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Fla. Officer Investigated for Using Taser on 62-Year-Old Woman

Oct. 1, 2014 - A Tallahassee, Fla., police officer is on administrative leave while the department’s Internal Affairs investigates his use of a stun gun on a 62-year-old woman on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

The incident prompted a Wednesday news conference by police Chief Michael DeLeo, who affirmed that Internal Affairs would look into it after a video taken from a nearby porch surfaced. "Based on the video, I have enough concerns to call for an internal investigation," DeLeo said, according to AP. "We will conduct a thorough investigation into this incident. We want to be transparent with the community by sharing what we can at this point, including the video." Read more at theroot.com.

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NYC Man Helps Wife Regain Memory

Oct. 1, 2014 - Just weeks after their marriage, these Queens, N.Y., newlyweds faced a heartbreaking dilemma.

CBS New York reports that Raleigh and Tunicia Hall were married on June 28. On July 30 Tunicia suffered a brain hemorrhage that erased her short-term memory.

“She didn’t know what year she was in. After two days, I said, ‘I gotta do something here,’” Raleigh said. Read more at theroot.com.

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Larenz Tate is being sued by American Express

Sept. 29, 2014 - The Love Jones actor, Larenz Tate, is getting sued for $58,000 by American Express according to TMZ. The celebrity news site obtained court documents that claims Tate charged up to $57,912.85 on his American Express card, but hasn’t pay a dime.

In the lawsuit, AMEX says they sent a few demands for payment but received no response from Tate. The actor is currently filming a new movie called The White Water Movie. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Doctor successfully treats Ebola patients with HIV drug

Sept. 29, 2014 - Desperate that his patients were dying from Ebola and running out of options, Dr. Gobee Logan from Liberia decided to try an HIV drug. Surprisingly, the treatment seemed to have some success.

The drug Dr. Logan gave his patients is known as lamivudine.  He treated 15  Ebola patients with the drug of which 13 survived. That is just a 7% mortality rate. Compare that to 70% of Ebola victims dying from the disease in West Africa. The idea to try the drug came from his reading of scientific studies and learning that HIV and Ebola have similarities in the way the replicate. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Denzel Washington’s ‘The Equalizer’ debuts at number one

Sept. 29, 2014 - With a career spanning more than three decades and countless hit films to his credit, Denzel Washington has become a household name, and the nearly 60-year-old actor proved he’s still got star power as his new movie The Equalizer topped the box office this weekend.

Washington carried the new thriller to a $35 million debut weekend according to early estimates from industry trackers at Rentrak. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Cops Looking for 1 Suspect in Ferguson Police Shooting as Story Changes

Sept. 29, 2014 - Ferguson, Mo., police now have their sights set on finding one suspect they believe shot and wounded an officer in a Saturday night altercation that is now being described very differently from when police first reported the incident.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police initially reported that the officer saw two suspects breaking into a business. When the officer approached the alleged suspects, one pulled a gun and opened fire, hitting the officer in the arm. Now police are reporting that during a "business check" the officer noticed one man standing at the rear of the Ferguson Community Center. When the officer approached, the man took off running, the officer gave chase and the man spun and shot the officer before taking off into the woods nearby.  Read more at theroot.com.

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Ga. Woman Arrested After Claiming $94,000,000 Tax Refund

Sept. 29, 2014 - A Georgia woman filed a tax return claiming the state owed her $94 million, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday. Problem was, the claim was false, authorities say.

The woman, Brigitte Jackson, was arrested Friday when she attempted to pick up her check at a Cobb County bank, Channel 2 Action News reported. She was charged with attempted theft by taking and conspiracy to defraud the state, according to an investigator with the Georgia Department of Revenue, the news site reports. She allegedly claimed an income of $99 million. Read more at theroot.com.

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Obama Speaks At Black Caucus Dinner, Gives Holder Spotlight

Sept. 29, 2014 - President Barack Obama delivered the keynote at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual Phoenix Awards dinner Sunday. His speech touched on a number of issues domestic and international. the president touted his administration’s impact in repairing the economy, providing access to affordable healthcare and he created a standing ovation in the packed convention hall when he honored Attorney General Eric Holder, who recently announced his resignation from the Justice Department. Read more at newsone.com.

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Eric Holder Replacement Will Be A Woman, Says Longtime Friend Charles Ogletree

Sept. 29, 2014 - As the dust settled after the abrupt announcement of Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation, the speculation around who will assume the role as the nation’s top justice official has started to swirl.

According to someone who knew Holder well, prognosticators should trim their likely candidates -- it will be a woman. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Why People Are Putting Butter In Their Coffee

Sept. 29, 2014 - Lightening up your coffee with a little cream and sugar is so 2013. Those on-trend (from Ed Sheeran to players on the L.A. Lakers) are instead blending their morning cup with a serving of butter.

Why? "It makes for the creamiest, most satisfying cup of coffee you’ve ever had," Dave Asprey writes on his website. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Black Women Defend Viola Davis And Themselves Against Bogus Beauty Standards

Sept. 29, 2014 - Calling Shonda Rhimes an “angry black woman” was not the only problematic part of the highly criticized New York Times article published last week.

Writer Alessandra Stanley described Viola Davis -- star of Rhimes’ new show "How To Get Away With Murder"-- as “less than classically beautiful.” It's needless to say, there were more than a few black women who took offense. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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FSU trustees send Thrasher back into ring with Mangum, giving him power of presidency

September 24, 2014 - Last spring, Elmira Mangum led the way in defending FAMU against state Sen. John Thrasher’s attack against the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. It now looks like that was just the first round. Mangum will need to put on her gloves back on again soon to go toe-to-toe with “President Thrasher.”  Read more at Rattler Nation.

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These Are The Barriers Black Girls Face In School

Sept. 29, 2014 - When Georgia high school student Tiambrya Jenkins was in ninth grade, the teen, who is black, got into a fight with a white classmate. Both girls were transferred to an alternative high school as a result, but the white student returned to regular school after 90 days. Jenkins had to stay in the alternative school for a year.

“It was like being in prison,” Jenkins, now 16, said in a press release for the National Women’s Law Center. “The classrooms had no windows. There was an adult in the room, but there was almost no teaching. We’d just sit around and talk until the bell rang. A year later, I was finally sent back to my regular school. But, by then, my classmates were way ahead of me.” Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Norwood named Director of Pinellas Technical College in St. Petersburg

This September 23rd, Pinellas County School Board members made it official: Sylester “Boe” Norwood will succeed Arlene Corbin as Director of Pinellas Technical College in St. Petersburg (formerly PTEC or Pinellas Technical Education Centers). Norwood served as Assistant Administrator of the campus for six years before being elevated to top boss after a month-long selection process that interviewed four candidates.

His selection may have been a natural pick for the district, as Norwood - along with Corbin - is credited with engineering much of the campus’ enrollment increase in recent years.

He says “I’m excited and very much looking forward to working with community and business leaders, recruiting more high school students, and continuing to expand programs with both day and night classes. It’s all of our goal for Pinellas Technical College to be the place where careers are made and lives are changed.”

Though Norwood has organized several Open Houses for the campus in the past, he will officiate as Director for the first time on Wednesday, October 15th, when the newly named Pinellas Technical College welcomes community leaders and guests for an Open House (5:30 to 7:30 pm, 901 34th Street South).

“Pastors, principals, educators, and youth program leaders are all welcome to come out and enjoy our hospitality for the evening,” says Norwood.

Norwood began his employment with Pinellas County Schools in 1992. He has worked as a substitute teacher, a teacher at Gibbs High School and an Assistant Principal at Osceola Fundamental High School. Norwood earned a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from Alabama A&M University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

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Marlene Pinnock, woman repeatedly punched by highway patrol, gets $1.5 million settlement

Sept 25, 2014 - Marlene Pinnock, the woman who was repeatedly punched by a California Highway Patrol officerin a video captured on the side of a freeway, will receive a settlement of $1.5 million. The officer responsible for her beating in July — Daniel Andrew — will resign.

The settlement was confirmed by CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow in an emailed statement to the Associate Press. Pinnock’s lawyer disclosed the dollar amount that was agreed upon after a nine-hour mediation session. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Black Women Defend Viola Davis And Themselves Against Bogus Beauty Standards

September 24, 2014 - Calling Shonda Rhimes an “angry black woman” was not the only problematic part of the highly criticized New York Times article published last week.

Writer Alessandra Stanley described Viola Davis -- star of Rhimes’ new show "How To Get Away With Murder"-- as “less than classically beautiful.” It's needless to say, there were more than a few black women who took offense.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

 

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Kevin Hart to guest judge on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Sept. 24, 2014 - He is not one of the best dancers in the world. However, that didn’t stop Kevin Hart from being tapped to fill in for Len Goodman as head judge on Dancing With The Stars. Next Monday, the actor/comedian is going to walk in the shoes of one the most critical judges of the show.

It will be a thrill for the 35-year old to sit next to regular panel sweethearts Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough. Bruno Tonioli will also be there to add his famously frank opinions, as well as some verve. Kevin is going to be responsible for the fate of 11 stars who are going to compete by dancing to their favorite melodies. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Michael Irvin not happy NFL analyst job is causing him to miss church

Sept. 25, 2014 - Speaking with TMZ Sports, Michael Irvin says it’s been very difficult for him to work as an NFLanalyst on Sundays.

“It’s getting to the point where I’m missing church more than I’m looking forward to games,” Irvin says.

Irvin was hired as an analyst for the NFL Network’s “NFL Gameday Morning,” but The Hall of Famer is really conflicted, as he doesn’t know whether or not to spend his Sundays with the NFL instead of Jesus Christ. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Amber Rose reportedly files for divorce from Wiz Khalifah

Sept. 25, 2014 - Amber Rose and rapper Wiz Khalifa have been for married for just over a year, but according to reports, the celebrity couple is calling it quits.

TMZ has obtained official divorce documents filed by Amber, citing that the couple split on Monday due to irreconcilable differences. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Bengals Devon Still gives daughter battling cancer pep talk

Sept. 25, 2014 - Devon Still wants his daughter to know he has her back.

The Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle has been very open about his daughter Leah’s battle with pediatric cancer. Thursday morning, before Leah’s scheduled surgery, Still posted a video to Instagram of the ‘pep-talk’ he gave her. Read more at thegrio.com.

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