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Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship shows early successes

Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship shows early successesNEW YORK – As the Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellows program announced its third class of fellowship recipients, fellows from the first two years have quickly become game changers in their respective fields.
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Cosby Show dreams and African American financial realities

Cosby Show dreams and African American financial realitiesThe upcoming piece in Ebony magazine's November issue, "Can 'The Cosby Show' Survive? Should It?" has set black America on fire with a much-needed discussion on the impact of the Cosby show, and the recent allegations of rape against Bill Cosby. The core analysis is a critique of the man Bill Cosby is off camera, and whether it should affect the historical legacy of the show he created.
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First Lady Michelle Obama praises amazing students

First Lady Michelle Obama praises amazing students[AKRON, Ohio] - Students in Akron have a lot to look forward thanks in part to city's own NBA legend LeBron James, who recently announced plans to help students pay for their college education.

On Wednesday October 21, 2015 at the University of Akron's James A. Rhodes (JAR) Arena, LeBron James and First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama addressed this announcement to over one thousand students at a special event focused on education.
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Out of the boardroom and into the streets: Managing crises today

Out of the boardroom and into the streets: Managing crises todayReputationally speaking, there may not have been a safer place to be than the How to Wow One or 1,000 Media and Branding Seminar recently held in the Minneapolis, MN. Addressing an agenda of industry best practices, I was privileged to join a distinguished panel of crisis communication experts, including:
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Urban Perspectives interviews Governor Dayton on Minnesota growth and disparities

Urban Perspectives interviews Governor Dayton on Minnesota growth and disparitiesBMA Networks announced that its weekly local urban affairs program Urban Perspectives will feature Governor Mark Dayton discussing Minnesota's growth and stand against disparities Sunday November 1st 5:30am on WCCO channel 4. Urban Perspectives is hosted by Pete Rhodes. The 30 minute program topics include the state's economic development, jobs, education, healthcare, social justice, diversity and inclusion.
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South Carolina Cop fired following national outrage

South Carolina Cop fired following national outrageThe white South Carolina police officer who sparked national outrage once a video surfaced of him body-slamming a young girl to the floor for refusing to leave her classroom seat is now unemployed.

Ben Fields, the now former officer of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, who was serving as a school resource officer at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., was fired just two days after a video that went viral showed him abruptly yanking an African-American girl out of her chair and tossing her several feet to the ground, before he pounced on her and handcuffed the teen.
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Adams Massey takes lead at YWCA St. Paul

Adams Massey takes lead at YWCA St. PaulThe YWCA St. Paul is hosting an open house on Oct. 27 to formally introduce its new CEO, Gaye Adams Massey.

Massey took over as CEO this past July following the retirement of former CEO, Billy Collins. The open house welcoming Massey takes place from 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the YWCA St. Paul, 375 Selby Ave.
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AALF outlines plan to combat economic disparities

AALF outlines plan to combat economic disparitiesBlacks living in Minnesota are in economic crisis – a crisis so urgent one community leader likened it to South African apartheid.

"Minnesota, we have an apartheid problem," said Steve Belton, interim president of the Minneapolis Urban League. "Despite our carefully crafted and maintained image of forward thinking government, progressive corporate leadership, generous philanthropic partnerships and active civic engagement on matters of equality, fairness and quality of life, African-Americans and African immigrants in Minnesota live a separate reality where poverty is three times greater than that of white Minnesotans."
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Congressional Black Caucus sends letter to Speaker John Boehner to prioritize and address CBC legislative priorities

Congressional Black Caucus sends letter to Speaker John Boehner to prioritize and address CBC legislative prioritiesWASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield sent a letter on behalf of all 46 CBC Members to outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner to encourage him to prioritize and address time-sensitive legislative items and urge that he fully address issues affecting the African American community before the end of his leadership tenure.
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Grading the Democratic debate

Grading the Democratic debateThe first debate among Democrats seeking to succeed Barack Obama as president may have been the first time a group of national politicians bragged on television about getting a failing grade.

Speaking in the third person, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders began the show-and-tell by saying in reply to a question from moderator Anderson Cooper regarding his record on guns, "Let's begin, Anderson, by understanding that Bernie Sanders has a D-minus voting rating from the NRA."
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Curry bringing back 'Emerge' online via George Curry Media

Curry bringing back 'Emerge' online via George Curry MediaWASHINGTON, D.C. - Former Emerge magazine Editor-in-Chief George E. Curry has announced that he is reviving the award-winning publication online, possibly as early as mid-November.

Curry resigned as editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) News Service as of Oct. 2 and immediately directed his attention toward bringing back Emerge as an online publication.
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