A Lil Positivity: Struggling Black Veteran Who Was Homeless Is Now A Student At Harvard!

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Black Veteran Who Was Homeless Is Now A Harvard Student

Alicia Watkins is a retired Air Force staff sergeant who proudly served in Iraq and Afghanistan. She risked her life for the freedom of others, survived the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, and watched her colleagues die. But it wasn’t any of her combat experiences that broke Watkins’ spirit; it was the fact that she retired from the military and found herself homeless.

Via HuffPo reports:

In 2010, Watkins’ allowed “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to document her life as a homeless veteran. Her “kitchen” was a cardboard box of snacks and microwavable meals. Her bed was a car that she rented for $10 a day. Her restrooms were the toilets at various airport hotels.

The 10-year veteran was struggling, but even during her low points, she believed that others were struggling more. At one point, Watkins did have housing, but…

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Mekhi Phifer Explains Why He’d Like To Do A “Soul Food” Sequel

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Mekhi Phifer has played in a number in a number of films, but he says “Soul Food” is the one he’d do a sequel to. He joins us on “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” and explains why he wants to see a continuation of the classic movie. In addition, Mekhi opens up about his celebrity crush, favorite movie role, and more in our lightening round of this exclusive interview!

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Bruh, REALLY???? Laurence Fishbrune’s 80-Year-Old Mother Is Being Evicted Because He’s A Bad Son

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There has been rumors circulating about this man for many years now in regards to his mother. What is going on Mr. Fishburne

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Laurence Fishburne’s Elderly Mother To Be Evicted From Los Angels Apartment

Can’t let momma go out like this…

Via NYPost

Laurence Fishburne, call your mother.

I hate to be the one to break the news. But the woman who gave life to the talented actor, who said she emptied her retirement savings account so her only child would grow into a star, director, producer and playwright, claims she’s down on her luck.

Hattie Crawford Fishburne, 80, told me that, unable to pay the rent for several months, she’s received written notice informing her she’ll be evicted from her Los Angeles apartment Tuesday.

And she said she can’t reach her wealthy son, with whom she last spoke more than a year ago when his father died.

“He’s gone Hollywood!” Hattie Fishburne told me.

“For 20 years, I funded my son’s career,’’ she said. “He promised me he would take care of…

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19-Year-Old Hampton University Student Commits Suicide in Library

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WTKR reports a 19-year-old Hampton University student reportedly committed suicide in the school?s on campus library.

Cullen Haviland, who hailed from Temecula, California, was found dead on Friday, March 27, 2015.

The site reports:

Haviland was a second year student who was actually classified as a senior because of his outstanding academic performance and credits he earned through advanced placement.

He was also involved with the National Society of Black Physics Students and the Society of Physics Students.

The school has provided grief counseling for students who may need it.

Officials say no foul play is expected at this time, but it is still early in the investigation.

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Temple University Football Player Arrested for Sex Tarfficking

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One of the biggest football stars at Temple University is in some very serious trouble.

Matthew Warren Brown, 25, of Baltimore — a former Temple University running back and son of defense attorney Warren Brown — and Anthony Leon Eley Jr., 30, of Milford Mill face multiple charges related to prostitution and human trafficking. Authorities allege they brought three girls — ages, 14, 16 and 17 — to a Woodlawn hotel for prostitution, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Baltimore County police vice developed a sting operation in which an undercover detective checked Baltimore.backpage.com, under the escorts section and arranged to meet 23 year old female, at the hotel Best Western Hotel, that evening.

Three girls riding in a silver Mercedes-Benz, driven by Brown, showed up in the hotel room, according to the court documents. Eley also was in the car.

Brown told police he met the three girls on North Avenue in…

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News Roundup: New Bill Would Postpone Releasing Identities Of Cops Who Shoot People…AND MORE

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Why should their identities be protected when they can’t fulfill their obligations as officer to protect and serve the community.

Originally posted on MyPraise 102.5, Atlanta, Inspiration, Gospel, Radio, WPZE:

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Following the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, tensions between cops and the communities they serve have been at an all-time high. Now, a new proposed bill will add fuel to the fire. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey may sign a bill that would forbid law enforcement officials from publicizing the names of cops involved in shootings until 60 days after the incident took place. Although the bill has garnered support from other politicians, many are outraged and would rather not see it brought to fruition. “Waiting 60 days to give communities information about a shooting or violent police encounter will not be an effective ‘cooling-off period,’” said Adriana Garcia-Maximiliano of the Center for Neighborhood Leadership. “The secrecy will only escalate the problem.” Read more.


Destiny’s Child Reunites at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards

Every time Destiny’s Child reunites, they take us on a nostalgic…

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Woman Videotaped Her Sexual Assault by Parole Officer because Police Didn’t Believe Her

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This woman went to extraordinary lengths to get justice for her own rape.

A South Florida woman videotaped her parole officer sexually assaulting her so that she could prove to police that she was raped and so that the officer couldn’t revoke her parole.

Zachary Thomas Bailey used his authority to target the victim, telling her he needed to do a “study” of her home in Coral Springs. “This is someone who is hired to protect you,” said Coral Springs Police Lt. Joe McCue, “hired to say, ‘Hey, protect the society,’ and you don’t expect your probation officer to be acting in this manner,” WSVN reports.

According to the news outlet, during two separate visits, Bailey made to the victim’s home and the parole officer forced himself onto her while her daughter was in the next room, even after she asked him to stop.

“The first time he went there…

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James Bond Actor Roger Moore Says Idris Elba Comments ‘Taken Out Of Context’

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Actor Roger Moore, who played the fictional spy James Bond in seven movies from 1973-1985 says he was misquoted in comments in a recent interview about fellow Brit star Idris Elba’s chances of playing James Bond. The now 87-year-old actor who debonair style made him one of the most popular Bonds ever, was quotes as saying someone who played the role should be “English English.”

But Moore says those comments were never in reference to Elba.

The Guardian U.K. reports:

Roger Moore has denied making racist comments about Idris Elba’s chances of replacing Daniel Craig as James Bond.

[Moore] was quoted by Paris Match saying: “A few years ago, I said that Cuba Gooding Jr. would make an excellent Bond, but it was a joke!” He reportedly continued, “Although James may have been played by a Scot, a Welshman and an Irishman, I think he should be ‘English-English’. Nevertheless, it’s…

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