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Obama Touts Nationwide Graduation Rate Increase

October 17, 2016 - President Barack Obama plans to announce Monday in Washington, D.C., that the nation’s high school graduation rate has reached a record high of 83.2 percent, according to the White House.

At his speech at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, the president will also highlight several of his education initiatives that enabled the improvement.  Read more at

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Twitter rips into Dr. Dre following Michel’le biopic ‘Surviving Compton’

October 17, 2016 - Lifetime aired Michel’le’s biopic Surviving Compton on Saturday night despite Dr. Dre’s threat that he would sue if the biopic aired.

The biopic, Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le, which puts Michel’le back in the narrative that she was left out of in the blockbuster film, Straight Outta Compton, also shines a spotlight on the domestic abuse that Michel’le has long said she was subjected to at the hands of Dr. Dre.  Read more at

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Blue Lives Matter calls Ben & Jerry’s Black Lives Matter support “dangerous”

October 15, 2016 - Blue Lives Matter has announced a boycott of ice cream giant Ben & Jerry’s after the company announced it’s support of Black Lives Matter.

“Jerry’s just recently announced their support for Black Lives Matter along with a misinformation campaign accusing law enforcement of widespread systemic and institutionalized racism. Many companies have offered misguided statements of support for Black Lives Matter in the past, with the false belief that they are expressing support for civil rights,” the group wrote.  Read more at

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Black doctors hit back at Delta with inspirational #WhatADoctorLooksLike

October 14, 2016 - When physician Tamika Cross shared her story of being dismissed while trying to help a man in need, many black doctors felt her pain.

Cross says she was on a Delta Flight from Detroit heading to Minneapolis when a passenger became unresponsive and flight attendants called for medical help.  Read more at

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The ‘We Love You’ Project Embraces Black Men

October 14, 2016 - Frustrated by the recent deaths of black men at the hands of the police, Washington, D.C.-based photographer Bryon Summers felt the need to do something to change the image of black men. Admittedly, he’s not a marching kind of guy, but he absolutely believes in the power of protest and making himself “heard.” His personal protest? Picking up his camera and hitting the streets of Washington, D.C.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Philadelphia with the goal of photographing 1,000 black men.  Read more at

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Candidate Edward James denies sexual assault accusation

October 14, 2016 - State House candidate Edward James III was accused of sexually assaulting a young woman at a Sarasota hotel in June, according to law enforcement documents obtained Thursday by the Herald-Tribune.

A report from the State Attorney's Office says the woman called 911 to report that James "tried to rape" her. Read more at

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Citing 'obscene' disenfranchisement, federal judge hands Florida Democrats another voting victory

October 16, 2016 - Calling existing rules "obscene" disenfranchisement, a federal judge in Tallahassee declared late Sunday that Florida must provide a method for voters to fix signature problems that might arise when they vote by mail in the presidential election.  Read more at

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Black-Owned Start-Up Allows You To Put Plane Tickets On Layaway

October 13, 2016 - Chicago-based Airfordable is a one-year-old company that allows users to pay for airline tickets in installments, or in African-American parlance, to put their flights on “layaway.”

It’s an option for those low on cash or credit, as well as those wanting to lock in a low fare.

“A lot of people, especially those who live paycheck to paycheck, don’t have the money to pay for plane tickets upfront,”says Ama Marfo, CEO and co-founder of Airfordable. “But that shouldn’t stop them from traveling or resorting to credit cards to pay for plane tickets.”  Read more at

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Terence Crutcher: Family Responds To Report About PCP In His System

October 13, 2016 - Terence Crutcher reportedly was high on PCP when he was shot last month after calling police for help when his car broke down in Tulsa, Oklahoma, reports the New York Daily News.

The report released Tuesday by the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office showed the 40-year-old Black, unarmed father “had ingested PCP and another hallucinogen called tenocyclidine, or TCP,” the report says.  Read more at

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The King Of Pop Tops Highest-Paid Dead Celebrity List With $825 Million

October 13, 2016 - Eight years after his untimely death, Michael Jackson tops Forbes’ 2016 Highest-Paid Dead Celebrity list, earning a whopping $825 million dollars this year.

The King of Pop sits at the top by a significant margin, earning over $700 million more than any other celebrity on the list.  Read more at

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BET responds to Gabrielle Union’s million-dollar lawsuit

October 13, 2016 - BET has responded to Gabrielle Union’s million-dollar lawsuit just days after the news broke that the actress claimed the network broke their agreement with her for “Being Mary Jane.”

“While we hold Gabrielle Union in the highest esteem, we feel strongly that we are contractually well within our rights and are committed to reaching a swift and positive resolution in this matter,” reads a statement from BET.  Read more at

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‘Martin’ Actor Tommy Ford is dead at 52

October 12, 2016 - Actor Thomas Mikal Ford, best known for his role as “Tommy” in the hit 90s sitcomMartin has died. He was 52.

TMZ first reported Ford’s passing Wednesday afternoon. 

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13th and the Invisibleness of Black Women

October 12, 2016 - Acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th was released on Netflix last week. Masterfully produced and directed by DuVernay, it is a poignant documentary detailing white America’s continual, desperate and ever-changing attempts to maintain racial and legal domination over black people.  Read more at

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Reverend Brian K. Brown named 9th Moderator of South Florida Progressive Baptist Association

October 13, 2016 - By a unanimous vote, the Reverend Brian K. Brown, pastor of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, was named Moderator of the South Florida Progressive Baptist Association.

Rev. Brown was recommended by the outgoing moderator, the Reverend C. T. Kirkland of the Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church of Tampa. Rev. Kirkland is stepping down after 13 years of service.  Read more at

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League of Women Voters 2016 Pinellas County Voter Guide

Be ready to vote by mail or in-person.  Check out the League of Women Voters 2016 Pinellas County Voter Guide at There you'll find:  

  • information about federal, state and local candidates on the ballot including their views on key issues
  • clarification on local and state ballot initiatives (FL Constitutional & Pinellas Co. Charter amendments and a School Board referendum)
  • links to useful voter resources
  • details on when, where and how to register and vote

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Gabrielle Union sues BET over ‘Being Mary Jane’

October 12, 2016 - Gabrielle Union has filed a lawsuit against BET, accusing the network of extending the episodes of “Being Mary Jane” in an effort to squeeze more out her contract.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Union — the star of the primetime drama series— claims BET agreed that it would not produce more than 13 episodes per season but now is trying to tape two 10-episode seasons back-to-back to “cram all of the episodes into a single season in order to fraudulently extend the term of Ms. Union’s contract.”  Read more at

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Palmetto church to hold fundraiser Wednesday to aid Haiti

October 11, 2016 - A Palmetto pastor with ties to Haiti said Tuesday that Hurricane Matthew killed an estimated 1,000 people in the Caribbean country and left an estimated 350,000 in need of assistance.

The Rev. Cory L. Brinson of A Fresh Start Ministry, 307 41st Blvd. E., Palmetto, said on Tuesday that few have come to the aid of Haiti in its time of need.  Read more at


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Body cam video reveals cops arrested woman for having attitude

October 12, 2016 - A woman in Washington, D.C., was arrested for having an open container of alcohol, but the charges were dropped against her after body cam footage of the arrest was released.

George Lyon, the attorney, described the case as “an average run of the mill case,” not like cases of police brutality and police shootings that have received national attention in which dash cam footage, where available, has played such a big role.  Read more at

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Racist Maryland Sheriff Resigns Under Pressure

October 12, 2016 - A Maryland sheriff finally yielded to pressure and will resign for making racist remarks and for intimidating workers in his department, the Washington Post­ reports.

Howard County Sheriff James F. Fitzgerald had refused to step down at a Sept. 29 news conference following the release of a report that accused him of making the disparaging remarks.  Read more at

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In Greensboro, Obama says Trump has disqualified himself for job at 7-Eleven

October 11, 2016 - President Obama eviscerated Donald Trump as unfit for the presidency during a raucous rally here for the Hillary Clinton campaign, shrugging off several interruptions from anti-Clinton hecklers as he sought to rally voters in a crucial swing state.

Obama seemed to revel in his ridicule of the Republican nominee, mocking Trump for his loss of nearly $1 billion, his refusal to release his tax returns and his lewd comments about women.  Read more at

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