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News 2015 July

Stories for July 2015

Monday, July 27

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Gloucester County students compete in NAACP ACT-SO National Competition

The Gloucester County Branch of the NAACP ACT-SO program competed in the “City of Brotherly Love” for the 2015 NAACP ACT-SO National Competition. The competition was held at the Sheraton Hotel and the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City, Philadelphia.

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Closing education gap would boost U.S. economy

Men of color would earn $170 billion more a year, if they reached the same education level as White men, according to a new White House report.

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Black female golfer makes history

Renée Powell, a pioneering African-American golfer who often fielded racism during her years on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, recently made history by becoming one of the first female members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, which is considered the birthplace of the sport.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown has died

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, died on July 26, surrounded by family. She was 22.

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Tips for preventing heat-related illness

The best defense for heat-related illness is prevention.

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Ten Rules to help black boys survive

Democracy cannot breathe, and will die, if those enjoined to protect and uphold the law snuff it out unjustly and without consequence.

Sunday, July 26

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Car dealers charge exorbitant interest rates

Car lending is on the rise, and rising with it is a hidden, unfair, abusive and discriminatory practice: car dealer interest rate markups. Surveys show that at least two-thirds of Americans have no idea it happens.

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New Jerseyans still reeling post Sandy

It's an anniversary few New Jerseyans are celebrating----it's been 1,000 days since Superstorm Sandy pummeled New Jersey.

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Cory Booker calls for changes in trucking industry

New Jersey senator Cory Booker, last week in Washington, says it is time to make some big changes to the trucking industry by abolishing an antiquated federal law that essentially mandates trucking companies pay their drivers by the mile instead of an hourly wage—a measure that enables the long haulers to earn more money, yet jeopardizes the safety of the motorists and the truck drivers.

Thursday, July 23

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Black actresses make history with Emmy nods

According to a recent analysis of network series by The Associated Press, “ABC, NBC and Fox now have a higher percentage of blacks in prime time than their percentage in the general U.S. population, a significant increase over a decade ago.” That diversity was on full display when the 2015 Emmy nominations were announced on July 16.

Monday, July 20

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Lupus disproportionately affects black women

$32 Billion in Funding Could Raise Awareness

Lupus, or systemic lupus erythematosus, is a chronic and often debilitating autoimmune disease that impacts more than 1.5 million Americans. Characterized by intense fatigue, exhaustion, joint pain, and memory problems, lupus is three times more common among the Black female populations than any other group.

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Obama urged to appoint Reparations Commission

In the wake of the mass murder of nine Black church members in Charleston, S.C. and the rash of unsolved fires at Black churches in the South, a coalition of Black groups are calling on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order to establish a “reparatory justice” commission.

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Did DeAndre Jordan make the right decision?

Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has had an interesting week. Days after signing a four-year, $80 million contract which would have made him the new face of the Dallas Mavericks, Jordan backed out of the contract and re-signed with the Clippers.

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Haitians in the Dominican Republic risk becoming stateless

Racism is flaring its ugly head again on the island of Hispaniola, a Caribbean island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

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Dealing with an Absentee Mother

Ask Alma

My best friend and college roommate grew up without her mother. She was raised by her father and they had a very close relationship. She shared with me that her mother left because of some unfortunate circumstances but has never gone into detail.

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Mayweather to net at least $220M from Pacquiao fight

On May 2, one of the most anticipated fights in history went down between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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Hundreds of new jobs coming to Atlantic City

Lawmakers have thrown a lifeline to Atlantic City by approving millions of dollars of tax credit incentives to a company that will relocate to the struggling beach town and provide more than 300 full time jobs to displaced area workers, officials announced.

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Christie stumps in Camden

In an effort to eliminate the moniker as the most dangerous city in the country, New Jersey Gov., and presidential hopeful Chris Christie called for an overhaul of the criminal justice system recently during a campaign speech in Camden.

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Misty Copeland to make Broadway debut

Misty Copeland has conquered ballet. Now, the history making dancer is preparing to take on the bright lights of Broadway.

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Discriminatory auto loans bring Honda purchasers $24M restitution

Car lending is on the rise, and rising with it is a hidden, unfair, abusive and discriminatory practice: car dealer interest rate markups.

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Remarks by the President at the NAACP Conference

President Barack Obama addresses the 2015 NAACP National Convention.

Saturday, July 11

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Misty Copeland breaks major barrier in ballet

When American Ballet Theatre recently announced the promotion of Misty Copeland to principal ballerina , the highest rank in the company and the highest ever achieved by an African-American dancer with one of this country’s elite ballet companies, she told reporters at a press conference, “I’m just so extremely honored to be a principal dancer, to be an African-American and to be in this position.”

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Thurgood Marshall’s Legacy: Equal Justice Matters

This month marks what would have been the 107th birthday of the late United States Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Given our long struggle for equal justice in America and the need to continue to press forward to ensure freedom, justice and equality for all, it is important to reflect on the key principles upon which Thurgood Marshall achieved his monumental success.

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What Do We Do After Charleston?

I am a native South Carolinian. Charleston is my maternal ancestral home. My great grandmother was born during slavery. My great grandfather I have been told was a plantation overseer. Never have I been more proud and more ashamed of my dueling ancestral heritages than in the aftermath of the terroristic murders of nine Black Christians.

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Election of Black leader helps redeem Episcopal Church

The recent election of Bishop Michael Curry as the 27th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church – the first African American to hold the denomination’s highest office – to succeed the church’s first female presiding bishop is expected to help atone for the church’s failure to take a more active role opposing slavery and Jim Crow laws.

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Black women see job prospects improve

Job prospects for Black women improved in June, as they recorded better employment numbers than the other major adult groups, the latest jobs report by the Labor Department shows.

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Jacob Lawrence’s “Migration Series” Exhibit

I recently wrote that several extraordinary developments of June – the tragedy at Charleston’s Emanuel A.M.E. Church and its aftermath, and the two U.S. Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage and Obamacare – marked it as one in which momentous history was being made.

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Summer health tips

Nothing says summer like flip-flops, bathing suits, ice-cream cones and concerts in the park. After Spring Break, kids along with teachers and administrators start the countdown to summer vacation. In contrast, parents are stressed out trying to figure out what they will do with those kids for 10-11 weeks and they are secretly wishing school was in session year round.

Thursday, July 9

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Shawn Prez, former Bad Boys exec, succeeding solo

Shawn Prez isn’t your typical CEO. He also isn’t the average business owner.

Monday, July 6

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Gloucester County students head to NAACP ACT-SO National Competition

On July 8-12, six Gloucester County high school students will be heading to Philadelphia to compete in the 2015 NAACP ACT-SO National Competition.

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Denise Rolark Barnes elected chair of NNPA

Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher of the Washington Informer, has been elected chair of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a federation of more than 200 African American newspapers.

Sunday, July 5

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Race, Flags, and the Second Amendment

The church shooting in Charleston, S.C. once again showed us the connection of guns and race. Statistics of inner city gun violence always showed the connection. In this context, the National Rifle Association actually believes in gun control. “Nothing” says the NRA should infringe on the right of “law abiding citizens to bear arms.” So, everybody not “law abiding” gets controlled.

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President Obama to address NAACP convention in Philadelphia

President Barack Obama will address the 106th NAACP Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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Supreme Court ruling preserves key fair housing tool

A long-awaited decision by the United States Supreme Court led to a June 25 ruling that preserves the usage of 'disparate impact', an important legal principle sometimes known as the discriminatory effects standard. The majority opinion held that housing discrimination under the nation's 1968 Fair Housing Act (FHA) occurs by effect -- as well as by intent.

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Preventing Student ‘Summer Slide’

As students slip into their summer vacations, it’s up to families to make sure they don’t slip into academic amnesia. Usually, in what is called the summer slide, students forget up to six months of math and reading instruction when they’re not engaged in academic activities between school years.

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Dominican Republic plans massive deportation of Haitians

A Dominican Republic court order threatens to force more than 200,000 Dominican-born Haitians from their homes in an effort that many human rights watchers have called modern-day ethnic cleansing.

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Unwanted Photos of my Ex-Husband

Ask Alma

I recently decided to digitize my old photos and ran across a ton of family pictures of my first husband as a baby and while he was growing up, along with his family.

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Rewriting Confederate History

On their Website, the Sons of Confederate Veterans describe themselves as preserving the “history and legacy” of the Confederacy. Their organization, they say, is “dedicated to ensuring that “a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.” I would suggest, instead, that the Sons of Confederate Veterans is guilty of rewriting history instead of preserving it.

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One Nation, One Flag

During a South Carolina gubernatorial debate last year, when the topic of the Confederate battle flag on the State Capitol grounds came up, Gov. Haley insisted there was no need to remove the flag.

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Christie blasts Trump for racially charged comments

Less than one week after formally tossing his hat into the race for the 2016 presidency, New Jersey governor Chris Christie says the Republican Party desperately needs to foster and improve relations with the Latino community, not only in New Jersey, but across the country.

Thursday, July 2

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The Power of Words

Work It!

One of the first things we are taught as youngsters is to protect ourselves against the cruelty of others who would try to wound us with their words. I recall the childish chant “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me”, and how I and other children would use it when our friends, siblings or school yard bullies were being unkind with their words toward us.

Wednesday, July 1

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Toward a more perfect union

This month Americans celebrate Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, with family picnics, patriotic themed parades, and dazzling fireworks.

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“We Have the Ability to Improve our Standing in America!”

As I viewed what was happening in Baltimore on television, I asked myself, several questions; why did this happen, was this the correct strategy to obtain justice, can this happen again somewhere else in America, and why has not something similar occurred given all that blacks have had to endure.

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NeNe Leakes quits ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’

NeNe Leakes has left the building – “bloop.”