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CRWN Is The Empowering New Natural Hair Magazine The World Needs

August 17, 2916 - CRWN is a new natural hair and lifestyle magazine that aims to amplify the experiences of women of color with curles and afros to celebrate them like the queens they are.  Read more at

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Questions arise about which neighborhoods benefit from new St. Petersburg funds

August 17, 2016 - The city recently awarded $319,619 to 32 businesses and organizations in the South St. Petersburg Community.

The money represented the first expenditure by the newly created CRA. City officials hope the cash will help local businesses in the area improve their outward appearance to lure additional private investment.  Read more at

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The critics were dead wrong about Southside CRA dollars

August 18, 2016 - Dear Editor, It’s time to get serious about winning new dollars for our community.

Before the St. Petersburg City Council and Pinellas County Commission cast their final votes to approve the creation of the South St. Petersburg CRA (i.e., Community Redevelopment Area), a handful of vocal critics published accusations and speculations all over Facebook and email.  Read more at

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Akai Gurley’s Family Settles Wrongful Death Suit With NYC For $4.1 Million

August 17, 2016 - New York City has agreed to pay the family of Akai Gurley $4.1 million dollars, according to the New York Post, capping the end of the family’s wrongful death lawsuit filed after their loved one was shot and killed by an NYPD officer in 2014 while walking down a dark stairwell.

The Post reports that the New York City Housing Authority will also pay $400,000, while Peter Liang, the cop found guilty of criminal negligent homicide in Gurley’s shooting, will pay an additional $25,000. Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Dawn Jimenez-Salta signed the agreement on Monday afternoon.  Read more at

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Bishop Eddie Long Creates A Stir With Dramatic Weight Loss After Ditching ‘Slave Menu'

August 16, 2016 - Embattled Bishop Eddie Long, the senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church – a megachurch in unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia – touched off a social media storm recently when he posted a video showcasing his dramatic weight loss, according to The Huffington Post:

The Georgia-based pastor unveiled his new physique via a video clip posted on his Facebook page Aug. 12. He summed up the noticeable lifestyle change by simply saying in the clip: “People are asking, ‘Bishop, what happened to all of you?’ Well, part of me has melted away.”  Read more at

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Andy Murray reminds interviewer about Venus and Serena’s #BlackGirlMagic

August 16, 2016 - Britain’s Andy Murray might have won the gold in Sunday night’s tennis finals in Rio, but he also took home the gold medal in truth-telling.

Murray was the first modern Olympian to successfully defend a singles title after beating Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, but that wasn’t exactly what BBC presenter John Inverdale asked him.  Read more at

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Audit finds 42 people entered into California gang database are toddlers

August 16, 2016 - California’s state gang database, CalGang, is under scrutiny after an audit of the database showed that 42 people were entered as gang members who were less than one year old at the time of entry.

What’s more, 28 of these were marked as “admitting to being gang members.”  It’s unclear whether birthdates were entered incorrectly or what reasons led to some of the names being recorded.  Read more at

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Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae star in new movie Hidden Figures

August 16, 2016 - #BlackGirlMagic alert: Oscar-nominated actresses Taraji P. Henson; Oscar winner Octavia Spencer; and, making her big screen debut, Janelle Monae are joining forces to star in a new movie Hidden Figures.  Read more at

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Nate Parker responds to news that woman who accused him of rape committed suicide

August 17, 2016 - Nate Parker, the star and creator of Birth of a Nation, expressed his “profound sorrow” when he heard that the woman who had accused him of rape 17 years ago committed suicide in 2012.

On Tuesday, Parker took to Facebook to write, “I see now that I may not have shown enough empathy even as I fought to clear my name.”  Read more at

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Comedy Central cancels Larry Wilmore’s ‘Nightly Show’ for not ‘resonating with the audience’

August 15, 2016 - Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” is coming to an end.

The late-night humor and talk show, which premiered in January 2015, will conclude its run Thursday, the network announced Monday.  Read more at

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Gabby Douglas Tearfully Speaks About Social Media Bullying, While Mother Asks What Has She Done to Deserve It?

August 15, 2016 - It seems as though there are certain aspects of Gabby Douglas that people love to criticize, and the mother of the two-time Olympian is fed up with it. Natalie Hawkins, Douglas’ mom, is now speaking out about the bullying her daughter receives online during the biggest moments in her life.  Read more at

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MBSK initiative moving forward

August 12, 2016 - Last month’s Childs Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting featured a community conversation with two city officials addressing the education gap between black students and their white counterparts and keeping black and brown children out of jail.  Read more at

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NBA vet Marreese Speights gives back to St. Petersburg

August 12, 2016 - An NBA player who got his start in St. Petersburg is giving back to the community.

Marreese Speights recently donated $25,000 to the city's parks and rec department.

Speights, a 6-foot-10 NBA veteran whose high school number is retired at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, said it is important to give back and that the donation likely will not be his last.  Read more at

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Reagan daughter blasts Trump for inciting violence

August 11, 2016 - The daughter of Ronald Reagan is citing her father's shooting as evidence that comments like Donald Trump's recent blast against Hillary Clinton have real-world consequences.

"To Donald Trump: I am the daughter of a man who was shot by someone who got his inspiration from a movie, someone who believed if he killed the President the actress from that movie would notice him," Patti Davis wrote in a Facebook post that went up late Wednesday night.  Read more at

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Longtime ESPN host John Saunders dead at age 61

August 11, 2016 - John Saunders, one of the familiar on-air faces of ESPN for nearly 30 years, has died. He was 61.

Saunders hosted studio and play-by-play programming. He covered college football, basketball and the NHL for the network, in addition to anchoring SportsCenter. He was also host of The Sports Reporters.  Read more at

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What Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles Mean Beyond the Olympics

August 10, 2016 - When N’dey Lowe watched Gabby Douglas win gold in London’s 2012 Olympics, she decided she wanted to do gymnastics, too. Fast forward to now, and Lowe, 11, is doing floor and bar routines at a gymnastics program in Harlem.

“I wanted to be like Gabby Douglas,” said N’dey, who is from the Bronx. “She was so confident, like when she won the Olympics… I’m excited to learn how to do more advanced stuff, like backhand stuff on the beams.”  Read more at

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will ask City Council for $2.2 million to save Tangerine Plaza

August 10, 2016 - Mayor Rick Kriseman plans Thursday to ask City Council to authorize spending $2.2 million to buy Tangerine Plaza and protect the taxpayers' investment in the Midtown shopping center that serves many poor residents.  Read more at

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Report: Baltimore cops ‘are racist, violent and lawless’

August 10, 2016 - Baltimore police officers routinely discriminate against blacks, repeatedly use excessive force and are not adequately held accountable for misconduct, according to a harshly critical Justice Department report being presented Wednesday.  Read more at

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Michael Jordan gives $5 million to African-American museum

August 9, 2016 - Monday, officials for the National Museum of African American History and Culture announced that Michael Jordan has donated $5 million to the cause.

The donation, the largest from a sports figure to the museum, helps bring the total amount of private donations to the museum to $278 million.  Read more at

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Brazil’s New Black Power Movement

August 8, 2016 - The new black power movement in Brazil is big.

Brazil is known for its beautiful beaches, beautiful women, samba, sun and celebration. For decades, millions have enjoyed the music, food, dance and culture of the fifth-largest country in the world, especially now as the nation has taken center stage as host of the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.  Read more at

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