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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 to read the full article. 

Category: Media Community


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. to read full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


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 to read the full article. 


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


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. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


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 to read the full article. 

Category: Business


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 to read the full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


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. 

Category: Media Community


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 to read the full article. 

Category: Business


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 to read the full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Sean Shaw follows his father’s path in attorney general race

October 9, 2018 

Sean Shaw has big shoes to fill and he’s in a hurry to fill them.The 40-year-old is a first-term member of the Florida House from Tampa, a consumer insurance lawyer and a former state insurance consumer advocate. Now he wants to become one of the most powerful elected officials in the state, Florida Attorney General.If elected, the Democrat would become the state’s top law enforcement officer, and the first African-American to do so.He would also take one giant step closer to filling the shoes of his late father, legal legend Leander Shaw Jr. 

His father was a pioneering lawyer at a time when Florida had only a handful of African-American lawyers. He would eventually rise to become the first African-American chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Leander Shaw died in 2015. He was 85.“When I was growing up, he was just my dad,” Sean Shaw said. “We went fishing and tinkered around in the shed. The older I got, the more I realized how big a deal he was. “Every little boy wants to be like his dad,” he added. “But I had one who was a little larger than life.” Visit to read the full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


BWBOEE National Women's Small Business Month to recognize Rolanda McDuffie

October 5, 2018 -

 Years in Business:  6

What made you go into this business? When I started my tax business, I realized that a lot of business owners were struggling in their business because they did not have a good grasp on their business financials.  Many were waiting until tax time to get their profit and loss statement compiled.  Which meant that they had no idea if their business was profitable or operating at a loss throughout the year.  I knew that if I could educate business owners on how to understand their business financials, they would be better equipped to run their business more effectively and efficiently.  At that point, I decided to expand my business to include accounting services, business consulting and financial advising services so that I could equip business with the financial tools that they needed to run their business more effectively and efficiently.

Please visit/contact Rolanda:

Instagram: rsmcduffiecpa
FaceBook: RolandaSMcDuffieCPA
Phone: 813-563-9697

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Homecoming on the ‘Hill’ Starts Off on Fun and Regal Note

October 5, 2018 - 

On the heels of the University’s 131st birthday, Florida A&M University (FAMU) officially started its Homecoming festivities with a BBQ kickoff on Saturday, September 29 and the 112th Coronation on Sunday, September 30.

Rattlers enjoyed food, water balloon activities and games at the Homecoming kickoff BBQ.

The 112th Coronation was a royal, Rattler affair! All of the bells and whistles were pulled out for the 19th Mister FAMU and 112th Miss FAMU. Visit for more info. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Jemele Hill Joins The Atlantic As Staff Writer

October 4, 2018 

Sports journalist and commentator Jemele Hill has joined The Atlantic as a staff writer, two weeks after announcing she was leaving ESPN after 12 years. 

Hill will “be covering the intersection of sports, race, politics, gender, and culture” at the magazine, Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief, said on Twitter on Monday. 

I’m very pleased to announce that the great @jemelehill is joining @TheAtlantic as a staff writer. She’ll be covering the intersection of sports, race, politics, gender, and culture for us. Welcome, Jemele.

— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) October 1, 2018

Hill told The Hollywood Reporter that her relationship with ESPN ― “as good and as fruitful and as beneficial as it was ― had really run its course.”

“It wasn’t about leaving because things got difficult,” she added. “I’ve been through difficult swings in my career. It was about the fact that I can’t commit to something that I know isn’t right for me, that I know isn’t going to bring out the best in me, and that I know is going to be kind of a waste of time.” Click here to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Billionaire Tom Steyer rallies progressive voters in St. Pete town hall

October 2, 2018 

Democratic billionaire Tom Steyer and Mayor Rick Kriseman led a town hall meeting Friday evening where they advocated for affordable health care, gun control and support of Andrew Gillum's campaign for governor.

Steyer, a high-profile progressive investor, has pledged to spend millions helping elect Gillum and rally young voters across the nation. His stop at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg was part of a nationwide tour to rally voters behind progressive ideas and his own effort to impeach President Donald Trump.

"We need to retake the democracy," Steyer said to a chorus of cheers. "There has been a hostile corporate takeover of our democracy … in the last 40 years. And everybody knows it." Visit to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


The Florida Senate race may be moving away from Republican Rick Scott

October 2, 2018 

First things first: The theme song of the week is "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now" by Jesse Frederick and Bennett Salvay from the television show "Perfect Strangers."

Poll of the week: A new Marist College poll finds that Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson holds a 48% to 45% advantage over Republican Rick Scott. Two other gold standard polls out this week from the University of North Florida and Quinnipiac University give Nelson an average 3.5 point lead. What's the point: For much of the summer, Scott has been tied or ahead of Nelson. Some of that polling was from lower quality pollsters (who don't call cell phones or don't use live interviews), but even among higher quality pollsters it seemed Scott was more than holding his own. 

A Scott win would be against what we'd normally expect to happen in a midterm election in which there is a Republican president. In midterm elections since 1982, the senator of the opposition party has won about 96% of the time. The only cases where that didn't happen were when the president was extremely popular (President Donald Trump has an approval of around 40%) or when the incumbent was suffering from a scandal (Nelson isn't). Indeed, I'm not aware of a "fundamentals" model in which Scott would be favored. My own model that takes into account money raised from individuals, candidate quality (i.e., current or previous office held), the partisan lean of the state and the national political environment has Nelson favored by a little less than 10 percentage points. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Rihanna appointed as ambassador by Barbados

September 25, 2018 - 

Singer Rihanna has said she "couldn't be more proud" after being given a new ambassadorial role by the government of Barbados.

The artist, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was named "Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary" for her home country on Thursday.

The role involves promoting education, tourism and investment.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said she was honoured to confer the title. 

"Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education. She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home," the prime minister said in a statement. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


South Africa's highest court legalises cannabis use

September 25, 2018 - 

South Africa's highest court has legalised the use of cannabis by adults in private places.

Pro-marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery and chanted "Weed are free now" when the Constitutional Court gave its landmark ruling. 

In a unanimous ruling, judges also legalised the growing of marijuana for private consumption. 

South Africa's government had opposed its legalisation, arguing the drug was "harmful" to people's health. 

It has not yet commented on the ruling, which is binding. 

Three cannabis users who had faced prosecution for using the drug brought the case, saying the ban "intrudes unjustifiably into their private spheres". Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


New Jersey Sheriff Who Was Caught Making Racist Remarks Resigns

September 25, 2018 - 

A New Jersey sheriff has resigned after he was caught on tape making racist remarks, including claiming that legalized marijuana would “let the blacks come in.”

Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino faced a call to resign from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) on Thursday after Saudino admitted it was his voice on a recording made in January, after Murphy indicated his support for legalizing marijuana in his inaugural address.

“He talked about the whole thing, the marijuana, sanctuary state... better criminal justice reform,” Saudino is heard saying of Murphy. “Christ almighty, in other words let the blacks come in, do whatever the fuck they want, smoke their marijuana, do this, do that, and don’t worry about it. You know, we’ll tie the hands of cops.” Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Residents still unsatisfied with the Tropicana redevelopment plan

September 19, 2018 - 

ST. PETERSBURG – The South St. Pete Democratic Club held a panel discussion last month that included providers of affordable housing, long-term residents of the area and city officials to gather information and ideas about the redevelopment of Tropicana Field in hopes to adopt and present policy proposals that may be incorporated into the plan.

Many in the community expressed concerns over the conceptual redevelopment plan of Tropicana Field during the Tropicana Master Plan – Scenario Two community meeting held Aug. 6. Visit to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


New controller and community impact manager join Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

September 19, 2018 - After a national search, the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg has named Carol Martin Brown as the new controller, and Pinellas County non-profit executive Marcus A. Brooks has been selected to serve in a newly-formed position of community impact manager. In his new position, Brooks will facilitate community input on the Foundation’s Social Change Center and create the inaugural approach to programming the Center, which will open in early summer 2019 in the Lakeview Shopping Center in south St. Petersburg. He will coordinate listening sessions, engage with multiple sectors of the community and use those ideas and input to shape the design, logistics and overall culture of the center. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: Business

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