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Al Sharpton and Other Black Celebrities Defend Paula Deen PDF Print E-mail
Written by DeJesus   
Thursday, 11 July 2013 16:50
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By now, we've all heard about the controversy surrounding Ms. Paula Deen.  The recent accusations against Paula are outstanding and certainly had our nation up in arms about the entire situation.  The majority find themselves with justified feelings of judgement towards Deen's words, that she has in fact in the past used the N-word and other racial slurs.  However, not everyone felt this way and even to the suprise of some, not every African-American felt this way.  Infact, some even spoke out against the bashing of Paula Deen:

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton, actress Stacey Dash, and NFL player Kris Jenkins are just some of the black celebrities that have come forward in support of TV chef Paula Deen.

Deen, who is 66-years old, was recently dropped by the Food Network after she admitted that she used the n-word and other racial slurs while cracking racist jokes about black people in a videotaped deposition. She has also been dropped by several sponsors including Wal-Mart, Target, Smithfield, and Home Depot. She also lost her lucrative book deal with Random House.

“A lot of us have in the past said things we have regretted saying years ago,” Sharpton recently said in an interview with TMZ. “You cannot deal with what is fair or not fair until we see an outcome of the present circumstances she is accused of, not something that happened 20 years ago.”

And Stacey Dash, commented via Twitter: "God does everything for a reason. @Paula_Deen Only God can judge your heart BTW my daughter loves your show (only way she can get me to cook)"

And Kris Jenkins, during an interview with Metro New York, commented, "The lady was a sweetheart to me; [her] making a mistake I’m not going to be the one to make a big deal of it."

NYC, DC, London increase security in wake of Boston explosions PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 May 2013 06:07
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Police in some of the nation's largest cities have stepped up security in the wake of two explosions that rocked the Boston Marathon.

"We've stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations in the city through deployment of the NYPD's critical response vehicles until is more about the explosion is learned," Deputy Commissioner of the New York Police Department Paul J Browne told CNBC.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 06:07
Alicia Keys To Sing The National Anthem At Super Bowl XLVII On CBS PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 January 2013 19:41
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Fourteen-time Grammy®-Award winning singer-songwriter ALICIA KEYS will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl XLVII pregame festivities at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on February 3, the NFL and CBS announced today. The performance will be televised live on CBS prior to kickoff. 

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Millennial Jobs Report: Youth Unemployment at 10.9 Percent PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shamecca Kidd   
Thursday, 13 December 2012 20:47
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Generation Opportunity a national, non-partisan organization advocating for Millennials ages 18-29, is announcing its Millennial Jobs Report forNovember 2012. The data is non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) and is specific to 18-29 year olds:

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Shaquille O'Neal Speaks to Members of Congress on The Century Council's Efforts to Fight College Binge Drinking PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 September 2012 15:49
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Today, basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal, Ed.D. joined The Century Council on Capitol Hill to meet with Members of Congress and their top staffers.  Dr. O'Neal spoke about The Century Council's effort to address college binge drinking across the country and highlighted new research completed by Morgan State University on binge drinking among Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students.

Morgan State University, funded by a grant from The Century Council, conducted and compiled research which revealed that consumption and attitudes about alcohol among HBCU students are different that the national college sample:

  • Two-thirds of HBCU students like to pre-game versus thirty-six percent of the national sample.
  • Eighty-two percent of HBCU students have a good grasp on their drinking limits and maintain them versus seventy-eight percent of the national sample.
  • One-third of HBCU students don't always realize how drunk they are until later compared to 39% of the national sample.
  • One-half of HBCU students who drink and go out socially report binge drinking on a weekly basis while two-thirds reported binging in the national sample.

Using the results of this recent research, The Century Council plans to pair Shaq and Morehouse College to create a new communications campaign to fight binge drinking among African American students.  The Century Council's research on college binge drinking shows an important aspect of a successful campaign to fight college binge drinking is the students' own voices.  This new initiative will be in addition to The Century Council's student-generated college binge drinking initiatives presently on various campuses across the country.

"The Century Council has made a considerable commitment to developing impactful initiatives to combat dangerous overconsumption on college campuses across the country," said Ralph Blackman, President and CEO of The Century Council.  "We wanted to understand the differences, if any, in binge drinking behaviors among students on HBCU campuses versus other colleges and universities, and we found some.  With the new insights that we gained from the recent research into binge drinking on HBCU campuses and the creativity of Shaquille O'Neal, we know we can make an impact."

"Binge drinking on college campuses is dangerous and has got to stop," said Shaquille O'Neal.  "Strategies to combat it need to be more effective on a national level, which is why I am proud to lend my support to this effort by working with Morehouse College and The Century Council.  I am sure that the campaign we develop will be creative and is going to have a large impact.  It's exciting work."

Blackman noted that "perceptions and how students handle drinking on HBCU campuses is different from non-HBCU students.  One-size-fits-all approaches to issues like college binge drinking don't work and we believe that this new data and initiative will help to address a problem at a more strategic level.  It goes without saying that Dr. O'Neal will generate a lot of attention in launching this important initiative."

The Century Council
The Century Council, is a national not-for-profit leader in the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and is funded by the following distillers: Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam, Inc.; Brown-Forman; Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Hood River Distillers, Inc.; and Pernod Ricard USA. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, The Century Council promotes responsible decision making regarding beverage alcohol and develops and implements innovative programs and public awareness campaigns which ignite action through strategic partnerships. Established in 1991, The Century Council's initiatives are highlighted on its website at www.centurycouncil.org and www.asklistenlearn.org.

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