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Gibbs High celebrates 90th birthday

Aug. 10, 2017 - Teachers and administration kicked off the new school year with a big pep rally on Thursday at Gibbs High School. The school is celebrating its 90th birthday as the high school marching band, cheerleaders and teachers greeted students on their first day of class of 2017.
“Gibbs High School opened its doors for the first time in 1927,” said the school’s principal Reuben C. Hepburn. “It was hailed as the “Miracle on 34th Street,” as (the school) provided education for African-Americans during the time of segregation. When African-Americans wanted to advance through education, Gibbs High School was there.” Read more at

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


The State of the U.S. Labor Market for Black Women: Pre-July 2017 Jobs Release

August 8, 2017 - Black Women’s Equal Pay Day falls on July 31 this year, just days before the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly jobs report for July is released on Friday. While white women make around 75 percent of white men’s annual earnings, black women make only 63 percent of white men’s annual earnings This means that while Equal Pay Day for  women overall—the date until which women need to work through 2017 to earn as much as white men did in 2016 alone—fell on April 4, 2017, black women must work through July 31 to earn as much as white men did in 2016. This can have dire consequences, especially when compounded with other obstacles black women face in the labor market. Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Bethune-Cookman University Welcomes Dr. Stephanie Pasley Henry as Acting Dean of the College of Education

August 7, 2017 - B-CU welcomes BCC Alumna Dr. Stephanie Pasley Henry as Acting Dean of the College of Education. Dr. Henry is recognized as one of America’s most creative and dynamic educational entrepreneurs. An international educational consultant, she is regarded as a master teacher of cutting edge and best practice for K-12 classroom instruction. Dr. Henry is an Author, Publisher, and Motivational Speaker. Dr. Henry travels across the United States and Internationally training students, teachers, parents, administrators, and others to step outside of the box and teach to the rhythm of their students’ beat! 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Back to School Sales Tax Holiday Friday, August 4th - Sunday, August 6th

The 2017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. This sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 4, 2017, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, 2017. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and personal computers and certain computer-related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use selling for $750 or less per item. Click here to learn more.

Category: Other Retail


Black Mom Makes $1 Million in First 60 Days By Starting This Business

August 1, 2017 - Ramona Griggie grew up in Section 8 housing in St. Croix, and later moved to Atlanta, GA where she got married, had a child, and became a housewife. One day, she decided to give her son, who was graduating from Duke University, a gift of teeth whitening. But this led to a whole new business opportunity for her. She launched Express Smile Home Teeth Whitening System, and generated $1 million in revenue within her first 60 days of business. Click here to learn more

Category: Business


Black Owned Business: Reeves Building & Plumbing Contractors

August 1, 2017 - Reeves Building, Plumbing, and Roofing Contractor, Inc was formed in 1983 in Tampa, FL.  Founder Michael Reeves has 34 years experience in the construction industry. Reeves Building is a State of Florida contractor that provide quality residential and commercial contracting in a wide variety of services. With over 34 years experience, exceptional contracting work and fist class customer service. Reeves Building has been the number one choice to people searching for a contractor. Click here to learn more


Category: Manufacturing, Industrial & Energy


‘It seems cool to be racist now’: The rising profile of the black gun owner

July 31, 2017 - Mark Warner was hovering over the counter of handguns, about midway through the morning shift at Blue Ridge Arsenal, the black-owned gun store in Fairfax County where he’s worked for the past 18 years, when he spotted me. “I heard you want to talk about black people buying guns,” Warner, himself black, declared in the matter of fact, teasing tone that has endeared him to the store’s regulars. “So what do you want to know?” Click here to read more.


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Top Lawyer For Civil Rights At Justice Department Leaving After Roughly 6 Months

July 31, 2017 - Thomas Wheeler, who has been leading the Justice Department’s civil rights unit, informed staffers there Thursday that he would be leaving the post, according to two sources familiar with the communication. The job put Wheeler, an Indiana lawyer who is personally and professionally close to Vice President Pence, in the middle of a number of controversies, including the Trump administration’s turnaround on guidance regarding transgender students, the decisions to close investigations of police officers without criminal charges and shifting legal positions on voting rights and other cases. Click here to learn more.

Category: Government & Elected Officials


B-CU Student Ty'Reanna Harris Reflects on Nike Internship Experience

July 31, 2017 - “I’m open-minded and willing to learn and don’t believe there’s one way to get to plan Z, as long as you get there. Interning at Nike helped me to realize who I am as an adult. It forced me to grow up… I can actually survive by myself.” -Ty'Reanna Harris, (Class of 2018 Psychology)

Ty’Reanna Harris just did it. Click here to read more.


Category: Business


St. Petersburg Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline July 31st

July 28, 2017 - St. Petersburg Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline is July 31st, please make it a point to get out and vote, Your Vote Counts! Visit for Poll Locations and registration.

Category: Government & Elected Officials


WE THE PEOPLE 2017 - 2018 Season

THE ROYALE by Marco Ramirez
A Tampa Bay Area Premiere
September 20 – October 15, 2017

Charismatic African-American boxer Jay “The Sport” Jackson has a burning desire to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905, and in the racially segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as being knocked out. When a crooked 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. This stylized and stunning play about the life of an outsider in American culture explores one man’s struggle while reflecting a much broader one. Each of us has a powerful story to tell. WE THE PEOPLE celebrate our diversity, embrace our differences, and rejoice in our shared experience of what it is to be a human being. Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to Host American Health Care Act (AHCA)Twitter Town Hall

July 26, 2017 - On Wednesday, July 26, 2017 from 10 AM to 7 PM, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will host a Twitter town hall on the American Health Care Act and how it will negatively impact all Americans, including the 78 million Americans that the bipartisan, bicameral 49-member caucus represents. During the town hall, CBC members will take over the @OfficialCBC Twitter account using Twitter's video-reply technology and respond to questions and comments from tweeters. To ask a question, tweeters should tweet at @OfficialCBC and/or use the hashtag #CBCOnHealthcare. Using the hashtag is preferred. The @OfficialCBC Twitter account. Follow @OffiicialCBC if you don't already to get involved. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


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

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