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Building a Pipeline of HBCU Students to Washington, D.C.

May 24, 2017 - Summer internships are one important way that students can explore passions they want to pursue as a profession. They are exposed to a form of learning that goes beyond the books and may be the best chance they have to ensure they are making a wise investment. I am a strong believer in the notion that, in order to have your issues heard, you need to have a seat at the table; which is why I applaud HBCU students who are interested in pursuing government and policy and have worked with both Democrats and Republicans in Congress to ensure they have summer internships opportunities on Capitol Hill. Click here to learn more. 


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


How Policing Black Boys Leads To The Conditioning Of Black Men

May 24, 2017 - Mistrust and alienation between black men and the police have become so entrenched that we need radical, sweeping change. The collective experience of black men in the criminal justice system is sobering. African Americans are 2.5 times more likely to be arrested than whites, and numerous studies have shown that black men are disproportionately targeted, stopped, frisked, and searched through the practice of racial profiling. Black men end up in prison more often, receive longer sentences than similarly situated white men, and are more likely to be killed during police encounters than white men – 21 times more likely. Click here to learn more. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Undoing ‘Separate but Equal,’ Six Decades After Brown v. Board of Education

May 24, 2017 - This month marks the 63rd anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court decision that struck down the misguided principle of “separate but equal” schools for white and black students. Click here for more information. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


#11 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Darryl Rouson

May 18, 2016 - St. Petersburg-based Democrat Darryl Rouson barely advanced from the House to the Senate last year, defeating former state Rep. Ed Narain in the Hillsborough County-centric Senate District 19 race by just 75 votes. Rouson proposed 31 bills before the session began, and as someone who has been known to work well with Republicans (sometimes too well, for some Democrats’ tastes) was listed as a co-sponsor on 20 other bills, many introduced by GOP members. A pioneer of sorts, Rouson became the first African-American prosecutor in Pinellas County where he was also awarded the Florida Prosecutor Association Award in 1981. And in March, he was one of just a very few number of Democrats named by House Speaker Richard Corcoran to the Constitution Revision Commission.

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Category: Government & Elected Officials


Tampa Bay Times NIE Teacher of the Year Grand Prize Winner Cindy Bowen

Grand Prize Winner Cindy Bowen Carwise Middle School, Honorable Mentions Sarah Hastings - Alonso High School Felecia King - Lockhart Elementary Magnet School Audra Lewis - Young Middle Magnet School Susan Terry - Carwise Middle School This award recognizes K-12 teachers, literacy coaches and media specialists who advocate for literacy and civic learning through the use of the Tampa Bay Times and NIE resources.

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Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Tampa Bay is nation's 2nd best area for first-time homebuyers

May 15, 2017 - For first- time homebuyers, you can't beat the Orlando and Tampa Bay areas. Despite steadily rising prices, both are relatively affordable compared to the West Coast and Northeast at a time when nearly half of all buyers are first-timers, a new Zillow report says. As millennials — those in the 18-34 age group — "reach the typical home buying age, they are coming into a tough housing market with low inventory and lots of competition," said Svenja Gudell, Zillow's chief economist. "More challenging metro areas aren't out of reach for new buyers, but they should be prepared to face a more competitive buying environment." Click here to learn more

Category: Corporate & Supplier Diversity Community


Kriseman for Mayor Announces the Endorsement of South St. Petersburg Elected Officials

May 12, 2017 - St. Petersburg – On Friday, Kriseman for Mayor announced the endorsement of prominent South St. Petersburg elected officials, faith leaders, and neighborhood association presidents. “I’m proud to have the trust and support of some of St. Pete's most dedicated public servants and faith leaders” said Mayor Rick Kriseman. “Working together, we have begun to make real progress for the residents and business owners of South St. Pete. Due to numerous initiatives, including the 2020 Plan and our innovative community redevelopment plan, poverty is down and jobs and new business registrations are up. But there is still much more to do." Click here to learn more. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Race Issues Loom over Dallas Suburb after Police Killing of Black Teen

May 11, 2017 - The Dallas suburb where a White police officer shot and killed a Black teenager as he left a party has a population that’s just 20 percent White but a police department that’s 80 percent White. Balch Springs now confronts the same issues of race and law enforcement as Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore and other cities that have been thrust into the spotlight because of police killings of African-Americans. Click here to learn more. 


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Wells Fargo and the “Cherry Picking” of the Black community

May 11, 2017 -  Recently Wells Fargo bank’s Office of Corporate Communications responded to our series of articles by stating that African American newspapers were included in their “Open Letter” ad campaign which was suppose to “rebuild trust.” The inference was that because we used a “few” African American newspapers, in some communities, that should be sufficient for all members of the Black community. Perhaps Wells Fargo does not understand our communities and our newspapers are in the very communities in which their banks are located. Let us not forget the grocery stores where we shop and our predominantly Black college campuses with Wells Fargo ATM machines. Click here to learn more. 


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


SPC Presidential Search Engaging Community

May 10, 2017 - The campus visits and interviews of the five finalists for the position of St. Petersburg College (SPC) president begin this week. Itineraries for all finalists can be found on the Candidates page of the Presidential Search website. A series of community breakfasts and luncheons are by invitation only, in order to ensure proper headcounts. During their visits, each candidate will be interviewed by the Board of Trustees during a special meeting (open to the public). All meetings will be held at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL. Click here for more information. 


Category: Civic Events


Happening Today: Charlie Crist Tours Largest Solar Rooftop in Florida

May 5, 2017 St. Petersburg, FL — Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) is visiting Great Bay Distributors this morning to congratulate them on eliminating their power bill – achieving a 100% reduction in energy use for April thanks to their rooftop solar power system. Click here to learn more. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Multiplatinum Recording Artist Ruff Ends reclaiming their spot

May 3, 2017 - Multiplatinum recording artists, Ruff Endz, are coming to reclaim their spot as one of the industry's top R&B groups with the release of "Speak To My Heart".   The original song, written by Talia Shire Burgess and Marqus Richard, will debut this Wednesday night on Shots Fired.  The emotionally charged track features actor/rapper Marqus Clae and represents a pivotal point of transition for the characters and community in FOX's popular TV film.  Ruff Endz will perform the song live this Wednesday with Marqus Clae at a viewing party of Hour 7 at Mic Live in Studio City (12229 Ventura Blvd.). Mack Wilds, a rapper and main character of the show, and Katlyn Nichol will also perform.  "Speak To My Heart" is now available on iTunes.  Shots Fired airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on FOX.  Watch the Trailer. Click here to visit their website. 


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Celebrating Pastor's 18th Anniversary

Pastor appreciation is a vital part of a church's successful ministry because a pastor that is appreciated by his congregation is a pastor that can press forward confidently knowing that his people are with him. A pastor who knows he is loved is constantly encouraged, filled with excitement, optimism, and courage.

Category: Faith Community Events


Congressional Black Caucus to Highlight Trump Admin’s Racial Problems With #StayWoke Campaign

May 3, 2017 - As President Trump approaches his 100th day in office, the Congressional Black Caucus is asking the country to “stay woke.” In a list provided exclusively to NBC News, the caucus has detailed 100 racially problematic actions and remarks by the Trump administration. Using “#StayWoke,” the internet-popular phrase that is an urge to remain well-informed and politically and socially conscious, the caucus is specifically trying to get the message out to the younger generation. Click here to read more. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Aide: Blacks not trying hard enough to work with Trump

May 3, 2107 - President Donald Trump’s liaison to the black community, the former “Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault, says African-American activists aren’t trying hard enough to work with the new administration. The White House aide delivered the pointed message in an interview with The Associated Press in advance of an appearance Thursday at the annual convention of an activist organization founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton. Click here to learn more. 


Category: Government & Elected Officials


Florida for Care Day of Action

May 2, 2017 - From 9:00 am - 5:00pm We're making one last big push with legislators in Tallahassee, to make sure the will of 71% of Floridians is fulfilled and Florida patients are insured safe, reasonable, affordable access to medicine. On Tuesday, May 2nd, come to Tallahassee and talk to your Representative and Senator, and as many other legislators as will listen to you for a minute. We need to tell the Senate to stand firm for patient access, and tell the House to adopt the Senate bill that is more representative of the will of 71% of voters. Let us know if you think you can make it below, Florida for Care will send you an email on Monday with talking points, and the time/location of where to meet on Tuesday morning to get materials and a quick training. Click here for more information. 

Category: Health Events


Can we grow our own healthy foods?

May 2, 2017 - The City of St. Petersburg last Monday, April 17 at the Enoch Davis Center conducted a workshop on a community gardens initiative to gather input from urban agriculture stakeholders and community residents. The city will be offering six vacant land parcels to be transformed into community gardens as an extension to address healthy foods access and a way to grow a variety of vegetables, fruit and flower agricultural crops year round directly behind the Enoch Davis Center in the Thirteen Street Heights Neighborhood. Click here to learn more. 

Category: Health Events


The Chihuly Collection is thrilled to announce the release of Silver Lining

Beginning with a singular color palette, Chihuly’s series known as Chandeliersdeveloped into a broader use of various forms, color, and light. These handblown glass sculptures are on view in public and private institutions including Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and here at the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, Florida. Click here to learn more. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Pinellas County joins regional recycling effort to “trash the bag”

Plastic bags and bagged recyclables aren’t recycled because they can’t be efficiently sorted by recycling equipment. Plastic bags also get tangled in the sorting equipment, which causes equipment damage, creates health and safety hazards for workers, reduces the amount of recyclables that can be recovered, and increases the cost of the recycling process. All recyclables should be placed in recycling carts and municipal drop-off containers loosely, not bagged. Click here to learn more.

Category: Homegoing


Racially biased people are far more likely to oppose black athletes’ protests

In 2016, Colin Kaepernick, then the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, was heavily criticized for kneeling instead of standing during the national anthem. The protest was on behalf of the Black Lives Matter movement. As Kaepernick put it, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Click here to read more on the issue. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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