Lauryn Hill Opens Haitian Art Exhibit In Flatbush

While Lauryn Hill was the only non-Haitian member of the Fugees, Pras and Wyclef Jean considered her “Haitian by association.” To show her appreciation of the culture – as well as the Caribbean and African Diaspora as a whole – she’s opened up an art exhibit to coincide with her performance at Kings Theatre this Friday. 

Melissa Harris-Perry Named’s Editor At Large

It was only a couple of months ago that Melissa Harris-Perry was in the middle of a very public parting of ways with MSNBC, which had been the home for her weekend broadcast for years. Many wondered what would be the next home for the news personality. We now have an answer.

Harris-Perry will be joining as an editor at large, according to CNN. With this new role, she’ll be responsible for writing columns, conducting interviews and working as on-air talent for videos. While this won’t be a full-time position –it could be one of many positions that she ultimately fills – she’ll contribute on a regular basis.

2 Former Track Rivals Killed In Separate Shootings

Annette January and Daja Brookshire both competed in the hurdles at a track meet last year. January came in first by a hair, but both walked away victorious after leaving a great impression on everyone in attendance.

Unfortunately, both of these young ladies have fallen victim to gun violence in unrelated incidents, providing another glance into how far this crisis can reach. 

Baltimore Students Walk Out To Protest Standardized Test

Last week, more than 100 Baltimore City school students walked out of classes to protest standardized tests. According to CBS, students have grown frustrated with the PARCC tests that they’re required to take.

The students had previously met with school officials to protest the test, which they feel doesn’t cover anything that they’re taught and is unfair. 

The First Trailer For Nate Parker’s ‘The Birth Of A Nation’ Looks Incredible

Nate Parker’s directorial debut, The Birth of A Nation, went to Sundance fairly under the radar and was the talk of the entire festival when things were all said and done. Fox Searchlight soon bought the distribution rights for the film for $17.5 million. To further build the anticipation for the film based on Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion, the studio has released the first teaser trailer. It looks dope.

President Obama to Speak At Howard Commencement

President Barack Obama is one of the, if not the, most sought after speakers for college graduations in the country. So much so, that he denies far more requests than the three or so he schedules a year. This year, he’ll start off his final commencement speech tour at Howard University on May 7, according to CNN. This will be his third commencement at an HBCU.

24-Year-Old Chicagoan Launches Scholarship Fund For High School Students

Cassius Rudolph is only 24 years old, but he’s already accomplished a feat many people twice his age only dream of. The Southside Chicago native, currently studying at Columbia University’s Union Theological Seminary, is working as a sort of middle man between both his former alma maters: Harlan High School and Tougaloo College.

Judge Recommends 720 Days In Jail For Ethan Couch, “Affluenza” Teen

In 2013, Ethan Couch was behind the wheel of a pickup truck in a drunk-driving accident that left four victims either dead or severely injured. Only 16 at the time, Couch, was tried as a juvenile, received 10 years probation following the crash and was ordered to avoid places where drugs and alcohol were present.

Now that Couch has turned 19 and no longer can be considered a juvenile in the state of Texas, a judge has sentenced him t0 720 days in jail – 180 days for each of the victims.

According to CNN, Couch being sentenced to jail time once he was legally an adult was always a possibility. But after a picture of him at a party where alcohol was being served surfaced online, authorities had to intervene. 

Los Angeles Family Questions Woman’s Reported Suicide in Jail

Wakiesha Wilson was in LAPD custody when she was found dead in her jail cell. According to the LAPD, the 36-year-old hanged herself and was found on the morning of Sunday, March 27th. While Wilson suffered from bipolar disorder, her family disputes that she wouldn’t have taken her own life.

“I don’t believe that, my daughter would not kill herself. It’s not like this is the first time she’s been incarcerated. No, she had too much to live for,” said Wilson’s mother, Lisa Hines, according to ABC.

16-Year-Old Shot And Killed By Chicago Police Officer

Pierre Loury, 16, reportedly took off on foot after police tried to stop his vehicle around 7:40 p.m. Monday in Chicago’s Homan Square neighborhood. The vehicle apparently matched the description of one that was in a shooting earlier that night.

An officer pursued the teenager until they met up in what’s being reported as an “armed confrontation.” Loury was shot and later pronounced dead at Mount Sinai hospital less than an hour later, according to CBS Chicago