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ONYX Magazine July/August 2017 New Edition

July 21, 2017 - ONYX Magazine 2017 issue A BluePrint for Success, meet University of Florida Dean Chimay Anumba. Click here to view the entire online issue.

Category: Business


83degrees On The Ground News "How to create jobs and help neighborhoods prosper? Support local entrepreneurs"

July 21, 2017 - Entrepreneurs and start-up companies are getting a lot of attention across America. Well, some of them are. Neighborhood entrepreneurs do not share the glamour nor glean even a fraction of the funding their better-known cousins in technology do. Yet leaders of organizations that support neighborhood entrepreneurs can attest to their ability to deliver an oversized impact to form the foundation for turning around troubled neighborhoods. Click here for more information.

Category: Corporate & Supplier Diversity Community


Vito Sheeley to challenge Wengay Newton in 2018

July 21, 2017 - A Democrat has filed to run against St. Petersburg Rep. Wengay Newton in House District 70, setting up a possible primary for the first-term representative. Vito Sheeley opened up his campaign account for the seat on Friday and is the only candidate running against Newton, who took over for now Sen. Darryl Rouson after winning a three-way Democratic against Dan Fiorini and Chris Czaia. Click here to learn more.

Category: Government & Elected Officials


African-American boys who tell better stories as preschoolers may learn to read more quickly

July 18, 2017 - Helping African-American boys improve their ability to tell stories in preschool could increase the speed at which they learn to read later on, according to new research from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Researcher Nicole Gardner-Neblett said the results were something of a surprise. Her previous research had found that strong oral narrative skills in preschool predicted better reading comprehension in elementary school for African-American children, though not for white, Hispanic or Asian children. This latest study was an attempt to find out more about that connection, especially as it demonstrated an area of academic strength for a group that is often considered at a disadvantage in school. Click here for more information.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Doctor: Calling black patient ‘Aunt Jemima’ was a ‘misspoken blunder’

July 18, 2017 - A Memphis woman said her doctor greeted her with an insulting racial term during her visit on July 11. Lexi Carter said her doctor, Dr. James Turner, came into the room and said, “Hi Aunt Jemima.” “I haven’t slept. I haven’t–I haven’t really been able to deal with this,” Carter said. “It’s just the most horrible feeling really and I try to understand it and I don’t understand it.” “I was just sitting there waiting to be seen and he walked in,” Carter said. “He had a young girl, physician’s assistant trainee, a student with him and he looked at me and he goes ‘Hi Aunt Jemima.'” Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations



While small businesses generate new jobs and employ more than half of the working class in the United States, they’re also beneficial to the local community. At some point in time, you’ve likely seen a statistic or statement by a politician or economist stating the importance of small business to local communities. Click here to read more.

Category: Media Community


Relax, Unwind and Grow at the Grow Women Beach Retreat

Want to be intentional about your fresh start for 2018?  Then join an intimate gathering of women at our 1st Beach Retreat.Everybody deserves a time of relaxation, reflection and rejuvenation. Imagine getting away from it all with a group of like-minded sisters? Close your eyes and imagine all the things you hope and dream for 2018. Now, open your eyes and smile - all of this is available at The Grow Women Beach Retreat. Too good to be true? Click here for more information.

Category: Health Events


The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club to get new owner

July 13, 2017 - ST. PETERSBURG — The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club is about to get a new owner. Maryland-based FelCor Lodging Trust, the owner of the historic Vinoy resort in downtown St. Petersburg, is being acquired by RLJ Lodging Trust, the publicly traded real estate investment trust owned by BET founder Robert Johnson.  FelCor purchased the Vinoy in 2007, and recently announced a three-year plan to make $50 million in upgrades to the property. These include building a new parking structure, a new 200-seat restaurant, and renovating the spa, fitness center, golf course and clubhouse. The company owns hotels across the country, including a few Embassy Suites in South Florida and a DoubleTree Suites in Orlando. Click here to learn more.

Category: Business


Happy 142nd Birthday Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune

In alignment with Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune's passion for the education of our future leaders, Bethune-Cookman University has equipped many young women and men over the years for lives dedicated to service and excellence. Today, her vision continues! Help us to sustain this profound legacy. Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Bethune-Cookman University Ranked in the Top 20 Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities with Online Programs

July 11, 2016 - has ranked B-CU the 5th Best HBCU Online Program out of twenty HBCUs located in the U.S. According to, the ranking criteria were chosen because a high-quality and flexible educational program is one of the strongest indicators of a school’s capabilities of producing excellence in students. Selected schools were ranked based on a 50% quality of education and flexibility. B-CU Global Online College offers eleven (11) degree programs, including three masters and eight bachelors. Since 2015, the B-CU Global Online College has cultivated 100% online undergraduate and graduate students while maintaining a healthy 85% retention rate. Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Morean Arts Center Presents Eat Rich, Play Dirty Tickets Are Now On Sale

Saturday September 9, 2017 Morean Arts Center Presents Eat Rich, Play Dirty Tickets Are Now On Sale. For more information

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


B-CU Women's Basketball Coach Selected as Finalist for HBCU Digest Female Coach of the Year Award

July 5, 2017 - DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bethune-Cookman University Women's Basketball Head Coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis has been named a finalist for the 2017 HBCU Awards Female Coach of the Year presented by HBCU Digest. The HBCU Awards acknowledge and celebrate achievement at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) throughout the United States. Crowning winners in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research, and community engagement, the HBCU Awards is the first and only event to recognize the influence and impact of HBCU's on American culture. Click here to learn more.

Category: Sports Events


B-CU Signs Partnership Agreement to Bring About Change for Black Men and Boys

July 5, 2017 - Bethune-Cookman University Office of Chaplaincy recently signed an MOU to partner with the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys as the first partnership to collaborate with the organization since its inception in 2006. With this contractual agreement, B-CU will assist the Council with the development of research to empower communities and inform the development of legislation to improve opportunities in the state of Florida. The 2006 Florida Legislature established the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys to study conditions negatively affecting black males in our state. The Council, housed in the Florida Office of the Attorney General, has 19 board members and is directed by Dr. Eddy Regnier of APS Healthcare, Sarasota, Florida. Click here for more information

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Congressional Black Caucus has a duty to meet with President Trump

June 29, 2017 - The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), which bills itself as the “conscience of the Congress,” is one of the most powerful caucuses in Congress. While many will differ on precisely what parameters translate into “powerful,” none can deny a clear element of clout and visibility the CBC has on Capitol Hill. Members of the caucus have histories of activism unparalleled by other legislators and, for nearly 50 years, they have taken unpopular stances, not only for interests of African Americans, but for the good of the entire country. Click here for more information.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


How the terror of lynchings in the past haunt us today and our future

June 29, 2017 - Two years ago, the Equal Justice Initiative, based in Montgomery, Ala., shook us out of our collective historical slumber to force us to reckon with a horrific part of our national past. The organization founded and run by Bryan Stevenson released a report that documented “‘racial terror lynchings’ in 12 Southern states between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and 1950.” On Tuesday, EJI will release an update of its stunning report with a focus on the “more than 300 lynchings of black people in eight states with high lynching rates outside the Deep South.” Thus, bringing the total of documented lynchings to more than 4,300. Here are the states and the gruesome tallies. Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Jacksonville black man ticketed for crossing street without identification

June 29, 2017 - A young African-American man is stopped for jaywalking. A white law enforcement officer sternly orders him to the police car, threatens to put him in jail, and tells him he needs to have identification on him at all times — and tickets him for not carrying his ID. Miami Beach, 1962? No, Jacksonville, 2017. Such was the encounter between Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer J.S. Bolen and Devonte Shipman last week. Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


The PBS Summer of Adventure Expedition begins June 20th

With a variety of science, nature, culture and history programs, the PBS Summer of Adventure will transport you around the globe. Discover the people and cultures of China and Havana. Visit Yellowstone and explore the Pacific. Follow mass animal migrations across Africa and tour the world to photograph some of the wildest and most threatened species. Click here to learn more.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Cosby exposes generational divide in black community

June 19, 2017 - Long before a Pennsylvania jury began deliberating Bill Cosby’s fate in a sexual assault case, a large swath of the black community had already found him guilty of forgetting where he came from. For a people who spent centuries fighting the scourge of racism, there is no greater hero than one who has risen above our collective circumstance. Bill Cosby fit that mold, and he was revered. Click here to learn more.


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Minnesota Police Officer Found Not Guilty In Shooting Death Of Philando Castile

June 19, 2017 - After five days of deliberations, a jury has found a Minnesota police officer not guilty on all counts over his deadly shooting of a black man during a traffic stop last July in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, Minn. Castile, a 32-year-old school cafeteria worker, was driving with his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter when they were pulled over by St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez. Click here to learn more.


Category: Media Community


In Tupac’s life, the struggles and triumphs of a generation

June 19, 2017 - Beginning June 16, moviegoers will be able to see the much-anticipated “All Eyez on Me,” the biopic of Tupac Shakur, one of the most iconic and influential musicians of the 20th century. Since his death in 1996, Tupac’s place in the pantheon of cultural icons has been firmly cemented. Scores of books and documentaries have detailed his life, career and tragic death, while musicians continue to pay tribute to his influence in their songs. He has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, and earlier this year he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Click here for more information


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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