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Prosecutors: No retrial for white officer who shot Jonathan Ferrell

Aug. 29, 2015 - North Carolina state prosecutors announced Friday that they won’t retry a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man, saying that talking with jurors after the mistrial helped convince them they cannot get a conviction.

The jury deadlocked 8-4 last week in favor of acquitting Charlotte-Mecklenburg Officer Randall Kerrick, leading the judge to declare a mistrial. Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the September 2013 death of Jonathan Ferrell, a former college football player. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Black man gets cop to admit that he was pulled over for making “direct eye contact”

Aug. 28, 2015 - A black driver got a Dayton police officer to admit to pulling him over for making ‘direct eye contact’ with him in a video sent to talk show host David Pakman.

The video was posted online earlier this month by the driver John Felton. Felton who has Michigan tags says he started recording when he noticed an officer was following him on the way to his mother’s Dayton home. “He just needed a reason. Why would you follow me every step of the way, every turn I make?”, Felton says. Read more at thegrio.com.

 

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Spike Lee to receive honorary Oscar Award

Aug. 28, 2015 - Tuesday night, the board of directors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to bestow honorary awards to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will also be presented to Debbie Reynolds.

Spike Lee us arguably the most famous black filmmaker in the history of American cinema and for many years has been an outspoken critic of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Events

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Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival “Building a Better Business”

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Location: Entrepreneur Collaborative Center, 2101 E. Palm Ave. in Tampa

Business Planning, Sales and Marketing; Technology (Social Media) - The purpose of these seminars is to provide information and direction to small and aspiring business owners on how to build their business for the future. Seminar topics consist of Networking, Finance, Credit Building, Business Technology, and Management / Leadership.  Click here to learn more.

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Dilly Dally with Dali

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Location: 1 Dali Blvd. in St.Pete

Contact: phone: (727) 823-3767

Children can discover the creative world of Dali through games, puzzles and arts + crafts activities which educate and encourage family interaction. Dillydally with Dali takes place under the direction of the museum’s Family Programs Coordinator in the 1st floor Education Classroom. Read more here.

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Paint Your Dream St. Pete

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Location: North Straub Park in St. Pete

Contact: website: https://www.eventjoy.com/e/paintstpete

Pinellas County Urban League Young Professionals, in partnership with AARP and the Museum of Fine Arts, will host “Paint Your Dream, St. Pete!” on August 29, 2015, from 12:00PM-4:00PM at North Straub Park. This event will be followed by a cocktail reception at the Museum of Fine Arts in Downtown Saint Petersburg. “Paint Your Dream, St. Pete!” is a free event. Sponsorship funds raised will benefit the Pinellas County Urban League.

This free event will provide community members with the opportunity to express their dreams for St. Petersburg by using painting and art as a form of creative expression. “Paint Your Dream, St. Pete!” will also serve as an annual back to school event and celebration for parents, grandparents, children, and community leaders. Funds raised for this event will benefit the Pinellas County Urban League. A school supply drive will also be used to benefit students in PCUL’s NULITES (National Urban League Incentives to Excel and Succeed) program.

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