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Poet and Playwright Amiri Baraka Dies at 79

Poet and playwright Amiri Baraka has died at age 79, his booking agent said. Celeste Bateman told The Associated Press that Baraka, who had been hospitalized since last month, died Thursday at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

Obama Unveils First Five “Promise Zones”

Invoking his own personal story, President Barack Obama made a plea for bipartisan work to combat poverty and declared, after a 2013 marked by struggles and disappointments, that “this is going to be a year of action.” Obama on Thursday offered a glimpse at his coming State of the Union address and its expected emphasis on economic disparities while announcing five communities that will be targeted for tax incentives and federal grants under a government “Promise Zone” program.

Jahi McMath Gets Feeding and Breathing Tubes

The family of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery has gotten her the feeding and breathing tubes that they had been fighting for. Christopher Dolan, the attorney for the girl’s family, said doctors inserted the gastric tube and tracheostomy tube Wednesday at the undisclosed facility where Jahi McMath was taken Jan. 5.

Swearing Toddler in Custody

We told you about the so-called “toddler thug” on Wednesday and now Omaha police have announced the 3-year-old has been placed in protective custody. According to a news release, four children, including the toddler, were removed from the home

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe To Pledge $14 BN To Africa

Africa will soon receive much needed monetary aid. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minster of Japan has made a multi-billion dollar pledge to assist the continet’s promising global trade market. Abe is set to tour several African countries who have proven to be ideal hubs natural resources.

Derrell Connor Is First African-American To Join Verona School Board

Wisconsin’s Verona County is making history. The county’s school board has welcomed new member, Derrell Connor. A well-known, active member of Madison, Wisconsin’s African American community,  Connor is set to take on one of the board’s “at-large” positions.

OutKast Reunites To Headline Coachella

Yes, indeed! Mr. Bill Bigsby and Sir Luscious Left Foot are officially scheduled to headline Coachella 2014. The ground-breaking hip-hop duo, Outkast is making a highly-anticipated onstage-reunion at the arts and music festival for all the world’s pleasure and… musical relief. Coachella spanning two weekends will begin April 11-13 and conclude April 18-20. Is this a sign of a forthcoming studio release? — Fingers crossed!

African American Student Leadership Experience To Begin In D.C. Thursday

Kevin Powell, Donna Brazile, Amir Windom, and Jeff Johnson are slated to assist the Bryant Educational Leadership Group push for African American youth leadership, today, in the nation’s capital. This will be the education advocacy group’s 3rd annual African American Student Leadership Experience. The weekend-long event will take place from Jan 9th-12th at the Renaissance Downtown.

New York Juror Form Asks People To Identify As ‘African American, Black or Negro’…and it’s 2014

What’s in a word? Well, in 2014, using the word ‘Negro’ in reference to Americans of African descent continues to bring up un-settling emotions. These quarreling feelings rose in a 25-year old, NYC teacher, who was offended by the term being made an option for race on a New York juror form.