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DC Cop Will Not Face Charges in Fatal Shooting of Terrence Sterling, an Unarmed Black Motorcyclist

Aug. 10, 2017 - A Washington, D.C., police officer who fatally shot and killed an unarmed black motorcyclist in September 2016 will not face charges, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Terrence Sterling’s death sparked protests across the capital, raising a fresh wave of anger over the recent spate of police killings over the past few years. However, according to Reuters, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement that “there is insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights or District of Columbia charges.” Read more at

Category: General


Rick Kriseman has a decision to make on Manhattan Casino

Aug. 10, 2017 - The future of the iconic Manhattan Casino, empty for more than a year, is back on Mayor Rick Kriseman’s desk. But less than three weeks before the Aug. 29 mayoral primary, it’s unclear when the mayor will pull the trigger on a project that has been an ongoing sore point with the city’s black community since Sylvia’s was shut down more than a year ago. "There's no timeline for a decision," said Kriseman's spokesman Ben Kirby. "We just want to get it right." Read more at

Category: General


Lizzie Donald: 100 years and counting

Aug. 10, 2017 - “I don’t know if you heard me, but I said 100 years!” boomed Roderick Green, the Master of Ceremony at his grandmother’s 100th birthday party. The Crystal Ballroom in Clearwater was decked out in gold and black Monday night in honor of Lizzie Donald’s centennial birthday.  As she sat on her golden throne, her family and friends stood in line to take selfies with her and show their love. Read more at

Category: General


Pinellas hosts two Global Latch On events

Aug. 10, 2017 - Mothers and babies bonded at the Global Big Latch On breastfeeding event held at Pinellas Technical College (PTC) last Friday morning and at Girls Inc. in Pinellas Park on Saturday. The latter corresponded with simultaneous events all over the world. Women’s Health Action initiated the Big Latch On in New Zealand in 2005. The event was held in two countries at 147 locations in its first year. By 2013, the program participation had grown to 28 countries, 845 locations with 14,536 latched on babies simultaneously. Read more at

Category: Health Events


Veterans get it done on time!

Aug. 10, 2017 - Having served in the United States Army for 10 years as a military police officer, Ada McFarley, owner of Never Late Property Cleaning, knows the value and quality of an army veteran. With the intense training one receives in the armed forces, veterans often have impeccable skills and an unyielding work ethic.

McFarley’s army training prepared her to spend eight years on the St. Petersburg Police Department. Her experience in law enforcement taught her to have a keen eye for details, so when her company needed to add more efficient and effective workers, she reflected back on her experiences. Read more at

Category: General


No permanent friends, no permanent enemies, only permanent issues

Aug. 10, 2017 - BY Leslie Wimes

Bob Johnson, one of the founders of Black Entertainment Television, is coming to St. Petersburg. He, through his company RLJ Companies, is taking over The Vinoy. The black community in St. Petersburg celebrated upon hearing the news. One of our “own” is taking over one of the most renowned hotels in St. Pete. Johnson has been very successful in business; however, it is something he said related to politics that stood out to me. It should stand out to you. Especially in this nonpartisan St. Petersburg mayoral race as it relates to black people. There are no permanent friends and there are no permanent enemies. There are only permanent issues. Read more at

Category: General


The line is drawn in the blood of black children

Aug. 10, 2017 -

Dear Editor:

I’d first like to start this off by appreciating those who, in light of this tragedy, support those who have been murdered. My name is Eritha ‘Akile’ Cainion, candidate for District 6 City Council, and yes you read correctly, what happened to Dejarae Thomas, Jimmy Goshey, and Keontae Brown on the early morning of August 6th in Palm Harbor was MURDER on behalf of the notorious killer Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department. Read more at

Category: General


Science Grant to help expand St. Petersburg College program

Aug. 10, 2017 - The National Science Foundation awarded St. Petersburg College a grant last month to help expand its biomedical engineering teachings.

Over the next three years, a nearly $620,000 grant from the foundation is aimed at helping the college develop a new certificate integrating medical device networking and cybersecurity. The college's Tarpon Springs campus is debuting a new biomedical engineering technology lab this fall. The grant will help the college build its biomedical engineering technology Associate in Science degree by providing training across cybersecurity, health sciences and biomedical engineering technology. Read more at

Category: Media Community


Gibbs High celebrates 90th birthday

Aug. 10, 2017 - Teachers and administration kicked off the new school year with a big pep rally on Thursday at Gibbs High School. The school is celebrating its 90th birthday as the high school marching band, cheerleaders and teachers greeted students on their first day of class of 2017.
“Gibbs High School opened its doors for the first time in 1927,” said the school’s principal Reuben C. Hepburn. “It was hailed as the “Miracle on 34th Street,” as (the school) provided education for African-Americans during the time of segregation. When African-Americans wanted to advance through education, Gibbs High School was there.” Read more at

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


The State of the U.S. Labor Market for Black Women: Pre-July 2017 Jobs Release

August 8, 2017 - Black Women’s Equal Pay Day falls on July 31 this year, just days before the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly jobs report for July is released on Friday. While white women make around 75 percent of white men’s annual earnings, black women make only 63 percent of white men’s annual earnings This means that while Equal Pay Day for  women overall—the date until which women need to work through 2017 to earn as much as white men did in 2016 alone—fell on April 4, 2017, black women must work through July 31 to earn as much as white men did in 2016. This can have dire consequences, especially when compounded with other obstacles black women face in the labor market. Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Bethune-Cookman University Welcomes Dr. Stephanie Pasley Henry as Acting Dean of the College of Education

August 7, 2017 - B-CU welcomes BCC Alumna Dr. Stephanie Pasley Henry as Acting Dean of the College of Education. Dr. Henry is recognized as one of America’s most creative and dynamic educational entrepreneurs. An international educational consultant, she is regarded as a master teacher of cutting edge and best practice for K-12 classroom instruction. Dr. Henry is an Author, Publisher, and Motivational Speaker. Dr. Henry travels across the United States and Internationally training students, teachers, parents, administrators, and others to step outside of the box and teach to the rhythm of their students’ beat! 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Back to School Sales Tax Holiday Friday, August 4th - Sunday, August 6th

The 2017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. This sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 4, 2017, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, 2017. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and personal computers and certain computer-related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use selling for $750 or less per item. Click here to learn more.

Category: Other Retail


Black Mom Makes $1 Million in First 60 Days By Starting This Business

August 1, 2017 - Ramona Griggie grew up in Section 8 housing in St. Croix, and later moved to Atlanta, GA where she got married, had a child, and became a housewife. One day, she decided to give her son, who was graduating from Duke University, a gift of teeth whitening. But this led to a whole new business opportunity for her. She launched Express Smile Home Teeth Whitening System, and generated $1 million in revenue within her first 60 days of business. Click here to learn more

Category: Business


Black Owned Business: Reeves Building & Plumbing Contractors

August 1, 2017 - Reeves Building, Plumbing, and Roofing Contractor, Inc was formed in 1983 in Tampa, FL.  Founder Michael Reeves has 34 years experience in the construction industry. Reeves Building is a State of Florida contractor that provide quality residential and commercial contracting in a wide variety of services. With over 34 years experience, exceptional contracting work and fist class customer service. Reeves Building has been the number one choice to people searching for a contractor. Click here to learn more


Category: Manufacturing, Industrial & Energy


‘It seems cool to be racist now’: The rising profile of the black gun owner

July 31, 2017 - Mark Warner was hovering over the counter of handguns, about midway through the morning shift at Blue Ridge Arsenal, the black-owned gun store in Fairfax County where he’s worked for the past 18 years, when he spotted me. “I heard you want to talk about black people buying guns,” Warner, himself black, declared in the matter of fact, teasing tone that has endeared him to the store’s regulars. “So what do you want to know?” Click here to read more.


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Top Lawyer For Civil Rights At Justice Department Leaving After Roughly 6 Months

July 31, 2017 - Thomas Wheeler, who has been leading the Justice Department’s civil rights unit, informed staffers there Thursday that he would be leaving the post, according to two sources familiar with the communication. The job put Wheeler, an Indiana lawyer who is personally and professionally close to Vice President Pence, in the middle of a number of controversies, including the Trump administration’s turnaround on guidance regarding transgender students, the decisions to close investigations of police officers without criminal charges and shifting legal positions on voting rights and other cases. Click here to learn more.

Category: Government & Elected Officials


B-CU Student Ty'Reanna Harris Reflects on Nike Internship Experience

July 31, 2017 - “I’m open-minded and willing to learn and don’t believe there’s one way to get to plan Z, as long as you get there. Interning at Nike helped me to realize who I am as an adult. It forced me to grow up… I can actually survive by myself.” -Ty'Reanna Harris, (Class of 2018 Psychology)

Ty’Reanna Harris just did it. Click here to read more.


Category: Business


St. Petersburg Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline July 31st

July 28, 2017 - St. Petersburg Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline is July 31st, please make it a point to get out and vote, Your Vote Counts! Visit for Poll Locations and registration.

Category: Government & Elected Officials


WE THE PEOPLE 2017 - 2018 Season

THE ROYALE by Marco Ramirez
A Tampa Bay Area Premiere
September 20 – October 15, 2017

Charismatic African-American boxer Jay “The Sport” Jackson has a burning desire to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905, and in the racially segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as being knocked out. When a crooked boxing promoter hatches a plan for “the fight of the century,” “The Sport” just might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion. This stylized and stunning play about the life of an outsider in American culture explores one man’s struggle while reflecting a much broader one. Each of us has a powerful story to tell. WE THE PEOPLE celebrate our diversity, embrace our differences, and rejoice in our shared experience of what it is to be a human being. Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to Host American Health Care Act (AHCA)Twitter Town Hall

July 26, 2017 - On Wednesday, July 26, 2017 from 10 AM to 7 PM, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will host a Twitter town hall on the American Health Care Act and how it will negatively impact all Americans, including the 78 million Americans that the bipartisan, bicameral 49-member caucus represents. During the town hall, CBC members will take over the @OfficialCBC Twitter account using Twitter's video-reply technology and respond to questions and comments from tweeters. To ask a question, tweeters should tweet at @OfficialCBC and/or use the hashtag #CBCOnHealthcare. Using the hashtag is preferred. The @OfficialCBC Twitter account. Follow @OffiicialCBC if you don't already to get involved. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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