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SBA Opens Pinellas Business Recovery Center at Pinellas County Economic Development in Largo

September 20, 2017 -  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the opening of the Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Pinellas County on Sept. 18, to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma.  SBA representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. 

For additional information on the disaster loan program may be obtained by calling SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955(800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at


Category: Business


City of Tampa to open Community Assistance Centers to help Tampa residents affected by Hurricane Irma

The City of Tampa will open Community Assistance Centers to help Tampa residents affected by Hurricane Irma.  Our primary focus will be to assist area residents to make application to FEMA.  We will also have limited funding to assist homeowners with their storm related home repair needs.  We are gathering resource information that we can also provide with meal locations and contacts for volunteers. 

Starting on Monday, September 18, 2017, Community Assistance Centers will be open 8am-7:00pm at all locations. For more information on specific programs or housing opportunities that HCD provides, please call 274-7954. 

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Category: General


IRMA: Residents look for 'sense of normal' after Irma

September 16, 2017 - Days after Hurricane Irma pummeled the Sunshine State, there is a combination of optimism and frustration for state residents. Hundreds of thousands of Bay area residents are spending another day without power, for example. TECO has restored power to many of its customers, but about 191,000 remained in the dark Wednesday. Duke Energy has nearly a half-million customers without power, with the largest number 311,529 in Pinellas County at 9 a.m. Wednesday.


Category: Media Community


WEDU PBS The Vietnam War: Voices from the Bay

Coming to WEDU PBS September 2017

THE VIETNAM WAR is a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on WEDU PBS in September 2017. In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. THE VIETNAM WAR features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Click here to learn more

Category: Homegoing


Power Outages Persist For Millions In Florida, Georgia And Carolinas After Irma

September 14, 2017 - More than 4 million customers in Florida and other states hit by Hurricane Irma remain without electricity, complicating efforts to recover from the huge and intense storm. Some areas also lack water service or are under a mandatory boil water order. The most outages are in Florida, where nearly 3.8 million accounts don't have power — around 36 percent of the state's total, according to state agency Click here for more information


Category: Media Community


Cher and Future Walk into a Gap Commercial

September 14, 2017 - 

We’re not quite exactly sure what’s going on in this commercial. But Cher and Future (aka Black Meryl Streep face) are both rocking overpriced Gap denim, sitting on bleach-white stairs, and singing “Everyday People.” Sort of. I will give it to the Gap, it’s pretty much the only store that has extra-long jeans that actually fit correctly. Even if they’re just overpriced Old Navy jeans. Click here to learn more.

Category: Media Community


Charges Dropped Against 6 Officers Involved In Arrest And Death Of Freddie Gray

September 14, 2017 - According to the Associated Press, the United States Department of Justice will not charge the 6 officers involved in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Charges were brought against the officers by state prosecutors when Gary’s neck was broken while riding in a police transport vehicle in April of 2015. At the time Grey was handcuffed and shackled to the seat in the back of the vehicle. At the trial, three officers were acquitted. Marlyin Mosby the Baltimore State’s Attorney dropped the remaining cases. The Gray family attorney Bill Murphy says that the Justice Department notified him on Tuesday that charges wouldn’t be filled. Five officers remain and are on trial for internal disciplinary. Their trials begin on October 30, 2017.

Click here to read more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


U.S. Senators Gathered Together For Universal Healthcare

September 14, 2017 - 

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an animated, campaign-style rally, Sen. Bernie Sandersunwrapped his plan to remake the nation’s convoluted health care system into federally run health insurance Wednesday — a costly proposal embraced by liberal activists hoping to steer the Democratic Party in upcoming elections.

The Vermont independent’s plan would hand the government a dominant role in ensuring Americans, a crucial step, he said, in guaranteeing health care for all. Census Bureau data this week showed the proportion of people lacking policies falling to 8.8 percent last year under “Obamacare,” the lowest level ever recorded, but he called it an “international disgrace” that not all Americans have coverage. Click here for more information

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Kenneka Jenkins Found Dead Inside A Freezer In Chicago But What Happened?

September 14, 2017 - In Chicago, a 19-year-old woman was found dead inside of a freezer at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Sunday morning. Keeneka Jenkins attended a party Friday night at the hotel and was last seen on Saturday morning. After 1:15 pm she was reported missing. According to the family, police told them that their daughter walked into the freezer when she was heavily intoxicated. Kenneka Jenkins mother, Teresa Martin doesn’t believe that the story ends there. ‘In an interview with ABC 7, Chicago Martin said, “It’s something that no one could ever imagine. It’s unbelievable.” Click here to read more.

Category: Media Community


N.A.A.C.P to Missouri: You're No Safe Space (Still)

September 13, 2017 - The N.A.A.C.P. has reviewed and decided to retain its recent advisory urging African-Americans to steer clear of Missouri in the wake of the finding that African-Americans are 75 percent more likely to be stopped by the police than whites and after a new state law that the organization said makes it harder to sue businesses for racial discrimination. The advisory, the first of its kind for the organization, stated that visitors and state residents should “pay special attention and exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the state given the series of questionable, race-based incidents occurring statewide recently.” It was reviewed and renewed on Aug. 28. Click here to learn more.

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Rosalind “roz” Brewer Tapped As New Starbucks COO

September 7, 2017

Starting in October, Brewer will lead the coffee company’s operating businesses across the Americas. Just months after joining the Starbucks board of directors, Rosalind “Roz” Brewer has been appointed as the coffee giant’s new chief operating officer and group president. Her new role takes effect Oct. 2. Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and CEO, praised Brewer and said that her leadership will be instrumental in building the company. “She has been a trusted strategic counselor to me ever since she joined our board of directors, and I deeply value her insight, business acumen, and leadership expertise. Roz is the right leader to help us realize our greatest of ambitions in this next chapter of our journey,” he said. Click here to learn more.

Category: Business


Black Democrats “Defect” in St. Pete Elections

September 7, 2017 - 

(Lessons from History & for the Next Two Months)

Several media outlets have highlighted the fact that a significant share of St. Pete’s black voters cast their ballot for Republican Rick Baker (above) in last Tuesday’s mayoral primary. The latest coverage was a Tampa Bay Times piece offering graphics depicting that “Baker, a Republican, actually beat his Democratic opponent in the city’s most Democrat-heavy areas,” i.e., the “most black” areas (Midtown and Childs Park). Kudos to the Times’ analyst for this objective glimpse into the often ignored dynamics of the black vote, especially given the eye-opening reactions it’s raised on both sides of the aisle. Visit for more information.

Category: Government & Elected Officials


NEW: Black & Latino Turnout Broke Records Last Week!

September 7, 2017 - 

It’s confirmed: black voters turned out on August 29th at a higher level than for the past four mayoral primary elections, breaking the record yet again for total vote count and turnout rate. More than 9,300 African Americans voted last week, a whopping 20% increase over the 7,400 African American voters participating in the 2013 primary. 

Last week’s 27.9% turnout showing by black voters was an increase of six points from the 2013 race, which was eight times the turnout hike for white voters in the city, who had less than a one point uptick. Citywide, among all groups, turnout rose by just under 2 points, compared to last time. Visit for more information. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Hurricane Irma is one of most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever: What we know

September 6, 2017 - As a Category 5 with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour, Irma now ranks among the most powerful hurricanes (as measured by wind speed) ever recorded. On Wednesday, the fierce storm hit the leeward (i.e. northeastern) Caribbean islands, moving through Barbudaand St. Martin. The New York Times reports widespread damage to property, homes, and infrastructure on these and other islands. Communication to Barbuda, a tiny island with a population of 1,600, has been cut off since the storm began, CNN reports


Category: Media Community


2017 Tom Joyner Family Reunion Expo

The FREE Family Expo features star studded performances, celebrity appearences, fitness, games, seminars, shopping with local and national vendors and much, much more! There's Fun for the Whole Family at the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion's SUPER-SIZED EXPO! For expo schedule Click Here

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Explosion and Black Smoke Reported at Chemical Plant

August 31, 2017 - 

As water began to recede in some parts of flood-ravaged Houston and as Harvey, now a tropical depression, shifted its wrath to the Beaumont-Port Arthur area of Texas, there were reports early Thursday that a chemical plant at risk of exploding had done just that. There were two explosions at the Arkema plant in Crosby, about 30 miles northeast of downtown Houston, around 2 a.m., the French chemicals company that owns the plant said in a statement. Click here to learn more

Category: Media Community


These Celebrities have already helped raise over $8 million for Houston Flood Victims

August 31, 2017 - Houston may not be known as an entertainment capital. But it has, in one way or another, launched or advanced the careers of some of America's biggest stars. And now, as floodwaters continue to devastate the city, many of these celebs are responding with substantial aid pledges. Houston's most famous native daughter is Beyoncé. In an exclusive statement to the Houston Chronicle, the pop star said she was working with her BeyGood charity team, as well as her local pastor in the city, to figure out the best way to provide relief to residents. She did not disclose how much she planned to donate. Click here to read more.

Category: Media Community


Who really won black precincts

August 31, 2017 - The Tampa Bay Times reported last night that former Mayor Rick Baker won Midtown precincts by about 340 votes, which gave some the impression that Baker won the city’s black vote in yesterday’s contest (judging by phone calls asking for clarification to my post reporting a dead heat tie between the two Ricks). It is a fact that Baker came out ahead in the 5-square mile area called Midtown. However, Midtown precincts account for only 38% of votes from the city’s majority-black precincts in yesterday’s election. Childs Park precincts delivered another 23%, while areas south of Midtown and Childs Park account for nearly 40%. Visit  for more information. 


Category: Government & Elected Officials


The Weekly View Mayor Buckhorn has only 579 days left as mayor!

With less than two years to go --579 days, according to the countdown clock that Buckhorn keeps in his City Hall office -- the mayor is reaching out via a survey to ask residents what they want him to focus on before he is term-limited out of office on April 1, 2019. Click here for more information.

Category: Government & Elected Officials


The century gap: Low economic mobility for black men, 150 years after the Civil War

August 30, 2017 - The legacy of American racism is dominating the headlines again. One of the arguments used against the removal or relocation of Confederate symbols is that “it is simply part of our history”. This is not the case. The results of the enslavement, disenfranchisement and exclusion of black Americans remain visible and vivid in 21st century America. Click here for more information

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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