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President Obama Has the Power to Heal….

Students years from now should be required to read the speech for its wisdom and insight. Cable television pundits should be required to read it every time they are tempted to inflame versus inform our nation.

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Introducing Willow Smith

Now that Miley is more of a woman, Keke Palmer has taken to acting these days, and the Jonas Brothers are old enough to be married (and one bro is), there is a craving for young musical talent, right. So move over Justin Bieber, there’s another young talent with great hair. Willow Smith (Jada & Will’s lil girl) has been on the big screen, now she just signed a recording contract at age 9 with Jay Z’s label.

Tell me, what were you doing at age nine? 

Willow w/Mama Jada on The Today Show (2009)

Check her out.

Whip My Hair by Willow Smith

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They All Claimed “The Black Guy” Did It!

Do you know who Susan Leigh Vaughan Smith is? Hmmm. No.

She was the South Carolina woman sentenced to life in prison for murdering her two young boys. In July 1995 she was convicted but before that she claimed that a black man stole her car and kidnapped her sons. Police and media bought her story and wrongly stopped and questioned many black men based upon her false reports. But she isn’t the only white person to claim “the back guy” did it in order to throw off suspicion.Susan Leigh Vaughan Smith (born September 26, 1971) is an American woman sentenced to life in prison for murdering her children. Born in Union, South Carolina, and a former student of the University of South Carolina Union, she was convicted on July 22, 1995 of murdering her two sons, 3-year-old Michael Daniel Smith, born October 10, 1991, and 14-month-old Alexander Tyler Smith, born August 5, 1993.[2] The case gained worldwide attention shortly after it developed, due to Smith claiming that a black man stole her car and kidnapped her sons. Smith later claimed that she suffered from mental health issues that impaired her judgment.

Now, we all know that Bethany Storro indeed hurt herself with acid but she also first blamed it on a Black person. This is a trend that has been going on some time now. Bethany Sorro received a lot of media attention after claiming that a Black woman threw acid on her face. After holes began popping up in her story, she admitted that the story was a hoax. Why are black people scapegoated like this again and again in the USA? Isn’t there some law on the books, besides giving a false statement that can deter such race-based lies to cops?

In 1993, there was also the Pizza deliveryman Brian Wells came to a bank in Erie, Pa. with a bomb locked around his neck. He told police that group of Black men had taken him hostage and put the bomb there. After receiving close to $9,000, the pizza man was blown to bits by the bomb. Police would later find out that Wells was in on the plot with a few of his white friends.

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Oprah’s First Show: Original Audience Sought For Farewell Season Of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’


I like the idea of going back to the “classic days” with the same audience members you had two decades ago. I’m unsure if it’s ever been done.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Oprah’s Book Club Returning


Oprah Winfrey has done for the publishing industry what it could not do for itself. She’s exposed millions of people to books and authors they may not have known about and that’s HUGE! In fact, I am sad at the day the show ends and there will likely be no other major vehicle to promote great reading material.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Beautiful Sade

Sade – Babyfather

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Manute Bol Dead: Dies At 47 From Stevens-Johnson Syndrome


The Gentle Giant was a good man, on and off the basketball court. His efforts to help his ravaged country places him among the pantheons of those to admire. Rest in peace.
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Eddie Perez, Connecticut Mayor, Found Guilty On Charges Of Corruption, Bribery, Larceny By Extortion


The fact that this headline is not even remotely surprising or shocking is a tragedy! Our nation continues to lose its collective moral footing at home and abroad. I am unsure what the solution is but there has got to be stiffer consequences for “white collar” crimes!

If a neighborhood thug caused as much havoc and harm to as many people during a blue collar crime he (or she) would get some serious hard jail time…meanwhile Bernie Madoff, the Enron execs, the Keating Five guys, etc. all get the proverbial slap on the wrist…theres no deterrent!

This man should be made an example of..just like Kwame in Detroit!!
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Glenn Beck Attacks President’s Daughter — Days After Insisting That Families Of Public Figures Should Not Be Attacked (AUDIO) [UPDATE]


No one at the FAUX NEWS it seems is willing to STAND UP for decency, for personnel with ethics, and to publicly denounce people and their behavior when they cross the line…again…and again…and again.

Think about how this and similar toxicity impacts our society.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Gary Coleman DEAD: ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Actor Dies In Utah Hospital


Rest in Peace Mr. Coleman! I hope you knew beyond the tabloids, you were loved and appreciated by so many whose childhood you made a bit happier! Rest in peace.
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  • Ripped doctor's letter found in co-pilot's trash March 27, 2015
    Notes found in the home of the co-pilot suspected in this week's crash suggest he "kept his illness secret" and a doctor had declared him "unfit to work," a prosecutor said. FULL STORY
  • How to guard against the threat from pilots March 27, 2015
    Since the September 11 hijackings 14 years ago, improvements to aviation security have had a strong focus on keeping intruders out of the cockpit.
  • Prosecutor: Co-pilot 'activated the descent' while alone March 27, 2015
    A 28-year-old German national who was co-piloting Germanwings Flight 9525 apparently deliberately crashed the plane this week, killing 144 passengers and six crew members including himself, officials said Thursday.
  • 8-minute descent to death March 26, 2015
    For the 150 people on board Germanwings Flight 9525, they were the last eight minutes of their lives.
  • Your 6 key plane crash questions answered March 27, 2015
    When we asked our viewers to tweet their questions about the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, we received hundreds of responses. We put them to our experts and here are answers to six of the most interesting ones.

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  • Updated Fact Sheet: HIV and Tuberculosis March 24, 2015
    People with HIV and latent TB infection are at much higher risk for progressing to active TB disease than people with latent TB infection alone. Among 8,238 people with TB disease who had a documented HIV test result in 2013, 7% were coinfected with HIV.
  • HIV Infection and HIV-Associated Behaviors Among Persons Who Inject Drugs - 20 Cities, United States, 2012 March 20, 2015
    In the United States, an estimated 7% of new diagnoses of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in 2012 were attributed to injection drug use, and an additional 3% to male-to-male sexual contact and injection drug use. This report summarizes HIV prevalence and risk behavior among persons who inject drugs in the United States.
  • Updated Fact Sheet: HIV among Latinos March 18, 2015
    This fact sheet describes the burden of HIV among Hispanics/Latinos, prevention challenges for this population, and what CDC is doing to address them.

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  • Should I take a day off my diet? 5 ways we're confused about weight loss March 28, 2015
    Whether it's at the supermarket, the dinner table, the office, or at a party, we can't stop talking about our diets. We're obsessed with how much and how often we eat. Here are 5 of the most common questions people ask nutritionists and guidelines for getting through the days and weeks with balance and moderation — the real secrets to maintain […]
  • 'Incredibly Grateful': Amanda Knox Murder Conviction Tossed March 28, 2015
    Amanda Knox's murder conviction has been overturned by Italy's highest court ending a years-long saga.
  • Ludacris' advice for busy parents: 'Take time out to take care of your kids' March 27, 2015
    While Chris "Ludacris" Bridges stopped by TODAY on Friday to discuss the last installment of the "Fast and the Furious" franchise, "Furious 7," the actor and rapper shared some special parenting tips for his fellow busy, working parents. "For all the parents out there living busy lives, you have to take time out to take car […]
  • Happy and this baby knows it! Watch incredible ultrasound of fetus clapping March 27, 2015
    Proving you're never too young to be an Internet star, an ultrasound video that shows an unborn baby clapping to a children's song has gone viral.Mom Jen Cardinal posted the clip on YouTube Thursday, writing, "At our 14 week ultrasound our baby was clapping, so I sang a song with our doctor as my husband filmed.

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  • Wrong notes: The best misheard lyrics of 2013 January 1, 2014
    We've all done it: Been cluelessly singing along to a song only to learn (maybe from a lyrics sheet, or maybe from a happily horrified friend) that we had the words all wrong.
  • Country music legend George Jones dies at 81 April 26, 2013
    George Jones was a Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry member and Kennedy Center Honoree, and the singer of such hits as "The Grand Tour," "She Thinks I Still Care" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today."
  • George Jones: Why he was the greatest ever April 26, 2013
    Opinion: Country legends all agreed he was the best, but here's an argument for why George Jones was the best American pop singer ever recorded.
  • Cordell Mosson of Parliament-Funkadelic dies April 26, 2013
    Cordell "Boogie" Mosson died of liver failure on April 18 after a long and funky career with the George Clinton-fronted band.
  • Former Grateful Dead guitarist collapses April 26, 2013
    Bob Weir was helped offstage Thursday night after he was unable to finish his performance with Furthur at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.

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  • The Podcast Podcast March 28, 2015
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  • Patty Murray Should Be the Next Senate Minority Leader March 27, 2015
    In Washington, there is a cottage industry of progressives who want Elizabeth Warren to do something besides represent Massachusetts in the Senate. For the past year, that something has been a presidential run. Every few months, she’s asked if she’s running for president, and each time, she says no. Now, pro-Warren progressives have a new option. On Friday m […]
  • The Pit Boss of House of Cards March 27, 2015
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  • The 'Quantified Self' Craze: Tracking Your Own Data Can Be Dangerous August 7, 2013
    These days, you can digitally track pretty much everything about your health. But how you interpret that data might be problematic.With growing numbers of digital health trackers on the market (the wearable tech craze adding more fuel to the fire), it is not surprising that more and more consumers are tracking their health on their own. An awareness of one’s […]
  • Silicon Alley Hiring on the Rise August 7, 2013
    After four consecutive quarterly declines, hiring is creeping back up in New York tech.Silicon Alley hiring is back in a big way.According to the New York Internet and Digital Media Jobs Index, conducted by talent search firm Cook Associates, New York City's job market showed a 7.3 percent uptick in the second quarter of 2013, its highest point since th […]
  • The Start-up Giving Factory Workers a Voice August 7, 2013
    LaborVoices helps companies like Walmart end labor abuses in overseas factories by giving employees a safe way to speak up.Labor rights around the world are in a sorry state. So sorry, in fact, that last week, when China Labor Watch released a damning account of conditions inside the Pegatron factory where some Apple products are manufactured, the tech commu […]
  • Why Our Worst-Selling Item Is My Favorite August 7, 2013
    Warby Parker sells a monocle. Which just about no one buys. But don't underestimate the value of a great brand statement.One of my favorite products at Warby Parker also happens to be our worst-selling item: the monocle. When we launched in 2010, our debut collection featured 27 pairs of eyeglasses and one monocle--a handsome tortoiseshell model named a […]
  • 4 Smart Ways to Keep Things Cool When Tempers Flare August 7, 2013
    A new study says: As temperatures rise, so will arguments. Here, Inc. columnists give you their suggestions for keeping your cool in business.Rising heat and extreme rainfall, both related to climate change, will also make people emotionally heated and more likely to get into fights. At least, that's the takeaway from an extensive new study from U.C. Be […]

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  • Statement on Senator Reid's Retirement Announcement March 27, 2015
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: 212 549-2666, media@aclu.org LAS VEGAS - Tod Story, executive director, of the ACLU of Nevada released the following statement in response to Senator Reid’s announced retirement: "Senator Reid will be missed when he retires in 2017, and we thank him for his 40 plus years of public service. In our nearly 50 years, the ACLU […]
  • ACLU of Oklahoma and Freedom Oklahoma Issues Statement on Oklahoma Tax Commission’s Denial of Pro-LGBT Personalized License Plate March 27, 2015
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: 212 549-2666 OKLAHOMA CITY – Following the news that the Oklahoma Tax Commission denied a personalized license plate request from local minister and equal rights advocate John Keefe to display "LGBTALY" because of supposed inappropriate sexual content, the ACLU of Oklahoma has issued the following statement: The follo […]
  • Opponents of Bill Allowing Discrimination Prepare for Public Hearing March 27, 2015
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: 212 549-2666, media@aclu.org KANSAS CITY - A controversial and unnecessary bill that would force public universities to support student organizations that discriminate will face a hearing on Monday, March 30, before the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs. The hearing on SB 175 is expected to draw wide-ranging opposit […]
  • ACLU Comment on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Signing Discriminatory “Religious Freedom” Bill into Law March 26, 2015
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2015 CONTACT: Crystal Cooper, ACLU national, 212-519-7894, ccooper@aclu.org Kelly Sharp, ACLU of Indiana, 317-635-4059 ext. 122 INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence today signed a bill into law that would allow anyone to use their religious beliefs to claim that they have a right to refuse to follow anti-discrimination protections a […]
  • ACLU Asks Federal Court to Expand Wisconsin Voter Access Opportunities March 26, 2015
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2015 CONTACT: Inga Sarda-Sorensen, 212-284-7347, isarda-sorensen@aclu.org MILWAUKEE – The American Civil Liberties Union today asked a federal district court to bolster access to the ballot for Wisconsin voters by permitting more types of acceptable identification for voting, and by allowing people who have difficulty obtainin […]

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  • NSW election 2015: Baird says voters 'chose hope over fear' as Coalition returns to power – live March 28, 2015
    Coalition on course to win 53 seats, Labor on 33, Greens four, independents two, with two too close to call, as ALP gains a statewide swing of about 9%. Follow all the results live ... 10.19pm AEST Let’s get back to the changing seats. Labor has won: 10.04pm AEST There is a lot of mandate talk on the panels tonight.But as the government members are talking m […]
  • Lewis Hamilton storms to Malaysian GP pole ahead of Sebastian Vettel March 28, 2015
    • Hamilton appeared to be impeded by Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg• Max Verstappen is first teenager in 54 years to qualify in the top sixLewis Hamilton claimed the 40th pole position of his Formula One career at the end of a storm-hit qualifying session for the Malaysian Grand Prix that added spice to the occasion.Thunder and lightning made for a dramatic […]
  • Knox verdict: Italian justice system has failed, says Meredith Kercher's family March 28, 2015
    Family of murdered British student makes statement after Italy’s top court annulled conviction of Amanda Knox and Raffaele SollecitoThe family of Meredith Kercher has said that the Italian justice system has failed after the country’s top court annulled the conviction of Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, for murdering the British stud […]
  • NSW election: Mike Baird blames Labor 'scare campaign' for reduced Coalition majority March 28, 2015
    Labor opposition leader Luke Foley concedes defeat, but blow softened by ALP’s gain of about 10 seats and a swing against the government of about 9%Mike Baird has been elected premier of New South Wales with a reduced majority for the Coalition.Opposition leader Luke Foley rang Baird about 9pm on Saturday to concede defeat with the Labor party picking up abo […]
  • After tragedies, how can an anxious flyer find the courage to set foot on a plane? March 28, 2015
    As one traveler opts for the drug lorazepam and a shot of whiskey, some experts in the phobia-fighting business suggest other ways to deal with the fear The dull roar of the airplane was rapidly becoming the only noise I could hear as we bumped up and down and rocked side to side, 32,000 feet in the air above the Caribbean Sea. I could feel tears in my eyes, […]

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  • How One Woman Fought One of the World’s Biggest Oil Companies—and Won March 28, 2015
    It took decades of tragedies and illnesses, but a retired teacher in Norco, Louisiana, persuaded Shell Oil to relocate the residents of her neighborhood away from a dangerous chemical plant.
  • Mapping Vietnam's Socio-Economic Indicators March 28, 2015
    The World Bank has launched mapVIETNAM, an interactive map that shows various socio-economic indicators in Vietnam such as poverty rates, employment, and electricity connectivity. The photo above shows the number of households living on $2 dollars a day. Using the map, we can see that poverty rates are high in...
  • Bus Users Fight Over Seat in Peruvian Bus and You Can't Imagine How This Ends March 27, 2015
    A video posted on Facebook by user PeruRec show two men almost coming to blows over a seat in a bus of the Metropolitano, Peruvian capital public transportation system. At one point, the stockier guy sits over the other guy, while other bus users laugh out loud. Immersed as they...
  • Ecuadorians Take to the Streets to Protest Government March 27, 2015
    Despite the rain, on March 19 citizens participated in a protest in Loja, Ecuador, which spread over seven blocks, to express their discontent of the current government. Labor code reforms, extended reelections, free access to education, and the recent exchange rate safeguards on imports were some of the issues that...

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  • The Years Of Writing Dangerously February 6, 2015
    Thirteen years ago, as I was starting to experiment with this blogging thing, I wrote the following: [T]he speed with which an idea in your head reaches thousands of other people’s eyes has another deflating effect, this time in reverse: It ensures that you will occasionally blurt out things that are offensive, dumb, brilliant, or […]
  • The Miracle Of Francis February 6, 2015
    One sub-theme of the Dish has long been my passionate, tortured relationship with the Catholic Church. This decade and a half exposed the unspeakable child abuse epidemic in the church, leaving me utterly unmoored and gutted. My faith life during all these years sputtered, lingered, and at times opened onto a dry, bleak wasteland. I […]
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