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Mitt Romney: Obama Hasn't Given The Poor And Minorities Enough Gifts

October 31, 2014 - Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama and his administration of failing low-income and minority Americans at a rally in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Thursday, alongside South Dakota Senate candidate Mike Rounds, who appears to be coasting toward a victory in next week's midterm election.

"He hasn’t helped the poor, hasn’t helped the minorities,” Romney said of Obama, noting the record level of poverty and food stamp enrollments in the aftermath of the 2008 recession.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Why Black Women Are Less Likely To Survive Breast Cancer

October 30, 2014 - Breast cancer is one of the more survivable cancers, thanks in part to large strides in education, treatment and post-cancer care. An American woman diagnosed with breast cancer in 1975 had about a 75 percent chance of surviving for five years post-diagnosis. Today, that rate hovers around 90 percent, according to the latest statistics.

But not all women have benefited from these advances. Black women currently have a national survival rate of 79 percent. In other words, the average contemporary black woman has a survival rate on parity with a white woman from the 1970s.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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It's About Time Someone Other Than Straight White Males Got To Be Superheroes

October 30, 2014 - On Tuesday, you likely saw Twitter freak out when Marvel announced its upcoming development schedule. “What are all of these nerds so excited about?” you maybe asked. “Who is this Carol everyone is tweeting about?" Well, here's the answer: the next five years of our lives will include not one but two non-white-male superheroes, Black Panther and Captain Marvel (aka Carol Danvers). The solidified plans are an impressive contrast to DC's speculative releases, and because it’s about time a genre about otherness started representing superheroes who aren't straight white males.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Angela Bassett Responds To Criticism Of The Whitney Houston Biopic She's Directing

October 27, 2014 - Angela Bassett defended her Whitney Houston biopic against criticism from Houston's family during a Monday interview on HuffPost Live.

Bassett is set to direct the Lifetime movie, which stars Yaya DaCosta as the late music icon. Houston's mother, Cissy Houston, has expressed her displeasure with the project, criticizing the team behind it to Entertainment Tonight over the summer.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Suge Knight, Katt Williams Arrested In Robbery Case, Face Serious Prison Time

October 29, 2014 - Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and comedian Micah "Katt" Williams were arrested Wednesday, accused of stealing a photographer's camera last month.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said each man was charged with one count of robbery. The alleged incident, involving a female photographer of celebrities, took place September 5 outside a studio in Beverly Hills.  Read more at cnn.com.

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Darren Wilson Bails On Court Dates To Avoid Public

October 28, 2014 - In an apparent effort to avoid appearing in public after shooting unarmed teen Michael Brown this summer, Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson (pictured standing) has reportedly missed his court dates to testify against the suspects he arrested, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Michael Jordan calls President Obama’s golf game ‘sh***y’

October 30, 2014 - No one’s safe from Michael Jordan‘s trash talk — not even the president.

Jordan offered a less than stellar assessment of President Obama‘s golf game in an interview with Ahmad Rashad for the Back9Network.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Charges Refiled Against Homeless Ariz. Woman Who Left Kids in the Car While on Job Interview

October 30, 2014 - The homeless Arizona woman who was arrested after she left her two children in the car while she went to a job interview has had charges against her reinstated after authorities say she failed to follow court guidelines conditional to her release.

Shanesha Taylor found herself at the center of a national debate surrounding child care and homelessness following her arrest in March.  Read more at theroot.com.

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Amendment 2: Which way will you go?

October 30, 2014 -  Amendment 2 is making waves throughout Florida and right here in St. Pete the conversation has gotten a little heated. The community gathered at the Childs Park Recreation Center, located at 4301 13th Ave. S., hoping to get some information on the new proposal to make medical marijuana legal, but not everyone on the panel saw eye-to-eye.  Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

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Raven-Symoné: ‘Keep your disrespectful, mean, hurtful, words for yourself’

Oct. 28, 2014 - Raven-Symoné has a message for people that she says are bullying her online: Keep your disrespectful words to yourself.

The 28-year-old former Disney star made headlines earlier this month after telling Oprah that she’s “tired of being labeled,” and more specifically, she does not wish to be categorized as “an African-American.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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CNN anchor: ‘I’m an angry black woman’ over Ebola coverage

Oct. 28, 2014 - American media coverage of the Ebola virus is “bizarre,”according to one veteran CNN anchor.

CNN International anchor Isha Sesay recently offered some harsh criticisms of American media outlets for not focusing on the impact Ebola has had on thousands in Africa. Instead, Sesay suggests, outlets have centered coverage around the “few cases” in the states. Read more at thegrio.com.

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How three Nigerian girls escaped Boko Haram

Oct. 28, 2014 - Three girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists have provided a first-hand account of their miraculous escape.

The three girls tell BBC News exclusively they were attending school in northeastern Nigeria when they were brutally rounded up by Boko Haram members. Two of them jumped out of the back of a moving truck that was transporting hundreds of girls to an unknown location. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Rick Ross continues to shed weight with ‘RossFit’

Oct. 28, 2014 -  Rapper Rick Ross continues to shed weight, and all you need to do is check his Instagram to see proof.

It’s tough to estimate how much weight Rozay has lost, but it’s clear he’s kept up his CrossFit workouts he raved about earlier this year.

Ross showed off some pretty dramatic Instagram photos in recent weeks. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Smooth Criminals

Oct. 28, 2014 - Randy Vargas is a 19-year-old high school senior who dances for money after school on the trains beneath Manhattan. Among fellow dancers, he is admired and envied for his mastery of the “hat trick,” which he performs by juggling a baseball cap off his knees, feet and shoulders. Slim and elegant, he has long eyelashes and a smile so wide you can see his bottom teeth. He locks eyes with individual spectators as he dances, projecting his smile directly at them. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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ReThink Review: Dear White People -- Lessons for Republicans and the "Post-Racial" Generation

Oct. 28, 2014 - A lot of people interested in race issues (including myself) have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Dear White People, a film about a group of black students at a mostly white university that was funded through Indiegogo and eventually made it to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival where its writer/director Justin Simien won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent. With Dear White Peoplecurrently earning a 95% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and spreading to theaters nationwide this week, the film has palpable momentum as issues like white privilege, cultural appropriation, and the systemic racism and discrimination illuminated by Michael Brown's killing in Ferguson, Missouri are getting more attention than ever.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Midterm Elections: What Do Black Women Want?

Oct. 28, 2014 - Making sense of high-profile House, Senate and gubernatorial races this tight will mean breaking down every voting bloc into the microscopic bits of data to parse through in the postmortem. And of all the big mysteries that will be closely watched and dissected on Nov. 4, few will be as anxiously anticipated as the exit polling for women voters—since they were 53 percent of the electorate in 2012. Commentators, strategists and campaign managers walking that last electoral mile will be looking for answers to one of the more vexing questions of the 2014 midterms: What do women voters care about? DRead more at theroot.com.

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From Homeless to Hollywood: Ted ‘Golden Voice’ Williams, 3 Years Later

Oct. 18, 2014 - Ted Williams, the Ohio homeless man with the golden voice who was panhandling on a street corner three years ago when a Columbus Dispatch videographer filmed video of him that quickly went viral, hasn’t had the easiest road since his newfound fame.

Appearing Monday on Today, Williams told the NBC morning show that since the video of his smooth-sounding voice made him a star, he has battled depression, drugs and made a few bad business deals. Everything, Williams said, just happened so fast. Read more at theroot.com.

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Lupita Nyong’o Is Against Turning 12 Years a Slave Site Into Baseball Stadium

Oct. 28, 2014 - Actress Lupita Nyong'o is adding her voice to those in opposition of turning Richmond, Va.'s Shockoe Bottom—a site once known as the center of the slave trade—into a minor-league baseball stadium for the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Associated Press reports.

The site, which was also used to film 12 Years a Slavein which Nyong'o played a crucial role, once held more than 90 slave dealers and is also near a slave burial ground. According to AP, more than 300,000 men, women and children were imprisoned, bought and sold there. Read more at theroot.com.

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Man accused of infecting niece with HIV may have infected others

Oct. 27, 2014 - How can the story of  David Richard Wilson get worse? The 33-year-old Wilson stands accused of sexually assaulting his 23-month-old niece and another teen. Wilson, who is HIV-positive, allegedly infected both the infant and the young girl with numerous sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. Additionally, the teen has told police she is pregnant with Wilson’s child. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Nick Cannon says breakup hasn’t changed his kids’ lives ‘one bit’

Oct. 27, 2014 - Nick Cannon’s recent split with Mariah Carey hasn’t changed anything for the former couple’s twins, the actor and host of America’s Got Talent said in an interview on Friday’s episode of The Meredith Vieria Show.

Earlier this year, Carey and Cannon split after three years of marriage.

The actor, comedian and rapper told Vieira that many of the rumors swirling around their breakup were unfounded and exaggerated. Read more at thegrio.com.

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