FL Democrats Out Register FL Republicans


The Florida Secretary of State has closed the books on voter registration for the 2020 Primary and, for the first time this cycle, there is an accurate read of voter registration numbers in Florida.
Democrats have added more voters to the rolls than Republicans in the 2020 election cycle.
In 2018 (as of the October 2018 book closing): Democrats had a 263,000 registration edge over Republicans in Florida.
In 2020 (as of book closing reported today): Democrats have a 280,000 registration edge over Republicans in Florida.
While Florida Democrats have added 17,000 more Democrats to the rolls than Republicans so far this cycle, Florida Democrats are also in the midst of a massive voter registration effort in the state.
  • Upon launching voter registration efforts in July of 2019, Democrats were registering 28 voters per day. 
  • In February 2020, the Florida Democratic Party (FDP) averaged 482 registrations per day
  • FDP is currently on pace to collect an additional 150,000 registrations before the start of the general election in August.  



Early voting has begun in Florida’s 2020 Presidential Preference Primary


Early voting starts today and goes through Sunday, March 15, in the Florida Presidential Preference Primary. Florida is a closed primary state so only Democrats can vote for Democrats and only Republicans can vote for Republicans.


At stake are the state’s 248 Democratic delegates, of which 29 are superdelegates. Donald Trump has opposition but none of them is a threat to him being the Republican nominee. 


Voting actually began weeks ago with the mailing of vote-by-mail ballots. Since that time, many of the Democratic candidates have dropped out of the race. Uninformed voters are likely to waste their vote if they are not aware of each candidate’s status. 


UPDATE 1: Here is a markup of an actual Democratic ballot. These are the active Democratic candidates as of the posting of this article. Amy Klobuchar is suspending her campaign. More candidates are likely to drop out after tomorrow’s Super Tuesday contests. Be informed. Share this information with your family and friends. 


Dr. Steve Gallon’s Fourth Annual Black History Showcase pays homage to HBCUs and the Divine Nine



Brilliance, creativity, and talent were on full display at Miami Carol City Senior High, on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, as District 1 School Board Member and School Board Vice Chair Dr. Steve Gallon III held his 4th Annual District 1 Black History Showcase. This year’s show entitled “D1 Chella” celebrated Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs) also known as the Divine Nine. Performances included dance,  step, chorus, spoken word, drama, jazz band, and  drumline.


The event master of ceremonies was District 1 and Andover Middle School’s 8th grader Ramaria St. Hilaire. Schools represented in this year's showcase included: Golden Glades Elementary, North Dade Center for Modern Languages, Parkview Elementary, Rainbow Park Elementary, Scott Lake Elementary, Norland Middle School, Carol City Middle School, North Miami Senior High, Miami Norland Senior High, Jan Mann Educational Center, and Miami Carol City Senior High. There was also a special performance by Ricky Danco, a Haitian American dance company.


Event partner was City of Miami Gardens Councilwoman Katrina Wilson. More than 500 were in attendance and included Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert, Councilman David Williams Jr., Councilman Reggie Leon, Trayvon Martin Foundation executive director Sybrina Fulton, North Region Superintendent Jose Bueno, UTD Vice President Antonio White, and North Region administrators and school staff.


A special visual presentation was featured reflecting on the past and highlighting the present status of HBCUs and the Divine Nine. The showcase received a long and resounding standing ovation and continuous praise by everyone as the audience exited the auditorium.


“Once again, our community has been able to serve witness to the artistic beauty and brilliance of our students, as well as the power that the arts plays in their education and empowerment,” said Dr. Gallon. “The night also provided an opportunity for us to reflect, recognize, and celebrate the educational journey of Blacks in higher education and the powerful role and influence that Black fraternities and sororities have played in binding us in power and purpose. The night’s performances also provided us with a challenge. How do we top this?”


To view highlights from the show, visit:





Popular Vegan Food Concept and Restaurant Set to Make a Stop in Miami As Part of Fifty City Tour
Miami, FL – On Sunday, February 23Slutty Vegan, the 100% plant-based burger restaurant that has become a national food phenomenon, is coming to Miami for a one-day, pop-up shop/restaurant. This is part of their “Gettin’ Slutty” tour, which is now in it’s second year.
The popular food brand and concept, created by Pinky Cole, will be serving customers from 2pm – 8pm at Bar One Miami on 520 West Ave., Miami Beach, FL  33139.
“Over the past year, we have impacted Atlanta in a huge way with our fast-casual junk food that is completely plant-based,” says Founder/Owner, Pinky Cole. “Every day, people are standing in line for hours to experience the juicy goodness of our plant-based burgers and we look forward to bring the experience to Miami.”
Last month, Slutty Vegan celebrated the one-year anniversary of the opening of their brick and mortar location in Atlanta. 
Fans of Slutty Vegan include Tyler Perry, Will Packer, Tiffany Haddish, Taraji P. Henson, Iyanla Vanzant, Keisha Lance-Bottoms, Porsha Williams, Jermaine Dupri, Meagan Goode, Cory Booker, Jidenna, Lena Waithe and more.
Blogging Black Miami gives a special shout out to Cole. Last year, she and another entrepreneur, Stacey Lee, collaborated to pay it forward and pay off the remaining debt for 30 students at their alma mater, Clark Atlanta University. We like helping businesses that help the community so don’t miss the pop-up on Sunday. 
Other cities on the fifty-city trek include: Durham, Charlotte, Charleston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and more.


CALL TO ACTION: Turning Around Public Schools or Taking Away Public Schools?


Turning Around Public Schools or Taking Away Public Schools?
The public school Turn Around bill (SB 1498), which would push privatization to new levels, advanced out of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education meeting today. As written, this bill would:
  • Throw a school district into instant turnaround status upon earning its first D or F grade (currently, a school would not face a turnaround model unless it receives two consecutive D’s or one F grade).
  • If a D or F turnaround school does not earn a C or better within one year, the Commissioner of Education may recommend closing the school, re-purpose it as a charter school, or assign it to an external operator.
  • Allows state universities or colleges to be considered as external operators, therefore bypassing school board authority.
  • Makes no provision to restore “turnaround” schools to the district.
  • Shortens the time allowed for school districts to help struggling schools.
  • Accelerates path to privatize or close low performing schools.
  • Robs districts of their constitutional authority to oversee their own schools.
  • Grants the Commissioner of Education new powers to deny district requests by closing schools.
In the words of a fifth grade public school student who testified in the committee meeting today, “My school grade doesn’t tell you the best parts about my school. My school has helped me grow as a student and as a person. If the state forces her school to close, her family will lose its education choice and her neighborhood will lose a place that brings people together.” We couldn’t agree more.
We need to unite our voices to save our public schools! Please contact members of the Senate Appropriations Committee (the next and final committee stop) and tell them to amend Senate Bill 1498 by leaving school districts, particularly those that are “A” and “B” rated with a proven track record of improving schools, the full flexibility to improve school performance locally.
Chair Sen. Rob Bradley - 850.487.5055 - @Rob_Bradley - bradley.rob@flsenate.gov
V. Chair Sen. Wilton Simpson - 850.487.5010 - @WiltonSimpson - simpson.wilton@flsenate.gov
Sen. Aaron Bean - 850.487-5004 - @AaronPBean - bean.aaron@flsenate.gov
Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto - 850.487.5027 - @lizbethkb - benacquisto.lizbeth@flsenate.gov
Sen. Lauren Book - 850.487.5032 - @Book4Senate - book.lauren@flsenate.gov
Sen. Jeff Brandes - 850.487.5024 - @JeffreyBrandes - brandes.jeff@flsenate.gov
Sen. Oscar Braynon, III - 850.487.5035 - @OscarJB2 - braynon.oscar@flsenate.gov
Sen. Anitere Flores - 850.487.5039 - @anitere_flores - flores.anitere@flsenate.gov
Sen. George Gainer - 850.487.5002 - @senatorgainer - gainer.george@flsenate.gov
Sen. Audrey Gibson - 850.487.5006 - @SenAudrey2eet - gibson.audrey@flsenate.gov
Sen. Travis Hutson - 850.487.5007 - @TravisJHutson - hutson.travis@flsenate.gov
Sen. Tom Lee - 850.487.5020 - @TomLeeFL - lee.tom@flsenate.gov
Sen. Debbie Mayfield - 850.487.5017 - @debbie_mayfield - mayfield.debbie@flsenate.gov
Sen. Bill Montford - 850.487.5003 - @BillMontford - montford.bill@flsenate.gov
Sen. Kathleen Passidomo - 850.487.5028 - @kathleen4swfl - passidomo.kathleen@flsenate.gov
Sen. Bobby Powell - 850.487.5030 - @BobbyPowellJr - powell.bobby@flsenate.gov
Sen. Darryl Rouson - 850.487.5019 - @darrylrouson - rouson.darryl@flsenate.gov
Sen. David Simmons - 850.487.5009 - @DSimmonsFL - simmons.david@flsenate.gov
Sen. Kelli Stargel - 850.487.5022 - @kellistargel - stargel.kelli@flsenate.gov
Sen. Linda Stewart - 850.487.5013 - @LindaStewartFL - stewart.linda@flsenate.gov
Sen. Perry Thurston, Jr. - 850.487.5033 - @SenatorThurston - thurston.perry@flsenate.gov
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MABSE Excellence in Education Awards 2020, Thurs. Feb. 20


Miami Alliance of Black School Educators (MABSE) President Dr. Steve Gallon III cordially invites you to join the celebration as we salute our local legends, catalysts, and shining stars in education at the Legacy of Excellence in Education Awards 2020. These individuals serve as models of educational excellence in Miami-Dade County. Their service and professionalism reflect the core mission and values of MABSE.


All of this year’s honorees are current or retired educators in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system. They are Legends: School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall; retired administrator Dr. George Koonce; retired administrator and current president of the Florida State Conference of the NAACP Ms. Adora Obi Nweze. Catalysts: Central Region Superintendent Mr. John Pace; Human Resources administrator Mrs. Treska Rodgers; and retired administrator Mr. Lesly Prudent. Shining Stars are Norwood Elementary School principal Dr. Kevin Williams; Andover Middle School principal Mr. Kenneth Williams; and George Washington Carver Elementary School teacher and Central Region Teacher of the Year, Ms. Ashley Vangates.


The awards will be formally presented on Thursday, February 20, 2020, from 5:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. at NoMi Restaurant, 738 Northeast 125th Street, North Miami, FL 33161. Seating is limited. Purchase tickets at ExcellenceInEducation2020.eventbrite.com. There will be no onsite ticket sales. 


This MABSE Black History Month special event is presented with the generous support of Delta Dental and Rodriguez Piña & Associates


Direct questions about the event to Ms. Vanessa Byers at (305) 343-9088 or vanessawbyers@gmail.com. For more information on MABSE, visit www.MABSE.org.




Stacey Abrams Voter Protection Town Hall in Miami


We are less than two weeks away from the deadline to be registered to vote in Florida’s presidential preference primary in March. Former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives Stacey Abrams will be in Miami today for a Voter Protection Town Hall at Miami Dade College North Campus at 2 pm.

Florida is the election battleground for 2020. Voting rights are under blatant attack by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Republican-led Legislature. From ignoring the will of the people regarding Amendment 4 and the restoration of voting rights of four million Floridians to suppressing the youth vote on college campuses by establishing law making it difficult for colleges and universities to host early voting sites.

Stacey Abrams is coming to help kick off a series of Voter Protection events. Voter protection is all the more important when considering the razor-thin vote margins that determined several Florida  races.

RSVP here for Stacey Abrams' Voter Protection Town Hall  >>


Honda Battle of the Bands 2020 Delivers an Unforgettable HBCU Marching Band Showcase


Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) marked its return to Atlanta on Saturday, January 25, with dazzling performances by eight of the nation’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) marching bands and a special set by R&B singer-songwriter Tank. A crowd of more than 58,000 HBCU fans, students and alumni were on hand to witness the celebration of HBCU culture, musical talent and pageantry.

The 17th anniversary HBOB theme, “Be the Dream,” highlighted the power that dreams have to inspire a brighter future. The show opened with a soulful performance by all eight bands, as more than 2,400 musicians and dancers joined together on the field. Additional highlights included Florida A&M’s tribute to Atlanta, Tennessee State University reminding fans to vote, and welcoming the first female band director to conduct at HBOB, Dr. Nikole Roebuck of Grambling State University.

This year’s Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase participants included:

  • Benedict College, The Marching Tiger Band of Distinction – second appearance
  • Florida A&M University, Marching 100 – seventh appearance
  • Grambling State University, Tiger Marching Band – second appearance
  • Hampton University, The Marching Force – second appearance
  • Jackson State University, Sonic Boom of the South Marching Band – ninth appearance
  • North Carolina A&T State University, Blue & Gold Marching Machine – seventh appearance
  • Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm – ninth appearance
  • Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands – ninth appearance

Honda awarded $200,000 in grants to this year’s participating bands to help support their music education programs, and covered the bands’ travel and accommodation expenses for the event.

Recruitment Fair Encourages High School Students to Think about College
In addition to the marching band performances, Honda hosted an HBCU College Fair to connect high school students with representatives from over 50 HBCUs. Designed to go beyond just exposing young people to the opportunities offered by the institutions, the college fair enabled prospective students to meet with admissions recruiters and marching band representatives to discuss admissions requirements and scholarship opportunities. This year’s college fair hosted 6,500 attendees.

Honda’s Three-Decade Commitment to HBCUs 
Honda has been committed to supporting the success and dreams of the nation's HBCUs for 30 years. Through initiatives like Honda Battle of the Bands and Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, as well as financial support from the American Honda Foundation, Honda has been able to impact the lives of nearly 200,000 students and award over $12 million in grants in support of HBCU education programs and facilities improvements.

For more information on HBOB, visit www.hondabattleofthebands.com. Fans can also check out HBOB’s 17th anniversary journey with highlights from the Invitational Showcase on the official HBOB social media channels:

Honda now ramps up for Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), a unique academic tournament for HBCU students that showcases and recognizes their academic talents. The 2020 National Championship Tournament will be held March 28-April 2, 2020. Visit www.hcasc.com for more details.

Dr. King and Sanitation Workers


When Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, TN, on April 4, 1968, he was in town in support of sanitation workers on strike because of poor wages and dangerous working conditions. Two workers, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, had been crushed to death in a garbage compactor. Their deaths, on February 1, 1968, and the response from the City of Memphis provoked the sanitation workers’ strike.


So, today, in honor of Dr. King and his support, there is no garbage pickup in Miami-Dade County. That is also why sanitation trucks are featured prominently in the MLK Parade. 

MLK Youth Symposium to explore the role of youth in activism


The WISH (Women Involved In Service to Humanity) Foundation, Incorporated and Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated invite youths, mentoring groups, and auxiliary groups in Miami-Dade County and Broward County to attend the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Youth Symposium on Sunday, January 19, 2020, from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm, at Miami Carol City Senior High School, 3301 Miami Gardens Drive, Miami Gardens, FL. Registration is scheduled for 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Please RSVP on Eventbrite by January 15, 2020.

This is the ninth year of this annual gathering of youth from throughout South Florida in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The theme is ”Never Too Young: A Youth’s Role in Activism”. The event is designed to empower young people to activate Dr. King's teachings to address modern day issues confronting our community, country and the world.