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One of my favorite Dave Chappelle bits, and trust me, there are many, is his Ja Rule joke, wherein he hysterically describes how our celebrity worship can make us do absurd things sometimes:

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Jay Z Responds to Criticism from Harry Belafonte: ‘My presence is charity, just because of who I am’

Remember when Harry Belafonte went in on young black celebrities like Jay “no hyphen” Z and Beyonce on their lack of political activism?

Well, Jay has finally responded.

In the second part of his interview with Elliot Wilson, Hov had the following to say:

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Kanye West and Rhymefest Team Up for Free Music Writing Program for Chicago Youth

Chicago’s own Rhymefest and Kanye West are using their skills and resources to bring a new program to the South Side.

The duo whose collaborations have yielded hip-hop gold like “Jesus Walks,” are now getting together to bring a music program to the city’s youth:

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11-Year Old Dovonta Andrews Is Shot While Shielding 5-Year Old Friend from Bullet

11-year old Dovonta Andrews is recovering from a bullet wound he sustained after shielding his 5-year old friend with his body.

The boys were standing on a porch when an argument broke out and someone began shooting.

Dovonta pushed his friend out of the way, and a bullet went through his arm.

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Trayvon Martin’s Parents Call Juror B29 Comments ‘Devastating’

The parents of the late Trayvon Martin has responded to the widely-reported revelations from Juror B29.

In an interview with Good Morning America, B29 – the only minority juror on the George Zimmerman trial – proclaimed that George Zimmerman “got away with murder,” and that she owes an apology to Trayvon Martin’s family.

From the Grio:

Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton issued the following statement Thursday night on behalf of herself and Tracy Martin:

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5-Year Old Demonte Reilley Saves His Mom by Calling 911

When 5-year old Demonte Reilley’s is being hailed as a hero after saving his mother’s life.

When Akua McClaine began having a seizure, Demonte sprang into action.

He immediately called 911, told the operator exactly what was going on, and gave  his mother’s age, location, and medical history.

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WATCH: Trailer for VH1′s ‘CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story’

Vh1 has finally released an official trailer for their upcoming biopic on legendary 90′s girl group TLC.

“CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” stars Keke Palmer as Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas, Lil Mama as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Drew Sidora as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins.

Check it out below:

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Zimmerman Juror Says He ‘Got Away w/ Murder’

Juror B29 – the only minority juror on the George Zimmerman trial – says George Zimmerman “got away with murder,” and that she owes an apology to Trayvon Martin’s family.

In an interview with Good Morning America, the juror said was the only juror who wanted to convict Zimmerman.

She claims that the jury had to follow Florida law and the evidence, which did not prove murder.

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A New Future for the Voting Rights Act?

Inalienable civil rights might actually still be a concept, if Attorney General Holder has anything to do with it. In the wake of the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder I was not convinced.

If you aren’t familiar with the case, this major decision essentially gutted the Voting Rights Act, rendering section 5 unconstitutional. What this unfortunate decision ultimately did was disallow mandatory Department of Justice approval before states (with a history of discrimination) could alter their voting laws. Simply put, in several southern states, people of color and other marginal groups will now be confronted with overt voting discrimination similar to that seen in the mid 1900’s.

But the fight is not over yet, people. Justice, for once, might actually prevail. Just this morning the Obama administration announced “an aggressive end-run around” attempt to hopefully restore the essential section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Attorney General Holder will lead this honorable campaign, highlighting the need for state preclearance processes in states like Texas. Speaking at the National Urban League conference, Holder continued, stating “We cannot allow the slow unraveling of the process that so many, throughout history, have sacrificed so much so achieved!” And to that I say, Amen.

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Black on Black Shaming: A Response to Romany Malco Sympathizers

Sometimes Black folks are so hard on Black folks.

 To much attention and fanfare, actor Romany Malco published an article last week in Huff Post outlining his take on the Trayvon Martin case. In a crisp and spirited litany, Malco aligned himself with the chorus of folks who have decided that the Trayvon Martin case is not just an issue of racism, but really about the failure of the Black community to take responsibility for our communities, the images of ourselves we give economic support to, and how we educate ourselves. Malco writes:

I believe we lost that trial for Trayvon long before he was killed. Trayvon was doomed the moment ignorance became synonymous with young black America . We lost that case by using media outlets (music, movies, social media, etc.) as vehicles to perpetuate the same negative images and social issues that destroyed the black community in the first place. When we went on record glorifying violent crime and when we voted for a president we never thought to hold accountable. When we signed on to do reality shows that fed into the media’s stereotypes of black men, we ingrained an image of Trayvon Martin so overwhelming that who he actually may have been didn’t matter anymore.

Though his statement appears powerful, it actually was nothing new.  In short, Malco reiterates a conversation we’ve all heard before at the dinner table. It is often launched at Black youth in particular. Mistakenly, it’s a position even I used to believe. Namely this idea that instead of hollering racism, it’s up to Black people to get ourselves together. It’s essentially Black on Black shaming, and it’s not necessarily “wrong,” it’s just intellectually lazy, relies on myths of Black deficiency, and ignores the necessary context of how racism has operated and continues to operate in this country.

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