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Volume 28 o. 25 April 23 May 6, 2015 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents Church of the Crucifixion Presents Fashions With a FlarePage 7 Baltimore Riots Show the Frustration of Black AmericaPage 4 What ot toEat With High Blood PressurePage 9 Youth Inventor Creates Cell Phone Inhibiting Texting While Driving Over 10 mphPage 2 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Greater Access to Fruits and Vegetables Coming to Urban Jaxs Food DessertsThree More Found Guilty of FAMU Hazing DeathJustice has been served for the family of Robert Champion. The last three defendants charged with the death of the Florida A&M major by hazing have been convicted, WFTV reports. Jurors came to their decisions to convict Benjamin McNamee, Darryl Cearnel and Aaron Golson after two-and-a-half hours of deliberation. The verdict closes a three-year-old case that put a harsh spotlight on ritualized hazing within the school's famed band. The defendants were charged with manslaughter and hazing for the death of the 26-year-old in 2011, when Champion was beaten to death aboard a band bus parked outside an Orlando hotel room. A total of 15 defendants were charged, with two currently serving jail time and the others offered plea deals for probation and community service. In 2012, Champion's family was offered $300,000 as a settlement for his death, but turned it down, calling the offer "an insult."Loretta Lynch Confirmed as US Attorney General After Lengthy Delay After a record delay filled by stark partisan warfare and charges of racism, Loretta Lynch was confirmed last week as the next US attorney general in a narrow Senate vote. Lynchs nomination passed 56-43, with 10 Republicans crossing party lines to support her. Lynch, the US attorney for the eastern district of New York, was nominated by Barack Obama last November to replace Eric Holder, who was the first African American attorney general in US history. Lynch will be the first African American woman to hold the office. But the congratulations could not obscure the months of partisan acrimony that preceded them, which began in earnest after Lynchs confirmation hearing in January before the judiciary committee. The Democratic Senate minority leader, Harry Reid, said before the vote: While Im pleased that Ms Lynch will be confirmed as attorney general, her nomination process is proof of all that is wrong with Republican leadership. Senate Republicans made Loretta Lynchs nomination linger more than 10 times longer than the average attorney just to spite the president.ŽVideo Shows Police Following Florida Man Before Shooting Him A police dash cam video was released last week showing Dontrell Stephens, 20, being followed by a Palm Beach County, Florida, deputy before he was shot four times and left paralyzed. He was unarmed. The video was exclusively obtained by WPTV and The Palm Beach Post. The West Palm Beach attorney Jack Scarola is suing the sheriff and deputy for the incident. On Sept. 13, Dontrell Stephens was minding his business and riding his bicycle when he noticed a police officer's car following him. The dash cam video shows the police car pull over and Stephens gets off his bike and walk towards the deputy. Seconds later Deputy Lin shoots Stephens four times. Stephens could be seen running away as he was struck by the bullets. Stephens was carrying a cellphone. According to WPTV, county Sheriff Ric Bradshaw defended Lin's actions at a press conference. "Stop what you're doing and comply with us,Ž he told reporters. "There's nothing in the rules of engagement that says we have to put our lives in jeopardy to wait to find out what this is to get killed." Like the more recent shootings of Walter Scott, Freddie Gray and the countless other victims before them, there continues to be a pattern of inconsistency between what police say happened and what plays back on surveillance footage of these incidents. The relationship between police and communities will continue to suffer until transparency and truthfulness becomes commonplace in these occurrences.Creflo Dollar Blasts Critics of $65 Million Jet Fundraiser "If I want to believe God for a $65 million plane, you cannot stop me," said the pastor. Mega pastor Creflo Dollar faced a wave of controversy last month when he announced his campaign to raise funds for a $65 million private jet. Now, a video has emerged online showing Dollar firing back at critics „ whom he refers to as the enemy „ while speaking to his congregation at World Changers Church International in Georgia, The Grio reports. I can dream as long as I want to. I can believe God as long as I want to. If I want to believe God for a $65 million plane, you cannot stop me. You cannot stop me from dreaming. Dollar said in the online clip. If you think a $65 million plane was too much, if they discover that theres life on Mars, they gon need to hear the Gospel and Im gon' have to believe God for a $1 billion space shuttle because we got to preach the Gospel on Mars. I dare you to tell me I cant dream. I dare you to tell me I cant believe God [ƒ]Ž Dollar claimed that his campaign was geared more towards his donors and insisted that he never "one time" requested the $65 million from his followers. He also encouraged his followers to dream about what the devil says you cant have,Ž such as the best houseŽ and best car.Ž Better food options for children have expanded in west and east Jacksonville thanks to a recently announced program. Mayor Alvin Brown joined the Im A Star Foundation, the American Beverage Association (ABA), the Florida Beverage Association, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the Florida Department of Health in announcing the expansion plans of the $150,000 award winning program. Under the leadership of the Im A Star Foundation, the funding will be used to open two new healthy corner stores that will expand access to nutritious food options, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, in areas of town exhibiting a lack of affordable, healthful food. Here in Jacksonville, we all want our kids to be happy and healthy,Ž said Mayor Brown. The Im A Star Foundations new healthy corner stores will increase the availability of nutritious fruits and vegetables, giving children in better snack options. The newest store will be off of Fairfax Street. Im A Star Founder and CEO Betty Burney, Sandra Grance, Florida Beverage Association, Mayor Alvin Brown, Crystal Swann, US Conference of Mayors. by Lynn Jones The 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. (J100) hosted their Inaugural Seersucker & Stilettos Membership and Fundraiser Reception last Friday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. An estimated 200 plus individuals attended the festive spring affair, enjoying the comedy of emcee Terry Harris, live music from the band Stank Sauce and other libations. The event raised donations to support programs and scholarships of the J100. The organization also "pinned" into service new J100 members Paul Anglade, Eugene Eubanks, Tyrone McCloud and Renard Peeples. The J100 focuses its community services on mentoring, education and scholarship, health & wellness, leadership development and economic empowerment. Pictured during the pinning ceremony is Christopher Jett pinning new J100 member Tyrone McCloud. 100 Black Men Add to Their Ranks and Funding Well Pastors Send Out anSOSto Save Our BlackMales Shown above center is the brainchild of Operation Save Our Sons, pastor John Guns, surrounded by local youth. St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church was on the front line for change last weekend for a variety of events aimed to save Jacksonvilles daughters and sons. The Operation Save Our Sons (OSOS) Banquet held at the Hyatt Hotel raised funds for the program, the brainchild of St.Pauls pastor, Dr. John Guns. Saturdays Summit included a speaking lineup of local politicians, pastors and church members. Facilitators and political figures were brought into prayer charged by Bishop Guns with an understanding that the 2015 SOS Summit is geared towards the boys we are trying to save, personal agendas aside,Ž said Guns. Continued on page 2


Midlife crises are the subject of many jokes „ middle-aged men buying sports cars, hanging out at bars, and generally acting half their age. The unfortunate reality is that most midlife crises are anything but funny, and midlife crisis symptoms can be felt by women as well as men. A midlife crisis can tear a family, a marriage, or an individual apart and leave a lot of victims in its wake. A person often makes an impulsive decision uncharacteristically or changes their lifestyle dramatically,Ž says Sheila K. Collins, PhD, a psychotherapist and author of Stillpoint: The Dance of Self-Caring and Self-Healing. Ive seen men come to their wives and say without any warning, Ive decided I dont want to be married anymore.Ž To the outside observer, the actions taken during a midlife crisis may seem rash or even foolish. But under the surface, a lot of emotions and experiences have been going on for a long time to lead to this moment. A midlife crisis "doesnt just occur,'Ž says Penny B. Donnenfeld, PhD, a psychologist in private practice in New York City. We are talking about the development over time of negative self-assessments „ feelings of being limited and burdened by life responsibilities, having limited choices, or of having missed opportunities for choices that are no longer available.Ž When it comes to men and midlife crisis, their professional life is often thought to play an important role. For men, it often happens when they begin to plateau in their careers,Ž says Dr. Collins. There begins to be a realization of the limitations of time, talent, and resources on peoples lives. Some questions they ask are, Is this where I was going? or, Is this all there is?Ž While people often think of men having a midlife crisis, women can be affected in the same way, adds Collins. Often, because women more frequently have taken their child-rearing roles into account in their lives, this may have put them 8 to 10 years behind their male peers on the career track,Ž she says. Their midlife crisis, if they have one, occurs later.Ž Of course, a career is not the only factor when it comes to a midlife crisis. A midlife crisis could happen when the last child leaves home, or when someone experiences grief over a significant loss „ a parent's death, a career reversal or job loss, or a challenge to their health,Ž says Collins. If any symptoms of a midlife crisis affect you or your partner, there are options for getting through these challenging circumstances. Here is advice that can help: Look on the bright side. A midlife re-evaluation can be a positive thing,Ž says Collins. In fact, its probably a good idea for married couples, business partners, and individuals to take time to re-evaluate their lives from time to time throughout their life cycles.Ž Be proactive. Once you have this discussion, its time to act on the possibilities and see what new and exciting directions they lead you in. A few options include taking a class, going on a trip, reconnecting with people from the past, or training for a new career, says Donnenfeld. Avoid rash decisions. By evaluating things from time to time, people can make gradual, measured changes, as opposed to rash ones that can damage a career, a family, or a life unnecessarily, adds Collins. Remember, this may be the time to just stand there and do nothing. Let the dust settle until your direction becomes clear,Ž she advises. Be a good listener. If your partner is the one experiencing the crisis, try to really hear and to understand what your loved one is going through. Says Donnenfeld, Dont deny their feelings or try to fix it immediately.Ž In the process of talking about the problem, many possible solutions to the midlife crisis may begin to surface. You may figure out some things that he or she would like to do to help life feel more meaningful,Ž she says. Seek outside help. Finally, remember that there is absolutely no shame in seeing a therapist to talk out issues. Midlife can be a time of great, overpowering emotions, and many a strong man or woman has needed help working their way through these feelings. It is possible to navigate safely through a midlife crisis. Recognizing the signs and exploring your options are key to moving forward into the next phase of your life. Page 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press April 30 May 6, 2015How to Deal With a Mid Life Crisis Tallahassee„Its a parents dream, a cell phone that will not distract the driver or allow the driver to text while driving. The Figgers X1 called the Life SaverŽ is a unique cellular phone with a built in feature that prevents texting or the receipt of text messages when the car exceeds 10 miles per hour. Florida and other states have passed laws that prohibit texting while driving, but summer continues to be a deadliest time on the road for teens. The inventor of the Figgers X1 Freddie Figgers says, All the laws in the world cant change behavior. But the Figgers X1 can.Ž Figgers is a 25 year old technology wiz who is also the youngest American to hold a FCC License Spectrum making him a Telecom carrier like all the major brands. Americans love brands. But we provide a better phone, better accessories, greater band width, a phone that is practical, personal and a life saver for half the price of major brands. We cut out the middle man, and still guarantee a quality product.Ž The Figgers X1 anti-texting mechanism sends the caller a message saying, Im driving.Ž Drivers can retrieve their text and voice messages when the vehicle stops. Figgers genius came to light as a nine years old when he repaired a broken computer his father purchased at Goodwill. At thirteen, the Quincy, Florida native became a celebrity when he began working for NetQuincy repairing computers for the city and citizens of the small town. Since then, Figgers, an independent African American entrepreneur who has launched numerous technological innovations that are affordable, lifesaving, and a good way to improve our quality of life. Figgers website is loaded with patent pending products including Vitalwear, which remotely monitors the wearers vital signs and location in real time. Care givers who want to more closely observe functioning loved ones can do so with Vitalwear. 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 Continued from front Many youth that participated answered the call to commit to changing their lives and praying for each other. On Saturday, The Dream Girls of St. Paul in partnership with Operation Save Our Sons, The Jacksonville Chapter of the Links Incorporated and Pearls of Perfection hosted Dream Girls: A Career, Health & Safety Expo' at Jean Ribault High School. There was an informative panel discussion on Human Trafficking, which included key community figures, Crystal Freed, Attorney/Community Advocate, Mac Heavener, Asst. US Attorney, Charles Griggs, Director of Communications Dept of Health, Shelly Thompson, UF Health Div., and Irvin Pedro, Cohen ED Newtown. Operation Save Our Sons is a national initiative, launched in Jacksonville, Florida, designed to equip teenage males, particularly AfricanAmerican with the life skills needed to be successful and productive. The initiative, which creates partnership between several organizations, was founded by Dr. John E. Guns, Senior Pastor of the St. Paul Church of Jacksonville, Inc., and is designed to inspire males to strive for excellence for the sake of their personal future, the community, and the country. The Operation Save Our Sons initiative goal is to empower young boys to maximize their potential for positive civic impact through contributions to their families and their community. OSOS initiatives also include: decrease crime by increasing academic achievement to reduce the incarceration of youths by at least 40%; build and improve Father-Son relations to strengthen families and create a stronger family unit; PostSecondary Preparedness and Job Training to adequately prepare boys for better life skills that will increase the number of graduating seniors, encourage post-secondary education, and promote both job training and armed forces entrance; provide financial literacy and training to develop a sense of pride and self-sufficiency that will lead to the targeted group living a more productive and fulfilling life; character development to equip boys with the skill set to manage life and make healthy decisions and conflict management to deal with potential life altering situations facing boys, that will prepare young men through trainings and mentoring groups to successfully navigate these "moments". For more on OSOS visit SOS Aims to Save Young Black Males Inventor Creates a o Text PhoneFlorida native, inventor Freddie Figgers


By Lynn Jones After multiple shootings over the weekend, 15 faith leaders from around the city gathered at First Timothy Baptist Church for a press conference to discuss the rising violence in Jacksonville. The Pastors objective was to discuss the curfew mentioned on local news by local minister and marketing executive Ken Adkins. As a plan of attack a city-wide curfew is not what city pastors will support. The pastors will oppose a curfew and instead support action that would put more police officers on the street to make Jacksonville neighborhoods safer. They will also send a letter to the Sheriff Rutherford requesting a meeting with community stakeholders in the faith, non-profit, and law enforcement community to stem the tide of violence. Dr. John Allen Newman of the Sanctuary at Mount Calvary took to the podium and spoke to the media, We welcome our brothers and sisters of faith in the other communities to please come and join us because all lives matter and until we see this as something that is affecting all of Jacksonville, we arent going to come together,Ž Newman said. The Rev. Eugene Diamond of Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church said a curfew doesnt affect the ones who need it. The curfew will turn Jacksonville into a police state. None of it fosters a relationship between community and law enforcement.Ž Pastor Fred Newbill of First Timothy Church spoke about his church programs that minister to the community, we have a lot of programs that we promote for young men and women in Jacksonville, we may not promote the efforts, but in doing so we gage what the community needs are.Ž Faith leaders also mentioned an initiative to provide 500 summer jobs to inner city youth. Jacksonville Free Press Reporter Lynn Jones had tears in her eyes and commented, I will be following up on the jobs you promise. Its proven the Jacksonville Free press supports the community. Its time the churches make an effort to promote their programs and complete said initiatives and go in the trenches to help the urban core.Ž After the press conference Pastors were eager to get to work to set in motion directives to stop the violence in Jacksonville. Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 3 April 30 May 6, 2015 JaxHappenings.comTaste the World VIP Experience*SATURDAY, MAY 2Naturalization CeremonySATURDAY, MAY 2Parade of FlagsSUNDAY, MAY 3*Additional cost.May 2 & 3 Metropolitan Park 1 DAY PASS$5 AY D DA 1 $5 ASS P PA opolitan P Metry 2 & 3 Maer tion C aliza u r Y2 , MA AY Y Y, A AY TURD A S VIP Experienc orld e the W t as T a r k litan P Pa y 2 & 3y emon erY 2* e VIP Experienc orld JaxHapp JaxHapp om om c c penings. penings. t. os dditional c A *Y 3 , MA Y Y, A SUNDf Flags ade o ar P Y 2 , MA AY Y Y, A AY TURD A S f FlagsY 2y Pictured is Reverend Eugend Diamond of Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church surrounded by local Pastors addressing the media.Faith Leaders Address Recent Shootings Artist Rene Marie Electrifies for Fine ArtsThe sultry artist Rene Marie wowed her audience last Friday evening in the Andrew Robinson Auditorium of the University of North Florida, giving a tribute with love to many of the eclectic works of Eartha Kitt and originals from her most recent and soon to be released CD. The event was a collaboration of Riverside Fine Arts and Beaches Fine Arts. Pictured from left to right is RFA board member Linda Cooper, Board President Kenneth Reddick and artist Rene Marie. Divine Divas Celebrate April Birthdays Western StyleBy C. Reed Over the weekend, the Divine Divas of Jacksonville celebrated members who were born in the month of April. Birthday Divas Cassandra Bentley, Yvette Cole, and Norma Sheppard were showered with elegant hats, purses, scarves, jewelry, a variety of herbal teas and other fantastic gifts. The Birthday ladies remarked that all of the gifts reminded them of Christmas Day! The celebration party was hosted in Orange Park at the home of Diva Yvette Cole. Divas were dressed in Western attire and dined on a variety of savory western dishes and appetizers. Personal dance instructor Will Overby was present to teach line and square dancing to the Divas. Judges Edna Harrison, Gloria Moultrie, Christina Williams and Marge Williams experienced difficulty declaring winners because all participants had graceful moves. Divas also made a vow to contribute to a local charity, facility or community establishment during the coming year. Mayor Brown Announces Discrimination StudyMayor Alvin Brown has announced a study this week to help city office holders prevent discrimination. Brown has asked his Office of General Counsel to conduct a comparative study of federal, state, and local laws that combat discrimination. The Mayor's leadership on this issue will ensure that city office holders have the information they need to take the actions necessary to prevent discrimination in Jacksonville. Browns campaign says the study is the result of him listened to the people of Jacksonville who have spoken up with great passion about this issue, and is showing leadership and vision by taking this action. This study ordered by Mayor Brown has been praised by community leaders for being a crucial step in guaranteeing that Jacksonville will not have discrimination and that all of its citizens will be treated fairly and equally.


By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Its the academic version of the world heavyweight championship boxing matches between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in Zaire labeled The Rumble in the JungleŽ and the Philippines Thriller in Manila.Ž Whatever label you attach to it, the public feud between Professors Cornel West and Michael Eric Dyson, two of our most gifted intellectuals, cannot be ignored. Dysons original opus weighed in at nearly 10,000 words … four to five times the length of a typical magazine feature story … and landed plenty of punches to Wests body of work. Dyson charged that Obamas inauguration marked a pronounced and decades-long scholarly declineŽ for West. He explained, It is not only that Wests preoccupations with Obamas perceived failures distracted him, though that is true; more accurate would be to say that the last several years revealed Wests paucity of serious and fresh intellectual work, a trend far longer in the making. West is still a Man of Ideas, but those ideas today are a vain and unimaginative repackaging of his earlier hits. He hasnt published without aid of a cowriter a single scholarly book since Keeping Faith, which appeared in 1993, the same year as Race Matters.Ž Despite other issues addressed by Dyson in his tome, at its core, this heavyweight fight is personal. In the interest of full disclosure, I know both Cornel and Michael and count each of them as a friend. Except for the length of Dysons article, the only thing surprising is that he waited this long to reply to Wests attacks on him. And readers had to wait almost until the end of the article to learn what West specifically said about Dyson that so enraged him. In November 2012, West, friend and mentor, one of the three men whose name is on my Princeton doctoral dissertation, let me have it in the national media. It was during an appearance with Tavis Smiley on Democracy Now, shortly after Obamas reelection. I love Brother Mike Dyson, West said. But were living in a society where everybody is up for sale. Everything is up for sale. And he and Brother Sharpton and Sister Melissa and others, they have sold their souls for a mess of Obama pottage. And we invite them back to the black prophetic tradition after Obama leaves. But at the moment, they want insider access, and they want to tell those kinds of lies. They want to turn their back to poor and working people. And its a sad thing to see them as apologists for the Obama administration in that way, given the kind of critical background that all of them have had at some point.Ž As Dyson wrote, West was just warming up.Ž Dyson continued, After a fiftieth anniversary celebration of the 1963 March on Washington on the National Mall, a celebration Sharpton led and at which I spoke, West argued that Martin Luther King Jr. wouldve been turning over in his grave at Sharptons coronation as the bona fide house negro of the Obama plantation, supported by the Michael Dysons and others whove really prostituted themselves intellectually in a very, very ugly and vicious way. And recently, while promoting Black Prophetic Fire, West argued the Sharptons, the Melissa HarrisPerrys, and the Michael Eric Dysons ƒ end up being these cheerleaders and bootlickers for the President, and I think its a disgrace when it comes to the black prophetic tradition of Malcolm and Martin.Ž West responded to Dyson briefly on Facebook, saying: Character assassination is the refuge of those who hide and conceal these issues in order to rationalize their own allegiance to the status quo.Ž Dyson responded to Wests response and pushback from other quarters with a second, 2,623-word article in The New Republic. Regarding his decision to publicly answer West, Dyson, quoting old folks who administered public spankings to children, said, Where you did it is where you get it.Ž Of all the issues facing Black America … police murders, poverty, mass incarceration, drones, unfair trade policies, electronic surveillance, failing schools, unemployment, Wall Street power, and Israeli occupation of Palestinians, to use part of Wests list of pressing issues … a heavyweight fight between two prized Black intellectuals is an unwanted distraction. Four years ago, I arranged and moderated a conversation between West and Sharpton at a National Newspapers Publishers Associations convention in Chicago. It was a cordial and respectful conversation. However, it wasnt long before West personally attacked Sharpton again. So I have little hope that a sit-down between West and Dyson would yield anything beyond a temporary truce. In the end, West and Dyson will be judged not by the amount of flowery venom they can direct at each other … weve had more than enough of that already … but whether they can help find solutions for the array of vexing problems that still plague our people. George E. Curry, former editorin-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA) and He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, You can also follow him at and George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook. See previous columns at mns. 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Reggie Fullwood Baltimore Riots Show the Frustration of African AmericansApril 30 May 6, 2015 Black Women Killed by Police are IgnoredYou know their names … Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice … because these Black men were unarmed and killed by law enforcementŽ officers. Their names have been part of a litany invoked when police shootings are discussed. Their deaths have been part of the impetus for the Black Lives Matter movement, especially because the police officers that killed these men (and a little boy) have paid no price for their murders. You are far less likely to know about Rekia Boyd, shot by an off-duty police officer in Chicago. While the officer who killed Boyd was acquitted, her killing sparked few protests, and little national attention. Kate Abbey-Lambertz of Huffington Post identified 15 women who were killed during police encounters when they were unarmed, including Tanisha Anderson (Cleveland), 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones (Detroit), and Yvette Smith (Bastrop, Texas). The killing of another woman, Miriam Carey, was especially egregious. Carey, a dental hygienist, drove her car into a security checkpoint near the White House. The Secret Service fired multiple shots at Carey, killing her and putting her 13-month-old daughter at risk. Meanwhile, a White man scaled the White House fence without a shot fired. Another made it into the White House residence without encountering a gun. A few people protested Careys death, but the protests fizzled. AlterNet and Clutch Magazine, online sources such as Huffington Post, reported on some of the unarmed Black women who were gunned down. Again, these killings were barely protested, and garnered no national attention. Little seems to have changed since Gloria Hull, Patricia Bell-Scott, and Barbara Smith wrote But Some of Us Are Brave: All the Women Are White, All the Blacks are Men. The book, written in 1993, addressed the invisibility of African American women. While the majority of the unarmed African Americans killed by police officers are men, about 20 percent of those killed are women. The publicized killings of African American men have happened all too frequently in the past 12 months. Each killing strikes our collective community like a body blow, especially when officers are poorly trained, have records of brutality, and are acquitted. When the roll of recent killings is called, women may be absent because there has been little publicity about assaults against women in the past year. Based on the record, however, we know such assaults are likely to have happened. Contemporary Black women are not the only ones who history has swallowed. Fannie Lou Hamer was beaten so many times, and so severely that she developed a blood clot and lost much of her sight in one eye. One kidney was injured and her entire body covered with welts and bruises. She never regained her health, yet when people call the roll of civil rights leaders and icons, her name is too often excluded. There is a historical precedent for the invisibility of African American women. Fannie Lou Hamer is but one of many women whose lives and sacrifices are often ignored. Focusing on young Black women should not minimize efforts to improve the status of young Black men. There ought be no competition, but efforts for inclusion. The Black Lives Matter movement must recognize the killing of Black women as well as Black men. To do any less, suggests that only Black mens lives matter. Any African American who is shot and killed by police officers deserves our attention. Both Black women have economic, psychological, and physical wounds because of the racism we experience. Our economic wounds manifest as higher unemployment rates and lower wages. Our health wounds are illustrated through the health disparities we experience, along with differences in life expectancies. Our psychological wounds include dysfunction in our organizations and relationships. We wont have healthy and functional communities until we focus on healing wounds among all of us … Black men and Black women. Ive been impressed and excited by the Black Lives Matter movement and the young leadership that has emerged from it. This is a movement that, powerful as it is, would be so much stronger if it acknowledged that Black womens lives also matter. Michael Eric Dyson vs. Cornel West By Dr. Julianne Malveaux If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves and allow those responsible to salve their conscience by believing that they have our acceptance and concurrence,Ž said Mary McLeodBethune. She added, We should, therefore, protest openly everything... that smacks of discrimination or slander.Ž Most of our great former leaders like Mary McLeod Bethune would agree with protest. She passed in 1955 and would be amazed at the strides made by blacks in this country. But, and theres always a but, many African American leaders who fought for equality and justice would be devastated by the recent series of killings of unarmed black men. I am tired of asking the same question every week: what is the value of a black mans life in America? I am tired of writing and talking about an unarmed black man being killed by someone in authority. The names change, but the stories dont change much. Now we are talking about Freddie Gray from Baltimore, MD. Unfortunately, no one caught Freddies apprehension on camera like Walter Scotts police killing was, hence we really have no idea what happened to him after being arrested. Investigators with the city police and other agencies are still trying to recreate the events that caused Gray to sustain a severe and ultimately fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody. Of course, Police accounts state that Gray's arrest was made "without force or incident." Baltimore police seem to be focusing on Grays transport after is arrest and his processing. A lieutenant, a sergeant and four other officers involved in Gray's arrest and transport has been suspended with pay pending the results of the police investigation. What is clear in this case, only the police officers know what really happened. Gray, much like many other black men from Michael Brown to Trayvon Martin, will not be able to tell his side of the story. Freddie Gray was buried on Monday of this week, and what ensued in Baltimore has been mass chaos in the black community. What fueled the recent riots and protest was a video that surfaced showing the police holding Gray on the ground before being dragged to the police van. By the time he made it to the main jail, his spinal cord was damaged and his voice box was crushed. This series of events have led to mass rioting and protest in a city that ispredominately black. African Americans are simply fed up. Blacks are tired of watching videos like the one we saw of Eric Garner being placed in a chokehold by NYPD, listening to him say "I can't breathe, I can't breathe" and then watching him die minutes later. So in many ways, the riots in Ferguson and now in Baltimore have been a build up of local and national racial tensions. We are in a strange season in this country. I would have never thought that the mantra, Do Blacks Lives Matter?Ž would be relevant in 2015. I often think of a quote from Langston Hughes who said, "I swear to the Lord I still can't see Why Democracy means everybody but me." So why riot? While I dont agree with rioting it is clear whyAfrican Americans in Baltimore have reacted in this way. Blacks have dealt with the popular murders of unarmed black men such as Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Michael Brown, Eric Gardner and so many more and the frustration has boiled over. Gray is another black young man who will not be at the trial to tell his side of the story. The grand jury wasnt able to hear Browns side of the story. But again, Ferguson and Baltimore are real life microcosmsof the challenges this country still face regarding race and the racial inequalities that still exist. Hopefully we will have an opportunity to find out what really happened to Freddie Gray, and justice will be served. It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences,Ž said Audre Lorde Signing off from the Baltimore NAACP office, Reggie Fullwood


April 30 May 6, 2015 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 28 MAY 4, 2015© A Z EE Z Communications , Inc. Vol. XXI , No. 37ALCORN, VIRGINIA UNION GET NEW HOOPS COACHES; NFL DRAFT ARRIVES PANTHER, AGAIN: Jay Butler leaves UDC women to return to alma mater as new mens head hoops coach.UDC Sports P hotoDRAFTED ’ BCSP NotesGrambling State men, Alabama State women take SWAC Outdoor Track and Field titles The Grambling State men claimed their seventh straight title and the Alabama State Southwestern Athletic Conference help its Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Louis Crews Stadium in Huntsville, Alabama last week. GSU scored 170 points to earn their 11 title overall, earning Bertram Lovell Individually, Micah Hill Mississippi Valley State was the chamJesus Hernandez For the women, Sydnee Worlds Arkansas-Pine Bluff earned events. Artrailia LaSane Alabama State sweeps SWAC Golf crowns Alabama State women claimed their Southwestern Athletic Conference Chanelle Avaricio earned the womens Most Valuable Player (Low Medalist) while teammate Sylvia Masango SIACSOUTHERN INTERCOLLIGIATEATHLETIC CONFERENCE CONF ALL EAST W L W L Benedict 13 5 22 14 Morehouse 4 13 12 19 WEST Tuskegee 9 9 15 21 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER NA PITCHER NACENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONCIAA SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCE DIV ALL EASTERN W L W L WESTERNArk. Pine Bluff 13 5 19 15 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Cesar Rivera, Fr., ALABAMA STATE Hit Melvin Rodriguez , JSU PITCHER Santos Saldivar, SU Struck out leagueDion Holbrook , LHP, GSU Struck out 3..MID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEAC CONF ALL NORTHERN W L W L Coppin State 2 19 3 34SOUTHERN NC Central 12 11 19 25 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Charles Dailey, r-Sr., OF, DSU Hit 2 doubles, 1 triple in 3-game sweep of Coppin State. PITCHER Lane DeLeon , Fr., P, DSU Took no-hitter game shutout. ROOKIE A. J. Hunt, Fr., 3B, NC A&T two of three from Savannah State. CONF ALL W L W LWinston-Salem State 15 1 33 13 Lincoln 1 15 3 33 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER NA . OFFENSE NA . PITCHER NA DEFENSE NA COACH NA 2 0 1 5 B L A C K C O L L E G E B A S E B A L L (Results, Standings and Weekly Honors thru 4/27/15) MID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEAC CONF ALL NORTHERN W L W L Norfolk State 11 4 12 22 SOUTHERN PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Amber Hallman, Sr., 3B, SSU and 5 RBI vs. B-CU. PITCHER Liz Riley, Sr., P, NSU in pair of wins vs. Coppin State. ROOKIE Allyson Babinsack, Fr., P, HAMPTON scattering 23 hits in four games with 15 Ks.SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCE DIV ALL EASTERN W L W L Jackson State 12 4 22 24 WESTERN Southern 11 5 15 12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK HITTER Destinee Williams , Fr., PRAIRIE VIEW 3-1 week. PITCHER Chelsea King , Fr., ALABAMA STATE innings with no earned runs on nine hits, CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONCIAA DIV CONF ALL NORTH W L W L W LChowan 9 1 15 1 22 12 SOUTH PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER NA . DEFENSIVE NA PITCHER NA COACH NASIACSOUTHERN INTERCOLLIGIATEATHLETIC CONFERENCE CONF ALL EAST W L W L WEST PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER NA PITCHER NA 2 0 1 5 B L A C K C O L L E G E S O F T B A L L (Results, Standings and Weekly Honors thru 4/27/15) ROBINSON TO LEAD ALCORN HOOPS: Alcorn State Derek Horne announced last week that Montez Robinson has been hired as the Braves new head men's basketball coach. BethuneCookman men's basketball program. Prior to his time at seasons at Kennesaw State. his commitment to academic achievement and we have a program." Bethune-Cookman. JAY BUTLER RETURNS TO VA. UNION: Former Virginia Union standout Lester "Jay" Butler, Jr., was named the 10th head coach in the history Virginia Union Tuesday on campus. As the University of the District of Columbia head women's basketball coach, Butler has enjoyed outstanding success at the Division II level over a career that has spanned 11 seasons. He has amassed 177 wins, two Independent Collegiate Athletic Association (ICAA) national last season with a school-record third seed in the East Butler began his coaching career at Virginia Union head junior varsity and assistant varsity coach at BladDave Robbins program. He helped Virginia Union capture three straight CIAA Metro honors and Honorable Mention All-American. JOYNER EXTENDED AT HAMPTON: Hampton University has given head mens basketball coach Edward BuckŽ Joyner Jr. a his second Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament championship. mens basketball program, particularly during the MEAC Eugene Marshall Jr. said. Delaware State the championship game to earn the MEACs automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Hampton drew Manhattan in the NCAA First Four, Kentucky in the second round. It marked the second UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS Robinson Junior Branson Ferrier claimed his third straight MVP honor shootTuskegee takes SIAC softball title Tuskegee Kentucky State title in as many years. Stillman All-SIAC baseball selections Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors as voted on by the league's head coaches. Third baseman Damien Bivens Jared Maner Morehouse , and pitcher Hunter Hood Stillman average.. Slim pickings again in 2015 DraftLUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor three Friday will be held inside the Auditorium citys Grant Park where the league has set up a tion. year. Norfolk State deLynden Trail Robert Myers Tennessee State are the two highest rated playMyers, a three-year starter at TSU, has the highest grade, rating consistently in the is thought to possess the pass protection traits pects. Several scouts believe he will eventually TrailMyers Jerry Lovelocke, QB, Prairie View A&M Khari Lee, TE, Bowie State Anthony Bass, DE, Tennessee StateAlfy Hill, DE, Winston-Salem State Edward Moseley, DE, Alabama State Matthew Reese, C, Tuskegee Derrick Billups, DT, Alabama State Isaiah Fleming, LB, Cheyney LeRon Furr, LB, Fort Valley State Tavarus Dantzler, LB, Bethune-Cookman Tray Walker, CB, Texas Southern DeAnte Sanders, CB, Tennessee State Terry Johnson, CB, Florida A&M Ronnie Vinson, CB, Tennessee State Julian David, FS, Howard Daniel Fitzpatrick, SS, Tennessee State Michael Johnson, SS, Fayetteville StateBEST OF THE RESTteam FCS all-American honors, is rated consissize, particularly his height. The Florida transa tight end at the Senior Bowl and some think that position may be his best option to stick in the league. Trail is seeking to become only the "That would be huge. It would totally be a State back on the map. More scouts need to come here." Lincoln (Mo.) Davon Walls Tray Walker Texas Southern, who intrigues scouts with his BethuneCookman linebacker Tavarus Dantzler whose Prairie View quarterback Jerry Lovelocke , who threw at the Combine and at the Senior Bowl, is rated among the top passers in Lovelocke could be a late round selectiona as could be Bowie State tight end Khari Lee Day. Joyner


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.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.orthside Church of Christ 37th Annual Ladies Inspiration DayThe Northside Church of Christ (NCOC) 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 NCOC. Come be treated to the beautiful voices of His ImageŽ from NCOC 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.Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church Women In WhiteŽ ProgramEmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, Dr. Herb Anderson, Pastor and the entire Deaconess Ministry is inviting the Jacksonville community to the 7th annual Women in WhiteŽ program, Sunday, May 17th at 4 p.m. Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church is a Bible teaching church, with a heart-felt worship experience, honest friendship, constant prayer and compassion in need where the name of Jesus Christ will be lifted to the highest level of excellence possible Come join us! For more info call the church office at 3569371.Southside Church of Christ PrePentecost Consecration CelebrationSouthside Church of Christ Pre-Pentecost Consecration during the month of May includes fasting a portion of each day and evening prayer at 6 p.m. (Monday-Friday), May 1May 22. Southside Church of Christ will celebrate Pentecost Sunday May 24th at 8 a.m. and 11 am. Join Southside Church of Christ for some intimate time with God. Prayer begins at Noon Tuesday May 12 and 26. Southside Church of God in Christ is located at 2179 Emerson Street. For more info call the church office at 398-1625.Hampton University in Concert at Bethel Baptist Institutional ChurchBethel Baptist Institutional Church will host the Hampton University Concert Choir on Wednesday, May 6, at 7 p.m., 215 Bethel Baptist Street. Mr. Omar Dickenson, Directors of Choirs at Hampton and the former Minister of Music at Bethel will collaborate on the music. The Hampton Choir is a renowned choir; having performed in such notable venues as Lincoln Center, Philharmonic Hall in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Hampton Choirs have contributed to the enjoyment of choral music to millions of people the world over. Join the Bethel family and the Jacksonville Chapter of the Hampton University Alumni Association for an evening of unsurpassed professional musicality. For more info call the church office at 354-1464.Summerville Baptist Church Mothers Day Weekend CelebrationSummerville Baptist Church will celebrate Mothers Day all weekend! The Mothers Day program celebration takes place for three days: movie and popcorn, Friday, May 8th at 7 p.m. On Saturday May 9th take pleasure in breakfast prepared by the men of the church, and Sunday, May 10th at 11 a.m. is a Mothers Day service celebrating Mothers of the church. Come fellowship with the women of Summerville! For more info call the church office at 598-0510.The 23rd Annual World of ations Festival Returns This WeekendThe City of Jacksonville invites residents and visitors to Metropolitan Park to join in the 23rd annual World of Nations Celebration. The event offers visitors the opportunity to explore more than 30 countries in a single visit without leaving Jacksonville. A one-day pass is $5. The event will be open to the public on Saturday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.* and Sunday, May 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. During this time, patrons will be able to experience the cultures of 34 countries. The annual Parade of Flags will be held on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. on the Metropolitan Park stage. Countries participating in the World of Nations Celebration include: the Bahamas, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Senegal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Syria, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, U.S.A., U.S. Virgin Islands, Venezuela and Vietnam.OTICE:Church news is published free of charge. Information must be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event date will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to 7653803 or e-mail to Page 6 Ms. Perrys Free Press April 30-May 6, 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 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 Grace and Peacevisit Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.. Pastor Emeritus by M. Latimer The phrase, "Age ain't nothing but a number," proved true last Saturday as models aged seven through 81 walked the runway at the Church of the Crucifixion Catholic Church's "Fashions with a Flare: A Luncheon and Fashion Show Representing All Ages." The church's 4R Committee hosted its first fashion show to promote cultural enrichment, fellowship, spiritual growth, financial support and evangelization. According to program chair and model Marguerite Warren, the event was also a fun way to show that people can live well at any age. "Our goal was to actively engage our entire membership and the surrounding community. We also wanted to demonstrate that people aged sixty and older are living longer, healthier, more active lives. One of our models Beulah Williams is in her early 80s. And she is fabulous!" said Warren. The models showcased clothes in five categories: casual, professional, dressy, after five, and bridal. In addition to the fashions, guests were treated to an elegant lunch and an array of "fine arts." Community leaders Rahman Johnson and Brenda Onfroy served as the master and mistress of ceremonies. Johnson exhibited the poems "Journey toward Peace," written in memory of 9-11 survivors, and "I Lead to Serve," which discussed the importance of servant-leadership. Onfroy, a noted historian, shared some of Jacksonville's history. And flautist Linda Witsell performed several beautiful solos. The fashion show had a dramatic ending, with its "Here Comes the Bride" scene. Newlyweds Briahn and Yolanda Knight modeled their actual wedding attire as bride and groom. And Knight's grandmother, Barbara Delgado, closed the fashion show, wearing a dramatic teal and sliver blouse and pants. Delgado, who also served as a program chair, noted the event strengthened the bonds between church members. "The fashion show brought many of us together to use our time and talents. 'Fashions with a Flare' demonstrated that all of us at any age can make important contributions to our faith community," said Delgado. In the fashion show's final scene, "Here Comes the Bride," the following are pictured: Program chair and model Barbara Delgado, mistress of ceremonies Brenda Onfroy, model James Smith, program chair and model Marguerite Warren, model Briahn Knight, model Chelynn Favo rs, model Yolanda Knight, model Dawn Delgado Knight, model Beulah Williams, model Christian Simmons, model Chloe Simmons, program c hair and model Erskerline Favors, and model Claude Thomas. Church of the Crucifixion Presents Fashions with a Flare


Hair Salon owner and stylist Julia Leggett was so excited about her upcoming birthday that she decided to give back to the community. After presenting her granddaughter with a fresh new monogrammed pillow and seeing her smiling face, a light bulb went off and the Julia Salon pillow driveŽ was birthed. Her brainchild was to give pillows to inner city youth that may not have a new pillow and monogram each pillow case with a hand written scripture on the pillow. After my granddaughters reaction to her new pillow I knew that I could help young people who would be happy to get a new pillow. I also wanted to shake each childs hand and speak a word of love and encouragement. Writing the scriptures on the pillow can become a vision, because when you slumber and when you awake, this is when your inner most goals and vision comes to you and I want young people to have vision for their success. My heart is in the inner city,Ž said Julia. After much consideration and thought, Julia made a commitment to host her inaugural pillow drive at her salon (Julias Salon) for children ages 0-16. Julia promoted the event on social media and many of her friendsŽ which includes pastors from around the world, bestowed words of encouragement and funds to help with the drive. Pillows were distributed to over 50 children. Volunteers included Dee Wilcox with the Annie Ruth Foundation, family and friends. To donate to the Julia Salon pillow drive call 382-2626. The Dream Team Mothers, a group of civic minded Jacksonville mothers, made a donation to the I. M. Sulzbacher Center of 100 Sweet Dreams Move Out BagsŽ that included toiletries, books, blankets and stuffed animals for children who move with their families into permanent housing from the Center. Currently, the parents receive move out necessities, like pots, pans and dishes, but not the children. The Dream Team also hosted a variety of fun activities for children and their families currently residing at the shelter that included local storyteller Elaine Kitchens, dance lessons provided by students from Jacksonville Centre of the Arts, and face painting. More than 60 children and 20 adults enjoyed the food, donated by 5-Star Pizza, Firehouse Subs, and Publix, fun and fellowship. April 30 May 6, 2015 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 7 DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. Enterprise Center 101 East Union Street, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL32202 904-633-8099 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 Dr. Ava Parker The Palm Beach State College District Board of Trustees culminated a six-month national search process Wednesday, unanimously choosing Ava L. Parker, J.D., to become the first female president of Palm Beach State College. Parker, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Florida Polytechnic University, was one of four finalists who met with the board Wednesday, each making a case for being the best fit to lead the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County. Parker said she was drawn to PBSCs strong foundation and history of excellence. The quality of the programs and the commitment of the academic and administrative teams are apparent in the success of this institution,Ž she stated. The College is poised for innovative strategies that support economic development, it is located in a growing, diverse region, and it is expanding its footprint. We will do great things together.Ž Parker joined Florida Polytechnic University in 2012 to lead the development of the states newest university, which focuses on research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. As the schools first administrator, she was responsible for developing strategy, implementing the vision, building the team, and opening the new campus for its inaugural class last fall. She formerly served on the Board of Governors of the State University System for 10 years, including as chair, and she is a partner with the Jacksonville law firm of Lawrence & Parker. A third-generation Floridian, she earned her Juris Doctor degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, both from the University of Florida. Carolyn L. Williams, trustee and co-chair of the Presidential Search Committee, said interest in the position was intense, with 161 applications received from throughout the U.S. and abroad. Parker is expected to start by July 1. She will succeed Dr. Dennis Gallon, who is retiring June 30 after 18 years as Palm Beach States fourth president. The Jacksonville Free Press would love to share your event with our readers. GUIDELINES 1. All unsolicited photos require a $10 photo charge for each picture. Photos can be paid by check, money order or credit card, 2. Pictures must be brought into our office to be examined for quality or emailed in a digital format of .jpg or .bmp. 3.Everyone in the picture must be named. 4. All photos MUST be received within 5 days of the event. OEXCEPTIOS. 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! The Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated supported by Nu Iota Chapter of Edward Waters College, Mu Theta Chapter of University of North Florida and Omicron Delta Chapter of Jacksonville University collected over 1,800 individually wrapped snack items that were donated to the Feeding Northeast Florida Agency. On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha assembled approximately 470 snack packs which were added to previously packed cases. This surplus of snacks will be distributed to 11 local middle schools around the city of Jacksonville. Snack packs are scrumptious and nutritional treats for children to enjoy at home after school until an adult can prepare a meal. Members of Gamma Rho Omega Chapter also worked diligently in sorting items, checking expiration dates, packing and placing labels on boxes of food to be sent into the Jacksonville community to eliminate hunger. They sorted 4,050 pounds of food which is equivalent to 3,375 meals. The Family Strengthening Committee is chaired by Jackie Lee and Cristia Tarver. The Childhood Hunger Impact Day Chairpersons are Rebecca Marshall and Anest McCarthy. The chapter is under the leadership of Mary Davis. Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Help Eliminate Childhood Hunger in Jacksonville PBSC Trustees Select Ava Parker as First Female President Shown above at the event are: Felicia Seabury Cruse, Kimberly Huyghue, Coco McKenzie, Aleizha Batson. Adrienne Conrad, Terrie Carter, Chandra Adams, Charlene Daniels, LaTara Davis, icole Holmes. Shelita McGowan, Staci Suggs Mules, Tonya Pearson, Kezia Rolle and Kelly Toaston.Dream Team Mothers Help Kids Transitioning from Homeless to Homes Local Salon Owner Gifts Inner City Youth with hand-written Pillows to Awaken to a Vision Julia Leggett shows her pillow gifts


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 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 Amateur ight Ritz Amateur Night, Step Up To the Mic,Ž Friday, May 1st at 7:30 p.m. Amateur night is where contestants compete for prizes and the winners go on to compete in semifinal and final competitions. For more info visit Fair and Mens SeminarChampions Hardcore Football League Job Fair, Friday, May 1st at 9:30 a.m. and Mens Seminar, Saturday, May 2nd topics include: Being Better Men and Better FathersŽ at 9:30 a.m. at the North Florida United Indoor Sports Complex, 6852 Philips Pkwy Dr. S. For more info email alucas.championsoffaith@gmail.comWine TastingFirst Friday Wine tasting at the Downtown Cigar Bar, 11 North Ocean St., Friday, May 1st , 8 … 10 p.m. Enjoy exclusives wines and food. For more info call 343-4411. Tee Off Downtown Come kick off The PlayersŽ week at Tee Off Downtown! Experience food truck fare, cash bar, and amazing music, Friday, May 1st, 5 … 9 p.m. at Unity Park, 220 Riverside Ave. For tickets and more info visit Museums on UsMay 2-3, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can get free access to a cultural experience at participating museums in Jax: the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, The Museum of Science and History (MOSH) and Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. For more info visit (312) 992-2370.Steel MagnoliasCome see the play Steel MagnoliasŽ at Stage Aurora Play House, 5165 Norwood Avenue, Suite A, the weekends of May 1-3, and May 8-10. For tickets and more info visit Literacy Fun DayCRC Educational and Community resources, Inc. presents a Family Literacy Fun Day, Saturday, May 2, 12 … 4 p.m. Free food, games, books and prizes at Woodstock Park, 2839 W. Beaver St. For more info call 632-4885.Ritz Jazz JammThe City of Jacksonville Jazz Festival and the Ritz Theatre upcoming jazz line-up with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Stanley Jordan and Kim Waters, Saturday, May 2nd at 8 p.m., and Friday, May 15th hear four-time Grammy nominated, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan. For tickets and more info visit Mayweather vs Pacquiao Fight PartyDowntown Cigar Bar and Lee Brown present the Mayweather vs PacquiaoŽ fight, Saturday, May 2nd, 11 N. Ocean St. at 6 p.m. Fight at 9 p.m. For tickets and more info call 343-4411.Jax SoccerJacksonville Armada vs. San Antonio Scorpions, Saturday, May 2nd at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd. For tickets and more info visit Guru Dr. Lonnie SmithThe Hammond B-3 Organ Guru composer and jazz musician Dr. Lonnie Smith at the Ritz Theater Jazz Jamm session, 829 N. Davis, Saturday, May 2nd at 8 p.m. For more info visit Coast Kids TriathlonThe 7th Annual First Coast Kids Triathlon, May 2-3, at Everbank Field. A Triathlon is a way for children to experience the benefits of a healthy lifestyle focused on daily exercise and good nutrition. For more info visit in the Park The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville presents Art in the Park,Ž Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. downtown in Hemming Plaza Park, 303 N. Laura St. For more info call 358-3600.Emmett Reed Health FairAlpha Starz presents Wrap the May Pole,Ž Senior Health and Wellness Resource Fair, May 2-3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Emmett Reed Community Center, 1093 W. 6th St. For more info call 630-0958.JHRC Race DialogueJoin the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, JCCI and various partners for Smart Justice: Securing the Future of our Youth,Ž community dialogue on juvenile justice and civil citations, Thursday, May 7th from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Main Library, 303 Laura St. For more info call 630-1121.itro CircusNitro Circus Live will be in Jax at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph, Friday May 8th. Nitro Circus Live, the action sports spectacle features more than 40 of the worlds best action sports athletes performing daring and recordbreaking tricks in freestyle motocross, BMX and skateboarding. For more info visit BookclubPeople Reading for Inspiration, Discussion and Entertainment will hold their book club meeting on Saturday, May 9th at 4 p.m. The host is Gloria Johnson and Hezron Omawali, 12554 Angel Lake Drive W. The book for discussion is The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of ColorblindnessŽ by Michelle Alexander. For more info call 765-1446.St. Augustine's Romanza Arts Festivale Jazz, folk, Latin, rock, pop and blues music concerts, May 11-15 during St. Augustine's Romanza Festivale of the Arts! Popular blues artist, Mama Blue and keyboardist Rob Vibe will perform Friday, May 15th, 6 to 8 p.m., in the Plaza de la Constitucion in downtown St. Augustine. For more info visit Minds and Bodies ProgramHealthy Minds and Bodies 7th annual points of excellence awards program, presented by Northwest Behavioral Services. Featuring Mia Jones, Florida House of Representatives District 14, Thursday, May 14th at 6 pm., at St. Thomas Family Life Center, 2119 Rowe Avenue. For tickets and more info call 781-7797.Bike to Work DayNational Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 15th. Join your neighbors, family, and friends for Bike To Work Day.Ž For more info Boys Headline Starry ights What better way to kick off your summer fun than with the quintessential American Band, the Beach Boys, headlining the Jacksonville Symphonys Starry Nights, Saturday, May 16th at Metro Park, 4110 Gator Bowl Blvd. For more info call 630-0837.Strengthening Families DayThe annual conference on Mental Health and the Black Community presents Strengthening Families DayŽ Saturday, May 16th, 9 … 4 p.m. at Edward Waters College Milne auditorium, 1658 Kings Rd. For more info call 781-7797.Malcolm X Community FestivalMalcolm X Community Festival, Saturday, May 16th , 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Simonds-Johnson Park, 3730 Moncrief Rd. Enjoy culture events, featuring local and national talent from musicians, poets, artists, dancers, arts, and crafts, kickoff luncheon, workshop, speakers, seminars and closing concert. For more info contact Diallo Sekou at 706-284-9808.Souper Soul SundaysLady Campbells Souper Soul Sunday, Sunday, May 17th at 5 p.m. 'Something Miraculous' is back by popular demand! Can a mother's child be will alive after 17 years...if she was stillborn? Come enjoy this amazing theatrical soap opera at the Ritz Theater, 829 W. Davis St. For more info visit Del Rio American actor, comedian, costume designer, and drag queen Bianca Del Rio headlines the Rolodex of Hate Comedy Special at the Times Union Center, 300 Water St., Thursday, May 21st at 8 p.m. For more info call 633-6110.DWPerkins Bar Association BanquetThe D.W. Perkins Bar Association Scholarship and Awards Banquet, Thursday, May 21st at 7 p.m. at the Omni Hotel, 245 Water St. The theme is: Social Action: Be The Change You Want To SeeŽ featuring guest speaker Benjamin Crump, Esq. For more info visit Georgia Radio Museum Festival On Saturday May 23rd , 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. the Georgia Radio Museum Summer Festival will be at the St. Marys Waterfront Park 400 Osborne St, St Marys, GA. Admission is free for this family friendly festival featuring 70 arts and crafts, food, and vendors and non-profits. For more info contact Angela Wigger at 912-882-4000. 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 April 30 May 6, 2015 P P l l a a n n n n i i n n g g Y Y o o u u r r S S p p e e c c i i a a l l E E v v e e n n t t ? ? 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In America, 67 million adults are quietly living with high blood pressure … thats one in every three adults. Approximately 30 percent of American adults have pre-hypertension …a condition that puts them at great risk of developing high blood pressure. Its a practically invisible disease with a few subtle symptoms. And even after youve been diagnosed, it can seem pretty harmless and easy to ignore. But, if not properly cared for, its progressive effects can put you at risk for heart disease, stroke even kidney disease. African-Americans develop high blood pressure more often, and at an earlier age, than whites and Mexican-Americans. More African-American women have high blood pressure than AfricanAmerican men and they have higher rates of hospitalization. What causes high blood pressure? Research shows that high salt and sodium intake plus low potassium intake … due to not eating enough fruits and vegetables … and excessive alcohol consumption can contribute to developing high blood pressure. Worst Foods Processed meats: Any meat preserved by smoking, curing, salting or with the addition of chemical preservatives fit into this category, including ham, bacon, sausage, hot dogs and luncheon meats. Advice: Steer clear of these meats or at least opt for reduce sodium varieties. Frozen Pizza: The combination of salty foods spells trouble for blood pressure. The dough, tomato sauce, cheese and then processed meats added on top can cause an individual serving of frozen pizza to clock in at close to 2400 mg sodium,Ž says The Nutrition Twins. Advice: Make your own with low fat cheese, lean meat and extra veggies. Chinese Food: The sauce in Chinese dishes is loaded with sodium.  Something as innocentsounding as Beef with Broccoli can have 3,752 mg sodium,Ž says The Nutrition Twins, and thats thanks to things used in the cooking like soy sauce and Teriyaki sauce that have about 1,000 mg of sodium in just a tablespoon.Ž Nutrition Twin advice: Order your sauce on the side and use it sparingly. Ready-to-eat boxed meals and side dishes: Along with the convenience comes a hefty dose of sodium. A 5-ounce frozen turkey and gravy dinner can have 787 milligrams of sodium. Half of a 16.5 ounce chicken pot pie can pack 800 milligrams of sodium. Advice: Look for brands with less sodium. Sugar-sweetened beverages: We tend to associate excess sugar with higher blood sugar and diabetesŽ says Moore. However, excess sugar intake has been linked to high blood pressure levels as well.Ž Advice: Keep added sugars at a minimum. You can do this by avoiding sugary beverages like soft drinks, iced tea and fruit punch. Canned and pickled vegetables and vegetable juice: While a great substitute when fresh is not available, canned and pickled vegetables are typically laden with preservatives or sauces and seasonings that add extra sodium. A cup of canned cream-style corn may contain 730 milligrams of sodium. Advice … read the nutrition facts panel. Look for descriptions such as no salt addedŽ and reduced sodium.Ž Bouillon, canned and instant soup: On average, a cup of canned chicken noodle soup contains as much as 760 milligrams of sodium. Eat the entire can „ which makes two-and-a-half servings … and youll get 1,800 milligrams of sodium. Advice: Look for brands with reduced-sodium or no salt added. For instant soup or oriental noodles, reduce the sodium by using half of the seasoning packet. Muhammad Ali seems to have finally responded to Floyd Mayweathers claim that the undefeated fighter is betterŽ than The Greatest.Ž And all it took was one tweet: Mayweather is preparing for the biggest fight in boxing since Mike Tyson faced Lennox Lewis back in 2001. He will face Manny Pacquiao on Saturday in Las Vegas. Mayweather revealed the better than AliŽ boast to ESPNs Stephen A. Smith earlier this month: No one can ever brainwash me to make me believe that Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali was better than me,Ž Mayweather told Smith. No one could ever brainwash me and tell me that. But, one thing I will do, Im going to take my hat off to them and respect those guys „ because those are the guys that paved the way for me to be where Im at today. You dont believe that Muhammad Ali is better than you?Ž Smith asked Mayweather in disbelief. How?Ž Mayweather scoffed. He only fought in one weight class. Leon Spinks beat him when he had seven fights. Theyll never put a fighter in there with Floyd Mayweather with seven fights.Ž Spinks beat Ali in 1978, a seismic shock to the boxing world at the time. Mayweathers right „ it was only Spinks eighth professional bout. Ali was also very much past his prime and would only fight three more times before retiring. (Ali did avenge the loss later that same year.) Mayweather also took aim at Alis famous knockout victory over George Foreman to win the heavyweight championship in 1974. The Rumble in the JungleŽ is hailed as one of Alis greatest victories. Mayweathers not buying it. So you gon tell me that its cool to lay on the ropes and take punishment and let a man tire himself out from beating youƒ and then he basically fatigued, you hit him with a few punches and then he go down and quit. And [Ali] want to be glorified for that? Absolutely not. Not me.Ž Ironically, George Foreman is on Team Mayweather. The former heavyweight champion told TMZ that Mayweather was pound for poundŽ better than him and Ali ever were.Ž April 30 May 5, 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! Queen LatifahQueen Latifah Showing Her Range of Talent in Bessie Smith BiopicQueen Latifah is bringing Bessie Smith to life in HBO's forthcoming biopic on the legendary blues-jazz singer. The experience has presented her a list of firsts. In the new April/May issue of Uptown magazine the award-winning powerhouse opened up on one of the biopics most compelling scenes, in which Latifah appears nude. She likened the bare-skinned experience to her role as CleoŽ in F. Gary Grays 1996 drama Set It Off.Ž Ive never done that before. It was a little odd but it was also a quiet, relaxing thing,Ž the New Jersey-native recalled of the scene. Sometimes she was so alone, and it was a moment for Bessie to acknowledge her vulnerability, which I can completely relate to ... I dont find [this nude scene] any more uncomfortable than kissing a girl in 'Set It Off' and sticking to the script.Ž You have to take your mind off of yourself and honor that character. Respect Cleo, respect Bessie." In the interview, Latifah also offered her thoughts on the controversy surrounding Bill Cosbys list of rape allegations. Similar to other notable public figures who have spoken out on the situation, the actress-singer feels Cosby's wholesome image is tarnished. "Its unfortunate because he has done so much in terms of entertainment, culture and black folks,Ž she said. But right is right and wrong is wrong. All these women, all these stories, its just … what a big stain on such an amazing career." Muhammad Ali to Floyd Mayweather: Dont you forget, I am the greatest Local on-Profit Continues to Serve the Underserved On Saturday, April 25, the nonprofit organization Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement, Inc., was blessed to serve 925 underserved people of Jacksonville and the surrounding communities. The JLOC, MMM program started at 11 a.m. sharp and lines had already formed around the block. JLOC, MMM served a menu consisting of beef hotdogs, fried chicken, bar-b-que chicken, French fries, potatoe salad, assorted sliced cakes, bottled water and cold soft drinks. A live DJ played old school music as the rain came and went but the people took cover and stayed until the event was over. President Jerome Noissette said, we could not have served such a large number of people without the strong team of community volunteers; they done an outstanding job which I cannot describe in words but just suffice saying thank you volunteers. God held back the rain long enough to allow his servants to do what we do best, because we serve the people.Ž You can help JLOC, MMM through donations or by donating clean gently used clothes and volunteering your free time. Pictured is volunteer Tammy Calhoun. For more visit The Worst Foods for High Blood Pressure


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