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Hazing law challenged in death of FAMU band member

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A former member of Florida A&M University’s “Marching 100” band is…

A home for Joseph and Patrick

ADOPTIONS Editor’s note: This is a monthly series spotlighting Florida children available for adoption. SPECIAL TO…

Security industry weighs next steps to thwart shootings

BY MARCIA HEROUX POUNDS SUN SENTINEL/TNS FORT LAUDERDALE – Two mass murders in Florida in less…

Christmas in Talladega

HBCU raises $670,000 from Fox News viewers BY BROOKIE MADISON HOWARD UNIVERSITY NEWS SERVICE VIA THE…

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2017

ZORA! Festival concludes in Eatonville ZORA!Fest participants enjoyed themselves as nine days of events ended on…

Court says Uber drivers are on their own

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Siding with the San Francisco-based technology…

Perry ends ‘senior justice’ role

Retired Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry will end his service as a “senior” justice…

Speaker asks Trump for more cooperation on refugees

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Saying the state House is “seriously re-evaluating Florida’s role” in refugee-resettlement…

Accused Fort Lauderdale airport shooter pleads not guilty

BY PAULA MCMAHON SUN SENTINEL/TNS FORT LAUDERDALE – The Iraq War veteran charged with killing five…

‘Standing your ground’ may get easier

BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – A controversial measure that would shift…

Jacksonville judge resigns amid impeachment threat

Hulsey accused of saying that Blacks should ‘get back on a ship and go back to…

State ends 2016 with 4.9 percent jobless rate

Florida ended 2016 with an unemployment rate that was unchanged in December and 0.2 percentage points…

Thousands participate in autism awareness event

Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Marino hosted the seventh annual Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout…

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More rats will jump off Trump’s sinking ship

More rats will jump off Trump’s sinking ship A wharf rat is a large rat that is commonly found on wharves. These kinds of rats often sustain themselves by pilfering from warehouses near the seaside or from ships. When the rats board a ship,…

‘Pathfinders’ for Black History Month

‘Pathfinders’ for Black History Month When I wrote my book, “Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History,” I hoped that some folks would touch the book each day and talk about the many ways African-American people have shaped our…

Democrats’ rhetoric risks violence

Democrats’ rhetoric risks violence CLARENCE V. MCKEE, ESQ. GUEST COLUMNIST Before Democrats jump for joy and do high fives celebrating the attempt by protesters to block Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from entering a District of Columbia middle school – amid…

Some folks have Trump Derangement Syndrome

Some folks have Trump Derangement Syndrome HARRY C. ALFORD GUEST COLUMNIST There is something going around throughout the United States that is causing anger, almost to the point of insanity. It is turning our media into a fake news machine.  You can…

Roland Martin is a THOT selling school privatization

Roland Martin is a THOT selling school privatization Despite what his website says, Roland Martin is no journalist. His daily news show doesn’t break any new stories. Roland traffics in celebrity interviews. He jokes with Tom Joyner on the radio. He chats with Black…

Resist Trump and resist the Democrats

Resist Trump and resist the Democrats Resistance is the new watch word for millions of people who oppose Donald Trump and his administration. This is a positive development against a president who made such open appeals to White American supremacy and the…

Yale whitewashes history to appease nincompoops

Yale whitewashes history to appease nincompoops ANTHONY L. HALL, ESQ.  BLACK AGENDA REPORT From the New York Times: “After a swelling tide of protests, the president of Yale announced on Saturday that the university would change the name of a residential college commemorating…

Is Obama the Republicans’ little helper?

Is Obama the Republicans’ little helper? Editor’s note: This Gantt Report commentary was originally published in the May 10, 2013 issue of the Florida Courier-more than three years before Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump. It is not…

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 292

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 292 Kenny Kinsler, 1955-2016 – As 2017 begins, I’m writing another obituary for another schoolmate. This time, it’s my high school basketball teammate Kenny Kinsler, who died last week at age 61. He was a year ahead…

Donald Trump’s immigration ignorance

Donald Trump’s immigration ignorance The president’s recent executive order was allegedly a political policy aimed at making Americans safe by banning entry into the United States by people from seven predominately Muslim countries that seek to enter U.S. cities. Terrorism…

Grammys’ Prince tribute took months of planning

Grammys’ Prince tribute took months of planning BY JON BREAM STAR TRIBUNE/TNS LOS ANGELES – Bruno Mars couldn’t decide which song to perform for the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards tribute to Prince. “He agonized over this for two weeks,” Grammy Awards executive producer…

Remembering Al Jarreau, ‘Acrobat of Scat’

Remembering Al Jarreau, ‘Acrobat of Scat’ BY YVONNE VILLARREAL LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Al Jarreau, the legendary jazz artist and seven-time Grammy winner, died on Feb. 12 at age 76. His death came two days after he announced his retirement from touring and…

STEPPING OUT IN STYLE

STEPPING OUT IN STYLE COMPILED BY FLORIDA COURIER STAFF When Michelle Obama stepped out with the president over the past eight years, her fashion choices elicited plenty of oohs and aahs. From sleeveless numbers to floral prints, the first lady…

From FAMU to fictional GAMU

From FAMU to fictional GAMU Anika Noni Rose talks about career, role as college president in new BET series BY MAKEDA EASTER LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Anika Noni Rose is ready for more. Her career began in theater, and in 2004 she…

OWN’s church drama returns in March

OWN’s church drama returns in March BY TONYA PENDLETON BLACKAMERICAWEB.COM OWN Network’s megachurch drama “Greenleaf’’ is returning for its second season. In the first season, megachurch pastor Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David) welcomed his estranged daughter Grace “Gigi’ Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge) back…

No #OscarsSoWhite this year

No #OscarsSoWhite this year 6 Blacks receive nominations for Academy Awards EURWEB.COM Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning with Best Drama Golden Globe winner “Moonlight” facing “Fences” and “Hidden Figures” for Best Picture. All three films also have actors…

ESPN commentator removed after ‘gorilla’ remark about tennis star

ESPN commentator removed after ‘gorilla’ remark about tennis star EURWEB.COM An ESPN tennis commentator learned the hard way that you don’t use the word “gorilla” or even “guerilla” when you’re trying to be cute in describing tennis superstar Venus Williams. According to ESPN, it has…

The Obamas’ best pop-culture hits

The Obamas’ best pop-culture hits From ‘Mom Dancing’ to cameo with Boehner, the first couple gave America some funny TV moments. BY NEAL JUSTIN STAR TRIBUNE/TNS Donald Trump hosted “Saturday Night Live” early in his campaign, but no sitting or former…

TV finally shows us daily trials of successful Black man

TV finally shows us daily trials of successful Black man BY MARC BERNARDIN LOS ANGELES TIMES TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE When Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, the responses — especially from those who voted for Hillary Clinton, double-especially from those white men who voted Democrat…

Nine days of arts, culture, heritage in Eatonville

Nine days of arts, culture, heritage in Eatonville Highlights of the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival will include a national conference on communities of color in 21st-century America as well as performances by legendary artists. COMPILED BY FLORIDA COURIER STAFF The 28th Annual Zora…

SOUL FOOD – THE LEGACY

SOUL FOOD – THE LEGACY The imagination and desperation of enslaved Africans forever changed the way the American South cooks and eats. But there’s an unhealthy price to be paid, ironically by their African-American descendants. BY PENNY DICKERSON FLORIDA COURIER The…

What about Africa?

What about Africa? Not much expected from Trump BY GRANT CLARK URBAN NEWS SERVICE  After a two-year election campaign and weeks into his presidency, Africans still have no idea how Donald J. Trump plans to deal with this continent…

CARNAGE IN CHICAGO

CARNAGE IN CHICAGO Murders continue unabated Chicago police stand near where a toddler and a man were fatally shot and a woman was wounded in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood on Tuesday –Valentine’s Day. As of Feb. 15, there have been…

MIXED LEGACY

MIXED LEGACY Has Black America benefited from eight years of Barack Obama? It depends on who you ask. COMPILED FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS With President Barack Obama out of office after two terms, discussions are swirling about…

Doing fine, thanks

Doing fine, thanks Obama frolics with billionaire COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – The Internet was abuzz this week with pictures of former President Barack Obama seemingly having the time of his life as he and First…

OBAMA’S SECOND TERM

OBAMA’S SECOND TERM A vote of confidence Barack Obama’s racially and generationally diverse voting coalition came out in 2012 to award him another four years in the White House, despite the GOP’s strategic efforts to make voting more difficult.…

Obama’s words shine in new documentary

Obama’s words shine in new documentary BY ALEX GANGITANO CQ-ROLL CALL/ TNS WASHINGTON – Eighteen days after Barack Obama handed over the presidency of the United States to his successor, a film about his craft debuted. The Smithsonian Channel’s “Obama Years: The…

Proud to call him their president

Proud to call him their president Blacks reflect on Obama’s presidency and character BY BARRINGTON M. SALMON AND BRITTANY BURTON There is concern among advocates and supporters about the durability of President Barack Obama’s legacy in light of eight years of intense…

‘The ‘Morehouse Mystique’ still endures’

‘The ‘Morehouse Mystique’ still endures’ Here are edited excerpts of President Obama’s speech to the Morehouse College Class of 2013, delivered on May 19, 2013 in Atlanta. Graduates, I am humbled to stand here with all of you as an honorary…

He never ‘went Washington’

He never ‘went Washington’ Former aides reflect on the Obama they knew before and during his presidency. BY KATHERINE SKIBA CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS CHICAGO – Barack Obama, who made “change” part of his campaign slogan in 2008, is himself transformed after…

What about Africa?

What about Africa? Not much expected from Trump BY GRANT CLARK URBAN NEWS SERVICE  After a two-year election campaign and weeks into his presidency, Africans still have no idea how Donald J. Trump plans to deal with this continent…

Cuba reaching out to world for foreign investors

Cuba reaching out to world for foreign investors BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI — For $2.5 million, a foreign investor can help create an international equestrian club in the province of Havana or plunk down $10 million to create a network of eco-lodges…

How India IRS scam cheated U.S. taxpayers

How India IRS scam cheated U.S. taxpayers In recent years, investigators in the United States, Canada, Britain and other countries have traced several organized phone frauds to Indian call centers. BY SHASHANK BENGALI LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS THANE, India — Nearly an hour into…

Trump may bring world of change to travelers

Trump may bring world of change to travelers There are plenty of questions about incoming administration’s stance on Cuban travel, fixing airports, open skies. BY JILL SCHENSUL THE RECORD/TNS Just what changes are ahead for travelers once President-elect Donald Trump takes office are as…

How ‘apocalyptic’ hurricane Matthew impacted Haiti’s tourism market

How ‘apocalyptic’ hurricane Matthew impacted Haiti’s tourism market The country is still trying to assess the financial toll to the tourist economy and overall struggling tourism brand. BY JACQUELINE CHARLES MIAMI HERALD/TNS PORT-SALUT, Haiti – The almond trees have been stripped bare, and the…

After Hurricane Matthew, Haitians hope for change in US policy

After Hurricane Matthew, Haitians hope for change in US policy BY JEN FIFIELD STATELINE.ORG / TNS WASHINGTON – A week after Hurricane Matthew tore through their home country, Haitian immigrants took to the streets of downtown Miami Oct. 14 with a plea for President Obama: Haitian…

South Africa quits international court

South Africa quits international court BY ROBYN DIXON LOS ANGELES TIMES (TNS) JOHANNESBURG – South Africa said last week that it will withdraw from the International Criminal Court, raising fears of an African exodus from a tribunal established to prosecute the…

AFTER THE STORM

AFTER THE STORM Here’s an initial report on Haiti as well as what Floridians need to know as recovery gets underway in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. COMPILED FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Hurricane Matthew pummeled Haiti, Cuba and…

South African schoolgirls provide revolutionary leadership

South African schoolgirls provide revolutionary leadership DR. MARSHA ADEBAYO AND SIKI DLANGA BLACK AGENDA REPORT Pretoria Girls High School was shaken to its core two weeks ago when Black girls attending this apartheid-era elite school challenged fundamental tenets of White supremacy. This…

JetBlue makes historic flight to Cuba

JetBlue makes historic flight to Cuba BY CHABELI HERRARA MIAMI HERALD/TNS FORT LAUDERDALE – To a fanfare of Cuban music and a water canon salute, the first commercial flight to cross the Florida Straits to Cuba in decades took off Wednesday morning,…

Doing fine, thanks

Doing fine, thanks

Obama frolics with billionaire COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – The Internet was abuzz this week…

OBAMA’S SECOND TERM

OBAMA’S SECOND TERM

A vote of confidence Barack Obama’s racially and generationally diverse voting coalition came out in 2012 to award…

Grammys’ Prince tribute took months of planning

Grammys’ Prince tribute took months of planning

BY JON BREAM STAR TRIBUNE/TNS LOS ANGELES – Bruno Mars couldn’t decide which song to perform for the…

Remembering Al Jarreau, ‘Acrobat of Scat’

Remembering Al Jarreau, ‘Acrobat of Scat’

BY YVONNE VILLARREAL LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Al Jarreau, the legendary jazz artist and seven-time Grammy winner, died on…