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NAACP slams national anthem as ‘racist’ and ‘anti-black’

November 14, 2017 - 

The California chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) wants the national anthem to be changed, because “The Star-Spangled Banner” is racist.

The chapter has circulated two petitions in the California State Legislature about the national anthem. The first praises Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee during the national anthem, and the other denounces the song itself as “one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon.” Visit www.thegrio.com for full article.

 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced

November 13, 2017 - He's been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL—all because he took a knee to protest police brutality. But Colin Kaepernick's determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson—athletes who risked everything to make a difference. Visit www.GQ.com for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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US Army Quietly Lifts Ban on Recruits With Some Mental-Health Issues

November 13, 2017 - Most likely in its quest to make a stated goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers by next year, the Army quietly loosened its rules in order to allow those with a history of self-mutilation, bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse to join its ranks through waivers.

According to USA Today, the Army enacted the policy in August with no announcement. Newsweek reports that this ends an eight-year ban on the waivers that started after a spike in suicides in the Army. Visit www.theroot.com for full article.

 

Category: Media Community

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Black Lottery Winner Invests Winnings Into Rebuilding Fla. Black Business Community

November 13, 2017 - After winning millions in a lottery jackpot, a Florida man has decided to use his money to revive a district once known for thriving black businesses. “This commitment that I feel, that I have to go to that community and put my money where my mouth is,” explained Miguel Pilgram.

According to Black Enterprise, in 2010, Pilgram, a Memphis, Tenn., native, won $52 million in the lottery and began investing his money, building a real estate empire. Now, the millionaire has taken on his most ambitious project yet—rebuilding the Sistrunk Boulevard area of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., restoring the area that was once a center for black business to its former glory. Visit www.theroot.com for full article.

Category: Business

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Veterans of Color

November 11, 2017 - Veterans of Color reveals the patriotic untold stories of blacks in the military during a transformative era in American history. Fascinating stories told by the veterans who lived them, Veterans of Color is a film that brings a personal face to the struggles of African Americans in the military and their civilian lives thereafter. Trailer Also visit www.wedu.org for more stories.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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2 other UCLA basketball players arrested in China for allegedly shoplifting

November 11, 2017 - UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford will sit the three players involved in a shoplifting incident in China for Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. Alford, however, declined to address the issue further.

“The University came out with a statement, so I won’t have any further comment on this other than in answering that question — those individuals won’t play on Saturday,” Alford said Wednesday in Shanghai.

Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott issued a statement Tuesday night saying that UCLA basketball players were “involved in a situation” in China, with police being summoned to the team’s hotel to investigate the matter. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article.

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USF Black Leadership Networking brought to life!

November 10, 2017 - Bell, Frazier and Narain have brought the #USF Black Leadership Network to life, an initiative focused on engaging the community to enhance the educational and leadership opportunities for African-American scholars within the USF System. Read the story from the Fall 2017 magazine: http://bit.ly/2gOm1ob 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Innovations from Cleveland's urban farms are taking root around the world

November 10, 2017 -  One might not guess from its industrial past, but Cleveland has some surprising ties to the rise of urban farming in America. The national negative press surrounding the Cuyahoga River Fire of 1969 helped mobilize the environmental movement, and Cleveland mayor Carl Stokes was instrumental in lobbying for the Clean Water Act of 1972. It wasn’t in hip urban centers that urban farming rose in the seventies, but in hollowed-out, underserved neighborhoods like Cleveland’s. Visit www.freshwatercleveland.com  for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Republicans Full Speed Ahead On Tax Reform, Election Consequences Be Damned

November 9, 2017 - 

Despite a growing sense that a Democratic wave could be coming in 2018, House Republicans showed little sign of letting up on their tax proposal Wednesday, with a bill set to move out of committee on a party-line vote Thursday and onto the floor as early as next week. The way Republicans have gone about drafting their legislation so far, with closed-door GOP-only negotiations producing sudden wholesale changes, suggests that nothing will stop them from pushing this bill through the House. GOP leaders look ready to discard any provision or make any deal to get the votes they need. Visit www.huffingtonpost.com for full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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Rick Kriseman wins re-election for mayor of Saint Petersburg

November 8, 2017 - 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - It was Rick versus Rick for mayor. And the Rick who is currently mayor will remain so. Rick Kriseman defeated Rick Baker with 51 percent of the vote to earn a second term as mayor. Kriseman gained 34,531 votes to Baker's 32,341 votes, according to unofficial county results. County voters approved extending the Penny for Pinellas one-cent tax for 10 more years while city residents voted for city leaders to continue managing Walter Fuller Park for no more than 20 years and allowing The Vinoy Renaissance Resort to build a parking deck. Visit www.wtsp.com for full article. 

 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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19-Year-Old Harvard Student Becomes America’s First Youth Poet Laureate

November 6, 2017 - 

In April, 19-year-old Amanda Gorman was named America’s first National Youth Poet Laureate. The Los Angeles native is a sophomore at Harvard University studying sociology. According to the New York Times, Gorman’s work is “a cleareyed mix of autobiography, social issues like Islamophobia, and historical motifs picked up from her college’s library.”  In addition to her studies and the obligations of her new role, Gorman runs One Pen One Page, an organization she founded in 2016 that provides platforms “for student storytellers to change the world.” She is also putting the final touches on She the People, a virtual reality project that seeks to empower teenager girls. Visit www.theroot.com for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Breaking: Shooting at First Baptist Church in TX

November 6, 2017 - 

Several witnesses have told CBS affiliate KENS that multiple people were shot at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt has stated that a man went into the church and began shooting. He also said there are multiple casualties and fatalities.

A local business owner, Dana Fletcher, said she a “ton” of sheriff vehicles and ambulances. She added that she doesn’t know what happened but there is a heavy police presence in the area and people were airlifted from the scene of the shooting. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article. 

Category: Media Community

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ELECTION DAY NOVEMBER 7TH

Mail ballots: October 3
Election Day: November 7

2017 St. Petersburg General Election information:
https://tinyurl.com/ybtg4egl

Early voting:
Oct. 28 – Nov. 5
501 First Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(Fifth Street North entrance)
Monday - Friday: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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Season 4 of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Discover the surprising ancestral stories of 28 fascinating guests in season four of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Visit www.pbs.org for full episodes. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Beyoncé confirmed to play Nala in live action reboot of ‘The Lion King’

November 5, 2017 - Beyonce Knowles-Carter is joining the cast of “The Lion King” to voice to role of Nala. The Walt Disney Studios revealed the main cast for its upcoming live-action and CG adaptation of its 1994 animated classic Wednesday and confirmed the months old rumor that the pop superstar would be lending her voice to the project. Some had been previously announced for the film including Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones as Mufasa. Other cast include Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon and Keegan-Michael Key as a hyena. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Great American Teach-In will be held in Pinellas County’s public schools

November 1, 2017 -  

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Members of the community are invited into Pinellas County schools for an hour, a few class periods or an entire school day to share information with students about their career or hobby, to organize an activity, to read a story or to teach a class. Teach-In participants will be able to see Pinellas County public schools and interact with students firsthand. For alumni of Pinellas County Schools, the annual event is an excellent opportunity to return to old classrooms in elementary, middle or high schools, and visit favorite teachers or staff members. Visit www.pcsb.org for more information. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Great American Teach-In will be held in Pinellas County’s public schools

November 1, 2017 -  

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Members of the community are invited into Pinellas County schools for an hour, a few class periods or an entire school day to share information with students about their career or hobby, to organize an activity, to read a story or to teach a class. Teach-In participants will be able to see Pinellas County public schools and interact with students firsthand. For alumni of Pinellas County Schools, the annual event is an excellent opportunity to return to old classrooms in elementary, middle or high schools, and visit favorite teachers or staff members. Visit www.pcsb.org for more information. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Natural skin care company grows with help from black business development initiatives

Renee Edwards didn’t set out to start a business. She was a mom with a problem: Her daughter was suffering from acne -- and she wanted to help. So Edwards, who works in clinical research at St. Petersburg’s Hill Top Research, began experimenting with essential oils and exfoliation. Her Skin Kandii products are available in nine retail outlets in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, including the St. Pete Store and Visitor’s Center. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting was held last Thursday at the Second Avenue North store to mark the occasion. Visit www.skinkandii.org for full website. 

Category: Business

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Black business execs unite to form political super PAC

October 31, 2017 - Over a dozen powerful black corporate leaders are coming together to use their influence and their money to get involved politically. These leaders have never shied away from raising money for political causes but the wave of police violence against people of color that is sweeping the nation, and the current president, has led them to become even more involved in politics.Visit www.thegrio.com for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Houston Texans Players, Including White Teammates, Kneel During Anthem

October 30, 2017 - When multiple outlets reported that Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said “we can’t have the inmates running the prison” in a closed-door “special privileged session” after owners met with players to discuss the anthem, he assumed a simple apology would suffice in getting him back in good graces with his chattel employees. When it didn’t he issued another apology explaining what he meant, that he misspoke, that he doesn’t know what came over him, how it must’ve been the medication, the devil, ISIS or his wifi that caused him to refer to gainfully employed people working their asses off for his literal profit while protesting injustice and equality as “inmates.” Visit www.theroot.com for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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