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The Jacksonville free press

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The Jacksonville free press
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Mrs. Perry's free press
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Jacksonville, FL
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Rita Luffborough Perry
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September 14, 1916
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English
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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African American newspapers -- Florida ( lcsh )
African Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.) ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.) ( lcsh )
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United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
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30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

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Available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
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Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
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"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."
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Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.

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Volume 31 o. 30 June 21 27, 2018 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents The Future of Student Debt for Black People is Looking BrighterPage 2 Separating Children at the Border Another Example that Americas Moving BackwardsPage 4How to Detox Without Starving YourselfPage 7 ew Film Reveals Heartbreaking Truth About Americas SweetheartPage 9 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Virginia School Changes Confederate ame to ObamaA change has come to a Richmond, Virginia elementary school that will now amend its name from a Confederate general to the name of the nations first Black President, Barack Obama. The Richmond school board voted to rename the J.E.B. Stuart Elementary as Barack Obama Elementary School. Jacksonville also has a school named after Jeb Stuart. James Ewell Brown Stuart was a Confederate States Army general during the Civil War. So the name change proved fitting for the school which was 95% African American. Last year, a San Antonio high school voted to change the name of the school from Robert E. Lee High School to LEE High School. LEE stands for Legacy of Educational Excellence. The school made the decision in an effort to distance itself from its ties to the Confederacy. Also, a predominately black Mississippi elementary school last year announced that it would be changing its name from Jefferson DavisŽ to Barack Obama.Ž As Obamas legacy continue to inspire educators to adopt his name, the Former President is on a mission too. Obama is creating foot soldiers who will be the newest change agents and move this country forward.Group Bails Out Incarcerated Black Fathers for Fathers DayLow-income Blacks and Latinos are disproportionately affected by the cash bail system, and a group of activists from Denver is on a mission to change that. Just in time for Fathers Day, members of The Denver Justice Project and Black Lives Matter 5280 bailed out Black men so that they could be reunited with their families; an effort created to spread awareness about bail reform, the Denver Post reported. The activists posted the bail money for over a dozen men who were placed behind bars for low-level offenses. One of the men that they helped had a bond that was less than $100 stemming from a disturbing the peace charge, however, he couldnt afford to post bail. On Friday, the activists bailed out three men from Douglas County whose bonds collectively totaled $4,000. Being locked up for minor offenses has longterm implications; including losing employment and being separated from loved ones. Michael Marshall„a man who was killed by Denver law enforcement officials at the Downtown Detention Center while having a mental breakdown„was the inspiration behind this years project. Marshall was charged with trespassing and his bail was set at $100. Earlier this year, a similar effort was made by the organizations Southerners on New Ground and the National Bail Out Collective who posted bail for incarcerated Black women so that they could be reunited with their children for Mothers Day.Target Apologizes for Baby Daddy Fathers Day Card Featuring Blacks Target is under fire for selling Fathers Day cards that feature a kissing Black couple along with the words Baby DaddyŽ emblazoned across the front. Texas resident TaKeisha Saunders posted a picture of the card on Facebook, writing that it was the only card available that featured a Black couple. There were plenty of cards, but since I am black and my husband is black, I tend to gravitate to products that represent me and my situation,Ž she told Buzzfeed News via email. I saw this card and was surprised and disappointed. It was the only card that featured a black couple. My husband is not my baby daddy. I think many people who use the term are not aware of its actual definition so they said I was being overly sensitive and to get over it.Ž Target spokesman Joshua Thomas has since released a statement on the matter: We want all guests to feel welcomed and respected when they shop at Target. We were made aware of some concerns about this card last week and are working with our vendor to have it removed from Target stores.ŽSouthern Baptist Convention Kicks Out Church Over RacismA Georgia Baptist church has been booted from Americas largest Protestant denomination after being accused of racism toward a local black congregation. The Southern Baptist Convention expelled Albanys Raleigh White Baptist Church over intentional discriminatory acts toward individuals based solely on the color of their skin.Ž The decision means that delegates from Raleigh White are no longer allowed at SBC meetings until the church declares repentance for its actions.Ž The 75-year-old Georgia church, which is named after a Baptist pastor, had been kicked out of the Mallary Baptist Association, a local group of more than 50 Baptist churches, in April. Raleigh White Baptist Church did not respond to request for comment. Voter Campaign Initiative Launched That Could Shift The ational Balance of Political Power Statewide A civil rights and social justice organization spearheading a national voter campaign has launched a major effort in Florida that could have a far-reaching effect. The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), in partnership with its affiliates, kicked off the Florida phase of the Unity 18 Black Voting and Power Building National Non-Partisan Campaign (Unity 18) in Orlando. This campaign comes as Floridians battle over whether to restore voting to former felons (a disproportionate number are Black), a decision that could impact the outcome of key state races and determine the control of Congress. Unity 18 is a non-partisan national campaign focused on leveraging the power and impact of the Black vote, with an emphasis on southern states, Black women and young voters. It represents the first phase of a four-year campaign, which includes the 2018 midterm elections, 2020 presidential election and the upcoming 2020 census. A question on the November ballot will ask Florida voters whether they want to amend the states constitution to restore the voting rights of 1.5 million felons who completed their prison sentences. If it passes, the amendment would enfranchise scores of African-American voters who have the potential of swinging elections in favor of Democrats. Florida has 27 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate seat up for grabs. Theres also a viable Black candidate running for governor of Florida. Andrew Gillum, who was elected the first Black mayor of Tallahassee in 2014, polled third place in February among Democrats. Empowering Black women to vote is central to BCBCPs strategy. The Black female demographic has been the backbone of the Democratic Party, helping to sweep candidates into office in crucial races in Virginia and Alabama. Miss Duval Delivers Beauty and More Than Meets the Eye On Sunday, June 17th, nine contestants vied for the coveted crown of Miss Duval 2018. Contestants strutted before a panel of seven judges and an enthusiastic crowd of fans. The categories of competition included presentation self expression, talent, sportswear, evening wear and a question and answer segment. This years theme was In the Garden of Duval.Ž This pageant highlights the art of the female impersonation, and is intense and competitive. The Duval pageantry system is a validation and training ground for aspiring Drag Queens and artists. The winners must represent Duval throughout the year with public appearances, performances and personal integrity. This years winner of the Miss Duval Pageant is local artist Brittney Moore. Pageant owner, Marissa Armstead stepped upped the ante with this pageant for the last 24 years. The pageant has grown into a production that rivals a red carpet affair. R. Silver photoShown l-r are winners Kahlel Sherrington (Duval ewcomer), Monica Dupree (Miss Duval Plus), Brittney Moore (Miss Duval), Roman Black (Mr. Duval), Kat Kelly and Aysha Black Dupree. Shown below L … R are students Derrell Johnson Jr. (Lee High), Jordan Mills (Ribault High), Zacarri Boykin (Ribault High), Samir Thompson (Westside High) and Denard Wyche (Lee High) visiting the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. Local Black Males Inspired for Bright Futures by 5000 Role Models Local members of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Duval Chapter, a high school mentoring program, recently participated in a three day college tour visiting Valdosta State University, Florida State University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. Participating students attend the following high schools: The local high school students also spoke to former Duval County Public School students who were thriving in those programs. This year, several of the graduating seniors received scholarships to four year institutions. The organization hopes to double that number next school year through business and community partnerships. For the 201819 academic year, the program will tout over 400 students in middle and high schools throughout Duval County. 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project was founded by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson of Miami, FL over 25 years ago as a way to help students with the largest achievement gaps, work to narrow the disparity through early exposure to successful men of color and various career opportunities. The Eckerd ConnectsŽ program recently held their annual workforce awards celebration at Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church. Sixteen participants were honored for their career goals and assessments. Eckerd Connects is a a year round program that engages young adults ages 16 to 24 from the Duval County area in attaining workforce training, employment and independence. The organizations main focus is to help participants access career options by developing work experiences through direct placement and training needed to be successful in their chosen career. Depending on job history, students earn a minimum of $8.50 to work for local companies up to 30 hours a week for a total of 240 hours, or approximately 8-12 weeks. They also provides liability and workmans comp coverage for the students in the program. The workforce development program has served over 150 young adults in Northeast Florida in two years. Currently. Eckerd Connect participant Abby Stephens is working with the Jacksonville Free Press as an administrative assistant. Agency Connects Urban Youth With Jobs and Workforce Shown (l-r) is Eckerd Impact Learning Center intern Danyel Cobb and Career Coach-Yolanda Webster.

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Page 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press June 21 27, 2018 If you have mortgage problems, call 888-995-HOPE for one-on-one expert advice from this free government program.Youre not alone. What will happen to us if we lose the house?Ž By Frederick H. Lowe President Donald Trumps policy of separating children from their parents at the southern border between the U.S. and Mexico has sparked a sometimes bitter conversation between African Americans and Hispanics as to whether blacks should care and become involved. Some of the responses from blacks are pretty frank, citing racist or current racist and even violent interactions with Mexicans. Other responses are more tolerant. And the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, a black immigration organization, said Trumps policy continues the nations sordid history of tearing apart nonwhites families beginning with slavery and ative Americans. Much of the discussion is taking place on Facebook. It was there that Stacey Patton, a journalist, wrote, I cant get with Black folks who be like screw Mexicans! Whats going on the border is not OUR fight. Plus, illegal immigration hurts black folks.Ž Patton added that migration is a human right. Another person voiced a very different opinion. I aint forgot most them come here and start calling us niggersŽ and vote for Trump when they learn to speak English,Ž the person wrote. I have been called nigger several times by Mexicans who also gave me the Iwillkillyou-look. Even in benign situations, Mexicans let blacks know they hate them. In one of the waiting rooms at orthwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Mexicans refused to sit next to blacks. I was a young reporter at the Chicago Tribune when I was assigned to cover a job demonstration at the citys old post office. Hispanic men said blacks had tails like animals, something I expected to hear from members of the Klu Klux Klan, not a group of people blacks were supposed to form an alliance. The audience cheered, and the Hispanic women laughed. One man said blacks had no dignity. I was a young man when that happened and it has stuck with me until now. When Eva Longoria, a Mexican actress, married Tony Parker, point guard for the San Antonio Spurs, in 2007, she had to tell her parents Parker was European not black. Parker was raised in France. A Hispanic woman knows Hispanics have problems if not a deep hatred of blacks. I understand why some black people show hesitance because anti-blackness is rampant in Latino society. However, we as oppressed people can overcome these antagonisms through mutual struggle,Ž she said. The Southern Poverty Law Center reported that Hispanic gangs in Los Angeles killed black men on orders from the Mexican Mafia, a gang based in the California State Prison system. A study by the University of Hawaii reported that the majority of hate crimes in Southern California are caused by Mexican gangs targeting blacks. Federal authorities report that more than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the border. The separation is designed to deter illegal immigration to this country, according to a new policy announced by the Department of Homeland Security. Pew Research Center reported that 11.7 million Mexicans were living in the U.S. in 2014 and about half were living here illegally. Mexico is this countrys largest source of immigrants, making up 28% of all U.S. immigrants. The backdrop of Mexican children being separated from their parents was pointed out in a news release by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration. BAJI called Trumps policy the latest form of terror. This cruel policy falls in line with the shameful American tradition of tearing families apart…a tradition upon which this country was founded and from which it gained its wealth. From slavery to Japanese internment, the U.S. has continuously ripped families apart, causing deep intergenerational trauma that continues to ripple through communities of color across the country, Ž Opal Tometi executive director of BAJI, wrote. Another person was sympathetic with Patton to a point. I feel you, but we arent in a position to help anyone. We cant even help Flint, Michigan, get the lead out the (drinking) water. o need in trying to reform immigration policy for foreigners,Ž the person wrote. Another writer, like most whoThe Future of Student Debt For Black People Is Looking Brighter: Heres WhyShown are Jacksonville filmmaker and producer of the film, Airing Grandmas Laundry atasha Owen with actor Boris Kodjoe Stars Flock to ABFF for Conversations with Film Makers, Actors and LegendsAnother year, another successful American Black Film Festival (ABFF). After 21 years, the ABFF continues to be on the cutting edge of black film and movie making. Attending this years festival was the director of the groundbreaking film Black Panther, Ryan Coogler. The record breaking director discussed his past accomplishments and teased the audience with tidbits about the Black Panther sequel. With a 21 year legacy in the movie industry, ABFFs president Jeff Friday has been successful in highlighting some of Hollywoods most unique black film projects, world-class actors, directors and producers. Should African Americans be Concerned About Whats Happening on the Border?by Clarissa Hamlin Lawmakers who have been trying to improve the bleak student debt picture for borrowers of color were urging disgraced Education Department Secretary Betsy DeVos to create a task force to address racial disparities for those who owe, according to a new report. The task force would be able to study the challenges facing borrowers of color and to propose solutions to help them get out of debt,Ž 62 congressional Democrats wrote in a letter to DeVos on Monday. The Education Department could also begin collecting and reporting annual data on loan default rates, repayment rates and loan delinquency with regard to race, ethnicity and other criteria, lawmakers said, The Washington Post reported. Under DeVos, the Education Department has revised Obama-era protections that have guarded students of color against predatory for-profit colleges. Several of these institutions have faced heavy criticism for dishonest practices to largely court and Black students who end up having to take out many loans „a process that has prompted them to drop out of school without attaining degrees and defaulting on loans. Black Democrats have spoken out against the Education Department and for-profit college abuses, including California Senator Kamala Harris and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison. The Education Department has failed to recognize the root causes of debt inequity, including the economic barriers that have historically hurt Black people. There was also a clear disparity when it came to lending money to students of color, who have found themselves stalled with hefty school debts and facing defaults. Nearly half of African-American borrowers who enrolled in college for the 2003-2004 school year defaulted on their federal loans within 12 years, a rate that was more than twice white students during the same time, according to Education Department data released last October. When it comes to for-profit colleges, default rates were very high for all racial groups, the Education Department data revealed. Seventy-five percent of African-American attendees who dropped out were forced to default on their loans at for-profit schools, according to National Center For Education Statistics (NCES) data analyzed by American Progress in a report last year. Recent numbers showing how many Black students who leave these schools fall in default may be even more troubling as for-profit college enrollment more than doubled from 2004 to 2011. African-Americans who obtained Bachelors degrees defaulted more than whites and Hispanics, with 114 percent of Blacks as compared to 49 and 79 percent, respectively, according to NCES. Obama supported regulations to help students borrowers of color, including a rule for gainful employment that allowed for the withholding of federal student aid from shady vocational programs that consistently left graduates with more debt than they were able to repay. The borrower defense regulation was enacted to end federal loans obligations for students if a school used illegal or deceptive tactics to convince them to borrow money for college. If a task force is created and more protections for students of color are enforced, then the debt picture could start to look much better. A coalition of fair housing advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) along with Secretary Ben Carson for suspending a federal requirement which not only forbade racial discrimination in housing, but mandated local government to work to desegregate their communities. The complaint, filed on behalf of The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), Texas Appleseed, and Texas Low Income Housing Information Service, alleges that HUD unlawfully suspended the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule of 2015, a key provision of the Fair Housing Act passed in 1968, effectively removing civil rights oversight of as much as $5.5 billion per year until 2024 or later for almost 1,000 jurisdictions.Ben Carson and HUD Sued for Derailing Housing Segregation

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Edward Waters College (EWC) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated James Weldon Johnson building. EWC supporters were invited to join the schools 29th President, Dr. Nathaniel Glover, 11th District AME Bishop Adam J. Richardson, Jr., and Jacksonville Mayor, Lenny Curry, for the JWJ ribbon-cutting ceremony. Following the event, participants also blessed the grounds of the upcoming Nat Glover Community Field and Stadium.Ž The JWJ building was once called the James Weldon Johnson Academic and Career Training Center by the Duval County Schools system. The building was used as a school for kids who were behind in grade levels as a part of the Bridge to Success overage program. The school district has since moved that program to another school and sold the school to EWC. Today, the JWJ Building serves as the home for the Edward Waters College Department of Teacher Education and Urban Studies program. The new field and stadium is part of a $8.5 million grant given to EWC by the City of Jacksonville. The new complex will serve as a community athletic field for youth sports and also provide citizen access to a walking track. Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 3 June 21-27, 2018 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 Black history in America is diverse and distinctive, and one of the most unique historical celebrations that many African Americans recognize is called, Juneteenth. On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and announced that slaves were now free. Since then, June 19 has been celebrated as Juneteenth across the nation. While the Emancipation Proclamation was signed two years earlier, blacks in Texas had no idea. Locally, Jacksonville saw several Juneteenth celebrations this year. The African American Cultural Society (AACS) hosted their inaugural JuneteenthŽ celebration this past weekend at the Cultural Center in Palm Coast, Florida. The event featured various vendor booths, soul food and cultural songs about slavery and plantation life. Youth enjoyed various activities and attended educational workshops about the historical significance of Juneteenth and the legacy of slavery. We are excited to begin this Juneteenth celebration journey. We live in a small city and want to showcase African American heritage throughout Palm Coast, and in our homes and with our children,Ž said organizer. Meshella E. Woods, AACS Curator. Last weekend featured another unique Juneteenth celebration featuring a Sneaker Ball and an art expo at Bohemian Lounge in San Marco. Artist Cephas Bradley led the expo and individuals were able to view an art exhibit showcasing exclusive pieces that helped commemorate the Independence Day of African Americans in this country. Performances included local musical artists, painting classes and award presentations. The Sneaker Ball was held at the Karpeles Museum and was free with a donation of new or used sneakers that will be provided to youth and the less fortunate in need of footwear. The event was co-hosted with the nonprofit organization, Black Men Walking, Inc. Approximately, 150 sneakers were collected. One of the longest standing local Juneteenth celebrations was held last weekend as well … the Dr. Martin L King, Jr. Memorial Foundation Inc. with co-host HOT 99.5 FM had their 6th annual celebration. The event begin with a Juneteenth Freedom Walk ParadeŽ that included people of all ages and backgrounds. Lonnie Miller Park was filled with dozens of participants celebrating African American accomplishments since the ending of slavery. There were games like sack racing and kickball and activities like face painting and relay racing. The celebration also included assorted vendors featuring healthcare providers, food ,and art. clothing, jewelry, and a book fair. A choir from Mississippi was the featured entertainment and several candidates running for public office were on hand to interact with voters. While several organizations celebrated Juneteenth, the theme of recognizing past accomplishments and educating future generations was consistent. Frederick Douglas once said, Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.Ž JuneteenthCelebrated Throughout ortheast Florida Dr. Martin L King Jr., Memorial Foundation Members participating in the Jacksonville Juneteenth celebration at Lonnie Miller Park Pictured is Tony Felton, co-founder and Brenda Andrews, chairman of the AACS reading the Emancipation Proclamation Shown is artist Cephas Bradley assisting Tamara Turner with her painting at the Juneteenth Art Expo Shown at the ground breaking are (L-R) Bishop Adam Richardson, former president Dr. athaniel Glover, Mayor LennyCurry and AME Elder Elizabeth Yates. Neighbors Clean Up and Green Up Neighborhood The neighborhood along Robena Road, off of Interstate 295 and Lem Turner Road, is a vibrant new community featuring condos and single family homes. Area resident Leon Barbers daily routine always included morning walks where he noticed trash lining the streets and sidewalks. Finally, Barber was fed up with the sight and decided to enlist the help of his neighbors to clean the streets. Barber along with eight of his neighbors from the Verdes Garden Condo Complex woke up early on a Saturday morning and picked up ten bags of litter along the sidewalks and curbs. With one phone call to the city, the neighbors were also able to receive cleaning supplies from the solid waste department and the citys Clean It Up, Green It UpŽ program. This initiative helps improve the quality of life of Jacksonville residents through community clean ups and other neighborhood improvement efforts. People have to understand that when you litter the streets in your community, or anywhere else for that matter, it's no different from throwing garbage on the floor in your house,Ž said Barber. Your surroundings are an extension of your house and reflect the mindset of those who live there and inevitably property values will go down,Ž he added. Currently, Barber and his neighbors continue the daily trek and are hoping that residents in the community make a conscious effort to take pride in their surroundings. Shown after their weekly clean up are neighbors of Verdes Garden EWC Cuts Ribbon at ew Academic Building and Blesses its ew at Glover Field and Stadium

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I must admit a painful truth that has been building over the last two years … I dont know the America we have become. Sure I knew the imperfect, yet uniquely special United States that had a lot of issues, but was still the greatest country in the world. I knew the America that in a relatively short time span went from legal racial segregation in the Southern states to electing an African American man as president. We all knew the America that time and time again proved hard work, commitment and faith made dreams come true. Well, that America still exists to a certain extent, but there is a new America that looks a lot like the old non-inclusive country we once were and people should be up in arms. In fact, we should be mortified that the United States we once knew has faded back to the dark ages in many ways. Between the radical nonsensical politics of Donald Trump and his zombie supporters to the separation and detention of children at the border … this is not the America that the founding fathers envisioned (yeah, I know that point is also up for debate). This land of the free and home of the brave has become a land where fear politics and bigotry are winning. Republicans have sold their souls to a man that has no loyalty to this country or its citizens … only to his ego and personal benefit. The GOP has hitched its wagon to a man who isnt afraid to lie or fabricate any piece of information he wants. A prime example is the issue of separating children from parents at the border. Trump recently said, I hate the children being taken away. The Democrats have to change their law. Thats their law.Ž What? No, what the hell are you talking about? There is no Democratic law … its a policy that his administration instituted when he decided to be toughŽ on immigration. Since Congress will not give him the funds to build his ridiculous great wall along the U.S./Mexican border, he has decided to be overly aggressive with border arrests. Again, there is no law period that states immigrant children and families must be separated. This issue has come to a head now because last April, the Trump administration began to prosecute as many border-crossing offenses as they could. So heres the root of the issue. This zero-tolerance policyŽ applies to all adults, regardless of whether they cross alone or with their children. So if an adult is captured with children, then adults go to grownup detention facilities and the children have to be housed elsewhere. You really cant prosecute children along with their parents, so the natural result of the zero-tolerance policy has been a sharp rise in family separations. This is solely a Trump administration issue. I almost feel sorry for the mans press secretary and cabinet members who have to defend his foolishness. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tweeted this week that the administration does not have a policy of separating families at the border.Ž Two words … Bye Felecia.Ž How does the President of the United States get in front of cameras and consistently lie. What is going on? How is this possible? Earlier I called Trump supporters zombies because thats how many of them act. No matter what the man does, they blindly follow him like a heard of zombies … shout out to The Walking DeadŽ TV show. To make matter worse … the man knows that he controls his zombie nation. Trump should be an embarrassment to most Americans, yet he still has a fan base. Early this year, Trump suggested that the United States should seek immigrants from countries such as Norway instead of African and Latin American shitholeŽ nations. Hmmmƒ basic translation … Norway is full of white people and of course Africa is full of blacks and Latin America is full of Latinos or undesirables in Trumps eyes. Sources from the same meeting also said that Trump stated, Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.Ž Yeah, I am with you Donald. Who needs those lowly darkskinned Haitians anyway? So what their country was devastated by a massive earthquake that killed hundreds and further ruined their economy … those are minor details. The Haitians must go back because they are not making America great again. However, if we let more of those blonde-haired, blued eyed, pale skinned Swiss in to America then this country would clearly become a better place. Enough is enough people. Whether you voted for the man or not, by not speaking out against his racist mindset policies and outright foolishness you are showing tacit support to narrow-mindedness and lunacy. Not only is separating children from their parents at the border wrong … it should be considered a human rights issue that we all should care about. As Dr. Martin Luther King so profoundedly said, Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.Ž Signing off from a mental health professional … maybe I am the crazy one, Reggie Fullwood The Trump administration has separated some 2,000 children from their parents, most of whom have come to the United States seeking asylum. Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Bible, Romans 13, as justification for this zero-tolerance immigration policy. The first verse reads: Everyone is to obey the governing authorities, because there is no authority except from God and so whatever authorities exist have been appointed by God.Ž The Apostle Paul wrote the Book of Romans. But Paul spent many days and nights in jail, so he did not always abide by the rule of unjust governors. Romans 13 has been invoked by scoundrels throughout its history. British Royals cited it to chastise rebellious American revolutionaries. Slave owners in early America justified the institution of slavery by quoting it. American law authorized slave owners to separate black sons and daughters from mothers and fathers by selling them to another slave owner. Jeff Sessions is an old school Alabamian raised in the ways of the segregated South, so maybe such thinking is not unfamiliar to him. The Nazis in Germany and apartheid South Africa quoted Romans 13 to give religious authority to genocide and apartheid. Former first lady Laura Bush wrote in the Washington Post on Sunday that warehousing children in a former Walmart and a Texas tent city is eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to be the most shameful episodes in U.S. history.Ž This zero tolerance policy,Ž she concluded, is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.Ž Even as President Trump was defending the policy, first lady Melania Trump called for immigration reform in a statement, saying she believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.Ž Sessions says he is merely enforcing the law, but there is no zero-tolerance immigration law. The law hasnt changed; Sessions invented a new interpretation to justify an immoral policy change. He said the Justice Department would begin prosecuting everyone who crosses the southwest border and separating children from parents as a deterrent. Sessions said he wanted to send messages that if you dont want to be separated from your children, dont come. This immoral theory hasnt worked in practice. Desperation, not calculation, drives parents to leave their homes and seek asylum. Asylum is enshrined in both the United States and international law. Seeking asylum because of government oppression, domestic or gang violence, sex trafficking or natural disasters is not a crime. Contrary to Trump, these parents are not illegally breaking the law. They are legally seeking asylum. The current immigrants coming to the U.S. are mainly poor people from Central America escaping government or gang violence „ boys recruited by gangs, girls recruited for sex traffickers. They may or may not be granted asylum. But there is no justification „ moral, legal or simply human „ for ripping their children from them as they wait for a hearing on their status. No subject in the Bible is mentioned more than caring for the poor „ the stranger on the Jericho Road „ treating them with respect and allowing them to maintain their dignity, which is the opposite of Trumps and Sessions harsh immigration policy. In the New Testament, Matthew reports Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Egypt to escape King Herods order to kill every newborn. Jesus parents became immigrants in Egypt seeking asylum for their son Jesus from Roman violence. All major religions „ Christianity, Judaism and Islam „ value keeping families together, rather than tearing them apart. Even conservative evangelical and Roman Catholic Christians allied with Trump are taking issue with his immigration policy. One of his strongest advocates, evangelist Franklin Graham, called the separations disgraceful; its terrible to see families ripped apart and I dont support that one bit.Ž The Southern Baptist Convention passed a strong resolution calling for immigration reform that maintains the priority of family unityŽ and called for a legal path to citizenship. Trump keeps railing against immigrants, warning Democrats that they should accept his policies before the election because you are going to lose.Ž That reveals the foul motivation behind this human horror. As former Trump strategist Steve Bannon has argued, as long as Democrats are arguing about immigration, Trump is winning. Sessions and Trump are traumatizing innocent children to serve their partisan political purposes „ and trying to use the Bible as a cover story. Congress will vote on two immigration bills this week. Both give the president much of what he has demanded, including billions for the inane border wall (that he pledged the Mexicans would pay for). The more moderate bipartisan bill also would allow families to be detained together. As of this writing, it does not have sufficient Republican support to pass. The trauma these children are experiencing will scar them for a lifetime. Is there no shame? Are the hearts of partisan politicians so callous that they will turn their backs on innocent children? Separated by Borders: Immigration Policy Rips Families ApartThe new policy is the latest example of harmful actions by the Department of Homeland Security against immigrant families, hindering their right to seek asylum in our country and denying parents the right to remain with their children. We can and must do better for these families. We can and must remember that immigrant children are still children; they need our protection, not prosecution.Ž „ American Academy of Pediatrics, Statement Opposing Separation of Children and Parents at the Border, May 8, 2018 I am the lucky father of three beautiful children. It has been my lifes work and great pleasure to play a part in their development into keen, compassionate and successful individuals. And but for the rightŽ documents and legal status, Marco Antonio Muoz and his wife could have experienced that same, singular joy of parenthood. Instead, Mr. Muoz, a Honduran father who came here seeking asylum as he crossed the Rio Grande with his wife and three-year-old son, was taken into custody and separated from his family. According to news reports, they had to use physical force to take the child out of his hands.Ž After a night in the Starr County Jail, guards found Mr. Muoz lying on the floor of his jail cell, unresponsive. The deputys office reported his death as a suicide in custody.Ž The inhumane separation of desperate families risking their lives to reach and cross our southwest border is neither arbitrary nor aligned with our nations core, espoused values on the sanctity of family. As of May of this year„this is America„and is formal American policy enforced by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, also known as the Trump administrations zero-tolerance policy. Previously, adults apprehended at the border would be charged in civil court, detained in immigration facilities and potentially face deportation back to their country of origin, unless they qualified for asylum. The new policy prosecutes adults caught crossing the border as felons in criminal court, including those who qualify for asylum. Felony criminal charges sends these adults to prison, and for those who crossed with their children, it triggers the tragically common place forced family separations. This new, vicious twist in the Trump administrations immigration policy is abysmal, ahistorical and abhorrent. Staying true to his campaign promises, Trump has doubled down on immigration in all of its forms, particularly from origin countries of color. The zero-tolerance strategy follows a litany of actions and policies„such as the decision to end DACA and protect DREAMERS from deportation, reducing the numbers of refugees accepted into the country, and ending temporary protected status for Haitians and Hondurans„intended to punish those deemed unfit or undesirable, purge our communities and narrow legitimate avenues of settlement and entry into the United States. It is no small irony that the party that has traditionally monopolized the family-valuesŽ moniker is the very same one orchestrating this now-daily trauma at our U.S/Mexico border. Heart-breaking stories, like the story of Mr. Muoz, are not accidental, they are the byproduct of an inhumane, antifamily, value-deficient policy„and there are many more stories in the vein of Mr. Muozs story to tell. We should recognize the privilege of being able to do so when our government is engaging in the forced separation of families and the traumatizing of innocent children torn from their loved ones, penned into camps or sent to live with strangers. Children belong in the loving arms of their parents, not locked behind the cold bars of cells. The National Urban League has joined forces with sister civil rights organizations to call for an end to family separation. If you agree that destroying families should not be a priority of the government that represents you, get angry, get engaged„tracking the votes of your representatives on the issue of family separation and comprehensive immigration reform, and be sure to hug your loved ones a little tighter. 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City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Reggie Fullwood GUEST EDITORIAL by Marc MorialJune 21-27, 2018 Separating Children at the Border Another Example that Americas Moving BackwardsSlave Owners and azis Quoted Romans 13 to Justify

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June 21 27, 2018 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 19 -25, 2018 AZ EE Z Communications Inc. Vol. XXIV N o. 47’THEY PLAY FOOTBALL UP NORTH IN JUNEARCENEAUX : Former Alcorn State player among others making their mark in the Canadian Football League (CFL).DAVIS OUT AT TEXAS SOUTHERN, FOBBS EXTENDED AT GRAMBLING; NEW TUSKEGEE COACHB-C Lions Photo LUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor Mike Davis Texas Southern Robert Vowels Jr. UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS FOBBS EXTENDED AT GRAMBLING: Broderick Fobbs Grambling State Southern Bayou Classic Rick Gallot Monroe News-Star NEW TUSKEGEE HOOPS COACH: Tuskegee University Willie Slater of Trelanne Moore-Powell Quacy Barnes-Timmons Davis leaves Texas Southern for Detroit MercyFobbs Southwestern Athletic Conference MEAC North Carolina Central Robert C. Vowels, Jr., Antoine Moore-Powell Dr. Charles McClelland DAVIS: Gone to Detroit Mercy. WEST DIVISION BRITISH COLUMBIA LIONS (5) 84 Emmanuel Arceneaux SB Alcorn State 8 Marcell Young DB Jackson State 13 IL Kevin Elliott WR Florida A&M 50 PS Phillip Norman OL Bethune Cookman CALGARY STAMPEDERS (2) 77 INJ Brandon Peguese DL Hampton 17 PS Larry Brihm QB Bethune-Cookman EDMONTON ESKIMOS (0) SASKATCHEWAN ROUGH RIDERS (4) 66 Dariusz Bladek OL Bethune-Cookman 68 Thaddeus Coleman OL Mississippi Valley State 9 David Watford QB Hampton 27 IL Kevin Francis LB North Carolina A&T WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS (0) EAST DIVISION HAMILTON TIGER-CATS (2) 12 Mike Jones WR Southern 98 PS Lynden Trail DL Norfolk State MONTREAL ALOUETTES (3) 2 Dominique Ellis DB South Carolina State 31 William Stanback RB Virginia Union 26 PS C. J. Moore DB North Carolina Central OTTAWA REDBLACKS (1) 95 A. C. Leonard DL Tennessee State TORONTO AUGONAUTS (1) 18 Brian Tyms WR Florida A&MLUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor Mid Eastern Athletic Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference Emmanuel Arceneaux Alcorn State Mike Jones Southern, Florida A&M Bryan Tyms A. C. Leonard Tennessee State Hampton David Watford, William Stanback Virginia Union Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Bethune-Cookman Larry Brihm BLACK COLLEGE PLAYERS ON 2018 OPENING DAY CFL ROSTERS Marcell Young Jackson State HBCU players gettin' it on in CFL JONES: At Southern (l.) and with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (r). NC A&T's Aggie Stadium to be renamed BB&T Stadium North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State Universitys Earl Hilton Grambling State Celebration Bowl BCSP Notes NEW NAME: Press box at the renamed BB&T Stadium.

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The El-Beth-El Development Center Annual Stop the Violence BanquetThe Officers and Board members of The El-Beth-El Development Center will host its 9th Annual Stop the Violence RecognitionŽ Banquet on Wednesday, June 20th, at 6 p.m. at the International Fire Fighters Local #122 Banquet Hall, located at 618 Stockton Street. Since 2009, El-Beth-El Development Center has honored dedicated individuals from the community for outstanding achievements, leadership and their contributions in helping Jacksonville build a stronger and healthier community. Guest speaker is: Reverend Gary Johnson, President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Miami, Florida. For more info call (904) 710-5745.Daughters of the King 2018 Womens ConferenceDaughters of the King with host Elder Jaushlin Nash presents the 2018 Womens Conference from June 27th 30th. Classes nightly at 5 p.m. Service nightly at 7:30 p.m. This years theme is InfusionŽ 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, Prophetess Amanda Whittington, Friday day/night: Elder Tasha Johnson and Mother Deloris Lane; Saturday night Pastor Pat Thomas (Phoenix, Arizona). For more information contact Elder Jaushlin Nash at (904) 924-5745.Greater Grant Memorial AME Church Summer ConcertPastor Tan C. Moss and The Greater Grant Memorial AME Church Choir invites the community to their Prostate Health Educational Symposium on Saturday, June 23rd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Symposium focus is early detection, newly diagnosed males, prostate survivors, recurring and advanced prostate cancer, and caregivers. Lunch will be provided. Also on the program is an evening summer concert at 5 p.m. Greater Grant Memorial AME Church is located at 5533 Gilchrist Road. For more info call the church office at (904) 764-5992. Hope Chapel Ministries Health Screening DayHope Chapel Ministries free heart health and cardiovascular screening health fair will be held Saturday, June 30th, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Educational Development Center Auditorium adjacent to Hope Chapel Ministries located at 9840 Wagner Road. Hope Chapel Ministries is under the leadership of Dr. Jeannette C. Holmes. For more details visit www.hopechapelministries.org.Faust Temple Hosts Vacation Bible School ActivitiesAll are welcome for Vacation Bible SchoolŽ for ages 0 100 beginning Monday, June 18th Friday, June 22nd, 6 8 p.m. also enjoy a FundayŽ Saturday, June 23rd 10 a.m. 3 p.m. Enjoy fun, food, games, music and free food at Faust Temple Church of God in Christ located at 3328 Moncreif Rd. Faust Temple Church of God in Christ is under the leadership of Pastor Clarence L. Jones, Sr. For more info visit www.faustemple.org.St. Paul AME Free Health SessionsSaint Paul AME Church located at 6910 New Kings Road welcomes the community to their Health Smart Initiative Yoga and Zumba classes during the month of June. Yoga classes will be held on the campus each Monday, 6 p.m. 7 p.m. Zumba classes are held on Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. For more information contact the office of the church at (904) 764-2755.Mount Sinai Hosts Historical Civil Rights Bus TourMount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, 2036 Silver Street will sponsor a Historical Civil rights tour July 9th 15th. Travel from Jacksonville to Selma, Montgomery and Birmingham, AL to Memphis, TN and New Orleans, LA by luxury coach. Visit the National Civil Rights Museum, shopping, tours and more! Pastor Reverend R. L. Gundy and congregation are waiting on your call to ride with them on this historical tour. For more details call the church office at (904) 354-7249.The Son of Allen Mens DayThe Son of Allen will have their Men's Day program "Strong Men of Faith" on Sunday, June 24th at 4 p,m., Reverend Dr. Helen Jackson is the Pastor. The messenger is Reverend Ron Rawls of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Saint Augustine Florida. Please join us at Prince Chapel AME Church located 95189 Hendricks Rd., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. For more information visit www.wcgl1360.com. OTICE:Church news is published free of charge. Information must be received in our office no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event date will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax your information to 904-765-8611, e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com or bring by our offices located at 1122 WestEdgewood Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32208. Page 6 Ms. Perrys Free Press July 21-27, 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 Miracle at MiddayŽ 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 Have you ever wondered how the lawyer feels, who knows his or her client is guilty? But that lawyer is able to get the person off based on a legal technicality. Legally, the person is innocent, but morally they are as guilty as, dare I say, sin. Ive come to believe that this must have been one of the most important issues being debated by the traditional Jew of Christs times and the radicals who chose to follow Him. It seems to have been the focal point of what got Christ killed and indeed the focal point of many a debate today. You see, what Jesus was trying to get the Pharisees and the Sadducees to understand was that the will of God was more important than the play it by the book interpretation of the Law of Moses. They were apparently more interested in being right than being moral. ƒThus you nullify the Word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.Ž Matthew 15:6-9. Over and over again throughout the New Testament, Christ lets us know He is the fulfillment of the Law. He is the embodiment of Gods Word. He is the point; not the rule. The point of the law, any law is to protect the innocent, punish the guilty and thereby preserve the social and political order of man. Technicality or not, the law was never intended to let a murderer go free. The point of Gods Word is that Jesus indeed is His Son, raised from the dead, who died for our original sin and through whom we obtain everlasting life. Out of love and compassion for our fellow man, out of service in His name, out of honoring Him will we also, fulfill our purpose here on earth? Law or no law, the Word of God was never intended to punish the pure of heart when acting on behalf of the Almighty. So Jesus was constantly at odds with religious scholars of His day about the literal interpretation of scripture (the Law of Moses) versus daily activity in the service of the Lord. Hence, His parables were constantly illustrating to those who would listen, that yes you might be right, but according to the Will of God, whats your point? Do you know people who just have to be right all the time? Regardless of the situation or the circumstances, their need to be right and have you acknowledge their rightness supercedes all logic, common sense and purpose. Cant you just hear Jesus imploring the traditionalists with, OK already! Technically, youre right. I shouldnt be healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, feeding the hungry or teaching the gospel on the Sabbath. But what are you arguing about? Im merely doing my Daddys will. It seems youre more interested in being right than in being righteous. So what you gonna do; crucify me? PULEASE!Ž Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your mind.Ž This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is just like it. Love your neighbor as yourself.Ž Matthew 22:37-40. It sounds simple enough. But watch your back if you choose to live by this principle. Yes, play by the rules. But dont ever forget the point. May God bless and keep you always. God's Will is Paramount 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 By Julianne Malveaux Faith and prayer have been the backbone of the African American community since we came upon these shores. We have counted on our faith leaders (the roll call would include Revs. Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, James Walker Hood, Martin Luther King, Jr., Wyatt Tee Walker, Jesse L. Jackson, William Barber, Vashti McKenzie, Barbara Williams Skinner and many others) to articulate the justness of our cause and to mobilize us to work for the justice that is called for in the New Testament, especially in Matthew 25: 35-45. Our ministers are revered leaders who often stand in the face of injustice. We are not surprised, and indeed, encouraged, when their firm stands in the face of oppression lead to collisions with the law. Still, when faith leaders are treated harshly, it forces us to examine the injustice in our system. When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote the Letter from the Birmingham Jail in 1963, he chided white ministers who made a public statement about his methods, suggesting that segregation should be fought in the courts, not in the streets. His letter moved the white faith community to confront some of the injustices of segregation and to form alliances with the civil rights movement. King spent eleven days in the Birmingham jail in extremely harsh conditions. But the oppressor does not learn from its excesses. On June 12, nine faith leaders were shackled and held for 27 hours after being arrested for praying at the Supreme Court. The multicultural group of men and women are part of Rev. William Barbers Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival (https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/). Their effort is to bring attention to the amazing inequality and moral bankruptcy of our nation. Their prayers at the Supreme Court were extremely timely given the courts recent actions to make it more difficult for people to vote in Ohio, and given the injustices, this court continues to perpetuate. Like Dr. King, the nine who were arrested -Poor Peoples Campaign co-chair the Rev. Liz Theoharis, D.C. clergy the Revs. Jimmie Hawkins, Graylan Hagler and William Lamar IV, and the Revs. Rob and Hershey Stephens from the Fort Washington Collegiate Church in New York City) … were subjected to extremely harsh conditions. No threat to anyone, they were shackled! Placed in handcuffs and leg irons! Confined to roach-infested cells with nothing to rest their heads on but a metal slab! This is the 21st century, but you wouldnt know it by the way these clergies were treated. Yet, their actions and those of the Poor Peoples Campaign are writing the contemporary letter from the Birmingham jail. Their brief incarceration, in the name of justice, is part of a larger movement to bring attention to increasing poverty and injustice, even in the face of economic expansion. Like Dr. Kings Poor Peoples campaign, this twenty-first century Poor Peoples Campaign, launched fifty years later, is an attack on poverty, racism, and militarism, and also ecological devastation and our nations moral devastation.Ž At the 2018 Rainbow PUSH International convention on June 15, Rev. Barber railed interlocking injustices that did not begin with our 45th President, but have been exacerbated by the depravity he represents. In a rousing address that wove humor, statistics, public analysis and a scathing attack on Continued on page 7 Shackled for Praying

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Over the weekend, family and friends of Vernice PinkstonWhitfield met at the Premier Event Center to celebrate her retirement. Pinkston-Whitfield retired this year after 21 years as a teacher and counselor at James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School, concluding over 50 years in education. Throughout her half century career, she taught Spanish, creative writing, critical thinking and intensive reading before she started counseling in 2008. Whitfield has received many accolades from former students and parents attesting to her helping them to achieve their goals. Even after her successful bout with breast cancer in 2012, she has continued to work with students, parents and faculty in making life better for all. Also joining in the celebration were alumni from her Alma Mater Fisk University. Attendees enjoyed food, music, and a roast from her family, friends and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorors. Whitfield vowed that she would take time out for her many hobbies with her newfound time to play Bridge and travel. Whitfield smiled, Im looking forward to doing nothing and not feeling guilty.Ž Continued from page 6 on our nations immorality, Barber argued that the rejectedŽ, which may comprise more than half of our nation, will lead to the revival of our nation. Who would have thought that nine faith leaders would be among the rejected? Who would have thought that Dr. King would have been? But Dr. King eagerly embraced the status of rejected.Ž He once preached, I choose to identify with the underprivileged. I choose to identify with the poor. I choose to give my life for the hungry. I choose to give my life for those who have been left out of the sunlight of opportunity.Ž Rev. Liz Theoharris told Democracy Nows Amy Goodman that the conditions she and fellow clergy experienced, while uncomfortable, were the same conditions poor inmates experienced. Thats the power, in some ways, of the Poor Peoples campaign. Clergy and others are forcing the issue, lifting their voices, making connections, claiming the discomfort and pain of the rejected, embracing the fact that they, too, are among the rejected. To shackle clergy simply for praying is to exhibit a peculiar form of cruelty and inhumanity. Shackling is reminiscent of enslavement, is a method of humiliation, is an attempt to use the harsh lash of unjust law on the backs of those who pray for just law. Rev. William Lamar IV, who has been arrested on three consecutive Mondays for protest action said that the June 12 arrests and treatment were the harshest he has yet experienced. In Washington, DC, people who are arrested for protesting are usually given a ticket that requires a court appearance and a likely fine. What did the shackling say about the hollow sacredness of the SupremeŽ Court? Shackling clergy for praying is like condemning the sun for shining. Unjust law enforcement can shackle arms and legs, but not movements. Harsh treatment of leaders in the Poor Peoples Champaign only strengthens resistance against injustice, racism, poverty, and ecological devastation! Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public PolicyŽ is available via www.amazon.com for booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visit www.juliannemalveaux.com June 21 27, 2018 Ms. Perrys 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 5Ws of media: who, what, when, where and why. in addition to a phone number for more information.Call 634-1993 for more information! Offering you a full range of quality services that includes a full range of accounting services (audits, reviews, compilations, and nontraditional engagements) for small businesses and tax services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, estates and trusts. Darryl Jackson, CPA provides extensive professional experience with a wide variety of industries and clients DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. Shackled for Prayer How to Detox Without Starving Yourself You may be all too aware of that feeling after a weekend, week, or maybe a whole season of full-on gluttony, when you want to do anything possible to cleanse your body of every unhealthy thing you put it through. Most of us have considered a detox at some time. If your discipline was made for these extreme detoxes, then, by all means, go forth and reap the healthy rewards. But, if your discipline is lacking and you still want to live a normal life, there are other options that can help you slowly erase a dark period of bad food and unhealthy habits. Take ACV Shots The scientific jury may still be out on the real benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar or ACV, but everyone and their mothers have long shared their stories about all the wonders ACV has done for their bodies. Some of the benefits of drinking ACV once a day include, reducing inflammation and pain in the joints, improving the bacteria in the stomach to improve digestion and ease stomach problems, and reducing cholesterol. And for weight loss, people who drink ACV with water notice reduced appetites which helped them to keep weight off when they made ACV a part of their daily routines. In part, this is due to claims that ACV can help to stabilize blood sugar levels so people dont experience extreme cravings throughout the day. To reap the most benefits out of apple cider vinegar, use it regularly as a topping for your salads, or vegetables. You can also dilute 1 tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water once a day. Be careful not to consume ACV alone, as it is highly acidic and can harm your esophagus and the lining of your stomach. Add Some Alkaline Water to Your Day Alkaline water and anything high in alkaline has long been touted as a natural way to detox the body and improve health. Celebrities and herbal doctors like Dr. Sebi have shared their experiences with eating a diet high in alkaline, which is said to reduce the risk for diseases, and improve cell hydration. Why do you need alkaline in the first place you ask? Well, according to the firm believers (although scientific studies have been slow to back up any claims) like Dr. Sebi, alkaline helps to reduce the acidity of the blood. You take in acid through the things we eat, like vinegar, coffee, and even from air pollution and chemicals. So, drinking alkaline water is said to bring the pH of blood closer to that of alkaline, making your body less likely to support cancer cells, and other chronic diseases. For your simple detox, drinking plenty of alkaline water throughout the day over time can help to increase the flow of oxygen in your bloodstream, helping you feel more energized, boost your metabolism, and help you keep off excess pounds. You wont notice it immediately, but the benefits can be longlasting, and will definitely help to undue any unhealthy activities youve put your body through. Break Your Fast Later In order to prevent craving more carbs and sweets, try resetting your blood sugar levels by eating your first meal of the day later than usual. This is part of the trick behind Intermittent Fasting (or IT Fasting), where you only eat during a small window (usually during 810 hours) each day. The point of the delayed meal is to help your blood sugar levels return to normal so the same will be true of your appetite and cravings. Ask Rusty: Social Security Questions SSA Misinformation Leads to Lost BenefitsDear Rusty: I am 64, a widow and Im hopping mad! I lost my husband a while ago and went to Social Security to apply for widows benefits. That all went okay and Im getting my benefit, but I just found out that I could have avoided a cut to my widows benefit and maybe applied only for my own retirement benefit and let the widows benefit grow until I reached 66 when it wouldnt be cut. To make matters worse, they never explained that Id be applying for both my own Social Security and my widows benefit, so my Social Security payment now is made up of both and theyre both reduced because I took them early. If I had waited until I was 70 to take my own benefit, it would have been more than my widows benefit. I feel that because they never told me my options, especially when I was grieving the loss of my husband, that its their fault that Im losing money. What can I do? Signed: Hopping Mad Dear Hopping Mad: It looks as though you were caught in the same miscommunication web that Social Securitys Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently investigated and found that Social Security Administration (SSA) staff had often misinformed or failed to explain all available options to those applying for survivors benefits. That, in turn, has been responsible for a lot of dually-entitledŽ people getting less than theyre truly entitled to. Thanks to a savvy SSA whistleblower, the OIG investigated the allegations and found that those who were entitled to both Social Security retirement benefits and survivors benefits were often not told that they could apply for either benefit and allow the other to grow to its maximum amount. In your case, you could have simply waited to apply for your widows benefit until it reached maximum at your full retirement age (FRA); or, if you needed the money, applied for your own reduced retirement benefit first and allowed your survivors benefit to grow to its maximum at your FRA and get that for the rest of your life; or you could have taken the reduced survivors benefit only and allowed your own retirement benefit to grow until it reached its maximum at age 70. In other words, you could have restricted your application to either one of those benefits and allowed the other to grow to its maximum amount (Social Securitys deemed filingŽ rule doesnt apply to survivors). That you are now receiving reduced benefits with no option to delay either one is, it would seem, a result of a failure by the SSA to inform you of your options, exactly as the OIG found in its investigation. Shown is retiree Vernice Whitfield, Brandy Beans, Maika Williams, Jeanne Murphy, Latasha Lawrence, Rachel Menard, Christine Loewer, twin sister Brittany Beans and Pam Cross. Older Americans Who eglect Oral Care Put Overall Health At Risk Conscientious parents constantly remind their children to brush and floss, and schedule dental checkups to make sure their teeth and gums are healthy … and staying that way. But youngsters arent the only ones who who can use such reminders. Older Americans need to put a priority on their oral health as well, and research shows that as a group they arent doing so. In fact, the statistics are grim. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that almost every single American over age 65 (96 percent) has had a cavity, and 20 percent have untreated tooth decay. Another 65 percent suffer from gum disease, an ailment that has been linked to a host of other problems, such as strokes, heart disease and diabetes. Some of the CDCs findings that are most troubling include: € Tooth loss Nearly one in five adults aged 65 or older have lost all of their teeth. Complete tooth loss is twice as prevalent among adults aged 75 and older (26 percent) compared with adults aged 65 to 74 (13 percent). The CDC points out that having missing teeth, or wearing dentures, can have a detrimental effect on nutrition. Its not surprising that people who have lost teeth, or wear denture, often are going to choose soft food they chew easily,Ž Katz says. They will pass up fresh fruits and vegetables that are more nutritious, but are more difficult for them to eat.Ž € Oral cancer. Cancers of the mouth (oral and pharyngeal cancers) are primarily diagnosed in older adults; median age at diagnosis is 62 years. € Dry mouth caused by medications. Most older Americans take both prescription and over-thecounter drugs, many of which can cause dry mouth. Reduced saliva flow increases the risk of cavities. Saliva helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath, and also lubricates the mouth, making it easier to eat, swallow, speak and taste food. Sometimes dry mouth might just cause mild discomfort. At other times it can lead to significant oral disease that can compromise the persons health, dietary intake and quality of life.Ž Whitfield Concludes 50 Year Education Career With Festive Celebration Dr. Patrice HarrisDr. Patrice A. Harris Becomes 1st Black Female President of American Medical AssociationAtlanta psychiatrist Patrice A. Harris will take the helm of the American Medical Association after being elected president the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates in Chicago. Harris, who is the chief health officer for Fulton County, becomes the first African-American woman to hold the office. She will be installed as president in June 2019. Harris has experience as a private practicing physician, public health administrator, patient advocate and physician spokesperson. She currently works in private practice and consults with both public and private organizations on health service delivery and emerging trends in practice and health policy, according to an AMA news release.

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Comedian Arnez JArnez J is one of the hottest names in comedy. Currently he has a hilarious Netflix special, "Racially Motivated," and will be onstage June 21st 23rd 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows at the Comedy Zone located at 3130 Hartley Rd. For tickets visit www.comedyzone.com.Knots 4 Kids FundraiserKnots4Kids Croquet & ChardonnayŽ fundraiser is to continue delivering programs supporting the needs of young men in the areas of health and wellness, education and personal development. Enjoy a silent auction, raffle and more, Friday, June 22nd, 6 8:30 p.m. Location is Deer Creek Country Club, 7816 McLaurin Rd. To RSVP and for more info call (904) 3636-1604, x228.Rapper Logic in Jax!Grammy-nominated artist Logic debuting at Dailys Place, located at 1 Everbank Dr., Saturday, June 23rd at 7 p.m. The Bobby Tarantino vs. Everybody TourŽ will feature support from rising hip hop artists NF and KYLE. For tickets and more info visit www.dailysplace.com.ew Town EventThe New Town Success Zone Wellness Rx EventŽ focusing on summer health for families is scheduled for Saturday, June 23rd, at 10 a.m. Free groceries for participants. Location is the Health Disparities Building, 1401 Grunthal Street. For more info email: George.maxey@ewc.edu.Jazz Society FundraiserThe Jacksonville Jazz Society 7th annual Wayne Barlow Scholarship fundraiser will take place Saturday, June 23rd, 7 11 p.m. at the Lexington Hotel located at 15151 Prudential Dr. White attire preferred! Enjoy music, silent auction, dinner and fun! For more info call (904) 554-4589.Premier Bride ExpoThe Premier Bride Expo will be in town Sunday, June 24th, 1 4 p.m. at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St. For tickets and more info visit www.premierbrideexpo.com.Faith Evans in Jax!Enjoy smooth R&B with Faith Evans and friends in concert, Friday, July 27th at 8 pm. at Veterans Memorial Stadium. For tickets and more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.Dancing Dolls Bring ItŽ is Back!Bring It! LiveŽ is back by overwhelming demand, and set to take the stage Thursday, June 28th at 7:30 pm. featuring Miss D and her Dancing Dolls, at the Florida Theatre located at 128 E Forsyth St. For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com.Comedian Earthquake in Jax!Comedian Earthquake at the Comedy Zone, June 28th July 1st for two shows 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. at the Comedy Zone located at 3130 HartleyRoad for tickets visit www.comedyzone.com. Women at Werk etWerk DayWomen at Werk presents NetWERK After WorkŽ event scheduled for Friday, June 29th from 6 p.m. 9 p.m. at Kendra Scott Jewelry located at 4812 River City Dr. Network and enjoy tapas, champagne, door prizes, music, and dialogue on entrepreneurship. Exchange experiences and expertise with other locals and business owners. For more info email info@womenatwerk.com.Tedeschi Trucks Band ConcertTedeschi Trucks Band and the Marcus King Band presents, Wheels of SoulŽ concert, Friday, June 29th at 7 p.m. at Daily's Place, 1 TIAA Dr. For tickets visit www.dailysplace.com.Comedian Rod ManRod Man won "Last Comic Standing," "The Bad Boys of Comedy," Starz "First Amendment," MTV's "Wild 'N Out," and BET's "One Mic Stand," will take the stage July 5th 8th, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows at the Comedy Zone located at 3130 Hartley Rd. For tickets and more info visit www.comedyzone.com.Comedian Chris ReddComedian Chris Redd recently joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live." and will take the stage July 12-15th 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows at the Comedy Zone located at 3130 Hartley Rd. For tickets and more info visit www.comedyzone.com.MAZE is back!Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, with the Whispers and hosted by comedian Cheryl Underwood will host the This is ItŽ concert, Saturday, July 14th at 7 p.m. at the Times Union Center, 300 Water St. For tickets and more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.Cirque du Soleils CorteoŽCirque du Soleils Corteo, A ugust 1st 5th, at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd. Corteo is a festive parade imagined by a clowns world of fun, comedy and spontaneity in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. For more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.Lauryn Hill in Jax!Singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress Lauryn Hill in concert at Dailys Place, One Everbank Field Thursday, August 2nd at 6:30 p.m. For tickets visit www.daileysplace.com.Counting CrowsThe Counting Crows will make a return appearance at Dailys Place on Saturday, August 4th at 6:30 p.m. The 25 Years and CountingŽ tour will also feature multi-platinum band +LIVE+. For tickets and more info visit www.dailysplace.com. PAW Patrol Live X Barks the Spot in PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure,Ž scheduled for August 1112, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. shows at the Times-Union Center Moran Theater, 300 Water St. Join the Heroic Pups on an All-New PirateThemed Mission! For tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com. Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd in concert!Dazed & Blazed Summer tour featuring rap and hip hop superstars Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd will co-headline Dailys Place on Wednesday, August 15th at 6 p.m. The multi-platinum selling artists will be joined in support by hip hopper Lil Skies. For tickets visit www.dailysplace.com.Marcus Garvey Family Culture WeekendThe 4th annual Marcus GarveyŽ lecture by Dr. Jamil Toure. Featuring Sister Aat KaMaat Bey, Demetrius Senior and keynote speaker Queen Neith with musical guest include D.J. Outlaw, Sunday, August 19th 12 6:30 p.m. Its a family culture weekend, with vendors and all black love! Recreational activities bring your grills and chaise lounges, hosted by Masjid El-Salaam. For more info contact call (904) 359-0980CI Golf TournamentThe Northside Community Involvement 13th annual golf tournament will be held August 25th at 7 a.m. Location is the Omni Resort located at 39 Beach Lagoon Rd, Amelia Island, FL. Come meet new friends for a round of golf, food, fun and scholarship presentation. For more info call the NCI office at (904) 660-2157.A Symphonic Celebration of PrinceA Symphonic Celebration of PRINCE,Ž Curated, produced and directed by Ahmir QuestloveŽ Thompson, featuring the Jacksonville Rock Symphony Orchestra is scheduled for Saturday, October 6th, at 8 p.m. at the Florida Theatre located at 128 E Forsyth St. For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com.AGT presents: Diavolo Fresh from its recent success as a top 10 finalist on NBCs Americas Got Talent, Diavolo will be bringing its acrobatics and architectural artistry to the Thrasher-Horne Center located at 283 College Dr, Orange Park. The national tour will stop in Orange Park on Friday, ovember 16th at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more info visit www.thcenter.org.Monster Jam is back!Monster Jam will be back in Jax, Saturday, September 1st, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium located at 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd. Enjoy the new Triple Threat Arena Tour, customized high-powered vehicles and more! For tickers and more info visit www.ticketmaster.comSee the Girls SummitGet ready for the 5th annual See the Girl SummitŽ taking place October 18th 19th. Attend workshops focused on creating safe spaces for difficult conversations the power to give hope. For tickets and more info visit www.seethegirl.org/summit.Southern Womens ShowSouthern Womens Show is back October 18th 21st at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center located at 1000 Water St. Shop, sample and share the fun while perusing boutiques, gourmet treats, health and beauty, fashion shows, top chefs, and celebrity guests. Bring your mom, sister, best friend and spend the day doing everything you love! For more info visit www.southernshows.com/wja.Civic Cinema The Florida Theatre located at 128 E. Forsyth Street, new project Civic CinemaŽ next screening is Tuesday, September 19th, 7 p.m. featuring the movie Philadelphia Ž followed by a discussion on the state of LGBTQ rights and relations in Jacksonville. For free tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com. QuiltFestQuilt Fest will take place September 20th 22nd, 10 a.m. at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center located at 1000 Water St. For more info visit www.quiltfest.com.Throwback FestivalThe Throwback Festival is back featuring Cameo, Michelle, Klymaxx and Ruff Endz at the Morocco Shrine Grounds located at 3800 St. Johns Buff Rd, Saturday, September 22nd at 5 p.m. For tickets and more info visit www.throwbackconcert.com.Howie Mandel & Preacher Lawson ShowTwo amazing stars, one great night of comedy with Howie Mandel Live and Preacher Lawson at the Thrasher-Horne Center, 283 College Dr, Orange Park, on Saturday, September 29th at 8 p.m. For tickets visit www.THcenter.org.Sesame Street Live! You're invited on Elmo's amazing journey to discover the "power of yet" in Sesame Street Live!, Sunday, October 28th, for three shows at Times-Union Center, 300 Water St. For tickets and more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.Jim Belushi and the Board of ComedyComedian and actor Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy will hit the stage Saturday, January 26th, 2019 at 8 p.m. at the Thrasher Horne Center located at 283 College Dr, Orange Park. Come enjoy old school laughter and fun! 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June 21 27, 2018 Page 9 Mrs. Perrys Free Press Get your Free Press on the go! Seach for us on Facebook at T h e J a c k s o n v i l l e F r e e P r e s s o r v i s i t u s o n t h e w e b a t w w w j a c k s o n v i l l e F r e e P r e s s c o mP P H H O O T T O O S S | | N N E E W W S S C C O O M M M M E E N N T T A A R R Y YStop by our offices located at Stop by our offices located at 1122 West Edgewood Avenue 1122 West Edgewood Avenue Jacksonville, Florida 32208 Jacksonville, Florida 32208 PUMA has announced they are relaunching their basketball division with JAY-Z as the president of operations. The German design company also signed top NBA prospects Deandre Ayton, Zhaire Smith and Marvin Bagley to be the faces of PUMA Basketball, according to Complex magazine. Weve been working with Roc Nation for quite some time. Theyve been great partners to us for several years. Weve done many different deals with many different ambassadors,Ž Adam Petrick, PUMAs global director of brand and marketing, told Complex. Petrick also shared that the Brooklyn native felt the opportunity was something he wanted to be a part of,Ž when he was approached about the position. The publication reports the rap moguls job description will include design input, athlete relationships and overall concept and direction of the brand.Ž Petrick says whats relevant to JAY-Z, is that its clear were making a serious push with players like Bagley and Ayton and Smith.Ž He continued: Were making a serious statement about the entry of the category that we want to be a performance brand, but then also very culturally focused. Its clear that were looking at basketball through the lens of culture, and thinking about the fashion of basketball, the music of basketball, all the aspects of culture around basketball as much as the on-court presence that we will have.ŽAfter the June 2017 release of Hovs 13th studio album, 4:44, there was speculation of a deal with PUMA. In July of last year, custom sneakers commemorating the project hit the internet furthering rumors of a potential partnership. This will not be the first time JAY-Z has worked with a sneaker company. He released the S. Carter sneaker with Reebok in the early 2000s. JAY-Z amed President of PUMA Basketball by Courtney Willis Attendees of the 2018 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) were treated to a screening of the Whitney biopic about the greatest singer of our time, Whitney Houston and the powerful film illuminated the hopelessly tragic life of the icon. While we already knew about the headline-grabbing incidents of drug abuse, marital strife with Bobby Brown, and legal issues with her father, John Houston, the documentary revealed a muchmore disturbing tale than we thought we knew and left us shaken to the core by the numerous shockers that were unveiled. If theres one piece of advice we can offer those who plan to see this film, bring tissues. Aside from the magnificently curated soundtrack of the film and the impressive way news snippets, performances and interview footage are used to tell Houstons story, the most striking element is relating the story of her demise using the voices of the people who watched and sometimes helped her meet her tragic fate. We learn that Cissy Houston was absolutely the driving force of Whitneys path to fame and spent years prepping her for the life she knew she was destined to lead. We also learn that her biggest supporter and teacher was likely the cause of one of her most profound disappointments. Cissy raised her children in church only to end up having an affair with the minister, a fact that devastated Whitney Houston and prompted her to leave her mothers home at age 18. Cissy and her husband split, but pretended to be married to help perpetuate their daughters public image. Whitneys father comes off as a wolf in sheeps clothing who prided himself on double-dealing and controlling all situations. He allegedly embezzled millions from her, continuing his greedy ways until his death which was preceded by him filing a $100 million lawsuit against her. Another through-line is how important Whitneys relationship with Robyn Crawford was to her and the lengths her truest companion went to keep her safe, only to be run off by Bobby Brown and the Houston family, who still struggle to speak about her without cringing. Crawfords absence from this film as well as any other projects about Whitney Houston is as much a testament to her loyalty and respect for Whitney than any worlds could convey. Both of Whitneys brothers canidly admit they were the ones who introduced her to drugs at 16 years old, while they were charged with protecting her as she rose to fame. Its made clear that everyone in the family benefitted from turning a blind eye to her mounting addiction battle. The other soul-crushing truth we discover is just how neglected Bobbi Kristina Brown was by both of her parents and how the only daughter of the infamous couple never had a chance. Whitney hits theatres July 6.Whitney Illuminates Heartbreaking Truth About Tragic Life of Whitney Houston Actor Lil Rel Howery Stands Up For The Black Press by Kellee Terrell There has been a serious rift between Black Hollywood and the Black press lately, but Get OutsŽ Lil Rel Howery is putting his foot down and making sure that journalists of color will get his attention first. His first stop? The MTV Movie and TV Awards. The Los Angeles Time s reported that the actor and comedian gave Black journalists and press preferential treatmentŽ on Saturday nights red carpet. I want to start with the people who are actually supporting me, have supported me and will actually put the content out there,Ž he said in an interview with The Times on Friday talking about his upcoming movie Uncle Drew.Ž Then, Ill talk to everyone else, but thats who Im going to start with first.Ž Howrey said that this topic came up at a recent National Association of Black Journalists panel in Los Angeles and it really stuck with him. Some of us Black stars forget what was sitting on that little table when we were growing up,Ž he told the Times, speaking about iconic pubs like Ebony, Essence and Jet. That was how we knew who was who, but we seem to have forgot that. I dont know whats going to happen, but I just want fairness.Ž As The Times points out, Howreys stance comes at a time where Black journalists and film critics of color have been extremely vocal about not having the same access to Black celebrities compared to mainstream outlets with mostly writers and staff. This conversation also resonates with a USC study that found that most movie critics in the U.S. are white and male with white critics writing about 82 percent of all film reviews found on Rotten Tomatoes in 2017. We can only hope that other Black celebs will follow Lil Reys lead, because the Black press and critics matters. Howery Oprah Makes Black History With Apple Deal And $4 Billion Net WorthOprah Winfrey is one of the worlds richest people. After landing a $1 billion multi-year deal with Apple, the mogul was named as the first Black female entrepreneur on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Winfreys fortune has grown to $4 billion with all of her deals and Hollywood projects, Bloomberg reported. The former talk show host has been steadily increasing her riches and growing her cultural influence. Her starring role in Disneys A Wrinkle In Time, a powerful Golden Globes speech and talk of a possible 2020 presidential run have widened Winfreys social capital. She was the first Black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Globes, as well as a supporter of the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements against sexual harassment and assault. Now, with the Apple deal, Winfrey is further cementing her status as a dominant force in Hollywood. Apple announced its groundbreaking deal with Winfrey Friday (June 15), enlisting the mogul to create original content, CNN reported. With the deal, Winfrey will be an on-screen host and interviewer for Apple. The move was made as Apple ramps up its content portfolio to better compete with Amazon and Netflix, which regularly adds original television shows and movies for its subscribers. The multiyear deal „which will not affect Winfreys formal agreement with OWN after she recently extended her contract through 2025„ comes on the heels of Netflix signing Barack and Michelle Obama to a deal to create original programming that was confirmed in May.

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