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‘All Lives Matter’ vigil targets violence

‘All Lives Matter’ vigil targets violence

City ends 2015 with 10 murders after club shooting BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF Daytona Beach residents and city leaders are coming together in hopes that 2016 will not be a repeat of the violence that occurred in the area last year. A candlelight vigil titled “All Lives Matter’’ took place the evening of Jan. 3 […]

Local pastor among authors at weekend book festival

Local pastor among authors at weekend book festival

Local pastor among authors at weekend book festival BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES Derek T. Triplett is the founding pastor of Daytona Beach’s Hope Fellowship and the author of a new book for men aptly titled “When I Became A Man.’’ He will be one of the featured authors at the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival to […]

‘Space Cowboy’ Cleon Smith dies at 62

‘Space Cowboy’ Cleon Smith dies at 62

BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF Cleon “Fly’’ Smith, a local singer, songwriter and musician who also was known as the “Original Space Cowboy,’’ died Dec. 29 at age 62. Smith, who was born and raised in Daytona Beach, released “Space Cowboy’’ in 1976 and “Space Cowboy II’’ in 1978 under an independent label. He had shared […]

2 killed, 1 hurt in shooting at Daytona nightclub

2 killed, 1 hurt in shooting at Daytona nightclub

DAYTONA TIMES STAFF PHOTO BY DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./DAYTONA TIMES Daytona Beach police were still searching for a gunman Thursday night in a fatal shooting at the Biarritz Club on Pearl Street. Two men were killed and a third injured early Thursday morning in the shooting outside of the nightclub, which is located a few blocks from Bethune-Cookman University. […]

Durham’s appointment ‘undermines Black people’

Durham’s appointment ‘undermines Black people’

That was the statement offered by the local NAACP president on Daytona’s hiring of the minister and community leader. The mayor begs to differ. BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES The recent appointment of the Rev. L. Ronald Durham as a full-time city government earning $75,000 per year with full benefits has added fuel to the […]

F.R.E.S.H. BOOK FESTIVAL 2016

F.R.E.S.H. BOOK FESTIVAL 2016

Orlando author to discuss ‘A White Man’s Woman’ at Jan. 9 event BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF When the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival gets underway this month in Daytona Beach, one of the featured authors will be Malvin Ann Williams-Tyson of Orlando whose book is titled “A White Man’s Woman.’’ Based on a true story, Williams-Tyson tells […]

Bethune-Cookman alumna finding success with innovative ‘Purse Props’

Bethune-Cookman alumna finding success with innovative ‘Purse Props’

BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES Some women call them “handbags’’ while older generations prefer the more dated moniker, “pocketbooks.’’ The more fashionable millennial term is is a “purse,” and for as long as they have collectively crowded church pews, claimed their own movie theater chair or longed for public bathroom hooks to hang upon, the […]

B-CU provost named president of Virginia HBCU

B-CU provost named president of Virginia HBCU

Dr. Makola Abdullah was chosen as 14th leader of Virginia State University. BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES When Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) conferred more than 220 degrees at its fall commencement ceremony on Dec. 12, students were not the only legacy symbols to leave the historical institution. President Edison O. Jackson also announced that Provost Makola […]

A senior prom for, well, real seniors

A senior prom for, well, real seniors

Daytona holiday event attracts hundreds to Midtown center DAYTONA TIMES STAFF Hundreds of area seniors stepped out for an evening of fun that’s usually celebrated during the teen years. The Midtown Cultural and Educational Center in Daytona Beach was the scene of the Light Up Midtown Senior Prom on Dec. 18 sponsored by VITAS Healthcare […]

From Ghana to Jamaica, here’s how African cultures celebrate Christmas

From Ghana to Jamaica, here’s how African cultures celebrate Christmas

BY MARTIN JOHNSON THE ROOT Some of the Christmas celebrations around the world resemble those everywhere, with food, family and good times. Others are quite different, and some don’t even take place Dec. 25. Here’s a look at how the holiday season is celebrated by African cultures across the globe. South Africa Christmas occurs during […]