News 2016 October

Stories for October 2016

Monday, October 31

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Entertainment BUZZ

He’s in. He’s out. Now, he’s back in. Lee Daniels is back on board as director of the upcoming Richard Prior biopic.

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“The Cavalry is Not Coming”

By the time many of you read this column, the election will have concluded and the United States will have a new Commander in Chief.

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Don’t let disgust lead to apathy

My barber seemed genuinely puzzled and asked me the question that is on the minds of millions of American voters.

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Use Your Vote for Justice and Equality on November 8th

We are days away from one of the most important elections in our great nation’s history since former Alabama Governor George Wallace’s, an avowed segregationist, bid for president in 1968. Who doubts that our country’s history would have been different had George Wallace won that election?

Thursday, October 27

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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. Information should be sent in a Word document format.

Wednesday, October 26

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Sixers 2016 Season Preview

“Trust the Process” has been the theme for the Philadelphia Sixers organization the last few seasons. After having another losing season with a 10-72 record, now is the time for the Sixers to begin their transformation from tanking and experimenting to a more typical NBA franchise.

Tuesday, October 25

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Why We Must Continue to Fight Efforts to Suppress Black Votes

In all democracies, the right to vote is fundamental to the legitimacy of an elected government chosen by the participatory action and will of the people eligible to vote. For 47 million Black Americans, the right to vote is a sacred responsibility without the fear of reprisal, retribution or repression.

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Black Women Will Elect the Next President

Black women will play a key role in electing the next president, according to a recent report by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

Monday, October 24

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Joy Bryant fights for women’s rights in ‘Good Girls Revolt’

“Parenthood’s” Joy Bryant is coming back to television. The former model will play real-life civil rights activist and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton in the new Amazon series “Good Girls Revolt,” which debuts Oct. 28.

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Camden home where MLK once lived avoids demolition

A vacant Camden, NJ home where Martin Luther King Jr. once lived will avoid being demolished and will soon receive some much-needed repairs.

Friday, October 21

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Despite Incomes, Black Families Still Denied Access to Home Loans

In recent weeks, a spate of news coverage has referred to America’s “inner cities.” Some may even interpret it as a new code word for minorities, usually referring to Blacks and Latinos.

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Black Women’s Roundtable Launches National Vote Effort

The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) and the Unity’16 Campaign of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) recently announced a nationwide “Get Out the Vote” campaign. BWR is the women and girls empowerment arm of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.

Thursday, October 20

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Solange Knowles is sitting pretty

Solange Knowles has always been outspoken. Now, everyone is listening. Beyonce’s stylish little sister is sitting at the top of the Billboard 200 with the release of her third studio album, “A Seat at the Table.”

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Gloucester County NAACP to Honor 2016 Game Changers

The Gloucester County NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) will host its Annual Freedom Fund Dinner & Game Changers Awards presentation at Auletto’s Caterer, 1849 Cooper Street, Deptford, NJ, on Sunday, October 30, beginning at 5 p.m.

Monday, October 17

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White Acceptance Will Never Lead to Wealth in the Black Community

Black folks in America have been so successfully programmed that many of us are still psychologically enslaved to the point that we truly believe we have “made it” when we have reached a certain financial plateau or when we have attained a certain position or title.

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Should I Be Worried about My Husband’s “Mancations” with his Best Friend?

Ask Alma

I’ve been married for six years and I love my husband so much.

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Four things Obama can do to help blacks in his last 100 days

The countdown to President Obama’s last one hundred days began on October 13.

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Obama on Future of HBCUs, My Brother’s Keeper

During a recent town hall discussion at North Carolina A & T University in Greensboro, President Barack Obama said that historically Black colleges that are producing engineers, doctors and dentists serve as the foundation stone for building Black middle class wealth and success, and are also important to the entire nation.

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Review: Kevin Hart Kills in New Stand-up “What Now?”

Has success spoiled Kevin Hart?

Saturday, October 15

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Despite my frustration, I am voting

Like many Americans I am angry and frustrated about this year’s presidential race. I find both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton very disappointing in being transparent and truthful.

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Millions missing in Superstorm Sandy funds

deral audit of Superstorm Sandy funds has revealed more than $43 million in relief funds is unaccounted for nearly 4 years after the hurricane devastated parts of the tri-state area, according to documents recently released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Friday, October 14

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CBC Members Join the Call for Payday Lending Reform

Within days of the October 7 deadline for public comment on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed payday rule, 104 Members of Congress from 32 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands together called for strong consumer protections, and an end to both regulatory loopholes and predatory debt traps.

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Why Increasing Diversity in Healthcare is Essential for the Black Community

Diversity is good for communities, companies and our nation. A plurality of viewpoints, experiences and beliefs has the potential to foster both understanding and innovation. And in the healthcare field, the need for diversity is evident every day.

Wednesday, October 12

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Kevin Hart’s star still rising as ‘What Now?’ premieres

Kevin Hart cemented his place in Hollywood on Monday when he received a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The comedian was joined by his new wife, Eniko Parrish, his ex-wife Torrei Hart and their two children Heaven and Hendrix, as well as Hollywood pals Ice Cube (“Ride Along”), producer Will Packer (“Ride Along”), actress Halle Berry (“Kevin Hart: What Now?”) and director Tim Story (“Ride Along,” “Think Like a Man”).

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‘Luke Cage’ gives nod to #BlackLivesMatter

Playing America’s first black superhero on television is no easy task, but Mike Colter is up to it.

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New Jersey gas taxes to rise in November

Gas taxes across New Jersey will jump by 23 cents a gallon on November 1, as New Jersey lawmakers in Trenton on Oct 7 approved the gas tax to pay for major transportation work across the state.

Monday, October 10

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Ava DuVernay Tackles Mass Incarceration and more in “The 13th”

The New York Film Festival celebrated its 54th year by trying something new. For the first time in history, its Opening Night World Premiere was a documentary.

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Why Black Americans Must Demand Equality in the Auto Industry

There are nearly 47 million Black Americans living in the United States that have diverse interests politically, economically, socially, and culturally. But no demand or interest is more important than equal justice and opportunity. Let me be crystal clear: There will be no peace without justice and there will be no justice without equality.

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Republicans Willing to Dance with the Devil to Win the White House

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is anticipating a Trump win in November. Or, at least, he is preparing for it.

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From homelessness to hairstylist — Early struggles spur beautician to success

Evalyn “Evie” Johnson has traveled the world to share the hair care techniques she’s honed over 20 years as a stylist.

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Will the African American and Latino Swing Vote Turn Out?

If you're a registered voter in South Jersey, the politicians will double down in coming after you during these final few weeks of what has been a deeply contested presidential campaign season. So, if you are interested in contributing to the future direction of our nation, it is incumbent upon you to carefully listen to the candidates’ messages and their plans.

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Breast Cancer Survivors tell their story

Mammograms Save Lives

On a summer morning in August 2007, Naomi Francisco’s life changed.

Friday, October 7

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If Clinton loses in November, don’t blame black voters

Now that the dust has settled around President Obama’s comments at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Phoenix Awards Dinner, let me give you my take on the subject.

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Review: Nate Parker's 'The Birth of a Nation' is uncompromising

Finally, a filmmaker unearths one of the biggest secrets in American history: slave revolts. It’s a lesson rarely mentioned in history books, though it’s common knowledge to anyone who has taken a Black History course.

Monday, October 3

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Ryan Howard ends great career with Philadelphia Phillies

It’s an end of an era for the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

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Keith Lamont Scott video too little too late

Keith Lamont Scott was killed by a police officer on Tuesday, September 20, in Charlotte, N.C. The officer, dressed in civilian clothing, said that Mr. Scott had a gun and that he did not follow verbal orders to put his hands up. While there is videotape that documents the interaction between Scott and Officer Brentley Vinson, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney had, as of Thursday, declined to release the tapes because there was “no compelling reason” to do so.

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Managing pain and opioid addiction in the Black community

As America grapples with prescription opioid addiction, an epidemic shattering communities across our nation, healthcare providers face a challenging question: How can we help patients treat and manage their pain while reducing the risk of addiction?

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Christie knew about lane closures, says former aide

Governor Chris Christie was told about the plan to shut down several lanes of traffic on the George Washington Bridge and laughed about it, an ex-Port Authority official said under cross examination on Sept. 27 at the highly publicized Bridge-Gate lane closing scandal trial in Newark.

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Sixers rookie Ben Simmons’ return timetable uncertain

Philadelphia Sixers rookie Ben Simmons will undergo surgery on his right foot this week. Simmons suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot during a training camp scrimmage at Stockton University in New Jersey on Sept. 30.

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Gas tax to rise in New Jersey

Gas taxes across New Jersey will jump by at least 23 cents a gallon in the next two weeks, as Gov Chris Christie and Democratic leaders announced a deal on Sept. 30 in Trenton to replenish the nearly depleted Transportation Trust Fund that has stopped dozens of state road projects.