Did You Know...

Each week, cocowire will offer information that may not be well known at all. 

…that The Weather Channel is owned by a black man?

In 2018, Byron Allen’s company, Entertainment Studios, bought The Weather Channel from its owners–The Blackstone Group, Bain Capital and Comcast/NBC Universal–for a reported $300 million. The deal did not include the television network’s website and digital app, but, still, Mr. Allen’s Los Angeles-based company is considered one of the largest emerging global media companies in […]
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…that one of the actresses on the new ‘All That’ is from WPB?

Gabrielle Green is a 14-year-old performer who studied theatre at Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach (WPB) before her family moved to Los Angeles and she pursued her acting career. The sketch-comedy series originally aired on Nickelodeon from 1994 to 2005, becoming a fixture on the cable network and receiving acclaim […]
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…that Cori Gauff is the youngest Wimbledon player ever–and is from PBC?

Fifteen-year-old Cori–also known as Coco (love that!)–reached the second round of the top tennis tournament in the world Monday by beating her idol, Venus Williams. Wimbledon, played annually in London, England, is considered the Grand Slam tournament of the sport. The talented young lady is from Delray Beach and comes from a family of athletes: […]
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…there’s only five black-owned bookstores in Florida–and one is in PBC?

According to the African-American Literature Book Club, a national compilation of these stores,  there are only four bookstores in the Sunshine State owned by people of African descent and they’re located in Longwood, Tampa, Pensacola and St. Petersburg. There’s a new one, though, which is as-yet unlisted on the book club site, and it is […]
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…that the Florida mayor running for president is Jamaican? Yeah, mon!

Wayne Messam was re-elected in November to his second four-year term as mayor of the City of Miramar in Broward County. Four months later, he’s running for U.S. president. Watch his announcement video below. The 44-year-old construction company owner grew up in South Bay, the little agricultural town out in the Glades area of Palm […]
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…that the PBC school district headquarters is named for a black man who sued it repeatedly for racism?

The School District of Palm Beach County (PBCSD) named its West Palm Beach headquarters the Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center in 1996. It was also the first time a public building in Palm Beach County (PBC) was named for a person of color. (Fulton refers to former District Superintendent Robert Fulton. In 1956, William ‘Bill’ Holland […]
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