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Homeland Security official resigns over comment calling Blacks lazy, promiscuous

November 21, 2017 - 

A Department of Homeland Security official resigned after it came out on Thursday that he had made derogatory comments about Black people and Muslims on conservative talk radio. CNN broke the story of Rev. Jamie Johnson‘s comment on “The Right Balance,” on Accent Radio Network, in 2008. On the show, an unidentified speaker asked Johnson to explain why “a lot of blacks are anti-Semitic.” Johnson responded by saying that “it’s an indictment of America’s black community that has turned America’s major cities into slums because of laziness, drug use and sexual promiscuity. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article. 

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Nigerian women’s bobsled team makes Winter Olympics history

November 20, 2017 - 

Thirty years ago, the Jamaican bobsled team made waves around the world when they entered the Olympic bobsled race and now three women from Nigeria are looking to make history of their own in the event. The women, driver Seun Adigun, brakewomen Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere have qualified for Pyeongchang 2018. This will be the first time the African nation will be represented in the sport at the Winter Olympics. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article. 

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LaToya Cantrell becomes New Orleans’ 1st woman mayor

November 19, 2017 - 

LaToya Cantrell, a City Council member who first gained a political following as she worked to help her hard-hit neighborhood recover from Hurricane Katrina, won a historic election Saturday that made her the first woman mayor of New Orleans. The Democrat will succeed term-limited fellow Democrat Mitch Landrieu as the city celebrates its 300th anniversary next year. 

“Almost 300 years, my friends. And New Orleans, we’re still making history,” Cantrell told a cheering crowd in her victory speech. The leader in most polls before the runoff election, she never trailed as votes were counted. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article.

 

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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 climate change.

“I thought, ‘Let me just troll all the pseudoscientists, the ones that don’t care about the ecosystem,'” he said. “There are a lot of great fine scientists. We just happen to have some that agree with our current administration in the States. I don’t get it.” Visit www.thrgrio.com for full article. 

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Much Ado About Nothing

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Location: Raymond James Theatre 163 - 3rd St N Street Address: 163 3rd Street North St. Petersburg FL 33701

As World War II is drawing to a close, Beatrice rails against the roles expected of women of her era. Benedick has just arrived home from the war and is not ready to be tied down. Who needs marriage?! The two face off in a hilarious battle of wits in this American Stage take on the Bard’s famous romantic comedy about the war between the sexes. Full of live music and dance and set against the backdrop of the bright sunshine of the Florida Keys, this exuberant, philosophical, and festive play reminds us that no one is immune when it comes to matters of the heart. Visit www.americanstage.org for more information.

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Preservation Hall Presents: Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, & The Preservation Legacy Quinte

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Location: The Mahaffey 400 First Street South St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Lovers of New Orleans jazz, soul, R&B and the sounds of gospel will enjoy Grammy nominated singers from Preservation Hall presents: the “Soul Queen” Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama & The Preservation Legacy Quintet. Visit www.themahaffey.com for more information. 

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St. Pete Strong: Stories, Spirituals and Sacred Text

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Location: Empath Health 3050 1st Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, Florida

The Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Celebrate what makes our city strong. "St. Pete Strong: Stories, Spirituals and Sacred Text for Our Beloved Community." Stories and Readings from Joran Oppelt, Interfaith Tampa Bay Frank Peterman, Gathering of Pastors Darden Rice, City Council and Renee Flowers, Pinellas County School Board Musical selections from Valerie Houston and Deneen Wyman. Visit Facebook page:Interfaith Tampa Bay for more information.

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