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‘Black Panther’ director Ryan Coogler’s emotional letter thanking fans will make you happy cry

February 21, 2018 - 

Ryan Coogler, the director of Marvel blockbuster Black Panther has written a love letter to fans that is sure to make everyone who loved the film love him too. Coogler’s letter is so good that we have to post the whole thing in its entirety. 

I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment, but I will try. Filmmaking is a team sport. And our team was made up amazing people from all over the world who believed in this story. Deep down we all hoped that people would come to see a film about a fictional country on the continent of Africa, made up of a cast of people of African descent. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article. 

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‘Black Panther’ earned $25.2 million on first night in theaters and is poised to break records

February 19, 2018 - Black Panther’s release is already making history with the all-black cast debuting at $25.2 million in theaters last night. According to the NY Daily News, Marvel’s Black Panther is already putting up heroic numbers at the box office. The movie’s success is a close second behind Avengers: Age of Ultron which earned $27.5 million when it debuted in 2015. The film was already positioned to exceed everyone’s expectations when Fandango confirmed that only three films ever had outsold it in pre-sales. But it did more than surpass expectations, becoming the top-selling pre-sales superhero movie in Fandango history. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article. 

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Thurston, Rouson, Powell move to boost FAMU’s recurring funding by $4.5M

February 19, 2018 -  A late budget amendment in the Florida Senate sponsored by Sen. Perry E. Thurston, Jr. and supported by Sen. Darryl Rouson and Sen. Bobby Powell boosted recurring revenue for Florida A&M University up by $4,500,000, taking it from the originally approved $70,592,150 to a total of $75,092,150. The Florida Senate adopted the amendment on Wednesday, February 7th. The amendment transferred $6,000,000 from the “Startup and Enhancement Grants for Programs of Excellence” to “FAMU Operational Support.” It then shifted $1,500,000 from “FAMU Operational Support” to nonrecurring money for “Startup and Enhancement Grants for Programs of Excellence.” That $75,092,150 would be a $1,132,699 boost over the $73,959,451 for general revenue that FAMU received for 2017-2018.

The Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives are still a far way off from a budget deal. The House voted to cut general revenue at FAMU down to $60,171,856, which would be a painful $13,787,595 reduction from what FAMU had last year.

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Black Panther fans serve up Black Excellence in theaters everywhere

February 19, 2018 - Black Panther is already slaying the box office with an estimated $25 million haul Thursday night. The movie‘s fans aren’t just showing up to the theater – they’re showing out. Here’s some of the best pics from what will be a completely wild Wakanda weekend.

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Events

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Tampa Bay Lightning will host a HBCU Alumni Night

Monday, February 26, 2018

The FAMU Tampa Alumni Chapter has only 28 tickets remaining. The last day to place your order for tickets is February 16th. No exception. Click on the link below toorder your tickets today: http://www.juslookinout.com/hbcu-alumni-night.html For additional information contact James Green, Jr @813.846.8411 or Mike Reid @813.240.3116. Thank You. 

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Habitat for Humanity Grand Opening New Office in St. Pete

Friday, March 2, 2018

Location: 1350 22nd Street South St. Petersburg FL

Habitat for Humanity Invites you to celebrate the past, presents and future success at the Grand Opening of Habitat for Humanities new offices in South St. Petersburg. RSVP to Mike Sutton at MSutton@HabitatPinellas.org. 

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Grand Opening of South St. Petersburg Office

Friday, March 2, 2018

Location: 1350 22nd St S, St Petersburg, FL 33712-2744, United States

You’re invited to help celebrate the past, present and future successes at the Grand Opening of the Habitat for Humanity new office in South St. Petersburg. Visit Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County for more information.

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