News 2017 August

Stories for August 2017

Thursday, August 31

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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.

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Tamron Hall, Will Smith, Gabrielle Union and more in BUZZ

Could Tamron Hall become the next Oprah Winfrey?

Wednesday, August 30

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The Evolution of Work

Work It!

As we observe Labor Day my thoughts turn to how work has evolved over the last ten years. There are more options of how, where and when we work.

Monday, August 28

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Lawnside Back-to-School Bonanza

Lawnside public school’s 6th annual Lawnside Back-to-School Bonanza and the Benson Multicultural History Museum Jazzy Juneteenth Celebration was held Saturday August 26 at the Lawnside School, 426 East Charleston Avenue in Lawnside, NJ.

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Senator Robert Menendez corruption trial set for September

The corruption trial of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez is set to begin early September, as jury selection for the potentially high stakes case was completed last week in Newark.

Saturday, August 26

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Is Tichina Arnold ready to give up acting for music?

With roles on the hit Starz comedy “Survivor’s Remorse” and VH1’s “Daytime Divas,” Tichina Arnold’s plate is pretty full. But, the busy actress, best-known for her role as Pamela James on the groundbreaking comedy “Martin,” is ready to make time for her next act – singing.

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Engaging the Village

Recently, I had an opportunity to travel to Maryland and take part in a Power Networking Conference hosted by Dr. George C. Fraser. The theme was Connect, Grow and Prosper. There were over 1,000 attendees representing 45 states, the Caribbean and several African Countries.

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Donald Trump’s presidential campaign slogan was “Making America Great Again,” but many of his words and actions are emboldening white supremacists and neo-Nazis who seek to make America hate again.

Sunday, August 20

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Comedian, activist Dick Gregory dead at 84

Dick Gregory, who used his uncanny wit and sharp humor to crusade for human and civil rights, died Saturday in Washington, D.C. He was 84.

Tuesday, August 15

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Evelyn Lozada calls off wedding, keeping $1.4M ring

“Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada may have called off her wedding to former Major League Baseball star Carl Crawford, but she said she is keeping her engagement ring.

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New Jersey leaders condemn violence in Virginia

Merck CEO resigns from Trump Council

Dozens of legislative, community activists and New Jersey residents gathered across the state to denounce the violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia when white supremacists clashed with counter-protesters—killing one woman and injuring dozens of others.

Saturday, August 12

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Blacks In Blue

Philadelphia and Atlantic City exhibit

The newest exhibit at African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey focuses on African Americans who have served on the police force.

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New 3plus1 Drive improves access to RCBC and Rowan University

The newest entrance to Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) has been named 3plus1 Drive in recognition of the college’s popular path to one of the most affordable bachelor’s degrees in the nation.

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Trump “Jokes” about Police Brutality, but Cops Aren’t Laughing

During a speech at Suffolk County Community College on Long Island, N.Y., President Donald Trump seemed to openly endorse police brutality.

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The Ebony Fashion Fair “Inspiring Beauty” Exhibit

Let’s take a fresh look back in time: it’s 1979. You attended the 22nd Annual Ebony Fashion Fair in your hometown. The show’s theme was “COLOR EXPLOSION.” A beautiful Black model struts her stuff down the runway wearing Yves Saint Laurent…the Picasso evening dress to be exact.

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Steph Curry’s crossover into golf is good for both sports

The Riley Sports Analysis

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry might not be the next Tiger Woods, but the fact that he’s getting recognition as a golfer is good for both sports.

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Procter & Gamble’s ‘The Talk’ Ad stirs race debate

Procter & Gamble kicked off the 10th anniversary celebration of the “My Black is Beautiful” campaign by releasing a commercial titled “The Talk,” featuring African-American women discussing the realities of being Black in America and warning their children about the perils of racism.

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Who’s taking college spots from top Asian Americans? Privileged whites.

More than a decade ago, I chatted with Asian-American seniors at Hunter College High School in New York City about their college admission prospects.

Friday, August 11

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‘Whose Streets’ reveals daunting truths about Ferguson

It was the tragic death of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown on August 9, 2014 that rocked the nation and gave rise to one of the most relentless protests of our time. As Brown laid lifeless in a pool of blood for more than four hours, filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis took to the streets, both to protest and document the fervency that rested in the hearts of those tired of being oppressed by police, tired of being oppressed by the system.

Tuesday, August 8

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Sonequa Martin-Green makes Star Trek history, shuts down haters

Sonequa Martin-Green will play the lead role in CBS’s new series “Star Trek: Discovery,” making her the first African-American female lead in the Star Trek franchise and the actress does not take the role lightly.

Monday, August 7

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McCain’s brain cancer draws renewed attention to possible Agent Orange connection

When Amy Jones’ dad, Paul, was diagnosed with glioblastoma last month, she wondered whether it might be tied to his time in Vietnam.

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Phil Murphy taps Sheila Oliver for running mate

Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Phil Murphy has tapped former House Assembly speaker Sheila Oliver to be his running mate and lieutenant governor---thus making her potentially the highest ranking and first African American to be second in command in the state.

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Time Inc. seeks a buyer for its majority stake in Essence

Essence magazine is up for sale.

Sunday, August 6

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Summer Jobs and Internships needed for our youth

Like past years, many people in South Jersey truly enjoyed the Fourth of July holiday, but for me, I just couldn’t get into it like that this year.

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Film Review: Detroit

“Detroit” tells a story of racial injustice and police brutality, based on fact, which is easy enough to believe and has parallels with today’s problems with police criminality and impunity.

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Guadagno picks Woodcliff Lake mayor as running mate

At a press conference in West New York, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno announced Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo as her running mate---potentially making the Cuban immigrant the first Latino and male lieutenant governor in the Garden state.

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NAACP focuses on millennials for future growth

As Derrick Johnson assumes the role of interim president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), leaders of the nation’s oldest Black civil rights organization say that young people must come first.

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Gwendolyn Brooks won the Pulitzer Prize while living in a housing project

Gwendolyn Brooks’ apartment was dark on May 1, 1950. The brilliant, award-winning Black poet, who wrote about life on Chicago’s South Side, had not paid her electric bill.

Wednesday, August 2

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Tiffany Haddish, Tracy Morgan team up for new TBS comedy

Tiffany Haddish is on a roll. Fresh off of the box office success of “Girls Trip,” the film’s breakout star is preparing for a new role on the small screen. The comedian is joining forces with Tracy Morgan for the TBS comedy “The Last O.G.”