by Lynn Jones Hundreds of family, friends and neighbors gathered at the12th annual Magnolia Gardens neighborhood celebration.A key focus of the festival was to celebrate the past while instilling a sense of community and pride in the youth attending. Vendors, non-profits and other local organizations lined the northsideÂs Begonia Street the epicenter of Magnolia Gardens. The annual street festival bestows awards on neighbors and community agencies that have made contributions to the community. The neighborhood is unique because many of the homes were built within a short time frame, 1940 1969. This was a busy time in America for home construction. After the end of World War II, as GIs came home, they purchased newly built homes on the edges of cities with the help of the GI Bill and began their families. The Magnolia Gardens housing era coincides with the 'Baby Boom' generation (1945 1964), and many Boomers grew up in homes built in this era. The honorees for this yearÂs event was Annie Bodison. Bodison, a 50 year resident of the neighborhood passed away in 2017. She was a supporter of the block party since its inception and was a well known community trustee. Also honored was Annie Mae Williams who still lives in Magnolia Gardens. Every year the block party is held in front of the homes of Bodison and Williams on Begonia Street. Volume 31 o. 22 April 19 25, 2018 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents Local Teen Invited to Australia for Track and Field CompetitionPage 3 Studies Show that Black Men More Likely to Get Prostate Cancer, But Early Detection is KeyPage 4Two Years After His Death the Only One Making Are LawyersPage 9 Starbucks Clearly has an Image Problem to Deal WithPage 8 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Homeless Scouts Sell Cookies to Raise Money for Uniforms and ActivitiesA New York Girl Scout troop is taking cooking selling to another level Troop 6000 consists of members who are or have been homeless. The troop was started last year by Giselle Burgess who wanted to provide the group of girls a sense of reassurance that they were a part of a larger community. Troop 6000 has 300 members but has plans to expand to 500 girls a part of 15 shelters across the city. When it first launched, they had eight girls. ÂI was scared, I was lonely, I didnÂt know what to do,ÂŽ said a member of the troop. ÂI wasnÂt trusting myself, and I was just kind of like heartbroken because I didnÂt like that I was going through this and I didnÂt know why I was.ÂŽ The troop is raising money for their uniforms, trips and activities through their cookie sales. They can be found at the KelloggÂs store in NYCÂs Union Square.ewspaper Apologizes for Saying Black Men Should Have a CurfewAfter receiving backlash for suggesting that Black men should be home at a particular time, publishers of a newspaper in California have apologized. The River Valley Times which serves the Rancho Murieta, CA community, published an opinion piece by Marcia Courson that discussed the shooting death of Stephon Clark by Sacramento police in March and how Black men should be home at a certain time. ÂIn StephonÂs situation, the cell phone he carried looked like a small black gun. Police have to be careful not to overreact and you black men might be better off at home after a certain hour,ÂŽ Courson wrote. Dave Herburger, River Vallet Times publisher, said that the editor of the paper was out due to a family illness and he did not read the column before it was published, calling it Âa complete miss.ÂŽ Rancho Murieta is a predominately white town of 5000 residents. Eighty-Nine percent of residents belonging to the white community, while 1 percentÂ„70 residentsÂ„are black, according to the five-year U.S. Census American Community Survey.Cardi B Breaks a Beyonc RecordJust eight months after freaking out over her first encounter with Beyonc, Cardi B has already broken one of BeyÂs Billboard records! One week after smashing Taylor SwiftÂs Apple Music streaming record with new alum, Invasion of Privacy, the ÂBe CarefulÂŽ rapper has surpassed Beyonc with the highest number of songs by a solo female act charting on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously. Beyonce set the record with 12 entries from her last album, Lemonade. The former Love & Hip Hop star also has 12 entries from her debut album, but her Bruno Mars collaboration ÂFinesse (Remix)ÂŽ was enough to give her 13, dethroning Queen Bey. Drake holds the record for the highest amount of songs for any artist, with 24 songs charting simultaneously.Starbucks Will Close 8,000 Stores to Conduct Racial Bias EducationStarbucks will close over 8,000 of stores on May 29 to conduct training in racial bias, CNN Money reports. The news comes after two Black men were arrested at a Philadelphia location last week after a manager called the police saying they were trespassing after refusing to let them use the bathroom because they were not paying customers. Multiple people at the location said that the men were waiting for another person. After outrage, calls for a boycott and an apology from the CEO, the manager departed from the company. ÂIÂve spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it,ÂŽ said Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson in a statement. ÂWhile this is not limited to Starbucks, weÂre committed to being a part of the solution.ÂŽ Johnson has met with the men and apologized about the incident that has caused a national stir.DC Police Training Includes Trip to the Black History MuseumIn a move meant to educate cops on the history between communities of color and law enforcement, the Washington DC police department announced that police will have to undergo a 10-hour training program, which includes a trip to the National Museum of African American History, CNN reports. The department announced that its 3,800 officers and 660 civilian members will all be trained by the end of the summer. The program was launched in January. DC mayor Muriel Bowser said that crime in the city has fallen, abut experiences negative experiences between police and these communities remain fragile. Black Students Marched Against Gun Violence in Florida Twilah Buie and Jocelyn Wells distributing food as Rodney Wells gives them a hand Gamma Rho Omega Chapter Sponsors Food Giveaway Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Gamma Rho Omega Chapter in partnership with Farm Share, sponsored a food giveaway last weekend at Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School. Hundreds of people lined up to receive food, financial literacy information, and backpacks stuffed with school supplies. For the past four years, the chapter has sponsored childhood hunger prevention events in the community under the Family Strengthening Committee. This year the committee wanted to serve the community surrounding its sorority house which sits in a food desert. In support of the neighborhood they have previously provided food and clothing and will also host an event in the fall for further community support. Shown is Magnolia Gardens former residents Wanda Jones and coorganizer Robert ÂBubbaÂŽ Flournoy with her award in recognition of her mother Annie Bodison. Magnolia Gardens Celebrates 50 Years With Street Festival Celebrity Sightings Highlight Production of #FinallySherrod Hundreds of students from a predominantly black school in MiamiÂs Liberty City neighborhood took to the streets to protest gun violence and national media barely covered it. Teens from Miami Northwestern Senior High School marched from their schoolÂs campus to a housing complex where four young people were shot on Sunday. Kimson Green, a 17-year-old sophomore at the school, and Rickey Dixon, an 18-year-old alumnus, were killed. Students chanted: ÂNo justice. No peace. No violence in the streets,ÂŽ the Miami Herald reported. The shootings and subsequent protest in Liberty City an area where gun violence has been a recurring issue were just hours away from Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February. National media outlets extensively covered the shooting in Parkland a predominantly white, more affluent area and have actively followed Parkland studentsÂ activism and their March for Our Lives movement since then. Yet only a handful of outlets covered the Liberty City protest, including The Associated Press, Teen Vogue and Blavity (not HuffPost), even as local media covered it heavily. ÂItÂs a racial thing,ÂŽ 16-year-old student Mi-Olda Faustin told the Miami Herald at the protest. ÂIf youÂre white, you get more publicity about these things.ÂŽ ÂLike Stoneman Douglas, if they can Âƒ let their voices be heard, why canÂt we do the same and let our voices be heard?ÂŽ another unidentified student participating in the protest told local NPR reporter Nadege Green. ÂWhy canÂt we do the same thing? ItÂs because weÂre black? ItÂs because weÂre in the Continued on page 3 Shown during intermission is actor Dorien Wilson, supporter Shara Mondy and stage play producer Sherrod Brown Acclaimed artistic director Sherrod Brown recently took his artistic gifts to the stage at Players of the Sea Performing Arts Center in Jacksonville Beach. He produced a night of triple threat categories of singing, dancing and acting for his personally written stage play #FinallySherrod. The self written production included an expose of skits telling his life story to music and a full cast of actors. During the one man show, attendeeÂs experienced personal stories told through song, dance and monologues. To fans delight, actor Dorien Wilson who is best known for his role as Professor Stanley Oglevee on the sitcom The Parkers was in the audience to support his friend and the eveningÂs benefactor, the Posh Factory Performing Arts Center
Five Guys amed Moe Stage PlayThe Tony nominated best musical ÂFive Guys Named MoeÂŽ is an exuberant tribute to the music of rhythm and blues pioneer and alto saxophonist, Louis Jordan at the Alhambra Theatres located at 12000 Beach Blvd, April 4th May 6th, 7 p.m. For tickets visit www.alhambrajax.com.Hemming Park Music SeriesHemming Park located at 135 W Monroe St. TGIF Friday concert is scheduled for Friday, April 20th, from 11:30 a.m. Â… 2 p.m., featuring Firewater Tent Revival. Bring a bag lunch, grab a bite and enjoy a free concert to get your weekend started! For more info visit www.hemmingpark.org.CWM Talent ShowThe Clara White Mission Volunteer Appreciation Talent Show will be Friday, April 20th at 6 p.m. CWM is calling all talent, dancers, spoken word artists, singers and more to audition! The theme is ÂA Night at the ApolloÂŽ at Riverside North Venue, 2711 Edison Avenue. For more info contact Merle Wright at 904-354-4162.A-Train Live!A-Train The Experience Live! featuring comedian Mark Gregory, Friday, April 20th, at the Ritz Theatre & Museum, located at 829 N. Davis St. For tickets and more info visit www.ritzjacksonville.comGuns HosesFirefighters and Police Officers presents: ÂGuns N Hoses,ÂŽ Saturday, April 21st, at Veterans Memorial Arena at 3:30 p.m.. This fundraiser is dedicated to assisting the families of fallen First Responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. For more info visit www.gunsnhosesjax.com.Zeta Phi Beta Presents Community Pearls The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter presents their 13th annual ÂCommunity PearlsÂŽ luncheon scheduled for Saturday, April 21st from 11:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. at the Double Tree Hilton, 2101 Dixie Clipper Dr. This event honors the ÂPearlsÂ of Jacksonville and surrounding communities. For more info contact Herlena Washington at (904) 382-5627.Girls Inc. Daddy Daughter Dance Girls Inc. of Jacksonville will host the annual ÂDaddy Daughter Dance: Spring Fling,Â Saturday, April 21st from 4-8 p.m. at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Nearly 1,000 fathers and daughters across the First Coast are expected to come together to dance the night away at an event designed to celebrate the positive impact of fathers. For more info call (904) 731-9933.Florida Blue ZumbaThe Florida Blue Zumba class takes place Saturday, April 21st, at 11 a.m. Enjoy this fun dance fitness class; a great workout for any fitness level! Bring a towel and a friend. Location is Florida Blue Office located at 13141 City Station Drive Number 106. For more info call (904) 394-2250.Community Wealth Building DayIn commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the landmark Fair Housing Act, the Jacksonville Association of Real Estate Brokers (JAREB) will host a day of fun and finance for the entire family, Saturday, April 21st, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Community Wealth Building Day will take place at Edward Waters College, 1658 Kings Road. The event is free and open to the public. For more info visit www.jacksonvillerealtist.com.SSL MeetingThe Northside Storytellers League will meet Saturday, April 21st, at 10:15 a.m. 12 p.m. at Inman Memorial United Methodist Church located at 5334 Old Kings Rd. North. Mary Webster will facilitate a program of stories about creation. Listeners and storytellers welcome! For more info contact Wendy Geiger at (904) 764-1722.Lavilla Jazz Heritage FestivalAttend the Cultural CouncilÂs LavillaÂs Jazz Heritage Festival at noon on Sunday, April 22nd at Lift EvÂry Voice and Sing Park, 120 Lee St. Featuring Jamison Ross, Joni Irabagon, Mica Bethea, Charenee Wade and Yasushi Nakamura. For more info visit www.culturalcouncil.org/lavilla.html.JIW Awards CelebrationJoin Empowerment Resources for their 14th annual ÂJourney into WomanhoodÂ awards celebration scheduled for Sunday, April 22nd 3 5 p.m. at the Jacksonville Marriott located at 4670 Salisbury Rd. Keynote speaker is Lieutenant Lekesha Burton, Executive Director Police Athletic league (PAL). For tickets and more info visitwww.empowermentresourcesinc.org.Long Island MediumTheresa Caputo, from TLCÂs hit show, Long Island Medium will be appearing live at the TimesUnion Center located at 300 W. Forsyth, Sunday, April 22nd at 7:30 p.m. Theresa will share personal stories about her life and explain how her gift works. For tickets and more info visit www.ticketmaster.com. Florida Blue Vegetarian CookingFlorida Blue presents the ÂSEEDifferently Cooking Demo: Vegetarian CookingÂ class scheduled for Monday, April 23rd at 12 p.m.. Come understand how to cook healthy vegetarian options for yourself and others. Location is Florida Blue Office located at 13141 City Station Drive Number 106. For more info call (904) 394-2250.Jaguars Uniform Launch & Draft Party The Jacksonville Jaguars will host their Uniform Launch and Draft Party Thursday, April 26th from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at DailyÂs Place, 1 Everbank Field. The Jaguars currently hold the 29th overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, fans will have the opportunity to celebrate all evening with the reigning AFC South champions. To register and for more info visit www.jaguars.com/draftparty18.Jax Chamber Community SuppersCommunity Suppers returns this month on Thursday, April 26th from 6 p.m.8 p.m. Registration is now open and dinners will take place in venues across town. These intimate suppers are designed to encourage productive and meaningful dialogue in our community. For location and more info call (904) 620-1529.Barbershop Live!Barbershop Live will take the stage Friday, April 27th at 8 p.m. at the Time Union Center located at 300 Water St. Starring Oscar winning Actress and Comedian MoÂnique, actor Allen Payne, Angela Winbush, comedian Kountry and many more! For tickets and more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.Dr. athaniel GloverÂs Legacy GalaThe Edward Waters College ÂLeaving a LegacyÂŽ black-tie gala celebration to honor retiring EWC President Dr. Nathaniel Glover on Friday, April 27th, at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency located at 225 East Coastline Dr. The gala is a scholarship event to provide for EWC students and pay tribute to Dr. GloverÂs distinguished career as a president and community leader. For tickets and more info visit www.ewc.edu. College and Career FairThe Jacksonville Public Library will host the ÂFind Your Future: College and Career FairÂ at the Main Library Conference Center located at 303 N. Laura St., Saturday, April 28th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library has expanded its annual young adult job fair this year to include colleges and trade schools to create additional opportunities for youth. For more info contact Stephanie Miller at (904) 630-2962.COJ Summer JobsCity of Jax summer youth employment work partnerships to career and educational pathways is scheduled for June 18 July 27th Eligibility requirements include: youth ages 16-21, letter of recommendation, 2.0 GPA and must attend college and career fair scheduled for Saturday, April 28th. For more info and to complete an online applications visit: www.coj.net/summerjobs.Strides for Pride 5K Run/WalkThe 7th Annual Strides for Pride 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th, at 7 a.m. at Riverside Park located at 753 Park St. Strides for Pride is a 5k Run/Walk for kids of all ages, where more than 1,000 participants will fill the park to show their pride and support for LGBTQ young people. To register and for more info visit www.jasmyn.org. Medical Scholarship and Mission GalaThe Northeast Florida Medical Society Foundation will host its annual Scholarship and Medical Mission Gala on Saturday, April 28th at 6:30 p.m. This yearÂs theme is: ÂAfrica, Harambe: Pull TogetherÂŽ. Location is the Marriott Hotel located at 4670 Salisbury Rd. Black Tie or African Attire preferred. For tickets and more info call NFMSF at (904) 766-2992DMAB BrunchJoin ÂDonÂt Miss a BeatÂŽ nonprofit and South Kitchen & Spirits, Saturday, April 28th 1 3 p.m. for a multi-course brunch affair featuring legendary Harlem chef Alexander Smalls, an award-winning Executive Chef of The Cecil and Minton's and co-writer of Between Harlem and Heaven at South Kitchen & Spirits located at 3638 Park St. For tickets and more info visit www.dontmissabeat.org.Monique Burr Foundation FundraiserÂA Night at RoyÂs,ÂŽ the annual Monique Burr Foundation for Children Fundraiser will be held at RoyÂs Restaurant located at 2400 3rd St., Jax Beach, Wednesday, May 2nd at 6 p.m. For tickets and more info visit www.mbfchildsafetymatters.org.After Hours at the PlayersSupport The Players Championship and enjoy an evening of complimentary refreshments and network with more than 700 Northeast Florida business leaders at the ÂAfter HoursÂŽ at the Players, Thursday, May 3rd 5:30 7:30 p.m. at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Village located at 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. To RSVP and for more info call (904) 366-6600 x7789.CIS Rising Star EventCommunities In Schools of Jacksonville invites the community to support programs that help atrisk students stay on track for graduation to their ÂRising StarsÂŽ event that includes a student talent show, cocktail hour and silent auction and is scheduled for May 3rd, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Florida Theatre located at 128 E Forsyth St. For tickets and more info visit www.cisjax.org/risingstars. Community DessertsCommunity Desserts conversations about identity, inclusion and integrity will take place, May 3rd, at 6 p.m. Featuring City Councilman Tommy Hazouri and Audrey Moran (Senior Vice President for Social Responsibility and Community Advocacy at Baptist Health). Location is UNF's Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Dr. To register and for more info visit: www.onejax.org.Angry Insecure Men the Stage PlayAngel Terron presents her acclaimed stage production of domestic abuse based off the novel ÂAngry Insecure Men,ÂŽ a story of survival that will inspire, inform and educate the riveting story about Mari, a young women tackling her abusers. This production will have you laughing, crying and cheering, Saturday, May 5th at 7:30 p.m. at the Thrasher Horn Center located at 283 College Drive, Orange Park. For tickets call (678) 203-4311. 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Florida Students Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 April 19-25, 2018 igel Brown Nigel Brown, an 11th grade student from Edward H. White High School has been invited to represent Florida on the 2018 Track and Field Team. Nigel will depart for Queensland, Australia on Sunday, July 8, 2018 to compete for individual honors and a team championship title. Nigel began his love affair with track and field through the leadership and guidance of the late Ennis Davis, founder of the Young Achievers Track Club. Deacon Davis unfortunately passed away prior to Nigel's first major race where he won his 8th grade 800m track meet. Nigel believes the spirit of Coach Davis runs with him at each competition. While running, Nigel constantly states he can hear Deacon Davis saying, "run Nigel, you want to travel don't you, then letÂs go!ÂŽ Nigel is an active member of Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church, and has goals to finish college with a degree in Psychiatry or Psychology to help others succeed mentally, physically and spiritually. get PrEPared, and stay unique.The correct use of condoms in combination with just one PrEP pill a day can protect you against HIV.be part of the movement. share the message, not the virus. KnowYourHIVStatus.com igel Brown Heads to Australia for Track & Field Competition Masjid Al-Salaam Dialogues on Health, Food, Medicine, Mental Health and Food Deserts Continued from front ghetto ... because weÂre poor ... and theyÂre richer? I donÂt understand.ÂŽ Amid the public attention focused on March for Our LivesÂ student leaders, who are largely white, some teens of color both at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and beyond have spoken out about how they are getting less recognition. ÂWeÂre saying you donÂt see much of us at the forefront,ÂŽ 17-year-old Stoneman Douglas junior Mei-Ling Ho-Shing, who is black, told HuffPost last week. She and a group of other black students at the school held a news conference late last month to express that their voices werenÂt being sufficiently heard by the media or their own peers. Green who has long been covering gun violence in the area and is also an alumnus of Miami Northwestern tweeted that national attention to the Parkland studentsÂ movement likely helped the Liberty City studentsÂ march get even the level of media and political attention that it did. Local students have long been activating around the issue of gun violence, she said, but their previous marches got little to no recognition. ItÂs worth noting that the student leaders of March for Our Lives have made a significant effort to make their movement inclusive and recognize other communities hurt by gun violence. As the Miami Northwestern march took place, several prominent Parkland student activists tweeted their support. GenW Inspires & Motivates Leaders on Community Trusteeship Generation W presented its signature ÂRise & ShineÂŽ event at the University of North Florida on Friday, April 13th. Business and community leaders joined experts from around the country for an insightful day that challenged participants thinking, while inspiring spirits and connecting individual worlds. Break-out sessions and workshops included dialogue from men and women on their commitment to the communities they serve, the professions they elevate, the board rooms they occupy and the inventions being created. This yearÂs highlight was guest speaker Rasheda Ali, author, speaker, spokesperson for ParkinsonÂs Disease and daughter of Muhammad Ali. Rashed presented the ÂAli in All of UsÂ workshop. Shown are Dr. Paul Burns, Deputy Chancellor of Educator Quality; Stephanie Bellino, Teach For America Â… 2018 Duval County Teacher of the Year; Michelle Grover, principal of Garden City Elementary; and Darryl Willie, Director of Teach For America of JacksonvilleFloridaÂs Deputy Chancellor of Educator Quality Visits Jacksonville In a visit to Jacksonville last week, Dr. Paul Burns celebrated recent progress made by Duval County Public Schools in his keynote address at Teach For America JacksonvilleÂs annual ChairmanÂs Lunch. ÂWhile there is much to celebrate, there are many opportunities for growth in the District and across the state,ÂŽ said Burns, the first African American to hold the title of Deputy Chancellor of Educator Quality for the Florida Department of Education. The luncheon also included speeches from Teach For America alumna and 2018 Duval County Teacher of the Year, Stephanie Bellino, and Garden City Elementary principal, Michelle Grover. Abdul Fuqran-El, Kadijah Burns, Queen eith, Adilah Sharif, Jendayai and Mackinde Brooks Masjid Al-Salaam held a symposium to dialogue and explore the conversation of ÂDeath by Food.ÂŽ Over 50 Masjid members, families and friends showed up to hear featured speaker Queen Neith discuss the hidden dangers in modified foods. The afternoon affair also spoke to managing your health, food desserts, daily intake of meals, medicine, exercise and mental health. In addition, participants attended a workshop entitled: ÂPutting Heath Back in OrderÂ. The Masjid plans to stay tuned to the ÂDeath by FoodÂ dialogue and will be following up with part two at the end of the year. Shown is Rasheda Ali with Rise and Shine co-creator L.J. Holloway Crime Victims Week Highlights Awareness, Honors Loved Ones The City of JacksonvilleÂs MayorÂs Victim Assistance Advisory Council recently hosted events to recognize crime victims as part of the local observance of National Crime VictimsÂ Week, April 8-14. This yearÂs theme was ÂExpand the Circle Reach all VictimsÂŽ. Coinciding with public rallies, candlelight vigils and other similar activities held across the nation, the City events scheduled included a press conference and the ÂTossing of the RosesÂŽ event which honors victims of homicide and their families by tossing a rose in the St. Johns River. Other events include the annual VictimsÂ Rights Week Luncheon honoring individuals and programs that provide services to crime victims and the week of event finale included Families of Slain ChildrenÂs Balloon Release event in memory of crime victims. Shown is Families of Slain Children CEO Beverly McClain and victims advocate supporter A.J. Jordan holding a sign with the names of slain victims
We all know men who have survived prostate cancer, and we all know folks who did not. Unfortunately for African Americans, we probably know more people who didnÂt survive because they found out too late. Early detection is critical to any cancer, however prostate cancer is considered Âone of the more treatable cancersÂŽ if detected early enough. Studies now show that black men are 60 percent more likely to get prostate cancer than whites. They're also twice as likely to die from it than any other group. No one really started studying the statistics until the last 10 years. A study completed a few years ago by doctors at the University of Michigan basically provides some answers to the reason why black men are dying from prostate cancer at alarming rates. This data showed that race and discriminatory treatment practices may be at the root of the issue. This particular study basically suggested that the disparity may stem from differences in how the groups are treated for the disease. After reviewing the records of more than 140,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer, researchers found that black and Hispanic men were less likely to undergo surgery or radiation than were whites. That study noted, ÂAs prostate tumors became more aggressive-more likely to spread to other parts of the body--black and Latino men became less and less likely to receive surgery or radiation compared with whites.ÂŽ It may be hard for some to imagine that disparities exist in an industry as critical to human life as the healthcare arena, but the study acknowledges one of the silent institutional problems blacks have had to endure in this country Â… unequal treatment based upon race and ethnicity. ÂAlthough some researchers believe that black men may have genetic differences that make their cancers more deadly, this report suggests that access to treatment may also be responsible for the survival gap between blacks and whites diagnosed with prostate cancer,ÂŽ stated co-author Dr. John Wei. But again this study was conducted a few years back, and if you know any thing about technology and medicine you know that factors and data can change rapidly. Dr. Jim Mohler of Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo has studied the difference in prostate cancer amongst men and discovered a crucial difference in the prostates of African Americans. According to Dr. Mohler, ÂAll men have what are known as androgen receptor proteins they are the receptors for the hormones that regulate male traits like facial hair and baldness.ÂŽ He adds, ÂThe levels of those proteins are 22 percent higher in the prostates of African Americans than in whites. And even more striking, they are 81 percent higher in the prostate cancers of African Americans.ÂŽ While this new study isnÂt necessarily the gospel yet, it does provide some interesting input into the difference between races. And both studies also reinforce that fact that black men typically do not help the situation at all because of our attitudes towards seeking medical care. So if you combine the two studies with the fact that black men donÂt get enough routine check ups then you get a better understanding of why black men die at higher rates than any other demographic group. A manÂs pride is often the biggest hindrance because no selfrespecting man wants to ask for help or be seen in the free health clinic. That is ludicrous. We all need assistance at some point in life and if you do not have health insurance there is nothing wrong with seeking help versus the alternative of dying. I have heard numerous brothers say that they donÂt feel comfortable getting their prostate checked, and I certainly understand the anxiety aassociated with having to bend over for a doctor, but it is a necessary discomfort for your survival. Brothers are dying unnecessarily from completely preventable and treatable causes. Someone once said, ÂAn ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." According to the Centers for Disease Control, adjusting for age, men lead in all of the 10 most common causes of death in the United States, and women live on average six years longer than men. A figure that gets much gloomier for the black male demographic alone. Another key reason why black men's health lags in comparison to others is simply access to services. Poor black men are 6 times more likely to be uninsured as our white counterparts 25 percent of Black males are uninsured. So itÂs clear that the silent crisis is here, but it is not too late to stop it. For as William Shakespeare once said, "This above all; to thine own self be true." Early detection is the key Â… men get your prostate checked on a regular. Signing off from the Lem Turner Medical Center, Reggie Fullwood byDr. Julianne Malveaux The rats are leaping off the sinking ship! Paul Ryan says he wants to spend more time with his teenagers, but he likely also doesn't want to be part of the losses Republicans are likely to experience in November (unless the Dems mess up, which is not impossible). By April 13, there were 41 Republicans who said they would not run for re-election, for varying reasons or no reason at all. RyanÂs citing of personal reasons seems disingenuous. Most teens arenÂt clamoring for more daddy time. Many of them hardly speak to their parents. Ryan says he will serve out his term, and serve out his speakership, but his announcement has caused chaos in his party. And, while he has not used his announcement to criticize his President, many think that he has had about enough of making excuses for the man who wants to grab women by the genitals, threaten North Korea and Syria, build walls, indulge in racist rants, and more. Since Ryan is so interested in spending time with his children, how does he explain 45 to his teens, especially to his 16-yearold daughter? At about the same time Ryan announced that he would not run again, Florida Republican Congressman Dennis Ross made the same announcement to his staff. In a CNN interview shortly afterward, he cited "party polarization and the "lack of civility and respect" as part of his reason for not running. He also exhibits his own intellectually limited pettiness by throwing too much shade on some of the young people who have emerged as activists in Florida. Young people, he says, know how to protest, but they don't know "the process". It seems to me that the Parkland students and others they have joined with have exhibited enough knowledge of Âthe processÂŽ to get Florida legislators to change a few laws. And these young people promise to be an electoral force in 2018. Maybe thatÂs why Republicans are leaping off the Titanic as it is poised to hit an iceberg. The party that captured the Presidency typically loses some Senatorial and Congressional seats in a mid-term election. Sixty-three Democrats surely did in 2010, partly because of resistance to the Affordable Care Act, and partly because of resistance to President Obama himself. But fewer than 20 Democrats chose not to run for reelection. So far, a record 41 Republican rats are jumping off 45Âs sinking ship. Some of them are talking openly of impeachment, given continuing developments in the Mueller probe. Others are repulsed by the drip drip revelations of 45Âs immoral behavior. Still, others are concerned about the ways the Oval Office has become a piggy bank for the President and his family. The Republican family is a fractured one and they are cruising for a bruising! Speaker Paul Ryan says he did what he came to do in Washington Â… he shepherded through a tax reform bill that ÂsimplifiedÂŽ our taxes. But the man who was known as a deficit hawk also passed out corporate goodies as if they were girl scout cookies, and had a role in increasing the deficit to more than a trillion dollars. If thatÂs what he came to do, he might as well hang his conservative mantle up. These next few months will be interesting as the lame duck speaker attempts to manage legislation and, perhaps, attack social programs like Medicare and Social Security. But will the Lame Duck speaker quack? He has little to lose now that he says he will not run for his congressional seat again. He also says he will not run for office, but who believes that? Further, his best qualification to run for office might be the ways, in these next few months, he challenges the president that he is clearly repulsed by. Will he be a champion for true conservatism, not the cronyism that 45 embodies? Will he raise questions about the crooked practices of Cabinet members who have never met a charter plane they could not pass up? The Lame Duck could provide a service to his party and to our nation if he would simply quack. But he may have been too compromised to open his mouth. Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book ÂAre We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public PolicyÂŽ is available via www.amazon.com for booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visit www.juliannemalveaux.com Corruption, Collusion, Obstruction, etc.RogetÂs Thesaurus defines corruption and corrupt as Âspoiled, tainted, rotten, decaying, depraved, dissolute, pervert, debase, demoralize, defile, infect, putrefaction, pollution, dishonesty, briberyÂŽÂ„all of which are horrible words. #45 seems to be the key person who fits those descriptions. According to Wikipedia, ÂCorruption is a form of dishonest or unethical conduct by a person entrusted with a position of authority, often to acquire personal benefit. Corruption may include many activities including bribery and embezzlement, though it may also involve practices that are legal in many countriesÂ„but not ours.ÂŽ WeÂve heard the word collusion a lot when referring to #45. That tells us itÂs Âa secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose.ÂŽ ItÂs further explained that itÂs usually meant to defraud and/or gain an unfair advantage over a third party or competitor. The possibility of any of those actions sound bad enough when weÂre seeing other horrible behavior on the part of the leader of the free world, America is in trouble. When we add the fact that #45 received nearly 3million votes less than his competitor, yet won and very likely did so after gaining his so called advantage while working with the help of Russia--an enemy of the United StatesÂ„our system is in trouble! Add the fact that so many of the people who worked with #45 in his campaign and after he moved into the White House have resigned, retired, been fired, been charged, indicted, convicted or coming close to it, weÂve got a big mess on our hands. #45 is our leader and a majority of the American people are embarrassed by him, are denouncing him and frankly wish he would just go away. I have seen a lot of signs saying, ÂWe miss Obama!ÂŽ That is said with good reason. The days of the Obama Administration are the good old days for many of usÂ„and many of us would love to have the Obama team back. Our nation is the laughing stock of the world. Nobody can trust the word of #45. HeÂs insulted many nations and so many Americans wish he would just ride off into the sunset and disappear. Despite his shameful bragging, the Congressional Budget Office tells us the national debt is now on track to reach unprecedented heights over the next decade-thanks to the policies adopted by #45 and the Republican-controlled CongressÂ„causing us to have to borrow about 2.7 trillion more dollars over the next decade just to cover the cost of legislation enacted since June Â… the most expensive of which was #45Âs tax cut with his reckless fiscal policy. ThereÂre even more costs that are too numerous to mention here. Republicans have spent all of my life being against debt and deficits. One wonders where they are now when possible corruption, collusion, obstruction, tax evasion and every description of bad acting are led by #45. When will this nightmare end? We, the people, must wake up and stay woke or weÂre on the road to destruction just like so many historical civilizations that never recovered. My ancestors worked too hard to perfect this union for all. Our Native brothers and sister suffered too much and lost too much to just sit around silently and make no objection to how others are further destroying the nation that was stolen from them. Many of our Hispanic brothers and sisters still provide too much back breaking labor to build this nation to just be viciously toyed with about their status in America. LetÂs join hands with our vote, our dollars and at every other opportunity to end illegal and immoral behavior against us. (Dr. E. Faye Williams is National President of the National Congress of Black Women. www.nationalcongressbw.org. 202/678-6788. SheÂs also host of ÂWake Up and Stay WokeÂŽ on WPFW FM 89.3 Radio.) 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Vol. XXIV No. 38Â’WOODS, OUT OF THE WOODSNEW JAGUAR : Former Mississippi Valley State head coach Sean Woods announced last week as the new head men's hoops coach at Southern.SPRING SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULES; ALABAMA STATE SWEEPS SWAC TENNIS TITLESSouthern Sports Photo SUNDAY, 4/15 MEAC FAMU 6, B-CU 3 UMES 8, NSU 2 NCCU 2, NC A&T 1 SIAC MLS 15, KSU 4 MLS 10, KSU 0 CAU 11, BEN 2 CAU 13, BEN 8 MHS 6, PNE 1 SWAC UAPB 4, SU 0 PV A&M 7, GSU 1 SATURDAY, 4/14 MEAC NSU 8, UMES 6 NSU 10, UMES 2 NC A&T 4, NCCU 3 NC A&T 7, NCCU 5 CSU 10, DSU 4 CSU 11, DSU 4 B-CU 5, FAMU 2 FAMU 9, B-CU 5 SIAC CLAF 7, CAU 3 CLAF 3, CAU 1 LOC 9, TUS 5 2 0 1 8 B L A C K C O L L E G E B A S E B A L L (Results, Standings and Weekly Honors) SIACSOUTHERN INTERCOLLIGIATEATHLETIC CONFERENCE CONF ALL EAST W L W L Albany State 10 4 19 15 Paine 8 6 15 16 Benedict 7 7 16 14 Morehouse 4 10 13 23 Clark Atlanta 4 11 11 22WESTMiles 13 0 24 15 Spring HIll 11 1 20 15 Kentucky State 6 6 15 16 Tuskegee 4 11 9 27 LeMoyne-Owen 3 10 4 20 Lane 1 11 4 28PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Kaleeq Brannigan So., INF, LOC Hit 5-of-12 (.417) in 4-game stretch with 2 HRs, 3 doubles and 7 RBI and 5 runs. PITCHER Kristopher Skinner Jr., MHS In 3 relief appearances in sweep of Paine, was 2-0 with a save, 3.00 ERA with 7 Ks.SCORES SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCE DIV ALL EAST W L W L Alabama State 14 4 20 15 Jackson State 13 5 23 13 Miss. Valley State 8 7 10 20 Alabama A&M 4 14 7 30 Alcorn State 3 12 8 27WESTTexas Southern 10 4 16 20 Grambling State 11 7 18 18 Arkansas Pine Bluff 9 8 12 16 Prairie View A&M 5 10 8 23 Southern 4 11 7 24PLAYERS OF THE WEEK HITTER Cage Cox, So., C, ALABAMA STATE Hit .320 (6-for-16) in 3-game sweep of Alabama A&M with 5 RBI and 5 runs scored with 2 doubles and a triple. PITCHER Aaron Solis Jr., TEXAS SOUTHERN Pitched a 2-hit shutout vs. Southern with 13 Ks. Improved his record to 6-2. MID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEAC CONF ALL NORTHERN W L W L TCoppin State 12 2 13 16 1 Norfolk State 9 6 12 20 0 Maryland-E. Shore 5 10 8 28 0 Delaware State 3 11 5 29 0 SOUTHERNNorth Carolina A&T 9 4 19 16 0 Florida A&M 9 5 16 22 0 Bethune-Cookman 8 7 14 22 0 North Carolina Central 6 8 21 18 0 Savannah State 2 10 5 21 0 PLAYERS OF THE WEEKPLAYER Nazier McIlwain, Jr., CSU Hit .538 (7-for-13) in 3 games with 7 RBI, 5 runs scored. Justin Hayes, r-Jr., NSU Hit .444 (8-for-18) for the 3-1 week with 7-for-9 performance vs. UMES with 2 doubles, grand slam HR. PITCHER Chase Anderson, Sr., P, NSU Two wins, one in relief vs. NCCU. 9-inning complete game win with 6 Ks vs. UMES. 1.64 ERA on week. Josh Stikeleather Sr., NC A&T 3 innings of relief in 3 appearances, with 2 saves giving up 2 hits and one run. ROOKIE Alexander Womack, Fr., NSU Hit .412 (7-for-17) in 4 games, 3-for-4, BB and 2 SB vs. NCCU, 2-for-5 vs. UMES with RBI. DIV CONF ALL NORTH W L W L W LChowan 6 0 12 0 23 12 Virginia State 6 2 12 2 17 12 VIrginia Union 5 3 8 6 13 8 Bowie State 5 3 7 7 10 15 Lincoln 0 6 0 11 2 12 Elizabeth City State 0 8 1 13 1 27 SOUTHSt. Augustine's 5 1 9 3 12 8 Fayetteville State 3 1 6 4 7 21 Shaw 4 2 8 4 10 14 Winston-Salem State 2 2 5 5 7 22 J. C. Smith 2 4 5 7 7 15 Livingstone 0 6 0 11 0 18 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSIVE NA DEFENSIVE NA PITCHER NA COACH NA 2 0 1 8 B L A C K C O L L E G E S O F T B A L L (Standings and Weekly Honors) MID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEAC CONF ALL NORTHERN W L W L TMorgan State 9 2 20 13 0 Hampton 6 3 15 19 0 Coppin State 7 4 11 16 0 Delaware State 7 4 9 24 0 Norfolk State 8 7 19 23 0 Howard 2 9 4 34 0 Maryland-E. Shore 1 11 4 27 0 SOUTHERNFlorida A&M 11 1 19 23 0 Bethune-Cookman 9 3 24 23 0 North Carolina A&T 4 5 7 26 0 Savannah State 3 6 9 19 0 North Carolina Central 2 7 10 22 0 South Carolina State 1 8 1 24 0 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Tyra Bowers Jr., OF, FAMU Hit .667 (10-for-15) in 3-1 week with 4 SB, 6 runs scored, 2 RBI, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 BBs. PITCHER Stephanie Rundlett Jr., MSU Had 0.48 ERA with 3-0 record, gave up 1 run with 14 Ks. ROOKIE Kayla Porter NSU 5-for-10 in 3-game sweep of Howard with 3 runs, 1 double and 4 RBI. Nia Bowe CSU Hit .600 (3-of-5) with 2 RBI and double vs. Drexel.SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCE DIV ALL EASTERN W L W L Alabama A&M 9 2 19 12 Alabama State 7 4 17 23 Alcorn State 5 3 8 25 Miss. Valley State 2 8 7 27 Jackson State 2 10 8 24WESTERNTexas Southern 8 1 17 9 Prairie View A&M 8 3 10 16 Arkansas Pine Bluff 9 5 13 22 Southern 5 6 13 17 Grambling State 0 13 10 24 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK HITTERTiana Sanders Sr., SS, ALABAMA A&M Hit .625 (10-of-16) with 12 RBI, 6 runs, 3 HRs, 3 SB leading team to 4-0 week with two wins over Tuskegee and MVSU. Had 3 hits in 3 games. Leads SWAC in batting (.438), RBI (33) and total bases (74).PITCHERJustine Jean So., ALABAMA STATE In three outings, 2-0 in two starts allowing 11 hits and 1 earned run. Had 13 Ks vs. SC State, 7Ks in complete game win over Alcorn State. Pitched one inning of scoreless relief. CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONCIAA SIACSOUTHERN INTERCOLLIGIATEATHLETIC CONFERENCE CONF ALL EAST W L W L Albany State 16 0 21 19 Benedict 8 6 23 9 Fort Valley State 6 9 16 13 Clark Atlanta 4 11 4 23 Paine 0 16 3 17EAST W L W L Spring HIll 16 1 23 13 Miles 9 4 9 26 Kentucky State 8 8 10 18 Tuskegee 5 8 7 31 Lane 4 9 5 18 LeMoyne-Owen 2 14 6 25PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Cecelia Tennessee Fr., SS, TUS In 3 games, hit .780 (9-of-12) with 2 HRs, 3 doubles, 8 runs scored and 9 RBI. Kayla Cato Jr., CLAF Hit .600 (6-of-10) with 3 HRs, a double, a triple, 5 RBI and 6 runs scored in sweep of Fort Valley State. PITCHER Taylor Roberts So., BEN Led Tigers to 3-game sweep of Paine going 2-0 as starter with second shutout. 2.10 ERA with 16 Ks in 10 innings. TUS 7, LOC 0 ALBST 9, MHS 7 PAINE 11, BEN 6 PAINE 16, BEN 5 SWAC TSU 9, UAPB 0 TSU 7, UAPB 3 PV A&M 9, GSU 1 PV A&M 3, GSU 0 FRIDAY, 4/13 SIAC CAU 13, CLAF 10 TUS 10, LOC 7 BEN 9, MORRIS 4 BEN 8, MORRIS 5 ALBST 12, MHS 6 ALBST 11, MHS 8 SWAC AA&M 10, MVSU 6 SU 8, JSU 0 SU 11, JSU 1 ALC 2, ALST 1 ALST 4, ALC 1 AA&M 7, MVSU 6 UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS LADY AGGIES FALL IN NCAA BOWLING: ST. LOUIS Â… North Carolina A&T's quest for a national bowling championship ended Friday with a 2-0 loss to Nebraska in an elimination match at the NCAA Women's Bowling Championship here. The sixth seeded Aggies loss to the top seeded and defending champion Cornhuskers 1,012-947 in the traditional portion of the match. A&T left 11 frames open during the game. On nine of those attempts, the 10-pin was left standing. Sophomores Tyra Merritt and Mia Pope led the Aggies as each posted a 210. Merritt who ended ThursdayÂs play with nine straight strikes opened Friday's play with nally came to an end when she left the 10-pin up on frame open. Down a game in the mega-match series, the Aggies then had to face the Cornhuskers in Bakers competition, a total pinfall takes the match. feated N.C. A&T 194-183 in Game 1. The second game Down only 12 total pins entering game 3, Nebraska had a superb game defeating the Aggies 245-166 to take command of the match. A&T did win Game 4, 201-182, before Nebraska ofN.C. A&T ends their season at 79-59. don't think there was any fear," said N.C. A&T coach Kim Terrell-Kearney after the Aggies came into the matchup was just a matter of we got out-bowled. There is a reason they are the No. 1 team in the country."LUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor After a somewhat turbulent time away, Sean Woods is back in the SWAC Southern University introduced Woods, basketball coach at Mississippi Valley State as the new head men's basketball coach for the Jaguars during a press conference last Thursday. last season, won the Southwestern Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships as the head coach at MVSU in 2012. championship season to become head coach at He was suspended for one game during his initial season for berating and appearing to make contact with a player on the bench during a news. He resigned from Morehead State early in the 2016-17 season two days after two players accused him of assaulting them during a game. He was charged with misdemeanor battery. The Woods pleaded guilty and completed a six9-26 in Ohio Valley Conference play. Woods expressed remorse at Thursday's press conference for his past actions that got him in trouble. "No doubt about it," he was quoted in the Baton Rouge Advocate "ThatÂs something that's "God is good," he added. "My faith has things about me, and youÂll know exactly what's gone down. My faith's been tested." He succeeds Morris Scott at Southern who motion of former head coach Roman Banks to The Jags lost in the SWAC Tournament this Arkansas-Pine Bluff During that 2011-12 season, Woods led the a sterling 17-1 record in league play, and earned SWAC Coach of the Year honors. Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year Award for that year's efforts Â… an honor presented annually to the most outstanding minority men's First-year Grambling State head coach Donte' Jackson also out of the SWAC, won the Jobe Award this season. Woods was an assistant coach at High Point Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, also as an assistant at Texas Tech from 2006-2008 before taking the job at MVSU. He became the MVSU head coach on June 28 mark in SWAC play. from 1988-1992 and was a member of the Wildcats senior-laden cast known as the "Unforgettables,' coached by Rick Pitino. Woods returns to SWAC at Southern THE STAT CORNERWHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS CIAA GOLF (M) April 19-20 The Club at Viniterra New Kent, VA WOMEN'S TENNIS April 19-21 Bowie State University Bowie, MD SOFTBALL April 30-May 2Moyer ParkSalem, VA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD (M&W) May 5-6 Bowie State University Bowie, MDMEAC GOLF (M) April 19-21 Savannah State University Savannah, GA TENNIS (M & W) April 26-28 Norfolk, VA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD (M&W) May 3-5 Belk Track @ NC A&T Greensboro, NC SOFTBALL May 9-12 Ormond Beach, FL BASEBALL May 16-19, Ormond Beach, FLSPRING SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULES SIAC TENNIS (M&W) April 16-17 Peachtree Tennis Center Peachtree City, GA GOLF April 16-18 Flat Creek Country Club Peachtree City, GAOUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD (M&W) April 20-22 Hugh Mills Stadium Albany, GA SOFTBALL May 3-5 Paul Earnes Park Albany, GA BASEBALL May 3-6 Gordon Park Albany, GASWACGOLF ( M&W) April 16-18 Alexandria, LA Oak WIng Golf Club (M) Links on the Bayou Golf Club (W)OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD (M&W)May 4-6 Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, Texas SOFTBALL May 9-12 Alabama State University Montgomery, AL BASEBALL May 16-20 Wesley Barrow Stadium New Orleans, LA BCSP NotesAlabama State men take SWAC tennis title Alabama State men's tennis team is champion of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The No. 1 seeded Hornets defended their crown as they defeated No. 5 Jackson State 4-0 in the championship played Sunday at the City Park / Pepsi Tennis Center in New Orleans. singles players and the Nos. 1 and 3 doubles teams. Alabama State won with their last title coming in 2016. The Hornets earned four spots on the All-Tournament Team as each recorded at least three wins. Freshman Alejo Calvis was dubbed MVP trio of freshmen came up large throughout the season and in this tournament as Alexis Collard Chris Andre Ion Efrim added an important win on Sunday. Coach Anuk Christiansz doubled up on coach of the year accolades for a second straight season, winning both the women's and men's coach awards. Christiansz led the Hornets to a 6-0 mark in conference play and Alcorn State 4-2.2018 SWAC MENÂS TENNIS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Alexis Collard, Chris Andre, Alejo Calvis, Ion Efrim, Alabama State; Stylianos Gkontsaris, Andrey Alawi, Jackson State MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Alejo Calvis, Alabama State COACH OF THE YEAR Anuk Christiansz, Alabama StateAlabama State women repeat in SWAC tennis Alabama State women's tennis team SWAC Championship Alcorn State at City Park/ Pepsi Tennis Courts on Sunday. 1999, 2017 and 2018). once again from the duo of Gabriela Lackova and Lea Krajcovivoca Valuable Player after playing from the No. 3 singles position as she defeated sophomore Alessandra Maganuco Klavdija Bukovec The Lady Hornets went 8-0 in conference play to earn the top seed 2018 SWAC WOMENÂS TENNIS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Gabriela Lackova, Lea Krajcovivoca, Mirna Curcic and Marija Blazevic, Alabama State; Alessandra Maganuco, Alcorn State; Tyler Smith, Jackson State MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Gabriela Lackova, Alabama State COACH OF THE YEAR Anuk Christiansz BACK IN THE SWAC: Former Mississippi Valley State head coach now tthe new head man at Southern.
Daughters of the King 2018 WomenÂs ConferenceDaughters of the King with host Elder Jaushlin Nash presents the 2018 WomenÂs Conference from June 27th 30th. Classes nightly at 5 p.m. Service nightly at 7:30 p.m. This yearÂs theme is ÂInfusionÂŽ from 1 Thessalonians 3:13. The Dias will feature Wednesday day/night session speakers: Prophetess Khadijah Johnson (Jacksonville, Florida), Dr. Joyce Cohen (Jacksonville, Florida), Thursday day/night session speakers: Apostle JoAnn Curry (Jacksonville, Florida), Prophetess Amanda Whittington (Jacksonville, Fl), Friday day/night: Elder Tasha Johnson (Jacksonville, Florida), Mother Deloris Lane (Jacksonville, Florida) Saturday night Pastor Pat Thomas (Phoenix, Arizona). For more information contact Elder Jaushlin Nash at (904) 924-5745.Westside Church of Christ Gospel Historical Legacy Celebration EventsThe Westside Church of Christ welcomes the community in celebrating its historical presence at the oldest congregation among African American Churches of Christ within the City of Jacksonville. Celebration will begin May 5th with a ÂfreeÂ gospel concert at 5 p.m. in the church auditorium located at 23 W. 8th street. Guest speaker for this momentous occasion will be native son Brother Michael McClendon, Minister of the Eastside Church of Christ located at 1038 A Philip Randolph Blvd. Worship schedule is as follows: Sunday May 6th at 10 a.m. followed by a meet and greet celebration in the church dining hall with refreshments. Evening services on May 6th will begin at 5 p.m.; Monday, May 7th and Tuesday, May 8th gospel meeting services will begin at 7 p.m. nightly. Come celebrate this momentous occasion. For additional info call the church office at (904) 353-5063.Paxon Revival Center Church Women of Worth Prophetic ConferenceThe Paxon Revival Center Church located at 5461 Commonwealth Avenue presents: ÂWomen of Worth,ÂŽ WomanÂs Prophetic Conference scheduled for April 23rd 26th at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Speakers include: Janelle Wade, Beverly Crawford and Beatrice Gardiner. On Thursday, April 26th attend the WomenÂs Elegant Banquet. Ticket price includes a steak dinner and a t-shirt. Personal prophecies will also be given. Everyone is welcome to attend this conference for men and women. For tickets and more info call the church office at (904) 781-0348.St. Simon Baptist Church Women of Purpose MinistryThe next monthly meeting of the St. Simon Baptist Church Women of Purpose Ministry will be held April 21st, at 10 a.m. All women are welcome to attend. Come bring a friend and 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 founding Pastor. For more information or directions call the church office at (904) 215-3300.Church of God Sanctuary of Praise ÂA Time to LaughÂŽ Comedy ExplosionChurch of God Sanctuary of Praise and Bishop Dr. L. Martin, host pastor presents ÂA Time to Laugh Comedy ExplosionÂŽ taken from Ecclesiastes 3:4. The explosion takes place Friday, May 11th at 6 p.m. Location is the Double Tree Airport at 2102 Dixie Clipper Dr. Also on stage is Trina Jeffrie as Sister Cantaloupe! For tickets, opening act submissions and more info call (904) 741-1997.Faust Temple Church of God in Christ Homecoming Jubilee CelebrationJoin Faust Temple Church of God in Christ located at 3328 Moncrief Rd., where Dr. Clarence L. Jones is the pastor, in celebrating their ÂHomecoming JubileeÂŽ service, Sunday, April 22nd at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy old fashioned song singing, fellowship and worship service. Faust Temple is asking the community to come join them as the church seeks to love God and each other. For more information contact the church office at (904) 353-1418. Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press April 19-25, 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 'Black Lightning' Actor Says Holy Spirit Prepared Him to Star in ew Superhero Show by Jeannie Law The lead actor of the new CW superhero show, "Black Lightning," Cress Williams, said he believes God is moving on the set of the television show and that the Holy Spirit prepared him "every step of the way." According to PJ Media, Williams said he felt that God was at work on the set of DC Comics' "Black Lightning" because so many Christians have been part of the cast and crew. "We all got the job and we started working, and we started to look around and realize there were a lot of Christians on the set," said Williams, who plays Black Lightning (Jefferson Pierce). "We looked around and said, 'Wow, okay, there's something going on here bigger than us.'" He went on to reveal two separate opportunities in which he was able to share his faith with other actors. "I remember Will Catlett, who plays Lala. We started shooting the first couple episodes right when he was just about to get married, and so we were at lunch and he's a great guy, kind of a student by nature," the actor said. Catlett asked for marriage advice from some of his colleagues who have marriage experience. "It turned into this conversation that led to this spiritual conversation about what it means to be a man, a man of God, to be a husband," Williams explained. "That's just the nature of the people that we're around. And then it's kind of rubbed off on people." "It just feels like a special place in general," Williams said. "Those moments you feel like, OK, it's not just a job. You feel like you were prepared to be somewhere; you were supposed to be in this specific moment in this specific time. That's how I feel." When asked if the Holy Spirit prepared him, Williams concluded, "Every step of the way. Every step of the way." "Black Lightning" is now airing every Tuesday at 9/8c on the CW. by James Washington Today is truly a day that the Lord has made and the more complicated the world gets, the simpler the Word of God is to understand. Often, and do I mean often, I get reminded of the power and seductive nature of ego, pride and the need to control. Or, should I say the need to be in control? Letting go and letting God is a simple concept to say and dare I say, an easy concept to understand? Yet why is it so hard to do? We all know people who can quote scripture backwards and forwards, yet have no faith. We know Christian control freaks who must have the last say and who must be right all the time. I know I sometimes get caught up in constantly trying to rationalize circumstances in order to explain the events of the day, any day, as if by some miracle of intelligence, I am the authority. It is more often than not, at these times that if IÂm blessed and open to receiving the Holy Spirit, that I then get a chance to see the miracles, the nuances, the essence of my life. I am not in control, never have been, never will be and, itÂs okay. Giving your life to Christ requires a constant vigil against taking credit or assessing blame. When you focus on service in the name of the Lord, you really do get a chance to see things from a different perspective. You see the service IÂm referring to is the selfless kind that neither seeks nor expects reward. The mere act speaks for itself. How much more simple does it have to be? Christ even suggests that God can see into your heart and know your intention. Love God and love your neighbor as you love yourself. ItÂs so simple that if youÂre not careful, youÂll miss it altogether. Now on this day, or any day that God has made, letÂs take this simple concept and apply it to a very complex world. Behavior should have parameters. Actions should have purpose. We know they have consequences. Intent should always be uppermost in your mind. Now, letÂs look back over your yesterday. See how easy it was from the time you got up, until the time you laid down, to succumb to jealousy, pettiness, cruelty, envy and the like? It takes work to be humble, loving, giving and a source of truth all day, every day. It takes willpower and you know the will IÂm talking about. I believe the calling of every Christian is to try. ItÂs the effort that God expects. ItÂs the intent He wants. If youÂre first seeking the kingdom of heaven, then that quest should have some direct bearing on what you do today, how you perform, what you say and certainly whom you hang out with. IÂm fortunate to have known people I believe were truly angels walking. I really do believe there are saints among us and we ignore them all the time because weÂre too busy pursuing the world, rather than pursuing God. However, from these living breathing angels, IÂve learned that the battle is not over until you know youÂve already won. The quest is not over until you are born, born again, die and ultimately live forever.ÂŽ ThereÂs a line in the movie ÂGladiatorÂŽ that says, ÂWhat we do in lifeÂƒechoes in eternity.ÂŽ ItÂs kind of nice to know that Jesus already took care of that eternity thing. All I have to do is get through this life thing. If truth be told, I think IÂve got the easy part. It may not make sense on the surface, but when you stop and think about it, it really is simple. See me. See God. I can do this. IÂve just got to let go, one day at a time, one hour at a time, one person at a time. Try it, just once, try it. May God bless and keep you, always. Taking It One Day at a Time 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 Mount Calvary Celebrates PastorÂs Birthday The First Lady of The Sanctuary of Mount Calvary Church, celebrity Omarosa Manigault Newman was on hand to celebrate her husband, Pastor John NewmanÂs birthday, with the congregation over the weekend. The couple enjoyed the celebratory cake and fellowship after the morning service.
Eating out is a convenient way to get quick delicious meals. Whether you are visiting a fast food joint or a sit-down restaurant, you are presented with a variety of food options. But what happens when those food options have a negative effect on your health? A study reports that Americans consume 200 more calories when dining out than they do when cooking at home. While most are aware of the health effects associated with fast food, we are nave to the fact that our favorite restaurant can potentially have more health effects than those fast food joints. Eating out on occasion is OK, but when it becomes more frequent then it makes it hard to maintain a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. So how does dining out affect your health? Not only do you take in more fat, but more sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol. Americans consume more cholesterol at dine-in restaurants than they do when they cook at home. While dining out offers tasty eats the calorie intake is high. Women should consume 2000 calories a day and 1500 a day if they want to lose a pound a week; while men should consume 2500 calories a day and 2000 a day if they want to lose a pound a week. Unfortunately, and depending on where you are dining at you may be consuming your daily intake in one sitting. This means you will eat more than the calories needed by the end of the day. We all enjoy Cheesecake Factory; however, after a recent visit, I realized how many calories were in my favorite dishes. For example, I ordered the Crusted Chicken Romano which has 1490 calories. Add my Salted Caramel cheesecakeÂs 1240 calories and I consumed a total of 2730 calories in one sitting. This doesnÂt include what I may have eaten for breakfast. So, in a day I may have consumed over 3000 calories. Even the salads have a minimum of 1300 calories, and while Cheesecake Factory has a Âskinny menu,ÂŽ many patrons donÂt actually go for the Âskinny menu.ÂŽ In addition to the high-calorie intake, restaurants serve larger portions. While places like Cheesecake Factory offer mega portions that can be shared, people like the idea of tasting a little bit of everything so people prefer to order separately. Knowing that dining out can potentially cause chronic disease and obesity there are ways to still enjoy your favorite restaurant while being mindful of what you are eating. To keep your meal in optimum performance, dont forget to drink water, share and have your dressings and sauces on the side. How to Make Dining Out Healthier April 19 25, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 The Jacksonville Free Press would love to share your event with our readersGUIDELINES 1. All unsolicited photos require a $15 photo charge for each picture. Photos can be paid by check, money order or credit card. 2. 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ALTON BOX MAXWELL HOUSE Special trusts have been set up by vendors and suppliers of the Alton Box and Maxwell House plants to pay asbestos victims: either of these plants before 1982 asbestos either of these plants diagnosed with Lung Cancer ( even if you are a smoker) or Esophageal, Laryngeal, Pharyngeal, Stomach, Colon, Rectal Cancer or Mesothelioma, or know someone who died from one of these cancers call 1-800-478-9578Free Claims Analysiswww.getnorris.com/asbNationwide Service TLCÂs My 600-lb Life features individuals looking to lose massive amounts of weight in an effort to become healthier and happier people, but the program simply isnÂt for everybody. Schenee Murry Hopkins was the subject of the April 4th episode of the popular series, sharing that her issues with food began when she was molested by a cousin when she was five-years-old. ÂAll I remember is my mom took me to the doctor because I couldnÂt use the bathroom,ÂŽ she said of the aftermath. ÂIt was hurting really bad, and thatÂs when she found out. Inside, I feel terrible. But I just hid all my feelings. I started sneaking food right after that incident. Food made me feel better. It made me feel happy.ÂŽÂI feel like IÂm drowning in my fat,ÂŽ she said on the show. ÂIt suffocates me, and IÂm very miserable.ÂŽ With the help of bariatric surgeon Dr. Nowzaradan, Hopkins eventually dropped from 712lbs to 621lbs. In the end however, she decided to leave the show after 8-months and went on to block Dr. NowzaradanÂs number and TLC. ÂShe made a choice to reject all the help offered to her and do this all on her own now,ÂŽ the doctor told the network. After receiving tons of backlash for her decision, Hopkins responded via Facebook, saying God is all she needs to reach her goals. ÂWhatÂs good yÂall. IÂm still in Houston. I donÂt know what everybodyÂs going crazy for but let me tell you this Â„ I donÂt [fall] for no man but God. Oh, and IÂm always going to be beautiful. I hope everyone is watching this, yes. Big, beautiful, and bold. I donÂt [fall] for no man.ÂŽ She also shared that she has has set up a GoFundMe page for viewers willing to help her family financially. ÂIÂm raising this money for a great cause. I was dragged to Houston, TX to get humiliated on national TV [and] I have been struggling every since for everything. I have a lot of hopes [and] dreams [and] one is to get better. I donÂt only have weight problems, I have other health problems thatÂs just overlooked. So IÂm team Schenee with a great husband God has blessed us this far.ÂŽ Houston, TX Â„ Inspiring graduation photos of a single mother with her five children have been going viral on social media. Iesha Champs, who will receive her law degree in May, says she owes her success to her children. Iesha Champs, who is now 33-years old, dreamt of being a lawyer since she was seven. However, a lot of things got in the way, she almost gave up on reaching her goals. ÂI really didnÂt have any stable guidance at that time. My mom was addicted to drugs. My dad was deceased. And I was homeless,ÂŽ Champs told CBS News. ÂI lived with friends or whoever would take me in. Then I got pregnant with the first of my five children, and things just went from there.ÂŽ In the midst of all these, Champs said she even thought of resorting to suicide. She was grateful to the pastor who practically saved her life through a simple message. ÂPastor Louise Holman called me one day and said that God told her to tell me to go back to school and get my GED, because that lawyer I wanted to be, IÂll be it!ÂŽ Champs recalled. ÂI thought it was a little crazy because I was too old and I had three children with my fourth child on the way.ÂŽ Champs enrolled back in school and eventually earned her GED from Houston Community College. She then went to Houston Community College, then the University of Houston-Downtown to get her BachelorÂs degree. This coming May, she will be graduating from Texas Southern UniversityÂs Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Definitely, raising five children at the same time studying law is not an easy task. But with the help of her children, she became successful in both. ÂThey would help me review with flash cards while I cooked. They would sit as a mock jury while I taught them what I learned that day,ÂŽ Champs said. ÂI would sit in my closet and pray and cry because I was overwhelmed and my oldest son, David, would gather his siblings, give them a snack, make them take a bath, gather their school clothes, all to make things easier for me. And I had no knowledge of him doing that until I went to do it!ÂŽ Champs commissioned a set of photos to commemorate the achievement. ÂI took the pictures with my kids because they helped me through school. TheyÂre graduating too!ÂŽ she said. In the photos, she was holding a chalkboard with the words, ÂI did it!ÂŽ written on it. Her children stand behind her holding chalkboards saying: ÂWe did it!ÂŽ ÂI helped too!ÂŽ ÂMe too!ÂŽ The photo immediately caught the attention of netizens and already garnered thousands of likes and comments on social media. ÂWhen I look at the pictures, I cry, I smile, and IÂm very grateful,ÂŽ Champs said. ÂI see a woman who at one time knew that the odds were against her. Looking at that picture reminds me of the fact that I didnÂt just defy the odds, me and my children destroyed them.ÂŽ ÂMy 600-lb LifeÂ Star Responds to Critics After Quitting Weight Loss Show Meagan Goode In October of 2017, Meagan Good shared with her followers that she would be skipping the eyebrow pencils and pomades and getting a hair transplant for her overly manipulated brows. Good said that she ÂdestroyedÂŽ her eyebrows when she was 19 years old. She shared a picture of her newly full brows and wrote: ÂMy eyebrows are finally coming along after my #EyebrowTransplant! This has been such an eyebrow evolution journey lol, but finally starting to come full circle .ÂŽ An eyebrow transplant averages around $7,500 and according to her doctors website, ÂEyebrow transplants are typically performed by removing hair from the back of the scalp. After hair is harvested, tiny angled incisions are made in the brow area, and the hairs are grafted into the hair follicles.ÂŽ The procedure typically takes 2-3 hours and has the same healing process as a tattoo. It reportedly takes up to 4 months to notice hair growth on the brow with the procedure having its best effect up to a year later. Meagan is at the 5-month mark of her brow transplant journey. Meagan Goode Discusses Eyebrow Transplant Iesha Champs and her childrenSingle Mom With Five Children Graduates from Law School, Inspires Millions Black Parkland Students Want Their Day Black students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are using their platform to reveal the lack of attention theyÂve received before and after the tragic shooting. According to several students, the administration silenced their attempt to defend Black Lives Matter during a Black History Month Show. The statement was intended to be in response to an ÂAll Lives MatterÂŽ column written in the schoolÂs paper, according to WLRN. Black organizers at the school planned to read their rebuttal to the school paper, during the show in order to strengthen the conversation surrounding Black activism. ÂThe rebuttal was pretty much saying that that the Black Lives Matter movement is a respected movement,ÂŽ said Mei-Ling Ho-Shing, a junior who helped plan the Feb. 9 show. However, when the students took the stage to deliver the message, a teacher had the speakersÂ microphone cut off and asked the student to leave the stage. Broward County Public Schools said they cut off the mics because the message was not approved.
by Alexandra Olson Three years ago, Starbucks was widely ridiculed for trying to start a national conversation on race relations by asking its employees to write the words "Race Together" on coffee cups. The initiative, though it backfired, was in line with the company's longstanding effort to project a progressive and inclusive image. The company is now through the looking glass, trying to tamp down a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two Black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia. How could Starbucks, which once urged its employees to start conversations about race with customers, now be under fire for its treatment of Black people? The episode highlights the risks large corporations run when they tie their brands so closely to social messaging. In 2015, thenCEO Howard Schultz shrugged off the "Race Together" fiasco as a wellintentioned mistake and pressed on with his public efforts to engage in the debate over race in America. His successor, Kevin Johnson, is now scrambling to keep the Philadelphia incident from shattering the message Schultz was going for: Starbucks is a corporation that stands for something beyond profit. "The more your brand is trying to connect emotionally to people, the more hurt people feel when these kinds of things happen," said Jacinta Gauda, the head of the Gauda Group, a New York strategic communications firm affiliated with the Grayling network. "They are breaking a promise. That's what makes it hurt deeper." Beyond racial relations, Starbucks has staked much of its brand on its dual promise of providing good customer service and treating its employees well, said John Gordon, a restaurant industry analyst. But in a multinational company with more than 28,000 stores worldwide, there has "to be a situation every day where some human being handles things wrong. You can't have that many employees and not have something stupid happen," Gordon said. Still, Starbucks has set its own high bar. Last month, the company claimed it had achieved 100 percent pay equity across gender and race for all its U.S. employees and committed to doing the same for its overseas operations, an initiative publicly backed by equality activist Billie Jean King. The company also touts the diversity of its workforce, saying minorities comprise more than 40 percent of its employees in the U.S. In 2016, Starbucks promised to invest in 15 "underserved" communities across the country, trying to counter an image of a company catering to a mostly white clientele. One of those stores opened in Ferguson, Missouri, the scene of the 2014 protests that erupted following the police shooting of Michael Brown, one of several such killings that moved Schultz to launch the Race Together campaign. Those efforts are in stark contrast to the video that went viral over the weekend showing the two Black men being arrested by police who were called by an employee. Officials have said police officers were told the men had asked to use the store's restroom but were denied because they hadn't bought anything and they refused to leave. A Starbucks spokeswoman said Tuesday that the employee no longer works at the store, but declined to give further details. The hashtag #BoycottStarbucks trended on Twitter. Johnson, who called has called the arrests "reprehensible," arrived in Philadelphia this weekend to personally confront the crisis. He met with the two men, the company's spokeswoman said. Johnson also promised to revamp store management training to include "unconscious-bias" training. "I watched the video, which was hard to watch. That is not what Starbucks is about. That is not representative of our mission, our values and our guiding principles," Johnson said. Gauda, who has developed workplace inclusion and diversity strategies for corporate clients, cautioned that any unconscious-bias training should not be treated as "special subject" but incorporated as a core part of its employee training. She warned Starbucks against treating Philadelphia as a one-off affair, urging the company to investigate whether there were any warning signs. "I would suspect that this particular issue is something that has occurred before," Gauda said. "The company is in crisis mode now, but they should not look at this as an isolated issue." Page 8 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press April 19 25, 2018 Only those who care for others know what itÂs really like to care for others. 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The chapter that plays together stays together and their full day of friendship solidified their bond. At the Great Escape Room, chapter members had one hour to determine the clues to escape from a locked room and then enjoyed a gourmet BBQ feast, a game of LINKO and fellowship at Smoke Valley Restaurant. The countdown has begun to their culminating celebration June 2nd! Shown above standing are (L-R) Brenda Miller, Sylvia Perry, Diana Spicer, Brenda Ezell, Barbara English, Regina Morse, Roslyn Phillips, Lisa Moore. Seated: IvyArcher, Pam Prier, Sandra Malone. Tia Mitchell and Gracie Chandler. Starbucks Faces Image Crisis After Arrest of 2 Black Men Decades of Partying Raise Funds for Junior LeagueParty goers threw on their best retro attire at the AnheuserBusch Brewery for the Junior LeagueÂs fundraiser, the Party of the Decades, on Friday, April 13th. Billed as a progressive party, the events different ticket levels allowed participants to experience the various entertainments throughout the different decades including, ÂRockinÂ through the Â50sÂŽ, ÂGetting funky in the Â70sÂŽ, and ÂSlamming in the Â90sÂŽ! Each level presented live music, food, decade dcor and nostalgia all night long. ÂProceeds from the event supports the Junior League of Jacksonville. Shown enjoying the various decades are party goers Zendra Spikes, Jackie Duncan and Juantez Moore. Protesters gather outside a Starbucks in Philadelphia, PA Learn Public Speaking for Free With Toastmasters Do you get nervous when speaking in front of crowds? Ever wanted to be a better speaker? Perhaps you should consider joining Toastmasters, a national organization dedicated to teaching individuals skills in leadership and communications. The Bradley Toastmasters Club will have their annual Open House Meeting on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum. Toastmasters meets regularly on the second and fourth Tuesday evenings. For more information, email Earl at email@example.com. The Theatre is located at 829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204.
Saturday will mark the two year anniversary of the death of the legendary Prince. His music is more popular than ever, however, his estate is caught up in epic legal battles. Unfortunately, the ÂPurple RainÂŽ singer never wrote a will. Therefore, his heirs have not seen a cent while bankers, lawyers and consultants have been racking in millions CBS reports, Âthe executor of the estate, Comerica Bank and Trust, canÂt split the money among PrinceÂs six surviving siblings until the Internal Revenue Service and executor agree on the estateÂs value when Prince died.ÂŽ However, there is no clear date on when the value of the estate will be decided, but reports are his estate is valued at $200 million. The IRS and state of Minnesota are entitled to collect around half, which will be another blow to the iconÂs millions. PrinceÂs heirs are all his siblings: Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, John R. Nelson, Tyka Nelson, Omarr Baker and Alfred Jackson. Last week, they united in objecting Âto an unspecified Âentertainment transactionÂ in the works that they say would be Âan embarrassment to PrinceÂs legacy.ÂŽ A hearing is scheduled for next week, but reportedly Comerica Bank and Trust want to move PrinceÂs iconic vault of recordings from Paisley Park to Los Angeles. While the heirs haveÂnt seen a dime of their brotherÂs money. lawyers and banks have at least collected $5.9 million Âin fees and expenses, according to a filing last month.ÂŽ This amount doesnÂt include a reported additional $2.9 million in fees and expenses. There is no word on how much the IRS has collected but we can only imagine itÂs well into the millions. Two of PrinceÂs siblings wrote in a filing, ÂThere is legitimate concern that at the end of the EstateÂs administration there will be little, if anything left to pass on to the heirs.ÂŽ Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide even wrote in a filing the estate Âis not an unlimited resource!ÂŽ The hearing could result in a settlement offering, but reportedly the siblings believe they could make more money in litigation. It is sad to hear PrinceÂs music caught up with lawyers and bankers, which is everything he was against. 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In explaining the reasoning behind their selection, The Pulitzer Committee cited Lamar's "virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life." According to CBS News, the 30year-old rapper is also the most commercially successful musician to receive the award, which comes with a $15,000 payout. Since bursting on to the music scene in 2011, Lamar has been applauded for his deep lyricism, live performances and his ability to mix African sounds with poetry, the spoken word, hip-hop, jazz and funk. AllMusic, an online music guide, refers to Lamar as "one of the rare artists who has achieved critical and commercial success while earning the respect and support of those who inspired him." "Damn" received critical acclaim upon its release and won a Grammy for best rap album, best rap performance, best rap/sung performance, best rap song and best music video. Last year, Pitchfork called "Damn" a "masterpiece of rap," while Rolling Stone described it as "a dazzling display of showy rhyme skills, consciousness-raising political screeds, self-examination and bass-crazy-kicking." Both musical publications also lauded his lyrical adeptness. "Storytelling has been Lamar's greatest skill," Matthew Trammell wrote for Pitchfork. "Somehow, he's gotten better." Pendergrass Teddy PendergrassÂ widow is accusing the late singerÂs children of dragging her in and out of court to try and cut her out of the will and now she is suing them for damages for the emotional distress they caused. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Joan Pendergrass is suing TeddyÂs son, Theodore Pendergrass II, and his daughters, La Donna Hollerway and Tishia Burnett. Teddy passed away due to respiratory failure in 2010. His will left his entire estate to his wife Joan. However, his son Theodore tried to have the will invalidated by forging a will that stated the estate all went to him. The court eventually ruled the will presented by Theodore was a fabrication. ÂThe illusion and fantasy created by Theodore, Jr. and propagated by his lawyers,ÂŽ the lawsuit says, Âforced Mrs. Pendergrass to undergo years of turmoil and anguish as her relationship with her late husband was unmercifully scrutinized.ÂŽ Joan says legal battle took roughly six years and $850,000 in legal fees. As a result, she says she has suffered humiliation, diminished reputation, emotional distress and anxiety. She is suing Theodore, La Donna, Tishia and each lawyer who represented them in the court battles. The suit is seeking general and punitive damages.
The activist who launched the MeToo movement wants to return to its original focus. Tarana Burke delivered that message at VarietyÂs annual Power of Women event. Burke, who started the empowerment movement 12 years ago, was among six other women, which included Alicia Keys and Tamron Hall, honored for their charitable work. The MeToo founder underscored that the purpose of the movement is to help sexual assault survivorsÂ„not to topple male abusers. ÂFolks think itÂs about naming and shaming, about taking down powerful men. But theyÂre wrong,ÂŽ she told the audience. Burke is Âdesperate to change the narrative about the MeToo movement before itÂs too late.ÂŽ This refocus can benefit AfricanAmerican women, who are more likely than other groups to remain silent about a sexual assault, according to the Los Angeles Times. Gail Wyatt, a UCLA sexual behavior researcher, first documented the layers of complexity behind the reluctance of Black women to report an assault and seek help. Experts who work with Black women point to the AfricanAmericans experience with the criminal justice system. ThereÂs a fear, rooted in that history, of wanting to protect Black male abusers from incarceration. At the same time, Black folks have traditionally turned to clergy for guidance and support in personal matters However, AfricanAmerican ministers often do not have training in rape counseling. During her speech, Burke emphasized her belief that MeToo is not going away anytime soon. ÂIt is a mistake to think of this as a moment,ÂŽ she emphasized. ÂMovements are long, and they are built over time. Movements are made from moments.ÂŽ Body positive activist and fashion blogger, GabiFresh, has taken a different approach to promoting her latest swimwear collection, hiring everyday beauties to model for her popular label, GabiFresh for Swimsuits For All. The nine women selected were chosen from her open casting call that brought in over 500 applicants.. Each woman will represent one of the nine size options, raging from size 10 to 26. ÂI am constantly motivated and inspired by my followers. Their support means the world to me and to have so many people come out for this casting call was truly a mind-blowing experience,ÂŽ says the swimwear designer. ÂThis collection is all about bringing to life the fun, flirty, playful spirit of summer. These nine women had no problem showing that side of themselves! My hope is that this campaign, featuring such a beautifully diverse group, will encourage others to feel confident and have fun in a swimsuit, regardless of their race, size or shape.ÂŽ Page 10 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press April 19 25, 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAYONLY $40.50 a YEAR and in your mailbox by Friday!CALL 634-1993 TODAY Bethune-Cookman University is all abuzz with the announcement that entertainer and philanthropist Beyonc Knowles will award a deserving student a $25,000 scholarship for the 2018 Â… 2019 academic year as part of the BeyGOOD Initiative Homecoming Scholars Award Program. Following the recent HBCU homecoming-themed Coachella performance, which Âpaid homage to excellence in education, was a celebration of the homecoming weekend experience and the highest display of college pride,ÂŽ according to a BeyGOOD press release, the newly-established scholarship was announced. This is a special season in the memory of Dr. Bethune, as the Florida legislature has recently passed a bill naming Dr. Bethune as the first African American to represent a state in U.S. Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C., replacing a confederate general. ÂThe individual selected for this scholarship will reflect both our founder's vision and the respect we have for Beyonc and her many contributions to the fabric of our society,ÂŽ said Pres. Grimes continued. The Homecoming Scholars Award Program for 2018 Â… 2019 will expand to all qualifying students at the four universities, which include Bethune-Cookman, Tuskegee, Xavier and Wilberforce, regardless of gender. The disciplines will include literature, creative arts, AfricanAmerican studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science and engineering. All applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA or above. Bethune-Cookman University will announce its Homecoming Scholars Award recipient at a later Bethune-Cookman One of Four HBCUÂs to Receive Beyonc KnowlesÂ BeyGOOD Award GabiFresh Taps Nine Curvy Fans to Model Summer 2018 Swimwear Collection First-Ever Black Woman Brigadier General ominated A Black woman has just been nominated to serve as a brigadier general in the Marine Corps, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced Tuesday. Marine Corps Col. Lorna M. Mahlock is now on track to become the first African-American female to serve in the role, according to ABC News. The news comes three years after the Pentagon announced that all combat jobs within the military are available to women. Mahlock is currently the deputy director of operations, plans, policies and operations directorate at the Marine Corps. A brigadier general is a one-star general officer that ranks above a colonel and below a major general. With only eight percent of the Marine Corps made up of women Â„ the fewest female service members of all the military branches Â„ this is a major achievement for Mahlock. She is a graduate of Marquette University, the US Army War College and Naval Postgraduate School. Col. Lorna M. Mahlock GabiFresh Curvy Fans to Model MeToo Founder Wants to ÂChange the NarrativeÂŽ