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Poll: Most Americans say Obamacare should get time to work

Poll: Most Americans say Obamacare should get time to work

BLOOMBERG NEWS It may come as news to Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, but a majority of Americans is not, in his words, dreaming of “repealing every word of Obamacare.” Fifty-one percent of U.S. adults say that while the Affordable Care Act may still require small changes, “we should see how it works,” according to […]

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 254

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 254

Is Tampa the new Ferguson? Black Floridians have long memories when it comes to municipal prejudice and racism, especially when local police departments enforce it. We clearly remember when the annual Florida Classic football game between Bethune-Cookman and FAMU was played in Tampa for almost 20 years – until adjacent malls started to shut down […]

Time to turn out, ‘turn up’ for a better Florida

Time to turn out, ‘turn up’ for a better Florida

PERRY E. THURSTON, JR. GUEST COMMENTARY It was barely two years ago and at the end of an issues-dominated legislative session when a memorable conversation took place. That year, my caucus members and I had used every tactic available to us, including forcing bills to be read in their entirety, to draw attention to the […]

Channeling anger for change

Channeling anger for change

Whenever people don’t know how to channel their anger, destruction is likely to happen. Let’s face it — unless one learns how to be proactive and not allow their emotions to get the best of them, trouble is around the corner. Does that mean that one’s emotions should be shut off? Of course not. What it […]

Quit being suckered into spending your hard-earned money

Quit being suckered into spending your hard-earned money

The offers can be tempting. Get $1,000 cash now to go on a vacation or catch up on bills. Apply for a line of credit to get a discount and avoid using your hard-earned cash now. Companies have creative ways of masking debt to make it more appealing for you to fall deeper into a […]

Manhood of my father

Manhood of my father

GREGORY WOODS GUEST COLUMNIST My father embodied the reality that loss of life was a real possibility making powerful stances and working for the people. My father is a man’s man. The concept of manhood daddy embodies is what I initially understood as a man in the deepest sense of the word. The nuances and […]

A new era for Cuba

A new era for Cuba

Faced with a hostile do-nothing Congress committed only to obstruction, President Obama announced that if necessary, he would act on his own, using his pen, his phone and his platform.  Last weekend, we witnessed the power of that commitment, as he shook hands with Cuba President Raul Castro at the Summit of Americas in Panama, […]

Scott suing Federal government on low-income pool for hospitals

Scott suing Federal government on low-income pool for hospitals

ROGER CALDWELL GUEST COLUMNIST Gov. Rick Scott is a complex politician because sometimes he wants money from the Federal government and other times he refuses money from them. This is very confusing to Floridians, and many times he refuses to explain his position to residents in the state. For over a year, our governor knew […]

Trying times

Trying times

Strange things are going on these days!  There’s so much evil in the world that it’s hard to wake up and remain hopeful for better days.  Many days I wonder, “When will the ‘strangeness’ end?” In the context of ending strangeness, many powerful, conscious, well-dressed Black women gathered to conduct a prayer vigil and speak […]

Are Black companies being excluded at Tampa airport?

Are Black companies being excluded at Tampa airport?

JAMES RANSOM TAMPA ORGANIZATION OF BLACK AFFAIRS It was recently reported in the Tampa Bay Business Journal that Concessions International (CI), considered the oldest, most successful African-American-owned airport food concessions business in the nation and the Tinsley-Bridgeman Group were not rated favorably by the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (HCAA) selection committee, which influences the awarding […]