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BREAST CANCER JOURNEY IN MIDDLE EAST CHRONICLED IN BOOK

BREAST CANCER JOURNEY IN MIDDLE EAST CHRONICLED IN BOOK

BREAST CANCER JOURNEY IN MIDDLE EAST CHRONICLED IN BOOK  

      On Saturday, February 17th, Barnes and Noble on West Shore Blvd. in Tampa, hosted a book signing for Ronnie Laughlin. Ronnie is the author of An Atypical Journey-Facing Breast Cancer Alone in the Middle East with God and My Tribe. Ronnie tells her story of how she navigated her breast cancer diagnosis during the pandemic while living and working in the Middle East. She drove herself to chemo because of pandemic restrictions. Ronnie persevered and wrote a book that chronicles how she was able to keep moving forward; survive and thrive during this episode in her life. The book signing was well attended by many former colleagues and students, friends and family. Her book, as well as the companion book My Appointment Notebook (the cancer patient takes this to appointments to keep track of medical information) is available on Amazon. Joining her at the book signing were: Janae Rosario, Dr. Daphne Thomas, Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez, Theo Valentine, Dr. Deirdre Cobb-Roberts, Ronnie Laughlin, book author; Clemmie Perry, Colette Glover-Hannah, Mikki Chambers, Achille Laurenceau, and Claudine Ja-Laurenceau. (Photograph by BRUNSON)

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PASTOR AND PEOPLE SECOND YEAR CELEBRATION BRUNCH

PASTOR AND PEOPLE SECOND YEAR CELEBRATION BRUNCH

 

       The Beulah Baptist Institutional Church Pastor and People Second Year Celebration Brunch was held on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant. The theme of the celebration was, “Leadership Worth Following,” Hebrews 13:7 (NIV). Frank Crum was the Master of Ceremonies, and the keynote speaker was Mr. Lee Rainer, President and Chief Executive Officer, LR-Associates, LLC. Pastor Alan Harris is the Lead Servant. Members of the Host committee were: from left, Kim Brown, Cynthia Sumay-Eaton, Lillian Dupree, Sandra Davis Myers and Annette Pelermon. (Photograph by Ricky Roberts)

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS MENTORING COLLABORATIVE

 

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS MENTORING COLLABORATIVE

 

        Hillsborough County Public Schools held its first HCPS Mentoring Collaborative Breakfast on Saturday, January 13th. The HCPS Mentoring Collaborative is the vision of and falls under the leadership of Mr. Owen Young, Chief of Student, Family, and Community Engagement. The collaborative is led by our Volunteer Services Department, under the leadership of Debra Blossom. In attendance were, seated: Owen Young, Chief of Student, Family, & Community Engagement, Nadia Combs, School Board Member, Karen Perez, School Board Chair, Henry Washington, School Board Member, Stevonia Allen, Executive Director, Transformation Network, and Debra Blossom, Asst. Department Manager, Volunteer Services and Organizer of Event. Standing from left to right: Marie Whelan, Chief of Staff, Romaneir Johnson, Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Tracye Brown, Chief of Student Support & Federal Programs, Anna Corman, Hillsborough Education Fund, Dr. Felita Lewis, Executive Director, SFACE, Jaraux Washington, Elevate Tampa Bay, and Ralph Johnson, Elevate Tampa Bay. (Photograph by BRUNSON)

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YAYA, NEW SOUL FOOD RESTAURANT HAS OFFICAL GRAND OPENING

YAYA, NEW SOUL FOOD RESTAURANT HAS OFFICAL GRAND OPENING

YaYa Southern Cuisine, a new soul food restaurant in East Tampa, held its Official Grand Opening ceremony on Saturday, January 6, 2024. The restaurant is located in Eastgate Shopping Plaza at 22nd St. and E. Hillsborough Ave. (2301 E. Hillsborough Ave.). Among staffers on hand to greet you are in front: Mary Hardy, Laverne Lynn Madir, (AKA YaYa), Fahkir Hardy, Antonae Johnson and Kristian Doward Hardy. From left, Gerard Cummings, Quiana Johnson, Senovia Johnson, Kyshan Johnson and DJ Worm, Tampa. (Photograph by BRUNSON)

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MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1966 CELEBRATED 75thBIRTHDAYS/CHRISTMAS

MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1966 CELEBRATED 75thBIRTHDAYS/CHRISTMAS

  

      The Middleton High School Class of 1966 celebrated their 75th birthdays and Christmas Party on December 1st. Seated on the front row, left to right: Estella Clark, Charlsetta Arline, Rhudine Hopkins, Verlyn Crumpton, Jackie Dupree, Chairperson; Harold Rice, Elaine Johnson, Christine Moore, and Carolyn Brooks. Standing, second row, left to right: Fred Hearns, Annie Robertson, Paulette Andrews, Carolyn Williams, Tyrone Brown, Carolyn Russ, Cynthia Few, Rubin Padgett, Mary Hobley, Barbara Curry, Linda Arenas, Ophelia Ball, Rhutelia Bradford, Joyce Harris, and Eva James.  Third row, standing, left to right: Fredrick Chatham, Curtis Walker, Elizabeth Lewis, Linda Roberson, Blanch Turner, Carolyn Watkins, Linda Hodges, and Milton Early.   Not shown, Gary Ellerson. (Photograph by BRUNSON)

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MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1967 HAS CHRISTMAS PARTY

MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1967 HAS CHRISTMAS PARTY

 

      The Middleton High School Class of 1967 held its Christmas Gala on Saturday, December 9, 2023, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Riverview/Brandon/Tampa. Among the classmates who attended were: 1st row (left to right), Arnold Cousin, Mattie Brown Smith, Sandra K. Livingston, Sandra Lester Barr, Ouida Brown, Linda L. Williams, Shirley Sherman Wilson, Verna Lewis Jordan, Pamela Scott Edgecomb, Cheryl Williams Collins, and Kenneth Andrews. 2nd Row (left to right): Debera Devard, Ruthie Durr Sampson, Deborah Jones Harris, Barnell Edward, Linda J. McCray, James Haywood, Willie C. Miller, K C Williams, Deborah Washington, Louis S. Culpepper, Roseland Wilson Scriven, Howard Rich, Osa Crawford Russell, Vivian Davis Franklin, Linda McMillan Adejumo, Jacqueline Williams Jones, and Clarence Mann. Absent from the photo:  Charlene Anderson and Ora B. Johnson Williams. (Photograph by George Streets, Streets & Streets Photography)

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TAMPA’S BUFFALO SOLDIERS PRESENT HARLEM NIGHTS GALA

 

TAMPA’S BUFFALO SOLDIERS PRESENT HARLEM NIGHTS GALA

  

       Remembering the movie ‘Harlem Nights,’ the Tampa Buffalo Soldiers wanted to enjoy some of the same fun they had in the movie. They donned outfits from those times and headed to Centro Asturiano de Tampa Event Venue for an evening of music, dancing and conversation. Seated, left to right: Renee Minnefield-Black, Claudia Mathews, President Patricia Mosley, Maria Reed, Antionette Stokes, and Latrenia Bryant. Back row, left to right: Frank Bell, Jr., Sean Arter, Derrick Dixie, Arnold Mathews, Christopher Bailey, Bernard Reed, Marchant Stokes, Dennis Reddick and Letitia Williams. (Photograph by BRUNSON)

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TAMPA (FL) CHAPTER OF THE LINKS, INC. HOLD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY

TAMPA (FL) CHAPTER OF THE LINKS, INC. HOLD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY

  

       On December 3, 2023, the Tampa (FL) Chapter of the Links, Inc., hosted their annual Christmas Party at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. Seated left to right are Renee Lee, ESQ., Marsha Lewis Brown, Sonjia Little, Bren McKenzie, President Judge Julie Sneed, Demoris Rhodes, Janice Carter-Collier, and Phyllis Lee. Standing are Yolanda Amos, Christmas Party Co-Chair Ekecia Grayson, ESQ., Diana Allen-Quin, Dr. Sharon Andrews Gray, Patsy Greene, Priscilla Howard, Dr. Annazette Housten, Paula Sheehy Snow, Dr. Lori  Taylor, Judge Barbara Twine-Thomas, Liz York Cohen, Kristina James, Beverley Hartsfield, Elita McMillon, Carla Wills, Marlena McClure, Jean Gordon, Kim Price, Gloria Lewis, Mary Dance, Christmas Party Co-Chair Dr. Marketa Wills, Sandra Farragut Hemphill, Dr. Chamain Moss-Torres, Gloria Williams, Tanzee Miller, and Kia Blythe. (Photograph by Douglas Black Photography)

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BLACK HISTORY CURATOR FRED HEARNS CELEBRATES 75thBIRTHDAY

 BLACK HISTORY CURATOR FRED HEARNS CELEBRATES 75thBIRTHDAY

 

       Charles F. (Fred) Hearns celebrated his 75th birthday with family and friends at Ybor City’s Al’s Finger Lickin’ Soul Food Restaurant. Hearns turned 75 on November 28th. Joining Hearns in this photo are his 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Seated left to right are: Cassandra Franklin Hearns, honoree Fred Hearns, special friend, Gloria Shellman, and Charles F. (Ricky) Hearns, Jr. Standing, left to right: Charaneka Johnson, Markell Westbrooks, Kiaus Collins, Marianna Westbrooks, Marcel Hearns, Mia Hearns and Alex Hearns. (Photograph by BRUNSON)

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