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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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…
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City of Cleveland blames Tamir Rice for his own shooting death by cops
Incredibly, the City of Cleveland responded on Friday to a lawsuit filed by the family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by saying he was responsible for…
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Nick Gordon rips into Bobby Brown once again
Nick Gordon once again goes in on Bobbi Kristina Brown’s father, Bobby Brown, for being a deadbeat dad, for refusing to let Gordon see his…
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Girls used as sex slaves rescued after DeKalb County SWAT Team standoff
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — On the heels of a recently passed Senate resolution to toughen sex trafficking laws in Georgia, two young girls as young…
Atlanta woman brutally beaten unconscious for hours over a hamburger [Video]
Black Madam: Amber Rose hired me for buttocks injections
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ENTERTAINMENT

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Alicia Keys & Swizz Beats Reveal First Photos Of Baby Genesis
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats are finally showing the world their youngest child, Genesis. Alicia uploaded a black and white family portrait on Instagram featuring…
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Townsend tapped to direct “Brewster’s Millions” remake
Some 30 years after late actor/comedians Richard Pryor and John Candy starred in the comedy reboot of Brewster’s Millions, The Five Heartbeats co-writer and director,…
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‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett signs deal with Columbia Records
Life is imitating art for “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, who just signed a new deal with Columbia Records! We see Jussie (pictured above on the…
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Dating While Black, equal pay & stereotypes: Four Black women get it right on ‘The Nightly Show’ [VIDEO]
This week, Larry Wilmore of The Nightly Show brought on a talented and successful quartet, which included Issa Rae (our fave), Jacque Reid of New York…
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Black Film Festival challenge
  (PRNewswire)—McDonald’s USA and the American Black Film Festival are joining forces to launch the McDonald’s Lovin’ Video Competition. To complement the new “Lovin” campaign,…
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VH1 pulls plug on Nicole Murphy’s “Hollywood Exes”
Stick a fork in Hollywood Exes, because it is done. The reality show featured and executive-produced by Nicole Murphy who starred alongside Sheree Fletcher (Will Smith’s…
TV ROUNDUP: ‘A Different World’ On Netflix; Raven-Symone Is Gay On ‘Black-ish’ & More
Debates rage over color of dress photographed in rare light

SPORTS

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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…
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Steel Sensations…Free agent season is upon us
It’s that time of year again. The Steelers are about to hit the free agent signing period, a period when the black and gold typically…
‘Little Ballers:’ Documentary examines lives of AAU basketball players [video]
LeBron not happy colleges recruiting 10-year-old son

OPINION

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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…
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Dubois and Trotter: My civil rights heroes
(NNPA)—In the interest of full disclosure, I have been a W.E.B. DuBois fanatic since my teenage years in Tuscaloosa, Ala. I have a healthy collection…
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To Be Equal…Rhetoric of race at the crossroads of police reform
(NNPA)—“Much research points to the widespread existence of unconscious bias…We all—White and Black—carry various biases around with us. I am reminded of the song “Everyone’s…
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Lee Daniels claims “reverse racism” hurt Mo’Nique. Really?
For the last several days, Mo’Nique and Lee Daniels have been revisiting a conversation they had privately years ago in public spaces. This rehash of…
Reparations for Roots
To Tell The Truth…No togetherness among Black leaders = limited progress

BUSINESS

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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…
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In Apple’s latest update, emojis get diverse
NEW YORK (AP) — Lovers of emojis, the cute graphics that punctuate online writing and texts, will soon be able to pick from different skin…
Make sure you don’t lose out during video meetings
HBO’s new fellowship program seeks writers of color and women

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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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…
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Jeans are so last season: This is why we want leggings forever please
The athleisure trend is here to stay and I don’t want you to get left behind. Leggings are the new denim. In fact, jean sales…
‘Are You On Fleek?': New York Times wants to know if we’re up on Black slang
FAB FINDS: 25 sexy cut-out dresses you need this weekend

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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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…
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800,000 HealthCare.gov customers given wrong tax info
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers got the wrong tax information from the government, the Obama administration said Friday, and officials are asking those…
Lunch On Fleek: 5 Tips For Making The Most Healthy & Mouthwatering Sandwich You’ve Ever Bitten Into
American Psychological Association Reports Your Mood Can Affect Your Skin

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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‘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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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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Giuliana Rancic wants Kelly Osbourne fired for defending Zendaya over her
“Fashion Police” co-star Guiliana Rancic wants to say “deuces” to lavender-tinted hair cohost Kelly Osbourne for having the audacity to take up for Zendaya and…
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Kid Rock questions Beyonce’s music, talks about her body & gets stung by BeyHive
Clearly, Kid Rock has no idea what he’s started.. Kid Rock just set himself up for a virtual slaying after making comments about Beyonce in…
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Tia Mowry-Hardrict writes letter to herself & you need to read it
Tia Mowry-Hardrict gave her younger self some great, much-needed advice that would be a huge help to many girls now. Even though Tia grew up…
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Erykah Badu gives best snow day interview of all time [video]
Erykah Badu is always entertaining, and she just gave us all something new to giggle about. The singer was longing for a window seat when…
Todd Tucker tells Kandi, ‘You are not Rihanna,’ says sex life sucks
Sorry, Guys: Kanye West apologizes to Bruno Mars & Beck

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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