Wednesday, May 22, 2013
9-year old JaNae Hornsby was one of 24 people killed in the recent Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes, which caused an estimated $1 billion in damage. Her father rushed to her school to get her when he realized where the storm was touching down, but he didn't make it in time. According to the Associated Press, the tornado had already slammed through the building when he arrived.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
A father and his son will be graduating from Morehouse College in Atlanta together. Dorian Joyner Jr. will march with his dad, Dorian Sr., who is finally finishing his studies that he started way back in 1984.
When Dorian Jr. first heard that his dad was coming back to Morehouse, he admitted it was a shock at first. He reflects, "I said, 'Oh, you're coming back to visit some of your friends?' And my dad said 'No, I'm coming back to be a student.' I said - can you repeat that?"
What is the world coming to? James Parham, an elderly man in Englewood, New Jersey, is being accused of running a prostitution ring out of a senior home living facility. According to police, the operation employed both older residents who lived at the facility, and younger women who did not.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Mo’Nique, who once glorified being overweight, is looking super thin these days after making a decision to eat better and exercise every day. She was recently interviewed on New York City's Hot 97 radio station, and shared her opinions on a lot of topics, including why her popular show on BET was cancelled.
With a story that sounds a lot like Lean On Me - the hit 1980's film that starred Morgan Freeman, huge and remarkable progress is being made at Malcolm X Shabazz High School in crime-ridden Newark, New Jersey. All of this thanks to Gemar Mills, the school's 30-year old principal.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
A Christian school in South Africa has told Samantha and Kally Mabe, the married lesbian parents of one of its students, that their 5-year old son will face expulsion from school if they don't get divorced.
Study Reveals Bias Against Black Students Nationwide; They Are 3 Times More Likely To Be Suspended From School
|2011-2012 Black student suspension rates in Sacamento County, Califonia|
A recent study at UCLA called the Civil Rights project has revealed that African American students are suspended more than three times as often as their white classmates, twice as often as their Latino classmates and more than 10 times as often as their Asian classmates.
Although the chart above shows the suspension rates in Sacramento, California, this was not at all a local study; It was conducted in middle schools and high schools nationwide, and the study used U.S. Department of Education data collected during the 2009-2010 school year (the latest available).
Kristie and Kirstie Bronner are identical twins with identical grade point averages of 4.0 that recently graduated as co-valedictorians in the class of 2013 at Spelman College in Atlanta. It's the first time in the school's history that this has happened.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
A group of roughly 250 Philadelphia students unitedly walked out of class this past Thursday, and marched on the steps of City Hall to protest education budget cuts. The Philadelphia school district reportedly is facing a $300 million deficit next fiscal year.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Singer Beyonce says that it was "quite shocking" that people were so critical of her recent trip to the Havana, Cuba with her husband Jay-Z. She says they only went there to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. "It was such a beautiful trip. I met some incredible children. I visited some incredible entrepreneurs. I learned so much about so many people and the country," she told Amy Robach of ABC News.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Grammy-winning singer/rapper Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in federal prison for failing to pay taxes on nearly $2 million in income.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Rapper Lil Wayne Finally Loses Mountain Dew Endorsement After Using Offensive Lyrics About Emmett Till
PepsiCo, which owns and distributes Mountain Dew, has finally dropped their endorsement deal with rapper Lil Wayne just two days after his publicist issued what many called a "weak" and "late" apology to the family of civil rights icon Emmett Till.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Chris Kelly (of Kris Kross) Used Cocaine and Heroin The Night Before His Death; Family Releases Statement
According to the police report, Chris Kelly, of the 90's rap duo Kris Kross, had used a combination of cocaine and heroin just one night before his death. His mother, Donna Kelly Pratt, and his uncle also told authorities of Kelly's "extensive history of drug use." Because of this Fulton County police are hinting that his death may have been due to a drug overdose.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
34-year old Chris Kelly, half of the 90's rap duo Kris Kross, has died at an Atlanta hospital. A local investigator says he was pronounced dead around 5pm at the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center on May 1, 2013. Authorities are unsure of Kelly's cause of death, and an autopsy has yet to be performed.
Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.
Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.
His "kids for cash" program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.
- + JaNae Hornsby, Third Grader Who Loved to Sing, Amo...
- + Father and Son To Graduate Morehouse College Toget...
- + 75-Year Old Man Arrested For Running Prostitution ...
- + Mo’Nique Shows Off Her Amazing Weight Loss; Talks ...
- + 30-Year Old Principal Gemar Mills Makes Remarkable...
- + Christian School Tells Lesbian Couple to Divorce O...
- + Study Reveals Bias Against Black Students Nationwi...
- + Twins Graduate From Spelman as Co-Valedictorians i...
- + Hundreds of Philadelphia Students Walk Out of Clas...
- + Beyonce Says She Was Shocked by Criticism of Her a...
- + Lauryn Hill Sentenced to Three Months In Prison Fo...
- + Rapper Lil Wayne Finally Loses Mountain Dew Endors...
- + Chris Kelly (of Kris Kross) Used Cocaine and Heroi...
- + Chris Kelly, of 90's Rap Duo Kris Kross, Dies
- + Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Sell...
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