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Star of Reality Show ‘Real Chance Of Love’ Battling Stage 4 Cancer

March 21, 2013 - Ahmad Givens (pictured), who starred in the VH1 hit reality show “Real Chance of Love,” is reportedly battling stage 4 colon cancer, according to TMZ.

 

Givens, who is nicknamed Real, was featured in the now-defunct dating game series with his younger brother, Kamal, a.k.a. Chance. The two siblings — and their laughable antics — were on a quest to find happily ever after love on the show, which aired for one season from 2008 to 2009.  Read more at newsone.com.

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White Passenger Who Called Black Baby ‘N*gger’ Says He Wasn’t Well When He Said It

March 21, 2013 - Joe Rickey Hundley, the white man who slapped a Black baby on a Delta Airlines flight and called him a n**ger, pleaded not guilty in federal court on Wednesday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

 

Hundley’s attorney, Marcia Shein, says that while her client admits to calling the baby, Jonah, the racial slur, he was not well when he did it. Shein claims that Hundley had been up for 24 hours before the altercation and was traveling to Atlanta to take his only child off of life support after his son overdosed on insulin.  Read more at newsone.com.

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‘Guerilla Gardener’ Greening Up South Central L.A. By Planting Vegetable Gardens

March 20, 2013 - Ron Finley (pictured) is concerned that drive-thrus in South Central Los Angeles are killing Blacks moreso than drive-bys, so he decided to wage his own personal crusade by combating those greasy burgers and fries with healthy vegetable gardens that he plants himself, reports the Los Angeles Times.

 

Finley is an artist by trade who decided to take up gardening in order to provide his community with fresh organic vegetables. The “guerilla gardener” felt compelled to somehow counteract the damage that was being caused by the fast-food eateries in his area of the city that, he says, are contributing to the high-mortality and poor-health rates that plague the Black community.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Flips Script, Calls For White Women To Grace Covers Of Black Magazines

March 20, 2013 - The always outspoken Jada Pinkett Smith has really raised a few eyebrows in the Black community with her latest rant. The actress went on her Facebook page and argued that if the Black community wanted to see more diversity on mainstream publications, perhaps Black magazines should allow White women to grace their covers too.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Malcolm Jamal Warner, Regina King Calls It Quits After Two Year Relationship

March 21, 2013 - Following a two year relationship, Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Regina King have officially called it quits, according to Us Weekly.

A source close to the couple revealed to the site that “The Cosby Show” star abruptly ended their relationship by asking King and her son, from a previous marriage, to move out of the house that they shared.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Abortion Rates Highest Among Black Teens, Study Shows, But Accuracy May Be Hard To Measure

March 21, 2013 - While the debate over New York City's wildly criticized teen pregnancy prevention campaign rages on, a recent study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute may offer support to proponents of the PSA.

According to the Institute's state-by-state study of abortion rates among teens, black teenagers between 15 and 19 years old have an abortion rate of 41 per 1,000 women, more than twice the national average of 18 per 1,000. In comparison, white teenagers have an abortion rate of 10 per 1,000 women, which means that African-American teenagers are having abortions at a rate that is about four times higher than that of their white counterparts.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Flag On The Play: ‘The Game’s Hosea Chanchez Responds To Pooch Hall’s ‘Irresponsible’ Tweets [VIDEO]

March 20, 2013 - The 6th season of BET’s The Game is scheduled to kick off on March 26th and the pre-season tension is heating up on Twitter between two of our favorite starters, Hosea Chanchez (Malik Wright) and Pooch Hall (Derwin ‘Ding Dong’ Davis).

Hard-core fans of The Game dating back to its CW days knows that the roster is always changing. But nothing caused a shake-up quite like the news that Hall and Tia Mowry Hardrict, who played Melanie “Med School” Barnett-Davis, were being benched for good.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Tyler Perry’s personal chef creates healthy lifestyles for stars

Mar. 20, 2013 - Chef Cheo is known for helping professional athletes and celebrities develop healthy eating habits and lifestyles.

As a celebrity chef, Cheo helps clients focus on eating better and making healthier choices. He builds individualized diet plans and guides his clients on how to approach vitamins, supplements and exercise, depending on the client’s personal goals. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Why major gun control legislation may not pass

Mar. 20, 2013 - The strong momentum early this year around new gun control laws, spurred by the mass shooting in Newtown and a spate of murders in Chicago, has stalled on Capitol Hill, as Democrats are abandoning some gun control measures and Republicans refuse to back virtually any of them.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday said he would not include a measure banning the sale of 157 military-style assault weapons in a broader gun control package, arguing it did not have sufficient support in the Democratically-controlled Senate, with many in his party and all Republicans opposing it.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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President Obama makes his Final Four picks

Mar. 20, 2013 - President Barack Obama is picking Florida, Indiana, Louisville, Ohio State to reach the Final Four.

President Obama filled out an NCAA tournament bracket for ESPN for the fifth straight year. On the women’s side, he selected Baylor, California, UConn and Notre Dame to advance to New Orleans. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Man pleads not guilty in death of Usher’s stepson

Mar. 20, 2013 - An Atlanta man has pleaded not guilty to charges in the boating collision death of music star Usher’s 11-year-old stepson.

The Times of Gainesville reports that Jeffrey Simon Hubbard entered the not guilty plea Tuesday to all charges, including first-degree homicide by vessel. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Ending rape culture: Now an international movement

Mar. 20, 2013 - “We don’t raise boys to be men,” said former NFL quarterback turned feminist Don McPherson. “We raise them not to be women, or gay men.” That brutally honest statement delivered at the March 8th launch of “Ring the Bell” — a bold campaign developed by global human rights organization Breakthrough  to secure “concrete, actionable promises” from 1 million men to end discrimination and sexual assault against women — speaks directly to the entrenched gender roles and expectations that have made rape one of the most pervasive crimes in our society. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Race Didn't Actually Cost Abigail Fisher Her Spot at UT

Mar. 20, 2013 - Writing at ProPublica, Nikole Hannah-Jones explains what she says the Supreme Court affirmative action case is really about.... Publicly, Fisher and her supporters, chief among them the conservative activist who conceived of the case, have worked to make Fisher the symbol of racial victimization in modern America. As their narratives goes, she did everything right. She worked hard, received good grades, and rounded out her high school years with an array of extracurricular activities. But she was cheated, they say, her dream snatched away by a university that closed its doors to her because she had been born the wrong color: White ... Read more at thegrio.com.

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Like 'Girls,' 'Lean In' Is Too Harshly Criticized for Leaving Black Women Out

Mar. 20, 2013 - Writing at Essence, Daniella Gibbs Léger says that Sheryl Sandberg shouldn't be raked over the coals for telling her life story, even if we don't see ourselves in it.By now you've seen, read or heard the back-and-forth over Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's new book Lean In, her tome on women and the workplace. The amount of press she has received for the book and the accompanying campaign has been a publicist's dream. That's not to say that all of the coverage has been positive. Many are critiquing Sandberg for focusing on the problems of elite women -- at the expense of women of color and lower-income women. This raging debate reminds me of the debate over the TV show Girls. I'll explain in a bit. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Tomas Young, Dying Iraq War Veteran, Pens 'Last Letter' To Bush, Cheney On War's 10th Anniversary

Mar. 20, 2013 - Days after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Tomas Young, then a 22-year-old from Kansas City, Mo., made a decision repeated by many other Americans around the country: He was going to enlist in the military in hopes of getting even with the enemies who had helped coordinate the deaths of nearly 3,000 men, women and children. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Exclusive: No More Drones for CIA

Mar. 20,2013 - At a time when controversy over the Obama administration’s drone program seems to be cresting, the CIA is close to taking a major step toward getting out of the targeted killing business. Three senior U.S. officials tell The Daily Beast that the White House is poised to sign off on a plan to shift the CIA’s lethal targeting program to the Defense Department. Read more at thedailybeast.com.

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Westboro Equality House: Aaron Jackson Paints Rainbow Home Across From Anti-Gay Church

Mar. 20, 2013 - The Westboro Baptist Church is about to get a big surprise in the form of a new neighbor who plans to give the notoriously anti-gay group a taste of its own medicine.

Aaron Jackson, one of the founders of Planting Peace, a multi-pronged charity that has in the past concentrated on rainforest conservation, opening orphanages and deworming programs, bought a house that sits directly across from the church's compound six months ago. On Tuesday, March 19, he and a team of volunteers are painting it to match the gay pride flag. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Former Pinellas school board member, Gilzean, appointed to FAMU board

March 14, 2013 - Glenton Gilzean Jr. was considered a controversial pick when Gov. Rick Scott selected him to fill an empty seat on the Pinellas School Board last year. Many complained the governor could have chosen a more established community leader to replace the late Lew Williams.

Now, Scott has appointed Gilzean to an even higher profile position: the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees. His term was scheduled to begin Thursday and end Jan. 6, 2018, providing the Florida Senate signs off.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Saving Our Youth to start 'adopting' East Tampa schools

March 14, 2013 - About 40 people with Saving Our Youth this week came to a planning session at Exciting Faith Alive Church to organize an "adoption" program of area schools.

Members of Saving Our Youth will choose an elementary, middle and high school from among about a dozen schools within Tampa's inner city. The selections are expected to be finalized within the next month.  Read more at tbo.com.

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Former state Sen. Larcenia Bullard dies

March 16, 2013 - Former state Sen. Larcenia Bullard was the rarest of politicians in the state Capitol: She seemed to make everyone happy and had no apparent enemies.

Bullard was the lady with the big bear hugs, the woman from Miami who made you feel special. She was funny. Often on purpose. Sometimes not.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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