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Slavery-Simulation Game Outrages Parents in Phoenix

October 13, 2017 -  Want to learn about slavery? Put down the history books, forget about teachers and just step into the life of 14-year-old slave Lucy King as she tries to escape from a Kentucky plantation. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? Well, no, it’s not. And parents in a Phoenix school district are outraged. The Phoenix Elementary School District apparently has no idea how the “Mission US: Flight to Freedom” video game, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Humanities, made it to the district’s classrooms, but district parents are not pleased that something they feel trivializes slavery was used as a learning tool. Visit www.theroot.com for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Lionel Richie to Produce Biopic About Curtis Mayfield's Extraordinary Life

October 13, 2017 - Lionel Richie just secured the rights to bring Curtis Mayfield’s life to the big screen. 

Richie, a former member of the Commodores, will be producing the movie under his RichLion Productions company, according to Deadline. “It’s an honor for me to bring the life of one of my idols and friend to the screen,” Richie said. “I’m so grateful to be working closely with [Mayfield’s widow] Altheida Mayfield, [son] Cheaa Mayfield and the Curtis Mayfield estate and couldn’t be happier to be moving forward on this amazing project about a one-of-a-kind music genius.” Visit www.theroot.com for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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BIE, Felecia: Fighting for Jutice and Our Basic Human Rights Isn't Extremism

Ocotber 12, 2017 - They are trying to turn black people into the bogeyman. They want everyone else in America to see us as a threat so that when we are killed with impunity, no one bats an eyelash. This is already happening anyway. In a country that was founded on the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it appears that you can fully reap those benefits only if you are not black, and if you are black and want those benefits, then you need to keep your mouth closed so that you can have the illusion of getting them. Visit www.TheRoot.com for the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Jamele Hill Suspended From ESPN for Social Media Post

October 12, 2017 - ESPN anchor Jemele Hill, who once tweeted that Donald Trump is a “white supremacist” (still looking for the lie), has been suspended for two weeks after violating what the sports station is calling “a second violation of social media guidelines.” This tweet apparently was considered a violation of some sort because ESPN wants its news anchors to act like white allies and not see color. ESPN still decided to suspend the popular anchor, who is active on social media and often engages with her followers. 

“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines,” the network said in a statement. “She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. Visit www.TheRoot.com for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Trump Threatens To Yank FEMA Responders From Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico

October 12, 2017 - President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to withdraw federal aid from Puerto Rico as the U.S. territory continues struggling to recover from back-to-back hurricanes. In a series of tweets, Trump quoted conservative journalist and frequent Fox News guest Sharyl Attkison blaming Puerto Rico for its festering financial crisis and suggested Federal Emergency Management Agency aid could soon end.

“Congress to decide how much to spend,” Trump tweeted. “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” Visit www.Huffingtonpost.com for full article. 

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Tampa Bay Rays remodel a Campbell Park Elementary room for students

October 10, 2017 - The students at Campbell Park Elementary will have a new incentive to attend school and exhibit positive behaviors thanks to the Rays Baseball Foundation.  The Rays Baseball Foundation remodeled and furnished a room at Campbell Park Elementary School. The remodel is intended to encourage students to attend school and exhibit positive behaviors. Donated items included televisions, a PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and arts and crafts stations, among others. Visit www.PCSB.org for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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St. Petersburg Collegiate High School named a National Blue Ribbon School

October 10, 2017 - St. Petersburg College has been recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School National Blue Ribbon for 2017 by the U.S. Department of Education. The award recognizes SPCHS for being among the state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. “I am immensely proud of our students and grateful for the dedicated St. Petersburg Collegiate High School and St. Petersburg College faculty and staff who guide and inspire our students to become scholars and leaders who achieve their goals,” said Starla Metz, Principal, St. Petersburg Collegiate High School. Click here for full article

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The Root 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017

October 9, 2017 - Jordan Peele named #1 on the list of Most Influential African Americans in 2017 

Jordan Peele has a gift for showing people themselves: their natural ridiculousness, their wild contradictions, their racial and cultural quirks. Drawing on his well of satirical wit, Peele wrote, produced and directed Get Out, easily the most discussed, dissected and memed movie of the year. His first major film release opened at No. 1 at the box office and shattered the record for highest-grossing debut ever, earning more than $250 million, which comes out to be something like 55 times its modest $4.5 million production budget. In the horror flick—his favorite genre—he put the Sunken Place on the pop culture map and exposed the 1,000 social cuts black people experience daily. Visit www.TheRoot.com for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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From Covicted Felon to Attorney: Reginald Dwayne Betts Wins Approval to practice law in conn.

October 9, 2017 - One extraordinary man is proving that it’s never too late to turn your life around, going from one-time convicted felon to attorney-at-law after winning approval on Friday to practice law in Connecticut after a state panel reviewed his moral character. 

According to the Associated Press, 36-year-old Reginald Dwayne Betts, an esteemed, award-winning author and a graduate from Yale Law School, can now add another feather to his cap after the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee recommended him for admission to the state bar. Visit www.theroot.com for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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America’s First Memorial to the Victims of Lynching Hanged, Burned, Shot, Drowned, Beaten

October 5, 2017 - On the corner of Washington and Decatur streets in Montgomery, Alabama, a visitor can feel history pressing in from every side. Just down the street is the church where Martin Luther King Jr. and others planned the Montgomery bus boycott. Two blocks away sits the First White House of the Confederacy, where Jefferson Davis once lived. But although the city is crowded with historical markers—including, by one count, 59 Confederate memorials, and a similar number devoted to the civil-rights movement—you won’t find many markers of the racial violence following Reconstruction. Visit www.theatlantic.com for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Obamas Celebrate 25th Anniversary

October 4, 2017- Barack and Michelle Obama celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday. The former First Couple wed on October 3, 1992. To mark the milestone, Michelle shared the above photo from their nuptials on Twitter, writing, “Happy 25th anniversary @barackobama. A quarter of a century later, you’re still my best friend & the most extraordinary man I know. I [love] you.” The happy occasion comes after Gossip Cop spent the last year and a half busting false reports of marital trouble and a possible split. Visit www.957thebeat.iheart.com for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Florida Attorney General doesn't want O.J. Simpson to move to her state

October 3, 2017 - 

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi does not want O.J. Simpson to return to the Sunshine State once he's released from prison. Bondi said the former football star would burden local law enforcement and could risk the safety of Floridians. "Floridians are well aware of Mr. Simpson's background, his wanton disregard for the lives of others, and of his scofflaw attitude with respect to the heinous acts for which he has been found civilly liable," she said in a statement. "The specter of his residing in Florida should not be an option. Numerous law enforcement officials in Florida agree with this position. Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal." Visit www.USAToday.com for full article. 

Category: Media Community

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Ex-NFL Player Named Head of Black College Initiative

October 3, 2017 - 

The White House announced Monday that former Cincinnati Bengals running back and tech entrepreneur Johnathan Holifield will lead its initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, a move that garnered praise from some who had expressed concern over the Trump administration's commitment to those schools. Speaking to a packed room of over 200 students, college presidents and administration officials during the opening ceremony of the annual White House summit on HBCUs, Holifield expressed his optimism for the initiative and said he is thankful for the opportunity to serve. Visit www.nbcnews.com for full article. 

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Ex-NFL Player Named Head of Black College Initiative

October 3, 2017 - 

The White House announced Monday that former Cincinnati Bengals running back and tech entrepreneur Johnathan Holifield will lead its initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, a move that garnered praise from some who had expressed concern over the Trump administration's commitment to those schools. Speaking to a packed room of over 200 students, college presidents and administration officials during the opening ceremony of the annual White House summit on HBCUs, Holifield expressed his optimism for the initiative and said he is thankful for the opportunity to serve. Visit www.nbcnews.com for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Book excerpt: Florida Soul, From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band by John Capouya

October 3, 2017 - Growing up in New York and New Jersey I was drawn to the soul music of the 1960s and 1970s. When Betty Wright came on the radio singing her hit “Clean Up Woman” or when one by Sam and Dave or Timmy Thomas came on the radio, I turned those songs up. I especially remember banging on dashboards to the driving rhythm and blasting horns of “Funky Nassau” by the strangely named group, the Beginning of the End. But the DJs on WABC and WNJR (in Newark) didn’t say -- had no reason to say -- “You know, Betty Wright is from Florida” or “‘Funky Nassau’ is on the Alston label, based in Miami.” Visit www.83degreesmedia.com for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Season 9 of the Radio Theatre Project launches on Oct. 23rd

October 3, 2017 - 

Join Monday, October 23, for live, radio theater and a very scary Celebrity Funraiser. Twisted Tales of Poe, The Radio Play, from the stories of Edgar Allen Poe, by Philip Grecian, will be performed by the RTP actors, along with some surprise guests.If Poe doesn’t creep you out,this treat from Elizabeth Gelman, The Blackout, will definitely do the trick. Admission $20. Visit The Studio@620 online at www.studio620.org or call 727-895-6620 for more information. 

Category: Entertainment Events

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First grader told to stand after kneeling during Pledge of Allegiance

September 30, 2017 - PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - A first grader in Pasco County chose to take a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance, and his mother is upset with how the teacher, the school and the Pasco County school district responded. At school on Monday, a local first grader went down on one knee during the Pledge of Allegiance, he was then told by his teacher to stand up and stop it, in front of all his classmates. His choice came after countless NFL players took a knee during the national anthem on Sunday, setting off a storm nationwide, sparking discussions in homes across America. Visit www.abcactionnews.com for full story.  

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Book Your Party with Ambassador Sweets!

September 27, 2017 - Ambassador Sweets is now open for business, planning an event or celebration, Contact Ambassador Sweets Plusfor your next event.813-315-3779 

Visit www.AmbassadorSweets.com for more information. 

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In Just 12 Years, This Black-Owned Company Has Produced 300 Films and TV Specials

September 27, 2017 - Film companies targeting African-American audiences are making a big name for themselves, and at the top of the list is CodeBlack Entertainment. It is the first independent, vertically integrated film studio owned by an African American entrepreneur, producing $750 million in home entertainment revenue. Founded in 2005 by Jeff Clanagan, CodeBlack Entertainment produced straight-to-DVD films for years before they finally signed a major distribution deal with Lionsgate, for which they now produce feature theatrical films and television series.

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To date, Jeff and his company have produced and distributed over 300 movies and television specials. Visit www.blog.blackbusiness.org for full article.  

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Black-Owned Car Manufacturer to Take on Major International Brands

September 27, 2017 - Black entrepreneurs have long had success in the car industry as dealers and suppliers, but few have made it far enough to become an actual car manufacturer. But Kwadwo Safo Jr, CEO of Kantanka Group, is defying the odds! Based in Accra, Ghana, his car company is already producing more than 100 vehicles each month. Visit www.blog.blackbusiness.org for full article. 

Category: Business

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