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West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American

The Target parking lot of the Buzz Westfall Shopping Center was filled with dozens and dozens of police vehicles and the area of West Florissant from Jennings to Ferguson was blocked off. Helicopters and tanks –as well as vehicles from a host of area departments – descended on West Florissant as looting and vandalism…

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Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

By Peter Grear

Our campaign has sought to educate our communities to the point that they would organize and mobilize for a massive voter turnout for the November General Election and beyond. 

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Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Study author Susan R. Fisk

“On the surface, risky situations may not appear to be particularly disadvantageous to women, but these findings suggest otherwise,” 

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Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

By Peter Grear

To properly understand where we are today, we must look to history, to Black Slavery.  Slavery has existed since the time of ancient civilizations and in its inception was based upon conquerors enslaving the conquered without regards to race.  

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Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Charlotte, NC (BlackPR.com)

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a business executive, was installed as the 2014-2018 International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA)

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Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

New York (BlackPR.com)

New York (BlackPR.com) -- Nielsen today announced that Andrew McCaskill has joined Nielsen as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. He will report to Chief Communications Officer Laura Nelson.

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Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Written by Peter Grear

With this article we will start detailing the ingredients of a revisable action plan that needs comments and revisions as we move toward the Tuesday, November 4, 2014 General Election.  

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Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Written by Peter Grear

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: I confess that I’m amazed. The Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of North Carolina announced last week that they have launched theNorth Carolina Black Advisory Board (BRAB) 

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Essential Tips for College Campus Living

Written by Featured Organization on 13 August 2010.

Essential Tips for College Campus LivingIt’s August and around the country, thousands of college students are preparing to head to campus, many living in on-campus residential halls. Living away from home and with a roommate for the first time can be exciting but also challenging. Michael Scales, associate vice president for housing at Temple University, says there are steps students can take to make it a positive experience.

Because room space in residence halls is small and limited, Scales says the most important thing students should do is communicate with their roommate to coordinate which items each will bring to the residence hall so there is not a lot of duplication.

“Students should be cognizant of the fact that there is a fixed amount of space in the room,” he says. “I wouldn’t recommend that they bring any additional furniture. “It’s important to understand that the rooms and suites are furnished thoughtfully and additional furniture is not needed.

Scales says the five most important items students should bring with them to campus are:

1) A computer—either a laptop or desktop and “make sure that it meets the specifications of the college’s network.”

2) Appropriate length cables and cords for hooking up computers, printers and the like.

3) Anything that is going to make them comfortable. “Most students will choose to bring a TV and/or a radio/stereo/CD player.”

4) Whatever communication device they are going to use to stay in touch with their family and friends. “For most students that’s a cell phone, PDA or Smart Phone.”

5) Appropriate power such as UPC-approved power strips. “Students tend to bring more electrical devices than there are outlets.

During his career in student housing, Scales says he has seen students bring some unusual--as well as often ill-advised--things to their new living space, including console TVs, “concert-worthy” music speakers, full-size refrigerators, futons, poker tables and a wide variety of pets.

But he has also seen students, particularly female students, get very creative with their new rooms and decorate them to the point where they were worthy of being featured in a design magazine.

He says students should also make sure that any issues regarding their tuition bill, registration or class schedule have been tended to before arriving on campus, so they can “hit the ground running” when they arrive on campus and not waste time and stress running around campus dealing with matters that could be handled prior to arrival.

And finally, what is the best advice Scales can give students, as well as their parents, who are moving onto campus for the first time?

For students, it is “to get involved immediately. The research shows that the more involved or engaged a student becomes right away, the more likely they are to succeed and graduate.”

And for a parent, “they should understand that when a student calls home upset about something that happened in a classroom or residence hall, they are just venting.”

“Parents should just relax and trust that their students will overcome the challenges associated with leaving the nest,” he says.

 

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