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Lisa Wheeler-Brown files to run for St. Pete City Council District 7

January 8, 2015 - Earlier this week, Lisa Wheeler-Brown filed paperwork to run for St. Pete City Council District 7 that encompasses Childs Park, Wildwood Heights, Perry Bayview and West Minsters Heights and others.

Wheeler-Brown is a highly respected civic leader and has a decorated history of working collaboratively with city leaders, law enforcement and community activists to bring people together to reduce crime.  Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

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Franklin Street Better Block Party in Tampa celebrates potential

January 6, 2015 - The explosion of restaurants, hotels and new apartments in downtown Tampa is ready to burst past the northern boundary of Interstate 275 along North Franklin Street and into Tampa Heights.

Ulele restaurant, Water Works Park and the anticipated 43-acre, mixed-use village center project from SoHo Capital, known as The Heights, are leading the way along the city's Riverwalk. A few blocks to the east a once forgotten stretch of North Franklin is popping with new energy as part of the city's next emerging neighborhood.  Read more at 83degreesmedia.com.

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Parents turn their kids in after seeing burglary footage on the news

Jan. 6, 2015 - The parents of two North Carolina teens recognized their children on the news when surveillance video of a burglary was aired on New Year’s Eve. Rather than cover for their kids, the parents turned them in.

At 3:30am on last Monday, five teens broke into a Tech Boyz and were caught on camera. The footage aired on the nightly news, and two of the boys’ parents had already recorded the news when they came home from Watch Night Service. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Kym Whitley: ‘My biggest fear is raising a black man’

Jan. 6, 2015 - Kym Whitley’s reality show, Raising Whitley, has returned for an all new season, and Whitley sat down with OWN to talk about the show and about her life raising her three-year-old son, Joshua.

Whitley discussed the adoption topic and how she would address it with her son. “He’s smart, he’s going to be four soon. He picks up everything. I use “adoption” around him all the time to make it natural. If I make it something weird, he’ll think it’s something weird,” she said. Read more at thegrio.com.

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After spotlight, Ferguson faces a challenging road forward

Jan. 6, 2015 - It’s doubtful they were aware, but the rioters who torched Juanita Morris’ dress shop had strayed a couple of blocks beyond the Ferguson city limits and into the town of Dellwood. Such is the indiscriminate nature of rage.

But walking amid the ashes of 28 years of work, Juanita Morris was thinking about something else: Her plans to rebuild. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Malia Obama rocks a ‘Pro Era’ shirt in Instagram selfie

Jan. 6, 2014 - In an image shared on Instagram Monday, Malia Obama can be seen wearing a Pro Era tee shirt.

This photo emerged just after the hip hop group came under scrutiny when one of its founding members was arrested for punching a security guard in the nose, and Pro Era (also called Progressive Era) has taken the opportunity to cash in on the marketing opportunity. The group shared the image on Instagram. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Boston officer arrested for assaulting Uber driver

Jan. 6, 2015 - Officer Michael Doherty, a 16-year veteran of the Boston police, was placed on paid administrative leave after his alleged assault of an Uber driver Sunday.

At about 2:45 am Sunday, the Uber driver reported to officers that a man who was his passenger, later identified at Doherty, had assaulted him and had used several racial slurs during the assault, reports The Boston Globe.

Doherty allegedly become agitated when the Uber driver took him the wrong way, so told the driver he was in the wrong place, followed by “What, you think I’m stupid, you [expletive],” and a racist term for Latinos. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Burglar Returns Stolen Money, Fixes Window He Damaged to Break In

Jan. 6, 2015 - Last week a Palm Bay, Fla., woman returned to her apartment to find a burglar standing in her home.

"I walk into my room, and I find all my boyfriend's shoes and clothes thrown on the floor," the woman told a 911 operator, according to Yahoo News. "I said, 'So you're trying to rob us?' And he's like, he nodded his head." Read more at news.yahoo.com.

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Keisha Knight Pulliam weighs in on Cosby rape claims, reacts to being fired from ‘Apprentice’

Jan. 6, 2015 - Last night, Keisha Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxstable on The Cosby Show, was fired from Celebrity Apprentice when she failed to contact her former TV dad, Bill Cosby, to help raise money for a fundraising task.

The 35-year-old actress appeared this morning on NBC’s TODAY and further explained why she didn’t call Cosby to ask for money. Read more at today.com.

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#BlackBrunch demonstrators target New York and California ‘white spaces’

Jan. 5 2015 - Demonstrators are interrupting your regularly scheduled brunchto bring you a message that black lives matter.

In a movement called “Black Brunch,” protesters are targeting typically “white” diners and restaurants in New York City, Los Angeles and Oakland. After entering the diners, they read the names of black Americans killed by police, such as Michael Brown and Eric Garner. They reportedly said, “Every 28 hours, a black person in America is killed by the police. These are our brothers and sisters. Today and every day, we honor their lives.”

Protesters also asked restaurant patrons to stand and raise their fists “for black lives,” and apparently, a “good number” did just that. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Mother mourns the death of two sons gunned down in less than a month

Jan. 5 2015 - In less than a month, one Indiana mother lost not one but two sons in separate shootings.

19-year-old Donovan Williams was the first member of his family to go to college. He was home on break when he ended up a victim of homicide. What’s worse — he had just come home to console his mother over the loss of his brother, Dominique Wright.

Dominique had been exchanging gunfire with another man on the highway. Police later found the man, Terrill K. Fenderson, dead in an alley Read more at thegrio.com.

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Halle Berry’s husband hits airport employee with baby carseat

Jan. 5, 2015 - Halle Berry arrived at LAX Sunday with her husband, Olivier Martinez, and her 6-year-old daughter Nahla. Some photographers got too close, and things got a little out of control.

Now, Martinez is under investigation for battery after an altercation involving an airport employee was caught on video by TMZ. Read more at thegiro.com.

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Beverly Johnson speaks out about life after Cosby allegations

Jan. 5, 2015 - Beverly Johnson is considered one of the most high profile women to have come forward with sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. So when the Palms Springs resident showed up to the Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala this week, she knew exactly what to expect.

The supermodel told The Hollywood Reporter at the festival: "It’s been a whirlwind month. I knew what to expect by coming here, and I was good with it — until I got here. My whole life changed in the last month. There has been an outpouring of women telling me their sexual abuse stories. I knew it was an important thing to do." Read more at thegrio.com.

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Alan Ferguson takes gorgeous pics of wife Solange during New Year’s Desert celebration

Jan. 5, 2015 - For the last few days Solange and her friends have teased their Instagram followers with glimpses into their New Year’s Eve desert celebration in Joshua Tree, California. The experience was arranged by Shelter Co, a luxury pop-up camping company and outdoor goods suppliers.

Via instagram she initially writes: Good friends, mountain valleys, kombucha cocktails, Carl Thomas jams, desert hikes, “have I never ever” fails, crop tops, Spanish food and so many, many tings . Trip filled with laughs, pop lock and drop its, peaceful reflections, but best of all …….love! Thanks @shelterco for setting up Camp “Turn Up Tipi”. Rea more at thegiro.com.

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NYPD Officer Turns Himself In After Video Shows Him Assaulting Subway Conductor

Jan. 5, 2015 - New York City Police Officer Mirjan Lolja turned himself in after police released a video showing a man running out of a Bronx, N.Y., subway station on Dec. 23—the same man who is thought to have assaulted a subway conductor on the platform just moments prior, the New York Daily News reports.

Lolja has yet to be charged, but there are a number of eyewitnesses, including the bruised subway conductor, who described the incident and how Lolja, who was off-duty at the time, initially tried to get away by train after pummeling the conductor. Read more at nydailynews.com.

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White Police Chief Draws Fire for Challenging Racism

Jan. 5, 2015 - Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay thought he was practicing an important tenet of community policing when he obliged an activist’s request to take a picture holding an anti-racism sign at the city’s New Year’s Eve parade, MSNBC reports. The sign read, “I resolve to challenge racism @ work #EndWhiteSilence.”

Instead of winning praise for addressing the deep-seated issue that continues to divide the nation in the form of deadly and explosive confrontations between police and some communities, the chief has sparked outrage among some critics, including Pittsburgh police union President Howard McQuillan, the report says. Read more at theroot.com.

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Pope Francis Selects a Diverse Batch of New Cardinals

Jan. 5, 2015 - Pope Francis’ selection of 15 new cardinals from 14 countries is seen as a demonstration of his commitment to instilling diversity in the church and “its growth in places like Asia and Africa,” CBS News is reporting.

The pope revealed his list on Sunday; the nations represented include Tonga, New Zealand, Cape Verde, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Thailand and Vietnam. Read more at cbsnews.com.

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Turning Action Into Law to Stop Police Killings

Jan. 5, 2014 - Federal legislation related to police brutality and inspired by the spate of killings of unarmed African Americans, particularly men, will be making its way through Congress in 2015. The large demonstrations related to the #BlackLivesMatter movement are sure to mean even more bills in the 114th Congress. Many assume that the new Republican Congress will continue to stop all progressive legislation, but with fewer than 700 days to the next presidential election, Republicans may be out to prove that they can govern. Read more at theroot.com.

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‘Black Brunch’ Protesters Stage Demonstrations Inside Businesses

Jan. 5, 2015 - Civil rights activists targeted Sunday-afternoon restaurantgoers in California and New York to remind them of the black lives lost to police violence across the country.

The event, called “Black Brunch,” began last year in Oakland, Calif., according to Yahoo News, after the tragic police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y. Read more at yahoo.com.

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Madonna Once Again Plays The Race Card

Jan. 5, 2015 - As has been the case for almost as long as Madonna has had a career, black folks are telling her “culture-y vulture-y” behind to have a seat. And yet the material girl has done it again—exploiting blackness to sell records. Yes, her newest effort has gone back to the same racially insensitive playbook that she always has used.

Feminist pop culture site Jezebel explains:

The cover of Rebel Heart features a close-up of Madonna’s face wrapped in a BDSM-alluding tangle of black cord. Since [the album] dropped, she’s been regramming fan art of various other icons photoshopped into that image, including Marilyn Monroe, Frida Kahlo, and (heh) Lady Gaga. Read more at jezebel.com.

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