National News

Why Do Black Moms Make Us Eat Black-Eyed Peas On New Year’s Day?

     Ahh…I can smell it now. The buttery aroma of black-eyed peas simmering away in Mom’s special crockpot as she gears up to stir in a generous helping of rice. Now, if your family is anything like mine, you’re left sitting eagerly until about 7 p.m., when the entire meal is done, to sink your teeth into the traditional staple, but one thing’s for sure. Boy, do we love some black-eyed peas! It’s a tasty dish you’ll find in most Black households during the holiday season. Heck, all year round, if you’re lucky. But why do black moms always feed us black-eyed peas to start the New Year? […]

Local News

Micro Preemie Heads Home for the Holidays

     After 111 days in the hospital, micro preemie Jaylen is graduating from the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital in Fort Lauderdale and heading home for Christmas! Micro preemie refers to babies born who weigh less than 750 grams or before 26 weeks of gestation. Jaylen was born at 23 weeks gestation weighing 430 grams. […]


Florida’s Stores are the Front Lines of Tobacco Control

Through point-of-sale marketing, the tobacco industry manipulates retail environments to increase sales and tobacco use. The tobacco industry spends about $9.5 billion a year to market its products through-out the United States, and approximately $614.2 million of that budget is spent in Florida.1 Strategies that restrict advertising, limit the number of retailers in neighborhoods, and prohibit price discounting can help reduce tobacco use and its negative health outcomes.2 […]


Sistrunk Community Heritage

     For Broward County, the Black cultural oasis is inarguably the Sistrunk Boulevard community. The Sistrunk Business Corridor (Sistrunk Blvd) is named after Broward County’s first Black physician, Dr. James Sistrunk, born in 1891. To his credit, he persevered through the Jim Crow era and garnered an M.D. degree.  […]

Local News

Uniquely Designed

Everything has purpose. Everything has a place. Everything has a unique energy. Everything functions as it is designed to. Although all of these statements are true, and most people are familiar with the idea, we don’t always apply the concept to our lives and our interactions with people. It is obvious that we do not drink sea water when we are thirsty. Although it is water, we know that underneath it contains a makeup that is toxic to the body when ingested in large quantities. […]

National News

Philander Smith College Receives Largest Donation In Its 134-Year History

The Little Rock-based institution was awarded a $2.5 million endowment, marking the largest individual gift the school has received in its 134-year history. The donation—which was given by an anonymous donor—will help fund Philander Smith College’s Generational Access and Affordability Pro-gram (GAAP). The initiative is designed to eradicate socio-economic barriers that impact access to higher education. The program aims to take a holistic approach to addressing the individual needs of students, so they don’t have to rely on student loans to advance their education. Research shows HBCU students are disproportionately affected by loan debt burdens. […]