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Workers: Unfair treatment common at hotels

Erratic schedules, workload, hostile conditions and benefits – which can vary widely – contribute to the…

Rubio on Trump: ‘People got what they voted for’

BY STEVEN LEMONGELLO ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has a message for voters: You wanted…

Prison guards charged in chemical spraying incident

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Two Northwest Florida correctional officers face charges after authorities said an…

How to prepare for a disaster

Click here to download this clip-and-save page to see whether your family is ready in case disaster…

Plenty of Jazz in Jacksonville

The City of Jacksonville Beach presented a Summer Jazz Series concert on May 21 at the…

Super Bowl returning to Tampa in 2021

BY SAM FARMER LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Call it the Super Bowl Reshuffle. Five days after the…

Department of Health officials halt sale of smokable weed

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health on…

Rain didn’t douse the wildfire threat

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Rain over the last weekend helped slow the growth of wildfires…

‘Christmas in May’ for many college students

The extension of Pell grants will cover summer classes for the first time since 2011. BY…

A home for Tommie

One Church One Child of Florida is reaching out to families and individuals in communities across…

Mixed messages from Trump about HBCUs

Statement about funding Black colleges worries educators, legislators BY JANE KENNEDY TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE Repeatedly…

Senator to present free Choice Challenge for teens

SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER It takes a village to raise a child and for the…

Corrine Brown found guilty of fraud

BY BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Former Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown was…

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In the media, game recognizes game

In the media, game recognizes game I moved to the state of Florida in 1975 and, God willing, I hope to move out of the Sunshine State in 2017. I’m not trying to move because I’m mad with the state. I just…

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 300

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 300 First Lady Omarosa Manigault Newman – Welcome, sister, to the Sunshine State! (For those who don’t know, she married Pastor John Allen Newman of The Sanctuary @ Mount Calvary in Jacksonville.) Questions. (1) Why do some…

Chasing a boogeyman called Russia

Chasing a boogeyman called Russia One of my favorite books is “The Black Power Imperative,” by Theodore Cross.  The author states that there is no more power than that of information and communication.  When there is a coup or revolution, the…

Sessions, Holder and mass Black incarceration

Sessions, Holder and mass Black incarceration Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the deep-fried racist from Alabama, would like to turn the clock back to pre-Emancipation, but will settle for a return to the good old days of Bill Clinton, the mega-incarcerating con man…

B-CU, Notre Dame, and ‘acceptable’ protests

B-CU, Notre Dame, and ‘acceptable’ protests JARRETT L. CARTER, SR. GUEST EDITORIAL Several pundits and writers have criticized graduates at historically Black Bethune-Cookman University for incivility shown during US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ speech, but have withheld similar critique for graduates from…

Donald Trump – ‘The disastrous rise of misplaced power’

Donald Trump – ‘The disastrous rise of misplaced power’ DR. WILMER J. LEON III NNPA COLUMIST Donald Trump, the six-time bankrupted “businessman,” ran for president as a non-conformist, non-political outsider.  He fanned the flames of nationalism, xenophobia, racism, misogyny and anti-Muslim bigotry to capture the…

Checkmate! Special counsel investigates Trump-Russia ties

Checkmate!  Special counsel investigates Trump-Russia ties Donald Trump telegraphed his intent to politicize the Department of Justice (DOJ) when he nominated his campaign hitman, Jeff Sessions, as attorney general. But even Republicans could not tolerate the stench of allowing Sessions to preside…

Trump must keep his promise to Haitians

Trump must keep his promise to Haitians MICHAEL A. BARNETT, ESQ. GUEST COMMENTARY Editor’s note – This is an open letter written to President Trump. This week, the Trump administration extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for six months. Dear President Trump, Our friends…

The political idol worshippers are doomed

The political idol worshippers are doomed Many Americans are beginning to feel that the 45th president of the United States is beginning to act as if he thinks he is a dictator. The president believes he can do what he wants to, say…

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 299

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 299 The United States vs. Donald J. Trump – With the appointment of a special prosecutor, King Don’s gotta get officially lawyered up. He’ll get the best legal counsel money can buy, but it won’t make any…

Freddie Jackson releases single; album on the way

Freddie Jackson releases single; album on the way BY DON SAINT JAMES EURWEB.COM Since 1985, singer and recording artist Freddie Jackson has been synonymous with excellence in R&B and contemporary adult music. His portfolio of chart-topping songs includes “You Are My Lady,” “He’ll Never…

Mathis says Nancy Reagan helped him kick drinking problem

Mathis says Nancy Reagan helped him kick drinking problem BY NARDINE SAAD LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Legendary singer Johnny Mathis owes a debt of gratitude to former First Lady Nancy Reagan. The 81-year-old crooner credited Reagan with helping him kick his drinking habit after she saw…

Plenty of Jazz in Jacksonville

Plenty of Jazz in Jacksonville The City of Jacksonville Beach presented a Summer Jazz Series concert on May 21 at the Sea Walk Pavilion. The free concert included performances by headliner Alex Bugnon and opening acts Limitless (above) and Steve Cole.…

Beyoncé and Solange to compete for BET awards

Beyoncé and Solange to compete for BET awards Beyoncé may lead the pack of nominees this year for the BET Awards, but her sister Solange isn’t far behind. In fact, she’s nominated against her big sis in three of the categories, the network revealed…

Mo’Nique accuses Daniels, Perry and Winfrey of ‘whiteballing’ her

Mo’Nique accuses Daniels, Perry and Winfrey of ‘whiteballing’ her BY NY MAGEE EURWEB.COM During a Mother’s Day comedy special at the Apollo in Harlem, actress and comedian Mo’Nique popped off about being blacklisted in Hollywood. It appears that she is still pissed about being thrown…

How Biles was eliminated from ‘DWTS’ with perfect scores

How Biles was eliminated from ‘DWTS’ with  perfect scores BY LIBBY HILL LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS “Smiling doesn’t win you gold medals.” That’s what Simone Biles taught the world on last week’s episode of “Dancing with the Stars.” This week, the Olympic gold medalist learned that…

FLORIDA COURIER / OUT AND ABOUT

FLORIDA COURIER / OUT AND ABOUT Presenting Earth, Wind & Fire Florida Courier photojournalist Kim Gibson attended the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival held from April 27 and May 6, and had his camera with him as “the elements of the…

Strong roles for women in ‘Guardians’

Strong roles for women in ‘Guardians’ BY RICK BENTLEY THE FRESNO BEE/TNS LOS ANGELES – Zoe Saldana, who reprises her role as Gamora in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” says it’s great that there are more strong roles for women in…

Actor takes one-man study of King to Netflix audience

Actor takes one-man study of King to Netflix audience BY STEVEN ZEITCHIK LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Roger Guenveur Smith recalled that he had a deeply emotion reaction when he heard Rodney King had died in 2012. And he couldn’t understand why. “Here is someone I didn’t…

Lamar, Solange among winners of Webby Awards

Lamar, Solange among winners of Webby Awards EURWEB.COM Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga are among the winners of the 21st annual Webby Awards, announced Tuesday morning. The event, which honors the best of the Internet, will award K.Dot the Webby for Best Video Remixes/Mashups…

LOSERS AND WINNERS

LOSERS AND WINNERS In random order, here’s our analysis of the aftermath of the controversy surrounding U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ commencement speech this month at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach. ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY BY THE FLORIDA…

HURRICANE ANDREW / 25 YEARS AGO

HURRICANE ANDREW / 25 YEARS AGO It’s hurricane season again Pleasure boats docked at Dinner Key Marin in Miami-Dade County were destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in August 1992. The hurricane season officially starts on June 1, with many Floridians preparing well in…

Keeping their bags packed

Keeping their bags packed Haitians get short deportation delay BY JACQUELINE CHARLES MIAMI HERALD / TNS Haitian nationals who have been protected from deportation from the U.S. for more than seven years since an earthquake struck their homeland won another…

‘Cat Fund’ healthy for 2017 hurricane season

‘Cat Fund’ healthy for 2017 hurricane season BY LLOYD DUNKELBERGER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund is in its strongest financial position ever as the state heads into the annual storm season next month. But state officials…

Wariness, optimism of Trump by HBCUs

Wariness, optimism of Trump by HBCUs Funding for Black institutions remains a major concern BY KURTIS LEE LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Since taking office, President Donald Trump has pledged “unwavering support” for the critical educational missions of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs),…

IT’S SERIOUS

IT’S SERIOUS With Washington at a fever pitch, the Department of Justice, appoints a special counsel with the powers of a prosecutor to lead the Trump-Russia investigation. COMPILED FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS WASHINGTON – The nation’s capital…

2017 MISS USA PAGEANT

2017 MISS USA PAGEANT Natural and outspoken Miss District of Columbia USA Kara McCullough glides across the stage during the bikini round of the 2017 Miss USA competition last week. McCullough, a South Carolina State University alumna, is this year’s…

Impeachment? Not so fast

Impeachment? Not so fast Here’s a Q & A BY MICHAEL DOYLE MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU TNS WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s incendiary words and actions have placed him in potential legal jeopardy, with more lawmakers floating concepts like “obstruction of…

‘Christmas in May’ for many college students

‘Christmas in May’ for many college students The extension of Pell grants will cover summer classes for the first time since 2011. BY LLOYD DUNKELBERGER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Despite broader political turmoil in Washington and Tallahassee, federal and state…

Supreme court won’t revive N.C. voter ID law

Supreme court won’t revive N.C. voter ID law Justices refuse to hear appeal that would have reinstated ballot restrictions BY GREG STOHR BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court dealt an unexpected blow to the voter-identification movement Monday, refusing to reinstate North Carolina…

Boko Haram frees 82 kidnapped schoolgirls

Boko Haram frees 82 kidnapped schoolgirls GLOBAL INFORMATION NETWORK Boko Haram militants who used kidnappings, bombings and the torching of whole villages during an eight-year insurgency in northern Nigeria last week released 82 of nearly 300 schoolgirls taken in a brazen late-night…

Mexico second to Syria in global armed conflicts

Mexico second to Syria in global armed conflicts TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE LONDON – The battle between criminal gangs and Mexican government forces made the country second only to Syria for deaths in armed conflict last year, a London-based think tank has reported. Some 23,000…

TPS termination for Haitians recommended

TPS termination for Haitians recommended Thousands could be sent home if Trump agency has its way BY JACQUELINE CHARLES MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI – The Trump administration is recommending sending tens of thousands of Haitians back to their homeland because it believes…

CUBA gets a little cheaper

CUBA gets a little cheaper Hotel costs are scheduled to drop for the spring and summer seasons BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MIAMI HERALD/TNS American travelers checking into Cuban hotels and dining at Havana’s more upscale private restaurants since the U.S. rapprochement with…

Trump’s policy on Africa still a mystery

Trump’s policy on Africa still a mystery No clues yet about policy but theories abound diplomatic recognition, funding TRICE EDNEY WIRE/ GLOBAL INFORMATION NETWORK If U.S. President Donald Trump has an Africa policy in the works, he’s keeping the details close to his…

Haiti song about ‘sugar babies’ and ‘papas’ becomes social commentary

Haiti song about ‘sugar babies’ and ‘papas’ becomes social commentary BY JACQUELINE CHARLES MIAMI HERALD/TNS PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The catchy song with the frenetic beat airs the dirty secret that everyone knows but no one talks about: “The brother is shacking up with mademoiselle but mademoiselle…

Former Haitian president Rene Preval dies at 74

Former Haitian president Rene Preval dies at 74 FROM WIRE REPORTS Former Haitian President Rene Preval died on March 3 at age 74. Preval was president of Haiti from 1996 to 2001 and again from 2006 to 2011. He died at his home in…

Europe ponders how to manage without US

Europe ponders how to manage without US Foreign leaders dazed and confused over mixed messages from White House BY NICK WADHAMS AND MARC CHAMPION BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS WASHINGTON – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence flew out of Munich on Sunday, Feb. 19, leaving America’s…

What about Africa?

What about Africa? Not much expected from Trump BY GRANT CLARK URBAN NEWS SERVICE  After a two-year election campaign and weeks into his presidency, Africans still have no idea how Donald J. Trump plans to deal with this continent…

Cuba reaching out to world for foreign investors

Cuba reaching out to world for foreign investors BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI — For $2.5 million, a foreign investor can help create an international equestrian club in the province of Havana or plunk down $10 million to create a network of eco-lodges…

Department of Health officials halt sale of smokable weed

Department of Health officials halt sale of smokable weed

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health on Monday ordered…

2017 MISS USA PAGEANT

2017 MISS USA PAGEANT

Natural and outspoken Miss District of Columbia USA Kara McCullough glides across the stage during the bikini round…

Freddie Jackson releases single; album on the way

Freddie Jackson releases single; album on the way

BY DON SAINT JAMES EURWEB.COM Since 1985, singer and recording artist Freddie Jackson has been synonymous with excellence…

Mathis says Nancy Reagan helped him kick drinking problem

Mathis says Nancy Reagan helped him kick drinking problem

BY NARDINE SAAD LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Legendary singer Johnny Mathis owes a debt of gratitude to former First…