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MHP: The Politics Behind the Female Sex Drug

June 3, 2013 - MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and her guests talk about why the new sexual-enhancement drugs for women, which may be available as early as 2014 if approved by the FDA, are so controversial. Read more at theroot.com.

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Cheerios Ad Brings Out All the Racists

June 3, 2013 - It's definitely not the first of its kind, but this Cheerios ad featuring an interracial family (black dad, white mom, mixed kid) is definitely rare enough that it's getting noticed. Over at Reddit, it has already sparked a conversation that has cycled through everything from "Finally!" to "Who cares" to "Call me when it's a black woman married to a white man" to "I don't buy products based on their god d*mn social views." And then there's a whole discussion about why Dad wasn't a "stereotypical" black man. Whatever that means. Read more at theroot.com.

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China Is Reaping Biggest Benefits of Iraq Oil Boom

June 3, 2013 -  Since the American-led invasion of 2003, Iraq has become one of the world’s top oil producers, and China is now its biggest customer. China already buys nearly half the oil that Iraq produces, nearly 1.5 million barrels a day, and is angling for an even bigger share, bidding for a stake now owned by Exxon Mobil in one of Iraq’s largest oil fields. Read more at nytimes.com.

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Angela Bofill Continues To Entertain, Even Without Her Signature Voice

June 3, 2013 - When Angela Bofill (pictured) stepped on to the stage of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in 1979 to sing her hit single “Try Me,” her fans knew she would sing the lights out. But she ended up doing much more.

Angela sang her heart out. From the very first verse, you knew someone had caused her pain — a lot of it. Read more at newsone.com.

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‘Family Values’: Trina Braxton Files For Divorce

June 3, 2013 - “Braxton Family Values” star Trina Braxton has finally filed for divorce from her cheating, lying husband Grabriel Adrian-Solis, reports TMZ. Braxton filed divorce documents in a Georgia court claiming her marriage was “irretrievably broken” after a decade of infidelity. They are currently living in separate homes. “Family Values” viewers are familiar with the “Trina and Gabe” saga. Read more at newsone.com.

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Kanye West Album Art: 'Yeezus' Gets Official Cover, Rapper Unveils Snippet On His Website

June 3, 2013 - Despite everyone thinking Kanye West's new album cover would feature a gold melted Jesus piece, the rapper has squashed the metallic rumors by taking to his website to post what's being billed as the official artwork.

West is apparently adopting a minimalistic approach instead -- the "Yeezus" album art is, in essence, non-existant. With no disc jacket to be found, the cover is a clear case with a blank CD inside. The album features red gaffer tape with the word "Yeezus" scrawled across it. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster launches initiative to clean up those pesky snipe signs

June 3, 2013 - Mayor Bill Foster says he’s getting an increasing number of complaints from the neighborhoods about them – those pesky “snipe signs” tacked to utility poles or staked into the ground on the public right-of-way. Most often, they advertise yard sales, home repair services, homes for sale or other services or products. They’re illegal, and the city is launching a new initiative to step up removal of the signs and help beautify the city’s neighborhoods and thoroughfares.  Read more at saintpetersblog.com.

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Three High School Seniors Honored During N.O.P.E. Scholarship Awards

The NOPE (Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education) Task Force, Pinellas Chapter, presented scholarship awards to three high school seniors to help cover college costs.  The scholarship awards were presented during three different award ceremonies between the dates of May 22, 2013 and May 29, 2013.  Read more at pcsoweb.com.

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St. Petersburg City Council chairman says new rule is needed to limit talking

June 3, 2013 - St. Petersburg City Council chairman Karl Nurse wants people to know he didn’t forget his pledge to crack down on talkative colleagues.

Bay Buzz pointed out Sunday that council member Wengay Newton has recently taken over meetings and workshops by bombarding Mayor Bill Foster and staffers with questions. Agenda review took two hours last week because of his questions.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Miami police put 14-year-old in choke hold for ‘dehumanizing stares’

May 31, 2013 - The mother of a 14-year-old arrested over Memorial Day weekend on a Miami beach is accusing police of brutality, after officers forced her son to the ground and put him in a choke hold. Police accuse the teen of “clenching his fists” and giving officers “dehumanizing stares.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Oprah: Crazy Like a Fox Executive

May 31, 2013 -  Maybe it's time to throw in the towel, tap out and call it quits. Could it be that this entire time I've been lying to myself? That I am, in fact, one of Tyler Perry's biggest fans and just didn't know it? Nah. I still think the writer-director-producer makes a mockery of storytelling, masquerading it as morality -- but at this point does it even matter? Read more at theroot.com.

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Meet Harvard Law's Youngest Black Grad

May 22, 2013 - At 22 Cortlan Wickliff, who was featured on The Root's Young Futurists 2012 list, will become the youngest African American ever to graduate from Harvard Law School. That might sound like a major accomplishment to some, but for this bright scholar, it's just a part of his master plan, according to the Boston Globe. Read more at theroot.com.

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The Never-Ending War on Eric Holder

May 31, 2013 - Earl Ofari Hutchinson says that the attorney general "is an all-purpose tool in the GOP's relentless drive to mark Obama as a failed president. "There was nothing subtle about The Washington Times' recent poll question: "Will Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. be forced to resign within the next six months?" The percentage of votes for yes was lopsided. Considering the source -- the conservative Washington Times -- the poll may have been more wishful longing than merely an objective gauge of public opinion about Holder. Read more at theroot.com.

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Affordable Care Act: 'Colorblind' Policy and Bigoted Effects

May 31, 2013 - The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates examines the implementation of the ACA and explains why the "lift all boats" policy often falls short.

... I want to preface what I am about to say by pointing out the obvious -- the ACA is a great thing. I suspect it will go down as the president's greatest achievement and probably the best thing he's done to fight income inequality. Read more at theroot.com.

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Mitt Romney's 2014 Plans Include Campaigning For GOP Candidates

May 31, 2013 - While his own presidential ambitions fell flat in 2012, Mitt Romney is already looking ahead to how he can help in 2014.

In a Thursday interview with the Wall Street Journal, Romney unveiled how he plans to make a national impact during the upcoming midterm elections. Among the ideas on the table: a book, a summit in Utah and last but not least, stumping for congressional GOP candidates -- with a level of moderation. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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George W. Bush: Fix 'Inhumane' Immigration System Because It's Right Thing To Do, Not For Politics

May 31, 2013 -When President George W. Bush made a push for immigration reform in 2007, he was fiercely opposed by many on the right, and his proposal ultimately went down to defeat.

Some on the right are now seizing on comments made by Bush during an interview with The Huffington Post, published Thursday, to try to fuel opposition to the current bill. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Mom Putting Air In Tires Gets SUV Stolen With 4-Year-Old Son Inside

May 31, 2013 - Hilary Grotewold (pictured) was putting air in to the tires of her late-model SUV at an Atlanta, Ga., gas station on Thursday morning, when a man reportedly approached her vehicle, got in, and sped away with her 4-year-old son in the backseat. Read more at newsone.com.

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Black Honor Student Shot 25 Times By St. Louis Police

May 31, 2013- For those who might wonder why a Black honor student would carry a gun, Carlos Ball eloquently explained the dual realities that exist for many Black men and women in this country while speaking with the local CBS affiliate in St. Louis, “The way St. Louis streets work, we’re afraid out here. We’re afraid of the police. We’re afraid of other youth who may want to pull a gun and fire on you. So, sometimes people have guns just to protect themselves, [but] not with the intentions to do a criminal act with it.” Read more at theroot.com.

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Va. Governor Does Right By Ex-Felons, Will Expedite Voting Rights For Non-Violent Felons

May 30, 2013 - In news-speak, it’s called a man bites dog story when something totally out of character and unexpected occurs.

Something along those lines happened on Wednesday when Virginia’s Republican Governor Robert McDonnell (pictured center) announced he would give non-violent ex-felons in the state a fair shake by making it much easier to regain their right to vote, even after a panel ruled that the Constitution bars a governor from restoring ex-felons voting rights by executive order.  Read more at newsone.com.

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James Comey As Next FBI Director? Obama To Pick Former George W. Bush Official: Sources

May 30, 2013 - Former Justice Department official James Comey is expected to be nominated as President Barack Obama's next FBI Director, NPR and the New York Times reported Wednesday.

NPR cited two sources saying that Comey, who served as Deputy Attorney General under former President George W. Bush, is in line to be Obama's choice. The Times added one source, noting that Comey will be chosen over top White House top counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco. Read more at thegrio.com.

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