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Vision Zero: Bicycling with local paralympic cyclist hopeful Leo Rodgers

July 26, 2017 - For as long as he can remember, Leo Rodgers has loved three things: building bikes, riding bikes and moving fast -- really fast. He recalls biking to school every day beginning in fourth grade and collecting bicycle parts in middle school -- like tinkering with LEGOs, he says -- so he could cruise the streets of his hometown St. Petersburg on his own custom builds. Click here to learn more

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Get movie passes from BlackintheBay to see DETROIT!

July 26, 2017 - Get passes from BlackintheBay to see DETROIT! BlackintheBay is happy to announce a giveaway courtesy of DETROIT in theaters August 4th! See below for a chance to win passes to attend a free advance screening of Detroit in Tampa this Wed- July 26th at Citrus Park Mall. First come, first serve. Enjoy!#Detroit

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


One lucky winner will win a Wax That Express Service!

July 26, 2017 - One lucky winner will win a Wax That Express Service! All you have to do is drop a message on the website. Includes a hand wash, rims and tires, bug and tar removal, vacuum carpets/mats/seats, door panels, center console & door jams, dash cleaned, windows, fragrance, tire shine. Must reside in Tampa/Lakeland and surrounding areas.

Category: Media Community


Three black cops sue Paterson, NJ, claiming racism in Police Department

July 26, 2017 - Three African-American sergeants in the Paterson Police Department have filed a federal lawsuit claiming that “a history of racism” delayed the promotions of minority officers. Two of the officers — Karen Rayfield and Tamiko Griffin — allege in the lawsuit that the city dragged its feet complying with a federal decree regarding their promotions to sergeant, which the officers assert prevented them from being eligible to make lieutenant last year. The third officer, Kelly Cary Pacelli, claims she was denied transfers to favorable assignments. The lawsuit claims that Pacelli had been seeking a transfer to a day shift when a white officer, who heard she might become his supervisor in the cellblock, allegedly used a racial epithet, saying he would not take orders from an African-American. Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Councilman Karl Nurse Endorses Mayor Kriseman for Re-election

July 23, 2017 - The Kriseman campaign announced on July 21, 2017 that Councilman Karl Nurse joined four other Councilmembers in endorsing the re-election bid of Mayor Rick Kriseman. He joins Councilmembers Darden Rice, Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, Amy Foster and Charlie Gerdes in their support for the incumbent mayor. A press release issued by the campaign quotes Nurse: “Rick Kriseman has been a champion and a partner in fighting for our neighborhoods.” The District 6 Councilman continued “Under Mayor Kriseman, crime is down and a record number of homes have been renovated. St. Pete should join in voting for Mayor Kriseman for another four years so we can continue building on our progress and keep St. Pete on the path of renewal. St. Pete has come too far to go back.” 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Sen. Kamala Harris touts first big bill as Dems ponder 2020

July 23, 2017 - Sen. Kamala Harris demonstrated her loyalty Thursday to key national Democratic constituencies she would need if she seeks the White House – African-American and Hispanic voters – as she unveiled her first major bipartisan bill, a bid to revamp the bail bond system. Her office touted the new legislation as her first big bipartisan bill introduction since she took office in January. The bill, co-sponsored by 2016 Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., aims to change the practice of keeping those awaiting trial in jail until they can come up with the money for bail. Click here for more information.

Category: Government & Elected Officials


A former federal prosecutor proposes radical criminal justice reforms to benefit black men

July 23, 2017 - Early on, in his recently published book, Chokehold [Policing Black Men], Paul Butler states, “cops routinely hurt and humiliate black people because that is what they are paid to do.” It’s a bold and stark claim that Butler, a Georgetown University Law School professor and former federal prosecutor, never backs away from as he challenges social activists to confront the nation’s broken criminal justice system. Click here to read more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Sistas on the Links Champions of Golf Networking​

July 23, 2017 - Sistas On The Links (SOTL) was the focus of this week’s discussion on The National and International Roundtable, an Internet radio program that has become a real game changer in providing digital broadcast news and information. Produced by the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame, with host Arif Khatib and Municipal Court Judge Fad Wilson, the program is broadcast “live” each Wednesday at 7 PM EST and archived one hour afterward. Click here to tune in.

Category: Sports Events


ONYX Magazine July/August 2017 New Edition

July 21, 2017 - ONYX Magazine 2017 issue A BluePrint for Success, meet University of Florida Dean Chimay Anumba. Click here to view the entire online issue.

Category: Business


83degrees On The Ground News "How to create jobs and help neighborhoods prosper? Support local entrepreneurs"

July 21, 2017 - Entrepreneurs and start-up companies are getting a lot of attention across America. Well, some of them are. Neighborhood entrepreneurs do not share the glamour nor glean even a fraction of the funding their better-known cousins in technology do. Yet leaders of organizations that support neighborhood entrepreneurs can attest to their ability to deliver an oversized impact to form the foundation for turning around troubled neighborhoods. Click here for more information.

Category: Corporate & Supplier Diversity Community


Vito Sheeley to challenge Wengay Newton in 2018

July 21, 2017 - A Democrat has filed to run against St. Petersburg Rep. Wengay Newton in House District 70, setting up a possible primary for the first-term representative. Vito Sheeley opened up his campaign account for the seat on Friday and is the only candidate running against Newton, who took over for now Sen. Darryl Rouson after winning a three-way Democratic against Dan Fiorini and Chris Czaia. Click here to learn more.

Category: Government & Elected Officials


African-American boys who tell better stories as preschoolers may learn to read more quickly

July 18, 2017 - Helping African-American boys improve their ability to tell stories in preschool could increase the speed at which they learn to read later on, according to new research from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Researcher Nicole Gardner-Neblett said the results were something of a surprise. Her previous research had found that strong oral narrative skills in preschool predicted better reading comprehension in elementary school for African-American children, though not for white, Hispanic or Asian children. This latest study was an attempt to find out more about that connection, especially as it demonstrated an area of academic strength for a group that is often considered at a disadvantage in school. Click here for more information.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Doctor: Calling black patient ‘Aunt Jemima’ was a ‘misspoken blunder’

July 18, 2017 - A Memphis woman said her doctor greeted her with an insulting racial term during her visit on July 11. Lexi Carter said her doctor, Dr. James Turner, came into the room and said, “Hi Aunt Jemima.” “I haven’t slept. I haven’t–I haven’t really been able to deal with this,” Carter said. “It’s just the most horrible feeling really and I try to understand it and I don’t understand it.” “I was just sitting there waiting to be seen and he walked in,” Carter said. “He had a young girl, physician’s assistant trainee, a student with him and he looked at me and he goes ‘Hi Aunt Jemima.'” Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations



While small businesses generate new jobs and employ more than half of the working class in the United States, they’re also beneficial to the local community. At some point in time, you’ve likely seen a statistic or statement by a politician or economist stating the importance of small business to local communities. Click here to read more.

Category: Media Community


Relax, Unwind and Grow at the Grow Women Beach Retreat

Want to be intentional about your fresh start for 2018?  Then join an intimate gathering of women at our 1st Beach Retreat.Everybody deserves a time of relaxation, reflection and rejuvenation. Imagine getting away from it all with a group of like-minded sisters? Close your eyes and imagine all the things you hope and dream for 2018. Now, open your eyes and smile - all of this is available at The Grow Women Beach Retreat. Too good to be true? Click here for more information.

Category: Health Events


The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club to get new owner

July 13, 2017 - ST. PETERSBURG — The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club is about to get a new owner. Maryland-based FelCor Lodging Trust, the owner of the historic Vinoy resort in downtown St. Petersburg, is being acquired by RLJ Lodging Trust, the publicly traded real estate investment trust owned by BET founder Robert Johnson.  FelCor purchased the Vinoy in 2007, and recently announced a three-year plan to make $50 million in upgrades to the property. These include building a new parking structure, a new 200-seat restaurant, and renovating the spa, fitness center, golf course and clubhouse. The company owns hotels across the country, including a few Embassy Suites in South Florida and a DoubleTree Suites in Orlando. Click here to learn more.

Category: Business


Happy 142nd Birthday Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune

In alignment with Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune's passion for the education of our future leaders, Bethune-Cookman University has equipped many young women and men over the years for lives dedicated to service and excellence. Today, her vision continues! Help us to sustain this profound legacy. Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Bethune-Cookman University Ranked in the Top 20 Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities with Online Programs

July 11, 2016 - has ranked B-CU the 5th Best HBCU Online Program out of twenty HBCUs located in the U.S. According to, the ranking criteria were chosen because a high-quality and flexible educational program is one of the strongest indicators of a school’s capabilities of producing excellence in students. Selected schools were ranked based on a 50% quality of education and flexibility. B-CU Global Online College offers eleven (11) degree programs, including three masters and eight bachelors. Since 2015, the B-CU Global Online College has cultivated 100% online undergraduate and graduate students while maintaining a healthy 85% retention rate. Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Morean Arts Center Presents Eat Rich, Play Dirty Tickets Are Now On Sale

Saturday September 9, 2017 Morean Arts Center Presents Eat Rich, Play Dirty Tickets Are Now On Sale. For more information

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


B-CU Women's Basketball Coach Selected as Finalist for HBCU Digest Female Coach of the Year Award

July 5, 2017 - DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bethune-Cookman University Women's Basketball Head Coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis has been named a finalist for the 2017 HBCU Awards Female Coach of the Year presented by HBCU Digest. The HBCU Awards acknowledge and celebrate achievement at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) throughout the United States. Crowning winners in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research, and community engagement, the HBCU Awards is the first and only event to recognize the influence and impact of HBCU's on American culture. Click here to learn more.

Category: Sports Events

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