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New Leadership on 2017 MLK Parade

November 29,2016 - LET'S GO!!! #SUPPORT BREAKING-Late today, the City of St. Pete affirmed support of new leadership for the 2017 MLK Day Parade, ending the 30-yr run of organizer Sevell Brown, and effectively passing the baton to Advantage Village Academy & the SCLC (led by Toriano Parker, Jeff Copeland, Que Feazell & others). A city email stated "The City received two unsolicited requests for parade permits...The City can accommodate only one parade.... the City is approving the parade permit filed by the [SCLC]. Read more here.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


George Soros Pledges $10 Million to Fight Hate Crimes

WASHINGTON — After a series of attacks against immigrants and minorities since Election Day, the financier George Soros says he will commit $10 million from his personal foundation to combat a rise in hate crimes that he linked to the “incendiary rhetoric” of President-elect Donald J. Trump’s campaign. Mr. Soros, a Holocaust survivor originally from Hungary, said in a telephone interview this week that he was “deeply troubled” by hundreds of reports of possible hate crimes since the election — including many Nazi swastikas spray-painted on cars and buildings. Read more here.

Category: Civic Events


#BuyBlack2016 50 Holiday Gift Ideas that'll Keep Money In Our Community

November 25,2016 - Today is Black Friday, so it’s time to start plottin’ and plannin’ those holiday gift lists for your loved ones. But instead of trying to catch those big deals at your favorite superstore, how about keeping those dollars in the hands of black businesses and entrepreneurs? This list includes everything from African-inspired apparel and decor to award-winning books by black authors to products that promote black excellence and solidarity. No matter who’s on your list this year, you’ll be sure to find the perfect gift among these 50 black-owned businesses. Let’s shop! Read More here.



Category: Corporate & Supplier Diversity Community


Who is Jeff Sessions?

November 19,2016 - President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Jeff Sessions, an Alabama senator with a questionably racist past, to be attorney general under his administration. Sessions met with Trump on Wednesday, and shortly after the meeting, the Trump transition team issued a statement saying, “The President-elect has been unbelievably impressed with Senator Sessions and his phenomenal record as Alabama’s Attorney General and U.S. Attorney. It is no wonder the people of Alabama re-elected him without opposition.” Read more here.


Category: Government & Elected Officials


Trump slams Clinton over recount efforts, falsley claims ‘millions’ voted for her illegally

Nov. 28, 2016 - On Sunday, Donald Trump slammed Hillary Clinton over the calls for a vote recount in the three swing states of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

In addition to criticizing her decision to back the recount efforts led by Jill Stein, Trump claims that Hillary won Virginia, New Hampshire and California because of “millions of people who voted illegally,” saying that he would have won the popular vote otherwise. Rad more at

Category: General


Gun Sales to Blacks and Minorities Surge After Trump Win

Nov. 28, 2016 - After Donald Trump's win, Yolanda Scott is upgrading the crowbar she keeps in her purse to a small-caliber pistol.
Scott, an African-American, is one of many minorities who have been flocking to gun stores to protecqt themselves, afraid Trump's victory will incite more hate crimes. Read more at

Category: General


The Lip Bar perfectly merges makeup & cocktails

Nov. 28, 2016 - Melissa Butler calls herself a mixologist, but you won’t find her signature cocktails behind any bar. Her love of crafting “cocktails” started in her kitchen in 2010, and from there developed into a full-fledged beauty business in 2012 that merged her love of a good cocktail and her passion for beauty.

The 30-year-old Detroit native is the founder of The Lip Bar — a line of brightly colored lipsticks ranging from mandarin orange to kamikaze blue. The brand, which has grown immensely in popularity, was brought to national attention last year, when Butler appeared on “Shark Tank.” Representatives of the vibrant lipstick company entered the Tank hoping to seal a sweet deal with the sharks but unfortunately went home empty-handed. Reald more at

Category: General


White woman, crying discrimination, goes on Trump rant in store

Nov. 28, 2016 - Last week, a white woman went on a racist rant against African-American and Hispanic employees in a Chicago store because they had asked her to buy a large shopping bag.

The rant, part of which was captured on video and posted to YouTube, lasted for 45 minutes, though only 10 minutes of the rant was posted online. During this time, several people tried to intervene on the employees’ behalf before police at last arrived. Read more at

Category: General


Montell Jordan says Kanye West needs God in his life

Nov. 28, 2016 - Montell Jordan has extended his best wishes to Kanye West in the middle of West’s mental breakdown.

Jordan told TMZ that he knows a breakdown can happen to even to the best in the business, and added that he would be more than willing to take West in and show him how best to turn to God at this point in his life, claiming that he needed God in this time of crisis. Read more at

Category: General


Dylann Roof to Represent Himself at Trial

Nov. 28, 2016 - Last week, Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine African-American parishioners at Charleston, S.C.’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last June, was declared mentally competent to stand trial.

On Monday, Roof was granted his request to represent himself at trial before the prospective jurors in his case were brought into the courtroom. Read more at

Category: General


Eight Injured After Reports of Active Shooter at Ohio State University

Nov. 28, 2016 - Ohio State University was put on lockdown and 10 people were taken to hospitals after a chaotic attack Monday morning.

The incident was initially reported as an "active shooter" situation, but while some of the victims had knife wounds, none had gunshots, a law enforcement official told NBC News. A student also reported seeing a car plow into a crowd. Read more

Category: General

Minn. Bus Driver Uses Racial Slurs Before Kicking Kids Off Bus, Stranding Them

Nov. 28, 2016 - A minnesota bus driver hurled racial slurs at a bunch of middle school students before forcing them off the bus and leaving them stranded in an industrial park.

Horizon middle schooler DeShanna Dotson told WDAY that the bus driver left her and about 20 students on a street around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

“He said, ‘You guys can get off my bus and walk home. I’m not driving you guys home,’” DeShanna told the news station. Read more at

Category: General


Jill Stein Calls for Recounts in Mich., Wis. and Pa.—But Why Is She Leading the Charge and Not Hillary Clinton?

Nov. 28, 2016 - Throughout election night, the Clinton campaign comforted themselves with the belief that her “blue wall” would ultimately secure her presidential victory. Then, one by one, to the surprise of just about everyone in America including the Trump campaign, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin all went red. These are states that were not only polling in Clinton’s favor 24 hours before the election but also states that hadn’t voted for a Republican since Swatch watches, Jordache jeans and the “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers. Some political analysts and computer programmers are calling foul and begging for a recount. Unfortunately, the political candidate sounding the alarm is Green Party candidate Jill Stein, which might be the peak irony of the 2016 election season. Read more at

Category: General


Dear Mr. And Mrs. Obama, Thank You For Making Smart Sexy!

Nov. 28, 2016 - There is something unique that happens when I enter a room filled with people of all races and ethnicities, socio-economic status, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, or disabilities and proudly say—

“On behalf of our President Barack Hussein Obama, our First Lady Michelle Robinson Obama, and my colleagues throughout the federal government, I thank you for supporting the learning and development of African American students.” Read more at

Category: General


3 Ways You Can Boycott [This Holiday Season]

The Ryan Coogler-founded Blackout for Human Rights coalition wants all Americans to shop via small businesses and boycott major retailers, companies that violate human rights and businesses that profit from the pain of others. Read more here.


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Texas Judge Stops Millions of Workers from getting a Raise

This evening, a United States District Court in Texas issued an injunction against the Obama administration’s changes to the overtime rule, arguing the Labor Department does not have the authority it has exercised since 1938, under 10 presidents, including FDR and George W. Bush, to set a minimum salary requirement for overtime exemption. Read more here.


Category: Business


Will Trump Deliver anything for Working People?

During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump promised that he would take the side of American workers against economic elites when evaluating policy. Yet, the policy proposals he put forth during the campaign had nothing in them that would actually help working- and middle-class Americans. Now that more plans and potential cabinet appointments are coming into focus, it looks worse than many of us thought even before the election. Across a broad range of crucial issues, the incoming Trump administration appears likely to betray the promises he made to the American middle class. Here’s a rough sketch of how. Read more here.

Category: Business


BBIF Loan Funding Announcement

The Black Business Investment Fund of Central Florida announced last week that they have been awarded $20 million in New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund for a total of $40 million to date. BBIF received its first federal NMTC allocation of $20 million in the 2014 funding cycle.  The NMTC Program attracts private capital into low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax in exchange for making equity investments on projects in economically distressed communities. The credit totals 39 percent of the original investment amount and is claimed over a period of seven years. Read more here.


Category: Business


Oscar Braynon Named Florida Senate Democrats Top Leaders

A longtime legislator from Miami Gardens will lead the Democrats of the Florida Senate for the next two years.Sen. Oscar Braynon’s ascension to Senate minority leader was made official Monday evening in advance of Tuesday’s organizational session for the 2016-18 Legislature. He’s now in charge of a 15-member Democratic caucus, of which 11 are newly elected senators. Read more here.


Category: Government & Elected Officials


Jay Pharaoh, Gigi Hadid nail impersonations of the Trumps at AMAs

Nov. 21, 2016 - On Sunday during their opening monologue for the 2016 American Music Awards, Jay Pharaoh and Gigi Hadid pulled out their impersonations of Donald and Melania Trump.

“I gotta do the face right,” Hadid said as she pursed her lips and then said in an accented voice, “I love my husband, President Barack Obama and our children, Sasha and Malia.”

Pharaoh joined in on the fun with his own impersonation of president-elect Trump, claiming “Uptown Funk” was about him. Read more at

Category: General

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