Volume 31 o. 31 June 28 July 4, 2018 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents How Much Do You eed to Retire and Live Stress Free ?Page 2 Should People of Color Celebrate the Fourth of July?Page 4What You ame Your Babe Could Predict Their Future SuccessPage 7 Are You Ready for Michael Jackson on Broadway?Page 9 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED City of Charleston Apologizes for Role in SlaveryThe South Carolina city of Charleston has officially apologized for its role in slavery. In a 7-5 vote, the Charleston City Council approved a resolution that condemned slavery, while calling for tolerance, The State reports. Charleston played an important role during the Transatlantic slave trade where nearly half of all Africans brought to North America had to go through Charleston. William Dudley Gregorie, the city councilman who made the resolution said, Âthe world is looking,ÂŽ and This document Âƒ apologizes for the atrocities of the past.ÂŽ Before the vote, there was an almost two-hour public debate from city council members that got so intense that the Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg has to clear the chamber. ÂWe need to work on the economic side of things so our community can go forth together in harmony and financially,ÂŽ said Perry Waring, a Black city council members who did not vote for the measure. Another councilman said that his constituents did not want to apologize for slavery since they had no part in it. ÂWe cannot pick and choose history,ÂŽ Councilman Harry Griffin said.The Obama Presidential Center Will Cost Taxpayers $200MThe Obama Presidential Center in Chicago will benefit from almost $200 million in taxpayer funding for work on infrastructure projects near the center on ChicagoÂs South Side. The funding would go toward meeting Âthe transportation infrastructure needs related to the Obama Center, from road construction to traffic mitigation to pedestrian safety to park land enhancement.ÂŽ The Washington Examiner reports that Illinois taxpayers will also shoulder half of a $50 million project to overhaul an above-ground rail stop two miles from the center. The other half will be funded via a Transportation Department grant. The Center has also faced a lawsuit by Protect Our Parks, which alleged that the city was engaging in a Âshort con shell gameÂŽ to get the 12-story museum and library built on park land. ÂDefendants have chosen to deal with it in a classic Chicago political way, known as a short con shell game, a corrupt scheme to deceive and seemingly legitimize an illegal land grab, one that will endure for centuries to come, regardless of future changing public park needs and increasingly consequential environmental conditions,ÂŽ the lawsuit said.Officer Fired After He Pulled Over His DaughterÂs Black BoyfriendOn April 16th of this year, in a town outside Cleveland, Ohio, officer John Kovach, Jr. pulled over his daughterÂs boyfriend, 18-year-old Makai Coleman, who is Black, for no reason. In dash cam video, Coleman asks why he is being stopped and the officer says, ÂWeÂll make sh*t up as we go.ÂŽ He also attempts to escalate the situation by saying, ÂGet smart so I can do something to you, even more.ÂŽ Coleman did not take the bait. There were two other people visible in the car and the mother of one of them came out of her home to confront the officer because they were stopped outside of the house. Identified as Gloria Morales by The Chronicle she rightfully says he was using his badge for a personal issue. He then tells the two other people to get out of the car, which is when the cop sees his 18-year-old daughter hiding in the backseat. He tells her boyfriend to leave and violently pushes his daughter into the police car as she screams. The officer says he is taking her to the hospital because she said she would kill herself, which she denied. The officer has been fired, but he may get his job back. The Police DepartmentÂs union is appealing the decision.Restaurant Calls Cops on Deltas to Make Sure They Pay BillMembers of the sorority Delta Sigma Theta claim that they were recently racially profiled at a Ohio Bahama Breeze. Cleveland.com reported that about 40 women were celebrating a friendÂs new book and her upcoming move to Los Angeles when one of the guests complained that she was considering leaving after waiting 25 minutes for her bill. Chante Spencer, one of the women the table, told the publication that the manager overreacted and called the police even though the woman ended up paying the tab. Spencer also claims that the police stayed for an hour making sure everyone paid their bill, which in her eyes was completely unnecessary. The manager said that members of the group became upset waiting for their bills and caused a ÂdisturbanceÂŽ and used profanity toward her, according to the police report. Spencer pushed back on the notion that others in the group, which was mostly African-American and comprised of a doctor, a judge, educators and other professionals from the Cleveland area, had threatened to leave without paying. She does admit that the party was initially supposed to be 25 but ballooned to 40, perhaps playing into their Âpoor service.ÂŽ However, Rich Jeffers, DardenÂs senior director of communications, told the newspaper that it was obvious they failed their guests. The managaer has since been fired. Last week, local seniors volunteered and served lunch to honor homeless and in-need veterans housed at the Clara White Mission. The meal is a component of the outreach effort with prepackaged, nonperishable foods also being distributed by the charity, Turning Points in America. ÂWe donÂt know them all, but we owe them all,ÂŽ said Turning Points President Beth Heath. Joining the volunteers were the Arlington WomenÂs Club, VFW 7909, Ponte Vedra American Legion, Ponte Vedra Tea Party and the Benghazi Tribute Team. The meals were served to over 200 homeless and inneed veterans which were donated by AngieÂs Subs. Community Outpouring Helps Provide Food for eedy Veterans Shown (L to R) are volunteersEmma Toomer, Sheila Brown-Jefferson and Lu Coberly. Police Killings Challenge the Mental Health of Black Americans by Fred Lowe Police killings of unarmed African Americans have a deep psychological effect on the entire black community, causing many who werenÂt in the line of fire to feel psychically wounded, according to a study published by The Lancet, a weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal. Police killings of unarmed black Americans add 1 to 7 additional poor-mental health days per person per year or 55 million excess poor mental-health days among black Americans, resulting in their suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the report titled, ÂPolice killings and their spillover effects on the mental health of black Americans: a population-based, quasi-experimental study.ÂŽ The report focused on the number of days in which the person questioned said his mental health suffered noticeably after learning of deadly police shooting of an unarmed black person in their city or state. Police kill more than 300 blacks each year and at least a quarter of them, or 75, are unarmed. The list of unarmed black men killed by police is long and continues to grow. These victims include Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray and Stephon Clark. Most recently, Antwon Rose, Jr., 17, was killed when Michael Rosfeld, an East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, police officer, shot him three times in the back as he ran from a traffic stop. In 2017, 25 percent of the people killed by police were black although Continued on page 7 Shown at the members reception (l-r) Bettie Hudson, Juanita Powell-Williams, Glorious Johnson, George Gillis, Hazel Gillis (sitting), Dr. Richard Danford, Christine Mcair, Faizah Mixson, Anita Shepherd, Brenda Frinks, Linda Butner and Oliver Mcair. The James Weldon Johnson Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) held its annual membership reception at the River Club last weekend with the theme "African Americans in Times of War.ÂŽ Sen. Audrey Gibson also served as the keynote speaker. Historically, the role of AfricanAmericans from and to the present has been essential to AmericaÂs success. Honored and recognized were veterans in attendance who continue to advocate for black history. Members stress the importance of Black history not one month, but 365 days a year to ensure its preservation. In addition to local programming within the organization, ASALH also provides speakers and presentations throughout the year. The local chapter meets monthly and presents regular activities expanding the discourse of AfricanAmerican history. #Legacykeepers: ASALH Tributes Black History 365 Community advocate and volunteer Sollie Mitchell turned 100 last weekend and was feted with celebrations across the city. MitchellÂs rich history includes a career as a Pullman Car Porter, WWII veteran and a participant in the 1963 March on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mitchell attended Stanton High School, was drafted in 1941 and worked for the railroad until he retired in 1981. Shown above is Donna Rash Sawyer helping Mr. Mitchell cut one of his birthday cakes. The Jacksonville Free Press is proud to salute Mr. Sollie Mitchell and his rich legacy to the Jacksonville community! Sollie Mitchell Celebrates 100th Birthday Shown(L-R) are STV committee members and honorees: Carla L. Page, Tyrees Johnson, Bishop Hall, Sr., Robert Simmons and Zahrul Quader.As Violence Peaks, Annual Banquet Honors Youth and Community El-Beth-El Development Center recently held its 9th annual ÂStop the Violence RecognitionÂŽ Banquet at the International Fire Fighters Hall. Since 2009, El-Beth-El has honored individuals from the community for outstanding achievements, leadership and contributions to improve the quality of life throughout Jacksonville. This year, El-Beth-El honored 14 youth for academic achievement and in addition to awarding fifteen diverse Stop the Violence honorees from throughout the city. Each student received a $100 gift card and recognition certificate. El-Beth-El Development Center is a faith-based nonprofit humanitarian organization committed to empowering underprivileged communities in Jacksonville.
Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press June 28 July 4, 2018 If you have mortgage problems, call 888-995-HOPE for one-on-one expert advice from this free government program.YouÂre not alone. ÂWhat will happen to us if we lose the house?ÂŽ Money Talks $ $ Money Talks $ $ $ $ Money Talks Money Talks $ $ Money Talks $ $ $ $ Money Talks How much do you need to retire?This simple, three-step process can help you come up with and answerSurvey wizards frm Forbes made a fascinating discovery earlier this year after analyzing data from more than 13,000 retired subscribers. While people with $500,000 to $999,999 in net worth were significantly more satisfied in retirement than their counterparts who accumulated less, any wealth beyond that barely moved the satisfaction needle. We dubbed that range the retirement "sweet spot." Most of us who are planning for retirement would do well to find our own sweet spot. And there seem to be no shortage of interested parties eager to help us with the task. For example the online investing firm Scottrade put the question to registered investment advisers in a recent survey. For "average" Americans between 43 and 64, 30 percent of the advisers suggested a goal of $1.5 million, 35 percent said $2 million to $3 million and 13 percent upped it to $3million or more. So what's the answer? Will $500,000 do it. assuming that many of us can even reach that threshold? Or are we likely to need multiple millions to ensure a satisfying retirement? Obviously this is one of those highly personal money questions with no universal answer, but here's one way to think it though Step 1 (Expenses) Before you can decided how much to save, it helps to know what exactly you're saving for -in other words, your future retirement spending. A quick but crude way to go about it is to use what financial planners call a "replacement rte" That's the percentage of your working income that you'll need after you retire. Many advisers suggest 70 to 80 percent, assuming that coasts like commuting taxes and retirement-plan contributions will decline after you retire. In reality, of course, retirees often find their expenses actually go up since they have more time to travel and by stuff. So be warned. A better but more time-consuming method is to create a retirement budget based on what you currently spend and how you see that changing. Michael Garry, a certified financial planner in Newtown, Pa., says clients who do that often enjoy the added benefit of finding financial leaks they can plug right away. "A lot of people haven't done a budget in years" he says, "so they're sometime shocked at how much they spend eating out or on different kinds of memberships." In projecting your retirement expenses consider whether you can plan to stay in the same home and if you'll still be carrying a mortgage. Also take a look at health coast, particularly if you'll no longer be on an employer's plan. Bear in mind, for example that Medicare, great relief that it is in many respects, doesn't cover most dental bills. While you're at it, don't forget to budget for some fun, however you define it. STEP 2 OTHER INCOME Chances are your saving won't be your only resource for retirement. Most readers of this column will receive Society Security benefits, for example. You can get a prediction of your by using the Retirement Estimator at www.ssa.gov. Recently the average retiree benefit was $1.166 a month: $3,119 was the maximum possible at age 70. For most of us, the number will probably be somewhere between those two. You may also have a traditional pension coming from one or more employers. If you don't ready know the likely amount, ask the plan administrator. Finally, like many retirees, you may want to keep working, either part-time or fulltime. Include that income in your totals, too if you're sure it won't fall through. STEP 3 THE SHORTFALL Now that you've toted up your likely expenses and sources of income, you can subtract the latter from the former. Whatever's left is the amount that you'll have to make up from your saving. Just to use round numbers, let's say you'll need $50,000 a year for retirement and expect to get $30.000 from Social Security, a pension, and part time work. That leaves $20,000 to be covered from saving. Financial planners often use 4 percent as a fairly conservative withdrawal rate. That is you should be able to withdraw about 4 percent of your assets each year without running too high a risk of depleting them. (The actual calculation is 4 percent in year one, with an appropriate adjustment for inflation in each subsequent years). So in this example, you would need assets of $500,000, 4 percent of which would cover the $200,000 shortfall. Here's another way to look at it: Determine what you'll need to withdraw from savings each year, multiply it by 25, and that's how much you'll need to save. The closer you are to retirement, the more accurate your estimates are likely to be. But even if the big days is still decades away, it's worth spending a spare hour on. Because if we ever survey you on whether you're satisfied with your retirement, we want you to be in the happy group. In projecting your retirement expenses consider whether you can plan to stay in the same home and if you'll still be carrying a mortgage... (NNPA) As a joint conference committee of Congress works to reconcile two versions of the largest Wall Street financial reform since the 1930s New Deal, a new report from the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) details how widespread foreclosures have drained an estimated $350 billion from communities of color. These losses are attributable to both foreclosed homes and nearby neighbors whose property values plummeted as a result of neighborsÂ foreclosures. In many instances, homes near foreclosures leave nearby homeowners owing a mortgage far more than their home is now worth. This loss of wealth may exceed the total cost paid by the Gulf Coast states in response to Hurricane Katrina. According to Foreclosures by Race and Ethnicity: the Demographics of a Crisis, for every 100 African-American homeowners, 11 have either lost their homes or at imminent risk of foreclosure. For Latino families, the figures are even worse Â… 17 of every 100 Latino homeowners are affected by foreclosures. ÂWhether weÂre talking about oil spills or housing catastrophes, itÂs clear that America needs to invest in prevention, clean-up and recovery,ÂŽ said Mike Calhoun, CRL President. ÂAs Congress works to finish financial reform legislation, the rules on home lending need to get stronger, not weaker. We need to make sure a foreclosure crisis of this type never happens again; and though so many homes have been lost, it is not too late to prevent more damage.ÂŽ The report cites lending industry figures showing that the percentage of homes in some stage of foreclosure in the United States is the highest on record and five times the norm. According to CRLÂs research, from January 2007 through December 2009, 2.5 million foreclosures were completed nationwide. Another 5.7 million borrowers are at least two or more payments behind, leaving them at imminent risk of foreclosure. The vast majority of homes lost to foreclosures were originated from 2005 through 2008 for owner-occupied borrowers, not speculators. A related June case study by CRL shares the ongoing plight of a 79-year old widow whose only income is social security. When Mrs. Louise GoldenÂs husband, Stanley, suffered a stroke and their income was drowning in medical costs, they decided in 2006 to refinance their long-time home, using the equity in the house to pay off bills. She and her husband thought they were getting a 30-year low fixed-interest loan. Golden passed the following year and while his spouse was still grieving, learned that their loan was actually an adjustable rate mortgage or ARM. The payments that began at just over $1,000 a month rose in excess of $1,700 a month Â… more than her modest monthly income. Unfortunately, Mrs. GoldenÂs case is repeated throughout much of the nation and the problem is particularly severe in MarylandÂs Prince GeorgeÂs County where in 2009 the number of foreclosure filings, 13,412, accounted for 31 percent of similar filings throughout the state. According to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, one out of every 24 homes in this county was subject to a foreclosure filing last year, compared to the statewide rate of one out of 54. Additional CRL research shows that without regard to ethnicity or race, 24 states and 38 counties will also experience a loss of over $1 billion each in local house prices and tax bases. Among the 24 affected states, the ten worst facing declines in house values and tax bases are: California, New York, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Arizona, Massachusetts, Virginia and Pennsylvania. As an independent research and public policy organization, CRL is among the advocates that are keeping a close eye on the House and Senate Conference Committee on financial reform to ensure that the policy reforms for mortgage lending are preserved in the final bill. Stronger regulatory oversight, sensible underwriting standards, and removing financial incentives for lenders to steer consumers into higher-cost loans are among the items CRL believes will make a significant difference in preventing similar crises from recurring. Rep. Barney Frank (MA), House Financial Services Committee, chairs the bi-partisan conference committee and has a target goal of sending a bill to the President by the upcoming Independence holiday, July 4. Three members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) serve on the full conference committee: Representatives Kendrick Meek (FL), Maxine Waters (CA) and Mel Watt (NC). Four additional CBC members are assigned to sub-committees and specific policy areas. They are: Representatives Bobby Rush (IL), Energy and Commerce; John Conyers (MI), Judiciary; Elijah Cummings (MD) and Edolphus Towns (NY), Small Business. Consumers interested in commenting on foreclosures or subcommittee deliberations are urged to contact the offices of these Members of Congress. To review the complete report, visit: http://www.responsiblelending.org/mortgagelending/research-analysis/foreclosures-by-race-andethnicity.html $350 Billion of Wealth Lost in Communities of Color Many older Americans find themselves house rich and cash poor. They own their home, or at least have significant equity in it, yet struggle to make ends meet each month. They could sell their home, but are not inclined to move and leave their memories behind. A reverse mortgage may be the answer they seek. A reverse mortgage is a loan against your home that you do not have to pay back for as long as you live in your house. It basically converts your equity into cash, with no repayment required until the borrower no longer uses the home as his or her principal residence. One version of this product is the Federal Housing AuthorityÂs Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) which allows borrowers 62 and over to withdraw some of the equity in their home, providing a much needed financial boost to their income. However, the home must be a single family home or a one-to-four unit home where the borrower actually lives. Additionally, a HUD-approved condominium or manufactured home that meets FHA guidelines may also be eligible. There are no restrictions on personal income, but the amount you can borrow does depend on your age, the current interest rate, the appraised value of your home or FHAÂs mortgage limits for your area, whichever is less. Generally speaking, the more valuable your home is, the older you are, the lower the interest rate and the more you can borrow. Seniors can use the money as they see fit, for example, for emergencies or medical expenses, to make home improvements, or to pay off debt. Homeowners will still be responsible, however, for the taxes and insurance associated with the property. One requirement to receiving a HECM is that the borrower meets with a HUD-approved housing counselor who has passed a special HECM exam prior to obtaining the loan. This is a protection to the consumer, as the terms and options associated with a reverse mortgage can be complicated. For instance, consumers need to fully understand that the up-front costs can be quite steep, and that money received from a reverse mortgage can be counted as income or an asset that restricts eligibility to some government programs. A reverse mortgage may not be your best option, and the counselorÂs role is to review all options available. ÂReverse mortgages are the perfect solution for some people, but not all. At your counseling session, feel free to keep asking questions until you completely understand the reverse mortgage product,ÂŽ comments Gail Cunningham, spokesperson for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC). ÂAnd, be sure to inquire if there might be a better option for you. If your financial need is shortterm, there may be community programs that can help.ÂŽ Call toll free (800) 388-2227, r to find a counselor or visit www.DebtAdvice.org. Reverse mortgage could be the right answer for cash strapped seniors By Jason Alderman My wife and I survived two major home remodeling projects and we've got the battle scars to prove it. Like most people feeling cramped for space Â… thanks to two growing children in our case Â… we weighed the plusses and minuses of remodeling versus moving to a larger home. Because we live in a great neighborhood with strong local schools, we ultimately decided to stay put and remodel, but everyone's case is different. Here are a few considerations to weigh before you decide to remodel: Wishes vs. needs. How necessary are the improvements you want? The days when many improvements paid for themselves in increased home value are over for now, especially such strictly cosmetic upgrades as new kitchen cabinets or a bathroom skylight. That doesn't mean certain projects aren't worthwhile. For instance: Repairing a leaky roof or faulty plumbing might spare you from water or mold damage. Installing attic and wall insulation and energy-efficient windows or replacing older appliances and light fixtures will lower utility bills and may be taxdeductible (visit www.energystar.gov for information on tax credits and rebates). The IRS allows tax deductions for certain home improvements to accommodate medical conditions or disabilities with a doctor's recommendation. The rules are complex, so read IRS Publication 502 at www.irs.gov and consult a tax advisor before proceeding. Budgeting. Gather cost estimates for each job or item and create a chart with columns for high-, mediumand low-cost options. Don't forget supplies for do-it-yourself projects and always add an extra 20 percent or more for unexpected expenses. If contracted labor is involved, gather three estimates and carefully check references and business licenses. Also, ask about discounts for grouping multiple projects together. Financing options. Ideally, you've already established a home improvement savings plan. But if you're planning to borrow, proceed with caution. Just a few years ago, home values were skyrocketing and many people took out a home equity loan (HEL) or line of credit (HELOC) to tap their home's equity. The real estate market's collapse left many people owing more than their homes were worth, so now even folks with excellent credit and significant home equity have difficulty finding such financing. Lenders now demand stringent income documentation and have cut back on the debt-to-value percentage they will allow Â… only 60 or 70 percent or less of the appraised value in some hard-hit areas. So if your existing mortgage is over that amount, you may be out of luck. Comparison shop. First, ask if your existing lender offers HELs and HELOCs. If so, compare their interest rates, fees and qualification criteria to what other lenders are advertising. Bankrate.com has home equity rate comparison tools for both banks and credit unions at www. bankrate.com; but be forewarned, pickings are slim right now. You might have better luck talking directly to lending officers at local branches. One important caution: HELs and HELOCs are considered secured debt in which your home is used as collateral for the loan. If you miss payments or default, you could lose your home. If you're not certain you'll be able to make the payments (worries about unemployment, prolonged illness, etc.), it's probably best to forego remodeling until you have sufficient savings. $ $ Money Talks $ $ $ $ Money Talks $ $ $ $ Money Talks $ $ $ $ Money Talks $ $ $ $ Money Talks $ $ $ $ Money Talks $ $ $ $ Money Talks $ $ $ $ Money Talks $ $ W W h h e e n n d d o o e e s s h h o o m m e e r r e e m m o o d d e e l l i i n n g g m m a a k k e e f f i i n n a a n n c c i i a a l l s s e e n n s s e e Cities and States Add Support to Preserve Fair Housing Ruleby Charlene Crowell In reaction to the Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentÂs (HUD) suspension of an important fair housing rule, a groundswell of national advocacy has emerged calling to preserve the rule and its goals of fair housing for all. To date, and in separate actions, both cities and states are speaking up for the 50-year old Fair Housing Act and the goals that it has yet to achieve. The AFFH rule took effect in July 2015, after widespread documentation over several years revealed how many HUD grantees made no discernible effort to end segregated housing in their locales. Unless federal courts intervene, the rule suspension will remain in effect until either 2024 or 2025. On June 5 a total of 12 jurisdictions including six states and six cities advised the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia of their joint opposition: California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia, Washington State and the District of Columbia joined the cities of Austin (TX), Oakland (CA), New Orleans, Portland (OR), Seattle (WA), and Toledo (OH). Together the jurisdictions seek a halt to HUDÂs suspension of its own rule. That same day and in a separate action, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood and Governor Andrew Cuomo jointly moved to intervene as well, citing HUDÂs violation of the Administrative Procedure Act in suspending the rule without notice and failing to provide sufficient reasons for the rule suspension. Due to these two violations, the State of New York maintains that HUD has abdicated its duties and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act. ÂAs a former HUD Secretary, it is appalling to me that the agency would abdicate its responsibility to fight housing segregation and discrimination and allow this deplorable practice to continue,ÂŽ said Governor Cuomo. The attorney general for the nationÂs most populous state, California, linked fair housing with opportunity in other dimensions of life. ÂWhat part of town you live in should not mean that the doors of opportunity are closed to you,ÂŽ said Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who joined the amicus brief filed by Maryland and other jurisdictions. ÂFair housing is critical to creating integrated and supportive communities that provide access to jobs and better economic environments Â… and getting there requires an accountable use of federal housing funds. It is irresponsible for HUD to suspend regulations that facilitate fair housing and create a mechanism for accountability.ÂŽ The June amicus briefs both support litigation brought earlier to halt suspension of the rule and was filed by the National Fair Housing Alliance, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service, and Texas Appleseed. In response, the AFFH rule specifically required any organization receiving HUD funds to have a plan and timeline that incorporates community concerns to actively address local housing problems. This planning approach was structured to enable HUD grantees to take meaningful and measurable actions to overcome historic patterns of segregation. Additionally, the rule promotes fair housing choice, and fosters inclusive communities that are free from discrimination. The suspension of this fair housing rule is one of several actions that have triggered criticism of HUD Secretary Ben Carson. In 2017, HUD proposed cutting $6 billion from its budget, including programs focusing on underserved communities. Plans were for Public housing to lose $1.3 million from facility improvements, and another $600 million in operational costs, where nationwide an estimated 1.2 families reside. These proposed cuts also sidestepped long-standing needs for technological improvements and staffing resources to effectively and efficiently administer the FHA program. This past April, the State of New York declared a state of emergency due to widespread lead and mold found in the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) that serves over 400,000 residents. On June 11, a $1.2 billion consent decree was reached with NYCHA, HUD, and the Environmental Protection Agency and the housing authority will provide environmental abatement. Other HUD-proposed budget cuts would have eliminated entirely the Community Development Block Grant (CFBG) Program, and gut Choice Neighborhoods. That proposal raised lawmaker eyebrows as for every $1 in Choice Neighborhoods funding, awardees and their partners typically leverage for their projects an additional $5 in public and private funding. While Secretary Carson continues these and initiatives, the nationÂs housing needs continue to suffer, for both would-be homeowners and renters alike. For example, the nation lacks 7.2 million affordable rental homes for low-income families, according to research by the National Fair Housing Alliance. Only 35 affordable and available rental homes exist for every 100 extremely low-income rental households. On the homeownership front, research by the Center for Responsible Lending has found that Black and Latino mortgage borrowers are disproportionately dependent upon FHA financing, and still have scant access to the most affordable and sustainable mortgages Â… 30-year fixed rate conventional ones. This heavy reliance on FHA financing even includes upper income Blacks and Latinos who could be eligible for conventional lending.
Alumni of StantonNew Stanton and Stanton Vocation High Schools celebrated their 12th ÂAll Class ReunionÂŽ this past weekend at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront. Classes were represented from 1939-1979. Over 600 classmates attended the event. The classes of 1968 from New Stanton and Stanton Vocational High Schools celebrated their 50th class reunions in conjunction with the gala. Highlighting the Friday night event was a meet and greet, trivia games, dance contest and a buffet of heavy tapas. The ballroom was filled to capacity on Saturday as attendees commemorated veterans from the 1967 class, honoring each with a medallion and certificate of appreciation of military service. Today, Stanton College Preparatory School is an academically renowned public high school whose history dates to the 1860s when it was begun as an elementary school serving the AfricanAmerican population under the then-segregated education system. The oldest continually operating high school in Florida draws from the rich community traditions of the past while reaching for a new tradition of advanced academic achievement. Built in the 1860s, Stanton was destroyed, rebuilt, moved, and changed from a comprehensive to vocational curriculum. In 1981, Stanton College Preparatory became Duval County Public SchoolÂs first magnet school. Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 June 28 July 4, 2018 Offering you a full range of quality services that includes a full range of accounting services (audits, reviews, compilations,and nontraditional engagements) for small businesses and tax services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and estates and trusts. Darryl Jackson, CPA provides extensive professional experience with a wide variety of industries and clients Enterprise Center 101 East Union Street, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL32202 904-633-8099 www.drj-cpa.com DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. Simonds-Johnson Park Community Reunion Committee (SJPCRC) held their Third Annual Scholarship Prayer Breakfast at the Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, June 23rd. The annual event celebrates and honors the late Coach Carlton ÂSoft KidÂŽ Bryant. Hundreds of community residents, family and friends enjoyed breakfast, speakers and an awards ceremony. Guest speakers inspired and encouraged attendees to love and support todayÂs youth and to reclaim their communities by working together to overcome adversities. The reunion committee is tasked with continuing the legacy of Coach Bryant, a former coach who started his career at SJP in 1955 and continued until the 80s when he retired from the City of Jacksonville Parks Dept. ÂFor over three decades Coach Bryant coached local children at the park. We had swimming lessons, played sports and engaged in cultural activities,ÂŽ said Yvonne Brockington, an event organizer. She added, ÂHe was also a father figure to many of the kids in the neighborhood.ÂŽ Simonds-Johnson Park is located at the intersection of 12th Street and Moncrief Road in northwest Jacksonville. Many neighborhood youth have benefited from the parkÂs athletic programs including professional athletes like Ken Burroughs of the Houston Oilers and Leonard (Truck) Robinson of the Washington Bullets. A community center was built on the grounds in 1957, and the facility received a major renovation in 1993. The committee will host a reunion weekend celebration scheduled for September of this year. Shown are community leaders and Coach Bryant awardees (l-r) Charlie Swain, Theresa Dickerson, Mark Hayes, Gary Ervin, Anquinette Roberts, Darryle Bonnett, Yvonne Brockington and Glenda Hopkins. Simond-Johnson Park Continues Legacy of Coach "SoftKid" Bryant On Saturday, June 23rd the Jacksonville Jazz Society (JJS) celebrated their Seventh Annual Wayne Barlow Scholarship Fundraiser at the Lexington Hotel and Conference Center. The evening commenced with the Limitless Band, which consists of approximately eight music students from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. The band had the crowd of approximately 250 jazz enthusiasts grooving and dancing throughout the night. The affair concluded with a silent auction, raffle and presentation of the $1,000 Wayne Barlow scholarships to Jacksonville University Jazz Studies students, Langston A. Oliver and Luke Stribling. The JJS Wayne Barlow Scholarship was developed to offer assistance to students whose curriculum is focused on jazz music Â… whether it is vocal, instrumental or writing. To meet the award criteria, students have to be entering their sophomore year at an accredited institution and must either strive for a major or minor in Jazz studies. In 2009, JJS, formerly The Ritz Jazz Society, was formed by disc jockeys NaÂim Rashid and Wayne Barlow. It is a volunteer organization of jazz aficionados, which includes professional musicians, scholars, media professionals, jazz club and performance site owners and managers. Shown holding his scholarship is student Lanston A. Oliver (center) with aÂim Rashid, Sharon Barlow-Hughley, Paula Gadsen-Barlow, Shahid Siddique and Yolanda Siddique. 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 Fundraiser Recognizes Jazz Students with Scholarship for College Studies Stanton Celebrates 12th All Class Reunion Members pictured in the photo (L to R) Robert Porter, LTCOL(Ret), Edgar Mathis, Sr., James Andrews, LCDR(Ret), Paul ix, George Barnes, Jean Downing, Jr., and Edward Robinson, Jr. On Monday, June 25th Lieutenant Commander (Ret) Paul Nix, President of the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) Jacksonville Chapter presented FLAJAX Club President and NNOA member James Andrews and members with a plaque as a token of appreciation for supporting the NNOA's Annual Scholarship Drive. The NNOA Jacksonville Chapter raised and donated $10,000 in scholarship funds to local high school seniors in 2018. NNOA is committed to the personal and professional development of sea service officers as well as improving relations and educational opportunities for students in the local community. NNOA Jax raises funds each year through their scholarship golf tournament to provide educational opportunities for local high school seniors. The organization has raised and donated over $80,000 to local students in recent years. aval Officers Honor FLA JAX The StantonClass of 1968 was honored on their 50th year.
Happy Birthday America. Approximately, 242 years ago our forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Many of the forefathers would be extremely proud of their Âbaby,ÂŽ but most certainly embarrassed by its current leader. The United States of America quickly ascended to international prominence and has been considered as ÂThe leader of the free worldÂŽ for decades. I have to think that several of the forefathers are turning over in their graves with the election of the last two presidents. The Donald because he has hurt AmericaÂs reputation internationally and is a narcissistic maniac. And of course, some of the good old honorable white statesmen would be highly bothered by the election of Barack Obama. Remember the DeclarationÂs chief architect, Thomas Jefferson, was disappointed at many of the amendments especially the one regarding slavery. Jefferson had condemned slavery in his original draft. He wrote in a letter stating, ÂThe clause too, reprobating the enslaving the inhabitants of Africa, was struck out in compliance to South Carolina and Georgia, who had never attempted to restrain the importation of slaves, and who on the contrary still wished to continue it.ÂŽ While Jefferson may have been a major opponent of slavery, no legislation of the magnitude of the Declaration of Independence can be passed without some considerable compromises and concessions being made. It is no secret that blacks have always played prominent rolls in building the foundation of this great country without much recognition of our contributions. ItÂs also no secret that Independence Day was celebrated for years while blacks were enslaved and segregated in the very nation we help to build. So many holidays are celebrated without Americans understanding the original purpose of the day. My question is simple: because the abolition of slavery was deliberately left out of the Declaration of Independence, should blacks even recognize the Fourth of July as our holiday as well? The great black leader and abolitionist Frederick Douglas asked the same question on July 5, 1852, when he gave a speech at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. During his speech he simply asked, ÂWhat, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?ÂŽ Douglas adds, ÂThis Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn." In what probably has become his most popular speech, Douglas asked the crowd, ÂWhat have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us?ÂŽ A nation founded on the principles of freedom and justice for all certainly has never lived up to its creed. Winston Churchill once said, ÂThe price of greatness is responsibility.ÂŽ Our great nation has not always accepted the responsibility of providing a level playing field to all of its citizens. So as Douglas challenged his audience some 166 years ago, I would challenge you today to think about our country and if it has lived up to its creed. Most blacks do not have to think long. Think about the U.S. justice system alone. Forget discrimination in housing, education and Corporate America, the justice system continues to be a haven of inequality. Think about the number of people that have murdered unarmed black men and the courts have failed to punish them. From Trayvon Martin to Philando Castile, we should be embarrassed as Americans. The fact that blacks and Latinos receive far worse sentences for the same crimes as whites is a major issue that is rarely acknowledged by mass media and certainly not properly addressed by those with political power. For so many years AmericaÂs Declaration of Independence, the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty, has only been relevant to white Americans. The first sentence of the second paragraph was the largest falsehood. ÂWe hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.ÂŽ In theory it sounds great. It sounds like the founding fathers were truly dedicated to equality, justice and opportunity, but we know that history tells a much different story. Obviously, much has changed since the Declaration of Independence was signed. African Americans have truly achieved in this country. But hereÂs the central problem Â… racism and discrimination are still at the forefront of American society. Of course, we canÂt forget about electing and re-electing our first African American president of the United States. Yes, African Americans have made significant achievements, but the question still lingers should blacks celebrate the 4th of July? Yes. We should celebrate because blacks help make America what it is today Â… the most powerful nation in the world. And while I may criticize the United States for its many challenges and inequalities, I love being an American. Despite our nationÂs past, I still think that this is the best country in the world for blacks to live. African Americans have earned the right to enjoyed Independence Day. Signing off from a cookout near you, Reggie Fullwood by Dr. Julianne Malveaux Usually, I call him 45. DonÂt want to feed the ego of a narcissist by calling out his name. But every shred of ignominy that is associated with this era needs to be associated with this putrid 45th President of the United States. So letÂs call it, the Trump era. The era of indifference to human rights, the era of obduracy around international cooperation, the era of pugilism with our allies, the era of abdication of international leadership. We are riveted by the harrowing sounds of children crying when they are torn from their parents, disgusted when we learn that even a nursing child is torn from her motherÂs breast, disturbed when we hear that a child with DownÂs syndrome is separated from her parent, angered when a Trump (yes, time to call his name) spokesperson mocks the Downs syndrome children with his sound Âwonk, wonkÂŽ. And our collective anger pushed our nonapologetic ÂleaderÂŽ to sign an executive order that potentially stopped the separation of children from their parents. At the same time, the international scandal minimized any moral authority our nation has in calling out others on human rights violations. The sound of wailing children makes it impossible for us to take a moral high road against any other country with their own human rights challenges. Thus, when United States Ambassador Nikki Haley announced that the United States would resign from the UN Human Rights Council, one had to wonder if she was avoiding approbation for the inhumanity toward children at the USMexico border, or if she had another agenda. She said that she was resigning because the group was unfair to Israel, without acknowledging that there are extreme human rights violations toward Israel against Palestinians. Perhaps she was also removing the US from a body that could censure us for the way children are treated at our border. President Trump (yes, IÂm going to call him by the name this time) has picked fights with anyone he can, isolating our country against our allies, aligning him with dictatorial opponents. He wants to be appreciated like Korean dictator Kim Jung Un, asking that people pay as much attention to him as they do to a man he once denigrated as ÂLittle Rocket ManÂŽ. At the same time, he picks a fight against our Canadian and Mexican allies, our continental partners, because he is flexing his muscles and making the point that he does not need friends. Thus, as New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman reported that 158 Canadians were killed, and 658 wounded, since the United States was attacked on September 11, 2001. Canadians sent their troops to fight alongside us. They didnÂt have to. They did because there was a relationship, a connection. Now, Mr. Trump is ungratefully picking a fight with Canada over pennies in tariffs, just because he can. He is making an enemy, creating enmity, just because he can. His behavior at the G-7 meeting in Canada was another alienating, isolating, experience. He went late and left early, signaling disrespect, maybe even contempt for his peers. He chafed when he was called on his nonsense and declined to sign the customary closing document. Without even attempting to give others advance notice, he suggested that his mentor (the kindest words I can manage) Russian leader Vladimir Putin, should be part of the G7. TrumpÂs advocacy and behavior place him outside the orbit of reason. He is isolating himself, and our country, with his nonsense. While the world has always been clear about our nationÂs flaws, and we who live here are clear about our nationÂs history of oppression, there was a time when we had some moral authority in the world. We chastised others about human rights violations, excoriated others when they strayed from the tenets of participatory democracy, bribed others to Âdo the right thingÂŽ with foreign aid that was connected to improvements in education and health offerings. We showed up at international conferences and meetings, chanting ÂwomenÂs rights are human rightsÂŽ, but now we see no attempt to embrace anybodyÂs rights. Donald Trump has isolated the United States from its human rights legacy and moral history. Donald Trump is an isolationist who has failed to understand the ways that our global connection has benefitted us. In isolating us, what has Trump done? And what will we do about it?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.julian nemalveaux.com Has America Lost Its SoulDick Gregory left us in August of last year. At least a year before passing away, he told me weÂd soon be facing chaos. Well, naturally, since so many, including me, thought that Hillary Clinton would be our President and our nation would function normally, we could not imagine what we are seeing. Usually I believed everything Mr. Gregory said because so often I saw everything he said come true. To believe Hillary would lose, and weÂd see the chaos we are seeing today totally stretched my imagination! When people ask me, ÂI wonder what Dick Gregory would say about whatÂs going on today,ÂŽ I donÂt have to wonder. I know what he would say, because he laid it out for us while he was here. We just didnÂt always want to believe what he was saying. WeÂve seen the chaos he predicted since the 2017 inauguration of #45. WhatÂs going on right now though is beyond what anyone couldÂve imagined. What is happening with 45Âs Administration and its zero-tolerance policy of tearing children from the arms of their parents, while the children are screaming in protest, is too much for many to bear. We are seeing sitins at the offices of Members of Congress, press conferences on the grounds of the Congress, picketing at various sites, men and women leaders seen with tears rolling down as they talk about this outrage and more. We are told this tragedy is bringing joy to the White House. This cruelty to babies who may never see their parents again is so hard to witness. Parents have been detained and deported with no fair hearing. They are being sent back to the horrendous, dangerous situation from which they were fleeing and being forced to leave their children behind. This is almost too much to bear. The psychological impact on the children whoÂve been viciously torn from their parentsÂ arms, some who are even told lies to get them away from parents, only to find their parents have been arrested and taken away, is unimaginable in AmericaÂ„and yet itÂs happening. Our government has no procedure to give the children back to their parents. Indeed, it is clear that #45Âs strong men and strong women have no idea where many of the children are! Reporters have been asking where the girls are. Where are the babies? Kirstjen Nielsen, HHS Secretary, didnÂt know where they were! SheÂs responsible for carrying out the imprisoning these children and with a straight face, she can say she doesnÂt know where they are! Incredible! It is unconscionable that this Administration would use babies for ransom to get a wall around the U.S.--Mexico border. #45 claims he has so much money, so it seems his conscience would dictate that he builds the wall himselfÂ„but did I just say Âhis conscience?ÂŽ ItÂs clear that he is a mad man and he doesnÂt have one. On the bright side, many state governors, through this chaos, have taken an action that proves all politicians have not gone mad. TheyÂve decided not to send their National Guard or use their stateÂs resources to support this shameful effort at state borders. Some who have Guard already there are recalling them. This gives us some hope that gut wrenching cries by innocent babies and the cruelties at our borders have proven that there is a shred of humanity left among us. My question is how long do we have to put up with this mad man and his policies? Where will he go from here? What will he do next to set our country back hundreds of years? Page 4 Ms.PerryÂs Free Press SUBSCRIBE TODAY SUBSCRIBE TODAY Yes, IÂd like to subscribe to the Jacksonville Free Press!Enclosed is my check __ money order __for $40.50 to cover my one year subscription.AME _________________________________________ ADDRESS_______________________________________ CITY____________________STATE____ZIP________ DISCLAIMERThe United State provides opportunities for free expression of ideas. The Jacksonville Free Press has its view, but others may differ. 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June 28 July 4, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 26 JULY 2, 2018 AZ EE Z Communications Inc. Vol. XXIV N o. 4 8Â’GEARING UP FOR 2018 FOOTBALLCARTWRIGHT : NC A&T senior running back racking up impressive preseason All-American honors.PREVIEW OF 2018 SWAC FOOTBALL; HBCU TEAM, PLAYERS GET PRESEASON RECOGNITIONNorth Carolina A&T Sports Photo LUT WILLIAMSBCSP EditorOVERVIEW A number of things are up in the air in the SWAC. 1) Commissioner Duer Sharp resigned in late December and the league has yet to choose a replacement. 2) The decision to abolish the championship game after 19 years is under review. It's likely to come back in 2018 at an on-campus venue. 3) The seven-game conference schedule will continue though some disruption in scheduling outof-conference opponents. 4) Four former assistants and a proven veteran step into head coaching roles. EAST DIVISION Experienced junior quarterback Noah Johnson (782 passing yards, 4 TDs) and senior running back P. J. Simmons (687 yards, 7 TDs) are expected to be plugged in to keep the high-powered Alcorn State (7straight East Division title. Center Mustafa Ibrahim steps into a lead role on the offensive line. The defense has depth and experience with eight returning starters led by LBs Trae Ferrell and Solomon Muhammad and DB Brady Smith. Donald Hill-Eley had the interim tag removed at Alabama State (5-6, 4-3) after leading the six games. Freshman Darryl Pearson was at the controls for those wins and will likely start at quarterback. A trio of running backs and wideouts Jamir Hannah and Nygell Lee return. Linebackers Malik Bridgers Ricky Haley and Darron Johnson and safety Joshua Hill lead a gang-tackling defense. After four years under James Spady Alabama A&M (4-7, 3-4) selected former Hampton head coach Connell Maynor to turn UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS NC A&T LONE HBCU IN 2018 FCS TOP 25: Defending Mid Eastern Athletic Conference and BLAC K CO LLE G E SP OR T S PA G E national champion North Carolina A&T is the only HBCU team to make the preseason 2018 FCS Top 25 as chosen by Street & Smith's College Football Annual which hit newsstands about two weeks ago. 12-0 last season, running the table in the MEAC and beating three other FCS opponents including SWAC champion Grambling State in the Celebration Bowl are selected 15th in the 2018 preseason. Former Defensive Coordinator Sam Washington has replaced retired veteran Rod Broadway guiding the Aggies. STATS FCS Top 25. They are picked to repeat in the MEAC this season on the strength of key and experienced returnees at skill positions. Quarterback Lamar Raynard returns for his senior campaign after passing for nearly 3,000 yards (2,932) with 27 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in 2017. R aynard completed 63.7 percent of his passes. The Aggies will also feature senior 1,000-yard rusher Marquell Cartwright and junior wideout Elijah Bell who had 64 receptions for 953 yards with 11 TD catches. Bell averaged 14.9 yards per catch. The Aggies will be tested early as they open the season against defending O hio Valley Conference champion Jacksonville State on August 25th in Montgomery, Alabama in the FCS Kickoff Classic Jacksonville State TWO ON STREET & SMITH'S A-A TEAM: North Carolina A&T senior running back Marquell Cartwright and Grambling State senior linebacker De'Arius Christmas are the only two HBCU players named to the preseason FCS all-American team by Street & Smith's College Football Annual. Cartwright, a 5-8, 201-pound redshirt senior, led season with 1,190 rushing yards. He scored 14 rushing touchdowns and averaged 99.2 rushing yards per game, 10th best in the FCS. Christmas, at 5-10, 220, amassed a team best 87 tackles last year for the G -Men averaging 6.7 tackles per game with 3.5 sacks. He was named the SWAC's defensive player of the year. 2018 SWAC Football PreviewWashingtonaround its fortunes. The offense features sophomore quarterbacks Aqeel Glass and Dylan Smith running backs Jordan Bentley and Trevon Walters receivers Isaiah Bailey and Marcelus Clash and an experienced offensive line. Elite pass rushers Vernon Moland (10 sacks) and Yurik Bethune (5 sacks) play in front of an experienced secondary. Jackson State (3-8, 3-4) won three of its last four games but coach Tony Hughes decided to go in another direction, hiring passing guru Hal Mumme to lead the offense. Three new QB candidates will vie to run the offense with wide receivers getting more opportunities and R B Jordan Johnson (647 yards, 6 TDs) getting an expanded role. The top 10 tacklers return but they must improve after giving up 170 ypg. on the ground. Defensive coordinator V incent Dancy is the new head coach at Mississippi Valley State (29, 1-6) replacing R ick Comegy. TDs, minus rushing yards and 55 sacks, itÂs understandable why the new coach focused on bringing in offensive linemen. The passing offense led the league with Quinn McElfresh Steven McIntosh and Booker Chambers having productive years catching passes from three quarterbacks, who all return. Linebacker Patrick Harbin and safety Everett Nicholas are the top defenders. WEST DIVISION New offensive playmakers will have to step forward to continue the run of two-time champion Grambling State (112, 7-0). Geremy Hickbottom and Charles Wrigh t are in line to replace O ffensive P O Y Devante Kincade at quarterback. Alabama transfer DeSherris Flowers and holdover Lyndermian Brooks are the top candidates to grab Martez CarterÂs running back spot. Eight all-SWAC performers Â… O L William Waddell W R Darrell Clark TE Jordan Jones, P K Marc Orosco LB DeÂArius Christmas D-linemen LaAllan Clark (9 sacks), Linwood Banks and Brandon Varner Â… should ease the transition. A stellar senior class departed Southern (7-4, 5-2). The good news is that AP R sanctions are over and spring practice will be held for Andrea Augustine is the only returning all-conference player though fellow S Montavious Gaines and several other defenders are of all-SWAC caliber. The Jags have an experienced O -line and a promising receiving quartet. The biggest job is sorting trying to replace record-setting four-year starting quarterback Austin Howard After head coach Willie Simmons left for Florida A&M Prairie View A&M (6-5, 4-3) turned to former G rambling offense coordinator Eric Dooley as the PanthersÂ new head man. HeÂll build the PanthersÂ offense around 6-4, 235-pound sophomore Christmasquarterback Neiko Hollins (1,848 yards, 21 TDs) who had an impressive freshman campaign. Dawonya Tucker and Caleb Broach will handle running back duties with Corbin Finlayson and Shawn Pierce anchoring the line. Anthony Stubbs is the returning tackles leader with JuAnthony Parke r leading a deep and talented secondary. in just about every statistical category, Michael Haywood beefed up his young Texas Southern (2-9, 2-5) squad with jucos and Div. I transfers. Chief among them is Tulane transfer Glen Cuilette whoÂll compete with Dominic Delira at quarterback. Brad Woodard is the featured back with Malik Webb the receiving leader. Linebacker Julian Marcantel (92 stops) but needs sack leader Ike Owansanyo and linebacker Patrick Howell to step into lead roles. season at Arkansas Pine Bluff (2-9, 1-6) ended the 10-year run of head coach Monte Coleman Cedric Thomas returns to lead his alma after spending six seasons as defensive coordinator at Alcorn State KeShawn Williams is the league's returning rushing leader with Tyrin Ralph a nice changeof-pace back. Senior LaEarl Patterson likely gets the reins to the offense. Linebackers Jontavis Testa JeKevin Carter and Londell Sanders are solid with Jalen Steward a force up front. Six HBCU football players earn HERO Sports All-American recognition BELLEVUE, Wash., Â… Three players from defending BLAC K CO LLE G E SP OR T S PA G E national champion North Carolina A&T were named to the 2018 HERO Sports All-American teams recently. Senior running back Marquell Cartwright was named to the second team offense while sophomore defensive back Mac McCain was named to the second team defense. Junior wide receiver Elijah Bell was named to the third team offense along with Howard sophomore quarterback Caylin Newton who was designated as an athlete. Grambling's De'Arius Christmas was The 2017 SWAC Defensive Player of the Year who led the SWAC champion Tigers' The three Aggies were key parts of A&T 12-0 Mid Eastern Athletic Conference and national championship season last year. Cartwright led the MEAC in rushing (1,190 yards, 14 TDs), Bell was the league's receiving leader (64 receptions, 953 yards 11 TDs and McCain paced the MEAC in interceptions with six, three that he returned for touchdowns. Those three return TDs led all of FCS football.. Last season, Newton led Howard's resurgence on the gridiron, posting a 7-4 overall mark and 6-2 in Mid Eastern Athletic Conference play; thus, placing second behind MEAC and black college national champion North Carolina A&T collegiate debut. From that point, Newton guided the conference's toprated offensive unit (447.8 ypg) and rushing offense (217.4 ypg). to surpass 3,000 yards of total offense (3,185) while averaging 289.5 yards of offense per outing. The Atlanta native also led the MEAC in scoring as he combined for 25 touchdowns en route to leading Howard to its best Newton earned several postseason honors, including 2017 MEAC R ookie of the Year and 2017 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) R ookie of the Year. North Carolina Central rising senior long snapper Erik Schlecker earned a spot on the HERO Sports FCS Preseason Third Team for achieving a 99 percent success rate on his snaps with only one errant snap in the past two seasons at NCCU. The transfer from ASA College also boasts a snap time average of 0.75 seconds. To his credit, each NCCU teammate Schlecker has snapped for during the 2016 and 2017 seasons Â… two placekickers and a punter Â… has garnered all-conference recognition.Southern names new women's hoops coach Southern University Athletics Director Roman Banks introduced longtime assistant coach Carlos Funchess as the program's next head women's basketball coach during an introductory press conference last Thursday inside the F. G Clark Activity Center. During the previous 13 seasons, Funchess served as assistant coach under former head coach Sandy Pugh at Southern, where he worked exclusively with developing the Jaguars post players, including All-SWAC performers Frederika Lewis, Freda Allen and Briana Green Since his arrival to Baton R ouge in 2005, Funchess has been instrumental in helping guide regular season and three SWAC Tournament titles. Funchess is also known as a tireless recruiter, canvassing much of the Southeast and Texas for hidden talent which has helped Southern become a perennial SWAC title contender. A native of Magee, Miss., Funchess is a former two-time AllSouthland Conference performer and the 1991 co-Player of the Year at then-Northeast Louisiana University (ULM) and received national recognition after his senior season when he won the 1991 College Slam Dunk Contest on ESPN. Graham new Albany State volleyball coach ALBANYThe Albany State University (ASU) Athletics Department has announced the appointment of Verniece Graham as head volleyball coach for the G olden R ams. G raham assumes the role after Robert Skinner stepped down from the position. During his tenure, Coach Skinner guided the G olden R ams to ten SIAC Championships and eight NCAA Division head coach at Paine College compiling a combined overall career record of 449-298. "I have had a wonderful run as volleyball coach here at Albany State," says Skinner who has been at the helm of the program since 1991. "I'm looking forward to giving my full attention to women's basketball and am excited for what's to come for volleyball under the guidance of Coach G raham." G raham takes over the program after serving as the assistant head coach since the fall of 2008. During her tenure G raham helped guide the team to two straight SIAC Championships (2008, 2009). In addition to her coaching duties, she played an integral role in day-to-day operations of the program including budgeting, recruiting and scheduling. "We are excited to see Verniece lead the volleyball program. I am strong commitment to the academic and social development of our volleyball student-athletes," said ASU Athletics Director Sherie Gordon G raham is no stranger to the athletics program at ASU. She had a standout career during her time a dual-sport in volleyball and softball for the G olden R ams. G raham was twice named to the All-SIAC Second Team in volleyball and as a libero/outside hitter helped bring three SIAC Championships to Albany State (2005,2006,2007). SIAC performer and was a part of the 2005 SIAC Championship team.BCSP Notes SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SWAC Football Media Day Friday, July 13, 2018 10 a.m. Birmingham Marriott Birmingham, AL CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CIAA Football Media Day Thursday, July 19, 2018 9 a.m. Sheraton Hotel Roanoke, VA MID EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE MEAC Football Media Luncheon Friday, July 27, 2018 9 a.m. Hilton Norfolk The Man Hotel Norfolk, VATHE STAT CORNERWHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS 2018 PRESEASON FOOTBALL EVENTS Grambling solid; League looking for answersEAST DIVISION 1. Alcorn State 2. Alabama State 3. Jackson State 4. Alabama A&M 5. Mississippi Valley State WEST DIVISION 1. Grambling State 2. Southern 3. Prairie View A&M 4. Texas Southern 5. Arkansas-Pine Bluff PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH SWAC'S TOP NFL PROSPECT At 5-10, 235, Alabama A&M linebacker VERNON MOLAND may be as fast as former Bulldog Robert Mathis. Mathis had 20 sacks as a senior linebacker and had a marvelous pro career racking up 123 sacks and 52 forced fumbles. Moland led the SWAC with 10 sacks last year and has his sights on matching Mathis's exploits. NEWTON : Young Howard quarterback among six HBCU players earning AllAmerican recognition. Funchess Graham
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, 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.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. The church is under the leadership of Dr. Jeannette C. Holmes. For more details visit www.hopechapelministries.org.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.Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church Summer BazaarMt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church Summer Bazaar will be held Saturday, July 7th from 9 a.m. 3 p.m. Enjoy a day of fun, food, games and give-aways. Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church is located at 1319 N. Myrtle Avenue and under the leadership of Pastor Lee Harris. All are welcome! For more info contact the church office at (904) 355-0001.Southside Church of God in Christ PastorÂs AnniversaryCelebrate Southside Church of God in Christ PastorÂs Anniversary recognizing Bishop Edward Robinson and Lady Cynthia Robinson 39 years in Ministry, July 19th 21st at 7:30 p.m. This yearÂs theme is "A Pastor after God's Own Heart.ÂŽ Enjoy the BishopÂs famous BBQ, fellowship with friends, family and the congregation. All activities will take place at Southside Church of God in Christ is located at 2179 Emerson St. To preorder your dinner and for more info contact the church office at (904) 398 1625.Musical Extravaganza Honoring Reverend Mary F. DavisAttend the musical extravaganza honoring Greater New Hope A.M.E. Church Pastor Mary F. Davis, Sunday, July 8th at 5 p.m. Guest artist include Pastor Alexie R. Kelly and the Worshipers and Sabrina Denmark Walker. Location is Greater New Hope A.M.E. Church located at 2708 N. Davis St. For more info contact the church office at (904) 356-2121. 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. PerryÂs Free Press July 28 July 4, 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 You know, IÂve got to give it to the devil. He truly is as slick as they come. It is my understanding that he has some power in this physical world and what amounts to zilch in the eternal kingdom of heaven. Hence, he has an advantage when it comes to orchestrating the events of this world in order to accomplish two very important things to him; things that we should all be aware of. One, I believe, is to get us to believe he doesnÂt exist. Two, is to show us a perspective on this world that leaves God entirely out of the equation. Now I donÂt know which one is more damaging. But to think the devil doesnÂt exist is extremely dangerous and to further believe that God is not an integral part of life is spiritual suicide. As in the Parable of the Sower, we learn this realityÂƒÂŽSome people are like seed along the path where the Word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the Word that was sown in them.ÂŽ Mark 4:15. This entire parable speaks to how life, its worldly seductions, its substance less illusions about acquiring wealth and desire for personal gratification, can obscure the truth contained in the Word of God. Can you imagine being tricked out of what rightfully belongs to you because you didnÂt know it was yours in the first place? Now underscore that with the belief that the person doing the tricking is actually someone who doesnÂt really exist. If we succumb to either point of view (belief in God or not), then we proceed through life guaranteeing that the Word of God will bear no fruit in us. Hence, it is impossible for us to have the kind of life which God intends for us. I believe many of us, me included, spend far too much time and energy relying on the lies of Satan in a world that measures success by the weight of oneÂs wallet, rather than by GodÂs divine will. Our struggle is one where we must first be the soil made ready to produce a crop. Our challenge is to be prepared to hear the Word. The intent is to bear fruit. By bearing fruit, I mean we should spread the Word, pollinate the lives of others with the reality that evil is real and walks and talks and lives and breathes in this world today. More importantly, we have been seeded with the secrets revealed to us in the life and death and life of Jesus Christ. He is the key to our salvation. The question then is what do you believe in? Your world becomes defined by the answer to that simple but very important question. Belief in God obviously, necessitates a belief in the devil and fortifies and insulates you against the evil in your life winning. If you donÂt believe in God, what you donÂt know will be what ruins you eternally. You will never seek Him out. You therefore become vulnerable to the devilÂs tricks because keeping you ignorant is and always has been the tool of this oppressor. ItÂs a control thing as we all now know. In that regard the one thing that insures salvation is just a little bit of knowledge based in faith. That faith, no matter how small, stands as a testament to all that God is in control and the first option should always be Him. A little bit of faith is required when life and the devil say no way. Faith always gets tested. Salvation lies somewhere between what you say, what you do and what you believe in. You see when you know the truth, you canÂt be tricked. However, the effort to trick you will be constant and the lies will keep coming. But ÂIf you hold to my (Jesus) teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.ÂŽ John 8:31-32. May God reveal to your heart His purpose for you and may you be bathed in it. May God bless and keep you always. Knowing the Devil and All of His Tricks 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 First Baptist Church of VeniceBillionaire's Son Wants to Turn 109 Year Old Historic Black Church Into Mega Mansion A billionaire family, which owns Variety magazine, wants a historic black church in a Los Angeles neighborhood in California to come down so that they can build a mega mansion for themselves. Some residents are calling it arrogant, selfish, a "sickness" and "white privilege." Jay Penske, a media mogul who owns Variety and several other lifestyle publications, and his wife Elaine Irwin, a former model for Victoria's Secret and Calvin Klein, plan to turn the First Baptist Church of Venice, which has been in the community since 1912, into an 11,000 square-foot family home with a roof top deck and four-car garage, according to CBS Local. "It is a sickness that you want to go into a community and care more about your own dreams to have a huge mansion than about a neighborhood," a local woman was quoted as saying. "I would call it white privilege Âƒ arrogance that says I have the money this is what I want so I should be able to do it," another Venice resident was quoted as saying. However, some residents feel it will cause property prices in the locality to rise, and therefore benefit them. Elaine Irwin told the West LA Planning Commission that her family has had "extensive conversation, exchanges of email, calls and meetings with community members and residents, often with multiple families, some individual." She has also claimed "we've received numerous letters from the neighbors and surrounding neighbors sharing their stories and offering support." "I don't know why they want to take away something that's on sacred ground," another resident was earlier quoted as saying by LA Curb. "I don't know why they want to destroy something that God has planted here." Jay Penske and his brother, Mark, were arrested briefly in 2012 on charges of breaking into the Nantucket Yacht Club with intent to commit a misdemeanor, according to Fox Sports. A blog, Greater Greater Washington, recently reported that many of DC's churches have also been up for sale in recent years thanks to rising property values and changing demographics. It cited as an example the Way of The Cross Church of Christ was turned into a suite of apartments last year. In Europe, many churches have been converted into homes, according to My Modern Met, which recently gave 17 examples of such conversions. In the Netherlands, a company called Zecc Architects is well known for giving churches a complete makeover, it noted. "An old Catholic church is transformed into one spatial residence," the company says on its website. "The character of the small church is retained and where possible reinforced. The colours of the characteristic leaded glass are brought to life by brightening the complete space. The stained glass works as a projector on the clear surfaces. For extra daylight roof windows are added, through which diffused light enters the converted chapel."
June 28 July 4, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 ÂMy pressure is upÂŽ. How many black households have heard that statement? unfortunately, a desprportionate amount of them as African Americans and the people of African descent have the highest rates of hypertension of any race or ethnic group in the world. What is blood pressure? Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing on the blood vessel walls. The heart pumps blood into the arteries, which carry the blood throughout the whole body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls. When the blood pressure is elevated over time, it is called high blood pressure. Any person can develop hypertension, a term for high blood pressure. Blood pressure measures the force of the blood flowing through the blood vessels when the heart contracts to pump blood and when the heart rests between beats. In people with hypertension, the tension within the blood vessels is greater, which makes the heart work harder. Hypertension has been called the "silent killer" because it can cause damage to many body organs without any symptoms. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, vision problems and even death. High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes the heart work much harder to pump and distribute blood to the entire body. This extra work contributes to the hardening of the arteries in a disease condition we call atherosclerosis. Incidence of high blood pressure and heart disease is fast growing in the African American population. Generally a blood pressure greater than 140/90 is considered high, and pressure of 130/80 in patients who have diabetes, kidney disease or heart failure is also considered high. Normal blood pressure should be less than 120/80. The exact causes of hypertension are not known but several conditions may play a role in its development. These may include: Â€ Obesity (being overweight) Â€ Lack of physical exercise Â€ Too much salt in your diet Â€ Too much alcohol consumption (over one to two drinks per day) Â€ Stress factors Â€ Genetics (your family "blood line") What Are the Symptoms of High blood Pressure? There are no symptoms or signs of high blood pressure. That means you will not feel it, and about onethird of those who have high blood pressure don't know they have it. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked by your doctor. People who are more likely to develop hypertension include: People with family members who have high blood pressure People of African descent, including Africans and AfricanAmericans Women who are pregnant Women who take birth control pills People over the age of thirty-five People who are overweight People who are not active or those who live sedentary lives. People who drink alcohol People who eat too much fatty foods or foods with too much salt People who smoke How do I know if I have high blood pressure? Your doctor or healthcare professional can tell if you have high blood pressure by checking your blood pressure with a special instrument called a sphygmomanometer. You can also measure your own blood pressure at home. You should have your blood pressure checked at least once a year to make sure you do not have high blood pressure. What can happen to me if I do not treat my high blood pressure? Several things can happen to someone with high blood pressure: Atherosclerosis: a disease of the arteries caused by a buildup of cholesterol, or fatty material, on the inside walls of the blood vessels. High blood pressure contributes to this buildup because of extra stress and force on the artery walls. Heart Disease: heart failure (can cause your heart not to pump adequate amount of blood), ischemic heart disease or heart attack (your heart tissue can die because it does not get enough oxygen), and enlarged heart or cardiomyopathy. These conditions can all lead to death if not treated. Kidney Disease: high blood pressure can damage the blood vessels and the filters in the kidneys. This can make the kidneys not to secrete waste properly. Stroke: high blood pressure can lead to stroke and paralysis. Eye Disease: high blood pressure can damage the very small blood vessels in the retina and this can lead to blindness. William L. Cody, M.D. B. Vereen Chithriki, M.D. St. VincentÂs Division IV 1820 Barrs Street, Suite 521 Jacksonville, FL32204 (904) 387-9577www.nfobgyn.com C o m p l e t e O b s t e t r i c a l & G y n e c o l o g i c a l C a r e Comprehensive Pregnancy Care Board Certified Laser Surgery Family Planning Vaginal Surgery Osteoporosis Menopausal Disorder Laparoscopy Menstrual Disorder A s k D y r i n d a h a i r a n d s k i n t i p s f o r t o d a y s w o m a n o f c o l o r byDyrinda Sapp Ladies, we all know that sometimes you just have to go to war with your hair. And if you are planning on winning this war, not just one or two battles, the right tools are definitely needed. Having the proper tools at your disposal only makes sense. I'm sure that everyone has their favorite comb and or brush, but do you have the right tools? Just to make sure we all are on the same page lets clear out that bathroom drawer, you know the one you keep all of your products and hair accessories and start fresh! First find a good shampoo: They will be more expensive. But, they'll use more gentle cleansers and be more concentrated. You may find they save you money in the long run. And, your hair will definitely show the difference. Also find a good acidifier. An acidifier is a conditioner with a low pH. You can easily identify conditioners with low pH balances by looking at the back of the bottle. Acidifying the hair adds shine and detangles. Agood hot oil treatment or deep conditioner, we touched on these in my last Coolum, be sweet to your hair. Another treatment that we did not talk about is Shea Butter. Shea butter is a natural moisturizer derived from the nut of a tree (the Karite tree) that grows exclusively in West Africa. It is highly prized for its benefits to both hair and skin. Look for hot oil treatments that contain Shea Butter. Hot oil treatments work best when you apply the conditioner or hot oil treatment to the hair and scalp, cover with a plastic cap and sit under a dryer for 15-20 minutes. This is very important for dry brittle hair. Agood leave in conditioner or daily moisturizer: This is what you'll put on your hair after you've thoroughly cleaned it to continue to provide oil and moisture. Two of my favorites are Design Essentials and Mizani's ThermalSmooth Smoothing Serum. (not just for natural hair but does work well on all hair types) This serum not only protects from heat, it leaves the hair feeling smooth and sleek and smell great too. Acomb for your hair type. Don't try to drag one of those skinny toothed combs through your natural kinky or curly hair. You'll just end up pulling it out and breaking it off. And rat tail combs are good for parting the hair but little else. Agood boar bristle brush; use sparingly though. Brushes period aren't good for African-American hair. Ascarf, cap, or wrap to wear on your head at nightor a satin pillow case (well, two) Aspray bottle to mist your hair, especially if you have naturally curly hair. Having the correct tools in place can only make your am routine go smoother. I hope that everyone has a few if not all of the items mentioned. Finding the right tools for you not only make it easier for you to be the queen that you are, but will give your hair that shine, sheen and in some cases, help it grow. Whatever tools you carry with you into battle, make sure you are using them as instructed. And if you have questions about a product or just have a question for me, don't be afraid to ask. Or e-mail me at www.dsspasalon.com If you would like to ask Dyrinda a please email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org DS Spa and Salon is locatedat 9810 Baymeadows Rd Suite #2. The Hair War Chest, What Every Girl Should Have O B S T E T R I C A L & G Y N E C O L O G I C A LA S S O C I A T E S P A N O R T H F L O R I D A I s Y o u r P r e s s u r e U p ? African Americans Have the Highest Rate of Hypertension in the World Â€ 35% of African Americans have hypertension, which accounts forabout 20% of the African American deaths in the U.S. Â… twice the percentage of deaths among whites from hypertension. Â€ African Americans with high blood pressure have a greater risk of developing hypertension related end stage kidney disease than the general population. Â€ Compared with whites, hypertension develops earlierin life and average blood pressures are much higherin African Americans. Â€ African Americans with high blood pressure have at least 80% higherchance of dying from stroke than in the general population. Â€ African Americans with high blood pressure have a 20% higherchance of developing heart disease than in the general population. How can my high blood pressure be treated?You have to make life style changes and if necessary your doctorcan prescribe medication foryou. Such lifestyle changes may include:Losing weight Stopping smoking Eating a healthy diet low in fat Cutting down the amount of salt in yourfood Regularexercise such as brisk walking and aerobics Cutting down on alcohol consumption For the first time, health officials report that the AIDS virus can be spread by a mother pre-chewing her infant's food, a practice mainly seen in poor, developing countries. Three such cases were reported in the United States from 1993-2004. It's blood, not saliva, that carried the virus because in at least two of the cases the infected mothers had bleeding gums or mouth sores, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC officials say more study is needed. But they are asking parents and caregivers with HIVnot to prechew food, and are trying to educate doctors about the transmission. Health officials believe chewedfood transmission is rare in the United States, where such behavior is considered unusual. In some countries, mothers do it because they have no access to baby food or a means of pulverizing food for toothless infants. The first involved a 15-monthold African-American boy in Miami, diagnosed in 1993. His great-aunt was infected with HIV and pre-chewed food for the boy when he was between the ages of 9 months and 14 months. Then a 3-year-old CaribbeanAmerican boy in miami was diagnosed in 1995. His HIV-infected mother pre-chewed his food. It was years later in 2004 before they confirmed a third case. A9month-old African-American girl was diagnosed with HIVin Memphis. The mother began prechewing the girl's food when she was about four months old. Moms Passed AIDS Virus to Kids By Pre-Chewing Food Exploring Hair Colorby Pekela Riley Ok ladies I know how you like to switch up those doÂs Âƒbut before you get too crazy with the color keep this in mind. Like anything else you must understand the condition that your hair is in before you experiment with something new. EverybodyÂs hair may not be able to handle the stress that a permanent color can bring. With that being said, lets say youÂre one of my ladies that never misses an appointment so for all practical purposes your hair is pretty healthy. In that case I would advise you to do a gentle permanent color or highlight. Now keep in mind you can have more than one colorÂƒbut itÂs better to get all of your colors at once in a single process. Trust me talk to your stylist and decide what colors youÂre looking for before you get into the chair. If you want a nice auburn and a few lowlights to blend in then go for it. Now the problem comes if you want to come back a few weeks later and add another color. Regardless of what you hear, trust me that is not a good idea. Color is very taxing on your hair and adding additional colors weeks after your initial color will severely damage your hair. So what color should you go far? My personal favorite right now believe it or not is onyx. Think about some of the young celebrities you see like Monica, and Rhianna. Chocolate is also pretty hot. ItÂs deep,dark, and shiny with a warm under tone; quite beautiful. If you canÂt live with one color I really like the chocolate with auburn highlights. Some of these colors can be achieved with semi and demi permanents which mean they are very gentle on your hair. I f you have the urge for color and you donÂt want to commit to them then I suggest using extensions. blue and purple are hot, but if youÂre not sure and just want to try it out bonding a few pieces in is a great way to do just that. Hope this helps, PK To ask PK your question or learn more about the products in this article, visit her on the web or phone at: 636-0787 or email email@example.com. B B e e a a u u t t y y B B l l o o g gw i t h P K What's in a name? As it turns out, a lot. Astudy of 15,000 names given to boys born between 1987 and 1991 turned up an interesting finding: The more unusual, feminine or offbeat a name, the more likely the boy is to end up a committing a crime. How does a name affect a boys future success, or criminal record, as the case may be? Researchers aren't sure, but they think that a lifetime of merciless teasing may prime an oddly-named boy to be an outcast, or to have low selfesteem. But a look at the top 10 list of names likely to land a boy in jail is confounding, because while some of these names might be awkward, they aren't really that odd or unusual: Alec, Ernest, Garland, Ivan, Kareem, Luke, Malcom, Preston, Tyrell, and Walter. After all, if you want to find some truly ... unique ... names, you need only look to the rich and famous: Pilot Inspektor, Apple, Kyd, Bronx Mowgli, Coco -imagine showing up on the playground with one of those names. And today's trendiest boys names -the Aiden-Hayden-Jayden trinity, for example -are decidedly more feminine than the more manly Walter, Ernest and Luke. Professor David Kalist, who published the study in Social Science Quarterly, draws a connection between the name and the subsequent crimes, asserting that offbeat names "increase the tendency toward juvenile delinquency." But in 2005, "Freakonomics" authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Lubner found that socioeconomic status -which can have an impact on what a parent names a child -is the more critical factor in a child's life outcome. The biggest lesson for parents is this: Creativity is wonderful, but your future child is begging you -from their junior high playground to the boardroom -to pick a name that won't embarrass them. Baby Names Could be a PredictorforTrouble SUBSCRIBE TODAYSubscriptions are $40.50 and delivered in your mailbox usually no later than Friday. Without us, you miss so much!Call 634-1993 Today! The Jacksonville Free Press would love to share your event with our readers. We do have a few guidelines that need to be followed 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. O EXCEPTIOS. 5. 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Some were armed and some were not. There were only 17 days in 2017 when the police did not kill someone. Following the police murder of Michael Brown, which set off days of civil unrest and demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, where the shooting occurred, researchers said blacks reported suffering from high rates of depression. Dorian Johnson was walking with Brown when the teenager was shot to death by Darren Wilson, a police officer. Johnson said he suffered from depression following the shooting. The study did not address how deadly police shooting in other parts of the country affected blacks who read about them in the newspapers, hear about them on the radio, watched television news reports or read news stories about the deadly shooting online. The study also did not report how deadly shootings affected blacks when police are assigned to desk duty but are later are acquitted of all the charges related to the killings. The website Mapping Police Violence reported that in 2015 99 percent of cases have not resulted in involved officers being convicted of a crime. Police killings challenge the mental health of black Americans
Dancing Dolls ÂBring ItÂŽ is Back!ÂBring It! LiveÂŽ 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. located at 3130 HartleyRoad for tickets visit www.comedyzone.com. Women at Werk etWerk DayWomen at Werk presents ÂNetWERK After WorkÂŽ 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 about entrepreneurship. Exchange experiences and expertise with other locals and business owners. For more info email email@example.com.Tedeschi Trucks Band ConcertTedeschi Trucks Band and the Marcus King Band presents, ÂWheels of SoulÂŽ concert, Friday, June 29th at 7 p.m. at Daily's Place, 1 TIAA Dr. For tickets visit www.dailysplace.com.Ritz Market PlaceThe Ritz Marketplace will take place Sunday, July 1st, 1 6 p.m. Come discover vendors with unique products from around greater Jacksonville community. Ritz Marketplace located at 829 N. Davis St. and takes place every first Sunday of every month. For more info visit www.ritzjacksonville.com.STEAM Summer CampGeers and Kidzxtreme Fun Camp from July 2-27th Come build, learn and explore for grades K-8. Lunch and snacks included. Let your imagination soar and join the STEAMtastic camp. Campers will explore new activities in literacy, art, science and robotics. Location is the SAL Tech Charter High School located at 4751 Walgreen Rd. For more info contact Holly Stewart at (904) 982-4997. Comedian Rod ManRod Man won "Last Comic Standing," "The Bad Boys of Comedy," and was featured in 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.Smart Couples Relationship WorkshopSmart Couples Relationship Skills Workshops are scheduled for July 12th, 19th, 26th from 6 8:30 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension Duval County Office, 1010 N. McDuff Ave. Enjoy food, fun, gift cards and workshop entitled: ÂBefore You Tie the Knot: Premarital Workshop.ÂŽ To register and for more info visit www.smartcouples.org.Angel M. Sumler Book SigningAngel M. Sumer author of the book, ÂThe Flight with GodÂŽ book signing is scheduled for Saturday, July 14th 5 7:30 p.m. at Gourmet Punch Family Cafe located at 4978 Soutel Dr., Suite 101. To register visit https://theflightwithgofbooksigning.evenbrite.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!The ÂThis is ItÂŽ concert with Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and the Whispers, hosted by comedian Cheryl Underwood will be at the Times Union Center, 300 Water St., Saturday, July 14th at 7 p.m. For tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com.Press Club MeetingThe Northeast Florida Press Club July summer mixer is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17th, from 4:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. at the TPC Clubhouse, 110 Championship Way, Ponte Beach, FL. For more info call (904) 273-3235.Rutledge Pearson Post Office DedicationCong. Al Lawson will dedicate the Rutledge Pearson Post Office Building on Friday, July 20th at 10 a.m. Location is the United States Postal Office located at 1100 Kings Rd. For more info email Lawson.firstname.lastname@example.org. WFA MeetingThe WomenÂs Food Alliance next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 24th, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Casa Marina Hotel located at 691 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL. To become a member and for more info visit www.WomensFoodAlliance.com.Cirque du SoleilÂs ÂCorteoÂŽCirque du SoleilÂs ÂCorteo,Â A ugust 1st 5th, at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd. Corteo is a festive parade imagined by a clownÂs world of fun, comedy and spontaneity in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. For more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.Lauryn Hill in ConcertSinger, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress Lauryn Hill in concert at DailyÂs 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 DailyÂs Place on Saturday, August 4th at 6:30 p.m. The Â25 Years and CountingÂŽ tour will also feature multi-platinum band +LIVE+. For tickets and more info visit www.dailysplace.com. PAW Patrol Live PAW Patrol Live! ÂThe Great Pirate Adventure,ÂŽ August 1112, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Times-Union Center, 300 Water St. Join the Pups for a Pirate-Themed Mission! For tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com. Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd in concert!Dazed & Blazed Summer tour featuring hip hop superstars Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd will coheadline DailyÂs Place on Wednesday, August 15th at 6 p.m. The multi-platinum selling artists will be joined by hip hopper Lil Skies. For tickets visit www.dailysplace.com.Stage Aurora Golf TournamentStage Aurora 18th annual invitation golf tournament is scheduled for Saturday, August 25th for an 8 a.m. shotgun start for 18-Holes at Deerfield Lakes Golf Club, 54002 Deerfield Country Club Rd, Callahan, FL. Entry fee includes green fee, cart fee, lunch bar-b-que chicken and ribs, gift bags and door prizes. For more info contact Stage Aurora call (904) 765-7373.Marcus Garvey Family Culture WeekendThe 4th annual ÂMarcus GarveyÂŽ 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. ItÂs a family culture weekend, with vendors focused on 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 ÂPRINCE,ÂŽ Curated, produced and directed by Ahmir ÂQuestloveÂŽ 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 NBCÂs AmericaÂs 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, 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd. Enjoy customized high-powered vehicles and more! For tickets visit www.ticketmaster.comSee the Girls SummitGet ready for the 5th annual ÂSee the Girl SummitÂŽ taking place October 18th 19th. Attend workshops focused on creating safe spaces for difficult conversations the power to give hope. For tickets visit www.seethegirl.org/summit.Southern WomenÂs ShowThe Southern WomenÂs Show is back October 18th 21st at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St. Shop, sample and share the fun while perusing boutiques, gourmet treats, health and beauty, fashion shows, top chefs, and celebrity guests. For more info visit www.southernshows.com/wja.Civic Cinema The Florida Theatre located at 128 E. Forsyth Street, new project ÂCivic CinemaÂŽ next screening is Tuesday, September 19th, 7 p.m. featuring the movie ÂPhiladelphia ÂŽ 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. Page 8 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene AROUND TOWN AROUND TOWN June 28 July 4, 2018 Enclosed is my __ check __ money order for $38.50 (within city limits) __$43.00 (outside of Jacksonville) NAME ___________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS ________________________________________________________________ CITY____________________________________ STATE______ ZIP_________________ If this is a gift subscription it is provided by (so gift notification card can be sent) ______________________________________ Please send check or money order to: Jacksonville Free Press P.O. 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Byron Allen is taking over the entertainment industry and he revealed a few of his secrets to success in a recent interview with Fortune. The media mogul who purchased The Weather Channel in March for a whopping $300 million is the founder, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios (parent company of theGrio.) He currently owns eight cable and broadcast networks, including Comedy.TV and Cars.TV and employs more than 600 people. Allen has set his sights on becoming a Hollywood mogul for a while. He has already had major triumphs in the film world and acquired Freestyle Releasing in 2015, which is now known as Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures. The studio has released several successful films such as Hostiles, 47 Meters Down, and Chappaquiddick. ÂWeÂre trying to feed an audienceÂ„not chase itÂ„and deliver whatÂs important,ÂŽ he said.ÂWe really just want to put out good movies and tell great stories,ÂŽ said Allen. When asked about rumors that heÂs in negotiations to buy Landmark Theatres, Allen plays in cool. ÂWeÂre looking at a lot of assets because weÂre very inquisitive at this point. ThatÂs just one of the assets. Nothing has been decided on Landmark in any way, shape or form.ÂŽ Allen said. The man who built an entertainment empire from his dining room offered some words of wisdom to content creators. ÂPeople have an enormous opportunity now because I didnÂt have the internet 25 years ago. Now, you have global distribution at the tip of your finger. You can create and produce content and be global,ÂŽ he said. ÂBelieve in yourself and believe in your vision. DonÂt waver.ÂŽ Former NBA star Kobe Bryant, a best animated short Oscar winner for his autobiographical film Dear Basketball, has been denied an invitation to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which announces its new members next week. Bryant Â„ who wrote, exec produced and lent his voice to Dear Basketball, was recommended for membership by the executive committee of the AcademyÂs short films and feature animation branch, but his name was removed upon review by a second committee, which will present the list of potential new members to the full board of governors in an upcoming meeting. The committee apparently felt that Bryant doesnÂt have a substantial enough body of work in film to merit an invitation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, itÂs not uncommon for an Academy membership to elude first-time Oscar winners: In fact, one of last yearÂs two winners in the same category, PiperÂs Marc Sondheimer, also was not invited after the ceremony at which he won. (SondheimerÂs co-winner, Alan Barillaro, was invited in 2015, and Keane, BryantÂs co-winner, was invited in 2000.) Still, some will inevitably wonder if, in the #MeToo era, BryantÂs past legal troubles deterred the organization from bringing him into its fold. Fifteen years ago, Bryant was accused of sexual assault, but the case was dropped after his accuser refused to testify. The accuser later filed a separate civil suit, which Bryant settled with an apology but without an admission of guilt. Bryant, through his company Kobe., Inc., is already at work on his next film projects, so an invitation to join HollywoodÂs most elite club still could conceivably come his way in the future. June 28 July 4, 2018 Page 9 Mrs. PerryÂs 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 Michael Jackson Musical Headed to BroadwayDespite Oscar Win, Kobe Denied Entrance Into the Academy A musical detailing the life of Michael Jackson is about to moonwalk across Broadway. According to Playbill, the production Â„ which is slated to premiere in 2020 Â„ is a collaboration between the Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage, and will feature the King of PopÂs own music. Lynn Nottage, the playwright behind Pulitzer winners Ruined (2009) and Sweat (2017), has signed on to pen the book for the show, and Tony-winner Christopher Wheeldon is set to direct and give his distinctive take on JacksonÂs legendary choreography. Despite their involvement in the music, the Jackson Estate is currently at odds with ABC and The Walt Disney Company over the networkÂs recent prime time special The Last Days of Michael Jackson. The estate claims ABC used a plethora of copyrighted materials without permission, from his hits (ÂBillie Jean,ÂŽ ÂBeat ItÂŽ) and clips of music videos (ÂThriller,ÂŽ ÂBadÂŽ) to live concert footage, a portion of the 2016 Spike Lee documentary Michael JacksonÂs Journey from Motown to Off the Wall and the 2009 documentary Michael JacksonÂs This Is It. ÂDisney and ABC committed willful and intentional copyright infringement when they used the EstateÂs copyrighted materials without the EstateÂs permission,ÂŽ Howard Weitzman Â„ the Jackson estateÂs attorney Â„ said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. ÂDisney and ABCÂs conduct is also contrary to law and industry practice, and despite several cautionary letters from the Estate to Disney and ABC attorneys. Disney and ABC never sought the Jackson EstateÂs permission to use any of the material owned by the Estate in the broadcast,ÂŽ WeitzmanÂs statement continued. The Last Days of Michael Jackson aired May 24 on ABC. The controversial special investigated the King of PopÂs troubled life, from his young rise to fame to his decline into addiction and debt in his later years. ÂWe have not yet had an opportunity to review the complaint. The ABC NewsÂ documentary explored the life, career and legacy of Michael Jackson, who remains of great interest to people worldwide, and did not infringe on his estateÂs rights,ÂŽ an ABC News spokesperson tells PEOPLE. JacksonÂs estate slammed the piece in a statement before it aired: ÂWe believe the special to be another crass and unauthorized attempt to exploit the life, music and image of Michael Jackson without respect for MichaelÂs legacy, intellectual property rights or his children.ÂŽ Jackson was 50 years old when he was found dead on June 25, 2009, in his L.A. mansion. In 2011 his doctor, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Jackson is survived by his three children: Prince Michael, 21, Paris, 20, and 16-year-old ÂBlanket,ÂŽ who now goes by Bigi. Byron Allen Has a Plan to Expand His Hollywood Empire Jerry Springer Show Ends After 28 YearsSomehow it doesnÂt seem right for Jerry Springer to exit quietly. There should be one last thrown chair or a bleep-filled tirade, at the very least. Instead, it was announced with no fanfare that he will stop making new episodes of his raunchy talk show. ÂThe Jerry Springer ShowÂŽ wonÂt fully disappear; NBC Universal said that the CW and other networks that have bought the show in syndication will air reruns of the slugfest. Producers said Âthere is a possibilityÂŽ that more original episodes could be ordered sometime in the future but, since they wouldnÂt answer questions, itÂs not known how serious that possibility is. At its heyday in the 1990s, SpringerÂs show challenged Oprah Winfrey for daytime television supremacy with TV studios filled with seething spurned lovers, gender fluid guests before that was a term and pretty much anyone who was spoiling for a fight. It even provoked serious end-of-civilization-as-we-know-it talk. Springer, a former Cincinnati mayor who realized he had to do something to distinguish himself in a competitive market, was the lowkey ringmaster who didnÂt take himself too seriously and let you know he was in on the joke. During an interview with The Associated Press at his showÂs 25th anniversary three years ago, Springer said that anyone could do his job if they learned three phrases: ÂYou did what?ÂŽ ÂŽCome on out!ÂŽ and ÂWeÂll be right back.ÂŽ He presided over 4,000 episodes. Some of his shows last month illustrated that the formula hadnÂt changed much: ÂStripper Sex Turned Me Straight,ÂŽ ÂŽStop PimpinÂ My Twin Sister,ÂŽ ÂŽMy Bestie is StalkinÂ You,ÂŽ ÂŽHooking Up With My TherapistÂŽ and ÂBabes with Baguettes.ÂŽ After more than 4,000 episodes, itÂs hard for things to register on the outrage meter. Between reality television and the verbal slugfests of cable television news, there are plenty of places viewers can turn for experiences that fill the role that Springer once did.
ItÂs been almost a month since Texas teen Dajerria Becton reached a settlement with the City of McKinney over her violent arrest at a neighborhood pool party in 2015. As a recent high school grad, Becton, 18, has a lot to celebrate these days and is reportedly having a Âdo-overÂŽ for the pool party that ended so violently for her three years ago. In May, the city announced a $148,850 settlement with Becton and her family after they filed a $5 million lawsuit against McKinney and exÂ…Officer Eric Casebolt, who was filmed slamming the then-15year-old to the ground and pinning his knee in her back as he tried breaking up a pool party. Viral video of the incident made headlines and sparked renewed conversation around police use of force against Black bodies. Under the terms of the settlement, all claims against Casebolt, who is white and has since resigned, and the city of McKinney will be dismissed, the Star Telegram reported. ÂÂƒ While the events precipitating this case are regrettable, the City of McKinney and the McKinney Police Department would like to express their thanks to the community for its commitment to inclusiveness, order, and unity,ÂŽ the city said in a joint statement. The traumatic incident is years in the past but BectonÂs attorney, Kim T. Cole, said the teen still experiences backlash from the ongoing publicity surrounding her case. Cole told Teen Vogue of the time Becton called her in tears because one of the teachers at her school had shown the video of her arrest in class. ÂThis girl will never be the same,ÂŽ Cole told the magazine. ÂAnyone who has been a teenage Black girl knows how hard it is, and to have this type of negative publicity, in your bikini, shown all over the world. It tore her up. We donÂt know who she would have been had this not happened.ÂŽ This and other instances is what prompted her to host a ÂfabulousÂŽ pool party for Becton and the other teens arrested at the pool party that year. The event, set for June 23, will celebrate the teenÂs recent graduations and the resolution of their lawsuit. Page 10 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press June 28 July 4, 2018 Choose from hundreds of options. Pick up when youÂre ready. publix.com/order The only hard part: deciding what to get. After Winning $148K Settlement Over Pool Party Arrest, Teen ow Plans a ÂDo-OverÂ Video of DajerriaBectonÂs brutal arrest at a McKinney, Texas pool party made headlines in 2015. Musician Nina Simone passed away in 2003 at 70 years old, but her legacy survives. A 2015 documentary on her life, What Happened, Miss Nina Simone?, received an Oscar nomination and her influence has touched everyone from Lauryn Hill to Mary J. Blige. Now the icon is receiving a huge honor. Her childhood home in Tryon, North Carolina will be designated a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Her home is now a vacant wooden cottage with three rooms and measuring 660-square feet. The house was purchased by four Black artists with the goal of maintaining SimoneÂs legacy. ina SimoneÂs Childhood Home in orth Carolina Designated a ational Treasure Streaming giant Netflix re-imagined the iconic ÂA Great Day in HarlemÂŽ photo that captured 57 notable jazz musicians in front of a Harlem brownstone. XXL Magazine did the same with their ÂA Great Day In Hip-HopÂŽ cover in 1999 featuring artists like Run of Run DMC, Busta Rhymes and other hip-hop notables of the era. NetflixÂs homage to the famous photo features 47 creative and talented artists behind 20+ original shows/films/documentaries. A 60second video of the event premiered during the BET Awards. ÂIt was a pretty magical couple of hours,ÂŽ Duke said in the official release. ÂAll these amazingly talented, beautiful individuals in one space being supportive and just looking stunning together, all here to pull off this one take wonder! Alfre Woodard even lead everyone in an epic rendition of ÂLift Every Voice and SingÂ before we started shooting. It was beautiful, and in a flash it was over. It was probably the most overwhelming two hours of my career haha. I was just so happy to be a part of history.ÂŽ Among the luminaries participating were Ava Duvernay, Spike Lee, Alfre Woodard, Nia Long, Rev. Run, Derek Luke and Marlon Wayans. A ÂGreat Day in HarlemÂŽ Photo Recreated for 2018 After 40 years, Debbie Africa has been released from PennsylvaniaÂs State Correctional Institution Cambridge Springs, the first of the infamous MOVE Nine to be paroled. Founded in 1972, the Philadelphia-based Black liberation group drew national attention after a stand-off with the Philadelphia Police Department in 1978 Â„ resulting in the death of Officer James J. Ramp and AfricaÂs subsequent conviction along with eight others. In 1977, the Philadelphia Police Department received a court order allowing them to enforce a vacate notice at the MOVE living quarters. A year later police made a move to forcibly remove any remaining members, with members fleeing to the basement as shots rang out around them. ÂThe cops testified that the men had guns, but none of the nine of us have weapon charges,ÂŽ she said. When the smoke had cleared Officer Ramp was dead. The MOVE members charged insisted that Ramp had been killed by friendly fire, and none of the weapons recovered from the group were operable. Still, after nearly 40 years Africa is the first to see freedom again. Her parole is bittersweet, with Africa left feeling helpless at leaving the others, women she has spent nearly 40 years of her life behind bars with, behind. ÂAlthough I felt excited and overwhelmed and happy, I still felt incomplete, because I left prison and my sisters Janine and Janet didnÂt,ÂŽ Africa told the Philadelphia Inquirer. Debbie Africa, Member of PhiladelphiaÂs MOVE ine, Freed from Prison After 40 Years Debbie Africa