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Johnson gets another term as Board of Education chair

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The State Board of Education on Monday selected Marva Johnson to…

Orlando company catches flak for snortable chocolate

BY KYLE ARNOLD ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – A snortable chocolate powder developed by an Orlando resident…

State approves nursing programs at four colleges

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The State Board of Education on Monday approved new baccalaureate degrees…

A home for Iyanna and Solomon

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

State needs more folks to hunt, fish

State needs more folks to hunt, fish BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE…

Trump ‘fraud’ query paused

Voter information request on hold BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Local…

Amazon bringing more than 1,500 full-time jobs to Orlando

BY KYLE ARNOLD ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – Amazon announced Monday it will expand its internet retailing…

Scott signs legislation to combat opioid abuse

Florida Gov. Rick Scott hosted a ceremonial bill signing on Tuesday at the Palm Beach County…

Governor hopefuls give boost to Florida Democratic Party

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA With an infusion of hundreds of thousands of dollars from gubernatorial…

Settlement reached on services for disabled residents

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – In a move that could affect…

BREAKING NEWS: Sources say retired judge named B-CU’s interim president

Dr. Edison Jackson will retire as Bethune-Cookman’s president. Hubert L. Grimes was named interim president, sources…

BETHUNE-COOKMAN PRESIDENT RETIRES

The Florida Courier has learned that Bethune-Cookman University President Dr. Edison O. Jackson will retire. It…

What Florida’s Cabinet members are worth

Commission on Ethics gives financial picture of governor, other Florida officials BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS…

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For the Trumps, its drip, drip, splash

For the Trumps, its drip, drip, splash A conspiracy occurs when two or more people come together to plan and act together secretly for any purpose. You have no doubt heard all the talk about President Donald Trump and his political posse, and…

America should leave North Korea alone

America should leave North Korea alone The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), commonly known as North Korea, has the right to test and develop as many weapons as it likes. It doesn’t need another country’s permission to enhance its arsenal and, given America’s…

Donald Trump is NOT crazy

Donald Trump is NOT crazy A. Peter Bailey NNPA COLUMNIST It’s time for television and radio talk show hosts, educators, editorial writers, columnists and politicians to cease describing US President Donald J. Trump as being “crazy,” “mentally sick,” “childish,” etc. A…

Thinking about The Bahamas’ Independence Day

Thinking about The Bahamas’ Independence Day On July 14, The Bahamas celebrated 44 years of independence. I heartily joined in hailing our motto: “Forward, Upward, Onward Together” … my Bahamaland! We are a relatively young nation of only 377,000 people. Yet not…

Organized chaos is still chaos

Organized chaos is still chaos DR. BOBBY E. MILLS GUEST COMMENTARY Chaos by any other name is still chaos. The Trump administration is publicly attempting to micromanage chaos through lying and creating more chaos. For example, the Trump administration is attempting…

The Democrats’ year of living stupidly

The Democrats’ year of living stupidly For more than a year now, the collective U.S. ruling class, with Democratic Party and corporate media operatives in the vanguard, has frozen the national political discourse in a McCarthyite time warp. A random visit to…

Obama White House attacks the NBCC, Part 3

Obama White House attacks the NBCC, Part 3 There appears to have been a constant flow of deception, immorality, and corruption in both Obama administrations. You can add “heartlessness,” too. We, the strongest and most economically viable nation in the history of mankind, sat…

Trump is Putin’s puppet

Trump is Putin’s puppet A presidential puppet is a president whose actions, ideas, ways and means are controlled by someone else. United States President Donald Trump, in my opinion, has his policy strings pulled by puppeteer Vladimir Putin, the Russian…

Black America is ‘pro-peace,’ but its politicians are not

Black America is ‘pro-peace,’ but its politicians are not On the world stage, the United States has declared itself above the law, as if it had already completed the conquest of the globe. Thousands of US troops are implanted on Syrian soil, the better to…

Black cops’ lives don’t matter to the left

Black cops’ lives don’t matter to the left As the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the nation’s law enforcement community prepare to pay final respects to assassinated NYPD officer Miosotis Familia, it is important to put her death and reaction thereto in…

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…

‘Gary from Chicago’ has experienced ups and downs since Oscars cameo

‘Gary from Chicago’ has experienced ups and downs since Oscars cameo BY TRACY SWARTZ CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS In the four months since his star turn at the Academy Awards, former Chicago resident Gary Alan Coe has undergone ups and downs fit for a Hollywood drama. Coe, who was…

‘Death Certificate’ still hits home

‘Death Certificate’ still hits home Ice Cube’s album is as relevant now as it was in 1991 BY GERRICK D. KENNEDY LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS LOS ANGELES – When George Holliday was awakened by commotion outside his home shortly after midnight on…

Jay-Z confesses, educates on ‘4:44’

Jay-Z confesses, educates on ‘4:44’ BY MIKAEL WOOD LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS He didn’t tweet. He didn’t post on Instagram. And he certainly didn’t spill his guts to a dude with a camera from TMZ. So where did Jay-Z turn when the…

Keyboardist shares stories behind ‘Purple Rain’ soundtrack

Keyboardist  shares stories behind ‘Purple  Rain’ soundtrack BY JON BREAM STAR TRIBUNE/TNS The songs from “Purple Rain” are familiar. The stories behind them are not. Prince and the Revolution never really talked about them. Until now. With remastered and deluxe versions of the…

BET honors for Beyoncé, Chance the Rapper

BET honors for Beyoncé, Chance the Rapper FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Beyoncé, who had twins this month, won five more awards at the 2017 BET Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Female R&B/Pop Artist. Chance the Rapper took home three…

Winfrey talks about her new films, her insecurities

Winfrey talks about her new films, her insecurities BY GLENN WHIPP LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS LOS ANGELES — Oprah Winfrey guides you into her office and, after a welcoming hug (Winfrey’s a hugger, but you probably already knew that), she immediately anticipates where your eye…

DENEE BENTON / TONY AWARD NOMINEE

DENEE BENTON / TONY AWARD NOMINEE Dreams can come true Orlando’s Denee Benton and her parents, Derryl and Jackie Benton, celebrated Denee’s nomination for 2017’s Best Actress in a Broadway show at the Tony Awards show in New York City on June 11.…

Biopic about Tupac debuts June 16

Biopic about Tupac debuts June 16 BY FLORIDA COURIER STAFF “All Eyez on Me’’ tells the story of the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist, actor, poet and activist. It also chronicles his…

WHAT’S YOUR SCORE?

WHAT’S YOUR SCORE? Lack of knowledge about playing the credit game costs Black Americans billions of dollars in higher interest rates, fees, and other costs. FROM THE TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE Sharae Newton (not her real name) has made…

‘MUSLIM TRAVEL BAN’

‘MUSLIM TRAVEL BAN’ Trump loses, wins The Trump administration’s travel ban suffered another legal setback Wednesday when the U.S. Supreme Court sided with a federal judge in Hawaii, temporarily exempting grandparents and other extended family members from the directive.…

Targeting Obama’s legacy

Targeting Obama’s legacy So far, Trump’s largely failed BY DAVID LAUTER TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU / TNS WASHINGTON – Rarely has a president taken office so focused on undoing his predecessor’s works as Donald Trump. Six months in, he has…

24 minorities are in senior Senate jobs

24 minorities are in senior Senate jobs It appears little is being done to boost the numbers of top staffers on the Hill. BY WILLIAM DOUGLAS MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU/TNS WASHINGTON – Of the Senate’s 336 top staff jobs — the kind that carry…

Study: Blacks lead in Bible engagement, beliefs

Study: Blacks lead in Bible engagement, beliefs The results of the latest State of the Bible survey by American Bible Society showed African-Americans are more engaged with the Bible than any other group. Among African-Americans, 71 percent are considered Bible engaged or Bible…

Poll shows Hillary Clinton still unpopular

Poll shows Hillary Clinton still unpopular BY JOHN MCCORMICK BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS CHICAGO — For a president with historically low poll numbers, Donald Trump can at least find solace in this: Hillary Clinton is doing worse. Trump’s 2016 Democratic rival is viewed favorably…

Trump ‘fraud’ query paused

Trump ‘fraud’ query paused Voter information request on hold BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Local elections officials are trying to talk voters out of unregistering, as privacy concerns continue to mount in response to a…

Cop acquitted in Castile shooting leaves police department

Cop acquitted in Castile shooting leaves police department BY CHAO XIONG STAR TRIBUNE/TNS MINNEAPOLIS – The city of St. Anthony has entered a separation agreement with Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who was acquitted last month in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile. “In order…

Controversial judge gets cover-up case in teen’s death

Controversial judge gets cover-up case in teen’s death Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by officer in 2014 BY MEGAN CREPEAU CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS CHICAGO – A Cook County judge with controversial rulings in her past has been appointed to preside over the indictment of…

Congress working more than average: Three days a week

Congress working more than average: Three days a week BY SEAN MCMINN CQ-ROLL CALL/TNS WASHINGTON – Republicans may be uneasy about the lack of productivity so far this Congress, but it’s not for a lack of time spent working. Through the first half of 2017,…

‘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…

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…

State needs more folks to hunt, fish

State needs more folks to hunt, fish

State needs more folks to hunt, fish BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Florida…

Trump ‘fraud’ query paused

Trump ‘fraud’ query paused

Voter information request on hold BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Local elections officials…

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…

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…