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Hillsborough Schools seek to boost academic performance for minorities; one activist prefers results listen

07/23/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Hillsborough County Schools, Doretha Edgecomb, African-American, Hispanic, Latino, education

The Hillsborough County School board is trying to improve educational outcomes for some minority students. The board is supporting a pledge aimed at boosting graduation rates and reducing disciplinary problems among African-American and Hispanic males. But an investigation prompted by a complaint from a retired teacher about the how the district teaches minority students is still ongoing.

“I think the best time to make a judgment is to see the outcome of what they pledge – if there is any...

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$7 million will move Tampa's historic "Bro Bowl" skate park to other side of park listen

07/22/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Bro Bowl, skate park, skateboard, Perry Harvey Sr. Park, African-American, Brad Sudder, parks and recreation

A $7 million project moving a historic skate bowl about 200 feet from one side of a park to another was approved by Tampa City Council Thursday. The “Bro Bowl” has been around since the 1970s and its users fought to save it by getting historic designation for the graffiti-laden concrete bowl. Now, through an expensive compromise, the city will build skaters a new park.

The project is expected to be completed sometime next fall. Contractors will break ground on Perry Harvey Sr. Park as soo...

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US Dept of Education investigates whether black students are discriminated by Hillsborough Schools listen

06/26/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Hillsborough County Schools, education, schools, civil rights, African-American, FCAT

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The Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education is investigating whether the Hillsborough County School District discriminates against black students when it comes to effective teaching and discipline.

In a letter dated 4 June, the Office of Civil Rights asked Hillsborough Schools to turn over dozens of documents about things like disciplinary policies, the role of law enforcement officers in schools and teacher experience.

The investigation stems from a letter by Tamp...

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Tampa City Council may aid push to save historical Jackson House listen

11/21/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tampa City Council, Jackson House, African-American, history

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Tampa city administrators are planning to demolish a dilapidated home that used to house such African-American icons as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a host of famous singers. But as During a meeting Thursday city council members seemed poised to ask staff to hold off on demolition.

Former Tampa City Council member-turned community activist Linda Saul-Sena wants to convene a group – the Jackson House Foundation – to save the sole remaining building on what was once the bustling Central Av...

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Teen shot by Tampa Police leaves witnesses outraged listen

07/23/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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An African-American teenage boy was shot and killed by two Tampa Police officers Sunday night in Tampa Heights. Police reports say sixteen-year-old Javon Neal was armed with a gun, but some witnesses are disputing that claim. Today some activists called on the community to demand justice for the slain boy. Life Malcolm said residents of predominantly black communities should think twice before calling the police for help.

“Because their way of solving our problems is leaving one of o...

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Racial injustice still impacting African-American psyche listen

05/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A seminar aimed at preventing crime in and among the African-American community is in its final day in downtown Tampa today. The 27th annual conference on preventing crime in the black community addressed how slavery and other racial injustices are still impacting young African-American men now.

Wali Shabazz isn’t shy about calling out the mistakes made by his own cultural group - pants drooped around the knees, provocatively dressed women and the tendency to intentionally sound ignoran...

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Brass bands and vocals help Tampa celebrate Black History Month listen

02/08/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The City of Tampa and the Black History Committee held their 24th annual celebration today at the Tampa Convention Center. Tampa students, city employees and supporters of the African-American community enjoyed lively music and a helping of financial advice.

February marks 28 – and this year because it’s a leap year, 29 - days of honoring centuries of progress in the African American community.

The [Distin...

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Coalition of 100 Black Women's 1st Annual Luncheon listen

09/27/10 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Women came together on Saturday to recognize some Tampa Bay heroes in at the 1st annual luncheon for the area’s chapter of the Coalition of 100 Black Women. The group works to increase and promote education and guidance for women and girls in the community.

"We've had people who have shed blood, sweat, and tears to get us this far, and it is our job to train the young girls so that when they become in our stead they will be the voice of the future, sta...

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