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Justice Department grant to help Pulse victims

BY RENE STUTZMAN ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday announced an…

Florida’s Finest – March 17, 2017

Thousands of Caribbean culture lovers converge on South Florida every year on the Columbus Day weekend…

TALLAHASSEE GOES BACK TO WORK

To serve and protect During Florida’s annual State of the State speech on March 7 in…

On the ballot?

Court mulls voting rights amendment BY STEVEN LEMONGELLO ORLANDO SENTINEL / TNS ORLANDO – Desmond Meade…

Serena withdraws from Miami Open tennis tourney

COMPILED FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS The Miami Open’s star-packed field will be missing one marquee…

Governor picks diverse group for constitution panel

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott named 14 people…

Trump praises students, educators at Orlando school

BY STEVEN LEMONGELLO AND JEFF WEINER ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS President Donald Trump chatted with students and praised…

Appeals court rejects ‘opt-out’ testing arguments

BY BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – In a sharply worded opinion, an…

Adoptions

A home for Sabrina SPECIAL TO ThE FLORIDA COURIER One Church One Child of Florida is…

FIVE YEARS LATER

COMPILED FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS SANFORD – In 2012, Francis Oliver took to the streets…

POMPANO BEACH

Closing out Black History Month The Eta Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and…

Bethune statue proposed for US Capitol

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman University in…

‘Stand Your Ground’ law helps free two Miami teens

BY DAVID OVALLE MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI — Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law has helped free two…

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Let me tell you about that church cat

Let me tell you about that church cat Felines are some of the world’s most predatory animals. But which one is at the top of the list? Well, people say the lion is the king of the jungle. But could the predatory feline king…

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 294

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 294 King Don and the art of interruption – Twitter is to your new prez as “chaff” is to military aircraft: a distraction to ward off scrutiny of his administration.  Here’s the definition of chaff from the…

Black Caucus all about Democrats, not Black constituents

Black Caucus all about Democrats, not Black constituents CLARENCE V. MCKEE, ESQ. GUEST COLUMNIST It’s increasingly clear that the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has become the Democrats’ racial shock troop brigade in the war of obstruction and resistance to President Trump’s domestic agenda. This…

Is the Democratic National Committee evaporating?

Is the Democratic National Committee evaporating? There was a time when it seemed that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) seemed to be invincible.  It was the early 1990s and this newcomer from Arkansas, William Jefferson Clinton, was the right guy at the…

Trump launches an attack on education

Trump launches an attack on education The effort to repeal and replace health care is generating headlines, and the attempt to investigate our 45th  president’s Russia connections is of high importance. The specious claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, too,…

We need Black newspapers now more than ever

We need Black newspapers now more than ever OSCAR H. BLAYTON GUEST COMMENTARY In 1960, Blacks in Virginia watched as the state changed the laws against trespass to make it a more serious crime, and the penalty was raised from a $100 fine to…

Coffee and pictures in the White House

Coffee and pictures in the White House There is nothing unusual about so-called Negro leaders being invited to state, federal and local government institutions to meet with newly elected politicians. Democrats do it. Republicans do it. Liberals do it. Conservatives do it. Politicians…

Reflections on my life of advocacy

Reflections on my life of advocacy March 2017 marks the 24th year this column has appeared in Black newspapers and periodicals around the world. It’s time to reflect, assess, evaluate, and decide whether to continue writing the column or bring it to…

Foreboding ‘Shelby’ ruling replaces hope of Selma

Foreboding ‘Shelby’ ruling replaces hope of Selma esseIn “A Tale of Two Cities,” Charles Dickens contrasted the plight of the poor in France with the lavish wealth of the aristocracy, the city of need with the city of greed. That harsh exploitation eventually…

Time for free tuition at HBCUs, public universities

Time for free tuition at HBCUs, public universities Black folks with nothing better to do were up in arms for a day about Kellyanne Conway’s feet buried in the Oval Office sofa messing with her phone while the presidents and chancellors of Historically Black Colleges…

Former first lady writes college letters of recommendation for ‘Black-ish star’

Former first lady writes college letters of recommendation for ‘Black-ish star’ EURWEB.COM When “Black-ish” star Yari Shahidi says she counts Michelle Obama among her supporters, the girl has receipts. The 17-year-old is currently applying for colleges and has revealed to W Magazine that the former first lady…

Banks to host ‘America’s Got Talent’

Banks to host ‘America’s  Got Talent’ BY LIBBY HILL LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS NBC announced on March 12 that Tyra Banks, creator and executive producer of “America’s Next Top Model,” will be replacing Nick Cannon as host when ‘America’s Got Talent’ returns for…

New documentary explores history of Black hockey players

New documentary explores history of Black hockey players BY SAMUEL JOHNSON SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER A new Canadian documentary looks at the history of Black athletes in ice hockey. The film, “Soul on Ice: Past, Present and Future,’’ by Kwame Mason, made its…

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…

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…

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…

Black actors make history at the Academy Awards

Black actors make history at the Academy Awards BY YESHA CALLAHAN THEROOT.COM Mahershala Ali literally set the tone for the evening as he walked onstage to accept the first award of the night. Ali, who won for best supporting actor in “Moonlight,’’ made history…

Actors discuss interracial love story that shook nations

Actors discuss interracial love story that shook nations BY TIRDAD DERAKHSHANI PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER/TNS Nelson Mandela said he was inspired by their love story, calling the nation they led “a shining beacon of light and inspiration to the rest of us in southern Africa.” Mandela…

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…

MARCH POLAR EXPRESS

MARCH POLAR EXPRESS An Eastern cool snap A late snow storm dumped half a foot of snow by 9 a.m. in New York City. Florida temperatures dropped in the 30s and 40s this week because of the same cold…

Facebook suicide aftermath

Facebook suicide aftermath Child was sexually abused, beaten BY CAROL MARBIN MILLER MIAMI HERALD /TNS MIAMI – For much of her too-short life, Naika Venant bounced between two parents: a birth mother who reportedly beat her without pity, left…

Membership triples for Democratic Socialists of America

Membership triples for Democratic Socialists of America BY MATT PEARCE LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS LOS ANGELES – Holding red and white signs, they protested outside Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s election party last week, demanding the city take a tougher stand against deportation. The…

Hate groups increase as Trump electrifies radical right

Hate groups increase as Trump electrifies radical right Muslims hit hardest with hate attacks as fear heightened among African-Americans, others. TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE The number of hate groups in the United States rose for a second year in a row in 2016 as…

Jury in Cosby trial to come from Pittsburgh area

Jury in Cosby trial to come from Pittsburgh area BY LAURA MCCRYSTAL PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE PHILADELPHIA – A jury from the Pittsburgh area will determine Bill Cosby’s fate at his sexual-assault trial, scheduled to begin in June, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.…

OBAMACARE REPLACEMENT 101

OBAMACARE REPLACEMENT 101 BY NOAM N. LEVEY TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – House Republicans have finally unveiled legislation to repeal and – just as important – replace the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare is complex. So, it shouldn’t be a…

TALLAHASSEE GOES BACK TO WORK

TALLAHASSEE GOES BACK TO WORK To serve and protect During Florida’s annual State of the State speech on March 7 in Tallahassee, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Orlando Police Chief John Mina and Orlando Police Officer Michael Napolitano were recognized for…

Serena withdraws from Miami Open tennis tourney

Serena withdraws from Miami Open tennis tourney COMPILED FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS The Miami Open’s star-packed field will be missing one marquee name. World No. 1 Serena Williams announced late Tuesday afternoon that she is withdrawing from the BNP Paribas Open in…

Only African-American in Trump’s Cabinet confirmed

Only African-American in Trump’s Cabinet confirmed Dr. Ben Carson will confront a national shortage in low-income housing as HUD secretary. BY JOHN FRITZE BALTIMORE SUN/TNS WASHINGTON – Retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson was confirmed by the Senate on March 2…

Carson sparks outrage after referring to slaves as immigrants

Carson sparks outrage after referring to slaves as immigrants FROM STAFF REPORTS Dr. Ben Carson is facing backlash, especially on Twitter, after his introductory remarks to HUD staffers on Monday referring to slaves that were brought to the U.S. on slave ships as immigrants. “There…

CUBA gets a little cheaper

CUBA gets a little cheaper Hotel costs are scheduled to drop for the spring and summer seasons BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MIAMI HERALD/TNS American travelers checking into Cuban hotels and dining at Havana’s more upscale private restaurants since the U.S. rapprochement with…

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…

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…

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…

Europe ponders how to manage without US

Europe ponders how to manage without US Foreign leaders dazed and confused over mixed messages from White House BY NICK WADHAMS AND MARC CHAMPION BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS WASHINGTON – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence flew out of Munich on Sunday, Feb. 19, leaving America’s…

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…

TALLAHASSEE GOES BACK TO WORK

TALLAHASSEE GOES BACK TO WORK

To serve and protect During Florida’s annual State of the State speech on March 7 in Tallahassee, Orange…

On the ballot?

On the ballot?

Court mulls voting rights amendment BY STEVEN LEMONGELLO ORLANDO SENTINEL / TNS ORLANDO – Desmond Meade of Orlando…

Former first lady writes college letters of recommendation for ‘Black-ish star’

Former first lady writes college letters of recommendation for ‘Black-ish star’

EURWEB.COM When “Black-ish” star Yari Shahidi says she counts Michelle Obama among her supporters, the girl has receipts.…

Banks to host ‘America’s Got Talent’

Banks to host ‘America’s  Got Talent’

BY LIBBY HILL LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS NBC announced on March 12 that Tyra Banks, creator and executive producer…