Nikesha Elise Williams
Nikesha Elise Williams is an Emmy-winning TV producer, an award-winning author, and host/producer of the Black & Published podcast. Her latest novel, Beyond Bourbon Street, was awarded Best Fiction by the Black Caucus of African-American Librarians in the 2021 Self-Published eBook Literary Awards, as well as the 2020 Outstanding Book Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Nikesha’s debut novel Four Women received the 2018 NABJ Outstanding Literary Work Award and the Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Award for Adult Contemporary/Literary Fiction. Her bylines include The Washington Post, ESSENCE, and Vox. Nikesha lives in Jacksonville with her family.
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Thomas Jefferson Elementary in the Raines High feeder pattern is one of the schools a consultant has proposed for closure. | DCPS
June 19, 2024

OPINION | ‘School choice’ hits different for parents of color 

It’s disingenuous to posit that the current assault on public education is divorced from race and class. …

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A gunman opened fire around and inside the Dollar General in the Grand Park neighborhood on Aug. 26, 2023. killing three people. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
May 22, 2024

OPINION | Admitting I’m afraid 

I am afraid of the election, which has led to heightened security at my church because soft targets are an…

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April 21, 2024

OPINION | More than a matter of choice 

Floridians will have an opportunity to restore reproductive freedom through a ballot amendment in November.…

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March 13, 2024

OPINION | The playground is the battleground 

We’re giving over the health, safety and the sanctity of public education to those who only have their own power…

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Beyonce performs in Cleveland, Ohio, on Nov. 4, 2016. | AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File
February 14, 2024

OPINION | Joy is not an afterthought

I write a lot about the ongoing injuries to Black people to connect the dots of history to this present…

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January 10, 2024

OPINION | American fiction 

Opinion writer Nikesha Elise Williams reflects on an encounter with a police officer in Murray Hill Friday night.…

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A proposed liquor store at the corner of Golfair Boulevard and Davis Street is less than 200 feet away from KIPP Voice Academy. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
December 6, 2023

OPINION | The ‘Black tax’ 

What’s happening in Brentwood is an extension of the long history of redlining that cut off Black and Brown communities…

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Student Transportation of America school buses in Duval County.
November 8, 2023

OPINION | My son was called the N-word at school

Now that it has happened to my son, so much earlier than when it first happened to me, I am…

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Israeli tanks head towards the Gaza Strip border in southern Israel on Thursday, Oct.12, 2023. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)
October 25, 2023

OPINION | I won’t lie to you 

The only opinion I have and the only solution I support is cease fire. …

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October 11, 2023

OPINION | 2 images that show the work we need to do

In the images of Woods and Deegan, the degradation of one, and the praise of another, is how much further…

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The First Coast Relief Fund has raised more than $1 million since being reactivated in the wake a white supremecist killing three people at a Dollar General in the Grand Park neighborhood. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
September 27, 2023

OPINION | Living with the past

Throwing money at a problem is easy. What is not is remaining committed to creating equitable communities for all people…

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A gunman opened fire around and inside the Dollar General in the Grand Park neighborhood on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023. Three people died during a rampage fueled by racial animus. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
September 13, 2023

OPINION | This American life

Though it it comes as an affront to the immoral imbalance of white supremacy, disenfranchisement and early death be damned.…

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Jamil Davis of Black Voters Matter speaks to hundreds of people at James Weldon Johnson Park in downtown Jacksonville during a demonstration against white supremacy on Monday, Aug. 28, 2028. The rally was initially slated to observe the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, but was switched following racial violence in Grand Park on Saturday. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
August 28, 2023

OPINION | This hate is ours to hold 

I didn’t want to write this, but here I am using my words to process a pain that runs too…

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August 16, 2023

OPINION | Resiliency begins with us 

Will we look back and say we did our best on an individual level to fight climate change?…

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July 19, 2023

OPINION | New African American history standards eschew context  

The prevailing narrative of Florida’s new social studies standards, and in our country writ large, is that Black Americans are…

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June 14, 2023

OPINION | Invest in safety, not police

We cannot police ourselves out of crime. The JSO budget has been at or above half-a-billion dollars for years, and…

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May 17, 2023

OPINION | On the come up 

I criticize this bold new city of the South consistently, but I’m not above applauding when ovation is due. And,…

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The fourth floor rotunda is abuzz with activity before Gov. Ron DeSantis' State of the State speech, Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2023 at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
April 19, 2023

OPINION | The body is the crime scene

Recent legislative measures target the very existence of marginalized groups.…

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Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters in 2018. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
April 5, 2023

OPINION | Ring the alarm 

Florida Republicans are stripping people of safety, bodily autonomy and dignity while masquerading as choice.…

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March 22, 2023

OPINION | Don’t close your eyes

College DEI programs provide safe space and solace for those of us looking for community in a dominant culture that’s…

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March 6, 2023

OPINION | Look beyond the top of the ticket

The real change lies in who’s elected to the down ballot races. We have 19 seats on our City Council,…

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February 15, 2023

OPINION | The real life implications of erasing history

What came home from school was a list of people, places, or things the students could portray. Out of two…

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A group of demonstrators gather at dusk in Shelby Farms Park in response to the death of Tyre Nichols, who died after being beaten by Memphis police officers following a traffic stop, in Memphis, Tenn., Monday, Jan. 30, 2023. Tyre, who had a hobby in photography, frequented the park to photograph sunsets. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
February 1, 2023

OPINION | Rinse and repeat

The hashtags that now date back a decade, and centuries of crimes against humanity, are the reason A.P. African American…

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Labor organizations were among more than 150 groups that took part in Monday's MLK Day parade in Jacksonville | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
January 18, 2023

OPINION | We don’t have a labor shortage

The U.S. workforce suffers from the unwillingness of corporations to pay workers a wage that signifies value, worth, dignity and…