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Women in Leadership: 5 Questions with R. Colette Glover-Hannah

September 26, 2017 -  R. Colette Glover-Hannah is the Founder/CEO of Hannah's Shoebox, an online shoe store that provides a solution for families looking for age-appropriate shoes for tween girls who wear women size shoes. The shoe store is also an award-winning company that instills self-esteem and confidence in girls by offering the footwear styles they want, in the sizes they need. Visit for full article. 

Category: Business


MLK’s daughter: People didn’t like how my father protested either

September 26, 2017 - Bernice King, the last surviving daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, took to Twitter this weekend to blast those who were angry with the national anthem protests.

Twitter: “The real shame & disrespect is that, decades after the 1st photo, racism STILL kills people & corrupts systems.  @POTUS,” King tweeted alongside a picture of her father kneeling in prayer with other protesters with an image of the current Colin Kaepernick-led protests. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Michael Jordan releases statements about Trump’s comments

September 26, 2017 - 

Both Michael Jordan and Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive have released statements condemning Donald Trump’s recent comments against the protests currently spreading through the NFL in which players and personnel kneel during the national anthem.“One of the fundamental rights this country is founded on was freedom of speech, and we have a long tradition of nonviolent, peaceful protest,” Jordan wrote in a statement, according to Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer. “Those who exercise the right to peacefully express themselves should not be demonized or ostracized. At a time of increasing divisiveness and hate in this country, we should be looking for ways to work together and support each other and not create more division.” Visit for full article.


Category: Government & Elected Officials


‘Educated Fool’: Maxine Waters Sounds Off On Ben Carson And ‘Racist’ Jeff Sessions

September 25, 2017 -  Maxine Waters’ all-out assault on the Trump administration showed no signs of letting up on Thursday when she targeted perhaps the lowest hanging fruit in the president’s cabinet: Ben Carson. The outspoken Democratic congresswoman took aim at the Republican secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development while speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus’ annual conference in Washington, D.C., according to the Washington Examiner. Visit for full article. 


Category: Government & Elected Officials


Black Restaurant Employees Sue Trump Organization For $14.5 Million

September 25, 2017 - Three Black employees are seeking $14.5 million in damages from Trump International Hotel for racial discrimination, the Washington Post reports. In a civil complaint filed Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Superior Court, Dominique Hill, a former employee of BLT Prime steakhouse in the luxury Trump International Hotel, and Irving Smith Jr., a current one, accuse the manager of racial discrimination. The suit accuses the Trump Organization and hotel managing director Mickael Damelincourt of steering Black employees to less lucrative shifts and subjecting them to discriminatory behavior by other staff and by guests, the report says. Another former BLT employee, JaNette Sturdivant, also joined the suit. Visit for full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Former NFL Player Who Reportedly Claimed He Didn't Date Black Women...

September 25, 2017 -  Former Tennessee Titans and Washington NFL team defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is going to have a hard time finding any sympathy from black women now that he’s reportedly been domestically abused by his white ex-girlfriend, who also allegedly called him a nigger on several occasions. That’s because six years ago, when Haynesworth was playing for Washington, he was accused of grabbing a black waitress’s breast in a Washington, D.C., hotel. According to statements purportedly given to a detective who was investigating the case, Haynesworth supposedly said, “I know what this is about: [The waitress] is just upset I have a white girlfriend. I couldn’t tell you the last time I dated a black girl.” Visit for full statement. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


How to end homelessness? Tampa Bay area nonprofits bring fresh, new approaches

September 24, 2017 - Directors of Tampa Bay area nonprofit organizations are on the front lines of the local effort to end homelessness. From developing urban rest stops and locations for people to fill water bottles to expanding mental health programming, local charities are stepping up in innovative ways to confront the issue. Below are just a few of organizations led by visionaries working to help the homeless while aiming to end homelessness. Visit to learn more.


Category: Media Community


This Is Why Democrats Are Losing Support Of Black Women

September 22, 2017 - 

The number of Black Women who support the Democratic Party has dropped more than 10 percent in a year. 

The Democratic Party is losing its hold on Black women, who used to be their most loyal voters, Politic365 reported. The findings were based on a new survey released during the 9th Annual Public Policy Forum on Wednesday that was organized by the Black Women’s Roundtable and Essence Magazine. “The majority of Black women continue to believe in the Democratic Party, although the support dropped significantly in a year,” the poll found. “In the 2016 survey, Black women overwhelmingly (85 percent) felt the Democratic Party best represented their interest.” This year the number dropped to 74 percent. Visit for full article.

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Puerto Rico governor: Power could be out for months

September 22, 2017 - Puerto Rico's energy grid took such a severe blow from deadly Hurricane Maria that restoring power to everyone may take months, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló told CNN on Wednesday night. The entire system is down, the governor said. No one on the island has power from utilities.Puerto Rico, which has been through a long recession and is deeply in debt, has a power grid that is "a little bit old, mishandled and weak," Rosselló told "Anderson Cooper 360˚." Visit for full article.

Category: Homegoing


Effective Black Leadership More Important Than Ever

September 22, 2017 -  It is hard to imagine a more dangerously narcissistic President than Donald Trump. His decisions erode civil rights gains and further embolden racism and white privilege; his foreign policy is just as scary. Keep in mind, however, Trump represents the feelings of those who voted for him, which is even scarier. Slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and Civil rights- each period- as does this one reflects the nation’s racist political and economic priorities. Un- fortunately, Black leadership too reinforces racial injustice, chiefly by failing to vigorously challenge systemic barriers confronting African Americans. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


SBA Opens Pinellas Business Recovery Center at Pinellas County Economic Development in Largo

September 20, 2017 -  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the opening of the Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Pinellas County on Sept. 18, to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma.  SBA representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. 

For additional information on the disaster loan program may be obtained by calling SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955(800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at


Category: Business


City of Tampa to open Community Assistance Centers to help Tampa residents affected by Hurricane Irma

The City of Tampa will open Community Assistance Centers to help Tampa residents affected by Hurricane Irma.  Our primary focus will be to assist area residents to make application to FEMA.  We will also have limited funding to assist homeowners with their storm related home repair needs.  We are gathering resource information that we can also provide with meal locations and contacts for volunteers. 

Starting on Monday, September 18, 2017, Community Assistance Centers will be open 8am-7:00pm at all locations. For more information on specific programs or housing opportunities that HCD provides, please call 274-7954. 

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Category: General


IRMA: Residents look for 'sense of normal' after Irma

September 16, 2017 - Days after Hurricane Irma pummeled the Sunshine State, there is a combination of optimism and frustration for state residents. Hundreds of thousands of Bay area residents are spending another day without power, for example. TECO has restored power to many of its customers, but about 191,000 remained in the dark Wednesday. Duke Energy has nearly a half-million customers without power, with the largest number 311,529 in Pinellas County at 9 a.m. Wednesday.


Category: Media Community


WEDU PBS The Vietnam War: Voices from the Bay

Coming to WEDU PBS September 2017

THE VIETNAM WAR is a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on WEDU PBS in September 2017. In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. THE VIETNAM WAR features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Click here to learn more

Category: Homegoing


Power Outages Persist For Millions In Florida, Georgia And Carolinas After Irma

September 14, 2017 - More than 4 million customers in Florida and other states hit by Hurricane Irma remain without electricity, complicating efforts to recover from the huge and intense storm. Some areas also lack water service or are under a mandatory boil water order. The most outages are in Florida, where nearly 3.8 million accounts don't have power — around 36 percent of the state's total, according to state agency Click here for more information


Category: Media Community


Cher and Future Walk into a Gap Commercial

September 14, 2017 - 

We’re not quite exactly sure what’s going on in this commercial. But Cher and Future (aka Black Meryl Streep face) are both rocking overpriced Gap denim, sitting on bleach-white stairs, and singing “Everyday People.” Sort of. I will give it to the Gap, it’s pretty much the only store that has extra-long jeans that actually fit correctly. Even if they’re just overpriced Old Navy jeans. Click here to learn more.

Category: Media Community


Charges Dropped Against 6 Officers Involved In Arrest And Death Of Freddie Gray

September 14, 2017 - According to the Associated Press, the United States Department of Justice will not charge the 6 officers involved in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Charges were brought against the officers by state prosecutors when Gary’s neck was broken while riding in a police transport vehicle in April of 2015. At the time Grey was handcuffed and shackled to the seat in the back of the vehicle. At the trial, three officers were acquitted. Marlyin Mosby the Baltimore State’s Attorney dropped the remaining cases. The Gray family attorney Bill Murphy says that the Justice Department notified him on Tuesday that charges wouldn’t be filled. Five officers remain and are on trial for internal disciplinary. Their trials begin on October 30, 2017.

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Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


U.S. Senators Gathered Together For Universal Healthcare

September 14, 2017 - 

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an animated, campaign-style rally, Sen. Bernie Sandersunwrapped his plan to remake the nation’s convoluted health care system into federally run health insurance Wednesday — a costly proposal embraced by liberal activists hoping to steer the Democratic Party in upcoming elections.

The Vermont independent’s plan would hand the government a dominant role in ensuring Americans, a crucial step, he said, in guaranteeing health care for all. Census Bureau data this week showed the proportion of people lacking policies falling to 8.8 percent last year under “Obamacare,” the lowest level ever recorded, but he called it an “international disgrace” that not all Americans have coverage. Click here for more information

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Kenneka Jenkins Found Dead Inside A Freezer In Chicago But What Happened?

September 14, 2017 - In Chicago, a 19-year-old woman was found dead inside of a freezer at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Sunday morning. Keeneka Jenkins attended a party Friday night at the hotel and was last seen on Saturday morning. After 1:15 pm she was reported missing. According to the family, police told them that their daughter walked into the freezer when she was heavily intoxicated. Kenneka Jenkins mother, Teresa Martin doesn’t believe that the story ends there. ‘In an interview with ABC 7, Chicago Martin said, “It’s something that no one could ever imagine. It’s unbelievable.” Click here to read more.

Category: Media Community


N.A.A.C.P to Missouri: You're No Safe Space (Still)

September 13, 2017 - The N.A.A.C.P. has reviewed and decided to retain its recent advisory urging African-Americans to steer clear of Missouri in the wake of the finding that African-Americans are 75 percent more likely to be stopped by the police than whites and after a new state law that the organization said makes it harder to sue businesses for racial discrimination. The advisory, the first of its kind for the organization, stated that visitors and state residents should “pay special attention and exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the state given the series of questionable, race-based incidents occurring statewide recently.” It was reviewed and renewed on Aug. 28. Click here to learn more.

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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