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African American Voters Made Doug Jones a U.S. Senator in Alabama

December 15, 2017 - Ahead of Alabama’s special U.S. Senate election, there was a clear narrative about the state’s black voters: They weren’t mobilizing. Six in 10 black voters who were stopped by a New York Times reporter in a shopping center last week didn’t know an election was even going on, a result the reporter took to mean that overall interest was low. The Washington Postdetermined that black voters weren’t “energized.” HuffPost concluded that black voters weren’t “inspired.”  

If Democratic candidate Doug Jones had lost to GOP candidate Roy Moore, weakened as he was by a sea of allegations of sexual assault and harassment, then some of the blame would have seemed likely to be placed on black turnout. Click here for full article. 

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USF’s Marquez Valdes-Scantling to help homeless on Christmas

December 15, 2017 -  He enters the Birmingham Bowl needing 67 yards to break former Lakewood High teammate Rodney Adams' single-season receiving yardage record at USF, but senior Marquez Valdes-Scantling has more pressing priorities these days. History, in fact, is No. 3 on his agenda, behind victory and philanthropy.

Valdes-Scantling tweeted Sunday he plans to spend Christmas Day handing out duffel bags (filled with clothes, toiletries, bottled water, etc.) to the homeless in the bay area. He's currently accepting donated items for the endeavor, and will continue to do so until the Bulls leave for Birmingham on Dec. 19. "Growing up, I've always had a soft spot for homeless people because it's situations that they can't control, they fall on hard times," said Valdez-Scantling, who enters the bowl game with 746 receiving yards on the season. Visit for full article.

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Black Panther Movie Premiere Coming to St. Pete

On The Beat - St. Pete, LLC is excited to bring to you an Exclusive Red Carpet screening of Marvel's Black Panther, Thursday February 15, 2018.  

This special pre-screening of Black Panther will have 164 guests in attendance. Guests will walk the red carpet, have photo opportunities, get an event swag bag, and enjoy a 1-hour pre-movie celebration in the theater hosted by Black Power 96.3 FM, the newest radio station to hit the airwaves in St. Petersburg. 

Ticket sales begin December 15, 2017 Click here to purchase tickets.

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Hilarious Terrence Howard memes go viral

December 14, 2017 - Twitter is having a blast making Terrence Howard memes. It all started when someone asked the internet to “photoshop Terrence Howard as a Jedi,” and Twitter user @ChuckDSays shared the resulting image. Then, user @FlowsAndolini took it one step further with a joke about Howard’s character in “Hustle & Flow,” who says “mayne” all the time: “Ain’t no more Jedi mayne.” That sparked a whole slew of memes of Howard’s face being photoshopped onto various scenes and movies, all with “mayne” thrown into the mix. Visit for full article. 

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Dr. Carleah East Book Launch Party!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Location: The Iberian Rooster 475 Central Avenue North, St. Petersburg Fl 33701

Dr. Carleah East, founder of The Sapphire Woman presents: The Hangover. Visit for more information.

Category: Business Events


East Tampa Outdoor Market Christmas Giveaway

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Location: Alfred “Al” Barnes Jr. Park ( AKA 18th St, Park) 2902 N. 32nd St. Tampa, FL 33605

The monthly event is designed to promote public health, create an active public space that will bring diverse people together and foster unity in our community. We've created a mascot named "Footprints" who leads the way to our family-friendly zone with games, face painting and much more. Visit for more information. 

Category: Holiday Events


4th Annual Dolls, Balls & Books

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Location: Dr.Carter G. Woodson Museum 2240 9th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum Hosts The 4th Annual Dolls, Balls & Books holiday event. Dolls or $25 donations are being accepted by December 9th & 16th drop off location is the Museum. 

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