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17-Year Old James Martin Graduates from College w/ 3.9 GPA

At 17-years old, James Martin has graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in molecular biology!

Not only is he the youngest of his graduating class; James is also the most accomplished.

He graduate with a 3.9 GPA!

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Project NIA’s Youth-Friendly Reader About the Trayvon Martin Case

With so much information, commentary and artistic reflections out there on the Trayvon Martin case, sifting through it all can be overwhelming.

Project NIA has taken the liberty of collecting some of the most interesting and valuable of those works into a reader geared towards young people.

It’s a great resource for educating and empowering our youth in the wake of this tragedy.

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Jackie Robinson Statue Vandalized w/ Swastika, Racial Slurs

This morning, news surfaced that a statue of Jackie Robinson was vandalized.

The NYPD hate crimes task force is investigating after the vandalism was discovered on the statue outside the Brooklyn Cyclones stadium Wednesday.

Police say someone wrote in black marker “die n—–” and had a swastika and the word “Hitler.”

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North Carolina Pastor Fired for Attending Rick Ross Concert

A 26-year old North Carolina pastor was fired from his church after it was discovered that he’d attended a concert headlined by Rick Ross.

Rodney Wills had been the pastor of Mt. Salem Baptist Church for four years.

The church deacons say Wills’ behavior is out of step with conduct the church wishes to be associated with.

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President Obama Will Speak at March on Washington Anniversary Ceremony

President Obama is slated to speak at the upcoming ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

The ceremony goes down on August 28th at the Lincoln Memorial.

From the Huffington Post:

Obama’s speech will come 50 years to the day after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led approximately 250,000 to the National Mall in a march for jobs and freedom.

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NYC Public Library System Drops $300M on Midtown Branch, While Harlem Library is Outrageously Underfunded

The New York Public Library system intends to invest $300 million in renovations for its flagship 5th Avenue facility.

Meanwhile, Harlem’s Macomb’s Bridge library is housed in a converted studio apartment, and boasts 14 chairs, 10 laptops, and 61 shelves of books.

Only 25 people can occupy the space at one time.

The disparity is striking. Couldn’t some of that $300 million go to NYC’s underfunded libraries, like the one in Harlem?

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B. Scott Sues BET For Forcing Him to Change Attire at Awards Show

B. Scott is suing BET for forcing him to change his attire before hosting the 2013 BET Awards Red Carpet special.

Scott – a popular gender-conforming media personality – was pulled aside shortly before airtime and asked to tone down his makeup, pull back his hair, and change his attire.

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Hugh Douglas Calls ESPN cohost Michael Smith ‘Uncle Tom’ and ‘House N—–’

Former NFL player Hugh Douglas threatened and insulted his ESPN cohost Michael Smith during a party on Friday held by the National Association of Black Journalists at the House of Blues in Orlando.

An inebriated Hughes reportedly called Smith an “Uncle Tom” and a “House N—–” when it appeared Smith was hesitant to help him on stage during the event.

He also threated to beat Smith to a pulp.

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Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign to Release Hip Hop Album to Fight Childhood Obesity

She has hit her Dougie and her Single Ladies in her crusade to merge fitness and fun.

And now…MC FLOTUS, anyone?

In her latest effort to combat childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama is set to release a 19-track album of mostly hip-hop songs to further her Let’s Move! campaign:

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Usher’s Son Nearly Drowns in Swimming Pool; Ex-Wife Files for Emergency Custody

R&B singer Usher’s son nearly drowned after his arm became stuck in a swimming pool’s drain.

Initially, the boy’s aunt – as well as Usher’s housekeeper – were unable to pull him out.

Responding to their cries for help, two men installing sound in Usher’s downtown Atlanta home ran to the scene and were able to save five-year-old Usher Raymond V.

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