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Gretel and Gertie Dance Students Honor Legacy with Ritz Exhibit

The premier opening exhibit of the Gretel and Gertie Dance School honoring founders Mrs. Ernestine B.R. Cox Cox and Mrs. Pricilla Jones, was presented by former students and the Jacksonville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.  Former students of the prestigious local dance school  planned and implemented a memorable Sunday afternoon remembering the fine art of dance at The Ritz Theatre and Museum. Dancers ...

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Dupree’s Culminate Love at First Sight with Holy Matrimony

While enjoying a local carnival in March of this year with her grandsons, Tina Dupree sat down on a bench next to who would be her future husband, Orlandos Dupree. The strangers struck up a conversation which resulted in the intrigued Tina taking his business card.. Widowed for 18 months, Tina had been praying for a husband. Meanwhile, Orlandos had been praying for a wife as well.  Destiny prevailed and the ...

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Awards Shows Honors Hair Industry Shining Diamonds –

Veteran stylist Julia Leggett-Nelson hosted the inaugural presentation of, Shine Bright Like a Diamond Hair Awards, last weekend at the San Marco Theatre. The awards show, modeled after The Grammys, featured a champagne brunch, fashion show and live entertainment. The event celebrated the area's top stylists, with proceeds benefitting Hubbard House. "Stylists are different than other entrepreneurs, because ...

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With the Fall Elections Around the Corner “Voter Turn Out” Will be Critical

As I think about the challenge of the day – why voter turn out continues to be a major issue this election cycle – It reminds me of the movie, Groundhog’s Day. In the movie, a weatherman played by Bill Murray is doomed to repeat the same day over and over again. I feel like we all keep waking up and dealing with the same issue every other election cycle. How do we motivate people to do the right thing, the ...

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Obama Says He’ll stay in D.C. After Leaving White House

In less than a year, the Obama family will pack up and move out of the White House -- but President Obama suggested Thursday they might not be moving far. During a small lunch meeting in Milwaukee, the president told supporters: "We're going to have to stay a couple of years so Sasha can finish. Transferring someone in the middle of high school -- tough." Obama hinted in 2013 that the first few years of his ...

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Why we should never forget Black History Month

By Gwen Lang Jones A great philosopher once stated, “If you don’t know your history, you are likely to repeat it.” With this in mind, I reflected on my past, a similar path for which many of you have traveled. As a little Negro girl born and raised in the south in a cesspool of overt ignorance, bitterness, hatred, and outright racism, I was taught to love God, to do unto others as I would have them do unto ...

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Knowldge of Black History Can Wake Up America

February is once again upon us, signifying another month filled with a bevy of activities dedicated to Black culture and history. Many still ask, "Do we still need a Black History Month?" The question itself sounds redundant. How many times can you hear about George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, etc. and the other myriad of African- American Heroes and Sheroes? Obviously not enough. ...

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Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. Named NNPA Interim President and CEO

Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. a global business leader, educator, and longtime civil rights activist, was elected interim president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association at the group’s annual meeting here Wednesday, NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell has announced. Chavis is president of Education Online Services Corporation (EOServe Corp.), the premier provider of online higher education for Histor ...

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