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Leon Ford Jr., Who Was Shot And Paralyzed By Pittsburgh Police, Is Now A 2019 City Council Candidate

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Leon Ford Jr., Who Was Shot And Paralyzed By Pittsburgh Police, Is Now A 2019 City Council Candidate

Photo credit: Harrison Jones/Post-Gazette In a case of mistaken identity, then 19-year-old Leon Ford Jr. was left paralyzed after being shot five times by a Pittsburgh police officer during a traffic stop in November of 2012. Now six years later, Ford has announced his bid to run for Pittsburgh City Council. "Proud to announce that I will be running for city council in the same district that I was raised—and shot by a police officer," Ford wrote in an Instagram post. "I am excited to embark on this new journey. My life has been a true testimony of tragedy to...

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Lucy McBath, Mother Of Jordan Davis, Wins Georgia Congressional Race

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Lucy McBath, Mother Of Jordan Davis, Wins Georgia Congressional Race

Photo via: Lucy McBath On Thursday morning, gun-control activist Lucy McBath was officially declared the winner in Georgia's 6th congressional district race, reports The New York Times. The victory comes six years after her son Jordan Davis was fatally shot by a white man during an argument over loud music at a Florida gas station in 2012. The man went on to be charged with first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. “Six years ago I went from a Marietta mom to a mother on a mission," McBath said. She went on to express in an Instagram post...

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Janelle Monae

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Janelle Monae
"Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable." - Janelle Monae

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It’s official! Dr. Carla Hayden is the first woman and African American Librarian of Congress

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It’s official! Dr. Carla Hayden is the first woman and African American Librarian of Congress

On Wednesday, Dr. Hayden was officially sworn in as the nation's 14th Librarian of Congress. Nominated by President Obama to lead the world's largest library, Hayden explained at her swearing-in ceremony: "As a descendant of people who were denied the right to read, to now have the opportunity to serve and lead the institution that is the national symbol of knowledge, is a historic moment." Indeed. Congratulations, Dr. Hayden! Thank you for blazing a trail and being an inspiration to Black girls everywhere. Pictured with Hayden from left to right: Chief Justice John Roberts, Speaker Paul Ryan, and Hayden's mother,...

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Marshawn Lynch Has His Own Cell Phone Service And It’s Helping The Homeless In A Big Way

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Marshawn Lynch Has His Own Cell Phone Service And It’s Helping The Homeless In A Big Way

Photo credit: Bettina Hansen/ The Seattle Times When Marshawn Lynch isn't on the field, you can always find him giving back to his hometown of Oakland, California. Whether he's sending kids back to school with free haircuts and school supplies, hosting youth football camps at his high school alma mater, or saving a classic Bay area soul food restaurant, the former Seattle Seahawks running back (now member of the Oakland Raiders), is always using his platform to pay it forward. With the launch of his very own cell phone service on Sprint's network called Beast Mobile, Lynch's latest charitable effort...

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