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Nigeria Appeals for Help in Ebola Fight

Aug 11, 2014 - A day after the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak was an international emergency, Nigeria put out a call for medical volunteers to help stop the spread of the deadly virus, Agence France-Presse writes.

In Lagos, Nigeria, the largest city in Africa’s most populous country, officials said they needed volunteers because of a shortage of medical personnel, the report says. In the city, which is home to an estimated 20 million people, officials have confirmed nine cases of Ebola, including two deaths, Agence France writes. Read more at theroot.com.

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The Dark Funk of Theo Croker

Aug 11, 2014 - One of the brightest 20-something lights on jazz trumpet, Theo Croker—grandson of New Orleans trumpet legend Doc Cheatham—followed a more traditional jazz script on his first two records, The Fundamentals (2007) and In the Tradition (2008). Read more at theroot.com.

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Meet ‘The Pandas Friend’: Metta World Peace To Change Name Again!

Aug 11, 2014 - New country, new team, and a name that is apropos to his new digs, controversial former Knicks forward Metta World Peace (pictured) is up to his name-changing shenanigans yet again! This go-round, Metta will be playing B-ball in China next year for the Chinese Basketball Association’s (CBA) Sichuan Blue Whale team, so he has chosen the new moniker “The Pandas Friend (TPF),” according to China Daily. Read more at newsone.com.

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Pregnant Kelly Rowland Glows In Gorgeous Instagram Photo

Aug 11, 2014 - The 33-year-old mom-to-be smiled over her shoulder as she cradled her growing belly. Rowland captioned the photo, "#P.R." as she is currently vacationing in Puerto Rico.

Rowland first announced her pregnancy on June 10 with a cryptic Instagram photo of baby sneakers. The Destiny's Child alum accidentally revealed that she's expecting a baby boy during an interview, in which she referred to her baby using the pronoun "his." Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Bobbi Kristina Celebrates Mom Whitney Houston's Birthday With Touching Tribute

Aug 11, 2014 - On what would have been Whitney Houston's 51st birthday, her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown took to social media to honor the special occasion. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Bay area celebrates black business month with author, business showcase

August 9, 2014 - August is National Black Business month and for the first time ever, the Bay area is celebrating with the inaugural Tampa Bay Black Authors and Business Showcase.

"For Tampa Bay, for so long, a lot of people have said 'we can't do certain things' and I just want to show them we can do it together," said organizer Rinita Anderson of Urban Exposure, Inc.  Read more at baynews9.com.

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Student success continues to climb at St. Petersburg College

August 6, 2014 - Student success rates continue to climb at St. Petersburg College, particularly among First-Time-in-College minority students.

Since 2012, SPC has focused on improving student success rates, defined as earning a grade of A, B or C in a course. Rates for FTIC students taking summer classes have jumped 7.6 percent since 2012, a positive sign since, traditionally, these students have struggled academically and dropped their classes more often than other students.  Click here to read more.

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Ashanti opens up about being racially profiled while shopping in New York City

Aug 8, 2014 - After releasing her fifth studio album, Braveheart, earlier this year, Grammy-winning singer/actress Ashanti is staying busier than ever.

Ashanti is currently in New York City filming a movie called Stuck, which is about six strangers trapped on a NYC subway train. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Chef Garvin gives back to the community through ‘Give It Up For Good’ campaign

Aug 8, 2014 - Chef Garvin is a man of many talents — but this skilled chef is going from filling stomachs to warming the hearts of countless people in his latest mission.

Recognized from his countless TV appearances, signature recipes and infectious smile, Chef Garvin is a distinguished celebrity chef who has teamed with Allstate in an effort to highlight local heroes in communities throughout America. Read more at theroot.com.

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College president gives $90,000 of his salary to lowest-paid university workers

Aug 8, 2014 - Raymond Burse, the newly appointed interim president of Kentucky State University, has taken generosity to a new level.

He has opted to have his yearly salary slashed from $349,869 to $259,745 to boost the wages of the university’s lowest-paid workers. Read more at theroot.com.

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Six-year-old dog mauling victim released from hospital

Aug 8, 2014 - Zainabou Drame left Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Tuesday, two months and one day after she was mauled by a pair of pit bulls.

“She’s been running around, laughing and playing. A little while ago, she was out on a scooter enjoying herself,” Zainabou’s aunt Gina Tyus said. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Study: White People Support Harsh Laws Against Blacks

Aug 8, 2014 - Anew study suggests that white people support harsher criminal laws if they believe more black people are incarcerated, reports Think Progress.

Rebecca Hetey and Jennifer Eberhardt of Stanford’s Psychology department conducted two studies to reach this conclusion.  For the first study, white subjects watched two videos of mugshots. One video showed mugshots in which 25 percent were those of black men. Read more at theroot.com.

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Renisha McBride Porch Shooter Found Guilty

Aug 8, 2014 - It took a jury of 12 people less than two days to find Theodore Wafer, the Detroit-area man who shot and killed unarmed 19-year-old Renisha McBride, guilty of second-degree murder, manslaughter and felony firearm in a fatal shooting.

The jury, consisting of seven men and five women, began deliberations on Wednesday after nine days of testimony. Wafer, 55, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 21 and faces up to life in prison.  Read more at abcnews.go.com.

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U.S. Begins Airstrikes Against Islamic Militants In Iraq

Aug 8, 2014 - The U.S. conducted its first airstrike against Islamic militants outside the Kurdish city of Irbil in Iraq on Friday, the Pentagon confirmed.

Military aircraft dropped two 500-pound bombs on ISIL artillery being used to shell Kurdish forces. Obama authorized targeted airstrikes in Iraq on Thursday evening, along with a humanitarian mission to aid thousands of refugees who fled to a nearby mountaintop. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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These Mothers Lost Their Sons To The NYPD, And They Vow 'This Has To Stop'

Aug 8, 2014 - They all know each other, having met at this rally or that funeral. For years, these women -- all black or Latino -- have stood in front of cameras, holding photographs of their sons. The NYPD, they say, murdered their children, and the officers involved have never been held accountable. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Angela Bassett Admits Her Two Biggest Weaknesses

Aug 8, 2014 - Angela Bassett is an exemplary 55 year-old, and not just for her timeless beauty.

The seasoned actress recently finished her debut directorial project, a Whitney Houston biopic starring Yaya DaCosta, and is also up for a Primetime Emmy for her role in “American Horror Story: Coven.” Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Russians Mock Obama With Racist Laser Projection On Former U.S. Embassy In Moscow

Aug 8, 2014 - President Barack Obama received birthday greetings from around the world when he turned 53 years old on Monday, but some of those wishes weren't exactly well.

In Russia, protesters used lasers to beam a crude, racist image of Obama onto the former U.S. Embassy in Moscow, which is today the embassy's Consular Section. The image showed the president in a birthday hat with a banana going in and out of his mouth followed by projections of the words "Obama" and "happy birthday" in English. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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White People Create Terrible App To Avoid, Um, 'Sketchy' Areas

Aug 8, 2014 - Two white people are launching an app that seeks to help people avoid "sketchy" areas. Watch out for all that sketchiness!

That would all be well and good, except that the app depends in large part on a Yelp-like rating system based on the personal views of Americans, a people historically known to mask the occasional racist view behind words like "dangerous" and "drugs." Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Kanye West in court: ‘I’m the smartest celebrity you’ve ever f****ng dealt with’

Aug 7, 2014 - It’s been well-documented that Kanye West doesn’t love the paparazzi.

He loathes Hollywood’s invasive culture, especially when it comes to his famous family’s privacy.

TMZ has reportedly obtained the transcript from Kanye’s recent court appearance stemming from his alleged physical altercation with a cameraman back in 2013. The cameraman is suing Ye for the reported scuffle. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Who Decides Who Lives and Who Dies When an Ebola Outbreak Creates Hysteria?

Aug 7, 2014 - Two Americans with Ebola have been flown in from Liberia over the past week and treated with a “secret serum” in the hopes of helping them successfully combat the deadly virus.

However, Ebola has already taken its first American victim.

To be fair, 24-year-old Nathaniel Dennis did not have Ebola, but the fear inflamed by the rapidly spreading disease that has already killed more than 800 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea certainly contributed to his death, his older sister, Natasha Dennis. Read more at theroot.com.

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