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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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Clear Double-Standard: Media Criticizes Cost Of President’s Africa Trip

June 18, 2013 - As someone angry over government fraud and waste, I can understand the need for our elected leaders to tighten their financial belts when it some to spending our money. But I’m just a little confused that penny-pinching is becoming the overriding theme behind President Obama’s first long trip to sub-Saharan Africa later this month. Published reports about the trip have focused on the huge expenses attached to the trip that will include visits to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania. Read more at newsone.com.

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Your Smoothie & Hepatitis A: The Shocking Connection

June 18, 2013 - According to CNN, hepatitis A outbreaks from Costco frozen fruit have grown from 34 cases to 87 cases in one week.

So far, the cases have been reported in eight states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Washington. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Scholar, Author James Weldon Johnson Was Born On This Day In 1871

June 18, 2013 - James Weldon Johnson (pictured) lives on in history and is often best-known for his leadership of theNAACP by becoming the organization’s first Black manager. Johnson was born in to a family that promoted education, and as a result, he went on to achieve amazing feats despite living in a time period that still shunned educated African Americans. Read more at newsone.com.

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Tamar Braxton Reveals Son’s Name on Instagram

June 18, 2013 - Tamar Braxton shared a heartwarming Instagram photo this Sunday, revealing the name of her and her husband Vincent Herbert’s new bundle of joy: Logan Vincent Herbert.

Accompanied by an adorable picture of Vincent’s finger grasped by Logan’s tiny hand, Braxton wrote, “Happy Father’s Day to the love of my life, my best friend, my husband Vincent Herbert! Our son Logan Vincent Herbert & I are proud to share this day with you!! We love you sooooo much!!” Read more at newsone.com.

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Inhaling Alcohol: Dangerous Trend, Expert Says

Some college students are experimenting with inhaling alcohol by pouring it over dry ice and “smoking” the vapors, according to an expert who says the practice is dangerous. Young adults are inhaling alcohol to get high without ingesting calories, the Daily News reports.

Dr. Harris Stratyner, Regional Clinical Vice President of Caron Treatment Centers in New York, told the newspaper, “When you inhale alcohol, it goes directly into the lungs and circumnavigates the liver. The liver is what metabolizes alcohol, but when you inhale it, it goes directly from the lungs to the brain.”  Read more at drugfree.org.

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Two men on trial in Pinellas accused of killing woman over Christmas shoes

June 18, 2013 - A Pinellas County jury listened Tuesday to the vivid and horrifying story of how Stacia Berman's body was found — wrapped in a blanket, plastic bags covering her head, floating in St. Petersburg's Lake Maggiore with two alligators swimming nearby.

The story began with cocaine and Christmas shoes, and veered into beating and torture.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Amazon may bring 3,000 jobs, tough work conditions to Florida

June 17, 2013 - Amazon has a saying it teaches all its new employees: Work hard. Have fun. Make history.

But working hard at one of the retail giant's "fulfillment centers'' isn't always all that fun, according to news reports. It can be physically grueling and mentally stressful. Some warehouses don't have air-conditioning. Several reports have described them as sweatshops.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Obama rejects Bush comparison on NSA programs

June 18, 2013 - President Barack Obama, in hisfirst extended remarks since the disclosure of two National Security Agency programs that critics say invade the privacy of Americans, strongly defended his anti-terrorism policies and rejected comparisons to President George W. Bush.

“The whole point of my concern, before I was president — because some people say, “Well, you know, Obama was this raving liberal before.  Now he’s, you know, Dick Cheney.”  Dick Cheney sometimes says, “Yeah, you know?  He took it all, lock, stock, and barrel,” the president said in an interview with PBS. Read more at thegrio.com.

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