Local nursing students received firsthand insight into the lives of the cityÂs Black nurses during segregation at a program sponsored by the First Coast Black NursesÂ Association and the Nursing department at FSCJ. Brewster Hospital, which stood at 7th & Jefferson streets in Springfield. UFHealth Jacksonville is the current occupant of the site. It was not only the first African American hospital in Jacksonville, but also in the U.S., operating from 1901 to 1966. The program provided a historical perspective of the triumphs and challenges of Brewster nurses as well as nurses throughout Duval County. Program participants included Brewser staff and graduates Helen Bargeron, (1947-1950), Wilma Lauray, (1954-1962), administrator Marcus Drewa, and physician Dr. Tom Peters. Many of the students in attendance from nursing and other health related programs werenÂt aware of the significance of Brewster in the Jacksonville community. The highlight of the event was the presentation of $2 bills from Marcus Drewa who served as an administrator for both Brewster and Methodist Hospitals. ÂMr. Drewa always carried around $2 bills to give to the nurses and he was instrumental in helping the black community with donations and fought for nurses rights,ÂŽ said FCBNA organizer Jackie Lee. The passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act doomed Brewster Hospital. The legislation opened the cityÂs other health care facilities to African Americans. This resulted in a substantial drop in revenue for Brewster. The institution shut its doors in 1966. The city relocated the structure from its former location to the northeast corner of Monroe and Davis Streets in September 2005. In 2007, the City of Jacksonville began extensive restorations. Volume 31 o. 13 February 15 21, 2017 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents Estate Planning for Your Digital AssetsPage 2 Raising Wages Helps Companies, Workers and the EconomyPage 4Was the First Lady of the Confederacy Black?Page 7 Obamas Continue to Make History With Official PortraitsPage 10 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Emancipation Proclamation onDisplay at SmithsonianOriginal copies of two historical documents of crucial importance to the lives of African Americans are now on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are on display as part of the ÂSlavery and FreedomÂŽ exhibition in Concourse One of the museum. The documents are among the most important documents in the history of the United States. President Abraham Lincoln issued The Emancipation Proclamation, which took effect on January 1, 1863, freeing slaves in 10 rebellious states during the Civil War. The 13th Amendment, which passed Congress on December 6, 1865, made slavery illegal in the United States. They are on loan are to the museum from philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, Smithsonian Regent and co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, an investment firm with $178 billion in assets.School Changes ame from Andrew Jackson to Hidden Figures MuseAn elementary school in Utah has traded one Jackson for another in a change that many say was a long time coming. Jackson Elementary School in Salt Lake City will no longer be named for Andrew Jackson, the seventh U.S. president, whose slave ownership and treatment of Native Americans are often cited in the debate over memorializing historical figures associated with racism. Instead, the school will honor Mary Jackson, the first black female engineer at nasa whose story, and the stories of others like her at the space agency, was chronicled in Hidden Figures a 2016 film based on a book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. School employees and parents have discussed changing the elementaryÂs school name Âfor years,ÂŽ Alberty reported, and last year started polling and meeting with parents, alumni, and others. More than 70 percent supported the change. Of the schoolÂs 440 students, 85 percent are students of color,according to the Salt Lake City School District. Mary Jackson, a native of Hampton, Virginia, worked as a math teacher, a receptionist, and an Army secretary before she arrived at NASAÂs Langley Research Center in 1951 as a member of the West Area Computing unit, a segregated division where African American women spent hours doing calculations with pencil and paper, including for the trajectories of the countryÂs earliest space missions.Minority HIVRates Remain HighAlthough HIV infections and HIV deaths have declined in recent years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1.1 million people are currently living with HIV in the U.S. and 470,000 are African American. This number includes 74,100 individuals who donÂt know they are infected and are at higher risk of transmitting the virus. The disease has continued to cut a deadly swath through the black community since 1981 when it was first discovered. By U.S. region, the South has the highest rate of recent HIV infections, accounting for the majority of newly diagnosed with the disease, which was 63% in 2016. HIV/AIDS was the sixth-leading cause of death among black men 20 to 44 years old and the fourth leading cause of death among black women 35 to 44 in 2015. There are many reasons why this plague continues to spread almost unabated and almost unnoticed throughout the black community, but a significant reason is that the disease is not talked about as much as it was years ago. This relative lack of ongoing public discourse about HIV/ AIDS may have given rise to a false sense of safety in the black community. Major reasons for the high rate of HIV infection include poverty, lack of access to health care, higher rates of some other sexually transmitted infections, lack of awareness of HIV status and stigma, stated the Kaiser Family Foundation in its report ÂBlack Americans and HIV/AIDS: The Basics,ÂŽ published this month.AmericaÂs Students ArenÂt Learning the Truth About SlaveryAmerican students are being taught an inadequate and often sanitized version of history when it comes to slavery, according to a new report. The report, from the Southern Poverty Law Center, looks at how slavery is presented in K-12 classrooms and found that students are often taught a deeply incomplete version of events. Students learn inspirational stories about figures like Harriet Tubman and good Samaritans who helped slaves reach freedom in the underground railroad before they learn about the horrors of enslavement. When they learn about slavery, it is often presented as an isolated, albeit unfortunate phenomenon, disconnected from white supremacist ideologies that abetted it and the racism that continues as a pervasive part of American life today. Only 8 percent of high school seniors surveyed by an independent polling firm for the study identified slavery as the primary reason for the Civil War. Almost half identified tax protests as the main cause. Fixing the way slavery is taught in schools has a specific urgency at this moment in history, amid a surge in white nationalism, the report says. Understanding and facing the history is an essential first step of alleviating the indelible stain slavery has left on the country. Legacy of Brewster Hospital Honored Shown are Vagabond member Lawrence Dennis, Seaborn Dixon and Rick Blackston announcing the scholarship to guests. Vagabonds Celebrate Scholarship, Honor Sweethearts at Annual Soiree Hundreds of couples adorned in their formal attire attended the Royal Vagabonds Annual Sweetheart Dance last weekend to pay tribute sweethearts and raise funds for needy high school students. This year, the 90 year old organization raised $4,000 to provide four $1,000 scholarships to eligible graduating seniors. The Royal Vagabond Club was formed in 1928 and incorporated in 1948, as a social and civic organization. The club was organized during the Jim Crow era by professional men in the community with the desire to have a positive presence in the during the years of segregation. Over the years, the club thrived despite declining membership and remains a positive influence in the Jacksonville community. With a upcoming golf tournament on the calendar, the Vagabonds have vowed to continue to make a difference in the community and the lives of people of color. Lynn Jones Latosha Hall and Johnny Williams originally met in 2005, drifted apart for over a decade and reconnected in May 2017. The couple crossed paths again thanks to the groomÂs cousin and instantly became intertwined as a couple. By September of 2017, the groom was smitten and had asked for LatoshaÂs hand in marriage. The ceremony, witnessed by family and friends, was officiated by Rev.Columbus Burns and Rev. Gary Williams. The Groom is a retired naval officer who worked as the head chief of maintenance personnel of the Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron and now works part-time at NAS Jax as an aircraft mechanic. Before moving to Jacksonville to become Mrs. Williams, bride Latosha Hall worked as a resort manager in Hilton Head, SC. With a blended family of three children, the couple will reside in Jacksonville. Shown above in attendance with their commemorative $2 bills are (L-R)Wilma Lauray, Gwen Mathis, Vathrice Hartwell, Marcus Drewa, Dr. Carol eil and Jacquelyn Lee. [t @ j||t a|t Access to Safe, Decent and Affordable Housing at Stake byCharlene Crowell In recent days, threats to the nationÂs housing finance system have emerged. At the center of the controversy are two key issues: the obligation of mortgage lenders to ensure broad mortgage credit for all credit-worthy borrowers, and secondly, whether the nation will enforce its own laws banning unlawful discrimination. On February 2, a leaked Senate proposal to overhaul the secondary mortgage marketÂs governmentsponsored enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, would drop important access and affordability provisions that now govern the system. For example, the GSEs now are required to always serve all markets, as well as have in place affordable housing goals. The proposal from U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Mark Warner (DVa.) was quickly and unanimously rejected by a broad coalition of civil rights and housing advocates that included several leading groups and agencies. As early as 2008, Congress moved swiftly to enact the Housing and Economic Recovery Act. This bipartisan legislation provided strong regulatory oversight of the housing finance system and brought forward important affordable housing goals to ensure that hard-working families would be able to access mortgage loans. But with the housing marketÂs lengthy path to recovery, many have renewed calls for legislative reform of Fannie and Freddie. Continued on page 3
In just the two-year period from 2012 to 2014, humans produced more data than in all of human civilization before that Â… and the pace is only accelerating. ItÂs not clear what peopleÂs digital presences will look like in years to come, but itÂs sure that an increasing number of people will be creating and accumulating growing reams of data until the day they die. But then what? The law is very clear about handling paper documents and other physical property when someone dies. But as a law professor at Drake Law School who has been studying property transfers for years, IÂve seen that laws, regulations and court rulings are only recently trying to figure out how to handle the ever-changing realm of digital technology. So far, in most cases the information is controlled by the companies that store it Â… regardless of what users want or direct to happen after their death. Law catching up with technology Many people have had email and other digital accounts for decades, some stretching back to the early pioneers in the 1960s. But large numbers of average people really only began creating significant digital footprints in the early part of the 21st century. Facebook and Gmail began operations in 2004; YouTube started in 2005; Twitter launched in 2006; the iPhone came out in 2007. Almost a decade later, a group of lawyers from around the country developed a draft uniform law they encouraged all 50 states to adopt, which would allow people to specify in their wills that the executor of their estate can access their email and social media profiles. So far, 39 state legislatures have adopted it and seven more are considering it this year. The uniform law doesnÂt specify Â… and courts have not yet been asked to rule on Â… exactly how that access should happen. So for the moment, a dead personÂs executor must contact the company behind each digital platform to determine how to get into the personÂs accounts. In states that havenÂt passed this law, companies themselves can decide whether to allow loved ones access to a late relativeÂs digital assets. Yahoo, for example, is notorious for terminating an account upon a userÂs death and forbidding access afterward. The companyÂs refusal to grant access to surviving family members is being challenged in Massachusetts, a state that has not adopted the uniform digital assets law. In October 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that an executor could consent to the disclosure of emails on behalf of the dead person whose estate was being managed. The case is back before a lower court to decide on other issues, including whether the estate will be able to access the account despite YahooÂs terms of service agreement. The role of privacy With so many legal issues yet to be decided, people should be sure they include digital assets in their estate planning and encourage their loved ones to do the same. Access to the email of a person who has died may be the most important to unlock: Messages and images are likely to be emotionally important. In addition, banking, utilities and other accounts are often linked to an email address; gaining online access to those can help administer a personÂs estate. Of course, itÂs important to protect the privacy of a person who has died Â… despite the general legal assumption that a dead person no longer has privacy that needs protecting. The uniform state law does this by requiring a person to have left specific written permission for an executor to access an email account. Making plans for yourself To prepare yourself for a digital afterlife, the first task is to state, in writing, what you want to happen to your digital assets. Create a list of the accounts in your name, and determine which ones you want your executor to access Â… and which should be deleted. Crucially, do not list usernames or passwords in your will, because a personÂs will becomes a public document upon their death. Instead, consider recording access information for these accounts in a safe place Â… like password management software Â… and leave instructions for your executor to find them. ItÂs not yet clear whether credits and purchases with digital media accounts (like the Google Play Store or iTunes) or online reward account points can be transferred when their holder dies. The only solution for now may be to leave your executor with instructions on how to access the value stored in those accounts Â… and back up the media on external hard drives stored in a safe place. Finally, check with the companies whose online services you use to see if they provide their own method to transfer assets at death. For example, Google has pioneered a method for its users to indicate what they want to have happen to their account if they donÂt access it for several months. By engaging in some simple estate planning, you can protect your privacy as well as ease the management of your estate after your death. Plan for your digital assets in the same way you would any other valuable tangible or intangible asset. After all, digital assets are todayÂs shoeboxes of photos, letters and other mementos. Planning can preserve your legacy in its digital form. Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press February 15 21, 2018 ATTENTIONIf you worked for Eichenlaub Painting Contractors, D. Purvis Construction Co. or Lockhart Construction Builders in the 1960s and 1970s in Jacksonville, FL, please contact Asbestos Investigator Sherry Day at (734) 878-5236 or email Sherry@SLDinvestigations.com. We are looking for people that may have worked with our client .ever Too Late to Estate Plan for Your Digital Assets Top leaders in South AfricaÂs ruling African National Congress (ANC) Party want to remove the countryÂs corrupt president, a move that would restore the reputation of Nelson MandelaÂs party. The downfall of South Africa President Jacob Zuma has been painful to watch. Zuma, a hero in the battle against Apartheid, was imprisoned on Robben Island in 1963 with Mandela. This attempt to oust Zuma, 75, comes as he faces multiple corruption charges that tarnishes a political party that was a beacon of hope in Africa among the continentÂs corrupt governments. With Zuma at the helm, the country is often seenÂ„at bestÂ„as one of the least corrupt countries in Africa. A survey put Nigeria, the continentÂs most populous country, at the top of the list of governments worldwide that are perceived as corrupt. Ghana, Angola and Kenya also placed in the top 10. Zuma defied an order on Wednesday from party officials to resign from office, triggering a political crisis. Under pressure from party leaders, he agreed to resignÂ„but under his own timetable. However, the officials, including the presumptive new president Cyril Ramaphosa, demanded his immediate departure after an extensive party leadership meeting that ended early Tuesday. This standoff was expected after the ANCÂs secretary-general, Ace Magashule, announced on Tuesday that Zuma rejected the National Executive CommitteeÂs authority to remove him, according to the BBC. The list of charges against Zuma includes fraud, racketeering and money laundering from a multi-billion dollar arms deal in 1999. More recently, the countryÂs highest court ruled that he breached his oath of office by using government money to upgrade his private estate. Politically, ZumaÂs scandals are dragging down the ANCÂs popularity, adding to the disappointment many Black South Africans feel toward the ANCÂs failure to improve their lives. South Africans have protested not only to demand jobs but also to protest government under ZumaÂs regime. Still, Zuma has supporters who want the party to allow him to complete his term in office. The two factions have squared off in the streets against each other.Corruption at the Core of the Attempt to Remove South AfricaÂs President A case involving a White neighborhood watchman who fatally shot a Black man in North Carolina is raising eyebrows around the country. Chad Copley, 40, recently began his trial for killing Kouren-Rodney Thomas, 20, after having fired shots from his home garage in Raleigh, North Carolina on August 7, 2016. This case is reminisce of Trayvon Martin, with Justin Bamberg, attorney for the Thomas family, having said that Copley is ÂGeorge Zimmerman 2.0.ÂŽ Bamberg, a high-profile civil rights attorney who represented the families of Alton Sterling and Walter Scott, said justice may prevail in this case. ÂThere are similarities, but I have a feeling there will be a different outcome,ÂŽ he said following the deadly shooting. Copley claimed that he was being targeted by gang members at his home and acted in self-defense by killing Thomas. He told 911 that he was shooting at ÂhoodlumsÂŽ. Copley called 911 that fateful morning to report "hoodlums" on his street and says he fired a warning shot. In the 911 call, he told the dispatcher, "We have a lot of people outside of our house yelling and shouting profanities. I yelled at them, 'please leave the premises.' They were showing a firearm, so I fired a warning shot and we got somebody that got hit." North CarolinaÂs Stand Your Ground law allows someone Âthe right to use deadly force to defend his or her home, vehicle or workplaceÂŽ if thereÂs Âa reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily harm.ÂŽ Other cases involving Stand Your Ground laws haver been taking place in a handful of states, including Missouri and of course, Florida.Stand Your Ground Laws are Back in the ational Spotlight Massive protests have taken over the streets calling for Zuma to go.
Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 February 15 21, 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. Gamma Rho Omega Goes Red for Heart Health Continued from page 1 And just as the GSEs are now pledged to serve the entire market, some want to take way to take away the systemÂs access and affordability requirements. That kind of change would harm Black families and communities, as well as other low-wealth families. ÂThe big-ticket items that we are looking for is the national duty-toserve and affordable housing goals that have a regulator able to enforce those,ÂŽ said Scott Astrada, CRLÂs Director of Federal Advocacy. Days later, on February 5, Mick Mulvaney, the White House handpicked Acting Director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced he would move the BureauÂs staff for its Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity (OFLEO) directly under his control. The Dodd-Frank Act mandates that OFLEO perform Âoversight and enforcement of federal laws to ensure the fair, equitable, and nondiscriminatory access to creditÂŽ By moving fair lending experts to the CFPBÂs DirectorÂs office, to focus instead on consumer education and coordination, there are real concerns that the OFLEO will be unable to perform its enforcement and oversight mission. ÂThis action could open up the floodgates on lending discrimination, which would damage the ability for people of color to build wealth,ÂŽ noted Debbie Goldstein, CRLÂs Executive Vice President. MulvaneyÂs personnel shift is yet another consistent sign that the nationÂs financial cop-on-the-beat is walking a new patrol. Since assuming unlawful leadership at CFPB, Mulvaney has also dropped a lawsuit against predatory payday lenders, supported repeal of the BureauÂs auto lending guidance that took direct aim at pervasive and discriminatory practices. He has also made clear his plans to reopen rulemaking under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). HMDA is a federal law that requires most financial institutions to provide mortgage data to the public. It ensures that mortgage lenders are serving the credit needs of communities in which they are located. The annual HMDA report is the only comprehensive one that enables a comparison of private mortgage lending compared to that of government-backed mortgages like FHA, VA and USDA. This report is also unique for its tracking of mortgage lending and denials by race and ethnicity. This unique feature enables policymakers to discern discriminatory trends. As 2018 commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Âs assassination, we must remain vigilant in the fight for access to safe and affordable mortgage loans Â… for many consumers, the single, largest investment of their lifetimes. With hard-fought anti-discrimination laws now under assault, this generation has a duty to protect and defend all civil rights laws. Failure to do so would be to forget that the nation enacted the 1968 Fair Housing Act for this very purpose. Shown is FAMU representatives Joyce Couch and Valencia Steward. 7th Graders Attend College Fair Embarking on 7 Year Success JourneyBy Carla Meche Over one hundred children and their parents got in the college spirit with the IÂm A Star Foundation's Family Empowerment Forum and College Fair The event was held inside the gym at Ribault High School for 7th graders in the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) federal grant program. Edward Waters College's Marching Band kicked off the festivities where the youth had the opportunity to preview eleven colleges and universities. IÂm A Star will follow this group of 7th graders and will mentor the cohort once every two weeks in addition to providing parenting empowerment forums twice a month through their first year of college. GEAR UP is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The program will last seven years, in an effort to ensure students academic success and college readiness. Shown are Chapter Members with the mascot ÂThimperÂŽ (L-R): Patricia Gill, Danette McQueen, Lequista Smith, Phillis Varnado, Alicia Fason, Jacquelyn Lee, and Shelly Thompson Access to Safe, Decent and Affordable Housing at Stake Nearly 250 people attended a morning of heart education when Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Gamma Rho Omega Chapter held their annual ÂPink Goes RedÂŽ event with The Bethel Church Healthy Bethel ministry. The event was in celebration of the American Heart AssociationÂs Go Red for Women Movement. Heart disease is the number one killer of women causing one in three deaths each year. The American Heart Association advocates for more research and swifter action for this very reason. This yearÂs activities included a mini heart walk, hands-only CPR, Heart Healthy facts presentation, testimonials, a healthy food demonstration, wheel of exercise game and cardio line dancing. Blood pressure and cardiovascular screenings were performed along with distribution of heart health information. The chapter presented a gift of $500 to the American Heart Association to support ongoing research. Author Pens Book Sharing Experience of Discrimination in the MilitaryReuben Keith Green began his military career in May, 1985 serving on the USS Voge at Mayport Naval Station. His last tour of duty was at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station where he retired in 1996 unhappy, feeling he received unfair and biased treatment throughout his military career. His 21 years of service led him to pen his autobiography, Black Officer, White avy: Thriving While Black, and Sailing Second Class, in the Post Zumwalt avy He states his motivation was to, Âprovide guidance and experiences to African American males wanting to enlist in the Navy.ÂŽ The book recants GreenÂs tour in the Navy and the pressure of a white Navy on Black officers. In honor of Black History Month, Mr. Green gifted African American men who were either in the military or had family in the military with a copy of his book at the offices of the Free Press. Shown receiving their signed copy l-r is R. Luis Negron, Naval Officer James Andrews, author Reuben Keith Green and Eddie Diamond.
Last month Walmart announced that they would be increasing starting wage rates for hourly employees in the U.S. to $11 per hour after passage of the Republican tax law. Great news to the companyÂs thousands of employees because they also announced the expansion of maternity and parental leave benefits, and that megastore would be providing a one-time cash bonus for eligible employees of as much as $1,000. Sounds great right? Well, think about it from the perspective of a single mom with two kids. That same $11 an hour before taxes is $440 a week and $1,760 a month. Throw in taxes and letÂs just say that this person is making $1,400 a month. Realistically, who can live comfortably off of that amount once you consider housing, transportation, food, childcare, etc.? What is your point Fullwood? My point is that I am not impressed with WalmartÂs announcement because when you consider the billions of dollars that the megastore giant makes annually, the company should be ashamed that their wages were so low. And while I have the floor, what IÂm even more bothered by is the lack emphasis and strong corporate culture related to customer service. But Walmart is just the tip of the iceberg Â… how many of you know what the minimum wage is in your state or even our country? For those who are unaware, hold on to your seats because you are about to be shocked. America is the land of opportunity and a land that any man can achieve greatly through hard work and persistence. But even in our great country, the income gap between the rich and poor is exceptionally large and is growing. One way to deal with that inequality is to focus on increasing wages for lower tier workers or essentially raising the minimum wage. And while my conservative friends will want to chop my head off Â… my moderate to sensible friends will at least hear me out. Back to Walmart. LetÂs not underrate the fact that one of the largest corporations in America was still paying a starting salary of $9 an hour up until last month. Some 25 years ago while in high school, I was a bag boy at the local Winn Dixie. My best friend and I were happy to make $5.50 an hour. We still lived with our parents, and basically needed money for clothes, shoes, an occasional date and other miscellaneous things. That is why itÂs so amazing when you think about the fact that the federal minimum wage is still only $7.25 an hour, and it has been that amount since 2009. Again, I was making $5.50 over 20 years ago Â… so clearly thatÂs not much progress. I cannot think of one single job that should be paying employees a minimum wage. ItÂs absolutely ludicrous that there are people being paid such a low hourly rate. I donÂt care if you work in the fast food industry, janitorial services, digging ditches or watching paint dry Â… surely our American corporations and small businesses can afford to pay their employees a true Âliving wage.ÂŽ Former Federal Chief Alan Greenspan once said, ÂI consider income inequality the most dangerous part of whatÂs going on in the United States.ÂŽ We live in the greatest country in the world Â… a job should be a bridge out of poverty, an opportunity to a make a living from the work or services you provide. But for minimum wage workers, especially those with families, it is not. With the federal minimum wage being so low, more and more states have opted to implement their own, higher rates that local employers must observe. This is just ReggieÂs opinion, but I think that minimum wage should be at least $10 to $11 an hour. And donÂt be mistaken, I am not some crazy liberal Â… I am a small business owner/proponent so I fully understand the value of having to make payroll. My hope is that by changing the minimum wage bar it will have a ripple effect and cause public and private sector companies to adjust their low wage salaries accordingly. And for those who think that raising the minimum wage is bad for the economy Â… thatÂs nonsense. A number of researchers have found that modestly higher minimum wages can raise incomes for low-wage workers without reducing the number of jobs in the area. "A minimum wage increase makes straightforward economic sense. It means more money in the hands of people who are going to spend it. Low minimum wages do NOT help small business,ÂŽ said Lew Prince, Managing Partner, Vintage Vinyl, St. Louis, MO. He adds, ÂSmall business owners know that keeping workers is easier and cheaper than finding and training new workers. And small business owners know that the longer an employee stays with you -the more they know about your business and your customers, and the higher their productivity." By increasing minimum wage, we could put additional money into the hands of an estimated 10-12 million low-wage workers, which would give the economy a real boost. And there will be some states that Âopt outÂŽ and decide that having a minimum wage is not good policy, I am no economist, but I can assure you that good companies donÂt mind paying good decent wages. In fact, Jim Sinegal, the CEO of Costco said, "Paying your employees well is not only the right thing to do but it makes for good business." By the way, the new Costco opening up on JacksonvilleÂs Westside on Collins Road is paying a starting salary of $13 an hour. Case closed. Signing off from Costco, Reggie Fullwood By Parker Riley Trump is the Marie Antoinette of 2018. Never heard of her? She was the last Queen of France before the French Revolution and allegedly said ÂLet them eat cake until they all starve!ÂŽ as the people of France were starving. Marie even wore flour on her wigs while many French people went without bread. In addition, her spending, which reportedly emptied FranceÂs treasury, helped to spark the French Revolution. Well, with TrumpÂs latest stunt, he is basically telling the poor people of America to eat cake while he dons that cheap wig. Trump and Antoinette are two peas in a privileged pod. According to Yahoo News, Trump wants to end food stamps and replace it with Ânon-perishable food items selected by the government.ÂŽ The White House budget director Mick Mulvaney compared the food boxes to the start-up meal delivery company Blue Apron, which delivers food to peopleÂs house and has reportedly been a disaster. The Department of Agriculture is calling the program ÂAmericaÂs Harvest Box,ÂŽ which would be made up of Â100 percent U.S. grown and produced foodÂŽ and would include items like shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, canned fruits, meats and cereal. The Trump administration claims AmericaÂs Harvest Box will save the country 129 billion over 10 years. here are countless issues with this AmericaÂs Harvest Box. How would these boxes be delivered? Is the government really going to deliver harvest boxes to everyone on food stamps? If there is some type of pick up location then it is nothing like Blue Apron or other meal-kit services. How far away will the pick up location be, what if some people do not have access, especially the disabled? Do we really trust the government with selecting food? Not everyone can eat the same food or eat the same portions. More people will go hungry on this horrible plan. As far as the budget, why not end the fight for a $20 billion wall that is pointless Â„ considering most illegals are here from overstayed visas. AmericaÂs Harvest Box is coded language for Trump and the Republicans to completely end social services, which he repeatedly promised he wouldnÂt do. Again, let them eat cake until they all starve. by Dr. Julianne Mlveaux Now Â45ÂŽ wants a parade. He wants it in November, probably before the mid-term elections. Some see it as move to mobilize his base and stroke his own ego; others actually believe that he wants to celebrate and honor members of the military. ItÂs been reported that he wants the parade, because he saw a parade in Paris on Bastille Day. If he went to the zoo, would he want zebras and tigers roaming the lawn at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue next? The last parade we had in Washington was in 1991, when we ÂwonÂŽ the Gulf War. That parade cost $14 million ($21 million in todayÂs dollars), and drew 800,000 people. Given 45Âs propensity for wanting the biggest and Âthe huuuugest,ÂŽ heÂd probably want to spend twice what George H.W. Bush spent in 1991. That $42 million represents less than a millionth of one percent of the nearly $500 billion federal budget increase that the Senate proposed in bipartisan legislation on February 7. I am among the many who will look askance at the possible cost of a parade. There are lots of things we could do with $42 million, like job creation, small Pell grant increases, or even more amenities for our armed forces. But in the scheme of things, some will argue that $42 million is not that much money; they might suggest that a parade is more about symbolism than anything else. What does a show of military might signal in these times? There has been no significant military victory, nothing to celebrate, except 45Âs already-inflated ego. FranceÂs Bastille Day parade is a response to the fact that France had been invaded twice, most devastatingly by the Germans in World War II. Their parade is as much a show of military might as it is of European unity. These days, troops from several countries, including Germany and the United States, participate in the parade. Some carry the flag of the European Union, even though the EU has no military. Would 45Âs parade include other countries, or is this exhibition just about ÂusÂŽ? Instead of the show of unity that Bastille Day parade represents, 45Âs parade will likely be a reflection of his braggadocio. His button is bigger, so is his parade, and so is the U.S. military. The presidentÂs parade sounds like a show of muscle, but to what end? Even the inhabitant of the worldÂs smallest country must know that the U.S. has the worldÂs ÂgreatestÂŽ military. So, why do we need to show off? Because 45 is a show-off, a blowhard, and an Electoral College-selected buffoon. Meanwhile, consider the impact a parade might have on the District of Columbia, the used-to-be majority Black city that is mostly occupied by Democrats. How will the streets survive huge tanks rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue, and who will pay for repairs? How extensive will this parade be, and will it happen on the weekend or a weekday? What will it mean for workers, transportation, and the DistrictÂs infrastructure? The president could care less about any of it. He passed the hot potato of the parade to the Secretary of Defense, and now General Jim Mattis and his team are stuck with the task. Both Democrats and Republicans have verbalized opposition to the parade, and they are likely to be labeled ÂtreasonousÂŽ by 45, since anyone who disagrees with him, or fails to clap (or bow) when he speaks is obviously a traitor. He is behaving like a despot like his rival, North KoreaÂs ÂSupreme LeaderÂŽ Kim Jong-un. While 45 finds it convenient to idolize the military and insist that the rest of us do so, as well, he didnÂt find it convenient to serve in the military. He was excused from military service during the Vietnam era, because he had flat feet or bone spurs or something like that. More than likely, he was excused from military service, because his family had money. The president wants a parade to celebrate the military and glorify our countryÂs military might. Next he will want to have someone crown him king. Yes, it is a good thing he doesnÂt go to the zoo, because we might end up with a menagerie in the backyard at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Tax Cut WillWiden the Racial DividebyRev. Jesse Jackson President Donald Trump keeps boasting about the low black unemployment rate, although African Americans still suffer nearly twice the unemployment rate as whites do. What Trump never mentions is the growing racial wealth gap: the economic disparity between whites and people of color that plagues this country. The statistics from the Federal Reserve are clear. Median black household net worth Â„ what assets the black households in the middle have after subtracting debts Â„ is $17,600. That of the typical white household is nearly 10 times greater at $171,000. The reason for this shocking disparity is clear. As an economic letter from authors of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco notes, ÂFor the past several decades, black workers have fared worse than white workers in the U.S. labor market. Despite government policies designed to reduce or eliminate racial disparities, black workers continue to experience lower wages and higher unemployment rates than whites. Black workers still earn less than their white counterparts even after accounting for differences in age, education, job type, and geography.ÂŽ Trump is trumpeting rising wages but in the first year of the Trump administration, the median weekly earnings of African-Americans went down, not up, when adjusted for inflation. Forty-five percent of black families own homes, compared with 73 percent of white families. African Americans were the hardest hit by the financial collapse, in part because banks targeted the worst liarÂs loans to African-American and Latino families, assuring them that they could refinance when the value of their homes rose. When the bottom fell out, the families found themselves underwater, and bankers made big bucks foreclosing on the victims. The measure of this, as the report Foreclosed details, can be seen in the fact that the wealth of African-American families had recovered to its precrash level by 2016 Â„ not counting the value of their homes. But the average home equity for African Americans was still $16,700 less. The very working and middle class families that reached to buy a home were still struggling to get back to where they were in 2007. Over the same period Â„ from 2007 to 2016, the average wealth of the top 1 percent increased by a mere $4.9 million. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is far from a perfect health care plan, but it did allow African Americans to lower the number of uninsured among the non-elderly by 1.8 million. Trump and Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare and to throw millions off Medicaid will disproportionately hurt African Americans and Latinos. Inequality is still getting worse. As the Pew Research Center reports, the typical wealth of upper-income families was seven times that of middle income families in 2016, a gap that has doubled since 1983. Similarly, upper-income families have 75 times the wealth of lower-income families in 2016, compared with 28 times the wealth in 1983. And African-American and Latino families are disproportionately more likely to be among the low-income families. Trump is not to blame for this disparity, just as he is not the reason for current low unemployment rates. The question is what will the administration do going forward? With federal guarantees, real investment could rebuild neighborhoods, seed small businesses, build affordable housing and create jobs. With the tax cut projected to add more than $1 trillion to the deficit over a decade, the Republican-led Congress is looking to slash, not expand, federal support for working and poor people and impoverished rural and urban communities. With federal guarantees and more independent pension fund management, new capital for vital investments might be freed up. If Trump were serious about dealing with the wealth gap, he would be leading this discussion, not ignoring it. 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City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Reggie Fullwood EDITORIALFebruary 15 21, 2018 Raising Wages Helps Companies, Workers and the Economy TrumpÂs Parade Plan a Waste of Money Let Them Eat Cake: Trump Wants to Replace Food Stamps With Food Boxes
February 15 21, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 13 19, 2018Â’DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COMESURGING: New coach Donte' Jackson has led Grambling's men to ten straight wins and to the top of the SWAC hoops race. FINAL JOCKEYING AS HOOPS SEASON ENTERS FINAL WEEKS; BOWIE STATE'S HALL WINS POY AWARD Grambling Sports PhotoTeams primed for season-ending stretch runLUT WILLIAMS BCSP Editor There are just two weekends of regular season basketball left in the CIAA and SIAC three weekends for the MEAC and SWAC (see BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT DATES) Here's how the men's and women's races shape up as the season heads down the stretch. CIAA On the men's side, Virginia State (20-3, 10-3 CIAA, 6-1 N) has a slim one-game lead over Bowie State (7-6, 5-2 N) in the North. Johnson C. Smith (17-8, 10-2, 7-0 S) has a twogame lead over Shaw (9-4, 5-2) in the South. After games early this week, teams have just three more games left on the regular season conference schedule Â… Saturday (2/17), next Wednesday (2/21) and next Saturday (2/24). VSU has games at Elizabeth City State (2/17) and hosting Lincoln (2/24) sandwiched around a rematch at Bowie State on Feb. 17. BSU handed VSU its only loss in divisional play, 65-56 on the Trojans home court on Jan. 27. VSU dropped to 18th in last week's NABC national Div. II Top 25. JCSU, undefeated in the South (7-0), is two games ahead of Shaw (5-2). JCSU closes with dates Saturday (2/17) at Livingstone before coming home to face WSSU on Wednesday and Shaw on Saturday (2/24). One win in those three contests would clinch the division crown for the Golden Bulls. Virginia Union (22-2, 12-1, 6-1) leads the women's North with Chowan (18-5, 10-3, 5-2) just behind the Lady Panthers in second. Fayetteville State is undefeated in the South (7-0) with WSSU (6-1) just a game behind. VUU plays at home vs Lincoln Saturday, hosts ECSU on Wednesday and closes out the season at home Saturday vs. Chowan the only conference team to deal VUU a loss this season (85-79 on Feb. 3). BCSP NotesBowie State QB Amir Hall wins BCFHOF Player of the Year award Atlanta, GA Â… Bowie State junior quarterback Amir Hall has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Black College Football Player of the Year Award as given by the Black College Football Hall of Fame. The award recognizes the most outstanding football player from a Historically Black College & University (HBCU) that embodies the rich tradition of athletic excellence and integrity associated with HBCUs. Hall was presented with the Deacon Jones Trophy, named in honor of the football legend and inaugural Black College Football Hall of Fame inductee. Hall, listed at 6-4, 180, led the Bulldogs to a 9-2 regular season record and a berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs. He threw for 3,519 yards and 41 touchdowns in 11 games. He completed 65 percent of his passes while throwing just four interceptions in 381 attempts, leading the nation's top Division II offense. Hall threw for at least 300 yards in a game seven times FSU hosts WSSU Saturday, plays at Shaw on Wednesday and closes at home vs. St. Augustine's on Saturday (2/24). SIAC The battle for men's SIAC East Division supremacy between nationally-ranked rivals Morehouse and Clark Atlanta went the Maroon Tigers' way last Thursday in a 97-96 3-overtime classic thriller at Epps Gymnasium on the CAU campus. But Morehouse (85-72) and CAU (85-80) were both knocked off by in the same week. And then Benedict day. Morehouse (20-1), 11th in last week's NABC poll, is the E. Div. leader at 14-1 while CAU (20-3), 16th in the national poll, is second third place. Morehouse closes with three home games hosting Albany State Saturday, Fort Valley State Monday and closing next Thursday with the rematch vs. Clark Atlanta. CAU has the same two opponents prior to its season ending meeting with Morehouse, hosting FVSU on Saturday and Albany State Monday. Lane (10-7) tops the West Division followed by Central State (9-8) and Spring Hill (7-9). Clark Atlanta (13-2) has a three-game lead over Albany State (11-5) in the women's East DIV CONF ALLNORTH DIVISION W L W L W L Virginia State 6 1 10 3 20 3 Bowie State 5 2 7 6 12 12 Virginia Union 3 4 7 6 12 13 Lincoln 3 4 6 7 11 12 Chowan 2 5 4 9 9 13 Elizabeth City State 2 5 3 9 10 12 SOUTH DIVISION Johnson C. Smith 7 0 10 2 17 8 Shaw 5 2 9 4 16 8 Saint AugustineÂs 4 3 9 4 12 12 Fayetteville State 3 4 4 8 7 16 Livingstone 2 5 6 7 8 11 Winston-Salem State 0 7 2 11 4 18 CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Robert Davis Sr., G, JCSU In three wins, averaged 18.3 ppg., 6.7 rebounds. Had 25 points vs. ECSU, 10 vs. FSU and 20 vs. SAU. ROOKIE Deaquan Williams Fr., F, LINCOLN In two games, averaged 10 pts., 9 rebs. and 4 blocks and shot 53.3% NEWCOMER Savon Goodman Sr., F, SHAW Averaged 22.5 points in two games, getting 22 vs. Liv., 23 vs. WSSU. COACH Stephen Joyner, JCSU Guided Bulls to 3-0 mark pushing win streak to school-record 9 games. CIAACENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONMID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEAC CONF ALL W L W LSavannah State 10 1 13 13 North Carolina A&T 8 3 15 11 Bethune-Cookman 8 3 14 12 Hampton 8 4 13 14 Norfolk State 7 4 9 17 North Carolina Central 6 5 12 13 Morgan State 6 6 10 15 SC State 5 6 9 17 Howard 5 6 8 19 Coppin State 5 7 5 22 Florida A&M 4 8 5 23 Md. E. Shore 2 10 6 21 Delaware State 0 11 2 24BCSP PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Alante Fenner 6-5, Sr., G, SSU Averaged 31.5 ppg. in two big wins getting game-high 46 points in win over Morgan State, 17 in win over NC A&T. Made 24 of 27 FTs in the two games. NEWCOMER Isaiah Bailey 6-6, Jr., G, B-CU Averaged 23 points in two wins getting 22 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds in win over NCCU, teamhigh 24 points, 7 assists, 4 steals and 6 boards in win over UMES. DEFENSIVE Shawntrez Davis 6-8, Jr., F, B-CU 19 points, 11 rebounds, 1 block in win over UMES,18 pts., 7 rebounds, 4 blocks in win over NCCU. ROOKIE R. J. Cole 6-0, Fr., G, HOW 27 points, 6 assists in loss to Hampton, 18 points, 6 assists, 9 rebounds in win over UMES. SIACSOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETIC CONFERENCE CONF ALLEAST DIVISION W L W LMorehouse 15 1 20 1 Clark Atlanta 14 2 20 3 Benedict 11 6 18 7 Fort Valley State 9 8 12 13 Albany State 6 10 6 18 Paine 3 13 5 19WEST DIVISIONLane 10 7 12 10 Central State 9 8 11 14 Spring Hill 7 9 10 15 Kentucky State 6 11 7 17 Miles 5 11 6 17 LeMoyne-Owen 5 12 9 15 Tuskegee 3 12 5 19 BCSP PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Tyrius Walker 6-1, Sr., G, MOREHOUSE Scored team-high 27 points including two FTs to clinch win in third overtime in win over Clark Atlanta. NEWCOMER NASWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCE DIV ALL W L W L Grambling State 10 3 14 12 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 9 4 9 18 Southern 8 5 12 14 Prairie View A&M 7 5 10 16 Texas Southern 7 5 7 18 Jackson State 7 6 10 16 Alabama State 6 6 6 18 Alcorn State 5 8 9 17 Alabama A&M 2 10 2 23 Miss. Valley State 2 11 2 24BCSP PLAYERS OF THE WEEKPLAYERSIvy Smith Jr., 6-0, So., G, GSU Averaged 25.0 poings 6.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists in two wins that rebounds, 3 assists in win over Texas Southern, 28 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 steals in win over Prairie View. A. J. Mosby 6-3, Sr., G, ALCORN STATE Tallied 22 points on 9 of 11 shooting, 4 of 5 from behind the arc in win over UAPB. Also had 22 in win over MVSU with 7 rebounds, shooting 5 of 9, 3 of 4 on 3s and 9 of 9 FTs. NEWCOMERMartaveous McKnight, 6-6, Jr., G, UAPB 29 points (5 of 12 on 3-pointers) vs. Alcorn State, 23 points vs Southern. Leads SWAC in scoring at 19.8 ppg. 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 12 11 Lincoln (Mo.) 13 11 Tennessee State 14 11 UDC 6 18 Cheyney 2 20PLAYERS OF THE WEEKPLAYER Amariontez Ivory, 6-3, Jr. G, LINCOLN (MO) Led Tigers with 20 points with 2 assists and 4 rebounds 2 of 9 from 3-point range. NEWCOMER NAINDEPENDENTS DIV CONF ALLNORTH DIVISION W L W L W L Virginia Union 6 1 12 1 22 2 Chowan 5 2 10 3 18 5 Virginia State 4 3 10 3 20 3 Lincoln 4 3 9 4 15 7 Bowie State 2 5 7 6 14 8 Elizabeth City State 0 7 2 10 9 15 SOUTH DIVISION Fayetteville State 7 0 7 5 12 9 Winston-Salem State 6 1 7 6 12 10 Johnson C. Smith 4 3 7 6 15 9 Saint AugustineÂs 2 5 3 10 6 16 Shaw 1 6 2 11 5 20 Livingstone 1 6 1 12 6 17 CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Alexis Johnson Sr., F, VUU Averaged 18.5 points in two wins, getting 13 vs. VSU, 24 vs. BSU. NEWCOMER Michelle Fitzgerald Sr., F, LINCOLN Averaged 19 points and 14 rebounds in 2-0 week. Had career-high 17 boards, 13 points vs. BSU, 25 pts., 11 rebs., vs. ECSU. ROOKIE LaZarea Bowens Fr., F, JCSU Averaged 11.3 ppg. getting 19 vs. ECSU, 10 vs. FSU. COACH AnnMarie Gilbert, VUU Won two games to improve to 22-2 on the season. CIAACENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONMID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEAC CONF ALL W L W LBethune-Cookman 11 0 19 4 North Carolina A&T 10 1 15 8 Hampton 8 4 12 13 Norfolk State 7 4 14 9 Howard 6 4 10 14 Morgan State 7 5 14 11 Coppin State 5 7 6 18 SC State 4 7 9 14 Md. E. Shore 4 7 8 16 North Carolina Central 4 7 6 18 Delaware State 3 8 4 20 Florida A&M 3 9 5 20 Savannah State 1 10 4 19 MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Angel Golden, 5-8, Jr., G, B-CU Averaged 24.5 points in two wins. Had 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals in win over NCCU, 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals in win over UMES. ROOKIE De'Ayra Davis, 5-9, Fr., G, FAMU 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks in OT win vs. NCCU. Clinched win with two FTs with 23 seconds left in extra session. Had 3 steals vs. MSU. DEFENSIVE Lyndsey Edwards Sr. B-CU 9 rebounds, 2 blocks vs. UMES. 6 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 steals vs. NCCU. Khadedra Croker R-Jr., NSU 4 blocks vs. Hampton, 13 rebounds, 2 steals vs. DSU.SIACSOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETIC CONFERENCE CONF ALLEAST DIVISION W L W LClark Atlanta 13 2 15 7 Albany State 11 5 15 11 Benedict 8 7 8 15 Fort Valley State 4 12 4 21 Paine 0 14 1 20WEST DIVISIONCentral State 13 3 19 6 Spring Hill 12 3 19 6 LeMoyne-Owen 10 6 13 9 Kentucky State 6 10 7 17 Miles 5 10 8 15 Lane 5 11 5 19 Tuskegee 4 11 5 18BCSP PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Elise Reilly 5-7, So., G, SPRING HILL Tallied 22 points hitting on 6 of 11 3-pointers in win over Paine. NEWCOMER Tiffany Valentine 6-1, R-So., F, SPRING HILL Had game-high 23 points in win over Paine.SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCE DIV ALL W L W L Southern 11 2 12 10 Texas Southern 9 3 14 9 Grambling State 9 4 12 12 Prairie View A&M 7 5 9 14 Jackson State 7 6 12 10 Alcorn State 6 7 10 14 Alabama State 5 7 7 16 Alabama A&M 4 8 9 14 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3 10 5 18 Mississippi Valley State 2 11 2 23PLAYERS OF THE WEEKPLAYER Joyce Kennerson, 5-7, Jr., G, TSU SWAC and Div. I scoring leader averaged 25.5 points in two wins getting 26 points in win over JSU (with 11 TOs), 5 and 5 assists, 25 points with just 2 turnovers, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in win over Grambling. 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 10 14 Cheyney 5 19 Tennessee State 5 18 Lincoln (Mo.) 3 20 UDC 4 21PLAYERS OF THE WEEKPLAYER Aurreshae Hines, 5-6, Sr. G, W. VA. STATE Had team-highs of 17 points and 7 assists and added 7 rebounds in win over Wheeling Jesuit.INDEPENDENTSHOOPS SCHEDULESAT., FEB. 17 CIAALincoln @ Virginia Union Bowie State @ Chowan St. Augustine's @ Shaw J. C. Smith @ Livingstone VIrginia State @ Elizabeth City State Winston-Salem State @ Fayetteville StateMEAC Florida A&M @ Delaware State Md.-E. Shore @ NC Central Howard @ NC A&T Bethune-Cookman @ Coppin State SC State @ Hampton Savannah State @ Norfolk State SIAC Kentucky State @ Miles Albany State @ Morehouse Central State @ Tuskegee Fort Valley State @ Clark Atlanta Lane @ LeMoyne-Owen SWAC Texas Southern @ Miss. Valley State Southern @ Alabama State Jackson State @ Grambling State Alcorn State @ Alabama A&M Prairie View @ Arkansas-Pine Bluff INDEPENDENTS Kutztown @ Cheyney W. Va. State @ Fairmont State E. Kentucky @ Tennessee State UDC @ NYIT MON., FEB. 19 MEAC Savannah State @ Hampton Md.-E. Shore @ NC A&T Coppin State @ Delaware State Bethune-Cookman @ Morgan State Howard @ NC Central SC State @ Norfolk State SIAC Fort Valley State @ Morehouse Central State @ Miles Spring Hill @ LeMoyne-Owen Kentucky State @ Tuskegee Albany State @ Clark Atlanta SWAC Alcorn State @ Alabama State Southern @ Alabama A&M Prairie View @ Miss. Valley State Texas Southern @ Arkansas-Pine Bluff INDEPENDENTS E. Stroudsburg @ Cheyney TUES., FEB. 20 SIAC Tuskegee @ Paine Livingstone @ Morehouse Benedict @ Point INDEPENDENTS Lindenwood @ Lincoln WED., FEB. 21 CIAA Livingstone @ St. Augustine's Winston-Salem State @ J. C. Smith Lincoln @ Chowan Virginia Union @ Elizabeth City State Virginia State @ Bowie State Fayetteville State @ Shaw SIAC Central State @ Salem International Concordia @ Benedict Lane @ Spring HIll INDEPENDENTS W. Va. State @ Fairmont State Lock Haven @ CheyneyDiv. race. Central State (12-3) and Spring Hill (11-3) top the women's West. MEAC High-scoring Savannah State has surged to a two-game lead in the MEAC's men's race off its current nine-game winning streak. The Tigers, under head coach Horace Broadnax, have scored over 100 points in six of their last seven games and now lead North Carolina A&T and Bethune-Cookman who are both second at 8-3. SSU travels to Norfolk State (Sat.) and Hampton (Monday). A&T is hosting Howard (Sat.) and UMES (Mon.) while B-CU plays at Coppin State and Morgan State The women of Bethune-Cookman under head coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis are undefeated in MEAC play (11-0) and hold a one-game lead over A&T (10-1). The Lady Wildcats join the B-CU men on the Baltimore swing this week while A&T hosts the aforementioned Howard and UMES. B-CU's men and women will host A&T on Feb. 26. SWAC There's a new men's leader in the SWAC men's race as Grambling coach Donte' Jackson has surged to the front coming off wins over Texas Southern (78-55) and Prairie View (90-85) this week. the G-Men have won 10 straight games and are now 10-3, one game ahead of former top dog Arkansas-Pine Bluff (9-4) who has dropped four of its last six games after a seven-game conference win streak. GSU hosts Jackson State Saturday. UAPB tries to right the ship hosting Prairie View Saturday and Texas Southern Monday. Southern (11-2) in the women's race with TSU in second at 9-3. Southern is at Alabama A&M Saturday and Alabama State Monday while TSU is at Miss. Valley (Sat) and UAPB Monday. and surpassed 400 yards twice. Perhaps most impressively, he accounted for 294 points between passing and rushing touchdowns. In just two years as the Bulldogs starting quarterback, Hall is already the all-time school leader in passing yards, touchdowns and passing efDoug Williams Offensive Player of the Year which was also awarded Saturday night. a list that included Grambling senior quarterback and SWAC Offensive Player of the Year Devante Kincade North Carolina A&T junior quarterback and MEAC Offensive Player of the Year Lamar Raynard and Virginia State senior running back and CIAA Offensive Player of the Year Trenton Cannon. Cannon narrowly beat out Hall for the CIAA's award. Committee, which is composed of Black College Football Hall of Fame Co-Founders James "Shack" Harris and Doug Williams, Sheridan Broadcast Network's Director of Sports Ty Miller, former USA Today sports writer Roscoe Nance and ESPN College Football Analyst Jay Walker Hall is just the second recipient of the Deacon Jones Trophy. The inaugural winner, Tarik Cohen (North Carolina A&T State), was selected in the 3rd Round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, where he recently completed a standout rookie campaign.MON., FEB. 12 CIAA Chowan 92, Johnson C. Smith 81 MEAC Norfolk State 93, Delaware State 58 Bethune-Cookman 99, NC Central 81 Hampton 82, Coppin State 79 Howard 84, Md-E. Shore 56 Morgan State 74, Florida A&M 48 Savannah State 108, NC A&T 106 SIAC Albany State 72, Miles 57 Spring Hill 86, Paine 62 SWAC Alcorn State 84, Ark.-Pine Bluff 52 Grambling 78, Texas Southern 55 Southern 55, Miss. Valley State 51 Prairie View A&M 63, Jackson State 58 INDEPENDENTS E. Stroudsburg 95, Cheyney 74 SAT., FEB. 10 CIAAFayetteville State 78, Livingstone 73Lincoln 69, Elizabeth City State 54 J. C. Smith 72, Saint Augustine's 61 Shaw 79, Winston-Salem State 69 Virginia Union 74, Bowie State 52 VIrginia State 70, Chowan 61 MEAC Bethune-Cookman 87, Md.-E. Shore 67 SC State 90, NC A&T 85 Florida A&M 65, NC Central 56 Savannah State 97, Morgan State 94 Hampton 82, Norfolk State 52 SIAC Lane 74, LeMoyne Owen 72 Paine 87, Morris 76 Tuskegee 67, Miles 66 Central State 97, Kentucky State 95 Albany State 76, Fort Valley State 68 SWAC Alabama State 69, Alabama A&M 50 Grambling 90, Prairie View A&M 85 Alcorn State 94, Miss. Valley State 90 Southern 70, Ark.-Pine Bluff 62 Texas Southern 86, Jackson State 75 INDEPENDENTS West Chester 107, Cheyney 65 Wheeling Jesuit 81, W. Va. State 73 Tennessee State 65, Jacksonville St. 47 Lincoln 67, Lindenwood 64 UDC 83, Mercy 81 WOMEN MON., FEB. 12 CIAA Chowan 68, Johnson C. Smith 54 MEAC Norfolk State 72, Delaware State 50 Bethune-Cookman 57, NC Central 47 Hampton 83, Coppin State 48 Md-E. Shore 83, Howard 79 Morgan State 59, Florida A&M 44 NC A&T 69, Savannah State 44 SIAC Albany State 71, Miles 65 Spring Hill 105, Paine 71 SWAC Alcorn State 76, Ark.-Pine Bluff 58 Texas Southern 66, Grambling 56 Southern 66, Miss. Valley State 58 Prairie View A&M 85, Jackson State 73 INDEPENDENTS E. Stroudsburg 58, Cheyney 47 SAT., FEB. 10 CIAAFayetteville State 91, Livingstone 59Lincoln 82, Elizabeth City State 70 J. C. Smith 82, Saint Augustine's 65 Winston-Salem State 81, Shaw 73 Virginia Union 67, Bowie State 52 VIrginia State 72, Chowan 68 MEAC Bethune-Cookman 73, Md.-E. Shore 61 NC A&T 74, SC State 54 Florida A&M 84, NC Central 81 Morgan State 70, Savannah State 41 Norfolk State 63, Hampton 48 SIAC LeMoyne Owen 62, Lane 46 Paine 79, Morris 76 Miles 62, Tuskegee 57 Central State 62, Kentucky State 53 Albany State 82, Fort Valley State 55 SWAC Alabama State 55, Alabama A&M 44 Grambling 75, Prairie View A&M 68 Miss. Valley State 62, Alcorn State 61 Southern 59, Ark.-Pine Bluff 46 Texas Southern 71, Jackson State 66 INDEPENDENTS West Chester 98, Cheyney 63 W. Va. State 83, Wheeling Jesuit 73 Jacksonville St. 62, Tennessee State 61 Lindenwood 83, Lincoln 73 UDC 76, Mercy 72SCORES UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS CIAA TOURNEY UNVEILS NEW FORMAT: The CIAA released a new bracket format last week for its men's and women's basketball tournaments in Charlotte from Feb. 27 thru March 3. This year, the No. 1 seeds from the North and the South on the men's side will play on Wednesday evening (Feb. 28, 6:40 p.m. and after receiving byes thru the Tuesday (Feb. 27) opening round. The opening round will feature two games set for 6:40 and 8:50 p.m. involving No. 4 and 5 seeds from both divisions. The winners of those opening round games will play the top seeds on Wednesday. Wednesday opens with 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. games between seeds No. 3 and 6 from each division at Bojangles. The winners of those games will face the No. 2 seeds trum Centre. day, March 2 at the Spectrum Centre with the men's championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3. For the women, four games (10 a.m. 12:10 p.m, 2:20 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.) pitting No. 3 and No. 6 seeds and No. 4 and 5 seeds will open the tournament on Tuesday at Bojangles. The top women's seeds from each division will take jangles to face winners of the 4 vs. 5 matchups at 2:20 and 4:30 p.m. The No. 2 seeds will see action Thursday at the Spectrum Centre against the 3 vs. 6 winners at 1 and 3 p.m. Women's semis will go off Friday at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Spectrum Centre with the championship game set for Saturday at 1 p.m. Hall BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT DATES SIAC Feb. 26 March 3 Birmingham Crossplex Birmingham, AL CIAA Feb. 27 March 3 Bojangles Arena (Feb. 27 & 28) Spectrum Centre (March 1-3) Charlotte, NCMEAC March 5 10 Scope Arena Norfolk, VASWAC March 6 10 March 9-10 Toyota Center Houston, TX BroadnaxBlair-Lewis
Greater Macedonia Celebrates PastorÂs 42nd AnniversaryThe Greater Macedonia Baptist Church of the Northside located at 1880 West Edgewood Avenue are celebrating the church and pastorÂs anniversary this month. The church was established in 1914. Dr. WilliamÂs pastorate commenced in 1976 to the present. The remaining celebration date will be February 18th at 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 call (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 Kicks Off Zanders for Bishop CampaignSt. Paul AME Church will welcome 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 call (904) 764-2755.Warriors on Fire of Deliverance Church RevivalThe Warriors on Fire of Deliverance Church where Chief Apostle Earl Thomas is the Pastor has scheduled ÂRevival, Revival, ÂŽ on February 21 23rd, 7:30 p.m. nightly. Come get the healing, prophecy, the Holy Ghost and youÂll never be the same! Guest speakers are Pastor Horace Scott and Prophet John Lawson. For more info call (904) 330-0673.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 call (904) 699-5822.St. Simons of Orange Park Celebrates Pastors and Church Anniversary This past Sunday, members of St. Simon Baptist Church located in Orange Park, where Rev. William H. Randall is the founding Pastor, celebrated their church and PastorÂs 27th Anniversary during the morning and evening worship services. The anniversary theme and scripture was ÂGiving GOD the Glory,ÂŽ taken from Philippians 2:11. The theme song was ÂGlory to His NameÂŽ. The morning service included a Black History month celebration and spoken word was by the Rev. Leroy George. During the afternoon ministers and pastors from Clay County and the surrounding communities were present to honor Rev. Randall including Rev. Pernell Raggins, and Rev. Alvin Britt. Each Sunday, throughout the month of February, the church will celebrate Black History. The community is welcome to join in the celebration by wearing African heritage attire. Additionally, the Men of St. Simon with present ÂHistorical Men of the Bible from AfricaÂŽ on Friday evening, February 23, at 7 .pm. The Church is located at 1331 Miller St., Orange Park, FL 32073. Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press February 15 21, 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 When God Calls, Refusal is Not an Option by James Washington The Bible suggests that God has a history of using people in the strangest ways. My take on it is He uses the strangest people to carry out His divine will. After all, doesnÂt the Bible let us know that those who feel quite strange about it are chosen by God to carry out heavenly tasks here on earth? Moses was a murderer. Paul (Saul) killed a few Jesus lovers in his time. Rahab was a ho and Jacob was, well, yÂall know all about JacobÂs shortcomings. And David, I ainÂt gone even talk about this guy. The point is that God uses the least of us (by our definition) to carry out His plans in spite of what we think weÂre capable of or what we think weÂre worthy of. I mean, most of the prophets were reluctant participants at best as implementers and vehicles for GodÂs message to His people and those around them. As a matter of fact, most wanted nothing to do with their assignments because they didnÂt think anyone would listen. If left to them, they werenÂt worthy and someone else was better suited for the challenge. Whatever the reasons, we should all be mindful that the hand of God is at work where He deems it will do the most good, regardless of what we think. Anyone and everyone is a candidate for greatness in the eyes of the Almighty, including you and, yes, including even me. I used to think that only those called to preach had the gift of ministry. Try telling that to anyone who has accepted Christ as their personal Lord and Savior and watch how quickly they get corrected. I know I did. Slowly and reluctantly, IÂve accepted we all have a ministry according to the gifts given to us by God. Neither economic status, academic achievement or social standing means anything if God says Âtag,ÂŽ itÂs your turn to do His bidding, carry His message or simply let others see Him in you. One thing is for certain. You cannot refuse to hear Him, when God comes knocking. Just ask Moses, Ezekiel, Isaiah or Jeremiah. More importantly, ask yourself as I have lately, what are you reluctant to do in the name of God? Only you know if youÂre in denial. Only you know if youÂre trying to convince God to choose someone else. The question is how long will it take you to realize that eventually, as have so many others, youÂre going to do what God is telling you to do. I think you might want to get to that conclusion before God stops asking and starts telling. God is apt to stop asking and abandon you altogether and accept your no as a final answer. The prospect of that gives a whole new meaning to, ÂWhen I say to a wicked man, ÂYou will surely die,Â and you do not warn him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sins and I will hold you accountable for his blood.ÂŽ (Ezekiel 3:18). I now believe that the measure of your life and mine is how we respond to GodÂs call and not how hard we work on something else of our choosing, even if we judge that work as beneficial to others. The question then is how do we know when God is the one doing the talking? I believe God doesnÂt confuse us. I also believe HeÂs talking all the time. The key for us is to make a conscious and deliberate effort to listen and hear Him. That requires persistence and prayer. As a consequence, listening then becomes habitual. All IÂm trying to say is IÂm trying each and every day to hear God. In doing so, IÂm obligated to share with you that maybe my calling and my job is to accept as a blessing this platform, use it as but another wonderful conduit for GodÂs will and continue to say loudly and publicly that Jesus is Lord. And if you also believe this, then you probably better tell somebody. 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 Megachurch Pastor William Curtis Draws Criticism Over $230K Bentley Bentayga Leader of the 10,000-member Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, William H. Curtis, has sparked a vigorous debate online after his $230,000 Bentley Bentayga, which costs nearly twice as much as the median home in the church's Larimer neighborhood, was photographed outside the church. The photograph of the pastor's Bentayga, which Bentley boasts is the fastest SUV in the world with a top speed of 187 mph, was posted to Facebook Monday by Jarrell Taylor who criticized the pastor's opulent display. "If ya pastor driving a Bentley truck ... he's sucking ur community dry with hope and tithes," Taylor wrote. The Christian Post reached out to Curtis for comment about his choice of transportation and his assistant said she did not believe he would respond to questions about his car but promised to deliver our message to him. She also acknowledged that the church had been getting direct reactions to the vehicle as well but would not confirm the sources of the criticism. According to his bio on the church's website, Curtis started his ministry at the age of 17 and has served as the senior pastor at Mount Ararat Baptist Church since 1997. He is also an instructor at the United Theological Seminary in Ohio and is co-owner of The Church Online, a technology and full-service marketing firm. Under his guidance, the church has implemented programs such as a Community Tithe Program, which returns more than 10 percent of the congregation's weekly offerings to small churches, para-church ministries and nonprofit organizations. Curtis' decision to travel in the expensive Bentley Bentayga, which is also popular among rappers, doesn't sit well with many onlookers who believe, like Pope Francis, that religious leaders should reflect a more humble lifestyle. Samuel Cruz, associate professor of Religion & Society at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, said that "the Gospel was good news to the poor and I don't know how owning a Bentley that's worth $230,000 contributes in any way to the furtherance of the Kingdom and also how that could be justified." He continued: "To own a car that expensive you have to be among the top 10 percent of income earners or even higher of these United States of America, and I can't consider how preaching could lead someone to so much wealth." In 2013, as part of his drive to urge priests and other Catholic Church leaders to focus more on helping the poor, the pope asked them to avoid flashy cars and choose more "humble" ones. "It hurts me when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model car, you can't do this,' said Francis, who moves around the Vatican City in a compact Ford Focus. "A car is necessary to do a lot of work. But please, choose a more humble one. If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world."
By Frederick H. Lowe A team of dermatologists has successfully restored the skin color of men and women suffering from vitiligo, a chronic autoimmune disease that destroys skin pigment, leaving white splotches where there had been color, Yale University News reported in its January 31 issue. Dr. Brett King, an associate professor of dermatology Yale Medical School, and his colleagues worked with two patients with significant loss of skin color from vitiligo. Standard treatments that included steroid medication and light treatment failed to restore the patientsÂ pigmentation. The medical team then combined tofacitinib, a medication, with a narrow band of ultraviolent B light therapy, according to an article titled ÂYale dermatologists successfully restore skin color in vitiligo patients.ÂŽ Dr. King and Dr. John Harris, a dermatologist at the University of Massachusetts Worchester, had shown that tofacitinib, or Xeljanz, a drug already approved for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, dampens the bodyÂs immune response. It was first reported in 2015 that Xeljanz successfully treated vitiligo. Xeljanz keeps the immune system from attacking the skin cells that manufacture melanin pigment (color), and light stimulates pigment-making cells to restore color to the skin. Xeljanz is not approved to treat vitiligo and it costs $2000 a month. After a few months, one patient saw near total restoration of skin color on her face, neck, chest, forearms and shins, Yale Health News reported. The other patient reported similar success. King said more research is needed in the future to treat vitiligo and other stigmatizing skin conditions. So far the treatment has only been tried on two patients. Individuals should ask their personal physicians about this treatment. February 15 21, 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. Deeply rooted in the community History isnÂt just something you read about, itÂs something you make every day.This Black History Month and 365 days a year, McDonaldÂs celebrates all those who lead our community by taking chances, stepping up, making a difference and creating greatness throughout the world. 2018 McDonaldÂs By Frederick H. Lowe Jefferson Davis, president of Confederate States of America, was married during the Civil War to Varina Howell Davis, a mulatto or black woman. Several historians who have studied her and her life have speculated that she was indeed a woman of color but there is no conclusive answer. Varina Howell was DavisÂs second wife and the couple met at a Christmas Party in 1843. They quickly fell in love and married. Davis was 35 and a wealthy plantation owner. Howell was 17. They would have six children, but only one would survive. Eleven Southern states seceded from the Union beginning on December 20, 1860, sparking the Civil War. Jefferson Davis, who resigned as a U.S. Senator from Mississippi, was appointed Confederate president in 1861. Howell was called the ÂFirst Lady of Confederacy.ÂŽ Howell did not have a smooth time as the ConfederacyÂs first lady because some wealthy white Richmond residents considered her olive complexion unattractive. Some referred to her as mulatto or an Indian Âsquaw,ÂŽ according to the Encyclopedia of Virginia. People who have seen her photograph, however, said she was black. Howell was born in 1826 on the Briers, a family plantation near Natchez, Mississippi. She met Davis when she was 17 while visiting the Hurricane, a plantation owned by Joseph Emory Davis, Jefferson DavisÂs older brother. Jefferson Davis and Varina Howell married on February 26, 1845. Her father, Colonel Joseph Kemp, was a Scots-Irish immigrant from Northern Ireland and her mother, Margaret Graham, was born in the Prince William County. The family claims they are 100 percent European, although VarinaÂs photograph tells a different story. On April 2nd and 3rd, Jefferson Davis fled Richmond to escape from the advancing Union Army. He was captured on May 22, 1865, and sentenced to prison. He remained in prison until May 13, 1867, when Horace Greeley, an abolitionist, contributed to posting his bail. Varina Davis and her daughter Varina Anne Davis moved to New York City from Mississippi. Varina Davis supported herself writing for Joseph PulitzerÂs newspaper, New York World. She also wrote the book ÂJefferson Davis, A Memoir.ÂŽ She died on October 16, 1906, of pneumonia, in her apartment, which overlooked Central Park. Yale Medical School Finds Promising Treatment for Vitiligo Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, with his wife and First Lady Varina Howell, who many believe was African American. This photo was taken on the coupleÂs wedding day in 1845.Was the First Lady of the Confederacy Black? Facebook Group Aims to Change the arrative About Fatherhood A Facebook group is looking to change negative perceptions surrounding Black fathers, Black Enterprise reported. The groupÂ„which was founded by Matt PrestburyÂ„was designed as an avenue to connect and uplift Black dads, the news outlet writes. PrestburyÂ„who has four childrenÂ„was inspired to start the group, dubbed Black Fathers, after going through his own experiences with fatherhood. Nearly 10 years ago he was in the midst of a divorce and had no one to turn to or seek advice and support from other than his family. He wanted to create a group where Black fathers could openly express how they feel about the situations that they endure. ÂI started the group because I wanted to have a connection with other fathers who were in the same boat,ÂŽ Prestbury told Black Enterprise. ÂBlack men from all walks of life who are fathers, husbands, married, divorced, raising children alone or fighting to be in their childrenÂs lives.ÂŽ Black Fathers doesnÂt only serve as a forum for individuals to engage in conversation, it provides resources for men who are in the middle of legal battles to gain custody or visitation rights for their children. Prestbury believes there needs to be a more positive representation of Black fathers in the media and hopes that he can change the narrative through his platform. ÂI looked in magazines and commercials and in the mainstream media and there were no black men who looked like me,ÂŽ said Prestbury, according to the news outlet. ÂEven if I did find any, they were almost never shown in a positive light. I thought, ÂI can either sit and complain or I could do something to shift the perceptions about who we are and to understand our own values.ÂŽ Black Fathers, which was launched nine years ago, now has over 30,000 members. There are several Black men who have been dedicated to changing the narrative about Black fatherhood. Last year, a short film titled Hair Love was created to inspire children to take pride in their natural hair and show that despite the stereotypes Black fathers are active in their childrenÂs lives. Bill Gates Agrees to Pay Off igeriaÂs $76M Debt in the Fight to Eradicate PolioBill Gates has agreed to pay off the $76 million that Nigeria borrowed from Japan to fight polio. Gates and his wife, Melinda, announced that they will pay off the debt through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation over the course of 20 years. Nigeria, which is currently recovering from its worst recession in 25 years, originally took the loan in 2014 as part of Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) provided by the Japanese government for increased polio eradication efforts. The Gates Foundation agreed to absorb the loan on NigeriaÂs behalf after the country Âachiev[ed] more than 80% vaccination coverage in at least one round each year in very high-risk areas across 80% of the countryÂs local government areas,ÂŽ reports Quartz. Fortunately, there were no reported polio cases in the African nation in 2017.
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.com.Black Coaches to Hold Annual BanquetThe African American Coaches, Game Officials and Athletic Association will honor twenty (20) outstanding coaches, game officials and athletes at its annual awards banquet to be held Friday, February 16th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Legends Center located, 5054 Soutel Dr. For tickets contact Bill Hines at (904) 765-3728.Jazz & Soul Dinner PartyOn Friday, February 16th, 7 11 p.m. at River City Brewing located at 835 Museum Circle Dr. its Akia Uwanda and Friends, ÂJazz & SoulÂŽ dinner party! Come live, laugh and love with friends! For tickets call Akia Uwanda at (904) 469-7511.Alpha Phi Alpha MLK CompetitionThe Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. presents their 10th Annual Martin Luther King Oratorical competition with $3,000 in scholarships on Saturday, February 17th at 9:06 a.m. at Westside High School. For more info email email@example.comFamily Fitness, Health and Beauty ExpoAttend the ÂFamily Fitness, Health and Beauty Expo,ÂŽ Saturday, February 17th, 11 a.m. 3 p.m. at the Jacksonville landing, 2 W. Independent Drive. Enjoy freebies, raffle, mini massages, health screenings, vendor exhibits and Corvette car show. For more info contact Michael Cobb (904) 6257937.20th Annual Kingsley Heritage CelebrationThe National Park Service is excited to invite the public to the 20th Annual Kingsley Heritage Celebration on Saturday, February 17th, 10 a.m. 1 p.m. at Kingsley Plantation located at 11676 Palmetto Ave. Crocodile River Music showcases musicians from West Africa will entertain and educate children and adults about traditional African music with a special Kid's Corner featuring crafts and activities. For more info visit www.nps.gov/timu.FLA JAX Sweetheart Dinner DanceThe FLA JAX ClubÂs Valentine's Sweetheart Dinner Dance will beheld on Saturday, February 17th at 8 p.m. at The DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.Barry Manilow in ConcertBarry 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 20th, 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.UGA Rail Car ExhibitAdams Street Station has another must see rail car! Experience the ÂUniversity of Georgia BullDogÂ themed rail car and the railgaiting community, Wednesday, February 21st, at 10:30 a.m. Location is the Adams Street station at 1738 Adams St. For more info visit www.adamstreetstation.com.Jax Chamber Community SuppersOneJax at the University of North Florida and the JAX Chamber wants citizens to learn more about the communities they serve and encourage productive discussions about inclusion and diversity. The next supper will be hosted by a community leader at a local restaurant, Thursday, February 22nd, 6 8 p.m. Space is limited. For location, questions and more info contact Jacey Willbach at email@example.com. 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.Mindi AbairAmerican Grammy Award nominated saxophonist, vocalist and author Mindi Abair in concert Friday, February 23, at 8 p.m. at Ritz Theatre and Museum located at 829 N Davis St. For more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.Music, Moscato and SeafoodAttend the Friday night ÂMusic, Moscato and SeafoodÂŽ event scheduled for Friday, February 23rd at 7 p.m. Location is the Trinity Center located at 5808 Normandy Blvd. #17. For tickets and more info call (904) 866-4484.JUL 70th Anniversary GalaAttend the Jacksonville Urban League 70th Anniversary Gala, scheduled for Saturday, February 24th, 7 pm Â… 11 p.m., at the Jacksonville Public Main Library located at 303 North Laura St. The black-tie event will feature R&B singer Regina Belle, the JUL Equal Opportunity Awards and celebrate 70 years of service to the Jacksonville community. For tickets and more info visit: http://ul-jacksonville.iamempowered.com//Augusta Savage Cultural Arts FestivalOn Saturday, February 24th, from 11 a.m. Â… 7 p.m. attend the Augusta Savage Cultural Arts Festival in Spring Park, located at 106 St JohnÂs Ave, Green Cove Springs, FL Augusta Savage Festival presents an impressive roster of arts, humanities, and cultural programming and activities. Come engage the Buffalo Soldiers, demonstration by the Fort Mose Militia, African fashion, and the musical styling of the Kenny Seabrook Jazz Quartet. For more info visit www.greencovesprings.com.Blood Pressure Info SessionDo you want to learn more about high blood pressure and the effects on your health? Join Florida Blue for a free interactive session with a Mayo Clinic physician, Saturday, February 24th, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the New Town Success Zone at Edward Waters College, 1658 Kings Road. To register visit www.ccctracker.com/aha/floridablue.Monster Jam is Back!Saturday, February 24th, at 7 p.m. its Monster Jam featuring jaw dropping gravity defying feats and some of the most recognizable trucks in the world at Everbank Field. For tickets and more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.JCC MLK ConcertJacksonville Children's Chorus presents the 9th annual Martin Luther King "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" Concert scheduled for Saturday, February 24th a t 2 p.m. at Hendricks Avenues Baptist church, 4001 Hendricks Ave. For tickets call (904) 353-1636.Âever Enough UntilÂŽ Entrepreneur SeminarThe ÂNever Enough UntilÂŽ free entrepreneur seminar discussing business mindset, marketing and management will take place Saturday, February 24th at 9 a.m. Location address is 3130 Hartley Rd. For tickets and more info contact Adrian Gentry at (678) 9209791.Come Paint With Fresh MinistriesHelp Fresh Ministries raise money for the Fresh Future Youth Program, LifePoint Career Institute and Native Fresh Aquaponics at ÂPainting with a TwistÂŽ location in San Marco Studio, located at 1525 San Marco Blvd, Saturday, February 24th, 3 p.m. 5 p.m. Invite your friends and come to have fun! For more info call the bookstore at (904) 515-5393.BRASS Wines for MusicBeaches Residents Actively Supporting the Symphony (BRASS) ÂWines for MusicÂ event is scheduled for Sunday, February 25th 6 9 p.m. at the Marsh Landing Country Club located at 25655 Marsh Landing Pkwy, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. For tickets and more info visit www.jaxsymphony.org/event/brass-wines-formusic.JAXUSA Partnership LuncheonJoin JAXUSA Partnership to celebrate three esteemed presidents of higher education. Outgoing college presidents, University of North Florida's John Delaney, former Edward Waters College's Nat Glover and Florida State College at Jacksonville's Dr. Cynthia Bioteau. It will be held on Monday, February 26th 11:30 a.m. Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel For tickets call (904) 366-6600 x 7788. 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February 15 21, 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 The late Richard Pryor and Marlon BrandoWere the Godfather and Richard Pryor an Item?Quincy Jones said in an interview with ÂVultureÂŽ that Academy Award-winning actor Marlon Brando had an affair with acclaimed standup comedian Richard Pryor. ItÂs not clear if this was a one night stand or a relationship that was conducted over a span of months or years. Jennifer Lee, PryorÂs widow, said the story was true and that he wrote about his romances with other men. Rainn Pryor, one of his daughters, poured water on the story. She agreed her father was bisexual, but she denied he had any relationship with Brando, considered by many to be one of the worldÂs greatest actor. Rainn did say her father had a sexual relationship with a transwoman during the 1970s. Brando had always been open about being bisexual. He starred in the 1972 movie classic ÂThe Godfather,ÂŽ as Vito Corleone, head of an organized Mafia family. Jones, a music producer and a multiple Grammy Award winner, knew Pryor and Brando, who are both dead. Jay-Z continues to support the family of Trayvon Martin, who was harassed and killed by a former Florida security guard in 2012. During the Peace Walk and Peace Talk rally held in Miami, which honored the late teen, the rapper lent his voice to advocate for social justice reports Rolling Stone. ÂWe want to make sure that we stand and support and never forget that Trayvon serves as a beacon of light to the people out here,ÂŽ the Â4:44ÂŽ artist said. ÂSo you guys will never have to go through the pain and hurt that these guys went through.ÂŽ ÂAnd his name will sit alongside the greats whom lost their lives to push our culture forward Â„ the Martin Luther Kings, the Gandhis. ThatÂs the intention that we set, that his name serves as a beacon of light and hope to push us in a better direction, so thank you guys for your support. Thank you for being here.ÂŽ Martin was a 17-year-old teenager in Sanford, Florida when he was shot and killed in February 2012 after getting into a physical altercation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was later acquitted under FloridaÂs Stand Your Ground law, and MartinÂs death became an early impetus for the Black Lives Matter movement. The Peace Walk & Peace Talk event sees demonstrators gather annually to protest against racial injustice and gun violence. Jay-Z recently produced a sixpart miniseries on MartinÂs life, called Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story. The series Â„ originally set up at The Weinstein Co. Â„ is based on the books Suspicion Nation, by attorney Lisa Bloom, and Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, by MartinÂs parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. The series is set to air on the Paramount Network later this year. Martin would have turned 23 years old on Feb. 5. Brenda Martin Providence, a friend of TrayvonÂs mother, volunteered at the Peace Walk. She didnÂt expect to see the high-profile rapper whose appearance hadnÂt been publicized. ÂIt means a lot to the community when you see people like Jay-Z who come out to support your cause,ÂŽ Providence said. ÂWith everything going on, we all need to support the cause because our youth are dying in the streets. A lot of mothers are missing their children. We all need to come out and show our support and walk for the community.ÂŽ Jay-Z Speaks at Miami Trayvon Martin Rally Dennis Edwards By Frederick H. Lowe The widow of Dennis Edwards, former TemptationsÂ lead singer who died Thursday, is being investigated for physically abusing him, but it is not clear if the alleged abuse caused or contributed to his death, Chicago police tell CBS Chicago. Dennis Edwards and his wife Brenda moved from St. Louis, where he lived for 30 years to be near his mother, to Chicago to receive better medical care. He died of complications caused by meningitis. Police are investigating allegations Brenda Edwards physically abused her 74-year-old husband. She allegedly attempted to suffocate her husband with a pillow by holding his face down on a bed, according to documents obtained by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. In addition, she reportedly took away his hearing aids away while he was bed bound and immobile, according to a protection request filed by an investigator with Healthcare Consortium of Illinois, which is based in Dolton, Illinois. Dennis Edwards was removed from his home for medical reasons. His wife of nearly 20 years was barred from having contact with him, according to the Post Dispatch. Brenda Edwards denied the abuse allegations. Dennis Edwards joined the Temptations in 1968, replacing David Ruffin. Edwards sang lead on the groupÂs hits, including ÂBall of Confusion (ThatÂs What the World Is Today),ÂŽ ÂI CanÂt Get Next to You,ÂŽ and the Grammywinning tracks ÂPapa Was a RollinÂ StoneÂŽ and ÂCloud Nine.ÂŽ The Temptations, one of the greatest groups ever, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Police Investigating Widow of Dennis Edwards, former Temptations Singer for Abuse by Jessica Bennett O.J. Simpson has just landed his first job since being released from prison last October, and his first feature film role since he was found not guilty of murdering Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ron Goldman. The former NFL baller has landed a small part in a new movie by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, best known for playing the irreverent fictional character, Borat. Fox News reports Simpson will be paid more than $20,000 for the appearance, much to the disappointment of social media and the families of Brown and Goldman. ÂPaying money, cash no less, in secret to O.J. Simpson is 100 percent unadulterated sleaze,ÂŽ said a lawyer for GoldmanÂs father. ÂThis is nuts. O.J. is eternally beyond redemption or forgiveness, but putting money in the hands of another is penance by other means. If [CohenÂs] movie is O.J.Âs pot of gold, send us the check.ÂŽ BrownÂs sister Tanya Brown also shared her disgust, telling the Daily Mail, ÂNicole and Ron are two human beings who were brutally murdered. This is not a joke, nor is it entertainment.ÂŽ Simpson was acquitted of the 1994 murders of his ex-wife and friend, Goldman. He later served nine years in a Nevada prison following armed robbery and assault convictions. His last feature-length film role was in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult. O.J. SimpsonÂs First Film Role in Years Causes Outrage Shown at the rally is Trayvon MartinÂs mother Sabrina Fulton, rapper Jay-Z, and father Tracy Martin. Simpson
Page 10 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Febryary 15 21, 2018 Choose from hundreds of options. Pick up when youÂre ready. publix.com/order The only hard part: deciding what to get. Former first couple Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama pose with Artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald during the unveiling of their official portraits at the ational Portrait Gallery this week. ObamaÂs Official Portraits Unveiled Local Teen Philanthropist Taylor Richardson Raises Funds for Youth Film Viewing The official portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, recently unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery break with tradition just as the Obama presidency did. The artists, both in their 40s, are the first African Americans to paint official portraits for the museum and both have dedicated their careers to showcasing people of color in unique ways. Amy Sherald, an artist from Baltimore, painted Michelle ObamaÂs portrait. SheÂs known for painting skin tones in grayscale Â„ a way to ÂsubversivelyÂŽ comment on race, she says Â„ and incorporates color in clothing and backgrounds. Michelle Obama said she knew she was going to select Sherald just a few sentences into their first conversation. ÂShe came in and she looked at Barack and she said, ÂMr. President, IÂm really excited to meet you and I know IÂm being considered for both portraitsÂ,ÂŽ Obama recounted. But then Sherald turned to face her, saying,Â'IÂm really hoping that you and I can work together'.ÂŽ As they continued talking, ÂBarack kind of faded into the woodwork,ÂŽ Obama joked. And in the end, the former president had nothing but praise for Sherald and her work. ÂAmy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace, beauty, intelligence, charm and hotness of the woman I love,ÂŽ he said to laughter from the crowd. Kehinde Wiley, an artist from South Central Los Angeles, was selected to paint the former presidentÂs portrait. HeÂs famous for his depictions of African American men replacing famous figures in scenes out of Western art, such as Napoleon crossing the Alps on horseback, to point out how people of color have been missing in historical portraiture. ÂWe had an immediate connection with the two artists who are sitting here today,ÂŽ the former president said. And the message, from the artist to the presidential subjects, was clear: Among the 1,600 presidential portraits in the museum, these portraits would emphasize that thereÂs a place for people of color. ÂWhat I was always struck by whenever I saw [WileyÂs] portraits was the degree to which they challenge our conventional views of power and privilege Âƒ recognizing the beauty and the grace and the dignity of people who are so often invisible in our lives,ÂŽ Barack Obama said. ÂKehinde lifted them up and gave them a platform and said they belong in the center of American life and that was something that moved me deeply,ÂŽ Obama said. ÂIn my small way, that's part of what I believe politics should be about Â„ not simply celebrating the high and the mighty, expecting that the country unfolds from the top down but rather it comes from the bottom up.ÂŽ WileyÂs portrait of Obama is different from his other works, however. It doesnÂt elevate the subject, mount him on horseback or compare him to Napoleon. The subject, the first African American president, made history on his own. After several celebrities and other local community heroes have stepped up and raised funds for youngsters across the country to see MarvelÂs highly-anticipated Black Panther film, a local teen has raised thousands of dollars to do the same for young girls to see the movie A Wrinkle in Time JacksonvilleÂs teen phenom, seventeen year old Taylor Richardson, has surpassed her goal of $15,000 and garnered over $17,000 to send 1,000 girls to see the film that stars Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon. Richardson is an aspiring astronaut and believes that the filmÂ„which is centered around the space adventure of a young African-American girl who goes to rescue her dad from another planetÂ„will help inspire Black girls to pursue careers in STEM. ÂI want girls Â„ especially those of color Â„ to see this movie and know that not only can they touch the stars they already are ones!ÂŽ Richardson wrote on her GoFundMe page. ÂSupporting this project means you support not only diversity but gender equality in STEM and our films. KIDS NEED REPRESENTATION so that they can take pride in who they are and know that they are more than capable of being anything they put their minds to.ÂŽ This isnÂt the first time that Richardson has raised money for girls to see films that matter. In 2017, she launched a fundraiser that gave 100 girls the opportunity to see Hidden Figures. Over the past few months, several notable people have used their power to help youngsters see Black Panther. Amongst those were actress Octavia Spencer who bought out a theater in Mississippi, sports journalist Jemele Hill who partnered with the Detroit Free Press and others to treat 200 students who have perfect school attendance this year to see the film, and WWE star Thaddeus ÂTitus OÂNeilÂŽ Bullard who plans on giving 500 kids in Tampa, Florida the chance to see the movie. Taylor Richardson People of color have always loved Mardi Gras! For many people, the New Orleans celebration is a magical place where they can have fun, let their hair down and be themselves. The parades, however, are not just a time for celebration, especially at this yearÂs festivities, which started last Friday and ended Tuesday. There are plenty of moments for folks to reflect on the history involving Black and Brownskinned people in the ÂFat TuesdayÂŽ festivities, which happen on the last day of the Carnival season and the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. The Zulu community has been a viable force behind the traditions of Mardi Gras. ÂIt [Zulu] symbolizes Mardi Gras for the African American community across the world,ÂŽ Zulu President Naaman Stewart told WGNO. ÂEverybody that comes to Mardi Gras wants a Zulu coconut, and theyÂll do just about anything to get it.ÂŽ Aside from the popular Zulu coconuts, the community also began balls or dances for those attending the celebration. They also lend a helping hand behind the scenes each year to Mardi Gras. Another central component to the celebration are Mardi Gras Indians, made up, in large part, of the African-American communities of New OrleansÂ inner city. The group named themselves after Native Americans to Âpay them respect for their assistance in escaping the tyranny of slavery.ÂŽ Nearly 50 tribes have members who create extravagant hand-beaded and feathered suits for marches on Mardi Gras Day and Super Sunday, which is the Sunday closest to St. JosephÂs Day on March 19. This is a less-recognized tradition that is believed to date to the antebellum period when escaped slaves found shelter with Native American tribes. The Mardi Gras Indians are known to be secretive, intentionally not announcing their parade times or routes publicly in advance, according to Mardi Gras New Orleans. It also important to note that slavery and racism drove Black folks to form their cultural styles for celebrating Mardi Gras. Those in the cityÂs poorer neighborhoods didnÂt feel as if they could celebrate in the mainstream New Orleans parade. Their celebrations during Mardi Gras have come out of a place of resistance and resilience. Why Mardis Gras is Important to the Black Diaspora