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WATCH: Trailer for Lee Daniel’s “The Butler,” Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey

The first trailer for Lee Daniel’s star-studded film The Butler has been released.

The Butler is based on the real life story of Eugene Allen, a White House butler who saw the coming and going of eight Presidents during his career.

The film features an all-star cast; including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelow, Lenny Kravits, Cuba Gooding Jr. Terrence Howard, and Mariah Carey.

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Identical Twins Are Spelman College’s First-Ever Co-Valedictorians

Kristie and Kirstie Bronner are making history has Spelman College’s first-ever sister co-valedictorians!

The identical twins have identical GPAs, maintaining 4.0 averages.

They say their academic journeys were difficult at first, but they eventually found a healthy work-life balance.

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Lauryn Hill Writes Letter of Thanks to Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, and Other Supporters

Considering her imminent three month stay in federal prison, things must be extraordinarily difficult for Lauryn Hill and her family at this time.

But Ms. Hill still took the time out to thank those that expressed support and encouragement throughout her legal struggles.

She recently posted a letter on her Tumblr, naming specific individuals who wrote letters to the judge on her behalf; including Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder.

From Lauryn Hill’s Tumlbr:

I want to extend a sincere thank you to the following people, who wrote letters to the judge on my behalf:

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Outraged Parents Say Son’s Teacher Made Him Lick Desk Clean for Drawing On It

Parents of a Troy, New York elementary student were outraged to learn that their son’s teacher forced him to clean a desk with his tongue as punishment for drawing on it.

George and Latonia Spencer say their son licked the desk until he began to gag, at which point he was ordered to get paper towels and clean off the rest.

The Spencers were able to get their son removed from the classroom. But they say  the teacher has since tried to turn his friends against him, and that school administration has not done enough to remedy the situation.

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Building a more youth-led organizing network & uplifting tools used to address violence



A culturally enriching and empowering event featuring Chicago’s youth-led organizations & guest speaker Dr. Beth Richie. Crossroads Fund grantees will be discussing and displaying the power of youth activism through dialogue & interaction, a community panel and a social justice expo.

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Guest Post

Rhymes & Reasons Interviews Julian “J. Kwest” DeShazier About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed His Life

Rhymes & Reasons proudly presents a session with a young pillar of our own community; Julian DeShazier, The Senior Minister at University Church Chicago and graduate of the Divinity School at the University of Chicago.

This isn’t the first time Julian’s told his story: he’s also a deeply self-reflective rapper who goes by the name of J. Kwest.

We talked about Outkast’s “13th Floor/Growing Old,” Common and Lauryn Hill’s “Retrospect for Life,” and “Triumph,” by the Wu-tang Clan.

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Financial Literacy

The Longest Break of Your Life: How to make studying abroad affordable

By Naa-Shorme Aidoo

People talk about a study abroad semester as if it were the most magical experience of college, and IT IS!

But, a lot of people forgo the opportunity because of the costs, and trust me, a great amount of money will be needed, but let me tell you a few things I did to make studying abroad much more affordable.

First, stop by the FINANCIAL AID OFFICE. It’s a vital resource!

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Attorney Behind Kiera Wilmot Arrest Filed No Charges Against White Teen for Killing Little Brother

Last week we told you about Florida teen Kiera Wilmot.

Assistant State Attorney Tammy Glotfelty advised that the 16 year-old face felony charges after a science experiment gone wrong. Teachers and classmates have maintained that Wilmot was a good student, and that the incident was purely an accident

Well it has since been revealed that a few weeks prior, this same attorney advised that charges be dropped against a white teen who accidentally killed his little brother with a BB gun.

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Harlem Youth Hope to Help End Gun Violence w/ Documentary

A group of Harlem teens partnered with the Harlem Hospital Center and The New York County District Attorney’s Office on a documentary exploring gun violence.

The film focuses on Dedric Hammond, who once lived by the gun until a brush with death took his life in a different direction.

He is now a violence interrupter.

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Proposed North Carolina Law Forces Teens to Get Notarized Parental Consent for STD Testing

A proposed law moving through the North Carolina legislature requires teens to get notarized parental consent to access certain health services, specifically testing and treatment for STDs, pregnancy, mental health, and substance abuse.

Proponents say the law restores and supports lines of communication within families, and prevents problematic behavior from being repeated by involving parents.

But opponents say the law doesn’t account for less-than-ideal, abusive familial situations where there aren’t healthy lines of communication. The bill could dissuade young people from seeking the help they need.

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