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UPDATE #2: Calls for the Resignation of Senator Frank Artiles Escalate, Complaint Filed

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As more is learned about the racist, sexist tirade of State Senator Frank Artiles on Monday evening in Tallahassee’s exclusive Governors Club, the calls for his resignation escalate.

Some earlier reports of the incident implied Senators Artiles, Gibson and Thurston were socializing together. You know, drinks among friends. However, Senator Artiles “approached” Senators Gibson and Thurston when he unleashed his verbal attack on her.

We also learned that Artiles felt emboldened to drop the other “f-bomb” that evening, and called two lobbyists faggots. Once again, alcohol is a truth serum.

As expected, Artiles “apologized” from the Senate floor. No other comments were allowed by Senate President Joe Negron. If you’ve been following this situation, Negron is the colleague Artiles referred to as a “pussy.” If you happen to view video of that moment, please note that Artiles read a prepared statement that was lacking in sincerity. The way the scene rolled out was sterile and dismissive.

Senator Perry Thurston filed a formal complaint to expel Senator Frank Artiles. Senate Rules Chair Lizbeth Benacquisto has appointed Dawn Roberts, Senate general counsel, to complete and report on the investigation of the complaint by next Tuesday, April 25.

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In the meantime, continue this CALL TO ACTION.

1.  Contact Senator Frank Artiles and ask him to resign. There is no place for his hateful, racist and sexist thinking in American politics. 

Here are ways to contact Senator Artiles:

District Office

13501 SW 128th Street

Unit 115A

Miami, FL 33186

(305) 252-4300

 

Tallahassee Office

308 Senate Office Building

404 South Monroe Street

Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

(850) 487-5040

 

Email: artiles.frank@flsenate.gov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Artiles40

Twitter: @Artiles40 (Use hashtag #ArtilesMustResign.)

 

2.  Contact Senator Joe Negron, President of the Florida Senate, and ask him to have Senator Artiles to resign. 

Here are ways to Contact Senator Negron:

District Office 

3500 Southwest Corporate Parkway

Suite 204

Palm City, FL 34990

(772) 219-1665

Toll-Free (888) 759-0791

 

Tallahassee Office

305 Senate Office Building

404 South Monroe Street

Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

(850) 487-5025

 

Email: negron.joe@flsenate.gov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joenegronfl/

Twitter: @joenegronfl (Use hashtag #ArtilesMustResign.)

 

3.  Stay tuned as this is an evolving situation. We are expected to react with anger and then go away. Not this time. Thank you for speaking up. Thank you for taking action. 


If Senator Artiles’ apology was sincere, he would have made it to Senator Gibson earlier and without being forced. If Senator Artiles’ “apology” were sincere, he would have already resigned. He brought disgrace to the Florida Legislature via prior bad behavior and insults. Enough is enough.

Shame on everyone who hasn’t called for the resignation of Senator Frank Artiles. Shame on everyone who is putting Party over people in this latest situation. Senator Frank #ArtilesMustResign.

 

 

Related Links:

CALL TO ACTION: Florida Senator Frank Artiles Must Resign After His Racist, Sexist Tirade [WARNING: Profane language]

UPDATE: Senator Artiles Apologized for his Racist, Sexist Tirade, Stripped of Committee Chairmanship — Not Enough!  

 

 


UPDATE: Senator Artiles Apologized for his Racist, Sexist Tirade, Stripped of  Committee Chairmanship — Not Enough!  

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From left, Florida Senate President Joe Negron and Senator Frank Artiles

I watched Florida Senate President Joe Negron field interview questions via The Florida Channel online. His responses were a reminder of just how tone deaf, disrespectful and dismissive our elected leaders are here in Florida. Senator Negron seems to feel his job is complete since Senator Artiles apologized from the Senate floor and he stripped Artiles of his committee chairmanship. Tone deaf. Disrespectful. Dismissive.

Senator Frank Artiles must resign. His racist, sexist comments cannot be tolerated and must not be excused by any self-respecting individual, especially those who took an office to represent the people of Miami-Dade County and/or the people of Florida.

As a Black person and a woman, I will not excuse nor accept the apology of Frank Artiles. I am tired of Black people being insulted an apology is later offered and we are supposed to accept it and go away. NO! As a woman, I am tired of men thinking they can treat us like brainless body parts and receptacles and we are supposed to accept that. NO!

How would you feel if Senator Gibson was your wife, sister, mother, cousin or friend? You should be disgusted by how she was treated just because she is a woman.

I am asking you to continue to contact Senator Artiles and Florida Senate President Joe Negron. I am asking all elected officials, especially black elected officials, and women elected officials, to take a stand and demand the resignation of Senator Artiles. 

This is a matter of RESPECT. No excuses. #ArtilesMustResign

 

In the meantime, continue this CALL TO ACTION.

1.  Contact Senator Frank Artiles and ask him to resign. There is no place for his hateful, racist and sexist thinking in American politics. 

Here are ways to contact Senator Artiles:

District Office

13501 SW 128th Street

Unit 115A

Miami, FL 33186

(305) 252-4300

 

Tallahassee Office

308 Senate Office Building

404 South Monroe Street

Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

(850) 487-5040

 

Email: artiles.frank@flsenate.gov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Artiles40

Twitter: @Artiles40 (Use hashtag #ArtilesMustResign.)

 

2.  Contact Senator Joe Negron, President of the Florida Senate, and ask him to have Senator Artiles to resign. 

Here are ways to Contact Senator Negron:

District Office 

3500 Southwest Corporate Parkway

Suite 204

Palm City, FL 34990

(772) 219-1665

Toll-Free (888) 759-0791

 

Tallahassee Office

305 Senate Office Building

404 South Monroe Street

Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

(850) 487-5025

 

Email: negron.joe@flsenate.gov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joenegronfl/

Twitter: @joenegronfl (Use hashtag #ArtilesMustResign.)

 

3.  Stay tuned as this is an evolving situation. We are expected to react with anger and then go away. Not this time. Thank you for speaking up. Thank you for taking action. 

 

 

Related Post: CALL TO ACTION: Florida Senator Frank Artiles Must Resign After His Racist, Sexist Tirade [WARNING: Profane language] 


Meet The New Miss Jamaica Florida Queens 2016 

Newly Crowned Queens shine after pageant on Sunday, October 23, 2016, in Lauderhill, FL. 

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From left, Miss Jamaica Florida Teen - Shanna Francis; Little Miss Jamaica Florida - Danniella Spence; Junior Miss Jamaica Florida- Sade White; and Miss Jamaica Florida - Shanique Brown.

 

Photo: David Muir of DAVIDiphoto, Inc.

 


Zeta Day on the Hill 2016 - "Unleash Your Superpower: Vote. Advocate. Run."

 


Zeta Day on the Hill 2016 Addresses How African Americans Can Leverage Their Power in Government

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated will convene in Washington D.C. for Zeta Day on the Hill (ZDOTH) 2016. ZDOTH will provide community leaders from 15 states a platform to voice their concerns on issues that affect minority communities across the United States.  This day-long event informs attendees how to make significant policy changes in their communities by getting engaged in government.

The theme of this year's ZDOTH will be "Unleash Your Superpower: Vote. Advocate. Run." Preceding the 46th Annual Legislative Conference hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, ZDOTH will focus its discussion on sharing ways that African Americans can unleash their collective power to drive change in their communities, and ultimately run for political office.

"In 2012, when President Barack Obama was re-elected, African American women were 33% more likely than any other sub-group to vote," said Dr. Mary Breaux Wright, Zeta International President. "Our power goes far beyond our vote. Zeta is demonstrating how community leaders can take their rightful seat at the political table and direct the kind of change we want to see in our communities."

Past Zeta International President, Dr. Barbara West Carpenter, a member of the Louisiana State House of Representatives, will be joined by leadership representatives from the NAACP, the White House Council of Women and Girls, the American Association of University Women, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host workshops to help Zeta leaders tackle key issues that plague their communities. 

The day will culminate with a public community forum, A Seat at the Table: Black Women as VotersAdvocates, and Elected Officials featuring an expert panel of women, including Congresswoman Donna Edwards.

Zeta Day on the Hill will take place at the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street SW in Washington, D.C.

 


Community Leaders and Policy Makers Tackle Local and National Issues at Pumps, Pearls & Politics Forum and Luncheon

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Many of South Florida's civic-minded women and men are looking forward to the conversation and networking at the fourth annual Pumps, Pearls & Politics.
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Miami, FL – July 21, 2016 – The fourth annual Pumps, Pearls & Politics forum and luncheon hosted by the Connection Committee of the Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is scheduled for 11:30 AM, Saturday, August 6, 2016, at the InterContinental Miami in Doral. The event is women-centered and women-focused, but men are included on the agenda and encouraged to attend. Many topics to be covered are gender neutral and impact the entire community. This year’s theme, Pumps, Pearls & Politics 2016: How Do We #UniteAmerica?, is particularly timely and is certain to generate thought-provoking conversation.  

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson will bring the View from the Hill. Panelists include State Senator Oscar Braynon IIAdora Obi Nweze, President of the FL State Conference of the NAACP and Member of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP; United Teachers of Dade President Karla Hernandez-Mats; Political consultant Makeda McLune; Attorney Ronda Vangates; and social justice activist and Dream Defenders leader Umi Selah. Public relations practitioner and journalist Beverly Counts Rodrigues will serve as moderator and entertainment will be provided by Grammy-nominated spoken word artist Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns.

“In light of recent local and national incidents regarding police-involved shootings and the upcoming presidential election, this event provides the perfect opportunity for the community to engage in serious dialog,” said chapter president Andrea Robinson, “our guests will also be able to interact directly with participating political candidates.”

If You Go:

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016, 11:30 AM

Where: InterContinental Doral Miami, 2505 NW 87th Avenue, Doral, FL 33172 

Admission: $40 (Includes food and beverage.)

To pay online: http://pumpspearlspolitics2016.eventbrite.com (Sales close 7/30/2016.)

For more information send an email to Natasha Hines at pumpspearlspolitics@gmail.com.

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FILE PHOTO: Some of the fabulous guests at Pumps, Pearls & Politics 2015.

 

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FILE PHOTO: Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson with Riley Davis and family at Pumps, Pearls & Politics 2015. / Denetra Collins

 


Bennett Students Travel Abroad To Gain Global Experiences

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Joy Angbo, a business major from Brooklyn, in Nicosia, Cyprus. Angbo is participating in a Bennett College Study Abroad Program.

 

GREENSBORO, NC —  This semester, five Bennett College are studying abroad in countries such as Nicosia, Cyprus; London, England; and Zanzibar, Tanzania. These students say that they have been able to gain insight into their passion, develop a greater appreciation of other cultures and begin an effort to build an international network for the future.

Olivia Leaven is in her junior year at Bennett and is paying for her study abroad expenses as a Robert Kantor Scholar.  She is enrolled in the School for International Training (SIT)  Study Abroad Program in Tanzania, conducting research with a focus on coastal ecology, natural resource management, and sustainable development. The biology major and international affairs minor wants to help indigenous groups grow healthy crops that will ultimately result in reduced incidents of diabetes and high blood pressure.  She wants to create and manage a non-governmental organization that acts as an ombudsman between indigenous and underrepresented communities encouraging self-sufficiency.

Iso Leaven is passionate about making sure underrepresented communities have healthy foods.   As a student, she is currently working on establishing SanKofa Sprouts in Greensboro. Sankofa is a word in the Akan language of Ghana that translates as “reach back and get it.”

“SIT is like a beacon of light that directs me to my goals,” said Leaven.

Chelsea Moore is a junior, journalism and media studies major from Nashville, Tennessee who is studying in Nicosia, Cyprus, an island in the Mediterranean. Moore says, her experience thus far has been life changing. "I've grown in so many aspects and I can now say I'm able to adapt anywhere!" 

Students often wonder are they allowed to travel to other countries while studying abroad. 

"What I'm enjoying most about my time here in Europe is the ability to travel to various countries inexpensively."

Jaiza Wesley is a junior, psychology major- Sociology minor from Olympia, Washington, who is studying in Nicosia, Cyprus, the largest city on the island of Cyprus, a part of the European Union. Her favorite course that she is taking at the University of Nicosia is “Culture and Psychology” where she is learning how important it is to take into consideration people’s culture, not only when counseling, but in everyday life.

Wesley says, “I recommend studying abroad to all students; this experience has changed my perspective on how to view the world. I believe it is important to meet and interact with people of different cultures. Take advantage of the opportunity!”

Often, students want to study abroad, but don’t know where to start. Every semester there is an Academic Cultural Enrichment Series (ACES) program available to all students at Bennett College where study abroad students share their travel experiences.

Ms. Lee Todhunter, Interim Director, for the Center for Global Studies, said, “The only restrictions for students wishing to study abroad is that they cannot be freshwoman or in their final semester of studies. Also, a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required, although some programs require higher, and students must be in good academic standing.”

The Center for Global Studies is created to help students who have inquiries about studying abroad, where to start and how to apply.

Todhunter said, “The center for Global Studies has also made an effort to partner with those who provide cost effective programs that match Bennett’s cost of attendance, including programs to countries such as Cyprus and Costa Rica and to help students identify a program that offers courses they can take for credit and one that they can also afford.”

Joy Angbo, a junior business administration major and management minor from Brooklyn, New York, is also studying at the University of Nicosia. She is enjoying the course she is taking in Corporate Finance where she is learning how to make investments. This experience is an eye-opener for Angbo since it is her first time being out of the country for an extended period.

“I can’t wait to be back at Bennett to share with my Bennett sisters my full story of this beautiful opportunity,” said Angbo. 

Kiara Mills, junior journalism and media studies major from Willingboro, New Jersey, is currently studying at London South Bank University in London, England. The program has provided her with insight on how people in different parts of the world experience an education. She is taking Professional Writing; and Cultural Memory, and American Cinema courses.

 


Celebrating HERstory - Join the Conversation and Celebrate Women's History Month - Thurs. March 10 @ Noon

Dear Blogging Black Miami Readers,

Join me at this community event celebrating Women's History Month. I am honored to be included on the diverse panel of women leaders. Thanks. See you there! 

 

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The Professional Development Institute, a division of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe, invites you to join us in Celebrating HERstory: a curated panel in honor of Women’s History month. As a workforce of predominantly women serving predominantly women, we have so much that we can learn from each other. 

On Thursday, March 10, 2016, in honor of Women’s History Month, we are hosting a diverse panel of women who are Entrepreneurs, Clinicians, Journalists, Educators and CEOs from South Florida. Each will share HERstory on how she became a woman who leads.   

The March Café theme aligns perfectly with the 2016’s national focus for Women’s History Month: “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government”.  ‘Recognizing the dignity and accomplishments of women in our families and those from other backgrounds leads to higher self-esteem among girls and greater respect among boys and men. The results can be remarkable, from greater achievement by girls in school to less violence against women, and more stable and cooperative communities. The impact of women’s history might seem abstract to some, and less pressing than the immediate struggles of working women today. But to ignore the vital role that women’s dreams and accomplishments play in our lives would be a great mistake. We draw strength and inspiration from those who came before us – and those remarkable women working among us today. They are part of our story and a genuinely balanced and inclusive history recognizes how important women have always been in American society.’ 

The Cafes are held at our 2555 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables office from 12 noon to 1:30 pm and everyone is invited. RSVP to ymartinez@elcmdm.org to reserve your seat. 

 


#TRUELoveHairAffair Launch Event at W South Beach, Miami, Special Guest Radio Personality Jill Tracey

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Special Guest radio personality @jilltracey with @sallybeautysupply gift card winners including @zoeallamby @sheawhatsreal

Thursday evening, February 18th, #TRUELoveHairAffair by Made Beautiful x Fros & Beaus presented the official, national launch of the scent-sational hair care line with a “Valentine’s” theme to celebrate all things true & natural at W South Beach in Miami. Guests enjoyed the vocals of April Raquel Music, live model mannequin hair models styled by Simone and Trudy Hylton of Natural Trend Setters salon and fashions by Erika Everett of The Glitter Agency, Rémy Martin V signature cocktails, custom hotel chef selections of tapas, gourmet cupcake flavors by Sugar Defined, complimentary gift bags, photo booth mementos, and bonding among naturalistas from across South Florida. The 2-hour event concluded with a moving sister-circle from Special Guest radio personality Jill Tracey

 
Follow #TRUELoveHairAffair and #MadeBeautiful on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter for additional posts from the event
 
BONUS: Please view Essence.com Hair: Street Style gallery of #TRUELoveHairAffair by Made Beautiful x Fros & Beaus showcasing the variety of hair types and styles in Miami, FL.

Celebrating the Birthday of Bea Hines and the Birth of Miami's Black Scribes

 

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Miami's Black Scribes celebrate the birthday of Bea Hines. Seated, from left, Venda Rei Gibson; Julia Brown; Bea Hines. Standing, from left,  Maude Newbold; Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields; and Vanessa Woodard Byers. Not pictured - Linda Johnson and Andrea Robinson.

Last Thursday, a group of lovely ladies gathered at Soyka's in Midtown Miami to celebrate the birthday of local journalistic legend Bea Hines. The gathering, the brainchild of another legend and history maker, archivist and historian, Dr. Dororthy Jenkins Fields, was multi-purposed. Not only would Ms. Hines, the first Black female reporter at the Miami Herald be celebrated, but it would be the first gathering of a small group of local African-American women journalists and writers informally named --- Miami's Black Scribes.

The inaugural group of Miami's Black Scribes includes Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields; Julia Brown; Vanessa Woodard Byers; Venda Rei Gibson; Bea Hines; Linda Johnson; Maude Newbold; and Andrea Robinson.

 

Photo: Courtesy of Vanessa Woodard Byers

 


Could Miami Palmetto alum Ketanji Brown Jackson be the next Supreme Court Justice?

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Shortly after the announced death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, prominent Republicans declared President Obama should not appoint anyone to the seat and promised to block any persons nominated. It is sad and expected that Republicans and Republican presidential candidates would respond with obstructionist tactics as conservatives would lose their majority on the Supreme Court.
 
President Obama announced he would fulfill his constitutional responsibility and fill the seat. Several names have been mentioned as possible replacements including current Attorney General Loretta Lynch. In my humble opinion, the next Justice should be a Black female as that demographic group is not currently represented on the Supreme Court. That female should be Ketanji Brown Jackson whose name has circulated on the highly respected SCOTUSblog.
Ketanji Brown Jackson is a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  She was confirmed by without any Republican opposition in the Senate not once, but twice.  She was confirmed to her current position in 2013 by unanimous consent – that is, without any stated opposition.  She was also previously confirmed unanimously to a seat on the U.S. Sentencing Commission (where she became vice chair).
 
She is a young – but not too young (forty-five) – black woman.  Her credentials are impeccable.  She was a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School.  She clerked on the Supreme Court (for Justice Stephen Breyer) and had two other clerkships as well. As a lawyer before joining the Sentencing Commission, she had various jobs, including as a public defender.
 
Her family is impressive.  She is married to a surgeon and has two young daughters.  Her father is a retired lawyer and her mother a retired school principal.  Her brother was a police officer (in the unit that was the basis for the television show The Wire) and is now a law student, and she is related by marriage to Congressman (and Speaker of the House) Paul Ryan.
 
Jackson graduated from Miami Palmetto Senior in 1988. Her parents are former Miami-Dade County Public Schools School Board Attorney Johnny Brown and her mother, Ellery Brown, was principal of the prestigious New World School of the Arts.

According to SCOTUSblog publisher Tom Goldstein:
 
Judge Brown Jackson’s credentials would be even stronger if she were on the court of appeals rather than the district court and if she had been a judge for longer than three years. 
 
As a layperson, experience on the court of appeals rather than the district court is not significant. My lawyer friends might beg to differ. Goldstein goes on indicate that in these special circumstances, past precedent might not be followed.
 
 

 

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