Volume 31 o. 48 October 25 -31, 2018 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents Raising Awareness and Education Saves Lives in the Fight Against Cancer Page 4Five Money Management Hacks Going into the Holiday SeasonPage 5 More Than Two Million Blacks CouldnÂt Vote in 2016 Because of Felony ConvictionsPage 7 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED JP Morgan to Pay $24M to Settle Class Action Discrimination LawsuitJPMorgan Chase & Co. will pay $19.5 million to more than 200 current and former black financial advisers and their attorneys in a class action settlement with the bank. The nationÂs largest bank also will spend $4.5 million to launch inhouse development programs over the next three years to recruit advisers and help them be successful in those positions. The New York-based bank recently reached the $24 million settlement after six current or former black financial advisers at the bank filed a discrimination suit, basically alleging they were mistreated because of their color. The suit asserts JP Morgan sent white advisers to wealthier sites while assigning black peers to branches that were not as successful. The advisers added black employees received lower pay and had fewer licensed bankers to support them. Further, the suit claims black personnel was blocked from a program that catered to wealthier clients. Other major banking and financial services firms have faced parallel accusations. Last year, Wells Fargo reached a $35.5 million settlement with a group of black financial advisers who claimed the firm discriminated because of their race. Five years ago, Bank of America Corp.Âs Merrill Lynch resolved a race discrimination suit for $160 million.Megyn Kelly Apologizes for Suggesting Blackface OKNBCÂs Megyn Kelly issued a quick apology this week for a morning show segment that questioned why dressing up in blackface for a Halloween costume is wrong. Following a social media backlash, Kelly wrote in an email to NBC News colleagues that she realized such behavior is wrong, that the history of blackface in culture is abhorrent. On her morning show, the 47-year-old news host said that dressing up in blackface was OK when she was a kid as long as you were impersonating a character. She questioned why it had been considered racist when a character on ÂThe Real Housewives of New YorkÂŽ darkened her skin for a Diana Ross costume. ÂI felt like, ÂWho doesnÂt love Diana Ross?'ÂŽ she said. In her email, Kelly said that sheÂd never been a ÂPCÂŽ person, Âbut I understand that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age. Particularly on race and ethnicity issues which, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics over the past year.HBCU Paine College Loses Lawsuit to Preserve AccreditationAUGUSTA, Ga. Â… A historically black college in Georgia has lost a lawsuit seeking to preserve its regional accreditation. A federal judge ruled for the accrediting body on Friday in a lawsuit by Paine College. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools tells local news outlets that Paine has 30 days to appeal the ruling or lose accreditation. The Atlanta-based accrediting agency put Paine on warning in 2011 after financial management problems including lost eligibility for a student loan program. SACS voted in 2016 to remove PaineÂs accreditation. Paine officials say the college is still accredited by SACS, but itÂs unclear how much longer that will be true. Losing accreditation could cut off studentsÂ access to federal financial aid and make it hard for them to have academic credit accepted at other schools.Turkey Renames Road to U.S. Embassy After Malcolm XThe road leading to the new U.S. Embassy in Turkey will be renamed Malcolm X avenue after the civil rights activist, CNN reports. City assembly members accepted the name change in a unanimous decision, Turkish officials announced on Saturday in Ankara, the countryÂs capital. The decision will most likely be met with controversy by U.S. officials due to Malcolm X being viewed as a radical, who promoted violence, spoke negatively about the U.S. and stirred racial tension. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoan met with Malcolm XÂs daughter in September when he visited the U.S. for the United NationsÂ general assembly meeting, according to Daily Sabah. ÂIt was my great honor to meet with such a leader, especially in the name of human dignity, compassion and social justice,ÂŽ Ilyasah Shabazz, one of Malcolm XÂs daughters, told Anadolu Agency. Turkey has changed the name of streets that house diplomatic buildings to send a political message before, according to Bloomberg. Following a tweet by the United Arab Emirates foreign minister that appeared to criticize an Ottoman Turkish military commander, Fahreddin Pasa, Turkey renamed the UAE embassyÂs street after him. And the current U.S. embassyÂs street was changed to ÂOlive Branch RoadÂŽ in February, a reference to the Turkish military operation in Syria against the Kurdish YPG, a group allied with the U.S. but which Turkey views as a terrorist organization. Since 2016, EWC alumni have hosted an annual homecoming banquet to honor alums celebrating the 50th anniversary of their college graduation. While the banquet recognizes EWC's "golden alumni," it also raises scholarship funds for students. This year, alumni honored members of the EWC Class of 1968. And new EWC President A. Zachary Faison, Jr. helped present the "Golden Alumni Award" to these 50-year graduates. Golden alum Richard Scott, a college math instructor, shares, "It was special having President Faison here to celebrate with us." Alums also recruited retired educator and coach Charles "Fox" Lee (EWC '65) to get alums excited about giving. His efforts yielded more than $20,000 at the banquet for EWC. Banquet co-chair Marguerite Warren (EWC '65) adds, "Our programming has three goals: recognition of outstanding alums, fundraising and recruitment of students. Thanks to the dedication and support of EWC alumni, graduating seniors are able to complete their education, attain jobs and attend graduate school. That makes what we do worthwhile." Festivities also included featured local, state and national elected star power. Last weekendÂs parade included rising political star U.S. Senator Cory Booker from New Jersey, who walked and greeted attendees. Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum led the annual homecoming parade. Hundreds of students, faculty members, alumni and community members walked the parade route to celebrate homecoming and highlight the importance of voting in the November 6th election. Also part of the parade and homecoming activities was current U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida running for re-election against Florida Gov. Rick Scott.. Gillum faces Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis, Reform Party nominee Darcy Richardson and a host of minor candidates on the ballot. EWC is a private college founded in 1866 as a school to educate former slaves. It was the first independent institution of higher education and the first historically black college in the State of Florida. It is currently in its 152nd year of operation. Political Superstars, Alumni Giving Highlight Annual EWC Homecoming Mental HealthWhat's ormal, What's ot?Page 9 Shown is Democratic Campaign Strategist Siottis Jackson and United States Sen. Cory Booker Pictured l-r: Golden Alum Richard Scott (EWC C/O '68); EWC President A. Zachary Faison, Jr.; Event Co-Chair Marguerite Warren (EWC C/O '65) and EWC ational Alumni President and Event Co-Chair Lillie Vereen (EWC C/O '69). Two years into the presidency of Donald Trump Â… which has seen an onslaught of attacks on health care, reproductive and other rights Â… the stakes for Black women could not be higher this midterm cycle, according to many observers. Statistics reveal that Black women face disproportionate barriers to reproductive health care and are more likely to die after childbirth than their white or Latina counterparts. Also, women of color are disproportionately impacted by bans on insurance coverage for abortion and at risk for criminalization should abortion be made illegal once again. ÂBlack women in America face significant barriers to health care, including abortion. We are also three times more likely to die after childbirth than white women,ÂŽ said LaÂTasha D. Mayes, founder and executive director of New Voices for Reproductive Justice, a nonprofit that promotes the complete health and well-being of Black women and girls. Continued on page 9 Shown above is Jacksonville AACP Branch head Isaiah Rumlin presenting the PresidentÂs Award to Lloyd Pearson and Sollie Mitchell as Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum looks on. The sold out dinner lauded JacksonvilleÂs community leaders, AACPLife members and the high stakes political scene. For more on the dinner, see page 10. Shown above is Rodney Hurst at the DedicationLynching Dedication Continues Despite Theft of MarkerA lynching memorial marker was stolen Friday just hours after it was installed in St. Johns County. The marker was in honor of Isaac Barrett, who was lynched in Orangedale in 1897. Despite the marker not being present, the dedication continued as planned on Saturday. The cast-aluminum marker, which was about 4 feet-by 6 feet wide and sat atop a concrete base, had been donated by the Equal Justice Initiative, as part of its nationwide lynching memorial project. Continued on page 10 Black Women Voters Seek to Shake Up MidtermsAACP Lauds Stakeholders at Annual FreedomFund Dinner
New York state and local officials may soon vote to decide whether a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. statue in a city park should be replaced. Samuel Herbert, an activist and chairman of the Coalition To Save MLK Park, in Buffalo, has gathered more than 6,000 signatures for a petition to erect a new Dr. King statue in the same place. He said the giant bust of Dr. King, which has been a fixture in the park for decades, doesnÂt accurately depict the legendary civil rights leader, WIVB, a CBS affiliate, reported. ÂWe have allowed this distorted image to sit here for 35 years,ÂŽ Herbert said. ÂOur beef has never been with the sculptor, but the committee that approved this shameful image of a great American.ÂŽ Herbert wants to collect 10,000 signatures and hopes the statue is replaced by 2020, he said. As for which artist or how much artistic flair should go into the statueÂs creation, Herbert has ideas about those things, too. ÂI want that gentleman that did the work in Washington D.C. on the National Monument,ÂŽ Herbert said. ÂA statue that looks just like Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. No abstract. No symbolism. Enough of symbolism, we want realism.ÂŽ Herbert was aware of the potential issues that he may face in pushing for the statueÂs removal and replacement. He will have to focus on fundraising after getting his last anticipated signatures. Then, he may have to deal with legal challenges to the statueÂs removal. But he said he was prepared for any court battle. There are more than 25 statues, monuments and memorials to Dr. King across the world. There is no well-known or talked-about statue that depicts MLKÂs famous kneeling prayer photo during a civil rights march in Selma, Alabama in 1965 Â„ a powerful image that may become the inspiration behind a future Dr. King monument someday. Perhaps in Buffalo? Only time will tell. Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press October 25 31, 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 ATTENTIONIf you worked for Eichenlaub Painting Contractors, D. Purvis Construction Co. or Lockhart Construction Builders in the 1960s and 1970s in Jacksonville, FL, please contact Asbestos Investigator Sherry Day at (734) 878-5236 or email Sherry@SLDinvestigations.com. We are looking for people that may have worked with our client Twenty five years ago, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and city leaders decided to start an organization dedicated to helping small and minority businesses grow. Last week, Chamber members and the public came out in full force to honor their peers and celebrate the Jax Chambers Small Business CenterÂs 25th Anniversary during a luncheon held at the their headquarters in downtown Jacksonville. The theme was ÂCelebrating Our Past, Present and Future.ÂŽ Keynote speaker was former Small Business Center Director of Minority Business Development, Glenda Washington. Washington is currently the Senior Vice President of Entrepreneurial & Minority Business Development for the Greater Topeka Partnership /Go Topeka Corporation. The Small Business Center started in 1993 on Norwood Avenue, under the leadership of the former Chamber President Wally Lee and with the assistance of many community leaders, organizations and volunteers. As the business center grew, Glenda and Wally collaborated on various business development services and initiatives for African American business owners. The Small Business Center moved to the ChamberÂs downtown office in 2009 and continues to provide the community with the critical skills needed to start and grow a businesses. Shown is Glenda Washington receiving recognition of her outstanding contribution to the Small Business Center and the community from Shirley Moore, Senior Manager, JAX Chamber Small Business CenterJax Chamber Small Business Center Celebrates 25 Years of Minority Business DevelopmentActivist Wants ÂDistortedÂ and ÂShameful ImageÂ of Martin Luther King Jr. Gone Considering a Social Security Trust Fund?Dear Rusty: Sometimes words used have different meaning to others, like your recent article on the Social Security "Trust Fund." In a true trust fund, monies are only used for a specific purpose. Our so-called Social Security Trust Fund doesnÂt work like that. Instead, money collected goes directly into the US Treasury, mixed up with everything else. To the government, Social Security is just another revenue stream. They don't separate it from others and have no intention of doing so. Soon, weÂve been told, the Social Security fund will be declared insolvent. It should never happen but when you spend every penny that comes in on everything else, when the real purpose needs it the well is dry. Lock up the money so that the political elites canÂt use it for their other important items and save the systems. Let them continue to do as they are and have been doing since the 60's, and it's gone. Signed: Disgruntled Dear Disgruntled: I understand that using the term "trust fund" in the context of Social Security may not fit the precise definition of those words, but they do serve well as an easy-tounderstand description of an account dedicated only for a specific purpose. Many believe strongly the Social Security ÂTrust Fund" either doesn't truly exist or that the Government "raids" the fund for general purposes. I can only assure you that I have researched this topic extensively and found that, indeed, there are two Federal financial accounts which contain Social Security assets, namely, the "Old Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund" and the "Disability Insurance Trust Fund." And, by Federal law, assets in these accounts can be used only for the purposes they were set up for paying Social Security benefits to eligible retirees, disabled workers, their dependents, and survivors. While revenues from payroll taxes do technically flow into the U.S. Treasury first, that money is then appropriated for the two Social Security "Trust Funds" as reserves to pay benefits to Social Security recipients. But it's important to note that payroll taxes aren't the only source of revenue for these accounts; income taxes on Social Security benefits, as well as interest on the excess monies held in reserve are additional sources. Indeed, interest on the $2.9 trillion in the "trust funds" contributed over $85 billion to the reserves last year. "Locking up" the money would only serve to exacerbate those solvency issues by eliminating interest as a revenue source. And, just for information, the average interest yield was about 2.9% in 2017. Social Security's looming financial issue wasnÂt caused by "political elites" using the money for purposes other than Social Security. Rather, the issue is a result of the declining ratio of workers to beneficiaries, and the constantly improving longevity of our population. In other words, the number of beneficiaries is growing faster than the number of contributing workers and those beneficiaries are collecting benefits longer. Average longevity at the program's inception was about 65; today it's about 85. And the ratio of workers to beneficiaries in 1945 was about 42:1, whereas today there are less than 3 workers for every recipient of Social Security benefits. Starting this year, Social Security will be paying out more in benefits than it receives in revenue and will use the reserves to fulfill its obligations. Unless Congress addresses this problem soon, all $2.9 trillion of the reserves will be depleted by about 2034. But that doesn't mean the system will be insolvent at that time; rather it will be able to pay out in benefits only the same amount as was received in revenue. And that would, according to the latest report from the Trustees of Social Security, result in a benefit cut of about 21% to all recipients. Will that happen? We can't predict what a future Congress may do, but hopefully Congress will act soon to restore Social SecurityÂs financial health. Russell Gloor is a certified social security adviser. Florida to Bend Rules in Counties Hit by HurricaneFlorida is going to bend some of the voting rules for voters living in counties hammered by Hurricane Michael. The administration of Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that eight counties in FloridaÂs Panhandle can start and end early voting beyond existing deadlines. Normally, early voting is supposed end the weekend before the election. Additionally, the state is going to make it easier for people displaced by the storm to receive and send ballots by mail. Hurricane Michael roared ashore last week and left a trail of ruin for 80 miles, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Georgia state line. Under Florida law, Scott could have postponed the election beyond Nov. 6, but thereÂs is an open legal question on whether that authority would extend to federal races.
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Theses days, the NFL makes national headlines for the wrong reasons Â… like when the great Donald Trump wants to distract Americans by tweeting about players taking a knee during the national anthem before games. Of course, the sport is a multi-billion dollar business and while itÂs AmericaÂs most popular, it is also the countryÂs most controversial at times. Critics can disparage the NFL for many things, but not their efforts to help prevent and cure cancer. Since 2009, the NFL and the American Cancer Society have been working together to save lives through their ÂCrucial CatchÂŽ initiative. Through fundraising, education, and awareness initiatives, Crucial Catch focuses on the prevention and early detection of multiple cancers, including breast cancer. To many NFL players, the issue is bigger than just wearing pink gloves or shoes to raise awareness. We all know someone that has died from cancer or survived cancer, and NFL players are just like the rest of us. Here is the part about the effort that I appreciate the most Â… it also focuses on addressing the unequal burden of cancer in underserved communities. That is a critical issue that often times gets lost in the advocacy part of saving lives from cancer. Raising awareness and addressing unequal treatment is exactly why the Jacksonville 100 Blackmen (J100) started the ÂMen Tackling the Big C,ÂŽ (MBTC) initiative that focuses on prostate cancer awareness. The effort works to enlighten at-risk men on prostate cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Early detection is critical to any cancer, however prostate cancer is considered Âone of the more treatable cancersÂŽ if detected early enough. Studies now show that black men are 60 percent more likely to get prostate cancer than whites. They're also twice as likely to die from it than any other group. No one really started studying the statistics until the last 10 years. A study completed a few years ago by doctors at the University of Michigan basically provides some answers to the reason why black men are dying from prostate cancer at alarming rates. This data showed that race and discriminatory treatment practices may be at the root of the issue. This particular study basically suggested that the disparity may stem from differences in how the groups are treated for the disease. After reviewing the records of more than 140,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer, researchers found that black and Hispanic men were less likely to undergo surgery or radiation than were whites. That study noted, ÂAs prostate tumors became more aggressive-more likely to spread to other parts of the body--black and Latino men became less and less likely to receive surgery or radiation compared with whites.ÂŽ It may be hard for some to imagine that disparities exist in an industry as critical to human life as the healthcare arena, but the study acknowledges one of the silent institutional problems blacks have had to endure in this country Â… unequal treatment based upon race and ethnicity. ÂAlthough some researchers believe that black men may have genetic differences that make their cancers more deadly, this report suggests that access to treatment may also be responsible for the survival gap between blacks and whites diagnosed with prostate cancer,ÂŽ stated co-author Dr. John Wei. But again this study was conducted a few years back, and if you know any thing about technology and medicine you know that factors and data can change rapidly. Dr. Jim Mohler of Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo has studied the difference in prostate cancer amongst men and discovered a crucial difference in the prostates of African Americans. According to Dr. Mohler, ÂAll men have what are known as androgen receptor proteins they are the receptors for the hormones that regulate male traits like facial hair and baldness.ÂŽ He adds, ÂThe levels of those proteins are 22 percent higher in the prostates of African Americans than in whites. And even more striking, they are 81 percent higher in the prostate cancers of African Americans.ÂŽ While this new study isnÂt necessarily the gospel yet, it does provide some interesting input into the difference between races. And both studies also reinforce that fact that black men typically do not help the situation at all because of our attitudes towards seeking medical care. So if you combine the two studies with the fact that black men donÂt get enough routine check ups then you get a better understanding of why black men die at higher rates than any other demographic group. A manÂs pride is often the biggest hindrance because no selfrespecting man wants to ask for help or be seen in the free health clinic. That is ludicrous. We all need assistance at some point in life and if you do not have health insurance there is nothing wrong with seeking help versus the alternative of dying. Another key reason why black men's health lags in comparison to others is simply access to services. Poor black men are 6 times more likely to be uninsured as our white counterparts 25 percent of Black males are uninsured. So itÂs clear that the silent crisis is here, but it is not too late to stop it. For as William Shakespeare once said, "This above all; to thine own self be true." Early detection is the key Â… men get your prostate checked on a regular. Signing off from a J100 meeting, Reggie Fullwood by Marc Morial After years of preclearance and expansion of voting access, by 2013 African American registration and turnout rates had finally reached near-parity with white registration and turnout rates. African Americans were poised to act as a major electoral force. But, on the day after the Supreme Court issued Shelby County v. Holder, eliminating preclearance obligations, a leader of the party that newly dominated the legislature announced an intention to enact what he characterized as an ÂomnibusÂŽ election law. Before enacting that law, the legislature requested data on the use, by race, of a number of voting practices. Upon receipt of the race data, the General Assembly enacted legislation that restricted voting and registration in five different ways, all of which disproportionately affected African Americans. Â… Judge Diana Gribbon Motz, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, NAACP v. North Carolina The National Urban League has been at the forefront of the fight for voting rights for decades. At the national and state level we and our network of 90 affiliates in the Urban League Movement have advocated for access to the ballot, condemned efforts at voter suppression and fought for our rights in the courts and in the streets. My predecessor, Whitney M. Young, stood with the other Big Six civil rights leaders beside President Lyndon Johnson as he signed the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Our rights are more threatened than at any time since that moment. ThatÂs why the Urban League Movement is engaged in a voter education and civic participation campaign called ÂEnough is Enough. VOTE!ÂŽ I could quote statistics showing how voter registration and voter participation rates rose steadily from the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 until 2013, when the Supreme Court gutted the Act with its decision in Shelby v. Holder. That is generally how we measure the success of the Act. But to quote Congressman John Lewis, who very nearly lost his life in the battle for the Voting Rights Act, Âincreasing the voter rolls was not the central purpose of the legislation. It was intended to stop state-sponsored terrorism, intimidation, and unjust, humiliating practicesÂ„literacy tests, poll taxes, and even lynchingÂ„which led people of color to fear registering and voting on Election Day.ÂŽ It is no coincidence nor accident, that the push to dismantle voting rights intensified after the election of 2008 Â… the first time in United States history when the Black voting rate equaled the white rate. ThatÂs exactly when Georgia, for example, tried to enact its controversial exact-match policy Â… which allows the state to reject voter registrations if so much as a hyphen is out of place. Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, however, the policy was rejected. Despite the Justice DepartmentÂs determination that Âflawed system frequently subjects a disproportionate number of African-American, Asian, and/or Hispanic voters to Âƒ erroneous burdens on the right to register to vote,ÂŽ Georgia is now on its third attempt to enact Âexact match,ÂŽ and is being sued for the second time. In 2018, voters in at least eight states will face more stringent voting laws than they did in the last federal election. Overall, voters in 23 states will face tougher restrictions than they did in 2010. Tens of thousands of registered voters were deterred from voting by these racially discriminatory voter-suppression tactics. In The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander wrote, ÂThe genius of the current caste system, and what most distinguishes it from its predecessors, is that it appears voluntary. People choose to commit crimes, and that's why they are locked up or locked out, we are told.ÂŽ So it is with voter suppression laws. They purport to target people who supposedly canÂt be bothered to acquire photo identification, or who supposedly misspell their own names Â… never mind that it is overwhelmingly voters of color who lack the documentation to acquire required identification, or whose names are likely to be misspelled by overwhelmingly white county elections workers. Poll taxes and literacy tests didnÂt explicitly mention race, either. History will look no more kindly on the 21st Century Jim Crow. Ultimately, these efforts to suppress voters of color are mere sandbags against the rising current of an increasingly racially diverse electorate. They may delay but never halt our progress toward equality. But only if we press on, continue to wage battles in the courts and in our communities, continue shining a light on discrimination and speaking truth to power.School Grading Practices Are Inaccurate and Inequitable to Black ChildrenBy Joe Feldman The battle for equity in our schools is not only a fight to guarantee access to great teaching and high-quality learning environments, programs, and materials. The battle for equity also includes the practices and policies that teachers use to describe studentsÂ success or failure in school. An issue often overlooked, grading, is of critical importance. Grades determine so many decisions made about our children: whether they are promoted, qualify to play on the athletic field, graduate, receive scholarships, and get accepted to college. Unfortunately, in too many schools and classrooms, teachers often unwittingly assign grades in ways that are unfair and make success more difficult for black and other underserved children. Teachers go to great lengths to identify what percentage quizzes, homework, tests, extra credit, and class participation count towards the overall grade, but the seemingly objective way educators determine grades are often inaccurate, hide student achievement, and actually perpetuate achievement gaps. First, teachers inject subjectivity and biases into their grading. In much the way that schoolsÂ disciplinary actions often disproportionately punish African-American, Latino, low-income, and students with special needs,too often traditional grading practices are often corrupted by implicit racial, class, and gender biases that affect individual teachersÂ grading. Teachers often include in grades a studentÂs ÂeffortÂŽ or ÂparticipationÂŽÂ„a subjective judgment about that student which may have nothing to do with how much the student has learned. Second, traditional grading rewards students with privilege and punishes students without them. When teachers award points for completing homework and extra credit, they are giving advantages to studentswith greater resourcesÂ„those with college educated parents who are available at home and can help with homework or the extra credit assignmentsÂ„and making it harder for students who have weaker education backgrounds and fewer supports. Third, grading is often based on calculations that depress student achievement and do not account for progress students make. A student may fail early on, but if they dramatically improve, their initial grades of F combined with subsequent grades of A average to a C for their final grade. This is a mathematically unsound approach that punishes students who have early struggles and conceals their progress and final achievement. Even though teachers are dedicated to having every student succeed, they have never been trained in how to grade. They grade how they weregraded, and perpetuate the same unfair and biased methods. Fortunately, new research has illuminated the harms of traditional grading and identified more equitable grading practices that are based on sound mathematical principles that (1)donÂt average performance over time, (2)value growth and knowledge instead of environment or behavior, and (3) build soft skills like teamwork and communications skills without including them in grades. Grades based on these approaches have been shown to reduce failure rates, particularly for historically underserved students, and empowers teachers to create more caring classrooms. But ensuring that schools grade students equitably isnÂt just the responsibility of teachers and principals. Parents have a crucial role to play. Parents can begin by asking their childÂs teacher a simple question: What would be my childÂs grade if it were based solely on their academic performance? This can start an important and clarifying discussion with the teacher while encouraging the entire school to tackle a problem many have been unwilling to address. It is pertinent that parents understand what grades mean. ItÂs time for parents and teachers to ask these questions about grading. If we expect our children to succeed in school, we need to be sure that they are graded accurately and fairly. If we believe that our students can compete on the world stage, then weÂd better make sure that we have grades that tell us clearly if theyÂre ready. 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. 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The great civil right lawyer and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall was passionate about educating Blacks on the good and bad aspects of the justice system. As counsel to the NAACP, he utilized the judiciary to champion equality for African Americans. Fast-forward to today in America, and the Jacksonville Urban League is still trying to do their part. The historic organization hosted its annual ÂCommunityWide Crime Prevention Day,ÂŽ at the Ritz Theatre. According to event sponsors, the goal of the event was to empower citizens through crime prevention education and to promote an environment in which people act individually and collectively to prevent crime and build safer communities. More than 200 community residents attended this yearÂs event. Various informative sessions were held and led by local stakeholders from topics like gun and prison reform to individual accountability. ÂThe Choice FactorÂŽ was a topic centered on a candid conversation from Judge Brian Davis. The Judge discussed the importance of taking personal responsibility for choices and the consequences associated with making bad decisions and the effects of crime. Judge Davis said, ÂStay out of the criminal justice system. The criminal justice system is designed to punish those who do not abide by the laws. There are consequences for breaking the law.ÂŽ The phrase ÂKnowledge is power,ÂŽ is widely used by many, but when it comes to legal matters, it is extremely relevant. Another key session from the event was, ÂSo You Think You Know the Law?ÂŽ which was aimed at educating attendees on challenges that citizens can face with the legal system. Topics included: alcohol, drugs, sexting, theft, weapons, personal/property crimes, computer crimes, bullying, gangs, hate crimes, etc. (Tonya Austin photo) Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 October 25 31, 2018 1. 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Fixed Rate CD Guaranteed fixed rate with new money deposits of at least $25,000 for an 11-month term.2.30%Annual Percentage Yield for 11 months2 Platinum Savings Account Enjoy a special interest rate for 12 months with new money deposits of at least $25,000 and a minimum daily account balance of $25,000 or more.1.70%Annual Percentage Yield for 12 months1 Shown is speaker Judge Brian Davis with participantsUrban League Event Focuses on Building Safer CommunitiesWith the holiday season quickly approaching, being financially prepared for the special days will have you reevaluating your expenses. As a consumer itÂs beneficial to know how to stay in good financial standing Â… even after blowing cash during AmericaÂs busiest season for consumers. Millennial money expert, Loren Entsuah of Entsuah Financial Group wants to help you get on track before cashing out on holiday deals with five money managements tips: 1. Open Department Store Cards They usually on average can help you save up to 20 percent off your purchase total. But pay it back immediately to watch a hike in your credit score. 2. Use Black Friday & Cyber Monday as the ÂofficialÂŽ unofficial start of your holiday shopping. Consider doing more shopping online with your holiday credit card to make it easier to stick to the budget. Shipping and handling charges can add up to the same amount youÂd spend on gas and food driving all over town to shop, plus you can avoid the stress of packed malls and post offices. 3. Before you go shopping however, write out a complete budget for the holiday season. Knowing how much you can spend on gifts, dcor and meals will help keep your spending habits on track. 4. Understand Using Credit Cards If you are going to use your credit cards or the newly acquired one, make sure whatever you charge on your card you have half of that in cash and apply it on your balance immediately. This allows more cash flow for utilization and sometimes the prompt payment allows for credit limit increases. 5. DonÂt ignore your statement until after the holiday season. It can be all-too-tempting to put your credit card balance out of your head and only focus on parties and presents during the holidays. Resist the temptation to Âjust deal with it after New YearÂsÂŽ or you could seriously overspend your holiday budget. Call your customer service line or check the balance online if your card offers online account management at least a couple times during the holidays to get a reality check on how much youÂre shelling out for the season. Money Expert Shares 5 Money Management Hacks Going into the Holiday Season Bethune Cookman Students Stage Walkout in Protest of University Leaders by Brittany Jones DAYTONA BEACH, Florida Â„ Bethune Cookman University students have been protesting about financial issues and what they say is a lack of leadership, plaguing the university. Last week, students walked out after their chapel service. They said they're making a statement and want their school leaders to listen to their demands. The students call it the #HailMary movement, with the message being they're standing up for themselves in founder Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune's name and demanding answers. "As students, we want answers," said Dorenzo Thomas, Student Government Association President. Dozens of students walked out and stood in solidarity to express their concerns. They said they want to learn more about the universityÂs financial resources, the state of the university, and other concerns of whether Interim President Hubert Grimes will remain at the helm after rumors have swirled of his removal. "Why are things the way they are, why is the university in this state, whatÂs pushed us to this state, and how are we going to get out?" asked Jaliyah Durham, a BCU student. Public documents reveal the university's looming debt of about $100 million, which is one of the reasons the university is on probation with the accreditation board Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school has been under fire for overspending and is now at risk of losing its accreditation, which could lower the value of its degrees. These are a part of the mounting reasons why students want to meet with leaders. "We're here to tell them to be adults and come to the table and have these difficult conversations in order to see our university progress," said Arthur Wright, another student. "I hope that they hear everything we've been asking for. All we want is answers. All we want is the truth," Durham said. Students said the truth is worth fighting for to keep the schoolÂs legacy going. The students said that they have been trying to get a meeting with board Chair Michelle Carter Scott, but they said she has ignored their requests. According to BC-U alumnus Johnny McCray, students were not told that the interim president is the subject of a lawsuit concerning the $372 million dorm deal which alleges he committed fraud, negligence, misrepresentation, and violation of FloridaÂs Deceptive and Unfair Trades Practices Act. Grimes is also a key witness in another lawsuit against B-CU brought by a foreign developer over a project to build a multimilliondollar apartment complex off-campus. B-CU alleges the deal was approved by Jackson without board knowledge. Grimes is alleged to have reviewed a letter of intent without informing the BOT. ÂIf Grimes truly had the studentsÂ best interests in mind, he would have come clean and admitted his removal would in no way adversely impact the upcoming review and not result in the closure of B-CU. In fact, he is aware that SACS focuses on processes and not people,ÂŽ he continued. Some don't think the interim president should be fired. ÂRight now with the condition that our school is in, we need stability. So removing a president right now just breeds an atmosphere of chaos, in my opinion," said Denzel Smith, vice president of the Student Government Association. Students lined up outside the meeting to ensure board members saw them. Many of them carried signs calling to save the university or saying "Hail Mary," in reference to the school's founder, Mary McLeod Bethune.
Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church Celebrates 136 yearsMt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida is celebrating 136 years of service to God, family and the community. On Sunday, October 28th, at 11 a.m. Rev. Charles E. Cooper will be the morning preacher and at 4:00 p.m. Elder Michael Walker of Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church will close out the Anniversary Celebration at 1319 North Myrtle Ave. Be there, everyone else will! Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church is led by Pastor Lee E. Harris. For more info call (904) 355-0015.Greater Missionary Tabernacle Baptist Choir Anniversary CelebrationGreater Missionary Tabernacle Baptist Church located at 5730 Sawyer Avenue where Pastor J.C. Green is the pastor will celebrate the church choir anniversary on Sunday, October 28th at 5 p.m. The choir will give praise to God for all the glory and things he has done. For more info contact the church office at (904) 764-5333.Faust Temple Church of God in Christ 77th Anniversary CommemorationFaust Temple Church of God in Christ, 77th Church anniversary commemoration is scheduled for October 25th 28th at 4:30 p.m. Faust Temple is asking the community to come share in this glorious occasion. Faust Temple Church of God in Christ is located at 3328 Moncrief Rd. and under the leadership of Reverend Clarence Lee Jones, Sr. For more info contact the church office at (904) 353-1418.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.Gospel Winter JamKicking off Friday, January 11th, 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena itÂs the Gospel Winter Jam! Featuring national gospel artist in a powerful platform for showcasing Christian music's biggest hits. For tickets and more information visit www.jamtour.com.Southside COGIC Fall Revival WeekendBishop Edward Robinson and congregation of Southside Church of God In Christ (SCOGIC) presents their Homecoming Weekend themed: "Its A Family Affair" celebration, scheduled for October 26th 28th. SCOGIC is calling all current/former members, ushers, choir members, deacons and the community to join in this joyous and spiritual occasion. This three day reunion will be filled with fun, fellowship, food and family! For more info call the church office at (904) 398-1625.St. PhilipÂs Present EWCChoirSt. PhilipÂs Episcopal Church will present an evening concert featuring the Edward Waters College Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Charles Toomer, Jr., on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. The concert is free to the public; a Âfree-will offeringÂŽ will be lifted with all proceeds going to the college. This year marks the 11th year the church has hosted the concert in support of JacksonvilleÂs own local HBCU. St. PhilipÂs Episcopal Church is located at 321 W. Union Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202; if additional information is needed, contact Mrs. Barbara Lee at 904-354-1053.Central Metropolitan CME Church Harvest DayThe members of Central Metropolitan CME Church, 4611 N. Pearl Street will celebrate their annual Harvest Day on Sunday, November 11th during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Sunday school will start at 9 a.m. The guest speaker will be Reverend Ericka Dunbar. The chairperson this year is Brother Wendell Adams. Co-Chairpersons are Brother David Williams and A.J. Jones. Central Metropolitan CME is under the leadership of Pastor Roscoe C. McKinney, Jr. For more info contact call (904) 766-9558.Dr. Jeannette C. Holmes-Vann Pastor Appreciation Social and ReceptionCalling all old friends and new acquaintances to come celebrate ÂClergy Appreciation,ÂŽ in Honor of Apostle Dr. Jeannette C. Holmes-Vann, Pastor and Founder of Hope Chapel Ministries, Sunday, October 28th, at 4 p.m. in the Gladys Hunt Auditorium located at 9840 Wagner Road. Dr. Vann has made a tremendous impact on our city through social change, economic development and philanthropy. Friends, old and new are invited to join the congregation for an appetizers and dessert social reception in celebration of friendship, achievement, partnership and family. To RSVP and for more info call (904) 924-2000. Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press October 25 31, 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 A. Washington I guess itÂs all in the interpretation. I went to church intent on hearing a particular preacher, only to find him absent from the pulpit. The stand in guest ministerÂs sermon on humility was a stark reminder thatÂs it is all about the message and never the messenger. Fortunately for me, that was one of the spiritual lessons I learned from the minister who saved my life, coincidentally, the one whom I was going to hear on that Sunday. Humility, as the guest pastor was trying to clarify and explain, should be viewed from Philippians 2. That entire chapter is devoted to PaulÂs message to the Church at Philippi regarding Âimitating ChristÂs humility.ÂŽ As I listened, humility went from a concept of docile behavior to a fact of faith and strength of conduct. By that I mean, it was made clear that Christ chose to consider Himself at best equal to, if not lesser than his fellow man. Remember, weÂre talking about God here. He consciously chose to make Himself human in order to serve His divine purpose. The text tells us to ÂDo nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interest of others.ÂŽ Now my recollection of Christ says thatÂs a pretty good description of how He looked upon His duty and pretty much what got Him killed. I mean isnÂt it interesting that the most dangerous, therefore the most powerful and important, thing you can do in life is to care about someone else more than you care about yourself? This humility thing does indeed have The inherent power in this is crystal clear. Paul teaches us that it is our fundamental responsibility, as Christians, to be united in our effort to emulate JesusÂ denunciation of status, pride, ego and self. Surely, if anyone had a right to be arrogant, it was the living Son of God. You try being the walking talking Word and deliberately transform yourself into a mere mortal human being. If you can grasp that thought, please donÂt let it blow your mind because you know you couldnÂt do it. Become Christ and die willingly on the cross by the hands of mere men. Fortunately, as the minister made clear, Paul is not asking us to do the impossible. He let us know that our goal is service unto man. Put a lid on what we think of ourselves and our prideful independence in favor of our collective interdependence upon each other and the Almighty. Christ died to save us all and here in Philippi, Paul tells us that our conduct must be rooted in the following truth: out of this thing called humility, Christ saved the world. Are we better than him? Think it through. If you look down your nose at anyone for any reason, if you truly think youÂre better than anyone else, then you think youÂre better than Jesus, who thought himself no better and even less than you. He died in service to us, you and me. Do something good for someone else today simply because you can. If you donÂt get this, may God bless and keep you always. S S P P I I R R I I T T U U A A L L L L Y Y S S P P E E A A K K I I N N G G Spiritually Speaking: You Are Only Better in Your Pride Filled Mind By David Wright On Friday, October 19th the fifth annual PastorÂs Appreciation Luncheon was held at TIAA Stadium. Pastors from throughout the Jacksonville area and parts of South Georgia participated in the event that included vendors ranging from car dealerships and healthcare companies and facilities to cleaning services. Keynote speaker was retired Florida State University Coach Bobby Bowden. During his speech, Bowden shared, ÂTo the clergy in the room, prayer is strongly needed back into the schools now. The senseless death at Columbine when one of the shooters approached a young girl and asked her, if she believed in God she replied yes and then he killed her. This made me cry. There are too many problems with our school and all this unnecessary killing, we need more male role models in some these young menÂs lives,ÂŽ said Bowden. The annual luncheon is held each year to say Âthank youÂŽ to the pastors that work tirelessly to promote peace, love and harmony in the community. The master of ceremonies was morning praise 107.9 talk show host Terry Hill. Pastors from all denominations attended the event. ÂMethodists to Episcopalian, Baptists Church of God even Catholic, we are here to gain insight into healthcare, hear speakers and visit the vendor booths. Being informed, together as pastors we can heal the city and the nation,ÂŽ said Hill. Hill was adamant in conveying to attendees that no one does more for the community than our pastors. Attendees were also reminded that pastors care, pray, plan and encourage their congregations to be the best they can when interacting with their families, parishioners and friends. Shown is AARP Rep Justine Conley with pastors Jeremiah Canton and Victor Whitfield spinning the senior wheel of fortune for prizes.Annual Pastor Luncheon Spreads Love, Information and Appreciation
More than 2 million African Americans were disenfranchised from voting in 2016 because of felony convictions, according to a report compiled in advance of the upcoming midterm elections by the Sentencing Project a Washington, D.C. -based organization that is a leader in changing the way Americans think about crime and punishment. The report, titled ÂExpanding the Vote: Two Decades of Felony Disenfranchisement Reform,ÂŽ noted that more than 6 million citizens will be ineligible to vote in November 2018Âs midterm elections because of felony convictions. Nearly 4.7 million are not incarcerated. They live in 34 states that prohibit voting by people on probation, parole or who have completed their sentence. ÂRacial disparities in the criminal justice system also translate into higher rates of disenfranchisement in communities of color, resulting in one of every 13 AfricanAmericans adults being ineligible to vote,ÂŽ the report said. Some 2,228,118 million African Americans were disenfranchised with felony convictions in 2016 out of a voting age population of 29,932,674 million for a total disenfranchisement of 7.44 percent for the voting age population. Those disenfranchised includes people in prison, on parole, on felony probation, in jail and in postsentencing. There were total 557,169 African Americans in prison in 2016. Some of the states with the highest number of black prison inmates were: Texas (58, 254), Alabama (17,775), California (39,451), Florida (50,110), Georgia (31,814), North Carolina (21,304) New York, (25,524) Louisiana (24,848), Pennsylvania (24,360), Virginia (23, 593), and Michigan (23,015). October 25 31, 2018 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 If you have watched any National Football League (NFL) games this year, you probably saw a unique logo on uniforms, team gear or even the football fields with the phrase ÂCrucial Catch.ÂŽ At first glance, you might assume that the words are directly related to the game itself, but itÂs the name given to the partnership that has been established between the NFL and American Cancer Society (ACS). For the 10th year, the NFL and the ACS are working together to support the fight against cancer through "Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer." The initiative, which kicked off during week one of the new season and continued through last weekÂs games, addresses early detection and risk reduction efforts for multiple cancers. Last weekend, the Jacksonville chapter of the 100 Black Men (J100) partnered with Jaguars Foundation and Jaguars players to host cancer survivors and their guests for a meal and activities during the 2018 Crucial Catch Â… Intercept Cancer event. The event is an invitation for cancer survivors and their families to enjoy an evening at Velocity Air recreational center. Locally, the J100 has been focused on fighting cancer through their ÂMen Tackling the Big C,ÂŽ (MBTC) initiative that focuses on prostate cancer awareness. The effort works to enlighten at-risk men on prostate cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. As part of MTBC, the J100 invited eight survivor families to the Crucial Catch event. The J100 invited cancer survivors and their families included: Paul Tutwiler (J100 member), Dr. Leonard Love, Chelsea Hunt, Veronica Glover, and Monique Ellis. J100 members in attendance were Albert Chester, VP Development Ken Pinnix and President Charles Griggs. The NFL partnership also included Jags linebacker Donald Payne (#52), who worked closely with the organization and will represent the J100 MTBC during the NFL My Cause My Cleats campaign. The J100 reminds its members, families and friends network that with early detection cancer is 100% treatable. RESTORATION1Â€2Â€3 PHASE 1Public SafetyHospitals, shelters, police and re stationsPHASE 2Individual CustomersNeighborhoods and businessesPHASE 3Final RepairsAll remaining outagesUpdate your contact info at jea.com STORM SEASON IS HERE.WE ARE READY. ARE YOU? Registration is now open through December 7, 2018 for the Annual James Lee Coon, Jr. African American Brain Brawl Competition.Teams will compete in the following grade divisions: elementary grades 3-5, middle school grades 6-8 and high school grades 9-12. A team will consist of 4 players,1 alternate, and coach/advisor. Multiple team entries are not allowed in the same grade division. The brain brawl was created by the late James Lee Coon, Jr. when he was 15 years old. In his own words, ÂBasically I wanted to show something positive happening in the Black community.ÂŽ On January 22, 1995, his life was tragically taken. ÂHe believed in unity in the community and a community gathering of all races.ÂŽ shared his mother Sharon Coon. Active in the Jacksonville community and already making his mark as a trailblazer, his last words were ÂLet me live so I can finish college.ÂŽ The competition will be on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Edward Waters College, 6951 ew Kings Road. For more information, contact Mr. Al Buckner, Registration chair at 904-312-0682 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgBlack History Brain Brawl Accepting Teen Team Entries Game attendees are shown above100 Black Men of Jax, Jaguars Make "Crucial Catch" for Cancer Survivors City Seeking Applicants for Crime and Safety Task ForceCity Council President Aaron L. Bowman is establishing the Task Force on Safety and Crime Prevention to make recommendations for how the City can better coordinate programs and funding for safety and crime reduction. Applications are being accepted for a task force chair and members. To apply, email Aaron L. Bowman email@example.com or Carol Brock firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-1386. More Than 2 Million Blacks CouldnÂt Vote in 2016 Because of Felony Convictions
Comedian Shaun JonesComedian Shaun Jones will be at the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd. October 25th 27th, 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Jones has been seen on BETÂS Comic View, Starz Â1st Amendment StandupÂŽ Âand "Shade," at the Comedy Zone. For tickets visit www.comedyzone.com.Costumes and Cocktails at the RitzCostumes and Cocktails event to benefit teen leaders of America and youth after school and summer programs. Come dressed in your costume and enjoy karaoke, Friday, October 26th at 8 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre and Museum, 829 N. Davis St. For more info visit www.ritzjacksonville.com.UFBlack Alumni FLA/GA TailgateThe University of Florida Association of Black Alumni Jacksonville chapter (UF ABA Jax) will host its first free Gator Nation tailgate and watch party on Saturday, October 27th, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Phillip Randolph St. Plaza. BYOB, lawn chairs, play yard games, dominoes, dance, win Gator swag, food trucks and more! For more info email Marques Wilkes at email@example.com Town Breast Cancer Awareness DayNew Town Success Zone in Collaboration with Edward Waters College and Mayo Clinic presents a ÂBreast Cancer Awareness, From Baby Boomers to MillennialÂŽ event scheduled for Saturday, O ctober 27th 9:30 a.m. 12 p.m. in the EWC Milne Auditorium, 1401 Grunthal. Representatives from community agencies will be sharing info about breast cancer awareness. For more info call (904) 470-8899.Sesame Street Live! You're invited to Elmo's amazing journey to discover the "power of yet" in Sesame Street Live!, Sunday, October 28th, at the Times-Union Center, 300 Water St. For tickets and more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.LJ Alumni LuncheonLeadership Jacksonville annual Alumni luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30th, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event is for all alumni of Leadership Jacksonville, New Leadership Summit and Honorary members. Location is the Double Tree by Hilton, 1200 Riverplace Boulevard. For tickets and more info visit www.leadershipjax.org.FSCJ Fall Career FairAttend the Fall Career Fair on Thursday, ovember 1st, 10 a.m. 1 p.m. for a free event open to FSCJ students, alumni and the general public. Don't miss your chance to connect with nearly 100 local, regional and national employers. Location is the FSCJ Advanced Technology Center, 401 W State St. For a complete list of employers and workshop schedule visit www.fscj.edu/careerfair.Diabetes SummitThe Jacksonville Diabetes Education and Awareness Summit will commence Thursday, ovember 1st, at 5:30 p.m. at the Salem Centre, 7235 Bonneval Rd. On site will be diabetes/medical professionals, members of faithbased communities, city officials, community groups and Lilly Pharmaceuticals representatives and testimonials from individuals living with diabetes. To RSVP and for more info contact Linnie Finley at (904) 723-4007.First ThursdaysThe First Thursday Entrepreneur Business meeting is scheduled for Thursday, ovember 1st at 5:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville Urban League Bldg, 903 W. Union St. Meetings are for the entrepreneur, small business owner and professionals interested in learning how to start and sustain their businesses. For more info visit www.firstthursdayjacksonville.org.Comedian Brad WilliamsComedian Brad Williams will appear at the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd., ovember 1st 3rd, for two shows: 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Brad was on Comedy Underground, Live at Gotham, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Mind Of Mencia, and Pitboss and Nip and Tuck. For tickets and more info visit www.comedyzone.com.Jacksonville PorchFestThe fifth annual Jacksonville PorchFest, a music festival held on the front porches of Historic Springfield, will take place on Saturday, ovember 3rd from 12 9 p.m. The free event will feature musicians from diverse genres. For more info contact Heather Benefield at (904) 353-7727.CWM Pearls & CufflinksClara White Mission Pearls and Cufflinks Annual Gala presents: ÂEgyptian NightsÂŽ Saturday, ovember 3rd, 6 9 p.m. at Citi located at 14000 Citicards Way. For tickets and more info visit www.clarawhitemission.org. Chamber Military Appreciation LuncheonThe JAX Chamber's 16th annual Military Appreciation Luncheon celebrates outstanding active duty, veterans and retired military personnel, honoring the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the many veterans of past wars, Monday, ovember 5th, 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 225 Coast Line Drive East. For tickets and more info visit www.myjaxchamber.com.Women Empowering Women SeminarAttend the Rethreaded ÂWomen Empowering WomenÂŽ event scheduled for Thursday, ovember 8th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Come get to know other women in the community who want to make a difference. The evening will include group networking, delish eats, shopping and more! Location Rethreaded Headquarters at 820 Barnett St. For tickets visit www.rethreaded.com/pages/WEW.Golden utcrackerThe Golden Nutcracker, ÂA Holiday TreatÂŽ stage play with the Jacksonville Arts Academy will be on stage Thursday, ovember 8th 11th at the Ritz Theater, 829 N. Davis St. For tickets and more info visitwww.nutcracker.jaxarts.org.Marlin & Barrel Rum Tasting CruiseMarlin & Barrel Rum Tasting Cruise is scheduled for Friday, ovember 9th at 5 p.m. Cruise along the scenic waterways of Amelia Island as the sun sets and enjoy the hand-crafted quality of spirits produced from all Florida ingredients. Board the Cruise at Amelia River Cruises & Charters, 1 North Front Street, Suite #3, Fernandina Beach, FL For tickets and more info visit firstname.lastname@example.org.Big Bros Big Sis Margarita JÂVilleMargarita JÂVille will take place Friday, ovember 9th from 6 p.m. 10 p.m. at Casa Marina Hotel, 691 1st St N, Jacksonville Beach. The Chris Thomas band will be playing live music to while guest sip margaritas and eat island inspired cuisine. For tickets and more info call (904) 727-9797.WJCDC Day of ThanksNorthwest Jax Community Development Corp. ÂDay of ThanksÂŽ community celebration and food giveaway is scheduled for Friday, ovember 9th at 9 a.m. at the NWJCDC office, 3416 Moncrief Avenue, Suite 200. NWJCDC will recognize community leaders and organizations for thier service, art mural unveiling, free food, clothing giveaway, health screenings, hurricane recovery assistance, senior and elderly care and housing information. For more info call (904) 598-9196.P.R.I.D.E Book Club MeetingPeople Reading for Inspiration Discussion and Enjoyment (P.R.I.D.E) 25th anniversary is scheduled for Saturday, ovember 10th, at 6 p.m. Book for discussion with the author is ÂFour WomenÂŽ by Nikesha Elise Williams. To RSVP, contact Felice Franklin at (904) 389-8417Buffalo Soldiers Veteran DanceThe Buffalo Soldiers Veteran Dance annual fundraiser will take place, Saturday, ovember 10th, 9 p.m. 1 a.m. at the the MAA Hall, 8206 Phillips Hwy #22. Come dressed to impressed! For tickets contact Mr. Joe at (904) 386-2607.Comedian Carlos Mencia inConcertComedian Carlos Mencia will be at the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd., ovember 15th 17th for two shows daily 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. For tickets visit www.comedyzone.com.COJ/PC on Profit Training WorkshopAttend the City of Jacksonville and Non Profit Center ÂUnderstanding Non-profits and Obtaining 501(c)(3) StatusÂŽ training workshop scheduled for ovember 15th, 5:30 8:30 p.m. at City Hall, 117 West Duval St. To register contact the Neighborhood Services Office at (904) 255-8250.Diavolo NBCÂs AmericaÂs Got Talent, Diavolo will be bringing its acrobatics and architectural artistry to the Thrasher-Horne Center, 283 College Dr, Orange Park, Friday, ovember 16th at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more info visit www.thcenter.org.Fall Festival Annual Chili Cook-offThe Annual Fall Festival 22nd annual Chili Cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, ovember 17th at 11 3 p.m. at Riverplace Shopping Center, 11111 San Jos Blvd. Enjoy a silent auction, chili contest, and more! For more info contact Alan Painter at (904) 703-0130.Wine & Trucks Fall FestivalAttend Edible Northeast FloridaÂs inaugural ÂFall Festival,ÂŽ Saturday, ovember 17th, 12 p.m. 8 p.m. at Jax Beach Seawalk Pavilion, 75 1st St. N., Jax Beach, FL. The festival features community food and wine tasting, food trucks, live music, crafts and more! For tickets visit www.eventbrite.com.SIAA MeetingThe Springfield Improvement Association and Archives dinner and presentations scheduled for Saturday, ovember 17th, at 6:30 p.m. Location is the Springfield Improvement Association and Archives, 210 West 7th Street. For more info call (904) 633-9308.Straight o ChaserThe a cappella group Straight No Chaser mixes stunning vocals with lively performances for unique spins on contemporary standards ranging from Bruno Mars to Bob Dylan and will perform at the Florida Theater, Sunday ovember 18th at 2 p.m. For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com.Thanksgiving Brunch at Casa marinaThanksgiving Brunch at Casa Marina Hotel, 691 1st St N, Jacksonville Beach, Fl., Thursday, ovember 22nd, 11 a.m. Â… 3 p.m. Enjoy an omelet station, shrimp display, waffles, a desert station more! For more info visit www.casamarina.com.Comedian Benji BrownComedian Benji Brown has taken over stages and airwaves with his original style of comedic relief. twill be in town, Friday, ovember 23rd at 7 p.m. For tickets and for more info visit www.floridatheatre.com.Â Page 8 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene AROUND TOWN AROUND TOWN October 25 31, 2018 Enclosed is my __ check __ money order for $38.50 (within city limits) __$43.00 (outside of Jacksonville) NAME ___________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS ________________________________________________________________ CITY____________________________________ STATE______ ZIP_________________ If this is a gift subscription it is provided by (so gift notification card can be sent) ______________________________________ Please send check or money order to: Jacksonville Free Press P.O. 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Understanding what's considered normal mental health can be tricky. See how feelings, thoughts and behaviors determine mental health and how to recognize if you or a loved one needs help. What's the difference between mental health and mental illness? Sometimes the answer is clear, but often the distinction between mental health and mental illness isn't so obvious. For example, if you're afraid of giving a speech in public, does it mean you have a mental health condition or a run-of-themill case of nerves? Or, when does shyness become a case of social phobia? Here's help understanding how mental health conditions are identified. Why is it so tough to tell what's normal? It's often difficult to distinguish normal mental health from mental illness because there's no easy test to show if something's wrong. Also, primary mental health conditions can be mimicked by physical disorders. Mental health conditions aren't due to a physical disorder and are diagnosed and treated based on signs and symptoms, as well as on how much the condition affects your daily life. For example, a mental health condition can affect your: Behavior. Obsessive handwashing or drinking too much alcohol might be a sign of a mental health condition. Feelings. Sometimes a mental health condition is characterized by a deep or ongoing sadness, euphoria or anger. Thinking. Delusions Â„ fixed beliefs that aren't changeable in light of conflicting evidence Â„ or thoughts of suicide might be symptoms of a mental health condition. What is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is a guide published by the American Psychiatric Association that explains the signs and symptoms of several hundred mental health conditions. Mental health providers use the DSM to diagnose everything from anorexia to voyeurism and, if necessary, determine appropriate treatment. Health insurance companies also use the DSM to determine coverage and benefits. How do mental health providers diagnose mental health conditions? To determine if you have a mental health condition, a mental health provider will work with you and your loved ones to assess your symptoms, including when they began and how they've affected your life. Your mental health provider is likely to ask about: Your perceptions. How much your signs and symptoms affect your daily activities can help determine what's normal for you. For instance, you might realize that you aren't coping well or that you don't want to do the things you used to enjoy. You might feel sad, hopeless or discouraged. If your sadness has a specific cause, such as divorce, your feelings could be a normal, temporary reaction. However, if you have symptoms that are severe or don't go away, you could have depression. You might also need to have a physical exam to rule out any underlying health conditions. Others' perceptions. Your perceptions alone might not give you an accurate picture of your behavior, thoughts or ability to function. Other people in your life can help you understand whether your behavior is normal or healthy. For example, if you have bipolar disorder, you might think your mood swings are just part of the normal ups and downs of life. Your thoughts and actions, however, might appear abnormal to others or cause problems at work, in relationships or in other areas of your life. When is an evaluation or treatment needed? Each mental health condition has its own signs and symptoms. In general, however, professional help might be needed if you experience: Marked changes in personality, eating or sleeping patterns An inability to cope with problems or daily activities Strange or grandiose ideas Excessive anxiety Prolonged depression or apathy Thoughts about suicide Substance abuse Extreme mood swings or excessive anger, hostility or violent behavior Many people who have mental health conditions consider their signs and symptoms a normal part of life or avoid treatment out of shame or fear. If you're concerned about your mental health, don't hesitate to seek advice. Consult your family doctor or make an appointment with a counselor or psychologist. With appropriate support, you can identify mental health conditions and explore treatment options, such as medications or counseling. Five Ways You Can Create More Happiness Feel more joy by brining consciousness, gratitude and fun into your day. Try these five practices to boost your happiness. It may seem hard to believe, but there is a lot of truth behind the idea that happiness is a choice. Although genetics and life circumstances play a role in your level of happiness, you do have control over much of it. ItÂs unrealistic, of course, to snap your fingers and decide to be happy. But if you bring consciousness, gratitude and event frivolity to your day, youÂll likely feel more joyful. So, just how can you do that? Try these five ways to boost your level of happiness: Reconnect with what brings you joy. From throwing around a baseball to taking art classes, everyone has activities they used to enjoy. Perhaps a busy schedule or aging body got you out of the habit or made you feel like you should quite. Regardless of the reason you stopped, give those fun activities a try again. Reconnecting with what you love to do is a simple way to increase your joy. Get in the zone. Have you ever been so involved in something that time seems to stand still and your concerns seem to disappear? This is called being in a state of flow. ItÂs a state of complete engagement in the task at hand, and it can boost your happiness. Playing a musical instrument and getting lost in a good book are examples of how you can into the flow. Find novelty in everyday. Your brain is attracted to things that are new or novel. When you are paying attention to something new, you are focused on the present moment, which can boost feelings of happiness. Engage your brain by finding something new or seeing something in a new way. Put yourself first. There will always be something you ÂshouldÂŽ be doing. That to-do list will never end. ItÂs up to you to find balance. If you keep a calendar, add something at least once a week thatÂs just for you. Let your family know that this is a priority, so you donÂt rick canceling as soon as something else pops up. Immerse yourself in nature. Spending time in nature can reduce stress and increase feelings of vitality, awe, gratitude and compassion. Nature nurtures and restores. It is one of the greatest resources for happiness. Experiment: Make a list of activities that you used to enjoy but have given up in recent years. Choose one to reconnect with and dedicate at least two weeks to it. See if this activity makes you happier and consider making time for it again. Consider things that have made you both happy and unhappy in the past. Make a list and let it guide your path to happiness. October 25 31, 2018 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press Page 9 M M e e n n t t a a l l H H e e a a l l t t h hWhat's ormal, What's ot? For more than ten years, the Southern WomenÂs Show has come to Jacksonville and brought thousands of locals out to shop and fellowship with over 400 exhibits featured. Kicking off last week, this yearÂs event was well attended as visitors and vendors packed the Prime Osborne Convention Center. According to event sponsors, the show grows in popularity every year as guest shop through a diverse offering of items. From gourmet treats and the latest fashion accessories to closet design options, there is something for everyone. While open to anyone, the large crowds primarily included sisters, friends, mothers, aunties, grandmothers and BFFÂs holding court and enjoying themselves as they perused through booth after booth of unique products and services. With over 100,000 square feet of space, the Southern Womens Show is one of the largest event held in the city annually. Attendees were able to get medical advice, free health screenings and hourly entertainment on the main stage. Each year women come prepared to be pampered and indulge in hundreds of boutiques and booths filled with trendy jewelry, health and beauty and so much more. Attendees also enjoyed fashion shows, top chefs, and celebrity guests. The Show opened with Heroes Day honoring military, police, fire and rescue personnel. On Friday night the theme was ÂGirls Night Out,ÂŽ packed with women eager to spend the day shopping till they dropped. The weekend ended with Mother/Daughter Day and the celebration of teacherÂs day on Sunday. Doris Shipman-Huff and Christine Williams enjoy the eventSouthern Women Show a Time for Fellowship and Shopping Black Women Voters Seek to Shake up MidtermsContinued from page 1 ÂThe Trump presidency has repeatedly undermined the Affordable Care Act and other health programs that benefit the health of Black women. Black women will step up and vote for those who will work together with us to create health equity so that our families and communities can thrive,ÂŽ Mayes said. The pain of Black women and their rising up as one has also been heard in the LGBTQ community, said Candace Bond-Theriault, a reproductive health, rights and justice policy counsel and democracy project director at the National LGBTQ Task Force. ÂWe too are a part of the American body politic and though the system is broken, we demand a seat at the table so we can center our own experiences and stories and vote for candidates who are dedicated to our collective liberation,ÂŽ Bond-Theriault said. ÂAll of the issues that we care about Â… living in neighborhoods with safe drinking water, nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQIA folks, and access to safe, legal abortion Â… are always on the ballot because the legislators we elect will make decisions that affect our everyday lives.ÂŽ In a series examining the role of women in the 2018 midterm elections, NPR noted that more than a year and a half ago, the day after Trump was inaugurated, millions of women worldwide took to the streets in fury over his election. It was a massive show of resistance. Already, a record number of women have run and won primaries for the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, and governorships this year, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, and a record number of women have also won nominations for state legislatures; the vast majority are Democrats.
Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 10 October 25 31, 2018 Shown l-r are 2018 Stop the Violence awardees: Dr. Diana L. Greene, Dr. Patricia S. Willis, Dr. Albert Chester II, Jackie Simmons, Dr. Fabienne M. aomi, Dr. Ephraim Riggins Pharm D., Dr. Erta C. Livingston, Aaron W. Bebernitz, Hank Coxe Esq., Chad Bullard,Paul Tutwiler, Dr. James H. Vick II andCarla page (Mother Dean Hall 2018 Legacy Award) and Richard Lynn.El Beth El Continues Legacy of Awarding Community Leaders for their Leadership and Activism Every year, the El-Beth-El Development Center recognizes key community leaders for their outstanding work in making a difference in Jacksonville. At a time in the city when crime is at the forefront of the minds of many city leaders and citizens, the organization continues to do itÂs part through community outreach and the recognition of trailblazers and those directly changing lives. Last week, El-Beth-El held its 9th annual ÂStop the Violence RecognitionÂŽ banquet at the International Fire Fighters Local #122 Hall. Since 2009, the organization has honored dedicated individuals from Northeast Florida for outstanding achievements, leadership and their contributions in helping Jacksonville build a stronger and healthier community. Fourteen young people were also recognized for outstanding academic achievement and bestowed awards as ÂStop the ViolenceÂŽ recognition honorees. Each student received a $100 gift card and a recognition certificate. This yearÂs Master of Ceremony was Craig Shoup from the Public Defender Office, and the guest speaker was Duval County Public Schools newly appointed superintendent Dr. Diane L. Greene. El-Beth-El Development Center is a faith based nonprofit organization committed to empowering underprivileged communities in Jacksonville. Riverside, CA Â„ Horace Roberts, an African American man from California who was framed for the murder of his lover, has been fully exonerated after new evidence proved him innocent. Recent DNA testing of evidence found on the crime scene pointed to the two suspects responsible for the murder, the victimÂs husband and nephew. Meanwhile, new arrests have been made and Roberts finally gets to enjoy freedom after spending 20 years in prison. On April 1998, police found a woman, identified as Terry Yvette Cheek, strangled and lying on the lake shore. Found nearby was a pickup truck abandoned on the side of CaliforniaÂs I-15 in Riverside County. Initially, the investigations led to CheekÂs lover and co-worker, Horace Roberts, who was the owner of the truck. A wristwatch found in the crime scene was believed to be his, too. Roberts was convicted of seconddegree murder in 1999 and was sentenced to 15 years to life. But years later, the California Innocence Project found that the wristwatch wasnÂt RobertsÂ and he wasnÂt the one driving his truck. New evidence from the DNA testing connected CheekÂs husband, Googie Harris, and HarrisÂ nephew, Joaquin Leal, to the crime. Harris, now age 62, and Leal, now age 52, have been arrested in the case and are being held on murder charges in lieu of $1 million bail. Justin Brooks, director of the California Innocence Project, said Roberts was a victim of a ÂsetupÂŽ by CheekÂs jealous husband, Harris. He told The Washington Post, ÂI guess [Harris] was getting the ultimate revenge: First setting him up for the crime, then making sure he gets put away for life. And then going to his parole hearings to make sure he stays there.ÂŽ Brian Sussman, the retired Riverside County prosecutor who tried Roberts for murder three times, was remorseful. He said, ÂI thought we were doing the right thing. I am sorry from the bottom of my heart. It should have never happened.ÂŽ Roberts has been out of prison since October 3. He is now in South Carolina with his family, including his wife who was with him despite the trials and his three children, who are now adults. The California Innocence Project welcomed Roberts as he stepped out of jail. They recorded a video as he freely walked and tossed his prison clothes into the trash can and as he satisfyingly sipped soda in the back seat of the car. ÂThis is what I love most. This is what I miss more than anything, is my freedom,ÂŽ Roberts contentedly said. 14-Year Old Girl Being Punched By Officers Was Justified, According to Florida Police Chief Coral Springs, FL Â„ Another viral video has sparked controversy between police and African Americans. This time, it involves two police officers beating up a 14year old Black girl on the ground as seen in the video. Many have been appalled by the policeÂs excessive use of force, including the girlÂs mother who is considering taking legal actions. On October 18th, Coral Springs police responded to a disturbance call at Coral Square Mall. A group of teens, who were allegedly released early from school, was reported by mall security for causing a ruckus and harassing mallgoers. One teen reportedly pushed a 5year-old and another one hit another teen. Police officers who responded gave the teens a trespass warning and forced them off the mall. But before the police could leave, some of the teens went back and they arrested one of the boys. The 14year-old girl cursed and tried to rile up her other friends, police said in a Ârumor controlÂŽ statement through a Twitter post. ThatÂs when the police forced the girl to the ground and punched her Âattempting to get her to release her fists. In order to have her comply, she was struck in the side to release her clenched fistsÂ…she was then handcuffed,ÂŽ the police statement continued. ÂWhat you see on video is the officer delivering some strikes, distraction strikes to an area where she has her hands concealed underneath her,ÂŽ said Coral Springs police Deputy Chief Brad McKeone. ÂThe officers donÂt know what she may have in her possession. ThatÂs a concern.ÂŽ The girlÂs mother, Jessica Dennis, believes her daughter wasnÂt aggressive to receive such violence. She said in a media interview, ÂIÂm angry. I would never expect this to happen. Her hands were pinned up. It was just too much.ÂŽ Her attorney, Meeghan Moldof, said the police were clearly being brutal on the girl. She said, ÂHeÂs just gut-shotting her, like one after another. The video speaks for itself. ThatÂs the truth right there.ÂŽ The 14-year old girl is facing three charges and was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center in Fort Lauderdale. 60-Year Old Man Finally Freed From Prison After Serving 20 Years on a Bad Wrap Horace Roberts
Cable network Lifetime has unveiled a trailer for a new documentary series that promises to tell the Âuntold storyÂŽ of the women who endured R. KellyÂs abuse. The documentary, Surviving R. Kelly, which will run in three parts and clock in at six hours total, may be the most comprehensive and detailed look at KellyÂs long history of sexual abuse allegations, which span at least 30 years. ÂThereÂs a difference between R. Kelly and Robert,ÂŽ says a womanÂs voice over footage of Kelly performing. ÂR. Kelly is this fun, laughing, loving guy. But Robert is the devil.ÂŽ The docuseries, executive produced by dream hampton, will span R. KellyÂs life and career from 1970 to the present day. Rolling Stone reports the film also includes interviews from dozens of people closely connected to Kelly, including exgirlfriend Kitti Jones, ex-wife Andrea Kelly, and his brothers Carey and Bruce, as well as Tarana Burke, John Legend, Wendy Williams and Sparkle. Not only does the trailer hint at the difference between Robert Kelly and his stage persona, which is still beloved by legions of devoted fans, the movie promises to explore the ways KellyÂs alleged crimes have been enabled, as well as delve into why his victimsÂ„ many of them black womenÂ„have not been taken seriously. ÂSome very brave black women have trusted us with their stories, their truth and their trauma,ÂŽ hampton said in a statement. ÂThey are survivors, and IÂm honored to share their stories with the world.ÂŽ The series, which was announced in May this year, is slated to air on Lifetime on Jan. 3, 2019. October 25 31, 2018 Page 11 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press Shown is Cocoa with fans Bryant and Anne GauseComedian Cocoa Brown Delights Fans with Edgy Comedy For more than 20 years, comedian Cocoa Brown crowds around the country with her edgy and politically conscious comedy. Brown has built a successful career with appearances in several movies, and as a co-star on the hit show Â9-1-1,ÂŽ currently airing on the Fox. Last weekend, Cocoa brought her comedic talents to Jacksonville as she was the headliner at the Comedy Club located on Beach Blvd. The show was sold out with fans excited to see the comedy legend discuss her life, politics and family antics. Brown has said that her roots in comedy began as a young lady in grade school making her classmates laugh. Fast forward several decades later and sheÂs still at it. Her edgy comedy has made her a fan favorite, and allowed her to build a strong following throughout the country. Cocoa credits her success to the fact that sheÂs real with her fans. She says that draws material from both joyful and painful life lessons, bravely weaving humorous tales that uplift, upend, and transform. R. Kelly Captive Accusers Share Painful Stories in ew Lifetime Docuseries Known for their commitment to the community and charitable giving, last weekend, the Crimson and Cream of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Alumnae Chapter hosted a comedy explosion show and fundraiser with local comedians at the Salem Centre on Bonneval Rd. The event was a success as sorors and guests filled the center to hear the amusements of local comedians: Funnybone, Lady AJ, K. Webb and Ozrick Cooley. DJ King Ron provided music spinning old school hits. Proceeds support the educational and charitable programs of the sorority. On February 9, 1946, the Alpha Iota Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, now known as Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter, was officially chartered. The local chapter is a diverse group of professional women who have combined their knowledge and skills to launch a series of public service programs that have been maintained and expanded for 66 years. Shown are comedians smiling after the sold out show L-R are comedians Funnybone, Lady AJ and K. Webb R. Kelly Delta Fundraiser Explodes with Laughter for Charitable Programs Before Cosby Verdict, Judge Whistled Theme from ÂKill BillÂ by Stacy Brown ÂKill Bill,ÂŽ apparently was on Judge Steven T. OÂNeillÂs mind just before a jury convicted Bill Cosby of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in April. As the comedian bids to overturn his conviction, courtroom observers recalled the now-infamous moment as OÂNeill walked through the courthouse, making a pitstop near the juror deliberation room and belted out ÂTwisted Nerve,ÂŽ the song that Daryl HannahÂs character whistled as she was about to murder the bride in the 2003 Quentin Tarantino flick. ItÂs not clear if OÂNeillÂs whistling was innocent and without ill intention, but his odd choice of tunes was noticed by those in the courthouse. ÂOn the day of the verdicts, before the jury reached a decision, everyone saw OÂNeill walking through the courthouse, which itself was weird, and we all heard the judge whistling outside of where the jurors were deliberating,ÂŽ said Pauline Knightner, who was at the court the day the jury reached its verdict. ÂIf you have any doubts that OÂNeill should recuse himself, just think about that for a moment,ÂŽ Knightner said. ÂHe whistles for them to ÂKill Bill,Â and whatÂs Mr. CosbyÂs name? Bill,ÂŽ she said. ÂClearly, the judge was sending a message and then the jury comes right out and says they have a verdict? No, I definitely believe something is wrong and I think they should at least let another judge look at all the facts.ÂŽ David Black, a writer for the hit NBC Television series, ÂLaw & Order,ÂŽ said he also heard the whistling judge. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin SteeleÂs spokeswoman Kate Delano hasnÂt returned several messages to NNPA Newswire for comment. CosbyÂs spokesman Andrew Wyatt declined to comment. Steele this week slammed Bill CosbyÂs request for a retrial, particularly citing the comedianÂs request for Judge Steven OÂNeill to recuse himself. ÂThe claims he raises in his postsentence motion do not warrant evidentiary development, several have already been rejected, and they are all meritless. ItÂs time to move on, it is time for the appellate courts to bring this case one step closer to finality,ÂŽ Steele said. Hospice Patients Channel Movie Characters for a ight of Halloween Magic and FantasyOn Saturday, Oct. 20, just in time for Halloween, Community Hospice transformed the Jacksonville Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall into a galaxy far, far away. As an homage to the cinematic classic ÂStar Wars,ÂŽ this yearÂs theme was ÂMay The Doors Be With You.ÂŽ It was a star-studded event with appearances from Harry Potter, Dorrie, Nemo, Shrek and Darth Vader. Halloween Doors & More is a gala of a different sort where guests saw huge smiles on the faces of children and adults alike. At this yearÂs star-studded event, kids and parents enjoyed a day of magic, fantasy and so much more. Proceeds from the event support the specialized needs and medical care of the child, their parents and siblings, other family members, caregivers, classmates and teachers under hospice care. Counseling and spiritual support help parents and siblings deal with the strain, facilitate legacy-building and can help parents to secure resources. Shown is a Hospice patient creatively dressed as as surgeon looking over at his partner in hospital crime, Jack-Jack from The Incredibles.
Page 12 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press October 25 31, 2018 Entrepreneur Brings Barbershop to the Homeless for Haircut Day with a Mission By Lynn Jones Corey Harris was headed down the wrong path and decided to do something about it. He invested in a career and this future by becoming a barber and entrepreneur. As a single father of four kids, Harris wanted to provide his children with positive images of himself as a business owner. During CoreyÂs elementary and middle school years he stayed in the principalÂs office and was in trouble on a daily basis. Harris was not focused and school, and spent most of this time skipping classes and hanging with the wrong crowd. In fact, he failed his high school equivalency exam three times. Corey became a product of the streets witnessing his friends being sent to jail or going to prison for long term stints. Finally after a motivational talk from his father, Corey set his sights on earning his GED from Florida State College of Jacksonville (FSCJ). ÂI really got off to a bad start. I was not caring about nothing; my friends were either in jail or going to prison. If it werenÂt for my dad, mom and stepfather, IÂd be in prison too. IÂve been to jail, but prison was a no go.ÂŽ Since recommitting his life, Harris is investing in his community. Last Saturday, Corey and his team of barbers held their 3rd Annual Hollywood Cuts Barbershop ÂBeyond the Clippers Haircut Giveback Day,ÂŽ at the Clara White Mission. Over the course of three years, Hollywood Cuts has provided quality haircuts for over 500 needy individuals. During the weekendÂs event, the team donated fifty haircuts to Clara White Mission residents, veterans and homeless men in the area near Ashley and Beaver Streets in downtown Jacksonville. Corey remarked, ÂWe made this haircut day our signature event to give back to the men in the community. I encourage the barbers in my shop to get involved and understand the domino effect of supporting others and giving to the less fortunate.ÂŽ Corey also gives back by speaking at local schools motivating students to stay in school, ÂOne thing about todayÂs student, if you are weird its up to you to use your weirdness to your advantage and not be afraid to succeed.ÂŽ He added, ÂMillennials will not work a job for 20-30 years. The time is now to live your best life and not be afraid to succeed,ÂŽ said Corey. The time is now to live your best life and not be afraid to succeed,ÂŽ said Corey shown with his coworker Jeremy Pitts cutting hair for patrons Danny McAlister and Carlos Jones. Continued from page 1 ÂWe thought that we lived in a better community than that,ÂŽ said museum Director Gayle Phillips. She said her staff are ÂheartbrokenÂŽ over the markerÂs vandalism. ÂWe can disagree about a lot of different things, but it doesnÂt give me the right to destroy somebody elseÂs property because I disagree with it. And I think that we have to get to the point where we respect each other as human beings again,ÂŽ she said. St. Johns County provided a makeshift marker for the ceremony while the search continued for the thieves. saac Barrett, an African American tenant farmer, was lynched in St. Johns County, Florida on June 5, 1897, after he was accused of assaulting the family of his white employer. According to press accounts, Barrett had a disagreement with the family about money owed to him and the employerÂs wife called him a racial slur. Shortly after, Barrett was accused of attacking them and their children. While officers were transporting Barrett to the local magistrate, a mob of twelve armed, masked white men abducted him in the Orangedale area, and hanged him from an oak tree along the riverbank as a ÂconfessionÂŽ and as evidence the he deserved his fate. Like nearly all documented lynching victims, Isaac Barrett never had a chance to defend himself in a court of law, and was killed without a trail. The dedication was in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative. EJI believes more must be done to advance our collective goal of equal justice for all. The St. Johns Remembrance Project and Lincolnville Museum also collaborated with the EJI to present and dedicate the marker to the hundreds of families that prematurely died by violent intimidation. Leading up to the dedication, local students submitted essays on the images and narration of lynching in the United States. Civil rights activist and author Rodney Hurst Sr. spoke to the crowd on the importance of the marker dedication and how he has dedicated his life to fighting injustices and documenting what it has meant, and continues to mean, to be living while Black in the United States. Shown at the dedication is Rodney Hurst delivering a rousing message in the history to lynching in the United States. ( Lenny Foster photo)orthwest Jax Day of ThanksNorthwest Jax Community Development Corp. ÂDay of ThanksÂŽ community celebration and food giveaway is scheduled for Friday, ovember 9th at 9 a.m. at the NWJCDC office, 3416 Moncrief Avenue, Suite 200. The event will include an art mural unveiling, free food, clothing giveaway, health screenings, hurricane recovery assistance, senior and elderly care and housing information. . Female student athletes at Ribault High School awarded $100 gift cards from Jags players Myles Jack and Telvin Smith From Left to right: George Maxey, Jags player Myles Jacks, Kayla Lockett, Tori Grier, Tamera Ray, Siria Pickins, Shani Mckee and Jags Player Telvin Smith, Sr. Jags Visit Ribault to Honor Student Achievements Each month the Jacksonville Jaguars promote ÂJaguars in the CommunityÂŽ day where players go out into the community and participate in various events that Âmake a differenceÂŽ in peopleÂs lives Â… especially youth. This month, Jaguar players held a ÂCharacter Cleats PresentationÂŽ on Tuesday of this week at Ribault High School located on JacksonvilleÂs Northside. Linebackers Telvin Smith Sr. and Myles Jack held a Q&A session to discuss the JaguarÂs strategies on and off the field and to provide a message of inspiration and encouragement to student-athletes. Afterwards, the Jag players joined school administrators in recognizing student achievements. The goal of the program was to create a collaborative effort to promote the message of staying in school and focusing on graduating and getting prepared for college. Players awarded female student athletes with $100 gift cards and awarded Cleats to the Ribault football team. (Tonya Austin Photo) Lynching Dedication Continues Shown are honorees Deborah Thompson (Rutledge Pearson Award) and Veronica Glover (Willye Dennis engagement Award)AACPFreedom Fund Dinner Continued from front With a long history of fighting for the rights of minorities, low income families and those facing inequality, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is still alive and well in 2018. The vibrancy of the organization was apparent last week when the Jacksonville Branch of the NAACP held their 53rd Freedom Fund dinner to a sold out crowd at the Hyatt Riverfront. Hundreds of supporters attended to support the civil rights group and to hear gubernatorial candidate and Mayor of Tallahassee Andrew Gillum speak to his platform for becoming the leader of FloridaÂs executive branch. Gillum vowed, if elected, to rebuild Florida into a state that works for all citizens. The Democratic candidateÂs speech reiterated his campaign platform, which is centered on economic development and good paying jobs so that regular people can support their families. During his speech, Gillum reinforced that fact that he wants to protect and expand FloridiansÂ access to quality, affordable healthcare, especially people with pre-existing conditions. He also said that strengthening our public schools and putting an end the culture of high-stakes testing are priorities. The highlight of the dinner was the presentation of awards to the honorees for their community service and civil rights activism. Establish in 1917, the Jacksonville Branch of the NAAP has been active in the community. The historical organizationÂs local record includes crusading for local civil rights such as reaching an agreement after thirty years in court to desegregate Jacksonville schools, voter registration and racial profiling.
October 25 31, 2018 Page 13 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press Call 877-4DAD411 or visit www.fatherhood.gov be a dad today.Take time to A childhood only lasts 6,570 days. FOR THE WEEK OF OCT. 23 29, 2018 AZ EE Z C ommunications Inc Vol XXV No 12Â’SWAC PhotoTWO WEEKS TO DECIDE SIAC, CIAA DIVISION CHAMPS; D2 REGIONAL RANKINGS; SWAC HOOPS HOPEFULS Clinching time nears in SIAC, CIAALUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor With only two weeks left in the SIAC and CIAA regular seasons, combatants for their Nov. 10 championship games have not been decided. SIAC Under second-year head coach Gabe Giardina BCSP No. 10 Albany State (5-3, 4-0 E) is in the driver's seat in the East Division race headed to a big game Saturday (2 p.m.) on the road at Benedict (5-2, 3-1 E), currently in a tie for second-place with Morehouse (7-1, 3-1 E). The game will match Giardina's ASU troops with the Tigers of wily veteran James White who coached Albany State for 15 years before taking over at Benedict four years ago. Morehouse (14-10). A win by the Golden Rams will clinch the division title and put them in the Nov. 10 conference title game. A win by Benedict however will create a tie atop the division and possibly bring Morehouse into the title picture. Morehouse plays its homecoming game Saturday (2 p.m.) vs. Fort Valley State In the West, Tuskegee (5-3, 3-1 W) has a half-game lead over Miles (2-6, 2-2 W) entering Tuskegee is on the road at Central State Saturday (1 p.m.) while Miles plays at Clark Atlanta (1 p.m.). Tuskegee earns the division title with a win and loss by Miles. A win by both sets up a the division title and championship game berth The Nov. 10 SIAC championship game will champion.NOTHING DECIDED YETSWAC EAST vs. WEST: Alcorn State vs. Prairie View A&M and Jackson State vs. Southern match division leaders Saturday in the SWAC. SCORESSATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 CIAA Bowie State 27, Virginia Union 13 Chowan 44, Elizabeth City State 20 Fayetteville State 31, Saint AugustineÂs 28 Shaw 42, Johnson C. Smith 9 Virginia State 54, Lincoln (PA) 7 Winston-Salem State 34, Livingstone 19 MEAC Howard 35, Morgan State 26 North Carolina A&T 35, Bethune-Cookman 10 North Carolina Central 36, Norfolk State 6 South Carolina State 30, Delaware State 19 SIAC Albany State 36, Clark Atlanta 3 Lane 15, Miles 14 Lenoir-Rhyne 30, Fort Valley State 22 CIAACE N TR A L IN TERCOLLEG IA TE ATHLET I C ASSOC IA T I O NINDEPENDENTS W LLangston 5 1 Edward Waters 4 3 West Virginia State 4 3 Hampton 3 3 Tennessee State 3 3 Va. Univ. of Lynchburg 2 4 Lincoln (Mo.) 2 5 Allen 1 3 Texas College 0 4INDY PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE Jaylen Lowe QB, LANGSTON Completed 18 of 30 passes for 283 yards and six TDs (14, 3, 61, 6, 15 and 11 yards) in win over Lyon. Michael Hughes Jr., QB, TENNESSEE STATE 22 of 27 for 318 yards and 3 TDs (33, 7, 20) with no picks in win over Tenn. Tech. DEFENSE Moises Valcarcel, LB, WVSU Led Yellow Jackets with 13 tackles, 12 solos, 1 tackle for loss in loss to West Liberty. NEWCOMER Henry Ogala, Fr., QB, LINCOLN MO Hit on 14 of 19 passes for 158 yards and 1 TD in win over William Jewell. Also rushed for 67 yards and a TD. SPECIAL TEAMS Antonio Zita, PK, TENN. STATE of 37 and 38 yards and was good on 5 PATs for 11 total points in win over Tenn. Tech. 2 0 1 8 B L A C K C O L L E G E F O O T B A L L (Standings and Weekly Honors) SIACSOUTHER N IN TERCOLLEG IA TEATHLET I C CO N FERE N CE CONF ALLEAST DIVISION W L W L Albany State 4 0 5 3 Benedict 3 1 5 2 Morehouse 3 1 7 1 Fort Valley State 1 3 1 7 Clark Atlanta 1 4 2 6 WEST DIVISION Tuskegee 3 1 5 3 Miles 2 2 2 6 Central State 1 3 3 5 Lane 1 3 1 5 Kentucky State 0 4 0 8 SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE Ahmad Deramus QB, TUSKEGEE 12 of 18 for 235 yards and four TDs in win over Kentucky State. DEFENSE Kamari Jones-Hunter Sr., DT, MOREHOUSE 13 tackles, 7 solos, 4 tackles for losses including 3 sacks for -14 yards in win over Benedict. SPECIAL TEAMS Vincente Pena PK, LANE incouding game-winner with :10 seconds left vs. Miles. Also had 40and 37-yard FGs. NEWCOMER Kevin Greenhow Jr., WR, CENTRAL STATE 11 receptions for 276 yards and 3 TDs (52, 15, 53) vs. Robert Morris.SWACSOUTHWESTER NATHLET I C CO N FERE N CE DIV ALLEAST DIVISION W L W L Alcorn State 4 1 6 2 Jackson State 2 1 3 3 Alabama State 1 1 2 4 Alabama A&M 2 2 3 4 Miss. Valley State 1 2 1 5WEST DIVISION Southern 3 1 4 3 Prairie View A&M 2 1 3 4 Grambling State 2 2 3 3 Texas Southern 0 3 1 6 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 5 1 6 SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE & NEWCOMER Dejerric Bryant Jr., QB, MISS. VALLEY STATE Had 23 carries for 174 yards and scoring runs of 1, 43 and 10 yards, the latter coming in overtime for the DEFENSE Terry Whittington Sr., LB, ALCORN STATE Led Braves with 15 total tackles, 7 solos, 6 tackles for losses of 48 yards, 4.5 sacks for 45 yards in losses and one forced fumble in win over Grambling State. SPECIALIST Marc Orozco Sr., PK, GRAMBLING STATE Kicked 2-of-2 on PATs for 14 points in loss to Alcorn State. MI D EA STER NATHLET I C CO N FERE N CEMEAC CONF ALL W L W L Florida A&M 4 0 5 2 NC A&T State 3 1 6 2 Howard 3 1 3 3 N. Carolina Central 2 1 3 3 Bethune-Cookman 2 2 4 4 SC State 2 2 2 5 Norfolk State 1 2 3 3 Savannah State 0 3 1 5 Delaware State 0 4 0 7 ^ Morgan State 1 2 2 5^ IneligibleMEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE Chauncey Caldwell So., QB, NC CENTRAL Passed for 188 yards including a 93-yard connection and rushed for 53 yards in win over Norfolk State. DEFENSE Ian McBorrough Jr., LB, MORGAN STATE 12 tackles, 9 solos, 1 sack, 1 recovery, 1 pass break-up and an interception returned 30 yards. Bryan Cook So., DB, HOWARD One int., returned 41 yards for TD, forced fumble, 3 tackles vs. Morgan State. OFFENSIVE LINEMAN Nick Leverett, NC CENTRAL SPECIALIST Adam Lippy, R-Fr., PK, NCCU Feld goals of 25, 22 and 38 yards, 3 PATs for 12 points vs. Norfolk State.ROOKIE Zamon Robinson Fr., DB, HOWARD 8 tackles, 4 solos, 2 for losses, 1.5 sacks vs. Morgan State. DIV CONF ALLNORTH DIVISION W L W L W L Bowie State 3 1 4 1 6 2 Virginia Union 3 1 4 1 5 2 Virginia State 3 1 4 1 4 3 Chowan 2 2 2 2 2 4 Lincoln 1 3 1 4 1 7 Elizabeth City State 0 4 0 4 1 5 SOUTH DIVISION Fayetteville State 4 0 4 0 5 1 Winston-Salem State 3 1 3 2 4 3 Saint AugustineÂs 2 2 2 3 2 5 Shaw 2 2 2 2 3 4 Johnson C. Smith 1 3 1 4 1 6 Livingstone 0 4 1 4 2 5 CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEKQB Cordelral Cook, Jr., VSU 16-19, 214 yards,4 TDs, 28 rush yards in win over Lincoln. OB Kerrion Moore RB, WSSU 21 carries for 154 yards and TD runs of 54 and 52 yards in win over Livingstone. 7 tackles, 5 solos, 4.5 tackles for losses (-22 yds), 3.5 sacks (-16 yds.) vs. ECSU. LB Miacah Cooper ECSU Had 14 tackles, 5 solos, 1 for loss (-7 yds) and one forced fumble vs. Chowan. DB Daryus Skinner, Jr., WSSU 3 ints. in win over Livingstone. Leads nation with six picks. WR Jemurri La Pierre, VSU 5 rec., 119 yards, 3 TDs (38, 8, 76) in win vs. Lincoln. OL Christopher Wissmann, BSU SPECIAL TEAMS Dejuan Green KR, ECSU 83-yard punt return TD. ROOKIE Joshua Pryor, Fr., BSU 5 tackles, 4 solos, Morehouse 14, Benedict 10 Robert Morris 49, Central State 45 Tuskegee 37, Kentucky State 0 SWAC Alcorn State 33, Grambling State 26 Miss. Valley State 48, Ark.-Pine Bluff 47 North Alabama 24, Jackson State 7 Southern 21, Texas Southern 7 INDEPENDENTS Ave Maria 41, Edward Waters 14 Carson-Newman 63, Virginia-Lynchburg 10 Langston 48, Lyon College 21 Lincoln (MO) 23, William Jewell 14 Tennessee State 41, Tennessee Tech 14 Wayland Baptist 32, Texas College 28 West Liberty 36, West Virginia State 24 UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS SWAC HOOPS PREDICTIONS: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Â… In a vote conducted by the league's head coaches and sports information directors, the Grambling State men's and women's basketball Southwestern Athletic Conference for the 2018-19 season. The Grambling women return a solid core from last season's SWAC tournament victory, highlighted by Shakyla Hill who was selected as the SWAC Preseason Player and Defensive Player of the Year. The senior guard from Little Rock, Ark. is coming off an excellent junior season where she averaged 16.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 4.8 steals per game on her way to her seconddouble. strong with conference best marks of 17-14 overall and season championship since the 1988-89 season. Reigning SWAC Coach of the Year Donte Jackson returns to the bench for his second season. Six-foot guard Ivy Smith Jr. all-conference selection. Arkansas-Pine Bluff guard Martaveous McKnight was the preseason player of the year with Texas Southern center Trayvon Reed the preseason defensive player of the year. WOMEN PREDICTED ORDER PRESEASON FIRST TEAM 1 Grambling State Shakyla Hill, Grambling State 2 Texas Southern Shala Dobbins, Prairie View A&M 3 Prairie View A&M Alyric Scott, Southern 4 Southern Jyrah Cobb, Prairie View A&M5 Jackson State Tatyana Calhoun, Alabama State 6 Alabama A&M PRESEASON SECOND TEAM 7 Alabama State Jazmin Boyd, Grambling State 8 Alcorn State Skylar O'Bear, Southern 9 Arkansas-Pine Bluff Marneisha Hamer, Jackson State 10 Mississippi Valley State Ashlyn Dotson, Alabama A&M Shawntayla Harris, Ark.-Pine Bluff MEN PREDICTED ORDER PRESEASON FIRST TEAM 1 Grambling State Martaveous McKnight, Ark.-Pine Bluff2 Texas Southern Ivy Smith Jr., Grambling State 3 Arkansas-Pine Bluff Charles Jackson, Ark.-Pine Bluff 4 Prairie View A&M Dante Scott, Miss. Valley State 5 Alabama State Trayvon Reed, Texas Southern 6 Southern PRESEASON SECOND TEAM 7 Alcorn State Gary Blackston, Prairie View A&M 8 Jackson State Reginald Gee, Alabama State 9 Mississippi Valley State Devante Jackson, Grambling St. 10 Alabama A&M Sydney Umude, Southern Brandon Johnson, Alabama StateDIV. II FOOTBALL REGIONAL RANKINGS: The Div. II football regional rankings were released on Oct. 22. In Super Region II, which includes teams from the SIAC and CIAA ten are from the two conferences. CIAA East Division leader Bowie State fellow CIAA member Virginia Union eighth. Morehouse out of the SIAC is seventh with fellow SIAC members Tuskegee and Albany State occupying the last two spots. The top eight teams from each of four Super Regions receive berths in the 32-team playoffs that begin on Nov. 17. Teams in the top ten (Lenoir Rhyne vs. Carson Newman Nov. 3, West Georgia vs. Valdosta State Nov. 10) still have to play each other, so with three weeks of games before the playoff start date, plenty can happen. TOP PERFORMANCESPASSING Amir Hall, BOWST 33-49 370 yards 2 TDs (56, 40) 1 int. Trent Mays, CENST 22-40 364 yards 3 TDs (52, 15, 53) 0 int. Michael Hughes, TENNST 22-27 318 yards 3 TDs (33, 7, 20) 0 int. Jeremy Lewis, LIV 20-47 291 yards 2 TDs (26, 65) 3 int. Bryce Witt, CHOW 17-32 285 yards 2 TDs (39, 17) 1 int. Jaylen Lowe, LANG 18-30 283 yards 6 TDs (14, 3, 61, 6, 15, 11) 1 int. RUSHING Dejerric Bryant, MVSU 23 carries 174 yards 3 TDs (1, 3, 10) Taeyler Porter, ARKPB 37 carries 173 yards 2 TDs (2, 1) Tyrell Freeman, CHOW 26 carries 157 yards 2 TDs (5, 2) Kerrion Moore, WSSU 21 carries 154 yards 2 TDs (54, 52) Dedrick Parsons, HOW 16 carries 148 yards 2 TDs (31, 26) Marcus Reynolds, LANE 24 carries 132 yards 0 TD RECEIVING Kevin Greenhow, CENST 11 receptions 276 yards 3 TDs (52, 15, 53) Lorenzo Smothers, FTVALST 3 receptions 140 yards 1 TD (63) DeVon Johnson, TENNST 5 receptions 138 yards 1 TD (33) Jemourri La Pierre, VAST 5 receptions 119 yards 3 TDs (38, 8, 76) Deparis Carter, LIV 5 receptions 108 yards 1 TD (65) Elijah Bell, NCA&T 5 receptions 105 yards 1 TD (15) TACKLES 20 Camron Young, FTVALST; 17 Austin Stephens, MILES 15 Kailen Abrams, CENST; Terry Whittington, ALCST; 14 Miacah Cooper, ECSU; Jemaurri Bailey, MVSU; SACKS 4.5 Terry Whittington, ALCST 3.0 Kamari Jones-Hunter, MHOUSE; INTERCEPTIONS 3 Daryus Skinner, WSSU 2 Mandell Ray, MHOUSE FROM GAMES OF OCTOBER 20thBOWIE STATE QBAmir HallARK.-PINE BLUFF RBTaeyler Porter CENTRAL STATE WRKevin Greenhow OFFENSE Â… TARIK COHEN RB, Chicago (2nd season, NORTH CAROLINA A&T ) Six carries for 14 yards and eight receptions for 69 yards including a 6-yard TD reception in loss to New England. Also had one punt return for 17 yards. DEFENSE DARIUS LEONARD LB, Indianapolis (1st season, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE ) Led Colts with 17 total tackles, 12 solos, and a fumble recovery in win over Buffalo. SPECIAL TEAMS Â… TRENTON CANNON RB, New York Jets (1st season, VIRGINIA STATE ) Led the Jets with four receptions for 69 yards with a long catch and run of 35 yards, two carries for four yards NFL career, and two special teams solo tackles in loss to MinnesotaBCSP NFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK For games of October 17-22, 2018 CIAA BCSP No. 9 Bowie State cleared its way to the N. Div. title and a spot in the Nov. 10 CIAA title in Salem, Virginia with a 27-13 road win Saturday in Richmond over Virginia Union The Bulldogs (6-2, 3-1 N) are now tied with both VUU and Virginia State atop the division with 3-1 records but have the lead in the division race based on head-to-head wins over both. BSU defeated VSU 20-15 two weeks ago. Left on the BSU schedule are games against teams at the bottom of the division against whom the Bulldogs with be heavily favored. They are on the road Saturday (1 p.m.) at 1-7 Lincoln and have a date next week (Nov. 3) at home vs. 1-5 Elizabeth City State to close out the regular season. If BSU is upset, VUU (5-2), VSU (4-3) and Chowan (2-4, 2-2 N) are waiting in the wings. VSU hosts Chowan Saturday (2 p.m.) while VUU is at ECSU's homecoming (1 p.m.). The South Division race appears headed to Fayetteville State and Winston-Salem State (5-1, 4-0 S) has a half-game lead over WSSU (4regular season. (2 p.m.) vs. Livingstone while WSSU is on the road at the Shaw homecoming (1 p.m.). A win up next week's division-deciding showdown bethe title game berth. Also this week, Johnson C. Smith celebrates homecoming (1 p.m.) against Saint Augustine's SWAC Games with serious implications for both the SWAC East and West Division races are on tap Saturday. East Division co-leader, BCSP No. 2 Alcorn State (6-2, 4-1 E) is at the homecoming (2 p.m.) for West co-leader and BCSP No. 4 Prairie View A&M (3-4, 2-1 W) while Jackson OLD VS. THE NEW : Second-year head coach Gabe Giardina leads his Albany State Golden Rams into Columbia, S. C., to face wily 19-year veteran head coach James "Mike" White and his Benedict Tigers in a show down for the SIAC East lead Saturday. ALCORN STATE LBTerry Whittington B C S P F O O T B A L L T O P T E N 1. FLORIDA A&M (5-2) Bye week. NEXT: Hosting Morgan State. 2. ALCORN STATE (6-2) Beat No. 6 Grambling State, 33-26. NEXT: At No. 4 Prairie ViewÂs homecoming. 3. SOUTHERN (4-3) Defeated Texas Southern, 21-7 in Dallas. NEXT: Hosting Jackson State. 4. PRAIRIE VIEW A&M (3-4) Bye week. NEXT: Has No. 2 Alcorn State in for homecoming. 5. NORTH CAROLINA A&T (6-2) Ran past BethuneCookman, 35-10. NEXT: Bye week. 6. GRAMBLING STATE (3-4) Fell to No. 2 Alcorn State, 33-26. NEXT: Hosting Arkansas-Pine Bluff. 7. HOWARD (3-3) Got past Morgan State, 35-26. NEXT: South Carolina State in for homecoming. 8. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (4-4) Fell to No. 5 NC A&T, 35-10. NEXT: At Nebraska. 9. BOWIE STATE (6-2) Beat No. 9 Virginia Union on the road, 27-13. NEXT: At Lincoln (Pa.). 10. ALBANY STATE (5-3) Beat Clark Atlanta, 36-3. NEXT : At Benedict.State (3-3, 2-1 E), tied with Alcorn State with one conference loss, travels (6 p.m.) to BCSP No. 3 Southern (4-3, 3-1 W), tied with PV atop the West race. In the East, Alabama State (2-4, 1-1 E), also with one loss in SWAC play, meets Alabama A&M (3-4, 2-2 E) in Birmingham (2:30 p.m.) is the 77th Magic City Classic A crowd of over 60,000 is expected for their rival game. BCSP No. 6 Grambling State (3-3, 2-2 W), lurking a game behind Southern and PV in the West, has a home date (2 p.m.) against Arkansas-Pine Bluff MEAC Florida A&M has ridden a four-game conference winning streak to the top of the MEAC race and the BCSP Top Ten. The BCSP No. 1 Rattlers (5-2, 4-0 MEAC) are at home Saturday (4 p.m.) to face Morgan State Their closest pursuers are Howard (3-3, 3-1) North Carolina A&T (6-2, 3-1) and North Carolina Central over both NC A&T and NCCU and could face a week (Nov. 3) at Howard. ing Saturday (1 p.m.) vs. South Carolina State. NCCU is at winless Delaware State and BCSP No. 5 NC A&T is off. Benedict Sports Photo Albany State Sports PhotoSATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 Nebraska vs. Bethune-Cookman in Lincoln, NE 11a Clark Atlanta vs. Miles in Atlanta, GA 1p Lincoln (PA) vs. Bowie State in Lincoln University, PA 1p West Virginia State vs. Fairmont State in Institute, WV 1p Grambling State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Grambling, La 2p Virginia State vs. Chowan in Ettrick, VA 2p Florida A&M vs. Morgan State in Tallahassee, FL 4p Southern vs. Jackson State in Baton Rouge, LA 6p Missouri S&T vs. Lincoln (MO) in Rolla, Mo 7p Southeastern vs. Edward Waters in Lakeland, FL 7p STREAMING WEBCASTS Central State vs. Tuskegee in Wilberforce, OH FloFootball-$ 1p Benedict vs. Albany State in Columbia, SC FloFootball-$ 2p HOMECOMINGS Elizabeth City State vs. Virginia Union in Elizabeth City, NC 1p Howard vs. SC State in Washington, DC 1p Johnson C. Smith vs. Saint AugustineÂs in Charlotte, NC 1p Shaw vs. Winston-Salem State in Durham, NC Aspire 1p Prairie View A&M vs. Alcorn State in Prairie View, TX 2p Texas College vs. Langston in Tyler, TX 2p Texas Southern vs. Miss Valley State in Houston, TX 2p Delaware State vs NC Central in Dover, DE 2p Fayetteville State vs Livingstone in Fayetteville, NC 2p Hampton vs. Va-Lynchburg in Hampton, VA ESPN+ $ 2p Morehouse vs. Fort Valley State in Atlanta, GA FloFootball-$ 2p Savannah State vs Norfolk State in Savannah, GA 3p CLASSICS F. E. Whitney Classic Kentucky State vs Lane in Hopkinsville, KY 2p 77th Magic City Classic Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State in Birmingham, AL 2:30p F O O T B A L L T H I S W E E K REGION D21 West Georgia 8-0 8-0 2 Valdosta State 8-0 8-0 3 Lenoir-Rhyne 7-1 7-1 4 Florida Tech 6-2 6-2 5 Bowie State 5-1 6-1 REGION D2 6 Carson-Newman 5-2 5-2 7 Morehouse 6-1 6-1 8 Virginia Union 5-2 5-2 9 Tuskegee 5-1 5-2 10 Albany State 5-3 5-3 SUPER REGION II
October 25 31, 2018 Page 14 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Ready to Win the Lottery? Fun Facts to Keep You Motivated For all the anticipation about whether someone will finally snag the gigantic Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots, the games come down to two things: simple math Â„ and very long odds. But there are some quirks and surprises about the math equations that likely will soon vault someone into stratospheric wealth after the jackpots grew for months without a winner. WHAT ARE THE JACKPOTS? The biggest quirk starts with this fact: The advertised $1.6 billion Mega Millions prize Â„ the worldÂs largest ever lottery jackpot Â„ and $620 million Powerball prize arenÂt quite real. That is, those are the amount youÂd be paid if you chose an annuity, doled out over 29 years. Nearly every winner opts for cash, which is the amount of money the lottery folks actually have in the bank ready to pay out to the company that would fund the annuity. The cash option is still massive, at $904 million for Mega Millions and $354.3 million for Powerball. POTETIAL COMBIATIOS The dismal odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot Â„ 1 in 302.5 million Â„ mean there are 302.5 million potential number combinations, or a little less than one combination for each of the 328 million people living in the U.S. For last FridayÂs drawing, about 59 percent of possible combinations were taken. But by Tuesday nightÂs drawing, officials estimated that 75 percent will be sold. That would mean a 25 percent chance of no winner. The odds of winning Powerball are 1 in 292.2 million. AS THE PRIZE ICREASES, SO DO WIER UMBERS The odds of winning donÂt change as jackpots get larger, but the chance that more than one winner will share the prize do. When so many people rush to play as a jackpot soars the chances increase that two or three tickets Â„ of the millions of tickets sold Â„ will match. Of the five largest jackpots awarded in the U.S., three went to multiple winners. The largest single prize went to a 2017 player from Massachusetts who celebrated a $758.7 million Powerball payday. LUCKY UMBERS For Mega Millions, players choose six numbers: five from a range of white balls, numbered 1 to 70, and one number for the Mega Ball, with a range of 1 to 25. What numbers have come up most? Since 2010, that honor goes to the number 2, with 92 hits, followed by the numbers 20, 11, 31 and 17. The most hit Mega Ball number is 9. Lottery officials are quick to point out that the number selection is random, so thereÂs no reason that what hit in the past will be selected again. The game also has changed over the years, so some numbers included werenÂt always in the mix LUCKY STATES The most Mega Million jackpot winners in the past five years have come from states with the largest populations. New York, with the nationÂs fourth-largest population, leads with seven winners. The No. 1 population state of California is second in Mega Millions winners with six, while Illinois is third. By Perry Green In the latest episode of ÂWhite folks calling the calls on Black people for being Black,ÂŽ a Florida woman reportedly dialed 911 to report a Black man who was coaching his son from the sidelines during a youth soccer game at a park in Ponte Vedre, Fla. According to ABC News, 47year-old Gerald Jones said he was shouting to his 13-year-old son from the sidelines to not argue with the game referees, when a White women rolled up on a golf cart and threatened to call the police on him. Jones claimed he even volunteered to leave the park, but the woman, who reportedly served as a field marshal for the game, still called the St. JohnÂs County Sheriffs Department on him. Ginger Williams, a White mom of one of the other soccer players on the same team, claimed she witnessed the whole scenario and recorded it with her cellphone. She later posted the video on her Facebook page and captioned it Âsoccer while Black,ÂŽ according to ABC Sports. Williams also nicknamed the field marshal ÂGolfcart Gail.ÂŽ Williams backed up JonesÂ claim that he was only instructing his son not to argue with refs. Jones, whose son is biracial, told ABC Sports that he believes he was being racially profiled because the field marshal had asked a White parent that was arguing with refs to leave without calling the police on that parent. ÂIÂm working hard every day,ÂŽ said Jones, who started crying during his interview with ABC. ÂDo everything right. Love everybody. And my son, heÂs like, ÂHey, I just donÂt understand it.Â I donÂt understand it. Something has to be done. What can be done? I donÂt know, but itÂs just too much.ÂŽ ÂGolfcart GailÂŽ (l), who reportedly served as a feild marshall at a youth soccer game in Ponte Vedre, Fla., called the police on soccer dad, Gerald Jones (r), as he shouted to his son from the sidelines.Woman Calls Cops on Black Soccer Dad Former FL Player Rae Carruth Out of Prison After 18 Years Rae Carruth is a free man. The former NFL wide receiver was released from prison Monday after serving more than 18 years for conspiring to murder the mother of his unborn child. The Carolina Panthers' 1997 firstround draft pick was released from Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, North Carolina, after completing his sentence of 18 to 24 years. Carruth did not speak to reporters as he left prison wearing a knit cap and an unzipped jacket on a chilly morning with temperatures in the high 30s. There was a smattering of applause when he got into a white SUV and was whisked away. He was taken to an undisclosed location. The 44-year-old Carruth will be a on a ninth-month post-release program, according to North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesman Jerry Higgins. He would need special permission from a case officer to leave the state or the country during that span but is free to go wherever he pleases after nine months. Carruth was found guilty of orchestrating a plot to kill Cherica Adams on Nov. 16, 1999, in Charlotte, North Carolina, to avoid paying child support. Adams was shot four times while driving her car but managed to make a 911 call that helped implicate Carruth. Adams fell into a coma and died less than a month later after the shooting. The child she was carrying, Chancellor Lee Adams, was delivered by emergency cesarean section but suffers from permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy. Carruth has never admitted guilt in Adams' murder, but in a complex 15-page letter to CBS affiliate WBTV in Charlotte in February he wrote that "I feel responsible for everything that happened. And I just want (Saundra Adams) to know that truly I am sorry for everything." Carruth also said he was seeking to develop a relationship with his 18-year-old son, who was born the night of the fatal shooting. "I let him down as he came into this world and the only way that I can make that right and the only way I can work out my relationship with my son is to be there for him," Carruth wrote. Last week, Carruth told WSOCTV in Charlotte in a telephone interview, "I just truly want to be forgiven." He went on to say he was "somewhat frightened" about his release, adding that "I'm nervous just about how I'll be received by the public. I still have to work. I still have to live. I have to exist out there and it just seems like there is so much hate and negativity toward me." Carruth is shown above talking to corrections officers