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#BlackGirlMagic Marley Dias Exceeds Her #1000BlackGirlBooks Campaign Goal

The 11-year-old who made headlines for being frustrated with a lack of representation in children’s books has received an outpouring of support. The 5th grader was on a quest to find 1,000 “black girl books” so she wouldn’t have to read about “white boys and their dogs”. Marley has since received nearly $3,000 that was raised by author and blogger Kelly Jensen. Barnes & Nobles also donated books with the message, “for children in the process of figuring out who they are, and who they want to be, it is just as important to also read stories about characters they can relate to, and see themselves in.” Even Ellen DeGeneres lent her support by collecting 700 books and providing Marley with a laptop and a $10K check from Shutterfly. Now that she has exceeded her goal, Marley plans to share her donations with “other schools where students are experiencing the same frustration.” Recipients will include students in her mother’s native country of Jamaica as well as schools throughout New Jersey and Philadelphia. The Guardian

#BlackGirlMagic Wellesley College Appoints Harvard Doctor As Their New President

After an eight-month search, a committee of students, alumnae, trustees, faculty and staff unanimously recommended Dr. Paula A. Johnson to be the next president of Wellesley College. Johnson will become the 14th president of the women’s liberal arts institution in July. The Harvard Medical School professor and advocate for women’s health, is the first African-American to lead the school. The college, which is west of Boston has approximately 2,400 students enrolled with only 5% of it’s collegiates being African American. Johnson said she plans “to not only strengthen and deepen that diversity, but also ensure that our residential experience is taking full advantage of that diversity, that our young women are really experiencing all the richness that that diversity brings on campus.” Boston Globe

Teen Charged In Double Murder Over Hair Weave

In Memphis, TN, an 18-year-old has just been charged with three counts of murder. Shelby Isaac killed EJ Tate and Edwina Thomas, owners of the hair weave business, VirginHair4US.com. Supposedly, Isaac’s shot the couple, which also included Thomas’ unborn baby over several bundles of Brazilian hair valued at $250 per pack.”They didn’t have to do this. If they wanted the hair, I’m pretty sure he would say you can have this hair. My life is not worth it,” said the victim’s father, Lee Tate. Isaac’s friend, Victoria Seay, also 18 years old, acted as a getaway driver and has been charged with accessory after the fact. WMC5

Rapper Says Black History Month Means Nothing To Him

David Banner has transitioned from a rapper and producer to activist and political commentator who’s been very vocal about various issues concerning the black community including police brutality, white privilege and racial stereotypes. In a new interview, the 41-year-old shared that black history means nothing to him because, “black people were on the earth for over 90,000 years before the first white gene ever graced God’s earth. So to have one month to talk about the significance of the original people, the indigenous people; to me it’s sort of a slap in the face.” Check out the rest of his controversial comments that have since gone viral. WBLSFM1075

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