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Hockey Player P.K. Subban Donates $10,000,000 to Children’s Hospital

Sept. 21, 2015 - Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban is one of the most-hated players in the NHL and he is also one of the most generous.

Subban will donate $10 million to the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation over the next seven years. The donation will be used to fund P.K.'s Hands, which will help families that are struggling financially to provide medical care for their children. Read more at

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Calif. Teen Who Was Violently Arrested by 9 Cops for Jaywalking Speaks

Sept. 21, 2015 - 

On Tuesday, cellphone video showing some five Stockton, Calif., police officers violently arresting a teen for jaywalking went viral on social media. Since then, demonstrations have been held in and around Northern California to protest the use of force against the teen, who says he did nothing wrong.

Emilio Mayfield, 16, told CBS Sacramento that he was headed to school Tuesday morning when an officer approached him about walking in a bus lane.

A police report viewed by the Washington Post indicates that Emilio told the officer, "F--k you, I'm not stopping for you."

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Chicago Activists End Hunger Strike After Starving For Over A Month

Sept. 21, 2015 - Activists have announced the end of a 34-day hunger strike over the fate of a Chicago neighborhood school, an effort that garnered national headlines when supporters disrupted public budget hearings held by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

About a dozen activists went without solid foods over the plans for Walter H. Dyett High School, which was once slated for a phased-out closure. Officials with the nation's third-largest school district had cited poor performance and declining enrollment, but later said they'd consider proposals to reopen it. Earlier this month Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool announced it would reopen as an arts-focused school. Read more at

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Black Lives Matter Was Absent From The GOP Debate

September 17, 2015 - Republican candidates were not asked to address Black Lives Matter or the state of policing in the U.S. during the second GOP debate on Wednesday. 

This is disgraceful, given that Black Lives Matter is arguably the most powerful social justice movement to emerge in the last 50 years.  Read more at

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Black Church Leader Opens Up About Preaching From The Closet

September 18, 2015 - Reverend Derek Terry is a 30-year-old man who is incredibly devoted to his ministry. He was raised in a traditional Southern black family, becoming involved in the church at a young age, and by 19, Rev. Derek was ordained and pastoring a church himself. But this man of God has also been living with what he always considered a shameful secret, a secret that has finally become too much for him to bear: He is gay.  Read more at

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Report: Black kids receive less pain medication in ER than white kids

Sept. 15, 2015 - Researchers reported Monday findings that indicate a visit to the ER can be far more painful for African-American children than for white children.

For example, children with appendicitis are more likely to receive pain medicine if they are white than if they are black, despite the fact that appendicitis is a clearly painful medical emergency. Read more at

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Being Black at Google

Sept. 15, 2015 - It’s a challenge for African Americans working in California’s Silicon Valley to have a sense of community. Clennita Justice has worked for several technology companies there over the past 25 years.

“At many of those companies, you could go for days without seeing another black person,” says the senior engineering program manager, who now works at Google. Read more at

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Black Americans Don’t ‘Appropriate’ African Culture

Sept. 14, 2015 - Appropriation. The latest word every one wants to use, hurling it at one another with faux intellect. As soon as you see it in an article or headline, you sigh because it’s either, “I can’t believe they [as in white people] are pulling this stunt again [side eye],” or it’s a tiring and confusing tirade that has been conflated far past the point of making sense. Occasionally a darling steps in, like Amandla Stenberg, and gracefully adds clarity on how the topic should be addressed.

Other times, we’re left with the divisiveness that Zipporah Gene penned as she told black Americans to stop appropriating “African” culture. Read more at

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Helen Burns Jackson, Mother of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Mourned in SC

Sept. 14, 2015 - When the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s mother gave birth to him as an unwed teen, “I guarantee you where she was going to church didn’t look like this,” said former President Bill Clinton in his signature, conversational style during homegoing services Monday for Helen Burns Jackson. Mrs. Jackson died Sept. 7 at age 91.

Springfield Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C., was filled with love, laughter and tears for the woman who gave the world the civil rights icon, twice presidential candidate and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, and his younger brother, Charles “Chuck” Jackson, a Grammy-winning singer and songwriter credited with launching Natalie Cole’s legendary career. Read more at

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Baltimore Pastor Jamal Bryant Announces Bid for Congress

Sept. 14, 2014 - Jamal Harrison Bryant, pastor at the Empowerment Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church in West Baltimore, is eyeing the seat currently held by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). On Monday he announced his campaign for Congress.

According to the report, Bryant released a statement announcing, "After prayer, soul-searching and long deliberation, I am officially announcing my candidacy for Congress of the United States representing the 7th Congressional District. Read more at

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Ferguson panel recommends police, court reform, transparency

Sept. 14, 2015 - A reform panel formed after the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown is recommending the consolidation of the metro area’s police departments and municipal courts.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch received a copy of the Ferguson Commission’s 198-page report ahead of its official release on Monday. The newspaper says the commission recommends changes in several areas to address social and economic divisions highlighted since the shooting. Read more at

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New Video Shows Jail Incident That Lead To Natasha McKenna’s Death

Sept. 14, 2015 - New video surveillance released by the Fairfax County Sherriff’s Office this week give insight to the incident that lead to the death of Natasha McKenna in a jail cell early February.

In the disturbing video, officers can be seen attempting to restrain McKenna to a chair so that she could be transported to Alexandra, Virginia. The officers subdued and stunned McKenna with a Taser four times in 17 minutes. McKenna can be heard breathing heavily during the struggle and after the fourth shock she went unconscious. Read more at

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Ferguson Commission Calls For Broad Reforms To Address Racial Inequality

Sept. 14, 2015 - A 16-person commission tasked with examining racial inequality in the St. Louis area in the wake of Michael Brown's death found sweeping examples of institutionalized racism, according to a report released on Monday.

"We have not moved beyond race," the report, titled 'Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity,' said. "St. Louis does not have a proud history on this topic, and we are still suffering the consequences of decisions made by our predecessors."Read more at

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NBA Star Moses Malone Dead At Age 60

Sept. 14, 2014 - NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone died on Sunday at age 60. The Philadelphia 76ers confirmed the "passing of a legend" in a statement commending the superstar for his contributions to the city and basketball. 

The three-time NBA MVP averaged 20.6 points and 12.2 rebounds per game over his 21 seasons playing professional basketball. He was also named the Finals MVP in 1983 while playing with the 76ers, who won the league championship that year. Read more at

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Dr. William Grier, co-author of ‘Black Rage,’ dies at 89

Sept. 10, 2015 - Dr. William Grier, a psychiatrist who co-authored the groundbreaking 1968 book, “Black Rage,” which offered the first psychological examination of black life in the United States, has died at age 89.

Grier’s eldest son, Geoffrey Grier, said Wednesday that his father died Sept. 3 at a hospice care facility in Carlsbad, a coastal city north of San Diego, after suffering a brain lesion. Read more at

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Serena Williams Pays Homage To Her Sister In Cute Instagram Post

September 9, 2015 - After Serena Williams beat her older sister at the U.S. Open on Tuesday, she called her "the toughest player I've ever played in my life and the best person I know."

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, the No. 1 women's tennis player in the world went one step further.   Read more at

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FAMU partners with Gibbs High School

September 10, 2015 - Gibbs High School, located at 850 34th St. S, was buzzing with excitement last Fri., Sept. 4. Not only were students revved up to show their school spirit, but some were granted early acceptance into Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) with some major scholarships. Read more at

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Brian Ligon continues family legacy

September 10, 2015 -  This is a time of transition, memories, high expectations and obtaining the life-long dream of retirement for the dental team of Drs. Reginald and Mendee Ligon.  They will soon pass the baton of leadership of their dental practice, Ligon & Ligon DDS, PA, to their son, Dr. Brian Ligon.

“Wow is my first thought when I think of the transition of Ligon and Ligon DDS, P.A. to our son Dr. Brian Ligon,” said Reginald.  Read more at

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Obama pushes ‘college promise’ plan for free community college

Sept. 10, 2015 - Unable to have his way with Congress, President Barack Obamareached back to his roots as a community organizer and sought Wednesday to spark a national movement in support of his idea for free community college.

Congress has shown next-to-no interest in Obama’s $60 billion community college proposal, so he’s taking his case to the people. Read more at

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Grace Jones slams ‘middle of the road’ artists Rihanna, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West in new memoir

Sept. 10, 2015 - Grace Jones is throwing some serious shade in her autobiography, taking on artists from Rihanna and Nicki Minaj to Miley Cyrus and Kanye West and criticizing them for both copying her and for trying to be “outsiders” by doing what has already been done.

“I have been so copied by those people who have made fortunes that people assume I am that rich. But I did things for the excitement, the dare, the fact that it was new, not for the money, and too many times I was the first, not the beneficiary".Read more at

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