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Any Questions for Elective Office Candidates?

Then come. The event will be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow October 6 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in West Palm Beach. All of the African diaspora candidates have been invited, but the only ones who agreed to come–so far–are those in the flyer. The one at the top, state Senator Bobby Powell, is currently in office. This win, on November 8, would be #3. The other two are both running for the Palm Beach County School Board. Against each other. For more information, call 561-373-6521 or send an email here. Or, just go.

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Do You Know Any of Them?

They are South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Future Black Leaders of Today & Tomorrow. That’s according to Hollywood-based MIA Media Group, which publishes Legacy Magazine and seeks to highlight the achieving. To learn more about them and what they do, click here and here. And we do know at least one of them: Samantha Cyprian, the hardworking founder of Soul Movement, a dance school for the young based in West Palm Beach. To learn more about what she does, day in and day out, click here to visit her website. And that’s her, on the right side, second row. Without a smile. Probably because of how hard she works.

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Help The Young.

That’s here in Palm Beach County (PBC). There are currently two different after-school programs for those primarily in high school. The key: register now! Read about the two programs down below. And register by the deadlines shown under the pictures.

Deadline to Apply: Dec. 9, 2022

Students in the 9th to 12th grades in the School District of PBC are being asked to write about a historical event involving racial injustice in America. Potential topics can be found here. There will be workshops that can help that will be held in person and via Zoom. Just look at the flyer for more information or send an email here or here. What will they win? At least $5,000 in scholarships will be awarded.

Deadline to Apply: Sept. 16, 2022

Everyone can learn AI. That’s as in Artifical Intellgence (AI). That’s the name of the bootcamp founded in 2019 by Dallas-based Mark Cuban, who seeks to, as his website says, teach the young about technology during the four days of the camp. Indeed, the AI Bootcamp has already taught 400-plus students in 10 cities, including Philadelphia, Houston and Atlantic City, New Jersey. And, now, they’ve come to West Palm Beach. In order to attend, students must register here by September 16. And, to learn more about the camp and its founder, click here to visit the website.

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He Achieves. Continuously.

Jervonte ‘Tae’ Edmonds graduated from college in 2015, opened a now-nationally known nonprofit while there, worked for two different state elected officials. He’s also written a book for children titled Adventures of the Rich and Famous and, even, designed and created a sneaker. Now, today, he is also in elective office, having run successfully for the state House of Representatives in 2021. The nonprofit he founded? Suits for Seniors, which is an eight-week, life-skills training program for high school students that, if they finish successfully, will provide a custom-made suit. In honor of the program, he is co-hosting the I THINK I Can Scholarship Breakfast at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, in West Palm Beach and is still seeking vendors. The first-ever event is being sponsored by the Fredreck A. Deluca Foundation, Verizon and the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation.

That’s Steve Harvey in the picture, on the right, with state Rep. Edmonds (District 88). To learn more about the event and to register or become a vendor, click here. And, to learn more about Suits for Seniors, here, about state Rep. Edmonds, here and, even, about the sneakers. Here

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Ever Heard of Soul Movement?

If your child is interested in dance, register her—and him—with Soul Movement, a young, community-focused dance conservatory that provides dance classes for children starting at age 3 and a performance ensemble for the skilled, ages 10 to 18. Indeed, it just hosted a grand opening of its new location in the historic Northwood community in West Palm Beach on June 24. There will be classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Hip-Hop—not twerking—and will expand to include fitness, yoga and wellness classes for adults. That’s according to Samantha Cyprian, the founder. To learn more about Soul Movement, click here to visit its website or just contact Ms. Cyprian at 561-888-9074 or send an email here. “We are very excited to have the ability to give the community dance,” said Ms. Cyprian, herself a dance lady. The picture, above, was taken at a previous event. Watch the video, below, taken on the streets of Northwood during the grand opening event.

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Juneteenth refers to that day, June 19, 1865, when slaves in Texas were freed by the Union Army–two-and-a-half years after President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Imagine. Also known as Freedom Day and Emancipation Day, Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in 45 states, including Florida. Ever heard of Juneteeth of Palm Beach County? Click here to visit its website. Indeed, they’re hosting an event this month. On June 19.

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Interesting.

That word refers to President Biden’s preferences. Nearly every highlighted-position choice he’s had to make he’s filled with a woman of color. Like Vice President. And Supreme Court Justice. And White House Press Secretary.

Kamala Harris is his choice as vice president. She had been a U.S. Senator, a statewide prosecutor and had even run for president herself.

Ketanji Brown Jackson was nominated as part of a narrowed list of his first U.S. Supreme Court pick—and, then, in April 2022, was chosen as our new, current Supreme Court Justice.

And, just this month, Karine Jean-Pierre was named the White House’s first black female press secretary, a high-profile role speaking for both the president and the U.S. government in press briefings watched around the world.

Each of the positions is high-end and very obvious to the community. They are also being held for the first time by black women. Also, Vice President Harris is of Caribbean descent because her father is from Jamaica, while Justice Brown Jackson is from south Florida and Spokesperson Jean-Pierre is from Martinique which is, also, in the Caribbean. And they’re all married to white men. Except the Spokesperson. She’s in a long-term relationship with her partner, a white woman. That’s because she’s a lesbian. Click here to learn more about her in a national news story and, here, about the Supreme Court Justice. And about the Vice President? Just watch the news.

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Register by May 15

Back to School PBC will be held on Saturday, July 30 at different locations around Palm Beach County but, to receive the free school supplies and backpacks, students must register here by May 15! And, depending on the locations and resources, students may also receive free food, haircuts, sneakers, socks, school uniforms and health-related resources, such as biometric health and vision screenings. Once students register, they’ll receive an invitation two weeks before the July 30 event. Register here and all efforts will be made to ensure that students are assigned to attend the event at a location closest to their homes. And how is the word getting out? State Senator Bobby Powell (District 30), who shared the news with his community. Click here to read it.

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The SOS Warriors Are Going To London Next Year. They Need Your Help.

The Sounds Of Success (SOS) Community Marching Band—aka the SOS Warriors—has been playing live music for four years, based in Riviera Beach. Band members are young, committed and performing! There’s a summer camp, they play at different events in different cities statewide—including, most recently Tallahassee, Orlando and Ft. Myers—and will be playing in Atlanta in May 2022. And, in June of next year, they will be heading to London to play for the Queen! Indeed, it will be the only band from the United States of many there for the annual event, London Band Week, which does seek to honor Queen Elizabeth II in England. Among other things.

So, watch the video, below, provided on March 16 by a local news source, and consider supporting the band and its founder, the young, hardworking Antoine K. Miller, who has been playing instruments since he was a child, played in the iconic FAMU Marching Band in college and has taught music education at several public and charter schools in Palm Beach County. He created the band in 2018.

“This is what I’ve done all my life,” he says, “and I want to continue.”

To learn more about what he—and the band—does every single day, click here to read a story and here to visit its website. Or just watch the video. And consider being a sponsor. 

The Sounds of Success Marching Band leaders.

And, to learn more about the big event, scheduled for June 27 to July 2, 2023, click here to visit its website. It’s interesting website.