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Video: Out of 21 siblings, man becomes the first to graduate college

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Paul Lamar Hunter knows what it’s like growing up with a house full. As the 19th of his mother’s 21 siblings, things didn’t come easy to him or his family.

But despite the odds being stacked against him, he not only graduated from college, but has become a successful author.

In his latest book, “No Love, No Charity: The Success Story of the 19th Child,” Hunter chronicles his journey, from obtaining a Bachelors of Science Degree at Upper Iowa University to pursuing his life-long dreams.

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What Are We Willing to Do to Save Our Black Boys?

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The Black community mourned yesterday as we remembered what would have been the 19th birthday of Trayvon Martin. It seemed even more painful with the news of his murderer being involved in a ridiculous boxing match for money. This week also marked the beginning of the trial of the murder of Jordan Davis, another young unarmed Black boy killed in Florida, this time over loud music.

Far too often Black boys are forced to navigate a world where they face violence, mass incarceration, police brutality, failing schools, and unemployment. One recent study found 92% of Black male teens were unemployed in Chicago and 83% nationally. Young Black men are also almost singularly portrayed in the media as criminals and thugs. According to a report by the Pew Center, in Pittsburgh, 86% of the time the local media covered Black men the topic was crime.  The reality of this situation is why we chose to start the 1Hood Media Academy.

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School celebrates Black History Month with menu of fried chicken, watermelon and cornbread

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Administrators at Corondelet High School for Girls in Concord, Calif. are in hot water after a controversial menu in celebration of Black History Month went public.

Students at the high school wanted to create a way to celebrate Black History Month during lunchtime. But when the school announced what was on the menu, students and parents were offended. 

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Family of Kendrick Johnson sues funeral home for fraud, negligence

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The family of a Georgia teen who mysteriously died in his high school gymnasium last year has filed a lawsuit against the funeral home that handled his remains.

The lawsuit charges Harrington Funeral Home in Valdosta, Georgia with negligence and fraud. 

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Homeless teen raises money to attend college

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19-year-old James Ward always knew that he wanted to attend college. But his dream was temporarily shattered after finding out that he did not have the financial assistance to attend college.

Ward, who has been homeless for several years, was accepted into Howard University and his long-time mentor Jessica Sutherland was determined for him to attend.

So she launched a social media campaign with the #HomelesstoHoward. 

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BREAKING: New date set for Marissa Alexander trial

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Attorneys representing Marissa Alexander got their wish granted when a judge ruled in favor of their request to have her trial rescheduled for July 28th.

Alexander’s attorney Bruce Zimet said the initial trial date of March 31st was too soon for adequate preparation. 

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Petition seeks to free wrongfully convicted trans activist Monica Jones

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A petition by the Sex Workers Outreach Project is calling for the release of Monica Jones. Jones, who is a trans and sex workers rights activist and student at Arizona State University, was profiled and falsely arrested through a prostitution diversion program called Project Rose.

The petition calls for not just Jones’ release, but to put an end to Project Rose. 

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DMX to fight George Zimmerman in celebrity boxing match, series of petitions against it created

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A series of petitions have been created  in hopes of putting an end to George Zimmerman’s time in the spotlight. The petitions come on the heels of an announcement from the even’t promoters that rapper DMX was selected as Zimmerman’s opponent.

The petitions, started by Los Angeles resident Janet Dickerson and Chicago blogger Rae Kae call for an end to the fight. 

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Video: Piers Morgan ‘sensationalizes’ interview with trans activist, author Janet Mock

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Yesterday, trans activist and author Janet Mock appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” to talk about her new memoir “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More.”

Instead of the interview exploring the details of the book, Morgan focused more on Mock’s physical transition, a move that has critics accusing the host of sensationalizing Mock’s story. 

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Lawsuit: 10-year-old gets leg broken by cop after filming him

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According to papers filed in a New York court, a Brooklyn cop kicked a 10-year-old boy in the shin, breaking his leg as the child recorded him with his cell phone.

Police appeared at the boy’s mother Krystle Silvera’s Flatbush home looking for her ex-boyfriend. The lawsuit also contains allegations that Silvera was sexually assaulted by an officer. 

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