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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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Obamas Celebrate 25th Anniversary

October 4, 2017- Barack and Michelle Obama celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday. The former First Couple wed on October 3, 1992. To mark the milestone, Michelle shared the above photo from their nuptials on Twitter, writing, “Happy 25th anniversary @barackobama. A quarter of a century later, you’re still my best friend & the most extraordinary man... Read more


America’s First Memorial to the Victims of Lynching Hanged, Burned, Shot, Drowned, Beaten

October 5, 2017 - On the corner of Washington and Decatur streets in Montgomery, Alabama, a visitor can feel history pressing in from every side. Just down the street is the church where Martin Luther King Jr. and others planned the Montgomery bus boycott. Two blocks away sits the First White House of the Confederacy, where Jefferson Davis once lived. But although the city is crowded with hist... Read more

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The Root 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017

October 9, 2017 - Jordan Peele named #1 on the list of Most Influential African Americans in 2017 
Jordan Peele has a gift for showing people themselves: their natural ridiculousness, their wild contradictions, their racial and cultural quirks. Drawing on his well of satirical wit, Peele wrote, produced and directed Get Out, easily the most discussed, dissected and memed movie of th... Read more


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


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


BIE, Felecia: Fighting for Jutice and Our Basic Human Rights Isn't Extremism

Ocotber 12, 2017 - They are trying to turn black people into the bogeyman. They want everyone else in America to see us as a threat so that when we are killed with impunity, no one bats an eyelash. This is already happening anyway. In a country that was founded on the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it appears that you can fully reap those benefits only if you are not... Read more


Jamele Hill Suspended From ESPN for Social Media Post

October 12, 2017 - ESPN anchor Jemele Hill, who once tweeted that Donald Trump is a “white supremacist” (still looking for the lie), has been suspended for two weeks after violating what the sports station is calling “a second violation of social media guidelines.” This tweet apparently was considered a violation of some sort because ESPN wants its news anchors to ... Read more


Slavery-Simulation Game Outrages Parents in Phoenix

October 13, 2017 -  Want to learn about slavery? Put down the history books, forget about teachers and just step into the life of 14-year-old slave Lucy King as she tries to escape from a Kentucky plantation. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? Well, no, it’s not. And parents in a Phoenix school district are outraged. The Phoenix Elementary School District apparently has no idea h... Read more


Lionel Richie to Produce Biopic About Curtis Mayfield's Extraordinary Life

October 13, 2017 - Lionel Richie just secured the rights to bring Curtis Mayfield’s life to the big screen. 
Richie, a former member of the Commodores, will be producing the movie under his RichLion Productions company, according to Deadline. “It’s an honor for me to bring the life of one of my idols and friend to the screen,” Richie said. “I&rsquo... Read more