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News 2015 June

Stories for June 2015

Monday, June 29

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Support grows for taking down Confederate flag

In what is quickly and unexpectedly gaining ground as a fitting memorial to the nine African Americans killed by a White supremacist at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., some of the most ardent defendants of the confederate flag are reversing course and saying for the first time that the flag should no longer fly over the Capitol in South Carolina.

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New Jerseyans celebrate same sex marriage law

Thousands of same sex couples and their supporters across New Jersey celebrated after the historic Supreme Court ruling on Friday that same sex marriages should be legal across the country.

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Chester’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson headed to Brooklyn Nets

Two local players were selected in the first round in this year's NBA draft. The draft took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on June 27.

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Making certain every child achieves

In a matter of weeks, our nation’s senators will decide whether to improve access to this country’s promise of opportunity for every child through quality education, or deny our most vulnerable children – many from historically disadvantaged groups – equity, excellence and accountability in our public school system, and along with that, a proven path to future opportunity and success in this country.

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What Happened, Miss Simone?

Sometimes artistry and insanity are so intertwined you can’t distinguish between them. That was the challenge for singer Nina Simone; dealing with worldwide fame and a madness she couldn’t shake. As you look back at her life, from a child prodigy, to a dinner theater piano crooner, to renown recording artist and a sufferer of mental illness, the mystique of Nina Simone wanes and the reality of her life comes into view.

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Jada Pinkett Smith says husband benefits from sexy new role in ‘Magic Mike XXL’

Jada Pinkett Smith is relishing her new role in “Magic Mike XXL” and the effect it is having on her marriage to Will Smith.

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Remove Confederate flag now

The savage act of racial terrorism at Emanuel A.M.E. Church – Mother Emanuel – in Charleston, S.C., has been met with extraordinary expressions of faith in that community. Last Thursday, the victims’ relatives offered the terrorist their forgiveness. On Sunday, Mother Emanuel’s doors opened for regular services. Hatred and violence would not break the congregation’s spirit.

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Manifesto reveals racist mindset of Charleston, S.C. killer

A racist manifesto linked to Dylan Roof, the 21-year-old White man who confessed to shooting nine Blacks attending Bible Study a week ago at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., paints a portrait of a White supremacist who had a deep-seated hatred of African Americans.

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Why the Sixers drafted Jahlil Okafor

Heading into the draft, the Philadelphia 76ers already had a couple of franchise building blocks in the front court in Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. But after a setback with Embiid, many experts wondered if the Sixers would stick with drafting a need at guard or go with the best player available.

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President Obama’s Eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney

President Barack Obama gives eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

Tuesday, June 23

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Claudia Jordan fired from ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta'

Atlanta has lost another peach. Model Claudia Jordan has been fired from the “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” after one season on the show.

Monday, June 22

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President Obama delivers a statement on the shooting in South Carolina

President Obama delivers a statement on the shooting in South Carolina.

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Bridgeton Public Library offers summer reading program

The Bridgeton Public Library, 150 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton, NJ 08302,.invites people of all ages to participate in its summer reading program this summer from June 23rd to August 8th! In addition to attending several fun programs, participants can keep track of the books they read for chances to win prizes and incentives.

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Cam Newton Joins $100 Million Club

Last week, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, became the latest $100 million man in the NFL, joining a list of 10 other guys that includes Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ndamukong Suh, Calvin Johnson, J.J. Watt, Colin Kaepernick, Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco.

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Charleston violence, unspeakable grief

My heart experienced the unimaginable late last night as the sun began to set in some places, and before the moon could peak through weary cloud-cast skies in others.

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Summer Jobs Pay Future Dividends

I can still remember my very first job – and the valuable lessons I learned from it that continue to inform my career to this day.

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Some potential draft options for the Sixers

The next big day for the Philadelphia 76ers' rebuilding project is June 25. That's the date of the 2015 NBA Draft, where they'll use yet another high draft pick to try to add a building block to their young core. Sam Hinkie did not land any additional first-round selections via the Lakers or the Heat, but he should be able to grab a difference-maker with that third pick.

Monday, June 15

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Deciding to Move On

Ask Alma

I have been with this person for six years, and we’ve had our up and downs, like any relationship. We are living apart but he still wants us to keep our friendship.

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STEM majors awarded $25,000 per year for college

When Morgan Grayned opened the envelope from the Buick Achievers’ scholarship program and learned that she would receive $24,000 a year to attend college, she screamed and danced and ran around her house with the letter. She posted it on Facebook. Her mom called the scholarship a blessing.

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Revenues up at Atlantic City casinos

The house finally won in Atlantic City as revenues for eight of the city's casinos saw a big boost in revenues by 5.3 percent in May compared to the same period last year, according to figures released last week by city officials.

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Charity Is Not a Substitute for Justice

In his speech the night before his murder Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. repeated the Biblical parable of the Good Samaritan who stopped and helped the desperate traveler who had been beaten, robbed, and left half dead as he journeyed along the road from Jerusalem to Jericho.

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Serena Williams, a Champion on and off Court

Serena Jameka Williams is more than one of the greatest tennis players in the world. She comes from a Black American family that has come to epitomize what it means to consistently struggle and triumph to success in professional sports and in family life. Most importantly, however, is Serena’s demonstrated commitment to freedom, justice and equality.

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Community Efforts Urged to Curb Mass Incarceration

The Black community should take a larger role in curbing mass incarceration and be less reliant on public officials to slow prison growth, says Rev. Hebert Brown III, community organizer and leader of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore.

Friday, June 12

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ODUNDE celebrates 40th Anniversary

Festival hailed as the largest of its kind in the US

On Sunday, June 14th, ODUNDE, which is hailed as the largest African American street festival in the United States, will celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Wednesday, June 10

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Halle Berry returns to ‘Extant’ as ‘sexy warrior

Season 2 of Halle Berry’s “Extant” returns on July 1 and fans of the CBS sci-fi drama can expect changes.

Monday, June 8

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5 things you need to know about the May jobs report

With the release of the May 2015 Jobs Report (June 5), here are five things you should know about its numbers:

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The One that Got Away

Ask Alma

I’ve been married for over 10 years and I’m very happy with my husband and two kids. My husband is very kind to me. My kids are very well behaved and we have a good life. Before I got married I was in love with a man who said he would never get married and he didn’t want any kids.

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War between Apple v. Samsung

On the surface, the Apple/Samsung trial that recently concluded appears to be a minor win for Samsung in a long-running patent war. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit cut Samsung’s damages payment from $930 million to $548 million, a substantial reduction in penalty.

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Rutgers University–Camden cultural offerings for all ages

Children of all ages and adults can visit Rutgers University–Camden this summer and become immersed in arts and culture on campus. Many of the offerings are free, and all are open to the public.

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Dwayne Johnson gives solid performance in San Andreas

If you live in California, a major earthquake is your worst nightmare. The thought of a 9.5 quake is almost unimaginable and terrifying. Quick, stand under a doorway or hide under a desk, its coming and the aftermath is not all that pretty in San Andreas.

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Media colors coverage of race

Discussions in the news media (I’d rather call it the “Views Media”) regarding the use of the word, “Thug,” are intriguing to say the least.

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Rutgers–Camden awards honorary degrees to Jon Bon Jovi and Bryan Stevenson

Two nationally recognized leaders in civic justice and equality recently received honorary degrees from Rutgers University–Camden during a Convocation and Graduate Commencement ceremony held at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden.

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A Push to Address Black-on-Black Violence

As cities across the country have mobilized massive street protests over police violence and misconduct, a familiar question has been raised by their opponents: Why does violence within the Black community garner less concern than police violence?

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Two Rutgers-Camden students named McNair Scholars

Growing up in the inner city, Nyuma Waggeh and Kadeem Pratt acknowledge there were many times that it would have been much easier to give up than to pursue a higher education.

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Travel Smart: Get Vaccinated

More and more Americans are travelling internationally each year. Today more than a third of Americans have a passport. It is important to remember that some types of international travel, especially to developing countries and rural areas, have higher health risks.

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LeBron James is underappreciated

Unbelievable! That was my immediate response to the most talked about, scrutinized, celebrated, disrespected, revered and underappreciated professional athlete in the world – Mr. LeBron James – after his Cleveland Cavaliers soundly won the NBAs 2015 Eastern Conference Championship with a 4-0 sweep of the Atlanta Hawks.

Thursday, June 4

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Evelyn Lozada returns to reality TV on OWN

One of reality TV’s favorite bad girls is back and this time she is calling the shots.

Monday, June 1

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10 free things to do in New Jersey this summer

It is summer. Time for the annual family trek to the Jersey Shore where you could drop a small fortune on boardwalk entertainment and saltwater taffy, right?

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What the nation can learn from Camden about community policing

Far too often when Camden is in the news it’s because of something negative and it usually relates to crime.

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Remaining focused and determined despite setbacks

Sometimes we experience events in our lives that challenge us such as a major health crisis, conflicts in familial relationships, or the loss of a job. These challenges can throw us off balance and leave us feeling lost and uncertain of the future.