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Mom of the Year: Holly Robinson Peete’s Reality Is All Too Real

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For Peete’s Sake, her groundbreaking show about motherhood, marriage and parenting a teen with autism, ends its first season this Saturday on OWN. We were first introduced to Holly Robinson Peete as the doe-eyed doyenne from 21 Jump Street in the ’80s, a brown girl on TV who used to bust wayward teens with heartthrob Johnny Depp. Fast-forward 30 years, and ...

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FBI Arrests Mich. Man Who Allegedly Sprayed Mouse Poison on Food

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The man, who has not been identified by authorities, is accused of using the poisonous mix at the Whole Foods, Meijer and Plum Market grocery stores in Ann Arbor, Mich., authorities say. A Michigan man has been arrested by the FBI on charges that he sprayed a toxic mixture of hand cleaner, water and mice poison onto food inside at ...

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Va. 1st-Grader Born Without Hands Wins Penmanship Award

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Anaya Ellick, a first-grader at Greenbrier Christian Academy who was born without hands, won the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship. Little Anaya Ellick was born without hands and does not use prosthetics. However, the first-grader at Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, Va., still has some of the neatest handwriting in her class and even beat out ...

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Black University of Iowa student claims he was beaten by three white men, called racial slurs

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A black University of Iowa freshman told police that he was severely beaten by three white men who called him racial slurs, investigators said Wednesday. The Iowa City Police Department said that it was investigating the assault of Marcus Owens as a hate crime. Owens, 19, walked in to the department late Monday to report ...

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#RapedbyMorehouse ignites debate about rape allegations on HBCU campus

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An anonymous young woman took to social media to tell her story of being raped at a prestigious historically black college, sparking massive debate about the true definition of brotherhood and sisterhood. The resulting hashtag #RapedbyMorehouse has been trending, conveying a critique which suggests the schools have been more concerned with defending the image of HBCU’s than protecting its students. The account user @RapedAtSpelman says she had been ...

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Family says Craigslist movers stole all their belongings

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A Georgia family is devastated after they say all of their belongings were stolen by Craigslist movers. “I mean, we have lived in this house for over 10 years,” the homeowner explained to WSB-TV Atlanta. “We built a life here, memories. We have items that are irreplaceable on that truck.” –Mother pleads for thieves to return photos of her baby’s last moments The family hired ...

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Meet National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes

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The Connecticut high school history teacher grew up around poverty and violence, but she credits her own teachers for believing in her and pushing her past her surroundings. Connecticut high school history teacher Jahana Hayes grew up in a housing project, surrounded by “poverty and violence, high crime and low expectations,” in the words of President Barack Obama. It was ...

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University of Iowa Student Severely Injured in Racially Motivated Beating, Family Says

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Marcus Owens, a 19-year-old freshman, had to get almost a dozen stitches to his lip after an attack that left his eye socket damaged and his front teeth knocked out. A University of Iowa freshman is recovering from injuries after being severely beaten over the weekend in what his family is calling a racially motivated attack, WLS-TV reports. Marcus Owens, ...

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Obama Drinks Filtered Flint, Mich., Water Following Meeting With Federal Officials

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President Barack Obama called filtered Flint water “drinkable” during his visit to Michigan Wednesday, while encouraging pregnant women and children under 6 to continue using bottled water “out of an abundance of caution.” While in Flint, Mich., Wednesday, President Barack Obama vouched for the safety of using certified filter water, encouraging city residents to start using filtered water instead of ...

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A Tech Entrepreneur Gets Inspiration From Afrofuturism

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Chicago’s Blue 1647 is a place where diversity meets technology and ideas for future life and sustainability are born. Emile Cambry is a social entrepreneur whose technology center, Chicago’s Blue 1647, teaches people living in underserved communities how to code, make apps and solve technical problems. Cambry’s been inspired by Afrofuturism and what it can do for the next generation of young ...

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