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#LessonLearned: Azealia Banks’ Twitter Account Gets Suspended

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Two days after rapper Azealia Banks got her edges snatched off on Twitter by 14-year-old Disney star Skai Jackson, Banks woke up to her account being suspended, Pitchfork reported. Apparently, Twitter is also tired of her problematic antics, irrational arguments and cyber bullying.

As we know, Jackson’s clapbacks were sparked when Banks confronted former One Direction member Zayn Malik calling him a “curry-scented bi$ch,” among many other slurs and epitaphs because she believed Malik’s new video copied her older work. When Jackson said the rapper needed “to simmer” down, it was on and popping between the two, with Jackson emerging as the winner.

And Twitter wasn’t the only one to let her know enough was enough.

On Wednesday, organizers of Rinse FM’s Born & Bred Festival in London removed Banks as a headline performer, saying Rinse Born & Bred is a celebration of rave culture and has been created for everyone. We celebrate inclusivity and equality.”

Hopefully, this will be the wake-up call she needs to focus more on her craft and less on starting fights and endorsing Donald Trump for President.

#BlackLivesMatter: Delrish Moss Becomes First Black Police Chief in Ferguson

On Monday, Major Delrish Moss was sworn in as the new Chief of Police in Ferguson, Missouri. Despite African-Americans accounting for 67.4 percent of the city’s population, Moss will be the first African-American to lead the department in its history, NBC News reported.

Moss, 51, spent over 20 years working for the Miami Police Department, where he had a series of positions that included public service aid and homicide detective to name a few. He will replace Tom Jackson, who resigned last year after the Department of Justice released a 102-page report on the Ferguson Police Department that called out the city’s racial bias and Constitutional violations committed by the city’s police department and legal system.

According to NBC, Moss was chosen from a nationwide search of applicants.

Ferguson became a household name in 2014 when unarmed teen Michael Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. The city subsequently imploded with protest when Wilson was acquitted by a grand jury.

The Water Is Wet: Report Finds That We Need More Teachers of Color

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A new report from the U.S. Department of Education confirms what we already know: We need more teachers of color.

“The State of Racial Diversity in the Educator Workforce,” found that despite an increase in teachers of color in the workforce, 82 percent of elementary and secondary public school educators are still white, Colorlines reported. However, white students account for only 49 percent of the school population. And in terms of leadership, the report also found that 80 percent of principals were also white.

Looking at higher education the stats were grim as well. While 37 percent of all students at institutions of higher education are people of color, they represent just 25 percent of the teaching program population.

Not good. Diversity in front of the classroom is just as important as diversity among those sitting in a desk.

#BlackGirlMagic: Susan Rice Gives Graduates Great Advice For Dealing With Racists

National Security Advisor Susan Rice recently gave an amazing commencement speech at the Florida International University where she shared plenty of anecdotes, including how to shake off the racist haters.

“Now, there are voices out there that disparage our diversity—that question whether America should welcome people of all races, religions, and creeds.  Those voices can be loud.  They can be intimidating.  They can make us feel like we don’t belong.  But, you know what?  Let fear be their problem, not yours.  Shake it off.  Ignore the haters.  And, don’t you dare let them slow you down,” she said.

Rice being one of few in her field is speaking from experience as she has dealt with her fair share of opposition in her position, especially when it came to the Benghazi attacks,Mic noted. And in spite of the smear campaigns against her, she rose above.

Also during her speech, she encouraged those in the crowd to continue to break open doors and not be discouraged.

“Too often, our national security workforce has been what former Florida Senator Bob Graham called ‘white, male, and Yale,'” Rice said in her speech. “In the halls of power, in the faces of our national security leaders, America is still not fully reflected.”

“It matters because “a diverse national security workforce enables us to unlock all our nation’s talent,” she continued. “As America become more diverse, so do our best people.”


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