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Kunta Kinte fest canceled amid budget woes

September 23, 2013 - Organizers of the annual Kunta Kinte festival in Annapolis, Md., say the event will not be held this year due to budget shortfalls.

The festival was launched more than 25 years ago. It is named for Kunta Kinte, the character in Alex Haley’s novel “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” based on research about his ancestors, and the hit ABC mini-series that aired in 1977.  Read more at

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A challenge to ‘Teach for America’ on diversity

September 24, 2013 - This past weekend, black staff members of Teach for America (TFA) convened in Washington D.C. as part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Caucus. “The Gathering: Our Community, Our Roots,” brought together a dissimilar cast of outside experts for analysis, input and critique as to how to best serve black and brown families in urban communities.  Read more at

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From the pulpit to the pew: HIV/AIDS and the black church

September 24, 2013 - Between moments of exuberant worship and quiet prayer, Rev. Timothy Sloan of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Humble, Texas, infuses his lesson of the day with a topic once considered taboo if not completely off limits among black congregations.

The message of awareness rang throughout the walls of the church at a recent service as part of a larger effort to address a challenge that Sloan and a growing number of pastors are aligning with the NAACP to combat – the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its impact on the African-American community.  Read more at

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Bus services for south St. Pete

Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) wants to engage south side residents in a conversation about improving public transportation with its Greenlight Pinellas plan.
Information was shared at the Southside CRA (Certified Redevelopment Area) workshop held at Pinellas Technical Educational Center (PTEC) on Mon., Sept. 16.  The plan discussed will offer faster, more improved bus routes with late night hours, weekend service and neighborhood circulators.  Read more at

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Activists hope to restore historic Jackson House

September 22, 2013 - A coalition of civic activists led by Tax Collector Doug Belden and businessman Marvin Knight hopes to restore the historic Jackson House.

“They have uplifted my heart,” said Willie Robinson Jr., whose family has owned the rooming house for more than 100 years. “A lot of people that I didn’t know are coming together to see the project done and finished.”  Read more at

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Can a Racist Grandpa Raise a Biracial Kid?

September 18, 2013 - "My dad has recently become much more conservative. He now says things like, Obama isn't American, he is a Muslim, he hates whites, he might be the anti-Christ, he is unfit as president, he is a buffoon, etc. Outside of Obama, he complains about how welfare is being taken advantage of by 'the blacks,' or goes on about how this is a Christian country. He is raising my mixed-race niece with my mother, and I don't want this to hurt her self-image. Read more at

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Northeast High names gymnasium The Lee Benjamin Athletic Center

A reception and dedication ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, September 20 at Northeast High School, 5500 16th St. N, St. Petersburg, for the naming of its gymnasium in honor of Lee Benjamin. Mr. Lee Benjamin made remarkable contributions to Pinellas County as a teacher, coach, principal, area superintendent and school board member. Mr. Benjamin will attend with his family members, many of whom are also educators. Pinellas Schools Superintendent Michael A. Grego, St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster, and Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni are scheduled to speak at the dedication. Read more in the PCS Newsroom.

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Pam Stewart named state education commissioner

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the state Board of Education named interim Education Commissioner Pam Stewart to lead the department on a permanent basis.  It was a rare moment of harmony in an otherwise acrimonious meeting.

Earlier, outgoing board member Kathleen Shanahan blasted department leaders for not giving clear direction on the new Common Core State Standards, and delaying a decision on which exams will replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests.  Read more at

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Mitt Romney Welcomes New Grandson Via Twitter!

September 21, 2013 - Former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney announced the adoption of his 22nd grandson via Twitter, an adorable baby boy named Kieran James Romney.

Baby Kieran is the son of Ben and wife Andelynne Romney.  Read more at

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Jennifer Mee: Fla. ‘Hiccup Girl’ Guilty Of First-Degree Murder

September 20, 2013 - A Florida woman who became famous for her uncontrollable hiccupping was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday night and will serve life in prison without parole.

A Pinellas County jury deliberated for four hours before delivering the verdict against 22-year-old Jennifer Mee.  Read more at

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Rev. Joseph Lowery’s Wife Suffers “Irreversible Damage” From Stroke [VIDEO]

September 22, 2013 - Just three weeks after Rev. Joseph Lowery (pictured right) led the chant “Fired up! Read to go!” at the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, his wife Evelyn Lowery (pictured left) has suffered “irreversible damage” from a stroke, reports the  Read more at

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3 reasons why there really may be a government shutdown this time

September 23, 2013 - You’ve heard it all before: President Obama accusing Republicans of threatening to wreck the economy, Republicans arguing they are determined to cut spending and end “Obamacare,” endless stories about a government shutdown or default, ticking clocks on cable news networks.  Read more at

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Obama: To honor gun violence victims, we ‘have to change’

September 23, 2013 - President Barack Obama memorialized the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting as patriots but also individuals — one with a talent for fixing cars, another who coached softball and yet another who loved hockey and her cats.

It’s not enough to cry over their deaths, Obama said.  Read more at

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Fred Grimm: Rubio stands in way of justice

September 18, 2013 - A throng of vexed constituents gathered on the plaza by the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States District Courthouse in downtown Miami Wednesday. For anyone dabbling in Miami politics, this was not an insignificant gathering.

Here were representatives of the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association, the Miami-Dade NAACP, the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, the Haitian Lawyers Association, the T.J. Reddick Bar Association, the Dominican Bar Association, the Caribbean Bar Association. This was no small segment of the black legal and political firepower in Miami, all come to complain that two good, well-vetted candidates for the federal judiciary had become collateral damage in Marco Rubio’s lowdown political maneuvering.  Read more at

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Kerry Washington's Emmy Dress 2013: 'Scandal' Actress Stuns In Marchesa Gown (PHOTOS)

September 22, 2013  - When you've been deemed the world's best-dressed woman, the pressure is on to look fabulous at all times -- especially on the red carpet.

So it's a good thing Kerry Washington hit it out the park Sunday night at the 2013 Emmy Awards!  Read more at

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Global Rate Of HIV Infection, AIDS-Related Deaths Dramatically Reduced: UN

September 23, 2013 - The global rate of HIV infection and the number of AIDS-related deaths have been dramatically reduced, thanks to expanding access to treatment, the United Nations said in a report issued on Monday.

In its annual update on HIV, which it said now infects around 35.3 million people worldwide, UNAIDS said deaths from AIDS and HIV infection rates were falling, while the number of people getting treatment is going up.  Read more at

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Kordell Stewart Responds To Porsha’s Allegations Of Him Being Gay

September 21, 2013 - Ever since Kordell Stewart filed for divorce from his reality TV star wife Porsha, she’s been dropping a lot of hints in the media about his sexuality — claims that lead us to believe that the former NFL quarterback may be on the down-low.

However, Kordell is finally speaking back, and he says Porsha’s allegations are simply coming from a place of hate.  Read more at

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George Zimmerman On The Run, Divorce On Hold

September 22, 2013 - Where is George Zimmerman?  According to reports, divorce proceedings for Trayvon Martin’s admitted killer and Shellie Zimmerman are on hold because he is no where to be found. George must be served with papers before the divorce process can move forward, however lawyers for his estranged wife say they have no idea how to track him down.  Read more at

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Obama takes economy message to corporate leaders

September 18, 2013 - President Barack Obama, facing a budget showdown with Congress, is pushing his economic agenda to some of the nation’s top corporate executives while cautioning Republicans not to precipitate a government shutdown or an unprecedented debt default.

Obama was to speak to the Business Roundtable on Wednesday, drawing attention to a modest economic recovery that he says would be hurt if Republican lawmakers can’t work with Democrats to pass a stopgap spending measure to keep the government operating after the fiscal year ends Sept. 30.  Read more at

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