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Martin Lawrence & Will Smith Announce 'Bad Boys 3': 'It's Official'

November 2, 2018 

We ride together, we die together. Bad boys for life! 

It's finally happening — Bad Boys III is officially in the works and both Martin Lawrence and Will Smith have signed on to reprise their roles as Miami PD's most infamous officers. (Cue the theme music!)

The on-screen crime-fighting duo announced the news on Instagram Wednesday (October 31). "It’s official. Bad Boys for Life. #teammartymar #badboysforlife @willsmith #weback," Martin captioned a photo of him and Will on the beach. Will later shared a video of him shouting with excitement, while beside Martin: "Yo... I'm telling y'all. This is crazy, it's official. Bad Boys III. It's happening. It's official..." 

It's been 15 years since fans last saw the kick a** cops grace screens in Bad Boys II. 

The journey to the rumored final film has been a bumpy one. There were reports that Will's busy schedule delayed the film's production, Martin was reportedly unable to agree on a deal at one point, and there was the whole not being able to lock down a director thing that made it seem like the franchise would never get the grand finale it deserved. 

Visit www.957thebeat.com to read full article.

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The Gillum effect? In Florida’s largest black-majority city, a surge of early voters

November 1, 2018 

Anita Coolie, 46, cast her vote Wednesday in Miami Gardens for the Florida governor’s race, but her mind was on ballots of elections past.

“It reminds you of history, like when we had the first African-American president,” the city custodian said after voting for Andrew Gillum, the first black candidate from a major party to run for governor in Florida. “People like to get that sense of history.”

Coolie’s election-season visit to the North Dade library in Miami Gardens may extend a notable streak for the only early-voting site in Florida’s largest black-majority city. Since the weekend began, the library is the only one out of the county’s 28 early-voting sites to actually see more voters than it did during the same four-day stretch during the 2016 presidential election.

For all the talk of blue waves, President Donald Trump’s energized Republican base helping GOP nominee Ron DeSantis, and record turnout for a governor’s race, the 2018 mid-term election isn’t coming close to the pace voters set in 2016. 

That’s typical for “off-year” elections, the term for the national elections that fall in the middle of a presidential term. While turnout topped 70 percent in Miami-Dade when Trump faced Hillary Clinton in 2016, it simmered around 40 percent when Gov. Rick Scott ran against former governor Charlie Crist in 2014. Source www.Miamiherald.com.



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Suicide or 'Lynching'? A New Ferguson Flashpoint

November 1, 2018

"They lynched my baby." So wrote Melissa McKinnies, an organizer of the Ferguson protests of 2014, upon the death of her 24-year-old son, Danye Jones. Police in St. Louis County, however, say it looks like a suicide. McKinnies' suspicions have since spread across social media, and the story appears only to be gaining steam—especially because it comes in the wake of previous high-profile Ferguson deaths. The details: 

  • The death: Jones was found hanging from a tree Oct. 17 near his mother's house in Spanish Lake, Mo., reports CBS News. Police say they found a chair near the body and are investigating it as a suicide. In fact, a spokesman says the family reported it as such in the initial 911 call. Determining an official cause of death could take weeks.
  • Mother's view: McKinnies posted images of her son's body on Facebook that were later removed by the site, reports the AP. She says that he had bruises on his face, and relatives say he didn't know how to make the knots used, and that the sheet didn't appear to come from the house. "He was not suicidal at all," she tells KMOV. She thinks he was killed because of her activism after the death of Michael Brown at the hands of police in 2014. Click here to read the full article.

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FAMU Scientists Awarded $16 Million Grant to Address Cancer Health Equity in Black and Latino Populations

October 30, 2018 

Florida A&M University (FAMU) has been selected to receive a five-year, $16 million partnership grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to establish a center that will address cancer health equity in Black and Latino populations, while also providing cancer research, education and training experiences.  

This grant is led by two innovative FAMU scientists R. Renee Reams, Ph.D., and Kinfe “Ken” Redda, Ph.D., both are among the esteemed faculty in the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS). Awarded under the NCI’s U54/Comprehensive Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity Program, the project is the first of its kind that allows parallel collaboration from multiple principal investigators from other universities, also known as a “Triad Partnership.” Institutions partnering with FAMU include the University of Florida and the University of Southern California. Funding for the project titled, “Florida-California Cancer Research, Education and Engagement (CaRE2) Health Equity Center” will be equally distributed across the three universities.  Visit www.famunews.com to read the full article. 

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Ntozake Shange, Author of 'For Colored Girls,' Dies at 70

October 30, 2018

Ntozake Shange, a Black feminist poet and playwright, known most notably for her 1976 Tony Award-nominated choreopoem, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,  died on Oct. 27 at an assisted-living community in Bowie, Maryland. 

The poet was born Paulette Williams in Trenton, New Jersey, on Oct. 18, 1948. Her father, Paul. T. Williams, was a surgeon; her mother, Eloise Owens Williams, was a professor of social work.

She took up the Zulu names Ntozake, which means “She who comes with her own things,” and Shange, which translates to “She who walks like a lion.” Visit www.ebony.com to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Black Mother-Daughter Entrepreneur Duo Launches Clever Solution for Hands-Free Handbags!

October 26, 2018

Let’s face it, if you frequently carry a two-strapped handbag, you have undoubtedly struggled with keeping your straps from falling off your shoulder. But two African American entrepreneurs, Rhonda and her daughter, Jennifer, are experts on this irritating issue. In 2012, Rhonda had recently made a major career change from an executive assistant to a bus operator. Most days, she woke up before dawn to inspect the bus, using a large two-strapped bag to carry her equipment. Since the weight of the bag was heavy, it frequently caused one strap to slip off her shoulder, and items often fell out of the bag. After regularly venting about the issue, Jennifer told her mother to stop complaining and do something about it - so they did! 

Two years later, Strap Dragons was born; a stylish, functional, and easy-to-use fashion accessory for keeping two-strapped bag handles together. And now, the ingenious product is officially available on the marketplace! Visit www.blackbusiness.org to read the full article. 

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Black Fashion Icon Wins Contract to Design Uniforms For 32,000 British Airways Employees

October 26, 2018

Ozwald Boateng, a renowned African-British fashion designer, has been chosen by British Airways, one of the largest airlines in the world and the flag carrier of the United Kingdom, to design new uniforms for their 32,000 employees. The prestigious airline, which will be having their centennial anniversary in 2019, will highlight Ozwald's design of the new uniforms during the celebration. 

"I am really excited about creating this new uniform for British Airways. It is important for me to create something that makes all of British Airways' 32,000 uniform-wearing employees across the world excited, at the same time as enabling me to really demonstrate my skills as a designer," Ozwald said in connection to his recent project with British Airways.

The uniforms that Ozwald will design will be a part of British Airways' £4.5 billion investment for the next five years. The airline's chairman and chief executive, Alex Cruz, noted that the "uniforms have been an iconic symbol of our brand throughout our 100-year history and our partnership with Ozwald will take us forward to the next chapter in our journey." Click here to read the full article. 

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Meet the First Black CEO of Chase Consumer Banking One of the Most Powerful Women in Banking!

October 23, 2018 

Thasunda Duckett is the first African American to be CEO of JP Morgan & Chase Consumer Banking. Despite her humble means growing up, today Thasunda is responsible for overseeing a banking network with more than $684 billion in deposits and investments, nearly 50,000 employees, over 5,000 bank branches, and 16,000 ATMs. Rather than let her past limit her, Thasunda embraces it and uses it for inspiration to help ordinary families and households believe that they, too, can not only obtain financial success but become great leaders. She believes her story is not unique, but one that follows the trajectory of the true American Dream.

"My ancestors and the people who started here at JPMorgan Chase couldn't imagine someone that looked like me leading the consumer business," she comments. "... So when I think about my legacy, I think about giving homage to the people before me - the people who were cleaning the buildings of banks - and how now, we can have more than a way to take care of our families, and even ascend to become CEOs." Visit www.blackbusiness.org to read the full article. 

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Bloomberg’s gun safety group to spend another $1.8 million on Nikki Fried, Sean Shaw

October 19, 2018 

Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control group co-founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said Thursday that in addition to throwing $2 million behind Democratic candidates seeking Florida Cabinet positions, it will be dedicating $1.8 million solely to agriculture commissioner nominee Nikki Fried and attorney general hopeful Sean Shaw.

The organization told the Times/Herald that it supports "gun-sense" candidates like Fried, who called for a full audit of the concealed-weapons permit process, and Shaw, who released an ad detailing his experience standing up to the National Rifle Association and pushing for stronger gun laws.

Fried's call for reform has been a marquee issue on her campaign. Fried, who owns a gun and has a concealed weapons permit, released a video and letter last month distancing herself from the NRA with a clear message: "I won't be beholden to you." The agriculture commissioner's office oversees the concealed-weapons permitting process. Visit www.tampabay.com to read the full article. 

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Shonda Rhimes boldly talks Netflix deal: “I am the highest paid show runner in television”

October 19, 2018

Shonda Rhimes is finally opening up about her lucrative Netflix deal, and she’s not afraid to brag about it with the hopes that doing so will inspire more women to step into their purpose the way she did.

“I will not hide. I am going to brag. I am the highest paid showrunner in television,” Rhimes said Monday evening while speaking at ELLE’s “Women in Hollywood” event.

While Rhimes didn’t go all out and specify an exact dollar amount, she did clarify that her recent nine-figure deal with Netflix came with a salary much higher than what was previously reported. Click here to read the full article. 

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Black Girl Magic Meets Marvel: Nnedi Okorafor Unveils New Shuri Comic

October 18, 2018 

We don’t need another hero, but here’s one we’ve been waiting for anyway: Wakandan princess and genius little sister Shuri has finally broken out of her supporting role in the Black Panther franchise into her own series, courtesy of acclaimed fantasy writer Nnedi Okorafor.

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'Golfcart Gail' calls cops on black dad at his kid's soccer game

October 18, 2018

A white woman called the cops on a black father at his child’s soccer game — claiming he yelled at the referee, when he was actually just cheering on his son, according to local reports.

Two other women who were at the teen match in Ponte Vedra, Florida, over the weekend took videos and posted about the incident on Facebook — uploading images of the field marshal who called the police, showing her sitting in a blue golfcart with a phone to her ear and nicknaming her “Golfcart Gail.”

“A parent at my son’s soccer game had the police called on him for cheering for his son during the game,” posted Ginger Galore Williams, with the header “Soccer While Black.”

The unnamed dad had yelled “The ref is right!” when he saw his kid was frustrated by a call, but “Golfcart Gail” took offense, Williams said.

“[She] decided to spring into action and rapidly approach this parent and remind him that harassment would not be tolerated. He informed her that he was only speaking to his son,” Williams posted. Visit www.nypost.com to read the full article. 

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Why Republicans Are Suppressing Black Votes

October 17, 2018 

Not long after losing its second presidential election to Barack Obama, the GOP, so the story goes, operated on itself. Like a lung-cancer patient declaring that it’s time to quit smoking, the Republican National Committee declared in a 2013 “autopsy” report that “the Republican Party must be committed to building a lasting relationship within the African-American community year-round, based on mutual respect and with a spirit of caring.”

A few months later, Republicans cheered a Supreme Court decision that maimed the Voting Rights Act. Three years after that — in the wake of more than a dozen states pushing through fresh new laws to make it more difficult for African-American and Hispanic people to vote — the party crossed another Rubicon by nominating Donald Trump for president, a birther with an unquestioned record of racial discrimination and bigoted rhetoric. This was not so much hypocritical as it was suicidal. Source:www.rollingstone.com to read full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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Mrs. America Co-Founder Accused Of Making Racist Remarks, Using Slur

October 16, 2018 

The co-founder of the Mrs. America beauty pageant has been accused by several of this year’s contestants of making demeaning and racially insensitive comments, including using a racial slur and suggesting that black men are “drug dealers” and “black women need to stop having babies with four baby daddies.”  

At a Monday news conference, four 2018 Mrs. America contestants accused David Marmel, the pageant’s executive director, of uttering the offensive remarks during a pre-pageant event in Las Vegas last year.

The contestants, who were accompanied by prominent women’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred, said Marmel had approached a group of four African-American women at the event — three of whom spoke Monday — and began talking about what he had done for black people over the course of his career, including involvement in the annual American Black Achievement awards TV show. Visit www.huffingtonpost.com to read the full article. 

 

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BREAKING NEWS: Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry expecting first child

October 16, 2018 

The royal news everyone has been waiting for has just been announced: Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child.

The news was confirmed by Kensington Palace on Monday morning.

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public,” read the official announcement.

The Duchess is assumed to be about 12 weeks along. A spokesperson also said that Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland is “looking forward to welcoming her first grandchild.”

Their baby will be seventh in line for the throne. Click here to get the full scoop. 

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St. Pete Reorganizes to Focus on Economic, Workforce Development

October 15, 2018 

St. Petersburg city government has a new department that will concentrate on neighborhood and downtown real estate development, small business entrepreneurial development, business retention, expansion and workforce development.

ST. PETERSBURG – The St. Petersburg city development administration has reorganized to create a new economic and workforce development department.

Sophia Sorolis has been named director and Rick Smith has been named the department’s manager. Sorolis has worked for the city for 31 years and served as the economic development manager for 11 years. Smith has worked for the city for 18 years and served as a planner III/CRA coordinator for 14 years.

“These promotions illustrate the promise of the next chapter for St. Pete’s eco dev team. Community workforce development that advances our goals for inclusive prosperity will be at the forefront of every project. The expertise and proven experience of Sophia and others on her team will carry our city’s development success far into the future,” Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin said. Visit www.tbreporter.com to read the full article. 

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Stacey Abrams Campaign: Supreme Vote-Suppressor Brian Kemp Needs to Resign as Georgia Secretary of State

October 12, 2018 

As we barrel towards one of the most momentous elections in Georgia’s history, Democrat Stacey Abrams’ campaign is calling on Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp to resign following a report his office is cheating using a rigorous verification process to suppress the votes of thousands of African Americans. 

As reported by The Root, Kemp has had a long history of “making black votes disappear” as Georgia’s secretary of state, which is always unethical, undemocratic, underhanded and unprincipled, but in this case, will directly benefit Kemp, as most polls have him neck and neck with Abrams for governor. Visit www.theroot.com to read the full article. 

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Don Lemon: Kanye West Embarrassed Black Americans With White House ‘Minstrel Show’

October 12, 2018 

Don Lemon slammed President Donald Trump for “exploiting” Kanye West during Thursday’s heavily publicized Oval Office meeting." data-reactid="10" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-family: Georgia, "Times New Roman", serif; font-size: 18px;">Don Lemon slammed President Donald Trump for “exploiting” Kanye Westduring Thursday’s heavily publicized Oval Office meeting.

“What I saw was a minstrel show today,” the CNN host said. “Him in front of all of these white people, mostly white people, embarrassing himself and embarrassing Americans, but mostly African-Americans.” 

Lemon said he couldn’t watch.  

“I had to turn the television off because it was so hard to watch,” he said. “Him, sitting there, being used by the president of the United States.” 

He said West “needs help.”

“Kanye, back away from the cameras, go get some help, and then come back and make your case,” he said, later adding: “We’re watching someone’s demise in front of our eyes.” Click here to read the full article. 

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Q&A with Jerel McCants: Tampa architect designs affordable housing in Ybor City

October 11, 2018 

Ybor City has something of a split personality. During the day, it's professional -- no surprise to see a suit and tie strolling down the street. But once the sun sets, Ybor turns into a playground. Let's not forget though that people always have called Ybor home, many of them from lower- and middle-income households. As developers eye Ybor as prime real estate for new expansion, current residents may be priced out.

But two Ybor City creatives are teaming up to offer middle-income, affordable housing in the historic district.

Jerel McCants is an architect who moved from Atlanta to Tampa in 2004, and has since helped design affordable housing developments, such as Progress Village in Riverview in south Hillsborough County. Frank Rodriguez is a designer and founder of Mighty Fine Design in Ybor City. The pair are building three homes in Ybor, which they hope to have constructed within the next 12 months. Visit www.83degreesmedia.com to read the full article. 

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George Taliaferro, First Black Man Drafted by the NFL, Dies at 91

October 10, 2018 

Trailblazer and trendsetter George Taliaferro, the first African-American player to be drafted by the NFL, died Monday. He was 91 years old.

Remember way back in 1996, when the NFL was going crazy because then Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart was lining up all over the field on offense? Well, Taliaferro was the original “Slash.” He played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, defensive back, punter, kick returner and punt returner during his career. He earned three Pro Bowl appearances (1951-53).

Because they could damn near put Taliaferro anywhere on the field, he ended his career with “2,266 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns; 95 receptions for 1,300 yards and 12 scores; 1,633 passing yards for 10 touchdowns and 29 interceptions; 35 forced fumbles and 13 fumble recoveries,” Bleacher Report notes.

“I’m the one person in the history of the NFL to play seven positions,” Taliaferro told Jerry Bembry of The Undefeated in September 2017. “When I went on the field, the game was over when I came off.” Visit www.theroot.com to read the full article.

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