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B-CU Welcomes it's First "Yes We Must" Student Ambassador

November 17, 2016-  B-CU has welcomed exchange student, Ananya Kadir, to the Wildcat family for the 2016 fall semester. Ananya comes to B-CU from the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) located in Morristown, New Jersey. Kadir was selected by her home school and the ‘Yes We Must’ Coalition (YWMC), where students are given the opportunity to gain exposure to new academic and personal experiences through semester exchanges.  Ananya is the first ‘Yes We Must’ Coalition student at B-CU. Out of the schools that partner with the YWMC initiative, Kadir chose B-CU. “I was excited to attend B-CU because it offered similar classes that I was looking for and the mission of the university was very similar to my own at CSE; I was also impressed that Dr. Bethune, a woman, founded the university.” Read more here.

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St.Peter Claver's Decades of Excellence Gala

Saturday night's Decades of Excellence Gala benefiting St. Peter Claver Catholic School was an overwhelming success with over 350 people in attendance to celebrate this educational institution that was founded in 1894. Preliminary numbers for Decades of Excellence indicate more than $160,000 was raised with donations still being received.Mistress of Ceremonies Wendy Ryan and "Live-Ask" leaders Darryl and Tracey Strawberry, helped steer the evening towards generating significant fundraising success. A $50,000 match was announced and guests were delighted to learn $25,000 of the match was gifted by the Higgins Foundation from Monsignor Laurence Higgins  - a true advocate and friend of St. Peter Claver.  The school would like to thank and acknowledge Richard Gonzmart of the Columbia and Art Raimo President of the Academy of Holy Name for their extreme generosity providing the food and venue for the evening.  Decades of Excellence Gala Chair, Nicole Capitano Nassif, along with the Gala Committee, volunteers, and school administration all worked tirelessly to make the evening a memorable event.  The evening title sponsor was In Loving Memory of Ed Gallagly and other sponsors include Oliva Tobacco, Swope, Rodante, P.A., the Tampa Bay Rays, David Mallitz, Kelley Parris and Walter Wood, and Abe Brown Ministries. Funds raised will assist St. Peter Claver in providing tuition scholarships to deserving children from financially challenged backgrounds.  The school serves over 230 students offering pre-K - 8th grade and is the oldest historically African American elementary school still functioning in the state of Florida, right here in Tampa for 122 years. On behalf of all the students, thank you for the commitment you showed them Saturday night.  Your generosity and support are greatly appreciated.

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Nick Cannon expecting third child with beauty queen

Nov. 17, 2016 - Nick Cannon is expecting his third child with beauty queen Brittany Bell.

“I’ve got a baby on the way,” the comedian and television host told the Breakfast Club on Thursday. “God said be fruitful and multiply. I’m doing the Lord’s work … everybody get a baby! I’m passing them out.”

Cannon, 36, and Bell, 29, reportedly dated briefly in early 2015, according to Us Weekly. Coincidentally, Cannon is now promoting his new song, “Baby On The Way,” with singer K. Michelle. Read more at thegrio.com.

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White man to black Starbucks employee: ‘You’re garbage…I voted for Trump!’

Nov. 18, 2016 - A disgruntled customer at a Starbucks franchise near the University of Miami became upset because his order was taking too long and claimed “white discrimination.”

According to Jorge de Cárdenas, the white customer screamed “Trump!” at a black employee and claimed that “white discrimination” was the reason for his order taking so long. He then threatened to punch someone and also called another employee “garbage.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Kanye West says he would’ve voted for Trump

Nov. 18, 2016 - On Thursday during a stop on his “Saint Pablo” tour, Kanye West told a crowd at San Jose that he didn’t vote, but if he had exercised that right, he would have voted for Donald Trump.

“I said something that was kind of politically correct. I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? What I didn’t tell you … If I were to have voted I would have voted on Trump,” West told the audience, who greeted the news with a mixture of boos and cheers. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Nick Gordon ordered to pay $36M to Bobbi Kristina Brown’s estate

Nov. 18, 2016 - Nick Gordon, the partner of Bobbi Kristina Brown, has been ordered by a judge to pay $36 million in a wrongful death case, according to lawyers representing Brown’s estate.

Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her Atlanta home in January 2015. The wrongful death lawsuit, filed by Brown’s estate, claimed that Gordon, who lived with Brown, and a friend were in the home when investigators arrived on the scene. Brown was in a coma for six months and later died on July 26, 2015. She was 22. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Senate Democrats Devise Strategy In Face Of Trump Presidency

Nov. 18, 2016 - Democrats in the Senate must find a way to move forward with the Republican Party soon taking control of Congress and the White House.

The New York Times reports that they’ve come up with a surprising strategy of creating a legislative agenda that aligns with President-elect Donald Trump’s policies, but which GOP lawmakers disfavor. Read more at newsone.com.

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Officials ‘Erroneously’ Return Chicago Cop To Duty After Fatal Shootings

Nov. 11, 2016 - Chicago police authorities mistakenly sent an officer back on the streets about six months after fatally shooting two people, including an innocent bystander, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Robert Rialmo, 27, is still under investigation for killing Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones in Dec. 2015, when he responded to a domestic disturbance call. Officials assigned him to desk duty while the investigation is ongoing, and while the city responds to his lawsuit, which alleges poor police training and psychological harm from the shooting. Read more at newsone.com.

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Obama’s Words Of Wisdom To Sasha and Malia After Trump’s Win

Nov. 18, 2016 - For many Americans, the election of Donald Trump to the presidency was not only a shock but a devastating blow.

President Barack Obama, who campaigned furiously for Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, must have been disappointed as well, but in his remarks with Vice President Joe Biden the next day, he handled the news with cool aplomb.

As Obama repeatedly said on the campaign trail, much of his legacy depended on a Clinton victory. But when that didn’t happen, the president reportedly had some positive words of wisdom for his daughters, Sasha and Malia, the morning after, according recent to a profile in the New Yorker. Read more at newsone.com.

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Jeff Sessions Was Deemed Too Racist To Be A Federal Judge. He’ll Now Be Trump’s Attorney General.

Nov. 18, 2016 - The man who President-elect Donald Trump will nominate as the 84th attorney general of the United States was once rejected as a federal judge over allegations he called a black attorney “boy,” suggested a white lawyer working for black clients was a race traitor, joked that the only issue he had with the Ku Klux Klan was their drug use, and referred to civil rights groups as “un-American” organizations trying to “force civil rights down the throats of people who were trying to put problems behind them.” REad more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Clinton wanted to ‘never leave house again’ after loss

Nov. 17, 2016 - Hillary Clinton is acknowledging the difficulty of her loss in the presidential race for her supporters and urging them to persevere through the Donald Trump era.

In remarks that were equal parts pep talk and funeral dirge, Clinton encouraged her backers to “never, ever give up.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Police Officer Who Shot Philando Castile Charged With Manslaughter

Nov. 16, 2016 - A Minnesota police officer has been charged with second-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting Philando Castile during a July traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb. 

Officer Jeronimo Yanez of the St. Anthony Police Department faces a total of three felony charges: one charge of second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced Wednesday morning. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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After questioning his citizenship, Trump now needs Obama’s help

Nov. 16, 2016 - Donald Trump plans to spend more time with President Barack Obama so he can learn how to be president.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump seemed “surprised” by just how much the job of the presidency entailed. For example, Trump aides apparently did not seem to realize that they would need to replace the entire staff of the West Wing. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Serena Williams, Common spark rumors of rekindled romance

Nov. 16, 2016 - Serena Williams and Common were spotted together during a small, private event in California, which has kicked off a whole new round of dating rumors.

The two stars dated on and off again for three years before breaking it off in 2010, but according to TMZ, the two were spotted together chatting in a back room at the grand opening of the Yetunde Price Resource Center before Williams spoke at the opening, though they were careful not to get their picture taken together. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Donald Trump Won The Presidency But Is Still Sore About The Popular Vote

Nov. 15, 2016 - Donald Trump has a monumental task before him ― preparing his team for a peaceful transition of power involving thousands of key executive appointments who will need to be ready to take the reins of government once President BarackObama steps down in January. Read more at huffingtonopost.com.

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Donald Trump’s Pick For Interior Secretary Could Do A Lot Of Damage

Nov 15, 2016 - President-elect Donald Trump is just starting to arrange the team that will advise him and implement his policy agenda. But the list of names that have been floated to fill the top job at the Interior Department includes many people who would slash environmental regulations.

David Bernhardt, who served as the Interior Department solicitor in the George W. Bush administration and is now a lobbyist in the natural resources sector, is leading Trump’s transition work for the department. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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LAPD Takes A Stand Against Trump Immigration Enforcement

Nov. 15, 2016 - One of the nation’s largest police forces isn’t supporting Donald Trump’s  deportation plans.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday that the force would not change its stance on immigration enforcement, the Los Angeles Times reported. The move is an apparent act of defiance against the president-elect’s promise to deport or imprison up to 3 million undocumented immigrants after his inauguration.

Since 1979, the LAPD has barred officers from contacting people solely to investigate whether they are in the country legally, the LA Times noted. During Beck’s tenure, the department also stopped bringing suspects in minor crimes to federal authorities. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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A White Nationalist Is The New White House Chief Strategist

Nov. 14, 2016 - Steve Bannon, the Breitbart News Network executive chairman known for having white nationalist views ― and who has himself been accused of anti-Semitism ― was named chief strategist and senior counselor to President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday. 

Bannon, 62, was taking time off from Breitbart to serve as CEO of the Trump campaign before Sunday’s announcement giving him a senior leadership role in the incoming administration. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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This 21-Year-Old Black Man Just Became Michigan’s Youngest State Rep

Nov. 14, 2016 - University of Michigan-Dearborn student Jewell Jones broke history again on Tuesday. Yes, again.

Last year, Jones was sworn in as the youngest member of the Inkster City Council when he was 20.

This year, Councilman Jones was running to fill a State Representative seat, and he got the votes. At 21, he will be the youngest State Representative ever in Michigan. Read more at michiganjournal.org.

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NFL Player Sits During National Anthem In Protest Of Donald Trump

Nov. 14, 2016 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans refused to stand for the national anthem before his team’s 36–10 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, instead choosing to sit on the sidelines in protest of President-elect Donald Trump.  

“I’m not big on politics or things like that but I told myself I said if this happens, then America’s not right right now,” Evans said after the game. “When he ran, I thought it was a joke, and the joke continues.” Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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