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Jemele Hill Joins The Atlantic As Staff Writer

October 4, 2018 

Sports journalist and commentator Jemele Hill has joined The Atlantic as a staff writer, two weeks after announcing she was leaving ESPN after 12 years. 

Hill will “be covering the intersection of sports, race, politics, gender, and culture” at the magazine, Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief, said on Twitter on Monday. 

I’m very pleased to announce that the great @jemelehill is joining @TheAtlantic as a staff writer. She’ll be covering the intersection of sports, race, politics, gender, and culture for us. Welcome, Jemele.

— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) October 1, 2018

Hill told The Hollywood Reporter that her relationship with ESPN ― “as good and as fruitful and as beneficial as it was ― had really run its course.”

“It wasn’t about leaving because things got difficult,” she added. “I’ve been through difficult swings in my career. It was about the fact that I can’t commit to something that I know isn’t right for me, that I know isn’t going to bring out the best in me, and that I know is going to be kind of a waste of time.” Click here to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Billionaire Tom Steyer rallies progressive voters in St. Pete town hall

October 2, 2018 

Democratic billionaire Tom Steyer and Mayor Rick Kriseman led a town hall meeting Friday evening where they advocated for affordable health care, gun control and support of Andrew Gillum's campaign for governor.

Steyer, a high-profile progressive investor, has pledged to spend millions helping elect Gillum and rally young voters across the nation. His stop at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg was part of a nationwide tour to rally voters behind progressive ideas and his own effort to impeach President Donald Trump.

"We need to retake the democracy," Steyer said to a chorus of cheers. "There has been a hostile corporate takeover of our democracy … in the last 40 years. And everybody knows it." Visit to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


The Florida Senate race may be moving away from Republican Rick Scott

October 2, 2018 

First things first: The theme song of the week is "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now" by Jesse Frederick and Bennett Salvay from the television show "Perfect Strangers."

Poll of the week: A new Marist College poll finds that Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson holds a 48% to 45% advantage over Republican Rick Scott. Two other gold standard polls out this week from the University of North Florida and Quinnipiac University give Nelson an average 3.5 point lead. What's the point: For much of the summer, Scott has been tied or ahead of Nelson. Some of that polling was from lower quality pollsters (who don't call cell phones or don't use live interviews), but even among higher quality pollsters it seemed Scott was more than holding his own. 

A Scott win would be against what we'd normally expect to happen in a midterm election in which there is a Republican president. In midterm elections since 1982, the senator of the opposition party has won about 96% of the time. The only cases where that didn't happen were when the president was extremely popular (President Donald Trump has an approval of around 40%) or when the incumbent was suffering from a scandal (Nelson isn't). Indeed, I'm not aware of a "fundamentals" model in which Scott would be favored. My own model that takes into account money raised from individuals, candidate quality (i.e., current or previous office held), the partisan lean of the state and the national political environment has Nelson favored by a little less than 10 percentage points. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials


Rihanna appointed as ambassador by Barbados

September 25, 2018 - 

Singer Rihanna has said she "couldn't be more proud" after being given a new ambassadorial role by the government of Barbados.

The artist, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was named "Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary" for her home country on Thursday.

The role involves promoting education, tourism and investment.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said she was honoured to confer the title. 

"Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education. She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home," the prime minister said in a statement. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


South Africa's highest court legalises cannabis use

September 25, 2018 - 

South Africa's highest court has legalised the use of cannabis by adults in private places.

Pro-marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery and chanted "Weed are free now" when the Constitutional Court gave its landmark ruling. 

In a unanimous ruling, judges also legalised the growing of marijuana for private consumption. 

South Africa's government had opposed its legalisation, arguing the drug was "harmful" to people's health. 

It has not yet commented on the ruling, which is binding. 

Three cannabis users who had faced prosecution for using the drug brought the case, saying the ban "intrudes unjustifiably into their private spheres". Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


New Jersey Sheriff Who Was Caught Making Racist Remarks Resigns

September 25, 2018 - 

A New Jersey sheriff has resigned after he was caught on tape making racist remarks, including claiming that legalized marijuana would “let the blacks come in.”

Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino faced a call to resign from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) on Thursday after Saudino admitted it was his voice on a recording made in January, after Murphy indicated his support for legalizing marijuana in his inaugural address.

“He talked about the whole thing, the marijuana, sanctuary state... better criminal justice reform,” Saudino is heard saying of Murphy. “Christ almighty, in other words let the blacks come in, do whatever the fuck they want, smoke their marijuana, do this, do that, and don’t worry about it. You know, we’ll tie the hands of cops.” Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Residents still unsatisfied with the Tropicana redevelopment plan

September 19, 2018 - 

ST. PETERSBURG – The South St. Pete Democratic Club held a panel discussion last month that included providers of affordable housing, long-term residents of the area and city officials to gather information and ideas about the redevelopment of Tropicana Field in hopes to adopt and present policy proposals that may be incorporated into the plan.

Many in the community expressed concerns over the conceptual redevelopment plan of Tropicana Field during the Tropicana Master Plan – Scenario Two community meeting held Aug. 6. Visit to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


New controller and community impact manager join Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

September 19, 2018 - After a national search, the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg has named Carol Martin Brown as the new controller, and Pinellas County non-profit executive Marcus A. Brooks has been selected to serve in a newly-formed position of community impact manager. In his new position, Brooks will facilitate community input on the Foundation’s Social Change Center and create the inaugural approach to programming the Center, which will open in early summer 2019 in the Lakeview Shopping Center in south St. Petersburg. He will coordinate listening sessions, engage with multiple sectors of the community and use those ideas and input to shape the design, logistics and overall culture of the center. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: Business


Group readies to restore Tampa’s Urban League chapter

September 18, 2018 - 

Maybe the second time around will be sweeter for the Tampa-Hillsborough Urban League.

At least, that’s the goal of a sponsoring committee that has quietly laid the foundation for the civil rights organization’s return. Founded in 1922, the local affiliate of the New York City-based National Urban League was crippled by financial woes related to the renovations of its offices, a historic West Tampa building, before disbanding in 2006.

Whispers of its return began almost immediately, as did talk of putting the Tampa affiliate under the auspices of the thriving Pinellas County Urban League. But it didn’t near fruition until earlier this summer when a group from the national headquarters visited the area and listened to an assessment that made the case for reviving the affiliate in Tampa, said businessman Stanley Gray. Click here to read the full article

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Former NFL Receiver Vincent Jackson's Business Interests Blossoming In Tampa

September 18, 2018 - 

At a young age ,Vincent Jackson understood the value of working, meeting people and building relationships.

From his early teens through high school the son of army veterans, Sherry and Terence, kept busy whether it was working at a motel, an airport restaurant, as a telemarketer or selling vacuums door-to-door. Such ambition served him well through his NFL career and certainly today as he continues to build his profile in Tampa Bay business circles.

Sure, the young man, who would ultimately become a three-time Pro Bowl receiver during a 12-year career with the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, enjoyed athletics. Yet, even in his early teens, Jackson knew there was a world beyond the field of play. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Gubernatorial Nominees Discuss Running For Office While Black

September 15, 2018 - 

This was some black stuff on stage. This was Stacey Abrams, Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia, talking about being of “a very rich brown hue.” And Andrew Gillum, a Democrat running for governor of Florida, whose finances have become a matter of public scrutiny, joking that his complexion was “the only thing I’m rich in.” And Ben Jealous, who is running for governor of Maryland, musing that he had to restrain himself because what he had to say was more fit for a game of spades. Click here to read the full article. 


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Exclusive: Black executives' PAC backs 14 candidates in quest to boost economic might

September 12, 2018 - 

A new political organization launched by African-American business executives is expanding quickly and endorsed 14 House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates Monday, as it seeks to push black economic issues to the forefront of November’s midterm elections.

The Black Economic Alliance is putting its financial clout and connections behind candidates in high-profile races. That includes Democrat Mike Espy, the former congressman and U.S. agriculture secretary now in a three-way battle for a U.S. Senate seat from Mississippi, the state with the highest percentage of African-American residents in the nation. Visit to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


New York Times list of recommended books this week

September 11, 2018 - Identity — whatever that even means — has been having a moment, lately. The political climate forces us all to decide grimly what bunker will welcome us, and the new culture wars spur people to define themselves before somebody else does it for them to possibly violent effect. Identity may be abstract and elusive, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have real-world consequences. So our recommended titles this week turn a spotlight on the subject, from Francis Fukuyama’s “Identity” to Kwame Anthony Appiah’s “The Lies That Bind” to two books about identity politics on college campuses: “The Splintering of the American Mind,” by William Egginton, and “The Coddling of the American Mind,” by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt. (Those similar titles are no coincidence: Both books hark back to Allan Bloom’s classic “The Closing of the American Mind.”) We also have a book about the Spanish man who for decades falsely claimed to be a Holocaust survivor, and a joint biography of the mother and daughter who gave their names to the Myers-Briggs personality test. In other realms, there’s a biography of the tennis legend Arthur Ashe; new fiction from Gary Shteyngart, Ben Marcus and Tsitsi Dangarembga; and an essay collection about the role of the “dead girl” in popular culture, which posits that — in that case, anyway — the absence of identity is the whole point. Visit for the full list. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


#neverforget Made in Tampa Bay video story

September 11, 2018 - Historic Kenwood, a St. Pete neighborhood known for its central location and century-old houses, is home to more than 75 artists working in 25 different mediums. Many create in their at-home studios. 

Lesley Arroyo of Fernweh Designs (whose name means wanderlust in German, and was inspired by her world travels) is one of those artists. She makes one-of-a kind-jewelry using brass, silver and natural stones. Her inspiration for her designs began at the age of 5 with exploring her grandmother's jewelry box. Arroyo's creations range from bold to simple, modern, and organic. She moved to St. Petersburg FL from Austin TX, where she began selling her work at one of the city's most popular street fairs after taking jewelry classes from an admired artisan. Visit for the article and video. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Florida has more people using Obamacare than any other state. Will that continue in 2019?

September 11, 2018 - 

With just about two months to go before the start of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, local advocates say they are worried they won’t have nearly enough resources to get the word out to consumers about some confusing changes this year. 

More than 1.7 million people in Florida were insured through Obamacare last year as the state led the nation in enrollment. And with only minimal premium increases expected for 2019, the state stands a good chance of keeping that distinction. Visit to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Florida leads U.S. in growth of women-owned firms

September 10, 2018 -

Feature: Valerie Dorsey owns a travel agency in Royal Palm Beach. Florida leads the nation in the growth of women-owned businesses, a Census-based report says. At the same time, another study shows Florida in the bottom 10 in gender disparities in pay and other workplace measures.(Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post). 

Florida leads the nation in the growth of women-owned businesses, a study based on census data says.

The metro area from greater West Palm Beach to Miami ranks in the nation’s top five for such growth.

Just be prepared for a spirited discussion if you ask how much that represents the pull of entrepreneurial opportunity or the push of inequality in the traditional workplace. One analysis plunks Florida in the bottom ten states on pay for women compared to men and 15 other measures of workplace equality. [Source]

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Seven Strategies for Data-Driven Economic Development

September 7, 2018 - 

For cities, effective economic development demands informed, careful leadership from elected officials. Measuring the impact of economic development initiatives and projects can help city leaders determine whether they are meeting the needs of their community and local businesses.

It’s important to point out that in the context of short-term political cycles, it may be tempting to stray from the strategy and only consider economic development in terms of traditional, more tangible successes, such as attracting a new, large employer or the number of jobs added in your community. Visit for more information. 

Category: Business


The New Yorker Disinvites Steve Bannon From Festival After Twitter Uproar

September 4, 2018 - The New Yorker canceled an appearance by Steve Bannon at its October festival after a barrage of criticism online.

David Remnick, the magazine’s editor, originally defended the decision to include Bannon, President Donald Trump’s former chief White House strategist, in an interview with The New York Times on Monday. Bannon was not only featured, but the Times said he would be headlining The New Yorker Festival. 

The New Yorker’s readers and staffers accused Remnick of giving a platform to Bannon’s racism and white nationalist agenda after the Times article. Kathyrn Schulz, a Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist with The New Yorker, said she was “beyond appalled” by her employer’s decision on Twitter. Visit to read full article. 


Category: General


Serena Williams Hails Colin Kaepernick’s Dedication To ‘Greater Good’

September 4, 2018 - 

Tennis ace Serena Williams warmly praised Colin Kaepernick and his former San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid on Friday, saying “every athlete, every human” should to be grateful to them for protesting for “the greater good.”

Williams spoke out after the football stars watched her trounce sister Venus Williams in their U.S. Open match. The men were greeted with loud applause when they were introduced during the match and were shown on the big screen at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York. Kaepernick smiled and Reid raised a fist, The Washington Post reported.

Both men withstood criticism while continuing to kneel during the national anthem at the start of their NFL games to protest police brutality and racial inequality. The movement, which spread to other players, has been attacked by President Donald Trump, who has demanded protesting players be suspended or fired. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


The Trump White House’s Intern Program Is Seriously Lacking Diversity. Again.

September 4, 2018 - 

President Donald Trump posing with an almost all-white group of White House interns is becoming a familiar sight.

A leaked photograph purportedly showing Trump with the summer 2018 intake, which Vox published Wednesday, has sparked anger — due to the lack of diversity among interns in the program. Many Twitter users have called out the White House over the latest, leaked image, which Vox reports has not been officially released ― even though the program ended more than two weeks ago on Aug. 10. Click here to get the full scoop. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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