News 2014 January

Stories for January 2014

Thursday, January 30

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Support our Black Colleges

There is a critical and long overdue discussion about the fate of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) now finally taking place around the nation.

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Film Review: That Awkward Moment

They made a pact. As young men are prone to do, they made a decision without foreseeing any consequences. They vowed to stay single. Now how long was that going to last?

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Obama Seeks to Do Something with Do-Nothing Congress

Heading into his sixth year of office, President Obama has finally accepted the reality that he can’t change Washington. At least, not for the better.

Wednesday, January 29

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President Obama’s State of the Union Address: Full Text

Remarks of President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, “Opportunity For All,” January 28, 2014, Washington, D.C.

Monday, January 27

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Agreements streamline transfers from CCC to Rutgers-Camden

Students whose goal is to earn a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University–Camden after transferring from Camden County College have had that process made easier.

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Banks bid farewell to payday loans

More good news keeps coming for consumers in early 2014.

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A Look at Lupita Nyong’o

Hollywood “It” girl, Lupita Nyong’o, is a revelation – not just on the big screen– but, also on the red carpet.

Sunday, January 26

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Last minute tips to score a room for Super Bowl Sunday

With the big game between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks just days away, there may still be time snag a hotel room or some other kind of lodging near Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, according to a popular travel and lodging web site.

Thursday, January 23

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Remembering the Life and Legacy of Amiri Baraka

On January 9, with the passing of the prolific poet, playwright, essayist, and critic Amiri Baraka, one of the literary giants of the 20th century was called home.

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Ride Along Seems All Too Familiar

Actor/ comedian Kevin Hart had a productive year in 2013 and now in the first month of the new year it looks to be no different than last year.

Tuesday, January 21

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West Virginia Chemical Spill: A Predictable Water Crisis

On January 9, I was one of 300,000 West Virginians who learned their water had been contaminated by a chemical leak two miles upstream from the state’s largest drinking-water intake. Predictably, politicians and the public are clamoring for heads to roll—most notably those of managers at the Freedom Industries plant responsible for the leak.

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Sheila Oliver to write tell-all book on NJ politics

Former state Assembly speaker Sheila Oliver announced last week that she is writing a tell-all book about her tenuous four years as New Jersey's first African American woman to serve as state Assembly speaker.

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Dennis Rodman Checks into Rehab

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman has checked into an undisclosed rehabilitation center in New Jersey to treat his longtime struggle with alcohol, according to his agent, Darren Prince.

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Steps Forward on School Discipline

In many American schools the holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is used as an opportunity to teach children about his life and legacy.

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Inspira to Celebrate Annual National Day of Dance for Your Health

The Biggest Dance Party for Better Health in the United States

Inspira Health Network welcomes families to the National Day of Dance for Your Health event Saturday, February 15 at the Deptford Mall’s center court from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, January 18

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DeSean Jackson offering $50,000 reward in burglary

Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the burglary of his Philadelphia home.

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Sasheer Zamata joins cast of ‘SNL’

After public outrage over its lack of diversity, “Saturday Night Live” hired its first Black female cast member in six years. Funny girl Sasheer Zamata will make her late night debut on Jan.

Thursday, January 16

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Obamacare: A Midterm Report Card

The first half of the Obamacare open enrollment period is over, and this week, federal health officials announced sign-up figures from the first three months.

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900AM-WURD Announces New Lineup, Digital Expansion for 2014

900AM-WURD recently announced changes to its on-air lineup and weekday schedule, as well as major plans to expand its reach as a multimedia enterprise.

Tuesday, January 14

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Tony Dungy

Anthony Kevin "Tony" Dungy is a former professional American football player and coach in the National Football League. Dungy became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl when his Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

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Preserving the American Dream of Homeownership

Although many economists claim the recession is over, millions of Americans are still reeling from its financial effects.

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Christie under fire for GWB lane closures

Embattled New Jersey governor Chris Christie could be bounced from being the top politico in the Garden state and even face criminal charges regarding his involvement in the politically motivated George Washington Bridge lane closures last September, according to sources in Trenton.

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Despite good season, Eagles have room to improve

The Eagles head into the offseason with all the makings of a team set to contend in the division for years to come.

Friday, January 10

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Idris Elba will not play James Bond

Although his fans wished it to be true, Idris Elba recently laid to rest the rumor that he will take over the role of the world’s greatest super spy, James Bond.

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Black Fashion Icons of the past 100 years

The past 100 years for people of color have been moving at the speed of light. I have identified a few of my favorite Black Fashion Icons of the past 100 years.

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3 Black-Owned Natural Hair And Beauty Brands That You Should Know

With the emergence of the natural hair movement and the infiltration of black beauty icons in mainstream media, came the proliferation of black-owned business with a purpose. Ones that used all natural ingredients, employed each other and sought to create solutions to their own beauty conundrums, and, in the process founded businesses. Such acts are worth celebrating and supporting.

Thursday, January 9

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How to Redefine What It Means to be Beautiful

"Beautiful" - adjective - pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically. Of a very high standard; excellent.

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The Message in the Natural Hair Movement

"It's just hair." This is what people say who try to convince themselves that their hair doesn't somehow speak for them. As if its style, color and texture don't speak volumes about their personality, creativity, or disposition in general. While I reject the notion that hair completely defines a person, I strongly believe that it says something about one's state of mind and perhaps about society as a whole.

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Black Women’s Guide to Beautiful Skin

Mocha, caramel, almond—black women’s skin comes in many decadent shades. All of which call for proper skin care and pampering. While it has been said that black doesn’t crack, having a great skin care routine is a must if we want to ensure that our skin withstands the test of time. Today, I’ll share everything black women need to know to achieve and maintain beautiful skin.

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She's An Icon: Top 10 Black Women Who Are Making Black History Today

We all (hopefully) know the stellar history of our fore-mothers like Sojourner Truth, Phyllis Wheatley, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Fannie Lou Hammer, Dorothy Height and Lena Horne. But there are black women making moves today who are likely to join those names in our history books and become legends in their own right.

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Post-Obama: The Future of the Black Body Politic After the Age of Obama

When then Senator Barack Obama turned into President Barack Obama after his historic 2008 election it had all the pageantry, zeal and aura of a religious revelation for many. It was something a long time coming -- a win after a war that has been on-going for decades, centuries. But for all the pomp and excitement, it was short-lived. Once the party was over, on came the political hangover.

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To Assimilate or Infiltrate: The War for (and Against) Being Undeniably Black

When I was in the 9th grade I wrote a cartoon strip where the heroine’s name was Daphne. A white male classmate of mine who enjoyed reading my stories immediately complained that I’d give the girl a weird “black” name. I, politely, explained to him that the name was pronounced “Daff-nee” and that Daphne was a name from Greek mythology. Or, if that was too deep for him, a white female character from the cartoon “Scooby Doo.” No matter, to my “it’s all black names” to me friend. It was a weird name with a weird spelling, so it was a weird “black name.”

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Voting Rights: Under Threat Then, Still Under Threat Now

Georgia resident Dorothy Cooper had been voting for more than 50 years with no problem, but in 2012 she almost couldn’t. It was all due to the new voter ID law Georgia had passed under the guise of fighting voter fraud, but critics of the law said its real purpose was to make it harder for individuals like Cooper – the black, the poor and the elderly – to vote.

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Healthy Soul Food Exchanges that Work! | The Black American Kitchen

I have compiled 5 of my favorite Soul Food Exchanges so that you can maintain ethnic flavor when cooking Soul Food but not take in all of the sodium, fat or calories!

Wednesday, January 8

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African Influence in Fashion

Fashion is a 400 billion dollar industry in the US. Well-dressed celebrities like June Ambrose, Solange Knowles, and Tracee Ellis-Ross help to fuel the fashion obsession that helps to keep the sell of clothing and accessories on the rise. Let’s take a look at some designers that are helping to bring African culture and style to the forefront of the fashion industry.

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Recipe: Mama's Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese is a http://blackhistory2014.beta.lionheartdms.com/admin/news/story/add/#dish that is revered in the American Black kitchen. There are so many ways to make it and every recipe brings joy and delight to our taste buds.

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"Chitlin’s From Slave food to Delicacy | The Black American Kitchen

However you feel about them it is never dry or ho-hum. Either you love Chitlin's and the way that they taste or you cannot stand the smell or even the thought of what you may be eating. Everybody feels strongly one way or the other about the Southern Soul Food delicacy. Let's get into what they are where they came from and potentially where Chitlin’s are going.

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Black Music: Often Appropriated Can’t Be Duplicated

2013 could be considered the year where black music was not only heavily appropriated, but also appropriated to the point of no return.

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How Are Reality TV Shows Affecting Society’s Perception Of Black Women?

While Black women are clearly underrepresented in films and on prime time comedies and dramas, the same cannot be said of our representation on reality television. The sheer number of reality programs on television today makes it difficult to determine if we are in some way “overrepresented,” however, Black women have been entertaining American households through this genre from its inception and continue to do so today.

Monday, January 6

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Former All-Pro CB Nnamdi Asomugha Retires

Nnamdi Asomugha, 32, was a 2003 first-round pick (No. 31 overall) by Oakland and quickly established a reputation as one of the game's best man-to-man corners.

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CISC Presents Legendary Comedians Paul Mooney, Dick Gregory

Legendary comedians Paul Mooney and Dick Gregory will perform at a fundraiser hosted by Communications Industry Skills Center (CISC) on Friday, January 17, 2014 at the First District Plaza, 3801 Market St, Philadelphia.

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Top 10 News Events of 2013

As the sun sets over a tumultuous 2013 and rises over the promise of a brighter new year, we have put together a list of the top 10 events that have particularly affected African Americans and communities of color over the past 12 months.

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Health, Heart and Soul

Inventive and smart ways to keep the soul in your food while incorporating heart-healthy methods into your cooking.

Saturday, January 4

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Local events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored on Jan. 20 during the Martin Luther King Day of Service. Local municipalities, colleges and organizations across New Jersey are holding events to give residents an opportunity to give back to their communities.

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Keep Kids Safe in Winter

Cold winds, icy rain and, in some places, snow—Old Man Winter is here.

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Measles: Make Sure Your Child is Fully Immunized

As of November 30, 2013, 175 people in the United States have been reported as having measles.

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Economic equality: The unfinished King agenda

Martin Luther King, Jr’s fight for economic equality is an overlooked part of his legacy.

Honor King’s Legacy: Seize Opportunity

Work It!

As we pay tribute this month to Martin Luther King, Jr. for his vision, leadership, work and sacrifice to help our country live up to its creed it’s essential that we reflect on his message in its entirety.

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Having a plan makes all the difference

Would you know what to do if you lost your job

We all know how important it is to be prepared in case of a fire, flood, or other type of emergency. Well these days, the odds of losing your job could be just as great—if not greater—than any of the events mentioned above.

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Pack Lunches to Help Whittle Your Waistline, Save Cash

Lunch hour spent in a restaurant can be a good break, but it comes with drawbacks.

Friday, January 3

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January BUZZ

Aretha Franklin said things are moving forward with her long-awaited biopic.