The Ritz Theatre and LA Villa Museum brought together a diverse gathering of community citizens who heeded the call to share memories about their experiences living and growing up in historic LaVilla. The purpose of the gathering was to begin collecting oral histories of those who actually lived in the Black mecca known to be the ÂHarlem of the SouthÂŽ. The stories will be featured in the documentary and theatrical production, ÂOn Ashley Street.ÂŽ This production is the brainchild of Emmanuel Washington and Maxie Coleman for their second collaboration after much acclaim from ÂWe Remember RainesÂŽ, which chronicled the legacy of Raines High School The morning was filled with questions and answers about what made living in La Villa so special. The information gathered will be taken by a creative team of writers/ lyricist and musicians to create the production which is set to debut in late 2015. A few key people in attendance that helped to fill in the missing gaps of history were Camilla Thompson, Mildred Murrell, Nathaniel Pickett, Priscilla Williamson, Sharon Hoffman, Betty Bradwell, Padrica Mendez, Dr. Yvonne Hicks, Dr. Robert Mitchell and JuCoby Pittman. For more information or if you have a contribution contact Mr. Washington at (904) 465-6891. Volume 27 o. 27 May 8 14, 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents The Original Big MamaActress Irma P. Hall Reflects on 40+ Years in DramaPage 9 Story of James Joseph RichardsonÂs Injustice is Amazingly UnbelievablePage 4Big Buck. Violence and the Allure of Black WomenPage 7 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED 63-Year-Old JET Magazine to End Paper PublishingJohnson Publishing Company (JPC), announced that JET magazine, founded in 1951, will transition to a digital magazine app at the end of June. The proactive decision is based on the need to adapt to the changing needs of its readers as their desire to get information quickly and easily increases. JET, the number three magazine in the African-American market, with a rate base of 700,000, started as a publication for Black-Americans to get weekly news on issues central to their community in a quick and easy to read format. The weekly digital magazine app will leverage a variety of storytelling tactics, including video interviews, enhanced digital maps, 3D charts and photography from the JPC archives. Breaking news will be updated daily. The app will be available on all tablet devices and mobile platforms. They will continue to publish an annual special print edition. ÂAlmost 63 years ago, my father, John Johnson, named the publication JET because, as he said in the first issue, ÂIn the world today, everything is moving faster. There is more news and far less time to read it,ÂÂŽ said Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of JPC. ÂHe could not have spoken more relevant words today. We are not saying goodbye to JET, we are embracing the future as my father did in 1951 and taking it to the next level.ÂŽTeacher Fired for Saying ÂWe DonÂt eed Another Black PresidentÂFAIRFIELD, Ohio Â… A science teacher in Fairfield, Ohio was fired after facing accusations that he told a Black student the nation did not need another Black commander in chief. Gil Voight, who had been on unpaid leave since December, was fired after his termination was recommended at a labor hearing. Back in December, VoightÂs story became the subject of national scrutiny after he allegedly told a Black student who said he wanted to follow in PresidentÂs Obama footsteps that Âwe do not need another black president.ÂŽ Voight defended himself, saying that his words were misinterpreted, and what he really said was, ÂI think we canÂt afford another president like Obama, whether heÂs like Obama, whether heÂs Black or white.ÂŽAACP, Others Want to Meet with BA Commissioner SilverSeveral civil rights organizations applauding the NBA for its lifetime ban of Clippers owner Donald Sterling because of racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. However, those groups still want to meet with NBA commissioner Adam Silver to discuss diversity in the executive ranks of the professional basketball league and to figure out ways to ensure such situations don't happen again. The National Urban League, the National Action Network, the NAACP and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation issued a joint statement cheering Silver's announcement that he banned Sterling for life and that the league would attempt to force him to sell the Clippers. That decision, the statement said, was "a bold, courageous and resolute message that the views expressed by Sterling do not represent the National Basketball Association as an organization today or the kind of organization that it seeks to be in the future." But Sterling's suspension isn't enough, the groups said, calling for Silver to meet with them to ensure Sterling "remains an anomaly among the owners and executives in the league."Condoleezza Rice Backs Out of Rutgers CommencementFormer Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has backed out of delivering the commencement address at Rutgers University following protests by some faculty and students over her role in the Iraq War. Rice said in a statement that she informed Rutgers President Robert Barchi that she was declining the invitation to speak at the graduation. "Rutgers' invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time," Rice said. The school's board of governors had voted to pay $35,000 to the former secretary of state under President George W. Bush and national security adviser for her appearance at the May 18 ceremony. Rutgers was also planning to bestow Rice with an honorary doctorate. But some students and faculty at New Jersey's flagship university had protested, staging sit-ins and saying Rice bore some responsibility for the Iraq War as a member of the Bush administration. Barchi and other school leaders had resisted the calls to disinvite Rice, saying the university welcomes open discourse on controversial topics. The news of Rice's decision came a day after Barchi spoke with students protesting Rice's planned speech and told them the board of governors would not rescind its invitation. In her statement, Rice defended her record, saying that she was honored to serve her country and that she had "defended America's belief in free speech and the exchange of ideas." But she said she didn't want to detract from the spirit of the commencement ceremony. By Debbie Lee Rouse On the 50th anniversary of Douglas AndersonÂs city football championship win, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts presented their first annual heritage program. During the program, the cast journeyed back to a time when the schoolÂs rich history included a championship winning football team, cheerleaders, majorettes, homecoming courts and a fiery dragon as its mascot. Through a series of short skits, poetic/spoken word, dance and musical performances, the alumni of classes as far back as 1945 joined forces with current students to recreate the life, legacy and historical culture of the school. The student directors and choreographers Willie Moore III, Zareya White, Juquan Vickers, and Donielle Rouse under the direction of Debbie Lee-Rouse created an inspiring afternoon filled with amazing performances. The show was hosted by former school board member Betty Burney. She was joined by legislative liaison to the Mayor Tony Hill who brought greetings from the MayorÂs office. The president of the ÂFiery DragonÂŽ alumni Sam Davis coordinated key members of the organization such as Douglas AndersonÂs granddaughter, Barbara Joyce Lawson, and civic leader Wendell Holmes to present an historical backdrop for each of the performances. Opening in 1922, The South Jacksonville Grammar School for grades 1-9, was the only school on the Southside of Jacksonville where black students could receive an education. The school was later named Douglas Anderson after one of its esteemed supporters. In 1985, the school reopened as Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, becoming the only school in the county offering an arts immersion coupled with an outstanding academic program. Despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld a ban on affirmative action policies at Michigan universities, college and universities elsewhere as well as K12 schools, can continue to use race-based admissions policies. That includes "appropriately tailored programs that consider the race of individual applicants as one of several factors in an individualized process to achieve the educational benefits that flow from a diverse student body," as long as they don't run afoul of state law, according to a joint letter from the federal education department and the U.S. Department of Justice. The May 6 letter comes on the heels of the Supreme Court's ruling (6-2 vote) last month in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action that upheld a ballot initiative passed by voters that bars Michigan's universities from using race preferences in admissions. The letter stresses the court's prior rulings that uphold the importance of diversity in breaking down racial isolation and stereotypes. And they add, "furthermore, to be successful, the future workforce of America should transcend the boundaries of race, language, and culture as our economy becomes more globally interconnected." The letter also highlights previous guidance from the federal education department on racial diversity from 2011 for both K-12 and higher education. Douglas Anderson Seniors Tributes Legacy of the Class of 1954 Shown center is Tenor JuQuan Vickers surrounded by his fellow DA students joining together to sing "We Continue to March." Pictured left to right are City Councilman Johnny Gaffney, Rep. Mia Jones, Councilman Warren Jones and Rep. Fullwood.Elected Officials Welcome ew Voting HDQDuval county elected officials included City Councilman Johnny Gaffney, Rep. Mia Jones, Councilman Warren Jones and Rep. Fullwood were in attendance this week for the grand opening of the cityÂs new electionÂs headquarters. The move comes after much controversy surrounding the Supervisor of Elections headquarterÂs move Continued on page 2 DOE Upholds Standing of Affirmative-Action Policies Oral History of LaVilla Being Collected for Upcoming Musical Shown above right, film maker Emanuel Washington holds the microphone to chronicle the oral history of author Mildred Murrell as JuCoby Pittman, Camilla Thompson, Emma Martin and Robin Murrell look on.
By Jason Alderman On Mother's Day, children of all ages thank their moms for the many sacrifices made during their childhoods Â… and well beyond, considering how many adult children still hit up their moms for a loan or free babysitting. Unfortunately, for many mothers sacrificing extends well beyond sleepless nights and boring recitals. Women frequently leave the workforce during prime earning years to care for families. Consequently, they often fall behind on pay increases and promotions, so their retirement accounts and Social Security benefits are usually much smaller than men's. Plus, women live an average five years longer than men so their already smaller income must stretch even further. I'm not trying to bring everyone down, but rather to suggest that your best Mother's Day gift this year might be to initiate a frank discussion about your mom's personal finances and how she can better prepare for the future. Here are a few topics you might discuss: Put retirement savings first. You can always borrow money to pay for college or a house, but you can't get a loan to pay for retirement. If she's still working, make sure your mom is enrolled in a 401(k) plan or an IRA and saving as much as possible. Social Security benefits. Even if your mother didn't pay into Social Security through work, she'll be eligible to collect benefits as long as her spouse did. And, if she qualifies under her own work record as well as your dad's, she'll generally receive the higher benefit amount of the two. The longer your mom waits to draw Social Security, the larger her monthly benefit will grow. Social Security "full retirement age" is 65 for those born before 1938 and increases gradually to 67 if born after 1959. If she meets eligibility requirements, your mom can begin drawing reduced benefits beginning at 62; however, doing so will cut her benefit amount by up to 30 percent. However, by postponing benefits until after full retirement age, her benefit will increase up to 8 percent per year, up to age 70. Also keep in mind: Widows can tap Social Security benefits as early as age 60 (50, if disabled). And spousal benefits are available if she's divorced, provided the marriage lasted at least 10 years, she remains unmarried and is at least 62. Although many states don't tax Social Security benefits, the federal government counts them as taxable income. So, depending on your mom's overall retirement income, she could owe federal tax on a portion of her benefit. IRS Publication 915 has full details. If your mom begins drawing benefits while still working, they could be significantly reduced depending on her income. Read "How Work Affects Your Benefits" at www.ssa.gov for details. (Note: The reductions aren't truly lost since benefits will be recalculated upward at full retirement age.) Social Security has a great website for women with information on retirement, disability and other issues Â… in English and Spanish (www.ssa.gov/women). You can help your mom estimate her retirement needs by using their Retirement Estimator, which enters her earnings information to estimate projected Social Security benefits under different scenarios, including retirement age and future earnings projections (www.ssa.gov/estimator). Discussing finances isn't as much fun as a picnic in the park, but your mom will appreciate your looking out for her financial future. Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press May 8-14, 2014 Make sure youÂre talking to the right people. Speak with HUD-approved housing counselors, free of charge, at the HomeownerÂs HOPE Hotline. IF YOUÂRE FACING FORECLOSURE, TALK TO YOUR GRANDMA SECOND. CALL THE HOPE HOTLINE FIRST AT 888-995-HOPE. Drivers: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus!Great Pay! Consistent Freight! Great Miles on this Regional Account. 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BLACK CONSUMER WAKE UP!Do Not PatronizeThose advertisers that donÂt include your Black newspapers! 350 300 250 200 150 100 0($ IN MILLIONS)WHITE OWNEDBLACK OWNEDASHLEY ADVERTISING DOLLARS SPENT IN LOCAL NEWSPAPERS OVER $350 MILLION ALMOST 1/2 BILLION$0 DOLLARS SUPPORT THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESS!SUPPORT THIS OUR FAIR SHARE CAMPAIGN FOR THE FUTURE OF YOUR HISTORIC BLACK NEWSPAPERS.Go to kimberkimber.com for further information. WHY BOYCOTT ASHLEY?Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. spent no measurable amount with Furniture will spend over $36 million with newspapers by the end AN OUR FAIR SHARE EDITORIAL For Mother's Day, Discuss Mom's Financial FutureDuvalElections Center OpensContinued from page 1 from the Gateway Mall to the Imeson area off of North Main Street. Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland and his staff welcomed polled workers, elected officials and Duval citizens to the open house and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Duval County Elections Center. The facility is a warehouse and training center and voting location that will house election equipment, train poll workers and has space for a 70 person call center to assist voters. Duval ElectionÂs Center was previously located at Gateway Shopping Center and was beseeched with building maintenance problems and high rent. The facility was a 560,352-square-foot shopping center, near the Golfair Boulevard exit from Interstate 95, which was built in 1959 as an outdoor strip center and expanded in 1967 to include indoor mall space. Once one of the most popular shopping centers in the city, the center fell into disrepair after a rash of store closings in the 1980s and 1990s before being revived in the mid-1990s by the Gateway Center Economic Development Partnership. The Imeson site is 50,000 square feet of space which is expected to save taxpayers 3 million dollars over 10 years. Imeson location landlords also provided assistance with building improvements and upgrades. Voters can still go to Gateway for early voting early inside the Tax Collector's old call center. The Duval County Supervisor of Elections Center is located in City Councilman Johnnie GaffneyÂs District 7, Âwe passed the proposal for the elections center to move to Imeson and this was a financially frugal decision that is being done the right way. I am proud of Jerry Holland and his staff.ÂŽ The newly remolded Duval County Supervisor of Elections Center is located at 1 Imeson Park Blvd. Building 100. For more information visit www.duvalelections.com or call the office 630-1414. By Jazelle Hunt WASHINGTON (NNPA) Â… During the recession, statesÂ education expendituresÂ„like everything elseÂ„took a substantial hit. But a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that even as the nation recovers, most states are still funding their public colleges well below pre-recession levels, with eight states continuing to make cuts. The divestment is feeding a twopronged stumbling block to success for college students, especially those of color and/or from low-income homes, who are more likely to attend in-state public institutions. First, these budget cuts are affecting the quality of education at public colleges and universities. ÂStates (and to a lesser extent localities) provide 53 percent of the revenue that can be used to support instruction at these schools. When this funding is cut, colleges and universities generally must either cut educational or other services, raise tuition to cover the gap, or both.ÂŽ These cuts often result in the loss of full-time, expert teacher positions in favor of switches to adjunct (contracted) instructors, the disintegration of entire departments and majors, truncated access to resources such as computer labs and libraries, and more. For example, in 2011 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill eliminated 16,000 course seats, four of its computer labs and two distance education centers. In 2012, Louisiana State University eliminated 1,210 full-time positions, including more than 220 faculty members. The University System of Georgia has merged independent state schools five times in the last two years. In addition to the decline in educational quality, the decline in state investment is resulting in long-term financial instability for students. ThereÂs the national trend known as the Great Cost Shift in which students and families, particularly lowincome households, are shouldering more of the cost of keeping public colleges afloat. According to the report, enrollment fees, tuition, and other student charges accounted for 24 percent of state schoolsÂ revenue in 1988. Today, schools rely on student charges for 48 percent of their revenues. Stated differently, in 1988 schools received 3.2 times as much in revenue from state and local government as they received from students in 1988Â„today, itÂs just 1.1 times as much. In fact, at that time only two statesÂ„Vermont and New Hampshire, both very affluentÂ„had average tuition amounts larger than state expenditures. By 2008 that had grown to 10 states, including Michigan and Pennsylvania, which both have significant poverty. In eight states (including a few with large Black populations, such as Louisiana, Alabama, California, Georgia, and Florida), average tuition has jumped by more than 50 percent in six years. The Great Cost Shift is directly feeding swelling student debt. According to a 2012 report from the Center for American Progress, 81 percent of Black students who earned a bachelorÂs took on debt to do itÂ„and 27 percent of these students are on the hook for $30,500 or more. Earlier this year, the United Negro College Fund, the largest and oldest private minority financial aid organization, called for emergency aid to supplement the weakened public financial aid system. By the end of 2013, student loan debt had surpassed car and credit debt, with American students borrowing more than $1 trillion to pursue degrees.States Making Choices That Will Hurt College Bound Students
Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 May 8-14, 2014 $50 minimum deposit to open a checking or savings account. Mobile Internet data and text message charges may apply. Please cont act your mobile service provider for details. Subject to Internet banking terms and conditions. Fifth Third Bank, Member FDIC. WE WERE CURIOUS, SHOULDNÂT YOUR CHECKING ACCOUNT CHECK IN WITH YOU? Open a checking account with Fifth Third Instant Alerts and get all your account activity messaged right to your phone. ItÂs mobile banking that puts you in the know faster and helps stop account fraud faster. Visit 53.com/alerts for more. Pictured is Tamara Dukes with Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. Sigma Chapter members Helen P. Bargeron, Charter Member, Barbara Hopkin, Chapter President and Sharon Peele, Scholarship Chair.Chi Eta Phi Presents Scholarship LuncheonChi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. Sigma Chapter held their annual Helen P. Bargeron Scholarship luncheon at Shands Tower, on May 3rd. The guest speaker Kelly Clayton Taylor, a graduate of University of North Florida with 20 years of experience as an operations leader and consultant spoke on Âbranding yourself and making yourself knownÂŽ. The catered luncheon was attended by over 50 friends, family and sorors. Chi Eta Phi sorority Inc., Sigma Chapter scholarship recipient Tamara Dukes was presented with a $2,000 scholarship to continue her nursing courses at Florida Career College. The popular Jacksonville summer camp Vision for Excellence (VFE), designed to enrich young men during their summer vacation, announces the appointment of new Executive Board of Directors Member, Tillis Q. DeVaughn. Vision for Excellence was launched in 2010 by Public Defender Matt Shirk as a diversionary program for, 10-15 year old young men from challenged, urban neighborhoods with the idea that Âthey will be provided a safe, educational and fun summer break experience in hopes of ensuring they do not become future Public Defender clients.ÂŽ Now approaching its fifth consecutive season and second year as an incorporated non-profit organization, VFE has established itself as a unique and worthwhile program that is helping Jacksonville youth. Tillis Q. DeVaughn will assume the role of Secretary of the Vision For Excellence Board of Directors. In July, 2012, DeVaughn was asked by Mayor Alvin Brown's administration to serve as the Lead Project Manager for the Homeless Day Center Project. As a result of his business acumen and due diligence, he was appointed as the first Program Director of the Jacksonville Day Resource Center. Tillis Q. DeVaughn is a native of Jacksonville, and a disabled US Army veteran and a community servant who has been involved in a plethora of pro-community endeavors for years, such as being one of the lead Deacons at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, who help form the Christian In Action Ministry to assist the elderly and underprivileged. He is also the current Vice President of Programming for the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville Inc., responsible for providing mentoring, tutoring and scholarship opportunities for underprivileged students. Tillis has an A.A. in Business Administration from Florida State College of Jacksonville, a B.A. in Organizational Management from Edward Waters College, summa cum laude, and has obtained his M.A. in Educational Leadership from UNF. TillisÂ future plans are to pursue a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior. He joins Vision of Excellence Executive Board members: Public Defender Matt Shirk, Kendall Anderson, Peret Pass, Lauren Cowman, Kyle Bedran, Kevin Cobbin, Matt Bisbee and Dwight Brisbane. By Jazelle Hunt WASHINGTON (NNPA) Â… Teachers have always graded students. The Obama administration feels the time has come for someone to grade teachers. Teacher training programsÂ„ from colleges and universities, to for-profit certification courses and non-profit preparatory programsÂ„ have few, if any, external evaluation systems to check for and improve quality. In fact, only five states (Tennessee, Ohio, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Florida) gather data on quality among their in-state programs. ÂWe have about 1,400 schools of education and hundreds and hundreds of alternative certification paths, and nobody in this country can tell anybody which one is more effective than the other,ÂŽ said Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan said when announcing the new federal initiative. The Department of Education plans to build upon existing strategies, and guide every state to develop its own evaluation systems. The plan also intends to create a Âfeedback loopÂŽ by making the information gathered available to aspiring teachers, schools and districts, and the public. Teachers beginning their careers feel especially ill-equipped. Darryl Green worked as a salesman before coming a teacher in Baltimore County 16 years ago Â… and he is glad that he did. ÂI was not prepared at all,ÂŽ he recounted. ÂMy content analysis was fine, butÂƒentering the classroom setting is totally different than portrayed in the books. It was my first career that really helped me with my second. With sales you have to educate a person, then you can sell them on something. With teaching itÂs the other way around.ÂŽ Green was not alone. Newly-released data from the Department of Education show 62 percent of new teachers donÂt feel prepared when they enter the field. Yet, 96 percent of teaching candidates pass their licensing exams. And the students who suffer from teachers without proper training are the students who need the very best instructors. ÂFrom my observation, it seems new teachers are placed in low-performing schools. Even if the school is not underperforming, new teachers are given classes with the most challenges,ÂŽ said Adrian Layne, a veteran teacher in KentuckyÂs Jefferson County Public School system. ÂSome teachers are not ready for the schools in which they are placed.ÂŽ Some, such as non-profit training program, Continued on page 7 DeVaughn amed to Vision for Excellence Board of Directors By Freddie Allen WASHINGTON (NNPA) Â… The Black unemployment rate fell to 11.6 percent in April, the lowest mark since President Barack Obama took his office in January 2009, according to the Labor DepartmentÂs latest jobs report. In January 2009, the Black jobless rate was 12.7 percent. The last time the Black unemployment rate dipped below 12 percent was in November 2008 when the rate was 11.5 percent. The economy added 288,000 jobs and the national unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in April, down from 6.7 percent in March. On the surface, the 0.4 percent decline in the unemployment rate may cause some to celebrate, but Valerie Wilson, the director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy at the Economic Policy Institute, said much of the improvement was the result of people exiting the labor market. The labor force participation rate, a measure of people who are either employed or currently looking for work, declined from 63.2 percent in March to 62.8 percent in April. Following the Great Recession, Wilson said that the declines in the labor force participation rate have been smaller for Blacks, especially Black women. In December of 2007, at the beginning of the Great Recession, the labor force participation rate was 70.7 percent for Black men over 20 years-old and 76.3 percent for White men. The labor force participation rate was 63.4 percent for Black women over 20 years-old and 60.2 percent for White women. Since then, White men over 20 years-old have shed 5.6 percent from their employment participation rate, the sharpest decline of all adult worker groups. Black women over 20 years-old have experienced a 1.7 percent decline, the lowest drop of all adult worker groups. Wilson said that the Black labor force has been Âremarkably resilientÂŽ as Blacks continue to search for jobs in the face of a challenging job market. Wilson added that by letting the unemployment insurance benefits expire for millions of struggling Americans at the end of 2013, Washington lawmakers have taken money out the hands of people that would fuel the economy and job growth by spending on food and other necessities. Tillis DeVaughn Black Unemployment Dips to 5-Year Low Obama Administration to Grade Teacher Training
ÂYou canÂt hold a man down without staying down with him,ÂŽ said Booker T. Washington. The U.S. justice system has held so many blacks down through improper arrest and convictions. To this day, it is still a system rampant with injustice and inequality. Last year, I learned the impossible story of James Joseph Richardson. Perhaps I should use the word improbable, or even unbelievable. Regardless of the synonym used his story reads like a bad Hollywood storyline. A story so implausible that it couldnÂt be true. In 1967, RichardsonÂs seven children, ages 2 to 8, died in Arcadia, FL from insecticides placed in their lunch. Richardson and his wife both worked, so next-door neighbor Betsy Reese babysat the RichardsonÂs non-school age children. She fed those children and the older ones when they came home from school. Although Reese was the last adult to handle the plates and food before the children ate it, she was not investigated as a suspect. Instead only the childrenÂs father was immediately considered the prime suspect Â… even though he had not prepared the food. He was arrested and later released on bail because of the lack of evidence. Unfortunately, while he was locked up Â… three prisoners trying to cut a deal with the police came forth and said that Richardson admitted to killing his children for a $500 per child insurance policy. Of course, it was totally untrue. During the farce of a trial, the jury and judge ignored inconsistencies in the prosecutionÂs case and compelling evidence that Richardson was the wrong person because the poison in the grits had to have been put there after the family ate breakfast Â… otherwise they all would have been dead before lunch. To make a long story really short Â… after shenanigans from an unfair judge, prosecutors, and bias jury, Richardson was convicted and sent to death row. Not only was he grieving the loss of his children, but alsohe was faced with spending the rest of this life in jail until he would eventually be put to death via electric chair. There cannot be a worse feeling! Although he was on death row, RichardsonÂs attorney and others never gave up on him and eventually uncovered critical evidence. Among the evidence was proof that Richardson did not purchase life insurance policies on his children the day before their deaths, and there was no insurance on them at the time of their deaths. This means that the prosecutor deliberately created a non-existent financial motive for Richardson to commit the murders. RichardsonÂs attorneys also found prosecutors notes about ReeseÂs violent criminal background that the defense didnÂt know about. In fact, when the RichardsonÂs children were murdered, Reese was on parole after spending four years in prison for shooting her second husband to death in 1956. It gets even crazier; Reese was also suspected of murdering her first husband by poisoning him, because he mysteriously died after eating a breakfast she had prepared. The concealed documents also suggested a revenge motive for Reese: her third husband abandoned her and became involved with RichardsonÂs cousin shortly before the children were murdered. Again, this sounds like a bad Hollywood movie. After appealing to the courts with the newly uncovered evidence, Governor Bob Martinez appointed state attorney Janet Reno (former U.S. Attorney General) as specialprosecutor. Richardson was released in 1989. Malcolm X once said, ÂYou cannot separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace until he has his freedom.ÂŽ Last week in Tallahassee, Mr. Richardson testified in front of a Senate committee and said, ÂIÂve been wrongly accused, IÂve been left on Death Row and had one hour to die in the electric chair, and I prayed to fulfill my need. He continued, ÂSometimes my fellow men have let me down, but God has lifted me up.ÂŽ Finally, some 25 years later because of a bill passed by the legislature that is awaiting the GovernorÂs signature, Richardson may be compensated for the injustice and pure evil committed against him. When asked what he would do with any award he received from the state, he said that he would use the money to build a church. I pray that Governor Scott does the right thing and I pray for Mr. RichardsonÂs prosperity and peace. Signing off from Tallahassee, Reggie Fullwood Billion Dollar Debt Buying and Collection Abuses By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist Are you or someone you know being pursued or harassed late into the evenings and on weekends by debt collectors? If so, research shows that you are among one in seven Americans being pursued by debt collection agencies. In a newly-released chapter in its State of Lending series, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) found that debt buying and debt collection is big, big business. Among publicly-traded debt buyersÂ income grew from $582 million in 2009 to more than $1 billion in 2012. And amid these billion dollar deals, scant regulation allows profiteers to take advantage of financially-distressed consumers, often securing court judgments for debts that may not even be owed. A 2009 Federal Trade Commission analysis of 3.9 million consumer accounts, found only 6 percent of the accounts came with any documentation. The new report also cites a disproportionate impact on lowand moderate-income communities. Black communities were also found to have higher rates of debt buyer lawsuits and default judgments. ÂThe sheer lack of accountability in this industry is astonishing,ÂŽ said Lisa Stifler, CRL policy counsel and co-author of the report. ÂThere is no requirement to verify debt information or inform a consumer about the transfer of debt. Sometimes a consumer learns about a debt only after an onslaught of collection attempts Â… or worse Â… a judgment is entered and wages are garnished or a bank account is seized.ÂŽ Debt buyers, specializing in purchasing delinquent debts and chargedoff accounts, pick from a range of products and services: credit cards, auto loans, utility and phone bills, tax liens, medical services and more. Often, the only information transferred in debt transactions are a name, last known address, and purported amount owed. Lenders that typically sell charged-off debts, offer these accounts Âas isÂ without any assurances or guarantees to the dataÂs accuracy of amounts owed or collectability of the debts. Over the past few years, the 19 largest banks sold about $37 billion in charged-off debt each year. The result is that many times, debt buyers attempt to collect from or sue the wrong people, overstate the amount, or even collect illegitimate debts. The financial gain for the debt buyer is a purchase of accounts often for only cents on dollars owed. From 2006-2009, the nationÂs top debt buyers purchased $143 billion in consumer debt; but paid only $6.5 billion, approximately 4.5 cents on the dollar purchased. Then they are able to turn around a significant profit by collecting the full amount of the account. Unfortunately, consumers are often unaware that their accounts have been sold to third parties. Usually, it is only after consumers begin receiving phone calls, letters, and correspondence from firms they do not know that they learn their accounts were sold. Some do not learn of the debt buyer until after a judgment is entered against them, and they find their wages garnished or bank accounts seized. Other consumer abuses include collection tactics that include offensive language during collection attempts, illegal threats to sue, and misrepresentation on amounts owed or the legal status of a loan. As more debt buyers turn to the courts to sue consumers for debts owed, many obtain default judgments in their favor when consumers fail to appear in court. Missing a court appearance can happen for a variety of reasons, including that no notice of a lawsuit was ever received, a lack of understanding of the court process or the inability to secure legal representation. When courts order a default judgment in the debt collectorÂs favor, collectors gain an extension on the life of the debts and also the legal right to collect in a variety of ways including bank account seizure, wage garnishment and property attachment. All too often, default judgments are based on inaccuracies, incomplete or outdated personal information or questionable claims. ÂWhat weÂre seeing is a pattern of predatory practices when it comes to some kinds of debt buying and collection Â… and thatÂs what is concerning,ÂŽ said Mike Calhoun, CRL president.. ÂJust as a lender has the right to collect debts owed, borrowers should have the right to information about their debt and how itÂs being handled and collected.ÂŽ It should be noted that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission share regulation of this industry. Further, CFPB recently began the process that will likely to lead to the first-ever rules overseeing debt collection. ÂWith prudent oversight at the federal and state levels, thereÂs no reason why this problem canÂt be fixedÂŽ, concluded Calhoun. Charlene Crowell is a communications manager with the Center for Responsible Lending. She can be reached at Charlene.firstname.lastname@example.org. 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Reggie Fullwood May 8-14, 2014 Story of James Joseph RichardsonÂs Injustice is Amazingly Unbelievable By George E. Curry Why would a White racist have sex with a person of color? ThatÂs the question that few people in the media want to raise, let alone address. But it is an age-old contradiction not limited to Donald Sterling, the hate spewing soon-to-be former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Beginning with slavery in the original colonies Â… even earlier in Africa with the arrival of European colonizers Â… White men have forced themselves on Black women. Caucasian men from Thomas Jefferson on the left to South Carolina Senator and longtime arch-segregationist Strom Thurmond on the right have projected one image in public while having sex Â… even children Â… with Black women under the cover of darkness. They were talking White (superiority ) while sleeping Black. I donÂt for a moment pretend to know how to explain this obvious contraction. But in the case of Thomas Jefferson, the chief author of the Declaration of Independence, contradictions became a way of life long before he bedded and had children with Sally Hemings, a Black woman. Jefferson will forever be inextricably linked to these words in the Declaration of Independence: ÂWe hold these truths to be selfevident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.ÂŽ At the time our Founding Fathers were proclaiming unalienable rights from God, most of them were enslaving GodÂs dark-skin creations. Jefferson enslaved nearly 200 African Americans. As Columbia University history professor Eric Foner wrote, ÂSlaves, of course, experienced the institution of politics and law quite differently from white Americans. Before the law, slaves were property who had virtually no legal rights. They could be bought, sold, leased and seized to satisfy an ownerÂs debt, their family ties had no legal standing, and they could not leave the plantation or hold meetings without permission from their owner.ÂŽ And White owners did not need anyoneÂs permission to violate Black women. Jefferson began having sex with Sally Hemings, one of his domestic servants, when she was a teenager. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation acknowledges that it Âand most historians believe that, years after his wifeÂs death, Thomas Jefferson was the father of the six children of Sally Hemings mentioned in JeffersonÂs records, including Beverly, Harriet, Madison and Eston Hemings.ÂŽ South Carolina, like Virginia, had laws prohibiting both interracial marriage and intercourse between Blacks and Whites. If a free Black man had sex with a White woman in South Carolina during the Colonial period, he would automatically lose his freedom, according to Judge A. Leon Higginbothan, Jr.Âs book, In the Matter of Color. Years later, Strom ThurmondÂs interracial dalliances would represent the height of hypocrisy. Running for president in 1948 on the Dixiecrat ticket he said: ÂI want to tell you, ladies and gentlemen, thereÂs not enough troops in the army to force the Southern people to break down segregation and accept the Negro into our theaters, into our swimming pools, into our homes and into our churches.ÂŽ Fifty years ago, Thurmond led the filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act, still the longest debate in Senate history. Thurmond referred to Negroes as Ânigras.ÂŽ But while publically despising Blacks, he had a different attitude in the bedroom, impregnating his parentsÂ16-year-old maid. The daughter of that encounter, Essie Washington-Williams, wrote in her autobiography, ÂAs much as I wanted to belong to him, I never felt like a daughter, only an accident.ÂŽ Armstrong Williams, a Black conservative who began working Thurmond in 1978, recalled the senator confirming he was Washington-WilliamsÂ biological father. ÂThe subject came up again while the senator and I were attending a South Carolina State football game in Orangeburg. He mentioned how he had arranged for Mrs. Williams to attend the college while he was governorÂƒ,ÂŽ Williams wrote. ÂÂWhen a man brings a child in the world, he should take care of that child,Â he told me, and added, ÂÂSheÂll never say anything and neither will you. Not while IÂm alive.ÂÂŽ And neither did Â… until after ThurmondÂs death. Considering the history of Thomas Jefferson and Strom Thurmond, no one should have been surprised when Donald Sterling told his mistress, who described herself has part Mexican and part Black: ÂIt bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that youÂre associating with black people. Do you have to?ÂƒYou can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that Âƒ and not to bring them to my gamesÂƒ ÂIÂm just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you donÂt have to have yourself with, walking with black peopleÂƒDonÂt put him (Magic Johnson) on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And donÂt bring him to my games.ÂŽ Donald Sterling, far from being a rarity, simply added another link to the long, scandalous U.S. history of hypocrisy. George E. Curry, former editorin-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-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. The Question o One is Asking Donald Sterling
May 8-14, 2014 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 Â’FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 6 12, 2014THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH IN NFL DRAFT;CHERYL MILLER NEW COACH AT LANGSTON AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XX, No. 40INTRIGUING PROSPECT: Tennessee State tight end A. C. Leonard has size, speed combo that could make him early target in NFL Draft.DRAFT INTRIGUENFL Combine Photo Slim pickings in 2014 DraftLUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor The downward trend in the number of black college players taken in the NFL Draft appears likely to continue as the 79th draft gets underway Thursday, May 8 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Three black college players are considered among the top prospects in 2014. Two are from Tennessee State. Offensive lineman Kadeem Edwards and tight end A. C. Leonard were two of the outstanding players that helped TSU to a 10-4 record including a Edwards earned his third all-Ohio Valley Conference selection as a left guard and anchor of the TSU offensive line. He has prototypical offensive guard size (6-4, 313) and at 34 1/2 inches, had the longest arms of any lineman at the Combine. His Combine and postseason performances and evaluations have landed him among the best ten guards in this year's draft, the highest projection for any black college player this season. Leonard battled injuries last season but still hauled in 34 passes for 441 yards and 5 TDs. In 2012 he had 51 receptions for 733 yards and 6 scores. The former highly-rated recruit signed at Florida out of high school primary attributes are speed and ability to run after the catch. His 40 time of 4.43 at the Combine was the best among tight ends and one of the best all-time at the position. Running back Isaiah Crowell of Alabama State also ran into trouble after earning SEC Freshferring ran for over 2,000 yards and 30 TDs in two years with the Hornets. Crowell's running style has McCoy and he is considered one of the best pure runners in the draft. The Draft returns to prime time with Round 1 slated for 8 p.m. ET on Thursday. Rounds 2 and 3 will be held on Friday, May 9 beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Rounds 4-7 will be held on Saturday, May 10 beginning at noon ET. All three prospects are projected to go on Day three (rounds 4-7) though any of the three could slip into Day two (rounds 2-3). A year ago, only two black college players went off the boards Â… former Arkansas Pine Bluff offensive lineman Terron Armstead who went to New Orleans in the third round, and former Florida A&M linebacker Brandon Hepburn taken by Detroit in the seventh and last round. The year before (2012) only one player from the black college ranks Â… safety Christian Thompson of South Carolina State Â… was taken (by -MID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEACSOFTBALL CONF ALL NORTHERN W L W LDelaware State 15 3 32 15 Hampton 13 3 23 18 Norfolk State 12 5 19 23 Coppin State 7 9 12 24 Morgan State 5 12 8 19 Maryland-E. Shore 4 12 7 40 Howard 3 15 4 36SOUTHERNBethune-Cookman 12 3 22 29 NC A&T 8 6 16 23 Savannah State 9 7 27 20 Florida A&M 8 7 20 28 NC Central 4 9 9 33 S. C. State 3 12 10 28 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Sandy Hawthorne, So., INF, DSU Hit .636 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI vs. UMES, 3 doubles, 6 RBI, 1 HR. PITCHER Amanda McDowell, So., SSU 2-hit shutout and save vs. SCSU, ROOKIE Alexis Singleton, Fr., OF, SSU 5 RBI off 4 hits vs. SCSU. 2014 MEAC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENTMay 8-10 Ormond Beach (Fla.) Sports ComplexSWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCESOFTBALL DIV ALL EASTERN W L W L ^ Jackson State 16 1 26 27 Alabama State 11 6 16 23 Miss. Valley State 9 8 11 34 Alcorn State 5 12 8 37 Alabama A&M 3 14 11 33WESTERN^ Texas Southern 15 2 27 18 Southern 8 9 10 34 Prairie View 7 10 11 27 Grambling State 6 11 11 20 Arkansas Pine Bluff 5 12 9 35 ^ Clinched Division titlePLAYERS OF THE WEEK HITTER Briana Simpson, So., LF, TSU Batted .667 for week with 2 RBI vs. S. F. Austin and Oklahoma State. PITCHER Madison Staton, Sr., P, TSU Had ERA of 4.20, 1 K in 3.1 innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 runs and 4 walks.2014 SWAC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENTMay 7-10 Wilson Morgan Park Decatur, AL 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 5/5/14) Spring Sports Round-Up GRANT FROM STILLMAN TO COPPIN STATE: Coppin State named Stillman head coach Michael Grant as its new men's head basketball coach Tuesday replacing 28-year veteran head coach Ron "Fang" Mitchell coaching veteran, has been head man at Stillman for the last six seasons compiling a 100-73 overall record. He was also head coach at Southern from 2003-05 replacing another black college coaching veteran, Ben Jobe He compiled a 25-31 mark at Southern. Central State posting a 126-94 record. CHERYL MILLER JOINS LANGSTON: Cheryl Miller is returning to coaching as women's head basketball coach at Langston University. Miller, who starred as a player at Southern Cal, was also the school's coach from 1993-95, leading the Trojans to a 42-14 mark. She also was coach and general pearance (1998). She is currently a broadcaster for TNT. "We want to take it [the program] to the next level, the national level," Miller said at her introductory news conference. At USC, Miller's athletic director was Mike of the Year three times (1982-86), helping the school win two national titles. The four-time All-American scored 3,018 points and went 112-20 during her playing career. TONIA WALKER NAMED WSSU AD: WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Â… Tonia Walker associate director of athletics and senior woman administration at Winston-Salem State University has been named the athletic director for the program effective immediately. Walker has been serving as interim athletic director since M arch 1 of this year after Bill Hayes stepped down and had previously served as interim director for nearly a year in 2009. She joined the WSSU athletics staff in August 2000 as assistant director and head volleyball coach. In 2002, she resigned her coaching duties to focus on her administrative role. Walker began her career in athletics administration in 1993 at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) headquarters. and language disorders from Hampton and her M.S. degree in recreation and sports administration from Old Dominion University. While at Hampton, Walker was a two-sport athlete, playing both basketball and softball.UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS Miller Edwards EdwardsMID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEACBASEBALL CONF ALL NORTHERN W L W LDelaware State 15 7 26 15 Norfolk State 14 10 18 24 Coppin State 9 15 11 31 Maryland-E. Shore 8 14 13 29 SOUTHERNBethune-Cookman 14 10 22 27 Florida A&M 13 10 21 24 NC Central 12 10 17 29 Savannah State 10 13 19 28 NC A&T 9 15 16 31 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Eric Sams, Sr., 1B, B-CU Hit .692 (9for-15), 4-for-5 vs. Savannah State. Also had one double and 6 runs. Charles Dailey, Jr., OF, DSU 9-for-15 (.692) for the week, 4-for-6 with triple vs. Delaware, triple with 4 runs in two games. PITCHER David Duncan, Sr., FAMU Five-hit complete game shutout with 7 Ks. ROOKIE Harry Thomas, Fr., RHP, DSU Threw Coppin State.SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEBASEBALL DIV ALL EASTERN W L W L ^ Alabama State 21 3 34 19 Alabama A&M 12 9 20 29 Alcorn State 10 12 10 39 Jackson State 9 15 27 23 Miss. Valley State 4 17 4 35 WESTERN ^ Ark. Pine Bluff 16 7 22 26 Texas Southern 13 9 23 27 Prairie View 11 12 19 27 Grambling State 11 13 14 29 Southern 6 16 10 26^ Clinched Division title2014 SWAC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT May 14-18 MLB Urban Youth Academy Wesley Barrow Stadium Pontchartairn Park New Orleans, LABethune-Cookman takes Bethune-Cookman Wildcats won the 2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship Carolina A&T State University. The Wildcats tallied 132 points to win their North Carolina A&T followed in second place with 101 points, while Hampton points. Maryland Eastern Shore's Dillon Simon tallied 22 points to earn the Outstanding Field Athlete award. Simon won gold in the discus throw and shot put to garner the honor. Hampton's Chidi Okezie was named the Outstanding Runner. Okezie won the 200 meters dash, with a time of 20.73, and the 400 meters in 46.61. Donald Cooper was selected the Men's Track and Field Outstanding "It was a hard fought battle and a lot of great competition from all teams," Cooper said. "This has been one of the best MEAC (Championships) that I have been at, and our team persevered." Maryland Eastern Shore won the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:08.18 as Coppin State placed second (3:10.11) and Morgan State ished third (3:10.90). In the 4x100, North Carolina A&T took gold at 40.27. Savannah State Shore placed third (40.83). Deon Clifford, who was the Indoor Outstanding Field Athlete, captured gold with a time of 9:25.44. Teammate Elias Chesire placed second (9:28.91).MENÂS TEAM RESULTS 1. Bethune-Cookman 132 points 2. North Carolina A&T 101 points 3. Hampton 89 points 4. Maryland Eastern Shore 79 points 5. Florida A&M 58 points 5. Howard 58 points 7. Coppin State 55 points 8. Morgan State 52 points 9. South Carolina State 50 points 10. Savannah State 49 points 11. Delaware State 12 points 12. North Carolina Central 3 points ** Norfolk State men ineligible for postseasonHampton wins third straight MEAC women's track title Hampton the 2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Outdoor Track and Field ChampionNorth Carolina A&T State University Hampton tallied 154.5 points to win their Outdoor title. Florida A&M place with 115 points, while Norfolk State ished third with 79 points. Norfolk State's Kiara Howell tallied 22 points to earn the Outstanding Field Athlete Ce'aira Brown posted 22.5 points and was named the Outstanding Runner. Howell placed second in the discus, javelin and third in the shot put to pick up 22 points. member of the 4x400 relay team. Hampton's Maurice Pierce was selected the the ninth time in his career. "We started off slow and made some misknow the type of team we have and the talent level we have. We are a championship team and at the end of the day, we'll show up and represent as true champions and get it done. It was a total team effort." Tristie Johnson set a new MEAC record in the 100m dash, with a time of 11.29. Johnson broke the 2010 mark set by Hampton's Patrice Richards (11.40). Hampton swept the relays, winning the ished with a time of 45.26, while Florida A&M placed second (45.59).WOMENÂS TEAM RESULTS 1. Hampton 154.5 points 2. Florida A&M 115 points 3. Norfolk State 79 points 4. Morgan State 74 points 5. Bethune-Cookman 70 points 6. North Carolina Central 54 points 7. North Carolina A&T 51 points 8. Coppin State 50 points 9. Maryland Eastern Shore 37 points 10. South Carolina State 16 points 11. Savannah State 14 points 12. Delaware State 13 points 13. Howard 10.5 points Walker Â… KADEEM EDWARDS OG, TENNESSEE STATE (6-4, 313) Four-year starter at left guard for Tigers, Edwards was a three-time all-OVC selection and second team FCS all-American his senior year. Ran 5.25 50 at the Combine with 26 reps at 225. His 34 1/2 inch arms were the longest of those at the Combine. Size and length are his biggest assets. Ranked among the top ten offensive guards in the Draft, the only FCS product. Â… A. C. LEONARD TE, TENNESSEE STATE (6-2, 252) Florida transfer was a two-time all-OVC and FCS all-American. Leonard ran dynamic 4.43 40 time at the Combine, the fastest among tight ends and third-fastest time ever for a tight end. Also had 20 reps at 225. Flashes mismatch and playmaking, yard-after-catch ability. Character issues led to suspension from Florida. Â… ISAIAH CROWELL RB, ALABAMA STATE (5-11, 224) Georgia transfer and former SEC Freshman of the Year, was dynamic two-time all-SWAC running back, running for over 2,000 yards and 30 TDs in two seasons. Ran 4.57 40 at the Combine with 23 reps at 225. Considered issues derailed Georgia career. TOP PROSPECTS LeonardCrowellBEST OF THE RESTNICK ADDISON S, BETHUNE-COOKMAN KARIM BARTON C, MORGAN STATE CARLOS FIELDS OLB, WINSTON-SALEM STATE QUA COX CB, JACKSON STATE LEE DOSS WR, SOUTHERN A&M TERRANCE HACKNEY OT, BETHUNE-COOKMAN BRANDON DENMARK OLB, FLORIDA A&M JOE THOMAS ILB, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE CAMERON LOEFFLER S, JACKSON STATE RASHAUN ALLEN TE, SOUTHERN '13 2 '12 1 '11 4 '10 2 '09 4 '08 5 '07 5 '06 3 '05 6 '04 2 '03 8 '02 5 '01 4 2000 13 '99 7 '98 8 '97 13 '96 17 '95 13 '94 13THE STAT CORNERWHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS NUMBER OF BLACK COLLEGE PLAYERS TAKEN IN NFL DRAFT 1994 to 2013 Crowelltory and continued a trend that has not seen black college players reach double digits since the 2000 Draft (See STAT CORNER). Grant
By Chris Thompson It comes as no surprise to religion watchers that church attendance continues to decline. This week the Barna Group released ÂAmericans Divided on the Importance of Church.ÂŽ When asked what helped them grow in faith, Âpeople offered a variety of answers-prayer, family or friends, reading the Bible, having childrenbut church did not even crack the Top 10 list.ÂŽ Sadly, half of Americans say attending church is ÂsomewhatÂŽ or ÂveryÂŽ important vs. half that say its Ânot tooÂŽ or Ânot at allÂŽ important, according to the Barna Group study. The report notes that the Âdivide between the religiously active and those resistant to churchgoing affects American culture, morality, politics and religion.ÂŽ IÂve witnessed dramatic declines in attendance over the 10-plus years IÂve attended church services in Anchorage. Some churches appear to have lost at least half of their attendees. Clearly Alaska mirrors the national trend. Although some churches appear to be experiencing attendance increases, on the whole declines are the norm in Alaska. The Barna study asked unchurched Americans why they didnÂt attend church. The top two reasons given were ÂI find God elsewhereÂŽ (40 percent) and ÂChurch is not relevant to me personallyÂŽ (35 percent). Regardless of age, denomination or background, the major reason (43 percent) people give for going to church is Âto be closer to God.ÂŽ The report cautions, ÂAlthough people cite their primary reasons for attending church as growing closer to God and learning more about Him, Barna Group fines such closeness is a rare occurrence as fewer than 2 of 10 churchgoers feel closer on a monthly basis.ÂŽ Additionally, while almost twothirds of those who value church attendance go to learn more about God or Jesus than the last time they attended. In fact, the majority of people (61 percent) say they did not gain any significant or new insights regarding faith when they last attended. The report found that among religiously affiliated Americans who say that religion is at least somewhat important in their lives, but who attend worship services no more than a few times a year, 24 percent cite personal prioritiesincluding 16 percent who say they are too busy-as reason they do not attend more often. Another 24 percent mention practical difficulties, including work health problems or transportation difficulties. ÂNearly four in 10 (37 percent) point to an issue directly related to religion or church itself. The most common religion-related responses include disagreements with the beliefs of the religion or their church leaders, or beliefs that attending worship services is not important. Meanwhile, almost one in 10 (9 percent) do not attribute their lack of attendance at religious services to anything in particular.ÂŽ Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press May 8-14, 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. 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 764-9264.2014 Kings & Queens of Clean ComedyThe 2014 Kings and Queens of Clean Comedy benefit event will take place Saturday, June 28th, 7 p.m. at Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church, 10325 Interstate Center Drive. Proceeds from the event benefit the AnnieRuth Foundation. To volunteer or details on tickets call 200-7202 or email email@example.com.Summerville Baptist Church Mothers Day ObservanceSummerville Missionary Baptist Church, 690 W. 20th St., James W. Henry, Pastor will observe MotherÂs Day, Sunday, May 11th during the 11 a.m. worship service. Make plans to be a part of this grand day of praise as we honor the mothers of Summerville. For more information call the church office at 598-0510. Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Youth Weekend ExtravaganzaMount Lebanon missionary Baptist church located at 9319 Ridge Boulevard, Freddie Sumner, Pastor will be celebrating its Annual Youth celebration beginning, Friday May 16th at 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose facility. The events will begin with a banquet and the grand finale of the evening, youth on parade, fashion show, special awards presentation and lots of fun and food. On Saturday, May 17th is the Youth Outing. Sunday, May 18th is church school at 9 a.m. Morning worship service is at 10:45 a.m. Mt. Lebanon will conclude their youth weekend celebration with an Extravaganza at 4 p.m. with invited youth guest participating from various churches to celebrate this exciting weekend of activities. The colors for the occasion are red/black/white. For more information and details call the church office at 527-1762.ew Fountain Chapel AME Church Annual Leona DanielsÂ DayThe members of New Fountain Chapel AME Church, Wendell Webster, Pastor, cordially invites the community to celebrate their Annual Leona DanielsÂ Day, Sunday, May 18, at 9 a.m. church school with Reverend Paul Ruffin, reviewer of the lesson. Come to the 10:30 a.m. morning worship with the dynamic speaker Brother Chad Edwards of St. Petersburg, Florida. The evening service is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. with the powerful preaching of the Reverend Mark Griffin, Pastor of Wayman Ministry of Jacksonville, Florida. To God be the glory for the things he has done for us here on the eastside of Jacksonville. For more information call the church office at 3543021. New Fountain Chapel AME Church is located at 737 Jessie Street.The Taste of St. Paul Missionary Baptist ChurchCome enjoy the ÂTasteÂŽ of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Saturday, June 7th at 3 p.m. Visit vendor booths, dancers, singers, a childrenÂs art auction, bouncey house, kidÂs games, a spades tournament and more! For more information call the church office at 768-7112 or visit www.spmbcjax.org. St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church is located at 3738 Winton Dr.OTICE:Church news is published free of charge. Information must be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event date will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to 765-3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com. 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 SAGA Ministry Presents 2nd Annual Mother-Daughter TeaPictured left to right: Diana Perry, Estelle McKissick, Jaay McKissick, First Lady Sandy Thomas, Kristian Thomas and First Lady Kimberly McKissick RSilver Photo By Rhonda Silver Sisters and God Alone (SAGA) of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church hosted their 2nd annual MotherDaughter Tea on Saturday, May 3rd at Bethel. The event was well attended, and proved to be a generational blessing for all to enjoy, under the leadership of First Lady Kimberly McKissick, wife of Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr. The keynote speaker for the occasion was another First Lady, Sandy Thomas, wife of Pastor Leofric Thomas of Open Arms Christian Fellowship and their 16 year old daughter Kristian Thomas (student at Douglas Anderson) wowed the audience with her song stylings of ÂAlabaster Box.ÂŽ The Mother-Daughter Tea was festive, it was personal, and it was an intimate experience. Honoring our mothers, being honored by their daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters lifted everyone spirits. There was a parade of hats, a table decorating contest, door prizes and a feast prepared by the culinary ministry. The event left everyone thanking God for the mother he assigned to each of us. 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 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. If you have any questions or just want to learn more about the Millions More Movement visit www.jacksonvilleloc.org or call 240-9133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Faith Walk Warriors Tent MeetingFaith Walk Ministry Warriors, 4862 Soutel Dr. invites the community to come see signs and wonders by the power of God, June 18th to June 22nd, starting at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 23rd at 3 p.m. and Sunday June 24th at Sunday morning worship at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday, evening June 14th at 7 p.m. Come and be healed, refreshed, released, reclaimed and souls saved and delivered through the powerful teaching of the word of God. For more information call Warren A. Cooper, Sr. pastor at 466-2325. Cry for Help: Half Of Americans Believe Attending Church is Âot TooÂŽ Or Âot At AllÂŽ Important
May 8-14, 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 JJ Hairston & ÂSunday BestÂŽ winner Tasha Page LockartBET Cancels Celebration of Gospel More than 2.6 million total viewers tuned in to BETÂs annual special ÂCelebration of GospelÂŽ when it premiered on April 6, making it the number one gospel/religious telecast on TV for 14 consecutive years. A celebration of faith through music, this yearÂs special featured an all-star roster of performances including Tamela Mann, Kem, Yolanda Adams, Charlie Wilson, Lalah Hathaway, Zacardi Cortez, SWV, Candice Glover, Donnie McClurkin, Tasha Page Lockart, India.Arie, Jonathan McReynolds, Erica Campbell, Rance Allen Group, Tasha Cobbs, Tye Tribbett, LeÂAndria Johnson and others. Despite its stellar ratings and continued success, BET revealed during their upfront presentation to advertisers in New York that ÂCelebration of GospelÂŽ would not return as one of its ÂMegaSpecials.ÂŽ The network is bringing back the ÂBET Awards,ÂŽ ÂBlack Girls Rock,ÂŽ ÂBET Hip Hop Awards,ÂŽ and ÂBET Honors.ÂŽ ÂCelebration of GospelÂŽ premiered in 2000 and comedian Steve Harvey hosted the show for 13 years. The ÂOriginal Kings of ComedyÂŽ funnyman didnÂt return for the 2014 special due to his hectic schedule. Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson took over ÂCOGÂŽ as the host for the first time during this yearÂs telecast. In 2010, Grammy winner Whitney Houston made a surprise appearance on ÂCelebration of Gospel,ÂŽ where she performed a duet of her hit single ÂI Look To YouÂ with best friend Kim Burrell. The special, which aired in 2011, would be one of HoustonÂs last television appearances before dying in 2012. AlwaysAList.com spoke to sources at BET said they Âhad no ideaÂŽ why the network has opted to cancel the top-rated special. There are several petitions online already from viewers asking BET to reconsider the cancellation.Big Bucks, Violence & Black WomenThe manipulation and one dimensional portrayal of Black women on television was once again thrust front and center into the spotlight after an on-camera blow up by two cast members of the popular Real Housewives of Atlanta series. The profanity-laced, finger pointing, hair pulling, melee which aired April 20 resulted in battery charges, an arrest warrant; endless replays and debates on morning news shows and social media on whether Kenya Moore or Porsha Miller were most at fault during part one of the Season 6 ÂReunionÂŽ show. Meanwhile, cableÂs Bravo which produces and airs the show is gearing up in the aftermath to air parts two and three. Part one, attracted over 4 million viewers, making it the highest rated of any of the reunion shows. According to the Nielsen Company for cable network shows the episode ranked number one among Black households and number three among all U.S. households. There is fortune and fame gained at the expense of denigrating the images of Black women, argued analysts. What is blatantly missing from television is a broader representation of the diversity, complexity and stories they bring to the table. Regardless to the riches, elite social status or success reached by some of the Black women represented on reality T.V., too often they are still portrayed as violent, materialistic or unstable. ÂThese shows are about the denigration of Black women. It pulls up every stereotype, every historical stereotype that we have. WeÂve got Sapphire, weÂve got the neckrolling sister, itÂs every negative stereotype and it is repugnant,ÂŽ said Dr. Julianne Malveaux, economist, author and president emerita of Bennett College for women. The caricature ÂSapphireÂŽ was popularized from the 1920s through 1960s on the Amos ÂnÂ Andy radio and television shows explained sociology professor David Pilgrim. On the show, the character Sapphire Stevens regularly berated Kingfish, her good-for-little husband, he said. The show was popular and Sapphire became a synonym for aggressive, mean Black women, Prof. Pilgrim said in an e-mail to The Final Call. Prof. Pilgrim established the Jim Crow Museum which is a collection of over 4,000 racist memorabilia and artifacts at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. ÂThe legacy of Sapphire Stevens lives today on television shows that portray African American women as cussing, head-shaking, fingerwagging angry women who belittle Black menÂ„who are portrayed as lazy, ignorant, or otherwise morally flawed,ÂŽ he added. Evette Dionne, a writer and editor who covers a variety of issues including, race, culture and entertainment said many of the reality shows are capitalizing and profiting off of the pain and hurt of Black women. ÂInstead of giving them therapy or a way to work through their issues, they put them in these situations where unhealed hurt comes to the surface and next thing you know, itÂs throwing bottles and hitting each other upside the head and cursing each other out because they have unresolved issues that nobody has attempted to work through. I blame networks for that,ÂŽ said Ms. Dionne. She is bothered by the lack of the diversity of images of Black women on television. According to Nielsen, Scandal which airs on ABC, starring Kerry Washington is the top-rated show in Black households. The show has been lauded for its talented star Ms. Washington, who became the first Black female lead in a network drama in 40 years when the show debuted in 2012. Despite that feat, critics point out the showÂs character is involved in an extramarital affair and is in a sexual relationship with two other characters, both White men. The character rejected an offer of marriage from another character, a Black man. According to a poll conducted by Essence Magazine and Proctor and Gamble, nearly 80 percent of Black women said they are concerned about the way they were and are being portrayed in media. Blacks also watch more television than any other group in the U.S. ÂAfrican-Americans are voracious viewers of television. In 2013, they watched over seven hours a day! This is more time (and programming) than any other demographicÂ„a hefty 37 percent more,ÂŽ said the companyÂs report, ÂTastemakers, Leaders and Media Lovers: Why the African-American Consumer is Important to the Entertainment Industry.ÂŽ The challenge when it comes to Black women and reality T.V., said Dr. Malveaux, is many people say it is Âjust entertainment.ÂŽ ÂWell if you had one sister doing something decent for everybody whoÂs clowning, that might be OK. You see White women clowning and you see White women in major important roles or at least in sitcoms that do not demean them. If you counted up the number of African American women with prime time roles on television, disproportionately they would be these sisters who are carrying on like theyÂre in junior high school.ÂŽ Ms. Dionne agreed. ÂIf there were a million representations of Black women, I would be OK with reality television. But if reality television is dominating the representation and thatÂs the only thing you really see outside of say Scandal, Being Mary Jane and Sleepy Hollow, itÂs problematic for me.ÂŽ Being Mary Jane stars Gabrielle Union and debuted in 2013 on BET with over 4 million viewers. The character Mary Jane is a successful television anchor trying to balance a career with her personal life while trying to find ÂMr. Right.ÂŽ The character was sleeping with a married man but eventually stopped. Sleepy Hollow airs on FOX and stars Nicole Beharie in the role of a police detective. Online activist group, Color Of Change condemned the RHOA reality show, as well as BravoÂs show, Married to Medicine, which focuses on the lives of Black women who are in the medical profession or married to a medical professional. The group released a statement condemning what it called a Âstaged hostile environment that provoked the altercation and the troubling pattern of violent, stereotypical portrayals of Black people across many of BravoÂs Black reality franchises.ÂŽ ÂResearch shows that dehumanizing portrayals of Black people on television lead to real-world consequences for Black folksÂ„influencing how we are treated by doctors, judges, teachers and lawmakers. No matter how entertaining, this should be the last fight between Black women that Bravo profits from,ÂŽ the statement read in part. The one-dimensional portrayal of Black women exemplified on many of these reality shows is a formula that works and people will tune in, added Ms. Dionne. These types of shows are often cheap to make, she explained. ÂThese shows, sometimes their budget is $50,000, $60,000. They donÂt have to pay these women a lot of money like you would have to pay an actress. ItÂs profitable for them,ÂŽ said Ms. Dionne. There is less monetary risk than there is with a network show, she explained. NeNe Leakes is one of the stars of RHOA and makes a reported $1 million per season. These types of shows do not give young, Black women reasonable images of who Black women are, said Dr. Malveaux. WhoÂs hotter than Beyonce right now? It is my assumption that you canÂt quite think of anyone more on fire! Marco Borges, Queen BeyÂs personal trainer, spoke of her stay-slim tips and tricks in a recent interview. If you follow the empire couple, then you know that Beyonce and Jay-Z recently did a vegan challenge. Borge states that it wasnÂt hard for Bey to transition into this new lifestyle. He says, Âshe tends to stick to a mostly plant-based diet with some fish here and there.ÂŽ He also states that Beyonce swears by 22 Days Nutrition bars as a food/snack replacement. Her favorite flavors are Peanut Chocolate-Chip Nirvana, Cherry Chocolate Bliss and Pineapple Chocolate-Chip Wonder. On Staying Bootylicious: Marco also shares that Beyonceswears by Âbody-weight squats, lunges and plies, along with plyometric exercises, and sprint intervals.ÂŽ Queen Bey apparently is all about health and wellness, and Âshe just wants to feel good.ÂŽ The best part is that she is supported by her husband. Marco shares that not only does the power couple diet together, they also work out together. He even said that Jay will sometimes work out to BeyÂs soundtracks. BeyonceÂs Trainer Shares Her Secrets ÂThe Real Housewives of AtlantaÂŽ cast members, from left, Kenya Moore, Cynthia Bailey, ee Leakes and Porsha Stewart. (L-R) Debra Lee (CEO BET etworks) and Gabrielle Union (Actress) attend BETÂs ÂBeing Mary JaneÂŽ Los Angeles premiere.
Comedian Aries SpearsHear comedy from Aries Spears, May 8th Â… 10th at the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd. From being a regular on FoxÂs Mad TV, starring in feature films, appearing on national talk shows, Aries stand-up, are becoming recognized and appreciated throughout the entertainment industry. For more information call 292-4242 or visit www.comedyzone.com. Jax AACP Monthly MeetingThe next NAACP monthly meeting will focus on five game changers: education, health, economic sustainability, civic engagement, criminal and juvenile justice. The meeting will be held Thursday, May 8th at 7:15 p.m., at 1725 Oakhurst Avenue. For more info email email@example.com or visit 764-7578 or via the web www.jacksonvillenaacp.com.The Colored Museum Play at Stage Auror aNext up at Stage Aurora is the New York award-winning musical ÂThe Colored MuseumÂŽ playing May 9-11 for Mother's Day weekend at the Stage Aurora Performance Hall, 5188 Norwood Avenue. For tickets and more details call 765-7372 or visit www.stageaurora.org.Calling all RattlersCalling all FAMU Rattler alumni, friends and supporters to the J.R.E. Lee Jacksonville Alumni Chapter of FAMU NAA monthly meeting, Saturday, May 10th at 10 a.m. The location is the FAMU College of Pharmacy Campus, 2050 Art Museum Dr., Building 4800, Suite 200. For further information call 307-1962. Make sure to bring another Rattler with you!Cher ÂCloser to the TruthÂŽ ConcertItÂs official! The one and only Cher will stop in Jacksonville Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Jacksonville, Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd. For more details call 6303900.ASALH Civil Rights Hall Of Fame Bus Trip The James Weldon Johnson Association for the Study of African-American Life and History Jax Branch is sponsoring a bus trip on Wednesday, May 14th to Tallahassee for the Civil Rights Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. The inductees are James Weldon Johnson, Robert Hayling and A. Philip Randolph. Bus leaves at 6 a.m. from Bethel Baptist Institutional Church and returns approximately at 5:30 p.m. For more information contact Priscilla Williamson at 766-8263 to reserve your seat or email firstname.lastname@example.org.ÂGrowing Great GirlsÂŽ WorkshopThe First Coast Girls Initiative ÂGrowing Great GirlsÂŽ annual workshop takes place Friday, May 16th 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Keynote presented by Dr. Catherine SteinerAdair, internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant and author. Enjoy an awards luncheon and roundtable discussion. For more information email email@example.com or visit www.fcgijax.org or call 382-9692.DHS trip to Historic St. Augustine ExhibitTravel with the Durkeeville Historical Society to Historic St. Augustine Florida, Saturday, May 17th to view the ÂJourney: 450 years of the African American Experience.ÂŽ Bus departs at 8 a.m. returns to Jax at 5:30 p.m. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 598-9567.Jax Urban League 5k Walk/RunPut on your running shoes for the Jacksonville Urban LeagueÂs Young Professionals Springfield 5k Walk/Run, Saturday, May 17th, at 7:30 a.m. To register go to www.1stplacesports.com/springfield.html or call Linnie Finley at 366-3461.orth Florida Hair ExpoThe North Florida Simply Natural Hair and Beauty Wellness expo is scheduled for Sunday, May 18th, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. View the stylist and barber competition, free workshops, hair demonstrations, entertainment and a fashion show! For more information call 407-7530705 or visit www.southflnaturalhairexpo.com.Genealogical Society Monthly MeetingsThe next Jax Genealogical Society monthly meetings are scheduled for 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. 34th Annual Jacksonville Jazz FestIn the heart of downtown Jacksonville the Jacksonville Jazz festival is set for May 22 to May 25th. For more details and jazz lineup call 630-7282 or visit www.makeascenedowntown.com. Trip to Historic St. Augustine ExhibitTravel with the Durkeeville Historical Society to Historic St. Augustine Florida, Saturday, May 17th to view the ÂJourney: 450 years of the African American Experience.ÂŽ Bus departs at 8 a.m. and returns to Jax at 5:30 p.m. For more information call 598-9567.Model African Union Summit On May 17th, the Model African Union Summit will be held at the Emmett Reed Center from 10 a.m. until 4. p.m. The Model African Union Summit is a middle school competition designed to increase awareness of the role, structure and performance of the African Union, highlight key economic, social and political-security issues facing the African continent. All participants must pre-register. For more information call 888.271.1170 ext. 7 or visit www.miciahdeleston.com.Women, Words and Wisdom The WomenÂs Center of Jacksonville presents the 2014 Speaker Series, ÂWomen, Words and Wisdom.ÂŽ The series continues on Tuesday, May 20th with Chevara Orrin. Lectures will be held at the Riverside House, 2165 Park Street at 6:30 p.m. For more info call 722-3000. OneJax 2014 Humanitarian Awards The OneJax 2014 Humanitarian Awards Dinner will take place, Thursday, May 22nd, at 6 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel, 225 E. Coastline Dr. This special event honors those who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the Jacksonville Community. Honorees include: Preston H. Haskell, PE., Nina Waters, Eleanor Ashby, Parvez Ahmed, Ph.D., Ronald Elinof, DDS and William Cody, MD. For tickets and more information call 6201529 or visit www.onejax.org.Huggy Lowdown and Chris Paul in ConcertAll the way from the Tom Joyner Morning show welcome comedians Huggy Lowdown and Chris Paul to the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd., May 22 Â… 25. For more information call 292-4242 or visit www.comedyzone.comAmerican Beach Jazz FestivalMake plans for Memorial weekend to attend the American Beach Jazz Festival and enjoy the smooth sounds of Akia Uwanda & Friends, Saturday, May 31st. For more information visit www.therealakiauwanda.net or call 405-4008.D.L. Hughley in ConcertDL Hughley known for hosting many different shows and considered one of the ÂKings of ComedyÂŽ will headline at the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd., June 5th and 7th For more information call 292-4242 or visit www.comedyzone.com.Elder Source GalaElder Source presents their ÂA Night with the Stars Gala,ÂŽ Saturday, June 7th, 7 Â… 10 p.m. at WJCT Studios, 100 Festival Park Ave. An evening with an elegant '50s twist, big band music from Crescendo Amelia Big Band, dancing, signature cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres in an elegant club atmosphere where the Rat Pack would feel right at home! For more information call 608-3823 or via the web at www.myeldersource.org.P.RI.D.E June Bookclub Meeting People Reading for Inspiration, Discussion and Enjoyment (P.R.I.D.E) will meet Saturday, June 7th at 7 p.m. at the Ritz Museum, 829 North Davis Street. The book for discussion is ÂThe Autobiography of an Ex-Colored ManÂŽ by James Weldon Johnson. For more information call Felice Franklin at 389-8417 or email email@example.com.Comedian Earthquake at Comedy ZoneComedian Earthquake will be in concert, July 25-26 at the Comedy Zone. Earthquake has participated in many different comedy tours, including Def Comedy Jam, Laffapalozza and more! For tickets and more information call 2924242 or via the web at www.comedyzone.com. The Comedy Zone is located 3130 Hartley Rd.Kingsland Catfish FestivalThe 32nd Kingsland Catfish Festival is now a one day event to be held Saturday, August 30th, 9 Â… 6 p.m., The festival's theme this year will be ÂRemember when it was 1982?ÂŽ. 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May 8-14, 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! By Chelsea Jones ÂOne finger pointing the blame donÂt make no impact. But you ball up all them fingers into a fist, and you can strike a mighty blow. This family got to be that fist.ÂŽ Â… Big Mama in Soul Food When people spot her in public, sheÂs immediately recognized as Big Mama from the Soul Food (1997), or Mrs. Marva Munson from The Ladykillers (2004), or even Mildred from Tyler PerryÂs Meet the Browns (2008). But her name is Irma P. Hall. The 79-year-old actress has achieved wide acclaim during her highly successful acting career, which has spanned over four decades. She is known to portray various characters, many of which are caring matriarchs that offer sound advice, with grace and style. Critics deem her such a natural on stage and screen that itÂs hard to believe she started acting by accident. She began her journey as a teacher. Born Irma Dolores Player Hall on June 3, 1935, in Beaumont, Texas, she moved with her parents to Chicago where she attended elementary and high school. She spent two years at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa, and graduated from Texas College in Tyler. Since childhood she possessed a love for foreign languages and decided to major in French and minor in Spanish. Her plans were to become a store buyer and study dance. However, those plans were quickly thwarted after she received an epiphany during her first days of teaching. For nearly 30 years, she either taught French, Spanish, Latin, English and/or theater arts at various schools in Texas, including Dallas schools Booker T. Washington High School (19621967), Sarah Zumwalt Jr. High School (1967-1971), T.W. Browns Jr. High School (1972-1976), and James Madison High School (19761984). Periodically, she also worked as a school publicist and contributing editor for The Dallas Express, the Elite News and The Dallas Weekly newspapers. Introduction to Acting In 1972, director and actor Raymond St. Jacques was in Texas to produce and star in the film Book of Numbers. Hall had been hired as the filmÂs interim publicist. One day on the set, St. Jacques heard her reciting a poem to a group of writers and artists. Impressed, he asked her to audition for a role. Hall mentioned that she told him, ÂI donÂt know anything about acting. IÂve been in school plays, but all kids have been in school plays.ÂŽ Nevertheless, she auditioned and got the small role of Sweet Georgia Brown. Hall, then a 36-year-old single mother of two, was shocked, yet excited. ÂWhen I was in costume and makeup, I remember telling my daughter, ÂThese people are going to really put me in this film,ÂŽ Hall said. Hall recalled being extremely nervous because she had never acted before. However, DÂUrville Martin, one of the filmÂs costars, took her under his wing and encouraged her to just do her best. She didnÂt want to mess up, so she continuously practiced her lines and did a lot of praying. She commented that St. Jacques, after reviewing the footage from daily tapings, pulled her aside and informed her that she had natural acting abilities that needed to be developed. He assured her that God had given her a gift, and she was obligated to use it. The Original Big Mama : Actress Irma P. Hall Reflects on 40+Years in Drama By Frederick H. Lowe Dr. George Franklin Grant, an African-American Harvard University-educated dentist received the first patent for the golf tee. And now that itÂs Spring, African American Golfers Digest is encouraging black golfers to honor golfÂs black heritage by teeing off at eight African American owned golf courses. The initiative is called ÂPlaying the African American Golf Trail,ÂŽ and although it launched in January, it got into full swing during April, which was National Black Golf Month. African American GolferÂs Digest, a New Yorkbased quarterly magazine, launched National Black Golf Month in August 2010, said Debert Cook, the magazineÂs publisher. The initiatives goal is to make golfers aware of the eight African American owned courses and to provide the coursesÂ owners with revenue. GolferÂs Digest is also promoting the African American GolferÂs Digest Challenge, which encourages golfers to book tee times at all eight golf courses. If a golfer plays the circuit, he or she will receive a certificate, proving that they make the cut by submitting copies of his or her scorecards to African American GolferÂs Digest on or before June 31, 2015. Black Owned Golf Courses For more information visit the eight African American Golf Courses: Bull Creek Golf & Country Club, Louisburg, NC; Clearview Golf Course, East Canton, Ohio; College Park Golf, College Park, GA; Freeway Golf Course, Sicklerville, NJ; Innisbrook Golf Resort Palm Harbor, FL; Langston Golf Course, Washington, DC; Sugar Creek Golf & Tennis Courts, Atlanta, GA and Woodridge Golf Club, Mineral Wells, WV. A Black Man Invented the Golf Tee, and Black Golfers Are Being Encouraged to Tee Off Gabourey Sidibe, best known for her breakout performance in Precious opposite Mariah Carey and MoÂNique, recently shared some words of encouragement for women all around the world. She recently attended the Gloria Awards and Gala in New York City, and during her keynote speech, she talked about how she developed her confidence while growing up. She says she was constantly being attacked about her appearance. She started her speech by saying how much she hates when people ask her why she is so confident, implying that she shouldnÂt be. ÂI hate that,ÂŽ she told the crowd. ÂI always wonder if thatÂs the first thing they ask Rihanna when they meet her. ÂRiRi! How are you so confident?Â Nope. No. No. But me? They ask me with that same incredulous disbelief every single time. ÂYou seem so confident! How is that?ÂÂŽ She continued: When I was ten years, in the fifth grade, my teacher, Miss Lowe had announced that my class would be having a holiday party right before the Christmas break. She asked if we all could all bring snacks or soda or juice to the class party. She also said we had the option of cooking something, if we like. I was so excited. I immediately decided that I would make gingerbread cookies, and that everyone would love them. I told my mom my plan, and I asked her for money to go buy the ingredients. She thought I should just buy store-bought cookies, but I told her, ÂThose cookies didnÂt have enough love in them!ÂŽ I had to make the cookies. So I bought the mix, and I bought cookie cutters in the shape of Christmas trees and bells, and I made a practice batch of cookies that went horribly wrong. Good thing they were a practice batch. They were awful. And then the night before the party, I made another batch of cookies. And they were also awful, but they looked a lot better. I carefully put the cookies in a Ziplock bag, so I could take them to school the next day. When I got to school that morning, I could not wait until that party. And I was so proud of those cookies, and all the effort I put into making them, I started to think that maybe I wouldnÂt just be the first woman black President Â„ maybe I would also be a celebrity chef! I mean, why limit myself? George Franklin Grant, a member of the 1870 class at Harvard University Dental School, became a noted inventor both in his professional life and in his recreational life. He developed and patented both a rubber oblate palate to treat cleft palates and the world's first golf tee. Both inventions brought him national and international renown. After serving on the Harvard Dental School faculty (1874-89), Grant earned his livelihood as a dentist with an elite Boston private practice. He never marketed his golfing innovation, but gave the tees away to friends. Gabourey Sidibe speaking at the Ms. Foundation for Women Gloria Awards in ew York city.Gabourey Sidibe Shares Inspiring Words on Beauty and Self-Esteem
Page 10 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press May 8-14, 2014 'I will sell them,' Boko Haram Leader Says of 200 Kidnapped igerian Girls by Aminu Abubakar (CNN) Fears for the fate of more than 200 Nigerian girls turned even more nightmarish this week when the leader of the Islamist militant group that kidnapped them announced plans to sell them. "I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah," a man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video. "There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women," he continued, according to a CNN translation from the local Hausa language. Boko Haram is a terrorist group receiving training from al Qaeda affiliates, according to U.S. officials. Its name means "Western education is sin." In his nearly hourlong, rambling video, Shekau repeatedly called for Western education to end. "Girls, you should go and get married," he said. The outrageous threat means the girls' parents' worst fears could be realized. Parents have avoided speaking to the media for fear their daughters may be singled out for reprisals. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the video "does appear legitimate." The tape won't intimidate or deter Nigeria from efforts to save the kidnapped girls, the Nigerian government said. "It is disheartening that someone would make such a terrible boast," Doyin Okupe, spokesman for President Goodluck Jonathan, said in an interview with CNN. "It is to be expected of terrorists," he added. "No group can affect our resolve. We will see this through to the end. We have the commitment and capacity to get this done. No matter what this takes, we will get these girls." Jonathan vowed, "Wherever these girls are, we'll get them out." But he also criticized the girls' parents, saying they weren't cooperating fully with police. Weeks after the girls' April 14 kidnapping, Africa's most populous country seems to be no closer to finding them, triggering complaints of ineptitude -some of which are expressed on Twitter with the globally trending hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. Militants attacked school last month According to accounts, armed members of Boko Haram overwhelmed security guards at a school last month, pulled the girls out of bed and forced them into trucks. The convoy of trucks then disappeared into the dense forest bordering Cameroon. The Nigerian authorities updated the number of girls kidnapped to 276. At least 53 of the girls escaped, leaving 223 in the hands of their captors, police said. Authorities said the number of missing girls could grow as police fill in spotty school enrollment records. Families had sent their girls to the rural school in Chibok for a desperately needed education. The northeastern town is part of Borno state, where 72% of primary-age children never attended school, according to the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria. It's even worse for girls than boys. "In the North particularly, the gender gap remains particularly wide and the proportion of girls to boys in school ranges from 1 girl to 2 boys to 1 to 3 in some states," UNICEF says. Twelve northern states follow Sharia law. In recent years, Boko Haram has carried out dozens of attacks, killing thousands of people at schools, churches, police stations, government buildings and elsewhere. Targets include Christians, senior Islamic figures critical of Boko Haram and people the group believes are engaged in "unIslamic" behavior, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says. Boko Haram has gained training in weapons and communications from al Qaeda.. This helped it move from little-noticed attacks to more spectacular ones, including against Western targets and the Nigerian government, which it seeks to overthrow, U.S. authorities say. In 2011, it carried out an attack with IEDs on the United Nations headquarters in Abuja. It's unclear just how big the group is. The U.S. State Department says Boko Haram's membership estimates "range from the hundreds to a few thousand." igerians protest over kidnapped school girls. by Faith Karimi It's been a week since the world learned that Donald Sterling had made racist remarks on audio recordings, casting a cloud over the professional basketball team he owns, the Los Angeles Clippers. Now the team had two wins to celebrate. First, the NBA announced it will appoint a new C.E.O. to oversee the team's operations. The appointment will be made in consultation with the Clippers management. "The best way to ensure the stability of the team during this difficult situation is to move quickly and install a CEO to oversee the Clippers organization," NBA Executive Vice President Mike Bass said in a statement. "The process of identifying that individual is underway." Second, the team showed that it had truly shaken off the non-basketball distractions. The Clippers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-105 to win its second round in the NBA playoffs. But the Sterling story won't go away any time soon. After dodging the media for days, the woman who recorded Clippers' owner Donald Sterling remarks urged him to apologize. In a recent interview with ABC's Barbara Walters, Stiviano said Sterling is hurting after the scandal that turned him into a sports pariah. "I think he feels very alone. Not truly supported by those around him," Stiviano, 31, said. "Tormented. Emotionally traumatized." But, she told Walters, this is not the first time they've discussed race. "There's been a number of occasions where Mr. Sterling and I had conversations just like this one," she said. "Part of what the world heard was only 15 minutes. There's a number of other hours that the world doesn't know." One audio of Sterling's conversation released last month triggered a firestorm that led to his NBA lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine. In the audio, Sterling tells Stiviano not to "promote" her relationship with black people or bring them to games after she posted a picture on social media with NBA legend Magic Johnson. Stiviano said Sterling should apologize for the comments and has discussed it with him. "God only knows," she said when asked if he will apologize. Whether or not he does, Sterling is already paying the price. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gave him a lifetime ban, ordered he pay a $2.5 million fine and said he'd push to "force a sale" of the Clippers. Was it legal to record and release Sterling's racist rant? 'In the heat of the moment' Despite their numerous conversations, including the ones that led to Sterling's punishment, Stiviano does not consider him a racist. "No, I don't believe that in my heart," she said. I think the things he says are not what he feels. Anyone can say anything in the heat of the moment. "I think he comes from a different generation ... he was brought up to believe these things ... segregation, whites and blacks. But through his actions, he's shown that he's not a racist. He's shown to be a very generous and kind man." Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and V. Stiviano.BA to ame ew CEO for the Clippers; Team Wins in Playoffs
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