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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.

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She Is Achieving.

Nominated as an “outstanding elementary school student,” Skyler Foster is being considered to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM this summer by her teacher at her school, Westward Elementary in West Palm Beach. The summer program will take place in Miami and is scheduled to teach science, technology, engineering, mathematics–and leadership skills.

“I can’t afford it, but this will benefit her,” said Tyler Lawrence, 31, who is Skyler’s mother—and who had had three children by the time she was 26 but still graduated from FAMU in 2013.”She’s smart.” 

The 8-year-old third grader was nominated to attend the forum by her teacher, who said she is creative, bright and promising. Her mother, who works as a Family Services Specialist at the Early Learning Coalition in Riviera Beach, is also a single parent with three children who are all smart, fun and hardworking. Like Skyler. To consider helping her arrive in Miami this summer, send an email here

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He Was Killed 10 Years Ago. A Discussion is Coming February 22.

Trayvon Martin was 17 years old when he was shot and killed on February 26, 2012 in a gated community he and his father were visiting in Sanford, Fla. The shooter was George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator who said the walking young man scared him and they had had physical contact. Zimmerman was found not guilty a year later. The shooting of the young man helped launch the Black Lives Matter movement—and there will be a virtual panel discussion about it all at 7 p.m. on February 22.

The event is being hosted by USA TODAY Network Florida and will discuss a host of topics, including fear of black males, parenting black children and race relations. The point: impact of his murder.

The panelists are a “diverse group of black voices from around the state that will discuss these issues,” said Rick Christie, the executive editor of the Palm Beach Post who will be the moderator.

None of those voices, however, will be Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, “who haven’t been talkative,” according to Mr. Christie, nor probably will one be Prophet Bryce Graham, a local, young, activist pastor who was awarded in 2018 by the Miami Gardens-based Trayvon Martin Foundation for his service to the community. Is he going to participate in the discussion?

“I’ll consider it,” said Prophet Bryce, who is also the second vice president of the central Florida chapter of the National Action Network, founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton. “The topics they’re going to discuss are critically important. Especially now.”  

Indeed, click here to read a local news story about the upcoming discussion, including a full list of the panelists and, here, to attend the discussion. And, to learn more about the Trayvon Martin Foundation click here to visit its website and about Mr. Christie, here. Want to know more about sir Prophet and what he does, day in and day out? Here.

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America’s HBCUs Under Threat of Attack—During Black History Month. There Will Be a Talk Today.

Indeed, at the beginning of February, bomb threats were made at nearly 20 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)—acts of hate that sought to, apparently, impede the learning of students of color. No bombs were ever found, though several threats happened at several different schools in several different states. Including at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, where a man who claimed to be in a neo-Nazi organization made a threat on Monday to detonate bombs at the school. At each school, there were class disruptions that left students feeling anxious and worried. At 12:30 p.m. today, February 8, there will be a full discussion about it all, virtually, thanks to the Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). All the right voices will be in the room, including from the U.S. Department of Education and five different HBCU presidents who had had the negative experience that shut down their schools. To RSVP and tune in, click here. The discussion will include the impact of the bomb threats and how HBCUs are planning for the future. To read a national news story about the national issue, click here. And, to learn more about the organizer, the SPLC, click here to visit its website.

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‘I Endorse Him.’

That’s what former longtime Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas A. Masters is saying about the man who beat him politically in 2019 and is currently in that office, Ronnie L. Felder. The former elected official who held the seat for 12 years made the remarks at a recent Riviera Beach City Council meeting. “I said it because he’s never disrespected me,” said Bishop Masters, who is now the International Ambassador for the World Conference of Mayors. “He’s a good man. Always has been. I like what he’s doing in our community, particularly for our seniors and youth. He’s the best candidate to continue to move our city forward.” Indeed, there are several other announced candidates already in the race, which will be held March 8, 2022. Just not Bishop Masters.

And this just in: on February 19, Bishop Masters interviewed Mayor Felder. On social media. Even though Bishop Masters has two radio shows, on WMBX 102.3 FM and on WJNO 1290 AM. “They don’t allow discussions about politics,” the Bishop said, “but I don’t consider this politics. He’s about service to his community.” So, tune in. Interesting. It happened at his church. Click here to do so.