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Judge rejects new trial, acquittal for Brown

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A federal judge Wednesday set a Nov. 16 sentencing date for…

FHP: Ticket quotas will not be tolerated

BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – A prohibition on ticket quotas will…

Visitation canceled at all Florida prisons this weekend

BY GAL TZIPERMAN LOTAN ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – The Florida Department of Corrections has canceled visitation…

Lack of broadband hurts higher education in rural areas

BY LLOYD DUNKELBERGER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The lack of high-speed internet services…

ADOPTIONS

A home for Sabrina One Church One Child of Florida is reaching out to families and…

FLORIDA COURIER / OUT AND ABOUT

A stop along the way After stopping in Abilene, Kansas during a cross-country trip, Chayla Cherry…

Lawmakers take aim at opioid crisis

BY NATHALIE SCZUBLEWSKI THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA LAKE WORTH – Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala…

Miami-Dade complies with Justice Department on ‘sanctuary’ status

BY DOUGLAS HANKS MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI – For the first time since it began extending the…

Free services available Aug. 19 at 7 Tampa Bay laundromats

Current Initiatives is hosting its third annual Tampa Bay Laundry Day on Saturday, Aug. 19 to…

IT’S NO LAUGHING MATTER

Black police executives reject Trump’s encouragement to rough up suspects. BY HAZEL TRICE EDNEY TRICE EDNEY…

EMBRACING THEIR BEAUTY

Photo of Delta line sisters goes viral This photo of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sisters, who…

Tax ‘holiday’ is back

Save some dollars this weekend BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – With…

Sexually transmitted Zika case confirmed

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A person in Pinellas County has been infected with the…

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Who taught haters to hate?

Who taught haters to hate? The last time I was in Europe I was in Den Haag, Holland, also known as “The Hague.” I was there to attend the North Sea Jazz Festival, one of the largest music festivals in the…

The indecency of the ‘Black Misleadership Class’

The indecency of the ‘Black Misleadership Class’ When Rep. Barbara Lee made the House vote for sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea unanimous, she snuffed out the last flicker of any independent worldview among the Black political (misleadership) class. “Russiaphobia” reigns supreme…

What must we do to help HBCUs?

What must we do to help HBCUs? Will another Historically Black College or University (HBCU) bite the dust? That depends on us. Pennsylvania’s Cheyney University, the oldest HBCU in the nation (founded in 1837) has been on probation since November 2015. If the…

White supremacy: The tragedy and folly of Charlottesville

White supremacy: The tragedy and folly of Charlottesville Unsurprisingly, the media are still covering that mayhem in Charlottesville as if it were a latter-day version of the Battle of Gettysburg. Yet, if North Korea were to merely test-fire another missile today, they would move…

How ‘Black’ will the Obama Presidential Center be?

How ‘Black’ will the Obama Presidential Center be? So far, the “Obama Legacy” is surprisingly lacking in Black participation. During his two presidential administrations, Black business participation was on a continuous downward slide. At the end of the George W. Bush’s two administrations, Small…

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 302

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 302 White racists – Mom, who will be 90 years old this year, often tells me stories about how Ku Klux Klan nightriders would occasionally terrorize the small Black community in her Leslie, Georgia hometown. Black people…

Let me tell you about modern-day media devils

Let me tell you about modern-day media devils In the eyes of God, the very worst thing you can be is a hypocrite! You can’t go around saying you love the Lord, you love the light, you love the life and you love the…

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 301

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 301 On the road – As of this writing Wednesday night Aug. 9, your humble writer is reporting from just outside St. Louis, Missouri, where my two “road dogs,” 16-year-old Chayla and 13-year-old Charles III, and I…

We demand Black community control of the police

We demand Black community control of the police The cops at a Long Island, New York, pro-police event “laughed and cheered” when President Trump urged them to brutalize immigrant prisoners – “animals,” as he called them. Then, caught in mid-guffaw, the supervisors and flaks…

Black women still deal with unequal pay, bias

Black women still deal with unequal pay, bias STARITA SMITH TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Despite the astronomical pay of Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams and other celebrities, African-American women are still not earning as much money as men. July 31 was Black Women’s Equal Pay Day.…

Second Cosby lawyer quits as November retrial looms

Second Cosby lawyer quits as November retrial looms TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE PHILADELPHIA – A second member of Bill Cosby’s defense team bailed on his sexual assault case Tuesday, prompting the 80-year-old entertainer to ask a Montgomery County judge for more time to find new…

‘Black-ish’ to celebrate Juneteenth

‘Black-ish’ to celebrate Juneteenth BY GREG BRAXTON LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS ABC’s “black-ish,” the acclaimed family comedy about an upper-middle class African-American family living in a predominantly White neighborhood, has taken on more than its share of provocative topics, including a…

Pantone releases purple hue in honor of Prince

Pantone releases purple hue in honor of Prince EURWEB The Pantone Color Institute, a firm that helps companies make the most informed decisions about color for their brands or products, has announced the creation of a specific hue of purple in honor of Prince.…

Will Packer’s ‘Black America’

Will Packer’s ‘Black America’ The FAMU graduate and Hollywood producer has found success with mostly Black casts. One of his new projects is an Amazon alternate history drama. BY RYAN FAUGHNDER LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS In the run-up to his latest…

No Black hope in ‘Detroit’

No Black hope in ‘Detroit’ BY DWIGHT BROWN NNPA NEWSWIRE FILM CRITIC “Detroit” tells a story of racial injustice and police brutality, based on fact, which is easy enough to believe and has parallels with today’s problems with police criminality and…

R. Kelly cancels tour dates amid sex cult allegations

R. Kelly cancels tour dates amid sex cult allegations EURWEB.COM R. Kelly has scrapped several dates on his U.S. tour following allegations that he’s holding a number of young women in a sex cult – a claim he denies. Three concerts are confirmed cancellations, and…

Cannon to host ‘Lip Sync Battle Shorties’ on Nickelodeon

Cannon to host ‘Lip Sync Battle Shorties’ on Nickelodeon Nickelodeon has announced that Nick Cannon will host “Lip Sync Battle Shorties,’’ a spinoff Spike’s Emmy-nominated show, “Lip Sync Battle.’’ Joining him to provide commentary on each performance is breakout star and social media sensation JoJo…

‘Girls Trip’ director celebrates ‘Black girl magic’

‘Girls Trip’ director celebrates ‘Black girl magic’ BY TRE’VELL ANDERSON LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS When Malcolm D. Lee was a youngster, he didn’t know if being a filmmaker was possible. At that point, no one in his family was in the business and what…

Central Florida’s Streeter frames struggles in album

Central Florida’s Streeter frames struggles in album BY GERRICK D. KENNEDY LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Sevyn Streeter felt defeated. She was nearly 15 years into a career that included stints in two (albeit short-lived) singing groups and writing credits for Ariana Grande, Chris Brown,…

Jenkins to adapt Baldwin book for big screen

Jenkins to adapt Baldwin book for big screen EURWEB.COM Barry Jenkins has chosen his follow up to “Moonlight.’’ The director is set to direct an adaptation of the James Baldwin novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” for Annapurna Pictures, reports Variety. Based on the…

Dick Gregory, groundbreaking comedian and civil rights activist, dies at 84

Dick Gregory, groundbreaking comedian and civil rights activist, dies at 84 BY DENNIS McLELLAN LOS ANGELES TIMES / TNS Dick Gregory, who became the first Black stand-up comic to break the color barrier in major nightclubs in the early 1960s, a decade in which he satirized segregation…

JUST THE BEGINNING

JUST THE BEGINNING White supremacists are energized as cities and counter-protesters gear up to fight them. COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. – The thousands of demonstrators have left. The bronze statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, around…

OUT AND ABOUT / FLORIDA COURIER

OUT AND ABOUT / FLORIDA COURIER Grand view from the Grand Canyon Charles W. Cherry III (in black) and Chayla Cherry (in blue) enjoy the view 8,700 feet above the floor of the Grand Canyon’s North Rim in Arizona. Publisher Charles W.…

Gators say no

Gators say no Racist leader won’t speak on campus BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The University of Florida is refusing to allow White nationalist leader Richard Spencer to speak on campus next month, citing…

Essence magazine to be sold

Essence magazine to be sold SPECIAL TO THE TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE FROM TARGET MARKET NEWS Time Inc. has announced that it plans to sell a majority of its ownership in Essence magazine, the 47-year-old lifestyle monthly for African-American women, and…

Second Cosby lawyer quits as November retrial looms

Second Cosby lawyer quits as November retrial looms TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE PHILADELPHIA – A second member of Bill Cosby’s defense team bailed on his sexual assault case Tuesday, prompting the 80-year-old entertainer to ask a Montgomery County judge for more time to find new…

NOAA: 2016 was hottest year on record

NOAA: 2016 was hottest year on record TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE LOS ANGELES – Last year was the hottest year on record for the planet, according to a report published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last week. NOAA’s 27th annual State of…

Omarosa walks out on Black journalists after tough questions

Omarosa walks out on Black journalists after tough questions BY WILLIAM DOUGLAS TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE NEW ORLEANS – Omarosa Manigault-Newman became a hostile witness for President Donald Trump’s approach to the Black community on Aug. 11 during questioning at raucous session at the National Association…

Solar eclipse could create once-in-a-lifetime road hazards

Solar eclipse could create once-in-a-lifetime road hazards BY JENNI BERGAL STATELINE.ORG/TNS WASHINGTON – The moon will block out the sun, and day will plunge into night. Birds will stop singing, crickets will start chirping, and many people will gasp, weep, or even howl…

SURVIVOR’S STORY: They were trying to kill me

SURVIVOR’S STORY: They were trying to kill me Hip-hop artist describes beating in Charlottesville that left him with head wound, other injuries BY DAVID S. CLOUD TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — As a gang of White supremacists was beating him bloody, De’Andre Harris…

South Africa’s Zuma survives ouster bid

South Africa’s Zuma survives ouster bid BY MIKE COHEN AND AMOGELANG MBATHA BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS CAPE TOWN, South Africa – South African President Jacob Zuma survived a no-confidence motion in parliament Tuesday, ensuring that he’ll maintain his grip on power until at least…

‘The weather took everything’

‘The weather took everything’ Since Hurricane Matthew ravaged Haiti, residents feel abandoned by foreign aid donors and politicians as they struggle to rebuild their lives. BY JACQUELINE CHARLES MIAMI HERALD/TNS PLAINE GOMMIERS, Haiti – A feisty Vanette Joseph slowly navigates…

Time to pay attention

Time to pay attention What does North Korea’s missile launch mean? BY MATT STILES AND JONATHAN KAIMAN LOS ANGELES TIMES / TNS SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – Six months ago, North Korea’s dynastic leader, Kim Jong Un, announced in clear terms…

Thousands of Ghanaians in US facing deportation

Thousands of Ghanaians in US facing deportation West African residents who escaped Ebola fear return to nothing TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE/ GLOBAL INFORMATION NETWORK Ghanaians who have overstayed their U.S. visas are facing a new Trump Administration push to deport hundreds or thousands…

African leaders overlooked at G7 summit

African leaders overlooked at G7 summit Presidents complain of lack of opportunity to discuss countries’ pressing issues TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE/ GLOBAL INFORMATION NETWORK African leaders invited to the summit of seven developed countries looked on in frustration and dismay as the…

India bans sale of cows for slaughter

India bans sale of cows for slaughter BY PARTH M.N. AND SHASHANK BENGALI LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS MUMBAI, India – The Indian government has issued a nationwide ban on selling cattle for slaughter, the toughest measure yet imposed to protect cows, an animal that…

Grande to hold benefit concert in Manchester

Grande to hold benefit concert in Manchester BY CHRISTIE D’ZURILLA LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Ariana Grande has announced her intention to return to the “incredibly brave city of Manchester” to spend time with fans and play a benefit concert to assist victims of the…

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…

‘THE CLOCK IS TICKING’

‘THE CLOCK IS TICKING’

Three years later, entrepreneurs help Ferguson slowly move from the spotlight while under watchful eye of the feds.…

FLORIDA COURIER / OUT AND ABOUT

FLORIDA COURIER / OUT AND ABOUT

A stop along the way After stopping in Abilene, Kansas during a cross-country trip, Chayla Cherry and Charles…

Second Cosby lawyer quits as November retrial looms

Second Cosby lawyer quits as November retrial looms

TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE PHILADELPHIA – A second member of Bill Cosby’s defense team bailed on his sexual assault…

‘Black-ish’ to celebrate Juneteenth

‘Black-ish’ to celebrate Juneteenth

BY GREG BRAXTON LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS ABC’s “black-ish,” the acclaimed family comedy about an upper-middle class African-American family…