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“Broward Means Business” initiative offers free Loan Seminars

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief is proud to announce the Business Loan Seminar Series. This is a primary component of the Mayor’s “Broward Means Business” initiative and is designed to increase awareness about the State of Florida’s loan programs for the benefit of small businesses. There will be six free seminars conducted by subject matter experts throughout Broward County begi ...

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President Obama’s Budget Proposal Includes $50 Million for Fort Lauderdale’s Wave Streetcar Project

FORT LAUDERDALE - U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently announced that President Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget includes a recommendation to provide approximately $50 million for Fort Lauderdale's Wave Streetcar project. The project is being managed by the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), in partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale, the Downtown Development Authori ...

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Senator Geraldine Thompson Florida Legislators announce two new Bills to protect the right to vote

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Pushing back against repeated state actions to restrict voting, today a group of Florida legislators announced two new bills to comprehensively protect the right to vote: The Florida Voting Rights Act (SB 1246 and HB 1079), co-sponsored by Senator Geraldine Thompson (D-Orlando) and Representative Reggie Fullwood (D-Jacksonville), would prohibit any voting procedures that discriminate on ...

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Brian C. Johnson for West Park City Council

Brian C. Johnson for West Park City Council ...

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NAACP spends lion’s share of Image Award ad budget with non-Black media What could they be thinking?

By Natalie Cole Our Weekly Publisher and CEO   The primary and most trustworthy source of news and information to Black Americans has been and continues to rest in the bosom of the Black Press. So why is it that in the year of our Lord 2014—during Black History Month no less—the NAACP needs to be reminded that the Black Press is interested in the “Advancement of Colored People” too, everyday? What woul ...

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U.S. Voting Hurdles Remain

US VOTING Rep. Keith Ellison is leading drive to guarantee right to vote. By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent   WASHINGTON, D.C.  (NNPA) – If you thought that the United States Constitution guaranteed your right to vote, think again. “While the right to vote is inherent throughout our founding document, and there are amendments prohibiting discrimination, nothing in the Constitution explicitly gu ...

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Black Meetings Making History in Greater Fort Lauderdale

By Kitty Oliver   Broward County turns 100 years old in 2015, marking a century of dramatic racial and economic change for African Americans.  In that time the area has evolved from a rustic, almost uninhabitable frontier into the most diverse multi-ethnic urban area in the country, rivaling Queens County, NY. Milestones of local progress include the planned transformation of the Sistrunk Corridor in F ...

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Four Questionable Claims Obama Has Made on NSA Surveillance

By Kara Brandeisky ProPublica President Obama announced last week some limited reforms to National Security Agency surveillance programs.  Since the first disclosures based on documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Obama has offered his own defenses of the programs. But not all of the president’s claims have stood up to scrutiny. Here are some of the misleading assertions he has made. ...

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THE DEMOCRATIC BLACK CAUCUS OF FLOIRDA BRINGS THE “FLORIDA SPEAKS TOUR” TO MIAMI

In light of recent events in the state of Florida, The Democratic Black Caucus of Florida, the office of State Senator Dwight Bullard, and Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials have come together to launch the “Florida Speaks Tour” scheduled to make its stop in Miami, Florida on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at St. Agnes Episcopal Church . The Florida Speaks tour is a series of town hall assemblies ...

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Hastings Introduces Resolution Recognizing People of African Descent and Black European Leaders

(Washington, DC) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement after introducing a resolution in recognition of people of African descent and Black Europeans, and outlining concrete steps for the United States to take to help address racism and discrimination in Europe “An estimated seven to ten million individuals of African descent currently live in Europe, particularly in Franc ...

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