traditional dishes are often very well-balanced and incorporate significant amounts of vegetables and nutrients. In addition to being healthy, African meals are delicious and have a wide flavor profile. Here are 5 essential tips to make eating healthy a little easier. Shopping + Pantry Making the decision to stick to a healthy diet requires lots of commitment. You can make the journey easier for yourself by not having temptation around. Having unhealthy food/junk around while trying to eat healthy can be highly counterproductive. Make the conscious effort to have healthy meals and snacks, fruits and veggies available at your disposal so are you are not tempted to sabotage your diet. Read labels. Try as much as possible to avoid food products with a long list of ingredients, especially if you are unable to pronounce the ingredients. Meal Composition Aim for a balanced whole foods diet that contains 35% protein, 45% carbohydrate and 20% healthy fat. Whole wheat variety of complex carbs are your friends as they are typically high satiety foods and will help curb your appetite and keep you full long. Meal Prep Planning is highly essential for success in every endeavor. This is no different when it comes to a healthy diet. Spending a few hours a week prepping and packing your meals can go a long way to ensure you stay on track. Build a Healthy Plat e The sure way to stay on track without counting calories or feeling deprived is to make a habit of building a healthy plate at every meal. A healthy plate should contain 50% low carb vegetables (greens, mushrooms, asparagus, etc), 20% complex carbohydrate (brown rice, quinoa, beans, potatoes, etc) and 30% proteins (fish, meat, etc). This will ensure you stay on track while building long term healthy eating habits that are applicable even when eating out. Watch What You Drink We tend to consume loads of excess calories from drinks, as we are more likely to pay more attention to what we eat than what we drink. Drinks are equally as important when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. Soda should be avoided. Drinks are often sugar laden and provide little to no nutritional benefit. Excessive consumption of added sugar causes more harm than weight gain alone. If you think youre playing video games too much, you just might be. The World Health Organization is poised to classify gaming disorderŽ as a mental health problem. Gaming disorder can be diagnosed if it is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning,Ž according to the draft of WHOs 2018 International Classification of Diseases. The disorder is not characterized by playing a video game here or there, but rather by lack of ability to control when one games, increasing priority give to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities,Ž and continuing to game avidly despite having negative consequences for doing so. The draft statement also says problem behavior is normally evident over a period of at least 12 months in order for a diagnosis to be assigned, although the required duration may be shortened if all diagnostic requirements are met and symptoms are severe.Ž No decision has as yet been made as to whether gaming disorder will indeed be included as part of the 2018 ICD. Excessive Video Gaming Could be Declared a Mental Disorder Is There Such Thing as a Divorce Season ? By Michelle Howe While its not news that divorce is a choice for many couples, research reveals the time of year may actually play a role in the lifechanging decision. In fact, sociologists from the University of Washington analyzed divorce filings in Washington State between 2001 and 2015 and found divorces consistently peaked after winter and summer holidays. For many, there are specific times during the year that have a major impact on decisions and behaviors,Ž says Dr. Shastri Swaminathan, a psychiatrist with Advocate Medical Group and chair of the department of psychiatry at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. These times may be based on the weather itself or certain dates that hold significance to them, such as holidays, an anniversary or the loss of a loved one.Ž The research suggests there is an influx of filings during March and August, as couples may see the holidays as both an inappropriate time to split and as a time to mend the relationship. People tend to face the holidays with rising expectations, despite what disappointments they might have had in years past,Ž researcher Julie Brines said in a news release. They represent periods in the year when theres the anticipation or the opportunity for a new beginning, a new start, something different, a transition into a new period of life. Its like an optimism cycle, in a sense.Ž However, it is also noted that holidays can be emotionally charged and amplify marital issues. No matter the time of year, Dr. Swaminathan offers these tips for approaching a divorce in a healthy way: Create a support system: During a divorce, you may feel lonely. This is a very important time to reach out to your close family and friends who can provide emotional support. You may also want to look into joining a local support group. Take care of you: This is often overlooked during the divorce process. Create a daily plan and make it a point to do things such as eat healthy, exercise and get enough sleep. Take some me time and enjoy a massage, get a pedicure, read a book or look into new hobbies. Get the help you need: Divorce involves many life-altering changes. Its important to have selfawareness and notice if you are feeling depressed, isolated and just not yourself. If this is the case, it may be time to seek help from a professional, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker.

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Page 8 Ms. Perrys Free Press December 28, 2017 January 10, 2018 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. aarp.org/caregiving or call 1-877-333-5885 THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT IMPORTANT NOTICE FAILURE to make sure that residents with reduced range of motion get proper treatment and services to increase range of motion. [Cited on 02/02/2017]FAILURE to develop a complete care plan that meets all of a residents needs, with timetables and actions that can be measured. [Cited on 02/02/2017]FAILURE to provide care for residents in a way that keeps or builds each residents dignity and respect of individuality. [Cited on 02/02/2017]FAILURE to keep the rate of medication errors (wrong drug, wrong dose, wrong time) to less than 5%. [Cited on 02/02/2017]FAILURE to make sure services provided by the nursing facility meet professional standards of quality. [Cited on 04/13/2016]FAILURE residents written plan of care. [Cited on 06/11/2014 and again on 10/09/2014 and again on 04/13/2016]FAILURE to provide necessary care and services to maintain the highest well being of each resident. [Cited on 04/13/2016]FAILURE to have a program that investigates, controls and keeps infection from spreading. [Cited on 10/09/2014]FAILURE to make sure that residents receive proper treatment and assistive devices to maintain their vision and hearing. [Cited on 01/14/2016]FAILURE to store, cook, and serve food in a safe and clean way. [Cited on 02/02/2017] plans of correction, go to http://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html#.If someone you love has been a resident of West Jacksonville Care and Rehabilitation Center or Cypress Village, we would like to hear your story. Call or email our attorneys for a free consultation. POOR CARE AND UNDERSTAFFING CAN LEAD TO:BEDSORES, CHOKING, FALLS, BROKEN BONES, DEHYDRATION, INFECTIONS/SEPSIS, MALNUTRITION, OR UNEXPLAINED DEATH. One North Dale Mabry Highway, Suite 700 € Tampa, Florida 33609 WEST JACKSONVILLE CARE AND REHABILITATION CENTER1650 FOURAKER ROAD JACKSONVILLE, FL If your loved one resided in one of them, please contact us.CYPRESS VILLAGE4600 MIDDLETON PARK CIR E JACKSONVILLE, FL FAILURE residents written plan of care. [Cited on 11/20/2014 and again on 12/20/2016]FAILURE to reasonably accommodate the needs and preferences of each resident. [Cited on 04/27/2017]FAILURE to provide food in a way that meets a residents needs. [Cited on 04/27/2017]FAILURE to keep all essential equipment working safely. [Cited on 04/27/2017]FAILURE to operate and provide services according to Federal, State, and local laws and professional standards. [Cited on 08/08/2017]FAILURE to make sure services provided by the nursing facility meet professional standards of quality. [Cited on 02/18/2016]FAILURE to provide necessary care and services to maintain the highest well being of each resident. [Cited on 02/18/2016]FAILURE to store, cook, and serve food in a safe and clean way. [Cited on 02/18/2016]FAILURE to have a program that investigates, controls and keeps infection from spreading. [Cited on 06/11/2015 and again on 02/18/2016]FAILURE to immediately tell the resident, the residents doctor and a family member of the resident of situations (injury/decline/room, etc.) that affect the resident. [Cited on 02/18/2016]FAILURE to maintain drug records and properly mark/label drugs and other similar products according to accepted professional standards. [Cited on 11/20/2014 and again on 04/30/2015 and again on 06/11/2015]

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January 4 10, 2018 Mrs. Perrys Free Press Page 9 by Frederick Lowe American Airlines recently announced that it would implement diversity training after meeting with NAACP officials who confronted the airline about their employees treatment of black passengers. Some of us assume this training would apply only to Americans mostly white workforce but a recent incident underscores that the training also must include AfricanAmerican workers. American Airlines officials recently apologized to Marquis Teague and Trahson Burrell, two National Basketball Association players, after an unnamed blackmale flight attendant wrongfully accused the men of stealing two blankets from the firstclass cabin on a flight from Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Envoy airlines operated the flight. Did you steal them?Ž Darnell Lazare, coach of Memphis Hustle, tweeted the accusatory remarks by the flight attendant. Teague and Burrell play for The Hustle, a Memphis Grizzlies minor league team. The flight attendant and the men argued, and the the two players were forced to exit the plane, missing their flight. Later, it was learned two firstclass passengers had given the blankets to Teague and Burrell when they boarded the plane. The incident illustrates how quickly some blacks and whites will accuse black men of possible wrongdoing based on nothing but their skin color. In October 2015, John Henson a 6 11Ž forward for the Milwaukee Bucks, attempted to buy a watch at Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. When the white women clerks saw Hensons black face, they hid in the back of the store and called the police. A similar incident happened to me. I was perusing one of the gift shops at The Art Institute of Chicago when a black woman security guard said to her white partner I gonna to see what hes up to.Ž She stood close to me and stared at me with an angry look. She left when my wife and son walked up. I was a member of the Art Institute but soon afterwards I dropped my membership. I am sure a lot of AfricanAmericans see black men only as criminals because we are mostly shown wearing handcuffs. Some of us are criminals, but not all of us. Lazare had a class recommendation for American Airlines. How about you teach people to get the facts first before jumping to conclusions,Ž Lazare tweeted. Joshua Freed, an American Airlines spokesman, said the two were put on another flight and flew first class to Sioux Falls but they arrived too late for the teams dinner. Truck TaxiMoving & Delivery Licensed & Insured 904-563-6492 www.tyson.com Tyson Foods is an Equal Opportunity/Af“rmative Action Employer. All quali“ed applicants will be considered without regard to race, national origin, color, religion, age, genetics, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.BEGINNING NOW, APPLY ONLINE FOR HOURLY PRODUCTION JOBSCONTACT: To apply for this opportunity and view all current opportunities with Tyson Foods, please visit our website www.tysonfoodscareers.com. If you dont have internet access, visit a local employment center or public library. American Airlines Apologizes to Athletes Accused of Theft by a Black Flight Attendant Trahson Teague and Marquis Burrell Maxine Waters Connects the Dots on Trump, Deutsche Bank, and Russia Rep. Maxine Waters by Bob Dreyfuss (The Nation) Representative Maxine Waters, the California Democrat who is the ranking member on the House Committee on Financial Services, has been pushing since March to connect dots that could link Donald Trump, his associates, Germanys Deutsche Bank, and Russian oligarchs. Now it appears shes getting some help from Robert Mueller, the Russiagate special counsel, whose office has issued a subpoena to Deutsche Bank over accounts linked to various associates of the president. The twin efforts could determine whether or not various members of Trumps inner circle benefited from the flow of money-laundered funds from Russian oligarchs, through Germany and Cyprus, to Trumplinked businesses and people in Trumps inner circle, including Jared Kushner, the presidents sonin-law. To understand why this might be important, consider two facts: First, Deutsche Bank was caught redhanded in a money-laundering scheme that involved $10 billion in dirty money from Russian oligarchs, and in 2017 it was forced to pay fines totaling $671 million to New Yorks Department of Financial Services, Britains Financial Conduct Authority, and the US Federal Reserve. Second, since the 1990s the German financial colossus has been Donald Trumps personal go-to piggybank, which has supplied Trump and his companies with a staggering $3.5 billion in loans and loan-guarantee agreements since 1998. For Waters, and perhaps for Mueller, too, the question is: Are these two things related? Did Trump, Kushner, and their partners„along with others in Trump World, including Paul Manafort, Gen. Michael Flynn, and Wilbur Ross, the billionaire who serves as Trumps commerce secretary„ benefit from illegal Russian money that flowed through Deutsche Bank? If so, does President Trump have a hidden obligation to Russia or to Russian oligarchs? And why did the official US investigation of Deutsche Banks illegal transactions, conducted under the auspices of Jeff Sessionss Justice Department, go dormantŽ earlier this year? Those questions are especially relevant because of two major recent transactions between Deutsche Bank, Trump, and Kushner. In the first, the bank loaned Donald Trump $300 million„money that the president still owes the bank„to get him out of a sticky debt situation. And, second, Jared Kushner secured a $285 million loan from Deutsche Bank on the eve of last years election, in a transaction that, The Nation reported in August, involved a cast of characters tied to the infamous June 6, 2016, Trump Tower meeting between Kushner, Manafort, Donald Trump Jr., and an assortment of Russians whod promised to supply the campaign with dirtŽ on Hillary Clinton. Since March, Waters has been relentless is demanding that both DOJ and the Republican-controlled committee investigate ties between Deutsche Bank and Trump Mueller is well aware that since last summer Trump has been warning that any effort to investigate his or his familys finances would cross a red line,Ž as Trump told The New York Times in an interview in July, and that crossing that line could lead the president to fire Mueller. Indeed, there is growing concern that Trump is actively considering ousting the special prosecutor, despite the fact that doing so could trigger a political Armageddon. Andy Izquierdo, left, Belk vice president of communications and community relations, surprises Michelle Parker and her son Josiah with the news that their Habitat for Humanity home will be fully furnished by Belk through its new campaign "Belk: Project Hometown" during a presentation at the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, .C. Jacksonville Single Mother Wins Home and Furnishings Courtesy of Belk Project Hometown Report: Omarosa Offered $10 Million for Tell-All MemoirOmarosa ManigaultNewman has had a tumultuous few weeks to say the least, but will soon be spinning her lifes drama into gold according to new reports. Rumor has it the former Trump aide has been offered $10 million for her upcoming tell-all memoir, according to TheJasmineBrand. The former Celebrity Apprentice contestant recently resigned (or was fired) from her White House position, discussing the matter on Good Morning America, where she hinted a book was on the way. But when I have my story to tell as the only African-American woman in this White House; as a senior staff and assistant to the president, I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people. And when I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear.Ž Following the interview, co-host Robin Roberts said on air, She says she has a story to tell and Im sure she will be selling that story. Yeah. Bye Felicia.Ž ewman Belk stores officially launched Project Hometown last month to the benefit of one Jacksonville future home owner. The program began earlier in the holiday season with an in-store fundraising campaign to help build a home with Habitat for Humanity and a family in Belks 16-state footprint. The company invited customers to donate at the register and Belk matched $1,000 for every store that reached its individual goal. Thanks to customer donations, Belk will be contributing more than $615,000 to make several southern families dreams a reality, including Michelle and Josiah Parker of Jacksonville, Fla. The Parkers home build will begin in early 2018. B elk has commited to donating $15 million over the next five years to support Belk local communities.

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Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 8 January 4 10, 2018 exxux|z {x bx jx [tx _ | ECDJ Jon Hendricks, 62 Jazz singer/songwriter who became famous by putting lyrics to known jazz instrumentals and turning them into vocal forces. (DOD ovember 22) Della Reese, 86 Singer and actress who played a heavenly messenger on Touched by an AngelŽ and became an ordained minister in real life. (DODovember 19) Earle Hyman, 91 Actor of screen and stage; known as Grandpa Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" and appaered in All My ChildrenŽ. (DOD ovember 17) Keith Wilder, 65 Singer of the influential 70s funk outfit Heatwave, responsible for hits such as the classic Always and Forever and Boogie ights (DODOctober 29) Fats Domino, 89 Pianist/ singer/songwriter and pioneer of rock and roll music, who sold more than 65 million records and had 11 top 10 hits. (DODOctober 24) Robert Guillaume, 89 Emmy Award-winning actor, best known as the title character in the sitcom SoapŽ and the spin off Benson.Ž (DOD October 24) Bernie Casey, 78 Actor and professional football player and known for his roles in Revenge of the NerdsŽand Im gonna Git You SuckaŽ. (DOD -September 19) Cortez Kennedy 48 NFL defensive tackle with the Seattle Seahawks and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (DOD June 14 ) Derek Walcott, 87 St. Lucian Poet and playwright, he received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature and was Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex. (DOD March 17) Christopher 'Big Black' Boykin,45 American television personality and musician known for his role on MTV series Rob & Big.Ž (DOD May 8) Cuba Gooding Sr. 72 … Lead singer of the soul group The Main Ingredient occasional actor and father of actors Omar Gooding and Cuba Gooding, Jr. (DOD April 20) Linda Hopkins, 92 American actress, blues and gospel singer. She recorded classic, traditional, and urban blues, and performed R&B and soul, jazz, and show tunes. (DODApril 10) Jonie Sledge, 69 Legendary singer, songwriter, actress and producer. Best known as a founding member of the family vocal group Sister Sledge. (DODMarch 10) Charlie Murphy, 57 Comedian, actor, writer, and cast member of Chappelle's ShowŽ, Comedy Central and older brother of comic Eddie Murphy. (DOD April 12) Chuck Berry, 90 Singer/songwriter whose rollicking songs, springy guitar riffs and onstage duck walk defined rock & roll during its early years and for decades (DOD March 18) Walter "Junie" Morrison, 62 Musician, record producer and member of the Ohio Players and director of PFunk a.k.a. ParliamentFunkadelic. (DODJanuary 21) Auntie Fee, 59 American YouTube personality, actress and online cooking show star showcasing her skills. Her videos were recorded in her kitchen, by her son Tavis. (DODMarch 17) Leon Ware, 77 Renowned songwriter, producer and singer who penned hits for artists like Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones. (DODFebruary 23) Clyde Stubblefield, 73 James Brown's 'Funky Drummer' Clyde Stubblefield, who created famous drum break that was sampled on over 1,000 songs. (DODFebruary 18) Eddie Long,63 American pastor who served as the senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church megachurch in DeKalb County, Georgia, 19872017. (DODJanuary 15) Al Jarreau, 76 Vocalist who sold millions of records and won a string of Grammys for his work in Jazz, Pop and R&B and sang the theme song for TV series Moonlighting. (DODFebruary 12) Dick Gregory, 61 Pioneering artist who transformed humor into a force for civil rights, studying health and conspiracy theories. (DOD August 19) Arnett Elysus Girardeau Sr., 88 Dentist and politician, Girardeau was the first AfricanAmerican elected to the Florida legislature in 1976 since Reconstruction. He Served in the Florida House until 1982. In 1983, he was elected to the State Senate. (DODOctober 26) Betty Sessions, 83 Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University graduate, began her career in education in 1957. A noted historian, she taught locally for 32 years and served actively in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. (DODApril 8) Anthony Rogers, 66 A 1969 graduate of Raines High School, Rogers was active in the NAACP having served as president. He retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) after 25 years service. (DODMay 13) R. J. Washington, 54 Pastor and founder of Titus Harvest Dome Spectrum Church, where he served as senior pastor for more than 30 years. Known for his powerful sermons and large personality, he succumbed to cancer. (DODMay 16) Delaney Williams, Sr., 70 Employed 33 years by the Duval County School Board and a graduate of New Stanton Senior High School, Edward Waters College, Florida A&M University and member of Nu Beta Sigma Chapter. (DODMarch 19) Mary AnnPearson, 84 Employed by the City of Jacksonville Public Library System as a librarian for r 35 years and was preceded in death by her husband, NAACP legend Rutledge Henry Pearson, Sr. (DODFebruary 21) Sylvia Rose Moy, 78 Songwriter, record producer for Motown and the first woman to write and produce for Motown acts; known for songs written with and for Stevie Wonder. (DODApril 22) James SuperflyŽ Reiher Snuka,63 Was a Fijian professional WWE/UWE wrestler and actor and was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1996. (DODJanuary 15) Mychael Knight 39 Fashion Designer, and Project Runway alum. His clothing line consisted of sexy dresses, tops, bottoms and gowns. (DODOctober 17) elsan Ellis, 39 Film and TVactor. He played Lafayette Reynolds in HBOs True BloodŽ and Bobby Byrd in the James Brown biopic. (DODJuly 8) Don Baylor, 68 Won the 1979 American League MVP with the Angels and the 1987 World Series with the Minnesota Twins. (DOD August 7) Erica Garner,27 Activist who advocated for police reform, and became involved in activism following the death of her father, Eric Garner, (DODDecember 30) William Weathersbee, 88 Educator, assistant football coach and retired Dean of Boys at Raines High School. He was also the owner of Evans Rendezvous located in historic American Beach (DODFebruary 15)

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January 4 10, 2017 Page 11 Mrs. Perrys Free Press 2017: The Year That Was January January brought a new face to Jacksonvilles congressional representation after decades with the swearing in of Rep. Al Lawson. After missing 20 years as a newborn, kidnapping victim Kamiyha Mobley a.k.a. Alexis Manego, returned to Jacksonville with her adopted mother in chains and met her biological family (shown in photo with mother Shanara Mobley and father Craig Aiken). in the world of social service, the Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha, Kappa Alpha honored the Free Press own Camilla Thompson as a Diamond Soror.Ž FebruaryIn February we really started to feel the brunt of Trumps first month in his presidency. Many of the Super Bowl winning New England Patriots opted out of the customary White House visit. Roslyn Brock stepped down as chairwoman of the NAACP. Former State Rep. Reggie Fullwood was sentenced to six months of home detention for the fraud and tax convictions that forced him out of Floridas Legislature. The Oscars made history by awarding record-breaking number of black stars Shown is actress Viola Davis, winner of the Best Supporting Actress. MarchThe Women's March on Washington shattered expectations and became the largest single-day demonstration in recorded U.S. history. Estimates showed that the march involved between 3 5 million people in America (shown). Donald Trump made what some called a gesture at civil rights by inviting 64 HBCU presidents to the White House. The Bloody Sunday March from Selma, ALto Montgomery, ALcommemorated 65 years. Fox News host Bill O'Reilly apologized to Rep. Maxine Waters (DCalif.) for saying her hair looked like a James Brown wig.Ž April NBA All-Star Patrick Ewing Returns to Georgetown as head coach. Florida State Senators Audrey Gibson and Perry Thurston challenged colleague Frank Artiles over use of the N-Word and racial slurs. The media frenzy that followed lead to him resigning from his seat which represented South Florida. Outspoken activist and pastor Kenneth Adkins was sentenced to life in prison for child molestation. The U.S. Mint celebrated the release of a new quarter dedicated to abolitionist Frederick Douglass. MayThe Florida NAACP demanded BCU uninvite Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as commencement speaker and not award an honorary degree from the historic university.DeVos was booed and the universitys president lost his job. Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Browns guilty verdict ended a two year legal battle resulting in a 5 year prison sentence (shown). Internationally, 82 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria were released after more than three years in captivity. JuneIn June, beloved comedian Bill Cosby went on trial for a 2004 incident for a woman who claimed the star drugged and raped her. The Free Press Charles Griggs was elected Southern Regional Representative for 100 Black Men of America. Former senator Arnette Girardeau was inducted into the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame (shown). The national NAACP voted to dismiss its president, Cornell William Brooks, in what it called a "system-wide refresh." JulyThe Jacksonville Public Library discover a sculpture buried deep in its archives is an original sculpture by acclaimed artist Augusta Savage. Essence Magazine goes up for sale. President Trump has the lowest approval rating in history. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a plan to facilitate police department seizures of cash and property from crime suspects. The Im a Star Foundation joined forces with JTA to combat the food desert epidemic by opening a famers market at the main bus terminal. August A violent, white supremacist rally in Charlottesville left one woman dead and 35 injured after a car plowed down multiple people who were protesting the "Unite the Right" rally on Aug. 12, 2017. The aftermath was an all out attack on confederate statues around the country including here in Jacksonville (shown). Local men from the Dozier School for Boys who claimed they were used as slaves, abused and raped fought for monetary compensation through the legislature. SeptemberThe biggest story of the year effecting Jacksonville was the devastation left by Hurricane Irma. The category 5 storm left 134 dead and caused damage upwards of $100 billion. Councilman Reggie Gaffney raised eyebrows where he and Councilwoman claimed racism after a police recorded traffic stop for driving a car with a license plate he had reported stolen. The Jacksonville Jaguars were among many teams who took a kneeŽ during the National Anthem in support of civil rights. OctoberO.J. Simpson (shown) was granted parole on Oct. 1, 2017, after serving nine years for his involvement in an armed robbery in Las Vegas, later that evening, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 killing 59 and injuring more than 515. The firestorm around the accusations of Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein ignited a movement and scores of women and men across the world shared their harrowing stories of abuse on social media using the hashtag #MeToo. ovemberJacksonvilles Faith community joins together for prayer walk to advocate for predatory lending protections. Sen. Audrey Gibson is chosen to lead Floridas Senate Democrats. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (shown) announced their royal engagement, adding a bit of color to the British monarchy. The NAACP issued a travel advisory against American Airlines. Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson announces he has Parkinson Disease. For the first time in almost 20 years, the Grammys have not nominated any white men in the Album of the Year category. DecemberThe Jaguars make the playoffs after more than 10 years to the delight of fans (shown) who have risen to the occasion in rain, sleet, snow and heat. President Donald Trump has nominated white men to Americas federal courts at a rate not seen in nearly 30 years, threatening to reverse a slow transformation toward a judiciary that more closely reflects the nations diversity. Congressman John Conyers resigns after decades in office following sexual harassment allegations. Democrats pull off a big win in Alabama reclaiming a Senate seat by Doug Jones.

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A Gentlemans Guide to Love & Murder PlayThe award winning musical, A Gentlemans Guide to Love & Murder,Ž tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary, will play the Thrasher-Horne Center, 283 College Drive, Orange Park, Friday, January 5th at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at www.THcenter.org.Cocktails 4 a CauseCome kick off the New Year with the Suited for Success soiree Cocktails 4 a CauseŽ sponsored by My Kind of beautiful, Saturday, January 6th, 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Location is the Beaver Street Enterprise Center located at 1225 W. Beaver St. Come out sip and support! For more info contact Shara Mondy at (904) 333-3555.WCCC Scholarship ProgramCalling all Middle and High School students for the Women of Color Cultural Council Scholarship Program orientation scheduled for Saturday, January 6th, at 10 a.m. Bring your application and a letter of recommendation to the FSCJ Advanced Technology Center, 401 W State St, For more info contact Dr. Jackson at (904) 635 5191.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 visitwww.1stplacesports.com/healthy 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, 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 6th at 3:00 p.m. The 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 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, 903 W. Union Street. For more info visit www.firstthursdayjacksonville.org.MOCA ExhibitThe Museum of Contemporary Art will present the art exhibition: Unverified and Circumvolve: Narratives and Responses to Life Cycles,Ž Thursday, January 11 6 8 p.m., 333 N Laura St. For more info contact visit www.mocajacksonville.unf.edu.Playing the Race Card904Ward invites the Play the Race Card,Ž Thursday, January 11th from 6 8 p.m. at the Jessie Ball duPont Center located at 40 E. Adams St. Come play the race card and enjoy food, dialogue and fun! For more info visit www.dupontcenter.org.31st MLK Jr. BreakfastThe City of Jacksonville invites you to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast presented by Florida Blue, Friday, January 12th, 7 a.m. at the Prime Osborn Center located 1000 Water St. For tickets and more info visit www.coj.comBattle of the BandsThe First Coast Battle of the Bands and MLKŽ celebration featuring HBCUs hottest bands and regional high schools is scheduled for January 13-14th at 8 p.m. Location is University of North Floridas Hodges Stadium, 1 UNF Dr. For tickets and more info visit www.jaxbattleofthebands.com.The Black Man Walking GalaBlack Men Walking will present, The Black Man Walking Gala,Ž a Black Tie awards celebration for influential men in the African American Community, hosted by Gene Dot.com, Saturday, January 13th, 7 11 p.m. at the Schultz Center, 4019 Boulevard Center Dr. For more info call 554-4663.Temptations Revue with Bo HendersonBringing to Jax the unforgettable songs of Motown will be a Temptations Revue featuring former lead singer 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 www.womenatwerk.com.Sunday at StetsonsSunday at Stetsons is a monthly folk music concert in honor of author Stetson Kennedy and will take place Sunday, January 14th at 1 p.m. at his former residence Beluthahatchee located at 1523 State Rd 13, Fruit Cove, Fl. For more info email sundayatstetsons@gmail.com.MLK ParadeThe MLK Holiday Grand Parade Celebration Festival will take place Monday, January 15th at 10 a.m. with a Color of UnityŽ festival and Arts Market at Hemming Park, 112 Duval St. 12-6 p.m. For more info visitwww.mlkfdnorg.com.Human Trafficking DialogueAn interfaith prayer dialogue aimed at ending human trafficking will be held at the International House of Prayer,1515 Prudential Dr., Wednesday, January 17-18th from 6-7 p.m., Networking starts at 5:30 p.m., program starts 6:30 at FSCJ 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 www.themosh.org.Black 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: simmons_b@bellsouth.net.Decades 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 www.THcenter.org 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 www.jaxevents.com.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 www.limelighttheatre.org.2nd 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.Musical Game of ThronesFans of HBOs popular series, Game of Thrones, can now get their fantasy fix when Musical Thrones: A Parody national tour on stage comes to town Wednesday, January 24 at 8 p.m. at the Florida Theatre located at 128 E Forsyth St. For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com. Jax Chamber 133rd Annual MeetingJoin the Jacksonville Chamber for their 133rd annual first of the year meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 25th 5 to 8 p.m. Location is the Doro District located at Bay and A. Phillip Randolph Streets. Your entry includes networking with the region's business leaders, live music, food, signature cocktails and free parking! To purchase tickets and for more info visit bit.ly/AnnualMeeting2018.Zora eale Hurston FestivalZora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities is a worldrenowned celebration of the life of its namesake American novelist and of African American arts, music, dance and culture will take place, January 26-28th in Eatonville, Florida. For more info visit www.zorafestival.org.The Stomp DownBallinger Productions and Entertainment producers of The Stompdown,Ž comprised of the nations elite step teams; including exciting High School, Independent, Greek, and Alumni Step Teams from all over the country will leave you on the edge of your seat is scheduled for Saturday, January 27th, 7 p.m. at the Florida Theatre located at 128 East Forsyth Street. For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com.Black ViolinThe Ponte Vedra Concert Hall located at 1050 A1A N. Ponte Vedra, is proud to welcome classically trained hip-hop artist Black ViolinŽ on Saturday, January 27th at 7 p.m. The duo combines their classical training and hip-hop influence to create a distinctive multi genre sound! For tickets and more info visit www.pvconcerthall.com.Tiffany HaddishHer role as the outspoken, no-nonsense Nakeisha on NBCs The Carmichael Show, and scene-stealing, breakoutperformance in the hit movie Girls Trip, have made comedian Tiffany Haddish the one to watch! Catch Tiffanys show Sunday, January 28th at 8 p.m. Location is the Florida Theater located at 128 E Forsyth St. For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com. Gobsmacked! ACapella & Beatboxing Gobsmacked! Acapella & Beatboxing concert takes the stage Sunday, January 28th at 7:30 p.m. at the Thrasher-Horne Center located at 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL. For tickets and more info visit at www.THcenter.org. WFA SymposiumThe Womens Food Alliance next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 30th, 10 a.m. … 5 p.m. Attend the WFA Symposium on the history, ethics and protocol of judging food competitions. Location is Casa Marina Hotel, #6911st Street North, Jax Beach. Featuring speakers Judy Wells and Pat Mack. For tickets and more info visitwww.XOwomensfoodalliance. com. 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by Dwight Brown As we look back on the highest caliber films of 2017, the array is diverse, the talent is strong and the entertainment value is solid. These are the films that will make you laugh, cry, think, hug someone or wish you had super powers. The following films opened in 2017, are still at a theater near you or will be on a streaming service shortly. Enjoy. Best Films Battle of the Sexes (***1/2) In the 1970s, Grand Slam tennis champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and over-the-hill tennis pro Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) duke it out in the pivotal tennis match of the century. Their battle is stil socially relevant today. Stone brings Kings raw courage to life and the dawning of her new sexual identity is profound. Carell gives Riggs the right dose of bluster. Coco (****) This Americanmade animated film shows such great respect for Mexican culture. It takes you to unimaginable places where humans and spooky creatures collide all synched around the holiday Day of the Dead (Da de los Muertos). Crown Heights (***1/2) Everyday heroes are on view in this simple yet courageous story about two friends whose bond is stronger than a crooked Brooklyn District Attorney. In the wake of misguided films like Detroit,Ž Crown HeightsŽ is a godsend. Darkest Hour (****) Sure, Gary Oldman chews up the scenery as the stalwart Winston Churchill in this World War II film about Germanys impending invasion of Britain. He deserves an Oscar for his interpretation and so does his makeup man who turns the slim actor into the stout world leader. Get Out (***) Its quite surprising and fresh that in his first outing as a filmmaker, Comedy Central star Jordan Peele gets so much right about the art of making a drama/horror movie. Aptly he captures that insular foreign feeling black people have when they are in a room full of awkward-acting whites. Then he cranks the horror up a notch to a high crazy/weird decibel. Daniel Kaluuya is the face of the common man. Milton Lil RelŽ Howery is his hysterical wingman. Best First Film of the year, hands down. Girls Trip (****) This hilarious and relentlessly bawdy take on a girls weekend reunion in New Orleans is a cross between Bridesmaids and The Hangover, only more outrageous. Praise to screenwriters Kenya Barris (TVs Black-ish) and Tracy Oliver and director Malcolm Lee. Rain accolades on Tiffany Haddish for her impressive comedy chops and equal doses of love to Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah for giving us a great laugh. Best Comedy of the Year. In the Fade (****) A mother (Diane Kruger) loses her child and husband in a bombing in Germany and she seeks justice and revenge. The sociopolitical aspects of the racist attack against her Kurdishborn husband are so topical its as if the movie was ripped from a newspaper headline. Lady Bird (****) A precocious high-school student, Christine (Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn), goes by the name Lady Bird and is in a constant verbal battle with her pessimistic mother. Teen angst colors her relationships with her first boyfriend and second lover Hilarious. Heartwarming. Written and directed by actress Greta Gerwig (Jackie) and based on her life. Stars Wars: The Last Jedi (****) Wow. This is the event movie of the year. So much action. So much haunting drama and raw emotion. And it doesnt just build to one climax. It crescendos up to climax, after climax, after climaxƒ The mix of the old generation, with Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), with the new warriors, like Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega), is seamless. Wonder Woman (****) Best comic book hero turned action film movie of the year. Director Patty Jenkins, with Gal Gadot as her muse elevates the legendary Amazon warrior way above the current tepid Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) to an upper stratosphere. Perfect blend of beauty and strength. Great special effects. By Lauren Poteat (NNPA Newswire Contributing Writer) Jenifer Lewis, affectionately nicknamed AuntieŽ in Black Hollywood, recently made a special appearance at the Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. where she shared the trials, tribulations and triumphs of her journey to superstardom, while sending a strong message to millennials to stand up and find a purpose. Theres no foolproof way to live this thing called life. I cant save the world, I cant save you and aint nobody coming to rescue you,Ž said Lewis. Do the work, look in the mirror and know this aint no rehearsal. This is life.Ž Lewis continued: Live, pursue happiness„sometimes its easier said than done„but we have to strive for that. Youve laid down in front of these police barricades, now get up, stay up and keep it moving, but dont miss the beat of feelingƒdont just go willy nilly into the world.Ž Detailing traumatic and heroic moments from her past throughout her special performance, Lewis talked about being molested as a teenager, her first encounter with illegal substances and growing to understand and cope with a bipolar disorder diagnosis. Feel your feelings. If youre disappointed you feel, if youre hurt you feel,Ž said Lewis. Dont you stay in a dark room and be quiet and if somebody inappropriately touches you or abuses you, you tell somebody.Ž Compelled by the actresss gripping, yet comedic words, audience members gushed over the opportunity to engage with the Hollywood legend and to share their own personal stories. Ms. Jenifer, I just wanted to say my daughter„she would of been 27„she was bipolar,Ž one district resident said. We discovered it when she was 13. When she was about 16 or 17 she heard you talking about being bipolar and it made her feel a little bit more comfortable with her treatment. She didnt get all the way better, she passed away, but Ive always wanted to meet you just to tell you, Thank you, for giving my daughter that little extra amount of time on Earth to feel better.Ž The always amusing co-star of the hit ABC sitcom black-ish,Ž recently published a deeply personal memoir titled The Mother of Black Hollywood.Ž Filled with comedy, sex, glamour, sorrow, pain, and good advice, Lewis latest over the top production„the story of her life„is a terrific read for anyone who has ever felt like they were ignored, but longed to have a voice. Lewis said that she recently completed work on a new Disney animated TV series based on the movie Big Hero 6Ž and plans to reprise her role as Jackie Washington in the mockumentary Jackies Back! 2,Ž that will pick up where the original 1999 Lifetime channel movie left off. January 4 10, 2018 Page 13 Mrs. Perrys Free Press Call 877-4DAD411 or visit www.fatherhood.gov be a dad today.Take time to A childhood only lasts 6,570 days. Jennifer Lewis Shares Secrets to Hollywood Success in New Memoir Hollywood legend Jennifer Lewis shares memories from her rollercoaster career, during a special appearance at the Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Baby Its Cold Outside, Time to Curl Up and Watch The Best Films of 2017 The cast of Fresh Prince of Bel-AirWill Smith is Down for a Fresh Prince Reboot Under One Condition!The F resh Prince of Bel-Air is just the latest 1990s classic that may be headed back to the small screen, possibly joining Full House, Will & Grace and more that have already made their return. Surprisingly, star Will Smith is actually down for the cause, but says it would only work if he took over the role of Uncle Phil, originally played by James Avery, according to BBCs The Graham Norton Show. Id have to be Uncle Phil in that one. Im about to be 50, you know? Like, cmon Aunt Viv, Im 50, I cant go out on my own?!Ž He later explained that the cast reunites annually for Karyn Parsons (cousin Hillary) luncheon where they eat, drink and mingle with the most charitable donors to her organization, The Sweet Blackberry Foundation. While Smith may have been joking, the casting wouldnt be too farfetched. Norton, the shows host, produced a selfie of Smiths head while bungee jumping next to Averys. The image previously went viral on social media, with fans exclaiming that Smith looked like the Banks family patriarch. The Oscar nominee graduated to the big screen soon after, and says its still difficult for him to watch the first four seasons of the classic sitcom. It was my very first role, and I was very, very focused on being successful, so I learned the whole script and everyone elses lines,Ž he said. If you watch the first four or five episodes, you can see Im mouthing other peoples lines. Its terrible and I cant bear to watch it.Ž Get Out was a must see in 2017

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Page 14 Ms. Perrys Free PressJanuary 4 10, 2018 Pick up a weekly ad for the rundown on our current specials„including BOGOs! Available in stores or online at publix.com/savingstyle. p u b l i x c o m / s a a v i n g s t y l e A Game-Day WinnerGame time is no time to mess around when it comes to fast, savory snacks. Crispy and light, tangy and bold, these wings have you covered for all your gameday needs. These spicy hot wings pair perfectly with Litehouse Chunky Blue Cheese or Homestyle Ranch Dressing and may result in another game day rivalry: blue cheese vs. ranch. Whether youre hosting the game-day party or bringing a dish to a friends bash, these wings can make mouths water from the opening kickoff to the final whistle. Find more game-day recipes at litehousefoods.com. Crispy Baked Buffalo Chicken WingsTotal time: 1 hour, 25 minutes Serves: 8 4 pounds chicken wings 2 tablespoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt nonstick cooking spray 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1/2 cup hot sauce 1/2 cup Litehouse Chunky Blue Cheese or Homestyle Ranch dressing 1/3 cup Litehouse Blue Cheese Crumbles carrots celery Lay wings on rack on rimmed baking tray and let dry in refrigerator overnight, or pat dry with paper towels. Heat oven to 250 F. Put one oven shelf in lower quarter of oven and one in top quarter. Place wings in large re-sealable bag. Add baking powder and salt. Shake bag to coat wings evenly. Line tray with foil. Spray rack on baking tray with nonstick spray. Place wings skin side up on rack. Bake on lower shelf 30 minutes. Move tray to higher shelf and turn oven up to 425 F. Bake 40-50 minutes, rotating tray halfway through. Wings are done when they are dark, golden brown and skin is crispy. While wings bake, whisk together butter and hot sauce; keep warm. Remove wings from oven and toss with hot sauce; sprinkle immediately with blue cheese crumbles. Serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing, carrots and celery sticks.FAMILY FEATURES When the clock ticks down toward game day and youre putting together a snacking plan of attack, turn to recipes like these that you and your guests can savor for all four quarters of action. With different choices to draft from, theres no need for a superstar main course at the center of the meal. Instead, rely on options like customizable brats and pulled pork sandwiches, baked chicken wings and game-day dips for winners all around. Find more recipes for hosting game day at Culinary.net. Top Your TailgateTake your tailgate or home viewing party to the next level by setting up a topping station with a variety of both traditional and unexpected condiments and garnishes to let your fellow fans customize their grilled fare. Include options such as: Ketchup and mustard (with flavor variations for added zing) Sauerkraut or cole slaw Chopped fresh and grilled onions Chili (homemade or from a can) Pickle spears and relish Barbecue sauce Sriracha Assorted shredded and crumbled cheeses A variety of peppersPhoto courtesy of Getty Images CrispBakedBffaloChickenWings


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