Volume 30 o. 9 January 18 24, 2017 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents Deadline Approaching for People in Mortgage DistressPage 2 How One Week of Trumpism Defines Why HeÂs not Fit for the PresidencyPage 4How to Make Your Hair Grow Over ightPage 7 Taraji Dishes on ÂProud Mary,Â Sexist Headlines and Learning When to Let a Character GoPage 9 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED MSU Receives $1.5M Grant to Build Slave Trade and Ancestry DatabaseMichigan State University has been gifted a grant of $1.5 million to go towards the cultivation of a database that harbors information about former slaves. The database, which is part of the institutionÂs Enslaved: The People of the Historic Slave Trade initiative, will encompass data surrounding those who came to America during the Atlantic slave trade; giving individuals the opportunity to explore their ancestry. Individuals who utilize the database will also be able to view maps, charts, and graphics about enslaved populations. The project will go through several phases and take nearly a year and a half to be completed. Slavery has been a common topic at colleges and universities across the country with many institutions coming forward to acknowledge and come to terms with their ties to slavery. Rutgers University recently paid tribute to former slaves by renaming parts of its campus after individuals who built the university from the ground up.Philadelphia Museum Adds Self Taught Black Artists to CollectionThePhiladelphia Museum of Art is adding 24 new pieces of artwork across different mediums that were developed by self-taught Black southern artists. Among the pieces are steel structures created by Thornton Dial, a carpenter and steelworker who hailed from Bessemer, Alabama. His three piecesÂ„which were created between the years of 1992 and 2004Â„capture his views surrounding slavery, racism, politics and other pressing issues within our country. The collection also includes more than a dozen intricate quilts created by generations of women from a small neighborhood outside of Selma. They were constructed between the years of 1930 and 2005. For generations, Black artists have used their craft as a way to express their views on racial issues. Last month, a South London-based digital artist reinterpreted Vincent van GoghÂs work with the faces of Black women to visually defy the stereotypes that society places on them.AACP Investigates 70 Arrested For Less Than One Ounce Of MarijuanaThe Georgia NAACP is investigating the response of the Bartow County Law Enforcement in the arrests of 70 people for less than an ounce of marijuana. At least 63 people at a house party in Cartersville, Georgia were arrested on suspicion of possession after police were unable to identify the owner of the drug stash found inside the house. Cartersville police said they arrived at the 21st birthday bash party at about 2:20 a.m. after receiving a 911 call about possible gunshots. They also claim to have found two firearms at the scene, including one that had been reported stolen in Detroit, as well as Âseveral smoking devicesÂŽ and Âsuspected cocaine.ÂŽ Four men were also booked on suspicion of felonies not related to drug possession. Attendees said that the reported gunshots had been fireworks. The Georgia NAACP said it was launching an investigation into the arrests. They have also backed a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for the arrested partygoers, described as the ÂCartersville 70.ÂŽRecy Taylor to Be Honored By CBC At The State Of The Union AddressThe Congressional Black Caucus will honor civil rights activist Recy Taylor with red pins at the upcoming State of The Union on January 30, USA Today reported. New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman is spearheading the commemoration of Taylor. Taylor helped to push the civil rights movement in motion after she was raped by several White men in Alabama in 1944. She was 24. She died December 28 at the age of 97, remembered by many for her courage in reporting the crime despite major death threats decades ago. Oprah saluted Taylor in her Golden Globes speech on Sunday night.orth Carolina Ordered to Redraw Voting Maps That Favor GOPRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Â„ Federal judges have ruled that North CarolinaÂs congressional district map drawn by legislative Republicans is illegally gerrymandered because of excessive partisanship that gave the GOP a rock-solid advantage for most seats and must quickly be redone. The ruling late marks the second time this decade that the GOPÂs congressional boundaries in the state have been thrown out by a three-judge panel. In 2016, another panel tossed out two majority black congressional districts initially drawn in 2011, saying there was no justification for using race as the predominant factor in forming them. The redrawn map was the basis for a new round of lawsuits. The latest lawsuit argued that Republican legislators went too far when they followed criteria designed to retain the partyÂs 10-3 majority in the state delegation. The judges ordered the General Assembly to approve another set of districts by Jan. 24. A majority of the judges also agreed the panel would hire a redistricting expert to draw replacement boundaries if the legislature wonÂt. Trump Says He Was ÂMisrepresentedÂ on His Immigration Comments Women at Werk Focuses on Health, Wealth and Happiness The Baptist Minister's Conference of Duval (BMCD) and adjacent counties hosted their 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Prayer Breakfast at Emanuel Baptist Church lauding local community servants. The annual breakfast energized participants to celebrate Dr. KingÂs dream and legacy. While handing out awards, BMCD President Rev. Robert LeCount addressed the attendees and praised the work of Dr. King during the civil rights movement. The breakfast was followed by the 20th annual MLK service celebration. ÂWe have to continue to get the word out to the people about the importance of voting and the ultimate sacrifice that was made so we could vote and not take our vote for granted, because one vote could make the difference in who will serve us best,ÂŽ said NAACP President Isiah Rumlin who motivated the audience. Other pastors in attendance who roused the spirit of Dr. KingÂs legacy included Rev. Marvin Zanders, II, Rev. Christopher McKee, Jr. and Rev. James Sampson. This yearÂs awardees (shown above) included: orthside Coalition of Jacksonville (Social Justice Award); Reverend D.E. Banks (D rum Major for Peace Award); Dinah LeCount (Humanitarian Award); District 9 City Councilman Garrett Dennis (Leadership Award); City Counci l President Anna Brosche (Trailblazer Award). Pictured is Social Justice Awardees members of the orthside Coalition of Jacksonvi lle Baptist Ministers Laud Community Leaders for Their Servant Leadership President Donald Trump turned his Twitter torment this week on the Democrat in the room where immigration talks with lawmakers took a famously coarse turn, saying Sen. Dick Durbin misrepresented what he had said about African nations and Haiti and, in the process, undermined the trust needed to make a deal. On a day of remembrance for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Trump spent time at his golf course with no public events, bypassing the acts of service that his predecessor staged in honor of the civil rights leader on the holiday. Instead Trump dedicated his weekly address to KingÂs memory, saying KingÂs dream and AmericaÂs are the same: Âa world where people are judged by who they are, not how they look or where they come from.ÂŽ Continued on page 3 Shown above watching the parade in a brisk 45 degrees are Loretta Young, Veronica Price, Reneter Orcordio and Ariana SpadeJax Still Honoring the Dream on 50th Anniversary of MLKÂs DeathJacksonville's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade snaked through downtown Jacksonville this year with the theme, ÂThe Color of Unity.ÂŽ Motorcycles, Corvettes, marching bands, elected officials, social and fraternal groups and more made their way along the parade route. There was a post-parade festival at Hemming Park. Parents agree that the celebration is about more than marching bands or entertainment -itÂs about passing along the message of Dr. King. ÂWe especially need it in the world today with everything thatÂs going on," Glyennzella Williams said. Parents said they hope Dr. KingÂs lessons are ones their children will carry with them as they continue the fight for justice and inequality. See more parade sights on page 6 Shown are attendees moving to the beat to get fit mentally, spiritually and physically. In an effort to combat disparities facing women, Stephanie Jones, owner of Lifestyles Management Counseling hosted the inaugural ÂWomen at WerkÂŽ empowerment brunch at the Aloft Hotel on Southside Blvd. Hundreds of women were engaged in discussions on womenÂs roles in the workplace and the many responsibilities that are bestowed upon them in their various roles of life. When asked about the significance of using an "e" to replace the "o" in work, Stephanie Jones said, ÂThe ÂeÂ is to promote empowerment. Women need someone in their corner cheerleading and encouraging them to reach higher heights!"
Oprah may rule out a 2020 run to end Donald TrumpÂs reign of terror on this country, but Cory Booker might not. In Atlanta Saturday, the U.S. senator from New Jersey was a thunderous presence at the King CenterÂs annual Salute to Greatness Awards Gala, where he was the main honoree. Introduced by Andrew Young, a King confidante as well as a former U.S. ambassador and former Atlanta mayor, Booker chose not to take on Trump directly at the gala that kicked off the somber 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.Âs assassination. Instead, Booker spoke of the failed leadership of his own generation, dropping hints that he was up to the task. While recounting his late fatherÂs disappointment that a black boy might have been better off in 1936, when BookerÂs dad was born poor to a single mother in a segregated community, than now, Booker proclaimed, ÂWe have not fulfilled the legacy of King.ÂŽ And he backed it up, citing his generation as one of mass incarceration as well as noting the gulfs of racial health disparities and the widening wealth gap. Booker blasted his generationÂs widespread sense of entitlement. ÂWe have inherited so much from the legacy of King and that generation. We drink deeply from wells of freedom and liberty and opportunity that we did not dig,ÂŽ he confessed. ÂSo, IÂm accepting this award not for things I have done, but as a challenge for what I and my generation must do,ÂŽ he said near the close of his speech. ÂIf my generation can live up to his example, not for one day, not for one year, but for decades like the heroes around here, I tell you, if we can live up to that example, we are going to hand off a legacy of a country greater than the one we inherited,ÂŽ he predicted. ÂIf we live like that, we will take poverty and bring prosperity. If we live like that, we wonÂt turn our backs on refugees; we will welcome them with open arms. If we live like that, then yes, maybe justice can roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream,ÂŽ he ended to loud applause. Booker, who also had kind words for KingÂs youngest child, Bernice King, who, like her mother, Coretta Scott King, before her, now runs the King Center, made no direct or indirect references to President Donald Trump and his recent ÂshitholeÂŽ comments, but that was not the case for San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yuln Cruz. Trump came up often as Cruz, who introduced herself as the great-granddaughter of a sugarcane plantation worker who was Âsupposed to be a free man but, in actuality, was enslaved,ÂŽ accepted her Special Recognition for Humanitarian Leadership Award. ÂMartin Luther King Jr. said nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity,ÂŽ she noted in her address. ÂHe was right then, and he is right today.ÂŽ Taking the opportunity to also update the audience on the condition of her city and that of Puerto Rico overall, Cruz reported that there are Âmore than a million Puerto Ricans that still donÂt have electric power, who still have to walk from one place to another by holding a rope to get food, water and medication for their children. ÂAnd I am still mad,ÂŽ she said, anger singeing her voice. ÂAnd IÂm still enraged that those called upon by the powers that be to be good in nature try and put us down. So, this isnÂt just in Puerto Rico that this is happening. ÂWe are all Puerto Ricans today. We are all Haitians today. We are all people of Africa today,ÂŽ she added to applause, referencing TrumpÂs ÂshitholeÂŽ comments about Haiti and African countries. Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press January 18 24, 2018 Truck TaxiMoving & Delivery Licensed & Insured 904-563-6492 Offering you a full range of quality services that includes a full range of accounting services (audits, reviews, compilations, and nontraditional engagements) for small businesses and tax services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, estates and trusts. Darryl Jackson, CPA provides extensive professional experience with a wide variety of industries and clients DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. Enterprise Center 101 East Union Street, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL32202 904-633-8099 www.drj-cpa.com On January 31, 2018, Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) will close three Florida Hardest-Hit Fund (HHF) programs. Applications for the Unemployment Mortgage Assistance Program, Mortgage Loan Reinstatement Program, and Principal Reduction Program completed on or before the deadline will be reviewed for eligibility. The Florida HHF programs concluding are as follows: Â€ Unemployment Mortgage Assistance Program (UMAP) which provides up to 12 months of payments (with a cap of $24,000) to assist homeowners who are unemployed, underemployed or have suffered a financial hardship due to death, divorce or disability. Â€ Mortgage Loan Reinstatement Program (MLRP) which provides up to $25,000 assistance to reinstate a delinquent mortgage. Â€ Principal Reduction Program (PR), which provides up to a $50,000 principal reduction for homeowners who are underwater on their mortgage. ÂAlthough these programs were originally scheduled to end in 2020, we are able to distribute these funds well ahead of schedule,ÂŽ said Trey Price, executive director for Florida Housing. ÂWith only a few more days left before the January 31 deadline, I encourage qualified homeowners to apply.ÂŽ As of December 31, 2017, 48,584 Florida families have received assistance through HHF programs. Distributing the funds two years ahead of schedule, Florida Housing has disbursed 92.19 percent of the $1.135 billion HHF funds allocated by the US Department of Treasury (Treasury). FloridaÂs HHF programs have assisted in the recovery from the housing crisis since the programÂs inception in 2010. Reports shows that from April 2011 to October 2017, FloridaÂs foreclosure rate has drastically decreased from 12.47 percent to 0.91 percent, and the stateÂs unemployment rate went from 10.10 percent to 3.6 percent. Homeowners who have successfully completed the program say of the experience, ÂThis program changed my life,ÂŽ ÂItÂs a burden off my shoulders,ÂŽ ÂItÂs easy to do,ÂŽ and, ÂThey worked with me by step-by-step.ÂŽ Those interested in applying for the UMAP or MLRP programs, should visit www.flhardesthithelp.org.Those interested in applying for PR program, should visit www.principalreductionflhhf.org. For more information on Florida Housing, visitwww.floridahousing.org.Funding Deadline Approaching for People inMortgage DistressThe winners of the 49th NAACP Image Awards were revealed during a live broadcast from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium which aired on TV One. The twohour live special was hosted by Anthony Anderson and opened with a powerful moment in support of #TIMESUP featuring Angela Robinson, Kerry Washington, Jurnee SmollettBell, Laverne Cox, Lena Waithe and Tracee Ellis Ross. Ava DuVernay was honored as the NAACP Entertainer of the Year. NAACP Chairman Leon W. Russell presented the NAACP ChairmanÂs Award to William Lucy, NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson presented the NAACP PresidentÂs Award to Danny Glover and several members of the Memphis Sanitation ÂI Am A ManÂŽ Workers were also in attendance Â… they were presented with the NAACP Vanguard Award earlier in the week during a press conference at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN. Gap Band leader Charlie Wilson was honored with the Music Makes a Difference honor which is bestowed upon an individual within the recording industry who has achieved worthwhile success and inspiration for civic engagement, criminal justice, education, economic opportunity, or criminal justice. ÂGirls TripÂŽ triumphed as the winner in the Outstanding Motion Picture category, and picked up a second award for its breakout star Tiffany Haddish in the Supporting Actress category. Jordan PeeleÂs horror opus ÂGet OutÂŽ received three awards, including Best Actor honors for lead Daniel Kaluuya, and Best Director and Best Writing wins for Peele. ÂBlack-ishÂŽ took home the award for best television series, while host Anderson won Best Actor, Tracee Ellis Ross repeated as Best Actress and Marsai Martin won for Best Supporting Actress in a TV series. In recording, Bruno Mars took home awards for Outstanding Male Artist, Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album and Outstanding Song Â… Traditional for ÂThatÂs What I Like.ÂŽ Kendrick Lamar owned the Outstanding Album, Outstanding Song Â… Contemporary and Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration categories (the latter with Rihanna). The cast and crew of Âblack-ishÂŽ accepts award for outstanding comedy series at the 49th annual AACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, in Pasadena, Calif. Pictured from left are Laurence Fishburne, Anthony Anderson, Jeff Mecham, Jenifer Lewis, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kenya Barris, Yara Shahidi, Miles Brown, Peter Mackenzie, Marsai Martin, and Marcus Scribner Cory Booker Looked Poised for 2020 as King Center Honoree ÂGirls Trip, ÂGet Out,ÂŽ ÂBlack-ish,ÂŽ Garner Multiple Wins at 49th AACP Image AwardsShown is honoree Sen. Cory Booker, Berneice King and Andrew Young at the TheKingCenter's Salute to Greatness awards. Consider employment with the Global Leader in Medical Device Manufacturing Â… Medtronic! Visit www.jobs.medtronic.com for the current list of opportunities in Jacksonville and beyond. Medtronic is an EEO/Affirmative Action employer committed to cultural diversity in the workforce.
Vernice ÂFlygirlÂŽ Armour, AmericaÂs first black female combat pilot who flew AH-1W Super Cobra in the Marines, shared her inspirational story with the city of Jacksonville at the 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast. ÂIf you want something, you canÂt just sit in your chair and raise your hand Âƒ youÂve got to stand up,ÂŽ Armour told the audience. Youth were also the focus as Jerome Singleton, Kaila Skeen and Kehinde ÂKennyÂŽ Sogbesan were selected as TomorrowÂs Leaders of 2018. Each submitted an essay after they were nominated by a teacher, mentor or nonprofit organization. They were chosen by a panel of judges and read their essays during the breakfast Friday morning. Singleton, a fifth grader at R.V. Daniels Elementary, compared his community to a colony of ants in his essay. He said everyone in the community plays a part, and no ant is ever left behind. Skeen, a student at Kirby Smith Middle, wrote about how everyone in her community shares the same goal to be successful. Mayor Lenny Curry took the stage after the winners and praised their ability to speak with poise in front of such a large crowd. He said every citizen in every ZIP code should have the opportunity to thrive. Martin Luther King Jr. helped blaze the trail for her, Armour said in her speech, and now itÂs time for younger people to blaze a new trail for others. Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 January 18 24, 2018 Since 1988, the Florida Lottery has contributed over $32 billion and counting to our public education system and has sent over 750,000 students to college and beyond on Bright Futures Scholarships. Every time you play, you grant FloridaÂs brightest the opportunity to achieve their dreams and ultimately boost the stateÂs economy, all while funding the next generation of students. Your ticket is their ticket Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Continued from front That message was a distinct counterpoint to words attributed to Trump by Durbin and others at a meeting last week, when the question of where immigrants come from seemed at the forefront of TrumpÂs concerns. Some participants and others familiar with the conversation said Trump challenged immigration from ÂshitholeÂŽ countries of Africa and disparaged Haiti as well. Without explicitly denying using that word, Trump lashed out at the Democratic senator, who said Trump uttered it on several occasions. ÂSenator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting,ÂŽ Trump tweeted, using a nickname to needle the Illinois senator. ÂDeals canÂt get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military.ÂŽ He was referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects young people who came to the U.S. illegally as children. Members of Congress from both parties are trying to strike a deal that Trump would support to extend that protection. Durbin said the White House should release whatever recording it might have of the meeting. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, one of the six senators in the meeting supported DurbinÂs account. As well, Durbin and people who were briefed on the conversation but were not authorized to describe it publicly said Trump also questioned the need to admit more Haitians. They said Trump expressed a preference for immigrants from countries like Norway, which is overwhelmingly white. Republican Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who also attended, initially said they did not hear Trump utter the word in question, then revised their account to deny he said it at all. Trump said Sunday: ÂIÂm not a racist.ÂŽ Durbin addressed reports that Trump might have said countries of Africa were ÂshithouseÂŽ nations instead of ÂshitholeÂŽ ones Â„ and that such a distinction might have given TrumpÂs defenders a narrow out to dispute reports of the meeting. A sizeable crowd of expatriate Haitians, waving their countryÂs flag, gathered near the foot of a bridge leading to TrumpÂs Mar-aLago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, to jeer at Trump as the motorcade returned from the golf club where the president capped his weekend before returning to Washington. A confidant of Trump told The Associated Press that the president spent time calling friends and outside advisers to judge their reaction to his remarks. Trump wasnÂt apologetic and denied he was racist, said the confidant, who wasnÂt authorized to disclose a private conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity. Afterward Trump insisted in a tweet that he Ânever said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said Âtake them out.Â Made up by Dems.ÂŽ Trump wrote, ÂI have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. The contentious comments came as Durbin was presenting details of a compromise immigration plan that had money for a first installment of the presidentÂs long-sought border wall. Trump took particular issue with the idea that people whoÂd fled to the U.S. after disasters hit their homes in places such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti would be allowed to stay as part of the deal, according to the people briefed on the conversation. When it came to talk of extending protections for Haitians, Durbin said Trump replied, ÂWe donÂt need more Haitians.'ÂŽ ÂHe said, ÂPut me down for wanting more Europeans to come to this country. Why donÂt we get more people from Norway?'ÂŽ Durbin said. Word of TrumpÂs comments threatened to upend delicate negotiations over resolving the status of the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children. Trump announced last year that he will end the Obama-era program unless lawmakers come up with a solution by March. Haitian community members show up in large numbers at the Southern Blvd. bridge in West Palm Beach in protest. Trump Says Dem Senator ÂMisrepresentedÂ His Immigration Comments Aviation Trailblazer Inspires CityÂs MLK Breakfast City leaders at the breakfast with the guest speaker included sponsor Darnell Smith Mayor Lenny Curry, Vernice Armour and Councilman Reggie Brown.Tyler Perry Donates $100K To 5000 Role ModelsMedia mogul Tyler Perry was present on MLK Day in Miami, Fla., to honor 58 young men, ages 9-19, graduating from the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project. Perry, who experienced a tumultuous, abusive childhood, was so moved he took out his checkbook while on stage to make a donation to the same organization that also helped fallen soldier Sgt. La David Johnson flourish. ÂI looked at your faces coming down the aisle and I got emotional,ÂŽ he said to an audience of more than 2,000 at the organizationÂs 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Scholarship Breakfast. ÂWhen I saw your faces I thought, I gotta get in on this because when you look at the news, you donÂt see this story. IÂm so proud of you guys.ÂŽ He thanked Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) for inviting him and for Âinsisting that I be here and not taking no for an answer,ÂŽ he joked. When Perry sent Wilson flowers following her high-profile disagreement with President Donald Trump after the death of Johnson in October, she encouraged him to speak at the event. Perry said that hopefully the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Âwill keep going after weÂre long goneÂŽ and Âend up being 500,000 or 5 million because it starts from one person coming together to say, ÂWe can do this. Let me inspire you. Let me encourage you.Â IÂve tried to live my life that way.ÂŽ Wilson, a former teacher, principal, Miami-Dade School Board member and state legislator, founded the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project in 1993. The in-school dropout prevention and mentoring program is committed to guiding minority boys along a chartered path to manhood and sending them to college. It has awarded 15,000 scholarships in 25 years. There is also a division of the program serving the youth in Jacksonville. Shown is Perry at the event with a mentee and Rep.Frederica Wilson
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. didn't plan to get involved in the Memphis garbage worker's strike. He hadn't planned to be there on the fateful day when he was shot on April 4, 1968. But he was pressured to go the first time and found the garbage worker's strike compelling. He promised to return, and felt it important to keep his word, despite a packed schedule. Memphis was so very important because the 1300 Black men who worked in the Sanitation Department were treated despicably. Two workers had been crushed in a garbage compactor in 1964, but the faulty equipment had not been replaced. On February 1, 1968, two more men, Echol Cole, 36, and Robert Walker, 30, were crushed in the compactor. The two men were contract workers, so they did not qualify for workmen's compensation, and had no life insurance. The city of Memphis paid $500 plus one month's pay for their funeral expenses. Robert Walker's wife, Earline, was pregnant at the time of his death. Memphis garbage workers were notoriously ill-treated. They were poorly paid, at $1.60 (the minimum wage) to $1.90 per hour. They were not paid overtime, even though they were often required to work more than 8 hours a day. Their pay was so low that many held second jobs, or received public assistance. They were not paid to work when there was inclement weather, like rain or snow. And their supervisors, mostly white, were much better paid, no matter what the weather. After the deaths of Echol Cole and Robert Walker, garbage workers demanded better wages and working conditions, and union recognition. The City Council agreed, but the racist, indifferent mayor, Henry Loeb, vetoed the City Council's action. The men went on strike on February 11, 1968, and stayed out 64 days, until April 12. Have we forgotten the poignant pictures of grown men carrying hand-lettered signs that said "I Am A Man", and the irony of these hard-working men having to declare that which should have been perfectly obvious? Memphis Black garbage workers were not treated as men, but as disposable beings considered only useful for dealing with other people's rubbish. They weren't the only ones. Lots of Black people, even after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, received unequal pay, and thoroughly unacceptable terms and conditions of work. The city of Memphis was violating national labor laws, but because those they demeaned were Black, nobody cared, and nobody noticed until the garbage workers went on strike. The Association of Federal, State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is the union that the Memphis garbage workers were affiliated with. They have developed a campaign, "I AM 2018" (https://www.iam2018.org) that is focused on organizing and on a series of events to commemorate the strike and focus on the dignity of work. The I AM 2018 campaign is needed now, more than ever, as worker dignity is constantly assailed. The federal Department of Labor seems to be on a campaign to rescind Obama-era rules that improve life for workers. For example, an Obama rule would require employers to pay four hours of wages to workers who are "on call" whether they are used or not. Why? Because if the workers are on call, they are tethered to the telephone and need to be paid for their time. Since 45 was elected, though, many have lined up to ask the Department of Labor to rescind the proposed rule. They say that the rule is too costly for corporations and businesses and that it will cost the nation jobs. New York State Senator Chris Jacobs says the proposed rule will be a "devastating blow" to business. In this aggressively and myopically pro-business climate, who wants to bet that the proposed rule will be rescinded? Just as King stood with Memphis garbage workers, he would now stand with the I AM 2018 campaign, and with the "on call" workers who can't get respect or compensation for their availability. We are still not finished with the work Dr. King started, not finished with the struggle for economic justice. We have yet to attain equality, yet to develop an economic agenda for shared prosperity, for workplace dignity and for human rights. We must remember Echol Cole and Robert Walker, who were killed because Memphis just didn't care enough to have working equipment for their garbage workers. We must remember the audacity that Black men had to strike and a time when they might lose their jobs for simply talking back. And we must reclaim audacity and resist the 45 administration's attempts to dehumanize all of us. The struggle for justice clearly must continue. Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book is ÂAre We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy.ÂŽ Look, I totally understand. Donald Trump is the smartest, most brilliant person he knows. He is the best president and billionaire businessman that we have ever seen. HereÂs the problem Â… The Donald is not living in the realm of reality. The man exists in an alternate universe while the rest of us mere mortals are dwelling on lowly planet Earth. Time after time we are subjected to his genius, but we fail to comprehend the magnitude of his greatness because we again are mere mortal beings. If Trump says it Â… it must be right or true. LetÂs suspend logic or even facts. Hell, letÂs suspend basic math Â… remember this is the guy that claimed that his inauguration crowd was bigger than ObamaÂs. Of course, anyone with decent sight and a little commonsense knows better. Last week, the man actually took the Presidency to another all time low. Trump suggested that the United States should seek immigrants from countries such as Norway instead of African and Latin American ÂshitholeÂŽ nations. HmmmÂƒ basic translation Â… Norway is full of white people and of course Africa is full of blacks and Latin America is full of Hispanics or undesirables in TrumpÂs eyes. Wow! A sitting U.S. president actually used those words in a meeting in the White House. Every week there is something new, and this bad reality show called ÂDonald Trump for PresidentÂŽ needs to be canceled because the ratings are abysmal. The outlandish comments came out when Trump became frustrated at the White House meeting on immigration reform last Thursday. The President had expressed some support over figuring out a way to keep ÂDreamersÂŽ here in America, but he clearly didnÂt like it when certain Congressmen brought up the need to protect immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan deal. Sources from the meeting state the President said, ÂWhy are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?ÂŽ Of course, outrage has followed after such ludicrous and outright racist comments. In a similar way that a middle school kid would communicate, in a tweet Friday, Trump basically denied using the term ÂshitholeÂŽ to refer to some countries, but acknowledged he used ÂtoughÂŽ language during the negotiations. Sources from the meeting also said that Trump stated, ÂWhy do we need more Haitians? Take them out.ÂŽ Yeah, I am with you Donald. Who needs those lowly darkskinned Haitians anyway? So what their country was devastated by a massive earthquake that killed hundreds and further ruined their economy Â… those are minor details. The Haitians must go back because they are not making America great again. However, if we let more of those blondehaired, blued eyed, pale skinned Swiss in to America then this country would clearly become a better place. Like I said before, while TrumpÂs comments may seem racist to most of the world, he is clearly not a bigot Â… he is simply on a level of brilliance that none of us can fathom. Last November, the Trump administration rescinded deportation protection granted to some 60,000 Haitians after the 2010 earthquake and told them to return home by July 2019. Oh by the way Mr. Trump, countries like Ireland were once considered ÂshitholeÂŽ nations as well, but how many great Americans come from Irish ancestry? I love columnist Eugene Robinson from The Washington Post He started one of his recent articles saying, ÂIf ignorance is bliss, then Trump must be very happy.ÂŽ In one week, the man further turned the American Presidency on its head. He attacked the judicial system Â… again. Basically saying that the courts were corrupt for blocking his plan to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This is the initiative created to protect ÂdreamersÂŽ from deportation. I am no big fan of the justice system, but you canÂt be all in when your side wins and overly critical when your side looses. But it gets better. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal last week, Trump accused an FBI agent of treason because he sent inappropriate and unprofessional texts to his girlfriend about the presidential race prior to the election. IÂm so confused about how that equates to treason. And letÂs not forget about his tweet declaring that Congressional Republicans should take over the Russia investigation. Seems like he was asking for a lifeline to me. Please save me from Mr. Mueller Â… my dear Congressional cronies. He might actually be serious about interviewing to me. Enough is enough people. My fellow Americans, whether you voted for the man or not, by not speaking out against his foolishness you are showing tacit support for narrow-mindedness and lunacy. Is Donald Trump mentally fit to serve as President? Bye Felicia! Signing off from the community garden at in the New Town Success Zone on this MLK Service Day, Reggie FullwoodCancellation of Roland Martin Show: A Sign of Black Powerlessnessby Peter Bailey When first hearing about TV-OneÂs cancellation of Roland MartinÂs show for ÂbudgetaryÂŽ reasons, my immediate reaction was bull crap. I am convinced that his show was cancelled because some advertisers and some Trumpets were outraged because of RolandÂs Afrocentric perspective when reporting and interpreting news. Though I didnÂt always agree with RolandÂs positions on certain issues, for the past five years his thought-provoking, informative, meaningful show was a valuable source of information on what is happening in this country. He introduced his audiences to knowledgeable black folks with expertise in the arenas of economics, education, culture, politics, etc., who are never seen or heard on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, CBS, NBC or ABC. And he did it with an honest swagger that black commentators on those networks had no opportunity to match. White advertisers and political Trumpets were unable to deal with that kind of honest black assertiveness. So they threatened to create ÂbudgetaryÂŽ problems for TV-One. Which brings me to a second reaction when hearing about the cancellation: ÂThis is what happens to a group of people who resolutely refuse to organize a comprehensive, national movement that will promote and protect their economic, cultural and political interests in this group-oriented society. For the past half-century, we, as a group of people, have acted as though we no longer live in a country in which White supremacy/racism is the dominant ideology. White people may disagree among themselves about many things. But one thing that most of them agree upon is that they should be in control of the United States of America. This is still true despite the election and re-election of President Barack Obama. Too many of us rejoice over symbolic individual achievements such as the first Back president of this or that major corporation, institution, club or organization. When I express disdain about what these symbolic, individual accomplishments do for us as a group of people, I am accused of being Âstuck in the 1960s.ÂŽ I accept this accusation before reminding the accuser that most firsts havenÂt halted the killing of unarmed Black males by police officers, the rising incidents of overt White supremacy on numerous White college campuses, the disgusting way that too many Whites portray Michelle Obama on the Internet or the respectability given to known members of the Ku Klux Klan by Trump and his Trumpets. These are the consequences of our refusal to organize a national movement to promote and protect our interests. Impulsive marches and protest demonstrations while chanting ÂNo Justice, No Peace,ÂŽ to counter the above manifestations of White supremacy do not a movement make. Many of these actions have become basically profiling for television. What is difficult is to organize an ongoing movement that would have made it impossible for TV-One to have cancelled RolandÂs show. The station would have let the organization know who was doing the threatening and it could have warned the threateners that messing with that should would inspire a national boycotts of whatever they were advertising to sell to us. ThatÂs how a group with real power takes care of business. Our most potent weapon against such incidents in this money-driven country is our collective economic resources. If we donÂt effectively use those resources in our war for equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity, we are basically blowing smoke. A. Peter Bailey, whose latest book is Witnessing Brother Malcolm X, the Master Teacher, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Reggie Fullwood EDITORIALJanuary 18 24, 2018 How One Week of Trumpism Defines Why HeÂs Not Fit for the Presidency Dr. King and the Dignity of Work
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ST Christian Mekowulu fort. s i n t he ef 10 FT Ts WEST VIRGINIA G, , Robert Fomby YERS OF THE WEEK P L A AY BCSP 2 Cheyney W INDEPENDENTSHad TE A AT ENN.ST TA TE A AT ST TA VIRGINIA A YERS OF THE WEEK 12 2 L W T U HEA AT CES RA HOOPSTWO HBCU ST MA CONNELL week. challenges facing undefeated Morehouse alker and yrius W T scorer SHOWDOWN TIME:T UP CES HOOPS HOF BALLOT ARS ON FINAL ST TA TALABAMA A AT IN YNOR MA AY Morehouse Sports Photo from challenges undefeated Morehouse alker and op T To SHOWDOWN TIME: HOF BALLOT A&M; T ALABAMA Had 2-0 week with AUG'S Maqus Johnson, ST T. .AUG ST T. ., G, Jr yre Gathright T Ty to Livingstone. AN CHOW WA ., G, Fr Gus Rowland W SHA AW ., F Sr avon Goodman S YERSOFTHEWEEK PLA AY CIAAMorehouse Sports Photo Had 2-0 week with AUG'S AN AR HOW WA R. J. 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SA AT Lincoln (Mo.) @ Central Missouri ennesseeState T Te Austin Peay @ INDEPENDENTS Central State @ Wilberforce ougaloo @ LeMoyne Owen T Selma @ Miles SIAC THURS., JAN. 18HOOPS SCHEDULE ff Albany State @ Paine LeMoyne Owen @ Miles Central State @ Spring Hill @ T Lane Benedict @ Morehouse SIAC Norfolk State @ Savannah State Hampton @ SC State NC Central @ Md.-E. Shore A&T NC Delaware State @ Morgan State MEAC MON., JAN. 22 Alabama State @ Southern State @ Alcorn Alabama A&M iew f @ Prarie V Arkansas PineBluf AC SW WA Albany State alley State @ Fort V Atlanta Benedict @ Clark Kentucky State @ Spring Hill uskegee T LeMoyne Owen @ Lane @ Miles SIAC Hampton @ Savannah State @ Md.-E. 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Players and coaches that predate the 25-year window are considered Edg Joe Jacoby Alan Faneca, 1970s one returned for a touchdown. Bowl XV prominence, As a linebacker eam. T Te All-Decade 1970s one returned for a touchdown. tally would veteran 14-year The ork Gia Y Yo with the New Bowl XV would as he however prominence, Ala. native Mobile, the As a linebacker return for 504 interceptions 57 tally ork Giants in 1990. three-t a become go on to would 13 made Ala. native yards, return First ime three-t SCORESirginia Union 94, UDC 54 V CIAA MON., JAN. 15, 2017 MENalls W Jackson State 70, Prairie V Southern 70, Miss. V exas Southern 73, Grambling State 63 T SIAC A&M 81 B-Cookman 99, Florida 69, Morgan State 67 A&T NC NC Central 81, Coppin State 61FINALISTS AME F FA OF HALLBrazile This is the furthest that to eight inductees will be selected.CCIAA W NORTH DIVISIONDIVAC I THLETANTERCOLLEG IENTRALA&M 61 iew Jackson State 70, Prairie V alley State 54 Southern 70, Miss. 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V iew 71 Jackson State 79, Prairie V Alcorn State 59 f 71, A rk a n sas -Pin e Bl uf AC SW LeMoyne Owen 65, Spring Hill 49 Kentucky State 93, Miles 90 alley State 66 Atlanta 77, Fort V Clark Benedict 82, Paine 53 Albany State 70 Morehouse 75, SIAC Savannah State 91, Howard 90 SC State 66, Md.-E. Shore 62 60, Coppin Stae 47 A&T NC Elizabeth City State 76, Norfolk State 67 A&M 94, Delaware State 89 Florida NC Central 77, Morgan State 63 Bethune-Cookman 74, Stetson 62 MEAC irginia Union 94, UDC 54 V ff LeMoyne Owen 61, Rust 58 SIAC Bethune-Cookman 44, Florida 67, Morgan State 60 A&T NC NC Central 60, Coppin State 52 Howard 68, SC State 58 Md.-E. Shore 68, Savannah State 56 MEAC irginia Union 65, V V Fayetteville State 76, J. C. Smith 67 Chowan 68, Elizabeth City State 47 -Salem State 100, St. W Lincoln 70, Bowie State 64 Shaw 95, Livingstone 71 CIAA ., JAN. 13 T SA AT Wheeling Jesuit 84, W INDEPENDENTS SUN., JAN. 14 MON., JAN. 15, 2017 WOMEN Missouri Southern 92, Lincoln 70 enn. State 79 T SIU Edwardsville 82, Shippensburg 84, Cheyney 50 esleyan 68 a. W V a. State 86, W .V W INDEPENDENTS f 78, Southern 76 A rk a n sas -Pin e Bl uf A&M 67 Alabama Alabama State 70, iew 71 Grambling State 80, Prairie V alley State 63 Alcorn State 77, Miss. V exas Southern 80 T Jackson State 85, AC SW alley State 70 Morehouse 72, Fort V Albany State 60 Atlanta 87, Clark Central State 89, Miles 80 uskegee 79 T Kentucky State 85, Lane 66, Spring Hill 64 SIAC F Sr 5-10, n so n h s Jo exi l A YERS OF THE WEEK P L A AY CIAA SOUTH DIVISION LeMoyne Owen 61, Rust 58 A&M 42 Bethune-Cookman 44, Florida 67, Morgan State 60 NC Central 60, Coppin State 52 Howard 68, SC State 58 Md.-E. Shore 68, Savannah State 56 irginia State 56 irginia Union 65, V Fayetteville State 76, J. C. Smith 67 Chowan 68, Elizabeth City State 47 Augustine's 59 -Salem State 100, St. Lincoln 70, Bowie State 64 Shaw 95, Livingstone 71 a. State 56 V Wheeling Jesuit 84, W N O UNI A NI I RG I V and of 12.5 points double-double NCCU 1, So., F 5-1 Paulina Afriyie, YERS OF THE WEEK PLA AY BCSP in rebounds 10 and veraged A NCCU YERS OF THE WEEK SPRING HILL Jewel Hill YERSOFTHEWEEK PLA AY BCSP WEST DIVISION Had 25 SPRING HILL YERS OF THE WEEK assists in win vs. MVSU. SOUTHERN ., F 1, Sr 5-1 Briana Green, Y ER S O F THE WE E PL A AY BCSP Threw SOUTHERN YERS OF THE WEEK esleyan. a.W .V Va over W V W G, 5-10, Fr yrin Hatcher r, L YERS OF THE WEEK PLA AY BCSP2 UDC Had TE A AT A ST TA V VA YERS OF THE WEEK15 2 SC State 91, Howard 88 Savannah State 87, Md.-E. Shore 59 MEAC Shaw 84, Livingstone 78 -Salem State 65 Augustine's 74, W St. J. C. Smith 67, Fayetteville State 57 Bowie State 69, Lincoln 64 Chowan 64, Elzabeth City State 60 CIAA ., JAN. 13, 2017 T SA AT irginia Union 72 irginia State 82, V V CIAA SUN., JAN. 14, ff SIU Edwardsville 75, Shippensburg 82, Cheyney 65 INDEPENDENTS Arkansas-Pine Bluf Southern 71, Grambling State 81, Prairie V exas Southern 77, Jackson State 74 T Alabama State 69 A&M 78, Alabama Alcorn State 76, Miss. V AC SW Albany State 71, Clark Central State 73, Miles 51 Kentucky State 59, Spring Hill 68, Lane 57 LeMoyne Owen 61, Rust 58 f 7 7 Ark a n sas -Pin e Bl uf Alcorn State 80, AC SW Spring Hill 71, LeMoyne Owen 68 Kentucky State 59, Miles 37 alley State 53 Atlanta 60, Fort V Clark Benedict 76, Paine 63 SIAC Hampton 50, Old Dominion 42 Howard 87, Savannah State 59 SC State 54, Md.-E. Shore 51 64, Coppin State 63 A&T NC A&M 59, Delaware State 54 Florida NC Central 60, Morgan State 57 MEAC MON., JAN. 15, 2017 2-0 week with wins over LINCOLN Darrell Mosley y, LINCOLN , So., F Shahra Madison WSSU ., G, Fr eara Johnson T 10 rebs. vs. VSU. enn. State 63 T SIU Edwardsville 75, Shippensburg 82, Cheyney 65 f 52 Arkansas-Pine Bluf iew 79 Grambling State 81, Prairie V exas Southern 77, Jackson State 74 Alabama State 69 alley State 70 Alcorn State 76, Miss. V Atlanta 55 Albany State 71, Clark Central State 73, Miles 51 uskegee 55 T Kentucky State 59, Spring Hill 68, Lane 57 LeMoyne Owen 61, Rust 58 2-0 week with wins over Had career-high LINCOLN in win over Lane. alentine iffany V T and 2 steals in win over Lane. SPRING HILL Scored 15 points in win over MVSU and 15 in n unca D ntha ma Sa assists in win vs. MVSU. Scored 15 points in win over MVSU and 15 in N THER SOU
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January 18 24, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 Lafayette Franch Pastry, a New York bakery in Greenwich Village known for its tasty cookies and treats, is coming under fire for a tasteless and racist batch of chocolate treats called "Drunken Negro Head Cookies." The cookies are dark brown with exaggerated facial features and cherry toppings. Ted Kefalinos, who first introduced the cookies on Martin Luther King Day says he made the cookies to honor Obama. He also admits that he is not an Obama fan but thinks the cookies are a winner for him since every one in his first batch was sold. When customers asked Kefalinos why he made the cookies, he reportedly mentioned Obama and said the new President will "get his" just like Abraham Lincoln who inspires him. "I'm sorry that people were offended by the cookie," says Kefalinos, who insists his product is not racist. No one got offended when he introduced "Dead Geese Bread" after a U.S. Airways plane crashed in the nearby Hudson River two weeks ago, he argues. Many New Yorkers plan to boycott the shop whose pastries were used in "Sex in the City" and Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever." Women can stop worrying about pear-shaped figures Â„ fat bottoms have been scientifically proven to be a sign of good health. New research, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, suggests the fat responsible for producing the pear shape flaunted by celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce may be active in protecting women from diseases by releasing certain hormones. Buttock and hip fat may protect women against type 2 diabetes, researchers from Harvard Medical School found. When buttocks and hip fat from mice was injected into other mice, their bodies easily used the blood sugar-regulating hormone insulin and lost weight. They were also able to make better use of insulin, the main hormone linked to diabetes. People with the apple shape, where fat is stored around the tummy, can be more prone to type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Those with pear-shaped bodies, where fat is collected in the buttocks, are less likely to have these disorders. Researcher Dr. Ronald Kahn insisted that not all fat was bad for health. "The surprising thing was that it wasn't where the fat was located, it was the kind of fat that was the most important variable," he said. "Even more surprising, it wasn't that abdominal fat was exerting negative effects, but that subcutaneous fat was producing a good effect. I think it's an important result because not only does it say that not all fat is bad, but I think it points to a special aspect of fat where we need to do more research." Scientists also monitored the health of the mice given the fat transplants. When it was inserted into the tummy area, the mice lost weight and their fat cells shrank. The researchers will now try to identify the hormones. Dyrinda, I've got two girls that are in love with the first daughters hair Sasha and Malia Obama. After seeing them on television in recent weeks, they too want all the different styles these two are wearing. And while I agree the girls look beautiful, some of their styles might be a little too mature. Both my girls seem to want to put the kiddy styles behind them. Now, I don't want them to look to grown too fast, can you offer any advice? Summer, Northside I agree the little Obama girls look so cute...but the bigger question is what to do with a young person's hair who is entering junior high or middle school. Students are just starting to discover their personal style in terms of fashion, hair styles, and behavior. So they can be very sensitive about the way they look. I've seen young girls that are still very tom-boyish and really don't care about fancy hair just yet; and that's ok. But on the other hand I've hand junior high schoolers come in asking for everything from a head full of weave to color. As a parent or guarding it's your responsibility to make sure that your child can handle more advanced products. You should also consider the maturity level of your child and if you can afford the maintenance required for these styles. It can be difficult to find just the right school styles for tweens. By the time most girls reach their tween years, they are looking to have their hair relaxed and maybe even cut for the first time. The fun, carefree styles that were perfect in elementary school are too young for junior high, but the more elaborate, intensive looks of high school are just a shade too difficult. Great back to school looks for junior high students may include layers for texture and volume without too much bulk, and most medium hair styles are both trendy and easy for middle school students to manage. Girls may appreciate more elaborate hair accessories such as decorative hair pins. DS Spa and Salon is locatedat 9810BaymeadowsRdSuite#2 Completebstetrical &ynecologicalareOBSTETRICALYNECOLOGICALASSOCIATES,.A.NORTHLORIDA Dr.Chester Aikens A s k D y r i n d a H a i r a n d s k i n t i p s f o r t o d a y s w o m a n o f c o l o r Tweens Hair Styles Scientifically Proven: ABig Butt is Good for Your Health Kidney Disease in Blacks Undetected Until Late StagesKidney disease in black Americans often goes undetected until the latest stages, according to new research. In a study that included more than 3,400 black Americans who were interviewed and given physical examinations, about 20 percent were found to have chronic kidney disease, but fewer than 15 percent (about 1 in 6) knew they had the condition. Currently, early stages of kidney disease are diagnosed when protein is detected in the urine, and later stages of the disease are diagnosed by reductions in the glomerular filtration rate, a measure of how well the kidneys are filtering out waste products. The findings also confirmed that certain factors increase the risk of kidney disease, including high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, a large waist size, older age and physical inactivity. Kidney failure is four times higher among black Americans than whites, and this has been attributed in part to lack of early detection, when treatment can prevent damage from progressing to the point where dialysis or a kidney transplant is needed. SYMPT OMS difficulty urinating -fatigue swelling -skin rash/itching metallic taste nausea/vomiting shortness of breath New York bakery under fire for selling Âdrunken negro cookieÂŽ in honor of new President Patrons havenÂt found the cookie too funny. 7 Secrets of 'Servant Leadership' That Will Lead You to Success Over the past decade, a new term for leaders has come into common usage: servant leader. The idea of servant leadership is that the typical hierarchy where employees are supposed to serve their bosses is turned upside down. Instead, leaders serve their people. In his book, The Culture Engine, organizational consultant S. Chris Edmonds says that servant leadership is the foundation for leading others effectively. According to Edmonds, "I define servant leadership as a person's dedication to ÂMississippi BurningÂ KKK Leader Dies in Prison at 92JACKSON, Miss. Edgar Ray Killen, a former Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted in the 1964 ÂMississippi BurningÂŽ slayings of three civil rights workers, has died in a Mississippi prison at the age of 92. The former Klan leader was serving three consecutive 20-year terms for manslaughter. His conviction came 41 years to the day after Freedom Summer workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, all in their 20s, were ambushed and killed by Klansmen. The slayings shocked the nation, helped spur passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 and were dramatized in the 1988 movie ÂMississippi Burning.ÂŽ The part-time preacher and lumber mill operator was 80 when a Neshoba County jury convicted him of three counts of manslaughter on June 21, 2005, despite his assertions that he was innocent. Killen was the only one to face murder charges and end up in state prison. Killen wouldnÂt say much about the killings during a 2014 interview with The Associated Press inside the penitentiary. He said he remained a segregationist who did not believe in racial equality, but contended he harbored no ill will toward blacks. Killen said he never had talked about the events that landed him behind bars, and never would. to helping others be their best selves at home, work, and in their community. Anyone can serve and lead from any position or role in a family, workplace, or community." All servant leaders share two fundamental beliefs about the people they lead, and engage in five practices that put these beliefs into action according to Edmonson. Servant leaders believe that every person has value and deserves civility, trust, and respect and that people can accomplish much when inspired beyond themselves. According to Edmonds, the five practices of servant leaders include the following: 3. Clarify and reinforce the need for service to others. Servant leaders educate the members of their team through their words and actions, and they encourage their people to set aside self-serving behaviors in favor of others. 4. Listen intently and observe closely. Servant leaders really listen to their people, and they actively solicit their participation, their ideas, and their feedback. 5. Act as selfless mentors. Servant leaders know that by helping to guide the people who work for them, they will help their employees learn vital skills that will both improve their performance, and improve them as people. 6. Demonstrate persistence. Servant leaders realize that one or two conversations may not have the desired change in an employee's assumptions or mindset. So they are tenacious and invest whatever time it takes to educate and inspire servant leadership practices in the members of their team. 7. Lovingly hold themselves and others accountable for their commitments. Servant leaders know that no one is perfect. They push for high standards of performance, service quality, and alignment of values throughout the team, and they hold themselves and their people accountable for their performance. How to Make Your Hair Grow Overnight There are a few key nutrients that make hair grow more than ever before. When those ingredients are combined and applied correctly to your hair and scalp, your hair will grow longer, literally overnight. Hair vlogger Chanelli makes it easy for women to achieve hair growth overnight with this hair follicle-inducing recipe. HereÂs the recipe below from Chanelli: Ingredients: Â… 2 Eggs Â… Extra Virgin Olive Oil Â… Honey (optional) Â… Coconut Oil Â… Plastic Cap Wet the hair, stretch it as long as possible and mark off the length of the hair. Once youÂve done this, either put it in a little hairband or twist it so you can identify what section to measure again after you have completed the process. 1. Mix 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 1 tablespoon of honey in a bowl. Whisk it around until the mixture is blended and smooth. Tip: You can replace the extra virgin olive oil with grapeseed oil or coconut oil. 2. Evenly apply the mixture to your scalp and hair. DonÂt forget to do the middle section and ends of your hair, which often gets left out. 3. Cover hair with a plastic cap and leave in for 1 hour. 4. Rinse the oil and egg out using luke warm water. 5. Apply 3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil to your scalp and hair. Again, remember to do the middle section and ends of your hair. 6. Using your fingertips, massage your scalp for 5-10 minutes. Massaging your scalp increase blood flow your scalp, which promotes hair growth. 7. Put your plastic cap back on and leave in for 8 hours or overnight. 8. Rinse out the coconut oil using luke warm water. Tip: This step is optional. If you have thick curly coarse hair or afro hair, you can leave the coconut oil in. If you have caucasian thin hair, you may find the oil to be too greasy and want to wash it out. 9. Measure the section of your hair you did previously to see your amazing results!
Marvel Universe LiveÂMarvel Universe Live, Age of HeroesÂŽ is a legendary superhero battle to defend the universe from evil! The live-action arena spectacular will hit town January 19 21st at the Veterans Memorial Arena. For tickets visit www.jaxevents.com.ÂFool For LoveÂ Play Live on StageThe classic play by Sam Shepard, ÂFool For Love,ÂŽ that depicts reality and fantasy, as past and present will take to the stage January 19 February 11th at the Limelight Theatre, located at 11 Old Mission Ave in St. Augustine. For show times www.limelight-theatre.org.DCPS School Choice ExpoThe Duval County Public School Choice Expo will take place Saturday, January 20th, 11 a.m. 3 p.m. at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St. Peruse an array of educational options for the 2018-2019 school years and a chance to learn about programs throughout elementary, middle and high schools. For more info visit www.duvalschools.org/expo.Cake Tasting and Wedding ExpoA Cake Tasting and Wedding Expo, will take place Saturday, January 20th at 6 p.m. Location is Four Points by Sheraton Hotel located at 8520 Baymeadows Rd. For tickets visit www.2sweet4words.com.J100 Scholars College FairThe 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. (J100) will host their 14th Annual Infinite Scholars College Fair, Saturday, January 20th, 9 a.m. Â… 1 p.m. at the Jessie Ball DuPont Center, 40 East Adams Street. This event will feature more than 30 national, regional, and local colleges and universities to include various historically black colleges and universities (HBCUÂs). To register for the fair and for more info visit www.100blackmenjax.org. E Florida Legislative AcademyThe 2018 Northeast Florida Legislative Academy will be held on Saturday, January 20th from 1 4 p.m. at the IBEW Hall located at 966 North Liberty Street. This event is designed to turn attention to Tallahassee during the 2018 legislative session. For more info call (904) 355-4569.2nd 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.Grant Writing WorkshopAttend a grant writing workshop on Tuesday, January 23rd from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Montoya & Associates located at 4233 Pablo Professional Court, Suite 201. For more detailed info contact Amanda Pearce at (704) 614-8703.Young Executives Happy HourYoung Executives Happy Hour will take place Wednesday, January 24th 5:30 p.m. at the River Club, 1 Independent Dr., Suite 3500. Meet new friends, network and have a great night out! For more info call (904) 3541111.Musical Game of ThronesFans of HBOÂs 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 24th 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.ew Town MeetingThe New Town Success Zone board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 25th, 3:30 p.m. Â… 5 p.m. at the Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities located at 1401 Grunthal Street. For more info contact NTSZ at (904) 470-8262.Magic of the MoviesJacksonville Symphony Orchestra presents, ÂThe Magic of the MoviesÂŽ January 26th, 11 a.m. at the Times-Union Center located at 300 Water St. Relive Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Titanic, The Way We Were and many more iconic scores and songs from your favorite films! For more info visit www.jaxsymphony.org.Jacksonville Boat ShowThe Jacksonville Boat Show will hit the River City, January 26 28th at 10 a.m. Location is the Prime Osborn Center, 1000 Water St. Peruse boat dealership, vendors and more! For more info visitwww.sundanceboats.com/boat-showsevents.The Stomp DownBallinger Productions and Entertainment producers of ÂThe Stompdown,ÂŽ comprised of the nationÂs 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 ÂBlack ViolinÂŽ 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 NBCÂs The Carmichael Show, and scene-stealing, breakoutperformance in the hit movie Girls Trip, have made comedian Tiffany Haddish the one to watch! Catch TiffanyÂs 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 WomenÂs Food Alliance next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 30th, 10 a.m. Â… 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. For tickets visit www.XOwomensfoodalliance.com.DisneyÂs The Lion KingDisney Theatrical Productions and The FSCJ Artist Series announced long-awaited return engagement of DisneyÂs The Lion King will leap onto the TimesUnion CenterÂs stage located at 300 Water Street, Wednesday, January 31 February 11th For tickets, show times and more info visit www.fscjartistseries.org.CabaretCabaret Stage Play takes the stage Thursday, February 1st at 7:30 p.m. at the Thrasher-Horne Center located at 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL. Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd and to leave their troubles outside! For tickets and more info visit at www.THcenter.org. All-Stars Food Truck TakeoverBattle of the All-stars Food Truck Takeover will take the stage Saturday, February 3rd, 11 a.m. 4 p.m. at Academy Sports and Outdoors located at 11901 Atlantic Blvd, Building 300. Premier food trucks will battle it out in a judged food competition, kids play zone, vendors and more! For more info (904) 564-5010.Mary Wilson of the SupremesIt was a vision of musical stardom as a Detroit teen that inspired Mary Wilson, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, to found one of the most successful female singing groups in recording history. Come see Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Saturday, February 3, 8 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre, located at 829 N. Davis St. For tickets visit www.jaxevents.com/venues/ritz-theatreand-museum.Civic Cinema The Florida Theatre located at 128 E. Forsyth Street new project ÂCivic CinemaÂŽ next screening is Tuesday, February 6th, 7 p.m. featuring the movie ÂDo the Right Thing, ÂŽ followed by a panel discussion on the state of race relations in Jacksonville. For free tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com. Women at HeartFlorida Blue and Volunteers in Medicine presents ÂWomen with HeartÂŽ Wednesday, February 7th, 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. inside the Florida Blue Conference Center located at 4800 Deerwood Campus Pkwy. Attend a luncheon honoring 12 amazing ladies for their leadership, philanthropy, advocacy and personal commitment to improving the lives of hard working families in Northeast Florida. For more info contact Cindy Cooper at (904) 2545075.LISC Community Development AwardsThe Local Initiatives Support Corp (LISC) Jacksonville's Community Development Awards breakfast recognizing individuals, for-profit and nonprofit organizations and governmental leaders or agencies who have made significant contributions to comprehensive community development in the urban core neighborhoods, Wednesday, February 7th at 7 a.m. at the Jessie Ball duPont Center, located at 40 E. Adams. For more details call (904) 353-1300.Diana Krall is back!Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer, Diana Krall will return to Jacksonville for her ÂTurn Up The Quiet World Tour,ÂŽ Wednesday, February 7th, at 8 p.m. at the Florida Theatre located at 128 E Forsyth St. For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com.The Langston Hughes ProjectThe Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes's jazz poem suite. Ask Your Mama is Hughes's homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom, home and abroad, will appear Saturday, February 10th 8 p.m., at the Ritz Theatre, located at 829 N. Davis St. For tickets visit www.jaxevents.com/venues/ritz-theatreand-museum.26.2 With DonnaThe 11th annual 26.2 With Donna National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer, the only marathon in the U.S. dedicated to breast cancer research and care will run the course, February 10-11 at ATP Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. To register and for more info www.breastcancermarathon.com. 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Hollywood Hunk Idris Elba split up with his wife after cruel pals told him the marriage would ruin his career because it was not Âthe right lookÂŽ, his second ex has revealed. Heartbroken Sonya Hamlin was dumped by the movie star just six weeks after tying the knot. Speaking out for the first time, the lawyer told The Sun ewspaper : ÂWe were madly in love. But Idris was getting a lot of flack for getting married and being married. ÂEveryone was like ÂDude, youÂre the hottest sex symbolÂ. ÂI know people were telling him he was going to ruin his career. He was being told it was an important part of his career to be a single sex symbol in Hollywood and that being married would damage that. Some people used to say, ÂWhy her?Â ÂIt wasnÂt the right look, thatÂs what they were telling him. It used to upset him. He was like, ÂWhy donÂt people just let me be happy?ÂÂŽ Londoner Idris, now 45, had finished his breakthrough role in the HBO series, The Wire and was sifting through movie offers when the pair met in 2006. It was three years after his divorce from his first wife with whom he has a daughter Isan, now 16. He and Sonya married three months later. The two were introduced by a mutual friend in her hometown Baltimore, Maryland the gritty city where The Wire was filmed but bonded over their mutual love of London where Sonya, now 46, had lived as a student. She recalled: ÂWhen I first met him, I told him how I used to stay in Notting Hill Gate and would go to this wine bar and he knew exactly where it was because they played reggae and he loves reggae. ÂHe was like, ÂWhat do you know about that?Â That was how we hit it off! And he always used to make sure I had English chocolate, I love chocolate. I lived on it when I was in London. ÂHe would always find me Smarties. Even with his busy schedule he would do it.ÂŽ Sharing never-before-seen photos of her and Idris together, Sonya also described the chemistry when she first met the actor She said: ÂWe got on from the moment we met, we meshed very well. HeÂs not shy and neither am I and we fell very much in love with each other. ÂWe went on normal dates dinner, movies and we used to just have fun in the house. We used to always coordinate our outfits when we dressed. ÂAnd he was a very good cook and loves cooking Caribbean food.ÂŽ In April 2006 the couple travelled to Las Vegas to watch a boxing titleshowdown between American fighters Floyd Mayweather and Zab Judah with some friends. During the trip they decided to marry on a whim and wed the day after the match at the Little White Wedding Chapel. Sonya said: ÂWe were just chilling on sun loungers early in the day by the pool. ÂI know I was drinking a mimosa and we were talking and were both in a great mood. We had talked about marriage before and how we would want to keep it plain and simple. ÂWe were madly in love by then and we were like, ÂLetÂs just do itÂ. We were both excited. It was a mutual decision.ÂŽ The pair then sneaked off from their pals to choose a ring in a shop at their hotel. Sonya said: ÂHe got me a beautiful diamond ring. ÂWe picked it and it was not cheap, he was very generous.ÂŽ They then got a cab to the courthouse to get a marriage licence and headed straight to the chapel. They said their vows as the sun was setting, with a total stranger, a Las Vegas estate agent, as witness. The pair then phoned their families with the good news, and then headed to Jamaica for a honeymoon. Sonya said: ÂWe snorkelled, swam, ate good Jamaican food, relaxed and laid by the pool and at the beach. ÂWeÂd sit and chill and talk for hours Â„ about anything and everything.ÂŽ And when pressed about whether Idris is a good lover, she simply said: ÂI canÂt talk on that but obviously he wasnÂt bad because I wouldnÂt have married him! You donÂt marry someone if theyÂre not.ÂŽ The pair then returned to settle down in SonyaÂs Maryland home. But things quickly began to unravel with Idris keen move into films and SonyaÂs property law firm booming. She explained: ÂHe was on the cusp of moving from TV to movies, he was getting tons of offers to do movies. He was travelling all the time. I was on the cusp of a huge real estate boom, at that point I had ten employees.ÂŽ But as well as the bad timing, Sonya blames friends of her husband who she believes told him to dump her because she would be bad for his image. She is still angry about that, saying: ÂI couldnÂt understand how it would damage his career because I saw actors like Denzel Washington be successfully married. ÂBut I donÂt think those actorÂs wives are running law firms.ÂŽ After a showdown six weeks after the wedding, they decided to split. She said: ÂI mean at that point in time his career was on the line. ÂThere was no certainty he was going to go on and be a big star and he had a daughter to provide for and maybe he had to make the tough decision. ÂHe was protective of me, but maybe he listened to people in his ear. He just felt bad about it. he used to say, ÂYou deserve for me to be aroundÂ and ÂI know you have your practice that you worked really hard for and you canÂt get up and leave and come be with me three, four, fives months at a time while IÂm filming in another countryÂ. ÂOf course I wanted to save the marriage. It wasnÂt easy for either of us. We wavered a couple of times. We were both just sad. He hugged me of course. It was very sad.ÂŽ Idris asked Sonya if she would arrange the divorce because she was a lawyer. She agreed and first tried to file it in Maryland but strict divorce rules in the state would have meant they had to separate for a year first. So instead they got a lawyer in Las Vegas to have the marriage annulled Â„ by claiming she had been drunk. Sonya admits now that was a lieto get the marriage over quickly Â„ and it led to reports that the pair were only married for one day. She said: ÂItÂs not true. One thing I want to clarify is we were not drunk. I wasnÂt and neither was he. January 18 24, 2018 Page 9 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press Change a life this year. t lun o V h t i w r e e t e S l ea R h e s n t lun o Vi un h t i w r e e to l ef n y a w d e t i e S l ea R hr e e t un l o v / g r o e s nr IrdrisÂ Second Ex Says She Was Dumped Because It WasnÂt the Right Look Shown above is Sanya Hamlin and with Idris in the inset. Shown at the star is Mary J. Blige and her mentor DiddyMary J. Blige Receives Hollywood StarOn her 47th birthday, Mary J. Blige was presented with a long-awaited star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul celebrated the milestone with her family and some of her closest friends, including Diddy, Tyrese and Andre Harrell during a ceremony in Hollywood last week. ÂThis is a celebration, a celebration of our queen,ÂŽ said Puff Daddy. ÂThis is about our sister getting her star on Hollywood, getting her true recognition. This thing is also about family. WeÂve been through a whole lot. We started from nothing. I used to pick Mary up from the projects. I had me a Volkswagen Rabbit. I had two rims on it. We would drive down the highway in New York and just dream. We would say, ÂWe wanna be somebody. We wanna be big. We wanna big something for our people. We wanna come and shake up the world.Â And we did that.ÂŽ Taraji P. Henson Dishes on ÂProud Mary,Â Sexist Headlines & Learning When to Let a Character Go by O.J. Williams Taraji P. Henson recently chopped it up on the the set of her new film Proud Mary about the action-packed thriller. The Golden Globe winner dives into the complexity of hit woman Mary, how she prepped for the intense role and why itÂs about time she gets the credit she deserves. Q: What made you want to take on this role? It was just different from anything that IÂve ever done before and I love playing different characters. The challenge for me was how do you make a character that people can really hate likable. She does kill a lot of people, but for good reason. Q: How was shooting all the action scenes? Fun! ItÂs like getting paid to play cops and robbers. WeÂve all fingershot our friends or played the hero, so it was like a dream come true for me. ItÂs the closest IÂve been to playing a Marvel character. Let me just put that in the universe [laughs]. Q: What were some of the challenges in shooting this film? The action stuff, actually. I really hurt my arm. When they first show you how the stunts should be done, you think to yourself, Âoh, I can do that. It doesnÂt look too dangerous.Â But one false move and you hit the wrong bone at the wrong angle, and you could seriously break something. I wear pads now, no matter how simple the stunt looks. I learned my lesson. Q: Does Mary live by certain code? Absolutely. She doesnÂt kill women and she doesnÂt kill children. When you meet her at the beginning of the film, sheÂs at a crossroads because sheÂs done one of these two things, and has to come to terms with it. How do you turn that off? Playing a conflicted hitwoman and then just going back to your regular life? I have played a lot of deep, heavy characters in my career, and I just have a switch. People are actually amazed by it, because I can snot-face, ugly cry and then they yell Âcut!Â and IÂm like, Âso girl, did you hear woo woo woo [laughs]?Â Early in my career, emotional scenes wore me out because I was working for the tears. As a trained actress, you learn itÂs not about the tears, itÂs about where you are mentally and whatÂs on the page. If you commit to that and do the work, all of the tears will come. Does playing this lead role make it scarier for you than working as a supporting or ensemble cast member? ItÂs just interesting as a woman. If I were a man, the headlines wouldÂve read, ÂTaraji P. HensonÂs o Good Deeds is No. 1 at the box office.Â I was also executive producer on that, as a matter of fact, I put that film together. Now, IÂm not taking away from Idris ElbaÂs EP credit, because he deserves that, but why is the headline reading, ÂIdris ElbaÂs movie?Â That hurt my feelings. And yaÂll know I love women, I celebrate women, but with Hidden Figures the movie was about all three women, but it was KatherineÂs story. If IÂm number one on the call sheet, thatÂs my movie! I just want my credit. Headlines wouldÂve read differently if I was a man.They gotta give me my credit now.ÂŽ
Page 10 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press January 18 24, 2018 Select the coupons you like and save instantly when you enter your phone number at checkout. Sign up for Publix Digital Coupons at publix.com/savingstyle. p u b l i x c c o m / s a v i n g s t y l e by Morgan Winsor For the better part of a century, a fence separated blacks from whites in their final resting place in a small Georgia town. That all changed last week with the dismantling of the rusty wire fence in the publicly-owned Oakview Cemetery in Camilla, a small city in Georgia's far southwest corner near the Alabama and Florida borders. Camilla Mayor Rufus Davis, who in 2015 became the first AfricanAmerican elected to the post, said the city took the fence down Thursday after his attorney demanded they do so immediately. "It was my hope that we could have worked together, bringing the community together Â„ both black and white Â„ to partake in a cathartic exercise, removing this ugly symbol of segregation and unifying our community. Unfortunately, the city did not give us advance notice," the mayor said in a statement. "However, at the end of the day, I am happy to see the fence coming down." Since Davis' election two years ago, tensions have run high in the town, according to local media reports. Nearly 70 percent of Camilla's 5,000 residents are black, according to recent Census data. Davis and newly-elected City Council member Venterra Pollard have threatened to boycott City Council meetings unless city officials address what they believe are discrimination and racial issues within the local government, local media reports say. Among other things, the mayor has called for increasing the number of black employees in Camilla's City Hall and on its police force. Last month, Davis retained civil rights attorney Ben Crump to represent him in his efforts to end what he views as "segregationist practices," including the continued use of the controversial cemetery fence. Last week, just days before the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Davis, Crump and Pollard held hands in victory with AfricanAmerican activist and Camilla resident Gwen Lillian Thomas as the fence that for more than 85 years, according to Crump's office, divided where blacks and whites are buried. "When I first came to visit the Camilla cemetery, Ms. Gwen Lillian Thomas, a 70-year-old African-American activist, said when she was born in this hometown the fence was already erected. She prayed that she would live to see the day this fence would be taken down," Crump said in a statement Thursday. "I am so happy we were able to ensure that she could see this symbol of racism destroyed in her lifetime." While Davis lauded the removal of the cemetery fence, which he described as "a powerful symbol of segregation," he said there's much more work to be done in Camilla. "Although this symbol is being removed, it has not desegregated our cemetery nor has it removed the discrimination that is still alive today in Camilla," he said. "We will continue to take steps forward to integrate our city government in terms of police officers, jobs at City Hall, our work force and more." From left, Mayor Rufus Davis, Priscilla Davis, Attorney Ben Crump and Councilman Venterra Pollard on Jan. 11 stand at the site of the fence that once marked the segregation of blacks from whites in the cityowned Oakview Cemetery in Camilla, Ga .Fence Segregating Georgia Cemetery Removed Finally, Black GOP Lawmaker Calls Out Trump by Bruce C.T. Wright African-American athletes are displaying Black excellence on the ice. Nearly a month after it was announced that 17-year-old Maame Biney made history as the first Black woman to qualify for the U.S. Olympic speedskating team, Jordan Greenway broke a similar racial barrier by becoming the first African-American man to be on Team USAÂs hockey roster at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Korea. Greenway, 20, has had a standout athletic career at Boston University. He was selected in the 2015 NHL draft by the Minnesota Wild, but made the decision to stay in school and continue to pursue his degree. During the winter Olympic games next month, Greenway will be one of four college students who will play for the United States. ItÂs the first time in three decades that the USA menÂs hockey team is comprised of college athletes, players from overseas and some retired athletes since the NHL didnÂt send any of its players to compete in the Olympics. Greenway, who hails from Canton, New York said he was humbled by the honor and wanted to use his platform as an avenue to increase the racial representation in the sport and encourage Black youth to play hockey. ÂIÂve been able to accomplish a lot of good things and just allowing a lot of African-American kids who are younger than me who see kind of what IÂm doing, I hope that can be an inspiration for them,ÂŽ he told the Undefeated. ÂGo out and do something different against the typical stereotypes that most AfricanAmericans play basketball, or whatever the case is.ÂŽ Currently, here are only 13 Division 1 players who are Black Jordan Greenway Jordan Greenway Becomes First Black Athlete to Make the US Olympic Hockey Team Rep. Mia Love, a Utah Republican, admitted on Sunday that President Donald TrumpÂs remarks were racist, in which he called Haiti and African nations Âxx#@hole countries,ÂŽ CNN reported. ÂI canÂt defend the indefensible. You have to understand that there are countries that struggle out there. But their people, their people are good people and theyÂre part of us. WeÂre Americans,ÂŽ said Love, who is Haitian-American. Trump came under fire after he used the vulgar language during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House to describe Haiti and the African continent. He later denied using the language, but at least one Democratic senator who attended the meeting confirmed that he heard the president make the remarks. The president and lawmakers were discussing U.S. immigration policy. Trump said he would preferring immigrants from countries like Norway. Despite her presidentÂs denial, Love believes he made the comment but doesnÂt know the context. ÂIÂm looking forward to finding out what happened, but more importantly, IÂm looking forward to fixing the problem,ÂŽ she added. On Thursday night, the lawmaker called on Trump to Âapologize to both the American people and the nations he so wantonly maligned.ÂŽ While two Republicans at the meeting claim that Trump did not use the expletive, at least GOP senator confirmed indirectly that the president did make the comment. Most of LoveÂs GOP colleagues are looking the other way and hoping their presidentÂs latest racist comment goes away quickly. The partyÂs leadership has been silent, most notably Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. The SenateÂs lone Black Republican, South CarolinaÂs Tim Scott, failed to go as far as Love did in his response to Trump. ÂIf these comments are the presidentÂs words they are disappointing to say the least,ÂŽ Scott said. U.S. Representative from Utah Mia Moore