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News 2014 October

Stories for October 2014

Friday, October 31

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Six Ways to Be Safe and Healthy This Halloween

Don’t let your health get tricked this Halloween!

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Civil Rights Groups Rally Voters for Nov. 4 Elections

As voters prepare to cast ballots in the first federal general election since the United States Supreme Court shredded a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) with the Shelby County v. Holder decision, civil rights groups are gearing up to make sure those voters can still cast ballots.

Monday, October 27

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My Wife’s Irritating Habit

Ask Alma

My wife has the annoying habit of picking up whatever I leave lying around the house and stacking it all in a pile in the middle of the floor.

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Howard U. Student Becomes Youngest Elected Official in D.C.

In the sixth grade, Allyson Carpenter, then-10 and the youngest student in her middle school, rallied her classmates to sign a petition to get their teacher fired for what Carpenter deemed mistreatment of students.

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Breast Cancer Awareness

Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women.

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Melyssa Ford attacked on set of ‘Blood Sweat and Heels’

Blood, sweat and tears were shed on the set of a Bravo reality show when a vicious catfight broke out between two of the show’s stars.

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U.S. Trails More than 100 Countries in Voter Turnout

Lost in the frenzy to erect barriers to voting, including reducing the hours available for early voting and imposing strict voter ID requirements, is the embarrassing fact that the United States lags behind more than 100 countries in the percentage of registered voters who show up on Election Day.

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Democrats Bash Obama Yet Want Black Vote

Here are a few election-time questions to think over: Why in the world do Democrats think they can bash President Obama and his policies and still win Black votes? Why should Black voters be motivated to turn out after months of watching Democrats bash the president? What exactly is the strategy for Democrats to get Black voters out?

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For-Profit Colleges Targets People of Color

Weeks before the U.S. Department of Education (DoE) announces a new rule governing career education programs, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) has released research that finds high-cost, for-profit colleges make millions each year by targeting students of color.

Thursday, October 23

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Deptford woman wins million dollar recipe contest

After three months of competition, Frito-Lay announced this week that Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out coffee-flavored chips and the two other finalists — Mango Salsa and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese. Parent company PepsiCo Inc. says about 1 million total votes were cast online for the Do Us A Flavor promotion.

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Chris Rock, Prince to appear on ‘SNL’

No, you are not “Delirious.” “Saturday Night Live” (“SNL”) is rolling out the purple carpet for Prince.

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Darlene Walker sworn in as president of National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Southern NJ Chapter

Darlene Walker wanted to make a difference.

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Family and creativity fuel Marlon Wayans’ success

Following the advice of his brother, Keenen, to not sit around and wait for Hollywood, Marlon Wayans has firmly established his own identity as an actor, writer, producer, director and stand-up comedian.

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Dear White People’ conveys complexity of contemporary race relations

“Dear White People, the minimum requirement of black friends to not seem racist has just been raised to two.

Monday, October 20

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Good News for Children When Congress Works Together

While we rarely hear good news these days about Congress, I have some to share.

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Paula Patton files for divorce

Robin Thicke is singing another sad love song.

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The Hidden Dangers of Internet Gambling

Some people have asked me why I strongly oppose Internet gambling and I can sum it up in one sentence: Gambling on the Internet is for chumps.

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Black Consumers Still Left Behind in Recovering Mortgage Market

When it comes to assessing the nation’s housing industry, one key measure that all housing industry stakeholders take note of is the annual Home Mortgage Disclosure Act report, commonly referred to as HMDA. Nationwide, mortgage lenders are required to report a wealth of data on mortgage applications, originations and denials. These public data also include the racial composition of these key metrics.

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Keeping My Brother’s Keeper

Numerous theories abound, all pointing to the seemingly unfair consequences of America’s complex criminal justice system. But one fact rings true—African American males experience the highest sentencing rates and the most severe penalties for their crimes, while their peers of different races are prosecuted and sentenced for the same or harsher offenses at much lower rates.

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Christie touts successes at NAACP state conference

Gov. Chris Christie wants to build a new bridge in New Jersey—between his administration and African Americans across the Garden State.

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Who is Derek Jeter?

As Major League Baseball rolls through the post-season toward crowning another World Series Champion, its biggest national news story was the retirement of 20-year veteran, Derek Jeter, the shortstop for the New York Yankees.

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Sixers show support for Joel Embiid

Arthur Embiid, the younger brother of Philadelphia 76ers rookie center Joel Embiid, died on October 16 in Africa. The cause of death wasn't immediately available.

Monday, October 13

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Geoffrey Holder: Death of a Renaissance Man

His voice arrived first, deep and sonorous, prefiguring a man of enormous life and vitality, and such was the often imposing but impressive visage and physique of Geoffrey Holder, who many remember mostly from his promotion of Seven-Up “Uncola” commercials. But the multitalented Holder was much more than a pitchman.

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Dr. Frank G. Pogue Named Interim President of Cheyney University

Dr. Frank G. Pogue, who retired in June as president of Grambling State University in Louisiana, Oct. 9 was selected by the Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education to serve as interim president of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.

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Fronting as a Black Business

Minority business programs came to life as a compliance requirement for Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. States and corporations were given the word beginning in 1982, 18 years after the law passed. Some came willingly but most of time reluctantly, especially in the private sector.

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Ebola: Fight the Disease, not the Victims

The spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa is a global health emergency. Countries around the world must join together to mobilize the resources, build the isolation units, supply the needed medicine, doctors, nurses and support personnel needed to isolate and treat those afflicted, track down and monitor those who might have been in contact, and stop the epidemic.

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The Justice Department After Holder

Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. hasn’t left the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building yet, but civil rights activists are worried about whether a strong advocate in Holder’s mold will succeed him.

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‘Problematic ‘ Police Strategies

It’s been two months since Daniel Pantaleo strangled Eric Garner, 48, to death on a sidewalk in Staten Island, N.Y. Darren Wilson shot 18-year-old Michael Brown to death on August 9. Since then, there has been nothing but silence from Officers Pantaleo and Wilson.

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Want Back In

Ask Alma

I’ve come to my senses and want to be back in the relationship I just left for no good reason. But I’m afraid my ex, who is very concerned with self-respect, will not allow herself to forgive me and get back with me again.

Thursday, October 9

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Porsha Williams demoted on ‘RHOA’

When season seven of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (RHOA) kicks off in November, #TeamPorsha fans will be disappointed.

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Revel may reopen as a new casino

After weeks of speculation and rumors, officials announced that a Canadian based asset management company purchased the failed Revel casino in Atlantic City for $110 million at a federal bankruptcy auction.

Wednesday, October 8

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Denzel Washington plays ‘Equalizer’ with signature quiet intensity

Denzel Washington reteams with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua in the action thriller, The Equalizer.

Monday, October 6

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Questions and Answers on Ebola

Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding.

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CDC Team Assisting Ebola Response in Dallas

Investigation of first U.S. Ebola case underway

Ten experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – supported 24/7 by the CDC's full Emergency Operations Center and Ebola experts in CDC's Atlanta headquarters – have arrived in Texas and are working closely with Texas state and local health departments to investigate the first Ebola case in the United States.

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Cheyney University mourns the loss of new VP

The Cheyney University of Pennsylvania family is reeling from the sudden death of Dr. Jeffrey A. Smith, who took over as Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Cheyney on September 8, 2014.

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Bishop T.D. Jakes Suing Young Jeezy, Kendrick Lamar

Internationally-renowned and universally-beloved Bishop T.D. Jakes is vowing to file a lawsuit against popular rapper Young Jeezy and singer Kendrick Lamar for sampling portions of his sermon without his consent.

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A Poor Excuse

Ask Alma

Long story short, a few weeks ago a coworker was out for 3 weeks because she said her husband died. I have a friend who has a friend, who is her Facebook friend and her husband IS NOT dead.

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New Nielsen Study Underscores Need for Diversity

The most effective way for companies to connect with African Americans is by reflecting diversity in their advertisements and utilizing Black media, according to a new study by Nielsen.

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More Blacks Headed to Congress

There are 44 African American members of Congress. Next year, five more are expected to join them, bringing the total to 49. That will represent the highest number of Blacks in Congress in American history. But will it make a difference? Can they leverage their numbers?

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Decriminalizing School Discipline

The purpose of public schools is to educate not exclude children, and to help identify and meet child needs, not make children serve adult convenience, self-interest, and systems.

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Eric Holder’s Legacy: No Coward on Race

After being confirmed as the nation’s first African American U.S. attorney general, Eric H. Holder, Jr. wasted little time putting everyone on notice that he would not tip-toe around the volatile subject of race.

Pact to help more CCC students earn bachelor’s degrees from Rutgers

An expanded partnership between Camden County College and Rutgers–Camden will offer new opportunities for college students in Camden County and all of southern New Jersey.

Wednesday, October 1

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South Jersey Journal hosts Health Fair

As soon as visitors walked through the doors at St. Matthew’s Baptist Church’s Community Development Recreation Center in Williamstown on Sept. 27, it was time to get moving.

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Policing the police

The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner are not new or unusual, but recent examples of a longstanding problem.

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The Future of Atlantic City

How will AC recover after the closing of several casinos?

The cards may be stacked against Atlantic City, but the house has played long shots before and won.

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“Look No Further Than Whitesboro”

I was recently invited to speak at the 26th Annual Whitesboro Community Festival, by their native son, Stedman Graham. The topic was “Strengthening our Community through Partnership” which allowed me the opportunity to contribute to the great legacy, which was established by the late George Henry White, and others in the community.

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Opportunity - How the inexperienced become experienced

Work It!

There seems to be two issues at hand preventing the recently educated and trained from launching their careers.