It’s that time of the year when leaves begin to fall from the trees, a slight breeze begins to accent the evening shade and famous college rivalries meet on the gridiron to determine once again, which is the best football team.  The Florida Classic with Bethune-Cookman University versus Florida A&M University is one the most highly anticipated football game in the history of HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities).  The game will be at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Saturday, November 23, 2019.  Kick-off is at 11:30 am and will be televised nationally by ESPN Classic as a part of a multi-year contract with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Florida A&M enjoys the longest winning streak with 19 wins between 1953 and 1972.  The current winning streak is Bethune-Cookman with 8 wins from 2011 to present.  The teams have faced each other on the field seventy-four times with Florida A&M celebrating the largest victory of 97 – 0 in 1960. Visit more information about the teams, other weekend activities and tickets.

Join fellow Rattlers and Wildcats Alumni for a special Meet and Greet Welcoming Happy Hour on Friday Nov. 22nd during the Orlando Classic Weekend before the big game.  Attendees will enjoy food, mixing, mingling and music by DJ Andre Mack. RSVP for Free Entry 5pm – 9pm at CITY PUB 861 North Orange Ave. Diamante Roja Premier Stogies will provide cigars for the aficionados on the patio. has additional event details.

As the giving season approaches, Need to Read, Inc. will host a fundraiser at Fun Spot America Orlando on Saturday, November 9, 2019 to raise money for books for underserved toddlers living in Central Florida.  Using the promo code “Need2Read”, attendees will save money on Single Day Fun Passes and enjoy the games, rides, rollercoasters, and arcades.  Visit or go to  to purchase tickets online at the reduced $35.00 rate. Nee to Read, Inc. has donated more than 18, 000 books, valued at $134, 250.77 and opened two reading corners for children ages infant to five years. Help yourself to great family fun and help Founder and CEO Roderick Zak continue the mission to promote early literacy in our children.

About the author

Sharon Fletcher Jones is a true Libra, an action-ist, and a budget fashionista.  The Portsmouth, Virginia native is also an employment specialist with Goodwill Industries, a life coach and an associate editor at ONYX Magazine. Stacey’s mom (literally) has got it going on.  Fletcher Jones’ personal mantra is “It’s the dash that counts.”



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