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CEA: Building a strong community
For more than 20 years, Rashad Byrdsong’s Community Empowerment Association has worked to stem violence in Pittsburgh’s East End by providing a variety of life…
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2014 Iota Phi Foundation Achievement Awards Dinner
On Nov. 22, at the Syria Center in Cheswick, hundreds gathered for the Iota Phi Foundation Annual Achievement Awards Dinner. The Iota Phi Foundation is…
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Officer who shot, paralyzed Leon Ford goes on desk duty
PITTSBURGH (AP) – The White officer who shot and paralyzed a Black man during a struggle in a traffic stop two years has been placed…
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McLay gets warm welcome at third community conversation
Though the format was the same, the mood was decidedly different for Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay’s third meeting with city residents since coming to…
Residents rally to save Bottom Dollar
Metro Beat…Three Christmas Eve shootings in city under investigation

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NATIONAL NEWS

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Can GOP shatter ‘Obama coalition’ in 2016?
ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a “permanent governing majority” for the GOP. Eight years…
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Students at medical college donate books to Ferguson library
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – On the evening of Nov. 24, Ashlee Nicole Sharer sat by her television as fires erupted on the streets of Ferguson,…
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Philly cops help deliver baby on train on Christmas
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The police officers who helped deliver a Christmas baby on a subway train reunited with the newborn boy and his parents Friday…
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Paramedic may face disciplinary action over instagram posting
A Philadelphia Fire Department paramedic has apologized over the social media posting of a picture where two Black men were pointing pistols at the head…
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With a criminal record, it’s one strike and you’re out
Ronald Lewis was standing on a street with his brother, who was selling drugs. When police were approaching, Lewis warned his brother. Both were arrested.…
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Eric Garner’s Daughter’s Post Address of Cop Who Saw His Chokehold Death
Eric Garner’s daughter created an explosive Christmas Day by posting personal information of one of the New York cops who was witnessed the infamous chokehold death of…
Study: 6 million White Americans have some African Ancestry
Civil rights groups counting on accurate census
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ENTERTAINMENT

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2014 gave viewers great shows on-air and online
NEW YORK (AP) — From the extraordinary Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring miniseries “The Honorable Woman” on SundanceTV to Syfy’s goofy “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” TV delivered…
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Over and out: TV flops, exits and endings in 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Along with its triumphs, the world of TV had its share of setbacks in 2014. Here’s a sample: — “How I…
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Woman of the Year: 5 reasons Nicki Minaj owned 2014
It’s safe to say that Nicki Minaj owned 2014. From her completely revamped makeunder to dropping her album “The Pinkprint,” The Barb lived in the…
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Covered Up: Top 20 magazines of 2014 you should add to your collection
It’s been a major year for magazine covers. They ran the gamut from bold and controversial to compelling and classic. There were covers so stunning we couldn’t stop…
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Tyga Reveals ‘The Gold Album’ Release Date
Tyga has announced the release date for his upcoming project, The Gold Album. The effort, which Tyga has called an independent one, is set to…
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Beyonce’s “7/11″ gets Christmas remake from French Montana
French Montana and Detail have crafted a reworking of Beyonce’s “7/11” single. The track, which reuses portions of Bey’s cut, blends ‘Yonce’s vocals with French…
Mike Colter Is Marvel’s New Luke Cage
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Says Quvenzhané Wallis Is A ‘Triple Threat’ in ‘Annie’ [EXCLUSIVE]

SPORTS

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Lisa Leslie Says There’s More To Worry About In Sports Than The Gender Gap [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]
There’s a gender gap everywhere–from corner offices to street corners, women are often faced with not having the same value as men, thus we get…
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Bengals get another chance at 23-year drought
CINCINNATI (AP) – The Bengals are back in the playoffs, and so many of their fans are wondering already whether they’ll lose in the first…
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Penn State set for 1st bowl game in Sandusky aftermath
Take Penn State out to the bowl game. The Nittany Lions’ postseason freeze out is over, a triumphant bowl return ahead at Yankee Stadium. The…
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LeBron reunites with Dwyane Wade on first game back In Miami
Yesterday’s much-anticipated Christmas Day matchup between the Cavaliers and the Heat marked the first time LeBron James has returned to Miami since making the very public move…
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Timmons’ stellar season ends with first Pro Bowl
PITTSBURGH (AP) – On a defense in the middle of a generational shift, Lawrence Timmons is the constant. The faces that mentored the Pittsburgh Steelers…
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Michael Sam tells Oprah gays in NFL reached out to him (VIDEO)
Did gay NFL players give support to Michael Sam? According to the free agent they did. Sam sits down with Oprah Winfrey for his first…
Ode to sports in 2014: When mayhem won the gold
Merry Christmas Indeed! Memphis Grizzlies Buy Intern New Car After His Gets Stolen

OPINION

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Old guard marginalizes Ferguson youth leaders
(NNPA)—Remember these names:  Ashley Yates, Johnetta Elzie, and Deray McKesson. They could get an invite to meet President Obama in the Whites House, but for…
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The Willie Horton-ization of the Brooklyn Cop Shooter
Let’s have a flashback: In the 1988 presidential race, then-Vice President George H.W. Bush ran an attack ad against Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, pointing out that…
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Bill Cosby’s “Warning” To Black Media Isn’t Enough To Rally Support He Desperately Needs
Amidst all the allegations leveled against him, if nothing else, Bill Cosby has proven himself to be consistently entitled. While speaking to a reporter for…
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Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad:
  Dec. 23 Seattle Times on aftermath of citizens and police: All life is precious – whether it’s that of belligerent Ferguson, Mo., jaywalker Michael…
Bill de Blasio’s Request To Halt Peaceful Protest Is Wrong
Blacks are a giving people

BUSINESS

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The future is here, and it’s called Mirai
The Future is here and Akio Toyoda said he has seen it.  It is called “Mirai.” In Japanese, “Mirai” means “future” and represents a turning…
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How to handle an unexpected job loss
With cutbacks, mergers, and downsizing, job security has become a thing of the past.  Nothing is guaranteed when it comes to longevity within the workplace.…
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Dallas Popcorn soon to be stocked on Costco shelves
(NNPA)—Popcorn has become one of America’s favorite snack foods. And with a little ingenuity and a lot of hard work, one local businesswoman said she’s…
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Pharrell Only Made $2,700 For 43 Million Streams Of ‘Happy’ On Pandora
When Taylor Swift scrubbed Spotify of her music claiming artists weren’t getting paid properly we gave her a little side-eye. (We secretly listen to “Shake…
Streaming release of ‘Interview’ test for industry
More ‘Help Wanted’ signs up at small businesses

INTERNATIONAL

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Faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Several thousand Christian pilgrims on Wednesday flocked to the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional…
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Report: At least 60 journalists killed in 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — At least 60 journalists around the world were killed in 2014 while on the job or because of their work, the…
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El Salvador’s gangs target women and girls
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence.…
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Cuba: No intention of extraditing Assata Shakur
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to U.S. fugitives, the clearest sign to date that the communist…
U.N. kcks off Decade for People of African Descent
AP sources: US, Cuba seek to normalize relations

LIFESTYLE

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Obama personal chef to hang up apron after 6 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — Political advisers, chiefs of staff, press secretaries and national security advisers have come and gone in the nearly six years Barack Obama…
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Covered Up: Top 20 magazines of 2014 you should add to your collection
It’s been a major year for magazine covers. They ran the gamut from bold and controversial to compelling and classic. There were covers so stunning we couldn’t stop…
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The Top 20 Magazine Covers of 2014
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Ask Alma…A Ring of Pain
Dear Alma,I love my husband. We’ve been married for 19 years. About 10 years ago we were about to get divorced. Not because of infidelity…
Lifestyles Report…How to throw a party
President Obama’s Hawaii vacation: Day 5

GENERATION Y

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Students at medical college donate books to Ferguson library
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – On the evening of Nov. 24, Ashlee Nicole Sharer sat by her television as fires erupted on the streets of Ferguson,…
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Step Show: Black Greeks Protest Sorority Sisters Outside VH1 Offices
Black Greek fraternities and sororities are not letting VH1 get away with the airing of their controversial show, Sorority Sisters. Over the weekend, various members…
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5 African Americans named Rhodes Scholars
Each year the Rhodes Trust awards exceptional postgraduate students with a scholarship to pursue studies in all fields at the prestigious University of Oxford, the oldest university…
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Black high schooler gifts less fortunate classmate with new shoes after bullies made fun of him [PHOTOS]
Christmas is only in a few days, but with all the tragedy that’s happening in our own backyards, we could use an uplifting story that…
Q&A: Why campus rape victims usually don’t report
College Student Lands In Jail For Not Having State Driver’s License

HEALTH

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Parental help and support a plus for LGB teens
Teens who like members of the same or either sexes or who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) are one of the most commonly…
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Sexuality and ­Reproductive Health
  Sexuality is complicated and does not necessarily stay the same over time. To be more specific, how women identify—in other words, heterosexual, lesbian, gay…
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LGBT resources in Allegheny County
If you know a young person who identifies as LGBT or is questioning his/her sexual orientation or identity, Dr. Marshal recommends the following resources: Children’s…
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Despite gay-related stressors and discrimination, most LGB youths report being healthy and happy
Young people who make up the lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB)* population are diverse. But they have health needs and risks that are LGB specific.…
Take Care Of Your Health Today. Be Informed. Be Involved…LGB health
SHE DRINKS: 3 Fresh Ways To Sip Your Peppermint This Holiday Season

Cover To Cover

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Bookworm’s Best of 2014
So many books, so little time. It’s easy to feel that way when faced with an entire bookstore full of possibilities. How do you pick? …
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Cover To Cover…‘Memoirs of an Elf’
Your mom and dad take their jobs very seriously. They get to work on time and they do a good job. Sometimes, they might even…
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Amazon-Hachette feud headlines book news in 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Like a serial for the digital age, the book world’s most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real…
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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…
Cover to Cover…‘Firebird’
Cover To Cover…‘Imagine This’

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.…

VIEWPOINT

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Janay Rice’s Journey

PEOPLE

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Tyler, The Creator Invites You To His “Baller” Christmas Party
Tyler, The Creator hosted a Christmas party that he wanted to share with the world. In the video, Tyler celebrates his snazzy swag, a “gold…
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Mariah Carey Rethinks Christmas With Nick Cannon
  Has Mariah Carey changed her mind about spending the holidays with her estranged husband Nick Cannon? Originally the pair had planned to take their…
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Sammy Davis Jr.’s Ex, Katherine McKee Claims Bill Cosby Raped Her: ‘I’m Really Sorry He Had To Do That To Me’ [VIDEO]
“It was a rape, but it seemed so strange to call it that. We think of rape as a stranger who attacks you in a…
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Mathew Knowles Hawking Beyonce & Solange’s Items In Garage Sale
It looks like Matthew Knowles is stooping to desperate lows to pay bills. The former Destiny’s Child manager is hawking his daughters’ personal items in…
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He Put A Ring On It: Transgender Rights Activist Janet Mock Gets Engaged!
Author and transgender rights activist Janet Mock (pictured) announced her engagement to longtime beau and New York photographer, Aaron Tredwell (pictured).  Mock showed off her sparkler…
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Here They Go Again: Chris Brown & Karrueche Back Together? (VIDEO)
Now who didn’t see this coming? Everyone’s favorite make up to break up couple Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran appear to be back together again.…
Ledisi Talks “Selma” And Johnny Gill Pulls A Muscle At Jeffrey Osborne’s Celebrity Softball Game? [VIDEO]
Rush Limbaugh Says Idris Elba Should Not Play James Bond Because He’s Black!

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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