From the Publisher November/December 2020


This year has been full of ups and downs. We have fought an invisible foe that ravaged our communities and stole precious members. But COVID-19 did not steal our sense of community. We continued to work with leaders and followed expert advice as we brought you important, life-saving information. We still have an uphill battle with this pandemic, but ONYX Magazine will stand with you until the bitter end. So, thank you for standing with us for 23 years. Your support is why we can continue to be your community partner.

On the cover, we present Harris Rosen, a businessman, philanthropist, my mentor, and friend who has paved a way for students to be successful. His work in Orlando’s Tangelo Park has resulted in hundreds of children receiving a bright education and completing college. In this issue, read about what inspires him to reach back and give hope to so many. Also, we honor a woman whose leadership was critical in the expansion of Orlando’s Parramore area. Commissioner Daisy Lynum left an indelible print in the city’s history and we celebrate her life.

But what we cannot celebrate this year is the Florida Classic—one of our favorite pastimes. COVID-19 canceled a lot of our sports this year. Homecomings, Classics, regular games–all put on the backburner for the safety of the athletes and fans. However, we bring you royal courts and student leaders who carry out their duties on campus despite the pandemic.

As always, we remain committed to bringing you news that entertains, inspires and informs. Here’s to you and your family for a safe and happy holiday season and a Happy New Year!


Rich Black

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