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News 2015 May

Stories for May 2015

Sunday, May 31

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Watson Coleman targets online gun and ammunition sales

New Jersey congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman supports controversial legislation that will create a new federal license for the sale of ammunition and mandate that proper identification of buyer be verified and reported to the feds, officials in Washington recently announced.

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NBA Finals Prediction: Cavaliers vs. Warriors

The NBA Finals begin on June 4, and while the matchup may not feature teams from major markets, there's no questioning the appeal of Cleveland Cavaliers versus Golden State Warriors.

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The Transformation of Steph Curry

After struggling through a few early NBA seasons with ankle injuries, team chemistry issues, an All-Star snub, and a fired inspirational coach, who guided the Warriors to two consecutive playoff runs, Steph Curry set the league on fire this year with the best team record, his first 3-point shooting title at the NBA All-Star weekend, and the grand daddy of them all, the MVP Award of the entire NBA.

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The Power To Be Tea

The Power To Be Tea was recently held at Trump National Golf Club, 500 W. Branch Ave., Pine Hill, NJ.

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Christie calls for end to Common Core education

Gov. Chris Christie is calling for an end to the often criticized Common Core education testing standards in New Jersey---backtracking on comments he made supporting a statewide testing program two years ago---and fueling speculation he is preparing for a presidential run next year, by highlighting education reform.

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B.B. King: Why I Sing the Blues

As a young boy in 1920s Mississippi, Riley B. King – who would one day come to be known as legendary blues icon B.B. King – was introduced to the electric guitar at Rev. Archie Fair’s church.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce are Following a Rich Tradition

Hip-hop culture is about transformation. It is more than a global genre of music. Hip-hop is a transcendent cultural phenomena that speaks to the soul, mind, body and spirit of what it means to dare to change the world into a better place. Hip-hop is not just about acquiring funds or “stacking paper.” It is also about giving back. I have personally been a long term advocate for the unbridled intellectual genius and social consciousness of hip-hop.

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‘Stupid’ Infrastructure Neglect

When Amtrak Northeast Regional Train #188 derailed on May 12, federal budget observers wondered if the underfunding of our nation’s fraying infrastructure was at least partly responsible for the deaths of eight people and the injuries to more than 200.

Monday, May 25

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Unplugged Art & Music Festival

A Celebration of Music and Art at the Noyes Museum

Kick off summer right with a festival to stimulate all of your senses. On Sunday, June 7, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University will hold its 3rd annual Unplugged Art & Music Festival.

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Camden residents react to Obama’s visit

President Barack Obama visited Camden last Monday, in a concerted effort to bridge the widening gap between the police and community and to promote his new “Promise Zone” initiative to the crime ridden city.

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Inspira Hosts National Cancer Survivors Day Picnic

Inspira Health Network invites local cancer survivors to join them for the 28th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day® celebration on Sunday, June 7 at South Vineland Park.

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Janet Jackson announces her return

“Rhythm Nation” fans, get ready – Janet Damita Jo Jackson announced that she is working on a new CD and going on a world tour this year.

Sunday, May 24

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Domestic charges dismissed against Ray Rice

An Atlantic County judge dismissed domestic violence charges against disgraced NFL star Ray Rice last week after the embattled ex-running back submitted proof to the court that he had completed a court-order pre-trail intervention anger management counseling program.

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Georgia deputies fired following death of Nigerian man

Nine Georgia deputies were fired May 8 in connection with the death of a Nigerian man while in police custody five months earlier.

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B. Smith seeks greater awareness of Alzheimer’s

B. Smith, the first African American woman to appear on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine in 1976, is reaching out to minorities who are battling Alzheimer’s disease.

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A Message for the Class of 2015

If you are disposed to using the Internet as your guide, a diploma will generally be described as the proof of your successful completion of a course of study, or the bestowal of an academic degree.

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Film review of Tomorrowland

If you took the world of The Jetsons, and made it a live-action film location, that would describe the visuals for the mysterious, glorious and fantastical place Tomorrowland.

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Black Leaders Push for Nationwide Police Reform

In the wake of the tragic death of Freddie Gray and the protests that followed in Baltimore, Black civic leaders continue to call for wholesale changes in policing and an end to police brutality in urban and predominately Black communities across the nation.

Friday, May 22

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Six Baltimore officers indicted in Freddie Gray’s death

Six Baltimore police officers were indicted Thursday in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old who suffered a fatal spine injury while in police custody.

Tuesday, May 19

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Jim Kenney wins Democratic nomination for Philadelphia mayor

James Frances Kenney won the Democratic nomination for mayor of Philadelphia Tuesday.

Monday, May 18

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Blacks Becoming More Comfortable Discussing Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that there are more than 40 million Americans currently dealing with mental illnesses, not including issues related drug and alcohol use. But mental health treatment goes far beyond diagnoses and prescriptions.

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Few Hang-out Friends

I have a nice majority of friends. However, I hang out mostly with my cousin.

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Job Skills Lab held at Atlantic City Library

The Atlantic City Free Public Library offers a free weekly Walk-in Job Skills Lab to library members who need help with job-related tasks.

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Criminalizing Poverty Is Big Business

The recent Department of Justice report on police and court practices in Ferguson, Mo. put a much needed spotlight on how a predatory system of enforcement of minor misdemeanors and compounding fines can trap low-income people in a never-ending cycle of debt, poverty, and jail.

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Many Students Fail to Profit from For-Profit Colleges

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, about 1.7 million people will receive their bachelor’s degrees, and another nearly 750,000 will receive associate’s degrees this May and June.

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Baltimore Rising: Women Leading Fight for Justice

Wherever there has been struggle, black women have been identified with that struggle.

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Black Unemployment Dips Below 10 Percent

The Black unemployment rate fell to single digits (9.6 percent) in April, for the first time since President Barack Obama was elected in 2008.

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My Brother’s Keeper Enters a New Phase

While political pundits rush ahead to the 2016 presidential election, President Barack Obama is rallying private-sector, philanthropic and community leaders to launch an independent non-profit to ensure that the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Initiative lives past his second term in office.

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Special Report: Black lawyers matter

In response to last year’s killing of Michael Brown, La June Montgomery Tabron, who heads one of the nation’s largest philanthropies, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, issued a statement in which she astutely noted that deaths like Brown’s “demonstrate that the law-enforcement and justice systems in our nation are broken.”

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Booker proposes railroad improvement package

Just recently before the devastating Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia on May 12 that killed eight people and injured dozens of other, Sen. Cory Booker introduced legislation to improve railroad safety between New York, New Jersey and portions of eastern Pennsylvania.

Saturday, May 16

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President Obama to visit Camden

In an effort to see for himself a turnaround of what many have labeled as one of the most dangerous places in the country to live, President Barack Obama will visit the city of Camden on Monday, officials from the White House announced.

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Queen Latifah sings ‘Bessie’s’ blues on HBO

It was 20 years in the making, but the story of blues singer Bessie Smith is finally being told – the right way. “Bessie” airs Saturday at 8 p.m. on HBO, and Queen Latifah, who serves as executive producer and plays the title role, could not be happier.

Monday, May 11

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Will Mayweather Retire after Next Fight?

After swatting away Manny Pacquiao in a much-heralded bout, Floyd Mayweather improved his record to 48-0, and has hinted that he may fight again in September.

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Lynch meets with Baltimore leaders, police and activists

Keeping her promise to ensure, “both strength and fairness, for the protection of both the needs of victims and the rights of all” in the criminal justice system, Attorney General Loretta Lynch traveled to Baltimore Tuesday to meet with city officials, law enforcement and community stakeholders to encourage closer ties between police and the residents that they are sworn to protect.

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Will Smith to star in “Suicide Squad”

Will Smith is gearing up to save the world – or at least America – again.

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Bridgegate legal bills rise to about $8 million

As expected, two former allies of Gov. Chris Christie were arraigned early last week in a Newark court room for their involvement in the Bridge Gate scandal that has clouded the Christie administration for nearly two years---add to the mix that New Jersey taxpayers have footed the $7.6 million legal bill on behalf of Christie's defense and investigation of the debacle.

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Justice Not Delayed in Baltimore

Three extremely qualified African American women are at the forefront of making certain that Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of police in Baltimore will not go unpunished.

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Financial Predators Target Active-Duty Military Members

The men and women who wear our nation's uniform are expected to defend our nation at home and abroad. Yet when it comes to financial services, service members are not always been protected in return.

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From ‘Crack Baby’ to A-Student

The odds were stacked against Britiny Lee before she was born. Her mother was addicted to drugs, like Britiny’s grandfather and many others in their poverty-stricken Cleveland neighborhood.

Thursday, May 7

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Prince to perform peace concert in Baltimore

Prince is throwing a party to help heal the city of Baltimore.

Monday, May 4

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After win, Mayweather closer to boxing record

Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao in what was supposed to be “The Fight of the Century”, but left many spectators wanting more. This particular match which, was at least five years in the making, raised the level of anticipation to new heights in the boxing world.

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Kyla McMillan, a 13-year-old inspiration

Kyla Imani McMillan, 13, is set for big things. This teenager’s resume is already impressive. She is being called “a developing quintuple threat,” with her songwriting, instrument playing, singing, dancing and acting.

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Heart disease survivor Star Jones talks heart health

Star Jones is a successful attorney, author and TV personality whose confidence and uncanny ability to explain legal and social issues has landed her into the hearts and homes of millions of viewers around the world. What you may not know is that Star is also a heart disease survivor and American Heart Association National Volunteer.

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In Health, Income has Greater Impact than Race

Being poor can have a bigger impact on your health than your race, according to a recent report by the Urban Institute.

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Three NJ cities to get police body cameras

In the wake of a number of national incidents involving law enforcement agents and unarmed citizens—particularly African American men, officials from the three largest cities in the state last week announced plans to enact legislation that would outfit and ultimately mandate police officers wear body cameras during routine patrols.

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Christie ally could face prison in Bridge scandal

The cloud of a successful 2016 run for president got a lot darker for Gov. Chris Christie on Friday morning in a Newark courtroom after a former senior executive and close ally of the governor plead guilty to conspiracy charges and admitted to ordering lane closures at the George Washington Bridge (GWB) in Fort Lee in September 2013.

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Why the Eagles selected Nelson Agholor

With the 20th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft the Philadelphia Eagles select…..

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Michael Eric Dyson vs. Cornel West

It’s the academic version of the world heavyweight championship boxing matches between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in Zaire labeled “The Rumble in the Jungle” and the Philippine’s “Thriller in Manila.” Whatever label you attach to it, the public feud between Professors Cornel West and Michael Eric Dyson, two of our most gifted intellectuals, cannot be ignored.

Friday, May 1

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Black enrollment in college surges

May is the month for flowers blooming and thousands of young people graduating from college.

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Celebrate Moms Who Protect Children’s Health

Mothers want to do everything possible to help their children develop into healthy adults.

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How to get your career mojo back

Work It!

There often comes a time in life and career when many people experience a shift in attitude and feel the need for meaningful change.

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Olympian Carl Lewis helps next generation excel

One of the most successful Olympic athletes of all time is Carl Lewis. His passion for track and field not only led to broken records, international recognition and lucrative endorsement contracts, but Lewis did it all with class and pride.

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Where We Stand

On April 16, 2015 The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey held its 2015 State of Black New Jersey Conference.