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Two Men Tie the Knot in What is Being Called “First Traditional African Gay Wedding”

Tshepo Cameron Modisane and Thoba Calvin Sithol recently tied the knot in what is being called Africa’s first traditional gay wedding.

Whether that’s the case is unknown, but images and video of the event are still striking and promising.

Tshepo and Thoba, both 27, will reportedly have a private ceremony later this year.

From the Huffington Post:

“The great step that we took in our relationship as a gay couple was introducing each other to our families,” Tshepo told Mamba Online in February.

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Rape Survivors Demand Reebok Drop Rick Ross Endorsement Deal

Activists and rape survivors have launched a petition demanding that Reebok drop its endorsement deal with Rick Ross.

Ross is still facing outrage over lyrics that seem to condone and make light of date rape: “Put molly all in her champagne/ She ain’t even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain’t even know it.”

UltraViolet, an organization dedicated to championing women’s rights and fighting sexism, asserts that Reebok is essentially condoning rape by maintaining their partnership with Ross.

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Identity Crisis


Between Reality TV, Media Pressure and Social Status, we now live in a world where people feel the need to live in someone else’s shoes. We have leaders walking around as followers and followers perpetrating as leaders. This comes from a lack of personal and cultural Identity. This is a battle that a lot of us have struggled with and some of us even find ourselves now.

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Michelle Obama To Address Gun Violence at Chicago’s Harper High School

Michelle Obama will be visiting Chicago today to talk gun violence at Harper High School on the city’s Southside.

Harper is one of many high schools deeply impacted by Chicago’s gun violence crisis; 29 students have been shot and 8 have died in the past year alone.

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Rhymes & Reasons Interviews Rapsody About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed Her Life

Rhymes and Reasons presents Rapsody.

Go ‘head and let the name fool ya: Rapsody can rap. Raised in rural North Carolina, she’s spit with the best of her generation — Mac Miller, Phonte, Big K.R.I.T.

9th Wonder’s protégé spoke to Rhymes & Reasons about the great MC Lyte’s “Poor Georgie, ” The Fugees’ “Ready or Not,” and Method Man’s and Mary J. Blige’s “All I Need.”

Must be something in the water down South.

Check out the interview below:

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Snoop Lion Partners w/ MTV for Gun Buyback Program

Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg) has partnered with MTV and Jewelry For A Cause for a gun buyback program.

The three entities have collaborated on limited edition “MTV x Caliber” bracelets made in part from guns turned into buyback programs.

Sales from the bracelets will be donated to the Newark Police Department to help fund future buyback programs.

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UPDATE: 21 Year-Old Dylan Quick Arrested for Stabbing Spree at Lone Star College

UPDATE:

A student named Dylan Quick was taken into custody earlier today after going on a stabbing spree at Lone Star College, leaving at least 14 people wounded.

Though it is believed he acted alone, authorities are advising students and area residents to remain cautious in case there’s a second suspect.

From CBS:

Quick was reportedly tackled by students and taken into custody on the campus shortly after the incident took place. He has not officially been charged, according to the station.

Just last week, Quick was featured in a blog about how far he had come and “the battles he fought and won,” the station reported.

The blog said Quick was born deaf and received a cochlear implant at seven-years-old. The implant was visible as he was escorted into the Harris County Jail Tuesday afternoon.

Read more at CBS.com

A terrible, deeply disturbing situation.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by this senseless violence.

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14 people have been injured in a stabbing spree at Lone Star College.

Details are still scarce, but multiple people have been rushed to area hospitals, and a suspect is reportedly in custody.

Students have been instructed to find shelter and wait out the tense, dangerous situation.

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CPS Protest Highlights Dangers Facing Displaced Chicago Students; Questions ‘Safety Routes’

Chicago parents and activists are holding a march today- dubbed Walk the Walk -  to draw attention to the “distances, safety concerns, and overcrowding potential” facing students displaced by the closing of over 50 Chicago Public Schools.

From the Huffington Post:

Around 8:30 a.m., the Raise Your Hand Coalition-led walk began in East Garfield Park at King Elementary on 740 S. Campbell and headed to the proposed receiving school, Jensen, at 3030 W. Harrison. The walk is roughly less than a mile and passes by Altgeld Park.

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Coalition of Celebrities Call on President Obama to Reform Drug Laws

Over 100 entertainers have banded together to call on President Obama to change America’s drug laws.

Led by Russell Simmons, the coalition presented a letter to the President on Tuesday, calling for intervention and rehabilitation instead of jail time for non-violent offenders.

From the Associated Press:

The starry group, which also includes Jennifer Hudson, Nicki Minaj, Susan Sarandon and Will Smith, also asks Obama to form a panel to handle clemency requests and to support a measure that allows judges to waive mandatory minimum sentences.

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REPORT: 1 in 4 Black Students Suspended; Mostly for Nonviolent Offenses

The Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California, Los Angeles Civil Rights Project has released a set of reports that shine a light on the distressing discipline gap in America’s schools.

Among its findings: One million (or 1 in 9) middle and high school students were suspended in the 2009-10 academic year; 24 percent of black students and just 7.1 percent of white students.

Most of these suspensions were the result of nonviolent offenses like lateness or dress code violations.

These suspended students are more likely to drop out of school.

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