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News 2015 December

Stories for December 2015

Thursday, December 31

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New Year's Resolution: Pursue Your Passion

Make a New Year's resolution to pursue your career goals with enthusiasm and determination.

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Concussion: A solid thriller starring Will Smith

Director/ writer Peter Landesman brings us Concussion, a sports drama that highlights the recent medical discovery of CTE (Chronic Traumatic encephalopathy).

Monday, December 28

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In BUZZ: Mary, Jada, Wendy and more

Mary J. Blige is dropping pearls of wisdom on her new talk show.

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The Flu Can Be Serious

Are You at High Risk for Serious Illness from Flu?

Influenza, commonly called the "flu," is a contagious viral infection that affects the respiratory system—your nose, throat and lungs. Symptoms of the flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea.

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Ending racial bias in jury selection

Lady Justice is depicted wearing a blindfold. The blindfold represents objectivity, in that justice should be meted out objectively, without fear or favor, regardless of wealth, power, or identity. It should be blind and impartial.

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Perseverance Yields Results

The year 2015 is drawing to a close which means that for those who have made New Year’s resolutions, they have just a matter of days to execute them. However, for some, life is a continual series of resolutions, constantly pursuing strategies to improve either a personal or societal goal.

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Let the season inspire you

The holiday season seems like a fitting time to think about inspiration and what moves and encourages us to create and work toward becoming more of our full selves by maximizing our potential. Choosing to focus on the things we value and feel passionate about gives us the energy to make the most of the things we do in our everyday life and work that can make us feel more fulfilled and productive.

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Year in review

Who and what made the news in New Jersey in 2015

For many New Jerseyans, the year 2015 will likely be remembered as a year of comebacks, changes and surprises---especially when it comes to politics, the economy and a host of other things. In fact, what is a year-end review story if it doesn't include details—albeit occasionally ungracious and outlandish---of political intrigue, controversy and perhaps even some good news.

Monday, December 21

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Atlantic City Library holds Kwanzaa celebration

The Atlantic City Free Public Library continued a long-running tradition by offering a special Kwanzaa celebration Saturday, Dec. 19.

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“Chasing Destiny” with Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland is “Chasing Destiny” on a new BET reality show. The former member of Destiny’s Child is on a quest to find the next big girl group, with the help of veteran choreographer Frank Gatson, who serves as Beyoncé and Rowland's creative director.

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N.J. lawmaker calls for overhaul of unemployment benefits

State Sen. Shirley Turner says thousands of laid off workers are waiting too long to collect their unemployment insurance benefits and the entire process needs to be re-evaluated and perhaps even overhauled—the outspoken legislator plead her cause to colleagues and constituents last week in Trenton.

Friday, December 18

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Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' breaks record

Michael Jackson's album "Thriller" is the first album in history to cross the 30 million mark in U.S. sales, record industry officials said.

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N.W.A. to be inducted in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The rap group N.W.A. will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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‘Good Times’ star appears at Black Chamber event

In a surprise last minute visit, Bern Nadette Stanis (aka) Thelma from ‘Good Times,’ signed autographs and promoted copies of her latest book to attendees of the African American Chamber of Commerce (AACCNJ) year-end holiday banquet last week in Plainsboro.

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Clark Atlanta students earn prize for watering system

Clark Atlanta University students earned top honors for an innovative lawn irrigation system that wirelessly tracks weather forecasts and soil moisture to water only when needed has earned.

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Lies and Cover-ups in Chicago

A day after the city of Chicago released the dash-cam video showing the cold-blooded murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald at the hands of a Chicago Police Department officer, the Chicago Urban League, supported by the National Urban League, formally requested that the Department of Justice initiate a “pattern and practice” investigation into the CPD.

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Shaq launches jobs program in his native Newark

Former NBA star and entrepreneur Shaquille O’Neal has helped launch a new jobs program in his native city of Newark, NJ to increase access to unions and construction jobs.

Tuesday, December 15

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Law Enforcement Diversity Career Fair held at Rowan

People interested in a career in law enforcement in South Jersey had the opportunity to speak directly with recruiters from many different law enforcement agencies.

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NJ black mayors urge boycott of Trump assets

A coalition of black mayors in New Jersey is calling for a boycott of facilities owned by Donald Trump for his recent proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. after several terrorist attacks worldwide.

Monday, December 14

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Serena Williams named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson for 2015

Serena Williams is Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year.

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Bill Cosby countersues 7 women for defamation

Bill Cosby is firing back.

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Obama says military hitting ISIS harder than ever

President Barack Obama says the U.S.-led coalition is making progress against Islamic State militants in both Iraq and Syria, as he delivered an update on the campaign aimed at reassuring Americans worried about the spread of extremism-fuel terrorism.

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The Force is strong in John Boyega

“Star Wars” newcomer John Boyega is poised for superstardom when “Stars Wars: The Force Awakens” opens Dec. 18. The British actor, with Nigerian roots, has a lead role as Finn, a stormtrooper who defects from The First Order and joins the Resistance in the seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise.

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Cast member of hit documentary murdered in Newark

An ex-gang member turned local celebrity was shot and killed on Dec. 7 in Newark, according to police and officials from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

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Kevin Powell’s new book shines light on poverty

Growing up poor can be an isolating and scarring experience that affects many, but is discussed amongst few.

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What happened to Black Business Loans?

During the 2000 Presidential Election, President George W. Bush made a written pledge to the National Black Chamber of Commerce® (NBCC). He claimed that he would focus on the doors leading to increasing capital access for minority businesses. To our astonishment, he delivered on that pledge while Candidate Al Gore refused to make such a pledge. That pledge began eight years of positive growth in Small Business Administration (SBA) lending.

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Christie criticizes business leaders in New Jersey

New Jersey businesses and their owners are not doing enough to support Republican backed initiatives that will support and foster the growth of small businesses in the Garden State, according to Republican presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie.

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Why changing building names and covering murals is not enough

The University of Kentucky at Lexington (the flagship college), has shrouded an indoor mural that features paintings of enslaved African Americans bending to pick tobacco (or possibly cotton) while a train full of White folks seems to appear on their backs. There are other offensive images in the painting, but in many ways the painting reflects a Kentucky reality. Yes, there was oppression. The artist captured a reality that others might not find popular. University President Eli Capilouto agreed to cover the mural so that the campus has an opportunity to discuss it.

Saturday, December 12

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Justice Scalia slammed for remarks on black students

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has come under fire for suggesting that African Americans might be better off at ‘slower-track’ universities.

Friday, December 11

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What did Black pastors gain from Trump meeting?

I have to confess that in light of the history of what has happened to African Americans, I am regularly shocked when I hear the voices of Black conservatives. I find myself asking, “How can they actually believe that?” An example is when I try listening to Dr. Ben Carson.

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Malia Obama reportedly narrows college choices

First daughter Malia Obama has reportedly narrowed her college choices to two New York schools.

Monday, December 7

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Taraji and Terrence to host ‘White Hot Holidays’

Despite backstabbing, a kidnapping and other melodramatic shenanigans that keep fans hooked and coming back for more delightful helpings of family dysfunction, the Lyons are putting their differences aside for one night to host a holiday special for Fox.

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Temple vs. Toledo in Marmot Boca Raton Bowl

Temple Owls will represent the American Athletic Conference in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl on December 22.

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Obama: Freedom is more powerful than fear

President Barack Obama on national security and the threat posed by militant groups in the aftermath of the Dec. 2 mass shooting in California.

Friday, December 4

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Protect children from lead hazards toys

Many children get toys and toy jewelry as gifts during the holiday season but some toys may contain lead hazards. Lead is invisible to the naked eye and has no smell.

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Sister Souljah talks about her new book, love

It’s been nearly 25 years since rapper Sister Souljah gained national attention by publicly challenging then-Presidential hopeful Bill Clinton’s racially marginalizing campaign rhetoric. The Rutgers-educated activist recently released her memoir “No Disrespect” – a graphic autobiography that attempts to shift the discourse on Black feminism to acknowledge its existence in hostile, violent, and misogynistic spaces.

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Purple Reign: Kobe’s career with the Lakers

After 20 years, 17 All-Star nominations, 5 Championships, and 2 Olympic gold medals, the 2007-08 NBA season MVP Kobe Bryant announced his retirement Nov. 29 via a poem published in The Players Tribune.

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Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’ is a timely film

Just when we were ready to give up on Spike Lee, wouldn’t you know he’s reasserted his relevance with a decent innercity drama decrying the gang violence in Chicago?

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Don’t let small dollar loans ruin your holidays

In this wonderful time of the year when family and friends gather in good cheer to celebrate the holidays, nearly everyone has a number of lists. From greeting cards to shopping for gifts, decorations and more, lists are made and reviewed to keep pace with the barrage of seasonal activities.

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Woman charged with faking threats against black students

A black graduate of Kean University in Union was charged Dec. 1 with making fake threats against black students at the New Jersey school.

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Report: New Jersey Muslims feel letdown by Christie

Some Muslim leaders in New Jersey feel a sense of betrayal by Governor Chris Christie according to a Dec. 2 report in the New York Times.

Tuesday, December 1

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South Jersey NAACP branches strive to serve, educate, and inspire

When my wife, our two children and I moved across the river to South Jersey in 2011, my first contact with the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) came from working with a group of parents who were actively seeking and excited about hosting the first Black History Month Observance in our town’s history. Loretta Winters, the long-time president of our local NAACP branch, supported our efforts and presented the school superintendent a proclamation marking the historic event.