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The age of mass incarceration may actually be abating

Among the many shameful legacies of racial discrimination and segregation in the United States is the fact that African Americans make up a disproportionate share of both those who are victims of violent crimes and those who are incarcerated for committing them. Click here to learn more. 

Category: Media Community

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Former Senator Arthenia Joyner a leading advocate for Restoration of Ex-Felons Voting Rights reaches Supreme Court

April 21, 2017 TAMPA, FL - Former State Senator Arthenia Joyner on Friday hailed this week's unanimous ruling by the Florida Supreme Court approving the ballot initiative language allowing automatic restoration of voting rights for ex-felons. "I am very pleased with the Court's decision," said Senator Joyner. "The abrupt decision by Republican Governor Rick Scott soon after taking office to yank Florida back to the 20th century by reversing automatic restoration of these rights was by design. Many of these individuals are African American. And many of them lean Democratic. His move, sanctioned by his Republican Cabinet, was yet another attempt to suppress the Democratic vote in Florida. This ballot initiative approval is the first step in giving the citizens the opportunity to right that wrong." Click here to learn more. 

 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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Statement by Senator Perry Thurston on Senator Artiles' Resignation

April 26, 2017 TALLAHASSEE — Sen. Frank Artiles resigned from the Legislature on Friday, consumed by a scandal that erupted three days earlier over a diatribe of insults the Miami Republican unleashed against two lawmakers at a Tallahassee bar. In a letter to Senate President Joe Negron, Artiles said he was stepping down for the sake of his family and of the institution of the Senate, whose work ground to a near halt this week as Republican leaders grappled with Artiles' political future. Click here to read more. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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NAACP General Membership Meeting Reminder

Just a reminder  the NAACP will be meeting this Tuesday night, April 25, 2017 @ 6:30p.m. at the Enoch Davis Center. 

If you have not already committed to attending the NAACP's 2017 Freedom Fund celebration please come prepared to purchase tickets! The NAACP is working tirelessly to represent the social and economic injustices within our community. It is imperative that the community support the work of the NAACP. The Freedom Fund is the NAACP's largest annual fundraiser. This year we brought the celebration back to the neighborhood so that we could support businesses within our community.

Category: Faith Community Events

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Church of the Week: The New Mt. Zion MBC of Tampa Bay

Join the journey, click here for service times and community outreach information. 

Category: Faith Community Events

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BBIF Announces Djuan Ballinger as the New Business Development officer

 DjuanBallinger has joined the BBIF Florida team as the new Business Development Officer.   In this role, Djuan helps to support the organization raise grant and debt capital by identifying, building and expanding on new and existing relationships with investors, funders and other partners.Djuan is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a bachelor's in Political Science. He is currently completing his MBA degree at NorthCentral University with a concentration in Entrepreneurship/Finance. As a former Coordinator of Sales/Membership for the YMCA, Ballinger has the experience in developing fundraising initiatives, meeting budget goals, and operational management. He plans to continue to help underserved businesses to provide funding through loans and business development training. Djuan continues to give back to the community at large.

Category: Business

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City of Tampa Department of Parks and Recreation Hosts Stay & Play for the Third Year

Tampa, Fla. (April 5, 2017)  - This Summer, starting May 26th, select recreation centers around the City of Tampa will hold extended hours. These extended hours will provide teens with free RecCards, which allows access to these recreation centers, different programs to participate in, and a variety of educational events. Since the inception of our Stay & Play Program, over 100,000 teens have visited our various centers and pools.  Stay & Play aims to provide teens a place to be active, safe, and healthy. Food will be provided for free as well as transportation home when available from the Parks and Recreation Department. Click here for more information. 

 

Category: Entertainment Events

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Reflections of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune: The Power of United Womanhood

As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune is celebrated as one the world’s most amazing and impactful women.  She dedicated her life to service, education and leadership. She is the founder of the great Bethune-Cookman University and the National Council of Negro Women.  Dr. Bethune made women’s issues a top priority; and often spoke on women’s ability to uplift and unite communities.  Today’s society is facing so many challenges and many of the words she spoke in a 1945 address to the National Council of Negro Women still hold true. Click here to learn more about Dr. Mary McLeod. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Florida prosecutor refuses to seek death penalty for alleged cop killer, defies Gov. Rick Scott’s order to step aside

March 21, 2017 - State prosecutor Aramis Ayala may have made Florida history last week when she declared publicly and emphatically that she would not, under any circumstances, seek the death penalty. The audacity of Ayala’s stance, in a state that has been among the heaviest users of capital punishment, was underscored by the first defendant her pledge would affect: Markeith Loyd, who is charged in the slayings of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police officer, shot execution style. Click here to learn more. 

Category: Media Community

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Black Lives Matter to Join Forces with Wage Activists in ‘Fight for $15’

March 27, 2017 - The Black Lives Matter movement is looking to tackle yet another social justice issue: fair, livable wages. A band of Black Lives Matter groups and the organization leading the charge for the $15-per-hour minimum wage are teaming up to continue the struggle for racial justice and economic equality. Just as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought to connect the two pressing issues in his final years of life, BLM and the Fight for $15 are set to launch their first nationwide joint action on Tuesday, April 4. Click here for more informatio.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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This Woman Could Become The Catholic Church’s First Black American Saint

March 27, 2017 - 175 years after establishing the Sisters of the Holy Family order, Henriette Delille, a French-speaking woman of African descent stands at the doorstep of sainthood. If canonized, it will make her the first New Orleanian, and the first U.S.-born black person, recognized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. Click here for more information. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Vote Here Daily for B-CU to Win $50,000 From Home Depot

Reflections of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune: The Power of United Womanhood As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune is celebrated as one the world’s most amazing and impactful women.  She dedicated her life to service, education and leadership. She is the founder of the great Bethune-Cookman University and the National Council of Negro Women.  Dr. Bethune made women’s issues a top priority; and often spoke on women’s ability to uplift and unite communities.  Today’s society is facing so many challenges and many of the words she spoke in a 1945 address to the National Council of Negro Women still hold true.  Click here to read more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Series Explores the Power and Future of Social Investing

An 11-part series from the Stanford Social Innovation Review shines a light on the future of social investing — a growing practice among philanthropies interested in going beyond traditional grants to advance their mission. The Annie E. Casey Foundation has long believed in the power of social investing, also known as impact or mission investing, to bolster efforts to improve the lives of children and families across the country. Today, the Foundation allocates 4% of its endowment to social investing. President and CEO Patrick McCarthy details Casey’s approach in a post that is part of the series. Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Actress Vivica A. Fox Joins Moffitt’s National Board of Advisors

TAMPA, Fla. (March 28, 2017) – Moffitt Cancer Center has appointed actress, producer and philanthropist Vivica A. Fox to its national Board of Advisors. Fox joins a prominent group of individuals from across the nation who serve as Moffitt ambassadors and offer their expertise and counsel on issues relating to the cancer center. Click here to learn more about the Moffitt Center. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Rep. Maxine Waters claps back at Bill O'Reilly after hair insult

March 28, 2017 - Fox News host Bill O'Reilly said Tuesday he was distracted by Rep. Maxine Waters' hair, comparing it to a "James Brown wig." During Fox & Friends, O'Reilly watched a clip of Waters, a black Democrat from California, saying on the House floor that criticism of the president was patriotic. Click here to learn more. 

 

Category: Media

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Are you an innovative MOMpreneur?

 (Entries Accepted Feb 1 - April 28) The Women's Business Centre is looking for innovative MOMpreneurs to compete in their 2017 InnovateHER Business Challenge promoting products or services that have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families. 

See SBA InnovateHER Challenge requirements at: https://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/wbo/resources/1465581


Category: Business

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Join Mt. Zion Progressive MBC for a Sunrise Easter Sunday Service

Services will be held on Sunday April 16, 2017 Sunrise service at 6:45 am at Lassing Park, 2042 Beach Dr. SE. 

Category: Faith Community Events

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25 Survivors, 25 Stories

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM), this oral history series shares the stories of twenty-five survivors from around the country. Each survivor brings to the series an individual voice that enlivens our understanding of the Holocaust; the war’s effects on individuals, families, and communities dispersed across the world; and its reverberations into the present moment. Click here to learn more.

 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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St. Petersburg International Baseball Opens March 24

March 21, 2017 - The official start of the seventh season of St. Petersburg International Baseball opens with Team Canada facing the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, March 24, 2017, at Walter Fuller Baseball Complex, 7901 30th Ave N. Game times at Walter Fuller are all 1:05 p.m. This season will also serve as the second official season of an international spring training league, featuring players from 12 countries, including Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Spain, and three continents. International teams will play MLB prospect squads from the Rays, Blue Jays, Phillies, Tigers and Braves. Mayor Rick Kriseman will host a 12:30 p.m. meet and greet for media March 24 at Walter Fuller prior to throwing out the first pitch. 

Category: Sports Events

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Grammy Award-winner Paul Anthony Joins Moffitt’s National Board of Advisors

TAMPA, Fla. (March 14, 2017) – Moffitt Cancer Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Grammy Award-winner Paul Anthony to its national Board of Advisors. Anthony joins a prominent group of individuals from across the nation who serve as Moffitt ambassadors and offer their expertise and counsel on issues relating to the cancer center. Anthony is a member of the 1990s R&B music group Full Force. He has received multiple gold, platinum and diamond record plaques and Broadcast Music Incorporated awards. He and Full Force were among the Grammy Award®-winning group of certified songwriters on the Black Eyed Peas’ 2005 hit, “Don’t Phunk With My Heart.” Click here for more information. 

 

Category: Health Events

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