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Who really won black precincts

August 31, 2017 - The Tampa Bay Times reported last night that former Mayor Rick Baker won Midtown precincts by about 340 votes, which gave some the impression that Baker won the city’s black vote in yesterday’s contest (judging by phone calls asking for clarification to my post reporting a dead heat tie between the two Ricks). It is a fact that Baker came out ahead in the 5-square mile area called Midtown. However, Midtown precincts account for only 38% of votes from the city’s majority-black precincts in yesterday’s election. Childs Park precincts delivered another 23%, while areas south of Midtown and Childs Park account for nearly 40%. Visit  for more information. 


Category: Government & Elected Officials


The Weekly View Mayor Buckhorn has only 579 days left as mayor!

With less than two years to go --579 days, according to the countdown clock that Buckhorn keeps in his City Hall office -- the mayor is reaching out via a survey to ask residents what they want him to focus on before he is term-limited out of office on April 1, 2019. Click here for more information.

Category: Government & Elected Officials


The century gap: Low economic mobility for black men, 150 years after the Civil War

August 30, 2017 - The legacy of American racism is dominating the headlines again. One of the arguments used against the removal or relocation of Confederate symbols is that “it is simply part of our history”. This is not the case. The results of the enslavement, disenfranchisement and exclusion of black Americans remain visible and vivid in 21st century America. Click here for more information

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


America’s prisoners of war: Changing U.S. norms on torture

August 30, 2017 - “Men who take up arms against one another in public war do not cease on this account to be moral beings, responsible to one another and to God.” Click here to read article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Kaepernick’s Fraternity Brothers show up in droves at protest in front of the NFL headquarters

August 25, 2017 -

The brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi showed up in large numbers to support their brother Colin Kaepernick at the United We Stand Rally in front of the NFL headquarters today. Kaepernick, a 2010 initiate of the fraternity, came under heavy criticism for kneeling during the national anthem last year and remains unsigned by any team. New York members of Kappa Alpha Psi along with members from all across the nation showed up to support Kaepernick for the protest. Brothers who could not make it in person also did a lot to make their voices heard across the internet. Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


20 Powerful Quotes From the Legendary Dick Gregory

August 25, 2017 -

"I waited at the counter of a white restaurant for eleven years. When they finally integrated, they didn’t have what I wanted."

Click here to read more

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Minnesotans Are Petitioning To Replace Their State Capitol’s Columbus Statue With One of Prince

August 25, 2017 - 

The debate over memorials and statues has become a hot topic in the US over the last two weeks. With the taking down of Confederate memorials, Americans are starting to reevaluate the importance and meaning of other public memorials in their cities, opening up the debate about what cities should do with statues of Cristopher Columbus. A group of citizens led by community organizer Wintana Melekin may have found the answer for a Columbus statue located on the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul — replace it with a statue of Prince. Click here to learn more

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


USF Recognized as #1 in Florida and #6 in Nation for Black Student Success

August 22, 2017 - 

New report analyzes nearly 700 institutions nationally, highlights USF's achievements

TAMPA, Fla. (March 1, 2017) -- The University of South Florida (USF) has been recognized as a top-performing university — number one in the state of Florida and sixth in the nation — for eliminating the completion gap between black and white students, according to a report released today by The Education Trust, “A Look at Black Student Success: Identifying Top – and Bottom – Performing Institutions.” Click here to read more.

Category: Media Community


Sunday Conversation: Computer Mentors founder and executive Ralph Smith

August 18, 2017 - The first computer language Ralph Smith ever learned was Fortran. He didn't like it. Undeterred, the budding programmer next studied COBOL and his life changed. "I fell in love with programming," he said. At that time, in the late 1980s, African-Americans were underrepresented in the tech industry. Click here to learn more.

Category: Business


With $1.5 million, Habitat Pinellas hopes to make a difference in south St. Pete

August 18, 2017

This year, the nonprofit is investing $1.5 million in south St. Petersburg, making this investment, according to the organization, “the largest home construction boost the area has seen in over ten years.” That kind of support is much needed in a community plagued with poverty and all that comes with it. Jordan Park, which is just west of the intersection of 22nd Street and Ninth Avenue South, is a public housing project built between 1939 and 1942. It languished but was rebuilt in 2002 — but currently it is infested with abandoned properties, which themselves are reportedly infested with vermin. Click here to learn more. Visit for more information. 

Category: Corporate & Supplier Diversity Community


Tampa Bay, Orlando, Jacksonville rank in top five U.S. metros for job growth

August 18, 2017 - Led by Tampa Bay and Orlando, Central Florida's major metro areas dominated the ranks of job growth in the past year by larger cities in the United States, according to data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among cities with at least 1 million population, Tampa Bay's over-the-year employment in June rose 3.6 percent, while smaller Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metro area registered a 4 percent gain — the biggest percentage bump among the country's 50 largest metros, BLS said. Click here to read more.

Category: Business


How the GOP Can Prove It Isn’t a Party for White Supremacists

August 18, 2017 - 

On Saturday, white supremacists marched on Charlottesville to defend the honor of men who fought for their right to keep dark-skinned people as chattel. That same day, in the same city, socialists, anarchists, and Nazi-hating normies marched to defend the fundamental dignity of all human beings. One member of the first group sped his car through the latter one, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 19 others. Click here to learn more.


Category: Government & Elected Officials


Race, Criminality and the Persistent Myth of Black on Black Crime

August 18, 2017 - In America, more frequently than any other race of people, white people kill white people. In fact, Caucasians have a lengthy history of victimizing and killing one another in their communities and, in 2014, of the 3021 murders of Caucasians nationwide, Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics report 2488 of the offenders were white. As is customarily the case, white-on-white crime — murder, in particular—dominates federal statistics every year. Click here for more information.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


#SpringZoneStPete Community Solution & Youth Empowerment Expo

Community Solution & Youth Empowerment Expo, Spring Zone St.Pete will be the first of its kind in the Bay Area. Click here for more information

When: August 19, 2017 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Where: The Mahaffey Theater400 1st Street SoutheastSaint Petersburg, FL, 33701United States

Featuring more than a dozen of Pinellas County's solution-based youth programs and a family-focused panel dialogue with

  • Hip-Hop Icon and Author Darryl "DMC" McDaniels
  • Hometown Celebrity Marcus Dixon
  • National Spirit Coordinator Jared Williams
  • City of St. Petersburg

To reserve your ticket, sign-up at one of the following locations:

  • Campbell Park Recreation Center, 601 14th St. S. St. Petersburg, Fl. 33705
  • Thomas "Jet" Jackson Recreation Center (Jordan Par), 1000 28th St. S. St. Petersburg, FL. 33712
  • Childs Park Rec Center, 4301 13th Ave S, St Petersburg, FL. 33711

For those who will need transportation on August 19th, these centers are also the pick up spots!


Category: Media Community


Kia Patterson 1st African American Woman to Own and Operate a Grocery Store in Compton, CA

Kia Patterson
1st African American Woman to Own and Operate
a Grocery Store in Compton, CA

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Trump’s “us-versus-them” rhetoric hurts police and black lives

August 12, 2017 - President Trump has managed what few others could achieve, giving activists on both sides of the Black Lives Matter-Blue Lives Matter divide something to agree on. In his remarks to law enforcement officers gathered at the Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, N.Y., on July 28, Mr. Trump encouraged police not to worry about roughing up “thugs” when getting them into a squad car. While several officers could be seen laughing and clapping behind the president, there has been near universal condemnation of Mr. Trump’s comments by the law enforcement community as well as civil rights groups. Click here for more information.

Category: Government & Elected Officials


No charges in fatal Washington police shooting of black man

August 12, 2017 - 

A Washington police officer will face no charges for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorcyclist who rammed his cruiser after a high-speed chase, U.S. prosecutors said on Wednesday. The September 2016 shooting death of Terrence Sterling, 31, triggered demonstrations in the U.S. capital amid anger over police killings of African-Americans across the United States. Click here for more information.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Frederick Clay, Wrongfully Convicted of Murder, Wins Freedom Back after Nearly Four Decades in Prison

August 12, 2017 - Clay, 53, emerged from the Boston courthouse with his arms raised and a wide smile on this face, having last experienced freedom when Jimmy Carter was in the White House and “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer was at the top of the charts. He was convicted of the 1979 execution-style murder of 28-year-old cab driver Jeffrey Boyajian, who was shot five times in the head at a Roslindale housing project. Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Oprah Winfrey unveils ‘O, That’s Good!’ comfort food line

Aug. 10, 2017 - Oprah Winfrey has launched a line of comfort food, with a healthy twist, that you’ll soon be seeing in the refrigerated aisle.

Oprah opened up about the line to People in their latest issue, covering the initial offerings that the “O, That’s Good!” line has to offer:

Original Mashed Potatoes and Garlic Mashed Potatoes (both with added mashed cauliflower), Three Cheese Pasta (with added butternut squash), Creamy Parmesan Pasta (with added white beans), Broccoli Cheddar Soup (with added butternut squash), Creamy Tomato Basil Soup (with added celery and carrots), Baked Potato Soup (with added cauliflower) and Creamy Butternut Squash Soup (with added pureed sweet potatoes and carrots). 

“I’ve been asked over the years to do anything you can imagine to attach my name to it to,” Oprah explained. “I have always just wanted to stay in my lane and to do what was organic for me, authentic and natural. Food would be it.” Read more at

Category: General


‘Wrong on so many levels’: Internet reacts to ‘digital blackface’ app

Aug. 10, 2017 - FaceApp is under fire after releasing a new filter that changes the ethnicity of your photos.

The options under the filter are: white, black, Asian, and Indian.

While the app itself has been popular for giving users the ability to play with the age and gender of their photos, this new filter has many people crying foul, pointing out that this could is essentially digital blackface. Read more at

Category: General

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