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Public pressure both at home and abroad is keeping hope alive for the safe return of the 200-plus Nigerian girls abducted from a boarding school in a remote part of northern Nigeria by the notorious Islamic fundamentalist Boko Haram group. The #BringBackOurGirls viral campaign is phenomenal, and it was the brainchild of Ibrahim M. Abdullahi, a managing partner at a law firm based in Abuja, Nigeria. He said, ÂItÂs gratifying that because of the popularity of the hashtag, the whole world has an interest in the abduction of the girls.ÂŽ The whole world is watching. During the South African struggle against apartheid, a slogan was born: ÂYou have touched the women you have struck a rock; you have dislodged a boulderÂ„you will be crushed.ÂŽ At one of several New York City rallies on the crisis, Harlem City Council Member Inez E. Dickens told a crowd at City Hall, ÂIf they steal one, they have stolen your child. They have stolen my daughter. They have stolen my sister. And today, we stand united to say, ÂThis will not be tolerated.ÂÂŽ ÂWe want the government to do everything humanely possible and use all the resources to get our girls back,ÂŽ said Nkechi Ogbodo, who runs KechieÂs Project, a New Yorkand Nigeria-based nonprofit girlsÂ mentorship group. The Nigerian-born activist organized the rally outside the Nigerian Consulate on Saturday. ÂWe look up to our president, and we know he cannot do it all alone, but we need to know that he is there leading us to make sure that we donÂt have this type of thing happening again,ÂŽ she told the AmNews. ÂHe is paying attention. The African leaders are paying attention. We are living in a changing world where news travels fast. Social media is there. Things can no longer be swept under the carpet.ÂŽ It took almost three weeks for Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to make a national response that the government will do all it can to bring the girls home. News as of press time was that the groupÂs leader, Abubakar Shekau, is bragging that he has converted most of the girls to Islam. In a widely publicized video, about 100 girls between 14 and 16 years old, believed to be part of the kidnapped group, are seen reciting sentences in Arabic as they sit on the ground wearing traditional Muslim chador gowns. Most of the girls were Christian. There are fears that the girls may have been separated, with some sold as child brides in Cameroon and Chad. .NigeriaÂs constitution says that everyone can practice any religion they want to, so why are they killing innocent girls and preachers? Âƒ hopefully, we will get these girls back.ÂŽ Volume 27 o. 29 May 22-28, 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents atural Springs Canoeing Day Trip Introduces Locals to the Beauty of aturePage 3 City Council eeds to Support Civil Citation and Smart Juvenile Justice ReformsPage 4Kimberly Elise Embraces and Shares Her Love for Her atural HairPage 9 DonÂt Wait to 65 to Explore MedicarePage 2 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Seniors Hang -word Banner at Georgia High SchoolStudents at a school outside Atlanta were in hot water last week after they reportedly hung a banner from their school's roof that read, "N--a We Made It." The sign at South Forsyth High School may have been meant to celebrate graduation, but struck many as offensive. "This morning, without our knowledge, students placed a derogatory sign with a verse from a song by Drake on our school as a senior prank," Principal Jeff Cheney said in a note to parents, referring to the rapper Drake. More than 70% of the student population at South Forsyth High School is white, while more than 10% is Hispanic, 12% is Asian and less than 5% is black, according to school statistics. According to CNN affiliate WSB, the banner wasn't the only prank seniors pulled at the school. Students also reportedly turned a hallway into a slip and slide and put a for-sale sign on Cheney's car. The principal told the affiliate that some pranks are fun, while others are just not acceptable.Y Times ames First Black Executive EditorDean Baquet, 57, has made history as the first African-American executive editor of the New York Times. He is replacing Jill Abramson, 60, the first woman appointed to the position in 2011. ÂIt is an honor to be asked to lead the only newsroom in the country that is actually better than it was a generation ago,ÂŽ Baquet said according to the newspaper. ÂOne that approaches the world with wonder and ambition every day,ÂŽ he continues. The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter was formerly the managing editor at the publication. Baquet was also a former editor of the Los Angeles Times. Ras Baraka Declares Victory in ewark Mayor's RaceRas Baraka, son of late militant poet and activist Amiri Baraka, declared victory last week in the race to succeed Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker as mayor of the state's largest city. Baraka, who served on Newark's City Council, was a staunch critic of Booker, who stepped down last year to run for the Senate. He declared victory with nearly all districts counted and with a 54 percent to 46 percent lead over former state assistant attorney general Shavar Jeffries. He inherits a fiscal crisis that has left Newark in danger of being subject to state monitoring. Speaking to the crowd, Baraka wished his mother a happy Mother's Day and said he knew his father, who died in January, was "in the room tonight." He urged the crowd to "be the mayor" and work for positive change, a reference to one of his campaign slogans, "When I become mayor, we become mayor."AACPÂs ew Leader Says He is 'Humbled' by Selection Cornell William Brooks insists that he is a beneficiary of the very gains in the civil rights movement that he is now called to protect and expand. Brooks was recently selected as the new president and chief executive of the NAACP, succeeding Benjamin Todd Jealous, who resigned last September. Brooks, who is 53 and serves as executive director of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, is also an ordained minister. Since he will not formally assume the office for several weeks, until July, Brooks said he is not yet prepared to speak in specifics about his plans to lead the nationÂs oldest civil rights organizations but maintaines that he wants to see the organization continue its strong focus on voting rights. Brooks was raised in Georgetown, South Carolina, and went to Jackson State University in Mississippi. He then went to Yale Law School, where he was the senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. He also has a masterÂs degree in divinity from Boston University.Family of Kendrick Johnson Sues Georgia School DistrictThe family of Kendrick Johnson, who was found dead in Lowndes High School in 2013, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Lowndes County Board of Education in Georgia. Mystery still surrounds how the 17-year-old died, as he was found in a rolled-up mat. The family alleges that the Lowndes County School District neglected to protect Johnson from harassment and bullying because he was African-American, according to CNN. The Sheriff's Office says his death was a freak accident, but his parents had a private investigation done that told a different story. The teen died after a fatal blow that appeared to be nonaccidental, according to the pathologist who performed the second autopsy. His case remains under investigation by the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Volunteers Show L.O.V.E. to the orthside and Eastsidelast weekend, the volunteers of Northside and Eastside LOVE launched their "Take Pride in Your Side" Neighborhood Clean Up. Over 70 volunteers launched from Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church near Myrtle & Kings Rd and collected over 60 bags of trash. Northside and Eastside LOVE are neighborhood initiatives designed to empower and uplift underserved and underrepresented communities, through strategic partnerships that provide, health education, financial literacy, mentorships and much more. LOVE is the acronym for Lifting Our Various Enterprises created from the 2013 inaugural season of the Northside LOVE Arts & Vendors Market. Pictured left to right are volunteers: Cheryl Harrell, Symone Harrell, Brittney Harrell, City Council District 8 Candidate CC Newby, Ashlei Brown, Nekia Jackson, Kwame Jenkins and Dr. Royce McGowan of McGowan Spinal Rehabilitation Center. World Rallies for Kidnapped igerian Girls Sheriff John Rutherford (center) speaks to community residents preparing to walk the streets of the Lake Forest area for an anti-crime walk as Bishop Lewis Williams looks on. Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford and Assistant Chief Tony Davis gathered at Concord Park for the Sheriffs Neighborhood Crime Prevention Walk through the lake Forest area. Neighbors were lined up ready to discuss neighborhood crime and JSO future crime prevention initiatives. ÂOver the last three years JSO has lost 147 policemen and 92 Community Service Officers. WeÂre asking the city council to restore at least 40 police and community service officers. I tell the city council members, some of you are Paul and some of you are Peter. WeÂre going to have to rob Peter to pay Paul,ÂŽ said Sheriff Rutherford. As part of his campaign promise, the Sheriff walks a neighborhood monthly to hear citizensÂ concerns. ew BethelAME Takes on Healthcare in the Community This past weekend New Bethel A.M.E. Church held a health fair and expo for residents in the area (near Deward Waters College). Onsite were various healthcare organizations providing adult and children health screenings. Screenings were provided to educate community residents on preventive medicine and public health intervention. Participants were provided with a hot lunch served by the New Bethel congregation and volunteers and over 50 children also learned the importance of healthy eating and exercise. New Bethel Pastor Harry L. Dawkins was enthusiastic, Âthis was a great day for the church and the community. Assisting the community with healthcare initiatives is a way to move our communities forward, mentally and spiritually.ÂŽ Pictured is St. VincentÂs Registered urse Donna Wilkerson administering a blood pressure check to ew Bethel member Pamela Duncan. Sheriff Walking Streets to Get Up Close and Personal with eighorhoodsÂ Concerns on Crimes
By Jason Alderman Each day, approximately 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 Â… and thereby become eligible for Medicare. But becoming eligible for and actually enrolling in Medicare are two very different things. In fact, if you miss the initial window to sign up for certain parts of Medicare and later decide to enroll, you could wind up paying significantly higher premiums for the rest of your life. If you're approaching 65, get familiar with these Medicare basics now: Medicare provides benefits to people age 65 and older (and those under 65 with certain disabilities or endstage renal disease). For most people, the initial enrollment period is the seven-month period that begins three months before the month they turn 65. If you miss that window, you may enroll between January 1 and March 31 each year, although your coverage won't begin until July 1. Medicare offers several plans and coverage options, including: Medicare Part A helps cover inpatient hospital, skilled nursing facility and hospice services, as well as home health care. Most people pay no monthly premium for Part A, provided they or their spouse have paid FICA taxes for at least 40 calendar quarters. Medicare Part B helps cover medically necessary doctor's services, outpatient care, durable medical equipment and many preventive services. It's optional and has a monthly premium. For most people there's a $147 yearly deductible; after that's met, you'll be responsible for 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount of the service, provided the doctor or other provider accepts Medicare. Medicare Part C (Advantage) plans are offered by Medicare-approved private insurers as alternatives to Original Medicare Parts A and B. Most cover prescription drugs and some include additional benefits such as dental and vision coverage for an extra cost. You're usually required to use the plan's doctor, hospital and pharmacy provider network, which may be more restrictive than providers you can access through Parts A and B. Medicare Part D helps cover the cost of prescription drugs. It's optional and carries a monthly premium. These privately run plans vary widely in terms of cost, copayments and deductibles and medications covered. If you're enrolled in a Part C plan that includes drug coverage, you don't need Part D. Many people purchase additional Medigap (or Medicare Supplemental) insurance, which is offered by private insurers and helps pay for many items not covered by Medicare. Medigap plans can vary widely in terms of cost, covered benefits and states participating so compare your options carefully. Keep in mind: For all Medicare plans, deductibles, copayments and coinsurance may apply, depending on the service provided. With Parts B and D, you'll often face sizeable penalties if you don't enroll when first becoming eligible Â… Part B premiums could increase 10 percent for each 12-month period you were eligible but didn't sign up (the Part D penalty is more complicated); however, if you're currently covered by an employer's plan you can enroll later without penalty. Terms of Advantage and Part D plans such as premiums, copayments and covered medications can change from year to year, so carefully review enrollment materials from your current plans to make sure they still match your needs. Understanding and choosing the right Medicare options for your individual situation can be a complicated and time-consuming process. For assistance, call 1-800-633-4227 or visit www.medicare.gov, where you'll find "Medicare & You 2014," a detailed guide that explains Medicare in easyto-understand language, and tools to compare prescription plans, hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and Medigap plans in your area. By Jane Bryant Quinn Debt is a two-edged sword. Some of us have too much of it. Others-surprisingly-have too little. It might sound prudent to throw away your credit cards and pay for everything by check, debit card and cash. But going all-cash can trip you up, says Gerri Detweiler of Credit.com, a consumer credit website. If you have no debt, you have no credit score. That complicates your life. Credit scores are created from the monthly reports that lenders send to credit reporting companies. Your score reflects how many creditors you have, how much you owe, how fast you pay, the size of your credit lines and any defaults. It also incorporates information from the courts, such as bankruptcies or tax liens. Lenders depend on credit scores to measure how likely you are to repay a loan. The most widely used score, from a company known as FICO, ranges from a high of 850 down to 300. With a score of 750-plus, you can generally borrow or get a new credit card on the best possible terms, says John Ulzheimer of the consumer site CreditSesame.com. At 700-plus, loans are still competitively priced. Below 600, donÂt bother asking. With no score at all, you donÂt exist. Your score could vanish. If you ever had loans or credit cards in the past, you might assume that you always have a score, even though you currently operate debt free. But thatÂs not so. Your score could vanish if youÂve had no activity on at least one credit line in the past six months, says FICOÂs Anthony Sprauve, a senior consumer credit specialist. No score usually means no loans. Being ÂunscorableÂŽ might not bother you, if you gladly gave up credit cards and debt. But scores touch your life in many other ways, Detweiler says. Without a score (or a high enough score), you might not get a discount on your auto or homeowner insurance. Utilities might require a higher deposit if you move to another town. If you sell your house and want to rent an apartment, the landlord will probably require a good score before giving you a lease. Credit checks are usually required for cable and cell phone service. If youÂre married, you acquire a credit score by having personal debt or sharing debt with your spouse-for example, by applying jointly for a credit card. If one of you dies, shared cards are usually cancelled. To keep them, the survivor needs to reapply. You might be given a lower credit limit if your income has declined. One card is enough. No financial adviser (I hope!) would suggest that you take a mortgage or car loan just to keep your credit score alive. All you need is an active credit card. To get a good score, you donÂt even need a variety of credit sources, Sprauve says. One card is enough, provided that youÂve had it for several years; use it once or twice a month-say, for small purchases such as groceries or gas-and pay in full when the bill comes in. If you have a credit card that youÂve been keeping in a drawer for emergencies, check to see if its still good. The lender might lower your credit limit or even close the account if you havenÂt used it for 12 to 18 months, Ulzheimer says. To reactivate the card, you might have to apply for it all over again. For those whose problem is too much debt, credit cards area trickier issue. Should you, or should you not, cut them up? YouÂre at a danger point if your payments exceed 40 percent of your monthly income. Among people 55 and up who carried debt in 2010, 8.5 percent hit that perilous mark, the Employee Benefit Research Institute reports (those are the latest numbers available). A much higher percentage of people 65 and up carry debt-and a larger amount of debt-than was true 15 years ago. Bankruptcy rates have risen too, especially among those 75 and up. Cutting up cards makes sense when youÂre digging out of debt. But save at least one of them and use it once a month. ItÂs your door to good credit when finally, youÂre debt-free. The American Bar Association is one of the most powerful legal organizations in the United States. There is now a Black woman running this extraordinary group. In August, Paulette Brown is going to take over as the presidentelect of the organization, making her the first Black female to ever hold this post. She is going to be president-elect for one year before taking the helm n 2015. SheÂs a graduate of Seton Hall University and has been practicing law for 38 years. She is currently a partner in a law firm in New Jersey with a specialization in labor law, employment and litigation. ÂWhen I first started going to court and so forth,ÂŽ said Brown, ÂI had the usual experiences. ÂAre you the defendant? Are you the court reporter? Are you the plaintiff? No? Well then, who are you then?ÂŽ It never occurred to them that I could be the lawyer.ÂŽ Despite her achievements, Attorney Brown still runs into those who arenÂt accustomed to seeing such high-powered Black women. She says that she was asked just a few weeks ago if she was a flight attendant during a plane ride. ÂMy father always said there were no girl jobs and no boy jobs,ÂŽ said Brown. ÂMy brother and I had to wash dishes and clean up just like we did-and my father did, too. He did laundry, he cooked, he did everything. And he went to work every day.ÂŽ BrownÂs achievement is what many experts hope will be the first of many. To date, the United States Supreme Court has had an over abundance of Jewish representation, but has not had a single African American female on the bench. Additionally, many leading law schools rarely grant tenure to African American women. Harvard Law School, for example, only granted tenure to its second African American female in its nearly 200 year history. This move was made in response to criticism that then Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan hadnÂt hired or tenured any African Americans for either tenured or tenure track positions during her six years on the court. Can these institutions claim to be among the best in the world when they are so ignorant as to keep brilliant Black women from having a shot at these opportunities? There is nothing intelligent about racist/sexist exclusion. The American Bar Association has 400,000 members. Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press May 22-28 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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Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 May 15-21, 2014 $50 minimum deposit to open a checking or savings account. Mobile Internet data and text message charges may apply. Please cont act your mobile service provider for details. Subject to Internet banking terms and conditions. Fifth Third Bank, Member FDIC. WE WERE CURIOUS, SHOULDNÂT YOUR CHECKING ACCOUNT CHECK IN WITH YOU? Open a checking account with Fifth Third Instant Alerts and get all your account activity messaged right to your phone. ItÂs mobile banking that puts you in the know faster and helps stop account fraud faster. Visit 53.com/alerts for more. For the complete lineup and more information visitJAXJAZZFEST.COMArtists subject to change.Al Jarreau / Average W hite Band Delfeayo Marsalis / Ester Rada The Latin Jazz All-Stars TIZER feat. Karen BriggsMAY 22-25 By Thomas Waters Peace and tranquility, while communing with nature, good friends, and family is generally seen as a rare luxury. However, it does not have to be. Florida living provides residents with an abundance of historic, athletic, ecological, recreational, spiritual, and plain fun activities that are inexpensive and close to home. Most activities can be enjoyed as day trips and can be more exciting than a typical day at the beach and many of these venues are closer than one would think. A little more than a one hour drive from Jacksonville, just a few miles west of Lake City and Gainesville, is a little gem of a town named High Springs. Amidst old Florida charm within a downtown district containing restored historic buildings, High Springs boasts trendy new gourmet restaurants, surrounded by antique shops and other eclectic curiosities. On the outskirts of town, are numerous areas of pristine natural areas and prehistoric geological and ecological relics. Last weekend was one of the best days to get out and enjoy the extremely nice weather. Joined by friends, I recently remade the trek to introduce a small group of friends to canoeing. For most, they had never been in a canoe or even knew how to swim. Fortunately since the average depth along the river is only 3 to 4 feet, few were scared off from the adventure. Reservations were made at one of the many area river outfitters. They accept online reservations, provide all of the necessary gear, and even provide shuttle service to transport you back to the outpost at the end of the trip. It is necessary to undergo a safety orientation, review maps, pay a minor fee, and you are off on a uniquely relaxing adventure of a myriad of water sports including canoeing, kayaking, tubing, snorkeling, caving, fishing, wading, etc. There are also many different types of excursions to select, including a monthly Full Moon Tour. Our entourage included a variety of canoe configurations including room for children, additional adult passengers, and cargo consisting of coolers and lunch baskets. All types of fishing and wildlife was observed along the ride in between canoeing and dips in the natural fresh-water springs of the Ichetucknee and Santa Fe Rivers at High Springs. After a full day on the river, our group capped off the afternoon by enjoying music and gourmet dinner at the Great Outdoors Restaurant. Top Row Maurice Postal, Daphne Colbert, Rev. Marquise Hardrick, Dr. Raul Soto, Patricia Gery, Dee Wilcox. (Bottom) Leah Postal, Joshua Postal, Demetria Henderson, Thomas Waters, and Audrey Postal. atural Springs Canoeing Day Trip Introduces Locals to the Beauty of ature Fullwoods particpate in youth triathlonClose to 2000 children between the aged five to fifteen participated in the First Coast Kids Triathlon sponsored by the Jacksonville chapter of Jack and Jill last weekend on the campus of Jacksonville University. The junior event included a 200 yard swim, three mile bike ride and 1/2 mile run. Shown above participating are Latasha and Reginald Fullwood and their kids Garrison and Zoe. Mayor Brown was also on hand to cheer on the participants. The Troy Solomon Foundation stepped up over the weekend to take action against Violent Crimes. With the recent increase in violence on the Northwest side of Jacksonville, CEO and Founder, Troy Solomon said, ÂEnough is EnoughÂŽ. The foundation hosted an Increase the Peace: Stop the Violence Rally on May 17th at the Norwood Flea Market. The Rally attracted about 150200 citizens throughout the day. The event targeted youth, adults, and elderly citizens, motivating them to stop participating in crimes but assist to reduce/prevent crime. President Troy Solomon said Âthis is one of many events planned over the next 45 days. Events like this helps the community to see positive things while making everyone aware of crime prevention.ÂŽ Families had the opportunity to speak with various partnering organizations inquiring about social, economic, and mental health needs that usually causes them to commit these crimes. The Troy Solomon Foundation mission is to help kids stay on track and to help the homeless; while organizing and promoting non-profit events. Pictured is Troy Solomon talking about increasing the peace to reporter Brittany Amos. L. Jones photoFoundation Plans 45 Day Campaign to Lessen Community Violence Democrats May Block ObamaÂs Judicial ominees By Freddie Allen WASHINGTON (NNPA) Â… Democrats and civil rights advocates continue to express concerns over two of President Barack ObamaÂs federal judicial nominees for GeorgiaÂs northern district who have suspect civil rights backgrounds. In a package deal with Republican United States senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson from Georgia, President Obama nominated Julie Carnes and Jill A. Pryor to the United States Eleventh Circuit Court, Leslie Abrams to the United States court of the Middle District of Georgia, and Michael Boggs, Mark Cohen, Leigh May, and Eleanor Ross to the court of the United States Northern District of Georgia. If confirmed, Abrams and Ross would become the first Black women to serve lifetime appointments as federal judges in Georgia. But Democrats and some progressive groups have objected to the nominations of Boggs and Cohen. Last week, the United States Senate judiciary committee held a hearing for the nominees where Democratic senators grilled Michael Boggs, who is currently a judge on GeorgiaÂs appeals court, over his voting record while he served in the Georgia state legislature. When questioned about his votes against removing the Confederate battle emblem from the Georgia state flag, Boggs said that although he found the Confederate symbol personally offensive, he said that his constituents wanted the opportunity to vote on any changes to the state flag. Boggs also voted for legislation requiring doctors to list how often they provided abortion services. When senators questioned him about the public safety concerns associated with publishing such a list following decades of violence against doctors who performed abortions, Boggs said that at the time of the vote, he was unaware of that history. The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, a pro-choice advocacy group, said that they also found ÂpersonhoodÂŽ legislation that Boggs supported during his time as a state legislator that the group said Âis one step away from overturning Roe v. Wade.ÂŽ A day before the hearing on ÂThe Tom Joyner Morning Show,ÂŽ Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) said, ÂHere you have the architect and the attorney that defended photo ID voter suppression laws in Georgia, the very same laws the president is fighting all across the countryÂŽ nominated to the federal bench in Atlanta where most of the Black people are. To have this being done by the first African American president is shameful, itÂs painful, and it hurts deeply.ÂŽ Scott continued: ÂThe president should have stood up to those Republicans and said, ÂNo, I canÂt do this to my people. You wouldnÂt do it to George Bush. You wouldnÂt have done it to Bill Clinton. Why are you doing it to me?ÂÂŽ George State Rep. Tyrone Brooks, who championed the law to change the stateÂs flag, said he doesnÂt hold the vote over the Georgia state flag or any one vote against Boggs. Brooks, who has served in GeorgiaÂs House of Representatives for more than 30 years and was president of Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials (GABEO for two decades, said that Boggs voted with him Â90 percent of the time,ÂŽ helped him secure funding for the Morehouse College School of Medicine and worked to the reform the stateÂs criminal justice system. Brooks also said that CohenÂs civil rights record has been misrepresented in the media. When White students sued the University of Georgia over the schoolÂs freshman admissions policy that used race as factor, Cohen scored a court victory in 2001 for affirmative action proponents who supported the universityÂs program, according to Brooks. Nearly a decade later, then Georgia state Attorney General Thurbert Baker, asked Cohen to defend GeorgiaÂs photo identification law for in-person voting that many voterÂs rights advocates say discriminates against Blacks and the poor. Brooks said it was a move that likely provided Baker, who is Black, political cover. Brooks called Boggs and Cohen friends and said that he had no reason to oppose their nominations. ÂThis isnÂt the perfect deal, but I trust the president,ÂŽ said Brooks. ÂIf [the president] had a different hand of cards, the package would look different, but heÂs doing the best that can do under these circumstances.ÂŽ
ÂIf we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand for much,ÂŽ said Marian Wright Edelman. I couldnÂt agree more; and that is one of the reason why several elected officials and nonprofits are supporting an effort to expand the use of civil citations in Jacksonville,and really throughout the state. Civil citations are a critical mechanism that can be used to keep our children out of the justice system for mostly petty crimes. It is simply diversion in the form of a ticket (like a traffic ticket), that requires community service and maybe a small fine; but the most critical component is that it keeps children out of jail. Working its way through Jacksonville City Council is a Memorandum of Understanding in the form of a resolution that is supported by the Public Defenders office, state legislators, Superintendent of Schools, and many others. So whatÂs the problem Â… sounds like a good thing Â… keeping mostly first-time offenders who commit misdemeanorcrimes out of jail. While State Attorney Angela Corey agrees with the notion Â… how itÂs implemented, tracked and correlates to her own internal diversion programs are apparently a concern for her. A couple of weeks ago she asked for the City Council to differ the resolution until she had time to give proper input. So by a 10-7 vote the council agreed to send it back to committees and await feedback from Corey. I am not sure of the politics at play here, but supporting civil citations is the right thing to do Â… period. This resolution basically helps put a framework in place between the State AttorneyÂs Office, Public Defender, Courts, and SherriffÂs Office. The first paragraph of the memorandum reads, ÂLaw enforcement in the Fourth Judicial Circuit has a long-standing practice of utilizing non-arrest diversion for first time offenders who commit nonserious crimes. The procedures pertaining to non-arrest or Âat-largeÂŽ diversion allow for proper constitutional screening of a case, further investigation by law enforcement, and appropriate contact with victims. Â It continues, ÂThe State AttorneyÂs Office and local law enforcement agencies will continue to utilize this method to handle first time offenders who are deserving of non-arrest diversion.ÂŽ Again, this program is critical. All kids make mistakes; but in the past we have treated too many of our young men and women like they were incapable of being reformed. Back in my day Â… a fight between two guys that had a disagreement basically landed you with in-school or out-of-school suspension for a couple of days. Now our kids are being taken to jail for simple oneon-one fights and other small altercations at school. ThatÂs not smart justice. ThatÂsexposing a child to the justice system when many of these matters could be dealt with internally at the schools. If we are going to help our children, we must have fewer students arrested at school for non-violent offenses. We also have to actually use the civil citation alternative and other community-based options instead of incarceration. There are some great officers that use civil citations, and some that just refuse to under any circumstance. Advocates for Smart Juvenile Justice reform want to focus more on prevention and rehabilitation; and also on intervening at the first sign of trouble and providing services to deal with the underlying issues that lead to young people offending. Sending troubled kids to adult prisons is not the answer. Wehave to figure out a way to stop our children from being transferred into the adult system. Florida is a unique state in so many ways Â… some good and some bad. While the trend nationally has been to promote alternative methods of punishment, Florida leads the nation, and Duval County leads the state in sending children to the adult court system. Experts and studies have shown that when youth are sentenced to the adult system, they are much more likely to become career criminals. James Baldwin said it best, ÂChildren have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.ÂŽ In other words, by placing so many youth in the adult system, we are essentially creating FrankensteinÂs monsters. Think about this fact: 54 percent of the Duval County children that were arrested and then referred to adult court last year were not violent offenders. ThereÂs something clearly wrong with our system when reform and prevention are not as important as saying that we are Âtough on crime.ÂŽ We have basically criminalized student misbehavior.According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, ÂResearch has shown that pushing children out of school, unnecessarily locking them up in detention centers and youth prisons, and sending them into the adult criminaljustice systems to be tried as adults, does not reduce crime.ÂŽ Dr. Robert Johnson, is a parenting specialist and says, ÂAfrican American children in this country are growing up under the weight of the pressures that are created by racism, and it has an effect in schools and commercial settings everywhere and parents need to strengthen their children with the abilities and skills to overcome that.ÂŽ Easier said than done Doc! Clearly student poor student achievement is a byproduct of how our state and county deal with our juveniles. Overuse of arrest and other punitive discipline policies have lead to low graduation rates and low performance. I realize that the flip side of this coin is that some repeat and/or violent offenders have received multiple chances and should be treated as adults. Well, there certainly are those people, but they donÂt make up the majority of the population of kids that I am talking about. But think about this Â… some 440 Jacksonville children were arrested last year in public schools or at school functions, and over half of them had never been arrested before. There are states and even counties in Florida that are doing it right. During that same timeframe only 94 Dade County youth were committed to residential facilities Â… a county much more populated than Jacksonville. We know the issue Â… now we need the political and community will to refocus our efforts on reforming our students who make mistakes, versus the system automatically dropping the hammer on every kid it can. In the words of Judge William Hibbler, ÂChildren donÂt stop being children when they commit a crime.ÂŽ City Council needs to move forward with the resolution without amendments. Signing off from the Duval County Juvenile Detention Center, Reggie Fullwood Everything Donald Sterling Said WasnÂt FalseBy Jineea Butler The NBA playoffs, the NFL draft, and elevator music with Jay Z and Beyonce are all distractions in the pursuit of occupying our attention. Among them, I found Donald SterlingÂs rants to be the most intriguing. Many people want to dismiss him as a racist, disillusioned old man, but if you listened carefully a few of his points were valid. IÂm always bothered by people who criticize our culture, but I think I am more bothered that there is room for criticism than I am about the person criticizing. I assume Donald Sterling refused a PR team to script his message in his interview with Anderson Cooper or he lost focus and went off on a tangent about Magic Johnson and the Black community. Nevertheless, he seemingly dug a deeper hole for himself by referencing JohnsonÂs HIV status, questioning his influence in South L.A. and outright dismissing MagicÂs role in helping the Black community. Sterling says, ÂWhat has he done, can you tell me, big Magic Johnson, what has he done?ÂŽ Now, I am sure we are very aware of Magic JohnsonÂs investments in communities of color and I donÂt dispute MagicÂs sincere commitment to do business in the urban neighborhoods around the country. But what I heard Donald Sterling say is Jewish people have a company for people that want to borrow money at no interest, they want to give their people a fishing pole, they want to help people, if people donÂt have the money they will loan it to them and if they donÂt have interest one day, they will give it back. Wow! That is a completely different conversation, one that does not apply in the Black community. Magic Johnson got it right: this whole ordeal really had nothing to do with him. Sterling obviously grasping for straws while trying to lay a foundation for his perspective said we have got to take a look at. When the world looks at the state of the Black community, do you think they applaud our position? Donald Sterling is one of IÂm sure millions who speak negatively about the Black community on a daily basis. I believe what he and the rest of America are really saying is why is there so much violence and so much unemployment among people of color? Why arenÂt they spending every dime of their money to create opportunities for their people? LetÂs be honest, most wealthy individuals in our community stick their noses up and walk right by if youÂre not in the ÂinÂŽ club or if you are not on the PR agenda. They donÂt have time to hear about your bright idea or how they can potentially help you. Is this because they care so much about the less fortunate and just donÂt have time to acknowledge your existence? No one would be able to say such grotesque things if we were a group that looked at each other with love and expectancy in their hearts. Why isnÂt there a nationwide program designed by African Americans that helps other African Americans in business? Magic Johnson provides jobs that we undoubtedly need, but we also need more Magic Johnsons who own businesses to provide more jobs. All of the wealthy African Americans hob knob with one another throughout the year. When are they going to get together and say, ÂLetÂs just spend some money on rebuilding our community. All of them.ÂŽ We make up 14 percent of the population. With the right economic empowerment plan we can convince our young people to walk the path to success. The problem with our people is they know they are on their own. They know that if they are going to make it, they cannot depend on people who look like them. We understand the mindset of our people. Our way of life is sometimes out of the ordinary and we cannot blame people for questioning how and why we do what we do. What we need to do is focus on the people who wear the same uniform. Focus on giving a helping hand, no matter the situation, no matter the history. Focus on being selfless instead of selfish. Even if they bite your hand, know that while you heal, you have another hand to keep on giving. 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Reggie Fullwood May 22-28, 2014 City Council eeds to Support Civil Citation and Smart Juvenile Justice Reforms By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist This is the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision outlawing Âseparate but equalÂŽ schools. And like most major anniversaries, incorrect information surfaces as purported fact, doing a disservice to the accomplishment being celebrated as well as truth itself. In this instance, some have asserted that because of re-segregation, public schools in the South, where most African Americans live, are more segregated now than when Brown was handed down. That is simply untrue and if you want to read a comprehensive account of what has truly happened in school desegregation over the past 60 years, there is no better source than ÂBrown at 60: Great Progress, a Long Retreat and an Uncertain Future,ÂŽ published by The Civil Rights Project at UCLA. First, letÂs dispense with the nonsense. ÂThe claims that black students in the South are no better off than they were before Brown, in terms of segregation, are obviously wrong,ÂŽ the report stated. ÂThey are ten times as likely to be in majoritywhite schools as they were when the Civil Rights Act passed.ÂŽ The 42-page report is packed with illuminating facts about progress made in the wake of Brown and the subsequent retrenchment. But to appreciate the significance of Brown, it is necessary to understand what our schools looked like before the court decision. ÂNine years after Brown, when President John Kennedy called for the first major civil rights act of the 20th century, 99% of blacks in the South were still in totally segregated schools,ÂŽ the report recounted. ÂVirtually no whites were in historically black schools, nor were black teachers and administrators in white schools. For all practical purposes, it was segregation as usual or Âsegregation forever,Â as some of the SouthÂs politicians promised. In the great majority of the several thousand southern districts nothing had been done.ÂŽ Actually, there were two Brown decisions. The first, issued in 1954, outlawed segregated public schools masquerading as Âseparate but equal.ÂŽ The court ruled that Âsegregation is inherently unequalÂŽ and ordered the desegregation of schools. With no progress after a year, the court ordered in 1955, in a ruling sometimes called Brown II, that desegregation had to be carried out Âwith all deliberate speed.ÂŽ But racial segregation was deliberate and speed was missing in action. In fact, nine years after Brown, 99 percent of Blacks in the South were still in segregated schools. ÂPresident Lyndon Johnson powered the historic 1964 Civil Rights Act through Congress with bipartisan support, and he proceeded to enforce civil rights law more forcefully than an Administration before or since,ÂŽ the report stated. ÂAfter he also led the battle for the largest federal education aid program in American history, the Southern schools changed. Faced with the dual prospect of losing federal funds if they remained segregated, as well as the threat of a Justice Department lawsuit as a result of the Civil Rights Act, almost all the districts began to desegregate. Strongly backed by the federal courts, federal civil rights officials raised desegregation requirements each year. In 1968 the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that desegregation in the historically segregated states must be comprehensive and immediate. By 1970 Southern schools became the nationÂs most integrated.ÂŽ Nationwide, the percent of Blacks attending majority White schools has declined from a high of 43.5 percent in 1988 to 23.2 percent in 2011, about the same level it was 1968. This did not happen by accident. ÂThroughout the l980s there was a strong legal attack on desegregation orders, led by the Reagan and Bush administrationsÂ Justice Departments and, in l991, the Supreme Court authorized the termination of desegregation plans in the Oklahoma City (Dowell) decision. The decline in black student access has been continuous since l991,ÂŽ the report observed. The report documents the strong connection between segregated schools and concentrated poverty. ÂIn schools that are 81-100% black & Latino, over three-quarters of the students are also enrolled in schools where more than 70% of the students live in poverty,ÂŽ it stated. ÂIn fact, half of students in 91-100% black & Latino schools are in schools that also have more than 90% low-income students. This means that these students face almost total isolation not only from white and Asian students but also from middle class peers as well.ÂŽ In its recommendations section, the report observes that while education is primarily a state responsibility, the federal government also has an important role to play. Sadly, the report points out, there has not been a major national study on school desegregation, its costs and solutions since Racial Isolation in Public Schools, a report requested in 1967 by President Johnson. Non-government organizations also have a role to play. The report stated, ÂCivil rights organizations need to develop new strategies and legal theories to end the reversal and restart the movement toward a successfully integrated, truly multiracial society, as was done by the NAACP and Howard University in the campaign that led to Brown.ÂŽ The Browning of Public Schools after ÂBrownÂ
May 22-28, 2014 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 Â’FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 20 26, 201411 HBCUs SANCTIONED OVER ACADEMIC PROGRESS RATES; JSU, B-CU WIN BB TITLESREPORT CARD: NCAA working with HBCUs and other 'limited-resource' schools struggling to get student-athletes academic performance up to par.FOCUS ON THE BOOKSNCAA Photo BCSP TidbitsRobert Mathis gets four-game NFL suspension The NFL and the Indianapolis Colts announced Friday that former Alabama A&M and SWAC standout outside linebacker Robert Mathis who led the league in sacks last season, has been suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. In a statement released through NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, Mathis said the failed test came from taking fertility drugs. He admitted that he made the mistake of not checking with the NFL or NFL Players Association about whether the drugs would present a problem for drug testing. "The union has worked very closely with me to present all of the facts and medical records for consideration of discipline that does not include a suspension because of the unique facts of my case, but the Commissioner refused the Spring Sports Round-UpRENS BACK AS UMES VB COACH: PRINCESS ANNE, Md. Former University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) head women's volleyball coach Toby Rens is now the new head women's volleyball coach at UMES, Director of Athletics Keith Davidson announced last week. Rens, returns to the Hawks, a program he left in 2004, to once again rebuild the program. inherited a program who had not won in over two years. In his second season (2002) the Lady Hawks went 20-15 and one season later, in 2003, his last with the Hawks, the program set a school record 26-12 mark. He won Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Coach of the Year in 2002. Rens left the Hawks after three years to coach Long Island University-Brooklyn for four years. He left the Blackbirds for the University of Pittsburg, where he stayed He carries an overall record of 300-219, a winning percentage of almost 58% for his career.BURKE NEW VA. STATE VB COACH: ETTRICK, VA Virginia State named Rose Burke as the University's head volleyball coach. Burke comes to VSU with 13 years of volleyball experience, both as a coach and player. The Gainesville, Florida native honed her coaching skills as an assistant at NCAA Division I schools Florida International and Morgan State MidEastern Athletic Conference to second the following season. Burke was a four-year starter at NCAA Division I California State University -Sacramento. She was part of three Big Sky Conference championship teams while at Sacramento State, earning all-conference honors in 2007 and 2008 as a setter. Those teams also competed in the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship Tournament between 2005 and 2007.UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS Jackson State repeats in SWAC baseball NEW ORLEANS, La. Jackson State repeated as SWAC Baseball Tournament champions with a close 9-8 win over top seeded Alabama State on Sunday at MLB UYA at Wesley Barrow Stadium. It's the fourth time JSU has won back-toback league championships. the potential winning run at the plate twice, relief pitcher Alex Juday (3) struck out back-to-back runners to secure the come from behind win for JSU (31-23) and earn the save. Starting pitcher, Desmond Russell (9-4), three strike outs for the game and 11 for the tournament. For the game, he gave up six earned JSU will receive the SWAC's automatic bid and will play a team to be announced during the NCAA baseball Selection Show on May 26, at 11 a.m. CT on ESPNU. SWAC BASEBALL ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM Julio Nunez, Alabama State; Scotty Peavey, Alcorn State; Juan Bueno, Grambling State; Dominic Harris, Greg Salcido, Chad Flick, Prairie View A&M; Felix Gomez, Texas Southern; Emmanuel Marrero, Richard Amion, Waldyvan Estrada, Alabama State; Alex Juday, Jackson State TOURNAMENT MVP Desmond Russell, Jackson StateBethune-Cookman claims another MEAC baseball crown NORFOLK, Va., May 19, 2014 Â… BethuneCookman clinched the title and posted an undefeated mark throughout the double-elimination MEAC baseball tournament with a 4-2 championship victory over Norfolk State Monday. The title is the seventh in eight years for the Wildcats (26-31) and the eighth in the last ten seasons. B-CU has won 17 titles overall. The 'Cats had their string of seven straight title B-CU head coach Jason Beverlin was named the tournamentÂs Most Outstanding Coach, while Wildcats pitcher Montana Durapau was selected the Most Outstanding Performer. Cameron Day to counter. B-CU capitalized on a Josh Johnson the plate on Eric Sams' RBI double into the left Bryant Munoz that drove in three runs in the second inning was the big hit. The Wildcats used three pitchers to secure the game from the mound. Starter Gabriel Hernandez carried the Wildcats through four innings before yielding to Christopher Waltermire John Sever frames with no hits and three strikeouts for his third save. 2014 MEAC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Zach Brigham, Mendez Elder, Savannah State; Stephen Bull, Maryland Eastern Shore; Bennie Robinson, Marlon Gibbs, Florida A&M; Matt Outman, Joshua Vales, Ross Caldwell, Norfolk State; Shawn McCarty, Zach Olszewski, Bethune-Cookman TOURNAMENT MVP Montana Durapau, Bethune-CookmanCIAA hosts Spring Awards Hampton, Virginia The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) held its annual Spring General Assembly Awards where more than 22 awards were distributed. The 2014 awards winners included: COACHES OF THE YEAR : MEN'S AND WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY George Williams, Saint Augustine's; VOLLEYBALL Ivana Rich, Virginia State; MEN'S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD George Williams, Saint Augustine's; WOMEN'S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD Lennox Graham, Johnson C. Smith; MEN'S BASKETBALL Alphonza Kee. Fayetteville State; WOMEN'S BASKETBALL James Hill, Virginia State; BOWLING Bobby Henderson. Fayetteville State; BASEBALL Kevin Ritsche, WinstonSalem State; SOFTBALL LaTasha Branch, Virginia State; MEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK George Williams, Saint Aug's; WOMEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK Lennox Graham, J.C. Smith; GOLF Jeff Hamilton, Virginia State; MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TENNIS Chris Stambaugh, Chowan STUDENT-ATHLETES : C.H. WILLIAMS ALL-SPORTS AWARD Virginia State; LORETTA TAYLOR ALL-SPORTS AWARD Virginia State; MALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR Mark Thomas, Livingstone; FEMALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE AND WOMAN OF THE YEAR Danielle Williams, J. C. Smith ADMINISTRATION: JEANETTE A. LEE AWARD (StandOut Athletic Admin) Dr. Ed McLean of Fayetteville State; ATHLETIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR George Williams, St. Aug's; SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Allie Kolezynski, Chowan; SENIOR WOMAN ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR Natasha Wilson, J. C. SmithTEAMS FACING LEVEL ONE APR PENALTIES Alcorn State WomenÂs Volleyball Delaware State MenÂs Indoor Track and Field Florida A&M Football Howard MenÂs Soccer, WomenÂs Lacrosse Norfolk State Baseball, MenÂs Cross Country Savannah State WomenÂs Basketball Arkansas-Pine Bluff FootballTEAMS FACING LEVEL TWO APR PENALTIES Alabama A&M MenÂs Golf Alabama State Football, MenÂs Basketball Florida A&M MenÂs Basketball Norfolk State MenÂs Indoor Track and Field, MenÂs Outdoor Track and Field Mississippi Valley State Baseball, Football Prairie View A&M Football Savannah State FootballTEAMS WITH POSTSEASON INELIGIBILITY IN 2014-15 FOOTBALL Alabama State, Florida A&M Mississippi Valley State Prairie View A&M, Savannah State Arkansas-Pine Bluff MENÂS BASKETBALL Alabama State, Florida A&M MENÂS GOLF Alabama A&M MENÂS SOCCER Howard MENÂS INDOOR TRACK Delaware State, Norfolk State MENÂS OUTDOOR TRACK Norfolk State WOMENÂS LACROSSE Howard Level One penalties focus on practice restrictions, allowing teams to use that time to focus on academics. Teams facing this penalty lose four hours and one day of practice time per week in season, replaced with academic activities. This year, 42 teams face this level of penalty. Level Two penalties include the Level One penalty and a reduction of four hours of practice time out of season replaced with academic activities. This level also includes the elimination of the nonchampionship season or spring football. Teams without nonchampionship seasons face a reduced number of contests. This year, 14 teams fall in this category. Level Three penalties include all Level One and Two penalties, plus a menu of potenstricted access to practice for incoming students who fall below certain academic standards; restricted membership; and potential multi-year bans on postseason competition. In 2014-15, one faces this level of penalty.THE STAT CORNERWHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS BLACK COLLEGE TEAMS FACING NCAA SANCTIONS FOR LOW APR SCORES Toby Rensrequest," Mathis said. Rapoport reported the drug was Clomid, citing a source close to Mathis. However, the drug Mathis tested positive for is "not approved by the FDA for fertility in males and is a performance-enhancing drug that has been prohibited for years," said NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello in a statement obtained by NFL Media's Albert Breer. Mathis and his wife had twins in 2012, and they are expecting another baby this year. Mathis apologized to the team, his fans and his teammates. His coach spoke on his behalf on Saturday. "With regards to the recent suspension of Robert Mathis, we're going to honor the Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "We love and respect Robert Mathis. He's a horseshoe guy, he's a pillar guy, and like I said before, we've got his back. Everybody in this organization has his back and we'll get through this and at the end of the day, we'll all be better for it." Mathis, who won the NFL 101 AFC Defensive Player of the Year award last season, posted 19.5 sacks for 120.5 yards in losses last season. He recorded 65 total tackles and forced a league-best eight fumbles. He led the Colts to an 11-5 record and the AFC South division title. He will be eligible to return to the team's active roster on Sept. 29 after the team's Week 4 game versus Tennessee. Mathis will miss the season opener against the Denver Broncos, a rematch against his old teammate Peyton Manning. (Mathis delivered the game-changing sack of Manning in last year's upset against Denver.) Mathis will also miss games against the Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars. Jerry Rice's son gets 49ers tryout Wide receiver Jerry Rice Jr., son of Pro Football Hall of Famer and Mississippi Valley State and SWAC legend Jerry Rice will attend the San Francisco 49ers' rookie minicamp. He took to Twitter on Monday to announce the news: The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Rice had a weekend tryout with the Baltimore Ravens, but the team declined to sign the undrafted receiver. The 49ers' minicamp is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Rice caught 11 passes for 86 yards for UCLA. He will now try out for the team his father, the NFL's all-time leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns, helped win three Super Bowls.Black colleges hit hard by APR sanctionsLUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor Historically black colleges were again hit hard with sanctions by the NCAA as it released its latest Academic Progress Rates week. Six black college football teams and two men's basketball squads were among the programs banned from postseason play based on not meeting the NCAA's threshold of a 900 score over four years or 930 over two years to qualify. Both the football and men's basketball teams at Alabama State of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and Florida A&M of the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference received postseason bans. SWAC football programs facing the ban. The Hornets are joined by Mississippi Valley State, Prairie View A&M and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Southern, also of the SWAC, is facing a postseason ban in all sports, including football, because the NCAA has judged their APR data to be unusable. schools to compete for this year's football championship. Savannah State is the only other MEAC football team banned from the postseason. Other postseason bans were issued to Alabama A&M men's golf, men's soccer at Howard men's Norfolk State and Delaware State men's outdoor track at Norfolk State and women's lacrosse at Howard. In all, eleven (11) HBCUs were hit with Level One and Level Two penalties which include reduction in practice time, elimination of non-championship season or spring football and a corresponding increase in academic activities (See STAT CORNER). In 2014-15, the NCAA standards get stricter. By then, the NCAA will require teams to post a four-year score of 930 or a twoyear average of 940 to play in the postseason. The NCAA says in its report that it will work with the schools to provide the resources needed to improve academic performance. "The NCAA continues to work closely with limited-resource schools and Historically Black Colleges and Universities as they continue to improve the academic performance of their student-athletes," the report says. HBCU's average APR now sits at 953, a 23-point uptick over the past three years. Alabama State President Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd told TSPN's Kendrick Marshall that the university is determined to overcome the setback. "In order for athletics programs to be successful in competition, a team effort is required. The same is true of winning in the classroom. It takes student-athletes, faculty, coaches, academic advisors and administrators working together to ensure academic success. We remain committed to that effort." FAMU President Elmira Mangum released this statement. "FAMU is committed to the success of our student-athletes both ity, and we take the regulations of the NCAA very seriously because they are designed to be applied consistently across all programs, at all member institutions, and represent best practice." SACKED!: Indianapolis Colts' NFL sack leader Robert Mathis, formerly of Alabama A&M, facing four game suspension for violating league's performance-enhancing drug policy.THE APPLE AND THE TREE: UNLV WR Jerry Rice Jr. (l.), who poses here with his father, Miss. Valley State and NFL legend Jerry Rice, will try out this week with San Francisco, his father's former team. SPRING SPORTS RESULTSNCAA DIV. II BASEBALL REGIONALSATLANTIC Shepherd 4, WSSU 3 Kutztown 1, WSSU 0 (WSSU eliminated) SOUTH Tampa 3, Stillman 2 Lynn 14, Stillman 6 (Stillman eliminated)
Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press May 22-28, 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. 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.The Taste of St. Paul Missionary Baptist ChurchCome enjoy the ÂTasteÂŽ of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Saturday, June 7th from 103 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. 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. 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 Mt. Oliver Primitive Baptist Church Revival SeriesMt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church, 1319 N. Myrtle Avenue along with Pastor Lee E. Harris and the planning committee and members will have their annual spring Revival commencing Wednesday, May 21st through Friday, May 23rd at 7 p.m. The dynamic evangelist, spiritual leader, teacher and speaker, Elder Chester Brown of Shady Grove #1 Primitive Baptist Church, Tallahassee, Florida will bring the spirit-filled message for this blessed occasion. The theme is ÂProject Nehemiah-Rebuilding the Wall,ÂŽ Scripture: Nehemiah 2:17-18. Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church continues to be a beacon of light and hope in the area and surrounding communities. Through this Revival, Mt. Olive hopes and strives to reach everyone and teach everyone according to GodÂs holy ordinance. Come and enjoy this glorious occasion to revive souls as Mt. Olive fellowships with the congregation and the community. For further information contact the Cora Reed at 707-0026.The Beauty Within Project Mother/Daughter TeaThe Beauty Within Project, Inc. cordially invites the community to join them for a tea and brunch at their Mother/ Daughter Tea, Saturday, May 31st, at 12:30 p.m. at the Church Fellowship Worship Ministries, 8808 Lem Turner Road. What a great way to say "thanks" to your mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, godmother, sister, aunt, or guardian during this Mother's Day month. You certainly don't want to miss this special event! For further information and to purchase tickets call Dr. N. Doctor at 4198813 or visit www.thebwproject.org.Black WomenÂs Agenda Forum at St. Stephens AMEJoin The Black WomenÂs Agenda, Inc., and AARP for a forum focusing on the impact of caregiving on African-American women and their families. Health, financial, and legal experts will share caregiving resources, discuss how to effectively prepare for family caregiving, and talk about how to protect our mental and physical health while caring for a loved one, Saturday, June 7th, at 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Stephen AME Church Learning Center, 1525 North Davis Street. For more details call 888-902-301, ext. 9560 or via the web at www.sendrsvp.com/bwa. ÂCaring for the CaregiverÂŽ Workshop at Evangel TempleÂCaring for the CaregiverÂŽ free workshop is where family caregivers have an opportunity to connect with professionals and resources that will support them in their caregiving journey, network with fellow caregivers and listen to professional speakers. Attend the workshop, Saturday, June 7th, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Evangel Temple Assembly of God, 5755 Ramona Boulevard. Attendees will enjoy a complimentary light breakfast and lunch and have a chance to win door prizes. Registration is free. To register call 407-6790 by Friday, May 30. To request complimentary respite care for a loved one call Jennifer Arnold at 807-1318 by Friday, May 23 or email ABruno@communityhospice.comFlorida Gospel Legends Awards ShowThe 6th Annual Florida Gospel Legends Awards Show is scheduled for Saturday, June 28th at 6 p.m. at the Florida Theatre, 128, E. Forsyth St. The ceremony recognizes the elite voices in the Jacksonville community that have put song into the hearts of the faithful and buoyed spirits. For more information call 355-5661 or visit www.floridatheatre.com. Part II Miracle on the Plantation In 1733, during a local revival instigated by his preaching, Jonathan Edwards noted, "There are several Negroes who Âƒ appear to have been truly born again in the late remarkable season." When the Great Awakening arrived in fullÂ„ with shouts and groans and spiritual ecstasyÂ„blacks began to swell the crowds coming to hear revival preachers. In Philadelphia, George Whitefield reported, "Nearly 50 Negroes came to give me thanks for what God had done to their souls." In the late 1740s, Presbyterian Samuel Davies said he ministered to seven congregations in Virginia in which "more than 1,000 Negroes" had participated in his services. Presbyterian theology and Anglican liturgy, however, held little appeal to most blacks. Not until Methodists and Baptists arrivedÂ„ with their emphasis on conversion as a spiritual experienceÂ„did black Christianity begin to take off. John Thompson, who was born a Maryland slave in 1812, said he and his fellow slaves "could understand but little that was said" in the Episcopal service his owner required them to attend. But when "the Methodist religion was brought among us Âƒ it brought glad tidings to the poor bondsman." It spread from plantation to plantation, he said, and "there were few who did not experience religion." Baptists and Methodists prized spiritual vitality more than education in clergy, so if a converted African American showed a gift for preaching, he was encouraged to preach, even to unconverted whites. Thus arose the earliest black preachers of repute, men with names like "Black Harry" Hosier, Josiah Bishop, "Old Captain," and "Uncle" Jack. The Great Awakening, then, planted the seed of a more experiential type of Christianity that blossomed suddenly late in the eighteenth century. Black Methodism in the U. S. grew from 3,800 in 1786 to nearly 32,000 by 1809. Membership in black Baptist congregations increased as well, from 18,000 in 1793 to 40,000 in 1813. Southern whites were not necessarily comfortable with this. Though a few masters argued that slaves "do better for their masters' profit than formerly, for they are taught to serve out of Christian love and duty," others kept their slaves distant from the Christian preaching. Francis Henderson, a fugitive slave, said his master had refused him permission to attend a Methodist church saying, "You shan't go to that churchÂ„they'll put the devil in you." A slave conspiracy in 1822 and a revolt in 1831 didn't help matters. The conspiracy was led by Denmark Vesey who, as one coconspirator confessed, "read in the Bible where God commanded that all [whites] should be cut off, both men, women, and children, and said it was no sin for us to do so, for the Lord commanded us to do it." The slave revolt, the bloodiest in U.S. history, in Southampton, Virginia, was led by Nat Turner, a prophet and preacher, who said he had been directed to act by God. After such incidents, masters were even more reluctant to let blacks gather alone for any reason. Still, the southern conscience, pricked by northern abolitionist agitation, prompted increasingly more slave owners to take the Great Commission seriously. Slave owners wanted to prove that slaveholding could be a positive good for both owners and slaves. In 1829, the South Carolina Methodist Conference appointed William Capers to superintend a special department for plantation missionsÂ„the first official and concerted effort of the sort. Four years later, Charles Jones began a ministry to evangelize slaves and to convince others to do likewise. Jones, called "the apostle to the negro slaves" was a slave owner. He came from a distinguished Georgia family owning three plantations and 129 slaves. A man with one compassionate eye and another fierce with purpose, Jones urged his southern brethren to "look to home" first. "The religious instruction of our servants is a duty," he wrote in 1834. "Any man with a conscience may be made to feel it. It can be discharged. It must be discharged Âƒ as speedily as possible." This would not only win the approval of God and their own consciences, he argued, but also the respect of the North. After the major denominationsÂ„ Methodist, Presbyterian, and BaptistÂ„split over slavery, efforts to evangelize slaves accelerated. Southern whites were eager to show northerners that a gentle, Christian societyÂ„slave and freeÂ„ could flourish in the South. According to some southerners they succeeded: by 1845, one southern churchman crowed that the slave mission "is the crowning glory of our church." ext week: Missing teachings of white ChristianityThe Inconceivable Start of African American Christianity OTICE:Church news is published free of charge. Information must be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, a t 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.
May 22-28, 2014 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 An over used and highly unrecognized field is that of nursing assistants. It is often those individuals who assists medical practitioners who we rely on for the "TLC" given to patients. To help raise awareness about and respect for nursing assistants, the week of June 12 19 was established as National Nursing Assistants Week. With commitment and experience, these professionals help patients with daily personal care, providing the kind of compassionate care and support that in our time of distress, we all would like to receive. In celebration of the field, the Jacksonville Free Press would like to recognize Cheryl Foreman, a 20 year industry veteran who works at Community Hospice. It is 8 a.m. and Cheryl Foreman, Community Hospice's CNAscheduler, has begun to schedule the 45 CNAs who will provide personal care such as bathing, changing linensandfeedingfor300 Patient and CNA often become so bonded that it Complete Obstetrical & Gynecological CareOBSTETRICAL & GYNECOLOGICALASSOCIATES, P.A.NORTH FLORIDA A s k D y r i n d a h a i r a n d s k i n t i p s f o r t o d a y s w o m a n o f c o l o r Sensitive ScalpLately IÂve gotten a few questions on how to handle a sensitive scalp. Just because you have a sensitive scalp doesnÂt mean you canÂt get yourhairrelaxed, it just means you need to take certain precautions: Q: I hate going to the salon, seems like every time I get my hair permed I can only leave it on for a few minutes before it starts burning. This isnÂt normal, is it? Mya, Northside A: No Mya itÂs not normal for you to feel as if youÂre being tortured every time you sit in the chair to get your hair relaxed. Trust me your stylist has no desire to bring you any physical pain. IÂm surprised you havenÂt discussed this with your stylist because there are ways to get over the extreme discomfort you are having. First and foremost you should know if you haven't figured it out already that you have a sensitive scalp. Alot of my clients have them and knowing that can help me better analyze your hair. The first thing you need to do is make sure your stylist is aware that you burn rather easily. With that being said she/he should have some products where they can base your scalp. Your stylist can also use sensitive formula relaxers. As far you, there are things you can do as well. For instance donÂt scratch your hair the night before a relaxer. Also feel free to put some Vaseline on your scalp the night before as well. Q: My teenager recently got her hair relaxed and she had a burn for the first time. Is there anything special that needs to be done to treat this? Rhonda, Northside A: Let the stylist know that your daughter was burned. As I said earlier to Mya she probably has a sensitive scalp as well. And everything I spoke earlier still stands. Also if you notice that your daughter is burning in one place every time her hair gets relaxed please point this out to the stylist. That should be the last place where the relaxer chemical is applied. As far as treating it, if itÂs just a regular burn from a relaxer the burn itself shouldnÂt be serious. There should be no need to worry. Make your stylist aware and she should have something in her cabinet that can be used to soothe the irritation. At home you can once again grab the vaseline. Q: I just got my braids taken out how long do I have to wait to get my hair relaxed? Tracey, Southside A: I would strongly recommend that you wait at least four to seven days before you attempt relaxing your hair after removing braids. Even if you donÂt normally have a sensitive scalp, you may find that your scalp is naturally more irritated after wearing braids for so long. In the meantime you can always flat iron your hair if you want that straight pressed look. Another alternative would be a bun or a roller set. If you have a question for Dyrinda you can contact her at: DS Spa & Salon, 9810 Suite #2 Baymeadows Rd., or give her a call at 645-9044. CNACherylForeman Dedcates Life to the Field of Nursing Scientists in the U.S. say some of the symptoms of the menopause can be alleviated with regular exercise. The researchers from Temple University in Philadelphia say women who suffer from stress, anxiety or depression because of the menopause may benefit from a regular walking routine. According to the new research physical activity can help throughout the menopausal transition and afterwards. The study's lead author Dr. Deborah Nelson, says in an aging population, physical activity is one way for women to stay mentally healthy. The research team tracked 380 Philadelphia women with an average age of 42 recruited between 1996 and 1997, for more than eight years. The women were assessed on their levels of physical activity, and for symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression and hot flashes and all of the women were pre-menopausal at the start of the study. Of the women, 49 percent were African American, 58 percent reported more than a high school education, and 38 percent smoked cigarettes. The women were placed into three groups, the top-tier group walked at a moderate pace for an hour and a half at least five times a week; the middle tier walked five times a week for 40 minutes and the bottom group considered the non-exercisers walked for 15 minutes about five times a week. The research revealed that women who were postmenopausal benefited most from walking at a moderate pace and this was particularly so for AfricanAmerican women. The women who walked for five days a week for an hour and a half at a speed of 6.5 km/h, while they reported no reduction in hot flashes they did report less stress and better emotional wellbeing. Dr. Nelson says the women walked outside on city blocks or in shopping malls and the regime did not require going to the gym. Nelson says it is not necessary to run 20 miles a week to reap the benefits of exercise as a moderatepaced walking schedule can keep body mass index down and lower the risk of stress, anxiety and depression. Facing Menopause? Try Brisk Walking Kirstie and Kristie Bronner Release Book for Success Kirstie and Kristie Bronner, best known as the ÂBronner twinsÂŽ who graduated as double valedictorians from Spelman College in 2013, have launched the next phase of their budding, extraordinary career. Wise beyond their years, Kirstie and Kristie have combined their talents to write a book Â… ÂDouble Vals: The Keys to Success in College and Life Beyond,ÂŽ recently published and celebrated at an April 14 book launch party held at the Riverside EpiCenter in Austell. Serving as youth pastors at Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral, these young women are sharing their skills, knowledge, personalities, and tireless energy with those who are willing to listen and learn. People, young and old, are listening to what they have to say. Immersed in the legacy of family and with God in their lives, they are already a force in the 21st century, sometimes referred to as the ÂGod Generation.ÂŽ Their latest achievement, Double Vals: The Keys to Success in College and Life Beyond, is a small part of their ministry and the work they do at Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral. The twin sisters lead the WOF Ignite Youth Ministry, which is designed to help young people grow by providing an environment of accountability, counsel and friendship. WOF Ignite meets on Thursday evenings at Riverside EpiCenter, 135 Riverside Parkway at 7:30 p.m. It was almost a year since the media blitz that introduced the Bronner Twins, now 23, when they graduated from Spelman College, both music majors with a 4.0 grade point average. The young women are currently focused on a career path with the youth ministry and music department at Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral, which is led by their father, Bishop Dale Bronner. Their immediate plans are to grow their ministry, record a contemporary Christian CD and to pen another new book. 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. Kirstie Alexandra Bronner (left); Dr. Xavier Cornejo, designer of the book cover; Kristie Alexis Bronner (right) Free Swim Lessons for Children in ortheast FloridaThis summer Safe Kids Northeast Florida is offering a limited number of free swim lessons to children 4 and up whose families might otherwise not be able to provide them this year. Each year enough children drown in Florida to fill three preschool classrooms, and even more experience hospitalization and possible permanent neurological damage from nearly drowning. These are tragedies and losses that can be prevented! As a community, we should follow the Safer 3: Safer Kids, Safer, Response, and Safer Water. This summer children who complete their swim lessons with a participating swim instructor will receive a Safer 3 certificate for a free ice cream cone from McDonaldÂs. To find a participating swim school, visit wolfsonchildrens.org/watersafety. For more information, call Duval County Parks and Aquatics at 904255-7927. In Nassau County, the number is 904-310-3358.
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 line-up call 630-7282 or visit www.makeascenedowntown.com. 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. 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.Memorial Day Breakfast in the ParkBring a blanket and come have breakfast with the Memorial Park Association, 1515 Riverside Ave, Monday, May 26th at 9 a.m. to honor the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War I. For more info email email@example.com.City to Honor Fallen Heroes Mayor Alvin Brown invites the public to attend the City of JacksonvilleÂs annual Memorial Day Observance, honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. The ceremony will take place at the Veterans Memorial Wall, 1145 E. Adams on Monday, May 26th, at 9 a.m., The Memorial Day Observance is free and open to the public. Patriotic attire is suggested and parking is free. For more information call James Croft at 630-7902 or email or visit www.coj.net/militaryaffairs.Jax ChildrenÂs Chorus AuditionsThe Jacksonville ChildrenÂs Chorus is holding their final open audition for grades 1-12 for the 2014-15 Season on May 28 and Thursday, June 26. For more information call 353-1636 to request an audition time.2014 Spring Peace & One Love Revival Karma Studios is sponsoring a free day of family fun, raffles, and photos at the ÂPeace and One LoveÂŽ Revival, Saturday, May 31st at 5 p.m. at Twin Hills Civic Association, 6743 Watoma Street. Enjoy live entertainment, food, drinks and vendors. For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 374-7345.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.Beautiful Bodies CompetitionCalling all artist, fasionistas and fitness proÂs to attend the Beautiful Bodies competition at the Jacksonville Landing. Dr. Beautiful Bodies is a three-week competition inviting individuals and groups to compete on the riverfront stage during Downtown Art Walk. Naturally Smart presents the competition on Wednesdays June 4th, July 2nd and August 6th from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Compete for cash and prizes and enjoy musical and comedic entertainment. For more info email email@example.com.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.Hale and Hearty 7k Fun Run!The inaugural Unity Plaza and Community 1st Hale and Hearty 7k and Fun Run takes place June 7th at 8 a.m. The event features prizes, live music, European beers, food trucks and more! For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.unityplazajax.com. The run will begin at Unity Plaza, 220 Riverside Avenue. P.RI.D.E June Bookclub Meeting People Reading for Inspiration, Discussion and Enjoyment (P.R.I.D.E) will meet Saturday, June 7th at 7 p.m. at the Ritz Museum, 829 North Davis Street. The book for discussion is ÂThe Autobiography of an Ex-Colored ManÂŽ by James Weldon Johnson. For more information call Felice Franklin at 389-8417 or email email@example.com.Duval County Gardening Program The Duval County Extension Office is offering a gardening program on Wednesday, June 11th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pablo Creek Regional Library, 13295 Beach Blvd. Terry DelValle, Urban Horticulturist will be speaking on Citrus for Northeast Florida. The program is free to the public. For more details call 255-7450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register. Comedian Bruce Bruce in JaxComedian Brue, Bruce will perform, Friday, June 13th at 8 p.m. at the Florida Theater, 128 E. Forsyth st. Bruce Bruce's larger than life comic style has been entertaining audiences for years and he prides himself on not using vulgarity just to win a laugh. For more information call 355-5661 or visit www.floridatheatre.com.Job Fair Save-the-DateMayor Alvin Brown and Congresswoman Corrine Brown present a citywide job fair, Monday, June 16th 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St. For more information contact Ken Johnson at email@example.com or call 630-3680.Boys & Girls Clubs Summer CampThe Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp takes place June 16th to July 18th. The Boys and Girls Club provides also opportunities to practice reading and math each day in addition to supplying cool summer experiences! For locations and more details visit www.bgcnf.orgn or call 396-4435. 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by Brennan Williams, HP Through the years Toni Braxton has experienced a tumultuous career in the limelight, from selling over 60 million records worldwide, to navigating through personal heartbreak, health issues and bankruptcy. All of which have inspired the six-time Grammy Awardwinning singer/songwriter to pen her debut memoir simply titled, ÂUnbreak My Heart.ÂŽ The introspective memoir, which is on book stands now, finds the 46-year-old detailing her personal journey which began more than four decades ago in Severn, Maryland. Upon signing her first solo recording deal in the early 90s with Antonio "L.A." Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" EdmondsÂ then-successful label, LaFace Records, Braxton ventured off to seek cosmetic surgery on her nose, which was something she previously struggled with due to her religious upbringing. ÂFor a girl whoÂd just scored a record deal with two of the biggest names in the business, I actually felt very lonely,ÂŽ she revealed in the memoir. ÂIÂd been wanting to change my nose for years Â… I wanted it to be less broad. But because of the conservative ideas I was raised with, I struggled with the thought of altering my body.ÂŽ She goes on to write: "And of course, I later got my boobies done. IÂd always been shaped like a gymnast Â… size double A breasts and thunder thighs. In fact, I wish I wouldÂve had lipo on my inner thighs. IÂve always hated them.ÂŽ Along with BraxtonÂs newly acquired physical additions came a new found love with New England Patriots running back, Curtis Martin. Despite sharing a mutual spiritual connection with one another, the singer went on to admit that her relationship with the former NFL star eventually led to heartbreak due to MartinÂs sexual beliefs. ÂHe had a new restriction on touching and started saying 'We shouldn't touch each other below the neck,ÂÂŽ she recalled. ÂWe'd be making out, and all of a sudden, he'd just stop. 'That could lead to other things', he'd say.'ÂŽ Shortly thereafter, Toni noted that their relationship ended following a trip to Pittsburgh where Martin said; ÂJesus told me we had to break up. God told me that we shouldn't be together anymore. I can best serve you as your friend.ÂŽ Despite the unforeseen news, the ÂUn-Break My HeartÂŽ songstress flew back to her Los Angeles home feeling Ânumb and confused.ÂŽ ÂI was completely heartbroken...Once home, I curled up in my bedroom and cried like a little kid...ÂŽ By Aria Elise Many know actress Kimberly Elise from some of her acclaimed roles in ÂSet It Off,Â ÂJohn Q,Â ÂDiary of a Mad Black Woman,Â and ÂFor Colored GirlsÂ. Her incredible smile and intense onscreen persona are just two characteristics she shares with her audience, Now, we can add her natural hair to that list. In fact, sheÂs been on her natural hair journey since the early 2000Âs. ÂAround 2000, after years of color, relaxers, weaves, you name it, I had finally had enough,ÂŽ admits Elise. ÂI had enough of the burning scalp and scabs on my ears. I stopped putting chemicals in my hair altogether and went back to wearing a press-and-curl and would add in extensions for different styles. One day, I saw a photo of my self on the red carpet wearing long, straight hair down my back and I realized that I didnÂt even look like myself. I said to myself, ÂWho is that? ThatÂs not me.ÂŽ On Women Who Want To Transition To atural Hair ÂItÂs so incredibly personal. I definitely wouldnÂt try to persuade someone because there is a lot of commitment that goes with it. But if a person is at a point that theyÂre sure that this is what they want to do. IÂd say get as much education as you can even before your big chop! I recommend reading ÂThe Science of Black HairÂ. Be patient with it, listen to it. What works for your sister may not work for you. ItÂs an exciting, magical process to watch your hair come to life and thrive. My mom is 73 and she said her hair is saying Âfinally!Â ItÂs true because your hair really will talk to you. Surround yourself with a community of support. Not everyone will be supportive. There is still a lot of stigma against us with our natural hair. Pressures to have it straight. ItÂs important to have a support group, even if itÂs just strangers on the Internet. Have fun with it. Crate some new styles and share them. ItÂs a magical journey and itÂs liberating. You can walk out in the rain and not worry about itÂƒitÂll create a new fantastic hairdo! On Having Curly Hair ÂI love how my curly hair is such a personal expression of the woman I am. The woman God created. I get excited as I see it as a direct reflection of my own growth into myself and accepting me as me. I find that though not everyone embraces my hair, most people do and they love to ask me about it, learn how I care for it especially if they are struggling to understand their own hair. I am always open to answer their questions and advise them as much as I can. They will start asking me about my movies and we always end up talking about hair care! Also, I find that people of other ethnicities really really love our kinky curly hair and are always full of compliments and praise and simply cannot stop the flow of positive words about my big kinky curly hair. ItÂs a wonderful way to celebrate self and be celebrated by others who may be different from me. I love it!ÂŽ Â A little while after going natural, my youngest daughter who is 12 years old said to me, ÂI want my hair natural, tooÂ so we trimmed off a little heat damage that she had on the ends and now she wears this big natural hair and itÂs so fierce. I love seeing my mom and my daughter embrace their natural hair. IÂm glad IÂve embraced it, too.ÂŽ ÂNow when I see myself on the red carpet, I say, ÂThere I am. ThatÂs the real me.ÂÂŽ May 22-28, 2014 Page 9 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press The Free Press would love to share your event with our readers We do have a few guidelines that need to be followed 1. All unsolicited photos require a $10 photo charge for each picture. Photos can be paid by check or money order. 2. Pictures must be brought into our office to be examined for quality or emailed in a digital format of .jpg or .bmp. 3.Everyone in the picture must be named. 4. All photos MUST be received within 5 days of the event. OEXCEPTIOS. 5. Event photos must be acconpanied by a story/event synopsis including the 5WÂs of media: who, what, when, where and why. in addition to a phone number for more information.Call 634-1993 for more information! Toni Braxton Reveals Plastic Surgery & Love Life in ew Book, 'Unbreak My Heart' Kimberly Elise Embraces Her atural Hair Journey WOLFEBORO, New Hampshire The police commissioner of a small U.S. town has resigned after he admitted using a racial slur to describe President Barack Obama. Robert Copeland, 82, resigned Sunday night from the post to which he was re-elected in March, putting to rest a controversy that drew national attention and sparked impassioned debate in this resort town of 6,300 on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, Board of Selectmen Chair Linda Murray said. At a meeting last week, Copeland defiantly sat with his arms folded as more than 100 residents pushed for his ouster and tore into his comments, saying he didnÂt speak for the town or its people. Copeland admitted using the slur, preceded by an obscenity, while he was at a restaurant in March. A resident overheard him and complained to town officials when she learned that Copeland was a police commissioner. ÂI believe I did use the ÂNÂ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse, ÂŽCopeland said in the April email sent to the two other commissioners and forwarded to OÂToole. ÂFor this, I do not apologize Â„ he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.ÂŽ Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential nominee and the former Massachusetts governor, owns a home in the town and called for CopelandÂs resignation, saying Âthe vile epithet used and confirmed by the commissioner has no place in our community.ÂŽ About 20 black people live year-round in Wolfeboro, in the scenic Lakes Region of New Hampshire, a state thatÂs 94 percent white and 1 percent black. None of the town police departmentÂs 12 full-time officers is black or a member of another minority. Police Commissioner Finally Resigns Over Obama Slur ew Hampshire Police Commissioner Robert Copeland
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