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Atlanta Educators Found Guilty In Nation’s Largest Cheating Scandal
A group of teachers, principals, and administrators from Atlanta were found guilty this week of taking part in one of the nation’s biggest cheating scandals for their own personal gain.
According to the New York Times, 11 teachers were convicted of racketeering, while some were charged with perjury and giving false statements to the police. The cheating scandal goes back to 2005 under the late Beverly L. Hall, the former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools.
NJ College Cancels Rapper Common’s Commencement Speech Over Assata Shakur Song
Amid outcry from the state police union, a New Jersey university has decided to cancel a commencement speech from rapper Common over a song he wrote a fifteen years ago in honor of Black activist Assata Shakur.
Kean University students expressed interest in hearing Common speak at graduation in large part due to his powerful and emotional single “Glory,” written for the 2014 civil rights film Selma. But a union representative told NJ.com that Kean’s decision to go with Common would be a “slap in the face” given his 2000 track — “A Song for Assata” — is an ode to Black Panther Joanne Chesimard (aka Assata Shakur), who was convicted of the 1973 killing of a New Jersey trooper.
Stellar Awards Red Carpet Preview
This Sunday, TV One will air the Stellar Awards, and NewsOne Now was on hand to capture some of the sights and sounds of the preeminent awards event in Gospel music.
It has been 30 years since the first awards show was taped at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago, and the Stellar Awards has now become the premier Gospel event that recognizes and honors African-American artists. This one of a kind award show has showcased top Gospel artists and many television and film stars.
In the sneak peek of this year’s Stellar Awards, you’ll find a series of exclusive excerpts from the award ceremony and red carpet event featuring Yolanda Adams, Tamela Mann, David Mann, Rickey Smiley, Erica Campbell, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Bobby Jones, Hezekiah, Dottie Peoples, Michelle Williams, Deitrick Haddon, Brian Courtney Wilson, Dorinda Clark Cole, Clifton Davis, Adrienne Bailon, Goo Goo Atkins, and others.
Don’t miss Rickey Smiley, David, and Tamela Mann’s ascot commentary aimed at NewsOne Nowhost Roland Martin.
WTH?! 4-Year-Old Girl Leaves House At 3AM Looking For A Slushie
It’s WTH?! Thursday on NewsOne Now and we’re taking a look at all of the wild, crazy, and insane stories trending in the news.
This week’s WTH?! play-by-play commentators include comedian Lamont King, Digital Correspondent Ashleigh Demi, and Street Senator Radio Show Host Lorenzo Gamble.
This week’s list of insanity begins with a 4-year-old girl leaving her house at 3 a.m. in search of an icy beverage. The thirsty toddler was wandering around in heavy rain when a friendly bus driver stopped and picked her up. USA Today reports that as the child entered the vehicle, she told bus riders, “All I want is a slushie.”
Indonesian cops decided to burn more than one thousand pounds of seized marijuana, causing residents in the surrounding neighborhood to catch a contact high. According to the Science Times, residents of the weed smoke-engulfed neighborhood reported they were feeling buzzed, dizzy, and “unusual” after inhaling the fog.
Actor and comedian Chris Rock has been pulled over three times in the last seven weeks by law enforcement officials. Rock, who posts selfies on Twitter and Instagram once the blue lights start flashing, shared the following message during one of the police stops:
“Stopped by cops again wish me luck.”
Maybe Chris Rock should add a disclaimer to his cop-stop selfies saying, “Don’t try this at home” – especially in light of recent events where Black men have been involved in violent encounters with police officers. Actor Isaiah Washington offered Rock some advice via Twitter:
Yes, y’all its WTH?! Thursday; enjoy all of the insanity in the video clip above. Be sure to watch “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, weekdays at 9 a.m. EST on TV One.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.
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