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Poor people lose out when elections are bought and sold

April 3, 2014 - Have you heard about the Supreme Court decision striking down limits on campaign contributions, allowing more private money to pour into federal elections? If you care about democracy and voting rights, especially for poor people, you should be concerned.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Urban League: Blacks doing worse in the job market

April 2, 2014 - A new report from the National Urban League says underemployment is a bigger obstacle for blacks than it is for whites or Hispanics.

The league’s annual State of Black America report says the underemployment rate for African-American workers was 20.5 percent, compared with 18.4 percent for Hispanic workers and 11.8 percent for white workers. Underemployment is defined as those who are jobless, and those working part-time jobs but desiring full-time work.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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4 people killed, at least 16 wounded at Fort Hood military base

April 2, 2014 - Four people were dead, including the gunman, and at least 16 others were wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, military officials told NBC News.

The gunman, identified as Ivan Lopez, 34 — an enlisted soldier — took his own life with a .45-caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol, officials said.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Peabody Awards given to record 46 recipients

April 2, 2014 - The ABC drama “Scandal,” Netflix’s “House of Cards” and pair of news programs about concussions in the National Football League are among a record 46 recipients of Peabody Awards.

The winners were chosen by the board of the George Foster Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia as the “best in electronic media for 2013.” They were announced Wednesday by Peabody Award-winning journalists Ira Glass and Charlayne Hunter-Gault on “CBS This Morning.”  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Oprah Winfrey Network scores best ratings ever thanks to African-American women

April 1, 2014 - Oprah Winfrey and her TV network were once plagued by poor ratings, but now they have a reason to celebrate.

OWN, the first, and so far only, network inspired by a single individual, scored its most-watched quarter in network history, averaging 508,000 total viewers and delivering double-digit growth across all demos versus the previous quarter, making OWN the fastest-growing cable network for women 25-54.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Reports: Michael Strahan Expected to Join Good Morning America

April 2, 2014 - Former football star and current talk show host Michael Strahan is expected to join the cast of ABC's Good Morning America on a part-time basis, the Associated Press reports.

While the deal has not been completed, a person with knowledge of the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity told AP that Strahan will work periodically during the first hour of GMA.  Read more at theroot.com.

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9 Biggest Lies About Black Males and Academic Success

March 31, 2014 - Editor's note: This weekend, Morehouse College hosted the inaugural summit in a White House-sponsored series of events aimed at addressing educational outcomes for African-American students. The Morehouse event, called the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans: Addressing the Socio-Cultural Factors Impacting the Academic Achievement and Development of African American Males, focused on the future of African-American men.

One of the featured speakers was Ivory Toldson, who is deputy director of White House Initiatives on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as a frequent contributor toThe Root.  Read more at theroot.com.

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Housing complex clerk mistakes dead woman for April Fools' mannequin

April 2, 2014 -  About 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Ronald Benjamin took his smoke break outside Peterborough Apartments, where he has worked as a desk clerk for nine years.


Benjamin, 61, looked onto the patio and saw a shape on the ground. It looked to him like a mannequin. An April Fools' Day joke, he concluded, and went back to work.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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St. Petersburg mayor unveils vision before crowd of 800 at Mahaffey Theater

April 2, 2014 - Mayor Rick Kriseman rolled out his vision for St. Petersburg at the Mahaffey Theater on Wednesday to a crowd of at least 800, most of them city employees.


It was not your average government team meeting.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Sunday Market on The Deuces

April 3, 2014 - The Deuces is Live once again! The historical 22nd Street South corridor, which featured the likes of James Brown and Dizzie Gillespie, is launching “Sunday Market on the Deuces.”

Deuces Live is one of three Main Street programs in St. Petersburg that bring together neighborhoods, residents and business commerce. The group will introduce a community market starting this Sun., April 6.  Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

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Duke Energy, Urban League Partner for Community

April 3, 2014 - Watson Haynes will mark his second year as CEO of the Pinellas County Urban League in May and has been actively involved with the PCUL since it was founded 37 years ago.

Going back to Andy Hines, president of Duke Energy’s predecessor Florida Power, the company and its leadership have been strong supporters of our programs and long-time goals, Watson toldThe Weekly Challenger.  Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

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Longtime Educator Dies

April 3, 2014 - James Calvin Goss transcended this life on Fri., March 28 with his wife, Sylvia E. Arnett-Goss, by his side.

Born in Orlando, Goss became widely known for the formidable shooting prowess of his left hand. He earned All State distinction in basketball for his 1950 – 52 seasons at Jones High School in Orlando. And the recognition continued through college, where Goss received an athletic scholarship to Kentucky State University.  Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

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#StandWithJamilah: Ebony editor Jamilah Lemieux thanks supporters

Apr. 2, 2014 - Ebony.com editor Jamilah Lemieux reached out to her supporters on social media who got her back during a contentious battle with the RNC.

Lemieux got into a spat with Republicans after criticizing plans for a conservative publication aimed at African-Americans and mistakenly identifying RNC deputy press secretary Raffi Williams as white. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Dwyane Wade: Trayvon Martin hoodie photo was about more than skin color

Apr. 2, 2014 - Last week, NBA superstar Kobe Bryant unintentionally ignited a firestorm of controversy with remarkshe made to The New Yorker about the Miami Heat’s widely publicized “hoodie” photo in response to the Trayvon Martin case.

When asked about the picture Bryant reportedly said: “I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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New military hair guidelines rub some black female soldiers the wrong way

Apr. 2, 2014 - The U.S. Army has released new guidelines for female soldiers’ hair, which some African-American troops are calling racially insensitive and biased. The new rules (a.k.a. Army Regulation 670-1) designate the appropriate sizes of braids and cornrows and ban dreadlocks of any kind. They also state that no “bulk of hair” exceed 2 inches from the scalp. Read more at thegrio.com.

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MLK’s Last Crusade Was the Poor People’s Campaign Against Poverty

Apr. 2, 2014 - This week, as we remember the 46th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, we should remember the lessons from the civil rights icon’s last great political crusade: the Poor People’s Campaign to end poverty.

The less than three months between national celebrations of King’s birthday and more sober reflections on his martyrdom reveal the often dizzying contradictions of a still-contested legacy. In one breath, politicians of all ideological and racial hues extol the virtues of racial equality or, more comfortingly, colorblindness, even as many ignore the civil rights leader’s eloquent criticisms of racism, war and poverty. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe pays off building loan

April 2, 2014 - For the first 10 years of its existence, the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's home was wherever there was a willing landlord and sufficient space to accommodate an audience.

So for the organization to have paid off its mortgage on the historic 1926 Binz Building property it purchased out of foreclosure less than a year ago has left Nate Jacobs, founder and artistic director, with a sense of the surreal.  Read more at heraldtribune.com.

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Missed The Deadline? 5 Ways You Can Still Get Health Coverage

Apr. 2, 2014 - It’s not too late to get covered. A few routes remain open for those who missed the health care law’s big enrollment deadline.

Millions may be eligible for a second chance to sign up for subsidized insurance this year. And people who get coverage after the deadline can still avoid, or at least reduce, the fine for going uninsured. Read more at theroot.com.

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John Boehner's Replacement For Obamacare: A Promise To Replace Obamacare

Apr. 2, 2014 - Democrats have repeatedly mocked Republican promises to craft a replacement for Obamacare, and while the GOP is reportedly working on a plan, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had only another promise to offer on Wednesday.

When asked at a news conference whether Republicans would have to step up efforts to come up with their own plan now that President Barack Obama has announced more than 7 million people have signed up for Affordable Care Act insurance plans, Boehner responded, "Listen, Obamacare is continuing to wreck havoc on American families and small businesses." Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Why It Took 25 Minutes For One Man To Die Of Lethal Injection, And Why It Could Happen Again

Apr. 2, 2014 - Opposition to the death penalty is making it more difficult to execute people in America. Major drug companies have stopped selling several lethal injection drugs in the U.S., cutting off supplies and driving up costs. The states that still execute people are turning to compounding pharmacies to custom mix the drugs and trying out alternative drugs in sometimes-untested lethal cocktails. States are consideringreturning to the firing squad and the gas chamber. A few have even had to delay executions due to the drug shortages. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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