News 2017 July

Stories for July 2017

Friday, July 28

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Things to do in South Jersey and region

Things to do in South Jersey and region - August 2017.

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NAACP names Derrick Johnson as interim president

The NAACP has named Derrick Johnson, the vice chairman of their board of directors, the organization’s interim president.

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Booker and Menendez fight against health care vote

In an effort to promote and perhaps save President Obama's signature health care law—New Jersey's top Democratic legislators are denounced the Senate vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act without replacing it.

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African American and Hispanic chambers host unity luncheon

More than 60 people attended a growth and empowerment ceremony hosted by two of New Jersey's biggest minority chambers of commerce---the African American Chamber of Commerce (AACCNJ) and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (HCCNJ)-- last week in Plainsboro that featured a panel discussion between presidents John Harmon and Carlos Medina.

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High-prescription drug prices hurt the black community

Nearly a decade ago, Clinton Crawley, a Baltimore resident and one of my constituents, was diagnosed with diabetes. Clinton has done everything his doctors asked—he eats well, he exercises and he takes his medication. Although Clinton has employer-sponsored health insurance, the cost of his medication—more than $1,000 each year—places a significant burden on his finances.

Monday, July 24

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South Jersey Journal columnist given top New Jersey honor for volunteerism

Wilfredo (Wil) Rojas, a columnist for South Jersey Journal, has had many achievements in his life. On June 19, at a ceremony at the Newark Museum, he added the New Jersey Governor’s Jefferson Award to his collection.

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R. Kelly denies being a cult leader, sexual misconduct

Singer R. Kelly, 50, denied allegations that he is a cult leader and that he is using women as sex slaves.

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Girl Trip is hilarious, bawdy

This hilarious and relentlessly bawdy take on a girls’ weekend reunion in New Orleans is following in the footsteps of some very popular female-appeal movies like “Sex In the City” and “Bridesmaids.” But “Girls Trip” is not a copycat. It’s very unique and will leave its own lasting imprint on the good-girls-gone-wild genre.

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NFL players justified in feeling shorted

Riley’s Sports Analysis

With mega contracts being handed out left and right across the NBA landscape, NFL players have obviously taken notice. This summer marked the first of many to come that NBA players will begin to command $200-million-plus contracts with Steph Curry and James Harden becoming pioneers in a sense.

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NABJ mourns the loss of veteran journalist Jim Vance

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of pioneering broadcast journalist WRC-TV/NBC Washington anchor Jim Vance.

Tuesday, July 18

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Mel B ordered to pay spousal support to estranged husband

Despite the shocking claims of physical and emotional abuse inflicted by her husband, Melanie “Mel B” Brown has been ordered to pay spousal support to Stephen Belafonte.

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Christie approves travel ban in state

In an effort to enforce a travel ban, Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a measure that would have enabled the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to hinder President Donald Trump's travel ban at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Sunday, July 16

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Staying on Message

Last month’s column was a small tribute to the 10th Anniversary of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ).

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Camden company works to ensure water, air safety

When Rafiq and Tiffany Heigler started their business, Sure-BioChem Laboratories (SBL) (www.surebiochem.com) in Camden, NJ in 2009, breathing fresh air and drinking a clean and toxin-free glass of tap water were considered simple and mundane tasks for most people.

Sunday, July 9

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Allen Iverson returns to Wells Fargo Center

Fans in the area will be able to see former Philadelphia Sixers player and Hall of Famer Allen Iverson along with some of their favorite former NBA players as the BIG3 will be coming to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on July 16.

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Ava DuVernay brings ‘The Central Park Five’ to Netflix

Director Ava DuVernay has signed on to bring the story of five Black teenagers accused of raping a white woman in New York’s Central Park to Netflix.

Saturday, July 8

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Retrial date set in Bill Cosby sexual assault case

Bill Cosby will face another criminal prosecution.

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Congressional Black Caucus rejects second meeting with Trump

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) rejected an offer from the White House to meet with all 49 members of the caucus, citing steps that the Trump Administration has taken, “that will affirmatively hurt Black communities.”

Wednesday, July 5

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John Singleton’s ‘Snowfall’ debuts on FX

Set in 1983, John Singleton’s new FX drama, “Snowfall,” chronicles the rise of the crack cocaine epidemic in South Central Los Angeles.

Sunday, July 2

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Who Improved the Most After the NBA Draft?

AFRO Sports Desk Faceoff

The 2017 NBA Draft is said and done, and teams have begun crafting a game plan for the upcoming season.

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Don’t be held back by limiting beliefs

Work It!

What’s holding you back from reaching your goals?

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Thoughts on NAACP’s “Retooling”

When news broke that the national board of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) voted not to renew the contract of its president and CEO for the past three years, Cornell Brooks, people started speculating about what’s happening inside the organization.

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Making America Great

As we celebrate Independence Day on July 4th this is a good time to reflect on the state of our union.