Daily Archive: August 13, 2013

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National

This Week In Black History 8-14-13

For the Week of August 14-20 August 14 1862—President Abraham Lincoln (for the first time) meets with a group of prominent Blacks to discuss the Civil War and public policy. But before the meeting was over, he would anger those gathered. Although an outspoken opponent of the expansion of slavery, Lincoln suggested that it would be best for America and Blacks if African-Americans were to emigrate to Africa or Central America. Nevertheless, a little over a month later on Sept. 22 he would issue the Emancipation Proclamation technically freeing all slaves in the rebellious Southern states.

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Entertainment

Arts & Culture calendar 8-14-13

Thursday 15Elizabeth CatlettThe August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents The Art of Elizabeth Catlett Exhibition from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. The exhibit displays approximately 40 sculptures, serigraphs, linocuts, woodcuts and painting from Samella Lewis’ collection of works from this renowned African American artist. It is also includes works from Lewis and Francisco Mora. The exhibit, which explores the nature of Catlett’s art and ability to affect both individual lives and political movements, will run through Sept. 13. For more information, call 412-258-2700.

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National

NYC mayor lambastes stop-and-frisk ruling

Nicholas Peart, Lilat Clarkson, Leroy Downes, Devin Almonar and David Ourlicht, left to right, plaintiffs in the stop and frisk case, pose for a photo after a news conferece at the Center for Constitutional Rights, in New York, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) by Colleen Long Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge’s stinging rebuke of the police department’s stop-and-frisk policy as discriminatory could usher in a return to the days of high violent crime rates and end New York’s tenure as “America’s safest big city,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned.

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People

Usher’s son released from hospital after accident

Usher and 5-year-old Usher V ATLANTA (AP) — The son of Grammy-winning R&B singer Usher has been released from the hospital after nearly drowning in an Atlanta pool, a lawyer for the boy’s mother said Tuesday. Five-year-old Usher Raymond V was released from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite on Sunday, lawyer Angela Kinley said. She said Tameka Foster Raymond, the singer’s ex-wife, saw her son at school Monday when he attended orientation for the new year.

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National

Mo. State Fair bans rodeo clown who mocked Obama [VIDEO]

This photo provided by Jameson Hsieh shows a clown wearing a mask intended to look like President Obama at the Missouri State Fair. The announcer asked the crowd if anyone wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull,” according to a spectator. “So then everybody screamed. … They just went wild,” said Perry Beam, who attended the rodeo at the State Fair in Sedalia on Saturday Aug. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Jameson Hsieh) by David LiebAssociated Press Writer JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Fair on Monday imposed a lifetime ban on a rodeo clown whose depiction of President Barack Obama getting charged by a bull was widely criticized by Democratic and Republican officials alike.

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Lifestyle

Another Skywalker: Lucas, wife have baby daughter

George Lucas and Mellody Hobson seen at The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Redtouch Red Carpet, on June 16, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Invision for EFG/AP Images) NEW YORK (AP) — “Star Wars” creator George Lucas and new wife Mellody Hobson have had a baby daughter.

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Health

Venus Williams diagnosed with Sjogrens, local woman heads awareness campaign

Venus Williams (left) and Serena Williams laugh during an exhibition doubles match during Rogers Cup women’s tennis action in Toronto on Aug. 5, 2013. The two were playing Eugenie Bouchard and Monica Seles. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn) by Nikki DentonFor New Pittsburgh Courier Sjogrens is a rapidly growing disease that is not being diagnosed by many doctors. Venus Williams, one of many diagnosed with the disease is among the many women working to expose the general public to it. Locally Sandy Burkett is heading a campaign to educate the community.