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Texas Judge Stops Millions of Workers from getting a Raise

This evening, a United States District Court in Texas issued an injunction against the Obama administration’s changes to the overtime rule, arguing the Labor Department does not have the authority it has exercised since 1938, under 10 presidents, including FDR and George W. Bush, to set a minimum salary requirement for overtime exemption. Read more here.

 

Category: Business

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Will Trump Deliver anything for Working People?

During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump promised that he would take the side of American workers against economic elites when evaluating policy. Yet, the policy proposals he put forth during the campaign had nothing in them that would actually help working- and middle-class Americans. Now that more plans and potential cabinet appointments are coming into focus, it looks worse than many of us thought even before the election. Across a broad range of crucial issues, the incoming Trump administration appears likely to betray the promises he made to the American middle class. Here’s a rough sketch of how. Read more here.

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BBIF Loan Funding Announcement

The Black Business Investment Fund of Central Florida announced last week that they have been awarded $20 million in New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund for a total of $40 million to date. BBIF received its first federal NMTC allocation of $20 million in the 2014 funding cycle.  The NMTC Program attracts private capital into low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax in exchange for making equity investments on projects in economically distressed communities. The credit totals 39 percent of the original investment amount and is claimed over a period of seven years. Read more here.

 

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Oscar Braynon Named Florida Senate Democrats Top Leaders

A longtime legislator from Miami Gardens will lead the Democrats of the Florida Senate for the next two years.Sen. Oscar Braynon’s ascension to Senate minority leader was made official Monday evening in advance of Tuesday’s organizational session for the 2016-18 Legislature. He’s now in charge of a 15-member Democratic caucus, of which 11 are newly elected senators. Read more here.

 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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Jay Pharaoh, Gigi Hadid nail impersonations of the Trumps at AMAs

Nov. 21, 2016 - On Sunday during their opening monologue for the 2016 American Music Awards, Jay Pharaoh and Gigi Hadid pulled out their impersonations of Donald and Melania Trump.

“I gotta do the face right,” Hadid said as she pursed her lips and then said in an accented voice, “I love my husband, President Barack Obama and our children, Sasha and Malia.”

Pharaoh joined in on the fun with his own impersonation of president-elect Trump, claiming “Uptown Funk” was about him. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Obama: I’ll push back against Trump if needed to defend US ideals

Nov. 21, 2016 - President Barack Obama said Sunday he doesn’t intend to become his successor’s constant critic — but reserved the right to speak out if President-elect Donald Trump or his policies breach certain “values or ideals.”

Offering a rare glimpse into his thoughts on his post-presidency, Obama suggested once he was out of office he would uphold the tradition of ex-presidents stepping aside quietly to allow their successors space to govern. He heaped praise on former President George W. Bush, saying he “could not have been more gracious to me when I came in” and said he wanted to give Trump the same chance to pursue his agenda “without somebody popping off” at every turn. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Mitt Romney in serious consideration for Secretary of State

Nov. 21, 2016 - According to Mike Pence, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is under “serious” consideration for the position of Secretary of State in the Donald Trump administration.

“Governor Romney is under active and serious consideration to serve as Secretary of State of the United States,” Mike Pence told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Romney and Trump met over the weekend and apparently had a successful face-to-face despite a bitter relationship during the campaign. Romney was one of the more outspoken opponents in the Republican ranks of a Trump presidency. However, after the meeting, the former governor seemed to be striking a more conciliatory tone. Read more at nypost.com.

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Trump family to move into White House after school year ends

Nov. 21, 2016 - Sunday, president-elect Donald Trump confirmed that his wife and 10-year-old son would not be moving into the White House with him immediately upon his inauguration but would stay in Trump Tower until their son Barron finished out the school year.

When asked by reporters when he expected Melania and Barron to move into the White House with him, Trump said, “Very soon. Right after he finishes school.” Read more at the nypost.com.

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‘Black Netflix’ coming to a living room near you

Nov. 21, 2016 - Brown Sugar, a new streaming service, is touting itself as “Netflix, but blacker.”

Launched by Bounce TV, Brown Sugar features such movies as Shaft, The Mack, Foxy Brown, Super Fly and I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, the Blaxploitation classics.

“These movies are entertaining and fun, but they were also empowering to the black community as they depicted African-Americans as strong leading characters and heroes for the first time,” said Blaxploitation star Pam Grier. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Man stands up for black woman being harassed by officers

Nov. 21, 2016 - In the early hours of Friday morning, Ben McBride took to Facebook to post about his experience with the Richmond, California police when he felt he needed to stick up for a black woman they were harassing.

“You should be ashamed of yourselves,” McBride says in the video in which he is seen to be berating the officers. “Ashamed that you didn’t use discretion that you could have used to write her a ticket and allow her the margin to be able to go and get the kind of tags that was necessary for her vehicle.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Donald Trump slams ‘SNL’ spoof, Alec Baldwin claps back

Nov. 21, 2016 - Just hours after Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of Donald Trump returned to “Saturday Night Live,” the president-elect took to Twitter to slam the show.

“I watched parts of @nbcsnl Saturday Night Live last night,” Trump wrote on Sunday morning. “It is a totally one-sided, biased show — nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Pastor Shirley Caesar Launches #UNameIt Online Store

Nov. 21, 2016 - Shirley Caesar is making the best out of going viral. And she’s also making a few dollars in the process.

On the heels of going viral with the #UNameItChallenge, Caesar is taking control of her brand and launched an online store filled with #UNameIt paraphernalia. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Prince’s Sister Tyka Nelson Accepts Singer’s 2016 American Music Award for Top Soundtrack

Nov. 21, 2016 - In the wake of Prince’s tragic death this year, Purple Rain was re-released, which shot the soundtrack back up the charts. And at Sunday night’s American Music Awards, the 1984 soundtrack won the Top Soundtrack award, even though it previously won the award when it first came out as well.

Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson was on hand to receive the award. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Drake Shows Off Dance Moves in New Apple Commercial

Nov. 21, 2016 - Although Drake was nominated for a record-breaking 13 nominations at Sunday night’s American Music Awards, the Canadian rapper only took home four awards. But it wasn’t his acceptance speeches that had people talking, but an Apple commercial that showed off his dance “skills.”

In the ad, Drizzy is in the gym working out, but instead of working out to hard-core music, he throws on Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.” Read more at theroot.com.

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The First Full Trailer For Netflix’s Obama Biopic, ‘Barry,’ Is Here

Nov. 21, 2016 - Last month, Netflix released a dialogue-free teaser for its upcoming movie “Barry.” On Monday, The Huffington Post is debuting the first full-length trailer for the film. 

In the newly released footage, you can see actor Devon Terrell’s take on Barack Obama, as the young Columbia University student overcomes several obstacles throughout his schooling, such as a racist security officer who insists on checking Obama’s identification. In another briefly shown scene, a man punches the future president in the face. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Sharon Jones, Grammy-Nominated Soul Singer, Dead At 60

Nov. 21, 2016 - Sharon Jones, the Grammy-nominated soul and funk singer who led the Dap-Kings, died Friday after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. She was 60.

Jones “was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time,” a statement posted to the group’s website said. Read more a thegrio.com.

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Jeans For Teens

Help give new or gently used jeans to teens. Donationations can be shits,Jackets & Pants. Please bring your donations to Mt.Zion Missionary Baptist church before December 18th, help give back to the community. 

Category: Faith Community Events

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B-CU Welcomes it's First "Yes We Must" Student Ambassador

November 17, 2016-  B-CU has welcomed exchange student, Ananya Kadir, to the Wildcat family for the 2016 fall semester. Ananya comes to B-CU from the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) located in Morristown, New Jersey. Kadir was selected by her home school and the ‘Yes We Must’ Coalition (YWMC), where students are given the opportunity to gain exposure to new academic and personal experiences through semester exchanges.  Ananya is the first ‘Yes We Must’ Coalition student at B-CU. Out of the schools that partner with the YWMC initiative, Kadir chose B-CU. “I was excited to attend B-CU because it offered similar classes that I was looking for and the mission of the university was very similar to my own at CSE; I was also impressed that Dr. Bethune, a woman, founded the university.” Read more here.

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St.Peter Claver's Decades of Excellence Gala

Saturday night's Decades of Excellence Gala benefiting St. Peter Claver Catholic School was an overwhelming success with over 350 people in attendance to celebrate this educational institution that was founded in 1894. Preliminary numbers for Decades of Excellence indicate more than $160,000 was raised with donations still being received.Mistress of Ceremonies Wendy Ryan and "Live-Ask" leaders Darryl and Tracey Strawberry, helped steer the evening towards generating significant fundraising success. A $50,000 match was announced and guests were delighted to learn $25,000 of the match was gifted by the Higgins Foundation from Monsignor Laurence Higgins  - a true advocate and friend of St. Peter Claver.  The school would like to thank and acknowledge Richard Gonzmart of the Columbia and Art Raimo President of the Academy of Holy Name for their extreme generosity providing the food and venue for the evening.  Decades of Excellence Gala Chair, Nicole Capitano Nassif, along with the Gala Committee, volunteers, and school administration all worked tirelessly to make the evening a memorable event.  The evening title sponsor was In Loving Memory of Ed Gallagly and other sponsors include Oliva Tobacco, Swope, Rodante, P.A., the Tampa Bay Rays, David Mallitz, Kelley Parris and Walter Wood, and Abe Brown Ministries. Funds raised will assist St. Peter Claver in providing tuition scholarships to deserving children from financially challenged backgrounds.  The school serves over 230 students offering pre-K - 8th grade and is the oldest historically African American elementary school still functioning in the state of Florida, right here in Tampa for 122 years. On behalf of all the students, thank you for the commitment you showed them Saturday night.  Your generosity and support are greatly appreciated.

Category: Faith Community Events

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Nick Cannon expecting third child with beauty queen

Nov. 17, 2016 - Nick Cannon is expecting his third child with beauty queen Brittany Bell.

“I’ve got a baby on the way,” the comedian and television host told the Breakfast Club on Thursday. “God said be fruitful and multiply. I’m doing the Lord’s work … everybody get a baby! I’m passing them out.”

Cannon, 36, and Bell, 29, reportedly dated briefly in early 2015, according to Us Weekly. Coincidentally, Cannon is now promoting his new song, “Baby On The Way,” with singer K. Michelle. Read more at thegrio.com.

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