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April 2017

Black Soul Science > 2017 > April > 03 (Page 7)

Dylan Roof To Avoid Second Death Sentence By Pleading Guilty To Murder

[ad_1] COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Convicted South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof is set to plead guilty to state murder charges, avoiding a second death sentence and effectively bringing to a close the prosecutions against him for the 2015 slaughter. Solicitor Scarlett Wilson told The Associated Press on Friday that Roof is scheduled to enter a guilty plea during a hearing on April 10 in Charleston. The plea on all of his state charges, including nine counts of murder, comes in exchange for a sentence of life in prison, the prosecutor said. Roof, 22, has been awaiting trial on state murder charges...

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Hope At Troubled D.C. High School As Entire Senior Class Applies To College

[ad_1] For the first time in Ballou High School history, every single senior at the predominately Black school applied to college this year. Just think: Last year, only 57 percent of their students graduated. According to The Washington Post, Ballou, which is located in one of Washington, D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods, has long had a negative reputation and many students who attend the school end up dropping out. In 2016, only 3 percent of Ballou students tested met reading standards on citywide standardized exams and almost none met math standards. But despite those obstacles, the school’s administration is dedicated to showing their students that college can...

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Jill Scott Announces Summer Tour

[ad_1] Jill Scott will be spending a portion of her summer hitting the road on a new tour, and it all kicks off June 23 in Hampton, Virginia. Scott is embarking on a 25-city trek that will stop at Brooklyn, New York’s King’s Theater, New Orleans’ Essence Festival, Newark’s Prudential Theater and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, just to name a few. The award-winning singer-songwriter-poet-actress will perform hits from her catalog and tracks from her chart topping “Woman” album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, marking the R&B singer’s third No. 1 studio album. In a statement, Scott described...

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Little Known Black History Fact: William T. Coleman

[ad_1] William T. Coleman was a pioneering legal figure who argued major cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of civil rights. The longtime lawyer and former director of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund died last Friday at his Alexandria, Va. Home. He was the oldest living former U.S. Cabinet member. William Thaddeus Coleman was born July 7, 1920 in Philadelphia. Coleman’s middle-class upbringing was not without its barriers. In his 2010 memoir Counsel for the Situation: Shaping the Law to Realize America’s Promise he recalled an incident as just one of seven Black students at Germantown...

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Jill Scott Announces 25-City Tour

[ad_1] Jill Scott will be spending a portion of her summer hitting the road on a new tour, and it all kicks off June 23 in Hampton, Virginia. Scott is embarking on a 25-city trek that will stop at Brooklyn, New York’s King’s Theater, New Orleans’ Essence Festival, Newark’s Prudential Theater and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, just to name a few. The award-winning singer-songwriter-poet-actress will perform hits from her catalog and tracks from her chart topping “Woman” album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, marking the R&B singer’s third No. 1 studio album. In a statement, Scott described...

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