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Sickles Students Posting Derogatory Statements On Social Media

Sickles Students Posting Derogatory Statements On Social Media

Students giving finger signals while holding a derogatory sign.

 
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BY GWEN HAYES

Sentinel Editor

 

     Two students from Sickles High School posted some derogatory information on social media, seemingly aimed at African-American students. The information posted seems to have something to do with the prom. The Sentinel received information and the photos via email on Thursday, April 11, 2024. We’re not sure when the post was made.

    In another of the same post, information and names have been added, stating that, “Yo sickles kids wild for this.” The post names Sean Lee, Ava Kmiec and Breanna Dazebrink as those who thought the “prom proposal was super funny!” It adds, “Make sure to repost and email FSU! Muahhh no college.” Those who made the poster added what appears to be a slice of water melon and possibly chicken wings.

     Two students in the post are at someone’s home where the social media was taken.

     The Sentinel was unable to find out the reason for this post. We reached out to Sickles Principal Ms. Krista Luloff and left a message with her secretary on Tuesday.

     School Board member Henry “Shake” Washington said he, too, had been sent that email posting. His comment on the posting, “we have to respect each other.”

     We also reached out to the School District and received this statement from Tanya Arja, Chief of Communications for the District: “Administrators swiftly addressed the incident as soon as they were made aware. Our district does not condone this behavior. We cannot share any other information as student discipline is a private matter.”

     Through various sources, the Sentinel learned that the Sickles students involved were suspended for 3 days and banned from attending the prom.

Administrator And Student In Altercation

 

     The Sentinel also learned about an incident at Lennard High School. An administrator or teacher was physically involved in an altercation with a student at the school. The Sentinel has not been able to gather details about the altercation.

     School Board member Washington said the Superintendent and his staff would deal with that type incident.

     Regarding this particular incident, Arja said, “This incident is under review by our Office of Professional Standards.”

     Lennard’s Principal, Ms. Denise Savino, was not available, but a message was left with the secretary.

     At press time Wednesday, we had not head back from the principals.

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Tampa’s Alpha Chapter Celebrates 79 Years Of Service

Tampa’s Alpha Chapter Celebrates 79 Years Of Service

   Left to right. Andrew Francis, Landus Pemberton, George South, Denzel Brown, Dwayne Ifill, Bust of C. Blythe Andrews, Jason Grundy (Chapter President), Rank Carter, Steve Smith, Gabriel Solomon, and Nicholas Walker.

     Carrying bricks to identify the founders of Tampa’s Alpha fraternity: Andrews, Martin, Burney, II, Ervin, Yates, Avery, and Cousin.

 

     The Gamma Zeta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., seated in Tampa, Florida, recently celebrated 79 years of service with a meaningful march to the bust of the late C. Blythe Andrews. Brothers C. Blythe Andrews, F. B. Martin, I. H. Burney, II, P. A. Ervin, Roland Yates, Eugene L. Avery, and S. A. Cousins received the charter that established Gamma Zeta Lambda chapter as the 172nd House of the fraternity on March 21, 1945.

      During the celebration which took place on March 21, 2024, the brothers of Gamma Zeta Lambda Chapter marched from the parking lot of Tampa General Hospital to the Riverwalk area where the bust of C. Blythe Andrews is located.

     The celebration was led by Chapter President Jason Grundy through a ceremony of remembrance and recommitment, honoring the attributes of each of the chapter chartering members. The event culminated in the brothers posing for pictures with the bust of C. Blythe Andrews and joyfully “stepping” in celebration of the chapter and Fraternity.

        Since the chartering, the Gamma Zeta Lambda chapter has been an active member of Tampa’s Black community, advocating for Civil Rights, Education and Voting Rights.

      Additionally, the chapter partners with other charitable organizations such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters, American Cancer Society, Alzheimer Association and the March of Dimes/March For Babies to make a positive impact in the community.

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Single-Car Crash In Roundabout Leaves 1 Man Dead, 2 Women Hospitalized

Single-Car Crash In Roundabout Leaves 1 Man Dead, 2 Women Hospitalized

 

The single-car vehicle that crashed in the roundabout landed into a tree in the center of the roundabout, that has since been removed.

 

     All parts of a Tampa roundabout were closed until Thursday afternoon after a fatal and fiery morning crash.

      Tampa police found a man dead when they responded to a single-car crash at 4 a. m. in the roundabout at the intersection of North 40th Street and River Hills Drive.

     The car was engulfed in flames and two adult females who were also involved were transported to local hospitals. One of them had serious injuries, police said.

     The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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Sources: U.S. Basketball Finalizing '24 Paris Olympics Roster

Sources: U.S. Basketball Finalizing ’24 Paris Olympics Roster

LeBron James

Steph Curry

Team USA is finalizing a 2024 Paris Olympics men’s basketball roster that includes several of the generation’s iconic players, including the Lakers’ LeBron James, Warriors’ Stephen Curry, Suns’ Kevin Durant and 76ers’ Joel Embiid, sources told ESPN on Monday.

Team USA managing director Grant Hill is keeping one roster slot open ahead of a July training camp and exhibition games in Las Vegas, sources said.

U.S. basketball is planning to formally announce this 11-man roster that also includes Lakers forward Anthony Davis, Suns guard Devin Booker, Minnesota guard Anthony Edwards, Boston forward Jayson Tatum, Boston guard Jrue Holiday, Miami center Bam Adebayo and Indiana guard Tyrese Haliburton, sources said.

Team USA coach Steve Kerr will be coaching Curry — his four-time championship and two-time MVP guard — in his first Olympic appearance.

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Lindsey Harding Set To Interview For Charlotte Hornets’ Head Coach Position

Lindsey Harding Set To Interview For Charlotte Hornets’ Head Coach Position

Lindsey Harding … Head Coach of the G League’s Stockton Kings

       The Charlotte Hornets have been granted permission to interview Lindsey Harding, the daughter of Tampa native, Lillian Andrews Ponquinette, and the coach of the G League’s Stockton Kings. The Hornets are looking for a new head coach and want to speak with Harding for Charlotte’s head-coaching job.

     If the Hornets hire Harding, she would be the first woman to be named head coach of an NBA team.

      Harding, a former Duke standout whose No. 10 jersey was retired by the program, was named the Naismith Player of the Year in 2007. She was first pick by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2007 WNBA Draft. Last year, she became the only woman head coach in either the NBA or G League when she coached Sacramento’s G League team.

       Recently, Harding became the first woman to be named the NBA G League Coach of the Year after leading the Stockton Kings to a 24-10 regular-season record.

     Harding has also coached the Mexican women’s national team since 2022. She previously coached the South Sudan women’s team.

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Project To Redevelop And Expand Robles Park

Project To Redevelop And Expand Robles Park

 Robles Park

      In the latest effort to add another mixed-use district to Tampa, Property Markets Group is looking to change the zoning at Robles Park Village.

     Robles Park currently has 436 units and is Tampas oldest affordable housing project.

    The Tampa Housing Authority owns the 30 acres where Robles Park Village is located. Robles Park has 22 acres of those acres.

    The rezoning would increase the number of units to 1,850, with 1,283 (approximately 70%) being affordable housing. The remaining units will be available at market rate.

    The plans include reserving 200 units for seniors.

      There would be 30,000-square-foot grocery store, and mixed-use buildings throughout the property. Future residents could look forward to a community resource hub offering health and wellness services, job training and other community services.

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City Of Tampa Black History Committee, Inc. Is Accepting Scholarship Applications NOW!

City Of Tampa Black History Committee, Inc. Is Accepting Scholarship Applications NOW!

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Coach Of The Year Lindsey Harding

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Big John’s Alabama BBQ Named Best BBQ In Florida

Big John’s Alabama BBQ Named Best BBQ In Florida

Big John’s Alabama BBQ

 

BY MONIQUE STAMPS

Sentinel Staff Writer

 

       Repeating the honor they received in 2021, East Tampa’s Big John’s Alabama BBQ has once again been named Southern Living Magazine’s 2024 Best BBQ Joint in Florida.

      Corey Miller, grandson of Rev. John A. “Big John” Stephens, says that the family is grateful for the recognition.

     “This is such an honor, and it goes back to my grandfather. He instilled in all of us the values of hard work, dedication, and humility. We appreciate Southern Living selecting us. We have been mentioned by them 3 times as a place for good food in Florida.”

      Big John’s creates authentic southern BBQ with delicious traditional sides, collard greens, mac and cheese, potato salad, and baked beans, They offer BBQ sandwiches, platters, and entrees. Big John’s also offers catering.

       The story of the restaurant shows one man’s determination to bringing God and entrepreneurship to Tampa. In 1968 the late Rev. John A. “Big John” Stephens opened Big John’s Alabama Barbeque in East Tampa, Florida on 40th Street North. “Big John” migrated from Eufaula, Alabama to Tampa with his family. He ran the restaurant until he passed away in 1994. The family still runs the restaurant, now located at 5707 N 40th St.

       Big John’s Alabama BBQ is open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and is closed each Sunday. The phone number is 813-623-3900.

 

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