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News 2014 June

Stories for June 2014

Monday, June 30

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Ruby Dee Exits the Stage but Remains in Our Hearts

Everything about Ruby Dee was an expression of a lifelong dedication to human rights, racial equality and social justice.

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Gloucester County NAACP showcases students’ talents

The Gloucester County NAACP ACT-SO program recently held its closing ceremony at the River Winds Community Center in West Deptford, New Jersey. ACT-SO participants displayed their work and celebrated the end of the 2014 cycle.

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Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. Named NNPA Interim President and CEO

Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. a global business leader, educator, and longtime civil rights activist, was elected interim president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association at the group’s annual meeting.

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White House honors Trenton businessman Tracey Syphax

As a former ex-convict and now multimillion dollar entrepreneur, native Trentonian Tracey Syphax has a lot to say when it comes to giving people a second chance.

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Keke Palmer makes television history

While most 20 year olds are still trying to figure out what they are going to do with the rest of their lives, one is making history. When her talk show, “Just Keke,” debuts Monday on BET, actress/singer Keke Palmer will become the youngest television talk show host ever.

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Sixers draft for the future

The Philadelphia 76ers have found their big man of the future, selecting Joel Embiid third overall in the 2014 NBA draft despite a serious foot injury discovered in the days leading up to the draft.

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Bobby Womack’s career spanned more than 40 years

Legendary R & B crooner Bobby Womack died on Friday, night according to various reports and a statement from his long time publicist. He was 70.

Thursday, June 26

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Trenton Mayor-elect Eric Jackson announces transition team

Last week, Eric Jackson, the soon to be new mayor of New Jersey's capital city, announced a team of powerful politicos that will transition the embattled city into a more prosperous and prodigious place for residents, businesses and visitors.

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Meagan Good defends her right to be sexy

The “Think Like A Man Too” star is known for her skin revealing outfits and she caught some flak at the 2013 BET Awards when she presented the Best Gospel Artist Award in a dress with a neckline that plunged all the way to her waist.

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GM’s Eric Peterson Loves Dealing in Diversity

After working 37 years for General Motors, it is not unusual for Eric Peterson, vice president of Diversity Dealer Relations, to walk into a Black dealership and be introduced to one of the owner’s children.

Monday, June 23

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Melt Away the Belly

Let’s face it ladies…in the summer, we are surrounded with holidays that “require” us to eat barbecue, potato salad, soda and the works! What does that mean? – more FAT to have to deal with because what do we do for the holiday? We eat, eat, & eat some more.

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Be kind to yourself.

You’re doing enough. You’re doing as much as you can at this moment.

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Harry Belafonte: An International Treasure

For more than seven decades, Harry Belafonte continues to stand tall among social visionaries and activist-leaders who champion the cause of equality and liberation throughout the world.

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Hollywood Gets a Low Diversity Rating

The first detailed study of the relationship between diversity and the bottom line in the Hollywood entertainment industry has found that although diversity pays – literally –people of color and women are still woefully underrepresented throughout film and television.

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Traditional Parental Roles are Changing

A cache of new research from the Pew Center paints a picture of the modern American family—a picture in which the historically rigid roles and responsibilities of moms and dads are meeting in the middle.

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Jimmy Rollins swings into Phillies history

Jimmy Rollins added yet another milestone to his 15-year career as he became the Philadelphia Phillies' all-time hit leader with No. 2,235 coming against the Chicago Cubs on June 14.

Monday, June 16

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U.S. has always ‘Negotiated’ with Terrorists

I disagree with President Obama’s decision to trade five Taliban leaders being held at Guantanamo Bay for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an apparent deserter who is believed to have been the only U.S. solider being held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan.

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Woodbury celebrates Juneteenth

Woodbury held its fifth annual Juneteenth celebration on June 14 at Wing Dickerson Park.

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Sixers to build state-of the-art practice facility in Camden

The Philadelphia 76ers recently announced that they will build a state-of-the-art practice facility and team headquarters on the waterfront in Camden, New Jersey.

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Pluria Marshall, Jr. Group Purchases Three TV Stations

Pluria Marshall Jr. has purchased three FOX-affiliated television full-power stations – KLJB-TV in Davenport, Iowa; KMSS-TV in Shreveport, La., and KPEJ-TV in Odessa, Tex. For $58.5 million through his Marshall Broadcasting Group (MBG – pending Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval.

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Oprah reunites cast of “A Different World”

Grab your flip-up glasses, cardigans and baggy jeans. Oprah Winfrey is taking us back to “A Different World.”

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Cierra Kaler-Jones crowned Miss New Jersey

New Jersey has a new queen.

Thursday, June 12

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Trucker in Morgan crash pleads not guilty

The Wal-Mart truck driver implicated in the fatal car accident on Saturday that killed one man and critically injured actor/comedian Tracy Morgan entered a plea of not guilty Wednesday morning in a New Brunswick courtroom.

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Google Boldly Did the Right Thing

Google recently made the bold and necessary decision to release information about their employment diversity, detailing the race and gender makeup of its workforce, admitting in the words of Senior Vice President Laszlo Bock, “Google is not where we want to be when its comes to diversity and it’s hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly.”

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New mayor promises positive change for Trenton

In what turned out to be a closer race than many had predicted, Eric Jackson defeated Paul Perez in a special mayoral runoff election on Tuesday evening in Trenton.

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Celebrating Black Fathers

As we approach Fathers’ Day across the United States and in some other nations throughout the world, it is important to lift up those Black American fathers who are doing what is right and good for their children, families and communities.

Sunday, June 8

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Walmart truck driver charged in Tracy Morgan crash

A Walmart truck driver, Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Ga., has been charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in the crash that injured comedian Tracy Morgan on Saturday. His bail was set at $50,000.

Friday, June 6

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Jackson and Perez set for Trenton mayoral runoff

In what many expect to be a close race, the two candidates for Trenton’s' mayor —Eric Jackson and Paul Perez---raised the stakes this past week by doing some hardcore last minute campaigning in the state's capital city.

Thursday, June 5

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Christie hails drop in violent crime in Camden

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke at Camden City Hall on Tuesday, updating the public on the Camden County Police Department, which launched May 1, 2013. The police department says since this time last year, non-fatal shootings are down 35 percent, homicides are down 20 percent and motor vehicle thefts are down 34 percent.

Wednesday, June 4

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Norcross, Cobb win in N.J.’s First Congressional District

State Sen. Donald Norcross won the Democratic primary and former Philadelphia Eagle player Garry Cobb won the Republican Primary for southern New Jersey’s 1st District congressional seat.

Tuesday, June 3

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Mayor Baraka – A New Direction for Newark

Add Newark to the list of big cities now being headed by a new wave of progressive mayors. On the heels of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s successful “economic inequality” campaign last year, another urban crusader, Ras Baraka, was elected mayor of Newark on May 13.

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Rule Change on Generic Drug Labeling Raises Concerns

A proposed rule change for generic drug labels, crafted by the Food and Drug Administration, could cost patients, health care providers and drug manufacturers billions of dollars and limit access to affordable, prescription drugs for minorities and the poor, according to more than a dozen organizations that serve people of color.

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50 Cent releasing new CD, new Starz drama

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is kicking off the summer with a new CD and a new television show.

Monday, June 2

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Sixers looks toward upcoming NBA draft

This marks the third time the Sixers have held the third overall pick, with the most recent selection being Jerry Stackhouse in 1995.

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Lawnside Club Announces 2014 Scholarship Winners

The Lawnside Scholarship Club announced more than $15,000 in scholarships to members of the 2014 graduating class at its annual Salute to Seniors at Haddon Heights High School May 17.

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Burlington County receives state grants to provide free training to unemployed

Up to 75 unemployed Burlington County residents can receive free training for new careers because of state grants obtained by Burlington County College (BCC).

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AACCNJ announces the honorees for annual community luncheon

The Board of Directors and Members of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) recently announced the organizations that will be honored at the Second Annual Community Luncheon on June 19th, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at The Lafayette Yards Hotel and Conference Center, in Trenton, NJ.

Sunday, June 1

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Job search tips for graduates

Work It!

We are in that season when many recent graduates are pursuing employment opportunities. Whether you have just graduated from a vocational high school or just completed a post-baccalaureate degree program, you are competing with others with similar credentials and goals in mind. How do you stand out from the crowd and secure a job that’s right for you.

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New NAACP leader faces challenges

When the NAACP National Board of Directors recently announced its selection of Attorney Cornell William Brooks to be the Association’s next National President and CEO it could not have come at a more opportune time.

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Summer Fun in NJ ‘Going Strong’

The Garden State is ready to offer cleaner beaches down the shore, more non-gaming activities in A.C. and more fun for people of all ages.

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Protect Your Unborn Baby or Newborn from Infections

If you are pregnant—or know anyone who is—you need to know about group B strep.

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Dads Bond with Baby During “Magic Moment” of Ultrasound

Seeing their babies’ ultrasound images for the first time is a powerful moment for expectant fathers, and could hasten family bonding and provide an opportunity for promoting positive partnering and parenting, according to a new study.

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Some of the Best of the Class of 2014

South Jersey Journal celebrates the academic accomplishments of some of New Jersey’s extraordinary students.

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Unleash The Power Within You!

I am so grateful to South Jersey Journal for providing me with this platform to communicate a message of enlightenment, hope, and empowerment during a period in America wherein many of the gains for blacks are being reversed.

Defining Your Dream Job — and Seizing the Opportunity

Food for thought: What does your ideal career look like? Is it doing something you love? Making a good living, while helping to make a real difference in the lives of others? An opportunity to do that does exist, so maybe it’s time for you to take a look at what’s out there.

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Healthy Housing Industry Spurs Job Growth

The health of housing is key for the overall state of the U.S. economy and housing stands poised to serve as an engine of job growth with the right policies in place, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) told Congress last month.

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June BUZZ

Terry McMillan said there will be no “Waiting to Exhale” sequel coming to the big screen.