Volume 31 o. 16 March 8 14, 2018 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents TrailblazerThereÂs o Fight Sheila C. JohnsonHasnÂt WonPage 2 Legacies and Legends Are Why WomenÂs History Month ShouldnÂt Go UnrecognizedPage 4Florida Passes Gun Bill That Restricts Rifle Sales and Arms Some TeachersPage 10 Acclaimed Hit Show The Chi is The Wire of 2018Page 9 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED AACP Files Suit against Myrtle Beach for Bike Week DiscriminationThe National NAACP, the Myrtle Beach Branch of the NAACP and three individuals filed a complaint and motion for preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina alleging that the City of Myrtle Beach and the City of Myrtle Beach Police Department discriminate against African-American tourists. The complaint alleges that there are stark differences in the treatment of African-American bikers during Black Bike Week compared to the treatment of majority-White bikers during Harley Week. Both events occur in May with Black Bike Week held over the Memorial Day Weekend and with Harley Week ending a week before Black Bike Week starts. The two events attract a similar number of visitors to the area. According to the complaint, the City of Myrtle Beach and its police department impose no formal traffic plan during Harley Week. However, during Black Bike Week they restrict the main two-way thoroughfare, Ocean Boulevard, to a single lane of traffic. All vehicles entering Ocean Boulevard at night are forced to travel through a 23-mile loop taking over six hours to complete the loop. The complaint also alleges that the City deploys far more police officers during Black Bike Week hoping that visitors stop attending the event and that it ceases to exist. University of Pittsburgh AKAs Suspended after Hazing Claim A dozen Alpha Kappa Alpha pledges at the University of Pittsburgh notified police about a possible hazing incident within the chapter that has resulted in the chapter being suspended by the school. A mother noticed bruises on her daughter's arm while visiting her at the University of Pittsburgh, which prompted her to call the police. The woman's daughter told her she had been involved in sorority hazing of pledges. The police chief Howard Burton said the girls were taken to the basement of a private home in Penn Hills, about 10 miles from campus. "During the course of this, they were maybe hit with a paddle of some sort," Burton said. "We've got a lot of girls who don't want to talk about it. If they don't want to be victims there's not a heck of a lot we can do with that." He said the investigation, conducted along with university police, may be delayed because many students are leaving campus as part of spring break, which officially started Sunday. Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner said in a letter to the student body that the future of the school's fraternity and sorority life was being evaluated as a result of the incident.Prosecutors in Bill Cosby Trial Want 19 Women to TestifyBill Cosby made his first court appearance of the #MeToo era this week as defense lawyers tried without success to get his sexual assault case thrown out, then turned their attention to blocking some of the 80year-old comedianÂs dozens of accusers from testifying at his retrial. Prosecutors are trying to persuade the judge to allow as many as 19 other women to take the stand, including model Janice Dickinson, as they attempt to show the comedian had a long history of drugging and attacking women. Allowing other women to take the stand will show jurors that Cosby Âsystematically engaged in a signature pattern of providing an intoxicant to his young female victim and then sexually assaulting her when she became incapacitated,ÂŽ Assistant District Attorney Adrienne D. Jappe told the judge. CosbyÂs lawyers have argued in writing that some of the womenÂs allegations date to the 1960s and are impossible to defend against, given that some witnesses are dead, memories are faded and evidence has been lost. The judge allowed just one other accuser to take the stand at CosbyÂs first trial last year, barring any mention of about 60 others who have come forward to accuse Cosby in recent years.Wakanda ot Ever: Woman Opens Fire In ÂBlack PantherÂ ScreeningA dispute over assigned seats for Black Panther caused a woman to open fire inside a theater in North Carolina. When Shameka Latrice Lynch got in a dispute with a moviegoer over a seat at a crowded AMC theater in Greenville,SC, she pulled out a .32 caliber pistol and fired off a shot. Lynch has been jailed on multiple felony charges after she allegedly fired one round into the theaterÂs ceiling, police allege. While the shooting resulted in no injuries, she has reportedly been charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill (prosecutors have identified the victims as two men attending the Black Panther showing). Lynch is also facing a third felony count for discharging a weapon in an enclosure to incite fear. The shooting prompted police to evacuate the entire 12-screen multiplex. Lynch surrendered to police Saturday evening and was booked into the Pitt County Detention Center, where she is being held on $250,000 bond. She is next due in court on March 14. The Duval County Public School System (DCPS)honored their Rising Stars last weekend in recognition of ÂExemplary Service and Dedication.ÂŽ One hundred very special people among the 11,876 employees of the DCPSwere among the honorees. Bridget Nelson was among the talented tenth percentile to achieve the honor. For ten years, Nelson has worn many hats in the Duval County Public School System. Her duties have included assisting students, parents, teachers and staff with support, information and her main task as the data clerk for St. Clair-Evans Academy on the Northside. The school-related employee of the year honors education support personnel nominated for their dedicated service and contribution to excellence in public schools and local communities in Jacksonville. ÂI enjoy what I do at St. ClairEvans Academy. I wear many hats and enjoy personable relationships that I have with students and partners,ÂŽ said Nelson. Shown is elson with St. Clair Academy Principal LaWanda PolydoreSchool Support Personnel Lauded bySchool Board D.I.V.A.Âs Trek Downtown Miles for Domestic Violence Awareness A delegation of 25 girls representing Girl Scouts of Gateway Council (GSGC) recently joined nearly 120 girls from councils across Florida for Legislative Days in Tallahassee. The three-day event emphasized the importance of civic engagement and provided opportunities to learn about public policy, how bills are passed into law and how to advocate for positive change. Highlights included visiting the Florida State Capitol, participating in workshops and meeting their state legislators. During the event, Gateway Council facilitated the mock debate and attended workshops on public speaking and self-esteem. The delegation also had a college tour visiting Florida A&M University, the Florida History Museum and the Capitol building, attending sessions in the House and Senate Chambers and meeting local lawmakers. Gateway Council members also met with Sen. Aaron Bean, Sen. Audrey Gibson, Rep. Tracie Davis, Rep. Clovis Watson, legal assistant Michelle Sherfield, and legislative analyst Milan Thompson. ÂLegislative Days is just one of the ways that Girl Scouts inspires and prepares girls to stand up for what they believe in and lead positive change through civic engagement,ÂŽ said Girl Scouts of Gateway Council CEO Mary Anne Jacobs. For more information about local scouting, visit www.girlscouts-gateway.org. ot Just About the Cookies, Millenium Scouting ow Includes College Tours, Legislative Bills and Debates Girls participate in mock legislative sessions Women from around Duval County were among 1,500 walkers for Hubbard HouseÂs 9th Annual ÂStand Up & Stride,ÂŽ Domestic Violence Awareness 5k Walk and Run. The annual event raises awareness about domestic violence and survivor services in the Jacksonville community. Funds raised provide free shelter and services to survivor families. According to the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center, 29% of African American women and 12% of African American men reported at least one instance of intimate partner violence. On the front line were the Divine Intercessors Virtuous Anointed Sisters (D.I.V.A.), a team of family and friends on a mission to spread domestic awareness in the African American Community. ÂThis walk is very dear to my heart. My deceased sister was a victim of domestic violence. Our team is committed to the mission of saving lives and giving victims a way to escape,ÂŽ said D.I.V.A. Raquel Lott. Shown on the front line are D.I.V.A.Âs Mahalia apoloean and Iyanna Lott. Ronnie Lott Photo A Florida State Rep. from Jacksonville is thanking God for slavery and her statement is taking people by surprise nationally. State Rep. Kimberly Daniels said publicly that, Âif it wasnÂt for slavery, I might be somewhere in Africa worshipping a tree.ÂŽ Daniels, who is the sponsor of a bill that was recently passed by the Florida House that will force all public schools to display ÂIn God We TrustÂŽ signs, is what many would call a religious extremist. While giving her speech on the ÂIn God We TrustÂŽ bill, Daniels brought up the recent shooting at Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida. She said that God is the ÂlightÂŽ adding, Âour schools need light in them like never before.ÂŽ She went on to say that while itÂs true that gun issues need to be addressed, the Âreal thing that needs to be addressed are issues of the heart.ÂŽ While Kimberly Daniels speaks of issues of the heart she also happens to be somewhat anti-Semitic. She promotes anti-Semitic slurs and even minimizes the Holocaust. In one video she is heard saying, ÂYou can talk about the Holocaust, but the Jews own everything!ÂŽ The Freedom From Religion Foundation has waded in and they said, Florida State Representative Kimberly Daniels is on a religious mission, a mission to force her god on other peopleÂs children. SheÂs been completely open about this theocratic goal as she preaches, Âexorcises demons,Â and Âspeaks in tongues.ÂÂŽ This country was founded on secular values, not religious ones. ItÂs just too bad that those leading the country donÂt recognize that fact. Local RepÂs Appreciation of Slavery Drawing Ire Daniels
by: Ronda Racha Penrice The Âbiggest fight of my lifeÂŽ Sheila C. Johnson once shared wasnÂt co-founding Black Entertainment Television or ending her 33year marriage to Robert ÂBobÂŽ Johnson, with whom she raised two children and started a television network. It was getting zoning, planning and other local government permits to open a hotel and spa in the village of Middleburg, Virginia. While her proposed Salamander Resort and Spa would eventually create dozens of jobs and pay millions in property and other taxes, the village government fought her every step of the way. Her hard-earned wealth granted her few advantages. ÂNone of that matters,ÂŽ she told CNN in 2016. ÂAs an African-American, they didnÂt want me to do this. It was the fight of my life. IÂve never been more frightened in my life.ÂŽ Yet Johnson never backed down. ÂChange is always difficult, so there was inevitably going to be some opposition,ÂŽ she shared in an email. The battle was so epic that it spanned a decade. Founded in 1787, Middleburg, a village of just 673 residents in the 2010 census renowned for its steeple chases and fox hunts, considers itself the ÂNationÂs Horse and Hunt CapitalÂŽ. Johnson, an area resident, certainly fit the theme. Proposed in 2002, the equestrian-inspired SalamanderÂ„with its riding trails and horse paddocksÂ„kept to the townÂs traditions. The nearly 350 acres Johnson purchased for Salamander was once owned by former U.S. ambassador Pamela Harriman, the celebrated horse lover who was a one-time daughter-in-law of Winston Churchill. Plus JohnsonÂs daughter, Paige, is an elite equestrian who competes all over the world. ÂI was nave about realizing that I was south of the Mason-Dixon Line and a lot of people got very nervous about this African American woman coming in and building this resort,ÂŽ the 68-year-old Johnson admitted in an exclusive interview early in 2017. No stranger to racial discrimination, growing up, the Pennsylvania-born Johnson moved more than a dozen times before settling in Maywood, just outside Chicago, because her neurosurgeon fatherÂs race frequently became an issue. Those experiences taught Johnson a resilience that served her in that fight and even now. ÂI learned the life of hard knocks and racism but I was also able to assimilate into the different cultures and do what I had to do to make things work,ÂŽ she said. A woman of many firsts, Johnson was the first African American woman to achieve a reported net worth of $1 billion. She is the first African American woman to own three professional sports teams in three different leaguesÂ„the NBAÂs Washington Wizards (where she serves as both president and managing partner), the NHLÂs Washington Capitals and the WNBAÂs Washington Mystics. She was even the first African American woman to become a cheerleader at her alma mater, the University of Illinois, where she is on track to receive an honorary doctorate in May 2018. Johnson is also a renowned philanthropist. The Sheila C. Johnson Design School Center at the Parsons School of Design in New York City, where she serves on the Board of Governors, bears her name. At the Harvard Kennedy School, she endows the Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellowship to support emerging leaders primarily focused on erasing disparities in underserved African American communities. As an African American woman entrepreneur, Johnson has blazed new trails in the corporate-dominated hospitality industry. Boasting 168 guestrooms and suites, an on-site stable, a 23,000-square-foot spa and a cooking studio, Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, the crown jewel in her impressive constellation of almost ten hotels, has won coveted Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond honors. Johnson added Nopsi New Orleans to the Salamander Hotels and Resorts family in summer 2017 with Hotel Bennett in Charleston, South Carolina set to join summer 2018. Back in Middleburg, Johnson reports that ÂSalamander has certainly contributed to an economic upturn in the town through taxes, paying for water and wastewater treatment plants, and attracting visitors who frequent local businesses, including galleries, boutiques and wineries.ÂŽ Beth Erickson, Visit LoudounÂs president/CEO since 2014, cosigns JohnsonÂs impact. ÂWhen Sheila opened Salamander, it was the only new luxury destination resort in the United States that opened in 2013 and, by opening it alone, it created 400 jobs,ÂŽ Erickson shared. ÂOccupancy taxes from Salamander have exceeded $1.3 million per year.ÂŽ ÂSome of those taxes,ÂŽ reported Erickson, Âwent directly to improving sidewalks and crosswalks in Middleburg. It created revenue that allowed the townÂs failing pipes to be replaced.ÂŽ An added bonus is through the Middleburg Film Festival, Johnson, who is also a film producer with ÂLee DanielsÂ The ButlerÂ, Âhas literally brought Hollywood to Loudoun CountyÂŽ according to Erickson. Held annually in October, Erickson said the festival has put Âus on the map in the company of Cannes, Telluride, Sundance and that is wonderful company to keep.ÂŽ ÂMudboundÂ and a talk with its acclaimed African American female director Dee Rees was a highlight of the 2017 festival. Throughout her life, Johnson, who epitomizes Âblack girl magic,ÂŽ has thrived on excellence and challenging herself. ÂI always try to look for areas in which we, as African Americans, do not do,ÂŽ she said. ÂI just feel as though I can do it just as well, if not better.ÂŽ ÂI never used my race as an excuse to not be able to do something,ÂŽ she said. Not with her fight in Middleburg. And not in life. Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press March 8 14, 2018 If you have mortgage problems, call 888-995-HOPE for one-on-one expert advice from this free government program.YouÂre not alone. ÂWhat will happen to us if we lose the house?ÂŽ Trailblazer: ThereÂs o Fight Sheila C. Johnson HasnÂt Won Shown participating in the summit are Ken Amaro (WTLV Channel 12) and Letisha Bereola (CBS47/FOX30 Action ews Jax)Jax ews Media School Local PR Professionals on Getting the Word OutThe Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Jacksonville Chapter held its Annual Media Summit and Networking Luncheon at the Firehouse Subs Headquarters. The 2018 summit format was customized to provide insight for public relations professionals that work in a variety of professional industries, including non-profit, government, private sector, food/retail and more, across television, radio, print and online media. The agenda included a one hour interactive group Q&A moderated by University of North Florida's Senior Instructor of Communications Bobbi Doggett. Following the group session, participants separated into smaller groups allowing attendees to receive more insight directly from panelists. Joining the panel this year was Lynn Jones (Jacksonville Free Press), Ken Amaro (WTLV Channel 12), Karen Brune Mathis (The Daily Record), James Cannon (Jacksonville Business Journal), Mary Kelli Palka (The Florida TimesUnion),Bruce Hamilton (WJXT Channel 4) and Letisha Bereola (CBS47/FOX30 Action News Jax). During the Summit, attendees mingled and networked with members of the media and other PR and communications colleagues Sheila C. Johnson, the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, is a pioneer in many different fields. Despite a federal court ruling that Florida's clemency process is unconstitutional, state lawmakers refused to provide funding to address a backlog of former felons seeking to have voting rights restored. After House Appropriations Chairman Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, and Senate Appropriations Chairman Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, reached the agreement, members of the LegislatureÂs black caucus objected and said they would continue to press the issue with legislative leaders. ÂIÂm very concerned,ÂŽ said Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, citing the federal court ruling last month that found FloridaÂs process for restoring voting and other civil rights to ex-felons was arbitrary and unconstitutional. The clemency review process, which is administered by the Florida Commission on Offender Review, had a backlog of 10,377 cases as of Oct. 1. Applications, under state policy, cannot be filed until five to seven years after a felon has served his or her sentence, including completing terms of probation and restitution. Once an application is filed, it can take years for it to be processed, with one application pending for more than nine years. Rouson has been a major proponent of finding more money for the Commission on Offender Review to hire temporary workers who could help speed up background investigations and allow more applications for clemency to be processed. ÂThis money would help get hearings and decisions for people and unlock and unjam the backlog,ÂŽ Rouson said. Sen. Audrey Gibson also urged legislative leaders to support some additional funding for the clemency reviews, saying it would Âhelp people get their lives back to normal and being productive citizens in their communities.ÂŽ The Senate began negotiations with the House by offering $750,000 in additional funding for the clemency reviews. It reduced the offer to $250,000 on Friday. But the House never budged from its position of no additional funding. After agreeing with the House position, Bradley said the concerns raised by Rouson and Gibson will be taken Âunder advisement,ÂŽ meaning it may ultimately be up to House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron to settle the issue. Florida Lawmakers Reject Money to Fix Clemency Backlog for Former Felons
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation Inc., recently held its 2018 Parade Trophy Award Winners presentation at the Enterprise Building in downtown Jacksonville to report their parade summary and honor awardees. The event was a special occasion recognizing the 50th year since Dr. KingÂs assassination and the celebration of 38 years the parade has been sponsored by the foundation. ÂIt was wonderful and really rewarding to see the faces of the trophy winners. Each year we make the foundation and the city proud,ÂŽ said organizer Brother Andre X. Awards included: Future Ducks (Best Float), North Florida Twirling Academy (Best Group), Edward White Military Tech Academy (Outstanding Youth Military Group), Joshua Christian Academy (Best Church Group), Red Hat Deva (Best Social Organization), First Coast High School Marching Band (Best Band), Kappa Alpha Psi (Best Black Greek Organization) and the Marching Band of Baltimore, Md. (Best Performance). The next event for the foundation is a ÂPray for the CityÂŽ Candle Light Vigil on Wednesday, April 4th at Abyssinia Baptist Church. For more info visit www.mlkfdnorg. Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 March 8 14, 2018 DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. Enterprise Center 101 East Union Street, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL32202 904-633-8099 www.drj-cpa.com 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, and estates and trusts. Darryl Jackson, CPA provides extensive professional experience with a wide variety of industries and clients Shown (L-R) is show host Charles Griggs with panelists Ken Jefferson, Rhonda Peoples-Waters and Steve Smith#realtalk debuts on WJCTLast week, WJCT premiered #realtalk during its regular broadcast of First Coast Connect. #realtalk will be a regular segment on First Coast Connect that features interesting people in the Jacksonville area discussing what's in the news, and what's on their minds. The intent of this segment is to zoom in on issues related specifically to the African American community, while providing voice to potential impacts. #realtalk is produced and hosted by WJCT and Jacksonville Free Press contributor Charles Griggs, with a host of regular panel contributors. The debut panel included Ken Jefferson, Rhonda Peoples-Waters and Steve Smith. Give your money a raise Make your mone y work harder by earning higher interest rates on your cash with Wells Fargo. 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NMLSR ID 399801 .Annual Percentage Yield for months Fixed Rate CD .Interest rate for months Platinum Savings Account .Annual Percentage Yield Â€ New deposits of Â€ Wells FargoÂs highest savings interest rate Â€ Funds are FDIC-insured up to the maximum allowable limits Â€ New deposits of Â€ Funds are FDIC-insured up to the maximum allowable limits Georgia Clears Path for FelonÂs Voting Rights to be Restored Primary and non-partisan elections for Georgia are quickly approaching. Those elections will be held May 27 and the deadline to register to vote is April 24, 2018. Although most are residents understand the voting process, there are some in the metro-Augusta community and Georgia who donÂt quite understand if they can vote or no. One group, in particular, are convicted felons who have been released form prison but are unsure about their status. ÂWe do get a lot of questions, because people want to do it the right way and they are not sure how to proceed. There are uncertainties because each state has different laws,ÂŽ said Lynn Bailey, Executive Director of the Richmond County Board of Elections. Many are of the understanding that Georgia allows for voting rights to be reinstated once a sentence is compete. But reinstatement of voting rights goes beyond that, said Bailey. ÂIn Georgia if you are convicted and sentenced, once you complete your incarnation, pay all your parole fines, you can register to vote. No documents needed, they will have to take an oath and swear that the information (submit) is true. ItÂs just that simple,ÂŽ she explained. One in 30 people (250,000) of voting age are not eligible to vote because of a prison sentence, parole, or probation, according to The Sentencing Project. The Secretary of StateÂs office routinely checks to see which Georgians complete their sentences so they can be reinstated on the voter roll lists. Once that happens, voters are notified via letter that they are again eligible. Those still in the process of completing their sentence are prohibited from voting. In fact, theyÂre not event allowed to register. The Georgia Department of Corrections will ensure the Secretary of StatesÂ office is aware of when fees have been paid and parole/probation is complete.City Funds Available for People in Upside Down MortgagesCity funds through the Jacksonville Urban League will be provided to assist income eligible homeowners to bring their mortgage payments current prior to being foreclosed, and/or to refinance their existing ÂAdjustable RateÂŽ or ÂInterest OnlyÂŽ mortgage to a fixed-rate mortgage. All Homes must be the Primary residence of the borrower. For More information Please call Suzanne Pickett at 904 723 4028 or email. S.firstname.lastname@example.org Earlier this year, Beyonce filed legal papers with the Patent and Trademark Office for the moniker ÂBlue Ivy Carter,ÂŽ the name of her five-year-old daughter with JAY-Z. She attempted to reserve the rights to use the name in beauty, fashion, and electronics ventures or to prevent others from cashing in on her daughterÂs identity. However, BeyonceÂs application didnÂt go down well with Veronica Morales, who said the trademark was too similar to the name of her event planning firm, Blue Ivy Company, and took legal action. Morales served the singer with a notice to sit for a deposition in the case, and shortly after, in September, BeyonceÂs lawyers filed court documents requesting a protective order which would ban details about the time and location of the session. BeyÂs motion for the protective order was denied by members of the Trademark Trial and Appeal board. MLK Foundation Honors ParadeÂs Finest Floaters Show are winners of Bestgroup from the orth Florida Twirling Academy Gala Seeks Nominations for Outstanding Stanton AlumniThe Stanton Alumni Gala Committee, in celebration of the 150th Year Anniversary (Sesquicentennial) of Stanton, is seeking nominations for Outstanding Alumni of Stanton, ew Stanton and Stanton Vocational High Schools. Each class is asked to provide the names and biographical sketches of 3 classmates you deem worthy of special consideration based on their accomplishments, recognitions, achievements or awards. Deadline for submission is May 1st. These individuals will be recognized at the 12th Stanton Gala on June 23, 2018. For criteria and additional information, please call Kenneth Reddick at (904) 742-7026. Beyonce Loses Legal Bid to Trademark DaughterÂs ame School Offers Cash Reward for Kids to Stop FightingA southwest Philadelphia school is giving its eight graders $100 at graduation if no one fights for the entire school year. Yahoo reports that if any of the schoolÂs 37 students mess up, they will all lose the cash. Mitchell Elementary School Principal Stephanie Andrewlevich calls the incentive Âmanaging behavior.ÂŽ The move has both drawn cheers and criticism. But according to the educator, she says the incentive is working. This year, just eight percent of the students at the school have been suspended, down 17 percent from the previous year. The total, if every students doesnÂt fight for the whole school year, sums up to $3,300. As for who will foot the bill, Andrewlevich says she will do so unless a donor steps up to the plate.Plans Set for Annual Bob Hayes Hall of Fame InductionThe 14th annual Bob Hayes Hall of Fame Induction Banquet is back and will be held Thursday, March 15th at 7 p.m. at the Lexington Jacksonville Riverwalk Hotel located at 1515 Prudential Dr. Keynote speaker is Coach Nathanial Washington, the originator of the Bob Hayes Invitational Track and Field Meet and President of the Board of Directors. Come meet members of the Olympic legends! To reserve a table, sponsorship or for more info contact Coach James Day at (904) 502-9348.
With so much to write about, like the Florida Legislature playing politics versus passing real gun control laws or TrumpÂs usual buffoonery, it is important to take a pause from time to time to recognize worthy causes. Mary McLeod Bethune said it best, ÂThe true worth of a race must be measured by the character of its womanhood.ÂŽ This month is a time for us to reflect back on the vast contributions that women have made in this country, and particularly black women who have been the strength and backbone of the African American community. As I just mentioned, I believe that women are the strongest beings on this earth. And let me quantify that by saying I am not merely speaking of physical strength or the it must take to bare a child, but a womanÂs ability to be a leader, provider and nurturer makes her very unique. What is so amazing about women are the remarkable strides that they have made over the years. Much like African Americans, women in general were not allowed to vote and even once those rights were granted often faced discriminatory challenges when attempting to vote. Because of the struggles faced by American females, black women were essentially double minorities. They couldnÂt vote because they were black and because they were women. But that never stopped women like Mary McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm and Fannie Lou Hamer. One of the most prophetic statements IÂve heard regarding black womensÂ strength was from W.E.B. Dubois who said, ÂI most sincerely doubt if any other race of women could have brought its fineness up through so devilish a fire.ÂŽ Entertainer Lena Horne, said, ÂBlack women have the habit of survival.ÂŽ And there are so many examples of strong women. We have all heard of the strength, fortitude and drive of Harriet Tubman, who lead hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad, but there are everyday people who we should acknowledge as well. In most black families the grandmother is the stabilizing force in the family. She provides wisdom, helps us raise our children, teaches us how to cook and responsibility and often instills in us the importance of education and religion. My grandmother and others like her have always been the backbone of our families. They are the wise ladies that not only cook a mean sweet potato pie, but can give you advice on every topic from health remedies to relationships. A womanÂs worth is invaluable. Jacksonville has had a tradition of trailblazing black women. From Mary Singleton becoming the first black woman elected to the City Council and first woman from North Florida to be elected to the House of Representatives to Rita Perry founding and publishing the Jacksonville Free Press, women have made a significant mark on local and state history. Today women play prevalent roles in politics, business, social movements and entertainment in this country, and many of them do this while being great mothers and wives. Once sanctioned primarily to being nurses, teachers and secretaries, women are now dominating corporate boardrooms, law offices and the political scene. My heart goes out to ÂThe ladies having babies on your own, I know it gets rough and you are feelin all alone,ÂŽ said deceased rapper, Tupac Shakur. He understood the value of woman growing up in a single parent household. ThatÂs what is so phenomenal about women Â… they are natural leaders, providers, caregivers, and lovers. And as I mentioned before, black women are certainly unique because of all of the challenges they have faced since the days of slavery. Working as field laborers, nannies to the plantation ownerÂs children and even mandatory mistresses to slave owners certainly tested the will of black women and proved that sisters have had to go up the rough side of the mountain. I canÂt imagine the pain and anguish felt from having a child and that child being taken away and sold as one would sale a puppy. Or what about being a designated Âbed wenchÂŽ against your will or being raped at anytime or even dying because of the lack of basic healthcare Â… these are all the conditions black women lived in during slavery. The legacy of slavery is vast and much more far-reaching than many will admit to, but it basically destroyed the black family structure. It made black women stronger and took away the black maleÂs responsibility of raising their children. That is a fact that African American families deal with today in America. From Sojourner Truth to Barbara Jordan and my grandma, black woman have led when men were unable to lead or too afraid. And as a great man once said, ÂThere was never a great man who had not a great woman behind him.ÂŽ Perhaps President Obama said it best during a speech about equal rights for women. "We must carry forward the work of the women who came before us and ensure our daughters have no limits on their dreams, no obstacle to their achievements and no remaining ceilings to shatter,ÂŽ he said. Signing off from the League of WomenÂs Voter office, Reggie Fullwood By Wade Henderson From attacks on voting rights to police killings of unarmed civilians and growing inequities in earnings and wealth, the civil rights gains of the past six decades are facing threat after threat. But one front in the fight for full equalityÂ„meaningful access to higher educationÂ„ is particularly urgent. With 65 percent of jobs soon requiring more than a high school diploma, the need is greater than ever, especially for African Americans and other communities of color. More than 50 years ago, Congress passed the Higher Education Act (HEA), intending to open the doors to higher education by providing students with financial assistance and low-interest loans. Conventional wisdom has traditionally held two things: 1) Higher education is the great equalizer; 2) It is okay to take out debt for the tickets to upward mobility: a college education and a home mortgage. These life decisionsÂ„and the struggles and sacrifices that made them possible helped to build and grow the Black middle class. Now, aspirations for advancement are colliding with the discriminatory legacy of the financial crisis. Our countryÂs student loan bill has skyrocketed. Student debt is now the second-largest source of household debt after housing. Forty-four million Americans have $1.4 trillion in student loan debt. One reason: Since the 1990s, the average tuition and fees at our universities have jumped an average of 157Â…237 percent. As with the Great Recession, people of color, poor people, and predatory institutions are at the center of this socioeconomic catastrophe. They must also be at the center of the solutions. We must face up to the fact that students of color are more likely to borrow for their education and, unfortunately, to default on these loans. Black college graduates default on their loans at a four times the rate of their White counterparts and are more likely to default than even White dropouts. This increased risk of defaulting on student loans is the direct result of inequities in financial resources, as well as discrimination in hiring, salaries and, all too often, social capital. In 2013, the median White family had 13 times more wealth than the median black family and 10 times more wealth than the median Latino family. African American students tend to take out more debt than their White counterparts, and both Blacks and Latinos are more likely to default than Whites. Since Blacks with bachelorÂs degrees earn only 79 percent and Latinos only 83 percent of what their White counterparts earn. Further contributing to the crisis, Blacks and Latinos comprise 41 percent of the students at the highcost, low-quality, for-profit colleges. These institutions frequently fail to prepare students for highsalary jobs, instead saddling them with debts that they canÂt repay. How then can we address these challenges? Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to ease regulations on the loan servicers and forprofit colleges that have gotten us into this mess. Her proposal for reauthorizing the HEA, the ÂPROSPER Act,ÂŽ would ensure that students will have to borrow more to get a postsecondary education with the very real likelihood that they will never pay off the debt. This would all but guarantee that predatory, for-profit programs would continue to rise exponentially right alongside our national student debt bill. Efforts to make student aid more costly for students rather than hold institutions accountable for what they do with the aid reflects either a misunderstanding of the root causes of this issue or something more disturbing: the blatant effort to recreate the system we had before the HEA was enacted. In this system, college was by and large only accessible to the wealthy, who were usually White. Fixing our broken student debt system should not mean un-doing years of progress since the HEA or saddling marginalized groups with a lifetime of debt. Instead, we need to hold student loan servicers, debt collectors, and institutions of all kinds accountable for their practices. Students from all backgrounds need more income-based grants, loans, financial assistance, and admissions policies that tear down barriers of color, culture, and class, not support them. Helping college graduates to repay their loans isnÂt the only challenge. The challenge is enabling and empowering our young people to make their fullest contribution to our country. This is, in the last analysis, a debt that all Americans owe to ourselves and our nationÂs future. In Honor of Shirley Chisholm, LetÂs Elect Leaders Who Speak Truthby Sen. Kamala Harris Asked what she wanted her legacy to be, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm once said, ÂIÂd like them to say that Shirley Chisholm had guts. ThatÂs how IÂd like to be remembered.ÂŽ This WomenÂs History Month, we remember Shirley for her extraordinary American story a daughter of Caribbean immigrants who 50 years ago became the first Black woman elected to Congress. We remember her fight to increase the minimum wage, support our veterans, and expand access to healthcare. We remember her role in helping to found the Congressional Black Caucus and the National Organization for Women. And, yes, we remember that she had guts. Shirley Chisholm had the guts to oppose the Vietnam War. The guts to run for president in 1972, as the first Black woman to seek the nomination of a major American political party. The guts to reach across the aisle and see that we have more in common than what separates us, whether that was working with Republican Senator Bob Dole to create the food stamp program or visiting George Wallace, her racist presidential rival, in the hospital after he had been shot in a failed assassination attempt. Above all, Shirley Chisholm had the guts to speak truthÂ„no matter how uncomfortable or unpopular. Her Âgreatest political assetÂŽ she once said, Âis my mouth, out of which come all kinds of things one shouldnÂt always discuss for reasons of political expediency.ÂŽ As her campaign slogan promised, she was always ÂUnbought and Unbossed.ÂŽ Like Shirley, I believe that to restore confidence and trust in our institutions and leaders, we need to speak truth. We need to acknowledge that racism is real in this country. Anti-Semitism is real in this country. Sexism, sexual assault, and workplace harassment are real in this country. We need to speak the truth that America was founded by immigrants, and we should not be vilifying people who come here in search of greater opportunity for themselves and their children. And that means electing more leaders who arenÂt afraid to speak up and speak out. Since ShirleyÂs brilliance and boldness opened doors, countless others have been inspired to follow in her footstepsÂ„myself included. Over the past 50 years, 41 Black women have been elected to CongressÂ„from Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who was an outspoken opponent of the war in Iraq, to Congresswoman Maxine Waters, reclaiming her time and challenging the injustices of this Administration. Last November, Vi Lyles became the first Black woman elected Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. And this election cycle, Black women are looking to make their mark in races across the country, from governor to attorney general to secretary of state to school board. But as we celebrate the progress weÂve made, we canÂt lose sight of the work we still have to do. Each of us has to do a better job of going up to our friends serving in various ways in their communities and encouraging them to run office. When any of us breaks a barrier, it allows people who otherwise could not imagine someone who looks like them in that role to see themselves. For every Shirley Chisholm, there are countless little girls looking up to her and envisioning their future. To ensure that ShirleyÂs shining example continues to inspire, IÂm cosponsoring a bicameral bill with Congresswoman Yvette ClarkeÂ„who represents the people of Brooklyn who Shirley once servedÂ„to place a statue of Shirley in our nationÂs Capitol. Fifty years from now, I hope that statue stands among the other American icons we honor in the Capitol. I hope Black women crowd into the Senators-only elevator, giving every American equal voice and equal representation. And I hope that all of our nationÂs leaders demonstrate the guts, grit, and grace that Shirley Chisholm taught us. 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March 8 14, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 6 12, 2018 A Z EE Z C ommunications Inc. Vol. XXIV No. 3 2Â’BLACK PANTHERS FOREVERPANTHER SALUTE: Virginia Union men and coach Jay Butler (seated far r.) among all Panthers that prevailed in CIAA and SIAC tourneys. CLARK ATLANTA (W), CLAFLIN (M), VIRGINIA UNION (M & W), ALL PANTHERS, WIN TOURNEY CROWNSBCSP PhotoMEAC, SWAC tourneys in full swing LUT WILLIAMS BCSP Editor The MEAC Tournament in Norfolk, Va. Monday and the SWAC TourMEAC The three MEAC Hampton Bethune-Cookman and Savannah State. Hampton Jermaine Marrrow Brandon Tabb Alante Fenner North Carolina A&T MID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEACMEN FINAL CONF ALL W L W LHampton 12 4 17 14 Bethune-Cookman 12 4 18 13 Savannah State 12 4 15 16 North Carolina A&T 11 5 18 13 Norfolk State 11 5 13 18 N. Carolina Central 9 7 15 15 Morgan State 7 9 11 18 Howard 7 9 10 22 Florida A&M 7 9 8 24 SC State 6 10 10 20 Coppin State 5 11 5 26 Md. E. Shore 3 13 7 24 Delaware State 2 14 4 27Norfolk State Eastern Shore North Carolina A&T and Bethune-Cookman Hampton Savannah State the Norfolk State Florida A&M knocked Howard Morgan State Coppin State SWAC Grambling State Prairie View A&M Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Southern Soutnern and Grambling State MEACMarch 5-10MEN OPENING ROUND 3/5 NC A&T 62, Delaware State 61 #5 Norfolk St. vs. #12 UMES 9p OPENING ROUND 3/6 #8 Howard vs. #9 Florida A&M 4p#6 NC Central vs. #11 Coppin St. 6:30p #7 Morgan St. vs. #10 SC State 9pQUARTERFINALS 3/7 #1 Hampton vs. HU/FAMU 6p #4 NC A&T vs. #5 Norfolk St. 8p QUARTERFINALS 3/8 #3 Sav. St. vs. NCCU/CSU 6p #2 B-Cookman vs. MSU/SCSU 8p SEMIFINALS 3/9 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. CHAMPIONSHIP 3/10 1 p.m. WOMEN OPENING ROUND 3/5 Savannah St. 51, Norfolk State 48 Florida A&M 69, Howard 64Morgan State 58, Coppin State 51OPENING ROUND 3/6 #6 NC Central vs. #9 SC St. 11a #7 UMES vs. #10 DelState 1:30p QUARTERFINALS 3/7 #1 NC A&T vs. NCCU/SCSU 12n #2 B-Cookman vs. UMES/DSU 2p QUARTERFINALS 3/8#3 Hampton vs. #6 Morgan State 12n #12 Florida A&M vs. #13 Sav. St. 2pSEMIFINALS 3/9 12 noon & 2 p.m. CHAMPIONSHIP 3/10 3:30 p.m.SWACMarch 6, 9-10MEN QUARTERFINALS 3/6#8 Miss. Valley St @ #1 Ark-Pine Bluff #7 Alcorn St. @ #2 Prairie View A&M #6 Alabama St. @ #3 Texas Southern #5 Jackson St. @ #4 Southern SEMIFINALS 3/9 2:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. F INALS 3/10 4 p.m.WOMEN QUARTERFINALS 3/6#8 Arkansas-Pine Bluff @ #1 Southern #7 Alabama State @ #2 Texas Southern#6 Alcorn State @ #3 Grambling State #5 Jackson State @ #4 Prairie View SEMIFINALS 3/9 GSU/ALC vs. TSU/ALAB 12n SU/UAPB vs. PV/JSU 6p FINALS 3/10 12:30 p.m. The Virginia State men and Virginia Union CIAA Morehouse of the SIAC Bowie State Virginia Union The men of Morehouse 2018 SIAC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT (Results and Tournament Honors) OPENING ROUND 5E Fort Valley State 88, 4W Miles 82, 4E Benedict 72, 5W LeMoyne-Owen 69 2W Lane 80, 7E Paine 60 6E Albany State 92, 3W Kentucky State 79 QUARTERFINALS 1E Morehouse 82, 5E Fort Valley State 75 4E Benedict 70, #1W Central State 66, OT 2E Clark Atlanta 57, 6E Albany State 55SEMIFINALS 2E Clark Atlanta 74, 4E Benedict 72 CHAMPIONSHIP MOST VALUABLE PLAYER ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Atlanta, Cairo Brown, Benedict OPENING ROUND 4W Miles 66, 5E Fort Valley State 45 4E Benedict 80, 5W Tuskegee 69 3W Kentucky State 81, 6E Paine 58 QUARTERFINALS 1E Clark Atlanta 60, 4W Miles 54 1W Central State 78, 4E Benedict 56 3W Kentucky State 71, 2E Albany State, 65, OT SEMIFINALS 1W Central State 84, 3W Kentucky State 75 CHAMPIONSHIP 1E Clark Atlanta 71, 1W Central State 70 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Marissa Mandeldove, Clark Atlanta ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM OPENING ROUND 5S Fayetteville State 62, 4N Lincoln 55 4S St. Augustine's 75, 5N Chowan 55 3N Virginia Union 86, 6S W-Salem State 72 QUARTERFINALS1N Virginia State 49, 4S Saint Augustine's 45 1S J. C. Smith 68, 5S Fayetteville State 582N Bowie State 80, 3S Livingstone 77 3N Virginia Union 70, 2S Shaw 68 SEMIFINALS 3N Virginia Union 67, 1N Virginia State 52 1S Johnson C. Smith 80, 2N Bowie State 71 CHAMPIONSHIP 3N Virginia Union 82, 1S Johnson C. Smith 52 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Kory Cooley, Virginia Union ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Quincy January, St. AugustineÂs JOHN C. McLENDON SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD Livingstone OPENING ROUND 4N Bowie State 56, 5S Shaw 47 3N Lincoln 76, 6S Livingstone 58 4N Chowan 75, 5S St. Augustine's 70 QUARTERFINALS 1N Virginia Union 89, 5N Chowan 58 4N Bowie State 72, 1S Fayetteville State 64 2N Virginia State 83, 3S W-Salem State 65 3N Lincoln 58, 2S J. C. Smith 52 SEMIFINALS 4N Bowie State 53, 2N Virginia State 49 1N Virginia Union 73, 3N Lincoln 50 CHAMPIONSHIP 1N Virginia Union 73, 4N Bowie State 57 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Alexis Johnson, VUU ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM JOHN C. McLENDON SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD LincolnMEN WOMEN 2018 CIAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT (Results and Tournament Honors) MENWOMEN BASKETBALL REGIONALS WOMEN Friday, March 9 ATLANTIC REGION hosted by Virginia Union #1 Virginia Union (28-2) vs. #8 Bowie State (20-8) 5 p.m. #4 Edinboro (26-3) vs. #5 Virginia State (23-5) 7:30 p.m. SOUTH REGION Jackson, TN hosted by Union #1 Union (28-3) vs. #8 Clark Atlanta (20-8) 6 p.m. MEN Saturday, March 10 ATLANTIC REGION in Petersburg, VA hosted by Virginia State #1 Virginia State (24-4) vs. #8 Virginia Union (18-14) 5 p.m. SOUTH REGION hosted by Morehouse #3 (25-6) vs. #6 Clark Atlanta (24-5) 12 noon #1 Morehouse (25-2) vs, #8 Florida Southern (21-11) 5 p.m. Clark Atlanta Clark Atlanta TOURNEY FINALS RECAPSSIAC MENÂS FINAL 69,Clark Atlanta 61 Jaleel Charles led Clark Atlanta SIAC Tournament chamMorehouse and Benjamin Williams Triston Thompson Akil and SIAC WOMEN'S FINAL Clark Atlanta 71, Central State 70 Marissa Mandeldove Clark Atlanta Central State Jaeeda Hall Brooke Spaulding CIAA MENÂS FINAL Virginia Union 82, Johnson C. Smith 52 Virginia Union CIAA Johnson C. Smith Shaw Virgina State Todd Hughes Andre Walker William Jenkins CIAA WOMEN'S FINAL VIrginia Union 73, Bowie State 57 Johnson and Virginia Union Bowie State noon. Kiara Colston Charles 2018 ALL-SWAC BASKETBALL SELECTIONS FIRST TEAM G Â… Martaveous McKnight, F Â… Zachary HamC Â… Jared Sam, SU SECOND TEAM G F Â… Trent Steen, C Â… J.D. Wallace, PV A&M PLAYER OF THE YEAR Martaveous McKnight, Arkansas-Pine Bluff DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Trent Steen, Arkansas-Pine Bluff NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR Martaveous McKnight, Arkansas-Pine Bluff FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR COACH OF THE YEAR MEN WOMEN MENWOMEN G F C Â… Tatyana Calhoun, ALABST SECOND TEAM G Â… Shala Dobbins, F Â… Faith C Â… Shawntayla Harris, UAPB PLAYER OF THE YEAR Joyce Kennerson, Texas Southern DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR Shala Dobbins, Prairie View A&M FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR Jhyrah Cobb, Prairie View A&M COACH OF THE YEAR Sandy Pugh, Southern FIRST TEAM Charles Williams, So., F, HU SECOND TEAM Desmond Williams, Sr., F, THIRD TEAM PLAYER OF THE YEAR : Brandon Tabb, B-CU ROOKIE OF THE YEAR DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR COACH OF THE YEAR : Jay Joyner, NC A&T StateALL-ROOKIE TEAM 2018 ALL-MEAC BASKETBALL SELECTIONS FIRST TEAM NaJai Pollard, Jr., F, DSU: SECOND TEAM THIRD TEAM PLAYER OF THE YEAR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR : Ashanti Hunt, B-CUCOACH OF THE YEAR : Vanessa Blair-Lewis, B-CUALL-ROOKIE TEAM Cooley Johnson WOMEN FINAL CONF ALL W L W LNorth Carolina A&T 15 1 20 8 Bethune-Cookman 15 1 23 5 Hampton 12 4 16 13 Norfolk State 11 5 18 11 Morgan State 8 8 16 14 Howard 8 8 12 18 Md. E. Shore 7 9 10 18 N. Carolina Central 7 9 9 20 SC State 6 10 11 17 Delaware State 5 11 6 23 Coppin State 5 11 6 23 Florida A&M 4 12 7 23 Savannah State 1 15 5 24 SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEN FINAL DIV ALL W L W L x Prairie View A&M 12 6 15 17 Texas Southern 12 6 12 19 Ark.-Pine Bluff 12 6 12 19 Southern 10 8 14 17 Jackson State 9 9 12 19 Alabama State 8 10 8 22 Alcorn State 7 11 11 20 Miss. Valley State 4 14 4 27x Alabama A&M 3 15 3 28x Ineligible for SWAC Tourney WOMEN FINAL DIV ALL W L W L Southern 14 4 15 12 Texas Southern 13 5 18 11 Prairie View A&M 12 6 14 15 Jackson State 10 8 15 12 Alcorn State 8 10 12 17 Alabama A&M 6 12 11 18 Ark.-Pine Bluff 6 12 8 20 Alabama State 6 12 8 21 Miss.Valley State 2 16 2 28
Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press March 8-14, 2018 Greater Macedonia Baptist Church1880 West Edgewood Avenue The doors of Macedonia are always open to you and your family. If we may be of any assistance to you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via email at GreaterMac@aol.com. Seeking the lost for ChristMatthew 28:19 20 Dr. Landon Williams 8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Morning WorshipTuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m. Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m. Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM Sunday 2 PM 3 PM **FREE TUTORIG FOR YOUTH I EGLISH, SCIECE, HISTORY AD MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464 Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. Senior Pastor Sunday Morning Worship 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Church school 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 6:45 p.m.Midweek Services Wednesday oon Service ÂMiracle at MiddayÂŽ 12 noon 1:00 p.m. Weekly Services Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 7:40 and 10:40 a.m. Worship with us LIVE on the web visitwww.truth2powerministries.org Grace and Peacevisit www.Bethelite.org Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.. Pastor Emeritus Within yourself is the key to unlock trust and truth Sometimes words alone cannot convey meaning and feelings the way weÂd like them to. Trust for example. The reference point for my meaning is ÂTrust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all things acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.ÂŽ Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust is such a complex thing. Have you ever been betrayed by someone in whom you had total trust? Have you been able to totally trust another person since? See how easy misplaced trust puts you in a terribly vulnerable place. ItÂs uncomfortable. ItÂs abnormal. It ainÂt fun. Yet, in this passage we are instructed to put our trust in the Lord. The question is can you do it? Are you able to trust in your heart after experiencing devastating betrayal? WeÂve all been betrayed in one way or another: either by having our beliefs proven false or maybe your heart has been broken. Everyone knows someone who has been crippled by a lover or spouse gone crazy, or, watched someone stumble up on the truth about a situation that everybody but them knew. In the real world that kind of stuff hurts. In a real sense, once destroyed, trust ÂdonÂtÂ come round here anymore. But now, wait a minute. Go out and trust in the Lord implicitly. You get my meaning? Extreme caution usually follows crippling betrayal. New relationships are founded largely on mistrust and Âprove it to me;Â not, blind faith and unconditional trust. Life teaches us that only a fool would allow themselves to be misused again. Therein lies my question about trust and what it means to you. Can you deal with this concept everyday? How much of a struggle are you having trying to trust people who have taught you not to give them the time of day? Do you treat all people this way or just the one(s) who betrayed you? Can you forgive? Can you ever forget? Do you really want to? And what does all of this have to do with God? How are you treating Him in the trust area? ÂNow it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.ÂŽ 1 Corinthians 4:2. Now exactly, whoÂs proving what to whom? Are you requiring God to prove something to you before you trust Him? Are you demanding from God those same things you demand from someone, anyone before you would even consider giving him or her your love? You see it is so easy to succumb to a lifestyle which requires proof before love is given. ItÂs so easy to demand the impossible from people who are incapable of giving it to you. But how can you base your relationship with God on worldly principles grounded in betrayal and disappointment? Are you requiring God to prove His love to you before you give yours to Him? The key to trust thing lies within each and every one of us. We first have to confront those demons which have plagued us for years. And yes, that means all the pain that goes with them. Then and only then can we begin to even accept the concept of trust and loyalty, total and without equivocation. Because then trust means knowing. Trust means truth. Trust means no matter what, I know that regardless of conditions and circumstances, I am GodÂs child, made in His image and the recipient of His love. May God bless and keep you always.James Washington 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 St. Paul AME March EventsThe Rev. Dr. Marvin C. ZanderÂs, II, Pastor of St. Paul AME Church, located at 6910 New Kings Road have planned many special events that will be held during the month of March. The Bethune Cookman University Concert Chorale will perform on Sunday, March 11, at 9:30 a.m. Also, during the 9:30 worship service, St. Paul Girl Scouts will observe National WomenÂs History Month. The theme is: ÂNevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.ÂŽ National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D). will be observed on Sunday, March 18, during the 9:30 a.m. worship service. The Edward Lang Annual Prayer Breakfast is slated for Saturday, March 24th at 9:30 a.m. in the James M. Proctor Center. The anointed speaker for this occasion is Rev. Don Tolliver of Tallahassee, Florida. On Wednesday, March 28th, the Easter production will be held in the Sanctuary at 7 p.m. The public and friends are invited to share in all services and events. For more info contact the church office at (904) 764-2755. Greater Grant AME WomenÂs History Month CelebrationThe Greater Grant Memorial AME Church celebrates WomenÂs History Month with dynamic and anointed speaker, the Reverend Timbre J. Ford, founder and president of Simply Timbre Ministries, Inc., as its worship service messenger on Sunday, March 11th, at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Simply Timbre Ministries, Inc. is an outreach womenÂs ministry located in Tallahassee, Florida. Greater Grant Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church is located at 5533 Gilchrist Road where the Reverend Tan C. Moss is the pastor. For more info call (904) 764-5992.Historic Mt. Zion Hosts Dinner and ConcertThe Historic Mt. Zion Church is hosting a Dinner and Concert weekend! Dinner Fridays is scheduled for March 9th, 10 a.m. 4 p.m. The Friday night concert will be held in the evening at 7 p.m., featuring The Brothers through Christ Mime Troupe. On Sunday attend Family and Friends day during the 10 a.m. worship service. Historic Mt. Zion is located at 201 E. Beaver St. For more info call the church office at (904) 355-9475.Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Gospel Music ExplosionZion Hope Missionary Baptist presents the ÂGospel Music Explosion,ÂŽ Saturday, March 17th at 5 p.m. at Zion Hope Missionary Baptist church located at 2803 W. Edgewood Avenue. The event is sponsored by the Senior WomenÂs Ministry. Featuring gospel acts: the Vickers Family, Sensational Stars, Gospel Caravans, Voices of Praise and many more gospel groups. For more info contact Sister Edith Hicks at (904) 422-5136.St. Simon Baptist Church to Celebrate WomenÂs History MonthMarch is WomenÂs History Month and St. Simon Baptist Church of Orange Park, FL will celebrate WomenÂs History each Sunday of the month during Sunday School and Morning Worship with special presentations by the women of the church. All ladies residing in surrounding communities are cordially invited to attend as we celebrate the many accomplishments of women. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. and the Sunday Worship Service begins at 11 a.m. The next monthly meeting of the Women of Purpose Ministry will be held March 17, 2018 at 10 a.m. Rev. Adela George is the Director of the WomenÂs Ministry. Come enjoy a time of enrichment, encouragement and empowerment in the Word of God. St. Simon Baptist Church is located at 1331 Miller Street in Orange Park, FL. The Rev. W.H. Randall is the Pastor and Founder. For more info call (904) 215-3300.Greater Refuge Temple Presents Dual Day ServicesJoin Greater Refuge Temple located at 1317 Rowe Avenue for their annual ÂDual DayÂŽ services Sunday, March 18th, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. services. This yearÂs theme is: ÂJourneying with a Consciousness of the Presence of GodÂŽ. Special guest is Apostle Raymond Keith and Lady Joan Keith of Louisville, Kentucky. Greater Refuge Temple is under the leadership of Pastors Dr. Gentle Groover and Bishop Kenneth Groover. For more info visit www.refugejax.org.Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church Spring RevivalA Spring Revival will be held at Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church, where Reverend Herb Anderson is the pastor, Tuesday, March 27th through Thursday, March 29th. Guest evangelist is Reverend Lawson J. Boddie. The community is invited to worship with the church at 2407 Rev. S. L. Badger, Jr. Circle. Services begin at 7 p.m. each night. For additional information, contact the church office at (904) 356-9371. ALCAM AwardsAttend the 2nd annual Ava and Lavern Community Action Motivators (ALCAM) Awards presentation celebrating the theme: Walking Out on GodÂs Word Friday, March 30th at 7 p.m. Location is Greater Hill Temple Faith United Church of the Living God, Inc. located at 825 W. Monroe St. Featuring Prophetess April Washington, Latasha Platt, Ben Frazier, Darryl Reuben Hall, The Finley Sisters and Dr. Verna Bradshaw. For more info contact Dr. Hill at (904) 945-0056. A church in Maryland has given away five used cars to worship attendees, reflecting what the congregation describes as being "outrageously generous." Destiny Church, a congregation based in Columbia that was founded in 2011, gave away four vehicles at the end of each of their worship services on Sunday, as well as one car to a needy family on Saturday. Destiny Senior Pastor Stephen Chandler told The Christian Post that the giveaway was part of the celebration for the grand opening to their new permanent worship space. Previously, they had been using a local high school gymnasium. "One of our founding values as a church is that 'We Are Outrageously Generous,' and we strive to live that out in everything we do," said Chandler. "We wanted to mark the celebration with an act of generosity that overshadowed the great blessing of the building we received. Acts 20:35 says that it is better to give than to receive and that has truly turned out to be the case." Destiny Church gave away a Chevy Cruze, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra, Ford Escape and a Dodge Journey. All of them were bought at a used car dealership. Those who received a vehicle were determined by a raffle held at the end of each worship service. More than 2,000 tickets for the raffle were given away. Chandler told said that the church paid for the five cars through a fund comprised of ten percent of the donations Destiny receives. "Because generosity has always been a focus at Destiny Church, from our inception, we adopted the practice to set aside ten percent of all that we receive," explained Chandler. Maryland Church Lures Worshippers with Free Cars Janqueshia Gay, 27, of Baltimore sits in the Chevy she won Reverend Timbre J. Ford
Iyanla Vanzant, host of "Iyanla, Fix My Life" on Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network had a lot to say about Kamiyah Mobley. Mobley, a guest on the show over the weekend, went off of Vanzant during the show, prompting the host to end filming. "I'm out," Vanzant said after one of the several times Mobley called her expletives threatening to hit her. The show, which aired last weeked, showed fans of Iyanla: Fix My Life featuring the famed author and life coach enthralled in the biggest on-camera blowup ever since she worked with DMX in 2013. Iyanla Vanzant begins season 5 of her OWN TV show attempting to help Kamiyah Mobley, the young woman who was kidnapped from a Florida hospital as a newborn and raised by her abductor until she was found by authorities in January of 2017 at 18 yearÂs old. In clips, Kamiyah yells, curses at, and even threaten sIyanla in a fit of rage as she attempts to help her work through her anger and feelings of abandonment. And while the interactions are hard to watch as a viewer, Iyanla said KamiyahÂs outbursts were to be expected. To put it frankly, ÂShe didnÂt have the capacity to handle what was coming out so, like adults, the easiest thing to do is act out in anger,ÂŽ Iyanla added. ÂHer father couldnÂt contain her, nobody could contain her, and it wasnÂt for me to force it. When she told me she was going to cut my heart out, I said, ÂOkay, let me just leave this alone. WeÂve had enough.'ÂŽ As if the circumstances of her birth and childhood werenÂt enough to work through on the show, Iyanla shared that Kamiyah had been dealt another blow just a week before the episode was taped. ÂI was going to work with [Kamiyah] and her birth mother because her birth mother is very against her having a relationship with her abducted mother, but a week before the show the birth mother pulled out,ÂŽ Iyanla said. ÂShe wouldnÂt do it so that left me with the father, who is overly compliant with her and just trying to keep her comfortable and make her happy, the stepmother and the boyfriend. So in addition to now her mommy who raised her being taken away, her birth mother kind of abandoned her so she was sitting in all of that.ÂŽ Iyanla said the episode also serves as an example for those who are on the other side of the coin and want to help. ÂIf nothing else, I hope people will see that when someone is in breakdown and human and being upset screaming back at them is probably not the way to go.ÂŽ March 8 14, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 The Jacksonville Free Press would love to share your event with our readers. GUIDELINES 1. All unsolicited photos require a $10 photo charge for each picture. Photos can be paid by check, money order or credit card, 2. Pictures must be brought into our office to be examined for quality or emailed in a digital format of .jpg or .bmp. 3.Everyone in the picture must be named. 4. All photos MUST be received within 5 days of the event. OEXCEPTIOS. 5. Event photos must be acconpanied by a story/event synopsis including the 5WÂs of media: who, what, when, where and why. in addition to a phone number for more information.Call 634-1993 for more information! Cookbook Details Black Cooks At White House by Rosaland Tyler, NJG Adrian Miller has written a thoughtful new book that shines a light on African-Americans who cooked for U.S. presidents. The title the book is ÂThe PresidentÂs Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African-Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, From the Washingtons to the Obamas.ÂŽ The book goes behind the scenes to examine more than 150 chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards, and servers of color. There are also 20 original recipes in his book, which includes cooking techniques and equipment tips. ÂThere just hadnÂt been a real history of these folks,ÂŽ said Miller, 48, an attorney who worked in the Clinton White House. ÂI wanted to show that they were culinary artists who were celebrated in their time.ÂŽ ÂEvery president has had an African-American in the kitchen. They landed in presidential kitchens for various reasons over the decades. Originally, most were slaves or family servants; eventually, family members of those who had previously worked for the White House got jobs there. But over the last thirty years or so, professional connections have been the most important factor in who gets selected. Military cooks also come on loan from the Armed Forces.ÂŽ he says. The book covers cooks from the George Washington White House to the present. Miller compiled his new book by sorting through records on the Internet, in libraries, in old cookbooks. He read articles from White House sources. ÂIÂm most proud that I could put together the long list of cooks and chefs who worked for presidents all through history. I wanted to name these people. Most accounts just say ÂŒnegroÂ or ÂŒcoloredÂ cook. I found that they were often friends and confidants of the first families, and also civil rights advocates,ÂŽ he said. Flip through his book. Notice it contains unconventional recipes such as Jerk Chicken Pita Pizza created by Charlie Redden, a former executive chef who cooked for senior staff in the West Wing. Redden made the pizza for the Clintons. The book contains more recipes like Caroline HarrisonÂs Deviled Eggs. African-American chef Dollie Johnson made the popular snack for Benjamin and Caroline Harrison who lived in the White House in the late 1880s. It also contains the recipe for George WashingtonÂs Minted Pea Soup. MillerÂs 2017 book came on the heels of his award-winning 2013 book, ÂSoul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time.ÂŽ Miller said he stumbled over five stories about African-Americans who cook cooked for presidents while researching his 2013 book, which won a James Beard Award. Both books aim to re-brand soul food, he said. ÂGenerally, people think two ways; one is with a warning label that itÂs nutritionally deadly. The other is that itÂs the masterÂs leftovers or throwaways.ÂŽ Miller added, ÂIt kills me when African-American chefs say they donÂt want to be pigeonholed for their soul food. Outside of the Black community, non-Blacks are making a ton of money that way. WhatÂs the story with that?ÂŽ South African Farmers Reportedly Want Trump to Help Them Migrate After Being Forced Off Their Land South AfricaÂs parliament has taken steps to urge the redistribution of farming lands which would allow for land to be stripped from owners, particularly white farmers, without any compensation. In this regard, white South African landowners are seeking help from President Trump to let them migrate to the US. More than 10,500 people have already signed an online petition calling for President Trump to allow white South African landowners, who have had their farming lands seized by the country, to migrate to the United States. The movement began after South African President Cyril Ramaphosa called for land redistribution in order to reform the racial disparities in land ownership in the country. The parliament supported RamaphosaÂs decision and passed the motion 241-83 in favor. White South African farmers believe they are being removed from their land and thrown out of the country, News.com.au reported. So they made a petition asking for President Trump to Âtake the steps necessary to initiate an emergency immigration plan allowing white Boers to come to the United States.ÂŽ Boer is the term used to describe South Africans of Dutch, German, or Huguenot descent, and are also commonly called as Afrikaners. The petition also suggests Trump not to admit refugees from Somalia and the Middle East because they Âcannot be properly vettedÂŽ and welcome South Africans instead because they Âcan be easily vetted and also possess skills that make them compatible with our culture and civilization.ÂŽ South AfricaÂs Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department advised the public not to worry so much about the situation in a series of tweets saying, ÂThis is a serious matter. ItÂll be handled through dialogue and in a stable manner. No need for beating war drums and creating unnecessary panic! South Africa belongs to all who live in it!ÂŽ However, many are saying that if the basis would be on TrumpÂs known preference for white immigrants, the South African farmerÂs petition will most likely receive a favorable answer. Could you use more daylight hours in the day? The Florida legislature is trying to help you. After hours of divisive debate over guns, schools and freedom, the Florida Senate spent less than a minute approving a measure to end daylight savings time. The Senate voted 33-2 to send a bill to Gov. Rick Scott to ask the U.S. Congress to decide whether Florida should be a state that enjoys daylight saving time year-round. It was passed by the House on Feb. 14, 103-11. Under the plan, HB 1013, called the ÂSunshine Protection Act,ÂŽ the state would ask Congress to pass a law to let the Sunshine State move from standard time to daylight saving time (when you set your clocks ahead one hour) year-round. Daylight time runs from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November and is set to start this Sunday, March 11, and end Nov. 4. Daylight Saving Time has been used in the U.S. and in many European countries since World War I. At that time, in an effort to conserve fuel needed to produce electric power, Germany and Austria took time by the forelock, and began saving daylight at 11:00 p.m. on April 30, 1916, by advancing the hands of the clock one hour until the following October. Other countries immediately adopted this 1916 action: Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey, and Tasmania. Nova Scotia and Manitoba adopted it as well, with Britain following suit three weeks later, on May 21, 1916. The plan was not formally adopted in the U.S. until 1918. 'An Act to preserve daylight and provide standard time for the United States' was enacted on March 19, 1918. [See law]It both established standard time zones and set summer DST to begin on March 31, 1918. Daylight Saving Time was observed for seven months in 1918 and 1919. After the War ended, the law proved so unpopular (mostly because people rose earlier and went to bed earlier than people do today) that it was repealed in 1919 with a Congressional override of President Wilson's veto. Daylight Saving Time became a local option, and was continued in some cities, such as New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. During World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt instituted yearround Daylight Saving Time, called "War Time," from February 9, 1942 to September 30, 1945. [See law] From 1945 to 1966, there was no federal law regarding Daylight Saving Time, so states and localities were free to choose whether or not to observe Daylight Saving Time and could choose when it began and ended. This understandably caused confusion, especially for the broadcasting industry, as well as for railways, airlines, and bus companies. Because of the different local customs and laws, radio TV stations and transportation companies had to publish new schedules every time a state or town began or ended DST. On January 4, 1974, President Nixon signed into law the Emergency Daylight Saving Time Energy Conservation Act of 1973. Then, beginning on January 6, 1974, implementing the Daylight Saving Time Energy Act, clocks were set ahead. On October 5, 1974, Congress amended the Act, and Standard Time returned on October 27, 1974. Daylight Saving Time resumed on February 23, 1975 and ended on October 26, 1975. Florida Oks Bill for Daylight Savings Time Therapist Iyanla Vanzant CanÂt Soothe Kamiyah Mobley
Anna Kingsley the MusicalÂEmancipation Majigeen,ÂŽ an original musical drama honoring the life of Anna Kingsley Â… also known as Anta Majigeen Njaay of Senegal. The musical is a story of female empowerment through historical and contemporary lenses, premieres March 8 16th at 8 p.m. at FSCJÂs Kent Campus located at 3939 Roosevelt Blvd., Room F128 For tickets and more info visit www.fscjartistseries.org.Comedian DC CurryDC Curry who played ÂUncle ElroyÂ in ÂNext FridayÂŽ and ÂFriday After Next,ÂŽ will return to town March 8th 10th at 7:30 p.m. at the Comedy Zone located at 3130 Hartley Rd. For tickets and more info visit www.comedyzone.com. Comedians Steve Martin and Martin ShortLongtime comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short will perform a one-night only show at the Times-Union Center, Friday, March 9th at 8 p.m. at the Times Union center, 300 Water St. The show, "An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life," includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business. For tickets visit ww.ticketmaster.com.Kai Alece & CompanyThe Friday Musicale is celebrating 128 years of music! Come hear the talents of Kai Alece & Company, Friday, March 9th, 11:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Friday Musicale, located at 645 Oak Street. For more info call (904) 355-7584The arrative Conversation & DialogueAttend the Narrative Critical Conversations, Saturday, March 10th, at 1:30 p.m. at the South Mandarin Library Branch located at 12125 San Jose. A panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Tonya Peters-Pearson and Kimbretta Clay with panelists: Valerie Thomas, Dr. Monica Hardy, Elton Johnson, Tia Patterson and LaRone Foster. For more info email email@example.com.Earth, Wind & Fire!R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin, and African music group Earth Wind and Fire in concert at the Florida theatre located at 128 E. Forsyth St., Saturday, March 10th at 8 p.m. For tickets visit www.floridatheatre.com.Motown the Musical is Back!Work Light Productions and the FSCJ Artist Series are proud to announce the return of ÂMotown the MusicalÂŽ in Jax, March 1011th, at 7 p.m. at the Times-Union Center located at 300 Water St. For tickets and more info visitwww.MotownTheMusical.com/tour.Wyclef Jean in ConcertA Night of Symphonic Hip Hop featuring Wyclef Jean Saturday, March 10th, 8 11 p.m., at DailyÂs Place Amphitheater located at One Everbank Field Dr. For tickets visit www.dailysplace.com.Wizard of OZ on Stage!The Wizard of OZ will be on stage, Saturday, March 10th, for two show times: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto, and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and the Scarecrow! Location is the Thrasher Horne Center located at 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL. For tickets and more info visit www.THcenter.org.Jumbo Shrimp/Jax Chamber ÂUnder The LightsÂŽ Beer FestivalJumbo Shrimp Suds Craft Beer Festival ÂUnder The LightsÂŽ is set for, Saturday, March 10th, 6 9 p.m. at the Baseball Grounds located at 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd. Guests will be able to enjoy unlimited free samples of craft beers, including those from Northeast Florida's local breweries. For more info visit www. jaxshrimp.comP.R.I.D.E. Bookclub MeetingPeople Reading for Inspiration, Discussion and Enjoyment (P.R.I.D.E.) next book club meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 10th at 3 p.m. at the Highlands Regional Library, 1826 Dunn Avenue. Book for discussion is Â Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House ,ÂŽ by Donna Brazile. For more info call (904) 261-0175.Jax Summer Camp Festival and Kids ExpoThe Fun 4 First Coast Kids 3rd Annual Jacksonville Summer Camp Festival and Kids Expo will take place at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville located at 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Wednesday, March 11th, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Connect with camps to learn about early bird rates and discounts, family friendly businesses and more! For more details visit www.Fun4FirstCoastKids.com.The Marvin Gaye ExperienceWhat's Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience takes the stage Sunday, March 11th at 7 p.m. at the Thrasher-Horne Center, 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL. The concert is a tribute to the legendary artist and includes music selections that span GayeÂs musicmaking career. For tickets and more info visit at www.THcenter.org. Bob Hayes Invitational Track Field Meet WeekThe Hayes Invitational Track and Field Meet will take place March 11 March 17 at Earl Kitchings stadium at Raines Ribault High school located at 3663 Raines Ave. Attend worship services, scholarship golf tournament, workshops, press conference, development clinic, middle school and field meet and the highly anticipated Officials, Coaches and VIPs cook out! For more info call at (904) 502-9348.Jacksonville Summer Camp FestivalClay County Summer Camps and Jax Family Programs 3rd Annual Jacksonville Summer Camp Festival and Kids Fair, will take place Sunday, March 11th from 12 p.m. 4 p.m. at the Jacksonville Baseball Grounds located at 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Enjoy a magic show, bounce houses, trains, events and more to provide a free day of family fun for all of Jacksonville! For more info visit www.fun4claykids.com. Join Teachers are More SymposiumYour voice is needed for an evening of conversations and action Monday, March 12th 6 7:30 p.m. for the Jacksonville Public Education Fund symposium at the Legends Center, 5130 Soutel Dr. Come be inspired by local heroes impacted by an incredible teacher and view the interactive art exhibit. To RSVP visit www.jaxpef.org.Conservatory Concert Band Free PerformanceThe Conservatory Concert Band will have a ÂfreeÂŽ concert featuring the sounds of spring with music by composers Clifton Williams, Richard Rogers, Alfred Reed, John Cacavas, Tuesday, March 13th at 7 p.m. at the San Juan Del Rio Catholic Church, 1718 State Rd. 13 North, St. Johns, FL. For more info visit: www.nfconservatory.org.Anita Baker in Jax!Motown and R&B legend Anita Baker will perform at the Times Union Center located at 300 Water St., Wednesday, March 14th at 8 p.m. For tickets and more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.UF Presents Dorothy Pittman HughesThe WomenÂs Center and Department of Diversity Initiatives at the University of North Florida present advocate and activist Dorothy Pitman Hughes as the keynote speaker for the WomenÂs History Month Luncheon at 12 noon, Wednesday, March 14th in the UNF Student Union, Building 58W, Ballroom, Room 3703. For more info contact Joanna Hillman at (904) 620-5515.PACE Fundraiser LuncheonThe PACE Center for Girls annual fundraiser luncheon will take place Thursday, March 15th from 11:45 a.m. -1 p.m. at Florida Blue located at 4800 Deerwood Campus Pkwy. For more info contact Laura Gonzales at (904) 265-0278.14th Bob Hayes Invitational BanquetThe 14th annual Bob Hayes of Fame induction banquet is scheduled for Thursday, March 15th at 7 p.m. at the Lexington Hotel Jacksonville, 1515 Prudential Dr. Keynote speaker is Coach Nathanial Washington. Meet members. Olympic legends and witness their inductions in the Bob Hayes Hall of Fame and presentation of the Bob Hayes community service award. For tickets contact Coach James Day at (904) 359-0550.Elton John 2019Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour comes to Jacksonville, Friday, March 15th, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena located at 300 A. Phillip Randolph Dr. For tickets and more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.JAX Chamber Trade ShowMeet hundreds of prospects and gain new clients as an exhibitor at the JAX Chamber Trade Show taking place Thursday, March 15th, 4 7 p.m. at the Adam W. Herbert University Center located at University of North Florida, 12000 Alumni Drive. To register, become a vendor or for more info contact Kathy Sutton at (904) 273-5366.Community DessertsJoin concerned citizens for Community Desserts featuring more conversations about identity, inclusion and integrity will take place, March 15th, 6 7:30 p.m. Featuring Anna Broche (President, Jacksonville City Council) and Michael Boylan (Retired CEO, WJCT). Location is UNF's Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Dr. To register and for more info visit: www.onejax.org.Bowl for KidsÂ FundraiserThe Bowl for KidsÂ fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday, March 15th, 7 9 p.m. at Bowl America Southside located at 11141 Beach Blvd. Help match children in Northeast Florida with caring, adult mentors. To find more information, donate or register to bowl visitwww.bbbsnefl.org/events/bowlforkidssake.Portrait of Pace LuncheonThe Pace Center for Girls ÂPortrait of PaceÂŽ luncheon will take place Thursday, March 15th, 12 1p.m. inside the Florida Blue Conference Center located at 4800 Deerwood Campus Pkwy. Come meet the girls and hear how theyÂve been empowered to find success! For more info visit www.pacecenter.orgHome Buying SeminarThere will be a Free Home Buying Seminar on Friday, March 16th, 5:30 8:30 p.m. at Metro North located at 3103 N. Main St. On the menu are door prizes, homeowner rights, credit reports and more! To preregister call 904-9943024.Disney on Ice: Reach For The Stars Disney On Ice presents ÂReach For The Stars,ÂŽ featuring the cinematic sensation DisneyÂs Frozen and other timeless favorites on stage, March 16th-18th, at Veterans Memorial Arena located at 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. See Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy set the stage for a star-studded talent extravaganza. For tickets and more info visit www.ticketmaster.com. Page 8 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene AROUND TOWN AROUND TOWN March 8-14, 2018 Enclosed is my __ check __ money order for $38.50 (within city limits) __$43.00 (outside of Jacksonville) NAME ___________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS ________________________________________________________________ CITY____________________________________ STATE______ ZIP_________________ If this is a gift subscription it is provided by (so gift notification card can be sent) ______________________________________ Please send check or money order to: Jacksonville Free Press P.O. 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by Lili Loufborrow Showtime's new series The Chi opens with Coogie Â„ a gorgeous kid with big hair, a pink headband, and a backpack covered in fuchsia flowers Â„ biking around town listening to Chance the Rapper's "All We Got." He shoots some baskets. He bikes circles around a toughlooking motorcyclist at a red light. He even tries to race him. Director Rick Famuyiwa shoots this stuff like it's lyric poetry; he also knows how to make us feel that innocent high wear off. When Coogie Â„ played by Jahking Guillory Â„ pulls off his headphones to negotiate with the proprietors of the "77th Mart" for snacks, we lose the music too. When he rides down an alley to feed beef jerky to a hungry dog that isn't his, the realities of his life, and the forms of compensatory kindness he's invented, snap into focus. And when Â„ bidding the dog goodbye Â„ he stumbles on a man lying on a street corner under a spreading pool of blood, we see Coogie's gaze drift to his shoes, then his necklace, and then his face. He takes the shoes. He takes the necklace. And he runs. It's a compact sequence that perfectly illustrates the project of The Chi, which airs Sundays. This is The Wire if you reverse the relationship between the residents and police. It puts the story before the anthropology, the people before the journalistic expos, the banal before the sensational. Creator Lena Waithe Â„ who won an Emmy for the exceptional "Thanksgiving" episode of Master of None Â„ has said she wanted to make a show about Chicago from "a very human and grounded and honest perspective" that "put some humanness behind the headlines." The Chi offers exactly this: It examines, with interest and care, how kids and adults live and joke and get crushes and moon around, even (or especially) with violence slicing at the streets around them. Since the premiere in early January, buzz has circulated with comparisons to David SimonÂs critically acclaimed HBO series, which for five seasons depicted story lines about Baltimore: drugs, violence, law enforcement, education, corruption, politics, media and the Baltimoreans affected by it all. Created by Waithe and executive produced by artist Common Â„ both Chicago natives Â„ ÂThe ChiÂŽ tells the story of several residents of South Side Chicago whose lives begin to intertwine after a tragic event. It stars a predominately black cast, including ÂStraight Outta Compton ÂŽ and Â Mudbound ÂŽ actor Jason Mitchell, Alex R. Hibbert (Â Moonlight ÂŽ) and Â The Wire ÂŽ alumna Sonja Sohn. ÂWe feel like a breath of fresh air and that's exactly how Â The Wire Â felt when it first aired. It was something different. It was something special,ÂŽ Waithe said. Sohn, who starred in Â The Wire ÂŽ as Detective Kima Greggs and who plays the recurring role of BrandonÂs mother Laverne in Â The Chi ,ÂŽ said the commonality between the two shows heavily lies in the creators knitting true fabrics of their respective communities. ÂTheyÂre different hood experiences, African-American experiences, class experiences,ÂŽ she said. ÂWeÂre not a monolithic, homogeneous group of people.ÂŽ The show uses a directorial strategy that makes you realize that you might want a particular character to die, just because that person's survival makes things so much messier. In other words, you end up firmly enmeshed in the complicated nest of incentives the characters of The Chi inhabit. If T he Wire surveilled its characters, The Chi sticks you in the story with them. March 8-14, 2018 Page 9 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press UNCF helps thousands of deserving students. But we have to turn away thousands more. So please give to the United Negro College Fund. Your donation will make a difference. Visit uncf.org or call 1-800-332-8623. The Chi is The Wire of 2018 At the recent 90th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, ÂGet OutÂŽ writer/director/actor Jordan Peele won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, the first African American to ever earn this honor. On Saturday evening, Peele also won Independent Spirit Awards for Best Feature and Best Director. Last year, ÂMoonlightÂŽ writers Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and the first African American to win an Oscar in either writing category was Geoffrey Fletcher for ÂPreciousÂŽ in 2009. The only other AfricanAmerican to win for writing is John Ridley in 2013 for the Adapted Screenplay to Â12 Years A Slave.ÂŽ ÂMudboundÂŽ writer/director Dee Rees made her own bit of history this year by being the first AfricanAmerican woman nominated in the Best Adapted Screenplay category; the first woman ever nominated in either category was Suzanne DePasse in 1972 for ÂLady Sings The Blues.ÂŽ Retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant took home the Oscar with his creative partner Glen Keane for ÂDear Basketball,ÂŽ the first nomination and win for an African American in the Best Animated Short category. Jordan Peele Â… Original Screenplay Â… ÂGet OutÂ 90th Annual Academy Awards, Los Angeles, USA Jordan Peele Becomes 1st AfricanAmerican to Win Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay Jesse J. Holland is an award-winning journalist and the author of the first novel featuring comicsÂ most popular black superhero, The Black Panther. The novel was commissioned by Marvel books. In Black Panther: Who Is The Black Panther? Holland retells the classic origin of TÂChalla, the original Black Panther, and updates it for the new century, giving new fans and longtime die-hard aficionados a good platform and some inside information for the new ÂBlack PantherÂŽ movie from Marvel Studios debuting in Feburary 2018. Jesse is an accomplished novelist, having also been trusted by Lucasfilm to chronicle the history of their newest black hero in Star Wars Finn in the Star Wars young adult novel Star Wars: The Force Awakens Finn's Story. In addition to fiction, Jesse is also an award-winning nonfiction author, with his book The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slavery In The White House, being named as the 2017 silver medal award winner in U.S. History in the Independent Publisher Book Awards and one of the top history books of 2016 by Smithsonian.com. In addition to his books, Jesse is also a Race & Ethnicity writer for The Associated Press, as well as a former White House, Supreme Court and Congressional reporter. He is also a recognized educator and public speaker, having served as the Visiting Distinguished Professor of Ethics in Journalism at the University of Arkansas in 2016. He now teaches creative nonfiction in the Master of Fine Art in Creative Nonfiction program at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. Jesse is from Holly Springs, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Liberal Arts degree with an emphasis in journalism and English. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College in 2012. Meet the Author of the Book Marvel Comics Commissioned for Black Panther Movie Jesse J. Holland The Chi" featurs actress Sonja Sohn (left) as Laverne, mother of Jahking Guillory as Coogie and Jason Mitchell as Brandon.
In response to a deadly Florida school shooting last month, the stateÂs Senate narrowly passed a bill Monday that would create new restrictions on rifle sales and allow some teachers to carry guns in schools. The 20-18 vote came after three hours of often emotional debate. Support and opposition crossed party lines, and it was clear many of those who voted for the bill werenÂt entirely happy with it. ÂDo I think this bill goes far enough? No! No, I donÂt!ÂŽ said Democratic Sen. Lauren Book, who tearfully described visiting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after 17 people were fatally shot on ValentineÂs Day. She also would have liked a ban on assault-style rifles, like many of the students who traveled to the state Capitol to ask lawmakers to go even further to stop future mass shootings. But Book said she couldnÂt let the legislative session end Friday without doing something. ÂMy community was rocked. My school children were murdered in their classrooms. I cannot live with a choice to put party politics above an opportunity to get something done that inches us closer to the place I believe we should be as a state,ÂŽ she said. ÂThis is the first step in saying never again.ÂŽ Earlier Monday, families of the 17 Florida high school massacre victims called on the stateÂs Legislature to pass a bill they believe will improve school security. Reading a statement outside Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Ryan Petty implored legislators to pass Gov. Rick ScottÂs proposal to add armed security guards, keep guns away from the mentally ill and improve mental health programs for at-risk teens. Scott also opposes arming teachers. ÂWe must be the last families to lose loved ones in a mass shooting at a school. This time must be different and we demand action,ÂŽ said Petty, reading from the group statement. PettyÂs 14-year-old daughter, Alaina, was killed in the Feb. 14 shooting, along with 13 schoolmates and three staff members. If just one more senator voted no instead of yes Monday evening, the bill would have died. Republicans and Democrats alike said there were parts of the bill they didnÂt like. Democrats didnÂt like the idea of letting teachers carry guns, even if the bill was amended to water down that proposed program. And many pro-gun rights Republicans didnÂt like the idea of raising the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and to create a waiting period on sales of the weapons. Members of the Black Legislative Caucus has said the gun safety bill has been challenging because of the Âarming teachersÂŽ provision. Some talked about what this legislation could do to minority students, such as Rep. Kamia Brown (D-Ocoee). ÂWhile a vast majority of our teachers are wonderful people, there could be situations where guns are used against minority students because a teachers says he or she fears for their life, and the safety of others. In this bill, there is no exception to the already lawÂ„ Stand Your Ground, included,ÂŽ she said. ÂTeachers authorized to carry as part of this marshal program will be able to stand their ground, when they are threatened by ay student, not just an active shooter and avoid civil and criminal liability.ÂŽ Page 10 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press March 8-14, 2018 A special thank-you to Publix associates and Publix Super Markets Charities for helping our communities by generously supporting United Way. Publix associates pledged $36.5 million, and Publix Charities donated $26.6 million. publix.com/community $63.1to United Way!MILLION Commemorators marched in Selma, Alabama across the Edmund Pettus bridge on the historic marchÂs anniversaryBloody Sunday Remembered Florida Passes Gun Bill That Restricts Rifle Sales And Arms Some Teachers Members of FloridaÂs Black Legislative Caucus collectively address the media on the gun bill SELMA, Ala. Â„ Several members of Congress joined civil rights activists and others Sunday afternoon for the annual commemoration of a day of racial violence in Selma dating to 1965. A bipartisan group including Rep. John Lewis of Georgia led the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It was to recall ÂBloody Sunday,ÂŽ when voting rights protesters were attacked by police as they attempted to cross the bridge. ÂItÂs very meaningful to come back here, to come back to this historic site and be here with so many wonderful people. ItÂs a beautiful day here today in Selma,ÂŽ Lewis said as he was surrounded by his peers. Lewis, then a young organizer, was among those injured then. That violence set the stage for the Selmato-Montgomery march, which helped build support for congressional approval of the Voting Rights Act months later. Sen. Kamala Harris from California, who spoke at the Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast, said she felt a mixture of emotions walking across the bridge. ÂItÂs bittersweet,ÂŽ Harris said. ÂItÂs sadness and pain at the thought of what they endured 53 years ago, but itÂs also inspiration about again fighting for the best of who we are and honoring those who have been heroes and are still heroes.ÂŽ The annual celebration drew tens of thousands of people in 2015, when then-President Barack Obama spoke near the base of the bridge as former President George W. Bush listened. Little Girls Gaze of First Lady is Breaking the Internet Representation matters. This a point that former First Lady Michelle Obama mentioned during the unveiling of her and President ObamaÂs official portraits last month at the National Portrait Gallery. ÂIÂm also thinking about all of the young people, particularly girls and girls of color, who, in years ahead, will come to this place and they will look up and they will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall of this great American institution,ÂŽ she said about the painting done by Amy Sherald.The former first lady later got a chance to meet her admirer (inset). Ben Hines, the man who captured this moment said that 2-yearold Parker CurryÂs mother was trying to get her to turn and smile, but the little girl was mesmerized with the image. ÂIt was so touching and uplifting for me to see this beautiful child looking at a beautiful portrait of a powerful woman,ÂŽ Hines said. ÂI was so delighted to have been in the right place at the right time.ÂŽ