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Paul Manafort, Trump’s Former Campaign Chairman, Surrenders to Federal Authorities

Monday October 30, 2017 - 

Paul Manafort, President Twitter Fingers’ former campaign chairman, surrendered to federal authorities Monday morning. Both Manafort and his former business associate Rick Gates were advised Monday morning to turn themselves in, and Manafort appeared to do so just after 8 a.m. 

As NPR notes, Manafort was taken into custody just days after a federal grand jury assembled by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller voted to indict a figure in the investigation related to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. NPR reports that it is possible the grand jury’s indictment will be unsealed Monday. Visit for full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Poll: Most white Americans believe whites face discrimination

October 27, 2017 - According to a new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the HarvardT.H. Chan School of Public Health, a majority of white Americans believe that they face discrimination. While every single racial group surveyed in the poll believe that their own group faces discrimination, the statistic of white people saying that they face discrimination is particularly interesting because a much smaller percentage of the respondents could say that they had experienced that discrimination personally. 55 percent of whites said that the discrimination exists, but only 19 percent could say that had experienced it in their own lives while applying for jobs, 13 percent when being considered for promotions or advancement, and 11 while applying to or attending college. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Well-being of black and Hispanic children continues to lag in Florida

Despite making progress in health care access and parental employment, Florida has not improved its poverty rate for children over the past five years, a newly released national report shows. And that indicator, along with several others, bodes particularly poorly for children of ethnic minorities and immigrant families, who are disproportionately affected by poverty, the Annie E. Casey Foundation states in its 2017 "Race for Results" index. With Florida accounting for more than 1.2 million immigrant children, the majority of whom are Hispanic, the Sunshine State carries importance nationally when it comes to ensuring all children equity in America, said Laura Speer, the Casey Foundation's associate director of policy reform and advocacy. Visit full article. 


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


A 'Forgotten History' Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America

October 24, 2017 - 

Federal housing policies created after the Depression ensured that African-Americans and other people of color were left out of the new suburban communities — and pushed instead into urban housing projects, such as Detroit's Brewster-Douglass towers. 

In 1933, faced with a housing shortage, the federal government began a program explicitly designed to increase — and segregate — America's housing stock. Author Richard Rothstein says the housing programs begun under the New Deal were tantamount to a "state-sponsored system of segregation." The government's efforts were "primarily designed to provide housing to white, middle-class, lower-middle-class families," he says. African-Americans and other people of color were left out of the new suburban communities — and pushed instead into urban housing projects. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Gold Star Widow: Trump Call 'Made Me Cry Even Worse'

October 24, 2017 - 

Myeshia Johnson kisses the casket of her husband, Army Sgt. La David Johnson, during his burial service on Saturday in Hollywood, Fla. Sgt. Johnson was killed in an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4. 

Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the four U.S. soldiers killed in a military operation in Niger on Oct. 4, told ABC's Good Morning America that President Trump "made me cry even worse" when he called to offer condolences last week. The phone call between the president and Johnson has been a source of controversy for a week now, since Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., who listened in on the call, revealed details of the conversation. Visit for full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created Ghettos

October 24, 2017 - 

A helicopter flies over a section of Baltimore affected by riots. Richard Rothstein writes that recent unrest in Baltimore is the legacy of a century of federal, state and local policies designed to "quarantine Baltimore's black population in isolated slums." Fifty years after the repeal of Jim Crow, many African-Americans still live in segregated ghettos in the country's metropolitan areas. Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, has spent years studying the history of residential segregation in America. 

"We have a myth today that the ghettos in metropolitan areas around the country are what the Supreme Court calls 'de-facto' — just the accident of the fact that people have not enough income to move into middle class neighborhoods or because real estate agents steered black and white families to different neighborhoods or because there was white flight," Rothstein tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Derek Jeter Becomes the First Black CEO of a Major League Baseball Team Says He's Fine With His Players Kneeling

October 23, 2017 - A group headed by 14-time MLB All-Star Derek Jeter and Florida businessman Bruce Sherman has completed its purchase of the Miami Marlins, a Major League Baseball team. Jeter, now a co-owner of the team, has also been named the team's first ever Black CEO. Will players kneeling during the national anthem be an issue? Not according to Jeter himself. He recently told the New York Daily News, "Everyone should be fine with that. They’re focused so much on the fact that they are kneeling as opposed to what they’re kneeling for."
He continued, "Peaceful protests are fine. You have your right to voice your opinion. As long as it’s a peaceful protest, everyone should be fine with that." Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


THE ROYALE by Florida Native Marco Ramirez

Only 4 chances left to catch the show both audiences and critics love! 


From an award-winning writer on the hit TV series Orange Is the New Black comes one of America’s hottest new plays. Jay “The Sport” Jackson wants nothing more than to prove he’s the best boxer in the world. However in the Jim Crow era, his chances are as good as knocked out. When a boxing promoter hatches a plan for “the fight of the century,” The Sport just might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion. But is the country ready for this face off? Through the sights and sounds of the early 20th century boxing circuit, THE ROYALE packs a punch that will leave you breathless. Visit for more information. 

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Thursday, October 19 | 8PM
Friday, October 20 | 8PM
Saturday, October 21 | 8PM
Sunday, October 22 | 3PM

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


States that elected Donald Trump, including Florida, most affected by his health care decision

October 18, 2017 - President Donald Trump‘s decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act that was benefiting roughly 6 million Americans helps fulfill a campaign promise, but it also risks harming some of the very people who helped him win the presidency. Visit for more information. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


The Mayoral Morning After…

October 18, 2017 - This local election cycle has been remarkable in a number of ways. The Mayor’s race has set new highs (and lows) for money, misinformation and malice. Friends and even family members have split alliances among mayoral and city council candidates. Even President Obama has weighed in with an endorsement for Mayor Rick Kriseman. And throughout the campaign, social media has served up campaign news, and fake news, on a non-stop basis. But regardless of the election outcome, we must resolve to focus on the truly important issues that are impacting our community every day. Political campaigns come and go, but the morning after the election, our community will still be faced with significant challenges and opportunities that will determine our collective progress. Visit for full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Colin Kaepernick files grievance against NFL, alleging collusion by team owners to keep him unsigned

October 17, 2017 - In an official grievance filed Sunday against the NFL, Colin Kaepernick alleges he remains out of the league due to team owners punishing him for kneeling during the national anthem. The former 49ers quarterback became a free agent in March. No team has given him a shot. Mark Geragos, one of Kapernick’s attorneys, released an official statement about the grievance on Twitter. Visit for full article. 

Category: Media Community


Shonda Rhimes becomes third black woman in the TV Hall of Fame

October 17, 2017 - On Thursday, Shonda Rhimes was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame, making her the third black woman to receive this honor. The first was Oprah Winfrey, who was inducted in 1993, and the second was Diahann Carroll, who was inducted in 2011. “All of these individuals are innovators who have shaped television and left an indelible mark on the medium and our culture,” TV Academy chairman and C.E.O. Hayma Washington said in a statement. “We are honored to welcome the latest group of distinguished individuals and look forward to showcasing their impacts for future generations.” Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Bethune-Cookman University Awarded Research Contract from the U.S. Department of Energy

October 17, 2017 - New Research Contract to Enhance Academic Enterprise by Engaging Students in Research and Innovation. Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) has been awarded a one-year $178,000 contract by the U.S Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM). The contract has an optional 2nd and 3rd year, if exercised. Through this contract B-CU will conduct research in support of the DOE-EM's soil and groundwater remediation program. The research project is led by B-CU biology professors: Dr. Raphael D. Isokpehi, Dr. C. Ainsley Davis and Dr. Baraka Williams Mapp. Visit for full article. 


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Millennial Groups Make a Stand to Give Back to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

October 17, 2017 -  “The struggle is real,” said Joshlyn Thomas, B-CU Alumni Affairs Coordinator. Upon graduation, students are strongly encouraged to give back to their alma mater. How is this done when young alumni has not secured a stable job or income? Not to mention payment of loans. Graduates between the ages of 21-40 are considered young alumni and fall in the “millennial” demographic. With such prestige as the only HBCU named after an African-American woman, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, B-CU has been low on the list to increase its alumni giving. As HBCU alumni giving rates fluctuate, this year B-CU has taken the charge to cultivate the “young alumni group,” to raise awareness and funds for current students. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Trump To Cut Off Billions In Key Obamacare Payments To Insurers

October 13, 2017 - President Donald Trump plans to halt payments to health insurance companies serving the poorest customers on the Obamacare exchanges, the White House announced Thursday. Trump has threatened to withhold these funds, valued at $7 billion this year, since shortly after his election victory last November. The threats alone have roiled the health insurance market, and if he follows through, it promises to be significantly disruptive. Trump will make an announcement Friday, according to Politico, which first reported the news. Visit for full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


How 2 Math Grads are Disrupting the Auto Insurance Industry

October 13, 2017 - 

Jacksonville, Florida – Recent articles indicate that only 5% of drivers pay less than $50 a month for car insurance – but EverQuote is changing that.

Are you aware that you could receive a large discount just for using this new startup's service? In addition, if you are currently insured and live in a qualified ZIP code you may get an extremely high discount. For a long time, there was no easy way to compare quotes from all of these huge car insurance companies. You had to check one site, then jump to another and enter all of your information all over again. Drivers were stuck doing all the work to save money. Now, all that is changing. Thanks to this new startup, EverQuote™, the information you need to help you save can be found in one place. EverQuote™ is not an insurer, but a comparison shopping marketplace. Featured in the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest growing companies for 2017, it is not a question that customers are finding what they are looking for - lower quotes. Visit for full article. 

Category: Business


Slavery-Simulation Game Outrages Parents in Phoenix

October 13, 2017 -  Want to learn about slavery? Put down the history books, forget about teachers and just step into the life of 14-year-old slave Lucy King as she tries to escape from a Kentucky plantation. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? Well, no, it’s not. And parents in a Phoenix school district are outraged. The Phoenix Elementary School District apparently has no idea how the “Mission US: Flight to Freedom” video game, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Humanities, made it to the district’s classrooms, but district parents are not pleased that something they feel trivializes slavery was used as a learning tool. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Lionel Richie to Produce Biopic About Curtis Mayfield's Extraordinary Life

October 13, 2017 - Lionel Richie just secured the rights to bring Curtis Mayfield’s life to the big screen. 

Richie, a former member of the Commodores, will be producing the movie under his RichLion Productions company, according to Deadline. “It’s an honor for me to bring the life of one of my idols and friend to the screen,” Richie said. “I’m so grateful to be working closely with [Mayfield’s widow] Altheida Mayfield, [son] Cheaa Mayfield and the Curtis Mayfield estate and couldn’t be happier to be moving forward on this amazing project about a one-of-a-kind music genius.” Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


BIE, Felecia: Fighting for Jutice and Our Basic Human Rights Isn't Extremism

Ocotber 12, 2017 - They are trying to turn black people into the bogeyman. They want everyone else in America to see us as a threat so that when we are killed with impunity, no one bats an eyelash. This is already happening anyway. In a country that was founded on the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it appears that you can fully reap those benefits only if you are not black, and if you are black and want those benefits, then you need to keep your mouth closed so that you can have the illusion of getting them. Visit for the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Jamele Hill Suspended From ESPN for Social Media Post

October 12, 2017 - ESPN anchor Jemele Hill, who once tweeted that Donald Trump is a “white supremacist” (still looking for the lie), has been suspended for two weeks after violating what the sports station is calling “a second violation of social media guidelines.” This tweet apparently was considered a violation of some sort because ESPN wants its news anchors to act like white allies and not see color. ESPN still decided to suspend the popular anchor, who is active on social media and often engages with her followers. 

“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines,” the network said in a statement. “She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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