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When President Obama and the first lady travel to Africa at the end of this month, they will receive a rapturous greeting. The president’s deep roots in Kenya, the land of his father, resonate throughout the continent. His success in the United States evokes pride and joy in Africa.
In response to the City’s nuisance abatement lawsuit, filed April 17, the City of Fayetteville and the owners of Cambridge Arms have agreed on a plan to address safety and security concerns at the apartment complex. The actions will include continued tenant background checks, parking passes for all tenants, security at specified times, a 24-hour maintenance and security hotline, security cameras, fence repair and the potential closure of one of three access points into the property.
Do not turn your eyes from the horror of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn. Twenty children, their teachers and aides, their school principal shot repeatedly, in some cases beyond recognition, by a 20-year-old wielding a semiautomatic assault weapon. As he has shown in his moving words after the horror, President Barack Obama clearly is grief-stricken, as we all should be, about the children murdered in their innocence.

On Feb. 24, Perry left his studio in southwest Atlanta alone in a white Porsche Panamera. As the actor and director later explained in a lengthy Facebook post, he made an illegal left turn to make sure he wasn’t being followed. Two Atlanta police officers in a patrol car pulled him over and questioned him for about six minutes before letting him go without issuing a ticket. Perry described the incident as “hostile” and that he felt unsafe....

The verdict is in and as far as most folks are concerned, First Lady Michelle Obama – looking beyond fabulous – knocked it outta the park last night with her speech on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention. Mrs. Obama’s message was simple: President Barack Obama is just like you. “Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it,” the first lady told the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday in an address intended... 
From actors to television icons, Bishop TD Jakes is admired by many. And Friday they converged on Dallas to help Jakes celebrate his 35th anniversary in ministry. The event was held at the Winspear Opera House in Downtown Dallas. Among the clergy who graced the red carpet to honor Jakes were Bishop I.V. and First Lady Bridget Hilliard, Bishop Eddie and First Lady Vanessa Long and Pastor Paula White proving that Jakes is a pastor among pastors....
“It’s just something that’s been blown out of proportion,” said Randi Garrett, a longtime member of Dollar’s World Changers Church International told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Kids misconstrue things, and they take them out of context.” However, according to the paper, the Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies say they found ample evidence to charge the controversial televangelist  with simple battery, family violence and cruelty to children....
The Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery called on ministers from across the state of Georgia to join him Thursday, June 7, 2012 to discuss serious issues impacting our communities: Discussion issues included The 2012 Election, The Transportation Investment Act and Charter School Referendums. The Brunch was held at Saint Philip AME Church where Rev. Dr. William Watley is Sr. Pastor. - The Theme: Let’s get together, work together  and MAKE A CHANGE!
Terror haunts the streets of our cities. Since 2008, more than 530 young people have been killed in Chicago. Almost four-fifths of these killings were in 22 African-American and Latino community areas on the city’s South and Southwest sides. Each year, across the country, about 7,000 African Americans are murdered, more than nine times out of 10 by other African Americans. Far more African Americans are killed on our streets than on foreign battlefields... 
Dear Friends: I wanted to be sure you saw this editorial published in The New York TImes on Saturday.  It clarifies a central point in the continuing struggle around voting rights.  The fight to preserve pre-clearance by the Justice Department is not just historically significant but a necessary protection we still need today. The Voting RIghts Act of 1965 made it illegal for legislatures to use discriminatory tactics prevalent during that era, such as....
Rev. Frank Brown, president of the Concerned Black Clergy of Metro Atlanta, spoke with FaithAtlanta.com about some of the initiatives the organization is moving forward. These initiatives include financial seminars with Wells Fargo. June 23rd will mark the fourth seminar at Antioch Church North. People will be able to hear information that covers help with mortgage, credit issues, and basic banking information.
Throughout Barcelona, from this memory controller to the CPU cores, AMD has made revisions with power-efficiency in mind. If you wish to have a disc that will allow you to browse the contents and install selected drivers and applications, create a drivers and application backup instead - this disc will not be bootable.
Under Jeff Byrd’s direction the audience is taken on the spiritual journey of Andre’ Stephens, a self centered, womanizing, hip hop icon.  Best friend Chris Scott, wonderfully played by Robert Ri’chard, serves as the voice of reason that falls upon death ears until a very unfortunate event ushers in the option for a change of fate.  Deitrick Haddon and Allison Elizabeth’s script gives Haddon full range of his dramatic and musical gifts...
We are sure you would agree the murderous killers of Roger and Dorothy Malcom (and the unborn infant, Baby “Justice”), and George and Mae Murray Dorsey should also be immediately arrested and brought to trial. The Malcoms and Dorseys were slaughtered and lynched on the Moore’s Ford Bridge in Monroe, Georgia, July 25, 1946. If international law enforcement agencies including the CIA and FBI can find murderous Nazis in Gwinnett County, GA...
Forty four years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his prophetic "Mountain Top" Speech to the nation, much of his "Promised Land" Vision has come to fruition. Unfortunately, there are still persistent weed seeds of hate that remain embedded in our collective consciousness, hindering our success as individuals and as a society. Just as weeds compete for nutrients and water that cultivated garden plants require, our inner weed seeds...
King … er, uh, Bishop Eddie Long apologized to the Jewish community after being crowned king by Rabbi Ralph Messer at last Sunday’s service. “The ceremony was not my suggestion, nor was it my intent, to participate in any ritual that is offensive in any manner to the Jewish community,” Long wrote in a letter sent to Bill Nigut, Southeast Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League....
Don Cornelius, the creator and host of “Soul Train,” the television show that brought R&B music and the moves of young black dancers to a nationwide American audience, has died in an apparent suicide, at the age of 75. Los Angeles police, responding to a report of a shooting, found Cornelius at his Mulholland Drive home and he was pronounced dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 4:56 a.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center…
*According to The AP, Etta James, the R&B singer whose raw, passionate vocals anchored many hits and made the yearning ballad “At Last” an enduring anthem for weddings, commercials and even President Obama, died Friday. She was 73. James died at Riverside Community Hospital, with her husband and sons at her side. “It’s a tremendous loss for her fans around the world. She’ll be missed. A great American singer. Her music defied category.”
A judge has ruled that the New York City medical examiner’s office can move forward with publicly releasing the cause and manner of death of Zachery Tims, the late pastor of New Destiny Christian Center (NDCC) in Apopka, Fla., and may do so in as little as two days.There are also rumors swirling that Paula White may be the new Pastor of Tim’s former church, New Destiny Christian Center....
"I'm going to take a little time off to work with my family," Long said Sunday to a packed house. "I do want you to know that this is, for me and my family, especially with me, one of the most difficult times and things I've had to face, and only because my strength, other than God, is in Miss Vanessa," he said to huge applause. "In all the things that I've ever had to deal with and being pastor, my rock has been to be able to come home to a virtuous woman...
The state of Georgia has issued an appeal to the Justice Department to make unconstituational the pre-clearance clause of the Voting Rights Act which requires every state to get Pre-clearance from the Justice Department before they make any changes to voting districts or the process of voting. The reason we have that is to protect citizens right to vote. Georgia now has one of the worst voting…

Dear Friends:  I am privileged to represent a district that is both rural and urban—a microcosm of North Carolina in 2010.  I wanted to take a moment to share with you some initiatives in the General Assembly that benefit both Bladen and Cumberland Counties .  While I usually tell you about bills we pass, I wanted to also show you the real-world effects they have.

As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, today we honor Fayetteville's own, Ron McElrath. He led a peaceful march through the city of Salisbury during a tumultuous time in the 1960s and had crosses burned outside his dorm in college. He marched in protest of Winn Dixie supermarket's discriminatory hiring practices in downtown Asheville. His biography reads like one of his role models, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the presence he has had in state..
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