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Islamic Charity event will offer free medical exams, bicycles in West Tampa listen

04/22/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance, Islamic Charity Festival, Macfarlane Park, Florida Legislature, Tampa Police, Jane Castor, African-American, bicycle laws, WMNF Rob Lorei

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Today on Radioactivity we have Hakim Aquil and Dr. Husain Nagamia of the Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance, which is organizing the 18th annual Islamic Charity Festival at Macfarlane Park on Sunday April 26th from 11am-5pm. The festival will offer free medical services, food, clothing, and 2000 bicycles with helmets,lights and locks. Charity in Islam, known as Zakat, is one of the 5 principles considered essential to muslims.

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Tampa Bay Times reporters discuss profiling of poor, black cyclists by Tampa Police

04/21/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Tampa Police, African-American, bicycle laws, Alexandra Zayas, Kameel Stanley, Tampa Bay Times, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Today on radioactivity we discuss a Tampa Bay Times report published over the weekend that found Tampa Police disproportionately cite black residents with bicycle violations. Of the 2500 citations issued, 79 percent went to African-Americans, though less than a quarter of the city's population is black. According to the report, police used bicycle stops for minor ...

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The fate of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum takes a possible upturn listen

03/25/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: Dr Carter G Woodson, Museum, Ray Arsenault, Saint Petersburg, African-American, housing authority, Rick Kriseman

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The city of Saint Petersburg is poised to buy the Dr. Carter G Woodson African-American museum. This move was announced two weeks ago by Mayor Rick Kriseman and Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin during a press conference at the museum's building which is at the center of the dispute. As the dust settles on the city's proposal the museum's administration is reservedly upbeat about the future of the museum's location.

In January The Housing Authority voted to sell the building and told the museum ...

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St. Pete residents rally to save Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American museum listen

02/02/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: Dr. Carter G. Woodson, African-American, Museum, Rene Flowers, Steve Kornell, Momma Tee, housing authority

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Some within St.Pete community are voicing their support for keeping city’s only African-American museum where it is now. Saturday at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American museum backers filled the main room to listen to advocates explain why the museum’s location means so much. Museum board members, community activists and elected officials are focused on preserving the museum.

The museum is located near the intersection of 9th Avenue South and 22nd St...

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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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