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The Sound of Gospel Awards & Recognitions

September 8th - 9th, 2017 - ​Welcome to an amazing 15 years! The Sound of Gospel Awards and Recognitions (SOGAR), was founded and organized in 2001. Gospel in its original meaning is “GOOD NEWS”. Our Mission is to Uplift,Recognize, and Celebrate the sounds of “GOOD NEWS” throughout the church and community. In addition to music and competitions, SOGAR recognizes and celebrate those citizens and businesses that bring about effective and positive changes within their communities and city. SOGAR also recognizes and celebrates the Excellency of gospel music, singing, and presentations at its best with choirs from the church, community, and college along with church bands. SOGAR is more than a show. It’s an EXPERIENCE. Visit for tickets and more information. 

Category: Faith Community Events


WEDU Quest

Mathematical models are being used to fight drug-resistant cancers. Investigate how electric eels use their power to stun and kill prey. Researchers in North Carolina are developing new ways to create renewable fuels. Meet women who have made their mark on the Tampa Bay Area's education system. Click here for more information. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


NAACP sounds alarm on ‘decline’ in civil rights commitment

March 3, 2017 - The head of the NAACP says he met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions over concerns that recent policy changes “signal a threatening decline” in the Justice Department’s commitment to civil rights. Click here to learn more. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Rene Flowers promoted to Talent Manager for Gulf Coast

March 9, 2017 - 

On March 1st, Pinellas County School Board Member and community leader Rene Flowers was promoted to the newly created Talent Manager position at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, Inc. The job was created to meet “the critical need to address agency turnover,” according to Gulf Coast’s CEO Sandra Braham, in an email announcement in early February. She wrote “We recognized the need to focus additional resources toward the recruitment, hiring, training and retention of our workforce, especially in the field of case management. Central to addressing turnover is ensuring we recruit the right people to fill vacancies suited to their talents, skills and passions.”  Flowers will lead recruitment and training efforts, emphasizing agency succession planning. She will also coordinate training for our child welfare programs, as needed. Flowers previously served as Quality Improvement Manager and Corporate Trainer for Gulf Coast. A native of St. Petersburg, Flowers is extensively involved in the community. The former 8-year City Councilmember and current 4-year School Board Member, is a past President of the Florida League of Cities. She is is an active participant on several local and statewide boards to include the NAACP, Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC), the National Council of Negro Women, R'Club, The Louise Graham Center and the Pinellas Community Foundation. 

Category: Business


2017-2018 We The People Season

“Our 2017.2018 season theme, WE THE PEOPLE, simply reflects our commitment to embrace the opportunity for solidarity with one another through the sharing of our unique stories.  WE THE PEOPLE celebrate our diversity, embrace our differences, and rejoice in our shared experience of what it is to be a human being.  WE THE PEOPLE remain united amid uncertain times. Click here for more information. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Corcoran appoints Tom Lee, Chris Sprowls, Darryl Rouson and Chris Nocco to the CRC

Monday, March 6, 2017 5:48pm - House Speaker Richard Corcoran kept true to this promise and named five current legislators to the powerful Constitution Revision Commission, providing the powerful committee with a storehouse of conservatives, and advocates for his top priorities of education and limiting what he considers overreach of the Florida Supreme Court. Only one appointee is a Democrat. Click here for more information. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market Moves March 4th

March 2, 2017  (St. Petersburg, FL) - Every year, the St Petersburg Saturday Morning Market moves for one week, due to preparations for the Grand Prix car race.  The regular Market location is the parking lot of Al Lang Field
on the downtown waterfront. On Saturday, March 4th, the Market will move to Williams Park.  The Park is
located on First Avenue N, between 3rd and 4th St. in downtown St. Petersburg. In addition to using the Park, the Market will be using 2nd Avenue N, as well as 3rd St. The Market will be closed on Saturday, March 11th due to the proximity to Grand Prix race events. The Market returns to its regular location on March 18th. 

Category: Business


Florida Botanical Gardens to host annual flower sale and clinic

It’s the time of year for garden enthusiasts to get back outside and add spring plants and flowers into the mix. The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation and the Florida West Coast Orchid Society are partnering to host an orchid re-potting clinic and bromeliad sale on Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. The event well be held in the McKay Creek Plaza and Tropical Courtyard at The Florida Botanical Gardens. Admission is free. Members of the Botanical Gardens will receive  10-percent off any bromeliad purchase. For more information about the clinic and sale, please visit or call (727) 582-2117. The Florida Botanical Gardens is located at 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo, with an alternate entrance at 12211 Walsingham Road. The gardens remain open from 7 a.m. until dusk every day, with free admission during daylight hours. For more information, visit or call (727) 582-2100.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Students can “Go Coastal” at Marine Science spring break camp

Boredom is for the birds when there’s water everywhere in Pinellas County. Elementary-aged students have the opportunity to combine learning and outdoor fun during the upcoming Spring Break holiday. Interested parents and students are encouraged to consider “Going Coastal.” The Going Coastal Spring Break Camp at Weedon Island is a three-day camp running from Wednesday, March 15 to Friday, March 17, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Dr. N.E., St. Petersburg. The camp, for students ages 7 to 11, focuses on marine science themes. The camp will offer participants a balance of recreational and educational activities intended to engage and challenge students with activities and team-building exercises. Scheduled activities and lessons will include. Click here to register. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


“Elegant Women” highlights inspirational women

Shasta G., a Creative Clay painter and mixed media artist, exhibits "Elegant Women" at the March Second Saturday Artwalk, at Creative Clay's Good Folk Gallery. Shasta has attended Creative Clay since 2012, and her work is generated by information gleaned from books she reads, her imagination and life experiences. Click here to watch Creative Clay on WEDU's Arts Plus Episode. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


WMNF Radio 88.5 Presents Soul Party Music Play List

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Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Press Release: Group Photography Exhibition opens March 10

The Studio@620 presents “Here and There”, a curated group photography exhibition. "Here and There" brings together six local photographers at various stages in their careers, exploring a wide range of styles and subjects both at home and abroad. This diverse collection features vast landscapes, intimate spaces, spiritual travelogue, playful portraiture, unintentional paintings, and lazy afternoons. Click here for more information. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Press Release: New Jazz Group, The Philip Charos Quartet, Plays The Studio@620

The Philip Charos Quartet is St. Petersburg's newest musical voice and yes, they speak jazz. Featuring Joe Porter (upright bass), Jason Charos (trumpet), Nick DeLuca (guitar), and led by dynamic composer, drummer, and vocalist Philip Charos. The Philip Charos Quartet performs a repertoire of colorfully original jazz music and select standards. This whirlwind of creativity believes that jazz means taking chances. Take a chance on them March 7th at the Studio @ 620, 7:30pm.  Admission $20, $15 students and seniors.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Why Is President Trump’s Only Senior Black Staffer a Democrat?

March 1, 2017 - Republicans haven’t shown any serious efforts of making Blacks an integral part of their party since the Nixon Administration of the 60s and 70s. As former Nixon speechwriter, Pat Buchanan stated in one of his columns, “In 1956, as vice president, Nixon went to Harlem to declare, “America can’t afford the cost of segregation.” The following year, Nixon got a personal letter from Dr. King thanking him for helping to persuade the Senate to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Nixon supported the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, 1965, and 1968. Click here to learn more. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


After Backlash, DeVos Backpedals on Remarks on Historically Black Colleges

Facing a fierce backlash after she called historically black colleges and universities “real pioneers” of school choice, Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, spent Tuesday afternoon backtracking on the controversial statement and highlighting the institutions’ roots in racism and segregation. Click here for more information. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


WEDU PBS Presents The Favored Strawberry Documentary Screening

Join WEDU PBS on Thursday, March 9 at the Trinkle Center at Hillsborough Community College for a free screening of Larry Foley’s The Favored Strawberry. This film screening is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and RSVP is requested at

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Academy Prep Center of Tampa Presents An Evening of Champions

Academy Prep Center of Tampa is happy to announce that An Evening of Champions on March 2, 2017 is SOLD OUT! A special thank you to those who have sponsored tables, purchased tickets, and are supporting this year's event. We look forward to seeing you next Thursday!  If you would like to make a donation in honor of Anayah and other Academy Prep students, please contact Tammy Vallone at or 813-248-5600 ext.1130


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Rep. Charlie Crist divorcing his wife, Carole

The Crists married in December 2008, and together they worked through a tumultuous period in Crist's political career: An unsuccessful campaign for U.S. Senate as both a Republican and then independent in 2010 and then an unsuccessful campaign for governor as a Democrat in 2014. In November, he was elected to the U.S. House. More from the Tampa Bay Times and WFTS. Click here to learn more. 


Category: Media Community


DSI Salutes Black History Month and Celebrates our Black Businesses

DSI salutes Black History Month and celebrates our Black Businesses. Please support our Black Businesses Where every month is Black History. Click here for more information. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


One million visitors: Smithsonian’s new black history museum hits milestone

February 24, 2017 - Response to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has exceeded all expectations. More than 1 million visitors have passed through the doors of the Smithsonian’s newest museum since it opened almost five months ago, and that number is expected to top 6 million in the first year. Click here to read more.


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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