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After Five Years, NY Police Officer Who Chokes Eric Garner to Death on Video is Finally Fired

By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor On August 19, New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill announced the firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo. Pantaleo. Pantaleo choked Eric Garner, 43, to death on a sidewalk in Staten Island New York on July 17, 2014, after Pantaleo stopped Garner for selling loose cigarettes. The video of Garner begging for his life …

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Conference Offers Classes to Support Disabled People at Churches and Families

By Carla Thomas A Northern CA Disability Ministry Conference (NorCal DMC) to support people with disabilities at churches will take place Sept. 28 at Abun­dant Life Christian Fellow­ship. 2440 Leghorn St. in Mountain View, CA. In partnership with the Dis­ability Ministry Conference of Southern CA, the NorCal DMC will feature keynote speaker Diane Dokko Kim, a local special needs mom, …

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Evangelical group calls Trump admin’s new immigration rule ‘counter-effective,’ ‘short-sighted’

An evangelical humanitarian organization says the Trump administration’s newly announced public charge rule “short-sighted” and “counter-effective.” On Monday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli announced that a new public charge rule would be implemented to prevent legal immigrants from getting green cards if they rely on food stamps, Medicaid, or other taxpayer-funded services. It is scheduled to …

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Reform Alternative Business Lending Practices to Protect Small-Business Owners

By Rep. Edolphus Towns In my three decades representing parts of New York City in the House of Representatives, expanding economic opportunities for underserved communities was a top priority. That’s why, after I retired from public service, I joined the Board of World Business Lenders, an alternative business lender that provides desperately needed financing for businesses who want to grow …

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BRIAN COURTNEY WILSON ANNOUNCES NEW NATIONAL TOUR

Prolific, singer-songwriter Brian Courtney Wilson announced his JUST B(E) Tour today following an exclusive announcement on Instagram. JUST B(E) will kick off on Friday, August 23 in Atlanta, GA at Center Stage with dates across the country including Charleston, Charlotte, New Orleans, St . Louis, Orlando, Philadelphia and others. This is Wilson’s first North American tour, and will play such venues as Knitting Factory in …

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JULY’S STRONG BLACK LEADS ON NETFLIX

*Kick off your Independence Days with Netflix!Here’s what’s new, Black and on Netflix this month: July 1st – 1996s “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” starring, directed and co-written by Martin Lawrence. The cast includes also Lynn Whitfield, Regina King, Bobby Brown and Della Reese. July 4th – “Stranger Things 3.“ It’s 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer’s heating up. School’s out, there’s a brand new …

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THE PULSE OF ENTERTAINMENT: THE 28TH NAACP THEATRE AWARDS CONTINUES TO HONOR ARTISTIC CREATIVITY

By Eunice Moseley Loni Love (“The Real”) hosted the 28th NAACP Theatre Awards, held recently at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, where artistic creativity was honored with a red carpeted event. Aside from awarding actors, actresses, directors, costumes designers, choreographers, producers, lighting technicians, stage designers, sound engineers and playwrights of the theatrical arena the NAACP Theatre Awards gave special honors to Academy …

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Bishop T.D. Jakes offers Steve Harvey hope on final episode of his talk show

By Defender News Service It’s a wrap, folks. The last episode of Steve Harvey‘s talk show “Steve” aired Wednesday, after it was announced in January that his time slot would be given to Kelly Clarkson‘s “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” Bishop T. D. Jakes was a guest on the show, and what he said seemed to touch the 62-year-old so much, he shared it on Instagram. In …

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NNPA Observes Black Music Month, National Homeownership and Juneteenth

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia In June, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) joins with millions of other Americans in celebration of Black Music Month and National Homeownership Month. As the trade association representing more than 200 African American-owned newspapers and media companies around the nation, the NNPA also observes Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the …

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Ta-Nehisi Coates, Danny Glover to testify in Juneteenth House hearing on slavery reparations

N’dea Yancey-Bragg, USA TODAY Published 9:18 p.m. ET June 18, 2019 It may not be a national holiday, but Juneteeth marks a major milestone for America USA TODAY CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE A House subcommittee will hold a hearing to discuss reparations for slavery on Juneteenth, a holiday celebrated on June 19 that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The House Judiciary Subcommittee …

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