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Military Mondays: Rays offer free tickets to military

July 15, 2016 - Pinellas County Veterans Services is partnering with the Tampa Bay Rays to encourage baseball fans to take advantage of the Tampa Bay Rays’ Military Mondays ticket program, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times.

Two free tickets will be awarded to eligible individuals for all Monday home games at Tropicana Field. The following critieria must be met to receive the free tickets:

  • Active-duty military
  • Honorably discharged or retired veteran
  • Dependents of military personnel including any spouse, child or widow with a valid dependent ID, as verified by, a third-party verification service.

Tickets will also be available for eight additional bonus dates throughout the regular season.   Anyone eligible for Military Monday Tickets can find out more about the program at, call the Tampa Bay Rays at (888) 326-7297 or email

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Education Dept. Announces Grants For Community, School Revitalization

July 15, 2016 - Another round of funding opened for community organizations to partner with the federal government to improve schools in their neighborhood.

The U.S. Department of Education announced the 2016 Promise Neighborhoods grant competition. It awards $30 million for organizations to provide a range of services.  Read more at

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Trump Says No To NAACP

July 15, 2016 - Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, is fond of bragging about his great relationship with African-Americans, well, you know, “The Blacks.”

Who could forget how he pointed out his “African-American over here” in June while speaking about a Black supporter in Phoenix, Arizona.  Read more at

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Venus and Serena Williams’ Father, Richard, Had Stroke Before Wimbledon 2016 Final

July 15, 2016 - Serena and Venus Williams’ 74-year-old father, Richard Williams, suffered a stroke right before the 2016 Wimbledon tournament.

According to Williams’ third wife, 37-year-old Lakeisha Williams, the patriarch of the Williams family is still recovering.  Read more at

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LeBron And Friends Opened The ESPYs With A Speech You Need To Hear

July 14, 2016 - The 2016 ESPY Awards wasted no time before jumping into what is and hopefully will remain on the minds of millions of Americans: gun violence and the use of force by too many police officers against people of color.  Read more at

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Melissa Harris-Perry to join BET News as ‘special correspondent'

July 12, 2016 - After her split from MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry has moved on and will be joining BET News.

As part of her first assignment for the network, Harris-Perry will cover the Republican and Democratic National Conventions along with with BET News correspondent Marc Lamont Hill.  Read more at

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America can’t heal until Jim Crow finally dies

July 13, 2016 - The deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, while tragic, were markers of larger problems in America. Their murders were signals of a contorted reality shedding light to the economic pillars that so much of white privilege has grounded itself upon. America’s dirty little secret is that across this nation, millions of black families are forced into a social and economic underclass to root so much of white privilege. A socioeconomic web largely created by a legal system criminalizing so many daily actions in black life. Read more at

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B-CU Professor, Dr. Hector Torres Receives $350,000 National Science Foundation Award

July 13, 2016 - Associate Professor Dr. Hector Torres recently received a $350,000 grant award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF grant was awarded for three years and will focus on investigative research on how to produce STEM graduates through argumentative expertise, evidence-based reasoning and intervention.  Read more at

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Senate Confirms 1st Woman, African-American Librarian of Congress

July 13, 2016 - The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Carla D. Hayden to serve as the first African-American and the first woman to lead the Library of Congress.  

Hayden, who now leads Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library, will serve a 10-year, renewal term, under term limits set by Congress. The confirmation vote was 74-18.  Read more at

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St. Petersburg NAACP Releases Senate Race Report Card

July 14, 2016 - On Tuesday  The St. Petersburg Branch NAACP  hosted a candidate forum at  the Enoch Davis Center for the August 30, 2016 Florida Senate Seat No. 19.  

The NAACP doesn’t endorse candidates; however they do release to the public a report card on issues and candidates running for public office, particularly when those elections and issues are pertinent to the mission and work of the NAACP.  Clickhere to view the State Senate Report Cardand scoring rubric.

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Darryl Rouson and Ed Narain battle it out on policy in SD 19 NAACP sponsored debate

July 13, 2016 - The issue of school choice and vouchers is a touchy one for Democrats. In the Democratic Party platform that was completed last weekend in Orlando, it declares support for “high-quality public charter schools” and opposition to “for-profit charter schools focused on making a profit off of public resources.”  Read more at

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Roland Martin Will Educate Wendy Williams About Race on Her Own Show Thursday

July 11, 2016 - “He will be here to have open dialogue. Roland will be here on Thursday,” talk show host tells her audience Monday

Wendy Williams said on her show Monday that she has been “educated” by Roland Martin over the weekend, following hisblunt criticism of her comments about the NAACP and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).  Read more at

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Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County Appoints Seven New Members to Its Board of Directors

July 12, 2016 - July 12, 2016 — Seven new members have been appointed to Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County’s board of directors for the nonprofit housing organization’s 2016-2017 fiscal year.  Read more at

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Donald Trump Says Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s ‘Mind Is Shot,’ Demands She Resign From Supreme Court

July 13, 2016 - In the past week, Ginsburg has made a series of comments about the Republican presidential candidate that were unusually frank for a sitting Supreme Court justice. 

On Tuesday, she told CNN that Trump was a “faker.”  Read more at

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Country singer Coffey Anderson’s video tutorial on dealing with police goes viral

July 12, 2016 - If you browse through the videos on Coffey Anderson’s official Facebook page, you’ll find a variety of performances from the popular country singer.

With the recent officer-involved shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota undoubtedly on Anderson’s mind, he decided to shift gears. Late last week, Anderson offered up some advice for how to deal with police pulling you over. Read more at

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Props to whites joining the movement for black lives

July 12, 2016 - White folks supporting a black movement for freedom, justice and equality is not a popular position to place oneself in. And yet, many are doing it, and we must applaud them for staring their white privilege right in the face and fighting against it.

A case in point is Royce Mann, 14, an 8th grader from Atlanta whose slam poem entitled “White Boy Privilege” spoke some profound truths and must not be avoided. This. Right. Here. Read more at

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Wendy Williams loses sponsor after coming out against black institutions

July 12, 2016 - After Wendy Williams denounced HBCUs, the NAACP and Jesse Williams in general, Chevy has pulled their sponsorship from her show.

It was during her Hot Topics segment that she went on a rant against all three.

“On the other hand, I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically white college. We have historically black colleges. What if there was the National Organization for White People, only? There’s the NAACP,” Williams stated. Read more at

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Don’t Blame Black Lives Matter For The Deaths Of Dallas Cops

July 8, 2016 - Five cops were killed on Thursday night at a Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas, Texas by snipers who targeted officers in an “ambush-style” attack. Seven other cops were shot as were two civilians, according to the Associated Press. One suspect died in a standoff with police, and three other suspects are in police custody.  Read more at

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Obama Reacts to Fatal Shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

July 7, 2016 - President Barack Obama took to Facebook to discuss the recent officer-involved shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minn.

In the post, the president acknowledged that while he is unable to comment on the particular facts of the cases, he understands the shootings are “not isolated incidents.” Read more at

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'Appalled': Minnesota Governor Says Philando Castile Would Be Alive If He Were White

July 7, 2016 - An "appalled" Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday that police wouldn't have shot and killed Philando Castile if he'd been white and called for justice "with the greatest sense of time urgency."

Castile, who would have turned 33 on Friday, was killed Wednesday during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, a suburb of the Twin Cities. He died at a hospital after the incident, which occurred about 9 p.m. (10 p.m. ET) Wednesday.  Read more at

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