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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 to read the full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


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 to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


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


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 to read the full article. 

Category: Media Community


Rumor vs Reality, Status of the Quest for Recount in Florida Governor’s Race 2018

November 9, 2018 

-By Gypsy C. Gallardo

Rumors and misinformation abound in the red-hot discussion about whether Florida will undergo its first statewide recount since the fiasco of the 2000 Presidential Race.

Be clear – the State Supervisor of Elections has not yet officially called a recount, and likely won’t until after counties submit their unofficial results to the state this Saturday. If results show a half of one percent gap (0.5%) or less between candidates, a machine recount will take place; and if the gap is a quarter of a point  (0.25%) or less, a hand recount will happen.


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Category: Government & Elected Officials


Remembering black America’s ‘silent partner’ at Sears, Julius Rosenwald

November 6, 2018 

Blacks and Jews need to get along, my father used to say, or we bring joy to those who have neither group’s interests in mind.

That useful bit of wisdom came to mind as synagogues across the country invited guests to join them this weekend. Some would light 13 candles in memory of two tragedies: The 11 shot and killed at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27 and the two African-Americans shot and killed two days earlier at a Jeffersontown, Ky., supermarket.

Indeed, the two events were portraits of how hate can operate without much distinction between targeted groups. “All Jews must die!” witnesses say the Pittsburgh gunman yelled as he entered the synagogue during Saturday morning services. “Whites don’t kill whites,” the Kentucky gunman said, according to reports, as he fled past a white man after killing a black man who was shopping with his grandson for school supplies. Visit to read the full article. 


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Democrats are betting Andrew Gillum’s historic candidacy can change the Florida electorate

November 5, 2018 

On Tuesday, there is perhaps no state more important for Democrats to win than Florida.

Democrats need to hold onto every Senate seat they can — and Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is in the fight of his life against Republican Rick Scott. A Democratic governor could have a huge impact on redrawing the state’s congressional maps and pushing forward on Medicaid expansion, and Democrat Andrew Gillum is energizing Florida’s young and minority voters.

The enthusiasm for Gillum is palpable, and some believe it could boost the entire Democratic ticket. 

“He is quite possibly going to increase turnout among Democratic constituencies that traditionally do not turn out,” said Mac Stipanovich, a lobbyist and longtime Republican strategist in Florida. “At the end of the day, it’s the way it’s always going to be, it’s going to come down to turnout.

The math is fundamentally tricky for Democrats. They need to mobilize voters that typically do not turn out to vote in midterms — young voters, black voters, a typically more conservative Latino base, and recently transplanted Puerto Rican voters. Meanwhile, Republicans may also be able to count on the uptick in older white retirees who have moved to the state to vote for their candidates. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Martin Lawrence & Will Smith Announce 'Bad Boys 3': 'It's Official'

November 2, 2018 

We ride together, we die together. Bad boys for life! 

It's finally happening — Bad Boys III is officially in the works and both Martin Lawrence and Will Smith have signed on to reprise their roles as Miami PD's most infamous officers. (Cue the theme music!)

The on-screen crime-fighting duo announced the news on Instagram Wednesday (October 31). "It’s official. Bad Boys for Life. #teammartymar #badboysforlife @willsmith #weback," Martin captioned a photo of him and Will on the beach. Will later shared a video of him shouting with excitement, while beside Martin: "Yo... I'm telling y'all. This is crazy, it's official. Bad Boys III. It's happening. It's official..." 

It's been 15 years since fans last saw the kick a** cops grace screens in Bad Boys II. 

The journey to the rumored final film has been a bumpy one. There were reports that Will's busy schedule delayed the film's production, Martin was reportedly unable to agree on a deal at one point, and there was the whole not being able to lock down a director thing that made it seem like the franchise would never get the grand finale it deserved. 

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Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


The Gillum effect? In Florida’s largest black-majority city, a surge of early voters

November 1, 2018 

Anita Coolie, 46, cast her vote Wednesday in Miami Gardens for the Florida governor’s race, but her mind was on ballots of elections past.

“It reminds you of history, like when we had the first African-American president,” the city custodian said after voting for Andrew Gillum, the first black candidate from a major party to run for governor in Florida. “People like to get that sense of history.”

Coolie’s election-season visit to the North Dade library in Miami Gardens may extend a notable streak for the only early-voting site in Florida’s largest black-majority city. Since the weekend began, the library is the only one out of the county’s 28 early-voting sites to actually see more voters than it did during the same four-day stretch during the 2016 presidential election.

For all the talk of blue waves, President Donald Trump’s energized Republican base helping GOP nominee Ron DeSantis, and record turnout for a governor’s race, the 2018 mid-term election isn’t coming close to the pace voters set in 2016. 

That’s typical for “off-year” elections, the term for the national elections that fall in the middle of a presidential term. While turnout topped 70 percent in Miami-Dade when Trump faced Hillary Clinton in 2016, it simmered around 40 percent when Gov. Rick Scott ran against former governor Charlie Crist in 2014. Source

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Suicide or 'Lynching'? A New Ferguson Flashpoint

November 1, 2018

"They lynched my baby." So wrote Melissa McKinnies, an organizer of the Ferguson protests of 2014, upon the death of her 24-year-old son, Danye Jones. Police in St. Louis County, however, say it looks like a suicide. McKinnies' suspicions have since spread across social media, and the story appears only to be gaining steam—especially because it comes in the wake of previous high-profile Ferguson deaths. The details: 

  • The death: Jones was found hanging from a tree Oct. 17 near his mother's house in Spanish Lake, Mo., reports CBS News. Police say they found a chair near the body and are investigating it as a suicide. In fact, a spokesman says the family reported it as such in the initial 911 call. Determining an official cause of death could take weeks.
  • Mother's view: McKinnies posted images of her son's body on Facebook that were later removed by the site, reports the AP. She says that he had bruises on his face, and relatives say he didn't know how to make the knots used, and that the sheet didn't appear to come from the house. "He was not suicidal at all," she tells KMOV. She thinks he was killed because of her activism after the death of Michael Brown at the hands of police in 2014. Click here to read the full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


FAMU Scientists Awarded $16 Million Grant to Address Cancer Health Equity in Black and Latino Populations

October 30, 2018 

Florida A&M University (FAMU) has been selected to receive a five-year, $16 million partnership grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to establish a center that will address cancer health equity in Black and Latino populations, while also providing cancer research, education and training experiences.  

This grant is led by two innovative FAMU scientists R. Renee Reams, Ph.D., and Kinfe “Ken” Redda, Ph.D., both are among the esteemed faculty in the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS). Awarded under the NCI’s U54/Comprehensive Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity Program, the project is the first of its kind that allows parallel collaboration from multiple principal investigators from other universities, also known as a “Triad Partnership.” Institutions partnering with FAMU include the University of Florida and the University of Southern California. Funding for the project titled, “Florida-California Cancer Research, Education and Engagement (CaRE2) Health Equity Center” will be equally distributed across the three universities.  Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Ntozake Shange, Author of 'For Colored Girls,' Dies at 70

October 30, 2018

Ntozake Shange, a Black feminist poet and playwright, known most notably for her 1976 Tony Award-nominated choreopoem, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,  died on Oct. 27 at an assisted-living community in Bowie, Maryland. 

The poet was born Paulette Williams in Trenton, New Jersey, on Oct. 18, 1948. Her father, Paul. T. Williams, was a surgeon; her mother, Eloise Owens Williams, was a professor of social work.

She took up the Zulu names Ntozake, which means “She who comes with her own things,” and Shange, which translates to “She who walks like a lion.” Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Black Mother-Daughter Entrepreneur Duo Launches Clever Solution for Hands-Free Handbags!

October 26, 2018

Let’s face it, if you frequently carry a two-strapped handbag, you have undoubtedly struggled with keeping your straps from falling off your shoulder. But two African American entrepreneurs, Rhonda and her daughter, Jennifer, are experts on this irritating issue. In 2012, Rhonda had recently made a major career change from an executive assistant to a bus operator. Most days, she woke up before dawn to inspect the bus, using a large two-strapped bag to carry her equipment. Since the weight of the bag was heavy, it frequently caused one strap to slip off her shoulder, and items often fell out of the bag. After regularly venting about the issue, Jennifer told her mother to stop complaining and do something about it - so they did! 

Two years later, Strap Dragons was born; a stylish, functional, and easy-to-use fashion accessory for keeping two-strapped bag handles together. And now, the ingenious product is officially available on the marketplace! Visit to read the full article. 

Category: Business


Black Fashion Icon Wins Contract to Design Uniforms For 32,000 British Airways Employees

October 26, 2018

Ozwald Boateng, a renowned African-British fashion designer, has been chosen by British Airways, one of the largest airlines in the world and the flag carrier of the United Kingdom, to design new uniforms for their 32,000 employees. The prestigious airline, which will be having their centennial anniversary in 2019, will highlight Ozwald's design of the new uniforms during the celebration. 

"I am really excited about creating this new uniform for British Airways. It is important for me to create something that makes all of British Airways' 32,000 uniform-wearing employees across the world excited, at the same time as enabling me to really demonstrate my skills as a designer," Ozwald said in connection to his recent project with British Airways.

The uniforms that Ozwald will design will be a part of British Airways' £4.5 billion investment for the next five years. The airline's chairman and chief executive, Alex Cruz, noted that the "uniforms have been an iconic symbol of our brand throughout our 100-year history and our partnership with Ozwald will take us forward to the next chapter in our journey." Click here to read the full article. 

Category: Business


Meet the First Black CEO of Chase Consumer Banking One of the Most Powerful Women in Banking!

October 23, 2018 

Thasunda Duckett is the first African American to be CEO of JP Morgan & Chase Consumer Banking. Despite her humble means growing up, today Thasunda is responsible for overseeing a banking network with more than $684 billion in deposits and investments, nearly 50,000 employees, over 5,000 bank branches, and 16,000 ATMs. Rather than let her past limit her, Thasunda embraces it and uses it for inspiration to help ordinary families and households believe that they, too, can not only obtain financial success but become great leaders. She believes her story is not unique, but one that follows the trajectory of the true American Dream.

"My ancestors and the people who started here at JPMorgan Chase couldn't imagine someone that looked like me leading the consumer business," she comments. "... So when I think about my legacy, I think about giving homage to the people before me - the people who were cleaning the buildings of banks - and how now, we can have more than a way to take care of our families, and even ascend to become CEOs." Visit to read the full article. 

Category: Business


Bloomberg’s gun safety group to spend another $1.8 million on Nikki Fried, Sean Shaw

October 19, 2018 

Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control group co-founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said Thursday that in addition to throwing $2 million behind Democratic candidates seeking Florida Cabinet positions, it will be dedicating $1.8 million solely to agriculture commissioner nominee Nikki Fried and attorney general hopeful Sean Shaw.

The organization told the Times/Herald that it supports "gun-sense" candidates like Fried, who called for a full audit of the concealed-weapons permit process, and Shaw, who released an ad detailing his experience standing up to the National Rifle Association and pushing for stronger gun laws.

Fried's call for reform has been a marquee issue on her campaign. Fried, who owns a gun and has a concealed weapons permit, released a video and letter last month distancing herself from the NRA with a clear message: "I won't be beholden to you." The agriculture commissioner's office oversees the concealed-weapons permitting process. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: Business


Shonda Rhimes boldly talks Netflix deal: “I am the highest paid show runner in television”

October 19, 2018

Shonda Rhimes is finally opening up about her lucrative Netflix deal, and she’s not afraid to brag about it with the hopes that doing so will inspire more women to step into their purpose the way she did.

“I will not hide. I am going to brag. I am the highest paid showrunner in television,” Rhimes said Monday evening while speaking at ELLE’s “Women in Hollywood” event.

While Rhimes didn’t go all out and specify an exact dollar amount, she did clarify that her recent nine-figure deal with Netflix came with a salary much higher than what was previously reported. Click here to read the full article. 

Category: Business


Black Girl Magic Meets Marvel: Nnedi Okorafor Unveils New Shuri Comic

October 18, 2018 

We don’t need another hero, but here’s one we’ve been waiting for anyway: Wakandan princess and genius little sister Shuri has finally broken out of her supporting role in the Black Panther franchise into her own series, courtesy of acclaimed fantasy writer Nnedi Okorafor.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


'Golfcart Gail' calls cops on black dad at his kid's soccer game

October 18, 2018

A white woman called the cops on a black father at his child’s soccer game — claiming he yelled at the referee, when he was actually just cheering on his son, according to local reports.

Two other women who were at the teen match in Ponte Vedra, Florida, over the weekend took videos and posted about the incident on Facebook — uploading images of the field marshal who called the police, showing her sitting in a blue golfcart with a phone to her ear and nicknaming her “Golfcart Gail.”

“A parent at my son’s soccer game had the police called on him for cheering for his son during the game,” posted Ginger Galore Williams, with the header “Soccer While Black.”

The unnamed dad had yelled “The ref is right!” when he saw his kid was frustrated by a call, but “Golfcart Gail” took offense, Williams said.

“[She] decided to spring into action and rapidly approach this parent and remind him that harassment would not be tolerated. He informed her that he was only speaking to his son,” Williams posted. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: Media Community


Why Republicans Are Suppressing Black Votes

October 17, 2018 

Not long after losing its second presidential election to Barack Obama, the GOP, so the story goes, operated on itself. Like a lung-cancer patient declaring that it’s time to quit smoking, the Republican National Committee declared in a 2013 “autopsy” report that “the Republican Party must be committed to building a lasting relationship within the African-American community year-round, based on mutual respect and with a spirit of caring.”

A few months later, Republicans cheered a Supreme Court decision that maimed the Voting Rights Act. Three years after that — in the wake of more than a dozen states pushing through fresh new laws to make it more difficult for African-American and Hispanic people to vote — the party crossed another Rubicon by nominating Donald Trump for president, a birther with an unquestioned record of racial discrimination and bigoted rhetoric. This was not so much hypocritical as it was suicidal. to read full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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