Posted on 11 February 2016 by The Florida Star Online
By Opio Sokoni
The Florida Star Reporter
The major newspapers in the 1920s had a fascination with aviation. The first black female to fly an airplane, however, was made a household name among African Americans by the black press. They both covered her. Bessie Coleman was called “a vivacious little cutie” in one major newspaper and a “nervy lady” by The Chicago Defender, a black weekly. TContinue Reading
Posted on 25 January 2016 by The Florida Star Online
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Edward Waters College kicked-off its 150th anniversary with a balloon release and celebratory cake-cutting during a Sesquicentennial Celebration January 20th. TContinue Reading
Posted on 15 August 2015 by The Florida Star Online
It is with great honor that we inform our readers of our new General Manager, Opio Sokoni. Many in the city know Mr. Sokoni from his work as the president of the local SCLC. His term there was marked with action. Under his leadership the name “Forrest” finally came down from the high school that was named after the confederate general. He was also instrumental in organizing the vigilance in front of the courthouse during the Michael Dunn trial. Dunn was convicted and sentenced to prison for killing Jacksonville teen, Jordan Davis for refusing to turn down his music. TContinue Reading
Posted on 13 July 2015 by The Florida Star Online
Crowning of Universal Teen 2015 and the Crowning of Tween USA 2015 occured on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, in Jacksonville.
Details and pictures are in the latest edition of The Florida Star
Posted on 30 June 2015 by The Florida Star Online
COLUMN BY MAYOR ALVIN BROWN
As I close my term as mayor, I look around our neighborhoods and I see one thing: communitywide partnerships. TContinue Reading
Posted on 08 May 2015 by The Florida Star Online
Over the past four years, Mayor Brown has worked with numerous partners and achieved the following accomplishments under his leadership:
1. 36,000 new jobs were created.
2. Jacksonville was rated the No. 1 city in America to start a business.
3. Jacksonville was rated the No. 2 city in America to find a job. TContinue Reading
Posted on 10 January 2015 by The Florida Star Web Editor
Matthew W. Gilbert High School Grand Reunion Class of 1965 celebrated their 50th reunion at the 17th Annual all class reunion, held the weekend of January 2nd-4th, 2015. TContinue Reading
Posted on 10 November 2014 by The Florida Star Web Editor
Most city government offices and facilities will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. TContinue Reading
Posted on 20 June 2014 by The Florida Star Web Editor
The men behind two notorious crimes in Florida and Georgia have been executed within hours of each other. TContinue Reading
Posted on 20 September 2013 by Admin Arthia
Mayor Alvin Brown
During an end-of-summer celebration for JaxParks Summer Night Lights (SNL) initiative on Wednesday evening, Mayor Alvin Brown recognized attorney Wayne Hogan of the Terrell Hogan Law Firm for his substantial financial commitment to the youth anti-crime, anti-violence initiative that operates in select parks each summer. Brown then joined TContinue Reading
Posted on 23 April 2013 by Admin Arthia
Congresswoman Corrine Brown testified this week in the Florida House Select Committee on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the dire importance of the Florida state legislature’s willingness to accept federal Medicaid dollars. The state of Florida stands to lose TContinue Reading
Posted on 23 April 2013 by Admin Arthia
Aspiring rapper Norman Spalding, 26 was killed last weekend when a pickup truck drove in the path of his motorcycle in Jacksonville. The young man was thrown from the motorcycle and hit by several vehicles. TContinue Reading
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
Posted on 18 January 2013 by Admin Arthia
Martin Luther King – Man named for civil rights leader arrested
By Florida Star Staff
(Jacksonville, Florida) His parents apparently had high hopes for their son by choosing to name him after one of the greatest historical figures of the Civil Rights Movement.
However, the week commemorating the birthday of the late Dr Martin Luther King, birthday, 33 year old Martin Luther King (who is understood not to be related to the family of the civil rights icon) has been charged with murder. Using an assault-rifle attack on January 9 he killed one person and wounded two others.
King was charged with TContinue Reading
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
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!
Posted on 20 December 2012 by Admin Arthia
Jacksonville Jaguars spread holiday cheer (Photo Jaguars)
In the spirit of the season of giving, the Jacksonville Jaguars, PEPSI, Winn-Dixie and Second Harvest North Florida are partnering to provide food over the next week for 1,000 families in time for the Christmas holiday. TContinue Reading
Posted on 11 December 2012 by Admin Arthia
Mayor Alvin Brown, City of Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Nov. 27, 2012 — Mayor Alvin Brown presented a group of 10 military veterans, each now enrolled at Jacksonville University, with a check for
$3,500 to finance a trip to the annual Student Veterans of America national conference in Orlando in January.
“I’m proud to support these brave men and women as they transition to civilian life and embark on a new mission to better themselves through academics,” said Mayor Brown. “More than a donation, this is about our city’s future. TContinue Reading
Posted on 04 December 2012 by Admin Arthia
By MIKE BONTS
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Florida’s running game went into high gear Saturday as the Gators ended a two game losing skid to FSU with a 37-26 win before 83,429 in Tallahassee.
With 140 yards on 24 carries and two TDs senior Mike Gillislee became the first Florida player to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a season since Ciatrick Fason in 2004. Florida rushed for 244 yards on 47 carries and scored three touchdowns on the ground – FSU had been giving up 70.6 yards per game.
“We had a lot of confidence coming in here being able to run the football. We’ve run it well versus everybody. We’ve run it well versus better defenses,” said Florida coach Will Muschamp.
Posted on 03 December 2012 by Admin Arthia
Hundreds attended the memorial of Jordan Davis, 17 who was shot by Michael David Dunn at a gas station in Jacksonville.
It has not been nine months since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Florida. Now, another black teenager has been laid to rest after being killed under suspicious circumstances.
Michael David Dunn, the 45-year-old vice president of Dunn & Dunn Data Systems in Vero Beach, was in Jacksonville recently weekend for his son’s wedding. According to records, on Friday when Dunn, a gun collector, encountered Jordan Russell Davis, 17, a student at a Jacksonville magnet school, Samuel W. Wolfson High, in a SUV in the parking lot when Dunn pulled up next to them in a car and asked them to turn down their music. Davis and Dunn exchanged words, and Dunn pulled a gun and shot eight or nine times, striking Jordan twice. TContinue Reading
Posted on 30 November 2012 by Admin Arthia
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Tony D. Hansberry is not your average college freshman. Perceived at as a child prodigy after developing an innovative suture method that decreases hospital stay and increases efficiency during operations for hysterectomies, the then 14-year-old said he just wanted to bring a prize back home from the science fair.
“People think I’m a genius,” Hansberry said. “It’s not that at all, I just like medicine.” TContinue Reading
Posted on 30 November 2012 by Admin Arthia
31 year old Larry Worth is considered one of the ringleaders in a group of 17 who were arrested in connection to identification theft recently. At least 185 people are said to be at risk of having their identities used to file fraudulent tax returns and cash refund checks according to State Attorney Angela Corey and other investigators. TContinue Reading
Posted on 09 June 2012 by The Florida Star Online
In 1919 a small church was organized as Palmer Grove Baptist and after several name changes and locations, in 1978 moved to 1824 Prospect Street, Jacksonville. Lining up with its new address, the church became prospective, changed its name to New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church and relished in its growth in membership while continuing its achievements. Under the leadership of its deacons, officers and members, the church paid off the mortgage in 1983.
With no debt, in 1984, the Reverend Joe Calhoun became their pastor and the church was able to purchase all of the land surrounding their existing church. With this acquisition, a decision was made to construct a new building to accommodate the growth in membership. In 1997, the present building went under construction and on May 17, 1998 they were able to move into their new sanctuary. The Rev. Landon Williams of The Greater Macedonia Baptist Church was the guest speaker.
The challenge was again met and on March 18, 2012 the last mortgage check was written and the church was again, mortgage free. A pre-mortgage burning service was held on May 17, with Rev. E. L. Griffin of Shalom Missionary Baptist Church presiding and on Friday, May 18, their Service of Thanksgiving was held with a theme, “To God Be the Glory,” with Rev. Johnny L. Johnson of Philadelphia Baptist Church delivering the word.
On Sunday morning, May 20, Pastor Emeritus Joe Calhoun delivered the sermon with Rev. W. L. Phillips presiding. The congregation and guest returned that afternoon at 4:00 p.m. The Rev. Landon Williams again gave the sermon, and Pastor Emeritus Calhoun stood between chairman of the Deacon Board Robert Jackson and Brother Lawrence Starling, chairman of Finance & Trustee to light the fire, and burn the mortgage. And the church joyfully said: “Amen!”
Posted on 13 May 2012 by The Florida Star Online
[Left] Marcus Faella, 39 and wife, Patricia, 36,leaders of American Front.
So far, eleven members of a white supremacist group who was reported plotting to kill Jews, minorities, and immigrants in Central Florida were arrested in Osceola County on hate crime and conspiracy charges.
Seven were arrested over the weekend, three were taken into custody Tuesday and another Thursday.
Investigators say the group was conducting paramilitary training with AK-47s and hand-to-hand combat for a race war they believe is impending.
What is really frightening is the report earlier this week of a monthly newsletter published by the Greene County Republican Committee in Virginia. In it, McPhee urges readers to encourage other conservatives to vote in November. He goes on to warn that the consequences of not defeating Obama, a so-called “ideologue unlike anything world history has ever witnessed or recognized,” would be dire.
“[W]e shall not have any coarse [sic] but armed revolution should we fail with the power of the vote in November,” McPhee writes. “This Republic cannot survive for 4 more years underneath this political socialist ideologue.”
The laws of the United States must be more tough and strickly enforced.
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