Volume 31 o. 37 August 9 15, 2018 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents Mega Pastor Says Trump Will Be the Most ÂPro-Black PresidentÂ HeÂll See in His LifetimePage 6 Trump Continues to Prove that HeÂs the Outspoken Bigot PresidentPage 4Gabrielle Union Speaks Out on Raising Boys in a Society Focused on Colorism Page 9 Weight Loss Success Story Embraces Her Curves in Quest to be FitPage 7 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED ASA Hidden Figures Pioneers ominated for Congressional MedalsKatherine Johnson, Dr. Christine Darden and the late Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, the NASA Pioneers the film Hidden Figures was based on, have been nominated for Congressional Gold Medals. The honor which is given to trailblazers who have shaped American history is one of the most prestigious awards distributed in the U.S.. The decision to honor the women was made by a group of 44 political leaders including California Senator Kamala Harris, Delaware Senator Chris Coons and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski. Several organizations have backed the bill including the Girl Scouts of the USA, the United Negro College Fund, the National Association of Mathematicians and others. The honors are continuing to roll in for the trailblazers who broke both gender and racial barriers in STEM. West Virginia State University recently announced the creation of a bronze statue in Katherine JohnsonÂs honor as well as a scholarship fund named after her.Lawsuit Filed by Employee Fired for Standing Up to Racist Customer A Black man has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Home Depot after the company ended his 10 year career for verbally defending himself against a white customer who abused him with racial slurs. Home Depot would not have fired a white employee in the same situation, RuckerÂs lawsuit argued. The 66-year-old man is demanding payment for attorney fees, back pay and damages for his pain and suffering. The lawsuit stemmed from a July 12 incident while Rucker was working in the garden center of an Albany, New York store when he asked a white customer with a dog to leash his pet while in the store. ÂYouÂre from the ghetto. What do you know?ÂŽ the man spewed, sprinkling a few F-bombs in his rant that didnÂt end there. The customer added that President Donald Trump was the only reason that Rucker had a job because President Barack Obama didnÂt know what he was doing adding that Obama was a Muslim. ÂYouÂre lucky IÂm at work, because if I wasnÂt you wouldnÂt be talking to me like this,ÂŽ Rucker replied, asking him to leave the store. Five days later, Home Depot fired Rucker, saying he did not follow protocol when handling the situation. Home Depot reversed itself and offered to rehire Rucker after media attention. Rucker rejected the offer and now works for the Albany County Probation Department.Harvard has Four Black Women Deans a First in its HistoryFor the first time in Harvard UniversityÂs history, four of the institutionÂs schools will be led by African-American women. Claudine Gay was recently appointed to become HarvardÂs Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; becoming the first African-American and woman to take on the position. The other African-American women who hold leadership positions at the university include Michelle A. Williams who leads HarvardÂs School of Public Health, Bridget TerryLong who serves as the dean of the universityÂs Graduate School of Education, and Tomiko Brown-Nagin who is at the helm of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Prior to their appointments, there werenÂt any Black faculty leads at the school. John S. WilsonÂ„the person who is responsible for leading HarvardÂs diversity and inclusion effortsÂ„believes GayÂs appointment and the fact that there are more Black women in leadership roles at the school is a step in the right direction. ÂTo now be moving into a phase of HarvardÂs life where people who donÂt meet that profile are now empowered to advance Harvard,ÂŽ he said. ÂIt just signals that Harvard is getting ready for a new future for itself and for the country and for the world.ÂŽ Diversity amongst faculty and students at Ivy League schools remains an issue. According to a 2017 study released by College Vine, AfricanAmericans only made up 13.7 percent of the student body at Harvard which is the oldest higher education institution in the United States.Austin, TX Considering ame Change for FounderÂs Defense of SlaveryStephen Fuller Austin is known as the ÂFather of TexasÂŽ because he founded the state in 1825 through colonialization. The city of Austin, Texas was named after him, along with countless schools. Now there is talk of renaming the city because he was a passionate defender of slavery. The New York Post reports, ÂThe state capitalÂs city council is considering renaming dozens of streets, parks, monuments and landmarks with ties to the Confederacy. The city name itself is included on that list Â„ which designates it as Ânot directly tied to the Confederacy and/or the Civil War but within the spirit of the resolution representing slavery, segregation, and/or racism.'ÂŽ However, people may be flipping out too soon. The Austin city name is up for Âsecondary review,ÂŽ therefore, it requires Âmore analysisÂŽ by council members, which means it will probably never happen. That said, The New York Post reported on the neighborhoods and street names that are under consideration such as Dixie Drive, Confederate Avenue and Plantation Road.ÂŽ More than likely, these changes will not happen. It will reportedly cost $5,956.23 to make the updates, and reportedly Texas will not pay that much money to rectify the sins of its Âfounding fathers.ÂŽ Florida Police Sued for Framing Black Suspects As part of their Jacksonville HELPS (Homeless Students Empowered through Leadership, Partnership and Service) campaign, teens in the IÂm A Star Foundation hosted a job fair last week at the Bradham-Brooks Library on North Edgewood. I'm A Star partnered with Chartwells Schools Dining Services to help the parents and guardians of homeless youth discover opportunities for employment. Dozens of attendees were able to interview with prospective employers and provide their resumes for open positions. Available positions included kitchen managers and food service and production workers. Participants applying for positions also had their background screening fees waived. I'm A Star Foundation Executive Director, Betty Seabrook Burney says, "Our students realize one way to stem the tide of homelessness is for parents and guardians to have stable employment, with benefits, that can help them afford housing." Since 2012, the teens have focused on providing resources to youth identified as homeless in Duval County Public Schools. Currently, there are over 3,000 students in the district who live in shelters, hotels, with relatives or on the streets. To date, the Foundation has raised a total of $96,500 via live telethons, a 5K run and three celebrity basketball games. All proceeds were donated to the Duval County Homeless Education Program. The organization has also awarded over 20 scholarships to homeless students entering college. This year's Jacksonville HELPS Celebrity Basketball Game is set for Saturday, September 22nd, 6 p.m. at Paxon School for Advanced Studies Priscilla Chandon of Chartwell Food Service discusses opportunities with 16 year old Jisela Colon Homeless Students Attend Job Fair for Career Inspiration by Lynn Jones The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Ministers Alliance held a political forum for local and state candidates this week. Held on Monday evening in the sanctuary of Wayman Temple A.M.E. Church West Campus location, the forum featured candidates from several races. The ÂBefore you Vote, Hear and SpeakÂŽ forum allowed candidates to interact directly with voters and give insight on their background and vision for their office. Congressional District 5 candidates in attendance included former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and current U.S. Rep. and incumbent, Al Lawson who will compete in the Democratic primary. Also in attendance was the lone Republican in the race, Virginia Fuller. The Florida House of Representatives District 14 race only featured one candidate in attendance, School Board Chairwoman Paula Wright (DEM), the incumbent, Kim Daniels did not attend. Another highly contested race, Duval County School Board District 4 candidates in attendance was Linda Butler, Erdine Johnson, Cynthia Smith, Tim Sloan and Darryl Willie. The lone candidate for Duval County Tax Collector in attendance was former State Rep. Mia Jones. Lining the vestibule of the venue were candidate flyers, posters and lawn signs for voters to distribute throughout local neighborhoods. ÂThis forum is a way to meet and greet the candidates as well as find out their strategies for each district,ÂŽ said Sandra Copeland. She added, ÂWe keep electing the same individuals and no work is ever getting done.ÂŽ Local news anchor Ken Amaro moderated the forum and tried to ensure that all candidates in attendance had an opportunity to address the audience. An AME Bishop was on the front pew tracking time for each candidateÂs response. The format consisted of initial candidate remarks and questions from the moderator. Candidates were asked prepared questions on issues important to their districts and community. At the end, candidates were given equal time to provide closing statements. Shown participating are Duval County School Board candidates Darryl Willie, Tim Sloan and Erdine Johnson Election Season inFull Bloom as AME Alliance Host First Major Political Forum A former Miami-area police chief and two other ex-officers under federal indictment for framing Black suspects to achieve a higher crime-solving record are now facing a lawsuit. The 16-year-old Black teen named as one of the targeted people in the case has sued the ex-cops for violating his civil rights by wrongfully pinning burglaries against him in Biscayne Park, Florida, the Miami ewTimes reported. Raimundo Atesiano, who previously led the police department in the small suburb just north of Miami and left the job in 2014, had intentionally ordered officers to make false arrests of AfricanAmericans to maintain a Âfictitious 100 percent clearance rate of reported burglaries,ÂŽ according to a U.S. Department of Justice release about the Biscayne federal indictment made public last month. An internal probe had outed Atesiano, who also directed former Officers Charlie Dayoub and Raul Fernandez to arrest the teen, identified as ÂT.D.ÂŽ in federal court filings, in June 2013. Another ex-cop, Guillermo Ravelo was also named in the indictment but is not a defendant. Ravelo, Dayoub and Fernandez have all pleaded guilty to crimes associated with the racist schemes case, including conspiracy to violate civil rights under the color of the law. Continued on page 3 Throughout Duval County drives and giveaways abound to prepare local students for the school year ahead. As summer break comes to a close for thousands of local students, the ew Town Success Zone (TSZ), surrounding Edward Waters College hosted its annual back to school event delivering thousands of supplies. Continued on page 2 B B a a c c k k t t o o S S c c h h o o o o l l T T i i m m e e !
A new estimate of former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle ObamaÂs net worth has some folks pretty upset, as they look the other way while Trump allegedly uses the presidency to make money. The Obama family came from humble beginning, but now the expresident and first lady are worth about $40 millionÂ„30 times more than when they entered the White House in 2008, the Business Insider reported. That news prompted some people, presumably Donald Trump supporters, to spew hate for the Obamas on social media, accusing the former president of being a thief and forgetting people back in Chicago. However, thereÂs no truth to that view. Obama, raised by a single mother and his grandparents, worked his way through college. By 2004, he earned a salary of $60,287 from the Illinois State Senate and $32,144 as a law professor at the University of Chicago, according to Time. By 2005, the future president and his wife had Âbarely finishedÂŽ paying off their student loans. Yet, the Obamas donated more than $1 million while they were in the White House, Forbes reported, most of it to support charities that help children. In 2017, after leaving office, the couple donated $2 million to summer jobs programs in Chicago, among other significant contributions. Where did their money come from? The ObamaÂs net worth was pegged at $20 million, from the time Obama became a U.S. senator in 2005 to the end of his presidency. That wealth came from the former presidentÂs salary, book royalties and investments, according to Forbes. Since leaving the White House, the Obamas have increased their wealth from lucrative speaking engagements and book deals, as well as signing a production deal with Netflix. Meanwhile, the New York Attorney GeneralÂs office filed a lawsuit in June against Trump, who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and the Donald J. Trump foundation for multiple violations as a charitable nonprofit. At the same time, Trump faces lawsuits that accuse him of unconstitutionally using his office as president to make money. Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press August 9 15, 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 Post White House Obamas ow Worth $40 Million Papa JohnÂs says a key sales figure dropped 10.5 percent in July, and that it canÂt predict how long and badly it will be affected by the fallout with its founder. The pizza chain also slashed its sales outlook for the year, and its shares fell more than 9 percent. Last month, Forbes reported that Papa JohnÂs founder John Schnatter used the N-wordduring a media training call. Schnatter said the comment was taken out of context and has since criticized Papa JohnÂs for its handling of the matter. Even before the controversy came to light, Papa JohnÂs said Tuesday that sales fell 6.1 percent at established North American locations. That was steeper than Wall Street expected, and marked the third straight quarter of declines. The sales drop underscores the multiple challenges facing Papa JohnÂs. It is trying to distance itself from Schnatter, who is still its biggest shareholder and a board member. Meanwhile, rival DominoÂs Pizza has seen sales increase. In a statement, Schnatter said the results show the deterioration of the companyÂs financial performance under CEO Steve Ritchie, but that it is trying to blame him for the problems. ÂI am not going away and will continue to fight to do whatÂs best for the company and its employees, franchisees, shareholder and customers,ÂŽ Schnatter said.Going Back to Work after Retiring?Dear Rusty: I am 63 and I am officially retiring from my job on August 1 because IÂm physically unable to do the work anymore. I have qualified for a pension from work and I also want to start receiving my Social Security benefits. What happens if I choose to go back to work full time or part time in the future? Do I continue to receive Social Security? Do I lose anything if this happens? Or have I just frozen my benefits at the current rate? Signed: Retiring Soon Dear Retiring: Since your full retirement age (FRA) is 66 years of age, you should be aware that if you start your Social Security before you reach your full retirement age your benefit amount will be reduced by 5/9 of 1% for each month early that you claim, so at 63 1/2 the reduction will be 16.7%, and that reduction is permanent. If you claim benefits early and you go back to work before you reach age 66, you will still receive your Social Security benefits, but you will be subject to Social SecurityÂs earnings limit, which for 2018 is $17,040. If your annual earnings exceed that limit they will withhold future benefits equal to $1 for every $2 over the limit you are, until the year you reach your full retirement age. In that year, the earnings limit goes way up (by about 2 1/2 times) and the withholding amount is less ($1 for every $3 over the limit). Note that the earnings limits change annually, but the 2018 limit for those who reach their full retirement age this year is $45,360 and $17,040 in the year prior to the year you reach your FRA. If you exceed the earnings limit Social Security will withhold your Social Security benefits until they recover what you owe them due to exceeding the limit. Then, when you reach your full retirement age, they'll give you time credit for any months you didn't receive a benefit due to exceeding the earnings limit and will recompute your benefit amount as though you applied later than you actually did. By doing this your benefit amount at your FRA will be increased to eventually offset the loss of benefits you suffered while you were working and collecting. Note that Social Security asks that you advise them as soon as you know you will exceed the earnings limit, rather than waiting until they eventually catch up to you when you file your Federal Income Tax Return. And please also note that they donÂt withhold partial benefits; they withhold the entire monthÂs benefit, and if that is more than you owe they will reimburse you any excess they withheld in the following tax year.Papa John Sales Slump After Racial ControversyContinued from page 1 The Success Zone partnered with several organizations and local entities to help children start the new school year off right with their 10th Annual Back-toSchool Celebration. The event was held on Saturday at the Edward Waters Adams-Jenkins Community Sports & Music Complex located on Kings Road. NTSZ gave out book bags full of supplies and groceries to 800+ people. No cost health screenings were also a part of the dayÂs events, and free contraceptives for anyone in the community.. Various corporations, nonprofits, and Greek organizations donated over 1,000 book bags and school supplies for students in K12th grade. Also lending a helping hand was the National Council of Negro Women. Since being founded, NTSZ has been committed to helping children and families grow and break the economic, health, and educational barriers that affect their lives. The organization focuses on practical and effective strategies and programming to improve the equality of life in the New Town community. NTSZ exists to serve as the catalyst by which families and children can be connected seamlessly with programs and services that give them the opportunity to be the very best they can be. The Success Zone is dedicated to helping families achieve long-term success for lasting impacts. The model meets the needs of children from birth until college and also directly helps parents and community residents through programs focused on addressing education, social services, health, and communitybuilding needs. Back to School Event App owner and creator EMichele Paul has created a social networking site to aid travelers locate local black owned businesses. Melanin Enterprise was designed to build a strong network of black owned businesses that offer the very best services, goods, and products to conscious consumers. ÂI want my sons to know that if they have to go somewhere unfamiliar to them, they will know where they are welcome. I want this not only for my children but for every person who is discriminated against just for being who they were born to be.ÂŽ she says. The social network has two main features, the ÂAll Black EverythingÂŽ City Guide and an exclusive, members only, group chat called, RealTalk. The ÂAll Black EverythingÂŽ City Guide helps consumers to locate the nearest black owned businesses within 100 miles. Members will be able to check-in, read ratings and reviews, locate the business by GPS, contact the company directly, find business hours, and book reservations if the business has made that function available. Once the members have located Black-owned businesses to support in the area, they can connect with locals in the ÂRealTalkÂŽsection. It is desigen as a place to locate ideas openly, plan and organize movements or meetups, argue about what region has the best BBQ, meet new people, possibly find new friends or more, and any and everything relevant to our lives in a private, supportive, and stimulating Âgroup chatÂŽ like forum. Melanin Enterprise, the Black Professional Social Network is currently available on Google Play and the Apple Store. You can also download the social network at www.melaninenterprise.net.App Introduces a City Guide that Takes the Hassle Out of ÂTraveling While Black
Four cities filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Thursday accusing the president and his cabinet of Âwaging a relentless campaign to sabotage and, ultimately, to nullifyÂŽ the Affordable Care Act. The suit Â„ filed in a Maryland federal court by Chicago, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Baltimore Â„ comes on the heels of the Department of Health and Human ServicesÂ finalization Wednesday of regulations allowing people to keep short-term health insurance plans for up to three years. Under the Obama administration, short-term plans, which are cheap and provide less coverage, were limited to only three months. As healthy people leave the ACA marketplace for these cheaper plans, the sicker pool is left with increasing premiums. Over the past year and a half, the Trump administration has also finalized regulations to expand association health plans, which are not required to cover basic health benefits, and has gotten rid of the individual mandate, cut back on funds to advertise the ACA, and refused to defend the ACA in court, arguing that protections for people with pre-existing conditions are unconstitutional. Cities Sue Trump for Sabotaging Obamacare Confederate memorials are being placed at a faster pace than theyÂre being removed, according to a study by the Southern Poverty Law Center. There are 1,740 monuments, place names, symbols and holidays dedicated to the Confederacy in 2018, which is 237 more than there were in 2016, per USA Today. The report comes out almost a year since the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12, 2017, that left one woman dead and scores injured after White supremacists and protesters clashed in the street. Since the rally, which was planned because the city of Charlottesville voted to remove statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, around 75 Confederate memorials have been removed or renamed from states such as New York, Tennessee and Montana. The report also claims that 44 Confederate memorials have been erected since 2001. Laws in seven states in the South prohibit cities from enacting their own legislation to remove historic memorials, USA Today reports. The Ku Klux Klan is allegedly trying to recruit Generation Z into its fold using propaganda and, of all things, the sweet enticement of candy. According to Vice.com, children heading to school in an upstate New York community found Ziploc bags filled with Ku Klux Klan recruitment flyers and sweet treats at the end of their driveways. New YorkÂs Gov. Andrew Cuomo immediately ordered an investigation to determine who left the bags and if they have any potential ties to hate crimes. ÂThey come between 4 and 6 in the morning, so the candy bars and packets are at the end of the driveway when kids are getting on the school bus,ÂŽ Westmoreland school board member Denise Szarek told CNN. ÂThe community they hit was a mobile home park so there were a lot of kids in the area, and they hit on some of the side roads, too.ÂŽ In a statement, the Oneida County SheriffÂs Office confirmed the dropped materials were, ÂÂŽprinted information about the United Northern & Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.ÂŽ That same day, in addition to ordering state police to investigate the materials, Gov. Cuomo also organized a town hall to discuss local concerns. ÂNew York has zero tolerance for intolerance,ÂŽ Cuomo said in a statement, sent by his office. Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 August 9 15, 2018 School Starts Monday, August 13Visit www.duvalschools.org/backtoschool2018 Student success starts with good attendance. We canÂt wait to see you on Monday! JU Public Policy Institute Announces First Minority Fellowship Recipients The Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute recently announced Tameka Holly and Javon Knight were its inaugural recipients of the Master in Public Policy (MPP) Minority Fellowship. The fellowship was created in February through collaboration between Jacksonville University, the City of Jacksonville MayorÂs Office, and community leaders. The goal of the fellowship is to identify talented African Americans and provide graduate level education and leadership training in addition to improving the diversity of the MPP program and throughout the university. Recipients of the fellowship receive a full tuition scholarship to obtain their MasterÂs degree, an internship with the Jacksonville MayorÂs office, and mentorship opportunities. A nine-member fellowship advisory board selected Holly and Knight.The Master in Public Policy degree is a 48-credit, 2-year interdisciplinary program that seeks to prepare future leaders in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Holly graduated from Florida A&M University with a bachelorÂs degree in health care management, and has a masters of public health from the University of North Florida. Knight graduated from the University of North Florida with a bachelorÂs of business administration in economics. He was president of the Student United Way, a member of the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Circle of United Way, and a member of the Youth Leadership Jacksonville Selection Team. Applications for the 2019 Minority Fellowship will open in August. Those interested are encouraged to visit www.ju.edu/publicpolicy. Tameka Holly Javon Knight Continued from page 1 All four former law enforcement figures have been named in the teenÂs lawsuit, as well as the Village of Biscayne Park. The teen, referred to as ÂT.D.,ÂŽ had four burglaries falsely blamed on him by the corrupt ex-officers from April Â… May 2013. He also separately received 22 different traffic violations issued by Ravelo that same year, the suit alleged. ÂThe defendants were part of a conspiracy to satisfy the Village that crime was being eliminated,ÂŽ the suit said. Miami-Dade County prosecutors reportedly dropped T.D.Âs charges after the State AttorneyÂs Office noticed problems in the police arrest affidavits. T.D. could win a hefty settlement from the lawsuit. If the ex-cops are convicted in the indictment case, Dayoub and Fernandez each face a maximum statutory sentence of 11 years in prison while Atesiano faces a maximum of 12 years, the Justice Department said. Teen Sues Police Department New York KKK Seeks to Entice Kids with Candy 11 Killed and 70 Wounded in Chicago Over Weekend CHICAGO Eleven people were killed and 70 others were shot and wounded over the weekend in Chicago, in a spasm of gun violence that police attributed mostly to gangs and that the presidentÂs lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, used to criticize the cityÂs Democratic leadership. The violence peaked early Sunday with one shooting on the cityÂs South Side that wounded eight people. By comparison, at least seven people were killed and 32 were wounded during the long Memorial Day weekend, which is often one of the most violent weekends of the year for the city. Chicago ended 2017 with fewer homicides, 650, than 2016, when there were 771. Although the drop was significant, it exceeded the combined number of killings in New York City and Los Angeles, which are the two U.S. cities bigger than Chicago. More Confederate Memorials Are Being Placed Than Removed
At this point no one should be surprised that Donald Trump has serious issues with Black people, especially those who speak out against his buffoonery and the divisiveness of his administration. Last week, the man continued to show his true colors. Not only is he immature Â… lashing out at those he disagrees with via Tweeter, but he is also a straight up bigot that consistently challenges the intellect of minorities and women. Instead of getting some rest or even working on domestic or foreign policy, the dude was up at 11 pm tweeting about LeBron JamesÂ recent CNN interview. He wrote, Â Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isnÂt easy to do. I like Mike !ÂŽ Lemon, a CNN anchor, was interviewing James about the school he had just opened in his hometown of Akron for at-risk students. What is interesting is that not at one time did Trump acknowledge that James had done something extraordinary by partnering with the Akron school district to change lives. Not only did James help to build a state of the school, heÂs also guaranteeing college scholarships to every child that graduates to Akron University. Kudos to King James Â… as Barbara Jordan once said, ÂEducation remains the key to both economic and political empowerment. That is why the schools charged with educating African Americans have perhaps, the greatest, the deepest challenge of all.ÂŽ James has been a critic of Trump and even campaigned for Hilary Clinton, which probably is the real reason The Donald made his comments. During the CNN interview, James said, ÂWeÂre in a position right now in America, more importantly, where the race thing has taken over because I believe our president is kinda trying to divide us.ÂŽ In another example of Trumpism came last week at a Pennsylvania rally, he continued his attack on California Con. Maxine Waters, calling her, ÂVery low I.Q. low. Low I.Q.ÂŽ All of this negativity was being promoted in front of cheering crowds. And for those who thinks that itÂs just politics Â… well itÂs not. He goes after all critics, but he especially challenges the intellect of blacks and women. He has called Republican consultant Cheri Jacobus Âreally dumbÂŽ and Âa real dummy.ÂŽ Of course, anyone with common sense knows that Trump is a very insecure man on top of being a undercover bigot. This is a man that has made fun of prisoners of war, special needs individuals, and continues to degrade minorities and women. How does he have such a large following? Remember earlier this year he actually took the Presidency to another all time low. Trump suggested that the United States should seek immigrants from countries such as Norway instea of African and Latin American Â%#&holeÂŽ nations. HmmmÂƒ basic translation Â… Norway is full of white people and of course Africa is full of blacks and Latin America is full of Hispanics or undesirables in TrumpÂs eyes. Wow! A sitting U.S. president actually used those words in a meeting in the White House. Every week there is something new, and this bad reality show called Donald Trump for President needs to be canceled because the ratings are abysmal. The outlandish comments came out when Trump became frustrated at the White House meeting on immigration reform last week. The President had expressed some support over figuring out a way to keep ÂDreamersÂŽ here in America, but he clearly didnÂt like it when certain Congressmen brought up the need to protect immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan deal. Sources from the meeting state the President said, ÂWhy are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?ÂŽ Of course, outrage has followed after such ludicrous and outright racists comments. Meeting attendees also said that Trump stated, ÂWhy do we need more Haitians? Take them out.ÂŽ Yeah, I am with you Donald. Who needs those lowly darkskinned Haitians anyway? So what their country was devastated by a massive earthquake that killed hundreds and further ruined their economy Â… those are minor details. The Haitians must go back because they are not making America great again. However, if we let more of those blonde-haired, blued eyed, pale skinned Swiss in to America then this country would clearly become a better place. The President and Chief has also become the chief bigot. Oh by the way Mr. Trump, countries like Ireland were once considered ÂshitholeÂŽ nations as well, but how many great Americans come from Irish ancestry? I love columnist Eugene Robinson from The Washington Post. He started one of his recent articles saying, ÂIf ignorance is bliss, then Trump must be very happy.ÂŽ Enough is enough people. My fellow Americans, whether you voted for the man or not, by not speaking out against his foolishness and bigotry you are showing tacit support to narrow-mindedness and lunacy. Is Donald Trump mentally fit to serve a President? Will my kids be eating Papa JohnÂs pizza anytime soon? Hell No. Signing off from CarmineÂs Pizza in Riverside, Reggie Fullwood by Barbara Arnwine Amazon claims to be a company that values inclusion and diversity, but a recent report reveals that this faade masks a darker side, as the company profits from selling White supremacist and other hateful products. Progressive lawmakers in Georgia, where earlier this year conservative lawmakers punished Delta for cutting ties with the N.R.A., should take a stand of their own by punishing Amazon for promoting hatred and bigotry. The report, jointly published by the Partnership for Working Families and Action Center on Race & the Economy, details the startlingly vast array of White supremacist products and goods available on the Amazon marketplace. This includes everything from costumes featuring lynching imagery to burning-cross onesies and Nazi swastika pendants. Amazon was even discovered to be allowing the sale of more contemporary symbols of hate such as Pepe the Frog memorabilia, the symbol of the alt-right movement, which promotes explicit racism. It begs the question: is Amazon failing miserably to police its platform or is the tech giant willfully overlooking the sale of bigoted products? Georgia communities in particular should be aware of the hatemongering taking place on the Amazon marketplace. One of the prominent products cited in the report and still available for purchase on Amazon is an ÂoldÂŽ Georgia state flag featuring Confederate imagery alongside the state of Georgia seal. Just a halfcentury removed from the struggle for equality, this is an affront on the hard-fought battles of Georgia civil rights leaders like Representative John Lewis. But the marketplace is not the only Amazon platform that has seen White supremacist offerings. Amazon Kindle, which controls nearly 83 percent of the online book market, was found to offer 226 books from publishers that the Southern Poverty Law Center identified as hate organizations. With such a dominant market share, Amazon is failing its responsibility to keep our communities safe from this type of bigotry and hate speech. This is not the first time that Amazon has been found profiting from these appalling business practices. Earlier this year, the company was caught selling apparel and other items emblazoned with the phrase ÂSlavery Gets Sh*t Done,ÂŽ which included childrenÂs T-shirts and bibs. Only after human rights organizations such as Anti-Slavery International condemned the company did Amazon pull them from their online shelves. Meanwhile, the tech giantÂs German marketplace was revealed to be offering modified Lego-style Nazi German soldiers for purchase. The toys were reportedly being marketed to children as young as seven years old, sparking an online petition and groundswell of opposition protesting their sale. Since Amazon clearly has a long and alarming history of allowing hatred on its platforms, it is time that Georgia lawmakers take swift action to protect communities of color and other minorities. Beyond denouncing this clear violation of ethical conduct, lawmakers should consider whether it is time to introduce regulations that force Amazon to reject profiting from the sale of products that promote hate. Civil rights leaders have bravely fought for decades to keep burning crosses and other symbols of bigotry off the lawns of Georgia communities. Now they must prevent Amazon from allowing them to be delivered to the front door. Barbara Arnwine is the founder aof the Transformative Justice Coalition and a lecturer at Columbia Law School. She has also served as the executive director of the LawyersÂ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.The ew and Improved Lynching Law: Stand Your Groundby Kyra Kyles There was a time, not too long ago in America, when the measure of Black life was at the complete and utter whim of a White personÂs desires. In addition to law enforcement unfairly targeting African-Americans recently freed of their literal chains, seemingly any good olÂ boy or gal could determine a death sentence for a variety of Âcrimes.ÂŽ Whether itÂs whistling at a White woman or drinking from the wrong fountain, these socalled atrocities often resulted in lynchings. Today it is called the ÂStand Your GroundÂŽ law. This law, which exists in at least 25 states, allows people to use deadly force against an alleged assailant if they believe their lives are in danger. Most recently, it permitted another White Florida man to walk free after he turned a fight with a Black family over a parking spot into a murder. The scum in question, Michael Drejka, shot and killed Black father of two, Markeis McGlockton, in front of his children and girlfriend all because McGlockton took exception to a grown ass White man getting into a screaming match with the mother of his children over their parking spot. During their heated argument, McGlockton shoved Drejka to the ground. DrejkaÂs response, gunning McGlockton down, has yielded no repercussions from authorities who did not even arrest this loon. Though those same authorities acknowledged Tuesday that, thanks in part to public pressure, they are still investigating the case. The fact remains that Drejka is free. That is not the case for a 38-year-old Jacqueline Dixon, a Black woman who was locked up after shooting and killing her estranged husband early Tuesday, in Alabama. Despite the fact that Dixon feared this man enough to have once sought, and successfully obtained, an order of protection, according to AL.com. DixonÂs husband allegedly charged at her in an aggressive manner during the incident. With Alabama, being one of the Stand Your Ground states, it seems logical that Dixon would have been allowed to go free just like Drejka. DixonÂs case is one in which a woman shot a man, who at least at one point in life, the court agreed, she had valid reason to fear. This was someone known to her who was a credible threat on her property versus a random family, whose biggest crime was a minor parking infraction. One of these shooters is behind bars and the other didnÂt spend two days in jail. What could be the difference here, you ask? Go ahead and guess. Dixon is Black. Black, just like Marissa Alexander, who in 2011, was denied Stand-Your-Ground protection in her home state of Florida after firing a mere warning shot to scare off her allegedly violent spouse, whom she had accused of abusing her in the past. Alexander was originally sentenced to 20 years in prison, but ended up spending five years in incarceration, including a portion under house arrest, even after global public outcry and an overturned conviction. As recently as July 2018, she is still fighting to get her right to vote restored. Meanwhile, the law that didnÂt count for Alexander, has comfortably shielded Drejka, and George Zimmerman who gunned-down a teenaged Trayvon Martin after stalking him through a Florida community. WeÂve reached the point in our history where law enforcement no longer even feigns equality. Not only can we be shot and killed by a police force that claims to fear us and defends its actions by invoking the image of a Black boogeyman (or woman), we can also now be murdered in broad daylight. In the midst of minding our own business, killed over something as trivial as a parking infraction or a candy store run. Our lives swing in the balance of the mood of any White individual who deems us dangerous. For all our advances, the smartest of smart phones, flights to space, the ability to livestream from an array of social media platforms, this racial climate hearkens back to a simpler, and much more sinister time. There are no ropes swinging from the trees above. There are no rogue groups of hooded men standing on your porch at midnight. There are fewer crosses burning on our lawns. But, make no mistake, there is STILL a lynching law in place. Stand your Ground legislation, specifically its enforcement, is the new Jim Crow and the fruit, while very different, is still strange. 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City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Reggie Fullwood GUEST EDITORIAL by Kyra KylesAugust 9 -15, 2018 Trump Continues to Prove that HeÂs the Bigot President Amazon Prime and Prejudice: ItÂs Time for Closer Scrutiny 12 Dead and 58 Shot Throughout Chicago Over the Weekend
August 9 15, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 ALABAMA STATE CHIPS IN TO HELP: MONTGOMERY, Ala. | Alabama State and Tuskegee put their football rivalry aside Friday, the opening day of camp for the Hornets, as head coach Donald Hill-Eley and Tuskegee head coach Willie Slater met in Montgomery. Eley presented the Golden Tigers $1,500 raised by the program and the Heritage Barber Shop this week to go towards the fund for injured Tuskegee linebacker Jabari Bailey On July 11, Memphis-area news outlets reported that Bailey, who was scheduled to join the Golden Tigers football team for football camp this summer, sustained a career-ending injury. His "Good Samaritan" act of helping a friend whose car left him stranded on the side of the road resulted in Bailey being struck by another car. The impact of the crash pinned Bailey between the two cars, instantly severing one of his legs. "The entire university is heartbroken for Jabari, his family and for all of us who know him," Slater said. "There are no words to describe how it felt to hear this terrible news. The football team, athletic program and university will be there to support Jabari in any way we can throughTuskegee and Alabama State play each other to open the season on Saturday, September 1 in Montgomery. ÂWe are going to compete with them," Eley said. "We are going to play them hard just like any other game, but when it comes to one of our guys that is down, whether it is Alabama State or Tuskegee we are going to support our kids. My heart just goes out to that program and the family." NCAA rules permit Tuskegee to pay directly for JabariÂs actual and necessary expenses related to him and his family. A GoFundMe account has been set up and extends beyond that scope of covering rehabilitation and any other related expenses. The GoFundMe effort is in compliance with NCAA rules and allows all fans, donors and supporters to contribute to these particular expenses. To make a donation to support the Bailey family, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/jabari-bailey-prosthetic-rehab-fund. Donors should note that contributions to this fundraising effort are not considered donations to the university, and therefore are not considered tax-deductible university donations.1st FEMALE DRUM MAJOR AT FAMU: History was made on the campus of Florida A&M University as the Magnificent Marching 100 named Cori Bostic the first female drum major in the history of the iconic band. Bostic, an Atlanta native, is a junior in the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication. Bostic has played the piccolo with the Marching 100 for the past two years. Tay Malcolm a member of the Marching 100, tweeted: "I don't think you all know how big this is and how hard she has been working to achieve everything she has achieved. She deserves every blessing coming her way." Bostic is also a member of the Beta Alpha chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. After news broke on social media, her sorority sisters were for her. Â’SILVER (25th year) FOR BCSP; JSU'S ROBERT BRAZILE INTO HOF; SIAC TO STREAM 50 GAMES AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XXV, No. 1 WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTSUNDER THE BANNERANOTHER ONE GETS IN ONE MORE IN: Former Jackson State and NFL great Robert Brazile, 28th HBCU player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.FOR THE WEEK O F AUGUST 7 1 3 2 0 18 LUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor Back in August 1994, there was no weekly publication that covered black college sports. And then, on a trip to Washington, D. C., a thought hit me. Up to that point, I was a freelance writer who wrote a story at a time and distributed it to African-American newspapers around the country Â… usually by bus. I would literally write Â… or should I say type Â… the story Â… be it news, sports or feature Â… and then send it in a package from the bus station hurtling its way toward its destination city. I developed a rapport with a host of African-American newspaper publishers covering everything from a Louis Farrakhan lecture to the CIAA Basketball Tournament and everything in between That was until the thought hit me at 4 o'clock in the morning while traveling with my four children on a trip to Washington, D. C. in the spring of 1994. My thought? Instead of writing a story at a time or a feature at a time, why not put together a full newspaper page of information on black college sports and distribute it to as many black newspapers as would accept it? So, after consulting with Eric "The Guru" Moore, then and now the president of the Black College Sports Information Directors Association (BCSIDA), who provided me with the names, addresses, phone numbers and yes, fax numbers, of all the HBCU SIDs in the country, and running it by and getting input from my friend, mentor and Muslim brother, the incomparable Edward Hill, the SID at Howard, the Black College Sports Page was born. editor, publisher and chairman of the "doggone" board of the Carolina Peacemaker That's when I knew I had something. Fortunately for me, 1994 was also the senior year for the late, great Steve McNair Alcorn State who was creating the greatest buzz for an HBCU athlete on the national level Willie "Satellite" Totten and wide receiver Jerry "World" Rice running the "Satellite Express" offense of head coach Archie "The Gunslinger" Cooley at Mississippi Valley State I literally rode McNair's record-breaka constant every week, setting and breaking records, performing one impossible Heisman Trophy race. The rest, as they say, is history. to say that I've enjoyed every minute of it. This is not a job. It's an adventure. SIDs that have come and gone, the late Steve McNair along with the players, coaches, athletic directors and commissioners that have allowed me to cover them, the publishers who recognize the importance and value of happen. and that's give you all the news, scores, standings and developments in black college sports as they happen in what I hope you believe is an attractive format. There are plenty more Steve McNairs to cover. We hope you'll join us.Black College Sports Page begins 25th year Bailey AUSTIN, Texas -The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and FloSports have announced a multi-year partnership to exclusively stream more than 50 football and basketball conference games on FloFootball.com and FloHoops.com, respectively. The deal was agreed to in collaboration with the Collegiate Sports Management Group. "We are extremely pleased to embark on this new partnership with FloSports," said Greg Moore SIAC Commissioner. "FloÂs innovative approach to providing sports fans with alignment with our objective to provide broader exposure to SIAC member schools, athletic programs, and student-athletes." FloSports produces live digital sports and original content through live streaming of premier events, original video programming, and weekly studio shows, To access live and on-demand coverage of SIAC events, visit any of the sites in the FloSports network (www.FloSports.tv) and According to the website, a subscription paid monthly is $19.99 per month. If paid annually Either subscription unlocks access to premium content across the entire FloSports network. The games can be watched on all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Roku, or Apple TV 4. The SIAC joins several other NCAA conmenÂs and womenÂs conference basketball tournament on FloHoops.com." The schedule of basketball events will be announced later this year on FloHoops.com. The scheduled football events on FloFootball. com include: FloSports to stream SIAC football and basketball Moore McNair Hill Dr. K the Big Ten Network), Mountain West, Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), Conchampionship events to FloSportsÂ OTT platform. As part of the agreement, FloSports will lege football games on FloFootball.com, as well as 10 regular season men's basketball games, ketball tournament games on FloHoops.com. Founded more than 100 years ago, the SIAC is one of the nationÂs dynamic forces in intercollegiate athletics and has one of the most storied histories in all of the NCAA. Additionally, the SIAC has produced greats such as NFL Marquette King out of Fort Valley State Hall of Famer, Three-Time Super Shannon Sharpe out of Savannah State Super Jacoby Jones of Lane Time Super Bowl Champion Tyrone Poole and Black College Football Hall of Fame inductee Gregory Lloyd Sr. of Fort Valley State. "The SIAC is one of the most historic intercollegiate conferences in the country," FloWendler said. "Its rich history includes world class student-athletes, coaches, and fans. We are excited to globally distribute 30 regular season contests, as well as every game during the SIAC LUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor Robert Brazile and former teammate Walter Payton are together again. And they're right where they belong. The two former Jackson State teammates and buddies were drafted two places and Brazile sixth to the Houston Oilers Â… in the 1975 NFL draft. Now, some 43 years, later they're both in and the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1975, had to wait 34 years after his retirement But he has it now. "When they knocked on my door, all of my dreams came true, and after all these walked away from the lectern at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. "That's a phone call I'd been waiting on for years, to say that IÂm being considered to zile said. "It means so much to me to try to sum it up in one word, I just can't do it. I get all types of emotions with it, feelings that normally I don't have. I'm so excited, and not just for Robert Brazile. This award is going to touch the city of Mobile, my children, my family, my coaches, my teammates, my college. ItÂs a lot of people involved in it." PARTNERS, NOT RIVALS: Bostic Brazile takes his place in Hall of Fame speed in the 40-yard dash, was nicknamed "Dr. Doom" and was considered one of the league's supreme hitters and pass rushers. He started and played 147 consecutive games (an Oilers record), and had 14 fumble 11 sacks. The sacks came over the last three He piloted the stingy Oilers' defense to season, including nine tackles during that seasonÂs AFC championship game. Brazile and Terrell Owens were joined in Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher. NOTE : Two other black college stars went in Gary "Big Hands" Johnson out of Grambling, eighth to the San Diego Chargers and Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson boys. DR. DOOM:
St. Paul A.M.E Lay Organization Master/Miss Lay PageantThe 2018 James L. Williams Sr. Master/Miss Lay Organizations 12th Pageant and Coronation will be presented on Sunday, August 19th at 4 p.m. The contestants will display their awesome talents. Sister churches are extended a warm welcome to attend this special event. Mrs. Thelma Johnson is local present of the Lay organization. The Reverend Marvin C. Zanders II is the senior pastor. The church is located at 6910 New Kings Rd. For more info contact the church office at (904) 764-2755.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.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.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. Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church Celebrates 126 YearsEmanuel Missionary Baptist Church invite the community to share in the commemoration of its 126th anniversary. The anniversary celebration will begin on Sunday, August 19th at 4:00 p.m. Special guests will be the Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson, pastor of First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. James J. Sampson, and Rev. Jeremiah Robinson, Jr., pastor of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Fernandina Beach. The final celebration will be held on Sunday, August 26th, at 4:00 p.m. Special guests will be the Rev. Anthony Walton, pastor of Harmony Missionary Baptist Church and the Rev. R. L. Gundy, pastor of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church. Everyone is invited to attend these services of praise, worship and preaching. Emanuel Missionary is located at 2407 Rev. S. L. Badger, Jr. Circle. For more information contact the church office at (904) 356-9371.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 call (904) 807-2010.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. Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press August 9 15, 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 EmeritusBy James Washington My word for today is ÂStewardÂŽ or ÂStewardship.ÂŽ I havenÂt found this very important word in the bible yet, but I have heard many a pastor preach on it. From the pulpit IÂve heard the question asked, ÂAre we good stewards of our own sexuality?ÂŽ I have personally received the message of stewardship as it relates to tithing. However, I must admit, that it wasnÂt until I heard someone ask the Lord (in prayer) to be a good steward of His Word, that the term really hit home. On many occasion I have prayed to be a worthy vessel for the Holy Spirit. Face down in prayer, IÂve asked my Lord and Savior to empty me of all of those human characteristics that would prohibit the Holy Spirit from residing in me. My thought was and continues to be that any (and I do mean any) space in my soul or my heart that could actually be good enough for a dwelling place for Him, would in some way be an indication of my effort to live a good Christian life. It is my way of asking God for help. I am often reminded that IÂll never be worthy of such a request but, God loves me so much, that He has already given me this great and wonderful gift. ItÂs just very hard for me to accept it. But as you can see, IÂm working on it. My point is that ÂstewardshipÂŽ or being a good ÂstewardÂŽ is an action. It calls for an effort. When I heard the prayer calling on the Lord to be a good steward of His Word, I immediately thought about what that would mean for me. I came to the conclusion that if one was a good steward for GodÂs Word, then that Word should be nurtured and cultivated for one purpose and one purpose only; to bear fruit. IÂm declaring that you cannot be a good steward of GodÂs Word and not bear some kind of fruit. In this case, that fruit should be given in such a manner, that others at least recognize that you are a vendor for that fruit. Somebody should see your fruit stand. Either through your behavior, your attitude, your verbal praise, your prayers or via some other outward manifestation. The world should be able to see GodÂs Word operating in you. Some say people should see the Christ in you. When you are viewed by others, there should be no question as to who you are and whose you are. IÂm just now more convinced than ever, that stewardship is a verb. The Word cannot reside in you quietly. It cannot be a secret only between you and God, nor can it be selectively used when it suits you. The Word is what it is. Like water, it cannot be held back; nor should it be. Once again I submit to you, that if you are a child of God, people need to hear you say that you know who your Dad is, with pride and boldness. I believe that is what is meant by the saying Âbeing a good steward.Â It demands personal recognition that we acknowledge and share the truth that is in us. It requires action; the kind that makes those around us know, without a shadow of a doubt, that we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior and God Almighty as the one true God. If those around you know that, then you are indeed a good steward in the business of bearing fruit. If no one around you knows this, then maybe you need to go shopping. May God bless and keep you always. James Washington is a father, husband, Christian and writer. James is also the owner and publisher of the multimedia company The Dallas Weekly. You can follow James on Twitter at @JAWS_215.Be a Good Steward in the Business of Bearing FruitS 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 President Donald Trump met with religious leaders and lawmakers at the White House last week to discuss prison reform, and one pastor said that the presidentÂs policies will have a positive effect on Black people, NBC News reports. Trump took part in a roundtable discussion with almost two dozen inner-city pastors and faith leaders where he flaunted a low unemployment rate and said that former prisoners would be able to re-enter society because of a healthy economy. ÂWe have passed the First Step Act through the House and we are working to pass that into law, and I think weÂll be able to do it. When we say Âhire American,Â we mean all Americans,ÂŽ he said. The House of Representatives passed the prison reform bill in May that would increase job opportunities for prisoners, would force the Bureau of Prisons from using restraints on incarcerated pregnant women and offer the chance for prisoners to receive early release credits, according to Reuters. In atendance were pro-Trump supporting religious leaders Alveda King, Paul White-Cain and Pastor Darrell Scott, who said that Trump will be a positive force in the Black community, NBC News reports. ÂThis is probably the most proactive administration regarding urban America and the faith-based community in my lifetime,ÂŽ Scott said. Scott said that President Barack Obama didnÂt do anything for the Black and religious communities. ÂThis president actually wants to prove something to our community, our faith-based community and our ethnic community. The last president didnÂt feel like he had to. He got a pass,ÂŽ he said. ÂThis is probably going to be . the most problack president IÂve seen in my lifetime.ÂŽ Shown in the Cabinet Room of the White House are Rev. John Gray,, President Trump and Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr.Pastor Says Trump Will Be ÂThe Most ProBlack PresidentÂ HeÂll See in His Lifetime
Cortney Doll has the type of weight loss story Black men and women can love. One of a young lady who embraces her bodyÂs shape and fullness while striving to make it healthy and fit. The incredible young lady is so open with her heart and her weight loss journey that she literally inspired thousands to follow suit and lose weight through her social media posts. HereÂs how her body transformation started: ÂLetÂs talk about the power of consistencyÂƒTwo years ago I was super depressed, over weight, went through a bad break up, hit a super low point in my life (mentally wise) all together,ÂŽ explained Courtney. ÂI didnÂt really know what to do, all I knew is I was so down that the only way to go was up. Working out/the gym became my outlet, making me feel better no matter what mood I was in. I finally decided to put myself first, and take hold of my health. It was never about being a certain size, or a certain weight. I just wanted to be healthy. So, here I am, two years later, healthier than ever.ÂŽ ÂNo short cuts, no magic pills, no easy way out. Hard work, eating healthy, consistency, and a healthy mindset is what got me to this point. As long as I can inspire others, then I know IÂm fulfilling my god given purpose. 2 years ago vs. today, and itÂs only gonna get better!! ÂYour body is capable of almost anything, itÂs your mind you have to convince.ÂŽ One of the practical ways she did it was to go on a 30-day fast that not only jump-started her metabolism, it also boosted her ability to lose inches, not just weight. Courtney describes through her posts that she went without the following for 30 days straight: Â… No soda Â… No meat Â… No processed food Â… No juice Plus, she drank a gallon of water a day and worked out five time a week faithfully for an entire month. Her whole vegan lifestyle is one that many are adopting not only to lose weight, but to have a healtheir lifestyle. Researchers compared results of a dozen diets including Atkins, the American Diabetes Association diet, and others and found that those following a vegan diet could lose 5 pounds more in the shortterm than those following traditional diet plans. Vegetarians, who allow themselves eggs and dairy, still did fairly well. But giving up eating animals is tricky, and not just because human bodies crave the occasional bacon cheeseburger. Animals products are our primary source of protein and other important nutrients like vitamin D. And plenty of unhealthy foods from Oreos to Red Bulls to Airheads could be considered part of a vegan diet. Be sure to keep your body full of protein and healthy fats and well as good carbs. ItÂs one thing to not eat meat, but itÂs another thing to eat your beggies. You need to do both, like Courtney. One saying that Courtney goes by is a message for everyone: ÂYour body is capable of almost anything, itÂs your mind you have to convince.ÂŽ Convince your mind and you not only change your body, youÂll change the world. August 9 15, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 The Jacksonville Free Press would love to share your event with our readersGUIDELINES 1. All unsolicited photos require a $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! 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If this has happened to you, we have a few quick tips to help you retrieve your natural curl pattern. Discontinue Using Heat This is the most obvious tip, but youÂd be surprised at how many natural women think using flat irons on a low temperature wonÂt cause as much damage. That tip may be true for some, but the most honest way to get your curl pattern back will mean to divorce all curling irons, flat irons and any other sources of heat. I also suggest allowing your hair to air dry rather than using a blow dryer. Your hair is in a damaged state and adding heat will only further damage it, not repair it, no matter the temperature. Also, avoid placing your hair in ponytails or any other styles that will cause strain. Protective Hairstyles When your hair is suffering from heat damage, protective hairstyles may be your saving grace. During the phase of reviving your curl pattern, you may find it hard to style. Wearing protective hairstyles will allow the damaged ends to grow out. This is the perfect time for you to try those cute Marley twists, box braids, two strand twists and other trendy protective styles. Also, in between changing protective styles, itÂs imperative you go see a professional stylist and have her trim your ends. We want to cut off the damaged hair and nurture the new growth. Home Remedies DonÂt underestimate the power of a good home remedy when restoring your curl pattern. The well-known protein treatment of an egg, a teaspoon of olive oil and a few tablespoons of mayonnaise make for good restoration. You may want to complete this treatment an hour before leaving the house because the mayonnaise smell tends to linger for about an hour. If youÂve become a victim of thinning hair because of heat damage, massage castor oil onto your scalp and down to your ends three times a week. YouÂll definitely see the difference. Patience Depending on how often youÂve straightened your hair, this wonÂt be the easiest process. Be patient and realize that it could take up to a year to nurse your hair back to health. DonÂt freak out if you donÂt see immediate results. If you feel as though trying to restore your natural curl on your own isnÂt working, reach out to your stylist for treatments and additional advice. Coed Abandons Bad Eating Habits for Thick, Fit and Fine Judge Delivers ÂVictoryÂ in Battle to Stop Courts From Jailing Poor People Over Unpaid Fines A federal judge in Louisiana delivered a major victory to advocates of the poor who have argued that criminal justice systems across the nation exploit folks who can least afford to pay excessive court fees and fines. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance ordered courts in Orleans Parish to allow a Âneutral forumÂŽ to determine whether defendants can afford to pay court fees before sending them to jail for nonpayment, the Advocate reported, bringing an end to a three-year legal battle over the parishÂs ÂdebtorsÂ prisonÂŽ system. This comes as Attorney General Jeff Sessions reverses progress made under President Obama toward ending criminal justice systems that trap poor people in cycles of fines, debt and jail. At least 80 percent of criminal defendants in Orleans Parish are poor and depend on public defenders to work on their case. As with many other municipal court systems nationwide, judges in the parish typically issue warrants for defendants who fail to pay court fees and fines that accumulate interest when they go unpaid. All too often, low-income defendants end up in jail or authorities confiscate their property for nonpaymentÂ„ pushing them deeper into poverty. Thousands of people from across the country gathered in San Antonio, Texas for the 109th Annual NAACP Convention. The daring theme of this yearÂs convention (ÂStop Hate, VoteÂŽ) was right on target, given that the 2018 midterm elections are just a few months away. Panels and breakout sessions also focused on social justice and civil rights in the Trump Era, conversations that NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson deemed Âhighly necessary.ÂŽ ÂAs we begin to look at the critical landscapeÂ„with the increase in intolerance and hatredÂ„we realize that the 2016 elections resulted in a new level of boldness for racists to display their racism,ÂŽ Johnson said. ÂThe only way to counter that is to voteÂƒVote on the midterm elections, so that we can hold elected officials accountable and make sure that they implement positive change.ÂŽ The convention also included a career fair, educational seminars, workshops on public policy, and a special hip-hop summit. Johnson also spoke about the importance of millennials and their community and political engagement. ÂMillennials should understand that their role in democracy is the same as everyone elseÂs,ÂŽ Johnson said. ÂWe are African Americans first and we owe it to our communities to use all of the tools necessary to better impact our society.ÂŽ Championing this effort, NAACP Chairman Leon W. Russell shared his own ideas during his annual convention address. ÂIn this new era of xenophobia, neo-Nazism, White nationalism, and current efforts to take our nation back to a darker and more dangerous time, I have come to San Antonio, Texas to say to the NAACP and our allies, Âthe time has come to defeat hate.ÂÂŽ Russell continued: ÂWe call on voters, especially millennials of color, to stand against the face of bigotry and divisiveness.ÂŽ Acknowledging that nearly 63 million Americans voted for the current president and that Black voter turnout declined, Russell still expressed hope for the future. ÂOur hope is to vote out the hate and we need everyone to vote,ÂŽ Russell said. The NAACP also honored Willie Brown, San FranciscoÂs first Black mayor, with the ÂSpingarn Medal,ÂŽ the organizationÂs most prestigious award; the award was in recognition of his years of civil rights work and dedication to the betterment of the Black community. Former President Bill Clinton presented the award to Brown and paid tribute to the civil rights activist. Brown said that the Spingarn Medal represented his dedication to public service and the community. Dozens of millennials attended the convention, much to the pleasure of former NAACP President Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. ÂThe NAACP is just as relevant today as it was 50 years ago,ÂŽ Dr. Chavis said. ÂThe potential that the organization has with these millennials is even greater. Â AACP convention attendees socialize outside of the entrance to the AACP Experience exhibition hall109th AACP Annual Convention Closes with Call to Vote and to Increase Millennial Engagement Four Ways to Revive Your Natural Curls Courtney shows off her figure after two years of work.
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 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.My Community is Healthy EventBaptist HealthÂs ÂMy Community is HealthyÂŽ family and youth celebration is scheduled for Saturday, August 11th 11 3 p.m. at Ribault High School, 3701 Winton Dr. Free and open to the public! Enjoy live entertainment, music, backpack and schools supply giveaway, jaguars football academy fundamentals training, blessing of the students, hot air balloons and Health Center team Doctors meet and greet! For more info call (904) 924-1624.Lil Duval Back to School GiveawayComedian Lil DuvalÂs ÂBack to SchoolÂŽ giveaway will take place Saturday, August 11th at 10 a.m. at the Boys and Girls Club located at 555 W 25th St. For more info call (904) 632-8327.DCPS Ready 2 Learn Back 2 SchoolDCPS ÂReady 2 Learn Back 2 SchoolÂŽ Bash is scheduled for Saturday, August 11th, 9 a.m. 12 p.m. at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds located at 510 Fairgrounds Place. Free backpacks, school supplies and community resources! For more info call (904) 390-2628.Jumbo Shrimp for Family Faith ightAugust 11th 12th join Jumbo Shrimp for Family Faith Night with entertainment, superheroes of the health care field and the Baptist Health Youth Backpack Giveaway with the first 2,000 kids through the gates receive a free backpack. For tickets call (904) 358-2846.EFC AuditionsNortheast Florida Conservatory auditions for Cole PorterÂs ÂAnything GoesÂŽ scheduled for Saturday, August 11th at 1 p.m. at NEFC located at 11363 San Jose Blvd. For more info visit www.nfconservatory.org.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.Lemon Ball KickoffThe Lemon Ball honoring Alex Scott kickoff party is scheduled for Thursday, August 16th, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at CarrabbaÂs located at 8137 Point Meadows Way. For more info call (904) 5567504.Rob SchneiderComedian Rob Schneider will be in concert at the Comedy Zone, Friday, August 17th 18th, 7:30 and 10:30 shows. Rob is an Emmynominated actor who has starred in hilarious movies and TV shows. He is known for his trademark blend of characters and comedic acting. For tickets and more info visit www.comedyzone.com.Jacksonville Symphony Chorus AuditionsThe Jacksonville Symphony Chorus will be holding auditions for the 2018-2019 season on Saturday, August 18th in the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts at 300 Water Street. Auditions are by appointment from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., walk-in auditions will be available at 10:30 a.m. For additional information or to secure an audition time, email Chorus Manager Jill Weisblatt at firstname.lastname@example.org.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 FestThe 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, games, school supply giveaway, free food and live music. For more info call (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 and chairs and enjoy recreational activities hosted by Masjid El-Salaam, 1625 North Pearl Street. For more info call (904) 359-0980. 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ThereÂs no place for Eurocentric beauty standards in Gabrielle UnionÂs home. In a recent interview, the actress explained how she is fighting colorism with her stepsons and Dwyane WadeÂs nephew, teaching them that beauty is not limited to lighter complexions. Union is the stepmother to WadeÂs two sons Zaire and Zion, and his nephew Dahveon. All the young boys live with the couple. The 45-year-old actress shared a story about once asking the teens to show her the Instagram pages of the hottest girls at their high school. ÂLiterally, probably about 10 girls I looked at had the same light skin, curly hair, tiny waist, butt, boobs Â„ it was the same girl over and over again,ÂŽ Union said. ÂSo I asked them to show me the most beautiful chocolate sister theyÂve seen. They say there are none. I was like, ÂWhy do they get exed out so fast? What is happening in your brain that is causing you to look at these women through a prism that is distorting their actual selves?'ÂŽ In an effort to prove their notions wrong, she showed the three teens the Instagram page of singer/actress Ryan Destiny, who is a darkskinned woman. ÂTheyÂre like, ÂOh, she bad!Â But do you know how many Ryan Destinies there are? I pull up every Black model, women from all over the world, and theyÂre beautiful. But they donÂt see the beauty unless it comes from an actress or a supermodel or a video vixen. They have to have somebody else tell them that a chocolate woman is attractive for them to believe it.ÂŽ The Being Mary Jane star has experienced colorism throughout her years as an actress in Hollywood. She also said once she jumped into the beauty industry with Flawless, her hair-care line sold at Ulta, she saw how it played out in the lack of distribution and diverse products for women of all shades. As for the ÂBeing Mary JaneÂŽ series and UnionÂs trademark character, the season ended its four season run in 2017. The showÂs fourth season finale witnessed the end of Mary JaneÂs parentsÂ marriage, a new romance for Kara and a longawaited proposal for MJ.BET is scheduled to air a two-hour finale movie this year. August 9 15, 2018 Page 9 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press Get your Free Press on the go! Seach for us on Facebook at T h e J a c k s o n v i l l e F r e e P r e s s o r v i s i t u s o n t h e w e b a t w w w j a c k s o n v i l l e F r e e P r e s s c o mP P H H O O T T O O S S | | N N E E W W S S C C O O M M M M E E N N T T A A R R Y YStop by our offices located at Stop by our offices located at 1122 West Edgewood Avenue 1122 West Edgewood Avenue Jacksonville, Florida 32208 Jacksonville, Florida 32208 The American Legacy Network Corporation announced the launch of American Legacy Network (ALN), a subscription video-ondemand (SVOD) streaming service showcasing African-American history and culture programming and original content for the entire family.ÂWeÂre excited about the launch of American Legacy Network,ÂŽ said founder Rodney Reynolds. ÂThe streaming service is a natural transition in the evolution of our brand. ALN will fill the void with content designed to entertain, inspire, empower and educate the black community and will be a network that the entire family can enjoy.ÂŽ Subscribers will be able to watch well known classic Black films while discovering new and original content developed and produced by independent producers and filmmakers. American Legacy Network features documentaries, news oriented programs and much more including original programs like Conversations with Greatnes s hosted by JP Reynolds, Black Treasure with Robin Myers and Say it Loud a program geared to millennials. In the future the network has plans to showcase historical scripted dramas. The launch of the network coincides with the growth of the American Legacy brand from its roots as a magazine to the expansion of the mobile truck exhibition, a curriculum guide, board game and other special events including the upcoming sport-centric mobile exhibition HBCU tour. The web/mobile friendly version of American Legacy Network is located at www. AmericanLegacyNetwork.TV for $3.99 per month. The company has plans to launch an app version that will be available on iPhone, iPad, android phones & tablets, Apple TV, Amazon TV and Roku in November 2018. Programming available on American LegacyAmerican Legacy etwork Launches African-American Streaming Service Gabrielle Union Talks Battling Colorism with Her Stepsons PrinceÂs Former Hair Stylist and Confidant For 29 Years Tells Her Story in ew Book Kim Berry, elite hair stylist and confidant to Prince for 29 years, will be announcing some exciting information about her soon to be released and highly anticipated book about her life with Prince, entitled Diamonds Curlz: My Incredible Journey with Prince In the spirit of Prince and continuing his legacy of allowing his fans to be a part of his musical experience, Kim will do the same with the writing and release of her book. Never done before, by any other author who has written a book about Prince, Kim will give his fans a rare and unique opportunity to be a part of his story. ÂThe storyline is about my time with P (Prince), behind the ÂPurple Curtain.ÂŽ IÂll discuss my journey, him, the man, not the rock star, how he laughed, he cried, he got angry. I was with him for almost every era of his career. You know how they say behind every great man is a great woman? Well, I was one of the constants in his life,ÂŽ she shared. Every fan will have a chance to be in her book. They will have their name placed in the ÂThank YouÂŽ section. Those who submit questions, will have their name along with their query placed in the ÂQuestion and AnswerÂŽ Section. They will also receive a ÂCertificate of LoveÂŽ, a personalized autographed picture of her and Prince, a private call with Kim, some will have dinner with her and other memorabilia. When asked about any positives related to his untimely transition, she replied, ÂPositive things. Well, the links and the love, between the fans and artists he left behind. People are sharing his music with the world, and love with each other. You know how he created ÂLove4OneAnother?ÂŽ ThatÂs whatÂs happening now, real love, and itÂs beautiful. Being with people who loved him; meeting with the fans at Celebration, thatÂs beautiful. Prince once told me, ÂBy virtue of everything I have, you already have it.ÂŽ Now I can share his philosophy with the world. Everybody is able to give back, all of us who worked with him in our different capacities. That means heÂll never be forgotten. He was a ray of light, the kind most will only experience once in a lifetime.zÂŽ As this book will be read by millions of Prince fans around the world, those that take advantage of this opportunity will stamp their names in Prince history forever. The deadline for submissions is September 9, 2018. Fans who want to be a part of this history can visitwww.DiamondsNCurlz.com. The bookcover, and the late Prince with his long-time hairstylist, Kim Berry Minister Louis FarrakhanNetflix Cancels Farrakhan DocumentaryAfter buzz began to swirl regarding the release of the documentary, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan: My LifeÂs Journey Through Music a Netflix spokesperson released the following statement, ÂThis film will not be released on Netflix. Due to an internal miscommunication, it appeared to be scheduled for release on Netflix, but it is not. We apologize for any confusion this has caused.ÂŽ The documentary was produced in 2014 by FarrakhanÂs son and chronicles the ministerÂs life as an activist and political figure. The company reportedly pulled the plug after receiving backlash for giving a platform to the 85-year-old Nation of Islam leader, singer and classical violinist, who has been labeled Âanti-SemiticÂŽ and Âhomophobic.ÂŽ Supporters of Min. Farrakhan expressed dismay in multiple Facebook posts at NetflixÂs decision to cut his documentary, but to stream another one, Â KKK: The Fight for White Supremacy ,ÂŽ which features members of the Ku Klux Klan speaking about their white supremacist ideology. Union is all smiles with the boys she is helping to raise, WadeÂs nephew Dahveon and sons Zion and Zaire
Page 10 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press August 9 15, 2018 The sign that serves as a memorial for Emmett Till was vandalized when it was riddled with bullet holes, CNN reports. Installed 35 days ago near Glendora, Mississippi, the sign is the third one to go up to mark the spot where TillÂs body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River 63 years ago. ÂFor 50 years, our community lived in silence, and thereÂs those who want to erase history,ÂŽ said Patrick Weems co-founder of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center. ÂWeÂve been through that.ÂŽ The first sign memorializing Till went up in 2007, was stolen a year later and was never found. In 2016, the second sign was vandalized when someone shot it with bullets, per CNN. No arrests have been made regarding the latest act of vandalism, spokespeople for the Tallahatchie County SheriffÂs Office told CNN. A Delta State University professor discovered what happened to the sign and told CNN that heÂs not sure if the latest incident was motived by race or done out of ignorance, but said it was an ÂunacceptableÂŽ act. Organizers behind the memorial told CNN that they might not remove the bullet-ridden sign. ÂItÂs difficult to celebrate anything when you know thereÂs so much work to go,ÂŽ he told CNN. ÂBut we still keep coming back to the table.ÂŽ The bullet riddled sign Emmett Till Marker Vandalized Zimmerman Wants Private Investigator in Trayvon Documentary to Reveal WitnessesGeorge Zimmerman A misdemeanor stalking case involving George Zimmerman and a private investigator who worked on the docuseries Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story was back in a Florida court last week. Investigator Dennis Warren says Zimmerman was stalking and sending him threatening messages, including an article in which heÂs quoted as saying Âanyone who f**ks with my family will be fed to an alligator,ÂŽ according to WESH 2. According to the Blast, Warren says Zimmerman called him 55 times, left 36 voicemails, texted him 67 times and sent 27 email over nine days. Zimmerman subpoenaed documents related to the investigation involving him to be submitted in a deposition. Warren objected, saying that the witnesses he spoke with would be in danger if their identities were revealed. ÂThere are several people out there that are very concerned about their safety,ÂŽ Warren said in court. ZimmermanÂs attorney shut down WarrenÂs argument, saying that he was working as a private citizen. ÂHe wasnÂt in the capacity of a law enforcement officer. He was a private citizen working for a private corporation, making a movie for profit, and weÂre entitled to know how he came to get this job and what were the parameters of his employment,ÂŽ his lawyer said. In 2013, Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a Black Sanford, Florida teen. His acquittal caused massive outrage across the country that led to protests and calls from activists for a fair justice system. The judge said documents in the case could be viewed as objectionable, WESH 2 reports.