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Economy Adds 223K Jobs; Black Unemployment Down Slightly

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*The U.S. jobs report for June, 2015 was released today over all, things continue to go in the right direction in general. Even unemployment for African Americans edged down slightly to 9.5 percent from 10.2 percent in May, according to the US Dept. of Labor.

Unfortunately, Blacks still make up the largest unemployed sector. But overall, U.S. employers added a solid 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, a seven-year low.

The numbers show the job market moving close to full health and raising expectations that the Federal Reserve will start raising interest rates as early as September.

On the one hand the overall June numbers are good news for President Obama, but of course it’s a reminder that he’s basically failed at lowering the unemployment rate for brothers and sisters, although it’s not like he hasn’t tried to push job creation and expansion before an apathetic Congress.

As Newsone pointed out, he touched on economic disparities in employment opportunities for Blacks during his eulogy for the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney in the wake of the massacre at Emanuel AME church in Charleston, S.C.

“Maybe we now realize the way racial bias can infect us even when we don’t realize it, so that we’re guarding against not just racial slurs, but we’re also guarding against the subtle impulse to call Johnny back for a job interview but not Jamal,” the president said.

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Congresswoman Waters Applauds U.S.-Cuba Agreement to Open Embassies

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*WASHINGTON, D.C.Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after President Obama announced that the United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals after more than 50 years:

“Today President Obama announced that the United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals and reestablish diplomatic relations. This is another momentous step in the normalization of relations between our two great nations. I applaud the President for his effort in ushering in a new area of diplomatic relations with our neighbors in the Caribbean, and I applaud all those Members of Congress who worked tireless to open up diplomatic relations and end the embargo.

As a long-time advocate of improved relations with Cuba, who has traveled to the island several times; witnessed the desire of many Cubans to improve relations with the United States; and visited their schools, hospitals, and university; I believe that working together will be beneficial to both Cuba and the United States, and I stand with the President in recognizing the importance of this new approach towards Cuba. While reopening our embassy in Havana is a symbolic and profound step, we must not let all the progress we’ve made stop here.

We as a Congress must now take the next step by ending the embargo on Cuba. Allowing expanded commercial activity with Cuba will enhance U.S. national security, create opportunities for American businesses and workers, and provide goods and services that will improve the living standards of the Cuban people. It will also further advance the ease with which our two great nations can tackle pressing issues such as migration, human trafficking, counter-narcotics, family reunification, and human rights.

Once again I congratulate the President and I look forward to working with the Administration and my colleagues to continue to develop our nation’s relationship with Cuba.”

 

 

 

source:
Kathleen Sengstock
Senior Legislative Assistant
Rep. Maxine Waters
[email protected]

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Surprise! Prince Drops New Sexy Song: ‘HardRockLover’ (LISTEN)

Prince performs onstage during the "HitnRun" tour at The Fox Theatre on April 9, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan

Prince performs onstage during the “HitnRun” tour at The Fox Theatre on April 9, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan

*OK Prince fans, if you’ve been feinin’ for something new and different from him, well he’s delivered.

Out of nowhere on Wednesday, with no advance notice … just like Beyonce … Prince surprised errr’body with a new track called “HardRockLover.” Essentially, like a reviewer for the Huffington Post wrote, “it features Prince screaming about making a woman scream, and it’s pretty damn sexy.”

We would definitely co-sign that

“Sade and Babyface/R&B ain’t got no place,” Prince sings on the track. “Put some hard rock on/you better cover your ears, ’cause you’re ’bout to hear a woman just scream.”

If you’re keeping track, “HardRockLover” is the third song the master musician has released this year, following “Baltimore” and “What If.”

OK, check it out and chime in with your thoughts below.

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See the Highly Anticipated WGN Thriller ‘Underground’ at the 2015 Essence Festival with Jurnee Smollett and Show’s Other Stars

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*LOS ANGELES – The cast and creators of WGN America’s highly anticipated, pulse-pounding original series “Underground” will unveil a first-look trailer and participate in a panel session at the 2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans.

Series’ stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell (“Friday Night Lights,” “True Blood,” “The Great Debaters”), Aldis Hodge (“Straight Outta Compton,” “Leverage,” “Turn”), Jessica de Gouw (“Arrow,” “Dracula”) and Alano Miller (“Jane The Virgin”) will join creators, writers and executive producers Misha Green (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Heroes”) and Joe Pokaski (“Heroes,” “CSI”) on the Center Stage at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Friday, July 3 from 12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. in a not-to-be-missed “Underground” experience for  Essence Festival attendees.

In WGN America’s “Underground,” bravery, ingenuity and power take center stage as slaves band together in the fight of their lives for their families, their future…and their freedom. Hailing from Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios, “Underground” is currently in production on a straight-to-series order in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a 2016 premiere on WGN America.

The “Underground” stars and creators’ appearance at the Essence Festival comes on the heels of WGN America’s recent announcement that breakout star and Smollett-Bell’s brother, Jussie Smollett (“Empire”), has signed on to guest star in the series, marking the first time in 20 years the siblings will be seen together on the small screen.

Alongside Smollett-Bell, who stars as Rosalee, a shy house slave with a powerful inner strength and courage, is an internationally renowned cast including Aldis Hodge, who plays Noah, a brave, driven and insanely clever field slave; Emmy Award-nominated actor Christopher Meloni (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”) as August Pullman, a mysterious figure who walks a tightrope between morality and survival; Jessica de Gouw as Elizabeth Hawkes, a socialite who shares her husband’s abolitionist ideals; Alano Miller as Cato, a cunning, charismatic man despised and feared by his fellow slaves; Adina Porter (“True Blood,” “The 100,” “The Newsroom”) as Pearly Mae, a strong-willed wife and mother; Amirah Vann (“Girls,” “And So It Goes”) as Ernestine, a fiercely devoted mother  and head house slave; Marc Blucas (“Blue Bloods”) as John Hawkes, a lawyer whose ideals clash with the legislation he’s sworn to uphold; Mykelti Williamson (“Justified,” “24”) as Moses, a fiery preacher; Reed Diamond (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) as Tom Macon, a plantation owner and political candidate; and Johnny Ray Gill (“Rectify”) as Sam, Rosalee’s brother and a talented carpenter.

“Underground” is created and written by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, who serve as Executive Producers alongside Academy Award®-winning writer Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind,” “I Am Legend”) of Weed Road Pictures, and Tory Tunnell (“King Arthur,” “Holy Rollers”) and Joby Harold (“King Arthur,” “Edge of Tomorrow”) of Safehouse Pictures.  Anthony Hemingway (“The Wire,” “Treme”) directs and serves as Executive Producer for the first four episodes.

Follow the series @UndergroundWGN — #Underground2016

 

About WGN America and Tribune Studios
WGN America, the flagship entertainment network of Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO), is nationally distributed in 73 million homes via cable, satellite and telco, with high-quality entertainment programming including the breakout hit series “Salem,” critically acclaimed drama “Manhattan,” and upcoming scripted dramas “Underground,” “Outsiders” and “Ten Commandments.”  The network also brings its audience a strong slate of popular first-run syndicated series and blockbuster movies.  Through Tribune Studios, the creative development arm of Tribune Media Company, original content is produced for WGN America and Tribune local stations nationwide.  Follow the network on Twitter @wgnamerica.  For additional information, please visit www.wgnamerica.com.

 

 

source:
Camille Smith
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OWN’s ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ Set Ratings Records

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*Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s season premiere of “The Haves and the Have Nots” set a new network record with 3.3 million total viewers – the most-watched season premiere in network history.

The Tuesday night premiere (6/30/15) was also the highest-rated telecast in series history among the network’s core W25-54 demo (2.80 rating).

The episode was the highest-rated Tuesday night cable telecast in 2015 to date among W25-54.  Additionally, Tuesday’s premiere ranked as the night’s #1 cable telecast among W25-54 and W18-49, making OWN the night’s #1 cable network among W25-54 and W18-49.

(Source: The Nielsen Company)

About “The Haves and The Have Nots” (Tuesdays at 9 p.m.)
The one-hour drama, “The Haves and the Have Nots,” follows the tangled lives of the wealthy Cryer and Harrington families and the poor Young family. As the season begins, all three of the families are in crisis. A fire tears through the Harrington mansion, sparked by socialite Veronica Harrington (Angela Robinson) in a fit of jealous rage aimed at her husband David Harrington (Peter Parros).  Once again, Candace Young (Tika Sumpter) who extorted millions from judge Jim Cryer (John Schneider), finds herself in the crosshairs of trouble — accused by Jim and his wife Katheryn (Renee Lawless) for the death of their daughter and stopping at nothing to find her missing child.  Meanwhile, the sons — Wyatt Cryer (Aaron O’Connell), Jeffrey Harrington (Gavin Houston) and Benny Young (Tyler Lepley) — must grapple with their own issues and the aftermath of their actions. And Young family matriarch, Hanna (Crystal Fox), struggles to hold her family together. The series is produced for OWN by Tyler Perry Studios. It is created, written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry.

 

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand – and the magnetism of the channel.  Winfrey provides leadership in programming and attracts superstar talent to join her in primetime, building a global community of like-minded viewers and leading that community to connect on social media and beyond. OWN is a singular destination on cable.  Depth with edge.  Heart. Star power. Connection.  And endless possibilities.  OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications.  The network debuted on January 1, 2011 and is available in 85 million homes.  The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com.  For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own and www.press.discovery.com/us/own.

 

 

 

source:
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
Morgan Di Stefano – Director, Communications
[email protected]

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National Action Network to Convene Members of Congress, Administration and Civil Rights Leaders for a Legislative & Policy Conference on Capitol Hill

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*WASHINGTON – Reverend Al Sharpton, President and Founder of National Action Network (NAN), and NAN leadership will bring together members of Congress and the Administration, policy experts, and civil rights leaders and partners for this year’s NAN Legislative and Policy Conference.

The two-day policy conference will take place next week, July 8th and 9th, on Capitol Hill. Reverend Sharpton will deliver remarks to the conference and will be joined by Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congressman James E. Clyburn (SC-06), Assistant Democratic Leader, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (CA-39), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), U.S. Senators Charles E. “Chuck” Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Tim Scott (R-SC), and members of U.S. Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services, among others for a series of policy discussions and programs.

WHO: Reverend Al Sharpton, President and Founder of National Action Network, NAN leadership, members of Congress and the Administration, civil rights leaders and partners.

WHEN: July 8th– 9th View schedule for complete program

WHAT: National Action Network Legislative & Policy Conference

WHERE:

Wednesday, July 8:

Rayburn House Office Building
Gold Room 2168
45 Independence Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20515

Thursday, July 9:

Dirksen Senate Office Building
G-50
First Street and C Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20510

 

 

source:
Dominic Hawkins
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