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Overnight Shootouts and Car Chases Leaves 1 Bombing Suspect Dead; The Other Still at Large

The entire city of Boston is on lockdown and both an MIT police officer and one of the Boston bombing suspects are dead after a horrific night of shootouts, explosions, and high speed car chases.

The suspects were reportedly brothers; Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is still at large.

The craziness began last night after a robbery was reported at a convenience store on MIT’s campus.

From the Associated Press:

The suspects were identified by law enforcement officials and family members as Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, brothers from a Russian region near Chechnya, which has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency that has carried out deadly bombings. They lived near Boston and had been in the U.S. for about a decade, an uncle said.

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What Shall I Do As a Future Black Gay Teacher

There is often talk about how schools can become safer spaces for queer students of color. Given that queer students of color are disproportionately impacted by poverty, homelessness, and inner city violence, this goal should certainly be one of the biggest priorities for school communities. However, creating a safe space for queer students will necessitate fearless and strong queer teachers who are willing to fight intolerance and bias within their own classrooms, and help students navigate the complexities of dealing with their own sexual and gender identities. Yet, the problem is that these corrosive and homophobic environments are often equally hostile to queer teachers as well.

I am both a Black gay male and an aspiring teacher. Often, when I tell people my chosen profession, I am affirmed with great words of encouragement. “We need more Black males in the classroom,” is generally the response I get. While I am thankful for their words, and understand the need for Black male role models within ghetto spaces, I simultaneously wonder how their sentiments would be altered if they knew that I was gay?

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Abducted Toddler Presumed Dead; Mother’s Version of Events Questionable

Authorities have been frantically searching for 1 and a half year-old Bryeon Hunter.

Less than two days after an AMBER alert was issued for him in Illinois, Hunter is unfortunately presumed dead.

What’s worse, the version of a events surrounding the abduction given by Bryeon’s mother has now been called into question.

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Many Feared Dead, Dozens Injured After MASSIVE Explosion at Texas Plant

A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in a small Texas town has left an unknown number of people dead and dozens injured, and leveled homes and buildings blocks away.

The explosion occurred around 8pm in a community near Waco, TX. According to CBS, the explosion could be heard 45 miles away.

While its still unknown exactly how many people have perished, it pretty clear that hundreds of people have been impacted by this tragedy.

Stories from survivors are absolutely horrifying.

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13 Year-Old Shardae Simmonds Uses CPR to Save Her Father’s Life

13 year-old Shardae Simmonds is making headlines after using CPR to save her father’s life.

Shardae took a CPR class three years ago; and it came in handy when her father had a heart attack and was found not breathing in his bedroom.

So she called 911, and then immediately sprung  into action.

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Jay-Z Covers Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” Issue

Jay-Z will be on the cover of Time Magazine’s upcoming “100 Most Influential People in the World” issue, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg writing an article about him.

Bloomberg praises Jay’s ability to balance artistry with business acumen, and says Hov “embodies so much of what makes New York New York.”

From HipHopDX:

“A kid from a tough neighborhood who grows up in public housing, overcomes lots of bad influences on the street, never lets go of his dream, makes it to the top — and then keeps going, pursuing new outlets for his creativity and ambition.” 

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WNBA’s Brittney Griner Comes Out: “Don’t Hide Who You Really Are”

No.1 draft pick Brittney Griner recently discussed her sexuality in an interview with ESPN, confirming for the first time publicly that she is gay.

Griner says the decision to share her discuss her sexuality was an easy one, and that she hopes her example will inspire young people who may be struggling with their identities.

From COLORLINES:

“Don’t worry about what other people are going to say, because they’re always going to say something, but, if you’re just true to yourself, let that shine through.

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BlackCrowdfunding.net: A Crowdfunding Site for Black Entrepreneurs

William Cunningham has created BlackCrowdfunding.net, a site where black entrepreneurs can raise money from the public to start businesses.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Cunningham explains how he sees his site as an extension of the African American tradition of  “passing the hat;” and how crowdfunding allows black entrepreneurs to bypass traditional channels like bank loans and venture capital.

The site posts an incredible variety of products and start-ups. Some of the popular initiatives currently on the site include a community garden, a travel agency, and a collection of black pride t-shirts.

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WNBA Legend Sheryl Swoopes is Loyola University’s New Head Coach

WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes has been hired as the new head coach of the women’s basketball team at Loyola University of Chicago.

Swoopes is among the greatest women’s basketball players of all time; an Olympic gold medalist, four time WNBA champion, and three time mvp.

According to ESPN, Loyola has struggled in recent years, but Swoopes is committed to turning things around.

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Financial Literacy

Big City, Small Intern Budget

 

By Shaunacey Ferro

I’m about to move to New York City, where I’m working as an unpaid intern for three months this winter. This means digging myself into debt as I overpay to share approximately 10 square feet of a Manhattan bedroom and shell out subway fare to get to my job that is paying me in academic credit. Academic credit is great, but you can’t eat it.

But I’m excited to explore a new city. I’ve been to New York a handful of times, so I can skip the basics, like the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building, but there are plenty of places I’ve never been to, museums I’ve never seen, to-die-for restaurants I’ve never tried, and this is my chance. Plus there are the little things – what if my coworkers invite me out for happy hour? What if I don’t have time to make my lunch every day before work?

It’s not going to be a cheap quarter. I can’t change the amount of rent I’m paying or how much it costs me to take the subway to and from work each day. But a little planning can help cut costs in a few places. Here are some of my plans:

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