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‘Black Panther’ director Ryan Coogler’s emotional letter thanking fans will make you happy cry

February 21, 2018 - 

Ryan Coogler, the director of Marvel blockbuster Black Panther has written a love letter to fans that is sure to make everyone who loved the film love him too. Coogler’s letter is so good that we have to post the whole thing in its entirety. 

I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment, but I will try. Filmmaking is a team sport. And our team was made up amazing people from all over the world who believed in this story. Deep down we all hoped that people would come to see a film about a fictional country on the continent of Africa, made up of a cast of people of African descent. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article. 

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‘Black Panther’ earned $25.2 million on first night in theaters and is poised to break records

February 19, 2018 - Black Panther’s release is already making history with the all-black cast debuting at $25.2 million in theaters last night. According to the NY Daily News, Marvel’s Black Panther is already putting up heroic numbers at the box office. The movie’s success is a close second behind Avengers: Age of Ultron which earned $27.5 million when it debuted in 2015. The film was already positioned to exceed everyone’s expectations when Fandango confirmed that only three films ever had outsold it in pre-sales. But it did more than surpass expectations, becoming the top-selling pre-sales superhero movie in Fandango history. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article. 

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Senators

Thurston, Rouson, Powell move to boost FAMU’s recurring funding by $4.5M

February 19, 2018 -  A late budget amendment in the Florida Senate sponsored by Sen. Perry E. Thurston, Jr. and supported by Sen. Darryl Rouson and Sen. Bobby Powell boosted recurring revenue for Florida A&M University up by $4,500,000, taking it from the originally approved $70,592,150 to a total of $75,092,150. The Florida Senate adopted the amendment on Wednesday, February 7th. The amendment transferred $6,000,000 from the “Startup and Enhancement Grants for Programs of Excellence” to “FAMU Operational Support.” It then shifted $1,500,000 from “FAMU Operational Support” to nonrecurring money for “Startup and Enhancement Grants for Programs of Excellence.” That $75,092,150 would be a $1,132,699 boost over the $73,959,451 for general revenue that FAMU received for 2017-2018.

The Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives are still a far way off from a budget deal. The House voted to cut general revenue at FAMU down to $60,171,856, which would be a painful $13,787,595 reduction from what FAMU had last year.

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Black Panther fans serve up Black Excellence in theaters everywhere

February 19, 2018 - Black Panther is already slaying the box office with an estimated $25 million haul Thursday night. The movie‘s fans aren’t just showing up to the theater – they’re showing out. Here’s some of the best pics from what will be a completely wild Wakanda weekend.

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Focus 5Th Annual Faith-Based Symposium

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Location: Suncoast Cathedral 2300 62nd Avenue North Saint Petersburg, FL 33702

Family Oriented Concept Unified to Serve (FOCUS) is a network of faith-based, community based organizations and social service providers. The mission is to increase access to needed services in order to build the resiliency of individuals and families resulting in stronger and healthier communities. Visit www.eventbrite.com for more information. 

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The Stranger Inside: The Personal Story of Casey Anthony

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Location: St. Petersburg Yacht Club 11 Central Ave St. Petersburg FL

New Facts and Information of Her Murder Case Revealed Speaker: Keith Long, Top Journalist from Society of Professional Journalists & Harvard's  "Journalist on Call" Keith is an award-winning journalist, who provides value-added for every presentation he makes. Today, Long is publicly sharing – for the first time – startling new facts from his book “”The Stranger Inside: The Personal Story of Casey Anthony” at the Tiger Bay luncheon,  Was there a cover-up in the murder of two-year-old Caylee Anthony? Visit www.members.tigerbay.org for more information. 

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Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Location: Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum 2240 9th Ave S, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33712

It's important to celebrate and support our youth. Please plan to attend. Visit Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum to get involved.

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