News 2016 January

Stories for January 2016

Thursday, January 28

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South Jersey Links host black art exhibit reception

The South Jersey Chapter of LINKS, INC. will host a reception to celebrate the opening of “A Gallery of the African Diaspora and Beyond” on Saturday Jan. 30.

Tuesday, January 26

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Booker touts Iowa roots in support of Clinton

With a week before the Iowa caucus, New Jersey Senator, and possible vice presidential pick, Cory Booker on Sunday announced his support for Hillary Clinton as president—claiming she is the best candidate for the job.

Monday, January 25

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CBC PAC looks to increase Black congress members

There are 46 Black members in the U.S. Congress. The Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee wants to increase it to 50.

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New Jerseyans dig out from record blizzard

Millions of Garden State residents started digging out from a record blizzard over the weekend that dumped nearly three feet of heavy and wet snow in various parts across the state and the region. Several school districts across the state have suspended classes for Monday.

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Michigan poisons poor to save a few bucks

Flint residents are Americans, but like many impoverished Americans they are forgotten. And state officials led by Gov. Rick Snyder have shown that they consider the residents disposable.

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Things to do in South Jersey and region

The following list is a guide to cultural and community events in South Jersey, Philadelphia and region.

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NJ African American Chamber to host gala

The African-American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) will host the Sixth Annual Circle of Achievement Awards Gala on Feb. 18.

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Governor Christie proclaims Jan. 24-30 “School Choice Week”

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has officially proclaimed January 24-30, 2016 as “School Choice Week” in New Jersey. Governor Christie joins more than thirty other governors and 230 mayors and county leaders nationwide in issuing proclamations.

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Film Academy pledges sweeping changes to increase diversity

With the backlash over the lack of diversity with this year’s Oscar nominees and a reported boycott led by actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences has announced sweeping changes to make its governing body and its membership more diverse.

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Flint water crisis highlights neglect of poor communities

The recent water crisis in Flint Michigan and its tragic consequences highlights how difficult it is to address the major challenges of our society such as poverty and crime especially when there is a lack of understanding and concern for how many of these serious social issues develop or are exacerbated.

Thursday, January 21

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Rowan University celebrates Dr. King’s life and legacy

For 30 years, Rowan University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast has featured some of the greatest names in the American Civil Rights Movement, people who, for the most part, actually took part in it, or who had a strong connection to it.

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To honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the community engagement arm of The Perfecting Church, in Washington Township, mobilized its neighbors to make a day off a day of service on the King holiday on Jan 18.

Wednesday, January 20

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No minimum wage hike for NJ workers

With the new year well under way, New Jersey's lowest paid workers will not see an increase in their earnings as efforts by state and federal politicians to hike the minimum wage stalled late last year, officials in Trenton recently announced.

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Flint, the inevitable tragedy

Marvin Gilliam sits comfortably in his living room, not appearing particularly concerned or worried about the Flint water crisis that has been dominating local, national – and even international – headlines in recent weeks and months.

Monday, January 18

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Supreme Court puts reliable government jobs at-risk

Both of my parents worked in stable government jobs, so I had the privilege of growing up in a family that owned a home, a car, and set me on a path to college and even law school.

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Jada Pinkett Smith calling for Oscars boycott?

This year’s Academy Awards nominations proved to be an epic white out – again. Just like last year, not one person of color was nominated in the best acting categories, or any other category, for that matter. The lack of diversity revived the #OscarsSoWhite on Twitter, which was created last year when the film “Selma,” its lead actor David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay were shut out.

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It is Time to Deal with Concussions

First let me make a recommendation. Everyone should see the movie “Concussion.” Actor Will Smith will probably get an Oscar for his role. He plays Dr. Bennet Omalu who links mental illness to football.

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BET to host gospel music celebration

Bigger and better is quite possibly an understatement when describing the 2016 BET Celebration of Gospel (COG) red carpet extravaganza held January 9 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. This year’s unique merge of gospel and secular music artists was hosted for a second time by actress Taraji P. Henson, who served up tons of sass and class in the role.

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Why outing a family member is not okay

I think my nephew is gay. I would even go so far as to say I know that he is gay.

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Honor Dr. King by securing financial justice

As our nation pauses once again in memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., observances across the country will recall his now world-famous Dream. Delivered in a blistering summer’s heat in 1963, the speech attracted over 250,000 people gathered in Washington and millions more who watched on television.

Monday, January 11

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Denzel Washington receives Golden Globe Award

It was a night of stars, but none shone brighter than Denzel Washington. Washington, 61, received the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award for a career that has spanned 35 years at the 73rd Annual Golden Globes Sunday night.

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Lisa Nicole Carson opens up about bipolar disorder

Lisa Nicole Carson was one of the hottest young actresses in Hollywood in the 1990s. Her buoyant curls and curvy physique were everywhere. She played Nia Long’s best friend in the cult classic “Love Jones” and scored coveted roles on “ER” and “Ally McBeal.”

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“Jazz Singers” exhibition opens at Library of Congress

An exhibition opening in February at the Library of Congress will offer perspectives on the art of vocal jazz, featuring singers and song stylists from the 1920s to the present.

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The transformative legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is no debate concerning the irrefutable fact that The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the greatest leaders recognized, admired and affirmed by millions of people across America and throughout the world. King’s activism and leadership changed America and the world, as did Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela in their respective global impacts.

Thursday, January 7

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The BUZZ on: Brandy, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs

Entertainment BUZZ for January.

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Losing Weight in the New Year

It's natural for anyone trying to lose weight to want to lose it very quickly. But evidence shows that people who lose weight gradually and steadily (about 1 to 2 pounds per week) are more successful at keeping weight off.

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A new job in the New Year

Work It!

Are you satisfied with your job?

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New Jersey Leaders Help Keep the King Dream Alive

It's been nearly 60 years since an assassin's bullet silenced the powerful and riveting voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Yet, the pervasive religious leader and civil rights activist’s words remain prevalent in the lexicon and actions of countless other activists, including dozens in New Jersey. This issue of the South Jersey Journal features two Garden State individuals and an organization that highlights Dr. King's words and keeps the dream alive.

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Minority hiring in law enforcement a priority in New Year

The NAACP is moving forward into the New Year after a highly successful Law Enforcement Diversity Career Fair, held at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, on December 5, 2015.

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Terror attacks spark reckless rhetoric

After the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., that was inspired but not directed, by members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria some politicians and pundits are calling for “boots on the ground,” in Syria.

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“Reconciling Our Success”

One of the things that keeps me up at night in my capacity as Founder, President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey is the reconciliation of the collective success of the black community into a narrative or strategy that could be implemented in such a way that continued economic gains may be realized.

Tuesday, January 5

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Is Islamophobia the “acceptable” racism now?

In the aftermath of the Paris massacre and, later, the San Bernardino massacre, I have found myself wondering about the responses that we are hearing in the media and on the streets. It goes beyond Donald Trump’s ridiculous suggestion of banning Muslims from the USA. There seems to be a growing toleration of Islamophobia, or fear of Muslims, in the United States. Things are being said that are both outrageous as well as quite racist.

Saturday, January 2

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Singer Natalie Cole Dies at 65; 'Unforgettable' Voice

The world has lost an “Unforgettable” talent. Singer Natalie Cole died Thursday night at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles "due to complications from ongoing health issues," according to a statement from her family.