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Did The TLC Biopic Portray Pebbles Fairly?

October 22, 2013 - VH1′s biopic, “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” stirred up a Twitter frenzy last night, and ’80s singer-turned- manager Pebbles caught most of the fire. On “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, entertainment columnist Kelley Carter spoke about the unflattering comparisons some have made between her and Ike Turner and Joe Jackson in the way she treated the group:

“Pebbles definitely came out on the losing end of this. And I think that it’s probably crescendoed by the fact that she’s now a minister,” Carter observed. “So you have a couple of different dynamics at play….”  Read more at newsone.com.

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Cee-Lo Green pleads not guilty to felony drug charge, could face 4 years in prison

October 23, 2013 - Cee Lo Green pleaded not guilty on Monday to giving a woman ecstasy at a Los Angeles restaurant during a 2012 dinner, and prosecutors declined to file a rape count against the singer because of insufficient evidence.

Green, 38, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, appeared in court hours after prosecutors charged him with one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance. He could face four years in prison if convicted.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Maine GOP governor Paul LePage: 47 percent of ‘able-bodied’ Maine residents don’t work

October 22, 2013 - Controversial Maine governor Paul LePage recently made some comments about his state’s residents, which are eerily similar to Mitt Romney’s wildly unpopular remarks about “the 47 percent” from the 2012 election.

LePage was surreptitiously recorded addressing a group of conservative women when he said, “About 47 percent of able-bodied people in the state of Maine don’t work.”  Read more at thegrio.com.

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‘Fortune’s’ ’50 most powerful women’ list features 3 black females

October 23, 2013 - Fortune has revealed their list of this year’s 50 most powerful women in business – and while the occupations of those included vary, the racial identities of these individuals are not as diverse.

The world’s most influential businesswomen represent some of the biggest and most successful global companies. But among the 50 women mentioned, only three are African-American. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Oprah visits 2 South African grads studying in NY

October 22, 2013 - Oprah Winfrey has paid a visit to two of the graduates from the celebrity’s school in South Africa who are enrolled at a private college in upstate New York.

A spokeswoman for OWN, Winfrey’s cable channel, says Tuesday that the former daytime talk-show queen was at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs on Monday to meet with two graduates from Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls. The academy, a boarding school for underprivileged South African girls, opened in 2007.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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$50 Million to Save Black and Brown Boys

October 22, 2013 - Imagine that you walk into the newborn-nursery ward at an American hospital and you see 100 babies in their bassinets. You are then informed that 33 of these babies will spend time in jail or prison.

This is the reality today for African-American males born in our country. As a black husband, father and physician, I am sick of it.  Read more at theroot.com.

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Kanye Explains Why He Brought 'White Jesus' On Tour

October 22, 2013 - Kanye West kicked off his Yeezus tour in Seattle this week, making headlines with his use of religious imagery during the concert. At one point during the show, West was joined onstage by a man dressed as Jesus, a move the rapper defended in a recent interview with San Francisco radio station Wild 94.9.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Post-Shutdown Polls Find Americans Angry, GOP Majority Potentially Vulnerable

October 22, 2013 - The aftermath of the government shutdown leaves the public angry and profoundly anti-incumbent, according to two polls released Tuesday morning, which confirm that Americans lay much of the blame for the ordeal on the GOP.

Just over 80 percent disapprove of the shutdown, a Washington Post/ABC poll finds, and wide majorities say it has damaged the United States' economy, its image abroad, and the morale of federal employees. Even more -- 87 percent -- say it's indicative of broader problems in Washington.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Magic Johnson’s Son EJ Lands New Reality Series On E!

October 22, 2013 - Magic Jonhson’s son Earvin Johnson III is coming to reality TV.

According to reports, the basketball legend’s only son will be featured on a new E! series titled “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills.” As the title suggests, the show will follow five young adults as they flaunt their wealth and designer bags on camera.  Read more at hellobeautiful.com.

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Kanye Puts A Ring On It!

October 22, 2013 - Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are engaged and happy mom Kris Jenner is thrilled, reports E! Online.

“A match made in heaven!” Kris called the betrothed couple, exclusively telling E! News, “I am so happy for both of my kids, Kim and Kanye.”  Read more at newsone.com.

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Evander Holyfield’s 109-Room Mansion To Be Auctioned

October 22, 2013 - The famed 50,000 square foot mansion, Villa Vittoriosa, Georgia’s largest single-family residence, which was occupied by boxing icon Evander Holyfield (pictured) up until last year, is hitting the auction block November 11th to 13th, reports the luxury homes site, Auction.com.  Read more at newsone.com.

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President Obama Catches Fainting Pregnant Woman During Speech [VIDEO]

October 21, 2013 - While speaking on the cyber issues plaguing Healthcare.gov at the White House earlier this afternoon, President Barack Obama paused in the middle of his remarks to catch a pregnant woman who was close to passing out, reports Slate.com.

“This happens when I talk too long,” Obama joked from the Rose Garden as people applauded.  Read more at newsone.com.

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C.W. Bill Young's widow to Charlie Crist: Stay away from memorial service

October 21, 2013 - A host of dignitaries from Washington, D.C., to Tallahassee to Tampa Bay will be on hand to honor the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young at his memorial service Thursday.

But one particularly prominent politician won't be welcome at First Baptist Indian Rocks: Charlie Crist.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Has Foster done enough to show his vision to St. Petersburg's voters?

October 21, 2013 - The local football team is losing, and its head coach is beginning to feel the heat.

Fair or unfair, he understands this.

It is the price you pay when you are the person with the fancy office. Your job status is forever tied to the performance and results of the organization you lead.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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New Campbell Park principal sparks change

Nearly two months into the new school year and Campbell Park Elementary, located at 1051 7th Ave. S., is already undergoing a transformation. New principal Robert Ovalle wasted no time implementing school wide changes and fostering a new attitude that he hopes will alter the climate of the school amongst his staff and students, as well as, the surrounding community.

“I’ve been in my classrooms, I’ve seen my kids work hard just like any other kid in our county,” Principal Ovalle said as he spoke of the internal changes occurring on campus to beef up learning. “But there has to be some ownership from the community.”  Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

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Nine year old future author

Yes, the title is correct. Nine-year-old Nazhia Reynolds has written three books and is in the process of getting them published soon.  Born and raised in St. Petersburg, this gifted student attends Perkins Elementary School. Currently in the fourth grade, her favorite subjects are dance, drama and physical education.  Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

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TLC Biopic 'CrazySexyCool' Full Of Nostalgia, But Doesn't Celebrate Their Successes Enough (VIDEO)

October 22, 2013 - Back in the '90s, TLC was one of the biggest groups on the planet. The female trio got the biopic treatment with VH1's "CrazySexyCool," named after their breakout second album.

There was a great deal of focus on abortions, arson, sickle cell anemia and the tragic loss of Liza "Left Eye" Lopes. Far less in focus were all the accolades the ladies received, as well as their whirlwind success as one of the biggest girl groups of all time.  Read more huffingtonpost.com.

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Unemployment falls to 7.2 percent, nearly a 5-year low

October 22, 2013 - The U.S. economy added just 148,000 jobs in September, suggesting that employers held back on hiring before a 16-day partial government shutdown began Oct. 1.

Still, hiring was strong enough to lower the unemployment rate. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the rate fell to 7.2 percent, down from 7.3 percent in August and nearly a five-year low.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Deitrick Haddon Of “Preachers of L.A.” Responds To Bishop T.D. Jakes’ Disapproval Of The Show

October 20, 2013 - Last week, Bishop T.D. Jakes spoke out against Oxygen’s new reality series “Preachers of LA.” Along with calling the show “junk,” he denounced the ministers of the faith-based program — Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Noel Jones, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Ron Gibson, Pastor Jay Haizlip and Bishop Clarence McClendon —  for showing off their flashy and worldly lifestyles.  Read more at hellobeautiful.com.

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Food stamp benefits going down before the holidays

October 21 2013 - Millions of American families could face a sparse holiday table when food stamps benefits get reduced in November, and that could be just the start of deeper cuts to the program to feed poor families.

The modern-day food stamp plan, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is scheduled to scale back benefits for all recipients on Nov. 1 because a recession-era boost in benefits is expiring.  Read more at nbcnews.com.

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