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Voo Swar, Where Past Meets Present

Located down a quiet street in Mayport is a bar that prides itself on being a building block for the community through generations. Voo Swar Restaurant and Lounge has been open since 1963; a time where segregation was still running rampant not only in the streets of Atlantic Beach and Mayport, but everywhere in the United States. So, it became a place where African Americans could gather without facing judgment and rejection. Late owner Earnest Davis began building Voo Swar around 1961, but it took a decade building the place by hand to get the space operational. He gathered necessities …

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Unforgettable RuPaul

Rob Nicholson I will never forget the first time I saw RuPaul. I was in Atlanta and had just started at Georgia State University. My roommates suggested I try a nightclub on Peachtree Street called Weekends, a 24-hour dance club that rocked on …well… the weekends. I walked into the club and headed for the dance floor. And there, who do I see but this monolith of a human being on the Go-Go Box. Blonde hair, high heels and a tight dress that clung to this 6’4” person. I asked a friend, “who is that?” and he said, “That is …

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June Movie Reviews

Harry Moore Top Gun: Maverick After more than 30 years, Tom Cruise has returned to his most iconic characte with the thrilling and long-awaited sequel, Top Gun: Maverick. Cruise stars as the hotshot fighter pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, who after a long and decorated career still hasn’t progressed beyond the rank of captain, and still has his need for speed. After disobeying a direct order, Maverick is reassigned to the Top Gun Naval Academy to train a group of the Navy’s most skilled young pilots for a dangerous mission. Amongst the group of cadets is Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller), …

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Hurricane Haven: No Road, No Problem?

An Ecological and Sociological Nightmare for Residents of Summer Haven Joseph Guiffre & Molly Britt The unincorporated town of Summer Haven is along A1A between St. Augustine Beach and Marineland. Summer Haven is perched on a razor thin bit of barrier island sandwiched against the saltwater waves of the Atlantic Ocean and a tributary of the Matanzas River called the Summer Haven river. The houses here are on the beach, not along the beach, the houses here are quite literally on the water. The high tide mark on a normal day reaches within 30 feet of the stilted homes. Over …

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Clay County Fair/Folio’s Star Search 2022 Winners

Emery Williams – First Place, Junior Division Williams stole the show with her electric performance during this year’s Star Search competition. At only 11 years old, she seems like a pro but in fact, this was only her second time participating in a talent competition. Her strong voice, pure tone and infectious energy are certainly what helped her to take home the top prize. When did you begin singing?  Age two, literally in my crib. Who are you influenced by musically? Definitely Katy Perry and Whitney Houston. They are two of my favorites. What is your favorite part of performing? …

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Another Golden Era in Gainesville?

Clayton Tinkle In March of 2022, the University of Florida hired the analytics-driven Todd Golden to fill their head coaching vacancy on the hardwood. The move was widely regarded as an upgrade by fans and alumni alike who had grown tired of Mike White and his lack of ability to get over the proverbial hump. White, who left the Gators in March for a job at the University of Georgia, was just “OK” in Gainesville … and sometimes that’s OK. Expectations are high in Gainesville, as they should be, right? The Gators, after all, have won two NCAA National Championships. …

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Juneteenth

Janie Day Juneteenth, also called Jubilee Day, Freedom Day and Emancipation Day, is a holiday that takes place on June 19—the day that marks the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans from Galveston, Texas in 1865. While President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all enslaved people in the Confederate states in 1863 (it took the 13th Amendment for slaves living in Union states to be freed), the news didn’t make it to Texas, a Confederate state with minimal Union army presence, for two years. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger finally arrived in Galveston, notifying the enslaved people …

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Artist Profile: Dallas Primavera

Janie Day Dallas Primavera’s artistic evolution began when he was in elementary school. His principal created a program allowing one person from each grade to receive art lessons for two hours every Friday afternoon. Primavera was chosen and participated throughout the third, fourth and fifth grades. He recalls that this was the first time he was ever rewarded for his actions. During his sophomore year in high school, he worked in telemarketing recruiting people for taste tests. He was very good at his job, so he would finish his work at the beginning of his shift and then draw for …

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June Horoscopes

Kales Boucher Gemini Happy Gemini season! Now more than ever, be honest with yourself. It’s OK to be a little blunt with others as you share this honesty. Remember your values, though, and let them guide your truth. Cancer You’re feeling a little tired and stuck. Don’t worry, it’s just your cue to take a little break. It’s summer after all; give yourself a little early birthday vacay. Leo It feels like as soon as you start to feel comfortable in your day to day life, you start to question everything. It’s OK to re-evaluate periodically, but don’t be scared …

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Mike Drop

The political capital required to achieve office often happens by hand-shake agreements in back rooms. It is all part of the illusion. While looking at the smile – your pocket is picked.  Eye contact is never lost. Many of these ringmasters are wealthy, white and successful. A few are quiet and get by without bringing attention to themselves.  However, most crave the spotlight. Folio’s “The Circus,” detailed corruption and greed in Jacksonville politics. Whether it’s born from narcissism or nepotism, politicians are either the ringmasters or, at times, the clowns.  It depends on the person, but both positions require a …

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