News 2014 September

Stories for September 2014

Monday, September 29

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My Dream for Hip Hop

It was all a dream. Salt n Pepa and Heavy D in a limousine. Hanging pictures on my wall….. I share the late Notorious B.I.G’s sentiments as he described his undying love for Hip Hop in his multi-platinum hit ‘Juicy.’ What is your Hip Hop dream?

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Boyfriend Doesn’t Help Enough

Ask Alma

I’ve been with my boyfriend almost 4 years. He works but doesn’t make enough to help me. He MAKES UP for it though in EVERY OTHER AREA, and he’s also a little controlling.

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Silicon Valley Must Embrace Diversity

While the number of African American, Latino and women consumers of Internet and broadband products and services is rising, their numbers at the major Silicon Valley companies continue to lag way behind.

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NFL Still Dropping the Ball

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has finally emerged from his self-imposed witness protection program, held a press conference, and even attended a football game Sunday. Now that Goodell has come out of hiding, it is not clear that the NFL is any closer to getting it right, as he keeps putting it, than it was when it dropped the ball in handling Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension from the league.

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Grant awarded to hire more police in Trenton

In an effort not to repeat the record homicide level of last year, the government has approved a $1.5 million grant to hire at least a dozen new police officers to patrol the streets of Trenton, said state officials.

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Talk is no Substitute for Action

Last year, we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This year, we are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And next year with mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In all of the commemorating and celebrating, maybe it’s time we ask ourselves: Has activism been replaced by retracing marches and yet another panel discussion?

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Denzel tops the box office with ‘The Equalizer’

“The Equalizer,” starring Denzel Washington, took out the competition this weekend, tipping the box office at $35 million.

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Cory Booker advocates new health legislation for NJ

In an effort to improve access to quality health care for African Americans in New Jersey, Senator Cory Booker is promoting new legislation that is currently making its way through Washington.

Thursday, September 25

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Attorney General Eric Holder resigning

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is resigning after six years on the job.

Monday, September 22

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New Jersey Mayors Partner with Local ShopRite to Fight Hunger

In honor of September’s National Hunger Action Month, governors across New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland have issued proclamations declaring September 17th as “ShopRite Partners In Caring Day.” To recognize this special day, dignitaries throughout all six states held help bag hunger events at their local ShopRite store to raise awareness and funds for food banks in their community.

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Cheyney University Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet Set

Cheyney University's 35th Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, October 17 at the Concordville Inn in nearby Concordville, PA.

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Library of Congress Hosts Civil Rights Exhibit

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act, the Library of Congress has launched “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom,” an exhibition of rarely seen documents and oral histories on the push for civil rights.

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New Push to Strengthen Violence Against Women Law

On the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), it seems there is still work to be done.

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Nude photos of Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good surface

Three weeks after a hacker stole hundreds of nude photos of celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, a second wave of intimate pictures were leaked and posted on 4chan and Reddit. This time, Rihanna, Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good and Kim Kardashian-West were the targets.

Sunday, September 21

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South Jersey Journal to Host Health Fair

South Jersey Journal, a monthly publication covering the African American community in South Jersey, will host a free health and wellness fair on Saturday, September 27.

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Diversity Must Become a Business Priority

Last week, in a highly choreographed, tightly organized presentation, Apple rolled out the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With the spotlights on and a global audience, Apple paraded a lineup of six White men to present its new products. Even the entertainment – U2 – was all White.

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Black Films and Artists Shine At Film Festival

Black films and artists were an integral part of the lineup at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival along with other world-premieres. Dramas, genre movies, comedies, romantic films and documentaries positioned themselves early for this year’s annual Oscar race. Audiences previewed big budget films and indie movies that will be released this fall and on into next year in theaters and VOD.

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Sending Military Equipment to Police Questioned

Washington lawmakers recently grilled officials from the Defense Department (DOD), Homeland Security and the Department of Justice over programs that sent equipment and money to state and local law enforcement agencies. Experts say those resources ultimately contributed to the militarization of police departments nationwide.

Thursday, September 18

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Dancer Misty Copeland inspires new generation of ballerinas

“This is for the little brown girls,” writes Misty Copeland in the prologue of her New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,

Wednesday, September 17

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Trump casino shuts down

After more than 30 years perched high on the Atlantic City boardwalk, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino shut its doors for good on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

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‘RHOA’ husband Apollo Nida goes to prison

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” (RHOA) husband, Apollo Nida, checked into prison as inmate 65725-019 on Sept. 11, but not before briefly going AWOL and picking a fight with his wife, “RHOA” co-star Phaedra Parks.

Sunday, September 14

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Lawyers to Challenge Police Brutality in 25 Cities

In an effort to combat police brutality in the Black community, the National Bar Association (NBA) recently announced plans to file open records requests in 25 cities to study allegations of police misconduct.

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Not Speaking to My Brother

Ask Alma

I cannot speak to my brother and I don’t know if I ever will again.

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The Lincoln University to host gala benefit

Xernona Clayton, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of The Trumpet Awards and Psychedelic Soul and R&B singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe will be among honorees at The Lincoln University’s 3rd Annual Lion Awards at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21 at The Union League, 140 South Broad Street.

Saturday, September 13

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Nov. 4: A Day of Reckoning

Black Americans and others who want to contribute to the future progressive transformation of our nation and world have an upcoming strategic opportunity to make the critical difference. In less than 60 days, the November elections will be held. Once again, the United States is at a pivotal political moment in history.

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America Needs a Raise

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been floating at or above the 17,000 mark in the past two months – an all time high. There has been a stumble here and a wrinkle there, but even with a weak unemployment report for August, the Dow has remained over 17,000. This compares with a Dow of 13,000 just a year ago (or a 30 percent gain), and is generally seen as a sign of economic progress and of increased wealth.

Thursday, September 11

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Caribbean roots of black church explored

Dr. Noel Leo Erskine investigates the history of the black church in his latest book, “Plantation Church: How African American Religion Was Born in Caribbean Slavery.”

Monday, September 8

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NFL suspends Ray Rice indefinitely after video release

Hours after the release of a video that appears to show Ray Rice striking his then-fiancée in February, the team terminated his contract Monday.

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Serena Williams wins 18th Grand Slam Title

Serena Williams won her 18th Grand Slam singles title on Sunday.

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Laurence Fishburne will play dual roles this fall

This fall, Laurence Fishburne will “morph” between two television series – the new ABC comedy “Black-ish” and the NBC thriller “Hannibal.”

Saturday, September 6

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Florida firm interested in former Showboat casino

A Florida company is reportedly interested in the former Showboat casino in Atlantic City.

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Report: Boko Haram continues to abduct children in Nigeria

Children in north-eastern Nigeria continue to suffer at the hands of the Boko Haram militant Islamist organization, according to a new report launched at the United Nations.

Thursday, September 4

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Jamaica: Help for Schools in Drought Stricken Areas

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has instructed that action be taken to help schools cope as the dry spell continues to affect the country.

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Cameroon Soccer Star’s Death under Investigation

Soccer star Albert Ebosse Bodjongo of Cameroon was killed almost instantly by a stone lobbed from the bleachers in the Tizi Ouzou stadium of north-central Algeria this weekend. He had been playing for the home team and made its only goal before the stone-throwing incident occurred.

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Tips to help those with sickle cell disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a new booklet for teachers of students with sickle cell disease (SCD), Tips for Supporting Students with Sickle Cell Disease.

Wednesday, September 3

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Five Things To Know About Getting a Business Loan

Myths and misconceptions about the reason banks decline loans and the rate at which this happens are as common today as ever. As a banker, it’s my goal to bring clarity to the process, and explain what it takes for a business to get a loan and why a loan application may be declined.

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PLUS Loan Fix Comes Late for Some Students

A few weeks before thousands of Black college students returned to college campuses to begin the fall semester, the Department of Education issued updated standards for the PLUS loan program, but the changes may come too late for students already forced to delay their dreams of a college education, according to activists.

Monday, September 1

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Reckless rhetoric on impeachment

Has President Barack Obama done anything that would have him impeached from office?

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A Bright, New Future for Prostate Cancer Treatment

New tests, methods take on the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in males, with about 240,000 diagnoses expected this year. And there are 2.5 million people currently living with this disease. Recently there have been some dramatic changes in the way prostate cancer is diagnosed and treated.

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Are you happy at work?

Have you ever noticed that there are some people who seem to actually enjoy being at work? They seem enthusiastic and appear to have effective and productive relationship with most co-workers and management as well as with customers.

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“Contributing to New Jersey’s Success”

As a leading voice in New Jersey’s business sector, the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) continues to seek strategies and alliances to position businesses and residents of New Jersey for success. T

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September BUZZ

What’s going on with Kevin Hart, Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey, Idris Elba and more

Not only is comedian Kevin Hart’s career on a roll, his love life is also heating up.

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Eagles ready to fly

Team expected to return to playoffs

The Eagles are the best team in the worst division in football, so they should be able to reach the playoffs once again.

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Federal monitor set to begin overseeing Newark Police Department


A sharply critical report released from the Justice Department (DOJ) calls for federal monitoring of the Newark Police Department (NPD. The report found a systemic practice of “unconstitutional policing,” including unlawful pedestrian stops and the use of excessive force that is often under-reported. The report follows a three year investigation into the practices of the NPD by the feds.

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Assistance offered to laid-off Atlantic City casino workers

Casino workers in Atlantic City will be offered assistance from the city in the coming weeks as more than 6,500 gambling parlor employees will become unemployed in the next few weeks as at least three of the gambling meccas major casinos will shut down before the end of September---the Showboat Casino and Hotel closed on Sunday.

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Statin Use Associated with Reduced Risk of Prostate Cancer Recurrence

Men who begin taking statins after prostate cancer surgery are less likely to have a recurrence of their cancer, according to a retrospective analysis led by researchers at Duke Medicine.

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Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union tie the knot

Unlike her “Being Mary Jane” character, actress Gabrielle Union has found her happy ending. She and Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade tied the knot Aug. 30 in Miami.