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Nigerian singer offers virginity in exchange for abducted school girls

Nigerian singer offers virginity in exchange for abducted school girls
One Nigerian pop star is taking the fate of the missing Chibok schoolgirls into her own hands, saying that she is willing to give her virginity to Boko Haram in exchange for the more than 200 who are still missing, the New York Daily News reports.
 
“It is just unfair. They are too young. I wish I could offer myself in exchange,” 23-year-old Adokiye recently told Vanguard’s Showtime, according to the Daily News. “They are between 12- and 15-year-old girls for Christ sake. I am older and more experienced. Even if 10 to 12 men have to take me every night, I don’t care. Just release these girls and let them go back to their parents.” 
 
However, whether Adokiye was going for a selfless gesture or not, it did not go over well with Twitter users who accused her of being “attention-seeking” and using the tragic circumstances to her own benefit.

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Locked-out Kellogg’s employees see light ‘at the end of the tunnel’

Locked-out Kellogg’s employees see light ‘at the end of the tunnel’
“We’re not there just yet, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s been a long, hard road. When we were locked out back in  October last year, our medical insurance was cut off that same day. My wife has been so sick because we couldn’t afford to get her medication. Just today, we spent $500 on a 30-day supply for one medicine. She hasn’t consistently had what she needed. Her health is so bad now. We’ve just about gone through what we saved up…but this is good news from the courts. After July 10th, this should all be over. Thank God…”
 
 – Locked-out employee on the Kellogg’s picket line
 
Two rulings on Monday (June 23rd) against the Kellogg’s Company dealt virtual death blows in the legal battle against 226 Memphis workers locked out of their jobs since October, 2013.

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  • Written by Dr. Sybill C. Mitchell
  • Category: Original

Police association gets behind Wilkins

Police association gets behind Wilkins
 
Ninth District congressional candidate Ricky Wilkins says his recent endorsement by the Memphis Police Association is a clear indication that incumbent Steve Cohen is no shoe-in for the August 7th election that will decide who will occupy the seat for the next two years.
 
The unanimous decision by the union’s political action committee was announced at a press conference Tuesday (June 24) at the MPA’s headquarters. 
 
Hosted by MPA President Michael Williams, the tone of the press conference was salty in its criticism of Cohen. The union endorsed Cohen in his last race, but Williams said that turned out to be mistake. 

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  • Written by Tony Jones
  • Category: Original

U.S.-African leaders summit long overdue

U.S.-African leaders summit long overdue
President Barack Obama will once again make national and international history when the White House hosts the first United States – African Leaders Summit on August 5-6.  In the 238-year history of the United States, no U.S. president has ever invited the presidents of each African nation to convene in Washington, D.C.
 
Announcing the purpose of the summit, the White House stated, “President Obama looks forward to welcoming leaders from across the African continent to the Nation’s Capital to further strengthen ties with one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest-growing regions. The Summit will build on the progress made since the President’s trip to Africa last summer, advance the Administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa, and highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people.”
 

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Mom of three looks to ‘empower’ her community

Mom of three looks to ‘empower’ her community
Most evenings you can find UCLA student Deanna Jordan at home on her computer, engrossed in assignments and class readings. This may sound typical for any dedicated college student, but most undergrads don’t have a trio of elementary school-age children diligently doing homework alongside them.
 
 “I’ll stop my work when they ask questions, and if it’s something that I know they can teach each other, I will have the older one mentor and tutor the others,” said Jordan, 28, a first-generation college student and mother of three who is set to graduate this week with a bachelor’s degree in African American studies.

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Enjoy the sun with caution – Anyone can get skin cancer

Enjoy the sun with caution – Anyone can get skin cancer
Some people live in communities where the weather is great for outdoor activities year-round. For others, the summer season is just a few months long. But no matter where you live, you need to know that spending time in the sun can be dangerous for people of all skin colors, including African Americans. Even if you do not have light skin, light-colored hair, and blue or green eyes, you are at risk for skin cancer. Anyone can get skin cancer.
 
Although skin cancer is less common among people with darker skin, it is often detected at later or advanced stages. In fact, data show that when African Americans and other minority Americans are diagnosed with melanoma, the most severe form of skin cancer, it is usually at a later stage, when the disease is harder to treat and less likely to be cured.

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Mr. President, I want to talk to you about the Jackson 5

Mr. President, I want to talk to you about the Jackson 5
My wife and I recently saw the Broadway Musical “Motown.” Motown wasn’t just a musical, however, it connected to the history of America through the sounds of Motown. We loved the show, all the acts and all the songs. However, we were pleasantly surprised that the greatest and loudest applause both during and after the show was given to the performers performing as the Jackson 5.
 
As I looked around, the audience was a mix of 50ish folks like my wife and I and 20 somethings. As we drove home my wife and I started reminiscing about “growing up with the Jackson 5.” What we discovered is that history has not really given the Jackson 5 their just due as it relates to the impact they had on African-Americans as well as the rest of the nation in the early 1970’s. In this article I want to correct this oversight.

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