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Prison Debate Team Beats Harvard Debate Team in National Competition

Three members of the Harvard University debate team competed against three inmates who were convicted of violent crimes. The inmates won the debate, proof that prison isn’t always the end of the line for some people. The inmates, who are held at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility in the Catskills, are part of the Bard Prison Initiative, which offers higher learning to inmates. The three men are serv ...

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Building a Fraud-Free Family

By Nathaniel Sillin A generation ago, most families didn't think about financial fraud. Today, it can come in many forms – over the phone, through the mail and increasingly, online. It's an equal opportunity crime that affects consumers of all ages. For the 15th straight year, the Federal Trade Commission tapped identity theft as the number one source of consumer complaints in its 2014 Consumer Sentinel Net ...

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Jax 100 Expands Brotherhood

The Jacksonville Chapter of the 100 Black Men welcomed and pinned four community committed leaders at their monthly meeting last week. The men are advocates for positive change by developing and implementing responsible solutions to issues facing African American males. The new 100 brotherhood members pinned were Tommy Bridgewater, Richard Collier, Cecil Kimbrough and Dr. Albert Chester, II. Pictured is Dr. ...

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Shamika Baker Named BSEC Managing Director

Shamika Baker, former director of the City of Jacksonville’s Small and Emerging Business Program, has been named Managing Director of FreshMinistries’ Beaver Street Enterprise Center. In her new role, she will manage tenant services, programs and community relations for Beaver Street Enterprise Center, Jacksonville’s only core- city business incubator. “It’s a great opportunity of course,” Baker said. “Beav ...

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Shamsid-Deen Wedding Nuptials

The former Miss Quiana Scott and Waleed Shamsid-Deen were joined in marriage on September 27, 2015, at the Casa Marina, Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The bride, Quiana Scott currently living in Atlanta, Georgia is the daughter of Jacqueline Rochester and Ronald Hawkins and Michael Scott and Charlene Scott. The bride wore a Vera Wang gown and was joined by five bride attendants and groomsmen. She is a graduat ...

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Deltas Empower Young Black Males and Leave Parents in Awe

Members of the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter (JAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. do many things very well. Amongst their skillset is mentoring, supporting, encouraging and empowering young people. Dubbed EMBODI, the program stands for Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence, is a youth outreach program created by the governing body of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Its pur ...

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Kingdom Anointing Deliverance Celebrates Appreciation Banquet Birthday and Ministry

An Appreciation Banquet for Apostle Barbara A. Bines of Kingdom Anointing Deliverance Ministry was held to celebrate her birthday and 20 years of ministry. Friends and well-wishers flocked to laud this woman of God’s faithful service which by her own admission was overwhelming. The banquet was held at the Raddison Hotel on Salisbury Road. Pictured is Apostle Barbara A. Bines surrounded by family and friends ...

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Will Smiths latest Film Exposes the Truth About Concussions in the NFL

By Desire Thompson The trailer for Will Smith’s new film about the discovery of the NFL’s concussion controversy has arrived merely a few weeks before the league’s fall season is set to begin. Peter King of Sports Illustrated-affiliated site Monday Morning Quarterback released the first look at Concussion Monday morning. Directed by Peter Landesman, the film will focus on Nigerian neuropathologist Dr. Benne ...

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Ex NFL Star Warrick Dunn Finds Soulmates with Single Parents Who Need a Home

By Curtis Bunn Urban News Service When a New Orleans gunman ambushed, shot and killed Baton Rouge Cpl. Betty Smothers who was escorting a grocery manager in her cruiser to make a night deposit on Jan. 7, 1993, it was not the first time the mother of former NFL star Warrick Dunn had met her killer. Ironically, six years earlier, Smothers caught her future assassin, Kevan Brumfield, shoplifting but she let hi ...

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Justice Dept. Disburses $23 Million for Police Cameras

White House efforts to foster improved policing and better ties between communities and law enforcement went a step further this week, as the Department of Justice announced its awarding of more than $23.2 million in grants for body-worn cameras. Seventy-three local and tribal agencies across 32 states will receive the grants as part of a pilot program that builds on President Obama’s plan to purchase 50,00 ...

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