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House backs governor in state attorney lawsuit

Scott’s removal of Aramis Ayala has drawn heavy criticism from African-American lawmakers and sparked outrage from…

A family court with a holistic approach

BY SHANA MEDEL ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – Kimberly Chimber only had one thought on her mind:…

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Ayala sues Scott over removal from cases

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala…

HUD chief gets stuck in Miami housing development elevator

BY RENE RODRIGUEZ MIAMI HERALD / TNS MIAMI – Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s…

‘Panama Papers’ project wins Pulitzer Prize

BY FRANCO ORDONEZ TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – The McClatchy Washington Bureau, the Miami Herald and…

Florida looks for answers on the opioid epidemic

BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Facing pressure to address drug overdoses…

Bar exam passage rate under 58 percent

Less than 58 percent of the people who took the Florida Bar exam for the first…

Judge to speak at Tampa law school’s commencement

WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus will host its spring commencement ceremony on April 15 at…

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Never to be forgotten In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pointed to a bullet hole…

Governor now a prosecutor

Scott takes murder cases away from Ayala BY DARA KAM AND RYAN RAY THE NEWS SERVICE…

State university leaders prepare for ‘block’ tuition

The basic premise is to provide a financial incentive for students to take more classes and…

Ethics panel to review Bondi-Trump donation complaint

BY GRAY ROHRER ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Commission on Ethics will hold a hearing…

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What kind of foolish hater are you?

What kind of foolish hater are you? Unfortunately, many children at one time or another say they hate one or both of their parents. This behavior is unacceptable. But it’s understandable for toddlers, adolescents and even immature teenagers. Maybe Mama told you not…

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 295

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 295 Bill O’Reilly is no longer a ‘Factor’ – It was about the money, not the sexual harassment charges.  Fox did cost-benefit analysis and dumped O’Reilly when advertisers dumped his show, a contagion that could spread to…

Trump joins Democrats in the ‘War Party’

Trump joins Democrats in the ‘War Party’ In 2016, Donald Trump turned the political world upside down, and not just because his victory prevailed against conventional wisdom. Trump claimed to want a new direction in foreign policy. Gone would be the trade deals…

Trump’s avoidance of Black Press reveals tense relations

Trump’s avoidance of Black Press reveals tense relations PAUL DELANEY GUEST COMMENTARY At the very beginning of the new administration, and probably in a moment of hubris, Omarosa Manigault, an aide to President Donald Trump, promised that the first newspaper interview with the new…

Black Lives Matter revives toxic ‘Black capitalism’ myths

Black Lives Matter revives toxic ‘Black capitalism’ myths There’s a box of odious and discredited myths that hold that African-Americans have less wealth and higher rates of poverty, joblessness and other negative social indicators because we ain’t thrifty, because we don’t save and invest…

Soros plows cash into controversial candidates

Soros plows cash into controversial candidates Liberal leftist billionaire George Soros thought he had won a big victory when his candidate for state attorney in the Orlando-based 9th Judicial Circuit, Aramis Ayala, won. A Soros political action committee reportedly spent hundreds of…

A misguided celebration of the MOAB

A misguided celebration of the MOAB Last week, the US military dropped the largest bomb in combat since it dropped a nuclear bomb on Nagasaki during World War II. This explosion had the American media in post-coital delirium. According to CNN, “The…

Keep your eyes open as America prepares for war

Keep your eyes open as America prepares for war One of the greatest signs that there is a chance of a war is the preparation for a war! Historically, when Western or other nations want to invade, attack or colonize a nation that is less…

MLK and Obama: Two diametrically opposed legacies

MLK and Obama: Two diametrically opposed legacies Editor’s note – The following is an edited version of remarks delivered by Glen Ford at a panel discussion on April 3 organized by World Beyond War at New York University. When we invoke the memory of…

Decision to bomb Syria was dangerous, deceptive

Decision to bomb Syria was dangerous, deceptive Fifty-nine cruise missiles. When Donald Trump ordered the attack on Syria, he made an impetuous decision, turning his previous commitment to stay out of the Syrian civil war and focus on ISIS on its head. He…

PRINCE ROGERS NELSON, 1958-2016

PRINCE ROGERS NELSON, 1958-2016 One year ago this week In this file photo, Prince performs “Purple Rain” as the opening act during the 46th Annual Grammy Awards show on Feb. 8, 2004 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Prince…

Family theme helps fuel ‘Fate & Furious’ films

Family theme helps fuel ‘Fate & Furious’ films BY JEN YAMATO LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth installment in Universal’s “Fast & Furious” series, sped to more than $100 million domestically and $532.5 million internationally — notching the biggest global…

‘Black-ish’ star Deon Cole has lots of irons in the comedy fire

‘Black-ish’ star Deon Cole has lots of irons in the comedy fire BY NINA METZ CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS When I caught up with comedian and “Black-ish” co-star Deon Cole recently, he was in Arlington, Texas, for a stand-up gig. I couldn’t hear him clearly at first. “Oh, I’m sorry,”…

New York choreographer taking ‘Citizen’ to Miami

New York choreographer taking ‘Citizen’ to Miami Reggie Wilson’s “Citizen,’’ by his Fist & Heel Performance Group, will be presented in Miami on April 21 and 22. The dance group, founded in 1989 by the noted New York City-based choreographer, draws from the…

Greene, Mann rack up Stellar Awards

Greene, Mann rack up Stellar Awards Artists pick up six honors each during gospel awards show SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Some of the biggest names in gospel received high honors at the 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on March…

Ballerina discusses food and shyness in new book

Ballerina discusses food and shyness in new book BY MOIRA MACDONALD SEATTLE TIMES/TNS Misty Copeland’s remarkable story is the sort you can imagine depicted by a skilled novelist; her life, in the words of a 2015 “60 Minutes” report, is “the embodiment of the…

CHARLES EDWARD ANDERSON BERRY / 1926-2017

CHARLES EDWARD ANDERSON BERRY / 1926-2017 Hail, hail rock ’n’ roll! In 2011, a statue of rock music legend Chuck Berry was dedicated during ceremony in University City, Mo., that Berry attended. Berry died March 18 at age 90. Click here to…

Jazz in the Gardens

Jazz in the Gardens Not just another music festival BY LISA ROGERS CHERRY FLORIDA COURIER When asked why they came to the 12th Annual Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival, attendees of the Miami Gardens event had many different responses.…

Remembering Chuck Berry, ‘Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll’

Remembering Chuck Berry, ‘Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ BY FREDERICK H. LOWE TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE Chuck Berry, who died on March 18, was held in such high esteem as the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” that rock royalty often played backup in his…

‘Love Jones’ showcased different side of Black life

‘Love Jones’ showcased different side of Black life BY TRE’VELL ANDERSON LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Before “Love Jones,” Black romance on the big screen was hard to come by. Sure, “Mahogany,” starring Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams, paved the way in 1975. Since then,…

FAILING GRADES

FAILING GRADES Maybe many of Florida’s cities, counties and publicly-traded companies don’t believe in hiring a diverse workforce or doing business with Black-owned businesses and media outlets. Or maybe they just don’t want to talk about it. SPECIAL…

PRINCE ROGERS NELSON, 1958-2016

PRINCE ROGERS NELSON, 1958-2016 One year ago this week In this file photo, Prince performs “Purple Rain” as the opening act during the 46th Annual Grammy Awards show on Feb. 8, 2004 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Prince…

State House apologizes for abuse, racism

State House apologizes for abuse, racism School and law enforcement atrocities cited FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS TALLAHASSEE – On Tuesday, the Florida House of Representatives recognized and apologized for the state government’s collaboration and involvement in two notorious incidents in Florida’s…

NAN to host first major gathering of Blacks since Trump era

NAN to host first major gathering of Blacks since Trump era TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE The National Action Network (NAN), led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, will convene its annual national convention from April 26-29, describing it as “the first major gathering of African-Americans in the Donald…

‘YOU THE JURY’ / FOX NETWORK

‘YOU THE JURY’ / FOX NETWORK Crump on national television  …

Ayala sues Scott over removal from cases

Ayala sues Scott over removal from cases BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala is suing Gov. Rick Scott in federal and state courts over her removal from nearly two dozen death-penalty cases, including…

HUD chief gets stuck in Miami housing development elevator

HUD chief gets stuck in Miami housing development elevator BY RENE RODRIGUEZ MIAMI HERALD / TNS MIAMI – Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s two-day visit to Miami – his third stop on a national listening tour – started with a big glitch. Carson,…

Civil Rights Act ruling for LGBTQ raises questions of law’s intent

Civil Rights Act ruling for LGBTQ raises questions of law’s intent BY KURTIS LEE LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS The decision last week by a federal appeals court that said the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ employees from workplace discrimination raises questions about the intent of the…

‘YOU’ ARE NOW FOR SALE

‘YOU’ ARE NOW FOR SALE While many Americans are distracted by President Trump’s tweets and baseless accusations, he and the GOP are trying to gut environmental protection, consumers’ rights, digital privacy and police oversight. COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS WASHINGTON –  Here’s…

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. Never to be forgotten In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pointed to a bullet hole in a St. Augustine hotel he stayed in while protesting racial segregation there.  King was targeted for death from the…

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…

‘YOU THE JURY’ / FOX NETWORK

‘YOU THE JURY’ / FOX NETWORK

Crump on national television  …

Ayala sues Scott over removal from cases

Ayala sues Scott over removal from cases

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala is suing…

Family theme helps fuel ‘Fate & Furious’ films

Family theme helps fuel ‘Fate & Furious’ films

BY JEN YAMATO LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth installment in Universal’s “Fast &…

‘Black-ish’ star Deon Cole has lots of irons in the comedy fire

‘Black-ish’ star Deon Cole has lots of irons in the comedy fire

BY NINA METZ CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS When I caught up with comedian and “Black-ish” co-star Deon Cole recently, he…