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FAMU Announces Inauguration of 12th President, Larry Robinson, Ph.D.

August 31, 2018 - This November, Florida A&M University (FAMU) will inaugurate Larry Robinson, Ph.D., its 12th president in the University’s storied 130-year history. The three-day inauguration schedule focuses on the theme “Together We Rise,” which pays homage to President Robinson and his commitment to collaboration, community and consensus building. It also highlights the “FAMU Rising” Campaign started by Robinson and his leadership team to raise millions to enhance student success. Visit www.famunews.com to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Family Of Unarmed Black Teen Murdered By White Cop Says 15-Year Sentence Is Too Short

August 31, 2018 - A Texas jury gave a white former police officer too lenient of a punishment when sentencing him to 15 years for the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager who was in a car leaving a house party, the victim’s family members said. Roy Oliver fired into the car filled with teens the night of the April 2017 party in suburban Dallas, killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. “He can actually see life again after 15 years and that’s not enough because Jordan can’t see life again,” Edwards’ stepmother, Charmaine Edwards, said of Oliver after he was sentenced Wednesday night.

She praised the work of prosecutors as well as the jury’s decision to convict Oliver of murder on Tuesday. But she wanted that same jury to send Oliver to prison for a longer period. Visit www.huffingtonpost.com to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Andrew Gillum wins Florida governor primary in upset victory for the left

August 29, 2018 - 

Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum prevailed in the hotly contested Democratic primary election for Florida governor, giving the left another marquee win in the 2018 midterms.

Gillum is the first black Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Florida history. He won out over Gwen Graham, a former member of Congress, the daughter of a former governor and senator, and the presumed Democratic frontrunner; former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine; and businessman Jeff Greene. He will face Republican Ron DeSantis in November’s general election, a race that election forecasters have rated a toss-up. Click here to read full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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Ethnically diverse South Florida to play role in national health study led by UM

August 28, 2018 - 

South Florida’s ethnic diversity will play a key role in an ambitious five-year medical research effort aimed at making treatments and drugs more effective by tailoring them to the lifestyles, genetics and environment of individual patients. Led by the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and funded by a $60 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, a group of academic institutions in Florida and Georgia — including the University of Florida, Emory University, and Morehouse School of Medicine — have begun to recruit 100,000 people from the Southeastern United States to participate in a nationwide research program called “All of Us.”

Visit www.miamiherald.com to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Some Schools Help Undocumented Students Get Lawyers. Others Funnel Them To ICE.

August 24, 2018 - 

Up on stage, standing in front of the entire ninth grade this spring, Deena took a deep breath to quiet her racing thoughts. She willed her mind to go blank and ignored the feelings welling up inside her throat. She reversed the placard around her neck, making visible the side that said “undocumented.” She listened for the gasps of her classmates. Only when she made her way back to her seat did she allow herself to cry. Visit www.hufingtonpost.com to read full article. 

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The Department Of Education Underreports Allegations Of Racial Discrimination In Schools

August 23, 2018 -

The U.S. Department of Education has been receiving thousands more racial discrimination allegations in schools than it has previously publicly reported, HuffPost has uncovered through an analysis of department data.

The HuffPost analysis, based on data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, found that between the fiscal years 2013 to 2016, there were over 2,000 allegations regarding racial discrimination in schools that were not previously publicly recorded in the department’s annual reports. Visit www.huffingtonpost.com to read full article. 

 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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The Department Of Education Underreports Allegations Of Racial Discrimination In Schools

August 23, 2018 -

The U.S. Department of Education has been receiving thousands more racial discrimination allegations in schools than it has previously publicly reported, HuffPost has uncovered through an analysis of department data.

The HuffPost analysis, based on data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, found that between the fiscal years 2013 to 2016, there were over 2,000 allegations regarding racial discrimination in schools that were not previously publicly recorded in the department’s annual reports. Visit www.huffingtonpost.com to read full article. 

 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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NY Lawmaker Wants To Make Calling Cops On Innocent Black People A Hate Crime

August 20, 2018 - 

A week after a self-described supporter of President Donald Trump called the police on a black state senator in New York who was campaigning on the street, the lawmaker has proposed a bill that would make calling 911 on an innocent black person a hate crime. State Sen. Jesse Hamilton, a Democrat who represents the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brownsville, Crown Heights and Flatbush, said he’d been speaking with voters in his district earlier this month when an unidentified woman called the cops on him for no apparent reason. Visit www.huffingtonpost.com to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Betty White: The First Lady of Television

August 18, 2018 - 

Airing Tuesday, August 21 at 8 p.m.

The definitive look at Betty White's life and career. As the only authorized documentary on Betty ever made, this film is packed with hilarious clips from her long career. Watch Preview

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Urban Stimuli: East Tampa incubator helps local small businesses thrive

August 16, 2018 - Occasionally, I have to be shaken out of my comfort bubble. That is, of craft coffee bars, runs along Bayshore Boulevard, and concerns about which brand of organic skincare to buy at Whole Foods.

It’s easy to forget the kinds of challenges, and solutions, that exist out in the wider world, even if only a few miles away. 5508 is the street number and name of Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan’s co-working space and business incubator. It’s nestled off East Hillsborough Avenue on the fringes of Tampa’s city limits, in an area not often traveled by most, among warehouses and industrial complexes. Visit www.83degreesmedia.com to read the full article and more. 

Category: Business

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Kellyanne Conway Has Trouble Naming A Top Black White House Aide

August 14, 2018 - 

Kellyanne Conway, the chief counselor to President Donald Trump, had difficulty on Sunday naming the top black aide working in the White House following the firing of former “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman late last year. Newman was the most prominent, high-level African-American in the West Wing as Trump’s director of communications for the White House office of public liaison. She was reportedly fired by White House chief of staff John Kelly for abusing her position and had to be physically removed from the premises.

Conway, asked on ABC’s “This Week” who would now rank as the highest-level black among personnel stationed in the West Wing, initially faulted host John Karl for not focusing on Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson. “The president works with the secretary every day,” she said. Visit www.huffingtonpost.com to read full article. 

 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Wealthy white teenager who joined Crips found not guilty for fatal drive-by shooting

August 8, 2018 - 

A wealthy white California teenager who joined the infamous Crips street gang was recently acquitted of a first-degree murder charge in connection with him being the get-away driver in a fatal drive-by shooting.

Cameron Terrell, 18, drove two of his fellow Rollin’ 90s Neighborhood Crips gang members into rival territory on October 1, 2017 in Los Angeles. According to witness testimony, the two teenagers (both minors) shot and killed 21-year-old Justin Holmeswho had told the teens he was not gang affiliated. Visit www.thegrio.com to read the full article. 

Category: Media Community

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10-Year Old Raises $50K for His Invention That Prevents Child Hot Car Deaths

August 6, 2018 - Bishop Curry is a 10-year old 5th grader from McKinney, Texas, and he's also the inventor of a prototype device that is designed to prevent children from dying in hot cars. His lifesaving device is called Oasis, and it attaches to children's car seats. If it senses that a child has been left behind in the seat, it will start to blow out cool air until the child is rescued. Initially Curry said his idea was to make a car seat cover with three fans, but now he also wants to create a full car seat with the ability to link up with a vehicle’s air conditioning system and turn it on automatically. Visit www.blackbusiness.org to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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FAMU Band Announces New Drum Majors, First Female Drum Major

August 2, 2018 - 

FAMU Director of Bands Shelby Chipman, Ph.D., has announced the newest drum majors of the world-renowned Marching “100” Band. The roster includes some of FAMU’s most accomplished students, including one female musician that has made University and band history. “On behalf of the FAMU band staff, I’m very pleased to congratulate the newly appointed officers and leaders of the incomparable FAMU Marching “100” student leadership team to include our returning drum majors; our new drum majors Mr. Joshua Honore, Ms. Cori Bostic and Mr. Marquel Bowen; our new Band President Ms. Myrcele Neal-Scott; and a host of other dedicated leaders who will continue the 72-year legacy of our esteemed band program,” Chipman said. Click here to access the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Richard Sherman calls out Cowboys owner Jerry Jones ‘plantation mentality’ over NFL protest

August 1, 2018 - San Francisco 49er Richard Sherman is pulling no punches and said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a “plantation mentality” for backing a policy that would penalize players for kneeling on the field during the national anthem to protest of police brutality. 

“The owner of the Dallas Cowboys, with the old plantation mentality,” Sherman, 29, told, USA Today. “What did you expect?” Jones spoke out publicly saying that he expects his players to all stand for the national anthem. “Our policy is you stand during the anthem, toe on the line,” Jones told reporters. The NFL however, is still working out the kinks of the policy with the players league after they voted to levy a financial penalty against players and staff who kneel on the field but still allow players who want to protest to remain in the locker room without retribution.

Jones didn’t agree. Click here to read full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Beyoncé takes over Vogue and hires magazine’s first Black cover photographer for September issue

July 31, 2018 - 

Beyoncé will reportedly grace Vogue’s September issue and in true Queen Bee fashion she’s making history by enlisting young black photographer Tyler Mitchell to shoot her for the cover. This is the first time in the fashion magazine’s 126-year history that a Black photographer has shot the cover. 

“I depict black people and people of color in a really real and pure way,” said 23-year-old Mitchell in an interview withThe New York Times in December. “There is an honest gaze to my photos.”

Mitchell has also shot high end campaigns before with Marc Jacobs and Givenchy. Visit www.thegrio.com to read the full article. 

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B-CU Marching Wildcats Band Stars in Netflix Original "Marching Orders"

July 31, 2018 - 

The world of black college marching bands is coming to Netflix.

Bethune-Cookman University’s Marching Wildcats will be the subject of a Netflix series called “Marching Orders.” The series will debut on August 3The minute-long trailer features a behind-the-scenes look at all facets of the band and appears that it will have some drama, as any good documentary does. Long considered one of the premiere bands in HBCU and college football, getting a Netflix documentary for BCU is a big feather in its cap. Click here to watch the trailer. 

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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. 

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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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