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Stories for November 2015

Monday, November 30

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Camden to host holiday tree lighting ceremony

Mayor Dana L. Redd and the City of Camden will host its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 3rd, at 5 p.m. in Roosevelt Plaza Park.

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Temple wins division, to play for conference title

After a dominating 27-3 victory over UConn Saturday night, the Temple Owls won their division and will compete for a conference title.

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Deion Sanders wins $2M lawsuit against ex-wife

NFL Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders won more than $2 million in a defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife, according to media sources.

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DRPA Bridge Commuter Discount Begins on December 1st

NJ E-Z Pass customers must enroll to receive the frequent traveler discount

The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) has announced that the commuter discount for frequent travelers over the four bridges which connect Pennsylvania with South Jersey, will go into effect as of December 1st, 2015.

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New Dating App Caters To Black Singles

Move over Tinder, there’s a new app on the market and it caters to the Black community. BAE (Before Anyone Else) was created by three young Black men: Brian Gerrard, Justin Gerrard and Jordan Kunzika who set out make ‘dating fun again.’

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Patti Labelle’s Sweet Potato Pies Go Viral

The September release of Patti Labelle’s new sweet potato pies to Wal-Mart stores initially saw moderate sales—until a recent social media video review by singer James Wright.

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‘Creed’ knocks out competition in Philly

Rocky Balboa is synonymous with Philadelphia. The fictitious Italian Stallion is as much a part of the city’s DNA as cheesesteaks and the Liberty Bell. However, the City of Brotherly Love has found a new underdog to champion and his name is Adonis Creed.

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Family Stone’s co-founder Cynthia Robinson dies at 71

Groundbreaking trumpeter and singer Cynthia Robinson, a co-founder of the pivotal funk band Sly & the Family Stone, died Nov. 23 at age 69.

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Clinton Pursues Black Vote–Hires Black-Owned Media Firm

Looking to shore up support among African-American voters, the Hillary Clinton campaign recently hired Burrell Communications, a Black-owned marketing firm, according to NBC News.

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Should Cam Newton Stop the Post-Touchdown Dancing?

It’s hard to fault Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton for being excited. The pivotal piece in the Panthers’ attack has been exceptional so far this season, leading the team to a 10-0 record while making his case as one of the top quarterbacks in the league. Newton hasn’t been without controversy, however, as his traditional touchdown celebration dances have started to ruffle the feathers of opposing defenses.

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Creed’ Revives ‘Rocky’ Franchise

When most people think of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), what automatically comes to mind is the iconic image of a gutsy underdog easy to root for who held his own in the boxing ring against a variety of imposing adversaries. Each installment of the series has basically revolved around the hype leading to a riveting championship bout between a veritable David and Goliath.

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Protests grow over Chicago teen's shooting death

There have been days of protests in Chicago since the release of a video showing a black teenager shot 16 times by a white police officer.

Monday, November 23

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Law Enforcement Diversity Career Fair set for Rowan

Interested in a career in law enforcement? Career fair participants will have the opportunity to speak directly with recruiters from many different law enforcement agencies.

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Rowan College at Burlington County appoints VP of Workforce Development

Burlington County Human Services Director Anna Payanzo Cotton will lead Rowan College at Burlington County’s (RCBC) workforce development and lifelong learning programs as vice president, RCBC President Paul Drayton announced Monday.

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Tyra Banks exits ‘FABLife’

In October, she announced she was shutting down “America’s Next Top Model” after 22 Cycles. Now, two months after launching her new daytime talk show, “The FABLife,” the woman who taught the world how to “smize” is calling it quits - again.

Friday, November 20

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Burlington-Camden Kappas honor African-American Women Achievers

Burlington-Camden Kappas Women Achievers’ Banquet

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Beyond T-Shirts and Hoodies

Recollections of my 1995 article on the business of college athletics danced in my head when I heard the news about the University of Missouri football team’s refusal to play until the President of that University, Tim Wolfe, resigns or is dismissed. The players said, “due to his negligence toward marginalized students’ experience” and his lax attitude regarding racial issues on campus, they would no longer participate in football activities.

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Hundreds celebrate as nation’s African American museum nears completion

Hundreds of people recently gathered at an inaugural event for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to celebrate the completion of the museum’s exterior in a year that marks three significant moments in American history.

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Republicans Ignore Black People

As I watched the Republican debate on October 10, I thought about Kanye West and the comments he made after Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans. He said, “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people”. Later he tiptoed away from the comment by saying he “regretted” it, but he never apologized.

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Dr. Ben Carson and the lessons from Clarence Thomas

I will never forget the debate that engulfed Black America at the time of the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the US Supreme Court.

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Minneapolis police kill unarmed black man

Add Jamar Clark to the list.

Wednesday, November 18

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Kean increases security after threats against black students

Officials at Kean University in Union, NJ, say that security has been increased on campus after someone made anonymous threats on Twitter against black students.

Tuesday, November 17

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Cheyney supporters rally to save historic black college

Cheyney University, the nation's first historically black college, is in a dire financial situation.

Monday, November 16

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Helping children cope with crisis

Executive Director of the Connecticut Commission on Children Elaine Zimmerman helps meet many child needs in her state including sharing advice to help children cope with terrible events.

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Rowan College at Burlington County Foundation celebrates first Holiday Auction

The Rowan College at Burlington County Foundation will celebrate a winter wonderland-themed Holiday Auction, its first as RCBC, Friday, Nov. 20 at the Enterprise Center, to raise money for scholarships for RCBC students in need.

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ObamaCare improves health of Black America

Black Americans continue to face serious disparities in education, employment, and in economic development. While over 45 million Black Americans have made some type of progress during the past seven years of the Obama Administration, there is still much more to be done to end the vast racial and socioeconomic differences between Blacks and Whites in the United States.

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Kenney picks deputy for Philadelphia’s next police commissioner

Philadelphia Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has chosen a deputy police commissioner to be the city's next top cop.

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CBS brings ‘Rush Hour’ to TV

The “Rush Hour” buddy-cop movie franchise, starring comedian Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, has been rebooted for television.

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Rigged: Racial Bias in Jury Selection

Despite the efforts of our federal government and the Supreme Court to address and eliminate racial discrimination in the jury selection process, the practice continues to run rampant, and unchecked, throughout our criminal justice system.

Monday, November 9

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DRPA honored for contractor and vendor diversity

Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) officials announced Monday that the agency has been selected as a 2015 recipient of the WTS – Philadelphia Chapter Diversity Award.

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Shonda Rhimes says ‘Yes’ in new book

Shonda Rhimes is one of the most powerful people on television. Her groundbreaking shows - “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder” - keep the mother of three busy, but over the last year, the ultimate “Gladiator” carved out some time for herself to pen a new book, “Year of Yes.”

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Bridgeton Library presents Madam C. J. Walker: Self-Made Woman

Bridgeton Free Public Library will present Madam C. J. Walker: Self-Made Woman as portrayed by Dr. Daisy Century on November 14, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Bridgeton Free Public Library, 150 E. Commerce St. Bridgeton, NJ.

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Marriage doesn’t make a bad relationship better

I’m divorcing my husband of 24 years. (The ink is just about dry) We have been apart for the last 3 years.

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Movie Review: Suffragette

In the U.S., we revere Susan B. Anthony’s groundbreaking efforts for leading the fight for a woman’s right to vote in the late 1800s. In England, Emmeline Pankhurst, a feminist who used demonstrations, civil disobedience and violence to property for publicity and agitation, spearheaded their cause.

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Black media ownership is in a drought

In war, one of the first things the enemy does is destroy his adversary’s ability to communicate within its ranks. Chaos likely ensues if a fighting force cannot communicate internally. Individual soldiers end up doing their own thing, left to their own devices; they make decisions based on their individual situations and in their individual interests. This allows the enemy to come in and pick them off one by one, using false information and propaganda (Tokyo Rose) instilling fear of being captured or killed, or by making the individual feel abandoned and left with no hope of victory.

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Obama says women’s soccer team taught nation lesson

It may or may not have been the most delicate of phrasing, but President Obama made it clear what he thought was the message sent by the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team in its World Cup victory.

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Philadelphia Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announces transition team

Philadelphia Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced last week the members of his transition team.

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Watson Coleman appointed to panel to investigate allegations against Planned Parenthood

In response, at least in part, to her sharp criticism and outspokenness last month regarding proposals to slashing federal funds to Planned Parenthood, U.S. Rep Bonnie Watson Coleman was appointed to sit on a House of Representatives subcommittee established to investigate claims regarding the agencies handling of aborted fetal tissues, federal officials announced last week in Washington.

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We need to stop calling the cops on our students

Richland County Senior Deputy Sheriff Ben Fields seemed to think the only way he could get a young black girl out of her seat was to fling her across the room. His brutal attack on her was filmed by one of her classmates, and it’s a good thing he documented the incident.

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Obama: Black Lives Matter Movement addressing legitimate concerns

The Black Lives Matter movement, who many have embraced and others have claimed is anti-police, received an endorsement from the nation’s highest law enforcement officer, President Barack Obama, during a recent special White House session to deal with reforming the nation’s criminal justice system.

Tuesday, November 3

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Jim Kenney elected mayor of Philadelphia

Former City Councilman Jim Kenney was elected mayor of Philadelphia Tuesday night.

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Managing Your Diabetes During the Holidays

Prepare to manage your diabetes during the holidays. Stay on track by taking medications on schedule and choosing healthy versions of favorite dishes. Remember to plan daily physical activities like walking after meals and dancing at festivities.

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We can’t become ‘numb’ to murder

We should all hope President Barack Obama is wrong when he recently said mass shootings in America have now become so common in this country that we now see them as routine.

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Understanding Millennials In the workplace

Work It!

Remember the days when the conversation about who is in the workplace was largely about gender, race and ethnicity? These may still be concerns, but the larger conversation about workplace diversity concerns are around age and generational differences. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the generation known as the Millennials, a population group slightly larger than the so called Baby Boomer generation is now the majority in the workplace.

Monday, November 2

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Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones reunite on Broadway

Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones have returned to Broadway for “The Gin Game.” It has been nearly 50 years since the two legends shared the stage in 1966’s “A Hand is on the Gate,” but it seems like yesterday to these two old friends.

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NJ Transit cuts some service options between NY and Jersey Shore

Some south Jersey Shore residents were dealt a big blow by New Jersey Transit officials when the major metro area travel carrier announced some changes—and cuts to service between New York City and several south Jersey communities.