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Kenya Moore Evicted: Judge Orders Reality Star To Vacate Georgia Mansion

June 19, 2013 - It appears Kenya Moore really is 'gone with the wind' -- though maybe not so fabulous -- as she has officially been blown from her rented mansion in Roswell, Georgia, RadarOnline reports.

According to the celebrity news and gossip site, a Fulton County judge has ruled in favor of the reality star’s landlord, Conya Weems-Dillon, to evict her from the property after Moore failed to make an appearance in court on Tuesday to respond to Weems-Dillon's complaint.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Rev. Edward V. Leftwich Jr.: National Leader and Local Hero Dead at 68

Following  a brief, intense illness, Rev. Edward  Vernon Leftwich Jr. died at his home in St. Petersburg, Florida on Father's Day, June 16, 2013.  He was attended in his journey to his  next dimension by his children - Edward III;  Tienne  Leftwich Callender; Cathryn Perry; and Rebecca Perry-Glickstein-  his grandsons, Avery, Hunter and James Edward; sister Delores Beck; a brother Robert Turnquest;  his wife of 31 years, Dr. Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich;  niece Gypsy C. Gallardo and other close relatives. 

Until his recent illness, "Rev. Ed" Leftwich served as Community Director for the Telesis-operated Bradenton Village, and as a Board Member of the Bradenton Community Renewal Agency (CRA) in Florida.  He also served as Associate Minister of the Rock of Jesus Missionary Baptist Church of St. Petersburg, and as Founding President and, recently, Chairman-Emeritus of the Center for Community and Economic Justice  in St. Petersburg, which operated the Still Standing Recovery Ministry for 10 years and the Federally funded  CCEJ- Quantum Opportunities program until March 2013.    Over the twelve years of Rev. Ed's CCEJ  leadership, 1000-plus  adult residents seeking his inspiration and counsel passed through the protected residential facilities and program offices located on Central Avenue in Mid-Town St. Petersburg.   Numerous high school students and their parents also benefited from CCEJ's efforts to provide academic and social enrichment and mentoring by the Leftwich's and their CCEJ- Quantum staff.            

A celebrated practitioner in the field of housing and community development, Rev, Leftwich pioneered waterfront and mixed-income development in the 1970's when he directed the renewal of the Strand River water front along the Kingston, New York banks of  this Hudson River tributary.  His civic work on that and other community projects earned him distinction as the Rotary Club's Outstanding Young Man in America.  Later, he replicated  that accomplishment through his work in St. Petersburg, Florida where, in 2008, he was designated a Freedom's Hero by Channel 8 (ABC Television).  The Hero Award citation was for Rev. Ed's  "...work as a catalyst for change and his dedication to helping others."  As one of the residents stated in the television interview:   "I don't want to say that I can't live without him, but I don't want to think about that happening." 

In 2012, Rev Ed's leadership in the community development field was recognized by the National Alliance of Resident Services in Affordable and Assisted Housing (NARSAAH)

at their 10th Annual Convention held in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The award, given to Rev. Ed as its first recipient, was called the Sustainability Through Partnership Award  and recognized the tangents and collaboration which he facilitated between Bradenton Village and local public and private agencies, including the Public Housing Authority, City officials, Florida State and Manatee County institutions.   

Originally from Norwalk, Connecticut, Rev. Leftwich's early career successes were as a musician and lead singer with The Children of God, and Dreams  R&B and Fusion Jazz groups.  He was heralded on the cover of DOWN BEAT: The Bi-Weekly Music  Magazine, as an " Exciting New Voice  in Jazz and Rock"  in 1970.  While under contract with  Columbia Records, he toured nationally as featured singer on a number of LP's, including "Dreams" and " Imagine My Surprise,"  which helped to also  launch the careers of his collaborators, renowned musicians Michael and Randy Brecker and Billy Cobham.  His life-long affiliation with music and musicians was celebrated in 2010 when he returned to Woodstock, New York,  for 40-year anniversary reunion performances with the original Children of God artists, including Don Moore, Jerry Moore and Gil Herring.

A Celebration of Life ceremony for Rev. Edward V. Leftwich , Jr. will be held in mid-July, at the Rock of Jesus Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, on a date and time soon to be announced.  His remains will be cremated and received by his wife and children.

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OVER A THOUSAND NEW COMMUNITY RADIO LICENSES WILL BE AWARDED TO NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS

In January, 2011, President Obama signed the Local Community Radio Act into law.  As a result of this new law, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must issue over a thousand new low power community radio licenses to not-for-profit organizations and community groups.  As a result on Monday, June 17, 2013, the FCC issued the official application as well as designating October 15 – October 29, 2013, as the official time period when these applications will be accepted. When that two week window ends, so will one of the biggest opportunities we have had in decades to take our message to the airwaves and let our voices be heard.  Read more at naacp.org.

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“Dare to Be Different Take 1” Summer Fashion Show to Showcase Youth Supporting Prevention

June 12, 2013 - At 6 p.m. on June 29th, a community engagement event taking place at the Garden Club in St. Petersburg will prove that living free from unsafe substances is always in style.

LiveFree! Coalition, a local alliance promoting awareness about the harmful effects of underage drinking, binge drinking, prescription drug abuse, marijuana/synthetic use and other substance abuse among youth and young adults, in partnership with Power Broker Magazine, the most read magazine targeting African Americans on Florida’s west coast, will host the Dare to Be Different Take 1 Fashion show.  Read more at pinellascoalition.com.

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Affirmative action will survive in Washington politics

June 19, 2013 - Earlier this year, while a New York Times story incited a huge controversy over the lack of women in President Obama’s inner circle, a quieter diversity debate was being waged. In his first several selections for his second-term Cabinet, Obama had not picked a single African-American. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio.), the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, blasted the White House in interviews, while other members of the CBC privately fumed about what they viewed as another slap in the face: the Congressional Hispanic Caucus had had a group meeting with the president after the election, but not the CBC. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Lil Wayne: ‘It was never my intention to desecrate the flag’

June 19, 2013 - Lil Wayne created a firestorm on social media after a video for the rapper’s new single “God Bless Amerika” leaked and it showed images of him stepping on the American flag.

The behind the scenes footage led numerous commenters to question Wayne’s patriotism and ridicule his rap skills. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Vin Diesel talks new ‘Riddick’ film: ‘I would do all this for free’

June 19, 2013 - Fans of The Chronicles of Riddick film series are in for a treat. Nearly a decade after the sci-fi adventure began, Riddick: Rule The Dark is finally headed to theaters.

The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga is directed by David Twohy, and stars and is produced  by Vin Diesel, who wrote and directed the first two installments, The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) andPitch Black (2000). Read more at thegrio.com.

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Drug testing for food stamps, and 10 other GOP amendments to the farm bill

June 19, 2013 - The House of Representatives takes up debate on the Farm bill Tuesday, which in its current form cuts $20.5 billion from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), better known as food stamps. Twenty-six Democrats took the “food stamp challenge“—feeding themselves for a week on the $31.50 provided by the food stamp program—to highlight and speak out against the proposed cuts. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Churches saving lives, not just souls

June 19, 2013 - This past Sunday, hundreds of churches across the country took part in the 5th annual Father’s Day Rally Against Prostate Cancer, organized by the Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN). During these rallies, church members share their personal stories and talk about the dangers and warning signs of prostate cancer.

PHEN was created in 2003 by Thomas Farrington who is also a prostate cancer survivor and has worked tirelessly to bring more awareness to the disease. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Chef describes Michael Jackson children’s lives to jury

June 19, 2013 - A chef who worked for Michael Jackson has described the home lives of the children during the final months of the singer’s life, including what she said was his daughter’s last birthday party. Kai Chase told jurors hearing a lawsuit filed by Jackson’s mother against concert promoter AEG Live LLC that Jackson was a hands-on father who often played with his children. Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit lists the singer’s three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, as plaintiffs and claims the concert promoter failed to properly investigate the doctor convicted of giving the singer a fatal dose of anesthetic in June 2009. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Bill Clinton Needs to Shut Up

June 19, 2013 -  I wish that when President Bill Clinton started spouting off the other day about the need for President Barack Obama to intervene in Syria's horrific civil war or risk looking like "a total fool," Obama had followed the example set by his wife when she was recently confronted by a heckler. I wish that Obama had leaped from his bully pulpit, got in Clinton's face and silenced him with a withering put-down. Read more at thegrio.com.

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James Helps Heat Stave Off Elimination In Game 6

June 19, 2013 -  LeBron James led a title-saving charge, and now his crown will be on the line one more time in Game 7.

James powered Miami to a frantic fourth-quarter rally and overtime escape as the Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs 103-100 on Tuesday night to extend the NBA Finals as far as they can go and keep Miami’s repeat chances alive. Read more at newsone.com.

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Serena Williams On Steubenville Rape: ‘Boys Did Something Stupid, But…Maybe She Wasn’t A Virgin’

June 19, 2013 - In a wide-ranging interview for ‘Rolling Stone,’ legendary tennis player Serena Williams joins a growing list of famous apologists by speculating on the morals of the 16-year-old rape Steubenville rape victim, the effectiveness of the teen’s parents and questioning whether the punishment the two rapists received is “fair". Read more at Deadspin.com.

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Dark Girls: Documentary About Dark-Skinned Women To Air On OWN Network

June 13, 2013 - Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network is set to air a documentary exploring the discrimination confronting dark-skinned women worldwide.

“Dark Girls” features interviews with dark-skinned Black women in America, aiming to show “that the deep seated biases and hatreds of racism – within and outside of the Black American culture – remain bitterly entrenched,” according to a press release. The film originally premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Read more at newsone.com.

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Face2Face Africa Honors Distinguished Africans At 2nd Annual F.A.C.E. List Awards

June 19, 2013 - This past Saturday, Face2Face Africa magazine held its 2nd annual F.A.C.E. List Awards at the Times Center in New York City, honoring men and women of African descent who have shown excellence in their fields. The event, which was sponsored by State Farm and Arik Airlines, was filled with moving performances and attendees from all over the continent of Africa. Nathan Wise kicked off the evening with a moving spoken word performance and Eric J. Henderson of the Huffington Post followed up with opening remarks. Read more at thegrio.com.

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What Should Your Cholesterol Level Really Be?

June 19, 2013 - People are constantly being told about cholesterol and cholesterol levels: what is good, what is bad, what to eat, what not to eat, etc.So…what should your cholesterol goal be? Principally because of a diet high in animal based foods, the average total cholesterol for adult Americans is about 200 mg/dL, even though 30 million Americans are on medication to lower cholesterol! Without all of those pills that number would be in the stratosphere!  This is a key indicator that too many of us are indeed, sick.  Our documented high rates of chronic disease and obesity confirm this. Read more at newsone.com.

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Metro Rapid comes to Tampa, Florida

The Hart transit system has a new feature for the residents of Tampa, Florida. The Metro Rapid feature, which was officially launched on June 10, 2013, will now offer an alternative way to travel within the city limits. U.S. Representative Kathy Castor and Temple Terrace Mayor Frank Chillura were among several gathered at the ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of this new program.  

The Metro Rapid program offers the consumer a unique way to travel within the city. This particular service only runs North on Nebraska Avenue from Downtown Tampa and East on Fletcher Avenue to the Telecom Park area. This new system will have limited stops thus creating a shorter ride for passengers. The fare for this program will remain the same as the Hart local service, which will include applicable discounts and monthly passes. This new feature will also be limited to running on weekdays from 5am to 8pm, and will only stop at Metro Rapid stations.  The most distinguishing quality about this new program is that the Metro Rapid buses will have GPS technology that will extend green lights or shorten red lights so that the bus will run close to schedule. Currently there is only one line running, but there are plans to add six additional lines, which will broaden the access to consumers. 

This new program was created and implemented to improve the transit system in Tampa. City leaders and Hart Board members believe this Metro Rapid feature will not only benefit the commuters, but will also help the residents and nearby businesses.  To learn more about the Hart Metro Rapid program, visit www.gohart.org/metrorapid  Written by Tara Layton of Tyla Times, www.tylatimes.com , Photos by Chow And Scott Keepsakes

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Paula Deen Says She Used Racial Slur but Doesn’t Tolerate Hate

June 19, 2013 - Celebrity cook Paula Deen said while being questioned in a discrimination lawsuit that she has used racial slurs in the past but insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice.

The 66-year-old Food Network star and Savannah restaurant owner was peppered with questions about her racial attitudes in a May 17 deposition by a lawyer for Lisa Jackson, a former manager of Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House. Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, own the restaurant. Jackson sued them last year, saying she was sexually harassed and worked in a hostile environment rife with innuendo and racial slurs.  Read more at comcast.net.

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A New Definition of Fatherhood

June 18, 2013 - Becoming a mother forced artist Janine Macbeth to search for a new definition of fatherhood. After giving birth to two children, Macbeth found that old gender norms and ideas about fatherhood were not just hopelessly outdated, they were breaking her down. So after her second son was born, she and her husband started from scratch to explore new ways to be a family. “Oh, Oh, Baby Boy!”, a new children’s book from Macbeth’s brand new publishing company Blood Orange Press, is her tribute to that journey. It’s a celebration of loving, engaged fathers, the children they once were and the ones they now raise. Read more at colorlines.com.

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Mississippi Booty Doc Charged in 2nd Butt-Injection Death

June 18, 2013 - The Mississippi cross-dressing man charged with depraved-heart murder back in 2012, for administering illegal buttocks-enhancing injections that killed a Georgia woman, is now being charged for a second death.

Tracey Lynn Garner, formerly known as Morris Garner, was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of depraved-heart murder, for the death of Marilyn Hale of Selma, Alabama. Garner allegedly injected “a silicone substance” into Marilyn Hale on Jan. 13, 2010, which she later died from. Read more at newsone.com.

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