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Volume 26 o. 20 March 14-20, 2013 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents Local Students and Parents Learn to Dream Big with Steve Harvey and Friends at Annual AcademyPage 7 Bill CosbyÂs Life Should be an InspirationPage 4KWAME KILPATRICK Once Great Political Phenom Witnesses Last Chapter in His Fall from GracePage 9 Black College Sports PagePage 5 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED by Johnahan Hicks Long before the Civil War, a group of free African-American men founded a publication called FreedomÂs Journal. It was to be the first newspaper published in the United States by AfricanAmerican journalists, starting in 1827. The objective of the newspaper, published in ew York City, was to fight against the degradation of Black people and to call for an end to slavery. The publishers of FreedomÂs Journal conveyed a special perspective of the news of the day. When mainstream publications were actively condemning abolitionists who called for the end of slavery, the JournalÂs writers took such views to task. They played an important role in helping to frame the public discourse on the topics of slavery and the role of people of African descent in America. John Quincy Adams was president of the United States in the days of FreedomÂs Journal. But the need for vibrant AfricanAmerican media is just as pronounced in the age of Obama. The fact of the matter is that coverage of African-American life is at best an afterthought for mainstream media. For some of the prominent newspapers in the country, coverage of events in London, Berlin or Tel Aviv is far more of a staple than reports of important developments in LaVilla, ChicagoÂs South Side or South Central Los Angeles. Black media has led the way in the coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting and its aftermath. They have led the way in chronicling the scourge of stopand-frisk police practices in ew York City. The Black press has been an important source of information in the effort by Republican-controlled legislatures around the country to disenfranchise African-American voters. They are the news outlets that continue to revisit Hadiya PendletonÂs tragic killing and the gun violence of which she was a victim Â„ long after the national media have left for the next big story. They are the ones that help bring to prominence the tales of the so-called school-to-prison pipeline, in which young students, the overwhelming number of them Black, are reprimanded and even arrested by police for minor infractions. Even on the less weighty issues of the day, Black-oriented media have demonstrated they are on the forefront. The Black press remains an invaluable means by which to get the pulse on the music and culture of communities that are often ignored and marginalized. Just as FreedomÂs Journal had its financial and other troubles Â… it closed within two years, publishing its last issue in 1829 Â„ so, too, do the Black media organizations of 2013. The answer is for the public to be more supportive of these outlets and for the Black media organizations to find novel ways to present their coverage in more engaging and professional methods. After all, a robust American media landscape takes all forms of players and should appeal to every realm of the countryÂs news and entertainment appetite, particular in this fast-paced information world. It only helps to tell a more balanced story of American life. Michael Vick Cancels Book Tour After Death ThreatsPHILADELPHIA Michael VickÂs book-signing tour has been canceled because of threats against him for running a dogfighting ring. The Philadelphia EaglesÂ quarterback was scheduled to sign copies of his autobiography ÂFinally Free,ÂŽ at Barnes & Noble stores in Atlanta, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Vick served 18 months in federal prison for his role in running the dogfighting ring. According to court papers in the cases of Vick and his codefendants, Vick bankrolled the operation and joined others in killing dogs that didnÂt perform well. While there will always be staunch animal lovers who will never forgive VickÂs role in running a dogfighting ring, he has been largely embraced in Philadelphia. He revived his career and rehabbed his image without the protests and anger that followed immediately following his release from prison. Since his release from prison in 2009, Vick has worked with The Humane Society of the United States to speak out against animal cruelty. He had made appearances at schools and spoken to students about the dangers of being involved in dogfighting.Former FAMU Student to Plead Guilty in Hazing Manslaughter CaseORLANDO, Fla. A man charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major is going to plead guilty and cooperate with prosecutors. Caleb Jackson will plead guilty to felony hazing and manslaughter as soon as April, attorney Chuck Hobbs said at a hearing at the Orange County Courthouse. Jackson currently is being held in the Leon County Jail for violating his probation. Drum major Robert Champion died in November 2011 in Orlando after he collapsed following what prosecutors say was a savage beating during a hazing ritual. A dozen former Florida A&M band members have been charged with manslaughter and felony hazing. Hobbs said no promises or guarantees have been made by prosecutors regarding Jackson's cooperation. "It would be his hope that by cooperating, such would bode well when it comes time for his sentencing," Hobbs said.umber of Hate Groups Reached All-Time High in 2012 There has been a sharp rise in anti-government "patriot" groups since the election of President Obama in 2008, according to a study issued last week by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The number of these organizations reached an all-time high of 1,360 in 2012. There were 149 organizations before Obama took office in 2008. That amount shot to 512 by 2009, 814 in 2010, and jumped to 1,274 in 2011. The study attributes the rise of "hate groups" to Obama's presence in the oval office and the recent push for gun control laws following shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The SPLC provides a "hate map" on its website, pinpointing the locations of organizations they categorize as hate groups. But some critics believe SPLC is too broad for including political organizations that oppose illegal immigration, gun control, gay rights and other issues. Locally, the SPLC named Black nationalist Nation of Islam and the New Black Panther Party as hate groups.College Tuition Stipends Suspended for US AirmenRALEIGH, N.C. The U.S. Air Force has joined other military branches in suspending tuition assistance that thousands of active-duty airmen rely on to pay for college classes. Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Col. Laurel Tingley said airmen were notified in an email Tuesday that new applications for tuition assistance wonÂt be accepted because of the $85 billion in federal spending cuts that went into effect March 1. The U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard suspended their assistance programs last week. A decision by the U.S. Navy is pending. The tuition assistance programs pay up to $250 per semester hour for active duty personnel, up to $4,500 per year. Military personnel may still qualify for aid under the G.I. Bill, which is not affected.Judge Strikes Down YC Soda BanA judge has struck down a ban restricting the size of sodas sold in certain establishments in New York City that was set to go into effect this week. Known as the Âsoda ban,ÂŽ the legislation was instituted by the New York City Board of Health, a body appointed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. A State Supreme Court Justice ruled that the ban was invalid in part because the Board of Health does not have the power to regulate portion sizes as a means of curbing obesity. Sugary drinks, such as soda, have been linked to obesity in numerous studies. The edict would have restricted the largest soda portion to 16 ounces when sold at retailers controlled by the city, such as convenience stores and restaurants, in an effort to reduce obesity. The city claims obesity-related illnesses cost approximately $4.7 billion a year. Outlets such as 7-Elevens and grocery stores were exempt from the ban, because they are regulated by the state. The Need for a Black Media is Greater Than Ever Shown above are new Eta Phi Beta Members (L-R)Theresa Spencer, Jewel Turner, ola Lester and Dianne Townsend. Eta Phi Beta Adds Four to Sisterhood The president, officers, and members of the Nu Chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., recently inducted four new sorors into their sisterhood. After completion of their three month initiation process, Theresa Spencer, Jewel Turner, Nola Lester and Dianne Townsend pledge their sacred oath in a private ceremony presided by membership chair Virginia Johnson. Eta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. founded in 1942, is a professional and business womenÂs sorority. Gloria Torrence Rhett is president of the local chapter, and Loretta Kirk-Adair is the national president. Free Press Publisher Rita Perry presents Ms.Johnson with her prize money.Laverne Johnson winner of the Jacksonville Free Press Black History Contest stopped by the Free Press offices this week to receive her $100 check. The contest consisted of 26 questions of notable local historical facts of African American people, places and institutions. The Raines High School graduate and teacher only missed one question. When asked how she retrieved her answers and the copy of the contest, Laverne noted, ÂDr. Pritchy Smith is a friend and he always brings a copy to me, so I researched the internet, talked to friends and on knew some answer from my own knowledgeÂŽ. City Tributes Black History Makers Shown above at the Trailblazers Awards are (L-R): Cong. Corrine Brown, Brenda Jackson, Alton Yates, Dr. Alvin White, athaniel Glover, Judge Pauline Drake, Dr. orma White, Mayor Alvin Brown, Dr. Adam Herbert, Dr. Arnett Girardieu, Dr. C.B. McIntosh, Rita Perry, Betty Holzendorf, Dr. Chester Aikens and Judge Henry Adams. Seated Gwendolyn Leaphart and Dr. Wendell Holmes. FMPphoto 365 Laverne Johnson Wins Free Press History Contest Black History Month may be over, but in the spirit of Âliving rosesÂŽ, Mayor Alvin Brown has shown that those who have written their name in the cityÂs annals of history should be recognized. Last week, the Mayor recognized 17 community leaders who were the ÂfirstÂŽ African Americans in various fields such as business, education and public policy. Each received the inaugural ÂMayorÂs Trailblazer AwardÂŽ in City Council Chambers. "Being a Trailblazer means setting the right example to influence greatness that goes beyond self," said Mayor Brown. "I'm proud of the accomplishments each of these Trailblazers has made, and I'm inspired by the paths they have set for the next generation of leaders." More than 450 guests attended the packed ceremony to acknowledge and honor the local citizens for their contributions to society, both on the local and national stage. For more, see page 2.
Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press March 14 20, 2013 2013 Mayors Trailblazers Awardees Lt. Colonel Alton W. Yates (ret.) 1st African American fromJacksonville to be an Air Research and Development Volunteer for the U.S. Air Force. Hon.Gwendolyn Leaphart First African American to be named to the CivilService Board athaniel Glover 1st African-American elected sheriff Dr. Alvin G. White 1st African American Chief of Staff of Duval County Public Schools Cong. Corrine Brown 1st African-American elected to the U.S. Congress from Florida since reconstruction Dr. Chester Aikens 1st African American from Jacksonville to be named ational Dental Association President. Dr. Charles B. McIntosh 1st African American to practice Pediatric Medicine in Jacksonville Judge Pauline Drake 1st African-American female appointed to the Duval County Court Dr. Wendell P. Holmes, Jr. 1st African American in Duval County and Florida elected school Board Chairman. Dr. Adam Herbert 1st African American President of the University of orth Florida, Chancellor of the Florida State University System, Mrs. Brenda Jackson 1st African American to be named to the ew York Times Bestsellers list and the USA Dr. orma Solomon White First African American from Jacksonville be elected President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Dr. Landon Williams 1st African American International Vice President of the International LongshoremenÂs Association Dr. Arnett Girardeau 1st African American male elected to the Florida Senate and elected Senate Pro Tempore Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr. 1st African American Judge for the Middle District of Florida Betty Holzendorf 1st African American female from Jacksonville elected to the Florida State Senate. Rita Perry 1st African American founding female Publishers of a weekly newspaper in the state Continued from front The honorees were feted by family and friends along with the other invited guests that packed the Council Chambers. Each presentation was highlighted by a brief personal video that provided insight to the various honoreeÂs journeys. The TrailblazerÂs host was Channel 4 anchor Melanie Lawson who guided the eveningÂs activities. Keynote speaker Ken Amaro set the tone for the by emphasizing the magnitude of each honoreeÂs impact. ÂThere may be others,ÂŽ said Amaro, Âbut you will always be the first. The Mayor was also feted with a surprise gift of Presidential cufflinks from Cong. Corrine Brown and his own recognition of his triumphant political victory as JacksonvilleÂs first AfricanAmerican mayor. Following a benediction by Bishop McKissick, Sr., the honorees and their guests attended a private reception to continue their celebration. Financial Freedom: Will Social Security Be Available For You? By Ingrid M. Ellis Have you ever read your Social Security statement? Most of my clients say, ÂNoÂŽ. Many people simply get it in the mail and stash it in the pile of papers for shredding at best or toss it I the trash as soon as it arrives. But the reality is, you need to know what it tells you. You should be kept abreast of what could potentially be available to you in your retirement years. Although I donÂt factor in Social Security benefits when I am creating a Financial Needs Analysis (FNA) for my clients, I encourage you to get familiar with the verbiage the next time you receive the paperwork from the Social Security Administration. Read it. There is a lot of valuable information stuffed within the four page fold out. Let me share a few key things on the Social Security Statement: 1.ÂSocial Security was never intended to be your only source of income when you retire. You will need other savings, investments, pensions or retirement accounts to make sure you have enough money to live comfortably when you retire.ÂŽ 2. ÂIn 2016, we will begin paying more in benefits than we collect in taxes. Without changes, by 2037 the Social Security Trust Fund will be enough money to pay only about 76 cents for each dollar of scheduled benefits.ÂŽ 3.If you were born before 1938 your full retirement age is 65. Because of a change in the law, the full retirement age will increase gradually to 67 for people born in 1960 and later.ÂŽ Most people donÂt plan to fail they fail to plan. And there is a high price to pay for waiting to create your familyÂs financial solution. As a result, a lot of consumers are disillusioned to believe that they will be able to draw from the benefits of Social Security when they retire. The problem with that is although YOU may be contributing to the Social Security fund through regular payroll deductions, what YOU contribute isnÂt being banked for YOU when YOU retire. ItÂs a first-come-first-served program. And if there is nothing left for YOU when YOU retire, oh well. The crazy part is the Social Security Administration told you to find another alternative. But because most people havenÂt read the document, they havenÂt a clue. Listen, no matter how old you are right now, you will retire one dayGod willing. Because the retirement age has increased, people are having to work longer which means they enjoy less and less time spent in their Âgolden years.ÂŽ If you havenÂt done so already, begin taking steps to create an incredible financial future for your family. DonÂt depend on Social Security or any other system to sustain your love ones. Make sure that you are dotting the ÂiÂsÂŽ and crossing the ÂtÂsÂŽ for yourself. Save! Invest! And do it aggressively so that you donÂt retire broke. In that way, if there isnÂt anything available for you with Social Security you would have already prepared yourself for the coldest days. By Kam Williams ÂSBF Single Black Female. Walk through any major city in the U.S. on a Friday or Saturday night and you will find her. SheÂll either be alone or with her girlfriends, but almost never, EVER with a mate. The how and why of relationship status among African-Americans is a touchy subject. The black marriage gap has become such an open secret that it is now a source of endless bad jokes and fodder for primetime and reality shows such as ÂBasketball WivesÂŽ and ÂThe Real Housewives of Atlanta.ÂŽ So whatÂs going on? ÂWhere Did Our Love Go?ÂŽ explores the substantial issues surrounding relationships and marital status in the African Â… American community from the Baby Mama Syndrome to the more serious implications of what single parent households will mean for future generations.ÂŽ Traditionally, the marriage rate has been a reliable indicator of the stability and vitality of a culture. For this reason, the decline in African American marital union is a very troubling sign. The shocking statistics indicate that over 40% of black men and women are choosing to remain unmarried and that about a quarter of the brothers tying the knot are picking partners of another ethnicity. When you factor in the 75% Black illegitimacy rate, the black communityÂs long-term prospects arenÂt exactly brilliant. This grim reality wasnÂt lost on Gil Robertson, a veteran journalist with his finger on the pulse who examined AIDS and what it means to be African-American in his earlier books. His latest offering in the series, ÂWhere Did Our Love Go?ÂŽ takes a hard look at black love from the distinctly different perspectives of dozens of contributors, each of whom was given the freedom to expound on being single, engaged, married or divorced. R&B crooner Anthony Hamilton identifies Âhaving confidence and a willingness to want it to workÂŽ as the keys to a successful relationship. However, he also warns folks to forget about trying to find a Âperfect mateÂŽ because Âthat keeps you blind from whatÂs really real.ÂŽ By contrast, marriage-minded Melody Guy has been patiently waiting to walk down the aisle since accepting a proposal from a fiancÂ who not only has cold feet, but wonÂt let her have a key to his apartment. Meanwhile at least he did Âput a ring on it.ÂŽ Amy Keith, a self-professed BAP (Black American Princess) is in no rush to pressure her Mr. Right, despite her fast-approaching 30th birthday, Why not? Because as a child, her own family was irreversibly fractured by her parents separation, so this wounded victim of divorce is cognizant of the high stakes associated with failure. ÂWhere Did Our Love Go?ÂŽ devotes space to same sex and interracial relationships too. For example, NYC radio talk show host Clay CaneÂs chapter is structured in the form of journal entries recounting his frustrations with a passionate affair with a Broadway actor which failed to blossom into more. He discusses the sometime awkward etiquette of gay dating and the stigmas attached. Later ÂAveryÂŽ declined to take an AIDS test expecting to be trusted on his word that he wasnÂt HIV+. Sounds a little risky. Atlanta news anchor Veronica Waters entry, entitled ÂTo Swirl or Not to Swirl?ÂŽ refers to the mixing of vanilla and chocolate in soft ice cream. Veronica is a sister who readily admits that ÂItÂs white men who make me swoonÂŽ before issuing a call for recruits with ÂLetÂs get jiggy with it sisters!ÂŽ Overall, ÂWhere Did Our Love Go?ÂŽ proves to be a most informative and entertaining read, at least in terms of the individual contributors intimate experiences. I canÂt say that the diversity of personal opinion contained on the pages allows one to draw a conclusion about where African-American culture is headed but I donÂt think anybodyÂs expecting the black community to share a monolithic mindset anymore anyway. Where did our love go? Who knows? But itÂs apparently still leaving behind a trail of broken hearts with a Âyearning, burning, yearning feeling deep insideÂŽ like The Supremes sang about a half century ago. Love and Relationships in the African-American Community
Betty BurneyÂs IÂM A STAR Foundation, Inc. held its 3rd Annual Leader to Leader Summit on March 9th. The room was filled with national, state and local leaders who came together to collaborate with student leaders. Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll, Superintendent Nikoli Vitti, Senator Bill NelsonÂs Regional Director and Jim Bailey, publisher of the Daily record empowered students with priceless advice on leadership and success. Students and leaders put their heads together to develop solutions and a game plan to assist homeless students in Duval County. The groups offered fantastic ideas that will be implemented by IÂm A Star students in coming months to impact the nearly 1,500 homeless students in Duval County. IÂm A Star students attend middle and high schools throughout Jacksonville and have been trained to develop solutions to negative barriers that impact student success. City Council Vice-President Bill Gulliford and School Board members Becki Couch, Connie Hall, and Ashley Smith-Juarez were also on hand to work with the students. ÂStudents had an opportunity to strategize with our major decisionmakers. More importantly, students had an opportunity to ÂseeÂ possibilities. My students can ÂseeÂ Lt. Gov. Carroll, Michael Ward, the CEO of CSX or Jim Bailey, publisher of the Daily Record and aspire to reach similar heights,ÂŽ said Burney. STARS is an acronym for Smart, Talented And Resilient Students. Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 March 14-20, 2013 Pictured from left to right are: Sharon Peele, Helen Bargeron, Patrice Cushion, Barbara Hopkins(Chapter President), Tiffany Julia-Winkler, Julia Paul and Albertha Bevel.Chi Eta Phi Welcomes ew MembersOn Saturday, March 9th, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Sigma Chapter welcomed two new members, Patrice Cushion and Tiffany Julia-Winkler, into the organization. Chi Eta Phi is an international organization of registered nurses whose motto is ÂService for HumanityÂŽ. Chi Eta Phi, Sigma Chapter has been providing service to the community for fifty-five years. Three of the chapterÂs charter members, Helen Bargeron, Albertha Bevel and Barbara Shuman, remain active participants in the chapter. The City of Jacksonville Human Rights Commission is hosting its annual Fair Housing Symposium, which coincides with the Neighborhood DepartmentÂs Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Week. The event is free and a continental breakfast and lunch program will be provided for those who attend. It will be held on Saturday, April 6 from 8 a.m. Â… 1 p.m. at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The theme of this yearÂs event is ÂLiving Free: Removing Barriers.ÂŽ Workshops will be provided for both citizens and industry professionals, such as home builders, realtors, property managers and homeowners. All workshops will be presented by attorneys and other experts in the field of fair housing and disabilities. Citizen workshops include the elements of a housing complaint, reasonable accommodations/modifications, landlord/tenant issues and code enforcement. The ProfessionalÂs Workshop will focus on trends in design and construction, barriers to accessible housing and visitability. Those who attend the ProfessionalÂs Workshop will receive certificates that may be used for obtaining continuing education credits. Participating organizations include the Jacksonville Urban League, the MetroNorth CDC, the Jacksonville Housing Authority, the City of Jacksonville Disabled Services Division, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc., and the City of Jacksonville Housing and Neighborhoods Department. Advanced registration is required. Please email email@example.com or call (904) 6301212 x3020 to register. Parking is free. Childcare for ages 4 to 12 will be available. Requests for special needs must be received no later than Monday, March 25, 2013. City to Host Fair Housing Awareness Symposium by Darren Rovell How old is too old? Apparently not 48 years old, as boxer Bernard Hopkins became a champion once again on Saturday. Hopkins beat 30-year-old Tavoris Cloud for the IBF light heavyweight championship. In the process, Hopkins became the oldest boxing champion in history, beating his own record that he set two years ago. "This victory is sweeter than honey," said Hopkins. It was a moment that never would have happened had he listened to his mother's dying wish that came a decade ago: don't fight past 40. "My mother would always say get the hell off the ring and don't go in again. I probably wouldn't be boxing, I would have been gone 10 years ago," Hopkins said. When Hopkins was 17, he served 4 1/2 years in prison. Behind bars, boxing became his release and eventually his meal ticket. "It's a lot of victories that I had over the years, but this one means more because I am older. And 50 is around the corner," Hopkins said. STARSÂ Student Learn Hands on Leadership Skills from Area Trendsetters Seated (L-R) Penny Lewandowski (Lowe Foundation), Hon. Becki Couch, Hon. Connie Hall, Kim Ward (Michael and Kim Ward Foundation); Katie Ross (Senator Bill elsonÂs Office), Carolyn Chatman (Cong.Corrine BrownÂs office); Standing (Row 1) Joshua Steen, Hon Ashley Smith Juarez, Superintendent ikoli Vitti, Lt. Gov. Carroll, Jim Bailey (Daily Record); Garrett Denis (Supervisor of Elections Office); Betty Burney (IÂm A Star Foundation); Back Row (L-r) Joel Mee (Chartwell Foods); Frank Denton (Florida Times Union); Hon. Bill Gulliford; Mike Williams (SheriffÂs Office); Michael Ward (CSX); Levi Washington (St. Luke Baptist Church). IÂm A Star Students Pose With Superintendent ikoli Vitti and Betty Burney after a successful Leader to Leader Summit. At 48: Bernard Hopkins Becomes Oldest Boxer to Win Major Title
By William Reed Â It is easily seen, that if every member of the race strove to make himself successful in business, he would contribute much toward smoothing the pathway of his own and future generations. ÂŽ Â… Booker T. Washington IsnÂt it time Black Americans turned the page on their political preferences? Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus has been holding meetings with designated community leaders to discuss how the GOP can become more appealing to minority voters. The party leader says heÂs listening to different perspectives on Âhow we can build and grow the GOP to win future elections.ÂŽ The Republican National Committee (RNC) effort seeks to Âreview past practicesÂŽ and Âmake recommendationsÂŽ for the future. To be effective among African Americans, Priebus and Co., need to take public policy positions that have the potential to advance BlacksÂ interests. A suggestion is that Priebus form a task force comprised of Black business people that will mutually help all pursue American capitalism. ItÂs worth noting that throughout the history of Blacks and Republicans, at the core has been BlacksÂ self-sufficiency interests. From Reconstruction until the New Deal, Blacks voted ÂRepublican.ÂŽ Then and now, Republican values of market economics, strong families, and education have offered Blacks better paths, and more direction, to prosperity. During times of their engagements, Republicans have provided Blacks successful role models and resources toward their Âpiece of the pie.ÂŽ Booker Taliaferro Washington is an example of a Black success story in capitalism, commerce and politics. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, Booker T. was the most celebrated Black of his time. Washington realized that slavery had taught Blacks many profitable skills and trades. Skills such as carpentry, cooking, farming, and tailoring were seeds for businesses that could be started at home and with little or no capital. Washington operated numerous schools through successful capitalists. Sears Roebuck President Julius Rosenwald helped in the construction and operation of more than 5,000 of WashingtonÂs schools. Washington created the Negro Business League (NBL), with the intent of creating a Black capitalist class. At a conference in 1910, Washington called on NBL members to Âteach the masses to get property, be thrifty and economical.ÂŽ Blacks have always done well economically with Republicans. The last time Blacks supported a Republican presidential ticket in any sizable numbers was when they gave Richard Nixon more than 30 percent of their vote. In turn, Nixon made a multitude of Black millionaires through his directive toward establishment of the Office of Minority Business Enterprise. Between 1969 and 1976, 500,000 new Black businesses were established. Democrats have been running Black communities for the past 50plus years. These socialist policies have turned many Black and urban communities into economic and social wastelands. But Priebus and Co., have to realize what an uphill climb it is to turn Blacks back to entrepreneurial pursuits and mindsets. In 2012, just 5 percent of African Americans considered themselves Republicans. To gain numbers among African Americans, Republicans need to be private sector partners with them to generate economic market share and prosperity. Republicans rolls can go up among the millions of African Americans that endorse and advocate laissez-faire economics, fiscal conservatism, and personal responsibility over welfare program paradigms. IsnÂt it time for Republicans and Blacks to turn the page? Is it possible that after their disdain and distance from the Mitt Romney campaign, Blacks and Republicans can align toward mutual economic and political clout? Priebus should establish a task force comprised of Republican-leaning groups such as the NBL, the National Black Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Inc., to establish grassroots programs and structures. Such alliances were successful in the past and can repair and bring new successes to Black communities. To correct Âpast practicesÂŽ the Republicans need to instill practices that Âgo backÂŽ to political gains made by Nixon and Booker T. The RNC will reap growth and national predominance with earnest efforts to tap into Black enclaves. F. Scott Fitzgerald got it right when he said the rich are different. We are witnessing that in the sequester fiasco and we heard it in another form last week when Attorney General Eric H. Holder offered an asinine reason for not prosecuting bankers/gangsters known as banksters. Testifying before Congress, Holder said, ÂI am concerned that the size of some of these institutions becomes so large that it does become difficult for us to prosecute them when we are hit with indications that if you do prosecute, if you do bring a criminal charge, it will have a negative impact on the national economy, perhaps even the world economy.ÂŽ Holder is not the Secretary of Treasury. While he, like all of us, might be concerned about the economy, thatÂs not his area of responsibility. His job as the nationÂs chief law enforcer is to enforce the law. And that should apply to banksters like it applies to gangsters. But, as we know, the rich and institutions they control are treated differently. This variation of banks being Âtoo big to failÂŽ is essentially telling us their CEOs are Âtoo big to jail.ÂŽ If banks are too big to fail, we should remind ourselves who allowed them to grow that large. Each time big banks gobbled up smaller ones like ATMs suck in your check deposit, they had to first win approval from the federal government. That is the same federal government that bails them out when they get in trouble and the same federal government that now whines that their CEOs are two big to jail. Try explaining that to a first-time, non-violent drug user who is rotting away behind bars. Even in clear-cut cases of gangster behavior, there is a double-standard. Take the case of HSBC, which signed a $1.9 billion settlement with the U.S. after CEO Stuart Gulliver acknowledged the bankÂs failure to catch at least $881 million in drug trafficking money that was laundered through the institutionÂs accounts. Officials admitted their bank had facilitated illicit financial transfers on behalf of rogue nations, including Iran and Libya, as well as Mexican and Colombian drug cartels. Their punishment? A fine that equaled 11 percent of last yearÂs profits and a promise to do a better job of monitoring their accounts. And they avoided criminal prosecution. Like other banks, HSBC will continue to benefit from American taxpayers underwriting its deposit insurance. Senator Elizabeth Warren [D-Mass.] observed, ÂIt has been almost five years since the financial crisis, but the big banks are still too big to fail. That means they are subsidized by about $83 billion a year by American taxpayers and are still not being held fully accountable for breaking the law.ÂŽ The $83 billion a year Warren referred to represents the amount taxpayers pay in insurance to make sure U.S. bank deposits are guaranteed. Think about that. Banks are profit making entities yet the public pays their insurance. Does anyone else pay for your homeownerÂs insurance? Health insurance? Car insurance? So why should the public share in banksÂ expenses, but not their profits? It is yet another example of the rich and their powerful institutions being different? Contrast that treatment with whatÂs happening in our nationÂs capital. In the never-ending game of chicken, Republicans are threating yet another budget showdown. They are adamant that whatever comes out of the ongoing sequester and deficit debates, all cuts must come from the spending side, including Medicare and Social Security. Although President Obama has used strong, protective language in his State of the Union and inauguration speeches, he has a tendency to cave in when negotiating with Republicans Â… and that has many Democrats worried. Obama and his advisers have already stated that they are amenable to a Âgrand bargainÂŽ whereby the White House and Republicans will reach an agreement on budget cuts. So far, 107 of the 200 House Democrats have signed a letter to the president threatening to vote Âagainst any and every cut to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security benefits Â… including raising the retirement age or cutting the cost of living adjustments that our constituents earned and need.ÂŽ Continued on page 7 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. The Jacksonville Free Press has its view, but others may differ. Therefore, the Free Press ownership reserves the right to publish views and opinions by syndicated and local columnist, professional writers and other writersÂ which are solely their own. 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Edgewood Ave. Jacksonville,FL32208Email: JfreePress@aol.com TELEPHONE (904) 634-1993 Fax (904) 765-3803 Rita PerryPUBLISHER Sylvia PerryManaging Editor CONTRIBUTORS: Lynn Jones, Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood, E.O.Huthchinson, WilliamReed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell, Marsha Oliver, Marretta Latimer, Phyllis Mack, Tonya Austin, Carlottra Guyton, Brenda Burwell, Rhonda Silver, Vickie Brown, Rahman Johnson, Headshots, William Jackson. Business Exchangeby George Curry City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Rep. Reggie FullwoodThe Rich are Treated Differently CosbyÂs Life Should Inspire Young African Americans Is it Time for Blacks to Turn from Democrats ?March 14-20, 2013 Sometimes you have to put the politics aside for a moment and talk about things or people that have made a significant impact on the lives of others. Often overlap exists between politics and those who have achieved greatly; these same people are alsoconstantly giving back. A couple of weeks ago I had the great opportunity to meet a real American hero Â… Bill Cosby. He was in town in support of the MayorÂs Summit on Education, and he didnÂt disappoint. Between his insight and openness when talking to small groups or his still funny stand-up act on stage Â… the man continues to be amazing. And no he didnÂt fight in any wars or save children from burning buildings, but he has inspired and touched the hearts of so many. Growing up I always knew who Bill Cosby was, but it wasnÂt until the infamous ÂCosby ShowÂŽ did I get to see and appreciate him. Mr. Cosby is not only an African American superstar, but has become simply an American icon. The Cosby Show is now a TV legend. You canÂt talk about successful sitcoms without mentioning CosbyÂs hit production. The show probably meant a lot more to me and many other African Americans than whites could even imagine. The show was about a successful black doctor (Bill Cosby) and his successful attorney wife (Felicia Rashaad), and their half a dozen or so children. It showed lower income families that blacks can be successful and have great professions, and live in wonderful houses. It may seem like an exaggeration to some, but it is real. It was because of Cosby thatgrowing up I knew that blacks could go to college and become anything they wanted to be. His show was so different from Good Times, Sanford and Son, or The JeffersonÂs. For most of us, we could identify not only with the show, but also with CosbyÂs life and success. Coming from a poor Philadelphia neighborhood, he saw little of his father, a mess steward in the Navy. He left school in tenth grade to join the Navy and finished high school via a correspondence course while still in the service. When he was discharged, he enrolled at Temple University in Philadelphia and the rest is history. He used his life experiences and determination to fuel his drive. And yes, The Cosby Show was a sitcom or better yet entertainment; but it brought black people or better yet a successful black family into American households on a weekly basis. Sure we had other shows in the past, but nothing that portrayed a strong black family structure like Bill CosbyÂs sitcom. I remember watching an interview with Cosby several years ago and he said, Âit is my duty to show America that blacks can have a functional, strong family structure.ÂŽ Cosby has always had a since of Âthe bigger picture.ÂŽ In the 1960s, the hit show "I Spy" broke the racial barrier in television by featuring Cosby as the first-ever black lead of a weekly dramatic series. In the 1980s, Cosby raised the bar another notch with the show Coretta Scott King described as "the most positive portrayal of black family life that has ever been broadcast." I have always admired him for being a longtime champion for the betterment of African Americans through education and access to opportunities. Yes, Cosby used his goodnatured, colorblind comedy to reach out to all races, which made him a major success. He approached his work like Martin Luther King in a sense,which I guess makes Richard Pryor more like an aggressive, in your face Malcolm X type. In an interview several years ago, Cosby said that todayÂs black comedian have tainted the legacy he left for them. He feels like todayÂs African American comics are foulmouthed, unfocused, and too eager to reinforce the stereotypes of black people. That was the beauty of ÂThe Cosby Show,ÂŽ it didnÂt reinforce those negative stereotypes about blacks. "The fact that the family is black, without making a particular point of it," reported Time magazine, "is an encouraging sign of maturity in matters of race." Cosby is much harder on the younger comedians because he feels that Âtheir job isnÂt limited to getting laughs. Whether they know it or not, they are role models as well.ÂŽ Cosby once said, ÂYou can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.ÂŽ And for those who think that Cosby has retired Âforget about it.ÂŽ His show in Jacksonville a couple of weeks ago wasnÂt unique Â… he still does shows on weekends and is still selling out crowds around the country or making fund-raising appearances at black colleges. Yes, our young folks can learn a lot from Bill Cosby, especially African American males. From his strong educational beliefs to his entrepreneurship, he is a true role model and hero. IÂll end with one of my favorite Cosby quotes. He said, ÂA word to the wise ain't necessary it's the stupid ones that need the advice.ÂŽ Signing off from Tallahassee, Reggie Fullwood
March 14-20, 2013 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 GAME SCHEDULEWOMEN Monday, March 11 #4 S. C. State 50, #13 Savannah State 35 #5 Coppin State 44, #12 N. C. Central 41 #6 Morgan State 56, #11 Md.-E. Shore 49 Tuesday, March 12 #9 Delaware State vs. #8 B.-Cookman 11 am #10 Norfolk State vs. #7 Florida A&M 1:30 pm Wednesday, March 13 #1 Hampton vs. DSU/BCU 12 n #2 N. C. A&T vs. NSU/FAMU 2:30 pm Thursday, March 14 #3 Howard vs. #6 Morgan State 12 n #5 Coppin State vs. #4 S. C. State 2:30 pm Friday, March 15 Saturday, March 16 Women's Finals 1 pm MEN Monday, March 11 #4 Savannah St. 59, #13 Md.-E. Shore 44 #5 Morgan State 61, #12 S. C. State 52 Tuesday, March 12 #9 Coppin State vs. #8 B-Cookman 4 pm #10 Florida A&M vs. #7 N. C. A&T 6:30 pm #11 Howard vs. #6 Delaware State 9 pm Wednesday, March 13 #1 Norfolk State vs. CSU/BCU 6 pm #2 N. C. Central vs. FAMU/NCA&T 8:30 pm Thursday, March 14 #3 Hampton vs. HOW/DSU 6 pm #5 Morgan St. vs. #4 Savannah St. 8:30 pm Friday, March 15 Saturday, March 16 Men's Finals 5 pm Â’FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 12 18, 2013 AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XIX, No. 32MEAC / SWAC HOOPS TOURNAMENTS UNDERWAY; NCAA DIV. II PLAYOFFS BEGIN FRIDAY NOTHING BUT NETBYRON WESTMORELAND: CIAA Tourney MVP leads Bowie State into NCAA Div. II playoffs, one of seven black 2 0 1 2 1 3 B L A C K C O L L E G E B A S K E T B A L L (Results, Standings and Yearly Honors) SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCE DIV ALLMEN (FINAL) W L W L Texas Southern 16 2 17 14 Southern 15 3 21 9 Ark. Pine Bluff 15 3 16 14 Jackson State 9 9 10 17 Prairie View A&M 8 10 13 18 Alabama State 8 10 10 21 Alcorn State 8 10 10 23 Alabama A&M 6 12 10 19 Miss. Valley St. 5 13 5 23 Grambling State 0 18 0 27 Ineligible for postseasonSWAC PLAYERS OF THE YEAR PLAYER Omar Strong, 5-9, Sr., G, TSU Finished second in SWAC scoring (17.0 ppg.) while leading in 3-pointers made (120, 3.9 pg.) and FT percentage (.848). DEFENSE Fred Sturdivant, 6-7, Sr., F, TSU Led the league in NEWCOMER Malcolm Miller, 6-5, Fr., G, SU Averaged 16.0 points per game, third best in league, 5.8 rebounds and was top 3-point shooter (.458), 3rd in 3s made (2.7 pg.). FRESHMAN Terry Rose, 6-4, Fr., G/F, GSU Averaged 13.8 points with 81 treys. MID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEAC SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCE DIV ALLWOMEN (FINAL) W L W L Texas Southern 16 2 19 10 Southern 12 6 13 16 Miss. Valley St. 12 6 15 14 Prairie View A&M 11 7 14 14 Jackson State 9 9 12 15 Alabama A&M 8 10 9 19 Ark. Pine Bluff 7 11 11 17 Alabama State 7 11 9 20 Grambling State 6 12 8 22 Alcorn State 2 16 2 25SWAC PLAYERS OF THE YEAR PLAYER Latia Williams, 5-10, R-Sr., PV Finished second in scoring (12.9 ppg.) and rebounding (8.9 rpg.) while leading the SWAC in minutes played (35.7 pg.). DEFENSE Carolinsia Crumbly, 5-5, Sr., G, ALC Finished second in steals (68, 2.5 pg.), scored 11.2 points per game. NEWCOMER Joanna Miller, 5-8, Fr., G, GSU Led league in scoring (16.0 ppg.), shot .726 from the line (8th). FRESHMAN Te'era Williams, 5-10, Fr., G, TSU Averaged 12.4 poings per game (4th), 6.3 rebounds (11th), 2.1 steals MID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEAC CONF ALLWOMEN (FINAL) W L W LHampton 16 0 25 5 NC A&T State 13 3 21 8 Howard 12 4 18 10 SC State 11 5 19 8 Coppin State 10 6 14 15 Morgan State 9 7 12 17 Florida A&M 8 8 11 18 Bethune-Cookman 7 9 12 16 Delaware State 6 10 9 20 Md. E. Shore 4 12 8 19 Norfolk State 4 12 6 21 Savannah State 2 14 7 22 North Carolina Central 2 14 2 27MEAC PLAYERS OF THE YEAR PLAYER Kieara Avant, 5-11, Sr., F, HAM Led Lady Prates to regular season title averaging double-double (16.3 ppg., 10.3 rpg.), 19 double-doubles on season. ROOKIE Eboni Ross, 6-2, R-Fr., NC A&T goal percentage (.521), was 2nd in blocks (1.7 pg.), averaged 7.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. DEFENSE Alyssa Bennett, 6-2, Jr., F, HAM Averaged 9.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game for Lady Pirates.Bowie State Sports PhotoNorfolk State, Hampton undefeated favoritesWOMEN Tuesday, March 12 #10 Alcorn State vs. #7 Ark.-Pine Bluff 5:30 pm #9 Grambling vs. #8 Alabama State 8 pm Wednesday, March 13 Alcorn/UAPB vs. #2 Southern 3 pm GSU/ASU vs. #1 Texas Southern 5:30 pm Thursday, March 14 #5 Alabama St. vs. #3 Miss. Valley St. 10 am #5 Jackson St. vs. #4 Prairie View 5:30 pm Friday, March 15 Saturday, March 16 Women's Finals 12 noon MEN Wednesday, March 13 #7 Grambling vs. #6 Alabama A&M 8 pm Thursday, March 14 #5 Alabama St. vs. #2 Jackson St. 12:30 pm #4 Prairie View vs. #3 Alcorn State 8 pm Friday, March 15 Saturday, March 16 Men's Finals 3:30 pmGAME SCHEDULESLUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor The regular season and defending champion Norfolk State men and Hampton women enter this week's MEAC Basketball Tournament on quite a roll. Head coach Anthony Evans and his Norfolk State Spartans are on a 15-game win streak and just thru the MEAC regular season, the Coppin State Eagles. Hampton, the three-time defending women's tournament done since the Coppin State Lady with head coach David Six have past three seasons. Both the Hampton women and Norfolk State men are strong favorites to repeat as champions and NCAA national tournaments as a result. The Hampton women howthe Norfolk State men. WOMEN Not only did Hampton run the gin of victory against conference competition was 21 points. Only digits. Second-seed North Carolina A&T coach Tarrell Robinson did not Howard closest to knocking off Hampton, the rematch in Hampton. Fifth-seed Coppin State It will take a supreme effort to MEN digits pegging them perhaps a little tournament. CONF ALLMEN (FINAL) W L W LNorfolk State 16 0 21 10 NC Central 15 1 22 8 Hampton 11 5 14 16 Savannah State 11 5 18 13 Morgan State 10 6 14 14 NC A&T 8 8 15 16 Delaware State 8 8 13 16 Bethune-Cookman 7 9 12 19 Florida A&M 5 11 8 22 Coppin State 5 11 8 23 Howard 4 12 7 23 SC State 2 14 6 23 Maryland-E. Shore 2 14 2 25MEAC PLAYERS OF THE YEAR PLAYER Pendarvis Williams, 6-6, Jr., G, NSU Led Spartans to regular season title averaging 14.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and shooting .407 from 3-point range. ROOKIE Deron Powers, 5-11, Fr., G, HAM Led Pirates MEAC in FT % (.830) and fourth in assists (4.8 apg.). DEFENSE Austin Witter, 6-7, Sr., F, NC A&T FInished fourth in MEAC in rebounds (7.2 pg.) and led in blocked shots (3.0 pg.). HarrellSouthern men, Texas Southern women favored LUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor The Southern men and Texas Southern for different reasons, in this week's SWAC Garland, Texas.WOMEN The Texas Southern Lady Tiwinning in the league's regular season race. But don't count out the Southern Lady Jaguars. First-year TSU head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke has transplay and next-to-last in conference standings, into a juggernaut. Last season the Lady Tigers Dyke, the highly-decorated former successful coach (at Prairie View ous stops ) TSU is the league's top Cooper-Dyke added two difference-makers, freshman guards Brianna Sidney and Te'era Williams league's rookie of the year. Sandy Pugh's Lady Jags of SouthLady Tigers their only two confertwo weeks ago.MEN tournament favorite's role after Texas Southern Arkansas Pine Bluff with ninth-place Mississippi Valley State (5-13, 5-23), scores. Two of Southern's three That not only makes Roman Banks's Jackson State into the second seed. selections Malcolm Miller and Derick Beltran WHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS UNDER THE BANNERSWAC/MEAC HOOPS HONOREES: Senior guard Omar Strong of Texas Southern Prairie View senior forward Latia Williams were named Southwestern Athletic Conference Mike Davis and Southern second-year head coach Roman Banks shared men's Coach of the Year honors after tying in the voting. Davis led the Tigers to a Nate Kilbert who led Miss. Valley State to a second-place tie with Southern, won the women's award. TSU senior forward Fred Sturdivant was selected men's Alcorn State's Carolinsia Crumbly Malcolm Miller Grambling Joanna Miller led the Grambling Terry Rose award. TSU's Te'era William s led the Lady Tigers in scoring MEN FIRST TEAM G Omar Strong, Sr., TSU; Derick Beltran, Sr., SU; F Malcolm Miller, Jr., SU; Fred Sturdivant, Sr., TSU; C Terrell Kennedy, Sr., UAPB SECOND TEAM G Davon Usher, Jr., MVSU; Jourdan DeMuynck, Sr., PVAM; F Demarquelle Tabb, Jr., AAMU; Davon Haynes, Jr., UAPB; C Phillip Crawford, Sr., ALST THIRD TEAM G Marquiz Baker, Jr., ALCN; Ray Penn, Jr., TSU; F LeAntwan Luckett, So., ALCN; Daniel Broughton, Jr., UAPB; C Aaron Clayborn, Jr., TSU WOMEN FIRST TEAM G Joanna Miller, Jr., GSU; Kendra Coleman, Jr., SU; F Alia Frank, Jr., MVSU; Chigozianyi Okwumabua, Jr., UAPB; C Tiffany Kellum, Jr., JSU SECOND TEAM G Brianna Sidney, Jr., TSU; Joncyee Sanders, Jr., MVSU; F Jasmine Sanders, So., AAMU; Latia Williams, Sr., PVAM; C Quentori Alford, Jr., ALST THIRD TEAM G Kiara Etienne, Jr., PVAM; LaKendra Marsh, Jr., UAPB; F Te'era Williams, Fr., TSU; Lechell Rush, Jr., SU; C Larissa Scott (PVAM) NCAA DIV. II BASKETBALL PLAYOFFSMEN ATLANTIC REGIONAL Saturday, March 16 West Liberty, WV #2 Winston-Salem State (21-6) vs. #7 Slippery Rock (22-8) 2:30 pm #1 West Liberty (30-1) vs. #8 Bowie State (16-13) 6 pm #4 Fairmont State (22-8) vs. #5 Livingstone (22-6) 8:30 pm SOUTH REGIONAL Saturday, March 16 Lakeland, FL #3 Eckerd (20-7) vs. #6 Benedict (23-6) 12 noon WOMEN ATLANTIC REGIONAL Friday, March 15 Erie, PA #3 Shaw (25-4) vs. #6 Glenville State (26-3) 12 noon SOUTH REGIONAL Friday, March 15 Fort Lauderdale, FL #2 Tuskegee (19-7) vs. #7 Alabama-Huntsville (15-16) 2:30 pm #1 Nova Southeastern (19-8) vs. #8 Clark Atlanta (20-10) 6 pm Like Hampton on the women's side, the Spartans did not face the second-seed, LeVelle Moton's Eagles of North Carolina Central decision to fourth-seed Savannah State seed Morgan State eighth-seed Bethune-Cookman closest to knocking off the Spartans this season. Excellent late-game execuescape close scrapes all season long. They'll need three more of such performances to come away with their second straight title and BCSP NotesSt. Aug's wins D2 Indoor title its sprinters, Saint Augustine's claimed the NCAA Division II Men's Indoor Track and Field ChampiThe title is the latest achievement in the illustrious The Falcons have won 12 men's indoor crowns and Head Coach George Williams the womenÂs division, Lincoln (Mo.) The Falcons produced three national individual champions in the running events. Moussa Dembele Dane Hyatt Jermaine Jones helped the Falcons separate themselves from the pack. They entered the race tied with Ashland for seconds, Josh Edmonds Howard's Harrell to take year's leave of absence Howard University Coach Gary Harrell will take a personal leave of named Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Rayford Petty a former head coach of the Bison, interim head coach for the upcoming season. Harrell said in a statement released Monday: "After much consideration and discussion with my family, advisors and several people at Howard University, it is with much sadness that I announce my extended family, my players and coaches. At this God, my family must take priority at this time. I want to to thank Howard University for their understanding and out so I may return to the University I love so much. I The team recorded the most wins in a decade. Senior forward Keiara Avant of women's regular season champ Hampton and junior guard Pendarvis Williams of men's champion Norfolk State were named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference information directors. North Carolina A&T forward Eboni Ross led the MEAC Hampton guard Deron Powers Hampton's Alyssa Bennett won the women's defensive NC A&T senior forward Austin Witter got the men's defensive per game. Hampton head coach David Six and Norfolk State's Anthony Evans garnered coach of the year honors after leading WOMEN FIRST TEAM Jasmine Grice, 5-9, Jr., G, FAMU; Nicole Hamilton, 5-8, Jr., G, HAM; JaQuayla Berry, 5-11, Sr., G, NC A&T; Saadia Doyle, 5-10, Sr., F, HOWARD; Keiara Avant, 5-11, Sr., F, HAM SECOND TEAM Bianca Jarrett, 5-5, Sr., G, MSU; Tiarra Knotts, 5-4, Sr., G, SCSU; Alyssa Bennett, 6-2, Jr., F, HAM; Tierra Hawkins, 6-2, So., F, DSU; Rachel Gordon, Jr., F, NSU THIRD TEAM Leola Spotwood, 6-0, Sr., F, CSU; Cheyenne Curley-Payne, 5-4, Sr., G, HOW; Amber Calvin, 5-8, Jr., G, NC A&T; Erin Hogue, 5-11, Sr., F, SSU; Trinese Fox, 5-9, Sr., G, SCSU MEN FIRST TEAM Jeremy Ingram, 6-3, Jr., G, NCCU; Pendarvis Williams, 6-6, Jr., G, NSU; DeWayne Jackson, 6-8, Sr., G, MSU; Stanton Kidd, 6-7, Jr., F, NCCU; Adrien Coleman, 6-5, Jr., F, B-CU SECOND TEAM Tahj Tate, 6-4, So., G, DSU; Ray Willis, 6-6, Sr., G, NCCU; Preston Blackman, 6-0, Sr., G, SSU; Rashad Hassan, 6-7, Sr., F, SSU' Matthew Hezekiah, 6-11, Jr., F, SCSU THIRD TEAM Adrian Powell, 6-6, Sr., F, NC A&T; Justin Black, 6-2, Jr., G, MSU; Jamie Adams, 5-10, Jr., G, FAMU; Rob Johnson, 6-8, Sr., F, NSU; Austin Witter, 6-8, Sr., F, NC A&T ALL ROOKIE TEAM Rashid Gaston, 6-8, Fr., F, NSU; Patrick Cole, 6-5, Fr., G, CSU; Bruce Beckford, 6-7, Fr., F, NC A&T; Deron Powers, 5-11, Fr., G, HAM; Darryl Palmer, 6-7, Fr., F, SCSU StrongL. WilliamsSturdivantCrumbly AvantWilliamsBennettWitter
Summerville Missionary Baptist Celebrates Family & Friends Day!Treat your family like friends and your friends like family because the family that prays together stays together! Summerville Missionary Baptist Church, Dr. James W. Henry Pastor will rejoice in its annual Family and Friends Day, Sunday March 17th at 11 a.m. The worship service is also dedicated to the sacrificial groups, the ÂTwelve Tribes of Israel.ÂŽ Trophies will be awarded to the sacrificial groups with the largest number of members, family and friends in attendance. For more information call the church at 598-0510. Summerville is located at 690 W. 20th St.Champion Lodge o. 2, PHA Presents Health Symposium at St. Paul AMEA Health Symposium, "Concered About You," will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the campus of Saint Paul AME ChurchJ.M. Proctor Center, 6910 New Kings Road. The purpose of this Symposium is to arouse, educate and promote enthusiasm for maintaining good health. Break-out sessions on Breast, Colon, and Prostate Cancer;STD/HIV/AIDS and Community Hospice are slated to take place from 9:15 am 1:45 pm. Sessions will be led by Drs. and resourceful persons from select health areas. Vendors will be available with information relative to Mental Health, Alzheimers, American Lung Association, Sickle Cell Anemia and Healthy Start. Body Mass/Weight Examination, Blood Pressure/Cholesterol and Diabetes Screening and Flu Shots will be administered as per requests. Shots and all screenings are free to the public. Contact the office of the St. Paul at (904) 764-2755 for more information.2nd Annual Caregiver ExpoThe Second Annual Caregiver Expo Saturday, April 20th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Caregiver Expo 2013 will help caregivers refresh their spirits and find ways to better care for themselves and their loved ones. The Expo location is the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel, 225 East Coastline Drive. For more details call 407-6146 or visit www.communityhospice.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Spiritual Play at Theater JaxZ. Jones Productions presents the play ÂI need You Now Lord!ÂŽ Saturday, March 23rd at 7 p.m. at Theater Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd. For more information call 534-3824 or email email@example.com. Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press March 14-20, 2013 Disciples of Christ Christian Fellowship**** A Full Gospel Baptist Church **** JOIUSFOR 2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208 (904) 765-5683 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr Sunday School9 a.m.Morning Worship10 a.m. A church thatÂs on the move in worship with prayer, praise and power! Easter Exercise ServiceSweetfield Missionary Baptist Church located at 1365 Harrison Street where Dr. Richard R. Russ is Pastor, is inviting the public to attend their Easter Exercise Service at 7 p.m. nightly March 27th, 28th & 29th. The guest speaker will be Rev. Walter Scott, Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church of Waycross, Ga. For more info contact Nicolla Mack at 226-6437.Church Fellowship Celebrates 15 YearsThe Church Fellowship Worship Ministries and Bishop Bruce V. Allen will continue celebrating their 15th Church and First Family anniversary, through Sunday, March 17th. On Friday, March 15th Pastor Torin Dailey of First Baptist Oakland, will speak. On Saturday, March 16th itÂs the churches banquet being held at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 14670 Duval Road. Pastor Gail Hill of The Family Church of Springfield, MA will speak at Sunday Morning Worship at 10 a.m. At 5 p.m. evening service special guest will be Bishop Allen Wiggins of The Hope Church of Orlando, Florida. Everyone is invited to attend. If you have any questions, call the church at 9240000. The church is located at 8808 Lem Turner Road. EWC Choir in Concert at St. Paul AME ChurchThe Edward Waters College Concert Choir, under the direction of Mrs. Barbara Bouie will appear in concert at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Pastor, Dr. Marvin C. Zanders, II The concert is Sunday, March 17th at 6 p.m. Friends and the community are invited to attend. For more info call 764-2755. or email email@example.com. St. Paul A.M.E. is located at 6910 New Kings Road.One Great Month: 12 Great Days at Hope Chapel MinistriesJoin the family of Hope Chapel Ministries with their pastor and founder Apostle Dr. Jeannette C. Holmes-Vann as they celebrate 40 years of ministry and community impact. The celebration takes place Saturday March 2nd through Sunday, March 24th. During the month of March, Hope Chapel Ministries will celebrate various events with a grand opening, a sports day, a 40th Ruby Jubilee Thanksgiving service, a VIP Night, a 40 minis tree planting celebration and a childrenÂs gala. For more information visit www.hopechapel40.eventbrite.com or call 924-2000. Hope Chapel Ministries is located at 9850 Wagner Rd. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464 Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr. Senior Pastor Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. 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 visit www.truth2powerministries.org Grace and Peacevisit www.Bethelite.org 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. WASHINGTON (NNPA) Â… The economy beat expectations in February by adding 236,000 jobs nearly, doubling 119,000 jobs created in January, according to the Labor Department. Overall, the unemployment rate dipped to 7.7 percent, but the Black jobless rate stalled at 13.8 percent, unchanged since January. According to some labor experts, the numbers could signal a tough year ahead, especially if Washington lawmakers continue down the sequester path of cut-first and ask questions later. Including FebruaryÂs report, the three-month average Black unemployment rate was 13.9 percent, more than twice the rate of White workers who posted a 6.9 percent three-month average jobless rate. The unemployment rate for Black men at least 20 years old dropped from 13.4 percent to 12.9 percent in February and for White men looking for work, the number decreased from 6.6 percent to 6.3 percent. For White women, the jobless rate also decreased from 6.4 percent to 6.0 percent. But Black women continued to lose ground posting 12.5 percent unemployment rate, an increase from the 12.3 percent the previous month. That represents the highest unemployment rate for Black women since October 2012. ÂWeÂre having a very weak recovery. We are creating jobs, but weÂre not creating jobs at a strong enough pace to dramatically decrease the unemployment rate,ÂŽ said Algernon Austin, director of the Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy program at the Economic Policy Institute. ÂThatÂs why we need more stimulus activity not budget cutting at this time, Even though the increase in the number of jobs added was a welcomed surprise, economists remained cautiously optimistic about the latest jobs report as the effects of the Ânever-gonna-happenÂŽ deep and punishing budget cuts, known as sequestration, threaten job growth. ÂThe only concern would be what happens over the next few months, because of the sequester,ÂŽ said Steven Pitts, an economist at the Labor Center at University of California at Berkeley, Calif. The sequester and a number of measures planned by Congress and the president, could erase more than 700,000 jobs from the books, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Pitts said that sequestration and other policies designed to reduce the deficit will cause contraction in the economy and slow down any type of improvement. Instead, Pitts said that, lawmakers should focus on targeted job programs for Blacks and addressing discrimination in hiring practices that often contribute to the 2 to 1 unemployment gap between Black workers and White workers. In a recent brief for the Economic Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank focused on fiscal issues affecting lowand middle-income earners, Austin wrote: ÂUnemployment projections show essentially no improvement from the high levels that prevailed at the end of 2012. However, this prognosis may prove overly optimistic, as poor policy choices by Congress could easily worsen the economic outlook.ÂŽ Unemployment May Worsen for Black Workers EWC Choir to Appear in Concert at St. Paul A.M. E. ChurchThe acclaimed Edward Waters College Concert Choir will appear in concert at Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 6910 New Kings Road. This event will be held on Sunday, March 17th at 6:00 PM. Mrs. Barbara McNeely Bouie is the director of the reknowned choir. Friends, Alumni of Edward Waters College and the public are extended a special invitation to share in what promises to be a heart warming and enjoyable experience. The Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Zanders is the Pastor of Saint Paul. Contact the office of the Church at (904) 764-2755 for more information, or the Church's website at stpaulamejax.comGreater El Beth-el Divine to Hold Family & Friends Day CelebrationThe pastors, officers and members of Greater El Beth-el Divine Holiness Church invite the community to worship and be their guest at their Family and Friends Day celebration, Sunday, March 17th, from 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Reverend Beverly Clark from Bethel Institutional Baptist Church will be the speaker for the 11 a.m. service and Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr. will be the speaker for the 3 p.m. service. Several civic and political leaders will be in attendance to share and inform the congregation about the surrounding community. For more information contact the church office at 374-3940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Dinner will be served after each service. Greater El Beth-el is located at 723 West 4th Street.Former Tallahassee Mayor Holding Book Signing at EWCMeet former Tallahassee Florida Mayor Dorothy Inman Johnson on Thursday, March 21st at her book signing for her book, ÂPoverty, Politics and RaceÂŽ. The signing is from 6 Â… 8 p.m. in the Milner Auditorium at Edward Waters College, 1658 Kings, Rd. For more info, call 470-8000.Mt. Sinai Hosts Gospel ExtravaganzaMt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. R.L. Gundy Pastor and the Board of Director of the Civil Rights Museum of St. Augustine is inviting every church, choir, praise dance, and singing group to join them on Saturday, March 16th, from 6 8 p.m. for their Gospel Extravaganza Fundraising Event. For more information call the church at 354-7249. Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church is located at 2036 Silver St.
March 14-20, 2013 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 Dr. Chester Aikens305 East Union Street in Downtown Jacksonville For All Your Dental eeds358-3827Monday Friday8:30 AM5 PMSaturday Appointments Dental Insurance and Medicaid Accepted NORTH FLORIDAOBSTETRICAL & GYNECOLOGICAL Associates, P.A. Personal Individualized Care Comprehensive Pregnancy Care Board Certified Family Planning Vaginal Surgery Osteoporosis Menopausal DisordersLaparoscopy William L. Cody, M.D. B. Veeren Chithriki, M.D. St. VincentÂs Division IV 1820 Barrs Street, Suite 521 Jacksonville, Florida 32204 (904) 387-9577 Complete Obstetrical & Gynecological Care Laser Surgery North Florida Obstetrical & Gynecological Associates, P.A. 2013 Gate River Run and March Art Walk R. Veeren Chithriki, M.D. William L. Cody, M.D. 1025 Museum Cir., Jacksonville, FL 32207 Presenting Partners Media Partners Media Sponsor Diversity is inside out. A Project of American Anthropological Association Now through April 28 Sights and Scenes Gate River Run finishers: Katherine Foster, Elaine Harrison, Kraytina Lawrence, Latara Davis, LaToya Daverport and aKiya Binder. FMPphoto. EWCClassmates Loctavia Graham, Rina ellon, Johuna Davis, Jajmine Thomas, and Dr D Stinson at the March Art Walk.FMP photo Shown above are dreamers from Jacksonville who traveled to Orlando for the Dreamers Academy: Camille Burns with her son Marcus Burns Jr. (Douglas Anderson School of the Arts) and, Dwight James (Wolfson High School) and his mother Lisa James.Local Students Dream Big with Steve Harvey at Disney Each year in Walt Disney World Resort, 100 students participate in hands-on, full-immersion workshops related to a variety of career paths ranging from animation to communications and zoology. Each participant learns important skills such as communication techniques and networking strategies. The experience is all a part of the Disney Dreamers Acadaemy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine which just culminated its sixth year. Motivational speakers and celebrities shared their stories and provided insight on how to achieve success and ÂDREAM BIG.ÂŽ Dreamers (students from around the country) have the opportunity to cultivate relationships with other students while they gain first-hand knowledge from Disney experts and world-renowned entrepreneurs and executives. The youth were entertained and educated by the likes of Yolanda Adams, Lamann Rucker, The Manns and top executives from all arenas. Over 5,000 applicants wrote essays for a chance to become 1 of 100 finalists to win a trip to the Florida theme park and to participate in the Academy and the school of ÂSteve Harvey hard knocks.ÂŽ After the winners are announced, each student and parent/guardian receives an all expense paid trip to Disney World. Family members that accompany the winners are in awe as they are treated like royalty and feted with gifts and pearls of wisdom from celebrity guest. The main dreamer that brought the audience to their feet was the eventÂs host, Steve Harvey. Steve left the dreamer with many words of wisdom and told tales of his journey from Ohio to Hollywood!! ÂDonÂt let anybody tell you what you canÂt do. I didnÂt make it right away it took a long time. I wanted to be on TV since I was a young man. Now here I am giving back and making sure that your dreams become reality.ÂŽ he said. Steve also spoke to the audience on his own continued journey and had the crowd roaring with laughter when he spoke about his past, present, future. For more information visit www.disneydreamersacademy.com
JCCI Community Visioning EventMark your calendar for the next JCCI Community Visioning Event at the Prime Osborn, Tuesday, March 19th from 6-8 p.m. The visioning will focus on Measuring Change: How Will We Know We Did It? For more information email email@example.com or call 3963052. The Prime Osborn center is located at 1000 Water St. Ducote Celebrates 75 YearsDucote Federal Credit Union will celebrate 75 years in operation as an African American owned and operated financial institution. The Celebration will kick off at the 75th Annual Membership Meeting, Tuesday, March 19th at 5:30 p.m. at the credit union located at 2212 North Myrtle Avenue. Members are welcome to attend. For more information call 354-0874 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Robert E Lee High School Marching Band Fashion ShowThe Robert E. Lee High School Marching Band will present their first annual fashion show entitled: ÂAct Sharp, Look Sharp, Be SharpÂŽ at the Robert E. Lee Gymnasium at 1200 S. McDuff Ave. Current fashions will rock the runway, and DJ Packjamz will add rhythmic vibes, hilarious skits with a meaningful message, Thursday, March 21st at 7 p.m. For more details email email@example.com or contact Terri at 777-6990.Jack & Jill Les Beautillion MilitaireThe Jacksonville Chapter of Jack and Jill Biannual Les Beautillion Militaire event featuring eight young men will be held Saturday, March 23rd at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. To purchase tickets, contact Cassandra Barlow at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 504-8089 or visit www.jackandjill-jaxs.com.WomenÂs Awareness ConferenceThe Northeast Florida WomenÂs Awareness conference will present ÂI am my Brothers/SisterÂs Keeper,ÂŽ a free awareness conference for men and women, Saturday, March 23rd from 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Come be educated and receive free health screenings. For more information visit nefwac2013.eventbrite.com.EWC CarnivalThe Edward Waters College W.B. Stewart Tiger Athletic Boosters will present their 1st annual Spring Carnival, March 22nd 24th on Edward Waters College Campus in the Adams Jenkins Sports Complex parking Lot, 1859 Kings Rd. For more information email email@example.com or call 470-8050.Viewing Race Through ArtThe Museum of Science and History will present "Through Our Eyes: Racing and Erasing Art" with Dr. Melissa Hargrove, Thursday, March 28th 6 p.m. at the Museum of Science and History, 1025 Museum Circle. For more information visit www.themosh.org or call 3966674. Florida Business Matchmaker EventThe Florida Department of Management Services Office of Supplier Diversity and the University of North Florida are conducting the Northeast Florida Regional MatchMaker event, Friday, March 29th 9 a.m. Â… 4 p.m. at the University of North Florida, Adam W. Herbert University Center, 1 UNF Dr. An array of informative workshops will be held, along with one-on-one sessions with state, local and private entities to afford you the opportunity to grow and market your business. For more information contact Denise Wright at 850-922-6850.Fair Housing Awareness SymposiumThe City of Jacksonville Human Rights Commission will host its annual Fair Housing Symposium on April 6th. The event is free with a continental breakfast and lunch included. The symposium takes place from April 6th, 8 a.m. Â… 1 p.m. at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Workshops will be provided for both citizens and industry professionals, such as home builders, realtors, property managers and homeowners. Advanced registration is required. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-1212 x3020 to register. Parking is free. Childcare for ages 4 to 12 will be available. Domestic Violence Awareness Walk Hubbard House wil host a Domestic Violence Awareness Walk, Saturday, April 6th The walk starts at 8 a.m. at the Jacksonville Landing. For more information visit www.hubbardhousewalk.com or call Ashley Johnson-Scott at 354 0076 ext. 212 or email email@example.com.Spring Gardening WorkshopThe Duval County Extension staff are offering a workshop on spring gardening, Wednesday, April 10th 10 a.m. Â… 1 p.m. Learn about the good, bad and ugly insects, landscape tips and keeping tools in shape. This is a free program, send pre-registration request to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 255-7450. The workshops will be held at the Mandarin Garden Club, 2892 Loretto Road. Passing Strange at Players by the SeaThe play Passing Strange by Stew at the Players by the Sea, 106 6th St., Jacksonville Beach. The play takes place April 12th Â… May 4th. Passing Strange is the story of a young musician who travels to Amsterdam and Berlin to find ""the real" after being raised in a churchgoing middle-class Los Angeles neighborhood. For more information call 249-0289.P.R.I.D.E. April Book Club MeetingThe next P.R.I.D.E. Bookclub meeting will be held Friday, April 13th at 7 p.m. Your host is Juanita Powell Williams and will be held at 2867 Lorimier Terrace. The book for discussion is Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America by Eugene Robinson. For more information call 647-7767 or email email@example.com. 2nd Annual Caregiver ExpoThe Second Annual Caregiver Expo wil take place Saturday, April 20th 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Caregiver Expo 2013 will help caregivers refresh their spirits and find ways to better care for themselves and their loved ones. The Expo location is the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel, 225 East Coastline Drive. For more details call 407-6146 or visit www.communityhospice.com.Racial Myths and DAOn Wednesday, April 24th, part 3 of the MOSH After Dark series will present "Racial Myths: What Does Our DNA Say?" with Dr. Thomas Spelsberg of the Mayo Clinic, at 6 p.m. The free forum will be held at the Museum of Science and History, 1025 Museum Circle. For more information visit www.themosh.org or call 3966674. Ribault Class of 1983 30th Class ReunionRibault Sr. High School class of 1983 will kick off its 30th Class Reunion with a 30 Shades of Blue Party, Saturday, April 27th at 7 p.m. at the A.L. Lewis Center, 3655 Ribault Scenic Drive. Followed by a reunion cruise to the Bahamas, May 2-6.. For more information call Ms. Flanders at 764-9924.Shrimp FestivalThe Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will take place May 3rd, 4th & 5th The festival kicks off Friday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. on the riverfront stage and fireworks scheduled at 9:45 p.m. On Saturday, May 4th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 5th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can enjoy more than 300 award-winning artists and craftspeople. For more info visit www.shrimpfestival.com.P.R.I.D.E. May Book Club MeetingThe next P.R.I.D.E. Bookclub meeting will be held Saturday, May 4th at 3 p.m. Your host is Viola M. Walker and will be held at 5430 Gregg St., American Beach, FL. The book for discussion with the author is Sweet Escape, by Viola Walker. For more information call 313-410-4429 or email or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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atural Hair ExpoNorth Florida Simply Natural Hair Beauty and Wellness Expo, Sunday, May 12th. Come celebrate your "Roots," 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jacksonville Marriott, 4670 Salisbury Rd. For more information and vendor booths visit www.simplynaturalhairexpo.com or call (407) 733-0705.BroadwaysÂ Chorus Line at TUCPA The Broadway play the ÂChorus LineÂŽ comes to the Times-Union CenterÂs Moran Theater Wednesday, March 13th at 7:30 p.m. Chorus Line is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including ÂBest Musical. For more information call the box office at 4422929. or visit www.artistseriesjax.org. The Executives Book Release PartyItÂs the Burgundy and Brown's promotional book party for the book entitled, ÂThe Executives,ÂŽ Saturday, March 16th at 7 p.m. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and dancing at the Jacksonville Airport Hotel (formerly The Clarion), 2101 Dixie Clipper Rd. For more information contact Vanessa at 314-8921.MayorÂs Walk for Senior WellnessThe annual MayorÂs Walk for Senior Wellness event will take place Saturday, March 16th at 10 a.m. at Metropolitan Park. This free event is for citizens age 60 and over promotes a high quality of life through healthy lifestyle choices. Each senior who participates in the walk will receive a free T-shirt and a nutritious lunch. Registration forms are available through the City of Jacksonville, MayorÂs Special Events for Seniors, 117 W. Duval Street, Suite 220 and online at www.coj.net/seniors. For more information call 630-7392.19th Annual Miracle on Ashley StreetJoin the Clara White Mission for their 19th annual Miracle on Ashley Street, Celebrity Chefs and Servers, Friday, May 17th To participate call 354-4162 or visit www.clarawhitemission.org The historic institution is located at 613 W. Ashley Street.Antiques Roadshow coming to JaxAntiques Roadshow, PBSÂs highest-rated series will visit Jacksonville Saturday, June 8th giving First Coast community members an opportunity to bring antiques and collectibles for free evaluation by some of the countryÂs top experts. Complete furniture submission rules and ticket applications along with ticketing rules are available at pbs.org/antiques or by calling 1-888-762-3749.
The FBI has released 128 pages from its file on Whitney Houston, revealing details of an apparently successful blackmail plot, as well as an investigation into an obsessed fan. Released in response to a freedom of information request, the FBIÂs documents cover 11 years of threats against the singer, from 1988 to 1999. But the pages are heavily redacted Â… in many cases, to the point of incomprehensibility. Sometimes the redactions are tantalizing. In late 1992, an unidentified Chicago lawyer wrote to HoustonÂs New Jersey-based production company stating that unless the singer paid $100,000 his client planned to Âreveal certain details of [Houston's] private life Âƒ to several publicationsÂŽ. Later the blackmail amount was boosted even higher, to $250,000. According to the FBI, this was extortion. But when agents met with Houston and her father, the singer said she knew the woman who was making the threats, and that she was Âa friend Âƒ [who] would never do anything to embarrass herÂŽ. Officers closed the case, even though HoustonÂs father had apparently sent the blackmailer a confidentiality agreement and an unknown sum of money. In addition to the extortion case, officers investigated several cases of over-devoted fans. One Vermont letterwriter claimed: ÂI start to shake Âƒ when I think about you.ÂŽ ÂOver the past 17 months, I have sent Âƒ 66 letters to Miss Whitney,ÂŽ he wrote. ÂI have tried to stop writing the letters and to give up twice but after a few weeks I had to start writing again Âƒ I have gotten mad at [Whitney] a few times [for not replying] Âƒ it scares me that I might come up with some crazy or stupid or really dumb idea Âƒ I might hurt someone with some crazy idea.ÂŽ FBI agents eventually questioned HoustonÂs onesided pen-pal in 1988. They decided he was harmless. The same was true for a Dutch or Belgian correspondent who insisted he had written some of HoustonÂs songs. The writer further claimed that he was the president of Europe and had purchased the country of Brazil. After selling more than 200 million records worldwide, Houston drowned in a hotel bathtub in February 2012. She was 48. March 14-20, 2013 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press Page 9 P P l l a a n n n n i i n n g g Y Y o o u u r r S S p p e e c c i i a a l l E E v v e e n n t t ? ? Kenya MooreÂs ÂBooty Boot CampÂ Outsells Phaedra ParksÂ ÂDonkey BootyÂThe battle of the ÂReal Housewives of AtlantaÂŽ booties is in full effect and the result are finally in: Kenya MooreÂs Booty Boot Camp has outsold Phaedra ParksÂ Phine Body in the first week of its release. According to reports, the former Miss USAÂs DVD became an Amazon bestseller in just six hours after its release, currently ranking at #40 Meanwhile PhaedraÂs video, released weeks before KenyaÂs, is holding down the #93 spot. The reality stars began their butt-enhancing, entrepreneurial ventures together. Phaedra hired Kenya to help produce her Âdonkey bootyÂŽ project, however their business relationship turned sour after both parties failed to reach an agreement on compensation. Kenya decided to make her own Âstallion bootyÂŽ fitness DVD Â…some argue out of spiteÂ… and Phaedra began to make claims that her co-starÂs behind was not real. ÂShe is a jealous, fake, evil, and most of all a hypocritical villain. My body is natural. I clearly work hard for it,ÂŽ Kenya wrote in response to PhaedraÂs allegations on her Bravo TV blog. by Mark Guarino, CSM Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was found guilty this week of federal corruption charges of scheming to enrich himself and his close confidants during his tenure in public office. The verdict, which was announced after 15 days of jury deliberations, concludes a saga that has gripped the destitute city for over two years and represents another chapter of the staggering downfall of Mr. Kilpatrick. Kilpatrick, the youngest mayor in DetroitÂs history, was once heralded as a fresh face to politics in the city, which is saddled with debt and has seen its industry, population, and tax revenues plummet as crime rate soar. The tales of personal excess resulting from systemic graft arrives one day before the city tries to make a last-ditch attempt to fight the takeover of its troubled finances by an emergency financial manager. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says that decades of corruption and mismanagement have created a financial burden for the city it cannot handle on its own and that the only way out is to cede temporary control to the state, which will allow it to create structural changes that would lead it to solvency. The trial dates back to December 2010 when Kilpatrick, his father Bernard Kilpatrick, his childhood friend Bobby Ferguson, and former water department director Victor Mercado were charged with 45 counts of racketeering conspiracy, bribery, extortion and tax evasion. Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 of 30 counts. On three counts, he was found not guilty, and on three no verdict was reached. Mr. Ferguson was convicted of 9 of 11 counts. Bernard Kilpatrick received a conviction of a lessor tax charge. Mr. Mercado struck a plea deal in November and awaits sentencing. The primary thrust of the governmentÂs case, which resulted from a six-year investigation, was that all four conspired in what prosecutors described as Âthe Kilpatrick enterprise,ÂŽ a multi-year extortion scheme to strong-arm city contractors working for the cityÂs water and sewerage department to funnel a total of $84 million in city contracts to shell companies operated by Mr. Ferguson. Prosecutors described Bernard Kilpatrick as the middleman who contractors were forced to hire as a consultant in order to secure city contracts, some of which were for the biggest public work projects during KilpatrickÂs tenure, such as the demolition of Tiger Stadium and the partial demolition of the Book Cadillac Hotel. Kwame Kilpatrick, who was charged with the majority of the counts, was portrayed as the ringleader who wielded influence to reap millions of dollars in kickbacks. Kilpatrick served as mayor of Detroit between 2002 and 2008 after serving as a state representative between 1996 and 2001. Prosecutors said his wrongdoing spanned the tenure of both offices. The case made in the trial against Kilpatrick and his cohorts was overwhelming. Prosecutors rested after four months of testimony. Witnesses included a roll call of former Kilpatrick friends or aides. In total, 90 witnesses took the stand in the trial for both sides. The most serious guilty verdict for Kilpatrick is for the single racketeering charge, a felony that can bring 20 years in prison. Most often used to target organized crime, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) law is increasingly used in high-profile public corruption trials, including the federal case against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in 2011. While KilpatrickÂs defense attorneys argued that their client was innocent because the gifts he received were unsolicited, or that others in his office approved the expenses, under the law, all the government had to prove was that Kilpatrick had knowledge of the bribe. ÂEither you need solicitation of the bribe or the giving or receiving of something of value,ÂŽ says William Kresse, director of the Center for the Study of Fraud and Corruption at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. ÂWe know what a bribe is: When a politician asks for money in exchange he will grant the favor. But it doesnÂt have to have all of those elements, it needs one of them,ÂŽ Mr. Kresse says. ÂPart of the rationale for the law is it is so hard to prove all of the elements. All prosecutors needed to show was there was an acceptance of the gift.ÂŽ One tool prosecutors used in their case were text messages between Kilpatrick and Mr. Ferguson and others that Assistant US Attorney Mark Chutkow says described Âa crime scene frozen in time.ÂŽ The messages showed Kilpatrick knowingly held contracts to help Ferguson. The trial documented KilpatrickÂs opulent lifestyle, which was funded primarily by a foundation meant to support voter education and youth programs. Instead the fund was used to expense lavish family vacations, college tuition for relatives, and personal items. Several businessmen testified they were forced to provide Kilpatrick with expensive jewelry, suits, and vacations in order to maintain their multimillion dollar contracts. Mr. Chutlow said in his closing arguments that Ferguson shared more than $125 million in spoils with Kilpatrick and that the mayor spent $840,000 past what his salary covered during his time as mayor. ÂMr. Kilpatrick lived way beyond the means of a public official,ÂŽ he told jurors. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing released a statement shortly after the verdict saying he was Âpleased that this long trial has ended,ÂŽ which will allow the city to Âfinally put this negative chapter in DetroitÂs history behind us. It is time for all of us to move forward with a renewed commitment to transparency and high ethical standards in our city government.ÂŽ The guilty verdict is not the first in KilpatrickÂs troubled political career. He resigned during his second term as mayor in 2008 to plead guilty to lying in a civil case involving a sex scandal with a top aide. He ended up serving a 14-month prison term in 2008 on two obstruction of justice felonies. UNCF helps thousands of deserving students. 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FBI Releases Files on Whitney Houston Facing a Minimum of 15 Years, the Downfall of a Once Great Mayor is Now Complete Kwame Kilpatrick Phaedra Parks and Kenya Moore
Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 10 March 14-20, 2013 Fresh whipped topping, toasted almonds, and a fresh lime slice.Finished in store one at a time. Finished at home in no time at all.Publix Bakery Key Lime Pie Only those who care for others know what itÂs really like to care for others. ThatÂs why AARP created a community with experts and other caregivers to help us better care for ourselves and for the ones we love.NOW THAT MOM LIVES WITH US, MORE THAN EVER. aarp.org/caregiving or call 1-877-333-5885