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Show Me the Money

marriage-equalityLast Friday was National Coming Out Day. Shout out to those who took it as an opportunity to publicly express their sexuality and those who didn’t. Either way, you deserve a big hug and an even bigger ice cream cone. Of course, even with the government shutdown, politics influences how we view the day. So, it wasn’t surprising that last week the same-sex marriage issue that many states are addressing got tied to coming out. Clearly, there are what might be regarded as “problems” with the process of coming out and same-sex marriage. Now, I won’t spend anytime here unpacking any of the issues as I see them. Instead, I’d like to take a moment to promote yet another modest proposal.

Fraught, conservative institution or not, we can all agree that marriage can be an expensive endeavor. From dresses to flowers to delicious cake to chicken or beef or veggie, jumping the broom in any traditional capacity costs many a ducket. In a way, that’s what the fight for same-sex marriage is for: access to several rituals which includes registering a place setting you’ll never use. In essence, that’s the transaction. I put on a big party and feed you, you cry over me and buy me steak knives. Which brings me to my point.

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Italian gymnast: “Paint your skin black, so we can win too”

Having black skin makes everything easier, right? Well, Italian gymnast Carlotte Ferlito seems to think so.

In the latest instance of outright haters saying racist things, Ferlito said the only way she and her fellow white teammates might be able to win a gymnastics meet would be if they pulled out the good old cork recipe.

Ferlito made the comment after being asked about Simone Biles’ success. 

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Man who shot innocent bystander freed due to Stand Your Ground

A man who shot and killed an innocent bystander during a confrontation with a group of teenagers is free.

36-year-old Shannon Anthony Scott was arrested for the murder of 17-year-old Darrell Andre Niles, an unarmed black teen found shot to death in his car in 2010.

Richland County Judge Maite Murphy threw out the murder charges against Scott ruling that he “reasonably believed his life was in danger and is therefore immune from prosecution by the state’s Protection of Persons and Property ACT…” The act is the state’s version of the controversial Stand Your Ground law.

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Police officer charged for assaulting woman before she died

 

A LAPD officer has been charged with assault for kicking a handcuffed woman seven times in the abdomen, upper thigh and stomach before she lost consciousness and died.

Officer Mary O’Callaghan was found by prosecutors to have used unnecessary force when arresting Alesia Thomas.

Thomas, a drug abuser resisted arrest and struggled with O’Callaghan and other officers who went to her home after she left her children outside a police station.

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Man quits Wall Street job to make a difference in the lives of youth

Marquis Taylor, 29, used to be a professional on Wall Street, but he left his six figure gig in real estate finance to fully dedicate his time to youth.

Through his grassroots organization Coaching4Change, Taylor works with low-income adolescents by actively presenting them with a positive black male image.

Taylor works with disengaged high school students who are on the verge of dropping out. Why? Because it was once him at a point in time.

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Coming Out: African Boi

A Journey of Self-Acceptance: Being gay and African

“Where you from”, he asked. “Baltimore”. I replied. He chuckled softly in disbelief and asked a second time. Unable to keep the charades going any longer, I decided to come clean and disclose the origin of my accent. As the conversation progressed, I slowly came to the realization that the “Operation Find a Boyfriend” was becoming a failed mission. The moment he asked how far away I lived was the sign and the constant rubbing of my back was the signal. The downward spiral of our conversation was all too familiar: boy meets boy, boy likes boy, boy hears more, boy flees scene. Unable to keep the conversation going any longer, I bade my farewell and exited the bar to my humble abode. Just a few years ago, the prospect of being in a gay establishment, especially a bar or club, was unfathomable.

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National Coming Out Day, Embrace who YOU are

Today is National Coming Out Day.  Millions of members of the LGBTQ community and its allies will celebrate, reflect upon and contemplate the moment when they came out. Many won’t either because they have yet to do so. Whatever your decision, remember that it’s personal and for YOU to make alone.

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Viral photo looks like principal is choking student

Twelve students were suspended this week after a photo of a principal appearing to choke a female student went viral.

Pittsburg High School Principal Todd Whitmire said the photo was taken last Friday as he restrained the girl who refused to stop fighting with a classmate.

The photo went viral immediately.

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Students can’t graduate unless they get accepted into college

A high school in Oregon wants to add an additional requirement to its graduation policy.

Corbett High School’s principal wants to mandate that each student apply for and get accepted into a college or trade school before walking across the stage.

The principal of Corbett High School says the students wouldn’t have to follow through and attend the school - he simply wants this to be a lesson in the application process. If a student can’t afford any application fees, the school has grants that will cover the cost. 

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Graduation: Voices and Images of Chicago Youth Violence

This is an introduction to a series of ongoing posts featuring youth voices and images from Graduation, a multimedia project about Chicago youth violence. I hope to create a collection of youth voices working to create positive change, break negative stereotypes and provide insight into Chicago violence while challenging current social issues.

In 2010 I began collecting newspaper clippings about Chicago youth violence, and the growing number of youth killings haunted me. I knew I wanted to do something but I wasn’t sure what kind of impact I could make.  In 2011 reality struck closer to home when my cousin Cam was killed to gun violence.  Although Cam wasn’t a youth, seeing the grief and irreversible devastation my family experienced made my urge to make a difference stronger.

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