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Volume 27 o. 38 July 17 23, 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents Ditching Energy Sapping Behaviors Will Help You From Feeling SluggishPage 7 Five Deadly Retirement MistakesPage 2Up Close and Personal with HollywoodÂs Latest Heart throb Actor Michael EalyPage 9 30 Day Challenge Brings ew Hope to Single WomenPage 6 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED FBI Investigation Reveals Florida Police Officers Members of the KKKA mere 100 miles from Jacksonville in Fruitland Park, FL Former Deputy Police Chief David Borst and officer George Hunnewell were named by an FBI source as alleged Klansmen. According to WFTV, Borst resigned last week with more than 20 years on the force and Hunnewell was fired. Police Chief Terry Isaacs called the allegations Âdespicable and disgusting.ÂŽ The FBI turned the investigation over to the FDLE because it is not criminal to be a member of the KKK, and the FDLE in turn gave the case to Chief Isaacs. In 2009, another Fruitland Park officer, James Elkins, resigned after a photo surfaced of him wearing a KKK hood and robe.Citigroup Reaches $7 Billion Settlement to Resolve Mortgage ProbeCitigroup Bank will provide $7 billion in cash and consumer relief to settle federal and state investigations into the defective mortgage securities it sold during the subprime housing boom. Months of contentious talks led up to this deal that resolves a civil probe into the Wall Street giantÂs packaging and selling of mortgage securities that soured during the financial crisis and resulted in significant losses to investors. The settlement includes a record $4 billion cash penalty to the Justice Department, $2.5 billion in consumer relief and $500 million to five state attorneys general and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The $7 billion settlement went beyond the bankÂs expectations given CitigroupÂs first offer to settle for $363 million this past April. Citigroup linked its initial offer to the bankÂs relatively small share of the market for mortgage securities, people briefed on the talks told The New York Times. However, the Justice Department pointed to CitigroupÂs evident level of culpability as demonstrated in emails and other proof it had discovered.President of Spelman College to RetireAfter 12 years of leadership, Spelman College President Beverly Tatum will retire from her position next June. The leader of the all-female historically Black institution raised $157.8 million during its fundraising campaign, surpassing its goals. The funds have gone toward Spelman's annual fund, campus improvement, academic initiatives and new scholarships for students. "It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve as the president of Spelman College for the last 12 years," Tatum said in a video statement. "I have cherished the opportunity and I take great pride in what we have accomplished together," she continued. Tatum, who will turn 60 this year, said she will return to her life as a scholar and a writer after she passes the baton to the next president. She holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan and her master's in religious studies from Hartford Seminary. In her career she has published several books on the topics of race relations and Black identity.Former ew Orleans mayor Ray agin Sentenced to 10 Years in PrisonRay Nagin, the former mayor of New Orleans, has been sentenced to serve 10 years in prison. The 58-year old entrepreneur-turned-politician was found guilty back in February of fraud, bribery and other related charges. His crimes took place both before and after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city back in August 2005. Nagin was initially viewed as a hero for not abandoning his residents, and for restoring the city of New Orleans to what it was before. But the tables soon turned, when it was discovered that Nagin was just another corrupt politician. He was convicted of accepting more than $500,000 in bribes (including cash, free vacations, and truckloads of free granite for his family business). Alice Coachman, First Black Woman to Win Olympic Gold Medal Dies ALBANY, Georgia The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, died this week at the age of 90. Davis won Olympic gold in the high jump at the 1948 games in London with an American and Olympic record of 1.68 meters, according to USA Track and Field, the American governing body of the sport. Davis was inducted to the USA Track and Field Hall of fame in 1975, and was inducted to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004. The Tuskegee graduate was the only American woman to win a gold medal at the 1948 games. She was honored with a 280-kilometer motorcade in Georgia when she returned from London. However, the black and white audiences were segregated at her official ceremony in Albany. As a youth, she was prohibited from using public sports facilities because of her race, so she used whatever equipment she could cobble together to practice her jumping. ÂMy dad did not want me to travel to Tuskegee and then up north to the Nationals,ÂŽ Davis said. ÂHe felt it was too dangerous. Life was very different for African-Americans at that time. But I came back and showed him my medal and talked about all the things I saw. He and my mom were very proud of me.ÂŽ Top Comedians Bring Laughter for a Cause The ÂSo Freakin FunnyÂŽ tour brought laughter with a Cause to the Jacksonville JacksonvilleÂs Veterans Memorial Arena for a comedy show event to benefit the ÂLuv The KidzÂŽ Foundation. Four of the funniest comedians in the nation took the stage including Monique, Charlie Murphy, Arnez J. and Gary Owens. Monique also took time to visit Signature Healthcare Services while in town and invited the residents to the show. Shown above is the Academy Award winning comedian with her special guest from Signature, Otis Walker. The Jacksonville (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was awarded First Place in the area of Umbrella Programs for ÂGEMSÂŽ, its five year mentoring and enrichment program for girls headquartered at the Eugene J. Butler Middle School in northwest Jacksonville. The award was announced at the The Links, Incorporated 39th National in National Harbor, Maryland. Within the organization, an Umbrella Program is one that integrates subject matter across five facets which include National Trends and Services, The Arts, Services to Youth, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services. GEMS which stands for Girls Empowered and Motivated to Succeed, meets weekly at the school from September through June. The program uses an integrated approach including topics such as Food & Nutrition, Building Better Bodies, Physical Exercise, Bullying & Safety, Careers, Technology, International Cultures and Life Skills. All chapter members participate in the interactive hands-on sessions. The program culminates in awarding laptops to GEMS who attend regularly and upon completion of a specified assignment. ÂThe use of technology at home and at school is a tool for our GEMS that will spark their interest in STEM related learning,ÂŽ said Jacksonville Chapter president Betty Cody. The Jacksonville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is one of two chapters in Jacksonville of the national organizations consisting of women committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry in Jacksonville. Jacksonville (FL) Links Win Top Program Honors in the Country Shown above at he Links ational Assembly in Washington, D.C. are Jacksonville (FL) Chapter Vice President KenyonnDemps, Southern Area Director Eneid Francis, ational Vice President Glenda ewell Harris, ational President Margot Copeland, Chapter President Betty Cody, Marjoria Manning and members and Patricia Bivens. City Gathers to Honor a Hero in the Midst Jax Community Must Rally to Find Solutions to the Rise in Murder and Violence this Summer by Reggie Fullwood With Jacksonville murder tolls steadily increasing, the obvious question that is on most peopleÂs mind is what has triggered so much violence within a span of a few months. The crime spree kicked in high gear in April with 30 people shot and seven killed. Our crime rate has spiraled since then totaling 67 at press time, many of them youth. Generally, most Sociologist and those who work in law enforcement associate crime with socio-economic conditions. It is pretty easy to tie the recent rash of murders with JacksonvilleÂs struggling core city neighborhoods. The unemployment rate for African Americans is much higher than whites and there are certainly other factors like the large number of single parent homes in low-income communities that are also factors. One could also point to the obvious connection between drugs and violence. Regardless of what the cause of this outbreak is, the community must rally to stop this escalation of murders. There doesnÂt seem to be much discrimination in age either We have had youth of all ages murdered and also involved in committing crimes. WhatÂs even scarier is the disregard many of these kids have for human life. YouTube is plastered with videos Continued on page 4 Mayor Alvin Brown and Rep. Corrine Brown hosted a reception and book signing for Rep. Clyburn at the Ritz Theatre last weekend in honor of his contributions on the frontlines of the civil rights movement since his childhood. Rep. Clyburn documented the details of his journey from growing up in the Jim Crow South to Capitol Hill in a his new memoir, ÂBlessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black,ÂŽ published in May. Jacksonville hospitality was on full display throughout the program. Several Greek and civic organizations presented Rep. Clyburn with resolutions and tokens of appreciation for his leadership and commitment to social justice. ÂThis has been a blessed experience. I didnÂt know what to expect. This has been a great experience. It has been very renewing,ÂŽ said Rep. Clyburn. Shown this weekend at the Ritz Theatre are Cleve Ferguson, Rep. James Clybrn, Rep. Corrine Brown and Mayor Alvin Brown.
Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press July 17-23, 2014 JASMINE GREENMonitor Support Technician, Shands HospitalJOB RESOURCES at EmployFlorida.com helped Jasmine choose a career path and Â“nd a job she loves. IF YOUÂRE FACING FORECLOSURE, TALK TO YOUR GRANDMA SECOND. CALL THE HOPE HOTLINE FIRST AT 888-995-HOPE. Any one of these could sabotage your plans, but theyÂre all avoidable. Even the smartest and most surefooted among us have been known to stumble on the path to retirement. Some of our mistakes are easily remedied. Others, like neglecting to save anything at all, require something more like a miracle. Miracles are outside the purview of this department, unfortunately. But here are five common mistakes that I think most of us can avoid if we try. 1. Underestimating your taxes. The tax deferral weÂve all enjoyed on our individual retirement accounts and 401(k) plans lo these many years came with a catch: When we withdraw that money, itÂs going to be taxed as ordinary income rather than as capital gains. So instead of paying 20 percent or less under current rules, we could owe as much as 39.6 percent. That might be an argument for keeping our mutts off those accounts for as long as possible, but the internal Revenue Service thought of that too, requiring us to take required minimum distributions every year after age 70 . (Roth IRAs are an exception here; theyÂre neither taxed nor subject to minimum withdrawals during the ownerÂs lifetime.) 2 Assuming that expenses decline. That may have been the case generations ago, but these days many retirees find that their cost of living either remains the same or even rises. When our recent retirement survey asked 9,642 retirees what their typical monthly expenses were like now compared with their expenses in the year before they retired, only 42 percent said they were lower, while 32 percent said they were about the same, and 23 percent said they were higher. Our survey then took it a step further, asking what our respondents actually meant by higher or lower. That resulted in some fascinating data that IÂve never seen collected before. Among retirees who told us their expenses were higher, 16 percent said about 5 percent higher, 31 percent said about 10 percent higher, 27 percent said about 11 to 19 percent higher, and 17 percent said 20 to 29 percent higher. And an unfortunate 9 percent said their expenses were at least 30 percent higher. Pardon all the numbers, but I think they make a point. Not only are your expenses likely to be higher, but they could also be a lot higher. Of the retirees who said their expenses had fallen, a majority (55 percent) pegged the decline at between 10 percent and 19 percent. IÂm not dwelling on that group because they donÂt seem to have much of a problem, unless theyÂre making themselves miserable by scrimping on expenses. 3. Figuring you can easily get a job. Returning to the workforce isnÂt an easy task these days, and it can take much longer than it used to. A 2012 study by AARP found that job seekers age 55 and up were out of work for an average of 55.4 weeks compared with 37.1 weeks for younger workers. Whether thatÂs due to age discrimination, the fact that older workers tend to be better paid, or whatever, itÂs a number worth noting. Of course, if you have the skills and the contacts to walk out of retirement and into a job whenever you please, more power to you. If not, just be aware that it could take a while. 4. Expecting unrealistic returns. There was a time not long ago when lots of us thought a 10 percent annual return on our portfolio was a market given right. So whatÂs a fair assumption these days? Percy Bolton, a feeonly financial planner in Pasadena, Calif., tells me heÂs using 3 to 4 percent, which is conservative but less likely to get clients in trouble. HeÂd rather be wrong on the upside than the downside, he says. 5. Overreacting to news. Just as weÂre supposed to think long-term when planning for retirement, itÂs a good idea to think long-term while weÂre in retirement. So even if you now have time to watch all those financial programs on TV, resist the urge to constantly fiddle with your asset mix based on the news of the moment. Bolton remembers anxious phone calls last December from clients worried about how the 11thhour Âfiscal cliffÂŽ deal might affect them. The answer, it turned out, was that it probably wouldnÂt have any effect unless they had estates that were worth more than $5 million or incomes higher than $400,000. A well-known annual study by the market research firm Dalbar has found that both stock and bond investors tend to overreact to events, moving money in and out of mutual funds with breathtakingly bad timing and ultimately ending up with less than if theyÂd simply done nothing. I think thereÂs a lesson in that, too. In retirement planning, as in much else, thereÂs a time for action and a time for inaction, and wisdom lies in knowing the difference. The former executive editor of Consumer Reports, Greg Daugherty is our Retirement Guy. He is also a co-author of ÂThe Consumer Reports Money Book.ÂŽ By Jeff Reeves Many taxpayers missed the Monday, April 15, deadline for their 2012 taxes. But whether youÂre a procrastinator or whether you are trying to track down a few errant forms, take heart: There is always the option of filing for an extension. The Internal Revenue Service allows taxpayers to file their 2012 taxes as late as October 15, without any penalties-presuming you ask permission to file an extension by April 15 by filling out the simple Form 4868. Pros of A Tax Extension. All you have to do is ask. The IRS doesnÂt care why you are asking for an extension. It only cares whether you ask by April 15, and whether you fill out the very simple form correctly. Meet those two simple thresholds and youÂll be granted an extension. Save yourself an audit. A common misperception is that extensions make you more likely to suffer an audit. But you may be much more likely to be audited by falling to file a return at all with the IRS or rushing and making a boneheaded mistake that raises a red flag with auditors. Save yourself late penalties. The IRS charges you two kinds of penalties for missing the deadline: The first one is a failure to file penalty, which is commonly 5 percent of taxes due for each month past the deadline. This penalty will not exceed 25 percent. The second is a failure to pay penalty if you have taxes due, which is 0.5 percent of unpaid taxes per month, with a cap again at 25 percent. You donÂt want to mess with charges like these. Wait six days or six months. Although few Americans file their returns three months before tax day because of a lag in getting paperwork, thereÂs no reason why you canÂt file three or four months before the October deadline. Heck, file April 16 if you want. The extension simply gives you the option to wait six months, not the obligation. Cheaper preparation. Not surprisingly, some tax-preparation businesses charge a premium on any work done in March or April. If you file an extension and go to your accountant in July, chances are youÂll probably not pay as much for the return. Cons of A Tax Extension No more time to pay. This is a biggie. Unfortunately, an extension on the paperwork is not an extension on your bill. When you file for an extension you need to estimate what you owe and then send payment on or by April 15. If you donÂt, youÂll face interest and penalties even if granted an extension. Obviously this is not an exact science, so the IRS will waive any penalties if you pay at least 90 percent of your tax bill up front and then submit the remainder with your formal return by October 15. But make sure you err on the side of overpayment if youÂre making an extension or else you could get stuck with steep fees even if you have permission to file late. A longer wait for your money. Some folks see a big tax return as a built-in savings mechanism. But on the other hand, consider that this isnÂt a windfall or a bonusitÂs your money that you overpaid in taxes. ThatÂs why itÂs called a tax Ârefund.ÂŽ If you have double-digit interest on credit card debt or a pressing need for cash, why should Uncle Sam be allowed to sit on your money? Even if you just were going to sock the tax return away in a savings account, at least by taking ownership back youÂll start earning interest instead of letting the cash collect dust in the U.S. Treasury. Delaying the inevitable. If youÂre filing for an extension out of procrastination, you could very well continue to procrastinate and face the same time crunch in six months with no safety net this time. Make sure youÂre actually using the extra time instead of just wasting it. How to Work a Tax Extension Continued from front William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, analyzed the 2012 elections for the AP using census data on eligible voters and turnout, along with November's exit polling. He estimated total votes for Obama and Romney under a scenario where 2012 turnout rates for all racial groups matched those in 2004. Overall, 2012 voter turnout was roughly 58 percent, down from 62 percent in 2008 and 60 percent in 2004. The analysis also used population projections to estimate the shares of eligible voters by race group through 2030. The numbers are supplemented with material from the Pew Research Center and George Mason University associate professor Michael McDonald, a leader in the field of voter turnout who separately reviewed aggregate turnout levels across states, as well as AP interviews with the Census Bureau and other experts. The bureau is scheduled to release data on voter turnout in May. Overall, the findings represent a tipping point for blacks, who for much of America's history were disenfranchised and then effectively barred from voting until passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. But the numbers also offer a cautionary note to both Democrats and Republicans after Obama won in November with a historically low percentage of white supporters. While Latinos are now the biggest driver of U.S. population growth, they still trail whites and blacks in turnout and electoral share, because many of the Hispanics in the country are children or noncitizens. In recent weeks, Republican leaders have urged a "year-round effort" to engage black and other minority voters, describing a grim future if their party does not expand its core support beyond white males. The 2012 data suggest Romney was a particularly weak GOP candidate, unable to motivate white voters let alone attract significant black or Latino support. Obama's personal appeal and the slowly improving economy helped overcome doubts and spur record levels of minority voters in a way that may not be easily replicated for Democrats soon. Romney would have erased Obama's nearly 5 million-vote victory margin and narrowly won the popular vote if voters had turned out as they did in 2004, according to Frey's analysis. Then, white turnout was slightly higher and black voting lower. More significantly, the battleground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida and Colorado would have tipped in favor of Romney, handing him the presidency if the outcome of other states remained the same. Whit Ayres, a GOP consultant who is advising GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a possible 2016 presidential contender, says the last election reaffirmed that the Republican Party needs "a new message, a new messenger and a new tone." Change within the party need not be "lock, stock and barrel," Ayres said, but policy shifts such as GOP support for broad immigration legislation will be important to woo minority voters over the longer term. "It remains to be seen how successful Democrats are if you don't have Barack Obama at the top of the ticket," he said. Black Voter Turnout Rate Passes Whites Five Deadly Retirement Mistakes Divorcing? Protect Your Finances, Personal Data By Jason Alderman No doubt you've seen many warnings against sharing personal or financial information with strangers, but what about your spouse Â… or exspouse? A recent study by McAfee uncovered some unsettling results: Although 96 percent of adults surveyed trust their significant other with passwords, intimate photos and other personal content, only 32 percent have asked their ex to delete the information when ending the relationship. One in five people said they're likely to log into their spouse's Facebook account at least once a month. Some 30 percent admitted they'd "cyber-stalked" their significant other's ex on social media. Given the high rate of divorce and how frequently marriages end acrimoniously, it's not a big leap to think that a scorned lover could severely damage your credit and reputation. If you're getting divorced, here are some important legal, financial and privacy considerations: If you and your spouse are in complete agreement on how you wish to divide assets and settle debts, you may be able get by with a do-it-yourself divorce kit. It's still wise to have a divorce attorney review the forms to make sure you haven't overlooked anything. If your separation is more complicated but relatively amicable, you may also want to try collaborative divorce, mediation or arbitration: Collaborative divorce. Both parties retain a lawyer and the four of you hash out an agreement outside the courtroom. You each control the final agreement instead of having to abide by a judge's decision. Mediation. You each have lawyers but hire a third-party mediator to work through differences on critical issues. Mediators don't have the legal authority to impose final decisions. Arbitration. Like mediation, except that the arbiter hands down a binding agreement by which you each must abide. If you can't settle out of court, be prepared to possibly pay many thousands of dollars in attorney and court fees. Ask around for referrals to lawyers who specialize in divorce. You may also want to consult a financial planning professional for advice on how to fairly divide property, calculate child support and ensure you're sufficiently insured, as well as explain Social Security and retirement plan implications. To protect your credit status, close joint bank and credit card accounts and open new ones in your own name; otherwise, an economically struggling or vindictive ex-spouse could amass debt in your name and ruin your credit. If your ex retains the house or car, make sure your name is taken off the loan so you're not responsible if they flake on payments. Be sure all closed accounts are paid off, even if you must transfer balances to your new account and pay them off yourself. That's because late or unmade payments by either party on a joint account Â… open or closed Â… will damage both of your credit scores. Check your credit reports before, during and after the divorce to make sure you're aware of all outstanding debts and to ensure that all joint accounts were properly closed. The three major credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, don't always list the same accounts, so to be safe, order credit reports from each. Change all passwords, PINs, and other information your ex could use to access your electronic devices and financial, email and social media accounts. Also, don't email or post malicious or revealing information that could be damaging if presented in court. Bottom line: Divorce can be a painful experience to live through. Don't make it worse by not protecting your own financial interests.
Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 July 17-23, 2014 FINANCIAL WISDOM HAS NO AGE. Since 2004, Fifth Third Bank has taught Â“nancial education to thousands of grade school students. Empowered with Â“nancial wisdom, the students are going on to create bright futures. For more information about our Young Bankers Club, visit 53.com/Â“nancial-empowerment. Fifth Third Bank. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. By Freddie Allen WASHINGTON (NNPA) Â… Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has discontinued supplying scholarships to the United Negro College Fund because it accepted a $25 million donation from ultra-conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch and UNCF President Michael Lomax apparent support for the brothersÂ right-wing ideology. Saunders, an African American, said in a stinging letter to Lomax that he was Âdeeply troubledÂŽ when the UNCF accepted the donation from Koch Industries, Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation in June, but was even more shocked when Lomax later attended the Koch brothersÂ event in California. ÂThis was a betrayal of everything the UNCF stands for. The avowed purpose of this private event was to build support Â„ financial and political Â„ for the Koch brothersÂ causes. Your appearance at the summit can only be interpreted as a sign of your personal support and the UNCFÂs organizational support of the Koch brothersÂ ideological program,ÂŽ Saunders wrote. He explained, ÂThe Koch brothers and the organizations they fund have devoted themselves for more than a decade to attacking the voting rights of African Americans. They support voter identification laws. They seek to restrict early voting and voter registration. They support laws that threaten organizations that register voters in the African American community.ÂŽ For nearly a dozen years, AFSCME provided annual scholarships and aid packages worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to UNCF, according to officials with the labor group. When Koch Industries acquired Georgia-Pacific in 2005, they continued a long-standing relationship between the manufacturing giant and UNCF that spanned decades. Since then, according to UNCFÂs website, both Georgia-Pacific and Koch, have continued to support UNCF programs. Charles and David Koch have been criticized for also supporting the American Legislative Exchange Council, the driving force behind voter identification laws in the United States. ALEC also worked with the National Rifle Association on ÂStand Your GroundÂŽ legislation that gained notoriety worldwide following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teen in Sanford, Fla. In response to Saunders letter, Lomax and UNCF issued a statement touting UNCFÂs successful efforts in sending underprivileged students to college, while recognizing the incredible need for resources that often goes unmet. ÂThis year alone, UNCF awarded $100 million in scholarships to more than 12,000 students at 900 schools across the country, yet had to deny 9 out of every 10 qualified applicants due to lack of resources,ÂŽ the statement read. Lomax wrote that although he was Âsaddened by AFSCMEÂs decision, it will not distract us from our mission of helping thousands of African American students achieve their dream of a college degree and the economic benefits that come with it.ÂŽ Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh accused AFSCME of operating similar to a plantation with UNCF as its slave. Lezli Baskerville, the president and CEO of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), an umbrella group that represents both public and private Black colleges, said that Lomax, as the head of UNCF, carries a heavy burden. ÂHe has to raise scholarship money for all of these institutions and figure out how to get our kids to and through college,ÂŽ said Baskerville. ÂI certainly stay up at night trying to figure that out as well.ÂŽ Black families, still reeling from housing and job losses during the Great Recession, suffered another setback when the Obama administration abruptly changed the eligibility requirements for the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) program, stifling college dreams for thousands of Black students. When enrollment dropped at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the nation, the schools were forced to cut programs and staff. Labor Group Withdraws UCF Support Over Koch Gift Wells Fargo Awards Grant to JacksonvilleÂs First Hispanic Workforce & Professional Development Organization The Hispanic Institute for Life and Leadership of Northeast Florida (The H.I.L.L.),the regionÂs first workforce and professional development agency for the Latino labor force was awarded a $5,000 grant by Wells Fargo Bank July 10th during the agencyÂs second Bilingual Job Fair of the year. The event was held at Beaver Street Enterprise Center, the agencyÂs home base here in the city. The grant is to help support The H.I.L.L.Âs advanced job search training and financial literacy programs for the Latino community. The check was presented by DamienHaitsuka, First Coast Area President for Wells Fargo, and Valerie Jenkins, Senior Community Development Officer. Pcitured left to right is Deneen Baldwin, Recruiting Consultant, Karina Hartwig, AVP, Store Manager, Bartram Park Store, Yane Montejo, Personal & Small Business Banker, Damien Haitsuka, First Coast Area President for Wells Fargo, Valerie Jenkins, Senior Community Development Officer and Annie Grogan, President and Founder, The H.I.L.L. of Northeast FL, Inc. For more information on the Hispanic Institute for Life and Leadership of Northeast Florida call 265-4731 or visit thehillofnortheastfl.org By Jazelle Hunt WASHINGTON (NNPA) Â… Another partisan battle is brewing on Capitol Hill as Social Security in general, and disability insurance in particular, nears a budget squeeze. ÂAny of us could suffer an accident or illness weÂre not expecting,ÂŽ said Rebecca Vallas, associate director of Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. The Center hosted a press conference last week to release a reported she coauthored titled, ÂSocial Security Disability Insurance: A Bedrock of Security for American Workers.ÂŽ Vallas explained, ÂWe have this amazing program there for us if that happened. Very few people have enough savings to deal with that, and without [disability insurance] most of us would fall into poverty.ÂŽ Two separate funds feed the two types of social insurance: Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI), and Disability Insurance (DI). Collectively theyÂre called OASDI, or Social Security. Income taxes, and interest from bonds bought with these taxes, anchored by trust funds. Disability Insurance benefits Americans who cannot earn a living because of physical or mental injuries, illnesses, or disabilities, as well as their dependents, spouses, and caregivers. For many, it is the difference between getting by and abject poverty. Close to 2 million African Americans are receiving DI benefits. The Social Security Administration reports that as of December 2010, 28 percent of African American recipients were under the poverty line. Without disability insurance, that figure would rise to 57 percent. Nearly 31 percent of Black disability recipients also receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) checks, which provides additional assistance for low-income families of those with disabilities. DI also serves nearly 2 million children, 1 million veterans, 4.5 million women, and 154,000 spouses of Americans with disabilities. But the system is poised to be stretched beyond capacity as millions of Baby Boomers enter highdisability and retirement years. In addition to this population bubble of aging workers, thereÂs the fact that women have entered the workforce and become eligible for benefits, on par with men. Additionally, the recession has resulted in lower taxes from fewer workers who have to support a sizable population of aging beneficiaries. With the convergence of these factors, Social Security funds are already plateauing and in danger of declining into inadequacy. A brief from the National Academy of Social Insurance explains, ÂAt some point in 2016, the DI trust fundÂs reserves would be depleted and current taxes coming into the trust fund would not be enough to pay all benefits owed to disabled workers and their families. Funds would be sufficient to pay only about 80 percent of scheduled amounts.ÂŽ Baby Boomers and Unemployment Straining Disability Funds
By James Clingman NNPA Columnist How amazing it is that Black people in this nation, collectively, are the worst off but yet the most comical, entertaining, ostentatious, and self-defeating of all other groups. It is striking how, in spite of all the negative aspects of our lives, we spend a great deal of our time living vicariously through the lives of super-stars and megaheroes. They say ÂIgnorance is bliss,ÂŽ so maybe we should use that phrase to our advantage by reporting the other side of the bad stuff we face. For example, according to police, ChicagoÂs murder rate is down 20 percent from last year. According to the Urban League Report, Black people are ÂoptimisticÂŽ about the economy. At least the cops in L.A. didnÂt kill the woman on the expressway. The FCC and some Black Caucus membersÂ attempt to kill Ânet neutralityÂŽ will not take away our Twitter accounts. The Black unemployment rate is no longer half of the national rate, having fallen from 12 percent to 11 percent. Poverty statistics indicate that 60 percent of Black people are not poor, and 60 percent of the 2.1 million men in prison are not Black. Even though we are at the bottom politically and economically, a Black family is still in the White House. FeelinÂ better? Because our blissful state of mind is so pronounced, I suggest publishing a report titled, ÂThe State of Black Euphoria.ÂŽ It will permeate our collective psyche, and through it we could look at the other side of the negative stats we always hear. Maybe that would entice us to do more for ourselves instead of languishing in a festering heap of apathy. It seems we are numb to 80 shootings in one weekend in Southside Chicago. ÂWell, thatÂs just the way it is;ÂŽ ÂAinÂt nuthinÂ we can do about it;ÂŽ ÂThese kids today are just crazy.ÂŽ We have become immune to the fact that Black people in this country are at the bottom of every good category and at the top of every bad one. ÂThe man got his foot on my neck;ÂŽ ÂI canÂt get no job;ÂŽ ÂAinÂt no use; the deck is stacked against me.ÂŽ We are immersed in a fantasy world of feel-good rhetoric and empty promises from our Black political leaders. ÂWe know heÂs a crook, but heÂs our crook;ÂŽ I know they havenÂt done anything for Black people, but neither has anyone else;ÂŽ ÂYeah, but did you see the Prez sink that three-point shot?ÂŽ ÂThat gown the First Lady wore was slammin!ÂŽ Since nothing else seems to work, letÂs use our euphoria to move us forward because the bad stuff is too hard to take and only makes us more complacent in our misery. The almost daily shootings and murders in Chicago, Cincinnati and other cities are all too real, so letÂs focus on the killings in Iraq and Syria and Israel. Instead of actually doing something to stop the children from riding on top of train cars to get into this country, letÂs wait until they get here and then, in a very humane way, house them in concentration camps, that is, if they donÂt fall off the train and get killed on the way here. Black folks are tired of bad news; we donÂt want to hear any more. ItÂs too debilitating. The bad news affects poor and middle-class families, but the good news hardly ever does. So reporting on ÂThe State of Black EuphoriaÂŽ and pretending we are living in Nirvana might just help us. After all, we can still sing and dance, tell funny jokes, drink top-shelf liquor, and revel in the status of the First Family. So, hereÂs some more good news. Even though the price of gasoline is at a six-year high, at least itÂs not $5 per gallon Â… yet; employers added 1.1 million jobs thus far in 2014, most of which are low-pay or parttime; Jay-Z and Beyonc put on a great show; Oprah is a two-billionaire; the housewives, divas, and award shows are doing well; and Black folksÂ so-called Âbuying powerÂŽ exceeds $1 trillion! FeelinÂ good? So, who is going to take up this gauntlet and publish ÂThe State of Black EuphoriaÂŽ? It is obvious that all the other reports on ÂThe State of Black AmericaÂŽ have not elicited appropriate responses from our people, so maybe we should try to make the best use of our euphoria. It will keep us in a positive state of mind, and even if we miss the mark and fail to Âdo good,ÂŽ we will still Âfeel good.ÂŽ To borrow a phrase from the presidentÂs State of the Union address, ÂBrothers and Sisters, the State of Black Euphoria is strong!ÂŽ Jim Clingman, founder of the continued from front of many of the youth associated with local crimes rapping and bragging about their crimes and constantly showing guns throughout the recording. Many of our youth are lost in a false culture of violence that is being perpetuated by Hip Hop music. And no, I am not saying that rap music is the cause of the violence we are seeing. I am saying that the music is the vehicle used to express this negative behavior, and has almost become the instigator of violence in many ways. Today, young people are starting fights or ÂbeefsÂŽ over anything from a negative social media post to someone stepping on my clean white shoes in the club. But whose issue is it? It is certainly not just an African American issue Â… itÂs a citywide problem. Criminologists will tell you that is not simply a race issue, but an economic one. Throughout history there has been a strong correlation between violent crime and poverty. Many of the recent murders have involved black-on-black crime in core city neighborhoods, but the homicides have spilled over into predominately white communities as well. Although I have said that this issue is not just an African American issue, the fact that many of the homicides spawn from black-on-black violence, hence the black community needs to take some ownership and come together to find solutions. ThatÂs where our black leaders come into to play. Now is the time to Ârally the troopsÂŽ and not only begin the discussion, but really take action and implement more community-based initiatives. The sheriffÂs office certainly canÂt do it alone. Someone once said, ÂOne of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.ÂŽ And we are far past emergency status. If we are really going to help those young black males that suffer from a lack of guidance, we have to provide them with option other than violence and drugs. I mentioned it before, but we now live in an age, where Hip Hop music glorifies the ÂThug LifeÂŽ image and drug dealing. It is certainly not Hip HopÂs problem to deal with, but ours because we have to somehow let our youth know that as some of the old timers would say, ÂFast money, ainÂt always good money.ÂŽ ItÂs time to use old strategies, but letÂs try them with new twists. Instead of marching in the streets for change, letÂs also go door to door and engage the youth and adults in high crime neighborhoods. Currently, this strategy is being implemented by JSO on a limited basis, but they need our help to expand efforts. Instead of doing sit-ins, we need to go to businesses and ask for jobs for disenfranchised youth so that a database of decent wage jobs is created. We also have to better educate and train our youth from deprived areas. The only way to stop the violence is to provide opportunities for youth to see that there is a better, more sustainable ways to live. It is time for the leaders to lead. Dr. Martin Luther King said it best, ÂNonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. It is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding, and ennoble the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.ÂŽ We must work together to stop the violence in Jacksonville. Signing off from a meeting at Mt. 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Edgewood Ave. Jacksonville,FL32208Email: JfreePress@aol.com TELEPHONE (904) 634-1993 Fax (904) 765-3803 Sylvia PerryPUBLISHER Rita PerryPublisher Emeritus CONTRIBUTORS: Lynn Jones, Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood, E.O.Huthchinson, WilliamReed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell, Marsha Oliver, Marretta Latimer, Phyllis Mack, Tonya Austin, Carlottra Guyton, Brenda Burwell, Rhonda Silver, Vickie Brown, Rahman Johnson, Headshots, William Jackson. by George Curry City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Rep. Reggie Fullwood July 17-23, 2014 The Community Must Rally to Find Solutions to the Rise in Murder and Violence this Summer RepublicansÂ Selective Memory on Executive Order By GeorgTo paraphrase Ronald Reagan, arguably the most overrated U.S. president in history, there they go again. They, of course, are Republicans in the House of Representatives. And they are going after President Obama yet again, this time over his use of executive orders, presidential directives that have been issued by every president over the past 73 years. First, letÂs brush up on our high school civics. According to a report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), ÂPresidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt through Barack Obama have issued orders that seek to leverage the governmentÂs procurement spending to promote socio-economic policies that some commentators would characterize as extraneous to contractorsÂ provision of goods or services to the government.ÂŽ The report, titled ÂPresidential Authority to Impose Requirements on Federal Contractors,ÂŽ explained, ÂPresidential power to issue executive orders must derive from the Constitution or from an act of Congress. Contractor-related executive orders historically have been issued based upon the PresidentÂs powers under Article II of the Constitution or the powers delegated to the President by FPASA,ÂŽ a reference to the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949. The CRS report noted. ÂFPASA states that its purpose is to Âprovide the Federal Government with an economical and efficient system for Âƒ [p]rocuring and supplying property and nonpersonal servicesÂ and authorizes the President to prescribe any Âpolicies and directivesÂ consistent with the act that he Âconsiders necessary to carry outÂ the actÂs goals of efficiency and economy.ÂŽ One of the most significant presidential actions was Executive Order 11246, which was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Sept. 28, 1965. It requires federal contractors to Âtake affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, color, religion, sex or national origin.ÂŽ According to CRS, ÂUnder the authority of Executive Order 11246, officials of the Department of Labor issued two orders commonly known as the Philadelphia Plan. The Philadelphia Plan required bidders for federal and federally funded construction contracts in the Philadelphia area valued in excess of $500,000 to submit Âacceptable affirmative action program[s],Â including Âspecific goalsÂ for Âminority manpower utilizationÂ in six construction trades prior to contract award.ÂŽ Of the past 10 presidents, beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt, President Obama has issued the fewest executive orders per year. According to the American Presidency Project, Obama issued 147 executive orders during his first term, compared to 504 by FDR, 266 by Dwight D. Eisenhower, 247 by Richard M. Nixon, 213 by Ronald Reagan, 200 by Bill Clinton, and 173 by George W. Bush over a similar period. As of June 20, Obama had issued 35 executive orders during his second term. His executive actions have stopped the deportation of immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children, affected climate change by compelling power plants to reduce their emissions by 30 percent by 2030, raised the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 an hour, extended rights for same-sex couples and impacted gun control with 23 separate executive orders. Strangely, Republicans, who have voted 54 times over four years to repeal or alter the Affordable Care Act, are not planning to sue President Obama on any of those issues. Instead, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has asked Congress for permission to sue Obama because he suspended the start date of the employer mandate provision of the health care law. It doesnÂt get more ridiculous than this. Unable to repeal what they call Obamacare, House Republicans are moving faster than the lips of an auctioneer on crack to sue the president because he is making it easier to comply with what everyone except anti-Obama Republicans recognize as the law of the land. As Sabastian Payne wrote in the Washington Post, ÂÂƒ For all the accusations of abuse of power, his [Obama] actual uses of his executive authority so far arenÂt that far-reaching: Not so much the smack of firm government, more nudging in a certain direction. George W. Bush for example managed to gut the Presidential Records Act (greatly reducing access to presidential records), limit federal funding for stem cell research and sidestep the Geneva Convention on interrogation techniques Â… all through executive orders, even when he had Congress on his side. Interestingly, all of these orders were later rescinded by Obama.ÂŽ Payne continued, ÂBill Clinton was no stranger to far-reaching orders either. During his two terms in office, he banned the import of 50+ types of semi-automatic assault weapons and assault pistolsÂƒ In May 1989, George H. W. Bush temporarily halted the importation of some semi-automatic firearms, following a school shooting in Stockton, Calif. This was made permanent a month later. Ronald Reagan also enacted some significant policy initiatives through executive power. The NSA has said that its controversial collection of e-mail and Internet data, for example, was authorized back in 1981 by ReaganÂs executive order.ÂŽ What Reagan did was far more dangerous than postponing a health care start date. Yet, there wasnÂt even talk of taking him to court. George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-inchief 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. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge and George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook The State of Black Euphoria
July17-23, 2014 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 Â’FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 15 21, 2014DOUGLAS RESIGNS AT TUSKEGEE; SIAC MEDIA DAY SET; ROSE BACK AT HAMPTON THE GOLD STANDARD: First African-American to win Olympic Gold, Alice Coachman Davis, passes at 90 years old. FIRST LEAP INTO HISTORY BCSP NotesSIAC Media Day set for July 21 ATLANTA Â… In conjunction with its annual luncheon and summer meetings, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference will host its 2014 Football Media Day on July 21 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Montgomery, Ala. com. dia day, which hosted more than 200 attendees including members from preseason teams and release details on the football championship game. All head coaches and two student-athletes from each team are scheduled to attend. Cedric Pearl ( Central State ), Malik Hoskins ( Lane ), and ( Paine Josh Dean ( Kentucky State ) will begin the season without the interim tag. Greg Moore the start of the college football season fast approaching, we are anticipatDoug Stewart scheduled to start at A more detail schedule with information on head coaches and studentKentucky State AD elected chair of NCAA Div. II Committee FRANKFORT, Ky. Â… Kentucky State Athletics Director Dr. Denisha Hendricks The general duties of the committee members are to hear and discuss issues regarding studentgarding discussed issues. TUSKEGEE'S DOUGLAS RESIGNS: Tuskegee University accepted head coach Leon Douglas Douglas with a 118-114 record. coach in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference SIAC tournaClarence "Big House" Gaines after senior Julius Taylor and sophomore Calvin Brazley Stillman College for two years and led the Tigers to an SIAC director, Curtis Campbell HOWARD'S MOULTRIE PASSES: Howard University mourns the passing of former William "Bill" Moultrie ternational prominence. During his tenure, Moultrie won 10 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference years as the head coach at Howard. Highly respected in the profession, would go on to qualify for the Olympic trials for their reDuring his time at Howard, was an Olympic assistant Moultrie earned his undergraduate degree and MasTexas Southern another UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS Moultrie Douglas PROUD FIRST: Alice Coachman of the United States (c.), after winning the high jump at Wembley Stadium during the 1948 London Olympics. Hendricks Before Wilma Rudolph, medalists, there was Alice Coachman. Tuskegee and Albany State was years old. said she had been treated at a nursmonths and went into cardiac arrest after being transferred to a hospital ties. new Olympic record and win a gold 24. years and three Olympiads before Tennessee State's Rudolph won tell you Wilma Rudolph was the sion." Alice Coachman Davis a British Royal yacht, she was conTruman at the White House, and from Atlanta to her hometown, Albany. But she had returned to a segwere seated separately in the Albany city auditorium when she was honored there. The mayor sat on the stage with her but would not but was unable to compete in the Olympics until the London games. ly set for London, were cancelled due to World War II. inducted into nine halls of fame, woman to endorse an international one of the 100 greatest Olympic est in high jumping after watching usual jumping style. Denied access to public training facilities due to segregation policies, she whipped herself into shape by running barefoot on dirt compete against and typically beat support for her athletic pursuits from her parents, who thought she should direct herself on a more ladid not support her interest in athop her talents. scholarship to attend its high school four national championships for continued her education at Albany State College and later taught at South Carolina State College A lbany State University young athletes and former Olympic competitors. Duncan leaves Paine for Clayton State Tim Duncan announced on Monday that Duncan, the current Director of Athletics at Paine College intercollegiate athletics program. support our long-term commitment to academic success for student-athletes as a part of a tradition Rose returns to Hampton in new role Hampton University has been home to Donovan Rose coach, and a head coach for the Pirates football program, and heading into new role: Fundraising. Rose is now the Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Fundraising, a Rose calls this new opportunity "different, but the same," and cites his long-standing history with the school as an asset. As a student-athlete and ships he now hopes can be put to good use in his new role. "This is sort of the best of both worlds for me," Rose said. "This seems alumni, I can reach out to people." Alumni Â… and former Hampton studentDirector of Athletics in Eugene Marshall Jr. membership."Olympic legend Alice Coachman passesAssociated Press Photo the Women's National Track Meet in Grand Rapids, Iowa (July 14, 1948).Associated Press Photo Duncan
Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press July 17-23, 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. Â Walk in my Shoes ÂŽ Communitywide Shoe DriveÂWalk in my ShoesÂŽ is a Communitywide Shoe Drive to collect 3,000 Bags of gently worn shoes for needy families. You or your organization can help by collecting at least one plastic bag containing 25 pairs of gently worn shoes per bag. All sizes, styles and color shoes for men, women, boys, girls will benefit the Adolescents Choosing Excellence Youth Programs. The Shoe Drive is July 1st to September 1st. For more information and bag pick-up call the Women of Color Cultural Foundation at 683-1757 or email email@example.com.JLOC Call to the CommunityThe Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement Inc. (JLOC, MMM Inc.), a non-profit local organization is soliciting donation of your excess clothes, shoes, jackets and school supplies. Bring them to 916 N. Myrtle Avenue, between Kings Road and Beaver Street Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. If you have any questions or just want to learn more about the Millions More Movement visit www.jacksonvilleloc.org or call 240-9133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. orthside Community Involvement ÂJamboree on Avenue BÂŽ Carnival The Northside Community Involvement Inc. is making it happen at their 1st ÂJamboree on Avenue BÂŽ Fundraising Carnival, Saturday, July 26th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the NCI Community Resource Center, 4990 Avenue B. The event will include carnival games, free carwash, garage sale, food, water slides, raffles, health screenings, mini-golf course, dunk tank, bingo, prizes, and some good old school music and more! This fantastic event has something for the whole family to enjoy. Take a pause for a worthy cause and have some fun!!! For more information contact Rhynett Chatman at 314-3521.Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Hold Family, Friends and Community Day Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church Family, Friends and Community Day Event will take place Saturday July 19th at 10 a.m. with Sr. Pastor W. Diamond. The free event will be held at 10325 Interstate Center Dr and is open to the public. This year, AbyssinianÂs efforts will provide visitors from the Duval and surrounding counties an opportunity to enjoy an amazing day of free food, fun and fellowship in the sun with an array of outdoor activities for the entire family. Attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy live entertainment, vendors, give-a-ways, compete for cash prizes and tour AbyssiniaÂs ÂNew Generation of ExcellenceÂŽ state of the art Youth Center. For additional information call the church at 696-1770 or email email@example.com or visit online at www.abyssinia.org.SCOGIC 2014 Homecoming Community CelebrationCome fellowship and enjoy a special celebration for Southside Church of God in Christ 2014 Pastor's Anniversary honoring Bishop Edward Robinson Sr. and Lady Cynthia Robinson commemorating 35 Years as Pastor & First Lady of Southside Church of God in Christ. The anniversary event takes place July 24th through July 27th. The celebration event times are Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. The Southside Church of God in Christ is located at 2179 Emerson Street. For more information call 398-1625 or visit www.southsidecogic.com.Greater Missionary Tabernacle Baptist ÂFamily & Friends DayÂŽGreater Missionary Tabernacle Baptist Church, 5730 Sawyer St. will celebrate their annual ÂFamily & Friends Day,ÂŽ Sunday, July 20th at 9:45 a.m. Reverend J.C. Green and his congregation is inviting everyone to come fellowship in the services and the annual Sunday school anniversary. For more information call the church at 764-5333. 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 ÂWomen In MinistryÂŽ EventFaust Temple Church of God in Christ will celebrate ÂWomen in MinistryÂŽ Sunday, July 20th at 11 a.m. with Co-Pastor and National Evangelist Jacquelyn Jones as guest speaker, from the Old Ship of Zion church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Evangelist Jones is a preacher that can preach and will preach and carries the living word of God everywhere she goes. Faust Temple Church is located at 3328 Moncrief Rd. Elder Clarence L. Jones, Sr. serves as the pastor. For more information call 353-1418.St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church Youth Revival Stop! Look! Listen! St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church invites the community to their annual Youth Explosion, Saturday, July 12th, 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, July 13th, 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. worship services. The Revival will conclude with a three day youth revival Monday through Wednesday, July 14-16 at 7 p.m. at the St. Thomas Family Life Center, 5863 Moncrief Rd. Come and support our youth! For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. While committing to marriage is something that should be approached with patience and care, far too many intelligent, accomplished, and savvy African American women cannot find the compatibility they desire Â„ and deserve. So much so that approximately 65% of African American women over the age of 25 are single and looking for a well matched marriage. Author and motivational speaker Toni King, comments, ÂGenerally speaking, marriage has declined across all ethnicities Â„ but African American women bear the brunt of the current marriage crisis.ÂŽ It is for this reason that King has created a 30 day challenge for women that is shared in her new 5part audio series and calendar called The 30 Day Challenge to Connect and Fall in Love with the Man of Your Dreams. ÂMany women want to be in love, but few realize that being in love Â„ has already been provided,ÂŽ Toni stresses. ÂWomen tell me after they take the 30 Day Challenge: ÂYou nailed it! My knower has finally been turned on and I feel special!ÂÂŽ The challenge is based upon SolomonÂs Song of Songs. Originally King shared her 30 Day Challenge exclusively in her live seminars Â… but due to its increasing popularity has complied her techniques and lesson plan into a Series and Love calendar that can be accessed by women around the nation through Amazon.com and the website, www.30days2love.com. KingÂs goal is to inspire all women, particularly women of color. By inspiring women to approach love in a whole new way Â„ and to positively engage in ways to open the door of activation and expectation. The 30 Day Challenge system is already positively impacting the family structure within the African American community. King was quoted as saying, ÂWhat most women do not realized is that there are things that she has within her own power to change her final outcome and I take her to the place she didnÂt know she had. No woman has to accept those statistics; there is so much more that awaits her that will change her outcome if she will be courageous.ÂŽ The 30 Day Challenge includes 5 sessions that women must complete before beginning the 30 day calendar and are encourage not to cheat themselves by looking ahead. The teaching sessions positions and frees the heart, mind and body for spiritual intimacy and natural love. Then the 30 day calendar will lead each participant on her own individual love journey; a recipe for a relationship that endures. The series provides emotional renewal and helps strengthen women in ways not previously offered by other forms of entertainment or ministry. ÂIt simply works,ÂŽ stated Marybeth a 30 Day Challenge user. Although King cites there is no panacea for the Âmarriage crisis problem,ÂŽ the 30 Day Challenge is an interactive system that individually aids and supports women with the removal of emotional baggage and fears that too often block the path to well matched intimacy and love. About The Author Toni King has played a major role in the advancement of inner healing through the ÂBody of ChristÂŽ for women. She is the founder and director of Healing Fire Ministries LLC and her Ministerial credentials extend more than 25 years. 30 Day Challenge Brings ew Hope To Single Women Looking For Love Â„ ew 5-Part Audio Series Available 148th Anniversary Celebration at Historic Mount Zion A.M.E. ChurchThe Historic Mount Zion A.M.E. Church located at 201 East Beaver Street, will celebrate its 148th Annual Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, August 10th, at 10 am. This yearÂs theme is: Â148 Years Building a Solid Foundation by Trusting in the Lord.ÂŽ The speaker for this occasion will be the Reverend Lorenzo Ewing of The Fellowship of Love Church located in Houston, Texas. There are several activities leading up to the celebration services including: a summer concert featuring music by renowned organist James Smith, Saturday, July 26th at 6:30 p.m.; an old-fashioned Dressup Day on Sunday, July 27th at the 10 a.m. Worship Services. Fashion period ranges from 1866 to 1966. The theme of the day continues with an oldfashioned Soul Food Feast immediately following the worship services; an old-fashioned Family Fun Day Saturday, August 2nd from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a Prayer Brunch on Saturday, August 2nd at 11 am. The culmination of event activities for the 148th Annual Anniversary Celebration will feature Celebration Worship Services on Sunday, August 10th at 10 am. 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One of the funniest couples on television can undoubtedly be found on Tyler PerryÂs hit television series, Meet the Browns. The antics of Leroy Brown and Cora Simmons hits home for a lot of us real folk in many ways. Grammy-Award Nominated, NAACP Image Award-Winning Vocalist Tamela Mann and NAACP Image Award-Winning Actor David Mann partner with BET Networks on their new show, ÂMeet The Manns.ÂŽ The upcoming reality show is set to air on BET in 2015. Currently in production, ÂMeet The MannsÂŽ follows the lives of the Texas-based power couple and their family as they juggle their successful entertainment careers, marriage and adventures with the family including their journey to a healthy lifestyle. Just like any of the rest of us would have to, real-life couple David and Tamela Mann, who play Leroy and Cora, respectively, have had to readjust their lives in order to deal with the news of David being diagnosed with diabetes. When David found out he had diabetes, it was obviously a shock to the couple. Like so many with diabetes, the challenges of making lifestyles changes can be difficult. But David and Tamela, whoÂve been married for 22 years, have managed to find the right balance, make the necessary changes, juggle busy acting schedules, and find the support and strength they need by relying on each other. ÂWe both lean on each other a lot,ÂŽ David says. ÂWhen I am weak, Tamela is strong, and when she is weak, I am strong.ÂŽHelp Your Partner By Helping YourselfLike many successful couples, Tamela has been actively making necessary changes to support not only her husbandÂs health, but her own. Not that itÂs been easy. In addition to her already busy schedule, the powerhouse vocalist is promoting her chart-topping album, ÂBest Days,ÂŽ which debuted at #1 on BillboardÂs Top Gospel Albums chart. She also recently made an appearance on the Kings Men Tour with Kirk Franklin, belting out ÂNow Behold the Lamb.ÂŽ Despite everything she has going on, Tamela has also been successful at losing weight, and attributes that success to a lot of hard work and faith. ÂIÂm trying to keep this weight off,ÂŽ Tamela said during an interview. ÂIÂm working out. I have a trainer. IÂm trying to eat right, not a whole lot of desserts. No sodas.ÂŽ She also added, ÂAs a family, we all worked together to cut down on sugar and starches and we really watch our portions.ÂŽ By Tamara Hartley Not everyone or everything is a permanent fixture in our lives. Things change and people change. People, positions, and possessions can serve us well for a season or two and then it may be time to let it go. One of our greatest faults as human beings is holding on to people, places and things beyond their expiration date! You keep trying to make it work, to make it fit, to make it successful. The ÂItÂŽ can be a difficult person, relationship, problem, business, job or material possession. Remember when you gave him/her another chance, even though you knew he was not sincere and did not have your best interest at heart? You didnÂt want to start all over or to lose the time youÂve already invested. Or what about that job that is no longer a good fit? It is not fulfilling, and you hate getting out of the bed in the morning, yet, you continue to stay year after year because you are afraid of putting yourself back out there. What about that car payment that no longer fits your budget, but you refuse to downsize to something more affordable because you are scared of what other people might think? Whatever the scenario, you keep investing your love, time, energy, and money hoping that somehow, someday you will get different results. Oftentimes we associate Âletting goÂŽ with failure. We donÂt want it to look like we couldnÂt make it work. We donÂt want to appear as if we made a bad decision or that we are in over our heads. We donÂt want others to think we cannot handle our business or control the situation. Instead of letting go and pursuing other options, we continue to hang in there, work harder, and try harder and still not achieve our desired results. How do you know when enough is enough? How do you know when it is time to let go. Here are 7 warning signs that it may be time to let it go, make some changes, and move on: 1. The relationship/situation is no longer working for you and you experience more pain than joy. 2. You dread getting out of the bed in the morning and having to face the relationship/situation. 3. You go out of your way to avoid dealing with the relationship/situation. 4. When dealing with the relationship/situation, you lack energy, focus and motivation. 5. You did everything you could to make it work, but the relationship/situation hasnÂt changed. 6. When dealing with the relationship/situation, you feel nothing but stress, anxiety, and frustration. 7. The relationship/situation is draining your life, energy, happiness, and your bank account. We have to stop ignoring the red flags, flashing lights and warning signs. We all have an inner voice, what many people call their instinct or gut feeling. Deep down inside, we know when something is not right, when something is no longer working, or no longer serving its purpose. But instead of making changes, we make excuses as to why we should stay in a particular situation. We make sacrifices and learn to make do. Though we may complain from time to time, We become comfortable living unfulfilling lives with sporadic and fleeting moments of joy. Life is short and time is a precious commodity that we can never get back. Instead of spending time and energy in a dead-end relationship, job or situation, think about what else you could accomplish with your time and energy. I think the renowned country singer, Kenny Rogers, said it best when he sang ÂYouÂve got to know when to hold Âem, know when to fold Âem, know when to walk away. The secret to survivinÂ is knowinÂ what to throw away and knowinÂ what to keep.ÂŽ Yes, we have to stop hanging on to people, places, and things beyond their expiration date. Sometimes itÂs OK to let go and move on. July 17 23, 2014 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 The Free Press of Jacksonville would love to share your event with our readers!GUIDELINES 1. All unsolicited photos require a $10 photo charge for each picture. Photos can be paid by check, money order or credit card, 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. Call 634-1993 FOR MORE IFO If you think you can can spot a person with HIV, consider this: Did you even spot the error in the Â“rst six words of this headline?ANYBODY CAN HAVE HIV. USE PROTECTION.Right now, AIDS is the leading cause of death among African-Americans aged 25 to 44. If youÂre having unprotected sex, youÂre at risk. Be smart: Use protection, and get tested. For a testing site near you, text your zip code to 477493. Just Move On! Â… 7 Warning Signs That It May Be Time to Let That Thing Go The Browns Meet Diabetes Head On Lack of sleep isnÂt the only thing sapping your energy. Little things you do (and donÂt do) can exhaust you both mentally and physically, which can make getting through your day a chore. Here, experts reveal common bad habits that can make you feel tired, plus simple lifestyle tweaks that will get you back on track. You Skip Exercise When youÂre Tired Skipping your workout to save energy actually works against you. In a University of Georgia study, sedentary but otherwise healthy adults who began exercising lightly three days a week for as little as 20 minutes at a time reported feeling less fatigued and more energized and more energized after six weeks. Regular exercise boosts strength and endurance, helps make your cardiovascular system run more efficiently, and delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. So next time youÂre tempted to crash on the couch, at least go for a brisk walk you wonÂt regret it. You DonÂt Drink Enough Water Being even slightly dehydratedas little as 2% of normal fluid loss takes a toll on energy levels, says Amy Goodson, RD, a dietician for Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine. Dehydration causes a reduction in blood volume, explains Goodson, which makes the blood thicker. This requires your heart to pump less efficiently, reducing the speed oxygen and nutrients reach your muscles and organs. To calculate your normal fluid needs, take your weight in pounds, divide in half and drink that number of ounces of fluid a day, Goodson recommends. YouÂre ot Consuming Enough Iron An iron deficiency can leave you feeling sluggish, irritable, weak, and unable to focus. ÂIt makes you tired because less oxygen travels to the muscles and cells,ÂŽ says Goodson. Boost your iron intake to reduce your risk of anemia: load up on lean beef, kidney beans, tofu, eggs (including the yolk), dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, and peanut butter, and pair them with foods high in vitamin C (vitamin C improves iron absorption when eaten together) suggests Goodson. Note: an iron deficiency may be due to an underlying health problem, so if youÂre experiencing symptoms of iron deficiency, you should visit your doctor. You Are A Perfectionist Striving to be perfect which, letÂs face it, is impossible Â… makes you work much harder and longer than necessary, says Irene S. Levine, PhD, professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. ÂYou set goals that are so unrealistic that they are difficult or impossible to achieve, and in the end, there is no sense of self satisfaction,ÂŽ she said. Levine recommends setting a time limit for yourself on your projects, and taking care to obey it. In time, youÂll realize that the extra time you were taking wasnÂt actually improving your work. You Make Mountains Out Of Molehills If you assume that youÂre about to get fired when your boss calls you into an unexpected meeting, or youÂre too afraid to ride your bike because you worry youÂll get into an accident, then youÂre guilty of Âcastastrophizing.ÂŽ Or expecting that the worst-case scenario will always occur. This anxiety can paralyze you and make you mentally exhausted, says Levine. When you catch yourself having these thoughts, take a deep breath and ask yourself how likely it is that the worst really will happen. Getting outdoors, mediating, exercising or sharing your concerns with a friend may help you better cope and become more realistic. You Skip Breakfast The food you eat fuels your body, and when you sleep, your body continues using what you consumed at dinner the night before to keep your blood pumping and oxygen flowing. So, when you wake up in the morning, you need to refuel with breakfast. Skip it, and youÂll feel sluggish. Goodson recommends a breakfast that includes whole grains, lean protein, and healthy foods. Good examples include oatmeal with protein powder and a dab of peanut butter; a smoothie made with fruit, protein powder, low-fat milk, and almond butter; or eggs with two slices of whole-wheat toast and low-fat Greek yogurt. Feeling Tired And Sluggish?Ditching Those Energy Sapping Behaviors Will Help
Stage Aurora Presents The Wiz, Arts FestivalStage Aurora presents Frank Browns classic play ÂThe WizÂŽ, July 18th though July 19th. The weekend will also feature Stage Auroras 7th Annual Jacksonville Black Arts Festival that includes visual arts, children activities and food! For more information visit www.stageaurora.org or call the box office at 765-7312 or email email@example.com.Cheryl Underwood Comedy ShowComedian Cheryl Underwood will host the ÂLicense 2 LaughÂŽ comedy tour featuring Lavell Crawford with special guest comedians Lavar Walker and Tim Murray The date is Saturday, July 19th at 8 p.m. at the Moran Theater-Times Union Center, 300 W. Water St. For more information call 633-6110 or visit www.jaxevents.com. ÂCelebrate Summer with Anheuser BuschAnheuser-Busch Jacksonville Brewery located at 111 Busch Drive is offering visitors cool relief at a ÂCelebrate SummerÂŽ event, Saturday, July 19th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Enjoy expertly paired food and beer combinations, while enjoying the live musical stylingÂs of Holliday and the Fingers Trio Band. For more information call Charlie Olden at 751-8116 or visit www.anheuserbusch.com.Historian Mildred Alene Murrell To Share Personal Memories Learn about Zora Neale Hurston, a major author in American literature and the Harlem Renaissance, by someone who knew her wellÂ„ Mildred Alene Murrell. Murrell is the author of In And Around Jacksonville, Florida, In The 1920Âs, 1930Âs and 1940Âs. The 96year-old historian will share memories of life in Jacksonville in the 1920s and beyond, including African-American life on the Southside, the Great Depression, education and family. Murrell also will sell and autograph her books. The event is free and open to the public, Tuesday, July 22nd at 5:30 p.m. at the Main Library, Zimmerman Overlook, Ground Flr, 303 Laura Street For more information call Olga Bayer at 630-2353 or email OBayer@coj.net. Back to School RallyRegister for free book bags and school supplies, Wednesday, July 23rd at 1 p.m., at St. Clair Evans Academy, 5443 Moncrief Rd. For more information call Carol Gamble 349-8870.High School Golf CombineCome be a part of the Bluegrass High School Golf Combine. Show your skills in front of college scouts and coaches, July 24th and 25th at the University Club of Kentucky, 4850 Leestown Road, Lexington Kentucky. You can register online at www.kjgf.com or locally contact the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, 2907 Spring Glen Rd at 379-2697 or visit www.hjgt.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Midsummer Business Empowerment SummitBlack Pages and Florida Black Expo presents a Midsummer Business Empowerment Summit featuring guest speaker, Calvin Elam, ChfC, CLU, author of ÂSelf Reliance: What Do You Mean, You DidnÂt Know?, African-Americans Achieving A Well Spent Life,ÂŽ Thursday, July 24th, 6 to 8 p.m. at Demure Banquet Hall, 9400 Atlantic Blvd. For more information visit bpmbes.eventbrite.com Mrs. International 2014 CompetitionThe Mrs. International 2014 competition will be held July 25th through August 2nd at the TimesUnion Center, 300 Water St. The event will give each contestant the opportunity to learn about customs and family life in other countries, along with the chance to share her beliefs and make new friends during the entire week of activities. For more details call 633-6110.Raines Class of 74Â 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 PotterÂs 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. For more info contact Renetter Randolph via email at email@example.com or call 728-2054.Comedian Earthquake in ConcertComedian, actor and voice artist Earthquake will shake the Comedy Zone with laughter July 25th and 26th. For tickets and more details call the Comedy Zone at 292HAHA or visitwww.comedyzone.com. The Comedy Zone is located at 3130 Hartley Rd.Master Gardener ProgramRegister for the Master Gardeners class and receive in-depth training in horticulture. Training topics include: basic plant science, entomology, plant pathology, nematology, vegetable gardening, fruit culture, woody ornamentals, lawn management, plant propagation and more. Classes are on Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. starting July 30th Oct. 1st. Classes are at the Duval County Extension Office and in Nassau County. For more details call Becky Davidson at 255-7450.Senior Prom ÂHollywood ightsÂŽOn August 1st at 6 p.m. put on your dancing shoes and join the City of Jacksonville in celebrating more than 30 years of the Senior Prom! Enjoy a sit down dinner entertainment, dancing and door prizes. For more information call 630-7392 or email or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.Ritz Jazz Jamm Calendar of Events!DonÂt miss Jazz Jamm at the Ritz Theater! Tickets on sale now for the following performances: August 2nd its saxophonist and flute player Jackiem Joyner. For more information access www.ritzjacksonville.com or call 632-5555. The Ritz is located at 829 N Davis St.Maxwell Summer Soulstice TourRetro and Neo soul artist MaxwellÂs Summer Soulstice Tour is scheduled for Sunday, August 3rd at 7:30 p.m. Concert location is the Times-Union Center, 300 Water St. For more information call 6336110 or visit www.musze.com. St. VincentÂs Brighter Beginning Health FairSt. VincentÂs Brighter Beginnings and the Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities Health Fair will take place at Edward Waters College, 1401 Grunthal St., Saturday, August 9th, 1 Â… 3 p.m. Gain information on mother and baby nutrition, parenting skills, newborn care, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, breastfeeding and social life issues. For more information call Willie Roberts at 308-7558. Eastside Love Vendor FairThe Eastside community will receive a whole lot of love Saturday, August 16th at the Eastside Love Arts and Vendors Market from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at A. Philip Randolph Park, 1096 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Local business owners and area non-profits, artists and performers will come together to expose their various talents, products and services. For more information call 610-7103.ÂRestoring your RightsÂŽ MeetingState Representative Mia Jones and the D.W. Perkins Bar Association Inc. and Three Rivers Legal Services Inc. invites the community to Project R: "Restoring Your Civil Rights" on Thursday, August 21st at 6:15pm. at the Wells Fargo Springfield Community Center, 1601 N. Main St. 2nd Flr. The subject of sealing and expunging records will be discussed as attorneys and others will be available to assist individuals. For more information call 9241615.Jax Sister Cities Association Mandela Celebration EventThe City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Sister Cities Association (JSCA) will celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela by sponsoring a fundraising banquet in support of health programs for the citizens of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in South Africa,. South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool will be the keynote speaker Thursday, August 21st 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Hotel. For further information visit www.jsca.org or call Betzy Santiago at 630-4710.Seniors Citizens Strut The RunwayOn Saturday, August 23rd come watch as senior citizens strut on the runway with senior citizen models from Jacksonville and Atlanta as they model in the first annual ÂSenior On The Runway Fashion ShowÂŽ at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St. Seniors ranging from ages 55-89 will entertain the audience with the finest clothes, shoes, and accessories that money can buy! For more information contact Carrie T. Hamilton at 957-7324 or email email@example.com. 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Michael Ealy, the blue-eyed hunk was named one of People magazinesÂ ÂOn the VergeÂŽ actors in the magazineÂs ÂSexiest Man AliveÂŽ 2002 and 2013 issues. Furthermore, he was named one of E! Entertainment TelevisionÂs ÂSizzlinÂ 16ÂŽ of 2004 and appeared on the cover of Essence magazineÂs ÂHollywood Screen GemsÂŽ for their April 2004 issue. Here he talks with syndicated columnist Kam Williams about a couple of different things including his role in Think Like A Man, Too: Kam Williams: Hi Michael, thanks for the time, bro. Michael Ealy: WhatÂs up, Kam? KW : Tim [Director Tim Story] managed to reassemble the whole cast for the sequel. HowÂd he make that happen? ME: ItÂs a miracle that everybodyÂs schedule opened up. I think part of the genius of it was that they made the decision early, and said, ÂNext summer, weÂre going to try to knock this out.ÂŽ So, everyone kinda made sure that they were available. We also had such a good time making the first one that everybody jumped at the chance to come back and do a sequel with the same cast and same director. ThatÂs an opportunity you just donÂt get very often. KW: And did you enjoy yourself as much the second go-round? ME: I definitely did, although being in Vegas for two or three months obviously presented a whole new set of challenges, since itÂs a place that most people visit for only two or three days. You had the heat and the extreme air conditioning. And also constant, constant stimulation, whether itÂs people getting drunk out of their minds, couples getting married, people going to strip clubs, prostitutes or whatever. ItÂs Sin City! ItÂs hard sometimes to stay focused on your job when thereÂs so much going on around you, as well as people following you around. There were plenty of distractions. So, I wouldnÂt say it was as easy as shooting in L.A. Location is a factor. If you have to go somewhere to work, it helps to be focused. KW: As usual, I have a lot of questions for you from fans. Harriet Pakula-Teweles says: This isnÂt your first sequel. You also did Barbershop 1 and 2. What is it about them that calls you back, and will you be doing Barbershop 3. ME: [Chuckles] I think what happened on Barbershop also kinda happened on Think Like a Man, and the irony is that both pictures were made with the same director, Tim Story. It just doesnÂt happen often that the movie you shot for $12 million ends up making $90 million. ThatÂs very rare. So, when you catch lightning in a bottle like that, you jump at an opportunity to come back and do a sequel. YouÂre lucky if one out ten movies you make gets a sequel. KW: So, will you be doing Barbershop 3? ME: I donÂt even know whether thatÂs in the works. KW: I spoke to Ice Cube a few weeks ago, and it looks like a go. It already has a page up at IMDB.com, although no director has been named. ME: Really? Well, they havenÂt come to me yet. So, I donÂt know anything about it. KW: What about Think Like a Man 3? ME: I donÂt see why not, if we can bring back the exact same producer, cast and director. KW: Marcia Evans says: IÂm a fan of yours, big time. I think the chemistry you have with Taraji [costar Taraji P. Henson] in Think Like A Man is awesome. I appreciate the message your charactersÂ relationship sends to the audience that falling in love can be sexy and respectful. ME: Thank you. KW: She goes on to say: IÂm a history buff and I love the TV series ÂFinding Your RootsÂŽ with Dr. Henry Louis Gates where he explores the lineage and genetics of some prominent people. When I see you onscreen with those blue eyes, I wonder if you have personally researched your genealogy? ME: IÂve definitely watched those PBS specials with Dr. Gates. I wonÂt lie, IÂve been curious, but I havenÂt yet initiated a search of my family tree. KW: Marcia would also like to know whether you have any plans to make any biopics about historical figures from the Maryland or Washington, D.C. area, like Benjamin Banneker, since youÂre from Baltimore? ME: ThatÂs an interesting question because it was a dream of mine for the longest time to bring a film that I was starring in back to the DMV [D.C./Maryland/Virginia] for a screening or a premiere. And IÂve been blessed to be able to do that twice, for Think Like a Man and, recently, for Think Like a Man Too. And now, the next dream of mine, career-wise, is to shoot a movie that takes place there, to showcase the area for what it is. So, MarciaÂs question is actually inspiring me to dig a little deeper and to consider playing someone from the area. So, yeah, I will give that some serious thought. If thereÂs someone I could portray, I would do it in a heartbeat. KW: MarciaÂs final comment is that she enjoyed both Unconditional and Miracle at St. AnnaÂs, and that she was having dinner recently with friends when they talked about how Spike [director Spike Lee] and the cast didnÂt receive enough love for the film. ME: Yeah, we went to Italy and worked like crazy for three months to make that movie amazing. But sometimes, a picture gets lost in the system. I donÂt know what happened, but the marketing campaign wasnÂt there. You really canÂt afford to worry about it, because itÂll depress you and take you to a darker place. However, we made a good movie, and you can still get it on demand. So, I really appreciate that comment. I donÂt know what happened, but it didnÂt work to our advantage. KW : That September release date didnÂt help. EverybodyÂs focused on getting back to work and school after summer vacation. ME: A lot of factors contribute to how a film fares, and sometimes that includes the release date. KW: Editor/Legist Patricia Turnier says: I loved your performance as Dominic in the original Think Like a Man because it was realistic and reminded me of my ex who pretended to be a yuppie in the same way that Dominic lied to his girlfriend about what he did for a living to impress her. Is Dominic more authentic and confident about presenting his real self to the world and to his girlfriend in the sequel? ME: Good question, Patricia. Yes, Dominic is absolutely much more confident. He now has two more food trucks, and his career as a chef is on the rise. I think anybody whoÂs doing well in the pursuit of their dreams is going to be a little more confident than what they were when they first started. What I like is that Dominic doesnÂt cave to peer pressure from some of his closest friends who question his drive because heÂs so in love with Lauren. He handles himself very well, and heÂs very open with everybody, including Lauren, about his feelings. I respect that about the character. KW: What kind of kid were you? Did you dream of becoming an actor during your childhood? ME: No, I had normal aspirations. When I was little, I very badly wanted to be Art Monk, the great receiver for the Washington Redskins. Then, in middle school, I decided I wanted to be an architect. I was looking at the work of Frank Lloyd Wright when I was in the 7th and 8th grade, and trying to decide whether architecture was for me. It wasnÂt until I was about 19 that I settled on acting. I was already in college. KW : Have you ever had a neardeath experience? ME: [Laughs] No, I have never had the type of near-death experience most people talk about but, where IÂm from, you have one anytime youÂre pulled over by the police. When I was growing up, racial profiling was rampant, and you didnÂt always make it outta there. IÂve seen friends get beaten up and slammed against patrol cars. KW: Yeah, when I was in college, I was profile-stopped over two-dozen times. And the cops always used the excuse that I resembled a supposed perp to pat me down and search me. ME: Back in college, some friends of mine and I were stopped on our way to a party, allegedly because there was a shooting in the neighborhood, based on a description of the suspects being young black males. One of my buddies was in law school, one was in med school, and the others were upperclassmen. All upstanding citizens. We couldnÂt have been further from the guys they were searching for. KW: Would you mind saying something controversial that would get this interview tweeted? ME: I donÂt think I can help you there. My goal is not to be tweeted about. KW: How do you get through the tough times? ME: To put it simply, faith and family. ThatÂs gotten me through a lot of the rough years early on, and they continue to serve as a rock in my life now. July 17-23, 2014 Page 9 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press Actor Michael Ealy on ÂBarbershop 3,ÂŽ ÂThink Like A Man 3,ÂŽ and Why He Has Blue Eyes Members of Michael JacksonÂs extended family are stepping out of what they call Âthe Jackson bubbleÂŽ for a reality show. The six-episode show, debuting Nov. 18 on Reelz, focuses on Alejandra Jackson, the ex-wife of MichaelÂs brother Jermaine, and her five children. After MichaelÂs death five years ago, they left the Jackson family home in suburban Encino, a move that a clip from the show suggests wasnÂt their idea. ÂWe didnÂt want it to happen that way,ÂŽ AlejandraÂs daughter Genevieve said recently at the summer TV criticsÂ tour. Son Donte Jackson added, ÂSome of the politics came into play.ÂŽ At the same time, Genevieve said the family lived under constraints at the Encino house. ÂWe were very sheltered,ÂŽ she said. ÂThereÂs a lot of outside people coming in and out of our house. We had to watch what we said.ÂŽ Alejandra Jackson and her brood started a new life away from the home of grandparents Katherine and Joe Jackson. She had two children with Randy Jackson Â„ Genevieve and Randy Jr. Â„ and then married RandyÂs brother Jermaine, having sons Jaafar and Jermajesty. Alejandra has raised Donte since he was 2 after he was adopted by Katherine and Joe. ÂItÂs a long story,ÂŽ Alejandra said about her love life. Considering the amount of tabloid attention the Jackson family has received, why not keep their lives private? ÂPeople already had a preconceived judgment of us and we werenÂt speaking,ÂŽ Randy Jr. said. ÂNow we feel comfortable enough to show how we really are.ÂŽ Shown is Jaafar Jackson, Donte Jackson, Genevieve Jackson, Alejandra Jackson speak onstage at the 'Living With The Jacksons' panelGet Ready for a ew Generation of JacksonÂs onReality TV
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