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Metro Beat…3 get prison in death of college football player
WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) – Three men have been sentenced to prison in the killing of a standout college football player, who died during a mugging…
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Jailhouse poets find voice in writing course
Few inmate education programs in Pennsylvania Brother Umar wears ketchup-colored jail garb. He’s been locked up for 14 months, but his words earn him snaps…
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PA police have 18 armored vehicles and other war gear
Police departments in Pennsylvania have 18 armored military surplus vehicles – eight of which are classified as “mine-resistant” – and hundreds of surplus assault rifles…
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Cops: 3 gunmen kill woman, hurt mom in Hill District
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Three gunmen fired at least 20 shots into a home, killing a woman and wounding her mother inside their garage, police said…
Jeron X. Grayson Community Center nears completion
‘Sisters Saving Ourselves Now’ summit addresses moving Black family forward

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Behind Ferguson’s unrest: Failed federal policy and the Black-White housing gap
On the surface, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., was about local police using deadly force on an unarmed young man. But on a deeper level,…
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Juror: ‘No one’ believed Renisha Mcbride was killed In self-defense
One of the jurors who rendered a guilty verdict in Theodore Wafer’s murder trial has come forward to say that “no one” believed he killed…
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Mental health issues create problems for African-Americans in city jails
Researchers have discovered some disturbing statistics about substance abuse and mental health in our criminal justice system. Approximately two-thirds of the people involved in the…
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Can Ferguson change the ‘ritual’ of Black deaths?
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The choir sang, the preachers shouted and the casket stayed closed. The body was taken to the cemetery, and Michael Brown…
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Ex-boss suspended school kidnap suspect from job
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old Philadelphia girl from school and sexually assaulting her was temporarily suspended at the time from…
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Voters in Florida, 3 other states head to polls
MIAMI (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is set to find out how much momentum he has for a political comeback, as Democratic primary…
Dekalb County Commissioner Resigns Amid Federal Corruption Probe
Mourners urge Black Americans to take action
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Did Karrueche Get BET’s ‘106 & Park’ Suspended For A Week? BET Says No…
BET is putting “106 & Park” on pause, but it’s going to be off the air a bit longer than you think. Bow Wow…excuse us,…
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Was Kevin Hart’s Proposal To Eniko Parrish Shade To His Ex-Wife? [VIDEO]
Sure, Kevin. You chose that day to propose to Eniko Parrish, because it was her birthday. It had nothing to do with a certain show premiere. Pure coincidence, right? Watch…
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Karrueche Shades Blue Ivy & The #Beyhive Attacks
If there’s one thing we’ve learned early in life, it’s not to mess with Beyonce! Behind the queen is a legion of worker bees called…
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Marlon Wayans Sued For Racial Bias And Harassment
Funnyman and actor Marlon Wayans (pictured) is probably not laughing very much these days. The director/producer is reportedly being sued by actor Pierre Daniel (pictured), who alleges…
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Jeezy arrested for firearms in shooting probe; being held on $1 million bal
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Platinum-selling rapper Young Jeezy has been arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal firearms during an investigation into a fatal shooting…
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‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Modern Family’ win Emmy Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Modern Family” and “Breaking Bad” triumphed at Monday’s Emmy Awards, proving that established broadcast and cable fare retains the power to…
Idris Elba makes being bad look so good in ‘No Good Deed’ [EXCLUSIVE CLIP]
Does Benzino want to leave “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta”? [VIDEO]


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The Opinionated Spectator… Welcome back, college football
College football is starting this week and I can’t stop smiling. I am beyond giddy that the season has started again. It’s exciting. It’s fun.…
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‘Overtime:’ Michael Jackson was and still is ‘The King of Pop!’
:10 ~    Ok, so you do know Michael . . . “The King of Pop” Jackson is dead . . . right? So I guess…
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American soccer player Tim Howard has book deal
NEW YORK (AP) — American soccer hero and international celebrity Tim Howard has advanced to the next round of fame: a book deal. Howard has…
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Steel Sensations…Taking a look at the linebackers
Ah, yes, the linebackers. The position has been the staple of the Steelers 3-4 defense for many years. When you think of Steeler football, historically…
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Jackie Robinson West falls to South Korea in LLWS championship
Jackie Robinson West of Chicago scored three runs in the sixth inning, but their late comeback attempt fell short in a 8-4 loss to South…
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Angel McCoughtry’s 39 help Atlanta Dream tie Chicago Sky at 1 Game Apiece
CHICAGO — The Atlanta Dream’s three-year stranglehold on the Eastern Conference of the WNBA was in serious jeopardy after choking away a sizable first-half lead…
Gateway High school basketball coach resigns amid charges
Cancer-stricken Cooper leads Dream into playoffs


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@Jasmyne Cannick: On police brutality, Democrats need to sh*t or get off the pot
Democrats need to shi*t or get off the pot when it comes to standing up for civil rights issues for Blacks in 2014. Now I…
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Can we talk about how Black women are treated as threats, too?
Like The Root’s Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele, who recently penned the essay “Michael Brown’s Death Reopened My Eyes to My Privileges as a Black Woman,” I…
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Residents of Ferguson need to make a change
I’m Gonna Make A Change, For Once In My Life It’s Gonna Feel Real Good, Gonna Make A Difference Gonna Make It Right… I’m Starting…
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Tired of political pitches, but not the fight
(NNPA)—So, the midterm elections are fast approaching and, with every passing day, you are probably receiving an email and/or letter suggesting that the world will…
Blackonomics…Praying and fasting in Ferguson
Don’t White people kill each other, too?


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NBC returning ownership of to founders, but continues content affiliation
Less than four years after it purchased the African-American news website,, NBC News has announced that it is selling the media platform back to…
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[WATCH] Don Lemon Comments on the Firing of Cop Who Pushed Him
CNN devoted significant time recently to profiling the St. Louis police officer who shoved their host Don Lemon on camera. It appears that, after the…
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Ending the payday lending debt trap
(NNPA)—In just a few days, the debt trap at the core of small-dollar loans that come with triple digit interest rates and debt traps has…
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Blackonomics…Praying and fasting in Ferguson
 Remember the Jena Six? Some 15,000 to 20,000 protesters went to Jena, Louisiana in 2006 to demonstrate against injustice. After all the speeches, threats, marches,…
‘People’ Magazine’s only ever Black editor suing for discrimination
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South Africa: Popular soap opera cast is fired
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — “Generations,” a hugely popular soap opera in South Africa, first aired in 1993, a year before the nation’s first all-race elections ended…
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Obama: US won’t stop confronting Islamic State
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight with Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to…
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Hip hop, graffiti in Lebanon tag a nation’s woes
BEIRUT (AP) — In a red-lit bar in Beirut, Nasser Shorbaji and Marwan Alameh try not to knock the microphones over while laughing during the…
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US sees surge in Cuban rafters aiming for Florida
MIAMI (AP) — One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo…
China dominated U.S.-Africa summit
What’s scary about Ebola, reasons not to fear it


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Study: Social media users shy away from opinions
  WASHINGTON (AP) — Tired of that friend or relative who won’t stop posting or tweeting political opinions? Online loudmouths may be annoying, but a…
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First Look: Nate Parker In ‘Beyond The Lights’ [EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS]
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Jell-O can’t stop slippery sales slide
NEW YORK (AP) — Jell-O has lost its jiggle and nobody knows how to fix it. The dessert was invented more than a century ago…
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Fashion Watch on when the invitation says black tie
The invite says “black tie” what do you do? Most would assume that you pull out the tuxedo and a formal dress. According to the…
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority presents ‘Gentlemen of Excellence’
2014 Holy Convocation: ‘God has not forgotten us’


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Remember Netscape browser? Class of ’18 doesn’t
MILWAUKEE (AP) — If you want to feel old, this might do it: Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes Ciccone Leon, has enrolled as a freshman at the…
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Cadavers, a teen, and a med school dream
GARY, Ind. (AP) — A 17-year-old Indiana high school student stands among the group of medical students, doctors and nurses working with a scalpel on…
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Houston’s arm, bat lift all-Black Chicago team by Vegas in LLWS
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Joshua Houston survived a rocky start to pitch five innings and also brought in the tying run with a line…
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AP PHOTOS: A look back at Mo’ne Davis’ tournament
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Mo’ne Davis’ moment is over. Her legacy may just be beginning. The 13-year-old star pitcher from Philadelphia wowed the world…
Young professionals urged to ‘unite and lead’ at empowerment conference
Los Angeles schools decriminalize discipline


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Stress and Health
How often do you hear or say the words, “I’m stressed out”? It’s probably many times and with good reason. We don’t always take the…
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African Americans and Stress
Research shows that African Americans are disproportionately affected by stress. The American Psychological Association (APA) cites situations when stress is a burden on health, including:…
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Take charge of your health today. Be informed. Be involved.
We are excited to be starting our fourth year of “Take Charge of Your Health Today. Be Informed. Be Involved.” These pages focus on health…
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UPMC Healthy Lifestyle ­Program
The Healthy Lifestyle Program (HLP) is a community resource available to anyone. The HLP can be used by healthy people who will benefit from learning…
Stress research study seeks participants
CTSI Research Participant Registry

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Cover to Cover…‘Risking Everything’
  You stand on the shoulders of giants. You’ve probably heard that all your life and it’s true: a lot of people have come before…
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Cover to Cover…Jawanza Kunjufu: From boys to girls
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – For the past 40 years, Jawanza Kunjufu has dedicated his life to uplifting African Americans through education and empowerment. His work as…
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Cover To Cover…Laws of Wrath
One for me, and one for you. Divvying up candy when you were a kid was an almost-exact science. Everybody had to have an equal…
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Cover To Cover…‘Strange Fruit’
The history books you had in school last year almost put you to sleep. It was filled with dates and stats, dead people, lost battles,…
Book tracks insurgence that propelled Reagan
Scrabblers rejoice: 5,000 new words are on the way


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Striking out six batters, Mo’Ne Davis pitches like a girl
Mo’Ne Davis, 13, led her Little League team to the World Series when she struck out six batters Sunday. The Philadelphia native plays for the Taney…


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Community supports African-American men at Courier 50 MOE event
With constant reports of violence, unemployment and more in the African-American community, especially when it comes to the men, it’s easy for one to dwell…
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2014 New Pittsburgh Courier 50 Men of Excellence


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Black kids don’t have to be college-bound for their deaths to be tragic


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Back in spotlight, Sharpton seizes the moment
Stepping to the pulpit at Greater Grace Church – minutes from where a suburban St. Louis police officer shot and killed an unarmed Black 18-year-old…
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Morton, Headey keep Emmys rehearsals casual
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Morton and Lena Headey are ready for their moment in the Emmys spotlight. The “Scandal” actor and “Game of Thrones”…
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Celebrities, civil rights leaders at Brown funeral
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Among the thousands of people who have turned out for Michael Brown’s funeral are several civil rights leaders and celebrities. Brown…
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Best of the MTV VMA Red Carpet 2013
The Music Television Video Music Awards, or the VMA 2014, has come upon us. And, despite some volatile situations popping off in some of the…
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6 thoughts from William Koch on family, politics
Six thoughts from William Koch, on family, money and politics. From an interview with The Associated Press: —On his brother Charles: “He likes to do…
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Gorgeous women who broke men’s hearts by coming out gay
Admit it. When you feasted on the brunette bombshell in the Fast and Furious series, you just knew that Michelle Rodriguez was the one for…
Kevin Sorbo blasts Ferguson protesters In scathing Facebook rant
Outspoken about Ferguson, Jesse Williams may be this generation’s Harry Belafonte


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This Fall: White students no longer the majority at U.S. public schools
KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — For the first time, U.S. public schools are projected this fall to have more minority students than non-Hispanic Whites, a…




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