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Fox Developing O.J. Simpson Trial Miniseries

The OJ Simpson trial is the gift that keeps on giving.

Nearly 20 years after the “Trial of the Century,” Fox announced that it plans to air a series based on a book (Toobin’s The People v. O.J. Simpson) about the O.J. Simpson trial:

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Chicago Public Schools Reportedly Closing Over 50 Schools

Later today, Chicago Public Schools will reportedly announce over 50 school closures.

If this is true, it will represent the largest round of school closures in our nation’s history. Chicago Teacher’s  Union President Karen Lewis says the mass closures will send the district into chaos.

CPS denies that these initial reports are accurate, and maintains that closures are the right thing to do to ensure that students “have all the things they need to learn and succeed.”

These closures will disproportionately impact minority students.

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Massachusetts Sheriff Refuses to Apologize for Obama Assassination Joke

Joseph D. McDonald Jr, A Republican sheriff out of Massachusetts, has refused to apologize for a totally outrageous and offensive joke he made about President Obama at a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast.

Hoping to get some laughs, he told a story about Abraham Lincoln visiting Obama in his dreams and urging him to go to the theater.

In case you didn’t know, Lincoln was murdered in a theater.

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Jada Pinkett Smith: Black Magazines Should Put White Women on Covers, and Vice Versa

Jada Pinkett Smith’s latest Facebook rant went in an unexpected direction.

Jada argues that if black women want to be featured on the covers of mainstream publications, then black magazines should return the favor and feature white women on theirs (see above for Jada’s homemade examples).

According to Jada, women of all colors must work towards being able to “see each other beyond race, class, and culture.”

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Fordham Student Sandra Arnold Creates Database to Protect Slave Burial Sites

We’ve heard lots of stories about construction workers uncovering the unmarked burial sites of slaves.

Well, Sandra Arnold has created something that might help with that problem.

Arnold, a history student at Fordham University, has created a database that allows participants to mark the burial sites of slaves:

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Common Discusses His Efforts to Give Back to His Hometown

Rapper/actor/activist, Chicago native, and BYP supporter Common recently wrote an editorial in the Chicago Sun-Times about how he plans to continue to give back to the youth of Chicago.

In a time when the news about Chicago’s youth seems devastatingly bad, it’s nice to know that celebrities are giving back in various ways and that they are using their resources to provide services to youth who need it most.

In his article, Common discussed his goals for his Common Ground Foundation:

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15 Year-Old Pakistani Activist Malala Yousafzai is Back in School After Being Shot by Taliban

15 year-old Pakistani women’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai recently attended her first day of school since being shot in the head by the Taliban.

Yousafzai was targeted for assassination after publicly advocating for women’s rights and their right to receive a quality education.

The bullet nearly killed her, entering above her left eye and grazing her brain.

But she survived, and is back in school mere weeks after being released from the hospital.

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Reality Superstar Uses Platform to Motivate Young America

Candice “Dice” Dixon from VH-1′s “La-La’s Full Court Life” is on a mission to motivate.

Black Youth Project contributor, Rashad J. Smith, spoke with Dice about her plans for the future to make positive impact on young America.

With a Master’s Degree in Occupational and Safety Health Administration from North Carolina A&T, and major celebrity connections, Dice is ready to tour academic institutions across the nation, giving back through motivational messages.

“I know the major issues amongst teens- from bullying to suicide, and it’s so unfortunate and very unnecessary… I definitely want to use my platform to give back.” 

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Lessons in Hate: Is it Okay to Invite Nazis, KKK Members to Speak at High Schools?

A fascinating article in the Washington Times investigates a risky teaching tactic employed in high schools and colleges across the country.

Educators are inviting representatives of hate groups – neo Nazis, KKK, Westboro Baptist Church, etc. – to share their hateful ideologies with students.

School officials say the point of such activities is for students to witness first hand the extreme stances these groups take, and to avoid them.

They assert that no student has ever been converted as a result of these speaking engagements.

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

Rhymes & Reasons presents Yoli Zapata.  

When hip-hop is fun, our interviews are fun; when hip-hop is powerful, we never forget. Artist and advocate Yoli Zapata talks to Rhymes & Reasons about the four songs that got her through the toughest of times.

She discusses R. Kelly featuring Nas with “Did You Ever Think?”, 2Pac’s “Can U Get Away”, Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)”, and  Aaliyah’s “One in a Million.” This is testimony.

Check out the interview below:

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