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As Tributes Pour In Honoring George H.W. Bush, Twitter Calls His Legacy Into Question

December 4, 2018 

On Friday night, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease and other ailments, our 41st president, George H.W. Bush, died in his Houston home. He was 94.

As tributes poured in over the weekend, he was celebrated for being “great in his character, leading with decency and integrity” according to House Speaker Paul Ryan. 

Our beloved Barak Obama took to Twitter to honor him as a “patriot and humble servant” who was a “testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling.”

In a touching tribute published by the Washington Post, former president Bill Clinton described him as an “honorable, gracious and decent man who believed in the United States, our Constitution, our institutions and our shared future.” 

“He also had a natural humanity,” Clinton wrote. “Always hoping with all his heart that others’ journeys would include some of the joy that his family, his service and his adventures gave him.” Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Black Hair Matters: The Affirmative Power of Politicians Like Ayanna Pressley and Stacey Abrams

December 3, 2018 

When Ayanna Pressley got her Senegalese twists done for the first time about three years ago, it was a moment of affirmation and recognition.

“I just really loved it,” she told The Glow Up. “I felt my most authentic and powerful self.”

Speaking over the phone this past September, Pressley explained that when she was on Boston’s city council before her history-making run for Congress, she wore her hair in all manner of styles, including extensions, flat ironed, and occasionally rocking wigs. “I’ve done everything,” she said.

“I’ve been in electoral politics and in government for such a long time, It’s only recently that I’ve been a little bit edgier in my dress. But by and large, I’ve been a very conservative, traditional person in my attire,” she said. “So where I sort of mix it up is how I [wear] my hair.”

According to Pressley, this has resonated with a number of black women across the country who tell her they’ve never seen a politician on her level—in the national spotlight, and looked at as the future of the party—with their hair in braids. Historically, no matter how progressive a woman’s politics are, working as a public servant means adhering to very conservative dress and styling. (Just last year, Congress took some heat for its ban on sleeveless dresses.) For black women politicians in particular, this heightened attention to appearance means limited choices—and outsized scrutiny—when it comes to how they wear their hair. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Kansas City Chiefs Cut Star NFL Running Back Kareem Hunt After Video Footage Surfaces of Alleged Assault

December 3, 2018

In a move that has rocked the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs have released star running back Kareem Hunt. The decision came after a video surfaced on Friday that showed him in a hotel altercation shoving and kicking a woman.

The incident in question occurred in February and no arrests were made at the time in the immediate aftermath. However, the video didn’t surface until Friday, courtesy of TMZ

In the video, Hunt engages in a verbal altercation with a woman in a hotel hallway while his entourage attempts to defuse the situation. But as the altercation escalates, the NFL star pushes her multiple times—eventually shoving her onto the ground before kicking her as she attempts to get back up.

As a result of this newly-released footage, the Chiefs organization announced on Twitter that the NFL and law enforcement were investigating the issue. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: Media Community


Say No Mo', Where Is Video?: The Assassination of E.J. Bradford

December 3, 2018

“While, in life, he may not have fit the definition of a “prominent person,” the sudden theft of his earthly existence at the hands of police has now made him infamous. He has become a prominent symbol of protest. A conspicuous cadaver.

He was injured and unexpectedly destroyed. Before his family even had the chance to conjugate his life into past tense, the world was told that he was a current criminal. A formerly active shooter. But dead, just the same.

E.J. Bradford’s character and person were assassinated.

And all that remains in the dark, cavernous, blank spot where E.J. laughed, breathed and kissed his mother on her cheek, are unanswered questions. Why did this happen? How did this happen? Who did it? When will we find the answers to all of these questions? And more importantly...

Are we even asking the right questions? Visit to read the full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill After Israel Comments

November 30, 2018 

Yesterday, in a speech before the United Nations, CNN commentator and Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill advocated for armed resistance against Israel, stating that a free Palestine should be expanded “from the river to the sea,” a phrase popular with opponents of Israel’s statehood.

After his speech, he clarified on Twitter.

“I support Palestinian freedom. I support Palestinian self-determination. I am deeply critical of Israeli policy and practice,” he said. “I do not support anti-Semitism, killing Jewish people, or any of the other things attributed to my speech. I have spent my life fighting these things.”

In response, the National Council of Young Israel called for his ouster. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Did This Black Entrepreneur Really Make $1 Million in 90 Minutes? Yes, She Did!

November 30, 2018 

Yes, it's true. Reynell "Supa" Steward, founder and CEO of The Crayon Case, really did generate $1 million in sales in less than 2 hours on Cyber Monday. In fact, it was $1.2 million to be exact. The Crayon Case is a cosmetic line dedicated to amateur make-up users and aspiring makeup artists. The brand is best known for its eyeshadow palette that encourages women to treat their face as a blank canvass. 

How she did it

Just like millions of other online businesses, Supa decided to run an incredibly irresistible offer on Cyber Monday - the biggest online sales day each year right after Thanksgiving. She promoted the offer to her social media followers and former customers, and within minutes the orders started pouring in. Soon after, the notifications on her phone became non-stop to the point that she was brought to tears. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: Business


World Golf Foundation Convenes Historic Minority Supplier Diversity Conference at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.

November 26, 2018 

In a bold and historic meeting held November 12-13 in St. Augustine, Florida at the World Golf Village, seven leading golf industry organizations met to discuss Minority Supplier Diversity. The meeting was convened by the Supplier Diversity Subcommittee of the We Are Golf (formerly Golf2020) Diversity Initiatives Task Force. The session was led by Gina Rizzi, chair of the subcommittee and facilitated by Task Force Chairman Michael Cooper and AAGD Executive Editor and subcommittee member Jim Beatty.

Craig Kirby, founder and president of Golf My Future My Game and Earnie Ellison, both subcommittee members also attended the session.

Tony Starks, Associate Editor of the PGA Magazine and Editorial Director of Golf Range Magazine who serves as Chair of the Communications subcommittee was also in attendance. Tony has been invaluable to the communications efforts of the Diversity Initiatives Taskforce. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Florida's once-struggling Space Coast booms from aerospace, defense firms

November 26, 2018

The economy of Florida's Space Coast is getting a boost from space and defense companies that are bringing back high-paying tech jobs to an area hit hard by the 2008 recession and the 2011 retirement of NASA's space shuttle program.

Hundreds of people came out to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral on Thursday to watch SpaceX launch a Es'hail-2 satellite rocket into space. The crowd consisted of tourists from around the United States and other countries sitting in metal bleachers surrounding a grassy area with dozens of field-tripping school kids in bright, neon-colored t-shirts waiting for the rocket to launch. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: Business


Tampa Bay keeps the donation of Thanksgiving meals, turkeys going

November 19, 2018 

Yup, Thanksgiving dinner is nearly upon us. But that hasn’t stopped Tampa Bay businesses and nonprofits from keeping the holiday do-goodery going through the donation of hot meals and turkeys to families and individuals across the region.

Last week, local Hooters restaurants, alongside iHeartMedia and 970 WFLA, contributed 40 birds to Metropolitan Ministries’ food drive, hosted at WestShore Plaza in Tampa. The most-needed items included turkeys, hams, cereal, canned yams, infant educational toys and gifts for teenage boys and girls.


“This season we are preparing to help 20,000 families and we couldn’t do this without the support of partners like Hooters restaurants. We are thankful for their generosity during the holiday season,” said Jim McCann, senior community donations manager for Metropolitan Ministries, in a news release. “The food collected during this drive will provide a home-cooked holiday meal for local families in need.” Visit for more information. 

Category: Holiday Events


White Women Wore Hoodies to a Tennessee Mall to Prove Its Hoodie Policy Only Targets Black Men

November 16, 2018 

After footage of four black men being escorted out of a mall in Tennessee for wearing hoodies inside, four white women wore hoodies to the same mall to see if the policy was meant for everyone. And, yep, you guessed it, the women were able to walk freely around the mall with their hoodies—both up and down—without ever being shown the exit.

According to Raw Story, the initial incident that garnered national attention was captured by Kevin McKenzie, a black former reporter for the Commercial Appeal, who noted that he started recording the incident at the Wolfchase Galleria in Memphis, Tenn., after watching a white security guard tailing the group of young men like “he was a cat after mice.”

“For reasons I didn’t hear, one young man, in what appeared to be a nylon blue and white jacket with a hood that was not on his head, was handcuffed by a Memphis officer and led away as my video rolled,” McKenzie told the Memphis Flyer. “That’s when a black sheriff’s deputy approached me and told me I also was breaking the mall’s rules.” Click here to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Ice Cube And Ll Cool J Are Teaming Up To Buy 22 Television Networks

November 13, 2018 

In a move that could clearly move these two up on the Forbes list,LL Cool J and Ice Cube are reportedly lining up to purchase 22 television networks.

According to TMZ, in light of Disney’s $71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the Justice Department is forcing the House of Mouse to auction off 22 regional sports channels in order to avoid a monopoly since Disney already owns ESPN. The 22 stations involved in the deal include everything from Fox Sports San Diego to Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports Southwest and more.

So what’s the price tag on something like this? The deal for all 22 stations is reportedly expected to be anywhere from $15 to $25 billion. The two won’t have to foot the bill alone, as they are teaming up with billionaire Alex and Ani jewelry founder Carolyn Rafaelian.

Yeah, that’s rich rich. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Betty Shelby Gets Bounced from Police Conference, Crutcher Family Calls It ‘Step in the Right Direction’

November 13, 2018

In what Tiffany Crutcher is calling a small “victory” for her family, a major homicide investigators conference has rescinded their invitation to have former Tulsa, Okla., Officer Betty Shelby speak at its event.

Shelby, who shot and killed unarmed black motorist Terence Crutcher in 2016, was scheduled to talk about “Surviving the Aftermath of a Critical Incident” at the Southeastern Homicide Investigators Conference in Baton Rouge, La.

Shelby was arrested for Crutcher’s killing but was ultimately found not guilty by a jury in 2017. While she was fired from her job as a Tulsa police officer, Shelby—a living testimonial to the enduring power of white women’s fragility and privilege—soon secured work as a Rogers County sheriff’s deputy. For more than a year, Shelby has been teaching a class to law enforcement officers on “surviving” critical incidents—which, in her own words, is more or less about surviving black people’s anger. Click here to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Ayanna Pressley Goes to Washington

November 13, 2018

It was a win destined to go viral: Ayanna Pressley, Boston’s first black city councilor, beating out 10-time incumbent Mark Capuano in a stunning upset for the Massachusetts 7th congressional seat. Video taken of Pressley shows the moment she found out about her win—in a forest-green sheath dress, Pressley clutches her chest before leaping to her feet.

“We won?” she asks the room. Embracing her husband and supporters, she begins to cry. “Oh my God,” she says, over and over again.

The touching moment made national headlines, as did the win itself, which many pundits considered improbable. But Pressley’s ensuing victory speech highlighted the reasons she was a bonafide star. The most memorable line of the night—a clip that was shared tens of thousands of times and was quoted in news outlets across the country—perfectly summed up how and why Pressley, a longtime Democrat who worked for establishment politicians like Massachusetts congressmen Joseph P. Kennedy II and John Kerry, had been able to successfully position herself as an outsider candidate.

With her trademark Senegalese twists wrapped up behind her, the woman once voted “Most Likely to be Mayor of Chicago” by her high school called out her own party.

“While our president is a racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt man, the conditions which have made the 7th [congressional district] one of the most unequal in America were cemented through policies long before he ever descended the escalator at Trump Tower,” Pressley said, referring to the moment Donald Trump announced his 2016 presidential run. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Southern California fires growing quickly, forcing thousands to evacuate

November 12, 2018

ens of thousands fled their homes Tuesday as several incredibly fast-moving brush fires pushed by howling Santa Ana winds scorched parts of Southern California.

"Fires are breaking out across the so. Cal. Region... Be fire safe. Firefighters are working very hard to minimize damage to property. Evacuations are taking place in many places in Southern California," the Ventura County Fire Department tweeted. Unpredictable winds and extremely dry brush, victim of little rainfall over the past three months, fueled at least five blazes. 

In Los Angeles, at least 500 firefighters watched a fire go from 4,000 acres to 11,000 in a matter of hours."We simply don't know what this fire will do," Mayor Eric Garcetti said. 

To the west, the biggest blaze had zero containment and it had grown to 50,500 acres -- about 78 square miles -- in just 19 hours. Some homes were ablaze in the northernm part of Ventura, a city of more than 100,000 on the Pacific coast. More than a quarter of the city's residents had been told to get out. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: Media Community


Rumor vs Reality, Status of the Quest for Recount in Florida Governor’s Race 2018

November 9, 2018 

-By Gypsy C. Gallardo

Rumors and misinformation abound in the red-hot discussion about whether Florida will undergo its first statewide recount since the fiasco of the 2000 Presidential Race.

Be clear – the State Supervisor of Elections has not yet officially called a recount, and likely won’t until after counties submit their unofficial results to the state this Saturday. If results show a half of one percent gap (0.5%) or less between candidates, a machine recount will take place; and if the gap is a quarter of a point  (0.25%) or less, a hand recount will happen.


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Category: Government & Elected Officials


Remembering black America’s ‘silent partner’ at Sears, Julius Rosenwald

November 6, 2018 

Blacks and Jews need to get along, my father used to say, or we bring joy to those who have neither group’s interests in mind.

That useful bit of wisdom came to mind as synagogues across the country invited guests to join them this weekend. Some would light 13 candles in memory of two tragedies: The 11 shot and killed at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27 and the two African-Americans shot and killed two days earlier at a Jeffersontown, Ky., supermarket.

Indeed, the two events were portraits of how hate can operate without much distinction between targeted groups. “All Jews must die!” witnesses say the Pittsburgh gunman yelled as he entered the synagogue during Saturday morning services. “Whites don’t kill whites,” the Kentucky gunman said, according to reports, as he fled past a white man after killing a black man who was shopping with his grandson for school supplies. Visit to read the full article. 


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Democrats are betting Andrew Gillum’s historic candidacy can change the Florida electorate

November 5, 2018 

On Tuesday, there is perhaps no state more important for Democrats to win than Florida.

Democrats need to hold onto every Senate seat they can — and Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is in the fight of his life against Republican Rick Scott. A Democratic governor could have a huge impact on redrawing the state’s congressional maps and pushing forward on Medicaid expansion, and Democrat Andrew Gillum is energizing Florida’s young and minority voters.

The enthusiasm for Gillum is palpable, and some believe it could boost the entire Democratic ticket. 

“He is quite possibly going to increase turnout among Democratic constituencies that traditionally do not turn out,” said Mac Stipanovich, a lobbyist and longtime Republican strategist in Florida. “At the end of the day, it’s the way it’s always going to be, it’s going to come down to turnout.

The math is fundamentally tricky for Democrats. They need to mobilize voters that typically do not turn out to vote in midterms — young voters, black voters, a typically more conservative Latino base, and recently transplanted Puerto Rican voters. Meanwhile, Republicans may also be able to count on the uptick in older white retirees who have moved to the state to vote for their candidates. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


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. 

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Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


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

Category: Government & Elected Officials


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.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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