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Mellissa Thomas is a Jamaica-born author, award-winning screenwriter, poet, freelance writer and manuscript editor currently available for hire. She’s a decorated U.S. Navy veteran with Entertainment Business Masters and Film Bachelors degrees from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL. She has been published in Caribbean Today, Westside Gazette, Elegance Digital Magazine, and several others; and has posted on popular blogs, including Men with Pens, Successful Blogging, and Under30CEO.

Website: http://mellissathomas.com

Jaguars Make Roster Moves Following Day Two of Rookie Minicamp

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Jacksonville Jaguars // Following the the team’s annual rookie minicamp, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed OL Jordan Agasiva, TE Michael Colubiale, TE Charles Jones, CB Jocquez Kalili and S Joshua Moon. To make room on the roster, the Jaguars waived TE Carson Meier, CB Marquez Sanford and WR Papi White. The Jaguars also waived/injured DB Cody Brown and DT Roderick Young, so they will…

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MATCH RECAP: Orlando City Falls 1-0 in Atlanta

ATLANTA (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Orlando City SC // Orlando City (3-5-3, 12 points) fell 1-0 to Atlanta United (5-3-2, 17 points) on Sunday afternoon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Sunday’s contest served as the first of a two-game away trip for the Lions, as well as the first match of a three-game week for Orlando. City next…

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[PHOTOS] Superheroes a Big Hit at 2019 Florida Puerto Rican Parade Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Wonder Woman and Deadpool superhero characters stole the show at the 3rd annual Florida Puerto Rican Parade Saturday morning. Thousands of parade-goers watched the parade from the sidewalks along Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando, and with the still-fresh excitement from Friday’s release of “Avengers: Endgame”, dozens joined the fray to get personal…

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Meet Grenada’s New Ambassador to the U.S.: Her Excellency Yolande Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. (FNN NEWS) – Her Excellency Yolande Smith very recently reached a unique and rare milestone: she has now been promoted to become her former boss’s boss. The former Deputy Consul General to the Grenada Consulate in Miami, headed by Ambassador at Large and Consul General Warren Newfield, has now officially become Grenada’s Ambassador…

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Shark Tank Star Daymond John, DWTS’s Lindsay Arnold, Joey Fatone to Host Runway to Hope 2019 Gala

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Runway to Hope co-founder Attorney Mark NeJame announced on Facebook Wednesday that “Shark Tank” star Daymond John will be one of the official co-hosts for the 2019 Runway to Hope Spring Fashion Soiree, the annual event benefitting families fighting childhood cancer. The other co-hosts include Dancing With the Stars champion Lindsay Arnold and returning Runway…

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Supervisor Daisy Morales, Commissioners Cordero and Bonilla Celebrate Gopher Tortoise Day at Split Oak Forest

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Orange County District 4 Commissioner Maribel Gomez Cordero, Orange County District 5 Commissioner Emily Bonilla, Osceola County District 1 Commissioner Peggy Sandoval Choudhry and Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor Daisy Morales jointly celebrated Florida Gopher Tortoise Day at Split Oak Forest in Narcoossee Wednesday. The four gathered…

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VIDEO NEWS

National Politics

Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Two to the Tallahassee Community College District Board of Trustees

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointments of Karen Moore and Eric…

Apollo 11 astronauts reunite on 50th anniversary of moonshot

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins reunited Friday…

U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo To Deliver Remarks at the 120th VFW National Convention in Orlando Monday

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will deliver the keynote address at…

VFW National Convention Returns to Orlando Saturday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie…

STATE & LOCAL POLITICS

First Lady Casey DeSantis Holds Listening Session on Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Sanford

SANFORD, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis held a listening session on mental…

First Lady Casey DeSantis to Make an Announcement at the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Thursday

SANFORD, Fla. – Florida's First Lady Casey DeSantis will make an announcement at the Seminole…

Florida's First Lady Casey DeSantis to visit First Coast High School in Jacksonville Monday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.– First Lady Casey DeSantis will visit First Coast High School on Monday, July…

Getting to Know Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill: “It all started with a park bench.”

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - If I told you it was a park bench that…

FNN SPORTS

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Pride Mount Comeback But Fall in Stoppage to Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. - Orlando Pride (2-9-2, 8 points) erased a two-goal deficit, including a 90th-minute equalizer,…

Orlando Pride to Celebrate World Cup Champions Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris on Tuesday Night

ORLANDO, Fla. – After helping lead the U.S. Women’s National Team to its fourth FIFA…

Joel Smeenge Named No. 24 On Jagaurs All-25

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Former Jaguars DE Joel Smeenge has been named No. 24 on the…

Daytona International Speedway to Launch Fireworks Extravaganza on Wednesday Night

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway is going to finish its Independence Day holiday…

Philadelphia Union’s Explosive Plays Rout Orlando City 3-1 at Home

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - Orlando City wasted no time upon their return home against…

It begins: NBA free agency finally starts Sunday

Kawhi Leonard is planning meetings in Los Angeles. Kevin Durant will do the same in…

BUSINESS NEWS

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Apple Announces New Batch of Emojis on World Emoji Day

Cupertino, CA (FNN NEWS) — July 17th is National Emoji Day! What better way to celebrate…

Celebration is Chick-fil-A’s largest, single-day customer appreciation event

ATLANTA, Ga. – Get your cow costumes ready – Chick-fil-A is celebrating its 15th annual…

[WATCH] Nourishing Biologicals Launches Four-Piece Flagship Product Line

SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Nourishing Biologicals, a science-based skin care company created to fight and…

Getting to Know Sutherlin Nissan Co-Owner “U.S. Marine”

WINTER PARK, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - “U.S. Marine,” the man who owns Sutherlin Nissan, pretty…

Trump Delays Imposing Tariffs on Auto Imports and Parts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Caught in a sprawling trade dispute with U.S. rival China, President Donald…

US to Add 30,000 Seasonal Worker Visas as Soon as This Week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration plans to allow 30,000 more foreign workers temporarily into…

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

  • Oscar-nominated Lebanese film director Nadine Labaki, the 2019 Un Certain Regard President for the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, speaks in a special interview during Kering's "Women In Motion" in Cannes, France May 16, 2019. Photo: Patience Eding/Another Concept Magazine/Florida National News.
    CANNES, France (FNN NEWS) - 2019 Cannes Film Festival: Pioneer Lebanese Oscar-Nominated Director Talks Women in Motion (Photo: Patience Eding/Another Concept Magazine/Florida National News)

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Game of Thrones cast talks divisive finale, water bottles

SAN DIEGO (AP) — “Game of Thrones” may be over but the cast can’t seem…

New Orleans Brass Band The Soul Rebels Open For The Rolling Stones!

NEW ORLEANS - In true NOLA spirit, popular brass band The Soul Rebels have shown…

Disney Skyliner Takes Flight Sept. 29, 2019, at Walt Disney World

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Disney Skyliner will begin carrying guests high above Walt Disney…

The Super-Busy Person’s Guide to the Top 10 Summer Movies of 2019

ORLANDO (FNN NEWS) - Is the July Florida heat getting to your head? Need something…

South Korea’s Top 3 Entertainment Companies Face an Intense Month of Scandals

SEOUL, South Korea (FNN NEWS) - South Korea’s top three entertainment companies, YG Entertainment, SM Entertainment,…

Singer and Songwriter Darius Rucker Visits Walt Disney World Resort

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Singer and songwriter Darius Rucker poses with Woody during his visit…

LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL & TOURISM

  • UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Cinematic Horror Icons Come to Life in All-New “Universal Monsters” Mazes at Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights”

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Disney Skyliner Takes Flight Sept. 29, 2019, at Walt Disney World

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Disney Skyliner will begin carrying guests high above Walt Disney…

Before You Go: 5 Powerful Things You Must Know to Conquer College

College life can be rough, especially if you’re in a dorm or moved out on…

[OPINION] Tampering with Our Food is a Crime!

Thanks to social media, it seems a new fad or trend emerges every other month.…

Singer and Songwriter Darius Rucker Visits Walt Disney World Resort

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Singer and songwriter Darius Rucker poses with Woody during his visit…

[OPINION] Why are We Voting on Whether LGBTQ Parents Can Adopt? Let Them.

The debate for LGBTQ+ rights rages on, and whether or not they should be able…

Celebration is Chick-fil-A’s largest, single-day customer appreciation event

ATLANTA, Ga. – Get your cow costumes ready – Chick-fil-A is celebrating its 15th annual…