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Great American Teach-In will be held in Pinellas County’s public schools

November 1, 2017 -  
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Members of the community are invited into Pinellas County schools for an hour, a few class periods or an entire school day to share information with students about their career or hobby, to organize an activity, to read a story or to teach a class. Teach-In participants will be able to see Pinellas County public schools and interact... Read more

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Denzel Washington, Mary J. Blige, Jordan Peele, Daniel Kaluuya & more Nab Oscar Noms

January 24, 2018 - Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis announced the nominees for the 90th Academy Awards on Tuesday morning from and we’re pretty excited about the long list of black celebs who nabbed the coveted nominations. Haddish and Serkis were joined by a few more celebs including Priyanka Chopra, Selma Hayek, Rosario Dawson, Michelle Rodriguez and Zoe Sa... Read more

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Book excerpt: Florida Soul, From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band by John Capouya

October 3, 2017 - Growing up in New York and New Jersey I was drawn to the soul music of the 1960s and 1970s. When Betty Wright came on the radio singing her hit “Clean Up Woman” or when one by Sam and Dave or Timmy Thomas came on the radio, I turned those songs up. I especially remember banging on dashboards to the driving rhythm and blasting horns of “Funky Nassau” by... Read more

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Tampa Bay Rays remodel a Campbell Park Elementary room for students

October 10, 2017 - The students at Campbell Park Elementary will have a new incentive to attend school and exhibit positive behaviors thanks to the Rays Baseball Foundation.  The Rays Baseball Foundation remodeled and furnished a room at Campbell Park Elementary School. The remodel is intended to encourage students to attend school and exhibit positive behaviors. Donated items included te... Read more

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Pharrell Williams has no time for people who deny climate change

November 19, 2017 - 
Pharrell Williams is using music to sound the warning about climate change. The Grammy-winning musician appeared in Shanghai this week to debut a song titled “100 Years,” which he described as “a postcard, a sarcastic one, to the people who should be ashamed to call themselves scientists and politicians.” The song addresses those who deny... Read more

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Winky Wright's long career rewarded with place in the Hall of Fame

June 18, 2018 - For a five-year stretch during the early days of Ronald "Winky" Wright's 22-year boxing career he found himself as a virtual nomad. He and career-long trainer Dan Birmingham left behind the club circuit in the Tampa, Florida, region and embarked on a globetrotting tour as Wright searched for bigger opportunities and bigger purses. Luxemburg. France. Germany. Monaco. Argentina. Engla... Read more

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Black men arrested at Starbucks settle with Philadelphia for $1 each, plus $200K for youth

May 5, 2018 - 
Two black men arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything settled with the city Wednesday for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs. The men and their lawyer told The Associated Press the settlement was an effort to make sure something positive came out of the incident.
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The Face of Resilience: Beauty Brands Come Together In Support of Human Trafficking Survivors

May 18, 2018 - 
“Beauty is an inside job.” 
We can hear it said a million times. We can genuinely believe the statement. And yet the desire for external attractiveness remains paramount, both within our society and across cultures. The importance placed upon aesthetics may be due, in large part, to the fact that one’s assessment of one’s own appearance can direct... Read more

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From Covicted Felon to Attorney: Reginald Dwayne Betts Wins Approval to practice law in conn.

October 9, 2017 - One extraordinary man is proving that it’s never too late to turn your life around, going from one-time convicted felon to attorney-at-law after winning approval on Friday to practice law in Connecticut after a state panel reviewed his moral character. 
According to the Associated Press, 36-year-old Reginald Dwayne Betts, an esteemed, award-winning author and a gr... Read more

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#BlackLivesMatter L.A. is Dreaming of a #BlackXmas

November 29, 2017 - Black Lives Matter Los Angeles is encouraging everyone to divest from white corporations, invest in the black community and if you must buy, buy black this holiday season with their #BlackXmas campaign that seeks to resist white supremacy through capitalism. Dreaming of a #BlackXmas...where folks withhold dollars from White capitalism and use resources to #BuildBl... Read more