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University of Virginia students still struggle with banned financial aid program

A few weeks ago, students gathered in protest of the recent changes to the University of Virginia’s AccessUVa financial aid program.

Over the summer, the board voted to abolish all-grant financial aid and replace portions of that aid with federally subsidized loans.

William Profitt is a 4th year student at the University. He says that the move hurts people of color. “This terrible decision will disproportionately hurt low-income individuals, who are disproportionately minority students. Sadly, said individuals will be denied access to this particular institution of learning due to their inability to afford the tuition.”

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Pastor embraces marriage equality


Pastor Jamie B. Frazier believes that church is supposed to be a safe, welcoming space for everyone. That’s why he started the Lighthouse Church of Chicago.

Located in the South Loop, the church promotes marriage equality, and preaches the message that marriage is a sacred covenant meant for all people with love in their hearts.

From Chicago Pride:

“I think of the stories of the people in my congregation who have said things like for the first time I see myself in the Bible, for the first time I feel like I’m actually at home, for the first time I’m in a spiritual place where I can feel like I can bring my full and total self to the room, for the first time I feel like I’m actually loved by God,” he said.

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Graduation Part II: Vanette W

I met Vanette in the spring of 2013 at Street Level Youth Media.  I was immediately impressed and inspired by her deep passion for youth development and addressing social issues that affect Chicago youth. Through discussion with Vanette about the Chicago Public School system, homeless students, and youth violence, it was apparent that at the age of 17 she possessed a maturity level far beyond her years. Vanette spoke about violence from the perspective of a CPS student and youth educator. She is a student teacher with the Chicago Urban Teaching Academy, a program that started at her high school in 2010.

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Child who away on plane placed in child protection services


The boy’s father and a family friend during a press conference a few days ago.

A 9-year-old boy was removed from his family after his father pleaded for help with the boy on national television.

Minnesota District Judge Joseph Klein declared the boy a “child in need of protection or services.” He also ordered therapy for the boy and his parents while officials determine what kind of help the boy needs.

From Huffington Post:

Exactly where the boy is staying was left unclear. The judge and attorneys referred only to an “out-of-home placement” and did not discuss when he might return home. After the hearing, county officials declined to be more specific, saying simply that the boy was safe. Attorneys for the parents and the boy did not object to the arrangement.

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Should a street be named after Notorious B.I.G.?


LeRoy McCarthy’s quest to have a corner in Brooklyn named after legendary emcee Notorious B.I.G. has hit a bit of a stumbling block.

The council members who have the power to grant or deny McCarthy’s request have several issues with naming a street after the slain rapper.

After reviewing Notorious B.I.G.’s history, CB2 committee member Lucy Koteen read what she learned to the full board Tuesday night.

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Cory Booker elected to US Senate becoming state’s first black senator


Former Newark, NJ mayor Cory Booker has been unofficially elected to the state’s Senate.

In a special election, the Democrat beat Republican contender Steve Lonegan.

Booker is the state’s first black U.S. senator to be elected.

From Reuters:

Booker, a Rhodes scholar and Yale Law school graduate, rocketed to fame as a booster for the state’s largest city, 12 miles from Manhattan, which has struggled with poverty and persistently high crime. His first run for mayor was documented in the Oscar-nominated film “Street Fight.” Booker is known to rub shoulders with celebrities and is a near-constant presence on Twitter. 

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Living & Driving While Black Foundation seeks to end racial profiling


It’s no secret that being black in America is dangerous. So dangerous to the point that an organization is dedicating itself to ending racial profiling.

And its name is a very intentional reminder why they exist.

The Living & Driving While Black Foundation was founded in 2005 by former National Action Network and NAACP Moline chapter President David L. Lowery Jr. as:

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Don Lemon: ‘Adrian Peterson more MIA than MVP’


During an interview on “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” CNN Anchor Don Lemon wasted no time voicing his opinion on Adrian Peterson’s parenting skills.

The NFL running back lost his 2-year-old son after he was tragically beaten by his mother’s boyfriend.

From Black America Web:

“This Adrian Peterson secret love child beating death story has been really bothering me. Bothering me obviously because the boy was just two years old and was allegedly beaten to death by his mom’s boyfriend who was not the child’s father. Bothering me also because the dead boy’s father is Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Petersonan NFL MVP, who appears to be more MIA, than MVP…

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Video: RYSE Center students dedicate video to Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and other slain youth


A group of young artists from Richmond, Ca. are speaking out about the impact that the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Israel Hernandez and others whose lives were tragically cut short.

Tired of being ignored, silenced, judged and criminalized, these youth decided to voice their thoughts on how they are viewed and treated in society. The young artists demonstrated courage to speak their minds, making the world see them for who they really are and not a stereotype.

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President signs bill ending shutdown


For now, the government shutdown is over. President Obama signed a bill ending the 16 day partial shutdown of the country’s government. The bill also temporarily raises the debt ceiling.

More than two weeks of arguments between political parties resulted in 800,000 government employees being forced to go on furlough.

They will now return to work Thursday.

From CNN:

Lawmakers worked precariously close to the midnight debt ceiling deadline amid warnings the government could run out of money to pay its bills if it didn’t raise the debt ceiling. The GOP-led House gave the final stamp of approval to the Senate-brokered bill, passing it easily late Wednesday night. But it wasn’t Republicans who made it happen; a majority of that party’s caucus actually voted against the measure, which only passed because of overwhelming Democratic support.

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