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Congressional Black Caucus Holds Emergency Summit on Chicago Violence

The Congressional Black Caucus held an emergency summit on Chicago’s gun violence crisis last Friday.

The group gathered at Chicago State University, and discussed possible solutions to the crisis.

From NewsOne:

“With all due respect to Newtown and Arizona and the mass murders, we need to have voices for the urban areas and for urban violence,” said U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly on Friday.

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Chaka Khan Joins Boycott of Florida

In a recent interview with Chaka Khan, the soul legend announced her intentions to boycott Florida in protest of the state’s Stand Your Ground laws.

She joins fellow stars Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick.

From the Huffington Post:

Well the trial, number one was a travesty. Racism is still very much alive and well in this country.

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One of my favorite Dave Chappelle bits, and trust me, there are many, is his Ja Rule joke, wherein he hysterically describes how our celebrity worship can make us do absurd things sometimes:

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Jay Z Responds to Criticism from Harry Belafonte: ‘My presence is charity, just because of who I am’

Remember when Harry Belafonte went in on young black celebrities like Jay “no hyphen” Z and Beyonce on their lack of political activism?

Well, Jay has finally responded.

In the second part of his interview with Elliot Wilson, Hov had the following to say:

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Kanye West and Rhymefest Team Up for Free Music Writing Program for Chicago Youth

Chicago’s own Rhymefest and Kanye West are using their skills and resources to bring a new program to the South Side.

The duo whose collaborations have yielded hip-hop gold like “Jesus Walks,” are now getting together to bring a music program to the city’s youth:

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11-Year Old Dovonta Andrews Is Shot While Shielding 5-Year Old Friend from Bullet

11-year old Dovonta Andrews is recovering from a bullet wound he sustained after shielding his 5-year old friend with his body.

The boys were standing on a porch when an argument broke out and someone began shooting.

Dovonta pushed his friend out of the way, and a bullet went through his arm.

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Trayvon Martin’s Parents Call Juror B29 Comments ‘Devastating’

The parents of the late Trayvon Martin has responded to the widely-reported revelations from Juror B29.

In an interview with Good Morning America, B29 – the only minority juror on the George Zimmerman trial – proclaimed that George Zimmerman “got away with murder,” and that she owes an apology to Trayvon Martin’s family.

From the Grio:

Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton issued the following statement Thursday night on behalf of herself and Tracy Martin:

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5-Year Old Demonte Reilley Saves His Mom by Calling 911

When 5-year old Demonte Reilley’s is being hailed as a hero after saving his mother’s life.

When Akua McClaine began having a seizure, Demonte sprang into action.

He immediately called 911, told the operator exactly what was going on, and gave  his mother’s age, location, and medical history.

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WATCH: Trailer for VH1′s ‘CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story’

Vh1 has finally released an official trailer for their upcoming biopic on legendary 90′s girl group TLC.

“CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” stars Keke Palmer as Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas, Lil Mama as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Drew Sidora as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins.

Check it out below:

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Zimmerman Juror Says He ‘Got Away w/ Murder’

Juror B29 – the only minority juror on the George Zimmerman trial – says George Zimmerman “got away with murder,” and that she owes an apology to Trayvon Martin’s family.

In an interview with Good Morning America, the juror said was the only juror who wanted to convict Zimmerman.

She claims that the jury had to follow Florida law and the evidence, which did not prove murder.

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