News 2014 November

Stories for November 2014

Monday, November 24

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Ferguson Officer Not Indicted in Michael Brown’s Death

A grand jury will not indict Ferguson Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Michael Brown—an unarmed 18-year-old African American whose death sparked months of protest and unrest throughout the St. Louis suburb—as well as rallies across the country—including New Jersey.

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Group Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

In an effort to increase the relevancy of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) redesigned one of its signature programs to cultivate Black industry leaders at the corporate level.

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Lynch Nomination Will Test Obama’s Relationship With New Congress

In what may be the first test of the GOP-controlled, United States Senate’s willingness to work with the White House, President Barack Obama nominated United States Attorney Loretta Lynch to succeed Eric Holder as the next attorney general.

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10 Ways to Wake Up Without a Cup of Coffee

Whether you’re trying to cut back on your coffee consumption or have never been able to warm up to the beverage’s bitter taste, check out the 10 other things that can invigorate your sleepy mornings.

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Queen Latifah Show cancelled

Queen Latifah’s reign on daytime television has come to an end. “The Queen Latifah Show” has been cancelled after two seasons.

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Report: Employment Outlook For Black Males Improving

Last month’s Black unemployment rate (10.9 percent) was more than twice the White unemployment rate (4.8 percent), but when it comes to key measures in the labor market, Blacks and Latinos have experienced greater gains than Whites over the past year, according to a recent report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

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How Can I Dump my Sister?

Ask Alma

I’m getting married and I want everything to be perfect. We’re getting married at my childhood church and I got the reception hall I wanted. Everything is falling into place perfectly except one thing.

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Preview of Eagles vs. Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game

Thanksgiving is this week. What better way to celebrate than to watch two of the NFL’s best go head to head in an NFC East battle. The Philadelphia Eagles will be taking on the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium at 4:30 p.m.

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MHSC Nationally Recognized as Top Performer by The Joint Commission for Exemplary Care

The Memorial Hospital of Salem County has been named a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations. The honor recognizes hospitals that excel at meeting the Commission’s stringent measurements for exemplary patient care.

Thursday, November 20

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Full Text: President Obama Announces New Immigration Plan

President Barack Obama announced new executive actions on immigration .

Wednesday, November 19

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Solange Knowles ties the knot

Solange Knowles is a married woman. Beyonce’s little sister wed music video director Alan Ferguson on Sunday in New Orleans.

Monday, November 17

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Johnson Publishing CEO Desiree Rogers to Headline Black Chamber Gala

Officials from the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) recently announced that former White House staffer and current CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, Desiree Rogers will headline the organization’s national gala in February in New Brunswick, NJ.

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Overcoming Homelessness to become an A-Student

Seventeen-year-old high school senior Diamond May is devoted to her education.

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Time for Black Democrats to Switch

The midterm elections are over, the final numbers are in and they don’t look pretty if you’re a progressive. So, I am going to propose something our national African American leaders should have suggested a long time ago: It’s time for us to switch.

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Black Parents Support Common Core State Standards

The National Urban League released a new survey that shows overwhelming support from one of the most important, but rarely heard voices in the roiling and often distorted debate over Common Core State Standards – African American parents.

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Discrimination in Car Dealer Financing

A diverse group of civil rights leaders representing Blacks, Latinos and Asian-Pacific Islanders have joined forces to call for major changes in auto dealer compensation. Together, the organizations are calling for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to use its rule-making authority to stop dealer markups on auto interest rates that in 2009 cost consumers $25.8 billion in extra interest payments.

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Michael Vick Makes Quarterback History

Jets quarterback Michael Vick is continuing to make plays with his legs and making history in the process.

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Putting Off Procrastinating

I need advice. I have been married to my husband for over year. I love him dearly but he constantly likes to wait until the last minute to take care of business.

Wednesday, November 12

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw brings depth to ‘Beyond The Lights’

Honored this past October with the “Emerging Icon” award from Elle Magazine at the celebration for their 21st annual “Women in Hollywood” issue, Gugu Mbatha-Raw is an actress on the rise.

Monday, November 10

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Growing Push to Stop Payday Loan Debt Trap

Bridgeton NJ Mayor Albert B. Kelly says practice leads to loans with “outrageous interest rates...”

In recent weeks a consistent drum beat against predatory lending’s small dollar loans has reached regulators and legislators alike. Broad consensus on the real-life harms caused by these lending products has united consumers in all 50 states and forged an unprecedented call of concern linking 467 organizations including civil rights leaders, clergy, labor, veterans, elder and consumer advocates.

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NJ Voters approve controversial ballot amendments

New Jerseyans approved two controversial ballot amendments on Election Day, including one that eliminates the right to bail to those accused of violent crimes---and allows those deemed as lower-level criminals free while awaiting trial.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars in ‘Beyond the Lights’

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who starred in the indie break out hit, “Belle,” is ditching her prim and proper cotton corsets and bustled skirts for more revealing leather bustiers and mini-skirts for her new role as a pop princess.

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Bonnie Watson Coleman makes history in New Jersey

Despite historic wins by two of New Jersey's highest profile African American politicos, Republicans nabbed control of the Senate for the first time in eight years following

Sunday, November 9

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Jack and Jill of America Nuturing Future Leaders

South Jersey Chapter hosts workshops, luncheon

Jack and Jill spans 230 chapters nationwide and represents 40,000 family members.

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Obama Nominates Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

President Barack Obama announced on Saturday that he would nominate U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as his choice to be the next attorney general. If confirmed, Lynch would be the first black woman to lead the Justice Department.

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Jackie Robinson West All Stars Visit President Obama

President Barack Obama recently welcomed the Jackie Robinson West All Stars to the Oval Office.

Friday, November 7

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Angela Bassett on aging gracefully in Hollywood

Angela Bassett is not letting a little thing like age, slow her down.

Thursday, November 6

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How African American candidates fared on Election Day

A historic high number of black Republicans and Democrats ran for office across the United States in the 2014 midterm elections on Tuesday, November 4th.

Wednesday, November 5

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Burlington-Camden Kappas honor African-American Women Achievers

The Burlington-Camden Alumni Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the Kappa Community Development Corporation recognized the outstanding contributions women have made to the community on Nov. 2 at the 11th annual African-American Women Achievers Banquet.

Tuesday, November 4

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Cory Booker Wins Re-Election to U.S. Senate

Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker handily beat Republican challenger Jeff Bell on Tuesday to win a full six-year term.

Monday, November 3

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How to protect yourself from the flu

Shorter days and cooler evenings mean it's fall – and often the time that we start seeing people sick with flu. By getting a flu vaccine for yourself and your entire family every season, you can help prevent flu-related illness, missed school, and missed work.

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Report: Housing Segregation Played Role in Ferguson Tragedy

The shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager, in Ferguson, Mo. Darren Wilson, a White police officer, was as much as the product a century of housing segregation spurred by federal, state and local policies as longstanding tension between Blacks and police, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

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Deadly Force, in Black and White

A ProPublica analysis of killings by police shows outsize risk for young black males

Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts – 21 times greater i, according to a ProPublica analysis of federally collected data on fatal police shootings.

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Report: Raising Minimum Wages Would Benefit Economy

Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would likely save taxpayers $39 billion in spending on safety net programs per year, according to a new issue brief by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

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Department of Education Changes PLUS Loan Program

After an arduous debate that stretched over three years, higher education advocates overwhelmingly supported the updated guidelines for the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program recently issued by the Department of Education (DOE).

Several Caribbean Nation Impose Travel Ban on Visitors from West Africa

As fears about the spread of the Ebola virus mushroom across the U.S., several Caribbean nations have imposed travel bans on people arriving from West African states where the disease has taken a foothold.

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Single Dad Needs Help

Ask Alma

I’m a single dad who recently relocated with my job. I’m raising my 11-year-old daughter alone. Her mom passed away 4 years ago.

Saturday, November 1

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The only thing we have to fear is fear

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt assumed the presidency at the depth of the Great Depression he helped the American people regain faith in themselves when he asserted in his Inaugural Address, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

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Beware of the Box

Work It!

Categories and groups are our way as humans to identify things and make our emotional and physical world seem more orderly and feel less chaotic and frightening. It is a base survival instinct and happens without much thought. It helps to know how to respond to certain stimuli in daily living.

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Sixers build with young talent

The Philadelphia 76ers are hoping to move forward from the troubling season that the team just had. After a franchise worst, and NBA record-tying, 26 consecutive losses, the team garnered the third pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, with which it used to draft Kansas University big man Joel Embiid. The Sixers look to rebuild a solid foundation with the new and youthful talent on the roster.

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Are we finally connecting the dots?

This month’s column is about reflecting on past and current events as a means to developing an agenda that can be effectively implemented to improve the economic standing of African Americans in New Jersey and perhaps throughout the United States of America.