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Kerry and Biden urge African leaders to be more open

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WASHINGTON – Calling this an “extraordinary moment of opportunity,” Secretary of State John Kerry gently urged African leaders hosted by the White House to eradicate political corruption, limit their time in office to two terms, be more accepting of dissent and adopt universally accepted values that advance the lives and freedoms of its citizens.
 
Kicking off the 3-day US-Africa Summit that began Monday, Kerry said: “Empowered civil society is the foundation of every successful democracy here in the United States, in Africa, and around the world, because in the end, our most enduring relationships, most consequential relationships are not with one particular government at one moment in time. It’s not with those who are in power for the short run.”

Congressman’s son, Fattah Jr., charged with fraud

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The son of a Philadelphia congressman has been indicted on bank fraud, tax and theft charges, accused of stealing federal funds for city schools and using business loans to pay off mostly personal expenses, including more than $30,000 in gambling debts, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.
 
Chaka Fattah Jr., 31, surrendered at the federal courthouse and vowed to clear his name. He was scheduled for a court appearance later Tuesday.

Keke Palmer to be Broadway’s 1st African-American Cinderella

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NEW YORK – Like many girls, actress and singer Keke Palmer grew up dreaming of meeting a prince who would whisk her away to a life of love and happiness. In her case, it's going to happen – eight shows a week on Broadway.
 
Palmer said she'll be stepping into the title role in "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" starting Sept. 9 at the Broadway Theatre. She will become the first African-American to play the part on the Great White Way.

Radio Host Fired For Racist Tirade Resurfaces In "Pro-White" Media

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Radio host Anthony Cumia, who was fired from SiriusXM after a series of racially charged tweets, appeared on the "pro-white" Political Cesspool radio show hosted by white nationalist James Edwards. During the appearance, Cumia defended white males against diversity concerns, agreed that the black community has become like a "petulant" child, and praised Edwards for his views on race.
 
Cumia was part of SiriusXM's The Opie and Anthony Show until he was fired in early July after he went on a Twitter tirade against the black community following a street altercation. The shock jock claimed he was "taking pix in NYC & a black girl who was in frame punched me in the face." He added the "automatic jump to violence in that community is astounding. No discussion.

African Americans, a ‘Fourth Quarter People’

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The winner of the U. S. Minority Business Development Agency's (MBDA) Lifetime Achievement Award says the economic fate of America's African-American community "hangs in the balance" because "we are a fourth quarter people".
 
Michael Grant, president of the National Bankers Association and its foundation, says, "Unlike our Hispanic and Asian brothers and sisters, we had to spend the first three quarters just getting in the game...So you see, all things being equal, our ethnic counterparts came to the game with a different mindset, a different set of circumstances, a different self-image, and already with some capital from back home."