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Michelle Obama at Bowie State: Too many young people “fantasize about being a baller or a rapper”

First Lady Michelle Obama gave the commencement speech at Bowie State University in Maryland this weekend.

Her speech highlighted the long struggle for educational opportunities for African Americans, led by figures like Frederick Douglas, Dr. King, Ruby Bridges, and the Little Rock Nine.

Later, in a Bill Cosby-esque move, the FLOTUS called out black youth for fantasizing about being a “baller or a rapper,” and called for a renewed hunger for education.

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Kanye West’s “New Slaves” Rails Against the Prison-Industrial Complex

This weekend, Kanye West unleashed two incendiary political tracks, “New Slaves” and “Black Skinhead.”

To unveil “New Slaves,” West had footage of himself rapping the song’s rage-filled lyrics against 66 buildings around the world.

While reactions have been mixed, what is undeniable is the song’s dissection of the prison-industrial complex; as it lays plain the impact of institutional racism and private prisons on communities of color.

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Murder of Mark Carson in NY’s Greenwich Village Being Investigated as Antigay Hate Crime

The murder of 32 year-old Mark Carson in  New York’s Greenwich Village is being investigated as a hate crime.

Carson and a friend were reportedly being followed and taunted with antigay slurs by 33 year-old Elliot Morales.

Morales fired a single shot from is revolver, killing Carson.

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Pres. Obama’s Morehouse Commencement Speech Raises Eyebrows

President Obama delivered the commencement speech at Morehouse this weekend, urging the graduates to use their degrees and ambitions to give back to the community and help the less fortunate.

According to Obama, the point is never to amass fancy cars and big houses. Meaningful work is work that enriches communities and betters people’s lives.

However, the speech has recieved a great deal of criticism for its elitist and condescending tone.

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Why Did You (Really) Get Married?

Graduation season is well underway. And I applaud those who are donning caps and gowns in this unpredictable weather. We are also at the beginning of the traditional wedding seasons, wherein our time at work will be spiced up by YouTube videos of newly married couples rocking the reception or toddlers getting it in on the dancefloor. Since we are also in the midst of a larger political debate about what the powers-that-be have decided to christen “marriage equality,” this wedding season may take on additional significance for many, as it may be legal for them in their own state to get hitched. Now, plenty has been said about the ideological problems with this fight, especially as it pertains to queer folks whose lives will not be better by being able to register for linens at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I won’t rehash that argument here. Instead, I’d like to wonder aloud, yet again, about what it means to identify with those who articulate the limits of “marriage equality” as a right worthy of pursuit, to understand that marriage is an incredibly fraught institution, and to jump that broom anyway.


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Mourners Gather at Memorial Service for Malcolm Shabazz

A memorial gathering is under way for Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of Malcolm X.

Shabazz was murdered in Mexico City last week.

From the Huffington Post:

The 28-year-old grandson of the slain civil rights leader had a troubled life, from setting a blaze in his grandmother’s apartment that resulted in the death of Malcolm X’s widow, Betty Shabazz, to stints in juvenile hall and prison.

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“I Make HIV Look Soo Good”: The Politics of Disease, Stigma, and Self-Worth

This past week I became the facebook user that monotonously began searching through the lives, thoughts, and ideas of my fb friends through the convenience of my fb wall. I came upon a status update from a person that will remain nameless, that said “I make HIV look soo good.” A few thoughts cross my mind. This statement reminded me of how far we have come with a reality that has plagued the LGBTQ community for almost three decades. The simple fact that this black gay youth has the courage, power, and dignity to proclaim his positive status in a public space, says a lot about just how far we have come.

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Scandal Finale Garners Show’s Highest Ratings Ever

The season finale of ABC’s hit Scandal, starring Kerry Washington and created by Shonda Rhimes, aired last night.

And ratings were higher than ever:

In its second season finale, ABC’s red-hot Scandal delivered the series most-watched telecast ever (up for the 3rd week in a row) and tied a series high in Adults 18-49 for the 2nd week running.

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Standout Football Player Jay Harris Gives Up Michigan State Scholarship to Pursue Rap Career

Jay Harris, a standout wide receiver who received a scholarship to play football at Michigan State University, has decided to pursue a rap career instead.

Harris’ YouTube videos garnered over 50,000 hits and he’s already slated to release a mixtape:

[Harris] is ranked by ESPN as the state’s 17th ranked senior and second-best wideout. Harris scored 13 touchdowns last season on 54 catches for 792 yards.

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STUDY: Body Mass Index of Low-Income African Americans Linked to Proximity to Fast Food

According to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the body mass index of low-income African Americans that live in close proximity to fast food is higher than those who do not.

Often called food deserts, cheap, affordable, abundant fast food options in low-income neighborhoods is highly influential on obesity rates among the population.

According to the study, even higher-income populations displayed a higher body mass index depending on their proximity to fast food.

But income is still a very important factor.

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