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After decades of trying to change the name from its namesake, Ku Klux Klan founder Nathan Bedford Forrest, Westside High will officially assume the schools marquis in July. The school is already making preperations for its coming out by crowning their inaugural Miss Westside High 2014-2015, Mikayla Stanfield. The rising senior maintains a 3.875 GPA and is a Dual Enrollment student at FSCJ, with an 4.0 A average. Forrest High School gained national attention when the Duval County Board voted 7-0 to change the name to Westside High School. N. B. Forrest opened in 1959 its been over 40 years since the school was integrated. The new name Westside High School marks a new era in history. Volume 27 o. 32 June 12-18, 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents Audra McDonald Makes Broadway HistoryPage 9 Gov. Scott Signs In-State Tuition Bill for Immigrant Students, Must be Campaign SeasonPage 4How to Get the Most Out of Your Social SecurityPage 2 Science Reveals Why it is Difficult for Black Women to Have Long HairPage 7 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Koch Brothers Donate $25 million to United egro College FundThe billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, known best for shepherding big money to conservative causes and candidates, have given a $25 million grant to the United Negro College Fund. The money will come from Koch Industries Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation, which are headed by the brothers. Most of the money ($18.5 million) will go toward a scholarship program. The other $6.5 million is provided for general support to historically black colleges and universities and the UNCF, $4 million of which will be set aside for loan assistance. The UNCF is the nation's largest minority education group. Such a highly-publicized gift is unusual for Charles Koch. His foundation routinely gives away lots of money, but typically with little fanfare. "Increasing well-being by helping people improve their lives has long been our focus," Charles Koch said in a statement.Civil Rights Leaders Press BAon DiversityThe Rev. Al Sharpton and other civil rights leaders pressed for greater diversity in NBA front offices in a meeting with Commissioner Adam Silver amid discussions about racial issues raised by the ouster of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. A group including Sharpton, National Urban League President Marc Morial and incoming NAACP President Cornell Brooks met with Silver describing the session as constructive and pressed for diversity in front offices and among suppliers. There must be serious dialogue around ownership and business engagement in the Black community,Ž Sharpton said. It is offensive that we only have one Black majority owner in the basketball area when over 80 percent of the players are Black.Ž NBA superstar Michael Jordan became the leagues only Black majority owner when he took over the Charlotte Bobcats, now the Charlotte Hornets, in 2010. The civil rights leaders praised Silver for his swift move to ban Sterling from the NBA and fine him $2.5 million over racist comments in a taped conversation.H&M Awards More Than $100,000 to Wrongfully Arrested Black WomanIn May 2011, Brenda Moaning, a 59-year-old grandmother, was exiting her local H&M store in Oregon when two loss prevention officers and a security guard intervened and reportedly forced her into a security room. Moaning claimed that she was told she looked like a common thief." The incident reportedly began after Moaning prepaid for a $5 T-shirt at the register before picking up the item on her way out, which a clerk confirmed. This week a jury awarded Moaning with more than $105,000 for battery, false arrest and punitive damages after concluding her arrest to be false. However, jurors said she had failed to prove racial discrimination during the five-day trial. H&M has since released an official statement regarding the incident: "We apologize for all the inconvenience we caused the customer. We have full respect for the judicial process; this case has now been settled and we have no further comment."Jackson Jr. Gets Time Off Projected Prison Term, Pays $550,000Imprisoned former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.s projected release date is now Sept. 20, 2015, more than three months earlier than listed previously, federal officials confirmed. In another development, Jackson has paid the $550,000 he owed the U.S. government over his misuse of campaign funds, according to a court filing. There is no connection between Jacksons payment and his new projected release date, according to the Bureau of Prisons. Financial obligations and release dates are unrelated,Ž said prisons spokesman Chris Burke. Jacksons projected release date from federal prison was Dec. 31, 2015. If the new release estimate holds, he will have served less than two years of the original 2½-year term.Derek Fisher Introduced as ew York Knicks Head CoachThe New York Knicks formally introduced Derek Fisher as their new head coach, the 26th in franchise history, during a press conference this week. After being spurned by Steve Kerr, his first choice to coach the Knicks, team president Jackson zeroed in on Fisher, making the hire only 10 days after Fishs Oklahoma City Thunder were eliminated in the Western Conference Finals. Fisher won five NBA championships playing with the Los Angeles Lakers under Jackson. Fisher, 39, made it clear that while he has no coaching experience, having never coached the game on any level, he has plenty of basketball experienceŽ and looks forward to implementing the triangle offense that Jackson was famous for. He also added that he thinks the Knicks can win with the team they have now. The Knicks didnt release the financial terms of the Fisher deal, but it is believed to be in the neighborhood of a five-year, $25 million agreement, according to Yahoo Sports. Two Jacksonville based court cases that have gripped the nation for the past year have been assigned trial dates. The retrials for Marissa Alexander and Michael Dunn, both concerning the controversial Stand Your GroundŽ law, have been moved to the fall. Alexanders has been pushed from July 28 to Dec. 1, tentatively. Marissa Alexander, who was convicted and sentenced to 20 years for firing a gun at her abusive estranged husband, was seeking a second Stand Your Ground hearing. She was previously denied immunity from prosecution under the controversial self-defense law. The prosecutors and her defense attorneys both agreed to push the date. "I don't believe we can really try this case until the dust settles,Ž Duval County Court Judge James Daniel said regarding the states new Warning Shot bill that awaits action from Gov. Rick Scott. If convicted again, Alexander faces 60 years in prison. Her next court date is Aug. 1 for motions to suppress evidence. Michael Dunn, 47, will be tried again starting Sept. 22 in the shooting death of Jordan Davis, 17, after a fatal encounter at a Baymeadows Road gas station over loud music. He will face a second murder trial after jurors at his original trial deadlocked on a first-degree murder charge in February. He was convicted Dunn of three counts of attempted murder for shooting at Davis' companions. Witnesses said Dunn complained that Davis and his friends' music was too loud, sparking an argument. Dunn claimed self-defense and said he fired into the group's vehicle because he feared Davis had a weapon. No weapon was found in the vehicle. Circuit Judge Russell Healey said that Dunn won't be sentenced on the attempted murder counts until after his second trial. Testimony gathered for the sentencing could taint the second trial, Healey said, and he wants it to run "as cleanly as possible." ew Dates Set for Alexander, Davis Stand Your GroundŽ Trials Shown above is Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown with Leon Demps who took top honors for catching the Ugliest FishŽ. Shown L-R are scholarship recipients Tabetha Elie, David Lewis, Aquaria Henderson, and Damon Edmond. The Pi Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, recently award $10,000 in scholarships to local students throughout northeast Florida. The awards were presented at a scholarship recognition program held at the Orange Park Country Club. Students, parents, friends and members of Pi Eta Omega Chapter were present for the event. For more on the students, see page 3. Upcoming trials include those of Marissa Alexander (left) and the murder of Jordan Davis by Michael Dunn (right). Happy Fathers Day ewly amed Westside High Shines with ew ame, Queen Forrest principal Gregory Bostick with Miss Westside High Mayor Holds Annual FishA-Thon for Area Seniors A K A Presents $10K in Scholarships Mayor Alvin Brown invited seniors age 60 and over to join him for the Citys annual Mayors Fish-a-Thon. The Fish-a-Thon was held at the Lakes of Hanna Park in Atlantic Beach. Celebrating 35 years, the event featured fishing, bingo, miniature golf, horseshoes, dancing, a picnic table decorating contest, lunch and a fishing tournament. See page 9


Page 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press June 12-18, 2014 WARNING! DISCRIMINATES AGAINST BLACK COMMUNITY BY DISCRIMINATING AGAINST BLACK PRESS By shopping and purchasing products from, Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. and Ashley Furniture Homestores you are sponsoring discriminatory marketing practices against your historic community institutions, THE BLACK PRESS.We, 165 African American Newspapers Nationwide are asking you not to patronize or buy products or services from outlets that fall under the corporate name of Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. . By utilizing discriminatory marketing practices against African American newspapers they are, in our opinion, discriminating against us and your community in general. BLACK CONSUMER WAKE UP!Do Not PatronizeThose advertisers that dont include your Black newspapers! 350 300 250 200 150 100 0($ IN MILLIONS)WHITE OWNEDBLACK OWNEDASHLEY ADVERTISING DOLLARS SPENT IN LOCAL NEWSPAPERS OVER $350 MILLION ALMOST 1/2 BILLION$0 DOLLARS SUPPORT THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESS!SUPPORT THIS OUR FAIR SHARE CAMPAIGN FOR THE FUTURE OF YOUR HISTORIC BLACK NEWSPAPERS.Go to for further information. WHY BOYCOTT ASHLEY?Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. spent no measurable amount with Furniture will spend over $36 million with newspapers by the end AN OUR FAIR SHARE EDITORIAL Get the Most Out of Your Social Security Drivers: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus!Great Pay! Consistent Freight! Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises:1-855-515-8447 Employment OpportunityToo many people end up getting less than whats due them from Social Security when they retire because they dont know the rules and the real financial impacts, says retirement advisor Gary Marriage, Jr. Theres a lot of talk about the future of Social Security, but we still have this benefit and if youre 50 or older, you should be planning to make the best of it,Ž Marriage says. Marriage, CEO of Nature Coast Financial Advisors (, which specializes in maximizing retirees finances, shares important facts to keep in mid as you plan for how Social Security will factor in your retirement: Can I convince you to wait a few more years?Ž Many people are understandably eager to retire as early as possible; others fear Social Security retirement benefits will suddenly vanish, so they want to get what they can as quickly as possible-at age 62. But if youre counting on those benefits as part of your income, you should wait until youre eligible for the full amount. Thats age 66 if you were born 1943-54, and age 67 if you were born in 1960 and later. If youre in the older group, retiring at 62 cuts your benefits by a quarter; for the younger group its nearly a third. Chances are, youll be better off mentally and physically if you wait anyway,Ž Marriage says. Many studies show that people live longer they remain employed; more importantly,Ž says Marriage. The reduction in Social Security add up to a considerable sum. The average retirement benefit in June of this year was 1,222.43, according to the Social Security Administration. People born in the 1943-54 group who are eligible for that amount at age 66 will get just $916.82 a month if they retire at 62. If they live to age 90, thats a total of $308,052.36. By waiting just four years, theyll net an additional $44,007.48. Waiting until age 70 can make you eligible for a bump in benefits-up to 8 percent a year-but there are no increases if you delay longer. If divorced, were you married for at least 10 years? Were you married for a decade and arent currently remarried? You may be eligible to receive benefits based on the former spouses work record. Here are some of the other requisites: you must be 62 or older, and the ex-spouse must be entitled to receive his or her own benefits. If the former spouse is eligible for a benefit, but has not yet applied for it, the divorced spouse can still receive a benefit. But two years must pass after the divorce. Employment Opportunity Drivers: Company & O/O's. All Drivers Paid by Mile.Loaded & Empty. o-Touch Freight. 50% Drop & Hook. 1-800-588-7911 x225 JET Magazine Releases its Final Print IssueJET magazine released its final print issue this week hitting newsstands on June 9. The cover of the last issue salutes JET magazines iconic history by featuring images of previous covers throughout the past 63 years. Inside, readers will find a retrospective of the news covered in the magazine dating from 1951 to the present. Coverage includes: A letter from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama A tribute to the late Maya Angelou Recognition of some the biggest celebrities on the pages of JET, such as Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Whitney Houston, Spike Lee, Diana Ross, Halle Berry, Beyoncé, Tyler Perry and more A montage of the best JET beauties and the best of the Weeks Best PhotoŽ The top music albums from the 1950s to the present Fashion and style influences over the years Coverage of African-American history, from the civil rights movement to a special investigative report on missing Black children JET is launching a new weekly digital magazine app to address the needs of its readers to get information quickly and easily. The new app, scheduled to launch June 30, will be available on all tablet devices and mobile platforms. The content will feature breaking news and strong entertainment content, along with politics, pop culture and social issues that impact African-Americans, as well as a new EBONY/JET digital store. JTA PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE The Ja cksonville Tr ansporta ti on Authority is holding a series of p ublic meeti ngs and a public hearing to s eek public input regarding p ro posed service changes and change s to the senior and ADA approved fares on fixed route . The mee ti ngs wil l be in an open house format w her e c ust omers can a rr ive w it hin the m eeting win dow, discuss the pro posals and give f eedback. PROPOSED SERVICE CHANGE MEETING Thursday, June 12, 2014 5:30-7:30 p.m. Lane Wiley Senior Center 6710 Wiley Road Jacksonville, FL 32210 Monday, June 16, 2014 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mandarin Senior Center 3848 Hartley Road Jacksonville, FL 32257 Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Legends Center 5130 Soutel Drive Jacksonville, FL 32208 PROPOSED FARE CHANGE MEETINGS Monday, June 23, 2014 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 5-7 p.m. FSCJ North Campus Auditorium 4501 Capper Road Jacksonville, FL 32218 Tuesday, June 24, 2014 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 5-7 p.m. Jacksonville Beach City Hall City Council Chamber 11 Third Street North Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 Monday, June 30, 2014 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 5-7 p.m. FSCJ Kent Campus , Room D120 3939 Roosevelt Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32205 Monday, July 1, 2014 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 5-7 p.m. FSCJ South Campus Wilson Center, Lakeside Room 11901 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32246 FARE CHANGE PUBLIC HEARING Tuesday, July 8, 2014 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Main Jacksonville Public Library 303 N. Laura St. Jacksonville, FL 32202 Presentations at noon and 6 p.m. All interested persons or groups are encouraged to attend and participate. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability or familial status. Anyone requiring special accommodations should contact Mrs. Riddick at 904-632-5522 or email no later than seven days prior to the meeting. These meetings are ADA accessible. JTA PUBLIC MEETING NOTICEThe Jacksonville Transportation Authority is holding a series of public meetings and a public hearing to seek public input regarding proposed service changes and changes to the senior and ADA approved fares on fixed route. The meetings will be in an open house format where customers can arrive within the meeting window, discuss the proposals and give feedback. PROPOSED SERVICE CHANGE MEETING PROPOSED FARE CHANGE MEETINGS FARE CHANGE PUBLIC HEARING1st Thursdays Promotes Small Business Advocacy and EmpowermentFirst Thursdays of Jacksonville is in the business of empowering and advocating for small businesses. On Thursday, June 5th, First Thursdays held their monthly meeting at the Urban League Bldg, second floor conference room to discuss, why are Black, Hispanic and minority businesses receiving such a small percentage (less than 10%) of Jacksonvilles local and state contracting?Ž Jacksonville Electric Authority small business and procurement representative Nadine Carswell attended the meeting to answer questions and engage attendees on how to effectively execute business contracts with JEA and the City of Jacksonville JSEB procurement programs. JEA had the opportunity to study their small business contracting programs and estimated that JEA has to educate the public and provide better outreach to the small business community.Ž Pictured left to right are Network Marketing entrepreneurs Kelly Jones, Lisa Frances and Haley Brown taking notes pertaining to small business development opportunities. For more information on becoming a member of First Thursdays or to attend the next meeting call 374-9313 or visit Cummer Museum of Art Tributes Civil Rights ActOn Tuesday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, The Cummer will host the Gospel Ensemble, The Sanders Singers featuring Mama Blue. Enjoy a special musical performance, including a rendition of Lift Every Voice and Sing, as well as inspiring words about the importance of the visual arts during this unsettled period in American history. This performance is in connection with A Commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement: Photography from the High Museum of Art, on view at The Cummer through ovember 2, 2014. For more information call 356-6857 or visit The Cummer is located at 829 Riverside Drive.


Jana Furlow, age 12 who attends Oceanway Middle School and her brother teenager Jelani Herrington, age 16, a student at Lee High School were selected as Dwight Eisenhower's Student Ambassador's to travel to seven (7) countries: London, Paris, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium. The students are willing to work at businesses in exchange for a donation towards their $7,000 tuition, per child, totaling $14,000. Jana and Jelani are asking the Jacksonville community to help in their fundraising opportunity that they are willing to work for, In addition to the Boy Scouts, Jelani is the Southeast Regional Secretary of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Kudos for Boys program, an Oceanus Tae Kwando champ and on the Jacksonville Warriors Basketball Team. Young Jana is a Girl Scout and a member of the Oceanway Middle School Basketball Team. They both are members of the Dayspring Baptist Church Youth Choir. About the program: In 1956, President Eisenhower created People to People Student Ambassador Programs to give everyday citizens of different countries the opportunity to meet and get to know each other. For more information visit or call 288-1937. Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 3 June 12-18, 2014 $50 minimum deposit to open a checking or savings account. Mobile Internet data and text message charges may apply. Please cont act your mobile service provider for details. Subject to Internet banking terms and conditions. Fifth Third Bank, Member FDIC. WE WERE CURIOUS, SHOULDNT YOUR CHECKING ACCOUNT CHECK IN WITH YOU? Open a checking account with Fifth Third Instant Alerts and get all your account activity messaged right to your phone. Its mobile banking that puts you in the know faster and helps stop account fraud faster. Visit for more. SIGHTS AND SCENES TPC On June 3rd, Governor Rick Scott toured the Beaver Street Enterprise Center, a highly successful business incubator located in the core city that has helped to launch dozens of start-up companies that support thousands of jobs in Jacksonville. Entering the lobby with Executive Director Jackie Perry, Scott greeted Dr. R. V. Lee, CEO of FreshMinistries which launched the incubator in 2003. Since its inception the incubator has graduated over a dozen successful companies. In 2013 alone, these companies generated more than $30 million in revenue and since 2003 they have collectively generated 438 new jobs. Among the graduate companies in attendance were A. Harold and Associates, Powerhouse Anchor, Xeye, Inc. and Stafftime who won recognition as the Jax Chambers Small Business Leader of the Year. Made possible through a partnership and grant with the State of Florida, The Beaver Street Enterprise Center provides support to young and emerging companies in Duval and the surrounding counties. Since its inception, companies have collectively generated $255 million in revenues and created over 1,500 new jobs. We need to create an environment where it is easier to start a business here in Florida than anywhere in the world and where it is easier to be successful,Ž Scott said. Addressing the crowd at the end of the governors speech, Jackie Perry reminded the group of the governors comment that businesses need to help businesses and the local community. Our tenants do business with each other," she said. "It's that kind of entrepreneurial networking spirit that is stabilizing and growing the economy throughout our community." The governor also toured incubator, he met as many of the tenants as possible, inquiring about their business goals and congratulating them for choosing a practical and promising base for future success. At the LifePoint Institute, Scott shook hands with students, asking about their studies. LifePoint provides a free nine-week course that prepares unemployed and underemployed adults for positions in the hospitality and CNA industry. For more information on Beaver Street Enterprise Center contact Director Jackie Perry at 265-4700 or visit Pictured (L-R) Annie Grogan, Charles Payne Jr., Ethelbert wanegbo, Jackie Perry, Kelley Moore, Rumbellis RumŽ Robinson, Governor Rick Scott, Ronald Kos, Rose Conry, Joseph Hutchinson, Pegine Echevarria, Michelle Hughes, Daren Dillinger and Andy Harold. Governor Rick Scott Visits AwardWinning Beaver Street Enterprise Center Students Vow to Work to Get to Europe The 24th Annual Jacksonville FoodFightŽ was held at the EverBank Field Touchdown Club East last week. The culinary event featured more than 60 local restaurants, beverage distributors and caterers engaging in a friendly competition showcasing their signature dishes. In addition to the fabulous food and spirits, live entertainment was provided by the Be Easy Band. More than 1,200 guests attended the sold out event which benefitted the Nourishment Network Food Bank. Since 1989, the Jacksonville FoodFightŽ has raised more than $1 million in the fight against hunger a total that translates into more than seven million meals provided for people in need throughout north Florida. Shown above (l-r) at the Food Fight is Melissa Adams Winn Dixie Director of Philanthropy, the events presenting sponsor, Rometa Porter and Caroline Mitchell. 1,200+ Attend Sold Out Food Fight Benefit Continued from page 1 Two Clay County students received scholarships. Tabetha Elie, who volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House and plans to become a doctor, graduated from Orange Park High School in the top 15% of her class. Davida Lewis, an Oakleaf High School graduate and scholar/athlete, plans to attend Johnson & Wales University majoring in Fashion Merchandising. St. Johns County resident Alex Wilson was also awarded. A future engineer, Alex graduated from Creekside High School Magna Cum Laude with a 3.8 GPA and will attend the University of South Florida. Both Duval County recipients credit the Boys and Girls club with developing their leadership skills, overcoming personal challenges and providing opportunities for growth. Damon Edmond will attend the University of Central Florida. Aquaria Henderson graduated from Jean Ribault High School with a 3.8 GPA and will attend University of North Florida. Two students received the Juanita Henry Legacy Bookship Awards. Carmen Cage is a graduate of the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and will attend the Conservatory of Dance of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. The second recipient, Keion Harvey, is the reigning Mr. First Coast High School and will attend Florida A&M University. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC in 1908. Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarships Jana Furlow Jelani Herrington


For the last several years, Democrats in Tallahassee have been trying pass legislation that allows Florida students whose parents are undocumented residents to have some of the same opportunities as other students, like in-state tuition and the ability to get a drivers license. Those attempts at helping these students had all failed until recently. Last year, Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford made a bold statement after being sworn in that he would support in-state tuition for students that attended Florida high schools whose parents are undocumented. Many Democrats cheered while Republicans were torn right down the middle. For the GOP, this is an issue that they havent been able to pick up ground. Hispanics have become the largest minority group in Florida, which makes their vote critical to any candidates statewide success. So although its painfully obvious that Republicans should be more considerate of issues like immigration reform and in state tuition for undocumented students … the ultra-conservative arm of the party is anti-immigration reform. Think about this for a moment … Florida Governor Rick Scott campaigned that he would bring tougher Arizona-like immigration laws to Florida if elected. That won him a lot of favor with the conservative base, which helped him win his primary battle before eventually beating Alex Sink. Fast forward to this years legislative session and the political maneuvering was impressive. House leadership married the undocumented student tuition with in-state tuition for veterans, and a major change in the "differential tuition" law. The Governor was adamant about passing a repeal of the Charlie Crist supported differential tuition law, which allowed 15 percent increases in tuition at state universities to be approved by the Board of Governors without legislative support. Although this was one of Weatherfords signature pieces of legislation/policy … many Senate Republicans and conservative groups opposed the concept. Marrying the various tuition related issues and a little horse trading here and there between the House and Senate allowed for the bill to pass this years legislature. Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Monday, which is a total flip flop from his position four years ago. When it comes to issues like instate tuition for undocumented children and immigration reform, Republicans have a real dilemma. At the heart of the conservative immigration argument is the notion that those people (undocumented residents) dont belong here in America and should just leave and go back to where they came from. These are the folks that want to build a big wall at the U.S./Mexico border and promote E-Verify programs to catchŽ illegals. Then there are those Republicans who actually support immigration reform and realize that it is a new day in America; and it is better to have a structured path to citizenship versus no adequate process at all. Then there are those politically savvy GOP members thatthink immigration reform will save their party from extinction. The problem is … some of those same Republicans alsoworry that it will create millions of new Democratic voters because those new citizens will flock in masses to the Democrats who were loyal to their concerns the longest. It is clear which side Gov. Scott has landed on. In Florida,the Latino vote is critical, hence we have a new immigrant in-state tuition law. We will see if this immigration reform-like bill will help the newly re-imaged Rick Scott in this bid for re-election.Whether you like Scott or not, Monday was a good day for children of immigrants. These students can now pay a much more affordable in-state tuition and hopefully continue pursuing their dreams in America. When speaking about the nations young immigrants last summer, President Obama said, These are young people who study in our schools, they play in our neighborhoods, theyre friends with our kids, they pledge allegiance to our flag.Ž He added, They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper.Ž Signing off from Tallahassee, Reggie Fullwood by Carol Alexander It was Wednesday, May 28, 2014 when the news that a great tree has fallenŽ, Dr. Maya Angelou whose branches spread around the globe and her leaves of love, words and grace shaded over many. Maya was tall and graceful as a great oak tree, with long reaching arms like oak branches and as colorful as the oak trees seasonal array of leaves. Her words inspired all who read, her insight reached deep beyond most understanding, her everreaching and teaching love amassed a familyŽ as she would say,  ƒyou are black and white, short and tall, Christian and Jewish and Muslim and atheist, gay and straight,ƒyou are all my family.Ž I was blessed to be part of that familyŽ that she gathered every Thanksgiving and sometimes on July 4th for a white party at her home in Winston Salem, N.C. Attending those gatherings were some of the most phenomenal yet regular people on the globe. There were those from the world of art and music, those from the world of academia, those from various professional and labor worlds, but everyone that gathered was famous to Dr. Maya, as I called her. She endearingly called me by my full name Carol Alexander in her deep reverberating voice and that made me feel famous. She gathered us to share, laugh, and love each other as she was always teaching us to be family. Now, the familyŽ is embracing and supporting each other since our matriarch is not with us but looking over us. We would have never been connected or touched each other if it had not been for Dr. Maya. This past Saturday we all gathered in Winston Salem, NC to celebrate the quintessential Phenomenal Woman, Dr. Maya Angelou. Once we passed tight security into the Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University, an enormous spirit was present. The simple, yet elegant Wait Chapel became the sanctuary for; A Celebration of Rising JoyŽ! The Homegoing of Dr. Maya Angelou.As we gathered and greeted each other, the melodic sounds of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Ensemble set a classical tone celebrating of a classical woman. Dr. Maya was a woman of the world and the people gathered and the services were a canvas of that world. She was classical, spiritual, poetic, political, musical, humorous and family oriented. All those elements were reflected in the service. Huge pictures of her flanked the alter along with two of her profoundquotations. She was there spiritually and we felt her. Officiating was her Winston Salem pastor Dr. Serenus T. Churn, Sr. of Mount Zion Baptist Church. The service participants included her son Guy Johnson, grandsons, Colin Johnson and Elliott Jones, Ambassador Andrew Young, Ms. Cicely Tyson, The Honorable Bill Clinton, Ms. Lee Ann Womack, Ms. Allyson Williams, Ms. Oprah Winfrey, Mr. Bebe and Marvin Winans & Choir, Mr. Bobby Jones and Bobby Jones Gospel Choir, Mrs. Michelle Obama and Mrs. Valerie Simpson. There were so many other luminaries paying tribute including Robin Roberts, Michael Eric Dyson, Lynn Whitfield, Gayle King, Donna Brazille, Common, Freddie Jackson and so many more. Actress Cicely Tysons storytelling reflections were both historic and priceless. She spoke about meeting Maya Angelou for the first time in 1960 while they were performing in The Blacks, with luminaries Abbey Lincoln, Godfrey Cambridge and Roscoe Lee Brown. Ms. Tyson recounted hearing this booming voice behind her thinking it must be the boss. When Maya stood in front of her Ms. Tyson said motioning her eyes in a theatrical way, I started at her feet, than her knees, her shoulders, her headƒ..and since that day we have been sister friends. It is difficult to lose a rock.Ž Maya called her every day while she was performing in A Trip to Bountiful on Broadway this year and surprised Ms. Tyson traveling all the way to NY in her bus to view the show. Dr. Maya loved country music and she has coined lyrics for a few country artists. Country artist Lee Ann Womack performed a beautiful musical tribute entitled I Hope You Dance accompanied by guitar and violins. Former President Bill Clinton said he was first introduced to Maya Angelou when he read I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings during his first year of law school. He later met her and requested her to present at his inauguration. He just saw her a month prior to her transition in Texas and was surprised that she had traveled so far. As he greeted her expressing his pleasant surprise to see her, she responded, ƒjust because I am wheel chair bound, does not mean I cant get aroundŽ. That was Dr. Maya profound and always poetic. Dr. Maya lovedƒ.loved music. She was a singer herself and at home you could always hear her booming throaty Negro spirituals or old gospels. Gospel artists such as Alyson Williams, Dr. Bobby Jones, Marvin and Bebe Winans and others paid tribute through song. One can only imagine her saying in her earthy voice, sing children, sing.Ž The spirit in the room was filled as First Lady Michelle Obama was introduced. Mrs. Obama spoke of the first time she read Dr. Maya Angelou and how the poem Phenomenal Women brought pride to black women speaking of our beautiful curves and Still I Rise taught us about strength and the ability to continue striving. To us Oprah Winfrey is a famous TV personality. To Dr. Maya, Oprah was a daughter. She has been sitting at Mayas feet listening to her wisdom since she was in her 20s. There was never a time when I spoke to her that I did not take notes, up to the Sunday before she passedŽ, Oprah shared. It hurts so deepŽ, speaking of not ever again hearing Dr. Maya say to her Hello you darling girl.Ž Oprahs personal loss will be great but knowing Maya showed her love and gratitude in many ways will bring her comfort. Guy Bailey Johnson, Dr. Angelous only son, who now sits in a wheel chair, the results of complications from an automobile accident over 50 years ago in Egypt. An author in his own right and genetically an occasional poet, he wrote a wonderful poem in 1991 to his grandmother Vivian Baxter and his mother that was in the memorial program book entitled The Last Oasis. Valerie Simpson is another of Dr. Mayas close spiritual daughters, as well as, her late husband Nick Ashford. The husband and wife musical duo recorded an album of original music and poetry with Dr. Angelou in 1996 which was played at the service. Valerie Simpson pianist and vocalist performed a song she and her husband wrote entitled Remember Me which was immensely moving and powerful. The Rev., Dr. Churn eulogized Dr. Maya Angelou, a great woman, a great church member and his great friend. His words were powerfully engaging, spiritually comforting to the family and brought to those who listened words of faith and understanding. The repast at the Graylyn Manor was another great celebration, the last for Oprah to coordinate for her MamaŽ. Bebe Winans as the MC brought to the stage Oprah, Susan Taylor, India Arie, Rev. Barbara King, George Faison and many more. But the spirit exploded when Dr. Shirley Cesar preached and sang sharing her anointed spirit. Dr. Maya touched many and made many more feel and know they were special. Feeling blessed to have been in her presence, watching her and having been taught many lessons some painful, she made me realize I am a phenomenal woman and since I am Gods child, I will always wear my dancing shoes. We left knowing now why the caged bird sings and now the caged bird is free. I ve learned that people well forget what you said. People will forget what you did. 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Too often when the issue of Black men is raised, it is done from a negative or pathological perspective. The truth is that today there are millions of Black American fathers who are strong providers, nurturers, and loving fathers who are working diligently to contribute to improving the quality of life of their families. It is unfortunate that most of the media attention in America appears to be predisposed only to focus on reporting the tragic dysfunctions of Black men and fathers. It is important to remember that earlier this year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Center for Health Statistics issued a new national research study on the vital role that fathers play in the parenting of their children. This study rebuked the misguided notion that Black American fathers were more delinquent than other fathers in the U.S. In fact, the CDC and the National Center for Health Statistics have now reported that Black American fathers were in many instances more involved with their kids on a daily basis than fathers from other racial groups.Ž Yes, there are serious internal and external challenges to our families and communities. The point here is that in order to solve our problems we have to have more accurate analysis and less finger pointing at one another. We all have to be responsible, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. We also support President Obamas new national initiative My Bothers KeeperŽ for young Black males and the call by others to correspondingly include an initiative My Sisters KeeperŽ for young Black females. In each of these initiatives, the roles of fathers and mothers will be key to success. I highly recommend that we all read essential books by a leading scholar on the subject of Black American fathers. Roberta L. Coles is a professor of sociology at Marquette University and has published the following recommended books: The Best Kept Secret: Single Black Fathers and The Myth of the Missing Black Father: The Persistence of Black Fatherhood in America. Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. For the last two decades, the trend of more responsible and accountable Black American fathers has been steadily growing. We should, therefore, salute and celebrate all fathers, but in particular, lets stand to say Thank youŽ to all our fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers who have given so much toward the advancement and empowerment of Black America. Shown above at a previous celebration are (L-R) Carol Alexander, Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou and Dr. Howard Dotson.


June 12-18, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 5 ’FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 10 16, 2014NINE PLAYERS IN MLB DRAFT; HBCU SIDs HONORED IN ORLANDO; NEW WSSU COACHEARLY SELECTION: Alabama State shortstop Emmanuel Marrero selected in seventh round of MLB Draft.DIAMOND GEMSAlabama State Sports Photo BCSP Notesby Maurice WilliamsHampton SID (Courtesy CoSIDA) of Sam Jefferson's reer … not just to Jackson State University , but to the sports information profession as a whole. State what Eddie Robinson was to Grambling State," Lonnie Wesley , who served as assistant profession." Jefferson spent 29 years as the Sports Inforathletes and helped blaze a trail for others after him. "There is no greater honor in the world than to Sam Jefferson," Lonza Hardy Arkansas-Pine Bluff , said. "During his was named SID of the Year by the Southwestern Athletic Conference W.C. Gorden at the time." Walter Payton WILHELMI OFFICIALLY IN AT WSSU: James Wilhelmi will at Winston-Salem State Thursday Wilhelmi had been tagged as Bobby Collins reUniversity of Maryland-Eastern Shore. CIAA Tournament berths on an annual basis," said Tonia Walker new heights." Howard Texas Southern , the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore , Hampton water for three years. WOMEN OF COLOR FORUM AT NORFOLK STATE: Norfolk State University for Women. April Emory ( Elizabeth City State University , Sports Information DiLinda Person ( Virginia State Universit and Tiffani Sykes arena. edu.UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS Dr. Walter Reed said, "and Sam did are long overdue." made everyone around him better at what they did." best. "Sam was the epitome of what an SID should be." by William HamiltonSC State SID Emeritus (Courtesy CoSIDA) Edward (Ed) Hill Jr. gave up a tor at Howard University Two years later, he was elevated to the top posiprofession! Mary Jo Haverbeck Trailblazer Award during ally to a member of the group who is a pioneer in der diversity within the organization. honored during the same time that the award is "This goes to all the individuals who mentored and advised me over the years and all the outstanding young people who I have had the bled." mentored numerous students who have gone on and personally," said , Diever. " Teri Washington Romanda Noble-Watson , SID at and South Carolina State Kevin Paige , assistant SID at Morgan State and a former assistant at Coppin State Bruce Speight Jim Trotter, Elena Bergeron Gus Johnson "Ed has been an integral part my professionmore involved in the organizations of the profesmy own." had on many lives. I feel blessed to have started tee. Wilhelmi Alabama State and Bethune-Cookman were among from Florida A&M , North Carolina A&T and Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the three-day draft. Emmanuel Marrero , the Southwestern Athletic Conference round (202nd overall). the season hitting .329 with four with 27 doubles, eight triples, eight bases. est, surpassing Rufus Ellis who ball journeys. Richard Amion Richard Gonzalez , were among this season while Gonzalez hit .270 John Sever , Montana Durapau and Keith Zuniga … to Joining Sever in the organizafourth-year senior Durapau was overall). Bennie Robinson senior season by being named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Draft. shortstop Luke Tendler was seSaturday. ting in three out of the seasons he played, while starting 199 out of the nation in doubles per game. Isias Alcantar , a shortstop for Arkansas-Pine Bluff whose position Year in 2013. Nine HBCU players selected in MLB DraftThree each from Alabama State, Bethune-Cookman lead the way AmionGonzalezSeverDurapau ZunigaRobinsonTendlerAlcantar Sam Jefferson Ed Hill Jr.Two veteran black college SIDs honored at national convention


Page 6 Ms. Perrys Free Press June 12-18, 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 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 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 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.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 St. John Missionary Baptist Church Fathers Day Program St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church Mens 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 Fathers Day, June 15th at the 8 a.m. or 10:45 service. Fathers and families come and be united to uplift Gods Kingdom. For more information email Deacon Daryll Crump at or call 608-6609.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. 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 Tailgate for JesusŽ, outdoor worship and community cookout. Enjoy an informal worship and praise service, special music, entertainment, games, inflatables, 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 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 Miracle at MiddayŽ 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 Grace and Peacevisit Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.. Pastor Emeritus St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church Annual Health FairSt. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church will hold their Annual Health Fair on Saturday, June 21st, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Health facilities will provide glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI and prostate cancer screenings. Enjoy free massages and smoothies! St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church is located at 2119 Rowe Avenue. For more information call 768-8800.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 on Friday, June 20th 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:  We are Partners: The Legacy Lives On ,Ž 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 7687112 or visit www.spmbcjax.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 walking publicŽ 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 Bethels 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.El-Beth-El 5th Annual Stop the Violence Recognition BanquetThe Officers and Board Members of The El-Beth-El Development Center will host its 5th Annual Stop the Violence Recognition Banquet,Ž 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.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.Joint-Heirs Business and Career ExpoDr. David M. and Cynthia Thomas of Joint-Heirs Christian Center Church along with the Womens Ministry are hosting a Business and Career Expo, helping to empower the Jacksonville community by teaching business and career principles for a better quality of life. Keynote speaker is Dr. Steve Parson, Pastor and Internet Marketing Expert. The Expo takes place, Saturday, June 21st, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2100 Dunn Avenue. For more information call the church office at 757-3226. Eta Phi Beta Sorority 42nd Annual Founders Days Supports Church Summer Camp ProgramThe Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Nu Chapter celebrated Founders Day last Sunday at Riverview Church of Christ at 11 a.m. The pr ofessional womens sorority incorporated in 1943, states its vision is to promote higher scholastic standards, personal growth, career awareness a nd provide opportunities for community services. The Nu Chapter (Jacksonville) is in the Southern Region and was chartered in 1962. The sorority enjoyed fel lowship and commemorated the 42nd Founders Day with a vacation bible school donation for a youth summer camp. Shown Back row from left to right: President Gloria Rhett, Yvette Cole, Theresa Spencer, Virginia Woods, Dorothy Cooper, Charlotte Williams, Jackie Kern, and Rometa Porter. Front row: ola Gamble, Betty Pinkney, Delphia Williams, Peggy Spencer and Virginia Johnson.


In a world where weaves wigs, extensions, clip ins, you name it, have become the norm amongst black women in the U.S. and abroad, you may ask yourself, why cant black women just grow their own, long hair? Articles, upon articles, in the media, address the question, many providing half-truths, and some downright myths. The truth lies in asking the right question in the first place. The question is not, Why cant black hair grow long?Ž It is a proven fact that black hair will grow and grow, and grow. The challenge is, retaining the hair you grow. A black womans hair is always starting over,Ž so to speak, due to dryness, breakage, and excessive shedding, therefore leaving them dependent on hair purchased from our European, and Indian counterparts, to fulfill their long hairŽ fantasy. So the real question is, Why cant black women retainŽ the hair they grow?Ž Well, its a proven fact that their own hair will actually grow from their scalp, but the problem is, theyve just got to keep it! And therein lies the problem. Science has revealed, that black hair trends to be more dry and brittle, and that can cause it to fall out and/or break off. But fortunately, there is a solution, and its based on a scientific fact, so many overlookƒiron. Yes, iron! Iron defieiceny, is one of the most prevalent of all vitamin deficiencies amongst the human population. And it is extremely prevalent, amongst women of African descent. Ahhaaaa,Ž you say? Studies show that iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide.Ž And according to WebMD, a review of 40 years of research shows that iron deficiency has a much closer link to hair loss than most doctors realize, and it may be the key to restoring hair growth, Cleveland Clinic dermatologist said. We believe that treatment for hair loss is enhanced when iron deficiency with or without anemia is treated,Ž Leonid Benjamin Trost, MD; Bergfeld, MD; and Ellen Calogeras, RD, MPH, write in the May issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Study researcher Wilma Fowler Bergfeld has been doing this for years. And shes finding that whatever the cause of hair loss … for both women and men having too little iron in the blood makes it worse. Though they are other things you can do nutritionally and topically to stimulate, and promote your hair growth, as well as maintain overall healthier hair, adding iron, in the right balance could make a world of difference.Ž Iron deficiency can cause hair to be very dry, brittle and prone to breakage; couple that with styling, manipulation, poor health care, chemical treatments, and poor nutrition, the hair is not going to be in optimal shape to maintain the right ph, moisture, and elasticity, to keep it from breaking and shedding unnecessarily, and it will be less likely new hair will even grow. June 12-18, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 7 DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. 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Fortunately, we have more advanced-and much less grossmedical tests available today, but the ancient clinicians were on to something; Your pee is an excellent predictor of your health. Urine is a byproduct that includes fluids and other filtrates that come out of your body so it can tell you whats going on inside,Ž says Tomas Griebling, M.D., M.P.H., vice chair of the department of Urology at the University of Kansas. Take a peek at your pee before you flush, and watch out for these six signs. 1. The sign: Dark yellow color. What it means: Youre dehydratedbut you probably already knew that. What you may not know is that even short-term dehydration, like not guzzling enough fluids during your work day or workout, can set you up for more serious bladder conditions down the road. When youre dehydrated, your body tries to conserve fluid so your urine becomes more concentrated,Ž Dr. Griebling says. The chemicals in your urine come into contact with the lining of your bladder and can cause irritation, which may lead to incontinence or an infection. Ideally, your pee should be consistently clear or light yellow. Up your H2O intake if its dark to help restore hydration. 2. The sign: Red urine. What it means: Theres blood in your pee, a condition called hematuria. Thats never normal, so you should get it checked out as soon as possible,Ž Dr. Griebling says. Causes of bloody urine include trauma, kidney disease or cancer, inflammation or an infection in the kidneys, and more. Taking blood thinners can also make your urine red, but its still important to see a doc, stat. 3. The sign: Strong-smelling urine. What it means: First, rule out any foods or drinks you recently had. The classic example is asparagus,Ž says Griebling. Some people have an enzyme that breaks down asparagus to a compound with a strong odor that youll notice within 20 to 30 minutes of eating the vegetable. Thats nothing to worry about. Coffee can also make urine smell, especially if youre dehydrated. Bacteria that causes a urinary tract infection (UTI) can also produce a foul smell. If you have any other signs of a UTI, such as burning when you pee, a fever, or cloudy urine, let your doc know. You may need an antibiotic to fight off the infection. 4. The sign: Foamy or bubbly urine. What it means: You could have kidney disease. When your kidneys filtering units arent working properly, that can lead to a build-up of protein in your urine. The protein then creates a foamy appearance when it hits the water in the toilet. You may be at risk for kidney disease if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or a family member with the condition. 5. The sign: Increased urgency or frequency. What it means: You might have an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The prostate gland surrounds the urethra through which urine leaves the body. Many people think that drinking less water will help with urgency and frequency, but dehydration can cause urinary issues, too,Ž Dr. Griebling says. BPH can also cause incomplete emptying of your bladder, so you still feel like you have to go even after urinating. Talk to your doctor if you notice any changes in urination. There are many treatments available for BPH including kegel exercises, medications, and surgery, if needed-but also lifestyle changes, like physical activity and limiting alcohol and caffeine. 6. The sign: Air or gas coming out. What it means: Bacteria in your bladder may produce gas that releases when you pee. If you have any signs of a UTI, schedule face time with your physician. Although less likely, you could have a fistula, an abnormal opening within the bladder or between the bladder and colon. You could be at risk for developing a fistula if you have a history of Crohns disease or irritable bowel disease-and you may need surgery to correct the condition. Urine color density chart. What the Color of Your Urine Really Means Tamela Mann Speaks on Losing More Than 200 PoundsTamela Mann Dishes on Her 200+ lb. Weight LossActress and gospel singer Tamela Mann has been having a great time lately. With an award-winning song in 2013, Take Me To The KingŽ off an award-winning album. Her show just got green-lighted to begin airing in 2015 with her husband of 26 years, David Mann on BET. And shes managed to continually keep the weight off (its reported that it was over 240lbs she lost). People see us every day [on TV]. They saw that we were big, and they saw the drastic weight loss in both of us,Ž David chimes in. Everybody would ask, Why are you doing it? What are you doing it for?Ž For many African American families, a lot of the time when we sit down to dinner, we can have two or three starches in one meal,Ž Tamela adds. You can still have some, but you dont have to have as many.Ž Instead of bread and potatoes, for example, David chooses one or the other. Sticking to an eating plan can be tough, so David has asked Tamela to be his sugar manager since he was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2013.Ž If David strays too far from his plan (she notes he has a weakness for sugary breakfast cereals), she gently reminds him. Another key to Tamela leading a healthy life is resisting temptation. The Manns five children are all grown now, but when they lived at home, they protested when their parents threw out the junk food in the house. For me, it was just a matter of life and health. I thought everybody was supposed to [change with me]. I thought they loved me!Ž David says with a laugh. But weve tried to cut the junk.Ž He says the entire family is working on eating healthfully, too. And they didnt just stop with the food, Tamela and David both focused on their drink intake as well. When the Manns get off track from time to time„as everyone does on the quest for health„their first step is to look at what they drink. You dont realize that we drink a lot of our sugar: in our sodas, our sugary juices,Ž David says. I just tell people: Cut back off the juice and sodas.Ž And its not just David and Tamela watching liquids with excess sugary calories. Their children and grandchildren are curbing their intake, too. The moms dilute the juices [with water],Ž Tamela says. If they have lemonade, we put a lot of ice in it, to help cut back.Ž The couple also exercises regularly to help the pounds stay off. Its a husband and wife effort with Tamela. Growing old happily together has a lot to do with how healthy you are, inside and out. Science Reveals Why Many Black Women Dont Have Long Hair


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. Vincents Brighter Beginning Health FairSt. Vincents 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. FAMU Alumni Chapter MeetingAll Florida A&M University Alumni, friends and supporters are invited to the J.R.E. Lee Jacksonville Alumni Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association monthly meeting, It will be held on Saturday June 14th at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at FAMU-College of PharmacyJacksonville Campus, 2050 Art Museum Dr., Bldg 4800, Suite 200. For more information call Dr. Ephrain Riggins at 307-1962.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 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 traditional camp! For locations and more details visit www.bgcnf.orgn or call 396-4435.After ObamaŽ Book Release DiscussionAttend the official Florida release of author Marc Curtis Littles book entitled, After Obama,Ž Tuesday, June 17th at 6 p.m. at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel, 245 Water Street. RSVP to Zaundria MapsonLittle at 973-941-8571 or email Enjoy refreshments and dialogue discussion. Harlem Renaissance Hip Hop Birthday Celebration at the RitzThe Ritz Theatre and Museum will present From the Harlem Renaissance to Hip Hop A Birthday Celebration,Ž. The event will tribute poet James Weldon Johnson and rapper Tupac born 100 years apart and include a musical salute to the Harlem Renaissance by Laurence Walden, Tuesday, June 17th , 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The Ritz Theatre and Museum is located at 829 N. Davis Street. For more information call 807-2010. 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 or call 255-7450.An Evening in Wine Country The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida is excited to present an An Evening In Wine Country,Ž 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! For tickets and more details visit or contact Darby Stubberfield at 396-4435 or by email at JHA & HUD Housing FairThe Jacksonville Housing Authority will host its 12th annual homeownership, health and career fair at the Brentwood Community Center, 3465 Village Center Dr., Saturday, J une 21st at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Come talk to vendors, employers, training programs and healthcare resources. For more information and details call Jacqueline Yeawolo at 366-6401.JCDC Health & Community FairThe Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation will be jazzing it up with a health and community fair at the District of Soul office complex, 3416 Moncrief, Saturday, June 21st, 9 … 2 p.m. For more information call Gerrie Hardin at 598-9196. There will be HIV testing, vendors, health screenings and more!School Board Education PanelSchools out, but the work to rally our community around public education wont stop this summer. Attend a community meeting Thursday, June 26th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak Street. The event features a panel discussion among three former Duval County School Board members. Come ask questions and discuss what the community can do to increase voting during school board elections. For more information call 356-7757 or visit JUL Womens etworking EventThe Jacksonville Urban Leagues Community Training and Employment Center will host their 1st Women Empowering Women Networking Event,Ž Friday, June 27th , 5 to 8 p.m., at 903 W. Union St. The theme is: As One Woman Prospers, So Does Her Community.Ž The host for the evening 106.5 Radio personality Steven St. James. For more details contact Center Director Julia M. Henry-Wilson at 723-4007 x473 or email Beautiful Bodies CompetitionCalling all artist, fashionistas and fitness pros to attend the Beautiful Bodies competition at the Jacksonville Landing. Dr. Beautiful Bodies is a three-week competition inviting individuals and groups to compete on the riverfront stage during Downtown Art Walk. Naturally Smart presents the competition on Wednesdays July 2nd and August 6th , from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Compete for cash and prizes and enjoy musical and comedic entertainment. For more info email Rights Act of 1964 Celebrated at City HallCelebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, Wednesday, July 2nd at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 117 W. Duval St. For more information call 630-3609 or email 4th of July FireworksThe official Fourth of July Celebration in Jacksonville will be held Friday, July 4th, 5 10 p.m. at the Shipyards on Bay St., Coastline Drive along the Northbank Riverwalk and at The Jacksonville Landing. Join the City of Jacksonville in celebrating Independence Day with live entertainment, interactive activities, food and beverages, and a spectacular fireworks display. For more information call 630-2489.P.R.I.D.E Book Club MeetingThe next People Reading for Inspiration, Discussion and Enjoyment (P.R.I.D.E.) Bookclub meeting will be held Saturday, July 12th, at 4 p.m. at the home of Marsha Phelts, 5400 Ocean Blvd, American Beach Fernandina, Beach, Fl. 32034. The book for discussion is, The Cotillion: or, One Good Bull Is Half the Herd,Ž by John Oliver Killens. For more information call Felice Franklin at or call 2610175.Raines Class of 74 40th Class Reunion The Raines Class of 1974 40th class reunion will take place July 25th to 27th. The 3-day reunion includes a Friday night meet and greet at 7 p.m., at the Potters House Kingdom Plaza banquet room, 5310 Lenox. The evening will be filled with fun, music, karaoke, and good food! On Saturday at 2 p.m. is the classmate barbecue at Carvill Park, 1302 Carvill Avenue. On Sunday July 27th is church service at a local church. For more information contact Renetter Randolph via email at or call 728-2054. 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Comedian Tracy Morgan underwent surgery last weekend as he recovers from injuries sustained during a fatal traffic accident. Morgan, 45, was hospitalized early Saturday after his limo bus, returning from a show in Delaware, was involved in a six-vehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. "While Tracy remains in critical condition, he has been more responsive today, which is an incredibly encouraging sign," his rep said in a statement. "He sustained a number of injuries including a broken leg, a broken femur, a broken nose and several broken ribs. He had surgery earlier today on his leg. We expect him to remain in the hospital for several weeks. His family is tremendously overwhelmed and appreciative of the outpouring of love and support from his fans." The former 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live actor is being treated in the intensive care unit at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Comedian and friend James "Jimmy Mack" McNair died in the wreck, and two other passengers were injured. A Walmart truck driver has been charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto after turning himself in to state police. An eyewitness told PEOPLE she saw the truck swerve and hit the other cars, causing Morgan's vehicle to spin out of control and flip over. "It was a horrific sight and we just hope that everyone is okay," she said. Oprah Winfreys ex stepmom Barbara Winfrey ran to Britains Daily Mail to dish the family dirt in a two-part interview. Part two just hit the web and its devoted entirely to Barbaras two cents on the dynamic between Oprah, her boyfriend Stedman Graham and her friend Gayle King. Barbara, an educator, was married to Oprahs father, Vernon for 14 years. Among other things, Barbara alleges that Oprah paid her security team to follow Stedman and learn everything about his life. Stedman initially objected, in an argument eight years ago, but Barbara says hes now so financially dependent on Oprah that hes at her beck and call.Ž Barbara claims Oprah even bought a warehouse full of Stedmans books and guaranteed theyd make the bestseller list. Once youre in Oprahs world, she owns you,Ž she says. As for best friend Gayle, Barbara calls her relationship with Oprah unhealthy.Ž Oprah allegedly took the family on an expensive 11-day Mediterranean cruise and didnt speak to them the entire time. She only talked to Gayle and Stedman. Anytime you looked up they were together. To me, it was just bizarre.Ž According to Barbara, Gayle was frequently the go-between for Oprahs messages to her father and stepmom, including instructions about how to handle the press. Sometimes I believe that Oprah is more dependent on Gayle than the other way around. I dont know what she would do without her friendship and if its not more than friendship then theyre certainly giving every appearance that it is,Ž Barbara Said. June 12-18, 2014 Page 9 Mrs. Perrys 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 5Ws of media: who, what, when, where and why. in addition to a phone number for more information.Call 634-1993 for more information! Alexsandra Wright, the mother of Beyonces 4-year-old half brother, Nixon Alexander Knowles, admitted publicly that she and her son are struggling to keep a roof over their heads. Beyonces dad, Matthews Knowles, who fathered Nixon, is allegedly the culprit behind Wrights financial struggles. Wright has publicly blamed Knowles for a lack of support, which has supposedly resulted in her moving from a three-bedroom house and relocating to a trailer park. Now Wright, however, is being reportedly deluged with death threats because many of Beyonces overzealous fans believes she is blaming the iconic singer for her current substantial living conditions. Wright decided to open up to Inside EditionŽ in order to clear up some very dangerous misconceptions. Wright, who starred in the nowdefunct NBC hit show Scrubs,Ž only publicly admitted last February that she and her son, whom Beyonce has never met, were forced has never met, were forced to seek welfare assistance, including food stamps, in order to get by day-to-day. TMZ alleges that Knowles was mandated by a California court to pay the mother of this child $12,000 a month in child support. Knowles, a 61-year-old record executive who married a 48-yearold woman last July, reportedly became delinquent in his support payments because he says his income has taken a dive since he no longer manages his superstar daughter. Wright and Knowles had been back and forth in court trying to iron out child support issues, and a few weeks ago, a judge finally reduced the monetary obligation to a reported $2,485 per month. The judge, who approved the new set of monthly child support payments, also granted Knowles a credit for overpayments, which translates into Wright not receiving a dime from him for the next three and a half years. Meanwhile Wright, who has been reportedly receiving $300 a month in food stamps, managed to move in to her trailer thanks to some help from a homeless support group outside of Los Angeles. In addition to money woes, Wright says she has been getting death threats, and she claims they have been coming in by the droves to the tune of at least 1,000 per week. The performer is attributing the threats to an article that stated she allegedly blamed Beyonce for her plight. Wright had an affair with Knowles while he was still married to Beyonces mom for 31 years. Shown above is Matthew Knowles and his son with mother Alexsandra Wright. Beyonces Half-Brother And His Mother Moves to Trailer Park, Receives Threats Pop icon Erykah Badu was the surprise guest of honor at a swanky party for Swazilands King Mswati who turned 46 this month. The lavish event was held at one of Mswatis many palaces. The performances by Badu, who claims to by civil rights advocate,Ž shocked human rights organizations who condemned her for performing for Mswati, the last absolute monarch in Africa who has maintained dictatorial control of that country for nearly three decades. Badu first brushed human rights groups aside, Time magazine reported, retweeting a comment that she owes nobody an explanation of why she performed in Swaziland.Ž Badu claimed the visit was harmless,Ž that she went into a situation not completely knowing the political climate of the kingdom. Badu was reportedly brought to the party by celebrity goldsmith Jacob Arabo. Her show was also sponsored by Salgaocar, and Indian mining giant that operates a huge iron ore facility in a Swaziland nature reserve. Badu has not made a comment about her corporate sponsor, which has come under heavy fire for corruption, water pollution and grotesque environmental damage. Later this month Badu will perform for Yahya Jammeh, the despotic ruler of the Gambia in West Africa. Badu reportedly gave Mswati a $100-bill as a birthday present, as well as a special stone to uplift His Majestys spirits when he was feeling down,Ž according to a local newspaper. In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Badu said: I cant be held responsible for the situation in the kingdom, because I signed up as an artist, not as a political activist. I dont belong to anyone or to anythingƒAnd all the money that I got from the trip I gave to all the servants in the house.Ž In the end, I love everyone, and I see freedom ahead for those enslaved and the slave masters. Guess Im guilty-again.Ž Tracy Morgan Responsive After Crash Badu (right) makes a presentation to Swazi King Mswati Eryka Badu in Hot Water Over Birthday Serenade for Swazi King Facing Eviction, Oprahs Stepmom Dishes Dirt Audra McDonald Makes Tony HistoryAudra McDonald has become the Tony Awards' most decorated actress. The singer and actress on Sunday won her sixth Tony for portraying Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," putting her ahead of fivetime winners Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris for the most competitive wins by an actress. The latest win „ for best lead actress in a play „ also makes McDonald the first grand-slam performance winner. She previously won as best featured actress in a play ("A Raisin in the Sun" and "Master Class"), best lead actress in a musical ("The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess") and best featured actress in a musical ("Ragtime" and "Carousel"). She also has two Grammys.


Page 10 Ms. Perrys Free Press June 12-18, 2014 Hundreds Attend Mayors Annual Fish-A-Thon for Seniors Mayor Alvin Brown with Senior Andrew Curry winner of the smallest fish (1st place) COJ Seniors Deborah Bell (63), Jacob Green (59) and Cynthia Robinson (54) Seniors Willie Williams (65), and Joseph Williams (72) showcase a mullet fish Seniors Anba Deleon (68), Vivian Ruthers (66), Mary elson (70) and Diane Williams (64) Senior Maudlin Knox (81) with city employee Richard Green Seniors Robert Harris (70) and Cydell Mobley (60) Senior Leo Brown (61) ready for some fishing Seniors Lottie Lewis (69), Mary Williams (65), Mary Wright (74), Gloria Acker (65), Ora Dixon (76), Andrew Curry (68) and Zerai Gebreselassie (68) celebrating the 35th Annual Mayors Fish-a-Thon. Senior Leon Ford winner of the smallest fish (2nd place)! Continued from front The event was free and participates also enjoyed a catered lunch, music and plenty of dancing. Mayor Brown awarded the awards for biggest fish, smallest fish, most fish and the ugliest fish! After the presentations, Mayor Brown thanked the seniors for coming out and enjoying themselves for a fun filled day. After fishing for a catch of his own, Mayor Brown spent time greeting seniors as they enjoyed a fried fish lunch. Officials from The City of Jacksonvilles Senior Services Division, which helped organize the event, said the mayors involvement and support of several senior-related events does not go unnoticed. Seniors I thank you and I love you, you have the power and power is what gets us up in the morning.Ž

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