Love Your Hair

Seven Sarasota and Manatee Salons that Specialize in Black Hair

A journalist shares her thoughts on the power of Black hair and where to get it styled.

10/14/2021 By Jessika Ward

Arts

Dan Houston Uses Art to Tell Stories of Underrepresented Communities  

Dan Houston shows his work in his Sarasota gallery and sells sculptures and paintings online.

08/20/2021 By Jessika Ward

The Big Time

Catch Sarasota Native Greg Weeks in the Amazon Action Film The Tomorrow War

The summer blockbuster is about a war that takes place 30 years in the future.

07/23/2021 By Jessika Ward

Mat Work

Kundalini Yoga Combines Exercise, Meditation and Chanting

Practitioners say sessions—in which participants wear white and focus on movement and breath—reduce stress and boost energy levels.

06/21/2021 By Jessika Ward

On the Road

A Sarasota Couple Is Helping People Embrace 'Van Life'

Nomads Rob Thorington and Stephanie Jaramillo remodel vans for other wanderers.

05/12/2021 By Jessika Ward

They Inspire Us

Meet Seven Bold Women With Fresh Ideas and Big Dreams

Whether they’re running a billion-dollar business or starting a nonprofit on a shoestring budget, these women are challenging and shaping what we’ve always a...

09/17/2020 By Jessika Ward, Megan McDonald, Giulia Heyward, Kay Kipling, Susan Burns, Allison Forsyth, and Ilene Denton

The Teacher

Neirda Lafontant Paves the Way for Future Innovators in S.T.E.A.M. Careers

A dynamic speaker and motivator, Lafontant created the nonprofit FUNducation in 2019 to give kids an opportunity to build robots, learn about forensics, explore coding and more.

09/17/2020 By Jessika Ward

First Person

What It's Like to Visit The Ringling as a Young Black Woman

Jessika Ward asks herself how the world sees her—and is surprised to find answers at The Ringling’s “Being Seen” exhibit.

07/08/2020 By Jessika Ward

Black Lives Matter

A New Facebook Group for Black Businesses Takes Off

The group now has more than 10,500 members.

06/10/2020 By Jessika Ward

Troubled Times

Sarasota's Black Community Reacts to the Death of George Floyd

A chorus of voices speaks out about racism, justice and our future.

06/02/2020 By Susan Burns, Megan McDonald, Heather Dunhill, Kay Kipling, Jessika Ward, and Cooper Levey-Baker

Signal boost

School Buses Are Providing Internet Access to Students Who Don't Have It at Home

The School District of Manatee County has converted 25 of its buses into Wi-Fi hotspots that park at community centers and churches.

05/21/2020 By Jessika Ward

We Tried It

Get a Kick Out of Your Workout at iLoveKickboxing

The fun, approachable kickboxing studio recently opened in the Rosemary District.

03/12/2020 By Jessika Ward

Killroy Was Here

Kevin Smith Screens Trailer for Sarasota-Shot Movie at Ringling College

"I’m in my environment when I’m around kids who want to make a movie," Smith said Monday. "I was once that kid."

02/25/2020 By Jessika Ward