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Turning the Tide: Nonprofit Helps Black Female Entrepreneurs Compete With White Men

November 27, 2017 - 

Social entrepreneur Alfa Demmellash may be a married mother of two but she knows the plight of single mothers intimately. Raised in part by a single mother in her native Ethiopia at the height of the devastating Derg regime in Ethiopia, Demmellash—who escaped violence that killed family members when she immigrated to the United States at age 12—will never forget how her mother struggled not just to protect her, but to provide for her as a talented and hardworking but resourceless entrepreneur. It inspired Demmellash and husband, Alex Forrester, to launch Rising Tide Capital, a New Jersey-based, nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist struggling individuals and communities in building strong businesses. Visit for full article. 

Category: Business


'2nd and Second' bringing 24-hour dining back to St. Petersburg

 November 27, 2017 - A new 24-hour diner is set to open next month in St. Petersburg, assuming they can hire enough people to run the place. Although Perrier and co-owners Reno Cowez and Jeremy Declut are no strangers to the downtown restaurant culture, running a 24-hour restaurant is. One of the biggest challenges they’ve discovered is finding enough people to fill the jobs. “We're hiring a total of 60 in the front and about 30 in the kitchen, so close to 100 people," Perrier said. "So far [we’ve had only] 120 applicants.”  Email resumes to: Visit for full article. 

Category: Business


NBC News, MSNBC Sign Eric Deggans to Contributor Deal

November 27, 2017 - Eric Deggans TV critic for NPR, has joined NBC News and MSNBC as a contributor.

He is expected to discuss issues related to media and television across the news units’ various outlets and will also contribute to a new team devoted to media-industry coverage that the NBCUniversal unit unveiled in September. A formal name for the initiative has been slated to be announced for several weeks.

Deggans is NPR’s first full-time TV critic, and contributes to shows like “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered’:; and several NPR podcasts. He joined NPR in September of 2013, after working for nearly two decades at Florida’s “Tampa Bay Times.”  He is the author of  “Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation, a look at how prejudice, racism and sexism fuels some elements of modern media. Visit for full article.

Category: Business


One woman's mission to 'buy black' on Black Friday

November 26, 2017 - 

On Black Friday, Candy Lowe won’t be joining the crowds lining up outside a big department store to grab a deal before dawn. Instead, she will visit a local clothing shop called Curvy Girls, pick up gift cards from Body Temple and purchase oils at African Extravaganza -- all small businesses, all black-owned.

“We have to keep these dollars in our community just a little bit longer,’’ says Lowe, 54, who has made it a personal mission to support African American entrepreneurs in her hometown of Tampa, Fla. “If we can ...   we’ll see an economic improvement. If we see more businesses getting support, it won’t be so frightening to be a business owner.’’ Visit for full article. 


Category: Business


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Category: Business


Your Everyday Resource Guide to Surviving Trump

November 24, 2017 - One year after Trump’s electoral college win and resounding popular vote defeat (never forget), there are still daily headlines about Twitter shenanigans that border on declarations of war, budget cuts that gut vital services for millions of Americans and Trump appointees and nominees who are not even remotely qualified for their titles.

It follows that a feeling of helplessness could threaten to overtake the masses. Not everyone is a left-leaning billionaire with the discretionary cash to spend millions on a TV ad campaign to impeach Trump. And not everyone has the desire or resources to “be the change” and run for office. But fret not, there are accessible, practical ways for the everyday person to not only survive the Trump administration, but resist, thrive, and ultimately push 45 and his feckless cronies out of Washington and the various local offices throughout the country. Visit for full article. 


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Homeland Security official resigns over comment calling Blacks lazy, promiscuous

November 21, 2017 - 

A Department of Homeland Security official resigned after it came out on Thursday that he had made derogatory comments about Black people and Muslims on conservative talk radio. CNN broke the story of Rev. Jamie Johnson‘s comment on “The Right Balance,” on Accent Radio Network, in 2008. On the show, an unidentified speaker asked Johnson to explain why “a lot of blacks are anti-Semitic.” Johnson responded by saying that “it’s an indictment of America’s black community that has turned America’s major cities into slums because of laziness, drug use and sexual promiscuity. Visit for full article. 

Category: Media Community


Nigerian women’s bobsled team makes Winter Olympics history

November 20, 2017 - 

Thirty years ago, the Jamaican bobsled team made waves around the world when they entered the Olympic bobsled race and now three women from Nigeria are looking to make history of their own in the event. The women, driver Seun Adigun, brakewomen Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere have qualified for Pyeongchang 2018. This will be the first time the African nation will be represented in the sport at the Winter Olympics. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


LaToya Cantrell becomes New Orleans’ 1st woman mayor

November 19, 2017 - 

LaToya Cantrell, a City Council member who first gained a political following as she worked to help her hard-hit neighborhood recover from Hurricane Katrina, won a historic election Saturday that made her the first woman mayor of New Orleans. The Democrat will succeed term-limited fellow Democrat Mitch Landrieu as the city celebrates its 300th anniversary next year. 

“Almost 300 years, my friends. And New Orleans, we’re still making history,” Cantrell told a cheering crowd in her victory speech. The leader in most polls before the runoff election, she never trailed as votes were counted. Visit for full article.


Category: Government & Elected Officials


Pharrell Williams has no time for people who deny climate change

November 19, 2017 - 

Pharrell Williams is using music to sound the warning about climate change. The Grammy-winning musician appeared in Shanghai this week to debut a song titled “100 Years,” which he described as “a postcard, a sarcastic one, to the people who should be ashamed to call themselves scientists and politicians.” The song addresses those who deny climate change.

“I thought, ‘Let me just troll all the pseudoscientists, the ones that don’t care about the ecosystem,'” he said. “There are a lot of great fine scientists. We just happen to have some that agree with our current administration in the States. I don’t get it.” Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


NAACP slams national anthem as ‘racist’ and ‘anti-black’

November 14, 2017 - 

The California chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) wants the national anthem to be changed, because “The Star-Spangled Banner” is racist.

The chapter has circulated two petitions in the California State Legislature about the national anthem. The first praises Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee during the national anthem, and the other denounces the song itself as “one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon.” Visit for full article.


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced

November 13, 2017 - He's been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL—all because he took a knee to protest police brutality. But Colin Kaepernick's determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson—athletes who risked everything to make a difference. Visit for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


US Army Quietly Lifts Ban on Recruits With Some Mental-Health Issues

November 13, 2017 - Most likely in its quest to make a stated goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers by next year, the Army quietly loosened its rules in order to allow those with a history of self-mutilation, bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse to join its ranks through waivers.

According to USA Today, the Army enacted the policy in August with no announcement. Newsweek reports that this ends an eight-year ban on the waivers that started after a spike in suicides in the Army. Visit for full article.


Category: Media Community


Black Lottery Winner Invests Winnings Into Rebuilding Fla. Black Business Community

November 13, 2017 - After winning millions in a lottery jackpot, a Florida man has decided to use his money to revive a district once known for thriving black businesses. “This commitment that I feel, that I have to go to that community and put my money where my mouth is,” explained Miguel Pilgram.

According to Black Enterprise, in 2010, Pilgram, a Memphis, Tenn., native, won $52 million in the lottery and began investing his money, building a real estate empire. Now, the millionaire has taken on his most ambitious project yet—rebuilding the Sistrunk Boulevard area of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., restoring the area that was once a center for black business to its former glory. Visit for full article.

Category: Business


Veterans of Color

November 11, 2017 - Veterans of Color reveals the patriotic untold stories of blacks in the military during a transformative era in American history. Fascinating stories told by the veterans who lived them, Veterans of Color is a film that brings a personal face to the struggles of African Americans in the military and their civilian lives thereafter. Trailer Also visit for more stories.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


2 other UCLA basketball players arrested in China for allegedly shoplifting

November 11, 2017 - UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford will sit the three players involved in a shoplifting incident in China for Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. Alford, however, declined to address the issue further.

“The University came out with a statement, so I won’t have any further comment on this other than in answering that question — those individuals won’t play on Saturday,” Alford said Wednesday in Shanghai.

Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott issued a statement Tuesday night saying that UCLA basketball players were “involved in a situation” in China, with police being summoned to the team’s hotel to investigate the matter. Visit for full article.

Category: Media Community


USF Black Leadership Networking brought to life!

November 10, 2017 - Bell, Frazier and Narain have brought the #USF Black Leadership Network to life, an initiative focused on engaging the community to enhance the educational and leadership opportunities for African-American scholars within the USF System. Read the story from the Fall 2017 magazine: 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Innovations from Cleveland's urban farms are taking root around the world

November 10, 2017 -  One might not guess from its industrial past, but Cleveland has some surprising ties to the rise of urban farming in America. The national negative press surrounding the Cuyahoga River Fire of 1969 helped mobilize the environmental movement, and Cleveland mayor Carl Stokes was instrumental in lobbying for the Clean Water Act of 1972. It wasn’t in hip urban centers that urban farming rose in the seventies, but in hollowed-out, underserved neighborhoods like Cleveland’s. Visit  for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Republicans Full Speed Ahead On Tax Reform, Election Consequences Be Damned

November 9, 2017 - 

Despite a growing sense that a Democratic wave could be coming in 2018, House Republicans showed little sign of letting up on their tax proposal Wednesday, with a bill set to move out of committee on a party-line vote Thursday and onto the floor as early as next week. The way Republicans have gone about drafting their legislation so far, with closed-door GOP-only negotiations producing sudden wholesale changes, suggests that nothing will stop them from pushing this bill through the House. GOP leaders look ready to discard any provision or make any deal to get the votes they need. Visit for full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Rick Kriseman wins re-election for mayor of Saint Petersburg

November 8, 2017 - 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - It was Rick versus Rick for mayor. And the Rick who is currently mayor will remain so. Rick Kriseman defeated Rick Baker with 51 percent of the vote to earn a second term as mayor. Kriseman gained 34,531 votes to Baker's 32,341 votes, according to unofficial county results. County voters approved extending the Penny for Pinellas one-cent tax for 10 more years while city residents voted for city leaders to continue managing Walter Fuller Park for no more than 20 years and allowing The Vinoy Renaissance Resort to build a parking deck. Visit for full article. 


Category: Government & Elected Officials

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