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Marissa Alexander Agrees to Plea Deal

Florida mother will serve 65 more days in jail and will also be subject to two years of house arrest. by Patrick Peck The controversial criminal case against Marissa Alexander, the Black woman in Florida who was facing a possible 60-year prison sentence for shooting at her estranged husband, concluded with a plea deal on Monday, the Florida Times Union reports. Alexander plead guilty to all three counts of ...

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Former DC Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78

Ben Nuckols, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP)— Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council. Instead, Barry will be remembered for a single night in a downtown Washingto ...

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‘Friends’ Desert Bill Cosby When He Needs Them Most

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist “Hey, hey, hey (in my best Fat Albert’s voice), please listen to what I have to say. My friend Bill Cosby is in trouble today.” Even Fat Albert knows Bill Cosby is getting a raw deal. As a public relations/crisis management professional. I have worked with some of the biggest names in sports, entertainment, and business. So, let’s deconstruct this media frenzy engulfing the ...

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Grand Jury Declines to Indict Ferguson Killer Cop

Diversityinc.com A St. Louis County grand jury has declined to indict Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown. Prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch spent several minutes explaining inconsistencies in the testimony of some witnesses and blaming the “24-hour news cycle” and social media before announcing the no bill returned by the grand jury. Prot ...

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Feds to Create Wrongful Convictions Unit

By Jazelle Hunt U.S. Attorneys across the nation are professional prosecutors, making sure criminals are locked up for their crimes. Beginning this fall, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia will take on a new and very different role as it turns its attention to those convicted of crimes they did not commit. It will be the first time any of the nation’s 93 presidentially-appointed federal ...

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Gamma Omicron Sigma Alumnae Chapter Celebrates 92nd Anniversary

To celebrate the 92nd Anniversary of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. the Gamma Omicron Sigma Alumnae Chapter held a Rededication Ceremony on the campus of Edward Waters College. The following Friday, November 14th, the chapter made a donation of school supplies to a local charter school in celebration of National Education Week. The celebration continued on Saturday November 15th when they joined the men ...

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Fly Jock Swoops in Town to the Delight of Local Fans

The Tom Joyner Morning Show visited Jacksonville last weekend for a happy hour meet and greet reception at the Ritz Theater. The next morning, Tom and his crew including J. Anthony Brown and Sybil produced the high rated morning show from Cox Radio 106.5 studios. They also held a Free Food Truck Friday for the first 100 people at Hemming Plaza. Over 100 guests attended the social affair to welcome the TJMS ...

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Hollywood Comes Home for Intensive Acting Class

Top acting Coach Scott Whitehurst and The Haves and The Have Nots' Angela Robinson along with Darryl Reuben Hall hosted a weekend-long acting intensive at Stage Aurora Theatrical Company this past weekend, November 14-16. The ten participants were paired together in teams of two to study scene work. Robinson, a Jacksonville native, joined Scott in founding the WhiteRobin Group to guide and develop budding a ...

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Al Austin Honored as a Community Legend

On Saturday, November 15, 2014, the AnnieRuth Foundation hosted  Honoring a Community Legend. The 2014 recipient was Alfred "Al" Austin.  Honoring a Community Legend is the forum used by the AnnieRuth Foundation to acknowledge unsung heroes and heroines. Those individuals who have made significant contributions in the city of Jacksonville because it was what they were predestined to do; rather than doing it ...

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ASALH Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by Honoring Local Trailblazers

The James Weldon Johnson Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History recently held its’ annual luncheon  celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Movement. The theme of the luncheon was “Civil Rights, Then and Now”! The keynote speaker was Mr. Opio Sokoni, President of the local Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizatio ...

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