Two of JacksonvilleÂs most courageous students were awarded college scholarships in the fall of this year at the Northeast Florida Chapter Sickle Cell Disease Association of AmericaÂs annual dinner. DeÂJa Pettiford, 17, a senior at Sandalwood High School, and Chrishea Cummings, 18, a senior at Charleston High School received $1,000 grants for their freshman college year. Both young ladies have lived their entire lives with the disease. ÂIt is difficult enough to finish secondary school without dealing with years of pain and anemia of this disease, yet they each noted a driving desire not to let the disease conquer them, and make a better life for themselves and others,ÂŽ said Dr. McIntosh. Following the presentation, DeÂJa stated she wants to eventually pursue hematology/oncology, while Chrishea wants to learn consumer science education to help families manage resources better. Program speaker Reverend Redues Smith of Southside Church of God in Christ challenged the students and attending supporters that GodÂs work is the only work that matters and praised the scholars for their courage in academic success. This event is one of several annual fund-raisers of the 64 year old SCDAA chapter to support sickle cell disease families and decrease the number of people born with it. The North Florida Chapter is the onlyÂŽ registered corporate agency for sickle cell advocacy in the areaÂŽ according to Medical Director Dr. C.B. McIntosh, who encourages broad community participation in SCDAA work. ÂResearchers are working tirelessly for a cure, and treatment is Âeons betterÂŽ in terms of clinical management of the illness, but until then we must support every aspect of family life possible and educate for the elimination of this disease, he said. SCDAA, NFC offers free public hemoglobin testing, and certified counseling of sickle cell trait carriers in the general population. Volume 28 o. 19 March 19-25, 2015 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents Education is ot Great Equalizer for Black AmericansPage 2 Common Core Education Standards Still a Major IssuePage 4AME Church Shocked with Youth Pastor, TÂJuan, Using Music Like ever BeforePage 10 Do Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke Really Have to Pay $7 Million to Marvin GayeÂs Family?Page 9 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Detroit-area Man Who Walked Miles to Work Gets ew ApartmentDETROIT Â„ A man who said he walked 21 miles to and from work each day is settling into a new, suburban Detroit apartment after receiving thousands of dollars in online donations. James Robertson said he feels more secure in Oakland County's Troy after moving north from his Detroit home to escape people asking him for money. The 56-year-old gained celebrity after the newspaper reported earlier this year that he began walking to a job at an auto parts factory when his car stopped working in 2005 and bus service was cut back. A local college student launched a modest crowdfunding campaign to a buy a new car. It led to $360,000 eventually being raised and Robertson receiving a new, $35,000 Ford Taurus from an auto dealership. "I may have been born there, but God knows I don't belong there anymore," Robertson said about his old neighborhood near Detroit's New Center area. He still works at the same factory in Rochester Hills, which pays him $10.55 an hour, but the hours-long walking trip now is done in a 20-minute drive. Most of his money now is in a trust that has a principal amount of $351,000. The earnings from the trust should be enough to keep Robertson's nest egg untouched until he retires, said Rebecca Sorensen, a UBS Financial Services senior vice president for wealth management.Mo'ne Davis Designs Sneaker Line to Benefit Underprivileged GirlsMo'ne Davis, the 13-year-old little league star whose incredible pitch landed her on the cover ofSports Illustrated, is continuing to impress. M4D3, in connection with organization Because I'm a Girl, will release a line of limited edition Mo'ne Davis-designed sneakers and donate 15% of proceeds to impoverished girls around the globe. "I never thought at the age of 13 I'd be a role model, but having young girls look up to me is pretty cool," Davis said. "If I can inspire them to reach their goals, that would be even cooler. Designing shoes with M4D3 is exciting and I wanted them to support Because I am a Girl to help girls and give them a chance at a better future." The shoes are designed to match the stitching on a baseball.Creflo Dollar Seeks Donations from Ministry for Pricey Private JetMegachurch pastor and evangelist Creflo Dollar, who teaches that God wants to bless the faithful with earthly riches, is seeking donations to buy a luxury jet valued at more than $65 million. The website of Creflo Dollar Ministries asked people Friday to "Sow your love gift of any amount" to help the ministry buy a Gulfstream G650 airplane. Dollar and his wife, Taffi, are co-pastors of World Changers International Church in College Park, just south of Atlanta. Dollar is one of the most prominent African-American preachers in the country who have built successful ministries on the prosperity gospel. Ministers in this tradition often hold up their own wealth as evidence that the teaching works. The ministry's current plane, acquired in 1999, was built in 1984, has traveled more than 4 million miles and is no longer safe, spokesman Juda Engelmayer said. On a recent trip overseas, one of the engines failed, but the pilot was able to land safely and no one was injured. "(W)e are asking members, partners, and supporters of this ministry to assist us in acquiring a Gulfstream G650 airplane so that Pastors Creflo and Taffi and World Changers Church International can continue to blanket the globe with the Gospel of grace," the ministry's website says.Six Cities Chosen for Project on Curbing Racial Bias Six cities will participate in a federal pilot program aimed at reducing racial bias and improving ties between law enforcement and communities, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday. The cities are Fort Worth, Texas; Gary, Indiana; Stockton, California; Birmingham, Alabama; Minneapolis; and Pittsburgh. The announcement of their selection came six months after Holder revealed the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri, police shooting last August. As part of the $4.75 million project, researchers will study data and conduct interviews to develop plans for curbing bias and strategies for building trust between residents and law enforcement. Separately, the Justice Department said it would offer extra training and help to communities that are not part of the project, which is part of the Obama administration's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative aimed at minority men. Weeks of protests that followed the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, by a white police officer in Ferguson, exposed the frayed relations between that community and law enforcement and underscored the need for a nationwide initiative, Holder has said. "What I saw in Ferguson confirmed for me that the need for such an effort was pretty clear," Holder said in a September interview with The Associated Press in which he announced the project. Shown in the photo are DeÂJa Pettiford, Dr. C.B. McIntosh and Chrishea Cummings at the annual Sickle Cell dinner. Sickle Cell Banquet Awards Local Students for Excelling Supporters and friends enjoyed the Nostalgic Night on the Hill Gala last week at the Rhoda Martin Cultural Heritage Center in Jacksonville Beach. The Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage Center celebrated the life and legacy of Rhoda Martin, a former slave who started the first school for people of color in 1928 in her kitchen in Jacksonville Beach. The centerÂs staff provided historical tours for guests. The Clara White Mission culinary school students and staff provided the food for the evening. Lillie Sullivan, President of the Jacksonville Beach Elementary Preservation Fund presented community service awards to four individuals for their tireless efforts in supporting the facilityÂs after school extension program. The after school program tutors reading and math free of charge to parents to students in grades 3-5, MonThurs, 3:30 5:30 p.m.. The program has increased reading and math scores from 2-3 grade levels. Awardees included JuCoby Pittman, Bishop Perry Golden, Samuel Thompson and Debbie Wotiz. ÂThese individuals continue to support the center and provide help when needed and as needed without any questions asked. I am thankful for their help and the help of the Jacksonville Beach Community and the surrounding countiesÂŽ said Sullivan. KFP Photo Jax Embraces Their Roots By Charles D. Ellison (NNPA)Â„There are now five presidential battleground states in 2016 that could be heavily impacted by the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Of course, it depends on a variety of factors and where the political winds blow. And many observers are in wait-and-see mode over the exact status of a scattered, yet burgeoning ÂSecond Civil Rights MovementÂŽ some experts perceive as lacking needed political teeth. That status, also put on slight hiatus by a much more frigid than normal winter, just got complicated with last weekÂs shootings of two Ferguson, Mo., police officers during an otherwise peaceful protest marking the resignation of police chief Thomas Jackson. Yet, despite the challenges, there are signs the movement could dramatically shake up the political landscape in several key states. Location, it seems, is everything. The five battleground states identified are also the same spots where tragic shootings of unarmed Black men have taken place in recent years: Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Three of these states are already launching pads for three prospective Republican presidential candidates. All five states are also places where Democratic presidential primaries, statewide gubernatorial and senatorial races and general elections find campaigns occasionally declaring all-out electoral war when wooing Black voters. In Florida, the African-American community is still uneasy and upset over the needless so-called ÂStand Your GroundÂŽ defense slayings of Black teens Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, in which the formerÂs killer, a troubled George Zimmerman, was acquitted. But, the Sunshine State is also a wellknown political bellwether greatly influencing presidential primaries and the general election cycle. It just recovered from a caustic gubernatorial election in which the stateÂs controversial Republican Gov. Rick Scott won a second term and one of its U.S. senators, Republican Marco Rubio, is openly mulling a 2016 presidential bid. Florida is also 20 percent African American. Black Lives Matter Vote Could Swing Some Key Elections Beaches Honor City AdvocatesShown above is honoree JuCoby Pittman and Lillie Sullivan, President of the Jacksonville Beach Elementary Preservation Fund. The North Florida Simply Natural Hair and Beauty and Wellness Expo came to town over the weekend and celebrated the natural hair frenzy with the theme ÂEmbrace your Roots.ÂŽ From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 225 E. Coastline Dr. over 500 natural hair warriors participated in free workshops, hair demos, and perused vendors for hair products, holistic healing and jewelry. The show stopper was the fashion that incorporated natural hair with spring and summer fashions. Host Kumasi Aaron, Lisa Knott and Ms. Corporate America Dennelle Hickson
Page 10 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press March 19-25, 2015 Counting the Victims of Police Violence By Jazelle Hunt (NNPA)Â„As Eric Holder ended his tenure as U.S. Attorney General, he said, ÂThe troubling reality is that we lack the ability right now to comprehensively track the number of incidents of either uses of force directed at police officers, or uses of force by police,ÂŽ he said, at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event. ÂThis strikes many Â… including me Â… as unacceptable.ÂŽ As it stands, both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice compile information on police killings, as reported by police departments themselves. But there are challenges with the reliability with this data. By law, collecting and providing this information to the government is mandatory only for police agencies that receive certain federal funds; police killings found to be unjustified are not included in the FBIÂs measures; and reporting guidelines can vary from place to place, to name a few issues. Over the past few years, citizens have attempted to step in where official entities would not, creating well-regarded crowdsourced online databases such as KilledbyPolice.net, FatalEncounters.org and the U.S. Police Shootings Database (launched by Web sports blog, Deadspin). MappingPoliceViolence.org is the newest addition to this effort. Mapping Police Violence builds on this tally by merging and crosschecking those first two databases. It compiles a month-by-month death toll for 2013 and 2014; and by combing through media reports and other public data, the contributors have confirmed the race of every victim in 2014. Samuel Sinyangwe, a 24-year-old Ferguson protester and one of the projectÂs directors, said that this detail is missing for approximately 60 percent of the victims in the source databases. Though the project highlights the disproportionate killing of Black people, it includes all reported deaths by date, location, race, age, gender, cause of death, and medical condition (e.g. under the influence, mentally disabled, etc.). Additionally, users can compare police departments around the country by population, murder rate, and how Âlikely to threaten Black lifeÂŽ they are. ÂWhen you compare White folks and Black folks who were killed by police, there are big differences. White folks tended to be more likely to have a mental illness, to be armed, to be olderÂƒ or to be drunk or under the influence. So they were more likely to have some condition that made it more challenging for police to deal with them,ÂŽ Sinyangwe says. ÂHowever for Black folks, they were less likely to do all of these things, and then they were still more likely to be killed. You can only do that analysis if you looked at all races and were able to compare and contrast.ÂŽ By Mapping Police ViolenceÂs count, police killed at least 1,175 people in 2014. Of these victims, 302 were Black Â… a disproportionate rate of 26 percent Â… and 56 percent of these Black victims were unarmed. Most victims were shot, but other causes of death included Tasing, physical restraint, being hit by cars, and in one case in New York, falling from a window. ÂWhat you can show quite plainly with this tool is that, in fact, places with the same amount of crime, the same demographics, have very different levels of police violence. So crime is not an excuse,ÂŽ Sinyangwe said. ÂWeÂre hoping to really help [communities and organizers] make the case for why a given city or police department is really culpable for this and really needs to make a change.ÂŽ According to the data, Florida, Texas, and California had the highest number of Black victims last year (each responsible for between 20 and 35 deaths). Police departments responsible for the most deaths last year include Chicago Police Department (13 killed), followed by Los Angeles and New York (10 each), and Prince GeorgeÂs County Police Department in Maryland (five deaths). Sinyangwe points out that for the city of St. Louis, if the current trend continues, Black males 27 and younger will have a statistically greater chance of being killed by police than dying in a car accident. The data also shows a marked drop in police killings after Michael BrownÂs death and the start of the Ferguson protests. In August 2014, police killed 140 people around the country, 43 of them Black; the next month, those numbers fell to 80 and 19, respectively. They still have not returned to their August 2014 levels, for any demographic. MappingPoliceViolence.org is run by Ferguson protesters and organizers, and is a project of the movementÂs online hub, WetheProtesters.org. Volunteers around the country contribute to, sort, and verify the information. ÂWhat I hope, and what DeRay [McKesson], [Johnetta Elzie], and I are building the capacity to do, is to use this tool to support groups on the groundÂƒto be able to really make the case, using the best data available, for long-term institutional change,ÂŽ Sinyangwe says. ÂParticularly in the Midwest, and then a little bit in the South, there really are hotbeds for police violence. The question is, can we actually do something on a preventative end instead of waiting until a huge tragedy happens?ÂŽ
Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press March 19-25, 2015 By Jason Alderman Studies have shown that Americans of all ages are more likely to become disabled in a given yearthan to die , and nearly a third are likely to suffer a serious disability between 35 and 65. People often buy life insurance to protect their families, but it usually only pays a benefit upon death. Workers' compensation pays benefits only if your disability is jobrelated. And Social Security covers severely disabled people, but qualifying is difficult and the benefits paid are relatively small. Bottom line: Should you become seriously disabled and unable to work, you could easily wipe out your savings particularly if you don't have a spouse or partner to support you. Before you actually need it, investigate what sorts of disability coverage you already have and what other options you have available. Many companies offer sick leave and/or short-term disability coverage to reimburse employees during brief periods of illness or injury. Some also provide long-term disability (LTD) insurance that replaces a percentage of pay for an extended period of time. Check with your Human Resources department to see if you qualify for any of these benefits. Even if your employer provides LTD, consider purchasing additional coverage, since employer-provided plans usually replace only 40 to 65 percent of pay and it's considered taxable income. But be prepared: LTD insurance can be expensive, depending on plan features, your age, and whether you have preexisting conditions. Ask if your employer's plan allows you to buy supplemental coverage (their rates are likely cheaper) and check whether any professional or trade organizations you belong to offer group coverage. Afew LTD considerations: Policies that pay benefits only if you can't perform duties of your OWN occupation are usually more expensive than those that only pay if you can't perform the duties of ANYjob for which you are reasonably qualified. The longer the waiting period before you're eligible for benefits, the lower the premium cost. Some policies only pay benefits for two years, while others provide lifelong benefits most cover somewhere in between. The shorter the term, the lower the cost. The Look of Success: Good Grooming Your visual "package" is as important in the initial stages of networking as all of that information and talent wrapped up inside. John Molloy, author of Dress for Success, writes that 90 percent of how you present yourself is visual. Your appearance and demeanor communicate who you are, your level of self-assurance, and your ability to interact. Your ability to present yourself as a professional determines whether or not people are drawn to you or compelled to flee. Have you ever noticed how a gathering gravitates away from those who are obviously out-of-place, while it tends to move toward and surround those who shine? There is nothing wrong with asserting your own unique fashion sense, as long as you don't mind being the topic of conversation rather than the leader of it. Atip that I've heard often is that you should dress for the position that you one day hope to attain. That is pretty much what I began doing when I was still a janitor but wanted to be an executive. Sure, my briefcase contained nothing more than The New York Times, my dictionary, and a cheese sandwich, but they didn't know that on the subway. However, more than grooming and clothing goes into your personal presentation: Your manners Your posture -Your eye contact They all come into play. Networking events are out of necessity quick hits--and smoking, drinking too much, talking while you are eating, making sarcastic comments, or displaying any other improper behavior can leave a lasting bad impression. Bottom Line: Relax and enjoy yourself at networking events. You'll nevermake a good impression if you are stressed out. P O W E R N N E T W O R K I N G M M I N U T E by george fraser INVITATION FOR BIDSSecurity Operations Center Dames Point Marine Terminal JAXPORT Project D2006-01 JAXPORT Contract No.C-1169AApri1 18, 2007 Sealed bids will be received by the Jacksonville Port Authority until 2:00 PM , local time, May 24, 2007 , at which time they shall be opened in the Public Meeting Room of the Port Central Office Building, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida, for the construction of our Security Operations Center . The single story 6,300 sq. ft. building will be a combination of a central cladded steel superstructure and a series of Intermodal Steel Building Units (commonly referred to as ISBU). ISBUs are standard container units as used for shipping goods modified to be part of the building structure. All bids must be submitted in accordance with specifications and drawings for Contract No. C1169A , which may be examined in, or obtained from the Contract Administration, Procurement and Engineering Services Department of the Jacksonville Port Authority, located on the second floor of the Port Central Office Building, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32206. (Please telephone 904/357-3018 for information.) PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILLBE HELD ON May 8, 2007, A T 10:00 AM , IN THE PUBLIC MEETINGROOM, FIRSTFLOOR OFTHE PORTCENTRALOFFICE BUILDINGLOCATED AT ADDRESS STATED ABOVE ATTENDANCE BYAREPRESENTATIVE OFEACH PROSPECTIVE BIDDER IS REQUIRED. A BID WILLNOTBE ACCEPTED FORM ANYBIDDER WHO IS NOTREPRESENTED ATSUCH CONFERENCE ANDSITE VISIT. Bid and contract bonding are required. Government funds are being utilized on this contract. The DBE Participation Goal established for this project is 7%. Louis Naranjo Manager Procurement and Inventory Jacksonville Port Authority John Carlo, Inc.Currently accepting qualified individuals for the following positions: HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATORS PIPELAYERS LABORERS TRUCK DRIVERS Submit resume by: Fax (586) 226-7262. E-mail to Job2@CarloCompanies.comQUALIFIED MINORITIES AND WOMEN ARE ENCOURAGEGED TO APPLY Equal Opportunity Employer by Michael G. Shinn, CFP Contributing Writer "I tell most people that they will need to save enough to generate 80% of their current income for retirement. They have to take into consideration future inflation, taxes and health care costs. Then we map out a plan to get them there. Unfortunately, most people don't have a clue about how much they will need financially to retire," comments Theron Cyrus, Wealth Manager and CEO of Cyrus asset Management. How much money do you need to retire comfortably? The answer is not as daunting or as far out of reach as it may seem. The most common ways to get the answer are to either work with a financial advisor, such as Mr. Cyrus, or to do the calculations yourself. Either way, you are going to have to think about your retirement plans and make some realistic assumptions about your future.Assumptions about YourFuture?Thinking about you and your family's future, answer the following questions: What is a realistic age for you to retire?_____ Think about your current and future job situation, your health and your desire to continue to work fulltime. What is your longevity?_____ How many years do you estimate that you will live in retirement? Think about your parents, siblings and family's longevity. What percentage of your current income will you need in retirement?____ Alot will depend on how active you are in retirement. Some people plan on traveling, others will do volunteer work and others willwork part-time. What is your estimate of long term inflation?____ Over the past 40 years inflation (CPI) has averaged about 4.5%. Over the past 5 years it has been in the 2.5-3.5% range. What is your estimate of your future investment returns?_____ Is your investment risk tolerance conservative, moderate, aggressive or somewhere in between? Over the past 70 years equities (stocks) have averaged between 8-11% return.What do You have Now?What is the current value of assets that can be designated for your retirement plan? How much is being contributed to them currently? This would include the following: Employer retirement plansLook at your annual benefit statement. Defined Contribution plans such as 401K and 403B. Social SecurityLook at your annual statement. Other Retirement Plans such as IRA, SEP, and Keogh's. Other Investments such as brokerage and savings accounts real estate, etc.CalculationsIf you work with a financial advisor, the advisor can calculate an estimate of your retirement income and project whether you will achieve your retirement goal. If you do it yourself, there are a number of retirement calculators available on the web that can help with your estimate. Consider looking at www.money.cnn.com, www.choosetosave.org/calculators and www.finance.yahoo.com.Overcoming a ShortfallOvercoming a retirement income shortfall can be done in several ways. Each has its own benefits and shortcomings. -Extend your Retirement dateThis increases the number of years of contributions and it reduces the number of years required to fund your retirement. -Save and invest moreIncrease contributions to retirement plans and savings. -Increase the investment returnDepending on the retirement time horizon, consider the use of asset allocation to increase investment returns. Continue workingConsider working part time during retirement. Lower the retirement income neededConsider options such as: moving to a lower cost retirement location; living in a less affluent neighborhood; alternative housing arrangements, etc. Determining how much you need to retire is the first step towards a successful retirement. Without that knowledge, there is strong possibility that you will not achieve your retirement goal. If your financial position is not where you want it to be, you must take control and make it happen! Michael G. Shinn, CFP, Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative of and securities offered through Financial Network Investment Corporation, member SIPC. Visit www.shinnfinancial.com for more information or to send your comments or questions to email@example.com. Â© Michael G. Shinn 2007. Be Prepared Disability Always Strikes Unexpectedly How Much Do I Need to Retire? Gaps in wealth, not in education, between black and white families may be the most powerful force locking Americans into their social class. In the story of the American Dream, education and a good job are supposed to erase the class differences into which we are born and open opportunity to anyone with merit and grit, regardless of race. But new research is showing that getting another degree or a higher paying job may do less than believed to make good on the American Dream for families of color. Black Americans with college degrees have less in savings and other assets than white Americans who dropped out of high school. According to a recent calculation of 2011 figures by a group of academics, the median household headed by a black college graduate had about two thirds of the net worth of the median white household headed by someone who did not finish high school. "The data shows that a job or an education are not the panaceas we think they are," says Darrick Hamilton, PhD, a New School economist. Hamilton produced the figures, which will be released in a forthcoming report, using Census Department data, along with Duke University's William Darity, Jr, PhD, and Rebecca Tippett, PhD, of University of North Carolina. Other research has shown similar wealth disparities between white and Latino families. "When you look descriptively at families, we see that education does not erase the racial wealth divide," Hamilton said. Andre Robert Lee, 44, a filmmaker in New York, has been aware since he was a teenager of the limits on education to change the relationship between wealth and race. His film "Prep School Negro" is an autobiography of growing up as the son of a black garment factory worker and receiving a scholarship at the age of 14 to attend a mostly white, elite private high school outside of Philadelphia. Andre Robert Lee, 44, a filmmaker in New York, has been bluntly aware since he was a teenager of the limits on education to change the relationship between wealth and race. "People always told me I got a golden ticket," Lee says in the film. But when he arrived at the private school, Lee was struck to find how starkly wealth defined differences in race. Other students would drive fancy new cars to school. He struggled to come up with bus fare. One morning, not long after beginning at the school, Lee looked up from his desk and across the room to see the son of the man who owned the factory that his mother worked in. "I remember sitting there and looking over to him and thinking, wow, your father pays my mother less a year than our tuition is here," Lee says to a teacher in a scene from his film. "It was a realization about the differences between our inheritances," Lee told NBC recently. "My mother's inheritance to me was that she worked at the factory. My classmates father's inheritance was to take over the factory." Digging deeper In a new video that Lee produced for NBC News, he has pulled neverbefore-seen outtakes of an interview he conducted with Harry Neuman, his classmate's father who owned the factory where his mother worked. "I wanted to dig deeper into the inequality that was so present," he says. Lee says that his private school education, and later degrees from a liberal arts college and a graduate program in education, have helped him build a life of relative financial stability, compared to the near poverty wages his mother earned. "But it didn't erase the differences in inheritance," he says. "There's no catching up. I'd see people who wanted to be in film just jump and try it, because they knew there was something to catch them. I didn't feel I could just do that. It took much longer." Just as education does not erase wealth divides, racial disparities in savings and assets remain persistent even when black workers earn more. The median black family earning an income in the middle fifth of all wage earners had slightly less accumulated wealth than the median white family earning incomes in the bottom of fifth of earners. Can education alone close the wealth gap between white and black Americans? Growing income inequality in the United States has gained broad attention in the years since the Great Recession. But wealthÂ„assets like homes, stocks or retirement accounts, minus debtsÂ„are even more heavily concentrated in the hands of very small number of rich Americans. Some of the overall gap in white to black wealth is a result of the overwhelming whiteness of those at the pinnacle of the economy. Yet even among the broad majority of American families in the middle and bottom of the labor market, the differences between white and black wealth are striking. "The fact that getting a better education doesn't equalize wealth says a lot about how we think about class," says Anne Price, who runs a project on racial wealth inequality at Insight Center for Community Economic Development. "In the United States, we have previously viewed class from an incomplete lens by looking at it in terms of income, occupation and education. But the most comprehensive indicator of class may indeed be wealth." Gaps inWealth is Biggest Racial Divide
by H.A. Goodman In the United States of 2015, a racist fraternity song will get you death threats. If you're a celebrity, a racist Tweet will force you to apologize to millions of indignant Twitter followers. Or, if you're just an average person, you could get fired from work. Our society no longer tolerates hate-filled messages; even ones that are meant as mere jokes that go horribly wrong. Words, not systemic injustices that keep 27.4 percent of AfricanAmericans in poverty, elicit visceral reactions from millions of Americans eager to promote a world where racism ceases to exist. However, the anger and outrage elicited by racist Tweets, television commentary, Facebook posts, or Oklahoma University fraternity chants won't bring AfricanAmerican children out of poverty. In addition, the State of Working America.org states that AfricanAmerican children under the age of six have a 45.8 percent poverty rate, compared to a 14.5 percent rate for white children of the same age. Americans today aren't racist people, but we live in a country where vapid outrage masks grandiose systemic racism. Words hurt more than the fact that 40 percent of African-Americans living in Tennessee and Mississippi live in poverty. There's a reason that according to Pew Research, the typical black household has $5,677 in wealth, while white households have $113,149. There are deep-rooted issues in American society that lead to such disparities not only in wealth, but also in criminal justice. The Wall Street Journal states that, "Prison sentences of black men were nearly 20 percent longer than those of white men for similar crimes in recent years, an analysis by the U.S. Sentencing Commission found." In fact, one study states that black men and white felons have the same chance of getting hired for a job in the Unites States. Therefore, it's time to question our priorities as a nation. The NAACP states that, "If White Americans and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates of blacks, today's prison and jail populations would decline by approximately 50%." However, when was the last time Twitter lit up with indignation over sentencing patterns that target AfricanAmericans? Why don't Americans exhibit more indignation over the 27.4 percent of blacks living in poverty than a racist fraternity song? The answer is that social media and entertainment allow us to shield our eyes and process only bite sized morsels of reality. Twitter, Facebook, cable television, and movies offer a palatable glimpse at why we might not be as exceptional as we think. More people have heard about Zach Braff's Tweet mocking Pharrell than the study showing African-American seniors in high school read at the same level as white eighth graders in the U.S. We've become a nation of fabricated tribes, where you can't be both for protecting police lives and unarmed African-American teens; Fox News tells us it's either one or the other. Knowledge and truth are zero-sum games since you're either a conservative or liberal. As a result, Paul Ryan alludes to black people being lazy, yet forgets that immigrants from Europe were also once mired in poverty living in tenements. Ryan also conveniently forgets that 39 percent of AfricanAmericans in Wisconsin live in poverty for a reason. Why doesn't Paul Ryan ever talk about the "stealth depression" faced by blacks in Wisconsin? The days of overt racism are over in the minds of most Americans. There aren't any more separate bathrooms, so things are better, right? The statistics, however, show that African-Americans are still mired in poverty, face food insecurity, and are incarcerated at higher rates than other groups. This reality should elicit outrage, but fraternity songs and Tweets have occupied both the airwaves and brainwaves, making reality into what we want it to be, rather than what exists. It feels great to brand the scarlet letter on the racist in our midst, but this behavior also shields us from the reality that millions are mired in poverty and have been stuck in this reality for generations. By Kourtney Wesley On March 12th, the Hyde Park Baptist Church joined with Canterbury Gardens apartments to host a Community Job Fair. Over 25 employers were at the fair and greeted over 200 job seekers to recruit for hundreds of jobs in sales, retail, and phone customer service, health care, management, and many more. Some of the registered employers on hand were the City of Jacksonville, Career Source, Home Depot, Office Depot, CDH Home Care Inc., PuroClean, Walmart, and Winn Dixie to name a few. The career fair was the brainchild of Hibernia Baptist Church Pastor Jimbo Stewart. Steward, together with his congregation and the owners of Canterbury Gardens, spent months organizing the career fair for the Westside community. Steward says his church has adopted the residents of Canterbury Gardens and hopes their presence can have some impactful, long term results. This event is one of several community offerings by the two groups. In February, the church held a community health fair on the property; they are planning a GED program for later this year. Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 March 19-25, 2015 Community Job Fair Assist Church Members and Apartments Dwellers Job seeker Edward McNair Debbie King and Dwayne Sweet from Career Source Loretta Lynch The White House blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday for holding up confirmation of President Barack ObamaÂs pick for attorney general, arguing the Âunconscionable delayÂŽ was a stain on the Kentucky RepublicanÂs leadership. McConnell warned over the weekend that he wouldnÂt hold a vote on Loretta LynchÂs confirmation before the Senate finishes a human trafficking bill that has hit a roadblock over a provision regarding funding for abortions. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the delay on the attorney general post reflected Âinept leadership,ÂŽ not a flaw in the trafficking bill. ÂYouÂve got to hand it to Republicans, that theyÂve taken even a measure as common sense as that and turned it into a partisan controversy,ÂŽ Earnest said. ÂThat is not a reflection of a flaw in the bill. ItÂs a reflection of inept leadership.ÂŽ Although the White House frequently threatens to veto pending bills unpalatable to Obama, Earnest wouldnÂt say whether Obama would sign the bill with the abortion language included. He suggested the issue is moot because Republicans donÂt have enough support to pass it. ÂThe fact that leader McConnell canÂt build bipartisan support for a child sextrafficking bill, I think, is an indication that his leadership here in the majority is not off to a very strong start,ÂŽ Earnest said. In a sharp rebuke, the White House appeared to question whether Obama can trust McConnell and his fellow GOP leaders and Âwhether their word is good with the president.ÂŽ Earnest pointed out that McConnell had argued last year that LynchÂs confirmation should wait until the new GOP-run Senate was seated in January, but was now claiming publicly that it was Democrats who prolonged the confirmation by waiting until 2015. McConnell put a confirmation vote planned for this week on hold after Senate debate on the trafficking bill broke down. Democrats made a late objection to a provision that prohibits money dedicated to a fund for victims from being used to pay for abortions except in very limited circumstances. Similar abortion funding restrictions have been in place for decades, but abortion-rights supporters said the legislation goes further. ÂIf they want to have time to turn to the attorney general bill next week, we need to finish up this human trafficking bill,ÂŽ McConnell said Sunday on CNN. White House Slams McConnell on Lynch Confirmation Delay Why Racist Tweets and Frat Songs Elicit Greater Outrage Than 39 Percent of Black Children in Poverty
Charles Dudley Warner infamously said, ÂPolitics makes strange bedfellows.ÂŽ What if I told you that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and current president of the U.S. President Obama agree on more than they probably disagree when it comes to policy issues? I certainly havenÂt talked to Gov. Bush of late or maybe I never have, but I know that he also has strong ties to the Hispanic community and believes in immigration reform Â… much like our President. But immigration isnÂt the topic of the day. The topic is education and why ÂCommon Core standardsÂŽ is such a hot issue in Florida. President Obama is a major supporter of Common Core, and so is Gov. Bush although many Republican-led groups are coming out against the standards. So whatÂs the big deal? Well in education Â… the word accountability and terminology like Âmeasureable outcomesÂŽ is talked about as much as Jesus is in the Baptist church. No jab at good old Baptist folks Â… I love me some Jesus too. Accountability in education is sensible. Democrats and Republicans normally differ on the policies or politics used to measure success in education. In the past, Republicans have pointed the finger at teachers for our public school challenges and have focused legislative efforts on ending long-term teacher contracts and creating policies that base teacher accountability on unreliable standardized tests. Of course, all of these antiteacher policies will help our children learn better because teachers will be more Âaccountable.ÂŽ Interestingly enough, accountability is important everywhere in education except for schoolvoucher programs. Republicans and voucher supporters refuse to institute the same accountability standards on programs that take public dollars and fund private school vouchers. Anyway, back to the subject at hand, what is Common Core? Well according to The Foundation for FloridaÂs Future, which was founded by Gov. Bush, ÂCommon Core State Standards are a state-led effort to establish clear world-class educational standards for English language arts and mathematics that states can voluntarily adopt.ÂŽ Continued, ÂCommon Core standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to go to college or enter the workforce and that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of what is expected of them.ÂŽ Common Core started out as a joint project by officials in about four dozen states, but the implementation of the standards has divided the Republican Party. Many conservatives, especially those who associate more with the Tea Party, have grown worried that the standards will lead to unprecedented federal intrusion in local schools. For those who have been promoting the values of school accountability, Common Core makes sense and maybe the best option available to provide clear measurable standards. Supporters of the standards insist that the new benchmarksonly outline what students are expected to learn, while curriculum is still controlled at the local level. The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit bearing entry courses in two or four year college programs or enter the workforce. The standards are clear and concise to ensure that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of the expectations in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language, and mathematics in school. National and state teacherÂs unions are backing Common Core. Again, talk about an unholy alliance. In the past, the accountability folks and teacherÂs union have been at odds over most educational issues. But both groups seem to agree that the standards establish what students need to learn, but they do not dictate how teachers should teach. Unions say that under Common Core, teachers will continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms. They also point out that the standards drafting process relied on teachers and standards experts from across the country. Last year, the Florida Department of Education made about 40 changes to the Common Core benchmarks including changing the name to ÂSunshine State StandardsÂŽ or something like that. This move came on the heels of a vote by a caucus of the Republican Party of Florida's state committeemen and committeewomen backing a resolution opposing the Common Core standards. A year later and the Common Core battle is still a very relevant and heated issue. Now the question at hand is whose politics ultimately wins out? ÂThere comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right,ÂŽ said Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Signing off from the Florida Capital, Reggie Fullwood By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist No United States president has been more disrespected than Barack Obama Â… and his family. The hatred for the nationÂs first African American president is so deep that all but seven Republicans in the U.S. Senate were willing to write a letter to Iran that amounted to treason on a grand scale. In an effort to derail talks that would limit IranÂs nuclear weapons, 47 Republican senators signed an Âopen letterÂŽ to IranÂs leaders claiming any deal they reach with the administration wonÂt last after Obama leaves office. In an issue that caused the Republican senators to be labeled traitors in a New York Daily News headline. An editorial: said, ÂRegardless of President ObamaÂs fecklessness in negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran, 47 Republican U.S. senators engaged in treachery by sending a letter to the mullahs aimed at cutting the legs out from under AmericaÂs commander-in-chief. We join GOP signatories in opposing the pact as outlined, but we strenuously condemn their betrayal of the U.S. constitutional system.ÂŽ In case there is any doubt, the liberal political website PoliticusUSA stated, ÂAccording to the dictionary definition, a traitor is one who betrays a person, a principle, or especially their country. It is of no consequence why someone, or a group, chooses to work in opposition to their nation, or fellow citizensÂ well-being, because if their intent and result of their actions is to deliberately damage or cause harm to their country or fellow citizens, they are by definition traitors.ÂŽ It wasnÂt all that long ago that Democrats and Republicans observed the rule that while we might have our internal debates, when it comes for foreign policy, we speak with one voice Â… that of the president. House Republicans ignored that long-standing custom by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, knowing he would be critical of ongoing negotiations by the U.S. and its allies to freeze IranÂs nuclear weapons. The White House was not consulted on the invitation, a sharp departure from established protocol. The disrespect for Obama and the presidency itself has reached such a low point that a headline in the Washington Post summed it up this way: ÂRepublicans are beginning to act as though Barack Obama isnÂt even the president.ÂŽ The story explained, ÂItÂs safe to say that no president in modern times has had his legitimacy questioned by the opposition party as much as Barack Obama. But as his term in office enters its final phase, Republicans are embarking on an entirely new enterprise: They have decided that as long as he holds the office of the presidency, itÂs no longer necessary to respect the office itself.ÂŽ And many argue that the hatred extends well beyond partisan politics. PolitcusUSA stated, ÂIt is likely that throughout AmericaÂs short history, except for the traitorous Confederacy, no group of individuals has exhibited the characteristic betrayal of a traitor more than conservatives in general, and Republicans in particular. What makes their actions all the more despicable is that their traitorous actions are founded on racial animus for one man; and allegiance to foreigners and one tiny segment of the population.ÂŽ The attacks on Obama began when he first ran for president, with some conservatives openly questioning whether he was a U.S. citizen. Marilyn Davenport, a member of the Orange County Republican Party in California, e-mailed a cartoon in 2010 with the face of President Obama superimposed on a chimpanzee. Also pictured were two older chimpanzees described as Âparents.ÂŽ The inscription on the cartoon read: ÂNow you know why Â… No birth certificate.ÂŽ The New York Post went well over the line of respectability by publishing a cartoon in 2009, in the wake of Connecticut police shooting a pet chimpanzee, depicting the authors of the stimulus bill as a dead chimpanzee. And who could forget Rep. Joe Wilson [R-S.C.], interrupting a 2009 presidential address on health care to Congress in by shouting, ÂYou, lie!ÂŽ The personal attacks have not been limited to President Obama Â… his entire family has been attacked. Last week, Emmy-winning Univision host Rodner Figueroa was fired for saying, ÂMichelle Obama looks like sheÂs part of the cast of Planet of the Apes.ÂŽ Michael OÂNeal, Speaker of the Kansas House, circulated an email referring to the first lady as ÂMrs. YoÂ Mama.ÂŽ Even Sasha and Malia have been targets of conservatives. They have been upbraided from everything from taking their spring break in the Bahamas to the clothes they wore when their father pardoned a Thanksgiving turkey. As Media Matters, the watchdog group, stated, ÂOn May 27,  President Obama explained at a press conference that he was reminded daily about the consequences of the oil spill by his daughter Malia who asked him did you plug the hole yet? while he was shaving.ÂŽ Both Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh saw fit to imitate Malia on air. No stunt is too low or too vile for conservatives who hate everything about Obama, including his race. George E. Curry, former editorin-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the ational ewspaper Publishers Association ews Service (PA). Page 4 Ms.PerryÂs Free Press SUBSCRIBE TODAY SUBSCRIBE TODAY Yes, IÂd like to subscribe to the Jacksonville Free Press!Enclosed is my check __ money order __for $38.00 to cover my one year subscription.AME _________________________________________ ADDRESS_______________________________________ CITY____________________STATE____ZIP________ DISCLAIMERThe United State provides opportunities for free expression of ideas. 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Edgewood Ave. Jacksonville,FL32208Email: JfreePress@aol.com TELEPHONE (904) 634-1993 Fax (904) 765-8611 Sylvia PerryPUBLISHER Rita PerryPublisher Emeritus CONTRIBUTORS: Lynn Jones, Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood, E.O.Huthchinson, WilliamReed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell, Marsha Oliver, Marretta Latimer, Phyllis Mack, Tonya Austin, Carlottra Guyton, Brenda Burwell, Rhonda Silver, Vickie Brown, Rahman Johnson, Headshots, William Jackson. City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Rep. Reggie Fullwood Common Core Education Standards Still a Major IssueMarch 19-25, 2015 #BlackGirlsMatter Right Here in AmericaEvery morning, when I fix my teenage daughter breakfast and drop her off to school, she reminds me that #BlackGirlsMatter. Her journey has not been easy; made all the more difficult by an experience, beginning in middle school and persisting to high school, that threatened to crush her dreams by denying her access to classes education professionals deem critical to demonstrate college readiness. Had it not been for the advocacy of her parents, and the threat of litigation, my daughter would have been cast aside and surrendered to a curriculum that was not simply less challenging, but inadequate by the standards of competitive colleges and an increasingly analytical and technical workforce. Today, in her junior year, she remains one of only a handful of Black girls enrolled in advanced honors and advanced placement classes in her public high school, Columbia Senior High School in suburban Maplewood, N.J. My daughterÂs story is neither unique or an aberration. It is the reality facing Black girls in America. This is what the recently released report Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected confirms. The Center for Intersectional and Social Policy Studies at Columbia University and the African American Policy Forum, authors of the report, have provided the nation with a powerful narrative of the dilemma of Black girls in our country. The report describes the disproportionate punishment meted out to Black girls in school, with data showing that they are suspended six times the rate of white girls as Âzero toleranceÂ policies hit with racial precision. Black girls also receive more severe sentences than other girls when they enter the juvenile justice system and are the fasting growing population in the criminal justice system. They are also victims of bullying, sexual harassment and violence in school. Our girls are being pushed out but there is little public alarm, policy focus or media attention to their marginalization. Unlike our understandable focus on Black boys, as seen in President ObamaÂs ÂMy BrotherÂs KeeperÂ initiative, our girls are being left to fend for themselves. And we are losing them. Black girls suffer the discriminatory equivalent of hypertension. Racially based gender bias is a silent killer. It infests the spirits of girls with selfdoubt and feelings of inadequacy, and early on narrows their possibilities. Black girls mostly suffer in silence, absorbing the blows, but incurring significant psychological damage along the way. Bright lights are extinguished early as Black girls encounter institutional bias in school buildings where their uniqueness, in everything from hair to dress to personality, is deemed anti-social and popular culture bombards them with stereotypes of Black females ranging from helpless to raging anger or hyper-sexualized. The intelligent, inquisitive, creative, caring and beautiful Black girl is virtually an urban myth in America. Making matters worse is a nation that hides the suffering of Black girls from public view. Perhaps that is why I find President ObamaÂs recently announced ÂLet the Girls LearnÂ initiative so disappointing. The White House looked beyond the shores of this nation to launch a global offensive for girls when if they simply Googled a zip code in Washington D.C., they would find Black girls deserving of its attention and policy focus. This might simply be the result of an African-American father who has not had to wrestle with his daughters feeling inadequate or experienced seeing pained expressions of silent suffering given that his children have been fortunate to be shielded by much, given the PresidentÂs privilege and position. It is, however, a glaring omission by the Obama administration that defies what we know to be the experiences of Black girls in America. We need not search the world for girls in need when our children stand before us broken, rejected and yearning for recognition. What I desire for our community of Black girls is what I wish for my daughter. I want us to embrace their individuality and celebrate their expressiveness. We must recognize their intelligence and support their intellectual curiosity while also encouraging their socializing and affirming their right to be different from boys, yet equal in standing. It is our responsibility to root out gender bias and make certain that our institutions are not simply diverse but gender-inclusive, meaning opportunity is rooted in equity and not guided by male dominated definitions of worth and success. And, we must hold accountable those who trade in misogynist imagery that limits Black girlsÂ imaginations to the stripper pole, video vixen or reality TV villains. There is a ÂBlack is BeautifulÂ canvas for Black girlhood that we must paint so our daughters can see the GodÂs intent for their lives. It is with this conviction that we must embrace the mantra #BlackGirlsMatter; because they do, and without the benefit of the full expression of their humanity we suffer as a people. There is no Âbetter dayÂ for Black America if we persist on wearing gender blinders and if Black men, fathers or not, do not come to terms with the reality of shared suffering and become champions for gender equity. When I look in the mirror I have to see my daughter and make certain the reflection is one of strength, hope, faith and confidence that her life will have meaning and she will be given the opportunity to direct and fulfill her purpose in life. Below the Belt Attack on the Obamas by Walter Fields, Jr.
March 19-25, 2015 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 17 23, 2015SWAC AND MEAC CROWN CHAMPS; FIVE IN NCAAs, FIVE MORE PLAY ON; HILL OUT AT SHAWIN AGAIN: Tennessee State head coach Larry Joe Inman gets Lady Tigers to womenÂs NCAA since 1995.T SU Sports PhotoLET THE DANCINÂBEGIN Â’Five headed to the Big DanceLUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor A mixture of veterans and relative newcomers MenÂs and WomenÂs 2015 NCAA Div. I Tournaments this week in familiar spots Â… as 15th or 16th seeds. Third-year Tennessee State womenÂs head coach Larry Joe Inman eÂs Chelsea Hudson forward Imani Davis Â Matthew Mitchell. Texas Southern SWAC third-year head coach Mike DavisÂs squad avoided a Madarious Gibbs forwards Chris Thomas Malcolm Riley top seed Wisconsin in the West. Hampton seed to win the MEAC menÂs tournament in the NCAA Tournament as the only team with that record as they take on fellow 16th seed, MAAC champion Ed Joyner Jr. is North Carolina Central under former head coach Steve Merfeld , Deron Powers Brian Darden and Reginald Johnson Manhattan is in its fourth season Freda Freeman-Jackson has led Alabama State CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RECAPSMEAC MEN Hampton 82, Delaware State 61 Hampton Reginald Johnson , Brian Darden and Deron Powers to pull Delaware State MEAC Tournament here Saturday afternoon. KeÂRon BrownÂs and 10 from Tyshawn Bell Year, 6-10 center Kendall Gray MEAC WOMEN Savannah State 74, Maryland-Eastern Shore 64 Savannah State MarylandEastern Shore MEAC Jasmine Norman , who Ezinne Kalu added 16 points and Tiyonda Davis row. Bria Dorsey Mariah McCoy TeAmber Burke and Shawnee Sweeney Norman PowersNCAA DIV. II REGIONAL RESULTS MEN ATLANTIC REGION First Round West Liberty 127, Livingstone 89 SOUTH REGION First Round Florida Southern 89, Benedict 68 WOMEN EAST REGION First Round Franklin Pierce 78, UDC 66 ATLANTIC REGION First Round California (PA) 86, Virginia State 75 SOUTH REGION First Round Nova Southeastern 66, Kentucky State 56 Union (TN) 92, Albany State 83 West Florida 78, Benedict 58 SWAC Tournament as a Southern Britney Wright Jasmine Peeples Â s Savannah State head coach Cedric Baker squad downed Maryland-Eastern Shore for their Connecticut. Jasmine Norman Ezinne Kalu the half. NITRICHMOND REGION TUESDAY, MARCH 17 Miami, FL 7 p.m. #7 N. C. Central (25-7) @ #2 Miami (21-12)CITTUESDAY, MARCH 17 Richmond, KY 7 p.m. Norfolk State (20-13) @ Eastern Kentucky (19-11) WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18 High Point, NC 7 p.m. Md.-E. Shore (18-14) @ High Point (22-9) WNITTHURSDAY, MARCH 19 Hampton (18-12) @ Drexel (20-10). Texas Southern (19-10) @ S. Mississippi (22-10) BakerFreeman-Jackson Joyner Jr. MENMIDWEST REGION TUESDAY, MARCH 17 DAYTON, OH 6:40 P.M. #16 Hampton (16-17) vs. #16 Manhattan (19-13) Winner vs. #1 Kentucky (34-0) THURSDAY., MARCH 19, 9:40 P.M. LOUISVILLE WEST REGION THURSDAY, MARCH 19 PORTLAND, ORE 11:10 A.M. #15 Texas Southern (22-12) vs. #2 Arizona (31-3)WOMENALBANY BRACKET FRIDAY, MARCH 20 LEXINGTON, KY 2:30 P.M. #15 Tennessee State (18-12) vs. #2 Kentucky (23-9) GREENSBORO BRACKET FRIDAY, MARCH 20 COLUMBIA, SC 5 P.M. #16 Savannah State (21-10) vs. #1 South Carolina (30-2) SATURDAY, MARCH 21 TALLAHASSEE, FL 1:30 P.M. #15 Alabama State (17-14) vs. #2 Florida State (28-4) BLACK COLLEGES IN DIV. I NCAA TOURNAMENT Davis SWAC MEN Texas Southern 62, Southern 58 Texas Southern Southern Southwestern Athletic Conference championDeverell Biggs stepped in after Malcolm Riley Madarious Gibbs needed to secure the third championship in the Mike Davis . SWAC WOMEN Alabama State 73, Southern 55 Britney Wright , Daniele Ewert and Jasmine Peeples , the Alabama State team won the SWAC Southern Saturday at the Toyota Center. Kayla Tucke r and Brittney Smith Gibbs WrightOVC WOMEN Tennessee State 64, UT-Martin 60, OT Brianna Lawrence Tennessee State veteran third-year head coach Larry Joe Inman , time. Chelsea Hudson had HudsonMEN FIRST ROUND Delaware State 64, Savannah State 58 Hampton 91, Morgan State 71 Coppin State 64, Bethune-Cookman 60 S. C. State 63, NC A&T 54 QUARTERFINALS N. C. Central 91, Coppin State 43 Norfolk State 68, S. C. State 54 Hampton 76, Md.-Eastern Shore 71 Delaware State 65, Howard 60 SEMIFINALS Delaware State 63, N. C. Central 57 Hampton 75, Norfolk State 64 FINALS Hampton 82, Delaware State 61 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Deron Powers, Hampton ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM Reginald Johnson, Hampton Edward Stephens, S. C. State Tyshawn Bell, Delaware State Jordan Parks, N. C. Central MOST OUTSTANDING COACH Edward Joyner, Jr., Hampton 2015 SWAC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS RESULTS MEN FIRST ROUND Alcorn State 66, Grambling State 52 QUARTERFINALS Alabama State 93, Miss. Valley State 81 Texas Southern 95, Alcorn State 74 Southern 64, Alabama A&M 60 Prairie View 62, Jackson State 56 SEMIFINALS Southern 68, Alabama State 66 Texas Southern 90, Prairie View 77 FINALS Texas Southern 62, Southern 58 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Madarious Gibbs, Texas Southern ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM Jamel Waters, Alabama State Tre Lynch, Southern Montreal Scott, Prairie View Tre Hagood, Prairie View Chris Thomas, Texas Southern OUTSTANDING COACH Mike Davis, Texas Southern WOMEN QUARTERFINALS Jackson State 89, Alabama A&M 82, OT Southern 62, Miss. Valley State 57 Alabama State 65, Grambling State 62 Prairie View 66, Alcorn State 59 SEMIFINALS Southern 64, Prairie View 40 Alabama State 62, Jackson State 60 FINALS Alabama State 73, Southern 55 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Britney Wright, Alabama State ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM Alisa Ross, Jackson State Kendra Coleman, Southern Daniele Ewert, Alabama State Britney Washington, Southern Jasmine Peeples, Alabama State OUTSTANDING COACH Freda Freeman-Jackson 2015 MEAC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS RESULTS WOMEN FIRST ROUND Howard 70, S. C. State 57 Bethune-Cookman 53, Florida A&M 41 Norfolk State 70, Delaware State 45 Coppin State 71, Morgan State 56 Md.-E. Shore 67, N. C. Central 47 QUARTERFINALS Md.-E. Shore 52, Hampton 50 Savannah State 66, Coppin State 52 N. C. A&T 75, Bethune-Cookman 54 Norfolk State 67, Howard 55 SEMIFINALS Md.-E. Shore 69, Norfolk State 64 Savannah State 62, NC A&T 59 FINALS Savannah State 65, Md.-E. Shore 47 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Jasmine Norman, Savannah State ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM Ezinne Kalu, Savannah State Rae Carbo, Norfolk State Moengaroa Subritzky, Md.-E. Shore Jordan Swails, Coppin State MOST OUTSTANDING COACH Cedric Baker, Savannah StateBCSP NotesFive more in postseason play MEAC North Carolina Central Hampton champion Texas Southern Two MEAC play Tuesday and Wednesday. Norfolk State Maryland-Eastern Shore Shaw does not renew Hill Shaw University Coach Cleo Hill, Jr. , Cheyney (Pa.) University . SIAC admits Central State as full member ATLANTA The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Council voted unanimously to admit Central State University
ew Life Ministry Presents ÂThe School of PrayersÂŽNew Life Outreach Ministry Center presents ÂThe School of Prayer,ÂŽ 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.St. Paul Lutheran Church Annual Community Day and Health FairSt. Paul Lutheran Church Annual Community Day and Health Fair is scheduled for Saturday, March 21st, from 9:30 a.m. Â… 2 p.m. Early in the a.m. a health walk from the church to McDonald on US1 will take place. Come receive free health info, music by the Jacksonville Community Band. St. Paul Lutheran Church is located at 2730 W. Edgewood Avenue, Rev. James Wiggins Jr., Pastor. For more info contact Naomi Mungin, Ministry of Evangelism, at 765-4219. WomenÂs Missionary Society of First Church 100 Women in White The WomenÂs Missionary Society of First Church of Palm Coast is inviting other women for a worship service attired to attain Â100 Women in White.ÂŽ The Rev. Cheryl Daniels will be the messenger for this occasion. Reverend Cheryl Daniels a member of the ministerial staff and will address, ÂSpeaking Spiritual Beauty.ÂŽ The worship service will be held Sunday, March 15th, at 4 p.m., at First Church of Palm Coast, Rev. Gillard S. Glover, 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast, Florida. For more info call Jeroline D. McCarthy, Marketing and Advertising Ministry Director at 386437-5142.Tru-Way Church Garage SaleCome support Tru-Way Church of the Risen Christ Church, 2297 Edison Ave., church-wide garage sale, Saturday, March 28th, 8 a.m. Â… 2 p.m. Come check out the wonderful household items and other odds and ends available for sale. For more info call Yvonne Walker-West at 881-6021.Saint Paul AME Church Holy Week ServicesSpecial events and Holy Week services are slated to take place at Saint Paul AME Church, 6910 New Kings Road, the Dr. Marvin C. Zanders, ll, Pastor. Dr. Connie Speights Richardson, Supervisor of the Eleventh Episcopal District, AME Church will be the guest speaker for the Annual Edward Lang Prayer Breakfast. This noteworthy occasion will be held on the Campus of the Church in the James M. Proctor Development Center on Saturday, March 28, at 9 a.m. Bishop Frank Curtis Cummings, retired 95th elected and Consecrated Bishop of the AME Church will proclaim the Word on Palm Sunday at 10:55 a.m. On Sunday, March 29, at 6 p.m., the renowned Edward Waters College Concert Choir, under the direction of Barbara Bouie will perform in the sanctuary of the church. Bishop Adam Jefferson Richardson, Jr., 115th Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the AME Church will deliver the Holy Monday message on March 30, at 7 p.m. The Fine Arts Ministry will present their Annual Easter production in drama and song on Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m.. The observance of Maundy Thursday (Paschal Lamb Feast) will be held Thursday, April 2nd at 6:30 p.m.. Friends, Sister Churches and the public are extended a warm welcome to share in all events and worship services. For more info contact the church office at 764-2755.Southside Church of God in Christ Miracle MonthJoin Southside Church of God in Christ for Miracle Month. Come expecting a miracle from God, Tuesday, March 31st at 12 noon is the Prayer Clinic with Prophet Dwight Follins. Southside Church of God in Christ is located at 2179 Emerson Street. For more info call the church at 398-1625.The Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ Sacrifice Worship ServiceThe ÂSeven Last Words of Jesus ChristÂŽ sacrifice worship service, Friday, April 3rd, at 12 noon. at Saint James A.M.E. Church of Orange Park, 535 Mc Intosh Ave. The community is invited to come hear the word being brought forth. Come hear from Apostle Michael Williams, Jr., Bishop John Newman, Reverend Randy Brown, Reverend Diane Durham, Reverend Eugene Eubanks and Reverend Charlotte Johns. Enjoy a fish fry immediately after service. For more details call the church office at 278-7037.Southside COGIC Annual Health FairThe WIN Ministry of the Southside COGIC presents their Second Annual Health Fair, Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Free vision, blood pressure screenings HIV testing, clothing giveaway, food and much more! Visit the health fair at Southside Church of God in Christ, 2179 Emerson Street. For more info call the church office at 398 1625.OTICE:Church news is published free of charge. Information must be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event date will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to 765-3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com. Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press March 19-25, 2015 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 ÂMiracle at MiddayÂŽ 12 noon 1:00 p.m. Weekly Services Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 7:40 and 10:40 a.m. Worship with us LIVE on the web visitwww.truth2powerministries.org Grace and Peacevisit www.Bethelite.org Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.. Pastor Emeritus On Sunday, after awaiting the anticipated launch of his youth ministry, Pastor Mark L. Griffin welcomed Wayman MinistriesÂ AME new youth pastor and inspirational artist, TÂJuan (tjuan.com) to the congregation. As Wayman ChapelÂs first youth pastor, Antjuan ÂT'JuanÂŽ Kimbrough, a remarkable talent with enormous charisma and a positive message, will be guiding over 150 youth at Wayman Ministries. During Sunday worship, community outreach, activities and events throughout the year, TÂJuan plans to use music, media, theatre, dance, and life skill classes to inspire JacksonvilleÂs youth. The new and inspired worship service is taking place the Sunday at 12:00 P.M. at the West Campus, located at 1176 Labelle Street. In addition, every 4th Sunday of the month, there will also be a 10:00 A.M. service at the South Campus, located at 8855 Sanchez Road. Both campuses are located in Jacksonville, Florida. TÂJuan will also offer W.O.W. (Wild Out Wednesday) Bible study every Wednesday at 6:30 P.M., rotating monthly between the two campuses. Pastor Griffin stated "Our ministry is excited about hiring TÂJuan as our ministry's first official Youth Pastor. Our young people are already begging their parents to bring them to church. In an age where churches are finding it more and more difficult to relate to today's youth, young, talented and committed Christians like T'Juan will help the Body of Christ reconnect with our youth. We expect great things to happen in our ministry as a direct result of T'Juan's gift and influence." As music is the driving force for every young person and although, traditionally, one might only hear Gospel music in church; T'Juan is using his artistry and music background to inspire the youth by incorporating music from all genres, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds. TÂJuan wrote and recorded much of the music himself. "My plan for the youth ministry is to build an effective, fruitful environment in which youth and young adults will be able to receive guidance, support, and encouragement through the word of GOD, building a well-respected brand of youth ministry. A ministry that thrives on living a clean toxicfree lifestyle. A ministry of accountability, and belief in the Word of GOD! We will be known as The Clean League, a prolific group of individuals dedicated to living a toxic free life-style," said TÂJuan. He will also be presenting community service opportunities to the youth, in order to keep them accountable and offer them ways to give back to Jacksonville and surrounding communities. In 2007, TÂJuan was discovered as an artist and soon after toured the country with Black Entertainment Television's (BET) Rap It Up team, a team of musicians that raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in the African American community. Through this opportunity, TÂJuan poured himself into the youth with a message of hope and abstinence. TÂJuan believes that life was designed to be lived, to live long. Not to be lived to die fast. His motto is ÂLive Good. Die RightÂŽ (#LGDR) and he believes that it is a lifestyle. He says,ÂŽ I have a conviction to change the fabric of the mindset of the youth in Jacksonville and abroad.ÂŽ James V. Brooks Memorial Power of Music ProgramThe James V. Brooks Memorial Scholarship committee and the Black Rose Foundation for children proudly presents the 2nd annual ÂPower of Music,ÂŽ program, Sunday, March 22nd, at 4 p.m. in the Milne Auditorium at Edward Waters College, 1697 New Kings Rd. Enjoy an evening of jazz, inspiration, and upbeat, clap your hands entertainment! For more info call 888-530-9401. AME Church Youth Pastor, TÂJuan, Using Music Like ever Before Dr. Zanders Pastor Mark Griffin with TÂJuan
March 19-25, 2015 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. Enterprise Center 101 East Union Street, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL32202 904-633-8099 www.drj-cpa.com Offering you a full range of quality services that includes a full range of accounting services (audits, reviews, compilations, and nontraditional engagements) for small businesses and tax services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and estates and trusts. Darryl Jackson, CPA provides extensive professional experience with a wide variety of industries and clientsAMGÂs ÂSip & SeeÂŽ Educates Guest on Hair Care and HIV/AIDS Awareness Chevarra Orrin Birthday Celebration of Life, Love, Family and Music!Local civic activist Chevarra Orrin was feted with a birthday party from her husband, local restaurateur and advertising guru Marlon Hubbard. The private birthday celebration of life was well attended with friends, family and guests from out of town. Musician Tony Henry serenaded Chevarra with his smooth songs of R&B, while DJ LS One rocked the house with musical blasts from the past! Pictured smiling for the camera is Marlon Hubbard, DJ LS One, Birthday Lady Chevarra Orrin and Guitarist and Musician Tony Henry. KFP Photo Ann Grimsley of AMG Uptown Salon held a ÂSip & SeeÂŽ for clients to visit the salon and preview AMGÂs services and the upcoming Ultimate Runway Fashion Show. The 6th annual fashion show showcases upscale fashions from local and national designers. Proceeds from the fashion show benefit HIV/AIDÂs. The 2015 Fashion show is slated for Saturday, June 27th which coincides with National HIV Testing Day. Models previewed fashion from local designers while guests mingled and networked with local politicians and customers. Recently, national publication Rolling Out ranked Jacksonville as having the thirdhighest HIV/AIDS rates in the country, behind only Miami and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. ÂHIV/AIDs is a serious topic for me. I have children and grandchildren that I want to protect. Jacksonville is number one in Florida and I want to continue instilling preventing and education for all Duval residents,ÂŽ said Grimsley. Pictured seated receiving guest servicing is Alexcia Bennett. Standing is Brenda Cruz, Anne Grimsley and DiJani Stogden.KFP Photo First-of-its-Kind AlzheimerÂs Disease Study Seeks African American Volunteers More than 5 million Americans are currently suffering from AlzheimerÂs disease and scientists expect this number to triple by 2050. Experts say that African Americans are two to three times more likely than white Americans to develop the disease. A groundbreaking study testing whether an investigational drug can slow the development of AlzheimerÂs seeks volunteers Â… including African Americans Â… who have just the earliest changes in their brain associated with the disease but donÂt yet have any symptoms. The A4 Study (which stands for the Anti-Amyloid in Asymptomatic AlzheimerÂs study), funded by the National Institute on Aging, Eli Lilly, and several philanthropic organizations, seeks to delay AlzheimerÂs-related memory loss before any outward signs of AlzheimerÂs disease develop. Healthy people with normal memories can join a clinical trial aiming to prevent memory loss associated with the disease. ÂIt is extremely important that African Americans get involved with this study,ÂŽ said Reisa Sperling, MD, principal investigator of the A4 Study and a physician and faculty member at Harvard. ÂWe need to know why African Americans develop AlzheimerÂs in such high numbers, and the A4 Study offers new hope that we can give people a way to fight back.ÂŽ This landmark study takes a new approach to AlzheimerÂs research by testing for an elevated level of a protein known as ÂamyloidÂŽ in the brain. Scientists believe that elevated amyloid in the brain may play an important role in the eventual development of the memory loss associated with AlzheimerÂs. The primary goal of the A4 Study is to test whether an investigational drug that targets amyloid plaques can help to slow the progression of the memory loss. Another major emphasis of the study is to help determine why certain populations, including African Americans, are more likely to develop this disease. ÂFor too long, medicines have been developed without substantial research on how they work specifically in African Americans,ÂŽ said Dr. Sperling. ÂMedications that are used by the entire community must be developed and tested on the entire community and thatÂs why it is critical to volunteer for this study.ÂŽ The A4 Study requires 1,000 healthy participants between the ages of 65 and 85 who have normal thinking and memory function to enroll in sites across the United States. Researchers estimate that 10,000 people will need to be screened to find 1,000 individuals who qualify. ÂI am convinced that we will find a way to end AlzheimerÂs disease before our children and grandchildren ever have to face it,ÂŽ Dr. Sperling said. ÂBut we need everyone to join in this fight.ÂŽ How To Enroll: Potential study volunteers can learn more about the study including how to enroll by visiting the A4 Study website at www.A4Study.org, contacting 844A-4-Study (844-247-8839) or by emailing BrainLink@ucsd.edu. by Lauren Bankert The National League of Cities (NLC) recognized Mayor Alvin Brown and the City of Jacksonville for the recent completion of key health and wellness goals for LetÂs Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle ObamaÂs comprehensive LetÂs Move! Initiative, which aims to ensure that kids grow up healthy. LMCTC works closely with local elected officials nationwide to adopt policies that improve access to healthy affordable food and opportunities for physical activity for their constituents across five goal areas. ÂWe all want our kids to be happy and healthy,ÂŽ said Mayor Brown. ÂIÂm honored that Jacksonville is being recognized for our collaborative efforts with the IÂm a Star Foundation and the Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition to increase access to nutritious food and create opportunities for physical activity in our excellent parks system. Working together, for our children, we can make Jacksonville the healthiest city in the nation.ÂŽ A silver medal was awarded to the City of Jacksonville for citywide action taken to improve access to healthy affordable food and increase opportunities for physical activity. Jacksonville was recognized for its efforts, in partnership with Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville Head Start and the Jacksonville ChildrenÂs Commission to expand childrenÂs access to programs that offer healthy food before, during and after the school day, and/or over the summer months. Medals are awarded to local elected officials based on their achievements in each of the following five goal areas: Â€ Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart: Promoting best practices for nutrition, physical activity, and screen time in early care and education settings. Â€ Goal II: MyPlate, Your Place: Prominently displaying MyPlate in all municipal or county venues where food is served. Â€ Goal III: Smart Servings for Students: Expanding access to meal programs before, during and after the school day, and/or over summer months. Â€ Goal IV: Model Food Service: Implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Â€ Goal V: Active Kids at Play: Increasing opportunities for physical activity. NLC is working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and with the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Association of Counties and other nonprofit organizations, to assist local elected officials who join LMCTC as they implement policy and environmental changes to prevent childhood obesity. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded NLC a grant to provide technical assistance to local elected officials working to create healthier communities and prevent childhood obesity, including those participating in LMCTC. More than 465 cities, towns and counties are participating in LMCTC. First ladyÂs ÂLetÂs MoveÂŽ Initiative Recognizes Jax for Achievements in Childhood Obesity Mayor Brown and Mrs. Brown at a LetÂs Move Jacksonville event hosted by IÂm A Star Foundation at A. Phillip Randolph Park.
Basketball Legends of Sports SpeakOn Friday, 11:30 a.m., on March 20, JAXSPORTS will host a "Legends of March" Speaker Series featuring basketball legends Artis Gilmore, Christian Laettner and Chris Richard in support of Jax hosting the second and third rounds in the 2015 NCAA Division I MenÂs Basketball Championship. For tickets and more info visitwww.jacksonvillesportscouncil.com. .Mavis StaplesMavis Staples has been the solid rock of American music and an icon with the family group the Staple Singers. From the Delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s, to the engaged protest of the civil rights era, Mavis Staples will appear at the Ritz, 829 W. Davis., Saturday, March 21st at 8 p.m. For tickets and more info visit www.ritzjacksonville.com.AKA Shredding EventAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated's Gamma Rho Omega Chapter will host a free community shredding event Saturday, March 21st at UF Health's Visitor Parking lot, 580 West 8th Street., 10 -12 p.m. Bring as many as 50 standardsize boxes of old records and additional items will be destroyed for free! For more info contact LaVonne Mitchell at 614-051. Jazz in the GardensEnjoy Erykah Badu, RUN DMC, Sheila E., and the Jazz in The Gardens All Stars for the 10th annual Jazz in the Gardens Musical Festival, March 21-22 at SunLife Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr, Miami Gardens, Florida. For more info visit www.jazzinthegardens.com.James V. Brooks Memorial Power of Music ProgramThe James V. Brooks Memorial Scholarship committee and the Black Rose Foundation for children proudly presents the 2nd annual ÂPower of Music,ÂŽ program, Sunday, March 22nd , at 4 p.m. in the Milne Auditorium at Edward Waters College, 1697 New Kings Rd. Enjoy an evening of jazz, inspiration, and upbeat, clap your hands entertainment! For more info call 888-530-9401.Hope at Hand Charity Golf ClassicThe 4th Annual ÂHope at HandÂŽ Charity Golf Classic is scheduled for Monday, March 23rd, 12 p.m., at Ponte Vedra Club, Ocean Course, 200 Ponte Vedra Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach. Come celebrate four years of growth and impact in the North Florida community. Hope at Hand provides art and poetry therapy to underserved populations with limited resources. To register and for more info visit www.hopeathand.org.John Delaney Hosts Discussion on RaceJoin UNF for a panel discussion on ÂWhen Race And Authority Come Face to FaceÂŽ Monday, March 23, 7 8:30 p.m., University of North Florida, Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Building 43, Grand Banquet Hall, Room 1044. Sit in on a panel discussion about the intersection of race and law enforcement, moderated by UNF President John A. Delaney. This event is free and open to the community. For tickets and more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.Home Ownership SeminarAKA Sorority Inc., Pi Eta Omega Chapter, will host a Home Ownership Seminar, Thursday, March 24th, 6-7:30 p.m. at ERA Davis & Linn Real Estate, 4540 Southside Bld. Topics include home buying tips, readiness and financing options. For more details email@example.com.Jane Lynch in Jax!Emmy and Golden Globe Award, American actress, singer, and comedian Jane Lynch at the Florida Theatre, Friday, March 25th , at 8 p.m. for her solo concert debut! For more info and tickets call the box office at 355-2787 or visit www.floridatheatre.com. Adele Givens in Jax Comedian Adele Givens will bring her comedic talents to Jax, Friday, March 27th at Veterans Memorial Stadium, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Standup comedian Adele Givens is high-energy, bold and unafraid and starred in the Queens of Comedy! For more info visit www.ticketmaster.com. ASALH MeetingThe Association for the Study of African American Life and History, James Weldon Branch monthly meeting is Saturday, March 27th, 10:15 a.m. Â… 12 p.m., Jax Urban League, 903 W. Union St. For more info call 536-6906.Jax Local Craft Beer Day!Join the JAX Chamber and Impact JAX for a laid back afternoon of fun activities and local craft beer, Saturday, March 28th, 12 p.m. Â… 5 p.m. Enjoy interactive games, music and favorite local food trucks! For more info contact Ashley Lyon at 366-6638.2015 Annual SheriffÂs Round-Up for PAL! The Police Athletic League of Jacksonville, Inc. (PAL) invites the community to grab your best boots, bling and join them for a knee slappinÂ, boot scootinÂ good time at their 2nd Annual SheriffÂs RoundUp for PAL, Saturday, March 28 , at the Deerwood Country Club, 10239 Golf Club Dr, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more info call 854-6555 Ext. 319.Comedian Corey Holcomb Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd., presents comedian Corey Holcomb, April 2-4, 8 p.m. From "Mad TV," Tyler Perry's "House of Pain" and "The Cleveland Show," Corey Holcomb has built a successful comedy empire. For more info call 292-4242.Pieces of a DreamPieces of a Dream will showcase the bandÂs trademark catchy riffs, infectious grooves and compelling vocals, at the Ritz, 829 W. Davis St., Saturday, April 4th at 8 p.m. For tickets and more info visit www.ritzjacksonville.com.Pedal 4 Paws First Coast No More Homeless Pets, ÂPedal 4 Paws,ÂŽ will be held Saturday, April 4th, at Unity Plaza, 220 Riverside Avenue,. Registration starts at 7 a.m., ride begins at 9 a.m. This inaugural bike ride winds through JacksonvilleÂs urban core and is a unique festivallike atmosphere full of fun, history, the arts, live music and more! For more info call 425-0005.BBBSEFL Big Centennial Celebration Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida will celebrate and commemorate 100 years of serving youth in Jax with Honorary Chair, JF Bryan IV and Keynote Speaker, Pat Geraghty of Florida Blue, Thursday, April 9 , from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, 225 E Coastline Dr, enjoy an afternoon luncheon and update on future programs and current success. For tickets and more info visit www.bbbbsnefl.org. Friends of Fernandina Library Book SaleFriends of the Fernandina Beach Library Book Sale, A pril 9, 10, & 11 at Peck Center Gym, 516 S. 10th St. Fernandina Beach. Come peruse over 20,000 books carefully organized into dozens of categories. View CDs, DVDs, audio and children's books. For questions regarding book donations or for more info contact Annie Sparkle at 310-9290.The Color PurpleThe Broadway Award Winning play ÂThe Color PurpleÂŽ is back at Stage Aurora, 5165 Norwood Avenue, Suite A, for six performances, April 10-19th . For tickets and more info visit www.stageaurora.org. EWC Annual Golf TournamentEdward Waters College will host its 5th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, Monday, April 13th at Deerwood Country Club, 10239 Golf Club Dr, to raise money for the educational needs of students. Enjoy a continental breakfast, an exciting morning of 18-rounds of golf, and a catered awards luncheon. Registration begins 7:30 a.m., and tee-off is at 8:30 a.m. For more info call 470-8252.Heritage Blues Orchestra The grit of low-down country and urban blues with the bold brass of New Orleans; the hand-clapping fervor of gospel punctuated with fiery postmodern, jazz-infused horn arrangements of the Heritage Blues Orchestra at the Ritz, 829 W. Davis, Friday, April 17th at 8 p.m. For tickets and more info visit www.ritzjacksonville.com.STOMP is back!FCCJ Artist Series presents ÂStomp,ÂŽ the international percussion sensation returns to Jacksonville, April 18th -19th at the Times Union Center Moran Theater, 300 Water St. ÂStompÂŽ is a unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy. For more info contact Sarah Roy at 4422929.TJMS Comedians at Comedy Zone!The Comedy Zone presents Tom Joyner Radio Show comedy duo Huggy Lowdown and Chris Paul, April 23-25 at 8 p.m. For more info call 292-4242.CWM Volunteer Appreciation Talent Show CWM Volunteer Appreciation Talent Show is scheduled for Friday, April 24th, 6 p.m. at Riverside North, 2711 Edison Avenue. For more info call the mission at 354-4162, ext 125.Kevin Hart in Jax!Superstar entertainer, actor and comedian and one of comedy's biggest stars, itÂs the Kevin Hart ÂWhat NowÂŽ Tour coming to Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Saturday, April 25th at 7 p.m. For more info call 630-3900.Hands on Jax Good Festival!The first ever Hands on Jacksonville Celebrate GOOD Festival! Attend the festival for an afternoon of fun for the entire family with live entertainment at Unity Plaza, 220 Riverside Avenue, Sunday, April 26th, 2-6 p.m. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.Robert Cray in ConcertAmerican blues guitarist and singer Robert Cray Band and blues singer Shemekia Copeland at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Monday, April 27th at 8 p.m. for more info visit www.pvconcerthall.com.Comedian Deray DavisComedian Deray Davis, April 30th Â… May 2nd at the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd. Deray Davis has a talent for acting, comedy and music. For more info and tickets visit www.comedyzone.com.World of ationsThe 23nd Annual World of Nations is scheduled for April 30May 3rd at Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd. As you travel through the World of Nations celebration experience the cuisine, artistry and customs from lands near and far. For more info visit www.makeascenedowntown.com.Steel MagnoliasCome see the play ÂSteel MagnoliasÂŽ at Stage Aurora Play House, 5165 Norwood Avenue, Suite A, the weekends of May 1-3, and May 8-10. For tickets and more info visit www.stageaurora.org. 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March 19-25, 2015 Page 9 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press The Free Press would love to share your event with our readers We do have a few guidelines that need to be followed 1. All unsolicited photos require a $10 photo charge for each picture. Photos can be paid by check or money order. 2. Pictures must be brought into our office to be examined for quality or emailed in a digital format of .jpg or .bmp. 3.Everyone in the picture must be named. 4. All photos MUST be received within 5 days of the event. OEXCEPTIOS. 5. Event photos must be acconpanied by a story/event synopsis including the 5WÂs of media: who, what, when, where and why. in addition to a phone number for more information.Call 634-1993 for more information! Since last NovemberÂs scary incident in which B. Smith went missing for seventeen hours (but was thankfully found safe and sound), weÂve been following her progress in living with AlzheimerÂs Disease. In an exclusive interview with the Today showÂs Al Roker, Smith (the ÂBÂŽ stands for Barbara) further disclosed her ongoing battle and offered a positive-thinking update. The segment with her old friend Roker also gave way to introducing her PSA commercial with the organization Brain Health Registry to spread awareness about mental health. With her husband of 23 years by her side Dan Gasby, the loving couple spoke frankly about fighting the incurable condition. In having it for the last four years, the restaurateur, TV host and first Black model of Mademoiselle magazine said ÂI deal with the [disease] in a practical way. I know that IÂve got a problem. It doesnÂt make me happy. Sometimes it makes me teary. But because I have great support, IÂm doing fine. IÂm doing really good.ÂŽ She added, ÂI am fighting. IÂm fighting right now.ÂŽ Gasby too has come to terms with her illness, as he admitted that he felt hurt and shocked that the AlzheimerÂs diagnosis was a reality, ÂYou donÂt believe itÂ„ thereÂs total denial.ÂŽ He also remembers all too vividly the time she missing in Southampton that November, ÂI thought I lost her. I thought I lost her. It was like living in a nightmare, but youÂre awake.ÂŽ Through her PSA, Smith and Gasby are looking to educate and encourage everyone and people of color especially to seek help and treatment if they are feeling symptoms are or living will fullblown diseases. Via the Today show website, ÂAccording to the AlzheimerÂs Association, AfricanAmericans are twice as likely as Whites to develop the disease, while Hispanics are one-and-a-half times as likely as Whites to develop it.ÂŽ B. Smith Fights Against AlzheimerÂs Disease In A ew PSA & Explains Her Disappearance Do Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke Really Have to Pay $7 Million to Marvin GayeÂs Family? If you havenÂt heard by now, both Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have been ordered to pay $7 million to Marvin GayeÂs family for copyright infringement for a song they wrote and produced called ÂBlurred LinesÂŽ that sounds a lot like Marvin GayeÂs tune ÂGot to Give it UpÂŽ. But many are asking if they really have to pay that much money to the late singerÂs family, and the answer isÂƒ yes! Having released the biggest song of 2013, earning over $16.5 million in revenue, they absolutely have to pay the $7 million (actually $7.3 million to be exact) in damages to the Marvin Gaye Estate. And they can afford to do it! But there may be a way out Attorney Howard King, Thicke and WilliamsÂ lawyer, are already planning to file an appeal to the courtÂs decision. He comments, ÂWe owe it to song writers around the world to make sure this verdict doesnÂt stand. My clients know that they wrote the song ÂBlurred LinesÂ from their hearts and souls and no other source. We are going to exercise every post trial remedy we have to make sure this verdict does not stand. We look at it as being in the seventh inning of a game that could go into extra innings.ÂŽ But experts say their chance of winning is slim to none because the unanimous court decision court was made by a federal jury. So, it looks like the two need to go ahead and get out their checkbooks. The Gaye family is already celebrating ÂRight now, I feel free,ÂŽ Nona Gaye said after the judgment was read. ÂFree fromÂƒ Pharrell Williams and Robin ThickeÂs chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.ÂŽ She was joined in the court room with her two brothers, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III, and they all were very happy about the judgement. Too bad, we wonÂt get to see their faces when they actually get those deposits in their bank accounts Â… but according to experts, that could take a few months or even years! Shonda Rhimes Says She Isn't 'Diversifying' Television, She's 'ormalizing' It Season one of TV's "Black Dynasty" wrapped up this week with explosive story lines, Grammy-winning guests, and an exclusive sneak peak of what's next from the show's co-creator Lee Daniels. "Common, you heard that first," Daniels said, teasing appearances already lined up for the second season of his hit series Empire. He and the cast took part in a Q&A panel discussion during a special screening of the show's finale at L.A.'s Ace Theatre this week. The director/producer also confirmed that longtime collaborator Oprah Winfrey (whose picture has been seen behind the character Lucious Lyon's desk) will also be added to the script. "Yeah, she's gonna be on it," Daniels said. The series was picked up for a second season in January after a premiere run that is closing with a steadily growing audience Â„ nearly 15 million viewers tuned in for the latest episode. Mary J. Blige, Naomi Campbell, Estelle, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jennifer Hudson, Courtney Love and Raven-SymonÃ© have all made guest appearances. However, the star power on that list doesn't stop cast member Jussie Smollet from continuing to dream big for the show and his character, Jamal Lyon. ÂI would love [to see] Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and Kanye West,ÂŽ he said of other stars he'd like to work alongside when the crew begins filming again. ÂAnd Brandy, because how much do we love Brandy? Come on.ÂŽ Oprah and Common to Appear on Season 2 of Empire by Brennan Williams Shonda Rhimes proved long ago that she is a force to reckon with. The growing influence she has had in television has not gone unrecognized and has resulted in a major boost for ABCÂs Thursday night network ratings. However, more importantly, Rhimes -who is the mastermind behind shows like "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy" and "How To Get Away With Murder" has increased onscreen representation of diverse roles that were once overlooked and in doing so, has raised further awareness on issues related to LGBT, women and people of color. Because of her stellar contributions to the medium, Rhimes was honored with the Ally for Equality award at this yearÂs annual Human Rights Campaign Gala in Los Angeles on Saturday. After accepting the award, she delivered a searing speech and discussed why she decided to tell such a wide range of stories and how the direction she has taken with her shows is one that goes far beyond just diversifying television. "I really hate the word 'diversity,' it suggests somethingÂƒother. As if it is somethingÂƒspecial. Or rare," Rhimes said. "As if there is something unusual about telling stories involving women and people of color and LGBTQ characters on TV." "I have a different word: NORMALIZING. IÂm normalizing TV." Rhimes who also received a Diversity Award during last yearÂs Directors Guild of America Awards -went on to share why her approach to "normalizing" television speaks to her larger mission at hand: "Making TV look like the world looks." "Women, people of color, LGBTQ people equal WAY more than 50% of the population. Which means it ainÂt out of the ordinary. I am making the world of television look NORMAL," she said. "The goal is that everyone should get to turn on the TV and see someone who looks like them and loves like them. And just as important, everyone should turn on the TV and see someone who doesnÂt look like them and love like them. Because, perhaps then, they will learn from them." Well said, Shonda, well said.
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