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Stories for July 2016

Friday, July 29

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Hillary Clinton makes history at Democratic National Convention

Clinton becomes the first woman to accept a major party’s nomination for U.S. president

After three days of talking about Hillary Clinton, the Democrats inside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and those watching at home finally had an opportunity to hear from the woman herself on Thursday night, as she accepted the party’s nomination for President of the United States.

Thursday, July 28

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Obama says Clinton most qualified to be president

The energy of the crowd on the third night of the Democratic National Convention appeared to intensify as an impressive and diverse line-up of prime-time speakers addressed the delegates.

Tuesday, July 26

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Cory Booker: “America, We Will Rise!”

Here is the text of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker's address to the Democratic National Convention here Monday, as prepared for delivery.

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Democratic National Convention kicks off to rousing start

The first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia got off to a rousing start Monday night with a line-up of speakers seeking to ignite and unite the party behind the nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Sunday, July 24

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Allen Iverson to host celebrity basketball game

Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Allen Iverson is bringing the Allen Iverson Celebrity Summer Classic back to Philly. The charity event will take place on Aug. 4-5.

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Will Smith goes dark in ‘Suicide Squad’

Will Smith built his career with summer blockbusters. With the success of movies like “Men In Black,” “Independence Day” and “Bad Boys,” media outlets dubbed the former Philadelphia rapper “Mr. July.” Everything he touched turned to box office gold – until 2008’s epic failure, “Hancock,” in which Smith played a homeless, drunken superhero bent on self-destruction.

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Athletes are speaking out on police shootings

It's often said that sports, politics, and social issues should never mix. But every now and then, comes a time where the three come together for the better good and make an impact on the world.

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Local student earns multiple honors

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

Sunday, July 17

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How to start a business

Work It!

Are you brave enough to work for yourself? You may feel drawn to start your own business, but not sure how to get started.

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The debate on Social Security affects us also

For many older and younger Americans of all backgrounds, Social Security is the main source, or in some cases the only source of income.

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Affordable-housing dreams become Section 8 nightmares

Congress created Section 8 vouchers to offer very-low-income Americans “decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market.” But recent examinations have found many such homes far from decent, safe or sanitary.

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Diversity reigns at Emmys for a second year

Seven months after the viral #OscarsSoWhite lit up social media and Will and Jada Pinckett Smith called for a boycott of the Academy Awards, the Emmys have continued to embrace and celebrate diversity on television.

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African American women are taking care of business in New Jersey

Starting a small business can be a daunting and frustrating task, yet women, especially women of color, are starting small businesses faster than anyone else in the country, including right here in New Jersey.

Saturday, July 16

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Jeff Bradshaw & Friends will headline “Jazz on the Ave” Music Fest

On Saturday, July 30, 2016, Beech Community Services will host the 10th Annual “Jazz on the Ave” Music Fest, headlined by award-winning Jeff Bradshaw and Friends. This free event, which attracts thousands of local and national visitors, takes place on Cecil B. Moore Avenue with two stages of live music (between Broad Street and 17thStreet) from noon to 8:00 p.m.

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Thousands of blacks have opened new accounts at black-owned bank

More Than 8,000 people have opened up new accounts at Citizens Trust Bank, according to officials at the black-owned bank in Atlanta.

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Spurs’ Tim Duncan retires

LeBron James dedicated his Instagram page to Duncan, despite the fact that Duncans Spurs beat LBJ teams two-out-of-three times in NBA Finals series.

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Tamar Braxton and Vince Herbert getting divorced?

Rumors are swirling around that there is marital tumult in the Tamar Braxton and Vince Herbert household. According to Love B. Scott, rumblings in the marriage emanate allegedly from Tamar Braxton’s indiscretions with another man — and not from husband Vince.

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Dallas tragedy debunks gun reform myths

One of the more unsettling revelations about the tragedy in Dallas is that the mentally unbalanced gunman was rejected, after a background check, for membership in an extremist group but was legally able to purchase a high-capacity assault rifle.

Monday, July 11

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Serena Williams moves closer to Grand Slam record

Serena Williams won her 22nd major title with her 7-5, 6-3 victory over Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final July 9. Williams tied Steffi Graf’s Open-era record for Grand Slam singles titles. She has won six trophies at the Australian Open, three at the French Open, seven at Wimbledon, and six at the U.S. Open throughout her career.

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Police on alert in New Jersey following shootings

With racial tension and emotions high following the ambush murders of five police officers in Dallas that were precipitated by the police shootings of African American men in Louisiana and Minnesota in the past several days, law enforcement officials are on high alert throughout New Jersey.

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Buffalo Soldiers Celebrate 150th Anniversary

The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum has a reason to celebrate. A century and a half ago Black soldiers called “Buffalo Soldiers” first served in the American military.

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Five facts about the Buffalo Soldiers

The Buffalos Soldiers National Museum will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Buffalo Soldiers in Houston Texas from July 28 – July 30.

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4 Things to Know Before Signing a Car Loan

It’s that time of year again when days are longer, temperatures are higher and auto dealers advertise some of the most tempting deals. And while there’s nothing new about new car fever or the annual ad blitz, there’s a good deal of news on how consumers are choosing and paying for their cars.

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4 lessons Americans should learn from “Brexit” vote

The day after 52 percent of United Kingdom citizens voted to leave the European Union, Google was deluged with questions. The most common – what is the European Union?

Sunday, July 10

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Serena Williams wins Wimbledon, Ties record

Once again, Serena Williams makes history.

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Jesse Williams responds to petition to fire him

Actor and activist Jesse Williams’ impassioned speech at the BET Awards may have inspired a rousing standing ovation with that audience, but it has incited outrage in other quarters of society.

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The Corruption behind corruption

The recent conviction of U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah for RICO, conspiracy, bribery and fraud added fuel to the “get money out of politics” sentiment driving many voters to the polls this election year.

Saturday, July 9

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Eddie Levert stands the test of time

Levert talks about memorable collaboration with son Gerald, speaks on Prince and discusses new album “Did I Make You Go Ooh”

Music icon Eddie Levert, Sr. is underappreciated to say the least. Many people do not recognize the impactful contribution he has made to music over the last four decades. His career has transcended generations standing the test of time.

Thursday, July 7

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Ciara and Russell Wilson Wed

It’s official. Pop singer Ciara, 30, and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, 27, tied the knot in a romantic wedding ceremony at the Peckforton Castle in Liverpool, England on Wednesday, according to US Weekly.

Tuesday, July 5

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Get ready for Muva

Amber alert.

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New Jersey braces for expected gas tax hike

Despite a temporary moratorium of sorts on a proposed gasoline tax by Gov. Chris Christie, many New Jerseyans are still bracing for a sizable increase at the pump in the coming weeks, according to some reports out of Trenton.

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Atlantic City sells properties, finances still in limbo

The financial coffers in Atlantic City got an injection of much needed cash last week, as the resort town secured more than $1.7 million in revenue following the sale of several properties across the city, officials announced.

Sunday, July 3

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From DC to QVC: Risky moves help family recipe go national

When Starbucks asked April Richardson to mail its CEO a sample of her cake, she went a step further: She sent herself.

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Black Trade Deficit

The more I see the statistics relating to the so-called Black Economy and Black Buying Power, the more desperate my message becomes and the more insulted I feel.

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Fox News says it doesn't know why Jesse Williams is 'so angry'

Leave it to Fox News to be confused and shocked that “Grey's Anatomy” star Jesse Williams would be “so angry,” as they put it.

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Sigma Pi Phi honors Black cabinet officers

Sigma Pi Phi, the first Black Greek-letter fraternity, on June 28 honored Blacks who have served in presidential cabinet-level positions.

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Rowan College at Burlington County offers high school students new opportunities to earn college credit

High School students have new ways to earn college credits at Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC), which is partnering with the Burlington County Institute of Technology (BCIT) to provide students an engineering path and is offering a new discount on certain online courses to high school students.

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KYW Newsradio honors five local women

KYW Newsradio honored its 7th annual Women’s Achievement Award winners at a special reception on June 28.

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Congressman John Lewis Is One of a Kind

I have always had enormous admiration for Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) and that admiration increased exponentially when I watched him led dozens of his congressional colleagues to sit-in on the floor of Congress to force a vote on gun control. As the supercilious Paul Ryan called for “decorum” (where is the decorum in a man walking into a nightclub with an automatic weapon and gunning 49 people down), determined Democrats disrupted proceedings in the House of Representatives. I say, “Right on!”

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Class of 2016: Beating the Odds

Congratulations, graduates. Whether you’ve walked across a stage to receive your high school diploma and begin your journey into a new world of independence, or you finally have your college diploma and are ready to step out into a world outside of lecture halls and dorms, you deserve much congratulations on your achievement.

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Ghana’s FDA bans skin-bleaching chemical over cancer concerns

Ghana’s Food and Drug Authority is set to ban the skin-bleaching agent hydroquinone later this summer.

Saturday, July 2

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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 and the region. Items for the calendar should be sent at least three weeks in advance to editor@southjerseyjournal.com