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5 Things to know about Antwon Rose, the unarmed Black teen gunned down by East Pittsburgh police

June 25, 2018 - There have been rallying cries for justice in Pittsburgh since the death of Antwon Rose. The 17-year-old was shot three times by an East Pittsburgh police officer during a traffic stop. 

Authorities believed the car he was in matched the description of a vehicle that was involved in gunfire several minutes earlier. While the driver was being taken into custody, Rose and a second young man ran from the car. The community is now demanding answers about why another unarmed Black boy is dead rather than just being taken into custody like a white suspect would. Visit www.thegrio.com to read full article. 

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Florida Regulators Struggle To Keep Up With Medical Marijuana Industry

June 24, 2018 - 

Florida’s embattled medical marijuana office continues wading through rulemaking—two years after Florida voters approved the system. But the industry is moving faster than regulators' ability to govern it, leading to problems. Last week a California-based medical marijuana company purchased a Florida one for $53 million. There have been a couple of these sales already. Yet only now is the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Compassionate Use coming up with rules to govern ownership transfers. The Office’s Director Christian Bax says the rule is aimed at quality control. Visit www.floridatrend.com to view full article. 

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MLK daughter claps back at Steve Bannon for saying her father would be proud of Trump

June 24, 2018 - 

What Steve Bannon is not gonna do is use Dr. Martin Luther King’s Jr’s name in vain. But the fired White House Chief Strategist tried it when he said Dr. King would be “proud” of what President Donald Trump has done so far for African Americans, reports WSBTV. “Martin Luther King … he would be proud of what Donald Trump has done for [the] black and Hispanic working class, OK?” Bannon told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in an exclusive interview Sunday. Visit www.thegrio.com to read full article. 

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Winky Wright's long career rewarded with place in the Hall of Fame

June 18, 2018 - For a five-year stretch during the early days of Ronald "Winky" Wright's 22-year boxing career he found himself as a virtual nomad. He and career-long trainer Dan Birmingham left behind the club circuit in the Tampa, Florida, region and embarked on a globetrotting tour as Wright searched for bigger opportunities and bigger purses. Luxemburg. France. Germany. Monaco. Argentina. England. South Africa. Wright, who turned pro in 1990, fought in each of those countries. In one stretch he fought 20 of 24 fights away from the United States. His passport was filled with stamps and he had a career in which he was winning but seemingly spinning his wheels, especially after getting a junior middleweight world title shot against Julio Cesar Vasquez in France in 1994 and suffering his first career loss by unanimous decision. Click here to read full article. 

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Civilizations: Paradise on Earth

WEDU PBS aires Tuesday June 19, 2018 at 8:00 pm 

Explore one of humanity’s deepest artistic urges: the depiction of nature. But landscape painting is seldom a straightforward portrayal of observed nature; it's a projection of dreams, idylls, escapes and refuges—the elusive paradise on earth. Visit www.wedu.org to watch preview. 

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Philadelphia man gets Lowe’s to review their racially charged receipt-checking practice

June 15, 2018 - 

Lowe’s has decided to suspend its receipt-checking protocol after a Black customer recently complained about being racially profiled. The incident took place at a West Philadelphia store on Memorial Day weekend, reports Philadelphia’s radio station WHYYThe customer, who was identified as Will Mega, grew suspicious when an employee went through all the items on his receipt despite seeing him pay for them at a nearby cash register.

Conducting a social experiment, Mega’s curiosity led him to another Lowe’s location. Upon exiting the store, Mega says he asked whether someone needed to check his receipt. The employee reportedly responded with, “We don’t do that here. This is the white ‘hood.” Visit www.thegrio.com to read the full article. 

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Trump considering pardon for boxing legend and activist Muhammad Ali even though his conviction was overturned

June 14, 2018 - 

The Associated Press is reporting that President Donald Trump may pardon deceased boxing great Muhammad Ali. Addressing questions from reporters before departing from for the G7 summit in Canada, Trump expressed that he was considering pardoning many other people including the boxing legend and activist Ali. It’s unclear exactly what Trump would be pardoning Muhammad Ali for considering that the boxer’s 1967 conviction for refusing to report for induction into the United States military forces during the Vietnam War was eventually overturned. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article.

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Number of children lacking health insurance in Florida increases

June 12, 2018 - Data released late last month by the National Center on Health Statistics shows that the number of uninsured children in Florida in 2017 rose slightly to 7.6 percent. While Florida has made strides in reducing the number of uninsured children, a national health-care expert warned Thursday that those gains are likely stalling, and she put part of the blame on increased scrutiny of immigration status. Click here to read full article

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Black women show support of Joy Ann Reid with #WeGotJoy hashtag

June 11, 2018 - 

Black women are rallying around Joy Ann Reid (former Grio managing editor and current host of AM Joy on MSNBC) with the hashtag #WeGotJoy. This social media campaign comes on the heels of the release of years old posts from Reid’s now defunct blog that reportedly contained incendiary, homophobic language. The posts were unearthed by critics using the Way Back Machine. While at first Reid said she was hacked and initiated an investigation, she eventually admitted that it was unlikely she was hacked and she apologized on her show. Visit www.thegrio.com for the full article. 

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FAMU Conduct Research in the Dominican Republic

June 6, 2018 - FAMU students have traveled to the Dominican Republic this summer to gain hands-on experience in international agricultural careers as part of their Service Learning in International Agriculture course, offered through the University’s global agriculture minor program. “We are excited to partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to increase the participation of our agriculture graduates from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) into Foreign Service career tracks,” said Harriett Paul, director of FAMU’s Center for International Agricultural Trade Development Research and Training. Click here to read full article. 

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Here’s how Issa Rae turned heads with N-word belt at fashion awards

June 5, 2018 -

Is there room for the n-word in fashion? Issa Rae apparently thinks so. That’s a question that’s up for debate after Rae rocked the words “Every n**** is a star” on her belt at the CFDA Awards, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Rae’s fashion ensemble was the talk to the town as Rae strutted the runway in a gorgeous blue, beaded gown created by designer Kerby Jean-Raymond for Pyer Moss. But it wasn’t so much the gown that everyone gawked at. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article. 

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Here's Why Black Women Take the High Road

June 1, 2018 - 

This week, Roseanne Barr—a bona fide racist—was outed, fired and hung out to dry

Former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett was the butt of a tasteless, racist joke. And at MSNBC’s Everyday Racism town hall, Jarrett had a few words for Barr. 

“I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment,” Jarrett said. “I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense ... or every black parent I know who has a boy who has to sit down and have a conversation—‘the talk,’ as we call it.” Visit www.theroot.com for full article. 

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Against the Odds, Black Entrepreneur Signs Major Deal with Sam’s Club to Take Her Family Tea Recipe Nationwide

May 25, 2018 - Nailah Ellis-Brown, maker of Ellis Island Tea, is the only female African American beverage maker in the United States with her own manufacturing plant. Her family recipe for Jamaican Sweet Tea can now be found in the coolers of every Sam’s Club location in the country! Visit www.blacknews.com to read full article. 

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Against the Odds, Black Entrepreneur Signs Major Deal with Sam’s Club to Take Her Family Tea Recipe Nationwide

May 25, 2018 - Nailah Ellis-Brown, maker of Ellis Island Tea, is the only female African American beverage maker in the United States with her own manufacturing plant. Her family recipe for Jamaican Sweet Tea can now be found in the coolers of every Sam’s Club location in the country! Visit www.blacknews.com to read full article. 

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Stacey Abrams Makes History

May 23, 2018- 

Stacey Abrams made history on Tuesday when she won the Democratic primary race for Governor in Georgia, making her the nation’s first Black female nominee of a major party. If her winning streak continues, she will become the country’s first African-American woman to become governor. Abrams ran a grassroots campaign that spoke to the heart of the working class and beat Rep. Stacey Evans in a stiff campaign that attracted national attention, and major endorsements, including former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, reports CNN. Click here to read full article. 

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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 www.floridacraftart.org for more information. 

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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. 

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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 www.theroot.com to read the full article. 

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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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Reconstruction Didn't Fail. It Was Overthrown

May 9, 2018 - During the Reconstruction era that followed the American Civil War, the reunification of the nation and major gains in equality for African Americans progressed even as the population split in new and enduring ways. When the period came to a bitter end, many of its gains were erased. But, in this excerpt from the new book Reconstruction: A Concise History, historian Allen C. Guelzo explains why it’s not right to say that Reconstruction “failed” Visit www.time.com for full article. 

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