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News 2014 July

Stories for July 2014

Monday, July 28

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Community organizers rally against police misconduct in Newark

Hoping to capitalize on the highly publicized videotaped recent death of a man in police custody in New York and a new report from the federal government that castigates the Newark Police Department, community activists last week held a peaceful, yet vocal rally at Newark City Hall.

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UNCF Stands its Ground in Koch Flap

The controversy over the recent donation by the Koch Foundation to the UNCF begs a discussion of politics, education, and business.

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Jobs Bill Tackles Urban and Youth Unemployment

Just when it seemed Congress was no longer capable of working together on any level to serve the best interests of the American people, on July 9 members of both parties in the House of Representatives joined forces to pass a new bipartisan jobs bill, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

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NJ students win nine medals at NAACP Competition

New Jersey students recently won nine national medals at the national NAACP ACT-SO Competition, held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

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Mental Health Officials Slam J. Crew

Claim New Zero Size Promotes Unhealthy Habits

Lisa Beasley said she’s made significant progress in recent months with her battle against the mental illness known as bulimia. Like many other sufferers, Beasley also continues to wage war against what she said are unrealistic ideals about physical beauty.

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Buyers emerge for troubled A.C. casinos, mayor says

Atlantic City officials say that several potential buyers have emerged and expressed interest in purchasing the financially troubled Revel casino---just one of at least three gambling parlors in financially beleaguered shore town.

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Phillies’ Ryan Howard struggles

For the third game in a row, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard was sitting on the bench.

Wednesday, July 23

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Black Man killed in a Chokehold by NYPD Officer

Rev. Al Sharpton was in the middle of his speech recounting how Eric Garner, 43, had been killed in a chokehold by NYPD officer when Garner’s wife collapsed by his side on the stage of the National Action Network in Harlem on Saturday morning.

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Payday Lender ACE Cash Express Fined $10 Million

For the second time in as many years, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has fined a major payday lender.

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Burlington County College plans community showcase

Burlington County College (BCC) is inviting all families and community members to explore what the college can offer through interactive science, criminal justice and arts exhibits as part of an end-of-summer showcase next month.

Monday, July 21

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Beyoncé’s fashions on display at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Beyoncé has not been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, yet, but her costumes have.

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First black woman to win Olympic gold dies

Alice Coachman Davis, the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, died July 14 in south Georgia. She was 90.

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New Captain America will be African American

Marvel Comics recently announced that the new Captain America will be an African American.

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Republicans’ Selective Memory on Executive Orders

To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, arguably the most overrated U.S. president in history, there they go again.

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Public Health and Drought: Challenges for the 21st Century

Drought is a natural phenomenon in which rainfall is lower than average for an extended period, resulting in water shortage.

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Vice President Joe Biden to Deliver NUL Address

We are in the final countdown to the kick-off of the 2014 National Urban League conference, “One Nation Underemployed: Bridges to Jobs and Justice.”

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Eagles announce training camp schedule

The early stages of the football season will be kicking off as the Philadelphia Eagles will be reporting to training camp on July 25.

Thursday, July 17

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Labor Group Withdraws UNCF Support Over Koch Gift

Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has discontinued supplying scholarships to the United Negro College Fund because it accepted a $25 million donation from ultra-conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch and UNCF President Michael Lomax apparent support for the brothers’ right-wing ideology.

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Two Groups Announce Plan to Boost Spending Among Blacks

The U.S. Black Chambers (USBC) and the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers (NABHOOD) are formally partnering to make sure that a significant portion of the $40 billion African Americans spend each year on travel and tourism remains in Black hands.

Wednesday, July 16

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Alfre Woodard to play president in new NBC drama

Sorry Hilary Clinton, a black woman has beaten you to the Oval Office.

Tuesday, July 15

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Debt settlement programs are misleading

You’ve probably heard the advertisements on urban radio urging consumers with at least $10,000 in debt to call a number right away for a financial rescue. Promising to end debt troubles by getting creditors to somehow accept less money than what is owed can sound really appealing.

Monday, July 14

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Tracy Morgan sues Walmart for deadly crash

Comedian Tracy Morgan, 45, who has been released from a rehabilitation center to continue his recovery at home with an "aggressive outpatient program," is suing Walmart claiming the retailer was negligent when a driver of one of its tractor-trailers rammed into Morgan's limousine van, injuring Morgan and killing another.

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Bishop Evans of Bethany hosts T.D. Jakes

Bishop David G. Evans, senior pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Lindenwold, recently hosted Bishop T.D. Jakes for a “Night of Purpose,” at Bethany Baptist Church.

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Lawmakers, students at odds over financial aid to immigrants

Legislation signed last year in Trenton by Gov. Chris Christie already allows undocumented (illegal) immigrants who are attending state colleges and universities to pay in-state tuition, however, access to state financial aid coffers for those same students was vetoed out of the state budget last month.

Thursday, July 10

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Study: All Students Benefit from Minority Teachers

Despite the cry from people of color for more teachers who look like them, both Whites and Blacks benefit from a more diverse teaching force, according to a study by Center of American Progress.

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Black Unemployment Was 10.7 Percent In June, a Drop from the Previous Month

African Americans have a reason to celebrate this Fourth of July weekend because there has been some improvement in the jobless rate.

Monday, July 7

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Cheyney University Provost to Become Acting President

Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, who has served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania since August 2013, will become the institution’s acting president effective July 7 during a presidential transition.

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Halle Berry hopes ‘Extant’ is a hit

Oscar winner Halle Berry stars in the new sci-fi drama “Extant,” which debuts on CBS on July 9.

Wednesday, July 2

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Advocates Urge Congress to Act on Voting Rights

One year after the United States Supreme Court gutted a key section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, “the right to vote for all is under grave threat,” says Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

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Navy has its first female four-star admiral

Adm. Michelle Janine Howard is the first woman to be promoted to four-star admiral, the Navy’s highest rank.

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Travel Smart: Get Vaccinated

It is important to remember that some types of international travel, especially to developing countries and rural areas, have higher health risks.

Tuesday, July 1

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Don’t be discouraged by job numbers

Work It!

A recent study shows that African American college graduates have a 12.4% unemployment rate which is higher compared to those of other racial/ethnic groups with similar credentials.

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July BUZZ

Rapper/actress Eve has married her longtime boyfriend, British fashion designer and motor rally Gumball 3000 CEO Maximillion Cooper.

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Take Five Minutes for Health

A little time can go a long way in improving or maintaining good health.

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At 50, Wendy Williams tackles new challenges

Wendy’s World

Wendy Williams, who will turn 50 this month, is at the top of her game.

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Healthy Weight - it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle!

If you're currently at a healthy weight, you're already one step ahead of the game. To stay at a healthy weight, it's worth doing a little planning now.

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If We Did it Before, We Can Do It Again

As many Americans watch the daily news feeds either in the comfort of their homes or via an electronic device, many of the issues of today seem almost like a repeat of a 50 year old broadcast.

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If you’re going to make a move, make it a good one

We all know how hard it can be to find a job —especially a good one. But if you’ve been thinking about making a career change, now may be the perfect time.

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Non-interventionist should speak up

Hopefully by the time you read this column the interventionists would not have won and the United States had not entered into significant military involvement into a sectarian conflict in Iraq.

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Americans Are Walking More to Improve Their Health

Most everyone knows that physical activity is important for good health, but not enough actually do it.