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48th Annual NAACP Image Awards

Aires February 11, 2017 on TVOne. Click here for more information. 

Category: General


African American Art Exhibition Continues

The Exhibit continues through March 4, 2017. Tuesday-Friday 5-7 pm and Saturdays, 1-5 pm. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


“Civil Rights: Yesterday and Today” commemorating Black History Month

Opens February 11, 2017 - Creative Clay’s Transition program students will open their first exhibit of 2017 with “Civil Rights: Yesterday and Today” during Artwalk, Feb. 11, 5-9 p.m.This exhibit, which honors Black History Month, highlights the Civil Rights Movement, from the 1950s through today, and includes ceramic busts of influential figures from that time, along with mixed media pieces and paintings. In addition to honoring black pioneers of the Civil Rights, the public is invited to share their stories, memories and thoughts about the Civil Rights on a chalk board wall in Creative Clay’s Good Folk Gallery. Click here for more information. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Tamron Hall’s exit from NBC ‘Today’ seen as ‘whitewashing,’ black journalists group says

February 3, 2017 - The National Assn. of Black Journalists has taken aim at NBC News over the sudden departure of Tamron Hall, the most prominent female African American anchor at the network. Hall decided to leave NBC instead of taking a new role at “Today” as part of a new multiyear contract. She recently learned she would be losing her co-anchor slot on the 9 a.m. hour of “Today.” The morning program is being cut by an hour to make room for a new daytime talk show with Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News anchor who signed with NBC News. Click here to learn more.


Category: Media Community


Black Caucus chafes at Latino who wants to join

February 3, 2017 - Rep. Adriano Espaillat wants to join the Congressional Black Caucus. The question for the group’s members is whether he qualifies as African-American. So far, the answer is no.  Click here to learn more.


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


WEDU Presents The Offspring of Birth of a Nation

February 1, 2017 - D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation is inarguably one of the landmarks of American cinema. The distillation of the storytelling techniques, editing ideas, framing and visual composition, and nuanced approaches to performance that Griffith spent years exploring and experimenting with in short subjects and mid-length films, it was the longest and most ambitious American ever made when it was released in 1915 and it took American audiences, critics, and filmmakers by storm. It also features demeaning caricatures of African American characters (all played by whites in blackface) and grotesque distortions of the post-war Southern history and it portrays the Ku Klux Klan as the saviors of white culture in the face of emancipation. It is, in the words of journalist Jelani Cobb, “The most pure, honest, unfiltered distillation of white racist thought of that time.” Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


James Weldon Johnson Literacy Festival

The 7th Annual James Weldon Literacy Festival will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017.  Organizers say this year’s Festival promises to be the best yet! Free books, face-painting, puppet show, hula hoop contest, walk for reading, and other activities for all ages. Families invited. The Festival is sponsored by the Friends of James Weldon Johnson Community Library, Inc., and co-sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg. For further information, please contact Kevin Johnson at 727-342-2235.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Affirming Fatherhood Conference Coming Soon

Details will be released soon.....

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Heroes Honored at 22nd Annual Appreciation Luncheon

January 30, 2017 - Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni’s 22nd Annual Appreciation Luncheon for Emergency Personnel was held on Friday, January 27, 2016, at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive, St. Petersburg. The luncheon was attended by 510 people including public safety personnel, local elected officials and the Speaker of the Florida House, Richard Corcoran. The 2017 luncheon continued Morroni’s tradition of honoring the men and women who serve as emergency personnel.  Morroni is pleased to announce that this year’s luncheon raised over $40,000 that will be donated to Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) of West Central Florida.


Category: General


Emmett Till's Accuser Admits: It was a lie

January 27, 2017 -  A white woman who accused Emmett Till of verbally and physically accosting her in Mississippi in 1955 – inflaming tensions around the murder that helped spark the civil-rights movement — has admitted she lied, according to a new book. Till, who was 14 at the time of his brutal death, had allegedly whistled at Carolyn Bryant, a 21-year-old white woman, while at a country store in Money, Mississipppi. Bryant’s husband and a second white man later tracked Till down and shot and bludgeoned him to death — and were acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury after an hour’s deliberation. Click here to learn more. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Press Release Bethune-Cookman University Professor, Dr. Morrison Obeng Receives certification from ABET

Daytona Beach, Fla.- B-CU faculty are continuing to make their mark across the globe and represent the university as a highly academic, research based university that happens to be a historically Black college and university. Dr. Morrison Obeng, Computer Science and Engineering Department Chairman, has completed the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) Program Evaluator Training Program and received a certificate to conduct site evaluations for computer engineering programs at ABET recognized universities. ABET accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology across associate, bachelor and masters degree programs. ABET accreditation confirms that engineering programs are of quality and will generate graduates ready for the workforce. Learn more here.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


PBS Presents The Race Underground

Aires January 31, 2017 - It was Boston — a city of so many firsts — that overcame a litany of engineering challenges, the greed-driven interests of businessmen, and the great fears of its citizenry to construct America’s first subway. Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


NAACP opposes Betsy DeVos' Nomination

January 26, 2017 - Given the importance of education to the NAACP, and Mrs. Betsy DeVos’ sheer lack of qualifications and her demonstrated lack of commitment to ensuring the ability of all students to receive a high quality public education, the NAACP now officially opposes her confirmation.  The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is scheduled to vote on whether to send the DeVos nomination to the floor of the full Senate with a positive recommendation at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 31. The NAACP is asking supporters and members to call and urge every Senator to oppose her confirmation. Click here to learn more. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


St. Petersburg City Council Approves ADA Transition Plan

St. Petersburg, Fla. (January 26, 2017) – To ensure that its public facilities, services and programs are accessible to people with disabilities, the city of St. Petersburg recently completed the process of updating its ADA Self Evaluation and Transition Plan. The St. Petersburg City Council approved the comprehensive, federally-mandated plan on January 5, 2017. A copy of the plan is available online at


Category: Health Events


Computer Mentors Group Monthly eNewsletter

Happy New Year everyone,
And wow, this year is off to a very quick start!  In the first week of the year Computers Mentor Group received a call from Citi with the news of an agreement to host a recycling drive on Computers Mentors Group behalf within their local offices.  For the campaign, which began on January 17th, they are collecting mobile devices, phones, tablets, laptops.  The items are being collected in bins provided by the group's recycling partner Quicksilver Recycling.  Quicksilver will be handling data destruction to clear any memory on any of the devices we receive.  The timing is absolutely perfect, as we know that people are transitioning from some of their older devices into new devices received for Christmas. Learn more here

Category: Media Community


2017 Teen Business Challenge

Don’t forget to get your youth enrolled in the 4th Annual Teen Business Challenge event.  This year’s event will feature the teens creating a small app to go with their business idea.  All participants will receive a Windows 10 tablet computer with keyboard and each member of the winning team will receive a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with keyboard, a more than $1,000 value. Volunteers and students are encouraged to register at  There are still lots of volunteer opportunities as well as openings for youth.  Deadline to enroll is Feb. 1, 2017.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


12-Year-Old Artist Launches Inspirational "Art for Kids" Business

January 26, 2017 - Atlanta, GA — Leon Moss is a 12-year-old artist in Atlanta, Georgia. Leon has illustrated a book and created an art collection to inspire children. He began his career at 9, when his mother discovered his artistic abilities while looking for an illustrator for her children’s books. Learn more here.


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Governor Rick Scott Encourages Students to Apply for the Gubernatorial Fellows Program

Governor Rick Scott is encouraging college and university students to apply for the 2017-2018 Gubernatorial Fellows Program. Participation in the program provides Florida students with firsthand, high-level experience and insight into how state government operates. Approximately 12 students from around the state will be selected based on a competitive application process. Students can visit to learn about the expectations and requirements of the program, as well as read testimonials from alumni. Interested students must apply online, and the site includes complete information about the recruitment process. Applications are due by Wednesday, March 1, 2017. 

Category: Media Community


ASALH St. Petersburg Branch Membership Availability

The St. Petersburg Branch of ASALH announces that memberships are available to help sustain this legacy institution in St. Petersburg. Memberships range from $50 to $250 for institutional partners. Click here for more information or to submit your check.


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Bethune-Cookman University Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

Daytona Beach, Fla.- Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) is a part of a coalition that was recently awarded a $479,762 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The coalition will develop a new virtual academic department that will focus on the analysis of "big data," which are- large sets of computational and observational data. The big data is becoming increasingly prevalent in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). In particular, the project will focus on developing courses in biology and earth science, areas which are not traditionally attractive to computer science classes. The other partner institutions are Adams State University (ASU), Colorado (Lead Institution); Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Florida; and Hampden-Sydney College (HSC), Virginia. Learn more here.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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