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John Lewis talks to St. Petersburg

photo by Jonah King

photo by Jonah King

Lewis speaks on the importance of voting, optimism in the face of fear, and endorses Charlie Crist

Civil rights is a 9-word problem: “Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, I Have a Dream.” 

Those nine words are the universal American understanding of the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. 

Another two words you may want to add to the list are John Lewis. You’ve still only breached the surface, but Lewis’s experiences and perspective speak volumes to the cold dark realities of racism and the peaceful combat against it in the civil rights era...

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Community Grant Program to Up its Funding in 2017

BY DEVIN RODRIGUEZ, JONAH KING, ROBERT DARE AND SARA AL-MUTAWA, Neighborhood News Bureau

ST PETERSBURG — City officials announced a substantial increase in funding available for the businesses in the Midtown community in 2017 based on an increase in tax revenue and contributions.

For years, shuttered businesses littered south St. Petersburg and the Midtown district. Many of the buildings stand in disuse, including the Merriwether building, a historic landmark built in the 1920s...

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Freelance

Freelance


Freelance

photo by Jonah King

photo by Jonah King

OLIVIA HOLT TAKES HER TALENTS TO SOUTH FLORIDA

(published on MAAF BOX)

Remember that moment when we collectively realized Taylor Swift wasn’t a country singer really ever? And just as we came to that conclusion, she blasted off a set of catchy pop tunes and took over the charts? Olivia Holt is right where Swift was at when that evolution occurred.

Holt combines authentic southern sweetness with a big city voice.

Olivia took the stage supported with a full band and a rush to the front of the stage from an excited crowd. Olivia played all the five songs from her EP, and did covers of current pop hits including: DNCE’s Cake by the Ocean, and Ellie Goulding’s Something in the Way You Move...

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Why I Am Choosing Snapchat Over Facebook

(published on All Things Snap)

There’s been an alarming trend on my Facebook feed. Jessica has shared Buzzfeed’s video. Michael has shared a Bleacher Report article. Devin has shared [random name]’s post.

Facebook has become a breeding ground for sharing viral content.

It’s not the act of sharing viral content that has me upset and cheating on Facebook for Snapchat, but I feel so much less connected to my friends on Facebook.

In most instances when a Facebook friend shares a post, they don’t offer anything beyond just sharing the post itself. In essence, they let these shared posts do the talking for them. There’s a level of communication removed when that happens. Most of the time you can assume your friend is sharing something they think is funny, or cute, or interesting, but there’s something lacking.

Originality...

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The Movie Review: The Shallows

(published on Applaudience)

Rating: 3 and 1/2 Stars

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There’s only 11 characters listed in the IMDB cast list for The Shallows, and one of them is a seagull by the very appropriate name, Sully ‘Steven’ Seagull. He was my favorite character. Sully was to Blake Lively what Wilson was to Tom Hanks in Castaway.

Speaking of Lively, this may well be her breakout role in sealing her legitimacy as a great actress, because Lively is fantastic in this film.

Lively plays a mercurial surfer girl, Nancy, who takes some time away from med school to go soul-searching after the death of her mother.

She surfs for a majority of the day, but is drawn to an island her mother had told her about.

A dead whale surfaces and Nancy knows that’s no good. She makes a desperate race to the shore before being upended and bitten by a great white shark.

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