A sign inside the Quilombo reads "Students in struggle!" (Photo by Kristian Davis Bailey)

The Case of Quilombo: Black Students Fight to Stay in Brazilian Universities

By Kristian Davis Bailey

In December 2016, I visited the Fluminense Federal University (UFF) in Rio de Janeiro. Students had been occupying UFF for 45 days, with some sleeping inside barricaded academic buildings 24/7 to shut the university down.

The UFF Occupation was one of 1,000 national occupations protesting Michel Temer’s right-wing presidential coup and his constitutional amendment to freeze funding for public services for 20 years, including education and healthcare.

Within the UFF Occupation was Quilombo, a Black occupation of students and community members fighting for a Black Studies program, a Black community center, and against racism on campus.

3 Teens Charged In Amy Joyner-Francis’ Death

Tragedy struck a Delaware high school when a student was attacked in a bathroom and later died from the injuries. It was later found that Amy Joyner-Francis actually died as a result of a pre-existing heart condition with other contributing factors, according to ABC.

The Delaware Justice Department has now charged three teens that were involved in the incident. They’re all minors, but prosecutors are reportedly requesting that they be tried as adults in state Superior Court for their actions. 

Student Beaten To Death In School Bathroom, Classmates Mourn

Hearts are broken after a high school student died as a result of being attacked by a group of classmates. Amy Joyner-Francis, 16, was known by friends and classmates to often be a mediator and peacekeeper.

Joyner-Francis was attacked by a group of girls in a Howard High School of Technology bathroom in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday morning, according to ABC. Some claim the altercation started over a boy, but an investigation is still ongoing and no charges have been filed. 

Ray Rice: ‘I have to be strong for my wife’

A day after a video showing former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee in the face during an altercation in a hotel elevator, the former running back has finally broke his silence.

Rice’s comments come after the NFL decided to indefinitely suspend him after his release from the team. The remarks also follow a statement released by his wife, Janay Rice addressed the incident. 

It’s Finally Over: No George Zimmerman celebrity fight

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After days of deliberation, promoters have decided to cancel the celebrity boxing match featuring former Florida neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman. Zimmerman became known for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012.

How killing someone translates into celebrity status remains unknown.

The highly publicized fight set to take place next month was cancelled after promoter Damon Feldman claimed to have received death threats on his son’s life. He then sold the rights of the fight to FilmOn.com. 

Celebrity boxing match still on: DMX will not face George Zimmerman

 

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George Zimmerman’s celebrity boxing match which was abruptly cancelled amid protests from thousands of citizens, is back on. But rapper DMX will not be joining the former neighborhood watchman in the ring.

Filmon.com, an online streaming service, claims to have secured the rights to a Zimmerman fight after the original promoter, Damon Feldman pulled out.