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Some LegislaturesLack Sexual Misconduct Policies Training

[ad_1] JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After a tumultuous few months that saw numerous lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct, a majority of state legislatures across the country are considering strengthening sexual harassment policies that have gone unheeded or unchanged for years. A 50-state review by The Associated Press found that almost all legislative chambers now have at least some type of written sexual harassment policy, though they vary widely, and many are placing a greater emphasis on preventing and punishing sexual misconduct as they convene for their 2018 sessions. This week alone, lawmakers in Arizona, Idaho and Rhode Island underwent detailed training...

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Little Known Black History Fact: Charles W. Anderson

[ad_1] Charles W. Anderson was the first Black legislator in the state of Kentucky, and a proven champion for the state’s Black residents during his tenure as a lawmaker. In January 1936, Anderson was sworn into the Kentucky House of Representatives, serving several terms and making an almost immediate impact the moment he began his service. Anderson was born in 1907 in Louisville, Kentucky to a physician father and a schoolteacher mother. After graduating from Wilberforce University in 1927, he attended Howard University Law School and earned a law degree in 1931. Returning to his hometown, Anderson opened up his own...

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Little Known Black History Fact: Charles W. Anderson

[ad_1] Charles W. Anderson was the first Black legislator in the state of Kentucky, and a proven champion for the state’s Black residents during his tenure as a lawmaker. In January 1936, Anderson was sworn into the Kentucky House of Representatives, serving several terms and making an almost immediate impact the moment he began his service. Anderson was born in 1907 in Louisville, Kentucky to a physician father and a schoolteacher mother. After graduating from Wilberforce University in 1927, he attended Howard University Law School and earned a law degree in 1931. Returning to his hometown, Anderson opened up his own...

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By KEVIN McGILL and GERALD HERBERT, Associated Press

[ad_1] In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, image made from a video provided by KATC-TV middle-school English teacher Deyshia Hargrave is handcuffed by a city marshal after complying with a marshal’s orders to leave a Vermilion Parish School Board meeting in Abbeville, La., west of New Orleans. ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana teacher whose widely viewed arrest at a school board meeting sparked online outrage has returned to work even as fallout from the incident rages on. Gov. John Bel Edwards said he saw nothing on videos of Deshia Hargrave’s arrest that warranted her rough treatment. Meanwhile, the superintendent of Vermilion...

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Singer Peabo Bryson Announces Birth Of His Son

[ad_1] Legendary singer Peabo Bryson, 66, and his 36-year-old wife Tanya welcomed their first child together, a son, born on New Year’s Eve. In a series of Tweets, Bryson, who has one older daughter from a prior relationship, and his wife expressed their excitement for their new baby boy, who Peabo referred to as “Kit Bryson/RobertKittrick-Peabo Bryson.” Robert Kittrick-Peabo Bryson/ Kit Bryson, is here to bring in the New Year, a new life, a greater love and God willing, a extended legacy.💕💕 https://t.co/clexMsbSu8 — Peabo Bryson (@PeaboBryson2) January 1, 2018 On December 31, Peabo posted: “It is with honor and humility my lovely one and I announce...

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Trump Book ‘Fire And Fury’ Is A Runaway Bestseller

[ad_1] NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” was the top-selling book last week, NPD BookScan told The Associated Press. And its numbers are likely to grow far higher. “Fire and Fury” sold 29,000 copies, BookScan announced Wednesday. But Wolff’s explosive tell-all about the Trump administration only came out last Friday and BookScan’s weekly sales run through Saturday. “The first couple of days of sales figures aren’t giving us the full picture,” said Kristen McLean, the NPD Group’s book industry analyst. “Because of potential distribution issues related to the early release coupled with high demand, it may take a few...

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N.C. Hairstylist Uses Mugshot To Promote Her Business

[ad_1] *Now how can you be mad at her, I ask you? As the saying goes,  “When life gives you lemons, doggone it! Make lemonade!!” That’s exactly what Shia Yearwood did when she seized the moment and used her mugshot photo as an opportunity to promote her hair business. Arrested and charged with violating a domestic protective order in Mecklenburg County on Wednesday, Yearwood started receiving compliments on her braids after the facility published her picture. Twitter account @CharlotteMugs shared her mugshot, and the responses came pouring in. “Okay but who did her hair?” Twitter user @daleeshish asked. “Me,” Yearwood replied. Yearwood retweeted the mugshot on Thursday,...

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Bruno Mars, Cardi B, SZA To Perform At Grammys

[ad_1] Scott Roth Perspective NEW YORK (AP) — Bruno Mars and Cardi B, who recently collaborated on the upbeat song “Finesse,” will perform together at the Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that “Despacito” hit makers Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, SZA and Kesha will also take the stage at the Jan. 28 show at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid, the trio behind the suicide prevention hit “1-800-273-8255,” will perform the song with a group of suicide attempt and loss survivors selected by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The track is nominated for song of the year. Mars’...

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R.I. Rapper Convicted After Making Music About Drug Dealing

[ad_1] PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island rapper whose songs include “Sell Drugsz” has been sentenced to three years in prison for doing just that. Federal prosecutors say 30-year-old Michael Persaud, of Johnston, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Providence for trafficking heroin and fentanyl. His stage name is Montana Millz. Prosecutors say an East Providence undercover detective bought nearly three-quarters of an ounce (22 grams) of fentanyl and a small amount of heroin from Persaud over a four-month period beginning in October 2016. Authorities also say they seized 1½ ounces (44 grams) of fentanyl from his home. Persaud’s lawyer, Matthew...

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Did T.I. Cuss Out Tamar Braxton?

[ad_1] Source: JC Olivera / Getty Supposedly, T.I. had some words for Tamar Braxton after inviting Khia and TS Madison to an Xscape show. Khia and TS claim that they weren’t exactly given a warm welcome when they went to perform alongside Tamar. Unfortunately, they never made it to the stage. According to TS, they were going to perform alongside Tamar. Khia claimed in a post obtained by The Jasmine Brand that the members of Xscape tried to get them kicked out of the venue, claiming that The Queens Court hosts had weapons. However, there were also reports that they had an altercation with...

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