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Florida’s Hispanic vote nearly doubled in 2018. What will it do next year?

April 27, 2019
Florida’s Hispanic electorate grew by 81 percent between the 2014 and 2018 midterm elections, and Hispanics who registered to vote as independents grew by 101 percent, meaning...To continue reading, subscribe to The Tampa Bay Times.
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Florida police duo who slammed black teen's head suspended as outrage grows

April 25, 2019
Two Florida sheriff’s deputies who pepper-sprayed and punched a 15-year-old black student in the head during a violent arrest were beginning a paid suspension on Wednesday, amid growing calls for the officers to be fired.
Cellphone video of the incident, which has been widely shared on social media, also captured the two white officers body slamming the boy, Delucca Rolle... Read more

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U.S. Files First Criminal Charges Against Major Drug Distributor For Opioid Crisis

April 24, 2019

The U.S. government on Tuesday filed its first criminal charges against a major drug distributor and company executives over their alleged roles in fueling the nation’s opioid epidemic by putting profits ahead of patients’ safety.

Rochester Drug Co-operative Inc (RDC), one of the 10 largest U.S. drug distributors, agreed to pay a $20 million fine and enter a f... Read more

Texas couple sentenced for enslaving Guinean woman for 16 years

April 24, 2019
A Texas couple have been sentenced to seven years in federal prison each for enslaving a Guinean woman for 16 years.
A federal judge in Fort Worth, Texas, sentenced Mohamed Toure and Denise Cros-Toure each to two seven-year terms and one five-year term, all sentences to be served concurrently.
The Toures are the son and daughter-in-law of the late Guinean president Ahmed Sekou T... Read more

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18 Big Ideas for St. Pete’s Black Economy at VISIONDISTRICT Expo, April 30th

By Gypsy C. Gallardo
‘What can we do to grow the economy of “black St. Petersburg?”’ That was the question that drove a group of 50 community leaders who’ve invested the past year in exploring the 18 “Big Ideas” that will be unveiled next week at the event dubbed VISIONDISTRICT Expo.
The Expo is set to happen on April 30, 2019 at Pinellas Technical Coll... Read more

Brothers implicated, then cleared, in Jussie Smollett case sue actor's legal team for defamation

April 24, 2019

The brothers accused of attacking actor Jussie Smollett, only to be cleared when prosecutors announced Smollett had orchestrated a hoax to advance his career, are suing his legal team for defamation, attorneys said Tuesday.

The federal lawsuit alleges defamation and false light by attorney Tina Glandian for saying, among other things, that brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundai... Read more

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United Airlines Agent Accused Of Calling Black Customer A ‘Monkey’ Faces Charge

April 24, 2019

An employee of United Airlines accused of using a racial slur toward a black customer is facing a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. 

Houston police issued Carmella Davano a citation for disorderly conduct on Feb. 26, after United customer Cacilie Hughes alleged that the airline agent had called her a monkey ― a historically racist term when directed towa... Read more

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#MeToo founder Tarana Burke visits FAMU on HBCU Tour

April 23, 2019
Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, visits Florida A&M University (FAMU) on Friday, April 19, as part of a campaign to “end sexual violence and rape culture on campus.”
The #Me Too HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Tour stop will include a full day of events that organizers say are geared toward students, faculty, and administrators w... Read more

The Florida Holocaust Museum hosted a special visitor this week, Carlos Santana!

April 23, 2019
Carlos Santana performed in St. Petersburg on Thursday night and stopped by the Museum to see the exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Santana's album "Supernatural." It also marks the 50th anniversary of his performance at Woodstock.
Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution explores the extraordinary life... Read more

FAMUans Play Key Role in Beyoncé’s “Homecoming”

April 23, 2019
More than a dozen Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumni, including former members of the Marching “100” band, are showcased in “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé” just released on Netflix.
The film includes highlights of the 2017 FAMU homecoming, performances by former band members and creative input by FAMU alum Don P. Roberts, founder o... Read more