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John Legend Says Exactly What He Thinks About Trump At ‘Time 100’ Gala

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John Legend will drag your name all across the red carpet if he feels you’re a President not doing your job right. The singer, who has not been shy about taking shots at Donald Trump, positively ethered 45 during the Time 100 gala, saying out loud what the rest of us have been thinking.

Before Legend’s performance at the gala honoring impactful figures, the singer hit the red carpet and responded to a question about President Trump.

“I think he’s a terrible president,” he said without hesitation. He continued, “He’s manifestly unqualified, not curious, not good at legislating or doing anything that his job requires. He doesn’t have any depth about any subject. And he’s also using the office of the presidency as a way to make money for himself for his businesses, so he’s corrupt. I can’t say anything nice about the guy, I think he’s one of the worst people I’ve ever encountered in public life.” You can watch his commentary for yourself below.

“I think he’s a terrible president – he’s manifestly unqualified” – @johnlegend on Donald Trump at #Time100 pic.twitter.com/hUa59VQVQy

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House lawmakers resist giving some ex-felons voting rights – WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE – Louisiana lawmakers have voiced their opposition to restoring voting rights of more than 70,000 ex-felons who are on probation or parole. A House committee Wednesday rejected one such proposal and convinced a lawmaker to delay …
House lawmakers not keen to restore vote to some ex-felonsKATC Lafayette News
House committee acts on bills that takes felons out of public lifeThe Advocate

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Black Owned Businesses Are On The Rise

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Black Owned Businesses Are On The Rise

Black Owned Businesses Are On The Rise

Black Owned business are on the rise.

The U.S. Census Bureau says blacks owned nearly 2 million businesses in 2007, the year of the last survey of minority business owners. That was up more than 60 percent from the previous survey of minority business owners in 2002. The jump was more than triple the growth rate for all U.S. businesses, and the highest rate of increase of any minority business.

Marc Morial is the head of minority run civil rights group the National Urban League, which works to empower historically underserved minority communities. Discussing the data in a conference call Tuesday, he said federal, state and local policy makers should look to this growth in black-owned companies when planning how to help American communities emerge from the recession.

“The fact that there’s an increase in business ownership, [and] increasing interest in entrepreneurship means that by focusing attention on helping black-owned businesses to grow, you can create jobs and economic growth in your communities,” Morial said.

The survey defines black-owned businesses as firms in which blacks own 51 percent or more of the stock or …read more      

Marshawn Lynch Decides Being A Raider Is Better Than Retirement

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Marshawn Lynch is coming out of retirement after agreeing on a two-year deal with the Raiders that paved the way for a trade to his hometown team in Oakland.

Lynch passed a physical Wednesday and agreed to a restructured two-year contract. Those were the final steps needed before Seattle could trade his rights along with a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Raiders for a 2018 fifth-rounder.

NFL Network said Lynch would get a $3 million base deal this season, with a chance to make an additional $2 million if he rushes for at least 1,000 yards.

Lynch had been slated to make $9 million this season if he came out of retirement. With Seattle unwilling to pay that amount and Lynch only wanting to play for the Raiders, finalizing a trade was simple once Oakland was able to re-do Lynch’s contract.

Lynch also must apply to the NFL for reinstatement from the retired list before he can play with the Raiders.

Lynch retired following the 2015 season but decided he wanted to come back and play with his hometown team. The Raiders met with him early this month to gauge his interest and wanted to get a deal done before …read more

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Marshawn Lynch is coming out of retirement after agreeing on a two-year deal with the Raiders that paved the way for a trade to his hometown team in Oakland.

Lynch passed a physical Wednesday and agreed to a restructured two-year contract. Those were the final steps needed before Seattle could trade his rights along with a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Raiders for a 2018 fifth-rounder.

NFL Network said Lynch would get a $3 million base deal this season, with a chance to make an additional $2 million if he rushes for at least 1,000 yards.

Lynch had been slated to make $9 million this season if he came out of retirement. With Seattle unwilling to pay that amount and Lynch only wanting to play for the Raiders, finalizing a trade was simple once Oakland was able to re-do Lynch’s contract.

Lynch also must apply to the NFL for reinstatement from the retired list before he can play with the Raiders.

Lynch retired following the 2015 season but decided he wanted to come back and play with his hometown team. The Raiders met with him early this month to gauge his interest and wanted to get a deal done …read more      

Black Owned Businesses Are On The Rise

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Black Business

Black Owned Businesses Are On The Rise

Black Owned Businesses Are On The Rise

Black Owned business are on the rise.

The U.S. Census Bureau says blacks owned nearly 2 million businesses in 2007, the year of the last survey of minority business owners. That was up more than 60 percent from the previous survey of minority business owners in 2002. The jump was more than triple the growth rate for all U.S. businesses, and the highest rate of increase of any minority business.

Marc Morial is the head of minority run civil rights group the National Urban League, which works to empower historically underserved minority communities. Discussing the data in a conference call Tuesday, he said federal, state and local policy makers should look to this growth in black-owned companies when planning how to help American communities emerge from the recession.

“The fact that there’s an increase in business ownership, [and] increasing interest in entrepreneurship means that by focusing attention on helping black-owned businesses to grow, you can create jobs and economic growth in your communities,” Morial said.

The survey defines black-owned businesses as firms in which blacks own 51 percent or more of the stock or equity.

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Baltimore’s 2017 Murder Rate Surpasses 100 Before End Of April

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Baltimore officials recorded the 101st homicide this year on Monday, marking the first time since 1998 that the city reached that grim milestone before the end of April, ABC News reports.

The 2017 murder rate is 34 percent higher than the same time last year, according the Baltimore Sun.

“We have to engage this community or it’s going to continue to be a bloodbath, the Rev. Donte Hickman, pastor of the Southern Baptist Church, told the Sun.

A surge of violence began after the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in police custody, which sparked riots in the city.

“We’re continuing to do everything we can to impact that number so it doesn’t continue to grow,” a Baltimore Police Department spokesman told The Sun.

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Dem challenging Mia Love could lead to a first — two black women…

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Washington a A Canyon Rim political newcomer has filed to seek the Democratic nomination to take on Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, arguing the incumbent has turned her back on the needs of her district and shied away from talking to her constituents. The entrance of Darlene McDonald, 49, to the race could set up a general election between two black women in a district where less than 2 percent of residents are African American.

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Trump Signs Executive Order To Reduce Federal Involvement In Schools

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that aims to reduce the federal government’s role in K-12 education.

Trump is giving Education Secretary Betsy DeVos just short of a year — 300 days — to identify areas where Washington has overstepped its legal authority in education, and modify and repeal regulations and guidance from her department, if necessary. A report will be returned to the White House and eventually made public, officials said.

Trump complained that the government over the years has forced states and schools to comply with “federal whims.” He said the order will help restore local control over education.

“We know that local communities do it best and know it best,” Trump said, surrounded by governors, members of Congress and teachers. “The time has come to empower parents and teachers to make the decisions that help their students achieve success.”

Republicans have long chafed at federal government involvement in education, asserting that states and local governments, school boards and parents are best positioned to decide what students learn. Antipathy toward the Education Department ramped up under Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama, who offered states billions of dollars of federal money to help improve their schools …read more      

What is a Hate Crime

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What is a Hate Crime

by dbking

What is a Hate Crime

Our society is truly a melting pot of various people with different ideas, religions, cultures, races and many unique attributes that makes for a very dynamic society. Some believe that this very diversity is what makes the U.S. great, some believe the opposite. What is true is that this diversity creates many challenges and often great conflict. As result over time laws have been enacted to discourage unreasonable behaviors. California has enacted not only anti discrimination laws, but also hate crime laws. Other others states have done likewise.

During the last few years there has also been a very strong anti immigrant sentiment that often leads to not only discrimination against individuals because of their perceived ethnicity or nationality, but often the strong anti-immigrant sentiment leads to crimes perpetrated against these individuals. These types of crimes are considered to be of a greater magnitude and the punishment is much more severe than punishment for other crimes. Essentially a crime becomes more severe when the victim is a member of …read more      

What is a Hate Crime

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Hate Crime

What is a Hate Crime

by dbking

What is a Hate Crime

Our society is truly a melting pot of various people with different ideas, religions, cultures, races and many unique attributes that makes for a very dynamic society. Some believe that this very diversity is what makes the U.S. great, some believe the opposite. What is true is that this diversity creates many challenges and often great conflict. As result over time laws have been enacted to discourage unreasonable behaviors. California has enacted not only anti discrimination laws, but also hate crime laws. Other others states have done likewise.

During the last few years there has also been a very strong anti immigrant sentiment that often leads to not only discrimination against individuals because of their perceived ethnicity or nationality, but often the strong anti-immigrant sentiment leads to crimes perpetrated against these individuals. These types of crimes are considered to be of a greater magnitude and the punishment is much more severe than punishment for other crimes. Essentially a crime becomes more severe when the victim is a member of protected class. …read more      

East Coast Budget-Friendly Family Vacations

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What’s your fond, offbeat family vacation story? Maybe yours was completely normal and didn’t include that time your mother dropped the car keys in a pond and waited hours for the resort staff to “fish” it out. What about an incident that left your bestie falling into the same pond because you nervously stood up in the canoe?

Perhaps you remember flying domestically and eating a hearty, complimentary in-flight lunch because dining on commercial flights was standard back then. Whatever it was, get ready to create new family adventures this summer with wallet-friendly domestic trips that are entertaining and relaxing. From an urban escape in New York to a beach vacation in Florida, these getaways are perfect for great times without the high costs.

Brooklyn, New York

Fuggedabout what you heard in terms of expenses—visiting and living in this city of over 2.6 million people are two different things. During the summer, tons of activities are free or cheap.

Do: Looking for free concerts featuring top performers? Head to Prospect Park for the annual

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Black History Month- To Remember the Deeds of Famous African Americans

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Black History Month- To Remember the Deeds of Famous African Americans

Black History Month- To Remember the Deeds of Famous African Americans

The blacks first came to Europe and America as slaves in the sixteenth and seventeenth century. When they first left their homes for distant lands, they saw oppression, slavery and discrimination; they saw it happening to them and the fellow blacks. But all these came to an end one day. The end in America first came with Abraham Lincoln’s announcement about the abolition of slavery in the country. Then the civil rights movement came where the world saw blacks like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. rise as upholders of equality, justice and peace. These famous african americans ushered in the era of equality that came and settled slowly in modern times.

Now, in the United States of America, Canada and United Kingdom, Black History Month is celebrated to remember the deeds of famous African Americans; and famous events in the history of African Americans that made the world believe that even blacks can achieve the same milestones as their oppressors. It started off as Negro Week in 1926 in the US on …read more      

Black History Month- To Remember the Deeds of Famous African Americans

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Black History

Black History Month- To Remember the Deeds of Famous African Americans

Black History Month- To Remember the Deeds of Famous African Americans

The blacks first came to Europe and America as slaves in the sixteenth and seventeenth century. When they first left their homes for distant lands, they saw oppression, slavery and discrimination; they saw it happening to them and the fellow blacks. But all these came to an end one day. The end in America first came with Abraham Lincoln’s announcement about the abolition of slavery in the country. Then the civil rights movement came where the world saw blacks like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. rise as upholders of equality, justice and peace. These famous african americans ushered in the era of equality that came and settled slowly in modern times.

Now, in the United States of America, Canada and United Kingdom, Black History Month is celebrated to remember the deeds of famous African Americans; and famous events in the history of African Americans that made the world believe that even blacks can achieve the same milestones as their oppressors. It started off as Negro Week in 1926 in the …read more      

WATCH: Trailer Released For VH1 Documentary About Mary J. Blige

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Mary J. Blige has a new documentary titled The Making Of: Strength Of A Woman, set to air on VH1, explores her journey through her 25-year career, showing off her many accolades and offering fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the making of her upcoming album (out on April 28). Never one to shy away from opening up about personal issues, MJB also briefly speaks on her pending divorce.

The trailer features a number of the collaborators from Strength Of A Woman including Jazmine Sullivan, Teddy Riley, Diddy, Ne-Yo, Hit-Boy, DJ Khaled and Missy Elliott. Frequent collaborator and old friend Diddy speaks on why MJB has staying power, stating that “she has been writing and singing music that both cuts us and helps us heal at the same time. Her realness, music, style, energy, and performance make her loved by millions.”

You can check out the full trailer BELOW:

The Making Of: Strength Of A Woman will air May 2nd at 11 P.M. on VH1 and be sure to get Mary’s latest album when it drops this Friday.

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Black History Eliminated From U.S. History?

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Black History Eliminated From U.S. History?

Black History Eliminated From U.S. History?

Imagine being kidnapped from your native land; taken away from your family permanently and sold into a life of servitude.

Such was the fortune of millions of Africans sold in the slave trade as a cheap labor force, which actually fueled the early economy in the American colonies, becoming the origin of Black history in this country.

Since 1619, when the first African slaves arrived in the Jamestown colony, the African slave trade has been the foundation of not only Black history, but American history, taught to millions of students throughout the generations.

However, states like Texas and Arizona are poised to rewrite American history, renaming the slave trade the “Atlantic triangular trade” and omitting Barack Obama’s presidency, and in the case of Arizona, dismantling all ethnic studies courses (including Black history and Chicano studies) because it allegedly creates a resentment of Whites.

Rewriting social studies textbooks in Texas is extremely controversial because Texas textbooks usually set the precedent for other state curriculums because the state is such a huge purchaser of books, publishers write them to fit their standards.

“The standards are …read more      

House lawmakers resist giving some ex-felons voting rights – WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE – Louisiana lawmakers have voiced their opposition to restoring voting rights of more than 70,000 ex-felons who are on probation or parole. A House committee Wednesday rejected one such proposal and convinced a lawmaker to delay …
House lawmakers not keen to restore vote to some ex-felonsKATC Lafayette News
House committee acts on bills that takes felons out of public lifeThe Advocate

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