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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


Is a reboot ‘Fresh Princess of Bel-Air’ on the horizon?

February 28, 2018 - 

It’s starting to feel a lot like the 90’s. With a whole lot of our favorite old shows getting reboots, it’s no surprise that The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is reportedly being floated to join the ranks of the reboots. According to TMZ, the company that owns the rights to Fresh Prince has filed trademark applications for Fresh Princess. It looks like they want the rights not only to a televisionshow but to merchandising, like clothing and bags, which suggests that they’re really gunning for this program and hoping that it will bring in some serious cash. Visit for full article.


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Compton does NOT want you: An open letter to Stacey Dash about the congressional election she’s going to lose

February 28, 2018 - 

Dear Stacey Dash,

Can I call you Stacey? 

Despite never having met you in person, I feel like I know you pretty well considering all the things that occurred between you and me in my head when I wore out my old VHS copy of Illegal in Blue (the unrated version) as a teenager. And then, there’s also my copy of your legendary KING Magazine cover. But we don’t need to dwell on all of that. I hear that you’re running for Congress in California. As in, like, real Congress…not some House of Cards-esque production where you and Isaiah Washington play off of each other as villains. It would appear that you’ve filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission and everything. You even came up with a, umm, cute campaign slogan—Dash to D.C. Visit www.thegrio for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Florida House Approves Mary McLeod Bethune Statue In U.S. Capitol Statuary Hall

February 26, 2018 - By a vote of 111-1 on Tuesday afternoon, February 20, 2018, the Florida House approved HB 139 to place a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune in U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall. "More than 14,000 graduates and countless others have benefited from the measure and manifestation of 'the answered prayer of a dream' of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, to provide an education for African Americans and others which has and continues to transform the fabric of this country from hatred and division to cooperation and brotherhood. This honor is a pivotal moment for Bethune-Cookman University, our nation and our world," said Hubert Grimes, interim president. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


‘Black Panther’ week two pulls in over $700 million worldwide

February 26, 2018 - Black Panther‘s success just can’t be stopped.

After a record-breaking first weekend in theaters, the Marvel movie had another great weekend for the second time in a row, this time pushing its numbers to a $700 million worldwide haul, according to CNN Money. Unsurprisingly, those second-weekend numbers come with their own set of records. With a $108 million take for the second weekend, Black Panther joins a small group of movies to break $100 million in the second week. The other three films in that group are Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, and The Avengers. Visit for more information. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


‘Black Panther’ director Ryan Coogler’s emotional letter thanking fans will make you happy cry

February 21, 2018 - 

Ryan Coogler, the director of Marvel blockbuster Black Panther has written a love letter to fans that is sure to make everyone who loved the film love him too. Coogler’s letter is so good that we have to post the whole thing in its entirety. 

I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment, but I will try. Filmmaking is a team sport. And our team was made up amazing people from all over the world who believed in this story. Deep down we all hoped that people would come to see a film about a fictional country on the continent of Africa, made up of a cast of people of African descent. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


‘Black Panther’ earned $25.2 million on first night in theaters and is poised to break records

February 19, 2018 - Black Panther’s release is already making history with the all-black cast debuting at $25.2 million in theaters last night. According to the NY Daily News, Marvel’s Black Panther is already putting up heroic numbers at the box office. The movie’s success is a close second behind Avengers: Age of Ultron which earned $27.5 million when it debuted in 2015. The film was already positioned to exceed everyone’s expectations when Fandango confirmed that only three films ever had outsold it in pre-sales. But it did more than surpass expectations, becoming the top-selling pre-sales superhero movie in Fandango history. Visit for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Thurston, Rouson, Powell move to boost FAMU’s recurring funding by $4.5M

February 19, 2018 -  A late budget amendment in the Florida Senate sponsored by Sen. Perry E. Thurston, Jr. and supported by Sen. Darryl Rouson and Sen. Bobby Powell boosted recurring revenue for Florida A&M University up by $4,500,000, taking it from the originally approved $70,592,150 to a total of $75,092,150. The Florida Senate adopted the amendment on Wednesday, February 7th. The amendment transferred $6,000,000 from the “Startup and Enhancement Grants for Programs of Excellence” to “FAMU Operational Support.” It then shifted $1,500,000 from “FAMU Operational Support” to nonrecurring money for “Startup and Enhancement Grants for Programs of Excellence.” That $75,092,150 would be a $1,132,699 boost over the $73,959,451 for general revenue that FAMU received for 2017-2018.

The Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives are still a far way off from a budget deal. The House voted to cut general revenue at FAMU down to $60,171,856, which would be a painful $13,787,595 reduction from what FAMU had last year.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

Black Panther fans serve up Black Excellence in theaters everywhere

February 19, 2018 - Black Panther is already slaying the box office with an estimated $25 million haul Thursday night. The movie‘s fans aren’t just showing up to the theater – they’re showing out. Here’s some of the best pics from what will be a completely wild Wakanda weekend.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Princeton president ‘respects’ professor’s decision to use N-Word during lecture

February 15, 2018 -  A Princeton University professor canceled a course he teaches on cultural freedoms and hate speech after his use of a racial slur during a class discussion led some students to walk out. Colleagues say Professor Emeritus Lawrence Rosen has often used the slur during lectures on free speech. They say this is the first time he’s received such a negative response from students. A small group of students walked out of Rosen’s anthropology class on Feb. 6 after he used the slur three times, according to, the university’s student newspaper which first reported Rosen’s comments. Rosen asked the class “Which is more provocative: A white man walks up to a black man and punches him in the nose, or a white man walks up to a black man and calls him (the racial slur)?”

Rosen refused a demand from several students to apologize and argued with at least one student. Two students later filed a complaint with school officials. Click here to read full article. 


Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Tyrone Middle School math teacher Jessie Boyce named Outstanding Educator

February 14, 2018 - Jessie Boyce, a mathematics teacher at Tyrone Middle School, was named the Pinellas County Schools Outstanding Educator of the Year. The announcement was made Wednesday night at the Evening of Excellence held at St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater.

 Boyce has been teaching for 10 years, the last five at Tyrone Middle School. She has taught both math and science but most recently has been teaching sixth-grade math. Boyce helped start a one-to-one technology initiative as Tyrone Middle transitioned to the Center for Innovation and Digital Learning. As part of the Pinellas Innovates initiative, she has spearheaded personalized learning and flexible seating in the county. Boyce writes, provides training, speaks at conferences and blogs about education and ways to bring innovation into the classroom. To learn more about all Outstanding Educator finalists, visit the PCS Newsroom.  

Category: General


Barack and Michelle Obama react to presidential portrait unveilings at National Gallery

February 12, 2018 - 

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are back in the spotlight after unveiling their official presidential portraits at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The former U.S. President and First Lady were in awe after seeing their likeness immortalized in art form, and both delivered heartfelt speeches during the momentous occasion. Michelle Obama’s portrait was painted by Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald, while Yale painter Kehinde Wiley pulled off his unique interpretation of Barack Obama. Both artists were handpicked by the Obamas. Click here for the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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