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With odds stacked against them, mother & son graduate with PhDs

An Augusta, Ga. mother and son have defied the odds and graduated with their PhDs.

Dr. Vickie McBride was just 13 when she gave birth to her son Maurice, but she became more than a statistic when she walked across the stage with him at Capella University in August. 

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Today in Post-Race History: Team Spirit

We’re on the cusp of October and thus fully entrenched in fall and the NFL season. Although it cannot be called America’s pastime, that designation belongs to baseball, football is America’s game. It’s the country’s most popular sport, and in many ways is analogous to and signals the contradiction of the society from which it spawns. Football is both homoerotic and homosocial; the professional teams, with their profit-sharing and equal salary caps (unlike baseball) makes the financial setup almost communist; and there’s a kind of anonymity to the game–the helmets and the number of participants make most players unknowns to the most casual fans–which seems odd given this society’s emphasis on individuality. And yet, football is very much like the United States. Like most sports, it works on the plantation economy model; as we have increased our military presence, football has become more popular; it’s violent; it’s an incredibly conservative sport; it presents a narrow vision of masculinity and toughness; it’s least popular workers are the ones who are paid the least and the most vulnerable to serious injury. And, the team that represents the nation’s capital possesses a racist nickname and a (black) quarterback who won’t say anything about it.

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“Awkward Black Girl” creator Issa Rae under criticism for new christian parody song

“Awkward Black Girl” creator Issa Rae is under fire for her new christian parody song.

The song is part of Rae’s new series, “The Choir,” which is described as a “dramedy that follows the United Church of Holy Christ in Fellowship’s choir as they attempt to rebuild their dying congregation.”

“Christ WALK,” featured in the series’ latest episode, drew immediate criticism from viewers.

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Petition aims to change name of school named after KKK leader

A petition on change.org is aiming to rename a Jacksonville, Fla. high school named after a Ku Klux Klan leader.

Nathan B. Forrest High School is comprised of mostly African American students.

Omotayo Richmond started the petition which asks Duval Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti to change the name. 

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Another threat of a government shutdown nears

Congress has until Monday to pass new debt-ceiling limits. If the legislative bodies do not reach an agreement, the federal government will partially shut down.

Republicans are stalling on the debt ceiling vote to force a one-year delay in the implementation of Obamacare.

It’s a political move that will serve the party well during mid-term elections as there are 33 U.S. Senate seats at stake.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), tried to execute a filibuster this week to try to talk Congress into shutting down the federal government.

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The Best Man Holiday movie offers $1760 college scholarship

Many of us are excited about the upcoming sequel to the cult classic The Best Man.

Not only can we look forward to seeing The Best Man Holiday this fall, but a select group of students will have the movie to thank for some scholarship money.

Jet magazine, along with NBC Universal and the Thurgood Marshall Fund have teamed up to give away a few scholarships in conjunction with the movie’s release.

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Sammy Sosa’s lighter skin & the affects of colorism

Legendary baseball player Sammy Sosa is looking light these days.

We’re not referring to the star’s weight either.

A recent picture of Sosa surfaced when he appeared on television in Panama the other day.

Viewers immediately took to social media, noting the athlete’s lighter complexion.

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Michael Jackson lawsuit verdict expected soon

A verdict in the wrongful death suit regarding Michael Jackson could come as soon as next week.

Jackson’s family alleges that AEG Live controlled too much of the star’s assets and personal life.

In their suit against the company, they contend that AEG “negligently hired Conrad Murray,” ignoring Jackson’s failing health.

The damages could exceed $1 billion if AEG is found guilty.

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Texas group files motion to block Department of Justice suit against Texas Voter ID Laws

In August, Attorney General Eric Holder set in motion a lawsuit to stop a voter identification law in Texas.

The law, if put into effect, would require registered voters to provide identification in order to vote.

This is particularly problematic for the elderly and people of color, as many of them do not have the necessary means to obtain proper identification.

True to Vote, a voter integrity group, is trying to block the Department of Justice’s lawsuit.

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Clip of the Day

Adorable 2-year-old dances to Beyonce with mom

Tianne King has a star in the making on her hands.

Her o so adorable 2-year-old daughter has been wowing YouTube since King put up a video of her dancing to Beyonce’s “End of Time.”

Check out the little dancer:

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