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B-CU Women's Basketball Coach Selected as Finalist for HBCU Digest Female Coach of the Year Award

July 5, 2017 - DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bethune-Cookman University Women's Basketball Head Coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis has been named a finalist for the 2017 HBCU Awards Female Coach of the Year presented by HBCU Digest. The HBCU Awards acknowledge and celebrate achievement at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) throughout the United States. Crowning winners in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research, and community engagement, the HBCU Awards is the first and only event to recognize the influence and impact of HBCU's on American culture. Click here to learn more.

Category: Sports Events


B-CU Signs Partnership Agreement to Bring About Change for Black Men and Boys

July 5, 2017 - Bethune-Cookman University Office of Chaplaincy recently signed an MOU to partner with the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys as the first partnership to collaborate with the organization since its inception in 2006. With this contractual agreement, B-CU will assist the Council with the development of research to empower communities and inform the development of legislation to improve opportunities in the state of Florida. The 2006 Florida Legislature established the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys to study conditions negatively affecting black males in our state. The Council, housed in the Florida Office of the Attorney General, has 19 board members and is directed by Dr. Eddy Regnier of APS Healthcare, Sarasota, Florida. Click here for more information

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Congressional Black Caucus has a duty to meet with President Trump

June 29, 2017 - The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), which bills itself as the “conscience of the Congress,” is one of the most powerful caucuses in Congress. While many will differ on precisely what parameters translate into “powerful,” none can deny a clear element of clout and visibility the CBC has on Capitol Hill. Members of the caucus have histories of activism unparalleled by other legislators and, for nearly 50 years, they have taken unpopular stances, not only for interests of African Americans, but for the good of the entire country. Click here for more information.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


How the terror of lynchings in the past haunt us today and our future

June 29, 2017 - Two years ago, the Equal Justice Initiative, based in Montgomery, Ala., shook us out of our collective historical slumber to force us to reckon with a horrific part of our national past. The organization founded and run by Bryan Stevenson released a report that documented “‘racial terror lynchings’ in 12 Southern states between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and 1950.” On Tuesday, EJI will release an update of its stunning report with a focus on the “more than 300 lynchings of black people in eight states with high lynching rates outside the Deep South.” Thus, bringing the total of documented lynchings to more than 4,300. Here are the states and the gruesome tallies. Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Jacksonville black man ticketed for crossing street without identification

June 29, 2017 - A young African-American man is stopped for jaywalking. A white law enforcement officer sternly orders him to the police car, threatens to put him in jail, and tells him he needs to have identification on him at all times — and tickets him for not carrying his ID. Miami Beach, 1962? No, Jacksonville, 2017. Such was the encounter between Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer J.S. Bolen and Devonte Shipman last week. Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


The PBS Summer of Adventure Expedition begins June 20th

With a variety of science, nature, culture and history programs, the PBS Summer of Adventure will transport you around the globe. Discover the people and cultures of China and Havana. Visit Yellowstone and explore the Pacific. Follow mass animal migrations across Africa and tour the world to photograph some of the wildest and most threatened species. Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Cosby exposes generational divide in black community

June 19, 2017 - Long before a Pennsylvania jury began deliberating Bill Cosby’s fate in a sexual assault case, a large swath of the black community had already found him guilty of forgetting where he came from. For a people who spent centuries fighting the scourge of racism, there is no greater hero than one who has risen above our collective circumstance. Bill Cosby fit that mold, and he was revered. Click here to learn more.


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Minnesota Police Officer Found Not Guilty In Shooting Death Of Philando Castile

June 19, 2017 - After five days of deliberations, a jury has found a Minnesota police officer not guilty on all counts over his deadly shooting of a black man during a traffic stop last July in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, Minn. Castile, a 32-year-old school cafeteria worker, was driving with his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter when they were pulled over by St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez. Click here to learn more.


Category: Media Community


In Tupac’s life, the struggles and triumphs of a generation

June 19, 2017 - Beginning June 16, moviegoers will be able to see the much-anticipated “All Eyez on Me,” the biopic of Tupac Shakur, one of the most iconic and influential musicians of the 20th century. Since his death in 1996, Tupac’s place in the pantheon of cultural icons has been firmly cemented. Scores of books and documentaries have detailed his life, career and tragic death, while musicians continue to pay tribute to his influence in their songs. He has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, and earlier this year he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Click here for more information


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


117th US Open at Erin Hills with Derrick and Craig Stingley Reporting Daily

The June 12th practice round for the 117th U.S. Open Championship attracted a vast crowd of fans. The Championship will be contested during the week of June 12-18, in Wisconsin for the first time. The championship will welcome the world’s top players vying for the title that has been contested since 1895. The United States Golf Association will provide the ultimate, most comprehensive test in golf to identify the best of the best, with past champions including Bob Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Wisconsin’s own Andy North and Tiger Woods.  Coverage of this exciting tournament is being captured by brothers, co-inventors at C.S. Innovation and avid golf critics, Derrick and Craig Stingley.  Follow them on this portal for a perspective you can find nowhere else. Click here to learn more information

Category: Sports Events


Morean Arts Center Celebrates 100 Years/100 Artists on view until June 25th

This exhibition tells our history through 100 of the individual artists who shaped our organization and made it what it is today. These artists represent the diversity and talent that has propelled the Morean forward for 100 years, allowing the organization to adapt, grow and remain relevant to this community for a century.

100 Years/100 Artists is FREE and open to the public from May 13 - June 25

Located at Morean Arts Center
719 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Broken Homes in the Black Communities: Millennials Want it to Stop

June 13, 2017 - Growing up in a single-parent home, I learned at a very early age that life isn’t easy. My mother was a full-time student working to get her masters, worked a full-time job and still managed to keep a roof over her four children’s heads. We never went a day without eating and we were very well mannered. I remember sitting on my mom’s suede chase lounge counting out coins so we can buy McDonald’s for dinner. Click here to read more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


NAACP: Oregon’s clean energy economy is leaving minorities behind

June 13, 2017 - Members of Oregon’s NAACP want to ensure that people of color benefit from the state’s efforts to switch to a greener, more environmentally conscious economy. “Oregon has been a leader in creating opportunities around climate change and climate justice initiatives. However, people of color, low-income people, have not been beneficiaries of these efforts,” Jo Ann Hardesty, president of the Portland NAACP chapter, said at a news conference Monday. Click here for more information

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Morean Arts Center Hosts 2017 Youth Summer Arts & Clay Program

There are still spaces available in a variety of Summer Camp Weeks at the Morean Arts Center! Campers will enjoy a week of art-filled experiences using selected weekly themes, including stories, songs and games! Children will explore various art mediums such as watercolor, oil pastels, tempera paints, collage and sculpture in both guided and self-guided experiences. Teens! The Morean Arts Center has Teen Camps ranging from Clay Camp to Stop Motion Animation Camp. Come hang out with us! Click here for more information.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe to present staged reading of 'Yellowman’ at Project1VOICE

June 12, 2017 -  On June 19, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) will take part in Project1VOICE/1PLAY/1DAY, an international effort presented in association with 45 theater companies to celebrate African American theatre. This year, Project1VOICE has selected Dael Orlandersmith’s Yellowman, a 2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama, for staged readings. Yellowman follows the tragically intertwined love story between Alma, a large, dark-skinned black woman, and Eugene, a tall, light-skinned black man, from childhood to adulthood. It takes place in the Gullah community in South Carolina in the 1960s. Click here to purchase your tickets now!

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Beacon Homes Grand Opening- Rescheduled

Due to the rain, the grand opening of Beacon Homes will be rescheduled.  Updates on the new date and time will be provided when it becomes available. Thank you for your support, as we continue to make a difference in our community. Beacon Homes Grand Opening will be held at 28th Avenue & 34th street with special guest Mayor Bob Buckhorn. For more information please contact Georgeannae Gillett (813) 231-4362

Category: Homegoing


Centre for Women News & Notes

June 11, 2017 Ann W. Masen - It isn’t easy being the little guy.  Or, in our case, being a small but mightynonprofit helping women across Tampa Bay. Yet, in the past several weeks, there have been so many uplifting moments, the kind of indelible experiences that make the Centre for Women such a unique place. This month marks my fifth anniversary at The Centre for Women.  I am grateful that I arrived here when I did. It gave me a chance to really get to know our beloved founder, the incomparable Helen Gordon Davis. It provided me with a chance to understand her vision, to hear first-hand about our history and to appreciate her tenacity in championing important causes for women. Click here to read more

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


More than 130 British imams refuse to bury London attackers

June 6, 2017 - Imam Abdullah Hasan of Imams Against Domestic Abuse, who posted the statement online, said the funeral rite "is normally performed for every Muslim regardless of their actions." Seven people died and 48 were injured when three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, then leaped out and stabbed several others in nearby bars and restaurants. Police killed the three attackers. Click here to learn more. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials



June 6, 2017 - R’CLUB CHILD CARE, INC. provides excellence in diverse family-focused pre-school programs. Their programs seek to provide each child, at each age level, the continuum of learning experiences that will promote physical, emotional, intellectual, social, cognitive, spiritual & creative development. They serve more than 4,000 infants, pre-school, elementary & middle school children daily in 47+ locations in Pinellas County, including Pre-School, Pre-K, Head Start, Early Head Start, Elementary & Middle School Before and After School, and students with Special Needs. R’Club also provides HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters), a national model home visitor early literacy program with a long history of measured success. Click here to leaarn more

Category: General


Louis Murphy Jr.'s 2017 The First & Goal Youth Empowerment Summit

Louis Murphy Jr.'s 10th Annual Charity weekend is FREE to youth throughout Tampa Bay. ST. PETERSBURG, FL (June 1, 2017) – Tampa Bay high school students will gain valuable keys to success from local professionals during the ‘First and Goal Youth Empowerment Summit’ on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the St. Petersburg College Allstate Center. On Saturday, June 10, 2017 local youth ages 8 to 18 are invited to attend the 1st Downs 4 LifeTM Football and Cheerleading Camp, hosted by NFL Veteran WR Louis Murphy, Jr. at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, FL. Click here to register now


Category: Sports Events

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