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February 8, 2012

Sil Lai Abrams: Marriage is Dead

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Marriage, in the “traditional” sense, is dead. It died long before Kim Kardashian’s 76 days of “holy” matrimony to Kris Humphries and in spite of the Obamas connubial bliss shining as a beacon of marital hope from the White House. A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that 44% of Milennials, 43% of Gen Xers, and 35% of the Baby Boomers surveyed believe that traditional marriage is rapidly becoming obsolete.  AndU.S. Census statistics are…

Dr. Boyce:  Go, Cornel Go – America Needs Your Courage

Dr. Boyce: Go, Cornel Go – America Needs Your Courage

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    In a recent article in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Professor Cornel West “went HAM” on Tulane University Professor Melissa Harris-Perry. In what might be his strongest public comments yet, West referred to Harris-Perry as a “fake” and a “fraud” for allowing herself to be used by the liberal establishment to shoot down his critiques over our nation’s decision to overlook racial inequality and poverty.I was quoted in…

Studies Show African American Women Carry The Heavy Weight Of Family’s Financial Burdens

Studies Show African American Women Carry The Heavy Weight Of Family’s Financial Burdens

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    Nearly three-quarters of black women worry about not having enough money to pay their bills, according to a poll conducted by the Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation, a survey The Washington Post calls “the most extensive exploration of the lives and views of African American women in decades.” The findings, which have been uncovered in a series called “Black Women In America,” took a close look at the impact…

Julieanna Richardson’s HistoryMakers records stories of unsung and famous African Americans for future generations

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The woman behind an ongoing project to document the experience of 5,000 African Americans wants to make sure their stories are around for future generations. Julieanna Richardson talked to future attorneys at Northwestern University’s law school Monday about the project she started 12 years ago that has turned into a labor of love. She set out to record the histories of thousands of famous and unsung African Americans. “People who…

Flo Rida Sued For Paying His Employees Only $3/Hour

Flo Rida Sued For Paying His Employees Only $3/Hour

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    Rapper Flo Rida is facing a lawsuit from a former assistant who claims she was fired after she complained about working long hours for low pay. In a new lawsuit, Mahogany Miller alleges she began working for the hip-hop star as his administrative assistant back in August and put in around 65 hours a week for just $3.08 an hour! She alleges she was sacked less than a…

Alphas Accused of “Serious Physical Hazing” At University of Florida [VIDEO]

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    Not three months after a Florida A&M University student band member died in what police said was hazing, a University of Florida student suffered injuries in what UF says was “serious physical hazing.” The incident happened off campus over the weekend, said UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes. She would not name the student nor detail his injuries, other than to say they were “visible” and that UF was not…

City Offers Teen $75K After Police Brutally Beat Him [VIDEO]

City Offers Teen $75K After Police Brutally Beat Him [VIDEO]

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The Pittsburgh City Council is considering a bill that would pay $75,000 to a former performing arts student who says in a civil rights lawsuit against the city that he was wrongly beaten by three undercover officers. An attorney for Jordan Miles didn’t immediately return a call on the bill, which was reported Tuesday by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The then-18-year-old violinist was arrested and beaten on Jan. 12, 2010. A…

dr jawanza Kunjufu - there's nothing wrong with black children

Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu Says There is Nothing Wrong with Black Children

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(Chicago, IL, March 1 2012) – African American students are driving positive academic change in some public schools nationwide, says Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu, national education consultant and author of the newly released There Is Nothing Wrong With Black Students. In fact, Black students in more than 3,000 schools are performing well above the national average.   There are eight million African American students nationwide: 7.5 million attend public schools, 400,000…

Chad Ochocinco Pleads In Misdemeanor

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  CINCINNATI (AP) — New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in Cincinnati hours after playing in the Super Bowl. A Hamilton County court bailiff says the former Cincinnati Bengal pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of failure to display a valid driver’s license during a July 21 traffic stop. Court documents show Ochocinco, who’s listed under his former name Chad Johnson, was…

Darden Restaurants Being Sued For Discrimination

Darden Restaurants Being Sued For Discrimination

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  Darden Restaurants Inc., the company that owns Olive Garden, Red Lobster and other restaurants has been threatened with legal action by a workers group claiming that it discriminates against people of of color. Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC) is an organization that advocates for better wages and working conditions for food industry workers. They have announced plans to file suit against Darden on behalf of behalf Capital Grille employees…

Brandy and Monica’s New Duet

Brandy and Monica’s New Duet

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  “The Boys Is Mine” was released in 1998 and became an instant sensation. Back then, singers Brandy and Monica battled it out in song (and in a memorable music video) for the love of the same man. Recently, Brandy Norwood spoke to theGrio about her new role as Shardene on the hit BET show The Game and her comeback on the music scene. When asked if she would ever…

Lingerie Modeling Clashes With My Faith

Lingerie Modeling Clashes With My Faith

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  A Victoria’s Secret model has revealed she has turned her back on modelling lingerie as it clashes with her Christian beliefs. Kylie Bisutti beat more than 10,000 hopefuls to win the Victoria’s Secrets Model Search. But after two years as a model for the company she says she has turned her back on showing off the sexy lingerie as she believes only her husband should see her body. ‘Victoria’s…

College-Bound Teen Vanished On Way Home From School

College-Bound Teen Vanished On Way Home From School

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    Leiba’s mother, Sharon, says she called her daughter’s cell phone, when she became worried and her daughter answered.“She said, ‘I’m on the way,’” Sharon said. “Then there was a muffled sound and the phone went dead…. It’s been going straight to voice mail ever since.”Sharon believes her daughter was abducted. Leiba’s  parents say that a man in a car stalked her daughter several times last year as she…