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America Is Not Ready for, Nor Does It Deserve, Another Black President

July 20, 2018 - 

It’s been several weeks since the general public decided that Oprah—following her amazing speech discussing #MeToo and #TimesUp at the Golden Globes—would be the perfect candidate to run against Donald Trump in 2020. Oprah undoubtedly is a legend, great orator and motivator, and billionaire, and essentially “qualified” to be president. Now she has gone on record to say that she doesn’t plan on running for president. However, this continued desire to have another black face in the White House is something our community needs to reassess as we move closer to the midterm elections and the impending tokenization of the black vote. Visit www.theroot.com to read the full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Jada Pinkett Smith reveals mental health struggles and thoughts of suicide

July 13, 2018 - 

When you think of Jada Pinkett Smith, there’s no doubt that a free-spirit, rainbow loving, brown girl with magic come to mind. But the recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, seemed to hit home for Smith, who revealed that even she once had enough and considered suicide.

The Girls Trip star took to social media to open up about her own internal pain that almost led her to down the wrong path and the lessons she learned to stay the course and stay alive. 

“One thing I’ve learned in my life over the years is that mental health is something we should practice daily, not just when issues arise,” the star of Facebook’s Red Table Talk show wrote via Instagram on Monday. Visit www.thegrio.com to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Startup Genome placed a value of $2.3 billion on Tampa Bay’s startup community

July 10, 2018 - 

A new report from research organization Startup Genome placed a value of $2.3 billion on Tampa Bay’s startup community. Florida-based Tomahawk Robotics and Gridics both won $25K each from Space Florida's recent Accelerating Innovation Award, presented at the 2018 Florida Early Stage Angel Capital Conference in May in Hillsborough County. It was announced last month that Tampa Bay Wave was awarded an InBIA IMPACT Award in Technology for their work with startups, including the launch of the new TechDiversity Accelerator program. Ten early-stage tech companies led by a diverse group of women, minorities, veterans and LGBT executives make up the inaugural cohort including Articulate Labs, eTeki, GuestBox, Immersed Games, Little Global Citizens, ProjectMQ, Resility Health, Super Auth, and SynsorMed. Click here to read the full article. 

Category: Business

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Monday Motivation: Serena Williams Knows Why She's Great and Why other Women Are Too

July 9, 2018 - 

“[It] must be difficult being Serena Williams, because everyone ups their game every single time they have to play her,” tennis player Madison Keys told the Wimbledon press corps, explaining that just thinking about playing Williamscaused her focus to slip during her match against Evgeniya Rodina, resulting in her loss—and a major upset. “[A]ll of a sudden I came in [to a news conference] the other day, it was like, ‘So if you win, then you play [Serena Williams].’ And I think that kept being in the back of my mind,” Keys said. Click here to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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The Thicklin Family Fire Relief

July 2, 2018 - On June 13, 2018 Chairsea, Dennis Sr. and Dennis Jr. Thicklin were victims of a horrific fire in Riverview, Florida. 

Thankfully, the family is safe and uninjured, but nearly everything in their place is unretrievable. 

Dennis Jr recently graduated high school and started an app development business over the summer. Unfortunately, he was not able to save his laptop, which holds all of his programming software. This is a set back for his business. He is to go to college this fall semester and he would appreciate the help to replace his laptop. 

The rest of the family, including daughters, Denisela and Raymiya belongings, must be replaced. 

Please help us raise funds to allow them to get their life back together, replace items and sustain them for this transitional period. Every little bit counts. Visit www.gofundme.com to donate.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Rep. Maxine Waters receives death threats after Trump attack

July 2, 2018 - 

Rep. Maxine Waters is now the target of vicious threats on her life after President Donald Trump targeted her online following her speech to supporters urging them to confront members of his administration over his racist policies. Waters cancelled several speaking engagements—one in Texas and one in Alabama—after a “very serious death threat” was made against her. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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R.I.P.: Joe Jackson, patriarch of the Jackson 5 and father of Michael and Janet, dies at 89

June 27, 2018 - 

Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family has died. Wednesday, family sources confirmed to TMZ that Jackson passed away at 3:30 AM in Los Angeles. Jackson was the tough as nails and allegedly abusive father and manager of the most iconic American family musical group in history, the hit-making Jackson 5, who represented Motown Records. A former Golden Glover boxer, Jackson worked as a steelworker when he started coaching his young sons and transformed them into a family band in the early 1960s. Visit www.thegrio.com to read a full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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5 Things to know about Antwon Rose, the unarmed Black teen gunned down by East Pittsburgh police

June 25, 2018 - There have been rallying cries for justice in Pittsburgh since the death of Antwon Rose. The 17-year-old was shot three times by an East Pittsburgh police officer during a traffic stop. 

Authorities believed the car he was in matched the description of a vehicle that was involved in gunfire several minutes earlier. While the driver was being taken into custody, Rose and a second young man ran from the car. The community is now demanding answers about why another unarmed Black boy is dead rather than just being taken into custody like a white suspect would. Visit www.thegrio.com to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Florida Regulators Struggle To Keep Up With Medical Marijuana Industry

June 24, 2018 - 

Florida’s embattled medical marijuana office continues wading through rulemaking—two years after Florida voters approved the system. But the industry is moving faster than regulators' ability to govern it, leading to problems. Last week a California-based medical marijuana company purchased a Florida one for $53 million. There have been a couple of these sales already. Yet only now is the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Compassionate Use coming up with rules to govern ownership transfers. The Office’s Director Christian Bax says the rule is aimed at quality control. Visit www.floridatrend.com to view full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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MLK daughter claps back at Steve Bannon for saying her father would be proud of Trump

June 24, 2018 - 

What Steve Bannon is not gonna do is use Dr. Martin Luther King’s Jr’s name in vain. But the fired White House Chief Strategist tried it when he said Dr. King would be “proud” of what President Donald Trump has done so far for African Americans, reports WSBTV. “Martin Luther King … he would be proud of what Donald Trump has done for [the] black and Hispanic working class, OK?” Bannon told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in an exclusive interview Sunday. Visit www.thegrio.com to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Winky Wright's long career rewarded with place in the Hall of Fame

June 18, 2018 - For a five-year stretch during the early days of Ronald "Winky" Wright's 22-year boxing career he found himself as a virtual nomad. He and career-long trainer Dan Birmingham left behind the club circuit in the Tampa, Florida, region and embarked on a globetrotting tour as Wright searched for bigger opportunities and bigger purses. Luxemburg. France. Germany. Monaco. Argentina. England. South Africa. Wright, who turned pro in 1990, fought in each of those countries. In one stretch he fought 20 of 24 fights away from the United States. His passport was filled with stamps and he had a career in which he was winning but seemingly spinning his wheels, especially after getting a junior middleweight world title shot against Julio Cesar Vasquez in France in 1994 and suffering his first career loss by unanimous decision. Click here to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Civilizations: Paradise on Earth

WEDU PBS aires Tuesday June 19, 2018 at 8:00 pm 

Explore one of humanity’s deepest artistic urges: the depiction of nature. But landscape painting is seldom a straightforward portrayal of observed nature; it's a projection of dreams, idylls, escapes and refuges—the elusive paradise on earth. Visit www.wedu.org to watch preview. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Philadelphia man gets Lowe’s to review their racially charged receipt-checking practice

June 15, 2018 - 

Lowe’s has decided to suspend its receipt-checking protocol after a Black customer recently complained about being racially profiled. The incident took place at a West Philadelphia store on Memorial Day weekend, reports Philadelphia’s radio station WHYYThe customer, who was identified as Will Mega, grew suspicious when an employee went through all the items on his receipt despite seeing him pay for them at a nearby cash register.

Conducting a social experiment, Mega’s curiosity led him to another Lowe’s location. Upon exiting the store, Mega says he asked whether someone needed to check his receipt. The employee reportedly responded with, “We don’t do that here. This is the white ‘hood.” Visit www.thegrio.com to read the full article. 

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Trump considering pardon for boxing legend and activist Muhammad Ali even though his conviction was overturned

June 14, 2018 - 

The Associated Press is reporting that President Donald Trump may pardon deceased boxing great Muhammad Ali. Addressing questions from reporters before departing from for the G7 summit in Canada, Trump expressed that he was considering pardoning many other people including the boxing legend and activist Ali. It’s unclear exactly what Trump would be pardoning Muhammad Ali for considering that the boxer’s 1967 conviction for refusing to report for induction into the United States military forces during the Vietnam War was eventually overturned. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Number of children lacking health insurance in Florida increases

June 12, 2018 - Data released late last month by the National Center on Health Statistics shows that the number of uninsured children in Florida in 2017 rose slightly to 7.6 percent. While Florida has made strides in reducing the number of uninsured children, a national health-care expert warned Thursday that those gains are likely stalling, and she put part of the blame on increased scrutiny of immigration status. Click here to read full article

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Black women show support of Joy Ann Reid with #WeGotJoy hashtag

June 11, 2018 - 

Black women are rallying around Joy Ann Reid (former Grio managing editor and current host of AM Joy on MSNBC) with the hashtag #WeGotJoy. This social media campaign comes on the heels of the release of years old posts from Reid’s now defunct blog that reportedly contained incendiary, homophobic language. The posts were unearthed by critics using the Way Back Machine. While at first Reid said she was hacked and initiated an investigation, she eventually admitted that it was unlikely she was hacked and she apologized on her show. Visit www.thegrio.com for the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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FAMU Conduct Research in the Dominican Republic

June 6, 2018 - FAMU students have traveled to the Dominican Republic this summer to gain hands-on experience in international agricultural careers as part of their Service Learning in International Agriculture course, offered through the University’s global agriculture minor program. “We are excited to partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to increase the participation of our agriculture graduates from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) into Foreign Service career tracks,” said Harriett Paul, director of FAMU’s Center for International Agricultural Trade Development Research and Training. Click here to read full article. 

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Here’s how Issa Rae turned heads with N-word belt at fashion awards

June 5, 2018 -

Is there room for the n-word in fashion? Issa Rae apparently thinks so. That’s a question that’s up for debate after Rae rocked the words “Every n**** is a star” on her belt at the CFDA Awards, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Rae’s fashion ensemble was the talk to the town as Rae strutted the runway in a gorgeous blue, beaded gown created by designer Kerby Jean-Raymond for Pyer Moss. But it wasn’t so much the gown that everyone gawked at. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article. 

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Here's Why Black Women Take the High Road

June 1, 2018 - 

This week, Roseanne Barr—a bona fide racist—was outed, fired and hung out to dry

Former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett was the butt of a tasteless, racist joke. And at MSNBC’s Everyday Racism town hall, Jarrett had a few words for Barr. 

“I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment,” Jarrett said. “I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense ... or every black parent I know who has a boy who has to sit down and have a conversation—‘the talk,’ as we call it.” Visit www.theroot.com for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Against the Odds, Black Entrepreneur Signs Major Deal with Sam’s Club to Take Her Family Tea Recipe Nationwide

May 25, 2018 - Nailah Ellis-Brown, maker of Ellis Island Tea, is the only female African American beverage maker in the United States with her own manufacturing plant. Her family recipe for Jamaican Sweet Tea can now be found in the coolers of every Sam’s Club location in the country! Visit www.blacknews.com to read full article. 

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