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The big picture: Kwame Brathwaite captures the ‘black is beautiful’ movement

May 1, 2019 
Photographer Kwame Brathwaite grew up in Harlem during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. He had been a jazz musician and promoter when he first became interested in taking pictures. He saved for a Hasselblad camera with some of the proceeds from the jazz club he helped to run and began documenting some of the artists – Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey – he ... Read more

Judge And Civil Rights Icon Damon J. Keith Dead At 96

May 1, 2019

Judge Damon J. Keith, a grandson of slaves and figure in the civil rights movement who as a federal judge was sued by President Richard Nixon over a ruling against warrantless wiretaps, died Sunday. He was 96.

Keith died in Detroit, the city where the prominent lawyer was appointed in 1967 to the U.S. District Court, according to the Swanson Funeral Home.

Keith served more ... Read more

Clearwater's next emerging neighborhood? North Marina district

May 1, 2019
On May 4, a craft beer brewery, the Clearwater Brewing Company, will open in a newly renovated 1958 building that has been a Gulf service station, an auto detail shop, a carpeting store, and a stucco business over the years.
The four friends behind the brewery like the location in part because it was cheaper than property to the south in downtown Clearwater or north in downtown Dunedi... Read more

Five dead and homes flattened after cyclone hits Mozambique

May 1, 2019
Five people have died and aid workers have reported scenes of destruction in the wake of Cyclone Kenneth, the second tropical cyclone to lay waste to swathes of Mozambique in five weeks.
Rescuers have moved in to help people trapped by rapidly rising flood water in the northern city of Pemba, home to 200,000 people, a United Nations spokesman said, as Kenneth dumped more rain on the r... Read more

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Exclusive: Meet the new dean of Stetson University College of Law

May 1, 2019
Collaboration is key to Michèle Alexandre, the new dean of Stetson University’s College of Law.
Alexandre, a civil rights scholar, administrator and trailblazer, was chosen to lead the law school last month following a nationwide search. She starts work June 17 at the Gulfport school. She will be the first black dean at the College of Law, the first law school in Florida,... Read more

Connecticut Police Open Fire on Black Couple Singing Love Song to Each Other

May 1, 2019
On Tuesday, April 16, Stephanie Washington, 22, and Paul Witherspoon III, 21, were sitting in their car enjoying each other’s company, kissing and singing along to “Nothing In This World” by R&B Singers Avant and Keke Wyatt. Moments later, police opened fire on their vehicle without warning or provocation.
Now, residents of the city of Hamden, Conn. are seeking... Read more

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An NFL rookie was shot just hours after he was drafted by the New York Giants

May 1, 2019

Corey Ballentine went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows over the weekend.

Despite playing football at a low-profile Division II school, Ballentine was drafted by the NFL's New York Giants on Saturday night, the culmination of years of hard work on and off the field.
"I've been waiting on this opportunity for a lifetime really," he told Giants coach Pat Shurmur after... Read more

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Color Me Shocked: 2 Virginia Police Officers Fired for Ties to White Supremacist Orgs

April 29, 2019
Frankly, the shock is not so much that two Virginia police officers from separate jurisdictions were caught tied to two distinct, respective white supremacist groups, but that they were fired after said affiliations became known.
For years, there has been evidence that law enforcement has been targeted and infiltrated by white supremacist organizations; something that should re... Read more

Mother of 4 Children Launches New Blog About Women Making Moves in Business and at Home From the DC Metro Area

April 29, 2019
Shaunese Alexander, a wife and mother of 4, is also the founder of a new blog called ShesMakingMoves.com. She created the blog for mothers who have a desire to create additional income through a business/side hustle or want to accomplish a major life goal. 
Shaunese has worked as a homemaker, professional marketing consultant, and business owner. Although she has enjoyed her a... Read more