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FAMU's Marching 100 Band Back At Football Game After Suspension

September 1, 2013 - Nearly two years after a drum major's hazing death silenced the music at Florida A&M football games, the famed Marching 100 band returned to the field Sunday with its familiar booms, drum rattles and other tones for the school's season-opener.

It was the band's first game appearance since a season-long suspension. The scrutiny following Robert Champion's 2011 death thrust the school into the national spotlight and led to more than a dozen arrests and the resignation of top officials. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Dennis Rodman in North Korea to visit his ‘friend’ Kim Jong Un

September 3, 2013 - Former NBA star Dennis Rodman landed Tuesday in North Korea and said he plans to hang out with authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un, have a good time and maybe bridge some cultural gaps — but not be a diplomat.

Rodman was greeted at Pyongyang’s airport by Son Kwang Ho, vice-chairman of North Korea’s Olympic Committee, just days after Pyongyang rejected a visit by a U.S. envoy who had hoped to bring home Kenneth Bae, an American missionary jailed there. The North abruptly called off the official visit because it said the U.S. had ruined the atmosphere for talks by holding a drill over South Korea with nuclear-capable B-52 bombers.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Prince not joking with Dave Chappelle ‘Breakfast Can Wait’ cover

September 3, 2013 - The artwork may have made people laugh, but Prince’s new song is no joke.

The mercurial superstar announced Tuesday that he’s released “Breakfast Can Wait.” It caused a stir when Prince released the cover art for the song — a photo of Dave Chappelle dressed as Prince — on YouTube.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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The colorful life of James Vann

Artist James Vann’s unique paintings have appeared on canvases, murals, neck ties and even a mystery novel cover, but it all started out rather simply for him: with a finger-painting done in kindergarten.
 
That was the New York native’s first work of art, and seeing the colors blend together was so amazing to him that he’s had a pencil or paintbrush in his hand ever since.  Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

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BTAG celebrates 10 years

Not only do students benefit academically from the Bridging the Achievement Gap (BTAG) program, the retired educators who participate get a chance to flex their mental muscles. As if that is not enough reasons why this program is so successful, it also provides opportunities for businesses and other individuals to support this effort to increase academic enhancement in an attempt to eliminate the achievement gap that exists between students in the Pinellas County School District.
 
In spite of heavy evening rain showers, hundreds came out last Thurs., Aug. 22, to the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 13255 118th Ave. N., Largo, to celebrate BTAG's 10th anniversary and raise funds to keep it going.  Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

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Money will be key in St. Petersburg mayor's race

August 31, 2013 - Bill Foster raised three times more than Kathleen Ford in the 2009 mayor's race. He also captured the lion's share of endorsements.

But he didn't bulldoze his way to victory. He won by only 2,350 votes, or 6 percent.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Lamar Odom Arrested For DUI, Refuses Chemical Testing

August 30, 2013 - NBA player Lamar Odom (pictured) was reportedly arrested Friday morning and charged with a DUI for either drugs or alcohol, according to TMZ.

Friday morning, Odom was reportedly driving along a freeway in a late-model white Mercedes-Benz in the San Fernando Valley, Calif., area, when he was allegedly spotted by a highway patrol vehicle. A highway patrolman contends that the 6’10″ free agent had been driving too slow and his vehicle was traveling in an erratic ”serpentine manner.” Read more at newsone.com.

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Cornel West: “Sharpton Is The Bonafide House Negro Of The Obama Plantation” [OPINION]

August 31, 2013 - Dr. Cornel West once again called Rev. Al. Sharpton a “house negro,” and accused him and President Barack Obama of “sanitizing” the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 50th anniversary of the March of Washington, reports Mediaite.com.

“Brother Martin himself, I think, would’ve been turning over in his grave,” West said of the event. “[King would have wanted] people to talk about Wall Street criminality, he wants people to talk about war crimes, or drones dropping bombs on innocent people,” he asserted.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Obama Phone Call Leads Judge To Release Father Of 1963 Ala. Church Bombing Victim

August 31, 2013 - A former Alabama politician whose daughter died in a racist church bombing in 1963 was released from a prison medical facility Thursday after a judge sided with an Obama administration call to free him.

Chris McNair was released from prison hours after U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith issued her ruling, said Peggy Sanford, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney in Birmingham.  Read more at newsone.com.

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UPDATE: Mandela Discharged From Hospital, Still In Critical Condition

September 1, 2013 - After nearly three months in the hospital, Nelson Mandela went home in an ambulance Sunday.

According to South African President Jacob Zuma, Mandela is still in critical condition and will receive intensive care at home from the same team of doctors who treated him during his hospital stay.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Trayvon Martin Foundation To Receive $50k Donation For College Scholarships

August 30, 2013 - An Orlando auto group, law firm and black fraternity are among those offering $50,000 as a scholarship to four graduating seniors from Trayvon Martin's high school in Dade County.

The donors, including the Boyland Auto Group and Invictus Law Group, are to present the money to the Trayvon Martin Foundation and his parents tomorrow in Isleworth.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Obama: Forces Conspiring Against Middle Class (VIDEO)

August 31, 2013 - President Barack Obama says it won't be easy to reverse forces that for decades have conspired against working Americans. But he says with a few bold steps and common sense in Washington, the U.S. can make progress.

Obama is reflecting on Labor Day in his weekly radio and Internet address. He says he'll continue fighting for better wages, secure retirements, and expanded access to education, home ownership and health care.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Obama to seek congressional OK for US action in Syria

August 31, 2013 - Short on support at home and allies abroad, President Barack Obama unexpectedly stepped back from a missile attack against Syria on Saturday and instead asked Congress to support a strike punishing Bashar Assad’s regime for the alleged use of chemical weapons.

With Navy ships on standby in the Mediterranean Sea ready to launch their cruise missiles, Obama said he had decided the United States should take military action and that he believes that as commander in chief, he has “the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization.”  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Ron Howard’s film on Jay-Z festival to air on Showtime

August 30, 2013 - Ron Howard’s “Made in America” documentary about the Jay-Z-curated music festival in Philadelphia will air Oct. 11 on Showtime.

Jay-Z’s “Budweiser Made in America” festival debuted on Labor Day weekend last year. About 50,000 fans attended the two-day event. Performers included Pearl Jam, Drake, Run DMC, Skrillex, D’Angelo and Calvin Harris.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Cory Booker on personal life: ‘My sexuality is not an issue right now’

August 29, 2013 - Cory Booker’s opponent for the New Jersey Senate seat, Steve Lonegan, says it’s “weird” that the Newark mayor won’t discuss his private life. But Booker, on the All in With Chris Hayes show on Thursday, says the topic is irrelevant.

“The question really should not be am I gay or straight. The question should be, why the heck are you asking the question in the first place? It doesn’t make a whit of difference what kind of senator I’m going to be or not,” said Booker.  Read more at msnbc.com.

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