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Woman Who Received $50K Scholarship In Drake’s “God’s Plan” Video Will Graduate With Master’s Degree

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Back in 2018, Destiny James appeared in Drake’s “God’s Plan” video, in which she appears ecstatic when she notices Drake and the two embrace. Soon after, James is shown standing next to the generous Canadian rapper holding a $50,000 check that read “University of Miami Scholarship.”

Now in 2021, it has been confirmed in a report from The Shade Room that James put that money to use and will be graduating from the University of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health with her master’s degree in Public Health in Health Behavior.

“Public health has been a passion of mine since 2016 when my dad passed from stage 4 lung cancer,” Destiny said in a The Shade Room interview. “Obtaining this degree is something I will always be proud of! The obstacles I was able to overcome fueled my fire and I am so proud to say I am now a graduate of the #1 ranked public school for public health in the country.”

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LaKeith Stanfield Apologizes For Allegedly Participating in Anti-Semitic Clubhouse Chat

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For decades, anyone in the Black community who showed sympathy or support for the Nation of Islam’s Minister Farrakhan was immediately vilified, and in 2021, at least for actor Lakeith Stanfield, not much has changed.

The Get Out actor showed up in a Clubhouse chat room titled “Did Min. Farrakhan Tarnish His Legacy by Being Antisemitic?”, but the discussion was ended by its moderator. Moments later, Stanfield ended up in another Clubhouse room called “Someone Ended the Room About Farrakhan.”

Stanfield was made a moderator in that chat room but was almost immediately confronted by a Jewish woman, who questioned why Stanfield didn’t confront and condemn what was viewed as anti-Semitic hate speech. The following day, the Atlanta actor joined a Clubhouse chat room, this time with Jewish moderators, admitting to them that he didn’t do anything to confront those engaged in the conversation.

The 29-year-old actor has taken to IG to apologize for the anti-Semitic chat room, stating, “I condemn hate speech and discriminatory views of every kind. I unconditionally apologize for what went on in that chat room and for allowing my presence there to give a platform to hate speech. I am not an anti-Semite nor do I condone any of the beliefs discussed in that chat room.”

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[WATCH] Breonna Taylor Protesters Arrested At Kentucky Derby, Diner Patron Who Points Gun At Them Cleared By Cops

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According to a report from TMZ, a group of protesters who were rallying against the failure to prosecute the cops who killed 26-year-old EMT first responder Breonna Taylor were arrested near Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby was being held. According to the report, the Louisville Police Department will not offer the reason as to why the protesters were arrested.

Marchers protested by the entrance of Churchill Downs with signs that read, “We haven’t forgotten Breonna.”

The marchers eventually made their way to La Chasse restaurant, where a man dining at the restaurant pulled out a gun and continuously waved it at the protesters. When the police came, the man who pulled out the weapon was cleared, but three protesters were chased down and arrested.

When TMZ contacted the Louisville PD and asked why the protesters were arrested, they wouldn’t say but told them to file a public records request.

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[WATCH] Idaho Cop Mocks LeBron James’ Ma’Khia Bryant Tweet On TikTok And Gets $200K In Donations

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Lebron James became the target of the law enforcement community’s criticism following his “You’re Next” tweet to Columbus, Ohio Police Officer Nicholas Reardon, the cop who shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant on April 20. Now, a police officer from Idaho made a a very abrasive video about James’ tweet that has gone viral and even earned him some cash along the way.

Bellevue, Idaho Officer Nate Silvester made a video(seen below) mocking James’ now-deleted tweet, but was suspended from the force because of the video’s content on such a controversial topic about police accountability. After his suspension, a GoFundMe was created for Silvester, which has earned him over $200,000 in donations. Silvester has even created a video in response to his support, saying that he has been “bullied and vilified.”

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Chicago’s Parkway Gardens aka O-Block Reportedly Put Up For Sale

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According to several confirmed reports, Chicago housing complex Parkway Gardens, which is known in rap songs and in the streets of Chi-Town as “O-Block”, has been reportedly put up for sale.

The infamous projects are being put up for sale by Related Midwest, the real estate conglomerate that owns the 13 acres of land where the 694 apartments are situated.

“During our time managing Parkway Gardens, we are grateful to have been able to provide fundamental upgrades while also partnering with community organizations to bring new programs and services to residents. We are actively seeking new leadership who will build upon our efforts and continue maintaining the property as affordable housing for years to come,” Related Midwest said in a statement. 

The main selling point of the property is a federal contract ensuring subsidized rent in the future, but the deadly gun violence was not mentioned .

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[WATCH] Louisiana State Rep. Advises To Teach “Good” Of Slavery

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In a debate over a bill about education, one of the Louisiana State Representatives suggested that schools teach the “good” of slavery, which was quickly challenged by one of his colleagues.

Rep. Ray Garofalo said, “If you’re having a discussion on, whatever the case may be, on slavery, then you can talk about everything dealing with slavery, the good the bad the ugly.”

Garofalo was interrupted by Republican Rep. Stephanie Hilferty, who said, “There’s no good to slavery, though.”  

The ugly debate followed Garofalo attempt to push a bill through that would whitewashing American history, but as of yesterday, the bill did not pass.

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Westside Gunn Set To Open Buffalo Kids Art Gallery

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“The Fly God” aka Westside Gunn has turned his love for art and fashion into an outreach center for the youth in his hometown.

The head honcho of Griselda is opening n art gallery called Buffalo Kids inside of Buffalo’s Walden Galleria, according to a report from AllHipHop. According to the Fly God himself, the store will feature original art, magazines, clothes, including his Fashion Rebel streetwear brand and an exclusive line of New Era hats Gunn has designed himself.

“I’ve always dreamt of my Flagship store and I worked so hard for this, even the mall said they never seen anything like this.. everything designed by myself and team, a place where celebrities will frequently fly in just to experience Buffalo Culture,” Westside Gunn said. There is no official date slated for the grand opening, but Westside says that the doors to Buffalo Kids will be open next month.

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The Source Magazine Remembers Trayvon Martin On What Would’ve Been His 26th Birthday

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Today marks what would be the 26th birthday of a young man by the name of Trayvon Martin, that not only in the United States but the rest of the world came to know because he chose to defend himself against his assailant George Zimmerman and his life was taken as a result.

George Zimmerman claimed that he saw Trayvon leaving a store and that he looked suspicious, so he decided to follow him. After following him, a physical altercation transpired between the two of them and an unarmed Trayvon took a bullet to his chest and died on the scene. Trayvon died two weeks after his 17th birthday on February 26, 2012. As for Zimmerman, he received was a jury acquittal for second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in July 2013.

Trayvon didn’t get the chance to tell his parents goodbye, attend prom, or pretty much any of the things that are enjoyed by teenagers. His parents Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin have to live with the burden that their child did not receive any justice for what happened to him.

Almost nine years after his untimely death, Trayvon Martin’s legacy in the fight for human and civil rights for Black people in America is everlasting. His name still stands among the victims of gun violence by rogue police officers and overzealous citizens that came after him such as Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and countless others.

Happy Birthday King! (RIP)

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The Source Magazine Remembers Trayvon Martin On What Would’ve Been His 26th Birthday

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Today marks what would be the 26th birthday of a young man by the name of Trayvon Martin, that not only in the United States but the rest of the world came to know because he chose to defend himself against his assailant George Zimmerman and his life was taken as a result.

George Zimmerman claimed that he saw Trayvon leaving a store and that he looked suspicious, so he decided to follow him. After following him, a physical altercation transpired between the two of them and an unarmed Trayvon took a bullet to his chest and died on the scene. Trayvon died two weeks after his 17th birthday on February 26, 2012. As for Zimmerman, he received was a jury acquittal for second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in July 2013.

Trayvon didn’t get the chance to tell his parents goodbye, attend prom, or pretty much any of the things that are enjoyed by teenagers. His parents Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin have to live with the burden that their child did not receive any justice for what happened to him.

Almost nine years after his untimely death, Trayvon Martin’s legacy in the fight for human and civil rights for Black people in America is everlasting. His name still stands among the victims of gun violence by rogue police officers and overzealous citizens that came after him such as Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and countless others.

Happy Birthday King! (RIP)

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Vince Carter Launches Scholarship For Youth in Toronto

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Vince Carter has always preached the importance of having an education. Now he is raising the stakes for the youths of Toronto.

Carter has announced the official launch of the Vince Carter Scholarship and Mentorship Program in the Toronto area of Canada. The scholarship, which amounts to $25,000 per student, will be primarily targeting high school students who have taken up a passion for sports, music, film, fashion, broadcasting, media, or science, technology, engineering, and math.

Statistics from the Toronto District School Board revealed the graduation rate for Black high school students is 69 percent and the dropout rate sits at 20 percent. The resources and support that will be provided through Carter’s program will be instrumental in changing the narrative.

“I am doing my part, now it’s time for you to do yours by reaching out to kids, extended family, friends, educators and share this opportunity,” Carter says in a statement.

The scholarship criteria require applicants to possess a passion in any of the mentioned academic pathways; reviews of academic scores, personal character, community service; a 500-word essay. 

Applicants are directed to the exclusive application portal  www.parismedia.org/community/ or email [email protected].

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