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Jennifer Hudson Spoofs ‘Scandal’ In New Obamacare PSA

September 30, 2013 - Looks like Jennifer Hudson has learned a few lessons from Olivia Pope in this new Funny or Die video to promote Obamacare.

In the “Scandalous” clip, Hudson’s character Lydia Cole, who refers to herself as a “covert scandal manager,” travels around the nation’s capitol to answer questions regarding the Affordable Care Act.  Read more at hellobeautiful.com.

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Pastors: Reducing Manatee gun violence means changing hearts

September 30, 2013 - The Rev. Larry Johnson of New Hope Holiness Church in Palmetto said Sunday it will take changing the hearts of men to drastically reduce gun violence in Manatee County and will not happen overnight.

"It's going to take work," Johnson said prior to a 4 p.m. Sunday church service attended by nearly 200 people at the 13 AV Dream Center, 922 24th St. E., Bradenton.

The service, led by St. Petersburg's powerful preaching pastor, the Rev. Louis Murphy Sr., was titled: "We Want To Preach the Hell Out Of This City."  Read more at bradenton.com.

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Shonda Rhimes: President Obama Appoints ‘Scandal’ Creator To Important Position

September 29, 2013 - President Barack Obama is appointing the woman behind the television series “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” to the Kennedy Center’s board of trustees.

Shonda Rhimes is a Golden Globe winner and three-time Emmy nominee. Her show “Scandal” stars actress Kerry Washington, a major Obama supporter.  Read more at newsone.com.

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House Votes 232-192 To Delay Obamacare For One Year

September 29, 2013 - In a move that surprised no one, House Republicans voted early Sunday morning to delay Obamacare for one year and repeal its tax on medical devices, reports CNN.com.

The highly anticipated vote came after midnight.  The House voted 232-192 to delay the Affordable Care Act, which is scheduled to launch October 1, and voted 248-174 for the medical device tax repeal.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Justice Dept To Sue N.C. Over Voter ID Laws

September 30, 2013 - The Justice Department will sue the state of North Carolina for alleged racial discrimination over tough new voting rules, the latest effort by the Obama administration to fight back against a Supreme Court decision that struck down the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act and freed southern states from strict federal oversight of their elections.

North Carolina has a new law scaling back the period for early voting and imposing stringent voter identification requirements. It is among at least five Southern states adopting stricter voter ID and other election laws. The Justice Department on Aug. 22 sued Texas over the state’s voter ID law and is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit over redistricting laws in Texas that minority groups consider to be discriminatory.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Pastor Ronald J. Harris Sr. Shot, Killed While Preaching During Church Service In Lake Charles Louisiana

September 28, 2013 - A Louisiana pastor was fatally shot as he preached to a crowd of more than 60 during a revival service and a suspect has been arrested, law enforcement officials said Saturday.

The shooting at about 8:20 p.m. Friday was at Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center in Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said Saturday. Sixty-five people were inside at the time, including the victim's wife, said Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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How School Segregation Impacts Long-Term Health, And More Health News This Week

September 27, 2013 - The long view of racial segregation in America paints a relatively gloomy picture of the impact social exclusion has had on black health. A new study by researchers at the University Of Iowa tells a different story, indicating that baby boomers who attended segregated schools during first to twelfth grade may actually have better physical performance and a great sense of control over various aspects of their lives down the road than those who went to desegregated schools.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Voting Laws Under Heavy Scrutiny In GOP-Led Southern States

September 28, 2013 - Emboldened by the Supreme Court decision that struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act, a growing number of Republican-led states are moving aggressively to tighten voting rules. Lawsuits by the Obama administration and voting rights activists say those efforts disproportionately affect minorities.

At least five Southern states, no longer required to ask Washington's permission before changing election procedures, are adopting strict voter identification laws or toughening existing requirements.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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South Florida's First Black Neighborhood Is Struggling

September 27, 2013 - When the first black residents of South Florida arrived in the 1880s from the Bahamas to work at the Peacock Inn on Biscayne Bay, they established the Village West neighborhood in Miami's Coconut Grove section.

The neighborhood thrived in the early 1900s with many black-owned businesses and single-family homes. But after World War II ended, many of the homes were torn down and replaced with large apartment buildings. Today, many of those apartment buildings are in disrepair and the residents are struggling.When the first black residents of South Florida arrived in the 1880s from the Bahamas to work at the Peacock Inn on Biscayne Bay, they established the Village West neighborhood in Miami's Coconut Grove section. The neighborhood thrived in the early 1900s with many black-owned businesses and single-family homes. But after World War II ended, many of the homes were torn down and replaced with large apartment buildings. Today, many of those apartment buildings are in disrepair and the residents are struggling.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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What happened to black family sitcoms on network TV?

September 30, 2013 - There once was a story all about how his life got flipped, turned upside down, but scroll through current programming, and the Fresh Prince is merely a late night forget-me-not.

In the past, television networks featured a variety of dynamic, funny and emblematic African-American families on popular sitcoms.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Parents of OWN’ s ‘Six Little McGhees’ discuss financial challenge of raising sextuplets

September 7, 2013 - Oprah Winfrey Network’s hit ddocu-series Six Little McGhees is back with all new episodes. The show follows the hectic lives of Mia and Rozonno McGhee as they  marriage and a family business, all while raising six adorable three-year-olds.

Earlier this month Six Little McGhees helped OWN deliver its highest-rated week in network history, and continues bring in new viewers.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Florida Dems will battle recent run of ‘bad luck, bad timing’ in 2014

September 29, 2013 - After his new party’s recent political woes, Charlie Crist’s biggest problem as would-be Democratic candidate for governor may not be that he switched but that the party he switched to may be of no help.

Democrats found some cheer last week as Florida House members buried the hatchet after an internal struggle and elected Mark Pafford of West Palm Beach to lead them through the 2014 elections.  Read more at tbo.com.

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Federal Funds For Detroit Announced, Broke City To Receive $100 Million In Grants

September 26, 2013 - The U.S. government directed more than $100 million in grants Thursday to help bankrupt Detroit tear down vacant buildings and spur job growth, but the help falls far short of the wider bailout some city leaders had sought.

Gene Sperling, chief economic adviser to President Barack Obama, said the administration scrounged through the federal budget and found untapped money that "either had not flowed or had not gotten out or not directed to the top priorities for Detroit."  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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No Compromise: Government On Brink Of Shutdown?

September 26, 2013 - Moving closer to the brink of a government shutdown, House Republicans vowed Thursday they won’t simply accept the stopgap legislation that is likely to remain after Senate Democrats strip away a plan to dismantle President Barack Obama‘s health care law.

A sense of confusion settled over the House, both over how to avoid a shutdown and how to handle even more important legislation to increase the government’s borrowing ability to avert a default on U.S. obligations. Short of votes, House leaders shelved a vote that had been expected this weekend on the debt limit measure and gave frustrated GOP lawmakers few clues about what they plan to do to avoid a shutdown.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Phillip Agnew On Young People Assuming Their Position In The Fight For Civil Rights

September 26, 2013 - Civil rights during the ’60s and civil rights of today might be considered two completely different things. Phillip Agnew of the Dream Defenders explained that there is still room for young people to make a difference if they want to make change. ”For young people who are looking for people that look like them and talk like them, and then are engaging them in a way that say, ‘Hey, there’s room for us here,’ and that’s all that it’s about.”  Read more at newsone.com.

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Rep. Maxine Waters: Big Business Played Role In The Crack Epidemic

September 26, 2013 - Rep. Maxine Waters did not mince words about the machine behind our nation’s long history with drugs. She recounted the start of the crack epidemic in the 1980s, and the role big banks played in its rise, at the 2013 Congressional Black Caucus: ”It was just everywhere, and as I traveled across the country I saw entire towns that were cracked out. I mean, everybody was on crack.”  Read more at newsone.com.

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A Brown Out?: The Lack Of Black Emmy Winners By The Numbers

September 26, 2013 - It’s a storyline we have down to a science.  We flock to the few scripted shows that star talented black actors and actresses. We nearly become die hards when we find out that the show is actually good. When awards season comes around, we cling to hope that our favorite actresses will defy the odds and take home an Emmy Award for a meaningful role for once, even though deep down it feels like they don’t have a chance.

Well, our low expectations were validated yet again. Kerry Washington and Don Cheadle were snubbed at this year’s Emmy Awards.  Read more at newsone.com.

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George Zimmerman's wife has doubts about his innocence

September 26, 2013 - George Zimmerman's estranged wife said Thursday that while she respects the jury's not guilty verdict in his second-degree murder trial, she now has doubts about his innocence.

"I believe the evidence, but this revelation in my life has really helped me to take the blinders off and start to see things differently," Shellie Zimmerman told NBC's Matt Lauer on the "Today" show. Zimmerman was referring to the couple's struggles since the verdict, including an ugly spat earlier this month that resulted in police being called -- and headlines being made.  Read more at cnn.com.

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Why the Republican ‘Obamacare’ resistance matters

September 27, 2013 - Last November, a few days after President Obama won re-election, House Speaker John A. Boehner declared that “Obamacare is the law of the land” and signaled Republicans would stop their push to gut it.

In the few months right after the election, other Republicans also echoed this grudging acceptance of the health care law. Several GOP governors, from the more moderate Chris Christie of New Jersey to even Tea Party favorite Rick Scott of Florida, said they would expand their states’ Medicaid programs under the law, a decision the U.S. Supreme Court had left up to governors. Journalists predicted that most Republican governors, even those most opposed to the president, would eventually embrace a law that sends billions of dollars to their states to cover the uninsured.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Samuel L. Jackson to Obama: ‘Stop trying to relate…be f**king presidential’

September 25, 2013 - Samuel L. Jackson has long been one of President Barack Obama’s most enthusiastic and outspoken celebrity supporters, but he had some harsh words for the Commander-in-Chief in a recent, candid interview with Playboy magazine.

In a no-hold-barred exchange, which also touches on Jackson’s love-hate relationship with his Oldboy director Spike Lee, the 64-year-old called out the president for being too timid.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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