Volume 31 o. 12 February 8 14, 2018 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents Over 40 and Single?Statistics reveal AmericaÂs new normal should be appreciatedPage 7 Voices of Our EldersQuotes from Great AfricanAmericans Leaders that are Still Relevant TodayPage 4BeyonceÂs Dad Mathew Knowles Says Internalized Colorism Led Him to Tina Knowles LawsonPage 9 BlackWomen in Politics Database Could Help More Black Women Get Elected in 2018Page 2 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Education Department Investigates Civil Rights in Iowa School DistrictThe U.S. Department of Education launched a civil rights investigation of an Iowa school district after Black students complained of being discriminated against. Many in the civil rights community were concerned that this, and other cases, will get only a cursory investigation considering the signals on civil rights from the Trump administration. Multiple Black high school students in Cedar Rapids accused a teacher of harassment and creating a Âhostile environmentÂŽ in the classroom during the 2017 fall semester, according a letter from the Education Department to the school district. The teacher allegedly retaliated against one of the students who tried to defend the others. Although the school district was aware of the studentsÂ complaints, it failed to act. This is the second civil rights probe of the school district in four years. In 2014, a complaint alleged that Washington High School enforced its dress codes only on African American students and ignored a Black studentÂs reports of being bullied at school.Plans Move Forward for First Black Veterans ational MonumentAfrican-American veterans are finally starting to get the recognition and praise that they deserve for putting their lives on the line. Buffalo, New York, is slated to become the first city in the nation to have a monument in memoriam of Black soldiers, WKBW reported. The monument will honor African-Americans who served in different divisions of the military, paying homage to those who fought in 12 wars. The project, which was revealed on VeteranÂs Day last year, is being funded by a $600,000 grant from the state of New York. Serving in the military was no easy feat for Black soldiers. Although African American veterans fought for democracy and equality they had their other battles to fight when they returned home from war because they werenÂt even seen as equals in their own country. A report released in 2016 by the Equal Justice Initiative titled Lynching in America: Targeting Black Veterans delved into the mistreatment of Black veterans throughout history.EaglesÂ Star Malcolm Jenkins Skipping White House VisitThe Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl crown in the teamÂs history by beating the New England Patriots (41-33). Every year, the victorious team heads to the White House to commemorate the win. However, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said this morning on CNN he will skip the visit, saying, ÂI personally do not anticipate attending.ÂŽ He also said, ÂMy message has been clear all year Âƒ I want to see changes in our criminal justice system. I want to see us push for economical and educational advancement in communities of color and low-income communities. And I want to see our relationship between our communities and our law enforcement be advanced.ÂŽ Dennis Edwards, Legendary Temptations Singer Dies at 74Dennis Edwards, the former lead singer of Motown greats, the Temptations, who sang on a string of the groupÂs hits including ÂI CanÂt Get Next to You,ÂŽ and ÂPapa Was a RollinÂ StoneÂŽ died last week at 74. Edwards, who was living in Missouri. He was diagnosed with Meningitis in May 2017. Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes (meninges) surrounding your brain and spinal cord. The swelling from meningitis typically triggers symptoms such as headache, fever and a stiff neck. Edwards joined The Temptations in 1968, replacing lead singer David Ruffin, just as the group launched its funk-psychedelic sound. He left and rejoined the group several times over the decades. His 1984 solo record, "Don't Look Any Further," reached No. 2 on the R&B charts, according to Billboard Magazine.Former Black Panther Member Awarded $4M After Being AttackedFormer Black Panther member Elaine Brown was awarded more than $4 million in penal damages after a Northern California jury decided in her favor after being attacked by an Oakland, CA city council member. The jury decided that Desley Brooks should pay $550,000 to Elaine Brown after being injured from their 2015 confrontation about housing at a restaurant. The same jury previously found that the city of Oakland should pay Brown $3.8 million in damages from the incident. The jury took into consideration the fact that Brown suffered from bruises and had to undergo a surgery for her torn rotating cuff after Brooks punched and pushed her causing her to stumble on a pile of chairs. Brown who was 72 years old at that time was the victim of elder abuse and battery, according to the jury. The confrontation she had with Brooks in 2015 was brought about by her housing project that will assist ex-convicts in West Oakland that Brooks had opposed. Elaine Brown, a former leader of the Black Panther, joined the organization in 1968 and became its first and only woman leader in 1974. Since then, she had been active in community service but had to step down on 1977 for reasons she, later on, revealed to be male dominance in the movement. February 1st marked the beginning of Black History Month. The annual observance where we focus on the historical contributions that have been made by by African-Americans. This time of remembrance originally began as egro History Week in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson but in 1976 was expanded to a full week by President Gerald Ford. In President Ford's own words, he felt that this country needed to Âseize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.ÂŽ Still, some disagree with the celebration of this month, saying that it leaves room for people to neglect our African American past for the remaining eleven months of the year or that it's unfair to devote a single month to one people group in particular. Black History Month is important because it provides an opportunity to place the spotlight on the best of African-American history and culture. All too often it seems as though only the worst of the urban community gets reported. We see stories in mainstream media about rates of incarceration, drug use, single mother pregnancies, EBT cards, rappers and raunchy TV stars which in return can make people of color the subject of unfair assumptions and judgments. Black History Month gives us an opportunity to place the spotlight on a more positive aspect of the African American community as a whole. On people like W.E.B. Dubois, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, Louis Armstrong, Frederick Douglass, and more. African American heroes such as these deserve to be honored for the strength and sacrifice they showed in order to achieve racial equality in our country. Black History Month is important because it creates awareness for all people. Black History Month provides an opportunity to make others aware of what others have gone through in the past in order for our country to be where it is today when it comes to racial equality. Awareness of the past plays an important part in the ability to be thankful for the blessings we are able to enjoy now both as Americans of all races. Black History Month is important because it brings us together. It reminds us that black history, is a part of all history as a whole. The impact of AfricanAmericans on this country as well as all races is a part of us all and honoring the contributions of African American's ties everyone into the diverse history of our world. In conclusion, Black History Month matters. Intentional effort to observe the achievements of the African-American community matters. May we all strive to realize the importance of this month because without awareness of the past, our eyes cannot be fully opened to the present and where we are going in the future. Why Black History is Still Important Shown at the GirlPower1440 self-love workshop (L-R) are: Mia Pittman, TaMya Bracket, Jaeda Murray, Chrisette Williams, atalie McGriff, Chloe Smith, Symone Green, Azalia Brice, Hailey Glover, Hunter Glover, Londyn and Parris Lee, Zuri Washington and Annabelle Breaux.Self-Love Workshop Instills Girl Empowerment and Confidence Since 2016, GirlPower1440 nonprofit has focused on instilling the values of self-esteem into young black females ages 7 17 in Jacksonville, Florida. The core principles of the organization are based on self-esteem through a variety of enriching experiences and education of the greatness that is within them. Using the number 1,440 as a theme, the number represents how many minutes there are in a day. The girls are taught to use their 1,440 daily minutes wisely and utilize their power by the way they utilize their daily time. This past weekend, GirlPower1440 held a workshop covering the topic of self-love. Participants enjoyed a black history program and an empowering evening learning about self love. Participants listened to motivational speakers and teamed up to create arts and crafts with the theme "I Love Me" and "I love Africa" earrings. Girls who join the GirlPower1440 team received a Tshirt, book bag and Girl Power journal. Throughout the year, the young ladies attend field trips, volunteer and summer retreat sleepovers. Earlier this year, the girls worked on their vision boards, goal setting and natural hair care options. GirlPower1440 meets every first Saturday from 12:303:30 p.m. on Jacksonville's Westside. The Generation WORKS volunteers ÂDedicated Day of ServiceÂŽ led by women and girls took place last weekend at The Children's Home Society of Florida. Volunteers wired, welded, washed, and worked their magic to transform the grounds for parentless youth. Generation WORKSis a largely female volunteer network of corporate, non-profit, academic, government, and community leaders, who descend on non-profits to work on needed tasks. Shown working the grounds are Angela Timmons and Sheila Ferguson. GenWORKSBeautifies Home Society Retired Teachers Tribute Black History In commemoration of Black History Month, the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Duval County Retired Educators Association presented their 12th annual black history month program entitled: Capturing Our Past, Preserving our Future Attendees enjoyed a tribute to African culture through mediums of dance, military and song. The event also featured a concert by the Jacksonville SymphonyÂs Windscate Quintet. Shown is the Raines High School Harmony Group: Jermanee Henderson, Jada Smith, Joseph Smith and Aliyah Core.
What Every American Should Know About the 2018 Child Tax Credit ChangesThe recently amended GOP tax bill has brought about a lot of major changes in the United States' individual tax laws in the 2018 tax year. One of the significant changes is in the Child Tax Credit that would greatly affect parents and guardians with children below 17 years old. One of the changes made was the amount of tax credit that can be claimed per qualifying child. From $1,000, the newly reformed bill doubled the amount to $2,000. Which means if you have one child, the tax credit you will get is $2,000, if you have two children, $4,000, and so on. The tax credit, which is different from tax deduction that reduces the income subject to tax, will be deducted from the tax bill dollar-fordollar. More of this tax credit has also been made refundable. Unlike before that the Child Tax Credit was nonrefundable which can only be used to deduct to the taxpayer's bill, now it has more refundable credits of up to $1,400 that can be claimed even if the taxpayer ends up with no liability at all. For instance, if you have $1,000 calculated tax for the year and you have $1,400 refundable credits, you can reduce your tax bill to zero and still get that extra $400. This would very much benefit especially low-income Americans. Another notable change is the adjustment of income qualification. In the past tax year, the credit benefits mostly lowto middle-income households. But with the reformed bill, there was an increase in the phaseout thresholds that makes the credit available to more thresholds. For example, for those married filing jointly, the maximum AGI for full credit is $400,000 and the credit gets removed from an AGI over $440,000. Moreover, for those single, head of household, and married filing separately the maximum AGI for full credit is $200,000 and the credit gets removed from an AGI over $240,000. There will also be $500 nonrefundable family credit for every other dependent. These dependents might be the aging parents or children 17 years old or above that you still provide support. Although the aforementioned changes in the Child Tax Credit seem good, it does not change the fact that taxpayers are still losing the personal exemption. The increase in the deductions does not even equal the loss of taxpayer's personal exemption. But when it comes to the number of dependents, the new higher child tax credit would be an advantage. For more information about tax credits, visit the official IRS web site at www.irs.gov/credits-deductionsfor-individuals Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press February 8 14, 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 FICTITIOUS NAMENotice Under Fictitious Name Law Pursuant to Section 865.09, Florida Statutes Notice is Hereby Given that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of TINHOMME GROUP located at 11815 Alden Rd., in the county of Duval, city of Jacksonville, Fl 32246, intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporation of the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Many people are guilty of spending money on luxuries and think of it as treating themselves when they have extra money to do so. Those on a low income might find it hard to enjoy such luxuries due to financial limitations. But a recent study discovered that many low-income families actually spend a lot of money for luxury. In a recent study conducted by Deutsche Bank Research in late 2017, they studied the spending habits of Americans. It's not surprising that the researchers found out that more high-income earners are more likely to spend money for luxuries. However, the data also showed that low-income families spend a significant amount of their income on luxuries. This could be risky for them to meet their essential needs such as food, housing costs, and bills, which means they would have to find debt relief to get themselves out of a financial problem. The results of the research show that the high-income earners tend to spend 65 percent of their income on luxury and the remaining 35 percent on necessities and essentials. For middle-income earners, moreover, there is a 50-50 percent split on spending. Furthermore, it is found that lowincome earners spend around 40 percent on luxury and 60 percent on necessities. Although it's relatively lower than the middleand high-income earners, it is still considered a very high percentage. In a prior survey, it was found that splurging on luxuries is connected with one's emotions. About half of Americans admitted that they buy things they couldn't afford because of their emotions at that moment. It was also implied that low-income families tend to overspend due to higher stress levels than high-income earners. There is an evident connection between financial and stress-related issues, the reason why more people who are under stress are more likely to splurge on things they can't afford. Consequently, they become more stressed due to the financial problems it creates. The same survey found out that 86 percent of Americans believed it is alright to go into debt for necessary spendings such as hospital bills or emergencies. 87 percent of Americans, however, answered it would be too embarrassing to get into debt for spending on luxury or unnecessary things. Yet still, many people spend on things they can't afford and then end up in a financial trouble.This is What Many Low Income Families Do -Even Though They CanÂt Afford It!Black Women in Politics Database Could Help More Black Women Get Elected in 2018(left to right) Kenneth C. Frazier, CEO of Merck; Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP; Marc Allen, President of Boeing International; and Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival CruisesSix Well-Known Companies That You Probably Didn't Know Have Black CEOs50 years ago, it was unthinkable for an African American to be the CEO of a major Fortune 500 company. But nowadays, thanks to several diversity initiatives, there are quite a few Black CEOs that run major, well-known companies. Here are just just a few: #1 Marvin Ellison, CEO of J. C. Penney: Formerly an executive at Home Depot, Ellison is the CEO of J. C. Penney, and has been since August 2015. He joined the company in November 2014 and served as CEOdesignee and president before taking over the role of CEO. #2 Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Cruises: Having received an MBA from the University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business in 1980, Donald became CEO of the one of the world's most popular cruise lines in July 2013. #3 Marc Allen, President of Boeing International: As president of Boeing International since 2015, Allen, is responsible for the companyÂs international strategy and corporate operations outside the U.S., overseeing 18 regional offices in key global markets. #4 Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP: Jenkins is the current CEO of the 37-million membership-based and interest group. She was appointed in September 2014, and is the first permanent female chief executive in the organizationÂs history. #5 Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente: As current CEO of integrated managed care consortium Kaiser Permanente, Tyson was previously president and chief operating officer of the company for two years. #6 Kenneth C. Frazier, CEO of Merck: After joining Merck & Co. as general counsel, Frazier directed the company's defense against litigation over the anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx. He is now the second AfricanAmerican to lead a major pharmaceutical company. byPrincess Alexander After one of the most contentious Senate races in recent memory, Democrat Doug Jones defeated opponent Roy Moore, who was accused of sexual misconduct by nine women, in AlabamaÂs special election in December. Black women were the ones to make it happen. They out-voted all other demographics that day, with 98 percent of black women casting a vote for Jones. In contrast, 63 percent of white women who voted did so for Moore. ÂAmerica got one more confirmation that Black women are superheroes who save the day time and time again,ÂŽ wrote Luvvie Ajayi, author of IÂm Judging You: The DoBetter Manual on her blog after the election. ÂI am tired of the world being run into the ground by white men who prove time and time again that they are ill-equipped.ÂŽ Ajayi was inspired to find a list of black women politicians she could support. Not finding any, she enlisted the help of three friends to create Black Women in Politics, a living document of black female candidates seeking election in 2018. ItÂs now an online database that includes more than 400 names. To start, Ajayi, along with friends Sili Recio, Lucrecer Braxton and Candace Jones, searched through Twitter mentions, polls and did some old-fashioned googling, gathering more than 100 names of women seeking election in 2018. The list doubled in under a month, and its creators enlisted the help of a coder to help them turn it into a searchable database. They ultimately moved the database from AjayiÂs personal website to its own domain, blackwomeninpolitics.com. Black women vote in higher numbers than any other demographic, yet are underrepresented in political positions of power. The siteÂs mission statement explains why the database is so crucial. ÂThere are Black women running for political office all over the U.S., and we need to know who they are,ÂŽ it reads. ÂIt is abundantly clear that we need to start following the lead of Black women, because we show up and do what is important, even when we are being disenfranchised and sabotaged from doing the work.ÂŽ As of Jan. 25, the database has 414 entries. Visitors can filter the candidates by searching for women running for federal, state and local seats. They can also choose to view candidates running specifically in blue or red states. ThereÂs a section detailing which candidates are incumbents and which are challengers, as well as a page where where users can suggest more politicians to be added. The database includes a disclaimer noting it is not an endorsement of every woman running. ÂThink about it as a phone book,ÂŽ the site states.
Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 February 8 14, 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. Pink Goes Red for Stroke & Heart DiseaseAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in partnership with Alpha Clay Pearls, Inc., held their annual ÂPink Goes Red for Stroke and Heart Disease Awareness,ÂŽ event at the Orange Park Mall. Held free of charge to expand community awareness, activities included a fashion show, Zuumba, blood pressure and various health screenings. Shown are participants demonstrating just how easy exercise can be. In Blow to GOP, Supreme Court WonÂt Block PA Redistricting HARRISBURG, Pa. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let a court-ordered redrawing of congressional districts in Pennsylvania proceed, denying a plea from Republicans legislative leaders to block it. Justice Samuel Alito, who handles emergency appeals from Pennsylvania, rejected the request from the GOP leaders and voters that the court put on hold an order from the state Supreme Court that could now produce new congressional districts in the coming two weeks. The Pennsylvania high court ruled last month that the map of 18 districts violated the state constitution because it unfairly benefited Republicans. The U.S. Supreme Court typically does not review state court decisions based on a stateÂs constitution, but the Republicans asked the high court to make an exception. The decision comes just four days before the Republican-controlled LegislatureÂs deadline for submitting a replacement map for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to consider. The Democratic-majority state Supreme Court has ruled that if lawmakers and the governor canÂt agree to a plan, the court will quickly move to adopt one. PennsylvaniaÂs congressional delegation has been 13-5 in favor of Republicans during the three election cycles since the GOP-drawn 2011 map took effect. Democrats have about 800,000 more registered voters than Republicans and hold all three statewide row offices, but Republicans hold solid majorities in both chambers of the Legislature. Under the process laid out two weeks ago by four of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices, all Democrats, the Legislature has until Friday to pass a new map, after which Wolf will have until Thursday, Feb. 15, to decide whether to endorse it and submit it to the justices. The state Supreme Court said it expected new districts to be in place by Feb. 19, and the new map will be in play for the May 15 congressional primaries. Republican leaders successfully defended the 2011 plan against a separate lawsuit in federal court and have complained that the state court order did not provide sufficient guidance for them to draw a new map. A group of voters persuaded all five Democrats on the stateÂs sevenjustice high court that the map violated the state constitution. The Jan. 22 majority order said new districts should be compact and contiguous and only split counties, cities, towns, boroughs, townships or wards when needed to ensure population equality. The U.S. Supreme Court last month delayed a lower-court order that would have produced new congressional districts in North Carolina. The justices are currently considering challenges to WisconsinÂs state legislative districts and a congressional district in Maryland. In State of the Union: Trump Touts Low Black Unemployment While Swiping at FL Players for Protesting Police Brutality These are the best of times for Black workers, President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday night during his first State of the Union Address in which he recognized two Black/Hispanic couples and a Black welder while taking a veiled swipe at the National Football League players who took a knee during the national anthem to protest widespread police brutality. The speech, which was an hour and a half long Â„one of the longest on record Â„also touched on a number of subjects including trade, immigration, defeating ISIS, investing $1.5 trillion in the nationÂs infrastructure, the recent tax cut, companies building new plants in the U.S. and the creation of 2.4 million new jobs including 200,000 new manufacturing jobs. Trump billed the speech as a unifying address but Sen. Cory Booker said the speech was anything but unifying.ÂŽHe kept hitting hot button after hot button, exaggerating and lying,ÂŽ Booker said. The audience responded to the speech mostly along party lines. Republicans stood, clapped and chanted ÂU.S.A.,Â but Democrats mostly sat silently. Some members of the Congressional Black Caucus boycotted the speech and women members of Congress wore black to protest TrumpÂs history of sexual harassment. Melania Trump, the First Lady, wore a white pants suit. She also arrived for the occasion separately from Trump, but they reportedly road back to the White House in the same vehicle. Trump said the African-American unemployment rate is the lowest ever recorded. He did not say what it was, but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in December the Black unemployment rate was 6.8 percent. For black men, 20 and over, the jobless rate in December was 6.6 percent, compared to 7.6 percent a year earlier. The jobless rate in December for Black women 20 and over was 5.8 percent compared to 6.2 percent a year ago. Still, the black unemployment rate is much higher than that of whites, Hispanics and Asians. Overall jobless is at a 45 year low, Trump said. The Bureau of Labor Statistics will report JanuaryÂs unemployment rate on Friday, February 2. Trump recognized Corey Adams, who was seated in the First LadyÂs box for working as a welder at Staub Manufacturing Solutions, which is based in Dayton, Ohio. His employers gave workers a bonus as a result of the tax cut and Adams will save the money for his two daughters college education. Trump touted his administrationÂs support of small businesses. Trump also recognized two couplesÂ„Elizabeth Alvardo, Robert Mickens, Evelyn Rodriguez and Freddy CuervasÂ„whose teenage daughters, Nisa Mickens and Kayla CuevasÂ… were murdered by members of MS-13, a gang from El Salvador that has been able to gain admission to this country. Trump used this event to warn of the dangers of immigrants entering the country, clearly playing to xenophobic fears and ignoring AmericaÂs history as an immigrant nation. The Clara White Mission (CWM) presented public relations and concert promoter Jackie Rivera with an award for her tireless efforts in supporting the CWM and their initiatives. For over seven years, Rivera has been an advocate for the homeless assisting the mission with communications, toiletries for veterans and feeding the homeless. Jackie is a retired Naval 2nd Class Petty Officer, mother of two daughters, and a grandmother. As a consistent volunteer at the mission, Jackie remarked, ÂIÂve always wanted to give back to my community and with monies and donations being scarce at the mission, help is needed more than ever.ÂŽ Shown above is Jackie receiving her award from CWM President JuCoby Pittman. Jackie Rivera Honored by Clara White Mission for Philanthropy
by Dr. Julianne Malveaux Every year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History selects a theme for Black History Month. This year, the theme, African Americans in Times of War, is meant to commemorate the end of World War I, the war that supposedly made the world Âsafe for democracyÂŽ. It is a war that African Americans fought for the right to fight in, a war that saw African Americans go abroad to fight for democracy, only to come home and be oppressed by segregation. Undoubtedly, there will be many programs designed to lift up this theme, which ASALH sees as an opportunity to reflect on the African American role in all wars, including the contemporary Âwar on terrorismÂŽ. What will you do to celebrate Black History Month? Many will participate in programs at their schools or churches. Some will gather for lunches and dinners and reflect on African American history. However, I wonder how many will simply let the month of February slide without doing anything to commemorate this month. Carter G. Woodson, the founder of ASALH and Black History Month (originally Negro History Week), would be spinning in his grave, if he knew how few of us celebrate this month. (Of course, Black history is also American history, and we ought to celebrate Black history every month of the year!) Dr. Eugene Williams, Sr. (a retired educator in the DC area) reached out to professional basketball teams to ask them to feature Lift Every Voice and Sing, the Negro National Anthem that was penned by James Weldon Johnson sung at games in the month of February. He has commitments from the Washington Wizards, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors and George Washington University. Other teams, including the LA Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks, are considering the effort as well. Dr. Williams isnÂt representing an organization Â… he just had a great idea, and started calling NBA team offices with his request. What will you do to celebrate Black History Month? Will you mount an effort like Dr. Williams? His independent effort will have an impact and ensure that NBA games commemorate Black history. What can you do? Here are a few ideas: JOIN ASALH (www.asalh.org). Memberships range from $45 for students to $100 (or more for life memberships). What better way to celebrate Black History Month than by supporting the organization founded by the man who made our celebration possible? REGISTER TO VOTE! The struggle for the right to vote is an integral part of our Black history. Rev. Jesse Jackson once said, ÂThe hands that picked peaches can now pick PresidentsÂŽ. There are lots of important races in 2018, and you honor Fannie Lou Hamer, Medgar Evers, Dr. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and so many others with your vote. HELP SOMEONE MAKE BLACK HISTORY. In Georgia, state legislator Stacey Abrams, is running for Governor. She can win, too, if she can get the voter turnout and financial support that she needs. If you live in Georgia, you can help this woman become the first African American to be Governor of a southern state. You can learn more about her and get involved in her campaign by checking her out at www.staceyabrams.com. Help this sister make history! MAKE LEARNING BLACK HISTORY A FAMILY GAME. An organization called Urban Intellectuals has developed two volumes of flashcards that explore aspects of Black History. You can check them out on Facebook, www.facebook.com/urban intellectuals, order their cards, and learn more of our history. GIVE A CHILD A GIFT OF A BLACK HISTORY BOOK. One of my favorites, Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis, by Jabari Asim, celebrates a contemporary hero, Congressman John Lewis. Another, Minty: The Story of a Young Harriet Tubman by Alan Schroeder, tells the story of the Maryland icon who helped dozens of enslaved people escape through the Underground Railroad (legend says it is hundreds, but at Harriet Tubman Museum (operated by the National Park Service in Church Creek, Maryland) researchers say some of the estimates are too high. The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson will motivate young people to activism. Sit In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney will also motivate young people to take on activist roles. There are so many other things you might do to celebrate Black History Month. Encourage your friends, regardless of race, to learn more about the amazing story of African American survival and resilience despite the racism that defines this country. May your Black History Month be exciting and enlightening! If anyone has ever read this column you will know that I canÂt write an article without using a quote from someone of historical significance. ItÂs certainly not because I lack original thought, itÂs more so because I love reflecting on the past and the relevance of the words and experiences from great leaders. Although the year is 2018, it is scary how quotes from as far back as the Abolitionist Movement are still germane. With that thought in mind Â… I pulled together some of my favorite quotes from past African American leaders. All quotes featured are not only applicable today, but are invaluable words of wisdom. ÂThe struggle is much more difficult now because racism is more entrenched and complicated,ÂŽ said Angela Davis. We have moved light years ahead in this country and around the world as it relates to racism and overall race relations, but unfortunately bigotry and discrimination still exists and seems to be flourishing again. Some may not want to believe it, but itÂs true and Charlottesville was a simple microcosm of a much bigger challenge facing America. ÂTruth is powerful and it prevails,ÂŽ said Sojourner Truth Coretta Scott King said, ÂHate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.ÂŽ But tennis great Arthur Ashe said it best Â… ÂRacism is not an excuse to not do the best you can.ÂŽ ÂThe burden of being black is that you have to be superior just to be equal. But the glory of it is that, once you achieve, you have achieved indeed,ÂŽ said the Right Reverend Jesse Jackson. Education is a central passion of mine. The need for African Americans to focus on education has been a recurring theme that cannot be ignored since slavery ended. ÂEducation is the sole and only hope of the Negro race in America,ÂŽ said Booker T. Washington. ÂEducation remains the key to both economic and political empowerment. That is why the schools charged with educating African Americans have, perhaps, the greatest, the deepest challenge of all,ÂŽ said Barbara Jordan, lawyer and Congresswoman. Malcolm X said, ÂEducation is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.ÂŽ The great educator Benjamin Mays once said, ÂYou have the ability, now apply yourself.ÂŽ Another central theme that blacks have dealt with throughout the years is our ability to overcome insurmountable challenges and achieve greatly. Dr. Martin Luther King said, ÂChange does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.ÂŽ ÂBeing a black man in America is like having another job,ÂŽ said Ashe. Lawyer and activist Eleanor Holmes once said, ÂBeing black has made me sensitive to any group who finds limitations put on it.ÂŽ I say amen to that notion. Because of the trials and tribulations that African Americans have endured I truly believe that those challenges have made me sensitive the plight of other minorities, poor people, gender issues and even gay rights. ÂAfter I came home from the 1936 Olympics with my four medals, it became increasingly apparent that everyone was going to slap me on the back, want to shake my hand, or have me up to their suite. But no one was going to offer me a job,ÂŽ said Jesse Owens. But today in America, race or a personÂs background canÂt be used as a crutch as Arthur Ashe said. We all can achieve if we work hard. Someone once said, ÂYou got to be Hungry!ÂŽ ÂNothing is going to be handed to you. You have to make things happen,ÂŽ said Olympic track star Florence Griffith Joyner. So essentially, our forefathers have paved the way for the Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama and Colin PowellÂs of the world. So many people sacrificed and took risk to ensure equality and opportunity for us all. Boxing Champ Muhammad Ali said, ÂHe who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.ÂŽ And finally when I think about Trayvon Martin or Jordan Davis it makes me contemplate the fact that we have come so far, but still have a long way to go. Whether you have a child or not, we all should be outraged by the senseless deaths of so many young black men. Perhaps Dr. King said, it best, ÂInjustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.ÂŽ Despite the challenges faced by African Americans, we have achieved greatly. LetÂs continue to inspire young people and use the past as a critical reference tool towards building a better future. ÂHold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly,ÂŽ said Langston Hughes. Signing off from a Black History Program in Jacksonville, FL, Reggie FullwoodBlack Civil Rights Groups eed to Spend More Time Focused on Black People in Americaby Raynard Jackson In another episode of ÂWhat the hell are they thinking,ÂŽ the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over how the agency is treating people from another country. Enough is enough. We live in the United States of America, not the United States of Everyone Else. Last week, my column was about how Black leaders, who have been appointed by the mainstream media, continue to make every other groupÂs issues our communityÂs issues. Now the NAACP has filed a lawsuit against DHS, because they revoked Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitians living in the U.S. According to the lawsuit, the NAACP claims, Â[Trump] wishes to reduce the number of immigrants of color in the United States.ÂŽ They basically are asserting that DHS is terminating TPS for Haitians, because of their race and are being denied equal protection and due process rights under the Fifth Amendment. And their radical sister organization, the NAACPÂs Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) in a press release goes even further: ÂAs evidence of the intent to discriminate, the lawsuit cites public reporting that DHS sought crime data on Haitians with TPS, as well as information on how many Haitian nationals were receiving public benefits. The lawsuit alleges that the DepartmentÂs efforts to gather this specific data on Haitian TPS designees Âtrades on false anti-Black stereotypes about criminality and exploitation of public benefits and suggests the effort to manufacture a public safety rationale for the planned rescission.ÂŽ You have got to be kidding me. So, let me make sure I understand this correctly. Merely, because DHS is seeking information to determine if a specific group who is living under TPS is in compliance with the requirements of the program, that is somehow racist? This is totally idiotic. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), ÂThe Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the countryÂs nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. USCIS may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries (or parts of countries), who are already in the United States. Eligible individuals without nationality who last resided in the designated country may also be granted TPS.ÂŽ The Secretary may designate a country for TPS due to the following temporary conditions in the country: Âongoing armed conflict (such as civil war), an environmental disaster (such as earthquake or hurricane), or an epidemic, other extraordinary and temporary conditions.ÂŽ Based on the above, it is clearly established that President Trump, through his DHS, has total and unilateral authority to decide who can be protected under TPS and when they can have that designation removed. Whether Trump is a Âracist,ÂŽ as the NAACP alleges, or not has absolutely no bearing on the presidentÂs authority to determine who gets TPS and for how long. To further debunk the myth that Trump is a racist, one should take note of others who have TPS status. There currently ten countries with citizens in the U.S. listed under TPS: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Do you notice anything that stands out to you? Continued on page 6 Page 4 Ms.PerryÂs Free Press SUBSCRIBE TODAY SUBSCRIBE TODAY Yes, IÂd like to subscribe to the Jacksonville Free Press!Enclosed is my check __ money order __for $40.50 to cover my one year subscription.AME _________________________________________ ADDRESS_______________________________________ CITY____________________STATE____ZIP________ DISCLAIMERThe United State provides opportunities for free expression of ideas. The Jacksonville Free Press has its view, but others may differ. Therefore, the Free Press ownership reserves the right to publish views and opinions by syndicated and local columnist, professional writers and other writersÂ which are solely their own. 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Greater Macedonia Celebrates PastorÂs 42nd AnniversaryThe Greater Macedonia Baptist Church of the Northside located at 1880 West Edgewood Avenue will celebrate the church and pastorÂs 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.Tru-Way Church of the Risen Christ Presents a Musical ExtravaganzaThe ÂHelp/Hope/LiveÂŽ Ministry of the Tru-Way Church of the Risen Christ, under the leadership of Pastor Elwyn W. Jenkins will present a Spiritual Musical Extravaganza in honor of Evangelist Barbara Williams and to help the church petition God for a successful kidney transplant for our dear sister. The event will be held Saturday, February 17th at 6 p.m. The Church is located at 2297 Edison Ave. The public is cordially invited to join us in a worship experience that will long be remembered! For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org.St. Paul AME Church Pastor Celebration and Bishop CampaignSt. Paul AME Church will honor Pastor Marvin C. Zanders, II and his family at a celebration dinner slated for Sunday, February 11th, after the churchÂs 9:30 a. m. worship service. Prepare to hear Bishop Adam Jefferson Richardson, guest preacher for the ÂZanders For Bishop 2020ÂŽ kick-off event scheduled for Sunday, February18th, at 4 p.m. This special event will take place at St. Paul AME Church located at 6910 New Kings Road. Friends, sister churches and the public are extended a warm welcome to share in this memorable, spirit filled service. For more info contact the office at (904) 764-2755.First Corinth Black History Month Prayer BreakfastThe First Corinth Missionary Baptist Church will present a Black History Month ÂPrayer BreakfastÂ scheduled for Saturday, February 24th at 8 a.m. in the Fellowship Annex located at 6119 Bagley Rd. Guest speaker is Reverend Darien K. Bolden Sr. of First Missionary Baptist Church, Fernandina Beach. First Corinth Missionary Baptist Church is under the leadership of Pastor Christopher Gage, Sr. For tickets and more info contact Sister B. Kemp at (904) 699-5822.ALCAM AwardsAttend the 2nd annual Ava and Lavern Community Action Motivators (ALCAM) Awards presentation celebrating the theme: Walking Out on GodÂs Word Friday, March 30th at 7 p.m. Location is Greater Hill Temple Faith United Church of the Living God, Inc. located at 825 W. Monroe St. Featuring Prophetess April Washington, Latasha Platt, Ben Frazier, Darryl Reuben Hall, The Finley Sisters and Dr. Verna Bradshaw. For more info contact Dr. Hill at (904) 945-0056.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 WestEdgewood Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32208. Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press February 8 14, 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 My Weakeness is My FatherÂ’s Strength 2 Corinthians 12: 7-9 says, ÂTo keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, ÂMy grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.Â Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that ChristÂs power may rest on me.ÂŽ Talk about some powerful stuff! Some things in the bible reverberate over and over again and for some unexplained reason, we still just donÂt get it. I mean we understand the words and the principles behind them but, we canÂt seem to incorporate them into our daily lives. Paul lets us know in this scripture that there is indeed a reason to accept our shortcomings, our flaws and our faults with the basic understanding that it is through them that God invariably shows up and then proceeds to show out. Apparently itÂs as easy as looking in the mirror and making an honest assessment of who you truly are in relation to who you should strive to be. I suppose the best way to say it is, you are who you are only in relationship to God. If you know and accept yourself, as Paul did, to be a child of God, then you must also be a man or woman of God, recognizing your limits in His presence and His limitlessness in yours. The only thing standing in your way is you. If the truth be told, you canÂt make it by yourself. You and I need help and that help comes from only one source. Now itÂs a perfect source so be prepared to have some difficulty accepting this and its accompanying consequences. The consequences are coming to grips with the fact that there is a divine purpose in your particular set of weaknesses. Most of us would rather accept the notion that our sinful existence is just that, sinful. But the text says itÂs our job to revel in the spiritual recognition that God is waiting to do His miracle thing when it comes to your frailties. When you get a hand from God to overcome your addictions, your pride and ego, your physical weaknesses and your vanity, you also get so much more than you bargained for. According to Paul, you also get ChristÂs power to work with. IsnÂt that something? No wonder Paul continues by saying, ÂThat is why, for ChristÂs sake, I delight in weaknesses, insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.ÂŽ By only the words, you could think Paul had lost his mind. But when taken in context, isnÂt it true that from your most impossible situations, when you do give your life to Him who loves you more than you love yourself, GodÂs perfect power rescues you? How many testimonies does it take for you and me to give God the praise that he really deserves for accomplishing for us what we cannot accomplish for ourselves? All IÂm saying is, stop fighting yourself. Stop playing games about what you know you cannot control. Stop denying your insecurities and your passions. Accept them and give them up to the Lord too. Then step back and watch Him do his thing in your life. But please be careful. ItÂs hard, as Paul indicates, to revel in your dark side. But once you realize itÂs all about GodÂs party and His destiny for you. The test becomes testimony and the party just got started. May God bless and keep you always. 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 Southern Baptist History 'at a crossroads' NASHVILLE (BP) -In 1845, at the Southern Baptist Convention's founding, approximately 1 in 3 Southern Baptist church members were African American. By 1900, there were virtually no black Southern Baptists. Today, about 1 in 5 Southern Baptist churches is predominantly non-Anglo, including some 3,400 predominately African American congregations. The story behind those numbers, historians say, is a remarkable narrative of slavery, sin, emancipation, struggle and God's grace -and a challenge for the SBC to do more in terms of racial reconciliation. "The SBC today is at a crossroads," said Gateway Seminary professor Leroy Gainey, one of the first African Americans to join an SBC seminary faculty in the mid-1980s. Although race relationships are strained, "I do believe in our convention," Gainey told Baptist Press, "and I do believe we can do the right thing." When southern slaveholders and slavery sympathizers established the SBC in 1845, about 100,000 of the 350,000 Southern Baptist church members were African American, according to Baptist historian William Whitsitt's estimate published in the 1895 SBC Annual. The estimate was based on Whittsitt's extrapolation backward from 1852 statistics compiled by Baptist statistician J.L. Burrows. Mostly slaves, those black Southern Baptists often were allowed to vote on matters of church discipline and admission of new members to their churches, wrote Southern Baptist Theological Seminary historian Greg Wills in his book "Democratic Religion." They also served on church committees and were recognized as messengers by some Baptist associations. In some churches, black membership dwarfed that of whites, wrote Baylor University historians Thomas Kidd and Barry Hankins in "Baptists in America," citing as examples First Baptist Church in Richmond, Va.; First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala.; and First Baptist Church in Natchez, Miss. Still, churches expressed their belief in the "social inferiority of African Americans" by making them sit in the worst seats during worship and treating them "like children," wrote Wills, dean of Southern's school of theology. Gainey, J.M. Frost Professor of Educational Leadership at Gateway, said many of those slave church members likely were forced "to be a part of the church" and received incomplete biblical teaching, with sermons and Bible lessons aimed at maintaining subservience on the plantation. Much of African Americans' spiritual growth, Gainey said, occurred in "hush harbors," secret churches in the woods that taught the whole counsel of God. Consequently, when slaves gained their freedom at the end of the Civil War, black Southern Baptists "looked for a comparable emancipation in their church life," wrote Baptist historian David Bebbington in "Baptists Through the Centuries." SBC 'lost half its membership'? Black Southern Baptists built their own churches beginning in the late 1860s, and many of those churches cooperated with white associations and state conventions. In the 1880s, for example, black Southern Baptist churches constituted a majority of congregations in cooperation with the Florida Baptist Convention, according to a 1985 issue of Ethnicity, a publication of the Baptist Sunday School Board (now LifeWay Christian Resources) intended to express a black Southern Baptist perspective. Soon, however, African Americans began to form their own state conventions -beginning with North Carolina in 1866 -and their own national conventions, including the National Baptist Convention of the United States of America in 1895. The Southern Baptist Church lost half its membership when African Americans left to form their own organizations." Despite African American struggles against Jim Crow laws and other forms of racism, three decades later, the number of predominately African American Southern Baptist churches had increased to 600, with 100,000 members, BP reported in 1981. A key factor in those gains, Gainey said, was efforts by the Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board) to build and strengthen ties with black Baptists. Another three decades later, in 2009, there were 3,434 predominately African American Southern Baptist churches with nearly 854,000 members, according to a 2014 report. While SBC leaders of all races have agreed more ethnic diversity is needed on convention boards and committees, about 12-25 percent of individuals elected to convention boards and committees and/or appointed to committees by the SBC president from 2012-17 were non-Anglo, according to SBC Annuals and BP reports.
February 8 14, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 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. Studies show that women are waiting longer to get married and to give birth than they were in the second half of the 20th century. Those women who remain unmarried and childless by their mid-40s comprise a relatively small percentage, though, and some social observers say they are still stigmatized. ÂYou know there is nothing wrong with you, and you donÂt want to be typified or put in a box, yet there is an undeniable stigma attached to single status for a woman 40 and over,ÂŽ says Lee Volpe (www.LeeVolpe.com), author of Black Sheep Tries Bleach: Humorous Stories to Ease LifeÂs Growing Pain. ÂThe anxiety of being an unmarried, childless woman can be overwhelming.ÂŽ The US Census Bureau pinpoints the Black female population in the United States was 23.5 Million in 2013. This is 52% of the total Black population compared to Black males who make up 48% of the Black population. For Black women, there simply isnt enough men. According to the Pew Research Center, the number of American women in their mid-40s who are childless is 15 percent, with 14 percent having never married by the age of 45. Volpe says that while the strong, single, independent businesswoman is championed in the mainstream media today, that progressive kind of thinking isnÂt typical in society toward single, childless older women. ÂThose of us still single and childless get asked offensive questions like, ÂAre you married?Â and if not, ÂDo you have a boyfriend?Â Or if not, they say, ÂShe must be a lesbian.Â If you are smart, attractive and breathing, they view you as a social enigma.ÂŽ Being single has not stopped Black women from having families. Only 33% of Black women who gave birth were married which is almost the opposite for Âall womenÂ at 64%. Volpe gives three reasons why women over 40 shouldnÂt worry about the negatives some associate with being single and childless: Â€ YouÂre liberated. ÂBeing childless and single, a woman can choose a personal rebirth,ÂŽ Volpe says. ÂToo often weÂre attached to the questions: ÂIs that what happiness is? Marriage and children? Am I not fulfilling my legacy as a woman if IÂm not a wife and a mother?Â My internal voice was fed up and ready to revolt. Mourning the loss of my unborn children, I found strength in women who never wanted the title in the first place, and gained more optimism looking at their full, limitless lives.ÂŽ Â€ More selective for Mr. Right. What we look for in a partner changes as we get older. Dating can be challenging for women in their 40s as the ratio of available men diminishes, but a womanÂs focus, Volpe says, can be more on substance than on fleeting factors like looks or money. Â€ Living solo doesnÂt have to be sad If you're alone, you have to make your own living and social life. When friends have children, itÂs difficult to find hangout time, Volpe says. Then again, you have the freedom to make different gathering times with different people. ÂYour social network can expand even more if youÂre not married,ÂŽ Volpe says. ÂAnd work-wise, itÂs better to depend on yourself than on someone else for both happiness and financial stability. Going solo, you will never be abandoned.ÂŽ It is also believed that a large percentage of Black men marry White women. This is often cited as one of the causes of lower marriage rates among Black women. This is only partially true. While Black men marry white women at twice rate that Black women marry White men, in 2014 only 14% percent of Black men were married to nonBlack women which is up from 11% in 2010. Only half of those non-Black women were White. ÂItÂs way past time to re-imagine life after Prince Charming failed to show up on his white horse,ÂŽ Volpe says. ÂYou have the freedom to make the life you want. Single, you can be inundated with endless possibilities. DonÂt believe in fairytales; believe in yourself.ÂŽ Over 40 an Single? Experts Say o Worries Black females werenÂt always lagging behind in the marriage realm. African Americans age 35 and older were more likely to be married than White Americans from 1890 until the 1960s. Not only did they swap places during the Â60s but in 1980 the number of NEVER married African Americans began a staggering climb from about 10% to more than 25% by 2010 while the percentage for White women remained under 10% and just over 10% for White men. The LinkBetween Certain Cancers,Diet and Exercise Many Americans are just coming around to the correlation that Âfood is medicineÂŽ, let alone, the #1 top recommendation of good nutrition and regular exercise is still left ignored. In speaking of stats, cancer sits at the #2 spot in the top leading causes of death in the United States. Some still are up in the air about how important it is to incorporate a proper diet and exercise lifestyle. WeÂve gathered a complete list of the sometimes unobvious, and complicated relationships between diet, exercise and specific cancers from the American Cancer Society: Bladder Cancer Smoking is a major cause of bladder cancer, so one option for prevention is clear. ThereÂs some evidence that you can also lower your risk by eating plenty of vegetables and drinking lots of fluids. Breast Cancer There are never any guarantees when it comes to breast cancer, but you can lower your risk by drinking alcohol only in moderation (one drink a day for women), maintaining a healthy weight, and getting four hours of exercise each week. Colorectal Cancer ThereÂs a relatively strong link between your diet and your risk for colorectal cancer. Getting plenty of vegetables and fruit may lower the risk, while eating a lot of red meat may increase the risk. Calcium and vitamin D may help protect against colon cancer. High levels of calcium may increase prostate cancer risk, though, so men may want to limit calcium intake to 1,500 mg per day. Research suggests that moderate, regular physical activity may lower the risk of colorectal cancer (especially colon cancer), and vigorous activity may be even better. Endometrial Cancer Women who are overweight are at higher risk for endometrial cancer, partly because extra body fat can disrupt hormone levels. Maintaining a healthy weight and limiting alcohol intake can lower a womanÂs risk. Kidney Cancer Overweight people are especially vulnerable to kidney cancer. The prevention message: Maintain a healthy weight, and youÂre less likely to get this disease. Lung Cancer Obviously, smoking is the main cause of lung cancer, and the best thing you can do is stay away from tobacco in all of its forms. People who get their full share of fruits and vegetables seem to have some extra protection against the disease. Large studies have found that, among smokers, high doses of vitamin A and beta-carotene supplements may actually slightly increase the risk of lung cancer. In short, itÂs probably better to get your antioxidants the natural way: with fruits and vegetables. Oral and Esophageal Cancers Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of oral and esophageal cancers, especially if youÂre also a smoker. People who are overweight or who skimp on fruits and vegetables also seem to be at risk. Ovarian Cancer ItÂs unclear if diet has any effect on the risk of ovarian cancer. But to play it safe, stick to the basics: Drink only in moderation and get lots of fruits and vegetables. Pancreatic Cancer As the organ that makes insulin, the pancreas is greatly affected by levels of sugar in the blood. Being overweight and staying physically inactive can mess up your sugar metabolism, and it can also increase your risk for pancreatic cancer. Eating lots of red meats and processed meats seems to amplify the risk, but fruits and vegetables offer protection. Fitness and diet have been proven to lower your risk of cancer. However, not all cancers respond the same way to certain lifestyle changes. Take the time to seek balance in all of these connections to cancer, diet, and exercise. For something that is so restful, sleep requires a lot of thought and consideration. Both too little and too much sleep is associated with health problems, such as obesity, heart disease, dementia, and diabetes. Choosing the right sleep position can significantly affect snoring, heartburn, and even wrinkles. Here are a few tips about some common sleep positions. Side Sleeping Side sleeping is believed by most people to be a comfortable position to rest in-by curling up in a fetal position under a nice fuzzy blanket or laying straight on our sides. It is encouraged by doctors to sleep on their left side during pregnancy because improves circulation to the heart which is beneficial to the mother and the baby. Pros: Sleeping on the left side is beneficial during pregnancy because it can ease heartburn and acid reflux. Cons: Sleeping on the left side can put unwanted pressure on the stomach and lungs. One way to avoid this is to alternate sides while you rest. Sleeping on the side also comes with the Âsquished-arm-numbnessÂŽ. This occurs when people use their arm to prop their head up. While using the arm is a common sleep position, it can adversely affect muscle and nerves. It can restrict blood flow, pinch nerves in the arm, and constrict muscles of the shoulder and neck. A US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health article shows that Âshoulder pain is caused by postural immobility in the decubitus or side position during sleep. Prolonged pressure on the shoulder caused by the weight of the thorax can produce enough damage to cause subsequent shoulder pain.ÂŽ Stomach Sleeping Pros: Stomach sleeping can ease snoring for most people. Cons: Sleeping on the stomach is often regarded to as the worst sleeping position because it flattens the natural curve of the spine and strains it. This leads to lower back pain. Also, sleeping on the stomach forces you to turn your neck which strains the neck. The Sleep Advisor informs readers that sleeping on your stomach causes your neck to be twisted, which puts your spine and head out of alignment-leading to severe damage. Back Sleeping Pros: Sleeping on your back is a good position since the back is straight and the neck is in a neutral position. A Cleveland Clinic article confirms that back sleeping is best because gravity keeps your body centered. The spine is not forced or twisted into any positions. Back sleeping also allows the spine to receive full support that the mattress has to offer. Sleeping on the back also brings along cosmetic benefits. Sleeping with your face in the air, as opposed to in a pillow, leads to less facial wrinkles. Cons: When a person is sleeping in a supine position, snoring and sleep apnea are far less likely. When we sleep on our backs, gravity forces the tongue to collapse into the airway, therefore obstructing breathing and causes snoring noises. An American Sleep Association article discusses how snoring is caused by the lack of smooth airflow, which causes vibrations and produces the snoring sound. The Pros and Cons of Your Favorite Sleep Position
Flight to Freedom 2018Many people do not know that the first Underground Railroad in the U.S. didnÂt head north, it headed south to Florida. Come tour the ÂFreedom TrailÂŽ with guided tours, military demonstrations and period culinary demonstrations, February 8th, 9th and 10th, 10 a.m. Â… 4 p.m. at Fort Mose Historic State Park, 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine. For more info visit www.fortmose.org.The Langston Hughes ProjectThe Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes's jazz poem suite. Ask Your Mama is Hughes's homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom, home and abroad, will appear Saturday, February 10th 8 p.m., at the Ritz Theatre, located at 829 N. Davis St. For tickets visit www.jaxevents.com/venues/ritz-theatreand-museum.Royal Vagabonds Sweetheart DanceThe Royal Vagabonds presents their annual ÂSweetheart DanceÂŽ scheduled for Saturday, February 10th, 7 p.m.,at the Double Tree Hotel located at 1201 Riverplace Blvd. Enjoy performance by the Special Formula Band, food drinks and scholarship award presentation. Formal attire required. For tickets and more info contact Seabon Dixon at (904) 859-5229.P.R.I.D.E. Book Club MeetingPeople Reading for Inspiration, Discussion and Enjoyment (P.R.I.D.E.) will meet Saturday, February 10th 3 5:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville Main Library located at 303 N. Laura Street in the Lounge (1st floor). The book ÂFaithful ServantsÂŽ by Marc Curtis Little will be the topic of discussion. For more info email email@example.com With DonnaThe 11th annual 26.2 With Donna National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer, the only marathon in the U.S. dedicated to breast cancer research and care will run the course, February 10-11th at ATP Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. To register and for more info www.breastcancermarathon.com.FAMU Chat and ChewAttend the Florida Agriculture Mechanical University JRE Lee Alumni Association ÂChat & ChewÂŽ Saturday, February 10th, at 10 a.m. at the FAMU School of Pharmacy located at 2050 Art Museum Drive 4800 Building, Suite 200. For more info visit www.famujacksonville.org. ValentineÂs Day DanceAmerican Legion Post 197 is hosting a Pre-ValentineÂs Day Dance on Saturday, February 10th at 7 p.m. Post 197 is located at 2179 Benedict Road. For more info call Anna Matthews at (904) 768-1206.Black LGBTI Feedback SessionThe UNF LGBT Resource center will hold four community events to hear from residents about the needs and views of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community, Saturday, February 10th, 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. The LGBTI African American Feedback session will be held at the Community Foundation, 45 Riverside Ave. For more info sessions visit www.unf.edu/lgbtrc.Mardi Gras ew Orleans StyleMardi Gras celebration will take place at the Black Finn restaurant located at 4840 Big Island Dr., Saturday, February 10th at 8 p.m. Come celebrate Mardi Gras New Orleans Style with live music, drink specials and more! For more info call Black Finn at (904) 345-3466.Jazz at BreezyÂsJazz musicians Phil Morrison and Joe Watts will pay tribute to Black History Month at BreezyÂs Jazz Club, 119 W. Adams St., Saturday, February 10th at 7 p.m. For tickets visit www.breezyjazzclub.com.Blues Traveler TourThe Blues Traveler 30th anniversary tour is scheduled for Sunday, February 11th, 7 p.m. at the Florida Theater, 128 E Forsyth St. For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com.Guided Bird WalkCome meet the birds at Anastasia State Park on this monthly bird walk! Participants will observe a diverse variety of birds. It will be held on Sunday, February 11th, 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. at Fort Mose Historic State Park, 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine. For more info visit www.fortmose.org.Boots to Business WorkshopJoin Boots to Business at NS Mayport, Building 1 Massey Avenue will take place, Monday, February 12th at 8 a.m. For more info visit www.myjaxchamber.com. Toastmasters Club MeetingThe Lillian Bradley Toastmasters Club celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2017! Start off 2018 and attend their next regular club meeting Tuesday, February 13th, 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre. Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. Toastmasters is an international public speaking organization which enhances one's communication and leadership skills. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org. FSCJ Dine & LearnAttend the ÂDine & Learn: Health Crisis in the Black Community,Â scheduled for Tuesday, February 13th, 6 8 p.m. at FCCJ Kent Campus located at 3939 Roosevelt Blvd. Join the panel for a discussion on the prevalent health issues in the Black Community, such as HIV, sickle cell anemia and diabetes. For more info call (904) 381-3400.Chamber Small Business BreakfastJoin the JAX Chamber for the fifth annual Small Business Breakfast presentations Tuesday, February 13th at 7:30 a.m. at the Schultz Center located at 4019 Boulevard Center Dr. Celebrate the impact of small businesses and the announcement of the JAX Chamber's 2018 overall Small Business Leader of the Year. For tickets and more info visit www.myjaxchamber.com.Valentine Day Comedy ShowA Valentine Day Comedy Show Dinner Dance will be held Wednesday, February 14th at 7 p.m. featuring comedians: M.C., David Emanuel, Claudine, Queen B, and Leroy at 8 p.m. at the Party Spot Event Center, 10934 Lem Turner Rd. Enjoy food, cocktails and plenty of love! For tickets and more info call (904) 647-7070.Little Shop of Horrors!Feed the need for musical hilarity with the ÂLittle Shop of Horrors!ÂŽ stage play at 5:30 p.m. February 14th March 25th It will be held at the Alhambra Dinner Theater. 12000 Beach Blvd. For tickets visit www.alhambrajax.com.SMART Couples WorkshopsSign-up with your Valentine for the ÂSMART Couples WorkshopsÂŽ. The four workshops are scheduled for February 13 15th 5:30 8 p.m. taking place at the Duval County UF/IFAS Extension Office, 1010 N McDuff Ave. Classes are for couples wanting to improve their relationship. For more info visit www.SMARTcouples.org.Valentines Love JamThe Valentines Love Jam featuring R&B artists: Tyrese, Joe, Avant, Next, Donnell Jones and Silk, Friday, February 16th, 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium located at 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd. For tickets visit www.ticketmaster.comFLA JAX Sweetheart Dinner DanceThe FLA JAX Valentine's Sweetheart Dinner Dance on Saturday, February 17th at 8 p.m. at The DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel located at 1201 Riverplace Blvd. For tickets and more info contact FLA Jax President James Andrew at (904) 868-9150.DCDBC Flapjack FundraiserThe Duval Democrats Black Caucus Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast will flip the grill Saturday, February 17th, from 8 10 a.m. at the Town Center Applebees, 4507 Town Center Pkwy. Make it a club/caucus/group social and come out and support! All are welcome! For tickets, email: email@example.com.Barry ManilowBarry Manilow will be in concert Sunday, February 18th at 7 p.m. at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St. Public can trade a new or gently used musical instrument for a free ticket! For tickets and more info visit www.manilowmusicproject.org.Hidden Secrets Stage PlayAttend the stage production of the play "Hidden SecretsÂŽ a live show featuring three women and the revealing of their secrets. Get ready to be inspired, empowered and set free, Sunday, February 18th, 5:30 8:30 pm. at the University of North Florida (UNF) Student Union hall located at 1 UNF Dr. For tickets and more info contact LaRonda Howard at (904) 803-2229.OP Farmers & Art MarketFarmerÂs & Art Market will take place at the Orange Park Town Hall located 2042 Park Ave, Sunday, February 18th, 10 a.m. Â… 3 p.m. With over 100 vendors selling fresh, local produce and homemade crafts, live music and great food, itÂs sure to be fun for the entire family! Join Orange Park every first and third Sunday of each month. For more info visit www.townoforangepark.com.OP ormal and Industrial School Historical MarkerThere will be a historical marker presentation at the Orange Park Normal and Industrial School at the Orange Park Town Hall, 2042 Park Avenue, on Monday, February 19th at 10 a.m. The marker commemorates when Orange ParkÂs Normal School opened October 7, 1891 and it was the only place where both white and black students could learn together under the same roof in Florida. For more info visit www.townoforangepark.com.Legendary George Benson in ConcertJazz/Soul legend and guitar virtuoso for over five decades itÂs George Benson at the ThrasherHorne Center located at 283 College Drive, Orange Park, February 19th at 7 p.m. For tickets visit www.thcenter.org.Alvin Ailey Dance TheaterThe Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will take the stage Tuesday, February 20th at 7:30 p.m. at the Times Union Moran Theater located at 300 Water St. Engage your emotions with contemporary works that touch on timely topics and the beloved classic revelations and dance masterpieces that fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul. For more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.How Automation Moves Cities Workshop'How Automation Moves CitiesÂ new event date is Tuesday, February 20, 8:30 Â„ 11:30 a.m. at the University of North Florida, located at Adam W. Herbert University Center at 12000 Alumni Dr. To register and for more details visit www.myjaxchamber.com.Kids Hope Alliance MeetingKids Hope Alliance the cityÂs newly formed agency selected to carry out city-supported youth programs, Board of Directors meeting will take place Wednesday, February 21st, at 10 a.m. at the Jacksonville Children's Commission office located at 1095 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. 1st Floor, Multipurpose Room. For more info contact Adam Miller at (904) 6306494.Deerwood Rotary FundraiserThe Deerwood Rotary Fundraiser is Friday, February 23rd at 6 p.m. at the Deerwood Country Club located at 10239 Golf Club Dr. Theme for this yearÂs party is ÂBack to the 80sÂŽ so break out your best Miami Vice white suits and teased hair! For tickets and more info visit www.deerwoodrotary.org. 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February 8 14, 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 Tisha Campbell-Martin and Martin Lawrence Kiss and Make Up Literally! by Jessica Bennett Mathew KnowlesÂ latest book, Racism: From the Eyes of a Child, discusses race relations from the perspective of a young man growing up in the deep South, with the Texas Southern professor having borne witness to some of the most blatantly racist and, quite frankly, violent moments in recent American history In a recent interview with the Alabama native, Knowles discusses his experience with colorism at a prominent HBCU and his admitted eroticized rage leading him to date ex-wife, Tina Knowles Lawson. The music executive also shares his thoughts on how colorism affects aspiring artists when they are looking for mainstream acceptance. How did facing blatant and intense racism as a child affect how you interacted with others growing up? It was about co-existing. I grew up in a small town and never went to a Black school. I went to Catholic school with White nuns until the eighth grade, when I was one of six kids to integrate Litchfield Junior High that [at the time] had about 700 or 800 students. Then we integrated Gadsden High. At University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, I was one of the first Blacks there. I didnÂt go to a Black school until my junior year of college, when I went to Fisk University. The HBCU? Yes. I talk about this in the book, but they had a colorism issue there. I was in the last class where theyÂd take out a brown paper bag, and if you were darker than the bag, you could not get into Fisk. Really? What year was this? It was 1972. How have you and your family experienced colorism? When I was growing up, my mother used to say, ÂDonÂt ever bring no nappy-head Black girl to my house.ÂŽ In the deep South in the Â50s, Â60s and Â70s, the shade of your Blackness was considered important. So I, unfortunately, grew up hearing that message. I have a chapter in the book that talks about eroticized rage. I talk about going to therapy and sharingÂ…one day I had a breakthroughÂ…that I used to date mainly White women or very high-complexion Black women that looked White. I actually thought when I met Tina, my former wife, that she was White. Later I found out that she wasnÂt, and she was actually very much in-tune with her Blackness. I had been conditioned from childhood. With eroticized rage, there was actual rage in me as a Black man, and I saw the White female as a way, subconsciously, of getting even or getting back. There are a lot of Black men of my era that are not aware of this thing. IÂm sure you noticed similar patterns of colorism once you joined the music industry. Oh, of course! I challenge my students at Texas Southern to think about this. When it comes to Black females, who are the people who get their music played on pop radio? Mariah Carey, Rihanna, the female rapper Nicki Minaj, my kids [Beyonce and Solange], and what do they all have in common? TheyÂre all lighter skinned. Do you think thatÂs an accident? Of course not! So you get it! Mathew Knowles Says Internalized Colorism Led Him to Tina Knowles Lawson Tisha Campbell-Martin is the latest celeb to share her very personal story of enduring sexual abuse as a child, opening up after a discussion about the abuse Olympian Simone Biles faced at the hands of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. ÂI will say IÂm very open about me being sexually abused when I was three years old,ÂŽ said the actress to E!Âs Daily Pop. ÂAnd when children, especially in their formative years, have something like that happen to them, itÂs devastating. I told, I told right away, right away I told. I had a father who was a big guy and I trusted that he would protect me. So I told my dad immediately, but it still affects you later on in life.ÂŽ Campbell spoke on the matter following Biles and several other young athletes confronting Nassar, with the gymnast posting a lengthy #MeToo message on Twitter this January. Campbell is also believed to be starring in the upcoming reboot of 90s sitcom, Martin. She all but confirmed the news to Hip Hollywood and was recently spotted hanging with co-stars Martin Lawrence and Tichina Arnold. Matthew Knowles with his family, Beyonce, Solange and Tina in happier times. Wesley Snipes Explains Why His Version of ÂBlack PantherÂ ever Came to Fruition Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold spotted in Hollywood Although Wesley Snipes has portrayed superhero Blade in three films, the 55-year-old actor also had his heart set on bringing Black Panther to the big screen back in the 1990s. That film has since been re-imagined by famed director Ryan Coogler opening next week. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Snipes delved into why his vision for the classic comic never came to fruition and how he feels about the new anticipated Marvel film. ÂI think Black Panther spoke to me because he was noble, and he was the antithesis of the stereotypes presented and portrayed about Africans, African history and the great kingdoms of Africa,ÂŽ Snipes told THR. ÂIt had cultural significance, social significance. It was something that the black community and the white community hadnÂt seen before.ÂŽ With Stan LeeÂs blessing, Snipes was prepared to share the story of the Wakanda hero but was met with an inordinate amount of red tape. Director uncertainty was a major problem for the production, with names like Mario Van Peebles and John Singleton making a short list. Snipes never met with Van Peebles, and he didnÂt agree with SingletonÂs vision of placing TÂChalla (Black Panther) in the Civil Rights Movement. ÂI love John, but I am so glad we didnÂt go down that road, because that would have been the wrong thing to do with such a rich project,ÂŽ Snipes says. ÂUltimately, we couldnÂt find the right combination of script and director and, also at the time, we were so far ahead of the game in the thinking, the technology wasnÂt there to do what they had already created in the comic book.ÂŽ When it comes to the new film, Snipes is nothing but supportive. ÂEven though I am not a part of this particular project, I support it 1,000 percent, and I am absolutely convinced that it will be a catalyst for change and open other doors and other opportunities,ÂŽ he says. ÂAnd we need that kind of diversity and different flavor now. [Boseman] is a young, talented actor, and I think he is going to make it his own. I hope they give him a great opportunity to really come into the fullness of the character.ÂŽ
Since itÂs founding in 1997 by a pair of self-avowed ÂnerdsÂŽ from MIT and Boston University, BlackFacts.com has been the longest running data-driven repository of Black history on the internet. Over its 20+ year history, this online project, founded on the concept that there were black technologists who could give back to their community, has grown from a labor of love, to become number one on all three major search engines and garnering millions of national and international visitors and over 100,000 followers via social media and email. Over the course of the past 6 months BlackFacts.com has made drastic changes to what was once a text-based web site and email service that simply provided black history Fact-Of-The-Day. They have expanded their database content Â… with over 26,000 articles and growing. The website has been revamped with images, videos, games/quizzes, speeches and more. Every article is indexed and cross referenced with machine learning to identify related people, places and events. New content and new features are being added daily to allow for a rich user experience and to bring Black History to life. Whether on your desktop, tablet or smartphone Â… the site offers viewers an experience to explore the historical and contemporary contributions of people of color. Their slogan is: ÂLearn Black History. Teach Black History.ÂŽ BlackFacts.com strives to be the virtual dream of W. E. B. DuBois for the Encyclopedia Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African-American Experience. If they are not quite there yet, then they are well on their way. BlackFacts.com also kicking of the #blackfacts365 Campaign Â… Âbecause black history is not just in FebruaryÂŽ. The campaign began on Feb 1st as part of their partnership with Twitter and has a black history Fact-Of-The-Day content posted to a possible audience of millions of twitter users throughout the year. If you have not heard about BlackFacts.com but are excited about or interested in Black History and want to share that history with your friends, colleagues and children, then you need to check out www.blackfacts.com for yourself. Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 10 February 8 14, 2018 Lena Horne is remembered as an all-around entertainer, Hollywood actress, Grammy Award winning singer, and a Tony Award winning Broadway star. But equally important to her legacy was a willingness to use fame as a platform to promote Civil Rights in the 1960Âs. HorneÂs daughter Gail Lumet Buckley believes her mother would be proud to be put alongside the other members of the USPS Black Heritage Stamp Series. ÂMy mother would have been 100 years old on June 30, 2017. ItÂs wonderful that she would receive this honor so close to her centennial year. When I first read the list of past recipients in the black heritage series, I confess it brought tears to my eyes,ÂŽ said Buckley. ÂAs we honor these women and men for their great talent and abilities, we must also honor them for the courage that it took for them to become, as the Postal Service notes in celebrating the Black Heritage stamps, people, events and cultural milestones that are unique to our great nation.ÂŽ The stamp has a picture of Lena Horne on it taken by photographer Christian Steiner in the 1980Âs. With a dark cloudy background and a blue dress, itÂs a tribute to her 1957 album Stormy Weather. ÂAfter a change into an elegant blue dress, she became talkative, told me intimately about her life, and we were able to laugh together,ÂŽ said Steiner. ÂShe even sang for me. All the while I got pictures I was feeling good about and thought she would too.ÂŽ Born on June 30, 1917, Horne was a trailblazer in Hollywood for women of color and used her fame to inspire Americans as a dedicated activist for civil rights. HorneÂs awards and honors include a special Tony Award for her one-woman Broadway show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music; three Grammy Awards; the NAACP Spingarn Medal; and the Actors Equity Paul Robeson Award. The stamp is currently for sale at all USPS locations. Stamp photographer Christian Steiner, Horne's daughter Gail Lumet Buckley (with family members), USPS Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman, and WBGO President Amy Niles shared personal memories and stories during the Lena Horne stamp unveiling. BlackFacts.com Takes Black History & Black History Month to a ew Level Tarana Burke first launched the #MeToo campaign in 2007 to build solidarity and healing power among Black girls and women who survived sexual assault. Nearly 11 years later, the organizer and activist will chronicle her and the movementÂs journey in a memoir. Burke is working with writer and fellow activist Asha Bandele on the upcoming book, titled ÂWhere the Light Enters.ÂŽ Burke told The AP that the memoir will address her own Âordinary, extraordinary journey from victim to survivor to thriver,ÂŽ as well as the evolution of the movement. ÂThe book will also help readers understand the often overlooked historical connections of the role sexual violence plays in communities of color, specifically Black communities, even today, while exploring ways the same communities have been both complicit and resilient,ÂŽ Burke added. ÂMore than anything, this memoir will provide survivors across the spectrum of sexual abuse a road map for healing that helps them understand that the Âme tooÂ movement is more about triumph than trauma, and that our wounds, though they may never fully heal, can also be the key to our survival.ÂŽ#MeToo Founder to Publish Memoir ÂWhere The Light EntersÂŽ Tarana Burke