When we hear about gang plagued cities filled with violence, we usually think of northeastern highly populated metropolitan areas. Jacksonville however got a rude awakening last weekend beginning with a high school football game at Raines High School leaving one dead and three injured, and culminating with a melee at the Jacksonville Landing at a Gamers Tournament killing four. The result may have ended high school football on Friday nights as we know them. The Duval County School Superintendent annouced that moving forward, highly anticipated games will now be held on Thursday evening or Saturday mornings. The announcement comes four days after 19-year-old Joerod Adams was shot and killed after the Raines High vs. Lee High season opener on Aug. 24. Around 4,000 people were at the game where two others were wounded. All three are believed to be gang affiliated. 16-year-old Robert Howard has been charged in the triple shooting. On Saturday, at the Jacksonville Landing, Video game competitors Eli ÂTrueboyÂŽ Clayton and Taylor ÂSpotMePlzzzÂŽ Robertson were among those killed after gunman David Katz of Maryland opened fire during an esports tournament. Competitors were participating in the southern qualifier of EA SportsÂ ÂMadden 19ÂŽ championship series, a video game tournament. Nine others were injured. The suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. In response to the traumatic weekend, local organizations, nonprofits, members of the faith based community took to the steps of City Hall to protest gun violence, transgender killings and police brutality. Speakers included Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis who was gun downed at a gas station in 2012 following an argument over loud music. Davis spoke briefly about lifting up your fellowman, ÂLifting up one another is the first step to healing a community.ÂŽ Attorney and Pastor Phillip Baber, riled up the crowd raising eyebrows with his mini sermon stating, ÂWe canÂt pray crime awayÂŽ. Northside Coalition President Ben Frazier was fierce in his comments. ÂWe must come together in unity, as we endure one of the most violent periods in the history of our city,ÂŽ said Frazier. The sparse crowd rallied around speakers and promised to fight for solutions and change. Some suggested solutions included: increased security screenings at large scale public events; better gun control laws to combat violence; creation of wide-ranging prevention programs and community-involvement strategies; and launch conflict resolution initiatives. Speakers also stressed the important role that education and schools play in our current climate and acknowledged the role that politics, economics and racism contribute to creating public policy and laws. Volume 31 o. 40 August 30 September 5, 2018 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents Should I Go Back to Work After Retirement ?Page 2 A Letter to President Obama Â… We Miss You Man!Page 4The Power of God Former azi Baptised in Black ChurchPage 6 Do You Trust Snoop Dogg in Your Kitchen?Page 9 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Pulitzer-Winning Black Composer George Walker Dead at 96George Walker, a Black Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, pianist and educator, has passed at the age of 96. The pioneering virtuoso died from the results of a fall. A prolific originator, Walker has composed over 90 works for orchestra, chamber orchestra, piano, strings, voice, organ, clarinet, guitar, brass, woodwinds, and chorus. A 1946 work, Lyric for Strings, has been one of most frequently performed orchestral work by an American composer, and his other works have been performed by virtually every major orchestra in the U.S. and many others abroad. In 1996, Walker reached the pinnacle of his career when he became the first Black composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for his Lilacs for voice and orchestra. Walker has received numerous accolades for his work. In addition to his Pulitzer, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999 and was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in 2000.Texas Jurors Find White Cop Guilty of Killing Unarmed Black Teen A Dallas, Texas jury found a police officer who killed unarmed Black teen Jordan Edwards after he left a house party last year guilty of murder this week. Roy Oliver, 38, was charged with murder and four counts of aggravated assault for EdwardsÂ death in April 2017. He was found not guilty on two counts of aggravated assault. He hasnÂt been to trial for the two other assault charges. Oliver was a Balch Springs police officer when he shot and killed 15year-old Edwards, who was in a car with four other Black teenagers after they left a house party last year. He was fired from his job following the incident and told jurors that he shot at the car because it was moving toward his partner, thinking he was in danger. His partner testified disagreeing with OliverÂs take saying that he did not feel a need to fire his weapon and didnÂt fear for his life. Oliver could have been found guilty of manslaughter, which carries a punishment up to 20 years, as opposed to life in prison that comes with the murder and aggravated assault charges, per Dallas News.WV State Honors ASAÂs Katherine Johnson with Statue, ScholarshipNASA mathematician Katherine Johnson was honored with a statue and scholarship at her alma mater West Virginia State University. School officials unveiled the statue depicting Johnson at a ceremony last weekend attended by NASA astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle, JohnsonÂs daughters Joylette Hylick, Katherine Moore and university president Anthony Jenkins. JohnsonÂs provided calculations for NASAÂs space missions, including its Space Shuttle program. Her contributions to the space program were recently depicted on screen with the film Hidden Figures, where she was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson. The film was based on a book with the same name. Johnson, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2015.School Forces Local Student to Cut Hair Because its ÂDistractingÂŽKiara Hudson, a mother from Jacksonville, Florida is claiming Christian Heritage Academy discriminated against her 8-year-old son, Austin Garrick, by forcing him to get a haircut to be able to attend classes last week. According to News4Jax, the third grader at was reportedly sent home on his third day of school because of his high top fade. The hairstyle allegedly violated the schoolÂs dress code. There has been an influx of stories involving Black children being sent home because of their hair, including one girl in Louisiana who was expelled from middle school over her ÂunnaturalÂ hair. Hudson said, ÂActually, think about, is this distracting the children from learning? I can understand different color hair Â„ blue, red Â„ however, the type of haircut you have shouldnÂt determine whether youÂre learning in class or not.ÂŽOmarosaÂs ÂUnhingedÂ Only Sells 34,000 Copies in First WeekÂUnhingedÂŽ by Omarosa Manigault Newman, the reality TV starÂs much-hyped tell-all about President Trump, makes its debut this week at No. 3 on USA TODAYÂs Best-Selling Books list. The memoir, released on Aug. 14, sold 34,000 copies its first week, according to the Associated Press. Despite widespread media appearances and a stream of headlines from the book, sales donÂt come close to those for Michael WolffÂs Trump blockbuster ÂFire and FuryÂŽ earlier this year. By its third week, WolffÂs inside account of the White House had sold 1.7 million copies in various formats. On USA TODAY's best-seller list, "Unhinged," in which the former White House aide accuses Trump of being a racist and claims he is mentally and physically unwell, came in number three in its second week of circulation. P o l i t i c i a n s o f C o l o r D o m i n a t e P r i m a r y E l e c t i o n s Polls as late as last weekend had Andrew Gillum, the Mayor of Tallahassee, in fourth place in a five person primary race. According to reports from the state elections office, he raised the least amount of money in the race Â… spending $6.6 million. Compared to Philip Levine who spent $37.7 million and Jeff Greene who spent $34.7 million, makes GillumÂs win as the Democratic candidate for FloridaÂs next Governor even more impressive. He will face off against Cong. RonDeSantis in November who has the enthusiastic support of President Trump. He becomes the first African American to win a major partyÂs nomination in FloridaÂs history. GillumÂs campaign strategy depended on heavy Black voting turn out and his ability to attract young voters. A late endorsement by former presidential hopeful, Sen. Bernie Sanders, seems to have given Gillum the boost he needed. Democrats see a real opportunity in November to win the Florida governorÂs office. Democratic turnout in TuesdayÂs primary was the highest in the state since 1978. In fact, 358,000 more Democrats voted in 2018 than in 2016 primary. Not only is Gillum poised to make history, former City Councilwoman and State Rep. Mia Jones won 46 percent of the vote Tuesday night in the race for Duval County Tax Collector. Continued on page 3 Shown (L-R) is Gubernatorial candidate Gillum, Tax Collector leading candidate Mia Jones and School Board candidate Darryl Wili e. Jax Weekend Filled With Violence Leaving 4 Dead Shown in the crowd on the steps of City Hall (l-r) is Ben Frazier, Ron Davis, and Pastor Phillip Baber speaking to the crowd.aval Officers Continue to Serve Their Country Through Student AidIn an effort to not only serve their nation, but help others, the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) Jacksonville Chapter recently donated backpacks and school supplies to needy students. According to members of NNOA, having the right school supplies is the first step that enables a child to perform well academically. Each year the organization makes a sincere effort to positively impact the community and the lives of children by identifying local schools that need their support. This year, the organization partnered with Saint Clair Evans Academy and Oceanway Elementary Schools. ÂWe present schools supplies to these two schools to have an encouraging impact on each childÂs learning development and to ensure an easy back to school process. Education is always the key,ÂŽ said NNOA Member Helena Washington. NNOA is composed of active duty, reserve and retired officers, midshipmen and cadets, and interested civilians. The organization is comprised of members of all ranks and ethnic groups. NNOA supports the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse officer corps. Shown are students with their new supplies as the officers share in the moment on stage.
This past weekend, the national sorority Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Alpha Gamma Chapter hosted its annual officers and members retreat at JacksonvilleÂs Double Tree Hotel on the riverfront. Maggie Jones, the organizationÂs immediate past First Vice President, led a committee that planned the local activities. According to organizers, attendees from around the region had a great experience. The committee chose the theme, ÂStrong Foundation Educators for Life.ÂŽ Past Supreme Basileus, Ann Davis Black, a member of the National Board of Trustees and from Nashville, TN., was the speaker for this event. Each year several awards are presented to members for their dedication and meritorious work. President Estella Dixon presented Maggie Jones, immediate past Fist Vice President, the Soror of the Year Award. Jeanette Ali, Second Vice President and Membership Chair was the recipient of the award for membership and recruitment. Lonnye B. DeSue was the recipient of the award for support and commitment as Dean of Pledges. The incumbent First Vice President, Doretha Smith presented Jacquelyn Williams with a retirement plaque for 34 years of dedicated service to the students in Nassau and Duval Counties. Martha O. Johnson, Frances Walker and Dr. Barbara Green were presented with their distinguish 25 year membership pins with distinction. The chapter also presented Ann Davis Black with a basket and a compact disc of several of JacksonvilleÂs most talented artist. Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press August 30 September 5, 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 Retirees have lots of opportunities to make extra money by taking on part-time jobs, starting a business and joining the gig economy. But staying in the workforce may not always be your best bet. Many retiree jobs sound better than they really are. For example, the typical Uber driver makes a median profit of $8.55 to $10 per hour, according to calculations by the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy. But beyond that, there are a number of reasons not to work after you retire: You may already have enough money. While most baby boomers aren't millionaires, they typically have saved at least something for retirement. According to an Insured Retirement Institute survey of 800 Americans ages 54 to 70, 58 percent of baby boomers say their retirement income will cover basic expenses and also afford some budget for travel and leisure. Furthermore, while our retirement portfolios were devastated during the recession, they are now more flush than ever since the stock market has rebounded to new highs. You will spend less than you think. Unless you're planning a grand trip to Europe, your living expenses will likely go down after you retire. If your income significantly declines, you will have a lower tax bill. And once you stop working, you won't have to pay into Social Security. Your housing costs will decline once your mortgage is paid off, and you might qualify for senior discounts on your real estate taxes. You could also downsize from your family home to a less expensive place. Presumably you will not be supporting your kids. And don't forget: You no longer have to save for retirement. Working might not pay off. There are penalties for working later in life. For example, if you work after you sign up for Social Security benefits and you are younger than your full retirement age, some of your Social Security payments could be temporarily withheld. After age 70 1/2 you will be required to take minimum distributions from your retirement accounts, and if you're also working, the withdrawal might kick you up to a higher tax bracket. You don't need the stress. Think about what you are working for. Perhaps your income is used to pay for a big house, to help your adult children or to pay for medical bills. But maybe if you're not rushing off to work every day, you might have more time to take care of yourself and prevent health problems or decide you no longer need to live in an expensive neighborhood close to your job. Also, for people with physical jobs, continuing to work could be dangerous as you age. There's no point in working just to pile up more money. At this stage of life, money, status and other vanities become relatively meaningless. Continuing to work could strain your relationships. It can put a strain on your marriage if one partner continues to work while the other wants to retire. Think about how you will feel when your retired spouse or friends go on a fishing trip or a golf outing, leaving you behind to sweat it out for a paycheck. All this is not to say that you should give up your job without looking at the numbers. Remember, you can still build up your Social Security benefit until age 70, and you're not eligible for Medicare until you're 65. You do not want to go into retirement without insurance. But still, for many people, the costs of working may outweigh the benefits.ChamberÂs Entrepreneur Division Impacts Business Owners During Business Fair RallyJust days before the critical August Florida Primaries, The Student Government Association of Edward Waters College (EWC) in collaboration with the Gillum for Governor campaign hosted a ÂBe The VoteÂŽ rally. The event featured famed CNN national political strategist and commentator, Angela Rye, who acted as a surrogate for Andrew Gillum. The candidate and Mayor of Tallahassee has billed himself as the progressive candidate in the Democratic primary. Rye is one of the nationÂs leading voices on the intersection of politics, race, and equality in America. Joining Rye at the podium was Professor Michael Eric Dyson, who is also an author, preacher and talk show host. The free event was held on the campus of EWC in its Milne Auditorium, and hundreds of students and local residents attended. Rye and Dyson stressed the importance of voting and discussed the 15th Amendment to the Constitution that states "the right to vote is not to be denied or abridged on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." Phi Delta Kappa Sorority Hosts its Annual Retreat in JaxShown at the podium is Phi Delta Kappa past Supreme Basileus Ann Davis Black ImpactJAX, the young professionalÂs organization of the Jackonville Chamber of Commerce, recently held their inaugural small business vendor fair at the Beaver Street Enterprise Center. Vendors and business owners filled the auditorium with information packets, brochures and booklets highlighting the services and goods that each company provided. Also featured at the event were local authors and partner organizations that are committed to supporting ImpactJAXÂs vision on empowering the next generation of leaders to create and sustain a vibrant young professional community. With more than 600 members, the group serves as a network of professional contacts for 21 to 40 year olds who live, work and play in Northeast Florida. The business fair activities included free headshots for the first 70 attendees, pitch contests, cash awards and the opportunity to network with the potential clients, peers and the general public.. Host, Marie Cochran remarked, ÂThe level of energy and synergy makes this event powerful and impactful.ÂŽ Spearheading the event was Jax Bridges Vice President Carlton Robinson, who has a goal to increase entrepreneurial growth and opportunities in Northeast Florida. Robinson is responsible for research, strategy, and implementation of small business initiatives that assist the JAX Chamber in promoting regional economic growth from within. According to Robinson, entrepreneurship and innovation are top priorities for the Chamber and he is committed to building a strong venture capital base and grow the entrepreneurial environment. Shown hosting and speaking with business owners are Marie Cochran and business owner Lisa Wells.Big Names Stomp for Candidates at EWC Shown pictured (l-r): SGA President, Brandi Jean-Baptiste, ational Political Commentator, Angela Rye, ational Political Commentator, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and SGA Vice President, Joshua Young. Seven Reasons You Shouldn't Work in Retirement
Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 August 30 September 5, 2018 By Joslyn Simmons After a sluggish start to the game on the offensive side of the ball, the Jacksonville Jaguars secured a 17-6 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday. While the offense looked out of rhythm at times, the JagsÂ defense pressured Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, which resulted in only two field goals for the visiting team. While the team celebrated a victory, there were several injuries. Late in the first quarter, top wide receiver, Marqise Lee was carted off the field with a knee injury and has been lost for the season. Safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. and nose tackle Marcell Dareus both left the game with a stringer and pectoral tear respectively. The Jaguars found some offense in the remaining quarters, despite two interceptions from Blake Bortles. Receiver Donte Moncrief and running backs Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon gained big chucks of yardage during several drives. Backup quarterback, Cody Kessler, played well and added touchdown of his own early in the fourth quarter after a fumbled snap that led to a dive across the goal line. In what has become an opportunity for players to take a stand on social injustice issues, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Telvin Smith did not participate in the national anthem. In the final preseason game on August 30th, the Jaguars will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa. Candidates Advance to Primary Election Continued from page 1 Jones, who has never lost a race, will face another former City Councilman and current Property Appraiser, Jim Overton in a November run off. She would be the first African American female to be elected to one of JacksonvilleÂs county-wide Constitutional Offices. Other high profile races included the battle that many thought would be a competitive race for Congress between incumbent Al Lawson and former Jacksonville mayor Alvin Brown. Congressman Lawson cruised to a comfortable Democratic primary win over Brown with 60 percent of the vote. The first-term congressman will face Republican Virginia Fuller in November for the gerymandered drawn seat. Another competitive Democratic primary was the Florida House District 14 seat where Duval School Board member Paula Wright challenged incumbent Rep. Kim Daniels, who was victorious with 54.5 percent of the vote. In a eight candidate field that many felt was the most competitive Duval County School Board race in years, Darryl Willie (39%) will face off against Cynthia Smith (19%) for the District 4 seat. Willie, who serves as the Executive Director for Teach for America, needed 51% of the vote to claim the seat. A little more than 28 percent of Duval CountyÂs registered voters cast ballots in TuesdayÂs primary elections as predicted. Democrats in Duval County doubled their turnout from 15.5 percent in 2014 to 33 percent, while Republicans participation increased 25 percent to 35 percent.The General election will be Free Fitness and utrition Classes Offered to Urban Community Kia and Charles Kemp Jaguars Entering TIAAField Amy Robinson and Toderick Robinson Marco, Tia and Taige Leathers Jags Preseason Win Wets the Appetite for Hungry Fans By Ywana Allen On Saturday, August 25th, ÂThe Justice League of FitnessÂŽ held their 5th Anniversary ÂI will WorkoutÂŽ class and celebration at the Emmett Reed Community Center. Over 70 people participated in the high-energy, 75-minute session, which included stretching, a warm-up and exercise instruction focused on building the core through cardio, strength and conditioning. Founded by Terrance Hightower, Ahkeem Jordan and Leroy Mosley, the team started the Justice League of Fitness because they wanted to see a real difference in the community and do their part to make it happen. Together, they are committed to ending health disparities in neighborhoods that suffer the most by providing free nutritional information, resources, and weekly fitness classes. According to Hightower, it's all about changing one's mindset. He says, "Justice League of Fitness is our version of what we believe to be an effective, efficient way of challenging the mind and body. We know that everyone can't afford a gym membership or personal trainer but that shouldn't be a barrier in reaching their goals to become the best version of themselves.ÂŽ He adds, ÂTransformation is mental and it can be tough. But, we want our members to believe that it is possible. Setting realistic goals, coupled with patience, diet, exercise, motivation and support it can and will be done." A variety of classes to accommodate busy schedules are available. For more information visit www.justiceleagueoffitness.com. Shown above is a group fitness class outside of the community center
Dear President Obama, First, let me thank you for being a true statesman and a respectful, decent, sane President. You have been an inspiration to so many people around the world. Thank you for your passion, intelligence, commitment, aptitude and swagger. You are one the coolest brothers that I have ever seen Â… you, Samuel L. Jackson, John Shaft, Avon Barksdale and Nelson Mandela. You are cool as the other side of the pillow. Not only are you my favorite President of all time, you are my favorite light-skinned guy of all time. Forget Tom Joyner, Terrance Howard and Steph Curry, you have single handedly brought Âlight skinnedÂŽ back. Us dark skinned brothers had taken over, but you Sir were like Luke Skywalker in ÂReturn of the JediÂŽ Â… you brought balance to the Force. So thank you Mr. Obama for not having sprayed-on orange skin and a really bad comb over. Thanks for leading us out of the Great Recession and helping our country and economy rebound. You were professional and committed despite some of the unprofessional politicians that you faced in Congress. Cheers, Mr. Real President for not being a sexist, bigot or an egomaniac. Not calling any names, but the guy who currently occupies your old home is as loony as Bugs Bunny. And I just have to acknowledge the fact that you and your administration used social media responsibly, versus just tweeting or posting nonsense anytime you get in a bad mood. Thank you Mr. Obama for never calling someone, much less a woman, Âa dogÂŽ via Twitter and debasing the office of the President of the United State even more. We must also acknowledge the fact that you are an honest man. The orange guy is a pathological liar. I loved your recent comments last month in South Africa at a speech commemorating the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela. Standing tall on the land of our forefathers, you shared, ÂPeople just make stuff up. They just make stuff up. We see it in the growth of state-sponsored propaganda. We see it in internet fabrications. We see it in the blurring of lines between news and entertainment. We see the utter loss of shame among political leaders where theyÂre caught in a lie and they just double down and they lie some more.ÂŽ And thank you Barack, if I can call you Barack, for not bashing the media for doing their job. It is not Âfake newsÂŽ just because others disagree with the facts being reported. As a result of your predecessors accusations, more than 300 news publications across the country joined together last week to defend the role of a free press and denounce President Trump's ongoing attacks on the news media. Not sure if thatÂs ever been done before. And how can we not thank you for actually hiring well-qualified competent people to help you run the country. You know like actually hiring a Secretary of Education that has a college degree or has actually been inside of a public school. I have to give you major props for being a good human being and not stereotyping people from difference races and backgrounds. Mr. Trump has been targeting Mexicans and Muslims, but the last I checked we havenÂt had any Mexican terrorist, but we certainly have had numerous white extremist mass murderers. By the way, Mr. Obama you are way too smart to ever think that we could make Mexico or anyone else pay for a wall. ItÂs hard enough to make Americans pay for anything extra. How can I not thank you for being you without acknowledging your lovely bride. You married the best first lady ever and if sheÂs not the best she is at least in the top three. And I am not just saying this because of my ten-year crush on Michelle. I am saying it because sheÂs been transformative. Have you ever seen a first lady draw the types of crowds Mrs. Obama attracts? I am not sure if my grandmother will ever admit it, but I think that you have replaced me as her favorite grandson. No you may not know it, but you are Ms. ErnestineÂs favorite. That might be the only issue I have with you. In fact, sheÂs still waiting on you to come and pick up that sweet potato pie that she baked for you last Thanksgiving. Finally Mr. President, I must end my man crush letter by again thanking you for your sacrifice and exceptional service. You and Michelle deserve to finally have some fun and actually relax. By the way, donÂt get mad for this: Obama for President 2020. Signing off from MarthaÂs Vineyards with the Obamas (I wish), Reggie Fullwood by Jesse Jackson Last week, amid the continuing clamor of TrumpÂs chaos presidency, the question of whether Trump had used the n-word became a media sensation. Omarosa Manigault Newman, the presidentÂs former aide, claims there is a tape of him using the vile racial slur. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she ÂcanÂt guaranteeÂŽ that a tape doesnÂt exist. Trump tweeted, ÂI donÂt have that word in my vocabulary.ÂŽ The press pursued the question as if this would establish for one and for all whether Trump is a racist. Say what? Using the n-word has become unacceptable in civilized society, but its use is hardly the measure of racism. In a brilliant article in The New York Times, Steven W. Thrasher puts this diversion to rest by arraying the many ways Trump has consistently and openly displayed his racial bias. His list included calling majority black nations ÂsÂ„hole countries,ÂŽ slandering immigrants as more likely to commit crimes, slurring Mexicans as rapists, and claiming that the white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., included Âsome very fine people. Thrasher also details TrumpÂs penchant for insulting the intelligence of AfricanAmericans Â„ calling CNN host Don Lemon and basketball star LeBron James dumb, calling U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters a Âlow IQ person,ÂŽ denigrating Manigault Newman as a Âdog.ÂŽ We canÂt allow Trump to dumb down racism, limiting the standard to whether one utters the n-word or not. There is more than enough repeated evidence of TrumpÂs bias that whether he used the word or not wonÂt change the self-evident conclusion. Worse, TrumpÂs bias is now implanted in the White House. On the stump, he quite purposefully stokes up his audiences with racial slurs, providing powerful permission for his followers to echo his hatreds. And throughout his administration, racial bias is expressed in the systematic rollback of programs to enforce equal rights and justice under the law. Trump has encouraged the police to get ÂroughÂŽ with suspects, and his Justice Department has essentially gutted ObamaÂs initiative to redress systematic bias in AmericaÂs urban police forces. His judicial appointees are slowly rolling back affirmative action, furthering the perverse argument that affirmative efforts to overcome racial bias are somehow a violation of the Constitution. From the Department of Education to the Labor Department and the Environmental Protection Agency and across the government, civil rights divisions have been weakened, their authority and budgets cut. Conservative justices gutted the Voting Rights Act, and now TrumpÂs Justice Department has weakened efforts to block voting reforms that discriminate against African-Americans, Latinos and the poor. Republicans who increasingly are becoming the party of Trumpery overwhelmingly express approval of TrumpÂs ÂhandlingÂŽ of race. Weakening enforcement of civil rights is immoral. It is also pernicious. When the rights of AfricanAmericans are weakened, the rights of Latinos, of women, of the young and the disabled are also undermined. Just as the movement for civil rights led to dramatic advances for women, for the young, for the disabled, the abandonment of civil rights enforcement will be widely felt. This puts a particular burden on Democrats and so-called independent voters. Unlike the Republican Party, the Democratic Party is a ship made of diverse planks. If blacks are abandoned, the ship will sink. If women are discouraged, the ship will sink. If Latinos are stripped off, the ship will sink. If women, people of color and the young are weakened, working people are weakened. We float or sink together. Democrats have no choice but to stand strong against the rollback of civil rights and the stoking of racial fears that have become the signature of TrumpÂs presidency. Some argue that TrumpÂs racism is longstanding, evident early in his career as a developer. Others suggest that the racial bias is instrumental, reflecting his political judgment that he prospers by dividing the country. The motivation doesnÂt matter. What matters is how we respond. My own firm belief is that Trump is wrong. Americans are better than he assumes. We have overcome slavery and segregation and are building a diverse society that is our strength. We care about equal justice and equal rights. We donÂt want to be torn apart by those who hate or to be driven by our fears rather than our hopes. Whether he used the n-word or not, Trump is spreading poison. The only question now is whether citizens of conscience will come together to counter it.Music and the Movement: The Lasting Legacy of the Queen of SoulÂ Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shadeÂ„our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance .ÂŽ Â„ Statement from President and Mrs. Obama If you could choose one artist to embody the African-American experience of the 20th century, it would have to be Ms. Aretha Franklin. In exchange for her prodigious talent, the American audience gave Franklin 20 No. 1 R&B hits and 17 Top 10 Pop singles. She won 18 Grammy Awards and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. She was the first women inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors. And while Americans are wellknown for their anti-aristocratic strain, she was universally crowned and internationally known and revered as the Queen of Soul. But Franklin was more than the sum of awards she amassed over her six decades-long career. Her voice, sweeter than honey, became the soundtrack of a tumultuous time in American history when African Americans, women and other marginalized communities were fighting for equality and justice. Her music demanded R-E-S-P-E-C-T when far too little of it was being shown to women and people of color for far too long. The song, ÂRespect,ÂŽ was a minor hit for Otis Redding. According to an autobiographer, once Franklin Âdeconstructed and reconstructedÂŽ it to become her signature, forcing Redding to later admit that, ÂThe girl has taken that song from me.ÂŽ Recorded on ValentineÂs Day in 1967, what was originally ReddingÂs demand to an unfaithful lover transformed into a soul anthem for social justice. It was an anchor in the constant ebb and flow of achievements and setbacksÂ„a touchstone that intersected any and all movements, bridging any perceived divides. Explaining why ÂRespectÂŽ resonated with so many groups of people, Franklin wrote in her autobiography that, ÂIt was the need of the nation, the need of the average man and woman in the street, the businessman, the mother, the fireman, the teacher Â„ everyone wanted respect.ÂŽ Using her craft to create change was likely inherited. Aretha Louise Franklin was the daughter of Barbara Siggers Franklin, a celebrated gospel singer and pianist, and C. L. Franklin, a gifted pastor with a radio broadcast who was popularly known as Âthe man with the million-dollar voice.ÂŽ She was raised by her father, a man who preached Black pride and befriended Martin Luther King Jr. The Franklin household was filled with two things: music and politics, and all these influences found their way into FranklinÂs art and advocacy. Franklin was as comfortable with the movement for civil rights as she was with keys on a piano. She performed at rallies for Dr. King in an effort to fundraise for the movement. Later, she would also sing at his funeral, performing ÂPrecious Lord,ÂŽ a song Dr. King asked Franklin to perform on countless occasions before his assassination. Like her father, her voice became central in the civil rights movements, with many adding ÂRespectÂŽ and her 1968 hit ÂThinkÂŽ to the canon of pivotal protest anthems. FranklinÂs presence and popularity were not limited to the 60s or 70s. Whether she was warning freshmen that college was a different world than where they came from, feeling like a ÂNatural Woman,ÂŽ riding on the ÂFreeway of Love,ÂŽ or performing a stirring rendition of ÂMy Country Tis of TheeÂŽ during Barack ObamaÂs 2009 inauguration, multiple generations have its version of Franklin to celebrate and rediscover. Born in Memphis and raised in Detroit, where she will be laid to rest, Franklin ultimately became an American treasure. Today, heaven may have the Queen of Soul, but forever, forever and ever sheÂ„and her musicÂ„will stay in our hearts. 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August 30 September 5, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 28 SEPT. 3, 2018Â’Howard Sports PhotoFULL STATE OF 37 GAMES GETS 2018 FOOTBALL SEASON ON AND POPPIN'Plenty to watch in full week of actionLUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor A week after BCSP No. 1 North Carolina A&T (a 20-17 win over FCS 6th-ranked Jacksonville State) and BCSP No. 5 Prairie View A&M (a 31-28 last-second loss to FBS Rice) represented the HBCU ranks well on the national scene, everyone else jumps into the fray. Only three games were contested last week A total of 37 games are on tap this week beginning with a slate of eight games on Thursday. Of the teams in the BCSP Top Ten, No. 8 Bowie State the CIAA York Thursday (6 p.m.) to face Wagner. Everyone will be tuned to see what record-setting senior BSU quarterback Amir Hall can do in his that saw him throw for over 3,500 yards and 41 TDs. Come Saturday another 29 games are on the schedule. No. 1 N. C. A&T, fresh off giving new coach Sam Washington Aggies' head man, has another tough test on the road at East Carolina (6 p.m.), an FBS member from the American Athletic Conference. The Aggies, who should move up from their 14th ranking in both the FCS STATS and Coaches polls, must do better than the 148 total yards they mustered on offense vs. Jacksonville State in order to get by ECU. Look for A&T's big offensive weapons Â… quarterback Lamar Raynard the MEAC preseason Player of the Year who passed for just 111 yards vs. JSU, 1,000-yard rusher Marquell Cartwright, held to 58 rushing yards on 25 carries and Elijah Bell who had just two catches for six yards Â… to bounce back. BCSP No. 2 Grambling State the twotime defending SWAC champ, opens the season on the road (6 p.m.) at Louisiana-Lafayette. The big question for the G-Men is who will IT'S ON, LIKE POPCORNONE TO WATCH: Soph QB sensation Caylin Newton leads Howard in 2018 opener at Ohio. F O O T B A L L G A M E S T H I S W E E K THURSDAY, AUGUST 30 North Dakota vs. Miss Valley State in Grand Forks, ND 6p Wagner vs. Bowie State in Staten Island, NY 6p Mississippi College vs. Clark Atlanta in Clinton, MS 7p UAB vs. Savannah State in Birmingham, AL 7p Pikeville vs. Livingstone in Pikeville, KY 7p Wingate vs. Johnson C. Smith in Wingate, NC 7p Univ of Charleston vs. West Virginia State in Charleston, WV 7:05p Internet Webcast ESPN3 | ESPN+ $ Campbell vs. Chowan in Buies Creek, NC 7p SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Elizabeth City State vs. Central State in Elizabeth City, NC 1p Jacksonville vs. Saint AugustineÂs in Jacksonville, FL1 p Slippery Rock vs. Kentucky State in Slippery Rock, PA 1p Virginia Union vs. Seton Hill in Richmond, VA 1p Allen vs. Columbus State in Irmo, SC 3p Alabama A&M vs. Miles in Huntsville, AL 6p Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Morehouse in Pine Bluff, AR 6p Benedict vs. Florida Tech in Columbia, SC 6p Hampton vs. Shaw in Hampton, VA 6p Texas Southern vs. UT-Permian Basin in Houston, TX 7p Edward Waters vs. Lindsey Wilson in Jacksonville, FL 7p Lincoln (PA) vs. Fayetteville State in Lincoln University, PA 7p Valdosta State vs. Albany State in Valdosta, GA 7p CLASSICS Bluff City Kickoff Classic Lane vs. Lincoln (MO) in Memphis, TN 4p Jake Gaither Classic Florida A&M vs. Fort Valley State in Tallahassee, FL 5p John Merritt Classic Tennessee State vs. Bethune-Cookman in Nashville, TN 6p Union Bank & Trust Labor Day Classic Norfolk State vs. Virginia State in Norfolk, VA 6p TV GAMES Ga. Tech vs. Alcorn State in Atlanta (ACC Network Extra) 12:30p TCU vs. Southern in Fort Worth, TX (Fox Sports) 11a Battle for Greater Baltimore SPORTSfever Network Morgan State vs. Towson in Baltimore, MD 7p INTERNET WEBCAST Ohio vs. Howard in Athens, OH (ESPN+ $) 2p 2nd Labor Day Classic (SWAC Digital Network | HBCU Gameday) Alabama State vs. Tuskegee in Montgomery, AL 5p LA-Lafayette vs. Grambling State in Lafayette, LA (ESPN3) 6p Southern Miss vs. Jackson State in Hattiesburg, MS (ESPN+ $) 6p Buffalo vs Delaware State in Buffalo, N.Y (ESPN3) 6p East Carolina vs. NC A&T in Greenville, NC (ESPN3) 6p Georgia Southern vs. SC State in Statesboro, GA (ESPN+ $) 6p W-Salem St. vs. Catawba in W-Salem, NC (CIAA Sports Network) 6p SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 14th MEAC/SWAC Challenge ESPN2 NC Central vs. Prairie View A&M in Atlanta, GA 12n SCORESAUGUST 25FCS KICKOFF CLASSIC North Carolina A&T 20, Jacksonville St. 17 Rice 31, Prairie View A&M 28 Saint Andrews 15, Edward Waters 13 B C S P F O O T B A L L T O P T E N 1. NORTH CAROLINA A&T (1-0) FCS No. 14 Aggies beat FCS No 6 Jacksonville State 20-17 in FCS Kickoff Classic. NEXT: At East Carolina. 2. GRAMBLING STATE (0-0) Idle. NEXT: Opens on the road at Louisiana-Lafatette. 3. HOWARD (0-0) Idle. NEXT: At Ohio. 4. ALCORN STATE (0-0) Idle. NEXT: At Georgia Tech. 5. PRAIRIE VIEW A&M (0-1) Lost to FBS Rice on last NEXT: Facing BCSP No. 6 N. C. Central Sunday in MEAC/SWAC Challenge. 6. NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL (0-0) Idle. NEXT: Facing BCSP No. 5 Prairie View in Atlanta in SundayÂs MEAC/SWAC Challenge. 7. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (0-0) Idle. NEXT: Opens on road at Tennessee State. 8. BOWIE STATE (0-0) Idle. NEXT: Opens on road Thursday at Wagner. 9. SOUTHERN (0-0) Idle. NEXT: Begins at TCU. 10. BENEDICT (0-0) Idle. NEXT: Hosting Florida Tech. replace departed quarterback Devante Kincade the back-to-back SWAC Offensive Player of the Year, holdover Geremy Hickbottom or heralded Arkansas State transfer Aldon Clark Howard the surprise team of the 2017 seawith Bethune-Cookman head coach Mile London opens at No 3 in the BCSP Top Ten, and travels to Athens, Ohio to take on Ohio University (2 p.m.). All eyes will be on the young Bison squad, particularly sophomore quarterback Caylin Newton who was sensational as a freshman. Howard showed its mettle early in 2017 opening with a stunning upset at UNLV. BCSP No. 4 Alcorn State travels to Atlanta to face ACC member Georgia Tech in its opener (12:30 p.m.). The Braves are moving on from veteran quarterback Lenorris Footman and will look for quarterback Noah Johnson and SWAC preseason Player of the Year, running back P. J. Simmons to lead the offense. Prairie View, one game into new head coach Eric Dooley's era, is set to face BCSP No. 6 North Carolina Central in Sunday's 14th CIAACE N TRAL IN TER C OLLEG I ATE ATHLET IC ASSO CI AT I O NINDEPENDENTS W LHampton 0 0 Tennessee State 0 0 Langston 0 0 W. Va. State 0 0 Lincoln (Mo.) 0 0 Texas College 0 0 Va. Univ. of Lynchburg 0 0 Edward Waters 0 1PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE Tyler Jones QB, EDWARD WATERS Completed just 6 of 12 passes for 67 yards but had two scoring tosses in fourth quarter in loss to St. Andrews DEFENSE Aaron Louis LB, Edward Waters Had two sacks and 7 total tackles in loss to SAU. SPECIAL TEAMS NA 2 0 1 8 B L A C K C O L L E G E F O O T B A L L (Standings and Weekly Honors) SIACSOUTHER N IN TER C OLLEG I ATEATHLET IC CO N FERE NC E CONF ALLEAST DIVISION W L W L Benedict 0 0 0 0 Albany State 0 0 0 0 Clark Atlanta 0 0 0 0 Morehouse 0 0 0 0 Fort Valley State 0 0 0 0WEST DIVISIONLane 0 0 0 0 Tuskegee 0 0 0 0 Miles 0 0 0 0 Kentucky State 0 0 0 0 Central State 0 0 0 0SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE DEFENSE NEWCOMER SPECIAL TEAMSSWACSOUTHWESTER NATHLET IC CO N FERE NC E DIV ALLEAST DIVISION W L W L Alcorn State 0 0 0 0 Jackson State 0 0 0 0 Miss. Valley State 0 0 0 0 Alabama A&M 0 0 0 0 Alabama State 0 0 0 0WEST DIVISION Southern 0 0 0 0 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 0 0 0 Grambling State 0 0 0 0 Texas Southern 0 0 0 0 Prairie View A&M 0 0 0 1SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE Jalen Morton Jr., QB, PRAIRIE VIEW Hit on 16 of 28 passes for 244 yards and 3 TDs (20, 2, 20) in near-upset of Rice. DEFENSE Isaac Claiborne and Anthony Stubbs LBs, PRAIRIE VIEW Both led defense with 8 stops vs. Rice. SPECIALIST NA NEWCOMER NA MI D EASTER NATHLET IC CO N FERE NC EMEAC CONF ALL W L W LNC A&T State 0 0 1 0 Howard 0 0 0 0 Florida A&M 0 0 0 0 Norfolk State 0 0 0 0 Bethune-Cookman 0 0 0 0 N. Carolina Central 0 0 0 0 SC State 0 0 0 0 Delaware State 0 0 0 0 Morgan State 0 0 0 0 Savannah State 0 0 0 0MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE Lamar Raynard Jr., QB, NC A&T Completed just 12 o 34 passes for 111 yards but hit on two scoring tosses of 24 and 4 yards in win over Jacksonville State. ROOKIE Wilder, R-FR. DB, NORTH CAROLINA A&T Had 8 total tackles one fumble recovery and one interception in win over JSU. DEFENSE Darryl Johnson Jr. Jr., DE, NORTH CAROLINA A&T Three solo tackles, two for losses including strip sack of JSU QB in last half-minute that preserved win SPECIALIST Malik Wilson, Sr., KR/WR, NC A&T Returned kickoff 98 yards to paydirt and had 3 KO returns fror 126 yards in win over JSU. MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Atlanta (12 noon on ESPN2). NCCU will be breaking in a new interim head coach of its own in Granville Eastman who is replacing Jerry Mack No. 7 Bethune-Cookman begins life without departed quarterback Larry Brihm when it faces Tennessee State on the road Saturday in Nashville at 6 p.m. in the John Merritt Classic Southern ninth in our initial ranking, plays QB Austin Howard The Jaguars travel to Fort Worth, Tx. to face TCU Saturday (11 a.m.). Surprise No. 10 Benedict the BCSP preat home vs. Florida Tech (6 p.m.) Also among this week's fare are three SWAC vs. SIAC games. Alabama State and Tuskegee renew their rivalry at the 2nd Labor Day Classic in Montgomery, Alabama (5 p.m.), Arkansas-Pine Bluff of the SWAC hosts Morehouse Alabama A&M hosts Miles in another 6 p.m. tilt. Connell Maynor is the new A&M coach, Cedric Thomas is the new man at UAPB Virginia State has its traditional opening Labor Day Classic match with MEAC member Norfolk State (6 p.m.). The Trojans began an undefeated regular season last year with a win over Spartans. Another HBCU cross-conference match up has Florida A&M hosting Fort Valley State in the Jake Gaither Classic in Tallahassee (5 p.m.). Former Prairie View head coach Willie Simmons FAMU. Another intriguing game has Hampton as the Pirates host Shaw rates' new head coach is Robert Prunty New head coaches also debut this week in games involving Virginia Union ( Dr. Alvin Parker ), Morgan State ( Ernest Jones ) and Delaware State ( Rod Milstead ). DIV CONF ALLNORTH DIVISION W L W L W L Virginia State 0 0 0 0 0 0 Bowie State 0 0 0 0 0 0 Chowan 0 0 0 0 0 0 Virginia Union 0 0 0 0 0 0 Elizabeth City State 0 0 0 0 0 0 Lincoln 0 0 0 0 0 0SOUTH DIVISION Winston-Salem State 0 0 0 0 0 0 Fayetteville State 0 0 0 0 0 0 Livingstone 0 0 0 0 0 0 Johnson C. Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 Saint AugustineÂs 0 0 0 0 0 0 Shaw 0 0 0 0 0 0CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEKQB OB DL LB WR DB SPECIAL COACH IN THE SPOTLIGHT Amir Hall (l.) and Granville Eastman (r.). debuting as Jerry Mack's replacement as head coach at North Carolina Central are among players and coaches to watch as action shifts into full swing this week. NC Central Sports Photo Bowie State Sports PhotoBCSP Notes NCAA Div II announces 2018 football showcase schedule that will be showcased on ESPN3 or NCAA social media as part of a new media agreement intended to promote the division on several platforms throughout the academic year. Two of the games will feature HBCUs. season and played in November. The new media agreement features two distribution models for football and basketball. For football, 11 games will be streamed on ESPN3, available on the ESPN App. The remaining 11 football games are part of online. The division will work with the TV partners of participating conferences and schools on the opportunity to air games on TV. These games school digital networks. These are the HBCU games to be carried:7:05 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 Valdosta State vs. Fort Valley State (ESPN3) 6:05 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 Virginia Union at Winston-Salem State (ESPN3)MEAC retires mortgage on its headquarters Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) The conference announced that it is the only Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) conference to own its headquarters. "We are very pleased with being 100-percent owner of our building, valued at over $1 million," MEAC Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas said. "We have been very frugal in our expenses and were able to generate positive revenue. We were very fortunate not to have to assess our membership any fees in order to retire the mortgage on the building." "The MEAC made a wise decision many years ago to purchase the building housing its headquarters," Dr. David Wilson president of Morgan State University and chair of the MEAC Council of Chief Executive Commissioner Thomas for his stellar stewardship of the MEAC for the last 16 years."Samuels resigns, Fort Valley State looking for new men's hoops coach FORT VALLEY, GA Fort Valley State University's Vice President Anthony Holloman has announced the resignation of head men's basketball coach Samuel Jackson effective September 30, 2018. Jackson Tuesday morning (Aug 21). decision to devote time to critical family issues which require my full attention," said Coach Jackson. "Unfortunately, that will prevent me from being optimally effective as men's basketwill prove to be temporary, and plan to resume my coaching career once they are resolved." "Coach Jackson has made a profound impact on a countless number of young men during his years of service at FVSU," said Holloman. "We are extremely appreciative of all that he has done for the university, inlook forward to building upon our winning tradition through innovative programming as we bring new coaching leadership aboard focused on excellence in athletics, academics, and character." A national search for a new head men's basketball coach will begin immediately.Lora to lead Alabama A&M baseball Alabama A&M's next baseball coach is complete. Bulldog Athletics has announced that Manny Lora has been hired as the AAMU's new head baseball coach. Lora, a Miami native, spent the past three seasons at Alabama A&M working under former coach Mitch Hill as the team's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. Before making the transition to coaching, Lora played for Alabama A&M as a relief pitcher from 2010-14, recording 151 strikeouts in 54 appearances. "There's a lot of potential here," Lora said. "Right now, we're focused on recruiting and bringing in players who can build on the foundation we've established." Jackson
Greater Grant Memorial AME Church Mid-Summer RevivalGreater Grant Memorial AME located at 5533 Gilchrist Road will present their ÂMid Summer RevivalÂŽ taking place August 28th-30th at 7 p.m. nightly. Guest evangelist is Reverend Anthony Reed, pastor of Martin Memorial AME Church (Miami, Florida). Attend this devotion and praise service for great preaching, teaching and worship. Pastor Tan C. Moss is the pastor. For more info contact the church office at (904) 764-5992.Hephzibah Evangelistic Pastor and First Lady 3rd AnniversaryCome commemorate Pastor Stephen Smith and First Lady Alexandria Smith on their third Pastoral Anniversary Celebration, Saturday, August 25th at 12 p.m. at Hephzibah Evangelistic Pentecostal church located at 3796 Turton Avenue. Guest speaker for the occasion is Bishop Vaughn McLaughlin of Potters House International Ministries. For more info email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org.St. Paul AME Women Presents ÂBehold The Bridegroom ComethÂŽThe WomenÂs Missionary Society of St. Paul AME Church, 6910 New Kings Road will present a special production of ÂBehold the Bridegroom ComethÂŽ in the churchÂs sanctuary slated for Sunday, August 26th, at 4 p.m. Mrs. Deborah Limbric-Rasheed is Program chairperson. Mrs. Maggie Jones is local WMS president. The Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Zanders, III is the Pastor. The St. Paul AME Church Family extends a warm welcome to all churches, missionaries and the public to share in this spirit filled occasion. For more info contact the church office at (904) 764-2755.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. St. GabrielÂs Episcopal Church Patronal Feast Day CelebrationSt. GabrielÂs Episcopal Church located at 5235 Moncrief Road West Patronal Feast Day Celebration is scheduled for Sunday, September 30th at 10 a.m. Guest Speaker will be Reverend Dr. Randolph Bracy, co-founder and retired pastor of New Covenant Baptist Church in Orlando, Florida. This yearÂs theme is ÂFollowing the Shepherd,ÂŽ (John 10:27). For further info contact Richardean Wright at (904) 509-1903.Min. Davis Presents ÂPop LifeÂŽMinister Octavius Davis presents ÂThe POP LifeÂŽ a motivational speaking 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.Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church Annual Patriotic Prayer BreakfastEmanuel Missionary Baptist Church located at 2407 Rev S.L. Badger Circle, Usher Ministry #3 annual ÂPatriotic Prayer BreakfastÂŽ is scheduled for Saturday, September 8th at 8 a.m. This yearÂs speaker is centenarian Sollie Mitchell. For tickets contact Elnora Paulk at (904) 353-7458.MSMBC WomenÂs ConferenceMount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor R. L. Gundy and the Sinai Sisters In Christ will present their 17th annual WomanÂs Conference is scheduled for Saturday, September 15th, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. WomenÂs Conference scripture theme is: ÂSisters United in The Oneness of JesusÂŽ from John 17: 20-26. Sister Wallette Gundy is the chairperson. MSMBC is located at 2036 Silver St. For more info contact the church office at (904) 354-7249.Praise 107.9 1K Famo Day TourPrexxy Prex Praise 107.9 and 1KFamo presents the 1K Famo Day Tour featuring 1KPhew, 1Kpson, Don Tino and Rey Jose, Saturday, August 25th, 7 10 p.m. at the Christ Ministry of Changing Lives church located at 3040 Gilead Dr. For tickets and more info visit www.praise1079.com. Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press August 30 September 5, 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 Raines Class of 1978 in front of Greater Grant Memorial AME Church Raines Class of 1978 Celebrates 40 Years The William Raines Class of 1978 celebrated their 40th reunion with a gala weekend including a comedy show, a festive dinner dance celebration culminating with a church service at Greater Grant Memorial AME Church and brunch. The theme for the weekend was "Ain't No Stopping Us Now." Changed Ex-KKK, Nazi Member Baptized by Black Church Franklin Graham and other evangelists are praising the godly change in a former neo-Nazi and KKK grand dragon who was recently baptized by a black pastor in Florida. Ken Parker, who just a year ago was joining other white supremacists at the so-called Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was recently profiled in a NBC News report that examined the radical change in the man's life. Parker explained his feelings of wanting to protect his race while he was a part of the Ku Klux Klan. But his attitude began to change after he met Pastor William McKinnon III of All Saints Holiness Church. Following several conversations, Parker began to see the error of his ways, and was invited by the pastor to the church's April Easter service. The former neo-Nazi joined the African-American church, repented for what he used to believe, and was embraced by the congregation. At the end of July, McKinnon baptized him in the Atlantic Ocean, in another major step in Parker's road to redemption. "I want to say I'm sorry. I do apologize," Parker said at the time about all the people he has hurt. "I know I've spread hate and discontent through this city immensely Â„ probably made little kids scared to sleep in their own beds in their own neighborhoods." The story continues to be praised by evangelists online, including major figures such as the Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. "One year ago, Ken Parker was a white nationalist and member of the KKK who marched on Charlottesville. A few weeks ago, he was baptized by the same people he once hated," Williams wrote on Twitter on Aug. 10. "The Gospel changes lives," he proclaimed. Pastor McKinnon, who baptized Parker, explained what role forgiveness and redemption play. "When we make it to Heaven, Heaven's not just gonna be one race. There's gonna be all kinds of races up there," he said. Today is truly a day that the Lord has made and the more complicated the world gets, the simpler the Word of God is to understand. Often, and I do mean often, I get reminded of the power and seductive nature of ego, pride and the need to control. Or, should I say the need to be in control? Letting go and letting God is a simple concept to say, and dare I say, an easy concept to understand? Yet, why it is so hard to do? We all know people who can quote scripture backwards and forwards, yet have no faith. We know Christian control freaks who must have the last say and who must be right all the time. I know I sometimes get caught up in constantly trying to rationalize circumstances in order to explain the events of the day, any day, as if by some miracle of intelligence, I am the authority. It is more often than not, at these times that if IÂm blessed and open to receiving the Holy Spirit, that I then get a chance to see the miracles, the nuances, the essence of my life. I am not in control, never have been, never will be and, itÂs okay. Giving your life to Christ requires a constant vigil against taking credit or assessing blame. When you focus on service in the name of the Lord, you really do get a chance to see things from a different perspective. You see the service How much more simple does it have to be? Christ even suggests that God can see into your heart and know your intention. Now on this day, or any day, that God has made, letÂs take this simple concept and apply it to a very complex world. It takes work to be humble, loving, giving and a source of truth all day everyday. It takes will power and you know the will IÂm talking about. I believe the calling of every Christian is to try. ItÂs the effort that God expects. ItÂs the intent He wants. If youÂre first seeking the kingdom of heaven, then that quest should have some direct bearing on what you do today, how you perform, what you say and certainly whom you hang out with. IÂm fortunate to have known people I believe were truly angels walking. I really do believe there are saints among us and we ignore them all the time because weÂre too busy pursuing the world rather than pursuing God. However, from these living breathing angels, IÂve learned that the battle is not over until you know youÂve already won. The quest is not over until you are born, born again, die and ultimately live forever. ThereÂs a line in a movie that says what we do in life echoes in eternity. ItÂs kind of nice to know that Jesus already took care of that eternity thing. All I have to do is get through this life thing. If the truth be told, I think IÂve got the easy part. It may not make sense on the surface, but when you stop and think about it, it really is simple. See me. See God. I can do this. IÂve just got to let go, one day at a time, one hour at a time, one person at a time. Try it, just once, try it. And May God then bless and keep you always. 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 TodayÂs ot Just Any Day
The organizers of the French Open are facing backlash after banning a catsuit worn by Serena Williams as part of changes to the dress code at the competition. In speaking about the change, French Tennis Federation (FTF) President Bernard Giudicelli singled out the black and red catsuit that Williams wore at the tournament this past May. ÂI think that, sometimes, weÂve gone too far,ÂŽ Giudicelli told Tennis Magazine ÂThe catsuit will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and place.ÂŽ The outfit was specifically designed for Williams by Nike because the skin-tight material helped avoid blood clots, which caused her to have a pulmonary embolism after giving birth in September. ÂI call it, like, my Wakandainspired catsuit,ÂŽ she joked at the time. ÂIÂve been wearing pants, in general, a lot when I play so I can keep the blood circulation going. ItÂs a fun suit, but itÂs also functional so I can be able to play without problems,ÂŽ she added. Now many are accusing the FTF of racism, sexism, and a form of body shaming. Williams has yet to speak out about the ban, but Nike was quick to respond with a tweet of their own. ÂYou can take the superhero out of her costume, but you can never take away her superpowers,ÂŽ Nike wrote over a black and white photo of Williams in the suit. The 36-year-old tennis star responded to the French OpenÂs ban on her catsuit by competing in a tutu designed by Louis Vuitton. August 30 September 5, 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! 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 Enterprise Center 101 East Union Street, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL32202 904-633-8099 www.drj-cpa.com DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. Harpers Celebrate 60th Wedding AnniversaryLast weekend, Harvey and Jimmie P. Harper celebrated a feat that not many accomplish Â… their 60th anniversary. Celebrating with their children, the couple was married August 29, 1958 at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. Their children are Beverly Harper (Greensboro, N.C), Joyce Quiller (Stone Mountain, GA), Heather Carter and James Ellis. They have been blessed with six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. ÂWe were in love, we had a vision and was willing to work hard to achieve that vision,ÂŽ said the Harpers in unison. Gamma Rho Omega AKAs Pray for Cities with a Powerful Word The ladies of the Gamma Rho Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority Inc. came together for their inaugural International Day of Prayer Observance on Sunday, August 26th at St. Paul AME. The goal of the Day of Prayer service was to expresses the sororityÂs concerns for the challenges facing families and individuals throughout the city, state and country. The program was also an opportunity for members to reinforce their dedication to community service and convey the importance of faith through prayer as a key solution to addressing important issues. African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Elder Elizabeth Yates, member of the Gamma Rho Omega chapter, was the service speaker. Titled, ÂWhat a Word This Is!,ÂŽ several attendees commented on the strength and appropriateness of the message. Elder Yates reminded the congregation, ÂThat the word was powerful then and is still as powerful now. The word provided comfort for our forefathers and foremothers when all hope was lost and frustration was all around.ÂŽ She added, ÂThe same word can offer us comfort and resolution today.ÂŽ The Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. is under the leadership of President Willetta Richie. Chapter leaders say that they stand in solidarity with community members and continues to pray for healing and peace for Jacksonville and the country. Sorority sisters stand united in the pulpit of St. Paul AME Mentors Needed at Mali Vai Washington Kids Foundation The 2018-2019 school year has just begun, however not all of Duval CountyÂs school children are receiving the support they need. The Mali Vai Washington Kids Foundation which services urban youth is still in need of mentors. They are looking for individuals who would like to make a direct impact in the lives of a local student, By signing up for the mentor program, you can: Â€ Help reach a goal of providing EVERY student in othei relementary program (K-5th) with a caring, positive role model; Â€ Assist your student with their homework and be a source of encouragement and an extra support system directly impacting a studentÂs success. As a mentor you have the ability to meet with one student for one hour or two different students across two hours. The only requirement is that you attend each week at your mutually agreed upon assigned hour time slot, MondayThursday between 3:30 pm 4:30pm or 4:30 pm 5:30 pm. If you are unable to commit to weekly sessions? You have the option to tag-team mentor with a friend, by alternating weeks you meet with your student! For more information email email@example.com NEWARK, New Jersey -A high school principal in New Jersey is going above and beyond to make sure his students don't skip school out of fear of being bullied. WABC-TV reports, West Side High School Principal Akbar Cook said some students were being bullied because of their dirty clothes -which resulted in chronic absenteeism where they would miss three to five days a month. One time a student didn't want her bags checked to enter the school because she was embarrassed to be carrying dirty clothes while she was homeless. Cook said he kicked the football team out of their locker room to install washers and dryers for students to do their laundry. The principal has only had his job for just two weeks, but he is already vowing to always fight for his students. "Because the kids feel that and they'll fight on that SAT or that test the same way you fight for them," Cook said. "That's who I am." When news of Cook's addition to the school hit social media, the community started to donate laundry detergent and dryer sheets so students can do their laundry completely free of cost. The laundry room opened for students Monday, Wednesday, and Friday beginning Aug. 27. "When school starts on September the 4th, my kids will be able to use it daily after school," Cook said. J Principal Installs Laundry Room to Fight Student Bullying French Open Accused of Racism and Sexism After Banning Serena Williams from Wearing Catsuit CT Restaurant Draws Ire for ÂTuskegee ExperimentÂŽ Drink A restaurant in Westport, Connecticut had a cocktail named ÂThe Tuskegee Experiment,ÂŽ on its menu and its raising eyebrows. The inspiration for the drink came from the historically racially motivated medical experiment on Black males at Tuskegee University. The signature cocktail featured Malibu rum, Myers dark rum, fresh lime, pineapple juice, bits of pineapple and jalapeno, and a splash of Tabasco sauce. ÂThe Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male,ÂŽ which took place in the 1930s in Alabama. The 40-year medical study falsely used African-American men to observe what untreated syphilis did to the body. The men did not receive penicillin for the treatment of the disease and were under the assumption they were receiving free healthcare. Hundreds of them died, several of their wives contracted the STD and a number of their children were born with congenital syphilis, reports the CDC. It is unclear as to why an establishment would highlight a disturbing moment in History. The cocktail was removed after a restaurant-goer complained and the restaurant has issued a public apology.
Comedian Bruce BruceComedian Bruce Bruce will be on stage at the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd, August 31st September 2nd, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows. Bruce hosted BET's "Comic View," among other high profile comedic performances. For more information call (904) 2424242.Comedian London Brown in ConcertComedian and actor London Brown from HBOÂs Ballers, will be in concert August 31st September 1st at 7 p.m. at the Comedy Club located at 11000 Beach Blvd. For tickets visit www.jacksonvillecomedy.com.Brian McKnight in ConcertR&B artist Brian McKnight will be in concert Friday, August 31st 8 p.m. at the Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St. For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com.Monster Jam is back!Monster Jam will be back in Jax, Saturday, September 1st, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium, 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd. Enjoy customized high-powered vehicles and more! For tickets visit www.ticketmaster.comOP Farmers & Arts MarketThe Orange Park FarmerÂs and Arts Market will open on Sunday, September 3rd, 10 a.m., 3 p.m. Products include fresh, produce, arts and crafts, adoptable pets, a DJ, food vendors, and train rides for the kids, 10am Â… 3pm. at Town Hall Park on the corner of Kingsley Avenue and US17. For more info visit www.OrangeParkMarket.com.Comedian Aries SpearsComedian Aries Spears at the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd, September 6th 8th, 7: 30 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows! Aries starred in "Mad TV," and his sketch "Talkin' American" was the shows most popular bit. For tickets and more info visit www.comedyzone.com.Community Dialogue on Race & LawThe Northside Coalition will present a ÂCommunity Dialogue on Race and Law Enforcement,ÂŽ scheduled for Thursday, September 6th 7 p.m. in the FSCJ downtown Main Auditorium. Take an honest look at trust, transparency and accountability between the community and the Jacksonville SheriffÂs office. For more info contact Ben Frazier at (904) 662-2748.First ThursdaysThe First Thursday entrepreneurial business meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 6th, at 5:30 p.m. at the Urban League Office, 903 Union St. For more info visit www.firstthursdayjacksonville.org.Puttin on the RitzThis isnÂt just a talent show itÂs ÂPuttinÂ On the RitzÂŽ talent show will take place Friday, September 7th, 7:30 p.m. at the Ritz Theater, 829 N. Davis St. To submit audition videos and for more info call (904) 504-2763.P.R.I.D.E. Book Club MeetingThe People Reading for Inspiration, Discussion and Enjoyment (P.R.I.D.E.) Book Club will host their monthly meeting on Saturday, September 8th, at 4 p.m. Host and location is: Jennifer King, 211 Worthington Parkway. The book for discussion is Â Small Great Things ÂŽ by Jodi Picoult. For more info call (904) 755-1993.COJ African Culture CelebrationJoin the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville as they present ÂCelebrating Our African American CultureÂŽ with education, food, music and family fun Saturday, September 8th, 11:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. at the Party Spot located at 10934 Lem Turner Rd. For more info contact Ben Frazier at (904) 662-2748.Sting & Shaggy in Jax!Sting and Shaggy will bring their dynamic and vibrant joint live tour to Jacksonville Friday, September 14th, 7 p.m. at DailyÂs Place, One TIAA Field Dr. For tickets visit www.ticketmaster.comMasquerade Extrav Heart & Soul EventThe 2018 ÂMasquerade Extravaganza Heart and Soul Event,ÂŽ is scheduled for Saturday, September 15th at 6 p.m. at the Ramada Conference Center, 3130 Hartley Rd. Guest is actor Tony Grant star of Tyler PerryÂs Â Love Thy eighbor .ÂŽ For tickets contact Diddy Coffee at (904) 576-2692.EF Press Club MeetingThe Northeast Florida Press Club will meet Monday, September 17th 5:30 p.m. -8 p.m. at the Casa Marina Hotel, 691 1st St., Jacksonville Beach, FL. Enjoy a mixer, dinner and presentation. For more info call Leigh Cort at (904) 270-0025.District 10 MeetingCity Council Member Terrance Freeman (District 10) will host a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, September 18th at the Legends Center, 5130 Soutel Drive Road, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. All interested citizens are welcome to attend. For more info contact Gerrie FordHardin, ECA for District 10 at (904) 630-7231.Civic Cinema The Florida TheatreÂs ÂCivic CinemaÂŽ screening on Tuesday, September 19th, 7 p.m. will feature the movie ÂPhiladelphia ÂŽ followed by a discussion on the state of LGBTQ rights and relations in Jacksonville. For free tickets visit www.floridatheatre.com. QuiltFestQuilt Fest will take place September 20th 22nd, 10 a.m. at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St. For more info visit www.quiltfest.com.Chamber orth Council MeetingThe Jax Chamber North Council monthly luncheon will take place Thursday, September 20th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway. For more info contact Brandy Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.Lemon BallThe Lemon Ball is scheduled for Thursday, September 20th at 6 p.m. at WJCT, 100 Festival Park Ave. Come celebrate AlexÂs Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to raise funds to support families battling cancer and survivors struggling with treatment side effects. For tickets and more info contact Dallas Hempstead at (904) 5567504.Jax Legal Aid Justice AwardsPiper Kerman, author of Â Orange is the ew Black: My Year in a WomenÂs Prison, Â will deliver the keynote address at Jacksonville Area Legal AidÂs annual Equal Justice Awards Thursday, September 20th, 5:30 p.m. at the Omni Hotel, 245 Water St. KermanÂs memoir was adapted into the Netflix hit series. For tickets visit www.JaxLegalAid.org.Sister Strut 3KSister Strut 3K Breast Cancer Walk is back and will be held at the Jacksonville Landing, Saturday, September 22nd, 8 a.m. 12 p.m. To register and for more info visit www.933thebeatjamz.com.Magnolia Community Baby ShowerThe Magnolia Project Community Baby Shower hosted by Florida House of Representatives District 13 Rep. Tracie Davis is scheduled for Saturday, September 22nd, 10 a.m. 1 p.m. The event is for women currently or with a new baby, 0 2 months living in 32202, 32204, 32206, 32208, 32209, 32219 and 32254. Enjoy food, fun, activities and clothes giveaway! For more info contact Rep Davis office at (904) 353-2180.Throwback FestivalThe Throwback Festival is back featuring Cameo, Michelle, Klymaxx and Ruff Endz at the Morocco Shrine, 3800 St. Johns Buff Rd, Saturday, September 22nd at 5 p.m. For tickets visit www.throwbackconcert.com.IÂm A Star Celebrity Basketball GameThis year's IÂm A Start Jacksonville HELPS Celebrity Basketball Game is set for Saturday, September 22nd, at 6 p.m. at Paxon School for Advanced Studies, located at 3239 Norman E Thagard Blvd. For more info visit www.imastarfoundation.org.WFA MeetingThe WomenÂs Food Alliance will meet Monday, September 24th, 11 a.m. Â… 4 p.m. at the Palencia Golf Clubhouse, 600 Palencia Club Dr., St. Augustine. Topic is: Hospitality Etiquette Training, a two-Part Interactive Seminar Luncheon to learn the basic rules of etiquette. For tickets contact Leigh Cort at (904) 806-3613.Chamber Small Business OrientationThe Jacksonville Chamber Small Business Center Orientation and Breakout Sessions will take place Tuesday, September 25th at 12 p.m. 2 p.m. at JAX Chamber headquarters located at 3 Independent Dr. For more info contact Shirley Moore at (904) 366-6618.Howie Mandel & Preacher Lawson ShowExperience one great night of comedy with Howie Mandel Live and Preacher Lawson at the Thrasher-Horne Center, 283 College Dr, Orange Park, on Saturday, September 29th at 8 p.m. For tickets visit www.THcenter.org.COJ Public Health FairThe Northside Coalition of JacksonvilleÂs health fair is scheduled for Saturday, September 29th, 10 a.m. at the Clanzel Brown Community Center, 4575 Moncrief Rd. There will be health screenings, line dancing, games, prizes and food trucks! For more info visit www.NorthsidecoalitionofJackonvi lle.com.Home and Patio ShowThe Jacksonville Home and Patio Show is scheduled for September 27th 30th at the Prime Osborn Center, 1000 Water St. Meet and greet HGTV host and celebrities, home improvements vendors and more! For tickets and more info visit www.jacksonvillefallhomeshow.com.African Village BazaarAfrican Village Bazaar at the Ritz Theater, 829 N. Davis St. will take place Sunday, September 30th, 12 p.m. 6 p.m. Peruse flea market items and more! For more info call (904) 861-7104. Darius RuckerCountry star Darius Rucker will perform at DailyÂs Place, One TIAA Field Dr. on Sunday, September 30th at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more info visit at www.dailysplace.com.D.L. Hughley is back!D.L. hosted "D.L. Hughley Breaks the News," NY's WYKD-FM's morning show and has been on HBO, BET, and starred in "The Hughleys. Hear his comedy routine October 4 7th for two shows 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at the Comedy Zone located at 3130 Hartley Rd. For more info call 242-4242.JAX Infrastructure Innovation SummitThe JAX Infrastructure Innovation Summit is scheduled for Friday, October 5th 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center located at 1000 Water Street. This one-day event will explore topics featuring Exponential Energy, Advanced Transportation, the Crypto-Blockchain Revolution, Exponential Teams and Adaptive Intelligence and more. To register and for more info emailRachel.Harris@myjaxchamber.com.LIT AF TourComedian Martin LawrenceÂs ÂLIT AF TourÂŽ comes to town, Friday, October 5th, with comedians Rickey Smiley, Michael Blackson, Adele Givens, Clayton Thomas at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, 300 A. 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Emmy award-winning comedian Sherri Shepherd has entertained audiences for years on their television screens. The actress, who stars in NBCÂs Trial & Error recently spoke in an interview about her career, working through fear and if she would ever go back to ABCÂs The View Q: How did you get into acting and show business in general? Sherri Shepherd: I always used to make my family laugh at our Sunday talent shows. I would do dance moves and make people laugh, it was something that I love. Fast-forward later when I was a legal secretary, we all decided, a bunch of us secretaries, to go to a comedy club. Andrew Dice Clay was on stage and I was making [one of the ladies in the audience] laugh before the show started, she turned around and said to me, ÂYou can do that, you can be on that stage doing that same thing because youÂre funny.ÂŽ You never know how you will plant a seed in someoneÂs life; your words are so powerful. Throughout that whole night, I couldnÂt pay attention to the comics. Eddie Griffin went up and I thought, ÂWow! Can I do that?ÂŽ I stayed afterward and asked Eddie Griffin, ÂDo you have any advice?ÂŽ And he said, ÂJust get on stage,ÂŽ and I said, ÂWell, IÂm scared,ÂŽ and he said, ÂWell, do it scared.ÂŽ ThatÂs been my motto for life. I started taking comedy classes, and from there I met a guy named Jamie Foxx. I donÂt know if you know him or not (laughs), at a comedy club, and he kept auditioning for things, and then I met this guy who kept saying, ÂIÂm going to be in movies!ÂŽ And his name was Chris Tucker, and a guy named D.L. Hughley. I took some acting classes and I never looked back. Q: What would you consider your first big break on Hollywood? A: There used to be this show called Totally Hidden Video and they would prank people [and] I played a maid. ThatÂs when I realized when wardrobe asks you what your size is you must tell them the truth. I was a size 16 and I told them I was a size six. I looked like a maid from a porno movie because I couldnÂt close the outfit. That was my first big gig, but the first legitimate job was Cleghorne! starring Ellen Cleghorne, who used to be on Saturday ight Live That was the first job that I booked and I was still a legal secretary. My agent told me, ÂYou can quit your job.ÂŽ I had that big break . and then it was canceled. I lost my apartment, my car was repossessed and I was homeless for a year. I slept on everybodyÂs couch. You can be working one day and not working the next. Q: What kept you going after the show was canceled and you were homeless? What motivated you to continue to pursue your dreams? A: I love standup so much and I had to get on stage. It was a need. I am even that way now. I say about three times a week, ÂI have to get on stage, I have to make people laugh.ÂŽ I love doing it and it kept me from being depressed that I didnÂt have a place to live. Getting on stage made me forget all of that because I can make it funny, and the reality didnÂt hit me until I got off stage again. I never dreamed that I would be on TV, that IÂd have a sitcom or that IÂd be on The View. It was just like, I needed to be on stage making people laugh or if I book a TV show, I get to make people laugh. ItÂs a driving force. Q: How would you describe your time on The View? A: It was one of the best experiences of my life. The first three years I cried in my dressing room [and] it was rough. Barbara Walters was very tough on me. She made me find my voice, she made me learn, I evolved. I didnÂt know anything about politics because I didnÂt vote. [Now] I am a political junkie, I love politics so much that I can sit and talk [about it for hours]. When I got on The View, I didnÂt know anything. It goes down in history, [they] asked me if the Earth was round or flat and I said: ÂI donÂt know.ÂŽ I was very naive when I came to that show and I had a tough taskmaster to live up to, but after that three years, it just clicked why I was there, what my role was. I loved it. It opened up the door for so many opportunities for me. I got to do Dancing With the Stars, films and I got to meet President Obama. Of course, Donald Trump was always on there . I learned so much, I am very grateful to have had that experience. Q: Would you go back to The View if asked or take part in another daytime talk show? I would love to do a talk show. I would love to do what Ellen [DeGeneres] does. I would love to give [her] a run for her money. [Ellen] will go on and do something else, IÂd love to take her place and continue. I feel like my training ground was The View because we did politics, pop culture and a lot of different stuff. ItÂs my dream to do my own talk show. Would I go back to The View? The answer to that is probably Âno.ÂŽ ItÂs like when you break up with your boyfriend and then you go sleep with them again and youÂre like, Âwhy?ÂŽ August 30 September 5, 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 Sherri Shepherd on Overcoming Fear and Thoughts on ÂThe ViewÂ Sherri Shepherd Snoop Dogg has multiple checks coming in, adding one more money-maker to his portfolio in the form of a cookbook. From Crook to Cook in October. The rapper will share his recipes for everything from fine-dining choices such as lobster thermidor to earthier fare such as waffles, plus a gin and juice recipe. He said in a statement: ÂYou know itÂs blazinÂ up in my kitchen. IÂm takinÂ the cookbook game higher with a dipped and whipped collection of my favourite recipes, ya dig?ÂŽ Snoop Dogg is best known for a rap music career stretching back to 1992 making chart topping music. His notorious extracurricular activities include coaching youth football to directing pornographic movies, he also stars in a cooking show with Martha Stewart called Martha and SnoopÂs Potluck Dinner Party. The show was nominated for an Emmy in 2017. Snoop Dogg Releasing Cookbook, ÂFrom Crook to CookÂ
Page 10 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press August 30 September 5, 2018 Boring DoesnÂtBelong on aBUN Try our three new ready-to-cook burgers. Pimento Cheese Burger GreenWise Orchard Chicken Burger GreenWise Sicilian Sun Turkey Burger Construction of the Obama Presidential Center and Library will not begin until 2019, officials from the Obama Foundation said last week. The news comes as activists demand that a community benefits agreement be placed on a referendum during upcoming Chicago mayoral election. The announcement was the second delay for the construction of the library in Jackson Park, which the Sun-Times reported in May, was pushed back to the end of 2018. Now, groundbreaking on the $500 million facility wonÂt begin until next year. No reason was reported to explain the latest delay. The Obama Presidential Center and Library will sit on 20 acres in Jackson Park. It will include a 165,000 square-foot tower that will be 235 feet tall. There will also be a 300-seat auditorium in the forum building and an underground parking garage that will hold 450 cars. In July, Oprah Winfrey, a friend of the Obamas, gave a $1 million contribution to the facility. So far, the Obama Foundation has reported receiving at least 56 contributions that were at least $1 million or more. The Chicago City Council in May approved the design for the library, but the plans must still be approved by the federal government because Jackson Park, which hosted the 1893 Chicago WorldÂs Fair, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The federal review will include public hearings on the project to allow residents and groups to voice their concerns about the impact the project will have on their community. On Friday, July 27 about 400 people, including organizations, packed the South Shore Cultural Center, where a panel discussion was held to reinforce demands for a community benefits agreement to address concerns of gentrification in Jackson Park and South Shore. The Obama Foundation has plans to use minority subcontractors for the facility, but will not sign a community benefits agreement. Now, activists want the issue of a community benefits agreement to be placed on a referendum for the mayoral election in February 2019.Obama Presidential Library Pushed Back to 2019 Beyonc and husband Jay Z may be raking in the dollars with their highly acclaimed On The Run II tour, but they are pouring those dollars back into communities all over the country, too. The Carters have announced a new scholarship program that will award $1 million in scholarships to ÂexceptionalÂŽ high school seniors with financial needs. The scholarships of $100,000 each will go to one qualified student in each of the following cities: Atlanta, Orlando, Miami, Arlington, New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara and Seattle. Each of the cities is a site where the OTRII tour is appearing. The Boys and Girls Club of America will choose the winners. The students must demonstrate Âacademic excellenceÂŽ and Âfinancial needÂŽ so great that it threatens to prevent them from attending college for the 2018-2019 academic year. This is not the first time that the power couple has extended outreach toward needy students. The Shawn Carter Foundation hosts tours to historically Black colleges and universities and offers scholarships to students headed to college. The organization was founded in 2003 by Jay Z and his mother, Gloria Carter. The BeyGood initiative, headed by Beyonc, has created a merit program called the Formation Scholars Award. The program helps female students reach educational goals. Another program, the Homecoming Scholars Award, provides resources for students to study at HBCUs, according to the announcement. The Boys and Girls Clubs of America is based in Atlanta and has been in existence for 150 years. The organization runs more than 4,300 clubs that serve about 4 million young people and provides mentoring and youth development programs during non-school hours. Clubs are located throughout the country. Lyft employeesLyft to Offer Free and HalfPrice Rides on Election Day The Carters Announce $1 Million in College Scholarships Jay Z and Beyonce Carter Lyft is getting some help to get people in underserved communities to the polls this fall. The ride-sharing company says itÂs working with community groups to offer free and reduced-price rides on November 6, the date of the midterm elections. To increase encourage voter turnout, Lyft will offer free rides to people in underserved communities that day by working with Voto Latino, the Urban League and the National Federation of the Blind. Lyft is also teaming up with Vote.org, Nonprofit Vote, TurboVote and others to give away 50% off promo codes to riders. Riders can get help finding their polling location through the Lyft app. The company plans to remind riders about voter registration deadlines, give drivers voter registration handouts and offer in-office voter registration to its employees. Lyft says itÂs doing this because over Â15 million people were registered but didnÂt vote in 2016 because of transportation issues.ÂŽInmates Release Demands Amid Prison Strike Across U.S.For prisoners, days are filled with activities dedicated to getting your immediate needs met and, the occasional fantasy planning for a future outside of the box that youÂre living in. As a result, when prisoners do demand better conditions, they tend to focus on different food in the commissary or thicker sweatshirts, prioritizing short-term satisfaction over lasting change. But this time is different. This national prison strike will run from now until Sept. 9 and the list of 10 demands created by various inmate organizers could change American prison systems for the better. Prisoners in as many as seven states went on strike last week, some refusing food and others refusing to work or boycotting purchases from prison commissaries. ThereÂs been a confirmed case of a hunger strike in Folsom state prison in California. A 26-year-old inmate, Heriberto Garcia managed to reach the outside world with a smartphone. He recorded of himself refusing food and then posted the video on Twitter. The 19-day strike is the first nationwide action in the US in two years, The Guardian reported, the strike Âwas triggered by AprilÂs rioting in [the] Lee correctional institution in South Carolina in which seven inmates were killed.ÂŽ The national demands include:1) Immediate humanity improvements. 2) An immediate end to prison slavery; 3) The Prison Litigation Reform Act must be rescinded, allowing imprisoned humans a proper channel to address grievances. 4) The Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act must be rescinded so that imprisoned humans have a possibility of rehabilitation and parole. 5) An end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of and an end to gang enhancement laws among others.