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A "Million Moms March" was held in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, rallying together a large crowd of mothers whose children have been killed by police. The mothers marched through the city on a mission to denounce police brutality and declare that the lives of their lost loved ones mattered -and that they still do. The march was led by Maria Hamilton, the founder of Mothers for Justice United, an organization that brings together mothers mourning the deaths of sons and daughters at the hands of police. The organization, which teamed up with the Coalition of Justice to co-sponsor Saturdays event, helped demonstrators speak up for those who have lost their lives to police and the many more who have had to grapple with that harsh reality. Hamilton is the mother of Dontre Hamilton, a 31-year-old man who was shot and killed by former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney in April 2014. Dontre Hamilton, who relatives say had a mental illness, was fatally shot by Manney after the officer approached him while he was sleeping on a bench in a downtown park. A scuffle ensued and quickly ended when Manney fired 14 shots. The officer eventually escaped criminal charges after a states prosecutor claimed his use of force was justified. Maria Hamilton launched Mothers for Justice United shortly after her son's death, and on Saturday called for the support of other bereaved mothers, who collectively marched to the front steps of the Justice Department. As they walked through the capital, demonstrators held signs that read, Stop racist police terrorŽ and Black Lives Matter.Ž As Hamilton led the way, mothers and their friends and family members marched on in solidarity. For Hamilton, there was only one mission: To make their voices heard in the halls of government, to demand justice for their murdered children, and to put an end to the race-based policies of police and vigilante violence in minority communities.Ž Continued on page 3 Volume 28 o. 27 May 14-20, 2015 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents My Brothers Keeper Enters a ew PhasePage 3 Alvin Brown Deserves to be Reelected and Wheres WhyPage 4Eat Carbs With o Weight GainPage 7 Resetting Your Retirement After DivorcePage 2 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Unemployment Rate for Black Americans at 7-Year LowWASHINGTON The unemployment rate for black Americans fell to single digits in April for the first time in nearly seven years. At the same time, the jobless rate among Asian-Americans rose for the first time in six months. The black unemployment rate in April was 9.6 percent, the lowest level since June 2008. During the financial crisis and recession, the rate had risen as high as 16.8 percent. Despite the latest improvement, the employment gap by race remains stubbornly wide. The jobless rate for blacks is more than twice that of whites. Meanwhile, the Asian-American unemployment rate climbed to 4.4 percent from 3.2 percent in March. It was the first such increase since October. The data for various demographic groups came from a survey of households that is part of the Labor Department's monthly jobs data.Tamir Rice's Mother Moves from Homeless Shelter to ew HouseIt was an especially painful Mother's Day for Samaria Rice, but the grieving mom of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot to death by a Cleveland cop five months ago, is finding support in her family and her community. A week after Rice moved into a homeless shelter because she could no longer stand to live next door to the "killing field" where her son was shot, her supporters are helping her make a fresh start. An online GoFundMe campaign has raised nearly $50,000 to relocate Rice to a new home, and to help pay the legal expenses for her family's independent investigation and a possible federal civil rights lawsuit. In January, a grainy surveillance video released by the city of Cleveland showed two officers pushing Tamir's 14-year-old sister to the ground and cuffing her just moments after a third officer had shot her younger brother. Madison called the treatment of the sister "the cruelest thing I've ever seen on video." "Less than a second, my son is gone and I want to know how long I have to wait for justice," Rice said at press conference last month, thanking supporters for coming out. More than 1,300 people have donated to the Tamir Rice Memorial Fund. His burial date is not yet scheduled. Reportedly, Rice is concerned that an additional medical examination may be required.George Zimmerman Involved in ShootingGeorge Zimmerman was involved in a shooting this week suffering a minor gunshot wound. lake Mary, FL Authorities say the incident involved two males who have had an on-going dispute.Ž The other male has yet to be identified. Zimmermans vehicle has a gunshot hole in the passenger side window. WFTV is reporting that Zimmerman was shot in the face.Ž In January Zimmermans girlfriend called him a psychopathŽ and accused him of assault but no charges were filed. Zimmerman was arrested in January 2013 following a domestic dispute with his then-girlfriend Samantha Scheibe. She never filed charges and he was released. In September 2013, Zimmermans then-estranged wife Shellie Zimmerman called police, saying George punched her father and was threatening them with a gun. When police arrived, there was not enough evidence to file charges. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in 2013 for the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.Chicago OKs $5.5M in Reparations for Police Torture VictimsCHICAGO Chicagos leaders took a step next typically reserved for nations trying to make amends for slavery or genocide, agreeing to pay $5.5 million in reparations to the mostly African-American victims of the citys notorious police torture scandal and to teach schoolchildren about one of the most shameful chapters of Chicagos history. Chicago has already spent more than $100 million settling and losing lawsuits related to the torture of suspects by detectives under the command of disgraced former police commander Jon Burge from the 1970s through the early 1990s. The city councils backing of the new ordinance marks the first time a U.S. city has awarded survivors of racially motivated police torture the reparations they are due under international law, according to Amnesty International. It is a powerful word and it was meant to be a powerful word. That was intentional,Ž Alderman Joe Moore said of the decision to describe it as reparations. Before the council unanimously backed the deal, the names of more than a dozen victims were called out, and those men and their families were given a standing ovation. This stain cannot be removed from our citys history, but it can be used as a lesson in what not to do,Ž said Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who stressed that Chicago had to do more than just pay the victims if it is to really get beyond this stain on its history. Edward Waters College (EWC) graduated its first Call Me MISTER scholar during the 2015 commencement ceremony Saturday, May 9th. The Call Me MISTER scholarship program is open to AfricanAmerican males majoring in elementary education and pays for the last two years of course work. Upon graduation, scholarship recipients must teach in an inner-city elementary school in the Duval County Public School system for at least five years. D uring the ceremony, President Nathaniel Glover presented Bernard Agurs with a Call Me MISTER blazer. Duval County Public Schools District Transformation Office Director, Iranetta Wright then met Agurs on the stage to give him his open teaching contract. I've had excellent role models in my life, and I want to be one that can make a difference in a child's life,Ž said Agurs. The scholarship program was created to help increase the number of African American males who teach in the elementary-level. According to the Department of Education, African American men only make up two-percent of the 4.8 million educators across the country. Less than one-percent of them teach in elementary schools. President Nathaniel Glover conferred 139 undergraduate degrees on the Class of 2015. Florida State Senator Chris Smith delivered the commencement address. Agurs is the first person in his family to graduate with a college degree. Shown above is Edward Waters College President athaniel Glover presenting a degree to Bernard Argurs. EWCGraduates First CallMe MisterŽ Scholar The Fly Jock Tom Joyner flew into Jacksonville Friday, May 8th to rally voters to Get Out To Vote! Gateway Mall was the location for local residents to meet and greet the national talk show host to ask questions and take photos. The Fly Jock joined Congresswoman Corrine Brown and other local politicians were visible at the Democratic Headquarters in Gateway Mall offering voters free food, music and entertainment, while providing information on the local primary race and the promotion of early voting. The city of Jacksonville, Florida, will hold elections for mayor and city council on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. A primary took place on March 24, 2015. Early voting polling places for the 2015 Duval General Election are open from 10 a.m. 6 p.m. May 4 May 17, including weekends. Early Voting is open at the Supervisor of Elections Monroe Street office from 8:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Voting procedures are the same as on Election Day, except that voters may cast a ballot at any Early Voting site. (On Election Day, voters may only vote in the polling place assigned to their precinct.). Remember to bring a valid and current photo and signature ID when you go to vote! The Fly JockŽ Tom Joyner and DaJuane McIntyre at Gateway MallStar Power Joins in Jax GOTV Efforts Merzerone Green, Cynthia Doster and Tiffany HardenHanging at the TPC Golf and sports lovers of all ages converged on the grounds of Sawgrass to witness the 2015 Tournament Players Championship. The TPC boasted the strongest field of the year for players competing on one of the worlds most iconic golf courses. Golf fans were treated to an incredible, major-caliber finish as Rickie Fowler took home the crystal and a $1.8 million first prize. For more sights and scenes, see page 3. Million Moms March Rallies for Slain Children People joined grieving mothers from all over the country on Mothers Day Weekend to rally in Washington D.C. in front of the Justice Department.


A decade ago, Wilberforce University was struggling but stable. The storied historically black university (HBCU) was in debt, and enrollment was beginning to decline. But it didn't seem like Wilberforce „ the oldest private HBCU in the county „ would soon be in danger of closing. However, following two problematic presidencies, widespread student protests, and various internal issues, Wilberforce now finds itself in a fight to stay alive. Wilberforce's leadership has recently played host to a group of visitors who may determine the future of the HBCU „ an accreditation board that will soon determine if the university has improved enough to keep its accreditation. If it loses that accreditation, it's much more likely Wilberforce will close. "To keep its accreditation, Wilberforce must address its ballooning debts, deteriorating buildings and leadership shortcomings," Charlie Tyson reported in Insider Higher Ed in June, after the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) threatened to revoke the school's accreditation. An unprecedented crisis facing HBCUs HBCUs like Wilberforce have struggled recently with unequal government funding, declining enrollment, and poor leadership. Many of them are on their last legs „ including Knoxville College, which saw enrollment fall to 11 students this semester and suspended classes for the fall semester. "With majority institutions, when a recession hits, they might go from brie to eating cheddar cheese," University of Pennsylvania education professor Marybeth Gasman has told BI. "HBCUs go from cheddar to nothing." After nearly 160 years, Wilberforce may soon face the same fate. Founded in 1856, Wilberforce was the first college owned and operated by African-Americans. Its founding president became the first AfricanAmerican to lead a university. Wilberforce's professors included the author W.E.B. DuBois, and its graduates include civil rights leader Bayard Rustin and sociologist William Julius Wilson. But much has changed at Wilberforce over the past decade. A decade in "free fall" "Wilberforce has had two disastrous presidents and administrations," Richard Deering, a Wilberforce economics professor, told Eye on Ohio in 2013. "We've been in free fall for the last several years." When Wilberforce President John L. Henderson retired in 2002 after 14 years, he left behind a distinguished legacy including new dorms and a student center. He also left a lot of debt. The university's board of trustees "sought a replacement who crackled with star power, someone with the name recognition to serve as a powerful fundraiser," according to Inside Higher Ed. Wilberforce alumnus and former congressman Floyd Flake took over in 2002. The school let its new star president remain as senior pastor of a 15,000-member mega-church in Queens. He spent just one day a week on campus, Deering told Insider Higher Ed. Flake cut majors and installed his allies in key administrative posts, according to Inside Higher Ed. Faculty members accused him of inflating his own salary while the school suffered. (In 2012, though, Ohio's attorney general found Flake's salary was "well within market range.") In 2007, the Wilberforce faculty union issued a "no confidence" vote in his leadership. He resigned in January 2008. The university's provost, Patricia Hardaway, replaced Flake but encountered her own problems in 20122013, when hundreds of students protested over what they argued were paltry course offerings and a deteriorating campus. Many threatened to transfer. "Students are tired of being walked over and we're going to stand up and fight until we get the quality education we deserve," the head of Wilberforce's student government at the time told The Dayton Daily News. The faculty also voted "no confidence" in Hardaway, who announced her retirement in 2013. This summer, high school and college students can win a scholarship by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive through the Leaders Save Lives program. Registration is now open to host a participating blood drive between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2015. The Leaders Save Lives program encourages community-minded 16to 24-year-olds to host blood drives to help maintain the blood supply over the summer months. Students who participate as a blood drive coordinator are eligible to win a scholarship up to $2,500 for higher education and to earn a gift card. The Leaders Save Lives program is a great way for students to learn valuable leadership skills while helping hospital patients in need of lifesaving blood transfusions,Ž said Jerry J.K. Tillery, CEO for the Alabama and Central Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico and Southern Blood Services Regions. Summer can be a challenging time to maintain a sufficient blood supply. With this program, students are helping the community by recruiting their friends and family to donate during this crucial season.Ž A total of 10 scholarships will be awarded via drawing to students who achieve 100 percent of their blood drive collections goal. All students who achieve the designated blood drive goal will receive an electronic gift card to For more information and to register to host a Leaders Save Lives blood drive, visit Page 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press May 14-20, 2015Students Can Win Scholarship by Hosting Blood Drive If you have mortgage problems, call 888-995-HOPE for one-on-one expert advice from this free government program.Youre not alone. What will happen to us if we lose the house?Ž By Jason Alderman Retirement planning can face derailment after a divorce. Married, two-income couples have the advantage of splitting living expenses and pooling all their investment assets, including retirement accounts. Once the marriage is over, costs for separate households may limit the ability of ex-spouses to keep their retirement on track. After a divorce, individuals generally walk away with a share of joint retirement assets based on how they negotiate that split. However, returning to singlehood means the end of shared expenses with housing, food, transportation and related expenses now being paid out of one wallet, not two. This can mean considerably less money to direct toward retirement and other savings and investments. To assure a comfortable retirement, many experts advise individuals to save and invest over time so they can live annually on at least 70 percent of their pre-retirement income. Divorcing couples should retain separate qualified financial experts to assure an equitable split of assets and a continuing plan to build a solid retirement in single life. Here are a few steps to reset one's retirement goals after divorce. Gather a personal finance team. It's a good idea to hire a financial professional to offer advice on all relevant financial, investment, tax, estate and retirement details of a divorce negotiation. Afterward, individuals may continue with these advisors or interview new ones. Personal referrals are best, but the following resources may help: The Certified Planner Board of Standards The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education The Financial Planning Association Your state CPA society Budget. Spending priorities can change after a divorce. Newly divorced spouses should track all new spending diligently so they can reset their budget for retirement. ( m/retirementcalc) Qualified financial advisors can help review a divorcing individual's budgeting strategy to make sure as much money goes to savings as possible. Evaluate all retirement assets. When divorce is finalized, it is a wise idea to take inventory of all retirement assets to determine whether they still fit investment goals. If one's 401(k) or employer plan administrator does not have a calculator to help estimate how accounts will grow under certain investment scenarios, refer to's various retirement calculators for help. Review Social Security benefits. Most experts urge individuals to wait as close to age 70 as possible to start drawing their Social Security benefits. Check the Social Security Administration's Delayed Retirement Benefits page ( for a discussion of how and when to start taking payments. Also keep in mind that retirees married 10 years or longer who have stayed single may be entitled to Social Security benefits on their exspouse's record if they meet certain requirements. Be honest about new financial limitations. If a serious retirement shortfall emerges after divorce, it's important to reset financial priorities. That may mean speaking with family members about necessary cutbacks in certain expenses. It is important to have retirement in the best shape possible to avoid stress on family finances later. Bottom line: The personal and financial disruption caused by divorce can make it easy for newly single individuals to neglect their retirement planning. It is important to seek advice and take all necessary steps to keep one's retirement on track. Resetting Your Retirement After DivorceThis 159-Year-Old HBCU is Spending Millions to Stay Alive


By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) … While political pundits rush ahead to the 2016 presidential election, President Barack Obama is rallying private-sector, philanthropic and community leaders to launch an independent non-profit to ensure that the My Brothers Keeper (MBK) Initiative lives past his second term in office. That initiative and its mission to expand opportunities and improve life outcomes for young men and boys of color will live on as the My Brothers Keeper Alliance. During the launch ceremony of the Alliance at Lehman College in West Bronx, N.Y., President Obama said that the group aims to double the percentage of boys and young men of color who read at grade level by the third grade, increase their high school graduation rates by 20 percent and get 50,000 young men into college or post-high school training. I notice we dont always get a lot of reporting on this issue when theres not a crisis in some neighborhood. But were just going to keep on plugging away,Ž said President Obama. And this will remain a mission for me and for Michelle not just for the rest of my presidency, but for the rest of my life.Ž The MBK Alliance will also develop a guide to help mobilize private sector leaders to address the myriad challenges facing young men of color and provide $7 million in grants to evidence-based programs and another $15-$25 million to support communities in building capacity for those programs and local infrastructure. Companies, including American Express, Ariel Investments, BET Networks, PepsiCo and Sams Club, committed more than $80 million in cash donations to the MBK Alliance. In a letter to supporters and community stakeholders, Broderick Johnson, the chair of the My Brothers Keeper Task Force at the White House, said that he looked forward to the focus that the Alliance would bring to tearing down barriers facing underserved and at-risk youth. Johnson said that the task force is working with the Education and Health and Human Services Departments to address the disproportionate impact of preschool suspensions on students of color and with the Labor Department to help young people gain work-related skill on a pathway to careers. Johnson also noted that the Justice Department the Presidents Task Force on 21st Century Policing are working to promote community-oriented policing practices and to improve life outcomes for young people that encounter the criminal justice system. Leroy Hughes, Jr., the interim executive director of Concerned Black Men National, a group that provides mentoring programs and supports career and academic achievement for young boys of color, said that instead of just throwing funding at the issue, building a strong foundation through the initiative, defining the problems and likely solutions in two separate reports and issuing the community challenge last year helped to put all of the pieces together for a long-term strategy. I think it was a smart move, because they can actually talk about real issues affecting Black men and boys now,Ž said Hughes. A fact sheet released by the Alliance said that just one disconnected young man costs society nearly $1 million over his lifetime. High school graduates pay more taxes, draw less from social welfare programs and are less likely to commit crimes than drop-outs,Ž stated the brief. Research shows that closing the achievement gap between young men of color and their peers could increase the annual GDP by as much as $2.1 trillion.Ž Hughes said that launching the Alliance puts the onus on the community to become proactively engaged and by reaching out to corporate America as well as those in the philanthropic sector, separate and apart from the federal government, speaks to the Obama administrations effort to get all of us to buy in to the program. Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP, applauded President Obama for launching the MBK Alliance in an effort to ensure the sustainability of the MBK Initiative. My Brothers Keeper Alliance will serve as a helpful tool in placing more young men of color on a path to success. These young men will become our nations leading entrepreneurs, scholars, lawmakers and law enforcement officials,Ž said Brooks. Just as the GI Bill fueled the growth and development of thousands of young people a generation ago, todays young people deserve our investment today.  Brooks continued: As our nation begins to address the unrest wrought by racial profiling in cities like Ferguson, Cleveland and Baltimore, the NAACP looks forward to working collaboratively with My Brothers Keeper Alliance to ensure that all young men of color are maximizing their full educational and professional potential.Ž Sammie Dow, the youth and college director of the NAACP echoed the praise that Brooks offered and said that the success of our country is contingent upon our collective ability to educate all of our children and position them for success. 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by David Love The revolution will not only be televised but apparently it will also be uploaded, downloaded, streamed, posted and tweeted as well. What America has been witnessing „ from the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida and Mike Brown in Ferguson to Eric Garner in Staten Island, Walter Scott in North Charleston and Freddie Gray in Baltimore „ is the birth of a new civil rights movement. But this movement is a little different from your parents or your grandparents civil rights movement. Social struggles for freedom, justice and equality have their similarities, to be sure. And to some extent, it seems we are still fighting for some of the same things, because the more things change, the more they remain the same. Racism and brutality are still around and apparently have no intention of leaving quietly. But the techniques and structures of organizing and movement building have met twenty-first century sensibilities. This new movement is online. It is on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, in your inbox and in a video on your cellphone. Technology has helped give birth to the new civil rights movement. #BlackLivesMatter was founded by three black women „ Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi „ by way of social media. When a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty for the murder of Trayvon Martin, Garza, enraged and filled with of grief, took to Facebook. I posted on Facebook in that moment that it wasnt OK for us to not be surprised that someone could not be held accountable for the murder of an unarmed, black teenager,Ž Garza told NPR. And so I think the note was something like, black people, I love you, I love us, we got us and our lives matter.Ž Cullors added a hashtag, and the rest is history. The women wanted to create a movement that could firmly stand on the shoulders of movements that have come before us, such as the civil rights movement, while innovating on its strategies, practices and approaches to finally centralize the leadership of those existing at the margins of our economy and our society,Ž as Opal Tometi noted. In some ways reminiscent of the Black Power Movement, #BlackLivesMatter has not only been associated with the violence waged against black bodies but has also encompassed numerous socioeconomic issues such as advocating for full employment, quality housing and education and an end to racial profiling and mass incarceration. Cullors recently discussed #BlackSpring „ the latest outgrowth of #BlackLivesMatter with echoes of the Arab Spring „ with the HuffPost Show: Black Spring is about really looking at this moment, as not these isolated incidences.ƒ Black people are not a monolithic group, but what we are facing is something thats extreme „ and thats poverty, thats homelessness, thats higher rates of joblessness, thats law enforcement invading our communities day in and day out „ and we are uprising. And so this Black Spring is about really talking about a national uprising. We should be honored to talk about this moment. Last year, a panel of scholars from around the country selected #BlackLivesMatter as the 2014 Digital Trend of the Year as part of the Digital Folklore Project at Utah State University. This new movement has demonstrated how digital technology can become an effective tool for social change, not to replace face-to-face human contact but hopefully to facilitate the people-to-people organizing that is both necessary and irreplaceable. #BlackLivesMatter is able to learn from the successes, as well as the failures, of other digitally-focused movements. Todd Wolfson, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information, is the author of Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left. In his book, Wolfson examines the history of a new media-oriented social movements he calls the Cyber Left,Ž from their early days of the Indymedia movement and the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle in 1999, up to #OccupyWallStreet. There are three characteristics which have set the Cyber Left apart, including the use of new technologies and strategies to build a social movement, a decentralized network structure, and governance through the use of participatory democracy. As opposed to old school social movements, which were based on organizations, unions or political parties, the newer movements are global but with decentralized, local and autonomous power. In addition, while media and communications once served as the mouthpiece of a social movement back in the day, Wolfson notes that now, in the information age, communications acts more like the network of a network-based social movement, transmitting signals to different parts of the movement and thus coordinating its actions.Ž However, Wolfson also notes the Cyber Left „ which up to the Occupy movement was led by young college-educated, middleclass white men „ has had its drawbacks, such as a lack of leadership from those most oppressed,Ž and an inability to make proactive decisions and build long-term powerful social movement organizations.Ž Further, technology, and new-media tools specifically, have become more important than social relationships, organizing and movement building.Ž A final characteristic of these movements is lack of a shared strategy and political-education program to build clear and committed leaders.Ž These Cyber Left movements that came before #BlackLivesMatter were able to grow up to a point but were unable to build long-term infrastructure and ultimately were limited in their effectiveness and viability. Although it is too early to say where #BlackLivesMatter is headed, you can believe it is far more than a hashtag. And while the movement is very much social media, it is also very human, on the ground, connecting people and organizations and empowering the grassroots. They are not going anywhere yet. Page 4 Ms.Perrys Free Press SUBSCRIBE TODAY SUBSCRIBE TODAY Yes, Id like to subscribe to the Jacksonville Free Press!Enclosed is my check __ money order __for $38.00 to cover my one year subscription.AME _________________________________________ ADDRESS_______________________________________ CITY____________________STATE____ZIP________ DISCLAIMERThe United State provides opportunities for free expression of ideas. The Jacksonville Free Press has its view, but others may differ. Therefore, the Free Press ownership reserves the right to publish views and opinions by syndicated and local columnist, professional writers and other writers which are solely their own. 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Edgewood Ave. Jacksonville,FL32208Email: 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 Alvin Brown Deserves to be Reelected and Wheres WhyMay 14-20, 2015 Why Republicans short-sighted politics will hurt them in 2016Its been five months since President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch to take over the reins as the nations attorney general, and while the historic delay has finally ended, problems for the GOP are likely just beginning. Days ago, the Republican-controlled Senate at last came to a vote concerning a piece of legislation that had served as the most recent obstacle to Lynchs confirmation, bringing the 106-day delay in confirming Lynch to a close. Lynchs nomination came on the heels of current Attorney General Eric Holders announcement back in September that he would be ending his tenure at the position … a period that had been rife with confrontation between him and members of the Republican Party … though, Holder remained in the position, pending Thursdays vote. Even President Obama had weighed in on the situation recently, characterizing the holdup as dysfunctional,Ž while going on to say that the exercise of political posturing by Republicans in the Senate was embarrassing.Ž Simply put, folks had reached their wits ends concerning the confirmation, but with the Senates recent vote, it appears as though well soon be seeing Mrs. Lynch take the oath to become the nations first AfricanAmerican woman in the position as head of the U.S. Department of Justice. Excuses for the wait came in two phases. Senate Republicans first attributed their stall to Lynchs support for the Presidents executive order regarding immigration, which, if not for litigation, would allow up to 5 million immigrants and their families to live in the U.S. without the constant fear of deportation, while prioritizing the deportation of felons. The most recent focus of the excuse-ridden saga, however, centered around a contested provision of a human trafficking bill, which the right wing insisted had to be settled before holding a vote on Lynchs confirmation. The dispute pertained to a section of the bill that would have banned the use of criminal fines collected as a result of the bill for abortions by victims of human trafficking and sexual assault. In short, over the past months, the GOP had ensnared itself in a political catch 22 of sorts: allow Attorney General Eric Holder … someone theyd painted as a villain to their constituency … to continue at the position, or, confirm Loretta Lynch … someone they felt was equally opposed to the Republican platform (though, ironically, someone who has prosecuted international human trafficking rings and also someone that they conceded is a qualified nominee) … to the position as U.S. attorney general. But while Republicans are likely counting the lengthy delay as a score in the never-ending game that is party-centric politics, theyve forgotten one thing: Millennials hate stuff like this. A 2014 poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank, shows that Congress has just a 30 percent approval rating among Millennials. While this figure happens to be the highest out of any of the polled generations,Ž it should come as terrible news to the party that currently controls Congress. Younger voters … who some estimate could represent as much as 36 perecent of the eligible voting pool in the 2016 presidential election … have become increasingly jaded with the overall political process since the 2012 presidential election. Some would argue these voters have grown to associate the Republican party with obstruction and inefficiency rather than meaningful political action. The prospect of the GOP winning the Millennial vote becomes even bleaker when you consider the fact that even at a time of political apathy among young voters, jus t 23 percent of Millennials consider themselves to be Republican voters, while 43 percent of the demographic self-identifies as Democrat or left-leaning.Ž Technology has Created a ew Civil Rights Movement By James Clingman Every person who has grown to any degree of usefulness, every person who has grown to distinction, almost without exception has been a person who has risen by overcoming obstacles, by removing difficulties, by resolving that when he met discouragement he would not give up,Ž said the great American Booker T. Washington. Those words still ring true today in America. Almost anyone who has succeeded dealt with obstacles and difficulties; but what separates those who have achieved greatly and those who have not is often the fact that successful people dont give up. That is a key trait that I admire about Mayor Alvin Brown. Much like President Obama, Mayor Brown inherited several major issues that could have easily led to a failed first administration. Brown inherited a local economy that was limping out of the Great RecessionŽ with revenues still not lagging behind projections. He also inherited a major pension issue that has been the talk and study of many politicians and public administrators not only around the state, but alsoaround the country. How will Jacksonville fix their pension problems? How did Alvin Brown respond to these issues? Alvin Brown did exactly what was needed and made tough decisions. W.E.B. DuBois once said of leadership, We cannot have perfection. We have few saints. But we must have honest men or we die. We must have unselfish, farseeing leadership or we fail.Ž Under Mayor Browns leadership, unemployment has been cut in half and Jacksonville has gained 36,000 new jobs for people of every skill set. That is a significant accomplishment that many of his critics do not want to give him credit for. Brown has been a Jobs Mayor,Ž and has worked with the Chamber of Commerce and state economic development agencies to bring jobs and promote Jacksonville as the perfect city for almost any industry … especially advanced manufacturing and transportation. The Mayor also set out to be more than the citys CEO, but also the first mayor get actively involved in the education of our most precious commodity … our children. He came into office knowing that our school system was struggling financially. In fact, when the announcement was made that Duval County may no longer have a Junior ROTC program, Alvin Brown said that is not an option and did something about it; he raised money from the private sector to keep the JROTC alive in our schools. The Mayor had to make difficult decisions as soon as he took office. Again, he inherited a budget that he could only balance by cutting some jobs so that the city did not have to raise taxes. This was a tough call, but necessary at the time. Critics talk about the Mayors lack of support for a city Human Rights Ordinance and the fact that he was not readily available on one occasion when President Obama came to Jacksonville. There is certainly more to both of those issues than I have space to address, but the Mayor supports the President 100 percent and he certainly believes in diversity and that all people should be treated equally. In fact, Mayor Brown has been a bridge builder who has increased diversity among the citys top administrative officials, and holds the distinction of having the most diverse administration in the citys history. So I know what my African American readers want to know. What has he done to help the black community specifically? I had this same conversation with a neighbor a few weeks back. Many of Mayor Browns policies related to our citys youth have directly impacted the black community. He increased private sector investments to give more summer jobs to hundreds of young people during summer break. I think we all know that it is critical that we keep our youth busy and productive during the summer months so that they not only stay out of trouble, but also start building the skills that our workforce needs. The Mayor also started an initiative aimed at transforming and stabilizing many of our urban core communities. His Renew JaxŽ program in partnership with area stakeholders rolled out some $40 million in community investments in Northwest Jacksonville and the Eastside. The goal is simple … reinvest in some of our key communities and reduce blight, refresh the housing stock, which increases the home values and strengthens neighborhoods. I saw a TV commercial from the Mayors opponent saying that Alvin Brown has cut police officers and crime has risen. Thats nonsense! In fact, overall crime has been reduced by roughly 10 percent over the past four years. But one crime or one murder is too many, and Mayor Brown has supported the Sheriffs Office, but he understands that putting a police officer on every corner cant prevent crime. The Mayor supports community-based policing strategies to help reduce crime, and has put his money where is mouth is. Browns crime reduction plan is built around 20 programs and strategies, which include Lean2Earn,Ž a program for exposing prospective first-generation college students to the possibility of earning a college degree. He has also worked to expand mentoring initiative with partnerships with several community and faith-based nonprofits. The bottom line is simple to me. I may not agree with every single decision that the Mayor has made, but he has done a good job overall and deserves to be reelected. And for those who dont realize the importance of your vote, the African American vote will make a difference in this election like it did four years ago when Brown won by 1,662 votes. Every vote counts! Thomas Jefferson once said, "Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights.Ž Now is the time to set things right … lets reelect Alvin Brown. Signing off from an early voting sight, Reggie Fullwood


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Mount Lebanon Missionary Youth Department Awards BanquetThe Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church, 9319 Ridge Blvd, Youth Department will be celebrating their youth appreciation and awards banquet beginning Friday May 15th with lots of fun food and activities! Events include: meet and greet at 5:30 p.m. Program will open with the Youth showing appreciation and unequivocal love and support for the members through the years. Banquet dinner awards ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday morning May 17th beginning at 9 a.m. is church school with morning worship service 10:45 a.m. Concluding the celebration Sunday at 4 p.m., the youth will present a musical and praise dancers as special guests to join then as they worship the Lord in songs and praise. Mt. Lebanon Church is requesting families, friends and the community to come out Sunday afternoon to support the youth in this joyous occasion. For more info call the church office at 764-3582.Central CME Family & Friends DayRev. John D. Pasley, Jr., and the Central CME Church family will celebrate their Family and Friends DayŽ May 16th … May 17th. Saturday, May 16th Central CME Church will have a delicious Seafood Feast with a full menu of fish, shrimp, baked beans, cole slaw and garlic bread. After the Sunday May 17th service, dinner will be provided for the members and guests. Guest speaker for Family and Friends DayŽ will be the Rev. Anthony L. Willis, Sr., Senior Pastor of Greater Beulah Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Anthony L. Willis, Sr. answered the call to ministry in 1986 and has been preaching the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ for the past 29 years. God called him to pastor and shepherd the Greater Beulah Missionary Baptist Church on the first Sunday in April 1996. Central CME Church is located at 4611 North Pearl Street. For more info call 354-742668th Annual Leona Daniels Day at ew Fountain Chapel AME ChurchReverend Wendell Webster, Pastor at New Fountain Chapel AME Church, 737 Jessie St cordially invites the community to the 68th Annual Leona Daniels Day celebration May 17th. Services are as follows church school at 8:45a.m. morning worship 10 a.m. Morning service preacher is Rev. Toby Johnson, Associate Minister Zarephath Tabernacle Church Evening Worship is at 4 p.m. with Reverend Marcius King Pastor, MT. Zion AMEC Lawtey FL. Come to the Fountain so rich and sweet and cast your soul at the saviors feet. New Fountain Chapel AME Church is looking forward to seeing you at the Fountain where we are touching, teaching and turning lives to Christ. For more info call 358-2258.Saint Andrew Missionary Baptist 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: Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.Ž 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 see sd card.Life 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 thats completely covered and win a prize! For more details or to purchase your card, call Joy Alexander at 428-6493. The Hymnal Philharmonic Chorale at Mt. ebo ChurchDo you still enjoy the singing of hymns and spirituals? Come join Mt. Nebo Church Saturday, May 23rd, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, 8778 Lake Placid Dr., E., Rev. Wil A. Waldrop, Pastor. The Hymnal is one means by which melodies of praise and literacy will be joyously expressed, understood and jubilantly enjoyed through singing hymns, spirituals and lyrical literacy. For more info call the church office at 768-8916.Bishop John R. Bryant, Guest Preacher at St. Paul AME ChurchSenior Bishop John Richard Bryant of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Presiding Prelate of the Fourth Episcopal District of the AME Church, will be the guest proclaimer of God's Word, at St. Paul AME Church on Pentecost Sunday, May 24th, 2015 at the 9:30 a.m. worship service. Bishop Bryant is acclaimed as one of God's most anointed vessels and is recognized as the father of Neo-Pentecostalism. He earned his D. Min. Degree at Colgate Rochester Divinity School. Bishop Bryant is married to the Rev. Dr. Cecilia Bryant. They are the proud parents of Rev. Dr. Jamal H. Bryant, founder and pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, MD. and Dr. Thema Bryant Davis. Sister Churches, friends and the public are extended a warm welcome to share in this spirit-filled worship experience. The Reverend Dr. Marvin C. Zanders, II is the pastor of St. Paul AME Church located at 6910 New Kings Road. For more info contact the church office at 7642755. 6th Annual El-Beth-El Stop the Violence Recognition BanquetThe Officers and Board members of The El-Beth-El Development Center will host its 6th Annual Stop the Violence RecognitionŽ banquet, Thursday, June 18, at 6 p.m. at the International Fire Fighters Local #122 Banquet Hall, located at 618 Stockton Street. Since 1980, El-Beth-El Development Center has honored dedicated individuals from the community for outstanding achievements, leadership and their contributions in helping Jacksonville build a stronger and healthier community. This year, 12 young people will be honored for for their outstanding academic achievement. Master of Ceremony is Larry Sprull, Reporter for Action News and featured speaker is Attorney Leslie Jean-Bart. For more information call 374-3940.ew Life Ministry Presents The School of PrayersŽNew Life Outreach Ministry Center presents The School of Prayer,Ž every Saturday at 5640 Timuquana Rd. Suite 6, 10:30 a.m. The topic is: The Danger of Prayerlessness. For more info call 778-7651.Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church Women In WhiteŽ ProgramEmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, Dr. Herb Anderson, Pastor and the entire Deaconess Ministry is inviting the Jacksonville community to the 7th annual Women in WhiteŽ program, Sunday, May 17th at 4 p.m. Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church is a Bible teaching church. Come join us! For more info call the church office at 356-9371.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. 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 saviors 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 Daddy CDŽ, May 23rd at 6 p.m., Fresh Start Ministries, 409 Cherokee St. For more info call 813-7601. 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: Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.Ž 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. St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Womens Week CelebrationSt. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 3738 Winton Dr. presents Womens WeekŽ celebration May 10-12th, 7: 30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Womens Week hostess is St. Pauls 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.**** 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 904765-8611, e-mail to or bring by our offices located at 1122 WestEdgewood Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32208. Page 6 Ms. Perrys Free Press May 14-20, 2015 Greater Macedonia Baptist Church1880 West Edgewood Avenue The doors of Macedonia are always open to you and your family. If we may be of any assistance to you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via email at Seeking the lost for ChristMatthew 28:19 20 Pastor Landon Williams 8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Morning WorshipTuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m. Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m. Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM Sunday 2 PM 3 PM **FREE TUTORIG FOR YOUTH I EGLISH, SCIECE, HISTORY AD MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464 Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. Senior Pastor Sunday Morning Worship 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Church school 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 6:45 p.m.Midweek Services Wednesday oon Service Miracle at MiddayŽ 12 noon 1:00 p.m. Weekly Services Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 7:40 and 10:40 a.m. Worship with us LIVE on the web Grace and Peacevisit Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.. Pastor Emeritus Bishop John Bryant Reverend Calvin P. Spears and First Lady Colanda Shears


Last month, Joseph Rivers set out on a train trip from Michigan to Los Angeles, armed with his life savings and dreams of making it big in Hollywood. Unfortunately, before he made it to California, he fell victim to a legal form of government highway robbery. Last month, 22-year-old Rivers changed trains at the Amtrak station in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with bags containing his clothes, a few other possessions and an envelope with $16,000 in cash that he had raised with the help of his family. Reports say thats when agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration got on and began looking for people who might be trafficking drugs. It is routine for agents to randomly stop passengers and ask them what their destination is and their reason for travel. However, Rivers was the only black person on the train, and according to witnesses, his interrogation went much further than anyone elses. The agent on board requested to go through Rivers bag „ and when the young man complied, his money was seized under suspicion of being linked to the sale of narcotics. Rivers pleaded and even offered to get his mother on the phone, but his appeals fell on deaf ears. These officers took everything that I had worked to save and even money that was given to me by family,Ž Rivers told the Journal. I told (the DEA agents) I had no money and no means to survive in Los Angeles if they took my money. They informed me that it was my responsibility to figure out how I was going to do that.Ž The incident put his dreams to a halt, and he is now back in Michigan. Whats happened to him is called civil asset forfeiture, a legal tool that has been criticized as a violation of due process and a contradiction of the idea that criminal defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A recent report by the Institute for Justice, a libertarian group that focuses on civil liberties, showed how widespread civil asset forfeiture has become. The federal program has led to almost $6.8 billion in seized cash and property from 2008 to 2013, the report says. A series in The Washington Post published last year showed that since 2001, $2.5 billion had been seized in cash alone „ all from people who were never charged with a crime and without a warrant being issued. By Dr. Ro NNPA Columnist The much-maligned carbohydrate (an essential, macro nutrient) has been touted as the bane of your dietary existence for too long. Dont worry, you can eat your comfort food carbohydrate favorites without the guilt that often comes with consuming them and you dont have to pack on dreaded pounds when you do. Instead of banning pasta, potato chips, ice cream, and those hi-carb foods that send you swooning every time you catch a whiff of their gooey goodness, I encourage you to proceed without the caution using the small tweaks I give you below. Here are my Top 4 Carb Fixes that deliver on taste, while lowering the calorie and carb content: Pasta: When you think of carbs, pasta is the holy grail. It is the first thing that generally comes to mind. But 1 serving of traditional spaghetti and meatballs contains 54 carbs and 433 calories. But with Explore Asian black bean spaghetti, you can reduce your carb count to 17 and your calories to just 180. Now, thats what I call a winner. This is my new favorite pasta because, not only do I love its chewy texture and meaty flavor, but it is made with just two ingredients … black beans and water and has a whopping 25 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber in each serving! This is big, because traditional pastas typically contain only 7-8 grams of protein per serving. When you eat a complex carbohydrate like beans and include lean protein in the same meal, you get the double benefit of energy compliments of the complex carb and the muscle-building protein, plus the fiber fills you up so you are satiated and feeling full for longer periods of time so no overeating. Now thats hard to beat. Pizza: Of course, its not just college frat boys and co-eds who enjoy a good pizza every once in a while, but did you know that you can cut carbs here too? Thats right, its all about the crust. When you switch the ingredients of your pizza crust you can cut carbs to a tasty and manageable level that allows you to have pizza night for yourself and the family any time you choose. Eureka! Just one slice of cheese and veggie pizza has 41 grams of carbs and 372 calories. Most people have three slices at one sitting. For a woman following a 1,200 calorie weight-loss diet, that could amount to her carb and calorie budget for the whole day! Heres one creative way to have your pizza and eat it, too. And its tasty, healthy, and cuts the carbs in half. Make the dough using cauliflower instead of wheat flour and reduce your carb and calorie count from 41 grams and 372 calories/slice of traditional pizza to just 14 grams and 272 calories/slice of the cauliflower crusted pizza with my recipe. Potato Chips: I have yet to meet the person, who doesnt enjoy a good potato chip, and for good reason. They are the perfect combination of a salty, buttery flavor with a crunchy bite that satisfies, but a single serving bag of potato chips has 15 grams of carbs and 160 calories and the truth is most people dont eat just oneƒbag. But I have found a way to satisfy the chip lover in you thats scrumptious and the best part is these chips are carb-free! These cheesy chips contain only 60 calories, no carbs … zip, zilch, nada, and they deliver on savory flavor and crunch. To make your own cheesy chips: 1. Slice 1 each roll of string cheese (made of part-skim mozzarella) into quarter inch slices 2. Lightly spray a cookie sheet with olive oil cooking spray 3. Place cheese chipsŽ on the tray an inch apart 4. Bake in 375 degrees oven for 4-5 mins. 5. Peel off chips, and enjoy! Ice Cream Sundae: We all scream for ice cream! But ice cream in its creamy, cool, sugary goodness is a high-carb, indulgence that can certainly pack on the pounds. The average ice cream sundae contains a whopping 172 grams of carbs and from 600 to more than 1,000 calories. This one-time treat can blow your entire calorie and carb budget for the whole day. But there is a way to simplify this dessert and dramatically cut carbs and calories. I call it banana nice cream. 1. Add 1 frozen banana to a food processor 2. Add 2 TBS of almond milk and pulse to desired consistency 3. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon. If you enjoy a good butter pecan ice cream try adding 1 TBS of crunchy almond butter, it does the trick. Find the recipes to all of my carbfixes at Bon Appetite! May 14-20, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 7 Eat Carbs No Weight Gain! If you think you can can spot a person with HIV, consider this: Did you even spot the error in the first six words of this headline? ANYBODY CAN HAVE HIV. USE PROTECTION.Right now, AIDS is the leading cause of death among African-Americans aged 25 to 44. If youre having unprotected sex, youre at risk. Be smart: Use protection, and get tested. For a testing site near you, text your zip code to 477493. DEA Steals $16,000 from Black Man, Assuming he is a Drug Dealer Access to Life Advocacy Services (ATLAS) Helps Those With Kidney FailureBy Dee Wilcox ATLAS is a grassroots nonprofit organization aimed at providing a better quality of life for patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and their families. The organization provides health education, patient advocacy and social interaction services. JFP: Ive informational pamphlets and visited your website. I find your organization to be very unique for a grassroots organization. What motivated you to launch ATLAS? YB: My husband, Art Banks, is a former dialysis patient and kidney transplant survivor. During the very early stages, we quickly learned that dialysis impacts the entire family. That period of our life was extremely difficult in that the disease was new to us and we didnt have the knowledge, information or resources necessary to make informed decisions. The experience was life-changing. At some point, Art and I both agreed that we would pay it forwardŽ and become advocates; assisting others with navigating their way through the process in an effort to increase the likelihood of them having more of a positive experience. ATLAS was launched in December 2014. JFP: Mr. Banks, during your illness, what did you experience that you now, through ATLAS, want to prevent others from experiencing? AB: While on dialysis, I became depressed, became mentally frustrated and experienced social isolation. I dont want anyone to experience these things as a result of having to go through dialysis. Thats why I am passionate about serving others through ATLAS. JFP: Exactly, what type of services does ATLAS provide to patients with ESRD and CKD? YB: Services provided by ATLAS include: caregiver support groups, patient support groups, individual consultations, renal diet education, financial counseling, and concierge services for local resources. JFP: What one thing do you want our readership to know about ATLAS? AB: I want the readership to know that the process of dialysis is a lifestyle change with some challenges. Choosing the option of going through dialysis offers a better quality of life then going without it. Its also important to have some type of support system in place with either family or friends. This makes the transition easier. JFP: How can someone get in touch with you if they were interested in learning more about your organization or making a financial contribution? YB: Those who are interested in learning more about ATLAS or making a financial contribution can go visit our website or call 479-5777. Nonprofit Spotlight


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 … 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 Bike To Work Day.Ž For more info Beer Festival7th annual Jacksonville Craft and Import Beer Festival, Friday, May 15 , 510 p.m. Enjoy imported beer music and food at Veterans Memorial Stadium, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. For tickets and more info visit Storytellers Monthly MeetingThe Northside Storytellers League Monthly Meeting which is open to the public, will be held Saturday, May 16th, at 10:30 a.m. at Inman Memorial United Methodist Church, 5334 Old Kings Rd. For more info call 355-6744.Jazz Society White PartyJacksonville Jazz Society White Party at the Ramona Pavilion Ballroom, 7166 Ramona Blvd, Saturday, May 16, at 7 p.m. Enjoy Buffet dinner, dance, comedy and more! For tickets and more info call 613-1665. 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 Symphonys Starry Nights, Saturday, May 16th at Metro Park, 4110 Gator Bowl Blvd. For more info call 630-0837.Strengthening Families DayThe annual conference on Mental Health and the Black Community presents Strengthening Families DayŽ Saturday, May 16th, 9 … 4 p.m. at Edward Waters College Milne auditorium, 1658 Kings Rd. For more info call 781-7797.Malcolm X Community FestivalMalcolm X Community Festival, Saturday, May 16th , 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Simonds-Johnson Park, 3730 Moncrief Rd. Enjoy culture events, featuring local and national talent from musicians, poets, artists, dancers, arts, and crafts, kickoff luncheon, workshop, speakers, seminars and closing concert. For more info contact Diallo Sekou at 706-284-9808.Souper Soul SundaysLady Campbells Souper Soul Sunday, Sunday, May 17th at 5 p.m. 'Something Miraculous' is back by popular demand! Can a mother's child be will alive after 17 years...if she was stillborn? Come enjoy this amazing theatrical soap opera at the Ritz Theater, 829 W. Davis St. For more info visit Del Rio American actor, comedian, costume designer, and drag queen Bianca Del Rio headlines the Rolodex of Hate Comedy Special at the Times Union Center, 300 Water St., Thursday, May 21st at 8 p.m. For more info call 633-6110.DWPerkins Bar Association BanquetThe D.W. Perkins Bar Association Scholarship and Awards Banquet, Thursday, May 21st at 7 p.m. at the Omni Hotel, 245 Water St. The theme is: Social Action: Be The Change You Want To SeeŽ featuring guest speaker Benjamin Crump, Esq. For more info visit Understanding Gang Violence SeminarThe Jacksonville Childrens Commission upcoming seminars,  Understanding Gang Violence in Jacksonville Ž 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 and Tuesday, May 26th, 9-11:30 a.m. at the Jacksonville Children's Commission, 1095 A Philip Randolph Blvd. For more info call 630-3647.Dr. Mehmet Oz Lunch HourAmericas Doctor, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Emmy® Award-winning host of The Dr. Oz Show and national wellness expert, is bringing his tour of The Good LifeŽ to The Avenues Mall, 10300 Southside Blvd., Thursday, May 21st at 11:30 a.m. Join Dr. Ozs tour and hell help you discover what you really desire in your quest for happiness, health and personal growth. For more info call 363-3054.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 blindŽ 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 Featured in Off JazzŽ 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 Jazz Festival Music ClinicJazz enthusiasts 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 learn Friday, May 22nd . For location and more info call 630-3690 to reserve your spot.orthwestern Yellow Jacket RoundupIts another Yellow Jacket Roundup, Saturday, May 23rd , 2 … 6 p.m. at Bradham-Brooks Library, 1755 W. Edgewood Avenue. The reunion is scheduled for Saturday, August 8th, 6 … 11 p.m. For tickets and more details call Linda Senior at 768-0560.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.Total Wine ClassesUpcoming Total Wine Classes: Zinfandel Blind Wine Sampling Event Friday, May 22nd , 6:30 to 8 p.m.; Spain … Discover Vibrant Rioja, Thursday, May 28th , 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Italy Savor the Tuscan Flavor, Thursday, June 4th , 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Total Wine, 4413 Town Center Parkway. For tickets and more info visit PAWparazzi GalaJoin First Coast No More Homeless Pets for the PAWparazziŽ 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.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 Book SaleThe Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society will hold a Book Sale, Saturday, May 30th , 10 a.m. … 2 p.m., 6215 Sauterne Dr. Books include genealogy, history, non-fiction and fiction. All proceeds support the society. For more info visit FireBird Stage PlayJacksonville Center for the Arts presents The Firebird,Ž Sunday, May 31st at 6 p.m. The ballet is based on Russian folk tales of the magical glowing bird that can be both a blessing and a curse to its owner. For tickets and more info visit www.jacksonvillecentreofthe Health Fair and WalkMental Health in the African American Community Mental Health Fair and Walk for all nationalities, May 30th, 9 a.m.3 p.m. at Gateway Shopping Center, 5000 Norwood Avenue. Live DJ, entertainment by Akia Uwanda, children play area, health screenings, blood pressure checks and much more! For more info contact MHIAAC at 419-9847. atural Hair Extrav & ShowcaseThe Natural Hair Extravaganza and Showcase Saturday, May 30th, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., 2627 Spring Glen Road. Learn natural hair techniques, mix mingle, educational seminars and more! For more info visit Bing and Jon B in ConcertAward-winning saxophone player Aaron Bing and musician and songwriter Jon B. at the Times Union Center, 300 Water St., Saturday, Sunday, May 31st at 7 p.m. For more details visit Chamber Players Hat LuncheonGrab Your Hats! for the Ritz Chamber players Inaugural Hat Luncheon Fundraiser, Saturday, May 30th , 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Inaugural Hat Luncheon is a celebration of community and culture. All you need is a fancy hat and an open heart! For more info visit Class of 65 50th ReunionThe Douglas Anderson Class of 1965 will celebrate their 50th Class Reunion, June 4-7 at the Ramada Conference Center, 9150 Baymeadows Rd. Mingle with your classmates for a weekend of fun featuring a banquet, riverboat cruise, and worship service. For tickets and more details call Curtis Gregg at 707-8734. Page 8 Ms. Perrys Free Press What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene AROUND TOWN AROUND TOWN Do You Have an event for Around Town ?The Jacksonville Free Press is pleased to print your public service announcements and coming events free of charge. news deadline is Monday at 6 p.m. by the week you would like your information to be printed. Information can be sent via email, fax, brought into our office or mailed in. 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May 14-20, 2015 Page 9 Mrs. Perrys Free Press Uncle Buck stars Mike Epps as Buck, ia Long as Alexis, James Lesure as Will, Iman Benson as Tia, Sayeed Shahidi as Miles and Aalyrah Caldwell as Maizy.Mike Epps and ia Long on Prime Time TV as Uncle Buck Smithsonian's ational Museum of African American History and Culture on Track for 2016 Opening Uncle Buck is officially coming to TV. ABC has greenlit to series a reboot of the 1989 John Candy film. In a spin on the original films casting, the series version has an all-black cast led by comedian Mike Epps. The pitch: Uncle Buck (Mike Epps) is a fun loving but irresponsible guy who needs a job and a place to stay. By happy coincidence, his nieces and nephews Nanny has just quit and his brother and sister-in-law need his help. His unconventional personality just may make him the right fit for the family and they may be the answer to his problems, too.Ž The show sounds like it will be a potential good pairing for the networks other family comedies, including Modern Family, The Middle and Black-ish. Uncle Buck stars Epps as Buck, Nia Long as Alexis, James Lesure as Will, Iman Benson as Tia, Sayeed Shahidi as Miles and Aalyrah Caldwell as Maizy. Uncle BuckŽ was written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley. Executive producers are Steven Cragg, Brian Bradley, Will Packer. Coexecutive producers are Korin Huggins and Phil Traill. Uncle BuckŽ is produced by Universal Television and ABC Studios. The news comes on the heels of ABC ordering six dramas, including Shonda Rhimes The Catch, Don Johnsons untitled oil boom project, biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets, FBI thriller Quantico, anthology series Wicked City and the Joan Allen-starring project The Family. The network also ordered three comedies: a reboot of The Muppets, Ken Jeongs Dr. Ken and Dan Savages The Real ONeals, which stars Martha Plimpton. With a bronze metal and glass structure taking shape on the National Mall, the Smithsonian Institution said that its new National Museum of African American History and Culture is on track to open in 2016. Over the past two weeks, workers have begun installing the bronzecolor panels that will form the defining "corona" facade of Washington's newest museum. The idea was inspired by an African headdress. Architects said it will appear as a glowing bronze crown in different lights. The design is a significant departure from the mostly classical structures of Washington. Museum Director Lonnie Bunch said the idea for the metal lattice panels was meant to evoke the work of enslaved craftspeople and iron workers who created screens and designs popular in New Orleans and Charleston, South Carolina. "So much of the AfricanAmerican experience is hidden in plain sight," Bunch said during a briefing on the museum's progress. "I thought: Wouldn't it be powerful to take this building and in some ways make it a monument to all those people whose work shaped this country but whose work is often forgotten." After 10 years of work to develop the museum, Bunch said the building has reached a milestone as its defining elements become evident. The building is 18 months from completion. Bunch said he's determined the museum will open before President Barack Obama leaves office so that the nation's first black president can cut the ribbon. The Smithsonian has raised $476 million in public and private funds. Congress provided half the building funds and money for staffing, and about $200 million has been raised privately from corporations, foundations and individuals. It still must raise as much as $70 million more to finish the project. Numerous individual donations of $25 and $50 show how important the museum is to so many people, Bunch said. Nearly 82,000 people have joined the museum as members to contribute to the building, representing every state. The museum has built a collection of 40,000 artifacts, and a staff of 160 is developing the 11 major exhibits that visitors will find at the opening next year. The exhibits will trace the history of slavery, segregation, civil rights and AfricanAmericans' achievements in the arts, entertainment, sports, the military and the wider culture. Bunch said it will be a museum for everyone to gain a fuller, more nuanced understanding of history. Museum Director Lonnie Bunch discusses the museums future. The 300 Men March is an organization uplifting the forgotten parts of Baltimore, long before the cameras rolled in and the country turned its attention to the Charm City following the killing of Freddie Gray by police officers. The organization was founded in 2013 and has been part of many from around the way who have volunteered to help calm the neighborhoods affected by riots that left some buildings and cars damaged. Members have spoken to students in area public schools this past week to give context to the current events, according to the Baltimore Sun. Councilman Brandon Scott is a co-founder of the group and was featured on Baltimore Speaks: A BET Special last week. [The] 300 man march is against all violence. We dont care how someone dies,Ž Scott recently told CBS Baltimore. We are against all violence „ all violence, police, citizen on citizen, domestic, it doesnt matter. We want violence in our city to stop and what we are going to continue to do is be a show of force and being a show of citizens and being responsible.Ž The 300 Men March plans to grow their grassroots efforts at a recruitment drive Thursday evening, May 7 at 904 Washington Blvd. Both men and women of all races are welcome to become part of their mission. The group was founded to create a support network for the youth of Baltimore after the city saw one of its most violent summers. Other organizations in Baltimore include One More, One Less Mentoring and Mentoring Male Change in the Hood. 300 Men March Uplifting Forgotten Parts of Baltimore


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