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Rosa Parks To Be First Black Woman Honored w/ U.S. Capitol Statue

Rosa Parks is set to become the first African American woman to be honored with a statue in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.

Statuary Hall commemorates notable citizens from each state.

The ceremony will take place on February 27th.

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ANOTHER Former Police Officer Releases Manifesto Slamming LAPD

Another former LAPD officer has released his own manifesto.

Former officer Joe Jones, who is also black, released a statement that echoes Christopher Dormer’s claim of racism within the LAPD.

Although Jones does not support Dormer’s tactics, he says he understands:

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President Obama Delivering State of the Union Address Tonight; Hadiya Pendleton’s Parents Among Guests

President Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address tonight.

Among others, Hadiya Pendleton’s parents will be in attendance. The Pendletons’ presence should mean that President Obama will address gun violence.

Reports indicate that the President’s primary focus will be the economy:

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Teacher Suspended for Pouring Pencil Shavings Down Student’s Throat

Deidre Brown is infuriated that her son’s teacher hasn’t been fired for pouring pencil shavings down his throat during class.

Arlington, Texas eighth grader Marquis Jay was sitting in his chair, leaning his head back with his mouth open, when his teacher walked over and poured pencil shavings into his mouth. Marquis went to the nurse and washed his mouth out.

The teacher was suspended for their actions, but has since resumed work.

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2 Charged with Murder in Hadiya Pendleton Shooting

According to the Chicago Tribune, two young men have been charged with murder in the shooting of Hadiya Pendleton.

The two suspects – 18 year-old Michael Ward and 20 year-old Kenneth Williams – were reportedly out for revenge after a previous shooting. They mistook a friend of Pendleton’s for a rival gang member.

Police cracked the case after using surveillance footage from the scene. The two were arrested while on their way to a strip club; Ward later confessed to the shooting.

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Who is Speaking for Young Black Men?

One Hood Media Academy Student, William Gandy (pictured above) has begun producing a series of incredible Vlogs about his experience at the One Hood Media Academy. This vlog was not an assignment, but is a perfect example of what can happen when creativity meets opportunity and ability. Listen first hand to how inspired our youth become when we invest in them!



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Chicago Police Set to File Charges Against Two Suspects in Hadiya Pendleton Shooting

The Chicago Police Department is almost certain that charges will be made later today in the shooting death of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old King College Prep student whose funeral two days ago brought out hundreds of mourners, including First Lady Michelle Obama:

Charges could come this evening against two people being questioned in the shooting death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said today.

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Christopher Dorner is First Known Human Target of Drones on U.S. Soil

As the manhunt for former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner rages on, a drone is reportedly being used to locate him.

He is the first known human target of a drone on U.S. soil. Authorities say they fear he will escape across the Mexican border.

Dorner is supposedly hiding in the wilderness of California’s San Bernadino Mountains.

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One Year Later, Remembering Whitney Houston

One year ago, the incomparable Whitney Houston passed away.

We watched her meteoric rise to the top of the charts, and we watched her excruciating fall from grace. But through her ups and downs, her legacy remained in tact; without question, among the finest vocalists ever. Her talent was undeniable, and she is still beloved and missed by fans across the globe.

Her place in popular culture is a unique one, and  a fantastically written article from Dream Hampton takes an in-depth look at “the legacy, the life and the loss of Whitney Houston.”

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Hundreds Gather to Attend Funeral for Hadiya Pendleton

Hundreds packed the funeral of 15 year-old Hadiya Pendleton on Saturday.

Her death – just one week after performing at President Obama’s inauguration – catapulted her into the center of a raging national debate surrounding gun violence.

But attendees heard remarks from her loved ones that painted a heartfelt, deeply personal portrait of the young lady; a loving daughter, and best friend, a normal teenager.

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