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If You Win the Mega Millions, What’s the First Thing You’ll Do For Social Justice?

If You Win the Mega Millions, What's the First Thing You'll Do For Social Justice?

A big rush on lottery tickets has pushed the jackpot for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing even higher, to a world-record $640 million.

So let’s say you win the Mega Million jackpot tonight, what’s the first thing you’ll do for social justice? After you donate to yourself, what’s your cause, organization, or person that you’ll support financially so they can continue to do their work for common good?

Tell us why too and we’ll post some of your answers later today. Comment below or tweet us at @Colorlines, or get to us on Facebook.

P.S.: You don’t have to be a lottery winner to make a tax-deductible donation to Colorlines.com. Do it right now. It’ll be good luck.

Snoop Dogg’s Daughter Brags About Being a Daddy’s Girl in New Song

Snoop Dogg's Daughter Brags About Being a Daddy's Girl in New Song

Cori B. debuts her 3rd Single “Daddy’s Girl” featuring her Dad, Snoop Dogg.

Malia Calls President Obama’s Hairstyling Skills a ‘Disaster’ [Video]

Malia Calls President Obama's Hairstyling Skills a 'Disaster' [Video]

President Obama had dinner with a few of his re-election campaign supporters and shared a pretty amazing story about a 4-year-old Malia Obama.

This is totally a campaign video but stick with it. Comments come at the 4:00 minute mark.

12-Year-Old Tucson Boy Designs World’s Largest Paper Airplane

12-Year-Old Tucson Boy Designs World's Largest Paper Airplane

It was called Arturo’s Desert Eagle. And it flew, at up to 100 miles per hour, for just ten seconds. But it was long enough for the 45-foot long, 800-pound body to qualify as the world’s largest paper airplane. And the design for the airplane? That was inspired by 12-year-old Tucscon student Arturo Valdenegro’s design.

White Supremacist Hacks Trayvon Martin’s Email, Posts Private Messages

White Supremacist Hacks Trayvon Martin's Email, Posts Private Messages

A white supremacist hacker says he’s logged in to Trayvon Martin’s Gmail, Yahoo, MySpace, and Twitter accounts. The hacker, who goes by the name Klanklannon, has made it clear his intention is to smear Martin’s reputation.

Gawker.com is reporting they’ve confirmed Klanklannon logged in to Martin’s Gmail account. They’re also reporting the hacker changed Martin’s passwords to racist slurs.

Adrian Chen provides more details on Gawker.com:

The hacker, who goes by the name Klanklannon, posted what he said were Martin’s private Facebook messages to the politics section (NSFW) of the anarchic message board 4chan—called “/pol/”—Tuesday afternoon at around noon. The messages were posted on four slides, strategically arranged to back up the insane racist argument that Trayvon was a Scary Black Teenager and so somehow deserved to be killed by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman that night.

A slide titled “Trayvon Martin Used Marijuana Habitually,” features an exchange between Trayvon and a friend about getting high. Another slide, “Trayvon Martin was a Drug Dealer,” features Facebook messages and photos that supposedly prove Martin dealt drugs, including a picture of Martin posing “aggressively with a large amount of cash in his hand.” It’s impossible to verify the hacked messages’ authenticity—like other anti-Trayvon Martin propaganda, they’re probably a mix of real and fake content— but they are now being passed around the racist underbelly of the internet, on message boards like the neo-Nazi hive Stormfront, which Klanklannon apparently frequents, as gospel.

In addition to the Facebook messages, Klanklannon posted a list of usernames and passwords for Martin’s social media and email accounts as proof of his exploits. All of the passwords had been changed to racist slurs. (Gmail: “niggerniggernigger” Twitter: “coontrayvonnigger”)

Racists Discover Pinterest

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Pinterest, the most talked about start-up of the spring, didn’t catch on at the White House quick enough because someone has signed up for the photo sharing site with the username Obama… and the user picture is that of a primate.

The account name is also prime internet real estate as pinboard-style social photo sharing website becomes more and more popular by the day.

[Update 3/29/2012 5:17pm EST] Reader Celeste W. offers some useful information:

Pinterest has revamped it TOS and Etiquette guidelines and this is a clear violation of those. “You represent and warrant that you are an authorized representative of the entity with the authority to bind the entity to these Terms, and that you agree to these Terms on the entity’s behalf. ” People need to report the account to Pinterest to have it removed. They are actually pretty responsive. Anyone can email them at support@pinterest.com and should report this or any other jackass.

(h/t BuzzFeed)

Spike Lee Tweets Wrong Zimmerman Address; Says Sorry to Elderly Couple Forced to Move

Spike Lee Tweets Wrong Zimmerman Address; Says Sorry to Elderly Couple Forced to Move

Spike Lee apologized to a Florida couple who claim they were forced to leave their home after the film director retweeted their address as that of George Zimmerman, who shot Fla. teen Trayvon Martin.

Lee tweeted the address to his roughly 250,000 followers last weekend, but he got the wrong Zimmermans.

“Elaine and David McClain are in their 70s and say they have a son named William George Zimmerman who lived in their Sanford-area home in the mid-1990s. They say he is no relation to 28-year-old George Zimmerman who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26,” reported the Associated Press on Thursday.

The couple, in their 70s, say they were forced to flee their home because of threats.

“We’re afraid for our lives. (George Zimmerman’s) got to be 100 times more than that,” Mrs. McClain told WKMG news.

They hope Zimmerman is arrested to secure their own safety.

It’s worth noting Lee also received several racially charged responses after he posted the address.

TMZ also points out, Lee’s apology came a few hours after the McClains reportedly lawyered up.

Oprah Wants to Talk to Zimmerman: ‘Justice Needs to be Served’

Oprah Wants to Talk to Zimmerman: 'Justice Needs to be Served'

“It is a tragedy and it is a shame that we’re sitting here 33 days later and there hasn’t been an arrest, or questioning of what actually happened. It’s a tragedy and it is a shame and we all know it,” Oprah Winfrey told “Extra’s” AJ Calloway in an interview scheduled to air Thursday night.

“I saw some people on Twitter saying nothing has changed, the same thing’s going on. Lots has changed and you know why? Because black people, white people, brown people, yellow people all over this country and all over the world are saying the same thing… it’s a tragedy and it’s a shame and justice needs to be served.”

Oprah also told Calloway that Zimmerman is on the top of her interview list. “Mr. Zimmerman… I would love to talk to him.”

Tune in to “Extra” Thursday and Friday to watch the entire interview with Oprah.



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Despite New Video, Zimmerman’s Father Still Blames Trayvon Martin

Despite New Video, Zimmerman's Father Still Blames Trayvon Martin

Police surveillance video taken the night that Trayvon Martin was shot dead shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who says he shot Martin after he was punched in the nose, knocked down and had his head slammed into the ground.

The surveillance video released Wednesday night by ABC News shows no obvious head injuries on Zimmerman. At one point, an officer inspects the back of Zimmerman’s head but no medical actions were taken and interrogations followed.

Worried About NYPD Spying? Go FOIL Yourself!

Worried About NYPD Spying? Go FOIL Yourself!

In response to the slew of stories of the NYPD spying on just about anyone for no reason at all, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) has launched a mass Freedom of Information Law campaign — GO FOIL YOURSELF — to help individuals find out if they have their own NYPD file - and what it contains.

Individuals across the Northeast have contacted us about finding out whether the NYPD is spying on them,” said Nermeen Arastu, staff attorney at AALDEF. “The reports about widespread secret surveillance have left many Muslims and non-Muslims wondering what they can do to create change and advocate for their rights. With GO FOIL YOURSELF, there can now be strength in numbers. If the NYPD is secretly collecting information on you, you have the right to request that information. The more requests that are filed, the stronger the message sent to the NYPD.”

Comedian W. Kamau Bell Gets His Own Chris Rock-Produced FX Series

Comedian W. Kamau Bell Gets His Own Chris Rock-Produced FX Series

Comedian W. Kamau Bell is getting his own TV show!

Bell is best known for his one-man act, “The W. Kamau Bell Curve Show: Ending Racism In About An Hour” and for telling the very first joke about Barack Obama on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” back in 2005.

“The as-of-yet-untitled 30-minute show - loosely described as a cross between the Daily Show on Comedy Central and more traditional late night chat programs - will premiere this August and run for six episodes,” according to LaughSpin.com, who broke the news.

“I have six episodes to make a mark on Hollywood— or a scar on Hollywood. We’ll see how it goes,” Bell told LaughSpin.com Chris Rock, along with longtime collaborator Chuck Sklar and Bell, will serve as executive producers.

(Full disclosure: W Kamau Bell is a board member at the Applied Research Center, Colorlines.com’s publisher. Objectively and subjective I still think he’s funny though. If you don’t trust my opinion ask Chris Rock.)

Sanford City Manager Asks Justice Department to Investigate Entire Police Department

Since the Trayvon Martin case has made national headlines, a number of Sanford residents have come forward to complain about how police handled their cases. So many that the city manager is asking the Department of Justice to step in.

“I am now in the process of talking with the Department of Justice and instituting a mechanism whereby citizens that have concerns or complaints about the Sanford Police Department can have their concerns heard and investigated by an independent agency,” Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte told WFTV.com

He said that so many people complained at Monday night’s city commission meeting about Sanford officers, the city asked the Department of Justice to step in.

Canned ESPN Writer Calls Jeremy Lin Meeting ‘Incredible’

Canned ESPN Writer Calls Jeremy Lin Meeting 'Incredible'

A member of Jeremy Lin’s family contacted the former ESPN writer who wrote the infamous “Chink in the Armor” headline so the pair could connect.

Newsday.com has more details about the meeting:

Lin met with Anthony Federico, a 28-year-old Connecticut man, during a Knicks off-day. According to Federico, the two discussed their shared Christian faith and Lin’s knee injury. Federico wrote an offensive headline that appeared on ESPN’s mobile site for 35 minutes in the early-morning hours of Feb. 19.

“It went incredible,” Federico said. “I’m just so excited we had a chance to meet. We talked for an hour. I’m just so thankful.”

A Knicks spokesman said on Wednesday that Lin did not wish to publicly discuss the meeting. Calls to Lin’s agent were not returned. Lin, who missed Monday’s game and will not play on Wednesday night because of a sore left knee, was not on the court during Wednesday morning’s shootaround.

Federico apologized after he was fired and called the headline “an honest mistake.” At the time, Lin said he accepted the apology and added, “You have to learn to forgive.”

“We talked more about matters of faith [and] reconciliation. We talked about our shared Christian values and what we’re both trying do with this situation … We didn’t talk about the headline for more than three minutes.”

‘Awkward Black Girl’ Wins Shorty Award for Best Webshow

'Awkward Black Girl' Wins Shorty Award for Best Webshow

The fourth annual Shorty Awards were held Monday night at the Times Center in New York. The event that is often called the Grammys and Oscars of social media honored the web series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” in the best #Webshow category.

The show’s first episode which debuted in February 2011 is approaching one million views. Since then the series that centers around a young (awkward) black woman navigating though life, love and work has gone on to develop a cult following with fans who have even supported the show financially through Kickstarter.

“Congratulations to @awkwardblkgrl for winning the #Webshow Shorty Award! #shortyawards,” tweeted @ShortyAwards shortly after announcing the winners at the ceremony.

“Woohoo! @AwkwardBlkGrl won the @ShortyAward for best web show!” tweeted Issa Rae, the show’s creator and star.

But not everyone was celebrating Rae’s win.

Magic Johnson To Become First Black Owner of Major League Baseball Team

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A group of investors led by Magic Johnson won a bidding war Tuesday and becoming the new owners of the Dodgers.

The LA Times has more details:

Johnson, who guided the Lakers to five NBA championships during the “Showtime” era of the 1980s, is a partner in the group along with longtime baseball executive Stan Kasten and movie executive Peter Guber. The controlling owner would be Mark Walter, chief executive officer of Guggenheim Partners, a Chicago-based financial services company.

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The winning group paid $2 billion for the team — a record for a sports franchise — according to an announcement issued jointly with previous owner Frank McCourt.

“I am thrilled to be part of the historic Dodger franchise and intend to build on the fantastic foundation laid by Frank McCourt as we drive the Dodgers back to the front page of the sports section in our wonderful community of Los Angeles,” Johnson said in a statement.

If the deal goes through, Magic Johnson will become the first black MLB owner, according to DrJays.com.

Rep. Bobby Rush Kicked Off of House Floor for Wearing a Hoodie

Rep. Bobby Rush Kicked Off of House Floor for Wearing a Hoodie

This speaks for itself.

The Illinois Democrat sought to make a point Wednesday morning about officialdom and its idea of who is and isn’t legitimate. Mississipi Republican Greg Smith, presiding over the session, made the point for him.

Some Ask if Trayvon’s Shooter Was Protected by Father, a Retired Judge

Some Ask if Trayvon's Shooter Was Protected by Father, a Retired Judge

The lead homicide investigator in the shooting of Trayvon Martin recommended that George Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter the night of the shooting, multiple sources have leaked to ABC News.

But Sanford, Fla., investigator Chris Serino was instructed to not press charges against Zimmerman because the state attorney’s office headed by Norman Wolfinger determined there wasn’t enough evidence to lead to a conviction, ABC News reports.

“The rules of justice in this nation have failed when an innocent teenage boy can be shot to death by a vigilante and no arrest is made for weeks,” NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said in a statement last week.

“But until the perpetrator of this heinous crime is brought to justice, we will not rest.”

Asheville Students Don Hoodies and Hijabs for Trayvon and Shaima

Asheville Students Don Hoodies and Hijabs for Trayvon and Shaima

Members of the Black Student Association (BSA) and the Muslim Student Association (MSA) at the University of North Carolina at Asheville have joined forces to call attention to the murders of Shaima Alawadi and Trayvon Martin in their community.

The groups are asking school mates and community members to attend a rally on Thursday wearing black hoodies and black scarfs.

“This is a rally in solidarity for both Trayvon and Shaima,” Amarra Ghani, president of the MSA says in a YouTube promoting the rally. “Your headgear should not be a threat.”

“This is not a weapon of mass destruction,” Ghani says in the video as she points to the hijab around her head.

College Board: New Photo ID Requirements for SAT Will Not Affect Undocumented Students

Students taking the SAT or ACT will now have to submit photos of themselves when they sign up for the college entrance exams and provide a photo-ID on test dates. The changes will not affect students who may not have access to government-issued IDs, according to The College Board.

The changes announced Tuesday come in the aftermath of a major cheating scandal in Long Island. Effective with the 2012-13 academic year, students registering online will now have to upload a “recognizable photo” of them which will then be printed in a “photo admission ticket” that test takers must present along with a photo-ID on test day.


Trayvon Martin’s Family Files Papers to Trademark ‘I am Trayvon,’ ‘Justice for Trayvon’

Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton filed applications last week with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark two slogans associated with the 17-year-old: “I Am Trayvon,” and “Justice for Trayvon.”

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