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Solomon-Nowan Nuptials

As the sun rose on Monday, July 7, at 6:30 a.m., in front of family and friends, Josephus Nowan and Miriam Solomon married at Stockton Park and spoke vows of trust. Josephus and Miriam meet through a mutual friend and began chatting online and eventfully became friends and next came marriage. With a combined family of 4 children, Josephus and Miriam look forward to many years of wedding bliss. Josephus is a ...

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Remembering Freedom Summer

The Ritz Theatre and Museum presented “Remembering Freedom Summer,” a conversation with Charles E. Cobb, Jr. and Rodney L. Hurst. On the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, two long time activists and authors shared stories from the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement. The historians and storytellers reflected on this pivotal time in our nation’s history followed by a Q ...

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Rev. Al Sharpton Surprised with Icon Award at Essence Festival

Rev. Al Sharpton was honored yesterday during the Essence Festival with the Icon Award. Rev. Sharpton was surprised in front of a packed house at the Superdome in New Orleans with the award acknowledging his service as one of America’s greatest civil rights heroes. The Icon Award was presented during a touching tribute to his work by three women whose lives he has impacted by bringing their stories to natio ...

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Applications Open for the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy

High school students nationwide can now apply at to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine, the innovative, outside-the-classroom, educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.  Entering the search for its eighth class, Disney Dreamers Academy continues to hold true to its mission to inspire a ...

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Natural Hair Care Gets its Day in Court; National Legal Initiative Puts State Cosmetology Laws in the Crosshairs

Arlington, Va.—What occupation is so dangerous that it requires more than 1,000 hours of classroom instruction before a student is allowed to work? Neither EMTs nor firefighters undergo so much training—but thanks to a tangled mess of state cosmetology laws, that is what 24 states require in order to practice the craft of natural hair braiding. The Institute for Justice (IJ), a nonprofit public interest law ...

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Another Chance at Love: 10 Ways to Get Back on the Horse after Divorce

Another Chance at Love: 10 Ways to Get Back on the Horse after Divorce After experiencing a divorce, you may want to move on and find love again—but that’s easier said than done! Here, author Avalon Brandt offers advice to help you make peace with the past, reconnect with yourself, and start the process of finding love again.    Divorce is devastating. Even if the split is amicable, even if you know it’s fo ...

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