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Why the 50 Cent-Floyd Mayweather Beef Is No Laughing Matter

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For the last several days, rapper 50 Cent and boxer Floyd Mayweather have engaged in the favorite pastime of any 21st-century celebrity with a Twitter account and an ego: feuding. While in the old days you might have had to stand on a street corner and shout insults at a nemesis face-to-face, with a few neighborhood friends to cheer you on, today Instagram, Twitter and every other form of social media make the entire world observers to celebrities doing modern-day versions of “the dozens.”
 
But the 50 Cent-Mayweather feud recently took an ugly turn, one that casts a spotlight on an issue that should be no laughing matter, particularly to two men who are admired by so many young black boys.

Fort Campbell monument to honor black paratroopers

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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — A monument honoring the first black paratroopers assigned to Fort Campbell 64 years ago is being dedicated there next month.
 
The post says the monument honors the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, which was reactivated in 1947 as the 3rd Battalion, 505th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. Fort Campbell said it became the first black unit in history to be a part of an American combat division.

Michael Brown’s Funeral Draws Thousands of Mourners

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As Michael Brown’s life was celebrated Monday during a packed ceremony at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, the audience and speakers never lost sight of the reason they were there: justice.

The Rev. Al Sharpton delivered an emotional eulogy, bringing out cheers and applause from the crowd who came to lay to rest the young man whose life was inexplicably cut short.

After scores fall, one ASD school says sole focus on Common Core hurt TCAP results

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When Kristin Cornwell, a 4th grade teacher at Aspire Hanley 1, a charter school in Orange Mound, started evaluating her students in math this year, she thought they were the best prepared of any group she’d seen in her four years at the school.
 
“I saw a huge difference in students’ conceptual understanding of math,” she said. “They could explain why they were doing different things.”
 
But those same fourth graders’ scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAP, the state’s standardized test, were significantly lower than the scores of students who had been there the year before.

Jackie Robinson West All-Stars Still Celebrated, Even in Defeat

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The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars are still the pride of Chicago, even after a tough loss to South Korea in the Little League World Series championship game. The Jackie Robinson West team put up a valiant fight, including a late rally in the bottom of the sixth inning, but in the end it was not enough to hold off the mighty bats and dominant pitching performance from the Seoul team, which handed the South Side Chicago sluggers an 8-4 loss.
 
According to the Associated Press, normal Sunday activities in Chicago were on hold for a few hours while the all-black Jackie Robinson West ballplayers, who "made their first appearance in 31 years in the Little League World Series" and had stolen the nation's heart on their way to the championship game, took the field.