News 2015 February

Stories for February 2015

Friday, February 27

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Kerry Washington’s ‘InStyle’ Magazine Cover Sparks Controversy

Kerry Washington will be on the cover of the March issue of InStyle. And while the issue hasn’t hit newsstands yet, Washington’s Instagram post of the cover photo has already garnered criticism from fans accusing the magazine of lightening the actress’s skin, reports Us Weekly.

Monday, February 23

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Mitzi Miller steps down as editor of Ebony

Johnson Publishing Company is undergoing some major changes.

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Bill seeks to improve relations between youth and police

NJ schools required to teach students how to respond to police under proposed law

Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver recently announced her sponsorship of controversial legislation that would require every school across New Jersey to teach students about the role of police in public safety and how to respond to direct orders from police officers and law enforcement agents.

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Sixers trade ignites controversy

By all appearances, Philadelphia is continuing the most obvious and well-publicized tanking effort in NBA history and attempting to lose as many basketball games as possible lot in order to increase its chances of landing a high pick in next year's NBA Draft and a potential franchise player.

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Diversity of Track & Field

For the past five weekends, my wife and I have sat through countless hours of indoor track and field meets, where my youngest son, Canoy, runs the 1,000 meters as one of the Top 10, middle distance, high school sophomores in the state of North Carolina. After years of playing organized basketball, baseball, football and recently soccer, we’re sure glad that he found track and field. It’s become a great equalizer for him… and for us as hopeful parents.

Tuesday, February 17

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Eddie Murphy returns to music

Eddie Murphy’s return to his comedic roots turned out to be a dud. After much hype and anticipation, Murphy’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live’s” 40th anniversary show on Sunday can be summed up on in one word: anticlimactic. He did not participate in a skit, nor did he tell a joke. He did, quite awkwardly, express his appreciation for being on the show, likening it to a “class reunion.”

Monday, February 16

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., New Jersey Garden City Alumnae Chapter presents Ailey II on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at Wilson Concert Hall on the campus of Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.

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Black Unemployment Dips to 10.3 percent

The Black unemployment rate fell slightly from 10.4 percent in December to 10.3 percent in January and is still on track to hit single digits by the middle of the year.

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Did NBC’S Brian Williams also Lie about Hurricane Katrina?

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams has finally admitted that he had incorrectly asserted that a helicopter he traveled aboard in 2002 while reporting on the Iraq War in 2003 was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, forcing an emergency landing.

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Poverty Doesn’t Have to be a State of Mind

The racial differential in the poverty rate is staggering. Last time I checked, about 12 percent people in the United States, one in eight people are poor. Depending on race and ethnicity, however, poverty is differently experienced. Fewer than one in 10 Whites are poor; more than one in four African Americans and Latinos are poor.

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Each Generation has something to offer

Whether it is in an inner city neighborhood across America, the Caribbean, in Europe or in a sprawling mass of people in an African or Brazilian urban area, millions of Black youth throughout the world are crying out for a better quality of life. They should always have a better life than their parents.

Monday, February 9

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NJ residents hit with big property tax increase

Residents of dozens of New Jersey shore towns---many of which were devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012---were socked with the largest property tax increases in more than three years, according to recently figures released in Trenton.

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Plenty of controversies and surprises at Grammy Awards

On Sunday night, the 57th Annual Grammy Awards ended with a tribute to the Civil Rights Movement, featuring a stirring musical lineup that included John Legend and Common, who performed their sumptuous Oscar-nominated song, “Glory,” from the “Selma” soundtrack. But the tribute was not without a little controversy.

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The Legacy of Carter G. Woodson

The best way to celebrate Black History Month is to make more Black history.

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It’s Time for Hollywood to Act Like Diversity Matters

Hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony, better known as the Oscars, will either best be remembered for the uproar incited by this year’s homogenous nominations, or as a seminal moment for change in the Academy’s long, non-inclusive history.

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A Call to End Child Poverty Now

It is a national moral disgrace that there are 14.7 million poor children and 6.5 million extremely poor children in the United States of America – the world’s largest economy. It is also unnecessary, costly and the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.

Thursday, February 5

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Nigeria at a Crossroad

Nigeria, Africa’s so-called giant and the world’s biggest Black nation, is in the news again.

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Kobe Bryant’s Curtain Call

At age 36, superstar Los Angeles Lakers basketball player, Kobe Bryant, is apparently at the end of his rope.

Monday, February 2

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My Brother’s Non-Breakup Breakup

Ask Alma

My brother and his fiancée broke off their engagement, which was a surprise to my whole family.

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HBCUs Divided over Free Community College Plan

Black college educators and supporters are sharply split over whether President Obama’s proposal to offer a free two-year community college education to students making progress toward earning an associate or bachelor’s degree would hurt are harm Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

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50 Years of Black Progress

Has Black America made significant progress politically, socially and economically over the past 50 years? This is not only an important question to pose, it is equally important to answer. And the answer is a resounding yes. In fact, 1965 to 2015 has been a remarkable period in the history of Black America. But make no mistake about it: all of our progress has come as a direct result of a protracted struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

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‘Selma’ Wins Greatest Award – Our Hearts

Who among us could have predicted that a cinematic retelling of the heroic efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders in 1965 to organize and lead marches from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.

Sunday, February 1

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February BUZZ

Kevin Hart is a pint-sized steamroller that won’t quit.

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Expanding Access to College

America has a problem.

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Honoring those who serve others

Work It!

A sound education and relevant training is the primary source of empowerment for most people and therefore the field deserves our support and continued vigilance to ensure that it is valued and the quality is monitored.

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February is American Heart Month

During the month of February, Americans see the human heart as the symbol of love. February is American Heart Month, a time to show yourself the love. Learn about your risks for heart disease and stroke and stay "heart healthy" for yourself and your loved ones.

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What Will It Take?

In my column last month, I spoke about reflecting on the tumultuous past of black people in America and our collective transformation as people against insurmountable odds. Now that we have transitioned safely into 2015, what is your plan to improve your personal standing and the positioning of your family and/or business for a self-sufficient future? The late Bobby Womack wrote a song that posed the question, “Where Do We Go from Here?”

Black History Month events scheduled in N.J. and Philadelphia

As we celebrate Black History Month, we continue to honor pivotal African American figures from the past, present, and future through a series of events in New Jersey and surrounding areas.