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19-Year-Old Harvard Student Becomes America’s First Youth Poet Laureate

November 6, 2017 - 

In April, 19-year-old Amanda Gorman was named America’s first National Youth Poet Laureate. The Los Angeles native is a sophomore at Harvard University studying sociology. According to the New York Times, Gorman’s work is “a cleareyed mix of autobiography, social issues like Islamophobia, and historical motifs picked up from her college’s library.”  In addition to her studies and the obligations of her new role, Gorman runs One Pen One Page, an organization she founded in 2016 that provides platforms “for student storytellers to change the world.” She is also putting the final touches on She the People, a virtual reality project that seeks to empower teenager girls. Visit www.theroot.com for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

Texas

Breaking: Shooting at First Baptist Church in TX

November 6, 2017 - 

Several witnesses have told CBS affiliate KENS that multiple people were shot at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt has stated that a man went into the church and began shooting. He also said there are multiple casualties and fatalities.

A local business owner, Dana Fletcher, said she a “ton” of sheriff vehicles and ambulances. She added that she doesn’t know what happened but there is a heavy police presence in the area and people were airlifted from the scene of the shooting. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article. 

Category: Media Community

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ELECTION DAY NOVEMBER 7TH

Mail ballots: October 3
Election Day: November 7

2017 St. Petersburg General Election information:
https://tinyurl.com/ybtg4egl

Early voting:
Oct. 28 – Nov. 5
501 First Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(Fifth Street North entrance)
Monday - Friday: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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Season 4 of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Discover the surprising ancestral stories of 28 fascinating guests in season four of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Visit www.pbs.org for full episodes. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

Lion

Beyoncé confirmed to play Nala in live action reboot of ‘The Lion King’

November 5, 2017 - Beyonce Knowles-Carter is joining the cast of “The Lion King” to voice to role of Nala. The Walt Disney Studios revealed the main cast for its upcoming live-action and CG adaptation of its 1994 animated classic Wednesday and confirmed the months old rumor that the pop superstar would be lending her voice to the project. Some had been previously announced for the film including Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones as Mufasa. Other cast include Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon and Keegan-Michael Key as a hyena. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Great American Teach-In will be held in Pinellas County’s public schools

November 1, 2017 -  

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Members of the community are invited into Pinellas County schools for an hour, a few class periods or an entire school day to share information with students about their career or hobby, to organize an activity, to read a story or to teach a class. Teach-In participants will be able to see Pinellas County public schools and interact with students firsthand. For alumni of Pinellas County Schools, the annual event is an excellent opportunity to return to old classrooms in elementary, middle or high schools, and visit favorite teachers or staff members. Visit www.pcsb.org for more information. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Great American Teach-In will be held in Pinellas County’s public schools

November 1, 2017 -  

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Members of the community are invited into Pinellas County schools for an hour, a few class periods or an entire school day to share information with students about their career or hobby, to organize an activity, to read a story or to teach a class. Teach-In participants will be able to see Pinellas County public schools and interact with students firsthand. For alumni of Pinellas County Schools, the annual event is an excellent opportunity to return to old classrooms in elementary, middle or high schools, and visit favorite teachers or staff members. Visit www.pcsb.org for more information. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

Kandii

Natural skin care company grows with help from black business development initiatives

Renee Edwards didn’t set out to start a business. She was a mom with a problem: Her daughter was suffering from acne -- and she wanted to help. So Edwards, who works in clinical research at St. Petersburg’s Hill Top Research, began experimenting with essential oils and exfoliation. Her Skin Kandii products are available in nine retail outlets in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, including the St. Pete Store and Visitor’s Center. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting was held last Thursday at the Second Avenue North store to mark the occasion. Visit www.skinkandii.org for full website. 

Category: Business

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Black business execs unite to form political super PAC

October 31, 2017 - Over a dozen powerful black corporate leaders are coming together to use their influence and their money to get involved politically. These leaders have never shied away from raising money for political causes but the wave of police violence against people of color that is sweeping the nation, and the current president, has led them to become even more involved in politics.Visit www.thegrio.com for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Houston Texans Players, Including White Teammates, Kneel During Anthem

October 30, 2017 - When multiple outlets reported that Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said “we can’t have the inmates running the prison” in a closed-door “special privileged session” after owners met with players to discuss the anthem, he assumed a simple apology would suffice in getting him back in good graces with his chattel employees. When it didn’t he issued another apology explaining what he meant, that he misspoke, that he doesn’t know what came over him, how it must’ve been the medication, the devil, ISIS or his wifi that caused him to refer to gainfully employed people working their asses off for his literal profit while protesting injustice and equality as “inmates.” Visit www.theroot.com for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Paul Manafort, Trump’s Former Campaign Chairman, Surrenders to Federal Authorities

Monday October 30, 2017 - 

Paul Manafort, President Twitter Fingers’ former campaign chairman, surrendered to federal authorities Monday morning. Both Manafort and his former business associate Rick Gates were advised Monday morning to turn themselves in, and Manafort appeared to do so just after 8 a.m. 

As NPR notes, Manafort was taken into custody just days after a federal grand jury assembled by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller voted to indict a figure in the investigation related to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. NPR reports that it is possible the grand jury’s indictment will be unsealed Monday. Visit www.theroot.com for full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

White-guilt

Poll: Most white Americans believe whites face discrimination

October 27, 2017 - According to a new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the HarvardT.H. Chan School of Public Health, a majority of white Americans believe that they face discrimination. While every single racial group surveyed in the poll believe that their own group faces discrimination, the statistic of white people saying that they face discrimination is particularly interesting because a much smaller percentage of the respondents could say that they had experienced that discrimination personally. 55 percent of whites said that the discrimination exists, but only 19 percent could say that had experienced it in their own lives while applying for jobs, 13 percent when being considered for promotions or advancement, and 11 while applying to or attending college. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

Kids

Well-being of black and Hispanic children continues to lag in Florida

Despite making progress in health care access and parental employment, Florida has not improved its poverty rate for children over the past five years, a newly released national report shows. And that indicator, along with several others, bodes particularly poorly for children of ethnic minorities and immigrant families, who are disproportionately affected by poverty, the Annie E. Casey Foundation states in its 2017 "Race for Results" index. With Florida accounting for more than 1.2 million immigrant children, the majority of whom are Hispanic, the Sunshine State carries importance nationally when it comes to ensuring all children equity in America, said Laura Speer, the Casey Foundation's associate director of policy reform and advocacy. Visit www.tampabay.com full article. 

 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

Projects

A 'Forgotten History' Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America

October 24, 2017 - 

Federal housing policies created after the Depression ensured that African-Americans and other people of color were left out of the new suburban communities — and pushed instead into urban housing projects, such as Detroit's Brewster-Douglass towers. 

In 1933, faced with a housing shortage, the federal government began a program explicitly designed to increase — and segregate — America's housing stock. Author Richard Rothstein says the housing programs begun under the New Deal were tantamount to a "state-sponsored system of segregation." The government's efforts were "primarily designed to provide housing to white, middle-class, lower-middle-class families," he says. African-Americans and other people of color were left out of the new suburban communities — and pushed instead into urban housing projects. Visit www.npr.org for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Gold Star Widow: Trump Call 'Made Me Cry Even Worse'

October 24, 2017 - 

Myeshia Johnson kisses the casket of her husband, Army Sgt. La David Johnson, during his burial service on Saturday in Hollywood, Fla. Sgt. Johnson was killed in an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4. 

Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the four U.S. soldiers killed in a military operation in Niger on Oct. 4, told ABC's Good Morning America that President Trump "made me cry even worse" when he called to offer condolences last week. The phone call between the president and Johnson has been a source of controversy for a week now, since Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., who listened in on the call, revealed details of the conversation. Visit www.npr.org for full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created Ghettos

October 24, 2017 - 

A helicopter flies over a section of Baltimore affected by riots. Richard Rothstein writes that recent unrest in Baltimore is the legacy of a century of federal, state and local policies designed to "quarantine Baltimore's black population in isolated slums." Fifty years after the repeal of Jim Crow, many African-Americans still live in segregated ghettos in the country's metropolitan areas. Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, has spent years studying the history of residential segregation in America. 

"We have a myth today that the ghettos in metropolitan areas around the country are what the Supreme Court calls 'de-facto' — just the accident of the fact that people have not enough income to move into middle class neighborhoods or because real estate agents steered black and white families to different neighborhoods or because there was white flight," Rothstein tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. Visit www.npr.org for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Derek Jeter Becomes the First Black CEO of a Major League Baseball Team Says He's Fine With His Players Kneeling

October 23, 2017 - A group headed by 14-time MLB All-Star Derek Jeter and Florida businessman Bruce Sherman has completed its purchase of the Miami Marlins, a Major League Baseball team. Jeter, now a co-owner of the team, has also been named the team's first ever Black CEO. Will players kneeling during the national anthem be an issue? Not according to Jeter himself. He recently told the New York Daily News, "Everyone should be fine with that. They’re focused so much on the fact that they are kneeling as opposed to what they’re kneeling for."
He continued, "Peaceful protests are fine. You have your right to voice your opinion. As long as it’s a peaceful protest, everyone should be fine with that." Visit www.blog.blackbusiness.org for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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THE ROYALE by Florida Native Marco Ramirez

Only 4 chances left to catch the show both audiences and critics love! 

WE THE PEOPLE…WILL FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTFUL PLACE

From an award-winning writer on the hit TV series Orange Is the New Black comes one of America’s hottest new plays. Jay “The Sport” Jackson wants nothing more than to prove he’s the best boxer in the world. However in the Jim Crow era, his chances are as good as knocked out. When a boxing promoter hatches a plan for “the fight of the century,” The Sport just might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion. But is the country ready for this face off? Through the sights and sounds of the early 20th century boxing circuit, THE ROYALE packs a punch that will leave you breathless. Visit www.americanstage.org for more information. 

Last show times:

Performances Left:
Thursday, October 19 | 8PM
Friday, October 20 | 8PM
Saturday, October 21 | 8PM
Sunday, October 22 | 3PM

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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States that elected Donald Trump, including Florida, most affected by his health care decision

October 18, 2017 - President Donald Trump‘s decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act that was benefiting roughly 6 million Americans helps fulfill a campaign promise, but it also risks harming some of the very people who helped him win the presidency. Visit www.floridatrend.com for more information. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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The Mayoral Morning After…

October 18, 2017 - This local election cycle has been remarkable in a number of ways. The Mayor’s race has set new highs (and lows) for money, misinformation and malice. Friends and even family members have split alliances among mayoral and city council candidates. Even President Obama has weighed in with an endorsement for Mayor Rick Kriseman. And throughout the campaign, social media has served up campaign news, and fake news, on a non-stop basis. But regardless of the election outcome, we must resolve to focus on the truly important issues that are impacting our community every day. Political campaigns come and go, but the morning after the election, our community will still be faced with significant challenges and opportunities that will determine our collective progress. Visit www.theburgvotes.com for full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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