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Sickle Cell Association Continues Fight and Education with Annual Banquet

A celebration of support for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Northeast Florida Chapter was held this weekend at St. Paul A.M.E. Church. Nearly two hundred friends and well-wishers of families with Sickle Cell Anemia gathered to honor those who work to make the organization a community success. President Ben Greene, whose daughter’s heroic struggle with Sickle Cell adorns the scholarship name, “warned ...

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NAACP Files Lawsuit Over Flint Water Crisis

BALTIMORE, Md.— Attorneys with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People have filed a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of people and businesses affected by the failure to provide safe drinking water to the city of Flint, Michigan. The civil suit filed in U.S. District Court alleges that the state of Michigan, many city and state officials and two engineering firms hired to evaluat ...

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AKA’s Mobilize to Beautify Youth Playground

Alpha Kappa Alpha’s 1908 Playground Mobilization Day was held last weekend at Mt. Herman Exceptional Student Center. OOver 45 members of the Gamma Rho Omeg Chapter participated in the beautification of the playground area located on Francis Street, yards from the sorority’s historic house on 8th street. Playground Mobilization Days are a part of a global campaign, started by the first sorority for African-A ...

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Free Workshop Helps to Break the Chain of Homestead Loss in the Black Community

by Jeanine Ferguson Did you know that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 80% of land owned by Black Americans has been lost since 1910? The major contributing factor to this tragedy is not having a will in place at death. Many homeowners don't realize that if they die intestate (passaway without a will), their property may not go to their heirs. When a homeowner dies without a will, the stat ...

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Gretel and Gertie Dance Students Honor Legacy with Ritz Exhibit

The premier opening exhibit of the Gretel and Gertie Dance School honoring founders Mrs. Ernestine B.R. Cox and. Pricilla Jones, was presented by former students and the Jacksonville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Former students of the prestigious local dance school planned and implemented a memorable Sunday afternoon remembering the fine art of dance at The Ritz Theatre and Museum. Dancers performed ...

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Florida Senator Marco Rubio Joins Jax Mayor and Officials on Walk Through Jacksonville Housing Project

By Sebastian Kitchen U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio last week called for a federal criminal investigation into the Tennessee-based owner of the Eureka Garden and Washington Heights subsidized apartment complexes in Jacksonville. Rubio toured the 400-unit Eureka Garden complex and called conditions there “atrocious” and “clearly not habitable for humans.” Joined by City Council member Garrett Dennis, Mayor Lenny Curr ...

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Tony Awards Marks Historic Year for Diversity on Broadway

By Joan H. Allen Two Black productions, “Hamilton” with 16 nominations and “Shuffle Along” with 10 nominations, lead the pack for the prestigious Tony awards for 2016. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” has not only been the hottest ticket on Broadway it has topped the most nominations for any production, breaking all records in Broadway history. Fresh off “Hamilton’s” Grammy and Pulitzer Award wins, Tony and ...

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Many Veterans Have Made the Ultimate Sacrifice – Even in the Face Inequality

I recently saw a sign about our veterans that said, “We honor your sacrifice, remember your service and appreciate our freedoms.” That pretty much sums it up right? We can thank the men and women who serve, fight and sacrifice for this country every single day so that we can have the freedoms that make us the best country in the world. “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his count ...

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Lyin’ Donald is the Biggest Liar

By George E. Curry George Curry Media Columnist When Senator Ted Cruz was running for president, Donald Trump, now the presumptive Republican nominee, enjoyed referring to him as “lyin’ Ted Cruz.”  At one rally, he said, “Lyin’ Ted Cruz – L-y-i-n-dash.” Actually, he should have said “apostrophe” instead of “dash,” but accuracy is not important to Trump. Fact checkers have determined that of all the presiden ...

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Education is the Great Equalizer, Part I

Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford “Education is the quintessential way in which people move beyond the circumstances of one’s birth,” Isabel Sawhill. Ms. Sawhill is absolutely correct. For too many years we have been ignoring this fact. Booker T. Washington understood it and preached it throughout the South until his untimely and mysterious death in 1915. He not only stressed that education was essenti ...

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