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Stories for November 2017

Thursday, November 30

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Murphy vows to help residents sign up for 'Obamacare'

Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy said Wednesday that his administration will be much more aggressive helping New Jersey residents sign up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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ACLU leader: Legalizing marijuana a 'racial justice issue'

The head of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey says legalizing recreational marijuana would help fix "a racial justice issue and a civil rights crisis" because the war on drugs is disproportionately targeting black New Jerseyans.

Sunday, November 26

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You better watch your mouth: Dental care in the black community

Julianne Malveaux talks about dental care and Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s new bill, the Action for Dental Health Act.

Julianne Malveaux talks about dental care and Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s new bill, the Action for Dental Health Act.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson announces Parkinson’s diagnosis

Friends, Medical Community Weigh-In on Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Parkinson’s Diagnosis

Reverend Jesse Jackson’s Parkinson’s disease diagnosis caught many by surprise, but those who know him said they’re confident that he’ll overcome the life-threatening challenge before him.

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The Digital Revolution will be powered by Black Millennials

The presence and influence of Black millennials on our shared digital frontier can neither be denied nor dismissed.

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Recreational marijuana could be legal in New Jersey next year

While it may be crass to promote grass, that's exactly what Governor-elect Phil Murphy did throughout his campaign—making the prospect of legalized recreational marijuana becoming law in New Jersey as early as next year, according to dozens of state and local legislators.

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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 the 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, November 22

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Gloucester County NAACP leader to help Governor-elect transition

Loretta Winters, long serving president of the Gloucester County was surprised, but totally excited with a call to help New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy transition into his role as the state’s top executive.

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History of Thanksgiving in the U.S. is a quest for unity

While Thanksgiving is clearly a celebration of gratitude for a bountiful harvest, its origin and history in the United States tell an unexpected tale of unity that is particularly relevant in in these divisive times.

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Hazim Hardeman becomes Temple’s first Rhodes Scholar

North Philadelphia native makes history as Temple's first recipient of the prestigious scholarship

Hazim Hardeman, a native North Philadelphian who grew up only a few blocks from Temple's Main Campus and a 2017 graduate of the Klein College of Media and Communication, has become the first Rhodes Scholar in Temple University history.

Tuesday, November 21

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Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian tie the knot

Tennis star Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian tied the knot on Nov. 16 in a lavish, fairy tale, star-studded ceremony in New Orleans.

Monday, November 20

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Murphy vows to end state takeover of Atlantic City

Frank Gilliam elected new mayor of the resort city

It's been a year since the state took over control of Atlantic City--and Nov. 7 voters played the odds and won and elected Atlantic City as City Council President Frank Gilliam over Republican incumbent mayor Don Guardian to assume the reins of the beleaguered South Jersey resort city.

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Menendez slams federal prosecutors

The federal corruption trial of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez ended in a mistrial last week in a Newark courtroom—ending widespread speculation th

Saturday, November 18

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Rookies from South Jersey making mark in NFL

While fans across the country are tuning in to watch their favorite teams and players compete in the NFL, many people in South Jersey are cheering for local standouts.

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Blacks often pay higher fees for car purchases than whites

It’s that time of year again when auto dealers try to make room in their showrooms for next year’s models. The seasonal clearance sales that come right before the holidays are just as tempting as ever, beckoning consumers to get that proverbial ‘new car fever.’

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Who's at risk for diabetes?

Here's how you find out if you are at risk for diabetes.

Friday, November 17

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Governor-elect Phil Murphy gets to work

Sheila Oliver named commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs

Just days after his overwhelming win as New Jersey's new governor, Democrat Phil Murphy has appointed Lieutenant Governor-elect Sheila Oliver to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). He has also named a staffer to former governor Jon Corzine to manage his transition team, officials recently announced.

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Is the FBI’s New Focus on “Black Identity Extremists” the New COINTELPRO?

If you’ve been to a Black Lives Matter rally or tweeted the related hashtag recently, then the FBI might consider you a “Black Identity Extremist,” at least according to a report published by one of the nation’s top law enforcement agencies.

Wednesday, November 15

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Eve joins ‘The Talk’

Rapper-actress Eve has joined the CBS daytime talk show “The Talk.” Eve, whose full name is Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper, is replacing comedian-actress Aisha Tyler, who left the show at the end of last season to focus on her movie and television career.

Tuesday, November 14

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African American Women Achievers honored by Burlington-Camden Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi

The Burlington-Camden (NJ) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., in conjunction with The Kappa Community Development Corporation recently hosted its 14th Annual Banquet Honoring African American Women of High Achievement.

Friday, November 10

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Tiffany Haddish to make ‘SNL’ history

Tiffany Haddish is set for a history making turn on “Saturday Night Live.” The break out star of “Girls Trip” will be the first female African-American comedian to host the long-running late night sketch comedy show when she takes the stage on Nov. 11. She will be joined by musical guest Taylor Swift.

Thursday, November 9

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Children and the opioid crisis

President Trump’s announcement yesterday reminded us all that the opioid crisis is a public health emergency, but in fact it is also a national emergency and we must do so much more.

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NAACP set to change tax status to engage politically

After being eclipsed in recent years by Color of Change, Black Lives Matter and other younger, more tech savvy and politically-pointed groups, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization will change its tax status.

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Black Agenda - Hijacked

By the time you read this column, the citizens of New Jersey will have elected its next governor.

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The Black Church and the Future of Obamacare

Why Black Faith Leaders Must Lead the Fight for Healthcare Access

First of all, despite the Trump Administration’s efforts to kill (“repeal and replace”) the Affordable Care Act, it is still the law of the land, and because of the federal mandate everyone is required to have some form of health insurance.

Wednesday, November 8

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Phil Murphy wins New Jersey governor’s race

Sheila Oliver becomes New Jersey's first African American Lt. Governor

Democrat Phil Murphy will be the next governor of New Jersey—soundly defeating current lieutenant governor and longtime Chris Christie ally Kim Guadagno in one of only two governor's race in the country.

Monday, November 6

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Tamar Braxton’s mom accuses Vincent Herbert of abuse

Some have called it a publicity stunt to boost ratings for the season premiere of their reality show, “Tamar & Vince,” but it seems that Tamar Braxton and Vincent Herbert’s separation is the real deal. And according to TMZ, Braxton’s mother, Evelyn, is happy her daughter has finally left the music manager, whom she accuses of abusing Braxton.

Friday, November 3

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First Baptist Church of Swedesboro celebrates 125th Anniversary

First Baptist Church of Swedesboro recently celebrated a milestone anniversary.

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Ex-police chief indicted on hate crimes

A white former New Jersey police chief charged with assault, slurs against African Americans

A retired ex-police chief in South Jersey used excessive force against a young African American man and regularly referred to African Americans as the N-word and other racial slurs, according to a federal complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in Camden.

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New Jersey, Pennsylvania to hold general elections Nov. 7

Governor’s race tops in New Jersey, race for District Attorney top race in Philadelphia

Voters in New Jersey and Pennsylvania will go to the polls for the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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African American Chamber of NJ honors corporate donors

More than 150 people attended a corporate awards dinner hosted by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) recently in Garfield to pay homage to some of the organizations' top corporate contributors.

Wednesday, November 1

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Atlantic Cape Community College Inaugurates Dr. Barbara Gaba as President

Dr. Gaba is the first female and first African American president of the institution

Atlantic Cape Community College celebrated the Inauguration of Dr. Barbara Gaba as the college's ninth president on Oct. 27.