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How the GOP Can Prove It Isn’t a Party for White Supremacists

August 18, 2017 - 

On Saturday, white supremacists marched on Charlottesville to defend the honor of men who fought for their right to keep dark-skinned people as chattel. That same day, in the same city, socialists, anarchists, and Nazi-hating normies marched to defend the fundamental dignity of all human beings. One member of the first group sped his car through the latter one, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 19 others. Click here to learn more.

 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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Race, Criminality and the Persistent Myth of Black on Black Crime

August 18, 2017 - In America, more frequently than any other race of people, white people kill white people. In fact, Caucasians have a lengthy history of victimizing and killing one another in their communities and, in 2014, of the 3021 murders of Caucasians nationwide, Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics report 2488 of the offenders were white. As is customarily the case, white-on-white crime — murder, in particular—dominates federal statistics every year. Click here for more information.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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#SpringZoneStPete Community Solution & Youth Empowerment Expo

Community Solution & Youth Empowerment Expo, Spring Zone St.Pete will be the first of its kind in the Bay Area. Click here for more information

When: August 19, 2017 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Where: The Mahaffey Theater400 1st Street SoutheastSaint Petersburg, FL, 33701United States

Featuring more than a dozen of Pinellas County's solution-based youth programs and a family-focused panel dialogue with

  • Hip-Hop Icon and Author Darryl "DMC" McDaniels
  • Hometown Celebrity Marcus Dixon
  • National Spirit Coordinator Jared Williams
  • City of St. Petersburg

To reserve your ticket, sign-up at one of the following locations:

  • Campbell Park Recreation Center, 601 14th St. S. St. Petersburg, Fl. 33705
  • Thomas "Jet" Jackson Recreation Center (Jordan Par), 1000 28th St. S. St. Petersburg, FL. 33712
  • Childs Park Rec Center, 4301 13th Ave S, St Petersburg, FL. 33711

For those who will need transportation on August 19th, these centers are also the pick up spots!

 

Category: Media Community

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Kia Patterson 1st African American Woman to Own and Operate a Grocery Store in Compton, CA

**MOVER, SHAKER & HISTORY MAKER**
Kia Patterson
1st African American Woman to Own and Operate
a Grocery Store in Compton, CA

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

Police

Trump’s “us-versus-them” rhetoric hurts police and black lives

August 12, 2017 - President Trump has managed what few others could achieve, giving activists on both sides of the Black Lives Matter-Blue Lives Matter divide something to agree on. In his remarks to law enforcement officers gathered at the Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, N.Y., on July 28, Mr. Trump encouraged police not to worry about roughing up “thugs” when getting them into a squad car. While several officers could be seen laughing and clapping behind the president, there has been near universal condemnation of Mr. Trump’s comments by the law enforcement community as well as civil rights groups. Click here for more information.

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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No charges in fatal Washington police shooting of black man

August 12, 2017 - 

A Washington police officer will face no charges for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorcyclist who rammed his cruiser after a high-speed chase, U.S. prosecutors said on Wednesday. The September 2016 shooting death of Terrence Sterling, 31, triggered demonstrations in the U.S. capital amid anger over police killings of African-Americans across the United States. Click here for more information.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Frederick Clay, Wrongfully Convicted of Murder, Wins Freedom Back after Nearly Four Decades in Prison

August 12, 2017 - Clay, 53, emerged from the Boston courthouse with his arms raised and a wide smile on this face, having last experienced freedom when Jimmy Carter was in the White House and “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer was at the top of the charts. He was convicted of the 1979 execution-style murder of 28-year-old cab driver Jeffrey Boyajian, who was shot five times in the head at a Roslindale housing project. Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Oprah Winfrey unveils ‘O, That’s Good!’ comfort food line

Aug. 10, 2017 - Oprah Winfrey has launched a line of comfort food, with a healthy twist, that you’ll soon be seeing in the refrigerated aisle.

Oprah opened up about the line to People in their latest issue, covering the initial offerings that the “O, That’s Good!” line has to offer:

Original Mashed Potatoes and Garlic Mashed Potatoes (both with added mashed cauliflower), Three Cheese Pasta (with added butternut squash), Creamy Parmesan Pasta (with added white beans), Broccoli Cheddar Soup (with added butternut squash), Creamy Tomato Basil Soup (with added celery and carrots), Baked Potato Soup (with added cauliflower) and Creamy Butternut Squash Soup (with added pureed sweet potatoes and carrots). 

“I’ve been asked over the years to do anything you can imagine to attach my name to it to,” Oprah explained. “I have always just wanted to stay in my lane and to do what was organic for me, authentic and natural. Food would be it.” Read more at thegrio.com.

Category: General

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‘Wrong on so many levels’: Internet reacts to ‘digital blackface’ app

Aug. 10, 2017 - FaceApp is under fire after releasing a new filter that changes the ethnicity of your photos.

The options under the filter are: white, black, Asian, and Indian.

While the app itself has been popular for giving users the ability to play with the age and gender of their photos, this new filter has many people crying foul, pointing out that this could is essentially digital blackface. Read more at thegrio.com.

Category: General

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Ava DuVernay Producing TV Series Based On Octavia Butler’s ‘Dawn’

Aug. 10, 2017 - Filmmaker Ava DuVernay has been one busy woman recently, and she’s adding one more intriguing project to her slate: A TV series adaptation of Octavia Butler’s 1987 science fiction novel Dawn.

Dawn, the first in a three-book series known as Lilith’s Brood or, previously, Xenogenesis, was optioned for TV by Allen Bain’s production company, Bainframe in 2015. On Wednesday, Deadline reported that the project is being developed by DuVernay and Charles D. King, who are attached as executive producers. Director and writer Victoria Mahoney (“Yelling to the Sky”) has been brought on to adapt the book. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Boy Found Dead In Day Care Van Had Been Left In Vehicle All Day: Cops

Aug. 10, 2017 - A Florida day care worker is facing criminal charges after a 3-year-old boy was found dead inside of a van after being left inside for nearly 12 hours, authorities said. The worker at Little Miracles Academy in Orlando admitted that she did not perform a head count before leaving the child, Myles Hill, in the backseat Monday morning, Orlando police chief John Mina said at a press conference. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

Category: General

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Fla. Firefighter Recruit Fired, 3 Others Resign After Noose Found Hanging Over the Seat of the Only Black Recruit

Aug. 10, 2017 - A firefighter recruit was fired and three others resigned after a noose was found hanging over the seat belonging to the only black recruit. According to the Sun Sentinel, an investigation into the noose, which was found at the Pompano Beach Fire Training Center, wrapped up on Wednesday. Fire Chief John Jurgle said that he took quick action as soon as he learned about the racist symbol last month, discovering that the offensive, threatening gesture was directed at the only black recruit in a class of six. “It’s a very serious, unfortunate incident that happened,” Jurgle said. “We’re professional firefighters. We’re not going to tolerate this kind of thing.” Read more at theroot.com.

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DC Cop Will Not Face Charges in Fatal Shooting of Terrence Sterling, an Unarmed Black Motorcyclist

Aug. 10, 2017 - A Washington, D.C., police officer who fatally shot and killed an unarmed black motorcyclist in September 2016 will not face charges, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Terrence Sterling’s death sparked protests across the capital, raising a fresh wave of anger over the recent spate of police killings over the past few years. However, according to Reuters, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement that “there is insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights or District of Columbia charges.” Read more at theroot.com.

Category: General

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Rick Kriseman has a decision to make on Manhattan Casino

Aug. 10, 2017 - The future of the iconic Manhattan Casino, empty for more than a year, is back on Mayor Rick Kriseman’s desk. But less than three weeks before the Aug. 29 mayoral primary, it’s unclear when the mayor will pull the trigger on a project that has been an ongoing sore point with the city’s black community since Sylvia’s was shut down more than a year ago. "There's no timeline for a decision," said Kriseman's spokesman Ben Kirby. "We just want to get it right." Read more at tampabay.com.

Category: General

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Lizzie Donald: 100 years and counting

Aug. 10, 2017 - “I don’t know if you heard me, but I said 100 years!” boomed Roderick Green, the Master of Ceremony at his grandmother’s 100th birthday party. The Crystal Ballroom in Clearwater was decked out in gold and black Monday night in honor of Lizzie Donald’s centennial birthday.  As she sat on her golden throne, her family and friends stood in line to take selfies with her and show their love. Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

Category: General

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Pinellas hosts two Global Latch On events

Aug. 10, 2017 - Mothers and babies bonded at the Global Big Latch On breastfeeding event held at Pinellas Technical College (PTC) last Friday morning and at Girls Inc. in Pinellas Park on Saturday. The latter corresponded with simultaneous events all over the world. Women’s Health Action initiated the Big Latch On in New Zealand in 2005. The event was held in two countries at 147 locations in its first year. By 2013, the program participation had grown to 28 countries, 845 locations with 14,536 latched on babies simultaneously. Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

Category: Health Events

Veterans

Veterans get it done on time!

Aug. 10, 2017 - Having served in the United States Army for 10 years as a military police officer, Ada McFarley, owner of Never Late Property Cleaning, knows the value and quality of an army veteran. With the intense training one receives in the armed forces, veterans often have impeccable skills and an unyielding work ethic.

McFarley’s army training prepared her to spend eight years on the St. Petersburg Police Department. Her experience in law enforcement taught her to have a keen eye for details, so when her company needed to add more efficient and effective workers, she reflected back on her experiences. Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

Category: General

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No permanent friends, no permanent enemies, only permanent issues

Aug. 10, 2017 - BY Leslie Wimes

Bob Johnson, one of the founders of Black Entertainment Television, is coming to St. Petersburg. He, through his company RLJ Companies, is taking over The Vinoy. The black community in St. Petersburg celebrated upon hearing the news. One of our “own” is taking over one of the most renowned hotels in St. Pete. Johnson has been very successful in business; however, it is something he said related to politics that stood out to me. It should stand out to you. Especially in this nonpartisan St. Petersburg mayoral race as it relates to black people. There are no permanent friends and there are no permanent enemies. There are only permanent issues. Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

Category: General

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The line is drawn in the blood of black children

Aug. 10, 2017 -

Dear Editor:

I’d first like to start this off by appreciating those who, in light of this tragedy, support those who have been murdered. My name is Eritha ‘Akile’ Cainion, candidate for District 6 City Council, and yes you read correctly, what happened to Dejarae Thomas, Jimmy Goshey, and Keontae Brown on the early morning of August 6th in Palm Harbor was MURDER on behalf of the notorious killer Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department. Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

Category: General

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Science Grant to help expand St. Petersburg College program

Aug. 10, 2017 - The National Science Foundation awarded St. Petersburg College a grant last month to help expand its biomedical engineering teachings.

Over the next three years, a nearly $620,000 grant from the foundation is aimed at helping the college develop a new certificate integrating medical device networking and cybersecurity. The college's Tarpon Springs campus is debuting a new biomedical engineering technology lab this fall. The grant will help the college build its biomedical engineering technology Associate in Science degree by providing training across cybersecurity, health sciences and biomedical engineering technology. Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

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