Black males only make up 2% of the 4.8 million educators across the country. To address that need, Edward Waters College officially rolled out the Call Me MISTER program this week providing grants to African American males majoring in elementary education. MISTER which stands for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models is aimed at bringing more Black males into education, specifically elementary classrooms. EWC partnered with Duval County Public Schools to present a fellowship program that brought about 100 high school juniors and seniors from across Duval County to the campus. The program included breakfast and a panel discussion on ÂThe Importance of African Americans in EducationÂŽ. According to the Department of Education, black males only makeup two-percent of the 4.8 million educators across the country. Less than one-percent are elementary school teachers. The MISTER Program, which begins next fall, will provide financial assistance and one-on-one academic counseling to a select group of Black male students. by M. Latimer The Epping Forest Yacht & Country Club set the background for the Jacksonville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated to celebrate "An Afternoon Tea" in honor of its alumni members. Over thirty Links, dressed in hats and their "Sunday best," attended the event enjoying a traditional "low tea" featuring everything from finger sandwiches and desserts to a variety of teas. They recognized thirteen Alumni members Â… an honored classification in The Links, Incorporated for ladies who have reached the age of 70 with 10 years of membership, or who have maintained their membership for at least thirty years. Bessie Canty, a founding member of the Jacksonville Chapter and one of the afternoon's honorees, stated, "The event was perfect. It was beautifully done. We felt lots of love and sisterhood." The tea began with a cocktail reception, followed by a formal ceremony that included poetry and recognition of the alumni members. Susan Canty Jones, another member of the "Tea" planning committee, noted, "I saw this chapter being formed when I was a child and did not understand its significance. Our charter members were trailblazers. They performed extraordinary service to improve the lives of others. It is a privilege to honor them and other alumni members." According Marguerite Warren, a member of the "Tea" planning committee, Jacksonville Links wanted to have a memorable event that celebrated the beauty of spring and the achievements of longtime members. "The weather in April is wonderful, and this was the perfect time of the year for us to wear beautiful spring attire and host something special for the members of our organization who have Â… for decades Â… made outstanding contributions to the community," said Warren. When the "Tea" came to its conclusion, honoree Ernestine Rutledge-Hester added, "Once you become an alumni member, you sometimes feel that you are no longer an important part of our organization. Today, you made us feel treasured and reminded of us of the two reasons we become Links Â… friendship and service." Alumni members honored were: Bessie Canty, Elizabeth, Lois Davis Gibson, Thelma Lewis, Patricia Mitchell, Corrie Boyd Mumford, Jennifer Mumford, Ernestine Rutledge-Hester, Pamela Seay, Delores Shaw, Joyce Mumford Valcour, Vivian Walker, and Lydia Wooden. Volume 27 o. 25 March 24-30, 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents ormal Signs of Aging or Diabetes? 3 Sneaky SymptomsPage 7 FAMU/FSU Engineering School Split a Bad Political Move for RepublicansPage 4Schools Still ÂSeparate and UnequalÂŽ 60 Years After Brown vs BOEPage 13 Understanding the Diverse World of AmericaÂs MillenialsPage 2 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Supreme Court Upholds MichiganÂs Ban on Affirmative ActionThe Supreme Court dealt another blow to affirmative action programs this week upholding the right of states to ban racial preferences in university admissions. The decision came in a case brought by Michigan, where a voter-approved initiative banning affirmative action had been tied up in court for a decade. Seven other states Â„ California, Florida, Washington, Arizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma and New Hampshire Â… have similar bans. But the ruling, which was expected after the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Michigan law, did not jeopardize the wide use of racial preferences in many of the 42 states without bans. Such affirmative action programs were upheld, though subjected to increased scrutiny, in the high courtÂs June ruling involving the University of Texas. The decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action comes 10 years after two seminal Supreme Court rulings out of the University of Michigan. One struck down the undergraduate schoolÂs use of a point system that included race to guide admissions. The other upheld the law schoolÂs consideration of race among many other factors.ew Policy Makes More Convicts Eligible for Presidential ClemencyThe Obama Administration continued its push to reduce the number of prisoners serving long sentences as a result of the nationÂs federal drug laws on Monday with an announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder (pictured above) describing new rules that would expand the pool of convicts eligible to apply for presidential clemency. In a video released by the Department of Justice, Holder said they will expand the existing criteria government attorneys use to consider which offenders may be eligible for clemency. Later this week Deputy Attorney General James Cole will announce the new criteria, which Holder expects will lead thousands to apply to receive reduced sentences. ÂThis new and improved approach will make the criteria for clemency recommendation more expansive,ÂŽ Holder said. ÂThis will allow the Department of Justice and the president to consider requests from a larger field of eligible individuals.ÂŽU. of Alabama Students Vote to Integrate Greek OrganizationsThe University of Alabama student government association has voted in support of integrating Greek organizations on their campus. The decision comes months after allegations that sororities blocked eligible Black pledges from joining. Student body president Hamilton Bloom says the school still has a long way to go with progressing their Greek system, but that this was the first necessary step forward. ÂMy administration and I are dedicated to seeing and encouraging results in the integration of both fraternities and sororities, and I believe the resolution passed tonight, in addition to the Diversity Caucus which will be introduced soon, are incredible first steps,ÂŽ Bloom said. In March, 27 student senators voted to block a bill that would fully integrate the fraternities on the campus. Only five students were in favor. Pressure from what students call The Machine, a secret society at the University of Alabama, is said to be the reason students originally decided to maintain the racial status quo within their organizations. Online Fund Raises Thousands for Wrongly Convicted ManThe recent exoneration of Jonathan Fleming inspired one man to launch a crowd fundraising campaign to help the wrongfully convicted prisoner get back on track. More than 400 people have donated nearly $30,000 to an IndieGogo campaign simply titled, "Help Jonathan Fleming." "I decided, 'OK, I'm going to do something about this,'" said Alex Sutaru, 32, the campaign's organizer. The finance executive launched the fundraiser after receiving clearance from Fleming's lawyers. The 51-year-old, who was freed last week, had spent nearly 25 years behind bars for a 1989 killing that happened while he was on a family trip to Disney World. A judge threw out the case in March after Brooklyn prosecutors found documents that backed Fleming's Florida alibi and his defense team located witnesses who implicated another suspect. According to his lawyer, Fleming plans to pursue wrongful-conviction lawsuits against the city and state.Ole Miss Fraternity Shut Down for oose Tying IncidentThe Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at the University of Mississippi has shut down after the chapter's members were suspected of tying a noose around the statue of James Meredith, the first African-American to enroll in the school. The noose tying incident in February was not the sole motivator behind the chapter being closed, the fraternity said in a statement released Thursday. "The decision is not a result of any individual incident, but a response to newly discovered, ongoing behavior that includes incidents of hazing, underage drinking, alcohol abuse, and failure to comply with the university and fraternity's codes of conduct," Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity wrote. The three members who are suspected of acting out the crime have already been kicked out of the fraternity. Following the incident, the fraternity was suspended and was under investigation by the FBI. The review is still ongoing, according to Ole Miss spokesman Tom Eppes. Mayor Alvin Brown joined other city leaders and several hundred senior citizens for the for the reopening of the Lincoln Villa Senior Center this week. ÂLincoln Villa Senior Center is a landmark in the heart of our community,ÂŽ said Mayor Alvin Brown. ÂIt has been offering essential services and activities for our seniors for more than 30 years.ÂŽ The renovation was made possible through a Community Development Block Gran. Renovations at the center include improvement to the kitchen, bathroom, plumbing, drywalls, fencing, painting, interior and exterior security lighting, ADA parking spaces, tree mitigation, tree removal, grading, rebuild access to patio, window removal and replacement, interior finishes, drop ceiling removal and new construction of a Florida room for a total of $567,000. LaVilla Seniors Welcome New Community Outlet Kelly Boree, Director Parks, Recreation and Community Services; Elaine Spencer, Chief, Housing and Community Development; Gary Causey, Director U.S. Housing and Urban Development; Calvin Burney, Director, Planning and Development; Mayor Alvin Brown; Ms. Elnora Foster; Councilman Reginald Brown, District 10; and Carolyn Chapman, Office of Congresswoman Corrine Brown cut the ribbon at the Lincoln Villa Senior Center. Links Honor the Legacy of Friendship and Service Pictured left to right (seated): honorees Joyce Mumford Valcour, Lydia Wooden, Thelma Lewis, Corrie Boyd Mumford, Bessie Canty, Elizabeth Downing, Jennifer Mumford, Delores Shaw and Ernestine Rutledge-Hester; (standing) "Tea" committee members Monique McCarthy, Geraldine Smith, Marguerite Warren, Susan Jones, Majoria Manning, Adrianne McFarlin King and Patricia Bivins. EWCÂs Call Me Mister to Put More Black Males in the Classroom Shown above are participants in the Call Me Mister program debut at Edward Waters College.
By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) Â… Millennials are easy to spot. TheyÂre the ones welded to their handheld devices, touting peculiar professional titles and ambitions. Born between 1980 and the early 2000s, Millennials, or Generation Y, are entitled, lazy, self-centered, and callow, according to popular perception. ItÂs true, this generation is different Â… but not for those oftrepeated gloomy reasons. As a new report from the Pew Center titled, ÂMillennials in Adulthood: Detached from Institutions, Networked with Friends,ÂŽ demonstrates Â… most of the members of the Millennial generation were born into an American landscape that is vastly different from that of Generation X, Baby Boomers, and the Silent Generation. For starters, this is the most racially diverse generation of Americans to date. Among adult Millennials, 43 percent are non-White; among their children, the first of a yetunnamed generation, close to half are of color. The Census estimates that the country will be majority non-White by 2043. However, this diversity doesnÂt mean that Millennials have escaped the pain of racism. Wynton Guess, a 20 year-old senior music composition major at the Boston Conservancy, spent his formative years in Jersey City, N.J., one of the nationÂs most diverse cities. Since then, he has lived in Louisville and Pittsburgh, has visited other countries, and is finishing college in Boston. Throughout his childhood, he recalls friends from all over the world and the familiarity of knowing the subtle differences between cultures and nationalities. But not all of his peers share this multicultural perspective. ÂOvert racism really isnÂt that much of a problem. More of a problem now is Âhipster racism,Â when people say something ironically but they really mean it, or they say insensitive things because they think itÂs funny to be racist,ÂŽ says Guess, who is multiracial but identifies primarily as Black. He recalls stories from his mother regarding the racial powder keg that was school integration and bussing, and stories from his biracial father about being disowned by racist family members. ÂItÂs a lot more subtle,ÂŽ Guess said. ÂWhen I went to college I met a lot of people who had never been out of their small hometowns, and they will be offensive without even knowing it. ItÂs a matter of living in your own world, and being really segregated. Like in Louisville, I notice a lot of Âus versus themÂ mentality.ÂŽ Keith Jones, who, at 33 years old, was born in the gray area between Gen X and Gen Y, also believes racism has changed. ÂIÂd say itÂs worse for me [than my parents] in the sense thatÂƒback with Brown v. Board of Ed and those laws, people were forced to be together. The difference today is that things are still segregated, but now itÂs by choice,ÂŽ he said. ÂRacism is still there. A lot of racist people still exist and many are young.ÂŽ A racial rift also emerges on the subject of government and politics. Fully half of all Millennials identify as political independents. However, a curious shift occurs among those who have chosen sides. Among White Millennials, 24 percent say theyÂre Democrats and another 19 percent are Republicans; among Millennials of color, 37 percent identify as Democrats and 9 percent as Republicans. A little more than half (52 percent) of White Millennials favor big government while a majority of Millennials of color (71 percent) favor larger government that provides more services. Additionally, about one-third of Whites across four generations approve of ObamaÂs job performance, compared to two-thirds of nonWhites across three generations (too few people of color in the Silent Generation were included in the survey).The report explains that White Millennials are more liberal than their older counterparts, but less liberal than their non-White peers. And on the subject of Obama, their views are not much different than those of older White Americans. Outside the sticky subjects of race and politics, Millennials represent a significant break from older generations, particularly with the trappings of adulthood and success (namely, education, marriage, and economic stability). While Millennials took their parentsÂ and grandparentsÂ advice and became the most educated generation the country has ever seen, the advice might not have served them well. According to the report, theyÂre the first generation in the modern era to have higher levels of student loan debt, poverty and unemployment, and lower levels of wealth and personal income than their two immediate predecessor generations had at the same age. With the convergence of the Great Recession, globalization, and a rapidly changing job market, the financial risk Millennials took in pursuing increasingly expensive educations is not paying off as quickly, if at all. ÂFrom a Black perspective, most of us went to college on Pell Grants, or student loans. Some of us got scholarships, but mostly they werenÂt full scholarships,ÂŽ says Jones, adding that knowing how to matriculate with minimal debt and in the least time is harder for first-generation college students. Jones holds two degrees, and works for the Detroit city government. Though he feels comfortable with his life circumstances now, he has felt the crunch. ÂI never thought about the accumulation of debt I was putting on myself. When you graduate you are working poor Â… I was making about $32,000 out of college, and I had more student debt than that. Then I had the nerve to go back and get a masterÂs. [Student debt] is a great hindrance on allowing the American workforce to attain the American Dream.ÂŽ Some speculate that this overwhelming debt is resulting in delayed adulthood. In 2012, 36 percent of Millennials were still living in their parentsÂ home, a historic high. Just 26 percent are married; by this age, 36 percent of Generation X, 48 percent of Baby Boomers, and 65 percent of the Silent Generation had tied the knot. And according to Census data, the birth rate among women in their 20s between continued to decline to an all-time low in 2011 and 2012. Birth rates among the youngest Millennials (todayÂs teenagers) are also falling steadily. So is this generation simply uninterested in settling down? 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By Freddie Allen WASHINGTON (NNPA) Â… As the 60th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education approaches, a new report by the Economic Policy Institute found that schools are more segregated now than they were in 1980. The U.S. Supreme CourtÂs May 17, 1954 landmark decision effectively banned racial segregation in schools in Southern states where racially separate schools were far from equal. The report outlines the myriad differences that existed between Black schools and White schools leading up to the 1954 decision. ÂBlack students were not only segregated but wholly denied meaningful educational opportunity,ÂŽ the report stated. ÂSchools 60 years ago were separate but not equal. In Clarendon, South Carolina, the school system at the heart of the Brown collection of cases, per pupil spending in schools for Whites was more than four times the rate in schools for Blacks. The capital value of schools for Whites was nine times the value of shacks for Blacks. The pupilteacher ratio in schools attended by Whites was 28-to-1, for those attended by Blacks it was 47-to-1.ÂŽ The report continued: ÂThere were flush toilets in schools for whites and outhouses at schools for Blacks; buses transported White students to school while Black students walked; schools for Whites had janitors while schools for Blacks were cleaned by teachers and students themselves. ÂThe typical black student now attends a school where only 29 percent of his or her fellow students are white, down from 36 percent in 1980,ÂŽ stated the report. The report also described how family background can impact educational achievement. ÂWhen a few children in a classroom come from homes with less literacy, and without the benefit of high-quality early childhood care, a skilled teacher can give those children special attention,ÂŽ stated the report. ÂBut when most children in that classroom have these disadvantages, the average instructional level must decline. The most skilled teachers must devote more time to remediation, less to new instruction. The report offered a number of recommendations including, Âadjusting attendance zones, establishing magnet schools, or implementing controlled choice programs.ÂŽ But in order to fully integrate schools, the report said, neighborhoods that feed those schools must also be integrated and that remains an uphill battle even with rental voucher programs. ÂLow-income working families are eligible for vouchers to supplement their rental payments up to market rates, even in middle-class communities, but the voucher program is barely funded, and when families do get vouchers, landlords in middle-class communities typically refuse them, so the vouchers perpetuate rather than reduce segregation,ÂŽ stated the report. ÂSuburbs maintain zoning ordinances that prevent construction of lowand moderate-income housing, rendering federal subsidies for such housing less useful to combat segregation.ÂŽ In statement, Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, said that education policy is housing policy and vice versa and that substantially raising achievement of low-income black children requires residential integration. ÂSchools remain segregated because neighborhoods where they are located are segregated,ÂŽ said Rothstein. ÂWe will never substantially improve black student achievement, without economic equality and integration.ÂŽ Although, the Brown v. Board of Education ruling was one of the countryÂs most important civil rights milestones, said Rothstein, it did not fully accomplish its primary goal of ending school segregation. Rothstein explained, ÂSchool segregation continues to mar American public education and itÂs getting worse.ÂŽ The Florida Blue Foundation partnered with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. during their recent South Atlantic Regional Conference held in Jacksonville in April. Alpha Kappa AlphaÂs community service project was to help youth aging out of foster care and therefore asked the sorority sisters in the region to provide gift cards from $10, up to $50 for the community service project. Florida Blue then agreed to match whatever they raised, up to $25000. The combined contribution totaled $53,000. The theme for this administration under the leadership of Attorney Carolyn House Stewart, International President, is Global Leadership through Timeless Service. Chapters in each region are charged with implementing projects to support the national directives. Meaningful programs are developed to support such initiatives. One program initiative of this administration is young adults aging out of Foster Care. Sorority members have supported this project at each of the ten regional conferences this year. Proceeds will benefit the Family Support Services of North Florida (FSS) who is a lead agency for foster care, adoption and family preservation in Duval and Nassau counties. Through community-based care, FSS provides services and programs to help prevent child abuse and neglect, to promote a healthy family environment and to care for children in foster care. FSS provides a temporary home and safe haven, and ensures appropriate medical, mental health and dental care. They also provide children in care with services that enhance their education, and enrichment programs that bring normalcy and enlightenment to their lives. 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Pictured are Mrs. Marsha Lewis Brown, South Atlantic Regional Director Mrs. Mary Davis, President, Gamma Rho Omega Chapter; Mrs. Lee Kayworth, Florida Support Services; Dr. orma Solomon White, 25th International President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Mrs. Ruby Moore George, General Chair, 61st South Atlantic Regional Conference and Darnell Smith, Florida Blue (not shown).AKAs Raise $53K to Aid Children in Foster Care Continuing their services to the community, Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Nu Chapter recently hosted their third Mini Career Sessions for seniors of at William M. Raines High School. Approximately, one hundred seniors were able to participate in the mini careers session, which was hosted by Nu Chapter. Successful professionals were invited to share information concerning their respective careers. Presenters shared many aspects of their careers, including positive and negative features, educational requirements, work climates, salary potential, job outlook, and other valuable information. Students were also given an opportunity to ask questions about the careers. Schools ÂSeparate and UnequalÂŽ 60 years after Brown Eta Phi Beta Exposes RainesÂ Students to Career Mentors
ÂHuman progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals,ÂŽ said Dr. Martin Luther King. Florida A & M University knows struggle and sacrifice too well. ItÂs a historically black school with strong heritage,and a history of high achievement. However, despite the schoolÂs accomplishments, it has also seen its share of challenges in a state that has not always been equally supportive of black colleges. Two weeks ago the Florida Senate shocked many observers when Senator John Thrasher offered a budget amendment that would essentially split the FSU/FAMU Engineering school. Huh? Or as Mike Tyson once said, ÂEveryone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.ÂŽ Talk about being caught off guard. Many are saying that the move is very reminiscent of how the FAMU law school was closed by the state at the same time a counterpart opened at Florida State University in the 1960s. In fact, the Legislature transferred FAMUÂs funding to a new FSU law school. It took the historically black school more than 30 years to get funding to re-establish the program. Many African Americans have major concerns with this proposed move, which undoubtedly brings backthose law school memories. The Senate budget amendment would set aside $3 million for FSU to begin operating its own College of Engineering, separate from a joint school now run by FSU and FAMU on the southwestern edge of Tallahassee. The budget amendment would also fund $10 million for the design and construction of a new facility to house a stand-alone FSU engineering school. The joint program with FAMU was created in 1982 after both Tallahassee schools applied for engineering colleges, but some FSU supporters believe a separation would improve their university's national profile. This argument is a direct punch in FAMUÂs face because the assumption is that the joint engineering schools cannot achieve academicprestige as long as FAMU student (e.g. African Americans) are a part of the college. True or false, perception in this case is reality. The proposed move further agitates the relationship between the state and its lone public historically black university and the politics of higher education. This is also a dangerous move during an election year. Some Republicans are very cautious about the proposal. "Governor Â„ you need to put an end to this idea," Duval County Republican Party Chairman Rick Hartley wrote in an email to Scott outlining his opposition to the engineering school split. "We are trying to communicate your strong message of job growth to the black community, but this is seen as a direct slap in their face," Hartley wrote. Many in the Legislature are opposed and will be working House and Senate members to stop the proposal. Perhaps no one has a better perspective than State Senator Arthenia Joyner who was at FAMU Law School in the 1960s when it was closed down. During the budget debate she said, ÂI thought that we were beyond this. ÂŽ The Senator described the plan as ÂcatastrophicÂŽ for FAMU. She added, ÂIÂve lived this once. The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is thriving. This plan would create a Âtwo-tier systemÂŽ with competition for funding and resources. SomebodyÂs going to suffer, and itÂs going to be FAMU.ÂŽ FAMU president Elmira Mangum believes there is no need for two engineering schools, but if the decision is made, she will seek resources so her university can keep its program strong. What's needed is to "do the appropriate evaluation and have the appropriate collaborative discussions that would enable the state to make a wise decision," Mangum said. "And I think that wise decision would be that the state cannot afford to have two separate engineering programs." Separating the engineering school is just wrong and is clearly a solution in search of a problem as some say. Signing off from Tallahassee, Reggie Fullwood Schools More Segregated ow than Three Decades AgoAs we approach May 17, the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme CourtÂs Brown v. Board of Education landmark decision outlawing Âseparate but equalÂŽ schools, several studies show that our schools are more segregated now than they were three decades ago. And there are no indications that things are likely to change for the better in the foreseeable future. A report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) titled, ÂBrown v. Board at 60,ÂŽ concluded, ÂToday, things are getting worse. The typical black student now attends a school where only 29 percent of his or her fellow students are white, down from 36 percent in 1980.ÂŽ Actually there were two Brown decisions. The first, in 1954, outlawed racially segregated public schools, which had been defended as Âseparate but equal.ÂŽ Faced with foot-dragging by intransigent school officials in the Deep South, the Supreme Court issued a second ruling in 1955, sometimes called Brown II, declaring that the schools had to be desegregated Âwith all deliberate speed.ÂŽ But speed was nowhere to be found. Two years after the court ruling, no Black child attended schools with a White student in eight of the 11 former Confederate states, including Alabama. The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), a coalition of nearly 200 organizations, noted, ÂIt took ten years after Brown, but beginning with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the nation committed to desegregation and it worked. Courts and executive agencies consistently supported desegregation plans and from 1968 to 1988, as more schools integrated, academic achievement increased for African American students.ÂŽ However, that progress stalled. ÂÂƒThe legal and political tide turned against integration during the 1980s,ÂŽ LCCR observed. ÂCourts stopped ordering desegregation plans and began dismantling existing plans Â… both court-ordered and voluntary. Federal agencies stopped aggressive enforcement and by 1989 schools were beginning to resegregate, reversing many of the academic gains of the previous 20 years.ÂŽ Upon entering office in 1981, President Ronald Reagan set the political climate for retrenchment. And so did an increasingly conservative Supreme Court. But some African-American leaders also played a role in dismantling desegregation. An investigation of resegregation in the South, conducted by ProPublica, focused on Tuscaloosa, Ala., my hometown. The city had been under a federal desegregation decree since 1979. In 1993, with Tuscaloosa vying for a new Mercedes-Benz plant, business leaders decided it was time for them to make a move. ÂPublicly, the cityÂs movers and shakers said the lack of neighborhood schools made the district unattractive Âƒ Behind closed doors, they argued that if they did not create some schools where white students made up the majority Â… or near it Â… theyÂd lose the white parents still remaining,ÂŽ the investigation found. ÂDistricts under desegregation orders arenÂt supposed to take actions that increase racial separation. And so the cityÂs leadership decided the desegregation order needed to go, and they believed the time was ripe for a court to agree.ÂŽ The court did agree to bow out after some Black leaders went along with the plan. ÂThe roster of witnesses lined up behind the school board shocked many in the black community,ÂŽ ProPublica reported. ÂIt included some of the cityÂs most influential black leaders, including a city councilman, a state senator, and Judge John England, JrÂƒRumors spread within the community that EnglandÂs and othersÂ support had been part of a secret arrangement with white leaders.ÂŽ A person with direct knowledge of the arrangement confirmed to me that a deal was indeed made whereby a new Black school would be constructed on the predominantly Black west side of town in exchange for supporting an end of the court-ordered desegregation. However, after extracting what they wanted from Black officials, Whites reneged on the deal and no new school was erected. ÂFreed from court oversight, TuscaloosaÂs schools have seemed to move backwards in time,ÂŽ according to the ProPublica report. ÂThe citywide integrated high school is gone, replaced by three smaller schools. Central [the former high school that served the entire city] retains the name of the old powerhouse, but nothing more. A struggling school serving the cityÂs poorest part of town, it is 99 percent black.ÂŽ Other cities have undergone similar experiences. A scholarly study at Stanford University found, ÂOver 200 mediumsized and large districts were released from desegregation court orders from 1991 to 2009. We find that racial school segregation in these districts increased gradually following release from court orderÂƒÂŽ Another reason schools are being resegregated is that segregated housing patterns have remained intact. ÂSchools remain segregated because neighborhoods in which they are located are segregated,ÂŽ said the EPI report. ÂRaising achievement of lowincome black children requires residential integration, from which school integration can flow.ÂŽ Without dismantling segregated residential housing patterns and getting federal courts or the Justice Department to retain some jurisdiction over court-ordered desegregation plans, public schools are on a path to return to their pre-Brown status of being separate and unequal. 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, http://georgecurry.com/. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge and George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook. 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Reggie Fullwood April 24-30, 2014 FAMU/FSU Engineering School Split a Bad Political Move for Republicans By Julianne Malveaux IÂm tired, my sisterfriend says. I donÂt know how much longer I can hold on. As I hear her I have a couple of choices. One is to tell her to get with her pastor and pray; the other is to tell her to get real with her illness. Running her to her pastor takes her to a familiar place. Pushing her to help takes her out of her comfort zone. When my beloved brothers and sisters share that they are stymied in the way they live their lives, I donÂt mind praying and encouraging spiritual counsel, but I do mind ignoring the medicinal help that could assist my sisterfriend. So my sister is sighing her pain, and I am wondering what to do. There are few that will hear a Black woman in a Black community, strumming her pain, questioning her faith. According to the National Associations of Mental Health more than 4 percent of African Americans have considered suicide. Most of them are African American women. Mental health is our nationÂs dirty little secret, and if it is whispered in the nation at large, it is a silent scream in the African American community. We are afraid, ashamed, frightened to own up to it, using our own lingo (sÂkerd, shamed) to wrap ourselves around the fear that goes with Âcoming outÂŽ on mental illness. So we are silent, even when we loose a warrior. Karyn Washington was a 22-year-old Morgan State University sister who committed suicide, last week. This young and brilliant one turned her pain into power when she created a website, Âfor brown girlsÂŽ (forbrowngirls.com) that lifted up and affirmed our brown skin girls. Karyn was a colored girl whose mental issues were apparently so severe that she chose to take her own life while affirming those of others. From all accounts Karyn experienced depression. How many feel it and donÂt say it? How many nod and just donÂt mean it? How many exhale, inhale and really reach out to a brother or a sister to listen, have a cup of tea, take a walk, or just reach out and touch? The poet Paul Laurence Dunbar wrote, ÂWe wear the mask that grins and lies that hides our cheeks and shades our eyes.ÂŽ Many in our nation, especially African Americans, wear the mask. When we peek/speak/tweet from behind the mask we realize, yet if we were real, we would have to acknowledge in the words of Paul Lawrence Dunbar that to make a poet Black and bid her sing is to challenge her and her two realities. In the words of Sister Maya, ÂI know why the caged bird singsÂŽ. I chose to focus on this because in one scant week I have spoken to African American women who have experienced depression or feel shackled by other mental health issues. They walk like they hold the world in their hands; sway like they are hearing drums from another continent, yet cry behind closed doors, like they have the weight of the world on their shoulders. They are sad, ground down, depressed, and we play off their pain, trivialize it, instead of responding to it. We are losing too much genius when we play off the scourge of metal illness. We decide that it is their problem, not the problem of a nation that would inflict, rather than attempt to fix, mental illness. For all the care the Affordable Care Act has offered, we must ask if it has offered enough to combat mental illness, We in the African American community have paid more and received less to be perceived as ÂnormalÂŽ members of society. Despite injustices in Scottsboro, Groveland and other vile places in our nation, we have been expected to show up, with amazing dignity, ignoring the massacre of our sons or daughters with well-modulated emotion. Too many of us fear or fail to speak our pain. Poverty and mental health are correlated, yet the poorest of us see our pain as Âpar for the courseÂŽ and we donÂt speak about it. Whether African Americans are wealthy or financially challenged, mental health is elusive for some. And faith without works is dead, which means fall on those knees if it comforts you, then run to the doctor who may help you with medication and therapy. Baby girl Karyn Washington inspired this column, and as I thought of her, others kept reminding me of their own pain and the ways it has been ignored. If you donÂt get it, read from Terrie WilliamsÂ Black Pain. And if you get it/read it, remind folks that this is not a sympathy issue, this is a public policy issue. So weep sister soldier, brother warrior. Those who bear the scars of mental illness have often fought longer, harder, and with the chemical imbalance that makes them feel it all so much more intensely. Mental health is not an embarrassment; it is a national health issue. It is a silent killer that we have yet to acknowledge. Mental Illness is Black AmericaÂs Dirty Little Secret Âthe move is very reminiscent of how the FAMU law school was closed by the state at the same time a counterpart opened at Florida State University in the 1960s. In fact, the Legislature transferred FAMUÂs funding to a new FSU law school...
April 17-23, 2014 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 Â’FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 22 28, 2014NEW HOOPS COACHES AT DELSTATE, TENN. STATE AND WSSU; CIAA SPRING WINNERS AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XX, No. 38SHORT LIST: Delaware State shortstop D. J. Miller on list of top amateur baseball players in America, in line for top award.GOLDEN SPIKESDelState Sports Photo BCSP NotesDelState shortstop added to Golden Spikes Award watch-list Delaware State University senior shortstop D. J. Miller (Wilmington, Del.) has been added to USA Baseball's 2014 Golden Spikes Award mid-season "watch list," honoring the top amateur baseball player in the country. Miller is among 23 new players added to the list since its initial release on February 14, joining 27 others from the preseason watch list. USA Baseball will announce its 30-man watch list for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award on May 8. The winner will be announced on July 17. Miller is the only Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference player on the list. He is second among all NCAA Division I players and tops in the MEAC with a .438 batting average this season. Miller is also 14th in the nation (No. 1 MEAC) in doubles at 0.44 per game, 17th in toughest-to-strikeout (No. 2 MEAC) at once every 19.2 at bats; and 24th in slugging percentage (No. 1 MEAC) at 0.635. The only black college winner of the Golden Spikes Award is former Southern University standout Rickie Weeks who is in his 12th year in the majors with the Milwaukee Brewers.Three black college players perform at Portsmouth Invitational Seniors Patrick Miller of Tennessee State Aaric Miller of Texas Southern and Ian Chiles of Morgan State were among the 64 players who participated last week at the 62nd Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. Chiles, a 7-2 all-MEAC center and third team BCSP "Baad" Team member, helped lead his team, Sales Systems, Ltd., to a win in Saturday night's championship game. Chiles averaged 13 points per game, better than 8 rebounds per game. points, eight rebounds in 20 minutes in his second game. Chiles came off and three blocked shots in 21 minutes. Miller, a 6-foot guard for TSU and an all-Ohio Valley Conference and Miller, who led black college scorers this season at 23.7 points per game, MID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEACSOFTBALL CONF ALL NORTHERN W L W LNorfolk State 12 2 18 17 Delaware State 7 2 22 11 Hampton 9 3 19 18 Coppin State 5 5 10 20 Maryland-E. Shore 4 7 7 33 Howard 3 11 4 30 Morgan State 0 10 3 17SOUTHERNBethune-Cookman 8 1 18 25 Savannah State 5 4 21 17 NC A&T 7 7 15 22 Florida A&M 3 5 14 25 S. C. State 3 6 10 21 NC Central 3 8 7 30 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Margaret Wilkins, Jr., SS, HAM Hit .467 in sweep of UMES. Had 7 hits, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 7 runs, 4 RBI. PITCHER Jailynn Jackson, Jr., HAM 1.67 ERA in 21 innings, 15 Ks vs. UMES. ROOKIE Kayla DeSchepper, Fr., OF, HAM Hit .538 vs. GWU and UMES with 7 hits, 5 RBI. SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCESOFTBALL DIV ALL EASTERN W L W L ^ Jackson State 14 0 24 25 Alabama State 11 6 16 21 Miss. Valley State 8 6 10 31 Alcorn State 4 10 7 32 Alabama A&M 1 13 9 32WESTERN^ Texas Southern 12 2 23 16 Southern 8 6 8 30 Prairie View 6 8 10 25 Grambling State 6 11 11 19 Arkansas Pine Bluff 3 11 7 33 ^ Clinched Division title PLAYERS OF THE WEEK HITTER Kendall Core, Fr., 3B, ALAB. STATE Went 7-for-12 at the plate (.583) with 2 doubles, 2 HRs, 7 RBI, 15 total bases and 5 runs. PITCHER Brea Jamerson, Jr., P, JSU Was 3-1 with 0.57 ERA in 15.2 innings giving up 7 hits and 3 runs, 1 earned. M E A C & S W A C B A S E B A L L & S O F T B A L L (Results, Standings and Weekly Honors thru 4/21/14) averaged 12 points in three games at the PIT. He had six points and 8 assists in his opener, 17 points in the second game and 13 points, 5 assists Murray, the 6-10 SWAC player of the year and tournament MVP who averaged 21 points and 7.5 rebounds this season, played for Roger Brown's Restaurant 77. Murray averaged six points and 4.3 rebounds in three games. For over 60 years, the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament has invited 64 of the top college seniors from across the nation to participate in the four-day, 12-game event that draws representatives from every NBA team. Box scores, statistics, and results from this year's event are available on the tournament's website at http://www.portsmouthinvitational. com.Southern baseball coach Cador pens autobiography, "Against All Odds" Roger Cador Southern University head baseball coach, is set to release his autobiography, ÂAgainst All OddsÂŽ on CadorÂs journey to his successes as a player, coach and person. A sneak peek of the book cover will be revealed at a press conference Thursday, April 24 at noon at the Embassy Suites located at 4914 Constitution Ave. Tressa Smallwood is heading the publishing effort at Life Changing Books and the book is set for release in late summer of 2014. Cador is in his 30th season as the head baseball coach of Southern. He took over the program in 1984 and has become one of the most respected coaches in the Southwestern Athletic Conference with the accomplishment of compiling an 857-509-1 record. Under Cador, Southern has won 14 SWAC championships, made eight NCAA appearances, three NCAA play-in appearances and was the Peay.Spring Sports Round-Up WALKER NAMED DELSTATE COACH: Delaware State University announced the hiring of Keith Walker Â… who served as the interim men's head coach for the last third of the 2013-2014 season Â… as the permanent Hornet men's head basketball coach last week. In announcing the head coaching appointment, DSU President Harry L. Williams said that Walker made a strong case for himself by the way he took over the leadership of the team and energized the players as interim coach. "Coach Walker did everything we asked of him when he agreed to be the interim head coach in last month of the past season," Dr. Williams said. "He stabilized the team, resulting in a more competitive unit on the court and a higher winning percentage." Walker, a DSU men's basketball assistant coach since July 2000, was appointed as interim Hornet head coach on Jan. 30, 2014. In the subsequent 11 games, Walker led the Hornets to a 5-6 overall record and 5-5 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Prior to the appointment, the team was 4-15 overall and 0-6 in the conference. During Walker's interim tenure, Delaware State posted a season-high three-game win streak. Prior to his arrival at DSU, Walker served as head coach at Division II Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., from 1993 to 2000. He posted a 91-102 overall record at NCAA Tournament berth during the 1994-95 season. As a three-year collegiate player at Clemson, he helped lead the Tigers to a 23-9 overall record and an Elite Eight appearance in the 1980 NCAA Tournament. FORD IN AT TENNESSEE STATE: NASHVILLE, Tenn. Â… Tennessee State tabbed Dana Ford as its 17th men's basketball coach at a press conference Monday afternoon. The announcement signals a homecoming of sorts for Ford who was an assistant under former TSU coach John Cooper from 2009-2011. After his success with the Tigers, Ford became an assistant at Wichita State in 2011-12, helping head coach Gregg Marshall guide an NCAA Tournament team ers were 27-6 overall and claimed the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship. Ford then joined the Illinois State coaching staff for the 2012-2014 seasons, where he assisted in the Redbirds' 36-31 mark that included an appearance in the ISU's recruiting coordinator and managed players' academic progress along with his coaching duties. Before TSU, he served as an assistant coach at Chipola Junior College (Fla.). WILHELMI GETS WSSU POST: WINSTON-SALEM, NC Â… Interim Director of Athletics, Tonia Walker has appointed James Wilhelmi as the Interim Head Coach of the Winston-Salem State men's Basketball Program following Bobby Collins' move to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Wilhelmi joined the Rams coaching staff in the summer of 2011 as associate head menÂs basketball coach under Collins. Prior to WSSU, Wilhelmi had been an assistant seasons at Howard University in Washington, D.C. His other coaching stops include the University of Evansville, Texas Southern the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore Hampton Northeastern Illinois, and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS Walker Ford Wilhelmi Miller ChilesMillerMurray CadorMID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEACBASEBALL CONF ALL NORTHERN W L W LDelaware State 10 6 20 13 Norfolk State 11 7 15 21 Coppin State 7 11 9 25 Maryland-E. Shore 6 10 11 22SOUTHERNFlorida A&M 10 7 17 21 Bethune-Cookman 12 9 20 23 NC Central 10 9 15 24 NC A&T 8 10 15 23 Savannah State 6 11 15 24 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Bryon Campbell, Sr., RF, UMES Hit .591 (13-for-22) with 2 HRs, 3 doubles, 13 RBI and 4 runs. PITCHER Stephen Butt, Jr., NSU Struck out 10, gave up 3 runs on 5 hits in win over Coppin State. ROOKIE Skylar Murray, Fr., 1B, UMES Hit .472 (8-for-17) with 1 double, 2 RBI in wins over DelState and Lehigh. SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEBASEBALL DIV ALL EASTERN W L W L ^ Alabama State 18 2 30 15 Alabama A&M 9 7 17 23 Jackson State 7 11 24 19 Alcorn State 6 11 6 34 Miss. Valley State 3 12 3 29 WESTERNArk. Pine Bluff 14 6 16 23 Texas Southern 11 5 18 23 Prairie View 8 9 15 21 Grambling State 9 12 12 26 Southern 3 13 7 21 ^ Clinched Division title PLAYERS OF THE WEEK HITTER Austin Hulsey, So., 1B, ALAB. STATE In 4-1 week, hit .409 (9-for-22) with 3 runs, 2 doubles, 2 HR and 12 RBI. PITCHER Frank Cruz IV, Jr., P, TSU Credited with three wins, two in relief, in 4-2 week. Was 3-0 with 12 Ks in 13.2 innings without giving up a run. Gave up 13 hits and threw a complete game shutout. CIAA 2014 Spring Sports Festival winners crowned The 2014 CIAA Spring Sports Festival, held April 16-19 in Petersburg, Va., concluded with championship winners in baseball, softball, golf, men's and women's tennis and men's and BASEBALL The Rams of Winston-Salem State defeated Virginia State 9-5 Saturday in the championship game to take home their fourth straight baseball title. With the win, WSSU improves to 33-14 and will await seeding for the 2014 NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament. Ray Crawford added Tournament MVP and All-Tournament Team honors to his conference player of the year award.TENNIS Shaw won its ninth men's tennis title in ten years with a 5-1 defeat of Chowan Saturday. With the win, the Bears improve to 14-5 overall and qualify for the NCAA regional tennis tournament. The Chowan CIAA women's tennis championship in school history when they took a dominating 5-0 win over the host Virginia State Lady Trojans. Holly Stambuagh earned CIAA Most matches undefeated. SOFTBALL The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (2811) captured the softball title in thrilling fashion on Saturday with a 5-4 victory over the Saint Augustine's (18-21). WSSU junior second baseman/pitcher Monet Daly pitched the Lady Rams to victory and also scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. For her efforts, she was honored as the CIAA Tournament Most Valuable Player. It was the Lady Rams' seventh CIAA softball title and they will make an NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional appearance May 9th-11th. GOLF Virginia State shot 601 (+25) to run away with the 2014 CIAA Golf Championships over Chowan (640, +64) and Fayetteville State (650, +74), It was the Trojans second consecutive title. cluding the Medalist honors from Matt Genchi who shot a two day total of 145 (+1).TRACK & FIELD Saint Augustine's ran away with its 17th straight men's title and Johnson C. Smith won nal event of the 2014 CIAA Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships. St. Aug scored 193 points to win easily while Virginia State placed second with 104 points. Virginia Union was third with 94 points. JCSU pulled out a victory in the women's 4x400 meter relay to edge St. Aug 132-131. St. Aug was leading by one point heading into the points. The men's most valuable performer awards went to Te'Shad Chambers of Virginia State (Track) and Berfranz Charles of Virginia Union (Field). Chambers won the 100 and 200 meter dashes and was a member of the 4x400 meter squad which placed third. Charles captured the placed sixth in the pole vault. He won the long jump on Friday. The women's MVP honors went to Danielle Williams of Johnson C. Smith (Track) and Tajanel McNeil of Winston-Salem State (Field). Williams, one of the nation's top Division II sprinters, won the 100 meter hurdles, the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash. She also was part of the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. NcNeill was second in the triple jump, third in the high jump, sixth in the long jump and eighth in the javelin throw.SIAC Spring Sports underway in Alabama, S.C. and Georgia GOLF The Maroon Tigers of Morehouse with a combined team score of 322 led after the Woodward Golf & Country Club in Bessemer, Alabama. The Golden Bears of Miles College, second with a combined team score of 330. Dominique Worthen of LeMoyne-Owen who was named the 2014 SIAC Golfer of the Year, tied with Joseph White of Kentucky State atop the individual leader board, as both golfers shot 74. Worthen and White were each selected to the 2014 SIAC All-Conference First Team. The second round was scheduled for Tuesday, April 22. SOFTBALL The Lady Panthers of (41-6, 21-3 SIAC) are the top seed from the East and the Tigerettes of Tuskegee (25-12, 18-4) are the top seed from the West for the three-day Softball Championships at the Gerald Matthews Sports Complex in Hampton, Ga from April 24-26. BASEBALL The Golden Rams of Albany State (28-15, 20-0 SIAC) enter the April 23-26 SIAC Baseball Tournament as the top seed in the Eastern Division, while Stillman (25-16, 18-1) is the top seed in the Western Division. The four-day championships will be hosted at historic Eagle Stadium in Ozark, Alabama.TRACK & FIELD The SIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held from April 24-26 at the Irwin Belk Track & Field Complex on the campus of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press April 24-30, 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.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.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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 email@example.com 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. 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.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. St. Paul is located at 6910 New Kings Road. 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. A young boy kidnapped from his Atlanta home sang a gospel song for nearly three hours until the suspect kicked him out of the car. The man used cash to lure little Willie Myrick close enough for him to grab and shove into his car the night of March 31. The boy, now 10 years old, repeated the song "Every Praise" during the ride. The tune sent the suspect into a cursing fit and he soon stopped the car, opened the door and threw him out according to Myrick. "He told me not to tell anyone," the youngster said. Myrick did the opposite and told the world what happened. The song Myrick chanted over and over again belongs to Hezekiah Walker, a Grammy-award winning gospel singer. When the artist learned of the alleged kidnapping, he hopped on a plane from New York City to Atlanta. "I just want to hug him and tell him I love him," Walker said. The singer met with Myrick and his friends, family and whole congregation at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in southwest Atlanta on the boy's 10th birthday. They all sang the life-saving song together as tears rolled down Myrick's cheeks. The meeting was also attended by organizers of a coalition on the hunt for the suspect, who is still on the loose. The group of churches, civic organizations and businesses handed out flyers with a sketch of the perp. The meeting was a celebration, but also a town hall meeting and warning to parents and children of the dangers still roaming the streets. "Our concern is not just the city of Atlanta boundaries," organizer Michael Langford told WSB-TV earlier this week. "It's the society in general. It's metro Atlanta. We've seen a number of attacks." Langford is worried about a repeated spree of missing and murdered children cases that happened in Atlanta in 1979 and 1980, he said. "We want to say to folk, if you harm our children, not only will the police be looking for you, the community will be on your trail, too," Langford added. A $10,000 reward is being offered on the arrest of man, described as a male suspect in his midto late-20s with dreadlocks. He was driving a gray four-door Honda Civic with no interior carpeting and an exposed metal floor. Pastor Rhim Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Celebrates 39th Pastoral Anniversary The officers and members of the Greater E-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church cordially invite the community to join in celebrating Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr. 39th Anniversary as pastor and the churchÂs 49th Anniversary. The anniversary takes place through April 24th through April 27th at 7 p.m. nightly, and Sunday evening at 4 p.m. Friends and the community are invited to come out and support this great man of God. If you have any questions contact Deacon Steve Canty at 338-4438 or email firstname.lastname@example.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. Saint Paul Lutheran Celebrates 58th Church Anniversary & Sermon SeriesReverend James Wiggins, Jr., and the Saint Paul Lutheran Church will continue their celebration of their 58th Church Anniversary Study and Sermon series through April 27th. Invite family and friends to share in the worship, fellowship, study and growth opportunities available during our anniversary celebration. Weekly activities include 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. 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. 10 Year old Willie MyrickGeorgia Kidnapped BoySings GospelSong UntilReleased Sharpton Relates Easter Resurrection to ObamaÂs Political Careerby Jack Phillips, Enoch Times Al Sharpton, the Baptist minister, has drawn ire online after he made a statement about President Barack ObamaÂ…comparing the presidentÂs political resurrection with the resurrection of Jesus Christ depicted in the Bible. He said, ÂNo matter what the world may do to you unfairly, no matter how youÂre crucified Â„ nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job Â„ that you can rise if you donÂt lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges,ÂŽ according to the Washington Times. ÂAs I looked to President Obama at our convention last Friday, with all he took, heÂs been able to rise politically again,ÂŽ he said. ÂIÂm not comparing him to Jesus, but I am saying that to every crucifixion there is a resurrection for those that believe.ÂŽ SharptonÂs message was transcribed and placed on the conservative IJ Review website, which then went viral. A number of people indicated that they were offended by his statements. ÂHe just doesnÂt get it! Every time he opens his mouth you just canÂt believe what came out of it! What a lunitic!ÂŽ one person wrote.
It took Dr. Barry Freedman more than a decade to help disprove a long-held belief that high blood pressure commonly caused nondiabetic kidney disease in AfricanAmericans. It is now widely accepted that a genetic link is the cause, so Freedman and his colleagues at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem are taking on a new challenge: how to turn that knowledge into a cure for kidney disease. The numbers show the importance of the work: Approximately 26 million American adults have chronic disease of the kidneys, the organs that remove waste products and excess fluid from the body. When 85 to 90 percent of kidney function has been lost Â„ a condition known as end-stage renal disease Â„ patients typically receive dialysis, a time-consuming and sometimes painful way of cleansing their systems. And, according to the National Institutes of Health, while African-Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 32 percent of the people with kidney failure. Freedman, professor and chief of nephrology at Wake Forest Baptist, was part of a team of scientists that in 2010 first reported the role of two variants in the gene APOL1 as a major risk factor for kidney failure in African-Americans. Even so, not all people who have the gene variants Â„ which are found in about 15 percent of African-Americans but are exceedingly rare in Caucasians Â„ will develop kidney disease, which means there is a Âsecond hitÂŽ that triggers the disease, Freedman said. Freedman said he and his research team are looking closely at viruses in urine that may offer protection from kidney disease, Âkind of like a defense shield.ÂŽ He said that these viruses may be absent in some individuals with the APOL1 gene variants who develop kidney disease and that studying the interactions between viruses and genes could determine why some people get kidney disease while others donÂt. If that happens, Freedman said, ÂI think we can rapidly develop a cure or at least a way to slow progression of this disease.ÂŽ At present, the best available treatment for a patient with endstage renal disease is a transplant from a live donor. But these can be difficult to obtain, especially for African-Americans. By Jazelle Hunt WASHINGTON (NNPA) Â… As of 2006, more than 2.4 million African Americans receiving Social Security benefits are disabled, or are the spouses or children of disabled, retired, or deceased workers. A new piece of legislation is poised to help address the rising cost of disability, without jeopardizing existing social service benefits. If enacted, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2013 will allow disabled Americans and their caregivers to set up secure, tax-free savings accounts for their disability-related expenses. Currently, Social Security Disability Insurance recipients cannot have more than $2,000 in assets, or they will lose their benefits. But savings up to $100,000 in an ABLE account will not be counted as income and assets against the disabled beneficiary, and therefore will not damage eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid, and other assistance. The ABLE Act was first introduced but did not pass in 2009. Rep. Crenshaw Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.), author and co-sponsor of the bill, re-introduced it in February 2013. Today the bill has received bipartisan support from 358 representatives across all 50 states, including both the Senate party leaders. However, it still faces one hurdle: a financial assessment from the Congressional Budget Office to determine how the bill will affect the federal budget. These state-based ABLE accounts are patterned after (and built as an extension of) 529 college savings plans, stateand schoolbased tax-advantaged savings plans that allow people to make investments that will mature and be put toward tuition and/or room and board. The funds accrued in these ABLE accounts can be put toward schooling for the beneficiary, housing expenses, transit expenses, financial services, and more. ÂOther Americans enjoy financial-planning tools that allow them to save for college and retirement, yet our tax code does not provide people with disabilities with the same option,ÂŽ said Congressman Crenshaw. ÂEnormous financial struggles that most of us cannot imagine face this population, and they deserve a level playing field when it comes to planning for education, housing, retirement, and more.ÂŽ African Americans make up 19 percent of all disabled-worker beneficiaries, according to the National Academy of Social Insurance, a nonpartisan nonprofit. According to 2009 data from the Social Security Agency, 31 percent of African Americans receiving Social Security checks are receiving disability insurance. The disability rate is highest among African Americans who tend to become disabled as a result of health issues, or lifelong work in labor-intensive jobs Â… 24.3 percent as of 2009, according to the Disability Funders Network. Chronic illness also precludes many Black Americans from the workforce. Until the Affordable Care Act, people with pre-existing and/or chronic conditions were usually denied insurance and were thus forced to pay for care out-of-pocket. Now largely insured, they too are dealing with significant healthcare debt. In addition to having high disability rates, African Americans tend to have the least financial flexibility. African Americans, particularly women, also tend to work in lowwage jobs that do not offer benefits such as paid sick leave. Workingand middle-class Black families also tend to lack significant savings and wealth. So, when health emergencies strike and result in disability, it is easy for Black Americans to drown in the tide of related care, medical bills, and lost wages. Those eligible for Medicaid may have less of a debt burden, but also live on modest incomes (by Affordable Care Act standards, thatÂs a little more than $26,000 per year for a family of three). African Americans make up 20 percent of all nonelderly Medicaid recipients as of 2012, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The ABLE Act makes it possible to save money to address disability-related debts and expenses, without threatening eligibility for Medicaid or other government assistance. Beneficiaries can also write-off contributions to their own ABLE account, though some stipulations are involved. Additionally, caregivers and dependents of the disabled can establish and use the account funds, as long as the beneficiary of the funds is qualified with a disability. ÂSupport for passage of the ABLE Act is stronger than ever with only six bills in Congress having as much backing,ÂŽ Crenshaw said. ÂIndividuals with disabilities and their families deserve access to the same financial planning tools that other Americans use to map out their futures. A level playing field for them is something that we all can be proud of, and IÂll be continuing the fight for ABLEÂs passage.ÂŽ March 24-30, 2014 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 The Free Press of Jacksonville would love to share your event with our readers!GUIDELINES 1. All unsolicited photos require a $10 photo charge for each picture. Photos can be paid by check, money order or credit card, 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. Call 634-1993 FOR MORE IFO If you think you can can spot a person with HIV, consider this: Did you even spot the error in the Â“rst six words of this headline?ANYBODY CAN HAVE HIV. USE PROTECTION.Right now, AIDS is the leading cause of death among African-Americans aged 25 to 44. If youÂre having unprotected sex, youÂre at risk. Be smart: Use protection, and get tested. For a testing site near you, text your zip code to 477493. ormal Signs of Aging or Diabetes? 3 Sneaky SymptomsYouÂre approaching 50 and canÂt help but notice the signs of aging Â… your vision and hearing arenÂt what they used to be, and it seems your cuts and bruises take longer to heal. But before you write off those and other symptoms as a normal part of getting older, be forewarned that they actually might be indicators of diabetes. Your risk of developing type 2 diabetes begins increasing as you age, especially if you are overweight (even if by only 10 pounds). Factors such as a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, high triglyceride levels, low HDL cholesterol and being African American, Latino, American Indian or Asian also can put you at increased risk. Type 2 diabetes is considered ÂsilentÂŽ because the signs are subtle. In fact, seven million Americans have type 2 diabetes but donÂt realize it. (Type 1 diabetes is more common in children and young adults.) Type 2 diabetes affects the way your body metabolizes sugar (glucose), your bodyÂs main source of fuel. While a healthy body turns glucose into energy, in people with type 2 diabetes the glucose continues to build, leading to high blood sugar, causing a variety of symptoms. The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) recommends asking your doctor about getting tested for diabetes if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, particularly if you are 45 or older. Are you: 1. Finding it more difficult to see or hear clearly? Everyone around you seems to be mumbling all of the sudden and you find yourself squinting to clear your blurry vision. Hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as in those who donÂt have the disease, according to research. Doctors arenÂt sure why, but believe it might be because diabetes damages blood vessels and nerves in the body, including those in the ear. Build-up of glucose in the blood can damage your eyesight, too, by distorting the shape of the lens in your eye and making your vision blurry. 2. Feeling tired and grouchy? YouÂre getting older, so you get tired more easily, right? Perhaps. Or maybe because of type 2 diabetes your body isnÂt effectively converting glucose to energy and so you feel exhausted all of the time. And when youÂre tired, youÂre irritable. 3. Experiencing odd symptoms? Other unexpected indications of diabetes include dry, itchy skin, the development of darkening and velvety patches of skin around the neck or other parts of the body, cuts and bruises that donÂt heal and tingling and numbness of the hands and feet. Many of these symptoms occur because the blood vessels and nerves are damaged by the excessive amounts of glucose. Royal Baby Shower for Prince Ramir Kingston Thomas A royal themed baby shower was recently held for the future Prince Ramir Kingston Thomas at Corner Bistro at Tapestry Park. The proud parents are Robert and Dawnesha Thomas. Over 50 family and friends gathered for this special occasion. Everyone enjoyed the fun games, great food, desserts, gift opening and fellowship. Standing left to right: Patricia Speights, Keyona Jordon, Theresa Paden, Patricia Rich, Maxine Green, Dr. Nancy Yarber, Miranda Jones, Terri Rich, and Dursharn Porter. Seated is proud mom Dawnesha Thomas and (kneeling) father Robert Thomas. Little Prince is due Apple vs. Pears: Which Is Really The Healthiest Shape?For years and years and years now, women have used two particular pieces of fruit to define their body shape Â… and, to a certain extent, their health risks. An apple shape, where body fat tends to be stored mostly around the waist, is typically considered to be an indicator of higher health risks, especially heart disease, diabetes and cancer. A pear shape, where body fat tends to be stored mostly around the hips and thighs, is generally considered to be Âsafer.ÂŽ However, according to a new study, body shape may not be as much of a risk factor as previously thought, particularly when it comes to breast cancer. Researchers at the American Cancer Society are now suggesting that having an apple shape isnÂt necessarily any riskier than being pear-shaped, at least in terms of breast cancer. ABLE Act Could Help Disabled To Save Researchers Targetting Kidney Disease in African-Americans
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.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. Activities include youth and adult screenings, refreshments, giveaways and more! For more information call 1-877-352-5830 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. Friends of BrentwoodLuncheonJoin Sharon Coon, Founder and Organizer of the Friends of Brentwood Library (FOBL) for a Community Luncheon, Monday, April 28th at 12 noon, at 3725 N. Pearl Street. Guest speakers include: Tia Mackey Leathers, Director, Parental & Community Involvement, Duval County Public Schools, MC Ken Amaro, First Coast News, Cedric Cruse Education Manager, City of Jacksonville Mayoral Surrogate, Sheriff Rutherford, Special appearance by Mayor Jake GodBold, and a host of outstanding guest. To RVSP email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 444-3743. The luncheon is free and open to the public. Comedian Carl StrongHear comedy from Carl Strong April 30th Â… May 3rd at the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd. Carl's brand of ÂOld SchoolÂŽ comedy is blended with his love of Music and the Motown greats! For more information call 292-4242 or visit www.comedyzone.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!! For more details call 632-5555 or email RitzTheatre@coj.net.P.RI.D.E May Bookclub MeetingPeople Reading for Inspiration, Discussion and Enjoyment (P.R.I.D.E) will meet Friday, May 2th at 7 p.m. The host is Donna Padgug, 11862 Narrow Oak Ln S. The book for discussion is ÂThe Ways of White Folks storiesÂŽ by Langston Hughes. For more information call Felice Franklin at 3898417 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgP.R.I.D.E. Bookclub MeetingThe next P.R.I.D.E. Bookclub meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 2nd at 7 p.m. The meeting host and location is the home of Donna Padgug. The book for discussion is ÂThe Ways of White FolksÂŽ stories by Langston Hughes. For more information regarding directions or details call 703-8264 or email email@example.com. John Witherspoon at the Comedy ZoneComedian and actor John Witherspoon who has had roles in over 28 movies and 20 television shows and mostly known for the Friday series will be at the Comedy Zone, May 8 Â… 10 The Comedy Zone is located at 3130 Hartley Road. For tickets and more information visit www.comedyzone.com or call 292-4242. Roy Ayers plays Ritz JammsRoy Ayers, the American funk, soul, and jazz composer and vibraphone player, is back at the Ritz Jazz Jamm, Saturday, May 3rd, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hear Roy play your favorite tunes at the Ritz Theater, 829 North Davis Street. For more information call 632-5555 or visit www.ritzjacksonville.com. Justice for Michael Chatman RallyJustice Rally for Michael ChatmanThe Justice League United National President and CEO Bobby Worthy; Georgia Boston Rhynes, the ÂVoiceÂŽ of the Ghetto will hold a non-violent rally calling for an investigation for the illegal incarceration of Michael Anthony Chatman, Saturday, May 3rd at 2 p.m., Duval County Courthouse, 501 W. Adams Street. Call 4229906.Florida Majority Youth and ALCU Joint MeetingThe Dream Defenders youth organization, the Florida New Majority, Teen Leaders of America and the ACLU of North Florida will meet, Saturday, May 3rd, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to discuss and address issues affecting Black and Latino youth in Florida. 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Former U.S. professional boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who spent 19 years in prison for murder and then was released after it was determined he did not get a fair trial, died on last weekend at the age of 76. Carter, considered a folk hero by many and immortalized in film and song, had been battling prostate cancer for nearly three years. He died at home in Toronto, where he had been living since he was released from prison in 1985. "Those who are wrongfully incarcerated lost a champion," Artis said. "He dedicated his life to helping the people that need the same kind of assistance that we needed, who have been wrongfully convicted and incarcerated." Once a middleweight boxer who earned a world title fight in 1964, Carter is more well known for the turn his life took after he was arrested for a triple homicide in 1966. That arrest, his imprisonment, and the ultimately successful battle to free him are immortalized in the 1975 Bob Dylan song "Hurricane" and the 1999 film of the same name, which starred Denzel Washington as Carter. Born in 1937 in Clifton, New Jersey, Carter ran into trouble with the law as a teenager, serving custodial sentences for assault and robbery, and spending two years in the army. In his 1974 autobiography titled "The Sixteenth Round", Carter writes of his younger years: "The kindest thing I have to say about my childhood is that I survived it." In 1961, he channeled his energies into boxing, turning pro and earning a 1964 title match against world champion Joey Giardello, which Carter lost in a unanimous decision. His career was already in decline in 1966, when he was arrested and charged in a June triple murder in Paterson, New Jersey. He was convicted for the shootings. Carter's case exploded into national consciousness in 1974, when two key witnesses recanted their testimony, sparking a series of stories by the New York Times and making him a cause clbre for the civil rights movement, and prompting Bob Dylan to release "Hurricane". He was retried in 1976 and convicted again. He was released for good in 1985, aided by a group of Canadian activists, including New York-born teen Lesra Martin, after a federal district judge ruled that his convictions "were predicated on an appeal to racism rather than reason, and concealment rather than disclosure." Prosecutors decided not to pursue a third trial. Despite his release, some have raised doubts about his innocence, claiming the facts of his case still point to his guilt. After his release, Carter spent about 12 years as executive director of the Torontobased Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted. He broke acrimoniously with the group in 2004. "We have freed more than 20 people in the last 15 or 20 years he played a huge role in that," said James Lockyer, senior counsel to AIDWYC and a founding director of the organization along with Carter. After his break with AIDWYC, Carter continued to advocate for the wrongly convicted and also worked as a motivational speaker. He remained close friends with Artis, the man with whom he was convicted. Carter is survived by two children from his first marriage to Mae Thelma. April 24-30, 2014 Page 9 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press DINNER SHOW!NEW MENU FOR EACH SHOW! Comin SooSOCIAL SECURITY Ma 7 Â… Jun 8 SHREK THE MUSICAL Jun 11 Â…Jul 27 THE 39 STEPS ugus 6 Â… September 7 ÂAN AMAZING JOURNEY!ÂŽMarc 26 Â… pri 27 lhambr our A ounds out y ville r son ack -dine J t us as a m y and specially themed f o R eJ f D he e C ecutiv x y our E b ed t a e u cr w men ith a ne WH SHO C OR EA NEW MENU F er the sho t e and af f e be xperienc tion. 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Idris Elba announced on Twitter that his girlfriend Naiyana Garth has given birth to a beautiful baby boy. "My Son Winston Elba was born yesterday," the 41-yearold "Luther" actor tweeted. "Truly Amazing." The Golden Globe winner also included a black and white picture of his son's hand clasping his finger. This is the couple's first child together. Elba also has a daughter, Isan, from a prior relationship. In 2010, Elba believed that he fathered another baby boy with another woman. After his paternity came into question, he took a DNA test. "It wasn't immediately obviousÂ„well, it was, because he didn't look like me," he later told GQ. "But it wasn't immediately obvious what had gone down." "To be given that and then have it taken away so harshly was like taking a full-on punch in the face: POW," said the Brit, who next appears in "No Good Deed" and "The Gunman." "You know, the truth is Â„ like, even admitting it, I'll probably get laughed at for the rest of my life. But it is just tragic, and it happened. But I wasn't knocked out. Do you understand what I'm saying? It happened to me. I moved on." Elba has been busy as of late, starring in box office hits like "Prometheus," "Pacific Rim" and "Thor: The Dark World." He earned a Golden Globe nomination for his starring role in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." The former star of HBO's "The Wire" is also a hiphop soul musician who goes by the name DJ Big Driis. Boxer RubenCarter Dies at the Age of 76 Ruben Carterwih Denzel Washington who starredin his bioopic ÂThe HurricaineÂŽ. When it comes to wealth in hip-hop, Sean ÂPuff DaddyÂŽ Combs is the one running things. According to reports the rap mogul topped Forbes magazineÂs 2014 list of Hip-HopÂs Wealthiest Artists with a net worth of $700 million. The achievement, which puts Puffy/Diddy/ Daddy closer to becoming hip-hopÂs first billionaire, can be considered familiar ground for Combs in light of him being number one on ForbesÂ list since it started in 2011. Regarding this fiscal cycle, Combs has seen his net worth increase by $120 million since the launch of his music channel, Revolt TV, last year. Holding down the number two spot on the list is Dr. Dre with $550 million. The millions made from the success of his Beats by Dre headphones played a major role in the influential beatmakerÂs standing on the list. Ironically, DreÂs #2 ranking was occupied Jay Z, who was the #2 man on the list in 2013. This year, Jay claims the #3 spot with $520 million. The amount comes largely from Jay ZÂs deal with Samsung to exclusively release his latest album, ÂMagna Carta Holy Grail.ÂŽ A multi-million dollar paycheck last year in addition to the money made from royalties, touring and his Roc Nation imprint comprise the rest of the $520 million. At number four is Cash Money Records co-founder Bryan ÂBirdmanÂŽ Williams, who brought in $160 million. Rounding out the top five is 50 Cent with $140 million made. The former G-Unit frontmanÂs fortune was made via the money he pocketed from a Vitaminwater deal in 2007. S e a n C o m b s C l a i m s T o p S p o t o f F o r b e s Â W e a l t h i e s t H i p H o p A r t i s t s
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