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Commission starts work to review changes to state’s Constitution

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The once-every-20-years process of updating Florida’s…

South Florida family of 5 die in car crash

BY ALEX HARRIS MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI — After more than 12 hours in the hospital, a…

Legislators move to end insurance industry tax break

BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Insurance-industry officials remained adamant Tuesday that…

Exonoree speaks at Tampa area law school

SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER James Bain, the longest serving exoneree in U.S. history to be…

Senate signs off on redistricting bill

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA With little discussion, the Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that…

Florida lawmakers target sexually transmitted diseases

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A House panel Monday approved expanding the legal definition of sexual…

Facebook suicide aftermath

Child was sexually abused, beaten BY CAROL MARBIN MILLER MIAMI HERALD /TNS MIAMI – For much…

McGhee tapped as next House Democratic leader

Florida House Democrats elected a future leader Monday night, tapping state Rep. Kionne McGhee to lead their caucus…

Justice Department grant to help Pulse victims

BY RENE STUTZMAN ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday announced an…

Florida’s Finest – March 17, 2017

Thousands of Caribbean culture lovers converge on South Florida every year on the Columbus Day weekend…

OBAMACARE REPLACEMENT 101

BY NOAM N. LEVEY TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – House Republicans have finally unveiled legislation to…

TALLAHASSEE GOES BACK TO WORK

To serve and protect During Florida’s annual State of the State speech on March 7 in…

On the ballot?

Court mulls voting rights amendment BY STEVEN LEMONGELLO ORLANDO SENTINEL / TNS ORLANDO – Desmond Meade…

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‘Black Aspirations’ are coming soon

‘Black Aspirations’ are coming soon I have begun to compile the data for my next book, which will be titled, “The Light is the Truth.” God willing, the book will be released later this year. In addition to your favorite Gantt…

Should Congress be term-limited?

Should Congress be term-limited? Last week, I attended and participated at the annual meeting for the conservative group known as the Club for Growth.  One thing that caught my ear was that most of the club members believe that Congress isn’t inhabited…

Want ‘Medicare for all’? Leave the Democratic Party

Want ‘Medicare for all’? Leave the Democratic Party Sixty percent of the American people – three out of every five adults – favor some form of single-payer health care. They are a clear majority, but they have no major political party to represent them.…

Pick me to lay the wreath

Pick me to lay the wreath Who would you entrust to lay a wreath near a tomb of four American heroes who risked their lives in World War I? If it were me choosing, I would choose myself. It would be an…

Why are Black Republicans afraid to speak out?

Why are Black Republicans afraid to speak out? Sometimes I wonder if I was a Black Democrat, a retired Black athlete or a Black comedian would it be easier for me to get a meeting with the leadership of the Republican Party or harder.…

When America interfered in a Russian election

When America interfered in a Russian election There is still no evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election. What substitutes for proof is nothing but an endless loop of corporate media repetition. The Democratic Party has plenty of reason to whip up…

GOP forms circular firing squad over Obamacare

GOP forms circular firing squad over Obamacare CLARENCE V. MCKEE, ESQ. GUEST COMMENTARY It’s becoming increasingly clear that the exercise of political power appears to be a total stranger to congressional Republicans. As I said on Newsmax TV’s “America Talks Live,” congressional Republicans…

Let me tell you about that church cat

Let me tell you about that church cat Felines are some of the world’s most predatory animals. But which one is at the top of the list? Well, people say the lion is the king of the jungle. But could the predatory feline king…

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 294

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 294 King Don and the art of interruption – Twitter is to your new prez as “chaff” is to military aircraft: a distraction to ward off scrutiny of his administration.  Here’s the definition of chaff from the…

Black Caucus all about Democrats, not Black constituents

Black Caucus all about Democrats, not Black constituents CLARENCE V. MCKEE, ESQ. GUEST COLUMNIST It’s increasingly clear that the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has become the Democrats’ racial shock troop brigade in the war of obstruction and resistance to President Trump’s domestic agenda. This…

CHARLES EDWARD ANDERSON BERRY / 1926-2017

CHARLES EDWARD ANDERSON BERRY / 1926-2017 Hail, hail rock ’n’ roll! In 2011, a statue of rock music legend Chuck Berry was dedicated during ceremony in University City, Mo., that Berry attended. Berry died March 18 at age 90. Click here to…

Jazz in the Gardens

Jazz in the Gardens Not just another music festival BY LISA ROGERS CHERRY FLORIDA COURIER When asked why they came to the 12th Annual Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival, attendees of the Miami Gardens event had many different responses.…

Remembering Chuck Berry, ‘Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll’

Remembering Chuck Berry, ‘Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ BY FREDERICK H. LOWE TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE Chuck Berry, who died on March 18, was held in such high esteem as the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” that rock royalty often played backup in his…

‘Love Jones’ showcased different side of Black life

‘Love Jones’ showcased different side of Black life BY TRE’VELL ANDERSON LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Before “Love Jones,” Black romance on the big screen was hard to come by. Sure, “Mahogany,” starring Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams, paved the way in 1975. Since then,…

Former first lady writes college letters of recommendation for ‘Black-ish star’

Former first lady writes college letters of recommendation for ‘Black-ish star’ EURWEB.COM When “Black-ish” star Yari Shahidi says she counts Michelle Obama among her supporters, the girl has receipts. The 17-year-old is currently applying for colleges and has revealed to W Magazine that the former first lady…

Banks to host ‘America’s Got Talent’

Banks to host ‘America’s  Got Talent’ BY LIBBY HILL LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS NBC announced on March 12 that Tyra Banks, creator and executive producer of “America’s Next Top Model,” will be replacing Nick Cannon as host when ‘America’s Got Talent’ returns for…

New documentary explores history of Black hockey players

New documentary explores history of Black hockey players BY SAMUEL JOHNSON SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER A new Canadian documentary looks at the history of Black athletes in ice hockey. The film, “Soul on Ice: Past, Present and Future,’’ by Kwame Mason, made its…

Jazz in the Gardens adds conference

Jazz in the Gardens adds conference Popular Miami Gardens event expands to include film, music, arts and culture component BY JUANA BETHEL SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER The Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival is quickly growing beyond the borders of the…

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…

Film students weigh in on industry’s diversity

Film students weigh in on industry’s diversity BY MAKEDA EASTER LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS LOS ANGELES — “Moonlight,” a film about the journey of a gay Black man, won Oscars for best picture, adapted screenplay and supporting actor. “Fences,” the story of a Black…

CHARLES EDWARD ANDERSON BERRY / 1926-2017

CHARLES EDWARD ANDERSON BERRY / 1926-2017 Hail, hail rock ’n’ roll! In 2011, a statue of rock music legend Chuck Berry was dedicated during ceremony in University City, Mo., that Berry attended. Berry died March 18 at age 90. Click here to…

No more death row

No more death row Decision sets governor, cops off COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS TALLAHASSEE – A Central Florida state attorney who created a firestorm by deciding not to seek the death penalty for alleged cop-killer Markeith Loyd – or in…

Hospital bill for gun injuries is $730 million a year

Hospital bill for gun injuries is $730 million a year BY MELISSA HEALY LOS ANGELES TIMES / TNS Americans paid more than $6.6 billion over eight years to care for victims of gun violence, according to a new tally of hospital bills. And U.S. taxpayers picked…

Attending college with Nazi fliers, racist videos

Attending college with Nazi fliers, racist videos Incidents lead to Twitter debate on students of color choosing PWIs BY AMIR VERA THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE NORFOLK, Va. –  In the past year, students at Old Dominion University have seen fliers promoting Nazism…

Jobless rate up to 8.1 percent for African-Americans

Jobless rate up to 8.1 percent for African-Americans TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE The nation’s businesses added 235,000 jobs in February but the companies obviously didn’t hire in the Black community where the unemployment rate went up compared to other racial and ethnic groups where…

MARCH POLAR EXPRESS

MARCH POLAR EXPRESS An Eastern cool snap A late snow storm dumped half a foot of snow by 9 a.m. in New York City. Florida temperatures dropped in the 30s and 40s this week because of the same cold…

Facebook suicide aftermath

Facebook suicide aftermath Child was sexually abused, beaten BY CAROL MARBIN MILLER MIAMI HERALD /TNS MIAMI – For much of her too-short life, Naika Venant bounced between two parents: a birth mother who reportedly beat her without pity, left…

Membership triples for Democratic Socialists of America

Membership triples for Democratic Socialists of America BY MATT PEARCE LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS LOS ANGELES – Holding red and white signs, they protested outside Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s election party last week, demanding the city take a tougher stand against deportation. The…

Hate groups increase as Trump electrifies radical right

Hate groups increase as Trump electrifies radical right Muslims hit hardest with hate attacks as fear heightened among African-Americans, others. TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE The number of hate groups in the United States rose for a second year in a row in 2016 as…

Jury in Cosby trial to come from Pittsburgh area

Jury in Cosby trial to come from Pittsburgh area BY LAURA MCCRYSTAL PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE PHILADELPHIA – A jury from the Pittsburgh area will determine Bill Cosby’s fate at his sexual-assault trial, scheduled to begin in June, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.…

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…

How India IRS scam cheated U.S. taxpayers

How India IRS scam cheated U.S. taxpayers In recent years, investigators in the United States, Canada, Britain and other countries have traced several organized phone frauds to Indian call centers. BY SHASHANK BENGALI LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS THANE, India — Nearly an hour into…

Trump may bring world of change to travelers

Trump may bring world of change to travelers There are plenty of questions about incoming administration’s stance on Cuban travel, fixing airports, open skies. BY JILL SCHENSUL THE RECORD/TNS Just what changes are ahead for travelers once President-elect Donald Trump takes office are as…

How ‘apocalyptic’ hurricane Matthew impacted Haiti’s tourism market

How ‘apocalyptic’ hurricane Matthew impacted Haiti’s tourism market The country is still trying to assess the financial toll to the tourist economy and overall struggling tourism brand. BY JACQUELINE CHARLES MIAMI HERALD/TNS PORT-SALUT, Haiti – The almond trees have been stripped bare, and the…

MARCH POLAR EXPRESS

MARCH POLAR EXPRESS

An Eastern cool snap A late snow storm dumped half a foot of snow by 9 a.m. in…

Facebook suicide aftermath

Facebook suicide aftermath

Child was sexually abused, beaten BY CAROL MARBIN MILLER MIAMI HERALD /TNS MIAMI – For much of her…

Jazz in the Gardens

Jazz in the Gardens

Not just another music festival BY LISA ROGERS CHERRY FLORIDA COURIER When asked why they came to the…

Remembering Chuck Berry, ‘Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll’

Remembering Chuck Berry, ‘Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll’

BY FREDERICK H. LOWE TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE Chuck Berry, who died on March 18, was held in…