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Tech Entrepreneur Arlan Hamilton Launches New Scholarship Fund for Black ...

Tech entrepreneur and investor Arlan Hamilton is no stranger to giving back. This time, she’s made it her mission to make education available to Black students at the prestigious Oxford University. This week, Hamilton announced the creation of a new scholarship fund benefiting undergraduate students of African and Caribbean descent who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The grant is a first for the U.K. university and will cover a student’s fees and living expenses for up to three years, starting in 2020, USA Today ...
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Nas Partners With Thurgood Marshall College Fund to Help Students ...

(Atlanta Black Star) Nas, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and Hennessy — the cognac company the rapper endorses — have teamed up to help students attend graduate school at an HBCU. They’re doing so by giving scholarships of up to $20,000 for each academic year, and the money will be for those doing graduate work at an accredited HBCU. Plus, the students will be given a $10,000 yearly stipend for additional expenses related to their studies. The initiative is called ...
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Issa Rae to Star in and Produce ‘Perfect Strangers’ Remake

The ‘Insecure’ creator is starring in, writing and producing a remake of the comedy “Perfect Strangers” with Spyglass Media Group and Eagle Pictures. Variety: The project is an English-language adaptation of Paolo Genovese’s Italian feature film “Perfetti Sconosciuti.” The story centers on a dinner party where a group of friends decide to play a risky game where they place their phones face-up on the table and agree to make all texts and phone calls public in an attempt to prove they have ...
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Instagram, Jason Derulo Claims Discrimination, Wants to #BringBackAnaconda

Toofab The singer/star of the upcoming “Cats” movie made headlines in November when he shared a photo of his wet physique while wearing nothing but tiny black boxer briefs. The post’s comments were flooded with eggplant emojis as his followers really focused on one particular portion of the picture. It was all apparently too much for the social media platform, however, as they then pulled it down. The singer posted his removal notice from Instagram to his page on Tuesday ...
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Perceived Loss of Social Status Linked to Rising Mortality Rates ...

(Atlanta Black Star) Anxiety among whites about losing social status to African-Americans and other racial minorities could be linked to rising short-term mortality rates for the group, a new study suggests. Analyzing administrative mortality and social survey data from 2000 until 2016, public health researchers at the University of Toronto found that the threat of losing status and certain privileges is seemingly a major driver for increased deaths among white Americans. Arjumand Siddiqi, lead author of the study and an associate professor ...
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Los Angeles Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn Reflects On Opening ...

In July of this year, Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn took an eight-day trip to the East African country of Tanzania to help open a school for 300 children of the Masai Tribe. The school was built for students in grades kindergarten through third. ESPN’s “NFL Sunday Countdown” ran a six-minute documentary on the trip on Dec. 1, where Lynn can be seen visiting with local children and talking to organizers. In the clip, he also mentioned there are 8,500 ...
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64 Years Ago, Rosa Parks Refused to Give Up Her ...

Hundreds gathered in the Alabama capital of Montgomery’s downtown this past weekend for the unveiling of a new statue honoring civil rights icon Rosa Parks. On Sunday, city officials dedicated the life-size bronze sculpture alongside other tributes for the late Alabama native. The unveiling marked the 64th anniversary of Parks’ history-making arrest, when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus on Dec. 1, 1955. The arrest was a catalyst for the Montgomery Bus Boycott that ...
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Akon Talks About How He Is Building His Own City ...

Akon talked about building his own city in the West African country of Senegal some time ago, which at that time was referred to as “Crypto City.” The singer named it that because he wants its citizens to use the cryptocurrency he created called AKoin, which he announced last year. Before that, the “Locked Up” crooner talked about his Lighting Africa Initiative, which hopes to bring electricity to people on the African continent by use of solar power. And last week, Akon, who spent ...
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Video Captures Angry Parents Spitting On, Attacking Black High School ...

(Atlanta Black Star) “Grown men and women started spitting on our kids as they walked up the ramp. They were throwing food, cups, and whatever,” was the scene before Denby High School football coach Deon Godfrey on Saturday, Nov. 23, during a Michigan state semifinal playoffs game in the metro Detroit area. As first reported by the Detroit Free Press, Godfrey’s Detroit team, which is composed of mostly black players, was met with a barrage of racist jeers when the players ...
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RIP: Terry Glenn Jr. Dead at 22 yrs old After ...

Terry Glenn Jr., the son of former Cowboys wide receiver Terry Glenn, was found dead at his Ohio home Thursday from an apparent accidental drug overdose. Glenn Jr., 22, was found in his bathroom while he was celebrating Thanksgiving with his family, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. His father, who played with the Cowboys from 2003 to the end of his career in 2006, was killed two years ago in a single-car crash in Irving while he was driving on State Highway 114 and struck ...
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Men who regularly smoke cannabis have increased risk of developing ...

A new study has found that men who regularly smoke cannabis have an increased risk of developing testicular cancer. Research by a team of US-based scientists linked long-term use of the drug with higher rates of the disease – which is diagnosed in 2,400 in the UK each year. The finding were announced in this month’s Journal of the American Medical Association. They wrote: “Regular marijuana use was associated with development of testicular germ cell tumours.” The researchers added: “Sustained marijuana use may increase ...
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Walmart dodged US tax on $2 billion by routing cash ...

Walmart, the world’s biggest company, underpaid US taxes on nearly $2 billion worth of offshore cash, according to whistleblower documents filed by a former Walmart executive to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2011, and recently obtained by Quartz. The firm avoided nearly $200 million in taxes on that money and “dramatically” overstated its foreign tax credits in 2009 and 2010 by routing payments from Luxembourg to the United States via the United Kingdom and not declaring they came from ...