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Here’s how Issa Rae turned heads with N-word belt at fashion awards

June 5, 2018 -

Is there room for the n-word in fashion? Issa Rae apparently thinks so. That’s a question that’s up for debate after Rae rocked the words “Every n**** is a star” on her belt at the CFDA Awards, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Rae’s fashion ensemble was the talk to the town as Rae strutted the runway in a gorgeous blue, beaded gown created by designer Kerby Jean-Raymond for Pyer Moss. But it wasn’t so much the gown that everyone gawked at. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Here's Why Black Women Take the High Road

June 1, 2018 - 

This week, Roseanne Barr—a bona fide racist—was outed, fired and hung out to dry

Former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett was the butt of a tasteless, racist joke. And at MSNBC’s Everyday Racism town hall, Jarrett had a few words for Barr. 

“I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment,” Jarrett said. “I’m worried about all the people out there who don’t have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense ... or every black parent I know who has a boy who has to sit down and have a conversation—‘the talk,’ as we call it.” Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Against the Odds, Black Entrepreneur Signs Major Deal with Sam’s Club to Take Her Family Tea Recipe Nationwide

May 25, 2018 - Nailah Ellis-Brown, maker of Ellis Island Tea, is the only female African American beverage maker in the United States with her own manufacturing plant. Her family recipe for Jamaican Sweet Tea can now be found in the coolers of every Sam’s Club location in the country! Visit to read full article. 

Category: Business


Against the Odds, Black Entrepreneur Signs Major Deal with Sam’s Club to Take Her Family Tea Recipe Nationwide

May 25, 2018 - Nailah Ellis-Brown, maker of Ellis Island Tea, is the only female African American beverage maker in the United States with her own manufacturing plant. Her family recipe for Jamaican Sweet Tea can now be found in the coolers of every Sam’s Club location in the country! Visit to read full article. 

Category: Business


Stacey Abrams Makes History

May 23, 2018- 

Stacey Abrams made history on Tuesday when she won the Democratic primary race for Governor in Georgia, making her the nation’s first Black female nominee of a major party. If her winning streak continues, she will become the country’s first African-American woman to become governor. Abrams ran a grassroots campaign that spoke to the heart of the working class and beat Rep. Stacey Evans in a stiff campaign that attracted national attention, and major endorsements, including former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, reports CNN. Click here to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Sacred Art Tour of Tibetan Buddhist Monks

May 21, 2018 -

Exhibition dates: May 29-June 3, 2018

Dalai Lama sanctioned monks will create a sand mandala with millions of colored grains of sand, along with artistic workshops and cultural events.

Eight Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India will again bring to St. Petersburg teachings of ancient ways and beliefs that create the possibility of global peace, non-violent conflict resolution, compassion and wisdom. Highlighting their trip to St. Petersburg will be the creation of a Sacred Green Tara Sand Mandala (Dol jang) in the Florida CraftArt exhibition gallery. The Green Tara, a female representation of the Buddha of Compassion, embodies fearlessness, removes obstacles, and offers protection from suffering.

This visit is part of the monk’s nationwide 2018 Sacred Arts Tour to share and preserve the spiritually artistic expression of the Tibetan culture. The monks demonstrate and express their peaceful ways through living art, ritual, dance and chanting. Visit for more information. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Black KkKlansMan Wins Top Prize at Cannes, Spike Lee’s 1st-Ever Nod From the French Film Fest

May 21, 2018 - Love Spike Lee to death, but we wouldn’t be throwing that much shade if we said that sometimes the big homie’s films are about as good as his beloved Knicks in the playoffs. But if reports from the 2018 Cannes Film Festival are accurate, Lee’s got a winner in BlacKkKlansman, which not only received a 10-minute standing ovation when it screened, but on Saturday, it received the Grand Prix, one of the festival’s top awards, second only to the Palme d’Or, which Lee infamously lost out on in 1989 for his masterwork, Do the Right Thing.

BlacKkKlansman, set in the 1970s, stars John David Washington as Ron Stallworth, a black detective who launches an undercover investigation of the Ku Klux Klan with Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver). Topher Grace plays David Duke, the KKK’s grand wizard. Jordan Peele co-produces with Lee. Click here to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


The Face of Resilience: Beauty Brands Come Together In Support of Human Trafficking Survivors

May 18, 2018 - 

“Beauty is an inside job.” 

We can hear it said a million times. We can genuinely believe the statement. And yet the desire for external attractiveness remains paramount, both within our society and across cultures. The importance placed upon aesthetics may be due, in large part, to the fact that one’s assessment of one’s own appearance can directly correlate to one’s inner dialogue and self-esteem. This link between the internal and external is a powerful one, and the beauty industry capitalizes on this connection, raking in about $445 billion annually in the U.S. alone. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


St. Petersburg College marks 136th commencement

St. Petersburg College will hold its 136th commencement ceremony

When:  9 a.m. Saturday, May 12

Where: Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg College

The youngest graduate is 16 years old, the oldest is 68 years old and 19 graduates are over the age of 60. Sixty-seven percent of the graduates are female. 

With this graduating class, St. Petersburg College will have awarded 169,426 degrees since the college – Florida’s first community college – was founded in 1927.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Reconstruction Didn't Fail. It Was Overthrown

May 9, 2018 - During the Reconstruction era that followed the American Civil War, the reunification of the nation and major gains in equality for African Americans progressed even as the population split in new and enduring ways. When the period came to a bitter end, many of its gains were erased. But, in this excerpt from the new book Reconstruction: A Concise History, historian Allen C. Guelzo explains why it’s not right to say that Reconstruction “failed” Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Free Film Showing, "Flesh and Blood"

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Please join Refuge Ministries of Tampa Bay International and Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign as we show this amazing film about Cheri Honkala, her Family and the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign. It will take place at 6pm Saturday, May 5th at Good Samaritan Church in Pinellas Park, Fl. We will also view some video footage about Refuge Missions Orphanage with 100 girls in McKenney Towne, Sierra Leone. This event is to support The Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign march in June 2-12th from Phillie to DC in honor of Dr Martin Luther king Jr and his Poor People's campaign. Go to #RememberUs. Call 727 278 1547 or email for info. Suggested Donation of $8-$10. Love offering to be taken to benefit The Poor People's March this June to bring low income and homeless families to the March. Please support this amazing cause! 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Black men arrested at Starbucks settle with Philadelphia for $1 each, plus $200K for youth

May 5, 2018 - 

Two black men arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything settled with the city Wednesday for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs. The men and their lawyer told The Associated Press the settlement was an effort to make sure something positive came out of the incident.

"We thought long and hard about it and we feel like this is the best way to see that change that we want to see," said Donte Robinson, one of those arrested. "It's not a right-now thing that's good for right now, but I feel like we will see the true change over time." Click here to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Fearing court action, Rick Scott calls emergency meeting of clemency board

April 27, 2018 - 

Gov. Rick Scott called an emergency meeting of the Cabinet for Wednesday in anticipation of a federal court not approving a delay in adopting a new system of granting the right to vote to convicted felons.

Underscoring the emergency action, Scott called a meeting of the Board of Clemency by telephone.

Scott acted in the absence of a decision of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, which has not acted on the state's request to stay a lower court decision that struck down the state's system of restoring voting rights to felons and ordered a new system to be instituted by April 26. Visit to read full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Meek Mill released from prison, vows to help wrongly convicted inmates

April 27, 2018 - 

Meek Mill is a free man.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released the hip-hop artist from prison Tuesday after he served five months for parole violation. Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, had originally been sentenced to serve two to four years.

“While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive,” he said in a statement. “To the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice — not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct.” Judge Genece Brinkley, who has been presiding over Williams’ case since his original guns and drugs charges arose in 2008, denied Williams bail last week. The state’s highest court overruled her decision after prosecutors from Philadelphia’s district attorney’s office came out in support of vacating Williams’ original drug conviction. Visit to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


The Revolution Will Not Be Pathologized!

April 23, 2018 - 

BY Kayla Nembhard

What does “healing” look like? What are we truly even healing from? What have we been told we need to heal from? If you have engaged in it, has this so-called healing process felt like a whole or complete one? And, even if it has been a fulfilling process, then what? What comes after such a revolution? Even as a psychotherapist, I can honestly say I am not sure I know what the notion of true healing looks like yet, especially when one considers communities of color within the context of traditional notions of counseling. Hopefully, this piece, and the ones to follow will generate a louder and more visible conversation among community toward necessary exploration and (re)discovery—remembering, that is—around this healing. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg welcomes new trustees

April 23, 2018 - The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg is pleased to announce Imam Askia Muhammad Aquil has joined its Board of Trustees. He, along with Charles Harris, were both elected to the Board on March 21. The board oversees the Foundation in St. Petersburg, which uses mission-based philanthropy to improve conditions and outcomes for underserved communities in southern Pinellas County. 

"Imam Aquil and Mr. Harris are two outstanding local leaders who will bring invaluable direction and experience to the Board of Trustees of the Foundation,” said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., Board Chair and President and Vice Dean of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. “Their contributions will strengthen the Board and connect the Foundation to communities that reflect the rich diversity of the county we serve.” Visit for full article. 

Category: Business


Pay gap: Florida women make 87 cents for every $1 men make, report says

April 17, 2018 - Florida women are making 87 cents for every dollar their male colleagues make, according to an annual pay gap report by the National Partnership for Women and Families. The non-profit advocacy group uses U.S. Census Bureau data to compile the pay gap in every state. They released the information in advance of "Equal Pay Day" on Tuesday. Florida, California and New York were the states with the lowest wage gaps — though even that 13-cent gap adds up, the report shows. 

All together, Florida women are losing more than $46.2 billion each year, the report says. Individually that’s a yearly difference of $5,474. Visit to read full article. 

Category: Business


Spring Makeup? Kerry Washington Curates New Palletes for Neutrogena

April 10, 2018 - 

Here’s a not-so-Scandalous approach to easy spring makeup: Longtime Neutrogena campaign star Kerry Washington has applied her ever-tasteful eye to a pair of spring palettes for the dermatologist-recommended brand. 

Offering five neutral, smudge-proof shades for eyes promising to last up to 12 hours (thanks to built-in primer) and three shades for freshly flushed cheeks, the Essential Eye and Cheek palettes promise to be melanin friendly. What’s more? Each color is named for a quality Washington values. For eyes, there’s Brilliant (ivory), Confident (sand), Flirty (peachy brown), Focused (golden brown) and Powerful (deep brown); for cheeks, Grateful (matte warm contour), Captivating (coral) and Elegant (highlighter). Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


FAMU Trustee Nicole Washington Named “Young Floridian of the Year”

April 10, 2018 - The Honorable Bob Graham and The Bob Graham Center for Public Service will honor Florida A&M University Trustee Nicole Washington as the “Young Floridian of the Year.” She will receive the award on May 10 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. Click here to read full artcile.

Category: Business


Check out trailer for fashion guru Andre Leon Talley documentary

April 9, 2018 - 

Andre Leon Talley is giving good face and giving up all the goods about owning your fabulousness in the new documentary about the fashion guru’s life called, The Gospel According to Andre.

The new film is set to be leased May 25, reports ShadowandAct. It shows Talley and his over-the-top persona at his best, dishing out life advice and fashion insider info that gives viewers a rarified glimpse into the man, the myth and the makings of his groundbreaking career in fashion.  “He’s the Nelson Mandela of couture,” says Will.I.Am who is featured in the trailer working with Talley. Pump your breaks, Will.

Talley’s friends talk lovingly about Andre Leon Talley, one saying he has a “bombastic personality” while famed Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour admits Talley gave people energy and took risks with his fashion choices. Click here to preview documentary.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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