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Watch The Trailer For Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman

July 27, 2018 - Spike Lee is eternally thought-provoking, and this trailer for BlacKkKlansman (in theaters Friday, August 10) indicates that his newest film is going to be on-brand. The trailer straddles the line between chilling and funny, and the film stars John David Washington as the real-life Klan-buster Ron Stallworth, who infiltrated the KKK in 1979. Check out the trailer and let us know what you think about it in the comments. Visit www.theroot.com to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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DJ D Glove and Larry Gordon Collab On New Single "Good Time" Released by Curb Records

July 26, 2018 - 

Opportunities can be once in a lifetime. For Daniel Glover, a recent graduate of Bethune-Cookman University and an Army veteran, and Larry Gordon, a talented artist, songwriter, and producer, that opportunity is now. With their recently released single "Good Time" on Curb Records already rising in several music charts up to the Top 40, these two artists finally have the chance to reach their goals.

Download/Stream "Good Time" here: http://smarturl.it/GoodTimeDJ 

Click here for more information. 

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Family outraged after video shows police officers laughing as they tasered man in station

July 22, 2018 - A Georgia family wants justice after a newly released video revealed that Rome police officers laughed as a drunken 22-year-old Juan Porter was tasered. The case stems from a 2017 arrest where Sherriff’s deputy, Sgt. Matthew Battle was terminated after the sheriff’s office took swift action and determined he had violated policy. But the new video shows Battle possibly wasn’t the only officer who used excessive force and taunted Porter. 

The county now faces a lawsuit over excessive force allegations.

“It is outrageous,” said Felicia Curry, Porter’s mother. “It did some damage to my son mentally.” Visit www.thegrio.com for full article. 

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Why a Howard Univ. professor filed a lawsuit against the Dominican Republic’s president for humanitarian atrocities against Haitians

July 22, 2018 - 

Divisive, ugly and flat out racist, the anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies that currently exist in the Dominican Republic are the stuff that Trump’s wet dreams are made of – and one professor at Howard has had enough.

Last month, Howard University African American Studies Professor Nikongo BaNikongo, Ph.D., filed a lawsuit in the International Criminal Court (ICC), located in Hague, Netherlands, on behalf of Haitian sugar cane-cutters in the Dominican Republic who have been denied residency for themselves and their children born in the country. Visit www.thegrio.com to read the full article. 

 

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Black-Owned Bottled Water Brand Makes History as the First to Be Sold in Walmart

July 22, 2018 - For the first time in history, Walmart is selling a Black-owned bottled water brand on its shelves. It's called Live Alkaline Water, and it is 100% natural alkaline water that is bottled at the source from a natural underground spring, an aquifer, and a mineral rock bed that lies 800 feet below the ground. The company is based in Jacksonville, Florida, but the water comes from a family-owned spring in North Carolina that has been passed down for generations. The quality and high PH balance of the water has been tested and certified by the state of North Carolina, as well as the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Visit www.blackbusiness.org to read full article. 

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America Is Not Ready for, Nor Does It Deserve, Another Black President

July 20, 2018 - 

It’s been several weeks since the general public decided that Oprah—following her amazing speech discussing #MeToo and #TimesUp at the Golden Globes—would be the perfect candidate to run against Donald Trump in 2020. Oprah undoubtedly is a legend, great orator and motivator, and billionaire, and essentially “qualified” to be president. Now she has gone on record to say that she doesn’t plan on running for president. However, this continued desire to have another black face in the White House is something our community needs to reassess as we move closer to the midterm elections and the impending tokenization of the black vote. Visit www.theroot.com to read the full article.

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Jada Pinkett Smith reveals mental health struggles and thoughts of suicide

July 13, 2018 - 

When you think of Jada Pinkett Smith, there’s no doubt that a free-spirit, rainbow loving, brown girl with magic come to mind. But the recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, seemed to hit home for Smith, who revealed that even she once had enough and considered suicide.

The Girls Trip star took to social media to open up about her own internal pain that almost led her to down the wrong path and the lessons she learned to stay the course and stay alive. 

“One thing I’ve learned in my life over the years is that mental health is something we should practice daily, not just when issues arise,” the star of Facebook’s Red Table Talk show wrote via Instagram on Monday. Visit www.thegrio.com to read the full article. 

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Startup Genome placed a value of $2.3 billion on Tampa Bay’s startup community

July 10, 2018 - 

A new report from research organization Startup Genome placed a value of $2.3 billion on Tampa Bay’s startup community. Florida-based Tomahawk Robotics and Gridics both won $25K each from Space Florida's recent Accelerating Innovation Award, presented at the 2018 Florida Early Stage Angel Capital Conference in May in Hillsborough County. It was announced last month that Tampa Bay Wave was awarded an InBIA IMPACT Award in Technology for their work with startups, including the launch of the new TechDiversity Accelerator program. Ten early-stage tech companies led by a diverse group of women, minorities, veterans and LGBT executives make up the inaugural cohort including Articulate Labs, eTeki, GuestBox, Immersed Games, Little Global Citizens, ProjectMQ, Resility Health, Super Auth, and SynsorMed. Click here to read the full article. 

Category: Business

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Monday Motivation: Serena Williams Knows Why She's Great and Why other Women Are Too

July 9, 2018 - 

“[It] must be difficult being Serena Williams, because everyone ups their game every single time they have to play her,” tennis player Madison Keys told the Wimbledon press corps, explaining that just thinking about playing Williamscaused her focus to slip during her match against Evgeniya Rodina, resulting in her loss—and a major upset. “[A]ll of a sudden I came in [to a news conference] the other day, it was like, ‘So if you win, then you play [Serena Williams].’ And I think that kept being in the back of my mind,” Keys said. Click here to read full article. 

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The Thicklin Family Fire Relief

July 2, 2018 - On June 13, 2018 Chairsea, Dennis Sr. and Dennis Jr. Thicklin were victims of a horrific fire in Riverview, Florida. 

Thankfully, the family is safe and uninjured, but nearly everything in their place is unretrievable. 

Dennis Jr recently graduated high school and started an app development business over the summer. Unfortunately, he was not able to save his laptop, which holds all of his programming software. This is a set back for his business. He is to go to college this fall semester and he would appreciate the help to replace his laptop. 

The rest of the family, including daughters, Denisela and Raymiya belongings, must be replaced. 

Please help us raise funds to allow them to get their life back together, replace items and sustain them for this transitional period. Every little bit counts. Visit www.gofundme.com to donate.

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Rep. Maxine Waters receives death threats after Trump attack

July 2, 2018 - 

Rep. Maxine Waters is now the target of vicious threats on her life after President Donald Trump targeted her online following her speech to supporters urging them to confront members of his administration over his racist policies. Waters cancelled several speaking engagements—one in Texas and one in Alabama—after a “very serious death threat” was made against her. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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R.I.P.: Joe Jackson, patriarch of the Jackson 5 and father of Michael and Janet, dies at 89

June 27, 2018 - 

Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family has died. Wednesday, family sources confirmed to TMZ that Jackson passed away at 3:30 AM in Los Angeles. Jackson was the tough as nails and allegedly abusive father and manager of the most iconic American family musical group in history, the hit-making Jackson 5, who represented Motown Records. A former Golden Glover boxer, Jackson worked as a steelworker when he started coaching his young sons and transformed them into a family band in the early 1960s. Visit www.thegrio.com to read a full article. 

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5 Things to know about Antwon Rose, the unarmed Black teen gunned down by East Pittsburgh police

June 25, 2018 - There have been rallying cries for justice in Pittsburgh since the death of Antwon Rose. The 17-year-old was shot three times by an East Pittsburgh police officer during a traffic stop. 

Authorities believed the car he was in matched the description of a vehicle that was involved in gunfire several minutes earlier. While the driver was being taken into custody, Rose and a second young man ran from the car. The community is now demanding answers about why another unarmed Black boy is dead rather than just being taken into custody like a white suspect would. Visit www.thegrio.com to read full article. 

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Florida Regulators Struggle To Keep Up With Medical Marijuana Industry

June 24, 2018 - 

Florida’s embattled medical marijuana office continues wading through rulemaking—two years after Florida voters approved the system. But the industry is moving faster than regulators' ability to govern it, leading to problems. Last week a California-based medical marijuana company purchased a Florida one for $53 million. There have been a couple of these sales already. Yet only now is the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Compassionate Use coming up with rules to govern ownership transfers. The Office’s Director Christian Bax says the rule is aimed at quality control. Visit www.floridatrend.com to view full article. 

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MLK daughter claps back at Steve Bannon for saying her father would be proud of Trump

June 24, 2018 - 

What Steve Bannon is not gonna do is use Dr. Martin Luther King’s Jr’s name in vain. But the fired White House Chief Strategist tried it when he said Dr. King would be “proud” of what President Donald Trump has done so far for African Americans, reports WSBTV. “Martin Luther King … he would be proud of what Donald Trump has done for [the] black and Hispanic working class, OK?” Bannon told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in an exclusive interview Sunday. Visit www.thegrio.com to read full article. 

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Winky Wright's long career rewarded with place in the Hall of Fame

June 18, 2018 - For a five-year stretch during the early days of Ronald "Winky" Wright's 22-year boxing career he found himself as a virtual nomad. He and career-long trainer Dan Birmingham left behind the club circuit in the Tampa, Florida, region and embarked on a globetrotting tour as Wright searched for bigger opportunities and bigger purses. Luxemburg. France. Germany. Monaco. Argentina. England. South Africa. Wright, who turned pro in 1990, fought in each of those countries. In one stretch he fought 20 of 24 fights away from the United States. His passport was filled with stamps and he had a career in which he was winning but seemingly spinning his wheels, especially after getting a junior middleweight world title shot against Julio Cesar Vasquez in France in 1994 and suffering his first career loss by unanimous decision. Click here to read full article. 

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Civilizations: Paradise on Earth

WEDU PBS aires Tuesday June 19, 2018 at 8:00 pm 

Explore one of humanity’s deepest artistic urges: the depiction of nature. But landscape painting is seldom a straightforward portrayal of observed nature; it's a projection of dreams, idylls, escapes and refuges—the elusive paradise on earth. Visit www.wedu.org to watch preview. 

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Philadelphia man gets Lowe’s to review their racially charged receipt-checking practice

June 15, 2018 - 

Lowe’s has decided to suspend its receipt-checking protocol after a Black customer recently complained about being racially profiled. The incident took place at a West Philadelphia store on Memorial Day weekend, reports Philadelphia’s radio station WHYYThe customer, who was identified as Will Mega, grew suspicious when an employee went through all the items on his receipt despite seeing him pay for them at a nearby cash register.

Conducting a social experiment, Mega’s curiosity led him to another Lowe’s location. Upon exiting the store, Mega says he asked whether someone needed to check his receipt. The employee reportedly responded with, “We don’t do that here. This is the white ‘hood.” Visit www.thegrio.com to read the full article. 

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Trump considering pardon for boxing legend and activist Muhammad Ali even though his conviction was overturned

June 14, 2018 - 

The Associated Press is reporting that President Donald Trump may pardon deceased boxing great Muhammad Ali. Addressing questions from reporters before departing from for the G7 summit in Canada, Trump expressed that he was considering pardoning many other people including the boxing legend and activist Ali. It’s unclear exactly what Trump would be pardoning Muhammad Ali for considering that the boxer’s 1967 conviction for refusing to report for induction into the United States military forces during the Vietnam War was eventually overturned. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article.

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Number of children lacking health insurance in Florida increases

June 12, 2018 - Data released late last month by the National Center on Health Statistics shows that the number of uninsured children in Florida in 2017 rose slightly to 7.6 percent. While Florida has made strides in reducing the number of uninsured children, a national health-care expert warned Thursday that those gains are likely stalling, and she put part of the blame on increased scrutiny of immigration status. Click here to read full article

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