Michael Jordan Lowering Price to 19.99 On All Jordan’s in 2017

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“I’m just tired of people paying for the illusion that more expensive means better, when in reality my shoes cost $5 to make”

Said basketball great Michael Jordan on why he is lowering the price on his super popular Air Jordan brand sneakers.

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Egyptians lambast ‘ugly’ new Nefertiti statue

Image caption On the right: the famous bust of Nefertiti in the Neues museum in Berlin. On the left: the replica that sparked an outcry in Egypt. Facebook user Wael Saad commented: ‘This is how Egyptian art has evolved over the years’

The unveiling of an ugly copy of a famously beautiful bust of Queen Nefertiti caused Egyptians to mock the authorities as well as the current state of art in the country.

Queen Nefertiti ruled Egypt alongside her husband in the 14th century BCE, and her beauty is legendary – her name in fact translates as “a beautiful woman has arrived.” Our modern picture of the ancient queen has been largely shaped by a bust unearthed in 1912 which currently sits in a museum in Berlin – its ownership is the subject of frequent debate between Egypt and Germany.

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White Supremacist Pleads Guilty in Plot to Attack Churches and Synagogues

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Robert Doyle pleaded guilty in a Virginia courtroom Feb. 5 to charges related to a plot to attack black churches and Jewish synogogues.NBC12.COM

A Virginia man admitted to a judge that he planned to attack black churches and synagogues in the hope of triggering a race war.

Robert Doyle pleaded guilty Friday to several charges related to that plot, NBC12.com reports.

The FBI said it foiled the scheme, which included two other suspects, in a sting operation.

According to federal investigators, Doyle held a meeting at his Chesterfield, Va., home in September to discuss “shooting or bombing the occupants of black churches and Jewish synagogues.

Doyle and Ronald Chaney, another suspect, tried to purchase guns and explosives from an undercover agent one month later. Authorities arrested both men in November when they tried to make the purchase.

The prosecutor accused the two men and a third suspect, Charles Halderman, of also plotting to rob a jeweler to buy the weapons.

Doyle faces up to 30 years in prison for conspiracy to commit a robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The judge will sentence him on May 2.

Halderman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and will be sentenced on April 25. Chaney, who has a lengthy criminal record, has not yet gone before a judge.

 

Read more at NBC12.com.

Central Africa’s 1st Gaming Studio is Creating Games that Embody African Myths and Culture

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Aurion Legacy of Kori-Odan (Photograph — gameblog.fr) Aurion Legacy of Kori-Odan (Photograph — gameblog.fr)

article by Hadassah Egbedi via venturesafrica.com:

The growth of Africa’s comic culture has given rise to the likes of Comic Republic with superhero characters and lifestyles that Africans can finally relate with and the reception so far has been incredible. However, a young Cameroonian may just have taken this initiative to the next level. Madiba Olivier, who has always enjoyed video games, is now pioneering his own brand of games with African content and characters in central Africa by incorporating African folklore.

Olivier decided to invest in his passion by establishing Kiro’o Games, central Africa’s first video game studio that is creating a new narrative and visual benchmark for the gaming industry. With their latest project, Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan, an action-RPG (Role Playing Game), the studio intends to unify and transmit African culture by combining various myths, tales and traditional values into the gaming experience.

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Flint Residents Told That Their Children Could Be Taken Away If They Don’t Pay For City’s Poison Water

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Not only is the Michigan government poisoning residents, but now they are threatening to take their children for not paying for it.

Flint, MI – As the water crisis in Flint deepens, it is becoming apparent that the effects of the lead-infested water are not just a health hazard, but the situation has the potential of ruining many more lives outside of the poison issue. There is no denying that the water in Flint is undrinkable and that it is contaminated with lead and other substances, and it is clear that the government of Flint is responsible for the problem.

However, the city’s government continues to charge people for the poison water and then threatening to foreclose their home or take their children if they refuse to pay. Michigan law states that parents are neglectful if they do not have running water in their home, and if they chose not to pay for water they can’t drink anyway, then they could be guilty of child endangerment. Flint resident Melissa Mays says that some residents have already received similar threats from the government if they refuse to pay their bills.

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Nearly half of young black men in Chicago out of work, out of school: report

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Angelo Ross, 18, center, attends a hearing about teen joblessness in Chicago in 2015. Ross was at risk of losing his internship at a restaurant.

Nearly half of young black men in Chicago are neither in school nor working, far exceeding the share nationally and in comparable big cities, according to a new report.

Forty-seven percent of 20- to 24-year-old black men in Chicago, and 44 percent in Illinois, were out of school and out of work in 2014, according to the report from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Institute that was commissioned by the Alternative Schools Network.

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Israel Forcibly Injected African Immigrants with Birth Control

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This weekend, a report revealing that African women immigrating to Israel were subjected to mandatory contraceptive injections, effectively amounting to forced (if temporary) sterilization made global headlines.

Some 130,000 Ethiopians, most of them Jewish, live in Israel. The community experiences higher poverty and unemployment rates than the rest of the  country’s Jewish population.  In the past decade, the birth rate among Ethiopian-Israelis has declined by at least 20 percent.  Advocacy groups now claim this decline is the result of a birth control regimen forced upon Ethiopian immigrant women.

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A Superintendent in MN Has Banned Black Kids From Being Suspended Without Her Permission

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Minneapolis, Minnesota superintendent Bernadeia Johnson is making sure that students of color are getting the same treatment as white students when it comes to suspension in their schools. Black children are suspended ten times more than white students and she wants to make sure that changes. In order to do so she has come up with new guidelines for her schools.

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Reminder: White supremacists shoot 5 Black Lives Matter activists protesting Jamar Clark’s killing in Minneapolis

A Black Lives Matter protester moments after he was shot by white supremacists (Twitter)

A group of suspected white supremacists fired into a crowd of Black Lives Matter activists protesting the Minneapolis police killing of Jamar Clark.

At least five people were wounded when the gunmen opened fire about 10:45 p.m. Monday at the city’s Fourth Precinct, reported the Star Tribune.

UPDATE: Emails reveal racists plotted confrontation with Black Lives Matters activists days before shooting

Police said all five victims were treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, although authorities said additional victims may have been wounded and sought treatment on their own.

Investigators have not released much information so far about the possible suspects, saying only they were seeking three white men, but protesters said they had a pretty clear idea of who fired the gunshots.

“A group of white supremacists showed up at the protest, as they have done most nights,” said Miski Noor, a Black Lives Matter activist.

Another demonstrator said one of the three men wore a mask and stayed at the protest site since early morning Monday, taunting the protesters.

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Twitter Reacts to Historic $17,500,000 Sale of ‘the Nat Turner Movie’ After Its Sundance Premiere

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The cast of 2016’s The Birth of a Nation—a movie written and directed by, and starring, Nate Parker (center)—which tells the story of slave-rebellion leader Nat TurnerIMDb

For a while, all we had was this breathtaking photo from Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation film. It’s the biopic about Nat Turner, the early-19th-century slave who rounded up other slaves and led a rebellion against white slave owners, killing some 60 white people in Virginia in 1831. Parker wrote, directed and is starring in the independent film.

On Monday night the film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Utah, and those in attendance left the theater singing the film’s praises on social media. The Root, which was in attendance, lauded the film as well, and spoke with Parker.

After news broke about Fox Searchlight securing worldwide rights to the film for $17.5 million—which, as Deadlie explains, is the biggest sale a Sundance premiere has ever seen—fans of Parker and the movie rejoiced on Twitter.

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