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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


Pray or prey? How Amscot used ministers to lobby for its payday loan bill

April 6, 2018 - 

When state lawmakers voted on a payday loan bill this year, they heard from a group not normally associated with the financial industry: men of the cloth.

Pastors from churches around the state spoke in favor of payday loans, and they weren't alone. A leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference — the organization founded Dr. Martin Luther King — supported it. Even the granddaughter of a celebrated Florida civil rights leader was an advocate. The ministers managed the Tallahassee trek by flying on private jets chartered by Florida's largest payday loan company, Amscot. They spread the payday gospel among black Democratic lawmakers, who Amscot's  CEO considered critical to the bill's success. Amscot had the support of the vast majority of lawmakers, but it paid special focus to black Democrats, whose constituents could be most impacted by the bill. Click here to read the full article. 

Category: Business


From Prison To Entrepreneurship: How This Woman Created A Platform To Elevate Incarcerated Women

April 6, 2018 - 

Jamila T. Davis is an advocate for incarcerated women, a Ph.D. candidate, the co-founder of a nonprofit, and an author of 12 books. But for nine years, Davis served time at Danbury State Federal prison for mortgage fraud. Recently joining 600,000 people who are released from state and federal prisons each year—her story proves that sometimes adversity is an opportunity in disguise. While serving time, Davis, with the help of her mom, formed Voices International Publications, a book publishing company that was created to produce books that would inspire incarcerated women to heal, recognize their potential, and recapture their dreams. She landed several media interviews—two in particular with Forbes—which shed light on the racial and sentencing disparity between blacks and whites.

We caught up with Davis, to learn how she turned a setback into success and the celebrity encounter that inspired her decision to start Women Over Incarcerated. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: Business


Travel to Cuba is getting popular again!

April 4, 2018 - On Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation tentatively awarded a slew of U.S.-Havana routes to five major airlines from several cities in the country, including Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The proposed schedule is open for public comment and will likely be finalized later this month. The new flights were awarded after a number of carriers reduced service to the island last year. Initially, airlines clamored to get a slice of the DOT’s 20 available daily round-trip flights from the U.S., only to find weaker demand than expected, forcing some to stop flying to certain cities on the island or cut Cuba service altogether. Click here for full article. 


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Onyx Magazine 2018 Edition Angela Suggs, President & CEO

April 4, 2018 - Click here to purchase ONYX MAGAZINE's digital featuring Angela Suggs and the Class of 2018 Women on the Move.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Florida 500 The State's Most Influential Business Leaders

Coming in September, Florida Trend presents the premier issue of the Florida 500, a year- long research initiative by the editors of Florida Trend resulting in a personal, engaging look at the state's 500 most in uential business leaders across major industries. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your brand showcased among Florida’s most in uential business executives. Visit for more information. 

Category: Business


South African activist Winne Mandela dies at age 81

April 2, 2018 - 

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, passed away today at age 81. A statement released by the family reads that she had “died after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year. She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones.” Madikizela-Mandela’s former husband Nelson Mandela spent 27 years as a political prisioner in South Africa, during which time she continued their shared work of dismantling apartheid. Upon his release from prison, Mandela and his Madikizela-Mandela walked hand-in-hand, a moment that was captured in an iconic photograph. Click here for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


FAMU Launches Search for Candidates for Five Key Academic Leadership Posts

March 27, 2018 - Florida A&M University (FAMU) is seeking exemplary candidates for several deans’ positions as well as the superintendent of the FAMU Developmental Research School.

A national search is underway for the deans of the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication; College of Education; College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and College of Science and Technology.

Interim Provost Rodner Wright encourages FAMU alumni and stakeholders to recommend candidates who will help FAMU achieve its strategic goals.  Attracting and retaining world-class faculty is one of the six priorities in the University’s new five-year strategic plan, “FAMU Rising.” Visit for more information. 

Category: Business


Linda Brown, woman at center of Brown v. Board case, dies

March 27, 2018 - 

Linda Brown, who as a little girl was at the center of the Brown v. Board of Education case that ended segregation in American schools, has died, a funeral home spokesman said.

Brown, 75, died Sunday afternoon in Topeka, Kansas, the spokesman said. Brown was 9 years old in 1951 when her father, Oliver Brown, tried to enroll her at Sumner Elementary School, then an all-white school near her Topeka home. When the school blocked her enrollment her father sued the Topeka Board of Education. Four similar cases were combined with Brown's complaint and presented to the Supreme Court as Oliver L. Brown et al v. Board of Education of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, et al.While her name will forever be a part of American civil rights history, her contributions to the community after the case are part of her legacy, too, longtime friend Carolyn Campbell said. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


H. Wayne Huizenga, billionaire entrepreneur and sports icon, dies at 80

March 27, 2018 - 

H. Wayne Huizenga’s father once offered his boy the kind of sage advice many parents give their children:

“You can’t make money working for somebody else.”

Huizenga, unlike many, listened. And learned.

As a result, Huizenga, who died Thursday at age 80 at his Fort Lauderdale home, became the only entrepreneur ever to launch three Fortune 500 companies: Waste Management, Blockbuster Entertainment and AutoNation. Huizenga had been battling cancer. 

Huizenga was the father of both hockey and baseball in South Florida. He was the original owner of the Florida Marlins and Florida Panthers, both of which began play in 1993. Visit for full article. 


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Hart Seeks Community Feedback For Proposed New Route

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART)  will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the New Tampa Regional Library, located at 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa, FL 33647 to seek input about the proposed new 275LX route serving Wesley Chapel, University area, Downtown Tampa and Tampa International Airport.

This hearing will allow HART to connect with transit riders and the community on three possible options for the new limited express route that will replace the existing  51LXutilizing the funds provided by the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) Urban Corridor grants. The 275LX route will be fully funded and is renewable. Feedback from the hearing will be used to shape a recommended alternative that will be presented for Finance and Audit Committee review in April. Finally, in May, a recommended alternative will be presented to the HART Board of Directors for approval consideration. 

Category: Business Events


GoFundMe for Stephon 'Zoe' Clark, Black Man Shot in His Own Backyard

March 21, 2018 - The online community and beyond is rallying behind the family of Stephon ‘Zoe’ Clark, the black man who was gunned down by Sacramento, Calif. police in his own backyard. In about a day, a GoFundMe launched to help Clark’s family pay for funeral services of their love done has raised $9,962 of a 10,000 goal...a goal that it will likely reach, and surpass by the end of Wednesday. Click here for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Black Designer Creates Ikuzi Dolls In Shades Of Beautiful Brown

March 17, 2018 - The movie 'Black Panther' did much to boost the self image of Black people, but our children need that boost much earlier in life. In Brown vs. Board of Education, the famous "doll test" was highlighted as evidence that segregation harmed the psyche of Black children -- Black children overwhelmingly preferred a White doll instead of a Black one. Fifty years later, 47 percent of Black girls in a sample group still thought the White doll was prettier. Ikuzi Dolls is out to change that mindset and show our children that Black -- meaning they -- are beautiful. Ikuzi makes beautiful Black dolls that celebrate our diversity in a way that only we can. Our children deserve to love themselves and have the best -- Ikuzi satisfies both. Visit for more information. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Walking out for Chicago: “I witness the cycle of lives taken by gun violence and I will not back down”

March 14, 2018 - 

This Wednesday will mark one month since Nikolas Cruz stepped into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a AR-15 and murdered 17 students and faculty members. Wednesday is also the day thousands of schools across the nation will be participating in the national school walkout in honor of the lives lost in Parkland, Florida. One of the schools joining this movement will be Whitney Young Magnet High School, one of the most prestigious high schools Illinois. I am a proud senior at Whitney Young, and I am grateful for the opportunity to stand in remembrance for my fellow peers in Florida, whose lives and voices were stolen from them in their own school. A space that that should be for learning, growing and self-exploration—and not for assault rifles. Visit to read the full article. 


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Minority-owned firms in Pinellas soon to have another tool for pursuing opportunities

March 9, 2018 - On March 1st, Pinellas County Commission Chairman Ken Welch and his peers cemented a significant win for local business owners.

“Our local governments generate billions in capital and operating expenditures annually,” he wrote in a Facebook post last Thursday, “Today the Pinellas County Commission unanimously agreed to take a major step forward in improving access to minority, women, veteran owned and small business owners to county contracting and procurement, by expanding and updating our SBE (Small Business Enterprise) program.”  Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


How The Richest Black American And His Billionaire Partner Became Top Philanthropists

March 9, 2018 - Every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas, billionaire Robert Smith and his wife, Hope Dworaczyk, invite a group of 30 former foster children to their Colorado ranch to spend the holidays with their family. The gesture is rooted in Smith’s days at Cornell University, where he met a former foster kid who was looking for a place to stay on campus during winter break because she had aged out of the foster care system.

“The girl made it to Cornell, and yet here she was without anyone to look out for her and no place to go for the holidays,” Smith recalls. “That always stuck in my mind.” Visit to read the full article. 

Category: Business


Common called out the NRA perfectly during Oscar performance

March 7, 2018 - Common knew that he had all eyes on him during his Oscar performance, so he made sure his message was clear. On Sunday, Common performed “Stand Up for Something,” from Marshall, an original song that he and Andra Day created with Diane Warren. And during the performance, Common called out the NRA and took jabs at the ongoing immigration debate.

“On Oscar night, this is the dream. We tell a land where dreamers live and freedom dwells, immigrants get the benefits. We put up monuments for the feminists, tell the NRA they in God’s way,” Common rapped. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


MoU Between B-CU and Bahamas TVI

March 7, 2018 - 

MOU Signing Ceremony between B-CU and BTVI

Date: Friday, March 9, 2018

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Bethune-Cookman University Wendall P. Holmes Building for Business

On Friday, March 9, 2018, at 11 a.m., a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) and Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute (BTVI) will take place at the Hilton Room of the Wendall P. Holmes Building for Business on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University. Visit for more information. 

Category: General


President Trump says Rep. Maxine Waters needs ‘an IQ test’ at Gridiron dinner, she responds

March 5, 2018 President Trump was at the annual Gridiron Club Dinner on Saturday when he said that Rep. Maxine Waters “has to immediately take an IQ test.” The dinner is known for presidential humor and while Trump poked fun at his administration too, he saved some of his sharpest comments for Democrats. 

— Guests discover typo on tickets to Trump’s ‘State of the Uniom’ — 

He also referenced former Vice President Joe Biden’s line during the 2016 campaign when he said, “I wish we were in high school, I could take him behind the gym.” Biden’s comment was made after he heard Trump brag on the Access Hollywood tape that he could kiss and grope women without their consent. Visit for full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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