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New Arts Strand Landmarks Live in Concert

December 1, 2016 - New Arts Strand Landmarks Live In Concert Debuts on Great Performances with Grammy Award-Winning Singer Alicia Keys Friday, January 20 at 9 p.m. on PBS; hosted By Chad Smith from The Red Hot Chili Peppers. “Landmarks” will offer series of performance specials with Brad Paisley and others to be announced Also featuring special lifestyle segments with MTV veteran Matt Pinfield and Instagram star Gabby Epstein. Alicia Keys – Landmarks Live in Concert kicks off a new arts strand within the Great Performances series, beginning Friday, January 20 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.)  Learn more here.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Anyan Devery Music & StoryTelling

Anyan Dévery would like to invite you to an exclusive live recording of their original music. Get ready for a great night of music, storytelling, and laughter! Anyan Dévery (pronounced “any and every”), is short for anything, everything, anyone, and everyone. Their style ranges from alternative rock to funk to jazz fusion with influences including Snarky Puppy, Radiohead, & Jacob Collier. Click here for more information. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


St. Petersburg Ponders Options for Manhattan Casino's Next Chapter

January 12, 2017 - ST. PETERSBURG — For seven months, a fabled building in Midtown has sat empty. Now competing visions for resurrecting the Manhattan Casino are in the hands of city officials. A decision on the next chapter in the building's life might come this month. Since the city seized the struggling Sylvia's restaurant in June after its owner fell behind on rent payments, the iconic building that once hosted jazz icons like Cab Calloway, Sarah Vaughn and Duke Ellington has been the subject of bitter recriminations. Read more here.

Category: Land & Real Estate


Walmart is pulling out of St. Petersburg Midtown Neighborhood

January 17, 2017 - ST. PETERSBURG — Walmart is closing its Neighborhood Market in St. Petersburg's Midtown neighborhood, reigniting a decades-long battle to keep a grocery store in the underserved area. The city, which just six months ago agreed to spend $2.2 million to purchase the shopping plaza and therefore become Walmart's new landlord, says it was blind-sided by the announcement and is willing to offer incentives to keep the behemoth retailer where it is. Read more here.


Category: Business


"I Am Not Your Negro" Film based on James Baldwin book

Not surprisingly, the film won the People’s Choice Documentary Award for its “radical narration about race in America today. ”Peck has created one of the most progressive filmographies in cinema history. He actually received privileged access to the Baldwin archives because the family knew of his outstanding works on the Congo leader Patrice Lumumba, specifically the 1990 political thriller Lumumba: Death of a Prophet and the 2000 award-winning drama on the same subject, Lumumba. They trusted in his ability to accurately represent Baldwin’s life and writings. Read more here.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Pinellas County Seeks Public Input Online

Pinellas County Government values its citizens as partners and welcomes their feedback on our community’s quality of life. As Pinellas County continues to focus on its vision to be the standard for public service in America, residents are invited to take a brief online survey. Every year, the County gathers input from residents about living, working, and playing in Pinellas. This helps the County identify what it’s doing well and how it could improve to meet Citizens’ needs. Feedback from the survey and other outreach efforts are used to develop and prioritize plans and resources for the public. The online survey is in its seventh year. It follows a statistically-valid phone survey, conducted over the course of two weeks, to gather feedback from a cross-section of the county’s residents. The survey is available on the Pinellas County website homepage at, or through the Pinellas County “Doing Things” mobile app, which is available for a free download on smartphones and tablets through the Apple App Store and Google Play. More information can be found here.

Category: Homegoing


Bethune-Cookman University named a 2017 Military Friendly School

Daytona Beach, FL.- For the second consecutive year, Bethune-Cookman University was selected as a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse. The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students. Military Friendly Schools dedicate resources to ensure students’ success both in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past seven years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country. Read more here.

Category: Alumni Associations


Coretta Scott King Wrote 1986 Letter Blasting Jeff Sessions On Race

January 10, 2017 - The damning letter, which helped deny Sessions a federal judgeship in 1986, was never entered into the congressional record. It was finally published Tuesday evening. In 1986, as the Senate was considering the nomination of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions for federal judge, Coretta Scott King wrote an impassioned plea to the members of the Judiciary Committee. Read more here.

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Bethune-Cookman University Presents The F.R.E.S.H Book Festival

Daytona Beach, FL.- The F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival is presenting the first community film festival at the Bethune-Cookman University Performing Arts Center (698 International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL.) Thursday, January 12th at 6:30 P.M. The festival weekend events will include: F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival Author Meet and Greet, author showcase, MLK Scholarship Awards Celebration with special guest speaker, Dr. Jamal Bryant, and the Annual Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast. Film festival tickets are $12.00 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster; free student admission with proof of student ID. Find tickets here.

Category: Corporate & Supplier Diversity Community


Free Speech Suppression to be Debated at SPC Forum

January 19, 2017 - The free-speech-suppression movement is a 180-degree shift from the college protest scene of the 1960s. In their day, members of the Baby Boom generation staged mass rallies to protest free-speech suppression. Today’s Millennial generation stages mass rallies to block fellow students and faculty members from expressing views they find offensive. Read more here.


Category: Civic Events



Daytona Beach, Fla. - U.S. News and World Report named Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) as the 24th best Historically Black College/University (HBCU) in the nation. The highly respected media outlet recently released a list of 80 ranked institutions based on: graduation/retention, peer assessment, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.  B-CU is also ranked among top liberal arts colleges and engineering programs. To view the 2017 listings, please click here.

Category: Community United to Close the Achievement Gap


Marreese Speights Foundation

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Category: Community United to Reduce Juvenile Delinquency


New Film "Art in the City" Calls St.Pete it's Home

December 29, 2016 -  ST. PETERSBURG – With museums, music, murals and more, the city of St. Petersburg’s thriving arts scene offers tourists and locals alike a place to escape, enjoy and find inspiration. For Cranstan Cumberbatch, who serves as co-producer, co-writer, co-director and actor in the new film “Art in the City,” St. Petersburg is also home. Read more here.

Category: Community United to Reduce Juvenile Delinquency


Almost Sold Out! 31st Annual Dr. MLK Leadership Awards Breakfast

January 16, 2017 - Former national NAACP President Roslyn Brock will be keynote speaker for the upcoming event, bringing St. Petersburgs community together to remember the importance of Dr.Kings work and legacy, celebrating his birthday as a national holiday and acting on his teachings and principles of nonviolence and human rights. Read more here.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


SPC Spring 2017 Registration Time is Running Out!

Registration for spring term is underway Registration for the spring semester continues. The regular spring term begins Monday, Jan. 9, and the spring express term begins Feb. 6. SPC has guaranteed scheduling, so no class will be canceled once it is posted. The last day to register for an online course for the regular session is Sunday, Jan. 8. Learn more here.

Category: General


African American Women at the Top of the List

Statistics on black women and education have shown them leading all other gender and racial groups for a few years now. More than half of all black women specifically between the ages of 18 and 24 are enrolled in college, and black women overall outpace other race and gender groups in terms of college enrollment, according to the National Center of Education Statistics/U.S. Census numbers. Read more here.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


The Power of Song Inc. Winners of The 2017 Music Contest

December 9 2016 - A Sensational Saxohpone student from Northside Christian School won 1st place in the Power of Song Inc. annual music contest and will perform as the opener for Sounds of The Civil Rights Movement. Read more here.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


FAMU band New St.Pete MLK Parade

December 13, 2016 - The new organizers of St. Petersburg's Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade have booked the high-stepping Florida A&M University marching band and tapped Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston as grand marshal for the Jan. 16 event. The parade will also follow a new route this year. Read more here.

Category: Alumni Associations


Another $14 million for the Pier

December 14, 2016 - ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman wants Pinellas County to shift another $14 million toward helping St. Petersburg finish the increasingly expensive Pier District. The city has not yet made a formal request to the county, which last year dedicated another $20 million to the then-$46 million project, bringing the current budget to $66 million. Kriseman wants to spend up to $80 million to perfect the Pier, and the mayor has been talking to Pinellas County commissioners and St. Petersburg City Council members about his idea. But some are already pushing back against it. Read more here.

Category: General


SPC Registration for Spring Term is Underway

Registration for the spring semester continues. The regular spring term begins Monday, Jan. 9, and the spring express term begins Feb. 6. SPC has guaranteed scheduling, so no class will be canceled once it is posted. The last day to register for an online course for the regular session is Sunday, Jan. 8. Learn more here


Category: General

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