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Florida’s Finest – March 10, 2017

Florida’s Finest – March 10, 2017

Jordan Peele of “Key & Peele’’ is the writer, director and producer of “Get Out,” the new horror movie, which is crushing it at the box office. The film netted $33.4 million on its debut weekend, surpassing expectations. The movie, about a young Black man who visits his White girlfriend’s family, blends race-savvy satire with […]

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 City of Miami Gardens, boasting an annual attendance of more than 70,000 music lovers from all over the United […]

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 chest. So far, there is neither an assistant secretary of state for Africa nor an ambassador. The incumbent secretary, […]

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 leaves him and takes an old man.” Born in Haiti’s most notorious slum, the wildly popular hit song “Madan […]

Robert Lawrence: A forgotten NASA pioneer

Robert Lawrence: A forgotten NASA pioneer

As the 50th anniversary of the first Black astronaut’s death approaches, a NASA official says  there won’t be a remembrance ceremony. BY ERICK JOHNSON CHICAGO CRUSADER/NNPA Two historic events that changed America occurred 50 years ago. While many will remember the 50th anniversary of the failed Apollo 1 space flight, an equally historic event that […]

Families reconcile 160 years after Dred Scott court decision

Families reconcile 160 years after Dred Scott court decision

BY JONATHAN M. PITTS BALTIMORE SUN/TNS BALTIMORE – Kate Taney Billingsley grew up struggling with her family history. Her ancestor Roger B. Taney was the U.S. Supreme Court chief justice who wrote the Dred Scott decision, issued March 6, 1857, that ruled Congress could not regulate slavery and that Blacks could not be considered U.S. […]

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 family in 1950s Pittsburgh, won for supporting actress. “Hidden Figures,” based on the true story of Black female mathematicians […]

Exploring a culinary classic

Exploring a culinary classic

Endless possibilities with potatoes From Family Features Delicious and nutritious, it’s no wonder potatoes are a menu staple for many. Everyone craves meal variety, and potatoes offer a perfect canvas to inspire new flavor exploration so you can enjoy something different every day. From russets, reds, yellows, whites and purples to petites, fingerlings and more, […]

Book offers fullest account yet of Emmett Till story

Book offers fullest account yet of Emmett Till story

DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Like many Black folks in Chicago, Mamie Carthan Till did not want to lose touch with her ancestral home in Mississippi, even though it remained a land of ghosts and terror. And so in the summer of 1955, she sent her 14-year-old son to visit his […]

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 Laboule, a neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. The cause of death had not been confirmed by the Florida Courier’s press deadline […]