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News 2014 August

Stories for August 2014

Friday, August 29

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The Federal Push to Militarize Local Police

Protests have continued since the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Police officers initially met protesters with full riot gear, armored vehicles and assault rifles, escalating tensions and leading Gov. Jay Nixon to replace the St. Louis County Police Department with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, saying the St. Louis suburb looked like “a war zone.”

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The Emancipation of Mimi is almost a done deal

The “Emancipation of Mimi” is one step closer to being a done deal. Nick Cannon’s oversharing about his tryst with Kim Kardashian during a radio interview was reportedly the last stray for his wife, Mariah Carey.

Monday, August 25

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Excerpts of Eric Holder’s Remarks in Ferguson

Attorney General Eric Holder recently visited Ferguson, Mo.

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Behind Ferguson’s Unrest: Failed Federal Policy and the Black-White Housing Gap

On the surface, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., was about local police using deadly force on an unarmed young man. But on a deeper level, it reflected the increasing poverty and economic decline that affects ethnic communities all over America.

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Sixers lose a leader in Thaddeus Young trade

After seven seasons with the Philadelphia Sixers, Thaddeus Young was officially traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves on August 23.

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Stress a Key Factor in Mental Health

Until now, it hasn’t been clear exactly how stress impacts health and promotes disease, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh said they have found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response.

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Ending the Payday Lending Debt Trap

In just a few days, the debt trap at the core of small-dollar loans that come with triple digit interest rates and debt traps has generated an unprecedented groundswell of national and local attention.

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Shemar Moore returns to ‘Young and the Restless’

Many soap opera fans are anxiously awaiting the return of Shemar Moore to Genoa City.

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Black Men Share Keys to their Success

We know the commonly repeated claim that there are more Black men in prison than in college isn’t true. But in 2011, Black men accounted for fewer than 6 percent of undergraduate students and 4 percent of graduate students, though they made up 8.7 percent of 18-29 year olds.

Monday, August 18

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Rutgers professor explores Black science fiction

As Keith Green recalls, while teaching a course on the African-American novel since World War II, he instantly connected with the stories, concepts, and themes found in black science fiction works.

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Lack of viable organ donors hurt Blacks

At the start of 2002, Everett Lee, 57 at the time, considered himself “healthier than all get out.” So when he found himself winded with the smallest tasks, he knew something was wrong.

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Black Women-Owned Businesses Up by 258 Percent

From the rubble of the Great Recession, women business owners are emerging victorious with record growth and economic impact. Even so, women entrepreneurs still face barriers to success.

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Jesse Jackson Calls Michael Brown Shooting ‘Crime of Injustice’

Jesse Jackson told The American he hopes that the U.S. Department of Justice sees the Ferguson Police shooting of Michael Brown on Saturday and resulting community violence as “systematic of a national crisis.”

Sunday, August 17

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Sherri Shepherd leaves “The View,” heads to Broadway

Sherri Shepherd’s seven-year stint on “The View” may be over, but the comedienne’s career is heating up.

Saturday, August 16

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KJ’s Party on the Waterfront

KJ Events a Party with a Purpose recently celebrated its 10th year of charity in a major way.

Friday, August 15

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Willie Gary: The Billion Dollar Man

He has been called many names: The Giant Killer. Super Lawyer. Celebrity Attorney. These days, they are calling him the $24 Billion Man. His name is Willie Gary, and his recent verdict against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., in the wrongful death of an addicted smoker has garnered the nation’s attention.

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Walking While Black: Michael Brown, Black Men and Police

Violence and looting have ripped apart North County since the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. It was disheartening to watch as young children were ushered into stores through broken glass windows to grab free trinkets.

Monday, August 11

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South Sudan Faces Possible Famine

South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, is dangerously close to famine as a result of food insecurity, weak governance and armed conflict, according to Nancy Lindborg, assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Mobile food bank brings hope

Winslow Township residents recently benefited from the Hope Mobile food bank. The Perfecting Church partnered with the Food Bank of South Jersey to launch the event. The event took place at the Winslow Township School #3.

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Average $34 overdraft fee costs 17,000 % interest

Overdraft fees drain dollars available to consumers

Consumers who maintain low and no cushions in their checking accounts may have thought that the overdraft ‘banking service’ was a big help against bouncing checks. But as the use of debit cards have replaced most cash purchases, this ‘service’ has become a drain of available cash for consumers and a major source of revenue for banks.

Sunday, August 10

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Larenz Tate gets a ‘Rush’ out of new show

With the recent ouster of Columbus Short from the hit ABC drama “Scandal,” rumor has it actor Larenz Tate will fill his gladiator sandals.

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Obama Seeks ‘Long Term’ Partnership with Africa

President Barack Obama recently announced that the federal government and private U.S. companies are investing $33 billion in Africa – $12 billion in new commitments – as part of an overall plan for his administration to strengthen its relation with the world’s second-largest continent.

Friday, August 1

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Zetas to host STEM workshop for girls

The Omicron Omicron Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will host a STEM empowerment workshop for high school girls. The event will be held on Friday, November 7 at DeVry University in North Brunswick, NJ.

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Fighting words before the Mayweather, Maidana rematch

For anyone who has ever seen Marcos Maidana fight you know that he is wild and fights with a reckless abandon. In his first fight against Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather he swung wild, hitting the undefeated pound for pound king with low blow, elbows and roundhouse rights.

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UNCF and the Koch Brothers donation

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the nation’s largest public services employees union with more than 1.6 million working and retired members, plans to end its relationship with the United Negro College Fund on Sept. 1.

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Clean Before You Clean

What’s on Your Toothbrush Just Might Surprise You

Do you know Staphylococci, coliforms, pseudomonads, yeasts, intestinal bacteria and — yes — even fecal germs may be on your toothbrush?

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High-paying middle skills jobs in STEM

Work It!

If you made the decision to enhance your marketability by obtaining skills that are in demand in the current job market it is not too late to pursue preparatory programs at area community colleges.

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Dentist Appointment “Do’s and Don’t’s” For Best Results

Many dread a trip to the dentist but there are important things you need to do, and not do, in advance to have a successful visit. Communicating with your dentist before the visit is often critical.

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Jameer Nelson signs deal with the Dallas Mavericks

Veteran point guard Jameer Nelson recently signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

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Movie Review: Get On Up

This much-awaited bio-film tells you some things you already knew: James Brown could sing the funk out of a song. It also shows you some things you might not have grasped: troubled boys grow up to be troubled men. Warts and all, in fits and starts, finally the Hardest Working Man in Show Business gets his story told.

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Upcoming Changes to PLUS Loans May Help Parents

This fall, the Department of Education plans to announce changes to PLUS loans that officials say will make it easier for parents to qualify for the financial aid program that thousands of Black college students rely on every semester.

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Meet Rutgers University-Camden’s new chancellor Phoebe Haddon

Haddon seeks to increase student enrollment, collaboration between academic disciplines, community involvement

Respected nationally as a constitutional scholar and a leader in higher education, Phoebe A. Haddon started her new job as Chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden on July 1. A month later, Haddon is not only looking forward to the new academic school year, but she's also excited about the future of the university.

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Stay The Course - Measurable Success Takes Time!

The journey for blacks in America has been hard. Beginning, with the long voyage, through the middle passage endured by our ancestors from Africa to America; shackled, beaten, separated from their native land and disconnected from family members, and subsequently subjected to daily regiments for someone else’s benefit.