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NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: #BlackWorkMatters: Workers Across America #FightFor15

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#BlackWorkMatters: Workers Across America Protest To Raise Minimum Wage To $15

On Wednesday, protesters nationwide demanded $15 an hour minimum wage in a movement labeled with the hashtags #BlackWorkMatters and #FightFor15.

Recent reports state that the wealth gap is now the widest it’s been in nearly 30 years. On average, CEOs of major corporations make $300 for every dollar the average worker makes.

On Thursday, NewsOne Now guest host Mo Ivory and the Straight Talk panel featuring Glynda Carr, Co-Founder of Higher Heights, Melanie Campbell, Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable, andStefanie Brown James, CEO of Vestige Strategies LLC, discussed the ongoing fight to raise minimum wage to a level that would allow the disproportionate numbers of minorities who are low-income workers the opportunity to pull themselves out of poverty.

Anthony Ray Hinton Exonerated After 30 Years On Death Row

In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted of two murders and sent to death row for crimes he did not commit.

Thirty years and several appeals later, Hinton was finally exonerated and released after serving one of the longest terms on death row in the state of Alabama’s history.

On Thursday, Hinton and his attorney, Bryan Stevenson, Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, joined guest host Mo Ivory on NewsOne Now to discuss Hinton’s exoneration and how he survived so long on death row.

No Child Left Behind: Are Standardized Tests Ruining Primary Education?

No Child Left Behind was the reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act and was supposed to ensure that all children had equal opportunities to excel in school.

In the process of making sure that all children have access to a quality education an emphasis on testing was instituted which seemingly changed the focus of educating our youth to focusing on a test.

According to the 2013 PDK/Gallup Poll of Public Attitudes Toward Public Education, 77 percent of Americans believe increased testing has either hurt or made no difference in improving schools.

On Thursday, Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President of the National Education Association appeared on NewsOne Now to discuss the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind and the impact that standardized tests are having in America’s classrooms.

WTH? Thursday: Epic Treadmill Fail Caught On Tape…AND MORE

It’s WTH?! Thursday on NewsOne Now, and we have compiled a list of the craziest stories trending in the news.

This week, guest host Mo Ivory is joined by comedian Lav Luv and radio hosts Kittie Kaboom andEddie Kayne.

To kick things off, we have an epic treadmill fail that was caught on tape during a workout session. Once the young man begins performing the “Crip Walk” … BOOM!

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Then this happened. John Arthur Benedict, 69, followed and then pulled over a couple of undercover detectives while impersonating an officer. Cops say he tailed and then pulled over a pair of undercover detectives with Florida’s Lee County Sheriff’s Office while impersonating an officer driving in his Crown Victoria with a police emblem on the side. The fake cop called the incident a “senior moment,” but the real cops slapped a pair of cuffs on him anyway.

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A 65-year-old German woman has decided to become a mom again. Annegret Raunigk, who is now five months pregnant, decided to give it one more go after her 9-year-old daughter said she would like a sister or brother. According to theguardian.com, after the request, the 65-year-old mother of 13 and grandmother of seven had quadruplets artificially inseminated at a clinic in Ukraine using sperm and eggs from anonymous donors.

 

All that and more in this special edition of the “NewsOne Now” Audio Podcast.

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