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College student sworn in as youngest member of Mississippi House of Representatives

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Jeramey Anderson just turned 22 on Dec. 6. That is also the day that he became an official member of the Mississippi House of Representatives.

Anderson is now the youngest to hold the position after defeating former Moss Point Major Aneice Liddell with 60 percent of the vote to win the District 110 seat.

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Atlanta Braves stadium moves to more white, affluent neighborhood

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In an effort to be closer to the team’s fan base, the Atlanta Braves is moving its stadium. The stadium will be in the midst of more developing restaurants and other amenities, but the move leaves the predominantly black neighborhood that the stadium has called home in bad economic shape.

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Vice Admiral Michelle Howard becomes first 4-star female admiral

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Vice Admiral Michelle Howard made history when she became the first female in the Navy to receive a fourth star ranking of full admiral.

Howard currently serves as deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy. President Obama nominated Howard for the ranking.

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Family of Jovan Belcher to have body exhumed for brain examination

The family of an NFL player who killed his girlfriend before taking his own life last year is requesting that his brain be examined.

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher played for four NFL seasons, and had no documented history of concussions, but his family hopes the examination will lead to answers about why the tragedy occurred.

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Jameis Winston awarded Heisman Trophy

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Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston is now the proud recipient of the 79th Heisman Trophy.

The award comes on the heels of a court ruling in favor of Winston’s innocence regarding the sexual assault of a woman.

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Pastor sexually assaulted girls to ‘rid them of demons’

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A Minnesota pastor has been charged with sexually assaulting two young girls. Jacoby Kindred, a minister in Maplewood, Minnesota is denying any wrongdoing, adding that “the devil” was in the victims.

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Teacher reprimanded for telling students that Santa is White

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A New Mexico high school teacher has been disciplined after telling a black student that Santa Claus is white. Officials at Rio Rancho High School declined to comment on how the teacher was reprimanded, but simply stated that he had been.

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Open Letter to Bishop Joseph Walker III and the Members of SHIFT

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It has been at least 2 years since I last posted a blog on the Black Youth Project’s website primarily because of school and life demands. However, after learning of how a group of black male pastors, who happen to pastor some of the largest black churches in the Nation, decided to host an agenda setting meeting about how to SHIFT the black community without the presence of any black women (though black women fund their churches), I had to post the open letter pinned by several womanist and black feminist scholars denouncing the meeting and the lack of representation of black women at the table.

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Parents of Trayvon Martin to write book about slain son

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The parents of Trayvon Martin are planning to write a book about their son. Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin’s book will shed more light on their son’s character, and explore their own reactions to his death.

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She Made Me Do It: A Final Thought on the Jameis Winston Case

Last Saturday, while the world was recovering from Beyonce breaking the internet, Jameis Winston, quarterback for the Florida State University Seminoles, won the coveted Heisman trophy. Anyone who watches college football knows that it was really no contest; that Winston was clearly the best player in college football this year. Yet, until very recently it wasn’t clear if Winston would win. That, of course, had to do with sexual assault charges brought forth by a former FSU student. After several weeks of investigation, authorities determined that there was not enough evidence to charge Winston. As such, voters for the Heisman Trophy apparently felt all right with granting the award to Winston.

I listen to a lot of sports radio. I heard more than a few segments on the Winston case. (Bad call on my part, I know.) What struck me–and perhaps it shouldn’t have–is that there was always a caller whose comment basically wanted to discuss athletes and celebrities are constantly in situations where women are pursuing them, and when things don’t go there way… The implication, of course, is that this is what happened to Winton.

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