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Black firefighter lawsuit; Jax Film Festival; surviving on another planet; ‘What’s Good Wednesday’

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This photo provided by The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department shows firefighters responding to a fire after an explosion aboard a ship on June 4, 2020, in Jacksonville.

Black firefighters who sued Jacksonville over a common skin problem have lost their case.

The firefighters went to court in 2020 arguing the fire department was wrongly burdening them by requiring them to be cleanshaven. They said it was a burden because they have a condition called pseudofolliculitis barbae, or PFB. When people with PFB shave it can cause ingrown hairs, irritated skin and scarring.

The 30 local Black firefighters who sued asked to be allowed to wear close-trimmed beards on the job, but a federal judge said no.

Guest: Kimberly Allen, executive director of 904ward.

Jacksonville Film Festival

The 2023 Jacksonville Film Festival will take over the urban core this weekend, with three venues showing an exciting slate of independent films. One of those venues is WJCT Studios.

Guest: Tim Driscoll, artistic and programming director for the festival.

Would you survive on another planet?

Do you have what it takes to survive on another planet?

If you’re interested in exploring the answer to that question, you can do so at a new MOSH exhibit called “Planet Pioneers.”

Guest: Anthony Mortimer, vice president of education and exhibits at the Museum of Science & History.

‘What’s Good Wednesday’

  • The St. Johns Riverkeeper and the Marine Science Research Institute at Jacksonville University will host a free outdoor concert by the river from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at JU’s Riverfront Amphitheater.
  • Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence was named to the 2023 Pro Bowl Games and is replacing Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes.
  • The Jacksonville Dance Theatre has two performances of "InBody" — an intimate studio concert of short, small cast works that highlight how dance uses movement as language — scheduled for this weekend.
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Special Projects Producer Brendan Rivers joined WJCT News in August of 2018 after several years as a reporter and then News Director at Southern Stone Communications, which owns and operates several radio stations in the Daytona Beach area.