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News 2014 May

Stories for May 2014

Thursday, May 29

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Maya Angelou remembered by those she inspired

President Barack Obama and TV mogul Oprah Winfrey were among those who remembered poet and author Maya Angelou for inspiring them.

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New NAACP President Says Protest in His DNA

When Rev. Frederick D. Haynes III of Dallas, Texas learned that the NAACP Board of Directors had chosen Cornell William Brooks over him, Attorney Barbara R. Arnwine and several other better known candidates to succeed outgoing president Benjamin Todd Jealous, his response was “Who?”

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Michael Carter-Williams named to NBA’s all-rookie team

The accolades keep coming for Philadelphia Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams. Carter-Williams has been unanimously chosen to the NBA's all-rookie team.

Monday, May 26

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Lawnside ShopRite owners donate $25,000 to education fund

Dr. Sandra Strothers, president of the Lawnside Education Foundation, thanked ShopRite owners David and Renee Zallie for their $25,000 donation to the Lawnside Education Foundation during a ceremony at the Lawnside School on May 20.

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Angela Basset to direct film on Whitney Houston

Angela Bassett is taking on a new role. But this time, the Academy Award nominated actress will be behind the camera.

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The Browning of Public Schools after ‘Brown’

This is the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision outlawing “separate but equal” schools. And like most major anniversaries, incorrect information surfaces as purported fact, doing a disservice to the accomplishment being celebrated as well as truth itself.

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Christie to Rowan graduates: “Give it your all”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – and some 2,300 Rowan University graduates – shined despite daylong torrential rains May 16 for Commencement 2014.

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Obama Nominates Julián Castro as Next HUD Secretary

President Barack Obama has nominated San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro as the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and current HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to serve as the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Thursday, May 22

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Inspira Opens Urgent Care Center in Woolwich

Inspira Health Network invited area residents to a grand opening event this week at its new urgent care center in Woolwich Township.

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“Bring Back Our Girls:’ Why We Should Care

A real war on women, marked by murder, rape and slavery is raging in too many parts of the world. In fact and unfortunately, human trafficking is now thought to be among the fastest-growing illegal enterprises globally.

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Temple University Awards Honorary Degree to Jill Scott

Temple’s 127th graduating class gathered in the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on May 15, to celebrate the success of the university’s largest-ever class.

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Sherri Shepherd’s Divorce Drama

“The View” co-host Sherry Shepherd, 47, dishes regularly on travails of celebrities, but she has been surprisingly silent about a hot topic swirling about her own personal life.

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New Generation of Wealthy Hip-Hop Artists

Whenever someone is the first to reach an historic milestone in the world of finance and wealth, notable homage is usually paid to that achievement.

Monday, May 19

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A Better Way to Compensate College Athletes

It’s not that Bill Russell, Jim Brown or Harry Edwards have mellowed – they have not. Rather, they think there’s a better way to help athletes who generate $500 billion a year to major universities, athletic vendors and others.

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New director appointed for New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Rutgers–Camden

Clarence Fullard, a Williamstown resident and licensed certified public accountant with more than 35 years of professional business experience, has been appointed director of the New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Rutgers University–Camden.

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NAACP names Cornell William Brooks President and CEO

The NAACP National Board of Directors has announced its selection of Attorney Cornell William Brooks to be the Association’s next National President and CEO.

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Former NAACP President Ben Jealous takes new position

The Center for American Progress recently announced that Benjamin Jealous, partner at Kapor Capital and former president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, will be joining CAP as a Senior Fellow.

Thursday, May 15

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Insufficient Vitamin D Linked to Prostrate Cancer in Blacks

The relationship between melanin and vitamin D—the nutrient that sunlight provides—may explain why African American, Caribbean, and men of African ancestry have the highest rates of prostate cancer than anyone in the world, according to a new study.

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Hip-Hop Generation Needs to Step Up

Everywhere we turn, we are being attacked. All of the efforts of our ancestors sacrifices are unraveling at the seams. Why? because we the Hip Hop Community has not stepped in and played our position.

Wednesday, May 14

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Baraka wins mayoral race in Newark; Trenton candidates face run off

Newark Council member Ras Baraka was elected as the new mayor of New Jersey’s largest city over former state assistant attorney general Shavar Jeffries, in what had become an acrimonious election on Tuesday in Newark.

Monday, May 12

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Hundreds of Women Attend Power to Be Tea

A Woman’s Business hosted its second annual Power To Be Tea on Saturday, May 10, at Trump National Golf Club in Pine Hill, New Jersey.

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Bubba Wallace Jr, Lone Black NASCAR Driver at Talladega

Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR event since 1963, finished 31st behind the wheel of the No. 20 ToyotaCare Camry car in the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega, Ala.

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Nigerian Government Fails Our Missing Girls – and Our Country

Fact 1: More than 300 girls were abducted from the rural northeast region of Nigeria on April 15 while attending secondary school; 276 are still believed to be held captive. Fact 2: The federal government has yet to forcibly intervene to get our girls back.

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TransAfrica President Nicole Lee Resigns

TransAfrica President Nicole Lee recently announced she will step down after eight years in the position.

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Keke Palmer becomes youngest talk show host

Actress Keke Palmer, 20, is making history. The “Akeelah and the Bee” star will become the youngest talk show host, ever, when her show, "The Keke Palmer Project," debuts on BET in July for a four-week trial.

Thursday, May 8

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Black Unemployment Dips to 5-Year Low

The Black unemployment rate fell to 11.6 percent in April, the lowest mark since President Barack Obama took his office in January 2009, according to the Labor Department’s latest jobs report.

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Sotomayor: A Voice of Reason among Reckless Rhetoric

Two weeks ago, in a disturbingly lopsided 6-2 vote, the United States Supreme Court once again became a willing accomplice in the recent onslaught of attacks on 50 years of civil rights progress.

Wednesday, May 7

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Good and Bad News in the Diabetes Fight

Even as the epidemic skyrockets, the rate of diabetes-related complications drops

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Blood Sugar Swings—Handled!

Staying away from the wrong foods can help folks with type 2 diabetes gain better blood sugar control.

Sunday, May 4

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Jeffries and Baraka in tight race for mayor of Newark

Outspoken and controversial city council member and high school principal Ras Baraka holds a slight lead against opponent prominent Newark attorney Shavar Jeffries in the race to replace ex-mayor and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker as the head of the largest city in the state.

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Report: Michael Carter-Williams Named NBA Rookie of the Year

Despite having the second worst record in the NBA and tying the all-time record for consecutive losses at 26, the Sixers will reportedly have the honor of point guard Michael Carter-Williams being named the 2013-14 Rookie of the Year.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw breathes life into ‘Belle’

Hollywood’s love affair with black films continues with the period drama “Belle.” Written by Misan Sagay and directed by Amma Asante, two women of color, “Belle” stands out, not only for its lush, poetic scenery, but also for its subject matter, which tackles race, love, class, gender and economics.

Friday, May 2

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Empowering Girls!

Teenshop expands to South Jersey

Former TV broadcaster Elleanor Jean Hendley is expanding Teenshop, Inc., which prepares girls with goals, to South Jersey.

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Los Angeles NAACP president resigns over Sterling controversy

The president of the NAACP in Los Angeles has resigned following criticism of the chapter’s relationship with Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling despite his history of being accused of racial discrimination.

Thursday, May 1

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Oprah interested in buying Los Angeles Clippers

Oprah Winfrey is among a list of prominent potential buyers expressing interest in buying the Los Angeles Clippers if disgraced owner Donald Sterling is compelled to sell the team.

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How to recover from job loss

Work It!

After several years of working in a particular position you suddenly find yourself unemployed. What now?

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Bleeding Disorders in Women

Heavy bleeding is one of the most common problems women report to their doctors. It affects more than 10 million American women each year.

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Preparing the workplace for diversity

By 2015, it’s predicted that immigration will fuel half of all U.S. workforce growth; by 2035, this number may reach 100 percent. The good news for employers: These workers bring skills, experiences and cultures that can spark greater innovation and prosperity.

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May BUZZ

Oscar nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe is reuniting with her “Precious” director, Lee Daniels, for his upcoming television show, “Empire.”

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A new War on Poverty

I would argue that while poverty is obviously still alive and well with an estimated 15.1 of percent of Americans still in poverty according to the 2010 U.S. Census that doesn’t mean government efforts to eradicate poverty have failed.

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A Woman’s Business to host Power To Be Tea

Women Join Forces to Facilitate Discussion on the Legacy of Motherhood

A Woman’s Business will host its second annual Power To Be Tea on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 11 am – 2 pm at Trump National Golf Club in Pine Hill, New Jersey.

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Placing Yourself in Today’s Conversation

There are billions of dollars of opportunities from a variety of sectors at stake and the Black community must find a way to remove itself from the menu and to claim its rightful seat at the table.