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GMA3 (Good Morning America) co-anchors Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes both shut down their Instagrams amid rumors of an intimate, off-camera affair. Both are married to other people. We wouldn't be surprised if the ABC program will be looking for new hosts in the near future...


Stephen A. Smith doubles down on his defense of the Jerry Jones 1957 photo and responds to being called a "coon" and a “sellout” on his Know Mercy podcast. “Because I don’t agree with y’all position on a still photo from 66 years ago. Really? We better wake up y’all.” Smith says he is only talking to Black people. White people should just turn off the podcast. >Listen to his podcast if you have nothing else better to do...


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Diamond Tyleir is named night host at “95.7 Jamz” WBHJ Birmingham. Read more...

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January 21, 2014

Doug Banks, Angela Bassett, and Dwyane Wade Among Stars Praising HBCU Calendar

With the success of the film epic "12 Years A Slave" and a newly intense interest in African-American history, stars including Angela Bassett, Doug Banks, Kym Whitley and NBA great Dwyane Wade are taking to the airwaves and Social Media to advocate for purchasing the 2014 Historically Black Colleges and Universities Resource Guide and Calendar.

The celebrities, who are also featured in the calendar, are using Facebook, Twitter and other social media and broadcast outlets to trumpet the resource guide, which is a fundraiser for the schools featured inside.

Radio super jock Banks recently teamed with comedienne/actress Whitley to promote the calendar on his national show.  "This may be one of the most important purchases that we can make now to honor and salute the African-American heroes who have paved the way for us all," said Banks.



TV's "The View" host Sherri Shepherd, also featured, made a scheduled visit to a Los Angeles-based Walgreens in November to personally sign copies of the calendar.

The eighth annual HBCU resource guide has been renamed "Our History Our Health" to reflect the growing concern of the health of Black America.

Also among the supporters featured in the 2014 edition are the first woman leader of the African Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop Vashti McKenzie; Gary, Indiana Mayor Karen Freeman; and businesswoman and mentor Tina Lewis.

More than $400,000 had been donated to HBCUs through a partnership between Chicago-based Danielle Ashley Group, the producer of the calendar through its Black History Educational Network philanthropic arm, and Walgreens Corporation, the original retailer.

The calendar is a part of the African-American History curriculum of middle and high school districts in Illinois and Indiana.  It spotlights 12 of the more than 100 HBCUs every year.

The 2014 issue features Florida Memorial University, Grambling State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lane College, LeMoyne – Owen College, Lincoln University, Mississippi Valley State University, Morehouse College, Oakwood College, University of the Virgin Islands, Virginia Union University and Wiley College.

Each month reveals the dates of the most important events in African-American history.
In addition to Walgreens and Wal-Mart, the 2014 HBCU Resource Guide is available online at www.BlackHistoryHBCU.com, or by calling 312.470.0270.

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