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Will 2014 prove to be the upswing that countless unemployed Americans are looking for? U.S. Labor Department reports that the current fall in the unemployment rate is the lowest since October 2008 —a glimmer of hope for the massive joblessness issue that has recently taken center-stage on the Senate floor regarding adjustments to unemployment benefit packages.
On February 1, 1960, Franklin McCain and four other freshman from North Carolina A&T University made history. The students deliberately sat at a Whites-only lunch counter in Woolworth’s and refused to move, sparking a nationwide sit-in movement. Sadly, McCain passed away Thursday ”after a brief illness at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro,” according to A&T University. Reports claim McCain was in his early 70s.
Don’t be so quick to clear out the attic! The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has launched “Save Our African American Treasures,” an initiative to educate the public on how to collect and preserve overlooked ancestral gems. One of the first stops in this nationwide effort is Florida’s Broward County’s African American Research Library and Cultural Center. Expert consultations will be provided to attendees with up to three heritage-affirming keep-sakes in tow. The weekend-long event will take place from 10 am to 5:30 p.m. ET Jan. 11-12 and is free and open to the public.
The passing of 17-year old Kendrick Johnson remains a mystery to be solved, according to the late Lowndes High School student’s parents. On January 11, 2013, Johnson was found dead in a gym mat. Although investigators consider his death to be a “freak accident,” advocates for a more sensible synopsis are pushing for more clarity in the cause of death. A year later, suspicion still looms.
Whitney Houston’s 20-year-old daughter announced her wedding to longtime boyfriend and “adopted” brother Nick Gordon, 24, on Twitter; however, the tweet has since been deleted, so we’re not sure if this rumor is true. Controversy has surrounded the couple since they announced their engagement in October 2012.
Q-Tip is reportedly working with Wolf on Wall Street co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill on a scripted drama series loosely based on the Tribe Called Quest rapper. The show is expected to be produced by DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way.
Good news for Marissa Alexander. The Florida mom who was sentenced to 20 years after firing what she claims was a warning shot at her estranged, abusive husband will remain free while she awaits retrial. According to MSNBC.com, a Florida judge voted against revoking Alexander’s bond on Friday.