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Michelle Obama writes open letter to Sandy Hook victims

Dec. 21, 2012 - First lady Michelle Obama wrote an open letter entitled “Holding You in Our Hearts” to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, published in the Hartford Courant yesterday.

The letter reads as follows:“Over the past week, we as Americans have been united in our grief as Newtown has laid to rest so many beautiful, innocent children, along with the heroic educators who worked every day to help them achieve their dreams." Read more at thegrio.com.

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Online gamers hold 1-day ceasefire for Sandy Hook victims

Dec. 21, 2012 - After the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary last week in which 26 innocent people were killed, including 20 children, many people are left wondering what they can do to help. Support for Sandy Hook victims and families has poured in from around the nation. Antwand Pearman, CEO of GamerFitNation.com,decided that even gamers should show there support for Sandy Hook and take a day off from violent video games. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Shaquille O’Neal to launch vodka called ‘Luv Shaq’

Dec. 21, 2012 - Former NBA star and current basketball analyst Shaquille O’Neal is gearing up to release his own line of vodka called “Luv Shaq,” according to the New York Post.

O’Neal plans to launch the vodka in early 2013. The alcohol will be a direct competitor to Diddy’s Ciroc, but at a “more competitive price.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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From Almost Drowning To Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Cullen Jones Is Most-Inspiring Story Winner

Dec. 21, 2012 - When he was a kid, Cullen Jones (pictured) almost drowned as a kid at a Pennsylvania water park. Now, after snagging another gold and two silver medals in the London Olympics to go with the gold he won in 2008, there’s no question that Jones he is the most-prominent African-American swimmer in the country. Read more at newsone.com.

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Is Nostradamus Right? Will 12/21/12 (Doomsday) Be The End?

Dec. 21, 2012 - Is doomsday just a few hours away?The Mayan (or Aztec) calendar tells us that 12/21/12 will be the earth’s demise. Famous French seer, Nostradamus, also pointed out that earth will cease to exist in 2012. But are we really doomed? The more common prediction was that the world was set to go boom at exactly 11:11 GMT on 12/12/12. Again, this prediction was called by the Mayans, who, to their credit, knew quite a bit about astronomy. The Mayan calendar is based on 260-day periods, which represent the true length of the solar year. Read more at newsone.com.

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Jamie Foxx: 'Django' Is Fly and Educational

Dec. 21, 2012 - Given his Texas roots, it's not a surprise that Jamie Foxx is comfortable around horses. In fact, the Oscar-winning actor rode his own horse, Cheetah, in several scenes as the titular character in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film, Django Unchained.

During a recent press conference, Foxx admitted to being scared when asked to step in for a stuntman and ride bareback on another stallion. "They had built this track -- there were people at the end of the track ready to catch me in case something happened," he explained. Read more at theroot.com.

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Africa, Meet Secretary of State John Kerry

Dec. 21, 2012 - Leslie Pitterson, writing at Ebony, explains why the current Massachusetts senator could be the right diplomat for improved relations with the continent.

"... While Africa's economic growth has weathered the financial crisis, the US has not rebounded at a comparable pace. The lingering effects of the crisis have hindered American investment on the continent, causing the US to fall far behind Africa's largest investors, China and India. " Read more at theroot.com.

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Tim Scott Doesn't Represent Black Progress

Dec. 21, 2012 - Adolph L. Reed Jr. argues at the New York Times that excitement over South Carolina's newest senator doesn't change the fact that modern black Republicans tend to be tokens rather than signs of real progress.

"WHEN Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina announced on Monday that she would name Representative Tim Scott to the Senate, it seemed like another milestone for African-Americans. Mr. Scott will replace Senator Jim DeMint, who is leaving to run Heritage Foundation. " Read more at theroot.com.

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The Fiscal Cliff would mean a "Crash Landing" for many blacks

December 21, 2012 - A favored creed of the D.C.-based Black Women's Roundtable (BWR) is "KISS" or Keep It Simple, Sisters!  And they're using that logic to help push policymakers to resolve the "fiscal cliff" issue before it impacts tens of millions of black families.   Click here to continue reading.

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Blacks Poised to Own Smaller Share of Media Outlets

December 18, 2012 - The Federal Communications Commission, once viewed as an ally in expanding media ownership by African-Americans, is now considering regulations that many say will make Black ownership more difficult to achieve.

The proposed changes come in the wake of an FCC report that showed that minorities trailed far behind their White counterparts in the ownership of broadcast stations.  Read more at blackvoicenews.com.

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Million Dollar Tax Fraud Queen Faces 400 Years

December 20, 2012 - A federal grand jury has indicted two Hillsborough County residents on several fraudulent income tax charges. The federal government is also seeking to recover more than $1 million in proceeds from the tax scheme.

According to federal documents, Ms. Rashia Wilson, 27, of Wiamauma and Maurice Larry, 26, of Tampa, were indicted on charges of conspiracy and multiple counts of wire fraud, filing false tax returns, theft of government property, and aggravated identity theft.  Read more at flsentinel.com.

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First groups get invitations to inaugural parade

Dec. 10, 1012 - Spouses of those serving in the armed forces, military and civilian colleges, gay musicians, service dogs trainers and a drill team from President Barack Obama’s hometown are among the diverse groups that were invited Tuesday to participate in next month’s inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has started sending out invitations to groups nationwide to march behind Obama from his swearing in at the Capitol to the White House on Jan. 21. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Victor Cruz: Meeting Sandy Hook shooting victim’s family was ‘toughest by far’

Dec. 20, 2012 - For much of his hour-long visit with the family of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Connecticut school shootings, Victor Cruz talked about football, life and young Jack, the child who idolized him.

Tears were shed. Feelings were shared. Cleats and gloves worn by Cruz to honor Jack Pinto at Sunday’s game against Atlanta were given to his family. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Lunch lady allegedly fired for giving needy student free lunches gets her job back

Dec. 20, 2012 - Dianne Brame is a school lunch lady with a heart. Allegedly fired recently for an act of generosity, Brames believes the company contracted to provide lunches at the Hudson Elementary School in St. Louis disapproved of her kindness towards a child.

Brame admits that she gave free lunches for two months to a fourth grade student who had fallen off the roster of the school’s free lunch program. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Wiz Khalifa, Deron Williams top Forbes’ ’30 Under 30′ list

Dec. 20, 2012 - Forbes has released their annual “30 Under 30″ list, highlighting the top young stars in fifteen categories, including Art & Style, Music, and Sports.  Several young African-Americans were among those chosen for this year’s list.

At age 25, rapper Wiz Khalifa was chosen as Forbesfeatured music artist.  He has earned $20 million over the past two years, and is now preparing to release a new album and marry his fiancee Amber Rose. Read more at thegrio.com.

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‘Django’ stars Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington: ‘Hollywood doesn’t reward black actors for honorable work’

Dec. 20, 2012 - Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington star in the highly anticipated slave revenge epic Django Unchained.

Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the film tells the story of Django (Foxx), a freed slave who treks across the deep south in search of his wife Broomhilda (Washington). Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio, also star in the movie. Read more at thegrio.com.

 

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Investigation: Autographed Michael Jackson memorabilia may be phony

Dec. 20, 2012 - Three years after his death, Michael Jackson remains the “King of Pop.” Fans are willing to pay big bucks for almost anything with Jackson’s autograph. But an NBC4 I-Team Investigation found evidence that some of these autographs being sold may be fakes.Acting on a tip, the I-Team attended a Dec. 2 auction at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills of Jackson memorabilia owned by the singer’s longtime costume designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush. Read more at thegrio.com.

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What exactly Obama is proposing on gun control

Dec. 20, 2012 -  President Barack Obama says the massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., obligates the nation to finally act to reduce gun violence. He’s outlined only a broad plan so far, leaving specific proposals until next month. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Camden gun buyback program collects over 1,100 guns

Dec. 20, 2012 - Gun owners in Camden, New Jersey, one of the most dangerous cities in America, turned over an alarming 1,137 firearms this weekend, according to Philly.com.

The people of Camden were so touched by the tragedy stemming from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that the guns were handed over on last Friday and Saturday at two churches in the the town in conjunction with the buy back program. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Happiest People On Planet Live In Latin America, Gallup Poll Suggests

Dec. 20, 2012 - The world's happiest people aren't in Qatar, the richest country by most measures. They aren't in Japan, the nation with the highest life expectancy. Canada, with its chart-topping percentage of college graduates, doesn't make the top 10.

A poll released Wednesday of nearly 150,000 people around the world says seven of the world's 10 countries with the most upbeat attitudes are in Latin America. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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