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President Barack Obama Braves Life “Between Two Ferns”

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Since President Obama became a force in politics in 2004, he has always made himself available for the media. This week, the President took a bold, brave, and some what bizarre trip to the show “Between Two Ferns” with Zach Galifianakis.

If you have seen the show before, you know that Galifianakis does his best to rattle his celebrity guest with a bizarre line of questioning that sometimes pokes fun at sensitive issues in their lives. With the Commander and Chief on the show it was no different, but the President was able to hold his own and push Healthcare.gov in the process. Check out the interview here.

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Black History Month: 8 Books To Share With Your Kids

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By June Gilead

It’s an exciting time for me! I am honored to read and learn about all of the great leaders and authors of African decent, people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Coretta Scott King, Nelson Mandela, Kadir Nelson, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, and President Barack Obama! Here are my book selections for Black History Month! Enjoy these with your children at dinner or make it a full family night activity.

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Medical Breakthrough: Miracle Woman Saves Lives But Remains Unknown

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A poor, black female tobacco farmer, now known to the medical world as Henrietta Lacks, has her story told by Rebecca Skloot in her book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

If you’re not familiar with Henrietta Lacks, you may not be alone. Though not widely known to the public at large, her DNA become one of the most important contributions to modern medicine.

Lacks, born in 1920, sought medical attention at Johns Hopkins when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer at age 30. Scientists noticed that her cells behaved differently than people they’ve treated before. Though the rapid reproduction of cells caused her cancer to spread, resulting in multiple tumors, researcher George Gey saw an opportunity.

Lacks’ cells could be multiplied at unbelievable rates and preserved. In English, they can be used to find cures for a multitude of diseases. Doctors call them HeLa cells, the first…

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University Of Michigan Students Demand Change, Now

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In 1970, 34 years ago, the Black Action Movement shut down the campus of the University of Michigan. They had simple requests for the University, asking that the balance of African American students and administrators at the school proportionately reflect the 10% balance in the state at the time. They also wanted better support for minority students, including a recruiter for Chicano students and a Black Student Center, and the establishment of a Black studies program. At the time progress seem to be made, but 34 years later it is back to square one, at least at U of M.

downloadToday, students at University of Michigan have once again felt the need to come together to force administrators to hear their voice and change their ways. On Monday, shortly after students attended a speech given by respected civil rights activist and entertainer Harry Belafonte, the Black Students Union moved forward with a movement called Being Black at University of Michigan (#BBUM). The group is demanding that the school improve the quality of life on campus. 

“What brings me here today is not that social action is done,” junior Robert Greenfield, the Black Student Union treasurer told the crowd. “It’s the unfinished business of the first three fights of the Black Action Movements. I am a single voice in a sea of voices that yearns to get away from the sea of isolation on this campus.”

The unfinished business Greenfield refers to includes a list of seven demands that the BBUM says must be met or else “physical actions” will be taken. The group’s seven demands were read by senior Erick Gavin are as follows:

We demand that the university give us an equal opportunity to implement change, the change that complete restoration of the BSU purchasing power through an increased budget would obtain.
We demand available housing on central campus for those of lower socio-economic status at a rate that students can afford, to be a part of university life, and not just on the periphery.
We demand an opportunity to congregate and share our experiences in a new Trotter [Multicultural Center] located on central campus.
We demand an opportunity to be educated and to educate about America’s historical treatment and marginalization of colored groups through race and ethnicity requirements throughout all schools and colleges within the university.
We demand the equal opportunity to succeed with emergency scholarships for black students in need of financial support, without the mental anxiety of not being able to focus on and afford the university’s academic life.
We demand increased exposure of all documents within the Bentley (Historical) Library. There should be transparency about the university and its past dealings with race relations.
We demand an increase in black representation on this campus equal to 10 percent.

Currently, the black representation of the freshman class is 4.8%, which is down from 6.8% in 2008, meanwhile African-Americans no make up over 14% of the states population. Of the 4.8%, many of the students are athletes, and the percentages for faculty are even worse.

In response to the protest and the comments of the Black Student Union leaders, the university released this statement:

“Provost Pollack’s message to the University community last Thursday provided an outline of very specific steps. University officials at the highest level share the concerns of our students, faculty and staff. This morning you heard President Coleman reiterate the short-term action the university has taken, and the long-term commitment to continue to talk with students as well as work with them to address their concerns.”

While those words have promise, one has to wonder how much longer students have to wait to attain equality at the school. So far, it’s 34 years and counting.

#Know1Knows….Inequality

New App Promises To Clean Up Your Social Media Life

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In the ever-advancing world of social media, it has become increasingly more important to keep your social networks clear of unnecessary followers and likes that spam your accounts. That is why Ajax, a company known for cleaning products, has created an app that does just that. The Ajax Social Wipes App goes through your Twitter and Facebook followers, likes, and friends and offers to wipe away all those who seem to send you endless spam.

How does it work? Well, for Twitter, the Ajax service rates each of the accounts you’re following, as well as those that are following you, and displays the ones it thinks may be spambots — accounts that were created for the purposes of cramming your feed full of promotional or spammy ad content. From the results screen, you can easily block or unfollow an account or report it to Twitter as spam.

After logging into the Facebook side of the app, you’ll see a page showing everything you’ve ever “liked.” More importantly, what you’re looking at is a tiled listing of every brand or company page that can post to your News Feed. From here you can simply mouse over any of the brand page tiles that you’ve decided you want to wipe out: Click the blue “Like” button and it’s gone.

To use the app just visit http://www.ajaxsocialwipes.com/ and sign in with your facebook and/or twitter amd the app will do the rest.

From The Pages Of Glamerotica101.com

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Coming soon to Know 1 Radio: Glamerotica101.com presents: Real Sex, Real Talk

Host Tyomi Morgan will educate your mind and stimulate your ears as she enlightens the masses with sex and health knowledge. For more on Tyomi and her co-host Ryan “Big Homey” Curry, check out the bio page here. For a sample of what to expect on the show check out the videos below.

Was The NFL Close To Having Openly Gay Player(s)?

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By: Kevin Gray

The idea of an openly gay player in the NFL is not a far fetched one, in fact to think that there isn’t at least on person among the 2,000 plus active NFL players who is gay is naive at best. Over recent years, the idea of an active player in any sport revealing themselves was a much discussed topic in the media. Then it finally happened, not one, not two, but three active sports stars revealed their secret.

First it was the NBA’s Jason Collins, a journeyman center who last played with the Washington Wizards.  Although a few teams seemed interested, he has not been signed since his reveal. Then there was Brittney Griner, the top pick in the 2013 WNBA draft and former NCAA standout at Baylor. In an interview with SI.com on April 17, 2013, Griner acknowledged that she is lesbian, of course there was no way a team was going to abandon their first round pick, especially one as talented as Griner, so she was virtually unaffected. Last but not least there was the WWE’s Darren Young coming out as the first openly gay professional wrestler. As expected, Young has actually seen an increase in success since “coming out.”  But the question still remains, will any NFL player come out and can the league handle such a thing.

With recent events in the Miami Dolphins locker room, one might feel the NFL is far from ready for an openly gay player, but according to reports, the NFL was close to having one or two this season.

From Bleacher Report:

The team had decided yes. The player had decided the same. It was set. It was going to happen. An NFL player was going to publicly say he was gay and then play in the NFL.

What happened before that moment showed how parts of the NFL are progressive and ready for change. Then, what happened next showed how the sport is still in some ways fearful of it.

To read more on this check out the  MIKE FREEMAN (NFL NATIONAL LEAD WRITER)  article here.