These Two Kids Are Already Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists

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*We can file this under: “Are you sure you’re just a kid?” Or maybe, “Society has got this wisdom thing all wrong,” but most likely, as our black elders used to say, “You’ve been here before so why you front’n?” because two young boys still in elementary school have already accomplished, in the early stages of their lives, what many of us are still trying to do.

Meet brothers Jeremiah and Joshua West, now 10 & 7 years old respectively, who, thanks to parents who demonstrated what can happen if you listen to and believe in your children, nurtured their young hearts’ desire to display compassion, are now published authors and philanthropists. The West brothers put their desires in motion by being “Change Agents,” those who inspire children all around the world (as far away as Malaysia) to give back to the less fortunate in their community.


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Michelle Obama Says What We’re All Thinking About Beyoncé

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Talk about running the world.

Michelle Obama sat down with rapper Wale on Friday to answer questions and promote herReach Higher initiative, a campaign aimed at encouraging all students to continue their educations past high school.

She took the opportunity to reveal the advice she’d give to her college self, but most importantly, she revealed something amazing: If FLOTUS could have a different job other than being, well, FLOTUS, she would choose to be Beyoncé.

The First Lady’s affinity for Bey is not new. She invited the songstress to her birthday party and has even attended her concerts. Still, it’s humbling (and kind of hilarious) to learn that even someone as flawless as FLOTUS feels the same way we all do about Bey.

Keep throwing that “Single Ladies” hand up in the air, girlfriend.


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Asian E-Commerce Sites Swindle Profits From Famed Black Jewelry Designer Rachel Stewart

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It is often said that imitation is the highest form of flattery but for popular Black jewelry designer Rachel Stewart, imitation may put her beloved handmade jewelry company out of business.We spoke with Stewart not too long ago as she gushed about pride in her business and the leap she took becoming an entrepreneur, wanting to create and control her own future… Now it seems with fame comes fraud. Stewart’s designs have been worn by the likes of Nelly Furtado, Kim Coles and Beyonce’s all-girl band, the Suga Mamas… Unfortunately, now sites such as AliExpres and Alibaba have been imitating Stewart’s coveted designs and profiting off of her unique looks… [They] also stole the photos she shot of the jewelry and models.


Pinterest Announces New Plan To Boost Diversity In Tech

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…Hoping to increase diversity in the technology industry overall, Pinterest announced on Thursday its goal to…

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Why #BlackLivesMatters Means More Than #AllLivesMatter: An Explanation to the Hashtags

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“No, #NotAllLivesMatter. It’s just not true...#AllLivesMatter denies the discrepancy between condemning President Obama’s remarks regarding Trayvon Martin as 'divisive' and 'race-baiting' while also praising presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remarks on Mexicans and Latinos as 'refreshing,' 'honest' or 'telling it like it is.'” - - Morris O'Kelly (The Mo'Kelly Show) “No, #NotAllLivesMatter. It’s just not true…#AllLivesMatter denies the discrepancy between condemning President Obama’s remarks regarding Trayvon Martin as ‘divisive’ and ‘race-baiting’ while also praising presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remarks on Mexicans and Latinos as ‘refreshing,’ ‘honest’ or ‘telling it like it is.’” – – Morris O’Kelly (The Mo’Kelly Show)

PITTSBURGH (July 31, 2015) – The “Get To The Point” Panel from this episode of “NightTalk: Get To The Point” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel chats with political commentator and social activist Lenny McAllister about why the hashtag slogan #BlackLivesMatter has more significance for a social movement than the upstart response on social media, #AllLivesMatter. A quote written by BBC political analyst and KFI radio host Morris O’Kelly (“The Mo’Kelly Show”) is featured as an initial point of discussion for dialogue during the ongoing conversation from the July 31 show.

Pitt’s professor Waverly Duck (author, “No Way Out: Precarious Living…

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Alicia Keys To Receive Special Honor At The 2015 Grammys On The Hill Awards

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This girl really is on fire…

Alicia Keys is set to receive one of Grammys highest honors, the Recording Artist’s Coalition Award.

Founded by Don Henley and Sheryl Crow, the Recording Artist’s Coalition award honors the work of artists who advocate for the rights of music creators through philanthropy, education and dialogue.

“We are proud to honor Alicia Keys for her artistry, philanthropy and her passion for creators’ rights as a founding member of the Academy’s brand-new GRAMMY Creators Alliance,” Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said. “We know that she will bring the same dedication to creators’ rights as she does to her music and global philanthropic efforts.”

Alicia is certainly a Grammy favorite 15 golden gramophones in her trophy case. The 2015 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards take place on April 15 at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C..

Congrats Alicia!

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NYPD Officer Arrested For Allegedly Raping 16-Year-Old He Met In Church

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A seven-year veteran of the NYPD has been arrested on rape and assault charges involving a 16-year-old girl, NBC New York reports.

Vladimir Sosa, 38, raped the teen after meeting her at a church where he volunteers as pastor. Sosa, who has no prior record, was arrested Tuesday morning at the 43rd Precinct in the Bronx. He was charged with rape, criminal sex acts, sexual misconduct, child endangerment, and sex abuse.

Sosa reportedly raped the teen three times in a year.

The incident was brought to police attention after the victim’s mother found evidence on the teen’s phone.

Sosa will return to court on April 17 and is expected to be suspended without pay.


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Master Sorcery: 20 Best Makeup Artists On Instagram

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The Absolute Best Makeup Artists On IG

Makeup sorcery is an endless internet obsession fueled by the stunning wizardry of talented artists who are rarely recognized for their incredible (and often breathtaking) skills that bring the absolute BEST out of clients.

Hit the flip for the best makeup artists on Instagram.


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Detroit Mother Arrested After Police Find Children Frozen To Death In Apartment Freezer

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A Detroitmother of four was arrested on Tuesday after police found two of her children frozen to death in their apartment building’s deep freezer.

The 36-year-old mother was taken into police custody after a bailiff arrived at her home to issue an eviction notice. She also confessed to killing her children, but didn’t explain how.

The mother, who hasn’t yet been identified, according to CBS Detroit, was reportedly behind on her rent and owed over $2,000 to the Martin Luther King Apartments in the Lafayette and Larned area. The officer says the brother and sister, ages 11 and 14, were in a plastic bag in the freezer available for use by all tenants in the low-income housing building.

Officials say neighbors were aware of the mother’s financial problems, but her behavior towards her children was just as alarming. She allegedly homeschooled the kids in an effort to keep them close to…

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Kirk Franklin Says Creflo Dollar ‘Camouflaged His Greeds To Look Like Needs’ & We’re Grabbing Popcorn

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No shame pastor Creflo Dollarhas ended his ridiculous crowdfunding campaign that was requesting a private $64 million Gulfstream G650 airplane ?for his ministry? (as he claimed). But right as the fundraiser was closing up shop, gospel icon Kirk Franklin let Dollar have it in a new open letter calling out Creflo?s character and lack of decency.

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Instead of waiting for him at the door, Franklin saved his two cents for the faith-oriented website Patheos, that hosted his essay. He doesn?t refer to Dollar by name, but it?s clear he was included in his scathing essay about fallen values and how we sometimes idolize the wrong people.

When he sly mentions the Atlanta televangelist, he said:

When a pastor wants people to buy him a private plane while a missionary…

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On the Road In Mercedes Sci-Fi Self-Driving Car of 2030

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On a pre-programmed course in an old airfield in Alameda, Calif., a silverfish-shaped car meanders through a cardboard city full of frozen people and cut-out trees. Here at the edge of Silicon Valley, looking back across the bay at the San Francisco skyline and just minutes from Mercedes-Benz’s Research facility in Sunnyvale, the F 015 “Luxury In Motion” autonomous prototype vehicle makes its way — with the driver’s seat comfortably swiveled 180 degrees to face backwards.

It sounds like something out of a sci-fi film, but this is Mercedes-Benz’s vision of the future — the year 2030 to be precise. The F 015 concept is quite literally a living room on wheels. Feel like driving? Swivel your chair and take control of the steering wheel that folds neatly away when not in use. Feel like working, relaxing, or talking? Swivel back around and face your fellow passengers; the car will…

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