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Ayanna Pressley Goes to Washington

November 13, 2018

It was a win destined to go viral: Ayanna Pressley, Boston’s first black city councilor, beating out 10-time incumbent Mark Capuano in a stunning upset for the Massachusetts 7th congressional seat. Video taken of Pressley shows the moment she found out about her win—in a forest-green sheath dress, Pressley clutches her chest before leaping to her feet.

“We won?” she asks the room. Embracing her husband and supporters, she begins to cry. “Oh my God,” she says, over and over again.

The touching moment made national headlines, as did the win itself, which many pundits considered improbable. But Pressley’s ensuing victory speech highlighted the reasons she was a bonafide star. The most memorable line of the night—a clip that was shared tens of thousands of times and was quoted in news outlets across the country—perfectly summed up how and why Pressley, a longtime Democrat who worked for establishment politicians like Massachusetts congressmen Joseph P. Kennedy II and John Kerry, had been able to successfully position herself as an outsider candidate.

With her trademark Senegalese twists wrapped up behind her, the woman once voted “Most Likely to be Mayor of Chicago” by her high school called out her own party.

“While our president is a racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt man, the conditions which have made the 7th [congressional district] one of the most unequal in America were cemented through policies long before he ever descended the escalator at Trump Tower,” Pressley said, referring to the moment Donald Trump announced his 2016 presidential run. Visit www.theroot.com to read the full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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Ice Cube And Ll Cool J Are Teaming Up To Buy 22 Television Networks

November 13, 2018 

In a move that could clearly move these two up on the Forbes list,LL Cool J and Ice Cube are reportedly lining up to purchase 22 television networks.

According to TMZ, in light of Disney’s $71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the Justice Department is forcing the House of Mouse to auction off 22 regional sports channels in order to avoid a monopoly since Disney already owns ESPN. The 22 stations involved in the deal include everything from Fox Sports San Diego to Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports Southwest and more.

So what’s the price tag on something like this? The deal for all 22 stations is reportedly expected to be anywhere from $15 to $25 billion. The two won’t have to foot the bill alone, as they are teaming up with billionaire Alex and Ani jewelry founder Carolyn Rafaelian.

Yeah, that’s rich rich. Visit www.tvone.tv to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Betty Shelby Gets Bounced from Police Conference, Crutcher Family Calls It ‘Step in the Right Direction’

November 13, 2018

In what Tiffany Crutcher is calling a small “victory” for her family, a major homicide investigators conference has rescinded their invitation to have former Tulsa, Okla., Officer Betty Shelby speak at its event.

Shelby, who shot and killed unarmed black motorist Terence Crutcher in 2016, was scheduled to talk about “Surviving the Aftermath of a Critical Incident” at the Southeastern Homicide Investigators Conference in Baton Rouge, La.

Shelby was arrested for Crutcher’s killing but was ultimately found not guilty by a jury in 2017. While she was fired from her job as a Tulsa police officer, Shelby—a living testimonial to the enduring power of white women’s fragility and privilege—soon secured work as a Rogers County sheriff’s deputy. For more than a year, Shelby has been teaching a class to law enforcement officers on “surviving” critical incidents—which, in her own words, is more or less about surviving black people’s anger. Click here to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Southern California fires growing quickly, forcing thousands to evacuate

November 12, 2018

ens of thousands fled their homes Tuesday as several incredibly fast-moving brush fires pushed by howling Santa Ana winds scorched parts of Southern California.

"Fires are breaking out across the so. Cal. Region... Be fire safe. Firefighters are working very hard to minimize damage to property. Evacuations are taking place in many places in Southern California," the Ventura County Fire Department tweeted. Unpredictable winds and extremely dry brush, victim of little rainfall over the past three months, fueled at least five blazes. 

In Los Angeles, at least 500 firefighters watched a fire go from 4,000 acres to 11,000 in a matter of hours."We simply don't know what this fire will do," Mayor Eric Garcetti said. 

To the west, the biggest blaze had zero containment and it had grown to 50,500 acres -- about 78 square miles -- in just 19 hours. Some homes were ablaze in the northernm part of Ventura, a city of more than 100,000 on the Pacific coast. More than a quarter of the city's residents had been told to get out. Visit www.cnn.com to read the full article. 

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6th Annual Building Entrepreneurship Around TampaBay (B.E.A.T.) Event

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Location: USF CONNECT 3802 Spectrum Boulevard Tampa, FL 33612

Join us at the 6th Annual Building Entrepreneurship Around TampaBay (B.E.A.T.) event! In partnership with BioFlorida, this year's event will be held on November 14, 2018, from 8 AM to 5 PM. Building Entrepreneurship Around TampaBay (B.E.A.T.) is an annual event that supports the entrepreneurial ecosystem through a showcase of innovative start-ups, educational programming, and opportunities to pitch for capital. Click here for tickets and more. 

Category: Business Events

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Ligon Dental Group Cordially Invites You To Wine Down Wednesday

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Location: Callaloo 642 22nd Street South, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33712

Learn about Dental Plans, Dental Care, & Treatments. There will be Raffles, Dinner Discounts, Food, Drinks, and Networking Fun. Please call (727) 321-7880 to RSVP by Monday November 12th. 

Category: Health Events

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Ligon Dental Group Cordially Invites You To Wine Down Wednesday

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Location: Callaloo 642 22nd Street South, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33712

Learn about Dental Plans, Dental Care, & Treatments. There will be Raffles, Dinner Discounts, Food, Drinks, and Networking Fun. Please call (727) 321-7880 to RSVP by Monday November 12th. 

Category: Health Events

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