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Edward Hall Celebrates 80th Milestone Birthday

At the end of October, the Hall family celebrated the 80th birthday of Edward Willie Hall, husband to wife Dr. Dolores Levy-Hall for 55 years. The surprise birthday celebration was organized by their five children and held at the Hilltop Club in Orange Park, Florida. Approximately 50 persons were in attendance. Upon the entrance, the room was decorated in white and highlighted with green, black, and white b ...

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Patrice McConnell Holds 40th Birthday Masquerade Party

Patrice McConnell was celebrated in a big way at her 40th Birthday Masquerade Gala. It was a well planned catered event with over a hundred guests. The party was loaded with entertainment provided by local band Fonix Movement, DJ Cedric Turner of CLT Productions and comedian Terry T Harris. The event was held at Friday Musicale on October 30. It was a reunion of friends, co-workers and loads of fun with fam ...

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“Grant Park” by Leonard Pitts, Jr.,

 Open mouth, insert foot. Maybe it doesn’t happen often, but there are times when you have a knack for saying what’s on your mind at precisely the wrong time. You can’t un-say things, though, especially if you mean them but as you’ll see in the new novel “Grant Park” by Leonard Pitts, Jr., at least those words won’t kill you. In his heart, Malcolm Toussaint was always an activist. The son of a Memphis sanit ...

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Childrens Author on A Mission to Educate and Empower Black Youth with Collection of Animated Stories

In a social climate where the value of black lives in America is often questioned, one author has elected to draw on history to remind today’s youth of their powerful origins. Barbara Solomon, founder of Adzua Arts and author of the Princess Kamala book series, has for several years dedicated her work to creating animated children’s books that offer enjoyable storylines and share valuable and empowering les ...

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BBQ Maven in Town to Encourage Seafood Consumption

The Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) recently launched a national three-year public health education campaign and white paper in Hemming Plaza focused on solutions for incorporating more seafood into Americans’ diets to improve heart health. US dietary guidelines recommend eating at least two servings of seafood per week, but a recent USDA study revealed only 10 percent of Americans follow the guideline. ...

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First Coast Community Outreach Program Inspires and Educates

By C.S. Bennett People attending the recent First Coast Community Outreach Program at the Salem Center, were treated to an inspirational collection of speakers who gave insight to their personal triumphs and their love of country. The program began with a selection of songs by 10 year old songstress Julliana Carangue who brought the house down with her rendition of the Negro national anthem: “Lift Every Voi ...

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Shamsid-Deen Wedding Nuptials

The former Miss Quiana Scott and Waleed Shamsid-Deen were joined in marriage on September 27, 2015, at the Casa Marina, Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The bride, Quiana Scott currently living in Atlanta, Georgia is the daughter of Jacqueline Rochester and Ronald Hawkins and Michael Scott and Charlene Scott. The bride wore a Vera Wang gown and was joined by five bride attendants and groomsmen. She is a graduat ...

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110-Year Old Says Secret to Long Life is 3 Beers a Day.. and a Shot of Whiskey

By Aria Ellise Agnes Fenton was 110-years-old as of Aug. 1, 1905. That’s a great accomplishment, right? Something that many of look forward too. And with that long life, the majority of us think that she had to have some special diet or exercise regime. However, she doesn’t view her astonishing longevity as a big deal. “The birthday is just another day,” she said of the superspecial day, now come and gone, ...

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‘Inside Ferguson’ Book Goes Inside the Tragedy

If timing is everything, public relations professional and native Memphian Devin James’s recently released memoir “Inside Ferguson: A Voice For The Voiceless” may be the must read book of the season, and potentially a primer of our times. The book was Aug. 14th thru Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other Internet outlets. A compelling promo video is available on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Pzig ...

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Buzzwords Used to Describe African-Americans Seen as Harmful

Whether in print, on television or on social media, people are increasingly using code words or phrases to describe African Americans. “Urban” is now the politically-correct term for black people, neighborhoods or style of dress; “thug” is sometimes code for the n-word; and the term “ethnic” may be used in fear of referring to someone as black. There are also phrases such as “that’s ghetto,” something negat ...

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