News 2016 February

Stories for February 2016

Monday, February 29

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Spotlight on Camden Mayor Dana Redd

Mayor Dana Redd is one tough lady.

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Carefully consider all the candidates running for president

As we close out another Black History Month, many communities throughout the world held events to commemorate one of the most significant 29 days of America’s history.

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Intolerance has no place in South Jersey schools

You can imagine my chagrin when I opened my newspaper to this headline:

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Melissa Harris-Perry let go from MSNBC

“Nerdland” is without a leader.

Friday, February 26

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Gov. Christie endorses Trump for president

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorsed Donald J. Trump for president Friday.

Thursday, February 25

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John Conyers delivers keynote at Rowan University

Congressman John J. Conyers delivered the keynote address at Rowan University’s Department of Africana Studies 11th annual Rosa Parks Luncheon on Feb. 23.

Monday, February 22

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Art exhibit reception hosted by South Jersey Links

The South Jersey Chapter of LINKS, INC. recently hosted a reception to celebrate the opening of “A Gallery of the African Diaspora and Beyond.”

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AKAs celebrate Founders’ Day

Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority members in the region recently celebrated its Founder’s Day at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was founded on January 15, 1908 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC.

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What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?

Time is one of those magical dimensions of the human experience. At certain instances it seems like there is not enough of it. And at others, it seems like the moment lasts forever. The intellectual and emotional experience in the passage of time is one of those unique aspects about being human that sets us as a species apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. Since we are blessed with that perception we should engage it and contemplate ways in which to make time an ally in our quest for personal and societal growth.

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Rutgers triumphs at black law students mock trial competition

As the nation responds to racially charged social unrest, aspiring attorneys at Rutgers are proving their exceptional trial skills by winning cases as part of the Black Law Students Association mock trial competitions.

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Why do politicians treat addiction differently in the suburbs?

Nick Cocchi would like to be the sheriff of Hampden County, an Eastern Massachusetts county of half a million people. Springfield, Massachusetts, a city that is about 22 percent African American, is the county seat. Eastern Massachusetts (and indeed, much of New England) is experiencing the devastating fallout from the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that deaths from heroin overdoses have quadrupled in the past decade, and that heroin use has doubled among Whites. Thus, it is entirely appropriate that Mr. Cocchi’s candidate website includes a page that talks about opioid abuse in Hampden County.

Friday, February 19

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Channing Dungey named president of ABC Entertainment

She is the first black person to lead a major network

At a time when Hollywood is under scrutiny for its lack of diversity, Disney-ABC TV Group announced Channing Dungey as the new president of ABC Entertainment Group. She is the first African American to head a broadcast TV network and one of television’s rare female executives.

Thursday, February 18

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Celebrating Frederick Douglass: Abolitionist leader

After escaping from slavery in Maryland, Frederick Douglass became a national leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his powerful oratory.

Wednesday, February 17

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Services set for NABJ founder Acel Moore

The Moore family will celebrate Acel Moore’s life and legacy on Monday, Feb. 22, at Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, 25 W. Johnson St. in Philadelphia. The viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by services. Moore will be buried at Ivy Hill Cemetery, 1201 Easton Rd, Philadelphia Pa. 19150.

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Legislator proposes legalizing pot in Atlantic City

Bill to expand gaming outside of AC gains ground

A New Jersey lawmaker plans to introduce legislation to make marijuana for recreational use legal in Atlantic City---a notion that may help generate revenue to the financially troubled and near bankrupt resort town.

Tuesday, February 16

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Heart disease is preventable and controllable

Every journey begins with one step, whether it’s climbing a mountain or preventing heart disease. This American Heart Month, Centers for Disease Control is offering weekly tips for better heart health. Take your first step on the road to a healthy heart with us.

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February is Heart Month

Make Blood Pressure Control Your Goal

This American Heart Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Million Hearts®–a national effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017–are encouraging Americans to know their blood pressure, and if it's high, to make control their goal.

Monday, February 15

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Kerry Washington debuts trailer for ‘Confirmation’

Kerry Washington tweeted out the trailer to her highly anticipated HBO docudrama “Confirmation” on Friday.

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Deadpool makes triumphant return

The mercenary with a mouth makes his triumphant return to the silver screen in Marvel comics latest, Deadpool. Unlike previous Marvel movies where a character is rebooted and a new actor steps in to take the helm, Ryan Reynolds comes back to play the titular Deadpool in his first solo film.

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Cory Booker’s new book calls for cooperation

Sen. Cory Booker credits his parents and several others for his enormous success in the national political arena in his recently published book, United, the long awaited memoir by the popular New Jersey senator.

Sunday, February 14

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African American designer shines at Toyota

Rob McConnell, the manager for body engineering at the Toyota Technical Center said that he often draws inspiration from the fashion industry.

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An abusive and controlling partner show their colors

I’ve been with my boyfriend almost 4 years. He works but doesn’t make enough to help me. He makes up for it though in EVERY OTHER AREA, and he’s also a little controlling.

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In it to win it – my head says Hillary, my heart says Bernie

I am looking forward to November 8, 2016, and to voting for Hillary Rodham Clinton to lead these United States. I am so extremely excited that a woman of character, experience, and discernment can lead our nation.

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Iverson selected as finalist for Hall of Fame

Former Philadelphia Sixers guard Allen Iverson was recently selected as a finalist for the Basketball Hall of Fame. The Sixers legend was among 14 finalists named.

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NABJ mourns the loss of founder Acel Moore

Acel Moore, a former reporter and columnist with the Philadelphia Inquirer and a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) died Friday night at his home in suburban Philadelphia. He was 75.

Thursday, February 11

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Boldin named Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year

49ers free agent wide receiver Anquan Boldin was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year on Feb. 6 at the NFL Honors awards ceremony. Boldin was one of three finalists that included New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and New Orleans tight end Benjamin Watson.

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Chris Christie ends his campaign for president

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ended his run for the White House on Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 10

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What does keeping the dream alive mean to you?

One of the focal points of the New Year for many is the commemoration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the King Holiday. A day marked with a global reflection on the personal sacrifice made by one man who truly believed that America was founded on principles that were to be enjoyed by all and he was determined to do his part to bring that to fruition.

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10 Ways to Love Your Health on Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is a great time to celebrate love and can be a reminder to make healthy choices part of your everyday life. Whether you celebrate Valentine's Day on your own or with someone else, take steps to be a healthy valentine.

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The real State of the Union

In his final State of the Union address, America’s first African American president Barack Obama urged the nation to reject the politics of fear and polarization.

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Black inventors and their contributions to society

African American inventors have made numerous contributions to America and the world. We take a look at some of these black inventors both past and present and the contributions they have made to science, industry and society.

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New Jersey Trailblazers in STEM

African Americans have made numerous contributions to science and medicine.

Tuesday, February 9

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7 things you should know about Zika virus

The Zika virus outbreak and related health issues — including an observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations in Brazil — led World Health Organization officials to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on Feb. 1.

Monday, February 8

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Beyoncé performs new song at Super Bowl

Some may have called it the quiet before the storm – a super storm named Beyoncé.

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New Vineland marketplace plans grand opening

The Spot, downtown Vineland’s dynamic new marketplace located at 618 E. Landis Ave., will mark its official grand opening with a five-day celebration from Wednesday, Feb. 10 through Sunday, Feb. 14.

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Atlantic City on verge of becoming state controlled

Atlantic City officials and state administrators are locked in a heated battle on whether the beleaguered resort town should be taken over and managed by the state, officials recently announced in the seaside town.

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Celebrating Carter G. Woodson- The Father of Black History

As we celebrate Black History Month it is important to remember the man who made it all possible – Carter G. Woodson known as the father of Black History in America.

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Stars remember Maurice White, founder of Earth Wind & Fire

A wide range of entertainers are paying tribute to Maurice White, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, one of the most successful bands of the 1970s. White, 74, died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Feb. 4.

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Cosby case could hinge on deposition and accusers

The case against Bill Cosby will now head toward trial, and a judge set a date for a preliminary hearing on March 8. A spokesman for Cosby said the entertainer would appeal the judge’s decision.

Thursday, February 4

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Judge allows Bill Cosby case to go forward

A judge ruled Wednesday that prosecutors are not bound by a district attorney’s decision a decade ago not to prosecute Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges.

Wednesday, February 3

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Noted journalist Michael J. Feeney dies at 32

Journalist and former New York Association of Black Journalists President Michael J. Feeney has died. He was 32.

Tuesday, February 2

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UN panel suggest U.S. pay reparations for slavery

The United States should consider reparations to African-American descendants of slavery, says a United Nations working group.

Monday, February 1

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Idris Elba wins big at diverse SAG Awards

A show of diversity was on full display Saturday night at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles – a stark counterpoint to the lily white Oscar nominations handed out in early January.

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Celebrating Langston Hughes: Leading figure of Harlem Renaissance

Feb 1 is the first day of Black History Month and the birthday of Langston Hughes, the poet and leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance, the name given to the cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem, New York in the 1920s.

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The Economics of Water

I can hear the backroom discussion now: “We can save money if we stop taking our drinking water from Lake Huron and start using water from the Flint River instead.” Those may not be the exact words, but the leaders of Flint, Michigan, including the two recent Emergency Managers, City Council, the EPA, and the Governor, have caused a catastrophe.

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Which team has the edge in Super Bowl 50?

It’s the perfect intersection of the NFL’s past, present and future.

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What to do if you were passed over for a promotion

Most people work hard and seek opportunities to advance in their careers. However, sometimes in our efforts to make the most of our careers we can get sidetracked by situations that seem outside of our control. For example, a colleague received a promotion that you feel you worked hard to achieve and deserve, but believe that bias or favoritism may be the reason you did not receive it.

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How the Affordable Care Act has impacted blacks

The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) promised to improve the delivery of healthcare services in America—especially for historically disadvantaged communities that suffer high rates of chronic illness.

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Back to Basics – Vote Intelligently

We have been going through my archives. Some of my writings from the past still apply today. Some are more relevant today than they were back then (in the 1980’s). The following is one of those articles that I’m compelled to republish.

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“Let's make history during Black History Month!”

Responding to an NAACP New Jersey State Conference initiative, NAACP branches in South Jersey are currently engaged in a membership recruitment drive under the theme: “Let's Make History During Black History Month!” These strategic recruitment drives are directed at recruiting members to augment the strength of the New Jersey State Conference NAACP, which has been stagnant, even though there is an increase in the persons of color population in the Garden State.

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Stamp will honor Richard Allen, founder of AME church

Richard Allen, the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal church and its first bishop, will be honored by the United States Postal Service with a stamp.

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How Cam Newton got to the Super Bowl

A native of Atlanta, GA, Cam Newton attended Westlake High School, where he played for the Westlake Lions high school football team. As a 16-year-old junior, he passed for 2,500 yards and 23 touchdowns and ran for 638 yards and 9 touchdowns, gaining the attention of major college programs. His senior year he was rated a five-star prospect by Rivals.com, the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, and the 28th player overall.

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Columbus Short, Michael Strahan and more in BUZZ

Former “Scandal” star Columbus Short has found love with former “Video Vixen” Karrine Steffans.