How The Richest Black American And His Billionaire Partner Became Top Philanthropists

March 9, 2018 - Every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas, billionaire Robert Smith and his wife, Hope Dworaczyk, invite a group of 30 former foster children to their Colorado ranch to spend the holidays with their family. The gesture is rooted in Smith’s days at Cornell University, where he met a former foster kid who was looking for a place to stay on campus during winter break because s... Read more

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FAMU Launches Search for Candidates for Five Key Academic Leadership Posts

March 27, 2018 - Florida A&M University (FAMU) is seeking exemplary candidates for several deans’ positions as well as the superintendent of the FAMU Developmental Research School.
A national search is underway for the deans of the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication; College of Education; College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and College of Science and Technology... Read more

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Florida 500 The State's Most Influential Business Leaders

Coming in September, Florida Trend presents the premier issue of the Florida 500, a year- long research initiative by the editors of Florida Trend resulting in a personal, engaging look at the state's 500 most in uential business leaders across major industries. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your brand showcased among Florida’s most in uential business executives. Visit www.florida... Read more

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Pray or prey? How Amscot used ministers to lobby for its payday loan bill

April 6, 2018 - 
When state lawmakers voted on a payday loan bill this year, they heard from a group not normally associated with the financial industry: men of the cloth.
Pastors from churches around the state spoke in favor of payday loans, and they weren't alone. A leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference — the organization founded Dr. Martin Luther King — suppor... Read more

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From Prison To Entrepreneurship: How This Woman Created A Platform To Elevate Incarcerated Women

April 6, 2018 - 
Jamila T. Davis is an advocate for incarcerated women, a Ph.D. candidate, the co-founder of a nonprofit, and an author of 12 books. But for nine years, Davis served time at Danbury State Federal prison for mortgage fraud. Recently joining 600,000 people who are released from state and federal prisons each year—her story proves that sometimes adversity is ... Read more

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FAMU Trustee Nicole Washington Named “Young Floridian of the Year”

April 10, 2018 - The Honorable Bob Graham and The Bob Graham Center for Public Service will honor Florida A&M University Trustee Nicole Washington as the “Young Floridian of the Year.” She will receive the award on May 10 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. Click here to read full artcile.... Read more

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Pay gap: Florida women make 87 cents for every $1 men make, report says

April 17, 2018 - Florida women are making 87 cents for every dollar their male colleagues make, according to an annual pay gap report by the National Partnership for Women and Families. The non-profit advocacy group uses U.S. Census Bureau data to compile the pay gap in every state. They released the information in advance of "Equal Pay Day" on Tuesday. Florida, California and New York were the sta... Read more

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Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg welcomes new trustees

April 23, 2018 - The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg is pleased to announce Imam Askia Muhammad Aquil has joined its Board of Trustees. He, along with Charles Harris, were both elected to the Board on March 21. The board oversees the Foundation in St. Petersburg, which uses mission-based philanthropy to improve conditions and outcomes for underserved communities in southern Pinellas Co... Read more

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One Community: City Opportunity Directory

The emerging One Community Plan will be unveiled in April 2019 as a 10-year comprehensive economic growth plan for South St. Petersburg, the 25-square miles located south of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, Florida. The area is home to nearly 80% of the city’s black community.
While designed to complement development initiatives already underway in South St. Petersburg, the One Co... Read more

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Against the Odds, Black Entrepreneur Signs Major Deal with Sam’s Club to Take Her Family Tea Recipe Nationwide

May 25, 2018 - Nailah Ellis-Brown, maker of Ellis Island Tea, is the only female African American beverage maker in the United States with her own manufacturing plant. Her family recipe for Jamaican Sweet Tea can now be found in the coolers of every Sam’s Club location in the country! Visit to read full article. ... Read more

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