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News 2017 March

Stories for March 2017

Friday, March 31

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How black women can prevent heart disease

Alarming rise in number of young black women at risk of heart disease

According the American Heart Association, nearly 50,000 Black women will die this year of cardiovascular disease. Despite all the talk about prevention and warning signs, more Black young women under 50 are suffering from heart attacks at greater numbers than ever before.

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Will Lonzo Ball go first in NBA draft?

It wasn’t long after UCLA’s 85-76 loss to the Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 on March 24 that star freshman guard Lonzo Ball announced he was headed for the NBA.

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Congressional Black Caucus opposes nomination of Judge Gorsuch

On January 31, President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. If confirmed, Gorsuch’s lifelong appointment to the court would have serious consequences for all Americans, but especially African Americans and vulnerable communities.

Wednesday, March 29

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Snoop Dogg to induct Tupac Shakur into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Snoop Dogg will induct his former labelmate, the late rapper Tupac Shakur into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, according to Rolling Stone. Shakur will be inducted along with Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes and Journey on April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Camden Mayor Dana Redd won't seek third term

Camden Mayor Dana Redd says she won't be seeking a third term in office.

Tuesday, March 28

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BUZZ

If you have been jonesing for Michelle Obama – and who hasn’t these days – you will be happy to know that the former first lady will guest star on an episode of “Masterchef Junior” with Gordon Ramsay.

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Four African American women trailblazers from New Jersey

March is National Women’s History Month. All over the country, women past and present will be celebrated for their contributions to America. T

Friday, March 24

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Shoprite Associates Fight Hunger From The Heart To Make A Difference And Land A Spot On A Cheerios Box

Annual ShopRite Partners In Caring Cheerios Contest raises $1.4 million to fight hunger

Annual ShopRite Partners In Caring Cheerios Contest raises $1.4 million to fight hunger

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Let’s get focused

Coming into the New Year following the election of our 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, I felt compelled to use my column to help keep the African American community in New Jersey, as best I could, focused on leveraging our collective abilities to set our course, while implementing strategies to advance a transformative agenda.

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Trump’s budget cuts hurt the same people that voted for him

If you happened to have voted for the man who now occupies the White House, you may be feeling bamboozled, right about now.

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96-year-old election poll worker knows the importance of voting

Laura Wooten has been helping New Jersey voters at the polls for more than 70 years

Laura Wooten is a social and community activist whose lifelong service exemplifies her commitment to heed the pervasive cry to get out and vote--Wooten has worked as a poll worker in the Garden state for more than 70 years.

Sunday, March 19

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The King of Rock, Chuck Berry, has died

1926-2017

Chuck Berry, the father of rock and roll, who helped define the genre’s rebellious spirit during the 1950s has died. He was 90.

Saturday, March 18

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Forever Stamp recognizes civil rights icon Dorothy Height

Besides discovering Dorothy Height in practically every history book worth its salt, especially when it comes to prominent African-American women, there was her ever resourceful family to provide a more intimate portrait of her. Most rewarding was her nephew, Daniel Aldridge, is one of my best friends, who regaled me with story after story about his remarkable aunt.

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Harvard Law Review elects first black woman as president

A Black woman has been elected president of the Harvard Law Review—the first in the revered publication’s 130-year history.

Thursday, March 16

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Claude Lewis, Founder of Black Journalists’ Organization, dies at 82

Claude Lewis, a highly respected journalist who co-founded the National Association of Black Journalists and wrote a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, died Thursday morning at his home in New Jersey, according to his grandson Judah Wilson. He was 82.

Tuesday, March 14

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Gaining inspiration from Women’s History Month

Work It!

During this month we honor all women who have made contributions to their communities and our nation. It is a time to reflect on how women have made our lives better, richer, safer, healthier and happier through service, education, the arts and innovation and a commitment to excellence.

Monday, March 13

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BET’s “Rebel” with a cause

Oakland, Calif., has a new hero and her name is Rebecca “Rebel” Knight (Danielle Mone Truitt). Cut from the cloth of Foxy Brown and Coffee, Rebel is an Oakland police detective who has a knack for solving homicides.

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A life of service

Former Camden educator and freeholder Riletta Cream says sharing is caring

It's an age old adage---reading is fundamental, yet one that native Camden resident and educator Riletta Cream has advocated for decades.

Friday, March 10

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South Jersey Links shine light on domestic violence and human trafficking

Savory pasta dishes whipped up by Food Network’s “Chopped” winner Chef Tim Witcher, was not on the only thing “On The Menu” Saturday at an event sponsored by the South Jersey Chapter of The Links, Inc.

Thursday, March 9

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Oprah for president?

Is Oprah Winfrey signaling she may be open to a future presidential bid?

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In budget address, Christie tackles drug addiction, pensions

A surprisingly mostly subdued Gov. Chris Christie delivered his annual and final state budget address in Trenton last week and set forth strict deadlines to implement his goals to lessen some of the state’s financial woes before he leaves office in less than a year.

Saturday, March 4

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First Black Astronaut Remains a Forgotten Pioneer

Two historic events that changed America occurred 50 years ago. While many will remember the 50th anniversary of the failed Apollo 1 space flight, an equally historic event that affected Black America remains largely forgotten.

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Power’s Naturi Naughton attends gala for Lawnside education

Actress, singer-songwriter, and star of the STARZ #1 Television Series Power, Naturi Naughton attended the Lawnside Education Foundation, Inc. 7th Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at The Merion in Cinnaminson, New Jersey.

Wednesday, March 1

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Viola Davis, Mahershala Ali make Oscar history

The 89th Annual Academy Awards marked the most African-American actors to win in a single night since 2007, when Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”) and Denzel Washington (“Training Day”) took home trophies. Not only did Barry Jenkins’ critically acclaimed film “Moonlight” take the coveted Best Picture honors, it was also a history-making night for two Black stars – Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali.

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Wells Fargo Commits $60 Billion to Increase Black Homeownership

Wells Fargo & Company has set aside a staggering $60 billion to lend to at least 250,000 black homeowners by the year 2027.