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Chris Brown takes break from rehab to host toy drive

R&B singer Chris Brown took a break from rehab to attend at toy drive and holiday party for some kids at Brooklyn Projects Melrose on Sunday.

Brown posed with fans and collected toys at the Chris Brown and Brooklyn Projects toy drive.

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Survey: Black men defy stereotypes about fatherhood

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A federal survey of American parents shows that despite stereotypes about black fathers, most live with their children and are just as involved as other dads who live with their kids (or more so.)

For example, among dads living with young children, 70% of black dads said they bathed, diapered or dressed their children daily, compared to 60% of white fathers and 45% of Latino fathers. The findings are part of a report released by the National Center for Health Statistics. 

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Duck, Duck…Goose.

Last week, the star of A&E’s hit television show Duck Dynasty got into some trouble after remarks he made during an interview for GQ magazine became public. Phil Robertson, patriarch of said dynasty, made both racist and homophobic comments during the interview:

“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine. Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men. Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

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PR Exec fired after offensive tweet about Africa goes viral, issues apology

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A communications director who posted an offensive tweet about AIDS and Africa has been fired. Justine Sacco, formerly a PR executive for InterActive Corp., parent company of Match.com and Vimeo, says that she is “ashamed” for her insensitivity to those living with the virus.

Sacco’s tweet, which read: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”, immediately went viral after readers, bloggers and other media discovered the insensitive comments. 

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Charges brought against Chicago detective who fatally shot Rekia Boyd

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A Chicago police detective who fatally shot  a 22-year-old woman in 2012 faces criminal charges. Dectective Dante Servin was off-duty when Rekia Boyd was killed.

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Guns confiscated from George Zimmerman returned

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Five guns confiscated from former neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman have been returned. Police seized a .380-caliber handgun, a 9-mm handgun, a Glock 19 handgun, a Kel-Tec 12-gauge shotgun and an AR-15 assault-style rifle after he was arrested for a domestic violence dispute. 

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Real or Fake: PR exec tweets trip to Africa, hopes she doesn’t get AIDS, ‘just kidding’

Justine Sacco, Director of Communications for IAC, parent company of Vimeo, OkCupid and CollegHumor, tweeted that she hoped that she didn’t get AIDS while visiting Africa.

The tweet appeared earlier today, and remains on her account: Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just Kidding. I’m white!”

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Man who shot Renisha McBride to go on trial for second-degree murder

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A Detroit man who fatally shot an unarmed woman believed to be seeking help after a car accident on his front porch will be tried for second-degree murder.

Ted Wafer fatally shot Renisha McBride, 19, on Nov. 2. His attorneys said Wafer, 54, feared for his life. A Dearborn Heights judge said there were other ways Wafer could have protected himself, including a phone call for help. 

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Petition demands apology from R. Kelly

The release of Black Panties has come with a deluge on non-album related publicity for R. Kelly. Just a few weeks ago, the #AskRKelly hashtag meant to allow fans to ask the singer questions became an opportunity for folks to make fun of or ask questions about the sexual abuse allegations that threatened Kelly’s career.

To add, the Village Voice posted an interview with music critic Jim DeRegatis, who revealed in great detail, the before and aftermath of Kelly’s trial. Now, Kevin Powell has started a Change.org petition asking for the boycotting of Kelly’s music until Kelly apologizes for his behavior.

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Performance gap widens between Chicago’s black and white students, wealth and class a factor

Newly released data shows that the performance gap between Chicago’s black and white students continues to widen. The performance gap is tied to socioeconomic income, with wealthier classmates outperforming poorer students.

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