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Volume 28 No. 4 Jacksonville, Florida Nov. 27 - Dec. 3, 2014

Thanksgiving Holiday Kicks Off Season of Giving for Jacksonville


Boy 12 With Fake Gun Shot

Dead by Cleveland Police
CLEVELAND - 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot dead by police last Sunday after grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds, a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone
waving a "probably fake" gun at a playground.
The officer fired twice after the boy pulled the fake weapon - which was lacking the orange safety indicator usually found on the muzzle - from his waistband but had not pointed it at police. The boy did not make any verbal threats but grabbed the replica handgun after being told to raise his hands.
The attorney for his family, Timothy Kucharski, said the boy went to the park with friends Saturday afternoon, but he did not know the details of what led to the shooting.
The police department is investigating the shooting and both officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure. The county prosecutor's office also is investigating.

Lincoln University Prez Resigns Amid

Controversy Over Rape Comments
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. - A Pennsylvania university says its president has resigned after he was criticized for comments he made about women and sexual assault.
Lincoln University's board of trustees said it has accepted Robert Jennings' resignation and has named general counsel Valerie Harrison as acting president
Jennings apologized earlier this month for his comments at an allwomen's convocatiq4 in September about how false rape allegations can ruin a young man's life.
Portions of the remarks were posted online and some parents criticized them as appearing to blame women for sexual assault.
Board chair Kimberly Lloyd announced Jennings' departure in a letter posted to the university's website.
The bulk of Lloyd's letter focused on Harrison and the future of the historically black university in rural Chester County, about 45 miles west of Philadelphia.


'Queen Latifah Show' Cancelled
The Queen Latifah Show has been cancelled in the midst of its second season; however, the show will continue to air original episodes through March.
Queen Latifah posted a note on her Facebook page, thanking her staff for their hard work.
"Your dedication and sacrifice was crucial to the entire team, and in the face of intense challenges, you displayed 'True Grit!"' she wrote. "The most important thing in life is that you wake up every single day and take chances. No matter what the outcome ... believe in yourself and continue to fly."


COGIC Threatens to Sue Man Over

'I'm Not Gay No More' Song?
According to various media reports, Andrew Caldwell, the man who claimed to be "delivert" from homosexuality at the 107th Holy Convocation of the Church of God In Christ in St. Louis, has released a song on iTunes sampling the service and the COGIC saints are not pleased. The song, which can be heard above, includes Caldwell's now viral words, "I'm not gay no more. I am delivert [sic]! I don't like mens no more! I said I like women...women, women, women, women, women! *speaks in tongues* I say women! I'm not gay! I will not date a man! I will not carry a purse! ITwill not put onmake-up! ITwill! I will...love...a women."
The Church of God in Christ is allegedly requesting that Caldwell stop selling the song, claiming that it makes a mockery of the church. Caldwell has reportedly refused to do so, claiming that it's his voice, therefore it's his property.


Annie Lee, Artist & Humanitarian, Dies
Internationally acclaimed artist, Annie Lee, known for her unique ability to celebrate African American culture passed away Monday, November 24th in Henderson, NV. She was 79 years old. Annie Lee had a very special gift. She let her artwork do the talking. She had the unique talent to paint a scene that captured people's emotions. She lured you into her work with her wistful brushes of color. If her painting included people, you could hear them talking and laughing. If her painting had someone playing the harp or a saxophone, you could imagine the music. While Lee's work featured African Americans, she really captured all Americans life from all angles.
Annie Lee's signature of was to show
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body language and setting expressed strong feelings in a unique way that moved her audience. Her most popular works included My Cup Runneth Over, Blue Monday and most recently a portrait
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Michael Brown's parents Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. Michael Brown's Family to St. Louis


FOSCI 5th Annual Thanksgiving Feast - The Family of Slain Children, Inc. was one of the many organizations throughout the city ensuring First Coast residents have a hot meal and good holiday. The organization's Myrtle Avenue headquarters wa&.overflowing with people in need last week gathering at the FOSCI 5th Annual Thanksgiving Feast. Many of the recipients were members of FOSCI families impacted by homicide, some out of a job, many out of money, some struggling with addictions or having their first Thanksgiving on the streets. FOSCI's mission is to empower children and families that have lost loved ones to homicide by employing initiatives for long term growth, community development, and educational reinvestment. Pictured standing and ready to serve in front of FOSCI headquarters are volunteer chefs Jeremiah Crispin and Yolanda Clark.


Michael Brown family Attorney Benjamin Crump and Rev. Al Sharpton criticized St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch at a press conference Tuesday. Crump said the family "objects loudly" to how McCulloch handled Darren Wilson's grand jury case and that "the process is broken."
"We could see what the outcome was going to be, and that is what occurred last night," Crump said. .Michael Brown Sr. was present but did not speak.
The jury decided not to indict Wilson in killing Brown on Monday Nov. 24. McCollough


Object Loudly'
made the announcement that night. Documents from the case and a transcript of the grand jury proceedings were released following the news. After reviewing what Crump called a "data dump," it was only more apparent that the process was unfair, he said.
Shartpon said right after Brown died, there was a call for a special prosecutor to take over the case as the family had very little trust in local authorities. He blasted McCollough for how he portrayed Brown during the decision press conference.
"I've never seen a prosecutor hold a press conference to discredit the victim," Sharpton said, "where he went out of his way, point by point, to discredit Mike Brown Jr., who could not defend himself."
Following the decision, area businesses were looted and Sharpton said individuals part of those activities should not be grouped with peaceful protesters. "If you are on Michael Brown's side, you walk with dignity. If you do anything to harm others, you're on your own side."
Going forward, Crump proposed the Michael Brown law, which would require every police officer in every city to wear a body camera for transparency in the event more incidents like this occurs.
The family plans to continue to seek input from federal authorities for their investigation, which continues. Sharpton compared the case to Rodney King's beating, in which the officers were at first acquitted, but were eventually sentenced by the federal government for violating King's civil rights.
"We may have lost one round, but the fight is not over."


Alexander Chooses Plea Deal Sentencing Over Trial


The controversial criminal case against Marissa Alexander, a local Jacksonville woman who was facing a possible 60-year prison sentence for shooting at her estranged husband, concluded with a plea deal on this week.
Alexander plead guilty to all three counts of aggravated assault against her husband and was ordered to serve three years in county jail. However, the 1,030 days she has already spent in jail will apply to the deal, resulting in 65 days in jail with release on Jan. 27.
Alexander must also spend two years under house arrest with a monitor following her jail term. The order permits her to attend church,


Marissa Alexander
doctors' appointments and work. According to AP, Alexander


could still be sentenced to five years in prison at the hearing on Jan. 27 because the second count against her is considered an "open plea."
The 2010 shooting sparked national debates around race and domestic violence.
Opponents of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law complained the law unfairly applied to George Zimmerman, who successfully claimed self-defense in the 2012 shooting death of Black teenager Trayvon Martin, and not Alexander, a Black woman who also claimed self-defense in the shooting of her allegedly serially abusive estranged husband Rico Gray.


Alpha Phi Alpha Crowns Miss Black & Gold


Shown in the center is the Miss Black and Gold Court: Marisa Pelham, Taylor Baines, Zahria Mills, and Kyla Waye
Taylor Baines, a junior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, was crowned Miss Black and Gold 2014 during the pageant sponsored by the Jacksonville Graduate Chapter, Upsilon Lambda, of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.. The contest was held November 22 at First Coast High School. Ms. Baines won a $1,000 dollar scholarship and will represent the Upsilon Lambda Chapter at various events and pageants around the city and region. Additionally, she will serve as the official hostess for Chapter functions - Continued on page 7


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Women and Personal Finances


By many measures, women's lives have changed substantially in recent decades. According to a comprehensive government report called "Women in America" (www.whitehouse.gov/data-on-women), although certain social and economic situations for women have improved, when it comes to personal finances, many women still face challenging hurdles.
Key report findings include:
Women live longer than men but are much more likely to experience critical health problems that hamper their ability to work - and to pass up needed care due to cost.
Although the eamings gap between women and men continues to narrow, it's still significant: Among full-time workers, women's weekly earnings as a percentage of men's have increased from 62 percent in 1979 to 80 percent in 2009.
More women than men now graduate high school and college, but far fewer earn degrees in engineering, computer sciences and other higherpaying fields.
Women marry later, have fewer children or remain childless, yet still are more likely to live in poverty, particularly single-mother families. Women are less likely than men to work outside the home (61 percent vs. 75 percent in 2009) and are much more likely to work part-time and to take time off to raise children or care


for aging relatives.
In a nutshell: Women generally earn less and live longer than men, so at retirement they often have less in savings, receive smaller retirement and Social Security benefits and must spread out their money longer. Clearly, women need to take charge of their financial wellbeing. Here are a few places to start:
Develop a budget to track income and expenses. Either download a budget spreadsheet template or investigate software packages and online account management services like Quicken (www.quicken.com), Mint.com (www.mint.com), Yodlee (www.yodlee.com) and Mvlopes (www.mvlopes.com).
Plan for retirement. Time is your biggest ally when it comes to retirement savings, so get cracking. Start estimating your retirement needs:
Social Security's Retirement Estimator (www.ssa.gov/estimator), which automatically enters your earnings information from its records to estimate your projected Social Security benefits under different scenarios, such as age at retirement, future earnings projections, etc.
Check whether your 401(k) plan administrator's website has a calculator to estimate how much you will accumulate under various contribution and investment scenarios. If not, try the retirement calculators at Bankrate.com and AARP to deter-


mine your current financial status and what you'll need to save to meet your retirement needs.
Do your research. Many helpful personal financial education and management tools are available online, including:
The National Foundation of Credit Counseling's MyMoneyCheckUpTM program offers a step-by-step assessment of your overall financial health and behavior in four personal finance areas: budgeting and credit management, saving and investing, planning for retirement and managing home equity (www.mymoneycheckup.org).
Social Security's Website for Women provides information on retirement, disability and other issues. You can also order or download their informative, free publication, "What Every Woman Should Know" (www.ssa.gov/women).
The Women's Savings Initiative, a program jointly developed by Heinz Family Philanthropies, the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) and Visa Inc. (www.practicalmoneyskills.com/womensave). This free program features an audioand e-book called "What Women Need to Know About Retirement," which you can order on CD or download as a PDF or audio file from Practical Money Skills for Life, a free personal financial management program run by Visa (www.practicalmoneyskills.com/resources).


E3 Business Group Jax Chapter Celebrates 5 years of Entrepreneurship and Expansion


The North Florida Chapter of the E3 Business Group, Inc., celebrated five years of supporting aspiring entrepreneurs in Northeast Florida at their national headquarters in downtown Jacksonville last week.
E3 Entrepreneurs, community partners, guests, and city officials recognized the work of the chapter. Highlights included a letter from Mayor Alvin Brown delivered by Paul Crawford, Deputy Director of Jacksonville's Office of Economic Development.
"I am proud of the partnerships that have been built [by E3] and the strides that have been made to help expand Jacksonville's economic landscape," read Crawford.
The Ida Jackson Community Service Award was presented to Kemal Gasper of SunTrust Bank, and, Meochia Clayton of My Times Travel, Alvin King of Infinite Solutions International and Teneshia LaFaye of Affordable Care Agency received the E3 Soldier Award. Traci Irven of Team 1 Service Cleaning was recognized with the chapter's highest honor, the 2014 E3 Eagle Award.
Guests enjoyed signature champagne appetizers and a performance by Akia Uwanda. A highlight of the


Awardees pictured left to right, Meochia Clayton (My Times Travel), Teneshia LaFaye (Affordable Care Agency), Kemal Gasper (SunTrust Bank) and Traci Irven (Team 1 Service Cleaning).


evening included the announcement by E3 founder and National Executive Director Anthony Butler, Sr. of the signing of a Strategic Alliance Memorandum with the Small Business Administration. "E3 is poised to set a new standard for aspiring entrepreneurs as leaders of business and community," commented Butler.
The group in partnership with Jacksonville Small and Emerging Business, Jax Bridges and others are


planning the first E3Xpo in February of 2015 to provide "real world, real time" assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs throughout Florida in downtown Jacksonville. "We are bringing the spotlight of the nation to Jacksonville. Its time people saw our potential realized," said Anthony Butler.
For more information on E3 and its programs email info@e3businessgroup.us.


Ex-NBC Employee Claims He Helped Bill C
Frank Scotti, a 90-year-old ex- said to the Daily News. "Nobody denied. from Cosby's attorney Martin Singer NBC employee, is the latest to go suspected." One woman whose name is on the denying Scotti's allegations. public with stories of Bill Cosby's Scotti provided copies of money receipts reached out to the Daily "What evidence does he have of past. orders to four women to the Daily News and said the payments funded Mr. Cosby's involvement?" Singer
Scotti, who worked as a facilities News and said Cosby asked him to her son's private school tuition. said. "How would Scotti know if a manager for the Brooklyn NBC Stu- put his own name on them. Scotti is confident that he was sexu- woman was a model or a secretary? dio where "Cosby Show" was "He was covering himself by hav- ally involved with the women receiv- It appears that his story is pure specfilmed, told the New York Daily ing my name on it," he said. "It was ing payments, and came forward now News that he arranged for monthly a coverup. I realized it later." because he "felt sorry for the payments and more for eight women One woman, Shawn Thompson, women." during "The Cosby Show's" run reportedly received more than "Why else would he be sending from 1984-1992. He claimed some $100,000 after their alleged affair money?" Scotti asked. "He was sendwomen would receive as much as started in 1974. Thompson's daugh- ing these women $2,000 a month. $2,000 at a time. ter, Autumn Jackson, has claimed What else could I think?" "He had everybody fooled," Scotti Cosby is her father, which Cosby has The story also includes a quote


Phi Delta Kappa Sorority Treats


Seniors to Thanksgiving Dinner

National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Delta Delta Chapter and the Miciah Deleston Foundation for Families treated 145 Senior Citizens of Lincoln Villa Community Center and the surrounding area to a PreThanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings. The youth (Xinos and Kudos) of Delta Delta Chapter participated in this annual event and the parents of the youth served dinner. The seniors were entertained by Mama Blue and accompanied by Vibe. Each of the 145 seniors received a door prize.
Ms. Emestine Jones, Manager of Lincoln Villa thanked the sorors and the foundation for their commitment to the community. Basileus Betty J. LeRoy extended greetings and thanked the seniors for their many (L-R) Ms. Ernestine Jones, Manager of Lincoln Villa, Jarrell years of service. Williams, Kudos and Mariah Franklin, Xinos.


osby Pay Off Women
ulation so that he can get his 15 min- allegations resurfaced, NBC has utes of fame." pulled a project with him, Netflix NBC declined comment on the postponed a stand-up special it was story. going to stream and TV Land has Cosby now has claims against him stopped airing re-runs of "The Cosby from at least 15 women with varying Show." charges of sexual assault. Since the


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Chi Eta Phi Inducts New Members - The
Chapter, recently inducted four new members. The induction ceremony was Health Care Center in the Swisher auditorium. As part of their commitment to bers participated in serving meals at St. Francis Soup Kitchen and the Strives A Shown above are newly inducted members (L-R) Mary Davis Johnson, Cryst and Odille Thomas with charter member Helen Bergeron (center in black). The and given gifts of sorority paraphernalia. In addition to providing nursing educ ity's other service activities include participation in Kidney Sunday and presen I edu


Sisters Network Honors Volunteers and

Supporters in the Fight against Breast Cancer

The Sisters Network of Northeast Florida held their volunteers of distinction awards event recognition and styles show, Saturday, November 22nd at the Omni Hotel. TV host and entrepreneur Rahman Johnson was the guest speaker and presented awards to former TV anchor Angela Spears and plastic surgeon Dr. James E. Hardy. L Reknowned gynecologist, Dr. William Cody was honored and recognized by the Sister's Network Inc. for his continuous service or cancer patients in the Jacksonville community. Angela Spears was also recognized for her volunteer efforts and support. Sisters Network� Inc. is committed to increasing local and national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African American community. Sisters Network Northeast Florida is an affiliate chapter of Sisters Network <;, .. Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Nu � Inc., a leading voice and the only held at the University of Florida national African American breast community service, the new mem- cancer survivorship organization in gainst Cancer Breast Cancer walk. the United States. The Northeast tal G. Marcelin, Hydie H. Jackson Florida Chapter serves Jacksonville new inductees were served brunch and the surrounding counties, was ,ation to the community, the soror- established in August 1997 to assist ating Sickle Cell, kidney and heart African American women diagication symposiums. nosed with breast cancer to reclaim .
a sense of control for their health and to seek a full and renewed life. Dr. William Cody and Angela Spears holding their awards


Brown, Jones to Continue Political Leadership Roles


Pictured at this year's event are speakers Elder Kevin Postel (WCGL), Joan Turner and keynote speaker Bishop Fred Brown of House of Refuge. R.Silverphoto
Thanksgiving Luncheon for Seniors

Celebrates Life and Empowerment
The Senior Life Foundation held their 28th annual thanksgiving luncheon for seniors at the Wyndham Riverwalk hotel, Tuesday, November 25th. Over 400+ seniors from various private homes, nursing homes and senior living facilities in Jacksonville converged at the event. Entertainment was provided by singing groups Ahmond, Bishop Larry Boston, the Mcntyres and more! Also at the affair was "Bing Bing" the clown who offered special thanksgiving greetings to the seniors. The event was a joyous celebration that extends an open hand to seniors for lunch, empowering speakers, Florida local and state representatives, pastors and Jacksonville's honorable Mayor Alvin Brown. The Senior Life Foundation luncheon began 28 years ago as a testimony to senior life founder Joan Turner who has been the visionary and the catalyst for each year's event.

Mayor Appoints 12 to


Wealth Building Initiative


Jacksonville has a lot to be proud of on the state and national levels as their elected officials continue to excel on the political playing field. Last week, Cong. Corrine Brown was elected ranking member of House Committee on Veterans' Affairs and State Rep. Mia L. Jones, D-Jacksonville, was unanimously elected to serve for a second term in the Florida House of Representatives' Leadership Offices as the Minority Leader pro tempore to Minority Leader Mark


Pafford alongside Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Speaker pro tempore Matt Hudson in completing the legislative leadership team during the 2014-2016 Legislative Session.
Upon her confirmation to be the ranking member of the House Committee of Veterans' Affairs, Congresswoman Brown made the following statement: "I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to serve as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs for


the 114th Congress, and I wholeheartedly appreciate the support of my Democratic colleagues. I am very much looking forward to serving our nation's veterans in this new position and working to make sure these men and women get the care and benefits they earned through their service to our nation. One of the most important tools we have at our disposal to assist our veterans is our veteran stakeholders." Jones was equally expressive in acknowledging her post.


"It is an honor to be elected to serve as Democratic Leader pro tempore for 2014-2016 sessions," said Rep. Jones. "I know it will not be easy with the loss of six democratic members, but I know we have a talented team and I am committed to being a strong advocate for Florida's Families throughout our state as we stand united as a caucus within the Florida House of Representatives.


Mayor Alvin Brown recently announced the members of a newly-formed task force to guide a Community Wealth Building Initiative that will focus on new strategies to create jobs and business opportunities in Northwest Jacksonville.
"The Community Wealth Building Initiative is an innovative, community-based approach for empowering neighborhood economic development," said Mayor Brown. "The goal is to create quality jobs with family-supporting wages and build community wealth in Northwest Jacksonville. The task force members have the experience, expertise and can-do spirit to help us move forward." The 15-member task force will be chaired by Darnell Smith, Florida Blue's Market President for the North Florida Market. In addition to 12 members directly appointed by the mayor, the task force includes three ex officio members appointed by the City Council, JTA and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Community Wealth Building Initiative Task Force Members appointed by the Mayor include:
- Darnell Smith (Chair), Market President-North Florida Region, Florida Blue;
- Sandy Bartow, Vice President of Entrepreneurial Growth, JAX Chamber, and President, JAX Chamber Foundation;
- Dr. Irvin PeDro Cohen,


Executive Director, New Town Success Zone;
- Rev. Kent Dorsey, Minister, Riverside Avenue Christian Church, and Co-President, Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment (ICARE);
- Je'Toye Flornoy, founder of The YACHT (Youth Achieving Collegiate Hopes of Tomorrow)
- Julia Henry-Wilson, Program Director, Jacksonville Urban League;
- Dawn Lockhart, President and CEO, Family Foundations;
- Janet Owens, Executive Director, LISC Jacksonville;
- Melanie Patz, Vice President of Community Investment and Impact, Baptist Health;
- Connie Smith, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo;
- Paul Tutwiler, Executive Director, Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation;
- Nina Waters, President, The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida Ex Officio Members of the Community Wealth Building Initiative Task Force;
- Reggie Brown, Jacksonville City Council member (District 10)
- Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority and Alesia Scott-Ford, Director, Jacksonville Field Office, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


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Our Vets Have Made the Ultimate


Sacrifice - Even in the Face of Inequality


With the 2014 election season officially over, there is much to talk about. We could definitely continue to talk about the Republican landslide and what Democrats need to do to "right the ship," but I am sure that we have all heard enough about that.
So let's put politics aside and talk about a group of Americans that make the ultimate sacrifice for our country - our veterans. Veteran's Day was recognized last week and is a holiday that reminds us of the sacrifices many men and women have made fighting for our country.
In fact, risking ones life for his country is truly the ultimate sacrifice. Benjamin Franklin once said, "Never has there been a good war or a bad peace."
We honor all veterans on this day, but I think special recognition must be given to those who fought for a country they loved that refused to consider them as "true" citizens.
And this is not some radical message intended to stir anyone up, but recognition of the black soldiers who fought for this country during


very turbulent times - dealing with open racism and segregation.
One of the most troubling stories I have ever heard was from a senior citizen who was attempting to explain to me the various racial and economical hurdles he had gone through in his life.
He talked about serving our great country in WWlI and coming home to be treated as a second-class citizen. In fact, he talked about military dogs being treated better than African American soldiers.
He recalled being on a train in Europe in which German prisoners were able to ride in passenger cars, but black soldiers had to ride in the back of the train - often with cattle and other livestock.
So while African American soldiers fought in many battles and died on many battlefields we were never good enough to be considered equal. Back in the homeland, blacks continued to be discriminated against and lynched in record numbers during WWlI. And throughout the South, a racist legal system known as "Jim


Crow" segregated people by race in restrooms, hotels, restaurants, and most other public accommodations.
My grandfather was good enough to drive trucks in the military supplying goods and supplies, but he wasn't good enough to eat at a diner in downtown Jacksonville or use the same restrooms as whites in Hemming Plaza.
"My country tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where our fathers died, Land of the pilgrims pride," hardly words that related to the true conditions facing black soldiers
Not only was the U.S. military segregated during World War II, but black soldiers were also excluded from most victory parades that followed. Many history books don't tell us that African Americans truly played a prominent role in the United States' victories in WWII.
The Tuskegee Airmen escorted bombers on runs in North Africa and parts of Europe and never lost a bomber. The 761st Tank Battalion, known as the 'Black Panthers,' landed in France four months after


the D-Day invasion and later liberated concentration camps. It wasn't until thirty-three years after the war ended; the group received the Presidential Unit Citation.
Some would say why talk about these past injustices, let's move forward. I agree, but I am not talking about the past to upset any one, and I am not advocating reparations for these injustices, just simple recognition.
Sometimes simple recognition goes a long way.
The United States has the most powerful military in the world, as we stand "united" against terrorism, unfortunately we have never been united against racism and discrimination.
We give honor to all veterans, and thank them for their continued sacrifice and commitment to this country.
Signing off from the Veterans Day Parade,
Reggie Fullwood


Let's Not forget, We've Overcome




Much Worse than Ferguson


I really wanted to write something poignantMonday night but all I could do was cuss at random intervals for about 4 hours straight. Then I moved on to kicking trashcans all over my house. I'm still oscillating between those two stages.
I knew it was going to happen just like it happened. We knew it was coming. We've had many conversations saying he will not be getting indicted for killing Michael Brown because history had written that conclusion. We made Facebook statuses about Darren Wilson being a free man when the governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency. We knew.
But knowing didn't stop this from feeling the full punch to the chest, knocking the wind out my sails and leaving me deflated. It's like when you try to brace yourself for impact; it is still going to hurt like hell no matter how much you think you've prepared.
Darren Wilson is not even going to stand trial for shooting unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown. Darren Wilson is not going to have to answer for killing Leslie McFadden's son, Mike Brown. Darren Wilson is sitting at home, free as hell even though he killed Michael Brown Sr.'s junior because prosecutor Bob McCullough stood behind his podium and waved the "Open season on Black folks" flag.
And I'm sitting at home infuriated for another day that we're being told that Black lives mean nothing.
I am supposed to talk about productive rage but I already did that 3 month ago when Mike Brown was first killed (How to Channel Your


Anger Over Michael Brown's Death Productively). Now that his killer is just as free as he was then, and even moreso (because he's $400,000 richer and someone's husband), all I have is blinding rage. Because the system gives so little damns about us that it can't even pretend.
Those people who are rioting in Ferguson? Well, I can't say I blame them. Because anger can be so palpable that it gurgles up your throat and makes your flesh break out in hives. We rage because feeling powerless makes you want to burn something to the ground. We're supposed to keep the peace, right? But white boys can create mayhem in the streets over a pumpkin festival and because their sports teams lost a game. No tear gas is sent their way as they do this. NONE. But WE can't take to the streets because Black people are being murdered systemically. "You can't


separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom."Malcolm X
Maybe tomorrow, I'll be able to think clearly and talk about what we need to do next to effect change. But today, I rage. I rave for Lesley McFadden, who did not get justice for her son. I cuss to the high heavens for Michael Brown Sr. who had to bury him. I am furious for every parent who has to tell their Black son and daughter that staying alive means being more obedient than a trained dog when standing in front of a man in blue.
All lives matter but we have to keep saying "Black Lives Matter" to remind people of our humanity, which is far too often forgotten. We keep having to fight for the most basic of rights and the most basic things to LIVE.
Last week, I went to a private screening of the movie Selma,


chronicling the 3 months that Martin Luther King Jr. spent in Selma, Alabama in the summer of 1965. I wept throughout that film for many reasons but one of them was because I recognized that the same battles they had then are the ones we're having now, 50 years later. THE SAME. We knew the road would be long but who knew we'd be at the same checkpoint after all this time?
When this pain feels duller and throbs instead of stabs, we can get up and know that in spite of it all, we are neither helpless nor powerless. We've come through much worse and we still stand; we will remain standing and keep fighting.
We were manifested from ancestral excellence, and in the words of an old Mexican proverb "They tried to bury us but they didn't know we were seeds."
Still. We rage.


Bill Cosby is No



Victim of Racism
My initial reaction to TV Land's decision to cut The Cosby Show from its lineup was mostly tied to the notion that Bill Cosby is not being afforded the same luxury as his white counterparts like Woody Allen and Roman Polanski, who continue to see their films aired and celebrated even when we're given detailed reminders of their sexual allegations. However, when it comes to Bill Cosby, it's a bit more complicated than my knee-jerk reaction to the cable network's decision suggests.
If you go on social media, you will see tweets like, "Remember...at one time Bill Cosby was about to buy the NBC network...a Black man with any kind of real POWER is not cool in America!!! !" Likewise, "They can't never let a Black man be successful & respected by all at the same time... don't try & dirty Bill Cosby's name bruh."
Then there were outlets posing leading questions such as "We see Bill Cosby, a Black man, being accused by multiple white women of rape. Is he automatically guilty because of the racial layer?" Even some misguided white people have entered the fray, arguing that Cosby is being mistreated while white women like Lena Dunham are being let off the hook.
Some refuse to believe the ever-increasing number of women who have accused Bill Cosby of raping them due to the idea that this is nothing more than a concerted effort to bring an iconic Black man down. An iconic Black man who presented an image of a Black family that means so much to so many - exactly why the Black-focused networks like the BET-owned Centric and Magic Johnson-founded Aspire have decided to keep airing episodes of The Cosby Show.
No one can deny the reality that Black people - even famous, wealthy ones - are often treated more harshly than white people. Nonetheless, these Bill Cosby apologists conveniently leave out the fact that Bill Cosby has long been accused of raping women over the years and he's only now really facing public backlash for it. So if this was truly about the media "just trying to assassinate another Black man character" as some have suggested, why did it take so long?
What's happening to Bill Cosby now is not an affront on the Black man. This is a testament to how one powerful man can no longer flex his muscle to shut people up in an age where new media and social media drive the conversation in ways a 77-year-old celebrity is not used to. Sure, TV Land's decision is harsh, but it will likely be reversed the same way networks have returned to airing episodes of 7th Heaven despite its show's patriarch, played by actor Stephen Collins, confessing to child molestation.
This isn't about racism so much as it is a lingering lassiez faire attitude many have about sexual assault. There is not enough sympathy in the world for victims of rape, and there's even less when the accused rapist is an entertainer. People will put their entertainment value ahead of a person's humanity. It is why Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, and yes, Bill Cosby have managed to amass fortunes for their art with only small blemishes to their legacies.
It is why R. Kelly continues to have a career despite the charges leveled against him. This is a man who has been accused of raping children for several years and has responded by being just as sexually-explicit in his creative works as ever before. If we go by the logic that Bill Cosby's current media narrative can be attributed to racial politics, than why is R. Kelly still relevant? As much as many of us love 12 Play, his contributions to culture are far less important that Bill Cosby, and he doesn't possess a fraction of the prestige Cosby has.
If anything, Cosby is a Black man who has spent the last decade of his life condemning poor Black people - to the amusement of the very folks some now would argue are crucifying him. And unlike many of the aforementioned men, none of them positioned themselves as moralizer. It is Bill Cosby who has long fancied himself pristine and above others. It is Bill Cosby who has used that public image to denigrate his people. This is Cosby's chickens coming home to roost.
Cosby may be a Black man, but as a man first, he's long enjoyed the perks of patriarchy - the main culprit behind it taking decades for his reputation to be rightly challenged.


Obama's Immigration Executive Order is a Game Changer


by David Love
Last week, President Obama addressed the nation with an outline of the executive action he is taking on immigration. In his 10minute address, the president outlined his plan to fix a broken system and, a combination of accountability and compassion, while also challenging Congress to do its part and pass legislation. The speech was not broadcast on the major networks, but was aired on a number of cable outlets, including Univision, which delayed its broadcast of the Latin Grammy Awards to air the presi-


dent's remarks.
In his speech, the president sought a reasonable middle ground that falls short of complete amnesty for undocumented immigrants, yet offers deportation relief for up to 5 million people, allowing families who have lived in the country to remain here.
"I know some of the critics of the action call it amnesty. Well, it's the not. Amnesty is the immigration system we have today," Obama said. "Millions of people who live here without paying their taxes or playing by the rules, while politicians use the issue to scare people


and whip up votes at election time. That's the real amnesty, leaving this broken system the way it is. Mass amnesty would be unfair. Mass deportation would be both impossible and contrary it to our character," the president added.
Under Obama's plan, more resources will go to the border, with an emphasis on deporting undocumented immigrants who recently crossed the border. And resources will be focused on deporting felons as opposed to the families of U.S. citizens. Also a part of the president's plan is increased accountability for


millions, with a requirement that undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been here five plus years undergo a background check and pay taxes to remain in the country. Further, there will be expanded work authorization for high-skilled workers waiting for a green card. At the same time, Obama placed the onus on Republicans to pass fair and just immigration reform legislation. "Overall the number of people trying to cross our border illegally is at its lowest level since the 1970s. Those are the facts. Meanwhile, I worked with


Congress on a comprehensive fix. And last year 68 Democrats, Republicans, and independents came together to pass a bipartisan bill in the Senate," the president said.
Latino- and Asian-Americans are important Democratic constituencies that voted for Obama in large numbers, and the presidential action will only strengthen their support.
Ultimately, the activists and the "Dreamers" who pressed Obama to act now on immigration reform can claim victory. So too, can President Obama.


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FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 1, 2014


WIN OR GO HOME!


I BAYOU TO DECIDE SWAC WEST; VIRGINIA
STATE, MORGAN STATE IN PLAYOFF CHASE


SCORES
NOVEMBER22 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 20, Alabama A&M 19 MEAC Jackson State 34, Alcorn State 31 B-Cookman 18, Florida A&M 17,2 OTs INDEPENDENTS Howard 30, Hampton 29 Tennessee State 48, Murray State 33 Morgan State 69, Delaware State 7
N. C. Central 21, NCA&T 14 NCAA DIV. II PLAYOFFS S. C. State 30, Norfolk State 20 SUPER REGION I - First Round Brigham Young 64, Savannah State 0 Virginia State 28, LIU-Post 17 SWAC SUPER REGION II- First Round Alabama State 30, Stillman 27 West Georgia 20, Tuskegee 17




SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22
SWAC
Bayou Classic on NBC
Grambling State vs. Southern in New Orleans, LA 1:30p PLAYOFF GAMES
DIV. II - Second Round
Bloomsburg vs. Virginia State in Bloomsburg, PA 12n FCS - First Round - ESPN3
Richmond vs. Morgan State in Richmond, VA 1p



PLAYOFF GAME RECAPS

NCAA DIV. II - Super Region I First Round
Virginia State 28, LIU Post 17
ETTRICK, VA- After trailing 17-14 at the half, CIAA champion Virginia State pitched a second half shutout while scoring twice to pull out a 28-17 win over LIU Post in a first round NCAA
Div. II Super Region I playoff home game.
Both second-half VSU scores came on 1-yard runs by RB
Kavon Bellamy who carried 29 times for 131 yards. The first came in the third quarter at the end of a 10-play, 50-yard drive. The final score followed an 82-yard 'ass from QB Tarrian Ayres to Javon Smallwood (3 receptions, 132 yards)
that carried to the LIU 1.
Ayres (9-21-1, 151 yards) opened
the scoring in the first quarter with an VsU Sports Photo 11-yard run following the Trojans taking BELLAMY: Ran for over at the LIU 25 after an 18-yard LIUP 119 yards and two
punt. After LIU tied the game at 7, VSU scores in VSU win.
went up 14-7 on an 83-yard interception retum TD by DB Andre
Rawls.
VSU (10-2), seeded third in the region, won its tenth straight
game and will now travel to second-seed Bloomsburg next week
in a second round game (see related story).

NCAA DIV. II - Super Region II First Round
West Georgia 20, Tuskegee 17
TUSKEGEE, AL - SIAC champion Tuskegee fell behind
13-0 at the half and its second-half rally fell short in falling at home to West Georgia, 20-17 in a first-round NCAA Div. II Super
Region II playoff game.
The Tigers (9-3), seeded third in
Super Region II, got on the board in the third quarter on Michael Thorntons 2-yard TD run and pulled within 13-10 when Troy Wylie kicked thru a 45-yard
field goal early in the fourth quarter.
UWG went up 20-10 later in the period before Thornton scored on another THORNTON: His two
2-yard run with 2:37 to play. Tuskegee TDs not enough.
would get the ball one last time but could only advance to its own
30.




1. SOUTHERN (7-3) - Idle. THIS WEEK: In New Orleans to face Grambling for SWAC West title.
2. VIRGINIA STATE (9-2) - CIAA champ beat LIU-Post, 28-17 in D2 playoffs first round. THIS WEEK: At No. 2 Bloomsburg in D2 second round playoff game.
3. MORGAN STATE (7-5) - Routed DelState, 69-7 to earn share of MEAC title. Earned MEAC automatic berth to FCS playoffs. THIS WEEK: At Richmond in first round FCS playoff game.
4. NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL (7-5) - Beat North Carolina A&T, 21-14 to win share of MEAC title. Season over.
5. ALCORN STATE (9-3) - SWAC East champ closed season with loss to Jackson State, 34-31. THIS WEEK: Off until SWAC Championship Game on Dec. 6 vs. SWAC West champion.
6. NORTH CAROLINA A&T (9-3) - Fell to NC Central, 2 1-14. Shares MEAC title with four others. Season over.
7. GRAMBLING STATE (7-4) - Idle. THIS WEEK: Faces Southern in New Orleans Super Dome for SWAC West title.
8. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (8-4) - Downed Norfolk State 3020 for share of MEAC title. Season over.
9. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (9-3) - Survived double OT battle with Florida A&M, 18-17. Shares MEAC title with four others. Season over.
10. TUSKEGEE (8-3) - SIAC champ fell to West Georgia, 20-17 in D2 playoffs first round. Season over. (TIE) WINSTON-SALEM STATE (9-2) - CIAA runner-up. Season


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CAA CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
ATHLETIC ASsocwnlON
DIV ALL
NORTH W L W L Virginia State 8 0 10 2
DIV. II PLAYOFFS - FIRST ROUND Virginia State 28, LIU Post 17 VSU advances to 2nd round
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE
Kavon Bellamy, So., RB, VSU - 29 carries for 131 yards, two TDs in win over LIU Post.
DEFENSE
Andre Rawls, Sr., LB, VSU - Seven (7) tackles and 83-yard interception return for TD vs. LIU Post.


M EAC MID EASTERN
M A ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
FINAL CONF ALL
W L W L
Morgan State 6 2 7 5 "NCA&TState 6 2 9 3 "SCState 6 2 8 4 "Bethune-Cookman 6 2 9 3 ^N. Carolina Central 6 2 7 5 Norfolk State 4 4 4 8 Delaware State 2 6 2 10 Howard 3 5 5 7 Hampton 2 6 3 9 #FlordaA&M 3 5 3 9 # Savannah State 0 7 0 11 # Not eligible for ile
Co-Champion
Receives FCS automatic bid
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE
Tarik Cohen, So., RB, NC A&T- 20 carries, 203 yards 2 TDs, one costly fumble in loss to NC Central. Finished as MEAC leading rusher (1,340 yards, 15 TDs). Moses Skillon, Jr., QB, MORGAN STATE - 16 of 24 for 261 yards and five TDs in win over DelSlate. DEFENSE
Ty Brown, r-Sr,, LB, NC CENTRAL - Six soo tackles, four for losses including three sacks for -23 yards and one forced fumble in win over NC A&T. ROOKIE
Terrance Ervin, Fr., QB, NSU - 22 of37 for 267 yards,
2 TOs and 2 ints. vs. SC State. SPECIAL TEAMS
Lariy erlhm, So., QB, B.CU . Ran in game-winning 2-point PAT in OT vs, Florda A&M


SIA SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
CONF ALL
W L W L
Tuskegee 8 0 9 3
DIV. II PLAYOFFS - FIRST ROUND West Georgia 20, Tuskegee 17 Tuskegee eliminated
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE
Dondre Purnell, WR/KR, STILLMAN
- Five receptions for 29 yards and 1 TO and returned kickoff 99 yards for TD vs. Alabama State.
DEFENSE
Jewell Ratliff, Jr., LB, TUSKEGEE - Ten tackles, six solos, 2.5 for losses vs. UWG.


SWAC SOUTHWESTERN
A THLETIC CONFERENCE


EAST v
AAlcorn State Alabama State 5 Alabama A&M 3 Jackson State , Miss. Valley State 1 WEST
Grambling State Southern Prairie View A&M 5 Texas Southern 3 Ark. Pine Bluff ^ Clinched Division tle PLAYERS OF THE WEEK


v ALL
L WIL 2 9 3 4 7 , 6 4 8 6 5 7 8 2 9
1 7 4 1 8 3 4 5 5 6 5 6 6 4


OFFENSE
Malcolm Cyrus, Sr., RB, ALABAMA STATE - Ran 23 times for 106 yards and 3 Ts (1, 7, 3) in win over Sillman. Ben Anderson, Sr., 0B, ARK.-PINE BLUFF - Passes for 225 yards, 1 TD, rushed for 133 yards, 2 TOs in win over Alabama A&M. DEFENSE
Brandon Smith, Jr,, DB, JACKSON STATE - 10 tackles, 7 solos, with 1int. vs. Alcom State. SPECIAL TEAMS
Ryan Delsing, PK, JACKSON STATE- FGsof28 and 46 yards, 2 of 2 on PATs in win over Alcorn. NEWCOMER
ODarius Williams, Fr., WR, ALABAMA A&M - 8 receptions, 109 yards vs. UAP.


INDEPENDENTS
FINAL W L Tennessee State 6 6
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE
Michael German, Sr. QB, TENNESSEE STATE
- Completed 28 of 48 passes for 463 yards and six TDs in win over Murray State and also ran for an8-yard TD.
Ryan Mitchell, Sr., WR,TENNESSEE STATE - 10 receptions for 231 yards and TD catches of 72, 15 and 59 yards.
DEFENSE
Detordus Shipley, Sr., DE, TENNESSEE STATE
- Eight tackles, three sacks for -12 yards in losses, vs. Murray State.
Gabe Terry, Jr., DE, TENNESSEE STATE - Five tackles, three sacks for -30 yards in losses vs. Murray State.
SPECIAL TEAMS
Lane Clark, PK, TENNESSEE STATE -Sixforsix on PATs vs. Murray State.


Plenty of history in playoffs, Bayou showdown


LUT WILLIAMS
BCSP Editor
Two teams making historic playoff runs and a showdown in perhaps the most celebrated game in black college football are the remaining story lines as the 2014 season marches on.
Virginia State, who won its first CIAA championship since 1996 two weeks ago in an upset of two-time recent champion WinstonSalem State and is alive in the NCAA Div. II playoffs, and Morgan State, who Saturday captured a piece of the MEAC title for the first time in 35 yards and grabbed its first FCS playoff berth in history, will share the stage this week with Southern and Grambling State, two SWAC dynamos whose battle this week determines who plays in the Dec. 6 league championship game.

Virginia State
The Trojans (10-2), under second-year CIAA Coach of the Year, Latrell Scott, followed up their CIAA title game win with their first-ever Div. II playoff win as they downed LIU Post, 28-17 Saturday in a first round Super Region I home game (see related story).
VSU, seeded third in the region, now travels to face No. 2 Bloomsburg (10-1) Saturday (12 noon) in a second round region semifinal.
Bloomsburg was undefeated at 10-0, the region's top team and ranked fifth in the nation before losing its last game, a 28-26 decision to Slippery Rock in the Pennsyvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship Game. The Huskies received a bye in the first round by virtue of its No. 2 seeding.
VSU got back sophomore starting QB Tarrian Ayres in the LIU Post win after he was suspended for the CIAA title game. Ayres, who completes 58% of his passe, appeared a little rusty vs. LIUP. He ran for a TD but completed only 9 of 21 passes for Ayres 151 yards in the win. AllCIAA RB Kavon Bellamy ran for 119 yards and two TDs while all-CIAA WR Javon Smallwood had three receptions for 119 yards including an 82-yarder to take up the slack.
All-CIAA linebacker Andre Rawls, who had an 83-yard interception return for a TD vs. LIUP, keys the defense along with LB Brandon Robinson and DB Darion Thomas.


Bloomsburg, under PSAC Coach of the Year Paul Darragh, relies on a strong running game led by 5-9, 213-pound senior Eddie Mateo who has run for 1,065 yards and 23 rushing TDs, a figure that's third-best in the nation. Da'Shun Munger has run for 737 yards and three TDs. QB Tim Kelly has completed 55.9% of his passes for 1,651 yards and nine TDs with six interceptions.
Bloomsburg placed 14 players on the allPSAC team led by senior MLB Justin Shirk who was named the league's defensive player of the year after registering 97 tackles, 19.5 for losses including 8.5 sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles in ten games. The Huskies led the nation in turnovers gained (39) and turnover margin (+28).
The teams have one common opponent. Bloomsburg beat California (Pa.) 24-21 late in the season while VSU lost to Cal 33-24 to open the season.

Morgan State
Morgan State and new head coach Jerry Hull emerged from a five-way tie for the MEAC regular season title with the league's automatic playoff bid by virtue of the best head-to-head record (2-1) against the other four tied teams.
The Bears (7-5) closed in a flourish after dropping a 45-0 decision three weeks ago at North Carolina A&T, one of the four other teams that got a share of the MEAC title. They followed that up with a last-minute 24-21 upset win over then conference leader South Carolina State before closing out the season with a 69-7 pasting of Delaware State Saturday. They weren't assured of the playoff bid until the end of North Carolina Central's 21-14 win over A&T Saturday.
The Bears will now travel to 8-4 Richmond Saturday in a 1 p.m. first round FCS playoff game.
QB Moses Skillon
had led the Bears to their last two wins. He ran in for a touchdown with less than a minute to go in the win over SC State , - and then threw six TD passes Saturday vs. DelState. Herb Walker Jr. Skillon has run for 1,288 yards and 13 TDs to lead the ground attack while Andrew King (37 rec., 428 yards, 5 TDs) is the top receiver. Linebacker Cody Acker (101 tackles), DE Chris Robinson (14 sacks, 18 tackles for


loss) anchor the defense.
Richmond has started Michael Strauss (101-277-7, 2,202 yds., 16 TDs) at quarterback recently but has also played Michael Rocco (116-205-11, 4 TDs). The top rusher is Seth Fisher (717 yards, 10 TDs) with Reggie Diggs (885 yards, 5 TDs) the top receiver.
Richmond and MSU have two common opponents. The Spiders defeated Hampton 42-17 and beat Villanova 10-9. MSU beat Hampton
38-35 and lost to Villanova 48-28.

Southern vs. Grambling State
The final game of the SWAC regular season will pit Louisiana rivals Southern (8-3) and Grambling State (7-4) at the New Orleans Super Dome Saturday (1:30 p.m.) at the 41st Bayou Classic.
Both teams are tied with 7-1 league records with the winner taking the West Division title and the spot opposite East Division winner Alcorn State next week (Dec. 6) in the SWAC Championship Game. Additionally, the winner will become the leader in the series which is currently tied at 20 wins apiece.
Grambling, under new head coach Broderick Fobbs, has been the surprise team of the SWAC and all of black college football. The G-Men were coming off woeful back-to-bdck: losing ,seasons aisWinternal issues :thatiised the storied program to go through three head coaches last season. But after losing its first three games, Fobbs led the Tigers to seven straight wins and to the top of the SWAC West and the BCSP national rankings before a loss to Alabama State two weeks ago.
Southern, under second-year head coach Dawson Odums, also started slow, losing three of its first five before going on a six-game win streak that allowed them to catch Grambling after the Alabama State loss.
Grambling is led by QB Johnathan Wlliams who has thrown for 1,719 yards with 13 TDs and just five picks. Williams has also been the Tigers leading rusher with 373 yards and 7 TDs.
Southern features near-i,000-yard rusher Lenard Tillery (973 yards, 7 TDs). QB Austin Howard has thrown for 1,924 yards with 14 TDs and 7 interceptions. Wideout Willie Quinn leads the Jags with 51 receptions for 755 yards and 4 TDs.


BCSP Notes


Norfolk State linebacker to participate in Senior Bowl, Shrine Game
NORFOLK, Va. - Norfolk State senior linebacker Lynden Trail has been invited to participate in both the Reese's Senior Bowl and the EastWest Shrine Game, the nation's two most acclaimed postseason college football all-star games.
Trail will be the first Spartan to ever play in the Senior Bowl. Only 24 players from current MEAC schools have played in the Senior Bowl and none since Hampton defensive lineman Kendall Langford in 2008. Trail would be just the second Spartan to ever play in the Shrine Game, following Don Carey in 2009. Carey a former sixth-round draftee of the Cleveland Browns the same year - is also the last NSU player to be drafted. He is currently on the roster of the Detroit Lions. Lyden Trail
Trail wrapped up his stellar three-year
NSU career Saturday. The former transfer from the University of Florida finished the 2014 season with 91 total tackles, 11.5 for loss, and five sacks despite facing defensive schemes designed to avoid him or limit his impact. He forced a pair of fumbles, deflected four passes, blocked two kicks (one punt and one field goal) and was credited with nine quarterback hurries. In his Spartan career, he tallied 255 tackles, 41 for a loss, with 19.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, 16 pass breakups, four blocked kicks and four touchdowns (three at receiver on offense, one on defense).
Trail is a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, given annually to the top defensive player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Trail was eighth in the voting last season for the Buchanan Award in addition to winning the College Football Performance Award's FCS Defensive Performer of the Year Award. He was also a first-team FCS All-America selection as a junior and is a two-time All-MEAC first-team


player, with 2014 awards still to be announced in the coming days and weeks.
The 66th Senior Bowl will be played on Saturday, Jan. 24 at LaddPeebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The 90th East-West Shrine game is the week before, on Saturday, Jan. 17 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Both games will be televised by the NFL Network. Both games are heavily attended by NFL coaches, scouts and front office personnel. The Senior Bowl is coached by two current NFL head coaches, while the Shrine Game is led by two former NFL head coaches.
Tennessee State offensive guard Robert Myers has also been invited to play in the Senior Bowl.

Hampton's McDaniel playing for CFL Grey Cup
Former Hampton all-MEAC wide receiver Marquay McDaniel will be playing for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League (CFL) Championship Game, the Grey Cup this Sunday, November 30 vs. the Hamilton Tigercats.
McDaniel, who returned in the last game of the regular season after missing six games after suffering a broken arm halfway through the season, is the Stampeders leading receiver this season with 54 catches for 792 yards and four touchdowns. He was named CFL offensive player of the week for his 12-catch, 165-yard comeback performance in the last game of the regular season.
He had two receptions for 58 yards, including a 46-yard TD catch, in a 43-18 win Sunday over Edmonton that propelled the Stampeders to the Grey Cup final. Former Arkansas-Pine Bluff RB Martell Mallett is on the injured list of the Stampeders. Alabama State DB Michael Coe and UAPB DE Brandon Thurman are on the Tigercats injured list.


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St. Philip's Episcopal Church Hold

Men & Boys Breakfast, Homeless

Outreach & Unity Weekend Events
On Sunday November 30th, the Men's Club of St. Philip's Episcopal Church will host their annual Men and Boys Breakfast in the church's parish hall, beginning at 8 a.m. There will be a special guest speaker for the occasion and breakfast will be provided by the women of the church. The Outreach to the Homeless event in conjunction with Bold Ministries, the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville and other ministry partners will provide the homeless of Jax Community food, footwear, and clothing, Saturday November 29th. This activity will be held in the church's parking lot. The Unity Weekend Activities at St. Philip's Episcopal Church is scheduled for December 5th - 7th. Friday December 5th is our Dinner Dance at the Hyatt downtown and Sunday December 7th will be the service of Thanksgiving. All are invited. To participate or volunteer call church at 354.1053.


New Spirit Full Gospel Word

Church Holiday Gospel Festival
New Spirit Full Gospel Word Church, 4511 Soutel Drive, Bishop Forest Gilbert and Dr. Wilhelmenia Gilbert-Pastors and congregation will host a "Holiday Gospel Festival," Saturday, December 6th at 6 p.m. Returning by popular demand will be Rev. Frank Evans and the Cleftones of Atlantic Beach, Florida and The United Brothers in Christ of the Greater Arlington Area of Jacksonville. Also appearing on program is Little Jessie and the Miracles, The A'saph Worship Team, and other talented artists that will help New Spirit Full Gospel Word Church lift the name of Jesus through song and dance. For more info contact Sister Jasmine Bullock at 352-708-0277.


New Life Ministry Presents

"The School of Prayers"
New Life Outreach Ministry Center presents 'The School of Prayer," every Saturday at 5640 Timuquana Rd. Suite 6, 10:30 a.m. The topic is: The Danger of Prayerlessness. For more info call 778-7651.


NSCOC and Eta Phi Beta Sorority

Present Health Awareness Workshop
Nu Chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., in partnership with the Health Ministry of Northside Church of Christ will present "You've Heard the Myths Now Learn the Facts about Breast and Prostate Cancer." The workshop is Saturday, November, 29, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at Northside Church of Christ Chapel, 4736 Avenue B. Coordinator Dianne Townsend, facilitator, is the Supervisor of Pathology at Memorial Hospital, President of Sisters Network and a member of Eta Phi Beta Sorority. This is a free workshop and the public is invited to attend. For more info call Debra Waye at 476-7178.


Unification Prayer Vigil
All church leaders, prayer warriors, and interested concerned parties are invited to a unification for Jax city prayer vigil, Monday December 1, at 7 p.m. at Open Arms Christian Fellowship Church, 2703 Dunn Ave to pray for the peace and safety of Jacksonville and an end to the unspeakable violence in our community. The City of Jacksonville will be on one accord at that time, because "we can do better together". For more info email gospel175@aol.com.


African American Pastors Do Not Necessarily Have to Plant Black, Multi-Ethnic Churches Only, Says Christian Writer


African American church planters should not be pressured to plant black or multi-ethnic congregations, instead, they should plant churches based on calling not culture, says Christian blogger Jemar Tisby.
In a recent blog post for the Reformed African American Network, Tisby noted that although the Bible states the Gospel is to be preached to all nations, African American pastors should not be obliged to plant predominately black churches since not all are called to do so.
"If a black church planter is called to plant a congregation that is all or mostly white and he does so, then He is being obedient to God," wrote Tisby. "His conscience should be clear. If, however, this black church planter endeavors to plant an all or mostly black or multi-ethnic church without a clear internal and external sense of calling to such a work, then he risks shipwrecking his faith and his ministry."
According to a 2013 LifeWay Research study, the ethnic make-up of the community where most African-American churches were planted were 42 percent AfricanAmerican, 35 percent White, and 13 percent Hispanic while the rest were African or Caribbean and Asian. The study also found that while


68 percent of churches focused on reaching African Americans, over 80 percent of church planters said they also intentionally sought to reach a cross-cultural or multiethnic audience.
Tisby notes that the common assumption for a black church planter is that he will plant an African American or multi-ethnic chuch which he says is understafdable, because it is easier for a racial or ethnic minority to attract similar individuals.
However, he says planters should not be swayed by the expectations of society.
"What if a man and his wife feel called to lower-income whites in the Appalachian region? What if he seeks to plant churches among the predominantly Buddhist peoples of Bhutan? What if he wants to plant in his hometown where the majority is white or Hispanic?," wrote Tisby. Tisby, who admits he is hesitant to plant a church because of cultural pressures since he is African American, is not against planting all black congregations as he notes that there should be more churches that serve "diverse and historically under-represented people." Pastor Derwin L. Gray, former NFL player who leads Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church in


South Carolina believes every church planter, despite their ethnicity, "should be compelled by the Gospel and the glory of God to follow the Apostle Paul's example."
"The Apostle Paul did not go into a 1st Century, Greco-Roman city and plant a church for the Jews and then a church for gentiles - Arabs, Asian, Greeks, Romans - because it would have been out of step with the Gospel he loved, lived, and proclaimed," Gray told The Christian Post.
He added, "At the heart of the Gospel is reconciliation: God to man and man to man. The Gospel creates a whole new ethnicity group called the church and this church is clothed in Christ. If the 21st Century American Church is to be relevant and speak with a prophetic, apostolic voice, proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it must be multi-ethnic going forward." Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church, a megachurch in Maryland comprised of 25 nationalities, says he knows firsthand how it is to plant a church in a predominately white community with a 10 percent black membership as he did during the 1980s in Coming, New York. "Many observers in the community called us a black church because I, the senior leader, was black,"


Jackson told The Christian Post. "Some of our members were disinherited by their families, because concerned relatives assumed that we were a 'Jim Jones' like cult."
He says once his church surpassed the 200 member mark, the community began to take notice in a positive way. Now, he says his focus had shifted from engaging diversity to reaching multi-generations.
"My recommendation to emerging church planters is that they plant churches consistent with their personal history and backgrounds," Jackson told CP. "Although there is need for multiracial congregations in most major cities in America, it is difficult to plant a multiracial church unless the leadership team is truly steeped in the predominant culture it is trying to serve ... therefore, church planters must "keep it real" when seeking to break class, color, and culture barriers ..." Despite Gray and Jackson's differing opinions, Tisby notes that church planting is a difficult enough venture by itself regardless of the racial makeup the planter is hoping to reach.
" ... God will build his church. If we each just obey the calling He has for us to the people He has placed around us, we will see the diversity for which we long," wrote Tisby.


Holiday Gospel Festival
Holiday Gospel Festival, Saturday, December 6th, at 6 p.m. at New Spirit Full Gospel Word Church, 4511 Soutel Drive, Bishop Forest and Dr. Wilhelmenia Gilbert-Pastors. Returning by popular demand will be The United Brothers in Christ of the Greater Arlington Area of Jacksonville, and Rev. Frank Evans and the Cleftones of the Atlantic Beach Area. Special guests for the evening is Totally 4 Him of Lumber City, Georgia. Also appearing on program is Little Jessie & the Miracles, The A'saph Worship Team, many other gifted singers and dancers. For more info contact Sis. Jasmine Bullock at 352-708-0277.



The Decision to



Handle Rejection


By Rev. Manson B. Johnson
Bible Fact: God allows various things in life to happen to make us better.
The Big Idea: Endurance is the key to achieving challenging goals in life.
"Man's rejection can be God's direction. God sometimes uses the rejection of hateful people to move us to a new place or assignment-where we wouldn't have thought of going on our own. He must slam the door in our face through rejection to get us to look in another direction. Then when we get to that new place, we thank God for the rejection rather than being bitter about it." -Kent Crockett A test for the will of God can be rejection. Rejection has the ability to bring out the best in a person or the worst in a person. Human beings or animals with no high degree of intelligence can respond well to rejection without help from others. God is a very present help for, believers during trials of rejections..L Nothing is sweeter than victory to resolve a spell of rejection.
I. What is it?
REJECTION: to refuse, resist, deny, or to dismiss an idea, an action or a person. (Latin: through back)
II. Every Christian will be challenged with some type of evil. Evil is always opposed to righteousness and the will of God. Evil comes in different forms, through different people and at different times. But, evil does not have to win! III. Joseph's Championship Over Evil
A. Intro: Jacob had two wives, Leah and Rachel. Between the two he had 12 children. Two of them,


Joseph and Benjamin, were by Rachel. Rachel died while giving birth to Benjamin. Jacob loved Joseph with a special love and gave him a colorful coat that made his brothers from Leah envious. Although Joseph was Jacob's pick of the liter he would suffer for being the one of choice and loved by his father. Joseph endures his long journey to his championship and emerges with the trophy of success that saves the family that started it all.
IV. Joseph's contest to be a champion over rejection: round 1.
A. His Pride
1. The contest is not the coat; Genesis 37:3,4
2. The downfall of a dream; vv. 511
V. Joseph's contest to be a champion over rejection: round 2.
A. His Pit Time
3. Brothers against the dreamer; vv. 18-24
VL Joseph's contest to be a cham_piou~oveK~reecx.~101;ro~und 3.
4. His Potiphar's House Test;
5. Joseph excels under Potiphar; Genesis 39:1-6
6. How Joseph handled a fatal attraction; Genesis 39:7-16
VII. Joseph's contest to be a champion over rejection: round 4.
A. His Prison Partners; 39:20-23 1. God keeps sending Joseph customers; Genesis 40:1-8
2. Dream partner forgets Joseph; Genesis 41:1-14
VIII. Joseph's contest to be a champion over rejection: round 5.
1. His Prime Time To Shine
2. Joseph's big day for deliverance; Genesis 41:37-44
IX. Joseph's victory statement for his rejection; Genesis 50:19, 20


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Are You Ready to Deal With Holiday Depression


Alphonso Gibbs, Jr., LCSW-C, LICSW
The six weeks encompassing Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's-collectively called "the holidays"-are for most a magically unique time of year. But for many, the holidays bring hurt. Caused by factors including the weather, separation, death, stress, unrealistic expectations, hyper-sentimentality, guilt, or overspending, holiday depression-also called the "holiday blues"-can zap the merriment out of even the most wonderful time of the year.
Holiday depression affects one million people every year. Men and women, young and old, all fall victim to feelings of sadness, loneliness, anxiety, guilt, and fatigue during this emotionally charged season. Men's Health Network offers the following 10 suggestions to help you identify and ward off-or at least better cope with-potential sources of holiday depression.
1. Acknowledge that you're hurting - Others may expect certain attitudes and behaviors from you that you may not feel. The retail industry's "holiday hype" presents an overly sentimental, nostalgic, and even imaginary notion of the holidays (usually to try to sell you something). Sill, feelings of sadness, loneliness, or depression don't automatically vanish just because it's the holidays. Acknowledge your pain, be open and honest with others, refuse to feel guilty, and get help if necessary. It's ok to laugh! Don't be afraid! You won't be struck by a bolt of lightning for laughing!
2. Have a plan to deal with your feelings - Try to surround yourself with people who care about and support you-family, friends, or church members. Invest yourself in an exercise program (aerobic activities such as walking, running, cycling, etc., are recommended


because of their mood-elevating ability). Take time to write your thoughts down, sort of a journal of your feelings. Sometimes, just the act of putting your thoughts on paper helps to "get it out of you". If necessary, see your doctor or therapist. And learn to say "no." Others' expectations are not a reason for your own mental health to suffer.
3. Set realistic expectations Keep your expectations realistic rather than perfectionistic. Prioritize and reduce self-imposed holiday preparations. Delegate responsibilities. Realistically plan your budget, spending, and shopping. Do less and enjoy more. Obsessing over endless details is bound to change this long-awaited, once-a-year season from a time of exuberance to one of exhaustion. Make it a point to be honest with yourself, and if necessary and possible, limit the time and situations/people you want to be around. When you've had enough of either, make sure that
you have a way to leave or step away. If possible, let someone you trust know in advance, so that you aren't put in an even more stressful


position of having to explain yourself when you "unplug".
4. Take time for yourself - Why is it called holiday depression? Because, for most people, these feelings don't occur at other times of the year. Remind yourself of what you enjoyed during the previous months, then continue them during the holidays. Make yourself a priority! Instead of a "Discount Double Check," give yourself an "Emotional Double Check". Give yourself permission to feel what you feel. Just don't stay there too long! Getting enough rest, eating and drinking in moderation, exercising, and continuing other favorite activities can maintain normalcy, routine, control, and predictability.
5. Consider that your depression may actually be caused by this time of year - Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, occurs because of reduced exposure to sunlightwhich is just what happens during the holiday season when daylight hours are shorter. Check with your doctor to see if light therapy might be beneficial for you.
6. Help others - Soup kitchens,


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homeless shelters, nursing homes, churches, and scores of other organizations can always use volunteers, especially at critical times of the year. Additionally, you'll benefit from the company of other people around you rather than being alone. And, help others help you! Tell those who care about you what you do or don't need from them. They often don't know how to help, or what to say, but want to.
7. Bury the hatchet - Perfect families don't magically appear during the holidays, but family conflicts can. "Letting go" and forgiving can help heal past wounds. Additionally, family feuds can even


be deliberately set aside until after the high-tension holidays in order to facilitate the peace and enjoyment of everyone at this time.
8. Start your own traditions Both families and traditions change with time. (Every tradition had to start somewhere!) Rather than reminiscing over the "good old days," accept the fact that change may be necessary, grasp the season as it is now, look forward to the future, and create your own family traditions that can be enjoyed and even preserved for future generations.
9. Keep your alcohol intake low
- Don't pour gasoline on a fire. Remember, alcohol has a depres-


sive effect on your nervous system, so if you're experiencing the holiday blues, drinking too much will only worsen your depression.
10. Rededicate yourself to your spirituality - The "reason for the season" is often swallowed up by maddening materialism that can distract from the history, meaning, and significance of holiday celebrations. Step back, slow down, and refocus on transcendent, eternal matters. Rededicate yourself to spiritual pursuits, such as church attendance, church work, prayer life, and other disciplines. Regain the focus originally intended by this time of year.


Alpha Phi Alpha Crowns Miss Black and Gold


Continued from front
throughout the academic year.
Ms. Baines won the pageant over four other beautiful, talented and intelligent young women. First runner-up was Marisa Pelham, a junior from Douglas Anderson, and second runner-up was Kyla Waye, a junior from Robert E. Lee High School. Contestants competed in six areas of competition: grade point average, private judges' interview, introduction and personality, on-stage knowledge and awareness, talent, and evening gown.
In addition to winning the title, Ms. Baines won the Most Talented Award. Ms. Baines showcased her dancing skills as she wowed the audience and judges with her ballet performance. "Ms. Baines embodies the tenants of what it means to be Miss Black and Gold, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. is excited to support her as she continues her success," said Ben Parker, President, Upsilon Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. The Miss Black and Gold Pageant, under the sponsorship of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., is an outgrowth of the long tradition of Alpha chapters designating


Pictured above are the winners: Marisa Pelham (First Runner Up, Junior, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts,), Taylor Baines (Ms. Black and Gold, Junior, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts), Zahria Mills (Senior, Paxon School for Advanced Studies) and Kyla Waye (Second Runner Up, Junior, Robert E. Lee High School).


young women to serve as "chapter sweethearts." The fraternity recognizes the valuable support rendered to it by many friends of Alpha Phi Alpha, and this endeavor serves as one mechanism to applaud such support. Founded December 4, 1906 on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Alpha Phi Alpha is the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity


established for African-Americans. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will be awarding 5,000 dollars in scholarships to young men at their annual MLK oratorical contest. The event will take place on January 31st at Westside High School. For more information contact Charlie Gillette at cgillette@gillette@gillettelaw.com.


Gambrell Headlines Committed To

Better Leadership Retreat
Hailing all the way from Harlem, New York, Thomas Gambrell, Success Coach for Fortune 500 CEO's and Executives, Computer Science major from Columbia University will change Jacksonville, Florida forever. Thomas Gambrell is the guest speaker at the Committed to Better Leadership Retreat, December 5-7th. His accolades include but are not limited to: Wall Street Guru, International Business Success Coach/ Entrepreneur/International Expansion Leader and Co-Author of Success On God's Terms. The event will be held at the Radisson Hotel, 4700 Salisbury Rd. The event is open to the public and free for guests. For more info contact Rachel Valentine at 200-5807.


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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene


"Clybourne Park"
the Stage Play
Limelight Theater located at 11 Old Mission Avenue in St. Augustine, Florida is presenting the stage play "Clybourne Park" through November 30th. Produced in conjunction with Lift Up Lincolnville, Clyboume Park is a play by Bruce Norris written in response to Lorraine Hansberry's play, A Raisin in the Sun. For more info call 825-1164.

Walden's Harlem
Jazz Cabaret
Walden's Harlem Jazz Cabaret will be on stage with a live band and jazz performances, Saturday, November 29th for two shows, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m, at the Riverside House, 2165 Park St. Come out and celebrate great jazz leaders: Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie, Fran Warren, Billie Holiday and more! For more info call 387-9927.

Duval County
Democratic Party
Meet 'N Greet
Registered Democrats in District 1 are invited to a Brown Bag Meet 'N Greet, Wednesday, December 3rd, at 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at University Park Branch Library, 3535 University Blvd North. Bring your meal, beverage and meet fellow district democrats and party leaders. Information on party structure, values, activities and service opportunities will be provided. To RSVP or more info call 744-0009.

Artwalk
Wednesday, December 3rd visit Art Walk, 5 - 9 p.m. Featuring live holiday music performances by local schools, dance groups and churches. Plus visit The Landing's 56 ft. tall dazzling Christmas Tree! For more info call 353-1188 x. 1038.

Smokey Joe's Caf6 Musical
Smokey Joe's Caf6 will take the stage at Times-Union Center's Moran Theater, 300 Water St. Thursday, December 4th at 7:30 p.m. This toe-tapping musical features some 38 Billboard hits from Leiber and Stoller, including many of the songs that they wrote for Elvis and The Drifters. Get ready for songs like "Stand by Me," "Yakety Yak,".."..Jailhouse Rock," "Spanish Harlem," "On Broadway,".."..Love Potion #9,"


"Fools Fall in Love," and many more. For tickets and more info call Sarah Roy 442-2929.

Anthony Hamilton
in Concert
Anthony Hamilton and special guest Mali Music, Thursday, December 4th at 8 p.m. at the Florida Theater, 128 E Forsyth St. For more info call 355-5661.

24th Annual Tree
of Life Service
The Community Hospice presents the 24th Annual Tree of Life and Candlelight Service of Remembrance on Thursday, December 4, 5:15 - 7 p.m. at the Community Hospice Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring, 4266 Sunbeam Road. For more info email AChamberlin@communityhospice.com

First Thursdays
First Thursdays next meeting is Thursday, December 4th at 12 noon at the Jacksonville Urban League Bldg., 903 W. Union St. Join the new cool in professional networking! For more info email info@firstthursdayj acksonville.org.

NFCAA Housing
& Job Fair
The Northeast Florida Community Action Agency is hosting a Housing and Resource Fair, Friday; December 5th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Beaver Street Enterprise Center, 1225 West Beaver Street. If you are looking for work or an employer seeking to fill positions and need more info call 632-1470 ext. 13.

God's Trombones Play
Stage Aurora Theater presents the play "God's Trombones" by James Weldon Johnson December 5-7, at Stage Aurora Theater, 5164 Norwood Ave. The play details 7 Negro Sermons (The Creation, The Prodigal Son, The Crucifixion) and much more highlight this amazing evening of spirit through song, dance, and visual imagery. For more info visit www.stageaurora.org.

Holiday at
the St. James
Come celebrate Christmas and enjoy Holiday at the St James! The free family fun event will take place at Hemming Park in front of City Hall, 117 W. Duval Street Friday, December 5th, 4 - 7:30 p.m.


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Participate in the holiday tree lighting, live entertainment, holiday photo booth, donut dipping, holiday crafts, s'mores and hot chocolate and get your photo with Santa and take a ride on the Holiday Express train and Tour the Mayor's Office and Meet Mayor Brown. For more info call 630-2489.

Hall & Oates
in Concert
The St. Augustine Amphitheater will present Daryl Hall & Oates in concert, Saturday, December 6th at 8 p.m., 1340C AlA S, St Augustine, FL. For more info call 209-3744.

Mayor's Holiday
Festival for Seniors
The annual Mayor's Holiday Festival for Seniors is Saturday, December 6th, 2 - 5 p.m. at the Prime Osbom Convention Center, 1000 Water St. Jacksonville residents age 60 years and over are invited to share the holiday spirit, enjoy a holiday dinner, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment, dancing, door prizes and more. For more info call 630-7392.

Jack & Jill Seminars
for Young Men
The Jack & Jill Jacksonville Chapter will present the "Pathway to Manhood" Seminars for grades 9th -12th. Seminar A is "Promote Leadership and Communication Skills," Saturday, December 6th, 9
- 3 p.m. at the University of Florida. The purpose is to motivate and develop the leaders of today and the future. There will be interactive skills, self-confidence and critical thinking and team building. Seminar B is "College Preparation," Sunday, December 7th at the Boys and Girls Club, 555 W. 25th St., 1 - 3 p.m. The seminar will focus on how to prepare for college admissions. For more info email neproprice@aol.com.

Odd Rods Album
Release Show
Come out to Odd Rods album release show, Sunday, December 7th at 8 p.m. at The Ritz Theater. For more details contact the Ritz Museum at 807-2010. The Ritz is located at 829 North Davis Street.

VIP Author Reception with Maggie Anderson
The Q3 Media: Creative Campaigns for Social Evolution will host a VIP reception for Maggie Anderson, founder of The


Empowerment Experiment and critically acclaimed author of Our Black Year, Monday, December 8th, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., 2069 N. Market St. Enjoy music, cocktails & hors d'oeuvres. RSVP to EQ3MediaJAX@gmail.com.

DCEO Seminar
The Duval County Extension office presents "When Is It Too Much? Balancing Indulgence and Responsibility," Wednesday, December 10th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at South Mandarin Branch Library, 12125 San Jose Blvd.

Black Violin
Two classically trained violinist are taking the R&B hip-hop world by storm! These Showtime and Apollo legends and will be performing at the Ritz Theatre, 829 N. Davis St., Friday, December 12th at 8 p.m. The Jax debut will show classical and hip-hop merge. For tickets and more info call 807-2010.

Lucky Peterson
in Concert
Searing lead guitarist, fantastic organist, and first-rate vocalist Lucky Peterson in concert, Friday, January 30th at the Ritz Theater. For more info visit www.luckypeterson.com or contact the Ritz at 807-2010 or via www.ritzjacksonville.com. The Ritz is located at 829 North Davis Street.

Diana Krall in Concert
Florida Theatre and Jacksonville Symphony partner to present Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and world renowned singer Diana Krall Wildflower at Jacoby Hall, 300 Water St., Tuesday, December 9th at 8 p.m. For tickets call the Florida Theatre Box Office at 355-ARTS (2787) or via the web at www.floridatheater.com.

FAMU Alumni
Chapter Meeting
Calling all FAMU alumni, friends and supporters to attend the next scheduled business meeting of the year, Thursday, December 11th at 6 p.m. at the Kappa Alpha Psi Memorial house, 3717 Moncreif Rd. Bring a rattler or a supporter with you! 2015-2016 officers will be swom in. For more info call Dr. Ephraim Riggins, President at 3071962.

Florida's Black
Violin in Jax
Black Violin the American hip hop duo from Florida comprising of two


classically trained string instrumentalists, Kev Marcus and Wil B. in concert, Friday, December 12th at 7 p.m. at the Ritz Theater. For more info visit www.blackviolin.net or the Ritz at 807-2010. The Ritz is located at 829 North Davis Street.

Historic Springfield
Home Tour
The annual Historic Springfield Home Tour is scheduled for December 12th -13th, 5-9 p.m. at 210 W. 7th St. For more info visit www.springfieldtour.org.

ASALH Mardi
Gras Jam
ASALH's Mardi Gras Gathering and Appreciation Jam is scheduled for Saturday, December 13, 2-5 p.m. at the Karpeles Museum, 101 W. 1st St. Music by Alden Gilyard and light refreshments. For tickets and more info contact Roxann Hilbert at 699-5952.

Allen Toussaint
in Concert
American musician, composer, record producer and influential figure in New Orleans R&B Allen Toussaint in concert, Saturday, December 13th at 8 p.m. at the Ritz Theater. For more info visit www.allentoussaint.com or contact the Ritz at 807-2010. The Ritz is located at 829 North Davis Street.

Historic Springfield
Holiday Social
Join the Historic Springfield Community Learning Center, 1601 N. Main St., 2nd Flr, for their 3rd Annual Holiday Social on Thursday, December 18th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more info call Faith Danford at 355-2091.

Chris Brown on Tour
The Chris Brown "X Tour Live" is coming to Jax, Friday, December 19th at 8 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium, 300 A. Philip Randolph Bvld. Featuring August Alsina, new emerging artist D LUX and Jackie Michaels' Tickets on sale now! !Visit www.ticketmaster.com

Avant in Concert!
The Prince of R&B is coming to Jax, Saturday, December 20th, 8 p.m. Avant will be performing his number #1 hits "Separated" & "My First Love" just to name a few! For more info contact the Ritz Museum at 807-2010. The Ritz is located at 829 North Davis Street.


Reggae Jammin'
on the River
Sunday, December 28th its Reggae Jammin' on the River, 4 - 9 p.m. with live reggae music on the Coca-Cola Riverfront Stage by 418 Band at the Jax Landing. For more info call 353-1188 x. 1038.

Dancing with the Stars Live!
Experience the Dancing with the Stars: Live! Tour comes to Jax, Sunday, January 4, 2015, 8 p.m. at the Times-Union Center, 300 Water St. For more info visit www.artistseriesjax.org.

70's Soul Jam
The 70's Soul Jam will be in Jax at the Florida Theater, 128 E. Forsyth, Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 8 p.m. Featuring The Spinners, The Stylistics, Jimmie Walker, Main Ingredient and Cuba Gooding, Sr. For more info call the theater at 355-5661

Keith Sweat & More!
Keith Sweat featuring The Whispers, El Debarge and Howard Hewitt at the Times Union CenterMoran Theater, 300 Water St., Saturday, January 10, 2015. For more info call 633-6110.

Case in Jax
Grammy-nominated R&B singersongwriter Case in concert at the Ritz, Friday, January 16th at 8 p.m. For more info visit www.allentoussaint.com or contact the Ritz at 807-2010 or via www.ritzjacksonville.com. The Ritz is located at 829 North Davis Street.

Diane Schuur is back!
Grammy� Award-winning vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur will play the Ritz Theater, Saturday, January 17th. For more info visit www.dianeschuur.com or contact the Ritz at 807-2010 or via www.ritzjacksonville.com.

Ritz Chamber
Players Concert
The Ritz Chamber Players will present a series of four concerts offering exciting and rich musical experiences. Held at the Times Union Center, the next one is "In Remembrance of the Dream" is scheduled for January 21, 2015 and Tragedy Towards Peace, February 18, 2015 and Spring Spectacular, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. For more info visit www.ritzchamberplayers.org.


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Viola Davis: Even Celebrities Suffer from Alopecia


Diallo Sekou Celebrates 43rd Birthday - The Downtown Cigar Bar was the celebration location for Diallo Sekou's 43rd birthday gathering. Friends and family came together to celebrate Diallo for his 43 years of life and enduring commitment to his community. Diallo might not have smiled for the cameras, but he was adamant to remark, "It's always an honor to be with folks who know how to celebrate the day you came on this earth." Shown above are Diallo Sekou with party attendees Anita Baker and Tillis DeVaughn.


Viola Davis is a natural beauty, but there was a time when the actress really struggled with revealing what was going on under her wigs. In a recent interview with Vulture, the How to Get Away With Murder star revealed that she was battling alopecia areata, a condition that causes a person to lose round patches of hair from their scalp. Davis was 28 years old when she lost most of her hair to the condition and her confidence took a hit.
"I woke up one day and it

looked like I had a Mohawk. Big splash of bald on the top of my head," she said. "I was like, 'What is this?' Until I found out it was stress related. That's how I internalized it. I don't do that anymore. My favorite saying in the world is, 'The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.' I am telling you, I


Anthony Hamilton On Self-Love and Fighting Temptation in Music Industry


Anthony Hamilton is back, and this time he's treating us to a gift for the upcoming season with his latest album, Home for the Holidays. The R&B crooner recently sat down with MadameNoire.com to chat about his new album, family life, his most memorable childhood gift, and how he fights off temptation in the bfsiness.'' ""The most important thing is to


_k try and be a s Christian as you can.
Iwas brought up Christian and there's a lot of things that go into
being a Christian and being

being faith'* ful, making sure you please God," Hamilton said about not going astray when it comes to groupies and the sex-driven music industry. "Most of the times those are the things that keep me focused on doing right. And not wanting to hurt anybody."
"But it's not easy. It's not an easy tapk,,w,.herI eye!ything is thrown at you. You have- ta be strong and you have to continue to be strong. You


can't let up because things are still coming at you," he added.
The father of six sons, who said he's not trying to have any more children just to add a daughter to the family, recalled receiving his first bike when he was nine years old and how much that meant to him. He also remembers the hard times his family went through to make ends meet and how he and his sister had to look out for themselves.
"We had to fend for ourselves and make stuff happen, but I learned a lot. I learned how to pray deeper, I learned how to hear, and I just learned how to be OK with just me. So now I have moments, I'm a loner, and I'm OK with it," he said. "You learn to love yourself enough and then you don't have to worry about anything else mattering. If someone wants to love you then that's fine, but I know what it feels like. At least I had that example before everything, fell .apav u Btit all turned around. Everybody fis] all one big, happy family now."


have spent so much of my life not feeling comfortable in my skin. I am just so not there anymore."
Davis said that her alopecia made her cling to wigs and hide underneath them because she didn't feel beautiful in her natural state.
"I wore a wig in the Jacuzzi. I had a wig I wore around the house. I had a wig that I wore to events. I had a wig that I wore when I worked out. I never showed my natural hair. It was a crutch, not an enhancement ... I was so desperate for people to think that I was beautiful. I had to be liberated from that [feeling] to a certain extent," she said.
That moment finally arrived when she attended the 2012 Oscars and showed off her natural short


'fro. We have to applaud her decision to "come out" with her natural hair at a time when the whole world would be watching because we can only imagine how big a step that was for her. While she still


If you want to pay r-e-s-p-e-c-t to the Queen of Soul
this holiday season, buying the recently released biography, Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin, is not the way to do it.
Franklin says the book, written by her former biographer, David Ritz, may have been published as part of a personal vendetta.
"As many of you are aware, there is a very trashy book out there full of lies and more lies about me," she explained via a statement.
"[The writer's] actions are obviously vindictive because I edited out some crazy statements he had the gall to try and put in my book written 15 years ago. Evidently, he has been carrying this hatred ever since."
Ritz worked with the 18time Grammy Award-winning singer on her 1999 bio, Aretha:
From These Roots, and won a Grammy himself for Best Album Notes for Franklin's 1992 box set, Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings.
"The sensitive questions -Aretha's mother leaving family, Aretha having two babies while still in her teens, Aretha being beaten by her first husband ... were off-limits," Ritz writes in Respect... about the process for their previous, collaborative book. "In my "view, my tW"yarsof working on Fr.These p~ots resulted in my failure to actualize the great potential


wears her wigs to work and media events, Davis said she no longer feels like she has to hide under a hairpiece and sees them as options rather than a necessity in her life.


in Aretha's narration. I didn't do what I set out to do."
He insists, however, with this new effort there is no shade. "When I renewed my research for this book, I did so without Aretha's blessing, but I did have the support of three of Aretha's closest relatives," he writes.
"I think the book in the deepest way is an appreciation. And when I say, 'appreciation,' it's just not an appreciation of her art; it's an appreciation of the challenges of her life and the appreciation [of] how hard it is to kind of navigate your way through the complexities of show business culture," he later told the Associated Press. "I call the book Respect because I think it's a respectful book. I tried to be understanding and compassionate and that was my goal.... VI love her and I love her art, and I tried to honor her story."
Ritz has also written biographies on Etta James, Rick James and Ray Charles. He won the 2013 ASCAP Timothy White Award for Outstanding Musical Biography for his Buddy Guy book, When I Left Home.
Franklin's latest album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, was released" Sept. 29 and debuteda1,N 3on LI" Bllboard k&B/lpHl-i1 charts.


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President Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to Stevie Wonder

President Awards Medal of Freedom to Diverse

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President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom the nation's highest civilian honor
- to a diverse and distinguished group of activists, artists, scientists and public servants this week including actress Meryl Streep, musician Stevie Wonder.
The president paid tribute to each of the 18 recipients before awarding the medals. These are given annually to individuals who have made "especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States," according to the White House. The recipients "have made America stronger, wiser, more humane, more beautiful," Obama said. "Not only have they made our world better, but by following their example, they make us better
"I've said it publicly. I love Meryl Streep. I love her. Her husband knows I love her, Michelle knows I love her," Obama said, nodding to his wife. "There's nothing either of them can do about it." Obama said Wonder's classic album, "Talking Book," was the


first record he bought with his own money.
"For more than 50 years, Stevie has channeled his inner visions into messages of hope and healing, becoming one of the most influential musicians in American history," Obama said.
Both Streep and Wonder were honored for their cultural contributions along with actress Marlo Thomas, writer Isabel Allende and broadcaster and i author Tom Brokaw.
Six people received the honor posthumously, including dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey; Edward Roybal, the Democrat from California who founded the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; and Patsy Takemoto Mink (DHawaii), the first woman of color elected to Congress and co-author of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who were killed during the "Freedom Summer" voter registration drive in 1964, received the


loudest and longest applause when their family members accepted their medals.
Several others were recognized for their work on behalf of gender and racial equality, including Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress. The Democrat has represented Michigan since 1955 and is a staunch supporter of civil rights, health-care and environmental causes.
Others honored included Ethel Kennedy, who founded the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights in memory of her husband; Abner Mikva, a former congressman, judge and White House counsel; and economist Robert Solow. Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who was named as a recipient two weeks ago but was not in attendance, but will receive his medal next year, Obama said.
President John F. Kennedy established the Medal of Freedom in 1963, and since then, more than 500 artists, scientists, activists and public servants have been honored.


by Avis Thomas-Lester and Ruben Castaneda
Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer
D.C. Council member Marion S. Barry, the venerable former fourtime mayor and civil rights activist, died early Sunday at the District's United Medical Center, just hours after he was discharged from Howard University Hospital. He was 78.
His death was announced in a statement from his family. Barry was admitted Thursday to Howard University Hospital after complaining of feeling ill, his spokeswoman said. He was released Saturday and felt well enough to go out to eat. Later in the evening, however, Barry fell ill and was taken to UMC, where he died. He had survived prostate cancer, but battled diabetes and other ailments. He had been hospitalized several times this year.
Barry spokeswoman LaToya Foster told News Channel 8 that Barry collapsed after returning


home Saturday.
"He had a driver. He had gotten out of the automobile and he was walking towards the door and from what I was told he just kind of collapsed and was nonresponsive at that point," Foster said. She said Cora Masters Barry rushed to Barry's home and was with him when he was taken by


ambulance to UMC in Southeast. The Rev. Willie Wilson, pastor of Union Temple Baptist Church, joined Cora Masters Barry by Barry's side. Barry was pronounced dead at 1:46 a.m.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray expressed sadness after learning of the passing of the Ward 8 council member. In a statement, Gray said he spoke with Cora Masters Barry and told her that his prayers were
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Gray will work with Barry's family and the D.C. Council to plan official ceremonies worthy of a true statesman of the District of Columbia. Acquaintances said Barry had been looking forward to


his annual turkey giveaway on Nov. 25. The event is expected to go on as planned at Union Temple.
Council member Anita Bonds called Barry "a political genius, community outreach expert, champion of the over-looked and the leftout."
"He was a warm compassionate human being and proud public servant who was the only D.C. politician with coattails," Bonds said in a statement. "While his history of accomplishments began decades prior to his entry onto the D.C. political scene representing the [Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee] in the 1960s, even today, he remains the city's favorite politician and truly loved by most, and many across the nation. I'll remember him for his capacity to turn the [other] cheek, forgive and move forward no matter the adversity. He was a remarkable, powerful, proud leader of people that will be hard to forget."
She said Barry's contributions to the city will not leave with his physical presence.
"As his passing is mourned, we can be comforted in knowing that his legacy and love for the District will continue through the renaissance of D.C., which he began, and the millions of lives he touched," she said.


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Volume 28 o. 4 ov. 27 Dec. 3, 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents Are You Ready to Deal With Holiday Depression?Page 7 Our Armed Forces Made the Ultimate Sacrifice Even in the Face of InequalityPage 4Viola Davis: Even Celebrities Suffer from AlopeciaPage 9 Different Plans eed to be Made for Women and Their FinancesPage 2 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Boy 12 With Fake Gun Shot Dead by Cleveland PoliceCLEVELAND 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot dead by police last Sunday after grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds, a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a probably fakeŽ gun at a playground. The officer fired twice after the boy pulled the fake weapon „ which was lacking the orange safety indicator usually found on the muzzle „ from his waistband but had not pointed it at police. The boy did not make any verbal threats but grabbed the replica handgun after being told to raise his hands. The attorney for his family, Timothy Kucharski, said the boy went to the park with friends Saturday afternoon, but he did not know the details of what led to the shooting. The police department is investigating the shooting and both officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure. The county prosecutors office also is investigating.Lincoln University Prez Resigns Amid Controversy Over Rape Comments LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. A Pennsylvania university says its president has resigned after he was criticized for comments he made about women and sexual assault. Lincoln Universitys board of trustees said it has accepted Robert Jennings resignation and has named general counsel Valerie Harrison as acting president. Jennings apologized earlier this month for his comments at an allwomens convocation in September about how false rape allegations can ruin a young mans life. Portions of the remarks were posted online and some parents criticized them as appearing to blame women for sexual assault. Board chair Kimberly Lloyd announced Jennings departure in a letter posted to the universitys website. The bulk of Lloyds letter focused on Harrison and the future of the historically black university in rural Chester County, about 45 miles west of Philadelphia.Queen Latifah Show Cancelled The Queen Latifah Show has been cancelled in the midst of its second season; however, the show will continue to air original episodes through March. Queen Latifah posted a note on her Facebook page, thanking her staff for their hard work. Your dedication and sacrifice was crucial to the entire team, and in the face of intense challenges, you displayed True Grit!'Ž she wrote. The most important thing in life is that you wake up every single day and take chances. No matter what the outcome ƒ believe in yourself and continue to fly.ŽCOGIC Threatens to Sue Man Over Im ot Gay o More Song?According to various media reports, Andrew Caldwell, the man who claimed to be delivertŽ from homosexuality at the 107th Holy Convocation of the Church of God In Christ in St. Louis, has released a song on iTunes sampling the service and the COGIC saints are not pleased. The song, which can be heard above, includes Caldwells now viral words, Im not gay no more. I am delivert [sic]! I dont like mens no more! I said I like womenƒwomen, women, women, women, women! *speaks in tongues* I say women! Im not gay! I will not date a man! I will not carry a purse! I will not put on make-up! I will! I willƒloveƒa women.Ž The Church of God in Christ is allegedly requesting that Caldwell stop selling the song, claiming that it makes a mockery of the church. Caldwell has reportedly refused to do so, claiming that its his voice, therefore its his property.Annie Lee, Artist & Humanitarian, DiesInternationally acclaimed artist, Annie Lee, known for her unique ability to celebrate African American culture passed away Monday, November 24th in Henderson, NV. She was 79 years old. Annie Lee had a very special gift. She let her artwork do the talking. She had the unique talent to paint a scene that captured peoples emotions. She lured you into her work with her wistful brushes of color. If her painting included people, you could hear them talking and laughing. If her painting had someone playing the harp or a saxophone, you could imagine the music. While Lees work featured African Americans, she really captured all Americans life from all angles. Annie Lees signature of was to show images devoid of faces. Her subjects body language and setting expressed strong feelings in a unique way that moved her audience. Her most popular works included My Cup Runneth Over , Blue Monday and most recently a portrait of the first family titled Oval Office . The controversial criminal case against Marissa Alexander, a local Jacksonville woman who was facing a possible 60-year prison sentence for shooting at her estranged husband, concluded with a plea deal on this week. Alexander plead guilty to all three counts of aggravated assault against her husband and was ordered to serve three years in county jail. However, the 1,030 days she has already spent in jail will apply to the deal, resulting in 65 days in jail with release on Jan. 27. Alexander must also spend two years under house arrest with a monitor following her jail term. The order permits her to attend church, doctors appointments and work. According to AP, Alexander could still be sentenced to five years in prison at the hearing on Jan. 27 because the second count against her is considered an "open plea." The 2010 shooting sparked national debates around race and domestic violence. Opponents of Floridas Stand Your GroundŽ law complained the law unfairly applied to George Zimmerman, who successfully claimed self-defense in the 2012 shooting death of Black teenager Trayvon Martin, and not Alexander, a Black woman who also claimed self-defense in the shooting of her allegedly serially abusive estranged husband Rico Gray. Marissa Alexander Alexander Chooses Plea Deal Sentencing Over Trial Michael Brown family Attorney Benjamin Crump and Rev. Al Sharpton criticized St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch at a press conference Tuesday. Crump said the family "objects loudly" to how McCulloch handled Darren Wilson's grand jury case and that "the process is broken." "We could see what the outcome was going to be, and that is what occurred last night," Crump said. Michael Brown Sr. was present but did not speak. The jury decided not to indict Wilson in killing Brown on Monday Nov. 24. McCollough made the announcement that night. Documents from the case and a transcript of the grand jury proceedings were released following the news. After reviewing what Crump called a "data dump," it was only more apparent that the process was unfair, he said. Shartpon said right after Brown died, there was a call for a special prosecutor to take over the case as the family had very little trust in local authorities. He blasted McCollough for how he portrayed Brown during the decision press conference. "I've never seen a prosecutor hold a press conference to discredit the victim," Sharpton said, "where he went out of his way, point by point, to discredit Mike Brown Jr., who could not defend himself." Following the decision, area businesses were looted and Sharpton said individuals part of those activities should not be grouped with peaceful protesters. "If you are on Michael Brown's side, you walk with dignity. If you do anything to harm others, you're on your own side." Going forward, Crump proposed the Michael Brown law, which would require every police officer in every city to wear a body camera for transparency in the event more incidents like this occurs. The family plans to continue to seek input from federal authorities for their investigation, which continues. Sharpton compared the case to Rodney King's beating, in which the officers were at first acquitted, but were eventually sentenced by the federal government for violating King's civil rights. "We may have lost one round, but the fight is not over." Michael Brown's Family to St. Louis Prosecutor: 'We Object Loudly' Michael Browns parents Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. Shown in the center is the Miss Black and Gold Court: Marisa Pelham, Taylor Baines, Zahria Mills, and Kyla Waye Taylor Baines, a junior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, was crowned Miss Black and Gold 2014 during the pageant sponsored by the Jacksonville Graduate Chapter, Upsilon Lambda, of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.. The contest was held November 22 at First Coast High School. Ms. Baines won a $1,000 dollar scholarship and will represent the Upsilon Lambda Chapter at various events and pageants around the city and region. Additionally, she will serve as the official hostess for Chapter functions Continued on page 7 Blue Monday Alpha Phi Alpha Crowns Miss Black & Gold FOSCI 5th Annual Thanksgiving FeastThe Family of Slain Children, Inc. was one of the many organizations throughout the city ensuring First Coast residents have a hot meal and good holiday. The organizations Myrtle Avenue headquarters was overflowing with people in need last week gathering at the FOSCI 5th Annual Thanksgiving Feast. Many of the recipients were members of FOSCI families impacted by homicide, some out of a job, many out of money, some struggling with addictions or having their first Thanksgiving on the streets. FOSCIs mission is to empower children and families that have lost loved ones to homicide by employing initiatives for long term growth, community development, and educational reinvestment. Pictured standing and ready to serve in front of FOSCI headquarters are volunteer chefs Jeremiah Crispin and Yolanda Clark. Thanksgiving Holiday Kicks Off Season of Giving for Jacksonville

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National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Delta Delta Chapter and the Miciah Deleston Foundation for Families treated 145 Senior Citizens of Lincoln Villa Community Center and the surrounding area to a PreThanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings. The youth (Xinos and Kudos) of Delta Delta Chapter participated in this annual event and the parents of the youth served dinner. The seniors were entertained by Mama Blue and accompanied by Vibe. Each of the 145 seniors received a door prize. Ms. Ernestine Jones, Manager of Lincoln Villa thanked the sorors and the foundation for their commitment to the community. Basileus Betty J. LeRoy extended greetings and thanked the seniors for their many years of service. Page 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press ovember 27 December 2, 2014 DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. Enterprise Center 101 East Union Street, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL32202 904-633-8099 www.drj-cpa.com Offering you a full range of quality services that includes a full range of accounting services (audits, reviews, compilations,and nontraditional engagements) for small businesses and tax services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and estates and trusts. Darryl Jackson, CPA provides extensive professional experience with a wide variety of industries and clients The North Florida Chapter of the E3 Business Group, Inc., celebrated five years of supporting aspiring entrepreneurs in Northeast Florida at their national headquarters in downtown Jacksonville last week. E3 Entrepreneurs, community partners, guests, and city officials recognized the work of the chapter. Highlights included a letter from Mayor Alvin Brown delivered by Paul Crawford, Deputy Director of Jacksonvilles Office of Economic Development. I am proud of the partnerships that have been built [by E3] and the strides that have been made to help expand Jacksonvilles economic landscape,Ž read Crawford. The Ida Jackson Community Service Award was presented to Kemal Gasper of SunTrust Bank, and, Meochia Clayton of My Times Travel, Alvin King of Infinite Solutions International and Teneshia LaFaye of Affordable Care Agency received the E3 Soldier Award . Traci Irven of Team 1 Service Cleaning was recognized with the chapters highest honor, the 2014 E3 Eagle Award . Guests enjoyed signature champagne appetizers and a performance by Akia Uwanda. A highlight of the evening included the announcement by E3 founder and National Executive Director Anthony Butler, Sr. of the signing of a Strategic Alliance Memorandum with the Small Business Administration. E3 is poised to set a new standard for aspiring entrepreneurs as leaders of business and community,Ž commented Butler. The group in partnership with Jacksonville Small and Emerging Business, Jax Bridges and others are planning the first E3Xpo in February of 2015 to provide real world, real timeŽ assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs throughout Florida in downtown Jacksonville. We are bringing the spotlight of the nation to Jacksonville. Its time people saw our potential realized,Ž said Anthony Butler. For more information on E3 and its programs email info@e3businessgroup.us. E3 Business Group Jax Chapter Celebrates 5 years of Entrepreneurship and ExpansionWomen and Personal Finances Phi Delta Kappa Sorority Treats Seniors to Thanksgiving Dinner(L-R) Ms. Ernestine Jones, Manager of Lincoln Villa, Jarrell Williams, Kudos and Mariah Franklin, Xinos. Awardees pictured left to right, Meochia Clayton (My Times Travel), Teneshia LaFaye (Affordable Care Agency), Kemal Gasper (SunTrust Bank) and Traci Irven (Team 1 Service Cleaning). By many measures, women's lives have changed substantially in recent decades. According to a comprehensive government report called "Women in America" (www.whitehouse.gov/data-on-women), although certain social and economic situations for women have improved, when it comes to personal finances, many women still face challenging hurdles. Key report findings include: Women live longer than men but are much more likely to experience critical health problems that hamper their ability to work … and to pass up needed care due to cost. Although the earnings gap between women and men continues to narrow, it's still significant: Among full-time workers, women's weekly earnings as a percentage of men's have increased from 62 percent in 1979 to 80 percent in 2009. More women than men now graduate high school and college, but far fewer earn degrees in engineering, computer sciences and other higherpaying fields. Women marry later, have fewer children or remain childless, yet still are more likely to live in poverty, particularly single-mother families. Women are less likely than men to work outside the home (61 percent vs. 75 percent in 2009) and are much more likely to work part-time and to take time off to raise children or care for aging relatives. In a nutshell: Women generally earn less and live longer than men, so at retirement they often have less in savings, receive smaller retirement and Social Security benefits and must spread out their money longer. Clearly, women need to take charge of their financial wellbeing. Here are a few places to start: Develop a budget to track income and expenses. Either download a budget spreadsheet template or investigate software packages and online account management services like Quicken (www.quicken.com), Mint.com (www.mint.com), Yodlee (www.yodlee.com) and Mvlopes (www.mvlopes.com). Plan for retirement. Time is your biggest ally when it comes to retirement savings, so get cracking. Start estimating your retirement needs: Social Security's Retirement Estimator (www.ssa.gov/estimator), which automatically enters your earnings information from its records to estimate your projected Social Security benefits under different scenarios, such as age at retirement, future earnings projections, etc. Check whether your 401(k) plan administrator's website has a calculator to estimate how much you will accumulate under various contribution and investment scenarios. If not, try the retirement calculators at Bankrate.com and AARP to determine your current financial status and what you'll need to save to meet your retirement needs. Do your research. Many helpful personal financial education and management tools are available online, including: The National Foundation of Credit Counseling's MyMoneyCheckUp’ program offers a step-by-step assessment of your overall financial health and behavior in four personal finance areas: budgeting and credit management, saving and investing, planning for retirement and managing home equity (www.mymoneycheckup.org). Social Security's Website for Women provides information on retirement, disability and other issues. You can also order or download their informative, free publication, "What Every Woman Should Know" (www.ssa.gov/women). The Women's Savings Initiative, a program jointly developed by Heinz Family Philanthropies, the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) and Visa Inc. (www.practicalmoneyskills.com/womensave). This free program features an audioand e-book called "What Women Need to Know About Retirement," which you can order on CD or download as a PDF or audio file from Practical Money Skills for Life, a free personal financial management program run by Visa (www.practicalmoneyskills.com/resources). Frank Scotti, a 90-year-old exNBC employee, is the latest to go public with stories of Bill Cosbys past. Scotti, who worked as a facilities manager for the Brooklyn NBC Studio where Cosby ShowŽ was filmed, told the New York Daily News that he arranged for monthly payments and more for eight women during The Cosby ShowsŽ run from 1984-1992. He claimed some women would receive as much as $2,000 at a time. He had everybody fooled,Ž Scotti said to the Daily News. Nobody suspected.Ž Scotti provided copies of money orders to four women to the Daily News and said Cosby asked him to put his own name on them. He was covering himself by having my name on it,Ž he said. It was a coverup. I realized it later.Ž One woman, Shawn Thompson, reportedly received more than $100,000 after their alleged affair started in 1974. Thompsons daughter, Autumn Jackson, has claimed Cosby is her father, which Cosby has denied. One woman whose name is on the receipts reached out to the Daily News and said the payments funded her sons private school tuition. Scotti is confident that he was sexually involved with the women receiving payments, and came forward now because he felt sorry for the women.Ž Why else would he be sending money?Ž Scotti asked. He was sending these women $2,000 a month. What else could I think?Ž The story also includes a quote from Cosbys attorney Martin Singer denying Scottis allegations. What evidence does he have of Mr. Cosbys involvement?Ž Singer said. How would Scotti know if a woman was a model or a secretary? It appears that his story is pure speculation so that he can get his 15 minutes of fame.Ž NBC declined comment on the story. Cosby now has claims against him from at least 15 women with varying charges of sexual assault. Since the allegations resurfaced, NBC has pulled a project with him, Netflix postponed a stand-up special it was going to stream and TV Land has stopped airing re-runs of The Cosby Show.Ž Make sure youre talking to the right people. Speak with HUD-approved housing counselors, free of charge, at the Homeowners HOPE Hotline. IF YOURE FACING FORECLOSURE, TALK TO YOUR GRANDMA SECOND. CALL THE HOPE HOTLINE FIRST AT 888-995-HOPE. Ex-BC Employee Claims He Helped Bill Cosby Pay Off Women

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Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 3 ovember 27 December 3, 2014 Gabrielle Williams Community Choice Youth Honoree Skyler Grey Community Choice Youth Honoree Kevin Liles Entertainment Honoree Henry Coaxum McDonalds Owner/Operator Honoree Al Sharpton Humanitarian Honoree Iyanla Vanzant Inspirational Honoree Will Packer Arts & Entertainment Honoree Dhani Jones Sports Honoree (not shown)©2014 McDonaldsAll of the McDonalds® 365Black® Award honorees deserve recognition, but for them, nothing is more ful“ lling than helping others. Please join us as we applaud their dedication and let us all be inspired to be deeply rooted in the communityTM by giving back. Find your motivation at 365Black.com. SERVING OTHERS IS THE GREATEST REWARD OF ALL. The Sisters Network of Northeast Florida held their volunteers of distinction awards event recognition and styles show, Saturday, November 22nd at the Omni Hotel. TV host and entrepreneur Rahman Johnson was the guest speaker and presented awards to former TV anchor Angela Spears and plastic surgeon Dr. James E. Hardy. Reknowned gynecologist, Dr. William Cody was honored and recognized by the Sister's Network Inc. for his continuous service or cancer patients in the Jacksonville community. Angela Spears was also recognized for her volunteer efforts and support. Sisters Network® Inc. is committed to increasing local and national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African American community. Sisters Network Northeast Florida is an affiliate chapter of Sisters Network ® Inc., a leading voice and the only national African American breast cancer survivorship organization in the United States. The Northeast Florida Chapter serves Jacksonville and the surrounding counties, was established in August 1997 to assist African American women diagnosed with breast cancer to reclaim a sense of control for their health and to seek a full and renewed life. Sisters etwork Honors Volunteers and Supporters in the Fight against Breast Cancer Chi Eta Phi Inducts ew Members The Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Nu Chapter, recently inducted four new members. The induction ceremony was held at the University of Florida Health Care Center in the Swisher auditorium. As part of their commitment to community service, the new members participated in serving meals at St. Francis Soup Kitchen and the Strives Against Cancer Breast Cancer walk. Shown above are newly inducted members (L-R) Mary Davis Johnson, Crystal G. Marcelin, Hydie H. Jackson and Odille Thomas with charter member Helen Bergeron (center in black). The new inductees were served brunch and given gifts of sorority paraphernalia. In addition to providing nursing education to the community, the sororitys other service activities include participation in Kidney Sunday and presenting Sickle Cell, kidney and heart education symposiums. Dr.William Cody and Angela Spears holding their awards Pictured at this years event are speakers Elder Kevin Postel (WCGL), Joan Turner and keynote speaker Bishop Fred Brown of House of Refuge. R.Silver photoThanksgiving Luncheon for Seniors Celebrates Life and EmpowermentThe Senior Life Foundation held their 28th annual thanksgiving luncheon for seniors at the Wyndham Riverwalk hotel, Tuesday, November 25th. Over 400+ seniors from various private homes, nursing homes and senior living facilities in Jacksonville converged at the event. Entertainment was provided by singing groups Ahmond, Bishop Larry Boston, the Mcntyres and more! Also at the affair was Bing BingŽ the clown who offered special thanksgiving greetings to the seniors. The event was a joyous celebration that extends an open hand to seniors for lunch, empowering speakers, Florida local and state representatives, pastors and Jacksonvilles honorable Mayor Alvin Brown. The Senior Life Foundation luncheon began 28 years ago as a testimony to senior life founder Joan Turner who has been the visionary and the catalyst for each years event. Mayor Appoints 12 to Wealth Building Initiative Mayor Alvin Brown recently announced the members of a newly-formed task force to guide a Community Wealth Building Initiative that will focus on new strategies to create jobs and business opportunities in Northwest Jacksonville. The Community Wealth Building Initiative is an innovative, community-based approach for empowering neighborhood economic development,Ž said Mayor Brown. The goal is to create quality jobs with family-supporting wages and build community wealth in Northwest Jacksonville. The task force members have the experience, expertise and can-do spirit to help us move forward.Ž The 15-member task force will be chaired by Darnell Smith, Florida Blues Market President for the North Florida Market. In addition to 12 members directly appointed by the mayor, the task force includes three ex officio members appointed by the City Council, JTA and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Community Wealth Building Initiative Task Force Members appointed by the Mayor include: Darnell Smith (Chair), Market President-North Florida Region, Florida Blue; Sandy Bartow, Vice President of Entrepreneurial Growth, JAX Chamber, and President, JAX Chamber Foundation; Dr. Irvin PeDro Cohen, Executive Director, New Town Success Zone; Rev. Kent Dorsey, Minister, Riverside Avenue Christian Church, and Co-President, Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment (ICARE); JeToye Flornoy, founder of The YACHT (Youth Achieving Collegiate Hopes of Tomorrow) Julia Henry-Wilson, Program Director, Jacksonville Urban League; Dawn Lockhart, President and CEO, Family Foundations; Janet Owens, Executive Director, LISC Jacksonville; Melanie Patz, Vice President of Community Investment and Impact, Baptist Health; Connie Smith, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo; Paul Tutwiler, Executive Director, Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation; Nina Waters, President, The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida Ex Officio Members of the Community Wealth Building Initiative Task Force; Reggie Brown, Jacksonville City Council member (District 10) Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority and Alesia Scott-Ford, Director, Jacksonville Field Office, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Jacksonville has a lot to be proud of on the state and national levels as their elected officials continue to excel on the political playing field. Last week, Cong. Corrine Brown was elected ranking member of House Committee on Veterans Affairs and State Rep. Mia L. Jones, D-Jacksonville, was unanimously elected to serve for a second term in the Florida House of Representatives Leadership Offices as the Minority Leader pro tempore to Minority Leader Mark Pafford alongside Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Speaker pro tempore Matt Hudson in completing the legislative leadership team during the 2014-2016 Legislative Session. Upon her confirmation to be the ranking member of the House Committee of Veterans Affairs, Congresswoman Brown made the following statement: I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to serve as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs for the 114th Congress, and I wholeheartedly appreciate the support of my Democratic colleagues. I am very much looking forward to serving our nations veterans in this new position and working to make sure these men and women get the care and benefits they earned through their service to our nation. One of the most important tools we have at our disposal to assist our veterans is our veteran stakeholders.Ž Jones was equally expressive in acknowledging her post. It is an honor to be elected to serve as Democratic Leader pro tempore for 2014-2016 sessions,Ž said Rep. Jones. I know it will not be easy with the loss of six democratic members, but I know we have a talented team and I am committed to being a strong advocate for Florida's Families throughout our state as we stand united as a caucus within the Florida House of Representatives. Brown, Jones to Continue Political Leadership Roles

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I really wanted to write something poignantMonday night but all I could do was cuss at random intervals for about 4 hours straight. Then I moved on to kicking trashcans all over my house. Im still oscillating between those two stages. I knew it was going to happen just like it happened. We knew it was coming. Weve had many conversations saying he will not be getting indicted for killing Michael Brown because history had written that conclusion. We made Facebook statuses about Darren Wilson being a free man when the governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency. We knew. But knowing didnt stop this from feeling the full punch to the chest, knocking the wind out my sails and leaving me deflated. Its like when you try to brace yourself for impact; it is still going to hurt like hell no matter how much you think youve prepared. Darren Wilson is not even going to stand trial for shooting unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown. Darren Wilson is not going to have to answer for killing Leslie McFaddens son, Mike Brown. Darren Wilson is sitting at home, free as hell even though he killed Michael Brown Sr.s junior because prosecutor Bob McCullough stood behind his podium and waved the Open season on Black folksŽ flag. And Im sitting at home infuriated for another day that were being told that Black lives mean nothing. I am supposed to talk about productive rage but I already did that 3 month ago when Mike Brown was first killed (How to Channel Your Anger Over Michael Browns Death Productively). Now that his killer is just as free as he was then, and even moreso (because hes $400,000 richer and someones husband), all I have is blinding rage. Because the system gives so little damns about us that it cant even pretend. Those people who are rioting in Ferguson? Well, I cant say I blame them. Because anger can be so palpable that it gurgles up your throat and makes your flesh break out in hives. We rage because feeling powerless makes you want to burn something to the ground. Were supposed to keep the peace, right? But white boys can create mayhem in the streets over a pumpkin festival and because their sports teams lost a game. No tear gas is sent their way as they do this. NONE. But WE cant take to the streets because Black people are being murdered systemically. You cant separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.Ž … Malcolm X Maybe tomorrow, Ill be able to think clearly and talk about what we need to do next to effect change. But today, I rage. I rave for Lesley McFadden, who did not get justice for her son. I cuss to the high heavens for Michael Brown Sr. who had to bury him. I am furious for every parent who has to tell their Black son and daughter that staying alive means being more obedient than a trained dog when standing in front of a man in blue. All lives matter but we have to keep saying Black Lives MatterŽ to remind people of our humanity, which is far too often forgotten. We keep having to fight for the most basic of rights and the most basic things to LIVE. Last week, I went to a private screening of the movie Selma, chronicling the 3 months that Martin Luther King Jr. spent in Selma, Alabama in the summer of 1965. I wept throughout that film for many reasons but one of them was because I recognized that the same battles they had then are the ones were having now, 50 years later. THE SAME. We knew the road would be long but who knew wed be at the same checkpoint after all this time? When this pain feels duller and throbs instead of stabs, we can get up and know that in spite of it all, we are neither helpless nor powerless. Weve come through much worse and we still stand; we will remain standing and keep fighting. We were manifested from ancestral excellence, and in the words of an old Mexican proverb They tried to bury us but they didnt know we were seeds.Ž Still. We rage. Page 4 Ms.Perrys Free Press SUBSCRIBE TODAY SUBSCRIBE TODAY Yes, Id like to subscribe to the Jacksonville Free Press!Enclosed is my check __ money order __for $38.00 to cover my one year subscription.AME _________________________________________ ADDRESS_______________________________________ CITY____________________STATE____ZIP________ DISCLAIMERThe United State provides opportunities for free expression of ideas. The Jacksonville Free Press has its view, but others may differ. Therefore, the Free Press ownership reserves the right to publish views and opinions by syndicated and local columnist, professional writers and other writers which are solely their own. Those views do not necessarily reflect the policies and positions of the staff and management of the Jacksonville Free Press. 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City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Rep. Reggie Fullwood Our Vets Have Made the Ultimate Sacrifice … Even in the Face of Inequalityovember 27 December 3, 2014 Bill Cosby is o Victim of RacismMy initial reaction to TV Lands decision to cut The Cosby Show from its lineup was mostly tied to the notion that Bill Cosby is not being afforded the same luxury as his white counterparts like Woody Allen and Roman Polanski, who continue to see their films aired and celebrated even when were given detailed reminders of their sexual allegations. However, when it comes to Bill Cosby, its a bit more complicated than my knee-jerk reaction to the cable networks decision suggests. If you go on social media, you will see tweets like, Rememberƒat one time Bill Cosby was about to buy the NBC networkƒa Black man with any kind of real POWER is not cool in America!!!!Ž Likewise, They cant never let a Black man be successful & respected by all at the same timeƒdont try & dirty Bill Cosbys name bruh.Ž Then there were outlets posing leading questions such as We see Bill Cosby, a Black man, being accused by multiple white women of rape. Is he automatically guilty because of the racial layer?Ž Even some misguided white people have entered the fray, arguing that Cosby is being mistreated while white women like Lena Dunham are being let off the hook. Some refuse to believe the ever-increasing number of women who have accused Bill Cosby of raping them due to the idea that this is nothing more than a concerted effort to bring an iconic Black man down. An iconic Black man who presented an image of a Black family that means so much to so many … exactly why the Black-focused networks like the BET-owned Centric and Magic Johnson-founded Aspire have decided to keep airing episodes of The Cosby Show. No one can deny the reality that Black people … even famous, wealthy ones … are often treated more harshly than white people. Nonetheless, these Bill Cosby apologists conveniently leave out the fact that Bill Cosby has long been accused of raping women over the years and hes only now really facing public backlash for it. So if this was truly about the media just trying to assassinate another Black man characterŽ as some have suggested, why did it take so long? Whats happening to Bill Cosby now is not an affront on the Black man. This is a testament to how one powerful man can no longer flex his muscle to shut people up in an age where new media and social media drive the conversation in ways a 77-year-old celebrity is not used to. Sure, TV Lands decision is harsh, but it will likely be reversed the same way networks have returned to airing episodes of 7th Heaven despite its shows patriarch, played by actor Stephen Collins, confessing to child molestation. This isnt about racism so much as it is a lingering lassiez faire attitude many have about sexual assault. There is not enough sympathy in the world for victims of rape, and theres even less when the accused rapist is an entertainer. People will put their entertainment value ahead of a persons humanity. It is why Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, and yes, Bill Cosby have managed to amass fortunes for their art with only small blemishes to their legacies. It is why R. Kelly continues to have a career despite the charges leveled against him. This is a man who has been accused of raping children for several years and has responded by being just as sexually explicit in his creative works as ever before. If we go by the logic that Bill Cosbys current media narrative can be attributed to racial politics, than why is R. Kelly still relevant? As much as many of us love 12 Play, his contributions to culture are far less important that Bill Cosby, and he doesnt possess a fraction of the prestige Cosby has. If anything, Cosby is a Black man who has spent the last decade of his life condemning poor Black people … to the amusement of the very folks some now would argue are crucifying him. And unlike many of the aforementioned men, none of them positioned themselves as moralizer. It is Bill Cosby who has long fancied himself pristine and above others. It is Bill Cosby who has used that public image to denigrate his people. This is Cosbys chickens coming home to roost. Cosby may be a Black man, but as a man first, hes long enjoyed the perks of patriarchy … the main culprit behind it taking decades for his reputation to be rightly challenged. Lets Not forget, Weve Overcome Much Worse than Ferguson by Michael Arcenaux With the 2014 election season officially over, there is much to talk about. We could definitely continue to talk about the Republican landslide and what Democrats need to do to right the ship,Ž but I am sure that we have all heard enough about that. So lets put politics aside and talk about a group of Americans that make the ultimate sacrifice for our country … our veterans. Veterans Day was recognized last week and is a holiday that reminds us of the sacrifices many men and women have made fighting for our country. In fact, risking ones life for his country is truly the ultimate sacrifice. Benjamin Franklin once said, Never has there been a good war or a bad peace.Ž We honor all veterans on this day, but I think special recognition must be given to those who fought for a country they loved that refused to consider them as trueŽ citizens. And this is not some radical message intended to stir anyone up, but recognition of the black soldiers who fought for this country during very turbulent times … dealing with open racism and segregation. One of the most troubling stories I have ever heard was from a senior citizen who was attempting to explain to me the various racial and economical hurdles he had gone through in his life. He talked about serving our great country in WWII and coming home to be treated as a second-class citizen. In fact, he talked about military dogs being treated better than African American soldiers. He recalled being on a train in Europe in which German prisoners were able to ride in passenger cars, but black soldiers had to ride in the back of the train … often with cattle and other livestock. So while African American soldiers fought in many battles and died on many battlefields we were never good enough to be considered equal. Back in the homeland, blacks continued to be discriminated against and lynched in record numbers during WWII. And throughout the South, a racist legal system known as "Jim Crow" segregated people by race in restrooms, hotels, restaurants, and most other public accommodations. My grandfather was good enough to drive trucks in the military supplying goods and supplies, but he wasnt good enough to eat at a diner in downtown Jacksonville or use the same restrooms as whites in Hemming Plaza. My country tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where our fathers died, Land of the pilgrims pride,Ž hardly words that related to the true conditions facing black soldiers Not only was the U.S. military segregated during World War II, but black soldiers were also excluded from most victory parades that followed. Many history books dont tell us that African Americans truly played a prominent role in the United States victories in WWII. The Tuskegee Airmen escorted bombers on runs in North Africa and parts of Europe and never lost a bomber. The 761st Tank Battalion, known as the Black Panthers, landed in France four months after the D-Day invasion and later liberated concentration camps. It wasnt until thirty-three years after the war ended; the group received the Presidential Unit Citation. Some would say why talk about these past injustices, lets move forward. I agree, but I am not talking about the past to upset any one, and I am not advocating reparations for these injustices, just simple recognition. Sometimes simple recognition goes a long way. The United States has the most powerful military in the world, as we stand unitedŽ against terrorism, unfortunately we have never been united against racism and discrimination. We give honor to all veterans, and thank them for their continued sacrifice and commitment to this country. Signing off from the Veterans Day Parade, Reggie Fullwood byDavid Love Last week, President Obama addressed the nation with an outline of the executive action he is taking on immigration. In his 10minute address, the president outlined his plan to fix a broken system and, a combination of accountability and compassion, while also challenging Congress to do its part and pass legislation. The speech was not broadcast on the major networks, but was aired on a number of cable outlets, including Univision, which delayed its broadcast of the Latin Grammy Awards to air the presidents remarks. In his speech, the president sought a reasonable middle ground that falls short of complete amnesty for undocumented immigrants, yet offers deportation relief for up to 5 million people, allowing families who have lived in the country to remain here. I know some of the critics of the action call it amnesty. Well, its the not. Amnesty is the immigration system we have today,Ž Obama said. Millions of people who live here without paying their taxes or playing by the rules, while politicians use the issue to scare people and whip up votes at election time. Thats the real amnesty, leaving this broken system the way it is. Mass amnesty would be unfair. Mass deportation would be both impossible and contrary it to our character,Ž the president added. Under Obamas plan, more resources will go to the border, with an emphasis on deporting undocumented immigrants who recently crossed the border. And resources will be focused on deporting felons as opposed to the families of U.S. citizens. Also a part of the presidents plan is increased accountability for millions, with a requirement that undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been here five plus years undergo a background check and pay taxes to remain in the country. Further, there will be expanded work authorization for high-skilled workers waiting for a green card. At the same time, Obama placed the onus on Republicans to pass fair and just immigration reform legislation. Overall the number of people trying to cross our border illegally is at its lowest level since the 1970s. Those are the facts. Meanwhile, I worked with Congress on a comprehensive fix. And last year 68 Democrats, Republicans, and independents came together to pass a bipartisan bill in the Senate,Ž the president said. Latinoand Asian-Americans are important Democratic constituencies that voted for Obama in large numbers, and the presidential action will only strengthen their support. Ultimately, the activists and the DreamersŽ who pressed Obama to act now on immigration reform can claim victory. So too, can President Obama. Obamas Immigration Executive Order is a Game Changer

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ovember 27 December 4, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 25 DECEMBER 1, 2014© AZ EE Z C ommunications , Inc. V ol. XXI , N o. 1 6 BAYOU TO DECIDE SWAC WEST; VIRGINIA STATE, MORGAN STATE IN PLAYOFF CHASELOOKING TO ADVANCE: Scott (top) looks for VSU's second Div. II playoff win while Hull (bottom) and Morgan State make FCS playoff debut.V SU and M SU Sports photosWIN OR GO HOME!NOVEMBER 22 MEAC B-Cookman 18, Florida A&M 17, 2 OTsHoward 30, Hampton 29 Morgan State 69, Delaware State 7 N. C. Central 21, NC A&T 14 S. C. State 30, Norfolk State 20 Brigham Young 64, Savannah State 0SWAC Alabama State 30, Stillman 27SCORES Arkansas-Pine Bluff 20, Alabama A&M 19 Jackson State 34, Alcorn State 31 INDEPENDENTS Tennessee State 48, Murray State 33 NCAA DIV. II PLAYOFFS SUPER REGION I First Round Virginia State 28, LIU-Post 17 SUPER REGION II First Round West Georgia 20, Tuskegee 17LUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor Two teams making historic playoff runs and a showdown in perhaps the most celebrated game in black college football are the remaining story lines as the 2014 season marches on. Virginia State CIAA championship since 1996 two weeks ago in an upset of two-time recent champion WinstonSalem State and is alive in the NCAA Div. II playoffs, and Morgan State , who Saturday captured a piece of the MEAC berth in history, will share the stage this week with Southern and Grambling State , two SWAC dynamos whose battle this week determines who plays in the Dec. 6 league championship game. Virginia State The Trojans (10-2), under second-year CIAA Coach of the Year, Latrell Scott , followed up their CIAA title game win with their Region I home game (see related story). VSU, seeded third in the region, now travels to face No. 2 Bloomsburg (10-1) Saturday Bloomsburg was undefeated at 10-0, the region' before losing its last game, a 28-26 decision to Slippery Rock in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship Game. virtue of its No. 2 seeding. VSU got back sophomore starting QB Tarrian Ayres in the LIU Post win after he was suspended for the CIAA title game. Ayres, who completes 58% of his passe, appeared a little rusty vs. LIUP. He ran for a TD but completed only 9 of 21 passes for 151 yards in the win. AllCIAA RB Kavon Bellamy ran for 119 yards and two TDs while all-CIAA WR Javon Smallwood had three receptions for 119 yards including an 82-yarder to take up the slack. All-CIAA linebacker Andre Rawls , who had an 83-yard interception return for a TD vs. LIUP, keys the defense along with LB Brandon Robinson and DB Darion Thomas . Bloomsburg, under PSAC Coach of the Year Paul Darragh, relies on a strong running game led by 5-9, 213-pound senior Eddie Mateo who has run for 1,065 yards and 23 rushing TDs, Munger has run for 737 yards and three TDs. QB Tim Kelly has completed 55.9% of his passes for 1,651 yards and nine TDs with six interceptions. Bloomsburg placed 14 players on the allPSAC team led by senior MLB Justin Shirk who was named the league's defensive player of the year after registering 97 tackles, 19.5 for losses including 8.5 sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles in ten games. The Huskies led the nation in turnovers gained (39) and turnover margin (+28). The teams have one common opponent. Bloomsburg beat California (Pa.) 24-21 late in the season while VSU lost to Cal 33-24 to open the season.Morgan State Morgan State and new head coach Jerry Hull MEAC regular season title with the league's automatic playoff bid by virtue of the best head-to-head record (2-1) against the other four tied teams. dropping a 45-0 decision three weeks ago at North Carolina A&T , one of the four other teams that got a share of the MEAC title. They followed that up with a last-minute 24-21 upset win over then conference leader South Carolina State before closing out the season with a 69-7 pasting of Delaware State Saturday. They weren't assured of the playoff bid until the end of North Carolina Central's 21-14 win over A&T Saturday. The Bears will now travel to 8-4 Richmond game. QB Moses Skillon had led the Bears to their last two wins. He ran in for a touchdown with less than a minute to go in the win over SC State and then threw six TD passes Saturday vs. DelState. Herb Walker Jr. has run for 1,288 yards and 13 TDs to lead the ground attack while Andrew King (37 rec., 428 yards, 5 TDs) is the top receiver. Linebacker Cody Acker (101 tackles), DE Chris Robinson ( 14 sacks, 18 tackles for Plenty of history in playoffs, Bayou showdown G A M E S T H I S W E E K ’SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22 SWAC Bayou Classic on NBC Grambling State vs. Southern in New Orleans, LA 1:30p PLAYOFF GAMES DIV. II Second Round Bloomsburg vs. Virginia State in Bloomsburg, PA 12n FCS First Round ESPN3 Richmond vs. Morgan State in Richmond, VA 1ploss) anchor the defense. Richmond has started Michael Strauss (101-277-7, 2,202 yds., 16 TDs) at quarterback recently but has also played Michael Rocco (116-205-11, 4 TDs). The top rusher is Seth (885 yards, 5 TDs) the top receiver. Richmond and MSU have two common opponents. The Spiders defeated Hampton 42-17 and beat Villanova 10-9. MSU beat Hampton 38-35 and lost to Villanova 48-28.Southern vs. Grambling State SWAC regular season will pit Louisiana rivals Southern (8-3) and Grambling State (7-4) at the New Orleans Super Dome Saturday (1:30 p.m.) at the 41st Bayou Classic. Both teams are tied with 7-1 league records with the winner taking the West Division title and the spot opposite East Division winner Alcorn State next week (Dec. 6) in the SWAC Championship Game. Additionally, the winner will become the leader in the series which is currently tied at 20 wins apiece. Grambling, under new head coach Broderick Fobbs , has been the surprise team of the SWAC and all of black college football. The G-Men were coming off woeful back-to-back losing seasons and internal issues that caused the storied program to go through three head straight wins and to the top of the SWAC West and the BCSP national rankings before a loss to Alabama State two weeks ago. Southern, under second-year head coach Dawson Odums , also started slow, losing three streak that allowed them to catch Grambling after the Alabama State loss. Grambling is led by QB Johnathan Williams who has thrown for 1,719 yards with 13 the Tigers leading rusher with 373 yards and 7 TDs. Southern features near-1,000-yard rusher Lenard Tillery (973 yards, 7 TDs). QB Austin Howard has thrown for 1,924 yards with 14 TDs and 7 interceptions. Wideout Willie Quinn leads the Jags with 51 receptions for 755 yards and 4 TDs. DIV ALL NORTH W L W L Virginia State 8 0 10 2 DIV. II PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUNDVirginia State 28, LIU Post 17 VSU advances to 2nd round PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE Kavon Bellamy, So., RB, VSU 29 carries for 131 yards, two TDs in win over LIU Post. DEFENSE Andre Rawls, Sr., LB, VSU Seven (7) tackles and 83-yard interception return for TD vs. LIU Post. CIAACENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONINDEPENDENTSFINAL W L Tennessee State 6 6 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE Michael German, Sr. QB, TENNESSEE STATE Completed 28 of 48 passes for 463 yards and six TDs in win over Murray State and also ran for an 8-yard TD. Ryan Mitchell, Sr., WR, TENNESSEE STATE 10 receptions for 231 yards and TD catches of 72, 15 and 59 yards. DEFENSE Detorrius Shipley , Sr., DE, TENNESSEE STATE Eight tackles, three sacks for -12 yards in losses, vs. Murray State.Gabe Terry , Jr., DE, TENNESSEE STATE Five tackles, three sacks for -30 yards in losses vs. Murray State. SPECIAL TEAMS Lane Clark, PK, TENNESSEE STATE Six for six on PATs vs. Murray State. 2 0 1 4 B L A C K C O L L E G E F O O T B A L L (Results, Standings and Weekly Honors) SIACSOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETIC CONFERENCE CONF ALL W L W L Tuskegee 8 0 9 3DIV. II PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUNDWest Georgia 20, Tuskegee 17 Tuskegee eliminated PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE Dondre Purnell , WR/KR, STILLMAN Five receptions for 29 yards and 1 TD and returned kickoff 99 yards for TD vs. Alabama State. DEFENSE Jewell Ratliff , Jr., LB, TUSKEGEE Ten tackles, six solos, 2.5 for losses vs. UWG. SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCE DIV ALL EAST W L W L ^Alcorn State 7 2 9 3 Alabama State 5 4 7 5 Alabama A&M 3 6 4 8 Jackson State 3 6 5 7 Miss. Valley State 1 8 2 9WEST Grambling State 7 1 7 4 Southern 7 1 8 3 Prairie View A&M 5 4 5 5 Texas Southern 3 6 5 6 Ark. Pine Bluff 3 6 4 7^ Clinched Division titlePLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE Malcolm Cyrus , Sr., RB, ALABAMA STATE Ran 23 times for 106 yards and 3 TDs (1, 7, 3) in win over Stillman. Ben Anderson, Sr., QB, ARK.-PINE BLUFF Passes for 225 yards, 1 TD, rushed for 133 yards, 2 TDs in win over Alabama A&M. DEFENSE Brandon Smith , Jr., DB, JACKSON STATE 10 tackles, 7 solos, with 1 int. vs. Alcorn State. SPECIAL TEAMS Ryan Delsing , PK, JACKSON STATE FGs of 28 and 46 yards, 2 of 2 on PATs in win over Alcorn.NEWCOMER ODarius Williams , Fr., WR, ALABAMA A&M 8 receptions, 109 yards vs. UAPB. MID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEACFINAL CONF ALL W L W L ^* Morgan State 6 2 7 5^ NC A&T State 6 2 9 3 ^ SC State 6 2 8 4 ^ Bethune-Cookman 6 2 9 3 ^ N. Carolina Central 6 2 7 5 Norfolk State 4 4 4 8 Delaware State 2 6 2 10 Howard 3 5 5 7 Hampton 2 6 3 9 # Florida A&M 3 5 3 9 # Savannah State 0 7 0 11# Not eligible for title ^ Co-Champion * Receives FCS automatic bidPLAYERS OF THE WEEKOFFENSE Tarik Cohen , So., RB, NC A&T 20 carries, 203 yards 2 TDs, one costly fumble in loss to NC Central. Finished as MEAC leading rusher (1,340 yards, 15 TDs). Moses Skillon , Jr., QB, MORGAN STATE 16 of 24 for 261 DEFENSE Ty Brown , r-Sr., LB, NC CENTRAL Six solo tackles, four for losses including three sacks for -23 yards and one forced fumble in win over NC A&T. ROOKIE Terrance Ervin , Fr., QB, NSU 22 of 37 for 267 yards, 2 TDs and 2 ints. vs. SC State. SPECIAL TEAMS Larry Brihm , So., QB, B-CU Ran in game-winning 2-point PAT in OT vs, Florida A&M. PLAYOFF GAME RECAPSNCAA DIV. II Super Region I First Round Virginia State 28, LIU Post 17 ETTRICK, VA … After trailing 17-14 at the half, CIAA champion Virginia State pitched a second half shutout while scoring Div. II Super Region I playoff home game. Both second-half VSU scores came on 1-yard runs by RB Kavon Bellamy who carried 29 times quarter at the end of a 10-play, 50-yard pass from QB Tarrian Ayres to Javon Smallwood (3 receptions, 132 yards) that carried to the LIU 1. Ayres (9-21-1, 151 yards) opened 11-yard run following the Trojans taking over at the LIU 25 after an 18-yard LIUP punt. After LIU tied the game at 7, VSU went up 14-7 on an 83-yard interception return TD by DB Andre Rawls . VSU (10-2), seeded third in the region, won its tenth straight game and will now travel to second-seed Bloomsburg next week in a second round game (see related story). NCAA DIV. II Super Region II First Round West Georgia 20, Tuskegee 17 TUSKEGEE, AL … SIAC champion Tuskegee fell behind 13-0 at the half and its second-half rally fell short in falling at Region II playoff game. The Tigers (9-3), seeded third in Super Region II, got on the board in the third quarter on Michael Thorntons 2-yard TD run and pulled within 13-10 when Troy Wylie kicked thru a 45-yard UWG went up 20-10 later in the period before Thornton scored on another 2-yard run with 2:37 to play. Tuskegee would get the ball one last time but could only advance to its own 30. BELLAMY : Ran for 119 yards and two scores in VSU win. VSU Sports Photo THORNTON : His two TDs not enough.Norfolk State linebacker to participate in Senior Bowl, Shrine Game Norfolk State senior linebacker Lynden Trail has been invited to participate in both the Reeses Senior Bowl and the EastWest Shrine Game, the nations two most acclaimed postseason college football all-star games. the Senior Bowl. Only 24 players from current MEAC schools have played in the Senior Bowl and none since Hampton defensive lineman Kendall Langford in 2008. Trail would be just the second Spartan to ever play in the Shrine Game, following Don Carey a former sixth-round draftee of the Cleveland player to be drafted. He is currently on the roster of the Detroit Lions. Trail wrapped up his stellar three-year despite facing defensive schemes designed to avoid him or limit his imries. In his Spartan career, he tallied 255 tackles, 41 for a loss, with 19.5 four blocked kicks and four touchdowns (three at receiver on offense, one on defense). sion. Trail was eighth in the voting last season for the Buchanan Award 1. SOUTHERN (7-3) Idle. THIS WEEK : In New Orleans to face Grambling for SWAC West title. 2. VIRGINIA STATE (9-2) CIAA champ beat LIU-Post, 28-17 in THIS WEEK: At No. 2 Bloomsburg in D2 second round playoff game. 3. MORGAN STATE (7-5) Routed DelState, 69-7 to earn share of MEAC title. Earned MEAC automatic berth to FCS playoffs. THIS WEEK: 4. NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL (7-5) Beat North Carolina A&T, 21-14 to win share of MEAC title. Season over. 5. ALCORN STATE (9-3) SWAC East champ closed season with loss to Jackson State, 34-31. THIS WEEK : Off until SWAC Championship Game on Dec. 6 vs. SWAC West champion. 6. NORTH CAROLINA A&T (9-3) Fell to NC Central, 21-14. Shares MEAC title with four others. Season over. 7. GRAMBLING STATE (7-4) Idle. THIS WEEK: Faces Southern in New Orleans Super Dome for SWAC West title. 8. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (8-4) Downed Norfolk State 3020 for share of MEAC title. Season over. 9. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (9-3) Survived double OT battle with Florida A&M, 18-17. Shares MEAC title with four others. Season over. 10. TUSKEGEE (8-3) SIAC champ fell to West Georgia, 20-17 (TIE) WINSTON-SALEM STATE (9-2) CIAA runner-up. Season B C S P F O O T B A L L T O P T E N BCSP Notes player, with 2014 awards still to be announced in the coming days and weeks. The 66th Senior Bowl will be played on Saturday, Jan. 24 at LaddPeebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The 90th East-West Shrine game is the Tennessee State offensive guard Robert Myers has also been invited to play in the Senior Bowl. Hampton's McDaniel playing for CFL Grey Cup Hampton allMEAC wide receiver Marquay McDaniel ber 30 vs. the Hamilton Tigercats. McDaniel, who returned in the last game of the regular season after missing six games after suffering a broken arm halfway through the season, is the Stampeders leading receiver this season with 54 catches for 792 yards and player of the week for his 12-catch, 165-yard comeback performance in the last game of the regular season. He had two receptions for 58 yards, including a 46-yard TD catch, in a 43-18 win Sunday mer Arkansas-Pine Bluff RB Martell Mallett is on the injured list of the Stampeders. Alabama State DB Michael Coe and UAPB DE Brandon Thurman are on the Tigercats injured list. Lyden Trail Ayres Skillon Virginia State Head Coach Latrell Scott Morgan State Head Coach Lee Hull

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St. Philips Episcopal Church Hold Men & Boys Breakfast, Homeless Outreach & Unity Weekend EventsOn Sunday November 30th, the Mens Club of St. Philips Episcopal Church will host their annual Men and Boys Breakfast in the churchs parish hall, beginning at 8 a.m. There will be a special guest speaker for the occasion and breakfast will be provided by the women of the church. The Outreach to the Homeless event in conjunction with Bold Ministries, the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville and other ministry partners will provide the homeless of Jax Community food, footwear, and clothing, Saturday November 29th. This activity will be held in the churchs parking lot. The Unity Weekend Activities at St. Philips Episcopal Church is scheduled for December 5th 7th. Friday December 5th is our Dinner Dance at the Hyatt downtown and Sunday December 7th will be the service of Thanksgiving. All are invited. To participate or volunteer call church at 354.1053.ew Spirit Full Gospel Word Church Holiday Gospel FestivalNew Spirit Full Gospel Word Church, 4511 Soutel Drive, Bishop Forest Gilbert and Dr. Wilhelmenia Gilbert-Pastors and congregation will host a Holiday Gospel Festival,Ž Saturday, December 6th at 6 p.m. Returning by popular demand will be Rev. Frank Evans and the Cleftones of Atlantic Beach, Florida and The United Brothers in Christ of the Greater Arlington Area of Jacksonville. Also appearing on program is Little Jessie and the Miracles, The A'saph Worship Team, and other talented artists that will help New Spirit Full Gospel Word Church lift the name of Jesus through song and dance. For more info contact Sister Jasmine Bullock at 352-708-0277.ew Life Ministry Presents The School of PrayersŽNew Life Outreach Ministry Center presents The School of Prayer,Ž every Saturday at 5640 Timuquana Rd. Suite 6, 10:30 a.m. The topic is: The Danger of Prayerlessness. For more info call 778-7651.SCOC and Eta Phi Beta Sorority Present Health Awareness Workshop Nu Chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., in partnership with the Health Ministry of Northside Church of Christ will present Youve Heard the Myths Now Learn the Facts about Breast and Prostate Cancer.Ž The workshop is Saturday, November, 29, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at Northside Church of Christ Chapel, 4736 Avenue B. Coordinator Dianne Townsend, facilitator, is the Supervisor of Pathology at Memorial Hospital, President of Sisters Network and a member of Eta Phi Beta Sorority. This is a free workshop and the public is invited to attend. For more info call Debra Waye at 476-7178.Unification Prayer VigilAll church leaders, prayer warriors, and interested concerned parties are invited to a unification for Jax city prayer vigil, Monday December 1, at 7 p.m. at Open Arms Christian Fellowship Church, 2703 Dunn Ave to pray for the peace and safety of Jacksonville and an end to the unspeakable violence in our community. The City of Jacksonville will be on one accord at that time, because "we can do better together". For more info email gospell75@aol.com.Holiday Gospel FestivalHoliday Gospel Festival, Saturday, December 6th, at 6 p.m. at New Spirit Full Gospel Word Church, 4511 Soutel Drive, Bishop Forest and Dr. Wilhelmenia Gilbert-Pastors. Returning by popular demand will be The United Brothers in Christ of the Greater Arlington Area of Jacksonville, and Rev. Frank Evans and the Cleftones of the Atlantic Beach Area. Special guests for the evening is Totally 4 Him of Lumber City, Georgia. Also appearing on program is Little Jessie & the Miracles, The A'saph Worship Team, many other gifted singers and dancers. For more info contact Sis. Jasmine Bullock at 352-708-0277. Page 6 Ms. Perrys Free Press ovember 27 December 3, 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. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464 Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. Senior Pastor Sunday Morning Worship 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Church school 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 6:45 p.m.Midweek Services Wednesday oon Service Miracle at MiddayŽ 12 noon 1:00 p.m. Weekly Services Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 7:40 and 10:40 a.m. Worship with us LIVE on the web visitwww.truth2powerministries.org Grace and Peacevisit www.Bethelite.org Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.. Pastor Emeritus African American church planters should not be pressured to plant black or multi-ethnic congregations, instead, they should plant churches based on calling not culture, says Christian blogger Jemar Tisby. In a recent blog post for the Reformed African American Network, Tisby noted that although the Bible states the Gospel is to be preached to all nations, African American pastors should not be obliged to plant predominately black churches since not all are called to do so. "If a black church planter is called to plant a congregation that is all or mostly white and he does so, then He is being obedient to God," wrote Tisby. "His conscience should be clear. If, however, this black church planter endeavors to plant an all or mostly black or multi-ethnic church without a clear internal and external sense of calling to such a work, then he risks shipwrecking his faith and his ministry." According to a 2013 LifeWay Research study, the ethnic make-up of the community where most African-American churches were planted were 42 percent AfricanAmerican, 35 percent White, and 13 percent Hispanic while the rest were African or Caribbean and Asian. The study also found that while 68 percent of churches focused on reaching African Americans, over 80 percent of church planters said they also intentionally sought to reach a cross-cultural or multiethnic audience. Tisby notes that the common assumption for a black church planter is that he will plant an African American or multi-ethnic church which he says is understandable, because it is easier for a racial or ethnic minority to attract similar individuals. However, he says planters should not be swayed by the expectations of society. "What if a man and his wife feel called to lower-income whites in the Appalachian region? What if he seeks to plant churches among the predominantly Buddhist peoples of Bhutan? What if he wants to plant in his hometown where the majority is white or Hispanic?," wrote Tisby. Tisby, who admits he is hesitant to plant a church because of cultural pressures since he is African American, is not against planting all black congregations as he notes that there should be more churches that serve "diverse and historically under-represented people." Pastor Derwin L. Gray, former NFL player who leads Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church in South Carolina believes every church planter, despite their ethnicity, "should be compelled by the Gospel and the glory of God to follow the Apostle Paul's example." "The Apostle Paul did not go into a 1st Century, Greco-Roman city and plant a church for the Jews and then a church for gentiles … Arabs, Asian, Greeks, Romans … because it would have been out of step with the Gospel he loved, lived, and proclaimed," Gray told The Christian Post. He added, "At the heart of the Gospel is reconciliation: God to man and man to man. The Gospel creates a whole new ethnicity group called the church and this church is clothed in Christ. If the 21st Century American Church is to be relevant and speak with a prophetic, apostolic voice, proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it must be multi-ethnic going forward." Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church, a megachurch in Maryland comprised of 25 nationalities, says he knows firsthand how it is to plant a church in a predominately white community with a 10 percent black membership as he did during the 1980s in Corning, New York. "Many observers in the community called us a black church because I, the senior leader, was black," Jackson told The Christian Post. "Some of our members were disinherited by their families, because concerned relatives assumed that we were a 'Jim Jones' like cult." He says once his church surpassed the 200 member mark, the community began to take notice in a positive way. Now, he says his focus had shifted from engaging diversity to reaching multi-generations. "My recommendation to emerging church planters is that they plant churches consistent with their personal history and backgrounds," Jackson told CP. "Although there is need for multiracial congregations in most major cities in America, it is difficult to plant a multiracial church unless the leadership team is truly steeped in the predominant culture it is trying to serve ƒ therefore, church planters must "keep it real" when seeking to break class, color, and culture barriers ƒ" Despite Gray and Jackson's differing opinions, Tisby notes that church planting is a difficult enough venture by itself regardless of the racial makeup the planter is hoping to reach. " ƒ God will build his church. If we each just obey the calling He has for us to the people He has placed around us, we will see the diversity for which we long," wrote Tisby. OTICE:Church news is published free of charge. Information must be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event date will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to 765-8611or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com. By Rev. Manson B. Johnson Bible Fact: God allows various things in life to happen to make us better. The Big Idea: Endurance is the key to achieving challenging goals in life. Mans rejection can be Gods direction. God sometimes uses the rejection of hateful people to move us to a new place or assignment…where we wouldnt have thought of going on our own. He must slam the door in our face through rejection to get us to look in another direction. Then when we get to that new place, we thank God for the rejection rather than being bitter about it.Ž …Kent Crockett A test for the will of God can be rejection. Rejection has the ability to bring out the best in a person or the worst in a person. Human beings or animals with no high degree of intelligence can respond well to rejection without help from others. God is a very present help for believers during trials of rejections. Nothing is sweeter than victory to resolve a spell of rejection. I. What is it? REJECTION: to refuse, resist, deny, or to dismiss an idea, an action or a person. (Latin: through back) II. Every Christian will be challenged with some type of evil. Evil is always opposed to righteousness and the will of God. Evil comes in different forms, through different people and at different times. But, evil does not have to win! III. Josephs Championship Over Evil A. Intro: Jacob had two wives, Leah and Rachel. Between the two he had 12 children. Two of them, Joseph and Benjamin, were by Rachel. Rachel died while giving birth to Benjamin. Jacob loved Joseph with a special love and gave him a colorful coat that made his brothers from Leah envious. Although Joseph was Jacobs pick of the liter he would suffer for being the one of choice and loved by his father. Joseph endures his long journey to his championship and emerges with the trophy of success that saves the family that started it all. IV. Josephs contest to be a champion over rejection: round 1. A. His Pride 1. The contest is not the coat; Genesis 37:3,4 2. The downfall of a dream; vv. 511 V. Josephs contest to be a champion over rejection: round 2. A. His Pit Time 3. Brothers against the dreamer; vv.18-24 VI. Josephs contest to be a champion over rejection: round 3. 4. His Potiphars House Test; 5. Joseph excels under Potiphar; Genesis 39:1-6 6. How Joseph handled a fatal attraction; Genesis 39:7-16 VII. Josephs contest to be a champion over rejection: round 4. A. His Prison Partners; 39:20-23 1. God keeps sending Joseph customers; Genesis 40:1-8 2. Dream partner forgets Joseph; Genesis 41:1-14 VIII. Josephs contest to be a champion over rejection: round 5. 1. His Prime Time To Shine 2. Josephs big day for deliverance; Genesis 41:37-44 IX. Josephs victory statement for his rejection; Genesis 50:19, 20 The Decision to Handle Rejection African American Pastors Do ot ecessarily Have to Plant Black, Multi-Ethnic Churches Only, Says Christian Writer

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Alphonso Gibbs, Jr., LCSW-C, LICSW The six weeks encompassing Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years„collectively called the holidaysŽ„are for most a magically unique time of year. But for many, the holidays bring hurt. Caused by factors including the weather, separation, death, stress, unrealistic expectations, hyper-sentimentality, guilt, or overspending, holiday depression„also called the holiday bluesŽ„can zap the merriment out of even the most wonderful time of the year. Holiday depression affects one million people every year. Men and women, young and old, all fall victim to feelings of sadness, loneliness, anxiety, guilt, and fatigue during this emotionally charged season. Mens Health Network offers the following 10 suggestions to help you identify and ward off„or at least better cope with„potential sources of holiday depression. 1. Acknowledge that youre hurting … Others may expect certain attitudes and behaviors from you that you may not feel. The retail industrys holiday hypeŽ presents an overly sentimental, nostalgic, and even imaginary notion of the holidays (usually to try to sell you something). Sill, feelings of sadness, loneliness, or depression dont automatically vanish just because its the holidays. Acknowledge your pain, be open and honest with others, refuse to feel guilty, and get help if necessary. Its ok to laugh! Dont be afraid! You wont be struck by a bolt of lightning for laughing! 2. Have a plan to deal with your feelings … Try to surround yourself with people who care about and support you„family, friends, or church members. Invest yourself in an exercise program (aerobic activities such as walking, running, cycling, etc., are recommended because of their mood-elevating ability). Take time to write your thoughts down, sort of a journal of your feelings. Sometimes, just the act of putting your thoughts on paper helps to get it out of youŽ. If necessary, see your doctor or therapist. And learn to say no.Ž Others expectations are not a reason for your own mental health to suffer. 3. Set realistic expectations … Keep your expectations realistic rather than perfectionistic. Prioritize and reduce self-imposed holiday preparations. Delegate responsibilities. Realistically plan your budget, spending, and shopping. Do less and enjoy more. Obsessing over endless details is bound to change this long-awaited, once-a-year season from a time of exuberance to one of exhaustion. Make it a point to be honest with yourself, and if necessary and possible, limit the time and situations/people you want to be around. When youve had enough of either, make sure that you have a way to leave or step away. If possible, let someone you trust know in advance, so that you arent put in an even more stressful position of having to explain yourself when you unplugŽ. 4. Take time for yourself … Why is it called holiday depression? Because, for most people, these feelings dont occur at other times of the year. Remind yourself of what you enjoyed during the previous months, then continue them during the holidays. Make yourself a priority! Instead of a Discount Double Check,Ž give yourself an Emotional Double CheckŽ. Give yourself permission to feel what you feel. Just dont stay there too long! Getting enough rest, eating and drinking in moderation, exercising, and continuing other favorite activities can maintain normalcy, routine, control, and predictability. 5. Consider that your depression may actually be caused by this time of year … Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, occurs because of reduced exposure to sunlight„ which is just what happens during the holiday season when daylight hours are shorter. Check with your doctor to see if light therapy might be beneficial for you. 6. Help others … Soup kitchens, homeless shelters, nursing homes, churches, and scores of other organizations can always use volunteers, especially at critical times of the year. Additionally, youll benefit from the company of other people around you rather than being alone. And, help others help you! Tell those who care about you what you do or dont need from them. They often dont know how to help, or what to say, but want to. 7. Bury the hatchet … Perfect families dont magically appear during the holidays, but family conflicts can. Letting goŽ and forgiving can help heal past wounds. Additionally, family feuds can even be deliberately set aside until after the high-tension holidays in order to facilitate the peace and enjoyment of everyone at this time. 8. Start your own traditions … Both families and traditions change with time. (Every tradition had to start somewhere!) Rather than reminiscing over the good old days,Ž accept the fact that change may be necessary, grasp the season as it is now, look forward to the future, and create your own family traditions that can be enjoyed and even preserved for future generations. 9. Keep your alcohol intake low … Dont pour gasoline on a fire. Remember, alcohol has a depressive effect on your nervous system, so if youre experiencing the holiday blues, drinking too much will only worsen your depression. 10. Rededicate yourself to your spirituality … The reason for the seasonŽ is often swallowed up by maddening materialism that can distract from the history, meaning, and significance of holiday celebrations. Step back, slow down, and refocus on transcendent, eternal matters. Rededicate yourself to spiritual pursuits, such as church attendance, church work, prayer life, and other disciplines. Regain the focus originally intended by this time of year. ovember 27 December 4, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 7 Only those who care for others know what its really like to care for others. Thats why AARP created a community with experts and other caregivers to help us better care for ourselves and for the ones we love.NOW THAT MOM LIVES WITH US, MORE THAN EVER. aarp.org/caregiving or call 1-877-333-5885 Alpha Phi Alpha Crowns Miss Black and Gold Are You Ready to Deal With Holiday Depression Continued from front throughout the academic year. Ms. Baines won the pageant over four other beautiful, talented and intelligent young women. First runner-up was Marisa Pelham, a junior from Douglas Anderson, and second runner-up was Kyla Waye, a junior from Robert E. Lee High School. Contestants competed in six areas of competition: grade point average, private judges interview, introduction and personality, on-stage knowledge and awareness, talent, and evening gown. In addition to winning the title, Ms. Baines won the Most Talented Award. Ms. Baines showcased her dancing skills as she wowed the audience and judges with her ballet performance. Ms. Baines embodies the tenants of what it means to be Miss Black and Gold, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. is excited to support her as she continues her success,Ž said Ben Parker, President, Upsilon Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. The Miss Black and Gold Pageant, under the sponsorship of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., is an outgrowth of the long tradition of Alpha chapters designating young women to serve as chapter sweethearts.Ž The fraternity recognizes the valuable support rendered to it by many friends of Alpha Phi Alpha, and this endeavor serves as one mechanism to applaud such support. Founded December 4, 1906 on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Alpha Phi Alpha is the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will be awarding 5,000 dollars in scholarships to young men at their annual MLK oratorical contest. The event will take place on January 31st at Westside High School. For more information contact Charlie Gillette at cgillett e@gillette@gillettelaw.com. Pictured above are the winners: Marisa Pelham (First Runner Up, Junior, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts,), Taylor Baines (Ms. Black and Gold, Junior, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts), Zahria Mills (Senior, Paxon School for Advanced Studies) and Kyla Waye (Second Runner Up, Junior, Robert E. Lee High School). Gambrell Headlines Committed To Better Leadership RetreatHailing all the way from Harlem, New York, Thomas Gambrell, Success Coach for Fortune 500 CEO's and Executives, Computer Science major from Columbia University will change Jacksonville, Florida forever. Thomas Gambrell is the guest speaker at the Committed to Better Leadership Retreat, December 5-7th. His accolades include but are not limited to: Wall Street Guru, International Business Success Coach/ Entrepreneur/International Expansion Leader and Co-Author of Success On God's Terms. The event will be held at the Radisson Hotel, 4700 Salisbury Rd. The event is open to the public and free for guests. For more info contact Rachel Valentine at 200-5807.

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Clybourne ParkŽ the Stage PlayLimelight Theater located at 11 Old Mission Avenue in St. Augustine, Florida is presenting the stage play Clybourne ParkŽ through ovember 30th . Produced in conjunction with Lift Up Lincolnville, Clybourne Park is a play by Bruce Norris written in response to Lorraine Hansberry's play, A Raisin in the Sun . For more info call 825-1164.Waldens Harlem Jazz CabaretWaldens Harlem Jazz Cabaret will be on stage with a live band and jazz performances, Saturday, ovember 29th for two shows, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m, at the Riverside House, 2165 Park St. Come out and celebrate great jazz leaders: Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie, Fran Warren, Billie Holiday and more! For more info call 387-9927.Duval County Democratic Party Meet  GreetRegistered Democrats in District 1 are invited to a Brown Bag Meet N Greet, Wednesday, December 3rd, at 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at University Park Branch Library, 3535 University Blvd North. Bring your meal, beverage and meet fellow district democrats and party leaders. Information on party structure, values, activities and service opportunities will be provided. To RSVP or more info call 744-0009. ArtwalkWednesday, December 3rd visit Art Walk, 5 … 9 p.m. Featuring live holiday music performances by local schools, dance groups and churches. Plus visit The Landings 56 ft. tall dazzling Christmas Tree! For more info call 353-1188 x. 1038.Smokey Joes Café Musical Smokey Joes Café will take the stage at Times-Union Centers Moran Theater, 300 Water St. Thursday, December 4th at 7:30 p.m. This toe-tapping musical features some 38 Billboard hits from Leiber and Stoller, including many of the songs that they wrote for Elvis and The Drifters. Get ready for songs like Stand by Me,Ž Yakety Yak,Ž Jailhouse Rock,Ž Spanish Harlem,Ž On Broadway,Ž Love Potion #9,Ž Fools Fall in Love,Ž and many more. For tickets and more info call Sarah Roy 442-2929. Anthony Hamilton in ConcertAnthony Hamilton and special guest Mali Music, Thursday, December 4th at 8 p.m. at the Florida Theater, 128 E Forsyth St. For more info call 355-5661.24th Annual Tree of Life ServiceThe Community Hospice presents the 24th Annual Tree of Life and Candlelight Service of Remembrance on Thursday, December 4, 5:15 7 p.m. at the Community Hospice Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring, 4266 Sunbeam Road. For more info email AChamberlin@communityhospice.comFirst ThursdaysFirst Thursdays next meeting is Thursday, December 4th at 12 noon at the Jacksonville Urban League Bldg., 903 W. Union St. Join the new cool in professional networking! For more info email info@firstthursdayjacksonville.org. FCAA Housing & Job FairThe Northeast Florida Community Action Agency is hosting a Housing and Resource Fair, Friday, December 5th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Beaver Street Enterprise Center, 1225 West Beaver Street. If you are looking for work or an employer seeking to fill positions and need more info call 632-1470 ext. 13.Gods Trombones PlayStage Aurora Theater presents the play Gods TrombonesŽ by James Weldon Johnson December 5-7 , at Stage Aurora Theater, 5164 Norwood Ave. The play details 7 Negro Sermons (The Creation, The Prodigal Son, The Crucifixion) and much more highlight this amazing evening of spirit through song, dance, and visual imagery. For more info visit www.stageaurora.org.Holiday at the St. JamesCome celebrate Christmas and enjoy Holiday at the St James! The free family fun event will take place at Hemming Park in front of City Hall, 117 W. Duval Street Friday, December 5th, 4 … 7:30 p.m. Participate in the holiday tree lighting, live entertainment, holiday photo booth, donut dipping, holiday crafts, smores and hot chocolate and get your photo with Santa and take a ride on the Holiday Express train and Tour the Mayors Office and Meet Mayor Brown. For more info call 630-2489.Hall & Oates in Concert The St. Augustine Amphitheater will present Daryl Hall & Oates in concert, Saturday, December 6th at 8 p.m., 1340C A1A S, St Augustine, FL. For more info call 209-3744.Mayors Holiday Festival for Seniors The annual Mayors Holiday Festival for Seniors is Saturday, December 6th , 2 … 5 p.m. at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St. Jacksonville residents age 60 years and over are invited to share the holiday spirit, enjoy a holiday dinner, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment, dancing, door prizes and more. For more info call 630-7392. Jack & Jill Seminars for Young MenThe Jack & Jill Jacksonville Chapter will present the Pathway to ManhoodŽ Seminars for grades 9th -12th. Seminar A is Promote Leadership and Communication Skills,Ž Saturday, December 6th, 9 … 3 p.m. at the University of Florida. The purpose is to motivate and develop the leaders of today and the future. There will be interactive skills, self-confidence and critical thinking and team building. Seminar B is College Preparation,Ž Sunday, December 7th at the Boys and Girls Club, 555 W. 25th St., 1 … 3 p.m. The seminar will focus on how to prepare for college admissions. For more info email neproprice@aol.com.Odd Rods Album Release ShowCome out to Odd Rods album release show, Sunday, December 7th at 8 p.m. at The Ritz Theater. For more details contact the Ritz Museum at 807-2010. The Ritz is located at 829 North Davis Street.VIP Author Reception with Maggie AndersonThe Q3 Media: Creative Campaigns for Social Evolution will host a VIP reception for Maggie Anderson, founder of The Empowerment Experiment and critically acclaimed author of Our Black Year, Monday, December 8th, 5:30 p.m. … 8 p.m., 2069 N. Market St. Enjoy music, cocktails & hors doeuvres. RSVP to EQ3MediaJAX@gmail.com.DCEO SeminarThe Duval County Extension office presents When Is It Too Much? Balancing Indulgence and Responsibility,Ž Wednesday, December 10th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at South Mandarin Branch Library, 12125 San Jose Blvd. Black ViolinTwo classically trained violinist are taking the R&B hip-hop world by storm! These Showtime and Apollo legends and will be performing at the Ritz Theatre, 829 N. Davis St., Friday, December 12th at 8 p.m. The Jax debut will show classical and hip-hop merge. For tickets and more info call 807-2010.Lucky Peterson in ConcertSearing lead guitarist, fantastic organist, and first-rate vocalist Lucky Peterson in concert, Friday, January 30th at the Ritz Theater. For more info visit www.luckypeterson.com or contact the Ritz at 807-2010 or via www.ritzjacksonville.com. The Ritz is located at 829 North Davis Street.Diana Krall in ConcertFlorida Theatre and Jacksonville Symphony partner to present Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and world renowned singer Diana Krall Wildflower at Jacoby Hall, 300 Water St., Tuesday, December 9th at 8 p.m. For tickets call the Florida Theatre Box Office at 355-ARTS (2787) or via the web at www.floridatheater.com.FAMU Alumni Chapter MeetingCalling all FAMU alumni, friends and supporters to attend the next scheduled business meeting of the year, Thursday, December 11th at 6 p.m. at the Kappa Alpha Psi Memorial house, 3717 Moncreif Rd. Bring a rattler or a supporter with you! 2015-2016 officers will be sworn in. For more info call Dr. Ephraim Riggins, President at 3071962. Floridas Black Violin in JaxBlack Violin the American hip hop duo from Florida comprising of two classically trained string instrumentalists, Kev Marcus and Wil B. in concert, Friday, December 12th at 7 p.m. at the Ritz Theater. For more info visit www.blackviolin.net or the Ritz at 807-2010. The Ritz is located at 829 North Davis Street.Historic Springfield Home TourThe annual Historic Springfield Home Tour is scheduled for December 12th -13th , 5-9 p.m. at 210 W. 7th St. For more info visit www.springfieldtour.org.ASALH Mardi Gras JamASALHs Mardi Gras Gathering and Appreciation Jam is scheduled for Saturday, December 13, 2-5 p.m. at the Karpeles Museum, 101 W. 1st St. Music by Alden Gilyard and light refreshments. For tickets and more info contact Roxann Hilbert at 699-5952. Allen Toussaint in ConcertAmerican musician, composer, record producer and influential figure in New Orleans R&B Allen Toussaint in concert, Saturday, December 13th at 8 p.m. at the Ritz Theater. For more info visit www.allentoussaint.com or contact the Ritz at 807-2010. The Ritz is located at 829 North Davis Street.Historic Springfield Holiday SocialJoin the Historic Springfield Community Learning Center, 1601 N. Main St., 2nd Flr, for their 3rd Annual Holiday Social on Thursday, December 18th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more info call Faith Danford at 355-2091.Chris Brown on TourThe Chris Brown X Tour LiveŽ is coming to Jax, Friday, December 19th at 8 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium, 300 A. Philip Randolph Bvld. Featuring August Alsina, new emerging artist D LUX and Jackie Michaels. Tickets on sale now!!Visit www.ticketmaster.comAvant in Concert!The Prince of R&B is coming to Jax, Saturday, December 20th, 8 p.m. Avant will be performing his number #1 hits "Separated" & "My First Love" just to name a few! For more info contact the Ritz Museum at 807-2010. The Ritz is located at 829 North Davis Street.Reggae Jammin on the RiverSunday, December 28th its Reggae Jammin on the River, 4 … 9 p.m. with live reggae music on the Coca-Cola Riverfront Stage by 418 Band at the Jax Landing. For more info call 353-1188 x. 1038.Dancing with the Stars Live!Experience the Dancing with the Stars: Live! Tour comes to Jax, Sunday, January 4, 2015, 8 p.m. at the Times-Union Center, 300 Water St. For more info visit www.artistseriesjax.org.70's Soul JamThe 70s Soul Jam will be in Jax at the Florida Theater, 128 E. Forsyth, Thursday, January 8 , 2015 at 8 p.m. Featuring The Spinners, The Stylistics, Jimmie Walker, Main Ingredient and Cuba Gooding, Sr. For more info call the theater at 355-5661Keith Sweat & More!Keith Sweat featuring The Whispers, El Debarge and Howard Hewitt at the Times Union CenterMoran Theater, 300 Water St., Saturday, January 10, 2015 . For more info call 633-6110.Case in JaxGrammy-nominated R&B singersongwriter Case in concert at the Ritz, Friday, January 16th at 8 p.m. For more info visit www.allentoussaint.com or contact the Ritz at 807-2010 or via www.ritzjacksonville.com. The Ritz is located at 829 North Davis Street.Diane Schuur is back!Grammy® Award-winning vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur will play the Ritz Theater, Saturday, January 17th. For more info visit www.dianeschuur.com or contact the Ritz at 807-2010 or via www.ritzjacksonville.com. Ritz Chamber Players ConcertThe Ritz Chamber Players will present a series of four concerts offering exciting and rich musical experiences. Held at the Times Union Center, the next one is In Remembrance of the DreamŽ is scheduled for January 21, 2015 and Tragedy Towards Peace, February 18, 2015 and Spring Spectacular, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. For more info visit www.ritzchamberplayers.org. Page 8 Ms. Perrys Free Press What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene AROUND TOWN AROUND TOWN ovember 27 December 4, 2014 The Free Press of Jacksonville hasR R E E L L O O C C A A T T E E D DTo our valued readers and customers, The Free Press of Jacksonville will be located at 1122 WestEdgewood Avenue. Our new location is approximately two blocks from our former location. All phone and fax numbers remain the same. We look forward to you visiting us at our new offices.EW LOCATIO 1122 West Edgewood Avenue Jacksonville, Florida 32208

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ovember 27 December 3, 2014 Page 9 Mrs. Perrys Free Press Viola Davis is a natural beauty, but there was a time when the actress really struggled with revealing what was going on under her wigs. In a recent interview with Vulture, the How to Get Away With Murder star revealed that she was battling alopecia areata, a condition that causes a person to lose round patches of hair from their scalp. Davis was 28 years old when she lost most of her hair to the condition and her confidence took a hit. "I woke up one day and it looked like I had a Mohawk. Big splash of bald on the top of my head," she said. "I was like, 'What is this?' Until I found out it was stress related. That's how I internalized it. I don't do that anymore. My favorite saying in the world is, 'The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.' I am telling you, I have spent so much of my life not feeling comfortable in my skin. I am just so not there anymore." Davis said that her alopecia made her cling to wigs and hide underneath them because she didn't feel beautiful in her natural state. "I wore a wig in the Jacuzzi. I had a wig I wore around the house. I had a wig that I wore to events. I had a wig that I wore when I worked out. I never showed my natural hair. It was a crutch, not an enhancement ƒ I was so desperate for people to think that I was beautiful. I had to be liberated from that [feeling] to a certain extent," she said. That moment finally arrived when she attended the 2012 Oscars and showed off her natural short 'fro. We have to applaud her decision to "come out" with her natural hair at a time when the whole world would be watching because we can only imagine how big a step that was for her. While she still wears her wigs to work and media events, Davis said she no longer feels like she has to hide under a hairpiece and sees them as options rather than a necessity in her life. Get your Free Press on the go!Seach for us on Facebook at The Jacksonville Free Press or visit us on the web at www.JacksonvilleFreePress.com P P H H O O T T O O S S | | N N E E W W S S | | C C O O M M M M E E N N T T A A R R Y Y Stop by our offices now located at Stop by our offices now located at 1122 West Edgewood Avenue 1122 West Edgewood Avenue Jacksonville, Florida 32208 Jacksonville, Florida 32208 Viola Davis: Even Celebrities Suffer from Alopecia Anthony Hamilton is back, and this time hes treating us to a gift for the upcoming season with his latest album, Home for the Holidays. The R&B crooner recently sat down with MadameNoire.com to chat about his new album, family life, his most memorable childhood gift, and how he fights off temptation in the business. "The most important thing is to try and be as Christian as you can. I was brought up Christian and there's a lot of things that go into being a Christian and being loyal, being faithful, making sure you please God," Hamilton said about not going astray when it comes to groupies and the sex-driven music industry. "Most of the times those are the things that keep me focused on doing right. And not wanting to hurt anybody." "But it's not easy. It's not an easy task when everything is thrown at you. You have to be strong and you have to continue to be strong. You can't let up because things are still coming at you," he added. The father of six sons, who said he's not trying to have any more children just to add a daughter to the family, recalled receiving his first bike when he was nine years old and how much that meant to him. He also remembers the hard times his family went through to make ends meet and how he and his sister had to look out for themselves. "We had to fend for ourselves and make stuff happen, but I learned a lot. I learned how to pray deeper, I learned how to hear, and I just learned how to be OK with just me. So now I have moments, I'm a loner, and I'm OK with it," he said. "You learn to love yourself enough and then you don't have to worry about anything else mattering. If someone wants to love you then that's fine, but I know what it feels like. At least I had that example before everything fell apart. But it all turned around. Everybody [is] all one big, happy family now." Diallo Sekou Celebrates 43rd Birthday The Downtown Cigar Bar was the celebration location for Diallo Sekous 43rd birthday gathering. Friends and family came together to celebrate Diallo for his 43 years of life and enduring commitment to his community. Diallo might not have smiled for the cameras, but he was adamant to remark, Its always an honor to be with folks who know how to celebrate the day you came on this earth.Ž Shown above are Diallo Sekou with party attendees Anita Baker and Tillis DeVaughn. Anthony Hamilton On Self-Love and Fighting Temptation in Music Industry If you want to pay r-e-s-p-e-c-t to the Queen of Soul this holiday season, buying the recently released biography, Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin, is not the way to do it. Franklin says the book, written by her former biographer, David Ritz, may have been published as part of a personal vendetta. "As many of you are aware, there is a very trashy book out there full of lies and more lies about me," she explained via a statement. "[The writer's] actions are obviously vindictive because I edited out some crazy statements he had the gall to try and put in my book written 15 years ago. Evidently, he has been carrying this hatred ever since." Ritz worked with the 18time Grammy Award-winning singer on her 1999 bio, Aretha: From These Roots, and won a Grammy himself for Best Album Notes for Franklin's 1992 box set, Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings. "The sensitive questions „ Aretha's mother leaving family, Aretha having two babies while still in her teens, Aretha being beaten by her first husband ... were off-limits," Ritz writes in Respect... about the process for their previous, collaborative book. "In my view, my two years of working on From These Roots resulted in my failure to actualize the great potential in Aretha's narration. I didn't do what I set out to do." He insists, however, with this new effort there is no shade. "When I renewed my research for this book, I did so without Aretha's blessing, but I did have the support of three of Aretha's closest relatives," he writes. "I think the book in the deepest way is an appreciation. And when I say, 'appreciation,' it's just not an appreciation of her art; it's an appreciation of the challenges of her life and the appreciation [of] how hard it is to kind of navigate your way through the complexities of show business culture," he later told the Associated Press. "I call the book Respect because I think it's a respectful book. I tried to be understanding and compassionate and that was my goal.... I love her and I love her art, and I tried to honor her story." Ritz has also written biographies on Etta James, Rick James and Ray Charles. He won the 2013 ASCAP Timothy White Award for Outstanding Musical Biography for his Buddy Guy book, When I Left Home. Franklin's latest album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, was released Sept. 29 and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop charts.Aretha Franklin Slams Author of Unauthorized Bio

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Page 10 Ms. Perrys Free Press ovember 27 December 3, 2014 Weekly ad in hand. Coupons in pocket. BOGO-vision on. Its time to save.publix.com/save Marion Barry, D.C.s Mayor for Life, Dead at 78 President Awards Medal of Freedom to Diverse Group of Activists, Artists and Scientists President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom „ the nations highest civilian honor „ to a diverse and distinguished group of activists, artists, scientists and public servants this week including actress Meryl Streep, musician Stevie Wonder. The president paid tribute to each of the 18 recipients before awarding the medals. These are given annually to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States,Ž according to the White House. The recipients have made America stronger, wiser, more humane, more beautiful,Ž Obama said. Not only have they made our world better, but by following their example, they make us better Ive said it publicly. I love Meryl Streep. I love her. Her husband knows I love her, Michelle knows I love her,Ž Obama said, nodding to his wife. Theres nothing either of them can do about it.Ž Obama said Wonders classic album, Talking Book,Ž was the first record he bought with his own money. For more than 50 years, Stevie has channeled his inner visions into messages of hope and healing, becoming one of the most influential musicians in American history,Ž Obama said. Both Streep and Wonder were honored for their cultural contributions along with actress Marlo Thomas, writer Isabel Allende and broadcaster and author Tom Brokaw. Six people received the honor posthumously, including dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey; Edward Roybal, the Democrat from California who founded the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; and Patsy Takemoto Mink (DHawaii), the first woman of color elected to Congress and co-author of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who were killed during the Freedom SummerŽ voter registration drive in 1964, received the loudest and longest applause when their family members accepted their medals. Several others were recognized for their work on behalf of gender and racial equality, including Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress. The Democrat has represented Michigan since 1955 and is a staunch supporter of civil rights, health-care and environmental causes. Others honored included Ethel Kennedy, who founded the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights in memory of her husband; Abner Mikva, a former congressman, judge and White House counsel; and economist Robert Solow. Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who was named as a recipient two weeks ago but was not in attendance, but will receive his medal next year, Obama said. President John F. Kennedy established the Medal of Freedom in 1963, and since then, more than 500 artists, scientists, activists and public servants have been honored. President Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to Stevie Wonder by Avis Thomas-Lester and Ruben Castaneda Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer D.C. Council member Marion S. Barry, the venerable former fourtime mayor and civil rights activist, died early Sunday at the Districts United Medical Center, just hours after he was discharged from Howard University Hospital. He was 78. His death was announced in a statement from his family. Barry was admitted Thursday to Howard University Hospital after complaining of feeling ill, his spokeswoman said. He was released Saturday and felt well enough to go out to eat. Later in the evening, however, Barry fell ill and was taken to UMC, where he died. He had survived prostate cancer, but battled diabetes and other ailments. He had been hospitalized several times this year. Barry spokeswoman LaToya Foster told News Channel 8 that Barry collapsed after returning home Saturday. He had a driver. He had gotten out of the automobile and he was walking towards the door and from what I was told he just kind of collapsed and was nonresponsive at that point,Ž Foster said. She said Cora Masters Barry rushed to Barrys home and was with him when he was taken by ambulance to UMC in Southeast. The Rev. Willie Wilson, pastor of Union Temple Baptist Church, joined Cora Masters Barry by Barrys side. Barry was pronounced dead at 1:46 a.m. Mayor Vincent C. Gray expressed sadness after learning of the passing of the Ward 8 council member. In a statement, Gray said he spoke with Cora Masters Barry and told her that his prayers were with her, his son, Christopher, and other Barry loved ones. Marion was not just a colleague, but also was a friend with whom I shared many fond moments about governing the city,Ž Gray said in the statement. He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him.Ž Gray will work with Barrys family and the D.C. Council to plan official ceremonies worthy of a true statesman of the District of Columbia. Acquaintances said Barry had been looking forward to his annual turkey giveaway on Nov. 25. The event is expected to go on as planned at Union Temple. Council member Anita Bonds called Barry a political genius, community outreach expert, champion of the over-looked and the leftout.Ž He was a warm compassionate human being and proud public servant who was the only D.C. politician with coattails,Ž Bonds said in a statement. While his history of accomplishments began decades prior to his entry onto the D.C. political scene representing the [Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee] in the 1960s, even today, he remains the citys favorite politician and truly loved by most, and many across the nation. Ill remember him for his capacity to turn the [other] cheek, forgive and move forward no matter the adversity. He was a remarkable, powerful, proud leader of people that will be hard to forget.Ž She said Barrys contributions to the city will not leave with his physical presence. As his passing is mourned, we can be comforted in knowing that his legacy and love for the District will continue through the renaissance of D.C., which he began, and the millions of lives he touched,Ž she said.