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Stories for March 2014

Monday, March 31

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Men: Stay Healthy at 50+

Use this information to help you stay healthy at ages 50 and above. Learn which screening tests you need and when to get them, which medicines may prevent diseases, and daily steps you can take for good health.

Have a retirement plan

Census data shows that the retirement age population has grown steadily over the last two decades and continues to trend upward.

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Five Questions to Ask Before You Invest

Whether you’re a first-time investor or have been investing for many years, there are some basic questions you should always ask before you commit your hard-earned money to an investment.

Managing Lifetime Income

Some people retire on income from an employer-sponsored defined benefit pension plan. Employers that sponsor defined benefit pension plans are responsible for contributing enough to fund promised benefits.

Five Reasons You Should Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

If you will be attending college between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, you should complete the FAFSA. Here are some reasons why:

The Team Approach To Treating Prostate Cancer

When it comes to prostate cancer, two or three heads may be better than one.

Sunday, March 30

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Phillies 2014: What to expect

The 2007-11 period was arguably the greatest five-year stretch in Philadelphia Phillies franchise history, but since then they've seen their win total drop from 102 to 81 to 73.

Friday, March 28

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Eagles release wide receiver DeSean Jackson

The team released Jackson on Friday. Jackson was coming off a career-best season in Philadelphia, leading the team with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. Jackson had a $10.25 million contract for the 2014 season, a price the Eagles were not willing to pay. He was signed through 2016.

Thursday, March 27

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‘Cesar Chavez’ : A Powerful Movie

Few movies can be billed as “important” or “historic” before they are even released. But this bio-film about the life and times of labor rights activist and organizer Cesar Chavez deserves those accolades.

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More Black Parents Are Homeschooling their Children

We hear so much about the plight of Black children and their low test scores. We have not heard that African American children who are homeschooled are scoring at the 82 percent in reading and 77 percent in math.

Monday, March 24

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Kim and Kanye grace cover of Vogue

Kim Kardashian’s dream of being a Vogue cover girl has come true.

Thursday, March 20

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Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Overlooked Minority Veterans

President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

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Lupita Nyong’o Linked to Somalian Rapper K’Naan

Actress Lupita Nyong’o went from near-anonymity to tremendous celebrity after she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar earlier this month for her role in 12 Years a Slave. Since her win, she’s been interviewed dozens of times, seen her fashion style analyzed and been praised for her grace and beauty.

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Rutgers University–Camden to hold symposium on Urban Youth

Rutgers University–Camden’s free public Symposia on Urban Poverty and Inequality series will continue with the third installment, “Youth, Civil Unrest, and the Fate of Urban America: Addressing Urban Violence,” from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 2.

Tuesday, March 18

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Judge Orders Chris Brown To Stay in Jail

R&B singer Chris Brown has been ordered to spend at least another month in jail for violating his probation.

Monday, March 17

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Accelerating Black Business Growth

While the 2012 economic Census data have not yet been released, I am certain we will see another increase in the number of black-owned businesses over the past five years.

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(Black) Women’s History Month

Do you know about Elizabeth Keckley? Maggie Lena Walker, Sarann Knight Preddy, Gertrude Pocte Geddes-Willis, Trish Millines Dziko, Addie L. Wyatt or Marie-Therese Metoyer?

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Make Hard Work Pay Again

One of our country’s most cherished values is the idea that if you work hard you can get ahead, be part of the middle class, raise a family comfortably, and ensure your children will do better than you did. But this is a hollow promise to countless families today.

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Exclusive Summer Camp for Female Rising Seniors Opens Application Process

Limited spots for two-week residential program to be held at prestigious Bryn Mawr College

An exclusive residential summer camp program designed to prepare female high school seniors for college has opened its application process to receive students nationwide.

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Say "I Do" the Healthy Way

Before you say "I Do," make health a priority.

Thursday, March 13

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VH1 cancels ‘Single Ladies’

After three seasons, VH1’s “Single Ladies” has come to an end.

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John Legend to Speak at Penn’s 258th Commencement

John Legend, a nine-time Grammy Award-winning soul artist, philanthropist and Penn alumnus will deliver the address at the University of Pennsylvania’s Commencement on Monday, May 19, Leslie Laird Kruhly, Vice President and University Secretary announced.

Monday, March 10

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Voting Rights Advocates Try to Push Oversight

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act last June, justices left it to Congress to decide how to fix the law. But while Congress deliberates, activists are turning again to the courts.

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What Motivates Entrepreneurs in Uncertain Times?

Starting a new business can be a risky venture. Entrepreneurs hope their ideas become prosperous, but they first face a lot of uncertainty and may not see tangible results for years. Are they being irrational by banking on future success?

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Allen Iverson honored as one of the best

The Philadelphia Sixers recently honored Allen Iverson by retiring his No. 3 jersey during a ceremony at halftime of a game against the Washington Wizards at the Wells Fargo Center on March 1.

Friday, March 7

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It’s Time to Reduce Tensions in Ukraine

The escalating crisis in the Ukraine has set off unseemly missile-rattling and muscle flexing in this country.

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The Forgotten Black Superstar Athlete: Isaac B. Murphy

Muhammad Ali ruled the boxing ring. Michael Jordan ruled the basketball court. And from 1879 to 1892, no one ruled the turf like black jockey Isaac Burns Murphy.

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Pharrell, Janet Jackson set rumors straight

After a super successful run on the music charts, Pharrell Williams hit a bump in the road when he released his new CD – not for its musical content, but for the CD’s artwork.

Monday, March 3

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'12 Years a Slave' Wins Best Picture

The unflinching historical drama "12 Years a Slave" won best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards.

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What the Dunn Verdict Says About Us

Another mother’s anguish. Another unarmed Black teenager in Florida shot dead for no good reason. Another indefensible instance of Stand Your Ground rearing its ugly head.

Sunday, March 2

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Eagles, Jeremy Maclin Agree to 1-Year Deal

The Eagles and the explosive pass-catcher agreed to a one-year deal on Feb. 28.

Saturday, March 1

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March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

Colorectal (Colon) Cancer Personal Screening Stories

Here are stories from several people who describe why they got screened for colorectal cancer and what the experience was like for them.

Spring- a time to renew

I find the month of March particularly inspirational with the anticipation of spring that gives me the feeling of a new beginning.

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The Queen of New Jersey

Why Latifah won't forget her native state

Queen Latifah may have put her multimillion dollar mansion in Colts Neck, N.J., on the market, but the first lady of hip hop has no intentions of leaving her home state of New Jersey.

How To Obtain Free Consumer Reports

You may know about your right to obtain a free annual report from the three national credit bureaus. Did you also know that you have a right to request information from other nationwide consumer reporting agencies?

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Black Women Trailblazers from New Jersey

Actor, activist Paul Robeson and abolitionist William Still are two of the most widely known figures in New Jersey's African-American history. But there are many African American women who also made history, but are lesser known.

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Let’s Talk About Inclusion

As we close out Black History 2014 in New Jersey, let’s not forget the tumultuous journey of our Black Ancestors that were brought to the United States against their will and forced to contribute to its foundational development under some inhumane conditions.

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March BUZZ

VH1’s “Basketball Wives: LA” is back and the ratchet factor is at 1,000.