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Black Designer Creates Ikuzi Dolls In Shades Of Beautiful Brown

March 17, 2018 - The movie 'Black Panther' did much to boost the self image of Black people, but our children need that boost much earlier in life. In Brown vs. Board of Education, the famous "doll test" was highlighted as evidence that segregation harmed the psyche of Black children -- Black children overwhelmingly preferred a White doll instead of a Black one. Fifty years later, 47 percent of Black girls in a sample group still thought the White doll was prettier. Ikuzi Dolls is out to change that mindset and show our children that Black -- meaning they -- are beautiful. Ikuzi makes beautiful Black dolls that celebrate our diversity in a way that only we can. Our children deserve to love themselves and have the best -- Ikuzi satisfies both. Visit for more information. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations



Walking out for Chicago: “I witness the cycle of lives taken by gun violence and I will not back down”

March 14, 2018 - 

This Wednesday will mark one month since Nikolas Cruz stepped into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a AR-15 and murdered 17 students and faculty members. Wednesday is also the day thousands of schools across the nation will be participating in the national school walkout in honor of the lives lost in Parkland, Florida. One of the schools joining this movement will be Whitney Young Magnet High School, one of the most prestigious high schools Illinois. I am a proud senior at Whitney Young, and I am grateful for the opportunity to stand in remembrance for my fellow peers in Florida, whose lives and voices were stolen from them in their own school. A space that that should be for learning, growing and self-exploration—and not for assault rifles. Visit to read the full article. 


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Minority-owned firms in Pinellas soon to have another tool for pursuing opportunities

March 9, 2018 - On March 1st, Pinellas County Commission Chairman Ken Welch and his peers cemented a significant win for local business owners.

“Our local governments generate billions in capital and operating expenditures annually,” he wrote in a Facebook post last Thursday, “Today the Pinellas County Commission unanimously agreed to take a major step forward in improving access to minority, women, veteran owned and small business owners to county contracting and procurement, by expanding and updating our SBE (Small Business Enterprise) program.”  Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


How The Richest Black American And His Billionaire Partner Became Top Philanthropists

March 9, 2018 - Every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas, billionaire Robert Smith and his wife, Hope Dworaczyk, invite a group of 30 former foster children to their Colorado ranch to spend the holidays with their family. The gesture is rooted in Smith’s days at Cornell University, where he met a former foster kid who was looking for a place to stay on campus during winter break because she had aged out of the foster care system.

“The girl made it to Cornell, and yet here she was without anyone to look out for her and no place to go for the holidays,” Smith recalls. “That always stuck in my mind.” Visit to read the full article. 

Category: Business

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Spring Into Queening: Mother & Daughter Edition

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Location: 6827 1st Avenue South Saint Petersburg, FL 33707

Enjoy a funfilled as well as inspiring Mother & Daughter team building/bonding event! This event will include motivational speakers, team building activities, goal board extravaganza, food, FREE giveaways, entertainment and much more! Brought to you by the Rising Phoenix Firm, where helping other rise to the greatest level of confidence is in our DNA! Visit for more information. 


Category: Entertainment Events


2018 BB&T Entrepreneurial Academy

From: Monday, March 19, 2018
To: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Location: The Greenhouse (440 2nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701)

The Entrepreneurial Academy® is a ten-week course that teaches existing and future entrepreneurs the essentials of owning a business. Visit for more information. 

Category: Business Events


AKA AKAdemy Great Debate

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Location: Palladium Theater 253 5th Avenue North Saint Petersburg, FL 33701

The AKA AKAdemy will host its inaugural Great Debate program for middle and high school students in Pinellas County.  The event will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 at the Palladium Theater located at 253 5th Ave. North in St. Petersburg, Florida. Click here for more information. 


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