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Volume 27 o. 31 June 5 11, 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents She Opened Her Life to Open Our EyesPage 9 Legendary Poet and Author Maya Angelou Embodied the True American DreamPage 4Reparations for orth Carolina Sterilization VictimsPage 7 Who Foots the Bills for the First LadyÂs Multi Million Dollar Wardrobe?Page 10 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Luxury Jeweler Tiffany & Company Sued for DiscriminationA manager at Tiffany & Co. has sued the luxury jewelry company, saying it discriminated against him and other African-Americans. A complaint filed in federal court Thursday in New York said that blacks are underrepresented in management-level positions at Tiffany and excluded from executive-level roles. It said that the plaintiff, Michael McClure, is the only African-American in the more than 200 U.S. management positions at New York-based Tiffany. McClure is a group director, with management responsibility for two Tiffany stores in Houston. The complaint said that he was placed on warning and threatened with termination after a performance review that he says was unfair. As a resul, he was denied an annual bonus and merit pay. The complaint also said that McClure got an unsigned letter saying that Anthony Ledru, senior vice president of North America for Tiffany, had said he was surprised that Âa black man is representing the Tiffany brandÂŽ to a small group of other Tiffany employees. Tiffany spokesman Carson Glover said in a statement that the lawsuit allegations are without merit and that the company values diversity.Baltimore Passes Curfew for 17 and UnderBALTIMORE, Maryland Â„ BaltimoreÂs city council has passed a muchdebated curfew law that means young people will be required to be off the streets by as early as 9 p.m. The existing curfew law allows kids under 17 to stay out until 11 p.m. during the week and midnight on weekends, but the new law pushes those times earlier by two hours in some cases. ÂThereÂs already a huge amount of police brutality, with adults being targeted, but now police are going to have the green light to do the exact same thing to young people,ÂŽ said opponent Colleen Davidson, a youth organizer of a group called Fist. Supporters, including the mayor, said the main job for the connection center is to connect kids and their families to support and services. ÂThis is about taking them out of harmÂs way before a situation materializes where their being on the street becomes a law enforcement concern,ÂŽ Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.Final Services Set for Dr. Maya AngelouDr. Maya AngelouÂs life will be celebrated in a private memorial service on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Wake Forest University in the chapel. The service is for friends and family only. Wake Forest will livestream the ceremony for the public on its website, starting at 10 a.m., ET. Last Wednesday, Angelou passed away quietly in her home according to her family. She was 86. Angelou taught at Wake Forest for more than 30 years. She was planning to teach a course entitled, ÂRace Culture and Gender in the U.S. South and BeyondÂŽ in the fall. She was awarded an honorary degree from the university in 1977. For members of the public who wish to contribute, Wake Forest is encouraging donations be made to the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.Manhunt Underway for Man Who Stabbed Two Children in Elevator Prince Joshua Avitto, 6, and Mikayla Capers, 7, of East New York, Brooklyn, were on there way to get ice cream when an unidentified man stabbed the two children inside an elevator last Sunday. Prince died from his wounds, while Mikayla, who crawled out of the compartment, was said to be in critical condition. A massive manhunt was launched this week and a sketch of the suspect Â„ believed to be a heavyset man in his 20s Â„ has been released. PrinceÂs father, Nicholas Avitto, told reporters that he ÂdefinitelyÂŽ recognized the man, claiming that he was a homeless man who had received meals from his buildingÂs neighbors in the past. The New York Daily News reports that despite the New York City Housing AuthorityÂs one-year-old allocation of $500,000 to place security cameras in the building, none were installed. The reason for the delay remains unclear. A $12,000 reward is being offered by the New York City Police Department for help in an arrest.In Memory of Trayvon, Rachel Jeantel Keeps Her Promise Donning a white cap and gown, Rachel Jeantel came through on a promise to her late friend Trayvon Martin to graduate from high school. Jeantel was the last to speak to 17-year-old Martin moments before the unarmed teenager was shot dead by George Zimmerman in 2012. Jeantel later served as a key witness for the prosecution. Unlike those that mocked JeantelÂs speech and mannerisms during the trial, Martin allegedly never judged Jeantel for her personality or the way she spoke. According to Jeantel, Trayvon Âcared about you. ThatÂs a good human.ÂŽ Miami defense and civil rights attorney Rod Vereen worked to get Jeantel on the right track by gathering tutors, psychologists and mentors to take her from an elementary school reading and math level to high school graduation with the help of the Tom Joyner Foundation. A Canadian couple endured a roller-coaster ride of emotions when a lottery ticket worth $50 million went missing only to be found and returned by someone at their church. Hakeem Nosiru won the Jan. 17 Lotto Max draw and was one day away from claiming the money when the signed ticket, which he taped to the inside of his wifeÂs purse for safekeeping, was missing after they attended church. That sparked a frantic search of their home, with garbage bins being upended and their contents picked through, an effort that left Nosiru and his wife Â„ who are originally from Nigeria Â„ empty handed and feeling miserable. But that despair turned to joy after a fellow member of the congregation discovered the ticket and reunited it with them on April 1 Â„ a return made possible because Nosiru signed the ticket with their address. But the saga wasnÂt over yet, as Nosiru gave the ticket to Ontario Provincial Police, who were investigating the matter for Ontario Lottery and Gaming to ensure there were no further snags. Everything checked out, and Nosiru and his wife Abiola were beaming for the cameras at the OLG prize center Monday, telling reporters they were planning on travelling the world and helping out their family. Abiola Nosiru said that when she realized her husbandÂs winning ticket had disappeared from her purse ÂI had a fly in my stomach and I couldnÂt sleep for days. I couldnÂt eat. I was devastated.ÂŽ ÂWe just wanted to see the reality. And the reality is right here now,ÂŽ she said, fighting back tears. She wasnÂt sure what theyÂll do for the woman who ended the ticketÂs exodus but told her ÂI just want to say thank you.ÂŽ Church Member Returns $50M Lottery Ticket to Couple By Freddie Allen Despite the disproportionate impact of poverty found in African American communities, only one of President Barack ObamaÂs ÂPromise Zones,ÂŽ is majorityBlack, according to a new report. A recent report by the Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan research and educational institute, offered recommendations on the role the federal government should play in breaking barriers to social and economic mobility. Earlier this year, President Obama launched his ÂThe Promise ZonesÂŽ initiative, a program that will fast track federal aid to some of the nationÂs poorest communities. During his speech on Promise Zones in January, President Obama said, ÂA childÂs course in life should be determined not by the zip code sheÂs born in, but by the strength of her work ethic and the scope of her dreams.ÂŽ The Center for American Progress report highlighted the implicit and explicit role that the federal government played in stifling the scope of those dreams for thousands of Black families. ÂThese practices included redlining, beginning in the 1930s Â… when the federal government allowed the Home OwnerÂs Loan Corporation and banks to exclude African American communities from receiving home loans,ÂŽ stated the report. ÂFollowing World War II, in many metropolitan regions, highways were rammed through many low-income, mostly African American communities, displacing thousands of residents and small businesses and ripping apart the fabric of these long established neighborhoods.ÂŽContinued on page 2 Communities in Schools (CIS)of Jacksonville and the Students Outreach Attendance and Results (S.O.A.R.) program at Northwestern Middle School held their 2nd Annual ÂMan-UpÂŽ Symposium for the young males of Northwestern Middle School. The purpose of the ÂMan-UpÂŽ program is to teach ÂmanhoodÂ to male students and provide them with a strong sense of purpose for achieving in school. This yearÂs theme focused on respect and responsibility. Speakers discussed a wide range of topics that were vitally important to the growth of black males. Topics of discussion included: respect, responsibility, entrepreneurship, goal setting, leadership, relationships, and peer pressure. After the program, students joined the speakers in the schoolÂs media center for more personal interaction with the guest speakers. Guest speakers on the dais included: Arvin Johnson, Principal Northwestern Middles School, Leon Baxton, Chief Operating Officer (CIS), Will Jordan, (CIS), Virgil Wright, Department of Juvenile Justice, Dr. Brent Sears, D.D.S., Cleve Warren, Florida State College of Jacksonville, and Dante Jennings, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Raines High School male senior students. A registered nurse whose commitment to caring ranges from AlzheimerÂs patients at a Jacksonville long term care facility to members of the nationÂs military has earned statewide recognition as Registered Nurse of the Year. Marlena Blaylock, Unit Manager of Riverwood Center, was honored by the Florida Health Care Association at its 2014 Long Term Care Excellence in Nursing Awards presentation in St. Pete Beach. Blaylock knew early on that her calling in life would be to serve and care for people. She has dedicated almost her entire nursing career to serving long term care residents, and in 1995 enlisted in the U.S. Army, where she still serves as a First Sergeant. Blaylock has climbed through the ranks of her profession over the last decade, advancing from LPN to RN and obtaining her masters degree in health management, on the path toward becoming unit manager. She currently oversees Riverwood CenterÂs 44-bed AlzheimerÂs and dementia unit. She brings a top level of leadership and clinical expertise to residents with care that does not rely on restraints, does not cause pressure ulcers, and does not use bed or chair alarms. She has also implemented a Caring Way program to keep residents engaged, and through various activities she helps team members learn more about what is important in each residentÂs life, such as their children, the foods they enjoy or the cities to which theyÂve traveled. The Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement Inc., a local non-profit organization recently held a free clothes give awway for any and all who wanted to select them. The clothes racks were filled with new and some gently used clothes to completely outfit an entire family. Due to the hard work of volunteers the clothes were sorted by size and gender which made it easy for the underserved people and people with limited amount of time to find just what she or he needed. Aside from the free clothes, free food was served consisting of beef hot dogs, cole slaw, fried and bar-b-qued chicken, French fries, potato salad, assorted deserts, cold bottled water and cold soft drinks. JLOC, MMM Inc. slogan is: "We Serve the People ". This is not just a slogan for this organization but a mindset that JLOC envisioned for our sole purpose before embarking on this long well meaningful, yet sometime protracted journey to help rebuild the Jacksonville community one project at a time. Pictured (L-R) are event volunteers Laoonnes Sinnoles, Janice Williams, Tawana White, Johnny Fludd, Lamika Batts, Bill Rivar, Steve Brown, Steven Johns and Janice Williams. JLOC Volunteers Feed and Clothe Hundreds Pictured left to right are orthwestern Middle schools students: Aaron Johnson, Savion Green, Gqwan Reeves, Darryl Johnson, Wade Johnson, Steven Miller, Richard Washington and Devantae Peak.Annual Man-Up Symposium Teaches Youth Respect and Responsibility Only 1 of PresidentÂs Promise Zones is Majority-Black Marlena Blaylock Named Florida RN of the Year Blaylock
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A report by the ChildrenÂs Defense Fund said that 23 percent of Black children under the age of five live in extreme poverty. ÂA growing body of research shows that being raised in such highpoverty communities undermines the long-term life chances of children,ÂŽ stated the CAP report. ÂFor example, poverty has been shown to genetically age children, and living in communities exposed to violence impairs cognitive ability.ÂŽ The report said that this increases the likelihood that children will have poor health and educational outcomes and few employment opportunities in the future. Even Blacks, who are considered middle class, based on their income, often live in poor neighborhoods. The CAP report cited research by Patrick Sharkey, an associate professor of Sociology at New York University that found Âthe average African American family making $100,000 a year lives in a more disadvantaged neighborhood than the average white family making $30,000 a year, revealing how past social policies continue to affect neighborhood choice.ÂŽ The report continued: ÂSharkey explains that the same, mostly African American families have lived in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods over long periods of time and over multiple generations, limiting access to better opportunities. ÂNeighborhood poverty experienced a generation ago doesnÂt disappear. It doesnÂt become inconsequential. It lingers on to affect the next generation.ÂŽ San Antonio, Texas, Philadelphia, Pa., Los Angeles, Calif., Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma were selected as Promise Zones in the first round of the process. The administration plans to designate a total of 20 Promise Zones by 2016. Philadelphia, which is about 43 percent Black and nearly 37 percent White, is the only majority-Black Promise Zone selected so far. Some would argue that the need for increased federal aid is just as great in the other four Promise Zones. ÂSan AntonioÂs Eastside neighborhood is a predominately Latino and Black community, where nearly 4 in 10 adults do not have high school diplomas and the violent-crime rate is 50 percent higher than the rest of the city,ÂŽ according to the report. Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, an economic development firm created during President Lyndon B. JohnsonÂs administration, reported that the poverty rate in majority White Southeastern Kentucky is around 30 percent. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma also suffers poverty rates that are higher than the national average. ÂAlthough the poverty rate for those living in the Choctaw Nation is nearly 23 percent, some communities within the zone are far higher. Nine of the census tracts designated as part of the Choctaw zone have poverty rates exceeding 30 percent, with one as high as 52.8 percent,ÂŽ report said. The report offered a number of recommendations to accelerate the efforts of President ObamaÂs Promise Zones initiative, including cutting taxes for businesses that invest in the zones, awarding planning grants to help designees build capacity for current programs, and encouraging community and regional partnerships with anchor institutions like colleges and universities. The report also suggested using current social mobility research that looks at family structure, segregation, and social capital to help design goals targeted specifically to the needs of the communities where the plans will be implemented. ÂThe goal of the initiative is not only to transform the selected zones but also to change how the federal government works with local communities,ÂŽ the report said. ÂBy utilizing place-based strategies that leverage the federal governmentÂs continued investment in keeping families out of poverty, we can ensure that our country lives up to its promise of being the land of opportunity.ÂŽOnly 1 of President ObamaÂs Promise Zones is Majority-BlackBy Jason Alderman If you're a new dad, or about to become one, you'd better sit down. If you want to be a responsible provider, there are a lot of things to consider. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a typical family can expect to spend over $241,000 to raise a newborn child until age 18 Â… and that doesn't even include prenatal care or college costs. Right now, you're probably more worried about getting enough sleep than funding your retirement. But at some point, you'll need to plot out a financial roadmap to ensure your family's future financial security. As one dad to another, here are a few strategies I've learned that can help: It's hard to save for the future when your present expenses are so daunting, but it's important to start making regular contributions to several savings vehicles, even if only a few dollars at a time: Establish an emergency fund with enough cash to cover at least six months of living expenses. Start small by having $25 or $50 a month deducted from your paycheck and automatically deposited into a separate savings account. Even if retirement is decades away, the sooner you start saving and compounding your interest, the faster your savings will grow. If your employer offers 401(k) matching contributions, contribute at least enough to take full advantage of the match. Once those two accounts are well established, open a 529 Qualified State Tuition Plan to start saving for your children's education. If funding these accounts seems impossible, look for a few luxuries you could cut from your budget for six months Â… eating out, premium cable, etc. After six months, evaluate whether they were actual "needs" or simply "wants" you can live without. Get insured. If your family depends on you, be prepared for unexpected events, whether an accident, illness, unemployment or death. Get adequate coverage for: Health insurance. Everyone needs medical insurance, no matter how young or healthy. Homeowner/renter's insurance. Don't let theft, fire or another catastrophe leave your family without a home or possessions. Life insurance. You'll probably want coverage worth at least five to 10 times your annual pay Â… more, if you want to cover college costs. And don't forget to insure your spouse's life so you'll be protected as well. Disability insurance. Millions of Americans suffer serious disabilities, yet many forego disability insurance, potentially leaving them without an income after a serious accident or illness. Ask about your employer's sick leave and short-term disability benefits and if long-term disability is offered, consider buying it. Car insurance. Make sure you have sufficient liability coverage to protect your net worth and income Â… it only takes one serious accident to wipe out your savings. And finally, spend responsibly. If you buy things you don't really need or can't afford, you'll just end up having to work longer to pay for them Â… time you could have spent watching your kids growing up. Make sure youÂre talking to the right people. Speak with HUD-approved housing counselors, free of charge, at the HomeownerÂs HOPE Hotline. IF YOUÂRE FACING FORECLOSURE, TALK TO YOUR GRANDMA SECOND. CALL THE HOPE HOTLINE FIRST AT 888-995-HOPE. Drivers: Company & O/O's. 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The First of North Florida at St. Johns Golf Club will hold its camps starting June 9-13, June 16-20, June 23-27, July 14-18 and August 4-8. Cost starts at $100.00 $175.00 and the camp offers morning sessions for youth ages 5-8 years old as well as full and half day sessions for ages 9-17. For more information, contact The First Tee of North Florida at 810-2231.
Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 June 5-11, 2014 Your home can open the door to huge opportunities for you. With The Synovus Bank of Jacksonville home equity lines of credit, you can take advantage of this low rate to make things happen. The choices and the freedom are yours. Stop in today. The opportunities are endless: Â€ Home Improvements Â€ Paying Taxes Â€ College Tuition Â€ Debt Consolidation Â€ Medical Expenses Â€ Unexpected Events Closing Costs Paid Up To $5005Take Advantage Now Â… Offer expires July 31, 2014 904.641.6756 www.synovusbankjax.comSubject to credit approval. Offer limited to new home equity lines only, secured by a valid Â“rst or second lien position on own er-occupied primary or secondary dwelling. Mobile homes not eligible. Property insurance and appraisal will be required. Flood insurance may also be required. Consult a t ax advisor regarding deductibility of interest. 1 A minimum $10,000 initial draw is required. 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Liquidity deÂ“ned as all Consumer Deposits (CD, checking, MMA, saving), Business Deposits (if client has controlling interest in the business), Brokerage and Trust. Qualifying balances determined using 12 month rolling average for existing accounts; new accou nts qualiÂ“ed using current value; loan balances not eligible for qualifying. 5 Closing costs paid up to $2,000 for lines opened at Synovus Bank of Florida. Closing costs paid up to $500 for lines opened at Synovus Bank of Jacksonville. Generally, closing costs can range from $500 Â… $4,000. An account non usage fee of $50 will be due if the line of credit does not have a balance for 12 consecutive months. If the line is terminated within 24 months of the account agreement, an early account closing fee of third party charges paid by the bank will be charged to the customer. % APRHome Equity Lines of Credit 6-MONTH INTRODUCTORY RATESpecial customer rates as low as 3.75% APR with auto deduct from a consumer Synovus Bank checking account and $20,000 in total balances4 at the bank.1.99% APRAFTER INTRODUCTORY RATE EXPIRES4.5023 1 SIGHTS AD SCEES Presiding Elder TonyHansberry and his wife Kathi PhiDelta Kappa Sorority Inducts Two ew MembersThe National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Delta Delta Chapter, recently celebrated the induction of two new members. The meeting was held at St. Matthew Baptist Church where the ceremony was followed by a lavish presentations of gifts. Welcomed into the sorority were Paula Wright and Jacquelyn Bowen. Shown above at the celebration are Dean of Pledges Sandra Milton, Jackie Bowen, Paula Wright and Chapter President Betty LeRoy. PUBLIC NOTICEThe Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Inc (NFCAA) will hold an election to fill a Duval County vacancy on the Board of Directors on Tuesday June 10, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Emmett Reed Community 1093 W 6th Street, Jacksonville, Fl 32209. All interested individuals must be representative of the low income sector. For additional information please call 904-6321470 Extension 25. M M o n d a y J u n e 1 6 2 0 1 4 P r i m e O s b o r n I I I C o n v e n t i o n C e n t e r Bold City Links Host UNCF Night of the Stars Ruth Waters Mr. and Mrs. Edward Robinson Marguerite Warren, Traci Davis and Marretta Latimer For the first time since 2009, the Jacksonville ChildrenÂs Commission (JCC) is now accepting applications for youth related groups in need of funding for travel through the Youth Travel Trust Fund (YTTF). The YTTF offers financial support to school and community-based sports teams and performing groups travelling in connection with an invitation recognizing or resulting from outstanding performance or achievement. In the past, travel grants have been awarded to groups representing Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, the Police Athletic League, the Jacksonville ChildrenÂs Chorus, and the Normandy Athletic Association. Organizations requesting funding through the YTTF must meet certain eligibility requirements and fill out an application as follows: The organization must: Â€ Be tax exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Federal Internal Revenue Code Â€ Be a not-for-profit corporation Â€ Operate in Duval County Â€ Be in existence for at least one year The organization must obtain an Eligibility Screening Form, Guidelines and an Application for the Youth Travel Trust Fund. In addition, the organization must complete four application forms with original signatures and copies of all other required documentation. The four packets are then submitted to the Jacksonville ChildrenÂs Commission for review. All inquiries should be directed to Matt Thompson at 630-3571 or email@example.com. By Freddie Allen A proposed rule change for generic drug labels, crafted by the Food and Drug Administration, could cost patients, health care providers and drug manufacturers billions of dollars and limit access to affordable, prescription drugs for minorities and the poor, according to more than a dozen organizations that serve people of color. Black groups and those representing other people of color expressed their concerns about the rule change in a March 14 letter to Margaret Hamburg, the commissioner of food and drugs for the United States Food and Drug Administration. The letter said acknowledged that, Âwhile great strides have been made around improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities, much remains to be done.ÂŽ Among the groups signing the letter were: the National Medical Association, the National Dental Association, the National Black Nurses Foundation, the National Black Chamber of Commerce, the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters, the Association of Black Psychologists and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference among others. The rule change is designed to allow generic drug makers the ability to update their drug labels as soon as they learn of new potential risks. The letter stated, Â[The proposed rule change] would not only jeopardize patient safety, but as a recent economic study has shown, would also create billions of dollars in annual increased costs for consumers, taxpayers, large and small businesses, and state and federal governments. The rule would decrease patient access, impede healthcare decisions and delivery, and make fewer generic drugs available for patients who need them most.ÂŽ PatientsÂ advocate groups and some health care providers worry that drugs that are scientifically identical will carry very different warning labels, adding to patient confusion and may cause some consumers to shun life-saving, generic drugs completely. In 2012, industry experts reported that generic drugs accounted for 84 percent of all prescriptions. The report said that Âgeneric manufacturers would face higher insurance premiums, self-insurance costs, and reserve spending on product liability, may exit or decline to enter the market for certain products for which they perceive greater liability risk or uninsurable liability risks.ÂŽ Rule Change on Generic Drug Labeling Could Cost Billions ChildrenÂs Commission Accepting Application from onprofits to Fund Youth Travel
ÂYou may write me down in history, with your bitter, twisted lies, you may tread me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I'll rise,ÂŽ wrote Maya Angelo in the first stanza of her famous ÂStill I RiseÂŽ poem. There have been many great African American writers, poets, and artists of all forms and fashions; but Maya Angelo born Marguerite Ann Johnson was truly a unique woman. Where does one even begin when writing about the amazing life of Maya Angelou? Not only is she one of my favorite writers and personalities of all time, but we also share a birth date Â… April 4th. Last week, on May 28th she was found dead in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This was the final chapter in an extraordinary life. A couple of weeks ago, I listened to ESPN Sports Personality Stephen A. Smith go off on critics of some of his recent comments. The most relevant part of SmithÂstirade was when he talked about the fact that sports athletes are not the true American Dream. They are a one in a million version of the American Dream, and it is people like him who grew up poor and failed fourth grade, finding his way into college. He workedreally hard in college and at several newspapers before becoming a well known TV personality. Those words resonated with me because he was so right. So when I think of the true ÂAmerican Dream,ÂŽ I donÂt think of millionaire athletes Â… I think of trailblazers like Maya Angelo. And perhaps trailblazer isnÂt a strong enough word. The rapper/actor DrakeÂs song also comes to mind, ÂStarted from the bottom now we are here.ÂŽ She was a high school dropout who became a professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. She was a dancer in night clubs that become one of the most respected poets and writers of her time. Maya Angelou was the embodiment of what hard work and commitment can get you in this country. She was a true renaissance woman Â… no she was as her renowned poem suggests, a Phenomenal Woman. And in that very poem she writes, ÂWhen you see me passing, it ought to make you proudÂƒ.'Cause I'm a woman,phenomenally. Phenomenal woman. That's me.ÂŽ She lived a phenomenal life. She once said, ÂCourage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.ÂŽ Angelou attended high school in San Francisco, and studied dance and drama. At the age of 14, she dropped out of school and became the city's first black, female street car conductor. She wrote 36 books and spoke six languages. She was an actress, director, playwright, composer, singer, and dancer. She even once worked as a madam in a brothel. Perhaps she is best known for her series of six autobiographical books, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first and most highly acclaimed, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, brought the writer international recognition. Her formal education ended in high school, but she was awarded more than 30 honorary degrees from colleges andwas nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die. Phenomenal woman indeed. How many people walking this earth can say that they were friends with Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Oprah, and Barack and Michelle Obama? Angelou won three Grammys in her lifetime, and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration. Maya Angelou will be missed, but never forgotten. From the last stanza of Still I Rise. Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise. Signing off from a solemn place, Reggie Fullwood Three Ways to Save Your Hood TodaySelf-defense. Private security. Police-community unity. These are the three pillars that comprise my strategy for successful anti-crime activism. Notice that none of these three suggestions require blessings from on high (or low) from the bureaucrats who often are be either indifferent or hostile toward citizens who are seeking safer streets, especially if those concerned citizens happen to be residents of the inner city. In my opinion, Âhood crimeÂŽ is too often deceptively used as a cash cow by what I call Âwhite power liberals.ÂŽ They donÂt talk very much to the black activists who live in dangerous neighborhoods, but they nonetheless do seek to use our problems, such as high murder rates, to boost their political careers and land crony capitalist contracts. So, in the end, the act of really saving the hood is almost always going to end up the duty of its own concerned residents. This is the case even if our tax dollars are being withheld by those same liberals, because they know that keeping the hood underfunded is what keeps their cash cow of hood crime fattened. Self-defense is self-love, sisters and brothers! Being aware and being prepared for your own benefit as well as the benefit of others shows that you have reverence for and value all concerned. Walking high-crime areas as a citizen on patrol also means that you also consider these zip codes to be as important as some people consider five-star hotels and gated communities elsewhere to be. And hiring private security for inner city neighborhoods and the businesses located there also indicates a resolve to not allow violence and blight to destroy a communityÂs stakeholders. There thereÂs the notion of police-community unity. This is probably the most difficult part of my three-part strategy, as compared to selfdefense and private security portions, because such unity is often actively resisted in liberal-run cities. While street cops and some of their supervisors are undoubtedly comfortable uniting with communities held hostage, it could be that their superiors donÂt want this relationship to flourish into real culture change, in which youth stop seeing criminals as role models and cease considering all cops to automatically be their enemies. The inevitable result of real and successful police-community unity, one figures, would probably cost these white liberals and their black flocks in the government offices and pulpits the stranglehold they currently have tightened around the residents of the hood because of inner city violence. Once we understand this sad state of affairs and what needs to be done, conscious black citizens Â„ whether youÂre a conservative, a liberal mugged by reality or a nationalist demanding accountability for our safety Â„ must promote self defense, private security and police-community unity. We must even realize it knowing that itÂs a steep, uphill climb! These three ways to save the hood today wonÂt change things overnight, but it can, alongside other efforts, make things livable in the zip codes where black life is now a desperate gamble. Page 4 Ms.PerryÂs Free Press SUBSCRIBE TODAY SUBSCRIBE TODAY Yes, IÂd like to subscribe to the Jacksonville Free Press!Enclosed is my check __ money order __for $38.00 to cover my one year subscription.AME _________________________________________ ADDRESS_______________________________________ CITY____________________STATE____ZIP________ DISCLAIMERThe United State provides opportunities for free expression of ideas. The Jacksonville Free Press has its view, but others may differ. Therefore, the Free Press ownership reserves the right to publish views and opinions by syndicated and local columnist, professional writers and other writersÂ which are solely their own. Those views do not necessarily reflect the policies and positions of the staff and management of the Jacksonville Free Press. 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Curry NNPA Columnist A new posting by MediaMatters.org, the media watchdog group, sums up the conservative strategy under the headline, ÂDonÂt Litigate It, DonÂt Ever Talk About It: Right-Wing MediaÂs Solution to Racial Discrimination.ÂŽ The report recounts the media storm touched off by ÂThe Case for Reparations,ÂŽ Ta-Nehisi CoatesÂ excellent cover story in the Atlantic magazine. Media Matters said, ÂÂƒThe Atlantic has given right-wing media a fresh opportunity to argue that the best way to address racially discriminatory laws or policies Â… such as housing segregation Â… is to never speak of them, let alone litigate them under civil rights law.ÂŽ Media Matters observed, ÂIn CoatesÂ essay, which ultimately calls for a congressional study on the long-term effects of the treatment of African-Americans in the United States, he explores the countryÂs history of racism and oppression, from slavery to the Jim Crow laws to the present. Although right-wing media have been known to erroneously claim that racism is no longer a problem, the systemic effect of state and federal laws that favored whites and oppressed people of color is still felt today.ÂŽ For example, ÂÂƒagencies like the Fair Housing Administration often refused to insure mortgages in neighborhoods that they deemed unsuitable, perpetuating systematic housing segregation that in turn fueled other disparate racial impacts that continue today, such as separate and unequal schools. Despite the fact that redlining was outlawed in 1968 with the passage of the Fair Housing Act, the housing market is still hostile to black buyers and renters, even in neighborhoods that have taken steps to improve residential housing segregation.ÂŽ But you would not know any of this if you only consumed conservative propaganda. According to Media Matters, ÂNaomi Schaefer Riley, who once called for the elimination of black studies from college campuses, wrote in a recent New York Post column that weÂve talked enough about race. According to Schaefer Riley, Americans are Âdone with a national dialogue on raceÂ and CoatesÂ essay Âoffers nothing new.Â She also complained that CoatesÂ advocacy for HR 40 [John Conyers bill to study reparations] was evidence that Âour countryÂs media elites are still stuck on a liberal baby boomer racial narrative,Â and concluded that the way forward now is not discussion, but Âcolorblindness.ÂÂŽ And she was not alone. ÂRight-wing outlets like The Wall Street Journal, NRO, and radio host Rush Limbaugh have come out against governmental efforts to remedy past harms using litigation to enforce fair housing laws and promote residential integration programs. When the Department of Justice went after banks who had racially discriminated against people of color, the WSJ called the lawsuit an attempt to Âshake down banks for not lending enough to minorities,Â and complained the agency was attempting to impose an unconstitutional ÂquotaÂ system on lenders. The WSJ also claimed that the lawsuit, and other initiatives on the part of the DOJ, had done nothing more than ÂÂsaddle a lot of minorities with foreclosed homes, huge debt burdens, and bad credit scores.ÂÂŽ And Rush Limbaugh rushed to add his two cents. ÂFor his part, Limbaugh has argued that the Housing and Urban Development DepartmentÂs mandate to Âaffirmatively furtherÂ fair housing was nothing more than Âsocial engineeringÂ and a plot on the part of the government to ÂforceÂ people to move to integrated neighborhoods.ÂŽ The conservative-dominated Supreme Court also plays a key role. ÂEven worse, the Supreme Court has contributed to modern racial divisions by rolling back affirmative action policies, gutting key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, and making it nearly impossible for public schools to implement proactive integration initiatives that would help diversify heavily segregated schools. Such decisions have allowed states to impose restrictive voter identification laws, have whitewashed college campuses, and nearly driven a stake through the heart of Brown v. Board of Education, the case that outlawed statemandated segregation in public schools. Unsurprisingly, right-wing media also determined that the recent 60th anniversary of Brown, one of the most significant civil rights victories in history, was no time to discuss racial inequalities.ÂŽ The article continued, ÂIf Chief Justice John Roberts had his way, weÂd all follow right-wing mediaÂs lead and stop talking about race. As Roberts famously stated, Âthe way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.Â In her dissent opposing the majorityÂs decision to uphold MichiganÂs ban on affirmative action, however, Justice Sonia Sotomayor countered, Âthe way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination.ÂÂŽ George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the ational ewspaper Publishers Association ews Service (PA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com. Right Wing Media Pretends Racism DoesnÂt Exist
June 5-11, 2014 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 Â’FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 3 9, 2014TRACK STANDOUTS LAUDED; STILLMAN'S NEW HOOPS COACH; SIAC ALL-SPORTS WINNERSNO STRIKEOUTS: Jackson State (top) and Bethune-Cookman (bottom) get wins, go down swinging in Baseball Regionals.PROGRESS ON THE DIAMONDJSU and B-CU Photos BCSP NotesMorehouse men, Albany State women SIAC All-Sports winners The men of Morehouse and women of Albany State were named All-Sports Award winners in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). The Morehouse Maroon Tigers scored a total of 31 points to claim this year's men's Commissioner's Cup, winning the conference title school's sixth trophy in seven years. Albany State received the SIAC Commissioner's Women's All-Sports Award for the 2013-2014 season, marking the 10th title for the program in 11 years. ASU scored 31 points during the season, which was four points more than runner-up STILLMAN BASKETBALL NABS JACKSON: TUSCALOOSA, Alabama Â… Stillman College's Director of Athletics Paul Bryant has announced the selection of Donte Jackson as its new men's basketball coach. The announcement comes after a national search that saw more than 100 applicants vie for the position. Jackson was introduced at a press conference on Wednesday, June 4, at 2:30 p.m. in Birthright Alumni Hall. "I am excited for the opportunity to be the head coach of the Stillman Tigers," said Jackson. "I think that this is a great opportunity to build a great program in the SIAC." The Wisconsin native comes to Stillman after four seasons at the helm of the Central State University program. He was named the men's basketball coach at Central State in 2010 after serving as an assistant coach for seven seasons. In four seasons as the Marauders head coach, he built a 68-42 record. Jackson averaged 17 wins per season campaign, which was his second as the leader of the CSU program. Jackson graduated from Central State in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, and in 2008 earned the Master of Science in Educational Leadership. As a student member of the Marauder basketball team, Jackson was a three-year letterman and earned allconference and all-region honors during the 2001-2002 season. He led the Marauders to the NAIA Division I National Tournament and a Sweet Sixteen appearance with a Jackson received one of the Central State's most prestigious honors in his senior year. He was selected as the recipient of the John W. Garland President's Award, presented annually to a student athlete who embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity and sportsmanship through academic and athletic achievements. Jackson is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and attended Alexander Hamilton High School. He was an AllCity Conference player and received All-State honors his senior year of high school. Prior to Central State University, Jackson played one season at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (NCAA Division I).FERGUSON JOINS CIAA OFFICE: HAMPTON, Virginia Â… The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is pleased to announce that Adrian Ferguson will join the staff as associate commissioner of media relations, beginning July 1. Fergufrom Fayetteville State University (FSU), where he served as assistant athletics director for media relations and manager of game operations since 2008. Prior to joining the staff at FSU, Ferguson spent seven years at Livingstone College as the sports information director following three-and-a half-years as assistant director of athletics for Sports Information at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). The Danville, Virginia native graduated cum laude Computer Information Systems and a minor in Business Administration. While at Livingstone, Ferguson was a four-year letterman on the Blue Bears' Cross Country and Track & Field teams. He also was a four-time All-CIAA athlete and served as sports information director and assistant track coach during his senior year. After receiving his degree, he continued to work at Livingstone for two more years before moving to WSSU. Ferguson has served as president of the CIAA Sports Information Directors Association. He also has been a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the Black College Sports information Directors Association (BCSIDA), the CIAA Management Council, Track & Field Coaches Association and NCAA Division II Men's Golf Regional Advisory Committee. He has been the John Holley CIAA Sports Information Director of the Year twice, was inducted into the Livingstone College Hall of Fame in 2010 and recently was named 2nd runner-up staff member of the year at FSU.UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS Jackson State notches win before being eliminated in NCAA baseball regional LAFAYETTE, La. Jackson State Baseball Regionals before being eliminated in back-to-back losses. The Tigers (32-25), back-to-back Southwestern Athletic Conference champs, grinded out a 1-0 win over No.1 ranked (USA Today/ESPN Poll) Louisiana-Lafayette to open the 2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament Friday in the Lafayette Regional at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field. But JSU fell 3-1 to Mississippi State Saturday and then dropped an 11-1 decision to ULL on Sunday. Tigers become the third team from the SWAC to earn a victory in the regionals since the 64-team expansion. The last team from the league to pull out a win in postseason play was Texas Southern in 2004 defeating top-seeded Rice, 4-3. JSU's Vincent Anthonia (4-0) earned the win serving six innings with a pair of strikeouts. Alex Juday picked up his fourth save as he JSU posted the eventual game-winning run after Melvin Rodriguez singled up the middle with two outs scoring Desmond Russell Russell Tigers their only run scored on the evening. Jackson State gave up two runs in the sixth to fall 3-1 to Mississippi State on Saturday. Trailing 1-0, JSU responded in the fourth with a run courtesy of a bases loaded walk. The Bulldogs added their eventual winning runs in the sixth inning. in the elimination game vs. ULL. Two members of the Jackson State team were named to the NCAA Charles Tillery and pitcher Vincent Anthonia were selected. Anthonia, a 5-7, 160-pound sophomore left-hander, recorded JSUÂs historic win over No. 1 ranked Louisiana-Lafayette. In the game he posted innings of work.Bethune-Cookman gets historic win before bowing out of NCAA baseball regional CORAL GABLES, Fla. Bethune-Cookman (27-33) lost a heartbefore falling again to Miami and being eliminated from the NCAA Coral Gables Baseball Regional. A pair of ninth-inning miscues made all the difference in the Wildthe brink through eight scoreless innings, the chess match ended in a 1-0 walk-off loss. Bethune-Cookman pitcher Montana Durapau matched up inningfor-inning with Miami's Andrew Suarez, as the starters squared off for seven scoreless innings. Making his 16th start of the season and fourth of his career versus the Hurricanes, Durapau carried the Wildcats with a threeScott Garner who promptly delivered three consecutive swinging strikeouts in the eighth. On the rubber for the Hurricanes, Suarez went a full nine innings for three frames, but limiting B-CU to only seven hits, while striking out a season-high 10 batters in a nine-inning season-long outing. reached base as a hit batter with one out. The junior reached second on shortstop Brandon Lopez' single to right with two outs, and advanced to Josh Johnson overplayed the ball. Facing Johnny Ruiz, a Garner pitch slipped underneath catcher Zach Olszewski and the Wildcats' shutout ended in a walk-off wild pitch as the "No question, they're disappointed and rightly so. I'm disappointed, Coach Jason Beverlin said at the postgame press conference. After the close loss, the Wildcats held off a late charge by the Colum12 seasons. Josh Johnson John Sever closed it out on a pop-up to second base. "It was a great moment for Bethune-Cookman baseball history to take program forward," Beverlin said. The Wildcats were eliminated in a 10-0 loss to host Miami on Sunday. Spring Sports Round-Up AnthoniaTillery Beverlin Lincoln's Thomas, St. Augs' Williams, JC Smith's Williams win USTFCCCA awards Lincoln (Mo.) head women's track coach Victor Thomas Saint Augustine's head men's track coach George Williams and Johnson C. Smith sprinter Danielle Williams were named last week as winners of United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association top awards. Thomas was named the National Women's Outdoor Track & Field Head Coach of the Year after leading the Lincoln women to their seventh championship. consecutive Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) championship. Lincoln, which had won all four league indoor titles since rejoining the conference, ran away with the 2014 MIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship. The Blue Tigers won eight events and recorded 28 team, winning their fourth-straight MIAA outdoor championship in the process. Tigers, also coached Lincoln the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Williams of St. Aug's was named the 2014 NCAA Division II National Men's Outdoor Track & Field Head Coach of the Year. This is the second consecutive year and the seventh time overall that the legendary coach has won the award. In March 2014, Williams was selected the USTFCCCA Division II Men's Indoor Track & Field Head Coach of the Year for the second straight year. Williams was honored Wednesday after guiding Saint Augustine's to its second straight NCAA Division II MenÂs Outdoor National Title over the weekend. The Falcons have won the last two Division II MenÂs Ingram under Williams have combined to win 35 NCAA Division II national championships. J. C. Smith's Williams was voted the National Track Athlete of the Year. Williams is the only female student-athlete at JCSU to ever receive this honor and this is her second consecutive year being selected for the award Williams won dual individual titles at the NCAA Div. II Outdoor Championships. Fractions of a second were all that separated Williams, a in Division II history to win three track events in the same championships. Prior to winning titles both at 100 and 200 meters, Williams lost out to teammate Samantha Elliott (Kingston, Jamaica) in the 100-meter hurdles by just .006 as both ran 13.05. This was an encore from last year's championships, where Williams won the 100m, 200m, and runner-up in the 100m hurdles. at the Penn Relays and CIAA titles in all the aforementioned events. ThomasG. WilliamsD. WilliamsBenedict The Lady Rams received points from ishes in cross country, basketball, and softball. in the men's competition led by its football and baseball to add to its point total. Stillman standings totaling 20 points. The Tigers baseball team won the 2014 SIAC Championship its seventh in eight years while the tennis program also earned a championship. Clark Atlanta's women's program was try and volleyball. The SIAC Commissioner's All-Sports Trophy is presented to the athletic department within the conference that has excelled in both men's and women's sports. A scoring system of 10 points for conference titles, 7 points for runnerthird place is used to determine the All-Sports standings. Football is based on the results of the championship game and Men's & Women's Basketball, a single-elimination tournament, does not offer a consolation game. Jackson Ferguson
Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press June 5-11, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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. The church is located at 3738 Winton Drive.Faith Walk Warriors Tent MeetingFaith Walk Ministry Warriors, 4862 Soutel Dr. invites the community to come see signs and wonders by the power of God, June 18th to June 22nd, starting at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 23rd at 3 p.m. and Sunday June 24th at Sunday morning worship at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday, evening June 14th at 7 p.m. Come and be healed, refreshed, released, reclaimed and souls saved and delivered through the powerful teaching of the word of God. For more information call Warren A. Cooper, Sr. pastor at 466-2325.St Paul Lutheran Hosts Community Day, Health Fair, Walk and CookoutSt Paul Lutheran Church is sponsoring its 3rd Annual Community Day and Health Fair on Saturday, June 21st, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prior to the health fair, the church will have a health walk with the YMCA. The walk begins at 8:15 a.m. On Saturday, June 22nd at 10:30 a.m. enjoy ÂTailgate for JesusÂŽ, outdoor worship and community cookout. Enjoy an informal worship and praise service, special music, entertainment, games, inflatableÂs, dunking tank, a bake/cook-off, free BBQ dinner. From June 23 27, sign-up for Vacation Bible School, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Vacation bible school activities include: bible lessons, crafts, music, fine arts, supper, fellowship and transportation is available. For more information contact Naomi Mungin at 765-4219. The church is located at 2730 W. Edgewood Avenue, James Wiggins Jr., Pastor.Florida 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. 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 888-902301, ext. 9560 or via the web at www.sendrsvp.com/bwa. St. John Missionary Baptist Church Fathers Day Program St. JohnÂs Missionary Baptist Church MenÂs Ministry and Dr. C. E. Preston, 135 Brickyard Rd, in Middleburg, FL is extending an invitation to all men and their families, to come out and celebrate FatherÂs Day, June 15th at the 8 a.m. or 10:45 service. FatherÂs and families come and be united to uplift GodÂs Kingdom. For more information email Deacon Daryll Crump at email@example.com or call 608-6609. 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 Faust Temple Church of God in Christ Annual Vacation Bible SchoolVacation Bible School will be held at Faust Temple Church of God in Christ, Monday, June 23rd through Friday, June 27th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Faust Temple Church of God in Christ is located at 3328 Moncrief Road, Clarence Jones, Pastor. There are classes for everyone including arts and crafts for children. Free Snacks will be provided! For additional information call the church at 353-1418 or visit www.fausttemple.org.St. Paul Missionary Baptist 135th Anniversary and 9th Convocation St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate their 135th Church Anniversary and 9th Convocation celebration with activities that include the 2nd annual Step Off competition Saturday, June 14th at Ed White High school; On Friday, June 20th attend the Rip the Runway Celebration Banquet at the Terrace Suites at Everbank Field; Sunday, June 22nd through Wednesday, June 25th the celebration will conclude with the theme: Â We are Partners: The Legacy Lives On ,ÂŽ with Sunday morning service at 7:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. with Bishop Brian Moore, Life Center Cathedral, Charleston, SC, and Sunday evening at 6 p.m. hear Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr., Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. On Monday, June 23rd at 7 p.m. hear Dr. T. Latrell Penny, Shabach World Cathedrals, Sumpter, SC, Tuesday, June 24th at 7 p.m. hear Apostle Carlos L. Malone, Sr., The Bethel Church, Miami, Fl., and Wednesday, June 25th at 7 p.m. hear St. Pauls own Bishop Designate John E. Guns close out festivities. For more information call 768-7112 or visit www.spmbcjax.El-Beth-El 5th Annual ÂStop the Violence Recognition BanquetThe Officers and Board Members of The El-Beth-El Development Center will host its 5th Annual ÂStop the Violence Recognition Banquet,ÂŽ Thursday, June 19th, at 6:30 p.m. The banquet will be held at the Community Rehabilitation Center Banquet Hall located at 623 Beechwood Street. Since 2010 El-Beth-El Development Center has honored dedicated individuals from the community for outstanding achievements, leadership and their contributions in helping Jacksonville build a stronger and healthier community. The guest speaker for the evening is Rabbi Joshua Lief from The Temple Ahavath Chesed. Twelve youth will also be honored for outstanding achievement and recognition on the A/B honor roll. For ticket information contact Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall at 710-1586.South Florida Annual Conference of the A.M.E. Zion Church The South Florida Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church will convene June 10th through June 15th at the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport hotel, 14670 Duval Rd. The host church is Zion Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, 111 Southeast 14th of Gainesville, Florida. The Rt. Reverend Dennis V. Proctor, Presiding Prelate; Mrs. D. Diane Proctor, Missionary Supervisor and Reverend Charles Tabb, Presiding Elder. For more information contact Christine J. McNair of Varick Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church at 858-0233. Bethel Baptist Institutional Walk-AThon and Line Dancing for EducationOn June 14th at 8 a.m., at the corner of Bethel Baptist and Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr. Streets, Bethel Baptist Institutional Church will sponsor its 17th Juddie Lawson Memorial Walk-A-Thon for Education. The Âwalking publicÂŽ is invited to participate. The Walk was suggested by Juddie, a devoted servant and visionary member of Bethel, as one of the many initiatives of BethelÂs 160 Year Anniversary. All Line Dance Groups in Jax are invited to join Bethel Baptist and bring a donation to help college students further their education. For more information call the church office at 354-1464.OTICE:Church news is published free of charge. Information must be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event date will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to 765-3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.Greater Grant AME Prostate Health Educational SymposiumGreater Grant Memorial AME Church is partnering with the National Prostate Health Education Network to host a health symposium focusing on knowledge and awareness within the African American communities about prostate cancer. The agenda takes place Saturday, June 14th, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The symposium will address prostate cancer risk, early detection and screening, treatment options, survivorship, caregiving and available treatment. Greater Grant Memorial is located at 5533 Gilchrist Road. For more details call 764-5992.Mt. ebo Celebrating Church and Pastor AnniversariesMt Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, 8778 Lake Placid Dr. E, is inviting the community to the blessing of their 43rdrd church anniversary and 27th anniversary of Reverend Will A. Waldrop along with their first lady Saundra Waldrop. The Anniversary theme this year is: ÂThings we should never forget.ÂŽ The Anniversary Scripture theme is, 1st Peter 1:12ÂŽ ÂWherefore I will not be negligent to put you always. In remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.ÂŽ The celebration begins Sunday, June 8th at 4 p.m, on Monday June 9th and Wednesday June 11th Anniversary service will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information call the church office at 768-8916. By John Stonestreet WeÂve been uncomfortably reminded over the last few yearsand the last few days-that the United States still has a long way to go when it comes to race relations. Simmering racial anger and division came out with renewed force during the Trayvon martin case, and most recently in the racist comments of Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling/ Bundy, a cattle rancher locked in a dispute with the U.S. Bureau of Land management, wondered aloud whether blacks would be better off picking cotton as slaves. And eighty-year-old Sterling owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, said despicable things about black men to his racially mixed girlfriend. Sterling deserved every bit of the lifetime ban from the NBA. Christians should see racism in any form as sin, an assault on the fundamental dignity of people who are made in GodÂs image. But IÂm sad to say, I donÂt think its going away anytime soon. Many will say that this rancher and rich sports franchise owner donÂt accurately reflect the rest of America. After all, most of us just get along, donÂt we? Well, certainly most of us do, but not all racism is as blatant as SterlingÂs was. And dehumanization comes in various shapes and sizes. Discrimination and hate that exists in the heart, though not as crass and public as SterlingÂs, is still sinful. It comes out in our jokes, avoided conversations, and anytime weÂre unwilling to stand up for someone being wrongfully treated. This is not an issue on the top of the list for many white Christians, but it is for many of my black Christian ministry partners and friends. Black Christians see it in ways white Christians do not; and as a white Christian, I would say to my fellow Caucasian brothers and sisters that we need to listen to them. And Christians have an incredible opportunity to propose the Gospel in this context. Secularism always dehumanizes by superficially reducing people down to their sexual inclinations, or color, or socio-economic status or looks, or some other arbitrary category. Secularism simply does not possess the worldviews resources to confront person-to-person discrimination in all of its forms. But Christianity does. The Gospel begins with the inherent, not acquired dignity of all people. It calls men from every Âtribe, language and people and nation.ÂŽ And itÂs centered on Jesus Christ, the second Adam, who is restoring all things-including and especially broken relationships. Look, many of us are tired of talking about race. I get that. But this country is growing more racially diverse by the day. And as Christians we canÂt stick our heads in the sand. The church needs to be at the front of the conversation-not out of guilt or for political advantage, but because the gospel demands that we offer reconciliation of all kinds, as a good gift to the world. The Church Must Lead the Way on Race and Redemption
June 5-11, 2014 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. Enterprise Center 101 East Union Street, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL32202 904-633-8099 www.drj-cpa.com Offering you a full range of quality services that includes a full range of accounting services (audits, reviews, compilations,and nontraditional engagements) for small businesses and tax services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and estates and trusts. Darryl Jackson, CPA provides extensive professional experience with a wide variety of industries and clients by Hannah Ongley According to news reports, rich Kenyans in the downtown capital of Nairobi are indulging in a beauty treatments to lighten their skin. They are using skin-bleaching injections that promise to make clients six years younger and ten shades lighter. While the string of salons along NairobiÂs River Road has long been a cause of concern due to health scares causes by backstreet beauticians, only recently has the countryÂs obsession come into view. Evidently lightening your skin literally overnight Â„ or during your lunch break Â„ arouses suspicion that this more than a new shade of foundation. And if you mess it up, itÂs even more obvious. Exceeding the maximum dosage of Âa small amountÂŽ can leave you looking albino. ÂMost of my clients are wealthy and some are national celebrities,ÂŽ says one beautician by the name of Rose. ÂMany are Somali or Indian. But, those ones never come to my shop. They send a driver with a photo of their skin color and I supply what they need.ÂŽ The injection is $70 per shot, which is nearly a monthÂs salary for many Kenyans. Most of RoseÂs body is much lighter except for patches of dark brown on her knuckles and elbows. Health-wise, professionals are concerned about the high levels of mercury in the product and the alpha hydroxy acids, corrosive compounds used in chemical peels that can cause serious health problems Â„ i.e. thinning, decomposing flesh Â„ if used incorrectly. Then there are the social and cultural concerns. One woman in her midtwenties makes no attempt to hide why sheÂs getting needles of mystery cream shoved through her skin: ÂMy husband prefers half-caste women to darker girls, and he is proud to be mine when we go to the club. 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Applications Open for Steve HarveyÂs DisneyDreamerÂs Academy for TeensHigh school students nationwide can now apply at www.disneydreamersacademy.com to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey. The innovative, outside-the-classroom, educational mentoring program is held over an extended weekend at Walt Disney World Resort. Each year, students participate in hands-on, full-immersion workshops related to a bevy of career paths, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills such as communication techniques and networking strategies. Motivational speakers and celebrities share their stories and provide insight on how to achieve success and DREAM BIG. Dreamers have the opportunity to cultivate relationships with other students from across the nation while they gain first-hand knowledge from Disney experts and world-renowned entrepreneurs and executives. Applicants must answer three essay questions about their personal stories, the people who are most influential in their lives and their future dreams. Students are selected based on exhibition of strong character, positive attitude and determination to achieve their dreams. Nearly 10,000 applications were received in 2014. Participants and a parent or guardian will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World. The 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy will take place March 5 to 8. Applications are open to U.S. high school students, ages 13 to 19, until Oct. 31, 2014. A distinguished panel of leaders representing the best in their fields will judge the applications in November and winners will be announced in December 2014. IÂm a Star Foundation Seeks Supplies for Homeless Students The ÂIÂm A Star Foundation,ÂŽ non-profit organization is seeking resources and assistance to aid homeless students entitled ÂJacksonville H.E.L.P.S. (Homeless students Empowered through Leadership Personal commitment and Service). Over 1,900 students from prekindergarten through 12th grade are labeled homeless due to circumstances beyond their control in Duval County. Many of these students are living in abandoned residences, vehicles, shelters, other family members and friendsÂ homes, as well as on the street. Despite all of these challenges that they face daily, they still have the strength and dedication to pursue their education endeavors. Last year, IÂm A StarÂs students (grades 6-12) provided a check to Superintendent Nikolai Vitti in the amount of $20,000 to provide resources and assistance for homeless students. The students also raised $15,500 in scholarship funds to help homeless students attend college The ÂWish List of ItemsÂŽ that the community is asked to donate include: Cash, giftcards, toiletries, laptops, ipads, sports equipment and school supplies. To make a donation or for more information or questions contact, Founder and Executive Director Betty SeabrookBurney at 924-0756 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reparations for orth Carolina Sterilization Victims By Jazelle Hunt Victims who were sterilized in North Carolina between 1929 and 1974 Â… approximately 7,600 people Â… have until the end of June to file a claim with the state, according to government officials. This month marks the final push to identify victims and their families, who will receive reparations in June 2015 from a $10 million fund. North Carolina is not the first state to publicly acknowledge this practice, but it will be the first state to offer compensation for it. Currently, the state estimates that close to 3,000 victims, born in or before 1961, may still be alive. North CarolinaÂs state legislature established the North Carolina Eugenics Board in 1933 to oversee sterilizations of inmates and mental patients at public institutions. It was the only state to allow social workers to petition the board to have their clients sterilized. Additionally, more than 70 percent of North CarolinaÂs sterilizations occurred after 1945, unlike most programs, which distanced themselves from eugenics after World War II. ÂThe first publicly-funded birth control was in the South, and it was intended to reduce the Black birth rate,ÂŽ says Dorothy Roberts, reproductive rights scholar and professor of African American studies, law, and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. ÂIn North CarolinaÂƒinitially most of those sterilized on orders of the Board were [mentally disabled] White people, but eventually it targeted predominantly Black women receiving public assistance.ÂŽ According to Roberts, Black women went into state-run hospitals and clinics for routine procedures or births, and unknowingly signed documents authorizing their sterilization (sometimes during labor); gave consent after being deliberately misinformed; consented under the threat of losing social services; or were simply sterilized without their knowledge, in addition to the intended procedure. Doctors were compensated for the procedures through state funding (i.e., taxpayer money). The practice of compulsory sterilization was part of a global eugenics movement which the United States pioneered (and from which the Nazis drew inspiration). The theory was that people considered irreparably inferior Â… such as disabled people, people of color, poor women who already had children, and some convicts Â… should be barred from having children for the good of society. The U.S. Supreme Court reinforced the practice in 1927 with its Buck v. Bell ruling. According to the courtÂs majority opinion, ÂIt is better for all the world if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.ÂŽ There were 33 states that had eugenic boards and/or compulsory sterilization laws on the books. In some states, these laws and government bodies still existed until recently. Oregon, for example, abolished its eugenics board (which was largely targeted the mentally disabled) in 1983. North CarolinaÂs General Assembly formally repealed its last remaining involuntary sterilization law in 2003. Another example resurfaced this month when CaliforniaÂs Senate approved a bill to ban its prisons and jails from sterilizing inmates (except in life-threatening situations, or as necessary treatment for another physical condition, with inmate consent). The legislation was in response to an investigation conducted last year, which found that nearly 150 women had been sterilized in two California prisons without state approval, often under coercion or deception. Most of the surgeries, which occurred between 2006 and 2010, were attributed to one physician, Dr. James Heinrich, who has a long list of violations. Spelman College celebrated the impact and influence of women of color as global leaders during the 10th anniversary of its annual leadership and women of color conference by honoring exceptional women leaders, including retiring Spelman College professor Dr. Christine King Farris, Johnson Publishing Chairman Linda Johnson Rice and global women's leadership advocate Hiroko Tatebe with Legacy of Leadership Awards. In addition, for the first time, 18 women were inducted into the Spelman Women of Color Conference inaugural Academy of Game Changers during the "Game Changers: A Decade of Success" Luncheon. The two-day event was held at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. Featuring groundbreaking women across a variety of disciplines, the conference was themed "Twenty-First Century Leadership: Leading Forward" and hosted by Emmy Award-winning journalist and Access Hollywood host, Spelman alumna Shaun Robinson. Jane E. Smith, Ed.D., Spelman College executive director of the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement highlighted her selection of this year's Legacy of Leadership honorees. "We wanted to recognize Christine King Farris because of her 50-plus years of service to the Civil Rights Movement, to education of young women, and to her retirement from Spelman College," said Smith. "Hiroko Tatebe's focus on leadership development from a global perspective is a primary objective of the College, and we wanted to highlight her work in this area. We are recognizing Ebony and Linda Johnson Rice because the magazine has chronicled civil rights and women's development in the workplace, and has handled thatbeautifully." A Game Changer is a 21st century leader who is powerful, forwardthinking and embraces her drive for excellence. Honorees included Rep. Stacey Abrams, U.S. Army Reserve Major General Marcia Anderson, social advocate Analisa Balares, Navajo Times Editor Candace Begody, The CW Network executive Traci Lynn Blackwell, Francisca Brown of American Family Insurance, Essence Editorin-Chief Vanessa K. Bush, publishing executive Kimberly Casiano, strategic marketing expert Anna C. Catalano, KeyCorp executive Margot Copeland, JPMorgan Chase diversity executive Patricia David, Teneo Holdings' Kimberly Davis, Coca-Cola's Dr. Shell Huang, communications expert Sachi Koto, media mogul Paula Madison, public policy public relations leader Elizabeth Oliver-Farrow, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO Tisha Tallman, and Bank of America diversity executive Geri Thomas. The luncheon was hosted by author and Essence Editor-atLarge Mikki Taylor. In an exclusive tweet-up session, Mikki Taylor also presented insights on topics such as work, relationships, spirituality, personal branding and style from her book "Commander In Chic: Every Woman's Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady." (L-R) JPC Chairman Linda Johnson Rice, Spelman President Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum Ph.D., Professor Dr. Christine King Farris, GOLD Founder Hiroko Tatebe, and host Shaun Robinson. Spelman Hosts Women of Color Conference
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.Think Space EventOn Thursday, June 5th, 6-8 p.m. Beaver Street Enterprise Center, 1225 West Beaver Street, is calling all innovative thinkers, entrepreneurs with new ideas, and small businesses who want to get their ideas off the ground to attend a special ÂThinkSpaceÂ event. For more information visit www.thinkspacejax.com or call 265-4702.Ritz Spoken Word and Poetry Thursday, June 5th 7-9 p.m., the Ritz Theater and Museum, 829 North Davis Street offers an open mic for poets and poetry lovers of all ages. Show off your own talent for verse, or just come, listen and soak up the creative atmosphere. For more information visit call 6325555.Second Harvest 24th Annual FoodfightThe 24th Annual Jacksonville ÂFoodfightÂŽ will be held at the EverBank Field Touchdown Club East on Thursday, June 5th The event will feature more than 50 local restaurants, beverage distributors and caterers engaging in a friendly competition showcasing their signature dishes. Enjoy fabulous food, spirits and live entertainment! For more information contact Tanya Downs at 730-8284. Ritz Theater Amateur ightOn Friday, June 6th at 7:30 p.m. join the Ritz for this perennial audience favorite! Amateur Night is modeled after the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem, contestants compete for cash prizes and let the audience be the judge. For more information visit www.ritzjacksonville.com or call 632-5555. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Ritz Jazz Jamm with Brian SimpsonThe Ritz Jazz Jamm presents Brian Simpson, Saturday, June 7th for two shows, 7 and 10 p.m. For more information visit www.ritzjacksonville.com or call 632-5555. The Ritz Theater is located at 829 N Davis St. Tickets on sale now!P.R.I.D.E Bookclub MeetingThe next People Reading for Inspiration, Discussion and Enjoyment (P.R.I.D.E.) Bookclub meeting will be held at the Ritz Theater in the Gallery at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 7th. For more information call Felice Franklin at 3898417.Old & ew Stanton Alumni Gala MeetingThe current class leaders of Old Stanton, New Stanton and Stanton Vocational High Schools are asked to attend the final planning meeting Monday, June 9th at 6 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, 215 Bethel Baptist Street to finalize plans for the June 27-28, 2014 Alumni Gala. For more information contact Chairman, Kenneth Reddick at 764-8795 or email@example.com.MayorÂs Annual Senior Fish-A-ThonMayor Alvin Brown is inviting seniors age 60 and over, to join him at the annual MayorÂs Fish-aThon to be held at the lakes of Hanna Park, Tuesday, June 10th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park Â… Lake area 500 Wonderwood Dr., Atlantic Beach, 32233. Celebrating 35 years, the event features fishing, bingo, miniature golf, horseshoes, dancing, picnic table decorating contest, lunch, a fishing tournament and more! The event is free but registration is required. For further information call 630-7392 or visit www.coj.net/seniors. Job Fair Save-the-DateMayor Alvin Brown and Congresswoman Corrine Brown present a citywide job fair, Monday, June 10th 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St. For more information contact Ken Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-3680.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. The topic will be citrus for Northeast Florida. The program is free to the public. For more details call 255-7450 or email email@example.com to pre-register. EntrepreneursÂ Fastpitch at The Ritz Join Co-work Jax for ÂFastPitch,ÂŽ Wednesday, June 11th at 6 p.m. at the Ritz Theater, 829 N. Davis St. Witness five local entrepreneurs pitch their current project to an audience of fellow entrepreneurs, potential investors and partners. Food trucks and other vendors will be on site! For more information call 586-8678.Downtown Jax Day of ImpactJoin the Jacksonville Day Resource Center for a day of fun Thursday, June 12th, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a mission to clean-up Jacksonville! Volunteers will cleanup downtown Jax and enjoy karaoke, lunch, music and games. For more details visit www.jacksonvilledayresourcecenter.org or call Tillis Devaughn at 525-8838. The JDRC is located at 221 W. Union St.Comedian Bruce Bruce in JaxComedian Bruce, 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.St. VincentÂs Brighter Beginning Health FairSt. VincentÂs will host a health fair for new and expectant mothers at Edward Waters College on Saturday, June 14th. Gain information on mother and baby nutrition, parenting skills, newborn care, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, breastfeeding and social life issues. For more info call 308-7558. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.Adults Only Camp Florida Friendly The Duval County Extension staff will be offering classes on Wednesday, June 18, Friday, June 20, Wednesday, June 25 and Friday, June 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can make a rain barrel, or a worm bin, or Bee House or just enjoy training on gardening subjects you always wanted to learn. The camp is four-part series for adults only on gardening topics. To register or more information email email@example.com or call 255-7450.An Evening in Wine Country The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida is excited to present an ÂAn Evening In Wine Country,ÂŽ Friday, June 20th at 6 p.m., at the University of North Florida University Center, I UNF Dr. Enjoy a fun-filled evening featuring a fabulous selection of wines from California, Florida, New York, Oregon and Washington. Paired with heavy hors d'oeuvres and an array of tantalizing fruits, cheeses and desserts, music and more! 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By Jazelle Hunt The day before she died, Maya Angelou telephoned Ebony magazine headquarters in Chicago to tell new editor-in-chief Mitzi Miller that she was proud of her. They barely knew each other. Miller knew Angelou mostly through her writings. ÂShe spoke to me for 10 minutes, so generously and complimentary toward the work I had done in JET. She said that she had just called to tell me how much she had been enjoying JETÂƒand she was proud of how much I had done,ÂŽ Miller recalls. ÂIÂm stuttering, trying to keep up. It was a brush with greatness. I feel so blessed that, for whatever reason, she decided to call me. I feel incredibly grateful.ÂŽ It was a final gesture that exemplified AngelouÂs sincerity and openness. As in inimitable as she was, she had a way of making everyone feel they were her best friend. ÂThis is someone that I have followed my entire life, read her books, looked up toÂƒand she was on the phone with me,ÂŽ Miller continues. ÂHaving a really everyday conversation, kind of how youÂd expect your aunt to call you, like Âgirl, IÂm so proud of you.Â And the next day she had passed.ÂŽ Angelou was born in St. Louis, Mo. as Marguerite Johnson, but assumed the name Maya Angelou and many other titles over her 86 years: writer, activist, entertainer, San FranciscoÂs first Black female street car conductor, professor, doctor, linguist, winner of three Grammys, the NAACP Springarn Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to name just a few. But in her own words, she was simply Âa teacher who writes.ÂŽ And many remember her as that Â… and so much more. ÂThere are two things she taught me that I try to remember,ÂŽ says Susan Taylor, former editor of Essence magazine. ÂOne moment we were chatting and I was very stressed about work. And she told me, time spent away from your desk renewing yourself is as important as time spent hunkered over your work. And that we should never beat up ourselves or feel guiltyÂƒshe said to me, as IÂm sure sheÂs said to many others, we have to do as well as we know how to do, until we know better. Then when we know better, we can do better.ÂŽ Even through her status as an international icon, Angelou constantly took others under her wing, inviting them to her home, feeding, regaling, and encouraging them to live well and pursue their goals. She loved to celebrate and entertain, from warm Thanksgivings with friends and mentees who became her chosen family, to lavish garden parties and ceremonies held in her honor. CNN contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile recounts reading her work as a girl, and ending up dining with her as an adult. ÂOnce, my friend Minyon Moore hosted a luncheon in honor of Betty Shabazz, Cicely Tyson, Coretta Scott King and Maya Angelou. It was a moment for us, the up-andcoming, to meet our heroes, to sit at their feet and learn from them,ÂŽ she said. ÂBefore we could break bread (cornbread), Maya had everyone laughing. She made a place for so many folks in her life, in her kitchen or on her stage.ÂŽ Ingrid Saunders Jones, another mentee and chair of the National Council of Negro Women, remembers AngelouÂs portrait unveiling ceremony at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. It was the day after AngelouÂs 86th birthday, and the last time Jones, former chair of the Coca-Cola Foundation, would see her. ÂWhat I saw that day was complete delight from her that this was happening, and that she was surrounded by people she loved and people who loved her. It was just a love fest,ÂŽ Jones says. ÂShe gathered all her strength Â… she was so strong that day Â… as she answered questions about herself. And she sang to us. It was just a day never to be forgotten.ÂŽ In 2009, National Urban League President and CEO, Marc Morial went to AngelouÂs home to request her participation in the LeagueÂs centennial celebration. ÂWhat followed was hours of conversation sitting at her kitchen table as she told stories, gave life lessons, and shared poignant perspectives on art, culture and humankind,ÂŽ he shared. ÂWith equal parts majesty and humility, she held court Â… and I listened intently, absorbing every word and meaning that she had to impart. It was an incredibly powerful experience, and I will always be grateful.ÂŽ The visit resulted in her poem titled, ÂWe Hear You.ÂŽ Through her works, generations will continue to sit at her kitchen table by proxy. Her most famous works, such as ÂStill I Rise,ÂŽ ÂPhenomenal Woman,ÂŽ and ÂI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,ÂŽ were imbued with her wisdom and power. Her words could lift a reader out of a personal nadir, fortify, and quietly cheer him or her toward the best version of themselves. Angelou backed her eloquence with gritty action. An active participant of the Civil Rights Movement Â… she served as northern coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Â… her time was dedicated to human rights and dignified life for all. ÂAs much as she was an international figure, she was still very much as down-to-earth as soil,ÂŽ says University of Louisville Business Professor Nat Irvin II, a longtime friend who taught with her at Wake Forest University and attended the same church. ÂShe was majorly dedicated to the common humanity of all people. ThatÂs where her heart rested. ThatÂs what her life was about.ÂŽ Rep. John Lewis [D-Ga.] called her a Âsoothsayer,ÂŽ adding that her talents and activism Âset this nation on a path toward freedom.ÂŽ He continued, ÂAmerica is a better place, and we are a better people because Dr. Maya Angelou lived.ÂŽ From serving in a leadership for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, to helping Malcolm X establish the Organization of African American Unity just before his assassination, to lending her voice to push for gay rights, Maya Angelou was a consistent crusader for fairness. ÂOver the course of a career spanning some of the most tumultuous decades of the last century, she taught us how to rise above Âa past thatÂs rooted in pain,ÂÂŽ said Attorney General Eric Holder, whose firstborn was named after Angelou. ÂShe gave voice to a people too often shut out of AmericaÂs public discourse.ÂŽ Last week, Angelou gave her last public interview to Susan TaylorÂs National CARES Mentoring Movement, which seeks to elevate the state of Black youth through targeted, skilled mentorship. Angelou wrote its ÂPledge to Young People,ÂŽ and often delivered at the organizationÂs local affiliates over the years. ÂShe was always getting engaged in what really matters most Â… ensuring the education and well-being of children struggling along the margins,ÂŽ Taylor says. ÂOne thing I think she wanted to really impart was the importance of being courageous Â… you can have all the other virtues but itÂs meaningless without courage. It takes courage, commitment, and strategy to change reality, to stand with people in crushing circumstances. That was the mandate of her life.ÂŽ But above all, she was human. In her autobiographical works, she let the world in on her pain, her uncertainties, and her forays into the wilder side of life, including prostitution. In sharing so much of herself, she led millions to self-acceptance, self-love, and self-actualization. ÂI think of how willing she was to share her journey so all of us would know that life is not perfect,ÂŽ says Ingrid Saunders Jones. ÂAnd she articulated it in a way that helped so many people. She taught us through the sharing of her life.ÂŽ Marcia Ann Gillespie, former editor of Essence and Ms. magazines, agrees. ÂShe was a WOMAN. All caps. She was a woman who lived her life to the fullest, enjoyed the company of men, loved her scotch, lived life to the max, was adventurousÂƒshe was an activist and icon, and I think all that will be captured, but we forget theyÂre living, breathing, human beings,ÂŽ Gillespie says. ÂShe, by example, taught us that it was important to own our lives, not to try to edit or change things, not to feel guilty, and to own both our mistakes and our triumphs.ÂŽ June 5-11, 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! Maya Angelou Opened Her Life to Open our Eyes The late-night TV landscape is undergoing another shift with The Arsenio Hall Show getting canceled after just one season on the air. CBS cited the reason ass the show's failure to draw in enough viewers. "While there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue," CBS said in a statement. "Arsenio is a tremendous talent and weÂd like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. WeÂd also like to thank Tribune and all our station group partners for their support of the show." Despite a slew of high-profile musical guests including Prince, Kendrick Lamar and R. Kelly since its September 9th premiere, Variety says that the show struggled with bookings. "My one regret was that we had many, many celebrities who told us they wanted to do the show but we couldnÂt get their reps to book them," said Hall's manager and executive producer John Ferriter said. The news came as something of a surprise, since CBS had previously announced that the show would be back for a second season, even sending Jay Leno to make a surprise appearance to deliver the news to Hall on the air. Production on the show has now stopped, with the last original episode having aired May 21st. Meanwhile, Hall announced on May 19th that he planned to buy the Los Angeles Clippers. He launched an Indie GoGo campaign to raise the billion dollars neeeded for the purchase. He said he would use the $3,545 raised as a donation to the National NAACP. Hall tied the two disappointments together in a tweet. Arsenio Canceled After a Single Season
by Nancy Benac Michelle Obama's fashionable clothing has become something of a given in her five-plus years as first lady. Yet her wardrobe still is the subject of endless public fascination and one long-simmering question: Who pays for those incredible outfits? It's no small matter. Her high-low fashion choices mix everyday, offthe-rack fare with custom creations from top designers whose gowns can run into five figures. In recent weeks, Mrs. Obama has turned heads with a forest-green Naeem Khan dress at the opening of a new costume gallery at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. She shimmered in a silver Marchesa gown at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. And her flowered shirtdress for a Mother's Day tea at the White House (recycled from an earlier event) hit the just right note for an audience of military moms. It takes money to pull that off, month after month. Those three dresses by themselves could add up to more than $15,000 retail, not to mention accessories such as shoes and jewelry. Is it the taxpayers who foot the bill? No. (Despite what critics say.) Is it Mrs. Obama? Usually, but not always. Does she pay full price? Not likely. Does she ever borrow gowns from designers? No. The financing of the first lady's wardrobe is something that the Obama White House is doesnÂt discuss. It's a subject that has bedeviled presidents and their wives for centuries. First ladies are expected to dress well, but the job doesn't come with a clothing allowance or a salary. Laura Bush, in her memoir, said she was "amazed by the sheer number of designer clothes that I was expected to buy" as first lady. How does Mrs. Obama, a fashion icon with far more expensive tastes than Mrs. Bush, swing it? For starters, the Obamas reported adjusted income of $481,000 last year, and assets worth $1.8 million to $7 million. And like most people, Mrs. Obama (mostly her personal aide, really) looks for discounts. And, for really big events, the first lady has an option not available to every fashionista. Joanna Rosholm, press secretary to the first lady, explains it: "Mrs. Obama pays for her clothing. For official events of public or historic significance, such as a state visit, the first lady's clothes may be given as a gift by a designer and accepted on behalf of the U.S. government. They are then stored by the National Archives." That saves Mrs. Obama considerable money, although the White House refused to say how often the first lady wears donated clothes and the National Archives declined to say how many such items it has in storage. The White House did say that the first lady doesn't borrow any clothing and, for the most part, buys her own clothes. Several designers who have provided clothes for the first lady declined to discuss their arrangements. But given the prestige that comes with dressing Mrs. Obama, it's widely thought that designers are eager to cut the first lady a break. Former White House lawyers said any discounts provided to the first lady would have to be in line with what designers offer other top customers to avoid being considered gifts. First ladies have tried all sorts of tactics to hold down their clothing costs, including keeping some dresses in rotation. Mrs. Obama wore the same dress to this year's Mother's Day tea that she'd worn to lunch with Katy Perry in October 2012. She often switches around separates, belts and other accessories to give clothes in her wardrobe a fresh look. Recycling carries its own risks. Mrs. Bush, in her memoir, tells of arriving at a TV studio and noticing a picture on the wall that showed she'd worn the same suit to her last interview there. "Quickly, I exchanged tops with my press secretary, so that it would seem as if I had more wardrobe variety," she recalled. Page 10 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press June 5-11, 2014 Sure, living in the White House has its perks. But a clothing allowance is not one of them. Even first ladies recycle their clothes, and Michelle Obama recently welcomed military moms to a MotherÂs Day Tea wearing the same shirtdress sheÂd worn to lunch with Katy Perry in 2012. Who Pays for the First LadyÂs Wardrobe? by Trymaine Lee, MSNBC When President Barack Obama unveiled My BrotherÂs Keeper, an initiative aimed at bolstering the lives of young men and boys of color, he called on his cabinet and an impressive roster of philanthropists and community groups to begin laying the foundation for his ambitious plan. During an emotional speech at the White House, delivered before a backdrop of young black and Latino men from ObamaÂs hometown of Chicago, the president implored Americans of all colors to shake their complacency over the dire outcomes of minority men and help provide them pathways to success. Obama assembled the My BrotherÂs Keeper Task Force and charged them with spending the next few months combing through data and best practices in preparation for a massive scaling-up of whatÂs been working across the country. This morning, the task force released its first report to the president, in which they outline a broad set of guiding principles and recommendations. The recommendations include launching a national mentor-recruiting campaign, eliminating suspensions and expulsions of preschoolers, encouraging a culture of reading at home and growing youth summer programs and preapprenticeships. Like much of the initiative to date, the report is somewhat scant on hard details, particularly around how organizations across the country will increase capacity and coordinate funding. But while the report lacks specifics, it continues to push an agenda never before taken by the White House: targeting a demographic whose social and academic outcomes are generally abysmal. Members of the task force spent 90 days meeting with various stakeholders across the country, reviewing statistics, researching government programs and hearing from thousands of community members and leaders. The result is a 60-page report. ÂWe know what works,ÂŽ Valarie Jarrett, a senior advisor to the president, said during a conference call Thursday. ÂThe questions is how do we take what works to scale.ÂŽ According to the report, Task Force members focused much of their time and energy assessing programs and policies that Âhave the potential to enhance positive outcomes and eliminate or reduce negative ones.ÂŽ ÂSome of the proposals will begin a long process toward tearing down structural barriers,ÂŽ reads the report. ÂBut this report is just the beginning. The challenges described in this report will not vanish overnight.ÂŽ The initiative calls on filling the gaps for young men of color at critical times in their lives, including early education, when these boys often fall behind in literacy and math. The task force recommends universal access to high-quality early childhood care and education, saying, Âpre-school for all is a vital component to the administrationÂs so-called Âopportunity agenda.ÂÂŽ And later, as students prepare to graduate from high school, that students are college-ready. But even further, the task force suggests helping these young people through college with stronger college counselors and, after graduation, expanded access to mentorship programs and internships. ItÂs what the task force describes as a Âcradle-tocollege-and-career approach.ÂŽ ÂWe simply canÂt afford to waste the gifts and contributions of these young men and all they have to offer,ÂŽ Jarrett said. Celia Munoz, the White House Director of Domestic Policy, said collecting and analyzing empirical data around the issues affecting young minorities is critical in identifying ways to help close the myriad social, economic and opportunity gaps they suffer. President Barack Obama gestures while speaking in the East Room of the White House in Washington, on Feb. 27, 2014, to promote his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative.ObamaÂs My BrotherÂs Keeper Initiative Takes Crucial ext Step