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State NAACP VP to Flagler crowd: ‘Somebody’s got to stand up’

State NAACP VP to Flagler crowd: ‘Somebody’s got to stand up’

Branch President Linda Sharpe Matthews and the Flagler County NAACP Executive Committee had the presence of mind to invite Don Brown to be keynote speaker for the Freedom Fund Banquet on May 7 at the Hammock Beach Resort. Brown, who is first vice president of the Florida State Conference, addresses the civil rights issues relevant […]

AACS prepares for cruise; elects new president

AACS prepares for cruise; elects new president

Actor Kim Sullivan’s arrival at the African American Cultural Society (AACS), performing excepts from playwright August Wilson’s plays, kick started the society’s 25th anniversary. The steering committee, led by 25th Anniversary Chairwoman Stephanie Robinson, reacted to spearheading events, sponsorships and publicity. Sullivan has delighted audiences in St. Petersburg at the American Stage Company for the […]

Doug Carn Trio triumphs at Gospel Café

Doug Carn Trio triumphs at Gospel Café

Patrons at the Gospel Café bore witness to a sensational show featuring the incomparable Doug Carn, masterful organist, whose versatility includes other instruments and the human instrument of his voice. It was compelling to encounter Carn playing at the gig for the intimate setting. He wasn’t alone, but was backed on June 3 by the Doug […]

Graduates who excelled at ‘Reality Shows’ moving on to next big stage in their lives

Graduates who excelled at ‘Reality Shows’ moving on to next big stage in their lives

This week’s story is prefaced by graduation ceremonies, which are filled with fascinating traditions – caps, gowns, celebratory parties. Graduations are the accomplishment of moving to another level, which my nephew, Kalynn Kane, experienced. Kalynn’s graduation from Palm Coast’s Matanzas High School was held May 26 at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. It was […]

‘A Taste of Broadway’ in Ormond was like seeing a New York show

‘A Taste of Broadway’ in Ormond was like seeing a New York show

The discipline of musical theater made way for a marvelous performance of “A Taste of Broadway.” The “off-off” Broadway show recently starred at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center. The actors and stage crew were directed and succeeded to perform terrific megahits of live vocals, great choreography and costume design. They dazzled the audience with […]

Dixon delivers message on loss, healing during ‘Missing Our Mothers’ breakfast

Dixon delivers message on loss, healing during ‘Missing Our Mothers’ breakfast

Dr. Alma Yearwood Dixon navigated the realm that started the healing, taking nine years following the death of her mother. During the time, she said, “I was angry, and who do you think I was angry at? “God,” she replied, and Dr. Dixon’s mother loved her God. Her mother, also Alma Yearwood, migrated to the U.S. […]

Ormond Beach resident becomes first Black president of  Daytona Beach Symphony Guild

Ormond Beach resident becomes first Black president of Daytona Beach Symphony Guild

Gerri Wright-Gibson has been charged to lead the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild as the newly elected president. The guild will kick off the new season come October. Wright-Gibson is a history maker, having become the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild’s first African-American president. The May meeting was a regular one, which also convened to pass the […]

Family, friends help Mamie T. Watkins celebrate 100th birthday

Family, friends help Mamie T. Watkins celebrate 100th birthday

Sandra Nurse wanted the right fit for her mother’s 100th birthday. And, in the end, the 100th birthday was layered with love, happiness, friendship and laughter. Mamie T. Watkins’ 100th birthday party on Saturday came gift-wrapped with everything that everyone had hoped for. Mrs. Watkins was deserving of the well-wishes in cards, gifts, the variety of flower […]

6th Day Event has become the cure for youth boredom

6th Day Event has become the cure for youth boredom

The Rev. Dr. David Lawson Blow Sr. has been promoting healthy development and the faith growth of youth. He’s youth minister of the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, shepherded by the Rev. Edwin Coffie, M. Div., pastor. We recently caught up with Rev. Blow, who coached within the scope of spiritually equipping youth in a fun […]

‘Motown’ show showcases locals as Dionne, Patti, Gladys, other stars

‘Motown’ show showcases locals as Dionne, Patti, Gladys, other stars

“I’m reaching out to all of the women…who are the foundation of the family because the next three entertainers almost have an anthem that us women love to take on through our struggles,” commentator Cynthia Black personified. “So I’m going to give you that hint hint, clue clue (that): “One of them, her name is […]