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WATCH: 15-Year Old Aviwe Mtongana Raps for Pres. Obama

While visiting the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre, 15-year old Aviwe Mtongana treated the POTUS with an impromptu rap performance.

Mtongana is a member of the Youth Centre’s after school program.

Check out the clip below:

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Black People Can Handle It: Empathy and Educational Inequity

A lack of empathy perpetuates racial disparities…. At least, that is what Slate writer, Jason Silverstein, argues. Touching on a plethora of severe identity issues within our “post-racial” society (just kidding, that doesn’t exist), Silverstein demonstrates problematic assumptions on “what it means to be black.” Answers to this question are often infused with essentialist claims about the existence of a monolithic black experience: pain, struggle, disenfranchisement, poverty, racism, etc.. This view is not new, but to what extent do these singular notions of blackness perpetuate racial disparities?

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BET Says They Regret ‘Miscommunication’ w/ B. Scott

BET has released a statement regarding the controversy surrounding their treatment of blogger/media personality B. Scott.

According to Scott, BET forced him to completely alter his famously androgynous appearance, including the removal of makeup and high heeled shoes.

In the statement, BET says they regret the “miscommunications from both parties,” and unintentionally offending the LGBTQ community.

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Judge Throws Out Three Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Against Kevin Clash

Kevin Clash, the puppeteer known for voicing Sesame Street’s Elmo, got some good news today.

A judge has thrown out three lawsuits claiming that Clash had committed sexual abuse, explaining that the men exceeded the statute of limitations in filing their complaints:

Judge John Koeltl threw out the suits brought by Cecil Singleton, Kevin Kiadii and a third, unnamed accuser. Clash, 52, resigned in November after 28 years portraying the beloved character on “Sesame Street,” amid allegations he’d engaged in sexual relationships with underage boys.

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Sloane Stephens is Last American Standing at Wimbledon; Advances to Quarters

Yesterday, 20-year old pro tennis star Sloane Stephens advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals after defeating Monica Puig.

Stephens is literally the last American standing in the tournament.

Playing at Wimbledon for the second time, Stephens got through the fourth round Monday by beating 19-year-old Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

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George Zimmerman IS a Creepy Ass Cracker [VIDEO]

George Zimmerman, in a handout image provided by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

I decided to put my thoughts about the Zimmerman trial, the ruling on the Voting Rights Act, and Race in America into a 16 bar verse:

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BET Refused to Let Blogger B. Scott Wear Heels at Awards Show

It’s not the BET Awards if something horrible didn’t pop off, right?

Well, blogger B. Scott, who hosted the BET Awards red carpet last night, confirmed that the network forced him to change his shoes:

[A]ccording to Scott, BET refused to allow him to wear heels on camera. Scott, who was initially excited for his first BET Awards hosting gig, was noticeably down when he appeared on camera for the pre-show. Afterwards, Scott took to Twitter to reveal that his sullen attitude was caused by BET forcing him to change his outfit.

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17-Year Old Cellist Angelique Montes Chosen for National Youth Orchestra

Very big things are in store for 17 year-old cellist Angelique Montes.

Hailing from New Orleans, Montes was chosen over 1,000 other young musicians for a spot on the National Youth Orchestra.

Montes has been playing the cello since the tender age of 5!

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STUDY: People Generally Lack Empathy for Black Pain

A recent study asserts that people generally believe black people feel less pain than whites.

Called the racial empathy gap, it helps to explain the persistence of racial disparities.

In one experiment, researchers showed white participants video clips of needles entering someone’s skin. My measuring their reactions (by how sweaty their hands became), they found that the participants responded more dramatically to whites than blacks.

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Lauryn Hill Rails Against Racism, Oppression and IRS in Open Letter

Ahead of her three month jail sentence for tax evasion, Lauryn Hill posted a lengthy open letter on her Tumblr.

In it, Hill breaks down and dismisses the concept of “reverse racism,” addresses the continued oppression of African Americans, and discusses her tax troubles and trial.

The concept of reverse racism is flawed, if not absolutely ridiculous. Most, if not all of the negative responses from people of color toward white people, are reactions to the hatred, violence, cruelty and brutality that they were shown by white people for centuries.

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