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Stand Your Ground Self-Defense Laws Result In More Justifiable Homicides: Report

September 17, 2013 - Killings deemed justifiable rose sharply in states where Stand Your Ground self-defense laws allow individuals who claim to be in fear of their lives to use lethal force rather than retreat, according to a new study by a coalition of groups who favor greater gun control.

The overall justifiable homicide rate jumped 53 percent in 22 states that adopted Stand Your Ground lawsbetween 2005 and 2007, according to the study sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the National Urban League and Vote Vets.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Tyler Perry’s ‘For Better Or Worse’ stars discuss Bobbi Kristina reprising her role

September 18, 2013 - Tyler Perry’s popular sitcom For Better Or Worse makes its debut tonight on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

The series arrives on the heels of a very successful year at OWN for Perry, after shattering ratings records for the network with The Have and the Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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In wake of ‘The Butler’ success, African-American ex-White House staffers reflect

September 18, 2013 - As the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham approached and thousands celebrated the recent March on Washington commemoration, former White House Butler George Hannie relived his journey from 1940s segregated Alabama to the regal second floor residence of the President of the United States.

Born and raised in Northport, Ala., a city in Tuscaloosa County, Hannie grew up in the Jim Crow South. He remembered the police kicking him off street corners, and threatening him and other black residents with sticks.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Rand Paul is actually right — when it comes to the War on Drugs

September 19, 2013 - It’s doesn’t happen often, but Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is right.

The war on drugs is a modern-day version of racist Jim Crow laws this country hasn’t seen in decades.

Mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenses have sent more black people to prison, than were enslaved in America’s checkered past, and the first step to eradicate this structural inequality that plagues black and brown communities is to end mandatory minimum sentencing.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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St. Petersburg mayoral hopeful Rick Kriseman collects $52,000, 75% from Pinellas

September 18, 2013 - Mayoral hopeful Rick Kriseman quieted critics Wednesday when he announced he has raised $52,000 since the Aug. 27 primary, about 75 percent of which came from Pinellas County.

Many wondered whether Kriseman would be able to raise that kind of money locally without being on a citywide ballot for six years. The former lawmaker and City Council member also collected $7,000 in in-kind donations from the Florida Democratic Party, which paid for polling and a campaign staff salary.  Read  more at tampabay.com.

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Queen Latifah’s Talk Show Scores Highest Daytime TV Premiere Of The Year

September 17, 2013 - Queen Latifah’s return to daytime TV kicked off with a bang on Monday!

According to reports, the premiere episode of “The Queen Latifah Show” delivered the biggest debut of the season with a 1.7 rating among households.  Read more at hellobeautiful.com.

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White House Issues Veto Threat On House Stopgap Bill Defunding Obamacare

September 19, 2013 - The White House promised a veto of a Republican effort to gut President Barack Obama's health care law as part of a temporary funding bill in the House to prevent a partial government shutdown on Oct. 1.

The official policy statement issued Thursday said the GOP attempt to block "Obamacare" "advances a narrow ideological agenda that threatens our economy and the interests of the middle class" and would deny "millions of hard-working, middle-class families the security of affordable health coverage."  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Overseas adoptions rise for black American children

September 17, 2013 - Elisa van Meurs grew up with a Polish au pair, speaks fluent Dutch and English and loves horseback riding -- her favorite horse is called Kiki but she also rides Pippi Longstocking, James Bond, and Robin Hood.

She plays tennis and ice hockey, and in the summer likes visiting her grandmother in the Swiss Alps.  Read more at cnn.com.

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Janaye Ingram: Former Beauty Queen Named NAN’s New Executive Director

September 17, 2013 - New Jersey-native Janaye Ingram (pictured) has been named the National Action Network‘s (NAN) acting executive director, replacing Tamika Mallory.

 

In an interview with the Daily News, the Rev Al. Sharpton said the Network feels Ingram is best suited to replace Mallory. “She has shown the perfect balance,” Sharpton said. “You need someone that knows how to organize rallies and also knows how to talk to congressmen. We need an executive director that can turn demonstration into legislation.”  Read more at newsone.com.

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Police Release 911 Tape in Fatal Police Shooting

September 17, 2013 - A sobbing woman pleads for police to “please hurry” because a man was breaking into her front door during a 911 call recorded moments before a responding officer shot and killed an unarmed man outside.

The unidentified woman kept repeating “Oh, my god! Oh, my god!” throughout the call, which was released Tuesday. She also told the 911 operator that she had a baby in a crib and didn’t know what to do. Later, she said the man knocked on her door and “he’s in my front yard yelling.”  Read more at newsone.com.

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University Of Alabama Orders Changes To Greek System To Combat Sorority Discrimination

September 17, 2013 - The University of Alabama is ordering changes in its sorority system amid charges of discrimination in the Greek-letter organizations, which the president acknowledged Tuesday are segregated by race.

President Judy Bonner mandated that sororities belonging to a campus association composed of white sororities begin using a recruitment process in which new members can be added at any time, and she expanded the maximum allowable size of the groups to 360 people to increase the chances for prospective members.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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When It Comes To Illegal Drug Use, White America Does The Crime, Black America Gets The Time

September 17, 2013 - White Americans are more likely than black Americans to have used most kinds of illegal drugs, including cocaine, marijuana and LSD. Yet blacks are far more likely to go to prison for drug offenses.

This discrepancy forms the backdrop of a new legislative proposal in California, which aims to reduce the disproportionate incarceration of black people in the state. Supporters of the bill, SB 649, point to some striking national data.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Grace Jones Memoir Planned For Next Fall

September 18, 2013 - Grace Jones, who once vowed she'd never write a memoir, has changed her mind.

The model, actress, singer and Studio 54 legend has an agreement with Gallery Books for a book scheduled to come out next fall. Gallery, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced Wednesday that the book is currently untitled.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Conservatives link president to DC shooter: ‘If Obama had a son he’d look like Aaron Alexis’

September 18, 2013 - Since the tragic shooting spree in the Naval Yard in Washington, D.C., a meme has been circulating around conservative social media, Twitter in particular, of users comparing President Barack Obama’s statements after the death of Trayvon Martin to the events that occurred Monday.

Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in early 2012 by George Zimmerman, in what the shooter claimed was an act of self defense. Martin was unarmed. Zimmerman was charged with manslaughter and second degree murder, but a jury acquitted him of all charges.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Blacks’ income remains the lowest of any group

September 18, 2013 - The U.S. Census just released the latest numbers on poverty in America. And it is not a pretty picture for the nation, especially for African-Americans and other historically marginalized groups.

According to the latest stats, 46.5 million people are in poverty in the wealthiest nation on Earth. That’s 15 percent of the population, or more than 1 in 7.  Childhood poverty stands at a whopping 21.8 percent.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Navy Yard gunman’s mother says she is heartbroken and sorry for families

September 18, 2013 - The mother of Aaron Alexis, the Washington Navy Yard shooter, said Wednesday that she was heartbroken and sorry for the families of the victims, and that she was glad he is “in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone.”

In a brief statement to a reporter in New York, the mother, Cathleen Alexis, said that her son “has murdered 12 people and wounded several others.”  Read more at thegrio.com.

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NeNe Leakes: ‘I am black-white, I know how to be black and can be very white’

September 17, 2013 - Whoever said being a reality TV star can only buy you five minutes of fame was mistaken. Five years after first appearing as the most sassy and outspoken cast member of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, NeNe Leakes is proving all her naysayers wrong.

Leakes has been able to parlay her notoriety as a reality star into a serious acting career, earning herself a gig on two scripted TV comedies, a spot as a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice, and now her own reality show spinoff, I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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New retailers opening on 22nd Street S in St. Petersburg

September 17, 2013 - When Carolyn Brayboy signed on to her husband's plan to buy three buildings on Midtown's 22nd Street S, she knew it was a big undertaking to renovate the long-empty properties and find the right entrepreneurs to occupy them. Now she has even more work cut out for her since she and her husband, Elihu Brayboy, have decided they themselves will be the entrepreneurs they were searching for.

The two 2,000-square-foot buildings have multiple shop spaces within them. The couple plan to open an ice cream parlor and a men's consignment shop in October in the purple one at 909 22nd St. S and a restaurant called Chief's Cajun Cuisine in the salmon one at 903 22nd St. S in December.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Former Mayor Rick Baker silent on St. Petersburg mayor's race

September 17, 2013 - As Mayor Bill Foster and challenger Rick Kriseman race to collect endorsements, one political heavyweight has remained silent. And that silence is sparking speculation.

In the final days of Foster's 2009 bid for mayor, no elected official stumped harder for the former council member than then-Mayor Rick Baker.

The men were inseparable as they crisscrossed the city. Not now.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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First Indian Miss America Receives Support After Racist Backlash

September 18, 2013 - Nina Davuluri may have won the title of Miss America, but she didn’t immediately win the hearts of America. The critical powerhouse known as Twitter almost erupted in racist tweets Sunday after the 24-year-old made history as the first Indian-American to win the beauty competition.

“If you’re #Miss America you should have to be American,” one woman tweeted.  Read more at hellobeautiful.com.

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