Penny Dickerson

Soul Food: cultural lifestyle or disease trap?

 Florida Courier/New America Media , News Feature, Penny Dickerson, Posted: Feb 21, 2017 Photo: Olean McCaskill in her celebrated soul-food eatery, Olean’s.TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–The roots of soul food run deep within the annals of African American living. The South reigns as king of soul food cuisine. Its origins can be traced back to slavery when plantation […]

Freelance Journalist

                 CONTACT:          pennydickersonwrites@gmail.com 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 a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Lesley University […]

(Cover Story) Andrew Gillum: Profile of a Trailblazer

ONYX Magazine celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans and those of the African diaspora. http://onyxmagazine.com/andrew-gillum-profile-of-a-trailblazer/ Andrew Gillum is a winner. He proved his leadership savvy prior to launching a remarkable campaign to become the state of Florida’s next governor and the first democrat in two decades. In a razor-thin race towards victory, Gillum fell […]

Address Africa: I’m moving to Senegal

THIS WAS ME In 2006, I was diagnosed with stage II  renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer). As a result, I endured multiple surgeries (related/unrelated) and a whole lot of grief. My body owns a road map of scars: abdomen, flank, and spine to name a few. The largest healed and grew a grotesque keloid  which […]

Bishop Vaughn McLaughlin: “Agent of Change”

October 16, 2014 Filed under BUSINESS, FLORIDA, METRO, RELIGION  Bishop Vaughn McLaughlin of The Potter’s House International Ministries in Jacksonville continues to serve parishioners and patrons through the church’s thriving mall and academy. BY PENNY DICKERSON SPECIAL TO THE COURIER Bishop Vaughn McLaughlin keeps it real. He is the founder and senior pastor of The […]

(Cover Story) The Kinseys: Family Legacy Expresses the Art of Giving

ONYX Magazine celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans and those of the African diaspora. COVER THE KINSEYS: FAMILY LEGACY EXPRESSES THE ART OF GIVING Bernard and Shirley Kinsey personify family with a display of passion and humility often unique to African-Americans. Together, they publicly … Story by Penny Dickerson Bernard and Shirley Kinsey personify […]

New Lens on Aging

            ‘New Lens on Aging’ December 2, 2016 Filed under HEALTH, METRO Posted by FCEditor Scholars shine light on Blacks and aging during annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America BY PENNY DICKERSON SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Little Freddie King is a New Orleans Blues legend. He’s […]