News for Thursday, August 3, 2017

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Black Women's Equal Pay Day Provides Reflections On Gender and Racial Inequality

One of the great contradictions of America is that inequality is still rampant—despite the widespread belief that hard work can overcome any barrier. Women, for example, are still paid less than men and the wage gap for women of color in the workforce is even greater than it is for white women.

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Texas Workforce Commission Announces “Careers in Texas Industries Week”

The Texas Workforce Commission and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, in partnership with 28 local workforce development boards and Tri-Agency partners, will host statewide career exploration events for middle and high school students as part of Careers in Texas Industries Week during September 25-30, 2017.

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'Detroit' Attacks Racial Injustice Through Intense History

Intense and disturbing, "Detroit" aspires to present-day relevance by chronicling a tale of racial injustice that's a half-century old. Yet the line drawn from those harrowing events to today is partially muddled by a misplaced focus, dwelling on a night of brutal police violence but shortchanging its equally significant aftermath.

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Facebook Steps Up Fake News Fight with 'Related Articles'

Facebook is continuing its quest to crack down on fake news. The social network on Thursday began rolling out "Related Articles" that provide additional perspectives and information on stories shared on News Feeds.

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Trump's Immigration Policy Poses Risk to Job Market

President Trump is backing a legal immigration plan that could reduce the very thing the U.S. job market needs more of: Workers.

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Texting Suicide Case: Michelle Carter Faces 20 Years at Sentencing

The sentencing of Michelle Carter, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 death of her boyfriend, got underway Thursday -- with a Massachusetts judge expected to hear from Carter's family and supporters as well as relatives of her teenage victim, Conrad Roy III.

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Panama City Beach Invites Nature Lovers to “Make it Yours” And Explore Beach Sands, State Parks

– You may find it surprising that Panama City Beach is one of the top destinations for eco-tourism. With secluded stretches of sand, dense woodlands and wild wetlands, Panama City Beach is perfect for your next outdoor excursion. With ecotourism more popular than ever, Panama City Beach offers nature lovers the opportunity to “make it yours” with ecologically responsible, fun-filled outings with the potential for discovery around every turn.

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Reynolds Files HB 342 on Cyber-Security Protections for Our Elections

American elections only recently seemed impenetrable: too many different systems, different jurisdictions and different machines, online and offline, to hack. But confidence in the system's invulnerability is eroding after national security officials revealed that during the 2016 presidential race Russian hackers attempted to infiltrate election systems in 21 states, Texas being one of them.

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Annual SOURCE360 to talk social justice, music, technology and leadership

There’s going to be a hip-hop/social justice takeover in Brooklyn next week as the fourth SOURCE360 Festival and Conference takes over several venues, Brooklyn blocks and street corners. Hip-hop artists, social justice, civil action, progressive politics and rap predictions and expectations panels are all a part of the extensive four-day program.

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NAMI hosting Aug. support meetings

NAMI of Will and Grundy Counties offers support groups for families living with mental illness.

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Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival 2017

The seventh annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival welcomed more than 15,000 guests Sunday, July 23.

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Talking SCHOP! Miss Lily’s…RE-spect!

When one of your great Cali friends blows into town and asks to get lunch, you quickly assess the day’s responsibilities.

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A guide to the island of Mykonos

You can get to the island of Mykonos by air or by sea!

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Nia Long joins ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’

The United Negro College Fund’s “A Mind Is...” Summer Benefit’s two-day Hamptons, N.Y. extravaganza will take place Aug. 5 and Aug. 6.

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The Great Hill, Cornelia Street, Summerstage, Melvis live

Jazzmobile’s Summerjazz fest, Great Jazz on the Great Hill, in Central Park, Aug. 5, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., is a rainbow jazz combustion.

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RICKY WILKINS: AN UNCONQUERABLE SOUL

For Wilkins, new life mission emerges amid health challenge.

For Wilkins, new life mission emerges amid health challenge.

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Inspired teacher crafts new African American history curriculum

When Kirby High School opens Monday (August 7) for the 2017-18 school year, a new African American history curriculum inspired by the Memphis Heritage Trail will be in place to give students a better sense of their standing in the history of Memphis and the world.

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Civil Rights Museum to host dialog on race, privilege, prejudice & bias

The idea that race continues to be as pervasive an issue today as it was in the 17th century when Africans were brought to America is troubling to most, but often in different ways.

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Dominique Morisseau’s take on young Black males is quite revealing at Lincoln Center

Have you ever seen a play that delivered a powerful, poignant, profound message?

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Dominique Morisseau’s ‘Pipeline’ puts educational systems on trial

Detroit born and raised Dominique Morisseau is perhaps best known as a writer for the criminally under-recognized (I am looking at you Emmys and Golden Globes) comedy-drama “Shameless” on Showtime.

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This man started the Facebook page ‘A Message from God’ and now has 1.3 million followers

Lee Eric Smith’s messages help people through their difficult journeys.

Lee Eric Smith’s messages help people through their difficult journeys.

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Black Women’s Equal Pay Day highlights gender and racial wage gaps

Black Women’s Equal Pay Day was July 31, marking how long into 2017 an African-American woman would have to work to be paid the same wages as her white male counterpart.

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PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Rocks in the road challenge Melrose’s return to glory.

Rocks in the road challenge Melrose’s return to glory.

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ALL OVER TOWN

Eddie Griffin on the mic at Chuckles.

Eddie Griffin on the mic at Chuckles.

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Jackie Alexander new artistic director of National Black Theatre Festival

The National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., is happening right now. It started July 31 and will run through August 5.

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‘Atomic Blonde’—nothing you haven’t seen before

A British undercover agent is murdered in East Berlin.

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MSU partners with Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg Philanthropies and others to expand small business initiative in Baltimore

Program commits $10-million investment to help create jobs and spur economic growth

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Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market holds free jazz fest Aug. 5

Saturday, Aug. 5, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem market, located on West 116th Street between Fifth avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard, will host its third annual Louis Armstrong Jazz Fest.

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Celebrating the life of Shayk Ahmadou Bamba

Shayk Ahmadou Bamba was born in Senegal, and he served as a Sufi Master in the religion of Islam, living from 1853 to 1927 under French colonial rule.

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Jimmy Cliff discusses new single, ‘Life’

Jamaican musician and reggae legend Jimmy Cliff continues his long and influential career, which began in Kingston, Jamaica in 1962, with a single that was released earlier this spring titled “Life.”

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Sigmas and Zetas come together for cookout in Brooklyn

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. hosted their annual Blue and White Picnic in Prospect Park.

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Brownsville Oldtimers Weekend celebration draws thousands to annual neighborhood block party

Elders and people from all ages attended the Brownsville Old Timers Weekend Block Party. The event celebrates the neighborhood's most valued members.

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Dr. S. Allen Counter, ‘the most interesting man in the world’

There is no need to wait for years to go by to enshrine Dr. S. Allen Counter, who died July 12 at his home in Cambridge, Mass. Dr. Counter was 73 and his daughter, Philippa Counter, said the cause of death was cancer

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Community Calendar August 3 - August 9th

With the release of the motion picture “Detroit” and the AmNews’ Herb Boyd’s opus “Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self Determination” all eyes are on the Motor City.

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UFT follows AQE’s lead, sends letter opposing SUNY charter regulations

The United Federations of Teachers took the State University of New York’s board of trustees to task for its proposal to lower teacher qualifications for SUNY-authorized charter schools.

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RWDSU praises Sheila Oliver as candidate for NJ lieutenant governor

Two presidents of locals RWDSU chapters in New Jersey heaped praised on gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy’s new running mate.

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National Night Out with the community and NYPD from Harlem’s 28th Precinct

Thousands of people across New York City attended National Night Out events on Tuesday. The event brings together police and community members in an effort to combat violence.

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Phil Murphy picks Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver in governor’s race

Democratic New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy announced his selection of State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver as his running mate in the race to serve as his lieutenant governor.

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Alliance of Families for Justice plan march to Albany

As the Alliance of Families for Justice approaches the upcoming date for the March for Justice on Aug. 26, three family members from the AFJ spoke with the Amsterdam News about their future participation and commitment for the March for Justice.

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Kiss the Mooch goodbye

Anthony Scaramucci, the latest victim in the Trump administration, might be said to have tripped over the same tongue that for 10 days as communications director had given him a national platform.

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Kenyan elections jarred by torture murder of election official

The body of senior Kenyan election official Christopher Chege Msando was discovered this week on the outskirts of Nairobi, showing signs of torture, according to police.

French court sides with migrants, ordering restart of humanitarian aid

Efforts by French officials to block humanitarian aid for African and other migrants seeking sanctuary at the port of Calais were forcefully rebuffed this week by France’s highest administrative court.

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National Convention of Gospel Choirs & Choruses Celebrate 84 Years

The NCGCC is celebrating its 84th Anniversary in my hometown, Baltimore between August 5 and 11, 2017 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

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Caring for your hair

At a recent Afro/Latin festival in Brooklyn, N.Y., we met up with vendor Keisha Charmaine Felix, author of “More Than a Hair Journey: The Black Woman’s Guide to Self-Love & Loc Maintenance.”

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Miami Swim Week’s beauty looks

This season, Miami Swim Week’s beauty looks were all about natural and fresh looking beauty.

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Bowles sets an upbeat tone kicking off the new Jets season

The New York Jets training camp hasn’t been open a full week yet.

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As QBs continue to be glorified, Odell Beckham Jr. seeks fair pay

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will enter this season on the fourth year of his rookie contract that will pay him $1.8 million.

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Seize the time!

The co-founder and chairman of the Black Panther Party, Bobby Seale, wrote a book in the ’60s titled “Seize the Time!” That saying is most appropriate for the time that we are living in now.

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Each One Teach One Summer League Basketball approaches the finals

Depending on the time that you attend during the weekend, you’ll find New York City basketball legend Bob McCollough at Each One Teach Summer League Basketball games on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Eighth Avenue and West 155th Street.

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McCain’s valiant stand

With a last-ditch gimmick to get a “quick win” on repealing and replacing Obamacare before the summer recess in the balance, Sen. John McCain stood before his Senate colleagues last week to deliver a classic speech on bipartisanship and parliamentary procedure.

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Liberty gain momentum

Past the halfway point in the 2017 WNBA season, the New York Liberty is clearly on track to make the playoffs.

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The president has no business telling police to ‘rough up’ suspects

In my 14 years of law enforcement service, I would be lying if I said I never wanted to hit a suspect’s head on the side of the car.

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Justin Gatlin tries to catch Usain Bolt one last time

The IAAF World Championships begin tomorrow in London. It will mark the end of Jamaica’s Usain Bolt’s remarkable career as the greatest male sprinter of all time.

I won’t let New Yorkers get taken for a ride

The residents of Harlem have every right to be furious about the state of the subways.

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Local track talent readies for the World Championships

The top track and field athletes from around the world are getting their final practices in before the IAAF World Championships kick off in London tomorrow.

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Moshood celebrates Afrikan spirit and fashion

With his effervescent “Wear Moshood, Wear Yourself” essence, Lagos-to-Brooklyn fashion icon Moshood hosted his annual MOSHOOD/Afrikan spirit fashion show outside his flagship landmark store on Fulton Street in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

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Colin Kaepernick feels the force of conservative NFL fan base

It is the second week of training camps across the NFL landscape and Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned.

The Cosmopolitan Review August 3 - August 9

It’s August, one of the dreamiest months of the year.

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Lack of integrity, professionalism and structure allows dysfunction

Referees, umpires and game officials have made enough bad calls over the years to make it difficult to ever really come to their defense.

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Another Chance event being held in the Bronx

Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark is hosting the second annual summons warrant forgiveness program in the Bronx, inviting residents from all five boroughs to clear their records and move on with their lives.

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Changes made to J'Ouvert celebration

Reports indicate that officials are making changes to the annual J’Ouvert celebration that takes place during the early morning hours of the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn.

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Elected officials to ride subways for 24 hours

Ahead of the City Council hearing Aug. 8, elected officials plan to ride the rails to hear directly from subway commuters.

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Reaching Black men in barbershops could lead to early cancer detection

Aging Black men are at much greater risk of dying prematurely of colorectal cancer than any other group in the United States, and they are less likely than their white counterparts to be diagnosed at an early stage of the disease.

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The ‘Whole Foods Effect’ comes to Harlem

The new Whole Foods in Harlem has seen loads of customers since its opening July 21.

Cookware beware

When I was growing up, every home had a black frying pan.

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Eight ways to get a green card in Trump’s America—Part 4

This week we continue our series on getting permanent residency or a green card in Trump’s America with Option 4: Green card through refugee or asylee status.

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Oil, gas could spark significant change for larger CARICOM states

Last week, U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil announced yet another major oil field find off Guyana, saying that it continues to be confounded and encouraged by the large amount of high-quality crude it has discovered in the past two years.

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Damon Young running the Whole Foods ship

As buzz about Whole Foods Market’s Harlem location continues, the man who’s keeping the store running is getting the opportunity to reconnect with the community he says helped direct him to the path he’s on.

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D’Angelo to reissue ‘Brown Sugar’

Soul phenomenon D’Angelo found himself honored as an esteemed R&B musician with four Grammy nominations after the debut of his breakout album, “Brown Sugar” in 1995.

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Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #27

If it were not for President Trump’s comment instructing the police not to be “too nice” when taking suspects into custody, the hot item this week would be Trump helping his son draft a misleading statement about his involvement with the Russians.

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Comfort station providing little comfort for Harlem residents

New York City’s Parks Department is renovating parts of city parks, but for some, it’s taking too long.

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Suspects nabbed after sex trafficking and sexual assaults in Brooklyn

Community leaders and antiviolence organizations are taking action after a string of sexual assault attacks and a sex-trafficking operation of young women has left two Brooklyn neighborhoods on high alert.

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Police Kill Again: NYPD shoot mentally ill man in Brooklyn

In yet another police shooting of a Black man at the hands of the NYPD, protocols on how the department deals with alleged suspects’ mental health issues are once again at the forefront.

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Bats program swoops into Shorewood Preserve

“Bats! Bats! Bats!” will be held in the grove adjacent to the Shorewood Shelter, which has been closed for rentals since a colony of bats decided to move into the structure.

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Activists press Gov. Baker on cooperation with U.S. Immigration

Immigrant activists clashed with prominent Republicans last week after state lawmakers and Gov. Charlie Baker announced a proposal that would allow local law enforcement to detain immigrants on behalf of federal immigration authorities.

Trump’s ‘massive’ middle-class tax cut is pure bunkum

The billions doled out in corporate welfare annually dwarf the amount the federal government distributes to the states for welfare, food stamps, child nutrition initiatives and other support programs for the poor and needy. However, these are the ones that are in Trump’s bullseye to be cut or eliminated.

Hate-fueled violence: Documenting Hate’s catalogue of incidents captures the seeming ordinariness of many of them

The specter of hate incidents and crimes — some of them fueled by the nastiness of the 2016 presidential campaign — felt white hot months ago. The issue remained high-profile as several horrific murders — a South Asian immigrant slain in Kansas City, a homeless black man butchered near Times Square in New York — generated outrage and national news coverage.

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O.J.’s nine-year sentence a product of racially-influenced judicial system

It is hard to believe that an appropriate sentence for such an offense is nine to 33 years. The heart of the case is an awkward and impolitic attempt to reclaim one’s own property, which is up for sale and very well might never otherwise be recovered. Undoubtedly the scion of a well-to-do white family would not be subjected to such a harsh penalty.

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Film review: ‘Step’ offers hope and inspiration

There’s drama, action, comedy, conflict and suspense. It has all the elements of a great movie but here’s the thing: It’s not just a movie. It’s a true story based on a year in the lives of real people that will leave you wanting more.

Take the ‘A’ train to Dudley

Dorchester jazz festival back for second year

This Saturday, August 5, jazz vocalist Patrice Williamson and pianist George W. Russell Jr. will hit the stage with other local talent for the second annual Dudley Jazz Festival. Held at Mary Hannon Park in Dorchester from 12-6 p.m., the festival provides a free, accessible platform for locals to enjoy music inspired by and created in their neighborhood.

Practical Politics

The politics of the new-old War on Drugs

America’s War on Drugs (WOD) (aka War on Black People) has been an ongoing messy affair for nearly 50 years. It has not stopped drug trafficking, it has not stopped drug addiction, and it has not made the USA safer. In fact, most analysts agree that, instead, the WOD has at best only propelled the incarceration of massive numbers of Americans (especially Black Americans), driven millions of families further into permanent poverty, and perpetuated the cycle of drug abuse in the country. The WOD has not been able to “arrest and incarcerate addiction out of the American people.”

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Thug Messiah: The myth and legend of Tupac Shakur

Andy Warhol’s prediction that everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame is proven true. The explosion of the internet and social media has produced scores of celebrated nobodies, people who’ve achieved notoriety for the simple fact that they are well known. As with everything, celebrity has its own hierarchy, but true celebrity arguably has staying power. For the droves of “celebutantes” (a portmanteau of the words “celebrity” and “débutante”) like Paris Hilton or Nicole Ritchie (who are “famous for being famous”), there are the select few whose renown transcends time and the longevity of tabloid and scandal sheets. Those whose eminence (or infamy) extends past even the physical plane include Elvis (Presley), Prince, (Princess) Diana, Che (Guevara), Bob Marley, and Michael Jackson.

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Coyote sightings increase locally

Coyote sightings continue to rise around the southland, with some of these incidents culminating in deadly results. Shortly after dawn on July 30, Baldwin Hills Estates resident Greta Seshta was awakened by the frightening screeches of one of her cats. Her little felines rarely stray far from the house—just the typical exploring the innate desire to hunt—but this time something was different. Her daughter looked outside toward the commotion and saw a a pair of coyotes running off with one of her cats.

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Rep. Bass hosts South Los Angeles Faith Leaders’ Breakfast

Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37) recently hosted the sixth annual South Los Angeles Faith Leaders’ Breakfast for a frank conversation about the Trump administration’s agenda and the effects that its policies may have on the South Los Angeles institutions, community, and families.

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Russell Simmons at USC

This week at USC, Russell Simmons kicked off his “Peace Initiative” by gathering youth from South Los Angeles to participate in a group meditation session and to abide by a formal pledge for peace.

Counting The Cost

Black women strive daily to fight unequal treatment

Lots of women’s organizations commemorate Equal Pay Day, which this year was April 5. It meant that women, in general, would have had to work all of 2016, and until April 5, 2017, to earn the same amount of money that a man earned in 2016. Few will recognize July 31, 2017, which is the day by which African American women will have to work to earn the same money a man earned last year—seven extra months! A Latina woman will work until October, or nearly 10 extra months, to earn the same money a man earned.

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Lawmakers seek methods in confronting racial profiling

In an effort to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the Black community, state lawmakers in Oregon recently passed a bill to combat racial profiling by police. The Statesman Journal reported that the “bill requires law enforcement agencies to collect and submit data on the age, race, ethnicity and sex of a person contacted during a traffic or pedestrian stop.”

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Forum owners sue Inglewood

The operators of the Forum have filed suit against the city of Inglewood to obtain records leading up to the June 15 announcement of the exclusive negotiating agreement between the city and the Clippers to build an arena in the community.

NAACP applauds failure of ‘Obamacare’ repeal, urges healthcare protection

Group says system is “still at risk”

Just out of its 108th annual convention in Baltimore, the NAACP hailed what it described as a “victory” after the U. S. Senate failed to pass a “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) July 27. The organization then urged protection of health care “by any means necessary.”

Oversight board rejects LASD drone

A majority of Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight commissioners say they want Sheriff Jim McDonnell to stop flying a drone used in law enforcement operations.

Family sues Sheriff’s Department over shooting death of aspiring actor

The mother of an unarmed mentally ill Black man shot to death by deputies outside a local gym has filed suit against Los Angeles County and the Sheriff’s Department, alleging officers lacked proper training and fired on the victim because of his skin color.

Across Black America Week of Aug. 3, 2017

Alabama Greene County celebrated its annual Freedom Day Festival on July 29, with Black leaders looking two years down the road when they’ll have something really special to salute, reports the Montgomery Advertiser. That’s when they mark the 50th anniversary of Black political control in a county where the White minority had always ruled. Greene is Alabama’s smallest county with 8,422 residents. Racially, Blacks represent 80.6 percent of the population.

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Minority students can pursue college degree in a high school

The Los Angeles Unified School District, Local District South and the Los Angeles Community College District have reached a groundbreaking agreement enabling Mervyn M. Dymally High School students to complete a college degree through Los Angeles Trade Technical College while still in high school.

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Hollywood by Choice

Ava DuVernay - “A Wrinkle in Time”

Hollywood is all abuzz about Disney’s latest trailer that was recently released online featuring writer/producer/director Ava DuVernay’s most anticipated film project to date, “A Wrinkle in Time.” The 1963 classic children’s fantasy written by Madeleine L’Engle follows a little girl’s search across dimensions of time and space to rescue her scientist father.

Report finds little change made in Hollywood diversity standards

White, straight, able-bodied men have remained the norm in motion picture casting in the past decade, according to a USC film study released this week. “Inequality in 900 Popular Films,” prepared by Professor Stacy L. Smith and the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, found that top movies have changed little “when it comes to the on-screen prevalence and portrayal of females, under-represented racial/ethnic groups, the LGBT community and individuals with disabilities.”

Kanye West sues insurance firm

Kanye West filed suit a this week in Los Angeles against Lloyd’s for $10 million, alleging the insurer refuses to pay out claims stemming from the cancellation of the rapper’s tour last winter due to apparent emotional issues.

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Register to vote before heading to college

There are so many different things college students need to do before they head off to college. Don’t forget to put registering to vote on that list. Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots wants to remind new and returning college students to register to vote or update their voter registration information. “This way, students will not have to worry if they are registered to vote before the March 20, 2018 General Primary,” Voots stated.

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New safety wristbands for forest preserve visitors

Thetimesweekly.com The Forest Preserve District of Will County has launched a wristband campaign to help people remember the telephone number they should call if they need police assistance in a preserve or on a trail. The colorful wristbands come in two sizes – small and large – and they are imprinted with the telephone number for the Will County Sheriff's Police dispatch center. The center provides dispatching services for the Forest Preserve District's Police Department. If you are faced with an emergency where seconds count, call 911. But if there is a non-emergency that requires police assistance or you see something suspicious, call the dispatch number, 815-727-6191.

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Settlers’ park concert series

Plainfield -- The 2017 Settlers’ Park Concert Series, presented by Greg and Dorothy Chapman, concludes Thursday, August 3, at 7 p.m. Enjoy an evening of music in the park with The Neverly Brothers, sponsored by Aerotek Design Labs, LLC. The Neverly Brothers perform a rock ‘n’ roll tribute that will take you on a guided tour of rock history from Elvis to the Beatles. The concert will be held in Settlers’ Park at the Richard A. Rock Amphitheater. Settlers’ Park is located in Downtown Plainfield, southeast of the intersection of Lockport Street and Van Dyke Road and just south of the Village Hall. Parking is available in the Village Hall Parking Lot, on Village Center Drive, and on Van Dyke Road. Terraced seating is available. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and bug spray. Concessions, including popcorn and snacks, are available for sale and the proceeds benefit the concerts in the park.

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Gov. issues amendatory veto to school funding bill

Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto to Senate Bill 1, the school funding bill. The matter now heads to the Illinois General Assembly, where the governor has requested that lawmakers uphold his changes. “It doesn’t matter where you come from or who your family is. With a great education, you can go anywhere in life and be whomever you want to be. You can grow up, get a good job and provide for your family. That’s why the changes I have made to the education funding bill are so important,” Gov. Rauner said. “With my changes, our state ensures that enough resources flow to children in the poorest and most disadvantaged school districts across the entire state. And my changes ensure that the education funding system in our state is fair and equitable to all students in Illinois.”

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Wine of the Week – Ferarri Rose Trento DOC-$28

Summer vacation time is here and if, for some reason, you've had to opt for a staycation instead of jetting off to an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean or booking a week at that timeshare you've owned for years, but never had time to visit, why not treat yourself to a liquid vacation retreat. Ferrari Rose Trento DOC NV-$28.

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Wayne's Words: Anniversary of Medicare

By Wayne Horne – whorne@thetimesweekly.com Healthcare is a major topic in Washington and around the country. This week marks the 51st anniversary of Medicare. Approximately 19 million people ages 65 and over became eligible to enroll in Medicare in 1966. It provides hospital and medical insurance for those eligible Americans age 65 or older. The program is entirely funded through the federal government and partially paid for by payroll taxes. Ironically, rates for individual health insurance for people under age 65 and purchased through the government marketplace website are projected to increase by as much as 43 percent for 2018. Most people who receive coverage through marketplace insurance products are also receiving a government subsidy that reduces the premiums and out-of-pocket costs to “affordable” levels. At the present time those subsidies are available but there is no guarantee they will continue beyond 2018.

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Waste Management recycling cost decreases

The City of Joliet has approved a new 10-year contract with Waste Management for household garbage pick-up that will add new services while also lowering the cost the city pays per household. Under the terms of the new contract, the city will pay $21.70 for waste pick up starting in January 2018. The contract includes annual increases which will top out at $27.10 per month when the contract ends in 2027. The city currently pays $24.64 for waste pick up service per household. Though that won’t translate to a lower bill, residents will receive new service enhancements under the new contract including expanded service hours, a change to a weekly recycling pick up schedule and the introduction of At Your Door electronic and household hazardous waste pick up. Residents will also continue to receive yard waste pick up and be able to throw out their Christmas trees (for composting), white goods and tires as they can do under the current contract.