T.I. Reportedly Wants To Work On Marriage With Tiny
T.I. is not here for a divorce and is allegedly trying to work things out with his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris. As widely reported, Tiny filed for divorce earlier this month after being with him for 15 years and having three kids together. As reported by TMZ: Sources close to Tiny tell TMZ T.I. thinks Tiny has overreacted because they’ve always gotten through rough patches in their 15-year relationship. He waited a few weeks so she could cool down after filing divorce docs, but now he’s trying talk “sense” into her… that they’re good together. Each thinks the other was pushed by “jealous friends” into filing to end their marriage. The 800 pound elephant in the room that’s not being addressed… Floyd Mayweather. As we reported … T.I. and Tiny are currently on speaking terms, and have even been romantic together this holiday season. In addition to having a large blended family, the Harris’s also have a VH1 reality show about their daily lives. It’s still unclear how the show would be a..… (0 comment)

The REAL 10 Blackest Things President Obama Has Done In His Presidency
Putting together a list of the “blackest” things our (sadly) outgoing President Barack Obama has done throughout his eight years in office is relatively easy if the focus remains on black culture only—things like brushing his shoulders off or playing basketball. It’s not that these things are unremarkable, especially since neither George W. Bush nor Bill Clinton even came close to matching them. They are, however, distracting. In some ways, the items that consistently pop up on these lists are things white America has, in recent decades, conceded to us. You know, we’re funny, play sports well, are great dancers and are just seen as hipper and cooler. And while Barack Obama has indeed been all those things, this “blackest” list is about the things he’s done that that are so black that it will be impossible for even Donald Trump or Mike Pence to erase. Source: SAUL LOEB / Getty 1) Stood Up for Trayvon Martin In a March 2012 where President Obama was to announce his nominee for preside..… (0 comment)

Arkansas Teacher Resigns After Posting Racist Messages About Obamas On Social Media
An Arkansas educator turned in his resignation after the deplorable comments he made about the Obamas on social media were brought to his employers attention, according to USA Today. #BREAKING— Malvern High School teacher resigns after racist comments on THV11's facebook pagehttps://t.co/65p1huZGDq — THV11 (@THV11) December 30, 2016 Trent Bennett, a teacher at Malvern High School in Little Rock, took to KTHV-TV’s Facebook page on Christmas Eve to unleash a series of racist remarks about President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. In the post, Bennett referred to Michelle Obama as “Michelle Obummer… America’s First Chimp.” He continued saying he will be overjoyed to see “that nasty chimp and her spider monkey hubby gone for good.” The former teacher also drummed up birther sentiment by claiming that the President was born in Kenya, although it has been proven on numerous occasions he was born in Hawaii. Malvern High School denounced the comments in a Facebook post, calling ..… (0 comment)

What K-12 Teachers Think About Their Profession
Become a substitute teacher: Working as a substitute will give you an opportunity to gauge your comfort in a classroom and to identify which grade level may be the best for you. Research alternate licensure programs: There are many options available for career changers who want to work toward a future teaching job while working full-time. Speak to current teachers and find a mentor: Build relationships with teachers who can provide coaching, feedback and valuable insight on the day-to-day realities of classroom life. SEE ALSO: Watch: More Teachers Of Color Needed In The Classroom Watch: Teachers As A Bridge Between Community & Schools [ione_media_gallery id="3440901" overlay="true"]… (0 comment)

Ex-Cop In Walter Scott Killing Faces March Retrial
A judge set a retrial this week for ex-North Charleston, South Carolina cop Michael Slager, who was charged with the murder of Walter Scott, for March 1, reports ABC News. Slager, who is White, was accused of murdering Scott, an unarmed Black driver, in April 2015. A deadlocked jury couldn’t reach a verdict in Slager’s state murder trial earlier this month, writes the news outlet: After the ruling, Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said, “While I cannot overstate our disappointment that this case was not resolved, I commend those who sacrificed so much time, energy and effort to serve on this jury.” Wilson also addressed the Scott family, saying she was “grateful for their patience, understanding and cooperation with us.” Slager was accused of killing Scott, who was unarmed, at a traffic stop on April 4, 2015 in North Charleston, SC while Slager was an officer with the city’s police department. Video from the encounter appears to show the moment Slager fatally shot Scott as he ran away. Th..… (0 comment)

Study Shows Blacks And Whites Differ On Perceptions Of Historical Events
Throughout history, many pivotal events have forever changed the landscape of our nation. Although Americans have witnessed and experienced these events together, they aren’t necessarily perceived the same way. According to new data, there is a racial divide when it comes to how historical events are viewed, reports the Huffington Post. The survey, which gathered the thoughts of 2,025 adults about 10 historical events, was conducted by the Pew Research Center and The History Channel over the summer. The poll asked participants to choose the top 10 events that have had the “greatest impact” in shaping our country. Although the study illustrated there is a lot of overlap in regards to the most important events when it comes to race, there are differences in the way the events are ranked. Sixty two percent of African-Americans say President Obama’s election was the most important event in American history. Other top events for Blacks include the September 11 terrorist attacks with 58 pe..… (0 comment)

Black Parents Protest Middle School Assignment On KKK
Several African-American parents in Milwaukee are fuming that a teacher assigned their seventh-graders to write an essay defending a Ku Klux Klan member, Fox 6 reports. Damaris Dorsey told the news outlet that she will not allow her son to do the assignment. “To even ask my child to write a paper like this—his mind, level of thinking, is not there yet. I don’t teach him hate,” she said. “So therefore, he does not know the in-depth of the Ku Klux Klan.” A letter from the teacher at the Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee, a charter school, explained that the project came after the class watched the film To Kill a Mockingbird. The assignment was to write a persuasive essay defending a Klansman on trial. “The goal of this paper is not to teach students the Klan was correct in its behavior, but rather to teach the students how to write persuasively,” the letter stated. Community activist Tory Lowe told FOX that parents contacted him about the assignment. “These are young stud..… (0 comment)

NEWS ROUNDUP: Putin Responds To US Sanctions…AND MORE
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin has decided that he won’t expel any U.S. diplomats in response to President Obama’s sanctions on Russian diplomats and intelligence agencies. “While we reserve the right to take reciprocal measures, we’re not going to downgrade ourselves to the level of irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy,” said Putin in a statement on Friday. “In our future steps on the way toward the restoration of Russia-U.S. relations, we will proceed from the policy pursued by the administration of D. Trump.” President Obama took action after it was discovered that Russia had an influence on the 2016 presidential election. Putin says it’s “unfortunate” that the relationship between the Obama administration and his country has to end this way. Read more. Former Heisman Trophy Winner’s Death Ruled As A Suicide The cause of death for former NFL player and Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam has been revealed. According to reports, Salaam’s death has been ruled as a suicide. He di..… (0 comment)

New Missouri Law Sparks Backlash Over School Fights Becoming A Felony
Missouri lawmakers are under fire from civil rights groups over a new statute that makes some student fights a felony, the Huffington Post reports. Several school districts notified parents that the new law takes effect on New Year’s Day. It treats school fights as a class E felony, which could land students in prison for up to four years. Prior to that, most fights were treated as misdemeanors. This New Missouri Law Is About to Make the School-to-Prison Pipeline Much Worse https://t.co/oh1JCVzJx3 — Atlanta Black Star (@ATLBlackStar) December 28, 2016 State Rep. Elijah Haahr is trying to assuage concerns, saying that many people are misinterpreting the law. He said existing laws already permit authorities to charge students with a felony for injuring another student in a school brawl. For those who heard that MO kids in school fights will be charged w/ a felony starting in January, read this:https://t.co/M564UKGZu0#MoLeg — Elijah Haahr (@supportelijah) December 23, 2016 Under th..… (0 comment)

LA Police Commissioner Accused Of ‘Distorting Truth’ To Retaliate Against BLM
A Black Lives Matter activist facing a newly filed temporary restraining order from Los Angeles Police Commission President Matt M. Johnson recently responded to the serious allegations, reports L.A. Weekly. According to the restraining order against BLM member Trevor Gerard, Johnson “feared for his life and the safety of his family” and alleged “a pattern of stalking and violent threats.” Gerard, who has been a “vocal” member of Black Lives Matter L.A., denied Johnson’s allegations and added the claims “distort the truth and are politically motivated,” writes the news outlet: Matt M. Johnson, who’s been police commission president since September 2015, alleges in the complaint that Gerard stalked him at his home and at the private law office where he works, angrily demanding to speak with him. Johnson also alleges that Gerard mouthed violent threats to Johnson from the audience at board meetings and made threatening statements, including “a gratuitous reference” to Johnson’s childre..… (0 comment)
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