Friday, January 22, 2021

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Black Women Affected by “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Policy

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The nation’s attention has been drawn to the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding homosexuals following President Obama’s State of the Union speech, and researchers, pundits, and politicians have questioned the policy’s fairness. But, according to a report from...

“Sleazy” Rumors Put N.Y. Gov. Paterson on Defensive

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New York Gov. David Paterson is fighting rumors which have been widely circulated around the New York state house and national media of his involvement in sex scandals and drug abuse. A January 30 New York Post report claims Paterson...

Former Va. Governor Among Latest Obama Critics

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Former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder offered harsh criticism on the Obama White House during the week of February 8, saying that if the president is to fulfill his dream of effecting change for America, he has to up...

Celebrity Fit Club’s Harvey Walden Supporting “Let’s Move”

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VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club” fitness instructor Harvey Walden said he will do whatever he can to support first lady Michelle Obama’s national “Let’s Move” campaign to combat childhood obesity, announced on February 9. “We didn’t have much in the south...

Va. Couple Wins Dream Wedding

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Gabriel Sheffield and Jasmine Harris of Manassas Park, Va. won Essence magazine’s fourth annual “Will You Marry Me?” contest, and will have the wedding of their dreams. The result of the contest, sponsored by WE TV and Tiffany & Co.,...

Seat at the table

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Marc Morial, National Urban League president; the Rev. Al Sharpton, from the National Action Network and Ben Jealous, NAACP president, held a press conference call Feb. 10 to discuss their earlier meeting with President Barack Obama. The men described the...

Diddy Plans to Open Business School

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Sean “Diddy” Combs is set out to expand his empire with the announcement of his latest business venture. Combs declared his plans to launch a business school for up-and-coming entrepreneurs during a Feb. 1 appearance on Anderson Cooper’s “AC...

Former Congressman, Palin Blast Obama at Tea Party Gathering

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Former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo made controversial statements about President Obama, voting procedures and immigration in his kickoff speech at the National Tea Party convention in Nashville, Tenn., on Feb. 4. Among his statements, Tancredo called for the return of...

Vanity Fair Cover Lacks Any Women of Color

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The cover of this month’s Vanity Fair boasts a portrait of what the magazine calls up-and-coming actresses—but missing from the cover are any women of color. Actresses Carey Mulligan, Kristen Stewart, Abbie Cornish, Mia Wasikowska, Amanda Seyfried, Rebecca Hall, Emma...

Charges Expected against Jackson Doctor

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The doctor who medicated singer Michael Jackson in his last hours is expected to be charged on February 8 with involuntary manslaughter in the pop singer’s death. Murray is accused of administering a lethal combination of medication which ultimately caused...

AKA Sorority Lawsuit Dismissed in D.C. Court

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A D.C. Superior Court judge on February 1 dismissed a lawsuit filed by eight members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, or AKA, the nation’s oldest Black sorority. The eight members alleged that the organization’s president, Barbara McKinzie, misappropriated millions of dollars...

New TARP Initiative Targets Small Businesses in At-Risk Communities

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Last week, the Treasury Department outlined President Barack Obama’s plan to invest in community banks that lend to small businesses in the nation’s most economically challenged communities. The Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) initiative is meant to use money recouped...

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