News 2013 August

Stories for August 2013

Friday, August 30

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African American Chamber of Commerce of N.J. remembers King’s work

Fifty years ago, America, and the world, witnessed a well -educated, small town preacher share his vision of America's commitment to all its citizens, and thus became the symbol of the moral conscience of a nation.

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North West revealed

In a last ditch effort to boost ratings for the Kris Kardashian’s faltering talk show, “Kris,” Kardashian pulled out the big guns for her season finale with rapper Kanye West, the father of her granddaughter, North.

Thursday, August 29

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Camden’s new schools superintendent starts job

Paymon Rouhanifard, the new superintendent of the Camden School District, starts on the job Thursday.

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Obama honors marchers, urges economic justice

President Barack Obama told thousands gathered at the Lincoln Memorial, marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, to become modern-day marchers for economic justice and equality.

Tuesday, August 27

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Michelle Obama touts tennis for kids

First Lady Michelle Obama visited the U.S. Open to celebrate the 18th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, which brings together thousands of young people and families, tennis players, and celebrities to celebrate the life and legacy of the tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe.

Saturday, August 24

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Where Do We Go From Here?

As the nation celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, many are discussing what Dr. King would say to the nation and world today and tell us to do. But his message to us today is as clear as it was fifty years ago if only we could hear, heed, and follow his warnings about what we need to do to make America America.

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50 years later, our march goes on

It was an honor to speak at the National Action to Realize the Dream March this morning (Saturday, August 24) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Friday, August 23

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Atlantic City to host “Show Us Your Shoes” contest

Atlantic City wants people to “Show Us Your Shoes” for the chance to win a luxury trip to AC and tickets to the 2014 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall on September 15.

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‘The Butler’: A powerful drama

From start to finish, “Lee Daniels: The Butler, delivers a tense and powerful story following the life of Cecil Gaines (Forrest Whitaker).

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National Urban league to mark 50th anniversary of the march

Fifty years ago, on August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people gathered for the historic March on Washington to demand jobs and freedom.

Thursday, August 22

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Toni Braxton’s dress debacle

Wardrobe malfunction or a crazy attempt for attention? You be the judge.

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Poll: Christie’s lead over Buono drops by 10 points

Gov. Chris Christie's lead over Democratic challenger Barbara Buono has dropped by 10 points, according to a new poll.

Wednesday, August 21

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Christie names new leader for Camden schools

Gov. Chris Christie named Newark school official Paymon Rouhanifard the new leader of the Camden School District.

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New homebuyer assistance program for Sandy-impacted communities

The Christie administration recently announced the Sandy Homebuyer Assistance Program. The program offers eligible applicants financial incentives to purchase a home in any of the nine counties most impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Tuesday, August 20

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Michael Vick named Eagles starting quarterback

Michael Vick has won the starting quarterback position for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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‘The Butler’ debuts at No.1

Lee Daniel’s “The Butler” had a successful debut at No. 1 at the box office.

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“Skip the Trip” now available for all NJ drivers

The Christie Administration recently announced that the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) is inviting drivers and ID holders of all ages to renew their licenses by mail and Skip the Trip to their local motor vehicle agency.

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FAMU band to return to the field after hazing suspension

Florida A&M University’s famed Marching 100 band will return to the field for the first time since its suspension after the hazing death of a drum major nearly two years ago.

Monday, August 19

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My Epiphany: Stephen Davis and Martin Luther King, Jr.

“But they are Christians, too.” That simple statement made by my classmate, Stephen Davis, back in 1963 changed my entire life. My old world view was shattered and at once I saw a new reality.

Thursday, August 15

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Philadelphia to borrow $50M to open schools

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced Thursday that he is taking “executive action” to borrow $50 million to ensure that schools will open on time next month.

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Gullah Geechee Corridor seeks executive director

If among other things you have knowledge of the Gullah Geechee culture, experience in fundraising and experience in strategic planning there could be a job waiting for you.

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Study finds student loan debt reduces lifetime wealth

A new research report on America’s still-growing student loan debt found that its financial effects can last a lifetime.

Wednesday, August 14

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Oprah Winfrey discriminated against in Switzerland

Even America’s richest African-American woman finds it difficult to shop while Black. Billionaire media mogul Oprah Winfrey says she still experiences discrimination – most recently while shopping in Switzerland.

Tuesday, August 13

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Booker wins Democratic primary for US Senate

Newark Mayor Cory Booker won the Democratic primary in the New Jersey's special U.S. Senate race primary Tuesday, reports the Associated Press.

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Urban League launches movement for economic empowerment, justice

Fifty years after the March on Washington, we must redeem Dr. King’s dream and stand our ground against those who would turn back the clock on voting rights, equal justice, opportunity parity, jobs, and a host of other old and new civil rights challenges.

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A one-stop-shop on the health care law for businesses big and small

Business.USA.gov/healthcare is a one-stop-shop where employers of all sizes can go for information on the Affordable Care Act.

Monday, August 12

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Judge rules stop-and-frisk policy violates rights

The New York Police Department deliberately violated the civil rights of tens of thousands of New Yorkers with its stop-and-frisk policy, a federal judge ruled Monday.

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Tamar Braxton talks about the challenges of motherhood

Outspoken reality TV star and new mom Tamar Braxton recently confessed that motherhood has not been all butterflies and roses.

Sunday, August 11

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The Wolverine – an uneven action flick

Hugh Jackman once again returns as everyone’s favorite comic book anti-hero in “The Wolverine”.

Friday, August 9

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Booker leads race in US Senate primary

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is far ahead of his opponents according to a poll of likely voters with less than a week to go before New Jersey's special U.S. Senate race primary on Tuesday.

Thursday, August 8

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Obama to honor Oprah with Medal of Freedom

Television legend Oprah Winfrey and former President Bill Clinton will be among 16 people that President Barack Obama will honor later this year with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Wednesday, August 7

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August BUZZ

Read the latest in celebrity news and gossip.

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Featured Church: Grace Temple Baptist Church -- Lawnside, NJ.

Grace Temple Baptist Church of Lawnside is the South Jersey Journal's Featured Church of the Month.

Tuesday, August 6

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Rowan University continues expansion

What was once a small teachers college is now growing into a major public research university with increasing enrollment, expanded programs and student housing.

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Oral health for older Americans

Older Americans with the poorest oral health are those who are economically disadvantaged, lack insurance, and are members of racial and ethnic minorities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta, GA.

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Increase Seen in Tooth Enamel Erosion; Is Soda Pop to Blame?

You may be saving calories by drinking diet soda, but when it comes to enamel erosion of your teeth, it’s no better than regular soda.

State of Black America – 50 years after the historic march

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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After brief absence, Riley Cooper returns to Eagles

After a brief leave of absence, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper, who had been excused from team activities after using a racial slur at a concert in June, has returned to the team’s training camp.

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Civil rights attorney Julius Chambers dies

Julius L. Chambers, a North Carolina attorney who helped shaped civil rights law, has died.

The Honor and Value of all Work


All workers, no matter who they are or what they do, should feel that what they do for a living has value.

Monday, August 5

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Phila. mayor says Riley Cooper deserves harsher punishment

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper deserves harsher punishment after he was caught on video making a racial slur.

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NABJ elects Bob Butler as president

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) elected Vice President of Broadcast Bob Butler as the 20th president of the association.

Friday, August 2

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Eagles’ Riley Cooper to attend sensitivity training

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper will attend sensitivity training after he was caught on video making a racial slur.

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Essence magazine names new editor

After being without a top editor since February, the magazine aimed at African-American women, announced this week that Vanessa K. Bush will become its editorial leader immediately.

Thursday, August 1

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Eagles’ Riley Cooper apologizes for racial slur

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper is apologizing for making racial slurs at a concert that was caught on video.

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Michelle Obama speaks on health at National Council of La Raza conference

First Lady Michelle Obama recently delivered remarks on her campaign against obesity and other health issues to over 1,800 attendees at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Annual Conference.

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Miss America parade returns to Atlantic City

The Miss America parade is returning to Atlantic City in September for the first time in nine years.