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Volume 27 o. 8 March 6-12, 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents Marissa Alexander May ow be Facing 60 YearsPage 5 Tallahassee Rallies a Throwback to the Civil Rights MovementPage 4AACPLeads Protesters to State Capitol for Moral Monday RallyPage 3 T T H H E E I I N N V V I I S S I I B B L L E E M M A A N NAmericaÂs Black Men and their Healthcare StatusPage 9 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED byFreddie Allen No one had seen President Obama more emotional than last week when he announced ÂMy BrotherÂs Keeper,ÂŽ a new initiative aimed at helping young Black men. He spoke from the heart, recounting the pain of not having his father in the home and not always putting his best foot forward. Attention now shifts from an emotional announcement to followup. The details of the initiative have not been fully flushed out, but a memorandum President Obama signed launching the ÂMy BrotherÂs Keeper Task ForceÂŽ chaired by Broderick Johnson, the cabinet secretary and assistant to the president, provides a closer look into how the president plans to move forward. According to White House officials, the task force is designed to: Assess the impact of federal policies, regulations, and programs of general applicability on boys and young men of color, so as to develop proposals that will enhance positive outcomes and eliminate or reduce negative ones; Recommend, where appropriate, incentives for the broad adoption by national, state, and local public and private decision makers of effective and innovative strategies and practices for providing opportunities to and improving outcomes for boys and young men of color; Create an administration-wide ÂWhat WorksÂŽ online portal to disseminate successful programs and practices that improve outcomes for boys and young men of color; Continued on page 2Six Ohio Alpha Phi Alpha Frat Brothers Facing Hazing ChargesAkron, Ohio Six University of Akron students are facing hazing and assault charges. The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., members were issued arrest warrants in connection to an allegedly violent initiation incident. The reported hazing started back in January while the victim was pledging Alpha Phi Alpha, and university police received an anonymous tip. According to the report, the 21-year-old victim is a University of Akron student who was beaten so badly with a paddle, he was hospitalized. It happened over a three-week period in January. The victim told police there were multiple occasions of hazing, or Âtaking the woodÂŽ of the paddle, while he pledged Alpha Phi Alpha. Recent statistics found that since 2005, more than 60 people have died in incidents linked to fraternities, but that number is tiny compared to the number of serious injuries and assaults. The university suspended the fraternity on Jan. 31.Former AACP President Moves to Venture CapitalSAN JOSE, Calif. Former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous is changing his career from an East Coast political activist to a West Coast venture capitalist. He says he hopes the new position will further his goal of engaging more blacks and Latinos in the booming tech economy. Jealous told The Associated Press that his life's mission has been leveling the playing field and closing gaps in opportunity and success. The Northern California native and self-confessed computer geek will be joining entrepreneurs Mitchell Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein at their venture capital investment firm that backs information technology startups committed to making a positive social impact.Kenyan Pastor Orders Women to Remove Undergarments So ÂGod can enterÂŽKenyan pastor Rev. Njohi has raised not only a few eyebrows but red flags with his unorthodox suggestion of having his female congregants remove their bras and underwear before coming to church, so that Christ can freely enter their bodies with his spirit, according to The Kenyan Daily Post. Njohi, who is the pastor of the LordÂs Propeller Redemption Church in Kenya, reportedly refers to undergarments as Âungodly.ÂŽ The bible-toting minister called together a meeting with church officials and allegedly discussed banning the under garments because people Âneed to be free in body and spirit in order to receive Christ.ÂŽ After warning his female congregants about the evils of skivvies, the Godfearing pastor spoke of the damnation they will suffer if they dare not to go bare underneath. In true fashion, the churchÂs female population reportedly did come to church sans their undies, the Post reports, in order to prepare for their spiritual taking.African-American Prostate Cancer Rate drops for first time EverFor the first time ever, there are fewer African-American men dying of prostate cancer. For decades middle-aged African-American men have been the number one target of prostate cancer, and they still are. African-American men are 60 percent more likely to get prostate cancer than whites. They're also twice as likely to die from prostate cancer than any other ethnic group. But new research by the American Cancer Society touts, for the first time ever, a decline by 20 percent in the number of black men are dying from prostate cancer. More than 200,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012. Of that number, researchers say 28,000 will die. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2014 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed, and about 29,480 men will die. Scientists still don't know why prostate cancer claims more lives of AfricanAmerican men versus Caucasian or any other group, but researches have identified some key biological differences. African Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial and ethnic group in the U.S. for most cancers, and heredity plays a big part.Oscar ominee ReportedlyBrokeAfter countless award nominations, including one for an Oscar, many may think that Captain Phillips star Barkhad Abdi had made it. But the truth of the matter is, the 28-year-old is struggling to stay afloat, according to a New Yorker story. Abdi, who played Muse, the leader of the group of Somali pirates who take on Tom Hanks in Paul GreengrassÂ film, earned $65,000 for his performance in the $55 million film, but that was more than two years ago. ÂWhen Abdi is in LA. to promote the film, he subsists on a per diem, good at the Beverly Hilton, where the studio likes to put him up,ÂŽ the report states. ÂThe town car is available only for official publicity events. His clothes are loaners,ÂŽ reads the article. ÂRecently Abdi requested that he be allowed to stay at a commuter hotel near LAX to be closer to his friend, a Somali cabdriver from Minneapolis, who shuttles him around for free.ÂŽ After filming Captain Phillips, he went to work at his brother's mobile phone store in Minneapolis. But he decided to quit when the film premiered. "How I thought about it was, like, When the movie came out, reviews either gonna be good or bad," he told the New Yorker. "Either way, I cannot be working here." Shown above are the 2014 Trailblazer honorees with (center) keynote speaker Atty. Willie Gary and Mayor Alvin Brown. Shown above are Dr. Alvin White, Honoree Lawrence Jones and Bill Hines inCity CouncilChambers. Jax African American Coaches and Game Officials Celebrates 4th Annual Awards Ceremony Shown (L-R) Linda White, Deborah Myhand and Marva icholasorthsiders Celebrate Health with YMCA Fitness RunThe northside streets were filled with fitness enthusiasts who participated in the Johnson Family YMCAÂs Ninth Annual Celebrate Life 5k last weekend. The annual event unites the community for a day of fun, food and fellowship. This year, the race concluded with a Health Fair at Tiger Academy the YMCAs charter school. Northside Love (Lifting our Various Enterprises), Florida Blue, Baptist Health and McGowan Spinal Rehab Center partnered with Tiger Academy and the Y to offer free vision screenings, diabetes and cholesterol screenings, healthy cooking classes, door prizes and more to enrich the urban community. Krystal Faye photo The African American Coaches and Game Officials Association recently held its fourth Annual Awards ceremony honoring seventeen outstanding coaches, game officials, recreation workers and athletes in the Gallery at Jacksonville City Hall. The association was established in 2009 to ensure the perseverance of Black Athletics and cultural achievements of African-Americans in Duval County. The brainchild of legendary coaches Earl Kitchings, Jimmie Johnson, Dr. Alvin White and others, the group would soon formalize to meet on the second Friday of each month for a breakfast meeting. The growing membership would share topics of interest, such as the great coaches in the district and continued on page 2 President Seeks to Save a Generation With My Brothers Keeper Initiative In front of a packed house inside City Council Chambers at City Hall, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown paid tribute to fourteen African-American trailblazers for their contributions to Jacksonville and the nation. Last weeks event marked the second annual MayorÂs Trailblazer Awards. Mayor Brown said it is important to recognize each trailblazerÂs hard work. Each of the honorees broke barriers in areas from medicine to education to journalism. ÂEach of you has helped make Jacksonville the great city that it is today, and your example inspires us to move forward and achieve even greater things,ÂŽ said Brown. Keynote speaker, power attorney Willie E. Gary, Esq., shared stories from his childhood about struggles he overcame on his way to becoming a successful attorney. He stressed to the audience the importance of treating everyone with respect because, he said, you never know what the future holds. In short vignettes viewed at the ceremony, each awardee spoke about their journey to success and how they did not get there on their own. Many encouraged JacksonvilleÂs youth to strive for greatness and for the community to support and encourage young people to become future trailblazers. ÂI also hope these awards will inspire our next generation Â… the young people who will follow the path of our Trailblazers and have the opportunity make their own history,ÂŽ Brown said. The 2014 MayorÂs Trailblazers are: Â€ Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety, II Â… First African American Representative of the United States to the African Union and Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN Economic Commission of Africa from Jacksonville Â€ Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice Â… First African American three-time Olympic medalist in track and field from Jacksonville Â€ Dr. Charles H. Cline Â… First African American associate superintendent of Duval County Public Schools Â€ Dr. Barbara A. Darby Â… First African American female campus president at Florida State College of Jacksonville North Campus Â€ Preston Drummer Â… First African American secretary-treasurer of Florida AFL-CIO from Jacksonville Â€ The Honorable Harold Gibson Â… First African American administrative aide to a Jacksonville mayor; Continued on page 2 Mayor Honors 14 Black History Trailblazers in Diverse Fields
continued from front teams and players who have helped to make Jacksonville a great the great city that it is. Each part of the city had a recreational park and leaders who helped in the development of our athletes and youth. The recreational leaders also played an important role in the developing the association. According to William Hines, AACGOA past president and former Ribault Middle Schools first African-American Athletic Director, ÂCoaches were a tightly knit group who gave much of their time and talent to mentoring their students. Prior to integration, coaches lived near schools where they taught and coached. They had better opportunities for getting involved and improving the quality of teaching and coaching at those schools.ÂŽ The celebration was spearheaded by AACGOA President Jimmie Johnson and Dr. Alvin White, who presided. The ceremony was attended by a cross-section of Jacksonville's elite with a festive repast following the celebration. Coach Alfred Austin welcomed the guest and gave an inspiring occasion, followed by Bill Hines who shared the history of the organization. Coaches Harold Pierce and Vernon King entertained the guest with two popular songs, "I BelieveÂŽ and ÂThe Wind Beneath My WingsÂŽ. Outstanding honorees included: football great Kenneth Burroughs for his career with the Houston Oilers and other NFL teams; Philadelphia Eagles football player Harold Carmichael; the late Bob Hayes as an Olympic Gold Medalist, NFL player, and brilliant Football Hall of Famer; and Curtis Miranda as an All-American football player at FAMU. The late Bill Lucas also was rewarded for his achievement as the first Black General Manager of a major League Baseball team, the Atlanta Braves. Juanita C. Bass, Julian Guinyard, Lawrence Jones and Abram King were honored for their outstanding work in the field of Recreation. Edward Hall. The late K.D. Britt, the late Charlie Walden and the late Oliver Walker were rewarded for their work in Game officiating. Ida Shellman Harris and Mildred Jackson were rewarded for their careers at Stanton High and Matthew W. Gilbert High schools. They were instrumental in organizing the East West Classic Football game. The ambiance and setting at City Hall, the guest, along with the planning committee made the AACGOA event an affair to remember. The AACGOA association also thanked educator Norma White for her support and assistance with the program. Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press March 6-12, 2014 Drivers: $1,000 Sign-On Bonus!Great Pay! Consistent Freight!Great Miles on this Regional Account.Werner Enterprises: 1-888-567-3110 Employment OpportunityContinued from front Develop a comprehensive public website, to be maintained by the Department of Education, that will assess, on an ongoing basis, critical indicators of life outcomes for boys and young men of color in absolute and relative terms; Work with external stakeholders to highlight the opportunities, challenges, and efforts affecting boys and young men of color and Recommend to the president means of ensuring sustained efforts within the Federal Government and continued partnership with the private sector and philanthropic community as set forth in the Presidential Memorandum. Flanked by students from Being a Man (BAM), a Chicago-based program that teaches discipline, conflict resolution and offers mentoring, the president shared details of his life that all too-often mirror the experiences of young men of color. ÂI didnÂt have a dad in the house,ÂŽ said President Obama. ÂAnd I was angry about it, even though I didnÂt necessarily realize it at the time. I made bad choices. I got high without always thinking about the harm that it could do. I didnÂt always take school as seriously as I should have. I made excuses. Sometimes I sold myself short.ÂŽ The president shared that he Âgrew up in an environment that was a little bit more forgivingÂŽ and that he relied on a support network of family teachers and community leaders that many young Black men donÂt have access to. The president called on dozens of business leaders, nonprofit organizations and corporations to invest in and offer support for the initiative. The foundations pledged to invest $200 million over the next five years to lift up programs that are proven to work. The president was joined by representatives of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The California Endowment, The Ford Foundation, The John and James L. Knight Foundation, The Open Society Foundations, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and The Kapor Center for Social Impact. ÂFrom the White House, the president has been able to shine a light on issues that some of us have been working to address for decades,ÂŽ said Shawn Dove, the manager for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement at the Open Societies Institute ÂItÂs a clarion call for collaboration and to handle some of AmericaÂs unfinished business.ÂŽ Obama Tries to Add Substance to Black Male Initiative President Obama outlines plan to uplift Black boys Association Member and Honoree Edward Hall and Alfred Austin The African American Coaches and Game Officials Association Honor Their OwnHonoree Jax Football legend Kenneth Burroughs surrounded by friends Harriet Longworth, Claudia Jenkins and Lillie Givens Association Members Bobby Grover (left) and Colonel George Williams. Make sure youÂre talking to the right people. Speak with HUD-approved housing counselors, free of charge, at the HomeownerÂs HOPE Hotline. IF YOUÂRE FACING FORECLOSURE, TALK TO YOUR GRANDMA SECOND. CALL THE HOPE HOTLINE FIRST AT 888-995-HOPE. Honoree and Football great Harold Carmichael Trailblazerscontinued from front Â€ Carla A. Harris Â… First African American vice chair of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management from Jacksonville Â€ Dr. Kenneth W. Jones Â… Pioneered a groundbreaking kidney transplant procedure Â€ Reginald Luster, Esq. Â… First African American president of the Jacksonville Bar Association Â€ Willard Payne Â… First African American McDonaldÂs franchise owner in Florida Â€ Ralph Smith Â… First African American custodial services supervisor for the City of Jacksonville Â€ Tonyaa J. Weathersbee Â… First African American editorial board member of the Florida Times-Union Â€ Dr. Floyd B. Willis Â… First African American chief of Family Medicine at the Mayo Clinic Â€ Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr. Â… inaugural recipient of the MayorÂs Lifetime Achievement Award
This week the NAACP Florida State Conference in partnership with a diverse coalition launched the Florida Moral Monday social justice campaign. The campaign will demand change and call on Florida Governor Rick Scott and the state legislature to protect the rights of all Floridians by expanding Medicaid, protecting voting rights, addressing economic inequality and repealing stand your ground practices. ÂOur state should no longer abide by the atrocities wreaked on the poor, the young, the workingclass, people of color and countless other constituencies,ÂŽ stated Adora Obi Nweze, President of the NAACP Florida State Conference, in a previously released statement. State legislatures and Congressional leaders also took part in the first demonstration. Several buses left Jacksonville in the week hours of the morning to join the protest which included Governor ScottÂs so-called Âvoter purge,ÂŽ the controversial Stand Your Ground gun law, and FloridaÂs decision not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The decision to not expand Medicaid faced disparaging remarks from the NAACP-organized event, whose speakers said it was a matter of Âlife and death.ÂŽ The decision means Florida wonÂt receive $51 billion in federal funding during the next decade. ÂLet me give you some breaking news, we still are going to tax you, you are going to pay the money, and the other states are going to take your money,ÂŽ said Cong.. Corrine Brown. Sen. Chris Smith of Broward County told the group, "We no longer have white hospitals and black clinics. We have insured and uninsured." Moral Monday Florida is the latest campaign in a social justice movement that began in North Carolina and has expanded to Georgia and South Carolina. The participants were urged to return to the Capitol often during the 60 day session and to not forget who did what come election day. Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 March 6-12, 2014 FREE Help for Struggling Homeowners Parking Complimentary in the Prime Osborn Main Parking Lot The Federal Making Home A ordable Program is an equal opportunity provider in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Act. Having problems paying your mortgage? Meet face to face with your mortgage company or a HUD approved housing expert Bring your monthly mortgage statement, your two most recent pay stubs and two bank statements Work with the experts to identify solutions that best suit your situation and get guidance on how to proceedTo learn more about preparing the necessary forms and documents for review at the event, please visit: MakingHomeAffordable.gov/JacksonvilleFL Call 888-995-HOPE (4673) for free help Help for Homeowners EventThursday, March 13, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Prime F. 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Andre X photoLast week the local Gullah Geechee organization unveiled it'slocal landmark sign. Breaking new. The signs debut breaks ground in an ongoing effort to get proper recognition in Jacksonville ,Fl.,and the surrounding area of the Gullah Geechee culture. The organization's local president, Robert ÂBobÂŽ Flowers was elated to finally see the fruits of their hard labor get rewarded. The marker is located directly across the street from historic Mathew W.Gilbert Middle School. Members of the community at lodge are invited and encouraged to view the sign when in the area and remember the rich legacy behind it. For any addition information about Gullah Geechee organization call 904-444-1829. 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by.E.O. Hutchinson President Obama made it perfectly clear why he got more than a little emotional when he announced his My Brother's Keeper initiative. He was one of those brothers who but for his initiative, luck and a good support system could have easily slid into the spiral of poverty, drugs, violence and possibly jail or an early grave. That spiral has trapped, slammed countless other poor minority and especially black males. Obama challenged government, corporations and foundations to kick in millions in funds and resources to deal with the minority male crisis. While he also challenged minority males to take responsibility for their lives, he recognized that no matter how motivated an at-risk male is that won't demolish the rock like institutional and societal barriers that confront black males. The biggest of all is the staggering jobless rate among young black males, and much more. They are not just jobless; they are also in mortal danger of becoming job untouchables. Their Great Depression unemployment rate did not budge even during the Clintonera economic boom in the 1990s, the unemployment rate for young black males was double, and in some parts of the country triple, that of white males. Discrimination, racial profiling, failing public schools and broken homes are the easy answers to try and explain the high unemployment numbers. But that's not the total answer. During the past decade, the relentless cutbacks in state and federal job training and skills programs, the brutal competition for low and semi-skilled service and retail jobs from immigrants, and the refusal of many employers to hire those with criminal records have sledgehammered black communities. In the late 1990s, long before the big run up in black unemployment, the California Assembly Commission on the Status of the AfricanAmerican Males reported that four out of 10 felons entering California prisons are young black males. That number is repeated in other states. Despite the slight tick up in the number of black two-parent households, less than half of lower income black males under age 21 still live in two-parent households. The high number of miserably failing inner-city public schools also fuels the unemployment crisis. They have turned thousands of blacks into educational cripples. These students are desperately unequipped to handle the rapidlyevolving and demanding technical and professional skills in the public sector and the business world of the 21st century. The educational meltdown has seeped into the colleges. According to an American Council of Education report, in the past decade Latino, Asian, and black female student enrollment has soared while black male enrollment has slowed down. The negative racial typing has also spilled over into school discipline. Studies show that though blacks make up less than 20 percent of public school students, they comprise nearly one out of three students kicked out of the nation's public schools. But there's another reason for the endemic joblessness among the brothers and the attendant spin-off problems of crime, drugs and violence from the forced idleness and hopelessness that conservatives and far too many others delight in victim blaming black males are loath to admit. While it's true that many employers refuse to hire them because of racial fear and ignorance, the unstated but real perception is that many young black males are inherent drive-byshooters, gang bangers, drug dealers, are lazy, have foul attitudes, are chronic underachievers and eternal menaces to society. When some young blacks turned to gangs, guns and drugs and terrorized their communities this seemed to confirm their worst fears. The explosion of gangsta rap and the spate of Hollywood violence themed ghetto films have convinced even more Americans that the thug lifestyle is the black lifestyle. It makes little difference whether a young black is a Rhodes Scholar, National Science medal winner or junior achievement candidate, he could easily be tagged as a gangster. The gunning down of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis were blatant examples of how stereotypes and negative typecasting of young black males can have deadly consequences. In the past few years, a rogue's list of rappers have been assaulted, murdered or run afoul of the law. They revel in the bad actor lifestyle and play hard on the us-versusthem volcanic rage of many young blacks. They reap a king's ransom from exploiting the violent, outlaw image of black life. Some young, black men reinforce the damaging racial stereotypes by aping and exulting the thuggish bluster and behavior of gangster rappers. This further confirms the lurking suspicion among some employers that all young blacks must be criminal and derelict, and that it's risky business to hire them. Obama's public challenge to foundations, government and business to do more to end discrimination and create more job and training opportunities for young minority and black males is a good start. But the barriers that Obama spoke of won't fall until Americans see the brothers that Obama urges the nation to keep out of harm's way are worthy to be kept and not brothers to be scorned. ÂChange does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent,ÂŽ said Dr. Martin Luther King over 50 years ago. This week in Florida, many grassroots organizations lead by the NAACP and others held a rally in Tallahassee that mirrored the recent ÂMoral MondayÂ rally in North Carolina. First, let me say that I love the title, Moral Monday. ItÂs interesting how Conservatives always define themselves asbeing highly moral versus liberals who are I guess immoral. But letÂs think about morality from a biblical perspective for a moment. Morality is often confused with self-righteousness, and folks walking around with their noses in the air holding a copy of the Ten Commandments. Real morality is something totally different. ItÂs what the Civil Rights movement was all about. It is a dream, a hope, and a deep sense of how things are supposed to be. Jesus focused his ministry on Âthe least of us.ÂŽ He fed the poor and concentrated on helping the neediest citizens.Equality and morality go hand and hand, hence theimportance of ÂMoral Monday.ÂŽ The rally in Tally was centered on amending Stand Your Ground, stopping inequality in the justice system, increasing minimum wage, and other issues critical to many Floridians. A. Philip Randolph once said, ÂWe must develop huge demonstrations, because the world is used to big dramatic affairs. They think in terms of hundreds of thousands and millions and billions... Billions of dollars are appropriated at the twinkling of an eye. Nothing little counts.ÂŽ The concept of marches and rallies to fight against inequalities or discrimination is certainly nothing new, but you have to give credit to Rev. William Barber, the president of the North Carolina NAACP who started this movement several years ago. Through his leadership, a consistent group of people organized and marched weekly on their governor and state legislature. They wore tshirts with their zip codes on the back and were focused on change with a messaged centered on convincing the biblically belted state of North Carolina that a few people can't stockpile all the money or the power. ÂThe goal of Moral Monday,ÂŽ said the Rev. Barber in an interview, Âis to dramatize the shameful condition of our state.ÂŽ The NAACP in North Carolina started this movement to fight against the Republican-lead legislature who took control in 2010. One of the first moves by ÂConservativesÂŽ was to reworked the voting system in their favor, which was a major set back for many hard fought voting rights laws passed decades ago. The North Carolina legislature also through the redistricting process eliminated several hardwon African-Americans and Hispanic seats. They cut funds for education Â… while subsidizing vouchers for privatized schools, and made it harder to reconsider death-row sentences even if racial bias in trial could be proved. And these are just a few of the controversial bills pushed by Republicans in North Carolina and many other states in the South, hence the need for ÂMoral Monday.ÂŽ Fast forward back to Florida, and our issues are not much different. The rejection of the Affordable Care Act and expansion of Medicaid is just as critical here as it is in Georgia or North Carolina. So are the rights of immigrants and the LGBT community. Moral Monday is needed andnecessary. Hats off to the religious leaders, elected officials, NAACP members, Dream Defenders, Florida New Majority, labor unions and many others involved in Moral Monday. IÂll close with the words of my fellow Jacksonville nativesand great Civil Rights leaders, A. Philip Randolph. ÂFreedom is never given; it is won.ÂŽ LetÂs keep our fighting spirit and continue to press on for equality and morality. Signing off from Tallahassee, Reggie Fullwood My Sisters KeeperIn all the hoopla surrounding President ObamaÂs ÂMy BrotherÂs KeeperÂŽ initiative, overlooked is that fact that our young girls also need to be targeted for special attention. Sure, they outpace Black males in college attendance and, in many instances, in the workplace. Still, that does not mean they do not also need special attention and encouragement. Nothing illustrates this better than events of the past week. Sandwiched between President ObamaÂs White House announcement of his special effort to help Black males and jubilation over Lupita NyongÂo winning an Oscar for best supporting actress in Â12 years a SlaveÂŽ was news out of Florida that Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a Âwarning shotÂŽ in the direction of her estranged and abusive husband, will be retried and could face 60 years in prison instead of the original 20. Florida State Attorney Angela Corey, the same prosecutor whose office failed to win murder convictions against George Zimmerman in connection with the death of Trayvon Martin and, more recently, against Michael Dunn for the death of Jordan Davis, announced that instead of the 20 years originally given to Alexander, she will seek to triple that by requesting that her three 20-year terms be served consecutively rather than concurrently. Alexander was convicted of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2012 and was sentenced to 20 years under FloridaÂs 1020 law that requires stiffer penalties for crimes committed with guns. On appeal, the conviction was overturned because Circuit Judge James Daniel placed the burden on Alexander to prove that she was acting in selfdefense. In his instructions to the jury, the judge said Alexander had the responsibility to prove that she had been battered by her husband. In a cruel twist, the prosecutor has announced that she will re-prosecute Alexander, this time seeking a longer sentence. Marissa Alexander shouldnÂt have ever been prosecuted, let alone convicted. If FloridaÂs Stand Your Ground law should apply to anyone, it should be Alexander, not George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn. If convicted a second time, Alexander will join other Black women who make up the fastest growing segment of prisoners. According to the Sentencing Project, the number of women in prison increased by 646 percent between 1980 and 2010, from 15,118 to 112,797. As of 2010, more than 1 million women were under the supervision of the criminal justice system. Black women are three times more likely to be incarcerated than White women. While most men are in prison for violent offenses, women are more likely to be in prison for drugs or property crimes. Many, like Kemba Smith, become romantically entangled with drug dealers, often serving as their ÂmulesÂŽ to transport drugs and money. While Florida was gearing up to triple Marissa AlexanderÂs sentence, there was some good news out of Hollywood. The fact that Lupita NyongÂo was awarded an Oscar at SundayÂs Academy Awards lifted the spirits of dark-skin girls across the country and indeed around the world. African Americans, especially females, are told in so many ways that when it comes to skin color, White is right. And if you canÂt be White, light is the next best thing. Of course, there was the famous dolls test conducted by psychologists Ken and Mamie Clark, which was instrumental in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education 1954 Supreme Court decision outlawing racially segregated public schools. When asked to pick out the most beautiful doll, most Black girls selected White dolls over Black ones. When the test was repeated in recent years, the results were the same. Muhammad Ali described racial brainwashing this way: ÂWeÂve been brainwashed. Everything good is supposed to be white. We look at Jesus, and we see a white with blond hair and blue eyes. We look at all the angels; we see white with blond hair and blue eyes. Now, IÂm sure thereÂs a heaven in the sky and colored folks die and go to heaven. Where are the colored angels? They must be in the kitchen preparing milk and honey. We look at Miss America, we see white. We look at miss world, we see white. We look at Miss Universe, we see white. Even Tarzan, the king of the jungle in black Africa, heÂs white. White Owl Cigars. White Swan soap, White Cloud tissue paper, White Rain hair rinse, White Tornado floor wax. All the good cowboys ride the white horses and wear white hats. Angel food cake is the white cake, but the devils food cake is chocolate.ÂŽ Little chocolate girls are still being peppered with those White-is-beautiful images. Yes, we need to save our Black boys. But we canÂt save our community without saving Black girls, too. 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 $36.00 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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Marissa Alexander, the Jacksonville woman who won a retrial after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a Âwarning shotÂŽ in the direction of her violent husband has been told that her jail term could be tripled if she is convicted again. Alexander could be sent to prison for a minimum of 60 years if she is found guilty of three counts of aggravated assault at her second trial in July. State prosecutors confirmed they would seek for the sentences to be served consecutively. Activists from the Free Marissa Now advocacy group, which has campaigned for the release of Alexander, 33, and raised money for her legal costs, described the move as a Âstunning abuse of powerÂŽ by the state attorney, Angela Corey. ÂWhen Marissa Alexander fired her warning shot to save her own life, she caused no injuries. Now sheÂs facing the very real possibility of spending the rest of her life in prison for that act of self-defence,ÂŽ Sumayya Fire, a spokeswoman for the group, said in a statement. ÂThat should send a chill down the back of every person in this country who believes that women who are attacked have the right to defend themselves.ÂŽ Prosecutors said they were merely following directions from state authorities. An appeals court in Tallahassee ruled last year that when convicting a defendant of multiple counts of the same crime under the stateÂs Â10-20-lifeÂŽ mandatory minimum sentencing rules on gun crime, judges must make the sentences consecutive. ÂAbsent a plea agreement, if convicted as charged, the law of the State of Florida fixes the sentence,ÂŽ Richard Mantei, one of CoreyÂs assistant state attorneys, told the Florida Times-Union. ÂAt this time, Ms Alexander has rejected all efforts by the State to resolve the case short of trial.ÂŽ Alexander was sentenced in 2012 to three concurrent 20-year prison terms, after being convicted of assaulting her estranged husband, Rico Gray, at the coupleÂs home in August 2010. She claimed she had acted out of fear for her life during a beating from Gray, after an argument in which he alleged that she had been unfaithful and that their baby was fathered by another man. Alexander said that after fleeing into the garage she found herself unable to escape, because the garage door was locked, so she retrieved her gun, which she owned legally. She then returned to the house and fired a shot in the direction of Gray and two of his children. She said he had charged at her and threatened to kill her, and that it was a warning shot, which prosecutors disputed. The shot went through a wall and ended up in the ceiling, and nobody was injured. Alexander was denied immunity under FloridaÂs stand-your-ground law, which states that someone is justified in using deadly force and Âdoes not have a duty to retreatÂŽ if he or she believes that Âsuch force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harmÂŽ. However, after serving 19 months she was freed in November last year, when an appeals court ruled that the judge in her first trial, James Daniel, had incorrectly told the jury it was up to Alexander to prove beyond reasonable doubt that she was beaten by her husband. Supporters of Alexander allege that Corey is inflicting a Âcampaign of escalating punishmentÂŽ after failing to secure guilty verdicts in the murder trials of the men who shot dead the black Florida teenagers Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. ÂIncarcerating Marissa Alexander will send a strong message to all survivors that violence against them will be ignored and they instead will be subject to prosecution if they defend their lives,ÂŽ said Aleta Alston-ToureÂ, a leader of the Free Marissa Now group. March 6-12, 2014 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 Making Home Affordable and HOPE OW to Hosts Help for Homeowners The Federal governmentÂs Making Home Affordable Program, the HOPE NOW Alliance and NeighborWorks America are bringing the nationÂs largest mortgage servicers, along with several non-profit housing counseling organizations, to the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, in Jacksonville, on Thursday, March 13th, to work one-on-one with struggling homeowners. The event will allow homeowners struggling with their mortgage payments the opportunity to review their options and learn about possible alternatives to foreclosure. There will be assistance for those looking to refinance as well. This 100 percent free event will be held from 1:00 p.m. Â… 8:00 p.m. and free parking will be available for attendees. Making Home Affordable and HOPE NOW co-hosted a similar homeowner event in Jacksonville in July 2011 that was attended by close to 700 families. Homeowners will be seen on a first come, first-served basis and are encouraged to bring all mortgage documents, income documents, and hardship letters. A full list of the necessary documents can be found at www.MakingHomeAffordable.gov and www.HopeNow.com. The Making Home Affordable Program is a free government program designed to help families avoid foreclosure and strengthen the housing market recovery. The Emanuel Missionary Baptist ChurchÂs Fellowship Hall was the location for the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Delta Delta Chapter, as they celebrated their Annual African American History/Commission on Civil Rights program. The theme was ÂEmpowered with Infinite Possibilities in Educating Our Youth.ÂŽ The keynote speaker was Dr. Nicolai P. Vitti, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, who spoke on how important it is to empower all youth at all schools in the Duval County school district. His goal is to use incentives to recruit new teachers, in addition to having the best teachers possible at all low-achieving schools. He stated that it is important that schools teach the standards from pre-K to 12th grade, while maintaining music and art in the curriculum. This brings holistic value to the childÂs learning while allowing them to use their creative skills. In closing, Dr. Vitti reiterated that we canÂt look at Jacksonville as a whole until we fix the educational system and ensure that each school has equal accessibility, resources and qualified teachers. A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Vitti and the Community Service Award was awarded to Congresswoman Corrine Brown for the outstanding work she does in the community. The entertainment included Delta Delta Chapter Xinos and Kudos Praise Dancers; quotation recitation by Kudos President, Charlie Porter; soloist, Renee Lewis; and the Pinedale Dancers of Pinedale Elementary School. The chapter is under the direction of Betty J. LeRoy and the event was chaired by Rebecca Highsmith and Melba Furlow. File your income taxes for Free and save the fee! Visit RealSensejax.org or call United Way by dialing 2-1-1 for more information. Shown above is the Delta Delta Chapter: Leonnella Williams, Olester P. Williams, Betty R. Burney, Betty LeRoy, Shirley Willis, Marva Salary, Jean Farmer, Melba Furlow, Wanda Mitchell ot show: Alice Denson, Callie Merriweather, Flora Parker, Ruth Poole, and Barbara Young. Bottom row: Sandra Milton, Jacquline McKinney, Lillian Porter, Jakki Stubbs, Deloris C. Williams, Delorse Woods, Fannie Bellamy, Rebecca Highsmith and Latonya Mitchell. Shown left seated are special guests event co-chair Melba Furlow Dr. ikolai Vitti, Cong. Corrine Brown and event chair Rebecca Highsmith. PhiDelta Kappa Honors Black History With Living Legends Marissa Alexander ow May be Facing Sixty Years Albert Buckner (advisor), Vadarius Williams, Ansheila Mardy, Korte Moore, Evony Gray, Michael Bombaro (advisor) and Judge Pauline Drake, Sharon Coon and Rev. Marquise L. Hardrick.Black History Brain Brawl Challenges Youth for Tournament HonorsThe 24th annual James L. Coon, Jr. African American History Brain Brawl was Saturday, March 1st at 10 a.m. at Florida State College of Jacksonville, North Campus. The Brain Brawl consisted of rounds of three levels of teams: elementary, middle school and high school, competing through a question and answer format. Overall 11 teams competed in the tournament. Raines High school fetched top honors. Ribault Middle School won the middle school award and the elementary student award was awarded to Holsey Temple Church school. The 2014 annual ÂBrain BrawlÂŽ was sponsored by Central Metropolitan CME Church, Pastor Marquise Hardrick and Holsey Temple, Rev. Alton McGriff.
Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press March 6-12, 2014 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 Pastor 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. Historic Mount Zion A.M.E. Family & Friends CelebrationThe family of Historic Mount Zion AME Church requests your presence at their Family and Friends Day Worship service, Sunday March 9th at the 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. worship service. The theme is: ÂStanding together in Christ." The event will include celebration through worship, music and dance. Guest includes Meachum Clark and True Purpose, the Restoration Dance group and much more! Come out and worship and bring a friend! The celebration will take place at Historic Mount Zion A.M.E., Pastor Pearce Ewing, 201 East Beaver St. For more information call 355-9475.Women Of Prayer and Purpose Prayer BreakfastYou are cordially invited to the Florida Central Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Spring Conference Prayer Breakfast, Sponsored by the Jurisdictional Deacon Wives, Wednesday, March 12th at Deerwood Country Club, 10239 Golf Club Drive at 8:30 a.m. For more information call Missionary Mattie Ferrell at 434-2195. St. Paul AME Lenten ServicesIn observance of the Lenten Season, Saint Paul AME Church has planned special events and services. On Tuesday, March 4th, at 6:30 p.m. is the Christian Mardi Gras. Shrove Tuesday will be celebrated on the Campus of the church, in the James M. Proctor Center. On Ash Wednesday, March 5th, a Lenten Worship service will be held at 6:30 p.m. The Reverend Anton Elwood, pastor of New Mount Zion AME Church, Patterson, New Jersey will be the guest preacher for the Lenten Service on Tuesday, March 11th. Friends and the public are extended a warm welcome to share in all worship services. Saint Paul is located at 6910 New Kings Road, Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Zanders, II, pastor. For more information contact the church at 764-2755 or via the web at www.stpaulamejax.com.St. John Missionary Baptist Hold Church and Pastors AnniversarySt. John Missionary Baptist Church, 135 Brickyard Road, Middleburg, FL 32068 will be celebrating the Church's 133 years of existence and Dr. C. Edward Preston Sr, Pastor 24 years of service. The celebrations will be held during the month of March are as follows: Sunday: March 9, March 16, March 23, and March 30 all services will begin at 4 p.m. Come and experience the move of God and be blessed with singing, praying, and preaching at these services. For further information call 272-5100 or visit www.thestjohnmbc.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org C.O.C. Revival Brother Charlie McClendon and the Northside Church of Christ, presents their upcoming Spring Gospel/Revival meetings, March 8th March 13th. The theme is ÂWorking Together, For One CauseÂŽ. The schedule of events include a Total Praise Concert, Saturday, March 8th at 6 p.m.; Sunday, March 9th is Family and Friends Day kick-off with bible school at 9:15 a.m., morning worship at 10:30 a.m., family dinner at 1 p.m. and evening worship at 6 p.m. On Monday, March 10th the ÂLet the Bible SpeakÂŽ revival services get underway nightly until Thursday, March 13th. For more information call the church at 765-9830 or visit www.nscocjax.org. Historic Mount Zion A.M.E. Annual Family & Friends DayThe Historic Mount Zion A.M.E. Church located at 201 East Beaver Street, will celebrate its annual Family & Friends Day Celebration on Sunday, March 9th, at 10 a.m. with Worship Services presented by Elder Virgil Jones, Jr., of the Philippian Community Church as the speaker. The festivities continue at 3 p.m. with a ÂWorship Through MusicÂŽ presented by Meachum Clark and True Purpose along with the Restoration Dance Group. This yearÂs celebration theme is ÂStanding Together in ChristÂŽ. For additional information contact Jean Pettis at 355-9475. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464 Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr. Senior Pastor Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. Church school 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Midweek Services Wednesday oon Service ÂMiracle at MiddayÂŽ 12 noonÂ„1 p.m. The Word from the Sons and Daughters of Bethel 3rd Sunday 4:00 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, Jr. Senior Pastor Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church 106th Church AnniversaryMt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, R.L. Gundy, Pastor is celebrating its 106th church anniversary. The anniversary will be on the following Sundays starting at 4 p.m.: March 16th, April 27th and concluding on May 18th. The church is located at 2036 Silver Street. Deacon Joe Baily is the Chairman. For more information call the church at 354-7249.Holsey Temple C.M.E. Church Celebrates 141st Church AnniversaryHolsey Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 3484 West 1st Street, is celebrating its 141st Church Anniversary and Homecoming Service on Sunday, March 16th at 4 p.m. and the speaker for the hour is Reverend Jermaine J. Marshall from Mt. Olive CME, Orlando, Florida. For more information email email@example.com or call 387-5931.UF Interfaith WeekUNF's 7th Annual Interfaith Week is March 3rd through March 8th. The purpose of Interfaith Week is to raise awareness about the diversity of ideological and religious frameworks in America. The 2014 theme is ÂBetter Together: With our Powers Combined!ÂŽ Enjoy festivals, lectures and dialogues. For more details call 620-1000 or visit www.unf.edu/interfaith-center. Interfaith Week celebration will be held on the campus of UNF. JLOC Call to the CommunityThe Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement Inc. (JLOC, MMM Inc.), a non-profit local organization is soliciting donation of your excess clothes, shoes, jackets and school supplies. Bring them to 916 N. Myrtle Avenue, between Kings Road and Beaver Street. You can also call Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. If you have any questions or just want to learn more about the Millions More Movement visit www.jacksonvilleloc.org or call 240-9133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Financial donations and other donations are accepted. Support the Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement Inc. (JLOC, MMM INC) as they work to end the violence through a good, quality education, and not more incarceration. Woodlawn Presbyterian Annual WomenÂs Day Service The public is invited to attend the Annual WomenÂs Day service of the Woodlawn Presbyterian WomenÂs organization, Sunday, March 9th at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary of the church. The theme is ÂCelebrating the Gifts of WomenÂŽ. The featured speaker will be Dr. Irmatine Bealyer noted dietician and church member. Dr Bealyer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetic from Tuskegee University, a Masters in Health Administration from the University of North Florida and a Doctorate in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Bealyer is employed as a Registered and Licensed Dietician with the Florida Department of Health in Duval County. Dr. Bealyer has been married to WoodlawnÂs church trustee Hansler Bealyer for 30 years and are proud parents two children. Dr. Bealyer and her family have made Woodlawn Presbyterian Church thier home for almost 23 years. A reception will be held in the family life center immediately following the service. For more information call the church at 768-5905. Woodlawn Presbyterian Church is located at 3026 Woodlawn.Marcus Stroud Gospel Fest Brings Top Talent to JacksonvilleMarcus Stroud and 99 Wayz Entertainment will present the 1st Annual Gospel Fest 2014 Friday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m. at Metropolitan Pak, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd. Be prepared for a day filled with praise and worship featuring the best of the best in gospel. On stage is Grammy Award Winner Erica, singer and songwriter from the Contemporary Gospel duo and star of WE television series Mary, Mary. Urban gospel singer Deitrick Haddon, Grammy award winner LeAndria Johnson, gospel singer and songwriter artist Jessica Reedy. Grammy Award nominee singer, songwriter, producer and gospel legend Dorothy Norwood. Stellar Award nominee singer, songwriter and former NY Mets player Todd Dulany. Enjoy vendors, food and great music! This is the largest gospel concert in the south and one extravaganza you donÂt want to miss! For more information call William Davis at 469-4465. Dr. Irmatine Bealyer by Johnathan Hicks Their bond has been shaped by the most horrific of circumstances, yet both families have grown close, brought together by the killings of their respective 17-year-old sons as well as the sense of unspeakable loss they experienced and the frenzy of media attention that followed. That has been especially true of the two fathers Â… Tracy Martin and Ronald Davis Â… who say they well understand the circumstances of the other, often without having to put their feelings into words. The loss of their sons, Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, and the circumstances of their deaths offers each a distinctive perspective of the other. ÂWe have been in touch with each other for more than a year and half and we have become close,ÂŽ said Martin, the father of unarmed Trayvon Martin, in a recent interview. ÂWe each have losses,ÂŽ Martin said. ÂWe reached out and we have talked and become good friends. Unfortunately, we met in the worst circumstances. But we both understand that we share a common goal. Our mission is to make sure that this doesnÂt happen to anyone else.ÂŽ Both men are severely disappointed with the verdicts in the cases concerning the deaths of their sons. George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder by a jury in Sanford, Florida, last summer. And just two weeks ago, a judge called a mistrial in the firstdegree murder charges against Michael Dunn in the killing of Jordan Davis. However, Dunn was found guilty of three counts of attempted murder and is likely to face up to 60 years in prison. Davis said he nonetheless wants to see a conviction of Dunn on firstdegree murder charges, something prosecutors insist they will pursue. That desire to see justice for his son, he said, would also represent justice for Trayvon. ÂI look at justice for Jordan as justice for Trayvon, too,ÂŽ Davis said. ÂThere is a commonality here between these two cases and we both recognize it.ÂŽ In fact, the two sets of parents are planning to appear together at a rally on March 10 in Tallahassee to protest the stateÂs controversial "Stand Your Ground" law. Under that law, a person is allowed to use deadly force if he or she feels imperiled. Neither George Zimmerman nor Michael Dunn invoked that law, but it figured prominently in the discussion of their legal options before their trials. ÂI believe we want to see the lives of young Black and brown kids valued as much as anyone elseÂs," Martin said. "We donÂt want to see a country where people believe that you can kill young Black and brown kids and think itÂs okay. I think we would both agree on that." A Special Bond Between the Fathers of Trayvon and Jordan Fathers of slain sons Tracy Martin and Ronald Davis
March 6-12, 2014 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 More flipping through the Free Press files 2014 We see you! Ida Ross Johnson, John Cohen and Elder Lorenzo Hall Jimmie Johnson, Dr. Carolyn Girardeau and City Councilwoman Alberta Hipps Blondell Mathews, Ernestine Bivins and Avis Matthews Barbara Halface and Hortense Gray attending the Jacksonville Links annual Western Gala Talk show host Lucious Gantt, Betty Holzendorf and Al Lawson Mitch Montgomery, Larry Tranquille and Sheriff at Glover Russell Motley, aseema Matt, Authors Lolita Files and Victoria Wilson Sharon Coon and Joyce Bizot enjoying the sights of Jacksonville. Mischelle Grant and Joyce Morgan Danford Anest McCarthy, Gwen Leaphart, Pat Mitchell and Susan Green Tommy Chandler. Mildred Carter and Ronald ÂTrackÂŽElps Ernestine Smith and Dr. Carolyn Williams Bob Ingram and Mayor Tommy Hazouri Wilnita Tonique Allen, Dr. Anita Allen and Annie Pearl-Carter Rev.Rudolph MckIssick, Jr. and and pal Willie Perry Carol Alexander, Thelma Jackson, Helen Ridley, Elaine Ridley and JuCoby Pittman at the WomenÂs History Month Breakfast Estelle McKissick and Historian Camilla Thompson Attty. Gregory Atwater, Ken Covington, Pop Alexander and Dr. Ezekiel Bryant
Mutt March FestivalBring your pet to the Mutt March and Festival, Saturday, March 8th, 9 Â… 1 p.m. Enjoy vendors, a family fun zone, music, pet adoptions and a silent auction. Make sure you come out for a fun morning with your furry friends! The Mutt festival takes place at the Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. For more information call the Jacksonville Humane Society at 725.8766 x5575 or visit www.jaxhumane.org. ÂA Thin LineÂŽ the Stage PlayCome see ÂA Thin LineÂŽ stage play, Saturday, March 8th at 7 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre For more information call 632-5555 or visit www.ritzjacksonville.com.The Ritz is located at 829 N. Davis Street.Lower Your Interest Rates at Housing EventHUD Certified and Community Development organization Wealth Watchers is hosting a Housing Preservation Event, Saturday, March 8th 9 a.m. Â… 1 p.m. at Beaver Street Enterprise Center, 1225 Beaver St. Retrieve information on lower interest rates, monthly payment assistance and much more. For more information call 674-6704 or visit www.wealthwatchersfl.com.FAMU Alumni MeetingCalling all Florida A&M University alumni, friends and supporters to attend the FAMU J.R.E. Lee Jacksonville Alumni Chapter monthly meeting Saturday, March 8th, at 10 a.m. The chapter will discuss events, updates and initiatives. For more information call 3071962. Stanton High Alumni Gala MeetingThe current class leaders of Old Stanton, New Stanton and Stanton Vocational Highs schools will meet Monday, March 10th at 6 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, 215 Bethel Baptist St. The meeting will be held to discuss plans for the June 27-27 Alumni Gala. For more information contact Chairman Kenneth Reddick at 764-8795.From Swastika to Jim Crow Film ScreeningParticipate in the screening and panel discussion of From Swastika to Jim Crow at WJCT Studios, 100 Festival Park Avenue, Tuesday, March 11th. This community initiative is designed to foster longterm dialogue, understanding and collaboration between the Black and Jewish communities in Jacksonville. For more information call Chevara Orrin at 678-6379041. Free Help Homeowners Event Join the U.S. Department of the Treasury and HUD for a FREE help for homeowners event Thursday, March 13th 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will be held at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, 1000 Water St. For more information call 888-995-HOPE (4673). Meet one-on-one with mortgage companies and HUD approved housing experts. Or visit www.makinghomeaffordable.gov.Eta Phi Beta Red & Gold MasqueradeEta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. presents their ÂRed & GoldÂŽ Mardi Gras Gala, Saturday, March 15th 7 Â… 12 a.m. at Knights of Columbus, 1509 Hendricks Avenue. Enjoy great cuisine, door prizes, an auction and more! Proceeds to benefit Eta Phi Beta programs and projects. For more information call 768-3371 or visit ww.etaphibetasorority.comorthside Storytellers League MeetingThe Northside Storytellers League meeting, Saturday, March 15th 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Inman Memorial United Methodist Church, 5334 Old Kings Road North, Jacksonville. Come listen to stories and meet wonderful people! For more information contact Wendy Geiger at 764-1722 or email email@example.com.Free Spring Garden & Plant ClinicsThe Duval County Extension Master Gardeners are offering Plant Clinics Saturday, March 22nd, March 29th, and April 5th from 10 -2 p.m. Gardeners will answer your gardening questions, give out gardening publications and will accept soil samples for pH only. If you would like directions on how to take a soil sample go to: http://duval.ifas.ufl.edu/documents/Howtotakeasoiltestsamplew eb.pdf. For more information and locations call Becky Davidson at 255-7450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Mike Epps in ConcertComedian Mike Epps 2014 worldwide ÂAfter Dark TourÂŽ is coming to Jacksonville Friday, April 11th at the Times Union Moran Center, 300 W. water st. Tickets on sale now! For more information call 633-6110 or visit www.mikeepps.com28th Celebrity Chefs LuncheonAttend the 28th annual Salvation Army WomenÂs Auxiliary local Celebrity Chefs Tasting luncheon and silent auction, Thursday, March 13th, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St. Enjoy great food, local celebrities, decadent dessert, an auction and wonderful guests! For more details call 3014841 or visit www.salvationarmynefl.org.Earl Klugh & eena Freelon in concert!Riverside Arts Association presents legendary jazz artist Earl Klugh and Neena Freelon, Thursday, March 14, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St. For more information call 389-6222 or visit www.riversidefinearts.org.Songstress Rachelle Ferrell is Back R achelle Ferrell, one of the most dynamic talents in contemporary pop music will be in concert at the Ritz Theater, Friday, March 14th for two shows, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. For tickets and more information call the Ritz box office at 632-5555 or visit www.ritzjacksonville.com. ÂLove & BetrayalÂŽ Stage Play at the Ritz Z Jones Productions presents the stage play ÂLove and Betrayal,ÂŽ Saturday, March 15th at the Ritz Theater at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information call the Ritz box office at 632-5555 or visit www.ritzjacksonville.com. The Ritz is located at 829 N Davis St. Gate River Run The GATE River Run is the largest 15K race in the United States and will feature local and Olympic athletes competing for $85,000 in prize money. You can join the run, Saturday, March 15th at 8:30 a.m. The run starts at Greater Jacksonville Fairgrounds and Expo Center. For more information or to register visit www.gateriverrun.com or call 731-1900.Deafation Expo DeafNation Expo is the foremost touring trade show for, by, and about deaf people. The DeafNation Expo takes place, Saturday, March 15th at the Prime Osborn Center, 1000 Water St. For more details visit www.deafnation.com or call 630-7282.Tim Tebow Celebrity Event The 2014 Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Gala and Golf Classic is scheduled for March 14-15 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information contact Executive Director, Erik Dellenback at 380-8499 or visit www.timtebowfoundation.org or call.Kirk Whalum in Concert!Smooth Jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum returns to the Ritz, Friday, March 14th at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. For more information call 632-5555 or visit www.ritzjacksonville.com. The Ritz is located at 829 N. Davis Street.Comedian and Host Bill Maher in JaxBill Maher, comedian and host of Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO will bring his stand-up tour to the Florida Theatre, Sunday, March 16th, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. For more information call 355-ARTS, or visit ww.ticketmaster.com. Memphis the MusicalFrom the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee comes the Broadway musical with dancing, songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Memphis will be at the Times Union Center, March 1823, 2014 For more information visit www.artistseriesjax.org or call 442-2929.Women, Words and Wisdom The WomenÂs Center of Jacksonville presents the 2014 Speaker Series, ÂWomen, Words and Wisdom.ÂŽ The series will feature three dynamic women: Genie James on Tuesday, March 18th, Audrey Moran on Tuesday, April 15th, and Tuesday, May 20th with Chevara Orrin. Lectures will be held at the Riverside House, 2165 Park Street. Each event begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 722-3000. MDA Muscle Walk Muscular Dystrophy Association will have a ÂMuscle WalkÂŽ at the Jacksonville Landing, Saturday, March 22nd, 8:30 a.m. Â… Noon. Muscle up and sign up your team today! Visit www.walk.mda.org or call 296-6799.Advance Auto Parts Monster Truck JamApproximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam monster trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh at least 10,000 pounds. 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March 6-12, 2014 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press Page 9That reflection, delivered by Keith Elder, flows from the shared mission he and his colleague Keon Gilbert have embraced: bringing Black men into public conversations about health, health care, and health reform. They say their goal is to spotlight the dire need for more resources focused on Black men. Elder, PhD, MPH, chairs the Department of Health Management and Policy at Saint Louis UniversityÂs School of Public Health. His work moves beyond disparities and dysfunction, expanding the research to expose the breadth and depth of Black menÂs health issues from cradle to grave. Gilbert, DrPH, MPH, MPA, an assistant professor in the department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, focuses on outreach, education, and interventions that increase Black menÂs access to social capital in order to improve overall health outcomes. GilbertÂs goal is to redefine Black menÂs healthÂ„and not just as wellness, illness, or an absence of disease. ÂBlack men should embrace the broadest definition of health, including how health can fuel their educational and economic ambitions, their dreams, and their well-being,ÂŽ he says. They are co-authors of two recent studies: ÂMenÂs Health Disparities in Confidence to Manage Health,ÂŽ published in the fall 2013 issue of the International Journal of MenÂs Health, and ÂTrust Medication, Adherence and Hypertension Control in Southern African American Men,ÂŽ which appeared in the American Journal of Public Health in December 2012. They both credit New ConnectionsÂ„a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) initiative that works to expand the diversity of perspectives informing RWJF program strategyÂ„with helping to enhance their research agendas, and deepening their network of scholars and support. Elder (a 2009 New Connections alumnus), whose research marked some of the seminal data on Black menÂs health status, encouraged Gilbert to seek RWJF support. A current fellow, Gilbert is using his New Connections grant to engage Black men around access to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The goal is to understand how to help those without insurance obtain it, and to persuade those who have it to use it more often by seeking routine and preventive health care services. Black Men Missing From Health Care Conversation One of the first hurdles confronting Black men is health coverage. Second, and more fundamentally, many Black men do not readily access health care even when they are insured. Elder notes that Black men with health insurance are two times less likely to use it than other groups. ÂBlack men are one of the hardest groups to reach. No one is looking to engage them, and they are just not plugged into the systems,ÂŽ says Gilbert. Education and outreach, vital to improved health status, are not isolated from the other challenges to advancing Black menÂs health. ÂWe have to expand the science when it comes to a myriad of processes, from access to health care outcomes,ÂŽ says Elder. His New Connections research focused on predictors, perceptions, and evaluation of health care quality by Black men in non-emergency medicine. ÂOur published research is important, but the people we need to reach arenÂt in the academic world,ÂŽ says Elder. ÂThey are in the barbershop, on the basketball court, and in communities that are medically underserved.ÂŽ Health DisparitiesÂ Effect on Black Men The health disparities suffered by Black men are stunning: The death rate from heart disease is 30 percent higher than that of white male counterparts; from stroke, it is 60 percent higher. The diabetes death rate is 200 percent higher for Black men, and the death rate from prostate cancer is more than 200 percent higher. Gilbert notes that the disparities exist in specific outcomes, such as chronic disease and unintentional injuries. ÂThese are the barriers men face starting early in life, when those diseases begin and then manifest over time,ÂŽ he says. ÂThe question becomes, what can we do in the realm of prevention? And what can we do to address social determinants that may limit opportunities for access to care, education, and quality employment?ÂŽ He suggests that encouraging young men to complete high school and go to college may be one answer. Paying attention to their health at an earlier age is another solution. Gilbert points out that another impediment comes from Black menÂs sense of self, perceived masculinity, and gender identity. He adds that they are not socialized to go to the doctor on a regular basis: Research shows that men younger than 18 tend to go to the doctor when prompted by a parent, or because they are active in sports, but after the age of 18 health care utilization drops off dramatically. Moreover, says Gilbert, there is a history in America of rendering Black men invisible, which puts them at greater risk. He believes engagement has to start on parallel tracks, in small, incremental, and systemic measures. ÂWhen men have the opportunity to talk about things that are important to them and participate in decision-making, it almost always makes a difference. It increases their engagement and the chances of improved outcomes.ÂŽ This spills over into policy as well. Gilbert notes that the states choosing to expand Medicaid provisions under ACA now include people with felony convictions, who previously were ineligible for Medicaid coverage. This provides an important opportunity to introduce and expand access to a large segment of the excluded and marginalized population. Familiar Settings, Fresh Dialogue Gilbert says men have to be part of the discussion in varied situations. ÂThe conversation has to happen at the dining room tableÂƒin churches, barbershops, fraternities, and other settings. ThereÂs a need to really focus and dig deep, to expand the definition of manhoodÂ„your need to be healthy, eat a good diet, and get exercise and health screenings. ItÂs not just taking care of your families and communities, but understanding that you must be a healthy participant in your family and community.ÂŽ Elder underscores the importance of access, coupled with trust in the medical system. ÂFrom a medical encounter and management perspective, we need to make sure the experience is good and fruitful. ThatÂs what the Affordable Care Act can do. Men need a good medical home.ÂŽ According to Elder, a good medical encounter includes every interaction. ÂFrom the time they enter the door, with the first person they meet, that first interaction has to be positive. The encounter with the physician should be participatory,ÂŽ he says. Elder explains that physicians should offer information, but also listen and engage the patient, adding that patients need to be active in the encounter. ÂI know I have to take the lead in my health,ÂŽ he says. ÂI take a detailed approach during my doctor visits, and I always plan to do a lot of talking and ask questions during the medical encounter.ÂŽ He emphasizes the importance of recognizing that good health practices neednÂt be restricted to a doctorÂs office. ÂWe have to manage the prevention and self-care for ourselves.ÂŽ Ending Disparities, Building a Culture of Health Elder believes the answer is to take steps in the right direction. ÂHealth disparities are not going away in our lifetime,ÂŽ he says. ÂEven men who know better donÂt do better. Black men still donÂt have a 100 percent adherence rate to medical advice.ÂŽ The challenges can be combated by a national and sustained commitment to researching Black menÂs health throughout the lifespan. No one has really taken a systemic look at Black men. Gilbert adds, ÂThe majority of research is focused on cancer, violence, or HIV.ÂŽ Elder advocates for more funding and support at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This will build a pipeline of students who will increase their educational achievement and expand the cadre of scholars devoted to Black menÂs health. ÂIf we donÂt have the science, we canÂt change the policy and how we deliver care. Who are you going to compare Black men to?ÂŽ Elder asks. Both Gilbert and Elder conclude that Black men are not monolithic, but have too often been reactive: waiting for a health crisis to arise before taking action. Engaging Black men more directly through peer and family networks can empower them with the skills and resources to attain better health.T h e I n v i s i b l e M a n : AmericaÂs Black Men and their Healthcare Status ÂHe is missing from the health care system. He is less likely to hold a job that provides health insurance. Otherwise, he is underinsured. Despite chronic poverty that cries out for relief, he often slips through the cracks of a frayed social safety net. Medicaid, focused on pregnant women and children, rarely includes him. He bears a disparate burden of disease. He dies early and struggles frequently against structures that render him invisible.ÂŽ
Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 10 March 6-12, 2014 Â’FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 4 10, 2014CIAA CROWNS CHAMPS, RE-UPS IN CHARLOTTE; SWAC MAKES BIG CHANGE TO HOOPS TOURNEY IN THE SPOTLIGHT: SIAC Player of the Year, Ashley Watts of Paine, leads Div. II in scoring (26.7 ppg.) and leads the Lady Lions into the SIAC Tourney in Birmingham. HOOPS TOURNEY SEASON CONTINUES LUT WILLIAMS BCSP Editor ATLANTA -The 81st Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Basketball Tournaments tipped off Monday, March 3 and will be played through Saturday, March 8 at its new venue, the Bill Harris Arena in the Birmingham Crossplex in Birmingham, Alabama. In the men's bracket, Eastern Division champ Fort Valley State (19-8), Western Division champ Tuskegee (15-11) and West Division second seed play Wednesday and Thursday in the men's quarIn the women's bracket, Eastern Division champ Albany State (19-5) and Western Division champ Tuskegee (16-10), along with East and West second seeds Benedict (17-9) and Kentucky State (12-14) got byes into Wednesday and ThursThe SIAC all-conference team was announced Monday with Fort Valley State senior swingman Brandon Davey (men) and Paine junior guard Ashley Watts (women) voted players of the year by the league's coaches. NCCU men, Hampton women clinch MEAC regular season titles, top seeds The North Carolina Central (14-1) men increased their win streak to 16 games and clinched 64-57 overtime home win Monday over Savannah State The Eagles have now won 22 straight road Thursday at Norfolk State The win guarantees LeVelle Moton's Eagles MEAC tournament in Norfolk and an automatic bid to the postseason NIT if the Eagles don't take the MEAC tournament title. And with a sparkling 24-5 overall record, including close losses against two highly-ranked teams, NCCU has a strong case for one of the NCAA Tournament's at-large bids. NCCU lost at No. 15 Cincinnati (74-61) to open the season, at undefeated No. 2 Wichita State (77-66) and at Maryland of the ACC (70-56) in December. Perhaps its worst losses are to a 6-25 SIACSOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETIC CONFERENCEFINAL MEN CONF ALLEAST DIVISION W L W LFort Valley State 15 3 19 8 Albany State 11 7 14 12 Paine 11 7 16 12 Clark Atlanta 11 7 15 11 Benedict 11 7 16 10 Morehouse 4 14 7 19WEST DIVISIONTuskegee 12 5 15 11 Stillman 11 6 16 12 Kentucky State 10 7 13 13 LeMoyne-Owen 7 10 9 16 Miles 3 14 3 23 Lane 1 16 3 19FINAL WOMEN CONF ALLEAST DIVISION W L W LAlbany State 13 3 19 5 Benedict 11 5 17 9 Clark Atlanta 11 5 18 8 Fort Valley State 9 7 12 14 Paine 8 8 11 15WEST DIVISION Tuskegee 12 4 16 10 Kentucky State 7 9 12 14 Stillman 6 10 10 16 LeMoyne-Owen 5 11 5 20 Miles 4 12 10 16 Lane 1 14 1 19SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEN DIV ALL W L W L # Southern 14 2 18 11 Alabama State 10 6 16 11 Texas Southern 10 6 14 14 # Ark. Pine Bluff 10 7 12 17 Alabama A&M 8 8 11 15 Alcorn State 8 8 11 17 Jackson State 7 9 11 17 Prairie View A&M 6 10 8 20 # Miss. Valley St. 5 12 9 21 # Grambling State 3 13 4 21# Ineligible for Conference title Postseason play# ##333333SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER D'Aris Scarver 6-2, Sr., G, TEXAS SOUTHERN Averaged 17.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in two wins. Got 13 points and 7 rebounds in win over Alabama A&M and had 21 points and 8 boards in win over Alabama State. NEWCOMER Aaric Murray, 6-10, Sr., C, TEXAS SOUTHERN Averaged 15.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in two wins. Tallied 19 points with 12 rebounds in win over Alabama A&M. Added 11 points and 2 rebounds in win over Alabama State. MID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEACMEN CONF ALL W L W LNorth Carolina Central 14 1 24 5 Hampton 12 3 17 11 Norfolk State 11 4 17 12 Morgan State 10 5 12 15 Savannah State 9 6 11 18 Florida A&M 8 7 13 16 Coppin State 7 9 10 19 SC State 5 10 9 19 Delaware State 5 10 9 19 Howard 5 10 7 23 NC A&T State 5 10 9 21 Bethune-Cookman 4 11 6 24 Md. E. Shore 3 12 5 23 MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Deron Powers, 5-11 So., G, HAMPTON Shot 14 of 20 over UMES and Norfolk State. Had 20 pts., 5 rebounds and assists vs. UMES, 23 pts., 5 boards, 3 assists and 4 steals vs. NSU. Also canned 10 of 12 FTs. ROOKIE James Daniel 5-11, Fr., G, HOWARD Averaged 21.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 4 steals in two games. Got 20 pts., 2 rebounds, 4 assists vs. NSU, 22 pts., 2 boards and steals vs. DSU. DEFENSE Kendall Gray 6-10, r-Jr., C, DSU Got 13 rebounds in back-to-back games vs. MSU and Howard while scoring 23 points. 2 0 1 3 1 4 B L A C K C O L L E G E B A S K E T B A L L (FINAL SIAC Standings, MEAC & SWAC Standings and Honors thru 3/3/14 ) SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEWOMEN DIV ALL W L W L # Southern 14 2 17 7 Texas Southern 14 2 17 10 Prairie View A&M 11 5 11 15 Jackson State 10 6 12 14 Alabama State 8 8 15 12 Grambling State 7 9 10 17 Miss. Valley St. 7 10 8 20 Alcorn State 6 10 7 20 Alabama A&M 2 14 4 22 Ark. Pine Bluff 2 15 3 24# Ineligible for Conference title Postseason playSWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Nakiya Smith, 5-7, Sr., G/F, ALABAMA STATE Averaged 24.5 points, making 16 of 28 shots in two key wins. Made 9 of 14 shots and 6 of 7 FTs for game-high 24 points as Lady Hornets points, making 7 of 14 shots and 11 of 14 FTs, in win over Prairie View. NEWCOMER Dennisha Chambers, 5-6, Fr., PG, GRAMBLING Averaged 13.0 points, 5 assists and 4.0 steals in two wins. Scored 15 points, with 2 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in win over UAPB. Also scored 11 points with 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals in win over MVSU. MID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEACWOMEN CONF ALL W L W LHampton 15 0 24 4 N. C. A&T 13 2 23 4 Coppin State 12 4 15 13 Savannah State 9 6 16 13 Florida A&M 9 6 15 13 Norfolk State 8 7 12 14 Bethune-Cookman 8 7 11 16 Howard 6 9 10 18 SC State 5 10 7 18 N. C. Central 5 10 10 18 Md. E. Shore 3 12 7 20 Morgan State 2 13 4 24 Delaware State 3 12 8 19 MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Raven Bankston 5-7, Fr., G, DELAWARE STATE Averaged 29.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks in two conference games. Had career-high 38 point in win over Howard, with 6 boards and 2 assists. ROOKIE Malia Tate-DeFreitas 5-8, Fr., G, HAMPTON Totalled 45 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in wins vs. UMES and NSU. Finished with 26 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in win over UMES. DEFENSE Victoria Gonzalez 6-1, So., C, HOWARD 12 rebounds vs. NSU and DelState, blocked 4 shots with 3 steals vs. NSU. Also averaged 14.5 points.Paine Sports PhotoSIAC Tourney tips in B'mingham BCSP Notes CIAA Tournament to stay in Charlotte another six years; Headquarters to relocate there CHARLOTTE, N.C. Â… The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) announced a deal Monday with the city of Charlotte to keep the league's men's and women's Basketball Tournament in North Carolina's capital city for the next six years and to eventually move its headquarters from Hampton to Charlotte. The agreement ends speculation that the highly successful tournament, that brings over $40 million to the Charlotte economy and is the third-most attended tournament in all of the NCAA, would be moving to another venue. The decision comes on the heels of the 69th Annual Men's Tournament and 40th Annual WomenÂs Tournament which was held last week and was the ninth subsequent year the event has been held in Charlotte. The new six-year agreement would commit the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) proceeds from which will be distributed among the 12 conference colleges and universities. In addition, the CIAA will move its conference headquarters to CharThe relocation will enable the conference, the CRVA and other Charlotte entities to more effectively partner in the community, providing increased visibility for the CIAA and helping to secure enhanced sponsorships ben"We look forward to forging an even more enhanced, collaborative and positive partnership with the City of Charlotte," said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter in the release "It's been a home that has truly embraced the tournament and we look forward to growing the momentum we've experienced in these last nine years with renewed vision and energy that will help to shape the next generation of this event." "On the heels of such a tremendous tournament, this news couldn't have come at a better time," says Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon "This economic generator, that attracts tens of thousands of visitors here and infuses millions of dollars into our local economy, will pay dividends for years to come." The conference and CRVA intend to formalize details of the partnership over the coming months. The conference also announced that new ticket, hotel and event details are already in the planning stages for the 2015 Tournament. Fans can go to TheCIAA.com to register to receive more details as soon as they are available Â… planned for early June.MONDAY, MARCH 3 RESULTS WOMEN #5E C #4E Fort Valley State 71, #5W Miles 69 MEN #5W Miles 76, #4E Clark Atlanta 74 #5E Benedict 64, #4W LeMoyne-Owen 61, OT TUESDAY, MARCH 4 WOMEN #3E Clark Atlanta vs. #6W Lane 2:15 p.m. #3W Stillman vs. #6E Paine 6:45 p.m. MEN #3E Paine vs. #6W Lane 12 noon #2E Albany State vs. #7E Morehouse 9 p.m. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5 WOMEN QUARTERFINALS #1W Tuskegee vs. Fort Valley State 5:30 p.m. MEN QUARTERFINALS #1E Fort Valley State vs. Benedict 3:15 p.m. #1W Tuskegee vs. Miles 7:45 p.m. THURSDAY, MARCH 6 WOMEN QUARTERFINALS #2W Kentucky State vs. CAU/Lane winner 1:00 p.m. #2E Benedict vs. Stillman/Paine winner 5:30 p.m. MEN QUARTERFINALS #2W Stillman vs. Paine/Lane winner 3:15 p.m. FRIDAY, MARCH 7 WOMEN SEMIFINALS 1 and 5:30 p.m. MEN'S SEMIFINALS 3:15 and 7:45 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 7 FINALS WOMEN'S FINALS 5:00 p.m. MEN'S FINALS 8:00 p.m.IUPU team (71-65) on Dec. 7 and an in-conference loss to Florida A&M (63-60), its last defeat on Jan. 11. All its losses have been on the road. Hampton (12-3) has clinched one of the The Pirates close Thursday hosting N. C. A&T Norfolk State (11-4) has a half-game lead over Morgan State Thursday, Morgan closes the season at Howard. One the women's side, Hampton (15-0), N. C. A&T (13-2) and Coppin State (12-4) have nament byes. SWAC announces key decision involving basketball tournament Two key decisions have drastically changed the make-up for the March 11-15 SWAC Tournaments in Houston. Early last week, Southern and the NCAA announced in a joint statement that the compiling of academic performance data regarding Southern athletes would not be completed in enough time to make Southern winter sports teams eligible for NCAA postseason competition. That decision put an end to speculation whether Southern would compile the data in time to be eligible for men's and women's basketball or bowling titles. But the SWAC announced late last week that it was amending its automatic qualifying rules and would allow teams barred from NCAA play Â… the men of Southern, Arkansas-Pine Bluff Mississippi Valley State and Grambling and the women of Southern Â… to compete in next week's SWAC Basketball Tournament. The old policy did not allow member institutions that are not eligible for the NCAA postseason to participate in SWAC season-ending tournament and championship games, but the change does allow for it. "Today we received the approval from the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Basketball Committees to amend our men's and women's NCAA Tournament,' SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp said in the release. The conference basketball tournament for both men and women will still determine the automatic berths into both NCAA championships. The eligible team that advances furthest in the conference tournaments will receive the automatic berth to the NCAA championships. In the event of a tie, the automatic berths will go to the highest-seeded team. Southern (13-2) has clinched the men's regular season title and top seed for next week's tour-nament. CIAA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RECAPSMEN title, 83-68 over Winston-Salem State CHARLOTTE, NC Â… South Division top seed Livingstone built a 20-point second-half lead and staved off a late WinstonSalem State CIAA Basketball Tournament title, 83-68 in the event's 69th year, at the Time Warner Cable Arena here Saturday night. Livingstone (21-7), a small, private school of just over 1,000 students, reached the championship game in the past two tournaments but came up short. This time the Blue Bears were not to be denied. The senior backcourt of CIAA Player of the Year and Tournament MVP Mark Thomas and fellow all-conference guard Jody Hill, Jr. led the Blue Bears with 23 and 21 points respectively and answered every challenge from the Rams. The Blue Bears shot a sizzling 14 of 27 (51.9%) from the overall including 5 of 12 from beyond the arc. Livingstone pulled away from a 35-28 halftime lead, outscoring WSSU, the South's second seed, 19-6 to open the second half grabbing a 54-34 lead on a Hill layup with 11:39 to play. Johnson C. Smith when they came from 16 points down late to send the Golden Bulls home, a full-court press seemed to turn things in their favor. The press caused a slew of turnovers and sparked a 17-4 run capped by a Marquez Jones layup to pull the Rams within 58-51 with 6:40 to play. But on the ensuing possession WSSU 6-5 forward Wykevin Bazemore the point man on the press, fouled out. His departure utes and Hill had six to salt away the win. Emarri Bailey scored 10 points for Livingstone while Eric Mayo had 7 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. Javan Wells Preston Ros s 13 and Tyre Desmore 11. Livingstone jumped on top early before WSSU earned the Bears got 10 points from Thomas and 8 from Hill and took a 3528 lead at the break on a 3-pointer at the buzzer from Anthony Welch 2 0 1 4 C I A A B A S K E T B A L L T O U R N A M E N T S ( Men's & Women's Results and Honors) WOMENOPENING ROUND St. Augustine's 57, Eliz. City State 48 Virginia Union 73, Livingstone 50 Lincoln 64, Winston-Salem State 62 Johnson C. Smith 57, Chowan 49 QUARTERFINALS Virginia Union 73, Bowie State 53 Shaw 71, Lincoln 56 Fayetteville State 70, J. C. Smith 47 Virginia State 85, St. Augustine's 60 SEMIFINALS Fayetteville State 64, Virginia Union 57 Shaw 60, VIrginia State 59 FINALS Shaw 73, Virginia State 70 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Amber Calvin, Fayetteville State Diamond Mitchell, Shaw Melyse Brown, Virginia Union Deja Middleton, Fayetteville State Kamiya Burwell, Shaw Pryncess Tate-Dublin, Virginia State Akysia Resper, Fayetteville State Verdine Warner, Shaw Ashle Freeman, Virginia Union Micah Brooks, Shaw MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Kamiya Burwell, Shaw SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD Virginia StateMENOPENING ROUND Johnson C. Smith 89, Va. Union 85, OT St. Augustine's 79, Chowan 73 SECOND ROUND St. Augustine's 74, Shaw 59 J. C. Smith 82, Virginia State 63 QUARTERFINALS Livingstone 75, St. Augustine's 63 J. C. Smith 81, Bowie State 77 Fayetteville State 81, Lincoln 74 W-Salem State 74, Eliz. City State 70 SEMIFINALS Livingstone 79, Fayetteville State 73 W-Salem State 78, J. C. Smith 71 FINALS Livingstone 83, W-Salem State 68 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Jody Hill, Jr., Livingstone Mark Thomas, Livingstone AÂMarri Bailey, Livingstone Marquez Jones, WSSU Preston Ross, WSSU Emilio Parks, JC Smith Lamarcus Letchaw, JC Smith Antwan Wilkerson, JC Smith Tyrell Tate, Fayetteville State Juwan Addison, Fayetteville State MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Mark Thomas, Livingstone SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD J. C. SmithON THE MARK : CIAA Player of the Year, 5-10 Livingstone guard Mark Thomas, averaged 26.3 points in three tournament games to add the men's tourney MVP honor to his collection tournament title. The Saginaw, Michigan native had 28 points vs. St. Augustine's in the quarterState and 23 in the championship game vs. Winston-Salem State. ON GUARD: Shaw point guard Kamiya Burwell (l.), a 5-6 senior from Bridgeport, Ct., averaged 13.3 points and 7.2 assists to win the women's tournament MVP honor and lead the Lady Bears to their fourth straight CIAA Tournament title. Burwell had 15 points and 8 assists vs. Lincoln, 7 points and 9 assists in a off with 18 points and 6 assists in the championship game win over Fayetteville State. She appears here with the team and MVP trophy. WOMEN Perennial champ Shaw staves off Fayetteville State, 73-70 for fourth straight title CHARLOTTE, NC Â… While the CIAA men's tournament Shaw grab its fourth straight title holding off Fayetteville State 73-70 Saturday evening at the Time Warner Cable Arena. It is Shaw and head coach Jacques Curtis's ninth title in 12 years and their second run of four straight crowns. Shaw (21-8) came in as the second seed from the South behind FSU (21-7) and split with the Lady Broncos during the regular season. But they controlled this game after falling behind early, building a 42-33 lead at the break. FSU continued battling, pulling within one twice early in the second half, the last time at 51-50 on an Amber Calvin jumper with 13:56 left. Shaw responded with a 10-0 run, capped by a Kamiya Burwell layup to go up 61-50 before the Lady Calvin hit back-to-back 3s at the end of a 13-4 run and scored nine points in the run that pulled FSU to within 65-63 with 6:00 to play. Shaw went up again 69-63 before Calvin play to pull FSU within 69-68 at the 1:34 mark. The teams exchanged turnovers until Burwell canned four De'aira Smith's layup with :08 seconds left. FSU's Akysia Resper's long 3-point attempt for a tie at the buzzer fell short. points and also had 6 rebounds and 6 assists to earn the MVP honors. Diamond Mitchell and Ariel Mitchell had 14 points each while Verdine Warner had 10. Calvin had 18 points, one less than 6-5 junior center Deja Middleton's 19. Middleton also posted game-highs of 13 rebounds and three blocks. Photo by Joe Daniels Photo by Joe Daniels
(AP) by Jake Coyle and Jessica Herndon, Diversity was perhaps the biggest winner at the 86th annual Academy Awards. For the first time, a film directed by a black filmmaker Â„ Steve McQueen of Â12 Years a SlaveÂŽ Â„ won best picture and a Latino Â„ Alfonso Cuaron of ÂGravityÂŽ Â„ took home best director in a ceremony presided over by a lesbian host and overseen by the academyÂs first black president. And only two of the top six awards went to Americans. McQueenÂs grimly historical drama Â12 Years a SlaveÂŽ took best picture, leading the usually sedate filmmaker to jump up and down in celebration after his acceptance speech. The British director dedicated his award to Âall of the people who endured slavery and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today.ÂŽ CuaronÂs lost-in-space thriller ÂGravityÂŽ led the Oscars with seven awards, including cinematography, editing, score, visual effects, sound mixing and sound editing. Some in his native Mexico have been critical that since the attention came for a Hollywood release and not a Mexican-themed film, his win didnÂt have the same kind of importance. ÂIÂm Mexican so I hope some Mexicans were rooting for me,ÂŽ he told reporters backstage. The movie industry that the Oscars reflect has also been reluctant to tell a wider range of stories. ÂDallas Buyers Club,ÂŽ the best picture-nominated drama about AIDS in 1980s Texas, took two decades to get made after countless executives balked at financing such a tale. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, the two Americans in the top six awards, took best actor and best supporting actor titles for their roles in the film as a heterosexual rodeo rat (McConaughey) and a transgender drug addict (Leto) united by HIV. ÂThirty-six million people who have lost the battle to AIDS and to those of you out there who have ever felt injustice because of who you are or who you love, tonight I stand here in front of the world with you and for you,ÂŽ said Leto in his acceptance speech. Â12 Years a SlaveÂŽ also won awards in the writing and acting categories. John Ridley picked up the trophy for best adapted screenplay, which was based on the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup. The screenwriter is only the second black writer (Geoffrey Fletcher won for ÂPreciousÂŽ in 2009) to win in the category. Backstage, the Â12 YearsÂŽ team mentioned their efforts to include Solomon NorthupÂs memoir as part of high school study. The National School Boards Association announced in February that the book is now mandatory reading. ÂItÂs important that we understand our history so we can understand who we were and who we are now and most importantly who weÂre going to be,ÂŽ said Brad Pitt, who produced Â12 Years.ÂŽ ÂŽWe hope that this film remains a gentle reminder that weÂre all equal. We all want the same: Dignity and opportunity.ÂŽ Lupita NyongÂo was a first-time Oscar winner for her supporting role as field slave Patsey in Â12 Years.ÂŽ ÂŽIÂm a little dazed,ÂŽ said NyongÂo backstage. ÂI canÂt believe this is real life.ÂŽ NyongÂo is the sixth black actress to win in the supporting actress category Â„ and the first major Oscar win for Kenya (the president of Kenya congratulated her in a tweet) Â„ following Hattie McDaniel (ÂGone with the WindÂŽ), Whoopi Goldberg (ÂGhostÂŽ), Jennifer Hudson (ÂDreamgirlsÂŽ), MoÂNique (ÂPreciousÂŽ) and Octavia Spencer (ÂThe HelpÂŽ). In her second time hosting, openly gay Ellen DeGeneres sought to make celebrities more like plain folk. She passed out slices of pizza to the front rows at the Dolby Theatre, then passed the hat to pay for it. She also tweeted a ÂselfieÂŽ with such stars as Meryl Streep, Julie Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Pitt and NyongÂo. The shot Âmade history,ÂŽ DeGeneres told the audience later. ItÂs since been retweeted more than 2 million times. March 6-12, 2014 Page 11 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press Jenifer Lewis the Black Mother of HollywoodAlthough itÂs been reported that actress Jennifer Lewis has been in 300 movies, it must be her larger-than-life presence because Jennifer Lewis says thatÂs not true. In terms of her favorite roles, Lewis doesnÂt have any of those ÂI can chooseÂ excuses. She knows exactly which roles were her favorite. ÂIn film, it was Thelma Bullock, Tina TurnerÂs mother (in WhatÂs Love Got to Do With It) and on TV, it was Aunt Helen on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.ÂŽ Lewis, now 57, was born and raised in Missouri. She knew she wanted to act and once she moved to New York City, opportunities came about pretty quickly. Since then, sheÂs barely had a break doing movies, TV and theater, including her own made for TV movie, JackieÂs Back, now on DVD. In her next project, Lewis and Debbie Allen are collaborating on Ventura Boulevard, set for release next year. ItÂs a homage to the film classic Sunset Boulevard starring Gloria Swanson, about an aging actressÂ last attempt at the spotlight. Lewis has created a little industry for herself, though, playing moms in the aforementioned WhatÂs Love Got To Do With It and Baggage Claim, Think Like a Man, Panther, Dead Presidents and The Preachers Wife. On ThatÂs So Raven she played RavenÂs psychic grandmother. Ironically, in real life, Lewis has no children. ÂIÂve played a couple of doctors, a couple of lawyers. They call me the Black mother of Hollywood,ÂŽ Lewis says. One thing about LewisÂ mothers, though, theyÂre never the matronly type. They are always fully realized women with lives and loves of their own that family can sit down and watch. Steve Harvey backWith Think Like a Man IIJust two years after Think Like A Man grossed nearly $100 million in the box office, the franchise is back with a sequel called Think Like A Man Too. The highly successful romantic comedy film, based on Steve HarveyÂs best-seller, is already building up excitement. The sequel will star Kevin Hart, Terrence J, Regina Hall, Jerry Ferrara, Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson, Romany Malco, Meagan Good, Gary Owen, La La Anthony, Adam Brody, and Janina Gavankar. and more. Both Wendy Williams and Floyd Mayweather will also make guest appearances. Produced by Will Packer and directed by Tim Story, the setting this time is in Las Vegas where the characters have traveled to attend a wedding and a bachelors vs bachelorettes party war. Of course, this lands them all in a bit of relationship trouble. The film is schedule to hits theaters on June 20, 2014. Diversity the Big Winner at the Academy Awards Cast and crew of 12 Years a Slave laud the Best Picture Oscar.
Page 12 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press March 6-12, 2014 Walmart wants to match Publix ad prices. Think about it.TheyÂll do it, tooÂ„if you ask. Or you could save yourself some trouble and enjoy shopping more than 35 BOGOs every week at Publix. by Johnathan Hicks The ledger of racist incidents on college campuses around the country seemed to be growing. From UCLA to San Jose State University and from Arizona State University to Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, there seems to be an increase in racist acts. In just the last few months, several white students were suspended by their fraternity at the University of Mississippi for tying a noose around a statue of James Meredith, the man who integrated the school in 1962. And just a few days after the nation celebrated the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., officials of Arizona State University were forced to expel a fraternity from campus after it held a party that featured racial and insulting behavior. To hear academic experts and students tell it, these incidents are a reflection of increased tension regarding resentment over issues ranging from affirmative action to the pressure to develop and enhance Black studies programs. "To a large degree, these incidents go back to the election of Barack Obama in 2008 when there were several campus incidents, many of them heavily racialized," said James B. Peterson, director of Africana Studies and professor of English at Lehigh University. "There was a reaction from some students about having a Black president, which is woefully sad, given this presidentÂs aversion to discuss race," Peterson said. "His election provoked major racial anxiety and the expression of racial hatred in some quarters." Peterson added that there were strong feelings among some white students regarding university-sponsored efforts to increase diversity. "There are students who reject anything they see as affirmative action, or as they put it, reverse racism," he said. "And they respond by wearing blackface or tying a noose around a statue of James Meredith. It's unfortunate." Scott Grant, a student at Lehigh University, said that the tension is fueled by the fact that a number of white students have little to no experience in diverse settings. At Lehigh, a series of on-campus racial incidents led to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education. The tension came to a head a few months ago when a multicultural dormitory known as the Umoja House was vandalized by students who threw eggs and wrote racial epithets in graffiti. "A lot of students come here and they haven't grown up seeing other cultures and they don't interact," said Grant, a member of the university's Cultural Board of Student Organizations. "And when they come to schools like this one, they explore and they test boundaries," he said. "And when they get results that make them feel they can get away with racist statements and action, they continue to engage in them. Often, the institution or their peers don't reinforce the fact that what they are doing is wrong." He added: "It doesn't make sense to prepare the next generation of leaders and for universities not take a firm stand against racism and sexism.ÂŽ As Racist Acts Continue on Campuses, Some Look for Answers byPatrice Peck As Black History Month draws to a close this week, so might another national figure of the African American legacy. The Charles H. Wright Museum, the largest museum of African American history, faces a grim future due to its bankrupt home of Detroit, Michigan. Considered the most financially challenged cultural center in the city, the 49-yearold museum has experienced a severe financial decline, but has yet to garner as much monetary support or media support as some of its local peer institutions, most notably the Detroit Institute of Art. The worldwide press rang the alarm when informed last month that the art museum would have to sell of its fine art to help reduce the cityÂs $18 billion debt owed to bondholders and pensioners. More recently, the cityÂs emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, published an extensive plan proposing a $100 million fundraising deal and $350 million from the state that could potentially save DIA from auctioning its items. Any similar multimillion dollar plans for the Wright museum (which currently has a $4.5 million budget) have yet to be seen, placing the predominantly Black cityÂs community cultural hub in major jeopardy. HereÂs a snapshot of the WrightÂs current status: Detroit went from contributing more than $2 million annually to the museumÂs budget of roughly $7 million to $900,000 to a current budget of $4.5 million. A majority of funding previously came from the cityÂs auto industry philanthropies, but provisions have been drastically lower from some, such as GM, and non-existent from others like former benefactor, Chrysler. Museum membership has dropped from 20,000 to 7,000 in recent years, a decline attributed to the lack of foundation money covering school childrenÂs memberships. Founded in 1965 in the offices of civil rights activist and Black obstetrician Charles H. Wright, the museum includes 30,000 items, including letters of Malcolm X and Rosa Parks, several prototypes of inventions, like the stoplight and gas mask, created by African American scientists, and a special collection of documents related to the Underground Railroad. While rich in history, none of the museumÂs items hold enough monetary value to help significantly reduce the cityÂs overwhelming debt. Detroit Bankruptcy Puts Biggest Black American History Museum At Risk Shown are honorees (L-R) seated l to r: SFC Guyla Green, LaÂTosha R. Weaver-Sawyer, USMC Staff Sgt. Alpha Gainous, Patricia Brooks, and Tia J. Keitt. Standing (L-R) Ken Jefferson, CW03 Lionel C. Jeffcoat, TSgt Isreal J. Boston, US CPO Oliver Martin, LCDR Donald E. Mitchell, USA SSG Joe Tillmon and Larry K. Gresham. Photo by Ron LottZetas Honor Community Pearls for Contributions in Leadership, Advocacy and Military Service by Lynn Jones Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter, held their eighth annual Community Pearls ÂHonoring our HeroesÂŽ event Saturday, March 1st at Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church. Community leaders were honored for their distinguished careers, community advocacy and military backgrounds. Chapter President Dr. Victoria Bryant-Riggins welcomed the attendees to the ceremony. WJXT Reporter and Zeta Phi Beta member Crystal Moyer was the mistress of ceremony, ÂIÂm proud to be here today to recognize these individuals that are role models to the community,ÂŽ she said. Also on program was the Martin Luther King, Jr., elementary F.A.M.E. Academy dance troupe. Former JSO police officer Ken Jefferson was the keynote speaker. ÂYou can shuck a pearl and it may be a little rough,ÂŽ he said. Ken continued, ÂBut in the end the pearl comes shining through.ÂŽ Founded January 16, 1920, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority., Inc began as an idea by five coeds at Howard University in Washington D.C.: Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie and Pearl Neal. These five women, known as the ZetaÂs five pearls are the inspiration for the annual Community Pearls event The Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter was established in 1944. The Chapter sponsors four auxiliary groups: Pearlettes, girls ages 4 to 8, Amicettes, girls ages 9 to 13, Archonettes, girls ages 14 to 18 and the Amicae, which are the women who do not have a four year degree, but want to assist the sorority in serving its communities and the Storks Nest which promotes prenatal care through incentives and education.