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‘What to the slave is the Fourth of July?’

‘What to the slave is the Fourth of July?’

Editor’s note: On July 5, 1852, anti-slavery crusader Frederick Douglass spoke at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Rochester, N.Y. Excerpts appear below. (T)he Fourth of July… marks the beginning of another year of your national life…Nations number their years by thousands. You are…still lingering in the period of childhood. […]

More questions about Trump’s travel ban

More questions about Trump’s travel ban

Supreme Court’s decision expected to spark concerns, lawsuits relating to a ‘bona fide relationship’ BY FRANCO ORDONEX MCCLATCHY DC/TNS WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to only partially lift an injunction against President Donald Trump’s travel ban is likely to create a nightmare scenario for border officials and the lower courts, as federal officials […]

Florida’s Finest – June 30, 2017

Florida’s Finest – June 30, 2017

Thousands of Caribbean culture lovers converge on South Florida every year on the Columbus Day weekend to attend the annual Miami Broward Carnival, a series of concerts, pageants, parades, and competitions. On Carnival Day, “mas” (masquerade) bands of thousands of revelers dance and march behind 18-wheel tractor-trailer trucks with booming sound systems from morning until […]

Plenty to see and do along Route 66

Plenty to see and do along Route 66

Hotels, eateries and museums offer a glimpse of history along the ‘Mother Road.’ BY ELEANOR HENDRICKS MCDANIEL SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER With the advent of Henry Ford’s “Tin Lizzie,” Americans were eager to hit the road. But before 1926, long-distance travel by automobile was difficult, if not impossible. Only 2 percent of roads were […]

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 blockbuster 1984 soundtrack “Purple Rain” being released this week, the Star Tribune spoke to Lisa Coleman, keyboardist for Prince […]

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 trophies, including Best New Artist and the Humanitarian Award. He was introduced and praised via video for his humanitarian […]

FIRE UP the FOURTH

FIRE UP the FOURTH

…with tasty backyard recipes From Family Features Fireworks, family and food are what the Fourth of July is all about. This year, add some spark to backyard staples like grilled chicken and potato salad with a little help from tangy condiments, smoky rubs and your cast-iron skillet. For a main dish that’s sure to be […]

ADD SIZZLE TO YOUR FOURTH

ADD SIZZLE TO YOUR FOURTH

Great ideas for grilling and more From Family Features A dazzling fireworks display may be the grand finale for your celebration, but you can make your mouthwatering menu a close second with these ideas to light up your Fourth of July. From bold burgers to crisp salads and sweet sides, give your guests plenty of […]

Atoning for a college’s racial past

Atoning for a college’s racial past

For years, Wesleyan identified with the Ku Klux Klan through class names and extreme hazing rituals and traditions that carried forward into the late 20th century. BY BRAD SCHRADE ATLANTA JOURNAL- CONSTITUTION/ TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE MACON, Ga. – Like other first-year students corralled in Wesleyan College’s auditorium in Macon, Dana Amihere didn’t know what to […]

Michael Brown book gets picked up by Hollywood

Michael Brown book gets picked up by Hollywood

BY JOE HOLLEMAN ST. LOUS POST-DISPATCH/TNS Warner Bros. is taking steps to make a movie about the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in 2014 in Ferguson, a Hollywood trade publication reports. According to Tracking Board, the studio has picked up the rights to the autobiography of Lezley McSpadden, Brown’s mother. The book is titled “Tell […]