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Julian Bond Defends IRS Targeting Of Tea Party Groups, Says They’re ‘Racist’

May 14, 2013 - After an IRS official acknowledged that the agency flagged some 75 conservative groups for additional reviews due to their names including the words “tea party” or “patriot,” Tea Partiers and the people that suck up to them lost their collective minds.

 

Tea Party lovechild Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) demanded the IRS commissioner’s resignation. Congresswoman and all around crazy lady Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) claimed the acknowledgments undermines the “credibility” of the 2012 presidential election.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Victory: Kiera Wilmot Will Not Be Prosecuted For Exploding Science Experiment!

May 15, 2013 - After educators, scientists and concerned people on social media spoke out in support of Kiera Wilmot, 16,  the student at Florida’s Bartow High School who caused a small explosion inside of a water bottle and faced felony charges, the State Attorney’s Office announced this afternoon that she will not be prosecuted, reports The Orlando Sentinel.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Fanta Conde, Valedictorian of New York’s Baruch College

May 15, 2013 - Baruch College is proud to announce that Fanta Conde is this year’s valedictorian.  She will join her fellow graduates during the commencement ceremony at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, on Monday May 30, 2013. Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages.  Read more at unityfirst.com.

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Man, 75, accused of running prostitution ring in senior housing complex

May 15, 2013 - A 75-year-old resident of a New Jersey senior citizen housing complex is suspected of running a prostitution ring that employed some elderly residents as sex workers, NBC 4 New York has learned.The suspect, James Parham, 75, was also accused, along with Cheryl Chaney, 66, of allowing residents and visitors to use crack in their apartments, police said. Read more  at thegrio.com.

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Kentucky Derby hits St. Pete

The who’s who of St. Pete society gathered at the Historic Rutland-Farley Estate in south St. Petersburg last Saturday in an effort to raise money for local charities and to enjoy the competition of the Kentucky Derby.  A light rain sprinkled over the expansive grounds misting the luscious landscape at probably one of the most breathtaking homes on the bayou. Complete with a spectacular view of the bay, St. Peter’s elite donned their best suits, their most fabulous dresses and headed out to celebrate the second Run for the Roses Gala, sponsored by the St. Petersburg Chapter of the Links.  Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

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Woman kicked off plane for singing Whitney Houston song

May 15, 2013 -  Dancing on a plane can make you a viral hit on YouTube, but singing on one could get you removed by an air marshal.

That’s what happened to one disruptive passenger when she repeatedly crooned the ’90s hit “I Will Always Love You” on a coast-to-coast American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to New York City last Thursday. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Gas pump singing duo: Leno stunt was not staged

May 15, 2013 - Monifa and Will Sims became internet sensations afterThe Tonight Show with Jay Lenoshowed them singing impromptu karaoke at a gas station, but critics are now suggesting their performance was staged.

Suspicions were raised because Monifa appeared on this same segment of The Tonight Show, at the same gas station, as the same pump, three years ago. Read more at thegrio.com.

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House panel set to cut food stamps as part of farm bill

May 15, 2013 - The House Agriculture Committee is set to consider small cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program in an effort to appease conservatives who say the food aid has become too expensive. The cuts are part of a massive five-year farm bill that costs almost $100 billion annually and would set policy for farm subsidies, rural programs and the food aid. The House panel will consider the legislation Wednesday, one day after the Senate Agriculture Committee approved its version. Read more at theroot.com.

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T.J. Holmes Opens Up On Ending His Relationship With BET And Future Career Plans

May 15, 2013 - Earlier this month BET confirmed the cancellation of their late night news-satire series, “Don’t Sleep,” resulting in the network ending their relationship with show host, T.J. Holmes.

Within weeks of its October 2012 debut, the 30-minute show went from airing four days a week to a revised, hour-long, weekly format without notice. The program ultimately aired its final episode on December 19, causing widespread speculation on Holmes’ status as BET’s leading news anchor. Read more a thegrio.com.

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Zoe Saldana speaks her mind: ‘I do believe in androgyny’

May 15, 2013 - If Zoe Saldana accepts anything, it won’t be someone else’s opinion of her.

The 34-year-old star of Star Trek Into Darknesscame under scrutiny over the past year when it was announced she would portray the legendary Nina Simone in an upcoming big screen biopic. Critics blasted the casting decision, claiming Saldana was not “dark enough” to play the chanteuse nor could she sing, and even Simone’s own daughter seemed to agree. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Identical twins Kirstie and Kristie Bronner named Spelman co-valedictorians

May 15, 2013 - A pair of identical twins at Spelman College have achieved a first in the school’s 132-year history. Kirstie and Kristie Bronner, both music majors, have been named co-valedictorians for the class of 2013. The sisters each graduate with a perfect 4.0 GPA, the highest grade point average out of more than 500 graduates. Read more at thegrio.com.

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FBI Launching IRS Investigation Over Targeting Of Conservative Groups, Eric Holder Says

May 15, 2013 - The Justice Department is opening a criminal investigation of the Internal Revenue Service just as another probe concludes that lax management enabled agents to improperly target tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax exempt status.

Attorney General Eric Holder said he ordered the FBI to investigate Friday – the day the IRS publicly acknowledged that it had singled out conservative groups. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Obama Student Loan Policy Reaping $51 Billion Profit

May 15, 2013 - The Obama administration is forecast to turn a record $51 billion profit this year from student loan borrowers, a sum greater than the earnings of the nation's most profitable companies and roughly equal to the combined net income of the four largest U.S. banks by assets.

Figures made public Tuesday by the Congressional Budget Office show that the nonpartisan agency increased its 2013 fiscal year profit forecast for the Department of Education by 43 percent to $50.6 billion from its February estimate of $35.5 billion. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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BlackStartup: The African American Solution To Crowdfunding

May 14, 2013 - In the past five years, crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have revolutionized the way entrepreneurs go about raising capital for new business ventures. Although these sites have helped turn countless of startup pipe-dreams into a reality, a significant number of entrepreneurs, Blacks in particular, aren’t necessarily feeling the same love…until now.

BlackStartup recently made its debut with a crowdfunding platform that focuses on funding projects and ideas benefiting African Americans.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Philly ‘Abortion Doc’ Guilty In 3 Babies’ Deaths

May 13, 2013 - A Philadelphia abortion doctor was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder and could face execution in the deaths of three babies who authorities say were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his grimy clinic, in a case that became a flashpoint in the nation’s debate over abortion.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the drug-overdose death of a patient who had undergone an abortion. He was cleared in the death of a fourth baby, who prosecutors say let out a soft whimper before he snipped its neck.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Maya Angelou Domestic Abuse: Poet Tells Oprah That Ex-Boyfriend Beat Her And Held Her Captive (VIDEO)

May 13, 2013 - Dr. Maya Angelou is many things: a poet, an actress, a teacher, a producer, a director, a mother, a daughter and a literary icon. But she is also a survivor of domestic abuse, she revealed in an interview with Oprah.

In this clip from "Super Soul Sunday," Dr. Angelou shares the shocking story of her abuse at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, not only revealing an incident in which he beat her, but also alleging that he held her captive for several days before Dr. Angelou's determined and heroic mother, Vivian Baxter, came to her rescue.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Mo'Nique Weight Loss Efforts Pay Off, But What About Her Open Marriage Agreement? (VIDEO)

May 13, 2013 - Mo'Nique has been offering up fitness motivation long before the approaching swimsuit season made it the popular thing to do.

For the last year, the comedian and actress has been hitting the gym hard and taking to Twitter to show her followers the results.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Soledad O'Brien Calls Out 'White People' Over 'Black In America' Series (VIDEO)

May 13, 2013 - Soledad O'Brien addressed criticism from "white people" about her documentaries about race in America in a new video.

O'Brien has hosted five documentaries in CNN's "Black In America" series. In a talk at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, she said that some people have told her that the documentaries are "divisive," and that they think black Americans should stop differentiating themselves from white Americans.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Twitter Hate Speech Map Pinpoints Racist, Homophobic Hotspots Across U.S.

May 13, 2013 - The most hateful tweeters in the United States tend to live in the eastern half of the country, according to a new map that pinpoints hate speech from Twitter across country.

The map, created by geography students at Humboldt State University in California, looks at more than 150,000 geocoded tweets (tweets that say where the user is located) between June 2012 and April 2013, sorting for those that contained a racist, homophobic or anti-disability word. The researchers then decided whether or not the tweet was using the word in a hateful way.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Tyler Perry’s ‘Peeples’ Bombs at Box Office; Only Brings in $4.8 Mil

May 12, 2013 - Tyler Perry‘s non-Madea flick “Peeples” bombed, y’all. That’s a shame too, ’cause we liked it.

If only they could’ve found a way to put Madea in it maybe it woulda had enough juice to be a winner at the box office.

Speaking of which, “Tyler Perry Presents: Peeples” took in only $4.8 million, well below expectations for a film with low expectations to begin with, according to theWrap.  Read more at eurweb.com.

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