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News 2015 April

Stories for April 2015

Tuesday, April 28

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Bobby Brown reportedly files for control of Bobbi Kristina’s estate

People.com is reporting that singer Bobby Brown has filed for control over his daughter, Bobbi Kristina’s, estate.

Monday, April 27

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Report: Government defense contracts primed for minority businesses

Minority and women owned business enterprises (M/WBE's)---especially those in New Jersey---will continue to benefit from the federal governments on-going shift of awarding single multi-million dollar service and product contracts to vendors opposed to multiple award contracts, according to a report released late last year by the Bloomberg Government Major Programs Procurement News Agency in New York.

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Rutgers-Camden alumnus earns Pulitzer Prize for poetry

For decades, the undergraduate English program at Rutgers University–Camden has prepared students to become successful poets, authors, and English scholars through the intensive study and practice of writing.

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CBC seeks GOP cooperation on economic challenges

Working across the aisle with Republicans on criminal justice reform might be the best shot that the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has to address the economic challenges facing the Black community before the 2016 presidential election, according to the head of the caucus.

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A Woman’s Business to host women empowerment tea

The Power To Be Tea serves as an anchor activity of A Woman's Business, an international outreach to mobilize dynamic women of all faiths, cultures, professions, generations and perspectives to build a platform that restores the image of women around the world and returns us to a position of prominence.

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Hundreds gather for Africa Policy Forum

With 15 African nations scheduled to have national elections this year, 2015 could shape future of African continent for years to come

Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, joined House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) in welcoming hundreds of participants to the third edition of this year's Africa Policy Forum, entitled "African Elections & Governance in 2015 and Beyond."

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Black women face pay gap

Black women working full time earned just 64 cents for every dollar White men made in 2013, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress (CAP).

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The State of On-Screen Diversity

From our television sets in our living rooms to our local movie theaters, diversity appears to be the new Black.

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Bill Duke explores the colorism of race

Bill Duke is one of America’s most prolific actors and directors as he continues to capture the topics that challenge people to think consciously on social issues.

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Proof Supreme Court Got it Wrong in Shelby

When the Supreme Court gutted a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act nearly two years ago in Shelby County v. Holder, many of us suspected that Chief Justice John Roberts in particular was distorting the severity of voting violations in jurisdictions covered by the act. As a popular GEICO commercial says, now we know.

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Jo Jo White enters Basketball Hall of Fame

St. Louisan Jo Jo White will be inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place September 10-12 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Monday, April 20

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South Jersey Teenshop honor local women

South Jersey Teenshop recently held its 1st Annual Women’s History Month Leadership Luncheon.

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Food truck owners land reality show

The innovators behind a new food concept have recently made their mark in reality television.

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Michelle Obama honors Alicia Keys on Capitol Hill

R&B singer Alicia Keys was recently feted by first lady Michelle Obama on Capitol Hill. Obama presented the “Girl on Fire” songstress with the prestigious Recording Artists Coalition Award at the annual Grammy’s on the Hill Awards tribute, a night set aside to honor musicians and lawmakers who support musicians’ issues.

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Report: Many Americans missing out on ‘Obamacare’ savings

Even as health care costs continue to cause concerns for the poor, nearly 40 percent African Americans and about half of Whites didn’t know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can help those that need it the most to cover some of those costs.

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Controversy over videotaping cops

Feidin Santana, the young Dominican immigrant who videotaped North Charleston, S.C. police officer Michael Slager firing his gun eight times, killing Walter Scott, an unarmed Black man who was fleeing, was a hero. His quick decision to videotape the unfolding action on his telephone led to the arrest of Slager for murder.

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Business, jobs highlights State of Black NJ conference

More than 100 people attended the State of Black New Jersey 2015 Conference hosted by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) last week at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Princeton.

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Propelling African Development

We have spent a lot of time trying to figure out this enigma about African development.

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Study says black businesses help reduce youth crime

One of the most powerful agents in curtailing Black youth crime in major cities is the presence of Black business owners, according to Karen Parker, professor of sociology and criminal justice at the University of Delaware.

Monday, April 13

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Lawnside Historical Society Hosts First Harlem Renaissance Fair

The Lawnside Historical Society will celebrate the Spirit of the Harlem Renaissance with its first Harlem Renaissance Fair and eighth poetry competition honoring Jessie Redmon Fauset, Saturday, May 16 at Lawnside Public School, 426 E. Charleston Ave. Doors open at noon.

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Progress in Baseball Came with a Cost

Anyone who has followed my columns knows that about this time of the year I normally write something about the commencement of the baseball season. More often than not, I write about the late Curt Flood and the late Marvin Miller. Well, guess what? It is the beginning of the baseball season and, yes, you guessed it, a little something about two heroes, but from a different angle.

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NeNe Leakes to star in new reality show

After a contentious season on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (RHOA) that found her bickering with almost all of her co-stars, NeNe Leakes is smiling - all the way to the bank.

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Christie approval ratings plummet

Governor announces $200 million Super Storm recovery package

A new Rutgers University-Eagleton poll showed more than half of registered New Jersey voters disapprove of the job Gov. Chris Christie is doing in running the Garden State and that his potential run for president in 2016 will be unsuccessful.

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Big winners and big losers in budget

In the House and Senate budget proposals for fiscal year 2016, passed with only Republican votes at the end of March, there are big winners and big losers.

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Local entrepreneur invests in tech startups in Africa

Today startup companies are being created and developed by entrepreneurs of all types in a variety of business sectors and markets. Jon Gosier is what is known as a serial entrepreneur, and stays involved with several different projects at once.

Monday, April 6

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New Jersey College Student Achieves YouTube Success

Marques K. Brownlee High Definition (MKBHD) is becoming one of the largest growing channels on YouTube.

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Senator Robert Menendez indicted by the feds

Resigns as chairman of powerful political committee

Last week in a Newark court room, New Jersey senator Robert Menendez pleaded not guilty to a list of federal charges that among other things contend he accepted about $1 million dollar in gifts and campaign contributions from a friend—a prominent Florida eye doctor--in exchange for political influence and special favors.

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Taraji P. Henson to host SNL

Will Cookie crumble under the pressure of hosting “Saturday Night Live?”

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Black Women Protest Delay in Confirming Loretta Lynch

Hundreds of Black women and girls representing the Black Women’s Roundtable recently descended on the nation’s capital to petition the Senate to confirm U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general.

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Rep. Clyburn urges Cheyney University students to vote

Congressman James Clyburn (D-6th, South Carolina) kicked off Cheyney University of Pennsylvania's Presidential Lecture Series with a bang Wednesday, April 1, by taking an auditorium full of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members on a national historic journey.

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Supreme Court to Decide Pollution Standards for Black Communities

As fossil fuel companies and environmental groups fight over the future of American energy, people of color suffer the casualties.

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Revel casino sale approved

After months of haggling and legal wrangling, a federal bankruptcy judge on Friday finally approved the sale of Atlantic City's billion dollar Revel casino resort and entertainment center to a Florida developer.

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Is Your Student Enrolled at an Overdraft U?

Research Finds High-Cost, Overdraft Loans Tied to Student Bank Accounts

It's an encouraging sign that an increasing number of students are completing high school and then enrolling in college. That's a good thing.

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Let’s give child hunger a summer vacation

Many children and families eagerly look forward to the end of the school year and the carefree days of summer, playing outside in the warm sun, splashing and swimming in pools and at beaches, and gathering with family and friends for backyard barbeques. But for more than 17 million children the end of school can be the end of certainty about where and when their next meal will come.

Wednesday, April 1

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Phillies Players To Watch

Looking into the teams’ future

Six years after their last World Series appearance and seven years after they won it, the Phillies are now languishing in the basement of not just the NL East, but all of baseball.

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New program promotes careers in financial services industry

As the executive director of the Financial Services Talent Network (FSTN) in New Jersey, Charles Wallace is on a mission to promote the concept of financial literacy---a conduit to a career in the financial services industry for both young and seasoned workers across the Garden state.

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How to find satisfying work

Work It!

“I just want to be happy more than anything else” is a sentiment often expressed by individuals who are seeking a career path, but find it difficult to commit to anything specific.

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Men: Stay Healthy at Any Age

Tips to staying healthy.

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Education “Still a Precious Asset”

I begin this month’s column with a rhetorical question: Is the education of African American Children in New Jersey, still important? I believe that the primary goal should be ensuring that all of New Jersey’s children receive the best education available.

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Low-wage workers get a pay raise

This month when Wal-Mart increases its minimum pay to $9 an hour and to $10 by February 2016, it will give its lowest-paid workers a modest pay raise and give some hope for lower-wage workers in other companies and industries.

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April BUZZ

Kerry Washington will take the lead in a real life scandal.