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Courtside: Chris Brown, Rihanna Make Rare Public Appearance Together At Lakers Game

Dec. 26, 2012 - Though rumors have swirled for weeks, are they on; are they off, Chris Brown and Rihanna put their romance on full display at the Lakers-Knicks game on Christmas Day, reports TMZ.com. "The two arrived to the arena in the same car earlier today, but got out of the vehicle separately. They eventually met up inside and sat down together in their courtside seats." Read more at newsone.com.

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Christmas 2012: The burden and blessing of being a black Santa

Dec. 26, 2012 - The people who play the man in the big red suit say it’s the best job in the world.Although they’re only employed for about two months of the year, it certainly doesn’t stop these dedicated men to don long white beards and red velvet jumpsuits.

But a few men across the U.S. are attempting to challenge the iconic image of Santa Claus, with the simple phrase: “Why can’t Santa be black?” Read more at thegrio.com.

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South Africa: Mandela in hospital over Christmas

Dec. 26, 2012 - South Africa’s president says former leader Nelson Mandela will spend Christmas Day in hospital.The presidency says in a statement that Mandela’s doctors confirmed the news on Monday. The anti-apartheid figure was admitted Dec. 8 to a hospital in Pretoria, the South African capital. He was diagnosed with a lung infection and had a procedure to remove gallstones; officials have said Mandela is improving and is responding to treatment. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Nas reportedly sued for $10 million over Angola ‘kidnapping’

Dec. 25, 2012 - In yet another bizarre development in the world of Nas, the legendary rapper is being sued by concert promoter Patrick Allocco for allegedly being responsible for his “kidnapping” in Angola back in December of 2011.

The hip-hop icon was supposed to perform in Angola that month, but backed out, costing Allocco roughly $300,000 in fees. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Tagg Romney: Mitt ‘had no desire’ to run for president

Dec. 26, 2012 - In a surprisingly candid new interview, Mitt Romney’s oldest son Tagg revealed that this father “had no desire” to run for president in 2012. “If he could have found someone else to take his place … he would have been ecstatic to step aside. He is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them, but he has deep faith in God and he loves his country, but he doesn’t love the attention,” Tagg told the Boston Globe in a behind the scenes look at the loss of the Romney 2012 campaign. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Brown Dolls Only for My Daughter

Dec. 26, 2012 - When she was a child, Black + Green Mama writer Kenrya Rankin Naasel's father only allowed her and her sister to play with dolls that reflected their reality -- translation, black dolls. As a result, Rankin says, she never wanted a Barbie doll or anything else that might have given her a slanted view of herself and her worth in American society. Now, as a mother, she's continuing that tradition and also shielding her daughter from problematic television images like those on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Read more at theroot.com.

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Tarantino 'Unchained,' Part 3: White Saviors

Dec. 26, 2012 -  Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained is about a slave named Django (Jamie Foxx) who gains his freedom and becomes a bounty hunter with the help of Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). They travel (under a ruse developed by Schultz) to Mississippi to free Django's wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), from evil plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Read more at theroot.com.

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Show People the Newtown Carnage

Dec. 26, 2012 - After Emmett Till was brutally murdered in Mississippi in the 1950s by white men for allegedly flirting with a white woman, his mother chose to have an open casket at his wake so that people could see what the murderers had done to her boy. Along those same lines, Roland S. Martin, writing for CNN.com, says that people need to see the the real carnage from the Netwown, Conn., massacre to really understand the gravity of the tragedy. Read more at theroot.com.

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What's on the Obama Christmas Menu?

Dec. 26, 2012 - Although Michelle Obama spends much of the year touting healthy living and eating, she told the Todayshow last week that for Christmas dinner, she might let herself slip a bit. The meal that her family eats on Christmas in Hawaii is very traditional -- and traditionally calorie-rich. Read more at theroot.com.

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Black Americans lament the commercialization of Christmas

Dec. 26, 2012 - “Santa Claus never died for anybody,” reads a photo of a mock church sign making the rounds on Facebook this Christmas.

This photo along with a carton of a kid sitting on the lap of a Santa Claus saying, “Where are you in the Bible,” may be evidence that many – most specifically African-Americans – are uncomfortable with Santa Claus and the commercialization of Christmas. Read more at thegrio.com.

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LOCAL 7TH GRADER CHOSEN FOR WORLD LEADERSHIP FORUM AND SEEKS COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Monica Austell-Jaimes was recently extended an invitation to participate in the international People to People Leadership Program in Washington, D.C. The program seeks star students in 5th-8th grades who demonstrate an interest in diplomacy and government. Monica was nominated for the program by her 7th grade teacher Elizabeth Gravitt of Davenport School of the Arts. Davenport nominated Monica because of her commitment to academics, leadership and citizenship. Monica is only the 2nd student in this area to be chosen since 2006.  Click here to read more or make a donation.

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5 Damaging Myths About Addiction

December 26, 2012 - What you think you know about addiction may be a web of inaccuracies and misinformation. Debunk common myths about drug addiction to have a better understanding of the disease and why addicts need support to recover.

Myth #1: Addiction is just a choice.
It’s common for people to blow off drug addiction as bad behavior and bad choices. While the first time or first few times trying drugs may in fact be a very bad choice, addiction is a disease. Like cancer, for example, addiction has side effects and physical symptoms. It also takes a great deal of support and treatment to overcome.  Read more at livefreeblog.org.

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Salon's David Sirota To Don Lemon: If Majority Of Mass Shooters Wasn't White, 'Conversation Would Be Much Uglier' (VIDEO)

December 24, 2012 - Salon writer David Sirota appeared on Don Lemon's CNN show on Saturday to discuss that the majority of mass shooters in the United States have been white.

In Sirota's recent article titled "Time To Profile White Men?" the Salon writer argued that nuanced conversations that grew out of the tragic Newtown shootings on mental health and gun control is due to the race of the shooter.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Spike Lee: ‘Django Unchained’ Is Disrespectful To My Ancestors [VIDEO]

December 22, 2012 - Director Spike Lee, who has had a Black woman play a crackhead, a Black man get drunk and kill his wife and a Black teenager have a threesome with White women, says that he won’t be watching the Quentin Tarantino film ‘Django Unchained’ because it’s disrespectful to his ancestors, reports Essence.com.

Go figure.

“All I’m going to say is that it’s disrespectful to my ancestors,” says Lee. “That’s just me…I’m not speaking on behalf of anybody else.”  Read more at newsone.com.

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Adam Lanza’s Possible Motive: Mother Cared More About Sandy Hook Students Than Him

December 21, 2012 - There has been little talk of Nancy Lanza. When politicians, clergy and media speak of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there has been scant mention of the mother who was fatally shot in the head with her own gun by her son, Adam Lanza, before he went on a rampage and gunned down 20 children and 6 adults, then killing himself.

If there is chatter, it typically centers around how she must have been a negligent mother to not realize that her son was a monster — a monster she helped create by teaching him how to shoot assault rifles.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Serena Defends Caroline Wozniacki’s Impersonation: She’s My Friend, Not Racist

December 21, 2012 - When Danish tennis player, Caroline Wozniacki, did her best Serena Williams impersonation during a match with Maria Sharapova, by stuffing her shirt and skirt with towels to roast Williams’ famous assets, Black people — especially sisters — were in an uproar. Accusations of racism exploded across the internet as article after article dissected Wozniacki’s intentions.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Child Gun Deaths Nationwide Number Nearly 6 Newtown Massacres

December 21, 2012 - Police reports about the final moments of Demetrius Cruz’s life include the kind of information that is at once difficult to fathom and yet somehow part of the ordinary but tragic tapestry of life in the U.S.

Cruz was riding in a car with his cousin on a Denver street Saturday when the driver of a white car started bumping, following and then chasing the teens' car. Cruz called his aunt. He was scared. Someone in the white car fired several shots, striking and killing Cruz. He was just 15 years old.  Read ore at huffingtonpost.com.

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Nas Sued Over Kidnapping Ordeal: Concert Promoter Suing Rapper For $10 Million

December 22, 2012 - The concert promoter who claims he was kidnapped because rapper Nas didn't show up for a scheduled performance is now suing the rapper for $10 million.

In December 2011, Patrick Allocco alleged that he was kidnapped in Angola because the rapper didn't show up to a New Year's Eve concert after allegedly taking his $300,000 performance fee.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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SPHA Helps Public Housing Resident Celebrate the Holidays

The St. Petersburg Housing Authority’s (SPHA) Adopt-A-Family program made this holiday season a little merrier for one St. Petersburg family living in public housing. The housing authority provided wrapped Christmas gifts on Friday, December 21, to single mother Tanisha Lovett and her two daughters, ages two and six. Ms. Lovett’s third child is due in February 2013. The presents were purchased solely with personal donations from SPHA staff.  Read more at stpeteha.org.

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Beyoncé urged to reconsider $50 million Pepsi deal

Dec. 21, 2012 - Last week Beyoncé and Pepsi announced a $50 million endorsement deal that would include standard advertising as well as a multimillion-dollar fund to support the singer’s chosen creative products.

“Pepsi embraces creativity and understands that artists evolve,” Beyoncé said in a statement. “As a businesswoman, this allows me to work with a lifestyle brand with no compromise and without sacrificing my creativity.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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