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Fort Campbell monument to honor black paratroopers

Fort Campbell monument to honor black paratroopers
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — A monument honoring the first black paratroopers assigned to Fort Campbell 64 years ago is being dedicated there next month.
 
The post says the monument honors the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, which was reactivated in 1947 as the 3rd Battalion, 505th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. Fort Campbell said it became the first black unit in history to be a part of an American combat division.

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  • Written by AP
  • Category: National

US police reaching out to black communities

US police reaching out to black communities
DALLAS (AP) — Some U.S. police departments are renewing efforts to build trust with black communities in the aftermath of the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old black man in Missouri.
 
Police departments are holding public meetings to field questions and let people voice the anger they feel toward officers who patrol their neighborhoods, hoping to avoid the upheaval that followed Michael Brown's Aug. 9 death.
 
Dallas Police Chief David Brown considers it a preventative step.

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  • Written by Jim Salter-Associated Press
  • Category: National

Meet The 10-Year-Old CEO Of Mr. Cory’s Cookies!

Meet The 10-Year-Old CEO Of Mr. Cory’s Cookies!
Cory Nieves is a chicly dressed 10-year-old who plans on building a cookie empire even before he’s old enough to drive! The bespectacled fifth-grader’s to-be cookie line, Mr. Cory’s Cookies, is being heralded across these shores and now the young lad is making moves toward making his all-natural cookie dough available online, according to the New York Daily News.
 
Nieves began selling his sweets when he was 5 years old by offering passersby hot cocoa, lemonade, and cookies from a stand in his hometown of Englewood, New Jersey.

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  • Written by Ruth Manuel-Logan- NewsOne
  • Category: National

New Dating App Designed for Black Professionals Now Available in the App Store

New Dating App Designed for Black Professionals Now Available in the App Store
Nationwide — MELD App is a dating mobile app designed exquisitely for the black professional. It aims to connect and to bring together sophisticated single black professionals on one platform for romantic discovery.
 
These days there is a plethora of mobile dating apps for those who are single and looking to discover romance. While many have found quality matches on these platforms, black single professionals have not been as lucky. Various studies have shown that matching success rates for single black professionals on these platforms are very low despite high engagement rates.

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  • Written by BlackNews.com
  • Category: National

Spike Lee: ‘There’s a War On Black America, It’s Tearing Country Apart!’

Spike Lee: ‘There’s a War On Black America, It’s Tearing Country Apart!’
The vocal and controversial filmmaker Spike Lee (pictured) recently told CNN’s Anderson Cooper (pictured) that the violence against Black America — along with high-profile examples such as the Michael Brown execution at the hands of Ferguson, Miss., police officer Darren Wilson — is destroying this country.
 
Lee, in no uncertain terms, spoke about the treatment of Blacks in this country, “There’s a war on the Black male, and it’s tearing the country apart. It’s not just killing us. It’s the educational system, it’s the prison system, it’s these young Black men growing up with no hope. It’s systematic. We get blinded to think because we got Oprah, we got Michael Jordan, we got LeBron, we got Beyoncé, we got Jay Z, that everything’s OK. They are the exception. The Black underclass is growing every single day.”

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  • Written by Ruth Manuel-Logan-NewsOne
  • Category: National

Mental Health Issues Create Problems for African-Americans in City Jails

Mental Health Issues Create Problems for African-Americans in City Jails
Researchers have discovered some disturbing statistics about substance abuse and mental health in our criminal justice system. Approximately two-thirds of the people involved in the U.S. criminal justice system suffer from substance abuse disorders.
 
This year, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse found that of the 2.3 million U.S. inmates, 1.5 million suffer from substance abuse addiction and another 458,000 inmates either had histories of substance abuse or were under the influence at the time they committing their crimes.

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  • Written by Craig D. Frazier-Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News
  • Category: National

Los Angeles schools decriminalize discipline

Los Angeles schools decriminalize discipline
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Students caught misbehaving in the nation's second largest school district will be sent to the principal's office rather than the courthouse as part of sweeping disciplinary reforms announced Tuesday by Los Angeles schools.
 
Under the new policy, police officers at Los Angeles Unified School District won't arrest or cite students for low-level offenses like possessing alcohol or marijuana but will instead refer students to administrators or counselors — a shift that educators and justice officials say will prevent students from becoming mired in the criminal justice system.

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  • Written by MATT HAMILTON, Associated Press
  • Category: National