News 2016 June

Stories for June 2016

Monday, June 27

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Soul Food: Getting to the heart of it

The roots of soul food run deep.

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Officers not indicted in death of Phillip White

National Action Network to request federal investigation

Two Vineland police officers will not be indicted by a state grand jury in the police involved death of an African American man last year in Vineland, officials announced last week in a South Jersey courtroom.

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50 Cent on the new season of ‘Power’

“Power” is coming, and it’s going to be packed with more drama than before.

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Biotech pioneer hopes to heal with honey

Show Kayla Rodriguez a jar of honey, and she will tell you it’s medicine.

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‘Big Sean’ donates $25,000 to Wayne State University

Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, better known by his stage name ‘Big Sean’, is known for being a rapper who gives back to his hometown of Detroit and the community. On June 8, he added to that reputation by donating $25,000 to Wayne State University, which is based in Detroit.

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Tuskegee University alums star in new cable show

Three graduates of Tuskegee University, the venerated HBCU founded by Booker T. Washington in Tuskegee, Ala., are stars of a new reality show on Animal Planet called “The Vet Life.”

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The most improbable comeback in the history of the NBA took two weeks, The Block took about 10 seconds and the shot took about 23 seconds, and finally the 52-year draught for Cleveland was over.

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Black banks struggle to survive, part 2

Leah Chase recalls a time when she couldn’t get a loan from a white-owned bank to expand her now-legendary New Orleans restaurant.

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Black contractors: Democrats take us for granted

While Democrats scramble to secure the African-American community’s support post-Obama, black contractors complain that they are not getting their fair share of the party’s campaign spending.

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McCain foolishly blames Obama for Orlando Massacre

The cretin who took an assault weapon into Pulse, an Orlando nightclub, on “salsa night” is beneath contempt. Was his target the LBGTQ community, Latinos, or simply human beings? After all, it is somewhat reductive to simply describe Pulse as a “gay club.” It catered to the LBGTQ communities and allies. Some of those who were massacred were not gay. They just wanted to dance.

Monday, June 20

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Flourishing house flippers, interior designers at home on HGTV

Home flippers and interior designers are thriving in the rebounding real-estate sector — as seen on TV.

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African American Chamber of NJ honors corporate donors

More than 80 people attended an awards ceremony hosted by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) in Plainsboro to honor the organizations' top corporate contributors.

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Where did the black banks go?

America has half as many black-owned banks as existed 15 years ago.

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Beyoncé Donates to Flint, Dedicates Song to Orlando Victims

Singer Beyoncé recently made headlines—not for controversial songs about possible marital discord or here pride in her Black heritage but for her generosity.

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Gay community targeted in mass shooting in Florida, says executive of NJLGBT organization

Gunmen had ties to NJ

The gay community was the obvious target of a deranged mass shooter that gunned down dozens of patrons at a popular Orlando, FL nightclub, according to the head of one of New Jersey's largest NJLGBT organizations.

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Obama visits with survivors and families in Orlando

Full Text of Remarks by President Barack Obama on June 16, 2016.

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Who will Sixers pick in draft?

The 2016 NBA Draft is finally here, and it’s one of the biggest nights in Philadelphia Sixers franchise history.

Wednesday, June 15

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Ebony Magazine sold to private equity firm

After seven decades of publishing, Ebony Magazine, the venerable voice of Black America, has been sold to an Austin, Texas-based equity firm.

Monday, June 13

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Zallie’s Supermarkets Inc. Honor Local Veterans

In Camden and Gloucester Counties, at each of the eight ShopRite Supermarkets owned and operated by the Zallie family, local veterans were recently honored with a special luncheon during the 5th Annual Memorial Day Celebration on May 28.

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Stopping the violence in black communities starts at home

Every Memorial Day Weekend we all read or watch the stories on Facebook or other media about the number of people shot over the weekend in Chicago. Every year I hope that it's an old story from the previous year, which of course it is not. So far this Memorial Day weekend at the time of this posting 49 people have been shot and 4 killed in Chicago.

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Inspira announces intent to partner with DaVita to enhance dialysis services in region

Inspira Health Network recently announced that the network is pursuing a partnership with DaVita HealthCare Partners to enhance and expand dialysis services in South Jersey. Once approved, Inspira would enter into a joint venture acquisition with DaVita to transfer majority ownership of three dialysis centers in Vineland, Millville and Bridgeton to the organization.

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Terry McMillan talks about her latest novel

Best-selling author Terry McMillan is back with a new novel, “I Almost Forgot About You.” McMillan recently spoke with the {AFRO} about the novel, how she hopes to empower her readers, and even gave her thoughts on the show Empire’s portrayal of unhealthy relationships.

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Bobby Brown reveals all in new memoir

R&B singer Bobby Brown is finally telling all about his tumultuous marriage to the late Whitney Houston and the tragic death of his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, which he blames on her boyfriend, Nick Gordon.

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Neisha Neshae rides ‘On a Cloud’ to success

As Detroit is known as Motown, it should not be a surprise that an increasing number of artists from the Motor City are coming to the forefront.

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Obama, Trump, lawmakers react to shooting in Orlando

President Barack Obama, presidential candidates and congressional leaders are weighing in on the tragic nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida that left 50 people dead and injured at least 53 more.

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Lone Black Republican Senator Reaffirms Support for Trump

Despite “Racially Toxic” Statements

Just days after Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the U.S. Senate’s sole African American Republican member, labeled Donald Trump’s criticism of the Mexican-American judge overseeing the Trump University case as “racially toxic,” the lawmaker reaffirmed his support for the divisive presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

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Dr. James Still archaeology dig calls for volunteers

Have you ever dreamed of going on a dig? Here is your chance.

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Black History Museum To tell full American story

When the National Museum of African American History and Culture opens in September, Lonnie Bunch, the museum’s founding director said that it will not only tell us a great deal of information about Black folks, but “it will tell us even more about what America is and what it can become.”

Monday, June 6

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Cory Booker featured in Princeton magazine

New Jersey's popular and celebrity caliber junior senator, Cory Booker is featured on the cover of the current issue of Princeton Magazine. The bimonthly publication is viewed by many, as the voice of the city Princeton.

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NJ Black mayors group announces support for Clinton

In a move many people expected, members of the New Jersey Black Mayors Alliance (NJBMA) for Social Justice recently announced support for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president.

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New Jersey Presidential Primary on Tuesday

Clinton and Sanders campaign throughout the state

Voter turnout is expected to be large as New Jersey residents go to the polls on Tuesday in this year's hotly contested Presidential election—with Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton with a nominal lead over contender Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, according to various polls and surveys, released last week.

Sunday, June 5

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Muhammad Ali inspired millions

Three-time heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali, who charmed millions with his wit and confidence in the ring and inspired many more with his commitment to humanitarian causes died June 3. He was 74.

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World remembers Muhammad Ali

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali died Friday, June 3 at age 74, after being hospitalized in the Phoenix area with respiratory problems.