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Apple TV’s animated special “Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin” explores the origin story of Franklin, the first Black character in the “Peanuts” comic strip, showcasing his initial encounter with Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang. The special addresses a long-overdue focus on Franklin, introduced in 1968 by “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz following a […]

Alexei Navalny, Russia’s leading opposition figure against President Vladimir Putin, has died at 47 in a remote Russian prison, as reported by the Federal Penitentiary Service. Navalny, who faced charges deemed by supporters as retaliation for his activism, had been a vocal critic of Putin, spotlighting corruption and advocating for political reform. His death has […]

The Downtown Canandaigua Fire & Ice Festival, now in its eighth year, is set to bring a blend of warmth and chill to New York with a weekend full of activities slated for February 17 and 18. Recognized by as a must-visit winter event, the festival offers an array of attractions that cater to […]

At 90 years old, Ed Dwight, who was once on the path to becoming the first Black astronaut, is receiving recognition for his pioneering contributions. Growing up in segregated Kansas, Dwight’s fascination with flying led him to pursue an aviation career despite the racial barriers of the time. Selected by President John F. Kennedy’s administration […]

After a long-fought legal battle, Cristal Starling of Rochester successfully reclaimed $8,040 that police seized during a 2020 raid on her apartment. No drugs were found in her residence, but the money was seized, and her then-boyfriend was arrested on unrelated charges, from which he was later acquitted. With assistance from the Institute for Justice, […]

In an innovative approach to addressing the retirement savings gap, TIAA, a leader in retirement services, has collaborated with hip-hop icon Wyclef Jean and other artists, including Pusha T, Lola Brooke, Capella Grey, and Flau’jae to release a new track called “Paper Right.” This initiative aims to raise awareness among younger generations about the importance […]

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February 9, 2024

(Democrat & Chronicle) – Rochester Public Market has plans to introduce new storefronts and residential spaces on a city-owned parking lot near North Union Street. The city of Rochester seeks a developer committed to fostering small businesses to construct the privately-owned building, aiming to accommodate the growing demand from existing and aspiring market vendors. The […]

(BET) – Bob Marley profoundly impacted the global music scene with his reggae rhythms and messages of love, peace, and unity. Despite his untimely death at 36, Marley’s influence remains pervasive, with his image symbolizing his enduring message. Set for release on February 14th, his life is celebrated in the biopic “One Love,” starring Kingsley […]

Rochester, N.Y. – Monroe County Executive Adam Bello has announced the opening of the online application portal for Community Festival Funding, marking the second year of financial support for local events. The 2024 Monroe County Budget has earmarked at least $250,000, a $50,000 increase from the previous year, to bolster community festivals. Applications for festivals […]

Greece, N.Y. (WROC) – Over two decades after James Reaves Sr.’s stellar basketball career at Edison Tech and professional play, his legacy continues through his nephews at Athena High School, Greece, NY. Khorie, a senior guard, and his junior twin brothers, I’zayah and I’zick, have propelled the Athena Trojans to an unbeaten season, echoing their […]

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