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Sorority seeks little girls to participate in Bud Deb program The Gamma Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is looking for girls between the ages of 5 and 8 years old to participate in its Bud Debutante program. The girls will take part in several workshops, fundraising activities, and one girl will […]

Cinematique to host civil rights film festival this weekend

Cinematique to host civil rights film festival this weekend

The Friends of the Daytona Beach Library and Cinematique will present a two-day film festival featuring three films that dramatize events from America’s civil rights and post civil rights eras. The films will be shown at the Cinematique Theater, 242 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach. They include: • Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”: 7:30 p.m. March […]

New Smyrna, Ormond teams win Black History Brain Bowl

New Smyrna, Ormond teams win Black History Brain Bowl

Teams from New Smyrna Beach High and Ormond Beach Middle School went home with the top prizes at this year’s annual Black history competition staged by the Daytona Beach Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. The New Smyrna team was comprised of 14-year-old twins Jaida and Jasmine Purkiss, Alexis Merrick, 15, and […]

America the land of the free

America the land of the free

DARLENE AIKEN GUEST COLUMNIST The state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint; exemption from external control, interference, or regulation; the power to determine action without restraint; political or national independence; personal liberty as opposed to bondage or slavery; exemption from the presence of anything specified; freedom from […]

Obama’s one-sided responsibility lecture

Obama’s one-sided responsibility lecture

WALTER FIELDS NNPA COLUMNIST Too often during the presidency of Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American president has felt the need to chide Black Americans to take responsibility for their destiny. In announcing his new “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative targeting young men of color at the White House, the president again waded in the personal […]

Redefining truth has consequences

Redefining truth has consequences

In all organized sports, there are clearly defined rules that must be adhered to.  In all universities, there are clearly stated guidelines for admittance. In all religions, there are shared beliefs that all members must adhere to. Without these clearly defined rules of engagement (ROEs), there can be no order within groups; and without order […]

The Jim Crow impulse

The Jim Crow impulse

Arizona’s Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, after nearly a week of reading the political tea leaves, vetoed a bill Feb. 27 from her state’s GOP-controlled legislature that its advocates stated had the innocuous purpose of shoring up protections for the “free exercise of religion.” In fact, the legislation would have revived for use against gays and […]

Harvick holds off Earnhardt Jr. to win at Phoenix

Harvick holds off Earnhardt Jr. to win at Phoenix

BY RICK BONNELL CHARLOTTE OBSERVER/MCT AVONDALE, Ariz. — For Kevin Harvick, the guy with the car nobody could top, this amounted to a “don’t screw this up” moment. Restart after restart over the last 25 laps of Sunday’s The Profit on CNBC 500, Harvick felt Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s speed next to him and Joey Logano’s […]

First African-American to win Winter Olympic Gold is AKA

First African-American to win Winter Olympic Gold is AKA

NNPA NEWS SERVICE Vonetta Flowers, the first African-American to win a gold medal at a Winter Olympic games is also an honorary member of the historically Black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The Olympian, who won the gold in bobsledding at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, is one of a number […]

County launching beach safety mentoring program for teens

County launching beach safety mentoring program for teens

Volusia County’s Beach Safety Division is launching a Lifeguard Trainee Mentoring Program for 16-year-olds who want to prepare for jobs as tower guards. Trainees will shadow and assist seasoned tower guards, but will not assist in water rescues, according to Beach Safety Director Mark Swanson. Swim tryouts for 16-year-olds will be on these dates: • […]