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Post It Notes: Hot Headlines on 7/19

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1. Obama Tears Up

In an unannounced briefing at the White House on Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama said: “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” The president asked the nation to respect the jury’s verdict, but asked local and state governments to examine laws, such as “Stand Your Ground.”

2. Mary Mary Boycotts Florida

The gospel duo joins Stevie Wonder and other artists in a boycott against the state in light of the George Zimmerman verdict. Earlier this week, Wonder announced he will not perform in Florida until the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law is abolished.

3. Mandela Movie Coming Soon

The trailer for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” starring Idris Elba, came out Thursday, and it looks epic! Released the same day as Mandela’s 95th birthday, bets are this was a nice gift for the anti-apartheid legend. Watch it here.

4. Wale Gives Back

The rapper awarded one lucky ambitious girl with a $25,000 scholarship. Lauren Pryor, a sophomore at Hampton University, won the money by accepting the challenge from Norfolk hip-hop station 103 JAMZ to be the 25th caller. It sounds like Wale is living up to the title “The Gifted.”

5. Harvard’s Hip-Hop Love Affair

Remember when Nas wondered what it would be like to rule the world? Well he might be getting closer, because Harvard University just created a hip-hop fellowship in his honor. The Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship will provide chosen scholars and artists with an opportunity to show that “education is real power.”

6. Jay-Z vs. Jay Z

The CEO of the ROC has apparently dropped the hyphen, joining a long list of musical artists who’ve changed their name: P. Diddy, Prince and Snoop Lion, anyone?

7. Basketball (Ex) Wives

Siohvaughn Funches, ex-wife of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, reportedly staged a one-woman protest on the streets of Chicago on Friday with a sign that read: “NBA Miami Heat Star Mother of His Children on The Streets.”

8. Yeezy Goes H.A.M.?

Kanye West allegedly attacked a member of the paparazzi on Friday at LAX. According to TMZ, the photographer (not one of theirs) kept asking Kanye questions and the rapper reportedly punched him several times. Paramedics were called to the scene.

9. BET Gets Scandal-ous

Attention, Scandal lovers! BET, which recently acquired rights to syndicate the political drama, will be airing a Scandal marathon of seasons one and two starting next month. Who needs Netflix?