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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.”

Howard University Men in Hoodies School You on Racial Profiling [Video]

Howard University Men in Hoodies School You on Racial Profiling [Video]

The Howard University men that are part of the Howard Students For Justice group created the video above that asks viewers to check their biases about black men.

“Contrary to what America has led many to believe all young black males are not suspicious, we don’t deserve to be harassed, murdered, prosecuted or denied the protections of the justice system all because America thinks we are suspicious,” say one Howard alumni as images of other black male students scroll through the screen.

For more information visit the Howard University Students for Justice Facebook page.

Anti-Gay Marriage Group Looked to Divide Gays, Latinos and Blacks

Anti-Gay Marriage Group Looked to Divide Gays, Latinos and Blacks

Confidential documents made public on Monday show one of the nation’s leading anti-gay groups planned to defeat campaigns for gay marriage across the country by “fanning the hostility” between black voters and gay voters.

The documents were made public on Monday afternoon by a federal court, as part of an ongoing case challenging the financial activities National Organization for Marriage in Maine, according to the gay rights groups Human Rights campaign, which first published the report.

For the First Time Ever, LAPD Probe Finds Officer Guilty of Racial Profiling

For the First Time Ever, LAPD Probe Finds Officer Guilty of Racial Profiling

A white Los Angeles Police Department officer stopped Latino drivers because of their ethnicity, an internal Los Angeles Police Department investigation has found. The findings mark the first time the department has found that one of its officers engaged in racial or ethnic profiling, the LA Times reported Monday. 


Trayvon Martin’s Dad Thanks LeBron James and Miami Heat for Support

Trayvon Martin's Dad Thanks LeBron James and Miami Heat for Support

In an interview with The Associated Press, Tracy Martin thanked the NBA’s Miami Heat for “taking notice” of his son, Trayvon Martin’s passing.

“I saw a post that D-Wade had saying, ‘I am Trayvon Martin,’ ” Tracy Martin said. “To see all these athletes put Trayvon in the same sentence with them, it feels real good. Trayvon was an excellent athlete and if he could hear them saying his name, he would be so moved by it.”

On Friday, James tweeted a photo of 13 Heat players wearing black hoodies and later than night he wore shoes that read “RIP Trayvon Martin” during a game against the Detroit Pinstons.

“These athletes are saying, ‘It’s not about who I am. It’s about right and wrong,” Tracy Martin said. “It’s like everybody’s taking notice. The Miami Heat came out in their hoodies, and that’s just saying, ‘We are people, we have hearts, we have feelings, we have emotions.’ That’s a warm feeling. The sports world has embraced this big-time.”

FBI Joins Investigation of Iraqi Woman Beaten to Death with Tire Iron in San Diego

FBI Joins Investigation of Iraqi Woman Beaten to Death with Tire Iron in San Diego

El Cajon, CA police have not been able to identify a suspect in the gruesome murder that took the life of Shaima Alawadi, an Iraqi mother of five who was beaten to death in her home last Wednesday. El Cajon, which is a few miles west of San Diego, has one of the nation’s largest Iraqi communities.

Police say Alawadi’s 17-year-old daughter Fatima Al Himidi found her mother unconscious in the family’s home on Wednesday after being beaten with a tire iron. Alawadi died Saturday, a short while after being taken off life support.

Members of New York Legislature Wear Hoodies to Legislative Session [Photos]

New York State Senator Eric Adams and his colleagues honored Trayvon Martin on Monday by wearing hoodies to the March 26, 2012 Senate legislative session in Albany.

The images below were uploaded to Facebook by Senator Eric Adams.

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On Twitter, Hunger Games Fans Demand To Know Why Black Characters Are Black

On Twitter, Hunger Games Fans Demand To Know Why Black Characters Are Black

“The Hunger Games” earned over $155 million in North America over the weekend. The sci-fi film based on the novel written by Suzanne Collins broke several box office records this weekend, including the strongest opening weekend ever for a spring release.

Audiences on opening night praised “Hunger Games.” Filmgoers under the age 25 gave it a glowing A+ and those over 25 an A-, according to CinemaScore, the market research firm that surveys film audiences. Thirty-nine percent of the audience was younger than 18, according to CinemaScore exit polling.

“What separates “The Hunger Games” from the usual apocalyptic-teen-gladiator fare is its smart take on class and inequality, and its honest depiction of race as an integral party of that story,” said Channing Kennedy, Colorlines.com’s Community Manager. “While the movie adaptation isn’t entirely free of ‘racebending,’ it’s definitely worthy of praise.”

However there are people who aren’t happy some of the characters in the film are black—even though their characters in the novel were described as having “dark skin.”

Police: Zimmerman Says Trayvon Martin Knocked Him Down, ‘Slammed His Head Into Sidewalk’

Police: Zimmerman Says Trayvon Martin Knocked Him Down, 'Slammed His Head Into Sidewalk'

The Orlando Sentinel on Monday morning published the most detailed report to date of what authorities say happened one month ago today when George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin.

According to Sanford Police, Zimmerman was on foot looking for Martin when he was approached by Martin. After the pair exchanged words, authorities say Martin threw the first punch, which is what is now protecting Zimmerman from being arrested. 

Trayvon Martin’s Classmates Continue to Demonstrate One Month After His Death [Video]

On Friday students across the Miami school district walked out in support of the Trayvon Martin family’s fight to arrest George Zimmerman. On Monday morning—the one month anniversary of Martin’s death—students at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High dressed in black in a silent protest of the death of their classmate.

“I want justice for Trayvon,” Jeremy Barnes, a 15-year-old freshman at the Northeast Miami-Dade school, told the Miami Herald. He wore a black shirt with a collage of photos of Trayvon, including the photo of the slain teen in a hoodie.

People of Color Go On Tumblr To Tell Their ‘I Could Be Trayvon’ Stories

People of Color Go On Tumblr To Tell Their 'I Could Be Trayvon' Stories

A Tumblr launched Friday is collecting stories from men of color who have been victims of racial profiling. IcouldBeTrayvon.com asks visitors to share stories and pictures about being racially profiled and how that incident made them feel.

“As boys and men of color, we are providing a platform to share with each other, and with the world, our ‘Trayvon Stories’ — the times we were similarly racially profiled by police or vigilantes, and could have ended up dead after doing nothing more than the everyday activity typical of human beings living in a supposedly free society,” said Dom Apollon, who founded the Tumblr. Apollon is Research Director at the Applied Research Center, Colorlines.com’s publisher.

Apollon says he was inspired to create the Tumblr after he saw the “Planned Parenthood Saved Me” Tumblr that collects stories from women who say Planned Parenthood saved their lives.

For more information on how you can submit your “I could be Trayvon” story visit IcouldBeTrayvon.com/submit

Miami Heat Tweets Team Pic of Hoodies To Support Trayvon Martin

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LeBron James tweeted the picture Friday morning.

First Lady Michelle Obama Strikes the Heisman Pose [Photos]

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First Lady Michelle Obama strikes the Heisman pose while greeting Dallas Cowboys football players, from left, Miles Austin, DeMarcus Ware, and Felix Jones at the Kleberg Rylie Recreation Center in Dallas, Texas, Feb. 10, 2012. The players joined Mrs. Obama and chefs from past seasons of “Top Chef” for the “Schools and Chefs Working Together” cooking competition to help promote the “Let’s Move!” initiative. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is awarded annually to the player deemed the most outstanding player in collegiate football.

The President is also no strangers to the Heisman pose. The picture below dates back to the days before he was President. (And look closely! They are both giving the camera so much face!)


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Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum Comment on Trayvon Martin Case

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum both commented on the Trayvon Martin case Friday, shortly after President Obama weighed in, BuzzFeed is reporting.

In a statement, Romney said: “What happened to Trayvon Martin is a tragedy. There needs to be a thorough investigation that reassures the public that justice is carried out with impartiality and integrity.”

Santorum has slightly tougher words.

“It’s a horrible case, and it’s chilling to hear what happened,” Santorum said. “And of course the fact that law enforcement didn’t immediately go after and prosecute this case is another chilling example of horrible decisions made by people in this process.”

He continued: “I think it’s pretty clear the problems we’re seeing in this case, and hopefully the state Attorney General and local community is reacting and responding, and hopefully this matter will be an example of what law enforcement has to do in a case like this.”

Romney had previously ignored reporters when asked about Martin’s case.

Obama: ‘If I Had A Son He’d Look Like Trayvon’

Obama: 'If I Had A Son He'd Look Like Trayvon'

President Obama said Friday morning the nation needs to do some “soul searching” over the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida.

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said at the White House.

“I can only imagine what these parents are going through,” Obama said after announcing his pick of Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank, adding “When I think about this boy I think about my own kids.”

“My main message is to the parents: If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves.”

Obama went on to say “soul searching” means “we examine the laws and context for what happened as well as the specifics of the incident.”

Although he didn’t get in to any details, Obama did make a structural connection to the case when he made a reference to the “laws and context.”

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