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Too Smooth’s 1st Annual Juneteenth Divine 9 Comedy Jam Set For June 22nd

Too Smooth’s 1st Annual Juneteenth Divine 9 Comedy Jam Set For June 22nd

Too Smooth

 

      The excitement continues as we present the outstanding fraternity comedians set to perform at the TOO SMOOTH 1st Annual Juneteenth Divine 9 Comedy Jam on Saturday, June 22, 2024. Plan to attend the event at Chamberlain High School, 9401 North Blvd., in Tampa, Florida, for an evening of side-splitting laughter, community spirit, and cultural celebration featuring comedians from the Divine 9 fraternal organizations.

     The event will feature the comedic talents of four phenomenal men representing their respective fraternities:

     Braddy Bobb – Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated

     Hailing from the illustrious Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Braddy Bobb is known for his sharp wit and infectious energy. His comedy transcends boundaries, bringing a unique perspective that resonates with audiences of all backgrounds. With a knack for turning everyday situations into comedic gold, Braddy Bobb is sure to leave the crowd in stitches.

     Meech Dog – Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated

      Representing the dynamic Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Meech Dog brings a bold and unapologetic style to the stage. His humor tackles social issues with a clever twist, providing both laughs and thought-provoking commentary. Meech Dog’s powerful presence and relatable humor make him a must-see act at this year’s Juneteenth Comedy Jam.

     Eric Kimbrough – Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated

    From the esteemed Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, Eric Kimbrough offers a refreshing and authentic comedic experience. His storytelling prowess and quick wit have earned him a loyal following. Eric Kimbrough’s ability to connect with his audience on a personal level ensures an evening of laughter and joy, celebrating the spirit of Juneteenth.

     Demond Cherry – Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated

     Representing Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, Demond Cherry is known for his quick wit and engaging storytelling. His humor is relatable and often draws from his personal experiences, making his performances both entertaining and heartfelt. Demond’snatural charisma and ability to find humor in everyday situations make him a standout act, guaranteed to bring laughter and joy to the audience.

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated

     We are excited to announce that Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated, will also be represented at the Juneteenth Comedy Jam. Stay tuned as we reveal the name of their featured comedian.

        The Juneteenth Divine 9 Comedy Jam is more than just a comedy show; it’s a celebration of culture, unity, and community. This event provides an opportunity for members of the Divine 9 and the broader community to come together, share in laughter, and honor the significance of Juneteenth.

      Doors open at 6:00 PM, show starts at 7:00 PM

      Tickets are available now, with special group discounts for parties of 20 or more. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable evening of comedy and celebration. Secure your tickets today and join us for a night that promises to be filled with laughter, camaraderie, and cultural pride.

      For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite (www.eventbrite.com) or contact TOO SMOOTH directly at 813-244-7474.

 

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Seniors For Biden-Harris Event In Wimauma

Seniors For Biden-Harris Event In Wimauma

     South Shore Democratic Board Member and 913 Precinct Captain, Donald Hampton and 933 Precinct Captain, Joyce Hamilton attend Seniors for Biden-Harris Launch in Wimauma, FL.

     Hillsborough County Democrats, State Representatives Dianne Hart and Susan Valdés, and South Shore Democratic Club President Fran Bodman, held a phone banking, postcard writing, and voter engagement event to kickoff Seniors for Biden-Harris in Florida — a national organizing coalition to mobilize key communities around what’s at stake for American seniors in the 2024 election.

     The speakers highlighted the contrast between the Biden-Harris administration’s work to protect American seniors — including reducing the cost of prescription drugs, capping the price of insulin at $35 for seniors and strengthening Social Security and Medicare — with Donald Trump’s plans to raise costs for seniors.

     Trump recently said he’d cut Social Security and Medicare, floated cutting retirement benefits, would repeal President Biden’scaps on the price of prescription drugs, and wants to terminate the ACA, which would raise costs for countless Florida seniors. In Florida, over 4 million seniors rely on Medicare and Social Security for their health and financial security.  Following Trump’s lead, state-level Republican initiatives have sought to weaken health care coverage and promote junk insurance plans, further endangering the wellbeing of Floridians.

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After 6 Months At State Hospital, St. Pete Man Back In Court For Competency Hearing

After 6 Months At State Hospital, St. Pete Man Back In Court For Competency Hearing

TAYLEN MOSLEY

PACHUN JEFFERY

THOMAS MOSLEY

 …Accused of their deaths

     Thomas Mosley is accused of stabbing Pashun Jeffery more than 100 times in March 2023 in St. Pete. She was found in her apartment and her son, two-year-old, Taylen was found a day later in a lake close to Mosley’s mother’s home. Police said evidence puts Mosley at both scenes.

     Thomas was in court last Friday (June 14) for an update on his second competency hearing. He was sent away to a State hospital in late 2023 to be evaluated. Jeffery and Taylen’s family was in the courtroom Friday wearing shirts with pictures of the mother and son.

      Dr. Theresa L. Ascheman Jones who evaluated Mosley at the facility, testified that she found Mosley competent to proceed in January.

       There will be more testimony from doctors at the second half of the competency hearing next Friday (June 21st). That’s when the judge is expected to decide if Mosley is competent to stand trial.

     Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Mosley has pleaded not guilty.

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Gentlemen’s Quest Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Scholarships

Gentlemen’s Quest Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Scholarships

 

   Scholarship recipients: Jalen Thomas, Telvin Mexile, Dominic Caines, Robert Stone, Jr., Nicolas Nina, Donovan Terry, and Jeremiah MarQuel Preesley.

          News Anchor Deanna King, Mellissa Moore, Gentlemen’s Quest Executive Director, Tavis Myrick, And HCSO Colonel, Anthony Collins.

     Telvin Mexile, Excellence in Education. 1st Place Scholarship Recipient

($5,000).

 

 

BY MONIQUE STAMPS

Sentinel Staff Writer

   Gentlemen’s Quest, a community-based mentoring program for young men, just celebrated its 10th Anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, over 150 people including Hillsborough County Commissioner Gwen Myers and Hillsborough County School Board member Nadia Combs, attended an Awards Gala.

    Since 2014, GQ has been instrumental in helping numerous students navigate high school and college life and achieve their academic goals.

      Twelve graduating seniors were honored with scholarships of $500 to full ride scholarships.

     The organization’s Executive Director and founder, Tavis Myrick says that the gala supported academic accomplishments and the fact that the organization has had a zero % recidivism rate and 100% graduation rate for the 10th consecutive year.

      “At Gentlemen’s Quest, our mission is clear; to empower and support young men in becoming productive members of society,” said Myrick.

    “Through mentorship, guidance, and financial assistance, we strive to equip our students with the tools they need to succeed in college and beyond.”

   GQ Mother Juana Jackson and her son, Jeremiah, agree that GQ has been a godsend.

   Jeremiah says, “Mr. Myrick has been there for me through hard times, and I am so thankful for his leadership.”

   Mrs. Jackson states that she was inspired by the gala, saying that the “speakers really encouraged the young men.”

    Tina Thomas, mother of Hillsborough High School student Jalen Thomas, certainly agrees with the success of GQ, saying, “My son has been a part of GQ for 2 years, and GQ has been a great inspiration.”

     “The impact that we have had in our community is immeasurable. We remain dedicated to uplifting our youth, and we will continue to serve as a beacon of hope and opportunity for generations to come,” Myrick said.

   For more information, please visit the GQ website here: https://gqtampa.com.

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Family Members Attend Ordination Service

Family Members Attend Ordination Service

      Johnny Watson was joined by several of his family members, co-workers and friends when he was ordained a Deacon at Friendly Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, May 26, 2024.

 

      Johnny Watson was joined by several of his family members, co-workers and friends when he was ordained a Deacon at Friendly Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, May 26, 2024.

 

     In attendance with Deacon Watson are his daughter and granddaughters, Cierra Davis, Arianna Addison and Khloe Garrett (toddler).

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Appeals Court Blocks Firm Founded By FAMU Grads From Awarding Grants To Black Women

Appeals Court Blocks Firm Founded By FAMU Grads From Awarding Grants To Black Women

ARIAN SIMONE

…CEO, Fearless Fund, FAMU Grad

  

     A panel on the U. S. Court of Appeals in Georgia ruled last Monday that an Atlanta-based venture capital firm should be temporarily blocked from issuing $20,000 business start-up grants to businesses owned by Black women, saying that doing so would probably discriminate against business owners of other races.

     The panel was composed of three judges including two Trump appointees.

     The Fearless Fund, a VC firm dedicated to funding businesses founded by women of color, led by CEO and founding partner Arian Simone, a FAMU graduate, had established the Fearless Strivers Grant Contest to provide financial support to underrepresented entrepreneurs. However, in an opinion released on Monday, the appellate court ruled that the program is “substantially likely to violate” Title 42 of the US Code, which ensures equal rights under the law and prohibits the use of race when awarding and enforcing contracts.

     The court ordered a federal court in Georgia to enter a preliminary injunction, effectively halting the fund’s grant application process while the case continues to be litigated. The ruling also stated that the fund’s program is unlikely to be protected by the First Amendment.

     Simone expressed her disappointment with the court’s decision, calling it “devastating” and emphasizing the impact on young women of color. She also criticized the ruling as sending a message that diversity in corporate America and education should not exist.

     The decision is seen as a victory for Edward Blum, an anti-affirmative action legal strategist who filed a lawsuit against the fund last August on behalf of his group, the American Alliance for Equal Rights. Blum, who was instrumental in the Supreme Court case that dismantled affirmative action in college admissions, expressed gratitude for the court’s ruling.

      However, Eleventh Circuit Judge Robin Rosenbaum dissented, arguing that Blum’s lawsuit is akin to an athlete “flopping” on the field to draw a foul. She criticized the portrayal of the members’ alleged injuries as nothing more than a legal ploy without genuine interest in participating in the contest.

     The Fearless Fund’s initiative was designed to address the underrepresentation of Black women in the business world, where there are few Black and women CEOs on the Fortune 500 list.

 

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School District Offering Summer Programs; Enrollment Ends June 14th

School District Offering Summer Programs; Enrollment Ends June 14th

BY MONIQUE STAMPS

Sentinel Staff Writer

 

    This summer, Hillsborough County Public Schools is offering programs in multiple areas, including reading camps, outdoor water adventure camps, algebra boosters, STEM, cyber security and performing arts, among many others to the students of Hillsborough county.

     Although the summer school session has started, students can still enroll this week from June 10, 2024, until June 14, 2024, according to Ross Anderson, Community & Educational Advocate for the Hillsborough County School District.

     “We have the facilities and bandwidth to help many, many children this summer. This is crucial to ensure that our kids have any chance for success.”

         In addition to the above opportunities, there is also an opportunity for students who completed high school but did not receive a diploma.

      Anderson says that students that received a certificate of completion (COC) will have the opportunity to take the tests that prevented them from getting their diploma.

    COC is awarded to students who have completed all requirements for the standard high school diploma, including a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, except for passage of the state approved graduation test or concordant and/or comparative score.

    Because COCs aren’t official diplomas, they don’t carry the same credentials that a regular diploma or GED does.

     “They can call their school counselor or Hillsborough School’s Adult education department. There are offerings for test prep and opportunities for those students to take the test again, and get their diplomas,” Anderson emphasized.

   “We are all working hard for the young people of Hillsborough County, and we want them to be successful,” Anderson stated.

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Black History Book Club Explores: ‘In Peace And Freedom’

Black History Book Club Explores: ‘In Peace And Freedom’

BERNARD LAFAYETTE, JR.

 

June 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – FREE

     The Black History Book Club invites Tampa Bay residents to join its sessions, emphasizing an inclusive approach to learning and discussion. Participation is free, and the initiative serves as a platform for individuals to deepen their understanding of Black history and culture through literature.

     The club will explore significant works reflecting the African American journey, from historical accounts to personal memoirs and critical essays.

     Upcoming readings include:

  • June 24:“In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma,” by Tampa native, Bernard LaFayette, Jr.
  • 26:“Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People” by Atty. Ben Crump

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14-Year-Old Charged With Manslaughter After Accidentally Shooting Brother

14-Year-Old Charged With Manslaughter After Accidentally Shooting Brother

AMIR WILLIAMS

 

      A St. Petersburg teen, 14 years old, has been charged with manslaughter after he accidentally shot his 11-year-old brother while playing with a gun in their home. The child, identified as Amir Williams, was found with a gunshot wound. He later died from his injuries while inside the home.

In addition to second-degree manslaughter, the teen is also charged with second-degree delinquent in possession of a firearm, after an earlier offense of grand theft motor vehicle.

     According to reports, the child’s two siblings, his sister, 13, and brother, 14, were present in the house when the 14-year-old, who was playing with the gun, accidentally shot the boy, on April 26, 2024.

     The weapon, which the teen found in an alley, had been reported stolen on April 24th. However, the parents had no knowledge of the weapon being in the home.

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