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Justices approve initiative on felons’ voting rights

Gambling expansion amendment also could appear on 2018 ballot BY JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF…

Florida teen’s dress depicting Black Lives Matters goes viral

BY NY MAGEE EURWEB.COM It’s prom season and a Florida teenager’s prom dress went viral on…

Fallen officers remembered at Capitol

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Hundreds of law-enforcement officers from across Florida gathered Monday at the…

Notables pick sides in Scott vs. Ayala

FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS TALLAHASSEE – On one side, there’s the Florida Cabinet, the Florida…

State House apologizes for abuse, racism

School and law enforcement atrocities cited FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS TALLAHASSEE – On Tuesday, the…

House backs governor in state attorney lawsuit

Scott’s removal of Aramis Ayala has drawn heavy criticism from African-American lawmakers and sparked outrage from…

A family court with a holistic approach

BY SHANA MEDEL ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – Kimberly Chimber only had one thought on her mind:…

SLIPPING AND SLIDING

Bethune-Cookman University’s credit rating has been on a downward trajectory for years and a recent laudatory…

‘YOU THE JURY’ / FOX NETWORK

Crump on national television  …

Ayala sues Scott over removal from cases

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala…

HUD chief gets stuck in Miami housing development elevator

BY RENE RODRIGUEZ MIAMI HERALD / TNS MIAMI – Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s…

‘Panama Papers’ project wins Pulitzer Prize

BY FRANCO ORDONEZ TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – The McClatchy Washington Bureau, the Miami Herald and…

Florida looks for answers on the opioid epidemic

BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Facing pressure to address drug overdoses…

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Let me tell you about America’s Black sheep

Let me tell you about America’s Black sheep During his final days, the Lord Jesus Christ was perhaps at the lowest point in his life. If you know the story – Jesus was marked for death before he was born, so his life wasn’t…

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 296

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 296 Getting what you pray for – You want something (or somebody) SO BADLY. And when you finally ‘win,’ you’re in hell, or you don’t know what to do with what you’ve got. It’s like a dog…

Time for Black Greek organizations to lead

Time for Black Greek organizations to lead Remember the scene from “New Jack City” when Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes) told Scotty (Ice-T), “This ain’t personal. This is business”? And at the end of the movie, Scotty said to Nino, “This IS personal,” as…

Lessons from FOX and O’Reilly

Lessons from FOX and O’Reilly Former FOX News anchor Bill O’Reilly, the man whose lofty ratings were responsible for the growth of the network, is no longer on the air. “The O’Reilly Factor” dominated the 8 p.m. weekday hour, drawing more…

Blacks, Hispanics overdue for intense dialogue on race

Blacks, Hispanics overdue for intense dialogue on race Thanks to former Florida State Republican Sen. Frank Artiles, D-Hialeah, the scab covering Black-Hispanic tension in South Florida has been ripped off. Artiles, a Cuban-American, was bold, arrogant and dumb enough to launch a racist and…

How Obama and Clinton brought slavery to Libya

How Obama and Clinton brought slavery to Libya MARGARET KIMBERLEY GUEST COMMENTARY Nearly every day there is a new report of desperate migrants rescued at sea in the Mediterranean. Some are less fortunate and are among the estimated died there in the last three years…

Trump, depending on China, leads from behind

Trump, depending on China, leads from behind Here’ an excerpt from an April 21 newspaper story in the Asia Times: “President Obama reportedly warned President-elect Trump that dealing with a belligerent North Korea will be his most urgent and vexing foreign-policy challenge. “Sure…

What kind of foolish hater are you?

What kind of foolish hater are you? Unfortunately, many children at one time or another say they hate one or both of their parents. This behavior is unacceptable. But it’s understandable for toddlers, adolescents and even immature teenagers. Maybe Mama told you not…

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 295

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 295 Bill O’Reilly is no longer a ‘Factor’ – It was about the money, not the sexual harassment charges.  Fox did cost-benefit analysis and dumped O’Reilly when advertisers dumped his show, a contagion that could spread to…

Trump joins Democrats in the ‘War Party’

Trump joins Democrats in the ‘War Party’ In 2016, Donald Trump turned the political world upside down, and not just because his victory prevailed against conventional wisdom. Trump claimed to want a new direction in foreign policy. Gone would be the trade deals…

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…

Poets, authors participate in literary event in Orlando

Poets, authors participate in literary event in Orlando Milton McCulloch, a poet and author, presented the second event in his Literary Series on April 22 at Three Masks Inc., an African gift store in Orlando. The evening featured Donna M. Gray-Banks, author of “Ila’s…

PRINCE ROGERS NELSON, 1958-2016

PRINCE ROGERS NELSON, 1958-2016 One year ago this week In this file photo, Prince performs “Purple Rain” as the opening act during the 46th Annual Grammy Awards show on Feb. 8, 2004 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Prince…

Family theme helps fuel ‘Fate & Furious’ films

Family theme helps fuel ‘Fate & Furious’ films BY JEN YAMATO LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth installment in Universal’s “Fast & Furious” series, sped to more than $100 million domestically and $532.5 million internationally — notching the biggest global…

‘Black-ish’ star Deon Cole has lots of irons in the comedy fire

‘Black-ish’ star Deon Cole has lots of irons in the comedy fire BY NINA METZ CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS When I caught up with comedian and “Black-ish” co-star Deon Cole recently, he was in Arlington, Texas, for a stand-up gig. I couldn’t hear him clearly at first. “Oh, I’m sorry,”…

New York choreographer taking ‘Citizen’ to Miami

New York choreographer taking ‘Citizen’ to Miami Reggie Wilson’s “Citizen,’’ by his Fist & Heel Performance Group, will be presented in Miami on April 21 and 22. The dance group, founded in 1989 by the noted New York City-based choreographer, draws from the…

Greene, Mann rack up Stellar Awards

Greene, Mann rack up Stellar Awards Artists pick up six honors each during gospel awards show SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Some of the biggest names in gospel received high honors at the 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on March…

Ballerina discusses food and shyness in new book

Ballerina discusses food and shyness in new book BY MOIRA MACDONALD SEATTLE TIMES/TNS Misty Copeland’s remarkable story is the sort you can imagine depicted by a skilled novelist; her life, in the words of a 2015 “60 Minutes” report, is “the embodiment of the…

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.…

BACK IN THE MIX

BACK IN THE MIX Obama talks about service to others Former President Barack Obama led a panel discussion on civic engagement on April 24 at the Logan Center for the Arts on the University of Chicago campus. It was his…

Trump backs down

Trump backs down Obamacare subsidies stay for now BY LESLEY CLARK MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU / TNS WASHINGTON – Two days before the federal government would run out of money, lawmakers remained at odds Wednesday night – the Florida Courier’s…

Three named to Civil Rights Hall of Fame

Three named to Civil Rights Hall of Fame SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER TALLAHASSEE – A former state lawmaker, an NAACP leader and a prominent civil-rights activist were named last week by Gov. Rick Scott to the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Scott announced the…

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…

FAILING GRADES

FAILING GRADES Maybe many of Florida’s cities, counties and publicly-traded companies don’t believe in hiring a diverse workforce or doing business with Black-owned businesses and media outlets. Or maybe they just don’t want to talk about it. SPECIAL…

PRINCE ROGERS NELSON, 1958-2016

PRINCE ROGERS NELSON, 1958-2016 One year ago this week In this file photo, Prince performs “Purple Rain” as the opening act during the 46th Annual Grammy Awards show on Feb. 8, 2004 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Prince…

State House apologizes for abuse, racism

State House apologizes for abuse, racism School and law enforcement atrocities cited FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS TALLAHASSEE – On Tuesday, the Florida House of Representatives recognized and apologized for the state government’s collaboration and involvement in two notorious incidents in Florida’s…

NAN to host first major gathering of Blacks since Trump era

NAN to host first major gathering of Blacks since Trump era TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE The National Action Network (NAN), led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, will convene its annual national convention from April 26-29, describing it as “the first major gathering of African-Americans in the Donald…

‘YOU THE JURY’ / FOX NETWORK

‘YOU THE JURY’ / FOX NETWORK Crump on national television  …

Ayala sues Scott over removal from cases

Ayala sues Scott over removal from cases BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala is suing Gov. Rick Scott in federal and state courts over her removal from nearly two dozen death-penalty cases, including…

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…

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…

Notables pick sides in Scott vs. Ayala

Notables pick sides in Scott vs. Ayala

FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS TALLAHASSEE – On one side, there’s the Florida Cabinet, the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys…

PRINCE ROGERS NELSON, 1958-2016

PRINCE ROGERS NELSON, 1958-2016

One year ago this week In this file photo, Prince performs “Purple Rain” as the opening act during…

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.…

Poets, authors participate in literary event in Orlando

Poets, authors participate in literary event in Orlando

Milton McCulloch, a poet and author, presented the second event in his Literary Series on April 22 at…