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Hooper: Forbes ranks Tampa Bay's Hispanic, African-American prosperity

Looking at homeownership, entrepreneurship and median household income, Forbes separately ranked America's 52 largest metropolitan areas for where African-Americans and Hispanics are doing best economically.

On the Hispanic list, Tampa Bay ranked 12th, ahead of Orlando and Miami, but behind Jacksonville, which ranked No. 1. I thought Tampa Bay would have been behind Miami. On the African-American list, Tampa ranked 21st behind Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville.

The Hispanic ranking is good, but the African-American ranking should be higher. One problem may be a lack of unity within that group on how best to empower people economically.

Disparate organizations are working to help, but more collaborative efforts are needed. …

Speaking of collaboration, I hope reported discussions between Hillsborough School Board and Pinellas School Board members about hiring a new superintendent go beyond casual talks. Hillsborough can learn from the process that Pinellas went through in 2012. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Only Trust People Who Like Big Butts. They Cannot Lie. …

Hoola For Happiness brings its weekly hoop jams back to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. The nonprofit, founded by Carissa Caricato, uses its hoops to spread joy and promote God's word. Learn more at hoolaforhappiness.org. …

My friend made Tater Tot casserole for the Super Bowl. In college, he used ground beef and cream of mushroom soup. Now he's using caramelized beef, red wine and a stock from five kinds of reconstituted mushrooms.

And you thought tots were just cafeteria food.

That's all I'm saying.

Hooper: Forbes ranks Tampa Bay's Hispanic, African-American prosperity 02/01/15 [Last modified: Sunday, February 1, 2015 7:13pm]
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