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    Comcast Grants $20 Million to Minority-Owned Media Fund

    African Americans may now expect to see more Black shows on television in the future, as Comcast recently announced that it would commit at least $20 million to a fund for minority-owned media ventures....

    Two Ga. Brothers Charged with Sexual Molesting a 10-Year-Old Girl

    Two brothers have been charged with sexually molesting a 10-year-old girl in Union City, Ga., according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Danny Lee Arnold, 19, and his brother Thomas Marcus Arnold, 21, were arrested by...

    Northeast Swelters with Record Temperatures

    From Boston to Washington, D.C., the Northeast has experienced scorching temperatures nearing 100 degrees and even topping 103 degrees in certain areas. The Baltimore-Washington metro area saw temperatures surpassing the 100-degree mark and BWI...

    Education Secretary Focuses on Recruiting More Black Male Teachers

    There is a dramatic shortage of Black male teachers in U.S. classrooms and Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he is ready to do something about it. There are more than 5 million teachers in public...

    Gulf Spill Impacts Texas

    Tar balls from the Gulf oil spill in May have now reached Texas, according to The Associated Press. The tar’s unwelcome arrival raises questions about the oil spill’s reach and how many states will...

    R&B Star Headed to Howard University, Earns GED

    Mary J. Blige, the golden-haired vocalist known for her hits “No More Drama” and “Real Love,” recently announced her decision to earn a bachelor’s degree at famed historically Black university Howard University. Blige, 39, dropped...

    Queen of Soul and Condoleeza Rice Team for Performance

    According to Philadelphia’s Mann Center for Performing Arts, celebrated soul singer Aretha Franklin and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will unite for a concert on July 27. Rice, a classically trained pianist, will perform...

    California NAACP Voices Support of Marijuana Legalization

    The California branch of the NAACP recently announced support of a proposal to legalize marijuana in that state and end current enforcement laws the group believes target minorities, according to the Associated Press. On June...

    Nigerian Football Team Suspended for Poor World Cup Play

    It will be at least two more years before the world gets another chance to see a Nigerian national football team, thanks to their poor showing in South Africa last month, the country’s president...

    Larry King Retiring from CNN

    Larry King, host of CNN’s “Larry King Live,” announced June 29 that he will retire this fall after 25 years on the air, leaving a void at the cable news company. “It was time. This...

    McDonald’s Threatened with Suit Over Happy Meal Toys

    A consumer watchdog group is threatening to sue McDonald’s fast-food chain, claiming the toys included in Happy Meal deceptively lure children into consuming the food and contribute to childhood obesity. According to CNN, the Center...

    AKAs Induct Honorary Members

    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, one of the largest women’s organizations in the world, recently inducted several high-profile honorary members at a private ceremony. According to a press release issued by the organization, Dr. Helen...

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