Monday, March 30
The Republican House budget will shred the social safety net designed to protect the most vulnerable citizens, severely cutting programs ranging from student loans to food stamps, according to a nonpartisan think thank.
Vivica A. Fox is returning to the big screen in a big way.
The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) has announced the panelists for the 2015 State of Black New Jersey Conference, to be held from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on April 16th at the Hyatt Regency Princeton, NJ. The Keynote Speaker will be A. Bruce Crawley, APR, Founder of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia, and President and Principal Owner of Millennium 3 Management, Inc., (M3M).
I was actually “forced” to retire in December of 2011 at age 62 after 40 professional career years. I was offered a retirement package deal that was in no way a “golden parachute”. However, I struggled with this pre-mature retirement decision for a few months, and in November, just before the deadline to accept it or reject it; I decided to go for it. After all, it was a long, hard 40 years and I believe I was really fearfully close to “burn-out”.
Earlier this month three key senators—including Democrat Cory Booker--introduced legislation that would eliminate federal restrictions on the use of medical marijuana in states like New Jersey where the use of weed—for medical use--is already legal.
Christopher Gray wants to help college students pay for their education.
Some of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) will soon benefit from a multi-year, multi-million-dollar effort to increase the pipeline of women, minorities, and veterans in the technology industry.
Sunday, March 29
I know from firsthand experience that the “criminal justice system” today in the United States is in serious and urgent need of reform, repair and restructuring. Millions of families have been devastated by the “overcriminalization” of people in America. Black American families in particular have suffered and continue to suffer disproportionately as a result of an unjust system of justice.
Nothing was more startling than when a cardiologist looked me directly in the eyes and said matter-of-factly: “It looks like you had a heart attack.” I was dumbfounded. When? Where? How much damage was done? Why didn’t I know it?
That all citizens will be given an equal start through a sound education is one of the most basic, promised rights of our democracy.
Monday, March 23
The second annual First Book Initiative has officially opened at Burlington County College (BCC) to begin distributing 40,000 free, high-quality books to community organizations in Burlington and Mercer counties that serve children in need.
Thirteen-year-old Mo’ne Davis made history in August 2014 as the first female to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series.
Sixers’ legend Allen Iverson has said he would be interested in working in some capacity within the team's front office.
I get lots of questions about what, when, and how much food to eat in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey will present Mosque No. 10, an exhibit that examines the history of Islam and the Muslims of the African American community in Atlantic City.
Chris Brown has something to sing about.
Newark mayor Ras Baraka delivered his first State of the City address last Tuesday at City Hall and vowed for a new era for one of the most dangerous and embattled city's in New Jersey.
Researchers studying the effects of public policy on the racial wealth gap estimated that the median wealth of Black households would rise 451 percent if Blacks owned homes at the same rates as Whites.
In his weekly address Saturday, President Barack Obama called on Republicans in Congress to stop playing politics with law enforcement and national security and confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General of the United States.
Every morning, when I fix my teenage daughter breakfast and drop her off to school, she reminds me that #BlackGirlsMatter.
Hundreds of thousands of brand new toys — from action figures and model trains to puzzles, online games, and robot dinosaurs — transformed the Javits Center in New York City into the world’s largest toy box during this year’s annual Toy Fair.
Monday, March 16
The NFL free-agency jamboree officially began March 10, and already Chip Kelly has made one thing clear: There was something about his Eagles last season that he just did not like.
Rihanna is having a good year.
A federal bankruptcy judge, last week delayed the sale of Atlantic City's former Revel Casino Hotel for at least several weeks in order to obtain higher bids for the shuttered gambling and entertainment empire.
Sunday, March 15
Jay Z makes another powerful move in the music industry.
Michael Jordan topped Forbes magazine’s 2015 list of highest-paid retired athletes.
The U.S. Postal Service has honored the late prolific African American author, poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou with a postage stamp.
Many packaged meals and snacks for toddlers contain worrisome amounts of salt and sugar, potentially creating an early taste for foods that may contribute to obesity and other health risks, according to a new government study.
The Justice Department’s recent investigation of the Ferguson, Mo. Police Department not only revealed widespread racism in its operation, but described how poor Blacks were targeted to boost the sagging revenues of small municipalities.
After 30 years of little to no progress, Black youth are completing high school at the highest rates in history.
Mention the song “Everybody Plays the Fool,” and an older generation of music lovers will immediately recall that The Main Ingredient, featuring lead singer Cuba Gooding, before he added the “senior” tag to his name, recorded the once-popular tune.
The Bridgeton Free Public Library will be the hub site for Cumberland County in the first ever New Jersey Makers Day on March 21, 2015.
Wednesday, March 11
Singer is father of a 9-month-old girl
Chris Brown is headed back to court.
Monday, March 9
Shots were fired in Long Island, but there was no rush to call 911.
Last July 4, my family and I went to Long Island to celebrate the holiday with a friend and her family. After eating some barbecue, a group of us decided to take a walk along the ocean. The mood on the beach that day was festive. Music from a nearby party pulsed through the haze of sizzling meat. Lovers strolled hand in hand. Giggling children chased each other along the boardwalk.
Although Blacks have made tremendous improvement in holding elected office since passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, they remain underrepresented at the federal, state and local levels, according to a recent report released by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
Whitney Richards Callathes – a young person navigating the difficulties she confronts as a woman of color and an undocumented immigrant completing her education – has an added responsibility.
Whether you vowed to lose the weight – for the very last time, get your dream job, or harder yet, rear perfect, angelic geniuses – this year you’ll need energy to achieve all of your heart’s desires (and promises) and I’ve got a deliciously, smooth remedy to help.
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of Dori J. Maynard, President, The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Southern New Jersey Chapter, President Emeritus
Lillie Wilson-Wells, of Deptford, New Jersey passed away on Feb 23 surrounded by her family. Wilson-Wells was 66 years old.
I love my mother and I want the best for her, but I feel guilty that I want her to leave.
New Jersey Sens., Cory Booker and Robert Menendez recently announced plans to call for hearings and a formal investigation into how the National Flood Insurance Program has been negligent, lethargic and perhaps, complicit in how it has processed and paid thousands of insurance claims to victims of Super storm Sandy—many of which were homeowners across the Garden State.
It is important for all people of African descent throughout the world to be ever conscious and aware of how our quality of life is improving.
A new economic analysis by the New York Federal Reserve Bank found fewer foreclosures, bankruptcies and credit card delinquencies. However the rates of delinquent auto and student loans are worse than before.
Monday, March 2
On the first anniversary of the My Brother's Keeper initiative, President Barack Obama recently met with mentees in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House.
A very public conflict between the Bridge Crossing Jubilee, Inc., the local group that has been commemorating the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March for more than four decades, and the largely White-run The Faith & Politics Institute, a Washington-based group that had organized competing marches in Selma and Montgomery on the weekend commemorating the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” has been resolved with both groups agreeing to participate in a single march in Selma, a coalition of organizations has announced.
The 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the Selma to Montgomery March, and the passage of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Dr. Martin Luther King’s role in these events is correctly capturing the imagination of Black America.
Sunday, March 1
The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) recognized the outstanding accomplishments of several Garden State residents last week at an elegant and posh black tie affair at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick.
The juggernaut that is “Empire” keeps getting stronger.
Many young African Americans will be shut out of the high paying jobs of the future, if they don’t earn a degree in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), according to a new report.
Congestive heart failure remains one of the most taxing, but preventable, heart conditions in the U.S. and is increasingly linked to heart disease caused by poor diet.
This revolution will definitely not be televised.
Reel-ality TV Talk
The Housewives did not disappoint; it’s all about facing your issues head on. Can we talk my friends?
There are two related violent phenomena in that are now getting renewed public attention and research around the world, as well as considerable debate and denial. The twin evils are terrorism and racism.
By doubling down on his vile slur on President Obama’s love for his country, ex-New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani created the media frenzy that he craved. He also set up an easy test of decency for Republican presidential contenders: Who has the sense to disavow Giuliani’s poison? Jeb Bush, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio passed the admittedly low bar; Governors Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal failed ignominiously: Governor Rick Perry pretzeled his way through it.
So much of what we do in life whether at work or in other social settings involves interacting with other people, and for these interactions to be positive or meaningful, we need good communications skills and effective people or interpersonal relationship skills.
Can Kevin Hart be stopped? The diminutive comedian, who is box office platinum, will make history when he brings his “What Now Tour” to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
With few exceptions it appears that most of the images of women on TV today are awful.
U.S. Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman was sworn in as a Member of the United States House of Representatives by House Speaker John Boehner on January 6th, 2015.
Peer-based support group offers hope for women battling anxiety, stress and depression or caring for a loved one who is
Valentine’s Day has passed but if you want to keep the romantic fires burning, don’t fret.
Women’s History Month is an opportune time to recognize African American women from New Jersey who have made history.
Black History month, has once again, come and gone. The shortest month in the year, is now a part of our recent history. However, what knowledge did you retain, and how will it be applied, as you forge ahead into a new year?