News 2015 October

Stories for October 2015

Tuesday, October 27

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Booker pushes for NJ Transit safety program extension

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and Senate President Stephen Sweeney, last week, amped up efforts to expeditiously implement a safety system on New Jersey Transit trains that, among other things, would shut down a train that was speeding or disobeys a signal—the push comes in the wake of several highly publicized and deadly train derailments in the past several months.

Monday, October 26

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Meet ‘Scandal’s’ new Gladiator

“Scandal” fans have long wondered if the hit ABC drama would replace Columbus Shorts’ character, Jefferson, after he was murdered in season three. In reality, Short was fired by series showrunner Shonda Rhimes for his off-screen antics, but Jefferson, the only African-American Gladiator working for Olivia Pope & Associates (OPA), was a fan favorite and his absence left a void.

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Banks Caught Redlining Black Communities

The old adage, ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’ seems somehow an apt description for what a growing number of communities are suffering: a lack of fair lending.

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Coalition sends water to S.C. flood victims

A cadre of Jackson-area business people and ministers joined Mayor Tony Yarber on October 14, 2015 to announce the shipment of two tractor-trailer truckloads of water to the people of South Carolina, as they deal with the aftermath of recent, massive flooding.

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That’s So Raven. **Eyeroll**

We are gathered here today not to discuss the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March (which saw little to no coverage outside of social media), but to address Miss Raven-Symone who has seen extensive media coverage concerning some remarks she made during the telecast of “The View.”

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Senator wants funding for heroin treatment

Data released earlier this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that the fatal overdose rate by heroin users quadrupled between 2000 and 2013, and the problem is only getting worse.

Sunday, October 25

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Sixers 2015 Season Preview

The Philadelphia Sixers won just 18 games in the 2014-15 season. For most teams, that campaign would be an absolute failure and embarrassment. For the Sixers, it was exactly according to plan. With two seasons of general manager Sam Hinkie's rebuilding project in the books, the Sixers are looking to year three as the one that will finally see measurable gains.

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Corporations honored at African American Chamber awards gala

More than 100 people recently attended the annual Corporate Awards dinner by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick. Rev. Dr. DeForest Soaries, Jr., senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, was the keynote speaker.

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Teaching the truth about America’s history

Were my African ancestors, who were stolen at gunpoint from their homes and families, dragged in chains into the dark and crowded cargo hulls of ships for the often-fatal Middle Passage, and brutalized, beaten, and forced into chattel slavery for generations, just like many of the other “immigrants” who came to America in order to “work”?

Monday, October 19

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Idris Elba stars in new Netflix film ‘Beasts of No Nations’

“Beasts of No Nation” opened to rave reviews at the Venice and Toronto film festivals. But, the indie film, which stars Idris Elba, is skipping the multiplex, save for a handful of arthouse theaters, and is streaming almost exclusively on Netflix.

Friday, October 16

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Ben Carson talks gun control, new book

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson took an hour out of his campaign recently to speak about his upbringing, gun control and cyber attacks from another country.

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Black Polo Player Kareem Rosser is Smashing Polo Balls and Stereotypes

Jackie Robinson in baseball, Tiger Woods in golf, Bill Pickett in rodeo: there have been many American pioneers, who defied the odds to become legends in sports, where Blacks had previously been excluded.

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New forms of predatory lending

Over the past decade, no state has authorized either predatory payday or car title loans. That consumer financial progress came about through a combination of state and local advocates working with state lawmakers to bring a sense of financial fairness to their local communities.

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Salute to Rev. Jesse Jackson on his 75th Birthday

Seventy-five years ago a freedom fighter was born in Greenville, South Carolina. His name is Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. and I need to say something about this brother that I have known and worked with for decades in the ongoing Civil Rights Movement in the U. S. and in the overall freedom struggle internationally.

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Myths causes flu vaccination disparities

The National Influenza Vaccination Disparities Partnership [NIVDP] kicked off flu season with free vaccinations for underserved communities whose livelihoods depend on them not falling ill to this disease.

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Number of Black teachers rapidly declines

The minority population has grown tremendously since the year 2000. According to the Census Bureau, the Hispanic population growth is due to U.S. births–and Asian population growth is due primarily to immigration since 2012. That alone has fueled a 5 percent population growth in the overall population of these groups nationwide, according to the Pew Research Center.

Monday, October 12

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Report: Nick Gordon accused of injecting Bobbi Kristina with ‘toxic material’

Nick Gordon, the former boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina Brown, is being accused of beating Brown and then injecting her with a toxic cocktail on the day she was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub, according to a court document released by Radar Online on Friday.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Raising Awareness and Saving Lives

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. It strikes blindly, touching women of all racial and ethnic groups. But while race is not a risk factor for breast cancer, Black and Hispanic women—who are less likely to get breast cancer than white women—are dying from the devastating disease at higher rates.

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Watson Coleman slams Christie on cuts to Planned Parenthood funding

U.S. House of Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, last week in Washington, sharply criticized Gov. Chris Christie for his on-going efforts to end state funding for Planned Parenthood---a notion he plans to implement if he is elected president next year.

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Learning through loss to beat the odds

Elijah Iqbal-Scott has seen a lot of sadness and sorrow in his 17 years.

Wednesday, October 7

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Book acknowledges contributions of outspoken Minnie Riperton

Local author’s memoir inspired by singer whose courage in fighting breast cancer was recognized by Jimmy Carter

This October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month offers an opportunity for book readers to honor a woman who responded to the disease’s challenges with love and openness and who first publicly brought it to the attention of African-American women.

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How to turn idea into reality

Work It!

Do you have an idea for a product or service that you believe will transform your life or the lives of others?

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How Is Breast Cancer Treated?

Breast cancer is treated in several ways. It depends on the kind of breast cancer and how far it has spread. People with breast cancer often get more than one kind of treatment.

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Breast Cancer Awareness

Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women.

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Officials: Minimal improvement in Newark schools after donation

It's been more than five years since social media icon Mark Zuckerberg announced a donation of more than $100 million revamp and remake the embattled educational system in the city of Newark.

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Will Smith releases first song in 10 years

Don’t call it a comeback, but Will Smith is still ‘Gettin Jiggy With It” in the studio.

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College teaching its students how to save their peers from harmful situations

The University of Texas System is teaching its students a valuable lesson they won’t find in their textbooks: how to save their peers from harmful situations.

Tuesday, October 6

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Local Dignitaries Partner with ShopRite of Lawnside to Fight Hunger

In recognition of September’s National Hunger Action Month, ShopRite hosted a ShopRite Partners In Caring “Help Bag Hunger” day in many of its stores across New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

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October BUZZ

Grace Jones has released her memoir, aptly titled, “I’ll Never Write My Memoirs.”

Monday, October 5

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Pros and Cons of Black Lives Matter movement

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey is a man that I have a great deal of respect for because of his leadership in significantly reducing violent crime in my native city.

Thursday, October 1

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Defeating the Odds

This month’s column is for those individuals throughout our society that have experienced significant challenges in their lives, and it seems that no matter what they have tried to pursue, success has been elusive.