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San Diego Students Suspended, Banned from Graduation and Prom Over Twerk Video

A group of students at Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego have been suspended, banned from prom, and will not walk at graduation after participating in a twerk video that found its way onto the internet.

Thirty-two dancers participated in the video, allegedly unaware that it would be semi-professionally edited with music, and posted on YouTube. The filmmakers used school equipment and filmed the video outside of their media classroom.

Many of the affected students and their classmates are outraged by the harsh punishments, and hope to have their privileges reinstated at an upcoming hearing.

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Guest Post

A 16 Year-old Black Girl, The Criminalization Of Students, And The Push For STEM Studies

By Kim Moore

On Monday, April 22, 2013, Kiera Wilmot went to school and mixed “The Works” toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil in a water bottle she brought from home. The outcome was a small “explosion” causing the top of the bottle to pop off which resulted in no damage and no injury to anyone.

According to the police report, an officer was called to the school and Kiera was arrested and taken off campus to a Juvenile Assessment Center. The arresting officer contacted the Assistant State Attorney, Tammy Glotfelty, who instructed him to charge Kiera with possession/discharge of a weapon on school grounds and discharging a destructive device. Kiera has been expelled from school, will complete her diploma through an expulsion program and will ultimately be tried as an adult. But does the punishment fit the “crime”? And how does this incident fit into the criminalization of students and the push for STEM (science, technology engineering and math) studies?

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News Flash

Emmett Till’s Family Dismiss Lil Wayne’s “Apology;” Call for Face-to-Face Meeting

Earlier this week we reported that Lil Wayne had issued a letter to Emmett Till’s family, apologizing for using Till’s name in the song “Karate Chop.”

Well, a spokesperson for the family dismissed the apology, claiming that it was inadequate.

From Rolling Stone:

“While it’s commendable that he has vowed to respect the legacy of Emmett Till and his memory to ‘not use or reference Emmett Till or the Till family in his music,’ this statement falls short of an apology, as none is mentioned,” Airickca Gordon-Taylor, who is also executive director of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation, said.

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News Flash

VIDEO: Janelle Monae’s “Q.U.E.E.N.” f/ Erykah Badu

Yesterday, two of our absolute favorites – Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu – unleashed a brand new video, “Q.U.E.E.N.

“Q.U.E.E.N.” is the first single from Monae’s forthcoming album Electric Lady; and it’s probably the funkiest thing you’ll hear all year!

Only two R&B phenoms like Janelle and Erykah could give us something like this.

Check out “Q.U.E.E.N.” below:

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Featured Article

Principal Fires Security Guards and Invests in Arts Programs; Transforms School!

Like many schools around the country, Roxbury, MA’s Orchard Gardens was plagued by violence, lack of organization, and falling test scores.

Then school principal Andrew Bott (the 6th in seven years) came along and changed everything.

He immediately fired the school’s many security guards, and invested that money into art teachers, programs, and facilities.

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Featured Article

FBI to Add Assata Shakur to Most Wanted Terrorist List; Double Reward for Her Capture

Forty years ago today, the murder of a New Jersey State Trooper led to the imprisonment and conviction of Assata Shakur.

Assata was set free from Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in 1979, and lives in exile in Cuba.

To commemorate this “anniversary,” the FBI will announce today that Assata Shakur has been added to the Most Wanted Terrorist List; and that reward for her capture has doubled, from $1 million to $2 million.

In an article for the Grio, James Braxton Peterson discusses the circumstances surrounding Shakur’s imprisonment, and why so many of us still call for her exoneration.

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Featured Article

Mountain Dew Pulls Tyler, The Creator Ad After Accusations of Racism

Tyler, the Creator teamed up with Mountain Dew, and …racism happened?

PepsiCo, which owns Mountain Dew, has pulled the ad.

In the 60-second spot developed by African-American rapper Tyler, the Creator, a battered white woman on crutches is urged by an officer to identify a suspect out of a lineup of black men. A talking goat named Felicia is included in the lineup. The goat makes threatening remarks to the woman including, “Keep ya mouth shut.”

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News Flash

Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly of 90′s Rap Duo Kris Kross Has Died

Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly, one-half of the 90s rap duo Kris Kross died yesterday.

He was 34.

Kelly was found unresponsive and transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, a spokeswoman for the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Officer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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News Flash

Missing Six Year-Old Jashayla Markiaya Hopson Has Been Found

It is being reported that missing six year-old Jashayla Markiaya Hopson has been found.

The little girl had been reported missing on Tuesday after being taken from her school.

She was reportedly found in Lauderdale County, and has been taken to a hospital for observation.

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Guest Post

Change

By Omololu Omotosho, Founder of Nigerians Saving Nigerians

When I log into my Facebook page and post messages that speak truth to power on sociopolitical issues concerning Nigeria, some may feel like I should keep quiet and who am I to speak that way” while some may feel like “Yes! you are a potent, peaceful revolutionary in the making.

The point I am trying to emphasize is: I am not better than the next person silently working change without the Facebook “hoopla;”

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