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Volume 27 o. 24 April 17-23, 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents Motivate Yourself to FitnessPage 7 School Vouchers May Glitter, but They are Definately ot GoldPage 4Florida Leads ation for Charging Youth as AdultsPage 3 Sarah Jakes Dishes on Growing up as a Preachers Kid, Teen Mom and Divorced at 25Page 9 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED By Lee A. Daniels Could you use an additional $24,000 in your yearly wages? How about nearly $19,000? Or even just another $11,000 to $12,000? Those figures are what you get Â… or rather, what women who work full-time donÂt get because of the pervasive Âwage gapÂŽ between women and men. Correcting that injustice is one reason President Obama last week issued an executive order and a presidential memorandum meant to ensure that contractors for the federal government follow equal-pay provisions. True, election-year politics also played their part in the action: One purpose it served was to underscore the opposition of the Republicans in Congress to another proposed federal act Â… here, the Paycheck Fairness Act Â… aimed at advancing the rights of women. ThatÂs an important electoral Âtalking pointÂŽ both parties are grappling with as the Democrats try to offset a widely-expected GOP surge in November that may win them control of the Senate and leave the president facing an implacably Continued on page 2Belafonte Keeping MLK Documents in SettlementSinger and activist Harry Belafonte will get to keep three of Martin Luther King Jr.'s documents that the King estate had blocked him from selling. Lawyers announced a confidential settlement Friday between Belafonte and the estate, letting Belafonte retain possession of the documents. No other terms were announced. Belafonte sued the civil rights leader's estate in October after being blocked from auctioning the documents. Sotheby's Inc. has held them since 2008 pending resolution of the dispute. The papers are an outline of a Vietnam War speech by King, notes to a speech King never got to deliver in Memphis, and a condolence letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson to King's wife after his 1968 assassination. It is not yet known what Belafonte plans to do with the documents.Another ew York Man Exonerated After Spending 24 Years in PrisonBrooklyn native Jonathan Fleming, 51, has been exonerated after being falsely convicted of an Orlando murder in August 1989 and spending over 24 years in prison. Fleming was imprisoned for supposedly shooting and killing Darryl Rush in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, despite declaring he was in Florida at the time of the crime. New evidence, including receipts from a Florida hotel stamped just four hours before the murder took place, have cleared him of the charges. FlemingÂs release comes only months after the New York DA agreed to the release of Anthony Yarbough and Shariff Wilson, also from Brooklyn, after 21 years behind bars. A CRU investigation into their cases revealed that they were not responsible for the triple homicide they were determined to have committed at ages 15 and 18.Rosa Parks Archives Remain Unsold in a WarehouseAt a time when interest in civil rights memorabilia is rekindled, a lifetime's worth of Rosa Parks' belongings sits in a New York warehouse, unseen and unsold. A years-long legal fight between Parks' heirs and her friends led to her memorabilia being taken away from her home city of Detroit and offered to the highest bidder. So far, no bidder has emerged and her archives remains warehoused. Her entire collection is up for auction at an asking price of $10 million. It includes her documents, books, certificates and photographs. It also has letters and notes written to her and written by her. ThereÂs even a correspondence to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parks became an enduring symbol of the civil rights movement when she refused to cede her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man.Gabby Douglas Training ProgramCan Gabby Douglas repeat her gold-medal glory from London in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio? SheÂs going to give it a shot. On Monday, Douglas reunited with her longtime gymnastics coach Liang Chow at his gym in West Des Moines, Iowa. Since capturing the individual all-around gold medal and team gold at the 2012 Olympics in London, Douglas has written books, made cameos on TV shows and walked countless red carpets. She even executive produced her own biopic. In August, she left Chow and her training base in Iowa to move to Los Angeles and be closer to her family. At the time, Chow and his wife Liwen Zhuang thought that was the last time they would coach the now-18-year-old Douglas. Nearly eight months later, Douglas is back: ÂI was a little bit nervous before I saw her, because there were so many questions,ÂŽ Chow told Naughton. ÂI feel like I know what IÂm doing and what we need to do for the next steps.ÂŽ Douglas told BET.comÂs Ronke Idowu Reeves this week that competing in the 2016 Olympics is her Âmain goal and focus.ÂŽFertility Clinics Promoting Mixed-Race Babies in AfricaA new fertility company is seeking to offer African couples biracial babies through White donor sperm. According to the Half-Caste Babies website, their goal is to further diversify AfricaÂs gene pool: ÂWe make racial integration possible not only by marriage but also by birth. Gone are the days when to give birth to a mixed race (half-caste) baby is only through interracial marriage. Now any couple, single woman etc. hoping to have a half-caste baby and thereby promote world integration can freely and easily have one.ÂŽ The companyÂs ultimate vision is creating Âone people, one worldÂŽ. Per an investigative article on Infoboxx.com, a man named Augustine N.K. Boateng is the person behind the campaign. Speaking to the site via phone, Boateng didnÂt offer specific details as to why he began Half-Caste. ÂI just started it and wouldnÂt want to involve the media at this early stage,ÂŽ he said. ÂA new world has began and is like the tide, you either swim along or get left behind. You too can be a blessing for the next generation,ÂŽ he wrote. Half-caste babies can bridge Âa vast racial gap between Africa and the rest of the world,ÂŽ said the owner. Boateng considers his company is bringing Africa into the future. Over two hundred Democratic County Chairs and their members converged on the Hyatt Hotel last weekend to conduct party business and participated in training sessions in preparation for the fall election cycle. A highlight of the event was the appearance of former Governor, Charlie Crist. Crist mingled among the Party faithful and stirred the crowd when he declared his intentions to retake the GovernorÂs office. Party business included initial and recertification of Democratic clubs and organizations and the addition of nearly a dozen Black Caucus Chapters throughout the state. ÂWeÂre fired up and ready to win.ÂŽ declared Caucus President, Hazel Gillis. Several local Black Caucus leaders and members were actively engaged in the weekend activities. Caucus member, Toni Alfred was approved as the first Chair of the newly approved caucus for Democratic seniors. The weekendÂs agenda also included workshops on strategic messaging, voter registration rules and requirements, successful uses of social media and training sessions on how to effectively use and manage the Democratic, nationwide votersÂ database referred to as VAN. Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist with Hazel Gillis, President, of the Duval County Democratic Black Caucus. Democratic County Chairs Association Retreat for Fall Elections The state Senate has passed a bill that grants immunity to people with clean criminal records who fire a warning shot or threaten to use deadly force in self-defense. It also seals court records of those charged with firing a weapon but later have those charges dropped. Already passed by the House, the measure next goes to Gov. Rick Scott, who Âsupports the 2nd Amendment and FloridaÂs selfdefense laws (and) looks forward to reviewing this legislation,ÂÂ said a spokesman. The so-called Âwarning shotÂŽ bill is backed heavily by the NRA and other gun groups like Florida Carry, who see it as a way to better protect members facing prosecution or who had been convicted for aggravated assault for firing guns in cases that didnÂt involve injuries. ÂThis is about self-defense,ÂŽ said the SenateÂs sponsor, Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker. ÂItÂs one more step forward for people to protect themselves.ÂŽ The bill passed by a 33-7 vote with six Democrats, including Sen. Arthenia Joyner, of Tampa, voted against it. ÂA PandoraÂs box is being opened again,ÂŽ said Joyner, alluding to the 2005 passage of the controversial Âstand your groundÂŽ law. ÂI have great apprehension about whatÂs inside.ÂŽ The bill expands Âstand your groundÂŽ by allowing those who are found to have used justifiable force to expunge court records related to the case, making them unavailable to the public. Tacked on as an amendment late last month in the House, the public records exemption was added to the Senate version nearly three weeks earlier. The idea came from Sen. Charlie Dean, R-Inverness, a former sheriff who first publicly asked for the records exemption during a criminal justice committee meeting. But such records are crucial to understanding the implications of the 2005 law. A 2012 Tampa Bay Times investigation reviewed 200 cases, including ones that wouldnÂt be available under the new exemption, and found that the law was used inconsistently and led to disparate results. Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith of Fort Lauderdale filed an amendment to remove the exemption, but it failed on a voice vote. ÂThe only way we could have any debate [on Âstand your groundÂŽ] is because of newspapers who review cases and track it,ÂŽ Smith told senators. ÂWith this bill, it makes it harder to track these cases. Why would we tie our hands in knowing what happens in these cases?ÂŽ ÂWarning shotÂ Law Could Prevent More Cases Like Marissa AlexanderÂs An enthusiastic crowd attended KOVA ProductionÂs "So You Think You Can Perform" talent competition. Held at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, KOVA is the acronym for "Keeping Our Voices Alive."KOVA is the brainchild of Vimalakshi Archer and Khamil L. Ojoyo with the purpose of showcasing some of the First Coast's various talents and to raise funds for the non profit Youth In Motion, Inc.. Artist and entertainer Lawrence Walden emceed the competition whose winners were selected by a panel of judges for cash prizes. City Tributes Ribault High Girls Basketball Team for State Championship Shown above are the Ribault Girls Basketball team (L-R): FROT Lakeisha Battle, Praise Russell, Mayor Alvin Brown, Tierra Shepherd, Sierra Shepherd, Coach Juliemay Syquio. BACK Head Coach Shelia Seymore-Pennick, ola Carter, JaTavia Tapley, Kayla Rogers, Dymin Johnson, Joy Hadley, Dzestinee Bland, Sinteria Jones, and Tarje orman. Mayor Alvin Brown held a special reception this week honoring the Ribault High School girls basketball team who earned the top title, Class 4A State Champions, for the second season in a row. Ribault defeated Fort Myers Dunbar 72-53. Mayor Brown also recognized Somerset Academy boys basketball for its victorious season. The team took home the title of All City Middle School Champions for the 2013-2014 season. An award was also presented to the coaches of both teams. Equal Pay for Women Helps Us All Talent Show ÂKeeps Voices AliveÂŽ to Benefit Youth Shown (L-R)are, K.O.V.A president Kamil Ojoyo, 3rd place winner, Melissa Clemons of Palatka (spoken word), Jiquein ÂQJ Ware (dancer) and the SFC Dance Team (Mericia Young, Quintal Outlaw, Samaria Alexander, Jeremiah Grover, Ashley Miller,) Caleb Johnson and K.O.V.A vice president Vimalakshi Archer.
By Jason Alderman I have yet to meet anyone who thinks they're saving too much money for retirement. On the contrary, most people admit they're probably setting aside too little. Retirement accounts must compete with daily expenses, saving up for a home, college and unexpected emergencies for every precious dollar. If taking money out of your IRA, 401(k) or other tax-sheltered plan is your best or only option, you should be aware of the possible impacts on your taxes and long-term savings objectives before raiding your nest egg: 401(k) loans. Many 401(k) plans allow participants to borrow from their account to buy a home, pay for education, medical expenses or other special circumstances. Generally, you may be allowed to borrow up to half your vested balance up to a maximum of $50,000 Â… or a reduced amount if you have other outstanding plan loans. Loans usually must be repaid within five years, although you may have longer if you're using the loan to purchase your primary residence. Potential drawbacks to 401(k) loans include: If you leave your job, even involuntarily, you must pay off the loan immediately (usually within 30 to 90 days) or you'll owe income tax on the remainder Â… as well as a 10 percent early distribution penalty if you're under age 59 . Loans cannot be rolled over into a new account. Some plans don't allow new contributions until outstanding loans are repaid. Many people, faced with a monthly loan payment, reduce their 401(k) contributions, thereby significantly reducing their potential longterm account balance and earnings. Your account value will be lower while repaying your loan, which means you'll miss out on market upswings. 401(k) and IRA withdrawals. Many 401(k) plans allow hardship withdrawals to pay for certain medical or higher education expenses, funerals, buying or repairing your home or to prevent eviction or foreclosure. You'll owe income tax on the withdrawal Â… plus an additional 10 percent penalty if you're younger than 59 , in most cases. Traditional IRAs allow withdrawals at any time for any reason. However, you'll pay income tax on the withdrawal Â… plus the 10 percent penalty as well, with certain exceptions. With Roth IRAs, you can withdraw contributions at any time, since they've already been taxed. However, to withdraw earnings without penalty you must be at least 59 and the funds must have been in the account for at least five years. To learn more about how the IRS treats 401(k) and IRA loans and withdrawals, visit www.irs.gov. Further financial implications. With 401(k) and traditional IRA withdrawals, the money is added to your taxable income, which could bump you into a higher tax bracket or even jeopardize certain tax credits, deductions and exemptions that are tied to your adjusted gross income. All told, you could end up paying half or more of your withdrawal in taxes, penalties and lost or reduced tax benefits. Losing compound earnings. Finally, if you borrow or withdraw your retirement savings, you'll sacrifice the power of compounding, where interest earned on your savings is reinvested and in turn generates more earnings. You'll forfeit any gains those funds would have earned, which over a couple of decades could add up to tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost income. Bottom line: Carefully consider the potential downsides before tapping your retirement savings for anything other than retirement itself. If that's your only recourse, consult a financial professional about the tax implications. Continued from front hostile Republican majority in both chambers of Congress his last two years in office. President Obama won the womenÂs vote by 14 and 12 points, respectively, in 2008 and 2012, and thereÂs no reason to believe that either the GOPÂs policy positions Â… on, for example, reproductive rights or socialsafety-net issues Â… or the continual stream of sexist comments from GOP state and federal officials has changed the ratio of womenÂs votersÂ preference. ThatÂs likely the reason GOP officials last week were careful to denigrate the presidentÂs and the DemocratÂs actions while fervently declaring their support for the idea of equal pay for equal work Â… without suggesting any proposals to aid its advance. Their mantra has been to declare the presidentÂs orders will end up hurting women by limiting employers ability to offer job flexibility and merit raises and bonuses. The presidentÂs two orders bar federal contractors from retaliating against workers who discuss their pay with one another, and order the Department of Labor to write new rules requiring federal contractors to give the government data on what they pay their workers broken down by race and gender. Many private-sector employers forbid workers from discussing their salaries with other workers, and punish those who do. The discrepancies in wages that enables employers to promulgate was underscored by the Lilly Ledbetter case, which reached the Supreme Court shortly before Obama took office. Ledbetter, a 21year mid-level manager for Goodyear Tire, had discovered shortly before she was to retire that her salary had always been significantly less than men who had the same job title and duties even though her years of service was equal to or greater than theirs. The Supreme Court ruled that she had discovered the discrepancy too late to bring a case against the company. Immediately upon ObamaÂs taking office, the Congressional Democrats, who then held both chambers of Congress, passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act to correct that injustice, and it became the first act the new president signed. The DemocratsÂ Paycheck Fairness Act is going nowhere because it wonÂt pass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. But, given that federal contracting involves more than 20 percent of the U.S. workforce and includes Fortune 500 giants as well as small parts and services suppliers, the presidentÂs orders can still have a wide impact. There is, of course, another way of considering the wage-gap issue beyond playing the Washington political game. That is to consider the questions posed at this columnÂs beginning. Those figures come from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics setting the overall wage gap between men and women: that women working full-time earn just 77 cents for every dollar that men earn. Republicans claim the figure is so broad in the occupations it includes as to be Âmisleading.ÂŽ But thereÂs no doubt that an overall gap of at least 5 to 12 cents exists between women and men who do the same work. And thereÂs no doubt that the wage gap that Black and Latina women endure is far sharper than that of their White counterparts. So, given that mothers are the primary or cobreadwinners in nearly two-thirds of American families, and the primary or sole breadwinners for nearly 40 percent of American families, one would be justified in thinking thatÂ„ in addition to the principle of fairnessÂ„eliminating the wage gap would provide a much-needed income boost to women whose wages sustain their families. Rep Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn, a sponsor of the bill, said, ÂThis not about women, it is about ensuring families, who are more reliant than ever on womenÂs wages, are not being shortchanged.ÂŽ Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press April 17-23, 2014 Make sure youÂre talking to the right people. 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(MSNBC) FloridaÂs criminal justice system has received a lot of attention in recent years Â… and for good reason. According to a new report, the state is on the wrong side of international human rights law. A Human Rights Watch review of FloridaÂs policies for juveniles charged with crimes found more than 12,000 children have been moved from the juvenile to adult court system in the past five years Â… more than half of whom were charged with non-violent crimes. The report, released Thursday, found that 98% of all the children who end up in the adult court system do so as a result of FloridaÂs Âdirect fileÂŽ statute, which allows prosecutors the discretion to move a case from juvenile to adult court without a hearing or any input from a judge. Between 2003 and 2008, Florida transferred juveniles into the adult court system nearly two times as often as the state with the second highest transfer rate, and five times as often as the average rate in 12 other states. Black youth are also disproportionately affected by the law, according to the report. While black boys make up 27% of those who enter the juvenile justice system, they account for more than half of all transfers to the adult system. White boys actually make up a slightly larger proportion of those who enter the juvenile system Â… 28% Â… but they comprise slightly less than a quarter of those who end up in adult court. Heather DiGiacomo, communications director for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, said that the department had not had the opportunity to fully review the report and couldnÂt comment on it. The report also found that black boys are more likely than white boys to be charged as adults for drug felonies and for violent crimes that are not murder. The report also alleged that some prosecutors may be using the threat of adult charges to get defendants to plead guilty in juvenile cases. An HRW report released in December claimed that federal prosecutors use the threat of harsh mandatory minimum sentences to extract guilty pleas from drug defendants. Ninetyseven percent of federal drug defendants plead guilty. Florida is not just out of step with much of the United States when it comes to prosecuting children, the report said. International law requires children be treated differently in criminal cases, something HRW alleges Florida does not do. ÂTo comply with international standards, any criminal process that a child is subjected to must take into account the fact that children are uniquely capable of rehabilitation,ÂŽ the report read. Even within Florida, the chances a young teenager will end up charged as an adult varies between jurisdictions, something the reportÂs authors want to see changed. ÂThe same child, accused of the same offense, may receive vastly different treatment based on nothing more than which prosecutor is in charge of their case,ÂŽ Alba Morales, a researcher and author of the study, said in a statement. ÂThese decisions should be handled by FloridaÂs juvenile judges, who can ensure fair treatment, not by prosecutors who have a vested interest in getting defendants to plead guilty or in punitive outcomes.ÂŽ In recent years, there have been numerous scientific studiethat have shown that since children are still developing mentally and emotionally, they are both less able to consider possible consequences of their actions and are more susceptible to rehabilitation than adults. The U.S. judicial system has already taken note. In 2012, the Supreme Court banned mandatory life without parole for children convicted of murder, but Florida still hands out harsh sentences to juveniles that are essentially life in prison. Even those youths who serve short sentences for felony convictions face a lifetime of consequences. It is essentially impossible for felons to regain the right to vote in Florida, and individuals with criminal records face employment and housing discrimination. Without changes to the law and efforts by prosecutors and judges, which the report recommends, hundreds of children each year could face lifelong effects. ÂFlorida should stop its widespread practice of saddling children with adult felony records that offer no recognition of their capacity to change,ÂŽ Morales said. ÂChildren, including teens, can be held accountable without subjecting them to treatment as harsh as that which the state of Florida is handing out.ÂŽ Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 April 17-23, 2014 Loud & Clearand Current FTRI clients: If your phone isnÂt working properly or your hearing has changed, or should you no longer need your phone or are moving out of Florida, call FTRI at 888-554-1151 for assistance. Urban Prep Academies in Chicago continue to exemplify excellence in education. For the fifth year in a row, all seniors have been accepted into nearly 200 four-year colleges and universities. In Urban Prep tradition, 240 seniors, all AfricanAmerican males, celebrated their success on Tuesday April 8 at a ceremony where they exchanged their red uniform ties for a red and gold striped tie, a symbol of their new accomplishment. "The tie represents to me moving on from a boy to becoming a young man and actually doing something with my life," graduating senior Dumar Harris told NBC Chicago. At the event, the students received encouragement from a few Urban Prep alumni of the school's first graduating class, who are graduating from college this spring. A check of $10,000 from Chicago native and NBA star Dwyane Wade was also presented to the seniors to help offset the costs of their prom. The number of Urban Prep's college bound students has increased this year from 167 in 2013. 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Imagine if I told you that I would give you an education voucher that allowed you to take little Johnny or Sue to whatever private school you felt would benefit your child. ThatÂs right Â… this voucher would allow your child to go to local prestigious schools like Riverside Presbyterian, Bolles, Episcopal, etc. You get my point. ThatÂs actually what the folks who support school vouchers want you to believe. School vouchers allow parents to have choice. Again, sounds great, but as grandma says, ÂEverything that glitters ainÂt gold.ÂŽ There are several fundamental problems with the pro school voucher argument. The number one issue is related to admissions into these private schools. Just because you have a voucher certainly doesnÂt mean that you can go to whatever private school you want. Proponents tout that school vouchers allow low-income families to choose the school their child can attend. They also argue that more competition between public and private schools will lead to greater efficiency and results from students. In a perfect world these arguments make sense. So now that we have left the alternate universe and are back on Earth letÂs deal with the reality of the voucher issue. As I just said, having a voucher in hand doesnÂt guarantee anything. Public schools must accept all students regardless of disabilities, religious affiliations, test scores, income, etc. Private institutions are quite the opposite. They can accept based on test scores, religion, background, income, social status and whatever other factors they want. So since we are being ÂrealÂŽ about the issue letÂs just tell it how it really is. For most minority students, the prestigious schools only want you if you are a great athlete or are already an exceptional student. They are not looking for average or marginal students Â… well unless their parents have money of course. And I am saying that there is anything wrong with the way these ÂprivateÂŽ institutions conduct themselves. They certainly have that right as ÂprivateÂŽ schools, however that brings up another issue. Private schools normally are not subject to the same oversight as public schools, so in some cases you donÂt the same standards. For example, some private schools donÂt require their elementary education teachers to have bachelor degrees. Of course the public school system requires all teachers to have degrees and pass the state teaching certification. And guess what? The biggest issue that is stopping the Florida Senate from supporting a voucher expansion bill is the lack of accountability. Many Republicans and all of the Democrats in the Florida Legislature are calling for more accountability in these programs. How do we know if these students are better off if they are being monitored or evaluated the same way our public school kids are? In fact, some parents are choosing the voucher option so that their children will not have to take the annual FCAT test. Proponents of the program say that students do take a standardized test, but most agree that itÂs not comparable to the FCAT or end of course exams. Again, how do we really know if these private schools are helping our children if they are not being evaluated in the same way that our public school kids are? I have been writing about voucher programs for some time now and I am still amazed that some people still think that a Âvoucher programÂŽ is the key to solving the woes of public education. We certainly are not living up to the goals in which the public school system was formed to accomplish, but letÂs not totally give up on public education yet. I say letÂs invest our resources into making public schools better and providing more public school options for parents and students? LetÂs target and concentrate of low performing schools, instead of feeding into this conservative propaganda that the public school system is completely flawed. Who will ultimately benefit from the voucher program? Proponents say the children, but I say the private institutions will benefit from the increased revenues. They will also benefit from the ability to pick and choose the most talented of the public school students. The policy of inclusiveness has made public schools the backbone of our great American democracy. So why not simply put more of the resources in place to fix failing schools? Why not give the best teachers incentives such as better pay to teach at the failing schools? Sure some of that is being done, but we certainly can do more. Voucher supporters talk about the need for parents to have choice, well there is more choice in public education now than ever. The Dept. of Education has policies in place that allow for students at failing schools to move to better performing schools. And then there are magnets, virtual and charter schools, so there is plenty of choice in the system. ÂGoing to school is not the same as going shopping. Parents should not be burdened with locating a suitable school for their child,ÂŽ said author Diane Ravitch. ÂThey should be able to take their child to the neighborhood public school as a matter of course and expect that it has well-educated teachers and a sound educational program.ÂŽ Signing off from Central Riverside Elementary, Reggie Fullwood Memories of LBJ, Jimmy Carter and Bill ClintonBy George E. Curry Covering the three-day celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act at the University of Texas last week brought back a string of memories Â… some fond, some bitter. As a son of the South Â…Tuscaloosa, Ala., to be specific Â… I saw first-hand how the region was transformed from AmericaÂs version of apartheid to one that is perhaps more genuinely accepting of African Americans than any other geographical section of the country. Lyndon B. Johnson, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton Â… all White Southerners who grew up in the Jim Crow South Â… played a significant role in the regionÂs transformation. But that didnÂt happen in a vacuum. Each was pushed and challenged by the modern Civil Rights Movement, a multi-racial movement, with Blacks serving as chief architects that prodded the U.S. to have its deeds mirror its professed ideals. (George W. Bush, a wealthy Texan, is omitted from this discussion because he did nothing significant to advance civil rights. In fact, his appointment of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court represented a setback to the cause of civil rights.) While Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC); Whitney Young of the National Urban League; NAACP Executive Director Roy Wilkins; John Lewis, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Roy Innis of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) receive the lionÂs share of publicity about the movement, the true heroes were the everyday men and women of the South who risked their jobs and lives to be treated as equals. As a senior at Druid High School, I participated in the last leg of the Selma-to-Montgomery March. A group of us skipped school one day and went to Birmingham to protest the killing of the four little girls at 16th Street Baptist Church. And when we boycotted the segregated buses in my hometown, I borrowed Uncle PercyÂs car and joined dozens of others who retraced the bus routes through our community, picking up people and giving them a free ride to their destination. A few Alabama-born Whites took a principled stand for civil rights. Bill Shamblin and Bill Plott, editors of the Crimson White, the University of Alabama newspaper, were among the most memorable. They supported desegregation in the face of death threats. That took a lot of courage, especially in a city that was also home of Robert Shelton, the head of the Ku Klux Klan. Neither LBJ, Carter nor Bill Clinton demonstrated that level of courage and commitment to civil rights in their youth. Yet, they, too, are sons of the South and though they grew up on the other side of the tracks, they carried a special sensitivity to race Â… some say guilt Â… with them to the White House. Of the three, Lyndon Johnson was by far the best. His signature legislation Â… the Civil Rights Act of 1965, the Voting Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 Â… forever changed America, particularly the South. But Johnson didnÂt start out as a progressive. As President Obama said of Johnson in his speech in Austin, Texas, ÂDuring his first 20 years in Congress, he opposed every civil rights bill that came up for a vote, once calling the push for federal legislation Âa farce and a sham.ÂÂŽ But stepping into the Oval Office upon the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Johnson was able to rise above his past. Unlike Johnson or Clinton, Jimmy Carter had a close relationship with African Americans growing up in Georgia. ÂI grew up in a little village, unincorporated named Archery, Ga., just a few miles west of Plains,ÂŽ Carter recounted. ÂÂƒWe were surrounded by 55 other families who were African American. All of my playmates, all of my companions in the field Â… the ones I hunted with, fished with, wrestled with, fought with Â… were Black people,ÂŽ Carter said in his speech. He explained, ÂI learned to appreciate, you might say, Black culture. When I wrote a book called Hours Before Daylight, at the end of the book, I tried to think of five people other than my parents who had shaped my life and only two of those five were White.ÂŽ Bill Clinton was a good president but was probably the most overrated of the three Southerners. When looking at permanent cabinet positions, he appointed more Black cabinet members than Barack Obama, he was a firm supporter of affirmative action and appointed two liberals to the Supreme Court Â… Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer. But he also was part of the successful movement to shift the Democratic Party to the right and signed into law a regressive welfare reform measure. Last weekÂs summit at the University of Texas celebrated the 1964 Civil Rights Act. It could have also been a celebration of three Southern-born presidents who managed to overcome the rampant discrimination of their youth. George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editorin-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge and George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook. 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. 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Edgewood Ave. Jacksonville,FL32208Email: JfreePress@aol.com TELEPHONE (904) 634-1993 Fax (904) 765-3803 Sylvia PerryPUBLISHER Rita PerryPublisher Emeritus 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. by George Curry City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Rep. Reggie Fullwood April 17-23, 2014 School Vouchers May Glitter, But They Are Definitely ot Gold By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist Major League BaseballÂs home run king, Henry Louis ÂHankÂŽ Aaron has just knocked another one out of the park. But this time, Aaron wasnÂt on a baseball diamond. Aaron stood up boldly on the national stage and blasted a political homerun against Republicans who have made a sport of attacking President Obama. In a recent interview with USA Today, Aaron, now 80 years old, said, ÂSure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way heÂs treatedÂƒÂƒ. The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.ÂŽ The occasion was AaronÂs 40 anniversary of breaking Babe RuthÂs home run record on April 8, 1974 with his 715th home run. In the aftermath of AaronÂs comparison of Republican opponents of President Obama to the Ku Klux Klan, there was a firestorm of criticisms aimed at Aaron, particularly in social media. Some baseball fans who preferred to retain a safe image of Aaron socking one into the stands and never revealing that deep down inside, heÂs a manÂs man. Criticism over his use of the KKK analogy is nothing compared to what Aaron went through while chasing RuthÂs record. ÂI was being thrown to the wolves. Even though I did something great, nobody wanted to be a part of it. I was so isolated. I couldnÂt share it,ÂŽ Aaron said. ÂFor many years, even after Jackie Robinson, baseball was so segregated, really. You just didnÂt expect us to have a chance to do anything. Baseball was meant for the lilywhite. Now, hereÂs a record that nobody thought would be broken, and, all of a sudden, who breaks it but a black person [Bobby Bonds].ÂŽ But instead of been cheered, Hank Aaron, the ultimate gentleman, was receiving hate mail and death threats on a daily basis. A reporter asked Aaron why he kept copies of hostile letters that he had received four decades earlier. He replied, ÂTo remind me of the past and the present.ÂŽ One letter that he received in the past read, ÂYou are not going to break this record established by the great Babe Ruth if I can help itÂƒÂƒ. Whites are far more superior than jungle bunnies. My gun is watching your every black move.ÂŽ Other letters expressed similar views. ÂIt wasnÂt just the thousands of hate letters and death threats. He could handle those,ÂŽ teammate Dusty Baker recalled. ÂIt was the isolation. He couldnÂt even stay in the same hotel as his teammates. His name was listed in one room, and he checked into another. Constantly, he had a security guard at his side.ÂŽ Baker also said, ÂHank never showed his fear, but we did. I remember one day we were told that there was going to be this guy in a red coat that was going to shoot Hank in Atlanta. Hank told us not to sit by him on the bench. Me and Ralph (Garr) couldnÂt concentrate one game. We kept looking for the guy in the red coat the whole game. Hank acted like it didnÂt bother him, but I know there was a lot of pain.ÂŽ Another former teammate, Rich Casanova, recounted, ÂHe told me, ÂI donÂt want to be in this situation. What do I gain by breaking Babe RuthÂs record? But what am I supposed to so, quit playing? Quit hitting homers? I got to do my thing? Brother Aaron has never been one to be fooled by curve balls on or off the field. And thatÂs why he was a vocal supporter of the Civil Rights Movement and now President Obama, who knows what itÂs like to receive that kind of hate mail. In that sense, Aaron is following in the rich tradition of Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell, Jim Brown and other sports legends across the years who have used their celebrity status to support the freedom struggle in America. Aaron said, ÂWe are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record. If you think that, you are fooling yourself. A lot of things have happened in this country, but we have so far to go. ThereÂs not a whole lot that has changed.ÂŽ Thank you, Hank Aaron. May all of our up and coming athletes have the courage and success of Hank Aaron. May all of our elected officials also grow stronger backbones to effectively withstand Republican repression. In the spirit of Brother Aaron, letÂs hit more home runs for freedom. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. is president of Education Online Services Corporation and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. ÂHammerinÂ HankÂ Aaron Slugs it Out with Obama Attackers
April 17-23, 2014 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 Â’FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 15 21, 2014NEW HOOPS COACHES AT UMES, VA. UNION; O'NEAL ON WEB.COM TOUR; UMES 3rd AT NCAA AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XX, No. 37STARK REALITY: Taraji P. Henson stars as Dr. Catana Starks in the movie about men's golf team at Tennessee State she led to PGA Collegiate Minority Golf title.GOLFING LESSONSFrom the Rough Photo BCSP Notes WICKLIFFE, Ohio MEAC champion The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women's bowling team could not overcome Sam Houston State and had to settle for third place here last week in the NCAA Bowling Championships. The Lady Hawks won the title in 2011 and 2012 but this year fell short with its lone senior Megan Buja who had been a part of both title teams. awards during her time at UMES and an All-America honor along the way. SIACSOUTHERN INTERCOLLIGIATEATHLETIC CONFERENCE CONF ALL EAST W L W L Albany State 19 0 27 15 Benedict 11 8 17 21 WESTStillman 18 1 25 15 Miles 11 10 17 19 Kentucky State 9 11 13 32 Tuskegee 7 10 13 19 LeMoyne-Owen 5 12 8 25 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER C 12 hits in 18 steals in 2-2 week. Had 2 doubles and 2 triples. PITCHER Pitched 7 scoreless innings, striking out 7 and walking 2 in complege game win.CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONCIAA SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCE DIV ALL EASTERN W L W L Alabama A&M 9 5 17 20 Miss. Valley State 1 11 1 27 WESTERNArk. Pine Bluff 12 5 12 22 Prairie View 8 9 13 18 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER NA PITCHER NAMID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEAC CONF ALL NORTHERN W L W L SOUTHERNBethune-Cookman 11 7 19 20 Florida A&M 10 7 15 20 NC Central 10 7 15 21 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER 15 hits, 2 doubles, 8 runs scored and 3 RBI. PITCHER Pitched fourth complete game in 10-1 win over Coppin. ROOKIE Went 10-for22 with a pair of doubles and 2 steals in CONF ALL W L W L Lincoln 2 18 2 30 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER NA PITCHER NA DEFENSE NA COACH NA MID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEAC CONF ALL NORTHERN W L W L Morgan State 0 8 3 15SOUTHERN S. C. State 3 5 8 13 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER PITCHER no-hitter in 10-0 win over NC A&T. Fanned 9, walked 5. ROOKIE Hit SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCE DIV ALL EASTERN W L W L Alcorn State 2 9 5 29 Alabama A&M 1 10 9 29 WESTERNTexas Southern 9 2 19 15 Prairie View 3 8 7 23 Arkansas Pine Bluff 3 8 7 30 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Hit .308 game-tying two-run homer while collecting 7 RBI in split of games vs. Nichols State. PITCHER NA CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONCIAA DIV CONF ALL NORTH W L W L W LVirginia State 9 1 15 1 20 7 Chowan 8 2 13 3 15 29 Bowie State 3 7 7 9 9 27 SOUTH J. C. Smith 5 5 8 8 13 23 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER NA PITCHER NA DEFENSE NA COACHNA SIACSOUTHERN INTERCOLLIGIATEATHLETIC CONFERENCE CONF ALL EAST W L W L Clark Atlanta 13 13 19 19 Benedict 10 11 20 18 Fort Valley State 5 17 5 38 Paine 1 19 5 25WEST Miles 11 8 13 29 LeMoyne-Owen 0 13 0 22 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER with 2 HRs, 1 double, 3 singles, drove in PITCHER Pitched 12 innings in two appearances, two complete 18 Ks with 3 BBs. Had two complete game victories. But it is not over for the Lady Hawks, who leave Sunday for Reno, Nev. to bowl in the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Intercollegiate Team Championships. Championships, they went to the USBC Collegiate event and claimed career than with a sixth title.TSU golf movie to debut on April 25 From the Rough starring Academy Award Duncan and Tom Felton, is the inspirational true story of Dr. Catana Starks from historically black university Tennessee State who to coach an all-men's golf team at the collegiate level. With drive, passion, and guts, Starks, a former Tennessee State swim coach, took an unruly group of mismatched kids from around the world and guided them to an all-time record at onship. North American theaters on April 25, 2014. Executive producer Michael J. Critelli disco-written by his son Michael A. Critelli and leans on October 4, 2010, using the Dillard University cipal photography was completed in early 2011. screening at the Essence Music Festival in New Former Jackson State and SWAC standout golfer Tim O'Neal is having mixed success this year on the Web.com Tour. Through six starts, O'Neal missed cuts in tournaments played in the U. S., South America and Latin America. So far, O'Neal has grossed money list. His scoring average is 70.67. Carlos Ortiz, winner of last week's Mexico Championship, cur: After a nearly nine-year process, the movie about Dr. Catana Starks and her Tennessee State golf team, starring Taraji P. Henson and Michael Clarke Duncan, is slated for a limited release in North America on April 25. Orleans. It was also shown on Labor Day weekInternational Black Film Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. It was originally scheduled for a February 3, 2012 theatrical release. Independent distributor Freestyle Releasin late 2013. Starks, I want her story to be presented on thousands of movie screens and to be seen by Hoosiers is for basketball or a Remember the Titans is for football. I want it to honor her work as much ing. It is not a science, but an art, which is why how she bought this group of kids together from Hollywoodize her story so that we could make it attractive enough for people to want to buy a March. O'Neal shot 11-under 273 ished tied for 23rd at the $650,000 Chile Classic with a nine-under Country Club in Santiago, Chile. effort. Two weeks later, his take was Rubiales Columbia Championship in February (+1), the Chitimacha Louisiana Open the last week of March (+4) and last week's El (+7). O'Neal, 41, earned his way onto the Web.com Tour by virtue of Merit in last year's NEC Series Latinoamerica Tour. He won twice velopmental tours in 13 years including stints on the Nike and Buy. com Tours. The next tournament on the Web.com schedule is the $600,000 on April 24-27. O'Neal scoring well on Web.com TourIN THE MIX : Former Jackson State through six starts on this year's Web.com Tour. He has pocketed PGAtour.com photo COLLINS NEW MAN AT UMES: WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Bobby Collins Winston-Salem State men's basketball coach for the last eight seasons, stepped down last week to take the head coaching position at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore a member of the MidEastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). This will be the second time Collins has been head coach at a Div. I MEAC school. He led the Hampton 2002-06 compiling a 65-57 mark and winning one MEAC Tournament title. Since returning to NCAA Division II and the CIAA 34 overall record. Two seasons ago, he guided WSSU to its 11th CIAA championship and second straight regional berth. His team advanced to this year's CIAA tournament Livingstone During his entire tenure at WSSU, he compiled an overplay. His teams made three regional appearances. school. Collins was named WSSU's sixth head men's basketball coach on Sept. 5, 2006 and helped the Rams make SHEALS MOVES TO VA. UNION: Saint Augustine's loss was Virginia Union's gain as former Falcons' head men's basketball coach Tony Sheals was named the ninth head coach in the history of Virginia Union men's basketball last week. Sheals spent the 2013-14 season as the head men's coach at Saint Augustine's leading the Falcons to a 13-16 overall league's Southern Division. He has coached on the high school, collegiate and professional levels for more than 20 years, including stints at Florida State, Bethune-Cookman Towson and Delaware State Sheals also spent three seasons at Florida A&M where he was the associate head men's coach. cessful periods and was named MEAC Coach of the Year Sheals was Director of Basketball Operations at the University of Miami (2001-2002) and Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Florida State (2002-2006). NASHVILLE, Tenn. Â… Tennessee State head football coach Rod Reed signed a that will keep him in Nashextending Coach Reed's emDirector Teresa Phillips said. back to where it had not been The Tigers are coming off of a 10-4 season and an appearance in the second round of the FCS playoffs, the ler. plishments of our staff over the past two or three seaReed holds a 26-21 record over four years, including also increased their win totals by at least two games in each of the last three seasons. The new deal includes a raise and will start during the 2014 season. UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS Reed
Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press April 17-23, 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. SCLC Memorial DinnerThe Southern Christian Leadership Conference presents the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial dinner and awards program for legends, pioneers and trailblazer, Saturday, April 26th, 6 Â… 8:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Deerwood, 10605 Deerwood Park blvd. For more information call Opio Sokoni, Chapter President at 422-6078 or visit www.sclcjax.org.SL Comedy ShowA Funnybone and Fresh to Life Entertainment presents ÂSaturday Night LaughsÂŽ comedy show, Saturday, April 19th at 7 p.m. at Household of Faith Ministry Center, 1410 W. Edgewood Ave. Featuring comedians AJ, Lady A.J., Funnybone and Mz. Jenn. For more information call 412-6321.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 email@example.com. Financial donations and other donations are accepted.Anointing and Healing Sacrament Good Friday at Great MacedoniaPastor Landon L. Williams, Sr. of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, presents, ÂAnointing and Healing SacramentÂŽ event, Good Friday, April 18th at 7 p.m. The event is free and everyone is invited to attend. The church is located at 1880 West Edgewood Avenue. For more information call Verdell Wells at 764-9257 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.OneJax Pastoral ConferenceThe OneJax Pastoral Care Conference takes place, Friday, May 2nd, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The University of North Florida, 1 UNF Drive. Hear from national and local experts in the field of pastoral care and behavioral health on topics from domestic violence to faith struggles. Participants will be challenged to fully hear and thoughtfully respond to the voices of human struggle and suffering on the journey toward health and healing. For more information call 620-1529 or email email@example.com.Tabernacle Baptist Institutional Church Easter Service and Activities The Tabernacle Baptist Institutional Church, Pastor Michael C. Edwards, is inviting the community to their Good Friday service, Friday, April 18th at 7 p.m. The Easter Resurrection service is Easter Sunday, April 20th. The program theme is ÂHe Did It For Me!ÂŽ. Sunrise Worship Service is from 8 Â… 9 a.m. Church school classes take place 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Worship Service is from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tabernacle Baptist Institutional Church is located at 903 East Union Street. For more info call 356-3362.Ladies Inspiration Day at SCOCThe Northside Church of Christ 36th Annual Ladies Inspiration Day will be held, Saturday, May 3rd, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The speaker is Anisha Jackson and Catherine Grant. The theme is ÂSisters shining brightly lighting the world,ÂŽ Matthew 5: 14-16. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 765-9830 or via the web at www.nscocjax.org. Northside Church of Christ, Brother Charlie McClendon, Pastor is located 4736 Avenue B. St. Johns Missionary Baptist ÂBreak Every ChainÂŽ ServiceSt. Johns Missionary Baptist Church, 740 Bridier St., Pastor Steve B. Jenkins, Sr., the church also known as ÂThe Old Gospel ArkÂŽ and ÂThe lamp on the corner of Bridier Street and Oakley StreetÂŽ will celebrate a ÂGreat DayÂŽ service with the Theme: ÂBreak Every Chain,ÂŽ Sunday, April 27th at 10 a.m. For more information call 355-4080. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464 Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. Senior Pastor Sunday Morning Worship 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Church school 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 6:45 p.m.Midweek Services Wednesday oon Service ÂMiracle at MiddayÂŽ 12 noon 1:00 p.m. Weekly Services Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 7:40 and 10:40 a.m. Worship with us LIVE on the web visitwww.truth2powerministries.org Grace and Peacevisit www.Bethelite.org Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.. Pastor Emeritus aturopathic Herbalist Dr. Scott Whitaker at Masjid El-Salam Join Dr. Scott Whitaker Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor and author with over 20 years experience in herbology, iridology, homeopathy, natural healing and detoxification. Hear Dr. Whitaker, Sunday, April 27th at 1 p.m. at Masjid El-Salaam, 1625 North Pearl Street. For more information visit www.salaammasjid.com or call 359-0980.St. Joseph Missionary Celebrates Church and Pastor AnniversarySt. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church, Reverend H.T. Rhim will celebrate the 84th anniversary of the church and the 44thh anniversary of Pastor H.T. Rhim. The celebration will continue on Sunday, April 27th and conclude on Monday, April 28th. All services will begin at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to share in this 84th anniversary as various pastors in the city will deliver the nightly messages. The church will observe Resurrection day services, Sunday, April 20th. Sunrise service starts at 6 a.m. followed by breakfast in the cafeteria. At 9 a.m. is the Resurrection (Easter Pageant) and worship service at 11 a.m. For more information call 356-2359 or visit www.stjosephblackbottom.org or email email@example.com. The church is located at 485 W. 1st Street.Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church ÂWomen in WhiteÂŽ ProgramThe Deaconess Ministry of Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church invites the community to share in the celebration of their 6th annual ÂWomen in WhiteÂŽ program, Sunday, May 18th at 4 p.m. The theme is ÂStand Fast,ÂŽ Galatians 5:1. Featuring the spiritually uplifting voices of the H. Alvin Green, Memorial Alumni Chorale of Edwards Waters College. Come on in the house of the Lord, and share in this spirit filled celebration. Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church is located at 2407 S. L. Badger Circle, Reverend Herb Anderson. For more information call 764-9264.Wayman Ministries 4th Annual ÂGood FridayÂŽ Concert Wayman Ministries will present their 4th annual ÂGood FridayÂŽ concert, Friday, April 18th at 7 p.m. at the Spirit of Life Worship Center, 1176 Labelle Street. The concert is Free! Featuring the legendary Vanessa BellArmstrong, plus BETÂs SundayÂs Best, Season 5 finalist Jamarien Moore. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 739-7500 or log onto www.wayman.org.St. Paul AME Lay Organization Annual Fish Fry & Tent of MeetingsThe James L. Williams, Sr. Lay Organization of St. Paul AME Church will sponsor their annual fish fry, Saturday, April 26th, from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Tent of Meetings will be held at 7 p.m., April 28-30, Dr, Grainger Browning, Pastor of Ebenezer Methodist Church, Fort Washington, Maryland will be the guest preacher. These services promise to be spiritually up-lifting. Reverend Marvin C. Zanders, ll and the disciples of St. Paul extend a warm welcome to friends and the public to share in all worship experiences. For more details contact the church office at 764-2755 or via the web at www.stpaulamejax.com or email email@example.com. St. Paul is located at 6910 New Kings Road. First Church of Palm Coast Easter EventsThe First Church of Palm Coast schedule of events for the ÂMaundyÂŽ service is Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m., celebrating ÂThe Last Supper,ÂŽ followed by the Seder Meal. The Rev. E. J. Parker, will be the guest speaker; with Rising Theatre actor Linda Kelly to perform scenes from ÂWomen of the Bible.ÂŽ On Good Friday, April 18th, 12 noon to 3 p.m., hear sermonic celebrations by various preachers on ÂThe Seven Last Utterances of ChristÂŽ while on CalvaryÂs cross. Easter Sunrise Service takes place Sunday, April 20th, at 6 a.m., Pastor Gillard S. Glover will be preaching, ÂLetting Go of the Grave, Part IÂŽ, and Resurrection Sunday Celebration, at 10 a.m., preaching ÂLetting Go of the Grave, Part II.ÂŽ First Church of Palm Coast is located at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast For more information (386) 446-5759 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope Chapel Thespians Present Easter ProductionHope Chapel Thespians will present the 19th production of ÂNo longer A Stranger But Now HeÂs Our KingÂŽ celebrating the life of Jesus Christ from his birth to the resurrection on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament. Featuring lead soloist Kamel Cook and Mathew Ray Jr., Sunday, April 20th at 11 a.m. in the main sanctuary of Hope Chapel Ministry, 9850 Wagner Rd. Dr. Jeannette C. Holmes-Vann, pastor. For more information call 764-2193.Easter Sunrise Service and Program at Summerville Missionary Baptist Summerville Missionary Baptist Church, 690 W. 20th St., Pastor, James W. Henry will celebrate the ÂResurrectionÂŽ Sunday, April 20th at sunrise service at 6 a.m. The Sunday School Easter program will be held at 9:30 a.m. For more information call 354-8186.Saint Paul Lutheran Celebrates 58th Church Anniversary & Sermon SeriesReverend James Wiggins, Jr., and the Saint Paul Lutheran Church will celebrate their 58th Church Anniversary Study and Sermon series with a ÂInstruments of GraceÂŽ celebration to be held April 23 Â… 27. Invite family and friends to share in the worship, fellowship, study and growth opportunities available during our anniversary celebration. Weekly activities include: Wednesday, April 23rd, the Family and Friends night in the word (supper and bible study) at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 24th, Prayer Vigil and Day of Fasting, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, April 25th, Family Fun Game Night at 6 p.m.; Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. is the In-Home Family Group Bible Study; 10 a.m. Sunday, April 27th, at 9:30 a.m. enjoy a fellowship meal and at 10 a.m. is Sunday Worship Service. On Resurrection Sunday, April 20, the topic is ÂInstruments of Grace,ÂŽ from the text: 2nd Corinthians 9:6-15; The 58th Church Anniversary is April 27th; On Sunday, May 4th, the topic is ÂGrace Â… You Matter to GodÂŽ, Ephesians 1:1-10. Guest Preacher is Dr. John Nunes. Dr. Nunes is the former president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief, leading staff in 17 countries in working to end poverty, injustice, and human suffering worldwide. Pastor Rhim OTICE:Church news is published free of charge. 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April 17-23, 2014 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. Enterprise Center 101 East Union Street, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL32202 904-633-8099 www.drj-cpa.com Offering you a full range of quality services that includes a full range of accounting services (audits, reviews, compilations,and nontraditional engagements) for small businesses and tax services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and estates and trusts. Darryl Jackson, CPA provides extensive professional experience with a wide variety of industries and clients Black Families Becoming More Aware of Autism By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) Â… As Camille Proctor watched her one year-old son, she knew something wasnÂt right. He played with others and enjoyed affection, but he never spoke. He also walked on his toes. His pediatrician assured Proctor that was son was probably just developmentally delayed. At 15 months old, she learned that wasnÂt the case Â… he was officially diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. ÂMy son didnÂt have the telltale signs, but I figured it out without the diagnosis. I had to basically force a diagnosis for my son so he could get the services he needed,ÂŽ Proctor says. ÂBut it was hard because now I had a name for what his problem was, but that wasnÂt helpful for me going through it every day.ÂŽ Autism diagnosis rates are skyrocketing. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that 1 in 88 children had a disorder on the spectrum. By last month, that number had jumped 30 percent to 1 in 68 children. Although autism rates are highest among Whites, particularly males, studies show that African American children are usually diagnosed much later than their White counterparts. Because little is understood about autism, information and resources are hard to come by, especially for families of color. Because of that, in 2009, Proctor launched The Color of Autism, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocacy, awareness and knowledge among Black parents, connecting families to local services, and providing one-to-one support. ÂI have exhausted my 401(k) and my sonÂs father did too, because nobody told us all we needed to do was fill out this 100-page document, get it approved, and he could get all these services for free,ÂŽ Proctor stated. ÂI only found out because another parent at my sonÂs swim class asked if I was going to put him in hippotherapy [therapeutic horseback riding targeted for autism], but I said I couldnÂt afford it. And she told me Medicaid would pay for it.ÂŽ Part of the dearth of information aimed at Black families is because concerted, grounded research did not begin until the 1980s (before then, ASD therapy consisted of electroshock therapy, institutionalization, and drugs). Few researchers have chosen to examine how the spectrum manifests in people of color. A research team at the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment is working to change that. Dr. Daniel Geschwind and his team have been identifying and studying the genetic causes of autism, how those genetic anomalies manifest in ASD symptoms, and how treatments can be designed around this information. Last year, Geschwind was awarded a $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand his research to study African American genes. ÂAfter 10 or 12 years of doing thisÂƒI started to realize that from a public health standpoint, itÂs time to apply the success [of previous research] to other groups. We lead the field in finding these genes, and I think the next step is the inclusion of underrepresented minority groups in genetic studiesÂ„I feel very strongly about that,ÂŽ Geschwind says. ÂItÂs incredibly important because now, when a person with European genes comes into the [Autism Center] clinic, thereÂs a 1 in 10 or 1 in 5 chance we can get a diagnosis for them. We assume that would be almost essentially the same for someone with African ancestry, but we actually donÂt know.ÂŽ Geschwind explains that in genetic testing, it is important to retain the dataÂs powerÂ„a measure of its validity. That power is undermined by a diverse sample of DNAÂ„if dissimilar DNA samples are compared, itÂs hard to tell whether an effect is because of autism, or attributable to the genetic differences. Since DNA from White Americans is most ubiquitous and easiest to recruit, researchers tend to only study this population. And since Black Americans have a calamitous history with medical research, itÂs even harder to find willing participants. Without willing participants, there is little to no data tailored specifically to African Americans. One aspect of raising a child with autism that rings acutely for parents of Black children, particularly boys, is the risk of wandering. Last October, 14 year-old Avonte Oquendo wandered out of his school in Queens, N.Y. unbeknownst to his teachers and staff for nearly 15 minutes. After a threemonth citywide search, his remains were found along the East River. ÂVery rarely does a case of wandering from school end like [OquendoÂs] but this shows it can,ÂŽ says Lori McIlwain, co-founder and executive director of the National Autism Association, and founder of the Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education Collaboration. ÂWandering happens from every setting, and people need to be aware, schools and teachers need training. ÂŽ From OquendoÂs death came a push for ÂAvonteÂs Law,ÂŽ and other wandering legislation. AvonteÂs Law introduced by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY.), centers on providing voluntary tracking devices to parents of autistic children who wander or bolt. According to AWAARE, tracking devices are a small start. ÂA multilayered approach is what [AWAARE] recommends. Tracking is just one component of that,ÂŽ McIlwain explains. ÂWe hope that with any kind of change to laws, that wandering prevention will be added. WeÂve given our suggestions to Senator SchumerÂs office, and we also approached the Department of Education with a list of requests to address this on the school side, because of 30 percent of parents report wandering from schools.ÂŽ McIlwain has a son on the spectrum who is prone to wander and bolt. In the worst incident, he left a playground and made his way toward a highway, where a Good Samaritan found him. Because her son is nonverbal, it took some time to find out where he belonged. ProctorÂs son wanders as well, especially when he was a toddler. The family dog would follow him, knock him over, and subdue him until an adult came to the rescue. ÂI think this legislation needs to be pushed,ÂŽ she says. ÂThereÂs no reason Avonte should be able to walk out of his school in New York City and Al Sharpton is not all over that. I donÂt see anybody out marching for [Avonte]. IÂm glad the legislation is being done by a White legislator, and IÂm okay with everybody advocating for our kids, but I want to see us advocate for our kids so everyone knows that they are valuable.ÂŽ ProctorÂs organization, The Color of Autism, offers resources for parents starting from the first 100 days after a diagnosis. She is also trying to fund a film, Screaming in Silence a documentary about the affects of autism in African American families. ÂI always ask Black parents concerned about the autism label, ÂWould you rather the label 1234567?Â And they say, ÂWhatÂs that?Â I say, ÂItÂs an inmate number.Â Because thatÂs whatÂs going to happen to your child when he begins to act out, without a diagnosis or a mental chart somewhere. Nobody cares about a Black child after puberty,ÂŽ Proctor says. ÂAutism is not a death sentence. We need to team up and support our own community.ÂŽ The holidays are behind us and itÂs time to get back on our feet and get going. Summer vacation will be here soon and, ladies, you know we want to look good in our summer attire. ItÂs time to get our body talking, like Olivia Newton-John would put it. Making time to even become motivated to become physically active can be an extremely daunting task..one that can be so unnatural that is becomes a chore. In several cases lack of preparation is the number one cause of not starting an exercise program. LetÂs take a look at a few things that we as divas can do to get motivated to start our personal fitness regimen: Set Goals Â… IÂm sure this is something that you heard from your mother. Well, ladies, she was right. If you fail to plan; you plan to fail. It is important that you set a standard for yourself. If you donÂt, you will be just floating like a leaf in a tornado windÂƒnot knowing where you will end up. Make a Fitness Plan-start by making notes of any changes that you desire to make. Prioritize them according to importance to you. For example, you may want to get to the gym 3 times a week instead of 3 times a year. You may want to eat a nutritious breakfast bar instead of the 1500 calorie breakfast that youÂve eaten for the last 10 years. You may want to start having massages once a month to help move the toxins out of your muscles out. Whatever your plans are..WRITE THEM DOWN! Buy a New Outfit-Now! Buy that new outfit in the size that you would like to be (now, be realistic with yourself). Hang it in the bathroom whre you see it every time you get dressed. Set a goal of losing 1 pound per week and figure out where you would like to be in a certain amount of time to be able to fit into that outfit. Play your favorite musicÂplay that funky musicÂŽ find music that gets your brain pumpinÂ. If you ever notice, when you are in the grocery store, most of the music is fast paced. Ever thought about the purpose of moving music? ItÂs so your brain is moving and making your hands move faster to put more groceries in the cart. Same workout music. If you find music stimulates you, you will have a more effective and enjoyable workout. Plan a trip-even the through of going on a vacation always seems to spark a new incentive to look your best. Pick a goal date (e.g. 3 months from now) and incorporate a vacation in your plan. Your motivation level will definitely increase when you think about looking good during your next vacation where you can show off your 6 pack. Achieving health, fitness and wellness takes effort, but motivation is always the first step. So, get to the gym and feeling good! The former students and associates of the late James V. Brooks, former band director of Paxon Senior High, recently held a benefit in his honor. Song, dance, instrumental renditions and spoken word all were displayed at the Tru-Way Church of the Risen Christ 2297 Edison Avenue, Rev. Elwyn W. Jenkins, Pastor. Proceeds benefitted scholarships for worthy young people. To make a contribution to The Black Rose Foundation for Children, Inc. for James V. Brooks Memorial Scholarship Fund, visit http://www.blackrosefoundation.org/. Motivate Yourself to Fitness Pictured left to right are former students of Mr. James V. Brooks: Minister Bobby Galloway, Christy Lynn Jackson, Felecia Proctor, Jeffrey Proctor, Terri Tyler and Darrell Brown.Students Honor Life of Band Director James V. Brooks with Talent Tribute
Comedian DeRay Davis at Comedy ZoneComedian-turned-actor DeRay Davis can most recently be seen and heard in movies "21 Jump Street", "Jumping the Broom" and his own Showtime special. Hear DeRayÂs jokes April 17 Â… 19 at the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road. Visit www.comedyzone.com.Genealogical Society Monthly MeetingsThe next Jax Genealogical Society monthly meetings are scheduled for Saturday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 17th at 1:30 p.m. The JGS is a group of people who enjoy talking about family research and sharing information on the resources and repositories. Meetings are the third Saturday of each month at Webb-Wesconnett Library, 6887 103rd Street. Visit www.jaxgen.org. Free Beat Diabtes ClassesOn Saturday, April 19th, 10 a.m. to noon, there will be a free ÂBeat DiabetesÂŽ classes monthly miniseries will be held at ÂThe Center for the Prevention of Health DisparitiesÂŽ on the Edward Waters College Campus, 1404 Grunthal Street. To register or for additional information call 765-6002.eighborhood Walk & Clothing Giveaway The Members of the Higher Houses of Modern Free and Accepted Masons of the World, Inc., Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Freemasonry, will be sponsoring a ÂNeighborhood Walk & Clothing Giveaway,ÂŽ Saturday, April 19 in the Springfield neighborhood, starting from 21st and Pearl Streets to Main Street. Lineup starts at 8:30 a. m. and the ÂWalkÂ begins at 9 a. m. For more info call 503-1058 or email email@example.com.Amelia Island Jazz Festival The Amelia Island Jazz Festival, 3rd annual ÂBig Band BashÂŽ will be held Saturday, April 19th, 7 p.m.10 p.m., in the ballroom at the Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation. Hear the Les DeMerle 17 piece Orchestra, featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele and special guests, in a salute to America's legendary big bands. For further information visit www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com or call 504-4772. Kids Eat Free at ApplebeeÂs on EasterApplebee's restaurants throughout Jacksonville will be celebrating Easter by inviting families to come dine on Sunday, April 20th, and kids will eat FREE. For more information or you have any questions call your Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar or visit www.applebees.com.Cummer Museum: ÂVoices of DiversityÂŽ Voices of Diversity: A Panel Discussion will be held on Wednesday, April 23rd, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join the Cummer Museum, 829 Riverside Avenue, for an engaging panel discussion on what inclusion means within the concepts of religion, civil rights, ethnicity and sexuality. Facilitator is John Delaney, President of University of North Florida. Panelists include Lois Chepenik, Alton Yates, Kristen Mousa and Robert Arleigh White. For further information contact Kim Pomar at 899-6038 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cummer.org.Comedian Finesse Mitchell in JaxHear comedy from Finesse Mitchell, April 24th 26th at the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd. Finesse is a talented comedian, actor and emcee, well known for his appearances on "The Arsenio Hall Show" and the Shaq All-Star Comedy Jam tour. For more information call 292-4242 or visit www.comedyzone.com.Sinbad at the Comedy Zone!Old school comedian and actor Sinbad will be at the Comedy Zone, April 24 Â… 26th. The Comedy Zone is located at 3130 Hartley Road. For tickets visit www.comedyzone.com or call 292-4242. SCLC Memorial DinnerThe Southern Christian Leadership Conference presents the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dinner and Awards Program for legends, pioneers and trailblazer, Saturday, April 26th, 6 Â… 8:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Deerwood, 10605 Deerwood Park blvd. For more information call Opio Sokoni, Chapter President at 422-6078 or visit www.sclcjax.org.Links Family Health JamboreeFlorida Blue extends a warm welcome to the public to attend the 2014 Links Family Health Jamboree, Saturday, April 26th, 9 a.m. Â… 2 p.m. at 4855 Town Center Parkway. Enjoy a fun-filled day with the Links to celebrate the joy that is family! Activities include youth and adult screenings, refreshments, giveaways and more! For more information call 1-877-3525830 or visit www.floridablue.com.Auditions for the Wiz at Stage AuroraSeeking talented multicultural youth, teens and young adults! Ages 8 Â… 20 are welcome to audition for the roles of singers, dancers and actors. All roles are open!! Auditions are Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th 3 Â… 6 p.m. (both days) at Stage Aurora Performance Hall, 5188 Norwood Avenue. For more information call 765-737 or visit www.stageaurora.org.Jax Urban League Springfield 5K The Jacksonville Urban League Springfield Run/Walk is scheduled for Sunday, April 27th in Springfield rain or shine! The event begins at Wells Fargo (corner of 6th and Main Street). Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and race time begins at 9:00 a.m. For more information call 356-8336 or visit or www.jaxul.org.aturopathic Herbalist Dr. Scott Whitaker at Masjid El-Sallam Masjid El-Salaam presents Âthe ÂYou and your health at the crossroadsÂŽ lecture, by Dr. Scott Whitaker, N.D., Sunday, April 27th at 3:30 p.m.. Dr. Scott Whitaker, N.D. is a Board Certified Naturopathic doctor and author with over 20 years experience in herbology, iridology, homeopathy, natural healing, and detoxification. Guest speaker is Anita OsuigweSpencer discussing ÂWho are you, what are you, why are you?ÂŽ For more information call 359-0980 or visit www.salaammasjid.com. Faith & Reason Discussion at UF Faith & Reason: The Origin of Humanity, a panel discussion representing diverse perspectives about when and how the human species originated, Tuesday, April 29th, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the University of North Florida, Andrew A. Robinson Theater. UNF President John A. Delaney will moderate. For more information call 354-1529.An Evening with John Legend Grammy winner and one of the industry's most innovative artists, John Legend takes over the Florida Theater, Wednesday April 30th at 8p.m. For more information and tickets call 355.2787 or visit www.floridatheatre.com. The Florida Theatre is located at 128 East Forsyth St. Comedian Carl Strong in Jax!Carl Strong's brand of high energy comedy, blended with his love of music and the Motown greats; includes impressions, singing and characters in his performance come to Jacksonville April 30th Â… May 3rd The Comedy Zone is located at 3130 Hartley Road. For tickets and more information visit www.comedyzone.com or call 292-4242. Spoken Word and Poetry at the RitzOn Thursday, May 1st, 7 to 9 p.m. the Ritz will offer an open mic for poets and poetry lovers of all ages. Show off your own talent for verse, or just come, listen and soak up the creative atmosphere. For more details call 632-5555 or email RitzTheatre@coj.net.World of ationsHave you ever wanted to visit a foreign country? Travel through the World of Nations celebration and experience the cuisine, artistry and customs from lands near and far, May 1st Â… 4th at Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd. Pack your bags and bring your family, friends and neighbors for an exciting adventure around the world! For more details call 630-3690 or visit email@example.com. Annual Cultural Council Arts AwardsMark your calendar for the 38th annual Cultural Council arts awards celebration, Thursday, May 1st, 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Enjoy an awards celebration, street parties, food, spirits and performances. Meet the honored and family of Emmet Till. For more details visit ww.culturalouncil.org.Monique Burr Foundation at RoyÂsOn Thursday, May 1st, 6 Â… 9 p.m., join the Monique Burr Foundation for fabulous fine wines, tropical cocktails, and live music while enjoying contemporary, Hawaiianinfluenced, gourmet cuisine by world-renowned chef, Roy Yamaguchi. RoyÂs restaurant is located at 2400 3rd Street, South Jacksonville Beach. For more information call 562-1844.Ritz Amateur ight Join the Ritz Theater and Museum for this perennial audience favorite, Friday, May 2nd, at 7:30 p.m. Modeled after Amateur Night at the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem, contestants compete for cash prizes and let the audience be the judge. Tickets on sale now!! 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NEW YORK Â„ Sarah Jakes, daughter of The Potter's House pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes, hit a chord with many when she shared in a series of blog posts about the turmoil she endured as a teen mom and years later, over a broken marriage. In her new memoir, Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life, Jakes goes even deeper into the struggles that she feels ultimately led her back to God and gave her a platform to speak to a generation struggling with faith, church and their own life struggles. "If you had told me the girl who got pregnant at thirteen and felt like the black sheep child of America's favorite preacher would now be a twenty-five-year-old single mom, divorce, author, motivational speaker, TV personality, ministry director, and senior editor, I never would have believed you," Jakes writes in Lost and Found. The mother of two, who divorced ex-NFL player Robert Henson in 2012 after four years of marriage, continues: "But knowing it's true, that I'm all these things and so much more now, I'd say the only way to get your bearings and find yourself is to trust that you were never really lost. Amid all your twists and turns, perhaps you simply haven't discovered the right direction yet. God loves the lost. And He loves to help us find our way when we turn to Him and ask directions. Âƒ" Jakes, who blogs at SarahJakes.com and oversees the women's ministry at her parents' megachurch in Dallas, recently spoke with The Christian Post about how privileged she feels to be able to use her testimony to inspire others in their walk with God. Below is a transcript, edited for clarity, of CP's interview with Jakes. CP: You mention in Lost and Found that everyone has to go through "a process," that transformation doesn't happen overnight. Can you elaborate? Jakes: I think we all have this idea and this image of who we want to be in our minds. But we realize we're so far from that person that it makes us give up completely. But I believe that it really starts with baby steps. It took a long time for me to embrace that. I wanted to recover so quickly from my pregnancy that I missed out on the process of really healing the right way. So I believe that when we break that dream down into baby steps, into "faith without works is dead," and [are] really determined to do the work, that we'll look up and one day our lives [will] have been transformed. But it'll never start if we don't begin. CP: There's been debate about Millennials (18-33-year olds) leaving the Church, and what that might actually mean. But in some cases, young people are in Church, but maybe have mentally or spiritually checked out. What do you say to someone who's in church but struggling to connect with God? Jakes: God exists outside of church as well. We don't have to just search for God in a church service. We have the opportunity to search for Him in the small things, like waking up each day. Âƒ You know, choosing to have joy in a situation where we could be terrified. We have to pull God into our everyday lives. He doesn't just appear. He's given us free will. Because of that, it is our conscious decision and effort to include Him that really makes the difference. CP: How can people encourage the young people in their lives who do drop out of church, due to pressures and expectations or for whatever reason? Jakes: I think that we have to realize that it starts with us, and if we're able to love a young person and to show them love. They have numerous opportunities to be convicted, to be shamed and to feel guilty for their lives and decisions. Âƒ God is love, [so] to choose love in the face of those dilemmas Âƒ we really give the person an opportunity to see God when sometimes they feel the most alone. CP: Preachers' kids can't seem to win, right? On the one hand, there's the stereotype of PKs being rebellious; on the other hand, there's the expectation that they're supposed to be squeaky clean if not perfect. What's the right attitude to have toward preachers' kids? Jakes: We have to realize that they're just normal people, you know and that we all have a process and a struggle. No one gets upset with the dentist when his child has a cavity. When the doctor's child has a cold, they have no problem treating them. But when the pastor's child has an issue, then it's become like a big thing. I think that we have to give people the room to get it wrong so that God's strength can really be made perfect in our weaknesses. CP: Your experiences, as difficult as they may have been, have given you a voice and a platform now. So what's your message to your generation? Jakes: I really didn't anticipate with my past and the decisions that I've made that I even deserved a platform. I wake up each day like, 'God, are you sure? Are you sure you want to use me?' But I think the reality is that we're looking for something real and authentic and someone who's willing to say, 'I don't have it all together but I'm certainly trying, and I see so much God and good in my life and I'm dedicated each day to bringing more and more of that out.' I think that the more transparent we are about our struggles, we give permission to really strive for God in the face of their humanity. CP: What do you think holds us back sometimes from being transparent? Jakes: The judgement that we feel will happen when we share our stories and the criticism that could come. To be honest, sometimes we're judging ourselves so harshly that we really can't imagine that anyone could look beyond our flaws and imperfections. But if we're really going to be Christians and really trust that God is sovereign and can do anything with our lives, we have to be willing to let Him touch every area of our lives. CP: Your story is one of redemption, hope and finding purpose. Really, that's the story God offers everyone. But what do you say to someone who's having a hard time believing that? Jakes: I believe that as long as you're struggling to believe it that God can't really fully redeem us. He's already given us the story of redemption and hope and purpose when He put Christ on the cross, that is when we received that story. It is up to us to really believe that story, to believe the words and put them into action. April 17-23, 2014 Page 9 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press The Free Press would love to share your event with our readers We do have a few guidelines that need to be followed 1. All unsolicited photos require a $10 photo charge for each picture. Photos can be paid by check or money order. 2. Pictures must be brought into our office to be examined for quality or emailed in a digital format of .jpg or .bmp. 3.Everyone in the picture must be named. 4. All photos MUST be received within 5 days of the event. OEXCEPTIOS. 5. Event photos must be acconpanied by a story/event synopsis including the 5WÂs of media: who, what, when, where and why. in addition to a phone number for more information.Call 634-1993 for more information! Michael JacksonÂs mother should pay more than $800,000 in trial costs to a concert promoter that she targeted in a failed negligent hiring lawsuit involving the death of her son, a judge has ruled. Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos issued the tentative ruling calling on the Jackson family matriarch to pay AEG Live LLC after it won the case. The five-month trial ended in October with a jury determining that AEG Live did not negligently hire the doctor convicted of causing Michael JacksonÂs death in 2009 as he prepared for a comeback tour. The ruling is expected to be finalized after AEG Live submits an amended list of its costs for items such as court filing fees, court reporters and travel. Attorneys for the company and Katherine Jackson agreed not to argue PalazuelosÂ tentative ruling, but it might be appealed. Katherine JacksonÂs attorney Kevin Boyle said a decision on appealing the order would be made after reviewing its final language. The verdict and rulings in the case are currently being appealed. AEG Live initially sought more than $1.2 million to cover its costs. Katherine JacksonÂs lawyers claimed only about a quarter of that amount was justified. AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam said the court did the right thing Âby ordering Katherine Jackson to pay nearly $1 million spent in having to defend a matter that she should have never brought in the first place.ÂŽ A motion filed by her lawyers last week stated that the costs would be borne by her and the singerÂs three children, all of whom are supported by his estate. The estate has earned hundreds of millions of dollars since the singerÂs death and paid off his debts. It also covers schooling, housing and other costs for his children and mother. Jackson died in June 2009 after receiving an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, which former cardiologist Conrad Murray was giving the superstar as a sleep aid during preparations for his planned ÂThis Is ItÂŽ shows. Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Judge: Michael JacksonÂs Mom Should Pay $800,000 in Trial Costs Sara Jakes Discusses Being a Preachers Kid, Teen Mom and Divorce at 25 Katherine Jackson When he signed with the New York Jets, quarterback Michael Vick said he appreciates the fans who "accept me for who I am and what I've become, not for what I've done. I think right now my past is irrelevant." Not to everyone, apparently. Vick's past -specifically, his ties to an illegal dog-fighting ring -has sparked a Change.org petition that wants him banned from the team's training camp in Cortland, N.Y. The petition, addressed to SUNY Cortland president Eric J. Bitterbaum, had more than 1,500 signatures. The petition shows a picture of a maimed dog and provides graphic detail of the crimes committed by the Bad Newz Kennels, bankrolled by Vick. It claims Vick is a "sociopath," adding, "We MUST send the message that we won't be party to the torture of animals by conveniently forgetting what he has done. If we welcome Vick onto our campus, we are complicit in his crimes." The Jets declined to comment on the petition, referring to previous statements by Vick and owner Woody Johnson. "We welcome Michael Vick to our team," Johnson said recently. "We fully understand the gravity of some of his past actions, believe that he has paid his debt to society and taken advantage of his second chance.ÂŽ Vick signed a one-year, $4 million contract to compete with Geno Smith for the starting job. Petition Seeks to Ban Vick from Camp
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