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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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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