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Jack & Jill Inducts 13 New Mothers into Organization Centered on Families

by K. Huyghue The Jacksonville Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated recently welcomed thirteen new members to the national charitable community service organization comprised primarily of African-American families. The initiation ceremony of new members and the celebratory dinner took place at Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and was attended by sixty-five guests. Over the ...

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Dr. Claudette Bryant Makes History With Earning PhD at 80

The newly draped Dr. Claudette Bryant invited friends and family to celebrate with her Saturday, May 23, 2015 her graduation from Zoe University where she received her Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Counseling. After seven long years of study at Zoe University. She bore another distinction in this graduating class, she was the oldest student to graduate from the school. At 80, Mrs. Bryant says she prayed ...

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Dr. Barbara Darby Celebrates 45 Year Career and Retirement

by Lynn Jones Dr. Barbara Darby and family held a retirement celebration to recognize and honor her professional career that spanned 45 years of continuous employment. Over 250 guests came together to pay tribute to a woman whose meaningful and impactful work has touched the lives of many, first as a nurse, then as a College educator and administrator. Friends and family were eager to praise Dr. Darby for h ...

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Girlfriends Begin New Tradition of an Early Start on Mothers Day

Last weekend a group of local ladies got together and celebrated their Mother's with a surprise early Mother's Day Brunch that included a Red Carpet with paparazzi photos as the Mother's arrived at the home of Randy and Gina Gallman-Peterson, who hosted the event. The idea was the brainchild of hostess Gina Gallman-Peterson, who wanted to do something special to surprise, celebrate and honor Mothers (both l ...

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Don’t Believe the Hype: Myth of the ‘Absent’ Black Dad Refuted

By Jazelle Hunt WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Contrary to the myth, though Black men are more likely to live apart from their children than Whites, they are more involved in the lives of their children than Whites and Hispanics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. The report covers a sample of sample of 10,403 men aged 15–44 years from 2006-2010. It is true that Black dads are more likely to live apart ...

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AMG’s “Sip & See” Educates Guest on Hair Care and HIV/AIDS Awareness

Ann Grimsley of AMG Uptown Salon held a “Sip & See” for clients to visit the salon and preview AMG’s services and the upcoming Ultimate Runway Fashion Show. The 6th annual fashion show showcases upscale fashions from local and national designers. Proceeds from the fashion show benefit HIV/AID’s. The 2015 Fashion show is slated for Saturday, June 27th which coincides with National HIV Testing Day. Models ...

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Chevarra Orrin Birthday Celebration Highlights Life, Love, Family and Music

Local civic activist Chevarra Orrin was feted with a birthday party from her husband, local restaurateur and advertising guru Marlon Hubbard. The private birthday celebration of life was well attended with friends, family and guests from out of town.  Musician Tony Henry serenaded Chevarra with his smooth songs of R&B, while DJ LS One rocked the house with musical blasts from the past! Pictured smiling ...

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Delta Sigma Theta Masquerade Ball Provides Evening of Elegance

Approximately 350 formally clad revelers enjoyed a special evening on Saturday, February 28th as they celebrated Mardi Gras at the "Masquerade In Elegance" Formal Ball hosted by Team "Victoryus" of the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The festivities, which took place at the Adam W. Herbert University Center, kicked off in style at 7:30 p.m. as guests entered the affair to th ...

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Raines Auxiliary Earn Superior Ratings

The Raines Platinum Vikettes (dancers) & the Raines Spinning Divas (color guard) participated in the district solo & ensemble evaluation and both squads received SUPERIOR ratings! In fact they both received “A” ratings in all three categories: Repertoire, Excellence & General Effect. An “A” with Superior Ratings is the highest level obtainable! This is a great accomplishment for our bands auxili ...

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Proud Parents Witness Lee All Star Signt to Georgia Southern

Curtis Paul Rainey, age 18 will graduate from Robert E, Lee High in June of 2015. Last week Curtis signed his letter of intent to attend Georgia Southern University. Curtis is the captain of the football and basketball team and a member of the track team. The talented teen proudly boasts a 3.2 grade point average and is also a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church where he serves as president of the Usher Board ...

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