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Rio Dell Elects First African American Mayor – Redheaded Blackbelt

Debra Garnes, Rio Dell’s new mayor. [Photo from Rio Dell]

Press release from the City of Rio Dell:

On the evening of December 18, 2018, the Rio Dell City Council seated three members for their upcoming four‐year terms. New to the Council is Bryan Richter, a contractor and member of the Rio Dell Planning Commission. Council veteran, Julie Woodall, was sworn in after taking a four year break as a councilmember and having previously served as Mayor. Also sworn in was Debra Garnes who was first elected in 2014.

On Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Debra Garnes was elected by her fellow councilmembers to become the 16th Mayor of Rio Dell through an open ballot process. Shortly thereafter the gavel was handed over from current outgoing Mayor Frank Wilson.

Garnes, 58, is a Navy veteran who served…

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VSU’s African American Male Initiative Welcomes M.K. Asante to Campus Jan. 28

January 17, 2019

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University’s African American Male Initiative will present A Conversation with M.K. Asante at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, in the Student Union Theater. Admission is free of charge and open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni, retirees, and friends of the university.

M.K. Asante is a best-selling author, award-winning filmmaker, recording artist, and distinguished professor. The Los Angeles Times describes him as “one of America’s best storytellers.”

During the event, Asante will discuss his memoir “Buck,” a 2014 and 2015 Washington Post Bestseller, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, and an NAACP Image Award finalist for Outstanding Literary…

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California Democratic Party African American Caucus Names New Communications Chair – Los Angeles Sentinel | Los Ang…

California Democratic Party African American Caucus Names New Communications Chair

Jasmyne Cannick

Darren Parker, Chair of the African American Caucus of the California Democratic Party, today announced Jasmyne Cannick as the caucus’ new communications chair.

“The African American Caucus is extremely pleased and very fortunate to have someone with Cannick’s experience and background in the field of communications and media join our team,” said Darren Parker, Chair of the African American Caucus of the California Democratic Party.

“Jasmyne is someone who understands new media and how to communicate in this new era of how people obtain their news. Her impeccable credentials will be a great addition to the Caucus in assisting us with getting out message out to and about Black Democrats…

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Arrow Star Stephen Amell: “I Regret Apologizing” – Slams African American Woman For Missing His Point

Actor Stephen Amell has shockingly reversed himself, saying “I regret apologizing” to an African American woman who left an emotional statement on his Facebook page in 2015.

The “Arrow” star had landed in hot water on social media after he made a comment equating the treatment of a 14-year-old who had been questioned for bringing a clock to school to stereotypes lobbed against Texas, the state where the incident happened.

In September, 2015, Ahmed Mohamed was a ninth grader who was arrested after his teacher suspected that the clock that he created himself was a bomb.

Mohamed was not allowed to call his parents while he was being interrogated and did not have an attorney present.

News of his case went viral and soon the hashtag #Istandwithahmed was trending worldwide.


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Barbara Proctor, first African American woman to own an advertising agency, dies at 86

But there was only one founder behind it — Barbara Proctor, maiden name Gardner, the first African American woman to own and operate an …
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Citizens Bank gives African American Museum $25000 for King celebration

“We wanted to chronicle that and talk about how this partnership actually energized the African-American community's engagement, so it is an …
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