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News 2016 May

Stories for May 2016

Tuesday, May 31

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New Jersey State Police Can Use More Minorities and Women

Back in March, I recall receiving a phone call from Loretta Winters, President of the Gloucester County NAACP and 2nd vice president of the New Jersey NAACP State Conference, asking if I would be able to represent her and the branch at a scheduled meeting with the State Police in Trenton.

Monday, May 30

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A diverse workforce makes good business sense

Work It!

To survive in a highly competitive global market most businesses recognize the need to stay competitive and relevant. This requires a workforce that can provide creative ideas, meaningful insight and a diverse perspective.

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We need to collaborate more

On April 16, 2016, I was privileged to be recognized as the “Ambassador of Economic Empowerment” by the Central New Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., serving Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon, and Mercer Counties, since 1984. The theme of the 2016 Brims and Bow Ties Fundraiser was “Building Ambassadors of Economic Growth and Financial Independence”.

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Legislator advocates public disclosure of animal cruelty offenders

New Jersey lawmaker Troy Singleton is calling for a measure to publicly disseminate the names of people convicted of abusing animals.

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What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Although scientists are learning more every day, right now, they still do not know what causes Alzheimer’s disease.

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Preventing falls among older adults

We all want to protect our older family members and help them stay safe, secure, and independent. Knowing how to reduce the risk of falling, a leading cause of injury, is a step toward this goal.

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

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Oprah Winfrey returns to the scripted television in ‘Greenleaf’

Oprah Winfrey is returning to scripted television for the first time in nearly 20 years in her new project, “Greenleaf,” debuting on OWN in June. The show will join OWN’s current crop of successful dramas, “The Haves and Have Nots” and “If Loving You Is Wrong.”

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Machine Bias

There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks.

On a spring afternoon in 2014, Brisha Borden was running late to pick up her god-sister from school when she spotted an unlocked kid’s blue Huffy bicycle and a silver Razor scooter. Borden and a friend grabbed the bike and scooter and tried to ride them down the street in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Coral Springs.

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Is this LeBron’s best team?

AFRO Sports Desk Faceoff

The 2015-2016 Cleveland Cavaliers have risen from title contender to title favorite over the course of a dominant, two-month stretch.

Safe and healthy travel for seniors

The retirement years can be an exciting time to see the world, and travel is easier and safer than ever before for seniors. With a little planning and some caution, seniors can safely visit almost any destination.

Friday, May 27

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Mayor Baraka to host UNCF’s Masked Ball

The New Jersey local office of UNCF will hold its fourth annual Mayor’s Masked Ball on Friday, June 24.

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Tamar Braxton parts ways with ‘The Real’

Things just got real for Tamar Braxton.

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South Jersey Journal to host awards dinner

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.

Monday, May 23

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My friend is cheating on his gf with my BFF

A male friend of mine moved to my city for a six-month work assignment. To welcome him to the area, I took him to dinner and introduced him to my local friends. Well, I just learned that he has been having a sexual relationship with a sorority sister.

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Report: Despite progress, deep inequality plagues Black America

In 1976, then-President Gerald Ford delivered the annual “State of the Union Address,” virtually ignoring the plight of African-Americans and Latinos.

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Tony awards marks historic year for diversity on Broadway

Two Black productions, “Hamilton” with 16 nominations and “Shuffle Along” with 10 nominations, lead the pack for the prestigious Tony awards for 2016. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” has not only been the hottest ticket on Broadway it has topped the most nominations for any production, breaking all records in Broadway history.

Monday, May 16

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Trenton family claims Powerball jackpot

A Trenton, NJ family claimed a Powerball lottery jackpot of $429.6 million last week at New Jersey Lottery headquarters in Trenton. The Smith Family, most of whom live in Trenton, will split a total cash option payout of about $284 million.

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Rowan College at Burlington County celebrates its first commencement under new identity

Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) celebrated its first commencement under its new identity, RCBC, on the new main campus in Mount Laurel for the first time in the college’s history, reflecting both the innovative partnership with Rowan University and transformation of the site into a full-service campus experience on Saturday, May 14.

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Steps to curb opioid epidemic multiply

The overdose death toll from opioids, both prescription drugs and heroin, has almost quadrupled since 1999. In 2014 alone, 28,000 people died of opioid overdoses, more than half from prescription drugs.

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Obama delivers spirited commencement address at Rutgers University

More than 50,000 people crammed High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, NJ on Sunday to hear President Barack Obama deliver a resounding and historic 250th commencement address to graduates of Rutgers University.

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Regina Hall, Morris Chestnut team up for new thriller

“The Best Man” stars Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall will reunite in the new Screen Gems thriller, “When the Bough Breaks.”

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Black men returned to job market in April

The Black unemployment rate ticked down from 8.9 percent in March to 8.8 percent in April and Black men showed gains in the labor market, according to the latest jobs report from the Labor Department.

Tuesday, May 10

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Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther leaves fans wanting more

Black Panther made a spectacular debut this weekend in Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War.” The film decimated the competition with $181.8 million stateside and nearly $700 million worldwide.

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Obama urges Howard graduates to continue change

President Barack Obama told the graduates of one of the nation’s leading historically black universities that America is “a better place today” than it was when he graduated from college, but more work needs to be done and urged them to be involved in the political process if they want to see change.

Monday, May 9

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AKA, Sorority, Inc. Theta Pi Omega Chapter Cotillion

South Jersey Scene

The 15th Biennial Pink and Green Fantasy Cotillion was hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. -Theta Pi Omega Chapter; serving Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties in N.J.

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Film Review: Nina

If you haven’t picked up a copy of “I Put a Spell on You: The Autobiography of Nina Simone,” now is a good time to read it and let Simone reflect on her life, with her own enlightening words.

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Nigerian businessman Tony Elumelu urges “Africapitalism”

Tony O. Elumelu has emerged on the global business stage as a transformative and effective entrepreneur in energy, agriculture and financial services. The native Nigerian multimillionaire is the chairman of Heirs Holdings, Transcorp, and the United Bank of Africa, as well as the founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation.

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President Obama visits Flint Michigan, drinks the water

On May 4, President Barack Obama spent the whole day in Flint, Michigan. He also drank a glass of filtered water.

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Black comedians react to Larry Wilmore’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner jokes

President Barack Obama dropped his microphone at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, acknowledging what everyone had already concluded: he slayed it!

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Prince’s estate may stay in limbo for years

How much is a vault of unreleased songs worth? What’s the value of a guitar played by a musical genius?

Sunday, May 8

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Essex County Community College under federal investigation

College president and attorney fired amid financial scandal

Federal investigators have launched an investigation into activities at Essex County Community College in Newark, following the firing of the president and a senior attorney at the school, amid growing allegations of among other things, financial improprieties and abuse of power, officials at the school confirmed.

Wednesday, May 4

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Alicia Keys to perform new music

May is going to be a big month for Alicia Keys. The “Fallin” singer is preparing to release new music and fans will get their first taste on May 7 when she performs as the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live.” Oscar winner Brie Larson will host.

Monday, May 2

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What are the Eagles doing at quarterback?

The Philadelphia Eagles have no plans to trade disgruntled quarterback Sam Bradford despite drafting North Dakota State's Carson Wentz with the second overall pick.

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Inspira unites with the American Cancer Society in the fight against colorectal cancer

Inspira joins national effort to save lives from colorectal cancer by 2018 through increased screening

Inspira Health Network recently announced their commitment to increase colorectal cancer screening in South Jersey by joining a national effort with the American Cancer Society in the fight against the disease.

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A Woman’s Business to host Power To Be Tea

A Woman’s Business, an international outreach effort for women to restore their image and purpose, will host the 2016 “Power to Be Tea” on Saturday May 7.

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Harriet Tubman: Economic Freedom Fighter

When Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced that Harriet Tubman would grace the new $20 bill, my heart sang hallelujah. Additional changes to the currency were also announced.

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Things to do in South Jersey and region

May 2016 Events

The following list is a guide to cultural and community events in South Jersey and region. Items for the calendar should be sent at least three weeks in advance to editor@southjerseyjournal.com

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Film review: Keanu

They’re 50 percent Black, 50 percent White. 100 percent Nerd. Go figure.

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Thousands of rich Americans live in taxpayer-subsidized public housing

Tens of thousands of high-income Americans live in low-income housing, according to a federal audit.

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Hollywood’s Black Christians are on the rise

Black Christians shocked Hollywood last September.