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Jewish Community Centers receive bomb threats

BY DAVID J. NEAL AND CARLI TEPROFF MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI – Hundreds of children, teachers and…

Hurricane Matthew claims now over $800 million

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Insurance claims in Florida from early October’s Hurricane Matthew have grown…

Feds: Disabled inmates’ rights violated in Florida

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The U.S. Justice Department on Monday moved to intervene in a…

Clearing a major hurdle

Voting rights effort energized BY DAN SWEENEY SUN SENTINEL / TNS FORT LAUDERDALE – The new…

Lottery sales set record in 2016

COMPILED FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS Florida Lottery sales hit a record $6.2 billion last year,…

State Supreme Court appointments could bring disorder

BY GRAY ROHRER ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS TALLAHASSEE – A quirk in the state constitution means Florida could…

State’s Black History Month contest entries due Jan. 20

Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott announced last month the Black History Month contests…

A home for Robert

SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER One Church One Child of Florida is reaching out to families…

Nine days of arts, culture, heritage in Eatonville

Highlights of the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival will include a national conference on communities of…

Book documents history of FAMU marching band

Curtis Inabinett Jr. has written a book about Florida A&M University’s marching band. Inabinett, a Florida…

Plan for Miami African Diaspora museum moves forward

SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER The Miami-Dade North Arts & Humanities Foundation is set to move…

ONE QUESTION

Retiring Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry gives a history lesson as he looks toward…

FLORIDA COURIER / 10TH STATEWIDE ANNIVERSARY

Top 10 stories and Kwanzaa Nine years ago, the Florida Courier listed its Top 10 stories…

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Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 291

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 291 Bro. Prez sez goodbye – No tears here. For Black America, the Obama era has been a keen disappointment full of lost opportunities, halfway measures, and professorial lectures. On “Black” issues – small biz entrepreneurship, HBCUs,…

Let’s talk about Judas Peter

Let’s talk about Judas Peter In the King James “version” of the Bible and in many other translations of Holy Scriptures, Judas betrayed Jesus, and Peter denied Jesus multiple times. If you live long enough, one of your friends, one of…

Talladega College marching for Trump is good for HBCUs

Talladega College marching for Trump is good for HBCUs Editor’s note: Historically Black Talladega College, located in Talladega, Ala., is being criticized for allowing its marching band to participate in President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural parade set for Jan. 20. Many other college marching bands have…

I wish for a Black, productive 2017 and beyond

I wish for a Black, productive 2017 and beyond I wish most Black folks would join the One Million Conscious Black Voters and Contributors Movement as advocated by Professor James Clingman. Prof. Clingman, whose column “Blackonomic$” is a must-read for anyone who has a serious…

Barack Obama’s last presidential lies

Barack Obama’s last presidential lies Barack Obama has spoken to the nation as president for the last time. Hallelujah! The man I dubbed the “more effective evil” now gets a chance to make millions for himself, after spending eight years defending…

Black lives matter more to White cops than Black thugs

Black lives matter more to White cops than Black thugs Arguably, the defining feature of Black America in recent years has been the eruption of street protests every time a cop killed a Black man. In each case, protesters vented existential angst with chants of “Black…

Ellison tries to pass Democratic ‘Farrakhan’ test

Ellison tries to pass Democratic ‘Farrakhan’ test RICHARD B. MUHAMMAD GUEST COMMENTARY Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison is seeking to lead the Democratic National Committee as the party seeks someone to bring Democrats into the political “Promised Land.” There is nothing wrong with Rep.…

‘Back in the day’ is today!

‘Back in the day’ is today! On January 20, 2017, in a lot of ways, African-Americans will revisit their past. “Back in the day” will become today! Similar to the period of governmental and legal systems labeled “Jim Crow” (or “nigger laws”),…

What we can learn from the Black Panther Party

What we can learn from the Black Panther Party Matthew “Peanut” Johnson was 16 years-old when San Francisco police officer Alvin Johnson killed him. The unarmed teen was said to have been fleeing a stolen car, and Officer Johnson claimed that he feared for his…

The year 2017 is going to be fantastic!

The year 2017 is going to be fantastic! Look forward to the new year, 2017, as light years better than 2016.  Last year’s economy was challenging.  Here in Chevy Chase, Md., one of the wealthiest communities in the nation, high-end department stores closed their…

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…

Beyoncé, Springsteen post top-grossing tours of 2016

Beyoncé, Springsteen post top-grossing tours of 2016 BY RANDY LEWIS LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band navigated “The River” 35th anniversary tour all the way to the bank in 2016, pulling in $268.3 million globally to score the top-grossing…

Edmonds to host ‘Queen Boss’ on Centric

Edmonds to host ‘Queen Boss’ on Centric BY NY MAGEE EURWEB.COM Tracey Edmonds  is teaming with Centric for a new eight-episode series called “Queen Boss,” which aims to find the sharpest African-American female entrepreneurs and have them compete for the business opportunity of…

‘Hidden Figures’ a crowd-pleaser in the best way

‘Hidden Figures’ a crowd-pleaser in the best way BY KENNETH TURAN LOS ANGELES TIMES TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE LOS ANGELES – Like the calculating women whose lives it celebrates, “Hidden Figures” knows what it’s doing. A Grade-A Hollywood crowd-pleaser that happily celebrates its shameless moments,…

Professor delivers smart book about sci-fi writer

Professor delivers smart book about sci-fi writer BY JIM HIGGINS MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Reading Gerry Canavan’s “Octavia E. Butler” is like opening up a second screen on this great American writer. Not only does Canavan explicate the sources, patterns and…

Book on Mary J. Blige was more than 20 years in the making

Book on Mary J. Blige was more than 20 years in the making BY TIMOTHY FINN KANSAS CITY STAR/TNS Danny Alexander has been writing about music for decades for various print and online media. He spent three years exploring the music of one of his favorite artists, Mary J.…

Golden Globe nods for ‘Moonlight,’ and ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’

Golden Globe nods for ‘Moonlight,’ and ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ BY JOSH ROTTENBERG LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS LOS ANGELES — Early awards season front-runners “La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” made strong showings in the Golden Globes nominations, while potential contenders such as “20th…

International fashion design success did not come easy for Tracy Reese

International fashion design success did not come easy for Tracy Reese BY PATRICE GAINES URBAN NEWS SERVICE No one knew what First Lady Michelle Obama would choose to wear on stage at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. That decision is generally a secret kept from the public…

Miami Funk Fest a weekend of R&B, hip hop and soul

Miami Funk Fest a weekend of R&B, hip hop and soul Variety Entertainment will present the http://funkfesttour.com/ Miami Funk Fest Dec. 9-10 at the Miramar Regional Park. Scheduled performers are Bell Biv Devoe, Dru Hill, H-Town, Jodeci, Mystikal, SWV, TLC and Guy featuring Teddy Riley. Hosted by…

Dropping the mic

Dropping the mic Obama gives farewell from Chicago hometown FROM THE TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE CHICAGO – In a televised address before a passionate and exuberant Chicago audience, President Obama gave his departing speech Tuesday night, imploring African-Americans and…

TRAGEDY IN CENTRAL FLORIDA

TRAGEDY IN CENTRAL FLORIDA Orlando is in mourning again Law enforcement officers escort the body of Orlando Police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton to the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office after she was allegedly killed by Markeith Loyd on Monday. Orange County…

SBA launches challenge for training, loans to ex-felons

SBA launches challenge for training, loans to ex-felons SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the Aspire Challenge, a prize competition of up to $1.2 million to expand access to entrepreneurial education and microloans for…

‘This country belongs to you, all of you’

‘This country belongs to you, all of you’ First lady addresses Muslims, immigrants during last speech BY VERA BERGENGRUEN TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – In her final speech as first lady, Michelle Obama singled out young immigrants and Muslims, many of whom express apprehension…

Andrew Young’s daughter named Georgia ACLU director

Andrew Young’s daughter named Georgia ACLU director ATLANTA – Civil rights activist and Georgia native Andrea Young is the new executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, taking the helm of the statewide affiliate of the ACLU as of Jan.…

Where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here? “And so we still have a long, long way to go before we reach the promised land of freedom.’’ Editor’s note: The question Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. posed decades ago still resonates in 2015. Here…

‘I Have A Dream’

‘I Have A Dream’ “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed:  ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ ” Here…

‘Our God is Marching On’

‘Our God is Marching On’ Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1965 speech on voting rights resonates still Click for more……

Wanted: Data on people shot each year

Wanted: Data on people shot each year Police, researchers say number needed to address gun  violence in US BY JUSTIN GEORGE BALTIMORE SUN/TNS BALTIMORE — Police chiefs, criminologists and federal officials are calling for better and more accurate data on crime as the…

Obama says he could have beaten Trump

Obama says he could have beaten Trump BY TRACY WILKINSON TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU / TNS WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says he could have defeated Donald Trump in last month’s election by recapturing the same “vision of hope” that twice carried him to…

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,…

A welcoming home for HIV moms, kids

A welcoming home for HIV moms, kids Nkosi’s Haven is one of South Africa’s best-known centers for mothers living with HIV and orphans. BY ERIKA SCHULTZ SEATTLE TIMES/TNS JOHANNESBURG – Gail John-son shudders when she thinks of all the tiny white coffins in…

Clearing a major hurdle

Clearing a major hurdle

Voting rights effort energized BY DAN SWEENEY SUN SENTINEL / TNS FORT LAUDERDALE – The new year could…

Lottery sales set record in 2016

Lottery sales set record in 2016

COMPILED FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS Florida Lottery sales hit a record $6.2 billion last year, according to…

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…

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…