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Freelance Journalist

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Penny Dickerson is an independent journalist with a passion for cool people, extraordinary places, and good sushi.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) and an Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Lesley University (Cambridge, MA).

 

Temple UniversityLesley LogoPassionate about words and writing, Penny has augmented her freelance writing life by working as an adjunct English professor at  Florida State College at Jacksonville where she taught English composition and Humanities courses including Writing for Non-Fiction, Introduction to Literature & Film and Literature.

Media contributions include: Orlando Arts Magazine, Jacksonville Arts & Business Magazine (ARBUS), EBONY.com, New America Media, Equal Voice, Miami Times,Mosaic Literary Magazine, Onyx Magazine, The News-Leader, Florida Times-Union, Florida Courier, Philadelphia Stories, Daytona Times, Tallahassee Women’s Magazine and others.

Journalism fellowships awarded include the New America Media Four Freedoms Fund Fellowship (2013); Henry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship (2015); Marguerite Casey Equal Voice Fellowship (2015); Journalists in Aging Fellows Program (2016) Measures for Justice/John Jay College Continue Reading »

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Daytona Celebrates Juneteenth!

Daytona Times                                                                                                                       Daytona to stop asking about criminal convictions

Filed under DAYTONA BEACH, LEAD STORIES, NEWS 

City announces plan to ban checkbox from job applications

BY PENNY DICKERSON
DAYTONA TIMES

Daytona Beach joined a growing number of cities around the country this week when it officially announced it was banning the box on applications that asks if someone has been convicted of a crime.

Mykal Tairu applauds Daytona Beach’s decision to “Ban the Box’’ during an announcement Monday on the steps of City Hall. Those joining him included city and community leaders.(DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARDNOTTSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)

Applicants applying for city employment can now be assured they will be assessed based upon their qualifications versus potential discrimination for having a criminal record of a misdemeanor or felony. Continue Reading »

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Breast Cancer’s plight in Cuba

Daytona Times

 

 

‘Pink to Pink’ tour to Cuba

Filed under DAYTONA BEACH, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, LEAD STORIES, NEWS

Palm Coast man leads trip to help area physicians and others learn more about the country’s battle against breast cancer.

BY PENNY DICKERSON
DAYTONA TIMES

Palm Coast resident Alberto N. Jones organized a trip to his native Cuba last month and included breast cancer survivors, physicians and well-wishing comrades. His wife, Silvia, is a survivor and served as motivation for the trip. In homage, Jones titled the voyage: “Pink to Pink” tour.

The plight of breast cancer in Havana was addressed by Cuban researchers and professionals during the “Pink to Pink” tour. A highlight was a visit to the National Oncology and Radiobiology Institute.(Photos by Alberto N. Jones)

The plight of breast cancer in Havana was addressed by Cuban researchers and professionals during the “Pink to Pink” tour. A highlight was a visit to the National Oncology and Radiobiology Institute. (Photos by Alberto N. Jones)

Clinicians from the United States whose advocacy for the pastel color of breast cancer hope traveled to Havana with Jones in October to both commemorate and learn more about Cuba’s fight against breast cancer. Continue Reading »

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Penny’s Ground-Rules for Grief

I owe no one an explanation regarding how I choose to grieve death. Apparently, this declaration is debatable. It seems the older we grow, the more the world wants to dictate our emotional process. At times, it seems to be a nudging – no a force – to follow an expected pattern, cultural tradition, or code of conduct that has origins you can’t trace, but if you step outside of the boundaries of any of the aforementioned, the rules become abundantly clear.  Me and death will never be at peace with one another. I’m not as “moved” by the finite ending of life as I am by the process of burial. The disposing of bodies. Continue Reading »

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Orlando Arts Magazine – “Brush Strokes” feature

Orlando Arts May June Cover

Click link to read “Re-Discovering America: The Kinsey Collection” 

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Bernard, Shirley, and Khalil Kinsey are three of my favorite public families (and people) next to that of President Barack and Michelle and those two stylish daughters!

The cultural exhibit, “The Kinsey Collection” is an American Wonder that Walt Disney World Resorts has extended at EPCOT Center through 2018. It’s a “must see” on you summer vacation visits to Orlando and/or Disney World!

I am proud to have viewed this extraordinaire collection numerous times and will continue to give them “ink” for as long as the opportunity exists.

Embedded below are URL links to my archived features:

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http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/a-whole-new-world-the-kinsey-collection#.VYQzmJVRE5s

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http://issuu.com/cfcgllc/docs/floridacourier_03202015/9?e=4739009/11932914

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Made in Africa – Haute Couture Museum Exhibit

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Made in Africa

Filed under METRO, WORLD

Contemporary fashions from Ghana’s most notable designers on display at Florida museum

BY PENNY DICKERSON
FLORIDA COURIER

African fashion in its most sophisticated form is on display at the University of Florida’s Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art in a cutting-edge exhibition titled “Kabas and Couture: Contemporary Ghanaian Fashion.”

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The installation offers an unprecedented look at the 50-year history and contemporary social impact of one of Africa’s most vibrant fashion industries and features the work of several internationally noted Ghanaian designers, including Juliana “Chez Julie” Kweifio-Okai. The Parisian-trained pioneer’s innovative creations paved the runways for Accra’s current generation of fashion designers. Continue Reading »

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Joe Petrock Appointed B-CU Chairman of the Board

Daytona Times

                                                                                                          Poised to help B-CU go the next level

Filed under BETHUNE-COOKMAN, DAYTONA BEACH, LEAD STORIES, NEWS

Joe Petrock, new board of trustees chairman, gives an exclusive interview to the Daytona Times on his vision for the university.

BY PENNY DICKERSON
DAYTONA TIMES

Dr. Joe Petrock, a community pillar and philanthropist, officially took the helm on July 1 as chairman of Bethune-Cookman University’s board of trustees. The longtime local leader has served on the board since 2004 and is committed to a brand of leadership that is based on strong ethics, integrity, and always doing what’s right.

Dr. Edison Jackson, president of Bethune-Cookman University, and Dr. Joe Petrock, B-CU’s new chairman, are looking forward to building new partnerships and working to improve the quality of life in Daytona Beach’s Midtown.(COURTESY OF B-CU)

In partnership with President Edison O. Jackson, he is poised to advance the university as not just an HBCU but a top-ranked small university in America. Continue Reading »

Interview with Steve Harvey’s Personal Chef

‘Architect of flavor’ whips up Harvey’s healthy dishes

March 14, 2013 Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, FOOD Posted by
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Click link to read this and other exciting news at the Florida Courier

http://flcourier.com/2013/03/14/architect-of-flavor-whips-up-harveys-healthy-dishes/

BY PENNY DICKERSON
SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER

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Judson Todd Allen is a winner who loves to lose.

He has won a battle with weight, losing more than 135 pounds. next food network starHe auditioned for the “Next Food Network Star’’ four times before joining the 2012 cast. He again, lost but recalibrated

Now he’s the personal chef to comedian/entertainer/radio/television personality/author Steve Harvey. Steve HarveyHow Allen landed the gig is the kind of stuff dreams are made of.

“I heard on the radio Steve Harvey was looking for a chef in Chicago,” said Allen. “I was in Tennessee when my business manager called and told me to fly home. I prepared my classic pecan encrusted Chilean sea bass served atop roasted garlic, sautéed spinach infused with lemon and herbs.” Harvey finished the meal and told Allen, “I’ll see you on Monday!”

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A background in food science helps the Chicago native mirror Harvey’s varied weight loss and muscle mass goals and says his boss is very well rounded in both diet and nutrition. Continue Reading »

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