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USF’s Marquez Valdes-Scantling to help homeless on Christmas

December 15, 2017 -  He enters the Birmingham Bowl needing 67 yards to break former Lakewood High teammate Rodney Adams' single-season receiving yardage record at USF, but senior Marquez Valdes-Scantling has more pressing priorities these days. History, in fact, is No. 3 on his agenda, behind victory and philanthropy.

Valdes-Scantling tweeted Sunday he plans to spend Christmas Day handing out duffel bags (filled with clothes, toiletries, bottled water, etc.) to the homeless in the bay area. He's currently accepting donated items for the endeavor, and will continue to do so until the Bulls leave for Birmingham on Dec. 19. "Growing up, I've always had a soft spot for homeless people because it's situations that they can't control, they fall on hard times," said Valdez-Scantling, who enters the bowl game with 746 receiving yards on the season. Visit for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Black Panther Movie Premiere Coming to St. Pete

On The Beat - St. Pete, LLC is excited to bring to you an Exclusive Red Carpet screening of Marvel's Black Panther, Thursday February 15, 2018.  

This special pre-screening of Black Panther will have 164 guests in attendance. Guests will walk the red carpet, have photo opportunities, get an event swag bag, and enjoy a 1-hour pre-movie celebration in the theater hosted by Black Power 96.3 FM, the newest radio station to hit the airwaves in St. Petersburg. 

Ticket sales begin December 15, 2017 Click here to purchase tickets.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Hilarious Terrence Howard memes go viral

December 14, 2017 - Twitter is having a blast making Terrence Howard memes. It all started when someone asked the internet to “photoshop Terrence Howard as a Jedi,” and Twitter user @ChuckDSays shared the resulting image. Then, user @FlowsAndolini took it one step further with a joke about Howard’s character in “Hustle & Flow,” who says “mayne” all the time: “Ain’t no more Jedi mayne.” That sparked a whole slew of memes of Howard’s face being photoshopped onto various scenes and movies, all with “mayne” thrown into the mix. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Embrace your flyness with hair from ‘Madali’

December 12, 2017 - 

Madali is a Black-owned company that specializes in providing online hair extensions, closures, frontals, and wigs. The brand features “100 percent real” Filipino hair for Black women to choose from.

“We need more reputable Black companies,” said Madali Chief Marketing Officer Bianca Blake. “Madali has done well at becoming one of those companies.” According to the company’s website, Filipino hair matches African American hair texture better than other textures such as Indian and Chinese. The two textures have more similarities in natural curl pattern, provided an overall more natural look once completed. Click here for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


The Median Net Worth of Black Bostonians Is Lower Than the Cost of Lunch

December 12, 2017 - 

There isn’t a whole lot you can get in a major East Coast city for $8. Meals at most lunch spots, once you include tax, will run higher than that (a Shake Shack double costs $8.09, for example). But that amount—a measly $8—is making the rounds thanks to a Boston Globe spotlight investigation that delves into the city’s history of racism. 

Citing a study from 2015, “The Color of Wealth,” the Boston Globe listed a series of median wealth for Bostonians based on their racial and ethnic backgrounds. The median net worth for white households in Boston, for example, was $247,500. For Caribbean-born black people, it was $12,000. But for blacks native to the U.S., the median net worth of an entire household was just $8. Some readers thought it was a typo, prompting the Globe to publish another article explaining that it wasn’t. Put another way, that means the median white household in Boston is worth nearly 31,000 times more than a black American household. Visit for full article. 

Category: Media


25 Black-Owned Businesses to Support on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

December 12, 2017 - Every year, Americans spend billions of dollars on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but very little of this sales revenue goes to Black and minority-owned businesses. In fact, according to federal statistics, Black-owned businesses continue to grow in numbers, but their annual revenues and number of employees continue to lag. Visit for full listing. 

Category: Business


Black voters in Alabama could be deciding factor in defeating Roy Moore

December 11, 2017 - 

Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones, who is running against Republican Roy Moore, is courting the Black vote, and that could make all the different in the Senate race. On Sunday, Jones spent the day with top Black lawmakers like New Jersey Senator Cory Booker as they stumped for the Democratic candidate. “Will we now raise up the echoes and let people know that democracy is not a spectator sport? You can’t sit on the sidelines and cheer for teams to win. You have to get into the game, it is a full-contact, participatory endeavor,” Booker told a crowd of Jones supporters. “The opposite of justice is not injustice, it is inaction, it is indifference, silence. We have to remind people that faith without works is dead.” Visit for full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


How one woman’s skin care line grew from her kitchen to Whole Foods

December 11, 2017 - 

Who knew that a business that started out in one woman’s kitchen, would turn into a full-fledged natural skin care product line with distribution through Whole Foods, and a manufacturing facility in Royal Oak, Michigan For Yolanda Williams, and her husband, Rick, they never imagined her love of experimenting with making soaps and lotions could turn into a money-maker: Cream Blends. From body butter, to butter for natural hair, and bath teas and massage oils, Williams has experimented with it all, to perfect the Cream Blends that we all know and love today. And though the road hasn’t been easy, we can see that it’s clearly been worth it for the wife and mother of two. Click here for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Serena Williams Is Getting Her Very Own Nike World Headquarters Building

December 10, 2017 - Serena Williams is a forced to be reckoned with, but that’s no secret. The Compton native has 23 Grand Slam titles, 319 weeks at the top, and an endless list of other accolades to her name. Even with all of those achievements, come 2019, the tennis superstar will have another honor to add, and this one is certainly more unique than some of her others on the list.

Williams’ longtime sponsor Nike announced the names of four new structures to be built in its Beaverton, Oregon campus expansion, and one of them will be named after Serena. Nike spoke highly of the superstar in a press release saying, “[Serena’s] record in tennis majors — an unmatched 23 singles titles — solidifies her stature as one of the greatest athletes of all time and one of the most inspiring people in sport.” Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Almost 1,000 More People Died in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria Than Officially Confirmed: Report

December 9, 2017 - On Oct. 3, during his horrific visit to Puerto Rico, Donald Trump congratulated the island’s governor, Ricardo Roselló, on the U.S. territory’s death toll following the devastation wrought by Hurricane María. 

“Sixteen [dead] people certified,” Trump told Roselló. “Sixteen people versus in the thousands. You can be very proud of all of your people and all of our people working together. Sixteen versus literally thousands of people. You can be very proud.” More than two months after the storm hit, Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism has found that the official death toll (now 62) is way off—by almost 1,000 people. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


‘Oliver Scholars’ is breaking down barriers for Black and Latino students

December 7, 2017 - 

The challenges of finding quality education in America are real, especially for students of color. Oliver Scholars, a program in New York City is setting out to break down some of those barriers for some of the most driven black and Latino young scholars. “Twenty-five percent of the schools with the highest concentration of black and Latino students don’t even have Alegebra II,” says Dr. David Allyn, CEO of Oliver Scholars in an exclusive interview with theGrio. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


The 16 Best Books of the Year by Black Authors

December 6, 2017 - The end of 2017 is near, which means it is time for annual year-end “best of” lists to pop up everywhere. Here, The Root presents our annual list of the most compelling books published in 2017 by black authors in affordable, regular print runs—which is why Beyoncé’s $300 literary opus on the making of Lemonade that dropped this August does not make the list. Visit for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


‘MeToo’ Movement Named Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year

December 6, 2017 - The anti-harassment #MeToo movement has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. In the wake of sexual misconduct revelations about Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and dozens of other men, millions worldwide have shared their stories about being sexually harassed and assaulted. The movement began spontaneously in October after actress-activist Alyssa Milano followed on a suggestion from a friend of a friend on Facebook and tweeted: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” The hashtag was tweeted nearly a million times in 48 hours. The #MeToo movement was founded by activist Tarana Burke on Twitter a decade ago to raise awareness about sexual violence. Visit for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Dr. Carleah East, founder of The Sapphire Woman presents: The Hangover

When: December 16, 2017 3:00 - 7:00 pm 

Where: The Iberian Rooster 475 Central Avenue North, St. Petersburg FL 33701

Dr. Carleah East, founder of The Sapphire Woman presents: The Hangover. Visit for more information.


Category: Business Events


#BuyBlack: ESSENCE List of 89 Black-Owned Businesses to Shop for the Holidays

December 4, 2017 - This Christmas, ESSENCE wants you to #BuyBlack! According to a ESSENCE/Nielsen Report, Black buying power is close to an  impressive $1.3 trillion! So, why not use your hard-earned money to make an impact in the community? While checking off your list of loved ones on your gift list, spread the holiday cheer and support these Black-owned businesses that need your help to grow! It's a win-win all around. #BuyBlack Visit for full article. 

Category: Business


Attorney To Discuss Embattled Conyers’ Health & Plans

December 2, 2017 - 

The lawyer for U.S. Rep. John Conyers says he’ll discuss the congressman’s health and future plans at a news conference later Friday. Attorney Arnold Reed’s announcement comes as the 88-year-old Democratic lawmaker faces sexual harassment allegations from former staff members and a day after Conyers was admitted to a hospital because he was feeling lightheaded. At least four House Democrats have said Conyers should resign, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and fellow Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan has also urged Conyers to step down. Visit for full article. 


Category: Government & Elected Officials


We have the power to help bring HIV/AIDS to an end

December 2, 2017 - 

In recognition of #WAD2017, the National Black Justice Coalition’s Director of Public Policy, Isaiah Wilson, penned a passionate call to action for Black America to take up the fight to end HIV/AIDS in the Black community. 

As a Black gay man living with HIV and born in the late 1980s, after the initial height of the epidemic, I have been blessed to benefit from medical as well as social advances in HIV/AIDS treatment. I am privileged to have access to treatment, stable housing and the support of a loving network of family and friends.  Because of the work I do daily at the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBTQ) and same gender loving (SGL) people, I know my experience is not the reality for many Black people living with HIV/AIDS. Visit for full article. 

Category: Health Events


Congratulations to Delquanda S Turner for acceptance to USF Ph.D. Program in Educational Leadership

November 30, 2017 - MAKING MOVES: Congratulations to Delquanda S Turner for acceptance to USF Ph.D. Program in Educational Leadership. The St Pete native and mother of 2 is currently employed as Community Engagement Officer for the Foundation for a Healthy St. Pete. 

Category: Business


A Black Tomi Lahren?: Candace Owens Says Kaepernick is a fraud

November 30, 2017 - 

Candace Owens, a conservative personality who claims to be a reformed liberal and the voice behind the Red Pill Black website, had sharp words for GQ’s decision to call Colin Kaepernick the “Citizen of the Year.” “The last time I mistook skin complexion for progress, I called him Barack Obama,” Owens said in the video published on Monday. 

Owens blasted Kaepernick, saying that “the definition of bravery has really shifted over the last few decades” if his decision to kneel during the national anthem was considered “brave.”

And just like Tomi Lahren recently did when she posted on Twitter with an image of Kaepernick kneeling during the D-Day invasion, Owens heralded the Allied forces for bravery, celebrating the troops over Kaepernick as if anyone before her and Lahren had been trying to compare the two. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


#BlackLivesMatter L.A. is Dreaming of a #BlackXmas

November 29, 2017 - Black Lives Matter Los Angeles is encouraging everyone to divest from white corporations, invest in the black community and if you must buy, buy black this holiday season with their #BlackXmas campaign that seeks to resist white supremacy through capitalism. Dreaming of a ...where folks withhold dollars from White capitalism and use resources to . Instead of spending, DONATE to a Black organization as a holiday gift for your loved ones or . Go to  for more. Visit for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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