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Rick Ross Apologizes AGAIN: Rape Lyrics are “one of my biggest mistakes and regrets.”

In the wake of his lost endorsement deal with Reebok and continued outrage over his “date rape” lyrics, Rick Ross has released another apology.

This time, Ross actually takes full responsibility for his words , rather than blaming the listener for “misinterpreting” them.

From Clutch Mag:

“Before I am an artist, I am a father, a son, and a brother to some of the most cherished women in the world. So for me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets.

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Louis C.K. Talks Mexican Heritage: “I’m An Accidental White Person”

In an interview with Rolling Stone, writer and comedian Louis C.K. says his comic vision is informed by his upbringing in Mexico.

C.K.’s paternal grandfather immigrated to Mexico from Hungary and married a Mexican woman. Louis moved back to his father’s home country at the age of one, and stayed there until he was seven years old.

He says his outsider status in America, and the racial classification imposed upon him, gives him a unique perspective.

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Tales from a Black Filled Childhood: The Importance of a Mentor

Having a mentor is crucial. It was as important for my life as my grades in school, my extra curricular activities, and my exposure to the world at large. I believe these are all things that young people need to break cycles of oppression and poverty, however, without having someone to guide you in the right direction, you will either not make it to your destination or take considerably longer to get there. I was lucky. I had several mentors throughout high school (and still today) to give me advice, challenge me to be better, and help me along what is often a confusing and winding rode.

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8 Year-Old Follows Tenn. Lawmaker Around State Capitol; Shames Him Into Dropping Welfare Bill

8 year-old Aamira Fetuga followed Tennessee lawmaker Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) around the state capitol until he agreed to drop a bill linking welfare benefits to a student’s academic performance.

Nearby, a choir of 60 activists sang “Jesus Loves the Little Children” as Fetuga handed Campfield a petition demanding that he drop the controversial bill.

The walk to the Senate floor was a long and awkward one, but it may have worked. Campfield agreed to drop the bill for now.

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Chicago HS B-Ball Star Jabari Parker Is Proud to Represent Young Black Males Going to College

Chicago high school Basketball star Jabari Parker is undoubtedly among the top young players in the country.

Set to attend Duke University next year as one of their most buzzed-about recruits in years, Parker says his greatest joy is being able to set a great example for other young people, and help change the narrative surrounding Chicago’s youth.

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George Zimmerman’s Mom Lashes Out At Media in Open Letter on the Anniversary of Son’s Arrest

A year after her son’s arrest, George Zimmerman’s mother has penned an open letter, thanking supporters and lashing out against critics of her son.

Tweeted by her son Robert Zimmerman, she calls today the anniversary of “the day the justice system failed us as Americans.”

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Reebok DROPS Rick Ross Over Date Rape Lyrics

After much outcry and protest, Reebok has ended their partnership with Rick Ross.

From TMZ:

Reebok tells TMZ … “Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand.  Unfortunately, Rick Ross has failed to do so.”

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MLB Launches Task Force to Examine Decline in Black Players

With the Jackie Robinson biopic, 42, in theaters everywhere tomorrow, it makes perfect sense that Major League Baseball is examining the sharp decline of black players in its ranks.

Bud Selig, the commissioner of the MLB, has created a task force designed to examine why there’s so few black athletes in baseball:

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STUDY: Black Male Graduation Rates Hinge on “Grit” As Well As Grades

A recent study examining factors contributing to black male graduation rates asserts that a major factor in their academic success is grit.

The study defines grit as “a strong dedication to pursuing and achieving a goal, whatever the obstacles and failures along the way.”

The report, authored by Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, finds that grit impacts academic success just as much as grades, talents, or SAT scores.

He argues that these are not fixed traits; the self-confidence, perseverance, and self-efficacy one possesses can and should be nurtured and affirmed.

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Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Daughter Indicted in Fraud Scheme

Jeri L. Wright – daughter of Rev. Jeremiah Wright – has been indicted on charges of money laundering and lying to federal prosecutors.

The charges stem from a 2009 probe into a fraud scheme allegedly orchestrated by former Country Club Hills Police Chief Regina Evans and her husband.

Wright is accused of cashing more than $27,800 in checks from a bank account of a non-profit controlled by the Evans. Wright then allegedly deposited $19,888 of that total into the Evans’ personal bank account.

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