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Black Children Face The Most Barriers To Success In America, Asians The Least

April 1, 2014 - From birth, the average black child in America is at a relative disadvantage, according to an Annie E. Casey Foundation study released Tuesday.

While more than 92 percent of white, Latino, American-Indian and Asian and Pacific Islander babies are born at normal birth weight, that number for African-Americans only reaches into the high-80s. The pattern of disadvantage for black children continues into elementary school and through high school in the form of standardized testing scores and high school graduation rates. Only 66 percent of African-Americans graduate from high school on time, while more than 90 percent of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders do.  Read more at

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US Army's New Grooming Standards For Black Women Called Racially Biased

March 31, 2014 - The U.S. Army is coming under fire for changes to its appearance and grooming standards, which some say discriminates against black women who wear their hair natural.

Army Regulation 670-1 has not been published or made official yet, but the new rules were detailed in a PowerPoint presentation that was leaked on March 20.  Read more at

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New Michael Jackson Album, 'XSCAPE,' Coming Five Years After His Death

March 31, 2014 - Music fans will get to hear new Michael Jackson music in May, nearly five years after the singer's death in 2009. Titled "XSCAPE," the record will arrive on May 13 via Epic Records and in conjunction with Jackson's estate.  Read more at

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UNC athlete’s ridiculous Rosa Parks essay reveals student athlete double standard

April 1, 2014 - The idea that student athletes are given a lighter academic load is nothing new and it’s something that is debated on every level, from elementary school through college.

But the topic has gotten renewed media interest thanks to a viral picture that allegedly shows an “essay” (it’s really a paragraph) written by a University of North Carolina football player.  Read more at

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Rutgers remains firm on Condoleezza Rice as commencement speaker

April 1, 2014 - Rutgers is unlikely to revisit its decision to select former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as its 2014 commencement speaker, despite protests from faculty and students who are irate over Rice’s role in the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

The Rutgers Board of Governors is set to meet Tuesday, the last time the body will meet before commencement in May. A spokesperson for the university said there were no plans to discuss Rice’s invitation to speak.  Read more at

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Lutheran Services of Florida receives $18 million grant to run Duval Head Start programs

April 1, 2014 - Tampa-based Lutheran Services of Florida has been awarded an $18 million grant to manage Duval County’s Head Start programs for low-income families and children.

The five-year grant was awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services and will serve more than 1,400 children in the Head Start program and more than 300 in the Early Head Start initiative.  Read more at

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Got questions about the county budget? Just ask!

Got questions about the county budget?
Pinellas County commissioners and the county administrator will answer budget questions on Wednesday, April 9, from 7 to 8 p.m., at Pinellas County’s 2015 eTownHall public meeting.

Residents can interact with officials through a blog, Twitter and by watching live streaming video online. They can also watch on PCC-TV, listen in and ask questions by phone, or come to the meeting in person.  Read more at

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Canterbury School of Florida Announces The Imagine Campaign

March 24, 2014 – At this year’s State of the School Address, Head of School Mac Hall announced a new fundraising endeavor for Canterbury School of Florida, The Imagine Campaign. This $500,000 capital campaign is comprised of two projects that will bring both the Hough and Knowlton Campuses to the forefront of 21st century learning. Read more at

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Mayor Buckhorn Appoints Mark Wilfalk to be Solid Waste Director

March 3, 2014 - Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced that Mark Wilfalk has been appointed to serve as the Director of the Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management for the City of Tampa.

"The business of Solid Waste is changing with fleets increasingly being fueled by CNG, more automation, and expanded recycling opportunities. I am confident that Mark will serve residents, while improving customer service and living within the department’s means," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "I am immensely proud to be able to promote from within, and appoint a team player like Mark to lead the department.”  Read more at

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Group hopes to focus Greenlight Pinellas debate on bus improvements

March 24, 2014 - The bulk of the Greenlight Pinellas mass transit plan is a major transformation of the county’s bus network, a 65 percent expansion of bus service that would mean buses running every 15 minutes on the county’s busiest routes.

Yet, most Pinellas voters associate Greenlight only with its more controversial light-rail element and are in the dark about the plan’s bus improvements, according to a new survey of 1,600 residents by the People’s Budget Review, a group that includes local trade unions, activists and neighborhood associations.  Read more at

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Oprah To Launch Eight-City ‘Empowerment’ Tour

March 27, 2014 - Beloved talk show maven Oprah Winfrey (pictured) could be headed to your town this September as she prepares to embark on an eight-city ”The Life You Want” tour, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


The weekend conferences will offer a two-day self-help experience spearheaded by the mogul herself, along with a host of cherry-picked, life-affirming experts, such as the author of  ”Eat Pray Love,” Elizabeth Gilbert; the man whom Time Magazine deemed as one of the “100 Most Influential People of the World,” pastor Rob Bell; OWN star and spiritual teacher, author, and television personality Iyanla Vanzant; and in a few cities guru Deepak Choprak.  Read more at

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Evelyn Lozada Blasts Wendy Williams For Insulting Newborn Son

March 27, 2014 - “Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford welcomed son Carl Leo into the world Saturday and talk show host Wendy Williams was quick to make the child’s birth a “Hot Topic,” calling him a “cash register.”   Read more at

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Obama Is Attending the 2014 NAN Convention, Will You?

March 26, 2014 - Al Sharpton’s National Action Network organization will host its annual convention April 9-12 in New York City. It’s slated to be big with tons of panels and President Obama delivering the convention’s keynote speech on the last day. But we can’t help but wonder: with all the conventions put on by civil rights organizations every year, are you interested in attending NAN’s?  Read more at

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Five Historic Icons Who Had A Reputation For Being Racist

March 27, 2014 - There are certain historic figures who we've idolized, placing them on the highest of pedestals in our minds and in our hearts. Their memories evoke a nostalgia inside of us or an intense respect for the contributions they've made to our society, and as far as we're concerned, they can do no wrong.

But in reality, many of these icons have an ugly side to their reputation, while others have gotten a bad rep over the years. A vast number of our beloved heroes were known for saying and doing things that we'd scoff at today -- in addition to the fact that we'd most likely tear them apart on Twitter -- and there are others whose reputations have been marred with ugly rumors.  Read more at

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Scott visits Tampa high school, blames Crist for college tuition increases

March 27, 2014 - College is expensive. Rick Scott wants to keep his job.

Those two facts shared the same orbit Wednesday at a Tampa high school, where the governor chatted with teens about college plans while blaming his opponent, former Gov. Charlie Crist, for the debt they will incur.  Read more at

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Middleton HS Ride for Education to honor Norma Velasquez-Cabrera

March 24, 2014 - Middleton High School’s 5th Annual Ride for Education, will be in honor of Norma Velasquez-Cabrera, who passed away this weekend after being struck by a car on Hillsborough Avenue.

This year’s Motorcycle Run and Tiger Fest will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Middleton High School. Bikes will depart at 10:30 a.m.  Read more at

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President Obama to all of us: “I need your help"

Did you see President Obama's note this morning? He sent a message to OFA supporters asking them for help spreading the word about the March 31st health care deadline.

Read his message: We're really getting close.

We've been talking a lot about health care recently. For good reason: The deadline is in just seven days.

After open enrollment ends on March 31, you won't be able to get insurance through the marketplace until 2015.  Read more at

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Secret Service pulls 3 agents from Obama trip for misconduct

Mar. 26, 2014 - Secret Service agent found drunk by staff at a Dutch hotel was recalled to the U.S. along with two of his colleagues, the day before President Barack Obama was set to arrive in the Netherlands.

Word of another scandal to hit the elite agency came as the president was midway through a weeklong, four-country trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia. The Secret Service said the three agents were benched on Sunday for “disciplinary reasons” but declined to elaborate. Read more at

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New study links video games to racial prejudice

Mar. 26, 2014 - Can playing video games make you racist? One recent study suggests it’s possible. A scientific study from the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science produced some disturbing data which should give people of color pause. Playing as a black avatar, white players act more aggressively after the game is over, have stronger explicit negative attitudes toward blacks and display stronger implicit attitudes linking blacks to weapons. Read more at

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Racism in High School Sports: Sign of a Bigger Problem

Mar. 26, 2014 - Have you ever Googled the terms "racism" and "high school sports"?  Well, if you ever wanted to lose faith in humanity a few degrees more than you may already have, then a brief survey of the year's most-reported high school sports stories have been about race. Race this, race that.

When it comes to the children of the United States of America, a callous attitude toward matters of race seems to be all the rage these days. Read more at

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