Community Baby Shower Educates for a Healthy StartSeptember is Infant Mortality Awareness Month and Duval County has the highest rate of infant mortality in the state of Florida. Last weekend, District 13 State Rep Tracie Davis partnered with Magnolia Project to do their part to turn this statistic around. Davis and Magnolia held a community baby shower in the heart of the city on Pearl Street. The event was focused on women currently pregnant or with a new baby up to two months old living in targeted urban zip codes.. The partnershipÂs goal is to assist expecting and newborn moms with the care and life skills support to deliver a healthy baby. Dozens of pregnant mothers and families enjoyed a day of vendor booths and collecting information on healthy food choices, wellness, hygiene care and cultural and social service needs. Each vendor distributed informational packets and directly talked to attendees about the services they offer the community. Duval County, the population center of the region, continues to drive the region's infant mortality rate with 8.4 deaths per 1000 live births. ÂFor a second year in a row, it has been my pleasure to surround these families with love, opportunity and encouragment,ÂŽ said Rep. Davis. With a message centered on determination, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Brian Dawkins had more than 100 Raines students spellbound with his speech. And it wasn't just his yellow Hall of Fame blazer or the fact this was the first time Dawkins had returned to the school since he was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame a few month ago. For students like senior Nigel Allen, it was the fact that this Hall of Famer once sat where they did more than 20 years ago and had a vision to rise above the circumstances he saw every day. "What he said today gave us inspiration to dream big and head for our goals that we lay out for ourselves," said Allen, who is a linebacker on the school's football team. "He inspired to pursue our plans." Dawkins was invited by the school district's Family and Community Engagement office to visit his alma mater, meet and greet students, tour the school and help promote Wednesday's "Dads Take Your Child to School Day." But in his speech, he went deeper in talking with students about the importance of having and pursuing gigantic dreams. "I think about my time here. I sat in the same auditorium. I sat in the same gym," Dawkins told the students. "What really blessed me is the dreams that I had. I had dreams of doing something different. Different that I saw in my neighborhood." He added that he could not have gotten to where he was in life if he hadn't had that mindset. He challenged the students to ask themselves what type of life they want and to define their dreams. He also made the point that surrounding yourself with the type of people who can make it happen is critical. "Dream gigantic dreams," Dawkins said. "Dream huge dreams. You are a powerful group of individuals. And when you surround yourself with individuals you become an even more powerful entity." This past weekend, the Jacksonville Landing was the location for the 3rd Annual Cracker Barrel Sista Strut 3K Breast Cancer Walk. The rally started at 8 am and the 3K walk began at 10 am. The Sista Strut walk aims to heighten awareness about the issues of breast cancer in women of color, as well as provide information on community health-related resources. Studies show that African American women are more likely to get breast cancer at a younger age and have a death rate from the disease that is twice that of white women of the same age. Sista Strut recognizes the strength of survivors, their family and friends, heightens awareness, and promotes early detection and the search for a cure. Hundreds of women from all around Duval County were proud to strut their stuff for a cause that has affected millions and continues to be the leading cause of death in the nation. Statically, African American women in the US have a 41% higher death rate from breast cancer than white women. African American women are also more likely than white women to be diagnosed with breast cancer before age 40 and are more likely to be diagnosed with larger tumors. Annually, the Sista Strut walk continues to do their part to raise awareness and save lives. Volume 31 o. 45 September 27 October 3, 2018 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents Grassroots Activists Go Door to Door to Fight, Reduce and Survey orthside Violence StatisticsPage 7 The ation May be Divided, But EveryoneÂs a Fan of TigerPage 4Mega Church PastorÂs Widow Sues ChurchPage 3 Can You BeneÂ“t From an Annuity?Page 2 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Geoffrey Owens Donates icki MinajÂs $25K to CharityRapper Nicki Minaj has kept her word, donating $25,000 to actor Geoffrey Owens after a photo of him working at Trader JoeÂs went viral. Owens has since been offered work by Tyler Perry and CBS, choosing to donate the lump sum from Minaj to charity. Owens handed over the $25K to the ActorÂs Fund in the name of late actor Earle Hyman, who played Dr. Cliff HuxtableÂs father on The Cosby Show. ÂI am extremely grateful to Nicki Minaj for enabling struggling actors to continue pursuing their dreams,ÂŽ Owens said. Owens gave up his job at Trader JoeÂs after news of his working there went viral. A role on the CBS series NCIS is the most recent job offer he has received. The veteran actor is also scheduled to appear on 10 episodes of the Tyler Perry series The Have and the Have ots ÂItÂs really overwhelmingÂ„in a good way. But I kind of feel like that character in that Woody Allen movie who wakes up one morning and heÂs a celebrity all of a sudden, who has no idea where it came from. It came out of nowhere,ÂŽ Owens told Robin Roberts on Good Morning America ÂI really want to thank everybody out thereÂ„family friends, Hollywood community and the general publicÂ„for the incredible support, for the amazing support and positivity they have shown for me. ItÂs really astounding. ItÂs quite encouraging.ÂŽColin Kaepernick Will Receive Medal From HarvardAt this point, Colin Kaepernick shouldÂt rejoin the NFL even if it begged him. From starting a comedy series with Ava DuVernay to headlining the 30th anniversary of NikeÂs Just Do It campaign, the former San Francisco 49er stays winning. Now the 30-year-old will receive a distinguished honor from Harvard University. Kaepernick was set to be awarded the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, the HarvardÂs highest honor in Black studies. Dave Chappelle, artist Kehinde Wiley and six others will receive the honor this year as well. Past winners include Muhammad Ali and Maya Angelou. ÂIn the year of the 150th anniversary of his birth, W.E.B. Du Bois would be proud of the eight individuals being recognized at this yearÂs Hutchins Center Honors,ÂŽ Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center, said about the honor. ÂEmerging from a variety of backgrounds and professions, each represents the quest for knowledge, freedom of expression, and pursuit of truth that are foundational to black history and culture, and that were foundational to Du Bois as a thinker and activist.ÂŽBill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years in Prison, Files otice of AppealBill Cosby arrived at the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania courthouse this week in a black SUV and left in a prison van, escorted by sheriffÂs deputies. His lawyers immediately filed a notice of appeal. Judge Steven T. OÂNeill sentenced the fallen comic to as many as 10 years in state prison. Cosby, 81, could be released after serving a minimum of three years. ÂYou have no right to it,ÂŽ OÂNeill told CosbyÂs attorney Joe Green, when asked that his client remain free on bail pending appeal. ÂThis is a serious crime,ÂŽ said the judge, who earlier had designated Cosby a sexual violent predator which means heÂll have to undergo a lifetime of monthly counseling and report quarterly to authorities. Because of the sexual violent predator designation, CosbyÂs name also will appear on a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, Additionally, after having already paid the victim in the case, Andrea Constand, $3.4 million in a civil settlement, the sexually violent predator designation can also be used against him in several defamation lawsuits that are pending against him. Prosecutors had asked for a fiveto 10-year sentence.26-Year-Old igerian Becomes Highest-Paid Robotics EngineerSilas Adekunle, 26, created MekaMon, the first gaming robot in 2016. During the launch of the new technology, the CEO of Reach Robotics sold 500 robots and earned $7.5 million. Adekunle secured a deal with London Venture Partners for $10 million in 2017. His company also partnered with Apple for exclusive sales of MekaMon, which the global tech-retailer priced at $300, according to The Guardian The money behind these deals makes the 26-year-old the worldÂs highest-paid robotics engineer. The Nigerian-born engineer began his education in Lagos, before moving to the United Kingdom as a teenager. He attended the University of the West of England and majored in robotics. Adekunle became the leader of the universityÂs robotics program. He began his company with a focus on combining robotics technology with gaming. ÂItÂs a whole industry shift, looking for products that can entertain their kids, but also products that can teach them,ÂŽ Adekunle told Forbes. He made the publicationÂs 30 Under 30 Europe 2018 technology list. This past year he has already earned $10 million in additional funding. Families and Friends Strut Their Stuff for the Cure Shown is Lisa Shaw with Raven and Eric Kyles walking for a cause Hall of Famer Returns to Alma Mater to Inspire RainesÂ Students to Aim for the Impossible Shown with his mentors are former RainesÂ athletic director James Day, Brian Dawkins and longtime football coach Freddie Stephens Despite the Odds, Gillum Can be Elected as Governor By Mohamed Hamaludin (SFT) The day after the Aug. 28 primary elections in which Andrew Gillum became the first African American nominee for Florida governor, his Republican opponent, Ron DeSantis, stated, ÂThe last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state.ÂŽ Americans do not talk about Âmonkey upÂŽ something and DeSantis deliberately used the awkward turn of phrase as a dog whistle for racists to rally to his campaign. He didnÂt have to wait long. The Idaho-based Road to Power sent a 78second robocall to Floridians, first reported by the Tallahassee Democrat, in which the audio is accompanied by drumming and monkeys screeching and the speaker saying, ÂWell hello there. I is Andrew Gillum. We Negroes Âƒ done made mud huts while white folk waste a bunch of time making their home out of wood an stone.ÂŽ There is more. *The Washington Post reported that DeSantis spoke four times at a conference hosted by David Horowitz, who, the Huffington Post noted, has vented against Âblack skin privilegeÂŽ and Muslims. *Think Progress reported that DeSantis resigned as an administrator of a Facebook group named ÂTea PartyÂŽ Â„ not the Tea Party Patriots Â… which has denounced Black Lives Matter and NFL players who kneel during the anthem and is virulently Islamophobic. Continued on page 9 atasha Harris, Deterrio Green, Jr. and Mary Turner at the shower Mayor Andrew Gillum
Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press September 27 October 3, 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 Laura Wooten and .J. State Democratic Committee John CurrieNationÂs Oldest Poll Worker HonoredBy Linn Washington PRINCETON, N.J.Â…The oldest poll worker in the USA Â„ who has worked the polls on election days continuously for 79 years Â„ is Laura Wooten, 97, of Princeton, New Jersey. Ms Wooten was honored with a Trailer Blazer Award Friday during the 2018 New Jersey State Democratic Committee Conference in Atlantic City. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy credited Wooten as a Âmoral voice of the stateÂŽ during his remarks at the event where Wooten was honored. New Jersey Congressman Donald Payne Jr. was so impressed with her years of service he announced he would acknowledge her on the floor of the Congress this coming week so that her electoral service will be memorialized in the Congressional Record. By Charlene Crowell With 44 million consumers owing student debt that now reaches $1.5 trillion and still climbing, a lot of people want to better understand how and why this unsustainable debt trajectory can be better managed. For Black consumers who typically have less family wealth than other races and ethnicities, borrowing is more frequent, and as a result, often leads to five figure debts for undergraduate programs and well beyond $100,000 for graduate or professional degrees. Besides deep debt incurred to gain a college education, another sphere of concern presents yet another financial hurdle: student loan defaults. New research by Judith ScottClayton of the Brookings Institution, focuses on explaining these defaults and what happens once they occur. Her research shows that a large racial gap exists in default rates between Black student loan borrowers and their White counterparts. This gap can only be partially explained by controlling for multiple socio-economic and educational attainment factors. After accounting for variations in family wealth and income, differences in degree attainment, college grade point average and even postcollege income and employment, a stubborn and statistically significant 11 percentage point gap remains between Black and White student loan borrowers. Before adjusting for these factors, the gap is 28 percent, with Black borrowers defaulting at a rate of more than double that of WhitesÂ„ 49 percent compared to 21 percent over 12 years. The research also finds a strong disadvantage to attending for-profit colleges, in which Black students disproportionately enroll. More than a decade after leaving school, and accounting for the same background and attainment factors listed above, loan defaults of for-profit college borrowers exceed those of twoÂ…year public sector peers by 11 percent. The author points to the need to understand what influences the ÂstarkÂŽ remaining divide. ÂThe better we can understand what drives these patterns,ÂŽ wrote Scott-Clayton, Âthe better policymakers can target their efforts to improve student loan outcomes.ÂŽ Among these influences are the widening racial wealth gap. As Black student debt is typically heavier and often takes longer to repay, the ability to build wealth becomes a heightened challenge. Years that might have been opportunities to become homeowners or begin other investments can have lengthy deferrals, due to large student loan debts. Similarly, a new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that focused largely on student loan repayment reached a similar conclusion. Authored by Thomas Conkling, the new CFPB research examining borrowers who were unable to fully repay their student loans early, Âsuggests that their required monthly student loan payments constrained their ability to pay down other debts.ÂŽ CFPB also found that the typical student loan repayment lasts a full decade with equal monthly payments. Further, borrowers repaying on schedule are not more likely to become first-time homeowners. Loan Âdefault is a status, not a permanent characteristic.ÂŽ Four ways to get out of default are cited: rehabilitation, consolidation, paying in full, or have a loan discharged. For my money, paying in full is seldom a practical option unless someoneÂs lottery numbers hit a jackpot. But the other three options offered could begin to chart a path in important ways. Rehabilitation of student loan defaults can only be used one time. It also requires, according to Brookings, successfully making nine payments over 10 months. A second option, consolidating defaulted loans, can end default more quickly and is used by more than half of Blacks who have defaulted. In recent years, loan discharge has been frequently pursued, especially by former students of now-defunct for-profit institutions. Others choosing public service careers may be eligible for loan forgiveness depending upon the type of loan, servicer assistance and employment. Any loan default will worsen credit scores and will be a part of a consumerÂs credit record for up to seven years. During this time, the cost of credit for other goods and services will be higher. It will also cost many job applicants to lose out on employment opportunities. For several years, credit score screening has become a part of the job application process for many employers. ÂThe numbers show that our current system is not working, and that higher education is not providing the pathway to financial stability that it once accomplished,ÂŽ Policy Counsel and Special Assistant to the President of the Center for Responsible Lending, Ashley Harrington said. ÂWe need federal and state policymakers to take concrete steps to effectively address this crisis, such as better regulation of for-profit colleges. ÂAs for loan servicers, it is time to hold them accountable for their errors,ÂŽ continued Harrington. ÂStandardizing income-based repayment plans, and when appropriate, refinancing of student loans, should be offered as alternative options before allowing borrowers to default.ÂŽRacial Divides Found in Student Loan DefaultsCould You Benefit from a Annuity ?by Arnetta Tolley Retirement isnÂt cheap. You may have heard that you will need 70 percent to 80 percent of your pre-retirement income, but the real Â“gure might even be higher, depending on your circumstances. And retirement isnÂt short, either Â… you could spend two or three decades as a retiree. Taken together, these factors highlight the need to identify as many sources of retirement income as possible Â… and one of these sources might be an annuity. A Â“xed annuity is an insurance product that allows you to make a lump-sum investment and can provide insured payments to you for a designated number of years, or for life. A Â“xed annuity guarantees a rate of interest for a stated period that will be unaffected by market Â”uctuations. Your principal investment and the specified interest rate are guaranteed based on the claims-paying ability of the issuing company. A fixed annuity offers some key beneÂ“ts, including the following: No contribution limit Â… No IRS contribution limits apply to nonqualiÂ“ed annuities Â… that is, annuities held outside a tax-advantaged retirement plan, such as a deÂ“ned beneÂ“t pension plan, Section 403(b) plan (TSA) or an IRA. This can be especially valuable if you are already close to retirement age and think you might be short on savings. Tax deferred accumulation Â… The interest you earn is tax deferred and will compound annually, meaning your money may accumulate faster than it would if it were placed in a taxable investment. Earnings will be taxed at your ordinary income rate once you start taking withdrawals, and withdrawals prior to age 59-1/2 may be subject to a 10% federal tax penalty. (You will want to consult with your tax advisor before withdrawing from your annuity.) Income for life Â… You can take your annuity payout as a lump sum or choose to receive payments for a set number of years, or for the rest of your life. Your income amount will be determined by the value in your contract and your life expectancy. Death beneÂ“t Â… If your annuity is still in the ÂaccumulationÂŽ phase at the time of your death (meaning you havenÂt yet begun collecting payments), it might provide a death beneÂ“t to the beneÂ“ciary youÂve named. Typically, this lump sum will be the greater of your account balance or the total of all premiums paid, although some annuities provide additional options. Be aware, though, that the death beneÂ“t may be taxable. As is the case with all investments, a fixed annuity does have some caveats. Most important, an annuity is a long-term investment Â… if you pull money out within the Â“rst several years after your purchase, you likely will face some prohibitive surrender charges. These charges decline each year, typically reaching zero after seven years. Such withdrawals also may be subject to a market value adjustment. One more thing to keep in mind: Different annuities come with different fees, and the higher the fee, the lower your ÂrealÂŽ return will be. Consequently, you will want to compare fees before investing. If a Â“xed annuity is appropriate for your situation, you may Â“nd it can join your other income pools Â… Social Security, 401(k), IRA, etc. Â… to provide you with the resources you need to enjoy the retirement lifestyle youÂve envisioned. Shown are UFABAofficers Cynthia Humphrey, Marques Wilkes and Jocelyn TurnerFirst Coast UF Black Alumni Unite to Increase Their umbersThe University of Florida's new Association of Black Alumni (ABA) Jacksonville chapter hosted its inaugural Black Alumni Breakfast at the Sheraton Hotel in Deerwood. Dr. Herman Felton, Jr., President of Wiley College (TX), served as the guest speaker sharing on the topic ÂRocking The Boat: How Disruption Effects Change Without Making Trouble.ÂŽ Over 100 guests attended the fundraiser to benefit local students wanting to attend the university. The associations other goals include increasing the universityÂs Black alumni and actively engaging the Black UF community.
Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 September 27 October 3, 2018 Last weekend, the SimondsJohnson Park Community Reunion Committee (SJPCRC) celebrated their fourth community celebration at the Simonds-Johnson Park in north Jacksonvillle. On Saturday from noon until early evening, nearly 300 people gathered to enjoy a day of reminiscing and connecting with old friends. SJPCRC Chairman Yvonne Brockington established the committee in 2015 with the mission of honoring the late Coach Carlton ÂSoft KidÂŽ Bryant and Mrs. Sally Bryant. Coach Bryant, a former coach started his career at SimondJohnson Park in 1955 and continued until the 80Âs when he retired from the City of Jacksonville Parks Dept. According to Brockington, ÂFor over 30 years Coach and Ms. Sally nurtured, inspired and motivated young adults in the community.ÂŽ ÂMany community leaders, athletes, entertainers, doctors, lawyers, teachers, entrepreneurs, politicians and other honest hard working citizens gathered for recreational activities at Simonds-Johnson Park Community,ÂŽ she added. This yearÂs reunion started with prayers, a rendition of ÂLift Every Voice and Sing.ÂŽ Also on the program was a flag ceremony entrusted to American Legion Post 197 Color Guards. The day included outdoor dancing, performances, sports and food. The weekend culminated with worship service at Faust Temple Church of God In Christ where SJPCRC presented the church scholarship fund with a donation of one thousand dollars to be used for deserving college students. ÂEach year we have more and more people from around the city join our committee. To us those were the days.ÂŽ said Brockington. Hundreds Celebrate Legacy of Simonds Johnson Park Approximately 70,000 to 100,000 Americans have sickle cell disease (SCD), the most common form of an inherited blood disorder. To raise awareness of this disease that disproportionately effects people of color, the Gift of Life Sickle Cell Blood Drive was held at The Cookbook Restaurant in Springfield last Saturday, September 22nd. Guests enjoyed food, live music and testimonials from local patients living with SCD, and a blood drive was held with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers. Dawn Lopez of Action News Jax was one of many celebrity readers who shared a passage from the book "Rainbows," a children's book about sickle cell disease by Selena Webster-Bass in memory of her son, Richard, who died of SCD in 1999 at the age of two. The event was co-hosted by Fredrianna Webster, a young lady who is living with sickle cell disease. Throughout the day attendees were encouraged to become blood donors with LifeSouthÂs Sickle Cell Heroes program. This initiative matches local donors with local SCD patients to assist with supplying blood for transfusions as part of their treatment. SCD is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. The disease causes red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a Âsickle.ÂŽ The sickle cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells. Also, when they travel through small blood vessels, they get stuck and clog the blood flow. This can cause pain and other serious problems such as infections, acute chest syndrome and stroke. There is no single best treatment for all people with SCD. Treatment options are different for each person depending on the symptoms. Former residents gather for a group picture Educators Get Creative with Sickle Cell Blood Awareness Edgar and Jean Turnipseed donate their blood. April Washington and her late husband Apostle R.J. Washington.Apostle R.J. WashingtonÂs Widow Sues Former Church Just over a year after her husband died of cancer, April Washington, widow of R.J. Washington Sr. who founded the Titus Harvest Dome Spectrum Church in Jacksonville, Florida, is suing officials at the church after she was ousted from the organization. "This is what we did and we did it together," the widow told First Coast News of the approximately $35 million Christian empire she built with her late husband that includes a church-owned hotel called Marble Waters. She is now fighting to regain her status in that empire after the church's board of directors allegedly changed the Articles of Corporation for the organization where she was once vice president and her husband was president. She contends that the board illegally added members to oust her from the soul-winning business. "This is wrong," Washington's lawyer, Marwan Porter of the Cochran Firm, said. "What they've done, we believe is wrong." Months after her husband died last May, Washington says she was removed from church leadership while locks were changed and her children were fired from Marble Waters. "This is a story of an opportunist who took advantage of a grieving widow so they could seize and pillage the assets of a church," attorney Bacardi Jackson of the Tucker Law Group told First Coast News. Despite the church's $35 million in assets, Washington said her fight is more about soul winning and protecting her husband's legacy. Continued on page 7 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Only $40.50 a year News designed to inspire, educate and inform!Call 634-1993 to get started today!
Shout out to reporter Jeremy Bembry with, The Undefeated He penned just the article I was thinking of as I watched Tiger Woods wins his first major tournament in five years at SundayÂs Tour Championship in Atlanta. I must say that I was simply amazed Â… there was a sea of hundreds of golf fans following Tiger and almost mobbing him. Everyone wanted to get to the 18th hole to see the final putt that would make Woods a winner again. What struck me as most interesting was the racial make up of the crowd Â… sure golf has long been a predominately white sport, but to see hundreds of mostly white people flocking to Woods was a reminder that sports does often times transcend race, bigotry and hate. Yes, I know some of my loyal readers will say well Fullwood you know that Tiger is different than other Black men. Hell, in fact, he doesnÂt even want to be called an African American. I am not sure if he still feels that way, but at this point it is irrelevant. Even if he doesnÂt want the label, heÂs seen by most people as a Black man. But back to BembryÂs article entitled, ÂIn a Nation Divided, Tiger Woods Serves as a Rare Unifier,ÂŽ he is absolutely correct. Despite the roller coaster ride that heÂs been on over the past five years, there is no bigger star in the game of golf. Some might argue that thereÂs no bigger star in all of sports. Bembry wrote, ÂIn a nation divided by politics and sports (with Colin Kaepernick and LeBron James often targeted), Woods somehow stands as somewhat of a unifier.ÂŽ Tiger has been transformative. He helped introduce a new generation of youth and young adults to golf and has had a direct impact on BlacksÂ interest in the sport. The article in The Undefeated points out how diverse TigerÂs following really is. ÂThe proof: There are few individuals in this country who, over the course of four days, can elicit support from the president of the United States (on Sunday he tweeted: ÂTiger is playing great. Looks like a big win could happen. Very exciting! @TigerWoodsÂŽ) and Big Boi from OutKast, who followed Woods during his opening round Sept. 2,ÂŽ stated Bembry. Last weekend, Tiger basically proved to the golf world and his peers that he will be a force in majors once again, which some thought that they would never see. HereÂs the reality Â… when Woods plays a tournament, the ratings go up and they gold world watches. HeÂs good for the sport. Most fans are hoping that he has a few more good years left in the tank or should we say in the Âback.ÂŽ Golfers should really be thanking Woods because heÂs helped the tournament winnings or purses skyrocket over this career. Some wondered if we would ever see Tiger on the golf course again. He was still a fairly young 41 year old, but golf has become a young manÂs game. The top ranked professional is Dustin Johnson, and heÂs 32 years old. The next four on the list are all 25 years old or younger. There was only one 40 year old in the top 20. So age was not on TigerÂs side. Most golfers never really retire, they move on to the senior tour or play whenever they feel like it. While Woods seems to be back on top of his game, his fan base seems to be back as well. But donÂt be mistaken Â… Black folk still donÂt like the fact that Woods is somewhat of a friend to President Trump, but most donÂt completely hold that against him. I spoke with Jerome Crawford, a local African American golfer, on Monday who said that Tiger has the ability to make people forget about race. He watched the hoard of people flocking to the 18th hole and was just as amazed as anyone. Crawford said that golf was getting exciting again now that Woods is playing well. He also said that he was bothered by TigerÂs past comments about race and his lack of identification with African Americans, but he can separate his personal concerns from his admiration of WoodsÂ golf game and impact on sports. No Woods will probably never use his celebrity to fight for the rights of those in need or even jeopardize his endorsement deals or contracts to take a knee in protest of police brutality, but maybe his success will remind everyone that we are one nation. Maybe Tiger can remind us all that storms donÂt last forever and despite all of his trials and tribulations, he can be great again. His redemption and come back are true life lessons that transcend race and hate. Perhaps Woods can be a great unifier by simply being himself while rediscovering his greatness. ÂThe world of sports knows no religious, racial or political differences. Athletes, from whatever land they come, speak the same language. The lessons of competition are lessons for life,ÂŽ said Robert Kennedy. by Wilmer Leon ÂYou have to stand proudly for the National Anthem. You shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. Maybe they (NFL Players) shouldn't be in the country... We're proud of our country and we're proud of our flagÂƒWouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say 'get that son of a b**** off the field right now he's firedÂƒ'" President Donald Trump Donald Trump, the American President and Commander in Chief loves the National Anthem of the United States and the flag. He believes that team owners should eject players that ÂdisrespectÂŽ the flag by taking a knee and cut them from the team. He urges fans to express their disapproval by leaving the stadium. According to Trump, ÂBut you know whatÂs hurting the game more than that? When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem... if you see itÂƒleave the stadium, I guarantee things will stopÂƒÂŽ Trump loves the symbolism, the pomp and circumstance. He loves the marketing behind the anthem and flag but hates what the symbols actually represent in their nationalistic context. I say nationalistic because there is huge difference between what they mean to most Americans versus the global imperial hegemon they represent in their international context. Steve Bannon, the mastermind behind Donald TrumpÂs nationalist ideology was very clear about what TrumpÂs campaign for president and mission as president would be. The entire Trump agenda is based upon the premise of deconstructing the American administrative state. At the 2017 CPAC conference Bannon was very clear, ÂI think if you look at the lines of work, I kind of break it up into three verticals of three bucketsÂƒ national security and sovereigntyÂƒeconomic nationalismÂƒ(and the) deconstruction of the administrative state.ÂŽ What is Âthe administrative stateÂŽ? According to The Guardian, ÂThe administrative state, a pillar of modern American government, is tasked with making and enforcing economic and environmental regulations, designing and running social welfare programs, fighting crime and corruption, providing for the national defense and so much more.ÂŽ At the base of all of these tasks, what enables or empowers the government; aka the administrative state to function is the Constitution of the United States of America. In order for Trump to succeed, he has to weaken, deconstruct and or undermine The Constitution. That is why he attacks the First Amendment. His attacks on the press and on the NFL players is a direct assault upon the ÂÂƒfreedom of speech, Âƒ the press; Âƒ(and) the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances...ÂŽ In 1823 Thomas Jefferson, principal author of the Declaration of Independence, contributor to the Constitution and third president of the United States wrote to General Lafayatte, "The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure." It is also important to understand the history of the Star Spangled Banner. ItÂs author, Francis Scott Key supported the deportation of free Africans in America back to Africa. He was an aristocrat who supported slavery and opposed its abolition. As he saw Africans in America fighting with the British during the battle of Fort McHenry in Baltimore on Sept. 13, 1814, he wrote the Star Spangled Banner. In it he included the line, ÂTheir blood has washÂd out their foul footstepÂs pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave, From the terror of flight or the gloom of the graveÂƒÂŽ This means, that the blood of all the former ÂhirelingsÂŽ or slaves on the battlefield will wash away the pollution of the British invaders. This is the song that is sung at all sporting events and the president expects all AmericanÂs, especially African AmericanÂs to stand for and salute? Protest is American. The country was formed from the fire, bullets and blood of protest. After the landmark decision in Somerset v. Stewart in England in 1772 holding that "a master could not seize a slave in England and detain him preparatory to sending him out of the realm to be sold" and that habeas corpus was a constitutional right available to slaves to forestall such seizure, deportation and sale because they were not chattel, or mere property, they were servants and thus persons invested with certain (but certainly limited) constitutional protections.ÂŽ The slave holding and merchant classÂ in the American colonies feared that slavery would be outlawed here and thus, the American Revolution was born. Despite the unfounded ranting of President Trump, peaceful protest and the right to assemble are protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. The press is not the Âenemy of the peopleÂŽ. Au contraire, ÂThe only security of all is in a free press.ÂŽ They go a long way towards making America, America. Donald Trump loves the fanfare, the hype, the pomp and circumstance of the flag and the National Anthem but hates and is attacking The Constitution. Dr. Wilmer Leon is the Producer/ Host of the nationally broadcast call-in talk radio program ÂInside the Issues with Wilmer Leon,ÂŽThe Criminalization of Poverty: Cash Bail for on-Violent Misdemeanors Perpetuates Unequal Treatment Under the Law"The rich man and the poor man do not receive equal justice in our courts. And in no area is this more evident than in the matter of bail ... The man who must wait in jail before trial often will lose his job He will lose his freedom to help prepare his own defense. And he will lose his selfrespect. He is treated, in almost every jurisdiction, just like the convicted criminal. Even though he may finally be found innocent and released, he is tagged, nonetheless, as a jailbird." Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, 1964 Kalief Browder, a teenager who spent three harrowing years in a New York City jail on charges that were eventually dropped, took his own life as a result of the trauma he suffered. Sandra Bland, an activist who spoke out against police brutality, died in a jail cell in Texas, arrested after a traffic stop for changing lanes. Jeffrey Pendleton, arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana possession, died after five days in a New Hampshire jail cell. Our nationÂs racially-discriminatory cash bail system has left hundreds of non-violent misdemeanor suspects to die in jail while awaiting trial, simply because they are poor. A 2015 study identified more than 800 deaths in local jails and lockups; more than 75% of those have not been convicted, and 70% of those awaiting trial are detained for non-violent offenses. The unfair cash bail system destroys lives in other ways. Flozell Daniels Jr. CEO and president of Foundation for Louisiana, recently told the story of Nicole, a New Orleans mom who was arrested after forgetting to pay a ticket for failure to wear a seatbelt. She spent a month in Orleans Parish jail, separated from her children, losing her job and costing the taxpayers thousands of dollars. There are hundreds of parents, accused of non-violent misdemeanors like Nicole, in Louisiana alone; thousands across the nation. A report Daniels co-authored, From Bondage to Bail Bonds: Putting a Price on Freedom in New Orleans, found that the money bail system takes $6.4 million from New Orleans families each year Â… 85 percent of it paid by Black people, many of whom are accused of non-violent misdemeanors. Daniels and his co-authors wrote: ÂMoney bail ensnares people in a system in which oneÂs freedom hangs on the ability to pay and removes people who are important to their families and communities. The money paid to secure a personÂs freedom is not available for other essentials, thus over-burdening family and community support structures. Those who canÂt pay, or stay in jail even a few days before they can gather the money, are put at increased risk of losing their employment and housing and of being re-arrested than if they had not been detained. They are subject to the degradation, violence, and trauma Âƒ Indeed, even when people purchase their freedom through a commercial bail bond they live in fear because the bondsman has the power to seize and surrender them at will.ÂŽ Socially-conscious innovators are finding technology-based solutions to help people navigate the cash bail system. Jay-Z, who celebrated FatherÂs Day last year by posting bail for dads, has invested in Promise, an app provides clients with financial assistance with bail costs along with other services to get people out of jail. Another app, Help Bond Me, allows detainees to crowd-fund their bail. These efforts should be applauded, but we look forward to the day when they are no longer needed. Jailing non-violent misdemeanor suspects who canÂt afford bail doesnÂt make our communities safer; it just exacerbates inequality and burdens taxpayers. We need to live up to the American ideal of equality under the law for rich and poor alike, as enshrined in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. DebtorsÂ prisons were abolished in 1833, but 185 years later the criminalization of poverty persists. Page 4 Ms.PerryÂs Free Press SUBSCRIBE TODAY SUBSCRIBE TODAY Yes, IÂd like to subscribe to the Jacksonville Free Press!Enclosed is my check __ money order __for $40.50 to cover my one year subscription.AME _________________________________________ ADDRESS_______________________________________ CITY____________________STATE____ZIP________ DISCLAIMERThe United State provides opportunities for free expression of ideas. The Jacksonville Free Press has its view, but others may differ. 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Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 B C S P F O O T B A L L T O P T E N 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) G A M E S T H I S W E E K THE ORF 1, 2018CTO 25 EPT SF O EEK W CCIAAANTERCOLLEG IENTRAL C K C O LA TE A AT I NTERCOLLEG A 2 0 1 8 B LM C AAED IMEAC ASIAC E G E F O O T B L C K C O LNTERCOLLEG IOUTHERNS CTERN S A eekly Honors) (Standings and W L L A TE A AT I NTERCOLLEGAC SWW OUTHS eekly Honors)INDEPENDENTSTERN S E W INDEPENDENTS CIAAC I THLETA YERSOFTHEWEEK PLA AY CIAA A 0 0 s AugustineÂ Saint 0 0 Smith C. Johnson 0 0 State Winston-Salem 0 0 Shaw 0 0 State Fayetteville 0 0 LivingstoneSOUTH DIVISION0 0 Lincoln 0 0 Chowan 0 0 State City Elizabeth 0 0 State irginia V 0 0 Union irginia V 0 0 State Bowie L WNORTH DIVISIONDIV ON I T A AT I OC SSACCC I THLETA YERS OF THE WEEK3 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 4 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 1 3 0 1L W L W ALL CONF YERSOFTHEWEEK MEACPLA AY 0 State Savannah 0 SC State 0 State Delaware 0 State Morgan 0 Bethune-Cookman 0 N. Carolina Central 0 State Norfolk 0 State A&T NC 1 Howard 1 A&M Florida W CONFMEAC SIACONCC I THLETA2 0 Lane 2 0 Miles 1 0 Kentucky State 1 2 Central State 0 2 uskegee TWEST DIVISION2 0 Clark Atlanta 0 0 Benedict 1 1 Albany State 0 1 alley State F ort V Va 0 2 MorehouseL WEAST DIVISIONCONFERENCE F ONC3 0 1 3 0 0 3 0 0 3 1 0 3 1 1 2 1 0 1 2 0 1 3 0 2 1 0 2 2 0L W L ALL CONF ff ERENCE F ONAC SW3 0 4 0 4 0 2 2 2 2 3 0 1 1 3 1 2 1 0 4L W ALLCC I THLETA1 0 f A r ka n sas Pi n e Bluf 0 0 Southern exas T Te 0 1 State Grambling 0 1 A&M iew Prairie V 0 1 SouthernWEST DIVISION1 0 alley State Miss V Va 1 0 Alabama State 1 0 A&M Alabama 0 0 Jackson State 0 1 Alcorn State L WEAST DIVISIONDIV TE A AT TENN.ST TA ., QB, Sr Demry Croft OFFENSE YERSOFTHEWEEK PLA AY 0 exas College T Te 1 ynchburg of L a.Univ V Va 1 Hampton 1 a.State .V Va W 2 aters Edward W 2 Lincoln (Mo.) 2 Allen 2 Langston 2 ennesseeState T Te WINDEPENDENTSERENCE F ONC3 1 3 1 2 1 3 2 2 2 3 0 3 1 3 1 1 1 1 3L W ALL Completed TE 2 2 2 3 2 2 1 1 0 LINDEPENDENTS VEMENT MO SEPTEMBERRANKED BCSP A&T UPSET NC the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. No. 5 Grambling State at iew into showdown with V No. leads leader passing and total of ON: JALEN MORTVEMENT SEPTEMBER TEAMS IN SHOWDOWNS IN SW RANKED BCSP IN Y Y OUSL LY DROPS PRECIPIT T T, iew Sports Photo Prairie V ff the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. No. 5 Grambling State at iew into showdown with Prairie 2 fense l of AC SW WA ON: AC N SW WA IN POLLS; iew Sports Photointo WSSU and beat the Rams, 27-19. VUU illiam Parker W COACH DrTDs (20, 50, 17) in win over Lincoln. 29, 208 yards and 3 LIVINGST ., QB, Fr ROOKIE Miles Hayes, TD, 3 KO returns for 56 yards, with long of 36 yards. return illiam Flowers, B MS W TEA L IA EC SP DB NA TDs (79, 47) in win over McKendree. 190 yards and 2 AN Gooden, CHOW WA Paul WR tackles for losses vs. McKendree. 13 tackles, 5 solos, 2.5 AN CHOW WA erry LB Dre T s. AugustineÂ fumble in win over St. 3 sacks, 4 tackles, one forced BSU Joshua Pryor DL TDs (1, 14, 6) in win over WSSU. 3 25 carries, 9138 yards, VUU RB, aylor abyus T OB T (15, 47, 31) in win over McKendree. 23 of 33, 439 yards, 3 AN CHOW WA itt Bryce W QB YERS OF THE WEEK PLA AY CIAA A into WSSU and beat the Rams, 27-19. His Panthers went VUU TDs (20, 50, 17) in win over Lincoln. 15 of ONE LIVINGSTTD, 3 KO returns for 56 yards, with long of 36 yards. 50-yard punt SU illiam Flowers, B TDs (79, 47) in win over McKendree. receptions, 6 Had 13 tackles, 5 solos, 2.5 3 sacks, 4 tackles, one forced 25 carries, 9138 yards, (15, 47, 31) in win over McKendree. TDs 23 of 33, 439 yards, 3 YERS OF THE WEEK ARD James Holman, HOW WA OFFENSIVE LINEMAN TDs, 3 catches, for 50 yards, return 94and 99-yard KO B-CU KR, immy Robertson JSPECIALIST 6 solos, 1 forced fumble, 1 int, 24 -yard return vs. SCSU. LK ST NOFO ., CB, R-Jr Quinerly y, NhyreÂ TD in win over B-CU. turned an interception 38 yards for a Four solo tackles and re ARD HOW WA DB, Jalen Smith, DEFENSE TDs two scored and carries 1 1 on yards ARD HOW WA ., RB, R-Fr Josiah Crute, ROOKIE TDs (13, 36) in win over B-CU. passes for 301 yards and 2 C D R A OW WA H o., QB S on ewt in N ayl C OFFENSE YERS OF THE WEEK MEAC PLA AY for 42.7 yard average with long of 50 yards vs. CSU. KENTUCKY ., P Sr arren u rner W T Tu TEAMS SPECIAL forced fumble, 1 recovery and one hurry vs. Miles. 3 solos, 1 sack for -17 yards, 2 tackles for loss, one MOREHOUSE So., DE, illiam Callaway W NEWCOMER Albany State. 2.5 sacks in loss to with 18 tackles, 13 solos, 5.5 tackles for losses including T LANE LB, Demichael McQueen DEFENSE 134 yards and 5 recptions for 80 yards in win over KSU. A ST TA CENTRAL RB, e rrar i s S a ff o ld T Te OFFENSE YERS OF THE WEEK SIAC PLA AY TD vs. Howard. 94and 99-yard KO 6 solos, 1 forced fumble, 1 int, 24 -yard return vs. SCSU. 7 tackles, TE A AT ST TA TD in win over B-CU. Four solo tackles and re B-CU. vs. 31) (3, TDs Rushed for 83 ARD TDs (13, 36) in win over B-CU. 20 of 32 ompleted C for 42.7 yard average with long of 50 yards vs. CSU. & punts TE A AT ST TA forced fumble, 1 recovery and one hurry vs. Miles. 3 solos, 1 sack for -17 yards, 2 tackles for loss, one 4 tackles, MOREHOUSE with 18 tackles, 13 solos, 5.5 tackles for losses including Dragons opped T To 134 yards and 5 recptions for 80 yards in win over KSU. 27 carries for TE A AT for longest in school history TD vs. Houston, tied 173 yards, 95-yard receptions, TEXAS SOUTHERN Grad, WR, obby Hartzog, B NEWCOMER Had 4 punt returns for 93 yards. Alabama TD vs. for a 79 yards punt turned GRAMBLINGST ., KR, Sr alik Route M SPECIALIST and a hurry Interception return 66 yards for a GRAMBLING ST ., LB, Sr DÂArius Chrismas DEFENSE win over TDs (89 37, 1, 21) in with 4 carries TD, 1 int.), 255 rush yards, 8 ing yards (22 of 38, 1 VIEW PRAIRIE ., QB, Jr alen Morton J OFFENSE YERS OF THE WEEK AC P L A AY SW WA s to account for 16 points in T Ts A fourP PA goals of 37, 36, and 37 yards and was good on TE A AT Antonio Zita, TENN ST TA TEAMS SPECIAL loss to Shepherd. Had 16 tackles TE A AT oe Stoneman, WV ST TA J DEFENSE in win over E. Illinois. 217 yards and 2 for passes 20 14 of TD vs. Houston, tied 9 TEXAS SOUTHERN State. Alabama Re TE A AT NGST TA TD, 3 tackles Interception return 66 yards for a TE A AT B L ING ST TA UAPB. win over TD, 1 int.), 255 rush yards, 8 281 pass VIEW s to account for 16 points in win over EIU. goals of 37, 36, and 37 yards and was good on in Had 16 tackles (30, 49) TDs 217 yards and 2 Duke 55, NC Central 13 Chowan 55, McKendree 45 Central State 24, Kentucky State 6 Campbell 42, Shaw 0 AugustineÂ Bowie State 32, Saint Allen 29, Middle Georgia State 6 alley Alcorn State 56 Miss V Va Albany State 14, Lane 7 SEPTEMB Y Y, TURDA AY SA AT SCORES Central State 24, Kentucky State 6 s 22 AugustineÂ Allen 29, Middle Georgia State 6 alley State 20 SEPTEMBER 22 S41E T T 29, Alabama A&M Southern irginia State 7 est V Shepherd 27, WArk.-Pine Bluf A&M 62, iew Prairie VNorthern Iowa 44, Hampton 0 Norfolk State 17, SC State 7 A&T Morgan State 16, NC Morehouse 23, Miles 21 uskegee 7 T 16, Missouri S&T ff team. ber football schedule, there's a new BCSP As we enter the last week of the Septem Editor BCSPLUT WILLIAMSNew Noennessee State 41, E. Illinois 40 27 29, Alabama A&M irginia State 7 f 13 ne Bl uf Northern Iowa 44, Hampton 0 Norfolk State 17, SC State 7 13 A&T uskegee 7 No. 1 ber football schedule, there's a new BCSP As we enter the last week of the SeptemLUT WILLIAMS. 1 as lea New No gue play r 1 as lea gue play r BC PRAIRIE 2. State, 56-20. ALCORN ST 1. amps up gue play r SPFOOTBALLTOP Arkansas-Pine Drubbed (2-3) VIEW A&M PRAIRIE s homecoming. SouthernÂ At No. 7 : NEXT State, 56-20. eat down Miss. V B (3-1) TE A AT CORN ST TA amps up TEN Arkansas-Pine s homecoming. alley s s. V Va A Livingstone 30 Lincoln (P PA Lincoln (MO) 28, Southwest Baptist 13 Langston 35, SAGU 20 Atlanta 13 Kennesaw State 70, Clark e xas S out h er T Te Houston 70, Howard 41, Bethune-Cookman 35 Alabama State 0 Grambling State 34, A&M 31, Savannah State 13 Florida aters 24, Cumberland 17 Edward W Duke 55, NC Central 13 A) 0 Lincoln (MO) 28, Southwest Baptist 13 Atlanta 13 exas Southern 14 Howard 41, Bethune-Cookman 35 Alabama State 0 A&M 31, Savannah State 13 aters 24, Cumberland 17 alley Benedict 28 Fort V Va SEPTEMBER 23 Fayetteville St. vs. Elizabeth City St CANCELLED -Salem State 19 a. Union 27, W V Va irginia State 43, J. C. Smith 14 V ynchburg 16, Brevard 14 a L V Va ennessee State 41, E. T Te 13th in the FCS Coaches national polls. loss dropped them to 12th in the FCS ST streak and an 8-game MEAC win streak. Aggies, an 1 streak for the The loss snapped a 15-game overall winning Morgan State in both FCS national polls, was stunned Saturday who was up to fourth nationally olina A&T Car Previously undefeated BCSPalley State 20 Fayetteville St. vs. Elizabeth City St -Salem State 19 irginia State 43, J. C. Smith 14 ynchburg 16, Brevard 14 ennessee State 41, E. Illinois 40 13th in the FCS Coaches national polls. TS and A AT m to 12th in the FCS ST TA The streak and an 8-game MEAC win streak. 1-game home winning Aggies, an 1 The loss snapped a 15-game overall winning in both FCS national polls, was stunned Saturday who was up to fourth nationally North N o. 1 ndefeated BCSP P homecoming Saturday in Baton Rouge, La into teams their lead will ley son (l.) and Southern sophomore John Lamp State Alcorn : QBs PROLIFIC Alcorn State Sports Photo OUTHERN S 7. Illinois, 41-40. TENNESSEE ST 6. State, 34-0. GRAMBLING ST 5. South Carolina State. by Morgan State, 16-13 NORTH 4. NEXT 35. HOW 3. f, 6 Bluf ff PRAIRIE 2. Southern Sports Photohomecoming Saturday in Baton Rouge, La Southern's at battle son (l.) and Southern sophomore John Lamp John Noah junior State Alabama Squeaked by (2-2) OUTHERN a n d er bil t. A t V Va : NEXT Illinois, 41-40. (2-0) Prevailed vs. Eastern TE A AT NNESSEE ST TA n Dallas to face No. 2 Prairie V I : NEXT State, 34-0. out hut (1-2) S TE A AT RAMBLINGST TA South Carolina State. Thursday at home vs. : NEXT by Morgan State, 16-13 Stunned (3-1) A&T CAROLINA NORTH Idle. : NEXT (1-2) Outscored Bethune-Cookman, 41ARD W WA No. 5 Grambling State in Dallas. : NEXT f, 62-13. Arkansas-Pine Drubbed (2-3) VIEW A&M PRAIRIE A&M, Alabama (2-0) Prevailed vs. Eastern iew n Dallas to face No. 2 Prairie V Alabama Thursday at home vs. home at (1-2) Outscored Bethune-Cookman, 41No. 5 Grambling State in Dallas. Arkansas-Pine AND T'S GOING ON IN WHA AT UNDER THE B B ON A A YT DA AY ADDED T NEBRASKA AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPOR AND ANNER UNDER THE Bagreed to meet on the grid of Nebraska have versity and the University Betnune-Cookman BEACH, Fla. Â… O B-CU SCHEDULE: ADDED T from the MEAC. Hampton the league is using based on the departure of the adjusted seven-game conference schedule the conference ledger for either team based on The decision, however vs. S. Carolina State in Greensboro, NC A&T NC THURSDA G A M E S T H I S W E E KTS AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORANNERagreed to meet on the grid of Nebraska have Uni and the Betnune-Cookman O B-CU SCHEDULE: from the MEAC. the league is using based on the departure of the adjusted seven-game conference schedule the conference ledger for either team based on does not count on The decision, however 13th in the FCS Coaches national polls.7pESPNU-Live vs. S. Carolina State in Greensboro, NC SEPTEMBER 27 Y Y, RSDA AY G A M E S T H I S W E E K rankings,arerightbac BCSP P Aggies ((3-1, 0-0), down to fourth in the The olina State South Car before hosting The Bears (1-3, 0-0 MEAC) are of uesday's MEAC te T Tu on Jones team, the No. 1 team in the FCS Saturday we beat an MEAC team, and a very good MEAC "Regardless of how everybody else sees it, The aforementioned Morton has the best score. He is fourth in total of32-22. BOWIE ST 10. 41-35. Indy BETHUNE-COOKMAN 9. : NEXT N. C. C 8. coming. 29-27. Thursday rankings, are right back in action Aggies ((3-1, 0-0), down to fourth in the for home olina State f this week AC) are of ff uesday's MEAC teleconference. Ernest T ," said team, the No. 1 team in the FCS Saturday we beat an MEAC team, and a very good MEAC "Regardless of how everybody else sees it, The aforementioned Morton has the best fe n se stats He is fourth in total of ff Hosting Winston-Salem State. : NEXT AugustineÂ (3-1) Defeated St. TE A AT OWIEST TA At Savannah State. : NEXT 41-35. Howard to Lost (1-3) BETHUNE-COOKMAN A&M. Hosting Florida Handled by Duke, 55-13. (1-2) ENTRAL N. C. C coming. Alcorn State for home Hosting No. 1 : NEXT Squeaked by (2-2) The aforementioned Morton has the best fense stats.s AugustineÂ in Howard Handled by Duke, 55-13. Alcorn State for home Bowl Sub second Football ball, and gives BCU its in opponent en T Te Big against hune-Cookman The game will be ildcats of BCU. W for the schedule the to game 12th a 27, adding on October iron agreed to meet on the grid ennesse T Te anderbilt vs. V Kentucky State vs. Morehouse in Frankfort, KY Arizona Christian in exas College vs. T Te ayland Baptist in Langston, OK Langston vs. W aters in W Keiser vs. Edward W irginia Union vs Livingstone in Richmond, V V A) vs. J o h nso Li nco l n (P PA Elizabeth City State vs. Saint Central State vs Benedict in Wilberforce, OH est V Glenville State vs. W TU SA AT Bowl Sub ball, and gives BCU its foot in a against The game will be ildcats of BCU. schedule 27, adding agreed to meet on the grid 3p TN ennessee State in Nashville, 2p Kentucky State vs. Morehouse in Frankfort, KY 2p TX yler T Ty Arizona Christian in 2p ayland Baptist in Langston, OK 1:30p est Palm Beach, FL aters in W 1p A stone in Richmond, V VA 1p A P PA A) vs. Johnson C. Smith in Lincoln University 1p NC s in Eliz. City AugustineÂ Elizabeth City State vs. Saint 1p Central State vs Benedict in Wilberforce, OH 12n irginia State in Glenville, WV est V SEPTEMBER 29 Y Y, URDA AY ington head coach A&T tough," said us play always teams Pough's "Buddy game for both teams. that also did not count in the con Norfolk State coming of (0-3, 0-0) is SCSU Carolina State Bulldogs. Buddy Pough's ous team in head coach (7 p.m.) as they face another winless but danger rankings, are right bac BCSP P frontrunner for Cotton Bowl (4 p.m.) will determine the early Their annual (1-2, 1-0 State ing SW est Di W We No. BCSP TDs) in the SW ypg., 5 numbers (316.4 ypg.) and is third in rushing (84.8 passing (231.6 ypg., 10 The aforementioned Morton has the best a s h Sam W Wa head coach and tough play always that also did not count in the con f a 17-7 loss to ing of ff South Buddy Pough's (7 p.m.) as they face another winless but danger Thursday rankings, are right back in action estDivisionhonors W We frontrunner for Cotton Bowl (4 p.m.) will determine the early battle Classic State Fair Their annual W), Saturday in Dallas. (1-2, 1-0 Grambling No. 5 AC champion, BCSP P ing SWAC champion, BCSP est Division showdown with two-time defend W) into a critical 1-0 2 Panthers (2-3, No. AC. He will lea TDs) in the SW WA numbers (316.4 ypg.) and is third in rushing (84.8 TDs) and total of passing (231.6 ypg., 10 The aforementioned Morton has the best Cotton Bowl (4 p.m.) will determine the early at the battle Grambling est Division showdown with two-time defend W) into a critical AC. He will lead the now numbers (316.4 ypg.) and is third in rushing (84.8 fe n se al of ff The aforementioned Morton has the best "Nebraska contacted ties. remain eligible for their respecti goals university's either Nebraska. commodate waiver to allow the Subdivision (FCS) For Bethune-Cookman, Thompson (l.) and Sims (r us in great need of an oppo "Nebraska contacted ve postseason opportuni remain eligible for their respecti both and postseason play for goals This game will also not impede on Nebraska. ildcats to play a 12th game to ac W waiver to allow the has gra school, the NCAA A Subdivision (FCS) Championship Football a For Bethune-Cookman, the 2018 slate. division (FBS) opponent of .) Thompson (l.) and Sims (r CLASSICS Albany State vs. Miles in irginia State vs. Shaw in Ettrick, V V Savannah State vs. Bethune-Cookman in Savannah, GA irginia-L alley State vs. V F o r t V Va Chowan vs. Fayetteville State in Murfreesboro, NC Indianapolis vs. Lincoln (MO) in Indianapolis, IN Allen in Atlanta vs. Clark Norfolk State vs. Delaware State in Norfolk, V North Carolina Central vs. Florida Bowie State vs. Winston-Salem State in Bowie, MDus in great need of an oppo ve postseason opportuni will both This game will also not impede on ildcats to play a 12th game to ac has granted a Championship division (FBS) opponent of 7p GA Albany Albany State vs. Miles in 6p A in Ettrick, V VA 6p Savannah State vs. Bethune-Cookman in Savannah, GA 6p GA a lley ynchburg in Fort V Va irginia-L 6p Chowan vs. Fayetteville State in Murfreesboro, NC 5p Indianapolis vs. Lincoln (MO) in Indianapolis, IN 5p Atlanta, GA Allen in 4p A are State in Norfolk, V VA 4p A&M in Durham, NC North Carolina Central vs. Florida 4p Bowie State vs. Winston-Salem State in Bowie, MD John Lampley and Southern's Johnson quarterbacks in the conference in coming (6 p.m.). for the Jaguars' home Southern No. 7 face BCSP E) will travel to Baton Rouge, La. Saturday to (0-3, 0-1). State a lley sissippi V Va A C East D iv nating 56-20 SW WA who improved to 3-1 overall with a domi State N aki n g over t h e B CSP P T ington member V ing crosstown in Nashville, the tough task of trying to stay unbeaten play No. 6 (0-3, 0-1). State get back on track playing (6 p.m.) at napolis, has a bye week. B-CU (1-2, 0-1) looks to at Saturday's man big 41-35 MEAC win vs. No. 9 BCSP frontrunner for John Lampley Noah Alcorn's quarterbacks in the conference in for the Jaguars' home E) will travel to Baton Rouge, La. Saturday to The Braves (1-0 (0-3, 0-1). Mis AC East Division win over who improved to 3-1 overall with a domi Alcorn No. 1 spot is (2-2). dbilt V V Tn. (3 p.m.) vs. SEC ing crosstown in Nashville, the tough task of trying to stay unbeaten play (2-0, 1-0 OVC) has ennessee State T Te No. 6 (0-3, 0-1). Savannah get back on track playing (6 p.m.) at napolis, has a bye week. 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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.Greater Refuge Temple Jubilee CelebrationGreater Refuge Temple pastors Apostle Dr. Gentle L. Groover Sr. and Bishop Kenneth Groover 55th pastoral and Church and 85 years ÂJubilee Celebration,ÂŽ scheduled for September 28th 30th. Speakers include Apostle Dr. James Clark, Pastor Tye Tribbett, Dr. Joseph Dawes, Cedric Johnson, Bishop Kervy Brown, Meachun Clarke and True Purpose, Beverly Crawford, Carmelyn Kinsey and Chanell Taylor. Everyone is invited to participate in this free to the community joyous spiritual occasion commemoration. Greater Refuge Temple is located at 1317 Rowe Avenue. For more info call the church office at (904) 768-4009.Min. Davis Presents ÂPop LifeÂŽMinister Octavius Davis presents ÂThe POP LifeÂŽ a motivational speaking series developed to inspire individuals to diligently pursue their passion 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.Prophetess Christina Glenn Weeks ÂIÂm on my assignment TourÂŽ Prophetess Christina Glenn Weeks ÂIÂm on my Assignment Tour,ÂŽ workshop and lecture is scheduled for Saturday, September 29th at 1 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton, 2101 Dixie Clipper Dr. Attend this powerful session of teaching that will empower, motivate and inspire you to excel in your God given Assignment. This event is free and open to all women in the community. To register and for more info visit www.imonmyassignmenttour.com.Open Door Ministries Appreciation BanquetOpen Door Ministries Appreciation Banquet to celebrate the 3rd Pastoral Anniversary of Pastor Timothy and Lady Nona Jones is scheduled for Friday, October 26th, 7 9:30 p.m. Location is the Best Western Gateway Grand, 4200 N.W. 97th Blvd., Gainesville, Florida. This yearÂs theme is ÂGrowing Stronger, Growing Deeper, Reaching HigherÂŽ. To reserve a table and for more info call (352) 339-1733.St. John Missionary Baptist Church Community Fall FestivalSt. John Missionary Baptist Church of Orange Park Fl. Inc. will host its annual Community Fall Festival event on Saturday, October 20th from 12 p.m. until 4 pm. This event is open to the public and will be held at the Church located at 135 Brickyard Road in Middleburg, Fl. Activities include the video game truck, bounce house, face painting and other games. Reverend C. Edward Preston is the Pastor. For more info call the church office at (904) 272-5100.Westside Baptist Church of Welcomes Bill Gaither and the Vocal BandWestside Baptist Church, 7775 Herlong Rd of Jacksonville welcomes Multiple Grammy Winner Bill Gaither & Gaither Vocal Band Sunday, October 21st, at 6 p.m. Enjoy a spectacular evening of music, laughter and encouragement to celebrate timeless themes of faith, unity and eternal hope through a variety of music the whole family will enjoy. Reverend Keith Russell is the Senior Pastor. For tickets and more info visit www.premierproductions.com. Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press September 27 October 3, 2018 Greater Macedonia Baptist Church1880 West Edgewood Avenue The doors of Macedonia are always open to you and your family. If we may be of any assistance to you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via email at GreaterMac@aol.com. Seeking the lost for ChristMatthew 28:19 20 Dr. Landon Williams 8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Morning WorshipTuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m. Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m. Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM Sunday 2 PM 3 PM **FREE TUTORIG FOR YOUTH I EGLISH, SCIECE, HISTORY AD MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464 Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. Senior Pastor Sunday Morning Worship 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Church school 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 6:45 p.m.Midweek Services Wednesday oon Service ÂMiracle at MiddayÂŽ 12 noon 1:00 p.m. Weekly Services Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 7:40 and 10:40 a.m. Worship with us LIVE on the web visitwww.truth2powerministries.org Grace and Peacevisit www.Bethelite.org Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.. Pastor Emeritus by James Washington I saw something the other day that literally made me stop and think. ÂJesus, Revolutionary!ÂŽ It certainly wasnÂt the first time that I thought about this, as I believe IÂve written about it before. What made this instance different was in my understanding or lack thereof about just how radical Jesus actually was. The reason for pause had more to do with how we define revolutionary and what that term means as it relates to Christ today. This time the phrase made me think of revolutionary in terms of my own faith walk. One of the core truths and teaching principles about the life and death and life of Jesus Christ is that he was all about substance. He couldnÂt care less about style. I have come to know through Jesus that the outward act of prayer has little, if anything, to do with the internal purpose of prayer. The literal and technical interpretation of GodÂs laws has little value if not filtered through the intent of GodÂs will. Jesus was executed because He challenged the rigid practice of the intellectual and literal enforcement of rules and regulations. He simply asked of those in charge, ÂWhere is the love and compassion in what you do?ÂŽ To Christ, church hierarchy had little to do with church purpose and He challenged the leadership to forgo the rigidity of rules and focus on doing GodÂs will. As a follower of Christ then, is it not our duty to be just as vigilant against church law and order in todayÂs church? ShouldnÂt we become concerned and active in the purpose of the church Jesus left behind? ShouldnÂt we be less concerned about doctrine and more concerned about duty? This is why I reacted so intensely to ÂJesus, Revolutionary!ÂŽ Duty rooted in faith and belief in the Almighty demands a certain kind of action. Following the literal interpretation of doctrine demands little more than an external demonstration of an understanding of the rules. So are we revolutionary if we investigate the size of the choirÂs budget as opposed to the effectiveness of the Outreach Ministry? Does JesusÂ message demand that we reorder our thinking to go beyond church walls and deal with those we might think weÂre better than because we are in church every Sunday at the same time, in the same place, in the same seat? A Sunday seat doesnÂt guarantee a Monday heart. Does this sound revolutionary to you? When you break it down, the revolutionary part becomes apparent when you look at who Jesus helped. The miracles were more about the lame and the lost, the poor and the blind, even the wretched and the vile. Jesus himself didnÂt fit the mold of whom the church wanted to call King. He wasnÂt kingly enough by the strict interpretation of the rules and regulations. Christ actually hung out with the wrong crowd, practiced radical religion and preached threatening sermons. When He talked about forgiveness, that meant being the forgiver rather than the forgiven. Paul spoke to power without fear. ChristÂs revolutionary example gave Him the courage to do so. The love Jesus spoke about is the love you give, not the love you expect to receive. The same held true for mercy and charity. I guess this really was enough to get Him killed. The ironic part of my point is that if you only preach these principles, nothing will happen to you. But if you actually practice these truths, you too might fall prey to gossip, jealousy, envy and maybe even death. I guess you know youÂre a revolutionary when people see you challenging the status quo in order to do GodÂs will. Is anybody paying attention to you these days? Remember, itÂs all about doing things in the name of the Lord, for His purpose and not any other. May God bless and give you the strength to be His revolutionary today in the church of your choosing. James A. Washington is the publisher at Dallas Weekly. He can be reached at dallasweekly.com. 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 How to be Revolutionary, Like Jesus Marcus "Marc" Augustus Blount SuccumbsMarcus "Marc" Augustus Blount, 50 of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away September 9, 2018. He was the son of the late, Mr. James F. Blount, Jr. He was a US Navy veteran worked as a journalist. Mr. Blount was co owner of Executive Cab & Limo in Jacksonville, Florida. Funeral services were held Saturday, September 15, at Joy Baptist Church with Rev. Adam Reynolds officiating. Mr. Blount lied in state one hour prior. The visitation was held Friday September 14, at Lord & Stephens, Danielsville, GA from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The interment was held in Hampton Whitworth cemetery. Survivors include daughters, Bayleigh Rose & Brenna Kathryn Blount; mother, Lillian M. Blount; sister, Beth (Mike) Scott; nieces, Jennifer (Chris) Berger and Michelle Scott; grandmother, Jane Blount; many aunts, uncles and cousins and many, many friends in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Lord & Stephens, Danielsville, GA was in charge of arrangements. For more visit www.lordandstephens.com. Shown l-r is committee organizers Elnora Paulk, Hallie Williams-Bey and Ethel Peterson, seated is speaker Sollie MitchellPatriotic Breakfast Recognizes Local Vietnam VeteransMichelle Obama once said, ÂOur love, our gratitude, our admiration for our men and women in uniform, our veterans and their families all of that is bigger than any one party or any one election.ÂŽ In the same spirit of support for vets, the Usher Ministry, number 3 of Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church proudly hosted their 16th annual Patriotic Breakfast last weekend. The event had over 150 guests in attendance in support of local vets, and many attendees representing veteran support agencies. The festive event, which was free for all active military and veterans, opened with everyone standing and reciting the Pledge the Allegiance followed by a rousing rendition of the national anthem. Many guests were patriotically adorned in red, white and blue as they witnessed the presentation of the Color Guards presented by Ribault Senior High School Marine Corp Junior ROTC. The program speaker was centenarian veteran Sollie Mitchell who informed the audience of his stint in WWII, participation in the 1963 March on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his tenure on the railroads as a Pullman Porter until he retired in 1981. The breakfast was also held in memory of former usher president Margaret Britton, who was the inaugural organizer of the breakfast. Each of the 25 veterans in attendance who served in the Vietnam War received a pin and certificate of recognition for their service.
The OneJax Institute at the University of North Florida is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Humanitarian Awards, which will be presented at a celebration dinner April 11, 2019. Since 1970, these prestigious awards have been the Jacksonville community's way of honoring those who have given generously of themselves and have exhibited the highest personal and professional integrity. Nominations are reviewed by a committee of OneJax board members as well as former honorees and are based upon the following criteria: a history of community service through long-term involvement in civic, religious, nonprofit or professional/business organizations, dedication to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups in the Jacksonville area, impeccable personal and professional integrity, sustained commitment to humanitarian ideals, history of placing humanitarian concerns above self-interest and realistic humility about their importance in the world. There are two award categories open for nominations. The Silver Medallion honors those who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our community. The Dr. Gaston Acosta-Rua Young Professionals Award recognizes a young professional who is strengthening the community through their time, talent and treasure. Nominations must be submitted on the official nomination form available via the website. The form, along with a written statement detailing how the nominee meets the criteria, must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. Any individual or group may submit a nomination of an individual they think worthy of being named a OneJax Humanitarian. The 2018 Awards Dinner will mark the 48th year that people making a difference in the community have been honored. Previous honorees include Preston Haskell, Madeline Scales Rodney L. Hurst Sr., Dr. Parvez Ahmed, Darnell Smith and many others. Since 2012, OneJax has been an Institute of the University of North Florida. Through education, community building and advocacy, OneJax Institute works to make Northeast Florida a better place for everyone by celebrating differences and identifying all we have in common. For more information, visit the OneJax website or call (904) 620-1JAX. September 27 October 3, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 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. Ask Rusty: Social Security Questions SSA Misinformation Leads to Lost BenefitsDear Rusty: I am 64, a widow and IÂm hopping mad! I lost my husband a while ago and went to Social Security to apply for widowÂs benefits. That all went okay and IÂm getting my benefit, but I just found out that I could have avoided a cut to my widowÂs benefit and maybe applied only for my own retirement benefit and let the widowÂs benefit grow until I reached 66 when it wouldnÂt be cut. To make matters worse, they never explained that IÂd be applying for both my own Social Security and my widowÂs benefit, so my Social Security payment now is made up of both and theyÂre both reduced because I took them early. If I had waited until I was 70 to take my own benefit, it would have been more than my widowÂs benefit. I feel that because they never told me my options, especially when I was grieving the loss of my husband, that itÂs their fault that IÂm losing money. What can I do? Signed: Hopping Mad Dear Hopping Mad: It looks as though you were caught in the same miscommunication web that Social SecurityÂs Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently investigated and found that Social Security Administration (SSA) staff had often misinformed or failed to explain all available options to those applying for survivorÂs benefits. That, in turn, has been responsible for a lot of Âdually-entitledÂŽ people getting less than theyÂre truly entitled to. Thanks to a savvy SSA whistleblower, the OIG investigated the allegations and found that those who were entitled to both Social Security retirement benefits and survivorÂs benefits were often not told that they could apply for either benefit and allow the other to grow to its maximum amount. In your case, you could have simply waited to apply for your widowÂs benefit until it reached maximum at your full retirement age (FRA); or, if you needed the money, applied for your own reduced retirement benefit first and allowed your survivorÂs benefit to grow to its maximum at your FRA and get that for the rest of your life; or you could have taken the reduced survivorÂs benefit only and allowed your own retirement benefit to grow until it reached its maximum at age 70. In other words, you could have restricted your application to either one of those benefits and allowed the other to grow to its maximum amount (Social SecurityÂs Âdeemed filingÂŽ rule doesnÂt apply to survivorÂs). That you are now receiving reduced benefits with no option to delay either one is, it would seem, a result of a failure by the SSA to inform you of your options, exactly as the OIG found in its investigation. Titus Harvest Domecontinued from page 6 "It is not about dollars it is about regaining and rebuilding a church, bringing it back together," said Jackson, who filed her lawsuit against the church in November 2017. She says the church is now hemorrhaging members but she plans to fight the church's current administration for as long as it takes. "It is very hard to sit back and look at this knowing this is definitely not something my husband would want to see," she said. According to the Florida TimesUnion, Washington, who was 54 when he died, had three advanced degrees including a doctorate of divinity. He grew the church from a handful of members in 1985 to more than 8,000 members. He also reached an audience of millions through his televangelism via popular cable networks such as BET and Daystar Television. Washington was an icon of leadership for many in his community. His death attracted reactions from celebrities such as former NFL star Deion Sanders. Shortly after his death, the late pastor's brother, Abraham Lincoln Washington, pledged to continue winning souls, according to Channel 4 "Our goal is to continue the vision. It's always been about trying to win souls for the Kingdom; loving, helping, and serving our fellow man. And the church will follow the vision of apostle Washington," said Abraham. "We're going to continue to shepherd the flock, so many people that apostle Washington has touched all over the country. Locally, it will be my privilege to be able to serve this congregation, serve the first family and to do all we can to give the city direction." A court hearing for April Washington's lawsuit against the church is set for January 2019. The scholarship recipients shown (L-R) are: Kailin Bradley, Shannon Major, Kiara West, Joshua Johnson, Candace Walker, Tyler Rivers and Terrinika Waters.Local Students Receive ursing Scholarships The First Coast Black NursesÂ Association awarded seven scholarships to local nursing students enrolled in nursing programs at institutions throughout the city. Over the past 16 years, the FCBNA have awarded scholarships to over 40 youth seeking nursing careers. Statistically, Blacks are under represented in the nursing industry representing only 9.9% of the nationÂs RNs. Interestingly, 14.6% of Black nurses have related masterÂs or doctoral degrees, compared to 13.4% of white nurses. The average annual salary for a full-time employed RN is $67,930. The organization is a professional association of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing students who contribute to improving the quality of life in persons who share the African heritage and other ethnic groups through advocacy and education, mentoring and promoting economic development of nurses among other goals. For more information regarding the local organization, email FCBNA00@gmail.com Grassroots Activists Go Door to Door to Fight, Reduce and Survey orthside Violence Statistics By Shavone Steele More than a dozen community activists took to the streets last Saturday to talk with northwest residents about the gun violence affecting their lives. The Northside Coalition of Jacksonville (NSCOJ) canvassers reached more than 400 people. This was an issue based, "public awareness campaign" that was also designed to determine the needs and concerns of residents. The groupÂs founder and President Ben Frazier said, "These residents, this particular specific demographic element, has been ignored and marginalized for literally generations." For four hours, volunteers engaged people on the street and went house to house knocking on doors. Understandably some were afraid to even open the door having been traumatized by violence. The canvassing campaign was coordinated by "For Our Future Florida" and NCOJ. The data collection effort concluded that the majority of those interviewed expressed there is great distrust in law enforcement and that many feel that blacks are victims of racial bias throughout the criminal justice system. They also shared they are subjected daily to racial, social and economic injustices. In addition, most residents felt there is a direct connection between unemployment, poverty and crime and a need for job training and jobs. 2019 OneJax Humanitarian Nominations Open TEDxFSCJ is now accepting applications for speakers for its 2019 main event titled, ÂReimagine the (Im)possible.ÂŽ Speaker applications will be accepted through Saturday, October 6, 2018. ÂReimagine the (Im)possibleÂŽ will focus on what separates the possible from the impossible. The line is not as settled as we imagine. That project youÂve always dreamed of completingÂ„possible . or impossible? That change you would see in your neighborhood, your city, your country, or that idea few people know about or even dare to look forÂ„all raise questions about the limits of our imagination and the fluidity of whatÂs possible. Speakers will be expected to convey thoughts and ideas that educate, ignite passion, spark conversation and leave a lasting impact. Speakers are invited to submit their application online at http://www.tedxfscj.com/ before the deadline. Applications are open to FSCJ students, staff, faculty and administration, as well as members of the Jacksonville community. TEDxFSCJ 2019 is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019. TEDxFSCJ Accepting Speaker Applications Shown is orthside Coalition Director Ben Frazier providing instructions to volunteers.
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.Mental Health SummitAttend the ÂEquity Funding and Resourcing Medical, Mental Health, and Human Services: Underserved Consumers and Communities in CrisesÂŽ event, September 27th 28th 4:30 p.m. Â… 8:30 p.m. at Edward Waters CollegeÂs Adams/Jenkins Gymnasium, 1767 Kings Rd. The summit will promote voices for vulnerable populations and advocacy for underserved communities. For more info contact Steward E. Washington at (904) 703-6532.Akia Uwanda Jazz Soul Dinner PartyPrepare to be serenaded with song, food, laughter and fun at songstress Akia UwandaÂs ÂJazz/SoulÂŽ dinner party scheduled for Friday, September 28th, 7 11 p.m. at the Lexington Hotel, 1515 Prudential Dr. For tickets and more info call (904) 405-4008.COJ Public Health FairThe Northside Coalition of JaxÂs Health Fair will be Saturday, September 29th, 10 a.m., Clanzel Brown Center, 4575 Moncrief Rd. There will be health screenings, line dancing, games, prizes and food trucks! For more info visitwww.NorthsidecoalitionofJackonville.c om.The Landing Lights Up Summer Finale On Saturday, September 29th itÂs The Landing Lights Up Summer finale, 6 p.m. Â… 12:30 a.m. at The Landing, 2 Independent Dr. The include will feature a free concert and fireworks show on the Riverfront Stage, 6 p.m. 12:30 a.m. For more info call (904) 3531188.Hurting Families MLK Fashion ShowHurting Families with Children in Crime, Inc. presents ÂThe Martin Luther King Nations of the WorldÂŽ multicultural fashion show Saturday, September 29th, 7 p.m. 10 p.m. at Eagles Nest Banquet Hall, 8040 Lone Star Rd. For tickets and more info call (904) 755-9863.Cultural Awareness Fashion ShowThe Annual Cultural Awareness and Diversification Extravaganza African Fashion Show will feature the Jewelry Box Society of Dancers, African Drumming, Taste of Africa and more, Saturday, September 29th 6 8 p.m. at 5 p.m. at Household of Faith Church Ministry Center, 1410 W. Edgewood Avenue. For more info call (904) 476-6357.Jazzy Sunday at the LandingOn Sunday, September 30th enjoy Jazzy Sunday with The Katz Downstairz, 6 Â… 10 p.m. at the Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. End your weekend with a jazzy night on the river featuring live music by The Katz Downstairz and drink specials. Personal chairs are welcome. For more info call (904) 353-1188.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 visit www.dailysplace.com.SMART Couples WorkshopsSMART Couples ÂBefore You Tie the KnotÂŽ Workshops are for couples wanting to take their relationship to the next level and improve their relationship. They will take place October 2nd 3rd, 5:30 8p.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff Ave. Classes are free! For more information call (904) 255-7450. DDBC MeetingThe Duval Democratic Black Caucus next monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, October 2nd, 6 p.m. at Highlands Library 1826 Dunn Ave. Come hear info on the upcoming elections, membership and next steps. For more info visit www.duvaldems.org/black_caucus.Real Men Wear Pink KickoffThe Real Men Wear Pink ÂThink Pink,ÂŽ kickoff with Kevin Holzendorf will be held Wednesday, October 3rd, 5 8 p.m. Come participate in a pink affair featuring raffles, pink menu, special bites and signature cocktailÂs to raise awareness for breast cancer survivors at Bistro A/X, 1440 San Marco Blvd. For tickets and more info visit www.realmenwearpink.org.D.L. Hughley is back!Comedian D.L. Hughley 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.Halloween Haunt ights at the LandingJoin Adventure Landing in Jacksonville Beach for Haunt Nights 2018! Haunt Nights will begin on October 5th 31st. This exciting new haunt is named after local ghost legend Alpha Paynter, believed to haunt the TacoLu building next door to Adventure Landing on Beach Boulevard. Boo! For tickets and more info visit www.adventurelanding.com.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 email Rachel.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. Philip Randolph St. For tickets visit www.martinlawrence.aegpresents.com.A Symphonic Celebration of PrinceA symphonic celebration of ÂPRINCE,ÂŽ Curated, produced and directed by Ahmir ÂQuestloveÂŽ Thompson, featuring the Jacksonville Rock Symphony It is scheduled for Saturday, October 6th, at 8 p.m. at the Florida Theatre, 128 E Forsyth St. For tickets visit www.floridatheatre.com.SCI Empowerment ConferenceThe 11th annual Northside Community Involvement Girls Empowerment Conference is scheduled for Saturday October 6th, 8 a.m. 4 p.m. for girls ages 9 18. Conference includes breakfast/lunch, motivational speaker, breakout session, door prizes, tote bag and more! Program is designed to build self-esteem and empower young ladies to take the world head on! To register call (904) 708-9110.Katz Downstairz Cancer ConcertJoin the Katz Downstairz Saturday, October 6th, 7 p.m. for an evening of live entertainment and fundraising by wearing your color for your Cancer of choice in support of Cancer Awareness month. Entertainment, food and more! Location is the Morocco Shrine Auditorium, 3800 St JohnÂs Bluff Rd South. For more info visit www.thekatzdownstairz.com.EFPC MixerThe Northeast Florida Press Club next mixer, dinner and presentation, Tuesday, October 9th, 5:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. at Taverna San Marco, 1986 San Marco Blvd. Come meet J.P. Shadrick, Jaguars Senior Reporter/Editor. J.P. will share insights about daily team coverage and how playing a game each year at Wembley Stadium strengthens the teamÂs ties to the Jacksonville area! For more info contact Leigh Cort Publicity at (904) 806-3613.House Flipping WorkshopA Flipping House Workshop scheduled for October 10th 13th featuring Than Merrill star of A&EÂs ÂFlip This House, 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. shows at the Lexington Hotel and Conference Center, 1515 Prudential Drive. To register and for more info visit www.event.fortunebuilders.com.Comedian Cocoa Brown inConcertCocoa Brown is best known for her role on OWNÂs hit show, ÂTyler PerryÂs For Better or Worse,ÂŽ and now on FOXÂs Â911.ÂŽ With stints on Def Comedy jam and more at the Jacksonville Comedy Club October 11th-13th at 7 p.m. For tickets and more info visit www.jacksonvillecomedy.com.Ranky TankyRanky Tanky will be in concert Friday, October 12th at 7:30 p.m. at the Ritz Theatres, 829 N. Davis St. This Charleston, SC based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies come hear the sounds. For tickets and more info visit www.ritzjacksonville.com. The aked MagiciansÂ The worldÂs funniest and naughtiest magic show ÂThe Naked MagiciansÂ is coming to ThrasherHorne Center, 283 College Dr, Orange Park, FL. on Saturday, October 13th at 8 p.m. The show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as two hot and hilarious Aussie magicians. For tickets and more info visit www.thcenter.org.Maxwell in Jax!Soulful and sultry R&B singer Maxwell Â50 Intimate Nights LiveÂŽ tour will perform Saturday, October 13th at 7 p.m. at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St. For tickets and more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.ational College FairStudents and parents are invited to dive into the free to the public college search process at the National College Fair scheduled for Saturday, October 13th, at 11 a.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with admission representatives from public and private and international colleges and universities. For more info visit www.gotomyncf.comSeafood & Soul FestSeafood & Soul Fest will take place Saturday, October 13th 12 p.m. 7 p.m. benefitting the Edith Marie Foundation at the J.B. Coxwell Amphitheater, 1 UNF Dr. Enjoy the love of seafood and soul food with live entertainment! For tickets and more info visit www.seafoodsoulfest.com.World of Dance LiveWorld of Dance Live tour is scheduled for Sunday, October 14th at 4 p.m. at Thrasher Horne located at 283 College Dr, Orange Park. For tickets and more info visit www.thcenter.org.MBF/Lennar Golf TournamentThe Monique Burr Foundation for Children and LENNAR Champions for 21st annual Child Safety Pro Am Golf Tournament presented is scheduled for Monday, October 15th at 8 a.m. Golf contests include: $1 Million, Shoot-out, 6 Hole-in-One Contests and PreEvent Putting Contest. To register and for more info visit www.mbfchildsafetymatters.org. 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September 27 October 3. 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 Continued from page 1 *The Miami Herald reported that the DeSantis campaign sent out invitations for a $10,000-a-head fundraiser slated for the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, one co-chair being Ralph Arza, a Miami politician who resigned as a state representative in 2006 after using racial slurs against then Miami-Dade School Superintendent Rudy Crew. DeSantis is also hammering away at Bernie SandersÂ endorsement of Gillum, accusing him of having a Âfar left platformÂŽ which would destroy the stateÂs economy as happened in Venezuela and institute an authoritarian regime as in Cuba. ÂSocialism would be a disaster for Florida. We canÂt let socialist policies win in this free land,ÂŽ DeSantis said. President Donald Trump, who was entirely responsible for DeSantisÂ defeat of rival Adam Putnam, called Gillum, who is mayor of Tallahassee, a Âfailed socialist mayor.ÂŽ The Miami Herald reported the socialist label could hurt Gillum in Miami-Dade CountyÂs large population of Cuban Americans and Venezuelan exiles. This explains DeSantisÂ pick of Miami politician Jeanette Nunez as running mate. But Politifact rated DeSantisÂ claim ÂFalse.ÂŽ ÂThe reality is GillumÂs platform resembles the policies being promoted by many Democrats. And his positions of expanding access to Medicare and raising the minimum wage have significant public support,ÂŽ Politifact stated. ÂGillum isnÂt on the fringes of the political spectrum and certainly proposes nothing approaching turning ÂFlorida into Venezuela,Â which would mean the state taking over privately held businesses and large portions of the economy.ÂŽ Latino sentiment can be swayed by TrumpÂs endorsement of DeSantis in an entirely different way, with both of them embracing an immigration policy that wrenches babies from their motherÂs arms and separates them in detention. And TrumpÂs denial that nearly 3,000 Americans died a year ago from Hurricane Maria is not expected to play well with the 100,000 Puerto Ricans who were forced to relocate to Florida. At the same time, Gillum has to show that he is not an accidental nominee who won because Democrats split their votes among him, with 34.2 percent, Gwen Graham, with 31.4 percent and Philip Levine with 20.3 percent. GillumÂs path to victory must be through a unified Democratic party that wins over Independents and even some Republicans determined not to let a mini-Trump import the politics from Washington. GillumÂs surprising pick of Chris King as his running mate could be a boon in this regard. King competed in the primary election and received less than three percent of the votes, so he brings no base of support to the ticket. But as an evangelical Christian he could help sway at least some evangelicals and Independents. Then there is an FBI probe into possible corruption in Tallahassee over approval of a city-owned abandoned electricity building being converted into an upscale restaurant by lobbyist Adam Corey, a close friend of GillumÂs, who, as a city commissioner voted for the project. The probe also likely includes trips Gillum took to Costa Rica and New York that are linked to Corey. Gillum says the FBI has told him he is not a target of the investigation but DeSantis claims his opponent Âis embroiled in a lot of corruption.ÂŽ It is unlikely that the FBI will conclude its investigation prior to the Nov. 6 elections but if Gillum is not a target, the agency should say so before then, rather than keeping a cloud over him as Floridians make up their minds on their choice for the next governor. Gillum Faces Formidable Odds But Can Still Be Elected Governor of Florida Former FAMU President Speaks Up and Out for Bill elson Rhoers Serve Community Flapjacks for a CauseSigma Gamma Rho mentoring and developing leaders girls, ages 12 Â… 18, served more than 50 plates of pancakes, sausage and eggs during their Flapjack Fundraiser on September 22. The ÂRhoersÂŽ had fun as they waited on their mentors as well as family and friends. The griddle was hot as a steady flow of supporters waited patiently for a flapjack at the ApplebeeÂs location on Lane Avenue. The flapjack fundraiser raised money for upcoming community service projects. The emerging leaders other activities include Operation BigBookBag to provide tools and resources to ensure students succeed in school. The Swim 1922 initiative prevents drowning by encouraging the community to learn how to swim; and the Youth Symposium supports youth by addressing issues that negatively impact their future. Shown are the Rhoers waiting for their first customers. byDr. Frederick Humphries Like many people, I grew up in a small town Apalachicola, is a town located on FloridaÂs Gulf Coast, and it was a wonderful place to live and learn from people who would impact my thinking forever. I had a science teacher named Mr. Charlie Watson who accepted nothing short of academic excellence from his students. It was the means to succeed and fight the bigotry that hung over our daily lives. It worked. I left that country town armed with a deep curiosity to find answers; in the college classroom, through military service and among some pretty interesting human beings I met along the way. My college experience at Florida A&M University prepared me to succeed in an arena where few African Americans had been. As a chemistry professor, an intelligence officer, and as a university fellow, I learned that most people are for you not against you and if you have shared goals you can accomplish a lot. I say that because my friendship with Senator Bill Nelson and our shared goals helped me implement an agenda that would improve higher education for African Americans for generations to come. As president of FAMU, with Senator NelsonÂs help, our team literally changed the perceived value of historically black universities because of the extraordinary academic achievements of our students and faculty and our ability to fundraise. In the late 90Âs, there was a concerted effort to stop the expansion of FAMUÂs research capabilities. I adamantly opposed the initiative and thankfully we won that critical battle. As we continued to move forward, Senator Nelson and I worked together on NASA projects, the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation and other federal programs that have awarded FAMU hundreds of millions of research dollars. Senator Nelson never hesitated to work with us and help. To that end, the National Science Foundation ranks FAMU as the number one HBCU in the nation for research and development expenditures. Senator Nelson continues to be a familiar face on campus discussing the need to grow STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) majors. Our young people must become a part of this essential technological growth. In my judgment, Florida's continued development and our ability to participate in a competitive marketplace will only continue with the help of elected officials like Senator Nelson. This article is not some campaign ad or propaganda, but simply the truth and facts of how Senator Nelson helped transform FAMU into a world-class institution of higher learning. The Senator has long supported African American educational issues, hence Blacks should strongly support him.
En Blanc After Dark previously held in Miami, FL Atlanta,GA Chicago, IL Baltimore, MD and even Orlando has now come to Jacksonville. Hundreds experienced the glam of the exclusive popular all-white dinner that takes the stress out of the fine dining experience to allow for more fun and convenience. Tickets ranged from $17-45 depending on when you purchased them. What is ÂEn Blanc After Dark?ÂŽ It is described by organizers as an, Âelegant, picnic dinner and dance party under the stars.ÂŽ Tables, chairs and linens are provide and attendeesbring their own picnic basket and libation and dine under the stars at a secret location featuring a live band and top DJÂs complete with white linen tables and chairs. Guests know the event will take place in Jacksonville, but the exact location is revealed the day of. The goal is to reminisce on history and discover the "new" that Jacksonville has to offer from parks, waterfronts, museums, and skylines. All white attire is the theme that pulls the evening gathering together but creativity is the only thing that's mandatory. Everyone becomes a foodie for the night and goes all out in creating, preparing and packing their delicious menu to be shared with friends both new and old. After setting up, guests wander the venue, wine glass in hand, to see what others have created and meet new people. Creative decor, hats, belts and gloves set the tone for this festive outdoor evening dining in style. By Lauren Victoria Burke, In 2013, then Biscayne Park Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano informed community leaders of the Biscayne Park Police DepartmentÂs perfect clearance record for solving crimes: It was 100 percent. According to Atesiano, his police department near Miami was perfect at solving burglaries. On September 21st, it was revealed in a plea agreement that the former chief directed his officers to frame unsolved cases on three Black men. A federal court hearing confirmed that former Chief Atesiano directed three police officers on his department to accuse a series of crimes on three innocent men, all of them Black. In August, Biscayne Park Police Officers Charlie Dayoub, 38, and Raul Fernandez, 62, pleaded guilty to falsifying the arrest affidavits for a 16-year-old black suspect in four break-ins from June 2013. A second false arrest was made on a man named Clarence Desrouleaux. Desrouleaux, 35, was deported to Haiti as the result of being framed and sentenced to five years. A third man, Erasmus Banmah, 31, was falsely accused for burglary. Former Chief Atesiano, 52, pled guilty to conspiracy for the framings. The conspiracy convictions carry up to 10 years in prison. Atesiano resigned from the Biscayne Park Police Department in 2014. The details of the Atesiano framings of three Black men were detailed in a statement released on September 14 by the Department of Justice. ÂAccording to documents filed in connection with the plea entered today, Atesiano was acting under color of law as chief of police when on three separate occasions he ordered officers under his command to falsely arrest and charge individuals with unsolved burglaries. In court filings related to the plea, Atesiano admitted that on one occasion he instructed an officer to falsely arrest and charge an individual for several vehicle burglaries based upon what Atesiano knew were false confessions. According to the documents, Atesiano intentionally encouraged officers to arrest individuals without a legal basis in order to have arrests effectuated for all reported burglaries, which created a fictitious 100% clearance rate for that category of crime,ÂŽ said U.S. Attorney Benjamin Greenberg said in a written statement on the Atesiano prosecution. Page 10 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press September 27 October 3, 2018 FOR A LIMITED TIME publix.com/order Some exclusions apply. See store. Jaxons Sell Out First En Blanc After Dark Former NBA player Elton Brand is breaking barriers for AfricanAmericans on the corporate side of the league. Earlier this week, Brand was appointed to become the General Manager of the Philadelphia 76ers; making him the fourth Black general manager in the NBA. Brand, 39, retired from the league in 2016 as a Sixer, the news outlet writes. He was the Chicago BullsÂ No. 1 draft pick in 1999 and over the course of his career suited up for teams that included the LA Clippers, the Dallas Mavericks, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Philadelphia 76ers. Brand is excited about leading his former team and hopes to transform the Sixers into a leading contender in the Eastern Conference through his guidance. ÂThe 76ers are on the cusp of something very special and the next 12 months are really important. I think thatÂs why I was the leading candidate, to bring stability to the organization and this group that I know really well,ÂŽ he said in a statement. The Sixers are excited about bringing Brand to the front office. Josh Harris, owner of the Sixers, says that Brand will be influential in bringing in new talent. ÂI think weÂre at a new point in our teamÂs development into hopefully an NBA championship,ÂŽ he said. ÂWe need to be attracting talent here. Certainly, EltonÂs image and who he is as a person were real positives. But leadership and managerial skills and the things youÂve got to do in the front office that arenÂt just about image, heÂs got those, too. But certainly, that was a huge positive.ÂŽ According to Black Enterprise, BrandÂs appointment comes shortly after Maurice A. Stinnett made history as the first Black man to become a diversity and inclusion vice president for an NBA team. Elton Brand Becomes 4th Black GM in NBA Shown are guest enjoying their after dark experience at the Lexington Hotel. Shown (left) is Sandra Malone and Barbara English and (right) Aisha Jones, Gina McGlockton and Jamia Madden, Harriet Gardner and Wanda Jones Florida Police Chief Guilty of Framing 3 Black Men A federal court hearing confirmed that former Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano directed three police officers on his department to accuse a series of crimes on three innocent men, all of them Black.