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March 4, 2012

Dyson, Watkins Debate The State of Hip Hop at Brown University

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In the video below, Dr. Boyce Watkins debates with Michael Eric Dyson on whether or not hip hop artists should be held accountable for their words.  The video is below and will begin after a brief advertisement:    

Judge Apologizes To Obama For Bestiality “Joke” About His Mother

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“A little boy said to his mother; ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?’” the “joke” heard ’round the world begins. “His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!’” Yes it’s 2012 — and yes you read that correctly. In the wake of sending that vicious, unprofessional and highly inappropriate joke suggesting that President Barack Obama‘s…

Man Drinks Gasoline, Lights Cigarette, Dies

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Kids, don’t try this at home.  A man in North Carolina died after drinking gasoline from a jar and then lighting up a cigarette.  Police received a 911 call after 43-year old Gary Banning set himself on fire.  He died shortly after being transported to the burn center. Banning didn’t drink the gasoline deliberately.  City spokeswoman Diane Miller says that Banning thought the gasoline was another beverage when he took…

Facebook Threats Get Student Arrested

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A 15-year-old Brooklyn student was arrested for threatening on Facebook to blow up his high school, police said Friday. The teen, whose name is being withheld because he is a minor, was arrested at his home Thursday and charged as a juvenile with making terrorist threats against Lincoln High School in Coney Island, police said. His case will be referred to Family Court, police said. A source said the student…

Bad News: African Americans Woefully Underprepared for Retirement

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Recent research reveals that African-Americans are likely to be unprepared for retirement. (Photographer: Garry Adams) A recent study commissioned by a financial services group reveals that many minority workers — particularly African-Americans — are less likely to be prepared for retirement. But the research also finds an increasing interest among minorities in planning for their retirement security. Retirement experts agree that educating these groups about saving, and doing so in a culturally-specific manner, can…