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All Work No play: The Rico Kennedy Story

     Kennedy is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is a graduate of Dillard High School. While putting up amazing stats for the Panthers, he was told by Division I scouts he did not pass the “eye test”. This would not be the first taste of adversity that Rico would face. After graduating and beating the odds, Rico attended West Point for a year before taking a year off from football as a whole. […]

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ACLU Petitions Court to Vacate Wrongful Convictions of Jamaican Fishermen

 The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Florida, and the law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP have filed a petition requesting a federal court to vacate the unconstitutional convictions of four Jamaican fishermen who were secretly detained at sea for more than a month on four U.S. Coast Guard ships, without due process and in inhumane conditions. While a separate lawsuit challenges the unlawful secret and abusive detention of the men at sea, the grounds for the current petition, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, are that the Court lacked jurisdiction to prosecute the men in federal court in Miami. […]

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     The recent news of the president’s encouragement of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to block Representative Ilhan Omar and Representative Rashida Tlaib from visiting the Israeli occupied West Bank and Jerusalem reminds us of our country’s long history of “whitelisting” people who speak out about their political beliefs. The news mirrors what happened over fifty years ago, when actress Eartha Kitt was forced to leave the country in order to find work after voicing her opposition to the Vietnam War. She says, “No, I wasn’t blacklisted. I was whitelisted.” […]


The Narrative of a Slave Woman

Latoya Lain, soprano Casey Robards, piano Saturday, September 21, 2019 The Venetian Salon at JKV John Knox Village Village Centre auditorium 6:00 pm Reception 7:00 pm Salon Concert 8:15 Champagne with the Artists VAS/JKV Members […]


The Back 2 School Kickback and Summit

     Hundreds of students joined by their grateful parents received all the back to school supplies they will need to get them off on the right foot for the upcoming school year thanks in part to the efforts of the New Mount Olive Baptist Church, the Westside Gazette Newspaper, and numerous vendors representing public and private interest. The Back   2 School Kickback and Summit took place Saturday August 10 at the church. The event also provided haircuts, health screenings, food, and entertainment. […]