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Here's a look at African American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.
When asked by the leadership of Share Our Strength to support an effort to feed America's youth, USA Network star Sharif Atkins ("White Collar") knew exactly how he could assist, by producing a public service announcement that might inspire others to support the cause. With a simple belief that "No child should grow up hungry in America," Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign attempting to end childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority.
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As Congress convenes to determine the fate of the 50 million Americans living in poverty and a shattered middle class stalled in a jobless recovery, broadcaster Tavis Smiley is calling on everyday people from coast to coast to urge President Barack Obama to convene a White House Conference on the Eradication of Poverty in America. Smiley will moderate a nationally televised discussion, "Vision for a New America: A Future Without Poverty," 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. Taking place just days before the presidential inauguration, the event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5 p.m., and advance registration is required at www.tavistalks.com/visionforanewamerica.
The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce will host its seventh annual gala. This year's theme is "Seven Degrees of Empowerment." Celebrities such as actor Boris Kodjoe and Hip Hop deejay Rob Base are among the individuals headlining the Miami-Dade Chamber of Comm-erce's 7th Annual Gala. The event will be held on Dec. 1, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. The event continues to attract business, political and civic leaders from across the region for an enchanting night of dinner, dancing and fun. This year, the event will be hosted by Kodjoe and Sharon Lawson, WTVJ-NBC6 anchor. More than 600 people are expected to attend the well-anticipated event.
Seventeen-year-old Jordan Russell Davis was shot and murdered by 45-year-old Michael David Dunn after the two got into a verbal confrontation over loud music. Jordan was sitting in a car when Michael pulled up next to him to complain that he was playing his music too loud outside of a convenience store in Jacksonville, Fla. From there, the two exchanged words when Dunn, a registered gun owner and collector, used his firearm to shoot at Davis' vehicle. He fired eight or nine times, striking Jordan twice. Since Jordan's death on Friday, Michael has entered a not-guilty plea deal, claiming that he felt "threatened." His lawyer stated that Michael acted responsibly and in self-defense. Jordan was a student at Samuel W. Wolfson High School, a magnet school in Jacksonville.
The third annual BronzeLens Film Festival played host to more than 3,000 attendees from across the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Africa. During the course of four days 50 films in the Feature, Narrative Fiction, Documentary and Shorts categories were screened Nov. 8-11 at Georgia Pacific Center, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, World of Coca-Cola, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Georgia Power Auditorium. A total of six films received prestigious BronzeLens Awards top honors in the following categories: Best Documentary Short, Best Overall Film and Winner of the Panavision $50,000 Camera Equipment Prize, "Colored My Mind," with director Nia T. Hill; Best Documentary, "The Contradictions of Fair Hope," with directors S. Epatha Merkerson and Rockell Metcalf; Best Feature Film, "An Oversimplification of Her Beauty," with director Terence Nance; Best Short, "Barbasol," with director Ralph K. Scott; Best International, "Otelo Burning," with director Sara Blecher; Audience Award Winner, " Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles," with director Elvin Ross.