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Program will feed hungry kids during summer vacation

Program will feed hungry kids during summer vacation

BY MARGIE MENZEL NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – As the school year ends, classrooms and playgrounds will empty for the summer – but that will leave many Florida children hungry because they rely on free and reduced-cost school meals for breakfast and lunch. Food banks, non-profits and community groups are trying to pick up […]

Health Department announces new provider for Child Protection Team

Health Department announces new provider for Child Protection Team

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES The Florida Department of Health announced a new service provider for the Child Protection Team (CPT) program for Flagler and Volusia counties.  Effective July 1, the First Coast Child Protection Team will assume responsibility for providing services for Flagler and Volusia counties. “The Florida Department of Health is committed to providing […]

Applications available for new teen work program

Applications available for new teen work program

The City of Daytona Beach is introducing a new teen employment program called Youth Employment Summer (YES). YES is designed to provide 30 high school students with full-time jobs in the city’s summer recreation programs. The eight-week program is aimed at teaching at-risk teens positive work habits and marketable skills. Eligible students will gain meaningful […]

Gooding’s ready to share ‘Sweet Soul of the 70s’

Gooding’s ready to share ‘Sweet Soul of the 70s’

Lead vocal Cuba Gooding of The Main Ingredient scaled new heights recapturing “The Sweet Soul of the 70s,” and drawing excitement to the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center. Gooding, the proud father of Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr., is a Harlem native reigning With The Main Ingredient since 1971, and gaining fame for the […]

Maya Angelou: A freedom fighter with a pen

Maya Angelou: A freedom fighter with a pen

Millions of people throughout the world continue to pause, to remember, to celebrate and to recommit to the living spirit and legacy of Maya Angelou.  She was one of the most transformative global leaders and visionaries of our time. Maya Angelou was a penetrating literary revolutionary and freedom-fighting poet that used her pen to advance […]

The delusion of U.S. economic progress

The delusion of U.S. economic progress

Imagine the U.S. dollar being worthless. Picture millionaires and billionaires becoming “thousand-aires” overnight. Think about the possibility of 200 million U.S. citizens being unable to eat unless the government provides food for them. Fathom a day when you check out your 401-k or your bank account and find nothing there. What would happen to Social […]

Remembering Maya Angelou

Remembering Maya Angelou

Many people will remember Maya Angelou for her phenomenal career.  She was a true renaissance woman – an author, teacher, dancer, performer, radio personality and a producer. I will remember her a sister friend, a wise “auntie” who didn’t mind pulling your coat. She was a generous spirit who made time for virtually any who […]

We need to be our brother’s and sister’s keeper

We need to be our brother’s and sister’s keeper

LUKE CHARLES HARRIS SPECIAL TO THE NNPA I’ve been told I should be the first among many to celebrate President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. After all, I came from a “broken family.” In fact, I am a Black man who was functionally fatherless twice over, and earlier in my life I wrapped my vision […]

Wendell Scott finally gets his due –  induction into NASCAR Hall of Fame

Wendell Scott finally gets his due – induction into NASCAR Hall of Fame

BY GEORGE DIAZ ORLANDO SENTINEL/MCT Wendell Scott is in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Let that percolate for a while. A Black man once dismissed as an interloper when he raced in the 1960s and early ’70s is now among the NASCAR legends, alongside Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty and the rest of the bunch. It […]

Rainbow Tennis League hosts annual event in Daytona Beach

Rainbow Tennis League hosts annual event in Daytona Beach

BY KIM GIBSON DAYTONA TIMES The Rainbow Tennis League held its 23rd Annual Tennis Tournament last month at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach. Tournament Director Jack Spencer and Coordinator Pam Gibson were pleased with the turnout of the May 24-25 event, which attracted players from Miami and all parts of South Carolina and […]