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NY Lawmaker Wants To Make Calling Cops On Innocent Black People A Hate Crime

August 20, 2018 - 

A week after a self-described supporter of President Donald Trump called the police on a black state senator in New York who was campaigning on the street, the lawmaker has proposed a bill that would make calling 911 on an innocent black person a hate crime. State Sen. Jesse Hamilton, a Democrat who represents the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brownsville, Crown Heights and Flatbush, said he’d been speaking with voters in his district earlier this month when an unidentified woman called the cops on him for no apparent reason. Visit www.huffingtonpost.com to read full article. 

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Betty White: The First Lady of Television

August 18, 2018 - 

Airing Tuesday, August 21 at 8 p.m.

The definitive look at Betty White's life and career. As the only authorized documentary on Betty ever made, this film is packed with hilarious clips from her long career. Watch Preview

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Urban Stimuli: East Tampa incubator helps local small businesses thrive

August 16, 2018 - Occasionally, I have to be shaken out of my comfort bubble. That is, of craft coffee bars, runs along Bayshore Boulevard, and concerns about which brand of organic skincare to buy at Whole Foods.

It’s easy to forget the kinds of challenges, and solutions, that exist out in the wider world, even if only a few miles away. 5508 is the street number and name of Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan’s co-working space and business incubator. It’s nestled off East Hillsborough Avenue on the fringes of Tampa’s city limits, in an area not often traveled by most, among warehouses and industrial complexes. Visit www.83degreesmedia.com to read the full article and more. 

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Kellyanne Conway Has Trouble Naming A Top Black White House Aide

August 14, 2018 - 

Kellyanne Conway, the chief counselor to President Donald Trump, had difficulty on Sunday naming the top black aide working in the White House following the firing of former “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman late last year. Newman was the most prominent, high-level African-American in the West Wing as Trump’s director of communications for the White House office of public liaison. She was reportedly fired by White House chief of staff John Kelly for abusing her position and had to be physically removed from the premises.

Conway, asked on ABC’s “This Week” who would now rank as the highest-level black among personnel stationed in the West Wing, initially faulted host John Karl for not focusing on Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson. “The president works with the secretary every day,” she said. Visit www.huffingtonpost.com to read full article. 

 

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Wealthy white teenager who joined Crips found not guilty for fatal drive-by shooting

August 8, 2018 - 

A wealthy white California teenager who joined the infamous Crips street gang was recently acquitted of a first-degree murder charge in connection with him being the get-away driver in a fatal drive-by shooting.

Cameron Terrell, 18, drove two of his fellow Rollin’ 90s Neighborhood Crips gang members into rival territory on October 1, 2017 in Los Angeles. According to witness testimony, the two teenagers (both minors) shot and killed 21-year-old Justin Holmeswho had told the teens he was not gang affiliated. Visit www.thegrio.com to read the full article. 

Category: Media Community

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10-Year Old Raises $50K for His Invention That Prevents Child Hot Car Deaths

August 6, 2018 - Bishop Curry is a 10-year old 5th grader from McKinney, Texas, and he's also the inventor of a prototype device that is designed to prevent children from dying in hot cars. His lifesaving device is called Oasis, and it attaches to children's car seats. If it senses that a child has been left behind in the seat, it will start to blow out cool air until the child is rescued. Initially Curry said his idea was to make a car seat cover with three fans, but now he also wants to create a full car seat with the ability to link up with a vehicle’s air conditioning system and turn it on automatically. Visit www.blackbusiness.org to read full article. 

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FAMU Band Announces New Drum Majors, First Female Drum Major

August 2, 2018 - 

FAMU Director of Bands Shelby Chipman, Ph.D., has announced the newest drum majors of the world-renowned Marching “100” Band. The roster includes some of FAMU’s most accomplished students, including one female musician that has made University and band history. “On behalf of the FAMU band staff, I’m very pleased to congratulate the newly appointed officers and leaders of the incomparable FAMU Marching “100” student leadership team to include our returning drum majors; our new drum majors Mr. Joshua Honore, Ms. Cori Bostic and Mr. Marquel Bowen; our new Band President Ms. Myrcele Neal-Scott; and a host of other dedicated leaders who will continue the 72-year legacy of our esteemed band program,” Chipman said. Click here to access the full article. 

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Richard Sherman calls out Cowboys owner Jerry Jones ‘plantation mentality’ over NFL protest

August 1, 2018 - San Francisco 49er Richard Sherman is pulling no punches and said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a “plantation mentality” for backing a policy that would penalize players for kneeling on the field during the national anthem to protest of police brutality. 

“The owner of the Dallas Cowboys, with the old plantation mentality,” Sherman, 29, told, USA Today. “What did you expect?” Jones spoke out publicly saying that he expects his players to all stand for the national anthem. “Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line,” Jones told reporters. The NFL however, is still working out the kinks of the policy with the players league after they voted to levy a financial penalty against players and staff who kneel on the field but still allow players who want to protest to remain in the locker room without retribution.

Jones didn’t agree. Click here to read full article. 

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Beyoncé takes over Vogue and hires magazine’s first Black cover photographer for September issue

July 31, 2018 - 

Beyoncé will reportedly grace Vogue’s September issue and in true Queen Bee fashion she’s making history by enlisting young black photographer Tyler Mitchell to shoot her for the cover. This is the first time in the fashion magazine’s 126-year history that a Black photographer has shot the cover. 

“I depict black people and people of color in a really real and pure way,” said 23-year-old Mitchell in an interview withThe New York Times in December. “There is an honest gaze to my photos.”

Mitchell has also shot high end campaigns before with Marc Jacobs and Givenchy. Visit www.thegrio.com to read the full article. 

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B-CU Marching Wildcats Band Stars in Netflix Original "Marching Orders"

July 31, 2018 - 

The world of black college marching bands is coming to Netflix.

Bethune-Cookman University’s Marching Wildcats will be the subject of a Netflix series called “Marching Orders.” The series will debut on August 3The minute-long trailer features a behind-the-scenes look at all facets of the band and appears that it will have some drama, as any good documentary does. Long considered one of the premiere bands in HBCU and college football, getting a Netflix documentary for BCU is a big feather in its cap. Click here to watch the trailer. 

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Watch The Trailer For Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman

July 27, 2018 - Spike Lee is eternally thought-provoking, and this trailer for BlacKkKlansman (in theaters Friday, August 10) indicates that his newest film is going to be on-brand. The trailer straddles the line between chilling and funny, and the film stars John David Washington as the real-life Klan-buster Ron Stallworth, who infiltrated the KKK in 1979. Check out the trailer and let us know what you think about it in the comments. Visit www.theroot.com to read full article. 

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DJ D Glove and Larry Gordon Collab On New Single "Good Time" Released by Curb Records

July 26, 2018 - 

Opportunities can be once in a lifetime. For Daniel Glover, a recent graduate of Bethune-Cookman University and an Army veteran, and Larry Gordon, a talented artist, songwriter, and producer, that opportunity is now. With their recently released single "Good Time" on Curb Records already rising in several music charts up to the Top 40, these two artists finally have the chance to reach their goals.

Download/Stream "Good Time" here: http://smarturl.it/GoodTimeDJ 

Click here for more information. 

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Family outraged after video shows police officers laughing as they tasered man in station

July 22, 2018 - A Georgia family wants justice after a newly released video revealed that Rome police officers laughed as a drunken 22-year-old Juan Porter was tasered. The case stems from a 2017 arrest where Sherriff’s deputy, Sgt. Matthew Battle was terminated after the sheriff’s office took swift action and determined he had violated policy. But the new video shows Battle possibly wasn’t the only officer who used excessive force and taunted Porter. 

The county now faces a lawsuit over excessive force allegations.

“It is outrageous,” said Felicia Curry, Porter’s mother. “It did some damage to my son mentally.” Visit www.thegrio.com for full article. 

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Why a Howard Univ. professor filed a lawsuit against the Dominican Republic’s president for humanitarian atrocities against Haitians

July 22, 2018 - 

Divisive, ugly and flat out racist, the anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies that currently exist in the Dominican Republic are the stuff that Trump’s wet dreams are made of – and one professor at Howard has had enough.

Last month, Howard University African American Studies Professor Nikongo BaNikongo, Ph.D., filed a lawsuit in the International Criminal Court (ICC), located in Hague, Netherlands, on behalf of Haitian sugar cane-cutters in the Dominican Republic who have been denied residency for themselves and their children born in the country. Visit www.thegrio.com to read the full article. 

 

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Black-Owned Bottled Water Brand Makes History as the First to Be Sold in Walmart

July 22, 2018 - For the first time in history, Walmart is selling a Black-owned bottled water brand on its shelves. It's called Live Alkaline Water, and it is 100% natural alkaline water that is bottled at the source from a natural underground spring, an aquifer, and a mineral rock bed that lies 800 feet below the ground. The company is based in Jacksonville, Florida, but the water comes from a family-owned spring in North Carolina that has been passed down for generations. The quality and high PH balance of the water has been tested and certified by the state of North Carolina, as well as the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Visit www.blackbusiness.org to read full article. 

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America Is Not Ready for, Nor Does It Deserve, Another Black President

July 20, 2018 - 

It’s been several weeks since the general public decided that Oprah—following her amazing speech discussing #MeToo and #TimesUp at the Golden Globes—would be the perfect candidate to run against Donald Trump in 2020. Oprah undoubtedly is a legend, great orator and motivator, and billionaire, and essentially “qualified” to be president. Now she has gone on record to say that she doesn’t plan on running for president. However, this continued desire to have another black face in the White House is something our community needs to reassess as we move closer to the midterm elections and the impending tokenization of the black vote. Visit www.theroot.com to read the full article.

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Jada Pinkett Smith reveals mental health struggles and thoughts of suicide

July 13, 2018 - 

When you think of Jada Pinkett Smith, there’s no doubt that a free-spirit, rainbow loving, brown girl with magic come to mind. But the recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, seemed to hit home for Smith, who revealed that even she once had enough and considered suicide.

The Girls Trip star took to social media to open up about her own internal pain that almost led her to down the wrong path and the lessons she learned to stay the course and stay alive. 

“One thing I’ve learned in my life over the years is that mental health is something we should practice daily, not just when issues arise,” the star of Facebook’s Red Table Talk show wrote via Instagram on Monday. Visit www.thegrio.com to read the full article. 

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Startup Genome placed a value of $2.3 billion on Tampa Bay’s startup community

July 10, 2018 - 

A new report from research organization Startup Genome placed a value of $2.3 billion on Tampa Bay’s startup community. Florida-based Tomahawk Robotics and Gridics both won $25K each from Space Florida's recent Accelerating Innovation Award, presented at the 2018 Florida Early Stage Angel Capital Conference in May in Hillsborough County. It was announced last month that Tampa Bay Wave was awarded an InBIA IMPACT Award in Technology for their work with startups, including the launch of the new TechDiversity Accelerator program. Ten early-stage tech companies led by a diverse group of women, minorities, veterans and LGBT executives make up the inaugural cohort including Articulate Labs, eTeki, GuestBox, Immersed Games, Little Global Citizens, ProjectMQ, Resility Health, Super Auth, and SynsorMed. Click here to read the full article. 

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Monday Motivation: Serena Williams Knows Why She's Great and Why other Women Are Too

July 9, 2018 - 

“[It] must be difficult being Serena Williams, because everyone ups their game every single time they have to play her,” tennis player Madison Keys told the Wimbledon press corps, explaining that just thinking about playing Williamscaused her focus to slip during her match against Evgeniya Rodina, resulting in her loss—and a major upset. “[A]ll of a sudden I came in [to a news conference] the other day, it was like, ‘So if you win, then you play [Serena Williams].’ And I think that kept being in the back of my mind,” Keys said. Click here to read full article. 

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The Thicklin Family Fire Relief

July 2, 2018 - On June 13, 2018 Chairsea, Dennis Sr. and Dennis Jr. Thicklin were victims of a horrific fire in Riverview, Florida. 

Thankfully, the family is safe and uninjured, but nearly everything in their place is unretrievable. 

Dennis Jr recently graduated high school and started an app development business over the summer. Unfortunately, he was not able to save his laptop, which holds all of his programming software. This is a set back for his business. He is to go to college this fall semester and he would appreciate the help to replace his laptop. 

The rest of the family, including daughters, Denisela and Raymiya belongings, must be replaced. 

Please help us raise funds to allow them to get their life back together, replace items and sustain them for this transitional period. Every little bit counts. Visit www.gofundme.com to donate.

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