News 2014 February

Stories for February 2014

Friday, February 28

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Trenton Mayor Tony Mack Removed from Office

George Muschal named interim mayor

After more than two weeks of being convicted of federal corruption charges, disgraced Trenton mayor Tony Mack was officially removed as head of the capital city earlier this week by a municipal court judge who dismissed the ex-mayor’s claim that he should be allowed to remain as mayor until he is sentenced later this year.

Thursday, February 27

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Lawnside Education Foundation Hosts Benefit for School Library

The Lawnside Education Foundation hosted a dinner dance which took place on Feb. 22 at The Merion in Cinnaminson, NJ.

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Tamron Hall Named Co-Host of the Third Hour of ‘TODAY’

Tamron Hall has been named a co-host of “TODAY's Take,” the 9 a.m. hour of the TODAY show, joining fellow hosts Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist.

Monday, February 24

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Vanessa Williams returns to Broadway in ‘After Midnight’

Actress/singer Vanessa Williams will return to Broadway in the musical “After Midnight,” at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

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HIV/AIDS Still Savages our Community

Dr. Anthony Jones has been an AIDS specialist for more than 15 years. During that time, he has become more and more discouraged as he watched the AIDS epidemic in the San Francisco Bay Area become increasingly more of a problem for the African American Community.

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Black History Month: Needed Now More Than Ever

Ever since the 2009 election of Barack Obama as America’s first Black president and the 100th anniversary of the National Urban League in 2010, the perennial debate about the need for Black History Month has intensified.

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New Genetic Discovery at Rutgers–Camden Could Regulate Plant Growth

Sometimes, research yields unexpected results. At Rutgers University–Camden, a group working together to decipher the genetic basis of cell shapes in plants made a remarkable discovery: a new gene.

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Can the Dominican Republic and Haiti Resolve Dispute?

Haiti and the Dominican Republic are locked in negotiations aimed at resolving a dispute that potentially has hemispheric implications.

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Financial Marketplace Pressed to be More Inclusive

After people of color were excluded last year from the two largest bond issuance deals in history –Verizon Communications, which sold $49 billion of debt, and Apple, Inc., which sold $17 billion of debt – the Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project is stepping up efforts to expand opportunity for African Americans, women and other disadvantaged groups.

Sunday, February 23

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Sixers stockpile draft picks with trades

The re-building process in Philadelphia continues. Sam Hinkie reshaped the 76ers while stockpiling expiring contracts and draft picks before 3 p.m. Feb. 20 the NBA trade deadline.

Thursday, February 20

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Jannie Blackwell to keynote Cheyney Founder’s Day

Philadelphia six-term Councilwoman and Cheyney University Alumna Jannie L. Blackwell will return to her alma mater on February 28 as the keynote speaker at the 177th anniversary of its founding.

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Mariah Carey debuts new single at 2014 BET Honors

Perched atop a grand piano in a skintight black dress, Mariah Carey debuted her new single, “Your Mine” at the 2014 BET Honors taped recently at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, February 19

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Another Florida Man Gets Away with Murder

As we approach the second anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s murder on Sanford, Fla., justice again has been shortchanged in the Sunshine State.

Monday, February 17

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Maya Angelou’s Tribute To Nelson Mandela Released

Maya Angelou’s moving tribute to fallen South African leader Nelson Mandela, called “His Day Is Done,” is preserved in book format just in time for Black History Month.

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Champion of African-American History: Carter G. Woodson

Carter G. Woodson was a journalist, author, historian, and co-founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH).

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Small Business Owner Optimism Hits Highest Level in Five Years

Small-Business Cash Flow, Hiring Up as Economy Improves; Retirement Concerns Persist

Small-business owners are the most optimistic they have been in five years, according to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, and expect their businesses to increase cash flow and hire more employees in 2014.

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STEM Education Gap Threatens American Economic Success

At a time when 6.7 percent unemployment (or, 11.9 percent among African Americans) is an improvement, the STEM sector still has more available jobs than qualified American professionals.

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Tiger Cracks the Billionaire Club

World No. 1 Tiger Woods has cracked $US1.3 billion ($1.45 billion) in career earnings by leading the Golf Digest 50 income list for 2013, with Australian Adam Scott coming in eighth.

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Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

Every year, at least 430 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning. Change the batteries in your CO detector every six months.

Friday, February 14

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Lawnside Education Foundation to Host Benefit for Library

Lawnside Education Foundation, Inc. was established in 2009 to support the Lawnside School District.

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All-Stars to Compete in Dunk Contest

For the first time in 26 years, three All-Stars are competing in the Sprite Slam Dunk contest.

Thursday, February 13

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Kevin Hart challenges ‘black movie’ label

Comedian/actor Kevin Hart is speaking out about Hollywood labeling films with a predominantly African American cast as a “black movie.”

Monday, February 10

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Black Unemployment Rises to 12.1 percent

The black unemployment rate increased from 11.9 percent in December to 12.1 percent in January, according the Department of Labor’s latest monthly report.

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Russell Wilson proves he knows how to win

There aren't many third-round picks who quarterback their teams to a Super Bowl title. Or 5-foot-11 quarterbacks. Or second-year quarterbacks. Russell Wilson didn't fit the profile.

Saturday, February 8

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Trenton Mayor Tony Mack Convicted of Corruption

A federal court found Trenton Mayor Tony Mack guilty of corruption charges late Friday afternoon in the capital city

Thursday, February 6

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Former Eagle Garry Cobb Considers Run for Congress

Former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb is considering running as a Republican for New Jersey’s 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Democratic U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews.

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La La Anthony releases relationship book

Actress and reality TV star La La Anthony is revealing the secrets to her successful marriage to New York Knicks basketball star Carmelo Anthony.

Tuesday, February 4

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Seattle ‘Misfits’ Fit Enough to Win the Super Bowl

Prior to Sunday’s Super Bowl, I told anyone who would listen that I like both the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, so I wouldn’t be terribly disappointed regardless of who won the game.

Monday, February 3

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12 Year-Old Launches His Own Fashion Line

He is young, gifted and Black.

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2014 NBA All-Star Game Rosters Officially Set

Two weeks ago, the fan-voted starting lineups were revealed. But the combination of transcendent play from the game's top stars along with certain players being far more visible to the casual fan tends to make those selections fairly predictable on an annual basis.

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Trenton Mayor’s fate soon to be in jury’s hands

The legal defense team rested its case in the corruption trial of embattled Trenton mayor Tony Mack after calling just one witness—a move that shocked courtroom observers and others last week in Trenton.

Saturday, February 1

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February BUZZ

Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, announced she is married.

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Life insurance offers peace of mind, always

In any economy, protecting your personal assets can be a struggle. And in uncertain times, making the correct financial decisions is imperative to create a stable future for you and your family.

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Carter G. Woodson- The Father of Black History

As we celebrate Black History Month it is important to remember the man who made it all possible – Carter G. Woodson known as the father of Black History in America.

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Local events to celebrate Black History Month

Numerous organizations, schools and colleges in South Jersey will continue the tradition of honoring the achievements of African Americans in all walks of life with a variety of events throughout the area.

Knowledge of history can impact success


When I consider how vast, complex and culturally rich the world is and how nations are intertwined economically, it underscores the importance of having a broad view and understanding of the many cultures that exist.

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February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but heart disease is preventable and controllable.

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Give your heart a Valentine’s Day Gift by Quitting Smoking

Given that February is dedicated to celebrating love, caring, and heart health, it’s a great time to improve your own heart health or encourage loved ones to improve theirs by quitting smoking.

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The Pivotal Role of Historic African American Churches in South Jersey

Three churches in New Jersey that had a pivotal role in the Underground Railroad include Mount Zion African Methodist (AME) Church in Woolwich Township, Jacob's Chapel AME Church in Mount Laurel, and Macedonia AME Church in Camden.

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Call to Accountability

One of the most critical aspects of the mission of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) is to reposition the African American population.