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OUR TOP 10 STORIES

OUR TOP 10 STORIES

The Florida Courier staff chose the top 10 of the hundreds of stories our newspaper staff reviewed, covered or wrote during 2015. Factors considered include newsworthiness, relevance, uniqueness, familiarity of the issue, the intensity of statewide interest, emotional impact, and whether there is a uniquely ‘Black’ perspective. 1 Black youth activism – After last year’s […]

FLORIDA COURIER / OUT AND ABOUT

FLORIDA COURIER / OUT AND ABOUT

‘Homecoming’ for UM alumni in the NFL The National Football League matchup on Dec. 27 between the Miami Dolphins and the Indianapolis Colts featured former University of Miami Hurricane players, left to right: Andre Johnson, Frank Gore, Lamar Miller, Stephen Morris, Phillip Dorsett and Olivier Vernon. The Colts beat the Dolphins at home, 18-12. (KIM […]

Brown files new challenge to district changes

Brown files new challenge to district changes

BY BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Arguing that an east-west configuration for her district “combines far-flung communities worlds apart culturally and geographically,” lawyers for U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown asked a federal judge Tuesday to void Florida’s latest congressional redistricting plan. The complaint continues a legal battle over the state’s political boundaries […]

Kids or adults?

Kids or adults?

Lawmakers consider legal options BY MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Bills are moving in the House and Senate that would limit the ability of Florida prosecutors to charge juvenile offenders as adults, a legal practice known as “direct file.” Each measure has passed one committee, and they could be on a […]

This is your year!

This is your year!

Every year around this time, I tell my family, friends and loved ones, “This will be your year!” I am right. But in all seriousness, the change in years and dates have nothing to do with it. We all have to make it our year! We have to make a new day! Mind power Too […]

New law on human trafficking goes into effect

New law on human trafficking goes into effect

Signs aimed to raise awareness are to be posted in a wide range of places around the state. BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Signs intended to raise awareness about human trafficking were expected to be prominently displayed at rest areas, airports, emergency rooms and strip clubs starting Jan. 1, as […]

The real cost of a Disney World vacation

The real cost of a Disney World vacation

Out-of-state families share what they spent during November trip BY SANDRA PEDICINI ORLANDO SENTINEL (TNS) ORLANDO — Can you still get a deal on a Disney vacation? Three families who traveled to Disney World in November tracked their spending, reporting it to the Orlando Sentinel and sharing their thoughts. Their accommodations ranged from the budget […]

Have hip-hop and Wall Street destroyed soul music?

Have hip-hop and Wall Street destroyed soul music?

We have always had a strong affinity for music.  Soon after our forefathers were let off the slave ships and sold to plantations we started singing.  Much of that was developed in the “Motherland.” We were visiting Kenya and went to a music event.  One of our hosts told us that the entertainment was from […]

Time for a new year’s revolution

Time for a new year’s revolution

The worldview, class outlook and methods of nonprofit organizations have dominated the landscape of the U.S. left for so long, most of us are hardly aware of them. Movement elder Warren Mar, in this week’s Black Agenda Report, sheds some useful light on those matters in his indispensable article “Why Nonprofits Can’t Lead the 99%” […]

Why I celebrate Kwanzaa

Why I celebrate Kwanzaa

It’s a curious thing that so many Black Americans – who insist on calling themselves African-Americans – know so little about their American heritage, and even less about their African ancestry. But this is probably because “Black pride” is about as ethereal and subjective as religious faith. Nonetheless, just as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. […]

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