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Denzel Washington, Mary J. Blige, Jordan Peele, Daniel Kaluuya & more Nab Oscar Noms

January 24, 2018 - Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis announced the nominees for the 90th Academy Awards on Tuesday morning from and we’re pretty excited about the long list of black celebs who nabbed the coveted nominations. Haddish and Serkis were joined by a few more celebs including Priyanka Chopra, Selma Hayek, Rosario Dawson, Michelle Rodriguez and Zoe Saldana, while they ran through all 24 categories of the annual awards show that honors the year’s best films and performances. The two-part, announcement presentation is a bit of a departure from the usual format of the usual format of announcing Oscar contenders and aired live from LA’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The list of nominees is also a departure from the norm, with way more African Americans nominated than we’re used to seeing. Black folks showed up in several categories, suggesting the Academy has finally taken notice of the multitude of #BlackExcellence in the film world. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article.

 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Omarosa has a new job and we’re not surprised

January 24, 2018 - According to TMZ, Omarosa will be joining the likes of Diddy, Jay Leno, and Magic Johnson working for the American Program Bureau. She will reportedly be asking $50,000 per speech. The bureau’s founder, Robert P. Walker, told TMZthat they wanted to book 10 appearances for Omarosa over the next three months. “Since it’s Black History Month and Women’s History Month, I’m sure Omarosa will be in high demand, as she has always been,” Walker said. Click here for full article.

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ON A ROLL: Sterling K. Brown & ‘This Is Us’ win big at SAG Awards

January 23, 2018 - The SAG Awards are underway and Sterling K. Brown has continued his winning streak! The This Is Us star nabbed the honor of Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for his role of Randall Pearson on NBC’s hit show; marking the first time a black actor has won a SAG Award in the category. He delivered another amazing speech, this time taking time to shout out his beautiful and talented wife, Ryan Michelle Bathe. “I love actors so much, I decided to marry one,” he said. “You’re the best scene partner a brother’s ever had.” He also joked about his onscreen “white family” while sharing the love for his cast mates. Click here for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Florida braces for long government shutdown

January 23, 2018 - As a dysfunctional Washington stumbled past the midnight deadline and into a shutdown of the federal government, state officials scrambled to prepare for its impacts across Florida. Gov. Scott's office declined to say what kind of contingency plans it has ready to implement in a shutdown. The last federal government shutdown, in early October 2013, had serious effects on routine government services. While monthly Social Security checks won't be interrupted, a trip to the Everglades should probably be postponed. Visit www.floridatrend.com for full article. 

Category: General

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Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year

January 23, 2018 - 

More inmates died in Florida prisons last year than in any other year on record, leaving the state scrambling to identify causes and find solutions. The tally, 428 inmate deaths in 2017, was released late Friday by the Florida Department of Corrections and showed a 20 percent increase over previous years. The inmates who died were, on average, younger than in previous years. “A 20 percent spike in prison deaths is of course alarming, as is the fact that it’s younger inmates that are dying, rather than people who have been in there for decades,” said Howard Simon, executive director of the Florida American Civil Liberties Union. “But I don’t want to jump to any conclusions. Many of these are under investigations. And there’s multiple causes.”  [Source: Miami Herald]

Category: Media Community

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FAMU, FIU, UCF presidents refusing to back down from their enrollment growth plans

January 22, 2018 - The presidents of Florida A&M, Florida International, and the University of Central Florida are pushing forward with their plans for enrollment growth despite harsh questioning on the issue from some members of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG). UCF and FIU have been called on to defend their big student numbers at BOG meetings ever since they both surpassed the University of Florida in enrollment. Back in 2009, UCF took UF’s former title as the largest in Florida. In Fall 2016, UCF was the still the biggest in the state with 64,318 students and the second largest in the country behind Arizona State University. FIU was the second largest in Florida with 55,112 students. Click here for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Black Alabama student who made racist sorority video go viral talks aftermath

January 22, 2018 - 

When the now viral video of University of Alabama student Harley Barber shouting racial slurs first made its rounds on social media, fellow student Brittney Thomas says she was in complete shock. “Wow, she is really bold to have recorded herself saying these things,” the African-American junior from Atlanta, Georgia recalled thinking at the time. Thomas, 20, was enjoying her day off after classes were canceled due to inclement weather. It also happened to be a national federal holiday: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Her day of peace quickly turned upside down when she noticed the shocking videos on her Twitter timeline. Visit www.thegrio.com for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Liberia: George Weah sworn in as new president

January 22, 2018 - Former international football star George Weah beat outgoing vice president Joseph Boakai in a stunning election runoff to replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female president. Weah has a rags to riches story made for Hollywood. Weah was reportedly born in a slum in Monrovia, an area that depends heavily on iron ore and rubber exports. Drawing on his own experience growing up in an impoverished area, Weah campaigned on growing the economy and eliminating corruption. To a population where 80 percent of people are trying to get by on less than $1.25 a day, those promises were compelling. Click here for full article.

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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Aja Evans gears up to bring her #BlackGirlMagic to the 2018 Winter Olympics

January 20, 2017 - You probably heard of Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, and perhaps Simone Manuel. All three African-American women made history, winning gold medals during the past Olympic Games. Now Aja Evans is hoping to be the next. The 2014 Olympic bronze medalist is currently training for the 2018 Winter Olympics, and she has her sights set on winning gold in bobsledding, and perhaps helping make the sport more prominent in the African-American community, as Manuel did for swimming, and Gabby and Simone did for gymnastics. Click here for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Congress Meets Saturday to Try to End Government Shutdown

January 20, 2017 - 

Though there is enough hand wringing, blame (see #ShumerShutdown#TrumpShutdown) and hypocrisy to go around, the fact is the U.S. government shuttered after midnight on Friday, though members of Congress are scheduled to meet on Saturday to strike a deal. The Washington Post reports the House was expected to reconvene at 9 a.m. and the Senate at noon. Meanwhile, House Republicans and Democrats planned for separate caucus meetings at 10 a.m. Saturday to kick off private talks.

However, though the Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Friday that the conflict has a “really good chance” of being resolved before government offices open Monday, the White House is apparently playing hardball saying that it would not negotiate over immigration, calling those who opposed the president “obstructionist losers.” Click here for full article. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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Jamaica Declares a State of Emergency After Violence Rocks the Montego Bay Area

January 20, 2017 - 

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness recently announced a state of emergency for St. James Parish, which includes the tourist hotspot of Montego Bay, amid a sharp increase in violent crime in the area. On Thursday, the politician dispatched the military to the area. “I have been advised by the security forces, in writing, that the level of criminal activity experienced, continued and threatened, is of such a nature and so extensive in scale as to endanger public safety,” Holness said, according to a statement from the Jamaican government. Click here for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Tampa Bay leads state in wage growth among major metros

January 20, 2017 - 

TAMPA — Pinellas and Hillsborough counties had the highest year-over-year wage growth of Florida’s metropolitan hubs from 2007 to 2016. According to data released Thursday, Pinellas, which had the highest increase of any major county, jumped about 25 percent from $37,302 in 2007 to $46,496 in 2016. Hillsborough County rose just over 23 percent from $41,216 in 2007 to $50,768 in 2016. "Tampa and Hillsborough County’s sustained efforts to attract and grow companies that pay higher wages and invest in our community is paying off," said Craig Richard, CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, in a release. Wages in Florida bumped up from $38,963 in 2007 to $46,346 in 2016. Visit www.tampabay.com for full article. 

Category: Business

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Black media thankfully shut out of Trump Fake News Awards

January 19, 2017 - On Wednesday, Donald Trump rolled out his long-promised 2017 Fake News Awards.

The embattled president announced the Trump Fake News Awards by tweeting a link listing the so-called winners. Unfortunately for the social-media savvy POTUS the awards stumbled right out of the starting gate when the link took visitors to a site that was down for maintenance. Eventually, the list went up on GOP.com. In the rollout, the release noted that “studies have shown that over 90 percent of the media’s coverage of President Trump is negative.” The year of 2017 also got the distinction of being named “a year of unrelenting bias, unfair news coverage and even downright fake news.” Visit www.thegrio.com for full article. 

Category: Media Community

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Deal Re-Establishes ESSENCE as a 100% Black-Owned Independent Company

January 17, 2018 - Essence Ventures LLC, an independent African-American owned company focused on merging content, community and commerce, has announced its acquisition of multi-platform media company Essence Communications Inc. from Time Inc. ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks will continue at the helm of the company and will also join its board of directors. In addition, the all Black female executive team of ESSENCE, including Ebanks, will have an equity stake in the business. “This acquisition of ESSENCE represents the beginning of an exciting transformation of our iconic brand as it evolves to serve the needs and interests of multigenerational Black women around the world in an even more elevated and comprehensive way across print, digital, e-commerce and experiential platforms,” said Ebanks. “In addition, it represents a critical recognition, centering and elevation of the Black women running the business from solely a leadership position to a co-ownership position.” Visit www.blackbusiness.org for full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Local community leaders honored for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 17, 2018 - 

In the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr., a group of community leaders in Pinellas County started this year off by being recognized for their work - and they’ve been encouraged to keep it up. The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners announced that they gave a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day proclamation award to two organizations at their first meeting of the year this month. Members of the 2020 Plan Taskforce was in attendance to receive the honor along with honorees James and Gwen Feazell, the founders of the Bridging the Achievement Gap (BTAG) program. Pinellas County Commission Chairman Kenneth Welch was the presenter of the ceremonial proclamation, which is a statement signed by all commissioners recognizing significant activities, organizations or individuals in the community. This is the first time that a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day proclamation has been given. 

 

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Haitian-American GOP Rep. Mia Love rips Trump, demands apology

January 12, 2017 - 

On Thursday, Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah, the first Haitian-American to be elected to Congress, demanded an apology from President Donald Trump for his comments about Haiti and African countries being “shithole countries.” “The (President’s) comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values,” Love said in a statement Thursday night. “The President must apologize to both the American people and the nations he so wantonly maligned.” Visit www.thegrio.com for more information. 

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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Sunshine City Film Festival All ACCESS Pass

Tonight through January 15, 2017 - This exclusive pass gets you free access into All the events happening during the Sunshine City Film Festival 2018. Individual tickets to each event are available on Eventbrite and can be purchased at the door the day off the event as well. Visit www.eventbrite.com for full schedule of events.

 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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Double SNAP Benefits at Saturday Morning Market and Florida Farmers Markets with Match Up to $40

When: May 26, 2018 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm 

Where: The Saturday Morning Market Al Lang Stadium parking lot, 230 1st St. SE

As many Floridians continue to recover from the disastrous impacts of Hurricane Irma, and climate refugeesdisplaced by Hurricane Maria continue to arrive from Puerto Rico, Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) is extending an increased SNAP incentive match at participating farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and CSAs across Florida, including the Saturday Morning Market in St. Petersburg. The Saturday Morning Market is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday through May 26, at the Al Lang Stadium parking lot, 230 1st St. SE. FAB is enabling Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients and Disaster SNAP recipients to match their SNAP benefits up to$40 in Fresh Access Bucks toward the purchase of Florida-grown fruits and vegetables at participating markets through 2018. For a complete list of participating markets in Florida, please visit www.freshaccessbucks.com/fab-markets

Category: Health Events

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Fraud Commission Dissolved but Florida League of Women Voters Remains Vigilant

January 9, 2017 - 

he League of Women Voters of Florida welcomes the dissolution of President Donald Trump's commission to investigate voter fraud, but the group today said it remains vigilant in the face of other potential threats to the voting rights.“The League of Women Voters of Florida, as it has for 80 years, will vigorously protect and defend the voting rights of Floridians from threats wherever they originate — whether it be from Tallahassee or Washington D.C.," said Pamela Goodman, President of the LWV of Florida. "Our right to vote is sacred and cherished."

 On Wednesday, Donald Trump signed an executive order that effectively dissolved the controversial commission on voter fraud he created in May 2017, citing states’ refusal to provide the commission with “basic information.”  The White House said in a statement: “Despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry. Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the commission, and have asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action,” according to CNN.  

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Hope Dove's Custom made Cakes and Cupcakes

January 4, 2017 - 

Hope Dove Confections is now offering confections with custom edible images!! Order yours today for that special occasion! *Images are for illustration purposes only*

Call (813) 815-0460 or email:hopedoveconfections@yahoo.com for more information.

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