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Female genital mutilation survivor amps up call for an end to cutting in U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC – Jaha Dukureh, a 24-year-old survivor of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), today will ask the Obama administration to develop a plan to end FGM in the United States.
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Dukureh is an advocate for other women who have experienced FGM. She launched a Change.org petition to end the practice and 200,000-plus people have joined.
 
“I’m taking my fight to Washington, DC to call on the Obama Administration to do more to end female genital mutilation in the US – starting by conducting the first FGM prevalence study in this country since the 1990s,” said Dukureh.

The new Atlanta stadium and the 31 percent

ATLStadium 600Representatives from a minority business association say they are concerned that minority participation in the building of the new Atlanta stadium may not reach the required 31 percent goal that is outlined in the Equal Business Opportunity Plan.
 
The Georgia Black Constructors Association expressed their concerns June 2nd on the sidewalk outside of the construction site for the new stadium. The association has been attempting to meet with the Arthur Blank Foundation, Atlanta Falcons President Rick McKay and Bill Darden, project manager for the new stadium.

Halle Berry ordered to pay $16,000 a month in child support to ex-boyfriend

Halle 600Halle Berry has been ordered by the court to pay her ex a large monthly sum in child support fees.
 
According to court documents filed May 30, the Oscar-winning actress must pay her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry $16,000/month to support their 6-year-old daughter Nahla.
 
The cost amounts to nearly $200,000 per year, and Berry must pay the monthly fee until Nahla turns 19 years old or graduates from high school, whichever comes first.

‘Unbreak My Heart A Memoir’

ToniB 600“While Toni Braxton may appear to be living a charmed life, hers is in fact a tumultuous story: a tale of personal triumph after a public unraveling. In her heartfelt memoir, the six-time Grammy Award-winning singer… is unapologetically honest in revealing the intimate details of her journey…
 
“What fans might not know is the intense guilt Toni once felt when she accepted a recording deal that excluded her sisters… Toni’s world crumbled when she was forced to file for bankruptcy twice and was left all alone to pick up the pieces…
 
“The mother of an autistic child, Toni had long feared that her son’s condition might be karmic retribution for some of her choices… When heart ailments began plaguing her at the age of 41 and she was diagnosed with lupus, Toni knew she had to move beyond the self-recrimination…

Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis get its woman

Look no further than LaRita Shelby if you’re in need of a voice to express the understanding that theater is a vehicle for telling stories and that “our stories give us the power to transform ourselves and others.”
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Shelby, former Memphian, actress, singer, writer, broadcaster and media professional, has been named honorary chairperson of the second biennial Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis (WTFM) August 7-9.
 
“I got my start in the theatre in Memphis and received exemplary training,” said Shelby, who has appeared on the air, on stages and on screens around the globe. “I accept this honor with a charge to build domestic and global cohesiveness within the creative community, and to forge new alliances among those in the creative and performing arts.”