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  • 31.08.2017

    At long last Lecrae pulls up with the cover and official tracklist for his forthcoming album, All Things Work Together. Let’s just say it looks like it will be a good listen.

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  • 31.01.2018

    Grand Valley State University welcomed Dr. Antonia Novello Wednesday, Sept. 27, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Novello was the first woman, and the first Hispanic, to be appointed the 14th surgeon general of the U.S. Public Health Service in 1990.

    Dr. Cynthia McCurren, dean of the Kirkhof College of Nursing at GVSU, introduced Novello through a personal memory of Novello’s appointment in 1990 and the important role that she not only played in her own life, but in the public health sphere as well.

    “As an individual that’s been in nursing for over 30 years, and therefore more broadly in health care, I’m very much impressed and influenced by those who provide leadership and who take on the responsibility of the leadership as much as at the national person,” McCurren said. “This is a person that I remember her appointment when I was going through my times working in health care, and my continuing to work in health care, she has made an impression on me.”

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  • 30.08.2017

    Carla Harris isn't your average banker.

    In addition to being the vice chairman of wealth management at Morgan Stanley (ms, +0.82%), Harris chairs the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), an advisory panel to Congress and President Barack Obama on economic issues important to female business owners. And she sings. Really, really well. So well, in fact, that she's had four of her Carnegie Hall concerts sell out entirely.

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  • 30.08.2017

    Meryl Streep, considered by many to be the greatest actress of our time, discussed her life, career and more at UMass Lowell at the Chancellor's Speaker Series on April 1, 2014.

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  • 29.08.2017

    Why you should listen

    An award-winning journalist who has worked across television, radio and print, Gayle King is a co-host of CBS This Morning and Editor-at-Large of O, the Oprah Magazine.

    King previously hosted The Gayle King Show, a live, weekday television interview program on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. The program, which featured a discussion of a broad variety of topics that include politics, cultural developments, was also broadcast on XM Satellite Radio, where it premiered in 2006.

    Before moving into print and radio, King worked for 18 years (1982–2000) as a television news anchor for CBS affiliate WFSB-TV in Hartford, Conn., during which period, she also hosted her own syndicated daytime program. Prior to joining WFSB, King worked at several other television stations, including WDAF-TV in Kansas City, Mo. (1978-1981), WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Md. (1976), and WTOP-TV in Washington, D.C. (1975).

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  • 29.08.2017

    Is Kevin O’Leary a good or bad businessman?

    Buried in the back pages of the financial press last October was a story about the sale of his mutual fund company, O’Leary Funds, to Canoe Financial, an investment firm run by former Dragons’ Den cast member and entrepreneur Brett Wilson.

    O’Leary had launched his funds with great fanfare back in 2008, introducing them to viewers on his Business News Network (BNN) show, SqueezePlay. Before the cameras, wearing a natty navy-blue suit and matching azure tie, O’Leary resembled a proud father with a new infant as he explained to co-host Amanda Lang how his fund was designed to produce yield on a monthly basis.

    “You got to pay Daddy,” he declared, “because my wife costs a fortune, my kids cost a fortune. I need dough and I need dough every month. You got to pay Daddy number one.”

    In those days, O’Leary’s star was ascending. He was one of the so-called “Dragons” on Dragons’ Den, which was becoming a bonafide Canadian hit. The following year he and Lang moved their daily business show over to the CBC, renamed The Lang & O’Leary Exchange.

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  • 29.08.2017

    Former United States Army soldier, motivational speaker, and “Dancing With The Stars” season 20 contestant, Noah Galloway, will be one of the featured speakers at Country Radio Seminar 2016. Galloway will address CRS attendees on February 9 from 9 – 9:50 a.m. CT and will share with attendees how he has overcome his life’s challenge of living with a major injury he endured during the Iraq War.

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  • 29.08.2017

    More than a year after coming out as gay, Colton Haynes is still struggling with mainstream Hollywood’s limited view of the LGBTQ community.

    On Monday, the 29-year-old “Teen Wolf” and “Arrow” star opened up about his frustrations in a series of fiery tweets. Blasting Hollywood as “fucked up,” Haynes argued that the movie industry emphasized actors’ personal lives over their actual talent.

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  • 29.08.2017

    “Vice News Tonight” reporter Elle Reeve appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday morning to discuss her experience documenting white supremacists rallying in Charlottesville, Virginia, this month.

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  • 29.08.2017

    Derek Jeter's No. 2 will be retired by the New York Yankees on Sunday. But first, he sat down with Baseball Tonight's Karl Ravech to discuss being drafted by his favorite team, adjusting to being a professional athlete and the lessons he wants to pass on to his child.

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  • 29.08.2017

    Following enormously successful solo tours, fellow improvisers Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the Emmy nominated Whose Line Is It Anyway?, teamed up to present what has become one
 of
 the 
longest running
 comedy 
tours 
in 
history, an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. Using their quick wit, the duo takes contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes. Throughout the evening, the show becomes truly interactive as audience members are called to the stage to participate in the fun. Their high-profile presentations have played to corporations, universities and theaters across the world for over fifteen years.

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  • 28.08.2017

    Henry Standing Bear is Walt’s lifelong best friend. A local bar owner, Henry is a handsome and charming Cheyenne who is fiercely protective of his tribe. He often serves as Walt’s go-between with the reservation. Being a business owner, he is comfortable with progress and modernity while maintaining a connection with his past, unlike his dear friend, Longmire.

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  • 27.08.2017

    Titus O’Neil has ideas worth spreading. So much so, in fact, that a prestigious global conference has invited him to speak his mind.

    O’Neil announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he has been selected to speak at an upcoming TEDxUCLA conference in May 2017. At the ideas sharing event, he will give a speech lasting 18 minutes or less on a theme and topic to be announced.

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  • 25.08.2017

    Daryl Davis is a blues musician, but he also has what some might call an interesting hobby. For the past 30 years, Davis, a black man, has spent time befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan.

    He says once the friendship blossoms, the Klansmen realize that their hate may be misguided. Since Davis started talking with these members, he says 200 Klansmen have given up their robes. When that happens, Davis collects the robes and keeps them in his home as a reminder of the dent he has made in racism by simply sitting down and having dinner with people.

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  • 25.08.2017

    As soon as Theo Wilson started making YouTube videos about culture and race, trolls using racial slurs started flocking to his page.

    After engaging in endless sparring matches in the comments section, Wilson began to notice something curious: His trolls seemed to speak a language unto themselves, one replete with the same twisted facts and false history. It was as if they had all passed through some “dimensional doorway,” arriving from an alternative universe where history, politics and commonly accepted facts had been turned inside out.

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  • 24.08.2017

    A stand-up comedian told Western Carolina University’s new students that they need to step outside their comfort zones and not be afraid to fail as he spoke to them during the university’s annual New Student Convocation.

    Jordan Carlos, who is best known for his work as a TV writer and on-air contributor for “The Colbert Report” and “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” spoke to the newest Catamounts – including both freshmen and transfer students – on Friday, Aug. 18, at Ramsey Regional Activity Center. Many of the students were ending a day that included moving into their residence hall rooms with the help of their families and members of WCU’s Welcome Team of volunteers.

    After the convocation, the students gathered on the football field at E.J. Whitmire Stadium for the taking of the Class of 2021 photo.

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  • 24.04.2018

    The ways of our Torah are pleasant. They are not supposed to cause us pain or discomfort, physically or emotionally. This is especially important to remember on Passover.

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  • 23.11.2017

    One of hip-hop’s most seasoned and treasured raptivists David Banner has put his foot down yet again with his political stance on racism, White supremacy and the institutionalization of minorities in America.

    After a week's worth of debates and controversial positions from the Charlottesville riots, namely from Donald Trump, Banner has returned to CNN’s platform for a reminder of the nation’s dark past with white supremacist violence.

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  • 23.08.2017

    Grammy-winning I Will Survive was recorded in 1978 as Gloria Gaynor’s tale of personal strength and would become the greatest disco anthem of all time and the banner for social survival that is still relevant after three decades. Gaynor has performed in more than 80 countries, has appeared on Broadway and on national TV programs, and has earned numerous accolades for her distinguished career. In 2013 she released a book – "We Will Survive" – a compilation of true inspirational stories from fans about how “I Will Survive” inspired and impacted their lives in a positive manner. Her autobiography – "I Will Survive" (St. Martin's Press) – offers revealing insight into the artist’s exciting yet somewhat turbulent life.

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  • 23.08.2017

    Curbing sexual violence is a central concern on college campuses across the country, and harassment training has become a fixture at many orientation weeks with seminars about consent and binge-drinking. But Rochester Institute of Technology gave its freshman students an unorthodox suggestion — masturbate.

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  • 23.08.2017

    The University had the pleasure to host Professor Anita Hill as the keynote speaker for this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration at The Paramount Theater. Professor Hill became a national figure in 1991 when she testified against Clarence Thomas, who was nominated to succeed retiring Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall on the  Supreme Court. Professor Hill’s testimony gained national recognition, and she soon became the target of character attacks from the nation. Many claimed her accusations to be “completely unfounded” and that she was merely seeking attention. Thomas stated that he was being subjected to a “high-tech lynching for uppity blacks.” Ultimately, the United States Senate confirmed Thomas to the Supreme Court by a vote of 52-48, the narrowest margin since the 19th century.

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  • 22.08.2017

    It’s been 26 years since Anita Hill raised awareness of sexual harassment with her televised testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee. A national conversation about the problem ensued, as did a fuller understanding of its pervasiveness and unlawfulness. Charges of sexual harassment filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission jumped 50 percent just the year after Hill spoke out.

    So is she surprised by recent disclosures about Uber and Fox News?

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  • 22.08.2017

    If there was any topic in 2015 that captured my imagination and challenged me to my core, it was the state of race relations in the US, Canada and abroad. Sadly, as a Christian, I kept finding that many white Christian leaders were dismissing, minimizing and even out-right denying the realities of the problems we faced and the responsibility we have to address these issues. Thankfully, through many others, I have been able to find hope.

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  • 16.08.2017

    The office of Black Youth Project 100 is a few blocks from President Barack Obama’s private residence in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. The organization’s national director, Charlene Carruthers, like Obama in his younger activist days, is a Chicago community organizer. The similarities may stop there. Indeed, Carruthers has been loudly calling for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s longtime Chicago political ally who served as his White House chief of staff. Her complaint: Emanuel’s negligent leadership in the Chicago police shooting death of a black teenager in 2014.

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  • 15.11.2017

     Tears streamed down the face of suicide survivors as they stood on the stage at the Video Music Awards as hip-hop artist Logic performed “1-800-273-8255,” a song titled after the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

    The bi-racial rapper, who openly discussed having anxiety, has used his music to address the seriousness of mental health and urge people from diverse backgrounds to seek professional assistance.

    “I just want to thank you all so much for giving me a platform to talk about something that mainstream media doesn’t want to talk about,” he said during the VMAs in August.

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  • 15.11.2017

    LeVar Burton is an actor whose roles included “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Reading Rainbow.” He’s not LaVar Ball, his son does not play for the Lakers, and President Donald Trump didn’t call him out on social media. Yet Burton is getting confused for the outspoken basketball dad, taking insults from Twitter complainers firing from the hip. Our condolences to Burton, who doesn’t deserve such treatmen

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  • 15.08.2017

    “Who’s this black guy trying to make friends with the Ku Klux Klan?”

    A raised eyebrow, a shake of the head.

    “He’s a nut.”

    Such were the sentiments of Scott Shepherd, a former Klan grand dragon, when he first saw Daryl Davis, a piano-playing bluesman who travels the nation attempting to dispel racism from those who hate him most. It doesn’t often work, but over the decades Davis, like a man on a quixotic pilgrimage, has collected more than two dozen Klan robes from those who have disavowed white supremacy.

    His unlikely story unfolds in “Accidental Courtesy,” a documentary by Matt Ornstein that follows Davis on an odd and lively quest to Confederate monuments, Klansmen houses, boogie joints, churches and a hot dog stand where Davis informs Jeff Schoep, the commander of the National Socialist Movement, that Elvis got his inspiration and rhythm from Chuck Berry, and that slaves did not arrive on these shores voluntarily.

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  • 15.02.2018

    Free tickets will be distributed to GSA represented graduate students on Wednesday, November 18th from 5 – 8pm* and Thursday, November 19th from 9am – 12pm* at Alumni Arena.  1 ticket per UB ID (ID required).  Limited quantity available.  First come, first served.

    *Each distribution period will last 3 hours as listed or until tickets allocated for that day’s distribution period are all gone; whichever comes first.

    Singer, Songwriter, Pianist, Producer and Entrepreneur
    Undergraduate Student Choice Speaker

    An Evening of Speaking, Q&A, and Songs with Piano

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  • 15.01.2016

    On Friday, Christburg shared her story with students throughout the city at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga University Center Auditorium in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is Monday.Christburg encouraged students to take advantage of opportunities they have to get an education, vote and work. "I submit to you that there is no room for excuses," she said. "I encourage you to be your best, but most of all, I encourage you to make a difference."

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  • 14.08.2017

    Western Carolina University’s newest Catamounts will receive their official welcome to the university during the 2017 New Student Convocation beginning 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

    Jordan Carlos, a stand-up comic and television personality best known for appearances on HBO’s “Girls,” “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” “The Colbert Report” and Showtime’s “The Affair,” will speak on the topic “Find Out What You Don’t Want to Do.”

    Carlos will make his Netflix debut in Episode 4 of “Friends from College.” He is a 2001 Brown University graduate.

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  • 31.01.2018

    Grand Valley State University welcomed Dr. Antonia Novello Wednesday, Sept. 27, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Novello was the first woman, and the first Hispanic, to be appointed the 14th surgeon general of the U.S. Public Health Service in 1990.

    Dr. Cynthia McCurren, dean of the Kirkhof College of Nursing at GVSU, introduced Novello through a personal memory of Novello’s appointment in 1990 and the important role that she not only played in her own life, but in the public health sphere as well.

    “As an individual that’s been in nursing for over 30 years, and therefore more broadly in health care, I’m very much impressed and influenced by those who provide leadership and who take on the responsibility of the leadership as much as at the national person,” McCurren said. “This is a person that I remember her appointment when I was going through my times working in health care, and my continuing to work in health care, she has made an impression on me.”

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