It is painful for African Americans when we realize we have been left out or written out of books and museums that tell the stories of the very communities we live and helped to build. We notice when we are not there. However, while we are waiting to be included, there is something anyone can do. We can collect tomorrow’s history today because it arrives every week in our local African American newspapers and/or magazines.
Try this – every time these publications report “a first”, clip and save it. A few years from now, your clipping becomes historic. Before you know it, you have documented a decade of black history. Frankly, I was surprised I found a couple of firsts in just a few minutes within the clippings I was processing. I learned from the Florida Sentinel Bulletinthat in June 2016, USF just graduated their first black salutatorian and first black woman to receive a Ph.D. in Applied Physics, Cristen Thomas and Jasmine A. Oliver, M.S., respectively.These articles are now a part of my “Local Firsts” collection.
With the expansion of syndication in Urban Radio formats, there is no way that you can convince me that those syndicated radio programs have helped to serve the captive audience that those programs allegedly are supposed to serve. While there may be arguments for some redeeming "entertainment" substance (or what I call "intellectual Novocain") for that programming which is necessarily disconnected to the actual communities that those syndicated shows allegedly serve (because they are not local and cannot address local community matters), the expansion of syndication in Urban Radio formats, along with the utter destruction of the licensing purposes of those Urban Radio Formats, and utter destruction of the ancillary staffing and the destruction of employment opportunities for air talent and others (college educated journalists for example) has created a devastating employment fallout as well, resulting in a continued tidal wave effect on that format and business since the Telecommunications Act of 1996 passed by Congress.
By James DeShay Kelly Annie Conway is anomaly. She is very equipped to be a mouth piece for Donald Trump. Ms. Conway is able to see the positive in everything her present boss does or plans to do. I find it difficult to believe she has fallen for the rhetoric hook , line and sinker. She is a major part of the Donald Trump wheel that unrooting the progress that has been made by people of color.
On Monday, January 9th, 2017 a great champion of the African-American community was slain in the line of duty. The outrage was immediate and the village went into a state of mourning. How could Lt. Debra Clayton be dead? She was a part of our culture and our clan. She was born and raised here. When she chose to go to college, she stayed in Orlando and went to UCF. She is the one who held the marches and was a faithful servant. She had been on the force for 17 years and was a jewel of pride. The community loved Lt. Debra Clayton just as it loved Belvin Perry, Sr. and Arthur Jones before her. These two dedicated officers have been enshrined in Washington Shores with bronze statutes.
By Jill-Capri Simms Excerpt from the new book “I Am”
We had just completed pre-recording this week’s edition of Liberating Truth Radio. Typically, I send my guests their interview questions about a week in advance. Yes, it might seem “stagey”, but the preparation formula helps me and the interviewee relax and keep on track to meet the broadcast timeframe. After all, 30 minutes will seem like 30 seconds once we get started.
By Attorney Pam Keith PICTURE THIS: January 2017, two days before the inauguration of President Hillary Clinton: President Barack Obama comes out to a gathering of press and makes the following announcement: