News 2015 August

Stories for August 2015

Monday, August 31

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Farrakhan: “Justice or Else” March Just the Beginning

In a wide-ranging conference call with the Black Press, the Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said the upcoming “Justice or Else” rally set for October 10 celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March is just the beginning of the movement.

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Amelia Boynton Remembered as the ‘Rosa Parks’ of Selma Movement

Amelia Boynton Robinson, who died August 26 in Montgomery, Ala. at the age of 104, is being praised as the ‘Rosa Parks’ of the Selma voting rights movement.

Tuesday, August 25

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Inspira appoints new vice presidents to lead its network

Inspira Health Network has appointed five new members to its leadership team, including Joe Alessandrini, Reenie Sacchetti, Terri Spoltore, Janet Davies and Mary Bollwage, to serve as vice presidents for the network in the areas of clinical services, patient care services and risk management.

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Run & Walk planned against domestic violence

A Woman’s Business joins forces with Center For Family Services to take a stand against domestic violence at the 4th Annual 5k Run & Walk.

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John David Washington’s break out year

Like father, like son? John David Washington sure hopes so.

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Black designer lights up GM

If you’re driving down a highway, street or tunnel anywhere in North America and you see the shimmering new headlights on the latest Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC or Buick approaching you, there’s a good chance you’re seeing the work of Martin Davis, a talented, young African American designer who works for General Motors.

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Trump favors constructing a police state

At bottom, the plan of Donald Trump, the GOP’s political playboy, to “solve” America’s crisis of undocumented Latino immigration is really quite simple: Turn the U.S. into a police state.

Monday, August 24

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Senator proposes tax incentives for Atlantic City performers

New Jersey Senate Republican leader Tom Kean proposed a bill that will give tax breaks to top entertainers that make long term commitments to perform multiple shows in Atlantic City, officials announced last week.

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Remembering Julian Bond, a giant among giants

Julian Bond was never one to shrink away from a worthy fight. He lived his life as a tireless champion of the oppressed and maligned, a battle-worn warrior for civil rights, equality and social justice. Bond fought the good fight, and at the still-youthful age of 75, he completed his course.

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Bipartisan effort to reform the criminal justice system

Whenever I have an opportunity to rejoin the transformational activities of the civil rights organization that was founded and led by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I am always eager to participate. Such was the case July 23 in Baton Rouge, La. The occasion was the 57th annual convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and I had been invited to participate as part of a panel on criminal justice reform.

Wednesday, August 19

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Christie bullies his way through first presidential debate

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stood tough and, according to some, bullied his way through the first Republican presidential debate on Thursday night in Cleveland-- leading some political pundits to suggest the portly politico made headway among the crowded field of GOP contenders.

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Peanuts Celebrates Its First African American Character

Following the death of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968, a school teacher named Harriet Glickman, and a few of her friends, took it upon themselves to petition comic writer and creator of the popular Peanuts comic strip Charles M. Schultz for more characters of color, a bold move that resulted in the inclusion of a character named ‘Franklin.’

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Miss Black USA 2015 Crowned

Miss Black USA made its return back to the Nation’s Capital to crown Miss Black USA 2015.

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Beyonce covers the September issue of Vogue

Rihanna, move over. Taylor Swift, take a seat. Beyonce is still the reigning Queen B.

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Julian Bond Praised for Devotion to Human Rights

Julian Bond, a founding member and communications director of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and immediate past board chairman of the NAACP, is being praised for his lifelong human rights contributions by people ranging from President Obama and his former civil rights colleagues to ordinary people who have benefited from his courage and advocacy.

Monday, August 10

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Freshman 15 is Real, but Students Can Outsmart the Weight Gain

Late-night study sessions, inadequate rest and snacking on the go are all routine for most undergraduates, yet some may wonder if there's any truth to the myth of the infamous Freshman 15?

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An Essential Step For College Loans And Grants

Young men seeking funds for college may be surprised to learn that in addition to loan and grant applications there is another form they must complete—their Selective Service registration.

Saturday, August 8

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How to help young men channel rage

The recent spotlight on systematic racial profiling and police brutality against Black boys and men has exposed a painful truth long known in the Black community: just about every Black youth and man seems to have a story about being stopped by the police, and all live daily with the understanding it can happen to any of them at any time.

Wednesday, August 5

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Take Close Look at all 2016 Presidential Candidates

As we look toward the 2016 Presidential Election and the current campaign season, there are a number of issues in the public domain, both current and the not so distant past, which deserve your reflection and consideration.

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Vanessa Williams weds again

August BUZZ

Hopefully, the third time will be a charm for Vanessa Williams.

Tuesday, August 4

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Asbury Park backs marijuana legalization in New Jersey

It may be crass to promote grass, but that's exactly what the politicos on the Asbury Park City Council did last week when they unanimously pas

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A shrug greets Puerto Rico’s problems

When word recently broke about the extreme financial disaster facing Puerto Rico, I was amazed by the surprise of so many people. Yet, what amazed me even more was what I can only describe as a shrug in connection with the crisis affecting the island nation that happens to be an occupied commonwealth of the United States.

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Phillies trades for future prospects

A fan favorite in baseball is no longer playing in Philadelphia.

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“Empire” Star Jussie Smollett still a social activist

Before he was Jamal Lyon, the sensitive, talented gay son of drug dealer-turned-music mogul on the hit television show, “Empire,” Jussie Smollett, was a social activist.

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Book Review: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

What is immediately essential for me about Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ lengthy epistle to his son is that “past is prologue.”

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Africa and Obama ‘On the Move’

Some people are now saying what was really obvious to me before President Barack H. Obama was re-elected to continue leading the United States of America.

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Queen Latifah joins the cast of ‘The Wiz’

Queen Latifah is going to Emerald City.

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Body cameras mandated for New Jersey troopers

New Jersey became one of the first states in the country to purchase more than 1,000 body cameras to outfit all of the state troopers, officials announced last week in Trenton—making the use of body cameras a mandate and costing the state more than $1.5 million.

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On 50th Anniversary, Medicare and Medicaid still vital

As Medicare and Medicaid turned 50 last week, the nation takes a look at the impact of two of the most significant government programs ever launched.

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Coalition demands federal Investigation into Sandra Bland’s death

A broad coalition of civil rights groups delivered more than 500,000 signed petitions to the Justice Department (DOJ), demanding that Attorney General Loretta Lynch launch a full investigation into the death of Sandra Bland and into the practices and policies of the Waller County, Texas police department and the prosecutor’s office immediately.

Saturday, August 1

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The 1, 2, 3's of gum disease from a dentist

When you hear your dentist or dental hygienist reciting numbers while the inside of your mouth is being examined you may think your teeth are being counted. Not so. Your gum health is actually being assessed.

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Senate approves oral health screenings for seniors

The U.S. Senate July 16 unanimously approved legislation that would authorize oral health screenings for seniors under the Older Americans Act.

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Math is Our Friend

Work It!

Throughout my high school education experience I held a deep dislike and lack of interest in math and wanted to avoid it at all cost.

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Smart mouth guard could detect teeth grinding, dehydration, concussions

The next big thing in wearable technology may show up right inside your mouth.