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Gov. Rick Scott calls for investigation of 'Jesus' lesson

March 26, 2013 - Florida Atlantic University has apologized for a controversial classroom lesson that led critics to accuse the school of religious intolerance. But that hasn't stopped Gov. Rick Scott from stepping into the fray.

Scott penned a letter to State University System chancellor Frank Brogan Tuesday demanding an investigation. "I am requesting a report of the incident, how it was handled and a statement of the university's policies to ensure this type of 'lesson' will not occur again," Scott wrote.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Shocker? Kordell Stewart Files For Divorce From ‘RHOA’s Porsha

May 27, 2013 - Former NFL player Kordell Stewart (pictured right) has reportedly filed for divorce from his reality TV show wife Porsha Williams-Stewart (pictured), who co-stars on the Bravo hit “Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA).”  The ex-Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback reportedly filed the legal documents on Friday at the Superior Court of Fulton County in Atlanta, stating that his marriage was “irretrievably broken,” according to People.  Read more at newsone.com.

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'White Student Union' To Begin Nighttime Patrols At Towson University

March 26, 2013 - A controversial white-pride group said it will begin implementing nighttime patrols on a Maryland college campus to keep would-be attackers at bay.

The White Student Union (WSU), which was founded last year by Towson University senior Matthew Heimbach, plans to start patrolling the school, according to the student newspaper the Towerlight.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Prostate Cancer Risk Linked To Early-Onset Baldness In New Study

March 26, 2013 - French researchers said it, and now a team from the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia have released new evidence to support their claim: Men who lose their hair early in life have a greater risk of developing prostate cancer.

In a study of 537 African-American men -- 318 with prostate cancer and 219 controls -- investigators discovered that baldness of any kind was associated with a 69 percent increased risk of prostate cancer, particularly among African-American men.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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'Judge Joe Brown' Ending After 15 Seasons

March 27, 2013 - "Judge Joe Brown" is ending. The syndicated courtroom series which began Season 15 in September 2012 has been canceled, reportedly amid contract negotiations.

"'Judge Joe Brown' will not be returning for another season," CBS Television Distribution said in a statement (via TV Guide). "We would like to thank Joe for 15 great years, as well as executive producer John Terenzio and the entire staff for all their hard work and dedication to the show."  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Which leaders speak for black America?

March 27, 2013 - Is there a leadership crisis in black America? A new poll suggests African-Americans think so.

The poll was commissioned by BET founder Robert L. Johnson, also the chairman of The RLJ Companies, and was released by Zogby Analytics.  And the results are shocking.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Oscar de la Renta says ‘a first lady’ does not influence fashion today, speaking on Michelle Obama

March 26, 2013 - Designer Oscar de la Renta has weighed in yet again on first lady Michelle Obama. Speaking at an event in Mexico, he revealed that he is not at all perturbed by the fact that Mrs. Obama has never selected the storied couturier to outfit her.

“It is a relation that began poorly and I think it will end the same way,”  de la Renta said of himself and the first lady on Friday. The designer is famous for openly criticizing Mrs. Obama for wearing a cardigan — one of her signature pieces — during her first visit with Queen Elizabeth II in 2009.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ dig: D.L. Hughley explains his Whitney/Bobby comment

March 26, 2013 - Funnyman D.L. Hughley is still in last place on the “Dancing With the Stars” leaderboard heading into Tuesday night’s first elimination show, but the funnyman won a victory of sorts Monday with his much-improved quickstep with pro partner Cheryl Burke.

After their dance, Hughley joked to co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet that he and Cheryl “were doing our Whitney (Houston) and Bobby (Brown) imitation for a little while,” referring to the duo’s tense spat that was shown in the pre-taped video segment shown before their dance.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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NeNe Leakes and Kenya Moore Weigh In On Porsha Stewart’s Divorce

March 26, 2013 - Just days after confessing to the world why she loves being a Black trophy wife, Porsha Stewart’s husband Kordell Stewart hit her with divorce papers.

Clearly Porsha didn’t see the D-word coming, but her Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star NeNe Leakes said she noticed something off about the Stewart’s relationship from day one.  Read more at hellobeautiful.com.

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SPC Breaking ground ready to begin

St. Petersburg College (SPC) Downtown and Midtown Campus Provost Dr. Kevin
Gordon and Midtown’s Associate Provost Cynthia Jolliff-Johnson were all smiles last Wednesday when they revealed that the college has selected Gilbane Contractors to break ground on the new Midtown Campus in May.


“The main reason they were chosen was how well they embrace the community as part of this project, Gilbane rose to the top when they presented their plan. We want the community to know that SPC is committed to 30 percent minority participation. This is a priority,” said Gordon.  Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

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FBI Memo Advised Schmoozing 'Slow' Mexicans, Duping Blacks With Phony Insurance Pitches

March 25, 2013 - A Federal Bureau of Investigations memo from 1947, published Monday by Muckrock, an organization that specializes in filing Freedom of Information Act requests, reveals that FBI agents were once trained to exploit the supposed weaknesses of various minority groups.  Read more at usnews.com.

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The Black Conservative Who Could Save the GOP

March 25, 2013 - For Republicans, Dr. Ben Carson, the pediatric neurosurgeon, could be just what the doctor ordered. He’s accomplished, he’s articulate, he’s respected by his peers … and he’s a black conservative whose political fortunes are rising faster than a shooting star.

Dr. Carson, 61, is a big-hearted Christian who favors smaller, more responsible government. He stirred up the faithful at CPAC two weeks ago when he said he would retire from his medical practice at Johns Hopkins in the near future and might be open – might be – to playing some political role in Washington.  Read more at thefiscaltimes.com.

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Civil Rights Group launches petition urging Fox to drop ‘Cops’

March 25, 2013 - ColorOfChange.org and its members are urging FOX, and corporate advertisers of the television show COPS, to make the 25th season of show its last in primetime.

Since its debut in 1989, FOX, COPS producers, and corporate advertisers have built a profit model around distorted and dehumanizing portrayals of Black Americans and the criminal justice system.  Read more at newpittsburghcourieronline.com.

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Racist Much? Zimmerman’s Brother Compares Trayvon Martin To Georgia Baby Shooter

March 25, 2013 - Ever since George Zimmerman shot and killed teen Trayvon Martin (pictured right), both Zimmerman, his one alleged Black friend, and family have been attempting to manipulate communicate their version of events to the public. Who’s up next? George’s brother, Robert Jr., but this time, the George-Zimmerman-in-training decides to clear his brother’s name by racistly comparing the murdered Martin to De’Marquise Elkins (pictured left), the 17-year-old teen who allegedly shot a baby to death in Georgia after he asked the baby’s mother for money.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Cold-Blooded: NRA Robocalls Newtown Residents Urging Them Not To Support Stricter Gun Laws

March 25, 2013 - When 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 27 people — 20 school children, 6 educators and his mother, Nancy Lanza — in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012, before turning the gun on himself, politicians and gun lobbyists vowed that it was a watershed moment and swore to figuratively hold hands and come to a consensus on the most effective ways to staunch the flow of gun violence in the United States.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Mainstream Media Phases Out Prominent African-Americans

March 25, 2013 - Michael Baisden, Roland Martin, Soledad O’Brien and Constance White have all either been fired or stepped down from their respective positions in the communications field. With their departures the future of African-Americans in mainstream media is uncertain.

Michael Baisden announced via his Twitter on Wednesday, March 20 and his Facebook Thursday, March 21 that “The Michael Baisden Show”, his nationally syndicated radio show, was being cancelled. He stated “We were unable to reach an agreement with our syndication partner Cumulus Media. This was not a hostile situation; sometimes parties have different ideas and visions about how to move forward”.  Read more at forharriet.com.

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Prediabetes Rate: Most With High Diabetes Risk Don't Know It, CDC Says

March 25, 2013 - More than 70 million Americans at high risk of developing diabetes don't know they're in danger, according to a new report by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention -- making it unlikely they will take steps needed to avoid or delay the onset of the disease.

An estimated 79 million Americans were "prediabetic" in 2012, according to CDC -- with blood sugar levels that were higher than normal but not quite high enough to indicate they had diabetes. Only 11 percent of them recognized their problem.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Will Smith quit ‘Django Unchained’ because ‘I need to be the lead’

March 26, 2013 - Will Smith has a need … to play the lead. The actor told Entertainment Weekly as much in a recent interview, explaining why he wouldn’t take the title role that ultimately went to Jamie Foxx in “Django Unchained.”

“Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead,” he said. “The other character was the lead!”

Smith is referring to the role of bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz, played by Christoph Waltz.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Jennifer Carroll’s office shuts after her resignation

March 26, 2013 - The administration of Florida Gov. Rick Scott is shutting down the lieutenant governor’s office for now.

Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigned earlier this month after she was interviewed as part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged widespread gambling ring. She has not been accused of any wrongdoing.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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U.S. Supreme Court takes up gay marriage case

March 26, 2013 - A year after it took up the sweeping health care law, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday weighed gay marriage, an issue that was once one of the country's most divisive but is undergoing a rapid shift in public opinion.

Oral arguments focused on California's Proposition 8, which states, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California," and overturned a 2008 court decision allowing same-sex couples to marry.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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