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Historic Appointment Of New Judge Comes As No Surprise To Those Who Know Her

Judge Jessica Costello …was the first Black woman appointed to the bench in 20 years. BY KENYA WOODARD Sentinel Feature Writer Jessica Costello didn’t fully understand that she was a judge until just moments before overseeing her first case. “I remember I was just outside the door,” she said. “I took a deep breath, said…

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Bay Area Singer Is Among Top Contestants On ‘The Voice’

KHALEA LYNEE   KENYA WOODARD Sentinel Feature Writer   It’s one thing to get crooner John Legend to listen to you sing. But getting him to sing to you? Perhaps only a handful of people can claim that and you can count St. Petersburg native Khalea Lynee among them. The silky-voice songtress is a contestant…

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Julene Robinson

New Charter School To Open In 2021

JULENE ROBINSON …Executive Director of IDEA Tampa Bay   BY KENYA WOODARD Sentinel Feature Writer A new charter school company that’s coming to Tampa will have two campuses when it opens for the 2021-2022 school year. Each campus of the Texas-based IDEA Public Schools will feature a K-2 academy and grade 6 to start, with…

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Fred Hearns Jacket Museum

Civil Rights Exhibit In St. Pete

C. Fred Hearns is standing in front of his Middleton High School Jacket that he wore prior to graduating from Middleton in 1966.               A genuine Ku Klux Klan outfit with hood.   The Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg is celebrating African American achievements and triumphs during the Civil Rights era of the…

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Vince Evans

Black Millennial Dubbed Southern Political Director For Biden

VINCE EVANS    Evans has the qualities needed to manage the chaotic world of campaigns: the ability to mobilize, reverse course and take corrective action quickly.   BY JERI YONDER   PHILADELPHIA. PA.—When Vince Evans entered the world of politics he was a teenager starting a week long stint as a page in the Florida…

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Perry Thurston

Florida Black Caucus Legislative Agenda Challenges Gov. Desantis

SENATOR PERRY THURSTON   REP. GERALDINE THOMPSON REP.DIANNE HART AUDREY GIBSON Senate Democratic Leader   BY JERI YONDER   TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Black Caucus revealed a 2020 legislative agenda that could provide quite a challenge to Governor Ron DeSantis. The Caucus, the largest in the state legislature, is hoping to meet with him to…

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Tiffany Greene

ESPN Sportscaster And Tampa Native Honored By School Of Journalism At FAMU

ESPN Sportscaster, Tiffany Greene Berry.   BY MONIQUE STAMPS Sentinel Feature Writer   Tiffany Greene Berry has always known what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her dreams of being a sports reporter were ambitious, because there weren’t a lot of examples of women sportscasters back then.  However, she was determined and her…

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Tamara Shamburger

Community Invited To Share Input On Ridgewood Cemetery

TAMARA SHAMBURGER … Hillsborough County School Board Chairperson   BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor     The Hillsborough County School District learned that there may be African American graves on the campus of a local high school. The District has hired a company to use ground penetrating radar to determine if there are…

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Shawn Wilson

Beulah Baptist Institutional Church Women’s Ministry To Hold Annual Women’s Conference

SHAWN-TA WILSON …Quenching Your Thirst REV. LINDA H. WILLIAMS …Breaking The Chains     The Women’s Ministry of the historic Beulah Baptist Institutional Church will hold its annual Women’s Conference Saturday, November 2, 2019. This year’s theme is “Seeking Christ…” (Matthew 6:33). Two dynamic women of God will be featured – Author, Shawn-ta Wilson and…

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