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Billboard accused of ‘sexualizing’ baby North West with cringe-worthy photo, caption

October 30, 2015 - Somebody getting fired.

Billboard’s Twitter account posted a photo of North West with her mother Kim Kardashian. The caption read “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…” and showed North West with her tongue out, holding a lollipop.  Read more at

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#AssaultAtSpringValley: What You Need To Know To Protect Your Teen’s Rights

October 29, 2015 - On Monday, video taken by frightened students in a high school classroom was released, showing a White male police officer physically attempting to restrain an African-American female student at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina. In the video, it’s clear that the student was sitting in a desk when Ben Fields entered the room, approached her, grabbed her by her neck and arms, body slammed her to the floor while she was still entangled in the desk, and dragged her on the floor to the door of the classroom.  Read more at

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Florida Cop Who Killed Corey Jones Was Unqualified For Plainclothes Work, Still On Probation

October 29, 2015 - Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Nouman Raja, who shot and killed Corey Jones as he waited for roadside assistance, was still on probation and therefore unqualified for undercover surveillance work, according to documents obtained by Yahoo News.

Nonetheless, at about 3:15 a.m. on Oct. 18, Raja, 38, who was in his sixth month with the department, pulled up alongside the stranded Jones, 31, in an unmarked van and exited wearing jeans, a T-shirt, and a ball cap, the report says. He had been conducting surveillance on suspected burglaries.  Read more at

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Bishop Leonard: 58 years serving the community

October 29, 2015 - Bishop Preston D.H. Leonard, the living pastor with the longest tenure as minister of a single congregation in the city still remembers when his grandfather, who was a slave for 33 years, told him never to stop learning and working.  Read more at

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Obamacare 'navigators' face an uphill climb in the search for uninsured holdouts

October 30, 2015 - Matt Sommers showed up at the Lake Park homecoming powwow this week with a single mission: to spread the word about health insurance.

It wasn't easy. 

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'Failure Factories': Duncan blasts Pinellas school system for 'education malpractice' (w/video)

October 23, 2015 - U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan delivered a stinging rebuke Friday to the Pinellas County School District, calling the rapid decline of five predominantly black neighborhood schools a "man-made disaster" and "education malpractice."

Standing in Campbell Park Elementary, Duncan said: "What has happened to too many kids, for too long, is unacceptable. It's heartbreaking. Part of me wants to cry. Part of me gets very, very angry." Read more at

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Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg - Efforts Begin to Improve Health Outcomes

The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, the only Foundation dedicated solely to health in the County, is ready to begin its vital work in the community. The Foundation, a new unencumbered resource for South Pinellas County, will work to improve the quality and length of the lives of St. Petersburg residents. "Our community has a dedicated network of residents, families and providers who know the rich, deep-seated history of our city and are deeply committed to ensuring that St. Petersburg reaches its full potential," said Steve Dupré, Chair of the Foundation's Board of Trustees. The launch of the  new website includes the full explanation of the Foundation's purpose and philosophy in the approach to improve the identified community's overall health outcomes. Learn more at

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How Don Lemon makes a living off trolling Black people

Oct. 28, 2015 - Trolling might just be an infectious disease. How else can we explain Don Lemon?

The CNN anchor’s latest hot take of “we don’t know what happened” surrounding the brutal arrest of a South Carolina teen in a classroom almost makes you numb.

Of course, his statements attracted much blowback.

Of course, Lemon and CNN turned the reasonable criticism into another opportunity for the anchor to address his haters on-air. Read more at

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Kerry Washington set to exec produce new Shonda Rhimes show

Oct. 28, 2015 - It looks like Kerry Washington and Katie Lowes are going to be taking on some new roles in Shondaland as executive producers of a new show.

The untitled show, which is currently in development at ABC, will be a dramedy and will reportedly focus on a group of nannies. The show will take a look at modern families and the hilarity of raising kids in this day and age, with a focus on a trio of families as well as the staffs that support them. Read more at

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Raven-Symoné on SC teen slammed by officer: ‘you’ve got to follow the rules’

Oct. 28, 2015 -  A law enforcement official in South Carolina is on leave after a video went viral this week showing him tossing a female high school student from her desk and dragging her across a classroom at Springfield Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina.

The confrontation, captured on students’ cell phone videos, was discussed Tuesday on ABC’s The View,and once again, it seems co-host Raven-Symoné put her foot in her mouth. Read more at

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Successful entrepreneurs swap business failure stories at new Tampa Bay meetup

Business success stories are told at pitch night competitions or startup company seminars across the country -- but these tales don’t always highlight the mistakes or mess-ups that can be part of being a successful entrepreneur.  Read more at

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Are express lanes in Tampa Bay's future despite neighborhood concerns?

October 27, 2015 - Tampa Bay motorists may soon be living more of their lives in faster lanes of traffic despite objections from neighborhood residents potentially affected by plans for transformational change in local interstates. 

Progress on tolled express lanes along Interstates 4, 75 and 275 is moving forward for the Tampa Bay area, where hundreds of thousands of drivers hit the highways each weekday.  Read more at

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Processed meat linked to cancer; red meat is risky too

Oct. 26, 2015 - It’s official: Ham, sausage and other processed meats can lead to colon, stomach and other cancers — and red meat is probably cancer-causing, too.

While doctors have long warned against eating too much meat, the World Health Organization’s cancer agency gave the most definitive response yet Monday about its relation to cancer — and put processed meats in the same danger category as cigarettes or asbestos. Read more at

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Usher and Harry Belafonte talk activism in joint appearance

Oct. 26, 2015 -  As he considered his growing commitment to activism, Usher only needed to look at the man seated next to him, Harry Belafonte, to know how much more he could give.

“Unfortunately, no matter what I say I’m never going to be able to upstage (Belafonte),” the million-selling musician joked during a weekend appearance at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. Read more at

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Louisville judge allegedly dismissed juries for lacking black people

Oct. 26, 2015 - The Kentucky Supreme Court is looking into a Louisville judge to determine whether or not he overstepped his boundaries by dismissing juries that had no black people in them.

“The concern is that the panel is not representative of the community,” said Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens, who brought in a new jury after halting a drug trial when he was unhappy with the minority representation in the jury. This was done despite objections from both the defense and the prosecution. Read more at

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Brown University students apologize to Malia Obama

Oct. 26, 2015 - The Brown University student newspaper, the Daily Herald, would like to apologize on behalf of its fellow students for the viral images that surfaced online of Malia Obama at a Brown party while she was touring the campus.

The editorial board admitted that the collective students of Brown University had “no chill” and that they’d likely hurt their chances of getting Malia to choose to come to their university. Read more at

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Russell Simmons hit with class action lawsuit for fraud over RushCard fiasco

Oct. 26, 2015 - Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons is facing a class action lawsuitafter the disastrous problems that his RushCard program faced recently.

The problems began when a “glitch” resulted in several cardholders being blocked from accessing their money in their accounts, while other cardholders have even said that some of their money was missing. What’s worse, many of the cardholders could not afford to go without the money in their accounts during the week and a half it took to get the program back online, and some had to choose between eating and paying utilities or rent. Read more at

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How black student activists in South Africa turned #FeesMustFall into #FeesHaveFallen

Oct. 26, 2015 - As black citizens take to the streets all over the U.S. to rally against the ongoing scourge of police brutality and the wholesale exoneration of the officers who execute unarmed black men, women and children every day, clashes between protesters and the police are beginning to look very similar to the demonstrations we saw all over the nation some 50 years ago.

Unfortunately, this  struggle is not central only to the United States. Read more at

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Oprah talks keeping Weight Watchers investment a secret, reveals how much weight she’s lost

Oct.26, 2015 - Recently, Oprah Winfrey made headlines after she invested millions of dollars in Weight Watchers and subsequently made $45 million in a single day, and later made $700 million. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, she explained why she decided to invest in Weight Watchers.

“Now had she made one phone call to me,” DeGeneres said on Friday during the interview, starting things out with a joke. “I couldn’t have put $40 million in but I could have put a little bit of money in.” Read more at

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Biden opted out of 2016 Dem race because he ‘couldn’t win’

Oct. 26, 2015 - Vice President Joe Biden says he decided against running for president because he “couldn’t win,” not because he would have had too little time to get a campaign up and running.

“I’ll be very blunt. If I thought we could’ve put together the campaign … that our supporters deserve and our contributors deserved, … I would have done it,” he said in an interview televised Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes.” Read more at

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