Seeing Costa Rican school children thrust their arms out of windows to excitedly wave hello was an eye-opening experience for Raines High School students Dana Adams, LeÂShonteÂa Ethridge, and recent graduate Joshua McAfee. The three were among 17 Duval County Public School (DCPS) students who spent two weeks in June in Costa Rica teaching English to local school children as part of the D.U.T.Y. (Duval Urban Traveling Youth) program. This initiative was created by three-time Raines High School Teacher of the Year, Michael Bostic-Jones. The young Raines students were amazed by the Costa Rican studentÂs focus and determination. ÂThe way they valued education was impressiveÂƒthey were so excited,ÂŽ said McAfee. ÂYou could see it in their faces that they really wanted to learn.ÂŽ LeShonteÂ Ethridge agreed, noting the contrast between the Costa Rican children and their American counterparts. ÂThey were hanging out of the windows,ÂŽ echoed Ethridge, a senior at Raines. ÂThey were more excited than we were.ÂŽ The school childrenÂs thirst for knowledge was just one of the highlights for the Viking contingent. In addition to teaching English, the students also had the opportunity to work on a coffee farm, dig wells, and learn meringue and salsa dancing. The group also visited both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and took a trek through the rainforest. ÂIt's all part of the three CÂŽs,ÂŽ said Bostic-Jones, who created the program in 2015 as a way to help urban youth broaden their minds and develop social consciousness. The three CÂs are ÂConservation Work,ÂŽ (students worked on a coffee farm), ÂCommunity Service,ÂŽ (teaching English to the local school children) and ÂCultural ImmersionÂŽ (staying and fellowshipping with local host families). In the five years since the program began, Bostic-Jones says that he has seen 180-degree transformations in studentÂs behavior, leadership aspirations, career goals, and outlook on life. ÂItÂs been lifechanging,ÂŽ he added. Continued on page 3 Volume 31 o. 34 July 12 18, 2018 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents How Recent College Discrimination Cases Are Affecting Black StudentsPage 3 Hate Groups are on the Rise Guess Who We Have to ThankPage 4President Barack Obama Shares This is How You Know YouÂve Found ÂThe OneÂPage 9 Psychologist Reveals the Real Motivation Behind Female RivalriesPage 7 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Woman Sentenced to 5 Years for Accidentally Voting Loses Retrial Bid Tarrant County, TX Â„ Crystal Mason, a woman who unintentionally voted while on probation, was sentenced to a five-year imprisonmentÂƒ and now she has been turned down for a new trial. Early this year, an online petition to drop all charges against Mason was started by a group of supporters. Last March 28, state district court Judge Ruben Gonzalez convicted Mason of illegal voting and sentenced her to five years in prison. She had been free on bond pending appeal. Mason, who was imprisoned for 5 years for tax fraud and was freed in early 2016, said she wasnÂt aware Â„ and she wasnÂt told Â„ that her felony status wonÂt allow her to vote for that yearÂs presidential elections. Her name wasnÂt on the rolls so she cast a provisional ballot at her local church, which wasnÂt counted. Voting rights for felons vary in different states and it has always been a controversial issue. Over 6 million Americans were deprived of their right to vote due to felony disenfranchisement laws, according to the Sentencing Project, a nonprofit organization that aims to reform criminal justice. MasonÂs online petition page includes a photo of Terri Lynn Rote, a white woman who illegally tried to vote for President Trump twice and was charged with voter fraud but was only sentenced to two yearsÂ probation and $750 fine. So far, the petition has over 38,000 signatures. LIVIGWHILEBLACK 12 Year Old Racially Profiled Delivering ewspapersThe cycle of people calling the cops on African Americans seems never-ending. A 12-year-old boy was targeted while delivering newspapers on his first day covering a route in Arlington, Ohio. The boyÂs mother, Brandie Sharp, expressed how truly sad and disheartening it is that her young son couldnÂt even work outdoors without someone summoning police to the scene. ÂAnd he was like, what are you doing hereÂƒare you soliciting? I said, no sir IÂm not soliciting, IÂm delivering papers. He said, what papers? I showed him the paper. He said, Oh really, and sat there for a minute and then pulled off.ÂŽ The unidentified person who called police reported that someone had walked up on a porch empty-handed and left with an item in their hand. Some bags of newspapers and ads had been delivered to the wrong houses, and Sharp and her boys were going back to retrieve them. Police disputed SharpÂs statements that race played a part in the incident. Police had found that no wrongdoing had been done in this incident, but other encounters between cops and people of color have ended in brutality and fatal shootings. The incident serves as an example of how damaging and painful racial profiling can be for African Americans.ÂStop-And-FriskÂ Deemed Unconstitutional, Reforms SoughtA judge has been challenged to order wide-reaching reforms for the New York Police DepartmentÂs (NYPD) Stop and Frisk program by a watchdog group that filed a brief in federal court on Monday. The filing came after the racist practice was deemed unconstitutional and yielded previous lawsuits. Questions have arisen as to whether NYPD officers have followed legal rules in stopping and questioning people on the street. Numbers reached an all-time high with 684,000 people being subjected to interrogations in 2011. The number of stops-and-frisks had since decreased to less than 10,000 last year. Reforms could force officers to be completely transparent in informing individuals subjected to non-stop-and-frisk stops that they were free to walk away. The NYPD may also be mandated to tell the public about the discipline of officers who engage in abusive or unconstitutional stops, The Associated Press reported.$1.1 Million in Grants Allocated to Preserve Historic Black Sites A collection of grants totaling $1 million will go towards the preservation of historic African American sites throughout the country. The grants are a part of an initiative dubbed the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund which is being spearheaded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Through the fund, the organization aims to restore and preserve places that are embedded in the fabric of Black history. Amongst the places that will benefit from the grants include the houses of writer August Wilson and jazz legend John Coltrane, churches in Birmingham that were the epicenters of the civil rights movement, and an area in Virginia called Shockoe Bottom that dates back to the slave trade. A total of 16 grant recipients were chosen from a pool of 860 applicants. The organization aims to raise $25 million by 2023. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has been working hard to help underfunded historic institutions that are integral to Black culture. In June, the Tryon, North Carolina childhood home of songstress Nina Simone was named a designated a national treasure. Supreme Court ominee Comes With a Warning Label for RainesÂ Students Gain Perspectives, Awareness in Costa Rica Over 21,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated assembled in Houston, Texas July 6th-12th to participate in the 68th Ni-annual Boule. In addition to taking care the business aspect of the organization, members participate in workshops, sisterly relations activities and recognition ceremonies. Twenty-five local Gamma Rho Omega members were in attendance and were recognized at the Diamond, Golden, Silver luncheon with over 1,500 other members. The Boule also concluded Dr. Dorothy Buckhanan WilsonÂs 4year term as the International President and Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover was installed as the new International President. Governor Rick Scott announced the appointments of Terrance Freeman and JuÂCoby Pittman to the Jacksonville City Council. Freeman will serve during the suspension of City Council Member Reginald Brown and Pittman will serve during the suspension of City Council Member Katrina Brown, both beginning July 10, 2018 while the council members face trial for a number of charges. Freeman, 43, of Jacksonville, is the regional director at Ygrene Energy Fund. Continued on page 3 Pittman Freeman Gov. Scott Appoints Two to Vacant Council Districts Shown wearing their membership milestone crows are Gamma Rho Omega members Johnetta Moore, Chapter Basileus Willetta Richie, Beverly Fenderson and Patricia Moore. Gamma Rho Omega AKAs Honored for Milestone Memberships at Boule Shown at the family vendor hall are Jacksonville, FL residents Geri Duhart, Tiffany Duhart and Jason Duhart Essence Makes Billion Dollar Impact Attendees from around the country joined thousands inNew Orleans, LAlast weekend for the annualEssence Festival. #EssenceFest took over social media due to thought-provoking events with Reverend Al Sharpton, Trayvon MartinÂs mother Sybrina Fulton, Angela Rye and Maxine Waters. Plus, there were performances from the likes of Brandy, Mary J. Blige and Janet Jackson. Jacksonville resident Tiffany Duhart and her family have attended Essence for ten years. Each year the Duhart family treks to the festival for the variety of activities for the entire family. This yearÂs festival also broke some serious records. In its 24th year, Essence Fest attracted 510,000 attendees, the second-largest number in the festivalÂs history. For the first time in the festivalÂs history, all three nights of Superdome concerts were completely sold out with reports showing that the 2018 festival generated $1 billion in revenue for the New Orleans economy. Now thats a show of real Black power! RainesÂ students Torren Manning, Zuri gozi West, Asianae Mathis and Caleb Fort are shown teaching English to Costa Rican children by Frederick Lowe If U.S. Appeals Court Judge Brett M. KavanaughÂs nomination is confirmed by the Senate for the U.S. Supreme Court, as many expect it will, it would threaten black lives and the lives of all working people by pushing the court further to the right on key issues, several groups warned. ÂThe stakes could not be higher. Our voting rights are on the line. Fair housing and affirmative action are on the line. The right to choose and access healthcare are on the line. And our most highly valued democratic principles, such as equal justice and opportunity, are on the line,ÂŽ the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund wrote in a statement. During a nationally televised broadcast this week, President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh who sits on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, to succeed Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy who will retire on July 31. Kavanaugh, 53, has served on the court 12 years. During his tenure he authored 300 opinions. He worked for President George W. Bush who nominated Kavanaugh to the D.C. Circuit in 2003, though his nomination stalled Continued on page 3
By Erick Johnson Black meccas the promised land in big cities that once drew people of color seeking the American dream, are shrinking. The ethnic identity and Black population of urban neighborhoods are eroding as whites and other racial groups move away from the core of big cities. ItÂs happening in the nationÂs four biggest cities with the highest Black populations. Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Detroit are on a downward spiral, continuing a trend that began in 2013. ItÂs the latest wave in what is called the ÂReverse Migration.ÂŽ Blacks are now flocking to Southern cities that hordes of Blacks fled during the Great Migration in the 1940s and 50s. Gentrification and gun violence are forcing Blacks to leave behind Black meccas that are filling up with new white residents while shedding the ethnic identity they had for decades. The most dramatic drop is in the Black population of Chicago. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that more than 14,000 left Cook County between 2016 and 2017. The Black exodus has dropped the number of Blacks in Chicago by 1.15 percent. Once considered a Black mecca, in 2010, Blacks made up 34 percent of ChicagoÂs population. Now, 29 percent of the cityÂs residents are Black, and Hispanics are now ChicagoÂs largest minority group that make up 30 percent of the cityÂs population .Overall, Chicago has been losing residents at over 61,000 annually, but the city still has the second highest Black population in the nation. The Black exodus from Chicago threatens to drop the city to the nationÂs fourth largest city behind Houston, whose population may surpass the Windy CityÂs by 2025. In New York, Blacks made up 28 percent of the population in the Big Apple in 2010. In 2015, it was 26 percent. The nationÂs highest Black population is now 22 percent of the cityÂs 8.5 million residents. The Black population continues to decline in Harlem, where people of color have lived for decades. Today, only 28 percent or 112,990 residents of the 402,961 residents are Black, according to an analysis of the latest Census data. Harlem has been gentrifying since former President Bill Clinton opened his campaign office there in the 1990s. The world-renowned neighborhood has experienced an influx of tourists and developers whose highend housing and hip restaurants have created rent bills so high they have pushed out Blacks who have lived there for generations. Today, itÂs common to see whites and other ethnic groups eating lunch at SylviaÂs Soul Food on Malcolm X Blvd. The RenaissanceÂ„where Duke Ellington performedÂ„and the Childs Memorial Temple Church of God in ChristÂ„the site of Malcolm XÂs funeralÂ„have been demolished. Nightlife fixtures like SmallsÂ Paradise and Lenox Lounge are gone. The storied 73-year-old Lenox Lounge, where artists, like Billie Holiday and Miles Davis once performed, was forced to close in 2012 because of rising rents. Detroit became the nationÂs largest predominantly Black city when whites fled for the suburbs under the leadership of Mayor Coleman Young in the 1970s. In 2010, there were 590,226 Black residents, 82% of DetroitÂs population. In 2015, Blacks made up 80 percent of DetroitÂs population. Once a major city, DetroitÂs overall population fell dramatically during the Great Recession. Blacks in Detroit are now 79 percent of the cityÂs 672,829 residents. Philadelphia still has the nationÂs third highest Black population with 642,827 residents or 41 percent of more than 1.5 million. That percentage was higher in 2010, when Blacks made up 45 percent of the population in the city of Brotherly Love. In 2013, it was still 45 percent, and in 2015, 44 percent. Today, many Blacks are flocking to cities in the South, including Atlanta, Houston and Charleston, SC. Experts say jobs, the cost of living, family and the quality of life are all driving the Black exodus from the Northern cities. In 2010, there were 498,466 Blacks in Houston or 24 percent of the cityÂs 2.1 million residents, according to Census figures. Today, there are 506,965 residents of color in Houston. Perhaps, the city that is posting the biggest gains is AtlantaÂs metro region. The city itself has only 472,506 residents with 50 percent of them Black. However, according to the census, some 89,000 new residents moved to the Atlanta metro region in 2017. Currently, metro AtlantaÂs population totals 5.8 million. Experts say the regionÂs flourishing economy and increasing job opportunities are fueling the regionÂs growth. The region is growing at such a fast pace that the Atlanta region is expected to overtake Philadelphia as the United StatesÂ eighth-largest by 2022, according to U.S. Census data. AtlantaÂs 2017 growth rate of 1.5 percentÂ„higher than eight of the top ten American metro areasÂ„is reflective of the regionÂs blossoming economy and increasing job prospects. In total, 89,000 new residents moved to the region in 2017. New York metro area still holds the No. 1 spot with a population of 20.3 million. Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press July 12 18, 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 Black Meccas Losing Population to Âreverse migrationÂDear Rusty: IÂm trying to assist my spouse with her rapidly approaching age 62 when she can get her Social Security benefits. Currently she is working almost a full 40-hour week and her 2017 gross earnings were $29,000. If she continues to work, she will probably earn approximately $29,500 in 2018. She is also contemplating beginning to work only part time, which will reduce her earnings to about 40% of what she currently earns. She is concerned that if she continues to work full time, she will have her monthly SS payment reduced and will not recoup that difference. I understand that if you continue to work full time there will be some reduction in the monthly, but when you finally retire you will get the difference back at your full retirement age. Can you enlighten me/her? Signed: Helpful Husband Dear Helpful: If your wife starts her Social Security benefits at age 62 and continues to work, she will be subject to Social Security's annual "earnings limit" ($17,040 for 2018) which, if she exceeds, will result in Social Security withholding benefits of $1 for every $2 she earns over the limit. To use your example, if she earns $29,500 in 2018 she will be $12,460 over the limit and they will withhold all future benefits until they recover the $6230 that is owed from exceeding the limit. This will continue each year until the year she attains her full retirement age (her ÂFRAÂŽ) when the earnings limit goes way up (about 2 1/2 times the earlier limit) and the withholding is less ($1 for every $3 over the limit); once she reaches her full retirement age there is no earnings limit and they will recompute her benefit amount giving her time credit for the number of months they withheld benefits due to exceeding the limit; theyÂll then raise her benefit amount as though she claimed benefits later than she actually did. So, over time, the higher benefit starting at her FRA could help her recoup some or all of the benefits withheld but she doesn't get that withheld dollar amount back in a lump sum; they just increase her benefit amount at her full retirement age. OTE: There is a special rule which applies during the first year SS is claimed so, in your wife's case, if she claims benefits to start in June, instead of the annual earnings limit she'll be subject to a monthly earnings limit for the remainder of 2018. After her benefits start, her earnings limit will be $1420 per month for the rest of the year and If she exceeds that they will withhold benefits for a following month. The regular annual earnings limit will then go into effect the following year. Social Security requires that you inform them when you will exceed the earnings limit, but if you don't they will eventually catch up to you when your income tax return is filed. Social Security recommends that you apply for benefits 3 months before you wish them to begin. When she applies for her benefits she should select the option to ÂStart My Benefits owÂŽ in order to have them start as soon as possible. Collecting Social Security While Working fv|t fxv| `tx
With the consistent growth of gun violence in Jacksonville, a local non-profit organization, Lamarco Wilcox Men of Balance (LWMOB), recently rallied the community to join them for their ÂFighting to Save our ChildrenÂŽ initiative. Annually, the organization hosts ÂBoss Week,ÂŽ a signature community charity initiative. Boss Week was held from July 3rd through the 7th at various locations throughout the city. Entrepreneur and LWMOB founder, Frank Marshall explained, ÂI am dedicated to doing my part to encourage the prevention of gun violence and supporting programs with proactive intervention.ÂŽ Lamarco Wilcox Men of Balance is a non-profit organization developed to cultivate future leaders by assisting children to identify their purpose, design an honorable life and a successful future. To capture the attention of vulnerable youth in Jacksonville, Marshall took on local rapper Young Cash in a boxing exhibition known as ÂGloves Up, Guns DownÂŽ at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium. The purpose of the boxing match was to directly engage at-risk youth via social media, and to raise funds that support programs to educate and keep children out of the prison system. Additionally, activities also included a bowling social for children from the Boys and Girls Club and the Youth Crisis Center. This year, LWMOB recognized outstanding students and scholar athletes during the Boss Week High School All Star Basketball Classic and Boss Awards Student Edition at Edward Waters College Gymnasium. The late Lamarco Wilcox, a former Jacksonville recording artist, was the inspiration for LWMOB. Wilcox had a passionate for aiding in the community and was known for using his music to inspire children. Continued from page 1 He was appointed to the District 10 seat for the duration of Council Member Reginald BrownÂs suspension. He is a former Council aide to President Aaron Bowman and was backed by the business community in an unsuccessful run for the state House in 2016. FreemanÂs appointment is already drawing ire as he lives nowhere near the northwest district but in Mandarin. Furthermore, he wouldnÂt be able to qualify to run for the seat due to a candidate must establish residency 180 days before qualifying, which would have been July 8. Duval Democrats are also making waves on the issue and shared the following statement: ÂWe applaud Governor Scott for appointing a resident Democrat to represent Council District 8, a overwhelming majority Democratic district. However, it flies in the face of reason why Scott would appoint a Mandarin Republican who lives 20 miles away in District 6, to Democratic Council District 10 on the cityÂs Northside. Its hard to find the connection between the needs of the constituents of District 10 with this appointment.ÂŽ Pittman, 54, of Jacksonville, is the President of Clara White Mission, Inc. She received a bachelorÂs degree and honorary doctorate from Jones Business College. She is appointed to the District 8 seat for the duration of Council Member Katrina BrownÂs suspension. Pittman unsuccessfully ran for City Council several times, most recently in 2015. A Jacksonville native, she has a stellar reputation in City Hall and has worked closely with several mayors and city councils on social service issues. ÂJuCoby needs to be mindful since she runs the Clara White Mission that receives city funding of potential conflict of interests. She should be mindful of that,ÂŽ said former City Councilman Warren Jones. Several recent college discrimination cases have called attention to the serious safety concerns of Black students on campuses nationwide. Lawsuits filed against a number of universities have shown that African-Americans students werenÂt feeling safe or valued at schools. One lawsuit involved a Black studentÂs allegations of discrimination on the basis of race and sex at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Gary Prewitt, a graduate student who lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, and began taking online masterÂs degree classes in 2009 to become a teacher, was unfairly denied a request in 2012 to complete an assignment to earn a higher grade for a class that he took previously, he said. His paper for another assignment, as well as requests to administrators for information about his degree status, were rejected, according to complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Education and in U.S. District Court in Nashville. Prewitt failed to provide enough evidence to meet a burden of proof, as outlined in a judgeÂs ruling shooting down his complaints, the Pioneer Press reported. PrewittÂs argument Â„ garnering attention after four white students were suspended for wearing blackface in April Â„ highlighted the concern shared by other students of color in feeling unprotected and unsupported at schools. When students needed to turn to professors for help, they were rejected, several discrimination lawsuits have revealed. Another case in point: A former Tennessee all-American track star sued a coach at the University of Missouri for racial discrimination. Coach Brett Halter, who is white, referred to Black athletes and staff as Âyou peopleÂŽ and engaged in demeaning behaviors targeting people of color, Carjay Lyles, an athlete who worked for the University from 2013-2017, said in a lawsuit cited by the Knoxville News Sentinel. Students at other colleges, including Harvard University, where African-American students faced bomb threats over holding their first Black graduation, have also felt like they were subjected to hostile college environments while just engaging in higher learning. The discrimination cases and sentiments expressed by students made it clear that safe spaces were needed for students of color. Those future prospects werenÂt looking so bright, at least not immediately. The U.S. Department of Education was hellbent on TrumpÂs rollback of Obama-era civil rights protections for students, as well as rescinding affirmative action, showing that a mass movement may be needed in the fight against harmful discrimination. Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 July 12 -18, 2018 The debate over what to do with a Confederate memorial that sits in the heart of downtown St. Augustine continues to divide the community, despite the recommendation from a city task force that it should stay. The Confederate Memorial Contextualization Advisory Committee, a seven-member task force comprised mostly of historians, presented a report this week to the City Commission, urging city leaders to keep the monument and add some necessary context. The Plaza de la Constitucion was originally built in 1872 as a way of remembering the Confederate soldiers killed in the Civil War. But like similar monuments in cities across the country, it has become a source of controversy with advocates calling for its removal. "ItÂs a war memorial. But I also respect that people can look at the same thing and see it differently... And thatÂs the purpose of contextualization: to validate that there is another perspective," said City Manager John Regan. The committeeÂs recommendation included a proposal to add four plaques Â… Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory and Interpret Â… to the base of the monument, each of which would provide a different historical perspective for those viewing it. But not everyone shares ReganÂs enthusiasm for the committeeÂs recommendation. Rev. Ron Rawls, pastor at St. AugustineÂs St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, said the memorial is a symbol of hate, with or without plaques. "ItÂs not so much about the stones,ÂŽ said Rawls. "ItÂs more about the message and why these stones were erected in the types of spaces and the visibility that they were erected in. They were to speak white supremacy and white dominion for years to come." He said the suggestion to add perspective to the monument misses the mark. "ThereÂs no way that you can change that story just by a few plaques that you put up there in an attempt to please people," he added. 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As a junior at the University of Florida minoring in Spanish, Howard just completed a study abroad semester in Madrid, Spain. Much like his students have developed a passion for new international experiences, this summer Bostic-Jones will be moving to Hong Kong to work as an educator. He says not to worry about the program because there is great leadership in place at Raines to continue and hopefully grow the initiative. "The D.U.T.Y Program is something I am extremely passionate about,ÂŽ he said. ÂMy physical presence will not diminish the vision I have for this program and our youth."Supreme Court PickContinued from page 1 The conservative Heritage Foundation, which vetted Kavanaugh, said Trump hit a ÂhomerunÂ with the nomination. But the NAACP described Kavanaugh as a Âdangerous ideologue whose extreme views on civil rights would solidify a far-right majority on the court.ÂŽ SCOTUS Blog reported that Kavanaugh has not held a consistent positions on civil rights. In some cases, he has ruled in favor of employers and in others he ruled for employees. The AFL-CIO wrote that Judge Kavanaugh routinely rules against working families, and regularly rejects the rights of employees to receive employer-provided health care in the workplace, too often sides with employers in denying employees relief from discrimination in the workplace and promotes overturning well-established U.S. Supreme Court precedents. SCOTUS blog agreed that in labor and employment law cases Kavanaugh tended to favor employers.. How Recent College Discrimination Cases Are Affecting Black Students Annual Boss Week Recognizes Youth Through Empowerment Workshops, Sports and Honors Shown is Pressure Marshall, Frank Marshall and Bigga Rankins following the Boxing Match where Young Cash was defeated by Frank Marshall in a two round match that had to be stopped by a referee. Organizer Frank Marshall is surrounded by Boys & Girls Club and Youth Crisis Center Bowlers Governor Appoints Two to City CouncilSeats St. Augustine Rallying to Keep Confederate Statue
A clear sign that racism in America is not only real, but becoming mainstream is the rise of hate groups, and the fact that many of these organizations that once operated in the shadows are now openly promoting themselves. Whether itÂs via public rallies, websites and blogs or recruitment activities, hate groups are becoming much more aggressive and bold. In February of this year, The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) identified 954 groups as hate groups, which it defines as Âan organization that Â„ based on its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities Â„ has beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.ÂŽ And yes, that number has been increasing over the past few years Â… itÂs up from 917 in 2016 and 892 in 2015, according to the recent SPLC study. This shouldnÂt surprise anyone, but most of the rise took place inside the white supremacist movement. The number of neo-Nazi groups grew from 99 to 121, antiMuslim groups grew from 101 to 114 and anti-immigrant groups grew from 14 to 22. The SPLC emphasized that the growth among white supremacists was fueled in large part by racially divisive language and actions by President Trump. You have to love what this new President has done to the country. Now racists and bigots actually feel safe to say what is on their minds. Thank you Donald Trump for making America great again. WhatÂs next, the appointment of David Duke as White House Civil Rights advisor? I find it so interesting that Trump and his followers seem to believe that foreign terrorists are the biggest threat to America when white males have been the most deadly demographic of terrorists over the past 10 years. No decent person supports terrorism, and a vast majority of Americans want to do what we can to keep incidents like 9/11 from ever happening again. But for blacks, we also want to keep incidents like Trayvon Martin or Emmett Teal or the Charleston Church massacre from ever happening again. There is a thin line between caution and being overzealous. Some Trump supporters actually believe that this whole Mexican wall nonsense is real. Question Â… have there been any Mexican terrorists? Ummm.. No, but there have been dozens of white extremist terrorists. Why arenÂt conservatives talking about them? The rise of hate groups does seem to coincide with the rise of domestic terrorist activities. Think about all the recent acts of terrorism Â… from shooting up movie theaters and elementary schools to Charleston and even the Planned Parenthood attacks Â… these were all white men with access to high capacity guns and ammunition. But the President and other ÂconservativesÂŽ donÂt want to talk gun control at all. LetÂs focus on the Muslims. Protecting our fundamental rights as American citizens and as human beings has to take precedent over our fear and discomfort towards terrorism. ÂA community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess,ÂŽ said A. Phillip Randolph. I also find it so interesting that so many conservatives have two outrageously flawed notions about terrorism and guns. First notion Â… if more people have guns, the safer we are as a country. UmmmmÂƒ. ThatÂs ludicrous. Second notion Â… the way to get back at those darn radical Muslims (i.e. ISIS or the flavor of the month Islamic extremist group) is to go to war. I guess we should invade Syria or is it Pakistan or maybe Iran? Well, it really doesnÂt matter Â… letÂs invade somebody. Forget the number of lives that will be lost in the process. Oh yeah, news flash Â… we kind of already did that in Iraq and look what it got us Â… trillions of dollars in debt, hundreds of American lives lost, and the same instability in the Middle East. Donald TrumpÂs original Muslim travel ban was not only morally wrong, but itÂs down right unconstitutional and goes against the one of the primary reasons that this great country was founded Â… religious freedom. The recent version approved by the Supreme Court is still nonsense, but itÂs much more watered down. This is America people Â… remember that. Our first president, George Washington, said it best, ÂEvery man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshiping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience.ÂŽ Perhaps our current president can learn from his predecessors. John F. Kennedy once said, ÂThe rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.ÂŽ Signing off from a Florida Mosque, Reggie Fullwood Kudos to Roland Martin, the pioneering journalist who has taken his departure from TV One and turned it into a digital platform. HeÂll be back with a daily program, but heÂll be online instead of traditional media. He has financing from AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and he is also hoping for funding from us, the folks who say they miss the program and say they want unfiltered news. From his website, www.rolandmartin.com, you can join his #BringTheFunk support group and help Roland bring the funk! Roland has had it with the traditional media, and he is right to point out the lack of commentators and hosts on conventional mediaÂ„the networks and the ÂkeyÂŽ cable outlets. Many of those folks have to toe the line, and canÂt be, but so Âcontroversial.ÂŽ But sometimes one personÂs controversy is another personÂs truth. The corporate media squirms when journalists call out our 45th president on his many lies, because some of them are still currying favor with him. And unless light shines on the filth that is occurring in Washington, it will continue. Forty-five said he would Âdrain the swamp,ÂŽ but he has become one of the worldÂs great alligators, profiting from his presidency both through ties to China (even as he imposes tariffs), through his many name-branded hotels, and through all kinds of other shady deals. Dorothy Leavell, the publisher of the Crusader newspapers in Chicago and Gary, Ind., is the chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). At the organizationÂs June conference, she convened a panel that focused on fake news and the Black Press. I was privileged to participate with the National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) President Sarah Glover, pugnacious attorney A. Scott Bolden, and marketing expert Deborah Gray-Young. I think that fake news is not only about the Trump shenanigans and lies, but also about news that is unreported or distorted. For example, how come every time a White person shoots up a classroom, movie theatre, or public space, the focus is on their Âmental illness,ÂŽ while whenever a Black person commits a crime, of any sort, the focus is on criminality. Why has Rev. BarberÂs Poor PeopleÂs Campaign been so underreported, and why was the June 12 shackling of faith leaders outside Supreme Court wholly ignored by the mainstream (and even the sidestream) media? Why has there been so little focus on the economic status of African American people, except when Â45ÂŽ crows about all the improvements he has (not) made on the economy. Just the other day, I was commiserating with someone about the ways the mainstream media ignores the African American community. The brother I was talking to said, Âthis is why I miss Roland.ÂŽ So, Roland is coming back roaring, lifting up the oft-quoted 1827 line from FreedomÂs Journal, the nationÂs first Black newspaper, ÂWe wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us.ÂŽ Roland Martin and the NNPA have made the case that if we want our story told, we have to support it. It is a shame that the Black Press is so poorly embraced. NNPA newspapers need ads, and they also need subscriptions, but while many of us talk a good game, we donÂt sustain Black-owned media enough to help it thrive. So, they go seeking ads to survive, perhaps compromising integrity while doing so. The Black Press, those who plead our cause, must not feel that they have to buck-dance to the whim of advertisers. Advertising, all too often, is contingent on the support of a specific position, or avoidance of controversy. Thus, in launching his #BringTheFunk group, Roland is challenging African Americans who say that they want real news to support it. That means contributing a little or a lot to grow the digital platform Roland is building. Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die. In other words, everyone wants real news, and nobody wants to pay for it. One of the ways to support real news is to take out a subscription to an NNPA newspaper, or three. Another way is to help Roland bring his particular brand of reporting and analysis to us through his digital platform. Check his powerful statement out at www.rolandsmartin.com. And check out the ways you support fake news by failing to challenge the mainstream media. Do you write letters to the editor? Reach out to producers? Ask hard questions about representation? Silence is consent. Julianne Malveaux is an author, economist and founder of Economic Education. Her latest book ÂAre We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public PolicyÂŽ is available to order at Amazon.com and at www.juliannemalveaux.com. Follow Dr. Malveaux on Twitter @drjlastword.Arrogant Supreme Court Justices Trample the Law in Serviceby Jesse Jackson We are witnessing an astounding attack on democracy by the five male right-wing majority of the Supreme Court Â„ Âblack robed rulers,ÂŽ Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan called them, Âoverruling citizensÂ choicesÂŽ in a series of 5-4 decisions. These are right-wing lawless judges ignoring the laws and will of our elected representatives and trampling the dictates of legal precedent. Their arrogance seems to have no bounds. The damage that they have already done to our democracy is profound. The most recent 5-4 decision of the Supreme Court was the case of Janus v. AFSCME. The majority, throwing out the laws of state legislatures and legal precedent, ruled that state legislatures cannot authorize public employee unions to collect a fee for the cost of bargaining and representing workers who benefit from the negotiations but donÂt want to join the union. Protecting freeloaders seems bizarre, but the courtÂs ideologues are interested less in upholding the law and far more in weakening the workersÂ voice as represented by unions. Now in states across the nation, rightwing corporate funded groups will launch campaigns to get workers to quit their unions in the hope of dramatically weakening the voice of teachers, sanitation workers, police officers and firefighters. The decision is but one of many undermining our democracy. A rightwing majority gutted the Voting Rights Act in Shelby v. Holder. This term, the five upheld Texas redistricting that lower courts found discriminated against minority voters. In Citizens United, five conservative judges Â„ again ignoring law and precedent Â„ held that corporations could not be prohibited from spending money in elections. Somehow corporations, they suggested, had the same political rights as citizens. The gang of five has also systematically favored corporate rights over womenÂs rights, gay rights, consumer and environmental protection. That the Congress Â„ elected by the people Â„ passes laws expressing different values doesnÂt deter them. They have elevated themselves as Âblack robed rulers,ÂŽ legislating their own choices from the bench. Now Justice Anthony Kennedy has chosen to resign, apparently timing his announcement so President Trump can use the fight over his successor to rouse his base in the upcoming elections. (That suggestion gains credibility with the revelation that KennedyÂs son, working at Deutsche Bank, lent Donald Trump and his operations nearly a billion Â„ with a b Â„ billion dollars at a time when U.S. banks wouldnÂt go near him because of his record of bankruptcies and scams.) Kennedy gained a reputation as a ÂmoderateÂŽ because of his votes on abortion and on gay marriage, but he has been a leader in the assault on democracy and the elevation of corporate rights over worker rights. Now, his resignation is timed so that Trump can name, and the Republican majority in the Senate confirm, a younger right-wing zealot to carry on the assault on democracy. In the Civil Rights movement, we looked to the Supreme Court to enforce the Constitution against the Jim Crow laws of the apartheid South. Now we must take back the Congress and the statehouses and rally the democratic bodies against the usurpations of the ideological majority of the court. Only if the pressure is constant will one or more of the Justices realize the dangers and errors of their course. The pushback can start with our election laws and come from the bottom up. Localities and states should be passing laws to make voter registration automatic, to extend the days for voting, to expand the franchise, and rollback restrictions on voting. Continued on page 7 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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July 12 18, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 O'QUINN OFF TO THE PACERS: Former Norfolk State center and MEAC Player and Defensive Player of the Year Kyle O'Quinn has signed to join his third NBA team. The Queens product agreed to terms on a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Indiana Pacers, an NBA source million next season. days. He said at the time the he was inspired to go the distance career. Â’SIAC, SWAC HOLDING FOOTBALL KICKOFF EVENTS; HBCU SIDs MEET; O'QUINN ON TO INDY AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XXIV, No. 50 WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTSUNDER THE BANNERSUMMER MOVES Iowa Barnstormers Sports PhotoPOWELL: Former CIAA standout wins MVP award, championship in Indoor Football League (IFL).FOR THE WEEK O F JUL Y 1 0 16 2 0 18SIAC to kick off 2018 preseason HBCU Football Media events, SWAC to follow The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference four HBCU athletic conferences to hold their Media Day. Hotel in Birmingham. SIAC Media Day Hall of Fame venue in downtown Atlanta. They the opportunity to share their expectations and announced during the event Additionally, players, coaches, and invited guests will have an interactive experience after the event with a self-guided tour of the Hall for Fame. for our conference and we are pleased to announce the return to the College Greg Moore ÂIn light of the rich history which spans more Tuskegee East Division champ Fort Valley State SWAC Media Day Santoria Black will serve as the moderator and lead host in interviewing each institution will have two student-athletes that will accompany their respective head coach. grams. Among the fresh faces and new head coachAlabama A&M's Connell Maynor Alabama State's Donald Hill-Eley Mississippi Valley State's Vincent Dancy Prairie View A&M's Eric Dooley and Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Cedric Thomas Among the student athletes attending De'Arius Christmas champion Grambling State East Division champ Alcorn State The list of head coaches and student-athinclude:Alabama State Tytus Howard, senior offensive lineman Devin Santana, senior defensive lineman Donald Hill-Eley, head coach Southern Demerio Houston, senior defensive back Dennis Craig, redshirt senior tight end Dawson Odums, head coach Grambling State Percy Cargo, senior defensive back DeÂArius Christmas, senior linebacker Broderick Fobbs, head coach Arkansas-Pine Bluff KeShawn Williams, senior running back Jalen Steward, junior defensive end Cedric Thomas, head coach Alabama A&M Dylan Hamilton-senior safety Jordan Bentley-junior-running back Connell Maynor, head coach Texas Southern Julian Marcantel, junior linebacker Brad Woodard, senior running back Michael Haywood, head coach Alcorn State P.J. Simmons, senior running back Brady Smith, redshirt senior defensive back Fred McNair, head coach Mississippi Valley State Patrick Harbin, senior linebacker Jett Even, senior quarterback Vincent Dancy, head coach Prairie View A&M Dawonya Tucker, junior running back Anthony Stubbs, senior linebacker Eric Dooley, head coach Jackson State Romello Shumake, senior wide receiver Eric Bowie, senior linebacker Tony Hughes, head coachEdwards Waters to name Summers new hoops coach The Edward Waters College Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will hold a press Frederick Summers Frank Burnell who serving one season in the same role at Talladega College Athletic Conference competition. For his efforts, Concordia College He led the Hornets to four straight appearChampionship. the winningest coach in CCAL history with a Lane College Tennessee. He also spent two seasons at the University Fisher. Music Center.BCSP Notes Drew Powell the former CIAA offensive player of the Livingstone has received a similar award while leading the Iowa school records and four conference records while playing for the Blue Bears, continued his productive four interceptions while leading award. game-winning drive. It was capped seconds left. ners, in addition to the one that won for the Barnstormers. Former CIAA star wins IFL title, MVP award go down in history with these guys The IFL is a six-team league located primarily in the midwest. The title game was played in Des Moines, Iowa. tine won the championship game yards and three touchdowns. PRO-DUCTION: and earning the league's MVP award (r.). Powell threw for 1,604 yards and 34 TDs and rushed for 945 yards and 23 scores for the Barnstormers.Iowa Barnstormers PhotoIOWA BARNSTORMERS 2 Drew Powell QB Livingstone 5 Sheldon Augustine WR Langston 77 Brandon Haskin OL Tennessee State CEDAR RAPIDS TITANS 1 Homer Causey QB Texas Southern 8 Raheem Bramwell LB Shaw 20 Qua Cox DB Jackson State 42 Bryce McClain DL Shaw 44 Moses White LB Shaw NEBRASKA DANGER 2 Najee Bright, DB Alabama State 15 Jamaal Burgess DB Bethune-Cookman 10 Gregory Hankerson QB Norfolk State 17 Rahman Kamara, DB Bowie State SIOUX FALLS STORM 1 Damian Ford WR Stillman GREEN BAY BLIZZARD 69 D'Mon Tucker OL Lane But Powell could easily have four touchdowns. He ran for another 48 yards and a touchdown. The Powell found the end zone to give the Barnstormers the lead late in the third quarter. Everything we do is around him," were second most in IFL history. Missing two games during the season due to a stint in the Canadiing in six games. Following the season, Powell was named First Team All-IFL QB. Powell joined the Iowa Barnstormers for his second season in last season with his championship receiver. Powell spent the later part of four games of the season where touchdowns. Powell also scored Livingstone Sports PhotoFormer Black College Players in the Indoor Football League (IFL) THE STAT CORNER STILL MAKING MOVES: Former Norfolk State center from NSU, has signed a one-year deal to join the NBA's Norfolk State Sports Photo Moore Christmas BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTORS: A host of scended on the Gaylord Hotel at the National Harbor in Maryland for the held their annual meeting on Thursday, June 28 during the convention with Edward Hill Jr. Kyle Serba
by T. Kennedy (ABS) The African Methodist Episcopal church, the first independent Black denomination in the U.S., has teamed up with 19 Black-owned banks across the nation to form a partnership aimed at bettering financial vitality among Black Americans. Bishop Reginald T. Jackson announced the new partnership at the 2018 Council of Bishops and General Board Meeting, pegging the initiative as an opportunity to Âincrease Black wealth,ÂŽ business development and homeownership. ÂThis initiative will strengthen Black banks across the U.S. and increase their capacity to lend to small businesses, to secure mortgages, to provide personal lines of credit, and to offer other forms of credit to AME churches and our members,ÂŽ said Jackson, president of the Council of AME Bishops. ÂThis, of course, includes enabling members and their families to become homeowners.ÂŽ Jackson explained the partnership was inspired by an initiative formed in Washington, D.C. in 2015, called Black Wealth 2020, which he said ÂÂƒ is providing an economic blueprint for Black America.ÂŽ Through the initiative, faith leaders and bank presidents hope to increase deposits and loans with Black-owned banks; up the number of Black businesses from 2.6 million to 4 million; and grow Black homeownership to more than 50 percent nationwide, according to a press release. General Board Chair Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie said she believes the church-bank collaboration is especially important for African-American youth. ÂWe want to be able to teach fiscal responsibility before [students] get to high school,ÂŽ she said. Â[ItÂs important] to learn the value of saving, the value of investing.ÂŽ With over 6,000 AME churches across the U.S., faith leaders say the partnership is a real opportunity to boost wealth among Black Americans if everyone takes part. ÂWe believe that if most of these churches participate, more than $6 million dollars in new business can be generated,ÂŽ Jackson wrote. ÂThis could also generate in three years more than $1 billion dollars in construction loans. ÂThe impetus for this partnership is not only what it does for Black banks, but also what it can do for Black Americans and churches.ÂŽ Greater El-Beth-El Host Come Together Day The Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church and El-Beth-El Development Center invites the community to their ÂCommunity Come Together Day Celebration: We Can Do Better Together,ÂŽ Sunday July 15th, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The church is asking for 50 men dressed in black and white and 50 women dressed in white to show unity. As crime peaks, the church is asking that everyone work together! Morning speaker is the Reverend Emanuel C. Quinones, pastor of House of Hope Fellowship Church and evening speaker is Gary Thomas, president of Martin Luther King Foundation. The church is located at 723 W. 4th Street. For further info contact Bishop Lorenzo Hall Sr. at (904) 710-1586 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.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 information call (904) 398 1625.Faust Temple Church of God in Christ Pastoral Anniversary CelebrationThe community is invited to Faust Temple Church of God in Christ Pastor Clarence L. Jones and Elect-Lady Jones' Sixth Pastoral Anniversary Appreciation celebration scheduled for July 12th 13th at 7 p.m. and July 15th at 11 a.m. Come enjoy the service celebrating the couples spiritual journey. For more info contact Elder Emory Greenlee at (904) 768-1079.Greater Tabernacle Family and Friends DayGreater Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church located at 5730 Sawyer Avenue where Reverend J.C. Green is the pastor will commemorative ÂFamily and FriendsÂŽ day, Sunday, July 15th at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend! The church free clothing ministry will take place Saturday, July 14th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall located at 1781 Helena St. For more info contact the church office at (904) 768-2725. 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 12-18, 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 by James Washington I remember reviewing the letters of Paul in Bible study. I was constantly reminded that one cannot look at Paul without really seeing JesusÂ amazing handiwork. Now you need to know that I think Paul is an awesome person when it comes to the story of his life. I havenÂt found a biography or autobiography of anyone who comes close to Paul; Jesus notwithstanding. Because the two are so closely associated with one another, I canÂt help but consider the impact of this tandem on human history. Just in case someone wants to debate me on this by bringing up the lives of the 12 apostles, I have considered them as well as the prophets and IÂm just one of those who is in awe of Paul. A very large part of the Bible is devoted to PaulÂs building of the early church at a time when who you worshipped was a life and death decision. Sound familiar? See World todayÂƒ Paul himself says in his letters to the church in Corinth that there was indeed a point to his suffering and persecution and the basis for most, if not all, of what he went through was a byproduct of his faith in Jesus Christ. ItÂs another perspective of one of my favorite scriptures. ÂBut He said to me, ÂMy grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I [Paul] will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that ChristÂs power may rest on me. That is why, for ChristÂs sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.ÂŽ 2 Corinthians 12:8-10. This kind of thinking and belief led to the eventual proliferation of the church worldwide. It also makes the point of how the lives of so few impacted and influenced so many in the world then, and also in the world as we know it today. Forgive me if I find this a rather fascinating fact. Paul is who he is because of his unique one-on-one encounter with Christ. That encounter changed him and ultimately the world in which we live. If that be true, then our individual encounters with Christ should also have a profound effect on us and the world in which we currently live. It is not unusual for new Christians to come under attack by old friends. It is also not unusual for new Christians to come under the attack of the world, since it is in the world that Satan has some degree of power. I think PaulÂs good news is that there is a place of refuge for all of us, when this happens. He uses himself as an example to follow. If I surrender my weaknesses to the power of Christ and subjugate my will to that of the LordÂs, then I become empowered to deal with whatever is thrown my way. Life, the Christian life, is funny that way. It places what I have described as a bulls-eye on your back, designed to distinguish you from those nonbelievers around you. Your faith also sets you up and apart to do great things in the name of Jesus Christ, my personal Lord and Savior. I guess what IÂm really saying is when the going gets extremely tough, check the human being Paul. Like Christ, he has experienced the worst that life has to offer. But because of his belief system, heÂs experienced the best of GodÂs promises. ItÂs like a refresher course and I just wanted to let you know where I go during difficult times. You might also find some answers there. The point IÂm trying to make is that in the eyes of God, oneÂs weaknesses are welcomed opportunities for God to show up and show out. Have you ever wondered why those who have been through so much are able to stand and witness mightily for Christ? Reexamine the reality of GodÂs grace and you just might get your answer. Paul found strength in his weaknesses 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 Leaders of the AME Church announced the partnership As a mother, it was very difficult for Mrs. Jacqueline L. Jackson to agree to the publishing of her heartwrenching and sad letters she wrote her son, former U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. while he was incarcerated. The book, created by her son, is titled, ÂLoving You, Thinking of You. DonÂt Forget to Pray .ÂŽ It is a compilation of letters, poems and writings by Mrs. Jackson with an introduction by her son. ÂThese were letters that were written two or three years ago when my son was incarcerated,ÂŽ she said, explaining she edited and pulled some. ÂThis was to let him know that this was just a stumbling block, a bump in the road and to use this time to thank the Lord for allowing him to be strong enough to endure this level of isolation and to be sure to pray.ÂŽ The letters are compelling and insightful and often times give answers to prison reform, like her letter dated May 28, 2013 to Judge Amy Berman Jackson, U.S. District Court, when she spoke of the insurmountable pain she was enduring personally and that of millions of other families whose sons may also be incarcerated. She spoke of the need for restorative justice Âthat focuses on the needs of both the victims and the offenders, as well as the involved community instead of satisfying abstract legal principles or just punishing the offenders.ÂŽ Mrs. Jackson explained that restorative justice Âis more inclined toward restitution, providing altruistic services within the community affected and monitoring the behavior of the offender.ÂŽ The A.M.E. Church and Black-Owned Banks Team Up for Longterm Black Wealth Jackie Jackson Pens Inspirational Book With Son Jesse Jackson, Jr.
What motivates females of multiple ethnicities to bully, trash-talk, sabotage, and humiliate one another? How can so many women form close relationships while at the same time secretly gossiping, competing, betraying, backstabbing, and envying? Secret Betrayal: How to Heal Female Rivalries by Cathy Holloway Hill shows women how to have closer, healthier and more authentic relationships with each other and themselves. Cathy, a Life Strategist and Psychologist, breaks it down with her own experiences, tools, and behaviors to stop this epidemic head on. She has seen this behavior crush confidence, kill commitment, and destroy dreams. As an author, life coach, keynote speaker, and talk show host, she compiled the same formula that has helped thousands of others into her new book. Her book, released this past June, is timeless and a must have! Research suggests that close to 90% of females conduct an internal assessment when meeting other females, and this Âfirst impressionÂŽ can have overall negative outcomes and consequences. This is an epidemic that spans across ethnicities and cultures resulting in a significantly negative impact on the quality of relationships among ÂsistersÂŽ. Secret Betrayal: How to Heal Female Rivalries uncovers the truth behind the root cause of the ÂepidemicÂŽ. Included are interviews from female celebrities on the topic and the Foreword is a transcribed interview with the late great Dr. Maya Angelou. Secret Betrayal will provide knowledge on: Why it happens How society reinforces hostile behavior What men think about it How the female brain is wired Critical steps for healing and much more! To purchase the book, visit www.chollowayhill.com July 12 18, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. 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Localities might pass legislation demanding that candidates get their Âoats and their votesÂŽ from the district itself Â… limiting funds to those provided by those who live in the district. Nonpartisan citizen panels can put an end to partisan gerrymandering, ensuring the voters pick their representatives rather than politicians designing districts to pick their voters. It is long past time that we recognize what the right-wing Supreme Court gang of five is doing. They claim to be simply enforcing the laws, but they overturn legislation and ignore legal precedent. They are lawless in the service of the rich and the corporations. They are expanding the corrupting rule of big money even as they limit the rights of workers, consumers, women and people of color. George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door defying the dictates of the Constitution and the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court. Now a shameless majority of five stands in that door against the laws of the Congress and states, eroding the democracy they are sworn to protect. Just as it took a movement to challenge George Wallace and segregation, it will take a movement to reclaim our democracy from these Âblack robed rulers.ÂŽ Progressive activists should demand that every Democratic candidate for elected office at the local, state or national level make empowering workers a central part of his or her platform. Arrogant Supreme Court Justices Black ewspaper Publishers Take a Hit with TrumpÂs Tariffs on Canadian ewsprint 5 Ways eglecting Your Teeth Can Cost You Â… In Money and In Health Psychologist Reveals the Real Motivation Behind Female Rivalries by Dr. Roman Duran HereÂs a hard fact to chew on: Adults between the ages of 20 and 64 average losing about seven permanent teeth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Lost teeth are just one of the many costs that can be incurred by neglecting your oral health. Dental professionals say a lack of preventative care by patients is often at the root of dental problems; only 37 percent of adults participating in the NIDCR survey reported visiting a dentist in the previous year. ÂYou can eliminate a lot of pain by being proactive about your dental health,ÂŽ says Dr. Ramn Durn (www.drramonduran.com), a dentist in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and author of Your Best Smile Âƒ For a Lifetime: Achieving Your Optimal Oral Health. ÂTaking preventative measures is vital if you want to save money and, more importantly, save your teeth and stay healthy. There are many signs you need to see your dentist, yet often people ignore oral issues until the pain forces them into action. Durn lists five ways neglecting your oral health can cost you not just in money but also in medical issues: Implants. These are the expensive replacements for those teeth you lost. They can run anywhere from $1,500 to $6,000 for a single tooth. Durn links implants with what he calls Âopportunity costsÂŽ Â… the choice one relinquishes when making a poor dental health decision. ÂDeciding not to brush at least twice a day and floss, opting for sugary foods and snacks, not visiting your dentist twice a year Â… all are opportunity costs,ÂŽ Durn says. ÂYour mouth is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, and if neglected, one the most direct results is tooth loss.ÂŽ Jobs. Yes, yellowed, missing or crooked teeth can cost you a job. An American Dental Association survey found young adults and lowincome adults agreed that the appearance of their mouth affected their ability to interview. One reason: they were too embarrassed to smile. ÂŽLike it or not, weÂre often judged by our appearance,ÂŽ Durn says. ÂWe often associate a personÂs oral health with some of the social biases we have.ÂŽ Diabetes. The National Institute of HealthÂs report ÂOral Health in AmericaÂŽ links periodontitis to diabetes. Periodontitis is the inflammation of the tissue around the teeth, often causing shrinkage of the gums and loosening of the teeth. ÂReports have suggested itÂs a twoway street for these diseases,ÂŽ Durn says. ÂPeriodontal disease may have a negative impact on glycemic control.ÂŽ Heart disease and stroke. ÂCertain bacteria that thrive in dental infections are being identified as potentially linked to heart disease,ÂŽ Durn says. ÂBacteria or viruses in the mouth can get directly into the bloodstream, with the possibility of causing blood clots and narrowing of the arteries.ÂŽ COPD. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, caused by chronic bronchitis, recurrent respiratory infection or emphysema, has been associated with periodontal disease. ÂThe cost of choosing not to take proper care of your teeth and gums is greater than many people imagine,ÂŽ Durn asks. ÂIt could be the cost of an implant, dentures, your overall health Â… and even your life.ÂŽ Amid the rush to comprehend the ramifications of a full-scale international trade war initiated by the errant and backward tariff policies of the Trump Administration, there are results of the tariffs that need to be challenged by Black America. The financial sustainability of the Black Press of America is now facing a catastrophic and a possible deadly impact, because of these new tariffs. The current dispute over the rising costs of the paper product termed Ânewsprint,ÂŽ because of tariffs on Canadian newsprint threatens the future of member publishers of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and could further isolate and disenfranchise African American businesses and communities in cities and towns across the United States. Import duties the U.S. Commerce Department is now applying to Canadian-made newsprint is already increasing costs enough to prompt layoffs and scaled-back news coverage by some of the nationÂs major dailies and weekly publications. If these tariffs remain in place, scores of newspapers with smaller circulations, notably those that serve African American communities, could be forced to cease publishing a print edition or close altogether. During the past 191 years, the Black Press has survived, endured and overcome past firebombing and improvised explosive attacks, as well as other deadly manifestations of racial violence. The newsprint tariffs appear to have been put in place by the Trump Administration after being encouraged by the interests of a single paper mill in Washington State called NORPAC. NORPAC argues that Canadian government policies give Canadian paper producers an unfair advantage in the U.S. market. NORPAC says the added duties, or tariffs, at the border are protecting it. NORPAC can fight for its self-interest but the U.S. government has an obligation to consider the impact the tariffs are having on the nation as a whole, and in particular the impact on African American owned newspapers and businesses. We forthrightly oppose the Trump tariffs on newsprint and demand an end to the disastrous trade policies that are hurting our businesses and communities. Given that newsprint and labor account for most of the cost of running a newspaper, it is easy to see how jacking up the price of newsprint by more than 30 percent could spell the difference between these publications eking out a modest profit or going out of business. Around 2,000 newspapers have closed or morphed into something else in the last 15 years. The NNPA is proud that its 215 member-publications are moving forward even in the face of these new contrived dangers and obstacles in the marketplace. Our newspapers enliven and inform the debate within African American and other communities that we serve and help to empower with news, information, and the reaffirmation of the vitality of Black cultural genius and excellence in all fields of endeavor. Our printed editions are especially important in communities where people are less likely to be able to afford or take full advantage of broadband Internet access. However useful todayÂs technological innovations are in sharing information, for many people, there is no substitute or affordable alternative to the local weekly newspaper of, by, and for the African-American community. Our newspapers are the lifeblood for our communities. The tariffs threaten more than local newspapers. Newsprint is used for promotional materials by retailers and civic groups. It is used by book publishers and printers. Often these are small businesses serving local communities. If newsprint goes up in price, printers will get fewer contracts and have fewer customers. Ironically, the tariffs NORPAC wants in place will actually threaten paper producers and a range of related business. A coalition of these businesses, the STOPP Alliance, estimates some 650,000 jobs could be at riskÂ„all to help one company that has no allies or supporters within the U.S. paper industry. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is reviewing the facts in this case and is expected to announce its recommendations on what to do with the tariffs later the summer. In the meantime, members of Congress from both parties have introduced legislation to suspend the tariffs immediately. The STOPP Alliance has also created an online petition to urge the ITC to end the tariffs. Consider adding your voice to this effort by clicking on this link. After all, the threat the duties on newsprint pose to daily and weekly print publications serving communities in urban and rural areas is especially acute. If there was ever a time when the country needed a range of authentic and ÂtrustedÂŽ outlets to share news and perspectives, it is today. In todayÂs world, the newspapers that serve African American communities will continue to play a crucial role. Errant trade policies and duties championed by a single company must not be allowed to diminish the meaningful role of the Black Press of America. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is the President and CEO of the ational ewspaper Publishers Association (PA) based in Washington, D.C. Dr. Chavis can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edith Marie Cancer Foundation GalaThe 2nd annual Edith Marie Cancer Foundation Fundraising Gala, will be held Saturday, July 14th, 7 p.m. 11 p.m. at Queens Harbor Yacht and Country Club located at 1311 Queens Harbor Blvd. Enjoy catered cuisine, live auction and entertainment celebrating the life of cancer patient Edith Marie Cooper. For more info call (904) 586-1958.Photography WorkshopLocal photographer Dave White of Through My Eyes Photography will present an ÂIntroduction to Nature PhotographyÂŽ Saturday, July 14th at 10 a.m. at Camp Chowenwaw County ParkÂs Kiwita Nature Center Cove, 1517 Ball Road, Green Cove Springs, Florida. Pre-registration required for the photography workshop. For more info call (904) 529-8058 ext. 3Angel 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 NE Florida Press Club July mixer will be held Tuesday, July 17th, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the TPC Clubhouse, 110 Championship Way, Ponte Beach, FL. For more info call (904) 273-3235.Smart Couples Relationship WorkshopSmart Couples Relationship Skills Workshops are scheduled for July 19th and 26th from 6 p.m. 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.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.email@example.com. WFA MeetingThe WomenÂs Food Alliance next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 24th, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Casa Marina Hotel, 691 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL. To become a member and for more info visit www.WomensFoodAlliance.com.LGBT Safe Space TrainingSafe Space Training, Wednesday, July 25th, 14:30 p.m., in the UNF Student Affairs Conference Room 58E/2100. Participants will learn basic LGBT terminology, become aware of the challenges that LGBT students may face, be introduced to resources, dialogue on strategies and more! For more info contact Kaitlin Legg at (904) 620-4720.Jacksonville Music SummitAttend the 2018 Jacksonville Music Summit scheduled for Saturday July 28th, 1 5 p.m. Hosted by Dawn Lopez and Carlos ÂDaddy BlackÂŽ Spencer. Location is the Boys & Girls Club located at 555 W. 25th St. Come and hear directly from the professionals. Panel Topics include: contracts, social media, funding, building your platform, rap beefs and more! For more info contact Diallo Sekou at (706) 284-9808. 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.TSZ Back to School EventThe New Town Success Zone Back to School event will take place August 4th, 9 a.m. 1 p.m. at Edward Waters College Sports Complex, 1859 Kings Rd. Vendors will provide immunizations, physicals, vision, speech and hearing screenings, healthy snacks and more! For more info contact call (904) 470-8899.Ritz MarketplaceThe Ritz Marketplace featuring local vendors items for sales is scheduled for Sunday, August 5th, 1 6 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre & Museum, 829 N. Davis Street. For more info visit www.ritzjacksonville.com.WWE is back!The World Wresting Monday Night Raw returns to Jacksonville for the first time in over eight years, Monday, August 6th at 7:30 p.m. at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd. For more info visit www.jaxevents.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. 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 artists will be joined by hip hopper Lil Skies. For tickets visit www.dailysplace.com.Comedian Gary OwenCatch comedian Gary Owen at the Comedy Zone August 23rd 26th for two shows at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Gary recently released his new special, ÂI Got My AssociatesÂŽ on Showtime and starred in his own docuseries ÂThe Gary Owen ShowÂŽ on BET. The Comedy Zone is located at 3130 Hartley Rd. For more info visit www.comedyzone.com.Blues, Brews and BBQSummer Fun at Florida TheatreÂs Annual Blues, Brews and BBQ scheduled for Thursday, August 23rd 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Location is the Florida Theater, 128 E Forsyth St. For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com.Stage Aurora Golf TournamentThe Stage 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, will be held on 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 ElSalaam. 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. at the Omni Resort located at 39 Beach Lagoon Rd, Amelia Island, FL. Meet new friends for a round of golf, food, fun and scholarship presentation. For more info call (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, 128 E Forsyth St. For tickets visit www.floridatheatre.com.Diavolo NBCÂs AmericaÂs Got Talent, Diavolo will be bringing its acrobatics and architectural artistry to the Thrasher-Horne Center, 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 Summit,ÂŽ October 18th 19th. Attend workshops focused on creating safe spaces for difficult conversations. For tickets visitwww.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, 3800 St. Johns Buff Rd, Saturday, September 22nd at 5 p.m. For tickets visit www.throwbackconcert.com.Howie Mandel & Preacher Lawson ShowExperience 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, at the Times-Union Center, 300 Water St. For tickets and more info visit www.ticketmaster.com. BBBSEFL Margarita Big Brothers Big Sisters annual Margarita fundraiser is Friday, November 9th, from 6 10 p.m. at Casa Marina Hotel, 2429 3rd St S. 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July 12 18, 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 Whitney HoustonÂs Mother Learned She Was Molested During ew Documentary by B. Wong If former President Barack Obama ever gets sick of the paid speaking circuit or signing deals to produce Netflix originals, he might want to give writing an advice column a shot. ObamaÂs former communications director Dan Pfeiffer describes receiving some excellent advice from the then-president in his new book, Yes We (Still) Can Pfeiffer now the co-host of Pod Save America wrote that on his last day at the White House back in 2015, he was discussing his future plans to Obama and let it slip that he planned to move in with his then-girlfriend Howli Ledbetter. ÂSo are you guys moving together? This is the one, huh?ÂŽ Pfeiffer recalled Obama asking. When Pfeiffer replied yes, the president reportedly said that the Âadvice [he] gives everyone about marriageÂŽ is to ask yourself three questions about your potential spouse. ÂIs she someone you find interesting?ÂŽ Obama said, according to Pfeiffer. ÂYou will spend more time with this person than anyone else for the rest of your life, and there is nothing more important than always wanting to hear what she has to say about things.ÂŽ Questions one and two were just as weighty, though they required less explanation. ÂDoes she make you laugh?ÂŽ Obama reportedly asked Pfeiffer. Then, the conversation turned to kids. ÂI donÂt know if you want kids, but if you do, do you think she will be a good mom?ÂŽ Pfeiffer recalled the president asking. ÂLife is long. These are the things that really matter over the long term.ÂŽ Luckily, Pfeiffer said he answered all the questions in the affirmative. ÂHowli is incredibly interesting and funnier than I am, and will be a phenomenal mom,ÂŽ Pfeiffer said he told the president. ÂSounds like sheÂs the one. Lucky you,ÂŽ Obama reportedly responded. Pfeiffer and Ledbetter married in October 2016 one of four weddings Pfeiffer said he attended that year of couples who had met while working for Obama. ÂObama was always very proud of the hundreds of relationships that had sprung from his campaigns and his administration,ÂŽ Pfeiffer writes in the book. Given that the former president and first lady celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in October, youÂd be hard-pressed to find a better matchmaker. As for how to stay married that long, Michelle Obama passed on some sage advice of her own while on Ellen DeGeneresÂ show in 2015. ÂWhat IÂve come to find is, you donÂt sweat the small stuff,ÂŽ she said. ÂThe journey that weÂve taken together, the fun weÂve had, the challenges weÂve faced, the two beautiful children that weÂre raising Â„ I kind of give him a pass now when he leaves his socks on the floor or tells that story for the one hundredth time and wants us to laugh at it as if we first heard it.ÂŽ A relationship thatÂs always evolving and a lenient attitude toward dirty socks on the floor? Sounds like a recipe for success to us. According to The New York Times, Whitney HoustonÂs mother, Cissy Houston, was oblivious to the alleged sexual abuse of her pop icon daughter and son, Gary Garland-Houston until the filming of the newest documentary on the singerÂs life, Whitney. Patricia Houston, GaryÂs wife and executive producer of the film, had to reveal the devastating news about the molestations claims to Cissy and inform her that they would be discussed in the movie. ÂIt was deeply a revelation for her. You think about her, and it being a bit overbearing for her to hear Â„ and her kids not telling her. ThatÂs pretty tough to have to deal with,ÂŽ she told the newspaper. The alleged abuser was Dee Dee Warwick, CissyÂs niece and the sister of Dionne Warwick. She was 18 years older than Whitney and reportedly molested the children between the ages of 7 and 9, while their mother was on tour. She died in 2008, four years before WhitneyÂs death. The abuse appeared to be secret the siblings did not want to share. Kevin MacDonald, director of the documentary, said he was not made aware of the allegations until close to the end of making it. ÂI was just coming to the end of the edit,ÂŽ Macdonald told the New York Post. ÂWe had worked on it for about 18 months, and then we heard this bombshell, which redefined the whole thing.ÂŽ He also believed that the molestation had much to do with the Grammy-winning singerÂs drug use. ÂI donÂt think you can explain anyoneÂs life from one particular event thatÂs happened to them. But I think that itÂs certainly fair to say that itÂs maybe, in my opinion, the major contributor to WhitneyÂs unhappiness,ÂŽ MacDonald said. ÂThat and the fact that she never talked about it, and that nobody in the family talked about this and clearly it happened as youÂd learned in the film.ÂŽ Whitney opened in theaters on July 6. Ladies and Legends Shine at Annual Essence Festival NEW ORLEANS (AP) Â„ Iconic females in the music industry shined at the Essence Festival, where Queen Latifah used her debut performance to celebrate ÂLadies FirstÂŽ and her 30 years in the trenches. Latifah was one of the headliners on the festivalÂs main stage Saturday and was joined Â„ to the delight of the crowd Â„ by hip-hop legends MC Lyte, Yo-Yo, Salt-NPepa, Missy Elliott and Monie Love as well as rapper Remy Ma and R&B singer Brandy. She also entertained the audience with her vocal skills, showcasing her love of jazz with a rendition of Phoebe SnowÂs ÂPoetry Man,ÂŽ which she dedicated to her mother, who died this year of a heart condition. In an interview with The Associated Press, British singersongwriter Marsha Ambrosius said she looks forward to performing at the festival every year especially since she gets to experience what she described as a ÂsurrealÂŽ lineup. ÂThe lineup is one long weekend of legends, icons and my heroes. Âƒ ItÂs an honor and a humbling experience to be able to set foot on stage with people IÂve looked up to my whole life,ÂŽ said Ambrosius, whoÂs performed more than a half-dozen times at the festival. During her set inside one of the eventÂs Superlounges Â„ intimate club-like spaces set up in the SuperdomeÂs cavernous halls Â„ Ambrosius gave the audience a taste of her hits ÂFar AwayÂŽ and ÂLate Nights & Early MorningsÂŽ as well as songs from her new album, ÂNyla,ÂŽ named after her 1-year-old daughter and scheduled for release in September. ÂAs women, we bury our secrets so deep down, youÂd never know what affects us. And, on this album, I decided to not only let them all go, but let them be seen. IÂm okay with the scars that I wear. My music is my therapy,ÂŽ Ambrosius said of the upcoming project. ÂItÂs been an incredible journey just getting to know myself and where I am in the world. ItÂs retrospective, introspective, and IÂm dropping gems for those that didnÂt have them when they should have. Like, I wish I had a me, kicking me in the behind saying, ÂJust go for it. Just go for your dreams, standing in your own truth. And, if someone despises you for that, then thatÂs on them. ItÂs not on you.ÂŽ The festival closes Sunday with a much anticipated performance by megastar Janet Jackson, who touched the lives of four single mothers from New Orleans with a surprise MotherÂs Day gift that culminates this weekend. The women are to receive makeovers from JacksonÂs personal make-up artist, Preston Meneses, and tickets to her performance. Other performances included Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Closing out the festival on Sunday were Fantasia and a New Jack Swing reunion featuring Teddy Riley, SWV, Blackstreet and Guy. President Barack Obama Said This is How You Know YouÂve Found ÂThe OneÂ Former first lady Michelle Obama and former President Barack Obama react after their portraits were unveiled at the Smithsonian Gallery Â Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story ,ÂŽ is slated for a July 30 premiere. The six-part original docuseries recounts the life and legacy of the 17-yearold African-American high school student who was gunned down by a neighborhood watch member in the Sanford, Florida, community on Feb. 26, 2012, where he was visiting a friend with his father. His shooter, George Zimmerman, was acquitted of a murder charge utilizing FloridaÂs Stand Your Ground Law, claiming he shot Martin in self-defense. Featured in the docuseries are Trayvon MartinÂs parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Martin family lawyer Donald Crump, Angela Rye, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Angela Davis and Carmelo Anthony, among others, per Page Six. MartinÂs death gave rise to the #BlackLivesMatter movement and ÂRest in Power: The Trayvon Martin StoryÂŽ also addresses the significant cultural and societal issues surrounding the tragedy as well as an in-depth examination into the investigation, trial and the not-guilty verdict. Â Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story ÂŽ premieres July 30 at 10 p.m. on the Paramount Network. Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Page 10 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press July 12 18, 2018 ItÂs Publix. easy family dinner s n Â Âs t I t a s u j e r to s t o s n y n t a n a br e d n e r to s P Â It n a br e i bl P d n p ood e g o b s t a h h t ug o n e ood g y he e t k a M ood mi a f y as e x i bl u P d e l l a e c o b h t ner n i d y l Company Makes History by Becoming First Black-Owned Water to Sell at Walmart The family of Richard Overton, the nationÂs oldest veteran, got emotional after learning on Thursday that the ex-soldierÂs bank restored money stolen from his compromised account. ÂMan, I teared up. I couldnÂt believe it. They made it happen. The executive of the company said heÂd take care of this, and he took care of it,ÂŽ the World War II veteranÂs third cousin Volma Overton told The Dallas Morning News, adding that the family was shocked when a Bank of America executive called to give them the good news. Someone is suspected of using Richard OvertonÂs personal information to drain his account. A week earlier, the family of the Austin, Texas man, who was born in 1906, discovered that a large sum of money was drained from his account, USA Today reported. It appears that a thief accessed Richard OvertonÂs Social Security number and checking account number. The money was used to purchase savings bonds with Treasury Direct. There were several deductions from the account over the past year, according to Volma Overton, who noticed the debits on June 27. Bank of America, the Austin Police Department and federal authorities are continuing their investigations. ÂEveryone wants to get to the bottom of this. I donÂt think itÂs going to be long before we know,ÂŽ Volma Overton told the Dallas Morning News. Someone is suspected of using Richard OvertonÂs personal information to drain his account. Money in Richard OvertonÂs GoFundMe account, which exceeded $444,000 on Sunday, was untouched in the theft. The family launched the fund-raising campaign in December 2016 to help pay for the 24-hour, in-home care that he needs. Overton turned 112 on May 11. He served as a marksman in a racially segregated unit while stationed at Pearl Harbor and Okinawa, Japan. The former soldier continues his lifestyle, which includes smoking 12 cigars a day and drinking whiskey. Acclaimed civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump has a new client on the First Coast. He is representing a pregnant woman who says she was beaten by a Jacksonville SheriffÂs Office corrections officer while detained and is calling for the incident to be investigated as a hate crime. Kirenda Welch said now-former Corrections Officer Catherine Thompson directed racial slurs toward her while she was at the Jacksonville Pretrial Detention Facility. She was arrested for driving with a suspended license WelchÂs attorney is also calling on JSO to release the jail surveillance video to the public. Crump is well-known for representing the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. JSO fired Thompson last week and charged her with battery and falsifying documents. In JSOÂs incident report of WelchÂs arrest, the arresting officer wrote under Âdistinguishing marksÂŽ that Welch was ÂLOUD AND RUDE.ÂŽ This section is typically the place on the form where officers write descriptions of tattoos, birthmarks and facial hair. The report contains no description of WelchÂs arrest. Welch admits she mouthed off to Thompson at the jail, but said she did not deserve to be restrained, punched multiple times and peppersprayed. ÂThis Officer Thompson called me ÂKunta KinteÂ several times before she put me in shackles at the ankles and handcuffs at the wrists,ÂŽ said Welch. A photo Welch said she took after her release from jail appears to show a bruise by her left eye. Her official mugshot, taken before the alleged beating, does not appear to show the same bruise. JSO said the incident happened in a changing room at the jail with no cameras, but Crump still wants JSO to release the surveillance video the agency does have. ÂWhat Ms. Welch encountered may not have been something that was out of the blue, if you can see people on that video just watching it happen, almost as if itÂs business as usual,ÂŽ said Crump. Last year, the city of Jacksonville denied inmate Paul TestaÂs familyÂs request to release surveillance video to the public. Testa died after being tasered and strapped into a restraint chair. But JSO did release sallyport video in 2016, when it announced it was taking action against Officer Akinyemi Borisade for hitting handcuffed inmate Mayra Martinez. Shown is Atty. Ben Crump with his client Kirenda WelchHigh Profile Lawyer Crump Called in to Represent Inmate Beaten by Guard For the first time in history, Walmart is selling a Black-owned bottled water brand on its shelves. It's called Live Alkaline Water, and it is 100% natural alkaline water that is bottled at the source from a natural underground spring, an aquifer, and a mineral rock bed that lies 800 feet below the ground. The company is based in Jacksonville, Florida, but the water comes from a family-owned spring in North Carolina that has been passed down for generations. The quality and high PH balance of the water has been tested and certified by the state of North Carolina, as well as the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. How they did it When Robert McCray, whose family has owned the spring for more than 100 years, learned that the water in their spring could be sold as a product, he decided to partner with Dr. Shayla Creer to create the brand. They both knew that the bottled water industry was very competitive, but they still believed that they had a unique product that could compete. Dr. Creer told First Coast News, "I called... many Walmarts, and finally we got a hold of one who allowed us to do a presentation." Soon after, they presented their business plan to a local Walmart... and to their surprise, the regional manager was there and decided to give them a chance. Of course, they were thrilled. "It was hard to keep our composure," said McCray, "because its the product that was [our] baby." And they had every right to be excited because not only did they become the first Black-owned bottled water brand to be sold by Walmart, but their product sold out within just one month! Walmart has since reordered, and plans to continue selling their water and possibly adding the product to more stores across the country. The benefits of alkaline water Alkaline water has long been recommended by naturopathic doctors and others for its high PH balance, which can boost a person's immune system to naturally fight off disease. As an anti-oxidant, it also can slow down & reverse the damage done by disease-causing free radicals. According to McCray and Dr. Sheer, their water contains the highest levels of 100% organic, natural minerals that not only help keep the body functioning at its best, but also give it a fresh, pure, taste that people love so much. For more details about Live Alkaline Waterand where exactly it can be purchased, visit their web site at www.live-alkalinewater.com or follow them on Facebook. Dr. Shayla Creer, co-founder of Live Alkaline Water Tears of Joy Flow After Bank Restored Funds Stolen From 112-Year-Old Veteran Richard Overton