8-Year-Old Girl Dressed up as Michelle Obama for Cultural Heroes Day and Our Lives Will Never Be the Same Again

December 10, 2018 

SPOILER WARNING: Black Girls Are Magic. 

For Cultural Heroes Day, 8-year-old Ella-Lorraine Brown decided to tap into our forever first lady Michelle Obama’s formative years as a freshman at Princeton University. And we’re all better for it.

“She was really in awe of the idea that with hard work you could become anything,” Ella-Lorraine’s mother Karlyn Johnson Brown told Makers. Karlyn is also a Princeton alum. 

The decision to portray Obama as a college student was deliberate as well. Which Ella-Lorraine insisted upon. 

“I loved it because by choosing to portray her hero as a college student, the focus was on Michelle’s accomplishments as an individual, not just as an attachment,” Karyln continued. “Ella-Lorraine has never known a time when Black women weren’t publicly honored and ‘Black girl magic’ wasn’t a highly celebrated thing. That’s awesome.”

Ella-Lorraine’s father, Eugene Brown, added, “We try to surround Ella-Lorraine with women who are go-getters like Michelle, women who are independent and smart, level-headed and loving. We make sure she knows about those who have gone before and have passed on.” Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


A new beginning for Happy Workers

December 10, 2018 

BY CORY COLE, Neighborhood News Bureau

PETERSBURG — Happy Workers daycare in south St. Pete looks to a brighter future after R’Club Child Care, Inc. became the new property manager.

Founded by Willie Lee McAdams, Happy Workers Day Nursery and Kindergarten, as it was originally named, served its community, taking care of unsupervised children while their parents worked. One of Pinellas County’s oldest social service agencies, Happy Workers has provided affordable child care to the community since 1929.

In 2016, financial issues became prevalent for Happy Workers. Poor conditions caused by aging buildings along with other violations such as missing background checks on employees put Happy Workers at risk of losing both the Early Learning Coalition (ELC) contracts and United Way funds.

“Maria Scruggs was the one who reached out to us,” said Arthur O’Hara, executive director of R’Club Child Care Inc.

O’Hara has a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from the University of South Florida, and a master’s in social work from Florida State University. He has been a part of R’Club for 18 years, helping to oversee 48 before and after school programs held in elementary and middle schools.

R’Club also runs 10 preschool sites, which now includes Happy Workers. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Sinclair TV Segment Defends Use of Tear Gas on Migrants at Border

December 4, 2018

Sinclair Broadcast Group, which has faced criticism for forcing its nearly 200 local television stations to air right-leaning “must run” segments, has distributed a new two-minute commentary defending the use of tear gas on migrants at the border.

In the segment, Boris Epshteyn, the broadcaster’s chief political analyst and a former Trump White House official, argued that American authorities “had to use tear gas” on hundreds of migrants at a border crossing near San Diego on Sunday to guard against an “attempted invasion” of the United States.

“The fact of the matter is that this is an attempted invasion of our country,” Mr. Epshteyn said, echoing language that President Trump has used repeatedly to describe the caravan of Central American migrants, many of whom are seeking asylum from countries plagued by violence. The right to apply for asylum is protected by federal law.

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Category: Media Community

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Got Soul: Alex Harris Holiday Tour

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Location: The Palladium 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

The GOT SOUL holiday special by Alex Harris is one of the most invigorating concert performances that the entire family will enjoy and you don’t want to miss this holiday season. The production includes some of Alex’s favorite holiday tunes, classic soul songs from Motown, Stax and Atlantic, as well as his original works. This once in a lifetime holiday special with Alex Harris and his 7-Piece Band will leave you wanting more! Visit for tickets and more.

Category: Holiday Events


Natural Hair Care Specialist Certification

From: Sunday, December 16, 2018
To: Monday, December 17, 2018

Location: Annie's Beauty Salon 920 22nd Street South Saint Petersburg, FL 33712

Our Group and One on One Coaching workshops focus on giving you hands-on experience in an interactive learning environment. Discover proven methods and techniques for Natural hair care maintenance and protective styling, while learning business basics. When you partner with Good Hair Coaching as a Independent Specialist specializing in Natural Hair Care we promote you and your salon to inquiring prospective clients within your area. Visit for more information. 

Category: Business Events


Jingle Bell Bazaar at Ybor

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Location: Centennial Park 1800 E 8th Ave Tampa, FL 33605

COME join us for Community of Holiday Cheer for the entire family. Click here for more information. 

Category: Holiday Events

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