METRO NEWS

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NOBLE hosts its awards/scholarship luncheon
The Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives hosted its William H. Moore Awards and Scholarship Luncheon at the River’s Casino,…
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Hill students heading to Ireland
When the Hill House named their school Passport Academy Charter School, no one thought that this would come to ring true, but three of its…
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Die-In calls attention to health disparities
Taking a page from those protesting the lack of charges filed against officers in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City who killed young Black men…
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Make-A-Wish helps child live like a princess
Everyday is a fight for 4-year-old Taylor Herman of Millvale. While other children her age are running around, jumping and playing, she often times can’t…
Police looking for missing South Side man
Metro Beat…School locked down after man found shot in car

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NATIONAL NEWS

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Chicago Mayor Unveils ‘Road Map’ To Combat Violence
The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Chicago leaders this week unveiled a “road map” to combat violence. SEE ALSO:John Crawford’s Family Sues City, Police, Walmart…
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N.J. Officials Look To Extradite Assata Shakur From Cuba
On the heels of President Obama announcing Wednesday the U.S. will participate in a prisoner swap with Cuba, New Jersey officials are demanding the return…
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Eric Holder On Race: ‘We, As A Nation, Have Failed’
After alluding to lyrics of slain rapper Tupac Shakur in a perfectly pitched response to a heckler recently, it did not seem that outgoing U.S. Attorney…
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Obama launches task force to examine police-community relations
In the aftermath of ongoing nationwide protests against police violence in the Black community, President Barack Obama Thursday signed an executive order to create a…
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GDOT Begins Construction of Tolls on I-75, I-575 to Ease Constant Congestion
Are you sick of the Atlanta highways turning into parking lots during rush hour? State government leaders are here to administer the antidote to ease chronic traffic swelling.…
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Obama says people should ‘go to the movies’
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his administration is taking the cyberattack against Sony studios seriously. He says people should “go to the movies.”…
Georgia Baptist Convention Demands Mayor Reed Apologize for Suspending Fire Chief
Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy
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ENTERTAINMENT

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Sharpton meets Sony exec & Here’s what we think she had to say
Scandal-ridden Sony Pictures co-chairwoman Amy Pascal received  a serious dressing down from Reverend Al Sharpton surrounding her racially insensitive e-mail conversations with a producer. On Thursday, Pascal had a…
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Sony Warned Not To Cast Denzel Washington Due To “Racist” International Audiences
Denzel Washington’s name has been brought up in the ongoing story regarding the Sony Pictures hack. The Independent reports that an unnamed producer told Sony…
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‘The Daily Show’ blasts Fox News over Jay Z coverage
Jay Z recently sat down with NY Governor Andrew Cuomo to discuss the possibility of changes to the state’s criminal justice system and the potential for hiring special…
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Rosie & Whoopi Go At It Over Racism On ‘The View’ (VIDEO)
  The View’s Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg must be nursing their throats with some hot tea after today’s scream fest. The ladies went to…
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5 Ways ‘Selma’ Can Inspire Today’s #BlackLivesMatter Movement
Moments into the Golden Globe nominated film, Selma, it’s clear that audiences are about to witness a masterful, chilling and massively important account in our…
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The Obamas Reveal Personal Struggles With Racism In America
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama opened up recently in an interview with People magazine about their personal experiences with racism in America.…
64-Year-Old Stevie Wonder Welcomes Ninth Child!
Deaths and sex allegations rock the comedy world

SPORTS

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NCAA executive backs athlete image compensation
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Oliver Luck isn’t changing his position about paying college athletes for the use of their names, images or likenesses. The NCAA’s new…
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‘Hands Up’ players to attend Ferguson Christmas party
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams are following through on plans to aid residents in nearby Ferguson. The five players who did the…
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The Black Athlete…Giving athletes guidance and a helping hand
Over the past weekend, I had a chance to a representative of the National Alliance of African-American Athletes (NAAAA) to the Florida State-Georgia Tech ACC…
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Steelers surging into home stretch of season
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t making a prediction, exactly. Yet the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback knows what the energy in a locker room feels like…
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Atlanta Braves Release Renditions of New Stadium
Atlanta Braves’ new home will be similar to their soon-to-be former home at Turner Field in downtown Atlanta: the ballpark will redefine state-of-the-art mixture of “live, work,…
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Overtime…Pittsburgh City League All-Sports Hall of Fame Induction
* Yep!  It’s Another Special Edition…See the thing about Special Editions is you can have as many as you want, see…well, what I mean is…alright,…
Wisconsin looks ready to pick Chryst as next coach
Chiefs, Bengals in way of Steelers playoff hopes

OPINION

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An open letter to Black elected officials
Each year, various social service organizations issue reports relating to the state of Black America. While issues such as affordable housing, jobs, crime and challenging…
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Breathing life into a movement
(NNPA)—“I can’t breathe,” gasped Eric Garner, again and again and again. “I can’t breathe,” he said, as several police officers were on top of him,…
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Editorials from around Pennsylvania…Thin skin of the law
____ THIN SKIN OF THE LAW: REACTION TO CRITICISM SHOWS DISCONNECT WITH COMMUNITY Across the country this past weekend, thousands of people marched in protest…
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The White majority’s racial world of fantasy
(NNPA)—Now, in the season that’s supposed to exalt goodwill toward all, comes fresh evidence of the important role the White majority’s unwillingness to consider Black…
Why I don’t find Bobby Shmurda’s arrest surprising or funny
Just Sayin’…Sisters moving out front

BUSINESS

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Why oil is down by half, what it means for you
NEW YORK (AP)—The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers…
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Identity theft victims face months of hassle
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—As soon as Mark Kim found out his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target last year, the 36-year-old tech…
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Lifestyles Report…Simply smashing
When a new restaurant opens I want to be one of the first ones in the door. Especially if the restaurant is a part of…
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African American Chamber hosts annual luncheon
If you were one of the 400 attendees of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania’s 15th Annual Business Luncheon Thursday, December 11…
JB Smoove Talks “Top Five” And Roland Martin’s Missing Ascot [VIDEO]
BlackBerry launches Classic smartphone in last-ditch effort

INTERNATIONAL

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AP sources: US, Cuba seek to normalize relations
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba have agreed to establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking the most significant shift…
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UN Torture Committee calls on U.S. to investigate police brutality
The United Nations Committee Against Torture recently released its findings calling on the United States government to completely investigate and prosecute police brutality and shootings…
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Pakistan school: Devastation where 148 were slain
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The Taliban massacre that killed 148 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching…
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Indian gays, lesbians march for their rights
NEW DELHI (AP) — Nearly a thousand gay rights activists marched through central New Delhi on Nov. 30 to demand an end to discrimination against…
‘Bad Hair’ Is A New Documentary Exploring Race In Venezuela
South African woman named Miss World 2014

LIFESTYLE

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Celebrating 25 years of pastoral service
On Nov. 16, individuals came from the Buckeye State of Ohio, the Blue Grass State of Kentucky and the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., all to…
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Carrone Cares hosts Thanksgiving dinner
  Carrone Cares of Carrone Baptist Church, located at 7119 Frankstown Ave., in Homewood, hosted a free Thanksgiving Dinner for all on Nov. 22.
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Lifestyles Report…Simply smashing
When a new restaurant opens I want to be one of the first ones in the door. Especially if the restaurant is a part of…
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Pgh in spotlight at COGIC Holy Convocation
The spotlight was on Pittsburgh when the 107th Holy Convocation of the Church Of God In Christ recently convened in St Louis, Mo. On Women’s…
CHIC EATS: Mediterranean Mason Jar Salad [RECIPE]
FAB FINDS: 25 Sparkly Holiday Heels That He’d Rather See On The Floor

GENERATION Y

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Q&A: Why campus rape victims usually don’t report
WASHINGTON (AP) — Only about 20 percent of campus sexual assault victims go to police, according to a new Justice Department report providing insight into…
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College Student Lands In Jail For Not Having State Driver’s License
Ariel Delegol (pictured) is a junior at Clark Atlanta College who has never seen the inside of a jail—until recently. The young lady was stopped for…
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Revolutionary love: Ferguson protest leaders get engaged at City Hall
Ferguson protest leader Brittany Ferrell remembers the first time she saw Alexis Templeton step out of the car at the Ferguson Police Department in mid-August.…
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Fraternity suspended over ‘Beyonce’ holiday card
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A University of Pennsylvania fraternity has been suspended pending an investigation into a holiday card showing the mostly White group posing with…
Survey: E-cigs surpass regular cigs in teen use
Mychal Bell of ‘Jena 6′ graduates from Southern University

HEALTH

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SHE DRINKS: 3 Fresh Ways To Sip Your Peppermint This Holiday Season
My favorite holiday flavor will be taking on a fresh new twist this year! I love this seasonal flavor and you will too because not…
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I Don’t Sweat, I Sparkle: How To Jazz Up Your Fitness Fashion With Holiday Cheer
  Looking for some fit gear that can do double duty this holiday season? Well I found the perfect look that can go from a…
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Should I Go Raw Or Nah? 10 Things To Know Before You Stop Cooking Your Food
Praised as the most nutrient-rich diet for humans, rawism or raw foodism is a lifestyle many seem to be adopting nowadays. Unprocessed foods and uncooked…
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World AIDS Day: Dear Women Of Color, Know Your Status & Protect Yourself
AIDS and HIV are not the immediate death sentences they once were. But of course, that’s no excuse for us to stay lax on practicing…
Open enrollment centers for Medicare and Medicaid services
AAWSB addresses breast cancer

Cover To Cover

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Cover To Cover…‘Prison Noir’
Three-and-a-half steps. Visualize it: that’s how big your home is. Back against the wall, three-and-a-half steps until you can’t go anymore. Arms straight out at…
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Cover to Cover…‘Firebird’
  You can’t. Doesn’t it make you mad to hear those words?  Of course you can—maybe just not now. Someday, you can drive a car,…
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Cover To Cover…‘Imagine This’
You can’t imagine being at your job much longer. The funny thing is, it was once your dream job. You couldn’t wait to get to…
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The ‘Hair Commandments’ book signing
A book signing for “The Hair Commandments” by LaToya Johnson-Rainey and C. Nathaniel Brown was held at A Hair Boutique, 5510 Centre Ave.
Shashana Page releases sequel novel – “Grace”
Cover To Cover…‘A Light Shines in Harlem’

EDITORS PICK

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The Courier’s Crusade…With crime coverage, paper ‘challenging community’
PITTSBURGH (AP) — At the start of every month, the same image of a pistol points from the same place on the front page of…

FEATURES

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Black Captain America leading comic book diversity
WASHINGTON (AP) — For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they are more and more reflecting the true hues of American society.…
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Lifestyles Report…Simply smashing
When a new restaurant opens I want to be one of the first ones in the door. Especially if the restaurant is a part of…

VIEWPOINT

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Bill Cosby’s understudy, Charles Barkley has arrived

PEOPLE

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Nicki Minaj Finds Peace After A Difficult Year, Reveals Thoughts On Starting A Family
Nicki Minaj, who recently released her latest album, The Pinkprint, says she’s happy right now, but this year was not an easy one for the rapper. “I’m…
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Bobby Shmurda Pleads Not Guilty to Drug and Gun Charges, Held on $2 Million Bail
Bobby Shmurda‘s 2014 went from viral hit of the summer to a defendant against a serious accusation. The rapper, born Ackquille Pollard, was arrested at…
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Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson Expecting!
  Diana Ross is about to become a big mama once again! E! Online is reporting Evan Ross and his new bride Ashlee Simpson are…
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Rick Ross Attends Girlfriend Ming Lee’s Christmas Party in Atlanta
Ming Lee is living a Maybach lifestyle. Literally. Lee, the self-made success and owner of SNOB Life beauty salon in downtown Atlanta, invited her Maybach…
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Nicki Minaj Finally Opens Up About Her Relationship With SB + More Things We Learned About The Barb This Week
  Safaree “SB” Samuels can be heard screaming on the background of many of Nicki Minaj‘s songs, most-notably her gritty “Black Friday” track “Sh*tted On…
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Mike Tyson Talks Maturity And Sobriety With Earl Sweatshirt During Interview
  Mike Tyson and Earl Sweatshirt sat down for an interview about their lives, careers, fears and expectations. During the sit-down for Citizens of Humanity , the…
Pilar Sanders Thrown In Jail For Custody Agreement Violation
Rick Ross Talks 85-lb Weight Loss, Healthy Boss Lifestyle On ‘GMA’

Education

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Nation’s classrooms reflect on Ferguson decision
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When his high school English students came to class, Tom Rademacher knew there would be one thing on their mind: a…
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Top 10 scholarships for Black and minority students for 2015
  Nationwide — 2015 is expected to be a great year for students because a record-number of foundations and organizations are planning to give away…

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