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B-CU student drowns in Daytona Beach

B-CU student drowns in Daytona Beach

School investigating hazing rumors BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS FLORIDA COURIER “He was my best friend.” Those were the first words Bethune-Cookman University student Devonte “Squirrel” Lampkin said to the Florida Courier on Wednesday, just days after the drowning death of 22-year-old Damian “Dame” Parks, who was a fellow student at the Daytona Beach-based historically Black […]

A Florida Courier exclusive:  BICYCLING WHILE BLACK

A Florida Courier exclusive: BICYCLING WHILE BLACK

The overwhelming majority of traffic tickets from the Tampa Police Department for ‘illegal bicycling’ are issued to African-Americans. Editor’s note: The editors of the Tampa Bay Times (TBT) are sharing this exclusive report with the Florida Courier. Below is a condensed version of a special report that will be published in the printed version of […]

‘WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW?’

‘WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW?’

Bethune-Cookman University’s sixth president believes he’s moving the school in the right direction, despite questions from alumni and others. BY JENISE GRIFFIN MORGAN FLORIDA COURIER DAYTONA BEACH – A controversial $72 million residence hall project, the creation of a community development corporation without its board of trustees’ knowledge, and recent on- and off-campus shootings with […]

Fewer gassed, less force

Fewer gassed, less force

But will fewer inmates die? BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones plans to bar the use of chemical agents on prisoners with histories of respiratory ailments and is changing procedures to reduce the use of force on severely mentally ill inmates. The changes to […]

PERCY TYRONE SLEDGE / 1940-2015

PERCY TYRONE SLEDGE / 1940-2015

‘Baby, please don’t treat me bad’ In this file photo, singer Percy Sledge performed at the Rock’ N’ Roll Hall of Fame’s 20th anniversary induction gala dinner in 2005, the year he was initiated into the Hall. Sledge, whose most popular song was “When A Man Loves A Woman,” died Tuesday. (NICOLAS KHAYAT/ABACA PRESS) Click […]

Florida activist honored for technology and social justice work

Florida activist honored for technology and social justice work

COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS WASHINGTON, D.C. – David Honig, a longtime civil rights activist and media advocate with deep ties to Florida, was honored for his dedication to ensuring that communities of color have equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from critical new media and telecom services. Honig, the co-founder and immediate past president […]

DEPARTMENTAL DISGRACE

DEPARTMENTAL DISGRACE

Florida legislators refuse to take strong measures to control the violently dysfunctional Florida Department of Corrections despite the arrest of White supremacist prison guards who plotted to kill a Black ex-inmate. COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS Thomas Jordan Driver – a Florida prison guard until last week – is getting a taste of life on the […]

Unarmed, shot dead

Unarmed, shot dead

S.C. cop charged with killing fleeing Black man COMPILED FROM STAFF REPORTS NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – A South Carolina police officer was charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed Black man after police obtained a video that showed him unleash a volley of gunfire while the victim ran away, officials said. North […]

2015 NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

2015 NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Huskie women celebrate in Tampa The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team erupts in celebration after defeating Notre Dame, 63-53, Tuesday in the NCAA Championship game at the Amalie Arena in Tampa. It is UConn’s 10th national women’s basketball championship. (CLOE POISSON/HARTFORD COURANT/TNS)

Ferguson City Council will include three Blacks

Ferguson City Council will include three Blacks

BY STEPHEN DEERE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / TNS FERGUSON, MO.– For the first time in Ferguson’s 120-year history, its city council will have three Black members. Perhaps the most significant aspect of the results for the Ferguson City Council election was that 30 percent of the city’s 12,738 registered voters cast ballots – more than […]