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Three Generations of DeVaughns Celebrate the Life, Love and Legacy of “Daddy and Daughters”

The home of Tillis Q. Devaughn recently served as the backdrop family and friends to recognize three birthday milestones: Tillis Q. DeVaughn (father, 50 yrs), Tiana Unique Curry (daughter, 30 yrs) and Tillisa Q. DeVaughn (daughter, 27 yrs). The birthday soirée guests enjoyed Saturday college football and a catered meal of baked chicken, fresh greens, macaroni and cheese, salads, and three cakes! Father Till ...

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Ribault Class of 74 Celebrates 40 Years

This weekend, Jean Ribault’s graduating Class of 1974 held their banquet for the 40th year reunion at UNF’s Adam Herbert Center. The banquet was a part of three days of fun filled activities which began Friday, August 22, with a “Summer Bash,” Saturday afternoon was the “Trojans Family Picnic,” and Banquet. Music, dancing, comedy, singing and stepping set the tone for the evening. The reunion celebration co ...

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Ms. Rometa Porter Rings in her 74th Birthday with A “Happy New Year” Celebration

Daughters, Sharon Porter-Thompson, Tanzy E. Howard and Syleste R. Porter showed up and showed out with exquisite decorations and framed portraits filled with family and friends memories.  A bevy of food was enjoyed by the guest, while the DJ played the hits of eras gone by and today’s top 40.  Ms. Romerta Porter was employed as a nurse for over 40 years; she’s a member of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Eta P ...

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How to Change Your Image

by Valecia Weeks Why do we care about how we look? Since the beginning of time, we as women have concerned ourselves with our appearance and how physically attractive we are. However, in these modern times the normal concern of caring about how we present ourselves has turned into an obsession for far too many women. In today’s media, “thin-is-in”. Unfortunately several of us measure our body image on how w ...

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Jamboree on Avenue B

The Northside Community Involvement, Inc. held a Jamboree on Avenue B to raise awareness and funds to support the services provided by Northside Community Involvement, Inc. which provides services for “low or extremely low income” children, families and other individuals. The fundraising carnival included a variety of free events for kids and adults. NCI’s programs include: NCI Child Development Center, NCI ...

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Solomon-Nowan Nuptials

As the sun rose on Monday, July 7, at 6:30 a.m., in front of family and friends, Josephus Nowan and Miriam Solomon married at Stockton Park and spoke vows of trust. Josephus and Miriam meet through a mutual friend and began chatting online and eventfully became friends and next came marriage. With a combined family of 4 children, Josephus and Miriam look forward to many years of wedding bliss. Josephus is a ...

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Remembering Freedom Summer

The Ritz Theatre and Museum presented “Remembering Freedom Summer,” a conversation with Charles E. Cobb, Jr. and Rodney L. Hurst. On the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, two long time activists and authors shared stories from the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement. The historians and storytellers reflected on this pivotal time in our nation’s history followed by a Q ...

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Rev. Al Sharpton Surprised with Icon Award at Essence Festival

Rev. Al Sharpton was honored yesterday during the Essence Festival with the Icon Award. Rev. Sharpton was surprised in front of a packed house at the Superdome in New Orleans with the award acknowledging his service as one of America’s greatest civil rights heroes. The Icon Award was presented during a touching tribute to his work by three women whose lives he has impacted by bringing their stories to natio ...

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Applications Open for the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy

High school students nationwide can now apply at www.disneydreamersacademy.com to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine, the innovative, outside-the-classroom, educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.  Entering the search for its eighth class, Disney Dreamers Academy continues to hold true to its mission to inspire a ...

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Natural Hair Care Gets its Day in Court; National Legal Initiative Puts State Cosmetology Laws in the Crosshairs

Arlington, Va.—What occupation is so dangerous that it requires more than 1,000 hours of classroom instruction before a student is allowed to work? Neither EMTs nor firefighters undergo so much training—but thanks to a tangled mess of state cosmetology laws, that is what 24 states require in order to practice the craft of natural hair braiding. The Institute for Justice (IJ), a nonprofit public interest law ...

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