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    Black Advocacy Group: ‘Turn Off FOX’

    ColorOfChange.org, the community activist group that successfully urged dozens of advertisers to pull away from Glenn Beck’s FOX news show, recently announced a new initiative directed at discouraging public establishments across the country from...

    Former FAMU Band Director Dies at 91

    William P. Foster, the former Florida A&M University (FAMU) band leader dubbed the “Dean of America’s Band Directors,” died Aug. 28 at 91. Foster was noted for creating the FAMU Marching “100” and developing...

    New Software Could Predict Future Crime

    Authorities may be able to predict crimes before they happen with the assistance of new software that, developers say, could help reduce the occurrence of murder and other crimes, ABCNews.com reported. The crime prediction software...

    DEA Sends Out Calls for Ebonics Translators

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in an effort to increase the success rate of criminal cases, is considering the possible use of Ebonics experts to bring things into perspective. According to the Associated Press, federal...

    N.C. Woman Finds Racial Slur on Receipt

    A woman in Apex, N.C. found an unwelcomed surprise at the bottom of her Domino’s Pizza receipt reports WRAL.com. Carla Robinson said she ordered two pizzas from the national chain eatery on Aug. 20....

    The Links Aid a School in Africa

    The Hudson Valley chapter of The Links, a national service organization of African American women, has made a commitment to adopt an impoverished school in South Africa reports The Journal News. Under the banner of...

    Meek Wins Florida Primary Race

    Rep. Kendrick Meek (Fla.) will be the Democratic candidate to face Republican Marco Rubio and Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida’s Senate race this November. Meek won the Democratic party’s nomination with 54 percent of...

    Civil Rights Groups Release Publication on Redistricting

    In an attempt to protect minority voters and their power in elections, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC)...

    National Bar Association Names New President

    Demetrius D. Shelton was named 68th president of the National Bar Association (NBA) at the organization's annual convention Aug. 12. In his inaugural address, Shelton stated that one of his goals was to “expand the...

    Wyclef Jean’s Political Venture Takes Dramatic Turns

    After Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) deemed rapper Wyclef Jean ineligible to run for the nation’s presidency, it seemed his political journey had been thwarted. Furthermore, Jean released a statement on his blog saying,...

    Tainted Eggs Cast Fear in U.S. Grocery Stores

    Typically a staple food in many Americans’ diets, eggs have come under fire after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pointed to two Iowa-based producers as the root of a nationwide salmonella outbreak....

    Veteran CBS News Correspondent Harold Dow Dies

    Emmy Award-winning CBS News correspondent Harold Dow, recognized for his Sept. 11 and O.J. Simpson murder trial coverage, died Aug. 21 in New Jersey. He was 62. According to CBS network spokeswoman Louise Bashi,...

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