News 2016 August

Stories for August 2016

Tuesday, August 30

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David Brown to receive public relations education award

Temple educator is a resident of Washington Township, NJ

David W. Brown, Visiting Assistant Professor of Instruction in the School of Media and Communication at Temple University, has been awarded the 2016 David Ferguson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Relations Education from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Monday, August 29

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South Jersey Journal to Celebrate its 5th anniversary

Publication to honor five “People Making a Difference” at anniversary gala

South Jersey Journal will host its 5th anniversary celebration and inaugural “People Making a Difference” awards dinner on Saturday, September 24th at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.

Sunday, August 28

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Taking a close look at Black mental health

Good physical and mental health helps drive success and enjoyment in our lives. But when it comes to overcoming some of our society’s biggest health challenges – from HIV/AIDS to cancer to diabetes to behavioral health issues – the African-American community unfortunately shoulders a disproportionate share of the burden.

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Fight for daughter reveals plight of unwed dads

Christopher Emanuel puts his heart into the role of do-it-all dad with his active, 2-year-old daughter, Skylar.

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Will Christie’s defense hold in Bridge scandal trial?

Governor Chris Christie's long held, “I didn't know a thing,” defense to accusations of his involvement in the upcoming Bridge gate trial may indeed fall flat and crumble, according to various media reports.

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Akwaaba means “first in black-owned B&Bs”

For Monique Greenwood, the decision to be an entrepreneur came down to legacy building.

Friday, August 26

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Community Day to be held at Cooper River Park

Camden County Council On Economic Opportunity presents event

Camden County Council On Economic Opportunity, Inc., a private, non-profit agency celebrating its 50th anniversary, is hosting “Community Day” ― an event featuring a day of fun-filled activities for persons of all ages, live entertainment, a classic car showcase, and a variety of food vendors ― in Cooper River Park (Stadium), on Saturday, August 27, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry to the event is free and open to the general public.

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Bell Biv Devoe, En Vogue to headline AC beach concert

Atlantic City will cap off the season with the soulful sounds of R&B wafting along its famed boardwalk.

Tuesday, August 23

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New Jersey Olympians who brought home medals

While the world tuned in to watch the United States compete in various games during the 2016 Summer Olympics, back home – many people in New Jersey were cheering on their own in the competitions.

Monday, August 22

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NABJ mourns passing of acclaimed journalist George Curry

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of longtime black press champion and editor, George E. Curry. He died Saturday at 69.

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African American Chamber of NJ hosts women’s summit

With Democratic contender Hillary Clinton poised to become the first woman president of the U.S., a thought provoking conference featuring several of the most powerful women of color in New Jersey was right on time, at the posh Mansion on Main in Voorhees, NJ.

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Helping black youth swing into golf

Craig Kirby is on a mission: He is working hard to diversify golf — one black student at a time.

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Berlin wasn’t just Jesse Owens’s Olympics

Gymnast Simone Biles. Swimmer Simone Manuel. Shot putter Michelle Carter. All three won gold medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics in sports not typically associated with black American athletes.

Sunday, August 21

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Kanye West opens worldwide Pop-Up “Pablo” clothing stores

Fans around the world are scrambling to buy their own “Life of Pablo” attire this weekend, made available by rapper-turned-fashion mogul, Kanye West.

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Police abuse debate is more than a black-white issue

Many Latinos report abusive experiences and negative opinions toward police, similar to those that numerous African-Americans have expressed nationwide

While the national conversation on police and race seems like a black-and-white issue, many Latinos say they also feel mistreated by cops.

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Anthony Anderson lends support to Nate Parker

“black-ish” star Anthony Anderson knows what it feels like to be accused of crime. He also knows the sweet taste of redemption. That is why the Emmy-nominated actor believes “The Birth of a Nation” writer/director, Nate Parker, who was accused and acquitted of raping a fellow student while attending Penn State 17 years ago, deserves a second chance, according to TMZ.

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25 Most Influential African Americans in New Jersey

This is South Jersey Journal’s inaugural list of the “Most Influential African Americans in New Jersey.” The individuals selected were chosen based on the number of people impacted by their work and size of their budgets.

Friday, August 19

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South Jersey Journal 5th Anniversary Gala

Want to attend the South Jersey Journal 5th Anniversary Gala? Here's how:

Monday, August 15

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More African Americans seeking YouTube fame and fortune

Six college students cracking jokes and making beats turned into an internet phenomenon with over 900,000 subscribers and videos with over 3,000,00 views. The group of Atlanta comedians, known as Dormtainment, consists of Amanuel Richards, Jerome “Rome” Green, Mike Anthony, Daunte “Tay” Dier, Chaz Miller and his brother Cameron Miller. After viral videos like “Ass on the Internet” and one of the first Black Harlem shake videos, they soon expanded their talent past laptop screens.

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New Jersey Senate examines controversial student loan agency

Almost a dozen people with harrowing experiences with New Jersey’s controversial student loan program testified on Monday before state lawmakers, detailing its aggressive collection tactics and onerous terms that some said had ruined them financially.

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Justice Department: Baltimore police rife with racial bias

The Baltimore Police Department’s “pattern of civil rights violations” has officially been uncovered and acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

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Sorority aims to reduce drowning deaths in Black community

The women of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority are on a mission: no rest until the cycle of death by drowning in the Black community is broken.

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Black dollars pour into black banks

Baltimore-based attorney Jelani Murrain plans to transfer his hard-earned money to an institution of financial empowerment: A black-owned bank.

Friday, August 12

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Swimmer Simone Manuel makes history at Rio Olympics

Simone Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic medal in swimming.

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Simone Biles wins all-around Olympic gold

Simone Biles is continuing to make her imprint on the Olympic Games in Rio. After helping her team win gold in the team gymnastics competition Aug. 9, the 19-year-old earned a gold medal for herself Aug. 11 during the women’s individual all-around competition with an overall score of 62.198.

Monday, August 8

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Muslim American fencer makes history, differs with Trump

A Muslim American fencer is making history and speaking out on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s immigration plans for Muslims.

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Watson Coleman lambastes Congress on gun control reform

In the wake of repeated instances of shootings of unarmed African American men and mass shootings sprees in the past several months and years, outspoken Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman is condemning some of her constituents for their ineptitude in significantly revamping gun control measures in the country.

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Intellectual honesty about race and criminal justice reform

There is an old adage that posits “The more things appear to change, the more they stay the same.” Once again, millions of Americans are engulfed in what has become a reluctant national debate and dialogue concerning race and the urgency to reform the nation’s criminal justice system. Finding and identifying transformative remedies and solutions are long overdue.

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A Message To The Next President: Invest In America

As the major-party conventions conclude and the general election season begins in earnest, the National Urban League has a message for the next President, whoever he or she might be: invest in America.

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The importance of self-management at work

Work It!

It would probably not be difficult for many workers to recall an incident where they witnessed or may have been involved in some unfortunate form of inappropriate workplace behavior.

Saturday, August 6

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Kevin Hart, Angela Bassett, Jill Scott in BUZZ

Thanks to a string of box office slam dunks and a sold-out stadium tour, Kevin Hart is laughing all the way to the bank.

Thursday, August 4

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Obama celebrates 55th birthday with rising approval rating

President Barack Obama, who turns 55 today, received some good news on his birthday.

Tuesday, August 2

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Misty Copeland weds longtime beau Olu Evans

The world’s most famous ballerina is married. Misty Copeland, 33, wed her longtime beau, Olu Evans, 38, in an intimate ceremony of about 100 at the romantic Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach on Sunday.

Monday, August 1

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Number of Hispanic entrepreneurs under-reported, says Hispanic chamber president

It's no secret that there are thousands of Hispanic-owned entrepreneurs across the nation that own and run thriving and profitable businesses that contribute billions of dollars to the economy.

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Local student earns multiple honors

Calvin R. Bell, III is a young man on a mission.

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Mary J. Blige files for divorce

Mary J. Blige’s relationship has hit a sour note. The Queen of Hip Hop Soul has filed for divorce from her husband/manager Martin “Kendu” Isaacs, citing irreconcilable differences, according to TMZ.

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25 Most Influential African Americans in New Jersey

In the August issue of South Jersey Journal is the inaugural list of the Journal’s “25 Most Influential African Americans in New Jersey.”

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Link between gum disease and cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s

A new study, jointly led by the University of Southampton and King’s College London, has found a link between gum disease and greater rates of cognitive decline in people with early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Consumers want action on illegal debt collection

If you are one of the 77 million Americans who are hounded each year by debt collectors, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is taking on this $13 billion industry. At a July 28 field hearing in Sacramento, Richard Cordray, CFPB Director, announced the Bureau’s intent to rein in illegal practices that harass and rob consumers.

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Are You Keeping Your Child’s Mouth Healthy?

The University of Alabama of Birmingham School of Dentistry Director of Predoctoral Pediatric Dentistry Stephen Mitchell, DMD, says parents can take an active role in the oral health of their children.

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Going for the gold: N.J. Olympian Jordan Burroughs

The reigning Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling, Jordan Burroughs is one of the favorites to win big in Rio.

Your Child’s Dental Health: A Timeline

Taking care of their first set of pearly whites will establish good dental habits for years to come

As our children grow, so do their teeth. Kids will often experience excitement (and some anxiety) when their first baby tooth begins to wiggle and eventually falls out.

U.S. women’s gymnastics team a favorite in Olympics

The last Summer Olympics was momentous for American gymnastics: the women’s team, dubbed the “Fierce Five,” won the second gold team medal ever for the U.S., the first gold on international soil, and Gabby Douglas became the first African-American gymnast to win gold in the all-around event.