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Comics and superheroes; James Weldon Johnson Park; Black philanthropy

Badr Milligan of the Short Box Podcast.
Short Box Podcast
Badr Milligan of the Short Box Podcast.

Badr Milligan, host of the Short Box Podcast, was here to talk all things comics and superheroes. He has hosted and produced over 600 episodes of the award-winning podcast and launched a second one in 2021 about music discovery called The Nexxt Spin. He is co-founder of the Jax Podcasters United Group.

Black philanthropy

August is National Black Philanthropy Month, a time to highlight the importance and impact of black philanthropy in communities. One of the most prominent benefactors in Jacksonville history is A.L. Lewis. 

Joining us to talk about black philanthropy in Jax, specifically the A.L. Lewis Fund, are Johnnetta Betsch Cole, a scholar, anthropologist, and founding member of the A.L. Lewis Black Opportunity & Impact Fund, and Velma Monteiro-Tribble, retired senior director at the Florida Blue Foundation and chair of the A.L. Lewis Fund.

James Weldon Johnson Park

James Weldon Johnson Park, located in the heart of Jacksonville, is arguably the heartbeat of the downtown. Considered Jacksonville’s “Central Park,” it is located across from City Hall. On any given weekday, it is alive with art, music, and food trucks.

Liz McCoy, executive director of the Friends of James Weldon Johnson Park, chats with us about all things JWJ Park — including: What happened to the mouth sculpture?

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Randy comes to Jacksonville from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, where, as metro editor, he led investigative coverage of the Parkland school shooting that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for public service. He has spent more than 40 years in reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. You can reach Randy at or on Twitter, @rroguski.