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Black media thankfully shut out of Trump Fake News Awards

January 19, 2017 - On Wednesday, Donald Trump rolled out his long-promised 2017 Fake News Awards.

The embattled president announced the Trump Fake News Awards by tweeting a link listing the so-called winners. Unfortunately for the social-media savvy POTUS the awards stumbled right out of the starting gate when the link took visitors to a site that was down for maintenance. Eventually, the list went up on In the rollout, the release noted that “studies have shown that over 90 percent of the media’s coverage of President Trump is negative.” The year of 2017 also got the distinction of being named “a year of unrelenting bias, unfair news coverage and even downright fake news.” Visit for full article. 

Category: Media Community


Deal Re-Establishes ESSENCE as a 100% Black-Owned Independent Company

January 17, 2018 - Essence Ventures LLC, an independent African-American owned company focused on merging content, community and commerce, has announced its acquisition of multi-platform media company Essence Communications Inc. from Time Inc. ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks will continue at the helm of the company and will also join its board of directors. In addition, the all Black female executive team of ESSENCE, including Ebanks, will have an equity stake in the business. “This acquisition of ESSENCE represents the beginning of an exciting transformation of our iconic brand as it evolves to serve the needs and interests of multigenerational Black women around the world in an even more elevated and comprehensive way across print, digital, e-commerce and experiential platforms,” said Ebanks. “In addition, it represents a critical recognition, centering and elevation of the Black women running the business from solely a leadership position to a co-ownership position.” Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Local community leaders honored for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 17, 2018 - 

In the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr., a group of community leaders in Pinellas County started this year off by being recognized for their work - and they’ve been encouraged to keep it up. The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners announced that they gave a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day proclamation award to two organizations at their first meeting of the year this month. Members of the 2020 Plan Taskforce was in attendance to receive the honor along with honorees James and Gwen Feazell, the founders of the Bridging the Achievement Gap (BTAG) program. Pinellas County Commission Chairman Kenneth Welch was the presenter of the ceremonial proclamation, which is a statement signed by all commissioners recognizing significant activities, organizations or individuals in the community. This is the first time that a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day proclamation has been given. 


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Haitian-American GOP Rep. Mia Love rips Trump, demands apology

January 12, 2017 - 

On Thursday, Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah, the first Haitian-American to be elected to Congress, demanded an apology from President Donald Trump for his comments about Haiti and African countries being “shithole countries.” “The (President’s) comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values,” Love said in a statement Thursday night. “The President must apologize to both the American people and the nations he so wantonly maligned.” Visit for more information. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Sunshine City Film Festival All ACCESS Pass

Tonight through January 15, 2017 - This exclusive pass gets you free access into All the events happening during the Sunshine City Film Festival 2018. Individual tickets to each event are available on Eventbrite and can be purchased at the door the day off the event as well. Visit for full schedule of events.


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Double SNAP Benefits at Saturday Morning Market and Florida Farmers Markets with Match Up to $40

When: May 26, 2018 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm 

Where: The Saturday Morning Market Al Lang Stadium parking lot, 230 1st St. SE

As many Floridians continue to recover from the disastrous impacts of Hurricane Irma, and climate refugeesdisplaced by Hurricane Maria continue to arrive from Puerto Rico, Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) is extending an increased SNAP incentive match at participating farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and CSAs across Florida, including the Saturday Morning Market in St. Petersburg. The Saturday Morning Market is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday through May 26, at the Al Lang Stadium parking lot, 230 1st St. SE. FAB is enabling Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients and Disaster SNAP recipients to match their SNAP benefits up to$40 in Fresh Access Bucks toward the purchase of Florida-grown fruits and vegetables at participating markets through 2018. For a complete list of participating markets in Florida, please visit

Category: Health Events


Fraud Commission Dissolved but Florida League of Women Voters Remains Vigilant

January 9, 2017 - 

he League of Women Voters of Florida welcomes the dissolution of President Donald Trump's commission to investigate voter fraud, but the group today said it remains vigilant in the face of other potential threats to the voting rights.“The League of Women Voters of Florida, as it has for 80 years, will vigorously protect and defend the voting rights of Floridians from threats wherever they originate — whether it be from Tallahassee or Washington D.C.," said Pamela Goodman, President of the LWV of Florida. "Our right to vote is sacred and cherished."

 On Wednesday, Donald Trump signed an executive order that effectively dissolved the controversial commission on voter fraud he created in May 2017, citing states’ refusal to provide the commission with “basic information.”  The White House said in a statement: “Despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry. Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the commission, and have asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action,” according to CNN.  

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Hope Dove's Custom made Cakes and Cupcakes

January 4, 2017 - 

Hope Dove Confections is now offering confections with custom edible images!! Order yours today for that special occasion! *Images are for illustration purposes only*

Call (813) 815-0460 or for more information.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Sean Combs and Colin Kaepernick are serious about buying Carolina Panthers

January 4, 2018 - 

It seems that Sean “Diddy” Combs is serious about buying the Carolina Panthers and the rapper is ready to set up meetings with potential investors that include Colin Kaepernick. He has had a long phone call with the ex-football star and philanthropist who wants to play a role in the ownership of the team. On Sunday, Combs said he was looking to purchase the NFL team after current owner Jerry Richardson let it be known that he is putting his controlling share up for sale. Kaepernick also said he was interested and started making his own plans this week. Visit for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Meet the 29-Year Old Entrepreneur Who Spike Lee Wants to Work With

January 3, 2018 - Chad Sanders, a 29-year old tech entrepreneur and rising star, is partnering up with Spike Lee for a new TV series inspired by no other than himself. The series entitled Archer is a sociological thriller with a pinch of dark comedy that revolves around the life of a character described as a "young black Zuckerberg." Visit for full article.

Category: Business


9-Year Old Queen Running Her Own Home-Based Line of Bath Products

January 3, 2018 - Jelani Jones from Fredericksburg, Virginia is only 9-years old, but she runs her business... like a queen! In addition to making and selling her own line of bath products, Lani Boo Bath, from her home, Jones is also a straight “A” student in school. How does she do it? “I have a schedule so I can fit everything in,” explains Jones. Spoken like a true entrepreneur! She likes to do everything herself, or at least be involved in some aspect of her business at all times. She even helps to do her own taxes, and has learned how to write a business plan and determine pricing for her products. Visit for full article.

Category: Business


Three FAMU alumni set to be inaugurated as mayors in Georgia

December 30, 2017 - Three alumni of Florida A&M University will soon be sworn in as the new mayors of Georgia cities. Two are graduates of the School of Business and Industry and one is a graduate of the School of Journalism, Media and Graphic Arts (now the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication).  

Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor-elect of Atlanta, GeorgiaCollege: School of Journalism, Media and Graphic ArtsMajor: B.S., Broadcast Journalism Graduation Year: 1991Inauguration Date: January 2, 2018

Deana Holiday Ingraham, Mayor-elect of East Point, GeorgiaCollege: School of Business and IndustryMajor: B.S., Accounting and Business AdministrationGraduation Year: 1996Inauguration Date: December 30, 2017

Booker Gainor, Mayor-elect of Cairo, GeorgiaCollege: School of Business and IndustryMajor: B.S., Business Administration with a Concentration in MarketingGraduation Year: 2012Inauguration Date: January 8, 2018

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Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


5 TV predictions for our favorite shows in 2018

December 30, 2017 - There are so many good Black shows continuing into 2018. Some of them are chucking deuces, and some are in it for the long haul. Here are my predictions for these, our favorite shows. Bookmark this and hold me accountable! 

Issa Rae and co ended Insecure’s second season on a somewhat somber note for everyone. Issa and Lawrence had a mature heart to heart about the ups and downs of their relationship and ended up giving each other a tearful goodbye that felt like the forever kind. However, in Season 3, Issa and Lawrence will continue to orbit each other in unhealthy ways as Issa toys with Daniel’s emotions.

Molly will find out that Dro’s wife is not actually down with the whole open marriage idea, and she’ll have to work through that while figuring out her job situation now that she’s over-complicated things by sleeping with a potential co-worker. She’ll have that same awesome therapist, though, so maybe she can come out on top. Tiffany’s bougie behind will have the messy bits of her life exposed as she and her husband begin their dive into parenthood and they get more storylines. Issa will still be delivering one of our favorite shows.

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Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Colin Kaepernick tweets that he wants to join Diddy in buying the Panthers

December 27, 2017 - Just a few weeks ago, Diddy was saying he wanted to buy the entire NFL. That, of course, was never realistic, but with the Carolina Panthers suddenly up for sale, you’d have to think the rapper/entrepreneur would be interested, right? Actually, Diddy has a two-part plan in mind: Buy the Panthers, then sign Colin Kaepernick. When he learned of Diddy’s plan, Kaepernick had other ideas. Unsigned since parting with the San Francisco 49ers last March, he is thinking about moving up in the NFL’s hierarchy. “I want in on the ownership group!” he tweeted Monday morning. “Let’s make it happen!”

Which would be interesting if, as many have theorized, Kaepernick is being blackballed from the league because of his national anthem demonstrations. Visit for full article.

Category: Business


Entrepreneur Develops App to Help Incarcerated Blacks Get Bail Relief

December 27, 2017 - Kortney Ziegler, an entrepreneur and a techie from California, came up with a genius idea to help provide bail money for Black people who are incarcerated. The new app, called Appolition, allows you to automatically give your spare change from everyday purchases to help Black men and women who have been charged with misdemeanors and are awaiting trial. Why bail money? As Zeigler explained, the cost of bail money in California is huge -- $2,500 -- compared to other states that charge as little as $300 for bail. This makes it impossible for many Black people to get out of jail and home to their families.

As Zeigler also explained, his app was not intended to be a quick "get out of jail free" fix. The bail money is used for misdemeanors, and due to the enormous cost in California, many have to sit in jail until their trial because they cannot afford the bail. Click here to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Middle school artwork is on display at the Morean Arts Center

December 21, 2017 - Student artwork was selected for the 2017-18 Word and Image Middle School Exhibition. The annual exhibition combines art and writing into one work of art. This year’s theme is “Did You Ever See."  Maytinee Mekchinda of  Osceola Middle School received the Pinellas County Art Education Association Young Artist Award. Other top awards went to Marcus Telsede of Azalea Middle School, Grace Knox of Bay Point Middle School and Sophia Brocklebank of Safety Harbor Middle School. Works will be on display through Jan. 14 at the Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg.

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Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Why More Young Black People Are Trading In Church for African Spirituality

December 21, 2017 - Soul Searching is our series about how the most secular generation in history is changing the face of religion.

Let’s start off with gratitude: Thanks to the Trump era, the hypocrisy of evangelical Christians has become obvious. There should be a gold medal awarded for the outrageous feats of mental gymnastics performed by “family values” champions who condemn the LGBTQ community one minute and vote for accused sexual predator Roy Moore the next. Or pastors who will shout from their pulpit about the dangers of idolatry one Sunday, then unironically lambast Colin Kaepernick for disrespecting the flag. Click here for full article. 


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Black Panther Red Carpet Movie Premiere in St. Pete

December 18, 2017 - This is an Exclusive Red Carpet Screening of Marvel Studios most anticipated movie Black Panther. This event will be hosted by On the Beat - St. Pete, LLC and Black Power 96.3 FM. Guests will be in attendance for a LIVE Broadcast of Black Power 96.3fm where they will get to meet radio programs, have photo opportunities, get SWAG and so much more! Click here for more information.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Omarosa on ‘petty’ Robin Roberts: ‘It’s a black woman civil war’

December 18, 2017 - Omarosa Manigault doesn’t appreciate Robin Roberts‘ “petty” response to the news that she’d left the White House. Roberts didn’t make any secret of the fact that she was glad to see Omarosa go. The beloved anchor threw a “Bye Felicia” line out on Good Morning America on Thursday that summed up the mood of most people watching the drama unfold. But Omarosa wrote to Inside Edition to let Roberts know she didn’t appreciate the call-out.“That was petty. It’s a black woman civil war,” she wrote. Visit for full article.

Category: Media Community


African American Voters Made Doug Jones a U.S. Senator in Alabama

December 15, 2017 - Ahead of Alabama’s special U.S. Senate election, there was a clear narrative about the state’s black voters: They weren’t mobilizing. Six in 10 black voters who were stopped by a New York Times reporter in a shopping center last week didn’t know an election was even going on, a result the reporter took to mean that overall interest was low. The Washington Postdetermined that black voters weren’t “energized.” HuffPost concluded that black voters weren’t “inspired.”  

If Democratic candidate Doug Jones had lost to GOP candidate Roy Moore, weakened as he was by a sea of allegations of sexual assault and harassment, then some of the blame would have seemed likely to be placed on black turnout. Click here for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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