by Lynn Jones This past weekend, the ÂDonÂt Miss a BeatÂŽ (DMAB) nonprofit held their third annual summer camp finale performance in front of hundreds of family, friends and supporters. This summer, one hundred and twenty five campers participated in the ÂFAMEÂŽ themed finale. The mission of DMAB is to blend music, art, academic achievement and civic engagement to inspire and enlighten children and teens in the Riverside and Brooklyn communities. The organization was founded in 2008 by Ulysses Owens, Jr., a former student at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. While attending the school, he was a member of the inaugural jazz program and graduated with a full scholarship to the Juilliard School. After graduating from Juilliard in 2006, Ulysses traveled the world as a jazz drummer, but Jacksonville was always in his heart. After reading about JacksonvilleÂs high dropout rate and other youth problems, he and his family decided to act. ÂIn other cultures, I saw so many art programs for kids,ÂŽ says Owens. ÂI thought we really needed something like this back home.ÂŽ The program began with the singular objective of helping suspended youths stay in school so that they wouldnÂt Âmiss a beat.ÂŽ Since then, DMAB programming has evolved to include the performing arts, academic enrichment and civic engagement as well as job skills training for parents. DMAB is housed inside the Edith Brown Ford Community Center located on Beaver St., and the organization provides yearround programming for underserved youth. This year, the summer camp focused on the motto of ÂOne Voice, One Vision, One DreamÂŽ. To attend the camp, campers have to complete an application and audition in front of staff members. The six week camp invigorates camperÂs zest for music, dancing and acting. With the assistance of Jax Free Press staff, youth also created a newsletter to highlight summer camp activities, back to school academic enrichments and even wrote about the importance of staying focused to achieve your dreams, goals and purpose. Seth Langer photo Volume 31 o. 36 August 2 8, 2018 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents Police Warn Against ÂIn My Feelings ChallengeÂŽPage 7 Trayvon Martin Documentary a Well Produced Reminder of Racial Challenges in AmericaPage 4Five Affordable Housing Options for SeniorsPage 2 LeBron James Opens Public Elementary School, Grads Can Attend College for FreePage 9 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Cop Who Discovers His African Ancestry Settles Racial Discrimination A white police officer agreed to settle his racial discrimination lawsuit, which alleged that he was a victim of racial bullying at work after discovering that heÂs part Black. Hastings, Michigan approved a $65,000 payment to Officer Cleon Brown on July 23, in a mediated settlement in which neither side was considered the prevailing party. Brown, who looks white, discovered his African roots after taking an Ancestry.com test that revealed heÂs 18 to 33 percent African resulting in taunting from coworkers. In one instance, someone put a Black Santa Clause figurine with Â18%ÂŽ on its white beard in BrownÂs Christmas stocking. At other times, officers raised their fists and said ÂBlack Lives MatterÂŽ to Brown. Even the police chief joined in, calling him ÂKunte.ÂŽ Brown filed a federal lawsuit in 2017, naming several officials, including the city manager and police chief, as defendants. It accused officials and police officers of intentional infliction of emotional distress. The lawsuit also claimed that, given the mistreatment, Officer Brown would probably not get Âadequate back up in the event of an emergency.ÂŽDeadly Duck Boat Tour Company Being Sued for $100 millionThe Branson, Mo. company in charge of the Duck Tour boat tour that capsized and killed 17 men, women and children is being sued for $100 million. According to the class-action lawsuit: Âthe canopy of the Duck Boat entrapped passengers and dragged them to the bottom of the lake,ÂŽ adding that for two decades Âdefendants had been repeatedly told to change the design of their Duck Boats to make them safe, but they entirely ignored these warnings.ÂŽ The Ride the Ducks tourist boat capsized as a thunderstorm ravaged the area of MissouriÂs Table Rock Lake, and the victims ranged in age from 1 to 76 years old, according to multiple reports. Some 17 bodies were recovered, nine people were members of the Coleman family. According to reports, the lawsuit claims that Ripley Entertainment, Ride the Ducks International, Ride the Ducks Branson, Herschend Family Entertainment and Amphibious Vehicle Manufacturing knew before the horrific event that the Duck Boat industry was Âentirely unfit to be used for any purpose and had previously been responsible for dozens of deaths.ÂŽ The captain of the boat told everyone ÂdonÂt worry about grabbing life jackets Â… you wonÂt need them,ÂŽ and everyone followed the instructions, survivor Tia Coleman said.FEMA Official Accused of Hiring Women to Service Male EmployeesThe #MeToo movement has reached FEMA. The recently resigned personnel chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is now under investigation for creating an atmosphere of widespread sexual harassment over years in which women were hired as possible sexual partners for male employees. Corey Coleman, who led the personnel department from 2011 until his resignation in June, resigned June 18, before a scheduled interview with investigators, and FEMA officials said they have not been able to question him since, according to The Washington Post Investigators said, Coleman hired many men who were friends and fraternity brothers and women he met at bars and on online dating sites. The complaints against him are many including: Promoting employees without going through proper federal hiring channels; Transferring women in and out of departments so his friends could try to have sexual relationships with them and sexual encounters with employees nder threat of termination. His salary was $177,00 a year.Woman Dies After Medics Assumed She CouldnÂt Afford an AmbulanceThe mother of a Tampa, Florida woman who died says she had to rush her daughter to the hospital after paramedics allegedly told her that she couldnÂt afford insurance when replying to her 911 call. Nicole Black discovered her daughter, Crystle Galloway, who just had her son via C-section a few days before her death, slumped over the bathtub in her apartment. She said when the paramedics finally arrived they told her that Galloway appeared to have suffered a stroke and then told her she couldnÂt afford the ride. She feels that she was discriminated against, according to ABC Action News. ÂThe whole conversation as the EMS drivers put my child in my car was that was best for us because we couldnÂt afford an ambulance,ÂŽ she said. ÂMy daughter begged for her life, she begged!ÂŽ According to the Tampa Bay Times, the paramedics never got Black to sign the required informed consent form and said that patient could not be found in their logging system, which Merrill says was a falsification of records. The county has suspended the four medics. ÂSheÂs 30 years old and just graduated from college, she had her whole life ahead of her,ÂŽ Black said about her daughter. ÂYou can tell me youÂre sorry, but you still have to work this out with God.ÂŽ Black men and women are 75 percent more likely to develop high blood pressure by age 55, according to a new report in the Journal of the American Heart Association. While the rate is 55 percent for white men and 40 percent for white women, the new study does not zero in on why the rate is higher for African Americans. But an earlier report that was released in 2016 and published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension zeroes in on why the rate is higher. Specifically, hypertension is less controlled in African-Americans, than non-Hispanic whites (49.5 percent vs. 53.9 percent), in spite of higher awareness and higher usage of blood pressure-lowering medications. As a result, African-Americans also have a higher risk of blood pressure-related cardiovascular disease and renal (kidney) disease, according to the 2016 report. After the release of the 2016 report, 33 scientists with the ational Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute said more research is needed in the areas of surveillance, non pharmological approaches, Continued on page 3 75% of Black America At Risk for High Blood Pressure By 55 Youth Camp ÂDoesnÂt Miss a BeatÂŽ Highlighting Campers Artistic and Creative Talents Bryce Smith and Aten-Abur-El Sekou participate in drills Earline McDonnel and Lisa Fullwood-Clark select a free bathing suit from volunteer Christine Jamerson Free Lessons and Swimsuits Prepare orthside Citizens for Swim Safety The United Youth Athletic Association Inc. (UYAA) prides itself on providing students with a safe and healthy sports learning environment that builds character, self-respect and accountability. The organizationÂs summer sports camp was a well rounded experience for participants that included academic enrichment, physical and social development activities and a focus on healthy eating habits and lifestyles. While education is a central focus, UYAA also is committed to helping youth reach their full athletic potential as well. Continued on page 3 Shown are performers Kennedy Chisholm, Treston Lawson and Brooklyn Gaiter According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the overall drowning rate for Blacks was 1.4 times higher than rates for whites. Disparities were greatest in swimming pools with drowning rates for those aged 5 -19 were 5.5 times higher than those among whites in the same age group. This disparity was greatest at ages 11Â…12 years; at these ages, blacks drown in swimming pools at 10 times the rate of whites. The Johnson Family YMCA on Cleveland Road will be able to assist in the fight to decrease the disparaging numbers with a recent gift of $5,000 grant from Grainger Supply Company to help teach Northside youth how to swim. Grainger executives previously attended an on campus nutritional class and were impressed with the testimonials and facility programs, which prompted the company to award the YMCA with the grant. The funds were awarded to the Shawn D. Delifus Foundation, which was founded and named in his honor by his mother and father, Daniel and Joyce Delifus. Shawn was a 2003 graduate of Raines Senior High School and a swimming enthusiast who was among the top swim coaches in the nation. He passed away at the age of 30 in 2016. To support ShawnÂs passion, the foundation collaborated with the YMCA to offer a swimming Continued on page 3 Sports, Music and Education Fill Days of Youth Summer Camp
Retirement brings with it many changes. Your income may be reduced, and your lifestyle may evolve as well. The big house where you raised kids may no longer fit your needs or your budget. Affordable housing for seniors can be diverse shopping. If you're ready to move someplace new, here are five financially savvy options. Move in with the kids. Moving in with an adult child Â… or having them move in with you Â… can be a win-win. It can immediately slash living expenses in half. Plus, there's the possibility of fringe benefits for both parties. Busy parents may end up with built-in babysitting, while seniors, particularly those who are single, benefit from an active household that will stave off loneliness and the health risks linked to it. The key to making these arrangements work is to set clear guidelines from the start. Make sure everyone has the same expectations about communal living, personal space and bill sharing. Share your house with another senior. If you'd rather not live with a family member, consider renting out space with another senior. Home sharing with another retiree provides similar financial benefits without the complicated dynamics that can come along with moving in with the kids. Seniors who still own a home could find a housemate covers much of their living expenses, and renters can halve their monthly bills. Look into subsidized housing programs. There are a number of different federal housing programs that can help subsidize or stabilize the rents of seniors. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development can provide rental assistance for low-income senior in four ways: Privately-Owned Subsidized Housing: Apartment owners who receive assistance from HUD can offer reduced rents to low-income residents. Public Housing : Contact your local public housing agency to find affordable apartments for low-income seniors. Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8): You can use this voucher to pay for all or part of your rent in a residence of your own. Your local public housing agency can help. HUD Resource Locator: Use this tool to find HUD regional and field offices, public housing agencies, USDA rural housing and more. However, subsidized housing programs can be complex to navigate. Each may have its own eligibility criteria and application process. Even if you think it will be years before you need subsidized housing, meet with a housing counselor through HUD or a local nonprofit. Consider a co-housing community. Co-housing communities are a lesser-known option for reining in housing costs. While not all co-housing developments are affordable Â… indeed, some are anything but Â… some are set up to include lower-cost units. The communities feature homes clustered around communal spaces. Depending on the community, members may provide meals, housekeeping or transportation services to others in the neighborhood. Having this type of living arrangement allows seniors to remain largely independent while still getting basic assistance when needed. Sign a contract with a Life Plan Community. On the face of it, a Life Plan Community does not seem like an affordable housing option for seniors. Certainly, it isn't an option for anyone who doesn't have access to a significant amount of cash to pay the initial entrance fee. However, for those who might need skilled nursing care in the future, a Life Plan Community can be an affordable choice in the long run. Life Plan Communities combine several living arrangements on a single campus to allow seniors to move from independent living to assisted living to skilled nursing care, if needed. Some communities are allinclusive and include meals as well as other activities. While these communities offer several options, the highest level typically guarantees care at a fixed rate. If a resident reaches the point where they can no longer afford that rate, some communities have assistance programs to cover the cost. Since contracts and services can vary, read the fine print carefully. Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press August 2 8, 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 Five Affordable Housing Options for SeniorsConsider These Living Arrangements to Reduce Your Housing Expenses in Retirement Kike Oniwinde has created an app, BYP network to connect black professionals and students all over the world for networking and career purposes. The 25-yearold earned her a Masters degree in Management from The University of Florida, while on a full track and field scholarship. The idea of BYP Network came after Oniwinde studied abroad and met talented black students. Once back in London, the lack of diversity in the workplace coupled with low opportunities to meet others in the city prompted the idea. BYP Network has since hosted thousands of black professionals in London, England with plans of international expansion. ÂI grew up as an elite athlete and I only saw my value in my sport as the entertainment industry is where black people succeeded. It wasnÂt until I met exceptional black students at UF that I realized we succeed in all industries. From this, I decided to create a platform to connect black professionals globally so that we can all see our excellence,ÂŽ she told The Voice. Oniwinde has been named as a Sky Woman in Technology Scholar gaining a $33,000 grant and backing From Sky Corp. She gained over $50k in funding and was featured in the UKÂs Sunday Times BYP Network App is a platform available on iOS, Android and web for users to network. New users can sign up using their Facebook profile or they can create a new account. Once they upload a picture and a profile about who they are and their interests they are able to choose who they can connect with or vice versa. A match is created when two users like each others profiles. Premium membership allows users to see who has liked them and who has viewed their profile.Hampton U. Moves to ew Conference, Plans to Still Embrace Its HBCU HeritageWilliam Harvey will always be proud of Hampton UniversityÂs standing as a historically black institution. Founders established the school three years after the Civil War to educate former slaves and train teachers. Booker T. Washington studied there and Rosa Parks worked there. But Harvey, HamptonÂs president since 1978, is equally proud of the universityÂs Proton Therapy Institute, which treats cancer patients, and its 13-story Harbour Centre building that includes a $5 million weather antenna, reports Daily Press. ÂThe fact that weÂre an HBCU is wonderful,ÂŽ Harvey said. ÂBut we happen to be an HBCU thatÂs one of the best modest-sized institutions in the entire country,ÂŽ reports Daily Press. Hampton announced in December it would join the Big South Conference. Its move after 23 years in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, which is comprised entirely of HBCUs, became official July 1. In the Big South, Hampton is the only institution that is not predominantly white. It is also one of two HBCUs in Division I that reside in a conference other than the MEAC or Southwestern Athletic. Tennessee State is the other. ÂWeÂre always going to be an HBCU,ÂŽ said athletic director Eugene Marshall. ÂThat goes without saying. But we wanted to be in the cutting edge of where conference realignment is.ÂŽ The decision drew backlash, as predicted. ÂThere was a small minority that didnÂt want to leave and go to a quote-unquote, white conference,ÂŽ Harvey said. ÂWe didnÂt look at it as a white conference. We looked at it as a conference that was better in the power rating than what we were before.ÂŽ The significance of adding an HBCU as a full member isnÂt lost on Kyle Kallander, the Big SouthÂs commissioner since 1996. ÂIt certainly wasnÂt a primary factor in us inviting Hampton, but itÂs a plus and a strength for the Big South,ÂŽ he told Daily Press ÂWe all learn from each other, and I think having an HBCU in the league is something we can learn from. I think itÂs helpful to have that exposure and have that diversity. Diversity makes us stronger. Obviously, we have diversity in the league in a number of ways, and this just helps with another dimension.ÂŽ According to Daily Press Troy Austin, one of two African-American athletic directors in the conference along with Marshall, agrees. ÂIÂm an athletic director of color, and I appreciate the willingness to diversify our membership,ÂŽ he said. ÂThere should be diversity of thought and diversity of culture mixed in,ÂŽ he told the Daily Press ÂWe have institutions that are Christian affiliated. We have public institutions and private institutions. When everything fits, thatÂs when you get a really nice blend to help move things forward.ÂŽUF Grad Creates App for Black Professionals to Connect Oniwinde
Continued from front African-Americans still have considerably lower hypertension control rates and more complications for any given level of high blood pressure compared to whites. ItÂs the biggest problem in high blood pressure in this country, and we need to find ways to close the gap for disparities. While the latest study does not explain why African Americans are 75 percent more likely to develop high blood pressure by age 55, it shows hypertension began surfacing as early as age 30, in the 3900 young adults enrolled in this latest study. They did not have high blood pressure when they enrolled. The differences may exist because Âin many ways, 55 is the new 65,ÂŽ said Dr. Byron Lee, director of electrophysiology laboratories and clinics at the University of California, San Francisco. ÂWe used to not worry about hypertension until we reached our mid-60s, but itÂs clear now that many of us need to take action much sooner.ÂŽ A hypertension fighting diet such as the DASH diet can prevent high blood pressure, which is preventable. The DASH diet, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats like olive oil, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy, while avoiding processed foods and those high in saturated fats. Continued from front Last weekend, the organization held a football camp for youth ages seven to 14 at Clanzel T. Brown Park on Moncrief Rd. Dozens of youth worked out with professional trainers on various drills including speed and agility, explosion techniques and position specific activities. The camp also focused on one on one competitions to perfect foot speed and refine individual sports technique. After lunch, UYAA participants and invited youth attended the Urban-Geo-phonics 2018 Music Summit hosted by Dawn Lopez and Carlos Spencer of the hit group 95 South. Also on the panel were retired football player and Priority Records signee Jeremy Mincey and Errol Mizell. Youth heard directly from the music professionals and discussed topics pertaining to publishing, contracts, social media influence, funding, rap beefs, building your own platform, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. Youth were eager to ask questions and gain insight into the music business and learn more about potential career options. ÂThe sports and music business can be tricky. Many of the youth want to be rap stars or NFL players, but donÂt understand the business,ÂŽ said organizer Diallo Sekou. He adds, ÂThe music and football camp offered options and real life situations. Nothing happens overnight.ÂŽ The next music summit will be held in September and November of this year. Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 August 2 8, 2018 SwimmingContinued from page 1 instruction course for families. The swim classes were dedicated to delivering quality professional instruction to low and moderate income families in addition to youth education and nutrition. Another exciting part of last weekÂs grant award ceremony was the contribution of 500 swimsuits to the program. The swim wear was donated by Presbyterian Social Ministries and provided to the community. To receive swim lesson contact the Johnson Family YMCA at (904) 765-3589. High Blood Pressure Athletic Camp After a 30 plus year career in higher education as a tenured faculty member, academic department chair, vice president, provost, and university president, Dr. Donna H. Oliver will become Edward Waters CollegeÂs new Provost & Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. Effective August 6th, Oliver will serve dually as the CollegeÂs chief operating and chief academic officer providing intellectual leadership to create, advance, and implement the academic mission of the college. The position will oversee its academic programs, faculty matters, and student academic affairs. Oliver will be President FaisonÂs first executive cabinet appointee and will be expected to work closely with members of the CollegeÂs board of trustees, college administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, stakeholders and constituencies. More specifically, she will be charged with fostering the creation, advancement, and implementation of the academic vision for the College and will maintain responsibility for all of EWCÂs academic departments and degree programs while leading and implementing strategic planning and all reaffirmation of institutional accreditation efforts. As Provost & Senior Vice President she is ideally positioned to leverage the institutionÂs excellence in academics and service to achieve even higher levels of institutional eminence. Prior to joining the College, Oliver made history as the first African-American woman to ever lead a public university in the state of Mississippi when she was appointed President of Mississippi Valley State University in 2009. As a seasoned senior administrator she also served as Bennett College. Oliver is a life time member of Girl Scouts of America and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.. EWCAppoints Provost and Academic Affairs VP Dr. Donna BenCarson Talks About Real Compassion While Visiting the Projects Ben Carson has been touring the country to talk about his version of affordable housing, but in each city he visits, Carson says something more atrocious. His offensive comments included telling a woman she needs to get married to get out of poverty and advising a homeless shelter to stop asking for federal money. CarsonÂs latest comments while visiting a housing project in Aurora, Colorado is just as insane. According to The Denver Post, Carson visited Aurora to Âemphasize the importance of working with private partners to create sustainable places to live for low-income people.ÂŽ The Village at Westerly Creek, a new housing project, has Â144 affordable rental units for senior citizens and 50 affordable units for families.ÂŽ It was partially funded by private partnerships like FirstBank and American Express, which Carson loves because it allows the government to spend more money on military parades than the countyÂs most disenfranchised. Regardless of CarsonÂs joy at making marginalized people fend for themselves, Craig Maraschky, executive director of the Aurora Housing Authority said federal housing tax credit programs are crucial, ÂIf those go away we canÂt do what weÂre doing here.ÂŽ No word if Carson understood this concept, but he did say his goal was to get more people off of government housing and into the workforce Â„ although he gave no plan on how he would make this happen. CarsonÂs strangest comments at the housing project was about his version of Âreal compassion.ÂŽ He said, Âreal compassion is not patting people on the head and saying, ÂThere, there you poor little thing.Â Real compassion is giving them an opportunity to realize the American dream.ÂŽ How can people realize this American dream if Carson wants to triple the rents of people in subsidized housing? The secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) clearly wants to make fair housing, unfair housing. Spicer Accused of Calling Classmate the WordSean Spicer became a household name by lying for President Trump. Now he is on a book tour, getting torn to shreds tt appearances. As heÂs on the road, more info is coming out about SpicerÂs past, and a former classmate says he called him the N-word. The ew York Post reports, ÂSpicer was at a book signing to promote his new book reflecting on his time as TrumpÂs Oress Secretary when Cambridge, Massachusetts, resident Alex Lombard yelled out SpicerÂs name and accused Spicer of calling him the N-word and trying to fight him when they attended Portsmouth Abbey School.ÂŽ The man asked Spicer if he remembered going to school together at Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island. ÂYes, how are you?ÂŽ Spicer replied. ÂYou donÂt remember you tried to fight me?ÂŽ Lombard continued. ÂYeah, you know, but you called me n***er first, right? Remember? Remember? You called me n***er first, Sean.ÂŽ As he was escorted out of the bookstore, Lombard said, ÂI was 14. I was a scared kid then, Sean. IÂm not scared to fight you now.ÂŽ Spicer and his team are denying the allegation, and he is even threatening legal action.
The ÂR est in Power, The Trayvon Martin Story ÂŽ appeared on BET this week, and the documentary didnÂt disappoint. For many African Americans MartinÂs story was the beginning of a series of deaths of young unarmed black men across the United States. The story hit home with many parents and their sons. I remember President Obama saying, ÂIf I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon.ÂŽ He was basically saying Martin could have been his son a teen minding his own business on his way home. The great Muhammad Ali once said that the death of Emmet Till stuck with him throughout his childhood. He said these words, ÂEmmett Till and I were about the same age. A week after he was murdered. .. I stood on the corner with a gang of boys, looking at pictures of him in the black newspapers and magazines. In one, he was laughing and happy. In the other, his head was swollen and bashed in, his eyes bulging out of their sockets and his mouth twisted and broken.ÂŽ He continued, ÂI felt a deep kinship to him when I learned he was born the same year and day I was. My father talked about it at night and dramatized the crime. I couldnÂt get Emmett out of my mind.ÂŽ Ali was 13 when Till was brutally killed in Mississippi. His death was perhaps the most-heinous, racially motivated crimes in AmericaÂs history. The 14 year old was kidnapped and savagely beaten for speaking to a white woman. So why is this relevant? The same sorrow expressed by Ali that didnÂt allow him to forget Emmett is the same sentiment that many of us feel about Trayvon Martin. It is hard for one not to relate to the circumstances surrounding MartinÂs death with your own child or even yourself as a black man in America. The documentary brought it all back to life. I remember it was Sunday, July 14, 2013 when I sat in a hotel room in Orlando and listened to the Zimmerman verdict with the feeling of pure disbelief and anger. How could this happen in America in 2013? How do I explain to my two sons that a young black man was shot and killed because he looked suspicious to someone. And his killer was a guy that claimed he felt threatened by the unarmed teen despite starting the altercation by stereotyping a young black man wearing a hoodie. And to top it off Â… the killer was acquitted by a court of law because he stood behind the controversial NRA ÂStand your GroundÂŽ bill. This law gives people the legal grounds to fight back with deadly force if they feel threatened, even if they could retreat instead. Unfortunately, it has become an easy way for people to get away with murder. TrayvonÂs murder caused us to think and say out loud whatÂs a black life worth in America? Think of the number of young black men that have lost their lives because they were simply the wrong color in the wrong neighborhood. Trayvon Martin was probably the first major recent murder that really brought this issue to the forefront. He was soon followed by Jordan Davis and Michael Brown in addition to several other unarmed black men that lost their lives way too soon. But is anyone actually surprised anymore? Unarmed black men have faced this type of injustice since the end of slavery in America. A poll taken in 2012 (around the time of the incident) showed that while 80 percent of Blacks thought that MartinÂs killing was not justified, only 38 percent of whites felt the same way. It all boils down to race and the challenges that this country has faced for decades in dealing with bigotry, discrimination and hate. Many Americans would rather not talk about race and prefer to insist that the Âpast is the pastÂŽ and racial issues no longer exist. I guess reality isnÂt that important to some. Some would even go as far to say that we should ignore color all together. I have said time and time again that that concept is fruitless. Why ignore color when we can simply accept, respect and embrace our cultural differences? In a speech he gave during his first term in office President Obama said, ÂThe white community must acknowledge that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people; that the legacy of discrimination and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past are real and must be addressed. Not just with words, but with deeds ... ." There is a reason why black folks have a love/hate relationship with America. We love the country and the opportunities that it has provided, but we resent the struggles to simply reach equality Â… not to have an advantage over anyone, but just to reach equilibrium. If you havenÂt seen it Â… check out the Trayvon documentary Â… itÂs a powerful reminder of not only what happened then, but also what is happening now in America. Signing off from the Trayvon Martin Foundation, Reggie Fullwood By Jeffrey L. Boney Without being given much direction, Black youth have seemingly taken matters into their own hands, relative to their future here in America, by strategizing, organizing and mobilizing. Whether on social media or through community activism in the streets, Black youth are proactively pushing the agenda forward and forcing society to no longer ignore many of the issues that have been impacting the Black community for decades. Many have decided to take an even greater step towards bringing about change, by getting involved with politics. These bold efforts to express themselves in ways that are progressive and substantive have given Black youth a clearer vision for their future and an even greater sense of purpose that has given them an alternative to doing things that are detrimental to their future. Because many of their Black predecessors dropped the ball and failed to effectively protect them from the many dangers and pitfalls they have had to face without adequate support, it forced this new generation of Black freedom fighters to become more knowledgeable about things. Black youth have chosen to stand up and fight for themselves, in spite of the lack of collective support they have received from the Blacks who came before them who were beneficiaries of the civil rights struggle. That is why the Black Lives Matter movement was birthed and gained so much traction. Black Lives Matter was formed by a small remnant of Black youth who were sick and tired of being sick and tired. This energized group of young, African Americans wanted to do something about the issue of police brutality, as well as other critical issues that were negatively impacting the Black community, particularly Black youth. Black Lives Matter isnÂt the first example of young, African Americans creating movements and platforms to allow their voices to be heard and making a difference. The hip-hop community was formed because many Black youth wanted to express themselves and needed an outlet to talk about the things they were dealing with in their respective communities and facing in this country. Just as it has been since inception, hip hop has become a steady tool used by Black youth to influence society and make a difference. While there are a myriad of things currently impacting Blacks in America, the advent of social media has given Black youth the necessary access to news and information to keep them up-to-speed on everything they need to know. Prior to social media, many young, Black people were disconnected from news and politics and had limited interest in things such as reading newspapers, watching news channels, listening to talk radio or keeping up with major current events and social issues online. Now, through social media, Black youth have the ability to get this information in real time and in a way that is interactive and enlightening to them. This has caused many young, Black people to become more engaged in and educated about issues that truly impact their daily lives. As America finds itself in the midst of a crucial midterm election, young, African Americans have chosen to get even more involved and are looking for more ways to make a difference, versus looking for leadership and assistance from older Blacks who many believe have abandoned them or from traditional mainstream Black institutions where they feel they donÂt belong. Black youth have found themselves searching for answers and looking for quality leadership to help them navigate through these tumultuous waters called life in America. Getting involved in community activism and politics may be the tools that they need to make more of an impact. Black youth need direction. This new generation of freedom fighters needs to be mentored and not ignored. This new generation of freedom fighters needs to be encouraged and not berated. This new generation of freedom fighters needs to be praised and not overly criticized. Many Black youth are tired of having to figure things out on their own, but have come to the realization that they are living in a country that does not seem to value their Black lives. They are fighting for their lives and seeking relevance the only way they know howÂ„through using the tools and resources they have at their disposal and by getting engaged by any means necessary. Since desegregation in the 1960sÂ„and the election of President Barack Obama, decades laterÂ„ some Blacks bought into the false pretense that America had transitioned to a post-racial society and that they would no longer be affected by the things their predecessors had to endure. Fast forward to 2018, and we see that many of the Black youth who were never taught the realities of racism or never forced to experience the sting of segregation, are seeing a very different America than the one they grew up believing existed. In many ways, especially when looking at statistics and the current climate in America, Black people are facing many of the same issues they had to deal with during segregation. Sadly, in many cases, it has become far worse. If Black youth are shown the importance of politics, the effectiveness of government and the impact of voting, they will do those things and be excited about being a part of them. Encouraging Black youth to step up and get involved is an important step, but the role that Black parents and responsible adults in the Black community play in supporting Black youth is extremely critical and will help them effectively deal with the social ills and issues they are facing in America today. Until Black youth are shown that, however, it will fall on deaf ears.As Trump Distorts FL playersÂ Messages, LetÂs Instead Join TogetherAs teams gear up for the NFL season, President Trump is reviving his destructive and diversionary attacks aimed at turning fans against players. The league office stepped in it by unilaterally declaring that players who do not want to stand during the national anthem should stay in the locker room. The NFL players association had little choice but to force negotiations over that insult. Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, is a decent guy. But he stuck his foot in it, too, recently announcing that the Cowboys had to stand for the anthem and couldnÂt stay in the locker room Â… or else. The league wisely told him to zip it while the policy was under negotiation. So it goes. So much of this is a false narrative. Fake news. Trump dishonestly insists that the players are disrespecting the flag. In fact, the players kneeling during the anthem were expressing a silent protest not against the flag, but against police brutality and the reality of structural racial inequality. Kneeling before the flag in silent, nonviolent protest is not disrespectful to the Stars and Stripes. Just the opposite. It is a sign of deference and respect, a call to honor what the flag is truly supposed to represent. Burning the flag is constitutionally protected but is a desecration. Burning a cross is a desecration. It is violent. Kneeling before the cross, or during the anthem, on the other hand, isnÂt a desecration; it is a call for help. Colin Kaepernick was and is concerned about Blacks being beaten and killed by police. He kneeled during the anthem to highlight how the values of the flag were being ignored on the streets. He wasnÂt disrespecting the flag; he was protesting those who trample its values. He was being a patriot. Now Trump wants to light the dynamite again. His politics prey and thrive on division. He hopes to divide us one against the other while his administration rolls back protections of consumers, workers and the environment, allows corporate lobbyists to rig the rules, and lards more and more tax cuts and subsidies on entrenched interests and the wealthy. So, he purposefully peddles the false narrative that the players are disrespecting the flag.Jones, who is a Trump supporter, isnÂt a bad man. Beyond the playing field, beyond contracts, he has been a decent guy. He paid for the funeral of Cowboy great Bob Hayes. But Jones has allowed himself to be turned into TrumpÂs pawn in this diversion. The reality is that we would not have the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas were it not for those protesting for their rights. Successful protests Â… at the cost of far too many lives Â… finally ended slavery and apartheid in this society. We should be honoring the protesters, not distorting their message. Kaepernick was right to protest what is going on in our streets. He has paid a heavy penalty for expressing his views in a nonviolent and dignified fashion. One of the best quarterbacks in the league, he has effectively been banned, a blatant conspiracy that ought to constitute a clear violation of anti-trust laws.Kaepernick stands among giants. Curt Flood in baseball and Muhammad Ali during the prime years of his boxing life were also banned, but in the process, they changed sports and the country for the better.There have always been politicians who profit by appealing to our fears. There have always been politicians who seek to divide us for political gain.WeÂve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go to fulfill the flagÂs values of liberty and justice for all. The players expressing their views in nonviolent and dignified fashion arenÂt disgracing the flag, they are expressing its values. Let us turn against those who would divide us and join together to make America better. 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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August 2 8, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 NEW DELSTATE MEN'S HOOPS COACH: Dover, Del. --A Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference alum is the new head coach at Delaware State University DSU Director of Athletics Scott Gines has announced that Eric Skeeters most recently an assistant at Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC), has been appointed as the 13th head coach of the Hornets' men's head coach position. Prior to joining the Hornets, Skeeters served two seasons as an assistant under head coach Ryan Odom at UMBC from 2016-to-2018. Last March, the Retrievers shocked the college basketball world and ruined millions of brackets with an hiswin by a No. 16 seed against a No. 1 seed in 136 all-time NCAA MenÂs Basketball Tournament match-ups. UMBC's 2017-18 season was also highlighted by the second America East Tournament championship in team history and a school-record 25 wins (25-11). "Eric Skeeters stood out among an outstanding group of candidates for head coach of the Delaware State menÂs basketball team," said Gines. "He's a 21-year Division I assistant who has contributed to successful programs in highly competitive conferences, including the MEAC. During his career, Skeeters has played a key role in helping to rebuild programs, while serving on staffs that engineered two of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history.ÂŽ "Eric will resonate with our current players, community, and alumni. They will love his energy, drive, and devotion. He is well positioned to lead our menÂs basketball team," said the new Delaware State AD. From 2013 to 2016, Skeeters was an assistant coach at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and the previous four years he was a member of the University of South Florida coaching staff. While at South Florida, he helped years. USF made the most of its 2012 Big Dance appearance, defeating California and Temple before falling to Ohio in the round of 32. He is a graduate of Coppin State University and was an assistant coach on the staff of the 15-seed 1997 team that upset No. 2 South Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.BRIGHT IN AS AD AT ELIZ. CITY STATE: ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. Â… Elizabeth City State University named its 12th Director of Athletics on Tuesday afternoon. George L. Bright will lead the Viking athletic department starting July 31. "I look forward to the future of our athletic program with George at the helm. He is a proven leader who is forward thinking and brings with him the right tools to fortify our program," said ECSUÂs Interim Chancellor Dr. Karrie Dixon. Bright was most recently Director of Athletics and Recreation at Moravian College, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania from 2015 to 2017. As director he developed, implemented, and supervised the administration of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) compliance, strategic planning, fundraising, and all aspects of the athletic program. Prior to his role at Moravian College, Bright worked as the Associate Director of Athletics from 2001 to 2015, and Assistant Director of Athletics from 1993 to 2001, for Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Bright is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the Collegiate Athletics Business Management Association, and Minority Opportunity and Interests Committee for the NCAA. He has served on the board of directors for a number of community organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club and the Easton Area School District. Bright holds a Bachelor of Arts from versity ; a Master of Arts from South Carolina State University ; and is currently working on his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. Â’MEAC UNVEILS PRESEASON FOOTBALL PICKS; NEW HOOPS COACH AT DELSTATE, AD AT ECSU AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XXIV, No. 53 WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTSUNDER THE BANNERMEDIA DAYS OVER; KICKOFF MONTH AWAY PRELIMS FINISHED: MEAC holds Media Day. North Carolina A&T among those to kick off season on August 25.FOR THE WEEK O F JUL Y 3 1 AUG. 6 2 018LUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor Norfolk, VA North Carolina A&T State was picked to defend its MEAC Football Championship as the Aggies topped the league's annual preseason poll unveiled at Friday's MEAC Football Media Day here. Voting for the poll was conducted by the MEAC's 10 head coaches and football sports information directors. to defend their MEAC Championship and represent the league in the annual Celebration Bowl on Dec. 15 in Atlanta, Ga. The Aggies will be the Saturday, August 25 in the FCS Kickoff Classic in Montgomery, Alabama. The Aggies, led by new head coach Sam Washington have not won consecutive MEAC Championships since the 1991 and 1992 campaigns. ing Granville Eastman at North Carolina Central Willie Simmons at Florida A&M Ernest Jones at Morgan State and Rod Milstead at Delaware State Howard was predicted to place second in head coach Mike London's second season followed by N.C. Central in third place and Bethune-Cookman in fourth. PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH 1. North Carolina A&T (19) 6. Norfolk State 2. Howard 7. S.C. State 3. N.C. Central 8. Savannah State 4. Bethune-Cookman 9. Morgan State 5. Florida A&M (1) 10. Delaware State North Carolina A&T State quarterback Lamar Raynard was selected as the MEAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while N.C. Central defensive back Davanta Reynolds was selected as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Raynard passed for a MEAC-best 2,932 yards and 27 touchdowns en route to an undefeated (12-0) 2017 season which included a postseason win in the Celebration Bowl. The redshirt senior from High Point, N.C. has compiled a 27-0 record as a starter and led the MEAC in six (6) statistical categories while shattering the Aggie record books as he broke the North Carolina A&T single-season school records for touchdowns responsible, passing, total offense, touchdown passes and completions in a season. He ranked in the top ten in three national FCS passing categories. Reynolds ranked second nationally in interceptions per game (.06) amongst FCS defenders with six interceptions. The Tucker, Ga. native broke up a pass, returned an interception for a touchdown, recovered a fumble, defended seven passes and forced a fumble which led to an 85-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. In addition to his success in the secondary, the FCS tackles with 54 stops and 2.5 tackles for loss. North Carolina A&T State led the way on the players overall. A total of 11 players from Howard were represented on all three teams while N.C. Central had nine student-athletes selected.PRESEASON ALL-MEAC TEAMSFIRST TEAM OFFENSE QB Lamar Raynard Sr. North Carolina A&T High Point, N.C. RB Marquell Cartwright Sr. North Carolina A&T High Point, N.C. RB Isaiah Totten So. N.C. Central Apex, N.C. WR Elijah Bell Jr. North Carolina A&T Wheeling, W. Va. WR Jequez Ezzard Jr. Howard Union City, Ga. C James Holmon Sr. Howard Augusta, Ga. OL Marcus Pettiford Jr. North Carolina A&T Durham, N.C. OL Dwayne Brown Sr. Bethune-Cookman Indianapolis, Ind. OL Nick Leverett Sr. N.C. Central Concord, N.C. OL Tyrone Ramsey Jr. Howard Detroit, Mich. FIRST TEAM DEFENSE DL Darryl Johnson, Jr. Jr. North Carolina A&T Kingsdale, Ga. DL Kawuan Cox Jr. N.C. Central Summerville, S.C. DL Malachi Washington Sr. Morgan State Waldorf, Md. DL Stefen Banks Sr. Savannah State Columbus, Ohio LB Nigel Chavis Jr. Norfolk State Richmond, Va. LB Brian Cavicante Jr. Delaware State Portsmouth, Va. LB Rico Kennedy Jr. Morgan State Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. DB Davanta Reynolds Sr. N.C. Central Tucker, Ga. DB Timadre Abram Sr. North Carolina A&T Lakeland, Fla. DB Frank McCain So. North Carolina A&T Greensboro, N.C. DB Keyjuan Selby Sr. Delaware State Bear, Del. FIRST TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS PK Uriel Hernandez Sr. Bethune-Cookman Homestead, Fla. P Fidel Romo-Martinez Jr. Delaware State Banning, Calif. RS Marcus Taylor Sr. Norfolk State Highland Spr., Va. SECOND TEAM OFFENSE QB Caylin Newton Sr. Howard Atlanta, Ga. RB Devin Bowers Sr. Florida A&M St. Petersburg, Fla. RB Brycen Alleyne Sr. Delaware State Wilmington, Del. WR Kyle Anthony Jr. Howard Miami, Fla. WR Marcus Taylor Sr. Norfolk State Highland Spr., Va. TE Josh McCoy Sr. N.C. Central Sharon, S.C. C Wes Jones Sr. Norfolk State Wilmington, Del. OL Kenneth Kirby Jr. Norfolk State Newport News, Va. OL Andrew Dale Jr. N.C. Central Morehead City, N.C. OL Loubens Polinice Sr. Florida A&M Palm Coast, Fla. OL Kendrick Hair Sr. S.Carolina State Orlando, Fla. SECOND TEAM DEFENSE DL Julian McKnight Sr. North Carolina A&T Conyers, Ga. DL Todney Evans Sr. Bethune-Cookman Delray Beach, Fla. DL Randy Anyanwu Sr. N.C. Central Clayton County, Ga. DL Antonio Miller Sr. Florida A&M Lakeland, Fla. LB Jibreel Hazly Sr. Florida A&M Akron, Ohio LB Damu Ford Sr. S.C. State Dillon, S.C. LB Marcellus Allison Sr. Howard Durham, N.C. DB Bryan Cook So. Howard Cincinnati, Ohio DB J.T. Wahee Jr. Norfolk State Norfolk, Va. DB Orlando McKinley Sr. Florida A&M Atlanta, Ga. DB Terry Jefferson Jr. Florida A&M Miami, Fla. SECOND TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS PK Giovanni Lugo Jr. Savannah State Belle Glade, Fla. P Chris Faddoul So. Florida A&M Wesley Chapel, Fla. RS Jequez Ezzard Jr. Howard Union City, Ga. THIRD TEAM OFFENSE QB Ryan Stanley Jr. Florida A&M Pembroke Pines, Fla. RB Tupac Isme Jr. Bethune-Cookman Naples, Fla. RB Aaron Savage Jr. Norfolk State Baltimore, Md. WR Manasseh Bailey Jr. Morgan State Capital Heights, Md. WR Xavier McKoy Jr. N.C. Central Charlotte, N.C. TE Paris Baker Sr. Savannah State Savannah, Ga. C Matthew Thompson Sr. Morgan State Perry Hall, Md. OL Obinna Nwanko Jr. Florida A&M Miramar, Fla. OL Joshua Miles Sr. Morgan State Baltimore, Md. OL Robbie Stephenson Sr. South Carolina State Fairburn, Ga. OL Khalil Harris Jr. Florida A&M Gulfport, Miss. THIRD TEAM DEFENSE DL Brandon Carswell Sr. Savannah State Mt. Vernon, Ga. DL Kevin Thompson Sr. Bethune-Cookman Baltimore, Md. DL Deshaywn Middleton Sr. Norfolk State W-Salem, N.C. DL Aaron Motley So. Howard Highland Spr., Va. LB Ian McBorrough Jr. Morgan State Essex, Md. DB Carl Garnes Sr. Morgan State Columbus, N.J. DB De'Mario Evans Sr. N.C. Central Columbia, S.C. DB Kendrick Gathers Sr. S.C. State Columbia, S.C. DB Alex Brown Sr. S.C. State Holly Hill, S.C. THIRD TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS PK Dakota Lebofsky Gr. Howard Overland Park, Kan. P Clifford Benjamin, Jr. Jr. S.C. State Holly Hill, S.C.NC A&T picked to repeat in MEAC football Skeeters Bright The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced its ESPN television package for the 2018 season which features 10 regular season match-ups on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPN3 and one postseason appearance on ABC. The nationally televised games are a part of the MEACÂs on-going partnership with ESPN. The 2018 Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff featuring defending MEAC Champion North Carolina A&T State and Jacksonville State, four-time champion of the Ohio Valley Conference will air live on ESPN on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. from the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. The 14th annual MEAC/SWAC Football Challenge full week of the 2018 season featuring North Carolina Central versus Prairie View A&M of the SWAC live on ESPN2 at 12 p.m. on Sunday, history while PVAMU makes its second appearance. The contest moves Ga. at ÂPete Petit FieldÂŽ at Georgia State University. The ESPN3/ESPNU Saturday slate kicks off on Sept. 15 as N.C. Central makes its second ESPN appearance of the season two weeks later as it travels to Orangeburg, S.C. to face South Carolina State at 6 p.m. One week later, the annual Circle City Classic will feature an all-MEAC affair as Howard and Bethune-Cookman will square off in Indianapolis, Ind. at 4:30 p.m. Both games will air live on ESPN3 and broadcast that evening on ESPNU. South Carolina State travels to North Carolina A&T State for an anticipated showdown which will air live on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m. The MEAC returns to the airwaves in the month of November with four contests headlined by North Carolina Central at Bethune-Cookman on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. live on ESPNU and the annual Florida Classic featuring Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M in Orlando, Fla. on Nov. 17. The Florida Classic will air live at 2 p.m. on ESPN Classic. Two wildcard contests have been secured by the MEAC in Novemthe regular season on Nov. 17. Both games will air live on ESPN3 and broadcast that evening on ESPNU. The fourth annual Celebration Bowl wraps up the season as the MEAC Champion will square off against the SWAC Champion on Saturday, Dec. 15 in Atlanta, Ga. inside Mercedes Benz Stadium. The contest will air live on ABC at noon.2018 MEAC TV SCHEDULETen MEAC games to air on ESPN networks in 2018 It turns out that former Livingstone quarterback Drew Powell is not the only HBCU quarterback making waves in indoor football. Powell, a left-hander, was named the MVP of the Indoor Football League and led the Iowa Barnstormers to the championship of that league in June. At around the same time, former Alcorn State quarterback John Gibbs Jr. was making his mark in the Champions Indoor Football (CIF) league playing for the Omaha Beef. Gibbs, a former SWAC offensive player of the year while playing for the Braves, started was 2-3 as a starter and completed 89 of 169 passes (52.7%) on the season for 886 yards with 16 TDs and just 7 interceptions. He also ran for 213 yards (59 carries) and 12 TDs. In his best game, a 79-78 win over the Bismarck Bucks, Gibbs threw for 213 yards (16 of 30) and 7 TDs without a pick and ran for one score. Gibbs was one of 24 HBCU products in the CIF. The Sioux City Bandits won the title with a 31-27 win over the Duke City Gladiators on June 30. HBCU PLAYERS IN CHAMPIONS INDOOR FOOTBALL (CIF) LEAGUEAMARILLO VENOM Avery Wright DL Elizabeth City State Richard Mitchell DL NC Central Steven Fluker OL/DL Lane BISMARCK BUCKS Jamar Mitchell DB Southern Marquis Smith DE Savannah State DUKE CITY GLADIATORS Dexter Manley WR ECSU Jestin Kelly FB Grambling State Sherman Carter OL Tennessee State KANSAS CITY PHANTOMS Donovan Jackson DB Morgan State OMAHA BEEF John Gibbs QB Alcorn State Paul Dodson DB Lincoln Raymond "Juvi" Berry DB Miss. Valley State Reggie Patrick OL MIles Walter Walker DL Florida A&M SALINA LIBERTY Donovan Rasberry WR Winston Salem State Julian Staford WR Miss. Valley State Kelvin McCoy OL Chowan SIOUX CITY BANDITS Anttonio Brown DB Va. Univ. of Lynchburg Daryl Virgies RB Va. Univ. of Lynchburg WICHITA FORCE Darrius Moore OL Tuskegee Maurice Young WR Tennesse State QC STEAMWHEELERS Darius Hicks WR Lincoln Jordan Stargell DB Grambling GibbsAlcorn State's Gibbs, others in Champions Indoor Football leagueÂ… SATURDAY, AUG. 25 @ 7 P.M. Â… Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff NC A&T vs. Jacksonville State Live on ESPN Â… SUNDAY, SEPT. 2 @ 12 P.M. Â… MEAC/SWAC Challenge NC Central vs. Prairie View A&M Live on ESPN2 Â… SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 @ 6 P.M. Â… NC Central at South Carolina StateLive on ESPN3 / rebroadcast on ESPNUÂ… SATURDAY, SEPT. 22 @ 4:30 P.M. Â… Circle City Classic Howard vs. Bethune-CookmanLive on ESPN3 / rebroadcast on ESPNUÂ… THURSDAY, SEPT. 27 @ 7 P.M. Â… SC State at North Carolina A&T Live on ESPNU Â… SATURDAY, NOV. 3 @ TBA Â… MEAC Wildcard #1Live on ESPN3 / rebroadcast on ESPNUÂ… THURSDAY, NOV. 8 @ 7 P.M. Â… NC Central at Bethune-Cookman Live on ESPNU Â… SATURDAY, NOV. 17 @ 2 P.M. Â… Florida Classic Bethune-Cookman vs. Florida A&M Live on ESPN Classic Â… SATURDAY, NOV. 17 @ TBA Â… MEAC Wildcard #2Live on ESPN3 / rebroadcast on ESPNUÂ… SATURDAY, DEC. 15, 12 P.M.Â… Celebration Bowl MEAC Champ vs. SWAC Champ Live on ABC WashingtonEastmanSimmons Jones Milstead Raynard Reynolds
Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church Combined Choirs ConcertMt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church combined choirs will be in concert, Sunday, August 19th at 3 p.m. Get ready for old school traditional gospel, sacred acapella, contemporary and quartet music ministered by a full choir. Bring your shouting shoes and the church will provide the fans! Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church is under the leadership of Pastor R.L. Gundy. For more info contact the church office at (904) 354-7249.True Holiness Under God's Salvation Pack the Pew RallyTrue Holiness Under God's Salvation Church located at 1086 W. 23rd Street presents the ÂPack the Pew Rally,ÂŽ scheduled for Sunday, August 25th at 4 p.m. Bishop James Sapp Jr. and congregation expect to see you there to worship and enjoy this rally for Christ. For more information contact the church office at (904) 361-8772.Min. Davis Presents ÂPop LifeÂŽMinister Octavius Davis presents ÂThe POP LifeÂŽ a motivational speaker series developed to inspire individuals to diligently pursue their passion (s) is scheduled for Saturday, October 20th from 11 a.m. Â… 1 p.m. Featuring a one-on-one conversational-style interview with award-winning ESPN and Big Ten Network womenÂs basketball analyst Vera Jones at The Ritz Theatre and Museum, 829 N. Davis St. For tickets and more info call the Ritz at (904) 807-2010.DIP Outreach Ministry School Supply GiveawayThe 2nd annual ÂTools 4 SchoolÂŽ clothing and school supply giveaway is scheduled for Saturday, August 4th at 10 a.m. at DIP Outreach Ministry located at 2078 Cassat Avenue. The charity seeks to aid those in need of clothing and backpacks filled with school supplies. For more info, updates and details call (904) 438-4347.Covered House Revelation ServiceThe Covered House Ministry ÂThe Book of Revelation Live: Unveiling of The SevenÂŽ service is scheduled for Sunday, September 23rd, at 4 p.m. The Covered House Ministry is located at 4300 Post Street. For more information call the church office at (904) 405-8077. First A.M.E. Church of Palm Coast African Fashion ShowThe Women's Day Committee of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Palm Coast will light up the runway in an ÂAfrican Fashion Show,ÂŽ Saturday, August 4th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast, Florida. First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Palm Coast is under the leadership of Reverend Gillard S. Glover. For more info call the church office at (386) 446-5759.Historic Mount Zion 152nd Anniversary CelebrationThe Historic Mount Zion 152nd Anniversary Celebration entitled, ÂRefreshing Our Zeal through the Holy Spirit,ÂŽ is scheduled for Sunday, August 12th at 10 a.m. Historic Mount Zion is located at 201 E. Beaver St. Reverend Pearce Ewing, Sr. and congregation will be ready to fill the pews with family and friends! Guest speaker is Rev. Dwayne Gaddis, Pastor Greater Bethel AME Church (Miami, FL). For more info contact Anniversary Chairperson Olivia Young at (904) 502-6472.El-Beth-El Development Center Back To School Give-a-AwayEl-Beth-El Development Center located at 725 W 4th St., will host their annual ÂBack-to-School Give Away,ÂŽ Saturday, August 11th, 11 a.m. 2 p.m. This year to help make this event a great success the church is seeking your support for donations of school supplies or monetary gifts. Last year over 800 hundred backpacks filled with school supplies blessed the children of the community! To become a sponsor or for more info contact Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall, Sr. at (904) 710-1586.African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Ministers Alliance Political Forum African Methodist Episcopal A.M.E. Ministers Alliance is hosting a ÂPolitical ForumÂ scheduled for Monday, August 6th, at 7 p.m. This forum will be held at Wayman Temple 1176 Labelle Street. This forum is open to the entire community and everyone is encouraged attend. For more info and further details contact Wanda Patterson at (904) 739-7500. Transformation Ministries Back to School Transformation GiveawayTransformation Ministries, Inc, located at 2045 Tuskegee Rd and under the leadership of Pastor Corey Simmons presents their ÂBack to School TransformationÂŽ service scheduled for Sunday, August 12th at 12 p.m. Children will receive free backpacks, food, snacks and more! For more info call the church office (904) 333-7761.Southside COGIC Hosts Florida Central Holy ConvocationFlorida Central Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Holy Convocation with Bishop Edward Robinson, Jurisdictional Prelate presiding will take place from Tuesday, August 7th 10th at 7:30 p.m. Guest pastors include: Apostle A. L. Washington (Legacy Ministries Worship Center); Dept of Women Mother Mildred Loman Eason (Jurisdictional Supervisor of Women); Bishop Gilbert Lee Evans, Jr., J.D., PH,D. ( Palatka House of God) and Bishop Edward Robinson, Sr. (Jurisdictional Prelate). Services will be held at Southside Church of God in Christ located at 2179 Emerson Street. For more info visit www.southsidecogic.com. OTICE:Church news is published free of charge. Information must be received in our office no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event date will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax your information to 904-765-8611, e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com or bring by our offices located at 1122 WestEdgewood Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32208. Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press August 2 8, 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 ItÂs been some time ago but I again heard one of the most powerful sayings a friend of mine used to say often right before he was about to be installed as the new pastor of his own church. ÂWhen Satan knocks at the door, let Jesus answer it.ÂŽ Maybe you had to be there. But I found the thought behind this saying still absolutely awesome. I try to imagine actually being able to do this. Can you imagine if you really could? I mean what if you knew for a fact every time the devil was responsible for the temptation, the trial, the sinful suggestions, the weaknesses of flesh and spirit. The reality would be that you would see the devil coming from miles away and no matter how slick or innocent the approach, you could never be fooled again. Would you really do as Jesus did in the desert? Would you renounce the promise of riches, fame, and power? For you, would it be as easy as ÂAway from me Satan!ÂŽ Matthew 4:10. According to scripture, after three times, the devil left and the angels came to attend to Jesus and soon thereafter He began to preach. In todayÂs world IÂm simply asking if you knew where damnation was coming from, would you still live a damned life. The real question IÂm asking is do you know Jesus well enough to ask Him to answer your front door? When life and the devil deal you a bad hand, can you get the Lord to sit at the table and play it for you? Is your relationship to the Almighty current enough, casual enough, familiar and habitual enough to take His presence in your life for granted? In times of great anxiety, do you need to whisper to God to take over or, are you screaming at the top of your lungs hoping HeÂll hear your plight? I donÂt get the impression that Jesus was screaming at the devil in the desert trying to keep His courage up in the face of temptation; the likes of which most of us will never see, let alone experience first hand. At every turn, it was the devil who was way out of his league because when he came calling, Jesus merely let His father answer the door. ÂMan does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LordÂƒDo not put the Lord your God to the testÂƒWorship the Lord your God and serve Him only.ÂŽ (Matthew 4:4-11) I can only imagine because IÂm not there yet (IÂm working on it.) what itÂs like to be able to call upon Jesus so regularly that His presence in my daily life is second nature. I must admit there are times when I recognize that the turmoil in my life has been or is being manufactured by pure evil. That recognition allows me the privilege to simply tell the devil to back up because I donÂt really have time. If you get my perspective, its okay to ask Jesus to handle the situation because your time is better spent trying to do the work He would be proud of. When youÂre that busy I truly believe Jesus doesnÂt mind getting the door. May God bless and keep you always. James A. Washington is the publisher at Dallas Weekly. He can be reached at dallasweekly.com. Knock, knock! WhoÂs There S S P P I I R R I I T T U U A A L L L L Y Y S S P P E E A A K K I I N N G G by Michael Grobowski A Florida congregation that once refused to allow African Americans to attend worship services recently appointed its first AfricanAmerican pastor. The Rev. Juana Jordan is now serving as pastor of First United Methodist Church of St. Augustine, a congregation with about 500 members. Jordan officially began her appointment at the church on July 1. In an interview with The Christian Post on Monday, she explained that while she "feels good to be the pastor of any church appointment," this particular appointment is "an awesome privilege." "I'm humbled by it because I'm always thinking about how God makes decisions and works within the minds and with the hands of people in order to put us exactly where we need to be," said Jordan. "God will orchestrate and say 'this is where you're supposed to be.' You may not know exactly why you're there and what all this entails in you being there, but there is something in that placement that is going to allow for your growth as well as going to allow for the greater glory of God to be seen." Jordan said that thus far "like any new job," the appointment has been "beautifully chaotic" as she gets used to leading the FUMC. "I think about this redemptive work of God ... of God saying 'I'm always in this process of showing what my redemption looks like and showing what reconciliation looks like," she continued.Church That Once Banned Blacks Now Has First Black Pastor Rev. Jordan
The In My Feelings challenge took social media by storm this month, with thousands of people recording themselves dancing to rapper Drake's new hit song. The dance challenge was started by online personality Shiggy, but since then it's escalated to a new, dangerous level, with some people recording themselves jumping out of moving cars to dance. Police departments and safety officials around the world are warning against the trend, and in some cases reprimanding people who take part in extreme versions of it. On June 29, Shiggy posted a video to Instagram showing himself dancing in the street to Drake's In My Feelings ." The video went viral, and thousands of people, including celebrities, started filming and posting their own homemade videos. Singer Ciara and her husband, NFL star Russell Wilson, shot their video in Cape Town, South Africa. Will Smith did his own In My Feelings dance on top of a bridge in Budapest. And that's just a start. A hashtag search of #InMyFeelingsChallenge on Instagram pulls up over 200,000 posts. But the challenge soon morphed into something more extreme. Not only are people dancing to "In My Feelings," but they are jumping out of moving cars and busting a move in the middle of a street. People are trying to top others' videos, and are getting hurt in the process. While some people appeared to successfully hop out of a slowmoving car and dance alongside it, others have been injured trying to replicate the stunt. Some people recorded themselves falling out of the moving car. Others danced alongside their cars on a busy street, running the risk of getting hit by oncoming vehicles. A few have even posted videos of themselves getting hit while dancing in the street. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) got into the act and issued a warning against the challenge as well. The NTSB shared a link to its statement via Twitter, saying "We have some thoughts about the #InMyFeelings challenge. #Distraction in any mode is dangerous & can be deadly." In Abu Dhabi, three social media influencers have been arrested for taking part in the challenge, which "endangered their lives, offended public morals and violated the traffic law," Gulf News reports. In Dubai, anyone caught performing what has also become known as the "Kiki challenge" will get 23 black points on their licenses as well as their car impounded for 60 days, according to the Federal Traffic Law, Gulf News reports. Police in Spain have also issued a warning against the dangerous challenge, AFP reports. The Mossos d'Esquadra police force, in the country's Catalonia region, tweeted that those who partake in the #InMyFeelingsChallenge could face criminal charges. While many celebrities, like infamous N-Zone dancer Odell Beckham Jr., are dancing in the street, others are participating in the "In My Feelings" challenge safely. NBA star Steph Curry's daughter, Riley, did the challenge while getting out of a car -but it was a miniature kiddie car in their driveway. And comedian Kevin Hart did the challenge on a stage -an appropriate place for dancing. August 2 8, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 The Jacksonville Free Press would love to share your event with our readers. GUIDELINES 1. All unsolicited photos require a $10 photo charge for each picture. Photos can be paid by check, money order or credit card, 2. Pictures must be brought into our office to be examined for quality or emailed in a digital format of .jpg or .bmp. 3.Everyone in the picture must be named. 4. All photos MUST be received within 5 days of the event. OEXCEPTIOS. 5. Event photos must be acconpanied by a story/event synopsis including the 5WÂs of media: who, what, when, where and why. in addition to a phone number for more information.Call 634-1993 for more information! Offering you a full range of quality services that includes a full range of accounting services (audits, reviews, compilations, and nontraditional engagements) for small businesses and tax services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, estates and trusts. Darryl Jackson, CPA provides extensive professional experience with a wide variety of industries and clients DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. Black Lives Still DonÂt Matter to Cops: Arrests Not Likely For African-American Homicide Victims, Study Finds A new analysis of data that breaks down homicide arrest rates by race showed the extent to which police investigators undervalue Black lives. The police were least likely to make an arrest in cases involving African-American homicide victims, the Washington Post reported, based on a decade-long analysis of homicide arrest data from 55 of the nationÂs largest cities. African-American victims accounted for more than 18,600 of the nearly 26,000 killings in 52 of those cities. Authorities put someone behind bars in 63 percent of cases involving a white victim, but just 47 percent of the times when the victim was Black. For many in the Black community, this is evidence of what theyÂve long said: the police undervalue Black lives. ÂThere is a straight line between Black people being outraged loudly about police officers being able to shoot and kill people and being able to get away with it and Black people quietly wondering when that homicide in their neighborhood is going to be solved,ÂŽ Ibram Kendi, an American University professor, told the Post. Police investigators offered an explanation. Cases involving gang and drug-related shootings are more difficult to solve than domestic violence cases, they said. ÂWe donÂt care what color you are. Sometimes, because a case goes unsolved, people get the perception that we forget about their loved ones ... We never forget about them,ÂŽ said Police Commissioner William Evans of Boston, which had the widest gap in arrest rates between Blacks and whites. However, Black activists also point out that thereÂs a long history of distrusting the police in AfricanAmerican communities. ÂBlack people have experienced police officers more as profilers and brutalizers, as opposed to investigators, and it takes investigators to solve very difficult homicide cases,ÂŽ Kendi said. The study did identify five cities where the police arrested suspects in Black killings at roughly the same rate, or higher, than arrests for white victims. They are Birmingham, Durham, Fort Worth Tampa and Wichita. ÂOur neighborhoods still have enough trust in the police department to help us solve these cases,ÂŽ Fort Worth police Capt. Devin Pitt said, adding that Âwe treat every homicide the same, regardless of where it occurs or who the victims are.ÂŽ "Super dangerous": Police Warn Against Jumping Out of Moving Cars for "In My Feelings" Challenge People across the country are participating in the ÂIn My FeelingsÂŽ challenge ItÂs official: Octavia Spencer and LeBron JamesÂ limited series about entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker will be seen on Netflix. The project is executive produced by Spencer and James. Spencer will star in the eight-episode series, which is based on the book ÂOn Our Own GroundÂŽ by AÂLelia Bundles, WalkerÂs greatgreat-granddaughter, who will also serve as a consultant. The series will recount the untold story of how Walker, a black hair care pioneer and mogul, overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and trifling family to become AmericaÂs first black, selfmade female millionaire. Walker, the daughter of slaves, was orphaned at age seven, married at 14, and widowed at 20. She spent two decades laboring as a washerwoman, earning $1.50 a week. Everything changed, though, following WalkerÂs discovery of a revolutionary hair care formula for black women. By the time she died in 1919, she had built a beauty empire from the ground up, amassing wealth unprecedented among black women. The pilot will be directed by ÂBlack NativityÂŽ director Kasi Lemmons. Madame C.J. Walker Octavia Spencer Madame C.J.Walker Series Coming to etflix Missing Writings from ÂThe Autobiography of Malcolm XÂŽ, are Sold to Schomburg Center For a quarter century, they have been the stuff of myth among scholars: three missing chapters from ÂThe Autobiography of Malcolm X,ÂŽ reputedly cut from the manuscript after his assassination in 1965 because they were deemed too incendiary. Their possible existence was first teased at in 1992, when a private collector at an estate sale scooped up material belonging to Alex Haley, Malcolm XÂs collaborator on the book. Years later, one biographer was allowed a 15-minute look at some of the papers, but otherwise they have been mostly locked away, surrounded by a haze of cultivated mystery. But now the unpublished material has suddenly emerged and was recently offered for sale at a Manhattan auction house, along with another artifact that scholars have never seen: the manuscript for the published book, which bears dense traces of HaleyÂs and Malcolm XÂs complex negotiations over the finished text. At the auction, an unpublished chapter called ÂThe NegroÂŽ was picked up by New YorkÂs famed Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for $7,000. There were no offers on the manuscript for the published version, which had an opening minimum bid of $40,000. But after some hushed conversations in side rooms, it was announced that the Schomburg, already home to a large collection of material that had been held by Malcolm XÂs family, had acquired the manuscript for an undisclosed sum, along with nearly a dozen unpublished fragments that had also gone unsold. ÂÂThe AutobiographyÂ is one of the most important books of the 20th century,ÂŽ said Kevin Young, the director of the Schomburg. ÂTo have the version with Malcolm XÂs corrections, and to be able to see his thoughts taking shape, is incredibly powerful.ÂŽ The manuscripts were included in a sale of African-American historical artifacts by GuernseyÂs auction house. The sale also included the Detroit house associated with Rosa Parks that had been bought by an artist, disassembled and shipped to Germany, then shipped back again for sale. (The house, which had a minimum price of $1 million, received no bids.) But it was the appearance, with little advance fanfare, of the Malcolm X material that caused a stir among scholars, some of whom expressed alarm before the auction that manuscripts that had been locked away by one private collector might disappear into the hands of another. Since Malcolm XÂs assassination there have been battles over the meaning of his life, in particular its tumultuous last year, when he broke with the Nation of Islam, traveled to the Middle East and renounced his philosophy of racial separatism. There have been equally fierce battles over his literary remains. Papers removed from his familyÂs home by one of his daughters and later seized by owners of a storage facility were nearly auctioned in 2002, before scholars and family members organized an effort to have the collection placed intact at the Schomburg Center.
Cirque du SoleilÂs ÂCorteoÂŽCirque du SoleilÂs ÂCorteo,Âwill be performing through A ugust 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 visitwww.ticketmaster.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, snacks and more! For more info contact (904) 470-8899.P.R.I.D.E. Bookclub MeetingPeople Reading for Inspiration, Discussion and Entertainment (P.R.I.D.E.) will meet Saturday, August 4th at 3 p.m. at the home of Marsha Phelts, 5400 Ocean Blvd, Fernandina Beach, Fl. The book for discussion is ÂGuilty, Until Proven Innocent, The Letter vs. The Spirit of the Law,ÂŽ by A. Wellington Barlow. For more info contact Marsha Phelts at (904) 261-0175.Free Cummer DayThe first Saturday of each month at the Cummer Museum is Âfree for all,ÂŽ thanks to J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver. Guests can enjoy art activities, live music, and a Docentled tour. Free SaturdayÂs start August 4th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further info call (904) 899-6038.Caribbean Independence Day The 9th Annual Caribbean Independence Day Celebration will take place Sunday, August 5th at Victory Park, 3781 University Club Blvd., 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Enjoy bounce houses, sock/egg/foot races, games, soccer, dominoes and more! For more info call (904) 386-6520.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 the Veterans Memorial Arena, 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd. For more info visit www.jaxevents.com.Sea Level Rise Candidate ForumModerated by Brian Nelson, this is JacksonvilleÂs opportunity to speak with Primary Election Candidates about their approach to protecting Florida from Sea Level Rise, Monday, August 6th 6 8 p.m. Location is UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive. For tickets and more info visit www.tidaltownhalls.org.Ceramic ClassesMary Singleton Senior Center located at 150 E. 1st St., Ceramic Classes will take place on MondayÂs starting August 6th at 8 a.m. for more info call (904) 6300995Free Tuesday at the CummerEvery Tuesday, enjoy free admission to the Cummer Museum. Guests can enjoy free admission to the Galleries and partake in Tapas Tuesday, August 7th 4 9 p.m.! Take in the sunset while listening to local musicians with beer, wine, art and more! To reserve your table call (904) 899-6022.Free Computer ClassThe Mary Singleton Senior Center located at 150 E. 1st St. will present a free Beginners Computer class, Wednesday, August 8th at 1 p.m. for more info call (904) 630-0995.AACP MeetingThe Jacksonville Branch of the NAACP will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, August 9th, 7 p.m. at the Beaver Street Enterprise Center Conference Room located at 1225 W. Beaver Street. For more info visit www.jaxbranch.org.Crochet ClassThe Mary Singleton Senior Center, located at 150 E. 1st St will host free crocheting classesstarting on Thursday, August 9th at 10 a.m. for more info call (904) 630-0995.Dedicated Senior Medical CenterAttend the Dedicated Senior Medical Center Grand Opening on Thursday, August 9th 10 a.m. 2 p.m., 3059 Edgewood Avenue. Enjoy food, fun, games, music, facility tour and meet the staff! To RSVP call (904) 862-2196.Chamber Luncheon Join Daniel Davis, JAX Chamber President and CEO and John Peyton, President of GATE Petroleum Company and 2018 Chamber Chair, to learn about current initiatives, recent successes and plans for the future, Thursday, August 9th, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Roy's Restaurant, 2400 3rd Street South, Jacksonville Beach. For more information email email@example.com.BIGOMary Singleton Senior Center located at 150 E. 1st St., ÂBingo DayÂŽ takes place Friday, August 10th at 1 p.m. for more info call (904) 630-0995Caribbean CarnivalJacksonville Caribbean Carnival is on schedule for Saturday, August 11th, at 12 noon. Location is Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd. For tickets and more info visit www.jacksionvillecarnival.com.VIP Teacher Supply GiveawayThe annual ÂYour Name Should Be in Lights Teacher Supply GiveawayÂŽ will be on Saturday, August 11th at Kingdom Plaza Mall, 5310 Lenox Ave. Calling all teachers to participate in this event including vendor presentations, teacher supplies, and refreshments. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.Back to School Jamboree & GiveawayBack to School Jamboree and Giveaway will take place Saturday, August 11th at 10 a.m. at Emmett Reed Community Center located at 1093 West 6th St. For more info call (904) 630-0829.IOA 5k Stadium ChallengeInsurance Office of America 5K Stadium Challenge ÂRun under the Lights,ÂŽ will take place Saturday, August 11th at 6 p.m. Bring the entire family to run through stadium ramps and the finish line on the field! To register and for more info visit www.jaguars.com.Florida Ballet 40th AnniversaryThe Florida Ballet celebrates its 40th anniversary with a special performance on Saturday, August 11th at 7 p.m. The program will feature the return of Florida Ballet alumni and current pre-professional students. Location is the UNF Fine Arts Center, Lazzara Theater. For further info visit www.floridaballet.org. 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.SMART Couples WorkshopsThe next SMART Couples Workshop class is for those wanting to take their relationship to the next level will be held on Tuesday, August 14th, 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Kids Hope Alliance office located at 1095 A Philip Randolph Blvd. For more information or to register visit www.SMARTcouples.org. SoMMA ExhibitionThe public is invited to an exhibition presented by the Society of Mixed Media Artists (SoMMA). The show will be in the Scene Room of the Cultural Center, located at 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra, FL 32082. This exciting exhibit is entitled "Between Truth and IllusionÂŽ and will showcase pieces by many of the award winning members of the organization, Friday, August 17th, 6 8 p.m. For more info email email@example.com.Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd in ConcertDazed & 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.EFL Press ClubNortheast Florida Press Club next meeting mixer will take place Thursday, August 16th, 5:30 -7:30 p.m. at Palencia Golf Club, 600 Palencia Club Dr., St. Augustine. Florida. For more info visit www.NEFloridaPressClub.com.Arts for TotsArts for Tots: We are All Flutter class for children 24 to 36 months and an accompanying adult will explore the creatures living in the gardens and will discuss how these creatures move, what they eat, and why the garden is their home will take place Thursday, August 16th, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Cummer Museum located at 829 Riverside Ave. For further information call (904) 355-0630.Art Adventure: Clay Hand BuildingJoin the Cummer Museum, 829 Riverside Ave., on the third Saturday of each month for studio classes. In this class students will explore works of sculpture in the MuseumÂs permanent collection and then return to the studio to experiment with various clay tools and hand-building techniques beginning Saturday, August 18th, 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Open to children ages 6 12. For further information call (904) 355-0630.LGBT Block Party and Volunteer OpportunitiesThe UNF LGBT Resource Center ÂYouth Block PartyÂ Saturday, August 18th, 11 a.m. 4 p.m., at 1096 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd. The event will have FREE HIV Testing, outdoor games, school supply giveaway, free food and live music. For more info contact the UNF LGBT Resource Center at (904) 620-4720.Marcus Garvey Family Culture WeekendThe 4th annual ÂMarcus GarveyÂŽ lecture by Dr. Jamil Toure. Featuring Sister Aat KaMaat Bey, Demetrius Senior and keynote speaker Queen Neith with musical guest include D.J. Outlaw, Sunday, August 19th 12 6:30 p.m. ItÂs a family culture weekend, with vendors focused on black love! Bring your grills, chaise lounges and enjoy recreational activities hosted by Masjid El-Salaam, 1625 North Pearl Street. For more info call (904) 359-0980.eighborhood Services Office TrainingThe City of Jacksonville Neighborhood Services Office is offering two free training sessions for residents of Duval County. The training for Condominium Association Board Training will be 12:00 Â… 3:30 p.m. and the Homeowner/Townhome Association Board Training, 5 Â… 9 p.m. Tuesday, August 21st. To preregister and for more info call (904) 255-8263.LGBT Resource Center Rainbow WelcomeOn Wednesday, August 22nd, as part of the Week of Welcome (WOW), the UNF LGBT Resource Center presents a ÂRainbow WelcomeÂ from 6-8 p.m. at the UNF LGBT Resource Center, Building 58 E, Room 1111. Attendees will enjoy appetizers and have the opportunity to learn more about resources and programs and volunteer opportunities. For more info contact the UNF LGBT Resource Center at (904) 620-4720. 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by Abigail Hess LeBron James has long supported education initiatives in his hometown of Akron, Ohio and across the country, but this week marks a special moment for the All-Star Â„ the launch of a public elementary school he co-founded. As reported by Sports Illustrated, the I Promise School is a joint venture between the LeBron James Family Foundation and the Akron, Ohio Public School system. The school's inaugural class will include 240 third and fourth-grade students who were selected based on socioeconomic status and educational performance. According to USA Today, the district identified students who were a year or more behind in reading level and then selected 120 kids for each grade. The school plans to expand to first through eighth grade by 2022, and currently employs more than 40 faculty and staff members in order to offer students both longer school days and a longer school year. ESPN reports that students who graduate from the program will earn free tuition at the University of Akron starting in 2021. If free college wasn't cool enough already, the lobby is also decorated with 114 pairs of James' sneakers. James has won three NBA Championships and three MVP titles, but tweeted earlier this week that the opening of the I Promise School is one of the greatest moments of his life. James' passion for helping students who are struggling inside and outside of the classroom comes from his own experiences as a child. When he was in fourth grade, James began to miss class and remembers the time as a crucial moment in which his life could have taken a turn for the worse. "LeBron missed a lot of school in the fourth grade. It's well-documented," Michele Campbell, the executive director of James' foundation tells USA Today. "We all know which path he took. He took the right path with some very good people around him and now we know him as the world's best basketball player. He could've taken the other road, and we would've never known LeBron James. He would've been a statistic like a lot of students who drop out of school. "Every one of these kids, maybe they don't become LeBron James on the basketball court, but they become the LeBron James of their passion and dream in life." "I know these kids basically more than they know themselves," said James in a video posted on Twitter. "Everything that they're going through as kids, I know." The school will open just weeks after it was announced that James would be leaving Cleveland to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. "It's kind of bitter sweet timing because on this hand I have a brand new school that's opening and I want to be there on a day-to-day basis, 10 toes down for these kids," explained James. "And then on the other hand, I'm moving. I'm moving to Los Angeles. This is kind of like a dream come true for me." Conrad Murray Conrad Murray, the doctor found criminally responsible for the death of Michael Jackson, says the King of PopÂs father Joe was one of the worst fathers of all time and hopes the recently buried patriarch is finding Âredemption in hell.ÂŽ In a video obtained by The Blast, Murray calls Joe Jackson Âone of the worst fathers to his children in history.ÂŽ Murray says that during the time Michael was his patient, the singer told him of the Âmany sufferings at the hands of his father,ÂŽ and he claims the stories were alarming. Murray spoke about the theories that Michael was allegedly chemically castrated as a child via hormone injections to delay puberty and maintain his high-pitched voice. Murray blames Joe for the alleged procedure, and says it is Âbeyond words.ÂŽ Michael Jackson was under the care of Murray at the time of his passing in 2009. The doctor was subsequently convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served two years in prison for administering the lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic, Propofol, that killed the pop star. In 2010 Joe Jackson filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Murray but later dropped the case. MJÂs kids apparently didnÂt have the same experience with their grandfather, as evidenced by Paris JacksonÂs touching tribute to her grandfather after his passing, and Prince JacksonÂs colorful defense of JoeÂs legacy. Murray, however, definitely has not changed his feelings on Joe, proclaiming ÂIt is said that only the good die young Âƒ I hope Joe Jackson finds redemption in hell.ÂŽ August 2 8, 2018 Page 9 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press Get your Free Press on the go! 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The Queen of hip-hop soul announced the collaborationÂs release on Instagram with a message calling Sister Love Âa jewelry line that represents women working together and recognizing each others strength and power.ÂŽ The Queen Hoop Earrings are now available online as the debut accessory from the collection for $199. ÂWhat made me want to work with Simone is [that] she already created an amazingly successful jewelry line and all the pieces are things that I love, and she also has an amazing fashion sense,ÂŽ the Yonkers native says via press release. ÂI wanted to add to that by sharing some of my fashion sense with her and creating some things I dream about and I know other women are dreaming about.ÂŽ Mary J. Blige and Simone Smith Conrad Murray Says He Hopes Jackson Patriarch ÂFinds Redemption In HellÂ London Choir Inks Record Deal After Royal Wedding PerformanceThe London-based Kingdom Choir garnered the international attention of millions with their performance at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19. The chorale secured a record deal with Sony Music on Tuesday, reports the New York Post. The more than 20-year-old choir sang a rendition of Ben E KingÂs ÂStand By Me,ÂŽ during the wedding ceremony. Their version of the song debuted at No. 1 on the US Hot Gospel Songs chart on June 2, according to Billboard. It will also be featured on their debut studio album that is slated to be released globally in November. Karen Gibson, the choir leader, expressed the groupÂs joy over the new deal. ÂWe are absolutely over the moon, delighted, itÂs a dream,ÂŽ she said. ÂWeÂre all so excited.ÂŽ She continued, ÂWe really didnÂt expect that and we really just thought that we would have a lovely time at the wedding and maybe have a bit of a platform, but then this happens. I would never have thought it in a million years.ÂŽ LeBron James finishes a news conference in a classroom at the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio Free Cummer Museum Admission For Certain Credit CardsThe Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens offers free admission on the first Sunday, August 5th, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and every first Sunday of the first full weekend of the month to all Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholders through the Museums on Us program. Each cardholder receives one free general admission to the Museum. For further information call (904) 899-6038. Kingdom Choir
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