Volume 31 o. 10 January 25 31, 2018 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents Culture CraveWhat Motivates People of Color to Move to Africa ?Page 10 When Political Parties Refuse to Compromise it is the People Who SufferPage 4CBC Members Plan State of the Union ProtestPage 3 Timing is Perfect for the Wave of Black SuperheroesPage 9 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Haitian Citizens Blocked From Receiving Temporary Work VisasCitizens of Haiti, Belize and Somoa will now be banned from applying for a temporary work visa. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will discontinue allowing Haitians to obtain temporary agricultural and seasonal visas, CNN reports. The move comes amid concerns about the Trump administrationÂs sentiments towards natives of that country. Broader restrictions on legal immigration are also brought into question with the latest development. The announcement was reportedly published in the Federal Register on Thursday. It removes Haiti from a list of eligible countries for the H-2A agricultural and H-2B non-agricultural temporary permits. Approximately 80 countries are eligible for the temporary worker permits, with the list being published every year. While it is quite unusual for countries to be removed from the list, it does occur. The DHS defended its decision for each country, saying that Belize is being excluded because it is included in the countryÂs list of nations that do not meet standards on human trafficking and do not seem to be making efforts to do so, the notice stated. Samoa was removed because it does not take back its deported nationals from the U.S. and Haiti was removed due to Âextremely high rates of refusal,ÂŽ Âhigh levels of fraud and abuse and a high rate of overstayingÂŽ their visas once they expire.Trailblazing Astronaut Reassigned in Surprise Crew ShuffleJeanette Epps, a NASA astronaut slated to become the first African-American to make a longduration stay aboard the International Space Station, has been replaced by an astronaut in training for a later flight, the space agency announced Thursday. No explanation for the unexpected crew shuffle was given. Epps, a former technical intelligence officer with the CIA who holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, had been scheduled to blast off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in early June, joining Soyuz MS09 commander Sergey Prokopyev and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst for a planned 143-day stay in space. Instead, a NASA release said Epps will be replaced by astronaut Serena Aun-Chancellor, a fellow space rookie and member of the same astronaut class who had been assigned to a station flight scheduled for launch in November. Astronaut Anne McClain will take AunChancellorÂs place on the Soyuz MS-11 crew.Facebook Appoints First on-White Board Member, Kenneth I. ChenaultItÂs hard to believe that Facebook has been around for 14 years, and even harder to believe the social media giant has yet to appoint a person of color to their board of directors, until now. Facebook announced that American Express CEO Kenneth I. Chenault will be appointed to the Facebook board of directors, effective February 5th, 2017 which also happens to be the day when the site turns 14 years old. This makes good on a promise COO Sheryl Sandberg made to Congressional Black Congress members to hire a black board member. FacebookÂs CEO and founder, Mark Zuckerberg had this to add about the addition of Chenault: ÂIÂve been trying to recruit Ken for years. He has unique expertise in areas I believe Facebook needs to learn and improve Â„ customer service, direct commerce and building a trusted brand. Ken also has a strong sense of social mission and the perspective that comes from running an important public company for decades.ÂŽBlack Employees at TBS And C Work Triple Time for PromotionsBlack employees were made to work Â3 times as longÂŽ as Whites for promotions at CNN and TBS, a former employee recently exposed. The ex-employee, identified by the news outlet as Wanda Byrd, has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against both networks and parent company Turner Broadcasting System, according to the report. Blacks and Whites were paid dramatically different salaries Byrd said. To make matters worse, they were often Âsegregated,ÂŽ pigeonholed into Âless powerful and non-revenue generatingÂŽ divisions,ÂŽ she added. African-Americans were allegedly promoted at a lower rate than Caucasians, with no people of color being named as a senior VP or a higher title, legal documents obtained by TMZ revealed. Less promotions, glass ceilings and segregation created a racist culture at CNN and TBS, according to Byrd and the legal documents. Byrd, who worked for TBS for 13 years, followed the same track as many Black employees held down by racism, she explained. The woman, who was a mid-level quality assurance manager, was overlooked for a promotion to a senior level rank. A less-qualified White man won the position, she claimed. A prior lawsuit in 2016 suit included data that showed Âsalaries paid by Turner and/or CNN to African-Americans compared with salaries paid to Caucasian employeesÂŽ had Âdramatic differences.ÂŽ This information indicated a racist ÂpatternÂŽ that existed Âthroughout the company.ÂŽ Data also revealed that promotions for African-Americans to high levels within the organization were nonexistent. 100 Black Men Deliver ÂOn the SpotÂŽ Scholarships at AnnualCollege Fair Black History Month Launched with 29th Calendar Unveiling The 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. (J100) hosted their 14th Annual Infinite Scholars College Fair, January 20, 2018 at the Jessie Ball duPont Center. This event featured about 30 National, Regional, and local colleges and universities that included various historically black colleges and universities (HBCUÂs). About 500 students and parents participated as approximately $2.1 million in admissions and scholarships were awarded. Local admissions and financial aid personnel also conducted workshops on financial aid, understanding the planning process and college freshman survival tips. The local chapter of 100 Black Men support area youth through one on one mentoring, college visitiation trips and scholarships. They are one of 106 chapters serving communities of color across the country. Shown are proud parents and participants who received on the spot scholarships (L-R) Denice Bennett, Jackie Boyd, Vance Bennett (Bethune-Cookman, Savannah State, Livingstone), Joseph Boyd (Ft. Valley, Bethune-Cookman, Livingstone, Savannah State & Virginia State), yra (Bethune-Cookman, Livingstone, Ft. Valley), Sterling McClendon, and Sandra McClendon (Clark University and Virginia Union). ew Policies Threaten to Reverse Incarceration Rate Decline New data shows that the number of incarcerated African Americans declined significantly during the Obama-era, the Pew Research Center reported. That progress, however, will reverse under the Trump administrationÂs strategy of undoing President Barack ObamaÂs criminal justice reform legacy. The new administration is returning to policies that disproportionately targeted the Black community. The Black incarceration rate decreased by 17 percent between 2009 and 2016. Federal and state prisons held 584,800 Black inmates in 2009 and fell to 486,900 at the end of 2016. At the same time, the stubborn gap between Black and White prisoners also decreased. This decline is viewed as a significant step in the right direction, even though Blacks are still disproportionately incarcerated. African Americans represented 12 percent of the U.S. population in 2016 but 33 percent of the prison population. That progress could soon reverse. In 2016, the Obama Justice Department announced a plan to scale back the use of private prisons, which are operated by for-profit companies. President Donald Trump, who has falsely claimed that violent crime is on rise, came into office and rescinded the Obama policy, signaling the need for more prison space. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who passionately shares TrumpÂs distaste for criminal justice reform, has taken steps toward returning to the war on drugs that targeted the Black community. He directed federal prosecutors to pursue the harshest charges against suspects. Under the Obama Justice Department, former Attorney General Eric Holder pushed for sentencing reform that included directing prosecutors to avoid mandatory minimum sentences for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders. At the same time, President Obama commuted the long sentences of more than 1,700 federal inmates who committed minor drug crimes. Continued on page 2 Shown above is FAMU VP of Academic Affairs Rodner Wright and KIPP Jacksonville Executive Director, Dr. Jennifer Brown. FAMU Partners with Kipp to Increase College Competition The Downtown Branch of the Jacksonville Public Library recently hosted the 29th Annual Unveiling of the Jacksonville Black History Calendar. For decades, the Black History Calendar has served as a reminder to celebrate the achievements of local AfricanAmericans throughout the year. In February, the calendar will be available for free at library branch locations throughout the city. The calendar originated in 1989 through the collaborative efforts of the late Clovia Russell of AT&T and Brenda R. Simmons-Hutchins, Ph.D., who is a former Board of Library Trustees chair and was actively involved as calendar advisor since its inception. This yearÂs calendar pays tributes to veterans of all ages and includes local students who wrote the features in tribute to those who have served our country. KIPP, a network of public charter schools with three schools in Jacksonville, recently kicked off a new partnership with Florida A&M University (FAMU) in an effort to increase college completion rates for KIPP alumni from educationally underserved communities. Prior to the event, FAMU and local alumni held a high school recruitment fair and signed 89 new scholars. ÂWe are honored to partner with FAMU, a historic institution that like KIPP, values diversity in thought, perspective and culture. At KIPP, we are dedicated to supporting students on their path to and through college, and this FAMU partnership will open new doors of opportunity for our students, ensuring they have the tools and resources they need to thrive.ÂŽ said Dr. Jennifer Brown, KIPP Jacksonville Executive Director. Calendar features include local honoree Halle Williams Bey, DeÂonshai Spivey and Joe Tillman of the Buffalo Soldiers
Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press January 25 31, 2018 If you have mortgage problems, call 888-995-HOPE for one-on-one expert advice from this free government program.YouÂre not alone. ÂWhat will happen to us if we lose the house?ÂŽ Lottery Winners Who Blew It All ECONOMICEMPOWERMENTSEMINAR NAACP FLORIDA STATE CONFERENCE NAACP JACKSONVILLE BRANCH JACKSONVILLE URBAN LEAGUE Presents: FREESEMINARLunch Provided! Lunch Provided! SE MINAR MINAvided RE R EE SE F EENAR RMI RE FE JACK NAACP NAACP UR LLE ONVI S JACK ONVI S JACK NAACP A STAT D ORI L F NAACP GUE A E AN L B UR BRANCH LLE ONVI NC E R FE ON C E A STAT E NC ECONOMICEMPOW ECONOMICEMPOW Presents: MINAR E NTS E RM E Presents: MINAR Lunch Provided! Lunch Provided! When the luck runs out Âƒ The Powerball lottery, which recently incited millions of people to purchase tickets for a possible billion dollar pay out, is not the be all end all. ItÂs a lot of money, but if you do the math, buying a ticket probably wonÂt be worth it. Even if it does pan out, winning the lottery will not solve all of lifeÂs problems. In fact, many peopleÂs lives became notably worse after they got super rich, and they managed to lose it all quite quickly. Before they won a $2.76 mill-ion lottery jackpot in 2005, Lara and Roger Griffiths hardly ever argued. Then they won, and bought a million-dollar house and a Porsche. But six years after their win, Roger drove away in the Porsche after Lara confronted him over emails suggesting he was interested in another woman. Their 14-year marriage was over, a freak fire gutted their house, and every penny of their fortune was gone. William ÂBudÂŽ Post won $16.2 million in the Pennsylvania lottery in 1988 but was $1 million in debt within a year. ÂI wish it never happened,ÂŽ Post said. ÂIt was totally a night-mare.ÂŽ A former girlfriend success-fully sued him for a share of his winnings and his brother was arrested for hiring a hit man to kill him in the hopes heÂd inherit a share of the winnings. After sinking money into various family businesses, Post sank into debt and spent time in jail for firing a gun over the head of a bill collector. Bud now lives quietly on $450 a month and food stamps. Martyn Tott, 33, and his 24-year-old wife from the UK missed out on a $5 million lottery fortune after losing their ticket. They were able to convince officials, but since there is a 30-day time limit on reporting lost tickets, the jackpot became the largest unclaimed amount since the lottery began in 1994. ÂThinking youÂre going to have all that money is really liberating. Having it taken a-way has the opposite effect,ÂŽ Kay Tott told The Daily Mail. ÂIt drains the life from you and puts a terrible strain on your marriage. It was the cruelest torture imaginable.ÂŽ In 2004, Sharon Tirabassi, a single mother who had been on welfare, cashed a check from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. for $10,569,00.10 (Canadian). She subsequently spent her winnings on a Âbig house, fancy cars, designer clothes, lavish parties, exotic trips, handouts to family, loans to friendsÂŽ and in less than a decade sheÂs back Âriding the bus, working part-time, and living in a rented house.ÂŽ Luckily Tirabassi put some of her windfall in trusts for her six children, who can claim the money when they turn 26. Against all odds, in the mid-1980s, Adams won the lottery twice, once in 1985 and again in 1986. The New Jersey native won a cool $5.4 million, but AskMen.com reports she gambled it away at Atlantic City. Today she resides in a trailer park. A former Waffle House waitress named Tonda Lynn Dickerson got served a big plate of karma when she refused to split her winnings with excolleagues and was forced to pay the tax man $1,119,347.90. How did it happen? Dicker-son placed her winnings in a corporation and granted her family 51 percent of the stock Â„ qualifying her for the tax. In 1998, Gerald Muswagon won the $10 million Super 7 jackpot in Canada. But he blew it all on drinking and partying in only seven years. Filled with remorse, Muswagon hanged himself in his parentsÂ garage in 2005. When Mullins won the US lotto in 1993, she opted for yearly payouts instead of a lump sum, reports MSN. She quickly found herself in debt, using future payouts as collateral for a $200,000 loan. Mullins later switched to a lump sum payout, but never paid back the debt. The loan company filed suit and won a $154,000 settlement that was all but worthless Â„ Mullins had no assets. Construction worker Americo Lopes won the New Jersey lottery, quit his job, and then lied about it, claiming he needed foot surgery, reports the New York Times. After coming clean to an ex-colleague, he and a few others ganged up on Lopes for not splitting the winnings as promised. The court ordered Lopes to split the prize. Ontario resident Ibi Roncailoli walked away with $5 million in a 1991 Lotto 649 drawing, but she didnÂt tell her husband how she decided to spend it. When Joseph Roncailoli, a gynecologist, found out Ibi gave $2 million of her fortune to a secret child sheÂd had with another man, he poisoned her with painkillers, the Toronto Star reports. He was found guilty of manslaughter and reportedly asked IbiÂs family to help foot the bill for her funeral. A Pentecostal preacher working as a stockboy at Home Depot got his prayers answered when he hit the $31 million jackpot in 1997. At first, life was good with Billy Bob buying a ranch, six other homes, and some new cars. But like many others who win the lottery, he just couldnÂt say no when people asked for a handout. Later in life he divorced and eventually committed suicide. In 1989, Willie Hurt won a $3.1 million jackpot in the Michigan Lottery. Fast-forward two years later and Hurt got divorced, lost custody of his children, was charged with attempted murder, and picked up a crack-cocaine addiction. The habit was so bad, it sucked away his entire fortune. Alex and Rhoda Toth hit the $13 million jackpot in Florida in 1990. Within 15 years they were destitute. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the couple declared bankruptcy and were eventually accused of tax evasion by the IRS. Alex passed away before his case went to trial and Rhoda eventually served two years in prison. Callie Rogers was just 16 years old when she won Â£1.9 million in the U.K.Âs lottery (about $3 million) in 2003 Â„ too young to know how to manage her money or where it would lead her, according to Gawker. Rogers had two children then blew the rest on partying, vacations, and gifts for her friends. Now Rogers works as a cleaning woman and is reportedly facing bankruptcy. Barry Shell won $4 million Canadian dollars in the Ontario lottery in 2009 after he used the last of his cash to buy a ticket. But there was a warrant out for his arrest on charges of theft and possessing stolen property, and police figured out where he was after seeing a photo of him with his prize. He gave his winnings to a relative. Americo Lopes Sharon Tirabassi 10 Valentine's Day Ideas That Won't Break the BankÂƒor the RomanceBy Nathaniel Sillin "Can't Buy Me Love" was a great song by Lennon and McCartney and frankly, a pretty good philosophy for Valentine's Day in general. There really are ways to enjoy a unique and memorable February 14 without overspending. Here are 10 ideas to warm their heart and spare your wallet: Begin at the beginning. Maybe your relationship began at work, a party or a bus stop. Returning to that place and re-stage that moment using little props can re-capture memories. Try a little due diligence. Ask your significant other or friend about his or her best Valentine's Day ever. Listen for clues about gifts, activities or places you might try. Don't wait until 48 hours before the holiday; you can always collect creative Valentine's Day ideas 365 days a year. Stay near the stove. A fabulous dinner almost always costs less at home. Plus, it's a more intimate setting and shows dedication and thought. Deliver kindness, not presents. Instead of wrapped gifts, what about chores or crafts? Focus on a gift based on something you know how to do rather than something you could just buy. If it's a night out, do your homework. Valentine's Day can be one of the most crowded and expensive nights to go out. If you have a restaurant or event in mind, research everything you can about the food, ambiance and specials at various times of day Â… particularly during early, fixedprice periods and slower days of the week. Grab those coupons, free passes and points. Mileage, restaurants and online discount clubs can offer a range of options. Points can be used for discounts or free nights out on Valentine's Day or immediate dates. Decide which offers are the best deals and leverage them the best that you can. Consider substitutions and alternatives. Why have that glass of champagne or celebratory cocktail at the restaurant if there's a happy hour nearby where you can save a little money? Consider mixing and matching venues on a night out to save money. Declare a staycation. Visit museums on half-price days or out-of-theway eateries you always thought about trying. Even local hotels might be a better deal than traveling a greater distance. You don't have to run for the roses. A dozen roses are a classic gift. But there are potentially cheaper and equally beautiful flower alternatives. If your loved one has a green thumb, consider potted plants or seeds they can sow later. Remember, spring is right around the corner. If you must bling, bling responsibly. If this Valentine's Day involves a wedding engagement or another grand gesture of romance, plan well in advance so you can get advice on what you're buying and ensure it's in line with your loved one's taste. Maybe a relative with a beautiful ring might offer it or sell it at a friendly price. Bottom line: Valentine's Day is about the people, not the bill. A little time and creativity can help you devise a memorable day without digging too far into savings. Abraham Shakespeare won $17 million from the Florida Lottery in a lump sum payment in 2006. Unfortunately he got hooked up with the wrong woman. D.D. Moore, a woman he met after he won the funds, had buried Shakespeare in the back yard under five feet of concrete.
By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) During a lengthy, members-only meeting on Capitol Hill on January 19, members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) discussed various options to protest the current President of the United States. Their protest plans centered around the annual State of the Union address. President Donald TrumpÂs second State of the Union address is scheduled for January 30. The meeting the CBC held to talk over State of the Union protest plans occurred only hours after 66 members of the House voted to act on impeaching the President. That effort was led once again by Black Caucus member Rep. Al Green (DTexas). Rep. GreenÂs second impeachment try failed 355-66. Three Democrats voted Âpresent.ÂŽ Weeks after Donald Trump reportedly called Haiti, El Salvador and the continent of Africa Âshithole countriesÂŽ during a meeting on immigration with members of Congress in the Oval Office, many members have had it. CBC members who attended the discussion confirmed that several options of protest were discussed including walking out, wearing African themed garb and even not showing up to the State of the Union at all. The more vocal members included Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), Greg Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.). During an interview with Buzzfeed on January 17, days before the meeting, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) mentioned the CBC might hold its own State of the Union. ÂWe willÂƒdiscuss how we want to respond to the presidentÂs State of the Union. We could go, we could go and walk out, we could go and hold up fistsÂƒor we could not go, or we could hold our own ÂState of the Union,ÂÂŽ Richmond said. A few Black Caucus members have already stated that they will not attend the presidentÂs State of the Union address. They include Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.). Some CBC members are concerned about CongressÂ largest caucus not being unified in protest, whatever form the protest may take. Other members wanted to make sure serious issues are highlighted and expressed concerns about the protest taking attention away from serious policy discussion. But in the age of former reality TV star turned President Donald Trump, others say that the best response is to fight fire with fire. With protests in the air and in the streets around the first anniversary of the start of the Trump presidency, the timing of any protest the CBC may undertake on the night of the State of the Union is likely to receive serious media attention. Regarding Rep. GreenÂs impeachment attempts, which House leadership is in opposition of, Green pointed out that Trump, Âhas by his statements brought the high office of president of the United States in contempt, ridicule, disgrace and disrepute; has sown discord among the people of the United States; has demonstrated that he is unfit to be president; and has betrayed his trust as president of the United States to the manifest injury of the people of the United States and has committed a high misdemeanor in office.ÂŽ Rep. GreenÂs form of protest was a legislative one. On the night of the State of the Union, we are likely to see a more theatrical display. Members are also introducing a resolution to censure President Donald Trump for reportedly using the term Â#&*holeÂŽ to describe African countries. Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee joined the effort, which faces long odds, given Republican control of the House. Under the resolution, the House would publicly state its support for African countries and Haiti and El Salvador. The measure also calls on the president to retract and apologize for the Âhateful, discriminatory, and racist remarks and any offense they have caused.ÂŽ Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 January 25 31, 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. Akbar Inducted Into VSU 2018 Athletics Hall of FameJacksonville native, Imani Akbar (formerly Ivey Hubbard) was recently inducted into the Valdosta State University(VSU) Athletics Hall of Fame. Akbar was one of eight inductees into the Valdosta State 2018 Class of honorees. Akbar joined the VSU Blazers basketball program in 1979 to begin a four-year career, during which he averaged an impressive 16.5 points per game. Throughout his career, Akbar was a consistent force for the red and black and constructed an incredible offensive run led to 1,783 career points. Akbar finished his career fourth all-time on Valdosta State's alltime scoring list. In high school, Akbar was a first team 1979 All-City high school athlete at Englewood High School. Akbar led the Rams to three straight Gateway Conference Championships and one District Championship. Officers of ASALH were recently installed by charter member Dr. Richard Danford. The officers (L-R) installed are President Hazel Gillis, 1st Vice-President George Gillis, 2nd Vice-President Anita Shepherd, Recording Secretary Glorious Johnson, Financial Secretary Faizah Mixson, Treasurer Bettie Hudson and Chaplain Christine Mcair. ASALAH Elects ew Officer sOn the eve of Black History Month, the local chapter of the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. (ASALH ) installed their new officers. The organization is the brainchild of Carter G. Woodson known as the ÂFather of Black HistoryÂŽ. Woodson made it his lifeÂs mission to disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community. The local chapter meets monthly and presents regular activities expanding the discourse of African-American history. CBC Members Plan State of The Union Protest Shown are Imani Akbar and VSU President Dr. Richard A. Carvajal Shown are Rosaria Pacheco, Akia Uwanda and Maria Valdez-JonesJacksonville Revisits WomensÂ MarchThis past weekend, the one-year anniversary of the largest political protest in recent U.S. history, the National WomenÂs March, was commemorated with a statewide ÂWomenÂs Day of ActionÂŽ to bring awareness and support to marginalized communities. The March also raised funds for nearby islands effected during hurricane season as well as focus on expanding voter access and registration, a crucial step towards meaningful change. Hundreds of women, community activists, performers and community vendors came together at the Jacksonville Landing for an impactful day to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the WomenÂs March and to launch collective 2018 WomenÂs March agenda items.
When the unemployment rate dropped and economic conditions improved under the leadership of President Barack Obama, 45 derided the gains as Âfake newsÂŽ. He suggested that the monthly Employment Situation (www.bls.gov) reports of the Bureau of Labor Statistics were inaccurate and Âmade upÂŽ. These are the monthly reports that detail employment statistics, including unemployment rates. Now that 45 is in charge, he canÂt crow often enough about the statistics that he described as ÂphonyÂŽ just 18 months ago. For the last week, we have heard 45 and his surrogates crowing that Âthe Black unemployment rate is lower than it has ever been.ÂŽ And, with a Black unemployment rate of 6.8 percent, they are right that the rate is at its lowest since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started disaggregating data to report unemployment by race. Is this something worth crowing about? Does 45 deserve to get credit for it? The answer to both questions, from my perspective, is a resounding ÂnoÂŽ. First of all, the 6.8 percent unemployment rate African Americans experienced was exactly TWICE the White unemployment rate of 3.4 percent. Suppose that white men had an unemployment rate of 6.8 percent? Would 45 and his minions be celebrating if whites had the same employment situation as African-Americans? I think not. So, celebrating the 6.8 percent rate without speaking of the inequality it is based on is like celebrating the inequality. Secondly, the unemployment rate is an imperfect measure of the employment situation. The employment-population ratio is a far more accurate way of measuring how fully employed a population is. It measures the percentage of people who are employed. While 69 percent of white men are employed, just 63 percent of Black men are employed (the numbers for women are closer, with AfricanAmerican women actually working MORE than White women, with an employment-population ratio of 59 percent for Black women and 55 percent for white women). The employment-population ratio and labor force participation rates show racial disparities among men that are alarming. Differences in the employment-population ratio suggest that some AfricanAmericans have stopped looking for work because they donÂt think they can find it. When the Black unemployment rate is adjusted to reflect these realities, it is closer to 10 percent than to the 6.8 percent 45 and his team are crowing out. Furthermore, the 45th President inherited an economy that was improving. Falling unemployment rates are a result of the Obama expansion. LetÂs say it again, the Obama expansion. An economic expansion will naturally move unemployment rates downward, no matter who is the President. While 45 can only legitimately claim stock market gains for the last two months, as his regressive tax bill has handsomely rewarded corporate interests, stock market gains in the first month of this year might also be considered a result of the Obama expansion. Will 45 take credit for the stagnant wages that plague all workers, but especially African-American workers? While unemployment rates have dropped, wages have not risen by very much (less than 2 percent last year). Sure, some workers got tax bill-related bonuses, and Walmart will raise their wages for some workers to $11 an hour. Most workers are stuck making the same amount of money they made three years ago. Does 45 take credit for income and wealth differences between African-Americans and whites? The average white family has a $65,000 income, compared to just $39,000 for African-Americans. And the average African-American household has just $17,000 in wealth, compared to $171,000 for Whites. When 45 crows about a 6.8 percent unemployment rate for African-Americans, he normalizes the fact that African-Americans should have a higher unemployment rate than whites. And when he talks unemployment out of context and ignores income and wealth disparities, he is suggesting that the current conditions of AfricanAmericans are something to celebrate. If this President were really interested in the economic status of African-Americans he would have produced a different tax bill, ceased his attacks on health care, and directed his secretary of education to stop attacking public education and HBCUs. But 45 isnÂt interested in the economic status of African-Americans. He is interested in bragging about data he once dismissed as ÂphonyÂŽ. The current government shut down debate got me to thinking about the broader issues facing the nation and how dysfunctional Washington has become. Partisan politics has always been around, but between the Trump White House and a deeply divided Congress the climate seems be deteriorating more and more everyday. Most of us are affiliated with one political party or another. Even those of us who are registered Independents typically lean one way or another Â… either towards a more liberal view of politics or a more conservative. Then there are those of us who are right in the middle of the spectrum and consider ourselves Moderates. Now although Moderates are in the middle Â… they typically lean one way or the other based on the issue. Normally, the moderates are the people who decide elections, which also means that most Independents identify themselves as being moderate. ItÂs no secret that African Americans are in large part Democrats. Although both major political parties have opposed many issues affecting the lives of blacks at some point in the past, the Democrats seem to have made amends even prior to the Civil Rights era. African Americans were once predominately Republican, thanks to Abraham Lincoln, but the change started in the 1930s, and was cemented during the Kennedy/ Lyndon B. Johnson presidential era in the 1960s. To sum it up in simplest terms, as the Democratic Party adopted the Civil Rights Movement, the Southern racist or segregationist or Dixiecrats who were always ÂYellow Dog Democrats,ÂŽ became disenfranchised and moved over to the Republican Party, which became more conservative during the 60s. That is the simple reason in which the South transformed from a highly Democratic region to a Republican stronghold. Basically, the impact of the Civil Rights Movement was not only seen in the human rights gains, but also a shifting of many Southern whites An interesting turn of events, but some have always wanted African Americans to be independent of the two-party system. It was W.E.B. DuBois who said, ÂMay God write us down as asses if ever again we are found putting our trust in either Republicans or Democratic parties.ÂŽ But despite the past and what may appear as bitter differences between parties Â… both sides really want the same things. Partisan politics is never about if we support safe communities or a better economy. ItÂs really about how these things get done. I will give you a better example. In fact, letÂs look at one of the most controversial issues in American politics: Abortion. HereÂs the reality of Abortion in very simple terms. No one likes the concept or actions of abortions or feel that abortions should not be regulated. The difference is simply that most Democrats feel that because itÂs a womanÂs body that woman should have the right to choose if she has an abortion or not. Most Republicans Â… especially those on the far right feel that under no circumstance should abortions be legal. These are your Pro-life folks who are extremely passionate in their beliefs. Again, most of us totally agree that abortions are bad; the difference is more about who controls the right to abort. I know that I made a very complicated issue very simple, but I did it to make my point. There are really only subtle differences between most peopleÂs views and belief. I have several good friends that are Republicans, but the majority of my friends and family are Democrats. My Republican friends want the same thing out of life that my Democratic friends do Â… successful careers, great families, opportunities for their children, etc. So I think that we all can agree that no matter what side of the tracks you grew up Â… we all strive to be the best in some form or fashion. Now hereÂs where it gets interesting Â… as some say, ÂThe devil is in the details.ÂŽ Now I am going to generalize a bit, but not much. The Republican philosophy on life is based on a bit of Darwinism Â… survival of the fittest or in other words the strong shall survive. Republicans are generally pro-business and against the big government. By the way, the GOP mindset is the weak become Democrats so that they can get handouts from the government. So itÂs a very simple ideology Â… if you work hard and obey God despite your environment or the obstacles you face life will turn out good for you. I wish it were that easy Â… I would definitely switch parties. This ideology assumes that all of lifeÂs factors are fairly even or that we all start the race from the same place, but we know thatÂs not the case at all. However, Democrats (or those to the left) believe that government is in place to help people. This isnÂt Reggie talking, but studies have shown that Democrats are usually more educated. Many Democrats are in diverse urban communities, which may explain why they seem to be more realistic about the needs of individuals and families. A prime example of a Democratic philosophy was in President RooseveltÂs New Deal. He increased the size of government in an attempt to get the country out of the Great Depression by creating new programs and departments aimed at recharging the economy, providing welfare for the poorest citizens and providing for some long term financial security for seniors through the Social Security System. So again, the philosophies are very different in many ways, but the goals are generally the same. ItÂs sort of like the NFL Â… every team wants to win, but every team has a different playbook. By the way, Go Jags despite the loss on Sunday we still love you guys. I guess the message here is that lets not get too caught up in party affiliation. While I may climb the left side of the mountain, and my Republican brother maybe climbing the right we are still friends and family. Our children can still play together, attend the same schools or even church and who knows maybe even get married one day. Signing off from a federal building on Dunn Ave wondering if it will open this week, Reggie FullwoodWhy Does Blacks Allow Mainstream Media to Choose their Leaders?By Raynard Jackson I am fond of saying, Âweak people take strong positions on weak issues.ÂŽ There is no better example of this than the embarrassing behavior of the weak Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the National Urban League (NUL). These groups have all feigned righteous indignation about the alleged negative comments made by President Trump two weeks ago about Haiti, Africa, and El Salvador. Yes, our president can be extremely hyperbolic at times, but the essence of what he said was very true. Those countries, including many in Africa, are basket cases. So, all of the aforementioned radical liberal groups ran over their mothers to get to a news camera to denounce the president for his alleged statement. With all the issues facing the Black community, CBC members joined other Democrats to attempt to pass a resolution through the U.S. House of Representatives to censure Trump for his comments, a symbolic gesture that must have kept Trump awake all night. Derrick Johnson, the president and CEO of the NAACP called Trump a Âracist.ÂŽ Wow. I am sure that Trump is going to change his ways now. Marc Morial, the president and CEO of the NUL, said that ÂPresident TrumpÂs crude comments further reveal the repugnant racial motivations behind his administrationÂs immigration policies.ÂŽ rump must be shaking in his boots. I challenge my readers to find any issue directly related to Blacks in the U.S., i.e. American citizens, that these groups have put so much political and emotional capital in. It seems that these Âmedia-appointedÂŽ Black leaders care more about those in the country illegally, homosexuals, or other groups that have no connection to America than they do the very people they ÂclaimÂŽ to represent. Juxtapose their reactions to TrumpÂs alleged comments to their relative silence on the murder of Laquan McDonald in Chicago in 2014. He was murdered by Chicago police; they claimed that it was in self-defense, but the actual video revealed that the police lied and that McDonald posed no threat to the policemen. Former Democratic congressman and ObamaÂs first chief of staff and Chicago mayor at the time of the police murder, Rahm Emanuel refused to release the video until after his campaign for re-election in 2015 (which he ultimately won). Emanuel has proven his total disdain for Blacks with his actions, not his rhetoric. Chicago is one of the most dangerous and violent cities in America. Where was the CBCÂs outrage at this? Why was there no attempt to censure Emanuel? Why are they not marching through the streets of Chicago? The NAACP and the UL have not convened a meeting or massive demonstration against Emanuel to denounce him as a racist. Oh, I forgot, he is a Democrat, therefore, he canÂt be racist. Just because you are the head of an organization, doesnÂt mean you are a leader. Can you name me the leaders of the White community? But, I digress. Can anyone explain to me why these radical, Black liberal groups are ignoring the needs of their own community to focus on the issue of those who have absolutely no connection to our community? Your first obligation as a parent is to take care of your own family. Period. Do you really think Michael Jordan gave a damn about Magic Johnson getting injured during a game in which they were playing against each other? Hell, no. So, then, why are we fighting everyone elseÂs battles at the expense of our own community? 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City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Reggie Fullwood EDITORIALJanuary 25 31, 2018 When Democrats and Republicans Refuse to Compromise the People Suffer Behind The Black Unemployment Rate So again, the philosophies are very different in many ways, but the goals are generally the same. ItÂs sort of like the FL Â… every team wants to win, but every team has a different playbook
January 25 31, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 23 29, 2018Â’NEW KID(S) ON THE NFL BLOCKUP THE NFL LADDER: Former JCSU assistant and Savannah State head coach named new head coach of NFL's Arizona Cardinals. HBCU STARS MAKE MARK IN NFLPA BOWL, THREE MORE THIS WEEK IN SENIOR BOWL Carolina Panthers PhotoChanges at the top in MEAC, SWACLUT WILLIAMS BCSP Editor Virginia State coming off a 64-61 win over Chowan Saturday, has moved up to 12th nationally in the latest NABC Div. II Top 25. The Trojans (16-1, 6-1 CIAA, 2-0 N. Div.), who are 11th nationally in the D2COSDA national poll, host Bowie State Saturday. Meanwhile, the undefeated Maroon Tigers of Morehouse improved to 16-0, 11-0 in the SIAC with its 86-75 win Saturday over in SIAC play. Senior guard Tyrius Walker's 29 points led the Tigers. Morehouse was up to 14th Morehouse is 15th in the COSIDA poll. And Morehouse's Atlanta neighbor Clark Atlanta moved to 17-1 overall, 11-0 in the SIAC, with its narrow 78-75 win over Benedict Saturday. CAU is not ranked in either the NABC or COSIDA poll but could move into both this week. Morehouse hosted Benedict Monday (Jan. There was a lot of action also in the MEAC over the weekend as well. Howard (4-17, 1-4 MEAC) ference win of the season riding 29 points from BCSP NotesPhilyaw, Carter make plays at NFLPA Collegiate Bowl After a week of workouts before NFL and other pro scouts, Howard running back Anthony Philyaw and Grambling State running back Martez Carter were among the HBCU stars that distinguished themselves at Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl over the American squad, rushed for a 12-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and was the National's leading receiver with two catches for 42 yards. Carter, playing for the American team, rushed for 45 yards on 10 carHe led the American squad with 69 all-purpose yards. On defense for the American team, Southern defensive lineman Aaron Tiller had three tackles including a sack for a 10-yard loss. Tennessee State defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko had one tackle. CIAA Virginia State running back Trenton Cannon worked out during the week and was listed on the American squad's participant list but did not participate in the game. Contacted Monday, Cannon said he decided not to play in the game to maximaze Parker, Leonard and Johnson HBCU stars to play at Reese's Senior Bowl Three highly-decorated HBCU draft eligible seniors are set to participate this week in workouts leading to Saturday's prestigious Reese's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Three-time MEAC tackle Brandon Parker of BCSP and HBCU national champion North Carolina A&T two-time MEAC ican linebacker Darius Leonard of South Carolina State and three-time allSWAC anny Johnson from Southern all freshman point guard R. J. Cole and 25 from sophomore Charles "CJ" Williams to a 84-78 overtime home win over defending champion and conference co-leader North Carolina Central Saturday. Cole currently leads the MEAC in scoring 6.0 per game. NCCU fell to 10-9, 4-1 in the MEAC with the loss. The Eagles played at UMES Monday. Howard had a chance to knock off another conference co-leader as they hosted North Carolina A&T (12-8, 5-0) Monday. Bethune-Cookman (11-9, 5-0), is currently tied with A&T for the MEAC after the Wildcats defeated Delaware State 85-78 Saturday. Brandon Tabb had 26 points to pace the 'Cats. Tabb is averaging 17.9 points and tops the line. DIV CONF ALLNORTH DIVISION W L W L W L Virginia State 2 0 6 1 16 1 Virginia Union 1 1 5 2 10 9 Lincoln 1 1 4 4 9 9 Bowie State 1 1 3 5 8 11 Chowan 1 1 2 5 7 9 Eliz. City State 0 2 1 4 6 7 SOUTH DIVISION Shaw 2 0 5 2 12 6 J. C. Smith 2 0 3 2 10 7 St. AugustineÂs 1 1 6 2 9 10 Livingstone 1 1 4 3 6 7 Winston-Salem State 0 2 2 6 4 13 Fayetteville State 0 2 1 6 4 14 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Christian Kirchman 6-0, Sr., G, JCSU Led home standing Golden Bulls with 20 points, 9 assists and 5 steals in 74-49 rout of St. Aug's. ROOKIE NA NEWCOMER DeVaughn Kelsie 6-0, So., G, SHAW Led six Bears from 3 in 93-82 win over WSSU. COACH NACIAACENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONMID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEAC CONF ALL W L W LNorth Carolina A&T 5 0 12 8 Bethune-Cookman 5 0 11 9 North Carolina Central 4 1 10 9 Savannah State 4 1 7 13 SC State 3 2 7 13 Morgan State 3 3 7 12 Norfolk State 2 2 4 15 Florida A&M 2 3 3 18 Hampton 1 2 6 12 Coppin State 2 4 2 19 Howard 1 4 4 17 Md. E. Shore 1 5 5 16 Delaware State 0 6 2 19PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER R. J. Cole 6-1, Fr., G, HOWARD Led Bison with 29 points, 6 assists, 3 steals in knocking NCCU from MEAC unbeatens in 84-78 win in OT. Brandon Tabb B-CU Led 'Cats with 26 points, 4 assists in 85-78 win over DelState. DEFENSIVE Chad Andrews-Fulton 6-7, Jr., F, CSU Had 9 rebounds, 1 block and steal to go with 21 points in OT win vs. MSU. NEWCOMER Lamar Morgan 6-6, Jr., F, CSU Scored teamhigh 24 points on 8-15 shooting, 7 of 12 from 3, in 80-73 OT win vs. Morgan State. Also had 9 boards.SIACSOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETIC CONFERENCE CONF ALLEAST DIVISION W L W LMorehouse 11 0 16 0 Clark Atlanta 11 0 17 1 Benedict 8 3 15 4 Fort Valley State 7 6 10 11 Paine 3 7 4 13 Albany State 1 9 1 17WEST DIVISIONCentral State 5 6 6 12 Kentucky State 5 7 6 13 Lane 4 7 6 10 Miles 3 6 4 12 Spring Hill 3 7 5 13 Tuskegee 2 7 3 14 LeMoyne-Owen 2 9 6 12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Tyrius Walker 6-1, Sr., G, MOREHOUSE Had game-high 29 points on 9 of 15 shooting, 4 of 8 from NEWCOMER NA SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCE DIV ALL W L W L Arkansas-Pine Bluff 6 0 6 13 Jackson State 6 1 9 11 Texas Southern 4 2 4 15 Grambling State 4 3 8 12 Alabama State 3 3 3 15 Southern 3 4 7 13 Prairie View A&M 2 4 5 15 Alabama A&M 2 4 2 17 Alcorn State 2 5 6 14 Miss. Valley State 0 6 0 19BCSP PLAYERS OF THE WEEKPLAYERIvy Smith Jr., 6-0, So., G, GSU Tied team-high with 16 points, added 10 rebounds, 7 assists in 72-45 win NEWCOMERMartavious McKnight., 6-6, Jr., G, UAPB Threw in game-high 39 points (13 of 20, 3-6 3s, 10 of 11 FTs) in 72-66 win over Prairie View as Golden Lions Donte Clark 6-4, Sr., G, TSU UMass transfer had 41 points (16-26 FG, 2-4 3, 7 of 12 FTs), 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in 91-77 win over MVSU. M E N S 2 0 1 7 1 8 B L A C K C O L L E G E B A S K E T B A L L (Standings and Top Players) W L W. Va. State 10 7 Lincoln (Mo.) 9 10 Tennessee State 8 11 Cheyney 2 14 UDC 2 15PLAYERS OF THE WEEKPLAYER Robert Fomby, 6-3, Sr. G, WEST VIRGINIA STATE Tallied 13 points in win over Charleston, 18 points with 13 rebounds and 7 assists in win over UVA Wise. Yellow Jackets have won four straight games. NEWCOMER Glen Abram, 6-1, Fr. G, WVSU Had team-high 26 points and 8 rebounds in 90-88 win over UVA Wise, 16 points in 83-82 win over Charleston.INDEPENDENTS DIV CONF ALLNORTH DIVISION W L W L W L Virginia Union 2 0 8 0 17 1 Lincoln 2 0 7 1 12 4 Chowan 2 0 6 1 14 3 Virginia State 0 2 5 2 15 2 Bowie State 0 2 5 3 12 5 Elizabeth City State 0 2 1 4 7 9 SOUTH DIVISION Winston-Salem State 2 0 3 5 8 9 Fayetteville State 2 0 2 5 6 9 J. C. Smith 1 1 2 3 11 6 Shaw 1 1 2 5 5 14 St. AugustineÂs 0 2 1 7 4 13 Livingstone 0 2 0 7 5 12 CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Nori Kuumba ,Jr., G, FSU 21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists in win over Livingstone. Rachel Pecota Sr., F, VUU Tallied game-high 27 points, hit 4 of 5 from 3, in win over BSU. Briana Arnold Sr., F, WSSU Tallied 21 points with 16 rebounds in win over Shaw. ROOKIE Shareka McNeill Fr., G, VUU Had 19 points, 7 rebounds in win over BSU. Teara Johnson Fr., G. WSSU Scored 14 points and handed out 4 assists in win over Shaw. NEWCOMER Mariah Coker 5-4, So., G, CHOWAN Had 21 points and 7 rebounds in 65-61 win over Virginia State.CIAACENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONMID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEAC CONF ALL W L W LBethune-Cookman 5 0 13 4 North Carolina A&T 4 0 9 7 Norfolk State 3 0 10 5 Hampton 3 0 7 9 Howard 3 2 7 11 North Carolina Central 3 2 5 13 Morgan State 3 3 10 9 Coppin State 3 3 4 14 Florida A&M 2 3 4 14 SC State 1 4 6 11 Md. E. Shore 1 5 4 14 Delaware State 1 5 2 17 Savannah State 0 5 2 14 BCSP PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER & DEFENSIVE PLAYER Monnaz Finney-Smith 6-1., Sr., F, HAMPTON Had double-double of 19 points and 13 steals, with 5 assists and 3 rebounds in win over SSU. ROOKIE NASIACSOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETIC CONFERENCE CONF ALLEAST DIVISION W L W LClark Atlanta 9 2 11 7 Albany State 6 4 10 10 Benedict 5 6 5 14 Fort Valley State 3 9 3 17 Paine 0 9 0 15 WEST DIVISIONCentral State 9 1 15 3 Spring Hill 6 3 12 6 Kentucky State 6 5 6 12 LeMoyne-Owen 5 5 8 8 Miles 3 5 5 10 Lane 3 7 3 15 Tuskegee 2 7 3 14 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Sierra Harley 5-8, Sr., G, CSU Had 24 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals in win over Wilberforce. Jewel Hill 5-9, Sr., G, SPRING HILL Had 28 points, 10 rebounds, shot 8 of 16, 4 of 5 from 3, 8 of 8 FTs, in win over KSU. NEWCOMER NASWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCE DIV ALL W L W L Southern 6 1 7 9 Jackson State 5 2 10 6 Texas Southern 4 2 9 8 Alcorn State 4 3 8 10 Grambling State 4 3 7 11 Alabama A&M 3 3 8 9 Prairie View A&M 3 3 5 12 Alabama State 2 4 4 13 Ark. Pine Bluff 1 5 3 13 Miss. Valley State 0 6 0 18PLAYERS OF THE WEEKPLAYER Briana Green, 5-11, Sr., F, SOUTHERN Scored 25 points, pulled down 9 rebounds and handed out 6 assists in win over Alabama State that kept Lady NEWCOMER NA W O M E N S 2 0 1 7 1 8 B L A C K C O L L E G E B A S K E T B A L L (Standings and Top Players) W L W. Va. State 7 11 Tennessee State 3 14 Cheyney 4 14 Lincoln (Mo.) 3 15 UDC 2 17PLAYERS OF THE WEEKPLAYER & NEWCOMER Jasmine Davis, 5-11, Sr. F, W. VA. STATE Threw in 25 points in win over Charleston, 12 points in win over UVA Wise. Aurreshae Hines 5-6, Sr. G, WVSU Had 21 points, 4 assists and 4 steals in win over Charleston, 12 points, 6 assists in win over UVA Wise. INDEPENDENTSHOOPS SCHEDULEMON., JAN. 22 MEAC Delaware State @ Morgan State NC A&T @ Howard NC Central @ Md.-E. Shore Hampton @ SC State Norfolk State @ Savannah State SIAC Benedict @ Morehouse Lane @ Tuskegee Central State @ Spring Hill LeMoyne Owen @ Miles Albany State @ Paine SWAC Alabama State @ Alcorn State Alabama A&M @ Southern Miss. Valley St. @ Prairie View Ark.-Pine Bluff @ Texas Southern WED., JAN. 24 SIAC Spring Hill @ Mobile INDEPENDENTS UDC @ Molloy W. Va. State @ Notre Dame (OH) THURS., JAN. 25 INDEPENDENTS SIU Edwardsville @ Tennessee State Fort Hays State @ Lincoln (MO) SAT., JAN. 27 CIAA Shaw @ Fayetteville State Chowan @ Lincoln St. Augustine's @ Livingstone Eliz. City State @ Virginia Union Bowie State @ Virginia State JC Smith @ W-Salem State MEAC SC State @ Coppin State Savannah State @ Delaware St. Howard @ Md.-E. Shore NC Central @ NC A&T Florida A&M @ Hampton Bethune-Cookman @ Norfolk St. SIAC Morehouse @ Paine Central State @ LeMoyne Owen Albany State @ Benedict Tuskegee @ Spring Hill Kentucky State @ Lane SWAC Prairie View @ Alabama State Jackson State @ Miss. Valley St. Texas Southern @ Alabama A&M Alcorn State @ Southern Grambling @ Ark.-Pine Bluff INDEPENDENTS Cheyney @. E. Stroudsburg UDC @ Queens (NY) Urbana @ W. Va. State E. Illinois @ Tennessee State Nebraska Kearney @ Lincoln (MO) MON., JAN. 29 CIAA Livingstone @ Eliz. City State MEAC B-Cookman @ Hampton Md.-E. Shore @ Coppin State SC State @ Morgan State Florida A&M @ Norforlk State SIAC Kentucky State @ LeMoyne Owen Central State @ Lane Miles @ Spring Hill Clark Atlanta @ Paine Ft. Valley State @ Benedict SWAC Texas Southern @ Alabama State Jackson State @ Ark.-Pine Bluff Prairie View @ Alabama A&M Grambling @ Miss. Valley State TUES., JAN. 30 CIAA Mid Atlantic Christian @ Eliz. City State Tusculum @ Winston-Salem State SIAC Auburn Montgomery @ Tuskegee INDEPENDENTS UDC @ Holy Family WED., JAN. 31 CIAA Virginia State @ Shaw Virginia Union @ J. C. Smith SIAC Arkansas-Pine Bluff now sits alone atop the SWAC race after the Golden Lions defeated Prairie View Saturday (72-66) and Jackson State lost to Grambling State 72-45. all. They were led Saturday by Martaveous McKnight's night currently leads the SWAC in scoring at 19.7 points per game. ence favorite Texas Southern The TSU Tigers got 41 points from Donte Clark as they handled Mississippi Valley State 91-77 Saturday. Grambling got 16 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists from Ivy Smith Jr. in its win over JSU (9-11, 6-1). Smith leads the SWAC at 5.4 assists per game. The Reese's Senior Bowl is considered the most coveted postseason all-star game for players as scouts and personnel executives from every tend this year. battles in the workouts and practices are highlighted each year and go a long way towards indicating which players will get drafted. "Well, everything matters," said Savage, "but the one-on-ones, these are the tapes and the reps that will travel with these players through the rest of their journey to the draft." will be anxious to see in one-on-one drills. "The one-on-one pass pro (protection) is where they get a chance to line up at left or right tackle and try to protect the edge for these quarterbacks," Savage said. "There's a trio of small college offensive tackles. had one penalty called on him in four years of starting. He's going to be a very intriguing prospect for people to watch." with 8 sacks in 2017. Johnson (5-10, 194) was a three-time all-SWAC selectee. He led the FCS with 7 interceptions and had 57 tackles in 2016 and added three inter16 interceptions. STATS. Johnson was a third team all-American by STATS. MEN SAT., JAN. 20 CIAA J. C. Smith 74, St. Augustines 49 Lincoln 82, Elizabeth City State 78, 2OT Shaw 93, Winston-Salem State 82 Virginia State 64, Chowan 61 Livingstone 78, Fayetteville State 62 Virginia Union 67, Bowie State 60 MEAC Bethune-Cookman 85, Delaware State 78 Coppin State 80, Morgan State 73, OT Howard 84, North Carolina Central 78, OT Norfolk State 78, SC State 54 North Carolina A&T 66, Md.-E. Shore 64 Savannah State 103, Hampton 101 SIAC Miles 73, Lane 71 Tuskegee 65, LeMoyne Owen 62 Spring Hill 84, Kentucky State 83 Clark Atlanta 78, Benedict 75 Fort Valley State 69, Albany State 52 SWAC Arkansas-Pine Bluff 72, Prarie View 66 Alcorn State 68, Alabama A&M 52 Southern 63, Alabama State 61 Grambling State 72, Jackson State 45 Texas Southern 91, Mississippi Valley State 77INDEPENDENTS West Virginia State 83, Charleston 82 Murray State 76, Tennessee State 57 UDC 107, NYIT 97 Lincoln 75, Southwest Baptist 74 Lock Haven 86, Cheyney 62 WOMEN SAT., JAN. 20 CIAA Johnson C. Smith 75, Saint Augustines 58 Lincoln 57, Elizabeth City State 49 Winston-Salem State 108, Shaw 73 Chowan 65, Virginia State 61 Fayetteville State 90, Livingstone 76 Virginia Union 74, Bowie State 56 MEAC Bethune-Cookman 68, Delaware State 60 Coppin State 55, Morgan State 53 Howard 69, NC Central 54 Norfolk State 71, South Carolina State 67 NC A&T 57, Maryland-Eastern Shore 45 Hampton 81, Savannah St. 53 SIAC Miles 62, Lane 58 Tuskegee 68, LeMoyne Owen 54 Spring Hill 79, Kentucky State 62 Clark Atlanta 54, Benedict 52 Fort Valley State 66, Albany State 65 SWAC Arkansas-Pine Bluff 64, Prarie View 52 Alcorn State 57, Alabama A&M 52 Southern 66, Alabama State 58 Jackson State 82, Grambling State 70 Texas Southern 55, Miss. Valley State 39INDEPENDENTS W. Va. State 83, Charleston 82 Murray State 76, Tenn. State 57 UDC 107, NYIT 97 Lincoln 75, Southwest Baptist 74 Cheyney 80, Lock Haven 73SCORES UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS ARIZONA CARDINALS PICK WILKS : A former assistant football coach at Johnson C. Smith and former head coach at Savannah State is the NFL's newest head coach. ordinator Steve Wilks who served those stints at JCSU and SSU, was named the Arizona Cardinals' new head man Monday. Wilks, 48, has been an NFL assistant since 2006, most recently spending the last six seasons with defensive coordinator after two seasons as the assistant head coach and defensive backs coach. He replaces former Cardinals' head coach Bruce Arians who retires on Jan. 1. The last time Wilks was a head coach was in 1999 in SIAC games. He left Savannah State after one year to become defensive coordinator at Illinois State. Wilks played at Appalachian State from 1987 to 1991, and attended the Seattle Seahawks' training camp in 1992 before playing defensive back and wide receiver for the began his coaching career two years later at JCSU in 1995. He worked on defensive staffs of four other college programs (App State, East Tennessee State, Bowling Green, Notre Dame and Washington) and two other NFL in 2012. team in the NFL in 2017 that didn't allow a 100-yard rusher, and haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in a 20 straight games, which is the longest active streak in the NFL. He'll NICHOLSON GETS TWO POSTS : Jacqueline Nicholson who serves as Associate Athletics Director for Academics & Compliance and Senior Women's Administrator at Albany State has been chosen to serve on the NCAA Div. II Men's and Women's Track and Field Committee. She will represent the South Region on the eight-person committee. Additionally, she has been elected as president of the ginia Tech, joined ASU in January of 2017. Wilks ColeTabb McKnight ParkerLeonard Johnson Clark
by Roz Gee With brutal temps in the single digits and a wicked wind chill factor that blanketed the entire northeast region, I arrived on-site with high expectancy that within a matter of minutes the climate would shift to sizzling as we ascended on the subject matter of Â„ entrepreneurship. It was indeed a distinct honor and privilege to recently sit down and dialogue with Bishop T. D. Jakes. One of the preliminary inquiries alluded to SOAR! serving as a catalyst to usher the church and faithbased entrepreneurs into the next dimension of opportunity and advancement. Bishop expressed, ÂI think itÂs a bigger play then just moving the church into the next dimension. I think itÂs really an attempt to bring underserved communities of all types into the next dimension.ÂŽ Jakes expounded on a developing problem in our country where communities were crafted around an age and era that no longer exists. The industrial age came and a plethora of jobs existed. Then blue-collar jobs became available where underserved communities had opportunities to live in better neighborhoods, to own homes, and to be successful. However, when the technological (or information) age surfaced, there was a chasm that created a split in America where those who could not go up and ride the wave of technology, or did not have a college degree or skillset to grow up, fell down into the abyss of poverty and poor opportunities. With fervent passion, Bishop further expressed that for example, itÂs an opportunity for those who have past criminal records to find a job, which makes up a significant demographic in underserved communities. Now, they can have more opportunities to better themselves. ÂItÂs imperative that we go beyond just talking about jobs to creating jobs. Seventy percent of the people employed in this country are employed by small companies. As we consider the complexities of getting America back to work again, entrepreneurship is a way to do that,ÂŽ he said. The vision and passion of T. D. Jakes is to fuel the SOAR! movement to include engaging conversations, exchange of ideas, and relevant strategies and solutions for our communities, organizations and associations that will seize and overtake opportunity and catapult generational change. WeÂre leaving the runway, and youÂve been cleared for takeoff! Glover to Headline Leadership Workshop at First ChurchEWCPresident Dr. Nathaniel Glover will headline a ÂLeadershipÂŽ workshop, sharing the approaches and guidelines of leadership on Jan. 27, 11 a.m., at the First Church of Palm Coast. Dr. Glover emerges with positive impact receiving $8.5 million for revitalizing an athletic field, rehabilitating a student dormitory, and improving the quality of resources for Edward Waters College and the surrounding neighborhood in the core of Jacksonville. Dr. Glover is also the first-elected African-American Sheriff of Jacksonville, and the first-elected African-American Sheriff in Florida since Reconstruction. Moreover, Dr. Glover is an alumnus of Edward Waters College. Admission is free for the workshop. Located at 91 Old Kings Road North, the First Church of Palm Coast pastored by the Rev. Gillard S. Glover Â… can be reached at (386) 446-5759.East Florida and Bethany Association Women in White ProgramThe East Florida and Bethany Association presents their ÂWomen in WhiteÂŽ event to be held at Greater Friendly Baptist Church located at 1721 W. 19th St. on Sunday, January 28th at 4 p.m. The program is open to the entire church and community. Reverend Clifford Johnson, moderator and Sister Shirley Bowman, Publicity Chair look forward to seeing you there! To make a donation or for more info contact Sister Edith Hicks at (904) 768-4283.Greater Missionary Tabernacle Baptist Special ServicesThe Greater Missionary Tabernacle Baptist Church located at 5730 Sawyer Avenue and under the leadership of Reverend J.C. Green, pastor invites the community to share in their upcoming events: Annual Commitment day will take place, Sunday, January 28th, during the 11 a.m. morning services. preachers of GMTB will speak to the parishioners on the importance of keeping the agreement we make with God; Sunday, February 11th at 11 a.m. Valentine Program worship service; Sunday, February 25th GMTB church will celebrate Black History month at 11 a.m. morning worship service. Chairperson is Minister N. Pye and Sister V. Pye. For more info call the church office at (904) 768-2725. Greater Macedonia Celebrates Pastor Williams 42nd AnniversaryThe Greater Macedonia Baptists church of Northside located at 1880 West Edgewood Avenue will celebrate the church and pastors anniversary in February. The church was established in 1914. Dr. WilliamÂs pastorate commenced in 1976 to the present. Celebration dates are February 11th, 4 p.m. with guest churches: Philippian Community Church (Bishop Virgil Jones, Sr.), Mt. Vernon Baptist Church (Dr. Kelly Brown), (Mt. Bethel Baptist Church (Dr. Robert Herring); and February 18th, 4 p.m. with guest churches: St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church (Bishop John Guns), First Missionary Baptist Church, Jax Beach (Dr. Marvin McQueen, Sr.), Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church (Reverend Brian Campbell). For more info contact the church office at (904) 764-9257.Southside Church of God in Christ, Revival with Apostle Lakesha SavageÂRevival Revival,ÂŽ with Apostle Lakesha Savage of Mobile, AL at Southside Church of God in Christ, Wednesday, January 31st and Feb 1-2 at 7:30 p.m. All services will be held at 2179 Emerson Street. Southside Church of God in Christ is under the leadership of Bishop Ed Robinson. For more info visit www.southsidecogic.com.OTICE:Church news is published free of charge. Information must be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event date will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax your information to 904-765-8611, e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com or bring by our offices located at 1122 West Edgewood Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32208. Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press January 25 31, 2018 Greater Macedonia Baptist Church1880 West Edgewood Avenue The doors of Macedonia are always open to you and your family. If we may be of any assistance to you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via email at GreaterMac@aol.com. Seeking the lost for ChristMatthew 28:19 20 Dr. Landon Williams 8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Morning WorshipTuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m. Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m. Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM Sunday 2 PM 3 PM **FREE TUTORIG FOR YOUTH I EGLISH, SCIECE, HISTORY AD MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464 Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. Senior Pastor Sunday Morning Worship 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Church school 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 6:45 p.m.Midweek Services Wednesday oon Service ÂMiracle at MiddayÂŽ 12 noon 1:00 p.m. Weekly Services Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 7:40 and 10:40 a.m. Worship with us LIVE on the web visitwww.truth2powerministries.org Grace and Peacevisit www.Bethelite.org Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.. Pastor Emeritus Scriptures Often Offer Various Paths to Wisdom By James Washington Whenever I find myself at a loss for understanding, or IÂm lost period, I inevitably pray for wisdom. It was just something I started doing when I began this walk and something I continue to do. In my own way, I believed if I asked the Lord for wisdom to understand why I was going through this or that, then maybe IÂd learn my lessons quicker. At the very least, I should come to know something that might bring me to a conclusion about a particular situation or circumstance. I tend to ask God for help in understanding, rather than blindly asking for elimination of something because that might be the only way for me to learn. ItÂs called experience. From experience comes testimony. James 1:5 tells us that if you ask for wisdom, God will give it generously without finding fault. ÂIf any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.ÂŽ It is my understanding that Solomon had his choice of anything and he chose wisdom, which gives great meaning to Proverbs. I heard a remarkable sermon one Sunday that allowed me to be thankful for pleading with God for what appears to be the right thing. The minister broke it down like this. Through wisdom you can get everything you want. ItÂs all contained in Proverbs 3:13-18. I was amazed. There it was. Wisdom is more valuable than precious jewels; nothing you could want can compare with it. Wisdom offers you (1) long life, (2) wealth and (3) honor. It can make your life (4) pleasant and (5) lead you safely through it. Those who become wise are (6) happy. Now the ministerÂs message of course dissected this small bit of scripture in a marvelous way that I cannot. But I came away from service with a whole new view of how to approach life. My prayers for wisdom took on a new sense of urgency. I mean long life, wealth, honor, pleasure, security and ultimately happiness are all obtained via the acquisition of wisdom. What more is there? I found it of particular interest that Proverbs, written by Solomon who was granted wisdom by God, is all about how to live. If ever there was a road map, here it is. As the pastor stated, the key is to do what it says. The key to becoming wise, as with everything else starts with fear and reverence for the Lord. I interpret fear to mean Âbe in awe of.ÂŽ ThatÂs just me of course. ÂThe fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdomÂƒ.if you are wise, your wisdom will reward you.ÂŽ ThatÂs it for me, answers my need to know and gives me the insight I need to help me navigate a very dangerous confusing world. In your spare time reread Proverbs and tell me if you agree. For the next 30 days thatÂs what IÂll be doing in hopes of gaining further insight. You can help me as it says in Proverbs 9:9 ÂInstruct a wise man and he will be wiser stillÂƒÂŽ Thank you for continuing to read this offering and may God bless and keep you always. T. D. Jakes Touts Entrepreneurship to Empower Underserved Communities S S P P I I R R I I T T U U A A L L L L Y Y S S P P E E A A K K I I N N G G Tye Tribbett Gearing Up for ew Gospel Music ShowTye Tribbett has a new gospel music show coming to TBN, called the Gospel Worship Experience. An invitation to the upcoming taping revealed some of the guests who willl be featured on the Orlando show at the Holy Land Experience theme park. Guests include Tasha Cobbs, Travis Greene, Kierra Sheard, and Anthony J. Brown. In an Instagram video, Tribbett said TBN would be airing the gospel music show after BETÂs cancellation last yea rof the variety show "Joyful Noise" after just one season. My thing was to really make Jesus, gospel and music as cool and relevant as it really is. I want to bring that back in a way that will bring family together, not just youth," the musician said. "I want to bring families together so they will be inspired because we're going to face some dark days, especially in America. We're going to find strength in knowing all things work together for good, and I want the show to be a reinforcement of that truth." Article author Roz Gee with Bishop T.D. Jakes
January 25 31, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 Chances are, youÂve probably heard these lines before: ÂIÂve always been a big woman. IÂm big boned!ÂŽ ÂHeÂs a big guy; heÂs not overweight. ItÂs just that he has a large frame.ÂŽ Somewhere along the way, many people have mistaken bones for fat, especially on overweight people who are very tall. First of all, unless you have X-ray vision, you canÂt tell if someone has big bones if thereÂs a lot of body fat over them. Tall people who are over-fat are often referred to as Âbig bonedÂŽ or Âlarge framed.ÂŽ ItÂs fascinating, because the size of a thigh bone does not determine how much body fat is stuffed into that thigh. And how do big bones create a 40-inch waist? A5Â10ÂŽ woman whoÂs overweight is hardly referred to as plump or pudgy. But a 5Â2ÂŽ woman with proportionately the same amount of excess body fat is typically called plump or pudgy. HmmmÂƒ Size of fat cells and height of person are not related Atall person has longer than average bones. But bone length has nothing to do with bone mass or body fat. AÂsolidÂŽ build is not to be confused with a muscular build. ÂSolidÂŽ is a polite way of saying someone is overweight. Excess body fat can be so densely packed within a particular space (such as thighs), that it almost mimics the appearance of muscle because itÂs not a ÂfluffyÂŽ or jiggly kind of fat. When this tightlypacked fat is on a tall frame, the person is perceived as being bigboned. Resistance training, not height, is what influences bone density and thickness. Next time you see a ÂbigbonedÂŽ person, imagine what his or her body fat reading would be with a caliper skin-fold test. And even when a person has thick bones, this doesnÂt necessarily mean generous girth. Athick bone on a six-foot-tall woman can still be surrounded by a thin layer of body fat and lean muscle. Look no further than many competitive tennis players such as Venus Williams (6Â1ÂŽ) and Maria Sharapova (6Â2ÂŽ). And a delicate, thin bone on a six-foot-tall woman can be surrounded by layers of fat, creating the appearance of that Âlarge frame.ÂŽ There is no relationship between bone length and fat cells, period. Diet and exercise are the key players here. Thus, a very tall person can have a light or delicate frame, such as fashion models and skilled high-jumpers. Likewise, a very short person can have a compact structure, such as some gymnasts and wrestlers. LetÂs examine two body types Excess body fat tends to distribute evenly throughout the mesomorphÂs naturally athletic-looking build. But endomorphs have naturally below-average muscle mass, are rounder in shape and have a naturally higher body fat percentage than mesomorphs. Body fat tends to concentrate in the endomorphÂs hips, thighs and upper arms. All of this is a tendency. Weight lifting and food intake are potent variables that affect apparent body type. A5Â10ÂŽ female mesomorph who is 30 pounds overweight will carry the weight more proportionately than the 5Â10ÂŽ female endomorph. Yet both women can have identical body fat percentages. ItÂs easy to see how the tall mesomorph with extra body fat can be perceived as big-boned, rather than overweight. ÂSheÂs a big girl!ÂŽ is a common expression for the tall, overweight mesomorph. And even endomorphs with extra pounds are called Ânaturally big.ÂŽ And letÂs not forget tall men with weight to lose. Does Âbig guyÂŽ come to mind? LetÂs face the truth: In a society that serves up huge portions of high-calorie foods, big screen TVs with their remotes, computers and electronics making life increasingly immobile, a very tall person is just as prone to carrying excess fat as is a shorter individual. Stop blaming the bones! Slow metabolism is also a culprit, and with an unhealthy lifestyle, any Âbody typeÂŽ can fall victim to a stunted metabolic rate. Next time you think someone is Âjust naturally big,ÂŽ ask yourself what the big bone inside? If you think itÂs muscle, ask him to flex it. Fat cannot be flexed! What about people who get bigger with time? Do bones get bigger? Or do fat cells get bigger? The opposite is true when it comes to bones; as we age, bones become smaller: less dense, less Âthick.ÂŽ But something else increases: body fat. This fact of aging occurs to people of all heights. Height and weight chartsÂ„ nahhh! Such a standard chart says that a 5Â8ÂŽ woman can weigh up to 165 pounds and still be within a normal weight range. Even when a competitive female bodybuilder of this height builds up a lot of muscle (which is heavier than fat), she still may weigh only 150. So how can 165 pounds translate to ÂnormalÂŽ or ÂhealthyÂŽ weight for the average woman? Chuck these charts. Reach for the skin-fold calipers instead. According to the American Council on Exercise, the ÂathleticÂŽ range for a womanÂs body fat is 14-20 percent; and for a man, 6-13 percent. People who are blessed with surplus height need to exercise and eat healthfully as much as anybody else. Never use your regal stature as an excuse to avoid working out. Body fat percentage is just one of several elements used in gauging a personÂs physical fitnessÂ„and the importance of a healthy body fat percentage is equally applicable to men and women of all heights. The other elements are: muscle strength, muscle endurance, cardiovascular fitness, and flexibility. by Jack Diamon Registered Dietician Got dairy? If the statistics are any indication, the answer is probably no. According to the National Medical Association, the largest African American physicianÂs group in the USA, African Americans should get 3-4 servings of milk, yogurt or cheese daily. However, recent studies show that African Americans are getting less than 1 serving of dairy foods per day and over 80% fail to get the recommended daily amount of calcium. Getting adequate calcium in your diet is extremely important as it can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure, obesity and osteoporosis. How Much is a Serving? 1 serving of dairy provides about 300 mg of calcium. Some examples of serving sizes are: 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of low-fat or non-fat yogurt, or 1.5oz of cheese (2 thin slices). Lactose Intolerance Lactose Intolerance is the bodyÂs inability to digest lactose, a sugar that is found in milk and dairy products. Lactose Intolerance affects up to 80% of African Americans. Every person is different, but most people who are lactose intolerant are able to eat a small amount of dairy. The trick is to eat dairy products in combination with other foods that do not contain lactose and not eat too much dairy at once. It can also help to keep a food diary to learn which foods your body can or cannot tolerate. Some ideas to help improve your bodyÂs sensitivity to lactose: Try yogurt: yogurt with active cultures contains less lactose. Drink milk with meals, and try drinking it in smaller quantities. Cheese is naturally low in lactose, so try adding a slice to your sandwich. Try lactose reduced/ free milk. Some non-dairy foods that are high in calcium include dark green vegetables (such as broccoli) and fish with soft, edible bones (such as sardines and salmon. Hypertension, Osteoporosis and Obesity Hypertension or high blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke particularly among African Americans. One in three African Americans suffer from hypertension, and may develop it earlier in life and with greater consequences than Caucasians. Results from the DASH study found that a low-fat diet that included 3 servings of dairy foods and was rich in fruits and vegetables significantly lowered blood pressure. Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone disease characterized by low bone mass, which makes bones fragile and susceptible to fracture. According to a recent analysis, 38% of African Americans have low bone density. Between 80-95% of fractures in African Americans over the age of 64 are due to osteoporosis and African American women who sustain osteoporosis related fractures suffer increased disability and decreased survival rates compared to white women. In most cases, osteoporosis can be prevented by adequate intake of calcium, Vitamin D (foods such as milk, eggs and fortified cereals and breads) and appropriate exercise. It is estimated that over 60% of African Americans are overweight. Research is showing that a balanced, reduced calorie eating plan that includes milk, yogurt and cheese is associated with a lower body weight. You can keep your calories down by choosing fat-free and low-fat varieties of your favorite dairy products. S i m m o n s P e d i a t r i c s Charles E. Simmons, III, M.D. H o s p i t a l E x p e r t Have your newborn or sick child seen in the hospital by their own Doctor.Baptist-Wolfson ChildrenÂs Hospital St. VincentsMemorial & St. Lukes Hospital(904) 766-1106Primary Care Hours: 9AM to 5:30PM 177 Edgewood Avenue, W., Ste 1 Jacksonville, Florida 32208 Monday Friday 766-1106 1771 WestEdgewood, Suite 1 Anew study has found that women who make direct eye contact with people they talk to are perceived as being more likable than those who don't. The study's lead author, Malia Mason, a Ph.D. candidate at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, says that this is probably because eye contact sends the message that the person being spoken to and listened to is more interesting than anything or anyone else. The study also found that eye contact increases your ability to persuade others. If you are perceived as likable then people will be more open to paying close attention to you and being convinced by your point of view, Mason says. So what can women glean from this study? If you're trying to get your husbands or other people to do something for you, it might be better to talk to them face to face rather than on the phone. And when you do raise a topic, fix your gaze on the person you're talking to and you'll be more likely to get cooperation. Look 'em in the Eye Ladies Big Boned or Overweight? How to Tell the Difference Dairy's Important Role in African American Health Try yogurt: yogurt with active cultures contains less lactose. Questions to Ask Y our Doctor Is there anything I can do to make yourjob easier? This is a Âno-brainer,ÂŽ because the answer is crystal clear. The answer involves the patient being open and honest in providing accurate information to enable accurate diagnosis, as well as to support the doctorsÂability to follow-up and track the progress of the treatment plan. 2. Regardless of what my insurance company will orwonÂt pay for, will you please inform me of all treatment options, which could help This is extremely important because it allows you the patient to have the right and the ability to decide. For example, if there is an option for treatment that appeals to you, this allows you to find the money to pay for it out-of-pocket, if necessary. 3. How are the tests you are ordering going to help you in making yourfinal diagnosis, and what are the risks (if any) of these tests? Here we have the information to not only understand whatÂs going on as you take what could be a battery of tests, but also to play an active role in the diagnostic process without Âplaying doctor.ÂŽ Tall people who are over-fat are often referred to as Âbig bonedÂŽ or Âlarge framed.ÂŽ ItÂs fascinating, because the size of a thigh bone does not determine how much body fat is stuffed into that thigh. And how do big bones create a 40-inch waist? 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 Enterprise Center 101 East Union Street, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL32202 904-633-8099 www.drj-cpa.com DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A.
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.Raines Alumni DinnerThe alumni of historic Raines High School ÂBlack & WhiteÂŽ Ball is scheduled for Saturday, January 27th, at 6 p.m. at the Omni Hotel located at 245 Water Street. Come dance, have fun and reminisce! For tickets and more info visit www.raineshsaa.com.Shenette Sparkes Book SigningShenette Sparkes will hold a book signing, ÂTraining With a Purpose, Saturday, January 27th 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at the San Marco book store located at 1971 San Marco Blvd. The book was written as a weekly quote journal that inspires students and athletes to develop the heart of a champion. For more info visit www.sanmarcobookstore.com.Christopher Lane of Antique RoadshowMap and print expert Christopher Lane of Antiques Roadshow fame will be the keynote speaker at Mapping Our Past, an all-day event celebrating and showcasing the Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection at the Main Library, Saturday, January 27th, 11 a.m. Â… 4 p.m. at the Main Library located at 303 N. Laura St. For more info call (904) 630-2409.Free Zumba ClassA free Zumba Class is scheduled for Saturday, January 27t h at 11 a.m. at Florida Blue located at River City Marketplace located at 13141 City Station Dr. Enjoy this fun dance fitness class; a great workout for any fitness level! For more info call (904) 394-2250.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.Cirque Zuma ZumaCirque Zuma Zuma, the Âultimate African circusÂŽ is filled with nonstop action, dance, acrobatics tumbling, music and more will take place Tuesday, January 30th at 7:30 p.m. at the Ritz Museum located at 829 N. Davis St. For tickets visit www.ritzjacksonville.com.SCORE Financing WorkshopA SCORE Workshop ÂWhere Can I Find Financing for My Small Business?ÂŽ is scheduled for Tuesday, January 30th, 6 p.n. at the Small Business Administration Office located at 7825 Baymeadows Way. For more info visit www.myjaxchamber.com. Job FairDust off your resume and attend the Job News USA Job Fair, Wednesday, January 31st at 10 a.m. at the Prime Osborn Convention Center located at 1000 Water St. For more info visit www.jobnewsusa.com.Free Kettlebell FitnessA free Kettlebell Fitness class is scheduled for Wednesday, January 31st at 6 p.m. at Florida Blue at River City Marketplace located at 13141 City Station Dr. Enjoy this fun workout for any fitness level! For more info call (904) 394-2250.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. DCREA Multicultural ProgramThe Duval County Retired Educators AssociationÂs Cultural Affairs Committee is celebrating Black History Month with a Multicultural Program, Thursday, February 1st at 10 a.m. at the Mary Singleton Center located at 150 East 1st Street. Witness a black history presentation by the Gullah Geechee Nation. For more info contact Gail Holley at (904) 630-0995.Florida Blue Senior Fitness ClassFlorida Blues Senior Fitness class, Thursday, February 1st at 10 a.m. at Florida Blue location at River City Marketplace, 13141 City Station Dr. Enjoy this fun workout for any fitness level! For more info call (904) 394-2250.Cabaret on StageThe Broadway play ÂCabaretÂŽ will come to the Thrasher-Horne Center, 283 College Dr., Orange Park, with its revival tour on Thursday, February 1st at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more info visit www.thcenter.org.Pink Goes Red for Stroke & Heart DiseaseAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in partnership with Alpha Clay Pearls, Inc., presents ÂPink Goes Red for Stroke and Heart Disease Awareness,ÂŽ event scheduled for Friday, February 2nd at 5 p.m. at the Orange Park Mall, 1910 Wells Rd, Orange Park, FL. Come and enjoy a fashion show, Zumba, blood pressure, HIV screenings and more! Come step in style toward a healthy heart. For more info email: email@example.com.EFIG GalaThe Equality Florida Institute Greater Jacksonville Gala is scheduled for Saturday, February 3rd, 7 10 p.m. at the Florida Yacht Club located at 5210 Yacht Club Rd. This event will celebrate the organizations 20th anniversary and honor the state of equality in the State of Florida! For tickets and more info visit www.eqfl.org.Free Dental Services for KidsFlorida State College at Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Dental Society 2018 Give Kids a Smile free dental services for kids will be in the chair, Saturday, February 3rd 7:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Free fillings, extractions and cleanings for children up to age 18. Prescreenings are recommended to reserve an appointment and will be held Wednesday, January 31st and Thursday, February 1st from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the North Campus Dental Clinic. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.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 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. 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by Steve Rose After five decades as sidekicks, secondary characters and niche titles, the black superheroÂs time has finally come. Next month Marvel releases its eagerly awaited Black Panther movie, centred on a young African king who doubles as a clawed, catsuit-clad crimefighter. Last week CW and Netflix unveiled Black Lightning, an African-American educator with electrical superpowers. Add in NetflixÂs Luke Cage and thatÂs three African-American-led superhero titles in 18 months Â… a situation previously unimaginable. The timing could not be better in terms of US race relations, which are more charged now than they have been in generations. Recent developments could be seen as having paved the way: the Black Lives Matter movement, debates over representation sparked by the #OscarSoWhite debacle, the resurgence of white nationalism and institutional racism resulting from Donald TrumpÂs presidency. But the trend is driven by commercial concerns as much as cultural ones. Cheo Hodari Coker, producer and writer of Luke Cage, said recently: ÂThe only color that really matters is green [backdrop for CGI scenes] Âƒ I donÂt know if itÂs as much altruism as much as it is a combination of being commercially viable, the stories are interesting, the music pops and people think, ÂWhy not now?ÂÂŽ The superhero market is HollywoodÂs primary earner: in the US alone, superhero movies earned more than $2bn in 2017. After a decade of titles led by white males, however, studios are aware that viewer fatigue could burst the bubble. They are constantly looking for new ways to reinvigorate the genre and, mindful of their global audience, attract viewers of all colours. Last yearÂs Wonder Woman movie proved that a female-led superhero title is now a viable option; this year looks set to do the same for black superheroes. But questions remain about how ÂpoliticalÂŽ mainstream audiences want their comic book entertainment to be. Black Lightning, which began last week, overtly addresses the racial climate. In its opening minutes, the first episode sketches out a landscape of gang violence, institutional racism and street protests, quotes Martin Luther King and fellow civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, namechecks Harriet Tubman, and plays Billie HollidayÂs protest song Strange Fruit. Its hero, Jefferson Pierce, played by Cress Williams, has the power to control electricity and shoot lightning bolts from his hands, but when the story begins he is in retirement as a school principal in the fictional city of Freeland. In an intense early scene, PierceÂs car is pulled over by white cops as he drives home with his two daughters. As they train their guns on him, and give no reason, his eyes begin to glow blue as his rage builds and his powers charge up. When those daughters are abducted by a local gang Â… led by an albino AfricanAmerican kingpin Â… Pierce steps back into costume. ÂIn a simplified sense, you could look at Jefferson Pierce as Martin Luther King and Black Lightning as Malcolm X,ÂŽ says Williams. ÂNonviolence is a great philosophy, and should always be the first resort, but sometimes you have to protect yourself. Sometimes you have to mess things up, be a little bit more active to get things done. The show hopefully poses that question.ÂŽ Luke Cage whose Netflix series began in September 2016, also reluctantly brings his superpowers to bear on the organized AfricanAmerican crime ripping his Harlem community apart. It operates at a blaxploitation-filtered remove from the present day, but still addresses issues of politics, racism and African-American history. Cage, played by Mike Colter, begins its second season later this year. Black Panther is a more fantastical prospect, but no less significant a cultural moment. Expensive, action-packed and effects-heavy, it is led by black talent, including director Ryan Coogler and actors Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan and Lupita NyongÂo. The storyÂs fictional setting of Wakanda is a prosperous, technologically advanced African nation Â… a marked contrast to previous, stereotypical depictions of the continent. Regardless of the motivations, Black Panther, Black Lightning and Luke Cage suggest that comic-book movies can continue to function as a form of global diversity-awareness training. ÂWeÂve reached a time where people are hungry for diversity,ÂŽ says Cress Williams. He sees the rise of black superheroes as Âa backlash to what happened, politically, a year ago. I think what happened in our society revealed that we werenÂt as far along as we thought, so people are really hungry to move it along, to evolve us faster. And a lot of art comes out of that.ÂŽ Certainly there is more work to be done. Asian and Latino heroes are still extremely thin on the ground, as are female superheroes. Wonder Woman and Jessica Jones remain the only top-billed movie superheroines. The next hurdle would be a black female superhero. With that in mind, it is significant that Black LightningÂs two daughters possess superpowers of their own, as could Luke CageÂs accomplice Misty Knight and Black PantherÂs younger sister, Shuri. The ground is already being prepared. January 25 31, 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 by Maria Pasquini Tracee Ellis Ross is setting the record straight about speculation over her black-ish salary. ÂThere has been a lot of conversation and speculation the last few days regarding my black-ish salary. I was in renegotiation, like many actors find themselves in during the fourth season of a successful show,ÂŽ Ellis Ross wrote on Twitter, addressing a report from The Hollywood Reporter that claimed she was paid considerably less money than her costar Anthony Anderson Â„ who also serves as an executive producer for the show. The report also alleged she was considering appearing in fewer episodes if she could not renegotiate her salary. Although Ellis Ross did not explicitly confirm the pay gap between her and AndersonÂs salaries, she did go on to say, ÂI wanted to be compensated in a way that matches my contribution to a show that I love for many reasons, including the opportunity it allows me to reshape what it is to be a fully realized black woman on TV.ÂŽ ÂThe words and thoughts that were in the original article that started this public conversation were not mine; there were never any threats. I wish I would have been called by the reporter to confirm that,ÂŽ she added. The 45-year-old actress concluded her message by saying that even though Âhaving had my renegotiation become a public conversation was awkward,ÂŽ she was Âgrateful for the outpouring of support.ÂŽ ÂIÂm truly thankful that important conversations are taking place about fighting for womenÂs worth and equality, and tightening the pay gap in every industry,ÂŽ she wrote. Ross has been a very vocal supporter of the TimeÂs Up movement. On the Golden Globes red carpet, Ross explained her decision to wear all black by saying, ÂI wear black today as a ÂweÂ not as an ÂI,Â as a celebration of our collective power as women, as an embodiment of sisterhood, solidarity and the work being done to create structural change.ÂŽ Tracee Ellis Ross Speaks Out About Reported black-ish Pay Gap with Anthony Anderson Timing is Right for Black Superheroes MoÂique Launches Boycott Against etflixComedian MoÂNique has never been afraid to speak her mind, recently calling out streaming giant Netflix over what she deems Âgender bias and color bias.ÂŽ The Oscar-winner took to Instagram to galvanize fans into joining her mission, explaining that Netflix offered her $500,000 for a comeback stand-up special while offering Amy Schumer $11 million last year. They also reportedly offered Chris Rock $40 million for two specials and Dave Chappelle $60 million for four, according to Business Insider. When asked why her extensive resume wasnÂt considered while making the offer, MoÂNique claims the streaming service replied, ÂWe donÂt go off of resumes,ÂŽ only to read off SchumerÂs resume as reason for her hefty paycheck. The former sit-com star also claims Netflix referred to her as a Âlegend,ÂŽ which means she should get paid similarly to what legends, such as Rock and Chappelle, were paid. Chadwick Boseman will play Black Panther in the well anticipated flick MoÂique
Page 10 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press January 25 31, 2018 Colin Kaepernick Shares Plans for the Final $100K of his $1M Pledge to Charity Last year was huge for social activist and NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick and his philanthropic efforts surrounding social justice will continue in 2018. Earlier this week, Kaepernick shared how he will allocate the final $100,000 of his $1 million charity pledge. He made a pledge through his foundation to provide donations to organizations that were dedicated to helping individuals who lived in disenfranchised and underserved communities over the course of a year. Before the end of January, he will name the last 10 organizations who will receive the final $100,000 from his pledge. For each donation, a celebrity will match the amount that is given. The first organization out of the ten to receive a donation will be Silicon Valley De-Bug. The charityÂ„which has locations in the South Bay and San JoseÂ„focuses on providing support for immigrants, low-wage workers, and children. NBA star Kevin Durant will match KaepernickÂs donation. The funds will specifically help families who have loved ones that are incarcerated. It will give those who are facing financial barriers the opportunity to post bail. Kaepernick hopes that the donation will bring awareness to the flaws in the criminal justice system. Kaepernick also partnered with actor Jesse Willams to donate to the Advancement Project, which focuses on racial justice issues and has teamed up with NBA player Stephen Curry to donate to a violence prevention and youth development organization called United Playaz that is based in San Francisco. Since the inception of the pledge, Kaepernick has donated to over 30 nonprofit organizations and charities. ÂWe have to continue to keep making steps toward real change!ÂŽ wrote Kaepernick in an Instagram post, when he launched the pledge. He also added that he wanted to help Âsteer that change in the right direction.ÂŽ Why Some African Americans are Moving to Africa by Azad Essa Accra, Ghana They have come from the big cities of San Francisco, Chicago, and New York. Thousands of them. And many refuse to return. A new wave of African Americans are escaping the incessant racism and prejudice in the United States. From Senegal and Ghana to The Gambia, communities are emerging in defiance of conventional wisdom that Africa is a continent everyone is trying to leave. It is estimated that between 3,000 and 5,000 African Americans live in Accra, the Ghanaian capital. They are teachers in small towns in the west or entrepreneurs in the capital and say they that even though living in Ghana is not always easy, they feel free and safe. Take Muhammida el-Muhajir, a digital marketer from New York who left her job to move to Accra. She says she moved, because despite her education and experience, she was always made to feel like a second-class citizen. Moving was an opportunity to fulfil her potential and avoid being targeted by racial violence. On life as a second-class citizen in the US... "I grew up in Philadelphia and then New York. I went to Howard, which is a historically black university. I tell people that Ghana is like Howard in real life. It felt like a microcosm of the world. At university, they tell us the world isn't black, but there are places where this is the real world. Howard prepares you for a world where black people are in charge, which is a completely different experience compared to people who have gone to predominantly white universities." On her first trip to Africa... "The first country I went to was Kenya. I was 15 and travelled with a group of kids. I was one of two black kids. I saw early that I could fit in and wasn't an outsider. Suddenly it switched, I came from America where I was an outsider, but in Africa, I no longer felt like that. I did graduate school in Ghana in 2003 and went back to New York and then moved to Ghana in 2014. "I have no connection to Ghana. Some people in my family did tests, and we found ties to Senegal and The Gambia, but I don't think you can ever figure it out. No matter where you were sold or left the port, Senegal or Ghana, no one can be certain where you came from." On leaving ew York for Accra... "Even when you live in a place like New York as a black person, you're always an outsider. "You hear stories about the richest black people, like Oprah Winfrey, getting shut out of a store or Jay-Z not being allowed to buy [an apartment]. Those things happen. It doesn't matter if you're a celebrity, you're a second-class citizen. This was the biggest issue for me. "In America, you're always trying to prove yourself; I don't need to prove myself to anyone else's standards here. I'm a champion, I ran track and went to university, and I like to win, so I refuse to be in a situation where I will never win." On moving to Ghana... "There are amenities that I am used to at home in New York like parties, open bars and fashion, so when I realised I could do the same things in Africa as I could back in the US, I was sold. There is also a big street art festival here, and that was the difference from when I came [as a student]. I saw the things that I love at home here, so I decided that now is the time." On Ghanaian reactions... "When Ghanaians find out that I live here, they're usually confused about why I chose to live here as an American. There is definitely certain access and privilege being American here, but it's great to finally cash in on that because it doesn't mean anything in America. "There are also plenty of privileged Ghanaians; if you take away race there's a class system." On the prospect of more African-Americans moving... "I think more will come when they begin to see it as a viable alternative. But it's not easy and it's not cheap. I can't say what's happening in America today is any worse than what's been happening at any other time. I think now is the time that people are starting to see they can live somewhere else." Former President Barack Obama will reportedly start campaigning for members of the Democratic Party ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, The Hill reports. Since leaving office last year, Obama has remained relatively silent, but according to reports, the politician and nation leader will start to endorse down-ballot candidates. He will also make appearances at fundraisers and campaign for Democrats, according to reports. ÂHeÂs going to be out there for candidates, heÂll be out there helping us in meaningful ways, not just in fundraising,ÂŽ Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez told Politico. Perez, along with Eric Holder, who served as the former presidentÂs attorney general from 2009 until 2015, have reportedly discussed plans with Obama regarding the campaigning. ÂThe guy was a state senator in Â04, and he was president of the United States four years later,ÂŽ Perez said. ÂHe knows something about winning elections and building a brand.ÂŽ Politico reported that Obama is also said to being activating his 15,000-person campaign alumni association. The alumni network is also described as an advocacy network. The appearances are not expected to begin until the fall, but once they do, the former commander in chief will be given direction from the National Democratic Redistricting CommitteeÂ„ObamaÂs redistricting initiativeÂ„in terms of appearances and endorsements. The journey back to Africa has often started with a visit that has evolved into a cultural submersion unparallel for Americans of color. Obama Planning to Raise Funds and Campaign for Democrats This Year