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Black KkKlansMan Wins Top Prize at Cannes, Spike Lee’s 1st-Ever Nod From the French Film Fest

May 21, 2018 - Love Spike Lee to death, but we wouldn’t be throwing that much shade if we said that sometimes the big homie’s films are about as good as his beloved Knicks in the playoffs. But if reports from the 2018 Cannes Film Festival are accurate, Lee’s got a winner in BlacKkKlansman, which not only received a 10-minute standing ovation when it screened, but on Saturday, it received the Grand Prix, one of the festival’s top awards, second only to the Palme d’Or, which Lee infamously lost out on in 1989 for his masterwork, Do the Right Thing.

BlacKkKlansman, set in the 1970s, stars John David Washington as Ron Stallworth, a black detective who launches an undercover investigation of the Ku Klux Klan with Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver). Topher Grace plays David Duke, the KKK’s grand wizard. Jordan Peele co-produces with Lee. Click here to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations



Sacred Art Tour of Tibetan Buddhist Monks

May 21, 2018 -

Exhibition dates: May 29-June 3, 2018

Dalai Lama sanctioned monks will create a sand mandala with millions of colored grains of sand, along with artistic workshops and cultural events.

Eight Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India will again bring to St. Petersburg teachings of ancient ways and beliefs that create the possibility of global peace, non-violent conflict resolution, compassion and wisdom. Highlighting their trip to St. Petersburg will be the creation of a Sacred Green Tara Sand Mandala (Dol jang) in the Florida CraftArt exhibition gallery. The Green Tara, a female representation of the Buddha of Compassion, embodies fearlessness, removes obstacles, and offers protection from suffering.

This visit is part of the monk’s nationwide 2018 Sacred Arts Tour to share and preserve the spiritually artistic expression of the Tibetan culture. The monks demonstrate and express their peaceful ways through living art, ritual, dance and chanting. Visit for more information. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


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 directly correlate to one’s inner dialogue and self-esteem. This link between the internal and external is a powerful one, and the beauty industry capitalizes on this connection, raking in about $445 billion annually in the U.S. alone. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


St. Petersburg College marks 136th commencement

St. Petersburg College will hold its 136th commencement ceremony

When:  9 a.m. Saturday, May 12

Where: Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg College

The youngest graduate is 16 years old, the oldest is 68 years old and 19 graduates are over the age of 60. Sixty-seven percent of the graduates are female. 

With this graduating class, St. Petersburg College will have awarded 169,426 degrees since the college – Florida’s first community college – was founded in 1927.

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2020 Plan Annual Meeting

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Location: The Historic Manhattan Casino, 642 22nd Street S. St. Petersburg FL

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Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. The 2020 Plan is a community-wide effort to reduce poverty in South St. Petersburg by 30% by the 2020 census.  Community organizations, businesses, leaders and advocates are invited to attend this annual meeting where Florida Senator Darryl Rouson will deliver a brief keynote address and 10 MVPs will be honored for their dedication to poverty reduction. The meeting in part will focus on "unfinished business" and "old school" approaches to collectively meeting needs and solving challenges. RSVPs requested:


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2020 CATCH Lite Program: Shark Tank competition

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Location: Pinellas Technical College 901 34Th Street South St. Petersburg FL

You're invited to the 2020 Catch Lite Program Shark Tank competition, where 15 Young Entrepreneurs Compete for Cash & Prizes. Please RSVP or call (727) 420-2819. 

Category: Business Events


Pinellas Democratic Party Meeting

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Location: St. Pete Marriott Hotel 12600 Roosevelt Blvd. N. St. Petersburg, FL United States

Pinellas Democratic Party Meeting with Special Guest Darryl Rouson Legislative Review. Click here to get involved. 

Category: Civic Events

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