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8 Year-Old Follows Tenn. Lawmaker Around State Capitol; Shames Him Into Dropping Welfare Bill

8 year-old Aamira Fetuga followed Tennessee lawmaker Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) around the state capitol until he agreed to drop a bill linking welfare benefits to a student’s academic performance.

Nearby, a choir of 60 activists sang “Jesus Loves the Little Children” as Fetuga handed Campfield a petition demanding that he drop the controversial bill.

The walk to the Senate floor was a long and awkward one, but it may have worked. Campfield agreed to drop the bill for now.

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Chicago HS B-Ball Star Jabari Parker Is Proud to Represent Young Black Males Going to College

Chicago high school Basketball star Jabari Parker is undoubtedly among the top young players in the country.

Set to attend Duke University next year as one of their most buzzed-about recruits in years, Parker says his greatest joy is being able to set a great example for other young people, and help change the narrative surrounding Chicago’s youth.

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George Zimmerman’s Mom Lashes Out At Media in Open Letter on the Anniversary of Son’s Arrest

A year after her son’s arrest, George Zimmerman’s mother has penned an open letter, thanking supporters and lashing out against critics of her son.

Tweeted by her son Robert Zimmerman, she calls today the anniversary of “the day the justice system failed us as Americans.”

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Reebok DROPS Rick Ross Over Date Rape Lyrics

After much outcry and protest, Reebok has ended their partnership with Rick Ross.

From TMZ:

Reebok tells TMZ … “Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand.  Unfortunately, Rick Ross has failed to do so.”

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MLB Launches Task Force to Examine Decline in Black Players

With the Jackie Robinson biopic, 42, in theaters everywhere tomorrow, it makes perfect sense that Major League Baseball is examining the sharp decline of black players in its ranks.

Bud Selig, the commissioner of the MLB, has created a task force designed to examine why there’s so few black athletes in baseball:

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STUDY: Black Male Graduation Rates Hinge on “Grit” As Well As Grades

A recent study examining factors contributing to black male graduation rates asserts that a major factor in their academic success is grit.

The study defines grit as “a strong dedication to pursuing and achieving a goal, whatever the obstacles and failures along the way.”

The report, authored by Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, finds that grit impacts academic success just as much as grades, talents, or SAT scores.

He argues that these are not fixed traits; the self-confidence, perseverance, and self-efficacy one possesses can and should be nurtured and affirmed.

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Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Daughter Indicted in Fraud Scheme

Jeri L. Wright – daughter of Rev. Jeremiah Wright – has been indicted on charges of money laundering and lying to federal prosecutors.

The charges stem from a 2009 probe into a fraud scheme allegedly orchestrated by former Country Club Hills Police Chief Regina Evans and her husband.

Wright is accused of cashing more than $27,800 in checks from a bank account of a non-profit controlled by the Evans. Wright then allegedly deposited $19,888 of that total into the Evans’ personal bank account.

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Jay-Z Addresses Cuba Trip, Politicians, Brooklyn Nets Rumors on Leaked Track

Jay-Z leaked a blistering new track called “Open Letter” today, taking aim at politicians, critics of his trip to Cuba, and an assortment of other rumors and enemies.

The track, produced by Swizz Beats and Timbaland, is a confrontational, chorus-less diatribe, addressing just about everything that’s landed the rap mogul in the headlines as of late.

A few quotables:

“I done turned Havana to Atlanta”

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Michelle Obama: “Hadiya Pendleton Was Me and I Was Her”

First Lady Michelle Obama visited Chicago yesterday and made an impassioned, deeply personal speech on the crisis of gun violence in Chicago and across the nation.

She became visibly and audibly emotional upon comparing herself to Hadiya Pendleton, the 15 year-old honor student gunned down on Chicago’s Southside earlier this year.

From the Huffington Post:

“Hadiya Pendleton was me and I was her,” Mrs. Obama said.

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Almost All Full-Time Working Women Are Paid Less Than Male Counterparts

According to the Center for American Progress, a whopping 97 percent of women are working jobs men are typically getting paid more for.

Of the 534 professions listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women earn more than men in just seven of them.

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