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More Cookie, Less Terrence Howard on Empire Season Two

According to Page Six, the actor's role in the upcoming second season of hit series will be scaled back because of his recent divorce proceedings, which illuminated his alleged history of domestic abuse. The season one finale of Empire saw Howard's character arrested for murder, a plotline designed specifically for this reason, the insider says. “What they are doing is two-fold,” said the source. “They have ...

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MSNBC Moves Al Sharpton To Sunday Mornings

Reverend Al Sharpton, who has hosted an early-evening program onMSNBC for four years, is moving to a once-a-week perch at the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news network as it seeks to focus more intently on breaking-news coverage and less on partisan viewpoint and opinion. The last edition of Sharpton’s weekday program, “PoliticsNation,” will air Friday, September 4, according to a memo sent Wednesday evening to ...

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Legendary Dunker Darryl Dawkins Dies

  Darryl Dawkins was once summoned in the Philadelphia 76ers' locker room to meet a celebrity who wanted to meet the man known for dunking with backboard-breaking force. The guest was Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder. The entertainer is blind, yet even he could tell there was something unique about Dawkins' game. "A guy who never saw me," a beaming Dawkins said in a 2011 interview, "gave me the name ' ...

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Events Mark Emmett Till Slaying 60 Years Later

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sixty years after a black Chicago teenager was killed for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, relatives and civil rights activists are holding church services and movie screenings to remember Emmett Till. They’re also trying to continue the legacy of his late mother, Mamie Till Mobley, who worked with young people and encouraged them to cha ...

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Oliver Named City Public Affairs Director

Mayor Lenny Curry recently appointed Marsha Oliver as Director of Public Affairs. Oliver currently serves as Chief of Public Relations and Marketing for the Duval County Public Schools. A Jacksonville native, Oliver graduated from Ribault High School and earned a BA in Public Relations from Florida A&M University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She has spent more than 20 years helping to adva ...

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MONEY MATTERS: Coming to Terms with Long-term-care Needs

It’s estimated that 70 percent of people aged 65 and older will need long-term-care services at some point, either in a facility or at home. Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, strokes, and advanced osteoporosis are just a few of the age-related health problems that can require a lengthy stay in a high-cost facility. The costs for long-term care are rising, and rates vary greatly by state and the type and level ...

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‘Inside Ferguson’ Book Goes Inside the Tragedy

If timing is everything, public relations professional and native Memphian Devin James’s recently released memoir “Inside Ferguson: A Voice For The Voiceless” may be the must read book of the season, and potentially a primer of our times. The book was Aug. 14th thru Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other Internet outlets. A compelling promo video is available on YouTube at: ...

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Black Lives Matter Must Run Its Own Presidential Candidate in 2016

Lincoln Anthony Blades, theGrio When I first heard that #BlackLivesMatter activists decided to upstage 2016 presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and Gov. Martin O’Malley at the Netroots Nation convention, I was intrigued. It was a ballsy and apropos move to convey the abject urgency of the movement’s central focus: ending the ongoing executions of black men, women and children at the hands of law enf ...

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Black Students Nationally Disproportionately Disciplined

Black boys and girls are suspended and expelled from schools at extremely high rates By Frederick H. Lowe African-American boys comprise 47% of suspensions and 44% of expulsions from kindergarten through 12th grade in public schools in 13 Southern states.  These removals from school result in many of them being referred to the police, unlike white students who are disciplined by school officials, according ...

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Valor and Virtue Academies Open School Year Ready to Lead by Example

Valor Academy, the first all male college prep school in Jacksonville, enrolled 140 young men in their Northwest location in its inaugural year in 2014. The young scholars scored multiple speech and debate victories on local, state and national level and more than 70% of students achieved academic growth in reading and math. Doors opened this week with students outfitted in their uniforms and trademark blaz ...

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