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Program offers free wedding gowns for future military wives

July 15, 2014 - This week, one Charlotte County bridal shop joins a nationwide effort to provide wedding dresses for military brides. It is called Operation Wedding Gown, and the prospective brides have to register. Once they do, the rest is nearly magical.

“I look amazing! (hah-hah) and I thank you Brides Across America for making my dreams come true,” said the elated Judline Magloire of Port Charlotte. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Tracy Morgan Speaks for the First Time Since Accident: ‘I’m OK. I Feel Strong’

July 15, 2014 - Looks like Tracy Morgan will be back to his old tricks in no time.

Morgan spoke out for the first time since a Wal-Mart truck crashed into his limousine killing his good friend and mentor, James “Uncle Jimmy Mack” McNair and leaving him hospitalized with a broken nose, broken femur, cracked ribs and a severely broken leg. Read more at theroot.com.

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Social Media Stands in Solidarity With #IAMJADA

July 15, 2014 - Last week, 16-year-old Jada, of Houston,  went viral. And it wasn’t because of anything positive. Jada attended a house party that she assumed was “safe,” because her friend knew the person throwing it. Unfortunately that night changed Jada’s life forever.

Jada was raped. And her story quickly went viral, as the brave high school student chose to tell her story to KHOU-TV in Texas. Jada didn’t feel the need to be silent about the rape, or to disguise herself. Read more at theroot.com.

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We Stand Together—Black and Brown—for the Youth in Chicago and Central America

July 15, 2014 - Last week The Root’s Keli Goff wrote about the child refugees fleeing violence and poverty in Central America and seeking refuge at our border. Unfortunately, she argued that we shouldn’t protect these brown children, and supports deporting them—while claiming that we have our own black children to care about first, citing recent violence in the streets of Chicago.

Well, we are those black and brown children she’s talking about. Read at theroot.com.

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The black business district on Central Avenue grew from the roots of segregation

July 13, 2014 - As the opening of the Encore development at the northern end of downtown Tampa draws near, much attention is being paid to a once-neglected corner of the city. The controversy surrounding the skate bowl at Perry Harvey Park, and the very existence of that park, brings up questions about what stood on that ground before.  Read more at tbo.com.

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16-YEAR-OLD Opens World’s First Sneaker Pawn Shop

July 15, 2014 - This is nothing short of awesome. Sixteen-year-old Chase Reed is a sneakerhead who decided to turn his collection into a profit. He took his 45 basketball sneakers and opened the world’s very first pawn shop just for sneakers.

Reed, who is in the tenth grade, opened the Harlem store with his father and uncle who run the store while he’s in school. Read more at newsone.com.

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The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is hosting a free performance called "Voices of Men"

July 14, 2014 - The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay (www.crisiscenter.com) is hosting a free, one-night only performance of Ben Atherton-Zeman's one-person play Voices of Men.

Voices of Men is part of the Crisis Center's Men Stopping Violence Against Women initiative, a concentrated effort to build a network of leaders committed to engaging men in a community effort to end violence. The initiative is funded by a grant from the Verizon Foundation that allows for six months of grassroots mobilizing. Read more at wtsp.com.

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Wendy Williams talks “tortured childhood” and addresses transgender rumors

July 14, 2014 - Wendy Williams is a big personality but in a candid interview she recalls struggling with self-confidence as an overweight child and coping with rumors she is transgender.

The syndicated TV host told ABC’s Dan Kloeffler her formative years were difficult because she was teased because of her weight. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Tracy Morgan sues Walmart over deadly crash

July 14, 2014 - Tracy Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart over the deadly six-vehicle crash that left him with critical injuries and was allegedly caused by one of the retail giant’s truck drivers.

The papers were signed on July 10, submitted to a New Jersey court and also name fellow passengers Ardley Fuqua, a comic, and Morgan’s personal assistant Jeffrey Millea, plus the man’s wife Krista, as plaintiffs. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Deciphering the new game in tech: Do businesses value diversity?

July 14, 2014 - Vast wealth, massive disruption, formidable power – these are just the few of the big-ticket prizes behind some of the doors of the high stakes game known as the tech industry.

For many years, it has been an exclusive, members-only sort of sector but now, new players try to shoulder their way in to seat at a table brimming with abundance.  There’s a new breeze beginning to blow in the thin, exclusive air of the tech giants’ offices in this country, and the direction seems to be that of a call to action for diversity. Read more at thegrio.com.

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The Trayvon Martin verdict, one year later

July 14, 2014 - Host of MSNBC’s The Reid Report, Joy Reid caught up with some of the Trayvon Martin case’s key figures. This Sunday, July 13, marks one year since a Florida jury delivered a not guilty verdict to George Zimmerman. The verdict sparked immediate protests and boycotts. It generated national debates on stand your ground laws and the way society perceives young men of color. Read more at thegrio.com.

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8th-Grade Metal Band Signs $1.7M Record Deal

July 14, 2014 - They may not be old enough to see an R rated movie without a parent but that doesn't mean they can't rock out.

With recent gigs at this year's Coachella festival in California and opening for metal heavyweights, Guns and Roses, three black 8th graders – guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, bassist Alec Atkins, 13, and drummer Jarad Dawkins, 12 – who make up Unlocking the Truth, just signed a record deal with Sony that could bring the Brooklyn, N.Y. trio as much as $1.7 million, according to Spin magazine. Read more at theroot.com.

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Moms With Guns Founder Shares Obama Post: 'Where Is an Assassin When You Need One'

July 14, 2014 - The founder of the Moms With Guns website is under fire for a Facebook photo that she shared of President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Texas. The uproar is not over the image, but what she wrote in the post: “Where is an assasin (sic) when you need one,” according to Liberaland.

The post has since been deleted and the Moms With Guns Facebook account has been closed by founder Kathy Perkins. But it was not done before Liberaland captured a screenshot of the page. Read more at theroot.com.

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Rachel Jeantel Blames Herself For Zimmerman Acquittal

July 14, 2014 - Rachel Jeantel blames herself for letting George Zimmerman walk free and says she wishes she had acted differently on the witness stand. Since the Zimmerman trial, Jeantel has turned her life around, undergoing intensive tutoring and has graduated from high school. Read more at newsone.com.

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Florida Cops Linked to KKK Are Off the Force

July 14, 2014 - Two members of a Florida town’s police department are off the force after an FBI report allegedly linked them to the Ku Klux Klan, The Orlando Sentinel reports.

According to the Sentinel, Fruitland Park Deputy Chief David Borst offered his immediate resignation once the FBI released the report to police Chief Terry Isaacs. Isaacs dismissed Officer George Hunnewell. While the police chief would say only that the two officers were part of a “subversive organization," Chief Deputy State Attorney Ric Ridgway identified that organization as the KKK, the Sentinel reports.  Read more at theroot.com.

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Eric Holder Bashes Sarah Palin, Dismisses Call For Obama Impeachment

July 14, 2014 - Attorney General Eric Holder hit back hard on Sunday at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who recently called for the impeachment of President Barack Obama.

Speaking with Pierre Thomas on ABC News' "This Week," Holder took a swing at Palin, dismissing her credentials for making such a statement. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Nick Cannon Directs His First Film

July 14, 2014 - HipHollywood’s Jasmine Simpkins chats with Nick Cannon about his directorial debut and new movie “School Dance”. Plus,  Cannon talks about playing the role of Richard Prior in an upcoming biopic. Read more at newsone.com.

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New Cosby Show Could Debut As Soon As Next Summer

July 14, 2014 - Bill Cosby could be returning to the network with a new comedy as soon as next summer.

The series, described as a “classic, extended-family sitcom” with Cosby as the patriarch, is currently in the writing stage, NBC executives said at Sunday’s session of the summer TV critics’ tour. It was first announced in January. Read more at newsone.com.

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Don Shula Foundation Donates $1.5 Million to Moffitt Cancer Center

July 14, 2014 - The Don Shula Foundation is donating $1.5 million to Moffitt Cancer Center to establish The Don Shula Breast Cancer Research Fund (The Shula Fund). Scientists at Moffitt, the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center based in Florida, will use The Shula Fund to support cutting-edge research projects that will generate new treatment and prevention strategies for breast cancer patients in Florida and beyond.  Read more at moffit.org.

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Rikers Island Officers Routinely Beat Mentally Ill Inmates: Report

July 15, 2014 - A secret internal study at Rikers Island, one of the country's most violent jails, uncovered the disturbing levels of officer brutality against inmates, an overwhelming majority of whom are mentally ill.

The Department of Health-conducted study, which was obtained by the New York Times and is the central focus of a four-month long investigation by the paper, found a staggering 129 inmates were seriously injured by officers over an 11-month long period last year. 77 percent of those beaten were classified as mentally ill. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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