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Book excerpt: Florida Soul, From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band by John Capouya

October 3, 2017 - Growing up in New York and New Jersey I was drawn to the soul music of the 1960s and 1970s. When Betty Wright came on the radio singing her hit “Clean Up Woman” or when one by Sam and Dave or Timmy Thomas came on the radio, I turned those songs up. I especially remember banging on dashboards to the driving rhythm and blasting horns of “Funky Nassau” by the strangely named group, the Beginning of the End. But the DJs on WABC and WNJR (in Newark) didn’t say -- had no reason to say -- “You know, Betty Wright is from Florida” or “‘Funky Nassau’ is on the Alston label, based in Miami.” Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Season 9 of the Radio Theatre Project launches on Oct. 23rd

October 3, 2017 - 

Join Monday, October 23, for live, radio theater and a very scary Celebrity Funraiser. Twisted Tales of Poe, The Radio Play, from the stories of Edgar Allen Poe, by Philip Grecian, will be performed by the RTP actors, along with some surprise guests.If Poe doesn’t creep you out,this treat from Elizabeth Gelman, The Blackout, will definitely do the trick. Admission $20. Visit The Studio@620 online at or call 727-895-6620 for more information. 

Category: Entertainment Events


First grader told to stand after kneeling during Pledge of Allegiance

September 30, 2017 - PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - A first grader in Pasco County chose to take a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance, and his mother is upset with how the teacher, the school and the Pasco County school district responded. At school on Monday, a local first grader went down on one knee during the Pledge of Allegiance, he was then told by his teacher to stand up and stop it, in front of all his classmates. His choice came after countless NFL players took a knee during the national anthem on Sunday, setting off a storm nationwide, sparking discussions in homes across America. Visit for full story.  

Category: Media Community


Book Your Party with Ambassador Sweets!

September 27, 2017 - Ambassador Sweets is now open for business, planning an event or celebration, Contact Ambassador Sweets Plusfor your next event.813-315-3779 

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Category: Business


In Just 12 Years, This Black-Owned Company Has Produced 300 Films and TV Specials

September 27, 2017 - Film companies targeting African-American audiences are making a big name for themselves, and at the top of the list is CodeBlack Entertainment. It is the first independent, vertically integrated film studio owned by an African American entrepreneur, producing $750 million in home entertainment revenue. Founded in 2005 by Jeff Clanagan, CodeBlack Entertainment produced straight-to-DVD films for years before they finally signed a major distribution deal with Lionsgate, for which they now produce feature theatrical films and television series.

More than 300 titles

To date, Jeff and his company have produced and distributed over 300 movies and television specials. Visit for full article.  

Category: Business


Black-Owned Car Manufacturer to Take on Major International Brands

September 27, 2017 - Black entrepreneurs have long had success in the car industry as dealers and suppliers, but few have made it far enough to become an actual car manufacturer. But Kwadwo Safo Jr, CEO of Kantanka Group, is defying the odds! Based in Accra, Ghana, his car company is already producing more than 100 vehicles each month. Visit for full article. 

Category: Business


97-year-old WWII vet takes a knee in solidarity with NFL players’ protests

September 27, 2017 - 97-year-old veteran of World War II from Missouri took a knee in tribute to NFL players’ protests during the national anthem, and his grandson took a picture of the gesture of solidarity that has since gone viral. “My grandpa is a 97 year-old WWII vet & Missouri farmer who wanted to join w/ those who #TakeaKnee,” Brennan Gilmore tweeted alongside a picture of John Middlemas taking a knee on Sunday morning. “Those kids have every right to protest,” Gilmore added, quoting his grandfather. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


25 Survivors, 25 Stories in honor of the 25th Anniversary of The Holocaust Museum

September 27, 2017 - 

Survivor #7

Holocaust Survivor: Judith Szentivanyi

 In honor of the 25th Anniversary of The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM), this oral history series shares the stories of twenty-five Holocaust Survivors. Each Survivor brings to the series an individual voice that enlivens our understanding of the Holocaust; the war’s effects on individuals, families, and communities dispersed across the world; and its reverberations into the present moment. Visit for full story. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


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

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