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Public Market Opens in Historic Eastside

In the planning stages for more than a year, Groundwork Jacksonville announced the new Jacksonville Public Market, launching September 10, 2016. The Jacksonville Public Market will bring a wide range of family and nutritional programs, live entertainment, chef demonstrations, master gardener consultations, headline speakers, and youth entrepreneurial activities to the Eastside, exposing the neighborhood’s h ...

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Motown The Musical Star Delights in Performing for Family in Jax !

For one week,  Motown The Musical held centre stage at the Times Union Moran Center, where Motown music lovers enthusiastically sang in unison hits of the Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder and the entire Motown roster. Motown fans were able to take a peek inside the life of Berry Gordy’s empire, his family and his heartbreaking relationship with singer, songwriter, actress and reco ...

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Preparing Young Black Males for Success

St. Paul AME hosted the Sons of Allen dedication of 80 shirts and ties to the 5,000 Role Model of Excellence program. Former senator and community trustee Tony Hill led the call for donations to the program. “The goal for this project was 500 shirts, we are 100 short. We’re asking the community to help us reach our goal; you can drop them off at WCGL. We are in need of white long sleeves shirts Large, XLarg ...

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Yates Family Celebrates Decades of Community Leadership

The OneJax Institute, formerly known as the national Council of Christian and Jews, celebrated their 2016 Humanitarian Awards ceremony honoring those who have demonstrated commitment to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups in our community. The 2016 awards honorees represented a broad cross-section of community trustees and leaders. Jacksonville native and Aerospace pioneer Alton Yates re ...

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Student Apprentice Chefs Learn Early the Value of a Culinary Career

Café Liberation,  a one year culinary training program for at risk youth ages 15-19, recently presented A Night of Exquisite Service sponsored by  Krumpin 4 Success Inc. The youth in the local program receive instructional support, enabling them to achieve their full potential as young adults.  The Café Liberation four course dining experience was held at the Westbrook Community Center. Invited guests were ...

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EWC Recruiting Students for the Black Male College Explorers Summer Program

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Edward Waters College (EWC) is currently enrolling students for the 2016 Black Male College Explorers Summer Program. The EWC Black Male Explorers Program is an at-risk prevention/intervention program designed specifically to prevent black males from dropping out of high school; facilitate their admission to college; and significantly increase their chances of earning a college degree. ...

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Sheriffs Office Honors First Black Femal Corrections Officer, Mary Frances Griffin Sparks

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office posthumously honored the city’s first black female corrections officer during a ceremony Thursday March 31st in the Patrol Assembly Room located on second floor of the Police Memorial Building. The family and friends of the late Mrs. Mary Frances Griffin Sparks participated and kindly accepted the award. A lifelong resident of Jacksonville, Mrs. Sparks, who retired after 17 ...

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Jacksonville Links Celebrate Love for HBCUs

The Jacksonville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated celebrated the rich history and great traditions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities this month. In support of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s “I Love My HBCU Month”.  The chapter recognized important people and events in HBCU history and highlighted the contributions that HBCUs play in preparing future leaders through social media and cha ...

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Community Baby Shower Gifts New Mothers

 UF Shands “Little Miracles” 16th annual community baby shower was held Saturday, April 2nd in the Shands Resource Learning Center. Hundreds of mothers, families, doctors, nurses and local non-profit organizations were on hand to provide pre-natal information, pamphlets and after birth next steps aspects of pregnancy. The event takes place three times a year on the first Saturday of April, August and Decemb ...

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Alhambra Provides Theater Lovers a Professional Muscial Rendition of Broadway’s “The Wiz”

By Lynn Jones - Appearing at the Alhambra till April 24th is “The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical,” a glorious musical retelling of Frank Baum’s “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” set in the context of African-American culture. With an infectious, funky-soul score and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, The Wiz brought renewed relevance to a timeless classic. The 1975 Broadway production was like nothing Broadway had ever seen, an ...

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