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Community, Drugs, and Lottery: $52 Million Lottery Winner Will Rebuild Historically Black Neighborhood: "There is a need, and in my mind, an obligation, to invest there." @balleralert $52 Million Lottery Winner Will Rebuild Historically Black Neighborhood: “There is a need, and in my mind, an obligation, to invest there.” - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In 2010, MiguelPilgram was the winner of a $52 million lottery jackpot that enabled him to start his own real estate company, ThePilgramGroup. Now he plans to use his winnings to build up properties across south Florida, specifically, a well-known Main Street named SistrunkBoulevard that was once a wealthy area for African Americans. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sistrunk was often referred to as the “historical heartbeat of Fort Lauderdale’s oldest black community,” which is located right in the middle of most of the city’s black businesses. The area was named after JamesSistrunk. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ James was a black physician who helped found the first Black hospital in Broward County in 1938, when segregation laws prohibited Blacks from entering the east side of the tracks where they could be seen and treated in “white” hospitals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Post-desegregation, the area started to lose its high economic status and became a haven for gun violence, abandoned buildings, and drugs. However, Pilgram recently bought three buildings he plans to make into a jazz lounge, blues lounge, restaurants, and a center for performing arts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “For me, it’s [about] preserving the community as a whole,” Pilgram told an NBC local affiliate station in South Florida, adding that Sistrunk was once a hub of “success for businessmen.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Along with Pilgram, Edduard Prince, community activist and legal specialist says outside developers are “drooling” to invest in Sistrunk which, like similar cases, will strip the neighborhood of its history and culture while pushing out current residents. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pilgram’s plan is to do the exact opposite. He wants to develop the location while keeping the culture and its people there. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I was raised in a similar environment,” he told The Sun-Sentinel. “There is a need, and in my mind, an obligation, to invest there.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now that’s, ForTheCulture.
Community, Drugs, and Lottery: $52 Million Lottery Winner Will Rebuild
 Historically Black Neighborhood: "There is
 a need, and in my mind, an obligation, to
 invest there."
 @balleralert
$52 Million Lottery Winner Will Rebuild Historically Black Neighborhood: “There is a need, and in my mind, an obligation, to invest there.” - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In 2010, MiguelPilgram was the winner of a $52 million lottery jackpot that enabled him to start his own real estate company, ThePilgramGroup. Now he plans to use his winnings to build up properties across south Florida, specifically, a well-known Main Street named SistrunkBoulevard that was once a wealthy area for African Americans. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sistrunk was often referred to as the “historical heartbeat of Fort Lauderdale’s oldest black community,” which is located right in the middle of most of the city’s black businesses. The area was named after JamesSistrunk. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ James was a black physician who helped found the first Black hospital in Broward County in 1938, when segregation laws prohibited Blacks from entering the east side of the tracks where they could be seen and treated in “white” hospitals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Post-desegregation, the area started to lose its high economic status and became a haven for gun violence, abandoned buildings, and drugs. However, Pilgram recently bought three buildings he plans to make into a jazz lounge, blues lounge, restaurants, and a center for performing arts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “For me, it’s [about] preserving the community as a whole,” Pilgram told an NBC local affiliate station in South Florida, adding that Sistrunk was once a hub of “success for businessmen.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Along with Pilgram, Edduard Prince, community activist and legal specialist says outside developers are “drooling” to invest in Sistrunk which, like similar cases, will strip the neighborhood of its history and culture while pushing out current residents. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pilgram’s plan is to do the exact opposite. He wants to develop the location while keeping the culture and its people there. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I was raised in a similar environment,” he told The Sun-Sentinel. “There is a need, and in my mind, an obligation, to invest there.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now that’s, ForTheCulture.

$52 Million Lottery Winner Will Rebuild Historically Black Neighborhood: “There is a need, and in my mind, an obligation, to invest there.” ...

American Idol, Children, and Crazy: Jordin Sparks ls Married and Expecting Her First Child With Husband, Dana Isaiah @balleralert Read More: www.balleralert.com Jordin Sparks Is Married and Expecting Her First Child With Husband, Dana Isaiah - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ JordinSparks is expecting! PEOPLE Magazine reports, that the American Idol winner is expecting her first child with now-husband Dana Isaiah, as the two secretly jumped the broom in mid-July. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The couple’s love story begins with a charity campaign in Houston during Super Bowl weekend. After first meeting Isaiah’s family in February, Isaiah’s mom contacted Sparks’ mom to summon her daughter’s help in convincing Isaiah to stay home, instead of moving out west to pursue modeling. The two moms put their children in a group chat and the rest is history. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to PEOPLE, the couple spoke every day for the next month until Isaiah flew out to L.A. over Easter weekend. That’s when the two finally met. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “A couple days after we had actually met, I was like in my head ‘That’s going to be my husband! That’s my husband right there,” Sparks said, revealing that they decided not to move in together until they were married. “When I’m with him, I feel comfort and safety and calm and peace, and those aren't things that I normally felt. So it was a little wake-up call for me.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The couple initially bonded over their shared Christian beliefs, and just months after officially meeting, they already knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The two eloped on July 16th while on vacation in Hawaii, PEOPLE reports. Just one month later, Sparks found out she was pregnant. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “It’s been really crazy because everything changes,” Sparks said. “Once we got over the initial shock of it, now again just ......to read the rest log on to BallerAlert.com (clickable link on profile)
American Idol, Children, and Crazy: Jordin Sparks ls Married and Expecting
 Her First Child With Husband, Dana
 Isaiah
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 Read More: www.balleralert.com
Jordin Sparks Is Married and Expecting Her First Child With Husband, Dana Isaiah - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ JordinSparks is expecting! PEOPLE Magazine reports, that the American Idol winner is expecting her first child with now-husband Dana Isaiah, as the two secretly jumped the broom in mid-July. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The couple’s love story begins with a charity campaign in Houston during Super Bowl weekend. After first meeting Isaiah’s family in February, Isaiah’s mom contacted Sparks’ mom to summon her daughter’s help in convincing Isaiah to stay home, instead of moving out west to pursue modeling. The two moms put their children in a group chat and the rest is history. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to PEOPLE, the couple spoke every day for the next month until Isaiah flew out to L.A. over Easter weekend. That’s when the two finally met. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “A couple days after we had actually met, I was like in my head ‘That’s going to be my husband! That’s my husband right there,” Sparks said, revealing that they decided not to move in together until they were married. “When I’m with him, I feel comfort and safety and calm and peace, and those aren't things that I normally felt. So it was a little wake-up call for me.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The couple initially bonded over their shared Christian beliefs, and just months after officially meeting, they already knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The two eloped on July 16th while on vacation in Hawaii, PEOPLE reports. Just one month later, Sparks found out she was pregnant. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “It’s been really crazy because everything changes,” Sparks said. “Once we got over the initial shock of it, now again just ......to read the rest log on to BallerAlert.com (clickable link on profile)

Jordin Sparks Is Married and Expecting Her First Child With Husband, Dana Isaiah - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ JordinSparks is expe...

Friends, Lawyer, and Meek Mill: Meek Mill's Lawyer Files Motion to Get Judge, Who Reportedly Asked For Shout out On A Song, Off His Case @balleralert Meek Mill’s Lawyer Files Motion to Get Judge, Who Reportedly Asked For Shout out On A Song, Off His Case – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Just days after MeekMill was sentenced to 2-4 years for violating probation, the rapper’s attorney called the judge’s intentions into question. Joe Tacopina accused the judge of handing down a heavy sentence because of her personal vendetta against the rapper, despite previous easy breaks. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The judge reportedly had a 10-year history with the rapper, stemming from his 2008 charges. Over the years, according to Tacopina, the judge had asked Meek to compromise his music career for her personal gain. He said the judge asked the rapper to change management and sign with one of her hometown friends. He also said she asked for a personal shout-out in a Boyz II Men song remake, but Meek refused. Now, Tacopina believes she is using her power to hurt him. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As a result, the lawyer is filing a motion for the judge to take herself off the case. According to TMZ, Tacopina will be filing a complaint with the judicial conduct board to report the judge’s alleged acts. In addition, TMZ reports that the rapper will also be applying to Pennsylvania’s Board of Pardons, however, that process usually takes at least three years to complete. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Meanwhile, a petition, orchestrated by Governor Tom Wolf, to have the “unjust prison sentenced remedied” has now reached over 300,000 signatures. However, TMZ reports it may not be much help.
Friends, Lawyer, and Meek Mill: Meek Mill's Lawyer Files Motion to Get Judge,
 Who Reportedly Asked For Shout out On A
 Song, Off His Case
 @balleralert
Meek Mill’s Lawyer Files Motion to Get Judge, Who Reportedly Asked For Shout out On A Song, Off His Case – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Just days after MeekMill was sentenced to 2-4 years for violating probation, the rapper’s attorney called the judge’s intentions into question. Joe Tacopina accused the judge of handing down a heavy sentence because of her personal vendetta against the rapper, despite previous easy breaks. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The judge reportedly had a 10-year history with the rapper, stemming from his 2008 charges. Over the years, according to Tacopina, the judge had asked Meek to compromise his music career for her personal gain. He said the judge asked the rapper to change management and sign with one of her hometown friends. He also said she asked for a personal shout-out in a Boyz II Men song remake, but Meek refused. Now, Tacopina believes she is using her power to hurt him. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As a result, the lawyer is filing a motion for the judge to take herself off the case. According to TMZ, Tacopina will be filing a complaint with the judicial conduct board to report the judge’s alleged acts. In addition, TMZ reports that the rapper will also be applying to Pennsylvania’s Board of Pardons, however, that process usually takes at least three years to complete. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Meanwhile, a petition, orchestrated by Governor Tom Wolf, to have the “unjust prison sentenced remedied” has now reached over 300,000 signatures. However, TMZ reports it may not be much help.

Meek Mill’s Lawyer Files Motion to Get Judge, Who Reportedly Asked For Shout out On A Song, Off His Case – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀...

Barbie, Girls, and Instagram: Mattel Reveals First Ever Hijab Wearing Barbie @balleralert Mattel Reveals First Ever Hijab Wearing Barbie-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ As part of Mattel’s “Shero” program, Barbie has just released a new hijab-wearing doll. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The doll is inspired by American-Muslim Olympic fencer, Ibtihaj Muhammad, who made history as the first American athlete to compete in the Olympics with a hijab. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “The Barbie Shero Program recognizes women who break boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls and I am so excited to join this incredible group of women,” Muhammad said in a post on Instagram. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The doll was presented Monday by Glamour magazine at the Women of the Year summit in New York City. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “Ibtihaj Muhammad has challenged every stereotype — which to me is the definition of a modern American woman,” Glamour’s Editor-in-Chief, Cindi Leive, said in a statement. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out,” Barbie’s vice-president of marketing, Sejal Shah Miller, said in a statement. “Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented. By honoring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything.”
Barbie, Girls, and Instagram: Mattel Reveals First Ever
 Hijab Wearing Barbie
 @balleralert
Mattel Reveals First Ever Hijab Wearing Barbie-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ As part of Mattel’s “Shero” program, Barbie has just released a new hijab-wearing doll. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The doll is inspired by American-Muslim Olympic fencer, Ibtihaj Muhammad, who made history as the first American athlete to compete in the Olympics with a hijab. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “The Barbie Shero Program recognizes women who break boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls and I am so excited to join this incredible group of women,” Muhammad said in a post on Instagram. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The doll was presented Monday by Glamour magazine at the Women of the Year summit in New York City. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “Ibtihaj Muhammad has challenged every stereotype — which to me is the definition of a modern American woman,” Glamour’s Editor-in-Chief, Cindi Leive, said in a statement. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out,” Barbie’s vice-president of marketing, Sejal Shah Miller, said in a statement. “Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented. By honoring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything.”

Mattel Reveals First Ever Hijab Wearing Barbie-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ As part of Mattel’s “Shero” program, Barbie has just re...