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Black Women Face Significant Pay Gap

Black women working full time earned just 64 cents for every dollar white men made in 2013, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress (CAP).

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METRO NEWS BRIEFS APR. 24-30-2015

Gov. Deal signs bills needed for takeover of failing schools

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill authorizing a state takeover of what he calls “chronically failing schools,’’ setting up a vote on a constitutional amendment needed to enact the new policy.

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Normalizing Relations with Castro

I was standing in Jacksonville, Fla. airport awaiting a flight home when I looked up at the television at the gate. CNN was repeating the story that President Obama and Cuba’s President Raul Castro were to have a one-on-one discussion and were also to speak to the press. This was a sight that, until a few months ago, I had never expected.

Blackonomics: Who Can We Turn to Politically?

Who can I turn to, when nobody needs me? My heart wants to know, and so I must go where destiny leads me.” Listening to an old album by the Temptations, “In a Mellow Mood,” made me think about the political trick-bag black folks are in now that Barack is on his way out and the focus is on 2016 presidential candidates.

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5 Ways to Increase Curb Appeal, Value Washing up outdoor spaces in all the right places

Whether you’re planning to list your home for sale soon or you’re simply working to maintain features that attracted you to the charming abode in the first place, careful attention to curb appeal is a must.

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Alzheimer’s facility uses music for memory loss

They sit in a circle in the sunny Amber Way dining room, singing ``Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say `It’s all right.’’’

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Out and About in Atlanta Apr. 24-30-2015

(Your arts & entertainment calendar for metro Atlanta. This is an abbreviated listing of events taking place in the metro area. Listings may change without notice. LN: Live Nation. TM: Ticketmaster) (Send your entertainment or arts listing to: newsroom@theatlantavoice.com.)

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The Atlanta Jazz Festival announces lineup

Mayor Kasim Reed announced the lineup for the Atlanta Jazz Festival on Thursday at a press conference at Atlanta City Hall.

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The APS Cheating Scandal Continues

After eight months, the longest and biggest corruption case in Georgia – continues.

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Blacks Missing Out on ‘Obamacare’ Savings

Even as health care costs continue to cause concerns for the poor, nearly 40 percent African Americans and about half of whites didn’t know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can help those that need it the most to cover some of those costs.

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METRO BOARD: New civil rights group plans for Freedom Riders trip to advocate criminal justice

MovementForward, a new human and civil rights group, announced its launch on Thursday at a press conference at the Atlanta Press Club. The organization’s launch included the revelation of its plan to implement a modern-day freedom ride excursion. MovementForward will facilitate a freedom ride around the South visiting prisons and jails to highlight issues around criminal justice.

Should African Americans Endorse Whites over Blacks?

Two prominent Black Maryland officials – Montgomery County Executive Issiah Leggett and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III – have endorsed Congressman Chris Van Hollen, a White, over Black Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards in the race to replace retiring Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski.

Holding the Loretta Lynch Nomination Hostage

It is ironic that April is Fair Housing Month and the U.S. Senate has yet to schedule a vote on the nomination of the first Black woman to become the nation’s Attorney General. Nominated on November 14, the nomination of Loretta Lynch has lingered longer than the seven previous attorneys generals combined.

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YOUR VOICE: Do you think the prison sentences of the APS educators were fair?

Soleil Lee, Lawrenceville “I do not [think the sentences were fair], because of the pressures that teachers and school systems receive about high stakes testing and how they want to determine whether you are a good teacher based on a score.

Report: 5 Georgia counties no longer majority white

Five Georgia counties - Chatham, Douglas, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale - have gone from being majority white to places where no single racial or ethnic group holds a majority, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center.

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Sexism and Racism Take Toll on Black Women’s Health

The effects of living in a patriarchal, racist society measurably erode black women’s physical and mental wellbeing, an emerging body of research finds.

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OUT AND ABOUT: APR. 17-23-2015

(Your arts & entertainment calendar for metro Atlanta. This is an abbreviated listing of events taking place in the metro area. Listings may change without notice. LN: Live Nation. TM: Ticketmaster) (Send your entertainment or arts listing to: newsroom@theatlantavoice.com.)

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UNCF An Evening of Stars

UNCF An Evening of Stars held in Atlanta for the second year

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Jamal Hill’s film “Brotherly Love” premieres in Atlanta with red carpet

Atlanta welcomed the cast of "Brotherly Love" on Tuesday night for a star-studded red carpet and movie screening at Phipps Plaza.

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YOUR VOICE: With the sentencing of the APS educators approaching, what do you think their punishment should be?

Monica Crim, Atlanta “I don’t think they should have did shackles and things, I think that’s a bit much. I think they should get probation, like, five years probation. [Prison?] No.”

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