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Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice is 1st Female President of Morehouse School of Medicine

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice has been appointed the new President of Morehouse School of Medicine.

And it is a historic achievement.

Dr. Rice is the first African American woman to lead a free-standing medical school.

From the Grio:

When asked about the secret of her success the Harvard-educated obstetrician and gynecologist says in no uncertain terms that it is her “passion.”

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STUDY: Black Students at White Colleges Fear Loss of Their Cultural Identity

According to a recent study, Black students at predominantly white universities fear the loss of their cultural identities.

Participants confessed to feeling burdened by pressure to assimilate into the dominant culture.

They also expressed frustration with the lack of culture understanding displayed by classmates, and the tendency for them to be singled out because of their race.

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New Poll Shows Very Stark Racial Divide on Zimmerman Verdict

Polls often tell us things we already know, and yet the results are still noteworthy.

A Washington Post-ABC news poll revealed that while the vast majority of blacks survey strongly disapprove of the Zimmerman acquittal, a slim majority of whites agreed with the verdict:

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The Nation: From the Deep South to the Midwest, a Generation Demands Justice

A recent article over at The Nation shines a light on how young people from across the country are uniting, organizing, and demanding justice.

Among those featured are our very own Black Youth Project 100 – 100 young black activists from across the country convened by the Black Youth Project to mobilize communities of color beyond electoral politics.

BYP100 member Rahiel Tesfamariam eloquently explained the collective’s formation and mission:

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Educator Brooke Harris Says She’s Facing Termination for Speaking Out Against EAA

Brooke Harris, a teacher at a Detroit High School, is facing termination for allegedly helping her students organize a walkout in protest of the school’s policies.

Harris is no stranger to controversy. Just  last year she was fired from another Michigan high school for helping students with a fundraiser for the family of Trayvon Martin.

She says she had nothing to do with the walkout, and is being singled out for speaking out against the Education Achievement Authority, the organization that runs the school.

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Allen West Attacks Obama’s Speech; Says He’s Never Been Racially Profiled

Allen West is the latest prominent voice to publicly denounce President Obama’s Trayvon Martin speech last Friday.

According to Mr. West, it was inappropriate to parallel Trayvon Martin’s experienced with the racial profiling the President himself has experiences.

Allen West says he’s never experienced racial profiling because he was a “respectful young man, and maybe that’s something that was missing out of President Obama and Trayvon Martin’s life.”

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John Spooner Gets Life in Prison for Murder of 13-Year Old Darius Simmons

76-year old John Spooner has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 13-year old Darius Simmons.

Spooner shot Simmons in cold blood – in front of his mother – while the young man was taking out the trash. Spooner believed Simmons had stolen guns from his home.

It took a jury less than two hours to find him guilty of 1st-degree intentional homicide.

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Rush Limbaugh: “If any race should not have guilt about slavery, it’s Caucasians”

On his horrific radio show, Rush Limbaugh argued that white people should not have to feel guilty about slavery.

According to Rush, slavery was no where near the worst the world has ever seen; and that white people deserve credit for fighting a war to end it.

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Rachel Jeantel Says She Wants to Be a Lawyer

Rachel Jeantel made an appearance on the Ricky Smiley show last week.

Jeantel blasted the conservative media’s portrayal of Trayvon Martin, calling him “A family guy. I loving person, a good friend. And just somebody to talk to when you need help.”

She also discussed her educational goals; specifically her desire to become an attorney.

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Cornel West: President Obama Is a Global George Zimmerman

Cornel West has joined his radio cohost Tavis Smiley in blasting the POTUS in the wake of his Trayvon Martin speech last Friday.

Speaking with Democracy Now, West called President Obama “a global George Zimmerman” for his use of deadly drone attacks overseas.

From the Huffington Post:

“We know anybody who tries to rationalize the killing of innocent people is a criminal. George Zimmerman is a criminal. But, President Obama is a global George Zimmerman because he tries to rationalize the killing of innocent children, 221 so far, in the name of self-defense… Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen. So when he comes to talk about the killing of an innocent person, you say, well wait a minute, what kind of moral authority are you bringing?”

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