WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21:  Acting U.S. Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning testifies during his confirmation hearing January 21, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. If confirmed, Fanning will become the first openly gay Army Secretary.

Senate Confirms Eric Fanning, First Openly Gay Army Secretary

The Obama Administration is creating historic moments and stories that will be passed down for generations to come.

The newest announcement is that Eric Fanning is now the first openly gay Army secretary of the United States, which the Senate confirmed last Tuesday evening. This news comes about five years after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” which did not allow gay and lesbian service members to talk about their sexuality publicly.

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President Obama Signs Bill Removing “Negro” And “Oriental” From Federal Laws

As society moves forward, terms that were considered appropriate and politically correct grow obsolete. That’s simply a sign of the advancement of culture. While laws made today will most likely reflect contemporary cultural thought, the same can’t be said for the laws of old.

To make sure that laws that were ratified years ago are still applicable and aren’t offensive to any involved parties, President Obama has signed a bill to strike out a list of outdated terms such as “Negro,” “Oriental,” “American Indian” and Eskimo, according to Mediate. 

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Obama Tells Howard University Graduates To Be Confident In Their Blackness

President Barack Obama is on the last leg of his presidency much to the collective cheers and tears from people on either side of U.S. politics. So, for the last time, he’s giving a handful of commencement addresses to graduating college students as the sitting president.

One of his last stops was Howard University, where he spoke to students about their future as both individuals and Americans. 

US President Barack Obama speaks to the press following a meeting with financial regulators at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 7, 2016 to receive an update on their progress in implementing Wall Street reform. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm

Obama Cuts Funding for Christian-Based Abstinence Sex-Ed Program

President Obama has proposed a budget for 2017, which removes a $10 million annual grant that goes towards funding “abstinence-only” sexual education classes in public schools. By getting rid of this money, Obama ends the financial incentive for states to continue to teach this one-sided sexual education program.

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Kendrick Lamar Visits the White House and the Resulting Video is Perfect

Kendrick Lamar saw a lot of success since releasing “To Pimp a Butterfly” like debuting at the top of the Billboard 200 Chart, being ranked as the best album of 2015 by publications like Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Pitchfork Media, and most notably, the album was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album at the 58th Grammy Awards. Commercially, the album had sold 750,000 copies by the end of 2015.

Petition calls for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to pardon Assata Shakur

 

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A new Change.org petition is calling for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to pardon Assata Shakur.

Shakur was arrested during a traffic stop in New Jersey. A shootout left her injured with multiple wounds, the driver, Zayd Shakur dead, and a state trooper dead. After several trials, she was convicted of first degree murder of an officer in 1977. In 1979, she escaped and fled to Cuba, where Fidel Castro granted her asylum. 

Ferguson activists meet with President, demand an end to police brutality

 

 

Ferguson, Missouri activists met with President Barack Obama Monday to demand that officials put an end to police brutality in the nation.

It has been one week since a St. Louis County grand jury failed to indict Officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. The unarmed teenager was shot six times in the head, chest and arms.