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5 TV predictions for our favorite shows in 2018

December 30, 2017 - There are so many good Black shows continuing into 2018. Some of them are chucking deuces, and some are in it for the long haul. Here are my predictions for these, our favorite shows. Bookmark this and hold me accountable! 

Issa Rae and co ended Insecure’s second season on a somewhat somber note for everyone. Issa and Lawrence had a mature heart to heart about the ups and downs of their relationship and ended up giving each other a tearful goodbye that felt like the forever kind. However, in Season 3, Issa and Lawrence will continue to orbit each other in unhealthy ways as Issa toys with Daniel’s emotions.

Molly will find out that Dro’s wife is not actually down with the whole open marriage idea, and she’ll have to work through that while figuring out her job situation now that she’s over-complicated things by sleeping with a potential co-worker. She’ll have that same awesome therapist, though, so maybe she can come out on top. Tiffany’s bougie behind will have the messy bits of her life exposed as she and her husband begin their dive into parenthood and they get more storylines. Issa will still be delivering one of our favorite shows.

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Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Colin Kaepernick tweets that he wants to join Diddy in buying the Panthers

December 27, 2017 - Just a few weeks ago, Diddy was saying he wanted to buy the entire NFL. That, of course, was never realistic, but with the Carolina Panthers suddenly up for sale, you’d have to think the rapper/entrepreneur would be interested, right? Actually, Diddy has a two-part plan in mind: Buy the Panthers, then sign Colin Kaepernick. When he learned of Diddy’s plan, Kaepernick had other ideas. Unsigned since parting with the San Francisco 49ers last March, he is thinking about moving up in the NFL’s hierarchy. “I want in on the ownership group!” he tweeted Monday morning. “Let’s make it happen!”

Which would be interesting if, as many have theorized, Kaepernick is being blackballed from the league because of his national anthem demonstrations. Visit for full article.

Category: Business


Entrepreneur Develops App to Help Incarcerated Blacks Get Bail Relief

December 27, 2017 - Kortney Ziegler, an entrepreneur and a techie from California, came up with a genius idea to help provide bail money for Black people who are incarcerated. The new app, called Appolition, allows you to automatically give your spare change from everyday purchases to help Black men and women who have been charged with misdemeanors and are awaiting trial. Why bail money? As Zeigler explained, the cost of bail money in California is huge -- $2,500 -- compared to other states that charge as little as $300 for bail. This makes it impossible for many Black people to get out of jail and home to their families.

As Zeigler also explained, his app was not intended to be a quick "get out of jail free" fix. The bail money is used for misdemeanors, and due to the enormous cost in California, many have to sit in jail until their trial because they cannot afford the bail. Click here to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Middle school artwork is on display at the Morean Arts Center

December 21, 2017 - Student artwork was selected for the 2017-18 Word and Image Middle School Exhibition. The annual exhibition combines art and writing into one work of art. This year’s theme is “Did You Ever See."  Maytinee Mekchinda of  Osceola Middle School received the Pinellas County Art Education Association Young Artist Award. Other top awards went to Marcus Telsede of Azalea Middle School, Grace Knox of Bay Point Middle School and Sophia Brocklebank of Safety Harbor Middle School. Works will be on display through Jan. 14 at the Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg.

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Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Why More Young Black People Are Trading In Church for African Spirituality

December 21, 2017 - Soul Searching is our series about how the most secular generation in history is changing the face of religion.

Let’s start off with gratitude: Thanks to the Trump era, the hypocrisy of evangelical Christians has become obvious. There should be a gold medal awarded for the outrageous feats of mental gymnastics performed by “family values” champions who condemn the LGBTQ community one minute and vote for accused sexual predator Roy Moore the next. Or pastors who will shout from their pulpit about the dangers of idolatry one Sunday, then unironically lambast Colin Kaepernick for disrespecting the flag. Click here for full article. 


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Black Panther Red Carpet Movie Premiere in St. Pete

December 18, 2017 - This is an Exclusive Red Carpet Screening of Marvel Studios most anticipated movie Black Panther. This event will be hosted by On the Beat - St. Pete, LLC and Black Power 96.3 FM. Guests will be in attendance for a LIVE Broadcast of Black Power 96.3fm where they will get to meet radio programs, have photo opportunities, get SWAG and so much more! Click here for more information.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Omarosa on ‘petty’ Robin Roberts: ‘It’s a black woman civil war’

December 18, 2017 - Omarosa Manigault doesn’t appreciate Robin Roberts‘ “petty” response to the news that she’d left the White House. Roberts didn’t make any secret of the fact that she was glad to see Omarosa go. The beloved anchor threw a “Bye Felicia” line out on Good Morning America on Thursday that summed up the mood of most people watching the drama unfold. But Omarosa wrote to Inside Edition to let Roberts know she didn’t appreciate the call-out.“That was petty. It’s a black woman civil war,” she wrote. Visit for full article.

Category: Media Community


African American Voters Made Doug Jones a U.S. Senator in Alabama

December 15, 2017 - Ahead of Alabama’s special U.S. Senate election, there was a clear narrative about the state’s black voters: They weren’t mobilizing. Six in 10 black voters who were stopped by a New York Times reporter in a shopping center last week didn’t know an election was even going on, a result the reporter took to mean that overall interest was low. The Washington Postdetermined that black voters weren’t “energized.” HuffPost concluded that black voters weren’t “inspired.”  

If Democratic candidate Doug Jones had lost to GOP candidate Roy Moore, weakened as he was by a sea of allegations of sexual assault and harassment, then some of the blame would have seemed likely to be placed on black turnout. Click here for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


USF’s Marquez Valdes-Scantling to help homeless on Christmas

December 15, 2017 -  He enters the Birmingham Bowl needing 67 yards to break former Lakewood High teammate Rodney Adams' single-season receiving yardage record at USF, but senior Marquez Valdes-Scantling has more pressing priorities these days. History, in fact, is No. 3 on his agenda, behind victory and philanthropy.

Valdes-Scantling tweeted Sunday he plans to spend Christmas Day handing out duffel bags (filled with clothes, toiletries, bottled water, etc.) to the homeless in the bay area. He's currently accepting donated items for the endeavor, and will continue to do so until the Bulls leave for Birmingham on Dec. 19. "Growing up, I've always had a soft spot for homeless people because it's situations that they can't control, they fall on hard times," said Valdez-Scantling, who enters the bowl game with 746 receiving yards on the season. Visit for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Black Panther Movie Premiere Coming to St. Pete

On The Beat - St. Pete, LLC is excited to bring to you an Exclusive Red Carpet screening of Marvel's Black Panther, Thursday February 15, 2018.  

This special pre-screening of Black Panther will have 164 guests in attendance. Guests will walk the red carpet, have photo opportunities, get an event swag bag, and enjoy a 1-hour pre-movie celebration in the theater hosted by Black Power 96.3 FM, the newest radio station to hit the airwaves in St. Petersburg. 

Ticket sales begin December 15, 2017 Click here to purchase tickets.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Hilarious Terrence Howard memes go viral

December 14, 2017 - Twitter is having a blast making Terrence Howard memes. It all started when someone asked the internet to “photoshop Terrence Howard as a Jedi,” and Twitter user @ChuckDSays shared the resulting image. Then, user @FlowsAndolini took it one step further with a joke about Howard’s character in “Hustle & Flow,” who says “mayne” all the time: “Ain’t no more Jedi mayne.” That sparked a whole slew of memes of Howard’s face being photoshopped onto various scenes and movies, all with “mayne” thrown into the mix. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Embrace your flyness with hair from ‘Madali’

December 12, 2017 - 

Madali is a Black-owned company that specializes in providing online hair extensions, closures, frontals, and wigs. The brand features “100 percent real” Filipino hair for Black women to choose from.

“We need more reputable Black companies,” said Madali Chief Marketing Officer Bianca Blake. “Madali has done well at becoming one of those companies.” According to the company’s website, Filipino hair matches African American hair texture better than other textures such as Indian and Chinese. The two textures have more similarities in natural curl pattern, provided an overall more natural look once completed. Click here for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


The Median Net Worth of Black Bostonians Is Lower Than the Cost of Lunch

December 12, 2017 - 

There isn’t a whole lot you can get in a major East Coast city for $8. Meals at most lunch spots, once you include tax, will run higher than that (a Shake Shack double costs $8.09, for example). But that amount—a measly $8—is making the rounds thanks to a Boston Globe spotlight investigation that delves into the city’s history of racism. 

Citing a study from 2015, “The Color of Wealth,” the Boston Globe listed a series of median wealth for Bostonians based on their racial and ethnic backgrounds. The median net worth for white households in Boston, for example, was $247,500. For Caribbean-born black people, it was $12,000. But for blacks native to the U.S., the median net worth of an entire household was just $8. Some readers thought it was a typo, prompting the Globe to publish another article explaining that it wasn’t. Put another way, that means the median white household in Boston is worth nearly 31,000 times more than a black American household. Visit for full article. 

Category: Media


25 Black-Owned Businesses to Support on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

December 12, 2017 - Every year, Americans spend billions of dollars on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but very little of this sales revenue goes to Black and minority-owned businesses. In fact, according to federal statistics, Black-owned businesses continue to grow in numbers, but their annual revenues and number of employees continue to lag. Visit for full listing. 

Category: Business


Black voters in Alabama could be deciding factor in defeating Roy Moore

December 11, 2017 - 

Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones, who is running against Republican Roy Moore, is courting the Black vote, and that could make all the different in the Senate race. On Sunday, Jones spent the day with top Black lawmakers like New Jersey Senator Cory Booker as they stumped for the Democratic candidate. “Will we now raise up the echoes and let people know that democracy is not a spectator sport? You can’t sit on the sidelines and cheer for teams to win. You have to get into the game, it is a full-contact, participatory endeavor,” Booker told a crowd of Jones supporters. “The opposite of justice is not injustice, it is inaction, it is indifference, silence. We have to remind people that faith without works is dead.” Visit for full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


How one woman’s skin care line grew from her kitchen to Whole Foods

December 11, 2017 - 

Who knew that a business that started out in one woman’s kitchen, would turn into a full-fledged natural skin care product line with distribution through Whole Foods, and a manufacturing facility in Royal Oak, Michigan For Yolanda Williams, and her husband, Rick, they never imagined her love of experimenting with making soaps and lotions could turn into a money-maker: Cream Blends. From body butter, to butter for natural hair, and bath teas and massage oils, Williams has experimented with it all, to perfect the Cream Blends that we all know and love today. And though the road hasn’t been easy, we can see that it’s clearly been worth it for the wife and mother of two. Click here for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Serena Williams Is Getting Her Very Own Nike World Headquarters Building

December 10, 2017 - Serena Williams is a forced to be reckoned with, but that’s no secret. The Compton native has 23 Grand Slam titles, 319 weeks at the top, and an endless list of other accolades to her name. Even with all of those achievements, come 2019, the tennis superstar will have another honor to add, and this one is certainly more unique than some of her others on the list.

Williams’ longtime sponsor Nike announced the names of four new structures to be built in its Beaverton, Oregon campus expansion, and one of them will be named after Serena. Nike spoke highly of the superstar in a press release saying, “[Serena’s] record in tennis majors — an unmatched 23 singles titles — solidifies her stature as one of the greatest athletes of all time and one of the most inspiring people in sport.” Visit for full article. 

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Almost 1,000 More People Died in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria Than Officially Confirmed: Report

December 9, 2017 - On Oct. 3, during his horrific visit to Puerto Rico, Donald Trump congratulated the island’s governor, Ricardo Roselló, on the U.S. territory’s death toll following the devastation wrought by Hurricane María. 

“Sixteen [dead] people certified,” Trump told Roselló. “Sixteen people versus in the thousands. You can be very proud of all of your people and all of our people working together. Sixteen versus literally thousands of people. You can be very proud.” More than two months after the storm hit, Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism has found that the official death toll (now 62) is way off—by almost 1,000 people. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


‘Oliver Scholars’ is breaking down barriers for Black and Latino students

December 7, 2017 - 

The challenges of finding quality education in America are real, especially for students of color. Oliver Scholars, a program in New York City is setting out to break down some of those barriers for some of the most driven black and Latino young scholars. “Twenty-five percent of the schools with the highest concentration of black and Latino students don’t even have Alegebra II,” says Dr. David Allyn, CEO of Oliver Scholars in an exclusive interview with theGrio. Visit for full article. 

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The 16 Best Books of the Year by Black Authors

December 6, 2017 - The end of 2017 is near, which means it is time for annual year-end “best of” lists to pop up everywhere. Here, The Root presents our annual list of the most compelling books published in 2017 by black authors in affordable, regular print runs—which is why Beyoncé’s $300 literary opus on the making of Lemonade that dropped this August does not make the list. Visit for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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