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Reporter quits job following ‘fatherless’ young black men comments

Reporter quits job following ‘fatherless’ young black men comments
A New York area TV reporter has quit his job following comments he made on-air about “fatherless” young black men.
 
News 12’s Sean Bergin was reporting a story on the murder of a Jersey City police officer when he decided to go off-script after his news package aired.
 
The officer, Melvin Santiago, was allegedly killed by Lawrence Campbell, who had previous drug arrests on his record.

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  • Written by Todd Johnson-theGrio
  • Category: National

LGBT center’s 26-year-old 1st African-American chair faces facial hostility

LGBT center’s 26-year-old 1st African-American chair faces facial hostility
According to North Carolina’s Charlotte Post, the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte has elected Ranzeno Frazier as its youngest and first African-American chair of its board of trustees. But not everyone is happy about his groundbreaking role.
 
Frazier’s selection was met with both positive and negative responses, with naysayers taking issue with his age and experience, the paper reports. Most disturbing: Some explicitly attacked the 26-year-old with race-based insults, according to the paper.
 
Frazier says he received derogatory emails and text messages, including one in which he was called a “dumb n--ger” who didn’t deserve the position.

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  • Written by Erin C.J. Robertson-The Root
  • Category: National

Labor group withdraws UNCF support over Koch gift

Labor group withdraws UNCF support over Koch gift
WASHINGTON – Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has discontinued supplying scholarships to the United Negro College Fund because it accepted a $25 million donation from ultra-conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch and because of UNCF President Michael Lomax’s apparent support for the brothers’ right-wing ideology.
 
Saunders, an African American, said in a stinging letter to Lomax that he was “deeply troubled” when the UNCF accepted the donation from Koch Industries, Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation in June, but was even more shocked when Lomax later attended the Koch brothers’ event in California.

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  • Written by Freddie Allen-NNPA News Service
  • Category: National

How Marfan syndrome took center stage on NBA draft night, and in an infant’s life

How Marfan syndrome took center stage on NBA draft night, and in an infant’s life
It was like a bad dream. Four days before Baylor University basketball star Isaiah Austin would hear his name called in the NBA draft in June, a routine physical revealed that he had a genetic disorder called Marfan syndrome. His NBA career was over, but as he noted, his life was not.
Victoria Everett knows Austin’s nightmare firsthand.
 
When the 27-year-old Philadelphian heard her baby boy diagnosed with Marfan syndrome earlier this year, she was not sure what to think. Neither she nor her family had any idea what the condition was.
 
When Josiah was only 33 weeks in the womb, he had already been diagnosed with an enlarged heart, but it wasn’t until after he was born on Jan. 10 that the true extent of his condition came into the grim light.

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  • Written by Breanna Edwards-The Root
  • Category: National

Boko Haram: ‘Bring Back Our Army’

Boko Haram: ‘Bring Back Our Army’
Boko Haram, the Islamic terrorist group that has been in the spotlight since abducting more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria, in April, is once again drawing attention to itself, releasing a video mocking the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, NBC News reports.
 
In the video the radical group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, can be seen laughing and chanting “bring back our army,” in a taunt targeting the very Twitter campaign that was launched against him and his group. 

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  • Written by Breanna Edwards-The Root
  • Category: National

The Links, Incorporated elects its 16th national president

The Links, Incorporated elects its 16th national president
 
(BlackNews.com) – The Links, Incorporated and The Links Foundation, Incorporated have elected Glenda Newell-Harris, M.D., as its 16th national president. 
 
The election of Newell-Harris marks the first time a medical doctor will serve at the helm of the organization, and the first time a national president has been elected from the state of California.
 
A 29-year member of the Alameda Contra-Costa (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, (Oakland Bay Area), Newell-Harris steps into her new role after having served four years as the organization’s national vice president.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: National