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Pay-to-play rules elude most Pennsylvania municipalities
A few of the commonwealth’s communities have the power to restrict political contributors from getting government contracts. And almost none exercise it. Why? The reasons…
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 Affordable Housing Task Force forwards draft recommendations
PITTSBURGH, PA –The Affordable Housing Task Force co-chaired by City Planning Director Ray Gastil and Councilman Daniel Lavelle has released draft recommendations to support housing…
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Attorney general candidates raised $6 million before Pennsylvania primary
More than $6.2 million was raised by the five candidates for Pennsylvania attorney general ahead of Tuesday’s primary. Nearly all of that — more than…
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PACE sets the table at Inclusive Voices Luncheon
For the 8th consecutive year, Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE), has provided individuals with different experiences and perspectives, the perfect environment to engage in meaningful…
A Second Chance job fair looks to community for talent
Re-entry summit urges companies to ‘Ban the Box’

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NATIONAL NEWS

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Things to know about a gap year, when students take time off
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s daughter Malia is taking a year off after graduating from high school before attending Harvard University as part of…
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Clinton endorses all-boys public schools in high-crime areas
NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton says she wants a network of all-boys public schools in high-crime areas to “spread across America.” In midtown Manhattan,…
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The world’s freshwater would’ve been gone 15 years ago if other countries consumed meat like the U.S.
People are becoming more conscientious about the food they eat, but most shoppers are simply looking for meats that are free from antibiotics and hormones…
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Drug dealers use ‘Steph Curry’ likeness to market heroin
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Philadelphia drug dealers looking to market their heroin as top of the line are stamping packets with the likeness of Golden State…
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Home Schooling Trends Up In Black Community
Growing numbers of Black parents are deciding to homeschool their children. Racial bias and school safety are some of their major concerns.
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How NY Plans To Diversify Its Elite High Schools
NY state lawmakers have a plan to diversify NYC's elite public high schools. The city has long sought a way to bring Blacks and Hispanics into the schools.
Councilman Kwanze Hall’s star-studded birthday party
Surprising reasons why black teen pregnancy is down by 50%
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ENTERTAINMENT

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“Obama Out!: POTUS drops mic at his final White House Correspondents’ Dinner
“With that, I have just two more words to say: Obama out," he said.
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‘Shuffle Along’ deemed a new musical, must face ‘Hamilton’
NEW YORK (AP) — The Broadway musical “Shuffle Along” will have to tap-dance against a hip-hop monster for attention at the Tony Awards. The Tony…
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Pride celebrates 50 years in country music
(Webster Public Relations)—A living legend, Charley Pride has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in the history of Country Music and has sold tens…
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Comeback To The Comeback: Janet Jackson Teases A Surprise
Your guess is as good as ours when it comes to what Ms. Jackson has in the works.
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Beyoncé Cancels Nashville Show, Raises Some Questions
On Friday it was announced that her May 5 Nashville concert was cancelled.
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‘HTGAWM’ star Matt McGorry blasts Iggy Azalea over ‘Becky’ comments
Another week, another Iggy Azalea controversy. The Aussie rapper and girlfriend of Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick “Swaggy P” Young, took umbrage at Beyonce’s use…
Leolah Brown’s shocking allegations about Bobbi Kristina and Whitney
Prince’s Half-Brother Recalls Fond Memories Of Their Childhood

SPORTS

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NFLPA: Brady tops Wilson on list of top selling players
BOSTON (AP) _ Scandal over deflated footballs put Patriots quarterback Tom Brady under a microscope last season. It didn’t stop him from being the NFL‘s…
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Drug dealers use ‘Steph Curry’ likeness to market heroin
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Philadelphia drug dealers looking to market their heroin as top of the line are stamping packets with the likeness of Golden State…
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3 new coaches adds twist to topsy-turvy ACC Coastal Division
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) _ The Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division has been unpredictable for years. And it’s not looking like they’ll be much difference…
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CIAA will stay in North Carolina despite HB2
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won’t move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina,…
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US Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad comfortable speaking out
NEW YORK (AP) _ First lady Michelle Obama wrapped up her speech to dozens of U.S. athletes to mark 100 days before the Rio Games…
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Steelers take Miami cornerback Artie Burns with 25th pick
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers spent nearly 20 years ignoring cornerbacks in the draft. They couldn’t ignore Artie Burns. Not with a secondary in…
At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters
Steelers, Bengals still going at nasty rivalry in offseason

OPINION

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Nicol Newman could’ve been Philly’s Sandra Bland
The headline is misleading because it implies that Sandra Bland is the only Black female murdered by police or whose criminally negligent death was caused…
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HBCU’s fill essential role in high education
This month, tens of thousands of graduates will receive their degrees from Historically Black Colleges and University’s across the country. These graduations mark a significant…
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Bernie’s fiery ideas won’t quietly go away
So the revolution isn’t going to happen. We’re not going to beat the establishment. A progressive isn’t going to take the White House. Short of…
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Guest Editorial…Congratulations to state primary election winners
There were both a few surprises and some expected results in the Pennsylvania primary on April 26. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton easily won…
To Be Equal…Lifting communities from poverty by raising minimum wage
A line crossed in Wichita

BUSINESS

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Lifestyles Report…In my travels spring 2016
Anyone who watches HGTV should be familiar with the growing popularity of small houses. On the show they call them a tiny house. These houses…
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Blair Taylor is new My Brother’s Keeper CEO
WASHINGTON, D.C.–My Brother’s Keeper Alliance announced Blair Taylor as its new CEO. Taylor will join MBKA this month. MBKA was launched in the Spring of…
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Christie faces decision on gender-equality legislation
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ The next chapter in an ongoing disagreement between Republican Gov. Chris Christie and the Democrat-led Legislature over gender equality legislation is…
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Meadows Casino fined for marketing to gambling addicts
HOUSTON, Pa. (AP) _ The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in western Pennsylvania has been fined $40,000 for allowing two people who excluded themselves from gambling…
Heels Over Haters new t-shirt line
City looking to Pittsburgh startups for ideas on how to improve operations

INTERNATIONAL

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First US cruise in decades set to arrive in Havana
HAVANA (AP) — The first U.S. cruise ship in nearly 40 years was crossing the Florida Straits from Miami to Havana on Monday, restarting commercial…
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Parody Account “White Savior Barbie” Brilliantly Mocks Insincere Volunteer Selfies In Africa
We've all seen it before.
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Taliban Claims Responsibility For Deadly Attack In Afghanistan
A militant attack in Kabul, Afghanistan killed at least 28 people and wounded more than 300 others. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which came one week after the militants announced the launch of its spring offensive.
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Obamas To Dine With Prince William & Kate Middleton In London
Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will dine Friday in London with the Royal Family during a trip to reportedly lobby to keep the U.K. in the European Union.
Report: 350 Found Dead In Ecuador Earthquake
Man who promised Pharrell show, scammed women gets 2 years

LIFESTYLE

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Lifestyles Report…In my travels spring 2016
Anyone who watches HGTV should be familiar with the growing popularity of small houses. On the show they call them a tiny house. These houses…
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Do It For The ‘Gram!: 6 Tips to Take Your Instagram Account To The Next Level
Take your IG to new level of appreciation using these 6 tips!
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Beyoncé Brings Major Style Slayage To The Formation Tour
From Dsquared to Nubian Skin, get all the fashion details on Beyonce's wardrobe selections for the Formation tour!
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Black Women Beware: Are Our Hair Products Killing Us?
By 2017, the Black hair care industry is estimated to reach $500 billion - are we fueling an industry that is killing black women?
Silver Cord celebrates 100 Years
GET THE LOOK: Be Fabulous Like Fantasia In A New York Minute

YOUTH

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Prince helped launch tech initiative for urban youth
Prince helped to launch a technology initiative to teach coding to Black youths. An emotional Van Jones said Prince worked generously behind the scenes to uplift African-American youths.
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Michelle Obama In Harlem To Promote Higher Education During College Signing Day
First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the third annual College Signing Day in Harlem. About 4, 000 high school seniors and several celebrities joined Mrs. Obama for the event to promote higher education.
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Helping Black Boys Navigate The Challenges Ahead
Manifest Your Destiny launches a year-long focus on at-risk Black boys. The mentoring program is marking the 10th anniversary of founder Hill Harper's bestseller, Letters to a Young Brother.
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Saint Louis University students who reported racist incident feel ignored
The two Saint Louis University students who brought to light some SLU baseball players’ racial slurs met with university president Fred Pestello on Tuesday, April…
McKeesport native Gilmore serving aboard nuclear-powered submarine
LHU students present research at State Health Conference
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HEALTH

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Time for focus on children’s health
Healthy lifestyles are learned at a young age. Like everything else, what you eat related to health, and it disproportionately impacts poor, African-American children. It’s…
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Don’t think AIDS happens to people like you? Neither did she
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) _ Sarah Thomas found out from a stranger. It was 1996, and after donating blood in Baltimore, a Red Cross worker called…
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The importance of health literacy
As public schools lose funding from debt-ridden state budgets, school administrators are being forced to cut “non-essentials” such as the number of teachers, classes are…
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‘Project Formation’ Brings Free Personalized Boot Camp Training To Brooklyn
Get in shape without spending your coins.
The truth about diabetes…Doug Banks’ death puts disease in fresh spotlight
Diabetes pervasive among Blacks

Cover To Cover

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Cover to Cover…Little Shaq
  “Here, try this.” Ugh. That’s advice you almost never take because you hate new things. You know what you like, you know what you…
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Cover to Cover…’We Love You, Charlie Freeman’
Anything’s worth a try. Never done it before? Then give it a whirl, you have nothing to lose. You might actually like it. You might…
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Cover to Cover…‘Incarceration Nations’
    You do the crime, you do the time. If you’re willing, in other words, to misbehave or break the law, you need to…
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Holy Bible, ‘I Am Jazz’ on list of ‘challenged’ books at libraries
NEW YORK (AP) — On the latest list of books most objected to at public schools and libraries, one title has been targeted nationwide, at…
Cover to Cover…‘My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me’
James McBride pays tribute to the Godfather of Soul

EDITORS PICK

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Black community political forum addresses issues
For the 13th year, Talk Magazine held the Pa. Black Community Network Conference and Pa. Black Community Candidates’ Forum. Black Leaders from around the state…

FEATURES

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Lifestyles Report…First in March
On Easter Sunday evening I went to see Disgraced, the current offering at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. Including myself there were four of us. Those…

VIEWPOINT

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The Wendy Bell diversion

PEOPLE

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She Won: First Lady Michelle Obama Rocks Givenchy At Correspondent’s Dinner
It was a bittersweet night for the Obama family at their last White House Correspondent's Dinner in office.
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Gabrielle Union Reveals The ‘Driving Force’ Behind Getting Married
Gabrielle Union is basically an open book when it comes to her life, career, and loves.
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Another Girl Allegedly Trespassed On Chris Brown’s Property
For the third time a young lady has found her way onto Chris Brown's property, illegally.
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Watch the Kardashians freak when Rob tells them he’s marrying Blac Chyna on ‘KUWTK’
There has been an adversarial relationship between Blac Chyna and the Kardashian clan ever since Tyga dropped Chyna to start having sexual relations with then-underage…
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Nia Long Talks Being An Over 40 Baddie And Her Parenting Style
The stunner opens up about being an actress for over two decades— who's balancing parenting and love.
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Karrine ‘Superhead’ Steffans says she’s Beyonce’s ‘Becky,’ but you won’t believe why
Former serial jump-off chick-turned-author Karrine Steffans wrote a piece outing herself as the “Becky” in Beyonce’s lemonade as she confesses to once hooking up with…
Angela Simmons is pregnant?
Kris Jenner blasts daughters Kim and Khloe while defending Rob Kardashian

Education

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NY Student Accepted At All 8 Ivy League Schools
For the second straight year, a student from Long Island, New York's Elmont Memorial High School has been accepted at all eight Ivy League schools, according to NBC 4 New York. The student, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, 17, who is the class valedictorian, has until May 1 to decide whether she'll attend one of the prestigious northeastern schools