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The Jacksonville free press
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Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
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Benjamin Crump, the lawyer who skyrocketed to national prominence by representing the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teenager who was followed, confronted and shot to death by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., said that since the 4th grade, he knew that he wanted to grow up and fight for the community. The measure of a man is defined by the impact that they make on the world,Ž said Crump. Everyday we have to get up and ask, What impact are we going to make on the world? and we have to do it, because our children are watching us.Ž During the 2015 Black Press Week, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Foundation honored Crump as the Newsmaker of the Year for his service to the community, especially to the families of young people of color who had been brutalized or killed by law enforcement officials. The NNPA is a trade group that represents more than 200 Black newspapers published in the U.S. Former Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer S. Carroll was also honored with a Torch Award for her successful political career. She thanked the Black press for sharing her story. Carroll was the first woman to be elected as lieutenant governor and the first African American of Caribbean descent to be elected statewide since Reconstruction. Had it not been for the Black press, my accomplishments would not have been told at all in mainstream media,Ž Carroll said. We have an audience that needs to be informed and the Black press fills that vacuum that exists in mainstream press.Ž Carroll continued: For many of you, its been a struggle to keep the lights on, but you know the importance of the work that you do that your commitment is to not let down the journalists and the publishers that have come before you.Ž Filmmaker Jeff Friday (Entertainment), B. Doyle Mitchell, Jr., president and CEO of the Industrial Bank (Business), and Grammy-award winning gospel singer Bishop Hezekiah Walker (Religion) were also honored with Torch Awards. Volume 28 o. 21 April 2-8, 2015 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents Could Rosa Parks be on the $20 Bill by 2020?Page 3 Five Years Later, are We Better Off With Obamacare?Page 4 Black Lives Matter in Africa too! Boko Haram Kidnaps 400 More... Where is the Outrage?Page 10 Getting Up Close and Personal With Funny Man Kevin HartPage 9 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED The TSA Will Stop Singling Out Black Women For Hair SearchesAfter two black women filed complaints about having their hair arbitrarily searched at airports, the Transportation Security Administration has agreed to begin anti-discrimination training for its agents. The agreement comes after both Malaika Singleton and Novella Coleman said that their hair „ which they wear in a type of dreadlock style „ was arbitrarily searched. Coleman said that TSA agents singled her out for hair searches three times several years ago. In one instance, she asked why her hair was being checked and was told that agents search hair that has extensions or abnormalities.Ž Coleman „ a staff lawyer with the ACLU of Northern California „ filed a complaint about the searches in 2012, but the TSA did not make policy changes at the time. Then in late 2013, Singleton said she experienced something similar. En route to London, she was stopped in LAX and had her hair searched. Then on the way back, she was stopped again for a hair search during a layover in Minneapolis. Singleton said she was wearing her hair in a style known as sister locksŽ. The TSA will begin anti-discrimination training at LAX in April, Coleman said. The e TSA and the ACLU reached an agreement in January. The agreement will involve training designed to prevent black women from being singled out for hair searches.AACP Wants Justice Department to Investigate Fort Lauderdale PoliceThe NAACP is asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the Fort Lauderdale Police Department after the scandal that saw four officers lose their jobs over a racist video and text messages. At a news conference last week, NAACP leaders and attorneys also asked the public to come forward with complaints of racially biased policing. The public defender's office made maps showing how police overwhelmingly target black areas of town when stopping people for biking without registration stickers, or walking on streets instead of sidewalks. The NAACP said one of the big problems is that when people try to complain about mistreatment, the FLPD gives them the runaround. In a statement, the FLPD said they stand behind their internal affairs investigation, and added that the firing of the officers was appropriate. "We are completely transparent and welcome any outside agency to conduct an independent review," the statement said. "We also welcome anyone who feels they were subjected to unfair or improper treatment by any of our employees to come forward and give us the opportunity to address their complaint."Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Filed by Ferguson ProtestersThree Missouri police agencies will restrict their use of tear gas and other chemical agents on crowds as part of a lawsuit settlement with six Ferguson protesters, according to court documents. U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson dismissed the lawsuit last week at the request of both sides. The settlement also calls for her to supervise the case through 2017, to ensure the agencies comply. Jackson issued a temporary restraining order in December requiring police to provide "reasonable" warning before using tear gas on a crowd. Protesters sued over the "unified command" that handled security at the protests sparked by the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson in August. The command was comprised of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, St. Louis County police and St. Louis police. Brown, who was black, was unarmed when he was killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, during a confrontation. A St. Louis County grand jury and the U.S. Department of Justice cleared Wilson of wrongdoing, though he resigned from the department in November. Under the protesters' lawsuit settlement, officers will be required to provide "clear and unambiguous warnings" before tear gas is used and allow people sufficient time to leave the area. Police also must seek to minimize the impact on those complying, and ensure a safe escape path. Police also agreed not to use tear gas against lawful protesters.Colorado Collects $2.3 M in Taxes for Schools in a Month from MarijuanaIt looks like the excise taxes being put on marijuana in Colorado are serving as quite a benefit to the states schools, as it has collected over $2.3 million. According to the stats by the Department of Revenue on Colorado.gov, the excise tax is 15% on retail marijuana and reportedly goes towards their public schools, including their construction fees. They earned a total of $2,332,843 in January 2015 alone, which exceeds their amount from the same month last year by 10 times, with $195,318. Back in November 2013, residents of the state voted for a 10% sales tax and a 15% excise tax on recreational marijuana sales, with other marijuana revenue going towards abuse programs, medical research, and police training. The inaugural Gramma A Teaches Love Ministry's Christian Celebration,Ž was held Saturday, March 27, with a Garden Tea Party at the Southside home of Dr. Anita Carter Allen. I wanted to give praise to God for 23 Years of Christian Girls Clubs Ministries (CGCM), Inc. and to show and express gratitude to the Officers and Friends of CGCM, Inc. Ive been teaching young girls and writing Christian books for children for a long time. This is the first year Ive celebrated with a tea with the young ladies and my friends,Ž said Dr. Allen. Eight year old Christian Girls Club ministry students Camille Kaye, and Gabrielle Alexis Mathews read the devotions from Matthews 6:25-33, and led the tea party attendees in singing, prayer and grace. Established in 2010, the GrammaŽ ministry unites seniors and youth for a unique spiritual relationship with fun events throughout the year designed to appeal to all ages. Pictured (left to right) is CGCM officers and friends, Elaine Kyle, Veronica Troup, Wilnita Meadows, Addie Carswell, Beulah Clay Williams and Dr. Anita Allen. GrammaŽ Ministry Unites Youth and Seniors in Faith Carroll Among Black Press Week Honorees By Jazelle Hunt WASHINGTON (NNPA) … As fossil fuel companies and environmental groups fight over the future of American energy, people of color suffer the casualties. The latest battle is occurring in the Supreme Court with National Mining Association v. Environmental Protection Agency and its accompanying cases, in which coal mining companies and coal-fired power plants have sued the EPA over regulations on the air pollution that overwhelmingly settles on communities of color. The suit focuses on the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) the EPA issued to coaland oilfueled power plants in 2011. Its the first-ever federal rule to limit toxic air pollution from coaland oilfired power plants, which would be required to reduce emissions by upgrading their facilities to more public health-friendly systems. Very few power plants run on oil, but the United States relies on coal for nearly half of its electricity. Leading coal mining corporations assert that the EPA should not be allowed to issue such regulations without first considering the upgrade and compliance costs they impose. In other words, the plaintiffs want to continue manufacturing without the available community health safeguards, arguing that these regulations present an unfair financial burden and infringe on their ability to make profits. Coal-powered facilities spew literal tons of pollutants into the air each day. Continued on page 3 Supreme Court to Decide Pollution Standards for Black Communities by Lynn Jones Rev. Samuel Hall met with the Mayor of LaFalda, Argentina while on a retreat for men over 50 and to celebrate the one year anniversary of the 1st Legacy Labyrinth that was planted in that city. The Legacy Labyrinth was installed in Lafalda to promote peace, reconciliation and healing for scars left over from Jewish people who settled in the area to escape the Nazis during WWII and the Germans who settled there as well. Gifts were given to the Mayor and his staff to make the connection and as a show of solidarity between Argentina and the Jacksonville Beaches as sister cities. Hall is the Director of Outreach for the Omnisara Labyrinth and Gardens in Jacksonville Beach where he is the cofounder of the 2nd Legacy Labyrinth. The goal is to promote community building and to establish a safe space for individuals to meditate and find spiritual balance. For more info on the local group visit www.omnisara.com. Shown above are honorees for Black Press Week: (L-R) Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Atty. Benjamin Crump, former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, B. Doyle Mitchell, Jr., president and CEO of the Industrial Bank and filmmaker Jeff Friday were all honored with Torch Awards. Shown is LaFalda, Argentina Mayor Eduardo Arduh and Rev. Hall Rev. Samuel Hall Initiates Jax Argentina Sister City Alliance

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The beleaguered Morris Brown College is in the process of emerging from three years of bankruptcy and $30 million of debt, according to Anne Aaronson, the Philadelphia-based lawyer with Dilworth Paxson LLP, who has represented the historically black Atlanta college in bankruptcy court. "The court confirmed the college's plan of reorganization on Wednesday," Aaronson told Creative Loafing via email today. "We anticipate an order being entered shortly. Afterwards we will begin making distributions and file a notice of effective date, signaling the school's emergence from the chapter 11 process." Once completed, this will bring an end an arduous process that involved proposed and rejected land deals before one was finally struck last year. Morris Brown sold 26 acres of property and buildings for approximately $14.7 million to the city's economic development arm, Invest Atlanta, and Friendship Baptist Church, one of two historic black churches sold to the city and demolished for the construction of the future Atlanta Falcons stadium. The chairman of Morris Brown's board of trustees, Bishop Preston W. Williams II, PhD, called news of the school's emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy "a bittersweet ending to a long and complex process," he wrote to parishioners of the African Methodist Episcopal Church's sixth district, in the letter dated March 26. "Bitter, because we had to sell property that had historical significance to many people. Sweet, because we emerge from bankruptcy fully functional and current with all of our debt obligations. Thus, as is the case with much of life, we must accept the bitter with the sweet and keep pressing forward." Today the college maintains ownership of "the Administration Building, the Griffin Hightower Classroom building and the historic Fountain Hall, on six acres of land," according to Williams. Fountain Hall, a registered national historic site, is where scholar and NAACP co-founder W.E.B. Du Bois kept an office during his time as a professor at Atlanta University. The next step for the embattled school, whose financial woes began over a decade ago, will be retaining the accreditation it lost in 2002 due to mounting debt. While Morris Brown has remained in operation during throughout this time, its student body dwindled significantly. At the school's next annual commencement in May, 21 students are expected to graduate. Page 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press April 2-8, 2015Morris Brown College Emerging from Bankruptcy Most people believe that making a profit in real estate means buying and selling at the right time, or renting their property and profiting over the long term, says investment banker Salvatore M. Buscemi. Being handy with property renovations and having a great relationship with a bank can also prove essential. But what if youre better suited for a straightforward approach to shortterm, high-interest financing for higher-than-normal returns … independent of the established banking norms? What if you want to build better relationships for safer investments? That answer may be found in hard money lending, the second oldest profession in the world, right after that other one,Ž says Buscemi, managing director of Dandrew Partners LLC in New York City and author of Making the Yield: Real Estate Hard Money Lending UncoveredŽ (www.MakingTheYield.com). Hard money lending is a type of community lending and heres how it works, Buscemi says. Investors act like a bank and make short-term loans to small businesses that buy and repair distressed properties, refinance them with conventional bank loans and repay the short-term loans at higher interest rates, generating more profitable returns for the original lenders. Cash flow is something everyone needs yet few people have … thats been true since Bronze Age Sumerians were writing in cuneiform on clay tablets,Ž Buscemi says. But in the 18th century such community lending was vilified, leaving a massive gap that banks have absorbed.Ž Also called bridge loans, hard money loans are a specialized type of real-estate backed loans and fall within the peer-to-peer lending category, he says. As a lender, if you have a cash-strappedŽ client who has missed several payments, then you have their collateral to resell and claim back your money with interest, he says. Its a safe, short-term investment with nice returns, but doing without the established criteria on loans established through banks poses certain risks,Ž says Buscemi, who offers some need-to-know tips for navigating hard lending. € Avoid hazards with insurance. When you know that the hazard insurance is in place … with adequate coverage … make sure that you are listed as the mortgagee. A little mortgagee clause that shows you are the mortgagee wit your name and address on the policy matters. This clause should also show that you are in first position to be paid, should the property be foreclosed on. € Know the many different types of insurance. They include policies: hazard, vacant dwelling, flood insurance, builders risk and loss of rents coverage. A very large part of your job as a hard money lender is to minimize the risk in a high-risk field. You are already doing all you can to reduce the risk of lending to a particular individual, which is great. But now you need to acknowledge that there are external factors that can affect your investment. € Build in prepayment penalties. Lenders want to make money on loans, which is not possible if the loan is repaid in full almost immediately after one is provided. The penalty would only apply for the first few months of the loan; after that, the borrower will not incur a penalty if they want to settle the debt. You dont want to distress borrowers, but you also want to protect lenders against losses from ultra-short-term loans. € What you risk without agreedupon prepayment penalties. If you do not build in prepayment penalties as part of a promissory note or mortgage, you are potentially leaving money on the table. Without such penalties you are giving an opportunity for unscrupulous borrowers to come in and take advantage of your lending system. Dont leave yourself vulnerable. How To Profit In Real Estate Without Flipping, Renting Or Beating Bubbles If you have mortgage problems, call 888-995-HOPE for one-on-one expert advice from this free government program.Youre not alone. What will happen to us if we lose the house?Ž By Jason Alderman Crowdfunding … the online method of raising money from people around the world … is less than a decade old, allowing artists, activists and a growing number of entrepreneurs to connect with financial support far outside the conventional lending system. Here's how crowdfunding works. Through sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo or RocketHub, campaigners seeking funding create a pitch that educates potential funders … or "backers," as they're often called … on their project. Campaigns share their funding goal and the various rewards backers will receive for taking part; backers respond with pledges made via credit card. If the campaign meets its goal and deadline, the crowdfunding site activates all the card-based pledges and the campaign is funded. While estimates vary widely, research organization Massolution (http://www.crowdsourcing.org/editorial/2013cf-the-crowdfunding-industry-report/25107) put 2013 crowdfunding revenue at $5.1 billion globally. Many crowdfunding efforts today are artistic or cause-based, but that is expected to change in the near future. Implementing the crowdfunding provisions of the 2012's Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, (https://www.sec.gov/spotlight/jobsact.shtml) the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is putting final touches on regulations allowing ordinary investors to participate in equity crowdfunding for the first time. This would mean that business owners could raise money via the web in exchange for a piece of ownership in their company. Because the process of crowdfunding is relatively easy compared to other means of obtaining capital, some might neglect to research potentially unfavorable tax, financial or legal implications from their campaign. Potential crowdfunding campaigners might want to make a preliminary call to a qualified tax adviser, financial planner or an attorney before launching any online fundraising effort. Individuals, companies and nonprofits have different tax issues and financial precedents that could blunt the effectiveness of any fundraising campaign. Depending on the fundraising goal and how that money will be handled in the aftermath of the campaign, experts say some situations may call for a particular legal entity to be formed in advance. If appropriate, participants could seek guidance to form an actual business (https://www.sba.gov/writing-business-plan) or nonprofit (https://www.councilofnonprofits.org /tools-resources/business-planningnonprofits) entity. Discussing structural issues in advance will not only help with tax issues, but also lead to better strategies for fundraising and long-term mission. Beneficiaries should also consider any potential tax issues they could face as recipients of money from crowdfunding campaign. Depending on individual circumstances, crowdfunding a person's unpaid medical bills may have significantly different tax ramifications than crowdfunding one's independent film project. It is not enough to consider the tax issues for the campaign and campaigners. Beneficiaries require their own due diligence to make sure crowdfunding provides the most efficient solution for their needs. Finally, backers should consider whether they have any tax questions about their support. To date, most crowdfunding supporters give such small amounts tax issues don't really surface. That may change in the future as crowdfunding moves into the commercial arena. No matter what the circumstance, any potential crowdfunding backer who works with a qualified tax, financial or legal professional should consider asking if there are more efficient ways to offer support. Bottom line: If you are interested in crowdfunding either as a campaigner, a beneficiary or a backer, research a potential project thoroughly and consider getting individualized tax, financial or legal advice before you proceed. Crowdfunding and Taxes: What You Should Know

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Edward Waters College (EWC), Floridas oldest historically black college and private institution of higher learning, will be celebrating its Founders Day Wednesday, April 8, 2015 on the campus to honor the 149th anniversary of the institution. Formerly named Browns Theological Institute, EWC was founded in 1866 by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church to educate newly emancipated slaves. The school met the needs of its community by offering courses at the elementary, high school, college and seminary levels. Construction on the first building began in 1872 on ten acres of land in Live Oak, Florida. In 1892 the school's name was changed to Edward Waters College in honor of the third Bishop of the AME Church. The school moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1893 where the campus was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1901. In 1904 the Board of Trustees purchased the present site of the school on Kings Road where it was rebuilt. Decades later, Edward Waters College continues to educate students of all races and religions. The College continues its mission of advancing students in a global society through excellence of scholarship, research and service for the betterment of humanity. Founders Day celebration will begin at 10:00 a.m. with an observance service featuring civil rights activist and author Rodney Hurst and Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr., Pastor Emeritus of the Bethel Baptist Institutional Church in the Adams-Jenkins Sports and Music Complex. For more information, please call or email Dee Registre, Coordinator of Public Relations. Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 3 April 2-8, 2015 Supreme Court to Decide Pollution Standards for Black Communities continued from front This cocktail of toxins causes cancer, chronic heart conditions, ADD/ADHD, and respiratory diseases ranging from asthma to lung cancer in the surrounding communities. Mercury, in particular, is a neurotoxin„long-term exposure is known to cause fetal birth defects, brain damage or delayed development, emotional disturbances and psychotic reactions, and more. Sixty-eight percent of African Americans live within 30 miles of these coal-fire power plants,Ž said Jacqui Patterson, director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. She said that African American children are two to three times as likely to miss school, be hospitalized, or die from asthma attacks than White children. She said, For us, its very much a civil rights issue if certain communities are being disproportionately impacted by the pollutants that come from these coal plants.Ž The NAACP is one of several groups backing the EPA in the suit. The NAACPs accompanying report titled, Coal Blooded: Putting Profits Before People,Ž grades and ranks nearly 400 coal plants around the nation. It also documents the 75 worst-offending facilities, the worst-offending companies, the toll on local communities, and the national and global implications if the emissions from these plants are not improved. A total of four million people live within three miles of these 75 failing plantsƒout of these four million people, nearly 53 percent are people of color,Ž the report reads. Living in such close proximity to coal plants has serious consequences for those communities. Coal plants are single-handedly responsible for a large proportion of toxic emissions that directly poison local communities in the United States.Ž According to the report, the top five plants with the worst environmental justice performance were: Crawford Gen. Station and Fisk Gen. Station in Chicago; Hudson Gen. Station in Jersey City, N.J.; Valley Power Plant in Milwaukee, Wis.; and State Line Plant in Hammond, Ind. Most of the top offenders are in the Midwest, which houses 32 percent of all of the nations coal-powered energy plants. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Virginia, and Colorado are home to the most failing plants. In addition to severe health problems, the Black communities will bear the worst of the effects of climate change that result from unchecked air pollution. Indeed, Hurricane Katrina and the tornadoes in Pratt City, AL have already vividly demonstrated that the shifts in weather patterns caused by climate change disproportionately affect African Americans and other communities of color in the United States„which is a particularly bitter irony, given that the average African American household emits 20 percent less [carbon dioxide] per year than the average white American household,Ž the report states. The six states with the largest proportion of African-Americans are all in the Atlantic hurricane zone, and all are expected to experience more severe storms as a consequence of global warming.Ž EarthJustice, a nonprofit environmental justice organization, estimates that the MATS regulation would reduce mercury emissions by 75 percent, preventing up to 11,000 premature deaths, nearly 5,000 heart attacks, 130,000 asthma attacks, and more than 540,000 missed work days each year. Some power plants have already adopted the latest methods for reducing impact on human health; the MATS regulation would require all power plants to match the best-practicing plants emission levels by a certain date. The Supreme Court heard arguments for the case last week in a 90minute hearing. A decision is expected by summer. Fifty percent of all coal-fired power plants are 40 years old or older. The coal industry is trying to protect its old clunkers,Ž said Lisa Garcia, vice president of Litigation for Healthy Communities for EarthJustice, and chief advisor to the EPA on the creation of the mercury standards. Interestingly, no one is saying, dont build it. Everyone is basically saying, we can do this better. So you can operate and make your profits, but we can also do it in a healthier way that protects communities.Ž DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. Enterprise Center 101 East Union Street, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL32202 904-633-8099 www.drj-cpa.com Offering you a full range of quality services that includes a full range of accounting services (audits, reviews, compilations,and nontraditional engagements) for small businesses and tax services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and estates and trusts. Darryl Jackson, CPA provides extensive professional experience with a wide variety of industries and clients Jax Links and AKAs Participate in Florida BlackCaucus Activities Last week, in conjunction with the Florida Caucus of Black Legislators annual conference, several organizations from across the state participated for their annual Day at the CapitolŽ to lobby for their respective organizations causes. Among the participants were members of Jack and Jill of America, The Links, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. While each of the participating organizations had their own agenda, they all gathered together in the Tallahassee Civic Center for a joint luncheon featuring author and political commentator Kevin Powell. Shown above are participants from Jacksonville representing the Bold City and Jacksonville Chapter of the Links, Incorporated and Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority: (Sitting) Dr. Brenda Simmons, Mary Brown and Elizabeth Yates; (Standing) Wanda Montgomery, Melissa Adams, Lavonne Mitchell, Sylvia Perry,Rep. Mia Jones, Ingrid Burch,Roslyn Phillips, Dr.Cynthia Griffin and Wanda Willis. Dr. Roslyn Artis Newly appointed Florida Memorial University President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis will be meeting the institutions alumni and supporters on Thursday, April 14th. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville Urban League Bldg, 903 W. Union St. at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of the visit is to assist in the reorganization of the Jacksonville Alumni Chapter. An HBCU, Florida Memorial University is the oldest academic center in Florida, the university was founded in 1879 as the Florida Baptist Institute in Live Oak, Florida. Soon after, the American Baptist Home Mission Society gave its full support and the first regular school year began in 1880. In 1882, the Florida Baptist Academy was established in Jacksonville, Florida. The name was later changed to Florida Normal and Industrial Institute. It was there that two brothers, James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson (faculty member), wrote the words and music to "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" (known as the "Negro National Anthem"). Florida Memorial University is now a private coeducational fouryear university located in Miami Gardens, Florida. It is ranked second in Florida and ninth in the United States for graduating African-American teachers. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Nathanial Washington at 210-6422. Dr. Roslyn Artis in Jax to Reorganize FMUAlumni Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, has been the face of the $20 bill since 1928. 87 years later, a womens group called WomenOn20 are waging an battle to give the bill a new, empowering look Rosa Parks. WomenOn20 want to see a historic and significant woman on the bill and have listed fifteen heroines for the Obama administration to consider, including Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks. In 2020, itll be the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment that solidified a womans right to vote in America. Susan B. Anthony led the womans suffrage to get that amendment passed and in memory of the women who made herstory, one should be on an American bill. Currently, only Native American icon Sacagawea and Helen Keller (on the flip side of the Alabama quarter) are recognized on coins. And why did WomenOn20 select the American $20 bill? They want Jackson off it because of his notorious co-sign of the Indian Removal Act of 1830 which forced Native Americans into Oklahoma for White Europeans nicknamed the Trail of Tears. Many Natives died during their travels away from home. In their eyes, his racist decision-making has no place on an common necessity such as money. The 15 candidates include Alice Paul, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Sojourner Truth, Rachel Carson, Rosa Parks, Barbara Jordan, Margaret Sanger, Patsy Mink, Clara Barton, Harriet Tubman, Frances Perkins, Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. EWC Celebrates 149th Founders Day Could Rosa Parks be on the $20 Bill by 2020?

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On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed a controversial historic law that has been the one of the most criticized initiatives in the history of American politics. Despite criticism from conservatives and many media pundits and legal challenges, the affordable healthcare act, aka Obamacare has transformed the lives of millions of Americans. The facts are the facts in this case, and critics cant dispute the fact that more than 16 million Americans have gained health care coverage through Obamacare. I can speak on its value from the personal perspective of managing a small not-for-profit and not being able to afford to pay our five employees healthcare because of the costs. Through the affordable healthcare act, my employees now have a low-cost health insurance option. People across the country now have more affordable coverage, access to care without going into debt, a higher quality in care, and overall better health thanks to Obamacare. In commemoration of the five years since the signing of the bill into law, the White House released statistics stating that 9.4 million people on Medicare saved more than $15 billion on prescription medications, and 76 million people are benefiting from preventative care coverage. Healthcare expansion has been the foundation of President Obamas legacy, and much like the initial proposal or implementation of Medicare Obamacare had a rocky start. However, Democrats have pointed out that when Medicare was first proposed there was major opposition to the concept of universal health care for seniors. President Reagan called Medicare Social Medicine,Ž which we nowknow works extremely well. Think about the most positive components of the affordable healthcare act … according to the White House now up to 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions are no longer at risk of being denied coverage. Clearly, Obamacare is not the perfect universal health care initiative, but think about the millions of people who now have a primary care physician versus having to wait until they are so sick that they have to go to the emergency room. By the way, most of those people who go to the emergency room end up costing tax payers through public hospitals indigent care funds. But whats interesting about Obamacare is that fact that it certainly wasnt an original idea. We know that as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney successfully implemented statewide universal healthcare. Again, its nothing new. The concept that people should be required to buy health coverage was fleshed out more than 20 years ago by a number of conservative economists, embraced by scholars at conservative research groups, including the well-respected Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. If you look back at the 1993 Republican Healthcare Plan … it mirrors President Obamas. The individual mandate, as it is known, was seen then as a conservative alternative to some of the healthcare approaches favored by Democrats „ like creating a national health service or requiring employers to provide coverage. Yes I know, you are thinking what most of my Democratic colleagues and I have been thinking … its a no-brainer to do the expansion. Not only would we be able to provide healthcare for over 1 million people, but save the state $430 million annually and create 120,000 jobs. What is there to even talk about? Well, we know the traditional party line rhetoric about the failingŽ federal government. We hear about federal debt and how we shouldnt take this money because we dont know if the feds will keep their promise over time. A weak argument when you consider the fact that every single year the state budget is made of some $26 billion dollars in federal funds. Yes, thats right … between federal funding of education, transportation, housing and other needs … we are already getting a ton of federal dollars each year. The federal government has never defaulted on their priorities to the states. President Obama has been clear the goal is to make healthcare more affordable while extending coverage to millions of people who don't have it. Despite the efforts of many opponents, Obamacare has been a success and has helped millions of Americans … thats the bottom line. If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress,Ž said President Obama. Signing off from UF Health in Jacksonville, Reggie Fullwood byDavid Love College or prison: which is more important? In 16 states in the land of the free, the answer is prison. As was reported in MetricMaps, there are 16 states where there are more bodies filling up the prisons than there are students living in college dormitories. What is truly fascinating, maybe even disturbing, is that nearly all of these 16 states are located in the South, the bottom portion of the country. You must view the map in order to appreciate the gravity of the situation. Let than sink in for a minute. More people behind bars than in the dorms. What could it be about the South that would explain this? Could it be a tradition of slavery, racial violence and Jim Crow segregation, a legacy of criminalizing and dehumanizing people and of just not treating folks very well? Keep in mind that the United States has the largest prison population in the entire world, at more than 2 million, and an incarceration of 500 prisoners per 100,000 residents (and over 700 when local jails are factored in the equation). The devil is in the details, and apparently, much of story is in the South, which locks up a larger percentage of its population (552 per 100,000) than the Northeast (296), Midwest (389), or West (418). Unpacking that just a little more, even within the South, some states are worse than others. For example, Louisiana is the state with the highest incarceration rate in the nation (867), followed by Mississippi (686), Oklahoma (654), Alabama and Texas (648 each). Wherever you find mass incarceration, you find racism and abuse. As the state with the largest incarceration rate in the worlds foremost prison nation, Louisiana can boast that it locks up a greater percentage of its people than anywhere in the world. Louisiana is home to good food and good music and a rich culture. But the Bayou State locks up 1 out of every 86 people. And in Louisiana, a unanimous jury is not needed to convict someone of a crime, even sending them to prison for life. Louisiana is home to Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, the former slave plantation that actually operates as a slave plantation, with mostly black prisoners who engage in hard labor in the fields and white guards traditionally known as freemen.Ž Meanwhile, 1 in 14 black men in New Orleans is incarcerated, and 1 in 7 is under some sort of governmental supervision, whether in prison or on parole or probation. In Alabama, one of the prison leaders in the U.S., the prison population has swelled from 6,000 in 1979 to over 28,000 today, according to the Equal Justice Initiative. The state boasts some of the countrys longest sentences for violent and nonviolent offenders alike and is guilty of the most felony disenfranchisement in America. Meanwhile, while prison spending increased 45% from 2000-2004 in Alabama, spending on education increased a mere 7.5%, giving credence to the idea that education suffers when more and more prisons are built. Further, judges in Alabama „ who are elected „ can override jury verdicts, even in death penalty cases. Alabama is also the only state in the country that does not provide state funding to provide legal assistance to death row prisoners. And while 65% of crimes in the state involve black murder victims, 80% of people sentenced to death were convicted of killing a white victim. Meanwhile, while blacks are 27% of the population of Alabama, they are 63% of the prison population. And none of the appellate judges and only one of the elected prosecutors is black. It is no accident that the states which imprison the most … including the Deep South „ are among the poorest and find themselves at the bottom of the barrel in terms of life expectancy, health standards and education. After all, Dixie has a great deal of experience with depriving people of educational opportunity when it forbade blacks to read and write, in favor of imprisoning them against their will on slave plantations. In addition, the Slave Codes created a police state that criminalized black people and singled them out for punishment. And the era of Jim Crow segregation only continued the racial oppression and the forced labor and imprisonment, even up until the present day. So you see, the South has a long history of prioritizing prisons over education, which could become its downfall. And investments in schools are cut as more prisons are built, even though crime has dropped for decades. The more money you have for one, the less you have for the other. Some habits are just too hard to break. 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Reggie Fullwood Five Years Later, are we Better Off With Obamacare?April 2 8, 2015 Young, Gifted, Black and Abused In the course of one week we witnessed the burden of being young, gifted and Black. First, the Little League baseball Phenom Mone Davis was insulted by a White college baseball player who called the abundantly talented young girl a slut in a Tweet in response to news that Disney was planning to make a movie about her incredible rise to fame. The player, Joey Casselberry, quickly retracted the tweet in the face of a wave of criticism in cyberspace but was promptly dismissed by the Bloomsburg University team. Then there were the toxic tweets from Jenna and Jacque Huggins, the daughters of West Virginia head basketball coach Bob Huggins, calling Maryland basketball player Dez Wells a rapist. The West Virginia team defeated Maryland in an early round of the NCAA championship tournament. The Terrapins star guard had been kicked off the Xavier University team in 2012 after being accused of sexual assault. A grand jury decided charges against Wells were not warranted and he later settled a lawsuit he brought against Xavier. Not far from the Morgantown campus of the University of West Virginia and College Park home of the University of Maryland, a young, Black University of Virginia undergraduate student was accosted by police. Martese Johnson had his face bashed into the pavement and bloodied by Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents outside a pub near the UVA campus. The episode was captured on videotape. Johnson had proper ID and was not resisting arrest when the ABC agents pummeled him, causing injuries that required 10 stitches in his head. What these three incidents have in common is obvious … Mone Davis, Dez Wells and Martese Johnson are all young and Black. Lurking just beyond the obvious tie is the quality of their blackness … they are all gifted and confident in their identities. It seems in 21st century America to be young, gifted and Black is now a crime; an offense against societys typecasting of Black youth as violent, unintelligent and worthless. The intensity of these assaults … oral and physical … is sharpened by decades of conditioned hate, forged by theories of Black inferiority and White supremacy. The venomous words electronically spat upon Davis and Wells, and the force leveled upon Martese Johnson, are simply the byproducts of the permissiveness of racism in our nation. It is the success of Davis, Wells and Johnson that defies and counters the mythology of Black depravity. And it is success that triggers the backlash, awakens the racist beast and brings to the surface sentiments that heretofore might have only been expressed in private conversations. By succeeding, these young people frustrate those who harbor bias and leave them little room to fully exercise their demons. For some, touch pad keystrokes become a potent weapon to voice hatred from afar; sort of the lazy mans racism that tempers it but still empowers the perpetrator. The police involved in the micro-aggression at the University of Virginia were acting in fear of Black threatŽ and sending a message in the process. This is the cruel joke played upon Black youth in America. The public message communicated to young Black women and men is to pursue excellence and rise above challenges, and be exemplary in their civic lives. That message is countered by the aural and visual assault upon their sensibilities that reduces them to thugged out and hyper-sexualized caricatures. When young Blacks rise above this stereotyping, they are then reduced to racial objects, ridiculed for being audacious in their success. Mone Davis was a slutŽ in the eyes of a young White male because he believes her success is undeserving of the attention it is receiving. The privileged White daughters of a basketball coach of a major university made the determination a grand jury could not, on a charge a university could not prove and was forced to reach settlement with the accused. Still, Dez Wells is branded a rapist because he excelled on the basketball court. Martese Johnson was just another young Black guy, a human punching bag for police who could casually dismiss the thought that they were bloodying a student enrolled in the nearby prestigious university, or more importantly, a human being and someones son. Collectively, these incidents bring into sharper focus the racist rants of former University of Oklahoma SAE fraternity members in that now infamous videotape. This is the world in which young Black Americans live. It is a sobering reality that a generation that many hoped would truly be post-racial (as if that will ever be the case) is more deeply entrenched in racism than the prior generation. And institutional racism has a vice grip upon young Blacks that is more consequential than white mobs of decades past. Its enough to make me take a trip to the nearest Starbucks. Ill take a latte with some truth talk. Sixteen States Have More People in Prison Cells than College Dorms by Walter Fields

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April 2-8, 2015 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 31 APRIL 6, 2015TOP BCSP BASKETBALL TEAMS NAMED; FINAL HOOPS STATS FOR MEN AND WOMENFIRST OUT: Alcorn State head coach Luther Riley one of the first hoops coaches let go following the season.A lcorn State Sports P hotoHOOPS WRAP-UP ’ WNIT RECAPWNIT Second Round West Virginia 57, Hampton 39 MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -MEAC regular season champ Hampton stuggled shooting for the second straight game, canning just 26.4% of its shots (14 of 53) while falling to West Virginia in a second round bounded 40-37. were outscored from there 11-4 to trail 22-15 at the break. WVU (20-14) had a 10-3 second half run that pushed its lead to 50-35 with just over two minutes left. Sophomore guard Malia Tate-DeFreitas was the only Lady Pirate ward Brielle Ward grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. BCSP NotesBroussard temporarily reassigned at Southern Southern University Director of Athletics Dr. William Broussard has been temporarily reassigned to the Southern expected to return to the position in August. In a statement released last week, Southern announced that the reassignment is a personnel matter and therefore the University can not discuss it publicly. Broussard, who was hired three years ago amid NCAA sanctions stemming from inadequate Academic Progress Rates, has been at the center of a university-wide effort to get the NCAA to lift a post-season ban that was instituted more than a year ago because the university supplied inadequate APR data. The submission of inadequate data, some which dates back a decade, predated Broussards tenure. Broussard, 36, received a three-year contract extension last April that runs though June 30, 2017. The deal included a raise in Broussards annual salary from $115,000 to $138,000. Southern Head Mens' Basketball Coach Roman Banks will assume a dual role that will include Acting Director of Athletics, effective April 1. He will continue in both positions until the anticipated return of Dr. Broussard on Aug. 1, 2015. Alcorn State terminates basketball coaches In a two paragraph statement on its website last week, Alcorn State has announced it will not extend the contracts of head men's basketball coach Luther Riley and head women's basketball coach Tonya Edwards . Both contracts are set to expire on March 31, 2015. was 38-91 in four seasons. Edwards coached the Lady Braves for seven seasons compiling a 60146 record. ASU was 10-18 this season. A national search will be conducted for both positions. LUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor The men of SWAC champion Texas Southern and CIAA champion Livingstone and the women of MEAC champion Savannah State and the District of Columbia top basketball teams in the 2014-15 BLAC K COL-LEGE SPORTS PAGE Top Fives. separated the Div. I and Div. II teams ranking a Top Five in each division. Texas Southern (22-12) under third-year head coach Mike Davis went back-to-back winning his and the Tigers second straight regular season and tournament titles to take the Div. I top spot. TSU battled all season long with Alabama State ing with a 16-2 league record. They completed the double by knocking off third-seed Southern in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament, their season ended with a second round loss to No. 2 Arizona. TSU edged out second-place North Carolina Central (25-8) who went 16-0 to take its second straight MEAC regular season title but Delaware State . LeVelle Motons troops then battled but fell to MEAC Tournament champion Hampton (17-18) grabbed third place. The sixth-seeded Pirates won four tough games in six days, knockTexas Southern, Livingstone men, BroussardDIVISION I 1. SAVANNAH STATE (21-11) Cedric Bakers Lady Tigers snapped Hamptons 54-game conference win streak in the regular season and won the program Ezinne Kalu (16.5 ppg.) and Jasmine Norman (11.3 ppg.) led the 2. HAMPTON Malia Tate-DeFreitas (21.3 ppg.) and senior Kyani White (10.3 ppg.) led Hampton. 3. TEXAS SOUTHERN Alexus Johnson Brianna Sidney (11.5 ppg.) and Sophia Diamonisha 4. TENNESSEE STATE (19-13) Third-seeded in the Ohio Valley Conference tourney, the Lady Chelsea Hudson (14.4 ppg., 7.7 rpg.) and sophomore Imani Davis (10.1 ppg.) 5. ALABAMA STATE Britney Wright (16.9 ppg.) and junior Jasmine Peeples (11.3 ppg., 10.0 rpg.). DIVISION II 1. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Denikka Brent (16.4 ppg., 7.1 rpg.) and Telisha Turner (13.0 ppg.) and junior Taj Baldwin-Kollore (11.4 ppg.). 2. VIRGINIA STATE James Hill Jr. , Lady Tiffanie Adair Dashae Jones (15.3 ppg.) and Jessica Lyons (10.1 ppg., 4.2 apg.), all seniors. 3. ALBANY STATE Artisha Holston (13.1 ppg., 12.1 ), junior Keidra Green Mecca Frost 4. BENEDICT (23-7) senior Brittenique Harrison KaDeeja Vaughn (9.5 ppg.) and Kristine Lesane (9.4 ppg.). 7. LINCOLN Zephrah Pam (13.3 ppg.) and juniors Courtney Smith (11.1) and Amani Clark (11.0) led the Lady Lions. OTHERS: Kentucky State (22-6), Shaw (20-10)Baker M E N ' S F I N A L T O P F I V E S W O M E N ' S F I N A L T O P F I V E S DIVISION I 1. TEXAS SOUTHERN (22-12) Mike Davis led the Tigers to repeat as SWAC regular season and tournament champs knocking off Southern, Madarious Gibbs (14.1 ppg.) and Deverell Biggs Chris Thomas (12.6) and Malcolm Riley (10.2, 6.5 rpg.) 2. NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL Jordan Parks (15.3 Anthony McDonald (12.9 ppg.), Karamo Jawara (7.6 ppg., 6.4 rpg.) and point guard Nimrod Hilliard (12.0 ppg., 6.3 apg.) and junior Dante Holmes (10.4 ppg.). 3. HAMPTON Deron Powers (10.1 ppg.), Reginald Johnson (11.9 ppg.) and Brian Darden leader Dwight Meikle 4. DELAWARE STATE Playing without league scoring leader Amere May Kendall Gray 5. SOUTHERN Adrian Rodgers (13.1 ppg.) and senior Tre Lynch (12.1 ppg.) paced Southern. DIVISION II 1. LIVINGSTONE James Stinson led the Blue Bears Eric Dubose (15.7 ppg.) and TournaTy Newman (14.0 ppg.) along with seniors Hakeem Jackson (14.4 ppg.) and Eric Mayo 2. PAINE Denzel Dillingham (21.0 ppg.), and senior center Arnis Labazs 3. WINSTON-SALEM STATE Wykevin Bazemore Marquez Jones (13.2 ppg.) and Javan Wells (10.4 ppg.) and freshman Terrell Leach (12.3 ppg.) . 4. BENEDICT (19-12) Deonte Johnson (12.4 ppg.) and Andrew Crawford (12.2 ppg.) led the Tigers. 5. BOWIE STATE Cameron Knox Davis Stinson Butler STAT CORNERMENS SCORING NAME/SCHOOL CL G FG 3FG FT PTS AVG. MENS REBOUNDINGNAME/SCHOOL CL G OFF DEF TOT AVG FINAL BASKETBALL STAT LEADERS WOMENS REBOUNDINGNAME/SCHOOL CL G OFF DEF TOT AVG WOMENS SCORING NAME/SCHOOL CL G FG 3FG FT PTS AVG. MEAC tournament title and the leagues automatic berth to the Div. I Big Dance. Once there, the Pirates got the only mens HBCU postseason win, beating MAAC champion Manhattan seed K entucky in the second round. MEAC Tournament runner-up Delaware ney runner-up Southern (18-17) rounded out In Div. II, Livingstone, under head coach James Stinson , earned the top spot after sharing the CIAA S. Div. regular season crown with Winston-Salem State (18-10) and then defeatits second consecutive CIAA Tournament title. round Div. II Atlantic Region playoff game. Dominant SIAC East Division winner Paine (24-6), who fell in the tournament semiLane , is second followed by WSSU. SIAC Tourney winner Benedict (19-12) is fourth and CIAA North Division co-champ Bowie State Hampton is not the top womens team. That honor this year goes to Savannah State, who ended the Lady Pirates conference win streak in the regular season and took home the tournament crown with a win over upstart Maryland-Eastern Shore . The Lady Tigers under longtime head coach Cedric Baker title and NCAA Tournament berth. They came up short in a battle with former No. 1 and region top MEAC regular season champion Hampton (19-13) is second after bouncing back from being upset by UMES in the MEAC Tournament s HBCU over Drexel. The Lady Pirates succumbed in the second round at West Virginia. Texas Southern (19-11), who shared the SWAC regular season title with Southern, could not participate in the conference tournament after a bench-clearing brawl resulted in suspensions and a dismissal of players. The Tigers did gain a berth into the WNIT where they were felled by Southern Mississippi. TSU is third in Tennessee State (19-13), who upset OVC top-seed and favorite UT-Martin to take that tournament's title, is fourth. The Lady Tigers fell to Tourney. Alabama State (17-15), who downed Southern in the SWAC championship game, is The University of the District of Columbia, under head coach Jay Butler posted 21-3 regular season record and rose as high as 23rd in the Div. II national poll. Though they lost in the II team. UDC lost to Franklin Pierce in the East CIAA Tournament champion Virginia State (20-10) is second, followed by SIAC Tournament champion Albany State (19-10), SIAC runner-up Benedict (23-7) and CIAA runner-up Lincoln . round NCAA Div. Tournament victims. BASKETBALL 2015

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ew Life Ministry Presents The School of PrayersŽNew Life Outreach Ministry Center presents The School of Prayer,Ž every Saturday at 5640 Timuquana Rd. Suite 6, 10:30 a.m. The topic is: The Danger of Prayerlessness. For more info call 778-7651.The Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ Sacrifice Worship ServiceThe Seven Last Words of Jesus ChristŽ 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.Life Church International Open House and Health FairLife Church International, 1725 Oakhurst Ave, Open House and Health Fair is Saturday, April 11th, 10 a.m. … 2 p.m. Participants will be able to benefit from a clothing and food giveaway, donate blood, HIV Testing, health screenings, sign up for high school completion program/college courses, sign up for a complimentary appointment at the Dental Clinic, pet adoptions, be the match-bone marrow registry to help save a life and enjoy complimentary facials. For more info contact Marquita Williams at 3636221.Mount Lebanon Celebrates Revival, Good Friday and Sunrise Service The Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church, 9319 Ridge Boulevard, Reverend Freddie Sumner, Pastor, will celebrate Good Friday service with seven Pastors from this city preaching, The Seven Last WordsŽ with the anointing and power from on high on Friday, April 3rd at noon. On Sunday April 5th, Sunrise Service will begin at 6 a.m. at Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church, Elder Lee Harris Pastor, with Rev. Freddie Sumner preaching the good news of the cross. The community is invited to join them and be blessed as they celebrate our Lord, the Risen Savior. For more info contact the church at 527-1762.First Church of Palm Coast Scheduled Easter EventsThe schedule of Easter events at the First Church of Palm Coast weighs in with Good Friday service, April 3, 12 p.m. 3 p.m., sermonic celebration by various preachers on The Seven Last Utterances of ChristŽ on the cross. Easter sunrise service is Sunday, April 5, at 6 a.m., Pastor Gillard S. Glover will be preaching the word at the 6 a.m. and the 10 a.m. Resurrection Sunday Celebration. First Church of Palm Coast is located at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast, FL. For more info call the church office at 386446-5759.Easter Celebration at St. Philips Episcopal ChurchSt. Philips Episcopal Church, 321 Union St. W. will celebrate the Lords glorious resurrection from the dead on Sunday, April 5, Easter Day with Continental Breakfast at 9 a.m., a Childrens Program at 9:30 a.m. and a Solemn High Mass at 10 a.m. All are welcome. For more info email stphlps@bellsouth.net.Southside Church of God in Christ Revival and Easter Service ProgramSouthside Church of God in Christ, 2179 Emerson St., April 1-3 come celebrate the Seven Last Sayings of ChristŽ Revival, 7:30 p.m. nightly. The Easter program is Sunday, April 5th at 6 pm. For more info visit www.southsidecogic.com. Greater Macedonia Baptist Church Anointing and Healing Sacrament Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 1880 W. Edgewood Avenue, Dr. Landon L. Williams Sr., Pastor invites the community to the church for an Anointing and Healing SacramentŽ on Good Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. For more info call the church office at 764-9257.Summerville Joins Easter Service with Emanuel Baptist ChurchSummerville Missionary Baptist Church, 690 W. 20th St. will fellowship with Emanuel Baptist Church, 2407 Rev S L. Badger Jr Creek, Easter Sunday morning at 6 a.m., Sunday April 5th. The speaker is Dr. James Henry. The Summerville Baptist Church children program will take place at 9:30 a.m. For more info call the church office at 598-0510.Temple at One Accord Eight Week PrayerŽ Study SeriesJacksonville you're invited to join Temple at One Accord for an eight week bible study series on "PrayerŽ taught by Bishop. Jan D. Goodman, Sr. This series will truly be a blessing to your prayer life. Join Temple at One Accord Tuesday nights starting at 7:30 p.m. at 2971 Waller Street. For more information contact the church at 389-7373.Greater Missionary Tabernacle Baptist Church Come Together DayGreater Missionary Tabernacle Baptist Church, 5730 Sawyer Avenue is having their annual Come Together Day, Saturday, April 4th at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome! The church also welcomes you to their Sunday Services. Sunday School at 9: 45 a.m., morning services at 11 a.m. Communion every 1st Sunday at 4 p.m. Every Tuesday is Bible Study and Prayer Services at 7:30 p.m. with Noon day services every Wednesday. For more info call the church office at 764-5333.Paxon Revival Center Easter Sunday and Good Friday Service Paxon Revival Center Easter Sunday and Good Friday Service, Friday, April 3rd at 10:30 a.m. and Easter Sunday, April 5th service at 11 a.m. For more info visit www.paxonrevivalcenter.com.Woodlawn Presbyterian Shaping Christian Leaders of Tomorrow The Shaping Christian Leaders of Tomorrow (SCLT) Youth Group at Woodlawn Presbyterian Church will be sponsor a Community Health Fair on Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Family Life Center, 3026 Woodlawn Road. Free health information, screenings, fitness exercises, healthy cooking demonstration, Zumba and much more!! Bring your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Let's live today, for a better tomorrow! For more information call 635-5387.Mandarin UMC Easter CelebrationSaturday, April 4th from 11 a.m. … 2 p.m. at Mandarin United Methodist Church, 11270 San Jose Blvd. Come and join us for fun, inflatable bouncy houses and slides, storytelling stations, face painting, multiple Easter Egg Hunts, live music, food trucks and much more! For more info email Sam Corlew at scorlew@mumc.net.orthside Church of Christ 37th Annual Ladies Inspiration DayThe Northside Church of Christ is celebrating its 37th Annual Ladies Inspiration Day on Saturday May 2, 2015 at 4736 Avenue B. Activities begin at 8 a.m. with registration, breakfast, and a meet and greet. Hear two dynamic speakers, Matilda Gibbons, from the Johnson Street Church of Christ, Brunswick, GA and Tisha Rock, from the Northside Church of Christ. Come be treated to the beautiful voices of His ImageŽ from Northside Church of Christ and Alinda GadsonŽ of the Carver Road Church of Christ, Winston-Salem, NC. The NSCC Ladies Inspiration Day Mistress of Ceremony will be Roxy Hall, Founder of SHEnergy. Other activities include breakout sessions, prizes and goody bags. A delicious lunch will be served immediately following the program. The theme is Walk this Way,Ž scripture: Titus 2:1-15, But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine...Ž This years Ladies Inspiration Day focuses on encouraging, empowering and inspiring a strong bond of sisterhood between older sisters and younger sisters for the cause of Christ! NSCC welcomes ladies from near and far! This event is free and open to the public. For further information contact the church office at 765-9830.Annual Easter Egg HuntCome join Jones Road Baptist Church, 2506 Jones Rd. for their Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 4th at 10:30 a.m. … 12 noon. Enjoy an Egg Hunt, food, fun and games and prizes. Bring your family and in celebrating the Easter Season. For more info call the church office at 786-0646.Easter Egg Eggstravaganza at Cornerstone Baptist ChurchSaturday, April 4, at 3 p.m. Cornerstone Baptist Church, 3436 North Lane Ave. Everyone is invited to an eggciting time! We will have food, puppets, skits, prizes, fun, fun, fun. For more info call the church office at 786-1155.Fort Caroline Christian Church Easter Egg Hunt The Easter Bunny will make an appearance at Fort Caroline Christian Church annual Easter Egg Hunt, 7535 Fort Caroline Road, Saturday, April 4th at 11 a.m. All ages from 1 to 5th grade are welcome! For more info call the church office at 744-5522.SaltRock Church Easter ServiceSaltRock Church is holding their very first service on Easter Sunday at Bartram Trail High, 7399 Longleaf Pine Pkwy, Sunday, April 5th at 10:30 a.m. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and non-perishable food items for free Woodpecker's BBQ! There will also be an Easter egg hunt for the kids and free family photos! For more info call the church office at 268-8895.Heritage Christian Center 2015 Spring Festival Drs. James and Terresa White presents Heritage Christian Center 2015 Annual Spring Festival, Sunday April 5th at 12 noon. Bring the entire family for an amazing time of fun and fellowship. Free refreshments, food, bounce houses, music and lots more. This is a free event following the Passover service. Location is Heritage Christian Center, 1550-11 Normandy Village Parkway. For more information call 388-7777.Harvest Ministries Easter Services and Cantata Harvest Ministries Easter Services and Cantata, Sunday, April 5th at 7 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service at 8 a.m. serving a full breakfast, at 9:30 a.m., Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy the Sanctuary Choir Cantata and The Day He Wore My CrownŽ plus special music by the SEED Central Kids Ministry. Receive a free 5x7 family photo taken in your Easter Sunday best! Enter the drawing for a free restaurant gift card! Harvest Ministries is located at 2550 Fouraker Rd. For more info call the church office at 783-3488. Page 6 Ms. Perrys Free Press April 2-8, 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 Miracle at MiddayŽ 12 noon 1:00 p.m. Weekly Services Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 7:40 and 10:40 a.m. Worship with us LIVE on the web visitwww.truth2powerministries.org Grace and Peacevisit www.Bethelite.org Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.. Pastor Emeritus

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April 2-8, 2015 Mrs. Perrys Free Press Page 7That reflection, delivered by Keith Elder, flows from the shared mission he and his colleague Keon Gilbert have embraced: bringing Black men into public conversations about health, health care, and health reform. They say their goal is to spotlight the dire need for more resources focused on Black men. Elder, PhD, MPH, chairs the Department of Health Management and Policy at Saint Louis Universitys School of Public Health. His work moves beyond disparities and dysfunction, expanding the research to expose the breadth and depth of Black mens health issues from cradle to grave. Gilbert, DrPH, MPH, MPA, an assistant professor in the department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, focuses on outreach, education, and interventions that increase Black mens access to social capital in order to improve overall health outcomes. Gilberts goal is to redefine Black mens health„and not just as wellness, illness, or an absence of disease. Black men should embrace the broadest definition of health, including how health can fuel their educational and economic ambitions, their dreams, and their well-being,Ž he says. They are co-authors of two recent studies: Mens Health Disparities in Confidence to Manage Health,Ž published in the fall 2013 issue of the International Journal of Mens Health, and Trust Medication, Adherence and Hypertension Control in Southern African American Men,Ž which appeared in the American Journal of Public Health in December 2012. They both credit New Connections„a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) initiative that works to expand the diversity of perspectives informing RWJF program strategy„with helping to enhance their research agendas, and deepening their network of scholars and support. Elder (a 2009 New Connections alumnus), whose research marked some of the seminal data on Black mens health status, encouraged Gilbert to seek RWJF support. A current fellow, Gilbert is using his New Connections grant to engage Black men around access to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The goal is to understand how to help those without insurance obtain it, and to persuade those who have it to use it more often by seeking routine and preventive health care services. Black Men Missing From Health Care Conversation One of the first hurdles confronting Black men is health coverage. Second, and more fundamentally, many Black men do not readily access health care even when they are insured. Elder notes that Black men with health insurance are two times less likely to use it than other groups. Black men are one of the hardest groups to reach. No one is looking to engage them, and they are just not plugged into the systems,Ž says Gilbert. Education and outreach, vital to improved health status, are not isolated from the other challenges to advancing Black mens health. We have to expand the science when it comes to a myriad of processes, from access to health care outcomes,Ž says Elder. His New Connections research focused on predictors, perceptions, and evaluation of health care quality by Black men in non-emergency medicine. Our published research is important, but the people we need to reach arent in the academic world,Ž says Elder. They are in the barbershop, on the basketball court, and in communities that are medically underserved.Ž Health Disparities Effect on Black Men The health disparities suffered by Black men are stunning: The death rate from heart disease is 30 percent higher than that of white male counterparts; from stroke, it is 60 percent higher. The diabetes death rate is 200 percent higher for Black men, and the death rate from prostate cancer is more than 200 percent higher. Gilbert notes that the disparities exist in specific outcomes, such as chronic disease and unintentional injuries. These are the barriers men face starting early in life, when those diseases begin and then manifest over time,Ž he says. The question becomes, what can we do in the realm of prevention? And what can we do to address social determinants that may limit opportunities for access to care, education, and quality employment?Ž He suggests that encouraging young men to complete high school and go to college may be one answer. Paying attention to their health at an earlier age is another solution. Gilbert points out that another impediment comes from Black mens sense of self, perceived masculinity, and gender identity. He adds that they are not socialized to go to the doctor on a regular basis: Research shows that men younger than 18 tend to go to the doctor when prompted by a parent, or because they are active in sports, but after the age of 18 health care utilization drops off dramatically. Moreover, says Gilbert, there is a history in America of rendering Black men invisible, which puts them at greater risk. He believes engagement has to start on parallel tracks, in small, incremental, and systemic measures. When men have the opportunity to talk about things that are important to them and participate in decision-making, it almost always makes a difference. It increases their engagement and the chances of improved outcomes.Ž This spills over into policy as well. Gilbert notes that the states choosing to expand Medicaid provisions under ACA now include people with felony convictions, who previously were ineligible for Medicaid coverage. This provides an important opportunity to introduce and expand access to a large segment of the excluded and marginalized population. Familiar Settings, Fresh Dialogue Gilbert says men have to be part of the discussion in varied situations. The conversation has to happen at the dining room tableƒin churches, barbershops, fraternities, and other settings. Theres a need to really focus and dig deep, to expand the definition of manhood„your need to be healthy, eat a good diet, and get exercise and health screenings. Its not just taking care of your families and communities, but understanding that you must be a healthy participant in your family and community.Ž Elder underscores the importance of access, coupled with trust in the medical system. From a medical encounter and management perspective, we need to make sure the experience is good and fruitful. Thats what the Affordable Care Act can do. Men need a good medical home.Ž According to Elder, a good medical encounter includes every interaction. From the time they enter the door, with the first person they meet, that first interaction has to be positive. The encounter with the physician should be participatory,Ž he says. Elder explains that physicians should offer information, but also listen and engage the patient, adding that patients need to be active in the encounter. I know I have to take the lead in my health,Ž he says. I take a detailed approach during my doctor visits, and I always plan to do a lot of talking and ask questions during the medical encounter.Ž He emphasizes the importance of recognizing that good health practices neednt be restricted to a doctors office. We have to manage the prevention and self-care for ourselves.Ž Ending Disparities, Building a Culture of Health Elder believes the answer is to take steps in the right direction. Health disparities are not going away in our lifetime,Ž he says. Even men who know better dont do better. Black men still dont have a 100 percent adherence rate to medical advice.Ž The challenges can be combated by a national and sustained commitment to researching Black mens health throughout the lifespan. No one has really taken a systemic look at Black men. Gilbert adds, The majority of research is focused on cancer, violence, or HIV.Ž Elder advocates for more funding and support at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This will build a pipeline of students who will increase their educational achievement and expand the cadre of scholars devoted to Black mens health. If we dont have the science, we cant change the policy and how we deliver care. Who are you going to compare Black men to?Ž Elder asks. Both Gilbert and Elder conclude that Black men are not monolithic, but have too often been reactive: waiting for a health crisis to arise before taking action. Engaging Black men more directly through peer and family networks can empower them with the skills and resources to attain better health.T h e I n v i s i b l e M a n : Americas Black Men and their Healthcare Status He is missing from the health care system. He is less likely to hold a job that provides health insurance. Otherwise, he is underinsured. Despite chronic poverty that cries out for relief, he often slips through the cracks of a frayed social safety net. Medicaid, focused on pregnant women and children, rarely includes him. He bears a disparate burden of disease. He dies early and struggles frequently against structures that render him invisible.Ž

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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 bands 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, Pedal 4 Paws,Ž 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 Jacksonvilles urban core and is a unique festivallike atmosphere full of fun, history, the arts, live music and more! For more info call 425-0005.BOA Museums On USBank of America's Museums on Us is back April 4-5 offering cardholders a way to embrace the spring season in Jax at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) and Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. For more info visit www.museums.bankofamerica.com.Democratic Black Caucus MeetingThe Duval County Democratic Black Caucus monthly meeting is Tuesday, April 7 , 6 p.m. at the Highlands Branch Library, 1826 Dunn Ave. Come add your talents and support to our common goal to increase our voice and influence in the political process. For more info email phillipminer@comcast.net.EWC Founders Day CelebrationEdward Waters College (EWC), Floridas will celebrate Founders Day Wednesday, April 8th, at 10 a.m. to honor the 149th anniversary featuring civil rights activist and author Rodney Hurst, Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr., Pastor Emeritus of the Bethel Baptist Institutional Church in the EWC Adams-Jenkins Sports and Music Complex, 1859 Kings Rd. For more info call 470-8050.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 The Color PurpleŽ 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. I eed My Spouse BackŽ Stageplay The stage play I Need My Spouse BackŽ at the Ritz Theater, 829 N. Davis St., Saturday, April 11th at 7 p.m. For more info visit www.riztjacksonville.com.AKA Mental Health DialogueAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Gamma Rho Omega Chapter, Inc., and the Mental Health In The African American Community organization presents Mental Health & Wellness, Why Do We Suffer In SilenceŽ dialogue, Saturday, April 11th, 10 a.m. … 12:15 p.m. at UF Health Jacksonville, 580 W. 8th St., 2nd Fl Tower, Charter Theater. For more info call 631-2639.P.R.I.D.E Bookclub MeetingThe People Reading For Discussion and Enjoyment Bookclub meeting is Saturday, April 11th at 3 p.m. at the Ritz Theater, 829 N. Davis St. The book for discussion is Wouldnt Take Nothing for My Journey Now,Ž By Maya Angelou. For more info contact Felice Franklin at 389-8417.EWC Annual Golf TournamentEdward Waters College will host its 5th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, Monday, April 13th at the Deerwood Country Club, 10239 Golf Club Dr, to raise money for the educational needs of EWC students. The event begins with a continental breakfast, an exciting morning of 18-rounds of golf, followed by a catered awards luncheon. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and tee-off is at 8:30 a.m. For more info call visit www.ewc.edu.Diane KrallOn Monday, April 13th at 8 p.m. Grammy award winning Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall at the Florida Theater, 128 E. Forsyth. For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheater.com.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 Stomp,Ž the international percussion sensation returns to Jacksonville, April 18th -19th at the Times Union Center Moran Theater, 300 Water St. StompŽ is a unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy. For more information call 442-2929.Jax Southeastern Womens Expo The Jacksonville Southeastern Womens Expo, April 18 19 at the Prime Osborne Convention Center, 1000 Water St. For two full days, attendees can enjoy shopping, learning, pampering, and getting away from it all during a jampacked celebration of women event. Best of all, admission to this years event is Free! For more info visit www.WomensExpoJacksonville.co m.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.Journey Into Womanhood Awards The 11th Annual Journey Into Womanhood Awards Celebration is Thursday, April 23, 6-8 p.m. at WJCT, 100 Festival Park. Enjoy a talent showcase, silent auction and dinner. Keynote speaker is local graduate Trenesa Stanford-Danuser, Vice President, Global Communications Strategic Alliances for Estee Lauder. For tickets and more info call 268-8287. 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.Woodbine, GA Crawfish FestivalWoodbine, Georgia will hold their annual Crawfish Festival, Friday, April 24th , 5 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 25th , 8 a.m. 6:30 p.m. in Downtown Woodbine, Georgia. Enjoy plenty of crawfish, arts and crafts, square dancers, amusement and entertainment. For more info visit www.woodbinecrawfish.com.Kevin Hart in Jax!Superstar entertainer, actor and comedian and one of comedy's biggest stars, its the Kevin Hart What NowŽ 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 features 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 kim@handsonjacksonville.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.Diverse Voices of Reason OutReach ProgramFirst Coast Community Outreach presents: United We Stand … Diverse Voices of ReasonŽ program, Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. Dinner 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. at the Salem Centre, 7235 Bonneval Rd. Featuring concert pianist Karen Stefek, Sandy McCorveys Let Freedom SingŽ and Flautist, Linda Witsell. Come be inspired, entertained and motivated by speakers. To RSVP or more info call 5048840.Comedian Deray DavisComedian Deray Davis, April 30th … 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.OneJax Humanitarian AwardsThe 2015 OneJax Humanitarian Awards is scheduled for Thursday, April 30th, at 6 p.m., Hyatt Regency, 225 E Coastline Dr. The awards honor those who have demonstrated the highest level of personal and professional integrity and dedication to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups in the Jax community. For more info call 620-1529.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.Chris BottiOn April 30th at 8 p.m. its ItalianAmerican trumpeter and composer Chris Botti at the Florida Theater, 128 E. Forsyth. For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheater.com. Page 8 Ms. Perrys Free Press What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene AROUND TOWN AROUND TOWN Do You Have an event for Around Town ?The Jacksonville Free Press is please to print your public service announcements and coming events free of charge. news deadline is Monday at 6 p.m. by the week you would like your information to be printed. Information can be sent via email, fax, brought into our office or mailed in. 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by S. Galloway The 'Get Hard' star (and most successful comic in the world) is too busy building an empire to care what anyone thinks „ not people who dismiss his material, not a disgruntles ex-wife and certainly not Clint Culpepper's hacked email insult: "It's very hard to put me in a negative position." Kevin Harts brand of comedy aren't so much jokes as musings „ on life, on people, on the million ordinary things that ripple through his mind. The comic jots down dozens of them each day, hundreds each week, punching them into his phone almost compulsively. Forget any notions that Hart, 35, isn't serious about his work. His aims are great, his ambitions unlimited. He wants to equal his heroes (Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock) and dwarf them by building an empire even larger than theirs. "I want to be a mogul, like Oprah or Jay Z or Tyler Perry," he says. To that end, Hart is riding an extraordinary wave, with three No. 1 movies in 2014 Ride Along, Think Like a Man Too and About Last Night. He also has an ongoing TV series, BET's reality spoof Real Husbands of Hollywood, which is shooting its fourth season; and whopping DVD sales „ even in a declining homeentertainment market „ for his comedy concerts. 2011's Laugh at My Pain DVD went double platinum in less than a month. His 2012 tour, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, was seen in 10 countries and 80 cities, and sold more than 540,000 tickets, making it one of the most successful comedy tours to date (he also does many dozens of stand-up performances every year in smaller venues). Hart also sold out Madison Square Garden (only the sixth comedian ever to do so) and earned more than $1 million in Los Angeles on one evening alone. These tours are funded by Hart, too. "I invest in myself," he says. "I spent $750,000 on [the 2011] Laugh at My Pain [tour], and it did $15 million. I spent $2.5 million on Let Me Explain, and it did $32 million. I'm about to spend maybe $4 million on this next one [What Next?], and the goal is to get to $100 million." These are the pillars of a burgeoning business that's run though a 12-man company, HartBeat Productions, which includes a photographer and videographer who record his every move, partly for reference, partly for Hart's personal archive, accessible in a series of bound volumes he keeps in his den at home. Despite his easygoing manner, Hart has a single-minded focus that excludes nearly everything else. It's the sort of focus he believes he needs in order to win. "If you have a mogul mind-set, you'll last a lot longer. That's the mind-set of a winner." Hart swats away critiques, even when they come from his occasional boss, Sony's Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper, who, referring to Hart's desire to boost his $3 million salary, noted in a hacked email made public, "I'm not saying he's a whore, but he's a whore." Hart shot back on Instagram: "I worked very hard to get where I am today. I look at myself as a brand and because of that I will never allow myself to be taken advantage of. I OWN MY BRAND ƒ I MAKE SMART DECISIONS FOR MY BRAND ƒ which is why I'm able to brush ignorance off of my shoulder and continue to move forward." A month after that volatile exchange, Hart takes a more muted view. "I've talked to him," he says of Culpepper (who did not respond to a request for comment). "Clint called right after. It's not like I wanted to challenge him „ that's just how he talks. He did [apologize], but there was no need. When you negotiate, you say whatever you say." He adds: "Nothing affected me. It's very hard to put me in a negative position, man. I'm happy. And I'll continue to be happy." Happiness isn't always the greatest source of laughter, of course, and one wonders whether Hart is being disingenuous when he says he has "no demon. I'm not an angry person. I left those years behind." He may not be angry, but just what is he? "My point of view is my reality," he insists elliptically. He's funny, but to what end? He's neither political, nor satirical, nor remotely metaphysical, and yet he's the most successful black comic working today „ maybe the most successful comic, period. There's no denying his skill, when he performs before a packed house of about 3,000 ethnically diverse students in San Bernardino, Calif., halfway through a tour that will stretch from 2014 into 2015. Dressed in black jeans and bright red Nikes, with two gold chains swaying from his neck, the 5-foot-4 comic dominates the stage as he regales the crowd with his feelings about moving to suburban Tarzana, Calif. Expletives pepper his routine, but he's never salacious, never tawdry and never makes comments about women or gays that might offend some or even all. He seems almost genetically inoffensive, in fact, and avoids anything controversial, from the death of Eric Garner to Ferguson, Mo. "I'm not interested in politics," he shrugs. April 2-8, 2015 Page 9 Mrs. Perrys Free Press The Free Press would love to share your event with our readers We do have a few guidelines that need to be followed 1. All unsolicited photos require a $10 photo charge for each picture. Photos can be paid by check or money order. 2. Pictures must be brought into our office to be examined for quality or emailed in a digital format of .jpg or .bmp. 3.Everyone in the picture must be named. 4. All photos MUST be received within 5 days of the event. OEXCEPTIOS. 5. Event photos must be acconpanied by a story/event synopsis including the 5Ws of media: who, what, when, where and why. in addition to a phone number for more information.Call 634-1993 for more information! Bobbi Kristina Update: Mother ext in Line for Estate,Known Drug Abuse Whitney Houston left a $20 million fortune to her daughter, but if Bobbi Kristina doesnt recover, family matriarch Cissy Houston and her sons are next in line. Bobbi Kristina Brown was her 48-year-old mothers sole heir but the bulk of the money is in a trust until she turns 30. She got 10%, roughly $2 million, this year when she turned 21. Another 15% is to be distributed at age 25 and the remainder at 30. But according to the wills terms, Cissy Houston and Whitney Houstons two brothers inherit the estate if Bobbi Kristina dies before coming into her majority. Bobbi Kristinas dad, Bobby Brown, 46, was also originally included as a beneficiary in the event of Whitneys Houstons early death. But his 2007 divorce from Houston likely nullified his claim, said Atlanta legal expert Bruce Gaynes. But a showdown over the $2 million Bobbi Kristina has already inherited could erupt between Brown and Nick Gordon, 25. Gordon claims he and Bobbi Kristina are married. A family lawyer says the young couple never tied the knot. But Gordon can inherit Bobbi Kristinas estate if he can prove hes her husband. If he cant, then Georgia law dictates Bobbi Kristinas next of kin her dad inherits her estate. Unless, of course, Bobbi Kristina drew up a will of her own that stated differently. If she has a will, that trumps all,Ž said Gaynes. Bobbi Kristina Brown, like her doomed mom Whitney Houston, was using drugs before she was found unconscious in a bathtub.. The 21-year-old daughter of Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown was regularly taking heroin, cocaine and Xanax in the months before she was rushed to a Georgia hospital on Jan. 31, People Magazine reported. Xanax was one of the drugs found in Houstons system after she drowned in a bathtub at a Beverly Hills hotel on Feb. 11, 2012. A source told People that Bobbi Kristina, in the weeks before the tragedy at her home in Roswell, Ga., was distraughtŽ about the coming third anniversary of her mothers death. The aspiring singer/actress was also in and out of rehab for her demons „ including heavy drinking „ since her mothers death, the source indicated. Bobbi Kristina was hospitalized for depression almost immediately after Houston passed away. This girl was trying hard, but she didnt have any support system,Ž the source told People. She was still dealing with a lot of grief over her mother.Ž Toxicology reports on Whitney Houston showed the singer had marijuana, Xanax, the muscle relaxant Flexeril and the over-thecounter medication Benadryl in her system at the time of her death. Family member, including Bobby Brown and Bobbis grandmother Cissy Houston, keep a grim bedside vigil as they pray for a medical miracle. But medical experts warned that the long-term coma was likely to cause other issues, including blood clots, bladder infections and pneumonia. Bobby Kristina Judge Rejects Lawsuit Filed By Aunt Jemina Two Great-GrandsonsChicago Last August, two men … Dannez W. Hunter and Larnell Evans, Jr. … who claimed to be the great-grandsons of Anna Short Harrington, who portrayed syrup and pancake figurehead Aunt Jemima filed suit against PepsiCo and the Quaker Oats Company, claiming that the defendants had failed to pay royalties to Harringtons estate and stole Harringtons pancake formula in an act of industrial espionage.Ž In a nutshell, the suit, which the pair had sought a total of $3 billion, with $1 billion of that in equity stocks, was thrown out. Chicago, U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang granted the defendants motion to dismiss, which contended that Hunter and Evans had failed to state a claim. Plaintiffs do not allege that they are authorized to act as executors or administrators of Harringtons estate, or even that such an estate exists (or ever existed),Ž Chang wrote. The only information about Plaintiffs connection to Harrington provided by the amended complaint is an account of how Hunter received a photograph (now lost) of Harrington from his grandmother and of Plaintiffs attempt to locate Harringtons grave in Syracuse, New York.Ž The lawsuit cited Screen Actors Guild residuals and standard policies in the entertainment industry regarding revenue statements, which neither Harrington nor her heirs ever received. It wasnt until they uncovered in 2013 that Quaker Oats had trademarked Harringtons likeness and picture in 1937 that the family determined that they were owed royalties. Harrington died in 1955. But Judge Chang found that the statute of limitations for Hunter and Evans claims had long ago expired. Up Close With Funnyman Kevin Hart

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Have you been following the Boko Harams activity? You should. According to Reuters, on March 24, local residents claimed that the militant Islamist group kidnapped at least 400 more children in their northeastern town of Damasak, Nigeria. This news comes just days after 70 decaying bodies with slit throats were found under a bridge near the town; it is widely believed that those killed were also victims of Boko Haram. These latest news developments are an unfortunate reminder that although social media has significantly quieted down on this issue in recent months, #BringBackOurGirls is still an extremely urgent topic that warrants our unwavering attention. This bitter episode in international history is a glaring example of how vulnerable and objectified young Black girls are in their own communities. Even worse than that, its also an example of how governments that are built to protect can still undermine the value of their own citizens lives in weak and futile efforts to detract from their nations problems and to project a united front. Among the terror that the people of Damasak have been facing from militant Islamists, the Nigerian government has gone as far as to deny Boko Harams recent kidnappings. President Goodluck Jonathan has been conceding that the government will be able to capture and defeat Boko Haram within a month, but it all sounds like propaganda hes spewing to increase his chances of re-election on March 28. This recent interview he had with the BBC, you can see that Jonathan sports a really good poker face in the wake of the recent tragedies. However, when you listen closely to what he has to say, he doesnt appear to have any solid answers or strategies for the problem that can convince us he has the situation under control. Goodluck Jonathan evades one of the interviews most basic and important questions: where have the Jihadists gone? Jonathan struggles to finds his words, eventually saying they scatterŽ throughout different regions when they are under pressure.Ž The interviewer then points out that the military still doesnt know where the girls that were kidnapped in Chibok last April are. Jonathan is absurdly nonchalant in his answer, saying hes sure theyre still alive because their dead bodies havent been found. These are the words of a man who leads the richest country in the African continent. The Nigerian government had the resources to put a stop to Boko Haram at the outset and now were seeing the effects of their failure to act. Boko Haram has now been terrorizing Nigerian people for six years, why should we believe that the Nigerian government will conquer them within six weeks as theyve stated? Despite the governments disappointing handling of the events, citizens impacted by Boko Harams violence have been outspoken about their frustrations and the changes they want to see happen in their country. There is a grassroots movement in Nigeria to save Boko Harams victims and these organizers deserve every bit of help they can get. Page 10 Ms. Perrys Free Press April 2-8, 2015 Boko Haram Kidnaps 400 More Children In Nigeria Sarah Dieffenbacher is on a debt strike. Shes refusing to make payments on the more than $100,000 in federal and private loans she says she owes for studies at a forprofit college that she now considers so worthless she doesnt include it on her resume. The sentiment is catching on. Calling themselves the Corinthian 100 „ named for the troubled Corinthian Colleges, Inc., which operated Everest College, Heald College and WyoTech before agreeing last summer to sell or close its 100-plus campuses „ about 100 current and former students are refusing to pay back their loans, according to the Debt Collective group behind the strike. Theyre meeting with officials from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an independent government agency that already has asked the courts to grant relief to Corinthian students who collectively have taken out more than $500 million in private student loans. The Education Department is the groups primary target, because they want the department to discharge their loans. A senior department official is scheduled to attend the meeting. Denise Horn, an Education Department spokeswoman, said the department has taken steps to help Corinthian students, but is urging them to make payments to avoid default. The department has income-based repayment options. By not paying back their loans, the former Corinthian students potentially face a host of financial problems, such as poor credit ratings and greater debt because of interest accrued. The former students argue that the department should have done a better job regulating the schools and informing students that they were under investigation. I would like to see them have to answer for why they allowed these schools to continue to take federal loans out when they were under investigation for the fraudulent activity they were doing,Ž said Dieffenbacher, 37. Dieffenbacher said she received an associates degree in paralegal studies from Everest College in Ontario, California, and later went back for a bachelors in criminal justice before later dropping out. She said she left school with about $80,000 in federal loans and $30,000 in private loans, but when she went to apply for jobs at law firms she was told her studies didnt count for anything. Dieffenbacher, who works in collections for a property management company, said she was allowed at first to defer her loan payments, but now should be paying about $1,500 a month that she cant afford. Student Loan Recipients On Debt Strike After School Closes Black community leaders joined former SAE fraternity member Levi Pettit during his recent publicized apology for singing a racist chant caught on video, MSNBC reports. He also vowed to dedicate his life to fighting racism. All the apologies in the world wont change what I have done, so I will spend the rest of my life trying to be the person who heals and brings people of all races together,Ž Levi Pettit said, delivering a prepared statement at a press conference in Oklahoma City. The people I met with have opened my eyes to things I wasnt exposed to before this event,Ž Pettit added, referring to his prior meeting with local Black civic leaders and pastors. I think I knew they were wrong, but I never knew why or how they were wrong." Pettit is one of the former University of Oklahoma SAE brothers caught chanting the song, which included the N-word and referenced lynching. After the video surfaced earlier this month, Sigma Alpha Epsilon closed its chapter at the school. Pettit and another student, Parker Rice, were also expelled. According to MSNBC, Oklahoma State Sen. Anastasia A. Pittman, the chair of the Oklahoma Black Caucus, thanked the media in her introduction for giving us this opportunity to introduce Levi Pettit to the world.Ž During a brief question and answer session, Pettit avoided discussing the chant when specifically asked about its origins. Im not here to talk about where I learned the chant or where it was taught. Im here to apologize for what I did,Ž Pettit said. Expelled SAE Fraternity Member Apologizes for Racist Chant


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