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For bride Tezlyn Edwards and groom Rakeem Sylvester, love was unexpected! Teslyn invited her soon to be husband to church at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church and the rest was history. After courting for over a year the groom took the big step to ask for her hand in marriage.  The proposal was a social media coup! Rakeem hid the ring, silently retrieved his brides phone, took a picture of the ring and qui ...

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Multicultural eBooks Sparks Reading Interest in Kids

Frustrated because she couldn’t find books that her six-year-old African-American niece could relate to and enjoy, a Chicago-based entrepreneur created a company featuring a library of ebooks whose storylines, characters and uplifting messages mirror the lives, families and communities of Black and Latino children. It is the first time in publishing history that a minority firm has created an interactive di ...

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FSU NEWS: 2016 FLORIDA BOOK AWARDS COMPETITION OPENS WITH CALL FOR ENTRIES

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Book Awards has kicked off its 11th annual competition with a call for entries in 10 categories. Established in 2006 and now the most comprehensive state book awards program in the nation, the contest recognizes and celebrates the year’s best books written by Sunshine State residents with the exception of submissions to the Florida Nonfiction and Visual Arts categories, whose ...

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Alhambra Chef DeJuan Roy Wins Food Network’s “Dueling Dads”

In what can best be described as a "come from behind victory," Alhambra Theatre and Dining Executive Chef DeJuan Roy emerged the winner in a special Father's Day episode of Food Network's "Guy Fieri's Grocery Games." The "Dueling Dads" episode aired June 19. During the show Guy Fieri sends four talented chefs running through the aisles in a high-stakes, high-skills, grocery store cooking competition. The ch ...

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Essence Festival Brings Voices of Change to the Bayou

The 22nd Essence Music Festival was in full affect as millions of subscribers, fans, families and friends converged in New Orleans for a weekend of seminars, workshops, concerts and more! The annual music festival started in 1994 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence, has now become a worldwide festival that features topics focused on the African American Diaspora. This year talk ...

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“Survivor” Strikes a Cord of Truth & a Blow to Domestic Violence

By Rhonda Silver  - “Survivor” A True Story by Denise Jenkins James Conners was launched last Saturday at a book signing held at James Weldon Johnson’s YMCA. In her presentation she engages participants with vignettes of her soul stirring story of naivety, passion, abuse and how, by the grace of God she survived. An innocent and ambitious girl gambles on love and lost. “I wanted to share my experience of be ...

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#BeIntentional Women’s Breakfast: A New Movement, A New Day and A New Purpose

The inaugural “Be Intentional” Women's Breakfast was held June 25, at the Golden Corral on San Jose Blvd. #BeIntentional is a movement to encourage and connect women from various backgrounds to be more effective on building relationships, friendships and businesses. Guests are welcomed into a motivating and inspiring atmosphere filled with encouraging nuggets to keep you moving in the right direction whethe ...

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Miss Duval Honors LGBT Community’s Most Beautiful

The Ms. Duval Pageant 2016 was held June 19th, 2016 at the Firemens Auditorium. The theme of this year’s pageant was "Self Expression"featuring 10 contestants vying for the crown. Contestants competed in the categories of presentation, talent and evening gown. The Ms. Duval Pageant has been in existence for over 40 years. Pageant Organizer Marissa Armstead has been at the helm for the last 23 years, “It has ...

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Bold City Links Celebrate Friendship at Annual Cookout

The newest members of the Bold City (FL) Chapter of The Links Incorporated held their annual Friendship Cookout culminating a year of service and celebrating the additions of three new members to their friendship chain. Hosted by Barbara English, Brenda Ezell and Jeanine Ferguson, sisters enjoyed a gorgeous Florida day, festive decorations in their "custom" glass, great barbecue and a competitive game of "L ...

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Good Reads

Ray Lewis Ray Lewis, who won two Super Bowls rings as a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, has published his memoir, titled I Feel Like Going On: Life, Game and Glory,” in w-hich he discusses many aspects of his life, including the 2000 double murder of Richard Lollar, 24, and Jacinth Baker, 24, in Atlanta. Lewis was arrested for the murders but convicted of a misdemeanor. He paid the victims’ families a ...

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