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President Obama Meets Detroit’s Emma Didlake, Nation’s Oldest Veteran

Posted on 27 July 2015 by The Florida Star Online

Didlake's7_25President Barack Obama opened the Oval Office to a 110-year-old Detroit woman believed to be the nation’s oldest veteran on July 17, 2015. TContinue Reading

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CONFEDERATE FLAG COMES DOWN IN SC AS VICTIMS ARE LAID TO REST IN CHARLESTON

Posted on 27 June 2015 by The Florida Star Online

charleston_frontBy ARTHIA NIXON
Florida/Georgia Star

The victims of the South Carolina church shooting are now being laid to rest this week, with President Barack Obama giving the eulogy at Sentor Clementa Pickey’s funeral. The pastor, a sitting Senator, along with eight other members of historic Mother Emanuel Church were murdered
by white shooter Dylann Roof. TContinue Reading

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BLACK MEDIA MATTERS: DAVID DUKES

Posted on 26 June 2015 by The Florida Star Online

david_dukesBy EMILY MORAN
Special to The Star

In the wake of the Charleston shooting, Ferguson and the other untimely deaths of Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Cameron Tillman, VonDerrit Myers Jr., Qusean Whitten, to only name a few, TContinue Reading

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Former NAACP Leader Outed As White By Parents After Claiming To Be Black

Posted on 23 June 2015 by The Florida Star Online

dolezal 6_20Professor of African Studies and NAACP Spokane, Washington Chapter President Rachel Dolezal has been caught in several lies and her parents are the
whistleblowers. TContinue Reading

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LORETTA LYNCH BECOMES US ATTORNEY GENERAL, FIRST BLACK WOMAN IN POST

Posted on 26 April 2015 by The Florida Star Online

lynch4.25Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the nation’s first black woman attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end.
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SELMA 50 YEARS LATER: “MARCH NOT FINISHED YET”

Posted on 14 March 2015 by The Florida Star Online

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama, Marian Robinson, John Lewis, Amelia Boynton RobinsonBy Arthia Nixon
Florida/Georgia Star
PHOTO: Frank Powell, III

50 years after Amelia Boyton Robinson was iconically photographed being beaten by a state trooper in Bloody Sunday for simply wanting to exercise the right to vote, the woman, who is now over 105 held the hand of the nation’s first Black President, Barack Obama TContinue Reading

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2014 State of The Union Address in full

Posted on 30 January 2014 by Admin Arthia

 

As Prepared for Delivery –

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:

Today in America, TContinue Reading

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EX-FAMU PLAYER SHOT BY COP WHILE SEEKING HELP AFTER CAR CRASH

Posted on 20 September 2013 by Admin Arthia

Jonathan Ferrell

27 year-old North Carolina police officer Randall Kerrick (right) was charged with voluntary manslaughter on Saturday after police say he fatally shot a man who had apparently just survived a car crash in Charlotte and was looking for help. Kerrick was released on $50,000 bond.

Jonathan Ferrell, a 24-year-old former Florida A&M University football player, was shot multiple times and TContinue Reading

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OJ GRANTED PAROLE

Posted on 04 August 2013 by Admin Arthia

At 66, former football star and actor OJ Simpson has been granted parole. Simpson was originally sentenced to nine to 33 years for the 2007 stick up of two memorabilia dealers, Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong.

Simpson will likely face another four years in jail as he TContinue Reading

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BREAKING NEWS: 3 TODDLERS FOUND WANDERING STREET IN JACKSONVILLE

Posted on 28 April 2013 by Admin Arthia

Jacksonville toddlers found wandering street

On Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 4:09 p.m. officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to the 3200 block of San Diego Road in reference to three children wandering.  A citizen observed the children, called police, and stayed with them until police arrived. TContinue Reading

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AUDIO: “Shot between the eyes” – 911 Tapes Released in Brunswick Baby Killing

Posted on 23 March 2013 by Admin Arthia

Brunswick baby shooting

Our news team has been following this tragedy involving the death of a 13 month-old killed by a pair of Brunswick teens. Listen in as TContinue Reading

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57 ARRESTED: Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll Resigns

Posted on 18 March 2013 by Admin Arthia

 

Fmr Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Caroll Resigns

As of Thursday, Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll’s official page www.flgov.com/meet-the-lt-governor was displaying ‘Page Not Found’ error. The page was most likely removed after she tendered her resignation on Wednesday – the same day 57 people connected to the Allied Veterans of the World, were arrested on charges related to racketeering and money laundering. It is further alleged TContinue Reading

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VIDEO BOMBSHELL: Oprah learns who introduced Whitney Houston to drugs

Posted on 02 February 2013 by Admin Arthia

Cissy Houston tears up as her son Michael admits to Oprah that he feels responsible for the iconic singer’s death.

By Arthia Nixon
Florida/Georgia Star

Viewers of Oprah’s Next Chapter on OWN who expected to get a glimpse of Cissy Houston’s book chronicling her life with her late daughter were floored when her son Michael joined the interview and confessed to being the one who introduced his sister to drugs back in the 80’s.
After giving Oprah Winfrey a tour of her New Jersey home, discussing Whitney’s childhood and what getting the call that she died was like and even touching on her estranged relationship with Whitney’s daughter, Houston’s smiles turned to tears when Michael came on the set and stated that

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President Swears In For Second Term Using Bible That Belonged To First Lady’s Grandparents

Posted on 20 January 2013 by Admin Arthia

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Barack Obama during the official swearing-in ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House on Inauguration Day, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama, holding the Robinson family Bible, along with daughters Malia and Sasha, stand with the President. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Today, in two separate, private ceremonies, President Obama and Vice President Biden were officially sworn into office, marking the start of the second term. (The Constitution mandates that the President takes the oath on January 20. Since that date falls on a Sunday this year, the public inauguration ceremony and festivities will take place tomorrow, January 21) TContinue Reading

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Jax Congresswoman Corrine Brown To Be Portrayed In Left To Die on LMN Debuting This Weekend

Posted on 18 January 2013 by Admin Arthia

LEFT:The real Tammi Chase-Wright with actress Michael Hyatt who plays Congresswoman Brown in Left To Die film. RIGHT: Congresswoman Corrine Brown

By Florida Star Staff

(Jacksonville, Florida) Congresswoman Corrine Brown is coming to the small screen. Jacksonville’s leading lady in politics will be portrayed by Michael Hyatt, an actress known for appearances on HBO series and her performance in Broadway’s Ragtime will play Corrine Brown in Left to Die.

The movie is set to debut on Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) this weekend.

Academy Award® and Screen Actors Guild® nominee and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning actress Barbara Hershey (“Once Upon a Time”, “Black Swan”) stars in the Lifetime Original Movie “Left to Die” as Sandra Chase, an American mother of two wrongly sent to an

Ecuadorian prison for TContinue Reading

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Violence Against Women Act Expires Nationwide

Posted on 11 January 2013 by Admin Arthia

The News Service of Florida reported that advocates for battered women and sexual assault survivors are totally shocked that Congress adjourned without taking up a bill that would have reauthorized the Violence Women Act.

The report says that the criminal justice system was helping those abused victims by providing services. It stated that since Florida has such a large population of immigrant women, there is a higher risk for violence in relationships.

The act has been reauthorized twice and, TContinue Reading

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SNEAK PEAK: Georgia Star’s Best of 2012

Posted on 28 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Highlights of our Georgia Star 2012 year in review

Who made this year’s list of what was most talked about in Georgia for 2012? Our team highlights some of our more memorable stories.
When our paper hits newstands, you’ll see who broke a traditon at a church that stood for well over 100 years. You’ll also see who went from mom to momprenuer. You’ll recall which official got caught in scandal and what senior citizens did to fight back.
From Oprah to open house at the first female owned tertiary level institution, the NAACP to the RYCA’s, you’ll learn who gave south Georgia something to talk about this weekend in The Star!

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VIDEO: President Obama at Prayer Vigil for Connecticut Shooting Victims: “Newtown, You Are Not Alone”

Posted on 17 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Newtown High School

Newtown, Connecticut

8:37 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you, Governor.  To all the families, first responders, to the community of Newtown, clergy, guests — Scripture tells us:  “…do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away…inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”

We gather here in memory of twenty beautiful children and six remarkable adults.  They lost their lives in a school that could have been any school; in a quiet town full of good and decent people that could be any town in America. TContinue Reading

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President Obama Wipes Tears During Media Address Stating: “We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years”

Posted on 14 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

By ARTHIA NIXON

Florida/Georgia Star

After flags were ordered to be flown at half staff to honor the victims of the Stony Hook school shooting in Connecticut, an emotional President Barack Obama briefed the media at 3:16p.m, visibly pausing with a trembling lip, keeping his eyes off the media as he wiped away at least two escaping tears.

He was addressing the morning’s tragic events in Newtown, CT where 24 year-old Ryan Lanza slaughtered the school principal plus 20 children between age 5 and 10, most of them kindergarten students in his mother’s class. His father was found dead in New Jersey and his mother also killed, both in their homes.

“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years,” said President Obama who stated that when he heard the news, he not only acted as president but also as a parent.

He fought back tears by consistently blinking and took frequent breaths between speaking.

“They had their entire lives ahead of them,” he struggled to say. “Birthdays, graduations, weddings… kids of their own.” TContinue Reading

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BREAKING NEWS: 18 Children Among 27 Dead In Elementary School Shooting: Comes Hours After 22 Kids Stabbed At School In China

Posted on 14 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Children being led away from crime scene (Photo: Shannon Hicks, AP)

By ARTHIA NIXON

Florida/Georgia Star

Just hours after sympathizing over news that 22 children and an 85 year-old woman were stabbed at a school in China by a “deranged madman”, America would find itself in the international spotlight for another school shooting. (DEVELOPING)

As of 1p.m, unconfirmed reports reaching our newsroom said that 18 children were among the 27 dead at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newton, Connecticut after a 20 year-old gunman entered the school with bullet proof vest and four weapons. Parents received a town wide call that there was a shooting but the school had not been named. Shortly after that, a text alert reaching those with children at Sandy Hook indicated that this was the school that was under attack. TContinue Reading

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VIDEO: First Lady Michelle Obama And Bo, The Presidential Pet Spread Joy To All With White House Christmas Tours

Posted on 13 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes guests to the White House.

Christmas has come to the White House. While the first family is celebrating this year’s theme of Joy To All, the first dog Bo is doing his duty as Presidential Pet by giving us a tour of what the inside of The White House looks like for the holidays. TContinue Reading

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Celebration Week – Father’s Day and Juneteenth

Posted on 18 June 2012 by The Florida Star Online

This Ohio father is continuing to celebrate Father’s Day, two years after his wife delivered six, as shown above. But have you wondered about the origin of Father’s Day? On July 19, 1910 the governor of the state of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first “Father’s Day.” It was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official. TContinue Reading

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New Trial Denied Battered Wife

Posted on 04 May 2012 by The Florida Star Online

Written by: Dan Evans, The Florida Star
Photographer: Angie Nixon

Justice Rally for Marissa with SCLC, NAACP, Hurting Families, and many more.

Supporters, community leaders, and organizers gathered outside the court house to voice concerns for Marissa Alexander, facing a 20 year prison term for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The law is 10-20-Life.

A jury, deliberating only 12 minutes March 16, convicted Marissa Alexander on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A 20-year mandatory minimum sentence unless she could win a new trial. Thursday morning, Judge James H. Daniel denied Ms. Alexander a new trail. TContinue Reading

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FAMU Band Members Charged and Arrested

Posted on 04 May 2012 by The Florida Star Online

The FAMU marching band is famous for their musical and marching skills and has performed at many events, including the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The band was suspended shortly after drum major Robert Champion died from the hazing activities immediately after the 2011 Florida Classics.

Now that 13 of the members have been charged, many wish to know if the band’s suspension will end. Of the 13 arrested, 11 were charged with felony hazing resulting in death and two were charged with misdemeanor charges. Is such sufficient for the lesson needed to end hazing?

There are high school students in Florida who are praying for the band’s suspension to be lifted so that they can become a member because of the band’s great history. Right now, the task force is still working on what decision should be made.

Most of the members who were charged turned themselves in soon after it was learned of the decision on Thursday, and have been released on bond.

The attorney representing Robert Champion’s family has stated that he is not comfortable with the band getting back together yet because his clients fear hazing would continue. The attorney, Christopher Chestnut, when asked about the band getting back together to perform, said, according to reports, “You’re asking us for a prescription to a flu, and we don’t know the virus. We’re still piecing this together.”

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What’s with Cop Killing raid during prime time?

Posted on 25 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

The most important question that has not been asked about the Friday Cleveland Arms JSO killing is why in the world would a judge issue a warrant to authorize a raid on a low income crowded 200 unit apartment complex at 5 p.m. in the afternoon? Everyone knows that this is the time of day when kids are home from school, residents, who work are home or arriving home; a recipe for maximum collateral damage. What was the urgency? Why put so many innocent lives at risk?

Apparently, the white policemen who arrived, at the complex, dressed in black with masks on did not care about the potential endangerment of the innocent lives of the residents. Again, what was the need to raid a crowded low income black apartment complex, at 5:20 p.m., on a hot afternoon when most of the residents would be outside and exposed to gunfire?

If the warrant was for drugs being sold out of the apartment then why wasn’t the two other occupants, including the lease holder arrested? And where are they now? We would like to hear their account of what happened when the police broke into the apartment says the citizens of Jacksonville.

If the drug raid was set up by the police informant, then why was only a small amount of marijuana and cocaine found in a supposedly drug house? The apartment was under surveillance by the informant.

If Mr. Harris, the victim, knew that it was the police at the door, why would he arm himself to protect a small amount of cocaine and marijuana?

The police said Mr. Harris had a warrant from Ohio, but Mr. Harris’ sister said that her brother was reporting regularly to his probation officer here in Jacksonville.

Why is the outrage only coming from the apartment residents? Where was the NAACP, SCLC, the Urban League, the Human Rights Commission, Mad Dads and the religious community? And for that matter, where was the mayor, Councilman Reggie Brown, the councilman at large and State Representative? Not only was a man killed but hundreds of men, women and children’s lives were unnecessarily put at great risk. As of Saturday, March 20th none of the above had visited the Cleveland Arms to speak with the residents who were traumatized by the police commando attack that killed Mr. Harris. The only group that showed concern was the New Black Panthers. They say the act was puzzling.

Jacksonville’s police involved shootings are troubling. The shooting and killing of a man in the Cleveland Arms Apartment by the police is the third police shooting this year. Last year there were eight, four of which ended in a death. In 2009 there were 15 with nine fatal, preceded by 28 with 14 fatal in 2008 and 19 with nine fatal in 2007.

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