Volume 27 o. 20 May 15-22, 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents How to Avoid an Estate Battle After You DiePage 2 ÂSave Our GirlsÂŽ is a Microcosm of a Much Bigger Issue in igeriaPage 4Mentoring Groups Worry About Funding for ÂMy BrotherÂs KeeperÂPage 5 Adult BullyingItÂs More Common Than You ThinkPage 7 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Abducted igerian Girls Offered in Exchange For PrisonersThe leader of the Nigerian Islamist rebel group Boko Haram has said he will release more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by his fighters last month in exchange for prisoners, according to a video. Around 100 girls wearing full veils and praying are shown in an undisclosed location in the 17-minute video in which Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau speaks, according to a French news agency. Militants fighting for an Islamist state stormed a secondary school in the northeastern village of Chibok on April 14 and seized 276 girls who were taking exams. Some managed to escape but around 200 remain missing. Nigeria said on Saturday it had deployed two army divisions to the hunt for the girls while several nations including the United States, Britain, Israel and France have offered assistance or sent experts. The mass abduction of schoolgirls has touched a chord around the world, and triggered a support campaign using the Twitter hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. BA ames Dick Parsons Interim CEO of LA ClippersThe NBA has named Dick Parsons interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers. It was announced by League Commissioner Adam Silver that the former Citigroup chairman, Time Warner chairman and CEO will take the position, effective immediately. ÂI believe the hiring of Dick Parsons will bring extraordinary leadership and immediate stability to the Clippers organization,ÂŽ Silver said, according to a recent press release. ÂDickÂs credentials as a proven chief executive speak for themselves, and I am extremely grateful he accepted this responsibility.ÂŽ Parsons currently serves as a senior advisor at Providence Equity Partners and is a member of the Commission on Presidential DebatesÂ board of directors.Study Reveals Direct Correlation Between Dropouts and PrisonThere is a startling report this month that examines the correlation between black males, high school diplomas and the possibility of being imprisoned. According to a study from the BrookingÂs InstitutionÂs Hamilton Project, African-American men who do not complete their high school education are at an extremely high risk of going to prison. The report states there is a 70 percent chance that a black male without a high school diploma will end up in jail by his mid-30s. ÂItÂs a very dramatic statement about the importance of keeping kids in schools and the consequences that occur when you donÂt,ÂŽ said Dennis Parker, director of the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties. ÂI hope this statistic wakes us up to the problems that we face as a society. It affects not only those people but all of us.ÂŽ The study shows that by the time a black child turns 14, they are at 50 percent chance of seeing their father end up in prison, compared to less than ten percent of white children.Michael Sam Becomes First Openly Gay Player Drafted by FLOpenly gay college player Michael Sam was taken by the St. Louis Rams as the 249th pick in the NFL draft. The NFL took until nearly the end of the draft for Michael Sam to become the first openly gay player drafted into the league. Sam, the SEC co-defensive player of the year at Missouri, was taken late in the seventh and final round by the St. Louis Rams with the 249th pick (out of 256 over the three days of the draft). He was filmed by ESPN as he received the phone call from Rams Coach Jeff Fisher, broke down and sobbed as he learned that he was going to the Rams. A 24-year-old lineman from Hitchcock, Texas, Sam announced that he was gay shortly after the Super Bowl.ACWins in South Africa AgainJOHANNESBURG Â„ South AfricaÂs ruling African National Congress (ANC) won this yearÂs election, guaranteeing it another five years at the helm of AfricaÂs most advanced nation. South African President Jacob Zuma said Saturday that his party regards the election results as a "strong sign of approval" of the work his party has done over the past 20 years. Zuma said the victory confirmed the ANC remains the "only true hope" for most South Africans, particularly the poor and those in the working class. The ANC, by virtue of being the only party to rule South Africa since apartheidÂs end in 1994, is also the party responsible for extending development to benefit the nationÂs black majority, which was shut out under the former apartheid government. The party trumpeted this fact in its campaign, but Mathekga says that voters increasingly feel that is not enough. The ANC has been dogged by criticism over its failure to provide all South Africans with basic services. Some 3 million South Africans do not have electricity. More recently, the party has been tainted by a major scandal revolving around Zuma, the partyÂs leader. He is accused of spending about $23 million in public funds to renovate his private home in South Africa. By Jeffrey L. Boney According to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, nearly 40 percent of Black students attend schools that are more than 90 percent White, yet American classrooms have become far less diverse while becoming more and more culturally diverse. The same thing rings true in many of our publicly-funded state colleges and universities and thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, that trend will be more than likely to continue. In a 6-2 decision, the highest Court in the land upheld a Michigan law that banned the use of racial criteria in college admissions. The justices found that the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati did not have authority to set aside the measure approved in a 2006 referendum After the Supreme Court upheld affirmative action in the University of Michigan law school case, 58 percent of voters adopted Proposal 2 in 2006, which prohibited discrimination or preferential treatment in public education, government contracting and pubic employment based on race, ethnicity or gender. It was molded after a ballot measure passed by California voters in 1996. Supporters of affirmative action in Michigan, lodged a legal challenge to Proposal 2, paving the path for the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to rule 8-7 that the referendum, which amended the state conduction, violated the federal ConstitutionÂs Equal Protection Clause. This recent Supreme Court decision prevents publicly-funded colleges from providing Âpreferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.ÂŽ This serves as major blow to supporters of affirmative action across the U.S.., as this Supreme Court decision is sure to encourage other individuals to challenge the affirmative action criteria in their respective states. Currently, the states of California, Florida, Washington, Arizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma and New Hampshire have similar bans on affirmative action. Equally discouraging for many is that a study by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), has shown that whenever states have eliminated affirmative action in the past, a decline in Black college enrollment has followed that decision. The Houston Forward Times (HFT) wrote a story back in 2013, where the Supreme Court, by a 7-1 vote, told the Fifth Circuit court that it used the wrong standards to evaluate UT-AustinÂs affirmative action policy and that it misinterpreted the precedent set by the Supreme Court when they reviewed the policy. Sidestepping any major ruling on the issue of affirmative action then or deciding whether or not the University of Texas admissions plan that allows the limited consideration of race was unconstitutional, the Supreme Court voted to send the case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, for further review. As he did for the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin decision, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion and concerning the most recent decision, wrote, ÂThis case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved.ÂŽ Justice Kennedy went on to write that, ÂIt is about who may resolve it. There is no authority in the Constitution of the United States or in this courtÂs precedents for the judiciary to set aside Michigan Continued on page 11Are Educated Black People Becoming an Endangered Species? Sports, Black Athletes & Modern Day Slavery by Charlene Muhammad Since L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been fined $2.5 million and banned from the National Basketball Association for life, many feel all thatÂs left to do is force him to sell his team. But many others say the real work is confronting how deep the slave master mentality runs in pro sports and what should Black athletes and the community do about it. The latest firestorm directed toward Ms. Sterling came after a conversation with V. Stiviano, his much younger girlfriend, was leaked. In it, Mr. Sterling denigrates Blacks and Mexicans, telling her not to post pictures of her with Blacks on Instagram, not to bring Blacks to his game and Earvin ÂMagicÂŽ Johnson, basketball great and business mogul, was not welcome. Outraged Los Angeles residents rallied across the street from the Staples Center just before the teamÂs April 29 game to protest. They demonstrated on the 22nd anniversary of the L.A. Rebellion over the acquittal of officers captured on videotape beating of Black motorist Rodney King. ÂThis is a sad day in the sense that we have been offended again as Continued on page 3 Shown above are Karryl Eugene, Jose Chavez, Tamara Baffour, 1st prize painting by Ryan Widgeon (not pictured), Congresswoman Corrine Brown and Samantha Jaffee. L. Jones photoCongressman Corrine Brown held her Fifth Congressional District Art competition at Florida State College this week. Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the nation. This yearÂs theme was ÂAn Artistic DiscoveryÂŽ. First prize winner was Ryan Widgeon for his piece entitled "Configuration" which wins him for a free trip to Washington, D.C. to see his picture hanging in the Capitol Rotunda for the next year. Single Gender Classrooms to be Introduced at Butler MiddleDuval County Superintendent Nikolai Vitti is offering students and parents a new option at Eugene Butler Middle School single gender classrooms. An open meeting for parents and students was held this week to introduce the concept. The classes are aimed at improving students' success. ÂI am excited about this,ÂŽ said principle Maurice Nesmith. ÂI think itÂs going to be a wonderful program. I think it is exactly what this school needs. I think itÂs what this community needs. I think itÂs what our students need, and I guarantee weÂll see some positive results when we fully implement this next school year.ÂŽ At the meeting, officials explained that Eugene Butler Middle School has 900 fewer students than it should. Part of the reason is a history of poor grades. In an effort to change, that all core classes at the school will be split between boys and girls beginning next school year. Students will be integrated during elective classes, lunch and physical education. The program will also require students to wear uniforms to school. ÂI think having the separate genders allows them to focus more, allows them to not be so consumed with impressing the opposite gender but to really focus and be about business,ÂŽ said Cyrus Tookes, a Duval County parent. If parents donÂt want their children to participate in the program, the district will provide transportation to a different school for their child. Cong. Brown Gives Art Students ational Attention
By Jason Alderman Good news for people shopping for a mortgage Â… and for current homeowners facing foreclosure because they can no longer afford their home loan: New mortgage regulations drafted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently took effect and they provide a slew of new rights and protections for consumers. One of the cornerstones of the new mortgage rules is that lenders now are required to evaluate whether borrowers can afford to repay a mortgage over the long term Â… that is, after the initial teaser rate has expired. Otherwise, the loan won't be considered what's now referred to as a "qualified mortgage." Qualified mortgages are designed to help protect consumers from the kinds of risky loans that brought the housing market to its knees back in 2008. But obtaining that designation is also important to lenders because it will help protect them from lawsuits by borrowers who later prove unable to pay off their loans. Under the new ability-to-pay rules, lenders now must assess Â… and document Â… multiple components of the borrower's financial state before offering a mortgage, including the borrower's income, savings and other assets, debt, employment status and credit history, as well as other anticipated mortgage-related costs. Qualified mortgages must meet the following guidelines: The term can't be longer than 30 years. Interest-only, negative amortization and balloon-payment loans aren't allowed. Loans over $100,000 can't have upfront points and fees that exceed 3 percent of the total loan amount. If the loan has an adjustable interest rate, the lender must ensure that the borrower qualifies at the fully indexed rate (the highest rate to which it might climb), versus the initial teaser rate. Generally, borrowers must have a total monthly debt-to-income ratio of 43 percent or less. Loans that are eligible to be bought, guaranteed or insured by government agencies like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration are considered qualified mortgages until at least 2021, even if they don't meet all QM requirements. Lenders may still issue mortgages that aren't qualified, provided they reasonably believe borrowers can repay Â… and have documentation to back up that assessment. New, tougher regulations also apply to mortgage servicers Â… the companies responsible for collecting payments and managing customer service for the loan owners. For example, they now must: Send borrowers clear monthly statements that show how payments are being credited, including a breakdown of payments by principal, interest, fees and escrow. Fix mistakes and respond to borrower inquiries promptly. Credit payments on the date received. Provide early notice to borrowers with adjustable-rate mortgages when their rate is about to change. Contact most borrowers by the time they are 36 days late with their payment. Inform borrowers who fall behind on mortgage payments of all available alternatives to foreclosure (e.g., payment deferment or loan modification). With limited exceptions, mortgage servicers now cannot: initiate foreclosures until borrowers are more than 120 days delinquent (allowing time to apply for a loan modification or other alternative); start foreclosure proceedings while also working with a homeowner who has already submitted a complete application for help; or hold a foreclosure sale until all other alternatives have been considered. For more details on the new mortgage rules, visit www.consumerfinance.gov/mortgage. Bottom line: You should never enter into a mortgage (or other loan) you can't understand or afford. But it's nice to know that stronger regulations are now in place to help prevent another housing meltdown. How do you split a painting in half? ThatÂs the problem confronting a client of Bernard Krooks, an estate lawyer in White Plains, N.Y. Before his clientÂs mother died, she specified that her two sons each get half of her financial assets-but she didnÂt make provisions for her personal possessions, and there was one piece of art that both wanted. ÂOne son went to the house and snatched it,ÂŽ Krooks recalls. ÂThe executor was willing to give the other son the cash equivalent of the painting value, but he said, no, he wanted the paintingÂŽ. The quarrel escalated, and lawyers were called in. Since then, Krooks says, the legal fees have far exceeded the value of the painting and the brothers no longer talk to each other. ÂThe biggest estate-planning mistake is that people think itÂs only about the money,ÂŽ says Marlene Stum, a professor at the University of Minnesota and author of the Âwho Gets GrandmaÂs Yellow Pie Plate?ÂŽ workbook and website. ÂWhen it comes to their personal possessions, they say, ÂItÂs just stuff.ÂŽ In fact, such ÂstuffÂŽ Â… the legal term is Ânon-titled propertyÂŽ Â… often the biggest source of unhappiness among families, says Wynne Whitman, an attorney in Spring Lake, N.J. Certain items might have monetary worth, and others are cherished for their sentimental value. But 25 cent Christmas ornament of dog-eared copy of ÂWinnie the PoohÂŽ can come at a costly emotional price. Without investing time and thought into how to distribute personal possessions, you can unwittingly leave a legacy of rancor and resentment. A Will IsnÂt Enough In one survey by Rocket lawyer, a legal services website, half of respondents with children did not have a will, also alarming, 41 percent of baby boomers (ages 55 to 64) did not have one. Dying without a will triggers intestacy laws, which means the state determines how a personÂs estate is distributed and how their assets are allocated. In other words, if you donÂt make a will, the state effectively does it for you. In most states, the estate is divided among the decedentÂs spouse and children. But with the increasing number of blended families, things can get complicated. So if you want your china or woodworking tools to go to a particular child, its best to put it in writing. Many states let you attach a codicil to your will indicating that youÂve made a separate list distributing your possessions. ÂKeep it separate from your will,ÂŽ Stum says. ÂYou can change your mind, and you donÂt want to have to update your will every time.ÂŽ But itÂs a good idea to check with your lawyer when you do want to make changes to the list. Before You Make the List A common mistake in passing on possessions is making assumptions about who wants what but neglecting to articulate them. A woman in New York inherited a treasured 18th-century Spode platter from her grandmother, but what she really wanted was her set of chipped earthenware mixing bowls-which her grandmother had tossed out. ÂI was incredulous when she said, ÂOh, I got rid of that junk,ÂŽ the woman recalls. ÂThe Spode may be worth more money, but the fact that we made cookies together in those bowls makes them more valuable.ÂŽ Meanwhile, the womanÂs mother was miffed that her daughter wasnÂt properly grateful. Baby boomers surveyed by Allianz Life Insurance Company selected personal possessions six times more often than financial inheritance as important in legacy planning. ÂWe arenÂt good at guessing whatÂs going to be meaningful,ÂŽ Stum says. One solution: Send out a statement saying, ÂI want to know which of my items have meaning to you. IÂm not making guarantees about who gets what, but IÂd like to know.ÂŽ Keep a list to ensure that your responses are consistent. ÂThe heartache is people having expectations that arenÂt going to be met,Â Whitman says. Starting the process early leaves time to work out ground rules and deal with different assumptions and opinions. And it can be a chance to see the pleasure your treasures can bring to their new owners. Distribution Methods The Âwho Gets GrandmaÂs Yellow Pie Plate?ÂŽ website lists a variety of options for distributing your stuff. No matter which you chooses, make sure that the process is transparent so that everyone knows that the rules are being followed and that everyone gets a voice. Here are some methods that work: Love it and list it. Ask the kids to itemize 10 things each wants with sentimental value and 10 things with a monetary value. Share everyoneÂs list. If two siblings want the same item, let them negotiate. They can trade or give up something or, if split the item between them. Designate dots. Give each family member a sheet of adhesive dots or Post-it-notes, with a color assigned to each relative. Ask them to place the dot on what they want. Auction it off. Family members can bid on items using Âfunny moneyÂŽ, such as poker chips or monopoly bills. Every0ne starts off with an equal amount. Roll dice or draw straws. Family members roll dice, with the winner of the second roll receiving second choice, and so on. After the first rounds, family members roll again to start a new order. Alternatively, draw straws to determine the order of choice. Play birth-order bingo. Select according to birth order, either going from oldest to youngest or vice versa. Conflict Resolution: Even if your kids get along-but especially if they donÂt-determine a process for resolving conflicts and specify it in your will or trust. Julie Garber, J.D., a senior trust officer in Naples, Fla., who writes about wills and estate planning at About.com, recalls a client whose son and daughter often quarreled. The mother had a professional appraiser value the big-ticket personal items, wrote a name next to each item, then stated in her trust that anything that wasnÂt on the list would go to the daughter. ÂNo one could argue because the list was in her own writing,ÂŽ Garber says. Another option is to assign an independent third party as the executor. A mediator (search the Internet for Âmediation servicesÂŽ) experienced in family disputes is preferable, but your accountant, lawyer, or even a family friend will do. ÂLeave a clause in the will saying, ÂIf my kids are unable to agree after 30 or 60 days, then Mr. X is the final arbiter,ÂŽ Krooks suggests. ÂThe kids have the opportunity to work it out, but they know that if one gets in the way of a fair settlement, someone has the authority to say who gets what.ÂŽ A thoughtful distribution of yourÂstuffÂŽ is a gift more valuable than any item. After all, points out Debra Speyer, an estate lawyer in Philadelphia and Miami, ÂThe last thing you want when you die is to put your family in a worse situation.ÂŽ Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press May 15-21, 2014 Drivers: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus!Great Pay! Consistent Freight! Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises:1-855-515-8447 Employment Opportunity WARNING! 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Dunn was convicted in February of three counts of attempted murder for shooting at a vehicle with several teenagers. But a mistrial was declared on the first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Davis, after the jury couldn't agree on a verdict. The state of Florida said it will retry Dunn on the first-degree murder charge. A judge in Jacksonville has delayed the second trial after DunnÂs attorneys said they needed addition time to prepare. Meanwhile, Dunn faces up to 60 years in prison for the attempted murder convictions. ÂItÂs very disturbing that he has not been sentenced yet,ÂŽ said Ronald Davis, in an interview.ÂI thought he should have been sentenced in a timely manner. I would have thought that, at the very least, he would be sentenced within 90 days, which has long passed now.ÂŽ Ronald Davis said that DunnÂs guilt in the shooting incident has already been established. ÂI think he should be sentenced as soon as possible,ÂŽ he said. ÂFrom my perspective, I think that would be the right thing to do.ÂŽ The death of Jordan Davis and Dunn's trial were closely followed and have often been compared with the killing of Trayvon Martin in February 2012 in a suburb of Orlando and subsequent trial of shooter George Zimmerman, events that also drew international coverage. Although Dunn has been convicted of the attempted murder charges, DavisÂs father has maintained that he feels it is important for the shooter to be retried for first-degree murder. He explained that Dunn should be held responsible specifically for the death of his son. The attempted murder convictions, he said, Âdo not equate to justice.ÂŽ He added, ÂI wasnÂt satisfied with the verdict. I know heÂs getting 60 years in jail. But I want the state of Florida to record that he was responsible for killing Jordan. I want the law to say that Michael Dunn was wrong.ÂŽ Davis Dismayed Dunn Still ot Sentenced SIGHTS AND SCENES TPC Continued from page 1 we have been offended since weÂve been here,ÂŽ said social and political activist Greg Akili. But itÂs a good day because the offender was disciplined swiftly, he said. ÂIf you donÂt like Black people, if you donÂt want me to take pictures with Black people, if you donÂt want Black people in the seats, then you donÂt want to own a team where 70 percent of the folk who are playing and making you rich are Black. So if we ainÂt good enough to be seen with you then we ought to not be able to make you rich either,ÂŽ said Mr. Akili. Dr. Harry Edwards, professor emeritus of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley, put the incident in the context of achieving the American promise. The challenge is diverse and dynamic, so the perpetual struggle, which includes sports, has to be multifaceted, Dr. Edwards said. ÂThere are no easy victories,ÂŽ said the lead organizer for the Olympic Project for Human Rights, developed in 1968 to use the international spotlight of the Olympics to highlight race problems. At those Olympic Games in Mexico City, athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith stood on the Olympic platform after winning medals in the menÂs 200 meter race, bowed their heads and stood with Black Power gloved fists in the air. ÂWe have an African-American family in the White House. That was not a final victory. You only need to look at how President Obama is treated by members of the Congress in high positions and by various other sectors of American society to understand that,ÂŽ Dr. Edwards stated. Every generation, whether Jackie RobinsonÂs, Bill Russell and Jim BrownÂs, Tommie Smith and John CarlosÂs, Arthur AsheÂs, Muhammad AliÂs or todayÂs has to take its place in battling in this struggle, he continued. The athletes Âwanted to take a stand against that plantation model of ownership, that he had imposed ownership, and that he rationalized and justified in a conversation that became public and undeniable,ÂŽ Dr. Edwards said. But while they wanted Mr. Sterling out, they didnÂt want to derail the entire train, unless the league, namely the new commissioner and the owners, determined that they were going to give Donald Sterling yet another pass, he said. ÂUnder those circumstances the players apparently were prepared to boycott not just the rest of the playoffs, but the upcoming season as long as Donald Sterling is in place and weÂre still not passed that option,ÂŽ Dr. Edwards noted. ÂBlack boys from the South and a White head coachÂ The playersÂ stand was against Mr. SterlingÂs body of racist work and reputed actions, which includes charges of the poor treatment of Elgin Baylor, an NBA Hall of Famer. People have known about Mr. SterlingÂs thoughts and actions for a long time but turned a blind eye, said Attorney Alvin Pittman, who represented Mr. Baylor in his unsuccessful 2009 lawsuit against Mr. Sterling. Mr. Baylor had been a Clippers executive for 22 years (1986-2008) before being fired by Mr. Sterling on the basis of age and race, according to the Baylor lawsuit. He sued on age discrimination but race was an early part of his lawsuit before attorneys strategically dropped the claim, Atty. Pittman said. A jury, however, did not rule in Mr. BaylorÂs favor. Among Mr. BaylorÂs allegations was Mr. Sterling ran a plantationlike operation and had a plantation mentality, Atty. Pittman recalled. ÂHe told Elgin that he would like to have his team composed of poor Black boys from the South, coached by a White head coach Âƒ and he added that these were poor Black boys who he was giving an opportunity to make a lot of money.ÂŽ But no matter how much money Blacks make in the NBA as Âworkers,ÂŽ they wonÂt be a Âland ownerÂŽ or permitted to build or invest in wealth they can pass down to their children, argued Dr. Ava Muhammad. While Black ownership would be easy, she encouraged, donÂt get excited about somebody Black buying the team. The majority of the power still rests with Whites and a single Black owner doesnÂt change an institution, she said. Sports, Black Athletes & Modern Slavery
Historian John Henrik Clarke once said, ÂWherever we are on the face of the earth, we are an African people.ÂŽ For blacks in America, there has never been any doubt ofwhere we originate, but there has been a disconnect from our native lands of Africa. We watch the ups and downs and challenges that many countries on the African continent face and are helpless to the struggles. So when news reports come stating that a terrorist group has kidnapped some 200 young ladies in Nigeria it is not only disheartening, but also unbelievable. We automatically think that if that would have happened in the U.S. Â… law enforcement, the government, media, families, etc. wouldnÂt sleep until those girls were returned. But we know that Nigeria is no United States, but the sad fact is that the African nation should be much morestronger and stabilized. In fact, Nigeria should be an African powerhouse. ItÂs a country that is home to AfricaÂs largest economy and has a population of approximately 175 million. The economy is so strong because of the abundant oil reserves. We know that big oil creates jobs and capital for developing nations. But despite having the strongest economy in Africa and oil for days, around 100 million people live in poverty. In case your math is a little off Â… thatÂs roughly 60 percent of the population. And there have also been times that thegovernment hasnÂt been able to keep the lights on. It doesnÂt really add up right? Strong economy, oil reserves, so money shouldnÂt be a problem right? Well money isnÂt the problem Â… corruption is the culprit. ÂThe important thing is not how much money a person makes: it is what he does with it that matters,ÂŽ said A.G. Gaston, a black businessman. The bible tells us that money is the root of all evil. Corruption is insidious in Nigeria. And like many other developing nations, politics is a popular means of self-enrichment. Because of civil war, the country has also endured extended military rule, which limits democracy and breeds further corruption. Public service for many has become personal service. Violence is the country is such a major issue that there are armed checkpoints and high walls surrounding many residential homes and neighborhoods. And to make matters worse Â… the country is evenly divided between Christians and Muslims and I am sure that I donÂt have to explain how that complicates politics. Mob violence between Christians and Muslims have added to the instability and caused many deaths in the country Â… especially in the ÂMiddle BeltÂŽ where Muslim majority states border Christian majority states. So why the foreign affairs briefing on Nigeria? Well, itÂs important that we put the ÂSave Our GirlsÂŽ movement in context. How do we save our girls if they are in country with great financial resources, but limited political will and ability? It is not like itÂs a secret about who took the girls Â… Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group. They have been at reeking havoc on the country for years. We are focusing on the young ladies that were kidnapped, but they have attacked other schools and killed dozens of young men as well. According to NATO, they have also attacked police stations, churches, newspaper offices, busterminals, etc. They donÂt seem to discriminate. According to various sources, Boko Haram began more than a decade ago, but started as more of a civil rights group and later turned to violence and terrorism after its leader was killed in government custody in 2009. By the way, the name is loosely translated as nonMuslim education is prohibited. The most important question that most are asking is what is the Nigerian government doing to find these girls and stop this extremist group? Well, the obvious answer is not enough. And many fear that it might be too little too late because the girls have probably been shipped off to neighboring countries by now.The region where BH operates is a remote area mixed with heavy jungles and mountains. What the kidnapping has done is highlighted the dysfunction and utter failure of President Goodluck JonathanÂs government. Reports coming out of Africa say that not only did the military have some warning of a pending attack, but they also did very little stop it and their response of lacking. Initially, the government did not even acknowledge the kidnapping, and they even had the nerve to reject offers for foreign assistance. To use my favorite Cornell West quote Â… ÂI am a prisoner of hope.ÂŽ I refuse to believe that we canÂt save these girls. If not all Â… as many as possible. But this canÂt be just about the girls Â… itÂs also about a nation that should be leading all of Africa not stuck in the quagmire of corruption and chaos. ItÂs not time for anothercoup dÂtat Â… itÂs time for holistic government reform in Nigeria. Bring back our girls and save what should be a great nation on the continent of Africa. Signing off from Duval County, FL Reggie Fullwood Racial Bias Begins In Pre-SchoolBy Leonard Pitts The Miami Times What excuses will they make this time? Meaning that cadre of letters to the editor writers and conservative pundits who so reliably say such stupid things whenever the subject is race. Indeed, race is the third rail of American conscience; to touch it is to be zapped by rationalizations, justifications and lies that defy reason, but that some must embrace to preserve for themselves the fiction of liberty and justice for all. Otherwise, theyÂd have to face the fact that advantage and disadvantage, health and sickness, wealth and poverty, life and death, are still parceled out according to melanin content of skin. So they become creative in their evasions. They use made up facts (Trayvon Martin was actually casing the neighborhood) and invented statistics (black men and boys commit 972.2 percent of all the crime in America), they murder messengers (ÂYouÂre a racist for pointing out racism!ÂŽ) they discredit the source (Can you really trust a government study?) One waits then, with morbid fascination to see what excuse those folks will make as federal data releases last week reveals that African-American children are significantly more likely to be suspended-from public preschool. Repeating for emphasis: preschool, that phase of education where curriculum encompasses colors, shapes, finger painting and counting to ten. Apparently, our capacity for bias extends even there. According to the Department of Education, while black kids make up about 17% of those attending preschool, they account for 42 percent of those who are suspended once-and nearly half of those suspended more than once. Armed with that information, there are many questions we should be asking: Are black kids being suspended for things that would earn another child a timeout or a talking to? If racial bias pervades even the way we treat our youngest citizens, how can anyone still say it has no impact upon the way we treat them when they are older? What does being identified as ÂbadÂŽ at such an early age do to a childÂs sense of himself, his worth and his capabilities? Does being thus identified so young play out later in life in terms of higher dropout rates and lower test scores? How can we fix this, build a society in which every one of our children is encouraged to stretch for the outermost limits of his or her potential? Those are the kinds of smart, compassionate questions we should ask. But again, weÂre talking about the third rail of American conscience. So one braces for dumb excused instead. Maybe someone will claim African-American preschoolers are 73.9 percent more likely to fail naptime. Maybe someone will contend that they thuggishly refuse to color inside the lines. And you may rest assured someone will say that for us even to have the discussion proves hatred of white people. What a long, strange road we have traveled from the high land of idealism and hope to which the human rights movements brought us 50 years ago, down to the swampy lowland of justification and circumscribed horizons we find ourselves slogging through now. It is noteworthy that this story of institutional bias against children barely out of diapers scarcely skimmed-much less penetrated-an American consciousness presently preoccupied by basketball brackets and the mystery of a doomed jetliner. Small wonder. These things ask very little of us, other than a love for sport and a capacity to feel bad for other peopleÂs misfortune. This, on the other hand, cuts to the heart of who we are. Last week we learned that their schools routinely bend little black boys and girls toward failure. 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I could instantly tell that this man was brilliant, as smart as any college professor I know. He recited legal statutes, laid out subtleties of American politics, and spoke about entrepreneurship as if he were an expert. The man had used his 20 years in prison in the most productive way possible, learning everything he could. He also seemed to feel that he had a lot of catching up to do, now that he was a free man. He explained a few things about his experience, like how surprised he was to find that in most maximum security sections of the prison, black and hispanic men fill up nearly every cell. He said that most of the white guys he saw in prison were in the low-security and safer sections of the prison (surely to protect them from the ÂscaryÂŽ black men). His story reminded me of my experience in public school, where black boys landed in the special education classes (they tried to put me in those classes too), and the college prep classes were filled with white kids. The educational and prison systems are inherently the same and like the NCAA to the NFL, one has become a feeder into the other. The man also said something that really made me think. He reflected on how heÂd gone to prison as a young drug dealer, receiving an incredibly harsh sentence for a nonviolent crime. He also mentioned how painful it was to get his education in prison and become enlightened on just how imbalanced the criminal justice system is when it comes to young black men. He said that learning about the circumstances of his incarceration both infuriated him and raised his blood pressure, because his awareness came at a time when he was not the least bit empowered to do very much about it. I tried to understand the manÂs pain as much as I could, even though IÂve never gone to prison myself. My biological father went to prison for drug possession and my older brother figure (technically my uncle) went to prison as well. So, while IÂd seen the devastation of incarceration up close in multiple sections of my life, I was fortunate enough to avoid the traps that were set to destroy me. But what I could certainly relate to is the fact that sometimes, ignorance can be blissful, because the more you understand what others are trying to do to you, the angrier you can become. At that point, you gain the stigma of being the angry black man standing in the middle of a bunch of drunken, happy negroes. Although I encourage everyone to educate themselves as much as possible, I must warn you that the more you understand, the more frustration there is to uncover, particularly when we discover truths about what this country did to our ancestors on its way to stripping us of everything we had. ThatÂs why black kids in public school arenÂt given access to accurate and honest depictions of American history and are instead fed drugs, liquor and Lil Wayne albums. They want you to be the smiling, ignorant negro, not the angry black man, even if you have legitimate reason for being angry. No one is ever going to voluntarily give your intellectual freedom. ThatÂs something that youÂre going to have to take. Why Being Educated Can Sometimes Cause You Pain
May 15-21, 2014 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 If you thought trying to pass high school was tough and remember that college was even more grueling, try completing both at the same time. South Florida student Grace Bush, 16, did just that. She will be getting both her high school diploma and college degree in the same week. Bush earned her bachelorÂs degree in criminal justice on May 3 before she obtained her high school diploma. WhatÂs even more shocking is that Bush completed the four-year degree in just three years and with a 3.8 grade point average. ÂI started when I was 13 at Broward College, and I also took my classes throughout the summer, so I was able to finish it before four years,ÂŽ she said. She was part of a dual enrollment program at Florida Atlantic University High School, which allows student to save college tuition costs by earning college credits toward a degree while they attend high school. According to her mother, Gisla Bush, who homeschooled her nine children; Bush always had Âa knack for learning.ÂŽ ÂAt two years old, she was already reading and I was totally shocked,ÂŽ Gisla Bush said. She is following the lead of her two older sisters (Grace is the third oldest) who also completed the same program. After GraceÂs high school diploma arrives on May 9, the new graduate has her sights set on earning a masterÂs degree and then continuing on to law school. ÂI would eventually like to become chief justice of the United States,ÂŽ Bush said. But before embarking on another educational journey, she plans on taking a brief break this summer and then returning to her studies Â„ this time for the LSAT. ÂSo I can get as high a score as possible and hopefully I can get a full ride into a good school, law school,ÂŽ she said. Your home can open the door to huge opportunities for you. 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Pictured handing out snacks is JTA Control Room Operator Sheila Herndon with transit riders Jennifer Burks and little Jahkina James. Mentoring Groups Worry About Funding for ÂMy BrotherÂs KeeperÂ By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent A controversy last week over potential funding linked to President Barack ObamaÂs ÂMy BrotherÂs KeeperÂŽ initiative underscored concerns that groups led by people of color have expressed over access to public and private sector resources. At the heart of the confusion was a request for proposal (RFP) issued through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for a youth mentoring program grant. In March, the grant required groups that wanted to apply be active in 30 states. By April, that requirement had been revised upward to 45 states, placing the grant far beyond the reach of most minority-led groups that mentor underserved minority youth in the United States. A paragraph in the RFP connecting the grant to the presidentÂs My BrotherÂs Keeper program seemed to complicate the matter. In a letter dated April 28, addressed to Robert Listenbee, the administrator for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Michael Brown, president of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., said that the rule change, Ânot only effectively eliminated our organization from meeting the eligibility requirements for funding, but also dashed any hopes that such venerable institutions as the National Urban League, the NAACP and each of nine Historically Black Greek Organizations may have had for competing in this significant funding opportunity.ÂŽ In a separate letter, Marc Morial, the president and CEO of the National Urban League, wrote that his group was Âsurprised,ÂŽ Âgreatly disappointed and deeply concernedÂŽ about the rule change. ÂThe DepartmentÂs stated commitment to Âinclude mentoring opportunities for young men and boys of color in order to build resilience, encourage empowerment, and facilitate community engagement and participationÂ is directly undermined by the reframing of the national program that by definition, removes organizations such as the National Urban League from even competing for funds,ÂŽ wrote Morial. Both letters were later posted on Politics365.com. Last week, all media inquiries for 100 Black Men of America were referred to Greg Heydel, vice president and group director of reputation management at Matlock Advertising and Public Relations in Atlanta, Ga., who e-mailed the 100 Black Men of AmericaÂs May 1 statement to reporters. The OJJDP removed the language about My BrotherÂs Keeper from the grant application. Broderick Johnson, White House cabinet secretary and chair of the My BrotherÂs Keeper Task Force, said, ÂThe Department of Justice readily admitted that it led to a misunderstanding thatÂs been corrected and we made it clear to other agencies that they shouldnÂt put things out like that with regards to their solicitations.ÂŽ George Garrow, executive director of Concerned Black Men, a national organization that works to enrich the lives of young Black males, said that the mistake was unfortunate for the presidentÂs fledgling project. ÂThey are people that are out there that donÂt want to see this [My Brother KeeperÂs program] happen at all and will take those types of things and use that against all of us. That little dust up that happened on Politics365.com, that could have been cleared up with a phone call,ÂŽ said Garrow. ÂThe next thing you know, itÂs a bunch of mess.ÂŽ The task forceÂs report, that will be released in less than a month, will offer a review of best practices and evidenced-based strategies focused on early learning and literacy, pathways to college and careers, ladders to jobs, mentors and support networks, and interactions with criminal justice and violent crime. The crisis facing boys and young men of color as they transition to adulthood has been chronicled for decades. Black males are more at risk to be suspended than their White peers, suffer a disproportionate number of expulsions and more than 40 percent of referrals to law enforcement while in school. A 2012 study titled ÂThe Urgency of NowÂŽ by the Schott Foundation for Public Education, reported that barely half (52 percent) of Black males graduate from high school in four years, compared to 78 percent of White males. Research by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., found that 9 percent of male high school dropouts, ages 16Â…24, are incarcerated or in detention. For young Black male dropouts of the same age, that number is 23 percent. And when one high school dropout can cost the nation more than a quarter of a million dollars, over their lifetime in lost earnings, taxes and productivity, allowing Black males to dropout in droves threatens the countryÂs economic security. ÂIf you say that you want to increase the high school graduation rate, you can do some generic things with generic young people, but if youÂre really going to impact the high school graduation rate, you need to develop strategies that are specifically focused on Black boys, because Black boys account for a disproportionate number of students graduating at low rates,ÂŽ Garrow said. He said that heÂs hopeful that this effort, with the president putting his weight behind it. 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Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press May 15-21, 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.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 Drive.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. 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 Deacons and Deaconess And Trustees AnniversaryZion Hope Missionary Baptist Church Deacons and Deaconess and Trustees Anniversary is scheduled for Sunday May 18th at 3 p.m. Guest messenger is Reverend Clarence Jenkins of First African Missionary Baptist Church of Green Cove Springs. Come and receive the blessings of the Lord. For more information call the church office at 764-9353. Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Clifford Johnson Jr., is located at 2803 Edgewood Avenue West.Revival Time at Southside COGICBishop Edward Robinson, Sr. of Southside Church of God in Christ and congregation is having a Revival, May 21-22 at 7:30 p.m., 2179 Emerson Street. Guest Evangelist is international gospel artist from West Palm Beach, Prophet Dwight Follins. You don't want to miss this Anointed Man of God! For more information call the church office at 398-1625 or visit www.southsidecogic.com.Mt. Sinai Missionary Holiness Church Holy ConvocationMt. Sinai Missionary Holiness Church Holy Convocation will take place Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25th at 11 a.m. The theme is: ÂOpen The Doors And Let My people InÂŽ. The Holy Convocation is the first official community worship service celebrating the cleaning of the land and the beginning of the renovation and use of the former Mary M. Bethune Elementary School located at 4330 Pearce St. This is an historic event. The Mary M. Bethune Elementary School has been closed for twelve years, with little hope for recoveryÂƒ But God! For more information call 765 9008. Mt. Sinai Missionary Holiness Church, Rhonda Mitchell Addo Reverend is located at 503 E 63rd at Shiloh Outreach Center Open houseThe Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church is having an open house, Saturday, May 24th, 10 to 11:30 a.m. The theme is: ÂDeveloping Entrepreneur Skills As a Path to the FutureÂŽ. Connect with community leaders and entrepreneurs. Enjoy a tour, refreshments and networking. For more information email Pastor of Outreach Reginald L. Bryant at email@example.com or call 652-0581.Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Health ExpoChrist Tabernacle Missionary Baptist church with Reverend Darrell Lewis Gilyard, Pastor, 2335 North Davis St. is having the churchÂs 1st Annual Heath Expo, Saturday, May 31st from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The cost is free. For more details contact Roslyn Kimbrough at 662-4567 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgFaith 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. By Joseph DeCaro Worthy News Correspondent Peter Randolph, a slave in Prince George County, Virginia, until he was freed in 1847, described the secret prayer meetings he had attended as a slave. ÂNot being allowed to hold meetings on the plantation,ÂŽ he wrote. Âthe slaves assembled in the swamp, out of reach of the patrols, They have an understanding among themselves as to the time and placeÂƒThis is often done by the first one arriving breaking boughs from the trees and bending them in the direction of the selected spot. ÂAfter arriving and greeting one another, men and women sat in groups together. Then there was ÂpreachingÂƒby the brethren, then praying and singing all around until they generally feel quite happy.ÂŽ The speaker arises Âand talks very slowly, until feeling the spirit, he grows excited, and in a short time there fall to the ground 20 or 30 men and women under its influence. ÂThe slave forgets all his sufferings,ÂŽ Randolph summed up, Âexcept to remind others of the trails during the past week, exclaiming, ÂThank God, I shall not live here always!ÂŽ It is a remarkable event not merely because of the risks incurred (200 lashes of the whip often awaited those caught at such a meeting) but because of the hurdles overcome merely to arrive at this moment. For decades all manner of people and circumstances conspired against African Americans even hearing gospel, let alone responding to it in freedom and joy. o time for religion The plantation work regimen gave slaves little leisure time for religious instruction. Some masters required slaves to work even on Sunday. Even with the day off, many slaves needed to tend to their own gardens, which supplemented their income and diet (others opted to socialize, to dance, or get drunk). One of the largest obstacles was sheer prejudice. Many masters believed Africans were too ÂbrutishÂŽ to comprehend the gospel; others doubted Africans had souls. Anglican missionary to South Carolina Francis LeJau reported in 1709, ÂMany masters canÂt be persuaded that Negroes and Indians are otherwise than Beasts, and use them like such.ÂŽ Such thinking was combated by men like Puritan Cotton Mather, who, in his tract The Negro Christianized, pleaded with owners to treat their ÂservantsÂŽ as men, not brutes: ÂThou shalt love thy neighbor as they self. Man, they Negro is they neighbor.ÂŽ Some 18th century masters believed conversion would make slaves Âsaucy,ÂŽ since they would begin to think of themselves equal to whites. As one out it, ÂA slave is ten times worse when a Christian than in his state of paganism.ÂŽ There were legal complications as well. Many masters in colonial America believed if a slave was baptized that, Âaccording to the laws of the British nation, and the canons of the church,ÂŽ he must be freed. Colonial legislatures sought to clear up this matter, and by 1706 at least six had passed acts denying that baptism altered the condition of a slave Âas to his bondage or freedom.ÂŽ It wasnÂt just economics but a twinge of Christian conscience that prompted the legislation. As VirginiaÂs law put it, it was passed so that masters, Âfree from this doubt, may more carefully endeavor the propagation of the Christianity.ÂŽ But clergy were in short supply even for whites in the eighteenthcentury South. In 1701 Virginia, for example, only half of the fortysome parishes containing 40,000 people were supplied with clergy. And regarding white settlers in Georgia, one missionary said, ÂThey seem in general to have but very little more knowledge of a Savior than the aboriginal natives.ÂŽ Finally, there were cultural obstacles. In 1701 the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts was formed, and one of its purposes was to seek the conversion of slaves in colonial America. As an arm of the Church of England, however, it was less than effective with the ÂtargetÂŽ population. LeJau described his refined and rational method of teaching African Americans: ÂWe begin and end our particular assembly with the collectÂƒI teach them the Creed, the LordÂs Prayer, and the Commandments. I explain some portion of the catechismÂƒÂŽ With culture, prejudice, and injustice joining forces, few slaves were converted. As one missionary reported in 1779 about conditions in South Carolina: ÂThe Negroes of that country, a few only excepted, are to this day as great strangers to Christianity and as much under the influence of pagan darkness, idolatry, and superstition as they were at their first arrival from Africa.ÂŽ It would, it seemed, take a miracle to turn things around. And a miracle is just what America had already begun to experience. The Inconceivable Start of African American Christianity
You may not hear a lot about adult bullying, but it is a problem. Read this article to learn more about more about different types of adult bullies and get some ideas on how to deal with an adult bully. Adult bullying is a serious problem and may require legal action. One would think that as people mature and progress through life, that they would stop behaviors of their youth. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sadly, adults can be bullies, just as children and teenagers can be bullies. While adults are more likely to use verbal bullying as opposes to physical bullying, the fact of the matter is that adult bullying exists. The goal of an adult bully is to gain power over another person, and make himself the dominant adult. They try to humiliate victims, and Âshow them who is boss.ÂŽ There are several different types of adult bullies, and it helps to know how they operate: arcissistic Adult Bully : This type of adult bully is self-centered and does not share empathy with others. Additionally, there is little anxiety about consequences. He or she seems to feel good about him or herself, but in reality has a brittle narcissism that requires putting others down. Impulsive Adult Bully: Adult bullies in this category are more spontaneous and plan their bullying out less. Even if consequences are likely, this adult bully has a hard time restraining his or her behavior. In some cases, this type of bullying may be unintentional, resulting in periods of stress, or when the bully is actually upset or concerned about something unconnected with the victim. The Physical Bullying: While adult bullying rarely turns to physical confrontation, there are, nonetheless bullies that use physicality. In some cases, the adult bully may not actually physically harm the victim, but may use the threat of harm, or physical domination through looming. Additionally, a physical bully may damage or steal a victimÂs property, rather than physically confront the victim. Verbal Adult Bully : Words can be quite damaging. Adult bullies who use this type of tactic may start rumors about the victim, or use sarcastic or demeaning language to dominate or humiliate another person. This subtle type of bullying also has the advantage Â… to the bully Â… of being difficult to document. However, the emotional and psychological impacts of verbal bullying can be felt quite keenly and can results in reduced job performance and even depression. Secondary Adult Bully: This is someone who does not initiate the bullying, but joins in so that he or she does not actually become a victim down the road. Secondary bullies may feel bad about what they are doing, but are more concerned about protecting themselves. Workplace bullying can make life quite miserable and difficult. Supervisors should be made aware of adult bullies, since they can disrupt productivity, create a hostile work environment, open the company to a lawsuit and reduce morale. It is important to note, though, that there is little you can do about an adult bully, other than ignore and try to avoid, after reporting the abuse to a supervisor. This is because adult bullies are often in a set pattern. They are not interested in working things out and they are not interested in compromise. Rather, adult bullies are more interested in power and domination. They want to feel as though they are important and preferred, and they accomplish this by bringing others down. There is very little you can do to change and adult bully, beyond working within the confines of laws and company regulations that are set up. The good news is that, if you can document the bullying, there are legal and civil remedies for harassment, abuse and other forms of bullying. But you have to be able to document the case. Adult bullies were often either bullies as children. Understanding this about them may help you cope with the behavior. But there is little you can do about it beyond doing your best to ignore the bully, report his or her to the proper authorities. May 15-21, 2014 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 If you think you can can spot a person with HIV, consider this: Did you even spot the error in the Â“rst six words of this headline?ANYBODY CAN HAVE HIV. USE PROTECTION.Right now, AIDS is the leading cause of death among African-Americans aged 25 to 44. If youÂre having unprotected sex, youÂre at risk. Be smart: Use protection, and get tested. For a testing site near you, text your zip code to 477493. Take the Gallon of Water Challenge!Need an easy, inexpensive and dare I say FUN way to drink more water? Challenge yourself to drink one gallon of water DAILY! Maybe youÂve seen ÂThe Water ChallengeÂŽ floating around on social media. Some people do it for 30 days, others commit to only a week. One day at a time might be challenge enough for you. Whatever you decide, commit to your daily gallon. Yes, it may seem like a lot of water to consume, but there are a lot of benefits, too. Drinking more water: Helps your body absorb essential minerals and vitamins. Releases toxins from the body. Maintain healthy hair, skin ad organs. Flushed your system. Regulates body temperature. Tips for Success Carry your gallon jug with you EVERYWHERE! Get other people to do the challenge with you for accountability. Set a drinking schedule and mark the times on your bottle. Keep in mind, too much of a good thing can sometimes be bad. Be kind to you kidneys and sip your water throughout the day instead of guzzling in one sitting to avoid hyponatremia, also sometimes called water intoxication. Adult Bullying is ot As Rare As You Think The battle of the bulge is a lifelong challenge for many women. This is largely because our bodies are designed to store fat more easily than menÂs bodies to protect a potential fetus during the childbearing years. We have more enzymes for storing fat and fewer enzymes for burning fat. This struggle with weight gain gets more challenging as we age. Estrogen declines, cortisol (the stress hormone) increases and our metabolism slows, enabling more weight gain. And after age 40, we start to lose muscle mass. Body fat usually replaces that muscle. Being overweight comes with chronic disease risks, such as higher cholesterol and higher blood pressure. These increase the risk of developing other diseases, including diabetes, which is at epidemic levels in the black community. We are almost two times as likely to develop the disease. Prediabetes: the Diabetes Precursor When blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diabetes, you are said to have prediabetes. Though itÂs not full-blown type 2 diabetes, it still endangers your health. With prediabetes, your risk of heart attack is 1.5 times higher than normal. (ItÂs two to four times higher with diabetes.) And long-term cardiovascular damage could be happening already. People who develop type 2 diabetes almost always start out with prediabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. [http://www.diabetes.org/are-youat-risk/prediabetes/] Without preventive measures, prediabetes can become full-blown type 2 diabetes in three to 10 years. But this doesnÂt have to happen. Diabetes can be preventedÂ„even if thereÂs a family history. Know Your umbers To protect yourself from developing type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, youÂll need to get a blood test. Blood sugar tests are as important as mammograms and bone density screenings. Preventive Measures To prevent prediabetes, keep your weight in check. You donÂt need to go all dramatic and drop half your body weight; losing just 10 to 15 pounds can make a big difference. You can slash your risk of diabetes in half if you: Eat a low-carb low-fat diet. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-grain breads and cereals, skim milk and yogurt, and lean meats. Limit soda, sweets, snack foods, fruit juices and alcohol. Do moderate-to-intense exercise 35 minutes a day, five days a week. Walk briskly, swim, dance, lift weights or do other activities that keep you moving. DonÂt obsess about your weight. Refrain from hopping on the scale every day. Just weigh yourself regularly once a week and track your progress on a calendar. Set easily attainable goals. Say, ÂI will walk for 15 minutes every dayÂŽ instead of ÂI will lose 30 pounds.ÂŽ Celebrate with a non-food treat when you reach your goals. They discuss Â… or even blow off steam about Â… Âkeeping your sanity dealing with 86-year-old MotherÂŽ or whether a woman Âhas any businessÂŽ thinking about a trip with her son and hiring daily help for her partially paralyzed husband. AARPÂs online coffee klatch is open around the clock for people with questions or frustrations about caring for a loved one. Others in similar situations offer advice, solace and sometimes humor. The AARP caregiving community is largely anonymous. People register but are assigned a random user name for privacy, Âso people are freer to discuss very personal and emotional issues,ÂŽ said Amy Goyer, author of AARPÂs free ebook, Juggling Work and Caregiving (aarp.org/caregivingbook). People who donÂt register van visit the site and read-but not comment on-othersÂ posts at the ARP Caregiving Resource Center, aarp.org/caregiving. It also has tips and tools, including a way to find in-home care services, assisted living or hospice facilities, and adult day care. And AARP experts can answer questions online on almost any aspect of tending to a loved one, such as paying for inhome help or making the transition from living at home to living in a nursing facility. AARPOffering Free Caregiver Services atural Remedy for Hot FlashesHot flashes can be one of the most uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, and so far western medicine has provided no cure. But thereÂs hope for sufferers; a new study in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine found that traditional Chinese acupuncture, which treats patients by inserting and manipulating needles in the body, could reduce the severity of hot flashes as well as ease the psychological symptoms of menopause. Researchers divided 53 postmenopausal women into two groups, with 27 receiving traditional acupuncture and the rest given fake acupuncture with blunt needles that didnÂt penetrate the skin. After twice-weekly treatments for 10 weeks, the women receiving actual acupuncture reported significantly reduced hot flashes and mood swings compared with the control group. A study of 260 postmenopausal women by the National Research Centre in Alternative and Complementary Medicine in Tromso, Norway, had similar findings. After a series of treatments, women experiencing menopausal symptoms generally start to feel much more relaxed Â„ the anxiety is also associated with hot flashes. By the second or third treatment, patients say theyÂre not hot flashing during the day anymore, maybe a couple at night, and then that starts to decline as well. Menopause is the latest use of the 2,000 year-old Chinese tradition Â„ itÂs already being used to reduce symptoms related to arthritis, back, neck, knee and shoulder pain, and anxiety. Researchers suggest the reason why acupuncture may work for women suffering from hot flashes is that the treatment is able to boost the production of endorphins and that could help stabilize body temperature. Watch Out for Prediabetes Almost everyone who has prediabetes goes on to develop type 2 diabetes
Page 8 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press May 15-21, 2014 Â’FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 13 19, 2014TENNESSEE STATE DUO IN NFL DRAFT, 19 FAs; SPRING SPORTS WINDING DOWN AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XX, No. 41A LEGEND PASSES: Bill Nunn, a pioneer in black college sports, journalism and in the NFL, passed last week. He was among the for black college players.GONE BUT NOTFORGOTTENBCSP Photo by Willie Tucker Dearth of black college NFL draftees continuesLUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor Two offensive lineman who played sideby-side for Tennessee State were the only black college players selected through three days of last week's NFL Draft. Former TSU guard Kadeem Edwards went off the boards to Tampa Bay early in the Demetrius Rhaney was taken by St. Louis late in the sevEdwards (6-4, 313), the highest rated black college player going into the draft, was the third performance against top competition at the Reese's Senior Bowl had him projected among guard to go off the boards. "It's a tremendous help," Tampa Bay General Manager Jason Licht said of the Senior Bowl performance by Edwards. "I'm not saying that we wouldn't have drafted him if he wasn't [at the Senior Bowl], but it's better than any workout line coach George Warhop] put him through a good workout there, a private workout. George went there and came back beaming ear-to-ear. Licht also said he's not sure whether the team will play Edwards at left or right guard. "We'll have him swing at both, see where he powerful, athletic guy with an interesting backof those guys that is going to be successful at in his life and he always keeps a smile on his as well as being a good football player." ing to his home state. "It's home, there's nothing Spring Sports Round-UpNEW LIVINGSTONE WOMENS HOOPS COACH: SALISBURY, N.C. Â… Livingstone Athletic Director Andre Springs announced last week the hiring of Anita Howard as the new head women's basketball coach replaces Angelyne Brown who resigned at the end of the 2013-14 season. the head women's basketball coach at Salem College out of the Great South Athletic Conference, where she built a winless pronamed the GSAC Coach of the Year in 2013. Prior to coaching at Salem she spent a season as the associate head coach at Saint Augustine's served as an assistant coach at Shaw and at Winston-Salem State She played at Armstrong Atlantic State and at Fort Valley State .UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS Texas Southern wins SWAC softball title DECATUR, Ala. Texas Southern scored SWAC softball tournament championship, 6-3, over defending champion Mississippi Valley State at Wilson Morgan Park on Sunday. TSU (32-18) was led by Thomasina Garza who recorded three home runs, a double, and nine RBI. She hit .538 in four games while scorAfter earning the SWAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Div. I tournament, the Lady Tigers will face No. 6 seed Louisiana Lafayette (44-8and Miss. State (38-19) are also in the regional. Florida A&M wins MEAC softball tournament Florida A&M clinched the 2014 MEAC softball championship with a 4-2 win over Bethune-Cookman This is 2009 and 10th overall. In beating the Wildcats, the Lady Rattlers (24-27) won their eighth game in their last 10 tries. Kenya Pereira (9-8) pitched 26 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on 18 hits, with 17 strikeouts to earn Most Outstanding Performer. FAMU advances to the NCAA Div. I softball Tallahassee regional where the Lady Rattlers will face No. 5 seed Florida (45-11) on May 16. Stetson (38-12) and Central Florida (41-16) are the other teams in the regional.Bethune-Cookman, Lincoln (Mo.) prevail at PGA Minority Golf PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. Â… For the second consecutive year, both the men's and women's teams from Bethune-Cookman claimed titles in Minority Collegiate Golf Championship. This marks the fourth time that the men and women from Bethune-Cookman have won both titles in the same year. The Bethune-Cookman women's team, which was tied with Chicago State heading into In the Division I Men's competition, B-CU Florida A&M which entered the round in fourth place, to win the division by eight strokes. The Wildcats were led by senior Rafael Abad who closed with a 1-under-par 71 for a 218 total. Dominick Vennari of Florida A&M won medalist honors in the Men's Division I competition, closing with a 69 for a 215 total. In the Division II competition, Lincoln (Mo.) University title by a single stroke. Tiana Jones of South Carolina State chipped in for birdie on the 54th hole to win by a stroke over teammate and 36-hole leader Cheryl Chua in the Women's Individual Invitational. Both MEAC champ Bethune-Cookman and SWAC champ Alabama State will be competing in NCAA Div. I regionals that will be held May 15-17. ASU is seeded 14th in the regional being played at the Auburn University Club while B-CU is competing in the Raleigh, N. C. regional hosted by N.C. State at the Lonnie Poole Golf Club.MEAC Baseball Tournament set NORFOLK, Va. Â… The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) will host its 2014 Baseball Championship from Wednesday, May 14 through Sunday, May 18 at the Marty L. Miller Field on the campus of Norfolk State University. The Delaware State vision) and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats ) (Southern Division) will enter tournament play as the number one seeds.SWAC Baseball Tournament set The SWAC Baseball Tournament will be help on May 14-18 at the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy. Alabama State (East) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (West) are the top seeds. slated for broadcast on ESPNU.ARIZONA Kadeem Williams OT, Albany State ATLANTA Kimario McFadden SS, SC State BALTIMORE Dexter Moody, DB, Albany State CLEVELAND Isaiah Crowell RB, Alabama State GREEN BAY Joe Thomas OLB, SC State INDIANAPOLIS Qua Cox DB, Jackson State Greg Moore WR, Lane KANSAS CITY David Van Dyke DB, Tenn. State Deron Furr S, Fort Valley State Bobby Wenzig P, Alabama State MINNESOTA A. C. Leonard TE, Tenn. State NEW YORK JETS Jermaine Jones, WR, St. Augustine's OAKLAND Carlos Fields ILB, WSSU Rob Smith DT, Jackson State PHILADELPHIA Karim Barton OG, Morgan State TAMPA BAY Keith Lewis CB, Va.-Lynchburg WASHINGTON Justin Blake FS, Hampton Lee Doss WR, Southern Eddie Poole, WR, Bethune-CookmanTHE STAT CORNERWHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS NFL BLACK COLLEGE UNDRAFTED ROOKIE FREE AGENT SIGNINGS Anita Howardbetter." Rhaney, a 6-2, 301-pound native of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. was the 250th overall selection, 35th in the seventh round, one pick after the Rams selected Missouri defensive end Michael Sam. fensive linemen by the Rams who also selected Auburn guard Greg Robinson with the No. 2 with 33-year-old starter Scott Wells, back-up Tim Barnes and second-year pro Barrett Jones at center, a position deemed a weak spot. Edwards started the last three seasons, 13 games last season, while garnering a number of black college and FCS all-American designations. Rhaney joined him as a starter at center last season after spending his junior season primarily at guard. They helped the Tigers post a 10-4 overall record and 6-2 OVC mark last season while earning a trip to the FCS playoffs. This marks the second consecutive year, since the 2004 Draft that only two black college players were taken. Only the one selection in Kadeem EdwardsDemetrius Rhaney2012 has been lower than those years. It's also the second straight season that the top black college selectee was an offensive lineman. Former Arkansas-Pine Bluff offensive tackle Terron Armstead boards last year going to New Orleans in the third round. since 2000 that two TSU players were selected in the same draft. TSU offensive tackle Michael Thompson was selected in the 4th round while WR Avion Black was taken 21 picks later by the Buffalo Bills. The Tennessee State tandem also helped the Ohio Valley Conference to the most selections for an FCS conference, with four. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppollo, Eastern Illinois, and wide receiver Walter Powell, Murray State, were picked by the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals, respectively. Among 19 undrafted rookies signed to free agent contracts were Alabama State running back Isaiah Crowell by Cleveland and TSU tight end A. C. Leonard by Minnesota. Black college, Steelers legend succumbsTennessee State Two-StepLUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor A true black college legend and the man current Pittsburgh Steelers' owner Art Rooney II regards as one of only "four legends" in the history of the storied NFL franchise passed last week. Bill Nunn succumbed last Tuesday two weeks after suffering a stroke at the Steelers' South Side Pittsburgh training facility while helping the Steelers prepare for last knowledge of black college prospects into a scouting position with Pittsburgh in 1967 and later took a full-time job in the Steelers front chise and was a major contributor to putting together the great Steelers teams under coach Chuck Noll. Among the black college players scouted by Nunn who went on to lead the Steelers to their 1970s dynasty were Mel Blount John TAMPA BAY KADEEM EDWARDS 6-4, 313, OG Tennessee State 3rd pick 5th Round 143rd overall ST. LOUIS DEMETRIUS RHANEY 6-2, 301, C Tennessee State 35th pick 7th Round 250th overall BLACK COLLEGE PLAYERS IN 2014 NFL DRAFT Stallworth L.C. Greenwood Donnie Shell and Ernie Holmes Blount and Stallworth are in the Despite retiring in 1987, Nunn continued to be a valued member of the Steelers' scouting department holding the position of senior assisright up until his death. "You cannot write the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers without Bill Nunn," Blount, a cornerback from Southern who played 14 seasons for the Steelers told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette In 2010, Nunn became part of the inaugural class of the Black along with such NFL stars as Deacon Jones Walter Payton Willie Lanier and Tank Younger "We have lost a great friend and a great person who did so much for the Steelers organization with the passing of Bill Nunn," Steelers owner Dan Rooney said of the beloved super scout. "Bill was a special person who did everything in his career, from playing sports to which led to his outstanding career in scouting for the Steelers." yond the NFL gridiron. Born William Nunn Jr., he played basketball at West Virginia State with Earl Lloyd who later to play in the NBA. WVSU, then in the CIAA, posted a 26-0 record and won the league championship with Nunn and Lloyd on the team. and was a lifelong friend of, Chuck drafted in the NBA. Nunn was asked to help integrate the NBA after World War a sports writer, then sports editor, then managing editor of The Pittsburgh Courier one of the most infather at the newspaper in those positions as well as in selecting the Courier's black college allAmerican football team that led to his familiarity with black college coaches and players. STEELERS GIANTS: Bill Nunn, bottom right, poses with Steelers' owner Dan Rooney (l.) and current head coach Mike Tomlin (c.) at Steelers Training Facility in Pittsburgh. Nunn appeared with Steelers owners, coaches and staff at the 2009 Sheridan Black College All-American "Skull Session" at Steelers Headquarters. "You cannot write the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers without Bill Nunn." Steelers' Hall of Fame CB, Mel Blount
May 15-21, 2014 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 9 Flipping Through the Free Press Pages Charlotte Osgood with actor Morgan Freeman Dr. Landon Williams and Attorney oel Lawrence Jean Aikens, Governor LawtonChiles and Chester Aikens, D.D.S EdwardWaters College President, Dr. Jimmie Jenkins, Raines High School Coach Welton Coffee and Coach James Day Willard Payne and Urban League President Richard Danford ews Anchor Ken Ammaro Pigging out! Jacksonville Fire Chief Ray Alfred Reverend Elton Perry and John Edwards at the ortheast Florida Community Health Fair Emma Lou Adams and Ronnie Ferguson Vince Ober, M.D., Otis Story and Wade Rolle, Esq. Arnest McCarty and C.B. McIntosh, M.D. presenting Jack &Jill with a $500 donation. Tommy Chandler celebrating Charles SuttonÂs retirement. Ronnie Belton, Ms. Broome and Michael Stewart Carol Alexander, Janice Sampson, Amos Ealy and Michael Blaylock Ella Simmons enjoying a view of the Trout River Community Activists Rahman Johnson and Shadidi Amma Pat Webb, Beverly Fenderson and Maud Lofton surrounded by the 1989 AKA Debutantes Coterie
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 email@example.com 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 598-9567.3rd Annual Jax Truckies Food Truck ChampionshipThe 3rd Annual Jax Truckies Food Truck Championship takes place Saturday, May 17th, 4 p.m. Â… 9 p.m. at the Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. Enjoy music, givea-ways, a raffle and no shortage of food! For more information call Dodie Cantrell at 625-3713. 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. Chamber Players Soire Steve and Diane Halverson is hosting a Chamber Music Soiree with the critically acclaimed Ritz Chamber Players, Tuesday, May 20th 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The location is 825 Mapleton Terrace. Enjoy music, art and cocktails. To RSVP by May 18th email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ritzchambersplayers.org.Jax ChildrenÂs Chorus AuditionsThe Jacksonville ChildrenÂs Chorus is holding open auditions for grades 1-12 for the 2014-15 Season. Auditions are May 21 and May 22;May 28 and May 2, and Thursday, June 26. For more information call 353-1636 to request an audition time.Ritz Chambers Spring FinaleThe Ritz Chamber Players Spring Finale concert is Wednesday, May 21st at the Hicks Auditorium at the Main Library, 303 North Laura Street. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information call 630-2665 or visit www.ritzchamberplayers.org. Jacksonville Urban League 7th Annual Empowerment SummitThe Jacksonville Urban League will host its 7th Annual E-3 Summit on Wednesday, May 21st, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The summit will feature education and youth services, employment, training, economic and community empowerment, health and wellness workshops and symposiums, and a small business ownerÂs luncheon. The summit will also feature colleges, universities, community resources, and local employers. For more information call 3568336. The summit location is 903 West Union Street. 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.com.Annual Miracle on Ashley StreetThe Clara White Missions 20th Annual ÂMiracle on Ashley StreetÂŽ Celebrity Servers luncheon is scheduled for Friday, May 23rd 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 613 Ashley St. The Clara White Mission celebrity servers luncheon raises funds to benefit job training and meal programs for homeless veterans and low Income. Enjoy entertainment by Akia Uwanda and host Meteorologist Richard Nunn. For more details or to purchase tickets call 354-4162.J-LOC Free Clothes Give-A-WayJacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement Inc will ÂGive-A-Way Free Clothes,ÂŽ Saturday, May 24th The location is 916 N. Myrtle Avenue, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Support the Jacksonville local organizing committee of the Millions More Movement Inc as they work to end the violence through a good, quality education and not more incarcerations. If you have any questions or just want to volunteer or learn more about the Millions More Movement, visit www.jacksonvillelocmmm.org or call 354-1775.American 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. 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by Nelson George They should have called you Super Fly. Yep, thatÂs what you were, dancing in front of your TV every Saturday, spinning on the carpet and waving your arms around until you got yelled at for Âgoing [to] break something.ÂŽ But you were the flyest of fly. The only thing you were going to bust was a move, just like on Soul Train. And in ÂThe Hippest Trip in AmericaÂŽ by Nelson George, youÂll read about the iconic TV program that you never, ever missed. Everyone knew that Don Cornelius had ÂambitionÂŽ: he was a car salesman, policeman, and insurance agent before his Âfoghorn voiceÂŽ led him to radio in 1966. He made the transition to TV two years later, and he soon realized there was a need for a ÂblackÂŽ TV show. He presented the idea, then he found major corporate sponsorship, and on October 2, 1971, Soul Train appeared locally in Chicago. The show was ÂÂovernight hotÂÂŽ but Cornelius knew there was more to this idea. With another sponsor on-board for a nationwide launch, Cornelius pitched the show to the networks, but they turned it down. He decided to syndicate Soul Train and moved the show to Los Angeles. Though the music was always the focus of Soul Train, Cornelius knew that the dancers (in particular, those in the Soul Train line) were what brought viewers back. In Los Angeles, scouts kept their eyes open for promising teens who could dance, often mining prospects from three main area clubs. Dancers performed for free but the real appeal of being a Soul Train dancer was fame and the opportunity for a career in show biz. It seemed as though every regular viewer wanted to be a Soul Train regular, too. But as much as Cornelius controlled his show (and, to a certain extent, his dancers), he couldnÂt control what happened, culturally. Early-90s fashions confounded him, music videos concerned him, and gangsta rap made him uncomfortable. And so, though the show would continue for another 13 years, Cornelius announced in 1993 that heÂd step down as Soul Train host Â… a move that arguably meant Âthe show was over.ÂŽ From its first pages and throughout, the word ÂjoyÂŽ crops up often in ÂThe Hippest Trip in America,ÂŽ and for good reason: it was everywhere in the show and even more in this book. I took great joy, in fact, in seeing how author Nelson George sent me to the Internet. His descriptions of what happened through the years on Soul Train made me want to see, too, and there are plenty of clips online. I also liked the interviews with former dancers and the cultural frame-of-reference included here, and the history of the show Â… along with little-known tidbits Â… made this a great (and surprisingly fast-paced) read filled with reminiscing, Âlove, peace, and soul.ÂŽ Get out your bell bottom pants and your best dancinÂ shoes, have a good Internet connection, and get ready. For you, ÂThe Hippest Trip in AmericaÂŽ is a book youÂll want to bust out and find. May 15-21, 2014 Page 11 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! Phillip Bailey is not here for todayÂs songwriting. And why should he be? This is the man who wrote songs like ÂShining Star,ÂŽ ÂSeptemberÂŽ and ÂFantasyÂŽ with his band Earth, Wind and Fire. He says that he used to play around with lyrics with his bandmates, and theyÂd laugh at what they came up with. Now thatÂs what he hears on the radio. ÂThe lyrics nowadays are just like, whoa, alright. I cannot believe what I hear on the radio those days. I donÂt know if we (EWF) were so deep, our lyrics were just sane and sensible.ÂŽ His new book, Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth Wind and Fire talks about what it was like behind the scenes of one of the most storied bands in music history. ÂAll of those elements have worked for us and theyÂve also fought against us,ÂŽ Bailey told the ÂTom Joyner Morning Show.Â ÂThereÂs life that has to go on between doing tours and making records. Jamie Foxx Looking To Reconcile With ParentsJamie Foxx is reportedly attempting to reconcile with his biological parents who abandoned him more than four decades ago. Foxx, born Eric Marlon Bishop, was left in the care of his motherÂs foster parents when he was seven months old and struggled to understand why his parents did not make contact with him as he grew up. The Oscar winner is now trying to build bridges with his parents and has even moved his mother, Louise, into his home in an effort to forge a relationship with her. ÂWeÂre trying to learn (about) each other,ÂŽ he tells BritainÂs The Sunday Times Magazine. ÂThe one thing I think is great is sheÂs in the same house, because you realize certain things that you missed when you were growing up, like ÂOh, I do that because of that,Â or, ÂOh, I do this because of that.ÂŽ Attempts to reconcile with his father, who has since converted to Islam havenÂt gone as well, but Foxx remains hopeful. ÂFingers crossed, it will become a real thing,ÂŽ he says. ÂBut the door is open. ThatÂs one thing IÂve learned: always keep the door and your heart open I donÂt hold a lot of grudges, but itÂs tough, you know? Because there are questions, like, ÂWhat happenedÂ? Where were you? Were you stricken with something? Could you not make it?Â Growing up, I would always go, manÂƒ IÂm a good dude. I wasnÂt the kid getting in trouble. I was a quarterback on the high school football team. And he only lived 28 miles away. So I always said to myself, you know, IÂm gonna grade him a little harder for that, because he could have tried.ÂŽ Los Angeles Â… Debbie Rowe is about to launch a legal battle for guardianship of the two kids with Michael Jackson Â… and Blanket, if possible. Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ Rowe is deeply concerned about the environment in the Jackson home. She likes Katherine Jackson but believes she has become too old to serve as guardian. ÂKatherineÂs not connected with the kids or involved in their livesÂŽ Rowe told a friend, according to the website. Rowe is also concerned Michaels brothers are hanging around the Calabasas house a lot and have been terrible influence. SheÂs complained Prince has developed a filthy mouth and is rebellious because no one is trying to keep him in line. Rowe is especially upset with Jermaine, who will appear on ÂCelebrity Wife Swap.ÂŽ Rowe says heÂs Âjust plain creepy and extremely inappropriate,ÂŽ and wants him as far away from the lids as possible. She feels Blanket Â… the 12-yearold who is not her biological kid Â… is actually the most vulnerable and most in danger. As for Paris ... Rowe fears she's not made the kind of improvement which is necessary after her suicide attempt and wants control so she can take steps to ensure her safety. TJ Jackson is a co-guardian ... we're told Rowe likes him but is worried that he's been on tour and away from the kids for long stretches. Rowe will file legal docs asking the judge to appoint her guardian so she can move the children to her ranch in Palmdale CA, where she has a business raising and breeding horses. Fact is ... Rowe has not asked the Estate for money and our sources say she's not interested in a payday. She wants the kids because she loves them and fears for their well-being. Rowe Seeks Custody Of Her Kids With Jackson, Wants Blanket Too Jackson siblings are shown above with their legal custodian Katherine Jackson (2nd left). BOOK REVIEW: Â The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & StyleÂ Are Educated People Endangered?Continued from page 1 laws that commit this policy determination to the voters.ÂŽ The two dissenting opinions came from Justices Sonya Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. ÂThe Constitution does not protect racial minorities from political defeat,ÂŽ Justice Sotomayor wrote. ÂBut neither does it give the majority free rein to erect selective barriers against racial minorities. Prior to the Michigan ban, Sotomayor noted, minority enrollment at the University if Michigan stood at 12.15 percent. After the ban, by 2012, minority enrollment had dropped roughly 25 percent to 9.54 percent of the student population. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Stephen Breyer, Antonin Scalia and Chief Justice John Roberts joined Justice Kennedy in voting in the majority, while Justice Elena Kagan excused herself from the case, presumably because she had worked on the issue while serving as solicitor general prior to joining the Supreme Court. This should serve as extremely troubling news for African Americans who have aspirations to attend publicly-funded state institutions that have a history of having an under-representation of African American students. In a report titled, ÂCalifornia: A Case Study in the Loss of Affirmative Action.ÂŽ Dr. Patricia Gandara, who is with the Civil Rights Project and a Research Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at UCLA, states the Regents of the University of California passed a resolution in 1995 eliminating affirmative action in university admissions. In1996, California voters approved Proposition 209, a ballot measure that abolished affirmative action in employment and university admissions. ÂTo understand what the likely outcomes of a loss of affirmative action nationally would be, one only needs to look at the state of California,ÂŽ Dr. Gandara states. ÂIn the University system as a whole, there was 22% decline in enrollments of African American students between 1995 and 1998. The greatest impact however was felt at the flagship institution of the University of CaliforniaÂƒbetween 1997 and 1998, when the policy went into effect, freshmen enrollments of African Americans declined by 52% at UC Berkeley. Similarly, at UCLA, Black enrollments dropped by 32% in the same period.ÂŽ This Supreme Court decision is not only a blow to African American students and other minorities seeking to close the diversity gap ins schools across the United States, but is the latest major decision in a legal and political battle over whether publicly-funded state colleges can actually use race and gender as a factor in choosing what students to admit and on other matters. Although the Supreme Court case only dealt with the college admissions [portion, one of the other critical aspects of the Michigan referendum is that it also prohibits the state from considering race and gender in public hiring and concerning public contracting decisions. There has and will continue to be a long-running debate as to whether affirmative action programs are antiquated and out-of-touch with modern-day society, but as you look as the lack of diversity in these institutions, one can see how this is an argument that more likely will not be going anywhere soon, until the goal of obtaining diversity is met. EWFs Phillip Bailey Releases ew Memoir
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