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NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Out: “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”

Washington Wizards Center Jason Collins has become the first openly gay player in a major American team sport.

Collins is a 34 year-old veteran of the game; he’s played for 6 teams over the course of 12 seasons.

In a passionately-written op-ed for Sports Illustrated, Collins details his journey to self-acceptance, and his motivation for coming out now.

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In 2012, Black Voters Surpassed White Turnout for First Time Ever

According to a new analysis, black voters surpassed white voter turnout for the first time ever.

In spite of Republican attempts to suppress minority turnout, black voters actually voted at a higher rate than other groups, including whites.

From Think Progress:

African Americans outperformed their voter share, representing 13 percent of total votes cast in 2012 while making up 12 percent of the population — despite facing great obstacles to exercising the franchise.

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UC Irvine Frat Sparks Outrage with Blackface Video: “He was trying to be Jay-Z…”

You know what never goes out of style on college campuses? Kegs? Yes.

But also: blackface.

Last last week, news broke that members of the UC Irvine outfit of Lambda Theta Delta corked it up for a music video:

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Nobel Prize Winner Gary Becker Advocates Paying Parents for Student Performance

University of Chicago economist Gary Becker recently spoke that The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, addressing what he says it will take to keep “the American Dream” alive.

But one idea raised a few eyebrows: paying parents based on their child’s performance in school.

In doing so, a major barrier to a student’s academic success – a financially-unstable homelife – would be alleviated.

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[T]here’s Daddy

Two requests: 1. Forgive me for writing about basketball two weeks in a row, and 2. Allow me to wonder aloud for a bit.

Last week, one of the most disappointing articles I read was about the rise and fall of Allen Iverson, the first overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft (to the Philadelphia 76ers) and the star of David Stern’s nightmares for well over a decade. Although he was an incredible player–a first ballot hall of famer–Iverson’s greatest impact is still felt off the court: the braids, the baggie clothes, his refusal to wear a suit and practice?! heavily affected the NBA we see today. Iverson’s brash swagger is (part of the) reason why the NBA has a dress code. In some ways, there is no Lil Wayne the public figure without Iverson. The article about Iverson today is heartbreaking. He’s lost most of the money he made. The folks he spent most of that money on have seemingly disappeared. By many accounts he’s an alcoholic. And without basketball, Iverson is unmoored, to say the least. He’s also alone and estranged from his family, including his ex-wife and childhood sweetheart, their children, and the children Iverson had with other women during their marriage. 

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Georgia’s Wilcox High School Set to Hold Its First Integrated Prom

We previously posted news about the struggle Wllcox County High School students were having in trying to host the school’s first racially integrated prom.

Well, Saturday the integrated prom will actually be held:

A group of Georgia high school students are making history by challenging the segregation of their high school prom. Thanks to their efforts and the support of groups like the NAACP, Wilcox County High will hold its first-ever integrated prom this Saturday, nearly 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education desegregated the nation’s school system.

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Tales from a Black Filled Childhood: Who Will Lead My Black Generation…No One?

When I was a little kid everyone would tell me “you are called” or “you have a calling on your life” (mostly older church folks who were overly excited to see an articulate church going black boy). Essentially what they meant was that I would be one of the next “leaders in the black community.” However, I am not sure this is what the black community needs, nor what they want. Some still ask, is there a black agenda at all, and if so, who is leading it? As we move further away from the 1960’s civil rights movements I think it is important for individuals in the black community to speak for themselves. It makes more sense to allow people to finally have the agency and empowerment to have their own voice represent their life and experiences.

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Lauryn Hill Speaks Out on Financial Troubles, New Record Deal in Open Letter

With rumors swirling regarding her financial/legal/musical situation, Lauryn Hill took to her Tumblr to set the record straight.

In an open letter to the public, Hill asserts that her legal troubles and new record deal are two entirely separate issues.

And she doubles down on her long-held criticism of the music industry.

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10 Rappers That Should Have Made The XXL Freshman List

For most hip-hop heads (real and self-proclaimed), XXL Magazine is the “Holy Grail” for everything rap related. While I respect the publication’s long history of raw and unadulterated hip-hop journalism, I feel as if the 2013 Freshman list slighted some very talented and promising emcees. Each year, since 2008, XXL has released a “Top 10 Freshman” issue to highlight and showcase ten rappers who are new on the scene and are making waves. Below is my list of 10 emcees that I believe should have made the list. Please feel free to sound off and give me your feedback @edwardelliot on Instagram and Twitter. 

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Two Women Shot At During Christopher Dorner Manhunt Awarded $4.2 Million from LAPD

The LAPD has reached a $4.2 million settlement with the two women its officers shot at during the search for Christopher Dorner earlier this year.

The women were out delivering newspapers in their Toyota when LAPD officers opened fire.

One woman suffered injuries from the broken glass while the other was twice shot in the back.

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