Michelle Obama Encourages Oberlin Graduates To Seek Out ‘The Most Contentious, Polarized, Gridlocked Places’

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 18:  U.S. first lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during an event in the East Room of the White House May 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community, during the event.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

While giving the commencement address at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, on Monday, first lady Michelle Obama encouraged students to get involved in civic life and “run to, and not away from, the noise.” “Today, I want to urge you to actively seek out the most contentious, polarized, gridlocked places you can find,” Obama said in her address. “Because so ...

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Illinois man gets 33 years in prison for fatally beating 3-year-old who swore while playing Mortal Kombat video game


A Chicago-area man who savagely beat his girlfriend’s toddler son to death after he cursed at a video game  was sentenced Friday to 33 years in prison — to the anger of the dead tot’s family, who’d demanded a life term. Thomas Albea repeatedly punched defenseless 3-year-old X’Zavion Charleston in the stomach after he swore while playing Mortal Kombat, reports ...

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#BlackLivesMatter: The Politics and History Surrounding Memorial Day

ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 25:   A mother and daughter stand in Section 60 on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery on May 25, 2015 in Arlington, Va. U.S. President Barack Obama, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter honored fallen soldiers during a ceremony at Arlington on this Memorial Day.  (Photo by Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images)

Sometimes the present can define the past or at the very least offer a better way to understand it. The recent political campaign #BlackLivesMatters has in the span of three short words been able to articulate a claim that I tried to make in my book of over 100,000 words. As the nation begins to celebrate Memorial Day, an event ...

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Chicago high school valedictorian took homelessness and teen pregnancy in stride on path to college next fall (VIDEO)


This Chicago high school valedictorian really beat the odds stacked against her. Trameka Pope of Wendell Phillips Academy High School in the Bronzeville area overcame homelessness and prospered at her school despite giving birth to her daughter just days before her first day of freshman classes, WFLD-TV reported. The cheerleader and National Honor Society member works at a local supermarket ...

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Obama Honors Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice On Memorial Day 2015


President Barack Obama visited Arlington National Cemetery on Monday to honor those who have sacrificed their lives while serving in the U.S. military for Memorial Day. Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and made remarks honoring those who have died, saying Americans “can never fully repay the debt” to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. ...

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B.B. King’s daughters prompt homicide investigation after claiming their father was poisoned by his manager and assistant


Two daughters of legendary bluesman B.B. King levied bombshell charges Monday against two of his closest advisers — claiming they poisoned him. Las Vegas homicide detectives launched an investigation into the death of “The Thrill is Gone” musician after his adult children alleged in affidavits that he was “murdered.” An emergency autopsy was performed on King’s body over the weekend ...

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Anonymous hate letter tells Long Island African-American family: ‘YOU DON’T BELONG HERE’ (VIDEO)


An anonymous racist sent a hate note to an African-American family on Long Island, telling them: “YOU DON’T BELONG HERE.” Ronica Copes, 37, a resident of Lindenhurst in Babylon, found the typewritten, all-capital letter message in an addressed envelope in her mailbox Thursday afternoon, she told Newsday. “ATTN: AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILY,” begins the letter, which she later posted to Facebook. “THIS ...

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