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New Orleans Mayor Wants To Settle Katrina Shooting Cases

October 24, 2016 - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants to settle several long-standing civil rights claims against the city over notorious episodes of police violence in the days after Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago,reports The New Orleans Advocate.

The most heinous of the incidents concerns New Orleans Police Officer David Warren, who shot and killed 31-year-old Henry Glover at an Algiers strip mall after Glover went there to get clothes for his baby; it also concerns the cover-up of said shooting by another officer, who torched Glover’s body in a car.  Read more at

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Donald Trump Still Sure He’s ‘The Least Racist Person You’ve Ever Met’

October 21, 2016 - GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump ― the man who accused America’s first black president of lying about his birthplace and called for banning Muslims from the country ― insisted Thursday that not only is he not a racist, but he’s actually “the least racist person you’ve ever met.”  Read more at

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Netflix Releases Trailer For New Barack Obama Biopic On His College Days

October 21, 2016 - The world will finally have a chance to get a glimpse into President Barack Obama’s college life in the new biopic aptly titled, “Barry.” 

Set in fall 1981, the Netflix original film which the trailer for was released on Thursday, starring Devon Terrell, chronicled Obama during his junior year at New York City’s Columbia University. It’s during that time that he found himself navigating social issues and relationships with his estranged Kenyan father, his mother and classmates. Read more at

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High school asks only black students to sign pledge to better students

October 20, 2016 - Parents at a Seattle high school are upset after the school staff asked only black students to sign a “Keepin’ it 100” pledge to be better students.

Franklin High junior Niya Thomas, one of the students at the school, came home and told her mother, Neffertiti Thomas, about the pledge, which asked “African American scholars” to pledge to come to class on time, complete high school and hold themselves up to a high standard.  Read more at

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Suncoast Chapter of Jack Jill honors community leaders at fundraising gala

October 20, 2016 - The Suncoast Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. in partnership with the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. recently celebrated its annual Fall Fundraising Gala, Champions of Children: Hearts Afire at St. Petersburg Country Club.  Read more at

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Trump calls Clinton ‘nasty woman’ during final presidential debate

October 20, 2016 - Donald Trump asserted in the final presidential debate that no one respects women more than he does. Yet in its closing moments, standing onstage with the first major-party female presidential nominee in U.S. history, he called Hillary Clinton “such a nasty woman.”

Political pundits of both parties expressed shock at the snipe, with many on social media and cable news identifying it as one of the Republican nominee’s worst moments of the 90-minute meetup in Las Vegas.  Read more at

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Updates on the Manhattan Casino

October 20, 2016 - I am happy to share more exciting news about 22nd Street S, “The Deuces.” We are now officially seeking a restaurant to fill the void left by Sylvia’s closing.

Last week, more than 10 interested parties toured our historic Manhattan Casino and restaurant space. Given the buzz that has been generated, I am confident we will receive several excellent proposals and that a new restaurant open in the near future.  Read more at

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2016 Freedom Award Winner Soledad O’Brien Has Documented Successes & Struggles Of Blacks

October 20, 2016 - When Soledad O’Brien began hosting the multi-part documentary series, Black In America, nearly nine years ago, policing was an issue of concern for African-Americans whether they were rich or poor, she told NewsOne recently in a telephone interview.

“Rich and poor fathers were all giving their sons the talk,” O’Brien recalled. Little did she know, she stood at the brink of an explosive issue that would become one of the leading conversations of the 21st century.  Read more at

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TBHC 2016 Healthcare Voter Guide

October 19, 2016 - A wide range of healthcare policy issues impact how TBHC members are able to serve their patients and clients, including rising healthcare costs, barriers to accessing care, and fewer resources for organizations that provide charity care. The TBHC Advocacy Committee developed the Healthcare Voter Guide to raise awareness about these issues and inform TBHC members and the general public about each candidate’s proposal to address them.  Click here to view the voter guide.

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Flint Parents Sue School District Over Inadequate Services For Lead-Exposed Children

October 19, 2016 - A federal lawsuit filed on Tuesday accuses Michigan officials of failing to provide critical services to Flint, Michigan, children exposed to the city’s lead-contaminated water, the Washington Post reports.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, the Education Law Center and a New York City law firm filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan, on behalf of 15 children harmed by the toxic water. They’re seeking class-action status to include all of Flint’s affected children in the lawsuit.  Read more at

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President Obama’s half-brother will be at final debate cheering on Trump

October 19, 2016 - On Wednesday, President Barack Obama‘s half-brother, Malik, plans to be in Las Vegas cheering on Donald Trump at the third and final debate.

“I’m excited to be at the debate. Trump can make America great again,” Malik said, adding that he will be a guest of the Republican nominee for president at the debate.  Read more at

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Whoopi Goldberg is emotional while educating ‘The View’ co-hosts about slavery, segregation

October 19, 2016 - Whoopi Goldberg got emotional while educating her co-hosts at “The View” about slavery and African-Americans earning the right to vote.

During a discussion about Donald Trump and the fear of voter suppression tactics used against minorities, Goldberg made the point that black people did not earn the right to vote until 1965. But when some of her fellow co-hosts pointed out that women, too, did not always have the right to vote, Goldberg enlightened them.  Read more at

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Kerry Washington and husband welcome second child

October 18, 2016 - Congratulations, Kerry Washington!

Washington and her husband, Nnamdi Asomugha, welcomed their second child into the world on October 5: a little boy named Caleb Kelechi Asomugha.

Washington and Asomugha have another child together, a daughter named Isabella who was born in 2014.  Read more at

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Nat Turner’s skull is returned to descendants after nearly 200 years

October 19, 2016 - For the past ten years, a skull that is believed to have belonged to Nat Turner has belonged to Richard Hatcher, former mayor of Gary, Indiana. But now, it has been turned over to Turner’s descendants, who have since turned it over to the Smithsonian for DNA testing.

In early October, a small gathering of nine people arrived at a hotel suite in Gary to mark the occasion as the skull was handed over to Turner’s descendants.  Read more at

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Florida nets 64,000 new voters with extra week of registration

October 19, 2016 - The extra week of voter registration across Florida that Gov. Rick Scott initially opposed has already produced nearly 37,000 new voters and the increase will keep growing in the coming days as Florida sets an all-time record in the total number of voters.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner reported late Tuesday that 36,823 voter registration forms were verified and are active in the state voter database and that another 26,773 applicants are being verified, for a total of nearly 64,000 additional voters, with an undetermined additional number of voter forms being mailed that haven't yet arrived at county elections offices.  Read more at

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Host Last State Dinner

October 19, 2016 - President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama held their last state dinner Tuesday night, with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini, as their guests.  Read more at

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Police Organization Apologizes For Historic Mistreatment Of Minorities

October 18, 2016 - Against a backdrop of outrage over the police killings of unarmed Black men, the president of one of the nation’s largest police organizations apologized Monday for law enforcement’s historic mistreatment of minorities, NBC News reports.

Terrence Cunningham, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, said those types of shootings have a long history in this country and have created a legacy of “multi-generational, almost inherited” mistrust of the police.  Read more at

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Matthew Apperson, the man who shot at George Zimmerman, gets 20 years in prison

October 17, 2016 - The Seminole County man convicted of shooting at George Zimmermanwas sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison.

A Seminole County jury found Matthew Apperson, 37, guilty last month of attempted second-degree murder, armed aggravated assault and shooting into a vehicle.  Read more at

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Obama plans overhaul of child support payment rules for prisoners

October 18, 2016 - The Obama administration, in its final weeks, plans to ease the legal obligations on prisoners to pay for child support while they are locked up, targeting practices that critics say can saddle ex-convicts with crippling debts.

The regulatory changes, if put in place, would give President Barack Obama something more to show for his efforts to reform the U.S. criminal justice system, a legacy issue for the Democrat whose time in office ends on Jan. 20.  Read more at

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Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur inducted to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

October 18, 2016 - Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced their 19 nominees for 2017, and the list includes the likes of Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur.

This year was Shakur’s first year of eligibility, as artists must have released their first single or album at least 25 years ago in order to be eligible. That means all the nominees had to release music no later than 1991. Shakur released 2Pacalyspse Now in 1991.  Read more at

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