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Vol. 27 #5 May 2021



Tampa • St. Petersburg • Clearwater • Largo • Tarpon Springs . Brandon • Bradenton • Sarasota • Lakeland Plant City

Sankofa African Cultural Market is Back!

SANKOFA Cultural Market, is a smorgasbord of Black Owned Businesses. It is a small business trade fair, incorporating Culinary, Cultural, Health Talks and products in a culturally rich setting with emphasis on enhancing and improving markets for small businesses and their products in Tampa Bay. Page 2

SANKOFA Cultural Market, is an annual event hosted by local business owner, Regina Johnson, of Queens Vision African Apparel of Tampa and has had a successful history of hosting for 3 years with an average crowd of about 1,500. The Objectives of Sankofa is to: 1. Promote small Black owned businesses.

2. Improve the business commerce in Tampa Bay area 3. Support the local community service with training and mentorship 4. Provide professional marketing opportunities to grow business 5. Increase the knowledge of entrepreneurship among young people 6. Increase the awareness of good health and living healthy

7. Promote business to business interaction among our small business holders. SANKOFA Cultural Market will provide opportunities for business and organizations to interact, acquire new knowledge, share information and gain insight into the future of business opportunities. Come support your local businesses!

Dear Girlfriend. Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching and my cousins from Chicago are coming down. We are so excited because we all have literally been on lock down. I used to know where to go and have a great time but since the pandemic I don’t know smack.. The places we used to go I don’t want to go anymore. I’m not doing the inside club scene at all but we all love to dance and they are steppers. Even though I’ve gotten my shots I still don’t do inside, if I can help it. I only do outside dining or I stay home and cook. I am trying to figure out how to maneuver my cousins around this city safely and still have a good time. You are supposed to know the hottest spots in the city and where the Black who’s who of Tampa Bay go. Please tell me where to take my cousins for a great time. Memorial Day Host Dear Memorial Day Host, The truth of the matter is the Black who’s who go to the same places as whites go. Tampa is not as segregated as some major cities are. However, I do get what you mean. There are a few Black owned spots that have opened up in the Bay. However I have not had the opportunity of checking them all out yet and I have learned not to recommend what I have not experienced. First of all you must remember any one who comes to Florida wants to go to the beach. So a beach day is imperative! Fresh Fridays, Karaoke with Kass falls on Memorial day weekend. That’s Friday May 28th. So bring your guest to Courtyard 5508. They can get there dancing, eating, drinking and stepping on, outside, in a pleasant environment and the courtyard in front of our radio station. Plus our DJ plays stepping music. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about cooking because there will be food vendors. Your admission is Free when you register at Eventbrite. However, if you would like to roll like A VIP you may reserve a table for you and your guest that seats up to 8 for $200. Saturday May 29 is Sankofa. It is a cultural fair in the courtyard. Your cousins can browse and enjoy over 50 vendors with all kinds of culturally rich products. See the flyer on the next page. St. Pete Pier is the perfect place to take visitors. The dining is great and if you go up to the top floor you can sit outside and enjoy frozen drinks and food while overlooking the bay. Be forewarned, it can get quite windy up there. St Pete’s Downtown Nightlife is bustling with everything and plenty of outdoor dining. . Downtown Tampa has grown and opened up beautifully. You may park your car and walk the RiverWalk. There’s a Ferry that leaves out from behind the Convention Center but it is seasonal and only from November to April. Jet skiing off the Causeway is always fun for out of towners. There is a Black owned restaurant that I frequent that’s owned by one of our local Power Couples. It’s Jerk Hut on Fowler. They serve island cuisine such as; jerk chicken, curry goat, oxtails, peas and rice, plantains, journey cakes and an abundant supply of great vegetables. They also offer a daily lunch buffet. They carry ginger beer, Jamaican colas. and tasty fruit drinks. You can dine outside and if you go on the weekend there may be live music performed by a true islander. Sunday you may consider Brunch at Jacksons, You may sit outside and enjoy Mimosas overlooking the waters and yachts. If you feel like barbecue you can order and pick up at Shnookums in Clearwater, In Tampa there’s Konan’s BBQ off Cypress on Hubert, Jazzy’s on Waters or Big Johns on 40th Street. If they love amusement parks, you are never too old for Busch Gardens! N-Touch News

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Fresh Fridays at Courtyard 5508 is the Place to be Twice a Month!

May 14th was the first official Fresh Friday open to the public. We celebrated the birthdays of Naaman Johnson Jr., LaFern Batie, Attorney Barbara Pittman and Freddie Moore’s. Starting at 6pm, DJ TP set the ambience for the evening with old school classics. Earlier this year, so that we could maintain some sanity during the pandemic, my wife, Tampa Bay Tammy, called a few friends to come out to the radio station and hang outside with us and listen to music. They all brought a dish to share, cigars to smoke and something to drink. We played Bid Whist and enjoyed the evening while practicing social distancing. Thus our Fresh Friday was born! Fresh Friday’s will alternate Fridays with a Live Local Band and Karaoke with Kass. Hosted on the THAP Business campus at 5508 N. 50th Street off Hillsborough in the

heart of Tampa, the Courtyard is the perfect outdoor venue. This past Fresh Fridays band was organized by well known legendary FAMU Marching 100 musician and educator, Andre Walker. Some may remember Andre Walker from the Blue Martini with the Band ‘Evidence’. Well Andre went back to his roots and renamed his new band, The Mighty Good and Strong Band. Plus, JT the Dancing DJ and line dancing, stepping queen Bonnie Lady Glam taught a few line dances. Fresh Friday, May 28th will be “Karaoke with Kass.” So bring a song in your heart and some cash to support the vendors and enjoy an evening under the stars. On Fresh Friday June 11th, the scheduled Band is Paula Watkins & Company. If you have a special occasion you can reserve a VIP table, otherwise it’s free if you register at EventBrite. For more information see the front cover.

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Moffitt Named Diversity Inc’s List of Top Hospitals & Health Systems Moffitt Cancer Center is honored to earn the No. 3 position on DiversityInc’s Top Hospitals and Health Systems for 2021. This is the highest Moffitt has been ranked on DiversityInc’s annual list and the sixth consecutive year to be included in its Top 5. Moffitt is the only health care organization in the Southeast to be included on list. DiversityInc highlights the benefits of diversity in business and its annual survey is the most rigorous, data-driven survey of its kind. Gauging detailed demographics based on race/ethnicity and gender at some of the country’s largest employers, it also tracks America’s top companies when it comes to hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT and veterans. “Diversity is our strength, as we deeply commit ourselves to it,” said Moffitt President and CEO, Dr. Patrick Hwu. “Our cancer center operates so well because we celebrate diversity and value the perspectives of people from different walks of life. It’s very rewarding to see an organization such as DiversityInc recognize our hard work. I congratulate not only our Diversity team, but ev-

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ery single team member at Moffitt.” For its 2021 list, DiversityInc evaluated and assessed organizations based on six key areas: Leadership Accountability Human Capital Diversity Metrics Talent Programs Workforce Practices Supplier Diversity Philanthropy “Diversity, equity and inclusion continue to be a core part of who we are as a cancer center. We know that we are stronger as a result of our efforts in this area, so I am more than thrilled to see us on the list once again this year,” said Dr. B. Lee Green, vice president of Diversity, Public Relations and Strategic Communications at Moffitt. “Moffitt’s mission is

to prevent and cure cancer, but our value system includes and relies upon diversity and inclusion as a core part of our strength and this DiversityInc honor highlights that work on a national perspective. I am very proud of that.” Moffitt is set apart by the work in the areas of diversity and inclusion education and training, cultural and linguistic competency, language services programs, community outreach and education efforts and supplier diversity. Over the past year, Moffitt delivered more than 5,000 hours of diversity and inclusion training to team members and its in-house language services team has completed more than 6,200 patient encounters. Moffitt has spent more than $50 million with certified diverse business owners through its supplier diversity program and it also encour-

ages team members to participate in employee resource groups. In the past year, Moffitt has also grown its Team Member Engagement Networks to seven with more than 13 percent of the cancer center’s team members taking part in at least one. TMENs include: Generation M, Unity@Moffitt, Black Empowerment Alliance at Moffitt (B.E.A.M.), Estamos Unidos, Women in Oncology, Faculty Diversity in Oncology Program and a yet-to-be-named network focused on Moffitt’s Asian community. The recognition from DiversityInc is among several notable awards for Moffitt. The cancer center has consistently been designated a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign and named one of the Top 10 Nonprofit Companies for Executive Women. Moffitt was also recognized by the American Hospital Association as an Equity of Care Honoree and is a 2021 Tampa Bay Business Journal Business of Pride Honoree. Moffitt received the National Organization on Disability Leading Disability Employer Seal. Moffitt is among the top Best Hospitals for Cancer based on U.S. News & World Report.

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100th Birthday Celebration Nathaniel Crawford, born April 8th, 1921, celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends in Tarpon Springs FL. He was born during the roaring 20’s, living through the Great Depression and finding the military in 1941. Mr. Crawford has 5 children, 29 grandchildren, 59 great grandchildren and 7 great, great grandchildren and is loved by all. Mr Crawford stands on the scripture, ‘through God, all things are possible’. Let’s help him celebrate

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the living of life and pray that we too can be as fortunate to live life as he is and live life more abundantly.

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Go Ahead and Get your Laugh On Why Dogs Are Better than Kids

Dogs cannot lie. Dogs never resist nap time. You don’t need to get extra phone lines for a dog. Dogs don’t pester you about getting a kid. Dogs don’t care if the peas have been touched by the potatoes. Average cost of sending a dog to school: $42... Average cost of sending a kid: $103,000... 45 minutes to get a dog ready to go outside in the winter? Nope Dogs are housebroken by the time they are 12 weeks old. Your dog isn’t embarrassed if you sing in public.

The Bus Drive

The little old lady seated herself right behind the bus driver. Every ten minutes or so she’d pipe up, “Have we reached Oriskany Falls yet, sonny?” “No, lady, not yet. I’ll let you know,” he replied, time after time. The hours passed, the old woman kept asking for Oriskany Falls, and finally the little town came into view. Sighing with relief, the driver slammed on the brakes, pulled over and called out, “This is where you get out, lady.” “Is this Oriskany Falls?” “YES!” he bellowed. “Get out!” “Oh, I’m going all the way to Albany, sonny,” she explained sweetly. “It’s just that my daughter told me that when we got this far, I should take my blood pressure pill.”

Wake up Call

One night at an economy motel, I ordered a 6 a.m. wake-up call. The next morning, I awoke before 6, but the phone did not ring until 6:30. “Good morning,” a young man said sheepishly. “This is your wake-up call.” Annoyed, I let the hotel worker have it. “You were supposed to call me at 6!,” I complained. “What if I had a million-dollar deal to close this morning, and your oversight made me miss out on it?” “Well, sir,” the desk clerk quickly replied, “if you had a million-dollar deal to close, you wouldn’t be staying in this motel!” N-Touch News


Little Mary was attending a wedding for the first time. As she sat in the church, she watched the bride slowly approach the altar. Mary whispered to her mother, “Why is the bride dressed in white?” “Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life,” her mother tried to explain, keeping it simple. The child thought about this for a moment, then said.... “So why is the groom wearing black?”

The Apartment

A woman called up a pet store and said, “Send me ten-thousand cockroaches at once.” “What in the world do you want with ten-thousand cockroaches?” asked the clerk. “Well,” replied the woman, “I am moving today and my lease says I must leave the place in the same condition I found it.”

The Accountant

A business man was interviewing applicants for the position of divisional manager. He devised a simple test to select the most suitable person for the job. He asked each applicant the question. "What is two and two?" The first interviewee was a journalist. His answer was "Twenty- two." The second was a social worker. She said, "I don't know the answer but I'm glad we had time to discuss this important question. The third applicant was an engineer. He pulled out a slide rule and showed the answer to be between 3.999 and 4.001. The next person was a lawyer. He started that in the case of Jenkins v Commr of Stamp Duties (Qld), two and two was proven to be four. The last applicant was an accountant. The business man asked him, "How much is two and two?" The accountant got up from his chair, went over to the door and closed it then came back and sat down. He leaned across the desk and said in a low voice, "How much do you want it to be?" He got the job.

Senior Living

Martha and Elsie had lived in the same Senior retirement home for 15 years. One morning thay met at the elevator on the way to breakfast. Elsie: Martha you are not going to believe what I am going to tell you. Martha: What? did somebody die? Elsie: No, I was out walking my dog at 5 o’clock this morning and I bumped into that that new fellow coming out of Marie Smiths room, carrying his shoes. Martha: Oh, my heavens. What did you do? Elsie: ( Leaning over and whispering into Marthas’ ear) I gave him my room number.

The Happy Marriage

“Sugar why don’t you sit down by the table and we’ll start supper.” Said Dorothy to her Husband of 50 years. “Sure thing,” said her husband settling himself down. “Now darling, would you like the soup first or the salad?” Questioned Dorothy. “Umm I guess I’ll take the soup.” He responded. After a whole meal of one endearing term after another, their guest Bob couldn’t contain his curiosity any longer. Bob snuck into the kitchen and asked, “Dorothy do you always talk to your husband like that?” “Bob, I’ll be honest with you,” Dorothy replied. “It’s been five years now, I just can’t remember his name, and I am just too embarrassed to ask him!”

The Editorial

The editor of a small country newspaper, furious over several government bills that had recently been passed, printed a scathing editorial with an enormous headline: “HALF THE LEGISLATORS ARE CROOKS.” Many local politicians were outraged and exerted tremendous pressure on him to print a retraction. He finally gave in to the pressure and ran his apology with the headline: “HALF THE LEGISLATORS ARE NOT CROOKS.”

Minister & Lawyer

A minister and lawyer were chatting at a party. “What do you do if you make a mistake on a case?” the minister asked. “Try to fix it if it’s big; ignore it if it’s insignificant,” replied the lawyer. “What do you do?” The minister replied, “Oh, more or less the same. Let me give you an example. The other day I meant to say ‘the devil is the father of liars,’ but instead I said ‘the devil is the father of lawyers,’ so I let it go.”

Fast food

I stopped by a burger drive-through for lunch to eat on the way back to work. I ordered the #1 combo (burger, fry, coke) for $4.29. She said “that’ll be $4.83, please drive forward.” “$4.83?? For a $4.29 meal?? That’s 54 cents tax!? That can’t be right,” my mind raced. Tax is 8 cents on the dollar in Huntsville, Alabama and for 4 dollars that would be 32 cents plus 1/3 (29) of 8 cents would be 35 cents max. When I got to the window I handed her a 5 and said “what’s the sales tax in Huntsville?” She didn’t know. I said “$4.83 for a $4.29 meal is 12 percent tax. That can’t be right. Can I talk to the manager?” She gave me my change and called the manager. So the manager comes over. I say that I just paid $4.83 for a $4.29 meal and that’s over 12 percent sales tax. She got a funny look on her face and said that maybe the computer had rung it up wrong. She admitted it was supposed to be 4.63, and opened the drawer to give me my extra change. “HA!” I thought to myself. “Six years engineering school has so heightened my mental mathematical adeptness that I can do percentages in my head and my superior intellect has foiled a feeble attempt by a drive-through worker to overcharge me!” So what did this mathematical wizard do next? I took the twenty cents she handed me, proud of my staggering genius, and smugly drove off without my food...

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