The PotterÂs House International Ministries recently hosted The Leadership Schools at Eugene J. Butler for their inaugural Leadership Gala. The youth oriented event consisted of a Cotillion and a Beautillion for the schoolÂs students. Fortyeight debutantes dressed in traditional white ballgowns graced the dance floor and entertained the audience in an elegant graceful dance. The 8th grade students and their parents attended a family engagement night where they received free ballroom gowns courtesy of United Way. The debutanteÂs of the Young WomenÂs Leadership Academy were escorted by the 8th grade students of the Young MenÂs Leadership Academy, which included twenty-four beaus who participated in the Beautillion. The beaus were adorned in black tuxedos courtesy of Michaels Formal Wear. The young men entertained the audience with a sharp militant dance choreographed to John Williams Olympic Fanfare by Keezia Rolle, Artistic Director of Jacksonville Center of the Arts. The event was the vision of Principal Tamara Williams who said she visualized the event a year in advance. Principal Williams says Âshe wanted to give her students an experience they would always rememberÂŽ. The young men and young ladies participated in a series of refinement classes that led to the gala. The classes included Social/Media Etiquette, Public Speaking, and Learning to Become a Man. The students ended the evening with the finale dance, the Grande Waltz. Volume 28 o. 26 May 7 13, 2015 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents We Can Save One Young Black Male at a Time Through MentoringPage 4Hundreds of Women Escape from Boko HaramPage 12 Real Housewives of Atlanta Served up Some Olivia PopePage 11 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Dr. Ben Carson Says He Will Run for President in the 2016 Election Dr. Ben Carson recently announced on a Florida TV station that he will be officially joining the 2016 presidential race to capture the GOP nomination. Carson, a 63-year old retired neurosurgeon, has over the years become Âleading conservative voiceÂŽ for the Republican party. He is perhaps most recently remembered for verbally attacking Obamacare at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast right in front of President Obama. Carson, who is originally from Detroit, will kick start his campaign there. This is his first ever run for office, and he is currently polling ahead of several other established Republican contenders in Iowa, the site of the first caucus. In 1987, he became the first surgeon to successfully separate twins conjoined at the head. In 2008, for that accomplishment, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George Bush. The very next year, his life was portrayed in a Lifetime TV movie where his character was played by actor Cuba Gooding Jr. Just this past March, Carson apologized after a CNN interview for saying that being gay was a choice. He even made a comment suggesting that inmates who emerge from prison as homosexuals is proof. For more information about his campaign, visit www.2016committee.org2 Michigan Officers Suspended After Man's Videotaped BeatingINKSTER, Mich. Â„ Two police officers have been suspended without pay after the videotaped beating of a black man during a January traffic stop southwest of Detroit in Inkster. Officer Chuck Randazzo is suspended for 15 days. Sgt. Shawn Kritzer is suspended for 30 days. Union representative Al Lewis said that Randazzo was told his suspension is for excessive force and bringing the department disrepute. Kritzer was suspended for improperly administering medical attention to Floyd Dent. Officer William Melendez was fired last month and charged with assault. He has denied any wrongdoing. Footage from a police dashboard camera showed the 57-year-old Dent being pulled from his car and repeatedly punched in the head. The beating wasn't publicly known until WDIV-TV aired the video in March.Tamir RiceÂs Mother Moves into a Homeless ShelterFive months after 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot dead by a Cleveland police officer, his mother Samaria Rice has moved into a homeless shelter and is demanding answers from the investigation. The City of Cleveland has asked the family of Tamir Rice to halt their civil lawsuit until the official investigation has concluded. City lawyers, claim that delaying the lawsuit will protect the two officers involved in the shooting from making statements now, before knowing if theyÂll be charged with a crime. In a court filing, RiceÂs family said they cannot agree to hold off on their lawsuit because they are worried that crucial evidence could be lost. They also say the current pace at which the investigation is moving is causing them sustained distress. The family says that because they are living in an agonizing state of limbo Â… they have yet to bury Tamir, because it is unclear if there will be need for any additional medical examination. ÂPlaintiffs are incurring expense daily and are unsure if they can finally rest Tamir Rice due to the pending investigation,ÂŽ the motion continues. ÂA stay would exacerbate this expense and emotional distress.ÂŽBlues Legend B.B. King in Hospice Care at his Las Vegas HomeBlues legend B.B. King is in hospice care at his home in Las Vegas, according to a business associate with legal control over his affairs. The 89-year-old musician posted thanks on his official website for fans' well-wishes and prayers after he returned home from a brief hospitalization, said Laverne Toney, King's longtime business manager and current power-of-attorney. An ambulance was summoned last week after what Las Vegas police characterized as a domestic dispute over medical care. No arrests were made, and Roybal said no criminal complaint was filed. Toney disputed reports citing one of King's daughters as saying she called police because she was upset about her father's condition and that he had suffered a minor heart attack. Efforts by the Associated Press to reach the daughter, Patty King, were not immediately successful. Paramedics checked King's heart rhythm, and he was treated at the hospital for complications of high blood pressure and diabetes, Toney said. King was diagnosed with diabetes decades ago. He canceled the final shows of his 2014 tour last October after falling ill in Chicago. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. He has released more than 50 albums and sold millions of records worldwide. Pictured is Beautillion and Cotillion couple Jarod Mills and Yehoedan BrownEugene Butler Students Participate in Junior Cotillion By Helen Chestnut Building communities through civic engagement was a common theme at the recent ÂUnited We Stand: Diverse Voices of ReasonÂŽ event, held at the Salem Centre. Sponsored by First Coast Community Outreach, the event featured remarks by Palatka Mayor Terrill Hill, who recounted how his passion for improving his community led him to seek elective office. ÂSomewhere along the way, I think we became focused on investing in projects, not people,ÂŽ Hill said, recounting his administrationÂs efforts to strengthen his community by working with at-risk youth. HillÂs remarks were followed by a presentation on green energy by Wespac Vice President Kevin Worley and City Rescue Mission Executive Director Penny Kievat, who described her organizationÂs successful Life Builders addiction recovery program. In addition to the speaking program, the United We Stand event included a community dinner and entertainment that included a scene from a local community theater production of ÂSteel MagnoliasÂŽ and a performance by the patriotic chorus ÂLet Freedom Sing.ÂŽ Introduced by Florida author and veteran C.S. Bennett, the chorus performed a musical version of Jacksonville native James Weldon JohnsonÂs poem ÂLift Every Voice and SingÂŽ and the anthem, ÂHeal Our Land.ÂŽ First Coast Community Outreach is a program of the First Coast Tea Party that seeks to build unity through partnerships with diverse organizations for the betterment of the community as a whole. New Attorney General Already Tackling Police Brutality CaseLast weekend a group of local ladies got together and celebrated their Mother's with a surprise early Mother's Day Brunch that included a Red Carpet with paparazzi photos as the Mother's arrived at the home of Randy and Gina GallmanPeterson, who hosted the event. The idea was the brainchild of hostess Gina Gallman-Peterson, who wanted to do something special to surprise, celebrate and honor Mothers (both living and deceased). To keep the celebration a secret, daughters of the mothers had to tell Âlittle white liesÂŽ to get the Mothers to come to the celebration! Many of the Mothers wanted to know the typical questions of, Âwhere they were going and how long they were going to be there and why?ÂŽ Shara Mondy, daughter of Mary Mondy exclaimed, "I was so excited when Gina called me and told me what she had planned. I immediately said, ÂWhat can I do to helpÂ? She told me that she wanted to give the mother's a Âgift bag,Â so all of the daughters participated and provided eight gift bags for each Mother, filled with special token gifts that included hand-made bracelets, bath and body products, Jewelry, silk scarves, music CD's, and even sweets for the sweets!ÂŽ Building Communities is Focus of ÂUnited We StandÂ EventCommunity development, green energy among topics at Jacksonville program Palatka Mayor Terrill Hill addresses the audience Standing left to right at the surprise brunch are mothers, Betty Gallman, Mary Ann Hay, Sylvia Singleton, Ethel Peterson, Mary Mondy (holding photo of Arnetta Robinson, deceased Mom), Vivian Porter, Faith Jennings, and Doretha Turner. Girlfriends Begin ewTradition of an Early Start on Mothers Day On the same day that Loretta Lynch was sworn-in as the 83rd United States Attorney General, the chief law enforcement officer in the nation, about 40 miles north of Washington, D.C., pockets of ÂCharm CityÂŽ descended into lawlessness in response to decades of police corruption and brutality in poor, Black communities in Baltimore. The violent riots, confined to a few scattered city blocks despite media reports, included the burning of police vehicles and the looting of a CVS chain at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and W. North Avenue, were sparked by the tragic death of Freddie Gray, a 25 year-old Black man, who was chased and arrested by Baltimore city police officers on April 12. Parts of the event were recorded on personal cell phone cameras and the videos showing Gray screaming in anguish as he is dragged to a paddy wagon, have gone viral. During the arrest, Gray suffered a severe spinal cord injury and died a week later. In a statement following the riots, Lynch, the first African American woman to be confirmed as attorney general of the United States, condemned the acts of violence that resulted in the destruction of property and Continued on page 2
By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist As the wealthy few continue to prosper, the rest of the nation is caught in a financial tug-of-war between stagnant wages and a rising cost of living. In communities of color, chronic unemployment and underemployment and a host of other social ills are added burdens to an already challenging economy. These and other disturbing trends were the focus of the recent Color of Wealth Summit, conceived and convened by a national research organization, the Insight Center for Community Economic Development and a solution-oriented social change nonprofit, the Center for Global Policy Solutions. The twoday conference engaged prominent thought leaders to propose solutions to the growing racial income and wealth divide that has come to characterize AmericaÂs economy. According to Maya Rockeymoore, its president and CEO, ÂMost organizations and policy makers focus on improving income and income supports such as safety net programs. While this approach is vital, it is not enough to build economic security for vulnerable families over a lifetime. To achieve true security for vulnerable families, asset building must be part of the strategy. Through wealth, families can have the financial resilience they need to sustain themselves in the event of a job loss or illness. Wealth also gives families the resources to invest in their future and realize their dreams. A truly transformational economic security strategy should focus on both income and wealth.ÂŽ Recent research confirms how hard it is for families that lack adequate earnings, to make it from one payday to the next. While the idea of saving is valued, for too many consumers nothing is left once basic living expenses are met. According to the most recent report of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress: Â€ Median net worth in Black households fell by more than 40 percent from 2007 to 2013. White households during this same period saw median net worth drop 26 percent; Â€ Median weekly earnings of Black college graduates working full-time and their White counterparts showed that the Black gradsÂ annual earnings were $12,000 less; and Â€ Overall, the Black median earnings of $34,600, is nearly $24,000 less than the same measure for Whites. ÂThe same groups of people who have historically been left behind are growing in number and population,ÂŽ observed Angela Glover Blackwell, a summit participant and founder and CEO of PolicyLink. ÂIt is critical that we support asset-building programs and policies that create and protect opportunities for all families to save and invest in themselves, their futures, and their communities.ÂŽ Historically, homeownership has been the gateway to building wealth and assets. Unfortunately, the nationÂs foreclosure crisis altered wealth-building for millions. According to the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, nearly 14.8 million foreclosure notices were filed from January 1, 2007 to May 31, 2013. By late 2014, according to the Census Bureau, only 42 percent of Black families were homeowners Â… more than 22 percentage points lower than that of the nation (64 percent) and 30 percentage points lower than that of Whites (72 percent). The current homeownership level is the lowest since 1993. For Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-Mo.), a summit keynoter, the discussions provided a timely connection between his work in the House Financial Services Committee and the conferenceÂs agenda. Â[T]he collapse in home values during the Great Recession hit Black households especially hard. At a time like this, we need more affordable housing and a stronger safety net,ÂŽ said Cleaver. ÂBoth in the House Financial Services Committee and in the Congress as a whole, we have more work to do to increase opportunities for families around the country.ÂŽ According to Cleaver, FHAÂs lowering of mortgage insurance premiums earlier this year, is one example of a government initiative that will bring consumers Âcloser to the keys of their own home.ÂŽ An estimated 90,000140,000 buyers will be assisted this year. While most Black and Latino homebuyers have had their mortgages underwritten by governmentbacked programs such as FHA, VA and USDA, the greater challenge has been access to private sector conventional mortgages that over the life of a loan are far cheaper than the government-backed offerings. The annual Home Mortgage Disclosure Act report (HMDA), quantifies by race and ethnicity mortgage lending and denials for mortgage loans. For 2013, the most up-to-date report, the data clearly reveals that while conventional mortgage originations rose slightly from 2012 to 2013, nationwide Black consumers, who are more than 13 percent of the population, received only 2.3 percent or 36,903 loans. In 2012, the same data point was even smaller, with only 26,500 such loans. Earlier research by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), a summit co-sponsor, revealed that many homebuyers of color were steered into higher-cost, subprime loans Â… even when they qualified for cheaper ones. After analyzing 50,000 subprime loans, CRL concluded that Blacks and Latinos were almost a third more likely to receive a high-priced loan than were Whites with the same credit scores. Additionally, research by the Center for Community Capital at the University of North Carolina found that borrowers of color and low-wealth families who received safe mortgages that were fully-underwritten during the housing crisis saw their home equity appreciate by $23,000. ÂProving that when families receive responsible mortgage loans, they are able to build a financial safety net that they can access during challenging times,ÂŽ said Nikitra Bailey, a CRL executive vice-president. ÂThere are a number of wealth gaps that are troubling,ÂŽ said john a. powell, director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California at Berkeley, ÂOne is the gap between the very rich and everyone else. Another is the gap between people of color and their White counterparts. What is not appreciated and needs to be explored is the relationship between these gaps.ÂŽ The policy answer to that keen insight will determine whether this and future generations will be able to reasonably accomplish what our parents and forefathers did Â… a better quality of life. ÂAmerica will be a people-of-color nation by 2042, and addressing the racial wealth gap is necessary to ensure sustained economic growth for all Americans,ÂŽ stated Blackwell. Ever-widening wealth gaps are not a Black, or White, or Latino problem. Nor can the dilemma become more fodder for partisan bickering. It is an American problem that deserves a response equal to its challenge. Concluded powell, ÂOur lives, our economy and our democracy are at risk.ÂŽ Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press May 7-13, 2015Black Families Must Focus on Asset Building If you have mortgage problems, call 888-995-HOPE for one-on-one expert advice from this free government program.YouÂre not alone. ÂWhat will happen to us if we lose the house?ÂŽ continued from front injury to Baltimore city police officers. ÂThose who commit violent actions, ostensibly in protest of the death of Freddie Gray, do a disservice to his family, to his loved ones, and to legitimate peaceful protestors who are working to improve their community for all its residents,ÂŽ she said in the statement. In the aftermath of the riots, the Justice Department sent Vanita Gupta, the head of the Civil Rights Division, and Ronald Davis, the director of Community Oriented Policing Services ,to Baltimore to meet with civic and community leaders about the case. Less than two weeks after GrayÂs death, Maryland StateÂs Attorney, Marilyn J. Mosby, who is also an African American, filed charges, including second-degree murder, manslaughter and assault, against six police officers involved in GrayÂs arrest including the driver of the police paddy wagon. ÂTo the youth of this city, I will seek justice on your behalf,ÂŽ Mosby said during a press conference announcing the charges. The Justice Department also continues to investigate the Gray case. Pamela Meanes, the president of the National Bar Association, a predominately African American network of more than 65,000 lawyers, judges, educators and law students, said that Lynch is no stranger to prosecuting police when they break the law, noting her work as a New York City prosecutor on the Abner Louima case in New York City. Louima, a Haitian immigrant was brutally assaulted by several N.Y.P.D. officers following a wrongful arrest in 1997. Officer Justin Volpe admitted to sodomizing Louima with a broken broomstick, causing severe internal injuries. Volpe was later sentenced to 30 years in prison and Louima received $8.7 million in damages from New York City and the police union and moved to Florida. Hilary Shelton, the Washington, D.C. bureau chief for the NAACP, said Lynch has a proven track record for providing law enforcement protections and taking on terrorism, racial profiling and organized crime and gangs. Shelton said that Lynch is someone who has earned the respect of the civil rights community and that sheÂll the civil rights and voting rights battles that Attorney General Eric Holder started during his tenure. ÂShe clearly has her own style and ability, but she shares those common civil rights, voting rights and justice values that were so clearly articulated and demonstrated by Eric Holder,ÂŽ said Shelton. ÂWe have to make sure that we secure the opportunity for all Americans to cast an unfettered vote and have it counted even in wake of the Shelby County vs. Holder Supreme Court decision, where the Supreme Court stripped away a crucial provision in the Voting Rights Act.ÂŽ Meanes noted that although Attorney General Eric Holder received a lot of media attention for filing law suits against states such as Texas and North Carolina over their restrictive voting laws following the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, and his outspoken views on race relations, he also tackled other issues, including corporate malfeasance on Wall Street. During HolderÂs tenure, the Justice Department won settlements against Bank of America for nearly $17 billion and J.P. Morgan for $13 billion in mortgage fraud lawsuits. Â[Lynch] is not going to shy away from making sure everyoneÂs civil and political liberties are protected,ÂŽ said Meanes. And as the Internet continues to connect people all over the world, Shelton said that the Justice Department officials also needed to make sure that theyÂre focusing on cyberNew Attorney General Tackles Police Brutality Case
Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 May 7-13, 2015 DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. Enterprise Center 101 East Union Street, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL32202 904-633-8099 www.drj-cpa.com Offering you a full range of quality services that includes a full range of accounting services (audits, reviews, compilations,and nontraditional engagements) for small businesses and tax services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and estates and trusts. Darryl Jackson, CPA provides extensive professional experience with a wide variety of industries and clients The City of Jacksonville held their 23rd annual World of Nations Festival in Metropolitan Park last weekend. The event offered visitors the opportunity to explore more than 34 countries in a single visit without leaving Jacksonville. In addition, the City hosted a Naturalization Ceremony where 50 people became U.S. citizens and also held Taste the World: A VIP Experience. The tasting included an opportunity to taste delicacies from up to ten countries, tapas and samples of cultural beer and wine will be served. Shown above are the countries participating in the Parade of Flags. Among the 34 countries particpating were Bahamas, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Palestine and Peru. World of ations Festival Draws Thousands Stay connected to your friends and family with a free captioned telephone.A captioned telephone phone allows you to hear and read everything said by the person on the other line. Must be a Florida resident with a certiÂ“ed hearing loss. For more information to see if you qualify for a free captioned telephone: Call 800-222-3448. President Obama Announces My Brother's Keeper Alliance President Barack Obama gave remarks this week at an event launching the My Brother's Keeper Alliance, a non-profit that will support boys and young men of color through programs targeting early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence and adulthood. At Lehman College in New York City, Obama spoke about the obstacles Black and Latino men face in the path of reaching their dreams. Obama mentioned police and community tensions as one of those roadblocks, especially amid the recent uprisings in Baltimore and Ferguson, following the deaths of Freddie Gray and Michael Brown. "We ask police to go into communities where there is no hope," he said, according to the Associated Press. "Eventually, something happens because of the tension between society and these communities, and the police are just on the front lines of that." The foundation will be supported by a leadership team including BET Chairman and CEO Debra Lee, who was in attendance at the organization's launch, recording artist John Legend and former NBA player Alonzo Mourning. BET is one of the dozens of corporations making a total commitment of $80 million to the My Brothers Keepers Alliance. Scott Davis sits as a panelist with President Obama Chicago Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. this morning left an Alabama federal prison. Jackson's father, the famous civil rights leader, told the Associated Press his son was released at about 5:30 this morning and said he is doing "very well." He called it a "joyous reunion." As he left the prison, Jackson Jr. was accompanied by his father, his mother, his wife, former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, and their children, NBC Chicago reported. Jackson will serve out the remainder of his term in a Washington, D.C., halfway house, according to news reports. The elder Jackson told NBC Chicago it was a "great morning" although "a halfway house means he's half way [home] ... I won't be satisfied until he's totally free." The U.S. Bureau of Prisons lists his release date as Sept. 20, 2015. Jackson has served a portion of his 2 Â½-year sentence at a prison camp adjacent to Maxwell Air Force Base after he illegally spent $750,000 on campaign funds. He was moved to the Montgomery prison in April 2014 after he got into a dispute with prison officials in North Carolina, where he was initially sentenced. A prison spokesperson would not comment on the release of any inmate, citing confidentiality. Previously, Jackson said in a letter to AL.com that he wants presidential pardons issued to all offenders who have served their time, according to a fellow inmate. AL.com contacted Jackson last year inquiring about his ideas for prison reform and received emails from Jackson as well as a copy of a nine-page letter outlining his plan written by John P. Karoly Jr., an inmate Jackson knew during his stint at Butner Federal Prison in North Carolina. Dated April 16, 2014, the letter opens with a description of Jackson using a toothbrush to scour the prison's toilets, showers, sinks and floors. "He's doing a fastidious job... non-stop ... a toothbrush working wonders on a clogged drain," Karoly wrote. "But, no matter how hard he scrubs, he later tells me that it doesn't wipe his slate clean." Jackson told AL.com he wrote two books while incarcerated, "The Tao of Jesus Christ," and "The Last Campaign: A Memoir." He said the work he did with inmates at Butner was important to his "social experiments with the truth regarding the system." According to Karoly's letter, the presidential pardons available to all ex-offenders under Jackson's plan would be identical to the one President Gerald Ford issued to former President Richard Milhaus Nixon in 1974. "Jesse has said, if this language was good enough for Richard Milhaus Nixon, it is good enough for every American," Karoly wrote. Jackson, Jr. Released From Prison, Wants Presidential Pardon
By Walter L. Fields NNPA Columnist A small section of Baltimore, no more than four to six blocks on the cityÂs west side, experienced looting and property destruction after the funeral of Freddie Gray, the young man whose spine was mysteriously crushed after being taken into police custody. Gray would later die from his injuries and ÂCharm CityÂ has been in a meltdown ever since. The anger over GrayÂs death should come as no surprise in a city that has had a history of questionable police tactics and where jobs and opportunity are foreign concepts for the masses of the cityÂs Black majority. Mayor Stephanie RawlingsBlake chose to call the looters Âthugs,Â a conscious choice of words meant to label as criminals those involved in property destruction. President Obama also blamed the unrest on Âa handful of criminals and thugs who tore up the place.ÂŽ During the weekend protesters who lashed out violently were called Âoutside agitatorsÂ by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, the same term Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama used to dismiss civil rights activists in the 1960s. As I watched the wretched reporting of Wolf Blitzer on CNN Â… the CanÂt get it right News Network Â… it became clear to me that this will not be the last flash point because justice is now a commodity only available to the highest bidder or the politically connected. Americ As I survey social media and see and hear on-air commentary on the eruption in Baltimore, what stands out is the rush to condemn the looters without any context. There was more concern expressed over the loss of property, most of it that should be insured, than the decades-old economic deprivation that has wiped out generations of Black Baltimoreans. America knows the Baltimore of the Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry, Camden Yards, and the world renown Johns Hopkins Hospital. It does not know the Baltimore that exists on the corner of North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue, where most of the property destruction took place. The nation doesnÂt have a clue about Whitelock Street, in the west Baltimore neighborhood where I lived for almost three years, or the gritty neighborhoods of East Baltimore or Cherry Hill. It is the Baltimore made famous by the gritty HBO series ÂThe WireÂŽ that is on edge. For many, Baltimore is just a star spangled tourist destination and its Black majority invisibleÂƒuntil this weekend. Those arenÂt thugs you see on television. They are what social science researchers define as Âdisconnected youth.Â They are not Âoutside agitators.Â They are Baltimore youth, some teenagers and some young adults. They are the children of a city that has for some time now provided an inadequate education, offered little by way of employment and, like so many other cities, used the criminal justice system to corral youth engaged in the commerce of last resort but easy entry Â… crime. It is beyond disappointing to hear a Black mayor and a Black president call Black children thugs but offer little programmatically to give youth confidence that their futures will not be as bleak as their present. What is more striking to me than seeing a CVS burning is the attempt to induce ÂcalmÂ by elected officials and the suggestion that a police force that is the source of much of the anger unleashed can somehow now be trusted to restore order. Can we have a moment of silence for the truth? There has been an absolute failure in political leadership in cities such as Baltimore that has resulted in little or no effort to drive substantive change. mayors, city council members, governors and state legislators come and go, and the problems persist. What I read on social media in reference to the looting is that Âthis is not the wayÂ or Âthey should voteÂ or Âthey need to seek justiceÂ and criticism that ÂtheyÂ are burning down their own neighborhood. LetÂs get one thing straight: the system has failed Black people, and particularly Black youth, time and time again. We fix this by addressing poverty, long-term joblessness and equitable access to capital and gender equity. If our neighborhoods can be devastated by the loss of a CVS store and a check cashing establishment, it shows just how little we possess in the local economy. The dearth of small business ownership is ironic given that the late Rep. Parren Mitchell, a Baltimore legend, was a champion of small business development. We fix this by ending the nonsensical theoretical debates on public education and incessant experimentation, driven by market forces, and start educating our children. When we push Black children out of schools by disproportionately disciplining them for similar offenses committed by their White peers, and then use their suspension or expulsion as a proxy for a criminal record, should we really be surprised by the looting? We fix this by ending the prison pipeline that is fed by the assault on civil liberties, the targeting of Black youth, and the elevation of minor offenses into criminal charges that leads to an endless cycle of incarceration, release and incarceration. What is more thuggish than systemically destroying a people? Page 4 Ms.PerryÂs Free Press SUBSCRIBE TODAY SUBSCRIBE TODAY Yes, IÂd like to subscribe to the Jacksonville Free Press!Enclosed is my check __ money order __for $38.00 to cover my one year subscription.AME _________________________________________ ADDRESS_______________________________________ CITY____________________STATE____ZIP________ DISCLAIMERThe United State provides opportunities for free expression of ideas. The Jacksonville Free Press has its view, but others may differ. Therefore, the Free Press ownership reserves the right to publish views and opinions by syndicated and local columnist, professional writers and other writersÂ which are solely their own. 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Edgewood Ave. Jacksonville,FL32208Email: JfreePress@aol.com TELEPHONE (904) 634-1993 Fax (904) 765-8611 Sylvia PerryPUBLISHER Rita PerryPublisher Emeritus CONTRIBUTORS: Lynn Jones, Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood, E.O.Huthchinson, WilliamReed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell, Marsha Oliver, Marretta Latimer, Phyllis Mack, Tonya Austin, Carlottra Guyton, Brenda Burwell, Rhonda Silver, Vickie Brown, Rahman Johnson, Headshots, William Jackson. City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Rep. Reggie Fullwood Republicans Playing a Dangerous Game of Chicken: Nearly 1 Million Reasons Why Medicaid Needs to be Expanded in Florida May 7-13, 2015 Baltimore: Another Horror Movie Re-runThe movie we are watching in Baltimore is a re-run and a sequel. The price of admission has always been too high, but we continue to pay the exorbitant price, anyway. As the opening line in the old TV show, ÂDragnet,ÂŽ proclaimed, ÂThe story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.ÂŽ In todayÂs society, that second line should say, ÂThe names have been changed to protect the Âguilty.ÂÂŽ My 11-year-old nephew, since the age of five or six, has been reciting, verbatim, the words from his favorite movies. He knows the directors, the release dates, and the bios of the stars in those movies. He has seen his favorite movies many times over. He reminds me of Black people, as we watch the same movie over and over, except we do not remember the vital information contained in the movie, and we even forget who the main characters were and the roles they played. The latest movie being run in Baltimore is a sequel to the ones we watched in Ferguson, Mo. and Staten Island, N.Y. It is a rerun of what we saw in Los Angeles, Cleveland, and North Charleston, S.C. How many times are we going to pay the price of admission to see the same movie without learning from them? How many times must we go through the same experience before we change our response to it? Some very interesting and pitiful responses (reviews) have come from some of the ÂleadersÂŽ in Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie GrayÂs death. We knew what the politiciansÂ reviews would be; they are always true to form. But the older folks, who decry the violence as ÂinsultingÂŽ and ÂdisrespectfulÂŽ to FreddieÂs family, are even more disingenuous. They seem to have forgotten about 1968 when their generation, and maybe even some of them, burned down buildings and looted all across this nation, in the aftermath of MLKÂs assassination. Were their actions deemed insulting and disrespectful to KingÂs family? If so, did that stop them? The self-righteousness I hear from those in my generation about the youth who are doing the same thing they did in the 1960s is unfortunate. Where were they before the looting and burning started in Baltimore? Were they busy teaching the youth that what took place in the 1960s was detrimental to their neighborhoods, as they now like to say to TV news reporters? If they have not, until now, passed on those lessons to younger folks, their words ring hollow today. Some of the comments being made by my generation very strongly suggest that even though we have seen this movie many times, we are content to watch it again without having shared its lessons. Is it because we are ashamed of ourselves now? Do we think we are better than our youth today? We should be bringing the generations together rather than separating them and acting like we have not been where they are. Amos Wilson said, ÂThe violently oppressed react violently to their oppression.ÂŽ He also said, ÂJust as power corrupts, powerlessness also corrupts.ÂŽ This is the main plot of our 21st century version of the 1968 movie. Same theme, different characters. Why do we only react to what young people do, rather than work with them every day by giving them alternatives to prevent their negative behaviors? It irks me to see our grown men saying, ÂThey need jobs.ÂŽ Well, create some jobs to give them. ItÂs so sad to hear our adults crying out, ÂThey need education.ÂŽ Well, provide them with education. Our youth see many of us as weak and impotent when it comes to protecting them. We have the resources to provide everything we say our youth need. What must they think of our words, our prayer sessions, our news conferences, our political speeches, and our tepid efforts now to stop and correct their behavior, when we have not used our resources to take care of them? Our answer is to run to those who donÂt care about them and beg for jobs, food, education, and everything else they need. Frederick DouglassÂ words are clear regarding power, but as I always add, a demand not backed-up by power will not come to fruition; and the real power in this country is the almighty dollar. Just look at what happened in Indianapolis when the LGBT folks were upset. They did not burn anything down or throw one brick, because they know that dollars rule the day. Their threats to withdraw their dollars were immediately addressed by the politicians. People whose families own storefront businesses are very unlikely to throw bricks through the windows and burn them down. Sgt. Joe Friday had another saying in Dragnet: ÂJust the facts maÂam, just the facts.ÂŽ ÂThugÂ is in the Eye of the Beholder By James Clingman ÂTell me whom you love and IÂll tell you who you are.ÂŽ ItÂs an old Louisiana Creole Proverb, but it rings true even today. So why is it relevant. Well, the Florida legislature isnÂt showing the estimated 800,000 to 1.2 million working folks without healthcare much love. Well, let me correct that Â… the House of Representatives isnÂt showing those good people much love. The 2015 Legislative Session ended with a bang, but not the kind of bang that the people supporting health care expansion wanted. There were the usual fireworks between Democrats and Republicans on issues like education, abortion and legal matters. But something strange happened last Tuesday, April 28th. With Session scheduled to end on Friday, May 1st Â… the Speaker of the House recognized Rep. Richard Cochran (Speaker Designate and Appropriations Chair) for a motion to ÂSine Die,ÂŽ which essential ends the legislative session for the House. To use my improper English for a moment, ÂHuh.ÂŽ Many of us looked at each other and said what just happened? What happened is the apparrent deep divide between Florida House Republicans and mostly everyone else in the state over the expansion of Medicaid. In fact, the Senate was still in session and bills were moving back and forth between the two legislative bodies. This means that the Session will have to reconvene in a few weeks to pass a budget and most certainly deal with FloridaÂs healthcare issues. And by the way, politics definitely makes for strange bedfellows. The Republican-led Florida Senate supports healthcare/Medicaid expansion as well as traditional Republican orgnaizations like the Florida Chamber, Associated Industries of Florida, and other conservative leaning groups. The Governor has flip flopped on the issue more than once. First he was opposed to the expansion, then he was for it, and now he is opposed again Â… I guess. HmmmÂƒ I wasnÂt good in math at all, but let me figure this out. Democrats, Republican led Senate, 1 million people who would benefit, key-industry groups, federal government, local governments, etc. all support expansion, but the lone hold out are the Republicans in the Florida House? Either my math is off or thatÂs a lot of folks versus one body Â… the Florida House. So the stalemate between House and Senate Republicans continues on with both sides claiming victory in essence. Senate Democrats sued last week, but the Florida Supreme ruled that although the House was wrong for adjouringearly, there wasnÂt enough compelling evidence to suggest the need to immediately reconvene. In fact, the court said, ÂThe HouseÂs unilateral adjournment clearly violated the Constitution.ÂŽ House Republicans basically adjourned with no budget for the state and no clear plan to adopt one. So GOP leadership in the House basically continues to ensure that nearly million Floridians will continue to go without access to affordable healthcare, and Florida's families will not benefit from the 120,000 permanent jobs that would have been created. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that whole job creation factor. If we expand healthcare we could potentially create up to 120,000 new jobs in the state. And one more nugget of information Â… if we expand healthcare then the feds will cover 100 percent of the costs associated with the medically needy program. This would provide $430 million in savings every year. That is an additional $430 million that could be used for education, infrastructure, etc. Yes I know, you are thinking what most of my Democratic colleagues and I have been thinking Â… itÂs a no brainer to do the expansion. Not only would we be able to provide healthcare for 1 million people, but save the state $430 million annually and create 120,000 jobs. WhatÂs there to even talk about? Medicaid expansion would cover more than 100,000 children in school and over 300,000 working people. And letÂs not forget our vets Â… the expansion would cover some 40,000 veterans according to the stateÂs chief budget analyst. And by the way, 1.6 million Floridians are enrolled in the federal exchange, more than any other state, so obviously we need ÂObamacareÂŽ in Florida. Case closed! Signing off from UF Health Medical Center, Reggie Fullwood
Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 May 7-13, 2013 W W E E L L C C O O M M E EVOLKSWAGENVW, AUDI & BENTLEY TOJACKSONVILLE ILA 1408 2040 East 21st Street Jacksonville, FL 32206 Vincent S. Cameron, PresidentÂThe ProfessionalsÂŽ of The International LongshoremenÂs Association ILA 1408
ew Life Ministry Presents ÂThe School of PrayersÂŽNew Life Outreach Ministry Center presents ÂThe School of Prayer,ÂŽ every Saturday at 5640 Timuquana Rd. Suite 6, 10:30 a.m. The topic is: The Danger of Prayerlessness. For more info call 778-7651.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.Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church ÂWomen In WhiteÂŽ ProgramEmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, Dr. Herb Anderson, Pastor and the entire Deaconess Ministry is inviting the Jacksonville community to the 7th annual ÂWomen in WhiteÂŽ program, Sunday, May 17th at 4 p.m. Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church is a Bible teaching church, with a heart-felt worship experience, 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 356-9371.ew Fountain Chapel AME Church 58th Annual Leona Daniels DayThe Jacksonville Community is cordially invited to New Foundation Chapel AME Church, 737 Jessie St for the church 68th Annual Leona Daniels Day celebration May 17th. Services are as follows: Church School at 8:45 a.m.; Morning Worship at 10 a.m. with preacher Rev. Toby Johnson Associate Minister Zarephath Tabernacle Church; Preacher Evening Worship service at 4 p.m. is Reverend Marcius King Pastor, MT. Zion AMEC Lawtey, Florida. Come to the Fountain so rich and sweet cast your soul at the saviorÂs feet. New Fountain Chapel AME Church looks forward to seeing you at the Fountain where the church is touching, teaching, and turning lives to Christ. For more information call the church office at 258-2258.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.Warriors of Fire Church Apostle Earl Thomas CD Release Warriors of Fire Church, presents Apostle Earl Thomas CD Release party for the CD entitled ÂDaddy CDÂŽ, May 23rd at 6 p.m., Fresh Start Ministries, 409 Cherokee St. For more info call 813-7601. 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 MotherÂs Day service celebrating Mothers of the church. Come fellowship with the women of Summerville! For more info call the church office at 598-0510.Saint Andrew Missionary Revival and Pastor Installation Service Join Saint Andrew Missionary Baptist Church in a Worship and Praise Revival, May 20th through May 22 at 7 p.m. and Installation Services for Reverend Calvin P. Shears, Sunday, May 24th at 4 p.m. Guest Minister for the Installation Services is Reverend Timothy J. Woods, Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama. The theme for the services is: ÂPreach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.ÂŽ 2 Timothy 4:2. St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church is located at 2600 W. 45th St. For more information call the church office 765-2111. PHOTO PAID Reverend Calvin P. Spears and First Lady Colanda Shears did not save phto to drive Â… bringing backÂƒLife Church International Presents Color of Change Bingo ightLife Church Ministries, 1725 Oakhurst Avenue is hosting their first-ever Color of Change Bingo Night on Friday, May 29th, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Life Church International. Color of Change is a fundraising event designed to bless the community through food and clothe drives, as well as give away school supplies and backpacks through back-toschool drives. Winners will be awarded great prizes, including t-shirts, gift cards and more! Purchase a card thatÂs completely covered and win a prize! For more details or to purchase your card, call Joy Alexander at 428-6493. Pastoral and Psychological Counseling SeminarsCultivating Sacred Moments in Pastoral and Psychological Counseling, Thursday, May 14, at the University of North Florida, Adam W. Herbert University Center. Join UNF to hear from national experts who will examine sacred moments as a vital ingredient of change in helping relationships. Findings from recent research on sacred moments experienced by counselees as well as pastoral and mental health counselors will be presented. For more info contact Baptist Health Foundation at 202-2919.Greater Missionary Tabernacle MotherÂs Day and Building Fund Greater Missionary Tabernacle Baptist Church, 5730 Sawyer Avenue, Reverend J.C. Green, Pastor will celebrate Mothers Day, Sunday, May 10th at 11 a.m. and Annual Building fund program, Sunday, May 24th at 11 a.m. For more info call the church office at 764-5333.St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church WomenÂs Week CelebrationSt. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 3738 Winton Dr. presents ÂWomenÂs WeekÂŽ celebration May 10-12th, 7: 30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. WomenÂs Week hostess is St. PaulÂs First Lady Sonjanique Guns. Special guest is Dr. Lisa M. Weah of New Bethlehem Baptist Church, Senior Pastor, Baltimore, Maryland. For more info call the church office at 768-7112.Cherry Street Church of Christ Memorial Day FellowshipApril showers bring May flowers for the annual Cherry Street Church of Christ Memorial Day Fellowship, Saturday May 23, 12 noon 5 p.m. at the McDuff Campus, 1140 McDuff Ave., South. Cherry Street Church of Christ is looking forward to you joining them for a great time in the Lord! For more info call 389-8200. **** 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 your information to 904-765-8611, e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com or bring by our offices located at 1122 WestEdgewood Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32208. Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press May 7 13, 2015 Greater Macedonia Baptist Church1880 West Edgewood Avenue The doors of Macedonia are always open to you and your family. If we may be of any assistance to you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via email at GreaterMac@aol.com. Seeking the lost for ChristMatthew 28:19 20 Pastor Landon Williams 8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Morning WorshipTuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m. Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m. Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM Sunday 2 PM 3 PM **FREE TUTORIG FOR YOUTH I EGLISH, SCIECE, HISTORY AD MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464 Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. Senior Pastor Sunday Morning Worship 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Church school 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 6:45 p.m.Midweek Services Wednesday oon Service ÂMiracle at MiddayÂŽ 12 noon 1:00 p.m. Weekly Services Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 7:40 and 10:40 a.m. Worship with us LIVE on the web visitwww.truth2powerministries.org Grace and Peacevisit www.Bethelite.org Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.. Pastor Emeritus Due to the recent rampage of crime throughout Jacksonville, pastors of the AMEchurch held a press conference last week and presented a 7-point plan consisting of the following points: 1) Neighborhood walks, plan and/or participate in walks through JacksonvilleÂs most challenged neighborhoods; 2) Direct engagement, work with other clergy and community leaders to develop and encourage more mentoring and one on one relationship with misguided youth; 3) Collaborative efforts, work with JSO, the MayorÂs office, City Council, the Chamber of Commerce, non-profit organizations and other entities who share our concern regarding crime in our city; 4) Community block parties, sponsor opportunities for neighbor to neighbor fellowship, as we provide a safe alternative to families and children over the summer months; 5) Public Service Announcements, produce and air PSAÂs with messages to the community regarding the avoidance of crime, violence and other illegal activities; 6) Creation of Safe Zones, use AME houses of worship to provide information to the community, additional substations for police officers, and an environment of safety for concerned residents in our immediate vicinities; 7. Community Forums conduct community meetings in JacksonvilleÂs most impoverished neighborhoods to hear from the people who not only are the most impacted, but who have the answers to the problems that they see every day. The pastoral coalition is encouraging the entire city of Jacksonville to get involved. Jacksonville has 38 more days before over 120,000 students will be out of school for the summer. The AME is asking that the community act now to ensure that Jacksonville is a safe place for all of our residents Shown center is Pastor Mark Griffin leading the press conference. AME Pastors Announce Strategy to Combat Crime ÂThe residents know who the trouble-makers are. The residents can assist law enforcement in eradicating crime and illegal activity. As community leaders, we need to empower and organize the residents in all of these troubled communities. They have a vested interest in their own safety. Everyone deserves to live in a safe neighborhood. It is our job to help themÂŽ Pastor Mark Griffin.
May 7 13, 2014 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 New York Author Benilde Little wants black women to know itÂs OK. ItÂs OK to let go. ItÂs OK to cry. ItÂs OK to break down. In fact, in her new memoir, Welcome to My Breakdown, she welcomes black women doing so, becoming vulnerable and confronting their pain. In Breakdown, Little recounts her life as someone whom her mother described as one who Âfeels too much.ÂŽ After her parents became older and infirm, with her mother eventually dying, Little found herself lost in the fog of severe depression. Yet the roots of that depression reached deeper than grief; she was at a loss of self. Death only made her lingering sadness more profound. ÂBefore I lost my mother, I lost a part of myself because I wasnÂt writing,ÂŽ Little said. ÂI wasnÂt working. I wasnÂt producing. That made me more vulnerable to the deeper depression when she died.ÂŽ Little, who saw success with her first novel, Good Hair, then dealt with the ups and downs of writing, publishing and living, knows about the fantasy of Âmaking itÂŽ and also that all your problems being prologue isnÂt real. A book ends, but life goes on. ÂI was in my midto late-40s when [my mother] died,ÂŽ Little said. ÂI had written four novels. The first one was huge, the second was successful but the second two werenÂt nearly as big. Once I finished that [book] contract, I wanted to take a break.ÂŽ But with that breakÂ„during which she focused on her family, helping her ailing parents and raising her childrenÂ„returning to the world of writing became more difficult. Of her career she thought: ÂWhatÂs next? What do I write about? When youÂre [depressed], even when itÂs mild, itÂs kind of hard to get excited.ÂŽ Little hadnÂt intended to write Breakdown. ÂIt wasnÂt a conscious decision,ÂŽ she said, a phrase she would repeat throughout her talk about her book with The Root. ÂI never thought I would write a memoir.ÂŽ Calling memoirs self-indulgent, Little says Breakdown began because she was trying to write through her pain, using her strongest talent to fight one of her biggest battles. ÂAt first, itÂs like you canÂt get out of bed, then youÂre taking drugs [antidepressants]. A lot of times youÂre just going through the motions. Slowly, the fog cleared a bit, and I thought, ÂWhat the hell?Â IÂd lost my mother. That kicked off the whole thing.ÂŽ Little found herself wanting to write about her mother, desiring to Âintroduce her to the world.ÂŽ ÂI thought she was pretty amazing and also kind of a representation of a lot of women of her generation, particularly black women,ÂŽ Little said. ÂI wanted to add her and women like her to the pantheon of representations of black women.ÂŽ Little recalled that in the 1980s, there was an abundance of books about motherhood but that none seemed to capture the type of woman who raised her: a working-class black woman who dealt with the emotional sensitivity of her daughter by treating it as a practical matter, not a problem. She didnÂt want to change her; she wanted to teach her how to better protect herself in a world that cared little about the vulnerabilities of little black girls. ÂShe didnÂt make me feel bad about it. It was kind of like, ÂOK, this is how you are. How are we going to make it through the world as a black girl?ÂÂŽ Little said. ÂYou gotta be this, you gotta be that. You gotta be strong. IÂm hoping people read this book and realize this trope is feign. The idea of the Âstrong black woman.Â We hold each other up, and thatÂs beautiful. We have sisterhood. But itÂs time to take the mask off and show who we really are. ThatÂs where the power really is. How ÂI got this s--t over here thatÂs not cute.Â Those people are the really strong ones and thatÂs the message.ÂŽ So Breakdown came to be about everything Little was feeling: the personal and professional; mental illness and motherhood; being lost and found and lost again; learning to control the darkness inside and fighting to see the light again. ÂThereÂs not a whole lot about our struggle with grief [as black women]. ... We donÂt have this,ÂŽ Little said, adding that she hopes her story will lead to more women ÂowningÂŽ their Âstuff,ÂŽ no longer being afraid to speak about their flaws and fears. ÂThe whole idea of perfection is a prison,ÂŽ Little said. ÂThen you add black on top of it, being a black woman. The standard is harder for us. Can a sister get a break? And we need to give each other a break, and the way to really do that is to be vulnerable.ÂŽ Little will soon embark on a book tour for Breakdown. She hopes sheÂll be able to have conversations with other women, listen to their stories and let them know: ÂYouÂre not alone. You know youÂre not alone. YouÂre not crazy. YouÂre not weird. Or you are, but you are and I am, too. ThatÂs what IÂm hoping for, something of a revolution. ThatÂs what we need because weÂre dying on all kinds of fronts. This mental illness is real. WeÂve got to stop being ashamed.ÂŽ Charleston Chronicle Â… The number of lives lost to AlzheimerÂs disease each year may be far more than thought, and it might rival heart disease and cancer as one of the top killers of Americans, new research suggests. Combing through data on nearly 2,600 older adults, scientist from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago estimated that more than one-third of all deaths in people aged 75 and older were attributable to AlzheimerÂs, and the death toll from the incurable brain disease exceeds statistics gleaned from death certificates. AlzheimerÂs disease affects an estimated 5 million Americans over age 65, and currently ranks as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Although official statistics blame AlzheimerÂs for about 85,000 deaths each year, the study authors estimated the true toll to be closer to 500,000. ÂA lot of people donÂt recognize that AlzheimerÂs is a fatal disease. They think people suffering from AlzheimerÂs eventually succumb to old age,ÂŽ said study author Bryan James, an epidemiologist at Rush AlzheimerÂs Disease Center. ÂThey donÂt understand that AlzheimerÂs eventually hits the part of the brain controlling breathing and heart rate, shutting your brain down.ÂŽ ÂThis is another bullet in our gun saying this is a terrible disease.ÂŽ The study, funded in part by the U.S. National Institutes of Health was published online March 5 in the Journal Neurology. AlzheimerÂs is the most common form of dementia, destroying memory, judgment and thinking skills, and eventually leaving victims unable to care for themselves. Symptoms typically begin after 60, and the risk for developing the disease rises with advancing age, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. James and his colleagues analyzed data from two ongoing aging studies, following nearly 2,600 participants (average age 78) whose brain function was deemed normal at the start of the research. Over the eight years of the studies, 22 percent of participants eventually developed dementia and 72 percent of those patients died, compared to 34 percent of those who remained dementiafree. The researchers concluded that AlzheimerÂs and other dementias are under-reported on death certificates, mainly because these documents list an immediate cause of death, such as pneumonia, that was brought on by AlzheimerÂs. ÂMany times, people with AlzheimerÂs disease develop pneumonia in the late stages because they have difficulty breathing and swallowing,ÂŽ said Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach at the AlzheimerÂs Association. ÂSo they develop pneumonia and die, and the death certificate says pneumonia. But the fact is, they wouldnÂt have died from pneumonia if they had not had AlzheimerÂs.ÂŽ Fargo, who was not involved in the new study, said itÂs premature to list AlzheimerÂs among the top three causes of U.S. deaths since similar studies would need to be done for all causes of death to make that determination. AlzheimerÂs May Kill Far More Americans Than Thought By Valecia Weeks IF YOUR FEET COULD TALKÂƒwhat would they say? Would they say, ÂI feel nice and pretty after that relaxing pedicure.ÂŽ Would they say, ÂPlease put some socks on me so I can avoid calloused heels.ÂŽ Or would they say, ÂLet me tell you just how unhealthy your entire body isÂŽ? Ladies, isnÂt it a nice feeling to be able to go to the salon and have your feet pamperedNails done, feet scrubbed..the works. With the information that I am about to give you, ladies I think you will agree with me that those feet deserve any pampering that we may give them. Have you ever thought of other ways your feet can be beneficial? If you ever want to take a quick glimpse at your health, take a sneak peek at your feet. 1. Red flag: Toenails with slightly sunken, spoon-shaped indentations could indicate anemia. Internal bleeding such as ulcers or heavy menstrual cycles can cause anemia. 2. Red flag: Frequent foot cramping (charley horses) could mean that your diet may lack sufficient calcium, potassium, or magnesium. Pregnant women in the third trimester are especially vulnerable thanks to reduced circulation to the feet. 3. Red flag: A sore that wonÂt heal on the bottom of the foot can be a sign of diabetes. Elevated blood glucose levels lead to nerve damage in the feet-which means that minor scraps, cuts, or irritations caused by pressure or friction often go unnoticed. This problem overlooked can lead to ulcers of possible amputation. 4. Red flag: Cold feet may be nothing-or it may indicate a thyroid issue. Women over 40 who have cold feet often have an under functioning thyroid, the gland that regulates temperature and metabolism. 5. Red flag: Numbness in both feet can indicate damage to the peripheral nervous system. This is the bodyÂs way of transmitting information from the brain and spinal cord to the entire rest of the body. 6. Red flag: Dry, flaky skin. You donÂt have to be a jock to contract athleteÂs foot, a fungal infection that usually starts as dry, itchy skin that then progresses to inflammation and blisters. When blisters break, the infection spreads. 7. Red flag: ÂPhee-uuuuw!ÂŽ Though smelly feet (hyperhidrosis) tend to cause more alarm than most foot symptoms, odor-even downright stinkiness-is seldom a sign of somethingÂs physically amiss. THEY JUST STINK. You can combat stinky feet by changing socks regularly, wash with antibacterial soap and rub feet with cornstarch. So ladies continue to ÂpamperÂŽ those feet, you never know what story they will tell next. Your Feet Can Tell the Story of Bigger Illness Threats Dr. Chester Aikens305 East Union Street in Downtown JacksonvilleNorth Florida Obstetrical & Gynecological Associates, P.A. ItÂs not news that Americans are dealing with an obesity epidemic. But the problem is particularly acute among African-American women. Four in five African-American women are obese or overweight, according to the U.S. Office of Minority Health, and carrying those excess pounds can spike the risk for several conditions including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke. About half of African-American women in the U.S. are obese, compared to 30 percent of white women. Black women not only carry more weight, but they start adding extra pounds years before their white counterparts. So when does it begin, this excess and unhealthy weight? Research suggests the problem starts early, and it may have a lot to do with when girls give up regular exercise. Experts want kids to exercise at least 60 minutes every day, but among all children, black girls are most likely to report they got no physical activity in the past week. A lack of access to exercise opportunities may be one big reason why, says Shiriki Kumanyika, an epidemiologist and public health professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Research shows that opportunities for recess, sports, physical education Â„ or just to go outside Â„ arenÂt spread evenly among children. ÂIf you kind of add up those situations in urban, inner-city neighborhoods Â„ where most AfricanAmericans live Â„ they are not as available. ThatÂs been documented,ÂŽ says Kumanyika, who studies patterns of illness and health behavior. But research suggests that even those girls who do engage in sports and other forms of regular physical activity tend to abandon it in their teen years Â„ and thatÂs true not just for urban girls or black girls, but all girls. A National Institutes of Health study that followed girls for 10 years, beginning at age 8 or 9, found that, over time, leisuretime physical activity declined dramatically. That drop off was steepest for African-Americans girls. ÂWhat they found was that by the age of 17 Â„ so thatÂs the junior, senior year of high school Â„ more than half of black girls, and nearly a third of white girls were reporting no leisure time physical activity at all,ÂŽ says Temple University researcher Clare Lenhart. There are lots of reasons why teen girls drop exercise from their lives, says Lenhart: ÂThey have found changes in enjoyment of activities, in peer support or social support for physical activity. They found a lot of competing interests Â„ be it part-time jobs or caring for younger siblings or other family members.ÂŽ Researchers are beginning to count up the cost of obesity, and say women can pay a hefty price in dollarsÂ… and health. A sedentary lifestyle and obesity may account for 25 to 30 percent of some major cancers, including colon, kidney and breast cancer in postmenopausal women, according to the National Cancer Institute. Avoiding weight gain, by contrast, can cut cancer risk. In September 2011, researchers at Boston University reported that overweight and obesity in AfricanAmerican women increases their risk of death, particularly from heart disease. The investigators reviewed body mass indexÂ…a measure o f body fatÂ…and death rates for participants in the ongoing Black WomenÂs Health Study. A BMI o f 25 is considered overweight. The study found a significant increased death risk at a BMI of 27.5Â…thatÂs the BMI for a 5-foot-4-inch tall woman who weighs 160 pounds. Nearly 10 percent of all health care spending in the United States, $147 billion a year, is related to the obesity epidemic. Individually, obese people cost nearly $1,500 more a year in medical expenses compared to healthyweight people, according to estimates from researchers at George Washington University. Some o f that extra expense is paid by individuals, some is passed along to their employers.OPERATION CRITICAL OPERATION CRITICAL Obesity and Black Women Four in five AfricanAmerican women are obese or overweight ... carrying those excess pounds can spike the risk for several conditions including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke. MRS. DERRELL CYNTHIA JOHNSON RICHARDSON Mental Illness and Urban America: Author Says ItÂs OKto Let Go
P.R.I.D.E 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 ÂThe New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of ColorblindnessÂŽ by Michelle Alexander. For more info call 765-1446.Eta Phi Beta Sorority Debutante CotillionEta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Nu Chapter cordially invites the community to the 2015 Junior Debutantes Cotillion, Saturday, May 9th at 7 p.m. at the Ramada Inn, Embassy Ballroom, 9150 Baymeadows Rd. For tickets and more info call 737-1700.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 www.romanzastaugustine.org.JHRC ExchangeJacksonville Human Rights Commission Brown Bag Lunch and Information Exchange present the ÂMental Health Disability in the WorkplaceÂŽ dialogue, Wednesday, May 13th, 11:30 a.m. Â… 1:30 p.m. at Adecco, 10151 Deerwood Park Blvd. For more details call 6304911.Healthy 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.DBPG Mid May MixerThe Downtown Business Professional Group Business MidDay Network Mixer, Thursday, May 14, 5:45 Â… 6:15 p.m. aboard the ÂThe Foxy LadyÂŽ 300 Water Street, behind the Times Union Performing Arts bldg. Sail the St. John while enjoying live jazz, heavy h'ordeurves and door prizes. For more info contact Michael Cobb at 625-7937.Cummer Art & Gardens FestivalThe Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, 829 Riverside Avenue 20th annual Very Special Arts Festival, May 12 through Friday, May 15th, 9 Â… 5 p.m. This lifechanging experience allows each student to participate in the creative process and to demonstrate his or her own artistic abilities through the aid of the community. For more info contact Debbie Moore at 8996027. Bike to Work DayNational Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 15th. Join your neighbors, family, and friends for ÂBike To Work Day.ÂŽ For more info www.nfbc.us.Beach 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 SymphonyÂs 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 ÂStrengthening Families DayÂŽ Saturday, May 16th, 9 Â… 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 CampbellÂs 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 www.ritztheater.com.Bianca 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: ÂSocial Action: Be The Change You Want To SeeÂŽ featuring guest speaker Benjamin Crump, Esq. For more info visit www.dwperkinsbar.com. Understanding Gang Violence SeminarThe Jacksonville ChildrenÂs Commission upcoming seminars, Â Understanding Gang Violence in Jacksonville ÂŽ will be held Thursday, May 21st, 2 -4:30 p.m. at the Police Memorial Building Drill Hall, 501 E. Bay Street. Facilitator: JSO Chief Burton; Understanding Gang Violence in Jacksonville, Tuesday, May 26th, 9-11:30 a.m. The Jacksonville Children's Commission, 1095 A Philip Randolph Blvd. Facilitator: JSO Chief Burton. For more info call 630-3647.Jax Jazz Piano CompetitionThe Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition takes place May 21 , at The Florida Theatre, 128 E Forsyth St., where five finalists, chosen through ÂblindÂŽ judging in March, will compete for the honor of this award. The winner will receive a monetary prize and will perform at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. For more info visit www.jaxjazzfest.com.Fantasia Featured in ÂOff JazzÂŽ Concert!Grammy-winning artist Fantasia will be headlining the Jacksonville Jazz Festival Off Jazz Concert, Friday, May 22nd , 7 p.m., at The Florida Theatre, 128 E Forsyth St. For more info visit www.floridatheatre.com.Jacksonville Jazz Festival Music ClinicJazz enthusiasts of all ages are invited to engage one-on-one with Felix Peikli! This intimate environment will allow you to get up close and personal with jazz artists and learn from some of the best. So bring your jazz instrument of choice and donÂt miss this opportunity to learn Friday, May 22nd . For location and more info call 6303690 to reserve your spot.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.Marlon Wayans in JaxMarlon Wayans co-produced and starred in "Scary Movie" films 1-4. He appeared in the Emmy award winning series "In Living Color" and his family's successful sitcom "The Wayans Bros." will perform at the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road, May 28-31st . For more info call 292-4242.FCMHP PAWparazzi GalaJoin First Coast No More Homeless Pets for the ÂPAWparazziÂŽ Gala, Thursday, May 28th, 6-10 p.m. Enjoy an elegant dinner and champagne reception, amazing silent auction, and a live runway fashion at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre, 12000 Beach Blvd. For tickets and more details call 425-0005.CWM Miracle on Ashley StreetMark your calendar for the Clara White Mission's 21st Annual "Miracle on Ashley Street Celebrity Servers" fundraiser, Friday, May 29th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clara White Mission, 613 W. Ashley St. For more info call 354-4162.MHIAAC Mental Health Fair and WalkThe Jax Mental Health in African American Community Association Mental Health Fair and Walk, Saturday, May 30th , 8-3 p.m. Walk begins at the Community Rehabilitation Center, 623 Beechwood St. For more info call 419-9847.Estate Planning WorkshopCLA Estate Planning Workshop, Saturday, May 30th, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 13733 Beach Blvd. Learn options on estate planning and financial literacy. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.SGES Book SaleThe Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society will hold a Book Sale, Saturday, May 30th , 10 a.m. Â… 2 p.m., 6215 Sauterne Dr. Books include genealogy, history, non-fiction and fiction. All proceeds support the society. For more info visit www.sgesjax.org. 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May 7-13, 2015 Page 9 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 5 11, 2015Â© A Z EE Z Communications , Inc. Vol. XXI , No. 38CIAA, MEAC AND SIAC SPRING CHAMPS; NEW AD AT GRAMBING, SID AT TUSKEGEE RODNEY GUNTER: DelState D-lineman goes to Arizona midway through the fourth round. First of four from HBCUs.DelState Sports PhotoDRAFT CRASHER Â’ BCSP NotesWinston-Salem State takes RALEIGH, N.C. Â… Winston-Salem State capped another stellar conCIAA baseball championship after Virginia State plex Saturday. pionship. The selection show is on May 10. in the winner's bracket. CIAA Player of the Year Conner Andrus of WSSU was named Tournament MVPÂ RALEIGH, N.C. Â… Saint AugustineÂs capped a tremendous run Chowan for the CIAA Softball Championship at Walnut Creek Softball Complex Sunday. The Lady Falcons were led by tournament MVP Meranda Zanni and All-CIAA Tournament picks Marley Parker and Hannah Stutts . GREENSBORO, N.C. Â… The Bethune-Cookman men and Florida A&M Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T . MEAC Men's title. A&T followed closely in second place with 138 MID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEAC Delaware State 14 4 20 13 Norfolk State 13 5 14 25 Hampton 11 6 19 24 Howard 8 10 14 27 Morgan State 7 10 8 30 Coppin State 5 13 5 31 Maryland-E. Shore 4 14 7 32SOUTHERNSavannah State 13 1 20 15 Bethune-Cookman 11 3 18 27 Florida A&M 7 7 13 35 NC A&T 6 9 14 29 NC Central 4 10 18 27 S. C. State 2 13 8 30 PLAYER Jr., 1B, SSU Hit .750 (6for-8) with 1 HR, 1 double, 5 runs scored and 3 RBI in sweep of SCSU. PITCHER So., P, DSU Earned two wins and one save vs. UMES. Allowed 6 hits and 1 earned run with 12 Ks in 14.2 innings. ROOKIE Fr., 1B, DSU Went 4-for-6 including two doubles with two RBI and 3 runs in three-game sweep of UMES.SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCE Jackson State 12 4 22 24 Alabama State 11 7 17 31 Miss. Valley State 8 7 13 31 Alabama A&M 7 9 17 23 Alcorn State 0 14 2 31WESTERNTexas Southern 14 3 21 16 Southern 11 5 15 12 Prairie View 7 9 9 25 Grambling State 7 10 9 27 Arkansas Pine Bluff 3 14 6 34 HITTER , So., UTIL, STATE Was 3-for-5 with a triple, run scored and 3 RBI vs. Middle Tennessee. PITCHER , Jr., TEXAS SOUTHERN Tossed three strikeouts while only giving up three walks vs. Grambling. Allowed one hit and no runs. GRAMBLING, LA Obadiah Simmons , Jr. has been named the interim athletics director at Grambling State University . Studies and was the recipient of the Robert L. Piper Endowed Professorship in Health and Physical department in 2008, Simmons worked in numerous administraAs the interim athletics director, Simmons will proTUSKEGEE GETS NEW SID: Tuskegee Curtis Campbell has Travis Jarome , as the new Sports Jarome succeeds LaMonica Scott , who left to take a similar position at Mississippi Valley State . UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS points, while Hampton The men's meet came down to the 4x400 relay as North Carolina BCU's Kenneth Fisher Maryland Eastern Shore's Khalil Rmidi Kinini set records in the Donald Cooper Hampton's Trey Holloway set a new MEAC record in the 100 meter Cookman's Ronnie Ash Norfolk State's Kiara Howell Ce'aira Brown A&M's Darlene Moore Bethune-Cookman's Tristie Johnson broke her own meet record in the 100 meter dash, with a time of 11.26. COLUMBIA, S.C. Sophomore Jeremy Arrington recorded three hits and two RBIs to lead Albany State SIAC Baseball Stillman . With the win, ASU wins will be determined on May 10. Stillman, winners of the last four SIAC championships, ends its season at 14-21.DelState's Gunter leads four in NFL DraftBCSP Editor Howard Sports Information Ed Hill the Bison hosted Delaware State in an MEAC Rodney Gunter do." three-time allMEAC Gunter didn't appear on most draft boards but word leaked to their brass that another team was about to select him. Texas Southern cornerback Tray Walker was Robert Myers of Tennessee State drafted Myers' TSU teammate and fellow offenAnthony Morris The four HBCU products were the most to take him. 'Who is Rodney Gunter?'" Keim said on the the next couple of years our fans will know real well who Rodney Gunter is." Cardinals looked more at him, they liked what Buckner went to work Gunter out. Added Arians, "Buck went to work 18 to fourth round. It's a dream come true.'' He was told by the Cardinals he could play for his talent, he went so far as to compare himWatt of Houston. "I could potentially be the next J. J. Watt," he said. Walker was second team allSWAC last tions and four pass break-ups. He was a threecareer with six interceptions. TSU. He was twice named an All-Ohio Valley on a full-time basis last season and was a second-team all-conference pick at that position. Myers, who performed well at both the Myers and Morris are two of four Tennessee Kadeem Edwards of Tampa Bay last season while Demetrius Rhaney Louis. ARIZONA 6-5, 305, DL 4th Round 17th pick 116th overall BALTIMORE 6-2, 187, DB 4th Round 37th pick 136th overall BALTIMORE 6-5, 326, OL Tennessee State 5th Round 40th pick 176th overall OAKLAND 6-6, 290, OL Tennessee State 7th Round 1st pick 218th overall ARIZONA Alfy Hill, DL, Winston-Salem State Phillip Sims, QB, Winston-Salem State Mike Lee, DB, Fort Valley State Jerry Lovelocke, QB, Prairie View A&M Erik Williams, DE, Bethune-Cookman Arthur Miley, DT, Southern Travis Lee, DB, Miles DeAnte Saunders, DB, Tennessee State Brandon Bridge, QB, South Alabama (Alcorn State)GREEN BAY Marcus Reed, OL, Fayetteville State Tavarus Dantzler, LB, Bethune-CookmanHOUSTON Lynden Trail, DE, Norfolk State Khari Lee, TE, Bowie StateNEW YORK JETS Davon Walls, DT, Lincoln (MO)PITTSBURGH Nigel Crawford-Kinney, DT, Saint AugustineÂs Keenan Lambert, DB, Norfolk StateWASHINGTON Jacquise Lockett, RB, Kentucky StateTHE STAT CORNER WHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCE Alabama State 18 6 30 15 Alabama A&M 16 8 25 24 Jackson State 15 9 29 20 Alcorn State 7 17 14 37 Miss. Valley State 4 20 7 36 WESTERNArk. Pine Bluff 16 6 23 16 Texas Southern 16 7 25 16 Southern 13 8 16 22 Grambling State 7 17 9 33 Prairie View 5 19 15 34 PLAYER Fr., STATE Went 6-for-11, hitting .647 with 3 RBI, 1 HR and four runs scored vs. Alabama A&M. PITCHER T Pitched 6.2 innings of no-hit ball, allowing no hits and one walk with career-high 13 strikeouts. MID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCE Norfolk State 19 5 23 13 Maryland-E. Shore 14 10 16 30 Delaware State 13 11 14 27 Coppin State 2 22 3 38SOUTHERNFlorida A&M 15 9 19 23 Bethune-Cookman 14 10 16 37 NC Central 12 11 19 27 Savannah State 12 12 19 30 NC A&T 6 17 9 36 PLAYER So., 1B/LHP, DSU Hit .454 (5-for-11) with 5 RBI, 3 HRs, 4 runs scored vs. Towson and UMES. Had 12 Ks in 6.1 innings vs. UMES. PITCHER , So., LHP, NSU school history in 6-1 win over Coppin State. Matched career high with 10 ks in 7 innings. ROOKIE r-So., IF, NSU Totalled 6 hits, 6 RBI, 4 runs, 1 double and 1 triple vs. VSU and CSU. . MEAC Simmons
May 7 -13, 2015 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 10 Flipping Through the Free Press Files Betty Holzendorf, Betty LaRue, James Ruth, Sharon Coon and Claudia Russell Madeline Scales-Taylor, Betty Davis and Carolyn Mitchell Ruth Waters and MaVyne Betsch at American Beach Jacksonville Mole President Pamela Grant passing Conclave Torch to the Greenville, SCMoles President Barbara Daniels Bernard Gregory and Ron Baker Planning the Party of the Millennium are some of the Luau Y2K hosts JuCoby Pittman, Rahman Johnson, Charles Griggs, Reggie Fullwood and Sylvia Perry. Missing from the shot is Vincent Cameron. Reverend Michael McConnell and Sandra Hull-Richardson Von Alexander and Felice Franklin Danny Glover and Bill Brown State Representative Mia Jones and Ronald ÂTrackÂŽ Elps E.B. Johnson, Reginald Lawrence and Greg Miller Charles Standberry and Robert Billups Jax Activist Emanuel Washington and Diallo Sekou Dr. Emma Moran and Charlene Taylor-Hill Margaret Johnson, Maretta Latimer, Lydia Wooten and Marguerite Warren Author Marc Little and Joseph Carswell Dr. Ray Johnson, Amy Johnson, Pat Lockett-Felder and Willye Dennis Congresswoman Corrine Brown surrounded by duo Ashford &Simpson
Brenda Bellard -Harris recently transformed the Ritz Theatre and Museum into a New York City Country Club for a duo retirement and belated 65th birthday celebration. Bellard-Harris, a Jacksonville native, who moved back home in 2003 after 35 years as a banking executive at Wells Fargo Bank, has spent the last eight year as a volunteer at Edward Waters College and Raines High School. She returned for another three years in 2012 at Suntrust Bank before retiring a second time on March, 31, 2015. Over 175 guests celebrated and were treated to the music of the Special Formula band, dinner and a roast. Attendees enjoyed grooving to the live music and walking the museum to view the artwork. The party crowd had an opportunity to Âput on the RitzÂ for a special lady turning 65 and retiring a second time! May 7-13, 2015 Page 11 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press The Free Press would love to share your event with our readers We do have a few guidelines that need to be followed 1. All unsolicited photos require a $10 photo charge for each picture. Photos can be paid by check or money order. 2. Pictures must be brought into our office to be examined for quality or emailed in a digital format of .jpg or .bmp. 3.Everyone in the picture must be named. 4. All photos MUST be received within 5 days of the event. OEXCEPTIOS. 5. Event photos must be acconpanied by a story/event synopsis including the 5WÂs of media: who, what, when, where and why. in addition to a phone number for more information.Call 634-1993 for more information! Pictured above is retiree Brenda Bellard-Harris with husband Melvin presented with her birthday cake and song serenade. Shown right is the honoree hugging friends Cathy Johnson and Hazel Campbell.Bellard-Harris Retires and Celebrates 65th at the Ritz Thomas Jefferson's Home Unveils Rebuilt Slave Quarters to Tell Fuller Tale of Past Pictured is retiree Brenda Bellard-Harris hugging friends Cathy Johnson and Hazel Campbell. Real Housewives of Atlanta Served up Some Olivia Pope By Marquesa LaDawn NNPA Columnist Before I discuss Part I of the big RHOA reunion , I need to talk about how they looked: Â€ Porsha Â… SheÂs a beautiful lady with a body any woman would kill for. Still, the look did not work at all. Why? Ill-fitting, strange and sort of desperate. The side boob did not work but I liked her makeup and hair. Â€ Kandi Â… It seemed too homemade, my girl has got bank, she just needs to look the part. Too much boob, it was overwhelming, she needed a better fit. The hair and makeup looked great. Â€ Kenya Â… I have to say, she looked hot! Although, her dress has been done by everybody. Her makeup was flawless. Â€ Phaedra Â… Old School look with a taste of country. I donÂt think it worked. I heard one podcaster say, she wears appliances as jewelry. I think she dressed well most of the season, but not the reunion. Â€ Nene Â… One of her best looks! I loved her hair and jewelry. The suit fit her body very well. I was really proud of her look. Â€ Claudia Â… What happened to my favorite new housewife? She looked too simple, not splashy enough. I was bored to tears. Â€ Cynthia Â… The Farah Fawcett hair was my favorite of the night. From the waste up, she rocked it. From the waste down, not so much. I can appreciate an A-line skirt, it just looked odd with the top. The reunion gets a C+ grade, mostly because of NeneÂs favorite quote, ÂYou are right, I am wrong.ÂŽ Nene you were paid to do a job, bring it. You do not have to act crazy but we the fans expect you to participate. I have a feeling next week (Part 2) things will change. At least, I hope they do for PorshaÂs sake. She struggled with providing strong arguments and this challenge shined at the reunion. She could not justify making a statement about Peter cheating among many other not so gifted arguments. But, I must give her credit for outshining Demetria, as a minor housewife. SheÂs on the couch at the end and Demetria, isnÂt. Another standout this season, my girl Claudia. SheÂs mastered the perfect argument, which shut down Nene multiple times this season. At the reunion, she continued. Once you throw Kenya and Cynthia into the mix, the other ladies are powerless. Heck, I might as well add Kandi, she has a voice this reunion and itÂs refreshing. She called Nene out on not being a good friend. By the way, Kenya lost the argument trying to shame Porsha about her family history, (PorshaÂs father was a historical figure in the Black community). She looked silly since she fights just as dirty. Come on Kenya, stop waiting for an apology regarding the fight last reunion; itÂs not going to happen. You canÂt ignore Phaedra and the emotion she shows that a lot of folks do not believe. I get that sheÂs going through a hard time with her husband in prison, but keeping her boys away from their father is not a great decision. On a positive note, the ladies looked great and it was entertaining, but I need more steam in Part 2. There was a lot of steam in NYC Â… with The Real Housewives of New York. The cougar thing continues, but fireworks are ahead because a rule being broken. You see, Carole is fooling around with LuanneÂs niece ex-boyfriend of 20-something, who is part of the staff. The rule? You know it: Do not mess around with your friendsÂ staff. Cougar town continued at BethennyÂs birthday party. I must admit, it got kinda weird. Between, SonyaÂs young man and his young friend and LuanneÂs young man, it was raining well, very young men. Bethenny not only danced on the tables, she excluded the other housewives, another rule broken, I think. You know B, she couldnÂt care less. It was her birthday. Later in the week, a few of the housewives met for lunch and Heather begins to tell B about KristenÂs feelings being hurt regarding not getting invited. B shut her down in the rudest way. She later admitted on her Bravo blog that she was a bit too harsh. Another person who needs to own her rudeness is the new housewife, Dorinda. She treated her boyfriend like he was the bottom of her shoe, for, uh, giving an opinion. She was trying to justify keeping him away from her daughter who does not approve of their relationship. This same daughter, 20-something, called her momÂs boyfriend fat, though she didnÂt seem too perfect herself. The first log slave quarters with dirt floors to be rebuilt at Thomas JeffersonÂs home were formally unveiled last weekend at Monticello. Descendants of more than 100 slaves from the third presidentÂs plantation marked the occasion in Virginia. Re-creating structures to represent slave life at the home of the author of the Declaration of Independence is part of a larger restoration effort underway to show a fuller history at Monticello. In addition, nine rooms on the upper floors of the mansion that were previously empty have now been furnished to give visitors a deeper look at JeffersonÂs family and what life was like in 1809. The project was launched two years ago with a $10m gift from Washington philanthropist David Rubenstein who recently announced a second $10m gift to continue the work of restoring slave sites along the plantationÂs Mulberry Row and refreshing some of the iconic rooms in JeffersonÂs home. ÂThis is probably the most transformational project weÂve mounted at Monticello in 90 years,ÂŽ said Leslie Greene Bowman, president of the foundation that operates Monticello. ÂNow the house and Mulberry Row are visually connected, and our visitors now understand that this wasnÂt a house separate from the plantation community. It was inextricably linked to it.ÂŽ Monticello is the only US presidentÂs home on that list of cultural treasurers. The newly rebuilt slave quarters include a storehouse for iron where Isaac Granger Jefferson worked as a slave in the 1790s. Nearby, a 12ft-by-14ft dwelling was rebuilt to represent where the Hemings family lived. Sally Hemings, a slave, had a relationship fathering her six children. Although Monticello has been studying slavery for decades, the landscape had been altered. Now the original roads where slaves lived have been restored. Landscaping elements put up in the 20th century that blocked views between the mansion and slave area have been removed. RubensteinÂs gifts have helped launch a larger fundraising campaign for further restoration at Monticello. Bowman said the public campaign launching Saturday will seek to raise $65m. At least $32m already has been secured. Claudia Jordan at her 35th birthday party. LaDawn said that Jordan looked too simple in Part 1 of the RHOA reunion episode for this season.
Page 12 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press May 7-13, 2015 Hotoro, Kano, Nigeria Â„ The Nigerian Army says that they have rescued nearly 300 kidnapped women and girls who were being held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists in Northern Nigeria, but they also found tons of corpses in a dried riverbed. A military spokesman said the rescued girls and women are still being interviewed and treated, and they have not yet spoken to their families. However, these are not the same girls that were abducted in April 2014 from the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria. That abduction led to an international social media movement to rescue them called #BringBackOurGirls. It was heavily supported around the world, and the hashtag is still widely used by many celebrities including First Lady Michelle Obama. Those girls, however, have yet to be found. Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group, has been kidnapping females for years and reportedly has hundreds more in their custody. The name Boko Haram translates to ÂWestern education is sinÂŽ in the local Hausa language. The group says they want to impose a stricter enforcement of Sharia law across Nigeria, which is mostly Muslim in the north and mostly Christian in the south. In addition to rescuing the women and girls that they did find, the Nigerian military also said they raided and destroyed three terrorists camps including the Tokumbere camp in the Sambisa Forest Operation. But not all of their rescue operations are successful. Just recently, they had to retreat from a rescue attempt because of explosive devices that were planted in the forest by Boko Haram soldiers. Three Officers Charged in Death Are Black? Is This Still a Racial Case? After several days of peaceful and violent protesting in the streets of Baltimore, the stateÂs attorney finally announced that six police officers will be charged in the death of Freddie Gray. The charges for each of them ranged from 2nd degree murder to manslaughter to assault. Even more, it was announced that Gray was reportedly illegal arrested, and that the officers failed to get him the medical help he clearly needed after they arrested him. Then the faces were revealed on national television of what the officers looked like, and guess what? Three of them are Black! So does this mean that it is no longer a racial case? And why did most people assume that all the officers involved were white? Well, the truth is that this angle isnÂt really being discussed yet. Perhaps because itÂs not such much a case of racism as it is a case of police brutality. In other police brutality cases across the country, some have pointed the finger at Black officers as well for either not doing enough during an attack or for trying to help cover it up. What makes Freddie GrayÂs case particularly bad is that the officer driving the vehicle that was transporting him was Black. His name is Caesar R. Goodson Jr., and he reported stopped and parked the van to check on Gray. He, however, did not offer medical assistance to him. Instead, he returned to the driverÂs seat and headed toward central booking with Gray still unsecured. Many legal experts say that he, as the driver of the vehicle, is the most at fault for what happened to Gray because he likely maneuvered the vehicle so that Gray would be slammed around in the back. Family members of Gray spoke during a press conference, and said they hope the case serves as motivation to reform the way police do their jobs in communities across the country. They also urged members of the public to express themselves peacefully. Richard Shipley, GrayÂs stepfather, commented, ÂWe are satisfied with todayÂs charges. These charges are an important step in getting justice for Freddie and we ask that whoever comes to our city Â„ a city that we love, a city that we live in Â„ come in peace, and if you are not coming in peace, please donÂt come at all, because this city needs to get back to work.ÂŽ Meanwhile, all six officers have posted bail and have been released to await their trial. TOP: Baltimore Police Officer Garrett Miller, Sgt. Alicia White, Officer Edward ero. BOTTOM: Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., Lt. Brian Rice and Officer William Porter. TSA, the nationÂs Transportation Security Administration, has agreed to stop searching the hair of Black women who wear natural hairstyles. The agreement also promises to keep a record of complaints from black women to Âassess whether a discriminatory impact may be occurringÂŽ at specific airports across the country. The issue became big earlier this year after two black women, Malaika Singleton and Novella Coleman, filed complaints about having their hair arbitrarily searched at airports. Both women were reportedly wearing their natural hairstyles when they were stopped and searched in the airport. Coleman, whose hair was styled in dreadlocks, said that that TSA workers Âsingled her outÂŽ several years ago and searched her hair three times. On one occasion she asked why her hair was being checked, and she was told that agents search hair that has Âabnormalities.ÂŽ Singleton also had a similar experience when she was stopped, and the TSA searched through her hair, and en route back, her hair was searched again during a layover. Such claims that TSA agents discriminate against black women are not new. Solange Knowles, for example, the sister of Beyonce Knowles, also said that she was profiled back in 2012. Recently, in response to the complaints, TSA has launched an internal Disability and Multicultural Division, which is responsible for ensuring that their security screening policies, procedures, and practices comply with all applicable civil liberties and civil rights laws. For more details about this division, visit www.tsa.gov/travelerinformation/civil-rights-travelers. TSA Agrees to Stop Singling Out Black Women For Hair Searches 200 igerian Girls and 93 Women Rescued From Boko Haram Camps
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