NewsOne Minute: Quick Hits From Around the Web – 4/2/14

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Ku Klux Klan Holds Annual Gathering In Tennessee

A KKK Flyer Landed In A Bag Of Candy On This Woman’s Lawn

One resident in Florida is up in arms after a bag of candy holding a KKK recruitment flyer landed on her lawn. WFTV-TV reports that the Deland, Fla. homeowner had to prevent her children from eating the candy attached to the memo. The area is predominantly African-American, and she called the incident “concerning” to say the least. Read more.

The 1st Black Emojis Are Here … and They Don’t Come From Apple

Oju Africa, a division of the African mobile company Mi-Fone, has one-upped tech giant Apple, launching the first set of black emojis ever, the International Business Times reports. The collection of 15 emojis is a direct result of an outcry over the lack of diversity in the current set, much of which comes from Apple. According to the report, oju means “face” in Nigeria’s Yoruba language, and these “faces” are already available for Android and are pending for Apple’s iOS. Read more.

Michael Strahan Is Joining the Morning TV War

CNN reports that Michael Strahan, the former New York Giant turned Regis Philbin replacement, is set to join the cast of Good Morning America, with an announcement expected sometime this week. A source tells the AP that Strahan will appear semi-regularly during the show’s first hour, and continue hosting Live with Kelly and Michael at 9 a.m. ABC has been in talks with Strahan for months, and insiders are stressing that he isn’t replacing anyone. He just happens to be joining the morning show days after Josh Elliott departed for NBC Sports, leaving George Stephanopoulos as the only man in the cast. Read more.

Chicago Posts Lowest First Quarter Homicide Totals Since 1958

Chicago Police posted encouraging news about the city’s once-staggering homicide rate Tuesday and continued a cautiously optimistic trend that law enforcement is stemming the tide of violence in the Windy City. Citing newly-released police data, the Sun-Times reports Chicago’s first quarter of 2014 tallied the lowest number of homicides since 1958. The numbers reflect six fewer homicides than the same period in 2013, and 55 fewer homicides since the same time in 2012. Read more.

FCC Vote Encourages Diversity in Broadcast Ownership

Though the final vote was the result of compromise, advocates of minority broadcast ownership and jobs for journalists of color each took comfort Monday in a 3-2 vote by the Federal Communications Commission “to bar companies from controlling two or more TV stations in the same local market by using a single advertising sales staff,” in the words of Gautham Nagesh, writing for the Wall Street Journal. Read more.

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