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Big Boi's Wife, Sherlita M. Patton, Files For Divorce

October 3, 2013 - Following an 11 year marriage, the wife of Outkast member, Big Boi (born Antwon A. Patton) has reportedly filed for divorce.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sherlita M. Patton submitted a divorce complaint in Georgia’s Fulton County Superior Court on Wednesday citing that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.” The former couple, who married in February 2002, have two children together, ages 18 and 12.  Read more at

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US Government Shutdown Has Out-sized Impact On African American Workers

October 6 2013 - Although the shutdown of the federal government that began Tuesday is affecting all Americans, a disproportionate portion of the 800,000 furloughed federal workers are African Americans, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Because government jobs have been more available to Blacks than private sector employment over the years, Blacks, who comprise 13.6 percent of the U.S. population, make up 17.7 percent of the federal workforce.  Read more at

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The New Ku Klux Klan in Photos

Oct. 7, 2013 - No group brings to mind images of hatred, violence and sheer ugliness more than the Ku Klux Klan. But is it possible that today's iteration of the KKK looks remarkably different than the iconic images of white men in white robes and white hoods, burning crosses and terrorizing black people (and those who were allies of blacks)? The answer, according to a new project by photojournalist Anthony Karen, is yes and no. Karen goes "under the hood" in parts of the Midwest, North Carolina and Louisiana to show us a glimpse of what the 2013 version of the Ku Klux Klan looks like. According to an interview with the Daily Mail, the New York-based Karen found today's members to be "no different than somebody living next door." These days, Karen says, members of the KKK are closer to us than we think, but rarely ever look like the historic images found in historic films like The Birth of a Nation. "You'd only know they were in the Klan if they decided to share that with you, had a distinguishing emblem on a T-shirt or a racially-themed tattoo," he says. Read more at

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Tameka, Usher Head Back To Court Amid Claims Co-Parenting Isn’t Working

October 7, 2013 - The war of the exes continues as Tameka Foster (pictured left) and her ex-hubby crooner, Usher (pictured), reportedly head back to court over co-parenting issues, according to TMZ.


Foster and Usher, who were married for two years and have two sons together, have publicly battled each other with their gloves off since their divorce proceedings began in 2009.  And after a nasty spectacle of plenty of mud slinging, Usher was awarded primary custody of their young sons last year.  Read more at

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Scholars of Color Working in Isolation

Oct. 7, 2013 -  Remember the name Maurice Green -- not the Olympic sprinter, but the energetic young scholar who founded the International Black Doctoral Network Association Inc. The newly minted group just completed its first convention in Philadelphia, drawing 400 black Ph.D.s and doctoral candidates from a wide variety of disciplines to network, present papers and hear inspiring speeches from such luminaries as philosopher Cornel West, economist Julianne Malveaux and sociologist William Julius Wilson. Green, a doctoral candidate at City University of New York, hopes that the conference, which received support from theKnight Foundation and BMe, will lead to the creation of a permanent organization in which black intellectuals can relate both to each other and to the larger community. Read more at

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Gun Violence's No. 1 Target: Black Children

Oct. 7, 2013 - In the weeks since the Washington Navy Yard shooting, the city of New Orleans reached a tragic milestone.

All told, 108 people have been murdered in the Crescent City so far this year. In September two black girls,one 11 years old and the other age 2, were shot and killed. And earlier this year a national organization advocating for stricter gun control told the story of a black 10-year-old New Orleans boy who has been shot and seriously injured twice in his short life. Read more at

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The Tragic Game of the Federal Shutdown

Oct. 7, 2013 - Americans are tired of playing the Republican Party's blistering game of high-stakes political brinksmanship, writes the New York Times' Charles M. Blow. He calls on the GOP House to end its futile feud with President Obama and get on with the business of governing the nation.

Speaker John Boehner barked Friday about the government shutdown: "This isn't some damn game."

The House leader was responding to an anonymous "senior administration official" who was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article, saying: "We are winning. ... It doesn't really matter to us' how long the shutdown lasts ‘because what matters is the end result.' " Read more at

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ATL Parents Claim Chuck E. Cheese Violated Special Needs Daughter’s Rights

Oct. 7, 2013 - Mark Eschoe is a man who takes pride in taking care of his three children’s needs, no matter what they may be. One of those children is his daughter, Marley (pictured), who suffers from Lupus. In the first six months of this year, she suffered two strokes caused by brain aneurisms that left her wheelchair-bound. During her last stay at an Atlanta hospital, he sat by his daughter’s bed and watched her breath through tubes that kept her alive. It was a rare period of time when he felt his fatherly love could do nothing to help his ill daughter feel better. Read more at

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Gov. Rick Scott endorses St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster

September 30, 2013 - Florida's top Republican is endorsing Bill Foster's re-election bid.

"You look at what's happened with unemployment. It's come down," Scott said. "Look at all the development that's happening in St. Pete."  Read more at

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Josh Freeman signs with Minnesota, could compete for starting job

October 7, 2013 - Josh Freeman has a new team, Minnesota has a new young quarterback and Tampa Bay has moved on.

This was quite the eventful bye week for the Vikings and Buccaneers.

Freeman's agent, Erik Burkhardt, revealed the move in an exclamatory one-word tweet about his client Sunday night: "Vikings!!!" Burkhardt then confirmed in a phone interview that the 25-year-old agreed to a deal worth $3 million for the rest of the season.  Read more at

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Black Boys: The Death Toll Rises

October 4, 2013 - In a piece at Truthdig, Sonali Kolhatkar writes that Florida has a chance to redeem itself after George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Another man is on trial for taking the life of another black male teenager in a similar case, and hopefully the criminal-justice system will work this time, she writes.  Read more at

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Artist Gale Fulton Ross to showcase work at TBABJ’s Griot Drum Awards & Scholarship Banquet

The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists is pleased to announce that artist Gale Fulton Ross will be a featured guest at its Eighth Annual Griot Drum Awards & Scholarship Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 12, at research giant Nielsen in Oldsmar.

Fulton Ross has developed a far-reaching reputation for creating compelling designs on canvas for more than four decades. Her internationally exhibited works have been praised by critics and coveted by collectors. She is an African-American artist living and working in Sarasota, who has an amazing story of her life. Her paintings are a unique blend of the black experience, ranging from high-profile commissioned work to the abstract.  Fulton Ross will be in attendance along with several of her original pieces, including her acclaimed “My Sojourner Truth.” Her work will be featured during the cocktail hour from 6 to 7 p.m.

WEDU’s documentary “Diamonds Along the Highway: Baby Artist: The Gale Fulton Ross Story’’ is a finalist for this year’s media awards.

A dinner and program will begin at 7 p.m., which will include a conversation with Dream Defenders Executive Director Phillip Agnew. The emcee will be Tampa Bay Times columnist and editor Ernest Hooper. TBABJ also will present thousands of dollars in college scholarships to students studying journalism, along with awards to area journalists and media outlets that have excelled in covering people of color.

Tickets for the event are $30 for TBABJ members, $35 for non-members, $10 for students and $300 for a table of eight. They can be purchased using the secure PayPal feature at  Sponsors for the event are Nielsen, Helios Education Foundation, Tucker/Hall, Tampa Bay Times, United Way Suncoast and Vistra Communications.  For more information, call 813-419-2490 or send an email to

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“Scandal’s” racially charged motto: “You have to be twice as good as them”

October 4, 2013 - As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve spent the last few days pushing through the first two seasons of “Scandal,” a television series during which — among many, many other ridiculous occurrences — a sitting U.S. President murders a cancer-stricken Supreme Court Justice with his bare hands. Such extended suspension of disbelief coupled with sleep deprivation had induced in me a near-fugue state that was, finally — thankfully — broken last night during the season premiere by the furious baritone of veteran actor Joe Morton.  Read more at

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Family, friends gather to remember pregnant woman killed

October 3, 2013 Family and friends said they came out to remember a woman who was taken way too soon.

Dozens of people showed up in front of Brianna Anderson’s apartment Thursday night, a day after she was shot and killed.

"Speak the word and you will be helped," one woman began to sing.

They came together in song and in tears with the flickering of candles.  Read more at

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Head Start programs in Hernando could close amid shutdown

October 4, 2013 - Hernando County's Head Start programs may not be open on Monday if the government shutdown isn't lifted.

Mid-Florida Community Services runs Head Start and because of the shutdown they're not getting their funding.

The centers provide preschool, child care and other services to children from low-income families and disabled children from families of all income levels. There are 924 kids on the rolls, including 264 at Hernando's Spring Hill and Brooksville sites.  Read more at

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Students get paid for good FCAT scores in Bradenton

October 3, 2013 - A Manatee County school is paying its students for making good grades.

On Thursday, during an awards ceremony at Team Success Charter School in Bradenton, students were given $20,000 in cash for earning high FCAT scores.

“We went from an F school to an A in two years,” said Fred Spence, CEO of Team Success.  “We just got a B++, and the future is just bright here at Team Success.”  Read more at

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Home returned to estate of slain lottery winner Shakespeare

October 4, 2013 - The million-dollar Polk County home of a slain lottery winner has been stripped from his convicted killer and returned to his estate.

Circuit Judge J. Dale Durrance ruled that Dorice “Dee Dee” Moore never paid Abraham Shakespeare.

A lawyer representing Shakespeare’s estate said the Lakeland home will be sold to benefit his two sons, the Ledger reported.  Read more at

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St. Petersburg's waiver of lien clears path for new women's shelter

October 3, 2013 - Every month, 150 women call the St. Petersburg Free Clinic seeking a safe shelter.

But the organization, which for years has operated a transitional housing program for women in crisis, has room for only 20.

Leaders hope that will change in the next few years. That's why this summer, the free clinic bought a plot of land near downtown, which it intends to turn into a shelter big enough to house twice as many women.  Read more at

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‘Orange is the New Black’: Danielle Brooks, star of hot Netflix series, is one sizzling black actress to watch

Oct. 4, 2013 - Actress Danielle Brooks turned more than a few heads with her Emmy Awards style. Her orange gown was absolutely stunning on the red carpet.

“I like to wear what feels good and looks good,” the thespian said. “I don’t get caught up with name brand stuff. Find colors that work well for your skin tone and take time to choose the proper under garments,” she added with a laugh. Read more at

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Obamacare Isn't Big Enough

Oct. 4, 2013 - It is long past time for Barack Obama to launch a rhetorical and public policy offensive, one that outlines economic priorities to promote job growth and end poverty. In 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt outlined the "four freedoms" that all Americans had the right to enjoy. Freedoms of speech and religion were combined with freedom from want and fear as the sacred rights of all citizens. 

Roosevelt's "four freedoms" still hold true today, although contemporary politicians and even many citizens have forgotten the tough lessons that came out of the Great Depression and World War II. The combined crises spurred the nation to enact Social Security and other New Deal reforms that Tea Party Republicans seek to eviscerate from our national policy and our collective memories. Read more at

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