‘Just So You Know’

Each week, come here to hear our community leaders share their views on what's happening, what's right and wrong, and how to get to plus.  Just so you know, as Judge Rodgers used to say. 

My African Experience

My entire life, I have been submerged in African culture by my family and their friends. Even my name–Nyota Ya-Asubuhi–is Swahili and means Star Of the Morning. It all led to my intense interest in the African diaspora, which also saw me create All About Us LLC in 2017, which specializes in selling African designer […]

‘Say Yes to Mental Success’

  The Allen and Adderly families of West Palm Beach have suffered theunthinkable, twice, but they’ve risen above the ashes–literally. Yes,their  home has been in ruins since July 5 when a loved one, Trevonte Tavaris Adderly, 26, who suffers from mental illness, tried to kill his grandmother, Delores Allen, then set her house on fire. […]

Justice coming for others? Keep the faith

It was in the early morning hours on October 18, 2015, when Corey Jones’ vehicle stalled along an I-95 exit ramp in Palm Beach Gardens (PBG). As we know today, he was killed at the hands of the now-former PBG police officer, Nouman Raja. When we in the community heard of Corey’s tragic death, our […]

A Taste of Ethiopia

On a recent visit to my native home of West Palm Beach, I reconnected with a friend I  knew where I grew up, former New Yorker Stewart Bosley, who has since relocated here and is the owner/operator of Urban Growers Community Farm in West Palm Beach. He introduced me to his favorite restaurant in town. […]

No wife, no kids, no Corey: ‘his generation stopped’

Sunday, February 3 was the 35th birthday of my nephew, Corey Jones. But there will be no birthday celebration; just heartache. That’s because Corey’s generation has stopped. It’s been more than three years since that dreadful night of October 18, 2015, and our hearts and minds have questions with no answers. Corey was in his […]

Batta Ears Boy

Recently, all over my social media news-feeds, parties and events, men have been proclaiming that they don’t want a Batta Ears Gyal, and it’s getting annoying.The term was popularized by Dancehall artiste Govana in his song Bake Bean. The chorus of the song is as follows “Some man a hype wid a bagga waste gal/Gena […]


Judge Edward Rodgers was the first black judge in the state of Florida when he was named in 1977 to the Circuit Court in Palm Beach County. He has been many other firsts--the first black city attorney in Riviera Beach, for example, and in Palm Beach County--during his long, rich career in Florida-based jurisprudence. He created the first Civil Drug Court in 1999 in Riviera Beach, where it still operates, and the U.S. Post Office in Riviera Beach was named for him in 2004. Sadly, he died October 20, 2018. He was 91.