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For natural dyes, look to the yard or kitchen

Transforming weeds, kitchen scraps and other natural elements into a rainbow of textile dyes is a concept as old as civilization itself, with dye vats dating to as early as 2000 BC. Now, these homemade pigments - some long abandoned in favor of more startling chemical dyes - are being rediscovered in kitchens and studios around the world.

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New United Coalition launches operation to register new voters

The New United Coalition recently launched Operation Full Court Press at a press conference held at West End Mall. 

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Are Police Departments Tracking Cell Phone Calls in Georgia?

Movies and hit cable shows, such as “Breaking Bad” and “The Wire” exposed the bane of law enforcement…disposable prepaid cellphones known as “burners.”

States Shift Higher Education Costs to Families

As the nation’s trillion-dollar student debt continues to rise, a new analysis of public higher education’s funding finds dwindling state support is the key factor driving rising tuition costs and deepening student debt.

Still Fighting for the Right to Vote


This week, I wanted to focus my column once more on the issue of voting.

News Briefs - Metro Atlanta

Nonprofits backed by the Home Depot Foundation have improved more than 10,000 homes for veterans as part of the retail giant’s grant program.

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Mayor Kasim Reed Welcomes New Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent

Naming of Dr. Meria Carstarphen Signals New Opportunities for City’s Children

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed today applauded the selection of Meria Carstarphen to lead the Atlanta Public Schools system as its new superintendent, following a national search.

Why All African American Males Should Go to College, But Probably Won’t

Not only is there a racial achievement gap between African Americans and white Americans, there is a gender achievement gap among African Americans.

Photos of slave descendants donated to Smithsonian

A "time capsule'' of photographs documenting the descendants of slaves on a long-isolated island off the South Carolina-Georgia coast will have a new home at the Smithsonian's African-American history museum.

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Blimpie® Commemorates 50th Anniversary with 50-cent Subs on April 4

Fifty years ago, three high school friends in Hoboken, N.J., set out to create the greatest sub sandwich on the planet.

Michelle Obama's reasons to study abroad

Although Michelle Obama's primary White House initiative has been conquering childhood obesity, the first lady is focusing on a new area during her first official trip to China: studying abroad.

Graduate student loans are ballooning

Graduate school debt is playing a key and often overlooked role in the ballooning of overall student loan debt, new research suggests.

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Will Northwestern University football unionize?

Northwestern University's president emeritus said that if the players on its football team are successful at forming a union, he could see the prestigious private institution giving up Division I football.

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Ga. lawmakers finish session, head into campaigns

Members of the Georgia General Assembly are ready to begin their campaigns for another term, fresh off a legislative session highlighted by scads of campaign-friendly maneuvers.

Black newspaper dynasty gives way to new guard

In January, Scott became the last family member to leave the black newspaper dynasty that lasted 85 years.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Big Year

The year 2014 is slated to be the biggest year for Downtown Atlanta in nearly two decades.

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Lattimer Communications wins AMY award

Lattimer Communications, a marketing communications agency, was awarded best advertising- multicultural for its Visit Orlando initiative, “Visit Orlando without Kids” at the American Marketing Association, Atlanta Chapter’s Annual AMY Awards at the Fox Theatre.

It’s Called Class Warfare

Everyone knows America has a hyper inequality problem.

Teen Murder Suspect’s Case Highlights Need for Early Black Male Intervention

I have seen evidence of this lack of adolescent skill mastery in the academic underachievement, delinquency, substance abuse, homicide, and disproportionate incarceration of Black men and boys.

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Morehouse College 2014 Black Male Summit Takes On Obama’s ‘Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative

The priorities of President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to improve the odds of success in school and in life for males of color will be the focus of the 2014 Black Male Summit at Morehouse College, March 28-29.

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