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Keatts A Keeper For New-Look Seahawks

Written by Featured Organization on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:44.

New Head Men’s Basketball Coach was all smiles at Trask Coliseum. Courtesy: Jeff Janowski/UNCW University Relations. WILMINGTON, NC – Boldly proclaiming, “I’m a winner,” and promising “an exciting brand of basketball” newly-christened UNCW head men’s basketball coach Kevin Keatts said Tuesday that a new day in Seahawk basketball has arrived.Keatts, 41, was named UNCW’s new head coach late last week, but didn’t appear in Wilmington until an introductory press conference and welcome gathering was staged Tuesday afternoon at Trask Coliseum. Keatts previously served as Associate Head Coach at the University of Louisville for Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino.
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National Black Programming Consortium’s 180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School addresses the nation’s high school dropout problem

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 07 April 2014 15:28.

NEW YORK (April 4, 2014) — The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC)  documentary series, 180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School, which shines the spotlight on the nation’s educational crisis, has won a Peabody Award, the Pulitzer Prize of electronic media. Jacquie Jones, the executive director of NBPC, will be presented the award on May 19th at the Peabody Awards ceremony at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria.

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Death of A Man Refused Help Outside DC Fire Station Ignites National Debate

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 27 March 2014 17:11.

heart health by john travis holtWASHINGTON, DC – February 27, 2014 – Medric Cecil Mills, Jr. suffered a fatal heart attack directly across the street from District of Columbia Fire Engine House 26, while five fire and EMS Department personnel inside refused to provide medical assistance. The outrageous circumstances surrounding Mills’ tragic death has not only captured attention in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, but across the nation. On February 24, the D.C. Council’s Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety held an oversight hearing to review and discuss Mills’ death and the policies and procedures of D.C.’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. 

 

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NAACP Commends Concluding Observations from UN Human Rights Committee

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 27 March 2014 15:25.

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Issues of felony disenfranchisement, stand your ground, racial profiling, and the school to prison pipeline addressed by Human Rights Committee’s Report (Geneva) The NAACP applauds the UN Human Rights Committee’s concluding observations from the United States International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) treaty compliance review.   The report identifies issues of felony disenfranchisement, stand your ground laws, the death penalty and more.  (Full Report Here). The NAACP brought an 11-person delegation to the hearings in Geneva.

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Jordan Davis Worried that He Wouldn’t ‘Make it’ in Life

Written by Freddie Allen, Washington Correspondent on Thursday, 27 March 2014 14:02.

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Filled with doubt about his future, Jordan Davis, a 17 year-old student at Samuel W. Wolfson High School began to cry one night sitting on the patio of his father’s condo in Jacksonville, Fla. Like most teenagers, longing for his own identity and independence, Jordan wanted to work and was having a hard time finding a job. He didn’t feel great about his grades, either. “He said, ‘Dad, I don’t think I’m going to make it,’” Ron Davis, Jordan’s father remembered. “‘I can’t find a job. I’m not doing that well in school. I just don’t think that I’m going to make it.’”

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Obama Teams up with Pro Athletes to Meet ACA Deadline

Written by Freddie Allen, Washington Correspondent on Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:59.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the final, frenzied push to boost health insurance enrollment numbers under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama turned to sports figures to promote the health care law on television and online. Riding on the wave of the highly-anticipated NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, also known as March Madness, the move could capture the attention of young Blacks, who often view celebrities and professional athletes as positive role models.

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Lied-to Children More Likely to Cheat and Lie

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 12:48.

People lie – we know this. People lie to kids – we know this, too. But what happens next? Do children who’ve been lied to lie more themselves? Surprisingly, the question had not been asked experimentally until Chelsea Hays, then an undergraduate student in psychology at the University of California, San Diego, approached professor Leslie Carver with it. Now the pair have a paper out in Developmental Science, suggesting that adult dishonesty does make a difference, and not in a good way.

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Black Male Initiative Must Address Structural Racism

Written by Freddie Allen, NNPA Washington Correspondent on Monday, 17 March 2014 15:42.

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WASHINGTON – If President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative expands educational and work opportunities for young Black and Hispanic males, but fails to address the burdens of structural racism that threaten their lives, the program might not succeed, some community activists believe.“Let’s say they do all the right things, let’s say they excel in the classroom, let’s say they are involved in community activities, but then they go out on the street and they are harassed by police, profiled and arrested,” said Walter Fields, executive editor of the NorthStar News a news website that caters to African American. “Or they go to college and they get a degree, then they go out on the labor market and they are discriminated against. How do we control that, after you have told these young men that they have to rise above it and be better, then they run into a system that is designed to cut them down?”
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Failing Forward

Written by Bernada Nicole on Monday, 17 March 2014 12:58.

John Holt failing forward"Winners lose much more often than losers. So if you keep losing but you’re still trying, keep it up! You’re right on track.” – Matthew Keith Groves Have you ever had an “ah-ha moment,” where you wished you could go back and have a do-over because of the mistakes that you made? If you are anything like myself, I am certain that you have had plenty of times where you wished you could just blink and magically cause your mistakes to be a mere memory in the wind.

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Call for Federal Voter Protections and a Common Commitment to Voting Rights

Written by Featured Organization on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:56.

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The North Carolina NAACP and the Forward Together Movement Joined the Alabama-Based Saving OurSelves Coalition Today in Raleigh Yesterday

RALEIGH - The North Carolina NAACP and the Forward Together Moral Movement joined together with the Alabama-based Saving OurSelves Coalition to hold a rally and press conference yesterday in Raleigh calling upon Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to its full strength.  The Forward Together Movement welcomed the SOS Coalition yesterday afternoon as its Caravan for Democracy makes its way from Selma, Ala. to Washington DC, leaving 49 years almost to the day after civil rights leaders were beaten for daring to organize for voting rights in the Jim Crow South. Many of the assembled carried signs that memorialized the efforts and sacrifices made at Bloody Sunday in March 1965, sacrifices that spurred Congress to act on the mass disenfranchisement of African Americans by passing the Voting Rights Act later that summer.

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