December Issue 2021

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Vol. 27 #12 December 2021



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Dear Girlfriend, One of my closest friends won the Texas Lottery. We always talked about what we would do if we won. I would tell her that I would pay for this or that and she would say some of the same things. It was always cool to talk to her because she was funny, fun and positive and was never judgmental. Girlfriend we were very close. We raised our children together. I wiped her children’s butts, picked them up from day-care and football practice, shopped for prom dresses and even gave her son my old car when he was in high school. Let me tell you, now that she has won a few million dollars, I haven’t heard from her. It’s been three months since she won and not even a peep. Girlfriend, my feelings are hurt because while we were always talked about winning, I didn’t really think it would happen. I am just out done and I find myself practicing what I am going to say to her if and when I see her again. Am I being petty or unrealistic. I need to know, what should I say and how should I handle it? Signed, Lottoless and Friendless Dear Lottoless & Friendless The phone works both ways. Why haven’t you called her and congratulated her? If you wanted to talk and had time to talk... you should have called. She probably thinks you are jealous because you haven’t called. She may be saying, “I haven’t had a peep from her” (you). Everyone has their own issues going on, so when you think of the people you love, you should pick up the phone. That’s what you used to do.... right? Bottom line, You should’ve called her by now. Her life has changed dramatically, yours have not. Stop waiting on people to call you. If she is too busy, she will tell you and call you back. That’s how you were before the big win so why are YOU acting brand new now. You can bet your bottom dollar she is getting plenty of calls. I am pretty sure she is very busy talking to everyone else who is calling, congratulating and telling her what they need. But since you know she has money now you didn’t call. I often heard “money changes people,” but people with money say that the people they know changes toward them. Did you change? Her life has changed tremendously but yours has not, so why haven’t you done what you always did... call her. First and foremost no-one owes you anything, you should do things out of the goodness of your heart without expectations. Now common sense should tell you she is quite busy trying to get her self together and secured. When you have money like that people come at you from every direction and you must secure your home, family and finances. Let’s just get this straight, they are still your friends, they just aren’t speaking to anyone right now. Don’t take it personal. They have millions of dollars and they have a lot of decisions to make. Try to imagine what your thought process would be had you won millions of dollars. It will take every bit of six months just to ensure you have control of the flow of your money and how not to run through it, but, to be able to have generational wealth. Friendless, just like you are feeling slighted, think about the others that feel the same way as you do. Don’t you know everybody has got their hand stuck out right now. Surely she has to take care of her immediate family first. I believe you just should be patient as they sort through what their new lives will be like with ALL THAT MONEY! I am not going to say you are being petty but you are being presumptuous. Your feelings should not be hurt because she hasn’t reached out to you.

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Mask & Sports Paraphenalia, Caps, Sneakers, Men & Women’s Wear, Stretch Jeans, Belts, Buckles, Socks, Thermal Wear, Novelties, Oils You already know your position because you two have already talked about it. You two have discussed what you would do if you won the lottery. Unless you have said some things that would negate your position as a friend because there is always someone willing to take negative statements back to hurt relationships. I am sure that when you talked about the lottery one of those things said is ain’t nobody hearing from me for a minute. She and her husband are probably looking at all the friends that they want to help and trying to determine how they are going to do it without offending others. So be patient and be a true friend and give her an opportunity to be who she has always been to you and who you have always been to her. You asked how to handle this. It’s simple! Do what real friends do. Call your friend and be friendly. Congratulate her, listen to her new found concerns and if you need something, let her know. What not to do is throw back in her face all you have done for her and her children and she will not remind you of all she has already done for you. Give her time and keep her in prayer. True friends are friends for life. Page 3

BRP Group, Inc. Announces Four New Appointments to Board of Directors

Baldwin Risk Partners Group, (“BRP Group”) (NASDAQ: BRP) announced the appointments of Sunita Parasuraman, Ellyn J. Shook, Myron K. Williams, and Kristopher A. Wiebeck to its Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2022. “We are privileged and ecstatic to have Sunita, Myron, Ellyn, and Kris join our Board of Directors,” said Lowry Baldwin, Chairman of the Board. “They individually and collec-

tively represent the addition of new perspectives, unique life experiences, assiduously-honed business and professional acumen, and personal excellence that aligns closely with our Azimuth and further complements and accentuates the deep experience and varied complexion of our Board of Directors. Ms. Parasuraman is being appointed to the Audit Committee, along with current member of the Board of Directors, Barbara Matas. Current member of the Board of Directors, Joseph Kadow, will step down from the Audit Committee but continue to serve as a member of the Board of Directors and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and as Chair of the Compensation Committee. Ms. Shook is being appointed to the Compensation Committee. Mr. Williams is being appointed to

the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Wiebeck is being appointed to the Executive Committee. Trevor Baldwin, CEO and Director, said “The addition of Sunita, Myron, Ellyn, and Kris to our Board of Directors exemplifies our continued commitment to attracting exceptional talent to our business with a diverse range of experiences and skill sets that will contribute to our mission of building the leading insurance consulting and distribution platform of the future.” Mr. Williams previously served as the Sales Strategy and Sales Operations President at United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS). In this role, he oversaw data analytics, sales budget, sales compensation and performance, CRM technology, business development, sales strategy and training, process improvement, negotiations,

and executive presentations. Mr. Williams has extensive board experience. He has served or serves on the following boards: the MARCH (Mutual Alliance Restoring Community Hope Foundation) Board; VisionX, a Machine Vision and Machine Learning AI Company, as an Advisory Board Member; Atlanta Public Schools CTAE Board, as Chairman; the Career Training Agricultural and Education Board; the Business Administration & Economics Board at Morehouse College; the Albert W. Smith Scholarship Committee Board; The Center for Advance Logistics Management Board at Albany State University; and the 100 Black Men Board. Mr. Williams holds a B.B.A. from Albany State University in Albany, GA, and a M.B.A. from Florida Metropolitan University at Tampa College. Myron is married to Rose Williams.

Johnson Family Selected for Upcoming TV Show The Johnson family was selected Johnson, aka Tampa Bay Tamfor the “Flip my Florida yard TV my were selected from a short show out of 1500 entries. Spon- video they did expressing why sored by Florida Department of they wanted their yard flipped. Environmental Protection, Florida The yard is flipped based on the Flip My Yard is designed to show Florida-Friendly Landscaping how homeowners can create a principles developed by Unilandscape that is more in tune with versity of Florida’s Institute Florida’s natural environment us- for Food and Agricultural Sciing drought-tolerant plants and wa- ences. These principles are reter-saving techniques. The Emmy search based and proven to reAward winning director and creator duce environmental impact on of the show, Chad Crawford, takes Florida’s environment. There a a film crew to multiple locations 9 principles. RIGHT PLANT, throughout Florida showcasing a RIGHT PLACE, WATER EFwide variety of settings, including FICIENTLY, FERTILIZE APMULCH, small urban developments, coastal PROPRIATELY, and waterfront residences, multi- ATTRACT WILDLIFE, MANacre rural properties, and neigh- AGE YARD PESTS RESPONborhoods with HOAs. They have SIBLY, RECYCLE YARD only 8 hours to completely flip the WASTE, REDUCE STORMyard before the home owners come WATER RUNOFF, and PROTECT THE WATERFRONT. home for the big reveal. Homeowners Daryl and Tammy The show will air in June. (

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Freddie Simmons is Helping Helping A Another nother B Brother rother IInn T Time ime

Freddie Simmons, author, builder, CEO of Burgstyle Entertainment is doing great things in his home town of St Petersburg, Fl. His new focus is building affordable homes and yes he is a bachelor.

Freddie Simmons has always been good looking, so pulling women has never been a challenge or focus. In fact, women were always throwing themselves at him so I guess that’s why he never saw a reason to commit to just one. Smart, charismatic and a natural born hustler, he found himself on the wrong side of the law. It has been said, “the down fall of too many men is the upkeep of too many women.” This appeared to be the case with Fred Back in the day when everyone wanted to be rapper, Fred was the head of a rapidly rising group out of St. Petersburg, the Luciano family. Promoting concerts and performing with well known Artist was his way of easing into the entertainment in-

dustry. Doing business with him was always a pleasure because he always paid on time and was never short. Now he is has gravitated from repairing homes to building homes and his focus is on the African American community Fred recently ran a contest and the winners received a new paint job, new shutters and some fresh landscape. “With the holidays approaching, I often reflect on those years I was on the

other side of the fence. My families support and visits held me down for all of those years” reminisced Fred. “Remembering the way it felt to walk out in that visitation room I decided to put a smile on some inmates face. So on December 24th,he paid for a 59 passenger charted bus to go to the Coleman prison complex so those who don’t have the means of transportation can visit loved ones. First come first serve. If you want to know more about Fred get his book Some of the events are fictional but it is a good read.

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Christmas Light Display

The Tampa Bay Area is blessed to have a Christmas display that surpasses them all. It’s he 45th Year of Oakdale Light Display, the largest and longest running home displays in the United States. It opened November 26th and will be going on through January 3rd, from 6pm til 10pm (regardless of weather).

It’s A great family outing to drive through. Located right in St. Petersburg, take I-275 to Exit 22 (I-175) going east to 4th Street S. Go approximately one mile, crossing over 22nd Ave.S. Take the next left, which is Oakdale. Go two blocks, park and begin your tour. 2719 Oakdale Street South.

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BLACK SURVIVAL WEEKEND!! The first annual Black Survival Weekend was one for the books. When a collective comes together to reach a goal magical things can happen. Day 1 was check in/ registration and getting acquainted. We set our tents up and gathered by the fire to hear all the organizations share their visions for the future and why this event had to happen. Day 2 was filled with instruction and training. Sista Tria, priestess of If a and member of Ma’at Families raised the vibration with a morning meditation. 813 Hood Garden’s Dee took us on a foraging journey in the wild adjacent to the Big John’s Redemption ranch where we found wild berries, herbs and even some sugar cane. The children enjoyed munching on the cane throughout the remainder of the day (Smiles). Mr. Charles along with Robert W. of Black Gun Owners and Education taught a firearm safety course, emergency combustion (fire starting) class, and advised us how to survive for three days out of one bag. The children enjoyed planting marigolds and lettuce, a threelegged race and other activities that kept them laughing, running, and playing freely. Later on we gathered around the fire while celebrating birthdays and genuinely enjoying each other’s company, the children made smores and kept the fire going with their earlier training from Mr. Charles. Our final day, Sunday, was indeed spiritual as we learned of ancestral veneration and elevation from Olori Temple’s own Ebunoluwa Olafemi. After our universal alignment and Afrikan centered teaching, we opened up the market. Graced with vendors

offering jewelry, clothing, food, teas, spiritual tools and a surprise knifethrowing and safety class, it was the perfect ending. Needless to say it was an enlightening and family fun experience. From sleeping under the stars, waking to the sunlight, laughing with friends, meeting new people, sharing knowledge, gaining new skills, to getting comfortable with nature’s weapons and man-made ones simultaneously, this weekend left us full on many levels. We’d like to thank everyone who was able to participate or contribute For more information on the organizations Collectively Known as B.P.O.D.D. (Black People Out Da Doe) Follow us on FB (BPODD Collective) Big John’s Redemption Ranch - Shanika (bigjohnsredemptionranch@ Black Gun Owners & Education Robert (regalrob81@ 813 Hood Garden - Dee ( Ma’at Families Farm Cooperative Ana or Sista Tria (

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Kappa League Spend Time Working at Metropolitan Ministries The holiday season is filled with joy and happiness for many. Yet, this time of year is also tough on a lot of the community who are in need of assistance. This is why the Tampa Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, along with their young mentor group, the Kappa League, spent time recently at Metropolitian Ministries, helping the service organization set up it’s holiday tents and food boxes for the needy during the holiday season. “We have always supported Metropolitan Ministries in various events,” said Tampa Alumni Polemarch Collis Ivery III. “We feel it’s critical to give back to the community and help those in need, especially during this time of the year.” Metropolitan Ministries is a charitable organization that provides as-

sistance to the homeless, providing food, shelter and self sufficient programs. For the Kappa League, it provided the young men, who ranged from the sixth to the 12th grade, an opportunity to understand the importance of servicing the community. “It was important for the Kappa Leaguers to be there to get an understanding of what it means to give back to the community,” said Tampa Alumni Kappa League Director Andre Saunders. “It’s a blessing to be a blessing.”

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Danny McIntyre’s Christmas Party

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Daddy O’s Patio Grand Opening A Famiy Affair

Daddy O’s Patio located on the corner of 7th Avenue and 19th Street in Ybor City Tampa, recently held it’s Grand opening after a year of being in business. The Mayor and local politicians came out to show their support. “We signed a 5 year lease and then the pandemic hit. The building had a host of problems that pushed back the opening date and kept the family owned business spending money investing in the structure instead of making money” shared one of the family members. Optimistic the pandemic would be short lived they had a soft opening with live music. Friends and family came out to support and give feedback. However the landlord keeps taking them to court for one thing after the other. The family believes they are trying to run them out of Ybor because they are Black

The City of Tampa MLK Jr. Parade Resumes on Monday Jan 17, 2022 The Dr. Martin Luther King Parade Foundation is excited to present the 2022 MLK parade, For the first time ever, the FAMU “Marching 100” and Bethune Cookman Wildcat Marching band will both be participating!!! The parade will start at 12 noon as usual at Cuscaden Park (2900 N. 15th Street Tampa, FL 33605) ending at Middleton High School. The Foundation encourages comPage 10

munity organizations, churches, and businesses interested in participating in the parade to continue submitting their parade applications. This also a great opportunity for Sponsors to gain exposure to the thousands who will line the two mile route. The entry deadline has been extended. As always, payments can be submitted online, mailed or paid directly to the parade office at 5508 N. 50th St., Suite. 28, Tampa, FL 33610.

For more information on parade entry, sponsorship, or volunteer opportunities, please contact the MLK Parade Foundation office at 813803-8060, or visit Also The Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Black Tie Gala is scheduled for Thursday, January 6, 2022 at the T. Pepin Hospitality Center, starting at 6:00 pm. The foundation will be honoring community heroes, schol-

arship recipients and presenting our parade grand marshal, WWE Superstar and community leader, Titus O’Neal. The Dr. Martin Luther King Parade Foundation, Inc. is a certified charitable 501c3 non-profit organization established in 2014, whose purpose is to honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., while providing a lasting and positive impact throughout the Tampa community.

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Shirtsleeves to Shirtsleeves in Three Generations? Holding on to Legacy Wealth The saying, “From shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations,” describes the inability of a familyowned enterprise to survive long enough for the grand-children of the founder to lead it: the first generation makes the money, the second holds it, and the third spends it. Over 95 percent of businesses in America are family-owned. Only three out of ten family businesses survive into the third generation. The majority are sold, liquidated or fail as a result of competition, family dynamics, or tax burdens. Successful family-owned companies typically share six common behaviors. 1. Family members earn their stripes. They’re not put in managerial positions without proving themselves. Some owners require their children to work for other companies for at least 4-5 years as part of their development and to gain their own sense of capabilities on their own. They may even find they are more interested in working outside the family business!

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Adult Humor

Go Ahead and Get your Laugh On

Marrying An Older Man

An 87-year-old man chats with his doctor: “So, I’m getting married again next week, doc!” “Oh, that’s wonderful! And how old is the bride?” “She’s 19.” “That’s fantastic – but I have to warn you, too much action in the bed can be deadly!” “Ah well, if she dies, I’ll just have to remarry.”


Boy: The principal is so dumb! Girl: Do you know who I am? Boy: No... Girl: I am the principal’s daughter! Boy: Do you know who I am? Girl: No... Boy: Good! *walks away*


Me: should I get into trouble for something I didn’t do? Teacher: No Me: Good, because I didn’t do my homework.

Social Studies

How Were People Born?

A child asked his mother, “How were people born?” So his mother said, “Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on.” The child then went to his father, asked her the same question and he told him, “We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now.” The child ran back to his mother and said, “You lied to me!” His mother replied, “No, your dad was talking about his side of the family.”

Class work

Teacher: “Anyone who thinks he’s stupid may stand up!” *Nobody stands up* Teacher: “Im sure there are some stupid students over here!!” *Little Johnny stands up* Teacher: “Ohh, Johnny you think you’re stupid?” Little Johnny: “No... I just feel bad that you’re standing alone...”


Teacher: “Kids, what does the chicken give you?” Student: “Meat!” Teacher: “Very good! Now what does the pig give you?” Student: “Bacon!” Teacher: “Great! And what does the fat cow give you?” Student: “Homework!”

You know you’re ugly when you get handed the camera every time they make a group photo.

Wife: “How would you describe me?” Husband: “ABCDEFGHIJK.” Wife: “What does that mean?” Husband: “Adorable, beautiful, cute, delightful, elegant, fashionable, gorgeous, and hot.” Wife: “Aw, thank you, but what about IJK?” Husband: “I’m just kidding!

Bad Doctor


Funny or Ironic

It’s funny how the colors red, white and blue represent freedom until they are flashing behind your car.

Cultural Differeneces

“You da bomb!” “No, you da bomb!” In America thats a compliment. In the Middle East it’s an argument.

Where exactly are you taking me, doctor?” “To the morgue.” “What? But I’m not dead yet!” “And we’re not there yet.”

Married With Children

My wife and I have reached a decision that we do not want children. If anybody does, please just send me your contact details and we can drop them off tomorrow.

Oh Bob...

Bob goes to see his friend Pete. He finds Pete in his barn dancing naked around his John Deere. “What are you doing!” asks Bob. Pete stops dancing & says, “My wife has been ignoring me lately so I talked to my psychiatrist and he said I needed to do something sexy to a tractor.”

Surprise Dinner

At work, I ate 3 plates of beans (which I know I shouldn’t). When I got home, my wife seemed excited to see me and exclaimed delightedly, “Darling I got you a surprise for dinner tonight, baby.” She then blindfolded me and led me to my chair at the table. I sat down and just as she was about to remove my blindfold, the house phone rang. She made me promise not to touch the blindfold until she came back, then went to answer the call. I felt the beans really starting to kick in and the pressure was becoming unbearable, so while my wife was out of the room I seized the opportunity. I shifted my weight to one leg and let one off. It was not only loud, but it smelled like a fertilizer truck running over a skunk in front of a garbage dump! I took a napkin from my my and fanned the air around me. Then, while on the other leg, I ripped off three more. The stink was worse than cooked cabbage. Keeping my ears carefully tuned to the conversation in the other room, I went on releasing atomic bombs like this for another few minutes. Eventually the telephone farewells signaled the end of my time, so I quickly fanned the air a few more times with the napkin, and folded my hands back on it feeling very relieved and so much better. My face must have looked extremely bored and nonchalant when my wife returned, apologizing for taking so long. She asked me if I had peaked through the blindfold, and I told her I hadn’t. At this point, she removed the blindfold, and twelve dinner guests seated around the table, with their hands to their noses, yelled, “Happy Birthday!”

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Adult Humor

The Perfect Man A man walks out to the street and catches a taxi just going by. He gets into the taxi, and the cabbie says, “Perfect timing. You’re just like Frank.” Passenger:: “Who?” Passenger Cabbie:: “Frank Feldman. He’s a guy Cabbie who did everything right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things happened like that to Frank Feldman every single time.” Passenger: “There are always a few clouds over everybody.” Cabbie:: “Not Frank Feldman. He Cabbie was a terrific athlete. He could have won the Grand-Slam at tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone and danced like a Broadway star and you should have heard him play the piano. He was an amazing guy.” Passenger:: “Sounds like he was rePassenger ally something special.” Cabbie:: “There’s more. He had a Cabbie memory like a computer. He remembered everybody’s birthday. He knew all about wine, which foods to order and which fork to eat them with. He could fix anything. Not like me. I change a fuse, and the whole street blacks out. But Frank Feldman could do everything right.” Passenger:: “Wow, what a guy!” Passenger Cabbie: ‘He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic jams. Not like me, I always seem to get stuck in them. But Frank, he never made a mistake, and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good. He would never answer her back even if she was in the wrong; and his clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too. He was the perfect man! He never made a mistake. No one could ever measure up to Frank Feldman.” Passenger: “How did you meet him?” Cabbie:: “I never actually met Frank. Cabbie He died and I married his wife. Thanks Lucy White for submitting!

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