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Obama approval rating remains steady despite Washington controversies

June 5, 2013 - President Obama’s approval rating is essentially unchanged over the last two months, holding steady despite a series of Washington controversies, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The survey showed 48 percent of voters approve of the president’s performance, compared to 47 percent who disapprove. An April survey showed 48 percent who disapproved, while 47 approved. Considering the margin of error for the poll, there is no statistical difference between Obama’s ratings in April and June. Read more at thegrio.com.

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FAMU alumna stars in new Oprah Winfrey Network series

May 31, 2013 - Angela Robinson, a FAMU alumna, is one of the newest primetime stars on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

The Jacksonville native plays Veronica Harrington on the new soap opera “The Haves and the Have Nots.” Tyler Perry writes, produces, and directs the series.  Read more at Rattler Nation.

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Obama nominee behind ‘driving while black’ case

June 5, 2013 -  A federal judge President Barack Obama wants to promote to the appellate bench successfully sued the Maryland State Police for racial profiling after his family was pulled over and searched for drugs while driving back from a funeral.

The 1992 search has been at the center of two decades of litigation that’s become known as the “driving while black” case. U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins has shown an unyielding effort to combat racial profiling in drug stops through three subsequent lawsuits, the final one ultimately decided just this year. Read more at thegrio.com.

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‘Kinky Boots’ star Billy Porter: ‘It’s his time’

June 5, 2013 - While all haircuts are important, the one Billy Porter got late last week was even more critical: It was his last trim before Sunday’s Tony Awards.

“I just need a trim,” he tells stylist Valjean Guerra, crunching his hair with both hands to show the textured look he hopes to maintain. “I want to keep the same shape.” Read more at thegiro.com.

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Android Users Welcome Vine App

June 5, 2013 - From your cousin Leroy to the White House, it seems like everybody is on Vine, Twitter's crazy-popular video-sharing app. Everybody, that is, except for Android users -- until now.

Twitter announced yesterday that Vine for Android is now available. Now, oh humble Samsung Galaxy user, you, too, can make and share six-second videos of your food, your animals, your animals eating your food or you eating food like an animal. Read more at theroot.com.

 

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Young, Black, Gifted and Underemployed

June 5, 2013 - President Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election campaign is notably remembered for a political television commercial with the opening line, "It's morning again in America." The optimism expressed in the narration suggested that improvements to the U.S. economy since the recession of the late 1970s were due to Reagan's policies. It was a winning message. But the ad featured all-white faces and excluded African Americans and every other racial minority. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Congratulations! Chokwe Lumumba Elected New Mayor Of Jackson, Miss.

June 5, 2013 - Former Ward 2 Councilman and Chokwe Lumumba, 65, is the new mayor of  Jackson, Miss., winning the general election with 87 percent of the vote, reports Fight Back! News. “I’m just delighted. I feel wonderfully well about the people and their vote. Our slogan has been the people must decide and the people gave us an outstanding mandate today for positive change in the city of Jackson,” Lumumba said. “We intend to work diligently and put all our hearts and efforts into that and we’re going to be calling upon the people to work with us. We’re not working by ourselves.” Read more at newsone.com.

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Governor Rick Scott Appoints Members to Judicial Nominating Commissions

Governor Rick Scott announced new appointments to Judicial Nominating Commissions.  Read more at flgov.com.

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Sheldon Adelson's Woes Mount With Grand Jury In Las Vegas Sands Money-Laundering Probe

June 5, 2013 - The legal headaches besetting billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. now include a grand jury in Los Angeles, part of a federal money-laundering probe of his Nevada-based casinos, The Huffington Post has learned. The involvement of a federal grand jury, not previously reported, suggests an escalation of the money-laundering investigation into Sands and one of its executives, being led by the U.S. attorney for Los Angeles, according to a person with direct knowledge of the inquiry. The person requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the grand jury’s work, which is not public. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Did you attend the March on Washington in ’63? If so, someone is looking for you…

On August 28, 1963, a quarter million people attended the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, D.C.  At the time, it was the largest demonstration ever seen in the nation's capital.  It was one of the first to have extensive television coverage.  The Hillsborough County Public Library is creating a video history of those who attended the March.  If you were there, please contact Michele Michaud at 813 276 2097.

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Graduation ceremony rescheduled for Lakewood High School

Lakewood High School has rescheduled its graduation ceremony. They were originally scheduled for Thursday evening. They have moved their graduation to Friday, June 7.

Lakewood will split their seniors into two groups (girls and boys) and have the ceremonies Friday morning in the school auditorium. Girls graduation will be at 8 a.m. and boys graduation will be at 10 a.m. They have to split into two groups because of the size of the auditorium.

A recorded phone message is going to Lakewood HS families this evening.

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Meet John McCain's New Daughter-in-Law

June 4, 2013 - Thanks to some intrepid gossip gatherers, we knew well in advance that Rep. John Boehner's daughter was marrying a black man, but Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona caught us all off guard when he Instagrammed this picture of his son and his new wife, who appears to be a woman of color. Recently the Internet was buzzing with the news that House Speaker John Boehner's daughter was set to marry a dreadlocked Jamaican man. Some of the buzz was due to his arrest for marijuana possession. But much of the Internet was also a bit shocked to hear that Boehner, a conservative Republican, would soon have a black son-in-law. Read more at theroot.com.

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I Went to an HBCU to Experience Being a Minority

June 4, 2013 - Alyssa Paddock explains why, despite being white, she chose to attend a historically black college.  There's the obvious: She got a lacrosse scholarship. And then there's another reason: The self-imposed challenge of being a racial minority for the first time.

Plus, Paddock says, her view of race as a non-issue has evolved, and she now understands "people have different life experiences and different views based on those experiences." Read more at theroot.com.

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Obama nominates 3 to appeals court, testing GOP

June 4, 2013 - Issuing a forceful challenge to Senate Republicans, President Barack Obama nominated three judges to the influential federal appeals court in Washington, declaring that the GOP has “cynically used Senate rules and procedures” to delay and block past nominees.

“What I’m doing today is my job; I need the Senate to do its job,” he said as he announced his nomination of Patricia Ann Millett, Cornelia Pillard and Robert Leon Wilkins on Tuesday in the White House Rose Garden. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Jerry Seinfeld to appear on hip-hop album? Wale recruits comedian for ‘The Gifted’

June 4, 2013 - Maybach Music rapper Wale is gearing up for his third album,The Gifted, to be released later this month and the tracklist has finally hit the net.

Featuring label mates, Meek Mill and Rick Ross and other hip-hop heavyweights, one musical guest in particular sticks out like a sore thumb. Read more at thegrio.com.

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AEG denies pushing Michael Jackson to rehearse ‘This Is It’

June 4, 2013 - A promoter denied Monday that he pushed Michael Jackson to rehearse for his ill-fated comeback concerts, refuting testimony by the singer’s longtime makeup artist and stylist. Paul Gongaware of AEG Live LLC said he never told Jackson’s assistant to get the pop star out of a locked bathroom and to a rehearsal, an incident described to jurors by makeup artist Karen Faye. “Never, never happened,” Gongaware said. Read more at thegrio.com.

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‘Black Bodies In Propaganda: The Art Of The War Poster’, TV host’s black war posters focus of US exhibit

Jne 4, 2013 - A new exhibit created by a University of Pennsylvania professor and host of a popular public television show examines how wartime propaganda has been used to motivate oppressed populations to risk their lives for homelands that considered them second-class citizens.

“Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster,” opens Sunday and continues until March 2 at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Lectures, film screenings and other programming will be rolled out over the course of the exhibit’s run. Read more a thegrio.com.

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Black worker sues over slurs such as ‘We freed y’all’

June 4, 2013 - A black city employee in Fort Worth claims he was cheated out of promotions, stereotyped, and subjected to racial slurs, including one in which another employee told him, “We freed y’all.”

The allegations come in a civil rights lawsuit filed in Tarrant County District Court last week by an employee of the city parks department, Darrenn Foreman.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Hall of Fame defensive end Deacon Jones dead at 74

June 4, 2013 - David “Deacon” Jones, a Hall of Fame American football defensive end credited with terming the word sack for how he knocked down quarterbacks, has died. He was 74.

The Washington Redskins said that Jones died of natural causes at his home in Southern California on Monday night. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Serena Williams exudes confidence on Essence magazine’s ‘Love Your Body’ issue

June 4, 2013 - Summer can be a difficult time for women with body image issues. From bikinis to clothes that reveal rather than cover up, our bodies are more on display during the warmer months. Essence magazine is dedicating the latest issue to body image with its cover subject and many articles that advocate for us to love and embrace our unique shapes. Read more at thegrio.com.

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