Listening to Black Voices

Charlayne Hunter-Gault on Her New Book and 50 Years of Reporting on Black Life

"We must learn to talk to people who don’t agree with us, which is a challenge these days. Communication is the essence of our existence. In so many ways, this is how we will open doors.”

11/07/2022 By Heather Dunhill

Listening to Black Voices

Malushua Griffith on Growing Up in St. Croix, Entrepreneurship and Black Maternal Health

"When it comes to doctors, Black women need them not to see our color—we need them to listen and act."

10/11/2022 By Heather Dunhill

Listening to Black Voices

Jetson Grimes on Sarasota's Black History and the Importance of Community Activism

Grimes owns Jetson's Creative Trends in Newtown, a community cornerstone, and is the founder of the Greater Newtown Redevelopment Corp.

09/13/2022 By Heather Dunhill

Listening to Black Voices

Melanie Thomas on Succeeding in the Entertainment Industry and Empowering Young People

"Why can’t we accept each other for the purpose to unify, not to destroy? In unity, there is strength."

08/09/2022 By Heather Dunhill

Listening to Black Voices

Media Executive George Miles on Career Pivots, Doo-wop and the Need for Black People in the Newsroom

"This country needs a dialogue, not a monologue," says Miles, the former president and CEO of Pittsburgh's WQED, which produced Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

07/11/2022 By Heather Dunhill

Listening to Black Voices

Dr. Janet Taylor on Generational Trauma and How Racism Affects Mental Health

Taylor, a psychiatrist, is the proprietor of Cognitive Health & Wellness in Sarasota and sees patients at Centerstone of Florida in Bradenton.

06/13/2022 By Heather Dunhill

Listening to Black Voices

Entrepreneur Lillian Lambert on Being the First Black Woman to Graduate from Harvard Business School

"In my class of about 800 students, 18 were women and six were Black: five men and me."

05/10/2022 By Heather Dunhill

Lash Out

Eunice Chavez Opens Second Eye Candy Lash Extensions Location

Chavez shares her inspirations, her treatment offerings and her best advice for fellow female founders.

05/03/2022 By Heather Dunhill

Nature of Things

You Can Now Find Gogo Ferguson's Nature-Inspired Jewelry at Sarasota Art Museum

Ferguson creates homewares and jewelry from relics she finds on her home on Georgia's Cumberland Island.

04/19/2022 By Heather Dunhill

Listening to Black Voices

Former J&J Executive Marilyn Thompson on Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Culture

Marilyn Thompson also weighs in on the Will Smith/Chris Rock altercation and its broader implications for the Black Community.

04/12/2022 By Heather Dunhill

Primp and Polish

Local Salon Owner Launches a New Nail Polish Line

Veteran nail tech Thu Thach has created a line of 10-free, vegan and cruelty-free nail lacquers.

03/29/2022 By Heather Dunhill

Listening to Black Voices

Neirda Thompson-Pemberton on Diversity in Engineering and Inspiring Kids Through S.T.E.A.M.

"Diversity and inclusion aren’t about an afterthought. They're about intent, from the beginning."

03/16/2022 By Heather Dunhill

Listening to Black Voices

Attorney E. Keith DuBose on Why Sarasota Needs More Black Lawyers

DuBose works with Booker High School's Law Academy and the Sarasota Bar Association to attract Black lawyers to the area.

02/08/2022 By Heather Dunhill

Love Notes

Five Easy Yet Romantic Valentine's Day Date Ideas

Head to the park or a beach, pretend you're a tourist at a local attraction, and more.

02/07/2022 By Heather Dunhill

Listening to Black Voices

Dr. Lisa Merritt on Epigenetics, Access and Equity in Health Care

"Be purposeful, tell the truth, and elucidate what the issues are—and, at the same time, come ready with solutions and strategies."

01/11/2022 By Heather Dunhill

New Year, New You

Four Local Beauty Pros Share Their New Year's Resolutions

Practicing mindfulness and making sure to apply daily SPF are big themes this year.

01/04/2022 By Heather Dunhill

Unity Awards

Nancy Parrish Is Reforming the Military Justice System

Parrish's Protect Our Defenders is the preeminent organization dedicated to ending the epidemic of sexual violence, victim retaliation and racism in the military.

01/04/2022 By Heather Dunhill

Listening to Black Voices

Information Engineer Derik Perry on Artificial Intelligence, Algothrimic Bias and Social Media

"We have to be aware that social media has the potential to do harm and that, purely by the use of it, people are exposed to an algorithmic bias."

12/14/2021 By Heather Dunhill

Visionary

Dr. Kristin Doyle of Spectacle Gallery Explains the Latest Trends in Eyewear

Doyle's top tip? "Glasses should be fun!"

12/13/2021 By Heather Dunhill

Gray Hair 101

Hair Care 101: How to Go Gray Gracefully

Coral Pleas, veteran stylist and owner of Cutting Loose salons, shares her top tips.

11/15/2021 By Heather Dunhill