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Three black women falsely accused of being sex-workers at hotel bar

Sept. 18, 2014 - Three black women –two educators and a lawyer–  were accused of solicitation by a security guard while drinking at Standard Hotel’s bar in New York City. One representative from the hotel called them weeks after, apologized and offered them a present consisting of a bottle of champagne and a $400 dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. Read more at

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New leading lady: Viola Davis says past roles were ‘mammy-ish’

Sept. 18, 2014 - For over 30 years, Actress Viola Davis has spent time between the stage and silver screen.

Later this month, she stars in ABC’s new drama, How to Get Away With Murder.

In the show, Davis plays Annalise Keating, a seductive and alluring defense attorney and law professor who uses real-life cases as lessons in her classroom. The legal series allows Davis to play a role she has never done before and is a break from all the other portrayals she has done on stage and on film. Read more at

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First ever Whitney Houston live album coming in November

Sept. 18, 2014 - Whitney Houston is set to leave us all speechless once again, with the release of her first live CD/DVD November 11. According to Houston’s mentor, Clive Davis, Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances will showcase her unparalleled legacy.

“(It) shows why she is at the absolute historic top rank up there with Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand as the greatest singers of our lifetime,” he said in a recent interview. “It really has been a labor of love on my part to go through every concert performance, every TV appearance.” Read more at

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Florida's NAACP backs medical-marijuana ballot initiative

Today, the Florida State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People proudly announced its support of United for Care and the passage of Amendment 2 this November. The amendment, which would legalize medicinal marijuana in Florida, will appear on the ballot on November 4, 2014.

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After 45 Years, Sesame Street Continues to Teach Black Kids to Love the Skin They’re In

September 16, 2014 - True confession time.

I am an adult who still watches Sesame Street on a daily basis. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and countless other black celebrities put aside their adulthood and sing along with the likes of Big Bird, Mr. Snuffleupagus and a bunch of elementary school students.  Read more at

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Darren Wilson, Officer Who Shot Michael Brown, Testifies In Front Of Grand Jury: Report

September 17, 2014 - Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot unarmed teen Michael Brown last month, testified before a grand jury convened to investigate the shooting on Wednesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.  Read more at

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STD app may change the way people get test results

Sept. 19, 2014 - In the 90s, AOL users would get “You’ve Got Mail” notifications in their inboxes — now, in 2014, doctors may be delivering news like “You’ve got Chlamydia” through an app.

In a move that is sure to start a trend, an app called Healthvana would allow health care practitioners to send HIV and STD results right to their patient’s phones. Read more at

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Charles Barkley on Peterson: ‘We all spanked our kids’

Sept. 17, 2014 - Charles Barkley defended Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and shared sentiments on former Ravens running back Ray Rice’s case during an interview with Jim Rome on The NFL Today Show Sunday.

Barkley expressed optimism on Rice’s case, hoping that his mistake would help raise awareness on domestic violence. Rome then asked the former NBA player for his thoughts on Peterson’s indictment for child abuse. Read more at

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New biography explores the struggles and triumphs of Bill Cosby

Sept. 17, 2014 - For some, the name Bill Cosby will forever recall the beloved image of Cliff Huxtable outfitted in zany sweaters on The Cosby Show.

For others, it’s the image of the jovial, slack-jawed comedian hocking fat-free pudding that comes to mind. And still others will remember the stand-up comic and the secret agent of I-Spy fame. Read more at

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Smart Students from Low-Income Families Lock Down 4-Year Tuition-Free Rides

Sept. 17, 2014 - There's a new player in the cluster of non-profit organizations that help high-achieving students from low-income families get into the best colleges in the nation and they’re employing a simple strategy to entice qualified students: If you get into the school of your choice, you get to for free, the New York Times reports.

And for all four years, might I add. When the founders of QuestBridge learned about some of the barriers that smart students from low-income backgrounds face, like the complicated and drawn-out financial aid process; the idea that most students often have to accept or decline a college offer before they find out if they’ve been awarded money from a traditional scholarship. Read more at

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High School Football Players Say They Were Victims Of Racist Prank

Sept. 17, 2014 - High school football players in New Jersey say they were the targets of a racist locker room prank involving bananas, prompting an investigation by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

The incident occurred prior to a football game in nearby Summit on Saturday, when the North Plainfield Canucks were placed in an adjoining locker room to the Summit High School Hilltoppers. There was no knob attached to the door connecting the rooms, according to reports, leaving a hole large enough for a banana to squeeze through. Read more at

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Los Angeles Law Enforcement Officers Kill About One Person A Week

Sept. 17, 2014 - Since 2000, nearly 600 people, many of them young black and Latino men, have been killed by Los Angeles law enforcement officers. That's according to a sobering new report from the Los Angeles Youth Justice Coalition, a youth advocacy organization, that looks into the use of lethal force among police.

The report, titled "Don't Shoot to Kill," examines homicide data from the Los Angeles County coroner's department and incorporates details from numerous media reports on specific incidents. Between Jan. 1, 2000 and August 31, 2014, the report found, law enforcement officers in Los Angeles County used lethal force resulting in the deaths of at least 589 people. That's almost one death a week, for nearly 14 years. Read more at

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Rush Limbaugh: 'No Means Yes If You Know How To Spot It'

Sept. 17, 2014 - Rush Limbaugh is so sick of the "modern" definition of consent. When a girl says "NO," she actually means NO. But that's just crazy talk, according to Limbaugh.

"How many of you guys in your own experience with women have learned that 'no' means 'yes' if you know how to spot it?" he asked on "The Rush Limbaugh Show" Monday. "It used to be used as a cliché." Read more at

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Rosie O'Donnell Makes Provocative Ray Rice Comments As 'The View' Returns

Sept. 17, 2014 - "The View" looked very different as it returned for a new season on Monday, but some things don't change, like Rosie O'Donnell making controversial comments about the news.

The ABC show had to do a lot of different things when it came back. It had to introduce a new set and three new co-hosts (O'Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace), get them to discuss some Hot Topics, test out the chemistry, maybe throw in a celebrity or two. Read more at

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Uninsured Rate Drops To Lowest Level Since The '90s

Sept. 17, 2014 - Another day, another survey showing that Obamacare is beginning to cure America's uninsured problem.

The latest numbers come from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which polled more than 27,000 people during the first three months of the year. Forty-one million U.S. residents, or 13.1 percent, were uninsured during the quarter when benefits started to kick in for people who signed up for coverage into private insurance or Medicaid via the Obamacare exchanges or elsewhere. Read more at

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Report: Military surplus program sent assault rifles to Pinellas schools

Sept. 17, 2014 - The Pinellas County school system is one of at least 120 education organizations nationwide that have received military gear as part of a controversial Defense Department program that came under fire recently during the tensions in Ferguson, Mo., theWashington Post reports.

The district recently received 22 M16 rifles and plans to train its police department in using them, the newspaper said. The paper quotes Pinellas schools spokeswoman Melanie Marquez Parra as saying the weapons are for emergency use and "Our hope is that our officers never need to use this equipment." Read more at

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Obama at MacDill AFB in Tampa this morning for CentCom briefings

Sept. 17, 2014 - TAMPA — President Barack Obama is in Tampa this morning visiting MacDill Air Force Base for briefings about the strategy to destroy ISIS and to thank MacDill's servicemen and women for their ongoing fight against terrorism.

Members of the public won't have a chance to see the president. Air Force One should be on its way back to Washington by 3 p.m. Read more at

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Florida universities need $45M to offset changes to Bright Futures scholarship program

Sept. 17, 2014 - When Florida lawmakers made it harder to earn a Bright Futures scholarship, they celebrated the potential cost savings.

But the changes to the eligibility criteria may actually come with an unforeseen price tag.

State universities say they will need an additional $45 million next year to provide more need-based financial aid, according to a new budget proposal. Read more at

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Iraq war veteran sues Gov. Rick Scott, state of Florida over loss of job

Sept. 17, 2014 - A decorated combat veteran of three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan sued Gov. Rick Scott and the state on Wednesday, claiming that the Scott administration used his overseas deployment to eliminate his job in violation of state law.

The suit was filed by Walter Kreitlow III, who works as an agent in the Department of Business & Professional Regulation's division of alcoholic beverages and tobacco. He earns about $50,000 a year. Read more at

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NAACP orders its St. Petersburg branch to cease operations

Sept. 17, 2014 - The St. Petersburg branch of the NAACP has been ordered to cease operations as state officials of the civil rights organization work to reorganize the unit, according to a letter sent to local board members Friday.

A letter signed by Adora Obi Nweze, president of the Florida State Conference of the NAACP, listed irregularities in the branch's fiscal practices and programming, and said it is not in "good standing" with the organization's bylaws. Read more at


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