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How to Succeed in Hip-Hop Without Selling Your Soul

1966847_10152373959134063_6837974029467424746_nJasiri X performing at Mr. Smalls Theater in Pittsburgh, PA (Photo by Da Button Pusha) 

I can’t front, I’ve had an incredible year so far. From traveling to Palestine, to relaunching the 1Hood Media Academy, we even went on vacation for the first time in 8 years! These past few weeks have been just as great. 1Hood Media Academy graduate, Willy James traveled with me and Paradise Gray to a performance I had at Penn State with Rebel Diaz and produced this incredible short film called, “A Day with Jasiri X”.

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Man faces execution due to alcoholic lawyer destroying his case


This post originally appeared on Mother Jones. It was written by Marc Bookman, and appears under the title, “This Man is About to Die Because an Alcoholic Lawyer Botched His Case.”

By: Marc Bookman

When people recount their alcohol consumption after a night on the town, or even a serious bender, they usually think about it in terms of drinks. Very rarely do they calibrate their intake in quarts. So most of us don’t have a good sense of just how much a quart of vodka is—a bit more than 21 shots, as it turns out. That’s the amount of alcohol lawyer Andy Prince consumed every night during the death penalty trial of his client, Robert Wayne Holsey, a low-functioning man with a tortured past who now stands on the brink of execution in Georgia.

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Man breaks into National Civil Rights Museum, sleeps on bed at former motel


Officials increased security at the National Civil Rights Museum after police discovered a smashed window and a man sleeping on a bed at the former Lorraine Motel.

The historical landmark  is the site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final moments alive. 

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Video: Pharrell features diverse women in ‘Marilyn Monroe’ video


Everyone remembers the controversy music producer-turned-rapper Pharrell caused when he released his the cover art for his newest album “Girl.”

Well it appears that the singer took note. His latest video for the song “Marilyn Monroe” not only features a black woman on the single’s cover, but a plethora of different women. 

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Meet Patrick Peoples, the latest teen to get accepted into several Ivy League schools


Patrick Peoples, a senior at Lyceum Academy of New Hanover High School in Wilmington, North Carolina, is the latest teen to get accepted into seven of the eight Ivy League schools.

The 17-year-old has been granted admission to Princeton University, Yale University, Columbia University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, Cornell University and University of Pennsylvania. 

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Study: if you’re black, reviewers will find more errors in your writing


A new study released by Nextions consulting firm reveals a startling fact. If you’re black, chances of reviewers taking time to find errors in your writing are greater than those if you’re white.

When reviewers were told the author of a legal brief was black, they consistently rated identical pieces lower in quality and identified more spelling, grammar, factual or analytical errors. 

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#BYPGotSkills Series: Using Social Media for Activism Webinar

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The Black Youth Project 100 is hosting a free webinar, “Using Social Media for Activism: Being Effective, Strategic and Impactful.”

Social media is reinventing activism, amplifying old problems in new spaces and in innovative ways. This session goes beyond hashtags and covers ways to use various tools to amplify your cause effectively and strategically so you can be impactful. 

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A fine debate: triplets argue over which Ivy League school to attend


Triplets Malik, Ahmad and Khalil Jones have a very good problem to settle on. The Georgetown Day School seniors have all been accepted into college, including two Ivy League institutions. 

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KKK forms Neighborhood Watch Group


A Pennsylvania chapter of the Ku Klux Klan launched a neighborhood watch group in the area of Ridge Road in Fairview Township.

The hate group formed the committee in response to a series of recent break-ins in the neighborhood, said Frank Ancona, the organization’s imperial wizard and president. 

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People Magazine names Lupita Nyong’o ‘Most Beautiful Person of 2014′


Lupita Nyong’o has been named People magazine’s “Most Beautiful Person of 2014.”

Nyong’o, 31, has been on a roll since the release of her debut film 12 Years a Slave. In March, the star took home an Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in the film. She was also recently appointed brand ambassador of Lancôme, making history as the first black female to hold the position. 

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