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President Obama to rename Africa program for Nelson Mandela

President Obama to rename Africa program for Nelson Mandela

WASHINGTON (AP) — A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela. President Barack Obama, who has said he was one of the untold millions of people around the world who were inspired by Mandela’s life, is set to announce the name […]

Dearborn Heights man who killed woman on porch: ‘I didn’t know there was a round in there’

DETROIT -A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn’t know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday. Theodore Wafer, dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, met officers outside his Dearborn Heights home after they […]

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TLC’s T-Boz creating new girl group that ‘can sell albums without selling sex’

TLC member Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins is creating her own girl group. The “Waterfalls” singer has launched TBozProjectNext in an effort to form the next superstar girl group consisting of ladies ages 18-24. T-Boz is allowing fans a chance to submit a video, 3 minutes or less, showcasing their talent while singing or rapping. In an […]

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Nas Makes History As The First Rapper To Trace His Family On PBS Series, ‘Finding Your Roots’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — When Nas became the first rapper invited to trace his family tree through the PBS series “Finding Your Roots,” he welcomed the opportunity. But it hit him hard when he saw 1859 documentation of an ancestor being sold as a slave, he said during a panel discussion Wednesday. “First I […]

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The School-To-Prison Pipeline Can Start Even Before Kindergarten, Mother Points Out

An essay that appeared recently in The Washington Post has brought renewed attention to discipline disparities taking place across all school levels, even in preschool. In the essay, black mother Tunette Powell wrote that her two preschool-aged sons have been suspended from schools a total of eight times, and she wonders if these suspensions might be […]

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Basketball Player Wearing ‘RIP Eric Garner’ Dunks Over NYPD Patrol Car

Tensions between residents and New York City Police have been high following the death earlier this month of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while an NYPD officer had him in an apparent chokehold during an arrest. But on Friday, officers in Staten Island helped orchestrate a tribute. The Staten Island Advance reports when basketball players […]

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Graduate students have a priceless experience in African Orphanages

By Nigel Boys What Nick Grava, a political science graduate of Northwestern University, Illinois, didn’t realize, when he went over to visit his brother, Chris, who was studying in South Africa for a semester, was that he would be returning there to run an orphanage full time. After seeing how the children lived in the […]

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Florida Barber Shop Encourages Reading during Hair Cuts

Walking into a barbershop, you typically find the room filled with engaging conversation, some music, and maybe even a television set.  But not in one Riviera Beach barber shop, reported West Palm Beach TV. Royal Touch Barber Shop harbors a multitude of books and encourages young customers to read.  Boys may pick up a book […]

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Federal Appeals Court:  U of Texas Can Continue Affirmative Action

April V. Taylor The Huffington Post is reporting that an Affirmative Action case involving the University of Texas has been ruled on by a federal appeals court panel.  The case was sent to the Supreme Court in June 2013, but the court did not rule on the case and instead sent it back to lower […]

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Florida barbershop owner focuses on books for customers

This isn’t your normal barbershop. You’ll find the typical tools of the trade here. But also books. “The barbershop is based on men coming together, grooming each other to become better men, and I think books and education is a fundamental part of that,” said Reggie Ross. For kids walking into Royal Touch Barbershop, it’s […]

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