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A Florida girl had her SAT result flagged. She says she didn't cheat and hires famous lawyer.

January 3, 2019

Kamilah Campbell wants to go to Florida State University and major in dance. She has a 3.1 grade point average and a lifetime of dance experience.

But after getting her score from the SAT after her first try -- a 900 -- Campbell decided she needed to do better. Her mom got her a tutor, she took online classes and she got a copy of a The Princeton Review prep book. Seven months later, in October, the high school senior from Miami Gardens, Florida, took the test again.Later, when she got an envelope in the mail from the testing company, she was shocked when she opened it. 

It was a letter. Not results. "We are writing to you because based on a preliminary review, there appears to be substantial evidence that your scores ... are invalid," it said. "Our preliminary concerns are based on substantial agreement between your answers on one or more scored sections of the test and those of other test takers. The anomalies noted above raise concerns about the validity of your scores." 

Visit www.cnn.com to read the full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Stacey Abrams Exemplifies the Kwanzaa Principle of Imani—Consciously Moving Forward Against Forces Seen and Unseen

The last day of Kwanzaa is represented by the principle of Imani, or faith—the essence of what has gotten us through when there seemed no way out. Black people, in general, are a spiritual people. But we are also a people of faith, which is not necessarily attached to formal religion. In the words of the King James version of the Bible:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

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Our ancestors, brought here in bloodied, excrement-encrusted, death-eating chains, saw Barack Obama, a man borne of a man of the continent and a woman from the heartland, who would one day rule the free world. That is the knowing, the intention, the realized dream of the slave. Visit www.theroot.com to read the full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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Chris Rock's Ancestry DNA Results Called into Question After He Allows Louis CK and Ricky Gervais to Throw Around N-Word

December 28, 2018

While the rest of us were catching flights, rocking ugly sweaters at holiday parties, or reuniting with loved ones yesterday, Twitter was in shambles after a 2011 clip from HBO’s unscripted talk show “Talking Funny” resurfaced. 

In the clip in question, we get a sneak peek into the uncensored workplace dynamic between comedy legends Jerry Seinfeld, Ricky Gervais, Louis C.K., and the lone Black Delegation spokesperson Chris Rock.

While the clip starts off innocuous, things inexplicably go left when they explore the differences between “Black Rich” (which still includes copious amounts of top ramen of course) and “White Rich” (which includes generational wealth in place of 20 cent noodles).

Visit www.theroot.com to watch video.

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Richard Overton, America's oldest World War II veteran and the oldest man in the US, dies at 112

December 28, 2018

Richard Overton, America's oldest World War II veteran and the oldest man in the United States, died Thursday afternoon at the age of 112.

The death was confirmed to CNN by Shirley Overton, a family member.Overton would have been 113 on May 11, 2019.The veteran had been hospitalized with pneumonia, his family said. 

Overton volunteered for the Army starting in 1942 and served with the 188th Aviation Engineer Battalion, an all-black unit that served on various islands in the Pacific. Visit www.cnn.com to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Referee With Racist Past Forces Black Student to Cut Dreadlocks or Forfeit Wrestling Match

December 27, 2018

A New Jersey high school wrestler was reportedly told by a referee with a history of racist behavior to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit his match during a competition Thursday.

A now-viral video shows Buena High School wrestler Andrew Johnson having his locks sheared off by what is most likely an athletic trainer as he stands in his wrestling sling. A visibly upset Johnson beat his Oakcrest opponent but had to be consoled by his teammates once he left the mat. 

The referee, who is clearly visible in the video, has been identified in various social media posts and by NJ Advance Media staff writers as Alan Maloney, who used a racial slur at a social gathering of officials in March 2016. 

Maloney, who is white, used the slur in an argument over homemade wine in a Jersey Shore condo after many of the officials gathered following a youth tournament in Wildwood. Another official, Preston Hamilton, who is black, then slammed Maloney to the ground over the remark. Visit www.theroot.com to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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NIKE names HBCU alum G. Scott Uzzell President & CEO of Converse

December 27, 2018

NIKE has named Florida A&M University alumni and FAMU Foundation Board member, G. Scott Uzzell, President and CEO of Converse, Inc., the company announced Friday, Dec 21.

According to The AP, Uzzell comes to Converse from The Coca-Cola Company where he most recently served as President, Venturing & Emerging Brands Group (VEB).

“Scott’s unique blend of experience driving both strategic business growth and strong brand development is well-suited to help unlock the full potential of the Converse Brand and lead its next phase of growth globally,” said Michael Spillane, President, Categories and Product, NIKE, Inc.

Visit www.thegrio.com to read the full article. 

Category: Business

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2019 Synapse Summit spotlights innovation in Florida

December 26, 2018

The 2019 Synapse Summit, a symposium to help innovators build connections in the tech community, returns to downtown Tampa January 23rd and 24th with a full slate of programming designed to spotlight Florida’s growing presence in the world of innovation.  

“Florida is experiencing an innovation revolution,” says Marc Blumenthal, executive director and co-founder of Synapse, a nonprofit founded to accelerate innovation in Florida. “The Synapse Summit provides the opportunity to engage with Florida’s most innovative people, entrepreneurs, investors and corporations in a meaningful and purposeful way.”

Tampa was chosen to host the event again this year because it’s close to the state’s geographic center, attracting great companies and talent from across the state, says Brian Kornfeld, Synapse president and co-founder. Plus, he notes, the summit falls between Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Gasparilla, giving a more “South by Southwest” feel to the week. Visit www.83degreesmedia.com to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Florida Voters Approved A Historic Voting Rights Measure. Republicans Want To Press Pause

December 26, 2018

Florida election officials haven’t gotten any guidance on how to implement a massive change in the state’s process for restoring voting rights for people with felony convictions, prompting criticism from advocates who say state officials shouldn’t slow-walk the historic change.

Florida is one of four states that permanently strip the right to vote from people with felony convictions, and it is home to a significant chunk of the nation’s disenfranchised population. But in November, Floridians overwhelmingly approved Amendment 4, a constitutional amendment to automatically restore voting rights to any felons who have completed “all terms of their sentence including parole or probation.” People convicted of murder and sexual offenses are excluded.

The measure, which could affect up to 1.4 million people, will take effect Jan. 8, but it’s unclear what constitutes a completed sentence and which felony offenses are disqualified, said Paul Lux, the president of the Florida Association of Supervisors of Elections. Visit www.huffingtonpost.com to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Gladys West, Mathematician Who Helped Develop GPS Technology, Inducted Into Air Force Hall of Fame

December 26, 2018

Gladys West, a pivotal figure in the development of the Global Positioning System, or GPS, just received one of the U.S. Air Force’s highest honors.

Earlier this month, officials inducted West, 87, into the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Hall of Fame for her decades of work and contributions to the branch’s Space Command program. A ceremony was held in her honor at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., according to First Coast News.

As a mathematician, West was among the “hidden figures” who did computing for the U.S. military in the 1950’s and ’60s, an era pre-dating high-powered electronic systems. She joined the Naval Support Facility in Dahlgren, Va., in 1956, where she was just one of four African-American employees.

“Her story is amazing,” Gwen James, a fellow member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, told The Associated Press earlier this year. “GPS has changed the lives of everyone forever. There is not a segment of this global society — military, auto industry, cellphone industry, social media, parents, NASA, etc. — that does not utilize the Global Positioning System.”

West is not only credited with helping develop GPS technology during her 42-year career, but was also part of a groundbreaking astronomical study that proved the regularity of Pluto’s movement relative to Neptune, the Patrick Air Force Base website states. Visit www.atlantablackstar.com to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Florida on track, again, to lead the nation in Obamacare sign-ups

December 19, 2018 

Florida is on track to enroll more than a million people for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, putting the state on track to again outpace the rest of the nation.

The state continues to lead the country with just over 999,000 people enrolled already, a number that advocates say will continue to climb through Saturday’s deadline for signing up. Last year, more than 1.7 million people in Florida were insured through Obamacare, the most in the nation. Visit www.tampabay.com to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Russian trolls tried to turn off African-American voters in 2016, when fewer African-Americans voted

December 19, 2018

Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016 with the electoral college. But in three states (Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin), his margin over opponent Hillary Clinton was less than 50,000 votes each. In fact, just 77,744 total votes in those three states separated the two candidates. If Clinton had won all three, she would've been victorious over Trump. But she wasn't. Every vote mattered in the 2016 election. 

But not everyone voted. Not by a longshot. Exit polls show concern with both candidates. And helping to fuel that was the Russian election interference campaign, which in particular targeted African-Americans on social media and spread doubts about Clinton and specifically shought to decrease turnout, according to a new report commissioned for and released by the Senate Intelligence Committee Monday. Visit www.cnn.com to read the full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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“Sugar Ray” Comes to Life on Essential Theatre Stage

December 17, 2018

The FAMU Essential Theatre shined the spotlight on one of its alumni and a Tallahassee native, during its recent presentation of “Sugar Ray.”   The play, which was written by playwright Laurence Holder captures the spirit and power of the legendary boxer brought to life by Reginald Wilson.  Wilson’s solo performance illuminates Robinson’s entry into the boxing ring through his professional championships and defeats.  In the Q&A below with FAMU’s Kimberly Harding, she says he is excited about returning home to FAMU where his artistic career began. Visit www.famunews.com to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Cardi B Becomes 1st Woman to Headline Rolling Loud Festival, Then Rolling Loud Becomes 1st Festival to Allow Its Headliner to Be Harassed on Stage

December 17, 2018

Last night was a lot.

As the first woman to headline last night’s Rolling Loud Festival, we should be celebrating this pivotal moment in Cardi B’s career. But instead of showering Cardi with praise for her achievement. 

During her set, Migos rapper Offset crashed the stage to apologize in front of the world for cheating on his wife. Which in theory sounds like a well intended public display of contrition until you remember:

1. He stole Cardi’s moment.

2. Had he kept that same energy from the jump instead of embarrassing the mother of his child in front of the entire world, he would’ve never needed to apologize in the first place.

3. His overtures were ill-timed, unwanted, selfish, manipulative and the textbook definition of harassment. 

4. He stole Cardi’s moment.

Visit www.theroot.com to see footage of the show. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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FAMU Student Awarded Rangel Fellowship

December 17, 2018 

Florida A&M University (FAMU) Honor Student Association President Jeffrey Simmons is making a name for himself and FAMU in the nation’s capital.  Simmons has been awarded the prestigious Charles B. Rangel Fellowship in International Affairs for 2019.

Named for former New York Congressman Charles Rangel, the fellowship is a program administered by Howard University that seeks to prepare young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State.

Simmons, who is majoring in political science at FAMU, completed a summer internship in communications with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.  He says of the Fellowship, “This is a tremendous opportunity and I look forward to learning more about the Foreign Service and how our foreign policy initiatives affect the world.”

The program encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and those interested in helping shape a more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing and implementing U.S. foreign policy. Visit www.famunews.com to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Let Us Celebrate Dr. Carter G. Woodson's Birthday

December 17, 2018 

"History shows, then, that as a result of these unusual forces in the education of the Negro he easily learns to follow the line of least resistance rather than battle against odds for what real history has shown to be the right course."     Carter G. Woodson

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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More Florida employers expected to hire in the new year

December 16, 2018

Florida’s job market is expected to be among the strongest in the nation during January to March, according to a quarterly survey by global staffing firm ManpowerGroup. Statewide, 29 percent of employers said they’d hire in the quarter, an increase from 22 percent a year ago. See the press release from ManpowerGroup and the full survey results here. Read more from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Visit www.floridatrend.com to read the full article. 

Category: Business

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Rays say current Ybor stadium project is dead, remain committed to Tampa Bay area

December 16, 2018

Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said today the plan to build a stadium in Ybor City is no longer viable but the team remains committed, for now, to looking again for a new home in the Tampa Bay area.

Sternberg said the lack of details and progress for the planned $892 million stadium in Ybor City that was to open in 2023 made it clear it was not going to work and thus there was no point in asking for an extension on the Dec. 31 deadline with St. Petersburg to look. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred earlier today sent a letter to Tampa officials saying the framework of the deal was lacking too many details. Visit www.tampabay.com to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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8-Year-Old Girl Dressed up as Michelle Obama for Cultural Heroes Day and Our Lives Will Never Be the Same Again

December 10, 2018 

SPOILER WARNING: Black Girls Are Magic. 

For Cultural Heroes Day, 8-year-old Ella-Lorraine Brown decided to tap into our forever first lady Michelle Obama’s formative years as a freshman at Princeton University. And we’re all better for it.

“She was really in awe of the idea that with hard work you could become anything,” Ella-Lorraine’s mother Karlyn Johnson Brown told Makers. Karlyn is also a Princeton alum. 

The decision to portray Obama as a college student was deliberate as well. Which Ella-Lorraine insisted upon. 

“I loved it because by choosing to portray her hero as a college student, the focus was on Michelle’s accomplishments as an individual, not just as an attachment,” Karyln continued. “Ella-Lorraine has never known a time when Black women weren’t publicly honored and ‘Black girl magic’ wasn’t a highly celebrated thing. That’s awesome.”

Ella-Lorraine’s father, Eugene Brown, added, “We try to surround Ella-Lorraine with women who are go-getters like Michelle, women who are independent and smart, level-headed and loving. We make sure she knows about those who have gone before and have passed on.” Visit www.theroot.com to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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A new beginning for Happy Workers

December 10, 2018 

BY CORY COLE, Neighborhood News Bureau

PETERSBURG — Happy Workers daycare in south St. Pete looks to a brighter future after R’Club Child Care, Inc. became the new property manager.

Founded by Willie Lee McAdams, Happy Workers Day Nursery and Kindergarten, as it was originally named, served its community, taking care of unsupervised children while their parents worked. One of Pinellas County’s oldest social service agencies, Happy Workers has provided affordable child care to the community since 1929.

In 2016, financial issues became prevalent for Happy Workers. Poor conditions caused by aging buildings along with other violations such as missing background checks on employees put Happy Workers at risk of losing both the Early Learning Coalition (ELC) contracts and United Way funds.

“Maria Scruggs was the one who reached out to us,” said Arthur O’Hara, executive director of R’Club Child Care Inc.

O’Hara has a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from the University of South Florida, and a master’s in social work from Florida State University. He has been a part of R’Club for 18 years, helping to oversee 48 before and after school programs held in elementary and middle schools.

R’Club also runs 10 preschool sites, which now includes Happy Workers. Visit www.theweeklychallenger.com to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Sinclair TV Segment Defends Use of Tear Gas on Migrants at Border

December 4, 2018

Sinclair Broadcast Group, which has faced criticism for forcing its nearly 200 local television stations to air right-leaning “must run” segments, has distributed a new two-minute commentary defending the use of tear gas on migrants at the border.

In the segment, Boris Epshteyn, the broadcaster’s chief political analyst and a former Trump White House official, argued that American authorities “had to use tear gas” on hundreds of migrants at a border crossing near San Diego on Sunday to guard against an “attempted invasion” of the United States.

“The fact of the matter is that this is an attempted invasion of our country,” Mr. Epshteyn said, echoing language that President Trump has used repeatedly to describe the caravan of Central American migrants, many of whom are seeking asylum from countries plagued by violence. The right to apply for asylum is protected by federal law.

Click here to read the full article.

Category: Media Community

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