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Nick Cannon Leads BLM Protest Outside RNC Accusing Both Parties of ‘taking our votes for granted’

The grio On Monday, Nick Cannon led a Black Lives Matter protest outside of the Republican National Convention and spoke out against both the Republican and Democratic party for failing to listen seriously to black Americans. “We want to be respected. We want to feel safe. We want the American Dream,” Cannon said. “You are messing with our peace of mind. We can’t operate as Americans when we can’t walk outs ...

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8,000 People Open Accounts At Black-Owned Bank In Atlanta

In the weeks following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, more and more influencers, like Solange and Killer Mike, have started to #BankBlack and have transferred their money into black-owned banks. Now, a historic black bank in Atlanta has seen a spike in business. In just five days, 8,000 people have submitted applications to join Citizen’s Trust Bank, according to 11 Alive. “It’s a tremen ...

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Jacksonville Chapter Wins Chapter of the Year at Delta Regional Conference

Members of Jacksonville (FL) Alumnae was selected Chapter of the Year in the Large Category during the 45th Southern Regional Conference of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Held at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Florida July 14-17, the conference welcomed more than 3.000 members from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Bahamas. The Jacksonville (FL) Alumnae Chapter has ...

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Jax Students Bring Home the Medals for NAACP ACT-SO

Last week hundreds of students from the country converged on Cincinnati, Ohio to participate in the annual National Association of the Advancement of Color People (NAACP) Afro-Academic Cultural Technological - Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) competition. The competition, now in its 38th year, included nine students from Jacksonville. ACT-SO precludes the historic civil rights organization’s annual convention. ...

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U.S. Olympic Champion Gabby Douglas Gets Her Very Own Barbie Doll

  Gabby Douglas has two gold Olympic medals to her name, multiple world championships, and now her very own look-a-like Barbie doll. She is currently training for the upcoming Olympics in Brazil, and toy maker, Mattel, decided to celebrate her success at the U.S. gymnastics team’s trials with a Barbie of her likeness. She told People magazine, “I’m so excited. My older sister and I used to play with Ba ...

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Dallas Shootings A Tragic End To Week Of Police Violence; But Where Do We Go From Here?

Michael H. Cottman, BlackAmericaWeb.com Hours after Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, loaded a high-powered rifle and meticulously shot 12 Dallas police officers –killing five — a lawyer friend sent me an email saying: “Sooner or later, someone was going to shoot back.” He was right. My friend was not condoning the shootings — and cold-blooded murders — of the Dallas police officers, but he was echoing years of dee ...

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Dr. Michael Mitchell Among New AME Leadership Elected as 134th Bishop

At its 50th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference, which is the supreme body of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, local Pastor, Dr. Michael Mitchell has been elected its 134th Bishop following a six year petition for one of the historic denomination’s highest offices. Dr. Mitchell was chosen to succeed Bishop R.V. Webster as pastor of Saint Stephen AME in 1992 after he was elected Bishop. Dr. ...

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Local Produce Market Opens at Main Bus Station

Conquering the ever growing problems of food deserts in the urban communities, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) and the I’m A Star Foundation joined together to launch the Rosa Parks Produce Market at the main bus station. As partners, I’m A Star will operate a weekly market featuring healthy, fresh and local produce for sale every Friday at the Rosa Parks Transit Station starting Friday, Jul ...

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Cong. Brown Vows to Fight 24 Count Indictment

I’m looking forward to my day in court to vindicate myself,” said Congresswoman Corrine Brown in front of Jacksonville’s Federal Courthouse that she helped provide funding for. The statement was made to news media and supporters who had gathered en masse for a first glimpse of the long term congresswoman after she heard a 22 count indictment from the FBI to which she pled not guilty. The criminal counts inc ...

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Black Lives Matter Protests Continue in Jacksonville and Across America

After a weekend of confrontation, sporadic violence and arrests during protests against the police shootings of black men, the mother of one of the victims has appealed for calm. Valerie Castile, mother of Philando Castile, one of two Black men killed by police last week in separate shootings, released a statement urging “all people to remain peaceful in all demonstrations throughout our community and our n ...

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