IN MEMORIAM: Clara McLaughlin, Publisher of the Florida Star and Georgia Star, Dies


NNPA NEWSWIRE — Clara McLaughlin attended Howard University, where she served as editor-in-chief of the school’s Bison yearbook. She earned a journalism degree from the historically Black university and later helped found the National Black Communications Society. After expressing her disdain for how television depicted females of color, McLaughlin purchased KLMG-TV, becoming the first Black woman to own and be the largest shareholder of a network-affiliated station. McLaughlin purchased The Florida Star and Georgia Star in 2022 and catapulted those foundational Black newspapers into national must-reads.

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent

Clara McLaughlin, the famous author, and publisher of The Florida Star and The Georgia Star in Jacksonville, Florida, has died.

McLaughlin had battled cancer and other illnesses for some time, but family and friends said she fiercely fought until the end.

“She was a total icon,” Arthia Nixon, a publicist, author, and writer for McLaughlin’s two publications told the Black Press.

“She gave me my first job, and when my daughter was six, she gave her space to write a column.”

McLaughlin’s interest in publishing began in high school, creating the first student newsletter in Gainesville, Florida. Later, she attended the Hampton Institute in Virginia and displayed an interest in music.

She then joined the U.S. Navy and worked as an organist for the Navy Chapel.

Following her military service, McLaughlin attended Howard University, where she served as editor-in-chief of the school’s Bison yearbook.

She earned a journalism degree from the historically Black university and later helped found the National Black Communications Society.

After expressing her disdain for how television depicted females of color, McLaughlin purchased KLMG-TV, becoming the first Black woman to own and be the largest shareholder of a network-affiliated station.

McLaughlin purchased The Florida Star and Georgia Star in 2022 and catapulted those foundational Black newspapers into national must-reads.

Both newspapers are members of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the trade association representing the Black Press of America.

A Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award recipient, McLaughlin dined with several U.S. Presidents, including George Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.

She also authored the book “Black Parents’ Handbook: A Guide to Healthy Pregnancy, Birth and Child Care.”

“She was a trailblazer,” Nixon stated. “She also was like a mom to me in so many ways, and this hits hard. She put up a really good fight.”

Halloween Kills: Movie Promotion


The Advocate is offering a limited number of FREE passes for two to the Advance Screening of Halloween Kills. Read on to find out how to get your free pass.

Which of the Halloween movies is your favorite to date? (And tell us the year it was released) Don’t delay. First come, first served. Send to:
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In 2018, David Gordon Green’s Halloween, starring icon Jamie Lee Curtis, killed at the box office, earning more than $250 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing chapter in the four-decade franchise and setting a new record for the biggest opening weekend in history for a horror film starring a woman. 

And the Halloween night when Michael Myers returned isn’t over yet.

Minutes after Laurie Strode (Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left masked monster Michael Myers caged and burning in Laurie’s basement, Laurie is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, believing she finally killed her lifelong tormentor.

But when Michael manages to free himself from Laurie’s trap, his ritual bloodbath resumes. As Laurie fights her pain and prepares to defend herself against him, she inspires all of Haddonfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster. 

The Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael’s first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands, forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all.
Evil dies tonight.

From the returning filmmaking team responsible for the 2018 global phenomenon, Halloween Kills is written by Scott Teems (SundanceTV’s Rectify) and Danny McBride and David Gordon Green based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill.

The film opens in theaters and begins live-streaming on PEACOCK only on October 15th.

The Advance Screening of Halloween Kills will be held on Tuesday, October 12th, at 7pm at the AMC Theaters Altamonte Springs (433 E Altamonte Dr. Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. Get your free pass today by answering the question above the ad at left.

Texas man who claimed he paid a family member with COVID-19 to lick groceries sentenced to prison


Aysha Qamar Daily Kos Staff

Despite warnings that those spreading misinformation will face the consequences, COVID-19 misinformation has been rampant since the start of the pandemic. From “miracle” cures like drinking bleach, taking ivermectin, and gargling Betadine, anti-vaxxers and COVID-19 deniers have spread a variety of hoaxes, including advising some not to go to the hospital. But one hoax has received more attention than the others—and not just by those susceptible to believing it. 

A Texas man is heading to prison for a hoax he spread on social media in which he claimed he paid someone infected with COVID-19 to lick food items at multiple grocery stores. According to a news release issued by the Justice Department, 40-year-old Christopher Perez posted two “threatening messages” on Facebook at the beginning of the pandemic last year to “scare people away from visiting the stores.” On Monday, he was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine for two counts of false information and hoaxes related to biological weapons. 

“Those who would threaten to use COVID-19 as a weapon against others will be held accountable for their actions, even if the threat was a hoax,” Christopher Combs, an FBI special agent, said. “Perez’s actions were knowingly designed to spread fear and panic and today’s sentencing illustrates the seriousness of this crime,” Combs continued. “The FBI would like to thank our law enforcement partners for their help in this case.”

NBC News reported that allegations ensued after the FBI received a screenshot of Perez’s first post dated April 5, 2020, from the Southwest Texas Fusion Center. The post read: 

My homeboys [sic] cousin has covid19 and has licked every thing for past 2 days cause we paid him too [sic]. Big difference is we told him not to be these f—— idiots who record and post online. . . YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!!!

While the investigation found that the claims were a hoax and that Perez did not pay anyone, the notion of his claim was dangerous. “Trying to scare people with the threat of spreading dangerous diseases is no joking matter,” U.S. Attorney Ashley Hoff said in a statement. “This office takes seriously threats to harm the community and will prosecute them to the full extent of the law.”

The investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, along with Weapons of Mass Destruction personnel. During investigations, Perez even admitted to FBI agents that the claims were false. According to court documents, he told investigators he wrote it because too many people were out and he “was trying to scare people from the stores in order to stop them from spreading the virus to keep people safe.” He claimed he did not know anyone who had the virus. 

When asked if he was happy that a local store was shut down due to his rumors, Perez told investigators he was split “50/50.”

Rumors and hoaxes like this are not uncommon on social media platforms but Perez’s rumor is believable as multiple people have been arrested throughout the course of the pandemic for licking grocery store items. In March 2020, when the first case of the novel coronavirus was reported in the U.S., a Missouri man was charged with licking items at Walmart to mock COVID-19 fears. 

While social media platforms have confirmed they are working to remove false posts about COVID-19 and its vaccine, social media has been a gold mine for misinformation. According to CBS News, Facebook has deleted over 20 million posts containing vaccine misinformation, and shut down the accounts of 3,000 repeat COVID-19 misinformation offenders. 

Officials nationwide are cracking down on misinformation in efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus and keep numbers of infections from going up. Charging those who are spreading this misinformation is a step in the right direction, we can only hope others learn from this example and stop creating new conspiracy theories and rumors that put lives in danger.

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Notice of Action in Dissolution of Marriage – Edmond and Mondesir


No: 2021-DR-117940



6192 Brookhill Circle
Orlando, FL 32810

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Dissolution of Marriage has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on MARIE EDMOND, whose address is 6192 Brookhill Circle, Orlando FL 32810, on or before December 2, 2021, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court at Orange County Courthouse, 425 N. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801, either before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter.  If you fail to do so a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Petition.

Copies of all court documents , including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office.

You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Courts office notified of our current address. (You may file Designation of Current Mailing and E-Mail Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address(es) on record at the clerks office.

WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings.

Date October 4, 2021

Tiffany Moore-Russell
Orange County Clerk of Court
By Ebony Wiggins
Deputy Clerk

1st publication date: October 8, 2021

Notice of Fictitious Name Registration – Fuzion Catering 


NOTICE is hereby given pursuant to the provisions of the Fictitious Names Registration Act of Florida (Chapter 50, Florida Statutes) that an application for registration of a fictitious name will be filed in the office of the Florida Department of State, for the conduct of a business under the fictitious name of Fuzion Catering, with its principal office or place of business at 149 Terra Mango Loop , in Orange County.

The names and addresses, including street and number, if any, of all persons who are parties to the registration is/are: Daryl Baer, 400 Hillside Park St #3309 Minneola, Fl 34715, and Eric Koeser, who, being (an) owner(s) in the above fictitious name, certif(y)ies that the information contained herein is true and accurate. 

‘This Is Not the End’: Dire Threat to Abortion Rights Remains as Judge Blocks Texas Ban

“The Senate must join the House in immediately passing the Women’s Health Protection Act so we can end cruel bans and guarantee the right to abortion care for every pregnant person throughout Texas and across America.”


A federal judge late Wednesday temporarily blocked enforcement of Texas’ near-total abortion ban, issuing a scathing order that condemns the recently enacted law as an “unprecedented and aggressive scheme” to strip state residents of their reproductive rights.

“We already know the politicians behind this law will stop at nothing until they’ve banned abortion entirely.”

In his 113-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman of Austin grants the Justice Department’s request for an injunction and argues that Texas “forfeited the right” to delay the injunction during the appeal process, which the state sought to begin almost immediately after Pitman’s order came down.

“From the moment S.B. 8 went into effect, women have been unlawfully prevented from exercising control over their lives in ways that are protected by the Constitution,” Pitman writes. “That other courts may find a way to avoid this conclusion is theirs to decide; this court will not sanction one more day of this offensive deprivation of such an important right.”

Reproductive rights advocates welcomed Pitman’s ruling but stressed that the fight is far from over, given that S.B. 8 allows for retroactive lawsuits against abortion providers and anyone who “aids or abets” the procedure after roughly six weeks of gestation, before many people know they’re pregnant.

“This injunction is a critical first step in restoring abortion rights and services in Texas,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights. “For 36 days, patients have been living in a state of panic, not knowing where or when they’d be able to get abortion care. The clinics and doctors we represent hope to resume full abortion services as soon as they are able, even though the threat of being sued retroactively will not be completely gone until S.B. 8 is struck down for good. The cruelty of this law is endless.”

“While we are relieved that a court has finally blocked this unconstitutional law, today’s court order is only temporary,” Northup added. “This is not the end. We know the state of Texas will keep defending this malicious ban.”

Brigitte Amiri, deputy director of the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project, said in a statement that “though the court’s ruling offers a sigh of relief, the threat of Texas’ abortion ban still looms over the state as cases continue to move through the courts.”

“We already know the politicians behind this law will stop at nothing until they’ve banned abortion entirely,” said Amiri, who noted that the Texas law has already had a “devastating” impact on vulnerable people across the state.

“People who need abortion care and have resources have been forced to flee the state and those without resources or the ability to travel have been forced to remain pregnant against their will,” Amiri continued. “The law has impacted the most marginalized the harshest, including people of color and young people. This fight is far from over, and we’re ready to do everything we can to make sure every person can get the abortion care they need regardless of where they live or how much they make.”

Signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in May, the Texas law empowers private citizens rather than state officials to enforce the abortion ban, a deliberate attempt to evade legal challenges. Under the law, which other GOP-led states are moving to replicate, plaintiffs who succeed in court are entitled to a $10,000 reward as well as the recovery of their legal fees.

Last month, the conservative-dominated U.S. Supreme Court opted to leave the draconian law in place, imperiling abortion rights in Texas and across the country. On December 1, the Supreme Court is set to begin hearing oral arguments in a separate case that poses a direct threat to Roe v. Wade.

The Supreme Court’s decision to let the Texas ban take effect spurred action from the House of Representatives, which on September 24 passed legislation that would codify abortion rights into federal law. But as long as the 60-vote legislative filibuster remains in place, the bill is likely to die in the Senate due to Republican opposition.

In response to Pitman’s ruling, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.)—chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus—said that “this decision gives us time that we absolutely can’t waste.

“The Senate must join the House in immediately passing the Women’s Health Protection Act so we can end cruel bans and guarantee the right to abortion care for every pregnant person throughout Texas and across America,” Jayapal added.

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Phillippic Progressives

THE GANTT REP0RT, by Lucius Gantt

 The so-called Congressional “Progressives” should be commended for standing up and speaking out about legislation that they prefer.

     However, in my mind, I think the proposed multi-trillions they want to finance their legislative desire are akin to Martin Luther King Junior, good but dead!

     I’ll tell you why.

     In a partisan, divided and obstructionist Congress, individual members and groups of Congress persons never really get everything they want at the end of the governmental day.

     In the best pieces of legislation, everybody will be a little happy and a little sad. Progressives, moderates, conservatives and liberals will all get a proverbial slice, but no one gets to go home with the whole apple.

      Trust me, the magic number that news networks anticipate will not be the lowest or the highest, the amount of debt spending will be somewhere in the middle.

      Everyday, some progressive member of Congress goes on TV or radio and says, “We are united in our fight for abortion rights, free community college, free pre-kindergarten schooling, climate change initiatives and so on.

     They say they will not vote for a single public infrastructure bill if it is not attached to, or followed by, a personal infrastructure bill that is acceptable to a small group of mostly white progressive women.

     I wonder if every group would or could take that stance.


     Why hasn’t the Progressive Caucus talked about legislation that Black Americans and Black members of Congress support like voting rights protections, police reform or humane treatment for immigrants of color? How can progressives let voting rights and police reforms die a quick death?

     When you look at the current Congress in a different way, perhaps some of the female Congressional members of the Democratic Party are merely Dixiecrats with dresses!

     I don’t know any member of the Progressive Caucus that could win any election without the support and votes of Black Americans.

     To brothers and sisters in the hood, Philippic progressive talk is like a dull knife that’s just not cutting. They’re talking loud and saying nothing!

     Instead of saying, “It’s our way or no highway!,” it seems to me so-called Progressives should unite and form a coalition with other Congressional minority groups to generate even more political strength.

     Think about it. In what election, in what year and at what time has a progressive political candidate won a national or statewide election?

     Well, that won’t happen in Hollywood or Dollywood!

     The white females in the Progressive Caucus today think they are the Big Cats in the federal bureaucracy, but they are not the kind of big cats that thrive in the political jungle, that hunt their food and protect their children and elders.  Progressive Cats are “zoo cats” that can only get what they need from the political zookeeper. They want to talk House and Senate members into voting for legislation instead of joining, or forming, a legislative army of Blacks [and] whites 

Anti-maskers behavior becoming more and more bizarre

The Daily Kos has reported a bizarre occurrence at a county school board meeting in Chaska, Minnesota, where anti-maskers targeted a mask-wearing dad for supporting a school mask policy. #RatherBeSafeThanSorry.

Parents and community members met Monday night, September 27, to discuss a new public school mask mandate. COVID-19 cases were rising and the board felt it important to take action to protect the kids. The vast majority of attendees showed up not wearing masks.

The decision to wear or not wear masks remains personal, and plenty of people have opted not to do so. Some of the reasons they offer are, quite frankly, don’t make good sense. But in the real world, they don’t have to. (See the things anti-maskers have said during the pandemic.)

But because in-class instruction takes place in closed classrooms, the possibility of spreading COVID is high. For parents who realize that infection can happen, it makes sense that they would want all the students to wear masks. After all, the inconvenience is easily outweighed by the risk of becoming infected. Those who don’t think the virus is a real concern, they might resent mask-wearing being required. But, then, they are not the ones attending class.

As of September 29, “only” 561 children 0-18 years of age have died from COVID-19 (174 aged 0-4, and 387 aged 5-18). Whatever that fatality rate happens to be, the more infections there are the more deaths there will be. It doesn’t require a degree in rocket science to understand that to eliminate deaths, you have to eliminate infections. Masks help prevent the spread of the disease.

Anti-maskers don’t care. One woman at the meeting actually compared the mask policy to Jim Crow laws– a downright disrespectful analogy to say the least.

One father showed up at the meeting wearing a mask. The anti-maskers didn’t like it. It turned out that Jonas Sjoberg’s 10-year old daughter actually attends private school, but he went to the meeting to express a countervailing opinion to those of the anti-maskers he knew would be there. They really didn’t like that.

As soon as he sat down he was verbally accosted by an anti-masker. He took the man’s picture– just in case. That’s when things heated up, with the anti-maskers demanding that he delete the photo. The man whose picture he took then tried to take his phone.

If you send an email to the government you are usually advised that anything you say is open to the general public. If you’re in a public place– like the Capitol Building, for example– your photo can be taken without asking for permission. Private is private– that’s where you have a reasonable expectation of privacy; but public is– well, public. And to top it off, the event was being live-streamed. Everyone watching had seen the man’s face. Again, utterly bizarre.

Antimaskers believe that they are being stripped of their rights by a government set upon stripping them of their right to make personal decisions for themselves. If what they say on is true, the pro-choice crowd might have some allies in the Roe vs. Wade assault: “We believe what we put in and on our bodies is a personal choice,” anti maskers say, implying that what people do with their bodies (like having an abortion or not) is also a personal choice. says that “it’s not about the virus” — which is good to hear because of all the deaths that occurred between January and August 2020, 48,168 were due to COVID-19, while 13,619 were due to pneumonia and 394 deaths due to influenza. Anyone who says that COVID-19 is no more serious than the ordinary flu is intentionally ignorant about the real facts.

I understand the anger that simmers when you feel that the powers that be have you in citizens’ rights lock-down. But what about seat-belt laws? What about driving while drunk? What makes my right to drive without a seat belt or while drunk any different from not wearing a mask during a pandemic? The government says that doing so endangers both me and other people– which is exactly what it says about spreading COVID-19.

Whenever violent extremist groups like the Proud Boys line up on one side of an issue, one has to question whatever logic is used to justify their stance. Sign-wielding antimaskers claiming that requiring students to wear masks is a form of child abuse do nothing to convince me that the movement is not just plain “anti.”

Ignoring the rights that once made America the envy of the world great seems pretty easy for this crowd. My bet is that they all have a “MAGA” cap lying around somewhere back at home.

Watch the school board meeting at Vimeo.

OP-ED: Police Accountability Efforts Sabotaged in Collapse of George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Negotiations


By Damon Hewitt, The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law

(Washington, D.C.) — Bipartisan negotiations for a compromise on police reform broke down Wednesday, officially ending talks on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. The bill emphasized de-escalation tactics, banned police techniques like chokeholds and some no-knock warrants, ended qualified immunity and enhanced the ability of the Justice Department to prosecute officers for civil rights violations.

Black people and other communities of color live in constant fear that discriminatory policing will end their lives. Every person of conscience in our nation knows that we desperately need police accountability measures. Police shootings in this country continue at a rate of over a thousand a year, or almost three people each day. Yet, after the immeasurable pain of loss and the largest protests for racial justice in our nation’s history, today’s defeat was snatched from the jaws of victory by forces who are not accountable to communities of color and who clearly had no intent to support meaningful accountability. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, their families, and other victims and survivors of police violence deserved better from our lawmakers.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. Karen Bass for their tireless efforts to reach an agreement, despite the lack of willing partners on the other side. We will hold accountable those who undermined the process by yielding to fringe elements when a workable deal was on the table and likely to be embraced by many racial justice advocates and mainstream law enforcement organizations alike.;ID=168170;size=728×90;setID=329915;type=iframe;click=CLICK_MACRO_PLACEHOLDER

Our fight for systemic change cannot end here. We will continue to fight to make sure we end police brutality and hold those who hurt our communities accountable. Democracy demands no less.

About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of voting rights, criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and hate crimes. For more information, please visit

Utterly Sickening: Treatment of Haitians at Mexican Border Sparks Outrage


NNPA NEWSWIRE — “This is cruelty. It’s evil… What I saw today was slave patrol — it is shameful and absolutely disgraceful,” said Patrice Lawrence, co-Director of the UndocuBlack Network, during a September 20 appearance on Roland Martin Unfiltered. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus gathered at a reception on the night of September 20 at the National Observatory to celebrate the CBC’s 50th anniversary. Though the reception took place at the Vice President’s residence there wasn’t a lengthy discussion on the crisis at the border. But members are asking for an investigation into what they saw on video.

by Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor

After over 12,000 Haitian migrants gathered at the Mexican border, shocking footage of them being herded like cattle, whipped with horse lariats and treated in a way unlike any other immigrants entering the U.S. in recent memory became public.

U.S. Border Control Agents on horseback were widely criticized as were the policies behind their actions after video first broadcast by Al Jazeera went viral for all the wrong reasons.

“If we were to close our eyes and this was occurring under the Trump administration, what would we do? The inhumane treatment of the Haitian refugees seeking help is utterly sickening,” wrote NAACP President Derrick Johnson on September 21.

“Our nation claims to be better than this… SHOW IT!” Johnson demanded the day before.

“Whips and horses? That’s what we do? To people that are vulnerable? Do we see any Haitians with guns and knives? No! We see them with the clothes on their back and the babies in their arms,” said Patrice Lawrence, co-Director of the UndocuBlack Network, during a September 20 appearance on Roland Martin Unfiltered. UndocuBlack Network assists currently and formerly undocumented Black people to find community and access to resources.

“This is cruelty. It’s evil… What I saw today was slave patrol — it is shameful and absolutely disgraceful,” she added.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus gathered at a reception on the night of September 20 at the National Observatory to celebrate the CBC’s 50th anniversary. Though the reception took place at the Vice President’s residence, there wasn’t a lengthy discussion on the crisis at the border. But members are asking for an investigation into what they saw on video.

America has accepted other refugees from around the world from Syria, Afghanistan and Central America. Policy regarding Haiti appears to be different.

The scenes were reminiscent of illustrations from the early 1800s during slavery in the U.S. when runaway slaves were tracked down by bounty hunters and overseers on horseback. When the footage was shown widely on social media the outrage was quick to follow.

Haiti has recently experienced an earthquake and a presidential assassination. Many are asking why Haitians at the Mexican border aren’t eligible for political asylum.

On September 21, the Vice President responded to the controversy.

“What I saw depicting and treating human beings the way they were was horrible. I fully support what is happening right now which is a thorough investigation into what is going on here — but human beings should never be treated that way,” said Vice President Harris during a trip to Maryland.

“These are human rights abuses, plain and simple. Cruel, inhumane, and a violation of domestic and international law,” Rep. Ilan Omar (D-Minn.) tweeted. “There needs to be a course correction and the issuance of a clear directive on how to humanely process asylum seekers at our border.”

Though Mayorkas appeared before a Senate committee last week, he is likely to have to answer many more questions in the weeks to come.

Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist and the host of the podcast BURKEFILE. She is a political analyst who appears regularly on #RolandMartinUnfiltered. She may be contacted at and on twitter at @LVBurke