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Allen Iverson retires…with no money


LeBron James thinks that Allen Iverson is the best “pound for pound” NBA player he’s ever seen. That’s no light compliment, especially coming from “King James” himself.

No doubt Iverson’s legacy will be one worth remembering, but we’ll also remember that the star retired broke.

From The Inquisitr:

You might be wondering what could make Allen Iverson broke if he’s such a great basketball player. After all, he earned over $200 million during his 15-year NBA career, and a Reebok endorsement scored him $50 million, so where could all of that money have gone?

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Lolo Jones under fire for telling fan to get a relaxer


Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones had some pretty straightforward advice for a fan who dressed up as her for Halloween.

The track star is under fire for telling the fan that she needs a relaxer to be her for Halloween. 

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11-year-old author honored at Black Girls Rock awards ceremony


When Brooklyn Wright was just 7-years-old, she wrote her first book. “The Adventures of the Earth Saver Girl” was meant to inspire children her age to learn about the importance of protecting the planet.

Now, the young writer has another achievement to place under her belt. She was recently honored at the 8th annual “Black Girls Rock!” Awards.

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Kevin Hart gives back to hometown by donating 500 computers to public schools, rec centers


Funny man Kevin Hart has decided to give back to his hometown of Philadelphia. The city has been in the news recently for its financial woes, which has resulted in many schools closing and other severe budget cuts.

Hart’s donation of 500 computers to several Philadelphia schools and recreation centers may not solve the city’s problems, but it definitely helps.

From ABC News:

Hart attended local public schools before embarking on an entertainment career that includes the 2011 stand-up special “Laugh at My Pain.”

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Fraternity sparks outrage with “Hood Ratchet Thursday” party, blames blacks for making it about race


A fraternity housed on the University of Michigan’s campus is under fire for a “racially and sexually offensive party” it planned for Thursday.

The event, “World Star Hip Hop Presents: Hood Ratchet Thursday,” was planned by Theta Xi. It was advertised on Facebook with a picture of a black man holding a stack of money with language like “we goin’ back to da hood again!!”

The mostly white fraternity says the party wasn’t about race until black students who complained about it made it so.

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Court blocks stop-and-frisk ruling


A federal appeals court blocked a judge’s order requiring changes to the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program. The judge has also been removed from the case.

In August, Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the city had violated the Constitution by executing its stop-and-frisk policy.

From Huffington Post:

The city appealed her findings and her remedial orders, including a decision to assign a monitor to help the police department changes its policy and training program associated with it.

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Lawmaker who said he would vote for slavery retracts statement

A Nevada lawmaker who said that he would vote to reinstate slavery if the public wanted it has retracted his statement.

Republican Jim Wheeler was speaking to a crowd in August when he said “If that’s what they wanted, I’d have to hold my nose, I’d have to bite my tongue and they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah, if that’s what the citizens of the, if that’s what the constituency wants that elected me, that’s what they elected me for,” he said.

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Student offends staff at school by dressing like Jesus for Halloween


A Highland Park, Ill. high school student was pulled out of class on Halloween after dressing like Jesus. Highland Park senior Marshon Sanders offended some teachers with his costume.

He was readmitted to school after changing. 15 minutes into his first class, Sanders was called into the dean’s office. He was told that his attire was offensive and that he was promoting religion.

From Fox 32:

Sanders’ costume included a long, white robe, red sash, head scarf and a cross necklace. ”I wanted to be Jesus because I just got baptized and so I felt like, why not?” Marshon says of his costume choice. “He’s the most influential person in my life.”

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Morehouse College releases ‘Body Issue’ to highlight abuse, black sexuality


“The Maroon Tiger,” Morehouse College’s student newspaper, has released their version of ESPN’s “The Body Issue” in response to apprehension of HBCUs when discussing issues related to black sexuality and bodies.

Out of the college’s 146 year existence, just last year the institution started to open up about black sexuality by adding a LGBT studies course to its curricula.

Other black institutions have followed suit, but the process is still very slow.

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Job well done: Connecticut teen is the epitome of good sportsmanship


Both Kayla Samuel and Maryn Valliancourt started out their race in Manchester with one goal in mind: to win.

But when Valliancourt tripped and twisted her ankle near the end of the three-mile competition, Samuel stopped to help her.

The junior at Achievement First Amistad High School in New Haven linked her arm into her Valliancourt’s without permission, helping her to the finish line.

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