Octavia Spencer talks new James Brown biopic role, dismisses myth of ‘Oscar curse’

July 22, 2014 - Octavia Spencer became a household name in 2012, after winning an Oscar for her role in The Help. Spencer reteams with her Helpco-star Viola Davis, and director Tate Taylor for the highly anticipated James Brown biopic, Get On Up, which hits theaters August 1.

The film which stars Chadwick Boseman in the title role, chronicles  James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. Read more at

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Questions linger following the alleged choking death of Eric Garner

July 22, 2014 - Four emergency workers involved in the medical response for a New York City man who died in police custody after being put in an apparent chokehold have been barred from responding to 911 calls, the Fire Department of New York said.

The two EMTs and two paramedics removed from the city’s emergency response system are the latest public safety workers to face reassignment as questions mount about Thursday’s death of Eric Garner. Two police officers — including the one who put his arm around Garner’s neck — have been put on desk duty. Read more at

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Michael Cooper diagnosed with early stage tongue cancer

July 22, 2014 - Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper has early stage tongue cancer and has taken a leave from the WNBA team.

He will have surgery this week at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta and a full recovery is expected, the Dream said Monday. Read more at

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West Tampa Job Fair

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Location: Higgins Hall, 5225 N. Himes Ave. in Tampa

For the fourth year in a row Bay Area Companies will come together for the West Tampa Job Fair. If you have questions or wish to learn more about the Job Fair, contact the District Office at (813) 673-4673, or to email contact

Category: Business Events


Achieving Great Things Community Spelling Bee

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Location: Childs Park YMCA & Childs Park Branch Library, 691 43rd St. So. in St. Pete

Contact: phone: 727-209-9622 | website:

Any child in grades K-6 during 2013 - 2014 school year can participate  Spelling words are available from Johnson or Childs Park YMCA branch libraries.

Category: Business Events

Hillsborough Branch NAACP July General Membership Meeting

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Location: Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 604 W. Ball St. in Plant City

Mr. Craig Latimer, Supervisor of Elections Hillsborough County will be the guest.   Come get your questions and concerns answered regarding voting.

Category: Civic Events

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