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African-American military leaders uphold a proud tradition of service


As the nation pauses this Veteran’s Day to honor past and present members of our fighting forces, a brief review of the long list of African-American men and women in the military reveals faith in country, courage within and outside of battle, and above all personal strength and spiritual conviction.

The list of these African-American military leaders has not always been a staple of high school history courses. Yet, the following individuals past and present are among those that have been an inspiration to Black America for more than a century:

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Roundup: News briefs


Shelby County officials warn of temperature drop

 (AP) — Emergency officials in Shelby County are advising residents to take precautions ahead of a significant drop in temperatures this week.

National Weather Service forecasters in Memphis say temperatures are expected to fall into the 40s on Tuesday afternoon, then drop into the 30s on Tuesday night.

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Will an emboldened GOP turn on Obama’s attorney general pick Loretta Lynch?


Now that President Obama has named his selection of Loretta Lynch as the new U.S. Attorney General, the only question is: how long will it take for the Republicans in Congress to turn on her? They don’t need much of a reason, except that she is an outstanding lawyer, a sister with impeccable credentials, a top notch pedigree and commitment to civil rights.

If confirmed, Lynch would become the nation’s first black woman attorney general, and the first U.S. attorney elevated to the position in two centuries. Given the GOP’s abysmal track record with black people — particularly African-Americans in the Obama White House, including the commander-in-chief himself — we know it is only a matter of time before it gets real.

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LeBron James and American hypocrisy


I was prepared this week to write an article on sports and fatherhood.Instead, I was struck by the Cleveland Cavaliers’ opening game featuring the return of Akron, Ohio’s native son, LeBron James. With hours of national sports coverage and thousands of fans who traveled downtown to enjoy a free concert from Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons – including live commentary from Charles Barkley and jokes from comedian/actor Kevin Hart – the event was overwhelming.

The city unveiled a new 10-story LeBron James banner, featured six hours of fan experience from Nike, invited fans to game watching parties at more than 40 bars and restaurants, and unveiled a humungous, state-of-the-art scoreboard inside Quickens Loan Arena, where those with tickets to the game received free LeBron James T-shirts, a season schedule magnet for their refrigerators and 20,000 glow-in-the-dark wands to wave during the game announcements.

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