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18 Year-Old Dionte Maxwell Shot and Killed When Strangers Crashed Family BDay Party

Chicago teen and Rockford College student Dionte Maxwell was shot and killed outside of a family birthday party after strangers were asked to leave the premises.

The strangers – two 16 year-olds and a 19 year-old – got into a verbal dispute with Maxwell as they were being escorted out.

The 19 year-old allegedly pulled out a gun and shot him in the chest.

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Dwyane Wade Backs ‘This Is Fatherhood’ Campaign

NBA star Dwyane Wade has partnered with Hip Hop artist Lecrae and a group of activists on “This Is Fatherhood,” a campaign promoting the importance of fatherhood.

The campaign asks contestants to submit videos, songs, or essays that answer the question: “What does fatherhood mean to me?”

From Clutch Magazine:

“Fatherhood is a unique opportunity and privilege for a man to change the world through his investment in a child,” Lecrae told theGrio. “It is our chance to leave a legacy and an impact that will change lives.”

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Roy Hibbert Fined $75,000 for Saying ‘No Homo’ and Insulting Media at Press Conference

Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert has been fined $75,000 for using the phrase “no homo,” and calling the media “motherf—-” during a press conference.

Though he’s since issued an apology, NBA Commissioner David Sterns still levied a fairly large fine for his offensive comments.

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Grant Hill and Jason Kidd Retiring from NBA

Basketball legends Grant Hill and Jason Kidd have both announced their retirement from the NBA.

Hill has played 18 seasons, with the Pistons, Magic, Suns, and Clippers.

But his heyday was with the Pistons, where he avergaed 21.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists during his first six seasons.

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11 Year-Old Tayloni Mazyck Paralyzed After Being Struck with Stray Bullet

An 11 year-old girl has been left paralyzed after being struck by a stray bullet.

Tayloni Mazyck was waiting for her aunt outside of an apartment building when a 17 year-old open fired at two men in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

Mazyck was accidentally hit with one of the bullets. Surgery on Friday saved her life, but doctors fear she may never walk again.

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Issa Rae Set to Play Nina Simone in Lorraine Hansberry Biopic

A biopic based on the life of famed playwright Lorraine Hansberry is reportedly in the works.

While details are a bit scarce, a few interesting ones have emerged.

Taye Hansberry  and Numa Perrier are penning the scrip, and Jaleel White has been cast as the legendary James Baldwin.

And Awkward Black Girl creator Issa Rae is set to play Nina Simone.

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8 Arrested After Melee at Kindergarten Graduation in Cleveland

A kindergarten graduation in Cleveland descended into mayhem, resulting in 8 arrests.

A brawl allegedly started between two teens over spilled punch. The dispute was taken outside and a physical altercation ensued. One person brandished a club, and another person grabbed a hammer.

Once again, this happened at a kindergarten graduation.

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Today in Post-Race History: The Essential Tyler Perry

Right so, according to my Facebook page and Twitter account, Tyler Perry and Oprah (aka Madea and Miss Sophia) tried to get all Watch the Throne on us and collabo on some crappy TV shows. Essentially, Tyler created a couple of shows for his BFF’s fledgling network, a bunch of people watched them and concluded that not only do they suck, but the The Haves and the Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor are the televisual equivalent of the hair relaxer: Bad for black women. So bad, in fact, that there’s a petition about getting Tyler Perry off OWN, as if all that other stuff on the network is, like, awesome. But whatever.

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George Zimmerman’s Attorneys Apologize for Mischaracterizing Evidence

The George Zimmerman defense team has issued an apology for “misharacterizing evidence” meant to paint Trayvon Martin as the aggressor during his fatal confrontation with George Zimmerman.

The defense hoped to present video footage of three fights, one purportedly showing Trayvon Martin’s friends beating up a homeless man.

The lawyers now say the footage was unintentionally misrepresented; it actually shows two homeless men fighting over a bike.

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Chicago School Closings, Linked-Fate, and the Power of a Shared Experience

When we view young people like Asean Johnson, shouting, crying out and having their voice heard in the name of opposition, it does two things. It encourages us all to remember that the next generation of black youth can speak for themselves, and it also reminds us that we as black people are all connected. Regardless if the social issue revolves around school closings in Chicago, gun violence around the country, or poverty that plagues our neighborhoods, we cannot forget that these issues will impact us all. We all must wrestle with our “linked-fate,” whether we like it or not.

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