METRO NEWS

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Pittsburgh on track for 2nd-coldest February on record
PITTSBURGH (AP) – If you think it’s been a cold February in Pittsburgh, you’re right – near-record cold, in fact. The National Weather Service says…
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12th Ward Democratic Committee ‘Meet the candidates petition party’
A large number of community residents showed up to hear the candidates and ask questions. The12th Ward Democratic Committee recently invited fellow Democratic Ward members…
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Monroeville mall’s youth policy takes effect after shooting
MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) – A suburban Pittsburgh mall’s plan to ban minors who aren’t accompanied by adults on weekend evenings takes effect nearly three weeks…
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City, county announce My Brother’s Keeper committee
In a collaborative effort, Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh have announced the creation of a regional My Brother’s Keeper committee aimed at improving…
Lt. Gov., mayor talk funding, cooperation for education
Report: 60 percent of jail inmates unconvicted

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NATIONAL NEWS

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Sports Anchor Dale Hansen decries racism in sports after “White Power” sign incident
It’s undeniable that emotions run high during major sporting events; but when fans go beyond rooting for a particular team and start involving race then…
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Blacks underrepresented in STEM classes
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Many young African Americans will be shut out of the high paying jobs of the future, if they don’t earn a degree…
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Two people shot at T.I., Jeezy, and Yo Gotti show In Charlotte
Both USA Today and ABC News report two people were injured during a CIAA Tournament Weekend show featuring performances by T.I., Jeezy, Yo Gotti and…
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Maya Angelou to be honored with First Class U.S. postage stamp
Maya Angelou, or as we like to call her Mother Maya, will be receiving an amazing Forever Stamp (First Class postage) by the U.S. Postal Service…
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Holder says race at least partly to blame for his struggles with Republicans
In a wide-ranging exit interview with Politico, outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder opened up about race and the Republican Party and called for an overhaul…
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Florida couples can be arrested if caught “shacking up”
What year is it again? Under an arcane law, hundreds of Floridians are being fined for living with a romantic partner sans government permission, thanks…
City of Cleveland blames Tamir Rice for his own shooting death by cops
Nick Gordon rips into Bobby Brown once again
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ENTERTAINMENT

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‘How To Get Away With Murder’ renewed for Season 2
Viola Davis and her students will be back to slay your Thursday nights this fall! The season finale of “How To Get Away With Murder”…
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Missy Elliott and Pharrell back in studio: Here’s what they’ve done in the past
It looks like Pharrell Williams and Missy Elliott are joining forces in the studio. At least that’s what it seems like judging from this shot of…
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Here’s why Common snubbed Oprah at the Oscars
Oprah Winfrey might be one of the most important women in entertainment, so she’s definitely someone you don’t want to snub. But that’s just what…
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Young Marco has lots of musical insight for an 18-year-old
HelloBeautiful.com’s “Base Level” column features the hottest new artists we’re buzzing about. Before they make it to the summit of superstardom, we spot them at base…
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16 Black TV shows we should have never let happen
We watched a lot of TV in the 90s and 2000s, but not every show stood the test of time. There were some sitcoms we watched…
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Kanye West reveals new album title and cover art
This is probably a coincidence, but Kanye West revealed the title and cover art to his upcoming album right after Saturday Night Live aired a skit lampooning him.…
Michael Bolton recalls clearing a sample for Kanye West and Jay Z
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SPORTS

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Earl Lloyd, first Black player in NBA, is dead at 86
Nobody ever seems to remember second place or the second person to do something. This has been Earl Lloyd’s dilemma during the balance of his…
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The Black Athlete…We should have an All-Star week
 Each year in mid-February, the NBA All-Star Game plants itself in a different American city and takes over for a weekend’s worth of basketball games,…
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Derrick Rose details why Tupac Shakur’s message resonates with him
Chicago Bulls point guard and former NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose was one month shy of his seventh birthday when Tupac Shakur died in…
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Former NBA player Anthony Mason dies at 48
Former NBA forward Anthony Mason, 48, has died following a massive heart attack earlier in the month, according to ESPN, which got confirmation from the New…
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Pirates call it sickening to see ‘Jihadi John’ in team hat
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) – The Pittsburgh Pirates say it’s “absolutely sickening” to see a photo of the Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John” wearing…
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At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters
•    Derrick Rose is out once again due to a knee injury.  Truth be told, it should not affect The Bulls’ playoff run if management…
Steel Sensations…Free agent season is upon us
‘Little Ballers:’ Documentary examines lives of AAU basketball players [video]

OPINION

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The perils of poisonous politics
By doubling down on his vile slur on President Obama’s love for his country, ex-New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani created the media frenzy that…
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Muslim lives matter, too
(NNPA)—Within days of the murders of three Muslims in Chapel Hill, N.C., a crazed gunman shot several people in Copenhagen, allegedly targeting an illustrator who…
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Legacy of racial terror in America
A new study documents a horrific but critical to remember time in American history: The racial terror lynchings of African Americans across the South. The…
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Cherishing history that’s in your attic
(NNPA)—We gather together this month to lift up the names that have been frequently lifted, to call the roll of those African Americans who have…
Dubois and Trotter: My civil rights heroes
To Be Equal…Rhetoric of race at the crossroads of police reform

BUSINESS

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Black employees at NYC TGI Friday’s claim they were replaced with light-skinned workers
A group of African-American workers at a Manhattan TGI Friday’s restaurant filed a class-action discrimination suit when they were allegedly replaced by lighter-skinned employees after…
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‘Aunt Jemima’ heirs’ $3 billion lawsuit against PepsiCo dismissed
Legal Breakdowns Of The Hottest Entertainment & Celebrity Drama On February 18th, an Illinois federal judge dismissed a $3 billion royalty lawsuit filed against PepsiCo,…
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Victoria Rowell accuses CBS & Sony of retaliation against diversity activists
Former The Young and the Restless star Victoria Rowell is accusing her previous employers of going after those speaking out against racism. Earlier this month,…
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FCC commissioner discusses net neutrality ruling [video]
On Thursday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) agreed to rules that would ban internet service providers from creating fast lanes. FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn joined…
In Apple’s latest update, emojis get diverse
Make sure you don’t lose out during video meetings

INTERNATIONAL

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George Clooney sheds light on rape & genocide still happening in Darfur
In 2005, we were all talking about Darfur. Two years prior, a war of words emerged between the uprising of liberated group against the Sudanese government,…
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Greek hospital patient convicted of racially abusing doctor
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) – A Greek man has been convicted of a racist verbal assault on a Nigerian-born doctor who gave him emergency treatment. A…
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Armed group in South Sudan kidnaps 89 boys
The United Nations children’s agency is reporting armed men abducted at least 89 boys in South Sudan. According to BBC News, the kidnapping took place…
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India insists: Obama’s tree is not dead
NEW DELHI (AP) — Officials in India want to make one thing clear: The tree that President Barack Obama planted in New Delhi three weeks…
Three days of mourning declared in Haiti for 16 deaths at carnival
Battling racism theme of some Rio Carnival parades

LIFESTYLE

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Fifty Shades Of Safety: 7 tips for keeping your BDSM play safe & sexy
For better or worse, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is inspiring people to become a little more adventurous in the bedroom. However, there are still some…
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7 Things Women Absolutely Should Not Accept In Relationships
Women will put up with a lot in the name of love, but there are some things that you should not tolerate for any reason.…
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FAB OR FUG: Tia Mowry Flashes Us With Fabulousness & It’s Slightly Amazing [POLL]
Talk about making a statement! Tia Mowry arrived at the premiere for Will Smith’s new film, “Focus” wearing a black Balmain blazer, a sheer dress…
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Lifestyles Report…I don’t get it
Last week I was sitting in my car trying to stay warm and I could not imagine why so many people were walking around in…
Jeans are so last season: This is why we want leggings forever please
‘Are You On Fleek?': New York Times wants to know if we’re up on Black slang

GENERATION Y

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Ten-year-old prodigy begins college courses for her Math degree
At only ten-years-old, Esther Okade has begun taking college courses to her Open University undergraduate Math degree. She was accepted as a student after acing an exam and winning…
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Radical Brownies encourage social awareness & activism for young girls
A new youth group has sprung up in Oakland, California, aimed at getting young girls to use their voices to speak out against injustice. In…
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NASCAR effort focuses on math, science for kids
WASHINGTON (AP) — It takes a lot of geometry and physics to get a race car to go 200 laps at speeds that can top…
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John Legend pens uplifting letter on importance of education
John Legend expressed in a personal essay on CNN his views on why education should evolve its teaching system so that students cultivate what really interests…
Neighborhood Youth Outreach presents the Motown Review
Obama daughter tours colleges alone or with Mom, not Dad

HEALTH

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Black women endure menopause longest
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Sarah Finney, 57, said she gets hot flashes throughout her body at least once an hour.   She even wakes up in the…
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Hungry? OWN to premiere two hilarious Black men in ‘2 Fat 2 Fly’ [video]
We’ve got three words for you that may cause drool: Stuffed. Chicken. Wings. There’s a new foodie show, “2 Fat 2 Fly” set to premiere…
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Heart disease, African-Americans, how to administer life-saving CPR
February is American Heart Month, and Dr. Karla Robinson and Dr. Robert C. Robinson III, from Urban Housecall joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to share…
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Healthful diet report: Sugary drinks out; coffee, eggs in
WASHINGTON (AP) — An extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all. More eggs, too. But you definitely need to drink less…
800,000 HealthCare.gov customers given wrong tax info
Lunch On Fleek: 5 Tips For Making The Most Healthy & Mouthwatering Sandwich You’ve Ever Bitten Into

Cover To Cover

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Cover to Cover…‘Black Broadway’
A remote control and five hundred channels. That’s what you’ve got for entertainment, and there’s still nothing on TV. That doesn’t keep you from looking,…
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Cover To Cover… ‘The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl’
There is life after high school. And were you ever happy to learn that! You couldn’t imagine spending the rest of your days feeling like…
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With ‘Happy’ picture book, Pharrell joins list of rappers with children’s books
Despite the often-truculent image portrayed in the media, hip-hop artists have been known to lend a hand when it comes to educating, helping and inspiring…
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Pharrell Williams Lands A “Happy” Book Deal
Music producer extraordinaire, Pharrell Williams (pictured) has quite a bit to be happy about these days particularly since he just secured a deal with renowned…
Black men inspire: 40 prominent African Americans share views on living, leading and succeeding
Cover to Cover…‘Our Auntie Rosa’

EDITORS PICK

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Take Charge Of Your Health Today…Environmental Health
This monthly series is a partnership of the New Pittsburgh Courier, Community PARTners (a core service of the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science…

FEATURES

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Lifestyles Report…Cupid, where is your bow?
If you have been inside of a retail store you know that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. One store I stopped in already…
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Fashion Watch on that little black dress
Even if the event is titled “The Pink Ice Ball” most of the ladies wore black. It goes to show you that there is nothing…

VIEWPOINT

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Just Sayin’…Does school desegregation really matter?

PEOPLE

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Sheryl Lee Ralph schools Amber Rose fans on ‘Black Beauty’
Sheryl Lee Ralph says she didn’t know who Amber Rose was when she posted a picture of the buxom beauty on Instagram. We understand how…
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Kid Rock fires back at Beyoncé’s “hive” via Instagram
Kid Rock isn’t shying away from his recent comments surrounding Beyoncé. Rock nearly broke the internet (sorry Kim) when excerpts from an interview he gave Rolling Stone magazine…
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‘Empire’ star Malik Yoba on whether Jussie Smollett is gay or not
“Empire” on Fox is the runaway blockbuster television series of the year, by far, and an instant cultural phenomenon that’s captured the American imagination. With the…
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That time Kanye West almost got a face tattoo… until Kim stopped him
Yes, you read that headline right. During an inking session late last night in London, Kanye West was on the edge of getting a face…
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Kanye West brought to tears in interview, has some advice for Drake
Kanye West and Zane Lowe made major headlines last year with their BBC Radio 1 interview, and their latest conversation is sure to make waves. And…
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Kelly Osbourne leaves ‘Fashion Police’ over Zendaya dreadloc scandal
Kelly Osbourne followed through on her pledge to quit “Fashion Police.” She resigned on Friday. The daughter of hard rock legend Ozzy Osbourne was long at…
Giuliana Rancic wants Kelly Osbourne fired for defending Zendaya over her
Kid Rock questions Beyonce’s music, talks about her body & gets stung by BeyHive

Education

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New education official wants to reform ‘No Child Left Behind’
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – John King, Jr., a highly-respected educator from New York City, says that teachers saved his life and in his new post as…
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Panera MLK writing contest and leadership awards presented
PANERA BREAD FRANCHISEE, COVELLI ENTERPRISES announced the winners of its Third Annual Martin Luther King Jr. writing contest and leadership award honorees. The review committee…

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