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Ballot initiative could add strong police investigative panel to Tampa charter

Community groups concerned about police accountability want to add a strong police review process to the Tampa City Charter. In a press conference Wednesday morning at the headquarters of the Hillsborough NAACP, several groups unveiled a petition for a Civilian Investigative Panel that would have subpoena powers, a staff and a budget. Tampa City Council member… Read more »

Early cancer prevention event reaches out to the community

Coalition of public and private sponsors brought a cancer awareness event to Tampa. Last Saturday at Robert W. Sanders jr. Library, nearly 100 people came to listen to speakers, meet cancer survivors and participate in educational self-health screenings. Information and access are key ingredients needed to stave off cancer. Preventative care was a reoccurring theme… Read more »

Bernie Sanders brings his political revolution to Tampa

Senator Bernie Sanders draws nearly ten thousand people to Tampa rally. Yesterday evening, in an expo hall on the Florida Fairgrounds, the democratic presidential candidate Sanders brought his message to Florida voters. Bernie Sanders speech hit on many different issues and on Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders Tampa visit was the last on his whistle stop… Read more »

New Documentary looks back at the 1967 Newark Riots

In 1967, two white Newark policemen arrested a black taxi-driver, John Smith, for improperly passing them. A rumor spread throughout the local black community that Smith was killed in police custody, which sparked off a 6-day riot that left 26 people dead and hundreds injured. Today we talk with two documentarians, Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno, whose… Read more »

Researcher Sean McElwee debunks myth of the black welfare recipient

On  Thursday’s Radioactivity – our guest was Sean McElwee, Research Associate at Demos, who recently penned an opinion piece for Aljazeera on the prejudice and politics that fuel misconceptions about about welfare recipients. A new study by YouGov found that black people are more likely to be viewed as “takers” from society while white people are more… Read more »

Loca African American multimedia artist reimagines controversial minstrel standard “Dixie”

Today on Midpoint, we talk with Sarasota-based musician John Sims, whose latest album the AfroDixie Remixes contains a reimagined versions of the American classic “I wish I was in Dixie”, a song written in the mid 1800’s by Daniel Decatur Emmett. It was once considered the anthem of the South, but is now considered offensive for its association… Read more »

Local choir production celebrates the Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

By Rob Lorei Today, Host Rob Lorei speaks with September Penn, director of Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song, a musical production centered around the freedom songs of the Civil Rights Era. Many of these songs were adapted from religious spirituals and crafted to carry the message of equal rights for… Read more »

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Tampa Democrat opposes three Florida gun bills

President Obama has unveiled plans to tighten enforcement of gun laws; meanwhile in Florida the gun lobby will be pushing at least three changes to gun laws during the upcoming Florida legislative session. Last month WMNF News asked Ed Narain, a Democratic State Representative from Tampa, about all three. We started by asking if gun owners with concealed carry… Read more »

Best Books from 2015 according to From a Woman’s POV

We had several authors chat with us on the show this year and Arlene has compiled a list of her favorites. They’re listed below in alphabetical order:     Cynthia Barnett, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History. Crown. Like the air we breathe and the earth we walk, rain is elemental. We accept it as… Read more »

Year in Review: Stories that had us talking in 2015

As the year 2015 comes to an end this week, we take time to review some of the top stories that had us talking this year. Gay marriage was legalized by the Supreme Court in June and COP 21 was signed in December. However, unfortunately in 2015 there was an increase in gun violence, police… Read more »

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Tampa rally against white supremacy

A student group in Tampa is rallying Wednesday evening in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis and against white supremacy; Students for a Democratic Society Tampa is holding what they say is an emergency rally calling for justice for Jamar Clark who was killed while being detained by Minneapolis Police. Two nights ago five… Read more »

Black Millennials are taking black twitter to the streets

Hacktivists and activists, black twitter and black lives matter hashtags are all over social media but what do they mean to black millennials? A recent report by The Black Youth Project entitled “Black Millennials in America” delves into these questions. The ongoing 10 year study shows how and why black millennials are becoming more politically… Read more »

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USF students to rally in solidarity with Mizzou

On Thursday afternoon USF students will rally in support of students at the University of Missouri who have faced threats of violence after the school’s president and provost resigned in response to student protests; black students organized the Mizzou demonstrations because they felt the administration was not doing enough to fight racism on campus. Nia Knighton… Read more »

US Department of Education lambastes Pinellas County for educational disparities

Last Friday afternoon U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Campbell Park Elementary, one of the South Saint Petersburg schools singled out in a Tampa Bay Times investigation noting severely underperforming schools. Outgoing US secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, emphasized the educational disparity in Pinellas schools is man made. Duncan opines that probable causes were… Read more »

The lasting impact of the Moynihan Report on race and poverty politics

50 years ago, sociologist and Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan released a report that attempted to explain the roots of black poverty. the Moynihan report, as it came to be known, pointed at female-led single parent family structures, weak male leadership, and pathological criminality caused by the psycho-social impacts of slavery as factors… Read more »

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Tampa Council looks for compromise with Buckhorn on police review

Late Thursday afternoon Tampa City Council instructed its attorney to work with the city’s attorney to draft an ordinance creating a citizen board to review police actions. Besides the number of appointments by council or the mayor it will have similar properties to a board created by Mayor Bob Buckhorn through executive order last month. The… Read more »

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Diverse group calls for strong citizen review board for Tampa Police

Some members of Tampa City Council want to go against the legal advice of the city’s attorney and create a civilian board to review actions of the police – or at least appoint more members than Mayor Bob Buckhorn has in mind for a board he created by executive order. And diverse voices of citizens… Read more »